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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Breaking Bread For 11.16.20

Scripture

…and when a prayer or plea is made by anyone among your people Israel—being aware of their afflictions and pains, and spreading out their hands toward this temple— then hear from heaven, your dwelling place.

Forgive, and deal with everyone according to all they do, since you know their hearts (for you alone know the human heart), so that they will fear you and walk in obedience to you all the time they live in the land you gave our ancestors.

2 Chronicles 6:29-31

Reflection

Before we get started with today’s message, I have to step in with some personal celebrating. Today, as I shared in my earlier post, is the day my beloved mother was brought into this big world to bless me, our family and friends, and countless others. I am so grateful for her and for what she has done for me. She is not only my mother but she is my friend and mentor. I will always love her, respect her, adore her, and look up to her.

Father forgive me for any and all moments that I am not 100% respectful of and to my mother. Touch her heart so that she knows my true heart and that I never want to or mean to dishonor her in any way. I pray that she forgives me the moment I displease her.

I pray that God heals and blesses my mom spiritually, mentally, physically, emotionally, and financially. I pray that He provides her with the financial abundance to live comfortably so that she can provide a way for others as she has always dreamed. I wouldn’t trade my mom for another mom, for anything. I hope that she lives long, enjoying many more healthy, vibrant, joy-filled years, and enjoying each day like it’s her birthday! I love you mom!!!!!!

Let me also say “Happy birthday Jack”. He is the son of some dear friends of mine and he entered the world today, nine years ago. He was and is a blessing to his family and I believe one day even to this world; he’s bound to make a positive change for many generations.


Okay so let’s pivot to today’s message..


Father-God, it amazes me that many of Your children do not take the time to read, study, learn, and gain wisdom from Your good book; to see and realize that the stories from thousands of years ago which were recorded and compiled in the Bible can also be found represented today. As Your children today face many of the same tests, trials, perils, and situations as did Your children in ancient times, we struggle to see those parallels, and seek atonement and reconciliation.

We struggle in this world because we don’t know the world, we don’t know the behind-the-scenes action going on, the lead and supporting characters, and we don’t see and understand the plotting and planning that goes against us each day. We don’t know our enemy and how to fight it, yet our enemy has known us for thousands of years.

Every solution to every problem and issue can be found in God and through the Bible, Jesus Christ, and within ourselves—when we connect to God. Jesus is the way to salvation. Jesus is the shepherd, the puzzle box cover, who shows us the right way to walk, talk, act, think, and live.

We don’t need interpreters or guides to have a conversation with either Jesus or God. Yes they serve a purpose, but we’re already connected to God and Jesus, we just need to tune in. We need to stop what we’re doing and speak plainly, through prayer or conversation. The answers will always come, you just have to be receptive enough to listen, see, and then respond.

We have to pray without ceasing, not pray a one-and-done, and think it’s good enough. Look at the numerous examples in the Bible of God’s children repeatedly and consistently praying to, speaking to, asking questions of God. Read of the praising that took place long before the blessings manifested.

We’ve transfigured God and Jesus into these theatrical figures and completely lose the Truth of Who and What they are, and who and what we are in and of them. We’re confused and lost in the religiousness when we should be flourishing in the richness of the rawness, the peeled back layers of true authenticity, that you can only see and experience when you get out of your way and let God in.

We say we want more but are we truly prepared for it? Are you prepared to walk in your true self, your spiritual self, not restricted by the illusion we’re currently in?

Be prepared for your blessings or they will come and you will be so self-consumed that you won’t notice them, and then later cry out that God didn’t answer your prayers—when He did so in the most beautiful of ways.

When life is going great for you and you have God’s favor, never say, “It’s too good to be true” and dismiss your fortune as merely luck. Rather, say boldly and proudly, “Thank You Father!” Because you know that it was only made possible by His doing.

When life is going rough and it at times seems unbearable, never say, “I can’t go on” but rather say, “I need a moment to breathe and get my bearings right, so I can re-focus”.

We’re all going through something, right now, today. I know I am. Two days ago my fur baby, Bishop, took his last breath in that body. I know that I have family members and friends who are getting knocked around by the “waves” of life.

I know that there are times when it so hard to breathe. There are days when I can barely see through my own tears. There are days that the pain within makes my body ache all over. But I would rather us continue to pray for guidance, strength, courage, wisdom, discipline, and determination to move forward another day, than to give up and tell God that we can’t go on.

God has never put more on us than we can handle. He has always provided solutions to our problems; it is up to us to accept the solutions and with His guidance, get ourselves out of the compromising situations, by following the paths that He has placed before us.

I believe God can do anything. I believe that I can do anything through Christ. I believe that when I fall it is because of something I did wrong or something I need to learn, and it is up to me with God’s guidance to make it right.

