Breaking Bread For 8.7.20

Scripture

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

Hebrews 12:14 NIV

Reflection

It hurts to hear and see people with so much anger and hatred inside of them yet they call themselves God’s servants. God is Love, Joy, Peace, and Light. There is no hate, chaos, or darkness with or in God.

Jesus, His son, was clear in his speech that the babies, children, and our most elder are to be treasured and taken care of—and no harm is to come to them.

Jesus said that loving our neighbors as we would love ourselves is most important in our daily walk as followers of Christ. Which means that he obviously meant for us to love ourselves—and pour that same love into others, not pour our insecurities, fear, and pain upon them.

Unfortunately there seems to be a great deal of people with low self-esteem and self-worth in the world subjecting others to their personal image issues. They don’t love themselves and don’t possess peace within so they can’t conceive of living peacefully with others. They must disrupt and destroy the outside world so it resembles their internal world.

We need to pray for them as much as we pray for ourselves. Pray for your fellow humans’ sense of peace, comfort, and contentment as much as you pray for your own.

I truly believe there is more love and goodness in the world than hate and evil, more tolerance than intolerance. We just have to pray, believe, and do our part to love everyone—and I mean everyone—even those who hate you, or are different than you.

It can be difficult to love someone spewing words of ignorance and venom. You don’t have to like them to love them. You don’t have to spend time with them to love them. You don’t have to buy them a gift to choose to love them despite their foolishness. You could never meet them in life and still love them as you would want to be loved—especially if you were acting a fool just like them.

You have done or said something cruel before. Did people stop loving you? They probably didn’t like you but hate wasn’t part of the equation. To hate is to be running in close second or third to the person doing evil things. To hate is to be influenced by the enemy. To hate is to choose to ignore God and instead tune solely into the enemy’s frequency.

You have to remind yourself that they are still God’s child, His creation, even if they have been tainted and their mind has been perverted. You know that they are under the influence of the enemy and its crew. You know that God hasn’t given up on them. You know that God is using them to reveal truth that is hidden and distorted. Even if they are spreading lies, realize that God will use their wickedness against them for His plan. Look at the scandals that have been uncovered, the crimes that were revealed, by God’s doing.

This one is a biggie because it requires you to walk the walk. Whatever label you proudly wear, as a Christian, servant leader, whatever—you have to walk that walk and put the lip service to the test.

Yes, they may do and say some stupid and cruel things, but that’s God’s job to handle them. You need to handle yourself. You’re not equipped to change hearts or heal souls, He is. Focus on keeping your heart and mind aligned with God. So look at these individuals through that lens, say a prayer, keep your distance from the stupidity, and allow your heart to choose to love them anyway!

Prayer

Father, there is so much hate and intolerance in the world today, but I truly believe that there is more love and tolerance that outweighs the negative speech and actions of people out there—many of which are committing acts of cruelty in Your name. Father give them peace. Help them to see all of Your children as You see them. Rest the minds and hearts of Your children who have used Your Word and twisted it to do wrong to others, and to hate others based on their sexual orientation, race, nationality, religion, skin color, and other identifiers.

Father I also pray for the men, women and children who have been negatively impacted by these hate mongers. May they find peace in Your Love and Light. May they find comfort in Your Arms. I pray that Jesus keeps them connected to Your Kingdom and believing in You forever. These things I sincerely pray. Amen.

Love you always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 8.6.20

Scripture

Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.

Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely, who conduct their affairs with justice.

Surely the righteous will never be shaken; they will be remembered forever. They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord. Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear; in the end they will look in triumph on their foes. They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor, their righteousness endures forever;
their horn will be lifted high in honor.

The wicked will see and be vexed,
they will gnash their teeth and waste away; the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.

Psalm 112:4-10 NIV

Reflection

To get where we need to go, to be where God has intended us to be, we must push past our fears like a sheer curtain.

We must embrace our roles like we would the hug of a child or elder.

We must seek out knowledge like we would a treasured keepsake, or desired financial wealth.

We must be as passionate about expressing God’s Love, reflecting His Light, and following the teachings of His son Jesus—as we are about wanting to live another day.

I am working each day to be a better follower of Christ and a better servant and ambassador of God so that my family, my unborn children, and generations yet unborn are blessed abundantly—so that complete strangers are blessed abundantly, because I know it’s not just about me.

