Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.9.18

Scripture

When all the Israelites saw the fire come down and the Lord’s splendor over the temple, they got on their knees with their faces downward toward the pavement. They worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “Certainly he is good; certainly his loyal love endures!”

2 Chronicles 7:3

Pray

Father I want my mind and heart to rest with You at all times. I don’t need to see large displays of Your presence, greatness, and loyalty. Everyday that I wake and open my eyes, take a breath, and get out of bed is proof enough that You are here with me, and loyal. I want to strengthen my devotion to You Father. I want to remove any and all doubt that You can’t or won’t resolve my issues, answer my prayers, or fulfill my needs.

I want to do my part so that Your work isn’t for naught. I don’t want to be like the lost children of Israel who challenged You long after their 40 years of walking in the wilderness. I want to demonstrate Your principles now Lord. I want to demonstrate Your truths today. Show me Father. Amen.

Reflection

We shouldn’t be waiting for something grandiose from God for us to see, accept, and proclaim His presence and loyalty to us. Every millisecond of the day God is demonstrating His love and grace. Everyday He is balancing life as we know it. Everyday He is removing obstacles, healing us, and showing us the way. Everyday He presents us with opportunities to prove our love and loyalty to Him.

We keep asking more of Him than what we’re willing to give in return. We do this with our fellow man; how disrespectful do you think it is that the same standards and levels of treatment we give to man we toss at God as though He is our equal? We need to stop treating God as though He is one of us, and start treating Him as the omnipotent supreme Father of all, who has no limitations and doesn’t require food, drink, shelter, clothing and at least 6 hours of sleep to survive.

Love always,

Natasha

Note: This message was initially posted on 1.9.11 but has been modified to align with current formatting and standards.

Copyright 2011-2018. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.3.18

Today’s message was written by Joel Osteen. My friend Juanita shared it with me and with everyone focused on setting and accomplishing goals this year, this message from Joel seems most appropriate to share with you. I hope that it helps someone.

Love,

Natasha

What Are Your Goals?

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward-to Jesus.I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.”

(Philippians 3:13-14, MSG)

TODAY’S WORD:

The reason it is so important for you to set and achieve goals is that you have a unique purpose that only you can fulfill. It’s kind of like building your own house – something you had better not attempt without a clear vision of your goals and a good set of blueprints, or you may wind up with some extra doors or windows and no place to put them!

God is the architect of your life. His Word is a blueprint of His hopes and plans for your life. Trust Him to help you set your goals. If you have a problem being focused and setting goals for your life, one of the best things you can do is to start writing them down, both short-term and long-term ones. It’s amazing how your life can begin to take shape when you can see on paper where you want to go.

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

God, thank You that You are the architect of my life. Give me the wisdom to follow Your blueprint and set goals that reflect Your desires for me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

– Joel Osteen

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.2.18

Scripture

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 51:10

Pray

Father I want my heart and spirit to be right by You. Clean my heart of the clutter I helped to create. Pull out the pain, hurt, anger, envy, and jealousy. Remove from me the desire to want what I don’t need simply so I can feel good for short bursts of time. Renew my spirit so that I may walk like Your son Jesus. Turn me towards Your light Father.
No more lies, games, manipulation, fear, hate, or confusion. Let me see Your greatness and let that guide me where I need to be daily. Leave what I did and what I experienced yesterday in the past. Let my yesterdays and yesteryears be my past, and let me walk with my head high in the present that I may see a glorious future. In Your name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection

You know if you have been walking with a clean heart or one filled with negative tendencies influenced by mortal mind- the enemy. You know if you have been doing right by the Lord or more concerned with having things your way. You know if you have been negative, unloving, deceitful, misleading, manipulative, conniving, or untrustworthy. Just as you know if you have been attracting drama to your life. You either want a joy-filled life or a complicated and miserable one- which do you choose?

There is no other way to bliss than through God.

There is no other solution than to surrender.

Get your spirit and heart right by seeking out God. Ask for a renewed life. Look deep inside and ask yourself if this is the way you want to live your life forever, or do you want better? Do you believe that God can provide your needs? Do you believe He can change your thinking and how you feel? Do you think He can heal you from your pain? Then ask and it shall be given.

Lovingly,
Natasha

Note: This message was originally posted on January 2, 2011. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.
Copyright 2010-2018. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.1.18

Happy New Year!