I believe that before I can ask for forgiveness I must first forgive myself and then forgive those who have wronged me. I believe that God will never leave or forsake me. I believe that God loves me more than I can ever comprehend. I believe that He wants me to begin loving myself better, starting this very second. I believe that if it weren’t for Him I wouldn’t be alive today.

The tears that fill my eyes are created by Him and as they flow down my face I am gradually being released from my self-imposed bondage, and being healed from inflictions—some new and some that have been building over time. I believe this.

I also believe that God has amazing things in store for me and amazing opportunities for me to serve Him and His children. So each day I will take another step to humbly step out of my own way and let go of my issues so that His Truth can become my accepted reality. What do you believe about God, you, and His plan for you.

Embrace today. Embrace your life.

Prayer

Father, today there are nations suffering from famine and living in ruins. There is crime, sin, worship of other gods, unethical and dishonest leaders, and people killing in Your name. Father forgive us.

Forgive us for our ignorance, arrogance, ego, pride, and refusal to obey You fully. Forgive us for making our own rules even though You clearly outlined Your own. Forgive us for marrying and divorcing like we’re buying and discarding clothes.

Forgive us for caring for our personal possessions better than we do our personal relationships. Forgive us for judging each other without Your guidance or permission to do so. Forgive us for thinking we know what we’re doing, when we clearly have no clue. Forgive us for repeating sins and even committing worse sins than of our predecessors and ancestors. Forgive us for using Your name in vain and for cursing using Your name. Forgive us Father.

Forgive me Father for the wrongs I have committed. Help me to undo the web I have created. Help me to restore my good name as Your child. Help me to repay my debts. Prepare me Father to be the child, sibling, parent, spouse and friend You see in me. Teach me how to be a better servant, neighbor, friend, advisor, mentor, sponsor, and person. I want to be better, I want to do better, I want to live better. Help me Father.

In Your name I pray and praise. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Happy Birthday to My Amazing Mother!

Happy birthday mom!

Today is bittersweet, because it is my amazing mother’s birthday, and her eldest grandson Bishop isn’t here to celebrate her extra special day.

But rather than focus on the gloom and loss, we’re going to focus on the light and blessings.

Our heavenly Father has blessed my mother, Gwendolyn, with some beautiful decades, years, months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, and seconds on this beautiful, big planet. We thank Him for this time and thank Him for each and every additional decade that He blesses her with.

He blessed her and continues to bless her with intelligence, knowledge, wisdom, beauty, humor, creativity, compassion, grace, and so much more. He blesses my mother with excellent health and wellness.

We thank Him now for continued excellence in all areas of her life. We thank Him now for uplifting her in areas where she needs support, correcting what needs mending and fixing, and reinforcing all that He sees necessary for reinforcement. We thank Him now for the abundance of spiritual, mental, physical, financial, and social blessings coming her way.

My mother is a servant leader and she desires to be better in all ways, so that she can glorify God, life her life as He envisions, support her family as needed, and do her part to help and uplift other people.

My mom loves her family. She is usually the first to try and coordinate family gatherings. She has been working hard to spruce up her childhood home, my grandparents house, to make it into a family hang out for holidays and other special occasions. Mom is the solution-finder, fixer, quicker picker upper. She loves planning and attending parties and special events. She’s loyal and when she has your back, she’s got your back!

My mom is a social butterfly and I’ve always teased that she could talk to a tree, she’s just that sociable. It’s no wonder she’s been blessed with opportunities, jobs, and careers working with and serving others.

Even her college degree that she busted her butt and earned several years ago, is in a field that is designed to help others. My mom is a giver, thanks to God’s guiding and molding hand. She could’ve chosen not to be, but I’ve known her my entire life, and that’s just not in her character. Mom’s heart is set on pouring into others. Mom sacrifices self for the benefit of others.

I want to be in the position where I can financially support my mother’s dreams. I thank God now for making these visions a reality so that my mother can serve without question of the financial how-to’s. With God blessing her, me, and my sister, I know that He will make a way.

I’m grateful and blessed to have my mother, mom, confidante, and best friend. My mom was my first friend. The first heart I heard beating. I was nourished by her in her womb. Every emotion she felt I also felt. My first impressions in and of life was thanks to my mother. She has never stopped loving, caring, uplifting, supporting, and blessing me, my sister, our family.

Today and every day I celebrate my mom and thank God for blessing me and this planet with her. She is an amazing mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, niece, aunt, and friend.

Mom, I know that today isn’t how you envisioned it last year, the first of this year, last month, or even last week. But I pray that as always, you look closely and see that silver lining, the blessings, and the beauty—and you celebrate it like you’re a big ole’ kid. Smile brightly, laugh hearty, and bust out dancing and singing whenever the Spirit moves you.

