Breaking Bread For 12.18.20

Scripture

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:12-13

Reflection

Some of us are never satisfied because we don’t place God first in our lives. We have Spiritual Attention Deficit Disorder (SADD) because our focus is first on ourselves and our wants of the flesh, instead of our focus being on God and what He knows we need. We turn our attention away from God, from His call on us, His loving guidance, and we get distracted by all of the nonsense that He can easily resolve, if only our attention was on Him.

Some of us will never be content, never be overjoyed because we struggle with being present and embracing that wonderful gift. There’s two things at play:

1) We have our eyes, minds, and hearts in the future— lost, without a map, because God didn’t give it to us yet or He gave it to us and we carelessly discarded it for something flashier and shinier.

2) Or we’re glued to the past—always going backwards—and backwards is how certain aspects of our lives will always be until we shed our ego, pride, shame, guilt, arrogant thinking and the lifestyle that supports this foolishness, and instead make the choice to embrace a Christ-centered life that believes that our day begins and ends because of God’s will and grace—and that nothing gained without God is worthy of having.

If you aren’t satisfied with what God has given you then you are indeed living a pitiful life, because this very second He can snatch it all away and show you what a life without His gifts really equates to; He can show you what not living in the present with a mission for the future really means; He can show you how dwelling on the past will age you, limit you, and leave you in constant confusion with a future of nothing but pain and despair. He can show you how only having a focus on the future will blind you because you haven’t taken the proper steps today to be prepared for what’s to come.

Think of losing the very things you value most because you aren’t humbly appreciative of and for God giving you those things.

In the past, I would learn the lesson and move forward, not dwelling on what once was because I was too focused on what I was doing in the present and how it could impact my future. I wasn’t concerned with people I once encountered who I walked away from because if they were meant to be in my life today God would have kept them by my side. But I have to be honest with you, the past several years have been a struggle for me. I find myself struggling with learning the lesson, struggle with moving forward once the lesson is learned, too consumed by the past and afraid of what the future holds. I find myself having nightmares and moments of anxiety about certain people from my past. I’m a slave to my past and I don’t realize that I’m already free, if only I turned to God and trusted Him enough to let go and move on.

We’re supposed to become more mature as we age, not revert back to our childish youth. I look back at my maturity ten-plus years ago and I’m shocked and amazed. What happened to me? How did I allow myself to embrace shame rather than victory? How did I not see and celebrate the lesson instead of complain about the process? I am trying to free myself from cynicism and mistrust. I have to remind myself of the very things that I declared almost a decade ago. I want you to speak these words so that they too become a part of you, your affirmation over yourself. Let’s say it together:

I am a child of God whose mission and vision is forward-thinking and fueled by His light, love, and power. The devil has no control over me and I refuse to let him tempt me, to turn around or run ahead, when God has ordered me to do otherwise.

If you are confused, disappointed, frustrated, dissatisfied with what and who God has placed in your life then you need to seek Him, you need to get on your knees and pray for forgiveness for not trusting Him. You need to have the long-overdue conversation with Him and ask Him the questions that would provide you with the clarity you desperately need. You don’t know because you don’t ask. You don’t know because you aren’t listening to Him. For there is nothing better in your past than what you have today, and the joy of your future can only be determined by God—and, no, you don’t always have a sneak preview of His agenda. You just have to trust Him!

If you are miserable with your circumstances or the person you chose to walk with, then that’s because you chose to lead your life instead of letting God lead you. God’s blessings are never laced or filled with pain and misery, that is what we bring to ourselves when we think we can do things on our own. That’s what happens when we ignore Him and make our own decisions about where to go, who to love, how to do things, and when we do them. We cause our own misery. We choose to listen to the devil who always lies to us. We choose to allow him to lead us astray, and then we blame God for allowing us to have free will. We blame God for not stopping us. We blame God for allowing the devil to exist.

So it’s God’s fault that we chose to be stupid? mmmkay…Gotcha!

