Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.28.13

Then children were brought to Him so He might put His hands on them and pray. But the disciples rebuked them.Then Jesus said, “Leave the children alone, and don’t try to keep them from coming to Me, because the kingdom of heaven is made up of people like this.” After putting His hands on them, He went on from there.

Matthew 19:13-15 HCSB

Pray
Let me always see in children Your light, purity, and love. Let me always be reminded that there is wisdom from their mouths, and to not be rushed to silence them. Let me take time to listen and hear them clearly. May I never be too busy for a child in need of love, encouragement, advice, guidance, or protection. Amen.

Reflection
To be seen and not heard can no longer be our relationship with children. God pours in them so much wisdom and ideas, with a fearlessness that we try to reclaim. Children see things in ways that many of us have forgotten. Instead of being quick to force silence upon them, consider engaging them in healthy dialogue.

Consider this, how do you expect a child who spends their time being seen and not heard, to feel comfortable opening up and talking to you in time of need? An abused or bullied child may feel as though they can’t come to you because there have been so many times when you hushed, rushed, ignored, and chastised them in the past. Are you comfortable with your child turning to friends or someone else (other than you) for comfort, guidance, protection, and advice? Think about it.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.27.13

For this reason, the kingdom of heaven can be compared to a king who wanted to settle accounts with his slaves. When he began to settle accounts, one who owed 10,000 talents was brought before him. Since he had no way to pay it back, his master commanded that he, his wife, his children, and everything he had be sold to pay the debt.

“At this, the slave fell facedown before him and said, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you everything! ’ Then the master of that slave had compassion, released him, and forgave him the loan. “But that slave went out and found one of his fellow slaves who owed him 100 denarii.

He grabbed him, started choking him, and said, ‘Pay what you owe! ’ “At this, his fellow slave fell down and began begging him, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he wasn’t willing. On the contrary, he went and threw him into prison until he could pay what was owed.

When the other slaves saw what had taken place, they were deeply distressed and went and reported to their master everything that had happened. “Then, after he had summoned him, his master said to him, ‘You wicked slave! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Shouldn’t you also have had mercy on your fellow slave, as I had mercy on you? ’

Matthew 18:23-33 HCSB

Pray
Father I pray that the mercy, grace, and forgiveness You give me I am humble enough to do the same with others. Correct me when I stumble or stray. Remind me when I forget. I never want to mistreat another, so please always keep my heart warm so that I am always receptive and empathetic to others. In Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.

Reflection
How many of you can honestly relate to this parable?

Have you been in a situation where you owed a debt, found yourself considerably late in making a full or partial payment, asked for an extension, but then didn’t extend this same grace to someone who owed you money?

What you want and ask for is what you should freely give to others. If you need a deferment you should be willing to grant a deferment to someone else. If you ask that a loan be forgiven and erased, you should be willing to forgive a loan you gave to another person. We can’t live long in a one-sided world. God’s scales always even things out. Think about it and share your thoughts.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.26.13

Don’t keep striving for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. “But seek His kingdom, and these things will be provided for you.

Luke 12:29-31 HCSB

Pray
Father trust and believe that You have taken care of my needs and in my trust I will not worry. Instead I thank You now for the abundance of blessings received and coming my way. In Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.

Reflection
So as I stood here in my kitchen a text message came in from my friend and neighbor Juanita, and it was Joel and Victoria Osteen’s daily spiritual message. I looked at the subject, “Reprogram Your Mind” and knew instantly that I would enjoy and want to share their message. But as many of you know I try to not repeat scriptures in my daily message. Each day (with a few exceptions) I select a new scripture that I haven’t used in the past.

Today Joel and Victoria chose Romans 12:2, which I have already used. So as I prayed for a scripture of relevance I searched the word, “worry” and found three passages. Luke 12:29 was the only one I had not used, and as I began reading the subsequent verses, I knew that this would be most appropriate to tie-in to Joel and Victoria’s message on reprogramming our minds.

We all must reprogram our minds from time-to-time. Many of us spend each day training ourselves to stop thinking a certain way, and begin thinking the right way—God’s way. So without further delay I now share Joel and Victoria’s message. Thank you Juanita for sharing with me:

Joel and Victoria’s Message

Reprogram Your Mind

Many people today don’t realize that the reason they’re not happy, the reason they’re not enjoying life is simply because they’ve trained their minds in the wrong direction. They’ve programmed their minds to worry. They’ve programmed their minds to complain. They’ve programmed their minds to see the negative. But just as we can train our mind to focus on the negative, we can also reprogram our minds to focus on the positive. It all depends on what you meditate on.

When we meditate on the Word of God, we reprogram our minds. When we meditate on God’s goodness, we are developing a right mindset. When we choose to be grateful and focus on what’s right rather than what’s wrong, we are choosing a positive attitude. This doesn’t happen automatically; you have to discipline yourself to focus on the right things. You have to make a conscious effort to spend time in the Word of God every single day until a habit is formed.

