Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.29.13

Wow today’s message will knock you off of your feet. Joel and Victoria Osteen hit on a topic that I know applies to all of us, no matter how many degrees, licenses, and certifications we have—there is always an area in our life that is undeveloped or underdeveloped, and we need to expand our thinking while building up our courage and faith so we can be all that God intends us to be.

Don’t just read today’s message and go on about your day as usual. Read it, digest it, reflect upon it, share it with others, and then after outlining your action plan (over several days), put that plan to work!

We can’t be okay with ‘good enough’ because God is more than ‘good enough’; Jesus is more than ‘good enough’—if you feel unsettled in life then guess what? You are trying to accept a position that conflicts with God’s plan for you. Push yourself beyond the state of ‘good enough’ so you can see what ‘greatness’ is all about.

Now are you ready to read today’s message? Then let’s do this!

Love,
Natasha

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Develop Your Talent

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition].”

Colossians 1:10, AMP

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Too many people suffer from “destination disease.” In other words, they’ve reached a certain level or obtained a goal, now they’re coasting in life off of what they’ve already learned. Studies tell us that 50% of people, after they graduate from high school, will never read an entire book the rest of their life. One reason is that people see learning as a period of life instead of a way of life. They think, “I’m out of school. I’m done with my training. I’ve got my job.” But, God never created us to reach one level and stop. Whether you’re 90 years old or 9 years old, you should be constantly learning, improving your skills, and getting better at what you do.

The key is that you have to take responsibility for your growth. Growth is not automatic. What steps are you taking to get better? Are you reading books? Listening to teaching CD’s? Are you taking any courses on the internet? Going to any seminars? Do you have any mentors? Don’t just coast through life relying on what you’ve already learned. You have treasure on the inside. Develop your talent and become all that God created you to be.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, help me to develop the talents You have given me. Show me to how to continue growing, stretching and increasing. Help me to maximize what You’ve placed in my hand as I daily give You glory for Your faithfulness in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.27.13

See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 HCSB

Pray
Father thank You for this day and for the humbling experiences. Thank You for the blessings and the lessons, those learned and those I’m still struggling with. Thank You for loving me and caring for me even when I don’t always love and care for myself fully or enough. Thank You for the heart of forgiveness and compassion, and for molding me to forgive and let go sooner so that I don’t have to carry around the burden of my issues. Please continue to give me a cleansing breath to move past situations and drama so that I have stamina for my next task or adventure.

I pray that all those I encounter see Jesus and feel You inside of me, and if they see and feel anything else, please mold it out of me. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
I can’t say that I will always be level-headed enough to not react negatively to negative people and negative circumstances, but I can say that I will always try. I’ve grown to believe that the best revenge is living well so that I don’t have to waste any time or effort attempting to get back at someone for doing or saying something mean to me.

I know that when it comes to politics and government that when it comes to protecting the people that make up nations, it does not always sound feasible to “turn the other cheek” when your citizens are attacked, bombed, murdered, tortured, etc. But one thing that I have noticed is that even with the horrible events that have taken place around the world over the past 30 years, for the most part, countries have done a better job at thinking before reacting and responding to situations. An attack by individuals or groups has not triggered full out governmental attacks on entire nations as a response. We have not been motivated to lean towards an “eye for an eye”, at least not based on media and recent historical accounts. We have come a long way in this country and in many parts of the world, but we still have a long way to go.

Of course this isn’t true on the street level with local gangs and thugs who casually react to circumstances with total disregard to others, especially the innocent victims caught by stray bullets, etc. I pray for these lost and hurt children. Their pain affects all of us.

I pray that more people lean more towards peace and forgiveness and are motivated to walk away from hate and revenge. Let’s work on teaching our children to be better, and let’s work on role modeling a more righteous way—following the example of our best role model—Jesus Christ.

Sending love from Washington, DC!

