Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.31.12

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints because of the hope reserved for you in heaven.

You have already heard about this ⌊hope⌋ in the message of truth, the gospel that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and recognized God’s grace in the truth.

You learned this from Epaphras, our dearly loved fellow slave. He is a faithful servant of the Messiah on your behalf, and he has told us about your love in the Spirit.

Colossians 1:3-8 HCSB

Pray
I thank You for this day and each day that I can live this human experience spending each moment learning to be a better servant, exploring and expanding my spiritual capabilities so that I’m best prepared for my days in Your Heavenly Kingdom.

Father this last day of 2012 please protect Your children from harm. Please protect us from fear, ignorance, hate, and human error. Please protect us from doubting how close we really are to You. Humbly I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
No matter what your days look like you should be grateful for each day that you are blessed to breathe and be loved by others—whether it’s 20 people or just one. If for some reason you can’t seem to see the love received then you need to pray on it because it’s there.

Yesterday at church a preacher shared her sermon that addressed the reality of miracles and the big question of, “Where is God?” that millions of nonbelievers and conditional believers ask frequently.
She talked about the miracles in life large and small, the amazement of God’s power to create from nothingness and void a galaxy, with actual planets that house life forms and ecosystems.

How can you doubt that there’s a God when you consider the process of life?

It’s because people question why God would allow both death and destruction in the presence of life, regardless of age. But one beautiful thing this preacher said was that she never wants to be smart enough to truly understand all there is to know about God. She knows that there’s a reason for everything, but she doesn’t feel inclined to attempt to figure it out, because she knows that as is written in the Bible—she will never know the ins and outs of God. She said that if she knew it all then there would be no reason to live, no reason for hope, and definitely no reason for faith. I agree wholeheartedly with her statements.

If you can’t see and feel God’s love and presence then you aren’t truly living, you are merely existing. Who wants a life like that? The upwards of six senses that He has blessed many of us with are only possible because of Him. Yes, I said six senses and not just five, for I strongly believe in that sixth sense that connects our minds to His.

I believe in that sixth sense that connects us to our foundation as spiritual beings, and our ability to experience more than most—that strong connection many would claim to be psychic, ESP, premonitions, or intuition—but I see as just an extra connector to our Heavenly Father.

Some of us have sharper sixth sense capabilities than others; I think as small children we had the greatest linkage and only through human exposure do we pull away from this natural force that pulls us inward.

I embrace my sixth sense to spiritually feel, “see”, and experience more than ordinary. Think of this, when we lack any of our other senses the remaining ones are usually very strong and compensate for the perceived “lack”. As I wear contacts and glasses for my nearsightedness, my other senses have really grown stronger.

So think about this—even if you lacked the other five senses, consider how rich your life would still be with just your sixth sense. Your humanness probably makes you cringe at losing your sense of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. But just stop and dream with me. Visualize what you could see, hear, feel, and experience with your sixth sense if you didn’t have interference from the “world” by solely relying on those other sources as your connection to life, perceived reality, and how you see and believe in God.

Now consider life not embracing and developing this sixth sense—what are you missing, not learning or experiencing? What aren’t you hearing God say to you? What lessons do you keep repeating because you aren’t tuned in to His “channel”?

I hope that each of you tune in to this gift in a healthy way, so you can see one more level of connection to God. It’s more than instinct, intuition, or a gut feeling—that’s God working in us. Reach out, connect, and stay connected!

May you have a healthy, safe, peaceful, happy, joyful and prosperous New Year!!!

God willing we will all connect tomorrow, and begin our new walk in 2013 together as followers of Christ. I pray God uses me to expose more people to His loving light through my Breaking Bread blogs and the other ways that I try to connect with my fellow brothers and sisters worldwide. I love you all!

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.29.12

I greatly rejoice in the Lord , I exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation and wrapped me in a robe of righteousness, as a groom wears a turban and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. For as the earth produces its growth, and as a garden enables what is sown to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.

Isaiah 61:10, 11 HCSB

Pray
Father I praise You. I’m so grateful for another day, grateful for my life and health, and grateful for my family and friends. Father thank You for the air I breathe, for my sense of touch, smell, sight, taste, and sound. Thank You for the ability to connect with You and to hear You even in chaos. Thank You for protecting me and shielding me from the world, even when I walk through the ugliest of situations. I love You Father. Amen.

Reflection
You should always have your mouth dropped by God’s wonder. Small and large, He can do all. There’s no one and nothing anywhere with that ability, and we are directly linked to that Source. Is that not amazing and reason enough to celebrate? Let’s celebrate and praise our Creator!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.28.12

Yahweh my Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like those of a deer and enables me to walk on mountain heights!

