Breaking Bread For 7.5.22

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Scripture

…Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” 

Mark 5:36 NIV

Reflection

Fear is information. How we process it depends on how deeply we believe the information to be true. The more we believe that harm may or will come to us, the more intense the feelings. The truth is, fear has no power and authority over God. It only seems to have power and authority over you, because you’re the one fueling it daily. You give it the attention and tell it how important it is to you, and so it grows bigger and seemingly stronger. But it’s all a big, ugly lie. You are being haunted and taunted by a lie. You are losing precious moments because of a lie. Time ticks away while you are consumed and drained away by a lie. You lack joy because you have replaced it with a lie. You are a slave to the lie.

Fear feeds off of you believing the lie to be the truth. It controls you because you give it power. Ironically, if you look closely you will see that you hold the key to those shackles.

Choose freedom instead. Choose to break those shackles and live a life of thriving, not just surviving. Carefree breathing in absolute peace and harmony, aligned fully with God—that’s what we could have each day, if only we let go of fear.

We must face our fears and overcome them if we truly want to live. We must rise each day with conviction, purpose, and a plan—and then walk with determination to make things happen each and every day. If we don’t face our fears they will hunt us down and turn our dreams into nightmares, and our nightmares into reality.

What are your fears?

Where are you in your life’s journey at facing down those fears? Are you sick and tired of coming up short in so many areas of your life? Do you know this is only happening because of your lack of faith in God?

Are you ready to take that first step towards stomping on or confidently walking past one of your fears? Then let’s do this!

I want to live a long, loving, joyful, peaceful, healthy, rewarding, successful, wise, and prosperous life—how about you? So let’s open our spiritual eyes, stretch our minds, prepare our hearts, and take that first step today!

Prayer

Father, I have to believe that You will protect me from harm, guide me down the right paths, prepare me for what’s ahead, and always make a way out of no way. I have to believe that with You, I can do all that You have placed on my heart. Storms have no power over You. Debt has no power over You. Diagnoses and prognoses have no power over You. So that means they have no power over me.

Father, I’m praying for my release from the trauma caused by fear. I’m praying for the ability to not be consumed by fear, even when facing destruction and death. Day by day, please remove the vice grip of fear that I placed upon myself, so that through You, I can replace it with complete faith in You. I pray these things with the deepest of sincerity. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.4.22

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Seek Him

Today’s message comes from Day 26 of my book Seek Him, Volume 1: Testing Your Spiritual Comfort Zone. Today’s theme is “Let the Storm Pass”.

Scripture

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Mark 4:37-41 KJV

Sit in silence and let the storm pass, rather than worry about how it will affect you. If you truly believe that God is your all-in-all, your protector, and your guide then have faith in Him and His Son. Trust God and Jesus to lead the way. If you’re going to walk in fear, not faith, then why pray? If you’re going to worry instead of standing firm in your convictions, then why continue to pray? If you’re consistently in prayer, then why be fearful or worried? You can’t straddle the fence. You can’t live in both realms. Either you are faithful or fearful. Choose.

Prayer

Father, quiet me when I begin to utter fear-based words, and when thoughts of fear begin to surface in my mind. Show me how to stop, relax, release, and not be concerned with troubled waters. For they don’t last long and are never a sign that You aren’t with me. I want to be more like Jesus. I want to rest during the storms that take place in my life. I want the peace and surety that all is well, even when the mind and eyes see otherwise. I thank You now for these blessings Father. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Speak Your Truth

Say the words below and write beside them your truth. You can write them on a sheet of paper, in Seek Him, Volume 1, or in the space allocated in Seek Him: Workbook 1.

  • I Feel____
  • I Am____
  • I Believe____
  • I Am Grateful For___
  • I Will Improve____
  • I Am Proud of Myself Because____
  • I Will Stay Out of My/God’s Way By____
  • Today I Will Focus More on____
  • And Focus Less on___
  • Today I Will___

Go Deeper

When you are ready to go deeper, please refer to Day 26 in Seek Him: Workbook 1

~Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.3.22

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Scripture

You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

James 2:22

Reflection

It is not faith alone, but your actions supporting your faith, that encompasses your true dedication and belief in God and what He can do to and for you. That’s why it’s faith walking and not faith sitting. You gotta put some action with it, put some elbow grease in the mix, showing God that you’re expectant but don’t think you’re entitled. Let’s break things down, using me and my life as examples to consider how we pray about money and resources, parenthood, marriage, and health and wellness. We’ll choose this approach in case certain scenarios aren’t applicable to you. If that doesn’t make sense, hopefully, it will shortly.

