Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.21.17

Today I received this message from my friend Juanita.

The writer of this message is Joel Osteen. It was and is exactly what I needed to read and recite today. So rather than keep it to myself I’m paying it forward to you, and hopefully you will share it with someone who needs to feel and embrace these words. I created an image and captured the essence of what Joel’s message conveys. Consider saving it to your phone or computer to read when you need a reminder about God’s timing.

Thank you Juanita for your love and for thinking of me when certain messages come through that remind you of me and my circumstances.

The Best Time

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“The vision is yet for an appointed time…”

“Habakkuk 2:3, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD:

The scripture says, “The vision is for an appointed time.” That means there is a specific time already determined for the fulfillment of the desires God has placed in your heart. The appointed time is the best time!

We have to trust that God can see the big picture for our lives. He knows what’s up ahead. He knows what we’re going to need, who we’re going to need, and when they need to show up. If God did everything we ask on our timetable, it would limit us because sometimes, what we’re asking for is too small.

Sometimes the person we think we can’t live without, God knows in ten years they’re not going to be good for us. So He is closing the door right now. Sometimes the promotion we want so badly, if God gave it to us right now, He knows it would keep us from a much bigger promotion that He has three years down the road.

Remember, God has the advantage of seeing it all. The longer I live, the more I trust Him. The more I see His hand of faithfulness, the more I know that His plan is better than my plan. Today, trust that He knows what He’s doing. Trust that He has an appointed time, and it is the best time to bring to pass His promises in your life!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, today I put my dreams, desires, hopes and longings into Your loving hands. I trust that the vision You have given me is for an appointed time. I know Your timing is best so I will praise You until I see the promise in Jesus’ name. Amen.

– Joel Osteen

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.20.17

Scripture

And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST .'”When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time. And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.

Luke 4:12-14

Pray

Father I know that I am never free and clear from the path of the ‘liar’. I know that temptation will never be in my past. I know that my mind and heart must always be focused on You, praying to You, and devoted to You if I am to fight this war. Father strengthen me. Keep me. Keep my eyes focused on You Father.

Remove people from my life that serve no purpose other than to tempt me, distract me, take my focus off of You Father. When they walk before me Lord, whisper in my ear to walk away. Give me the words to say to them so that we can part ways forever. Give me the strength to resist the feelings inside, and the desire to ‘test the waters’. Give me the wisdom to know that You know all, see all, and have power over all; the wisdom to know that I can never be equal to You, smarter than You, or more powerful than You.

Give me the strength to overcome the ‘want’ of things I don’t need- the things that could ultimately harm me or pull me off Your path. Father surround me with Your presence. Fill me with Your love and discipline. I don’t want to test You Father. I don’t want to give in to the ‘liar’ and temptation. I want to live honorably Father in Your sight, as Jesus clearly exemplified. I only want to serve You Father. In Your name there is grace. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

Whether it be person or thing that tempts us, we know right from wrong- we know what is of God and what is a mirage invented by mortal mind, the liar. We need to stop lying to ourselves and saying that ‘it must be a blessing from God if this is happening to me‘. The flesh is weak and the only answer is God and His son Jesus Christ. Let our eyes not stray from the path. Let us not risk all that we have worked for just to have a moment or more in bliss.

Let us not risk an eternal life in harmony because of a desire for forbidden fruit. We know when God has told us ‘no‘, if we ignore Him then we are ‘testing’ Him. When we walk with temptation and not with God we are walking with the ‘liar’ who says, ‘just live a little. Doesn’t it feel good? Why would you do something that doesn’t bring your ecstasy? You should do what makes you feel good- let this be our secret!”.

What we don’t realize is that our judgment is clouded and within that ecstasy is a kill-switch that will bring pain; it will tear down the foundation we built within God’s grace. What we don’t realize is that the temptation will destroy everything you value most. It will rip apart your family, cripple your career, stomp on your dignity and esteem, and sit back and watch you slither on your belly in pain.

Ask yourself if this temporary pleasure you are enjoying now is worth the long-term pain in the future? Is it worth seeing your loved ones in pain? Is it worth displeasing God and Jesus? We must fight for our lives. We must fight for our position in God’s Kingdom. Don’t test God. Don’t try to outsmart Your creator. Don’t let the temporal alter your eternal.