Those who would argue otherwise don’t have a strong enough relationship with God to see the reality that is before them; they are blinded by their self-centeredness, fueled by fear, and still have a lot of spiritual work ahead of them as they clear out their clutter and baggage in order to have Jesus serve as the guide, who leads them to the command center of their life—God!

As we wrap up this year in a few weeks, increasingly ask yourself whether you have been living a life of contentment, full and satisfied, and focused on what you can do to serve God. Or do you still feel empty and think that life was better in the past or can only get better in the future, if you only skip some steps? If you are conflicted then seek out the problem solver that we call by many names—our Heavenly Father! If you think this message is about or for you then it is!

Prayer

Father I am so grateful to You for all that I have, for the person I am, for the lessons learned through joy-filled and painful experiences, and for who You are molding me to be. Father I am more than content with the blessings You have bestowed upon me, although I am not content with moments of mediocrity, procrastination, and fear that I sometimes display which blind me from being fully receptive of my gifts. But I know that You are working on me, molding me, and improving me each day. Thank You Father.

There are things I have prayed for and You blessed me with immediately, and there were other times when You made me wait until the time was right, when You knew I would be ready, receptive, appreciative, and would make the most from those blessings. Father I never want to get to a point and place in my life that I am not more than content with my blessings. I never want to pray for something and not be overly satisfied with what I asked for. I know that You answer my prayers as I have requested, so if I foolishly omit details out of desperation, greed, or fear–You will lovingly keep me in check by making sure that I see the err of my ways, so that I am instead very specific and seek only that which I need and not just merely what I want.

I put my trust in You that the life I have as You have outlined is perfect for me; and as long as I don’t interpret things to mean differently, don’t envy what others have, don’t look to my past thinking I’m missing out on my present–my cup will run over with the gifts of Your love. I have no desire to look backwards like Lot’s wife and destroy my life and future. I have no desire to try and navigate my life on my own because I’m more concerned with what could be in the future, instead of enjoying the abundance of today. I have no desire to disobey You Father.

Humbly I pray that You keep my eyes, heart, and mind focused on today and the present work You have planned for me, so that my future is bright and filled with abundance. The devil is a liar and I refuse to let him tempt me to turn around or run ahead, and disobey Your loving command to keep marching forward on Your pace. In Your name I pray. Amen.

I love you all and pray for peace, abundance, and contentment in your life. God bless you and keep you!

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 12.15.20

Message From Natasha: Let me start todays’ message with an apology for my absence. This has not been the month of tech for me, as I’ve had my share of headaches with the devices that make it possible for me to share my messages each week. Two weeks ago my cell phone experienced an internal crash and after days of trying to fix it I had to settle with getting another phone. I then spent several days waiting for the new phone to be delivered, and then there is the transition that we go through when having to re-add content to a new phone, and trying to remember passwords, etc. It’s been an experience to say the least. I’m still not back up 100% but I’m much farther along than two weeks ago. So please be patient with me over these next several days. Thank you. Love, Natasha

Scripture

That we should be saved from our enemies 
And from the hand of all who hate us…

Luke 1:71 

Reflection

Pray for those who wish you no good. You don’t need to socialize with them to pray for them. If you can’t pray for them then you aren’t where you need to be spiritually. For if you can’t forgive and pray for others you are in no place to ever seek forgiveness. If you can’t pray to God to release someone of their darkness, ignorance, pride, hate, fear, self-loathing, and internal ugliness, then how can you call yourself God’s child? Remember that.

Prayer

Father thank You for the blessings. Thank You for forgiving me for those moments, even today, when I stepped off Your path and disobeyed Your commands. Father, please also forgive my enemies and those who hate me—those I know and those who cowardly hide deep in the pits of darkness. 

Father forgive them for what they do, say, and for what they think. Their minds are tangled up and their hearts have turned, yet in my heart I believe and know that You can save them. I know that Jesus can show them the way to You Lord. Yes, it will be a slow process; yes, there will be rough patches; but there is nothing that You can’t do. 

