From a Devastating Trauma to a Flourishing Finish

Message From Natasha:

Hello Breaking Bread family!

It’s a beautiful day, even with this Georgia rain whipping through here; I know that God is cleansing the air and land, bringing water where it’s needed, flushing out the junk that humans have carelessly created and tossed to the wayside, and allowing the life cycle to do what it does over and over again. It’s a beautiful thing. Indeed a beautiful day.

I went to bed last night hearing of the mass shooting in Thousand Oaks, California yesterday, and of the body of an unidentified woman found in the outskirts of Georgia, and of the continued search for a teenage girl from Georgia who was kidnapped on her way to school by a man in a Black SUV. This morning I read of the wildfires in Northern California that have caused devastation to land, property, and the lives of humans and countless animals. I pray for the individuals and families directly and indirectly impacted by the traumatic events mentioned above.

We all face trauma, devastation, death, cruelty, pain, disability, and other intolerable acts. Some of us find the way to dig down deep inside and pull out enough strength to get up onto our knees and slowly onto our feet—and inch by inch we begin to walk. Some of us take years to get to this point. Some of us never do.

Today, I decided to share a message from Joel Osteen that my dear friend Juanita Bryan sent to me this morning. She receives his messages daily via text message, I assume, because she forwards them to me via text. Today’s message really hit home with me. It’s right on time, for me; just what I needed to read to charge me up so that I can upset satan again today. I hope that it helps you or someone you know. It is definitely helping me.

I’m praying for our hope, faith, discernment, confidence, strength and courage through all of life’s storms.

Love,

Natasha

MESSAGE FROM JOEL OSTEEN

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 1:6, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD:

Everyone goes through seasons of disappointment or difficulty. We all have unexpected setbacks. Maybe you’re going through something right now that you don’t understand. Here’s the good news: that disappointment is not the final chapter. God never ends in a negative. If you will keep moving forward with your life, God promises that He will bring you to a flourishing finish. Not a defeated finish, a bankrupt finish, a betrayed finish, or a barely-get-by finish. No, in your future, God has a victorious finish.

That setback, disappointment or betrayal that seems like it’s working against you, God knows how to turn it around and cause it to work for you. The key is that when you’re in difficult times, don’t settle where you are. Don’t put your roots down and think that things are never going to change. No, for every setback, God has already lined up a comeback. For every injustice, He has vindication. For every disappointment, He has restoration. Right now, just begin to thank Him for what He’s going to do. Praise Him for His faithfulness. Rejoice today because He has a plan to bring you into a flourishing finish!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I choose to cast my cares on You. I choose to trust even when I don’t understand. I choose to believe that You have a good plan and will bring me to a flourishing finish in Jesus’ name! Amen.
Joel Osteen

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.8.18

Scripture

Hear me, my God, as I voice my complaint; protect my life from the threat of the enemy.
Psalm 64:1 NIV

Reflection

I struggle with my faith and my fear. Worrying about the “what-ifs” of the future and the “what happened” of the past, means that I’m robbing myself of the present. My present is being choked out by two spheres of time that I cannot control or change. What was, was, and what will be, will be.

I can turn to God and trust His guidance and protection, and do my part to walk and act in obedience, or I can have a series of meltdowns that accomplish nothing but satisfying the cravings and deepest hunger of the enemy, we call satan. The thief desires to steal from us what can only come from God. It seeks the destruction of our hope and faith, and the relationship that we have and want with God. Our focus on our pain and what we don’t have means that we aren’t listening and obeying God; that means satan has us so distracted that we can’t even see the blessings around us and before us. His trick and trap is to lure us away, and the deeper our depression the farther away we drift and the harder it becomes to hear God’s voice and see His path.

Why give the enemy strength? Why gives its existence any relevance? The enemy exists because God allows it to, it has no dominion over us—we open the doors to our mind and let it in to torment us. Just like the vampire in the movies, only through invitation can it enter and cause havoc in your life.

Even though I’m not firmly planted in my convictions at this time, I declare that the enemy can’t have me. Even though I’m struggling emotionally, spiritually, physically, and financially—I refuse to let satan claim victory over me. My soul belongs to God. My mind, heart, and body belong to God.

Every time the enemy tells me to not invest time in the things and people who “feed” me goodness, I’m declaring today that I will quickly say, “shut up liar“. As I fight for my life my motivation is to keep that thief as far away as possible.