When we give God our all, He gives us all we need, and He provides for those we love. Heck, God provides even when we are living mediocre. He provides for where we are mentally, for what our heart reveals. He helps us deal with what’s before us and reminds us not to worry about the past, for it’s done, nor should we worry about the future because we have enough to deal with present day.

Stand tall and firm in the understanding that no matter what, God is always going to do what only He can do. He’s never going in hiding. He won’t be defeated. He won’t go on vacation and put you on hold. He is ever-present and a force with no equal. We are made in His spiritual image, borrowing these vessels to have a unique experience and to learn lessons.

Don’t let the temporariness of this life scare you into not living it freely, boldly, and lovingly as God intends. You’re being held back because you keep holding on to the restraints. Let go and let God show you the way and take care of you along this amazing journey!

Prayer

Father, as You continue to mold me I continue to work on bettering myself, strengthening myself, exposing myself to the unknown, and reaching out to others who I can help and to those whose wisdom can help me. I look forward to the experiences and the knowledge that will come from me pushing past fear and doubt as I take each step on the path You have set for me.

May I continue to be blessed all the days of my life, and may my family and loved ones for generations be blessed. Your name I praise today and always. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 8.5.20

Scripture

I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.

Psalm 146:2

Reflection

No matter what your day looks like you should spend it praising God for being alive to experience LIFE and all that it brings! Enjoy it, love it, embrace it, and never forget who blessed you with it.

Prayer

Father everyday I praise You. Everyday I testify to healings and blessings from You. As long as I live I will praise You for all you have done, are doing, and will do- because only You can take care of my every need. Through good times and bad, You are my constant provider, healer, protector, nurturer, encourager, and shelter Lord. Thank You. I love You Father. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 8.4.20

Scripture

But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might…

Micah 3:8

Reflection

You are strong.

Say it. Claim it. Know it. Believe it. Be it—and thank God for your strength and blessings, for it is in, by and through Him that you have these things.

Prayer

Father thank You for blessing me with strength, power, wisdom, courage, humility, joy, love, laughter, humor, and the ability to care and empathize. In You do I put my trust. In You am I strengthened and know the truth of my walk with Your son Jesus, and my purpose in Your Kingdom. There is nothing and no one who can stand in the way of our relationship Father. There is nothing and no one who can block my blessings Lord. Thank you. In Jesus’ name I pray to You Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 8.3.20

Scripture

And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

Romans 11:6

Reflection

Work hard, God doesn’t like laziness. He gives fully and we should too. Even if in our efforts we fall short of greatness, it is the level and intensity that matters. It is what’s in your heart that matters even more, for what’s in your heart fuels your efforts.

Work hard then thank God for His grace and the opportunities that He will provide now and in your future. It is His grace that makes things possible. It is through His grace that you see a way out of no way, see the possibilities in impossible situations, are healed when doctors said you were uncurable, live a long life when the prognosis said early death was imminent. It is His grace that gives you the vision to see what others won’t allow themselves to see.

Don’t ever confuse your work with God’s grace.

Some people may put caveats on their grace, but that’s not grace, and that’s not of God. On a good day you can call it mercy, but never grace. Grace is a gift we don’t deserve.

You do nothing to receive grace. It is not quanifiable. You can’t buy it. It cannot be earned. God gives it without a promissory note. There’s no strings attached.

So thank God each day for the grace He gives as yet another way of showing His love.

Prayer

Father it is Your grace and will that provides for me, that shelters me from harm, that guides me through darkness, that heals my inflictions, and comforts me in times of pain and loneliness. Father it is Your grace and not my works, why I am who I am, and have what I have. I thank You. I love You!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.31.20

Scripture

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33 NIV

Reflection

No matter what life brings or how others treat you, seek God first and always. Push past the feelings of doubt, hesitation, fear, frustration, and anger—and reach inside for the goodness that only God can create, provide, and replenish. This has nothing to do with others, and everything to do with you.

The most important part of healing is adjusting your thinking first, believing you are whole and complete, and that as God’s child you are free from any sickness or disease. Your mind is more powerful than your body ever could be—the next step is to watch as the part of you that wasn’t aligned properly, begins to heal and become whole.

We either believe in God or we don’t. I believe and I seek Him.

How about you?

Prayer

Father thank You for today, for my gift of life and health. Today I pray for more patience and understanding. I pray that I am slow to anger or get frustrated, and that I carry myself with dignity and grace in all circumstances.