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 8.26.13

If this message from Joel and Victoria Osteen hasn’t been posted before, then I’m having a major moment of déjà vu because I feel as though I’ve heard or read it somewhere before. So, I’m sharing it with all of you because maybe it will touch you the same way too! Have an amazing Monday family!

Love,
Natasha

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Don’t Miss Your Moment

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed at that moment.”

Matthew 9:22, NIV

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

In Scripture, there was a lady who had been sick with a bleeding disorder for twelve years. She went to the best doctors, received the finest treatment, but her health continued to decline. One day, she got word that Jesus was coming through her town. When she heard that, something came alive on the inside. She had so much coming against her, but she didn’t focus on that; she knew it was her time for healing. Instead of giving up, she fought her way through the crowds and touched the edge of Jesus’ robe. When she did, immediately she was made whole.

I wonder how many other people were there like her in that same type of situation. They were sick. They were discouraged. They had trouble. But they just watched Jesus pass by. They let excuses keep them from their miracle. Friend, don’t let that be you. Don’t let your circumstances keep you from reaching out to Jesus. It doesn’t matter what’s happened in your past, just keep moving forward. God has destiny moments in store for you. Keep pressing in, keep believing, keep praying and, like this woman, reach out to Him. Know that He is faithful, and He will meet your faith with His power.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, today I press into You. I believe that You have my miracle in the palm of Your hand. I choose to take my eyes off of my circumstances and set my gaze on You, Jesus, because You are the Author and Finisher of my faith in Jesus’ name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8/19/13 to 8/23/13

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

Monday- 8/19/13 Happy 44th birthday to the late Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale. A musical legend! May you forever rest in peace!

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-19-13/

Tuesday- 8/20/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-20-13/

Wednesday- 8/21/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-21-13/

Thursday- 8/22/13 Happy 2nd birthday to my beloved “nephew” Quincy. Auntie loves you Q!

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-22-13/

Friday- 8/23/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-23-13/

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. I will be traveling tomorrow, so if I can’t catch a sermon online, I hope that one or more of you will share a sermon that you watched or took part in, so that I and others can enjoy the Word.

God bless you all!

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 8/19/13 to 8/23/13

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

Monday- 8/19/13 Happy 44th birthday to the late Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale. A musical legend! May you forever rest in peace!

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-19-13/

Tuesday- 8/20/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-20-13/

Wednesday- 8/21/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-21-13/

Thursday- 8/22/13 Happy 2nd birthday to my beloved “nephew” Quincy. Auntie loves you Q!

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-22-13/

Friday- 8/23/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-23-13/

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. I will be traveling tomorrow, so if I can’t catch a sermon online, I hope that one or more of you will share a sermon that you watched or took part in, so that I and others can enjoy the Word.

God bless you all!

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.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.23.13

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother named him Jabez and said, “I gave birth to him in pain.”

1 Chronicles 4:9 HCSB

Pray
I pray for all things and experiences that I undergo (and am subjected to) be received as a blessing, even those things that bring me pain and discomfort. Amen.

Reflection
Those things that require more time, patience, and even pain, can bring us the greatest joy and honor. Don’t dread these moments, but force a smile—because out of it God will bring something great to you. May He continue to bless each and every one of you!

Love from paradise,

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 8.22.13

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Isaiah 1:18 NIV

Pray
Father heal me, protect me, and forgive me for my wrongdoings. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
We may obsess over our sins and worry whether or not God has or will ever forgive us. God has always said that if we repent, ask for forgiveness, and not repeat the same sin, then we are not only forgiven but He moves on as though we never disappointed Him. There are things that we struggle to forgive ourselves for. Let go and turn it over to God. If you still haven’t forgiven someone for hurting you, pray for the strength and courage to forgive, and then let it go so that your healing can begin. The peace that will ultimately enshroud you will be your reassurance that all is well.

Let go my brothers and sisters. Let go!

Sending you love from afar,

Natasha

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