Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.21.18

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!

Today I wish a happy birthday to two of my girls that I’ve known for almost 25 years. My girl Karen, who I’ve known since 1994 and who is the mother of my eldest Godson, Isaiah. Happy 21st birthday AGAIN, Karen!

We’re gonna have to figure out something about your age now that Isaiah has graduated from high school—I don’t think it will ‘fly’ that his mother is 21 years old [*smile*].

My other birthday wish goes to my dear Marta who passed away abruptly in 2011 after being diagnosed with cancer. I didn’t get the chance to say, “see you later” but it’s all good with us because I know she knows my heart and how I felt about her and our friendship—even when separated by distance and time. Happy 63rd birthday Marta!

I’m wishing all of you an awesome and blessed day, treat yourself and others like today is YOUR birthday!

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, let me still find a way to smile and be appreciative for the blessings You have given me.

Let me always find time to spend alone time with You. Let me always have a spirit of appreciation, not expectation, not fear or doubt, not cynicism or bitterness, not boredom or laziness, or pessimism.

Let me see each day as a new gift that will never be the same thereafter, as it wasn’t the day before. Let my energy reflect our relationship. Let that energy fill others and bless them.

I pray to You humbly and graciously, and say right now—thank You Father!

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.20.18

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Scripture

The Lord bless you and keep you;

Numbers 6:24 NIV

Reflection

The Lord our Father-Mother is always there for us, keeping watch over us, over you, over me. In good times and in bad, be grateful for God and the blessings that He brings; be grateful for each day that you’re alive.

If you have vision to read this message- be grateful for sight and for each sunset and sunrise you are blessed to view if you so choose. Be grateful for the blessing to see God’s creations both big and small.

If you have the gift of hearing, be grateful for your ability to tune in and tune out sounds and voices, to exercise your gift to hear the faintest swoosh, flap, and plop of known and unknown sources.

Life is great. Live accordingly.

Prayer

Father thank You for my countless blessings. Thank You for protecting me and calming my fears in times of trouble or when I was clueless of the outcome.

Father thank You for bringing me peace, calm, and moments of reflection during and after life’s storms. Thank You Father. Thank YOU Father!

In Jesus’ name I humbly pray to you. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on June 20, 2011. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.19.18

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Scripture

“Let your fountain be blessed, and take pleasure in the wife of your youth. A loving doe, a graceful fawn — let her breasts always satisfy you; be lost in her love forever. Why, my son, would you be infatuated with a forbidden woman or embrace the breast of a stranger? For a man’s ways are before the Lord’s eyes, and He considers all his paths. A wicked man’s iniquities entrap him; he is entangled in the ropes of his own sin. He will die because there is no discipline, and be lost because of his great stupidity.”

‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭5:18-23‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Reflection

I read in a devotional published by the International English Service Jakarta, one of their contributors thoughts about Solomon’s views on marriage, that I was moved to share. The writer said:

Solomon tells us to remain faithful to our spouses. He says that the sexual relationship with our spouse, even after 30 or 40  years, is better than a relationship with someone outside of our marriage. Why? No guilt or shame, for one thing.

God blesses the marriage bed and tells us to keep it pure. And while sex is only one part of marriage, it is a very important part. Sharing that intimacy with someone else can only destroy your marriage….

The more we are faithful, the less we will be tempted.  Run towards God, run towards your spouse. Flee everything that draws you away from either of them.

Someone near and dear to my heart expressed their opinions about marriage and why so many of us struggle in this sacred relationship, and why some of us fail and end up in divorce. He said that it is due to our failure to realize what marriage truly is in and through God’s eyes.

It’s more than our blunder of limiting it to rings and weddings, it is our inability to fully comprehend how God sees us and the expectations that He has for us to come together and love each other fully as He loves us; to protect and care for each other as we would our own bodies, as our most beloved and valued.

It is our relationship with Him through another. In their eyes we should see God. We should see them as God sees them.

Our failings in this union are clear indications that we don’t fully understand what it means to be a husband and wife, that men don’t understand what it means to be a wife—as they don’t see themselves in the role as wife—they don’t see the value and importance of that role and they can’t see themselves as spiritual ‘wives’ of Jesus.