MONEY AND RESOURCES

I can’t just have faith that God will give me the money that I need to pay my personal and business expenses, and the other provisions that I need. I have to be proactive and receptive. I have to get up each day and work diligently so that I am doing my part and showing God that I’m serious about my life, my family’s wellbeing, my career, and in serving Him. Work must cooperate with faith.

PARENTHOOD

I can’t just sit around praying and begging God to bless me with children, I must make sure that I am doing my part to be mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially healthy—and prepared to have, raise, and nurture those children. Coupled with my faith in Him, He will bless me with children, as He sees fit, in whatever arrangement that He defines. God has no time limits or boundaries. God isn’t concerned about my age and what doctors, science, or society says. God determines. My responsibility is to do my part and be patient.

MARRIAGE

I can’t just sit around and pray for a healthy, joy-filled, loving, honorable, impenetrable, and committed marriage— I must do my part to heal, nurture, love, commit, strengthen, protect, and grow within myself. I must be supportive, receptive, nurturing, understanding, compassionate, nonjudging, trusting, forgiving, and loving, to encourage—and receive—the same in return.

I can’t be hung up on the past, because God isn’t. He’s not still dwelling on what I or someone else should’ve and could’ve done, or what we did to disappoint Him. So why am I looking backward when the day is before me, and my future is ahead of me? What someone did to me, was done. Past tense. It doesn’t make sense to continue carrying around that weight. It doesn’t get me closer to healing, salvation, victory, or what God has planned for me. It’s just dead weight.

I don’t need to remarry to be happy and whole. I need to be in constant alignment with God. He makes me whole and complete. My marriage to Him comes before all human relationships. Whoever stands in accordance with that is one chosen by God to do so. It’s not for me to force or reconfigure a piece to try to make it fit some puzzle I’ve envisioned. When that piece is directed by God, it aligns without effort. Then there is peace.

With my faith and actions, I can put my trust in knowing that my human relationship and marriage (if God so chooses) will be as God envisioned. I must demonstrate through thoughts, words, and deeds, the very things that I desire in and from a life partner.

HEALTH AND WELLNESS

My desire for excellent health cannot come from merely wishing or praying for it. What am I doing to reduce my risk of exposure to toxic things, environments, situations, and people? What am I doing to extinguish the toxic thoughts that creep in, with a seek and destroy mission?

Health is not just physical. It is spiritual, emotional, mental, and financial. It is inside-out and outside-in. It’s also the layers upon layers that we stand in strength or weakness. It’s the layers that we place or allow to be placed, by others, upon us.

COMBINING IT ALL

My actions, along with my faith, encourage me to trust and believe that the health, money, resources, children, and marriage that I desire—and need— will be provided to me as God intends for me, and only when He sees fit. Faith, is not only the believing in something, it is also the patience to wait, for that which we desire, to manifest fully—on God’s time, not ours. While we wait we must work with the greatest of passion.

Now let’s put some action beside our faith!

Prayer

Father, I thank You for my blessings—past, present, and future. I thank You now for providing me with the money that I need to take care of my expenses and to provide the financial foundation and layers that will support and help build my legacy. I thank You now for providing me with the resources that I need to grow and become a better person.

To show my faith in You and my dedication to serving You, I won’t just sit around lazily expecting You to do everything for me; but rather I promise to get up each day and work diligently in both my personal and professional life. If I say I want more in life then I need to show You that I can handle more, by first taking care of what is before me.

Jesus showed men how to become fishermen so that they could catch their own fish, not just wait around for someone to provide them with the fish. I want to be that metaphoric and symbolic fisherman, who works hard through Your grace and will to provide for myself and my family—all while teaching those in need, so that they too will rise up to be fishermen.

I want You to know and see that I’m willing to do my part, Lord. I thank You for taking care of me Father, and for freeing me from the fear that tries to keep me prisoner in my own mind and body. I love You Father. In Your son Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.2.22

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Scripture

…in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you. 

Titus 2:7-8 NKJV

Reflection

When you know right you should live right. We know this to be true but we still struggle. Our character should be rock solid, which means you should be the same person in church as you are in the streets, the same with strangers as you are with friends and family. The essence of who we are should be unchanged. Our heart shouldn’t be questionable. Our character shouldn’t be a joke. It should be consistent and irrefutable, not an act but an is.

