Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.28.13

Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.

Psalms 42:11 HCSB

Pray
Father I pray that the moments that I feel the walls coming in too close, that I reach out for You. I pray that even in darkness, that I see Your light, smile, and praise Your holy name. I pray that when there doesn’t seem to be a solution, that I believe enough in Your power to solve the problem and show me the way through. Right now, everything that is weighing on me, I pray that You will handle them and show me what to do. I know that You never place on me more than I can handle. Thank You Father. Thank You Father. Thank You Father. Thank You!

Father I pray for my loved ones who struggle with the belief of depression. I pray for those I don’t even know, who also struggle with the belief of depression.

Touch the hearts of those who are so saddened and fearful, that they don’t have enough trust and faith in You to take care of them. Father touch the hearts of those who see more darkness than light, and those whose hope slips slowly away.

Help them to see Your light even in the smallest of areas. Help them to hear and discern Your voice. Help them to see and recognize Your guardian angels who point the way. Lift them up Father to know and trust You. Lift them up to feel Your weight supporting them, so that they can release their fears into Your capable Hands. Help them to say, “Thank You Father for taking care of this for me.” In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Stop this very moment and say, “Thank You Father for taking care of every issue that is presented.” For those of you who are suffering from the belief of depression, I want you to recite with intensity—as though your life depends upon it—the first paragraph of today’s prayer:

Father I pray that the moments that I feel the walls coming in too close, that I reach out for You. I pray that even in darkness, that I see Your light, smile, and praise Your holy name. I pray that when there doesn’t seem to be a solution, that I believe enough in Your power to solve the problem and show me the way through. Right now, everything that is weighing on me, I pray that You will handle them and show me what to do. I know that You never place on me more than I can handle. Thank You Father. Thank You Father. Thank You Father. Thank You!

Now you must believe it to see it and receive it.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.27.13

…maintaining faithful love to a thousand generations, forgiving wrongdoing, rebellion, and sin. But He will not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing the consequences of the fathers’ wrongdoing on the children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation.

Exodus 34:7 HCSB

Pray
I ask for forgiveness for all the inconsiderate, unloving, and harmful things that I have done and said. I pray for those who speak and act out of ignorance and fear. I pray for those who don’t realize that what they say and/or do is harmful to others. I pray for those who feel entitled to live by their own rules, regardless of how it impacts others. I pray for those with an elitist mentality. I pray for those who discriminate, hate, abuse, misuse, deceive, and take advantage of others. I pray for those who say that they won’t change, because they are who they are and they won’t change for anyone. I pray for those who use Your name and the name of Jesus to justify the ugly things that they do and say.

Father touch all of our hearts and minds that we might discern darkness from light, truth from lies, love from obsession, love from hate, and the ugliness that comes from racism, bigotry, and discrimination. Let us see clearly those with forked tongues, two-faces, and double-minds, so that we can do our part to help pray for them, re-direct them or steer clear and leave them to You. Father protect us from ourselves.

These things I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Pray
We have read and heard modern-day stories of people who have been raised, reared, and nurtured to think and behave as though they are entitled to do and say whatever they want. We have seen people who feel entitled to abuse their title and role. We have seen people who justify in their minds why they beat, tortured, stabbed, raped, molested, robbed, murdered or shot (not in true self-defense) another person. We have even seen people who were first the aggressors and agitators, but later claimed self-defense for their negative and fatal actions.

We have watched crocodile tears of people who claim to be remorseful for wrongdoings, but never actually repent and ask for forgiveness for the thing(s) they are being accused of—instead they narcissistically focus on how an event has negatively impacted them and their loved ones. We have seen examples of people who want to make excuses or blame others for the ignorant things they have done or said. We have seen where people want to use their age or where they live (or grew up) as an excuse for not being sensitive and respectful to other human beings. We have also seen countless examples of people speaking God and Jesus’ name in the same sentence in which they lie, spread hate, and promote the enemy’s agenda.