So knowing that, I trust that those who wish me nothing but harm, pain, sadness, failure, enslavement, loneliness, and emptiness—will be touched by Jesus’s healing hand and guided back to where they belong with You. If they choose not to be with You, I pray that You still show them mercy. This I say with the strongest of convictions. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 11.30.20

Scripture

Diligent hands will rule, but laziness ends in forced labor.Proverbs 12:24

Reflection

God doesn’t look too kindly on lazy people. Everyone must be active, must be doing something, and must be working—on something, that glorifies God.What are you doing each day to get the most out of your human experience here on Earth? What lessons are you learning and what lessons are you sharing and teaching to others?What contributions are you making to this world, other than existing?Let’s be clear, many people would argue that your existence alone may not be a significant “contribution” if your presence doesn’t feel like a gift. Let that sink in for a moment.I know that a weakness of mine is procrastination, and sometimes I get an adrenaline rush from cramming things in during the eleventh hour. I will even brag about how I accomplished something with only moments to spare. Let me be first to say that that isn’t a noble characteristic.There is greater risk in something going wrong within that window of procrastination than if we simply plan properly, and get the job done when we’re supposed to. I have missed important deadlines and events because I thought I could make something work last minute, just to find out that it was more than what I had bargained for, and too much to cram and complete in the small window of time that I had left.Procrastination is a form of laziness, and as the scripture says above, “…laziness ends in forced labor”, or let’s use a term we can really connect with—slavery. We become a slave to our circumstances when we are lazy, procrastinate, and put things off.Our decision to not make a decision, to put off doing something that we know is important, almost always has negative consequences and causes a domino effect of drama. By missing one deadline we then cut into work that needs to be done before another deadline.How many times have you found yourself slammed with multiple deadlines overlapping or crammed together because you put off completing an earlier task, assignment, project, or decision?It’s happened to me numerous times this year, heck, this month.Oftentimes many of us who are overwhelmed with numerous things to do each day are slaves to ourselves. We didn’t do something two weeks or two months ago and now that thing, plus others we kept ignoring, are staring us in our face along with pressing issues and deadlines that are fast approaching. We created the monster, but cry out in pain as though someone else wronged us.People do the same thing with missed opportunities and not asking the right probing questions. People miss out on benefits, bonuses, discounts, refunds, and other opportunities due to procrastination and laziness—too lazy to ask who, when, where, what, why and how.If you think you can be lazy and be rewarded, you’re delusional.The same is true of people who are too lazy to clean their bedrooms, bathrooms, closets, garages, attics, basements, offices, and cars. A cluttered environment is the sign of a cluttered mind, an unhealthy mind, a mind that cannot focus clearly because there is too much chaos.God is not the author of confusion, the enemy is!I can’t live, work, or sleep in clutter. The environments in which I spend my time must have order. As I have been known to say, “You may not be able to control much in the world, but you can control the cleanliness of your home, work area, and car.” If you are living in clutter, then you too are enslaved and must free yourselves from the shackles of laziness.No person can do this for you. We must stand up and say, “No more!” We must ask God for the strength to not give up; turn to Jesus’ lessons on how to lead our lives; and then through the Holy Spirit ignite our minds and bodies towards movement and action.We may receive assistance from loved ones or professionals who specialize in strengthening our areas of weakness, but it is our efforts that determine whether we continue living life as we have been, or if we rise above the chaos and embrace a life of being on time, doing things on time, working hard, working smart, investing wisely, asking probing questions, and living a clutter-free life.Are you ready to start living the life God intends for you? Are you ready to be free? Then ask for help and then do your part to start today!