A great quote shared by Corrie ten Boom, helps to balance us in our confusion and worry about living right :

Don’t worry about what you do not understand. Worry about what you understand in the Bible but do not live by.”

How deep and moving is that message? Some things we just don’t understand, and for those things we shouldn’t rack our brains trying to figure it out—for God will bring the knowledge in due time. But for those things we do know and understand in the Bible, if we aren’t obeying what God and Jesus instructed then we should be more than alarmed—we should be working aggressively to make things right in our life. 

We should be praying to God to help guide us from our self-inflicted bondage.

We should remove what’s wrong in our lives and replace it with what’s right. Our thoughts, speech, habits, obsession with material possessions, false need for instant gratification, and our issues with honesty and loyalty—should all be purged and replaced by examples that God could commend.

Each day we can work on ourselves and our relationship with God, embracing more love and pouring love into others. Each day we can rely less on man’s ways and expectations, and lean more on God—and use Jesus’s example to think, speak, live and do BETTER. Each day we should open up and pour ourselves out to God!

Prayer

Father, I understand that I may be the only example of a servant of Christ that some have encountered. I may be the only Bible they have ever heard, and I never want to set a bad example that will turn potential followers away.

Let my thoughts, speech, and actions be that of a dignified and loving ambassador—faithfully representing Your Kingdom. Mold me Father. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 7.1.22

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Scripture

… while I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting before me, the hand of the Sovereign lord came on me there. I looked, and I saw a figure like that of a man. From what appeared to be his waist down he was like fire, and from there up his appearance was as bright as glowing metal…. The Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and in visions of God he took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court, where the idol that provokes to jealousy stood. 

Then he brought me to the entrance to the court….And he said to me, “Go in and see the wicked and detestable things they are doing here.” ….He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, ‘The lord does not see us; the lord has forsaken the land.’”

Then he brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the house of the lord, and I saw women sitting there, mourning the god Tammuz…He then brought me into the inner court of the house of the lord, and there… were about twenty-five men. With their backs toward the temple of the lord and their faces toward the east, they were bowing down to the sun in the east.

Ezekiel 8:1-3, 5-7, 9, 12, 14, 16

Reflection

If we have been told and shown examples of what God expects of us and disapproves of, then why are we still continuing the cycle of hardheadedness demonstrated by the Israelites thousands of years ago? Why is our struggle with the flesh so difficult to overcome? Why is it that when times get tough we turn to idols, man, spirits, charts, and dead gods for comfort?

Why don’t we seek out God—and His Love, Truth, Spirit, and Light?

Is it because He is not of flesh? Is it because He doesn’t casually walk amongst us like a human ruler? Do we only see Him as the distant Creator, the Heavenly King of human kings, that rules from afar and chooses to not interfere with many of our fleshly battles and quandaries? Do we not seek Him because we don’t trust Him?

Something to ponder. Maybe you will take your thoughts to Him for an honest conversation.

Prayer

Father, thank You! Thank You for showing me through examples those things You detest and disapprove of as well as those things that are pleasing to You. Thank You for giving me the opportunity to do right and correct my steps.

Thank You for equipping me with the knowledge to make the right decisions and be comforted in knowing that there is no better way than Yours; there is no better justice than what You deliver, and there is nothing I would rather do than to worship and serve You.

I know You see me Father, I know You have not forsaken me, and I know that You will answer my prayers and deliver me at a time and place that You see fit. Thank You Father. Amen.

Love you always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.30.22

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Scripture

The angel of the Lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”

Judges 13:2-5

Reflection

There’s nothing God can’t do for you, through you, and to you. Believe and have faith. That barren woman gave birth to a son, Samson, and he did exactly what God’s angel said he would.

Are you listening for God’s voice? Are you paying attention to the angels around you who are trying to guide you? 

That faint voice in your head sharing words of encouragement and enlightenment, declarations of a successful future are not your mortal thoughts or imagination, but rather God planting spiritual seeds and outlining your road map. Tune in and stay connected!

Prayer

Father, thank You for making a way out of no way; for making the impossible possible, the crooked straight, and bringing Light to darkness. I love You, Lord, and I know that You will always make things right in my life, deliver me from bad situations, and direct my path even when I stray. Thank You, Father.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 6.29.22

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Scripture

You women who are so complacent, rise up and listen to me; you daughters who feel secure, hear what I have to say!

