Breaking Bread For 6.18.21

Scripture

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4: 29,31-32

Reflection

Let’s work to let go of our past failings that would trick us into thinking we’re a failure. Let go of those people who have no place in our present or our future. Let go of those pains that haunt us. Let go of our anger, bitterness, jealousy, envy, and rage—for it only slows us up, drains us, ages us, and causes us painful inflictions. Today, let’s work to free ourselves so that we can be open and receptive to our blessings from God.

Breathe.

Can you already feel the weight lifting off of your shoulders? I can and it feels amazing. Make it an amazing day. Thank God for a new day to celebrate and rejoice in His Name. I love you all!

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day. A new day. A day to start fresh with good intentions, good thoughts, and acts of kindness—both random and planned. Today, I make the effort to speak kindly of others. I begin the process of forgiving those who have wronged me directly and indirectly. Today, I make the effort to say a prayer for those who go against me whether in fear or malice. Today, I push out my bitterness, rage, jealousy, envy, and anger against others and instead replace it with Your loving peace and joy.

My time will not be spent thinking and worrying about, or stressing over what someone else is doing or not doing. Today, I will begin anew and pray for the strength to look at my past, acknowledge what was, and then move forward with both feet planted in my present, and the courage to accept what comes in my future. I know that You are my Vindicator. I know that You are the Revealer of Truth. Thank You Father. I embrace my alignment in You. Amen.

Love, 

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.17.21

Scripture

and do not give the devil a foothold.

Ephesians 4:27

Reflection

The devil is a liar.

The moment you acquire something and begin to use it without taking care of it properly, it loses value—whether it be an object, person, animal, or idea.

A “weak” personality is the easiest to manipulate, as you’re easily swayed one direction or the other. The devil would soon have you looking around for something “better” and not all the time with the goal of replacing it, but rather keeping it around like a trophy you dust off from time-to-time. We struggle with the temptation for more, more, more. More money, attention, sex, intimacy, knowledge, power, influence—whatever we think will fill the void we think we have.

Operating from the mindset of lack is a foothold for the devil.

Our pride, ego, shame, and guilt, are all traps that make us easily tempted.

Don’t let temptation ruin your life. Don’t let your temptation ruin someone else’s life. Don’t let it steer you away from God. Don’t let the liar convince you that you can do and have all you desire without God. Make the decision to stop the madness. Pray to God for the clarity to discern bad seeds from good ones, temptation from His way, and wrong from right. Pray for the strength and courage to face the Truth, that our void is due to not being fully aligned with Him. We keep looking for substitutes for Him. We keep trying to fill that void with things and people who will never measure up to our Heavenly Father. We keep putting flesh over Spirit and that void grows larger by the moment. We keep trying to humanize every element of our existence.

Remember, when we’re so busy looking into the yard next to us, we fail to take care of our own! What looks and feels good in the temporary may bring us the most pain in the long-term. The job or person you hate today may later prove to be Heaven-sent, when you get to fully explore the realization of what else is out there. Just as the job or person you’re blindly chasing could very well drag you to the depths of an internal hell.

Prayer

The devil is a liar. Father, You have said it and proved it. The liar tempts us to go against You. It tempts us to stray from Your path, to disrespect Your Holy Name, to disrupt our lives, to lose a great thing for a few quick moments of ecstasy. It tempts us to change our righteous ways, to seek self-gratification and self-interests without concern for what You want and ask of us. Given the chance, its influence will ruin a marriage, a relationship, a family, a friendship, and a business—through our choice, we serve as its puppets.

Father, show me how to not give it power. Show me how to not give in to the emotional games it plays; how not to give in to depressing and oppressive thoughts and feelings. Father, I want to be fully aligned with You. Please show me how to follow Your Light, without wavering— even when the liar tells me that I’m too weak, not ready, not capable, too young, too old, or too inexperienced to handle what You are offering. Strengthen me Father. Bless me with discernment, wisdom, and joy to overcome the liar and the temptation and depravity it represents. I seek You always. In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen.

Love you always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.16.21

Scripture

The righteous cry out, and the lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the lord delivers him from them all…

Psalm 34:17-19

Reflection

God can always make the wrong—right, the crooked—straight, the broken—fixed, what is empty—full, and the missing can be found. Just reach out to Him and pray. Be specific as to what you need help with and then let go, and let Him take over. Don’t interfere. Don’t micromanage. Just let Him do what only He can do.

God can deliver us from anything. But do we surrender all to Him, or just that which we choose? When will you let go of your controlling ways, the devices you use as substitutes for Him, and just let go— to Him?

Prayer

Father, deliver me today. Save me from myself, from the ways of the world, and from the enemy. Father, steady my mind so that it is only focused on You. Warm my heart and uplift my spirits. Those things that bring me grief, worry, and trouble please make right. I’m crying out to You Lord; dry my tears. Heal me from my inflictions and make me whole in You. Thank You Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.15.21

Scripture

“Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.”

Psalms‬ ‭34:12-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection

Keep your eyes and heart on the Lord and seek His love to fill you when you become troubled. Seek His love to touch your enemies, both known and unknown. Pray that He settles the stirred pot of fear and hate that plague our world and cause people to tell lies, spread evil, and tear down hope.

Pray for those people who relish a world of chaos and mania, that they might seek instead a life of tranquility, peace, and joy. Pray for the non-believers and conditional believers—that God’s Light shines through to them and they embrace their walk with Him. Pray for more opportunities to do good, to help others, and to share God’s Word.

Prayer

Father, I know You hear me. I know that You see everything that I do and don’t do. I am grateful for Your presence in my life, and for the blessings You have given me. Quiet my fears Lord. Turn me away from wrongdoing, and blanket my fellow brothers and sisters with Your peace so they will only seek to do good for the rest of their days. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.14.21

Scripture

“so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”

1 Corinthians‬ ‭12:25-27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection

Today, let’s begin our talk with all of the things we try to run from; all of the things humankind created yet wants to deny…

A lot of people claim to be Christians, yet they pick and choose which parts of the Bible are most convenient for their agenda, which commandments given by God are more palatable, and the examples given by Jesus that fit their needs when they think they need it. We see this within many churches around the world. We see church leaders picking Bible verses that align with their agenda, not God’s. This is self-centered and self-serving behavior.

