Breaking Bread For 10.21.20

Scripture

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father hath set within His own authority.

Acts 1:7

Reflection

We are an impatient species. The Bible is thousands of years old, and within those pages we find countless stories of impatient people, always questioning God as to when, how, why, where, who, and what.

We are the exact same way.

Instead we should be focused on being ready, appreciative, disciplined, and focused. We wear watches, but are late. We have calendars, and still miss important dates. We’re so busy doing one hundred things at once, that we forget some of the most important things. We want to know when we’re going to get that raise or commission at work, get the new car or home, get married, get pregnant, and get the vacation.

We’re so focused on dreams and goals, yet we don’t make the time to spend with God. We want faithful partners so we can be in committed relationships, yet we aren’t faithful and committed to God. We are easily distracted by thoughts and things of the world, yet we want God to be focused on us. How can He trust us when we can’t trust ourselves and others? How can we want from Him what we don’t freely give to Him?

The more we push God for results, the more He makes us wait. The more we interfere, the more things get derailed.

My Impatience

I was a very impatient person. I’m still working on my patience, but years ago, my impatience was embarrassing. I wanted things before I even finished conceptualizing what it was I actually wanted. I couldn’t wait for a person to finish their sentence, because in my mind they were thinking and speaking too slowly. So I either rushed them through or finished it for them.

I bought in to the fast-food, microwave-quick, way of life about everything in my life. My one, five, and ten-year plans were not to be messed with. They had to take shape at the designated times, and no later.

Some of My Past Goals

I was determined as a teen to have my first car at the age of 16, and it had to be a Ford Mustang with a red or pink bow on it. I remember in my early 20s I said that I had to be married with children by or before my 30th birthday. I remember that I was adamant that I graduated by or before I was 21. It didn’t matter that I changed my major twice.

So What Happened?

Well…I never got a car at age 16 and still haven’t gotten a Mustang. Matter of fact, I didn’t even get my driver’s license at age 16. My dad said I hadn’t passed his driver’s test yet. I didn’t get married in my 20s. It happened in my late 30s and I was divorced by age 41. Oh, and I still haven’t had children. I did graduate before I turned age 21, however, almost 10 years later I found out that there was one or two classes missing from my record that had to be completed for my degree to be officially conferred.

What I’ve Learned and What I’m Still Learning

Many of the dates and deadlines I created over the past 30 years have been elaborate, ridiculous, and stressfully draining. Some things I accomplished, and a great deal more I did not. The more I pushed, the more I expected, the more God showed me that nothing takes place before He makes it happen. I look back on things now, and I am so grateful that certain career and relationship goals I established never came to fruition. I either wasn’t ready or they simply weren’t a good fit.

God has plans for me, and just because He isn’t showing me His outline, doesn’t mean I’m supposed to make my own decisions in hope of speeding up His plan. It also doesn’t mean that I push past Him and come up with my own plans and deadlines, as though I can overrule and circumvent His plans.

Some people mold faster than others. Some people need longer because we resist Him so much and so often. I know that I’m the latter. What about you?

Over the past two years I have noticed that I am more patient, less focused on time and beating some invisible clock, and more focused on pleasing God. Why? Because I’m being forced to face some harsh realities that have humbled me to my rightful place.

I’m learning that it is He that I serve, not the other way around. And this place and space was created and made possible by Him, and I’m here because He too made that possible. I’m also learning that it is not for me to know the times or seasons. I’m only to be ready, appreciative, disciplined, and focused.

What about you? What have you learned? What are you still learning? Are you ready, appreciative, disciplined, and focused?

Prayer

Father, Your son, Jesus, made it clear that we are not to be concerned with what time of day or year that You will show favor upon us.

You are the ultimate authority.

You make the decisions, and determine when something will or won’t take place, and when something will or won’t be done.

Father, being in (or maybe admittedly of) the world, I have become dependent upon clocks, watches, calendars, and seasonal changes. I have developed a certain expectancy, and because of that I haven’t realized that You reign supreme over all time, place, person, thing, and circumstance.