Wow the year zoomed by didn’t it?

I decided to start this year’s Breaking Bread as I ended 2017–reflecting on older posts and looking at the relevance of topics, issues, fears, concerns, and needs–and their applicability today.

Maybe it’s because I’m hardheaded and some of you are hardheaded and so we bump our heads more than others, which means that our lessons are more painful to learn. The lessons keep repeating until we finally get it, and then we’re given a new lesson. I’ve learned quite a few lessons this year–some were extremely painful, but I know they are worth it.

What lessons did you learn this year?

One thing that many of us struggle with is carrying old “baggage” into a new year, into new chapters in our lives, into new relationships, and we don’t realize how toxic the environment becomes when we do this. We must free ourselves of the bad habits and influences that keep us from walking our authentic truth as God intends.

Take a journey with me–back to January 1, 2011. Yes, I’m sharing my New Years message from 2011. It’s been tweaked slightly to align with my current formatting, but the message is the same.

Mentally change the years mentioned and speak them in the present, and then pause and assess yourself and your life. Make note of the specific issues and fears you have been carrying around with you year after year. Are you lugging around junk from 2011 or even farther back in time?

Aren’t you ready to drop that luggage off and lighten your load so that you can finally be free? Let’s be free in 2018.

Scripture

Lamentations 5:21

Pray

Father it is a new year and with this comes a time of renewal and restoration. Father let me see what I need to see and let me experience all that I’m supposed to so I can be right with You. If that means removing certain people from my life who are not good to me and for me- please do so. If that means changing my circumstances, then I embrace this change.

I do not want to be in the same place I was in during 2010 in this new year of 2011 2018 Lord, so whatever needs to be done I put my faith in You to handle it swiftly and appropriately. I want a life that is joyful, righteous, and as You planned. I honor Your holy name Father. Amen.

Reflection

Whatever you were doing in 2010 that wasn’t part of God’s plan for you, wasn’t Christlike, wasn’t advancing God’s Kingdom- stop- and don’t consider bringing it into 2011 {which is now 2018}. If you are involved with someone that you know you’re not supposed to be with, or that you know in your heart you have questions about their place in your life and if it’s appropriate, or if they are adding value or not- end it now.

If you are leading an unethical life, change your thinking and your ways. If you aren’t being honest to yourself and others- start right now. If you aren’t giving your all in your walk with God, in a relationship, at work, in school, at church, or in any other aspect of your life- start doing it now. Do not enter the new year with old garbage and baggage. Surrender and leave the lies, deceit, mediocrity, laziness, vanity, arrogance, self-centeredness, fear, hate, pride, guilt, and shame behind you at last year’s curb.

Stop holding on to things because they seem easy, comfortable, a no-brainer, or because you fear change. Move forward in your life. Walk towards our heavenly Father and away from sin. Declare 2011 2018 a drama-free year and make the effort each day to live as Jesus would expect of you- and not as the enemy wishes for you. Lean toward restoration not instant gratification.

Love you all and Happy New Year!

Natasha

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

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.22.17

Scripture

They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.

Job 21:13

Pray

Father let my days here on earth be so humbled that the only wealth I seek is from You. Let me be so humbled that I am only moved and motivated by You.

Father I pray for long days to serve Your Kingdom here, that I may serve longer when my life here ceases to exist. I don’t want my focus to be on money, what I’m lacking, or the things that I desire but don’t necessarily need.

I want my focus to be on You and doing exactly what is required as Your ambassador. I don’t want my time here on earth to be in vain or to be disrespectful to You and Your plan. You point and I will follow Father. Amen.

Reflection

Let our focus be on God and living His plan for us, not focusing on our plans and trying to get God to do for us. Our wealth and riches come from Him. When we are money-centered we remove God from His place in our lives, and leave ourselves open for manipulation and temptation by the outside world. Re-focus!

Have an incredible Friday and be a blessing to others.

Lovingly,

Natasha

Note: This Message was originally published on December 21, 2010. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.
Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.21.17

Scripture

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

Matthew 6:12

Pray

Father we all owe a debt and are owed a debt. Let us forgive those who are late in repayment, those who are struggling to pay on time, those who have to make payment arrangements, just as we would ask those we owe a debt to forgive us of our late and modified repayments of debt.

