Breaking Bread For 1.21.22

Scripture

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” 

Galatians 6:7-8

Reflection

What we think about and pour all of our energy into, we bring about. What we desire and seek, whether good or bad, will only bring forth good or bad seeds. If you have ulterior motives that are centered on self and pleasing the flesh you will fall into a trap of darkness. Don’t be deceived into believing that you can trick, mislead, or fool God. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. You can’t catch Him slipping, as the saying goes. It doesn’t matter what the father of lies tells you, the enemy knows the truth and is betting that you will be too distracted to see it yourself.

I only want good and pure harvests, so it is my intent to only plant good and pure seeds in healthy soil. That doesn’t mean that’s what I always plant and reap. Sometimes I give into the flesh and what sprouts up is junk. Sometimes I wander and plant in toxic soil and guess what I reap? Toxic crops. I have to take ownership for my farming methods. I have to be accountable for the choices that I made. I can’t expect to grow strawberries if I’m planting tobacco. It doesn’t matter how much I complain, I reaped what I sowed. Does that make sense?

What are you planting and reaping?

Prayer

Father, knowing my heart as You do, You know my intentions, my thoughts, and my desires. Cleanse my heart so that it may be aligned with You, so that I might only sow goodness to please the Spirit and not the flesh. I never want to disappoint You Father. I know that there are times I’ve compromised myself, fallen for the tricks of the enemy, and my heart desires to be rooted in You. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.20.22

Scripture

All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the lord.

Proverbs 16:2

Reflection

If in your walk you have reason to question whether what you are doing is right in the eyes of the Lord ask yourself, “Is this of God? Will I have to repent for this?” If there is doubt or you know for a fact that what you’re doing isn’t of God and that you would have to repent, then you are walking on a dangerous path, and your motives are not pure. So don’t do it…stop right now! 

If that’s not enough motivation, consider asking yourself this question, “If I could see Jesus watching me right now, would I continue doing this?” If you would stop, then stop, because you know that Jesus and God are both watching and listening. They don’t have on noise cancellation headphones and eye masks. They aren’t on a spiritual retreat.

But if you care not to even weigh your decisions, if you casually do and say whatever you want without consideration to whether it is of God, then God will of course weigh things for you. 

Prayer

Father, You know my heart and I pray that my motives are in line with Your expectations and plans for me. If they are not I pray that You swiftly and lovingly re-direct me so that I do not have to learn the painstakingly and extremely long way in which to walk. I’m tired of repeating mistakes, after awhile they are no longer mistakes, they’re just disobedience, and that hurts my heart to admit this. I want to be aligned with You, not struggling with You. Your will not mine. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.19.22

Scripture

“You are not to hate your brother in your heart. Instead, you are to firmly rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. You are not to take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am ADONAI.”

Leviticus 19:17-19 TLV

Reflection

We spend so much precious time plotting and planning a revenge attack of some sort on our perceived or actual enemies; we hold grudges for years against people, and we love only those in select groups, like family and friends, but what of the stranger we don’t know or the enemy past or present? Why not spend our time focused on being better people, better ambassadors for Christ, and being motivated on building God’s Kingdom? 

Focus more on being the Light than casting a shadow over someone else. While you’re busy plotting to destroy someone else, the enemy is cracking up laughing, digging your spiritual grave. When we give in to anger we have grabbed ahold of the carrot of temptation. We fell into his trap. Let that nonsense go. When we walk around with a grudge we’re carrying around dead weight, wearing ourselves out and growing more bitter by the day. That’s not God’s doing or His plan. That is the schemes of the father of lies. Don’t compromise your Light for his headlights that will come crashing through your world.

We must work towards loving and respecting others as we love our self. And if we struggle with loving self then consider how you would want a beloved family member or friend treated, and then treat others accordingly. See the Light. Choose the Light. Embrace the Light. Be the Light.

Prayer

Father, in You I seek peace, comfort, and refuge. I look to Your son for guidance and the perfect example of how to love my neighbor as I do self, and how to even love those I would consider my enemy. Touch my heart Lord so that I may see that it is not my will but thine; and it is not my place to seek revenge, nor should I hold a grudge— because that means I’m wasting energy and removing my focus from You. I love You Father. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.18.22

Scripture

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

1 John 5:1-5

Reflection

The enemy would have us believe that God is not with us, that He has abandoned us, that His son is not our shepherd, and that our safest bet would be to not follow God’s commandments but instead follow the enemy into darkness. What do you believe? Who do you follow? I believe in and follow the Father and the son. 