Things will happen when You say so. Father, show me how to free myself from my ignorance, and dependence upon the concept of time, and how I believe it impacts my life. I pray for the patience of Jesus. I pray for his humbleness and meekness. Thank You Father for answering my prayers. Amen.

Have a blessed day family!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.19.20

Scripture

In my distress I groan aloud and am reduced to skin and bones.

Psalm 102:5

Reflection

In Hebrew, “atzmot” means both essence and self (or bone). Context matters when the word is used.

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 essence) and forgotten to Whom we belong, and Who’s children we are. We are reduced to the shell we walk in.

Be sure that when you cry out, it’s to God. Our relationship with Him is strengthened each time we seek Him for insight, clarity, answers, reflection, comfort, and to praise Him, show gratitude, and give thanks. God is joyful when we come to Him wanting nothing but to have a conversation about our day—like we would a family member or friend.

Seek Him through the Holy Spirit, your Comforter.

When times get tough as they always will, force a smile on your face as you remind yourself that you are God’s child and no matter what you go through, He and Jesus will always see you through. There is a rainbow on the other side of that storm.

Keep saying it until you feel it deep inside, until you are declaring it firmly, intensely, and with a power and passion that can’t be rocked. Keep saying it until you not only believe it, it becomes a part of you, without question or wavering.

Say it with me, “I am God’s child and no matter what I go through, God and Jesus will ALWAYS see me through. There is a rainbow on the other side of this storm.”

Now say it again with a smile on your face. Say it until you believe it, and then live each day demonstrating this belief through action.

I love you all and I pray that through thick and thin you always keep your eyes and heart focused on God and Jesus.

Prayer

Father 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 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. 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 and graciously.

In Your name I pray and give thanks. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.16.20

Message from Natasha:

Hello Breaking Bread family! Before we begin today’s message, I want to give a birthday shout out to my maternal cousin, Princess Chere Peoples, who is more like a sister than a cousin to me. Happy birthday Retabug!

~Natasha


Scripture

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Reflection

Let God make you whole. Let Jesus show you the way. In order for these things to happen, you have to be okay with being vulnerable, and in that vulnerability you have to be willing to let go of yourself, your understanding, what you believe to be fact and truth, and what you believe to be possible and impossible.

You have to trust that God and Jesus can do more than the Bible says, more than what people testify, and more than what your mind can currently comprehend. You have to trust that in letting go there is nothing you need to do or say, because they have you—and they have already taken care of the variables that you never thought to consider.

Jesus wants to show you the way, be the way to God, be your truest brother. He’s just waiting on you.

God wants to pour into you unfathomable things and experiences. God wants to have the strongest, most loving, impenetrable relationship with you. A marriage like no other. But He’s waiting on you!

God and Jesus are waiting on you, on me, on us.

You may be going through a lot right now, physically, mentally, financially, and spiritually. Your stress, anxiety, grief may be overwhelming you. That’s because you’re trying to fix these things. You’re relying on the limits of man. You need an unlimited, constant, unwavering source. Your solution is God and Jesus.

God blessed us with the Holy Spirit, to be connected in a way that the old covenant (in the Old Testament) did not provide. Tap into that source. Let it pour into and out of you. Speak to God in a way your human mind cannot yet comprehend. Don’t resist that energy that flows within you, that bubbles up urging you to let it flow out of you.

Pray for the stillness of peace and let that peace comfort you in your times of need.

Stop trying to deal with things in the natural and get yourself settled into the supernatural, as the spiritual being you are. Let the Holy Spirit do what it does so that you can be all that you were created to be, to have the relationship with God and Jesus that your heart truly desires.

It’s your choice, as always….

Prayer

Father, Abba, fill me with your peace so that I might walk straight regardless of the circumstances that come my way. Let me be humble and more like Jesus as I face daily challenges, and deal with people who at times can be unloving and unkind. I want to make the right choice, to not mirror their behavior but instead mirror the life of Jesus.