Prayer

Father I opened my eyes this morning and was filled with gratefulness as You have once again blessed me with another day in this human experience. I humbly thank You. A more measurable way of thanking You is in my actions each day; in the work that I do and the effort I put in; in the lives I positively touch, and the lessons I learn to not repeat. Expression of my love does not come from laziness, for no one can be an ambassador in Your Kingdom if they are lazy and shiftless. So I pray to You today, Father, that You force out of me my tendency to procrastinate, any flighty behavior, or a preoccupation with irrelevant things and situations. I pray that Jesus keeps me focused on my walk and not on what’s going on around me, or what someone else is or isn’t doing. I pray that the Holy Spirit serves as the technician in my life, making the necessary adjustments so that I am spiritually fit to serve You, Father, and Your children. These things I pray for in all honesty and humility. Amen.

Love your sister in Christ,NatashaCopyright 2011-2020. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com

Breaking Bread For 11.26.20

Scripture

So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God. Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.

Therefore do not let what you know is good be spoken of as evil. For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, because anyone who serves Christ in this way is pleasing to God and receives human approval.

Romans 14:12-13, 16-18

Reflection

Every day we should give thanks for the blessings God gives us.

Every day we should work to help our fellow brothers and sisters.

Every day we should strive to do better, live better, speak with love and honesty, and think pure thoughts.

Every day we should act as servants not judges.

Love should be what leads us. Love should speak through us.

Follow Jesus’ lead and break free from the shackles of religion, and embrace the Truth of Love. God is love and love is God. If we aren’t walking and speaking in love then we aren’t reflecting God.

Prayer

Father, forgive those who actively work to disenfranchise your children. Forgive those who plot and plan the destruction of Your children. Forgive those who discriminate against Your children. Forgive those who block the blessings of others.

Father forgive those of us who feel it is our right and obligation to judge others, and do Your job. Forgive those of us who pretend to be like Your son Jesus, yet we keep sinning and living like the antichrist.

Lord forgive Your children who rely and trust in the concept of luck, and not in You. Forgive us Father. Our arrogance makes us ignorant to Your wisdom. Help us Father. In Your name I pray and praise. Amen.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 11.24.20

Scripture

Friend deceives friend, and no one speaks the truth. They have taught their tongues to lie; they weary themselves with sinning.

Jeremiah 9:5

Reflection

It is the insecure and fearful who lie, cheat and steal. When we do these things we have to see the ways we are weak-hearted and weak-minded. We make the decision to lie, cheat, and steal. No one else is to blame. We choose.

We waste our energy trying to remember our lies and trying to cover up our deception. We try to convince ourselves that our sin is not great, that God is not offended, and that even if we cause someone harm, it’s not as bad as it appears. We try to rationalize and justify our offenses and the collateral damage we cause.

Over time, without a changed heart, without atonement and reconciliation, we wither away, pretending to be someone other than who we are. In shame, we hide from being who we were made to be. We are the prime candidate for full conversion by the enemy, because the less worth and value we begin to see in ourselves, the less hope we have in God forgiving and loving us.

The more we fall down that slope, the faster we fall into the enemy’s trap. We begin to believe the lies the enemy tell us. We begin to embrace the darkness, drawing farther away from the Light.

It takes a strong and brave person to see and embrace the Light within that makes them amazing and special. It takes hope and faith to keep your eyes and heart on the Light that leads you out of darkness. It takes hope, faith, and action to be moved from that darkness and remain in the Light.

God blessed us with the Holy Spirit for a reason. Study and embed in your mind what Jesus said about the Holy Spirit, it’s purpose and value, and why we should daily engage with and tap into that source of God. [John 14:16-17, 26; John 16:13]. Read 1 Corinthians 6:19, to see what the Apostle Paul wrote about the Holy Spirit. Then actively engage and rely upon the Holy Spirit, as God planned and intends. God makes no mistakes, nothing slips past Him, all is done for a reason.

Let us find and embrace our strength and push past our fears and weaknesses. When we are too afraid, let us call on the Holy Spirit to remind us of our truth. Let us find and embrace God’s Truth so we may embrace our truth, and live the lives we were called to experience. We are on this plane of existence for a limited time to have a fulfilled culmination of experiences. We’re to strive each day to be like Jesus, to resist temptation, and to love strangers and those we know as Jesus taught and demonstrated.