I’m determined to get from under this cloud. I’m determined to move past the storm and to relish in the light and beauty of the days kissed by rainbows. It won’t be easy because I’m in pain and I’m exposed, but darn it I’m stubborn and I’ve never took well to someone telling me that I can’t do something. I’m tired of existing in fear. I want to live in and by faith. I want to stand in the boldness of knowing that I was created by and I’m protected by the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-in-all that we simply call God. I may not trust and obey Him all of the time, but I’m not a complete fool—as I heal I will tell the thief to “shut up and sit down” and eventually my choices in life will speak to the thief without a word ever leaving my mouth. That’s the goal.

Reclaiming me for me. Reclaiming me for God’s Kingdom. Moment by moment. Day by day. I take the first step, right now.

We have choices. God gives us the freedom to choose. We can either wallow in darkness, being miserable and deeply depressed, just waiting for the day to end and watching our life slip by; or we can choose to tell the thief that it’s not stealing a darn thing from us, not one single thing.

Go ahead and curse it if you need to. Tell it to get the heck away from you because you have things to see and experiences to cherish, and you can’t fully see and experience those things you keep dreaming about if you’re hiding from life and listening to the enemy. We’re missing out on life.

Are you okay with knowing that you’re playing the co-conspirator with the same enemy that sabotages you?

We are complicit in our own destruction. The thief can’t take what you don’t leave exposed. We’re leaving our doors and windows opened for the thief to come in, slap us around, eat our food, watch our television, sleep in our bed, use our bathroom, and then walk out boldly with that which we claim we love and cherish. That’s what we do every single day that we walk around in this cloud of spiritual funk.

Today let’s take the first steps to telling the enemy to “piss off” [yep, I said it]. If you’re sick and tired of being sick and tired then do one thing today that will piss off satan. Let’s try closing those entry points to limit the enemy’s access to us. We need to stop building up the confidence of the enemy; it thinks that is has dominion over us, let’s remember the Truth and remind the enemy that only God has that power and authority, only God has dominion over us. So the devil needs to do what? Piss off!

If you happen to see me around and you hear me say, “shut up” or “piss off” or anything else forceful, yet no one else is around, just know that I’m not crazy, seriously I’m not, I’m just putting the enemy in its rightful place. But I will try my best to whisper or speak silently to the wicked one so as to not alarm passersby. [*smile*]

I pray that you too will actively reclaim your life. If you wouldn’t mind, please join me in prayer by reading or reciting the words below:

Prayer

Father thank You for all the ways and through all of the people that You have been speaking to me. I know that my pain, worry, fear, and frustration have been clouding my judgment and interferring with the transmitted messages that You have been sending.

Thank You for never giving up on me. You know that I’m a great distance from where I need to be. You already know my journey. You already know what I’m going to do next, where I will stumble and fall, when I will act the biggest fool, and all the moments of victory that I will declare as Your gifts to me.

Even though I’m not where I’m supposed to be, I know that I’m here to learn this lesson and through leaning on You, be lifted out of this valley. I may not see my strength in all ways and in all circumstances, but one thing that I know I am capable of today is telling the enemy to “shut up”.

Father, please send me reminders throughout the day so that when the enemy does what You know it will do, I can remember to not give in to its trap, I can simply and boldly tell it to “shut up” and then continue with my day.

Father I want to push out the enemy’s voice so that I can focus squarely on Yours. I want to silence my ego so that I can embrace the fullness of the blessings that only You can provide. I want to cherish each moment as it comes and stop dwelling on the past and how it didn’t measure up to my dreams. My dreams will never be if I’m not fully present and accountable today. I’m here Father. I’m getting back up on my feet so I can resume my walk. I thank You now for the blessings that will come. In Jesus’ name I humbly, confidently and joyfully pray to You and praise You. Amen.

Love always, through the good, great, and even the roughest of times,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.7.18

Scripture

“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 6:14-15

Reflection

Carrying around the anger and resentment from what someone did to you will only make their issues your own. That is dead weight that you don’t need in your life. That is time you are wasting fixated on them, when if you really thought about it—they most likely are so far-removed from that situation that it is no longer of concern to them; some may not even remember the incident or simply don’t care.

If we say that God takes care of our battles, then why don’t we release these trespasses to Him and allow Him to handle our grievances?

We must let go and free ourselves from that darkness. We must forgive and move on. Honestly, can you expect something you’re not willing to give in return? Can you expect forgiveness from our Father although you’re still holding grudges, causing havoc, and seeking revenge upon one of His children? Let the healing begin starting today, by first forgiving those who hurt you.