Habakkuk 3:19 HCSB

Pray
Father encircle me and build me up in Your loving strength. Guide me and open my eyes so that I see the Truth and only speak the Truth. Tune my ears to hear all that You want me to know, and give me the courage to make all of the tough decisions.

I know that the enemy has no power, no influence, and no ability to control or alter my life. I make those decisions and provide the gateway. The enemy is stirring a pot but only I can add the ingredients and the fuel. I have the option of engaging or walking away. My mind, heart, spirit, soul, and life belongs to You Father. I refuse to play a part in any dark plot of the enemy’s.

Lord You are my Father and Jesus is my Savior.

I believe in You and Your ability to make all things possible. I believe that You will make all things right, all issues resolved, and all crooked paths straight. I know that You are the Source, the center, and the reliever of pain, fear and stress. You are the balancer, the equalizer, and the solution. Remove me from my view so that all I see is You. In Your name I pray Father. Amen.

Reflection
I rebuke the enemy and any plan that it has to cause havoc in my life. I rebuke its efforts to use those I love and those I don’t even know, to attack me, mislead me, or harm me in any way. I know Who’s child I am and to Whom I belong, and I tell the enemy to back off for I will never be controlled by any power or presence but God. I will not follow anyone or anything but God and Jesus.

If I have been walking a path not intended for me, I ask God to alter my walk immediately for I never want to do anything to displease Him. I only want to walk in His light and never allow myself to walk in the shadows of darkness or be fully cloaked in its presence.

Sometimes when you fight so hard for love and for what’s right you forget that even that is not your battle, it’s God’s. I pray for calm in the face of chaos and conflict. I pray to not engage in the drama for that is not of God, and not an act that Jesus would take part in.

I will walk away each and every time God tells me to turn by back, and I will not question or disobey Him.

Do you allow others to drag you into negative conversations and engage in negative practices? Are you a follower of others, easily swayed to walk in darkness? Then you need to pray for the strength, courage, conviction, and discernment to steer clear of those shadows, to silence those mouths that live on drama, and to tune out those voices that try to seep into your mind.

Only you and God should ever control your mind, heart and your mouth. When you are aligned with Him then you will never say and do evil, you will never focus your mind on thinking ill of others, of badmouthing people, and taking part in cruelty of any kind.

When you are aligned with Him then you see the darkness to rebuke, and you never allow yourself to think that your life’s experiences are all about you— because you know that this is all about Him, and your demonstration in seeing this fact.

I pray that you are freed from bondage. I pray that you no longer remain in unhealthy situations and relationships, for God only wants the best for you. I pray that you see this to be true.

Do not be concerned with what others say about you, only concern yourself with what God thinks, believes, and says. Instead of following the lead of a sinner, follow Jesus’ lead. Also remember one more thing, the time you spend badmouthing others is the amount of time you wasted in receiving God’s blessings. The longer you walk in darkness the more lost in the lie you become.

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.27.12

…may there be peace within your walls, prosperity within your fortresses.”

Psalms 122:7 HCSB

Pray
Father I pray for peace within my community and home, peace within my relationships, and peace within myself. I pray to be whole and complete as You made me. I pray to always hear Your voice and the voice of Jesus. May my eyes, head, and heart always be aligned to follow the correct path. Amen.

Reflection
Earlier today I read a prayer and reflection sent to me by my friend that was written by Joel and Victoria Osteen, where they shared Isaiah 9:6, and reflected on the definition and concept of “peace”. They looked up the word and saw that it means to “set at one again”, and amazingly that’s exactly what God does for us.

Joel and Victoria wrote that when we are properly aligned with God and Jesus we will experience God’s peace in our lives. I have shared this same conviction before, but it is always helpful to reinforce this thinking and belief.

Any time we feel uneasy, frustrated, and lacking internal peace, we need to stop and pray to make sure we’re where God wants us to be. God doesn’t live in chaos and conflict, He is never confused or bewildered.

Since God only wants the best for us we should always remember that when we’re aligned with Him and don’t feel right about something, that it should serve as an indicator that we’re going the wrong way.

God is absoluteness, never contemplative, so when we’re torn then we should immediately see that something is wrong. That’s when we need to stop in our tracks and pray for clarity, discernment, and peace.

I pray for your peace within every aspect of your life. I pray that we can all live with peace.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.26.12

“For God loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God.

John 3:16-18 HCSB

Pray
Father I pray for my salvation and that my fellow brothers and sisters throughout the world are saved by Your loving grace. I pray that through Christ their eyes are opened to Your reality, and that they pray and worship only to You. I yearn to walk beside Jesus and each day become braver, stronger, and wiser through his guidance.