If all men saw themselves as spiritual ‘wives’ of Jesus then they would see and appreciate women differently. Women have been reduced to chattel, the property of man to use and discard at his discretion—and that ignorance or blatant stupidity on the part of some men only reinforces the fact that many men don’t realize and know how God sees His daughters.

Daily, God attempts to remind us that what we do to His children we do to Him—whether love or hate, respect or disrespect—and the consequences of our actions will always steer towards and land upon us.

Our infidelity in our relationship is a direct reflection upon our commitment and faithfulness to God. How we treat each other shows our character and how we value God or not. To reinforce this statement let’s focus on one truth—if we are God’s creations, His reflections, made in His image and likeness—then is it not true that the way that we treat and handle what He created is a clear indication and statement about how we feel about Him, what we think about the things He created? Or “the lack of what we believe about ourself,” as my beloved shared with me today. “If you don’t see yourself as a King or Queen then you won’t behave that way and won’t expect to be treated accordingly….What you believe dictates your choices and decisions, and those actions reflect your character” he concluded.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.18.18

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. 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 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 random and planned.

Today I make the effort to speak kindly of and 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. Thank You Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on June 17, 2011. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.

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All prayers and reflections are copyright protected by Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from September 2013 to May 30, 2018 are copyright protected under the name Natasha Foreman Bryant. Prior posts from 2009-September 2013 are copyright protected under the name Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by the Lockman Foundation used by permission.(www.lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States patent and trademark office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com the “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.15.18

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 wrong right, crooked straight, broken fixed, empty full, and missing 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.

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. Thank You Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on June 15, 2011. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.
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All prayers and reflections are copyright protected by Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from September 2013 to May 30, 2018 are copyright protected under the name Natasha Foreman Bryant. Prior posts from 2009-September 2013 are copyright protected under the name Natasha L. Foreman. BreakingBreadWithNatasha.com
Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by the Lockman Foundation used by permission.(www.lockman.org)
Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States patent and trademark office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.
Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.
Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com the “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.14.18

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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, to help others, and to 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, turn me away from wrongdoing, and blanket my fellow brothers and sisters with Your peace so they will only seek to do good for the rest of their days.

In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on June 14, 2011. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting to include an audio message and scriptural image.
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Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by the Lockman Foundation used by permission.(www.lockman.org)
Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States patent and trademark office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.
Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.
Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com the “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.13.18

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Scripture

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I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:4 NIV

Reflection

We’re all facing uphill battles this year, this quarter, this month, this week, and today. But are our battles any more difficult than those in the past? Or are they simply just more battles to overcome at a time when maybe we have less resources than in the past? Or because others are under a lot of pressure so their weight comes down on us more so than in the past? Or maybe it’s a figment of our imagination because we’re afraid.

God is our scale, our measurer, and He carries the weights and determines what we can withstand and what we can’t.

So I’ve come to realize, even in my fears, that when God places a lot on my back and shoulders it’s because He knows I can handle it; He knows I can walk through the valley and up that mountaintop with that weight on my back and reach the finish line of victory.

Yes, it’s scary a great deal of the time. Yes, it can rattle the nerves and cause your body to seize up in pain- but we can make it through. As we work through life’s lessons we are clearing the pathway for others, for our children and generations to come; and we are making ourselves stronger so that each obstacle we approach we gain the courage to tell ourselves, “I’ve got this”.

So let’s do this. Let’s turn to each other in encouragement and push each other on the back, grab each other’s hands, and look into each other’s eyes and say, “we can do this!

Prayer

Father throughout my day I pray to You, give thanks for You, and say thank You for my many blessings. I seek You Lord minute by minute to help me to see things through, to help me to find my way, and to realize my purpose in Your Kingdom and on Your land.

Father I am faced with some heavy decisions in my personal and professional life; I am faced with financial burdens and haunted by my past decisions and by current unknowns. I’ve got more month than money, bills to pay, and although I know there is a solution to my problem, I’m blinded by fear.

Father I have to make decisions about who to trust, who to associate with, and who to walk away from. I’m scared Father. I’m scared that I will make the wrong decisions. I am afraid to disappoint You.

Lord, deliver me from all of my fears. Calm my nerves so that I worry no more as I put my trust and faith in You.

You are my rock Father. You are my light and salvation. With You nothing but good can come to me or go from me and that’s all that I need to know. I love You Father. Amen.

I love you all,

Natasha

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