It’s a new day and you are blessed to be reading this, to be living, breathing, blinking and thinking. Enjoy your day and your blessings.

Prayer

Father I pray for Your forgiveness. I have worked at freeing myself to forgive others who have sinned against me so that I no longer carry around the dead weight from a cold heart and closed mind. I know that I can’t ask for and expect forgiveness from You if I can’t find it in my heart to forgive Your children. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.6.18

Scripture

What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean….

Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man ‘unclean’….

Matthew 15:11, 17-20

Reflection

We must watch what we say to and about ourselves, and to and about others. We must take responsibility for our part in our interaction with others. We can’t merely say, “that’s their problem” because their problem can soon become our problem.

We must always be prayerful. We must immediately change our thinking when something negative seeps in; we must say to the enemy, “you are a liar” and force the negativity out. We must not allow our hearts to be misled. If our focus is on God, and we pray to Him constantly throughout our day— then we can tell the difference between something of God and of the world. We can tell the difference between God’s voice and His light, and that of our mortal mind that is clouded and fractured.

Before we say or do something, let’s first stop and think about God; think about whether we’d do and say this in front of His Son, Jesus. If you have to think about it, then You know you’re about to be on a slippery slope of foolishness. Stop and walk away.

If you haven’t grown in your relationship with God and Jesus to strongly consider this, then ask whether you would do or say this in public, in front of your closest family members, your children, your boss, co-workers or employees? Would you want what you did or said put on the Internet and on every television news station? Would you want to see it in the newspapers?

If the answer is no, then walk away and don’t do it.

Don’t send that compromising picture, letter, card, email or text message, don’t make that phone call or leave that voice mail. Don’t angrily drive over to someone’s home or workplace to confront them. If you wouldn’t want to explain yourself and your actions afterwards, then opt to not do it. Our ‘dirt’ has a way of slamming us in the face when we least expect it! We can never take back something we have said or done.

When put that way, it may seem more simple to comprehend.

God wants you to do right, to live right, and to represent Him the right way—so whatever positive and righteous methods you need to take to do this, then do it.

I needed to read this scripture I shared today. I simply turned to it and my eyes saw the passages, and I began to type as I prayed and reflected on the verses. Maybe this message was meant for you, maybe someone you know may benefit from reading it. I don’t know. I simply share what flows through me. One day it may be a short message, and then there’s days like today where I pray and reflect until everything is said.

It’s a new day—make the most of it and stay prayed up!

Prayer

Father, being from You and not of the world I know that all that I need can only come from You. No man can protect, provide and bring purpose to my life—only You can do that Father.

Protect me Lord. Protect me from myself. Protect me from allowing others’ fears to seep inside of me where I lose my focus on You. Protect my heart Lord. Protect it from desiring the instant gratification the world provides. Protect it from harm, from those who would want to control it and my mind. Protect me from buying into the lies that others tell. Protect me from telling lies to myself and others.

Provide me with ‘clean’ words of truth, even if that truth causes pain for someone else who would rather seek comfort in darkness. Provide me with the words to heal when I am in pain so that I don’t hurt others, even if they are the ones that caused my pain. Provide me with the courage to walk away from anything or anyone who is not bringing Your light into my life and the lives of others.

Show me my purpose Father. Show me the path, even when I veer off in another direction. Show me how I can be the best ambassador serving You and Your children. Show me how to avoid falling in the trappings of others who are miserable because they choose not to have a relationship with You Lord. Show me how to say “no” to temptation, how to turn my head and my heart away from yearnings of the flesh. Show me the real intent of those who surround me. Show me how to remain focused on Your plan for me, and not be seduced by dreams and desires for instant gratification.

Reveal to me the wolf in sheep’s clothing, the seducer only out for self, and the manipulator who is around to cause havoc and gleam in victory. I thank You Father for all that You do, even when I mess up. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.5.18

You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Psalm 128:2 NIV

Reflection

If you work hard you will reap the rewards of your labor. If you do nothing you will get nothing. If you have expectations for growth and prosperity yet you do nothing to earn it, you are short-sided and will end up empty-handed.

I am grateful for each breath that I take, each step that I make, each decision made clearly, and to be surrounded by love. I receive what I get–good, bad, and indifferent– so I strive to give goodness so that I may receive it in blessings later. I’m another year older yet I still have big dreams and goals for my life, my future, and my community. The only person who can get in my way is me, so I must stay prayed up and never let up.

