>Natasha’s Daily Scripture. Prayer and Reflection for 11.29.10

>You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

Romans 2:1

Pray
Father cleanse my thinking and silence my words that I may not speak ill towards anyone. Let me not judge unless I'm willing to be judged by others. Remind me of my role Father as Your servant, steward, and ambassador. You did not put me here to judge others, but to serve others. Humbly I serve You Father. I love and respect You Lord, and only want to live righteously by Your commands. I pray for Your forgiveness and understanding. Thank You Father. Amen.

Reflection
It is not our place to pass judgment on others. When we feel ourselves leaning towards judgment we must stop and pray for the strength of humility and the freedom to look past what we deem as right and wrong- focusing on doing what God commands of us- and not being concerned with telling others what we think is right for them.

We must be the examples for others to follow, but we can not force other people to be like us, to live like us, or to think like us. We must also remember that we also slip up and make mistakes; we sin, and therefore can easily be judged for our erred ways. So instead of focusing on making sure other people are walking on their paths the correct way, let's make sure we are walking straight on our own. Have a blessed evening. Good night.

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.28.10

>I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety‑nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.
 
Luke 15:7

Pray
Father I repent for the sins I have committed today. I repent for justifying the things I did or said. Father forgive me for taking You for granted; for not seeing and acknowledging what You wanted me to see and act upon; for not moving when You direct me; for not loving with my whole heart; and for doubting You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Turn inside and see yourself. Are you putting off repentance? Are you stock-piling until you are ready to ‘cash in’ your sin ‘chips’? What can you admit to doing wrong today, and then ask for God’s forgiveness? Who have you lied to or misled? What debts are you not paying and you know that you can at least give a good-faith payment? Who are you coveting? What things are you doing and saying, hoping that God isn’t paying attention? Trust me He is always paying attention, listening and watching. Just stop, check your heart, and repent. Have an incredible Sunday!

Love,

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.27.10

>Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me. If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.

John 7:16-18

Pray
Father thank You for opening my eyes to the truth, for showing me how to demonstrate this truth, and speak to others clearly leaning on Your word and not relying solely on my understanding. Father I understand that the closer I get to You, the more I will be attacked by the “liar” and by those whose eyes are not opened and focused on You. Thank You Father for protecting me. Thank You for blessing me. I only want to honor and serve You, and live a righteous life. Show me how I can be a better servant Father. Amen.

Reflection
Jesus made it clear that God, his Father, sent him to teach His Word. It was not a case where Jesus was walking around making up things and claiming to be the author of the message- he always gave credit to his Father. His love for all mankind was a reflection of God’s love. He healed through God’s power. He rid people from demon possession; raised people from the dead; healed the sick, the blind, the deaf and the mute. Yet he was accused of being possessed by demons. No matter what he did to help- he found himself doubted and under attack. 

Understand that as you do God’s work you may come under attack by doubters, non-believers, and even by believers who are envious of your relationship with Him. As long as your focus is on God, His truth will reveal all- and silence the naysayers. 

Lovingly,

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.26.10

>"I have shown love to you," says the Lord, but you say, "How have you shown love to us?"

Malachi 1:2

Pray
Father I'm sorry for taking You for granted, for having expectations of blessings, and not being humble enough to practice patience. I apologize for not giving You what I expect in return. I love You Father and I'm so grateful to be Your child.

I want to please You. I want to be the best steward, the most humble, committed and obedient ambassador. I want to express and reflect Your love each day. I want to show my gratefulness for every breath I take. My life, my reality, my experiences are only made possible because of You. Thank You Father. Amen.

Reflection
We must stop asking God what He's done for us and start giving of ourselves as He expects. We are to be the examples we hope to see in the world. We are to be the paradigms, and from that we will find doors, windows, cubbies, and spaces of opportunity open for us.

We will find our paths become less rigorous because we will stop leaning into our own understanding and simply walk where, when, and how God instructs us. Our doubts and fears will diminish. Our crooked walk will straighten. Our turned head will be realigned. Our eyes will be refocused. Our minds will be sharp and clear. Our tongues will not be forked. We will not question our Father, we will instead just say, "yes Father I will obey".

