Breaking Bread For 5.10.21

Scripture

“Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise—”so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Ephesians 6:2-3

Reflection

I am grateful for God blessing me with my parents. I’m grateful for my childhood and the times we shared, the lessons learned, and their stern hand that kept me from danger. I’m grateful for the times I get to share with my mom, the lessons that I continue to learn, and the wisdom that she imparts to assist me.

I thank my mother for taking care of herself while she carried me in her womb and for taking care of our family so our bond could be unbreakable. I’m grateful for every single day that God blesses me with my mom. I thank my father for his role in bringing me into this world, for taking care of our family, and for the lessons he taught me—some, I’m finally learning now. Even though he transitioned from this life, he is always a part of me, always with me, and I’m grateful to God for that blessing. I thank my parents for their sacrifices so that I may live a better life than they did. I will honor them every day of my life. My parents are a blessing to me!

For Those Who Struggle With This

Some of you don’t have fond memories of one or both of your parents, or those good memories have been hijacked with bad ones—so every time you think of something good, a bad memory floods the entire space. Some of you are estranged from your parents or you never knew them. You could have built an internal wall to try and block any loving feelings that try to creep in. Maybe you have chosen to harden your heart towards one or both parents. But that’s not what God wants.

God said to honor your father and mother so that you can enjoy a long life on Earth. He didn’t say honor your father and mother only if they were present in your life, or only if they treated you right. Let God handle any grievances that you have with your parents. They are His children. He made them and He’a responsible for molding and correcting them. If one or both were abusive, neglectful, controlling, mean, selfish, or absent then God has those issues covered.

You must try to forgive them for not seeing the gift that is within you, and the gift that is within them. They are or were operating out of lack, and so lack is what you got in return. Don’t pass on that lack to others.

If you spend your life dwelling on what a parent did or didn’t do then you never get to enjoy life blessing the lives of other people and children—especially your own. You don’t get to see your full potential to love, forgive, and be forgiven. You unknowingly set yourself up to be as negligent as they were to you. By honoring them, as God directs you to, you break the cycle, and create a healthy one.

Here’s something else to consider: honoring your parents can also mean being more loving, patient, kind, considerate, nurturing, and supportive to people than they were to you. You evolve to where they didn’t, but without spite and malice in your heart. It’s not about pointing out their flaws and being obsessed with being better than them. Instead, grow to see their deficiencies and understand that they didn’t grow to where you are, but they helped bring you into this world, and now you’re able to do what they could only dream of. Maybe, their lack is because they had lack as a child and didn’t know how to positively process it, so they passed that lack on to you. You have a choice—continue the cycle or do what God asks of you.

For All of Us

Your journey, mission, calling, is not about them. It’s about you. How you see them and treat them is about you, not them. God is looking at your heart just like He’s looking at theirs. He’s dealing with them just like He’s dealing with you.

Think about it, honoring our parents positions us to be honored parents (or parental figures to children who need us most). If your heart is hardened towards one or both parents, how can it be completely available to love and nurture others? How can it fully express love to your significant other, children, and others? If part of your heart is closed off then it’s not fully accessible. God’s heart is always accessible to us, in all Its fullness. He wants the same for us.

Be the change you want to see!

Prayer

Father, thank You for my human parents. Thank You for blessing me with life and love. Even in rough times when I didn’t see eye-to-eye with one or both parents, I’m grateful for the lessons that I learned. I thank my parents for some of my mannerisms, the characteristics we share, and for the ability to look in the mirror and see them.

Father, thank You for making it possible for me to have these parents and to learn from them—what to do and what not to do. Even when I had doubt, even when I wished I or You could make some changes—I thank You for my mother and father because my life with them has helped mold and shape me into the person I am today. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

I love you all!

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 5.7.21

Scripture

Shout for joy to the lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;

Psalm 98:4

Reflection

If you don’t feel like dancing and singing right now, then you haven’t looked close enough at the blessings you have received today and over the years. Assess your gifts large and small and then rejoice. Think of God’s mercy and grace in your life. You didn’t earn the favor, God gave it because He loves you and wants the best for you. I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to dance, sing, and shout with joy!

Prayer

Father, I love You. I am so grateful and filled with joy. I want the world to know my love for You and how good You have been to me. Thank You for everything Lord. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 5.6.21

Scripture

Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.

