Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 10.31.11

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ. 

2 Corinthians 11:3 

Pray
Father forgive me for not beginning my day with a conversation with You.  Forgive me for allowing myself to be consumed by what’s going on in the world, by other people, other things, by drama and negativity, and by trying to help people help themselves. Today and everyday should have started with my conversation with you, and it should end accordingly.

Father I know that each day is a struggle because there is so much temptation around me; so many opportunities to do wrong, to do what feels good even when it’s bad, to turn away from Your light because it’s easier to float by in darkness. I need You Lord. I need Your son Jesus. I need guidance during my moments of confusion, humility when I begin to think of me more than You, and restoration when I have been torn down.

Father righteousness and success only comes from You, as my failure is my doing. I can have a long-lasting, healthy, joy-filled, loving, and caring relationship with the person I love by always putting You first in my life, in my relationship, in my decision-making; or I can have a draining, short-lived, miserable relationship by focusing on all of the wrong things, relying on self for all decisions, and allowing pride and arrogance consume me. 

I can selfishly be consumed and end up lonely, even when I’m not alone, or I can selflessly rely on You for Your light and never be lonely or alone again.

Father free me from the grip of stagnation, indecision, fear, pride, selfishness, bitterness, and envy. Restore me Father so that I may be totally and wholly devoted to You. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection 

Since the beginning of time, beginning with the first man and woman we have strayed from God’s commands, we have allowed ourselves to be lured away by temptation, pride, envy, and arrogance. We have allowed ourselves to believe that we are separate from God and that somehow we can succeed and prosper without Him. 

If you notice success absent of God, where do you think this false reality comes from? And do you not think that God still lovingly has to allow you to experience this false reality?

Does this falsehood not come from the same serpent who convinced Eve to bite the forbidden fruit and then convince Adam to do the same? Is it not the same serpent who found a way to shame them and disappoint God? This presence comes in many forms and has many conniving ways to convince you that you don’t need God, that you can do what you want and get where you want in life by your merits and hard work alone, and not by God’s will and grace. It convinces you that God’s Mind is not the ultimate, and that you instead already possess the capabilities to do the far-reaching and unthinkable without any influence by God.

When do you need God most?

Every single second of the day. There is never a time when you do not need God’s presence in your life. There is never a time day or night that you shouldn’t be asking God for guidance even in the simplest of things; asking Him to always show you the way, give you the right thoughts, and show mercy and grace when you expect it the least. 

I need to humbly get down on my knees several times a day and just say, “thank you” in advance for the blessings that I need and that I shall receive. God blesses me and forgives me when I think I need it least and when I have difficulty forgiving myself. 

How can that type of love ever be measured? We don’t love ourselves or each other as much as God and Jesus love us. Let’s work at learning to truly love ourselves even our perceived flaws, and then let that love overflow to others–so that some day, one day, our love as a representation of God’s love, will radiate throughout the world and heal our many nations of the darkness within.

Love,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 10.28.11

You will know that your tent is secure; you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.

Job 5:24

Pray
Father thank You for always protecting me, watching over me, and making sure that my every need is met. I am never lost, never without, never deprived, and never alone because You are always with me. Thank You Father. I love You. Amen.

Reflection
You can’t lose what’s rightfully yours, for God is your safe and foundation.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 10.27.11

You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. 

Psalm 128:2 

Pray
Father thank You for the abundance of blessings. Thank You for my life, my mind, my freedom, and the ability to work. Father I know You despise laziness, so everyday I actively take part in my life, doing and being more than the last day. Thank You for Your loving care today and always. Amen.

Reflection
If you work hard you will reap the rewards of your labor. If you do nothing you will get nothing. If you have expectations for growth and prosperity yet you do nothing to earn it, you are short-sided and will end up empty-handed. 

Today is the day I was born many moons ago and I am grateful for each breath I take, each step I make, each decision made clearly, and to be surrounded by love. I receive what I get, good, bad, and indifferent– so I strive to give goodness so that I may receive it in blessings later. I’m another year older yet I still have big dreams and goals for my life, my future, and my community.  The only person who can get in the way is me, so I must stay prayed up and never let up.

Set a goal with a date and each day work to achieving that goal. Once you have, move on to the next goal. Every day do something to better yourself, your family, and your community….eventually it will pay off and the dividends can help to better our world. God bless you all!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 10.26.11

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

Romans 12:9 

Pray
Father touch me, warm me, fill me, and protect me from harm. Let Your light be my beacon through darkness, let Your love overrun and destroy all evil. I pray to always turn to You Father, even when I don’t know where my next step will take me. I hope to always trust that Your love will never lead me astray. I love and honor You Father. Amen.

Reflection
Always strive to do what’s right even when it’s easier to do wrong. Always strive to be loving even when it’s easier to be unkind. Always strive to be honest even when a little “white lie” seems acceptable. 

Always walk away from a situation that you know God had nothing to do with creating…and you can always tell because God would never place you in harms way, even as a way of learning a “lesson”. If you risk life, love, freedom, and piece of mind then that’s not God.