Prayer

Father, I believe in You and I believe that Jesus is Your son, and the only way to You is through him. I carry this knowledge in my heart and mind, and promise to each day work to be a better person, ambassador, and follower of Christ. In Your son Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.17.22

Scripture

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18

Reflection

Fear is absence of light and love. Fear is loneliness. Fear is not of God. God is perfect love and we are His reflections— hence we are perfected by Him—so why do we entertain and give into fear? Why do we surrender ourselves to something not of God, becoming a slave to it?

Earlier this morning I was emailing a distant family member, whom I met recently thanks to Ancestry.com, and we were discussing the spirit of jealousy and envy, and I shared how both were rooted in a mindset of lack, which means they can’t be of God. God is love and there is no fear in love, for there is no lack in love. That means we should never be envious of others, because if we’re fully embracing our blessings we wouldn’t experience lack, only fullness and absolute satisfaction. We would be too busy living a life of gratitude than looking around to see what other people have that’s different or seemingly better than what we have.

It also means that we should never entertain the thought of losing someone to another person, for if they are meant to have a relationship with us, God will make it so. If not, God will also make that clear. Possessiveness is rooted in fear. Insecurity is fear. God did not make other humans to be our possessions, so let’s be mindful of how our feelings are manipulated by the enemy. Some of us are holding on to people who were long ago supposed to be elsewhere, learning from, teaching, and sharing with someone else. We’re blocking them from their blessings, we’re stagnating their growth, we’re limiting their potential, we’re slowing down their mission work. And guess what? We’re doing the exact same thing to ourselves. If you truly love them then you would let them go to spread their wings, and be all that they were called to be. Maybe you remain connected, maybe not. But love is not rooted in fear.

God has closed some doors in our life that we keep prying and rigging open. That’s fear driving us. Let’s get realigned so that we are made perfect in love.

Prayer

Father, in You I find light, love, truth, joy, kindness, forgiveness, peace, tranquility, life, understanding, grace, and strength. Remove the shackles that my fears have on me Father. Help me to see that fear is false evidence appearing real and that, although it is information to process, it is not of You. With fear is lack and with You there is only abundance. I seek Your light and truth Father. I want to live in Your peace. I want to be free. I humbly pray this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.14.22

Scripture

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”

James 3:13

Reflection

The true indication of a good life is not one filled with material wealth and riches, but through the humility that what we have today may be taken tomorrow; that we should never take for granted the things that we possess—whether spiritual, physical, or material.

The wisdom gained from past loss should humble us that we appreciate the smallest things in life as much or more than the big things. Our humility makes us most grateful for breathing in life each day, and for whatever senses we have most use of—from there, the rest of our blessings are countless.

These things, my friends are the indication of a good life. Strive for the humility that comes from wisdom and from past lessons learned. And accept what God brings to you, for those are the greatest gifts we can ever receive.

Let today be Free Yourself Friday….

Prayer

Father, I pray for the rich wisdom that can only come from You. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.13.22

Scripture

“When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.”

Psalm 56:3

Reflection

In our fears we must look for God’s light and run to it. Let His presence soothe you, clear your mind, cleanse your heart, and restore you. Turn to God for comfort during troubling times no matter how big or small—they may seem unbearable or too difficult to you, but nothing is too big or too small for God to handle. If we turned to God daily, during the good and great times, and not just when we’re desperate for something, we wouldn’t struggle with putting our trust in Him. Our trust would be as apparent as the skin covering our bodies.

Let’s not turn to God just because the substitutes we chose failed to meet our needs so we default to Him. Be committed, loyal, and faithful to Him first and always. All He wants is to have an intimate relationship with you and give you everything His heart desires for you. Embrace this Truth, seek Him out throughout the day!

Prayer

Father, there are times, like right now, when I am fearful, doubtful, and confused. Instead of worrying, feeling hopeless or helpless, or questioning why this is happening to me—I will trust You and know that You will never put me in a situation (or let me stay in one) where I am not protected, and that I can’t handle the intensity.

I have to believe and know that everything happens for a reason and from each circumstance comes a lesson to be learned.

