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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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.18.13

Then the man who makes announcements for the king spoke in a loud voice, “All you people from many nations and language groups, listen to me. This is what you are commanded to do: You must bow down as soon as you hear the sound of all the musical instruments. When you hear the horns, flutes, lyres, sambucas, harps, bagpipes, and all the other musical instruments, you must worship the gold idol. King Nebuchadnezzar has set this idol up. Whoever does not bow down and worship this gold idol will immediately be thrown into a very hot furnace.”
 
 So as soon as they heard the sound of the horns, flutes, lyres, sambucas, bagpipes, and all the other musical instruments, they bowed down and worshiped the gold idol. All the peoples, nations, and different language groups there worshiped the gold idol that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.
 
 Daniel 3:4-7 ERV
 
 Pray
 Father may I always have my eyes, heart, and mind connected to You. I pray that I don’t sell out to other sources, people, or things, but that I would rather sacrifice all the comfort and wealth just to be Your servant. I would rather have Your love, protection, healing, and guidance than all of the money and resources in the world. Through You I am and always will be wealthy. I hope to never forget this. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 
 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego weren’t the only people to refuse to bow down to the golden idol, but they definitely ruffled enough feathers and demonstrated their faith in God on a large enough scale that it is their story we read today.
 
 How many people have sold out and bowed down to idols? How many have sold out for a job or career, car, house, money, jewelry, for a relationship with someone, or for a way out of a situation that they believed was hopeless?
 
 What if we had the trust and faith of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego? What if we truly believed that God would see us through, and if He didn’t, then He had something else planned for us—and we would willingly take that journey, how would our lives and daily walk be different? The fear of the unknown holds us back, but have you read the story of the twins in the mother’s womb? I re-posted it on my blog:
 
 
 There’s an unknown long before our birth and we don’t know what to expect on the other side, but when it’s our time we come out and enter the world kicking and screaming, until we realize that everything is okay, and that unseen source that took care of us for so long is real.
 
 If you say God is real then you have to work at letting go of the perceived safety net that keeps you from giving your all to Him. It’s only choking you off and blocking your blessings.
 
 Lovingly your sister in Christ,
 
 Natasha
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.17.13

But after Joseph thought about this, an angel from the Lord came to him in a dream. The angel said, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to accept Mary to be your wife. The baby inside her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son. You will name him Jesus. Give him that name because he will save his people from their sins.” All this happened to make clear the full meaning of what the Lord said through the prophet: “The virgin will be pregnant and will give birth to a son. They will name him Immanuel.” (Immanuel means “God with us.”)
 
 Matthew 1:20-23 ERV
 
 Pray
 Bring me closer Father. I want to be saved. I don’t want Jesus’ struggle, torment, and sacrifice to be in vain. In his name I pray for forgiveness, strength, courage, and shelter. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 The name “Jesus” was common during his time. If you read the entire Bible you will see references to other men named Jesus. The name Jesus is a translation from “Yeshua” which means “Yahweh saves” and “Yahweh” is another name for God. The word “Christ” is Greek for “anointed” so Jesus Christ was the anointed sent by God to save His children. Next week is Christmas, which was once called Christ’s Mass, which celebrated his birth, and was later shortened to one word.
 
 Why do you celebrate Christmas? Why do you celebrate his birth every year? Even if we have the date and month wrong (because references in the Bible clearly note his birth in what we would consider the season of Spring) none of this matters, because as a whole we come together around the world honoring, celebrating, and remembering our savior, and what his life has meant and now means to us.
 
 How has your thinking about Jesus and Christmas changed since your childhood? Since your early years as an adult? How has it changed over the last few years? Has it matured? Do you question more of the details? Or are you simply caught up in the holiday and the season of gift giving, food sharing and consumption, and maybe time off from work? What does Christmas mean to you, and what are you doing to help spread God and Jesus’ love for us with others?
 
 Please share. I would love to hear from you and I’m sure my other readers would also.
 
 Lovingly your sister in Christ,
 
 Natasha
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.16.13

Be sure that you continue to follow the teaching you heard from the beginning. If you do that, you will always be in the Son and in the Father. And this is what the Son promised us—eternal life.
 
 1 John 2:24, 25 ERV
 
 Pray
 Father I seek a consistency in my commitment and service to You. I seek growth but a never wavering belief in Your Word. Strengthen me in my walk. Help me to be a better student. I seek You always. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 The light that you feel inside when you have connected to God and our savior Jesus Christ, is the Truth that Jesus taught. Hold on tight to that teaching and let it guide you through your walk to eternal life. As you grow as a student you should be more determined to stay focused on the path God has placed before you. When you waver, when doubt slips in, pray for refocus, and the strength to continue.
 
 Our earliest understanding of love was shared with us as children. The majority of us still believe in that love so we seek it and try our best to share it. We should do the same with the teaching of the Truth we first heard and embraced. Seek it and share it. Through our commitment we will find and receive salvation.
 
 Lovingly your sister in Christ,
 
 Natasha
 
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