Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.18.13

I made it back home safely. The 12-14 hour drive turned into 20 hours, but God’s grace made it possible for me and my family to make the journey without having car issues, getting lost, or needing to stay in a hotel. He is an awesome God! So today I share a message that reminds me that all things are possible only through Him.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“…apart from me you can do nothing.”

John 15:5, NIV

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Jesus put it this way, “Without Me, you can do nothing.” In this passage, He talks about a vine and branches. Just like a vine will die if it is cut apart from the vine, we also won’t survive without being vitally connected to Him.

How do we stay connected? First, by acknowledging Him. By talking to Him. By reading and following His Word. See, when you acknowledge God, that’s a sign of humility. You’re saying, “God, I know You created the whole universe. You flung the stars into space. You tell every raindrop where to fall. I’m not here by accident. You breathed Your life into me. You made me in Your image. You crowned me with Your favor. Now God, I can’t do this without You. I can’t make it on my own. I need You in my life.” When you show that kind of dependency on God, there is nothing He won’t do for you. God will move heaven and earth to get you to where you’re supposed to be.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, today I choose to abide in You. I don’t want to live life on my own, so I choose to trust in You. Show me Your ways. Teach me Your love. Keep me close to You always in Jesus name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.17.13

Traveling back home from Oklahoma City. Pray for me and my family on our 12-15 hour journey.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3 NIV

Pray
Father thank You for the inner peace that calms me even during the most tumultuous of times. I pray for forgiveness during those moments where I verbally and emotionally explode, use offensive language, and act unbecoming of a Christian. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
God can bring and keep you in a peaceful place. Just ask and be open to receive. When life rattles you, turn to Him.

Love,

Natasha

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Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6/16/13

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 6/16/13

Today’s sermon comes from Allen Chapel AME in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Today’s Subject is:
Peace in the midst of a storm

Today’s Scripture selections from are:

Mark 4:32-41

Highlights from Today’s Sermon:

It’s difficult to predict what the weather will be. We have seasons and in some areas it’s an even climate year-round. But for many parts there’s rain one day and sunshine the next, fires one day and earthquakes the next. God said we’d have perilous times in the last days. God’s last days aren’t our last days.

If you study the gospel, God’s Word, you would find stability if you follow His word.

Mark is trying to get across to us if we call upon the name of Jesus we can have stability in our lives. If we live in this world we will have storms. If you haven’t been through one then you haven’t lived long enough. Storms aren’t predicable. You can run but you can’t hide.

Man thinks he can do so many great things like go to the moon, build technology, travel the world, and so many other things— but God is the Creator of all.

Our life is finite and transitional.

1. Verse 39

Don’t worry about what others are doing, or what they are doing across town. God is trying to do something different

2. Verse 37—the great storm

Have you ever felt like you have been tossed and driven? How many of you woke up this morning but didn’t want to get out of bed?

Even when Jesus is sleep he has your best interest at hand.

Disciples freaking out thinking the ship would sink but Jesus was resting. Many of us live our lives just like that, we’re constantly thinking that our ships are going to sink.

You must obey God’s commands if you want stability in your lives.

In your life you will have to listen to the command, “peace be still”. When your life is in shambles, peace be still.

1a. Command
In John Hope Franklin’s book “From Slavery to Freedom”
he’s originally from Oklahoma. A system designed to keep us down, we must get our heads out of the sand. Although the world is cruel to us sometimes we must turn to God and keep our heads up.

From slavery to segregation to criminal justice system (locking up our men) 24 million children woke up this morning with no father in the home. When you get arrested with a felony, the felony replaces segregation. Since they can’t discriminate against you legally, there’s a way to do so legally when you are a felon. You can be denied a job, housing, the right to vote, and the opportunity to live in certain areas.

Men stay with your family. Stay in your home. Take care of your family. That is not your baby mama that is your child’s mother. That is not your baby’s daddy, that’s your child’s father.

2a. Control
When you have a calm assurance that Jesus is yours you have control over your circumstances. You believe and know that Jesus is the center of your joy. God made you. He made you in His image. Don’t let someone tell you you’re a nobody. You are somebody. You are a child of God. You are a product of the King. Accept His calm in your life.