Let us start counting our blessings and not counting down the days of expectancy for blessings. Let us stop waiting for what's next, and start living for what's now. Start expressing God's love and watch how it flows back to you. Enjoy your Friday.

Love you all,

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.25.10

>Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;

Colossians 4:2

Pray
Father I am thankful today for the blessings of life, good health, a loving family, true friends, many acquaintances, and a career that is filled with limitless possibilities.

Father thank You for showing me that even in loss there is a gain. I bow my head to You humbly thanking You for all that You have done for me- and for all that You still have planned. Thank You Father. Amen.

Reflection
Today is Thanksgiving. Every day is Thanksgiving. Every day is a day to be grateful so we must always thank God for our blessings. Be grateful to have people in your life who truly love you; not the groupies, leaches and hangers on who are only around in good times.

Thank God for your family- even when you have issues with them you know that when times get tough you can count on them to help you see things through.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Love,

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.24.10

>We thank God always for all of you as we mention you constantly in our prayers, because we recall in the presence of our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, in that our gospel did not come to you merely in words, but in power and in the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction (surely you recall the character we displayed when we came among you to help you).

And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, when you received the message with joy that comes from the Holy Spirit, despite great affliction.

1 Thessalonians 1:2-6

Pray
Father thank You. Thank You for another day. Thank You for lovingkindness, for Your grace, and for helping me every day in every possible way. Lord when no one else understands me, when no one else is there for me I know that You are. When I am disappointed I can call on You. When I am afraid, Your presence soothes me. I feel Your angels surrounding me.

In honor of You I try to imitate Your son- the perfect example of what You expect from Your children. To build a better relationship with You I try to always turn to You for wisdom and guidance. Father You know that I am weak at times and lean on man and on my own understanding instead of coming to You. Forgive me for those moments of weakness. I am working daily in my walk to be a better person and a better ambassador of and for Your Kingdom. In Your son Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
This scripture from Paul, Silvanus and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians is timeless. Our work of faith, labor of love and endurance of hope in God and our savior Jesus Christ is something to be prayed upon daily- because it is not an easy process. The closer we grow in our walk with our Father and Christ the more we are under attack from mortal mind the "liar". Our minds must be sharp, our eyes focused, our hearts warmed and open to light- and not penetrable by darkness.

We must lovingly be aware of everything and everyone around us. We must be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit as our shield against expected and unexpected attacks. We must not be naive as to the powers of the world, so we must be equipped with the ultimate power of God's Word and Spirit. We must not be comfortable in ignorance, but energized in wisdom and knowledge.

Endurance always signifies a level of discomfort and pain- which is required for growth. Enduring while still praising our Father and His son should be a major focus of ours. Can you deal with life's upsets, drama, disappointments yet still stand strong thanking God for the experience? Can you go through the day not complaining about your life, but rather praising and exclaiming how blessed you truly are? You are alive- now isn't that a blessing! When times get tough and you need someone to talk to- speak to a person who is walking in the Word, not to one who will reinforce your fears and doubt, or bring you more confusion than a solution.

Look around you this Wednesday and see all of the ways God has blessed you, and then praise His name and let the world know just how good God is to you- and what He's done in your life!

Love you all,

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.23.10

>Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

Hebrews 13:5-6

Pray
Father You have never stopped blessing me. You have always provided me with shelter; never homeless- because my home is with and in You. I know that a house is not a home if You are not the foundation. I know that the money I earn is Yours- and You made those provisions for me. I know that my material possessions are on loan to me by You. I will not be afraid of losing what I have because God, You are my provider. I will fight my fears because I know You will never abandon me. Father help me say and believe with confidence that I fear nothing. In Your name I pray. Amen. 

Reflection
Once we come to a point where we fear absolutely nothing other than displeasing God and fearing His judgment- we will be at the very place He has intended. When we no longer rely on money as our king and solution to all of our problems- and instead rely on God- we will see our lives clearly as He does. We will truly be walking in faith knowing that no matter what situation we encounter He is there. We will never fear poverty, homelessness, illness, death, life, abandonment, being unloved or being alone. We will be complete with Him.