Isaiah 32:9

Reflection

Every day we should have an action plan for doing something different in our lives, for taking the next step towards greatness; and never be content with simply getting by. “Easy” should never be our goal and motivation. Mediocrity should not be something we settle for. Let’s strive for being better than average since God is no average god; He is the ultimate, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful, being everywhere and everything to all creatures—God. As His reflection, we cannot walk with lower expectations of ourselves or those who we associate with.

Laziness is tantamount to indifference. We don’t need to aim for perfection. You will kill yourself trying to be perfect. But we should aim for greatness, excellence, and being better than we were yesterday. Step up, show up, and show who you really are as a child of our Heavenly Father-Mother.

Prayer

Father, I know that You don’t approve of laziness, complacency, and contentment with the status quo of the world. I never want to be satisfied with mediocrity, with doing what others are doing, or being a powerless and voiceless ward under someone else’s authority. I want to always be standing, moving, thinking, and doing my best to live life as You expect of me. Even when my circumstances seem grim, I pray that I invest the same energy as I would in better days. Thank You Father for instilling that passion and purpose in my life. I love You. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.28.22

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Scripture

It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:7

Reflection

Love protects always, love trusts always, love hopes always, and love always perseveres. Not based on conditions or obligations. It just does. It’s just an is.

Love is reflected in Love.

To be protected by man you must be a protector. To be trusted by man you must be trustworthy. For hope and perseverance to remain constant in your life and in your relationships you must believe in them, work daily and work throughout to secure confidence in hope—and wanting more and better for your relationship. You must be willing to do anything and everything cloaked in love to protect your relationship—never doing or saying anything that would bring harm and dishonor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and our Heavenly Father-Mother God.

We must make a conscious effort throughout the day to think, speak, act, and be as God expects, envisions, and knows of us as His children. We must overcome our fears, temptations, doubt, pride, and ego. We must live for more than ourselves, give more than we could ever imagine, and still realize that we have not done, given, expressed, or shared as much as Jesus, Moses, and so many others that lived before us.

We must get past our perceived humanness and embrace, and demonstrate our spiritualness. How beautiful this world would be if we could only get past ourselves and focus on love, commitment, sacrifice, forgiveness, honesty, trust, kindness, and doing God’s work.

Smile. Your day is waiting for you. Who can you bless today?

Prayer

Father, You are Love, happiness, joy, kindness, care, hope, Spirit, Soul, Mind. You are all-in-all. Everything that is good is of You. In and through Your Love I am always protected. I can trust in You and have faith that no harm will come to me of Your doing. In Your Love I have hope; hope for a better life, a better understanding, and better opportunities. In Your Love I can and will persevere, thrive, and succeed.

Father, thank You for the guardian angels You have placed around me throughout my years, and for those who will guide me along my path during my remaining years. I pray for the opportunity to see, experience, and demonstrate love in its purest form as You have shared with me. I want to share this love with generations yet born so that they may enter this world having faith and hope in humankind, and in their ability to serve as honorable stewards in Your Kingdom.

Thank You, Father for protecting me. Thank You for keeping those who would destroy me out fear, arrogance, carelessness, self-centeredness, and disobedience from doing so. Thank You for the wisdom and discernment to identify those who are with me and those who are against me, those who love and respect me versus those who don’t; and that I might still love them all as Your son Jesus loves me.

In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.27.22

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Scripture

I will praise You, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing to You among the nations. For Your mercy reaches unto the heavens, And Your truth unto the clouds. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let Your glory be above all the earth.

Psalm 57:9-11 NKJV

Reflection

Are you grateful for your blessings? If you’re grateful, are you praising God and sharing your testimony with others?

How can we build God’s Kingdom if we don’t share with nonbelievers and conditional believers what He has done for us?

Remember for some people we are the only Bible that they know. Praise and share.

Prayer

Father, I praise You. I am humbly grateful. Today I am satisfied enough to simply say, “thank you!

Love you all!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 6.26.22

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Scripture

Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry…

Psalm 34:12-15

Reflection

Keep your eyes and heart on the Lord and seek His love to fill you when you become troubled. Seek His love to touch your enemies- both known and unknown.

Pray that He settles the stirred pot of fear and hate that plague our world and cause people to tell lies, spread evil, and tear down hope. Pray for those people who relish a world of chaos and mania, that they might seek instead a life of tranquility, peace, and joy.

Pray for the non-believers and conditional believers that God’s light shines through to them and they embrace their walk with Him. Pray for more opportunities to do good, help others, and share God’s Word.