3. He cares
Jesus calmed the storm and then asked the disciples why they were so fearful and had no faith.

No matter what they do to me I’m going to stay with the Lord, my church, my family…I’m going to trust in the Lord, I’m going to stay on my bended knees.

They separated the children, the men, husbands and fathers, children from their mothers during slavery—people said we wouldn’t make it but the Father proved otherwise.

Pull your pants up. Pull those britches up.

That’s not your baby’s mama. She’s the mother of your child. Treat her like a woman.

The Pastor of Allen Chapel shared a story about his father who was a bell hop at a hotel for over 30 years carrying the bags of the rich white patrons. He dressed immaculately. He walked with his head up and shoulder’s back. Every time they rang a bell he ran. Every time he was called “boy” he answered. He told his son (pastor) “it doesn’t matter what they call me I know who I am”. When the same rich white man got old and couldn’t run his business he sold it to the pastor’s father. Isn’t that ironic.

Get the book, “The New Jim Crow” By Michelle Alexander. You thought segregation was dead. Segregation just has on a new dress. It tells you why your babies, our babies, are locked up today. We’re having church and business as usual. Every person here is affected by the system.

We must take it seriously. We must be about our Father’s business. We must break out of the walls of the church and minister to God’s children. We must get to the streets to serve, and to bring the people into the church. We come into the church to worship and go in to the community to serve.

Sunday School Highlights Shared by the Youth:

Students learned about: Parable about the Pharisees and tax collectors.

Accepting of God’s children regardless of how they look, what they wear, or how they sound. It doesn’t matter if they don’t have expensive clothes or shoes. It doesn’t matter what they wear on their back or feet. They may not have a suit or dress. When someone walks into church they should not be judged.

All who humble themselves will be exalted.

Now this part you hear from me every Sunday: 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. Take the time to honor the women, wives, and mothers in your life. Take the time to shower love and encouragement on the married couples you know.

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman unless otherwise noted. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

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 6/10/13 to 6/14/13

Happy Saturday family! I’m disappointed to say (in case you didn’t know) that I missed two days of posting while preparing for and venturing out on this amazing road trip, traveling through this beautiful country—the good ole’ United States. Below check out the recap for this week, and see the special message that I have done for today. Enjoy and please share with others. May God continue to bless each and everyone of you.

Monday- 6/10/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-10-13/

Tuesday- 6/11/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-11-13/

Wednesday- 6/12/13

No posting. My apologies.

Thursday- 6/13/13

No posting. My apologies.

Friday- 6/14/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-14-13/

SATURDAY SPECIAL POST

Then Saul — also called Paul — filled with the Holy Spirit, stared straight at the sorcerer and said, “You son of the Devil, full of all deceit and all fraud, enemy of all righteousness! Won’t you ever stop perverting the straight paths of the Lord?

Acts 13:9, 10 HCSB

Pray
Father protect me from all the things and people that would lead me away from my path. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
When there is a plan in life, your test are the obstacles that come before you—do you get distracted or stay on course? Do you procrastinate or move one foot in front of the other? Do you make excuses or get the job done? When things don’t go as planned do you let your world crumble around you, or do you pick yourself up and shake yourself off?

Okay family I hope that you had an amazing week and saw the blessings that came. I hope that you didn’t fall for the worldly trappings that bind us.

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.

Sending love from Oklahoma City!

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 6.14.13

You may say to yourself, ‘My power and my own ability have gained this wealth for me,’ but remember that the Lord your God gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm His covenant He swore to your fathers, as it is today.

Deuteronomy 8:17, 18 HCSB

Pray
Father You are the reason for my talents, gifts, strengths, successes, and blessings. I cannot do anything without You. Thank You for loving me. Thank You Father.

Reflection
It is not you, it is Him.

Sending love from Oklahoma City,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.11.13

He then told them, “Watch out and be on guard against all greed because one’s life is not in the abundance of his possessions.”

Luke 12:15 HCSB

Pray
Father protect me from greedy and envious people, people who are desperate, and those who are so focused on their hurt that all they want to do is hurt others. Father protect me from myself during those times when I’m overly focused on money and material possessions, and fearful of things I can’t control, but not reliant upon You to resolve my problems.