Pure hypocrisy.

It’s the exact same things, same behaviors, same mindset that Jesus spoke out against. It’s the reason Jesus despised religion. It’s principles goes against nature, goes against the Spirit, and goes against God.

If you believe that the body of Christ are believers in Christ, that the church is the body, then how can you watch one life suffer and not want to provide help? How can you say “all lives matter” but then do absolutely nothing when you see lives being snatched away, brutalized, criminalized, unfairly punished, enslaved, victimized, marginalized, demonized, redlined, and stripped of their humanity and dignity?

Imagine if ALL Lives Mattered

If all lives really mattered then we wouldn’t have extreme poverty, human trafficking, sex trafficking, systemic racism, mass incarceration, inequity in policing and in the workplace, people fighting against critical race theory, voting rights being attacked, and people arguing against diversity, equity, and inclusion. We wouldn’t have monuments to people who plotted, planned, and took part in attacking and killing for selfish gains. If all lives really mattered, people wouldn’t fear bullying and retaliation, because in pursuit of justice and rightness, the body would not allow one part to attack another. The body would not turn away from one or more parts that were suffering or injured.

If you truly believe that “all lives matter” then you would stand tall in your convictions to ensure that all lives are protected. That all lives truly matter. You would stand tall and shield the victim from harm rather than crucify and dissect their life and reputation with vitriolic commentary. You truly would see no gender, color, ethnicity, race, religion, or ideology. You would only see the body is under attack, and you would spring into action.

You would know that if any part is at risk, the entire body is at risk. That means if any life has less value then the entire body is in jeopardy. Any life that is beaten, raped, attacked, tortured, enslaved, or harmed in any way— directly impacts the entire body.

Beyond a Pandemic

If there are systematic instruments created to divide the body, then the entire body must work together to destroy those instruments, and then the body must build and use instruments of healing and restoration. When we turn a blind eye, the systematic morphs into systemic and diseased. What we see throughout the US and the world is disease. A disease that can’t be remedied with a lab-created vaccine. It can’t be studied under a microscope. There is no pill for it, nor will there ever be. It’s ugly, vile, and the most dangerous presence we have or will ever face. Humankind won’t survive if this disease reaches and contaminates every land in this world.

Yes, if one part of the body thrives, all the other parts should celebrate, but that is because the synergy created benefits all of the parts not just the one. The same is true in reverse. It is ignorant and foolish to believe that if one part suffers that the body can still thrive unscathed. Other parts will be affected, until the entire body collapses.

Poverty

Poverty is the result of one part of the body thriving off of the other parts labor and sacrifice. The parts that do most of the work don’t see the benefits, and cut off, they begin to atrophy and eventually die. The wealthy don’t realize that if those parts die, so does their wealth, and eventually so will they. The only way to thrive is to ensure all of the parts are healthy and thriving.

One percent of the body should not thrive off of the efforts of 99 percent of the body. The one percent must stop lying to different parts and telling those parts that their suffering is caused by other, also struggling, parts. This deception doesn’t prevent the body from dying. It makes the death worse, with a relenting pain, that you wish it would be swift rather than slow and deliberate. The hypocrisy of the one percent is to hold the other parts to standards that even the one percent can’t master. Greed, self-indulgence, selfishness—all apparent, and all the things Jesus stood against. All of the things that breaks God’s heart.

When a person loses a limb, have you noticed that they still care for and tend the area that limb was once attached to? It is still cleaned and respected as it was when the limb was there. Many people say they can still feel their missing limbs. The connection is still there. Separated but still a part of them.

What We Are Called to Do

If you call yourself a Christian, a follower of Christ, a follower of Jesus, a follower of God, God’s child—whatever you call yourself, however you self-identify, you have a responsibility, an obligation to protect, care for, strengthen, reinforce each part of the body—not just your own. When a part is missing, you should feel it, and if it can’t be restored and reconnected, then you should still care for what it was once connected to. You should honor it as it once was and honor what remains.

What we aren’t supposed to do is what we have been doing for thousands of years. God’s children don’t do certain things:

  • We don’t idolize the instruments of destruction.
  • We don’t feed the disease so it grows and gets stronger.
  • We don’t celebrate and honor destroyers and enemies that attack parts of the body.

The disease will destroy the entire body, don’t think it won’t. We have a choice. We are all connected. Energy flowing. One body. We better do better to love, protect, uplift, rejoice, and celebrate the entire body.

Prayer

Father, help us to see, acknowledge, take responsibility, repent, atone, and realign with You. The body cannot thrive if any part suffers. Heal us Father. Amen.

I love you all, even when you’re being unloving. I hope it’s reciprocated.
~Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 6.11.21

Scripture

I sought the lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:4

Reflection

We’re all facing uphill battles this year, this quarter, this month, this week, and today. But are our battles any more difficult than those in the past? Or are they simply just more battles to overcome at a time when maybe we have less resources than in the past? Or because others are under a lot of pressure and their weight comes down on us more so than in the past? Or maybe it’s a figment of our imagination because we’re afraid.

God is our scale, our measurer, and He carries the weights and determines what we can withstand and what we can’t.

Here’s an excerpt from a prayer I said 10 years ago, that still haunts me today:

…Father, I am faced with some heavy decisions in my personal and professional life; I am faced with financial burdens and haunted by my past decisions, and by current unknowns. I’ve got more month than money, bills to pay, and although I know there is a solution to my problem, I’m blinded by fear. Father I have to make decisions about who to trust, who to associate with, and who to walk away from….