Prayer

Father, I know You hear me. I know that You see everything that I do and don’t do. I am grateful for Your presence in my life, and for the blessings, You have given me. Quiet my fears Lord, guide me past the traps. Blanket my fellow brothers and sisters with Your peace so they will seek You first and always. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 6.25.22

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Scripture

Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.

Proverbs 21:21 NIV

Reflection

The pursuit of righteousness and love leads to life, prosperity, and honor. How straightforward is that? Yet we try to take hundreds of other routes and wonder why we don’t get where we want to go in life. When we pursue the opposite of righteousness and love, where are we led? What is our destination? What do we end up with? Ponder that!

How many of you are frustrated with going everywhere but ending up nowhere? Why don’t we return to route A that God has provided, and where Jesus keeps pointing us—and walk that way? Sounds like a good and fruitful path. I’ve got my walking shoes. Do you? Let’s do this!

Prayer

Father, my blessings from You come like the flow of water and I am grateful. Even when I’m asleep You are blessing me with priceless gifts. Thank You Father.

I seek to know, understand, and live Your Truth. I desire a life as You see fit, and love that is reflected in Your Love. Your Truth and Love will make and keep me wealthy always, and mold me into an honorable person that is respected by people of all walks of life. That is the life I desire, that is the life I will work each day to claim as mine. I’m here Father and I’m not going anywhere without Your guidance. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.24.22

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Scripture

And again, “I will put my trust in him.” And again he says, “Here am I, and the children God has given me.” Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil—and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

Hebrews 2:13-15

Reflection

We can live in fear and doubt, or walk in faith and courage. We can run scared and hide from the demons that chase us, or face them down and say, “You are nothing, mean nothing, and have no power over me. You scare me because you are the darkness within that I can’t comprehend. But my Father rules over you while protecting me”.

Fear is merely information to process. Instead many of us become enslaved by its grip. If fear is “false evidence appearing real” and Jesus proved there is no death, then we should not fear it. Of course, we don’t want to leave our loved ones, but that should not be a fear of death. That’s what we must learn to process, comprehend, and embrace. If we believe in life after this one, what do we fear?

I can admit that I used to fear completely the concept of death, not wanting to lose this shell I wear, and what that means in my humanness. I’ve evolved to fear leaving here not fulfilling my promise to God, and not living out my mission and purpose. I also fear living in a new existence without my loved ones here. That is my flesh but I also feel that is also my soul and spirit tied to them. I love deeply and those binds are strong. God knows my heart so He works with me and on me.

Jesus came to demonstrate to us our Truth as spiritual beings, to overcome the flesh and its sins, and to begin the process of restoring us to our rightful place. We must do our part.

We can say we want to be more like Jesus, or each day we can work and strive to be more like him in thought, speech, and deed. Will the choice that we make today be the one we embrace tomorrow?

Amazingly, God loves us either way, He still loves us when we waver, when we get scared, and when we run and hide. Lovingly, He waits for us as our patient and nurturing Father-Mother. God is awesome. He is good. He is Life, Truth, Love—the Father of all mankind, and Creator of all life. Thank Him today for your blessings, and then go be a blessing to others. I love you all.

Prayer

Father, Your son, Jesus was sent by You to show us the way to You, to salvation, to eternal peace, love, joy, and happiness. Thank You! Jesus is the wayshower to the Truth that we are spiritual beings, in Your likeness, here to have a human experience to prove that we are worthy of bigger and better responsibilities in Your Kingdom; we are to realign our ways to Yours, living out our original purpose, to reverse the curse of the flesh.

Father, I believe that this is only one level of existence for humans. I want to learn my lessons, embrace and express Your loving grace, and love Your children as You and Your son have loved me. I want a life where I overcome fear and understand its powerlessness, so that I might experience life as You intend. I seek Your guidance. I look for Your Light and promise to follow obediently the path You have placed before me. Humbly I say thank You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.23.22

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Scripture

A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.

Proverbs 22:1

Reflection

What do you value more in your life, material wealth and possessions? Or spiritual wealth and eternal life with our Heavenly Father? Does it matter that people think you’re a jerk but hang around you because you have (or will have) fame and riches? Or are you more moved by doing good and living well because you gave of yourself when you were least expected to do so?

How much of your time do you volunteer to help others who are least fortunate? I’m not talking about what you do for your job/career, or for publicity, to help underserved and underrepresented communities. What do you do, for free, out of love, to serve others as God has commanded us?