I am grateful for those of you who contact me and send your thanks for this daily message. I am grateful that you find a connection with the passages selected, and the prayers and reflections that come from God’s love and light. Enjoy your Tuesday evening. God bless you.

Love,

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.22.10

>” No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”

1 Corinthians 10:13

Pray
Father thank You for not allowing me to take on or be subjected to more than I can handle. Thank You for always providing me an escape from embracing the temptation that awaits me. It is then my decision to either give in or resist. 

Every day I pray for strength to endure, strength to look at temptation for what it is- and keep walking past. Father fill me with Your wisdom to see, discern, and know what to do when I’m faced with temptation. Strengthen me to see what approaches, what is around the corner, and what is waiting ahead. Amen.

Reflection
God always provides us with an exit strategy. He always shows us a way out of a situation. He knows we are weak and may lean towards temptation- so He provides us with a way to flee its grips once His wisdom fills us and enlightens us that we’re on the wrong path. 

That is unconditional love. God could allow us to be tempted and then just let us suffer, even when we are desperately trying to correct our walk. God believes in us so much that He trusts that we will want to do right; that once we realize that the thing or person that tempts us is not what He has planned for us, and is not worthy in His sight- we will run away and cling to Him.

Understand that God is with us always. He knows all, sees all, and provides a way for all of His children- believers, nonbelievers, and conditional believers. 

Let this Monday be a start of something new, pure, and filled with God’s light- not the artificial substitutes we use for instant gratification. Walk in and with Him, and say His name when faced with temptation of any kind. God bless you all.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.21.10

>"and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free."

John 8:32

Pray
Father I bow myself to You. The truth I seek does not always feel good once received. You nor Your son ever said that the journey and revelation of truth would be pain-free. It is my desire to no longer hurt that makes me desire a freedom in truth that is painless. This desire is also slowing down the process of You revealing all to me sooner. Father I'm torn from wanting to know the whole truth and wanting to live a life with the least amount of pain as possible. I've endured so much in my life that I assumed the joy that I was feeling would last much longer, help me move forward into the future, and be something different than what I am accustomed to experiencing.

Friction brings the most beautiful diamonds to surface. Penetration of darkness is the only way for light to shine through. Nothing is easy. Nothing is pain-free. I understand this but it is still something that I struggle with- so today I pray to You for strength to endure this pain. That as You reveal more in my life that I am made stronger to endure, to walk with my head up and shoulders back. I pray that no matter how many lies I encounter- Your truth will always be known to me.

I pray for the strength that when You tell me my lesson here is learned and it is time for me to move on to the next one, that I can do so without resistance or fear. Father help me. Thank You for Your favor. Thank You for Your unconditional love. When I can't rely on man to love me fully, I know that You and Jesus have, do, and always will. Thank You Father. In Your son Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

This is going to be a deep and revealing message today. I share with the world because my loving relationship with God and Jesus is no longer a private one for me to tuck inside myself. If we are to grow and become truly one with God, and build His Kingdom- we must openly share our trials, tribulations, and testimonies so that we can all learn and see God's presence protecting and guiding us.

Several weeks ago I asked God to show me the truth about a situation. I asked Him to open my eyes and reveal the truth. What I did not truly understand was that this revelation would hurt so bad that it would be hard to breathe, think, or sleep. My body is in pain- but I am pressing forward knowing that it won't last long. These past few months have been cutting at me like quick slices from a knife, or millions of paper cuts. To find out that my reality was a lie has been so painful to accept. The reality is that I ignorantly believed I was placing God first in my life and in all of my decisions, when in actuality I was putting myself first. I was putting my wants before the needs God has put His 'stamp' of approval on.

As I pray, those around me tell me that I am to wait for God's instruction as to what to do- I'm not to flee nor make my situation worse- I'm supposed to sit silently and pray for His message. I have also been counseled to not go deeper because I will be tricked into believing the lie, and it is not God's reality, nor is it His plan for my life. But I must sit still and wait for Him. That is so troubling to me. It is so painful. I'm not sure what lesson I am supposed to learn exactly. Am I supposed to acknowledge one or all parts that I see presently? Is there more? How will this help me be a better child, steward, and ambassador to God? What is this experience preparing me for? I feel like a fool; like a naive child who should have known better, who should have paid attention to the warning signs but did not. Am I too nice, too loving, too generous, too giving of my heart? Jesus said to keep our eyes and minds always alert so that we can see when light as well as darkness is approaching. I trusted that I was walking next to light- and now I wonder if I'm wrong- or if darkness is seeping its way in to try to overshadow this light I trusted; or trying to cast a shadow over my light.