The more we lie, cheat, and steal, the more perverted our heart and mind becomes—and we begin to transform from our original design. Every day we must reconcile the day before. Every moment should reconcile the last. Remedy the harm as best as possible. Aim and commit to do no more harm. Each day we’re choosing which team we support, team God or team Satan. At the end of this war, there is no “team Undeclared’. You’re either on one of these two teams. Right now you may not know. You may be confused, so for you it’s safer to say you’re on team Undeclared. Just know that the other two teams want you.

Let’s be clear, you don’t have to be mean or evil-spirited to be on team Satan. You just have to believe there is no God and Jesus is a myth. Disbelief is all the enemy needs to have you on its team.

So, now that we have clarity, which team are you choosing today?

Prayer

Father, hold my tongue if it utters anything that goes against You and Your Truth. Make me stop before I speak ill will towards anyone. Remind me that they are Your child. Cleanse my mind of wrong and evil thoughts. Infuse Your Truth. Heal me, Father. If it’s not of You, I don’t want it in me or near me. I don’t want to possess it or be possessed by it.

Let Your Light serve as my source of energy, always recharging and restoring me, and always guiding and protecting me.

Help me to learn, call on, and rely upon the Holy Spirit. Help me to see the purpose and value of this blessing you have given me. I never want to be disconnected from You. I pray for discernment, clarity, courage, wisdom, strength, grace, and mercy. In Your name I pray and praise. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 11.23.20

Scripture

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

James 1:17

Reflection

There is nothing in life that we receive in joy that does not come from our heavenly Father. Every blessing, talent, skill, and ability comes from God. All goodness, correction, and uplift comes from God. Be grateful and praise His Holy name. Give thanks today and each day. Express your joy and appreciation, even on days of pain and heartache.

Prayer

Father, thank You for every gift given to me and delivered through me. You are my constant. You are always here. I can always count on You. You are my ever-present source of strength, courage, hope, love, peace, dignity, grace, joy, and laughter. I dance and sing because of You. I sense beauty and richness because of You. Life is amazing, even in chaos, because it is a gift and opportunity from You. Thank You Father. I pray to, praise, and serve You always. As a believer in You and Your son Jesus Christ. Amen.

If you aren’t smiling right now, what are you waiting for? If you aren’t listening to some uplifting and positive music right now, then it’s time to turn it on and if possible, crank it up, and make the time to praise God through song and dance!

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 11.20.21

Scripture

You did not go up to the gaps or restore the wall around the house of Israel so that it might stand in battle on the day of the Lord .

Ezekiel 13:5 HCSB

Reflection

How disciplined and obedient are we really? Think about it for a moment before you proceed.

Do we prepare in advance for chaos, or do we react in a panicked state of mania, once “hell” has broken wide open upon us? Many of us are reactionaries not planners and preppers.

We know that our homes need upkeep, repairs, reinforcement— yet we put it off because it’s not a huge priority. Until something happens to the home and then we’re frantic and desperate, and of course we are complaining as though we took no part in the lack of planning and preparation. We heard the Voice repeatedly tell us month after month, season after season, to fix or replace something, yet we ignored that Voice. Absolute disobedience.

We smirk and make snide remarks about doomsday preppers and others who prepare for calamity, yet who were and have been the only ones prepared in 2020 when we were hit and are still being devastated by a global pandemic?

Preppers.

They have planned, prepared, and trained for it. They have taught generations of their family how to prepare for a season or period of devastation. While we teased and chided them as being paranoid and delusional, they see a vision, that based on our trending nature of destruction, conflict, and chaos, that life as we have comfortably known it would cease to exist for a period of time.

They planned for disorder and looting, and built living quarters for their families that could sustain them two or more years. Some of them even practice long stints of isolation to prepare for being separated from society for extended periods of time. All while we rolled out eyes in cynicism.

This 2020 experience has been a good trial run for them, because they could see how outsiders reacted to store shortages, mass unemployment, business closures, hospital deficiencies, city and state shut downs, and the temperament of not only the residents but of the political, community, and business leaders.