I strive to do better to get better, and pray that as a result I am blessed more. I seek You and I pray to seek You always. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.30.20

Scripture

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1 John 5:11-12 NIV

Reflection

Some people live their entire lives in limbo and chaos, not quite sure what to believe and stand for. Some people don’t make a decision until on their death bed. Some never make a decision at all. Either you believe or you don’t.

Either you believe in eternal life through God and Jesus Christ, or you don’t. You either believe that God is the only God that can create, remove, re-imagine, heal, complete, birth, and protect—or you don’t. You don’t have to call yourself a Christian to think and live this way.

When I was very young my parents instilled in me the importance of my relationship with my Father and His Son. My dad used to be a Sunday School teacher and leader within our church, and I enjoyed taking part in Bible study with him. He was a believer and follower. Yes, he was human and had faults—but his heart was warm and his intentions were good. Sometimes his transparency and vulnerability allowed others to take advantage of him and our family, but my dad never stopped believing in God’s power and Jesus’s footsteps to make things right.

As my dad predicted a short life for himself, God made sure my dad made a huge impact on every life he encountered—and a testament to this fact was not just the large number or people who came to his funeral (even the paramedics and firefighters who came to his home the day he passed were at his funeral) but the words of appreciation that were shared then and now.

A testament to this fact were the people who apologized or showed remorse, because they either harmed my dad in someway or felt they were harmed by him and now saw things in a different light. When the veil is removed you see things clearly.

We have a choice to either accept and embrace God’s Truth or the enemy’s lie.

I truly believe that my dad’s belief in and strong understanding of God and Jesus not only blessed him with eternal life, but also the opportunity to still be a blessing to others even today. His loving presence is still felt by all those who knew him, respected him, appreciated him, and loved him.

It’s been 19 years today since he passed and no one has stopped sharing their memories about my father, dad, and friend. We miss him yet you can’t help but smile when you think of the good he continues to do, and how great it will be to reunite with him one day and hear all of his stories and experiences. I believe this, I don’t just wish or hope. I believe.

I believe that life does not end when I take my last human breath. For I know I am a spiritual being here in human form, experiencing life in a different way so that I can be prepared and learn to appreciate my planned life on the next level.

Our life here on Earth is about lessons, love, embracing and expressing God, our humbleness in our blessings, taking care of the least of God’s children, making decisions, learning from our experiences, touching lives, utilizing our talents and strengths, being receptive and open to others, connecting the dots between the old and wise and the young and wise, and turning knowledge into wisdom that can be passed down generationally. It’s about seeking and knowing the Truth, and being free in this Truth.

God is Father. Jesus is Son.

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day. Thank You for the light I see and feel. Thank You for my beating heart and other healthy organs. Thank You for my family and friends, and for my spiritual family around the world.

Most importantly, thank You for Your Son Jesus who has walked with me and shown me the way to You. I know that Jesus is the wayshower and Your Truth.

I pray for those who have gone to the next level of existence knowing Jesus as their Savior, and You as their Father-Mother. I pray for those still here on earth living each day confused. I pray that they turn to You and Jesus, and embrace Your blessings.

I know Who’s child I am. I know Who my leader is. I praise You and Jesus each and every day. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.29.20

Scripture

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Psalm 55:22 NIV

Reflection

When you believe more and more each day in God and His ability to heal all, save all, solve all, and create opportunities when others only see barriers—then you see His light everywhere—even in the darkest of places and spaces.

When our trust in God is securely ‘there’ we can never be shaken or disturbed, and nothing can make us deter from our paths. When we are truly ‘there’ with God we begin to skydive and soar freely—we are totally free and at peace.

It does not make sense to only conceive of or experience being at peace when we leave this level of existence and leave behind our human shells we call bodies. Peace and joy can be experienced now. We just have to let go and take that step! I’m getting closer each day…..

Prayer

Father, I am grateful for the smile You put on my face each day when I wake up and experience all that life has to offer. Even if I only grasp things in small chunks—there’s joy in realizing that there are chunks to grasp. This smile develops more when I look into the eyes of a child, hear the laughter of a baby or an elder, and when I see Your children serving You by humbly and graciously serving others.

This smile develops more when I look into the eyes of a child, hear the laughter of a baby or an elder, and when I see Your children serving You by humbly and graciously serving others.