I believe that as you honor God with your time, He’ll multiply it back to you. As you stay faithful and focused on Him, He will direct your steps, and you will embrace the blessing and victory He has in store for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father in heaven, today I surrender my thoughts and mind to You. Help me retrain my thoughts so that they are in line with Your will for my life. I choose to have a positive attitude of faith and expectancy and thank You for empowering me to enjoy the good life You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen

Closing Message from Natasha:
So today you get a double dose of prayers. It shouldn’t ever be enough. Look at it as double your blessings, and double the reason to be a blessing to others. Now get to reprogramming your mind!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.25.13

Then Peter came up and said to him, “Lord, how often will my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? As many as seven times?” Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy times seven.

Matthew 18:21, 22 ESV

Pray
Touch my heart to forgive. May my heart forgive as many times as I would want to be forgiven. Let me see past the hurt, anger, and pain that my loved one may cause. Let me learn to quickly forgive my neighbors, debtors, and trespassers. Let me not hold on to grudges. I want to be better Lord. Amen.

Reflection
Jesus didn’t say forgive three times or seven times, but 70 times 7—that’s 490 times. Can you fathom that? Can you imagine forgiving someone for harming you 490 separate times? Jesus says that we must forgive. Honestly look within and check where you are right now in your life and walk. Share your thoughts.

Love always,

Natasha

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Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2/24/13

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 2/24/13

Today’s Subject: You Must Have Forgotten
Today’s Scripture selection is: Deuteronomy 8:1-20

Sermon delivered today at the historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia by Minister Michael Blake of Allen Chapel AME Church, Washington D.C.

Highlights from Today’s Sermon:

Your history is the roadmap to your destiny

“You must have forgotten”— say these 4 words whenever you find yourself in a funk

Deuteronomy is the 2nd law, for the new generation; a renewal of the covenant between God and His people. 3 sermons delivered by Moses to the Israelites.

Deliverance to the promised land. It was supposed to take 11 days but took 40 years.

3rd part of Deuteronomy says even if you walk away, if you repent, God will forgive you.

You can’t forget your history it helps prepare you for where you’re going.

You forget your value and your core. You are here for a purpose and a reason.

When thinking of your faith think of 3 things:

1. We won’t fail because we haven’t failed
2. Remind yourself that He is ALWAYS ON TIME
3. Say to yourself, “I’ve come too far to stop now”

Sensory memory (earliest stage); short-term (middle 30-60 seconds); long-term memory (your past). We tend to focus on the wrong stage.

“Nothing is impossible because in the word I see within it I’m possible”— sign that was on a wall Michael saw.

Your destiny cannot be denied

Difference between map and navigation system is a map shows you where you came from, the navigation system you have to keep pushing buttons.

Don’t focus on the foolishness. Focus on your future.

Message and Reminder from Natasha:
Be sure to share highlights from sermons at your church or place of worship. Feel free to also visit and contribute to our community chat room where we can have healthy, positive, dialogue on today’s sermons, Breaking Bread daily posts, or issues impacting the Christian community. Remember there is absolutely no preaching, passing judgment, converting, recruiting, or focus on any specific church or religious leader. Those are the rules. We’re here to share words of love and peace inspired by the Word of the Bible. We’re here to uplift and never tear down. If you can roll with that, then you can roll with me and the Breaking Bread family! Visit the chat room here:

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Have an amazing week family. Remember that whenever you are going through life’s issues, don’t focus on how bad it is today—-remember what you went through in the past, what you overcame, and how God made a way out of no way—as He will definitely clear your path when the time is right!

Love,

Natasha

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Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2/18/13 to 2/22/13

Are you ready for the Word? Let’s do this then!

Monday- 2/18/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/02/18/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-2-18-13/

Tuesday- 2/19/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/02/19/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-2-19-13/

Wednesday- 2/20/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-2-20-13/

Thursday- 2/21/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-2-21-13/

Friday- 2/22/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-2-22-13/

I hope that this week’s messages help you on your journey and spiritual walk, and that whatever you are going through in life that you can find some inspiration each day.

Don’t forget that tomorrow is our Sunday Sermon Share Day. If you hear or take part in an awesome sermon, please share your notes, highlights, scripture, or reflections with the rest of us. I don’t care if it’s a sermon from an online or televised broadcast, please share with us. I intend to do the same.

I will also direct you to our community chat room (http://chatroll.com/embed/chat/breaking-bread-with-natasha?id=lCL-CHvZOne&platform=wordpress-com) to allow for further healthy dialogue.

Please don’t feel intimidated, just type in some of the passages or comments made in church, or even just share a reflection on how the service made you feel.

This is such an exciting walk family, and I’m glad to walk with you. Have an amazing Saturday!

Warmest wishes and love from your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.22.13

Then Jesus came up, touched them, and said, “Get up; don’t be afraid.” When they looked up they saw no one except Him— Jesus alone. As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, “Don’t tell anyone about the vision until the Son of Man is raised from the dead.” So the disciples questioned Him, “Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first? ” “Elijah is coming and will restore everything,” He replied. “But I tell you: Elijah has already come, and they didn’t recognize him. On the contrary, they did whatever they pleased to him. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” Then the disciples understood that He spoke to them about John the Baptist.