This is only a trial run. You’re ignorant to believe that this is the worst scenario we will ever again experience in our lifetime. Yet, looking at the news and social media, there are huge chunks of our population in the US that obviously don’t care; they’re more concerned with socializing than with learning, planning, and preparing for the future.

Many of us didn’t learn a thing, except that folks don’t like being told what to do, suggested what to do, or be inconvenienced in any way. We also learned that in a crisis, there is a small segment of the population that will price gouge and leverage your desperation for their financial gain. We also learned that we don’t keep enough household supplies and nonperishable foods on hand in our homes, to last us months or longer.

I bet many of you started envying those mass couponers that you see on TV. The ones who have years-worth of products stocked up in their homes, garages, custom-built storage shelters.

Yep, I too used to ask myself why a family of two to four needed as much items as so many of them kept stocking. But after watching the shows more and more last year, I began to see the why. I also saw, that in their bargaining preparation they also accounted for the products they would donate to local churches and charities, and the amounts they would set aside for other family members, friends, and neighbors who may need help.

The majority of couponers aren’t wealthy. They’re just great at using the gift God gave them to calculate and analyze how to apply coupons to gain the most value. They are disciplined and committed. They are forward-thinking. They are planners and preppers.

And I can guarantee you they didn’t have to go to the grocery store one time this year. Many of them have enough supplies and food to last them several years. While the rest of us are rationing it and we still haven’t understood the lessons that we’re being taught.

Noah was obedient and did as God instructed, and while his neighbors and friends looked at him like he was out of his mind, even telling him he was, he continued preparing and getting his family ready. When the floods rushed in and began wiping people out, imagine the thoughts of so many people who knew Noah and the moment they had the realization that he was right, it was too late.

Noah was a prepper. We celebrate Noah, yet we roll our eyes at modern-day preppers. We better start paying attention, learn our lessons, apply what we learn, listen and obey God’s guiding words. Or expect to be wiped out by whatever Earth-created or man-created force.

The Bible passage above shares God’s disappointment that the people chose to be disobedient, chose to do other things, than prepare and protect the House of Israel. It wasn’t a priority for them. Idol worship was. Socializing was. Ezekiel kept telling the people what God said, and they kept doing their own thing.

Think of Jeremiah’s struggles. He too would tell the people what God said and the people chose to do things their way. Yet when things would blow up, they would rush to Jeremiah to help make things right with God. There are numerous examples like this in the Bible. All lessons to be learned and taught, so we don’t repeat them.

When you read the Old Testament part of you questions why the Israelites kept messing up and faced punishment for their sins and disobedience, and then the other part of you is quickly checked by the reality that in current-day we do the same ignorant things.

I’m grateful that God doesn’t get totally frustrated by us and just decide to wipe us out, and start over fresh again. He has the power to do so, but He spares us. He shows us mercy. That’s love.

Could we do the same? Would we do the same, having the power to punish or show mercy?

Honestly, no. We’re quick to punish and destroy. That’s why He keeps molding us.

Take a few moments to consider what you need to do to listen, plan, prepare, and be disciplined in whatever assignment or task God gives you. If you aren’t tuned in then you will most likely be left out. We all must do better.

Prayer

Father prepare me for days ahead, for struggle and strife, for challenges and complications. Show me how to see opportunities in each situation. Protect me from myself and from those who would plot to harm me. Forgive me for my pride and disobedience, for my fear and doubt, for my frustration and conditional faith that sometimes creeps in.
Father let me learn a lesson once without need for repetition. Help me to prepare my mind, heart, body, home, family, and life for battle. Whether the battle is spiritual, financial, medical, or anything else—help me to be ready so I don’t have to fearfully rush to get ready. Help me to resist the enemy and see temptation’s lure as leading to nothingness and nothing worthy of giving attention to. My true health, wealth and victory can only come from You. In Your Name I pray and praise. Amen.