We all have choices…good or evil…what choice will you make?

Love,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 10.25.11

Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other. 

Psalm 85:10 

Pray
Father I pray for peace within. I pray for clarity and vision. I pray that the love I have and want is met with and joined in an everlasting embrace with faithfulness. I pray to always know, remember, express, and stand firmly in who I am as Your child. Let my words and actions always be clear, intentional, and never to cause harm. 

Let me always turn to Jesus’s example of a Christian walk; let me always have the courage to enter battle like Joshua and Caleb; let me be loyal like Ruth to Naomi; let me be as nurturing as the women who cared for and protected baby Moses; and let me live and always see the importance of being a Proverbs 31 virtuous woman. In Your name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
Even if you aren’t a woman, the qualities of a Proverbs 31 woman should be within you and should be something you seek to find in others, especially the woman you want to be your wife. There are 21 verses that describe the type of woman, the type of person who is selfless, hardworking, determined, never complaining or making excuses for failure, never lazy, takes care of house, home, and family, and walks upright. This person is creative, an entrepreneur, makes a way out of no way, and sees beyond the trees while others are stuck focusing on the entrance to the forest. 

Who is virtuous?

Can you have love without faithfulness, or faithfulness without love? 
Are we hung up on words and not their meanings and sentiments? 

“I love you” is tossed around so casually like a pair of shoes, but what does love truly mean to you? What does faithfulness truly mean to you? What does loyalty, virtue, and grace truly mean to you? People fall in and out of love like a yo-yo diet. One day they love you, the next day they are cheating on you, the next day they are bad-mouthing you, and then the next day they are saying, “let’s try and make this work” and I ask, who said this is love?

To protect someone means to make sure no harm comes to them, by you or others…but how can you protect someone when you’re busy watching your own back? How can you protect someone when you are more concerned with covering your tracks? How can you love and protect someone when you are only concerned with yourself and what you’re getting out of a situation? 

We can quote phrases, scripture, passages, and verses about amazing and awesome people from the Bible, but if we aren’t living by example and emulating these great leaders, then what’s the purpose of talking about them? Your name and story will never be a part of the great Book, but your life and how you live it may be the only Bible and representation of Christ that some may see. Are we being the best example of Christians, of God’s children, that we can be?

Every day let’s strive to and do our part to be better and do better. I strive to be that virtuous woman every single day. I know she’s me!

Love,

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 10.24.11

For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. 

1 John 2:16 

Pray
Father I want to thank You. Thank You for showing and teaching me the difference between love and lust, and the difference between honor and pride. Father thank You for filling my cup that it runneth over in love and clears my eyes to see rightly the love for one without a desire to lust for another. I want to walk straight on the path You have set before me, not to stray in moments of weakness and temptation; but to stride with confidence that everything I need You have already provided.

 I walk in confidence that the person who You have placed in my life to love I have no desire to stray from, no desire to seek comfort, admiration or praise elsewhere, and no desire to seek affection, ego stroking, and understanding from anyone but the person I love and respect. I am more than satisfied where my heart and feet are, and have no intentions or expectations of allowing my heart and feet to rest anywhere else with anyone else.

It is because of You and my devotion to You that I have peace within, acceptance of who I am and what I can do, confidence in my ability to love and be loved wholly, satisfaction in where I have come from and where I see myself going, and that in matters of the heart and flesh I only need and want to be with one person. It is because of You I am pleased with falling in and staying in love with one person; committed, dedicated, faithful, honest, open, considerate, trustworthy and trusting of that one person. 

If ever I shift in my thinking due to temptation, frustration, disappointment, dismay, or confusion, and I go against Your plan for me, please steer me back on course Father for I never want to disappoint You. I want to always move forward never backwards. I always want to make progress not cause my own setbacks. I want to live in the present with hopes for the future, not dwell in the past of what once was or could have been. I want to fail from trying my best and missing the mark, not from a lack of motivation or care. So help me Father to remain focused on my mission in and for Your Kingdom, and also in my personal love life. In Your name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
God gives us all choices. We have a choice to do right or wrong, turn left or keep straight, lie or be honest, cheat or remain faithful and loyal, leave or stay, curse or pray, hit or walk away, have protected sex or risk misery and pain, be a Christian or choose another faith, seek revenge or let God handle things…we have choices. 

It seems that loyalty, faithfulness and dedication are words of satire and are often one-sided labels meant for the other person we’re involved with but never for us. We want people to be loyal, honest, trustworthy, trusting, faithful, dedicated, and devoted to us and our relationships with them, but we don’t seem to have it in us to give 100% of the same to them in return. What ever happened to full reciprocity? What happened to being honorable? Have we increasingly downgraded the quality of our moral fabric? Have we decided to remain a selfish people instead of maturing in our selfLESSness? 

Have we celebrated and embraced a culture of “keeping our options open”, being “players”, and not “bringing sand to the beach” rather than the ideal of monogamy? 