I pray for the courage through vulnerability to open myself up and allow the Holy Spirit to be free in me, in every way that You need, so that You and I can have the type of relationship that we’re supposed to have. I want to be completely faithful to You, unwavering and impenetrable.

Use me Father. Help me to let go and open myself to You, so that I may have peace and be peace. In Jesus’ name I pray to You, El-Elyon, Hashem Uzi. Praising You always. Amen.

Note: El-Elyon in Hebrew means “God Most High” and Hashem Uzi means “The Lord of Strength”. The word Abba means “Father” in Aramaic (one of the semitic languages Jesus (Yeshua) spoke) and Abba is used in Jewish liturgy and prayers.

I hope that clarification helps.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.15.20

Scripture

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.

Exodus 14:13

Reflection

The bondage of today will be freedom tomorrow as long as you turn your cares, worries, and fears over to the Lord to handle.

God knew that He wouldn’t just have to free His people physically, but He would have to free their minds, hearts, spirits, and souls. They were enslaved in every possible sense. That is why they struggled so much. They even struggled for more than 1,500 years after Moses led them out of Egypt.

As many times as they were forced into exile, they still couldn’t see that their tendency to fall back into their slave mindset of their past lives in Egypt, was the reason they couldn’t obey and atone—to be AT ONE with God.

We Are Slaves on Our OWN Plantation

If you find yourself in constant struggle, pain, stress, fear, anger, conflict, confusion, and depression, YOU ARE IN BONDAGE. You have the power to be free. You are a child of God. He made you. He gave you the Holy Spirit to tap into. God needs you to be vulnerable, just like Him, so you can be free to fall into His trustworthy “arms”. Stop resisting.

Control Freaks & Micromanagers

Stop trying to dictate to Him how your relationship with Him should be. We’re abusing Him and our relationship with Him. If you are a control freak like me, and yes that includes you micromanagers out there, yeah you—NOW is the time to admit, like I’m being forced to do, that this control we keep trying to hold on to is actually self-imposed bondage. We are slaves to our inability to trust self, others, and God. And since we can’t trust we can’t be trusted.

The only things we should be controlling are:

  • Our mouths: from speaking negative and evil things
  • Our minds: from entertaining negative and evil thoughts
  • Our bodies: from doing negative and evil things to it and to others

The domino effect is a changed heart, experiences, and life. Stop treating God like your servant, like a “side piece’ you can call up whenever you want some attention. God is our everything and we should treat Him accordingly. Let Him do what He’s always wanted to do for you.

Stand Back And Let God

Let Him change those who attempt to stunt your growth or control you. He can do this by touching their hearts or removing them from your space and place. What is rightfully yours will be yours, and you can never lose what is rightfully yours. What is meant to be, God will bring to fruition without your doing, persuasion, manipulation, or bargaining.

Look at your current situation and if it needs improvement, even drastically, know that God has it handled, and it was taken care of long before you became aware of the circumstances. Everything we need in life God has already provided, we just need to see them and embrace our blessings as they are delivered before us. We need to walk in obedience and full alignment with Him. He’s assigned us work; we have a mission, and we are wasting time walking around with these shackles on.

We Give The Enemy Ammunition

The enemy will keep trying to stir up trouble in my life, and in yours, as long as it sees that it can. We fuel it. We give it the ammunition to attack. We give in to temptation. We keep saying God isn’t working fast enough. We keep blaming everyone else for our conditions, our unhappiness, our lack. We create the perfect environment for the enemy.

Our Deliverance

This is not the time to fret and cry, but the time to dig down even deeper in our faith and reach our hands to the Lord for deliverance from the fear.

How long? Not long.

Not long before I am delivered from these shackles of fear, pain, shame, guilt, sorrow, and frustration. Not long indeed, for God has already worked things out for me. I just have to open my eyes and look through the lens of faith to see clearly that I am already free!