Forgive me for my pride and disobedience, for my fear and doubt, for my frustration and conditional faith that sometimes creeps in.
Father let me learn a lesson once without need for repetition. Help me to prepare my mind, heart, body, home, family, and life for battle. Whether the battle is spiritual, financial, medical, or anything else—help me to be ready so I don’t have to fearfully rush to get ready. Help me to resist the enemy and see temptation’s lure as leading to nothingness and nothing worthy of giving attention to. My true health, wealth and victory can only come from You. In Your Name I pray and praise. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 11.19.20

Scripture

In my distress I groan aloud and am reduced to skin and bones.

Psalm 102:5

Reflection

When we think that the pressure has become too great for us to bear, we yell and cry out in pain. At that moment we have forgotten our true existence and forgotten to Whom we belong, and Who’s children we are.

We are spiritual beings in a human vessel (flesh and bones). We don’t die but the vessel does. We get caught up in the beingness of the vessel and forget who and what we truly are, and our purpose here.

When we don’t stand firm in our spiritualness we are reduced to our humanness. We are weak in our humanness. God combined the two for a reason, for our experiences and existence here to be made possible. To feel, to form and build relationships with other creations of God, and to go beyond the limits that our human fear erects to achieve God-defined excellence.

We have to always tap into and lead from the spiritual source within and not limit ourselves to what we see, hear, and feel with our human senses. When we do the latter we feel too much, spiral out of control, listening less to God and more to the pain-pleasure stimuli.

We have also delighted the enemy who desperately wants us to think, say, believe, and live as though God has abandoned us in our time of need. He wants us to believe that God is blocking our blessings, knowledge, wisdom, and Godness. He wants us to curse God for our pain, for not immediately healing us, for not immediately rescuing us, for not immediately making right the wrongs we face.

When times get tough as they always will, force a smile on your face as you remind yourself that you are God’s child, a spiritual being having a human experience, and no matter what you go through, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit will always see you through.

God gave us the Holy Spirit so that we are never disconnected, never lost, never alone, and we can tap in whenever and wherever we choose. It is our GPS, fueling station, and much more. Remind yourself of this Truth. Speak it boldly until it feels like the space around you is moving from that power.

Keep saying it until you feel it deep inside, in your bones, until you are declaring it firmly, intensely, and with a power and passion that can’t be rocked.

Say it with me:

“I am God’s child; a spiritual being having a human experience, and no matter what I go through, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, will ALWAYS see me through”.

Now say it again with a smile on your face. Say it until you believe it, until the pain evaporates, until the fear subsides, until the darkness slithers away, until you hear the demons shriek in horror.

Then live each day speaking this Truth and demonstrating this Truth through action.

Without action, faith will crumble. Without action, a vision is merely a dream. Without action, a dream will fade away.

We must work daily in our spiritual roles, no time off. The enemy and its crew take no days, hours, minutes, or seconds off. They are suited and booted for battle every millisecond of every day, tempting and tormenting us, with a goal to break us and get us to abandon God, and give our souls freely to them.

If you’re a member of team God, then you better know the rules the enemy is playing by. You better study their playbook and learn how their influence impacted those history books many of us avoid reading. You better learn your lessons from past mistakes, failings, and sins—or you’re bound to repeat them. Because I can guarantee you that team Satan is well educated on you, me, and us.

They risk extinction and so they are playing for their very existence. If you knew how valuable your soul is, you would be in this to win it without doubt, sarcasm, or cynicism. The ancient vision says evil eventually loses, but that also reflects the understanding that many souls were, are, and will be lost and turned over to that side during these battles and wars.

As long as people keep loaning and selling their souls to evil, we leverage the odds in satan’s favor. Protect your God-given heart. It is the indicator that measures which team you’re rolling with. Satan can’t make us do anything. We have to choose. God doesn’t force us. We have to choose.

Which side will you choose and continue to choose?