Father I pray that my sins and offenses are forgiven for You know my heart and intentions. You also know the wishes of my heart, and I humbly pray that You bless me with those things I yearn for, in all their perfection, that they might continue to bless me and others for more than a lifetime. In Jesus’ name I pray to You Heavenly Father. Amen.

Reflection
God knows what’s in our hearts. He knows our intentions, pure and impure. God sent Jesus to be the wayshower and redeemer yet the masses could not accept the Truth, much like current day nonbelievers.

What more do you need to happen in your life to fully believe and commit to our Father and His son?

We have had an extremely long test drive. Either we’re buying it or not, either we believe the ratings and reviews, or we don’t. Sorry for the car analogy but many of us treat God and Jesus like we’re taking them out on a test drive, and they have to pass certain tests and meet certain conditions to gain approval. We have this relationship twisted. We’re supposed to gain their approval.

Either believe or don’t, don’t swing the fence of conditional belief—where one day you’re totally invested and then another day you’re thinking you’re in this alone and no one, and nothing can help you.

Think about it.

Love always,

Natasha

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Merry Christmas Family: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.25.12

Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.

Luke 2:11 HCSB

Pray
Father thank You for blessing us with Your love, light, peace, and joy. I pray that we truly embrace them and spread them throughout the world so that each of Your children can be brought to smiles and laughter.

Father I thank You for Jesus. Even with the doubters in the world I never doubt You or Your son. I never doubt Your love and desire for us to have all that we need. I pray that all I need is provided by You. I pray that as You bless me I can overwhelm others with blessings. My cup is never empty. In Your Holy name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Some of you may question Jesus’s birth, life, human death, spiritual awakening, ascension, and the legacy he has left for us to continue. You may question if Jesus is the son of God, is actually God, or whether God is of Spirit or flesh. Or you may be whole and full on the belief that God is Spirit, Love, Life, Truth, and all in all, and that His son is Jesus who was born to human parents to bring us the Truth and way to salvation. You may believe that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, and that Jesus was the one who taught us this reality.

It’s not as important to me if whether Jesus was born from a virgin through the power and will of God, and not human conception. Even if Jesus was born of human conception, God placed His spiritual powers within Jesus to see, speak, think, feel, hear, and heal unlike anyone before or after him. God placed Jesus here to teach us how to live, love, and treat others. Jesus was sent to teach us the Truth about God, ourselves, and our relationship to the Father.

Whether Jesus was born in spring or winter does not matter to me, whether it was 2012 years ago, 2013 years ago or 2019 years ago, all that matters to me is the peace and joy that fills our hearts when we say his name and think of him. What matters most to me are the moments I contemplate, “what would Jesus do?” Or “what would Jesus say?” When I do or say things that aren’t Christ-like (or those moments right before I act, that could stop me from being unloving).

When I’m ill, in pain, sad, angry, frustrated, lost, or confused—what matters most is that I believe in Jesus and God and that belief has saved me from death, freed me from depression, pulled me out of unhealthy and unloving situations, healed me from sickness, closed up wounds, fixed the impossible, and cleared cluttered paths. That’s all that matters to me.

That’s what Christmas means to me—the Christ in all of us, and the Christ we want to have in us. Christmas means family, overcoming odds, taking care of the least of these God’s children, thanksgiving, and looking at how we can be more like Jesus in our walk, talk, and thoughts.

I wish each and every one of you a Merry Christmas, happy holidays, Feliz Navidad, and may be peace be with each of you today and always.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.24.12

See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.”

Matthew 1:23 HCSB

Pray
With You and through You all things are possible. With Your son I can find my way. In Your name I pray as a follower of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Reflection
God has plans for each and every one of us. We just need to believe, obey, and follow.

Have a very merry Christmas, and remember that Christ is the reason for our celebration. Be loving, kind, patient, humble, and appreciative.

Love you all,

Natasha

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**Special Note from Breaking Bread with Natasha

Hello to my Breaking Bread family!

I promised an announcement about this blog, and instead of keeping you in the dark and wondering and contemplating one more minute, let me share this awesome news:

Effective January 1, 2013 my Breaking Bread blog will add extra layers in the new year to allow for more reader involvement and engagement, and to allow us to explore the Word and our application of God’s love 7 days per week.

Saturdays

Beginning Saturday, January 5, 2013 I will begin sharing the week’s recap for those who missed one or more post days, and for those who would like to study and reflect more on each days message. I will also highlight discussions and testimonials shared by you, the readers and supporters of this blog. This will make it easier for other readers to see all comments without having to click on individual comment links and tabs.