The same applies to YOU!

Aren’t you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Aren’t you tired of being the victim? God didn’t make you that way, it’s not in His DNA to be one, so why are you embracing a lie?

Lovingly I share this message with all of you today. I hope that something you read and/or recited has touched your heart, opened your eyes, and shed light on your today and tomorrow. We must let go of thinking about yesterday and what woulda, coulda, and shoulda happened had we done this or that.

We must let go of the past and what someone did or didn’t do to us, and live in the present of what God is providing for us today.

We are free my brothers and sisters. You have to change your mind and heart, so that your eyes can see the truth. We are free! We just have to walk off that plantation and stop trying to return. We just have to walk away from Egypt and never look back. Are you ready to take that first step? Are you ready for your best and brightest days ever?

Prayer

Father, today I pray for deliverance. Deliverance from fear, pain, shame, rejection, untrustworthiness, betrayal, ignorance, lies, deceit, and negativity.

Father free me from bondage and restore me to my rightful place. Free me from the grip of those who use me for their own personal gain. Free me from those who selfishly take from me but they never fully give of themselves in return.

Free me from myself, for the same ways that others use me, I am a user of You and others. Soften my heart to free fall and give myself away to You, so that You can use me as You see fit. Open my eyes Lord so that I can evolve from merely looking to actually seeing what’s before me. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.14.20

Scripture

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.


Matthew 7:12

Reflection

The very things you want in life, the very things you hope to receive in an exchange with your fellow man and woman, and the very way you expect to be treated is how you should be in return.

If you want respect give it. If you want to be left with your dignity then leave others with theirs. If you want someone to treat you with grace, extend it yourself. If you want fairness, be fair. Be merciful to receive mercy.

If you want someone to be on time to meet you, be on time to meet them and others. If you want faithfulness and loyalty, then be totally faithful and loyal. If you want extra money, then give some of yours away freely to others.

What you want you will only receive when you first put it out there. You have to be willing to be vulnerable, to fully expose yourself, unselfishly, without conditions, so that you can be filled with God’s abundance. God is 100 percent vulnerable and transparent with us, while we try to ration ourselves out.

We need to truly invest in our relationship with Him and His children. We need to open up and let God in so He can help us to let His children in.

Make sense?

Now let’s get out there and create a world of positive reciprocity!

Prayer

Father thank You for another day of life, freedom to make choices, Your peace, and a chance to make a positive difference in my life and the lives of others.

Father, please add in me an extra layer of strength, courage, and discipline as I face challenges head-on. Father, touch my heart so that in each circumstance I treat others as I would want to be treated, emulating Your son’s walk through life. In Your name and his I pray and praise. Amen.

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.13.20

Scripture

When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.

Proverbs 28:2

Reflection

We elect officials to help govern this land from a human perspective, to provide a human touch to life’s circumstances that we created generations before— and we make worse for generations to come.

Yet, we only support these officials in the early days or when our specific needs are met consistently. We don’t consider the thousands and millions of individuals this official must take into consideration with every decision made, because in our twisted minds he or she should be able to do all things for all people, starting first with us.

We create messiahs and idols, and forget that only God can do all things, be all places, see all things, and has the power to change the impossible to possible. Our lack of commitment and devotion to God clouds our thinking and our understanding of human government, and that man is limited even as a pure reflection of God.

If we want to see change in our neighborhoods, communities, cities, counties, states, regions, countries, and throughout the world we must be the change and bring about the change we want to see.

You have to be the ambassador for Christ that you want to see in the world, and acknowledge through action that servitude is exactly why God placed you here. Stop looking to man to do what only God can do. Stop living your life like God isn’t in it, making all things possible through His grace and mercy.

Ponder that and then share your thoughts.

Prayer

Father I pray today for my community, my state, my country, and the world. I pray that the pain, chaos, conflict, fear, hate, and rebellion would cease to exist. I know that it is a far-fetched request in a land that is so troubled. We love our Presidents before we elect them and after they are out of office, but while they serve our country we criticize, ridicule, threaten, and disrespect them.