If you want to live freely to do, go, say, and live as you want with whomever you want, then why pretend to commit yourself to a relationship when you can simply openly date several people, and explain to them your intentions to not commit or practice monogamy? Why must there always be lies, games, and frequent moments of deceit? Why must we say one thing yet do another? Why is there a thrill in the chase… in the risk of getting caught?

Where’s the honor and dignity?

Look closely at yourself in the mirror. Are you the type of man or woman you would want your child to date and marry? Do you treat men/women the way you would want your son/daughter to be treated? 

Let us be the change we want to see in the world…starting TODAY! Remember that “…the sins of the father will be revisited upon his son…” this applies to daughters and mothers also! Let’s think less of self and more of others, and consider what Jesus would do and say if he saw us?

Love you all!

Natasha 

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 10.21.11

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 

1 Corinthians 13:6 

Pray
Father since as far back as I can recall I have always prayed for the right person to come into my life and love me as they would want to be loved, to love me as they hopefully love themselves. Father You command men to love their women (wives) as they love themselves, yet I wonder how many truly do…and fully, and love themselves enough to share this same type and amount of love with a woman?

Forgive me Father for any wrong I have committed, for any lie I have told, for any manipulation I have taken part in, for my disobedience and double-mindedness, and for all the times I have been unloving. My fear and lack of faith kept me weak, but in Your truth I find strength, comfort, warmth, and love.

Father I don’t think over the years that I prayed for much except a person who is loving, kind, giving and able to receive, respectful, trusting and trustworthy, and not double-minded. I have prayed for a person who is honest, faithful in every sense of the word, committed, monogamous on every level, and dignified, leaving (or helping to restore) each person with their dignity.

Thank You Lord. Thank You for helping me to see what’s not right for me so that I can clearly focus and see what is right for me. Thank You for the trials and tribulations so that I could learn to love myself more as I loved and trusted You more. There is no clock for me to watch, for all things happen on Your time. My urgency in my twenties was silenced by You. My urgency in my very early thirties was silenced by You. Thank You for showing me that it is not for me to plan, search out, or anticipate, but rather remain focused on my mission in Your Kingdom, and when You are ready for me to have certain things in life, You will always provide right on time.

So although I have dated a long list of unfaithful, dishonest, scheming and conniving people over the years, the experiences haven’t hardened my heart, but rather they have provided wisdom and lessons to learn and grow from; my heart is warm not cold. I love and am walking in love because of Your love, because of Jesus’ love, and I thank You Father. Amen.

Reflection
Love does not cheat, lie, manipulate, deceive, harass, plot and plan, or scheme.
Love does not lead you into a relationship with someone else while you are involved with another. Love does not lead you romantically into the bed, car, or anywhere else with a person who is not your spouse/significant other. God and Jesus disapproves of liars just as much as murderers, yet our world is filled with both, which shows that God is still working on all of us knowing that we all have the ability to change, to grow, to heal, and to walk righteously in His light and love. 

If you have been wronged in the past (even as late as an hour ago), hurt, cheated on, lied to, or manipulated, the first step to your healing is forgiveness. 

First forgive yourself for not seeing the signs, for not hearing God’s voice, for not obeying His commands, and for your stubbornness in thinking you knew what you were doing and knew how to make things right. Forgive yourself for allowing your self-esteem to be chipped away and your self-worth diminished out of your carelessness. Forgive yourself for trusting someone else more than you trusted yourself, and most importantly for trusting someone more than you trusted God and Jesus. 

Then you must forgive the person who hurt you. 

You must forgive them for not seeing you as God’s child. You must forgive them for not knowing how to be loving enough towards you to not harm you. You have to forgive them for not loving and trusting themselves enough so that they could give that same love and trust to you. You have to forgive them for not respecting themselves enough to respect you. You have to forgive them for thinking that loving through action was purchasing  you material gifts, rather than the action of pure love by never causing you pain, especially through neglect and betrayal.

You have to forgive them for every lie they told, for every mean thing they said, for every cruel name they called you, for cursing at, to, and about you, for every scheme they pulled, and for every unkind thing they did. You have to forgive them for hurting you even when they have convinced themselves they have done no wrong and never meant to harm. You must forgive them for not seeing and respecting your value and worth, so they could raise you up in love, and not tear you down in fear. 

Until you can first forgive yourself and then forgive the person(s) who have wronged you, you will not be in a position to heal, grow, and move forward. You are also in no position to ask God for forgiveness, for you are not walking in His truth but in a distortion of your own, which has no value except to you. So today take that first step towards healing, that first step into God’s truth, and embrace the future you can have–filled with all of the blessings that God has in store, waiting for you!

I love you all. God bless you and have an amazing day and weekend!

Lovingly, 

Natasha 
P.S. My apologies for not posting yesterday, I thought I did. Hopefully today’s message touches your heart and helps to bring about the action that makes up for the missed message of yesterday.

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