God never gives up on us. We need to love Him as He loves us. We need to commit to Him as He is committed to us. Our belief and our faith must be combined with our actionable speech and progression in God’s direction. That’s why we call it a faith walk and not a faith rest, or faith sit. Action is the key to real progress.

There are thousands of people who claim to be team God while doing the selfish work of the enemy. We have to check ourselves so we don’t wreck ourselves.

I love you all and I pray that through thick and thin you always keep your eyes and heart focused on God and Jesus. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you, to go before you, to help in whatever ways you need. Don’t think you’re alone and have to go at this alone. God has the resources and the way. He’s just waiting for us to reach out in faith and take ahold.

Prayer

Father, You are Jehovah Go’el, my Redeemer. You are Jehovah Eli, my God. I pray that even in times of pain, frustration, grief, and anger, that I never forget that I am the perfect reflection of You; that I am a spiritual being having a human experience and not a human being having a spiritual experience; and that as a spiritual being living in and of Your Spirit, the distress I feel is temporary and is actually nonexistent.

By giving in to the distress and allowing my hope and faith to wane I reduce myself to mere flesh and bone and forget the demonstration that I am supposed to be having while on Earth. I do not want to play any role in the enemy’s schemes. I declare that You and only You are Jehovah Mephalti, my Deliverer.

Help me to get and stay focused Father. Help me to see and always remember my purpose here, and to never ever ever give up on life, living, and serving You and the least of Your children—and doing so humbly, joyfully, and graciously.

In Your name I pray and give thanks. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 11.18.20

Scripture

Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel.

Proverbs 20:17

Reflection

We always reap what we sow. So be mindful of the things that you do and say in order to get ahead in life. We all have pitfalls, setbacks, disappointments, and failures; but we can all succeed in life by doing good, living right, being obedient to God, and being honest in all situations.

Remember that we’re supposed to use things and love people, not the other way around. So don’t let consumerism get the best of you. Don’t let products and price tags mesmerize you into idol worship. Some of us can’t pay our bills on time but we’re making sure we can budget for the bling and excess in our lives.

When our focus becomes more on what we accumulate than on Whom we serve, we have a problem; we have an infestation that needs extermination. We are distracted and are in desperate need of realignment.

I love you all. Have an incredible day. Be a blessing to others. Be the example in the world that God wants to see.

Prayer

Father, thank You for blessing me. There are times when I desire things that maybe I want but I don’t need, and I am grateful that You keep me in line so that I receive only what I need.

Father I would rather defer my gratification than to receive something that I didn’t earn, especially if I was being deceptive, not genuine, or inauthentic. Father bless me as You see fit. Mold me into your perfect image and protect me from harm; harm that I may cause myself and harm from others.

As I try to dig myself out of this valley, please provide me with the tools and guidance that I need to not only survive but to thrive, so that I may pay it forward and educate others on the valley experience, and Your grace that saw me through.

I trust and believe in You Lord, and I apologize for any moments where my faith and hope are not crystal clear. In Your name and Jesus’ name I ask for forgiveness, pray for these blessings, and declare my commitment to doing my part. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 11.17.20

Scripture

Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.

Psalm 119:116

Reflection

Without hope for a better tomorrow where are you and where do you stand in your faith?

God blesses us daily, every single second—yet we want more, we want to see more, we want to see the bigger blessings—when the biggest of blessings is our relationship with God and Jesus, our life that God gifts us, and being able to live it.

How grateful are you?

How hopeful are you?

How devoted are you?

Those are questions for you to ask and answer for yourself.

Embrace your day and be a blessing to others.

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day. Thank You for calming me as I slept. Thank You for waking me to experience and learn the lessons I need to learn. Thank You for Your love, guidance, support, and protection.

Father I pray to be prepared for the blessings that You have in store for me today and in the future. I pray that I am open, receptive, hopeful and humble. Help me Father. Help me to see every opportunity. Help me to avoid pitfalls. Help me to keep moving forward in the right direction. Keep me close, to remain strong and focused Father. In Your name and Jesus’ name, I pray and praise. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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