The truth will make us free. It may not be pain-free initially, but freedom from shackles hurts at first until you've been free for some time. I am waiting to be free. I am waiting for the lesson to be realized so that I can stop repeating this. I know this is a repeated lesson because the feelings are the same. The messages in my dreams are the same. The messages that come to me throughout the day are the same. I must see and know the truth in total- so that I can move forward on the path God has for me. I cannot be concerned with the temporal but the eternal. I cannot be consumed with what feels good, but what is of God- and nothing that is of God would ever make me feel the way I do.

If any of you can empathize with today's prayer and reflection please share this message with others, and please share your testimony and how you grew or are still growing from your experience. Do you have any words of wisdom to help those of us struggling with seeing and accepting the truth, learning our lessons, and moving forward?

As every day, I pray for all of you and I pray that you are doing the same in return for me. Let Your Sunday be exceptional as God blesses you every second you breathe and every time your eyes blink. There is no greater than God and Jesus. True love and joy only comes from a relationship with them. Know yourself so you can know them. I want to quickly thank my mentors and family members that have been a rock and source of support and love, especially these past several weeks. I also want to thank my guardian angels. I can't see them- but I definitely feel their presence. God bless all of you.

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>Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.20.10

>And Jesus answered and said to him, "It is said, 'YOU SHALL NOT PUT THE LORD YOUR GOD TO THE TEST .'"When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time. And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district.

Luke 4:12-14

Pray
Father I know that I am never free and clear from the path of the 'liar'. I know that temptation will never be in my past. I know that my mind and heart must always be focused on You, praying to You, and devoted to You if I am to fight this war. Father strengthen me. Keep me. Keep my eyes focused on You Father.

Remove people from my life that serve no purpose other than to tempt me, distract me, take my focus off of You Father. When they walk before me Lord, whisper in my ear to walk away. Give me the words to say to them so that we can part ways forever. Give me the strength to resist the feelings inside, and the desire to 'test the waters'. Give me the wisdom to know that You know all, see all, and have power over all; the wisdom to know that I can never be equal to You, smarter than You, or more powerful than You.

Give me the strength to overcome the 'want' of things I don't need- the things that could ultimately harm me or pull me off Your path. Father surround me with Your presence. Fill me with Your love and discipline. I don't want to test You Father. I don't want to give in to the 'liar' and temptation. I want to live honorably Father in Your sight, as Jesus clearly exemplified. I only want to serve You Father. In Your name there is grace. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Whether it be person or thing that tempts us, we know right from wrong- we know what is of God and what is a mirage invented by mortal mind, the liar. We need to stop lying to ourselves and saying that 'it must be a blessing from God if this is happening to me'. The flesh is weak and the only answer is God and His son Jesus Christ. Let our eyes not stray from the path. Let us not risk all that we have worked for just to have a moment or more in bliss.

Let us not risk an eternal life in harmony because of a desire for forbidden fruit. We know when God has told us 'no', if we ignore Him then we are 'testing' Him. When we walk with temptation and not with God we are walking with the 'liar' who says, 'just live a little. Doesn't it feel good? Why would you do something that doesn't bring your ecstasy? You should do what makes you feel good- let this be our secret!".

What we don't realize is that our judgment is clouded and within that ecstasy is a kill-switch that will bring pain; it will tear down the foundation we built within God's grace. What we don't realize is that the temptation will destroy everything you value most. It will rip apart your family, cripple your career, stomp on your dignity and esteem, and sit back and watch you slither on your belly in pain.

Ask yourself if this temporary pleasure you are enjoying now worth the long-term pain in the future? Is it worth seeing your loved ones in pain? Is it worth displeasing God and Jesus? We must fight for our lives. We must fight for our position in God's Kingdom. Don't test God. Don't try to outsmart Your creator. Don't let the temporal alter your eternal.

Love,

Natasha

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