Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.31.13

Such are the paths of all who forget God; the hope of the godless shall perish.
 
 Job 8:13 ESV
 
 Pray
 Father thank You for this day. I am grateful for the life that You have given me. I am thankful for the lessons that I have learned, and for the growth in every area of my life. All good that comes to me is because of You, and I thank You for Your favor. May my life always be filled with faith, love, and hope. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 May you never lose focus of what’s important in your life, your priorities, and those who God has bound to you. Don’t be like the man in the canoe who closed his eyes and napped, only to be awakened by chaos because he had gone off course. Keep your eyes and mind focused on the path, and you will never stray and be lost.
 
 Today is the last day of this year. What has been done has been done, and tomorrow we enter a new year, with new opportunities and even more challenges. Don’t dwell on past mistakes, just work harder to make future improvements. Live for today and with the same passion and urgency as you would if you knew it was your last day.
 
 It’s been such a blessing, this wraps up my fourth year of sharing my Breaking Bread daily scriptures. Each year I grow stronger, wiser, and closer to God. I am so grateful for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. I will always remain open to whatever God has in store for me.
 
 I pray that God fills each of you with peace and joy, today and all days. I look forward to connecting with you in 2014. God bless you!
 
 Love always,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.30.13

So they are no longer two, but one. God has joined them together, so no one should separate them.”
 
 Matthew 19:6 ERV
 
 Pray
 Father please protect what You have brought together. Protect this union from outsiders, from temptation, and from the enemy. Protect this union and others from fear and doubt, envy and jealousy, insecurity, and from the frustration that comes from hard work. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 I’ve been hearing more stories of divorce, separation, and marital troubles, and it truly bothers me because marriage is very sacred in my opinion. I entered marriage with my eyes and heart wide open, and with an understanding of what it means to me, what the Bible says it means to God, and what my vows mean to my life and well being. I pray for my marriage and I pray for other married couples. I also pray for those who are contemplating marriage.
 
 Marriage should not be entered into lightly and casually. It is a commitment that binds two people together for as long as they live. People should not marry if they won’t remain spiritually, emotionally, physically, and sexually committed to their partner. People should not marry if they don’t want to answer to anyone else, be accountable to someone, and have to put someone before them.
 
 If you aren’t the monogamous type, don’t get married. You can’t occasionally or frequently “slip up” and commit adultery and think that it is acceptable to God or your spouse. There are no “passes” for adulterers. There is a reason that this sin is listed as one of God’s commandments. It is as serious as committing murder.
 
 Marriage won’t make a strayer faithful. Marriage won’t turn a liar into an honorable and truthful person. That’s like a person thinking that getting pregnant will make an unstable relationship solid, or make a person want to commit to a relationship.
 
 If your marriage has been (or is being) challenged don’t run, don’t tear it apart—pray and work. If one of you are being tempted to stray (or you have strayed) from your marriage, cease your outside engagement. If your marriage is being attacked by an outsider(s), distance yourself from them, and cut off all ties. Stop calling, emailing, texting, speaking to, seeing, or spending time with the other person(s).
 
 Whatever you feel or believe is lacking in your marriage, work together to fill in the “gaps” with the missing components or with something of equal or greater value. Surround yourself with people who support your union and will serve as “blockers” of attacks by the enemy and outsiders.
 
 Change your thinking then your ways.
 
 Today I read a quote that made me smile, and I hope to reflect on it for as long as God gives me life. Enjoy!
 
  “I will remember always that marriage, like life, is a journey – not a destination – and that its treasures are found not just at the end but all along the way.” -Anon.
 
 We only have today and tomorrow left in 2013. Why wait until 2014 to begin walking on the straightened path? Why not begin today.
 
 Love always,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.25.13

Earth, sing to the Lord! Be happy as you serve the Lord! Come before him with happy songs!
 