Matthew 17:7-13 HCSB

Pray
Father I pray for insight to always see what You want me to see, hear what You want me to hear, and understand what You need me to know. I pray that my heart is always warm, treating each person I encounter the way I would want my loved ones treated. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
I’ve said it before, we don’t know who walks amongst us. The people were waiting for Elijah and didn’t know that John the Baptist was the one they were waiting for—the same person beheaded under the orders of King Herod after he was manipulated by Herodia. The very prophet everyone was anxiously awaiting was killed.

The same happened to Jesus Christ our Savior. The people sought Him, doubted Him, then crucified Him. So what makes today any different than thousands of years ago? We seem to be more cynical and skeptical than in the past, so how would we know if Jesus was walking amongst us in human form? Think about it.

Have an amazing weekend family.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.21.13

Once they crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. When the men of that place recognized Him, they alerted the whole vicinity and brought to Him all who were sick. They were begging Him that they might only touch the tassel on His robe. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.

Matthew 14:34-36 HCSB

Pray
Father I want the faith to believe without needing to see. Let what I’ve heard and read be enough to satisfy me to simply walk, seek, live, and serve as You desire. Let my past experiences lay the foundation of wisdom that You can and will do anything You desire, and all that I have to do is let go. Peel back this layer Lord. Amen.

Reflection
Read those three verses again. Imagine that. They hadn’t interacted with Jesus before this day, yet they had heard of Him and His power to heal, help, and make us whole through God’s will and grace. Just hearing about Jesus was enough for them to rush to Him for healing, with faith to believe that even if they only touched the tassel on His robe they would be healed. They didn’t need a conversation or to see multiple healings first, all they wanted was the chance to touch a small part of Him in order to heal them of their afflictions.

We have read and heard of stories where Jesus healed because people had faith in Him and our Father—without touching Him, through His acknowledgment they were healed.

What if you let go and embraced that level of faith? What blessings could possibly come your way? What if every time you got sick you turned first to our Father and Christ, before rushing to a doctor? What if before running your mouth to family and friends about your burdens, you instead had a private conversation with Jesus? What if instead of thinking you’re alone when you see no other human around, you actually smile because you know that you’re in the company of two, and can never be alone?

What if…..

Today I dedicate my message to my two beloved grandmothers who are warrior princesses for Christ. Each year they add another digit to their age, but I know how God sees them—perfect, whole, and full of life. I will not allow material perceptions limit my thinking of them, and interaction with them. As they believe in God and Jesus’s ability to heal, I too believe that there is nothing too difficult, too small, too large, or too time consuming for God. Impossible is not in God’s vocabulary, so I won’t let it take form in mine. Fear does not impress God, so I won’t let it mess with me. God’s will reigns supreme, it is my hope and faith that these two women will continue blessing the world here on Earth for longer than our human minds can fathom. There is plenty of wisdom that they still have to share, and I need to be nearby with an audio recorder. I’m thanking Him now.

I’m praying that my aunts (who help to care for my grandmothers) channel the energy from God to be strengthened in His Love and Light, to have the courage and faith each day of their journey with my grandmothers. He will bless you abundantly for caring fully for His beloved.

Loving you all,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.20.13

Defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy: rid them out of the hand of the wicked.

Psalms 82:3, 4 KJV

Pray
Father every day I strive to be a better person, servant, and child. You have made it clear what I am to do in my life beyond my personal vision, and I promise to live each day doing my job with honor and passion.

Reflection
Since I was a small child I believed it was my calling to help the poor, needy, voiceless, abused, and hopeless. I have spent my days doing just that—working and looking for ways to serve and guide the least of these children. My job is not even close to being done. I will spend the rest of my life serving others as a servant to God.

What can you do to honor God’s command? What are you doing to make a positive impact in the world? What are you doing to leave behind a positive legacy that others would want to honor in God’s name? Who are you helping besides yourself, your family, and friends? Have you ever considered that if what you are doing is/feels comfortable, then you aren’t working hard enough or doing enough?

Consider that and then share your thoughts.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.19.13

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

John 8:7 KJV

Pray
Father I pray for Your children, not just myself. I pray for grace, forgiveness, humility, honor, trustworthiness, and honesty in each of us. I pray that we are less inclined to harm another out of anger, fear, guilt, pride, embarrassment, or because of the need to judge someone else. Warm our hearts so that we are slow to anger and quick to forgive. We are quick to pass judgment on others yet demand that judgment not be passed on us. We walk as hypocrites Father. Help us to lovingly make things right. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
Are you quick to point the finger of guilt at someone else knowing that you have more ‘dirty laundry’ than you would care to admit? Even the saint is a sinner who fell down, got back up, and cleaned themselves off. You are in no place to throw stones when you have mounting cases of sin in your own life. If you throw that stone are you ready for the possibility that it could ricochet and make your glass home come crashing down? Can you take that risk? Is it worth it to you?

Let’s leave the judging to God and those He appointed to judge. You may have an opinion, but let it not serve as judgment towards others, and let it be one that also teaches you a lesson and keeps you on the straight path towards righteousness.

Love,

Natasha

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