Father, our current president needs your loving intervention. He is unaware of his limitations, lack of understanding and wisdom. He relies upon his own understanding rather than yours. His speech and his actions have drastic consequences on the people in this country, and around the world.

Father, I pray for him and I pray for the leaders and advisors around him. Soften their hearts so that they may be more receptive and obedient to you. Their arrogance, pride, and rhetoric are causing massive disruption. They are dividing more than uniting.

I know that you use all people to reveal your Truth, to expose the lies, to show us what’s really in our hearts. I trust you to bring truth and reconciliation in all areas of our lives.

I know this a far-fetched dream, in a land where we discard our elderly in facilities—where they just wait until they take their last breath. Father I know this is far-fetched in a land where we have more jails and prisons than high-performing schools; more liquor stores, check-cashing centers, and payday lenders than property owners and business owners.

But I still pray Father. I still have hope. I still have faith in You and Your ability to warm every heart, lift every spirit, heal every wound, cure every disease, make the crooked straight, and bring order to mania. So today just like everyday I pray and believe in a better tomorrow, a better world, with better opportunities. In Your name I praise and pray. Amen.

God bless you all!

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.12.20

Scripture

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

1 John 4:1

Reflection

There are a lot of false prophets, false images, false paths to enlightenment and salvation, false testimonies, false servants, and false tools and resources that are placed before us as a test of our discernment, faith, belief, understanding, love, devotion and loyalty to God, and His son Jesus.

Can you tell the difference between real from the fake? Can you discern God’s angels from pseudo manifestations? Can you discern good from evil? Have you ever identified the times when demons were recklessly playing in your life? Can you discern God’s voice from other voices? Can you tell when God is directing your path and when you have strayed, and began following the lead of another?

Can you tell the difference between a servant of God and a self-serving puppet of the enemy? Can you discern the humble, self-sacrificing pastor from the one who will encourage and watch you sacrifice everything for the pastor’s personal gain—and the pastor will do so in the name of Jesus?!?

Are you following God or man? Are you following God’s Word or the words created by man—who maps out stars, planets, symbols, and numbers as a prophecy of your future? No one can tell you what’s in your future but God. No one can tell you the right person to love, date, or marry but God. No one can point you in the right direction and keep you there except God.

You need discernment to know when God has spoken through someone, used someone to help you, and when He is speaking directly to you. If you don’t strengthen that gift you leave it exposed and vulnerable to a breach by the enemy and it’s crew. You won’t even know who you are following and serving.

We have a choice given to us by God, follow Him and His Word, or follow the enemy. The choice is ours. This isn’t a Coke and Pepsi challenge— although the enemy is skilled at deception, there is most definitely a distinct and clear difference between it and God!

Open your eyes, ears, mind, and heart. This is not a casual matter. Every single day our souls are up for grabbing. God wants us and so does the enemy. Pray for clarity and discernment to realize, know, and obediently act on the truth. Pray to always follow God.

Prayer

Father-Mother God please continue to bless with me the gifts of discernment and clarity— increasing my ability to see and understand the differences in and of the world, and Your light and Word through the clutter. Father I want to focus on doing right each day, not selfishly for myself and what I perceive as my salvation, but for Your Kingdom and in my devotion to You.

Lord I know each day I am tempted by thoughts, voices, and words in books, magazines, newspapers, and online, but I know that my discernment will help me to connect with You and disregard the rest.

Lord I pray for the discernment to see and learn my lesson at the rate and pace that You expect, and not at the delayed, contemplative pace I would prefer out of comfort and convenience. I want to know sooner than later which person is right for me to walk beside, to trust, and to continue building a relationship with.

Let me rely upon Your Word, not numerology, tarot cards, horoscopes and other astrological mumbo jumbo–even when concepts seem to connect the dots, for the only way to put the puzzle of life and love together is through, by, and with You.