 Psalms 100:1, 2 ERV
 
 Pray
 Father thank You for another day. Thank You for giving me this day to sing and praise Your name and to show my gratitude for my life, and for the sacrifices that Jesus made so that I could be here today. As I serve You, I know that it is only because of Your love, will, and grace. Thank You for giving me what I don’t deserve. Thank You for picking me up when I naively and ignorantly fall. Thank You for allowing me learn as You mold me. I humbly praise You Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Today turn on some music, or make your own, and then sing and dance as freely and as long as you want—-praising God for the gift of life, and the gift of Jesus. Merry CHRISTmas to all of you!
 
 Love,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.24.13

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. I apologize for not posting yesterday. I was under the weather fighting food poisoning and completely lost track of my days. But I’m on it today as I share another moving, stirring, and Amen’ing word and prayer from Joel and Victoria Osteen. If any of you would like to share some inspirational words from others, or directly from your heart, please do. That’s why we all are here on this blog!
 
 Tomorrow is Christmas Day. We celebrate it for many reasons, but most importantly in honor of the birth of Jesus Christ, and what his birth has afforded all of us. Think of how Jesus has impacted your life over the years and most recently when you read the awesomeness below. Think of Christmas Eve and what Mary, pregnant with the child of God, was thinking and experiencing as she prepared to labor to save each and everyone of us. Wow! Wow! Wow! The eve before Jesus’ birth was also very special. Let’s not forget to also honor it today.
 
 May God continue to bless all of you. May you have a safe journey wherever you may going today and the rest of this week. Merry Christmas my spiritual brothers and sisters!
 
 Love,
 Natasha
 
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 Get Back Up Again
 
 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
 “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again…”
 (Proverbs 24:16, NIV)
 
 TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
 Life is full of things that try to push us down. We all face disappointments and setbacks. Maybe you received some bad news about your health, or perhaps a relationship didn’t work out. That was a setback. It’s easy to get discouraged or lose your enthusiasm or even be tempted to just settle where you are. But if we’re going to see God’s best, we have to have a “bounce back” mentality. That means when you get knocked down, you don’t stay down. You get back up again. You have to know that every time adversity comes against you, it’s a setup for a comeback!
 
 Remember, as a believer in Jesus, the same power that raised Christ from the dead lives on the inside of you. There is no challenge too difficult, no obstacle too high, no sickness, no disappointment, no person, nothing that can keep you from your God-given destiny. If you stay in faith, then God will turn what was meant to be a stumbling block into a stepping stone, and you’ll move forward in strength, full of faith and victory!
 
 
 A PRAYER FOR TODAY
 Father, thank You for setting me up for success in everything I do. I choose to trust and rely on You knowing that Your plans are for my good. I know my best days are ahead of me and look forward to the blessings You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
 — Joel & Victoria Osteen
 
 
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Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12/16/13 to 12/20/13

Happy Saturday family! Below please find the recap for this week’s Breaking Bread posts. I look forward to a healthy discussion this weekend and next week. Let’s do this!
 
 
 Monday- 12/16/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/12/16/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-12-16-13/
 
 
 Tuesday- 12/17/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/12/17/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-12-17-13/
 
 
 Wednesday- 12/18/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/12/18/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-12-18-13/
 
 Thursday- 12/19/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/12/19/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-12-19-13/
 
 
 Friday- 12/20/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/12/20/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-12-20-13/
 
 
 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.
 
 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.
 
 
 
 

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.20.13

Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea during the time when Herod was king. After Jesus was born, some wise men from the east came to Jerusalem. They asked people, “Where is the child who has been born to be the king of the Jews? We saw the star that shows he was born. We saw it rise in the sky in the east and have come to worship him.”
 
 When King Herod heard about this, it upset him as well as everyone else in Jerusalem. Herod called a meeting of all the leading Jewish priests and teachers of the law. He asked them where the Messiah would be born.
 