Even if you are financially “poor” are you also too spiritually bankrupt to help those who have it worse off than you? Can you not give 1-2 hours a week or month to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, educate knowledge-seekers, and empower the powerless?

Your name is more valuable than the stuff you acquire and collect. You can’t take your financial wealth with you, and it may not survive long after you’re gone, but your name and reputation will last lifetimes. What will be etched into your grave’s headstone? What will God say about your life?

Prayer

Father, it’s more important to me to maintain my self-respect, dignity, and honor, and not disappoint You, than to accumulate money and power. Father, I want to make sure I leave this earth with my name in good standing, with the confidence that I did my best to serve the least of Your children, and that I gave my all in everything I did.

Father, I want to live my life as You so instruct and desire. I want to express the qualities that best reflect You and how You see me. When I stray from Your path, please redirect me as You see fit, so that I can regain focus on Your mission and my purpose for and in Your Kingdom. In Your Name I humbly pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.22.22

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Scripture

In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.
Ephesians 3:12

Reflection

Only in our relationship with God can we be guaranteed confidentiality, a commitment to solving issues and righting wrongs, and a love like no other—pure, carefree, and beautiful. Thank Him. Embrace Him. Believe in Him. Have faith in Him that every issue, problem, desire, and need can and will be fulfilled through and by Him. Where are you deficient? Where you are deficient, He is not.

This is what Jesus taught. Our relationship with God never needed a go-between, a middle man, someone to translate and mediate on our behalf. We just needed to speak to God, whether aloud or silently, just speak. You don’t need to be appointed by man or have a fancy title, you are God’s creation—that is the only title and authority you have or will ever need. The religious leaders were appalled by Jesus speaking these Truths. His disciples and followers took a lot of heat for continuing his ministry and sharing his teachings. Some lost their lives by sharing these Truths.

Be thankful that the Son made a way, sacrificed all so that you and I could be free and have more than we ever imagined. The Son showed us our Father through a different lens. He introduced us to Him in a new way. He revealed the Truth about who we truly are and what we can experience.

You should feel empowered to know how special you are to God, that He wants a unique and intimate relationship with you—heart to heart. Live your days embracing this!

Prayer

Father, I want to thank You for my life, my blessings, my gifts, and the opportunities that You place before me daily. I thank You for allowing me to have a close and personal relationship with You, where I don’t need a go-between or representative to speak on my behalf. I can come directly to You and speak with You and have my questions answered and problems solved, because of my belief and faith in You and Your works. Thank You, Father.

Lovingly,

Natasha


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Breaking Bread For 6.21.22

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Scripture

So watch yourselves.
“If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”

Luke 17:3-4 NIV

Reflection

Forgiveness is not about or for the other person, it is about and for us. We must release ourselves from the negativity, poison, darkness, and suffocating environment that will slowly but surely kill us. Instead, we must forgive each and every time. We must forgive, let go, and not harbor or dwell on what was done to us.

Jesus didn’t say we had to resume some type of close-knit relationship with those who sin against us; he simply said to forgive them when they repent. Forgive to release yourself so you can walk in peace. Forgive so that even when you see the one who sinned against you, your heart is not cold and hardened.

Even when we rebuke a person, let love guide you to walk away without stooping to the other person’s level. Jesus didn’t rebuke people and then act a fool like them. His wisdom and light propelled him above them so that when he refused to deal with them, he remained empowered and it drained the other person of their essence and being. It left the other person empty, and oftentimes desiring a fullness that could only come from the Son and our Father.

Consider that and then free yourself!

Prayer

Father, I am learning to forgive those who sin against me, even when they don’t voice remorse or choose repentance. Touch my heart to always see them as Your child, even when they have aligned themselves as my enemy. Touch my heart to be graceful and dignified— even when I have urges to get loud, ignorant and disruptive, or just spiteful. I know that the act of forgiveness is about me, and not them, and for that reason I choose to follow Jesus’s direction and commandment. I choose to forgive, as You have forgiven me. Help me to not keep track of wrongdoings, like slashes on my back. You’re not keeping tally of my sins and wrongdoings, holding them against me. I want to obey and honor You. I want to walk as You desire. In Your Name and Jesus’ Name, I humbly pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 6.20.22

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Scripture

A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with song.

