Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.14.14

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.14.14
 
 Wow. Wow. Wow. I hope that the message and prayer (below) written by Joel and Victoria Osteen stirs you up and reawakens you to the unlimited possibilities awaiting you in the world!
 
 Love you all,
 
 Natasha
 
 Stir Up Your Dreams
 
 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
 “Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you…”
 
 2 Timothy 1:6, NKJV
 
 TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
 
 Do you need some freshness in your life today? It’s probably time to stir up what God has placed on the inside of you. It’s time to stir up those gifts, stir up those dreams, stir up those talents inside. Start stretching yourself. This doesn’t just mean making New Year’s resolutions; this means tapping into the destiny God has placed in your heart.
 
 Scripture tells us that without vision, people perish. If you don’t have a dream, you’re not really living the way God intends; you’re merely existing. Maybe at one time you had a dream, but you went through some disappointments or setbacks. Things didn’t turn out the way you planned.
 
 But here’s a key: when one dream dies, dream another dream. Just because it didn’t work out the way you had it planned doesn’t mean that God doesn’t have another plan. You cannot allow one disappointment or even a series of disappointments to convince you that your dream is over. It’s time to dig your heels in and hold on to the promises in your heart.
 
 As you stir up those God-given dreams and desires, He’ll pour out His favor and blessings and fulfill every desire in your heart!
 
 
 A PRAYER FOR TODAY
 Father, I come humbly to You. I give You my past, my disappointments, my brokenness. I choose forgiveness and peace. Fill me with Your hope and expectation as You fulfill the dreams and desires that You have placed within me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
 — Joel & Victoria Osteen
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.13.14

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
 
 Romans 12:15 ESV
 
 Pray
 Let me feel and think of others before I step or speak. May I always try to empathize with even the most difficult and damaged people. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Show compassion. Be compassionate. Consider others needs and feelings. Consider others before self. Don’t be dismissive of others feelings or situations just because they seem simple or minimal. Your minor can be someone’s major, and your major may be someone’s minor. Always remember that.
 
 Lovingly,
 Natasha
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.9.14

For by the grace given to me, I tell everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he should think. Instead, think sensibly, as God has distributed a measure of faith to each one.
 
 Romans 12:3 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father I pray for a humble nature so that I may always appreciate even the greatest things, objects, and actions—while never taking for granted my blessings. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Sometimes we get too “big for our britches”, too big-headed, and self-absorbed. The Lord always balances things out for us. Instead of facing a hard, painful lesson, why not ask God to keep your feet on the ground so you never forget who you are and to Whom you owe everything? I know I’m tired of learning things the hard way. How about you?
 
 Lovingly,
 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 1.8.14

Flourish in the
 New Year
 
 TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
 “The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree…”
 
 Psalm 92:12, NIV
 
 TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
 Have you ever seen a palm tree in the midst of a great storm? That tree may be bent so far over that it’s almost touching the ground, but when the wind finally stops, that palm tree bounces right back up. What’s interesting is that while that palm tree is hunched over under the pressure of the storm, it is actually becoming stronger.
 
 See, the reason God said we’d flourish like a palm tree is because He knew there would be difficult times. He knew things would come against us to try to steal our joy and victory. But God said, “You’re going to be like a palm tree because when the storms of life blow, you are going to come right back up stronger than before.”
 
 As you reflect on the events over the last year, remember, the storms you have encountered have only made you stronger. You are wiser, you are more alive, and you are headed for victory. Your brightest days are right out in front of you! Always remember that with God on your side, nothing can hold you back!
 
 
 A PRAYER FOR TODAY
 Father in heaven, thank You for making me strong in You. I trust that You are working in my life, even in the midst of the storms. Thank You for a new year and a new season of blessing in You in Jesus’ name. Amen.
 — Joel & Victoria Osteen
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.7.14

For jealousy makes a man furious, and he will not spare when he takes revenge. He will accept no compensation; he will refuse though you multiply gifts.
 
 Proverbs 6:34, 35 ESV
 
 Pray
 Mold me to quickly forgive, to seek clarity and understanding, and to resist the urge to take revenge. Mold me to be this way with my loved ones, my enemies, and the total stranger who may sin against me. Mold out of me all things not acceptable to You Father, and fill that space with all things pleasing to You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Yesterday in my reflection I shared with you how I deal with conflict. Let me go deeper today, and let’s explore together how best to deal with conflict with loved ones, strangers, and with perceived and actual enemies.
 
 I believe that the best “revenge” is living well and doing good. Living well and doing good is a reflection of God and His love for all of us. Being the bigger, more mature person in a conflict, walking away without the need to brutally attack them, leaving your adversary with their dignity, and continuing your day being loving and kind to others—that’s living well and doing good. Refusing to run off and bad mouth them to others—that’s living well and doing good.
 
 It’s easier to build someone up than tear them down. It’s easier on them and it’s definitely easier on you. Tearing someone down is draining mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It tears away at you and pulls you farther away from God and Jesus. Each time you “rip” in to someone else you are cutting at a cord that binds you to our Father and Shepherd.
 
 Besides you and I don’t need to get revenge, God balances all playing fields. There is no imbalance in God’s Kingdom.
 
 Your Role as the Confronter
 If you have issues with someone pray before you speak with them. Consider the ways you would want these same issues brought to you. Consider the most loving ways in which you can address your concerns. When you realize that you can’t calm down the situation, lovingly and respectfully excuse yourself from the environment until the energy is more conducive to possible resolution.
 