So I will dry my tears, release my tensed shoulders, and breathe—knowing that with, in, and through You there is a solution, and this lesson will be well-learned and short-lived. Thank You Father. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread 1.12.22

Scripture

In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was afflicted with a disease in his feet. Though his disease was severe, even in his illness he did not seek help from the lord, but only from the physicians. Then in the forty-first year of his reign Asa died and rested with his ancestors.

2 Chronicles 16:12-13

Reflection

Asa was afflicted with a foot disease that he chose to rely on physicians to heal him of, instead of God—the same God he claimed an allegiance, the same God he claimed to love and worship fully; the same God he claimed he trusted and believed in completely—yet when in pain and once fear took over him, he chose to turn to man first and not God.

Would your Creator not have a vested interest in your good health? So why do we rush to the things He created instead of coming to Him? We must learn to turn to God and listen for Him to guide us—not lean unto our own understanding. Trust Him in all things and circumstances. Speak Truth to the lies the enemy tells you to lure you away from seeking God. Don’t doubt what our Father can and will do. Don’t be like Asa.

Prayer

Father, I have faith in You and Your ultimate ability to heal me of all afflictions no matter how big or small. I turn to You for my healing. I pray to You for all of my needs. You are my solution. You are my medicine. You are my healer. You are my mender. You are my restorer. Keep my mind and heart focused on You Lord. Keep me from straying when tempted to turn to man first for healing, and not to You. I will follow Your lead. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

God bless you!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.11.22

Scripture

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

2 Corinthians 3:17

Reflection

Whatever we go through in life it may not always seem comforting to say that God is with us. When we’re going through drama we’re obsessed with the energy of that drama. His spiritual presence may not register with us as boldly as a tangible presence, like that of another human. When you are being victimized and mistreated—sometimes your fear and desperation to survive or overcome, may outweigh the understanding that our Heavenly Father is with you.

It’s easy to default to the physical sense and seek comfort and saving from a person we can see and touch. But even that person would be sent by God. The Source of our healing, freedom, redemption, is Him. Let’s not confuse the tools and people He uses to be the source. Let’s not substitute the creations over the Creator.

We must dig deep, and in our darkest hour we have to listen for His voice and feel His presence. Through it all, God is with us. I pray for everyone who is in pain, suffering, overwhelmed, and unsure of their fate. I pray that they seek comfort in God’s Spirit. All we have to do is call on Him. He’s right there.

Prayer

Father, I pray for those who seek freedom. Freedom from slavery, violence, oppression, fear, hate, poverty, mistreatment, and lies. Father, I pray for those who cry out but their cries go unanswered. I pray that they hear Your voice and feel Your presence. I pray that they know You are always with them. Your Spirit is our freedom. I pray that we have the faith to believe and embrace Your Spirit, so that we may truly be free. I pray these things in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.10.22

Scripture

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, …

1 Peter 1:6-8

Reflection

The hurdles you must climb, the obstacle courses of life you must maneuver around, are necessary for your growth and to measure your faith in God and His Kingdom. We should and must get to a point where we truly and completely surrender to God, to His will, and to our purpose on this earth. It may come sooner for some of us, later for others, and unfortunately for others it may only come when we take our last breath.

Strive each day to surrender more of yourself, to allow Him to lead you and provide for you—without you feeling as though you are your own master and must do all, and resolve all issues in your life. All solutions are in front of you, it is up to us to open our real eyes, see them, and seize them. But the only way we can begin to see through our spiritual lens is to let go of some of our human tendencies and weaknesses.

Prayer

Father, I pray to You this day for strength, discernment, wisdom, and courage to face my challenges and overcome my fears each day. I understand that the trials are to test my faith while making me stronger and braver. I embrace the trials as I do the rewards. Thank You for caring for me beyond my comprehension. Thank You for loving me, guiding me, and guarding me through the darkest of times, and through the deepest valleys and up the steepest mountains. I love You, Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 1.7.22

Scripture

People lie to one another; they flatter and deceive. May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that boasts! 

Psalm 12:2-3

Reflection

There are careers that are rooted in the art of telling lies. In the process of negotiation some people tend to lean more on deception than transparency. In relationships, some people will lie to gain or maintain leverage against the person they claim to respect and love.