I smile when I have the chance to sit down and listen to the words of the wise. I smile when I notice another blessing that I overlooked or didn’t see coming, and when an obstacle is cleared out of my path through Your will and grace.

I smile when I see Your healing in action, and when I see Your work that others would say could only be a miracle of the universe–or the luck of the draw—but ignorantly don’t give You the credit and the glory—I still smile though, because You and I know the truth. This truth saves me and frees me to be me! Thank You Father. I love You!

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.28.20

Scripture

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:10-12

Reflection

Stop what you’re doing right now and just say, “Thank You” and declare that you are God’s child, and a follower and believer in Christ. Get past the labels and categories. The only things that matter is your declaration as a child of God that you believe and follow Christ, and each day you strive to be the best you that you can be. God is in us. God is us. We are Him. We are His creations. Each day we’re learning to reveal and be Him, and avoid the trappings of the enemy. As we are molded we get better with this.

Relationships

Even if you aren’t in a relationship, thank God for preparing you for the person He has been molding for you. And get this, it doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship for it to be a life-changing one. It can be the relationship with a child. Or a friend. You may not even know this person but God is preparing the introduction.

It’s like each of us are a finger or chain link of God and when we connect with another person those fingers become linked. The more links, a chain is formed. We then see, feel, and realize our interconnection. We see and feel God in each person.

Gratitude

Thank our Father-Mother for all the blessings, good times, not-so-good times, and the downright awful times—for all of these moments are learning experiences for growth and ultimate success in every area of our life. So embrace it, be grateful, and declare that you will rise and smile each day whether the sun shines brightly or the clouds and rain match your tears.

Now smile and be a blessing to someone else today. It glorifies and pleases God!

Prayer

Father, thank You for loving me so that I may see the intensity, consistency, realness, and fullness of true love. Father thank You for sending Your son Jesus to show us how to love even when others aren’t being loving, supportive, or caring; for showing us how to love those who hate us, despise us, shame us, and envy us.

Father I praise Your holy name with an excitement that can’t be measured. You are so wondrous, beautiful, powerful, loving, giving, caring, and passionate, and I’m honored to receive Your many blessings. Thank You Father. I am joyful, hopeful, faithful, and committed to You— and committed to serving You and Your Kingdom.

Father thank You for placing someone in my life whom I can love fully, passionately, purposely, intentionally, fearlessly, and as You expect. I pray that they are receptive and open to the love that I have to offer as my cup runneth over from Your daily filling.

I will never let a day go by without praising and thanking You. I won’t let a moment pass without thinking of You and Jesus, and all that You have done, are doing, and will do for me Lord. I humbly pray, say thank You, and ask for forgiveness for all of my transgressions— in Jesus’ name. Amen.

I love you all!!!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.27.20

Scripture

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

—Galatians 6:1 NLT

Reflection

Pray for those who can’t or won’t pray for themselves. Pray for those who won’t forgive themselves. Pray for those who won’t forgive others. Pray for those who won’t forgive you.

Pray for yourself; that you learn to forgive those who have hurt and betrayed you. Pray that you can stop what you’re doing right now, and have the weight of guilt, anger, shame, pride, ego, arrogance, hate, and fear removed from your shoulders— removed from your life.

Pray that at this very moment you can say aloud or think silently the name(s) of those people who wronged you, and you can begin forgiving them. Pray for the strength to ask for forgiveness from those individuals you have hurt. Even if they don’t accept your apology or you can’t locate them, be free in knowing that you tried and took the steps towards healing, and then inhale the fresh air of God’s peace—and be healed!

You can’t control what someone else does, says or thinks, but you can control your thoughts, actions, and speech. You can determine the kind of relationship you will have with Jesus and God. You can either continue walking around in pain or free yourself and live. What do you want for your life?

Prayer

Father, thank You for giving me a forgiving spirit because I know in order for me to receive my blessings I must be a blessing. To be forgiven I must forgive. I have to stop carrying around the weight of offenses against me, and of those I committed. Guilt, shame, sorrow, anger, and vengeance, are useless weights to carry. They serve no purpose and build nothing of substance. They don’t honor and glorify You. I seek instead resolve and peace.

Thank You father for peace, harmony, love, family, and good friendships that surround me. I know that in order to receive I must willingly give. As You pour into me help me to pour into others, while I also empty out all that which is not of You.

Father I thank You for life, and another day to praise, glorify, and worship you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I love you all in Christ!

Natasha

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