Love,

Natasha

Note: This Message was originally posted on November 20, 2010. It has been modified to align with current formatting and other standards.

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.17.17

Scripture

“…Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”

Revelations 7:12

Pray

Father I thank You for blessing me every single day. I thank You for Your favor, and for providing me with the wisdom to see my way through each obstacle, and see each person for their true ‘self’. Thank You for Your power to change my situations, to make my crooked paths straight, and my rugged ways smooth. Forever I will be faithful to You Lord. Amen.

Reflection

Let us be thankful for today. For the yesterdays we remember, and for the tomorrow’s that aren’t promised but we are hopeful to see. Let every experience be valued.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.16.17

fear not

Scripture

And Samuel said unto the people, Fear not: ye have done all this wickedness: yet turn not aside from following the Lord, but serve the Lord with all your heart; Only fear the Lord, and serve him in truth with all your heart: for consider how great things he hath done for you.

1 Samuel 12:20, 24

Pray

Father Mother God, oh how I am filled with gladness and joy to serve as Your ambassador. My mistakes and sins have been forgiven by You Lord, and I humbly thank You. Yesterday I said that I want to study Your Word more throughout the day, not just once a day, not just on Sunday or at mid-week service. I want to serve You in truth and with all of my heart. I want You to have all of me. I am never separated from You Father. You have blessed me in more ways than I can count Lord and I am eternally grateful to You. I will never stop praising You Father. I will never stop seeing You as my heavenly Father-Mother. You are love and You are loved by me. Thank You God. Amen.

Reflection

We have sinned. We have done things to dishonor our Father. But in the book of Samuel we see that with our hearts and minds cleared and focused on serving and loving Him fully and unconditionally, that we can and will be great servants and ambassadors for His Kingdom. We must know and respect His power and authority over us and over the universe. We must not take for granted what He has done for us, nor have a selfish expectation that whatever we pray for we will receive. God determines our wants and our needs. He has the last and ultimate say as to what we receive. It is through our loyal servitude that we receive more as we give more- as we trust Him more, as our faith in Him is unwavering, and as our expression of Him is perfect.

Let us let go of what we did wrong yesterday, we have asked for forgiveness, and now we should never doing it again; and never come close to doing it—or slyly committing a similar sin but trying to convince ourselves that it ‘isn’t the same’. We must never step outside of the realm of God’s light for one moment. Stepping outside of the light then returning–expecting blessings– is most disrespectful. Let us walk in His light and be the sunshine that nurtures all, heals all, and represents all that God is…perfection!

God bless you this amazing morning. Walk in the light. If you know my mother be sure to wish her a HAPPY BIRTHDAY! This is the day the Lord brought her into this big, ole’ world of ours! She has been a blessing in so many ways to so many people, and I am truly honored to be her daughter.

Lovingly,

Natasha

Note: This first posted on November 16, 2010.

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Happy Birthday Mom!

Bride's Mother

Today is my mother’s birthday and I wanted to make sure that I shared this day with the world. My mom is my mother, friend, confidante, supporter, protector, provider, nurturer, and so much more. She was my first teacher. I was blessed to hear her heartbeat and voice from within her womb. I am the woman I am partly because of the woman who is my mom. I can’t imagine my life with another woman as my mother.

mommy and me at Santa Monica Beach 1976

She taught me how to read at the age of two. She taught me how to dance. She encouraged me to get a little dirty outside in the yard. She taught me how to cook. She taught me how to use my critical thinking skills. She exposed me to that wonderful creative brain of hers and opened my eyes to all of the wondrous things that I could one day create.

Bride's Father

My mom has taught me to seek and find the silver lining in all of life’s clouds. She also taught me the gift of giving. It is because of her I started volunteering in my community as a child. It is because of her that I continue to volunteer and give back to communities all over.

me and mom 1985

I thank God every single day for blessing me with an amazing mother, teacher, and friend. Here’s to many many many more days and years celebrating and being thankful for this beautiful woman.

mom and me at Uncle Archie funeral March 2017

Happy birthday mom. I’ve loved you from the moment I was conceived and I will love you forever.

Love Your “Fish”,

Natasha

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.15.17

Scripture

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:7-9

Pray

Father Your Word was made clear thousands of years ago, yet Your children now still struggle with obeying Your written commandments just as Your children of yesteryear. Father why do we struggle with Your ten commandments? Why do we even struggle with the two that Jesus said were the most important- to love You with all of our heart, all of our soul, and all of our mind; and to love our neighbor as ourselves? Why can’t we resist temptation, envy, jealousy, vanity, greed, fear, and hate?