Psalm 97:11

Reflection

The Lord is amazing in all of His glory. God has healed you from affliction. He has brought you through troubled times. He has made sure you had sustenance to survive and the right mind to understand and follow His ways. You should want to shout from the roof tops how much you love the Lord. You should want to walk up and hug every person you see and say, “God is good”. That’s how joyful you should feel right now. You are alive, you are loved, and you are blessed to have the technology to read this message. Isn’t He awesome?

Today, why don’t you tell someone how good God has been to you. Why don’t you do a random act of kindness to positively touch another person’s life so that they too can feel God’s love, light, joy and presence. Do your part as an ambassador for the Lord.

Prayer

Father, thank You for the blessings that I have already received and for those that I know will come, not because I earned them, but because You keep Your promises. You are my Comforter and my Beacon. I rejoice and proudly testify to my countless healings and blessings that were only made possible by and through You, Lord. Cast Your Light on me Father. Fill my heart with loving gladness. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 5.5.21

Scripture

See, the lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Deuteronomy 1:21

Reflection

God has told you that He will take you to the promised land, but instead of turning left as instructed you have turned right, and out of frustration you cry out to Him for guidance. Lovingly, God tells you that He showed you the way and even gave you the skills to read the map given to you—but your pride, fear, impatience, arrogance, and insecurities blinded your vision—and now you are off course and in, for you, is an unchartered area.

What you don’t see is that the promised land is so very close but you need God to get there. There is no success without God. There is no victory without God. Your goals, plans, dreams, and bills can not be met without God. 

As I push through my fears—which is a lifelong journey—but one that becomes more bearable and maneuverable when you learn to let go and trust on God more to show you the way, and to catch you when you fall—I know that no matter what I’m going through today, and no matter how much pain and insecurity that I feel, God has never forsaken me. I know that He has angels watching over me. I know that when no one else loves me unconditionally, that He has, does, and always will. He has a life for me that’s ready for me to claim. All I have to do is open my eyes, take that step, reach out, and make it mine. All you have to do is do the same for every opportunity and blessing that He provides you.

I love all of you. Those I know and those who only know me through this Breaking Bread message. I love you because we are all God’s children. I love you because just as I want and need love, peace, and security, so do you. We are brothers and sisters in a kingdom that is struggling with double-mindedness. Together we will uplift each other into the perfect examples of our Father, as He first created us. Embrace your day and embrace your life.

God bless you and keep you!

Prayer

Father, You have placed before me countless opportunities to claim as mine. Some I have seized ahold to while others I was too afraid to claim. Father, I thank You for my blessings. I thank You for Your patience as You wait for me to walk in and by faith, and not by fear, and to have the courage to claim what is rightfully mine, because You made it so.

Daily, I pray to You for Your grace and mercy as I push through my fears and cast them to the side. Father, I can see the promised future. I can see my victories. I can see a life filled with joy and the ability to rise, smile, and see my way through any situation, because I know that You are with me. I want to claim what You have said is mine. I want to claim the life You have envisioned and set forth for me. I want to honor and glorify You, through the ups and downs. I love you Father. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 5.4.21

Scripture

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

James 4:7-8,10

Reflection

Yesterday was a doozy for me and maybe you too. But today does not have to be your yesterday, if you trust and rely on God to help you see your way through. Yesterday I said we should smile when faced with heartache, grief, turmoil, pain, setbacks, and disappointments. We should rejoice in the Lord for the triumph we know is coming. We should smile for being blessed with yet another day to demonstrate His goodness, grace and mercy.

Sometimes we have to make difficult decisions to stay within the status quo of man or to follow God. Sometimes we grow content with accepting the ongoing pain of living in the flesh that we don’t even consider the pleasure we receive from living in God’s Light. We must learn to love God above all else, including ourselves. We don’t want the pain and friction caused by God molding us, but we don’t realize that we are causing that pain and friction because we simply won’t let go and give up ourselves to Him.

So yes, when we resist, the molding process is more difficult. But ironically we have less of a problem enduring the pain received in personal and professional relationships—in those instances we can quickly make excuses and try to find ways to compromise or totally acquiesce. We are double-minded and not fully loyal to our Heavenly Father. We must choose which life we want to lead. We must choose whom we will follow, trust and obey. If we don’t surrender to God the molding process only becomes more intense.