Do not allow entertainment to conveniently become my learning tool, guide, and answer to life and what I need and want from it. Let my relationship with You and Jesus be all that I need for spiritual comfort, enlightenment, and guidance. Thank You Father. Amen.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.9.20

Scripture

“For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn”

Romans 11:29

Reflection

My friend Kenya forwarded a message to me years ago that said, “When God created you, He deposited seeds of greatness inside of you” and with this knowledge I consider the endless possibilities that are brought forth by God’s gifts. We each are filled with greatness and brilliance to bring about positive change in our lives and the lives of our fellow brothers and sisters around the world.

He has called on us to do our part, but if we’re too busy lamenting over past hurts, failures, and disappointments, or too self-absorbed reliving the heyday of those big wins far and long ago—we can’t possibly be fully invested in the NOW.

Instead of focusing on what we think we can’t do, instead of focusing on our weaknesses and limitations—why not focus on our strengths and gifts? Find someone who has the gifts that you don’t and then collaborate, delegate, do something other than wallow in pity and shame.

Instead of focusing on what things we can’t take care of due to financial constraints, let’s look at what can be rectified each month. Just like businesses learn to cut away the dead weight or that which they can’t afford to keep investing in, we have to start auditing our lifestyle, household, and eliminate the things and practices that are bogging us down and preventing us from doing what we’re supposed to do.

Why not pray to our Heavenly Father for the gifts and guidance to make things in our life as He sees fit?

What you have no control over you must let go and let God handle. Let go of your cares and concerns and hold on to your faith and love. Appreciate the richness of your life as a child of God.

Let go of the shame and embrace the favor. Forgive yourself, God already has. Stop operating out of confusion and start walking with clarity and discernment—fueled by your God-given purpose.

There’s so much in you, left untapped, yet to be explored and tested. So what are you going to do? The choice is always yours!

Prayer

Father, I keep lugging around the dead weight of shame, while entertaining the spirit of confusion. How can I possibly see, embrace, appreciate, and make the most of the gifts that You provide me, if I’m too absorbed with what I don’t have?

I don’t want to disappoint You and I’m tired of disappointing myself. Today I take steps forward to focus on my present, what is before me, grateful for that gift, and grateful for the gifts that You pour within me. I’m tired of missing out on the daily gifts You lovingly share. It’s draining to keep looking behind me or worrying about what could be ahead. I want to snuggle in the comfort of connecting with You in the here and now.

I can’t fix everything from my past but I can use these gifts to be a blessing to others, and glorify You. I can use these gifts to test and stretch myself beyond my comfort zone, to reach upward and outward to You, with the hope and faith of strengthening our relationship.

Help me Father to dismiss the distractions, the lures, and the traps that would prevent me from fully embracing what You have for me. I pray to You in Jesus’ name, as a believer and follower of Christ. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.8.20

Scripture

And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!”
“Here I am,” he replied.

Genesis 46:2

Reflection

When you hear that voice telling you to do something great, or not do something foolish, do you listen and obey? When you hear your name but no one acknowledges that they called on you, do you stop and pray to God and ask if it was Him calling?

When you are awakened late at night or early morning by a voice, a shift, a stir—yet no one is there to awaken you, do you stop and pray for God to reveal what He wants you to see or hear?

Do you acknowledge that it is not your mind but His Mind that makes all things possible in your life? Do you acknowledge that the grace and favor in your life is not by your doing, but by God’s?

Do you acknowledge that the gentle yet firm voice you hear pointing you in the right direction is not yours it’s God’s?

Do you acknowledge that only through His son Jesus Christ will you find your way, know the truth, see the correct model to replicate, and reach the promised land of eternal life?

If you have doubts about any of this then you must prepare yourself for the next level of faith that Jesus and God will guide you through. If you are a non-believer you must prepare to walk into the understanding of belief.

If you are a conditional believer you must prepare to walk into the understanding of God’s unconditional love and your complete belief in Him and what He has, is, can, and will do for you.