People lie because they are telling themselves the biggest lie, “It’s not really hurting anyone”. People lie to hide truths that would make others shame them. People lie to keep from being ‘real’. People lie because they’re selfish. Because of lies, relationships end, families fall apart, businesses fail, countries enter wars, people are murdered, the innocent are attacked, and the world cries out in pain.

We will not be whole until we start living a wholesome life. We will not be free until we free ourselves from lies, deceit, greed, arrogance, selfishness, and self-centeredness. We will not stop feeling pain until we stop subjecting others to our own pain. We will not feel and receive true love until we give freely of our love to God.

Prayer

Father, fill me with Your truth and wisdom. Free me from the bondage of deceit. I ask for discernment to see through flattery and boasting. Humbly I ask this of You in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.6.22

Scripture

“Many a man proclaims his loyalty, but a faithful man who can find?”

Proverbs 20:6 TLV

Reflection

To require loyalty and faithfulness in others requires the same in return. God has and is faithful and loyal to us even though we teeter totter from being faithful and doubtful on a consistent basis. If we aren’t faithful and loyal to Him then how can we be these things to others? And how can we expect these things in return? It’s a good thing for us that we don’t get from God what we give Him, and that He’s not waiting on us to give before He gives to us. If so, we would have a “whole lot” of nothing. Praise Him for giving us what we don’t deserve and can’t earn.

Our human relationships often mirror our relationship with God—in the ways we neglect Him, ration our time with Him, choose substitutes over Him, prioritize other things and people over Him, come to Him only when we need something, and don’t give Him proper and adequate credit for His blessings. Then in our relationships with humans we’re doing the same things and the same things are being done to us, and we wonder why there’s so much chaos and confusion.

We haven’t been nurturing and attentive to our first and most important relationship.

Although He shows us grace and mercy, the world does not. He is energy and all that He created and creates is energy. We take what He pours into us but we don’t glorify Him by paying it forward to others, allowing our cup to be emptied for His refilling. We take, ration, hoard, and expect our cup to always remain full because we’re operating from a state of lack. We’re saying we don’t trust God to keep us full so we turn to our own ways. There’s our lack of faith and loyalty.

Being that it’s all energy, we must realize that what we invest or withdraw impacts those energy channels, circuits, and portals and how they interact with other channels, circuits, and portals.

We can’t ask from man (and expect to receive) what we don’t give to God. Let us give freely of ourselves (in all ways and at all times) to our Heavenly Father so that we might build with Him the healthiest relationship, receiving the blessings of the fullness of love, peace, and joy. Then we can be aligned with loyal and faithful friends and family, to whom we are loyal and faithful.

Prayer

Father, I pray for internal peace, discernment, clarity, and for the strength to endure and outlast life’s challenges and the enemy’s attacks.

I pray that through my increased faithfulness I will find myself surrounded by the faithful. I surrender the handling and alignment of the unfaithful. Whether they remain active in my life or I walk away, I will depend on Your directive. Let all things be Your will not mine. I’m not sure if You will want me to pour more, less, or an even flow into them. I will wait for Your direction when that time comes.

You are my Father, Your son is my shepherd and I loyally will follow as Your sheep. Humbly I submit myself to You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.5.22

Scripture

“So Delilah said to Samson, “Tell me please, where does your great strength come from? How could you be bound to subdue you?”

Now it came about when she nagged him daily with her speeches and kept bothering him, his soul was annoyed to death. So he divulged to her all his heart and said to her, “No razor has ever been upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaved, then my strength will go from me, and I will be weak and be like any other man.”

Then she made him sleep upon her knees, and she called for a man and had the seven locks of his head shaved off. She even began to humiliate him while his strength departed from him.”

Judges‬ ‭16:6, 16-17, 19‬ ‭TLV‬‬

Reflection

Although we know that God, not hair, was Samson’s strength, but let’s save that for another day. Today let’s focus on little miss Delilah , who was all about self. She had aspirations and was only concerned with how to get what she wanted, and she wasn’t concerned with how she would get there. Whether it was Samson or another man, she would climb their backs to get what she wanted. In this case she betrayed the man she claimed to love for…money.

Maybe Delilah had trust issues from seeing men take advantage and use up women, and she swore to never be a victim but always a victor. We see this women and men. She obviously didn’t realize that betraying someone never puts you in the winner’s column. Nope it makes you the big loser and you have to pay for the sin you committed against your victims and your sin committed against God.