Father cloak me in Your loving protection. Strengthen me Father that I might stop before saying or doing something that would dishonor You- and instead pray to You for guidance to a better place and space. Father protect my mind from the thoughts that surface and cause me so much pain and grief. I want to be an excellent student Lord. I want to be Your fearless servant. I want to be a strong ambassador for You. Every day I am pushing myself to be strong and courageous, and not afraid or discouraged. Thank You for always being there, even when I felt alone. I love You Father Mother God. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

The most difficult thing for us to do is to follow God’s commandments. We may follow some but not all. We pick and choose when the moment serves us; that means we’re not serving Him. I struggle with this as I’m sure most of you do.

Let’s look at things clearly: Thou shalt not kill…we have made that a conditional commandment. We won’t kill unless someone harmed us or a loved one. Thou shalt not bear false witness…heck, we lie about telling lies. Thou shalt not take the Lord thy God’s name in vain…people misuse God’s name more than they praise Him; how can a cuss word have God’s name in it? Why when people get frustrated they say, “Oh God”? Why when people are having sex they yell out, “Oh God!”? I can only imagine what He’s thinking about His children. Thou shalt not commit adultery…we keep trying to justify not following this one. We even have songs about this; reality shows highlight it- clearly we’re totally desensitized.

These were God’s ten rules to live by; ten, not twenty, just ten and each of us has broken one or more of His commands more than once in our lives.

In Jesus’ statement about the two most important commandments he said that they were the foundation of all of God’s commandments- yet we struggle to obey them. What is wrong with us? We say we want to be righteous. We say we’re God-fearing. Yet we just can’t seem to do right by Him. Maybe we should read those words in Joshua 1:7-9 I shared above. God said to study His Book, and meditate on it day and night. This means not to casually read, or reference it when we need a catchy quote or to slam-dunk someone we’re judging. This means to have it with us 24/7 reading, studying it, and knowing it. Once His Word is in us then we are better equipped to fight off evil and to only do good.

In addition to my leather-bound Bible I have a Bible app on my iPhone and iPad. I think that although I read and study my Bible daily, that I need to open it throughout the day- especially when I am facing a challenge that could dishonor Him. Maybe you will consider doing the same. Studying for a few moments throughout the day will fill us with God’s presence and create a shield around us protecting us from the inside out. If we have time for social media sites, responding to text messages and emails, and surfing the Internet- then we have time to study God’s Book. So join me. Let’s take this journey together!

Love you all,

Natasha

Note: Originally published on November 15, 2010. It has been modified to reflect current Breaking Bread formatting and time-relevant factors.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.14.17

Scripture

“We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.”

Proverbs 16:1

Pray

Father, thank You for showing me that I can plan all that I want, but only You will make things happen, and only on Your time. Thank You Father for this experience because I am learning patience. I am being humbled in my understanding that I am Your servant, not the other way around. No book or person can give me the full answer to my problems, only through my connection and relationship with You is that possible; only in my walk with You Lord will You reveal the right answer. Only when I am silent and receptive will I see and hear what You have planned for me. Only then will Your Word in the Bible make sense, connect and speak to me, and tap the recesses of my mind that frees me to heal and be closer to You Father.

Father free me from calendars. Free me from clocks. Free me from placing time restrictions on reaching greatness. Free me from thinking that I can only do something by a certain date. There is no time in Your Mind Father. All time is relative to Your timetable. What would appear to take five years to achieve can be done in five months or even five days, and what one would rush to complete in six years, could take sixteen. It is about us being present with You. Waiting for You. Thank You Father. Keep showing me. Keep molding me Father. In Your name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection

I saw this and smiled. Someone I used to know quite well always says, “If you want to make God laugh, tell Him your plans” and this is true today as it was yesterday. We can plan until we’re blue in the face- if God does not see fit to answer you then you will wait. Waiting could mean actually receiving a better blessing than you ever imagined. So don’t get upset or frustrated if something doesn’t happen as planned. Smile because you know God has something better in store.

Love always,

Natasha

Note: This post was originally published on November 14, 2010 and has been modified to align with current Breaking Bread formatting and other time-relevant factors. 

Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.