Let’s try something, starting today; no, not January 1st, let’s start today….

Set a goal with a date and each day work to achieving that goal. Once you have, move on to the next goal. Every day do something to better yourself, your family, and your community….eventually it will pay off and the dividends can help to better our world. God bless you all!

Prayer

Father thank You for the abundance of blessings. Thank You for my life, my mind, my freedom, and the ability to work. Father I know You despise laziness, so everyday I try to actively take part in my life, doing and being more than the last day. Thank You for Your loving care, today and always. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.26.18

Scripture

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.
Romans 12:9 NIV

Reflection

Always strive to do what’s right even when it’s easier to do wrong. Always strive to be loving even when it’s easier to be unkind. Always strive to be honest even when a little “white lie” seems acceptable.

Always walk away from a situation that you know God had nothing to do with creating…and you can always tell because God would never place you in harms way, even as a way of learning a “lesson”. If you risk life, love, freedom, and piece of mind then that’s not God.

We all have choices…good or evil…what choice will you make?

Prayer

Father touch me, warm me, fill me, and protect me from harm. Let Your light be my beacon through darkness, let Your love overrun and destroy all evil. I pray to always turn to You Father, even when I don’t know where my next step will take me. I hope to always trust that Your love will never lead me astray. I love and honor You Father. Amen.

Love you always,

Natasha

PLEASE NOTE: THIS MESSAGE WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 26, 2011. IT HAS BEEN MODIFIED (MODERATELY OR SIGNIFICANTLY) TO ALIGN WITH CURRENT STANDARDS AND FORMATTING; SECTIONS HAVE BEEN EDITED AND CONTENT EXPANDED TO REFLECT MY CURRENT THOUGHTS.
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 10.25.18

Scripture

Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.

Psalm 85:10

Reflection

Even if you aren’t a woman, the qualities of a Proverbs 31 woman should be within you and should be something you seek to find in others, especially the woman you want to be your wife.

There are 21 verses that describe the type of woman, the type of person who is selfless, hardworking, determined, never complaining or making excuses for failure, never lazy, takes care of house, home, and family, and walks upright. This person is creative, an entrepreneur, makes a way out of no way, and sees beyond the trees while others are stuck focusing on the entrance to the forest.

Who is virtuous?

Can you have love without faithfulness, or faithfulness without love?
Are we hung up on words and not their meanings and sentiments?

I love you” is tossed around so casually like a pair of shoes, but what does love truly mean to you? What does faithfulness truly mean to you? What does loyalty, virtue, and grace truly mean to you? People fall in and out of love like a yo-yo diet. One day they love you, the next day they are cheating on you, the next day they are bad-mouthing you, and then the next day they are saying, “let’s try and make this work” and I ask, who said this is love?

To protect someone means to make sure no harm comes to them, by you or others…but how can you protect someone when you’re busy watching your own back? How can you protect someone when you are more concerned with covering your tracks? How can you love and protect someone when you are only concerned with yourself and what you’re getting out of a situation?

We can quote phrases, scripture, passages, and verses about amazing and awesome people from the Bible, but if we aren’t living by example and emulating these great leaders, then what’s the purpose of talking about them? Your name and story will never be a part of the great Book, but your life and how you live it may be the only Bible and representation of Christ that some may see. Are we being the best example of Christians, of God’s children, that we can be?

Every day let’s strive to and do our part to be better and do better. I strive to be that virtuous woman every single day. I know she’s me!

Prayer

Father I pray for peace within. I pray for clarity and vision. I pray that the love I have and want is met with and joined in an everlasting embrace with faithfulness. I pray to always know, remember, express, and stand firmly in who I am as Your child. Let my words and actions always be clear, intentional, and never to cause harm.

Let me always turn to Jesus’s example of how to walk in Christ; let me always have the courage to enter battle like Joshua and Caleb; let me be loyal like Ruth to Naomi; let me be as nurturing as the women who cared for and protected baby Moses; let me have discernment and the conviction and fortitude of Deborah, and let me live and always see the importance of being a Proverbs 31 virtuous woman. In Your Son’s name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

PLEASE NOTE: THIS MESSAGE WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED ON OCTOBER 25, 2011. IT HAS BEEN MODIFIED (MODERATELY OR SIGNIFICANTLY) TO ALIGN WITH CURRENT STANDARDS AND FORMATTING; SECTIONS HAVE BEEN EDITED AND CONTENT EXPANDED TO REFLECT MY CURRENT THOUGHTS.
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