Be weary of the person who is consistently looking for your weaknesses, looking for your vulnerability and areas in which you couldn’t survive attack. Be cautious of how much, and what, information you divulge and to whom. Things that God entrusts in you is for you, do not betray that trust by sharing intimate details with others. It was nobody’s business yet Samson made it so.

Delilah challenged his love and loyalty [v.15], which is also a challenge to his character and honor. Our (just like Samson’s) first and most important vow is to God and anyone who puts us in a position to compromise that vow needs to be put in their place. When people say, “If you loved me you would…” pay close attention, for “love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking…” [1 Corinthians 13:5]. Delilah was enraged that Samson wouldn’t tell her the truth about how to defeat him. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-5, 7 says that “Love is kind…it is not easily angered… it always protects…” Delilah wasn’t demonstrating love but Samson was blinded by love, or maybe lust.

Understand that God believes in helping those who help themselves, but not those who do so at the expense of others. Delilah was placed in Samson’s life to test him. Would he be obedient to God or would he cave under pressure of temptation? Samson had multiple opportunities to resist Delilah, not divulge his gift, and even to remove her from his life. Samson did not seize those opportunities. His ego got in the way.

We all have and will face male and female Delilah’s in our lifetime. God has given you choices. Follow Him and thrive, or give in to temptation and be conquered by it. Listen to His voice and not the voice of Satan who would stop at nothing to get you to destroy your relationship with God. The enemy will have you make a fool of yourself, in your superhero costume trying to rescue the damsel in distress—who by the way is probably Satan’s double agent.

Delilah didn’t realize she had more to gain in her loyalty to Samson than in her alliance with the Philistines. How could she when she was blinded by money and power? She was a puppet of Satan.
Look around, do you see any Delilah’s hanging around, calling, texting, emailing you? Seize your day and declare it as “TRADING DELILAH DAY” as you get the Delilah’s out of your life.

Prayer

Father, protect me from my ego that is easily swayed to react without following Your counsel and guidance. I ask for discernment, insight, courage, and the obedience to follow Your lead. If I somehow succumb to pressures or temptation, protect me Lord and strengthen me once more that I may overcome those who would stand in my way of serving You. My most important and valued relationship is the one I have with You. I know that the enemy is always trying to attack and destroy what we have. I pray to You for wisdom, strength, clarity, patience, tenacity, endurance, and protection. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Lovingly, Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.4.22

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.”

Proverbs 13:12

Reflection

How many dreams have you left behind or lost control of and they left you? How many times did you walk away from a dream because of someone else’s influence? How many times have you followed behind someone else instead of having the faith and strength to walk alone?

I know I have numerous times. I can recall the times I had life in the palm of my hand and I could clearly see God’s greatness shaping and forming that dream into my reality, and either out of fear or through negative influences I watched my dreams become distant. I then began to doubt myself, and my hope waned.

Without a sense of hope we are sick, and that sickness spreads virally, infecting anyone within reach. The only way to live a healthy and fulfilled life is to live out your dreams and turn them into your reality. There is no better time or place than now. This is it. Are you ready?
Embrace your present. Make it work for you!

Prayer

Father, You have planted seeds within me and as they are watered and nurtured, dreams of Your plan for me materialize. It is my hope to fulfill these dreams and make them my reality. Free me from the shackles that fear can place upon me. Open my eyes to the paths that You have placed before me, and comfort me to know that even in darkness You are the beacon of Light to direct me. I don’t want my last days here on Earth to be filled with thoughts of what I “woulda, shoulda, and coulda” done—but rather be filled with memories of all that I did to defy the odds, exceed other’s imagination, as I glorified You.

Father, help me to keep those who would slow me down or deter me, out of my way. Help me to remain focused and intent on living my dreams and not the dreams of others. Help me to not be concerned if anyone else will join me or support me. As long as You have me in Your arms then I have faith in all things. Father, help keep me planted so that I don’t stray from Your plan to follow behind someone else. I want more of You Father. I want to see and experience more of this planet and Your creations, so that I am a better ambassador for You. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

Love Always,
Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.3.22

Scripture

“When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.””

II Kings 4:7

Reflection

God sent Elisha as His ambassador, and in his journeys he met this widow who looked around and saw no money and no resources at her disposal. Yet she was a debtor feeling the pressure from those she owed money. Many of us can relate. She did not clearly see the potential that was within her home and within herself, but Elisha did. He had her fill jars and bottles with of all things, olive oil, then he turned her into an entrepreneur—having her to sell the oil.