Sundays

On Sundays we will have the chance to share the scriptures, prayers, reflections, and notes taken from our individual church sermons. Since we don’t all attend the same church we have the opportunity to now share with each other messages that touched us deeply, that we feel others may benefit from or find interesting.

Online Chat Forum

I am also introducing a second page to the blog that allows for online chats amongst our group so that we can interact with each other freely about topics and ideas shared in my blog, but also in our personal lives. You may know about an event, activity or resource that others may be interested in, this will allow you to share it with our group.

What Changes Can You See Beginning Today?

Well for those of you who follow my blog through my Blogger site, breakingbreadwithnatasha.blogspot.com you will see that my profile has been updated, and you now have the flexibility to subscribe to my blog by email (so you no longer are required to have a Gmail or Blogger account to subscribe).

There is also a new feature for those of you who have a Google Plus profile. You can recommend my blog and posts on Google using Google Plus. This will help to introduce my blog to more people, which would be more than nice. It would be a blessing.

For those of you who follow my WordPress blog (breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com) starting today you will find an updated profile about me. All other changes mentioned earlier in this post will be reflected on both blogs effective January 1st.

Is This What You Expected?

Well, that’s all—that’s the big announcement that I wanted to share. This probably is far from what any of you were expecting, especially those closest to me. I hope that although it’s not the “big news” you anticipated, that it’s still great news that you will be excited about sharing with others.

If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or other feedback please feel free to share by clicking on the comments link below this post. Think about it, soon you will have the option of sharing feedback in our community chat forum. I’m excited!

Have an amazing weekend family!

Love you all,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.20.12

For Christ’s love compels us, since we have reached this conclusion: If One died for all, then all died. And He died for all so that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for the One who died for them and was raised.

2 Corinthians 5:14, 15 HCSB

Pray
Father I know it’s not all about me, but I have internal struggles with thinking that my experiences in life truly are all about me first, the other people impacted are second, and that You and Your son are the bubble everything falls inside.

But Father I don’t truly recognize the big picture that everything happens to make me realize, embrace and live one reality—that I’m to live for You and Your son and that’s all, my only mission and purpose in life.

So I pray that this message is molded into my mind, heart, spirit and soul, so that there is no question, doubt, hesitation, or forgetfulness. Let every move I make, every word I speak, and every thought produced be with a focus on You and Jesus.

I want to get out of this hamster wheel Lord, and I know it can only happen when I stop being consumed by self. Help me Father.

Reflection
We focus, stress over, and become obsessed about things that God can solve and we could see changed immediately, but in our self-absorption we don’t release these issues to God, not even in our prayers. We still think it’s all about us and all on us to figure it out.

Consider all the times in a day you say, “I” or “me” tied to some issue, problem, situation, or failure. Now think of the times when your focus is clearly about “I” and “me” when you are talking about successes and solutions. You can’t even count the times in one day, even today, can you? It’s because we are self-absorbed and self-consumed, and we don’t truly release all to God with our focus solely on Him and Jesus.

We feel like people would look at us crazy if we declared, “it was only made possible because of God” or if when faced with an insurmountable issue we stated, “God will make a way and will use us as He sees fit”.

No, we only want to mention God in church, in front of “believers”, in acceptance speeches, in songs and the pledge of allegiance, and in vain. Yes, for those of you who still haven’t stopped using profanity with God’s name, or using God’s name in any negative context, or with a lackadaisical tone—those are some examples of using His name in vain.

That is sadly our reality.

I am driven to remove myself as the catalyst in the equation, and focus on God and Jesus. For they are the two most important variables that make all else possible. My role is insignificant, yet every single day I walk around as though it is very significant.

Bills, debt, obligations, problems, strife—the solution to all is God, and we’re to look to Jesus and his examples to be freed from these burdens. The peace within is only possible when we let go of everything and hand it over to the Source. When we truly believe and have faith we will truly begin to live.

I don’t know about any of you, but I’m ready to breathe, live, and see!

Tomorrow I will be making an announcement about my Breaking Bread posts, no I’m not stopping them. I am making some changes that will bring even more of God’s love and Jesus’ guidance into our lives. I could wait another year, but I’m choosing to obey and walk. So expect an announcement tomorrow.

Today stop yourself each time you make something about you, and then see how you can shift things back to where they are supposed to be—back to God and Jesus. Sound like a plan? Let’s do this!

Love you all,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.19.12

I will also sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances.

Ezekiel 36:25-27 HCSB

Pray
Father cleanse me and make me whole. Heal me of all inflictions, remove my fears, warm my heart, and continue molding me. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
God has the ability to heal, clean, change, uplift, shift, and remove anything and any element in our life. Do you believe it? Do you trust Him?

Love,

Natasha

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