When someone is being unloving you do not rally around them to sweep what they have done or said under the rug. You are to rally around them and encourage them to do the right thing, and to make right the wrong they have done. You encourage them to stop thinking and reacting for “self”, and to start embracing God’s Light. When they don’t, you are to pray for them and those that they will encounter, and then refuse to promote, reinforce, and support their negative thinking—-and finally, leave the rest up to God.

We are not to be the riot crowd, or crazed zealots, chasing down and aggressively forcing people to conform to our beliefs, just like we aren’t supposed to sit around passively acting as though there is not a battle taking place. The person yelling, “you’re going to hell…” is just as dangerous and ignorant as the one sitting back doing absolutely nothing to help this world be a better, more loving, and more accepting place. The person yelling, “you’re going to hell…” is just as dangerous and ignorant as the racist who makes clear their thoughts and feelings about people of other races not their own.

I will always speak up and speak out when I see hate, ignorance, and/or deception spewing from an individual or an organization.

What you see in the world today should make you want to do your part to help remove blinders from people’s eyes, and help them to love others as Jesus loves us, unless of course you have no intention of being a soldier for Christ. Just a thought.

Loving you always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.26.13

…“The Lord’s will be done! ”

Acts 21:14 HCSB

Pray
Father this has always been the hardest thing to do besides following Your commands—releasing myself to You that Your will be done without any fighting, pleading, persuading, begging, or manipulation on my part. Father only You know what I am truly going through and what I am capable of. Only You know what will or won’t occur and the moment things will take place. Only You know my true strengths and weaknesses, my dreams and desires, and my fears and regrets.

I pray that You look into my heart and help me to release my burdens to You, so that I don’t block or slow up my blessings. I tell myself that I know You have total control and will see me through—strengthen me Father in those moments when fear creeps up and tries to slip in. I pray these things as a believer and sometimes fearful follower of Christ. Amen.

Reflection
How many of you can honestly admit that there have been more times than you can count where you thought you were okay with God handling things, but then somehow someway you had to get involved?

How many of you can honestly admit that every time you have interfered either things made a turn for the worse or your blessings were delayed?

I believe that our minds are extremely powerful. We can convince ourselves into sickness just as we can healing. We can keep saying that we aren’t good at something and eventually we become the worst at that very thing. But we can also believe strongly that we are great at doing something, and even others begin to believe that we are experts in that area.

How many people were told they couldn’t conceive a child, would never walk, wouldn’t live past a few months, would never speak, or couldn’t accomplish another challenging goal—–yet they did, because they believed they could—-whether they believed that God would make a way or they just were positive thinkers—they freed themselves from the bondage that the words “no”, “can’t”, “impossible”, and “risky” presented. They let go of fear and doubt, and embraced faith and hope. They released themselves knowingly or unknowingly over to God. They didn’t allow themselves to be limited by man’s finite capabilities and thought process. Instead God took complete control and made possible the impossible.

I pray for the faith to let go and let God every second of every day I breathe. I have interfered so much and so often that only God, loving and patient, could possibly put up with me. He must laugh every time I try jumping in. He must say, “there goes My daughter again thinking she knows what to do, thinking she can solve this, and thinking she can get it done faster than Me!” God has to have a sense of humor dealing with me.

Look at your life right now. What are you interfering with that you should release fully over to God? Why are you still holding on when you keep getting the same results or worse? Each day release one finger from that double-fisted grip you have on those mounting pressures that keep you up late at night, have you tossing and turning in your sleep, and have you waking up exhausted. One finger at a time. We can do this!

Love,

Natasha

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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.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.25.13

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. “Now concerning that day and hour no one knows — neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son — except the Father only. As the days of Noah were, so the coming of the Son of Man will be.

Matthew 24:35-37 HCSB

Pray
Thank You for bringing Your son to the world to show us the way to You. Father I work each day to strive to be more like Jesus. I don’t want to wait. Mold me Lord. Mold me.

Reflection
We will never know when Jesus returns until the day comes. Only God knows the day, and the amazing thing is, Jesus could be walking amongst us now and we don’t even know it.