An added bonus I want you to consider, look at what her sons learned through all of this. Imagine how they learned to tap into their own gifts and skills, learned to innovate, and reimagine. They learned that sometimes we have to take different approaches or look through a different lens to solve issues. They also learned to first look inside for your gifts, and that the only limits we have are the ones we create.

Look around and consider the possibilities. What are you not seeing? What opportunities are there but you aren’t seizing? What resources do you have at your disposal but you haven’t realized their use or aren’t quite sure how to use them? What talents are you not exercising?

Pray for God to reveal these truths to you, to help you see and take use of those resources and tools before you. Pray for wisdom, clarity and strength during this time. Have faith that God is with you, will never leave you, and will never allow you to go through something that He knows you can’t handle. Trust and believe! Make this Monday your best!

Prayer

Father, help me to see how I can take even the smallest of what I possess to not only pay my debts but live comfortably with the remaining portion. Father, give those I owe a debt more patience, understanding and empathy as You prepare me for the transformation that’s coming. I too ask for patience, and with it, clarity, and focus to see how best to use my ‘olive oil’. I thank You now for blessing me in all these ways and more. I humbly pray to You in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Lovingly,
Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 12.31.21

Scripture

“The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.”

1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Now a natural man does not accept the things of the Ruach Elohim, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:14‬ ‭TLV‬‬

Reflection

No matter what your days look like you should be grateful for each day that you are blessed to breathe and be loved by others—whether it’s 20 people or just one. If for some reason you can’t seem to see the love received then you need to pray on it because it’s there.

Years ago I attended a church service where a minister shared her sermon on the reality of miracles and the big question of, “Where is God?” that millions of nonbelievers and conditional believers ask frequently. She spoke about the miracles in life both large and small, the amazement of God’s power to create from nothingness and void a galaxy, with actual planets that house life forms and ecosystems.

In the Greater Context chapter of my book Seek Him: Workbook 2 [the companion to Seek Him, Volume 2] I shared a section on things evolutionists can’t explain. Check it out when you have a moment.

How can you doubt that there’s a God when you consider the process of life?

It’s because people question why God would allow both death and destruction in the presence of life, regardless of age. But one beautiful thing this minister said was that she never wants to be smart enough to truly understand all there is to know about God. She knows that there’s a reason for everything, but she doesn’t feel inclined to attempt to figure it out, because she knows that as it is written in the Bible—she will never know the ins and outs of God. She said that if she knew it all then there would be no reason to live, no reason for hope, and definitely no reason for faith.

If you can’t see and feel God’s love and presence then you aren’t truly living, you are merely existing. Who wants a life like that?

Many of us struggle in life because we’re unaware that most things require a spiritual lens to discern and reason, and we keep trying to approach things in the natural.

We all say we have five senses but those who know are also aware of our sixth sense, which I believe is the first sense given to us and the one we truly can’t “lose”. It forms as our spiritual connection that we default-recognize as our intuition or gut instinct. I believe it helps to root us to our foundation as spiritual beings. It serves as our seeing, hearing, feeling, and discerning on a spiritual level. When our senses of the flesh fail us, our leading sense guides us. It’s our direct channel to God.

Now, imagine life not embracing and developing this “sixth sense”—what are you missing, not learning or experiencing? What aren’t you hearing God say to you? What lessons do you keep repeating because you aren’t tuned in to His channel? I hope that you tune in to this gift in a healthy way, so you can see one more level of connection to God. It’s more than instinct, intuition, or a gut feeling—that’s God working in and through us. Reach out, connect, and stay connected!

May you have a healthy, safe, peaceful, happy, joyful and prosperous New Year. God willing we will all connect on Monday, and continue our Breaking Bread walk in 2022, together, as followers of Christ. I pray God uses me to expose more people to His loving Light through my Breaking Bread blog, my books, and the other ways that I try to connect with my fellow brothers and sisters worldwide. I love you all!

Prayer

Father, I thank You for this day and each day that I can live this human experience spending each moment learning to be a better servant, exploring and expanding my spiritual capabilities so that I’m best prepared for my days in Your Heavenly Kingdom.