Can you feel the fear? Can you see what I allowed to consume a part of my mind and heart 10 years ago? Can you see what still haunts me today? There’s a struggle with discernment and trust—the ability to sift through with clarity to identify God’s Truth from the lies, and a lack of trust in myself and trust in God. I’m just being honest and transparent. It’s the only way for me to face my demons, face the voices that whisper all the ways I lack, and pull myself up through the muck holding me back.

I’ve come to realize, even in my fears, that when God places a lot on my back and shoulders it’s because He knows I can handle it; He knows I can walk through the valley and up that mountaintop with that weight on my back and reach the finish line of victory. Even when I take on stuff I have no business dealing with, God still rests His hand upon me to keep the weight from toppling and crushing me.

Yes, it’s scary most of the time. Yes, it can rattle the nerves and cause your body to seize up in pain—but we can make it through.

As we work through life’s lessons we are clearing the pathway for others, for our children and generations to come; and we are making ourselves stronger so that each obstacle we approach we gain the courage to tell ourselves, “With God, I’ve got this.” So let’s do this. Let’s turn to each other with love in our hearts, to encourage and push each other, to grab each other’s hands, and look into each other’s eyes and say, “With God, we can do this!”

Prayer

Father, throughout my day I pray to You, give thanks for You, and say thank You for my many blessings. I seek You Lord, minute by minute, to help me to see things through, to help me to find my way, and to realize my purpose in Your Kingdom and on Your land.

I’m scared Father. I’m scared that I will make the wrong decisions. I am afraid to disappoint You. Lord, deliver me from all of my fears. Calm my nerves so that I worry no more as I put my trust, confidence, and faith in You.

You are my Rock, Father. You are my Light and Salvation. With You nothing but good can come to me or go from me and that’s all that I need to know. I love You Father. Amen.

I love you all,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.10.21

Scripture

I love you, LORD, my strength.

Psalm 18:1

Reflection

How simple a declaration. Of love and the acknowledgment of the Source of his strength. David sang these first words of a song he had written in honor of God, after God saved him from his enemies. Where does your strength come from? Do you credit God, self, or another source? As you’re climbing through the rough parts are you tapping into God or are you thinking that your strength is something you have to muster and build on your own, maybe with some help from Him?

I can admit that there are many times when I am self-centered in thinking about my issues, fears, and weaknesses. I get caught up thinking that everything rests upon my shoulders. Foolish me. I waste too much time thinking about my limits rather than standing tall in my knowing—that God is my Source of Life, Love, Truth, Joy, Happiness, Healing, Power, and Strength. He is Victory, and in Him and with Him, all obstacles shall be overcome.

I’m trying to get in the habit of declaring my truth the moment before doubt creeps in, as it’s nearing my door—and not just when it’s nestled in my mind and heart, torturing me. I’m focusing on turning to and tapping into God at all times, not just in my times of fear. I’m working on me as God molds me second by second each day. One day we’ll be fully aligned with an unbreakable bond, and oh what a sight that will be!

Prayer

Father, I love You. I need You. I need to surrender fully and completely to You. Father I need Your help to overcome fear, to conquer my insecurities, to squeeze out any envy and jealousy that bubbles beneath the surface, and any resentment, frustration and anger that is waiting to unleash on an unsuspecting victim.

Father, free me from this negativity and darkness. Blanket me in Your peace, love and joy so that a calmness fills me. Keep my eyes, mind, and heart on You Lord, so that I can stop losing focus looking elsewhere. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.9.21

Scripture

“You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you. You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever.”

1 Chronicles 17:25-27

Reflection

God proves Himself to us daily. We must show our commitment to Him, beginning first through prayer to Him every single day, throughout each day. Gain the courage to commit to Him, to trust in Him, and to believe that success is not possible without Him. He will always provide a home and a way for us.

Prayer

Father, You show me consistently how You are here for me, blessing me, and taking care of my needs. Your commitment and devotion to me gives me the courage and faith to believe in the impossible and unimaginable. I thank You now for blessing me with a home filled with love, peace, and joy. I thank You now for blessing me and protecting me all the days of my life. Thank You Father. Amen.

I love you all,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.8.21

Scripture

Honest scales and balances belong to the lord; all the weights in the bag are of his making.

Psalm 16:11

Reflection

Sometimes we add more pressure, more responsibility, more drama, more headaches and heartbreaks upon ourselves because we want to control or fix something. Because we allow our flesh to overrule our spirit. The flesh is weak but we keep thinking it’s not. Except for those moments when we freak out because we can’t find a fast and plausible human solution. We then either turn to God and beg for His intervention because we know we were in the wrong. Or we take the fools route and we turn to Him with blame masqueraded as exhaustion, begging Him as though our screw-ups were His doing, or somehow out of our control—because “the devil made me do it”.

We are consumed with our stress, pain, and confusion, and we forget that God is always our Solution. He was our solution before we started interfering in a situation. He was our solution the moment we saw there was a problem. He is our only true solution. Sadly, we keep thinking that we’re the solution-bringers, problem-solvers, drama-tamers. Which is funny because we’re the ones creating the issues, problems, and drama.

What we would experience if only we stopped trying to balance the scale, stopped trying to be the scale, stopped trying to be the weight, stopped thinking that everything and everyone revolves around us. If we truly knew and embraced our truth, the Truth, who we are, what we are, why we are—oh how beautiful and bold our lives would truly be. True life would be experienced in all of its richness. Instead we settle for the confusion and chaos enabled through our arrogant and foolish interference.

What we need to grasp and rely upon is that we are merely vines and branches from the One true Source. If we want peace, balance, clarity, and more positive energy, we must turn to, tap in, and release ourselves fully to God. We must remain connected and stop thinking we can live disconnected. That’s not living, that’s called struggling, and in that struggle we will turn to whatever substitute that we think will satisfy our flesh. It’s like cutting a stem of a flower or plant and trying to repot it in artificial soil, pouring contaminated water over it. The stem will die. Even if it grew a little it can’t grow much. It can’t thrive without its life source.