Father I pray for the greedy, prideful, arrogant, and tormented. I pray for the sapsuckers who leach off of others and try to sap the Light out of Your children. I pray for the lazy and shiftless. Move them Father. Lift up those who wade in the waters of pity. Restore them to their greatness where their confidence is always in You first. I pray for these things today and always, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
There’s a lot of drama going on in the world, at your workplace, in your family, in your home, and within many of you. Some folks are fighting the darkness of greed, while others are succumbing to it or drowning in it. Some of you wake up, stroll through your day, and go to sleep with envy in your hearts. Some of you are fixated on revenge.

Kicking someone down or stabbing them in the back to elevate yourself gets you no higher than you already were, it’s just your perception that’s been altered. God has a way of leveling all playing fields, if not today trust me it will be one day.

Remember that what goes around always comes back around. Whether you do good or bad, the cycle of life that God has created, must always maintain balance and order. What you put out you receive. Doubt brings slow progress. Evil deeds bring negative consequences. Good deeds brings unlimited blessings. God gives us all choices. Each day you must make a choice.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.10.13

“In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:6, NKJV

Pray
Father thank You for this reminder. I pray that I begin to turn all things over to You both small and large, simple and complicated, so that I can be free from the shackles I have placed upon myself. There are no limits in Your Mind. I want You completely involved in every aspect of my life. Direct me Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
I was about to start today’s message when another one appeared on my phone, and I truly believe that it was meant for me to read right then (so I obeyed), and I believe it was meant for me to share with others, so I am. I have used today’s Bible passage before (which goes against my custom) but like I said, I obeyed.

Joel and Victoria Osteen wrote:

…The key is that God will only be involved as much as you allow Him to be. Don’t just invite Him into your day on Sunday. Don’t just ask Him about the big things. Learn to hear His voice in the little things. He is big enough to handle every single detail.

There is nothing too big or too small for God, yet oftentimes we doubt Him and ignore His voice. How many of you have heard that small voice in your head tell you to do something or go somewhere (or not), and you listened and obeyed? How many of you can admit that there have been times when you disobeyed?

I can admit it.

Oh the numbers are too large to count and track, but I’ve been hardheaded plenty of times throughout my life, and the results have always left me disappointed.

Don’t walk around being disappointed. If you ask Him, He will answer, if you listen He will guide you, and if you obey there are no disappointments. When I was much younger I asked the question, “How do I know when it’s God’s voice and not the enemy’s?” And the answer I received was so logical that I felt silly yet empowered—If it’s unloving then it’s not God.

The enemy will only direct you to paths of foolishness, pain, embarrassment, destruction, failure, etc. God will never tell you to do or say anything that would cause harm to you or others.

Let’s begin to turn all things over to God. Let’s ask Him for our eyes, ears, and hearts to always be open and receptive, and that we close our mouths more so that we can hear Him—and then what we say will always be more loving.

Love always,

Natasha

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Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6/3/13 to 6/7/13

Happy Saturday family! Below check out the recap for this week. Enjoy and please share with others.

Monday- 6/3/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/06/03/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-3-13/

Tuesday- 6/4/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-4-13/

Wednesday- 6/5/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/06/05/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-5-13/

Thursday- 6/6/13

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

Friday- 6/7/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/06/07/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-7-13/

I hope that this week’s posts 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, and take the time to tell The Lord, “thank you!” because all that He does for you is out of love.

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.

Love 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.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.7.13

The Lord said, “Go over to Straight Street, to the house of Judas. When you get there, ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying to me right now. I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying hands on him so he can see again.”

“But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.” But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.”

Acts 9:11-16 NLT

Pray
Father use me, direct me, and open my eyes to see. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
We’re never sure whom God has called upon. We’re never sure how God is using us and others to help the least of His children, and to spread His love and Word. Don’t question Him, just obey.

Have an amazing weekend family!

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.6.13

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.

1 John 4:11-15 NLT

Pray
Thank You Father. Thank You for all that I am and all that I have. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
Be grateful for the life you have because you could be in a worse situation. There is always someone who has it worse than you, so humble yourself and give praise to God for His loving grace.

Love,

Natasha

Copyright 2013. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

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.