Father, this is the last day of 2021. I pray that we savor the gift of today, being present in our awareness of what it has to offer. Tomorrow we enter a new day and new year. Please guide us as we face fear, ignorance, hate, shame, apathy, and human error. Help us to see how close we really are to You so that the reassurance comforts and strengthens us. Humbly I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 12.30.21

Scripture

“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.” 

Luke 11:33-36

Reflection

Everything we put inside of us we reveal to the world. Choose wisely what you watch, listen to, ingest, and participate in—for you will ultimately reveal this as your truth in the future. But is it God’s Truth? Remember that even the enemy can pretend to be light. Don’t be fooled. It really is about finding that balance and seeking health and wellness with mind, body, spirit, and soul—to be in perfect and faithful alignment with God.

Our speech and actions reflect the type of relationship we have with God, they reflect what’s going on inside of us.

Are you a child of the world or are you God’s child? That is what we must always consider in words and deeds each day. And remember that if we entertain our thoughts they can be empowered to become words and actions. Be careful what you focus your mind on.

Do we fill ourselves with God’s loving Light and share this with the world, or do we fill ourselves with the darkness of the world and hurt others who come across our path?

Do we strengthen our bodies and senses to be of service to others, or do we allow ourselves to weaken and become lazily dependent upon others? Laziness is a trap that leads us to shrivel up and die.

Instead of waiting until the New Year, your birthday, or 60 to 90 days before a big event that you want to look good for, why not start eating and living healthier today? Instead of setting resolutions for the new year, end this year the way you want to live throughout and beyond 2022—doing and living well!

Prayer

Father, You woke me today to have yet another moment of learning experiences, another chance to grow more, and share more with others. Thank You. Father, thank You for my spiritual vision and other senses. Thank You for discernment to see right from wrong, where and when to go and when to stay put.

Thank You for revealing Your truth to me in small enough nuggets so that I may comprehend at a rate more conducive to my learning style, while also molding me to expand my capabilities beyond the limits of my comfort zone. You never leave me or get tired of me, You are patient and understanding, and I’m humbly grateful.

I pray that I may be a pure receptacle of Your light. Let me then share this light with others so that they can soak up Your love and share with others. Let my body be strengthened and healthy, that I might make many long journeys serving Your children until my last breath.

What I ingest I become, so I pray for the willpower to overcome temptation to consume things that are bad for me. I pray for the energy to get up each day and exercise without excuse for weather or time of day. These things I pray You bless me with today and every day. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 12.29.21

Scripture

With the coming of dawn, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Hurry! Take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away when the city is punished.” When he hesitated, the men grasped his hand and the hands of his wife and of his two daughters and led them safely out of the city, for the Lord was merciful to them. 

As soon as they had brought them out, one of them said, “Flee for your lives! Don’t look back, and don’t stop anywhere in the plain! Flee to the mountains or you will be swept away!” 

Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land. But Lot’s wife looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

Genesis 19:15-17, 24-26

Reflection

When given an order, a command, a charge, to do something why do we find ourselves looking back, questioning if we should comply, or trying to figure out our own way? We ignore the blessings that we have received and those that have been promised once we reach our next destination, yet we are overly concerned with what once was, what’s going on next to us, and what someone else is doing…then we wonder and cry about our missed or reallocated blessings.

We have spiritual attention deficit disorder.

God speaks directly to us or sends His angels to relay messages that are specifically for us, telling us what to do and where to go, and for some strange reason we can’t just take these directives and follow through. He will do all that needs to be done as long as we do our small part, and yet we still drop the ball.

We complain of being overwhelmed. Have we not considered it’s because we are too busy trying to do both our part and God’s? God has Jesus to show us the way, yet we keep trying to use our own map—and we wonder why we’re lost and confused. When will we stop, let go, and walk forward, not looking back?

It doesn’t matter if Lot’s wife was looking back because she yearned for what she was leaving behind, or because she was horrified by the screams of the dying people, or because she was in shock, or just out of curiosity. The angels said to not look back. There’s a saying that “curiosity killed the cat” well it definitely killed Lot’s wife. Let’s not follow her lead. Let’s instead follow Jesus and walk in obedience. Ask questions of the angels or God of whomever He sends, after we make it to our appointed place. Keep your eyes forward so you can see clearly where you’re walking, if not you’re bound to stumble, fall, or worse.