We need to remain connected to our Source. He is our Life, Truth, and Protector. He places no limits on our growth.

Let the Tree do what only the Tree can do, with precision and accuracy, with proper timing and intense care. He brings the balance because He distributes the weights and counters any interference with Divine Authority. Let go. Surrender to God!

Prayer

Father, I pray to walk in the Truth, that only through You and by You can I find joy and balance in my life. You control the scales, and You make a way out of no way. If I want peace, it must come from my reliance upon and devotion to You. I want to release my cares to You Lord. I want to be freed from my burdens that I subject myself to, and freed from the weight that I place on my shoulders. I keep trying to do things by myself, by way, defaulting to You only when I deem necessary. Father, You are my necessary every breath that I take each day.

Let me carry what You place on me, what You say is acceptable, and what helps me to carry out my responsibilities as Your ambassador. I want to focus only on that and nothing else. Everything else, I ask that You take away. I release my grip. I will refrain from meddling in matters that are for Your Divine resolution. I thank You for already resolving issues that I’m still struggling to see through. It is my clouded mind that keeps me near-sighted and confused. I release my limited flesh and lean on my spiritual Truth. I know what You are capable of. I know that my forest is merely a single twig from Your perspective. Moving forward, I will walk with this confidence. I praise You for clearing my way and I look forward to these seas parting, valleys lifting, traps collapsing, and mountains flattening.

In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.7.21

Scripture

…if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself?

You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?

Romans 2:19-23

Reflection

What if someone never read the Bible and never went to church, but only had you to rely on to show them how a “Christian” should be, should act, should speak, and should think? How would you rate yourself as a representative of Jesus Christ if given the scale 1-5? (1 =poor example, 5=awesome example)

If someone secretly videotaped you for several weeks or months, what would that tape show about you and how you live, speak, treat yourself, and treat others? How much are you aligned to the life Jesus lived for us to model?

Do you lie to others but say, “It’s just a white lie” or “I didn’t lie I just didn’t tell the whole truth”? Do you say you can’t stand thieves, yet you find yourself stealing people’s ideas, or all sorts of things from hotels, companies, or your job—and you rationalize the theft?

Do you bad-mouth other people who cheat on their significant other, but when you do it you call it anything and everything except what it is—cheating? Would it be cheating if you found out your significant did it?

Do you say that people can control their urges and avoid addiction, yet you just have to consume or partake in something regularly to feel a sense of normalcy? Sexual addiction (on every level) is just as intoxicating and destructive as alcohol addiction, drug addiction, or gambling addiction. And let me add that sugar is the most addictive substance we can consume.

When we play with fire we will always get burned.

Pray to God to show you the truth about yourself and then pray for the strength to change your ways, realign to Him, and live like His honorable and dignified child. I’m praying each day to change my life the way God intends so I can represent and reflect the love, light, joy, honor, and purity that is in and of Him. I want my life to be God-centered and focused—how about you? Let’s be the example we want to see in the world, not the example of the world we cave to under pressure.

Prayer

Father, I want to look in Your spiritual mirror and ‘check myself’. I want to look deeply and see if I’m practicing what I’m preaching, following the advice I give others, walking the path of righteousness that I claim I’m navigating, living the life as Your ambassador—or am I a deceitful hypocrite.

Place the mirror before me Father. Let me see my true self. Let me see the areas that need correction, those areas for improvement, and the way to make things right in my life. I love You Father and I only want to do right in Your Sight. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.4.21

Scripture

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the lord in the land of the living.

Psalm 27:13

Reflection

No matter what you go through, no matter how often or intense someone mistreats you, God brings a calming balance to chaos. God will remove you from a bad situation, He will heal your pain, and bring people to your life that walk in His Light. He will bring people to you that will not lie to you, cheat on you, or steal your time, money, possessions, energy, or dignity. He will also stand as the bridge for you to cross when people with evil intent come hawking your way. All we have to do is call out, reach out, knock on the door—and it will be opened.

I truly believe that there is more love and acceptance than hate and rejection in the world. Sometimes you just have to take a closer look. The author of confusion wants you to see the darkness and shadows, and become so overwhelmed that you are paralyzed from doing much of anything in life. God is Life and there is nothing more that He wants for you than to live your truth in Him, through Him, on this land that He made beautifully rich for you.

We don’t have to be lost when we rely on God’s guidance and GPS coordinates.

We don’t have to be afraid, or succumb to the fear, when our confidence comes from Him.

We don’t have to be confused, as long as we consult with God first, frequently, and always.

We don’t have to be bitter because we know that God can make all things better.

We don’t have to be poor because God has unlimited wealth, in every aspect of spiritual and physical life, waiting to pour into us.

We don’t have to be ignorant when we have God as our Teacher.

We don’t have to hate when we choose a relationship with God-Love, filling our minds and hearts with His Truth, and casting out the lies.

We don’t have to be cynical because through God we are optimistic.

Ponder that.

Then let go of the baggage you’re carrying around, thinking that all of it rests upon your shoulders. It doesn’t. It never was supposed to. This is weight that only God can handle. He keeps telling you to rest your weary head on Him. You keep dragging your head and your junk from place to place.

Listen to Him and let Him do what only He can.

Prayer

Father, I believe that even in darkness, through lies, deceit, and hate, and evil of all kinds— that Your goodness can and will be seen amongst and within the masses of Your children. No matter how much I’m wronged by someone I will never stop believing that Your Light will always penetrate darkness, that Your Truth will always reveal lies, and that Your Love will always heal pain. I may not be confident in man, but I am 100 percent confident in You. In You I put my trust. Always giving You the glory, for without You there is no me. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.3.21

Scripture

I do not sit with the deceitful, nor do I associate with hypocrites.