Today while at work, treat each person like it is their birthday, and rock this day and the days ahead, like you have the shiniest, sparkliest crown on your head. Because my beloved, you do!

Happy Birthday Mom!

Loving you forever and always,

Natasha

My Beloved Fur Baby, Bishop, Has Passed Away

It is with deep sadness, sorrow, and gut-wrenching pain that I share today that yesterday, November 14, 2020, by beloved child, dog, friend, companion, and protector—Bishop Milo Bryant, transitioned from this life.


I struggle to type these words because his presence is so strong, in my heart, mind, spirit, and soul. His presence is so strong in my home, car, and throughout social media—as he has his own IG, FB, and Twitter accounts.

I walk past his bed, cool mat, blanket, water and food area, his toys, and I’m waiting to see him. My heart hurts. My head hurts. My entire body is in agony and I don’t know what else to do except pray for peace within.

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Breaking Bread For 11.12.20

Scripture

Wisdom will save you also from the adulterous woman, from the wayward woman with her seductive words, who has left the partner of her youth and ignored the covenant she made before God. Surely her house leads down to death and her paths to the spirits of the dead. None who go to her return or attain the paths of life.

Proverbs 2:16-19

Reflection

Let’s “keep it real” shall we?!?

We all have choices. You can choose to deceive others or tell the truth. You can choose to wait until marriage to be sexually intimate or not. You can choose to be sexually intimate with multiple people or commit to one. You can choose to be sexually intimate with someone else while your significant other lovingly is clueless, or is too afraid or ignorant to leave you.

You can choose to be faithful and committed to a monogamous relationship with one person—not straying mentally, emotionally, or sexually. Or you can make the choice to cheat on the person who chooses to be committed to you.

You can rationalize your cheating ways by saying that they aren’t meeting or fulfilling your needs. You can take that selfish, self-absorbed, narcissistic position to justify why you chose and choose to be intimate with someone other than the person you swore a commitment to. It’s your choice and with that choice comes consequences.

There’s always consequences.

You can rationalize and try to justify your reckless behavior. But as the saying goes, “to rationalize is to tell rational lies”.

You can think what you want, but if you are thinking solely about yourself and God is not the center of your decisions you will end up flat on your face. If you are following any other voice than God, then you are choosing to be misdirected.

We must resist the temptation that tells us that this dumb option we are considering will “Be okay…just do it, it will feel so good…” and instead we must keep our eyes, minds, and hearts locked on God’s plan and purpose for our lives.

We are supposed to be reclaiming our true selves so we can live in perfect harmony. Instead we keep choosing this self-inflicted punishment of humanness which conflicts with our spiritual beingness. Our true selves, our true energy is repulsed by what we have become and choose to embrace. This lower level thinking and behaving is beneath us yet we are too ignorant and blind by worldly temptations to do better and be better.

What choice will you make? What choices will you commit to so that you can let go of your old ways, your old self, and embrace who you truly are and what God created you to be.

Prayer

Father, I pray for the arrogant person who through their own self-absorption they do not put care in the lives they run through, the hearts they break, and the souls they crush along the way. They are primarily concerned about self and they accept that all others may be collateral damage. Touch their heart Father. Help them to see the evil that is guiding them and that none of that is of You. No matter how much they speak your name and professes to know You, let them see and know that their truth is not Yours.

Father I pray for Your daughters. I pray for the women who feel it necessary to assume the role of seductress to trap a man, rather than patiently wait for You to bring them the mate that will love them as You do. I pray for those women who plot and plan to get a man, yet claim they don’t and wouldn’t. Their lies are not hidden from You. Yet ignorantly they behave as though they do.

I pray for these women who lie to get their way, who lie to gain happiness yet never consider living in joy with You. Help them to see themselves as You do, so they stop believing the enemy who tells them that their worth is only tied to their body and what they birth from it.

Protect the children that grow up in this dysfunction their parents created. Protect them from their parents deception and selfishness; protect them from this world; and protect them from the darkness that will try to overshadow Your light.

Father I come to You to pray for Your sons. I pray for the men who see women as nothing more than something to conquer, control, manipulate, and discard when they no longer have use for them. I pray that they seek and engage with You every day, to see women as You see them, to love and honor them as You love and honor them.

Uplift them Lord in Your light that they might seek, see, and receive the truth—Your Truth; and that they rebuke their old ways. Help them to see how to let those ways die. Free these men, Father. Show them the way out of that deep pit.

I say this prayer with love, compassion, and forgiveness in my heart. I pray for your grace, mercy, and compassion Father, as we fight to rid ourselves of the evil we keep choosing.

Forgive us Father for we truly don’t understand and value who we are and to Whom we belong, because if we did we wouldn’t have these issues. I praise You for all that You have done, are doing, and will do. I give You all the glory. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ.

Natasha

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