Prayer

Father, I thank You for yet another day. I thank You for the blessings You have bestowed upon me. I thank You for Your loving kindness and patience that cannot be measured. I thank You for forgiving me even at times when I could not forgive myself. I thank You for granting me the right to live, breathe, and survive through the best and worst of times. Thank You Father.

Father, I never want to look back as Lot’s wife did. I don’t want to be disobedient. I don’t want to agree to do something and then change my mind even for a moment. I want to learn to commit fully. I want to keep my eyes forward and my mind focused on the game plan. There is no need for me to see the changes taking place behind me, because I need to be more concerned with what is going on ahead of me.

Let my feet, even in my fear, keep running. Keep my head forward so that I never get blindsided looking back. I never want my fear, ignorance, disobedience, or curiosity to be the reason for my demise. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 12.28.21

Scripture

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.

Romans 1:25

Reflection

Be careful of the things you want for in life and how you go about getting them. Are they prayed for and delivered by God, or did you take the easy way and sell out because you were impatient and couldn’t wait for your Father? Not everything quickly gained is a blessing. Not every person is sent to you by God.

Seek out the truth in all you encounter, whether person, thing, or circumstance. And remember that we’re to worship and serve our Creator, not the things and people He created.

Prayer

Father, there is no better than here, right now—the present, a gift from You. Nothing but good comes from You and there is nothing that I need that does not come from Your provisions. Know that I will not worship another being, deity, or presence but You Father. I serve You and I am committed to help all whom You call me to serve in Jesus’ Name. I will love and praise You forever. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 12.27.21

Scripture

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 

Hebrews 10:22

Reflection

Do you not believe and have faith that the waters of the ocean will return to the sandy shoreline each time they retract? Out of the hatched cocoon do you not expect the butterfly to emerge? Do you not have faith that the stop light will return to green after it has changed yellow and red? Do you not have faith that the pedestrian crossing sign will eventually signal the word “walk” after it said “do not walk”? Do you not have faith that the hands on your watch and clock will always run from right to left around in a circle?

Then why do we struggle so hard with our faith in God?

I have shown both natural, God-made examples as well as man-made, God-inspired examples that we naturally and without thought believe will occur without us having to do a thing—yet we frequently doubt what God can do and doubt His omnipresence and omnipotence in our lives.

Why do we think He’s too busy to be concerned with what we’re doing or not? Why do we think He can’t be everywhere at once even after He said it thousands of years ago? Why can’t we believe it when He’s healed people of inflictions at the same time, who were separated by distance of hundreds and thousands of miles? How can my problem be solved in one location at the same time hundreds of millions of other people’s problems are being solved?

We are ignorant to believe that it is merely our doing or even worse, a case of luck.

I don’t believe in luck. I believe in God. I believe in God making things happen when they are supposed to take place and with the depth, breadth, and intensity that He expects. I believe He brings us great fortune and wealth on all levels, not just financially.

Luck is temporal. God is eternal.

If you want to be cleansed from your impurities, from your shame and fear, then you must sincerely seek out and embrace your relationship with God. That is the purest and least complicated relationship you can ever have, yet we complicate it the most. All He expects is that we trust, believe, and obey Him. Why is it some of us are more than eager to give our all to another human but then we ration ourselves to God, who created us?

We’re all works in progress, clay that has some rough patches that God needs to add more water to and mold smoothly into the image He has envisioned. But the process is longer the more we resist. Thank God that He isn’t impatient.

Are you tired of being a mere tenth of what you can be, of what you were created to be? Let’s take the necessary steps towards reaching that level of faith and obedience we’re supposed to have. Are you ready?

Prayer

Father, another day You have given me to serve You, to share Your Word, to honor my family, to help the least of Your children, and to do so with faith that You will always see me through. Father I ask in Jesus’s name that You cleanse me. Cleanse me like the ocean waves pulling out the impurities and bringing in Your goodness. Remove my fear, guilt, shame, and doubt, and replace them with the joy, strength, and determination that comes from having total confidence in You.

Just as I have faith that as the water of the ocean pulls back from the shoreline, a new wave will roll in—I want that same faith in You and what You can and will do in my life. No matter the circumstances I want to always believe and know that You are right there with a solution, patiently waiting for me to get out of my own way. Keep working on me Father. I love You always. In the Name of Jesus I declare these truths. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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