Psalm 26:4

Reflection

We have to choose what is most important to us, telling the truth even when it hurts or deceiving people because we don’t want to be harshly judged or mistreated, or because we fear we will lose someone or something.

We also have to choose whether to be a hypocrite, not walking the walk we talk, while holding people accountable for things we deviate from. We have to choose to point the finger of blame while not taking responsibility for our actions—or do what’s right. We have to choose to either be honest about the way we live and think, or continue to pretend like, “That’s not me. I don’t do that. I wouldn’t do that” while secretly we do and we would.

We have to stop being hypocrites telling people to do things we don’t and won’t.

We have to stop telling people to pray for others, to forgive others and themselves, to seek help through counseling and therapy, to spend quality time with loved ones, to take better care of themselves—yet we don’t do it. Stop telling people to be faithful in relationships if you’re not. Stop telling people to respect and honor you if you don’t respect and honor them—and worse, if you don’t respect and honor yourself. Don’t tell others to do something you’re not actively and consistently doing, and at the level and intensity you encourage them to do it.

We have to make choices.

No one said it would be easy, and it won’t be. Every day we are tempted to stray. We have a choice. Each day we must strive to live right, tell the truth, and stay focused on our mission and purpose in life (or figuring it out). If you fear telling the truth then pause in silence, rather than lie, and ask God to guide you through the situation. When we’re living this way we’re authentically true to self and we’re not fearful of getting caught living a lie—because we’re too busy doing what’s right. And when you screw up, which we all do:

  1. Take responsibility
  2. Repent and ask God for forgiveness
  3. Forgive yourself
  4. Realign and get back on the path
  5. Keep pressing forward
  6. Don’t beat yourself up and shackle yourself to shame. That’s not God’s way so don’t adopt it as yours.

Prayer

Father, touch my heart and mind. Show me the ways through Your light, love, peace and joy that I might think twice before telling a lie or withholding the truth whether out of fear, jealousy, envy, or anger. Turn me around from living a hypocritical life where I say one thing yet do another.

Father, rid me of the fear of losing out or losing favor with someone for speaking the truth, and for not switching “faces” out of convenience. Not losing Your favor is more important to me than my relationship with man or woman. I want to stand tall in Your Light, and not slither in darkness. I come to You with a humbled heart and a determined mind. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.2.21

Scripture

Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.”

Ezra 10:4

Reflection

God never gives us more than we can handle. What is placed before us we can either stand up and take care of or we can run and hide in fear. Even if we try to hide from it, it will still be there waiting until we do it, resolve it, fix it, get rid of it, compartmentalize it, or adjust for it. What is before you, you can handle. It’s in your hands and you do have support—first starting with God.

Ezra (a priest) was saddened by all the ways the Israelites had sinned, and one of the things that was blatantly obvious was that some of them had gone against the call to not intermarry with the Canaanites, Egyptians, Hittites, Amorites, and several other groups [read Ezra 9:1]. It was prophetic. They were told that they were to be preserving their bloodline for the birth of their Messiah, the one who would be King of the Israelites. You know who!

Well, as Ezra prayed, Shekaniah (from the people of Elam) recommended that they make a covenant with God, realign and restore themselves, so they would not suffer for their decisions. Long story short, they would send their foreign wives and the children from those marriages away. Sort of like when Hagar and Ishmael were sent away by Abraham and Sarah, because that beef between Hagar and Sarah was getting intense.

Shekaniah ended his proposal by lending support to Ezra to lead the charge and call-to-action. That’s verse 4 above. Ezra didn’t reject Shekaniah. He was open to the confession and proposal. Then he shared it with the masses who all agreed to comply. The people kept their word. They dealt with the situation. Yes, I’m sure you also know that the Israelites continued to struggle with this intermarriage issue, much later than the Ezra era. That’s not the point of today’s message.

Sometimes things will be chaotic. Sometimes people will do stupid things. Sometimes you are one of those people. But it’s important that we turn to God for direction, discernment, and clarity. Then we must be open and willing to accept counsel from others, who may have a different perspective and viable options for solutions. We have to put our fear, pride, and emotions to the side to then pursue the correct paths. Let God deal with the details. You do what you’re supposed to do.

Imagine if Ezra had ignored Shekaniah. What if Ezra was too focused on the issues, the chaos, the sins—and was closed off and inapproachable? While praying to God sometimes we don’t see the solutions and opportunities He has presented through different people and resources. Sometimes you will be Shekaniah. Sometimes you will be Ezra. Sometimes you’re one of the periphery players lending your support. Whatever the situation calls for, be willing to step up and do your part.

Prayer

Father, I pray for the courage to do what I’m supposed to, push past my fears, and to stand up and take those steps to living the life You intend for me. Father, I thank You for giving me the tools and resources that I need. I give You all of the glory. Amen.

Lovingly yours,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.1.21

Scripture

With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.

Judges 16:16

Reflection

I don’t know about you, but I detest nagging. Whether it’s a woman or man, it doesn’t matter. Something changes in the person’s voice that is so annoying. I’m sure that from their viewpoint they’re thinking that they wouldn’t have to nag if they weren’t forced to repeat themselves because other people won’t answer them, keep dropping the ball, or not doing their part.

I think it’s more about the energy and tone of the incessant requests, and that they’re usually layered with a lot of snarkiness, eye-rolling, and unnecessary body language that screams louder than words—which makes you want to clobber them with dozens of huge water balloons filled with multi-colored slime.

For hours.

Visualize that.

Not Christ-like huh? But I made you smile though!

Oh no you didn’t Delilah!

Let’s look at this Bible verse. It’s about Samson and Delilah, and little Miss. Delilah wasn’t nagging Samson to fix the roof of their house. No, she was plotting and planning against him to get her hands on his secret so she could tell the Philistine rulers who promised to pay her for the intel. Delilah didn’t think twice. She didn’t protest. She didn’t declare her love for Samson. Nope, she was thinking about what she was going to do with the shekels they promised. They promised to give her 1,100 shekels per man. I don’t know how many men were there but it had to be more than a few. Delilah sold out Samson and the only way she achieved her goal was to nag him incessantly day after day. She tried to guilt-trip and shame him. She wore him down until he gave up. Samson’s discernment wasn’t activated because he was distracted and confused. Delilah must have been one hot mama to Samson!