Jesus

Everyone wants to be like the disciples who had an easy escape exit, but who wants the responsibility of truly carrying the cross like Jesus? Who wants to walk as Jesus did? I’m not talking about having hangers-on and followers who blindly cheerlead and applaud all that you do. That is not and was not Jesus’s path and demonstration.

Remember there were more than 100 disciples before they were narrowed down to 12 (with double-mindedness even in some of them). We read about their time spent with Jesus, but consider all of the time he spent alone talking to God, meditating on his calling, contemplating things—we don’t have written records of that. We have no clue what Jesus really had to endure, the fears he had to overcome, the doubt and frustration that would creep up inside of him. I can say that I only wish I had the faith, courage, discipline, and discernment he had.

Moses

Can you imagine surrendering and giving yourself to God knowing that tomorrow you will not be here with your loved ones? Just like Moses knowing that he would never enter the Promised Land; his mission was to get the children of Israel to a certain point and then Joshua would lead them the rest of the way.

To know when your last day on earth will be must be frightening at the same time it makes you appreciate more of life’s experiences and your mission and purpose along the way. That is why many people say, “Live your life each day as though it is your last”. With that I send my love to each of you and pray for your peace and protection, and hope that you also pray for mine.

Prayer

Father, I pray to release my burdens, fears, and doubt. I know You’re trying to mold me Father. I know You’re trying to direct my path and I keep resisting and following man and not You. I want to let go. Father free me from my shackles of double-mindedness and over-analysis. I pray for the discernment to know Your voice from any other, and the belief and knowledge that Your answer is always the right one. In Your Name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 5.3.21

Scripture

If I say, ‘I will forget my complaint, I will change my expression, and smile,’

Job 9:27

Reflection

Moments ago I paused to read over some old reflections from a decade ago. It’s awkward because it doesn’t feel that long ago, yet it does. I think of the things I was worried over and complaining about, and naturally I compared them to my present, and I won’t lie—some guilt creeped in. The things I struggled with then are nothing in comparison to what I’m dealing with now, and I’m being reminded that through it all there have only been two constants: God and change.

I’m also reminded of the family members and friends who prayed for me, even when they didn’t fully know what I was going through. They just loved me enough to pray. I noticed that when you pray for others and you’re open to God’s reality your problems, issues, and pain seem to be more bearable. I don’t know about you, but something else that I experience is when I listen to uplifting music, the sun seems to shine brighter outside, the light on the trees seem to glisten more on the leaves, I begin to notice things that I overlooked, and I can’t help but to smile. I’m not looking for the flaws, I’m not anticipating bad weather, I’m not expecting the “other shoe to drop”. No, as one song pours into another, I fill with hope, gladness, and gratitude.

As we walk through valleys, struggle to climb up mountainsides, get knocked down and work to get back up, instead of grimacing in complaint, let’s smile in anticipation of standing in victory. No matter how big or small your problem—God is your problem solver. He’s already handled it, He’s just waiting on you to catch up!

Wow, now isn’t that something to smile about?

Enjoy this beautiful day, take in all of your blessings, breathe in all of God’s greatness, and smile. This is your experience. Live it intentionally!

Prayer

Father Mother God, there are days when it gets tough and my shoulders feel as though they can’t carry much more of the weight. There are days when I feel alone, lost, too uncomfortable to rest, and too tired to think straight. Today, I may walk into all sorts of unknowns but one thing I will change is my perception that I’m in this alone—for I know and You have proven countless times that You are always with me.

So today I forget my reasons for complaining; I will forget those feelings that build up inside when I’m under attack by others; I will put aside those things I simply cannot change—and instead of frowning and crying I will smile and rejoice in gladness, for I am blessed by You, Father. I know that no matter what I go through and no matter what someone says about me it’s all right and all good—because You are my strength, my shield, my shelter, and my nurturer. Thank You, Father, for a brand new day and for a new outlook. I love You. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.30.21

Scripture

The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD. So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

Psalm 32:8-11 NLT

Reflection

Look at the first two lines in the Psalm. God said He would guide and advise. No where does it say that He would cajole, drag, force, coerce, bribe, or beg us. The third sentence makes it clear the type of person who will struggle in the type of relationship He desires—a person who needs to be controlled, manipulated, and coerced into being led.

God wants volunteers. He wants us to willingly be in a relationship with Him. He wants us actively engaged and filled with joy. If being with us is like being with or bridled horse or mule, how is that peaceful? How does that make God feel knowing that we’re resisting Him and only in agreement when forced? It has to break His heart. God wants us to want to be with Him. He wants us to walk freely with Him, listening and obeying out of desire, not fear of punishment. He wants our relationship with Him to feel effortless because we just let things flow, no pushback, no abrupt turns, no raising up and bucking against Him.