So why wouldn’t we treat ourselves and each other the way Jesus taught, and God expects, instead of waiting for a day that may have already passed or may not arrive while we’re still alive?

Something to think about.

Love,

Natasha

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.24.13

For as I passed along and carefully observed your objects of worship, I came also upon an altar with this inscription, To the unknown god. Now what you are already worshiping as unknown, this I set forth to you. The God Who produced and formed the world and all things in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in handmade shrines.

Neither is He served by human hands, as though He lacked anything, for it is He Himself Who gives life and breath and all things to all [people]. And He made from one [common origin, one source, one blood] all nations of men to settle on the face of the earth, having definitely determined [their] allotted periods of time and the fixed boundaries of their habitation (their settlements, lands, and abodes), So that they should seek God, in the hope that they might feel after Him and find Him, although He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring.

Acts 17:23-28 AMP

Pray
You ask little of me Father, yet I ask for and expect everything from You. I want a long life, excellent health, love from You, love from people, a healthy family, financial wealth, spiritual wealth, a great physique, a comfortable home, nice transportation, attractive clothes, numerous skills, and limitless blessings. Father I apologize for my selfishness. I apologize for making this all about me and what I want.

All that You command is that I follow Your laws and follow Your Son. I apologize for those moments when I put everyone and everything before You, when I allow fear to take ahold of me and dictate my steps, and when I’m emotionally paralyzed and stagnant. I pray that my eyes and heart remain locked on You, and that my steps and words are delivered as You see fit. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
Those were profound words spoken by Paul when he said that there’s nothing we can do for God that He can’t do for Himself. There’s nothing we can do for Jesus either, because he was the example for us to follow and model. We need to get our egos and pride out of this or we’ll never see and experience what is in store for us. That’s a sad thought in my opinion—never receiving the greatest gift God could ever give us. Imagine that.

Love always,

Natasha

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Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6/23/13

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 6/23/13

Today’s sermon comes from Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church in Marietta, Georgia. It was shared by Juanita Bryan. Thank you Juanita!

Today’s Subject is:
Know S.W.E.A.T. – Getting F.I.T. For Our Journey

Today’s Scripture selections from are:
1 Samuel 17:34-37a NIV
1 Samuel 17:8 CEV
1 Samuel 17:9-10, 26 NLT
1 Samuel 17: 32-37 NIV

Highlights from Today’s Sermon:
As we get F.I.T. for our journey, we must….

Face the challenge at hand
Identify what is at stake
Take the steps to succeed

~ Every giant has a weakness. All God wants you to do is face the challenge.
~ The giant in your life could be: obesity, health issues, sleep issues, lack of exercise, etc.
~ Most of your adversities can be blamed on the choices that you make!
~ Choose to face your challenges head-on!
~ What is your F.I.T. Challenge?
Are you in the best possible physical condition? If not, why not?
David had 5 stones with him just in case he missed with the first one. In other words, if you fail the first time, don’t be afraid to start again!

Message from Natasha:
Thank you again Juanita for sharing today’s sermon from Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church.

Okay everyone so you should know what I’m going to say next. Be sure to share highlights from sermons at your church or place of worship here on my blog. Feel free to also visit and contribute to our community chat room where we can have healthy, positive, dialogue on the sermon I shared today, 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:

http://chatroll.com/embed/chat/breaking-bread-with-natasha?id=lCL-CHvZOne&platform=wordpress-com

Have an amazing week family. Get yourself F.I.T. for your journey!

Love always,

Natasha

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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.

Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6/17/13 to 6/21/13

Happy Saturday family! Are you ready for the recap? Here you go..

Monday- 6/17/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/06/17/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-17-13/

Tuesday- 6/18/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/06/18/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-18-13/

Wednesday- 6/19/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-19-13/

Thursday- 6/20/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-20-13/

Friday- 6/21/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/06/21/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-21-13/

Don’t forget that tomorrow is 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.

God bless you all!

Natasha

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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.