There are plenty of people who have had a Delilah in their life. Maybe you have too.

Pause for a moment to ponder something with me…

Why didn’t Samson ever ask Delilah, “Why in the world do you keep asking me this question Delilah? And why do you keep yelling that the Philistines are going to get me immediately after you tie me up?” I mean, wouldn’t you want to know why someone would ask about your source of strength and how you can be tied and subdued? Samson wasn’t the smartest dude was he? He should’ve said, “I don’t know” or “I get my strength from God and only He can subdue me”. BAM! Either response would have shut Delilah up, about that matter, at least for a few weeks. Even though the easiest response would have been, “Delilah I’m not telling you so stop asking me. It has nothing to do with loving you or not. I just don’t want anyone to know and that includes you. If you can’t accept that then I don’t know what else to say.”

So how should we deal with nagging people or just people who carry around an energy that we could stand to not be around?

The time and energy you invest in negative or nagging people (and resolving nothing) could be better spent focusing on what God has planned for you. Just like positive energy waves, negative energy waves can latch on to you, but instead of lifting you up it drains and eats away at you like poison. Don’t let Delilah wear you down!

Prayer

Father, I pray for peace and joy in my life; that I might come home to an environment free of drama, nagging, guilt trips, and toxic energy. Whatever negativity that I face outside I want to leave it there. I pray that anyone in my home does the same. Father, be our buffer. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Welcome this new month. See it as a fresh start. It’s Day One…now do something positive in your life and lovingly put those energy-drainers in their rightful place. 

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 5.31.21

Scripture

Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands. Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees. But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed. Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?

Job 4:3-6

Reflection

When we give advice, encouragement, and support to others we must remember the words, sentiment, and actions delivered so that during our time of need we use what God equipped us with to lift ourselves up. When we praise God to everyone else but then doubt Him in moments of despair, aren’t we being hypocritical, and engaging in a conditional relationship with Him?

Let God’s Light come in, fully and not filtered, every millisecond of the day. Feel His warmth, love, tenderness, and support. When we live our lives and express love, mercy, and forgiveness the way God intends then we never feel alone, lost, defeated, or forsaken. There’s no greater way to show you love and support Him than to obey Him.

When you read that last line in the Bible passage above, does it not strike a chord within? Let’s rephrase it to see it with a declarative position: if you were pious (devoted to God) you would have confidence, and if you were blameless you would have hope. So is our lack of confidence and hope because we lack piety (devotion to God) and our ways carry blame? Are we not walking the walk, and it’s showing in our corrupted speech? When our words of confidence are replaced with words of doubt, how are we walking each day?

Think about it. Tell me what your heart and mind conclude. Or tell me if they are in disagreement!

Prayer

Father, I pray for the humility, strength, courage, and confidence to always practice what I preach. I want to be there to uplift and support others through my thoughts, words, and deeds—while remembering those same thoughts and words when I need uplifting and encouragement through rough times.

Father, I want Your Word to resonate through me so that my confidence always lies in You. My devotion to You is my faith. There’s no greater way to show my support than to obey You. Forgive me for those days I waver, get discouraged, feel like giving up and letting life pass me by. I know You know my heart and intentions Lord and I thank You and love You for Your love. Thank You for lifting me up another day. I give You all of the glory. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 5.28.21

Scripture

You wearied yourself by such going about, but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’ You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint.

Isaiah 57:10

Reflection

There are a lot of stories in the Bible about some cruel, selfish, evil people. We’re not going to focus on them today. Let’s instead reflect back over the stories and accounts of the men and women of the Bible that we honor. Think about them. They were not super-human creations, they were regular people who did extraordinary things, as they were touched by God’s Light. It’s not that they didn’t have fears or doubt. There was fear; but it speaks volumes about these great people because of what they did when fear stood in their face and challenged them. With confidence of God standing with them, they didn’t cower over, give in, run away, or lose hope—instead they slapped fear down to the ground, stepped on it and kept marching forward to the beat of God’s drum.

So each day as we walk, march, and make our way down life’s paths we will grow tired, but we should work towards mentally never giving up; to never believe we can’t take one more step or push one more obstacle out of our way. Let God be your strength and battery. Our end, is not for us to decide, that is God’s job. If we sabotage our lives then we cut short the blessings that were coming our way, the opportunities for growth and success, and to make a difference in other people’s lives.

So ask yourself, “Is what I’m going through really that unbearable, that I no longer have hope and faith in God to see me through?”

Prayer

Father, through ups and downs You never waver, You never fail me, You never fall short of blessing me abundantly. Through trials and tribulations, Your son, Jesus, never walked away, never gave up or gave in, instead he faced head on anything, everything, and everyone that came at him and attacked him. His trust was solely in You.

There are many accounts in the Bible of some of Your children who never gave up, never lost hope, and never stopped believing in You, Your Word, and their role in Your Kingdom Father. Each day I must claim victory in Your Name, as I begin with the blessing of being alive. I pray for daily renewal Lord. I humbly pray to You Father, and say in advance “Thank You”. Amen.

This weekend and on Monday we commemorate the lives of men and women who lost their lives due to war. Some of you have family members who entered battle zones and never returned home. Memorial Day and the weekend we begin celebrating, is more than backyard barbecues, it’s about reflecting on the sacrifice of few for many, and realizing that impact on our lives. So don’t be more focused on stuffing your belly. Honor those countless lives lost in each war and conflict the US has been involved with.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 5.27.21

Scripture

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. 