As it states in the fourth sentence of the Psalm, He wants us to trust Him. When we don’t walk freely with Him we’re telling Him we don’t trust Him. How can we be the person described in the final line of the Psalm, if we aren’t willing and excited participants?

When we let go of the things we know we truly have no control over, and let God take care of the details, then we are free to do what we are called to do. It doesn’t take deep analysis, just a decision to surrender all to Him. Those of us who still struggle to believe we can control things, people, and experiences—who think we can fix things, people, and circumstances—we learn the hard, long, bit and bridle way.

This doesn’t have to be our reality.

All we have to do to be free, to truly experience joy and the weight of the world lifted off of our shoulders, is to let go of our sense of control, entitlement, and rightness—and just let God guide and advise us, and we obediently listen and follow.

Let go!

Prayer

I sing praises to You, Father. I opened my eyes and knew I was blessed yet again. Thank You. Today is a new day, and a new opportunity for me to walk uprightly on the path You have placed before me. Today is a new day to reflect Your goodness and grace. Today I can reaffirm that I will let go of things that You said You would handle, and I will only focus my attention on the things that I’m supposed to be concerned with. My path is looking clearer Father and it’s only because of You. Let’s keep walking!

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 4.29.21

Scripture

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Colossians 3:13

Reflection

If you call yourself a Christian, if you are a student and practitioner of Christ, and if you hope to receive God’s blessings and forgiveness then you need to remember that life is never about you—it’s about our heavenly Father and our realignment with Him. We’re off course, not the other way around.

Do you think His son Jesus spent his days and nights complaining and stewing over what someone did or didn’t do to and for him?

Do you think he went around telling everyone what someone said about him? Did he go off on those disciples that rejected him? Did he curse and attack those around him? No, he prayed for them and accepted the fact that his experience in life had nothing to do with them or him, but everything to do with our Father. 

We have become a society of victims and this has to be displeasing to God since our focus is on ourselves and not on Him. We are supposed to be tools, ambassadors, students, and soldiers in God’s army—His army not ours—His Kingdom not ours! We need to stop being concerned about “me” and “I” and more concerned with God and how we can be aligned with Him. We need to be reflecting His love outwardly and embracing it from others, instead of wasting time dictating who is worthy of love and how it should be received.

If you find yourself seemingly repeating steps in your life, and having the same experiences it is because you have not learned the lesson God is trying to teach you. You are closed off to Him and until you release, let go, and live the life He has intended then you will stay on the merry-go-round of life.

Stop complaining and whining about what someone did to you. Do you believe that God is your vindicator? Do you believe that He always balances things in the right? Then why are you harboring resentment, carrying around the baggage of junk that God said He’s handled? Do you believe Him or your eyes? Do you believe Him or that voice inside that keeps consuming your time with drama and negativity?

You testify to His glory but then live as though He keeps letting you down. Which is it? We say He has us but we live as though we can’t trust Him to keep His promise. Is He untrustworthy or are we not trusting? And if we don’t trust then we need to look within our hearts. There we will see our own untrustworthiness. We can’t be trusted to be faithful, committed, patient, obedient, and disciplined. We don’t realize how much we project onto others our deficiencies and insecurities. We don’t realize how we project outward and upward to God, as self-entitled, expecting the most for very little. We won’t commit the mustard seed to the ground but we want the acres to Divinely manifest.

Do you truly know Him or are you still living like a bystander who can’t yet comprehend what you witnessed?

We have choices in this life and we can waste away, withering into a bag of sullen bones, consumed by all of the things that didn’t go our way, all of the pain we won’t resolve by letting go. Or we can choose to instead live our life without blame, shame, and contempt in our heart, as Christ led and instructed. We want forgiveness yet we can’t forgive ourselves and others. We want mercy and grace but then feel self-important enough to dictate who’s allowed mercy and grace.

We struggle to forgive others because we struggle to forgive ourselves. They’re not worthy because we don’t see ourselves as worthy. How can we have the audacity to ask God to forgive us if we can’t forgive ourselves and others? We want from Him what we aren’t willing to do. So we carry the junk around, rehashing it, stewing in it, letting it dictate our every move, and giving it power to determine how we live and for how long.