 Your Role When Confronted
 When someone you love, respect, and care for confronts you, pray immediately for them and for you. Do the same when confronted by a stranger or someone you may not like much or at all. Ask Jesus to walk before you and that God helps you to speak with love and clarity. Tune in to what the other person is really saying, not just what you hear. Is there pain and sadness coming through their words? Well then don’t say or do anything to heighten those emotions. Don’t make them feel as though their concerns are trivial, even if you think they are. What if the roles were reversed? How would you want that person to receive you and what you are telling them?
 
 Let’s work together to build each other up, with a shared understanding that the “enemy” is focused on tearing us down—why help it out and give it the power to succeed? The crazy thing is, if we really worked at building each other up, there would be a large number of “reality” shows that wouldn’t be on the air right now. The “enemy” wants to see conflict. It thrives off of it. Let’s stop giving it power.
 
 Share your thoughts.
 
 Love always,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.6.14

So then, we must pursue what promotes peace and what builds up one another.
 
 Romans 14:19 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father fill me with peace even in the midst of a storm. Settle my emotions and prevent them from boiling over. Let my cup be full with love, gratitude, kindness, humility, mercy, faith, and hope. Let it be so full that there is no room for negativity, hate, fear, pride, shame, insecurity, jealousy, or envy. Father, lovingly push me towards peace and resolution, and pull me away from the desire to fight and seek revenge. Mold me to build others up and not tear them down. Let me see others as Your son Jesus did. In his name I humbly and passionately pray to You. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 I will be the first to admit that I’m non-confrontational, but I have a long history of not backing down easily once pushed to my perceived limit. I don’t like to be bullied or “punked”. I don’t like to be pushed around verbally, mentally, emotionally, or physically. In the past I always presented the metaphor of the black panther pushed back until it could no longer move, and eventually it lashes out and fights back. I wasn’t always like that, just roughly 28 years of my life has followed this weakened course.
 
 Over the past few years I have learned to take steps to seek resolution before the “battle” breaks out. Anyone who knows me knows that I will say, “let’s just squash this” which means that I can clearly see that things are about to escalate, and I would rather diffuse them than watch the explosion. Remember, I’m still working on myself, so I can’t control me and the other person. If I can, I will try to talk things down and get both of us to sit in our neutral corners.
 
 I have also worked on thinking before speaking, and picking my “battles”, since every disagreement doesn’t need to turn into a “battle” or a “war”. It doesn’t mean I get it right all the time or most of the time, but I try and I’m trying. In disagreements I have made it a habit of not engaging in belittling tactics that many folks participate in. I’m not calling names and I won’t heighten the situation sprinkling or pouring curse words at the other person. In my opinion, I don’t see the need in dishing something out that you can’t take in return, so I won’t “play the dozens” in anger.
 
 I also don’t play the revenge game. No “tit for tat” exchanges from me. I think it’s childish, and I truly believe that an active pursuit for revenge especially against a loved one, will only create deepened bruising, scaring, and possible irreparable damage to them and to your relationship. You can’t take back words and you can’t repair a “shot” to the heart. You leave a permanent imprint on someone’s heart and in their mind when you purposely wound them emotionally, intimately, and physically. Think of the numerous families who don’t speak years after conflict. Think of the marriages destroyed by nasty “battles” and “wars”. I refuse to go down that rabbit hole.
 
 Tomorrow I will continue this line of thinking. Think about what I have shared today and then share your thoughts.
 
 
 Love always,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1/5/14

Unfortunately I missed church today, so instead of sharing a sermon with you, I will share these beautiful verses that I hope you also will share with others:
 
 Set me as a seal on your heart, as a seal on your arm. For love is as strong as death; ardent love is as unrelenting as Sheol. Love’s flames are fiery flames — the fiercest of all. Mighty waters cannot extinguish love; rivers cannot sweep it away. If a man were to give all his wealth for love, it would be utterly scorned.
 
 Song of Songs 8:6, 7 HCSB
 
 There is no emotion or feeling more powerful than love. God is love and knowing that there is no greater force than He, we can say the same about love. You cannot buy or sell it. You cannot trade it or trade up for it. You also can’t run away from it or switch quickly from it to hate. Love is intoxicating, overwhelming, and breathtaking. Love is light and life. Love is growth, courage and strength. Love is giving birth. Love is peace. Love is forgiveness and mercy. Love heals all.
 
 Why not share some today…
 
 
 Love,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12/30/13 to 1/3/14

Happy New Year and 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, and I’m looking for an amazing 2014. Let’s do this!
 
 
 Monday- 12/30/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/12/30/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-12-30-13/
 
 
 Tuesday- 12/31/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/12/31/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-12-31-13/
 
 
 Wednesday- 1/1/14 HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-1-1-14/
 
 Thursday- 1/2/14
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/01/02/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-1-2-14/
 
 
 Friday- 1/3/14
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/01/03/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-1-3-14/
 
 
 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. Thank you.
 
 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 1.3.14

But speaking the truth in love, let us grow in every way into Him who is the head — Christ.
 
 Ephesians 4:15 HCSB
 
 Pray
 May I grow each day and become more like Jesus. May I speak truth in love. In his name I pray. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 If you believe that Jesus is our savior, our Shepherd, and our way shower, then as his follower shouldn’t you follow his steps and his ways? Jesus didn’t lie and he also didn’t attempt to harm others when telling the truth. We must do the same. Even when someone hurts us, we need to ask ourselves, “what would Jesus do?” and then do it.
 
 Love always,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.2.14

Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers.
 
 Hebrews 13:4 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father may I build, embrace, and protect the type of marriage exemplified by Ida and Isador Straus. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 If you don’t know about Ida and Isador Straus, and their devotion to each other, then read about them here:
 http://www.rmstitanic.net/community/blog/241-isidor-ida-straus-name-of-love.html
 
 What if all married couples were devoted to each other like Ida and Isador?
 
 Love always,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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