Proverbs 19:21

Reflection

Woody Allen is quoted as saying, “If you want to make God laugh tell Him your plans” and no matter your opinion on the man who spoke these words, this phrase is so accurate that you have to laugh in agreement—because we spend the largest portions of our life planning, strategizing, and outlining our life the way that we think it should go—but never stepping back and acknowledging that through it all, God is the only Seer of the future, of the twists and turns of our journey, and the true Navigator. Yes, we can be lazy and get no where. But we can also be reckless, doing too much, and get no where. If we’re not consulting and being directed by Him, then we’re on a crash course.

If we let Him steer our chartered course, while we follow His lead, then we can fully experience and enjoy the trip—we can wisely invest our time and energy into serving Him and living life to its fullest. God will always open doors, windows, and crawl spaces of opportunity for us. He will always make a way out of no way—but if He’s trying to guide the ship right while you’re grabbing the wheel trying to turn it left, guess where you will go? No where. Guess what you will experience? Nausea and frustration.

Every day we must make the effort to get out of our own way, to let go and surrender to God, and allow Him to lead us to where we need to be. Lord knows I battle with myself on this regularly, and I recognize that my life is so much smoother, calmer, and stress-free when I simply let God do His job and I focus on doing mine. I’m working each day to stop thinking I can control everything and instead find the peace and joy that comes from surrendering my thoughts of control to Him. My control issues stem from not trusting Him. No matter how I want to slice this reality differently, the truth is in my actions. If I truly trusted Him I wouldn’t feel the need to try to control everything and everyone.

The only thing I can control are my thoughts, words, and actions—and I blunder that almost daily. My best and brightest plan is to consult with Him, realign with Him, trust Him to be in complete control, and work on how my energy impacts my internal and external environments. When He shines His Light on opportunities then I can be more clear-minded and aware, to discern these blessings, and embrace them. That is how I can best work in synergy with Him.

What about you? What do you need to work on, realign, surrender, let go of?

Prayer

Father, thank You for Your patience, Your remarkable sense of humor, Your wisdom and understanding, and for your guidance throughout my days. There are moments in time when I think I have things figured out, and I think that what I’m doing is Your intent for my life—just to find myself puzzled when things don’t go as planned.

Father, I apologize for getting out of line, for assuming to know Your plans and thought process. If I consulted with You more and not just when I need You to fix something, I would be better aligned to You and Your vision for me. I apologize for trying to run my life instead of simply following Your lead. Thank You for knowing me better than I can ever know myself, and in knowing me You patiently wait on me to catch on and catch up to the pace You have set. You are amazing. You are awesome. I love You Father. Thank you for loving me. Amen.

I love you all. Have an amazing day. God bless you.

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 5.26.21

Scripture

Laziness brings on deep sleep, and the shiftless go hungry.

Proverbs 19:15

Reflection

God does not condone laziness. He can’t make sense of a person that is slow to change, slow to work, slow to move, slow to act, slow to do much of anything but lay around looking at the sky, the ground, the TV, their phone or computer, their twiddling thumbs, or other folks doing what their supposed to be doing—and what the lazy person should be doing.

If your home that God has loaned you is a pigsty and messy, then do something about it—clean it and thank God for the shelter, and safe place to rest your head and raise your family.

If your car is cluttered with a bunch of junk—instead of adding more junk and asking passengers to “excuse the mess”, clean it inside and out and show God that you are grateful for the gift.

If your business is going no where fast, get from behind the computer and in front of the TV, stop leaving the house everyday driving around doing and meeting no one, and start meeting people who can mentor, guide, and help build your company where it needs to be. Remember that your company’s success starts with you and the efforts you put into promoting it.

If your relationship with your significant other is getting dull, predictable, and boring—remember that it took both of you to get it to that point. If you want spice, spontaneity, an injection of life and passion—then you need to take the first step and stop waiting for the other person to do it.

If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired, then get up and change something, anything—but stop sitting around, laying around, shuffling around with your head hanging down and doing absolutely nothing.

Lazy people are taking up prime real estate. Either you build upon it and make the best out of every situation or be prepared to be moved out of here sooner than you initially expected.

I love you all and remember that we’re all works in progress; we all have to work at our faults, weaknesses, and the temptation to be lazy. We’re God’s clay that He is molding every millisecond of the day!

Prayer

Father, I pray to remain active, focused, determined, and constantly moving in the direction that you are guiding me. Let me sleep long enough to be reenergized but not too long that I become lethargic. The hours I waste sleeping or being unproductive are the hours that are taken from me when I need to earn a living to eat, clothe myself, and keep a roof over my head.

Father, I don’t ever want to fail you or my loved ones. Please keep Your hand on me Lord, so that even if I stray from Your path, I never go too far that I can’t be redirected to the right way. Father, I want to be present and proactive in my life every single day. I don’t want distractions from people, media, and other outside forces to keep me from living my life to its fullest, as Your ambassador. If I am not living right Father, please lovingly correct my steps. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 5.24.21

Scripture

Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.

Ecclesiastes 10:18

Reflection

Here’s some motivation for all of us. Ooh wee I need this kick in the butt today. Are you ready? Okay let’s do this!

Get up. Get out. Get going. If your days aren’t being spent doing the things that help you fulfill your purpose, then ask yourself why? What aren’t you doing to have more focused and productive days? What can you do today to glorify God? What can you do to help someone feel His joy today? What can you do today that will bring you joy?

For those of you who just excused away your goals, be honest with yourself, why?

What goals do you have for this month that you haven’t achieved? It’s the 24th of May. The month isn’t over. As long as your goal wasn’t too lofty, like “lose 20 pounds this month” and as of today you have only lost 3 pounds, then you can finish strong and possibly with a victory under your belt. It’s important that our goals are challenging but attainable. So you may need to reassess what you’re pursuing and how. And in the case of weight loss or weight gain, let’s make sure that our goals are also healthy ones. Having a goal of gaining or losing 20 pounds in a month isn’t a healthy pursuit, unless a doctor has prescribed this for health reasons, and you are under their care and guidance. Let’s always place safety first and stop looking for microwave results.