We refuse to let go of the harm someone else caused us. They occupy a space in our minds for free because, honestly, misery loves company.

It’s taken me 10 years to finally embrace this understanding of #forgiveness and why my letting go and not needing anything in return is what freedom and well-being rests upon.

Don’t let the self-appointed title of Christian cause you to be ignorant enough to believe that you have the right to dictate to others about their own lives. You only have the right to choose who to associate with or not, how and where to invest your time, and how to have your relationship with God.

Life is about your journey, not controlling other people’s experiences.

Knowing the teachings of Jesus and the testimonies of those he helped, ministered, and redirected—be honest with yourself, are you a Sadducee, Pharisee, Disciple, or one of the people in the crowd just waiting to see what’s what?

The person who is blameless and free from sin please cast the first stone!

Prayer

Father, as I ask You to forgive me for all of my wrongdoings I stop and pray for the freedom and internal peace to forgive myself for choosing me over You. I pray to forgive other people who have hurt and wronged me, whether knowingly or unknowingly. If in case I have not truly forgiven all who have hurt me, please warm my heart so that I can freely forgive them now. I know that I can’t ask and expect Your forgiveness if I can’t forgive others. You are not the author of chaos and confusion. You are not a hypocrite and I shouldn’t live my life as one.

My grudges, my animosity, my anger, my aggressiveness, my bitterness, and my self-victimization only block my blessings from You. Forgive me Father for not letting go of my issues with others. Forgive me for dwelling on the past. Forgive me Father for not reflecting You fully and expressing Your love regardless of how others treat me. Help me to see myself and love myself as You love me. Help me to see and accept others as You do. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 4.28.21

Scripture

“You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall”

Isaiah 25:4

Reflection

What is your foundation built on? Is God your foundation or is it money, power, your looks, your reputation, your pride, or your ego?

If your life, like your home, is built on unstable ground then the moment a major storm rolls through it will suffer significant damage and make it difficult to repair. But if your foundation is solid and you work to build up the infrastructure with a dedication to excellence, purpose, humility and care then you will notice that even if things get shaken it continues to stand firm. What are you leaning on during a storm? When you’re alone and afraid who or what can you truly count on for comfort and to provide you with a solution to your problems?

Ten years ago I faced a storm that rattled me. A tornado was heading my way and as I watched the trees and bushes outside shake violently, and the interior lights would flicker when there was a lightning strike, I grew anxious and began to pray. When a lightning strike caused the house alarm and smoke detectors to go off for a few seconds I felt my heart race. I was alone and couldn’t leave the house. Fear began to set in and I soon was scared about the “what if’s”. I prayed harder. Never once during the storm was God not present with me. I simply wasn’t truly present within myself.

“Peace be still” is not just for the stormy weather outside but also for the troubled feelings that stir up inside of us. Say a prayer today for those around you that you know and for those you don’t, and say a prayer for yourself that you learn to quiet the storm of fear inside that slowly paralyzes you, as it takes your mind off of God. Make today an amazing day!

Prayer

Father, I thank You for waking me up today. I thank You for the breaths that I take and the mobility that I need. I thank You for the senses You have blessed me with and know that some may seem to work better than others—but all are perfect in Your sight.

I also pray for people who weather through actual or metaphorical storms. Even when things seem out of our control, they are always in Your control. Today is a new day with new experiences and lessons, and new issues to battle, but waking up today proved to me that just as I made it through yesterday I can make it through today and each day—believing in and relying upon You. Thank You Father.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.27.21

Scripture

However, each one must live his life in the situation the Lord assigned when God called him. This is what I command in all the churches. 

1 Corinthians 7:17 

Reflection

If you don’t know what you have been called to do then you need to seek out the ways and opportunities that God has set for you to serve. Ask God for clarity and discernment. Seek His direction and counsel throughout your life’s journey, each moment of the day.

If you do know what your calling is, then you need to use your talents and skills fully, and be sure to give thanks each day for what God has given you.

Do whatever it is God has called you to do, and do it with passion, gratitude, and dedication.

Prayer

Father, You have called me to serve and to use the talents You have blessed me with. I do not want to disappoint You, so each day I will work to use my talents fully, express my gratefulness, and reflect Your love and light. Thank You Father for the opportunity to serve and be of service to You. Glorifying You is what I seek to do with every breath I take. I love You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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