 Matthew 2:1-4 ERV
 
 Pray
 Father protect me from my fears and from those who do or would fear my growth and success. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 The power of Jesus and what his birth represented to the masses threatened the way of life for thousands, threatened those who thought they were destined to lead, and caused an immediate ripple in the ‘waves’.
 
 Re-read the above verses.
 
 King Herod, Jewish priests and teachers of the law came together fearing the end of their reign and control over the people. They were plotting and planning against a child. A child. They knew his power. They knew he was the son of God. They knew he would see straight through them and see them for who they truly were. They knew that the masses would follow and serve him. How amazing, yet pitifully sad is that?
 
 In our own lives we will have people who fear our growth, development, and success. We will have people who will want and seek ways to bring about our failure. This is just one reason to stay prayed up and keep your eyes on the Lord. Enjoy your day and weekend.
 
 Lovingly your sister in Christ,
 
 Natasha
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.19.13

Lord, hear my voice. Be kind and answer me. My heart told me to come to you, Lord, so I am coming to ask for your help. Don’t turn away from me. Don’t be angry with your servant. You are the only one who can help me. My God, don’t leave me all alone. You are my Savior. Even if my mother and father leave me, the Lord will take me in.
 
 Psalms 27:7-10 ERV
 
 Pray
 Father slow me down so that I take the time after I pray to wait for Your answer.
 
 Reflection
 At church on Sunday, the pastor said something that hit home with me. He said that many of us say a prayer and then rush off into our day, then wonder why our prayers were ‘never answered’. He said that we must sit, wait, listen, and watch for God’s answer. God may present our blessing in a unique way. He also may not give us what we are asking for, but He may present something else for us. Additionally, sometimes the prayer that you thought was never answered, actually was, but you were so consumed in your drama you just didn’t realize it.
 
 “Prayer isn’t supposed to be (just about) us asking God to do something for us, it’s supposed to be our conversation with Him. But many of us think that all we have to do is put in a request, walk away, and then get what we want. It doesn’t work that way,” the pastor said.
 
 How many of you have a similar relationship with God?
 
 How many of you say a prayer for healing or relief from familial or societal pressures, and after saying the prayer you simply walk away ‘leaving it to God’, expect an immediate resolution to the situation, or ask for a ‘sign’? This can’t be a one-sided relationship.
 
 It reminds me of the story of the man lost at sea, holding on for dear life to a piece of wood (or some other item) and fearing drowning, he prays to God to rescue him. Various birds, sea creatures and sea mammals came to him to help but each time he said, “No, God will rescue me”. The man drowned and passed away and when he went to heaven he questioned God and asked why He didn’t answer his prayers and pleas. God said, (and please remember that I’m paraphrasing this fable) “I did. I sent birds and other animals to rescue you and you refused their help…”
 
 How many ‘signs’ did he need? How many instances did he turn down rescue attempts because in his mind he expected some grandiose rescue by God. I don’t know about you, but a bird or whale coming to rescue me is pretty grand!
 
 When you read the Bible and you read of the numerous men and women who prayed and had conversations with God, you will notice that none of these moments were rushed, and in every instance, the person involved was committed to their talks with Him.
 
 I recall a story my father told me of a woman his family knew (or knew of) who was committed to a mental hospital because neighbors had witnessed her talking ‘with God’ as she sat in her backyard each day. This woman was speaking aloud in prayer and speaking to God about whatever struggles or blessings she was experiencing, and was deemed mentally ill and institutionalized. She was spending time with our Heavenly Father, as we all should, and she was punished by man for it. This explains why many people pray silently.
 
 It doesn’t matter if we pray aloud or silently. What does matter is our intent, expectations, and our involvement in prayer. When we pray we must wait and watch for God’s answer. We must remember that prayer isn’t a vending machine that you simply invest a little time and expect a large payoff, nor should we expect immediate results. Sometimes it is delayed, and sometimes it comes a different way than what we expected. But we have to be present spiritually, mentally, and physically to receive it.
 
 Lovingly your sister in Christ,
 
 Natasha
 
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