If you are a believer you must be prepared for an even greater level of walking by and in faith without question, hesitation, second-guessing, manipulation, or backing down.

Are you ready for the next level?

Are you ready to tune out or silence, through love, those who are not yet at your level and may attempt to cast doubt or distract you? Do you understand that they may not understand that just as God spoke to His children thousands of years ago, He speaks to each of us—and has spoken to you?

Are you ready to demonstrate and testify to your healings and revelations through Christ?

If you live in a country that openly accepts other faiths in addition to your own, the most difficult thing is not saying that you’re a Christian. That’s because it’s accepted if you are or aren’t. Thousands of people toss that word, that title, that badge around as easily as they say, “I’m an American” or “I’m a vegan” or “I’m a conservative” or “I’m a …”.

Naw, that’s not the most difficult thing in those particular countries. The difficulty is in living up and outwardly to the standards set by God and Jesus. Openly and willingly testifying to and demonstrating through love, healing and care, God’s power, dominion, will, and grace over and in your life. It’s declaring and demonstrating your unwavering commitment and obedience to God and Jesus. It’s talking freely about your relationship with God, admitting that you talk to Him beyond the well-framed prayer that you speak to Him.

Getting past the symbolism, rites and rituals, and showmanship, and instead getting to the nitty gritty of speaking and treating every single one of God’s creations with the love that He does.

Yeah, now that’s the heavy load. That’s the cross the majority of us drop hundreds if not thousands of times each day.

No matter where you are in the world the challenge is will you not only talk the talk but walk the walk. Will you align your footsteps with Jesus in every sense of that concept? Will you show grace and mercy, and have a forgiving heart like God? Will you reserve your judgment and defer instead to the true Judge?

You can call yourself a Christian all you want, wear clothing and accessories that scream it, tattoo words and symbols all over your body, write books and songs declaring it, but how do you speak to (and about) and treat God’s children, creatures, planets, and other creations?

That’s the test.

Are you ready?

Prayer

Father I want to always be in tune with you—connected and ready— every moment, whenever You call on me, either faintly or boldly. While I sleep I pray that I might always hear You, let my dreams work through any issues and let them plant the seeds of innovative, courageous, and bold thinking.

Lord I want to thank You for all that You are doing to change me, to mold me, to make me the best person that I can be. Let my speech and walk align with You at all times, and with all people, and correct me swiftly when I don’t.

Thank You for the provisions that have sustained and nurtured me. Thank You for the lessons that once learned have provided me with great wisdom to pass on. I see a great legacy beyond my time here and it can only be possible with, through, and by You. Thank You Father. Humbly I pray to always see Your lighted path. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.7.20

Scripture

I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.

Leviticus 26:19

Reflection

Don’t be so full of pride that you refuse to ask for or receive help. Don’t be so full of pride that you stubbornly live within yourself and never live freely in the world. You cannot hide from God.

You can’t hide from Him your fears, shame, disappointments, anger, frustration, pain, sorrow, resentment, pride, love, joy, happiness, desires, envy, jealousy, greed, contentment, irritation, goals, dreams, or ideas.

So stop trying to be something and someone you’re not with God and with the rest of the world.

Open up, reveal yourself, and humbly ask the Lord to make you whole. Ask God to for complete healing and to make the crookedness in your life straight, the bumpiness smooth, the torn mended, and ask for help to be all that you can be.

Prayer

Father, thank You for making the necessary adjustments in my life, even those that cause me discomfort. Thank You for chipping away at my rough sides and anointing me so that my heart may soften to Your molding. Father I do not want to be shameful, stubborn, prideful, arrogant, or bitter. Touch me Lord. In areas and ways that I displease You, make me right and whole. In Your name I pray, praise, and serve. Amen.

Father I do not want to be shameful, stubborn, prideful, arrogant, or bitter. Touch me Lord. In areas and ways that I displease You, make me right and whole. In Your name I pray, praise, and serve. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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