Proverbs 15:15 MSG

Reflection

Optimism is that faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

— Helen Keller

I read that each day is a “non-renewable resource” that once gone can never be reclaimed or relived — no matter how hard we try. So knowing this, we should live each day to its fullest. We should celebrate all victories no matter how small. We should laugh and smile, and rejoice in the life we have. Even in sorrow and the gloomiest of days, you should be able to see a rainbow and SMILE!

Prayer

Father, I pray that I always find a way to smile through each day regardless of what comes my way. In heartaches and failures, I want to still find a way to smile and be appreciative for the blessings You have given me.

I want to always find time to spend alone with You. I want to live with a spirit of appreciation, not entitlement, fear, doubt, cynicism, bitterness, boredom, laziness, or pessimism. I want to see each day as a new gift that will never be the same thereafter, as it wasn’t the day before. I want my energy to reflect our relationship. Let that energy fill others and bless them. I pray to You humbly and graciously. Thank You, Father!

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 6.19.22

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Seek Him

Today’s message comes from my Seek Him book series. We’re looking at Day 4 from Seek Him, Volume 1: Testing Your Spiritual Comfort Zone. The theme for Day 4 is “He is All”. Let’s break bread!

Scripture

I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God but Me. I will strengthen you, though you do not know Me, so that all may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is no one but Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other.

Isaiah 45:5-6 HCSB

Reflection

Did God make this crystal clear? You can read it twenty thousand times and it will still be as clear as the first time. He is IS. He is ALL. He is everything good, great, and special. He is God. None before, none during, and none after. He has you.

Prayer

Father, these words, written in the book of Isaiah I believe to be true. I don’t want to ever consider otherwise. I don’t ever again want to question the when, where, why, who, and how when it comes to You. I want to be free and I know that freedom is only possible in and through You. You are all-in-all. My journey will only be successful when I live like You, believing that I am You and You are me. Help me to stop looking elsewhere and start focusing only on You. In Jesus’ Name, I humbly pray. Amen.

Speak Your Truth

There is a section in my Seek Him books that help guide you to speaking your truth. Each book has a different set of prompts to help through your spiritual growth and realignment. Let’s try out the Seek Him, Volume 1 prompts today. I will say each phrase and I want you to repeat the phrase and then speak the first words that come to your mind and heart. If you haven’t purchased Seek Him, Volume 1, you can always write these down in a notebook or journal.

I feel _____

I am _____

I believe _____

I am grateful for _____

I will improve _____

I am proud of myself because ____

I will stay out of My/God’s way by _____

Today I will focus more on ____

And focus less on ____

Today I will ___

Go Deeper

When you are ready to go deeper, please refer to Day 4 in Seek Him: Workbook 1. Yes, each Seek Him book has a corresponding workbook, designed to guide you deeper in your spiritual exploration and study. The workbooks can be standalone books but I wrote them to coincide with each Seek Him lesson, to help you test, go beyond, and never return to your spiritual comfort zone. If you’re interested in investing in the Seek Him book series, you can visit DOMELifePublishing.com or visit Bookshop.org, or global retailers like Barnes & Noble, Walmart, Amazon, and others.

I hope that today’s message touched your heart and inspired you in some way. I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 6.18.22

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Scripture

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Ephesians 4:29,31-32

Reflection

Let’s work to let go of our past failings that would trick us into thinking we’re a failure. Let go of those people who have no place in our present or our future. Let go of those pains that haunt us. Let go of our anger, bitterness, jealousy, envy, and rage—for all of it only slows us up, drains us, ages us, and causes us painful inflictions. Today, let’s work to free ourselves so that we can be open and receptive to our blessings from God.

Breathe.

Can you already feel the weight lifting off of your shoulders? I can and it feels amazing. Make it an amazing day. Thank God for a new day to celebrate and rejoice in His Name. I love you all!

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day. A new day. A day to start fresh with good intentions, good thoughts, and acts of kindness—both random and planned. Today, I make the effort to speak kindly of others. I begin the process of forgiving those who have wronged me directly and indirectly. Today, I make the effort to say a prayer for those who go against me whether in fear or malice. Today, I push out my bitterness, rage, jealousy, envy, and anger against others and instead replace it with Your loving peace and joy.

My time will not be spent thinking and worrying about, or stressing over what someone else is doing or not doing. Today, I will begin anew and pray for the strength to look at my past, acknowledge what was, and then move forward with both feet planted in my present, and the courage to accept what comes in my future. I know that You are my Vindicator. I know that You are the Revealer of Truth. Thank You Father. I embrace my alignment in You. Amen.