If you have a career or financial goal, like changing jobs or career paths, starting a business, launching a new product, or earning “X”-dollars by a certain date, are you investing at least 5 to 8 hours of pure sweat equity towards your goal per day? You may have a 9 to 5 job but that simply means from 7 to 12 you’re focused on your goal, or you split up the time throughout your day.

Now some of you may be telling yourself a big fat lie week after week, like “I’m still in the research and development stage”. Saying that you’re “still researching” or “working on the details” months and years after setting the goal, are usually the fallback excuses for lack of progress. You’re stagnant and not admitting why.

Is it because you’re either confused about next steps and need help, or that you’re simply afraid to take those steps? Admit it so you can move forward. If it’s fear, we’ll cover that shortly. If it’s confusion or needing help, you need to go to God for direction. Also, don’t assume that you have to wait for God to deliver you something. It may already be in front of you. He could’ve delivered it to you months or years ago. Your answers may come through a friend or family member, or friend of a family member. It could come from a person you met in the waiting room at your dentist’s office. Sources of help can come from the oddest, as well as the most obvious of places, so don’t rule out anything until you have at least inquired first. I keep learning these lessons.

If on the other hand you’re just being lazy, then you already know you won’t make any progress because you’re making the choice to not do anything. You have to take responsibility for that. Own your mess. And let’s be clear, those of you roaming around with an entitlement mindset, expecting someone to do for you, to hook you up, and for riches to just pour over you—snap out of it. The only thing that’s going to pour over you is misery. What else can you expect when you’re not making a positive contribution— the same return on that investment. Even if you receive money from a trust fund, what are you doing with the money? How do you view the relationship you have with this money since you don’t have to earn it? The fund was created to help you focus less on some things so you could focus more on others. The fund was put in place to free you to pursue your dreams, not live recklessly.

So whether you’re lazy or entitled, or both, stop wanting someone to do for you what you won’t do for yourself. Get up, try, fail or succeed, and try again—or try something new. But do something!

If you’re saying, “Natasha, I haven’t set any goals but it’s not because I’m lazy, it’s that I don’t know where to start…” Think about things this way—what recurring dreams are you dismissing as just being dreams, instead of possibly a direction or calling? What ideas have been placed on your heart that you haven’t pursued? Those can be your goals. Just like I mentioned earlier, you may need help from someone who can assist you with planning, execution, and follow up. But first you need to identify and make sense of what you’re dreaming about.

Now let’s be honest with each other. Fear is a punk. Laziness leads to failure. Why do we give in to either of them? They both lead to our misery. I know firsthand how suffocating life can be when consumed by fear or disconnected through laziness.

You may say, “But, I don’t want to be a failure or seen as one” and that fear is what’s holding you back. If you don’t want to be a failure or seen as one then you have to do the opposite of what you’re currently doing. Failing doesn’t make you a failure. Doing nothing does. Instead of sitting around looking at life pass you by, get up and make the most of your day. Take things in smaller, manageable chunks. Even if you fail to achieve your goals, at least it wouldn’t be due to your laziness, or because you didn’t try, or because you sat on your butt making excuses.

Change is difficult. We rarely change because we want to, it’s usually because we have to—circumstances get so intense that we’re left with only two options: be consumed by the misery of our present or change our ways, with a hope for the better. We try to excuse away the choices we’ve made. We excuse our laziness. We try to blame others for the situations we choose to enter and remain. Stop making excuses, stop trying to play the blame game, and start living your dreams. No one can keep you from achieving your goals except you.

If God can’t trust you with the little things then how do you expect Him to trust you with the big things?

Maybe you won’t become a billionaire but instead you create a life that gives you the freedom of choice that you admire in the billionaire lifestyle. You may not end up with that 20,000 square foot home but instead you buy a 2,000 square foot home and you get to travel several times a year seeing the places you once only dreamed about. You have to learn to see things from different angles and vantage points. Don’t give up before you get started and don’t give up just because it gets rough. Get up, get out, and with God as your Counselor, make smart decisions and career moves that will help propel your life where it needs to be—where God intends for it to be.

Prayer

Father, rid me from any laziness that I might possess. Cause me to rise up from my slumber. If necessary, make things so uncomfortable in my life that I must do something positive to change my circumstances for the better. Help me face my fears because they aren’t as big as my fear of losing favor in Your eyes Lord.

I do not want to lose the gifts and blessings You have given me because I am not doing my part to take care of and nurture them. I don’t want to lose the things You have loaned me. I don’t want my mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health negatively impacted because I have disconnected from Your plan and purpose for me Lord. An idle mind is a mind not focused on You Father, and I want my mind and heart to always be focused and connected to You. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Wow, today’s message really hits home for me, serving as a huge reminder. I’m motivated to make the most of my day. I hope it helps you and someone you know. Maybe you will share it. If so, I thank you now.

I love you all,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 5.21.21

Scripture

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 5:3-5

Reflection

Through uphill battles and downhill falls we persevere, grow, and develop our character with a restored sense of hope that tomorrow will be better, and that after this storm will come the rainbow, and the beautiful rays of God’s Light shining brightly. Never lose faith and hope that God will always see you through life’s issues, failed relationships, economic downturns, personal hangups, and moments of fear and frustration. Praise Him. Thank Him. Sing and dance as though you don’t have a care in the world—because you know that God is taking care of you and your needs, even if you can’t see the solution—know it’s there.

Prayer

Father, I praise Your Name through good times and in bad because I know that through life’s trials and tribulations I grow stronger, wiser, and closer to You. Father, I know that every time I fall and get up, every time I face a setback, my perseverance is helping to build my character as Your ambassador; and every day that I rise to see the sun I know that am truly blessed. So I thank You, Father. Amen.

Love always, 

Natasha

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