Father I believe that just as You will show me the way to repay my debts, You will provide the means for those who owe me money to repay me in increments and if possible, in full. Just as I would not want someone hounding me for money, I wouldn’t consider doing this to others. My belief and faith is in You Lord, and I know that with and through You all will be made possible when the time comes due. Thank You Father. Thank You for touching my heart. I thank You now for touching the heart of those I owe a debt and those who owe me. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

We have all had rough times financially, some of us are going through a major rough ‘patch’ right now. Some of you are concerned with how you will buy Christmas gifts, while some of you know that there won’t be any purchased gifts this year- but the gift of love will be the present shared this Christmas season. Some of you are more focused on what you could be buying with that repaid debt, while the rest of you are more concerned with keeping on your lights, getting your heating system in your home repaired or replaced, getting your car fixed so you can get to work, and having the money to pay tuition at school.

We should never use our motivation for seeking material possessions or other superficial wants as an excuse to hound and harass someone to repay a debt. We should never hound and harass someone to repay a debt if we are children of God. We say we walk in faith, but then we don’t trust in God to take care of our needs.

As your situation may be bad, that other person’s may be worse- and the opposite may also be true. Just like any other relationship there should be mutual respect, a desire to line all communication and interaction with a sense of dignity for self and for the other person.

Is the person making an effort to repay you? Are they sending you ‘good faith’ payments every few weeks or months? Then aren’t they repaying their debt? So why are you harassing them? Are they consistently communicating with you the current situation and their plans to bring their debt current with you? Then why are you enraged and seething? That is not of God.

The funny thing about this is that when we’re owed money, when we receive late payments it is oftentimes the cycle of the universe coming back full-circle. Have you been late paying a debt? Have you had to make payment arrangements? Do you have a credit card that you only make a partial repayment- not the full amount each month? Then why are you shocked to receive late and partial repayments of money owed to you?

We are so selfish and self-centered that it is pitifully sad, and absolutely disgusting. We call ourselves Christians and then act like demons over possessions, property, and money. Think about that and then think about what Jesus would do. Think about what being a Christian truly means. Re-think what Christmas is really about- and consider if your thinking is totally off the mark. If you’re more concerned with spreading good-tidings with expensive gifts wrapped and covered in bows- then you have absolutely no clue what Christmas is all about!

Christmas for me is about being with my loved ones, not buying and exchanging gifts. So believe me when I say that I won’t go broke or feel financially ‘pinched’ spending money on gifts this year; nor am I expecting to receive any gifts this year. I will be blessed to be alive, healthy, and in the company of those I love most. If I’m not a good enough ‘present’, if the presence of the Lord inside of me isn’t a beautiful enough gift- then maybe those around me need to reconsider spending Christmas with me again in the future.

Lovingly,

Natasha

Note: This Message was originally published on December 20, 2010. It has been modified to align with current formatting and standards.
Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.20.17

Happy Wednesday Breaking Bread Family! The message that I share today was originally posted on December 19, 2010. It is just as relevant today as it was 7 years ago when I wrote it. It will still be relevant for generations to come.

As we celebrate Christmas—the life and legacy of Jesus Christ and the principles and lessons that He taught, we should be mindful and receptive to God’s commands and expectations as taught by Jesus.

Today we should reflect upon how we live, speak, and think each day–and how it all impacts our lives, others, and ultimately God’s Kingdom. We’re hypocritical to walk around calling ourselves Christians but then we act and speak as though we worship something or someone other than God. Where is it written that God or Jesus said that it’s okay to lie, cheat, and steal? Can’t we strive for and achieve these three things?

I’m not saying “perfection” I’m saying “goodness”. We will fail every day trying to be perfect. But we can achieve greatness through goodness. Be good to yourself and others—and not just during the holidays and other special occasions, but year-round.

With all of the horror that we see highlighted and magnified through the media, imagine if every person in the world chose instead to be honest, kind, and receptive to others.

Just a thought.

Have an awesome day and I hope today’s message can help at least one person.

Scripture

“Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.”

Proverbs 20:17

Pray

Father protect me from being deceived and deceiving others. Reveal the truth before the lie has time to grow roots. Let the lie be choked off immediately. Amen.

Reflection

We should be working diligently in our lives to be truthful, honest, and righteous. We should resist temptation to lie, deceive, mislead, and cheat. We should think of how we would feel if these things were done to us, and then make the conscious steps towards living God-like, walking in the light and not darkness.

Love,

Natasha

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