Love, 

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.17.22

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Scripture

and do not give the devil a foothold.

Ephesians 4:27

Reflection

The devil is a liar.

The moment you acquire something and begin to use it without taking care of it properly, it loses value—whether it be an object, person, animal, or idea.

We desire what we don’t have, or think we don’t have enough of, and that desire can leave us exposed, weakened, and vulnerable. This means our minds are easy to manipulate, as we’re swayed in one direction or the other.

The devil would soon have you looking around for something “better” and not all the time with the goal of replacing it, but rather keeping it around like a trophy you dust off from time to time. We struggle with the temptation for more, more, more. More money, attention, sex, intimacy, knowledge, power, influence—whatever we think will fill the void we convince ourselves it’s needed.

Operating from the mindset of lack is a foothold for the devil. We create that platform when we believe that God won’t fill the gaps in our life. When we think He won’t do it all or on our timetable, we start obsessing over the lack and that lays the groundwork for temptation. The devil’s crew uses this intel.

Our pride, ego, shame, and guilt, are all traps that make us easily tempted. You can’t be tempted by things that serve no value and purpose to you. I can’t be tempted by liver and onions, for instance, but a bowl of pasta just might get my attention. Those are easy examples. But isn’t that how it starts? The little things. The so-called innocent slip-ups. The more we compromise in one area of our life we begin to compromise in other areas. The devil’s in no rush. He’s been waiting for the longest to grab ahold of you, so he will wait and strike when the time is right.

Don’t let your lack of belief in God lead to the temptation that will ruin your life. Don’t let your temptation ruin someone else’s life. Don’t let it steer you farther away from God. Don’t let the liar convince you that you can do and have all you desire without God. Make the decision to stop the madness. Pray to God for the clarity to discern bad seeds from good ones, temptation from His way, and wrong from right. Pray for the strength and courage to face the Truth, that our void is due to not being fully aligned with Him. We keep looking for substitutes for Him. We keep trying to fill that void with things and people who will never measure up to our Heavenly Father. We keep putting flesh over Spirit and that void grows larger by the moment. We keep trying to humanize every element of our existence.

Remember, when we’re so busy looking into the yard next to us, we fail to take care of our own! What looks and feels good in the temporary may bring us the most pain in the long term. The job or person you hate today may later prove to be Heaven-sent when you get to fully explore the realization of what else is out there. Just as the job or person you’re blindly chasing could very well drag you to the depths of internal hell.

Prayer

The devil is a liar. Father, You have said it and proved it. The liar tempts us to go against You. It tempts us to stray from Your path, to disrespect Your Holy Name, to disrupt our lives, to lose a great thing for a few quick moments of ecstasy. It tempts us to change our righteous ways, to seek self-gratification and self-interests without concern for what You want and ask of us. Given the chance, its influence will ruin a marriage, a relationship, a family, a friendship, and a business—through our choice, we serve as its puppets.

Father, show me how to not give it power. Show me how to not give in to the emotional games it plays; how not to give in to depressing and oppressive thoughts and feelings. Father, I want to be fully aligned with You. Please show me how to follow Your Light, without wavering— even when the liar tells me that I’m too weak, not ready, not capable, too young, too old, or too inexperienced to handle what You are offering. Strengthen me Father. I thank You for the strength. I thank You for the discernment, wisdom, and joy to overcome the liar and the temptation and depravity it represents. I seek You always. In Your Holy Name I pray. Amen.

Love you always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.16.22

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Scripture

The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all…

Psalm 34:17-19

Reflection

God can always make the wrong—right, the crooked—straight, the broken—fixed, what is empty—full, and the missing can be found. Just reach out to Him and pray. Be specific as to what you need help with and then let go, and let Him take over. Don’t interfere. Don’t micromanage. Just let Him do what only He can do.

God can deliver us from anything. But do we surrender all to Him or just that which we choose? When will you let go of your controlling ways, the devices you use as substitutes for Him, and just let go— to Him?

Prayer

Father, deliver me today. Save me from myself, from the ways of the world, and from the enemy. Father steady my mind so that it is only focused on You. Warm my heart and uplift my spirits. Those things that bring me grief, worry, and trouble please make right. I’m crying out to You Lord; dry my tears. Heal me from my inflictions and make me whole in You. I thank You for doing all of these things and I’m claiming victory in Your Name. Thank You Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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