Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.28.14

Do not commit adultery.
 
 Exodus 20:14 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father I pray for every married couple regardless if they have been married less than one hour or more than 75 years. I pray that their union is held together by Your love, and that they never allow another person to come between them. I pray that they rebuke adultery and other sins. I pray that they rebuke the tempter and temptress that seeks only to destroy and conquer through darkness. I pray that they are surrounded and protected by family and friends who will do their part to protect their union, and block any attempts to attack the union.
 
 Mold out of those weak individuals who struggle with fidelity, that which is not favorable to You, and mold into them that which will make them great in a Your eyes. I pray this to You as a believer in You and Your son Jesus Christ. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 God did not beat around the bush with His commandments. God was crystal clear and straight to the point. Adultery is so great a sin it’s listed there with murder. Yet more and more people give in to this sin. More and more people justify cheating on their spouse emotionally, sexually, and in other ways. People justify calling, texting, sexting, emailing, IM’ing, DM’ing, inboxing, sending cards and letters, gift giving, and more—-to a person not their spouse—to a person that they didn’t vow to “have and to hold forsaking all others…until death do us part.
 
 People say, “I didn’t intend to,” but some do it and then blame their spouse, and oftentimes commit adultery again, and again, and again—usually because they haven’t been caught. But they forget that God is always watching.
 
 What do you think could possibly be gained by destroying the vows you spoke to and before God?
 
 If a person is a cheater before marriage, what’s the likelihood that they will remain faithful forever to one person? If a person has no problem violating their vows to their spouse, how can you trust them to be honorable in other areas of their life? A single person intimately involved with a married person must realize one fact, even if you end up with this married person, you will lose them just like you got them—that’s the karmic circle.
 
 Questions of the Day:
 1. Why do you (or don’t you) hold a married person accountable to their marriage vows?
 
 2. In what ways can we support and hold married people accountable?
 
 3. In what ways can we empower single people to not get caught up in the ugly web of adultery?

 
 
 Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! May God continue to bless and keep all of us. Have an amazing weekend. Don’t forget that tomorrow is March 1st!
 
 Love always,
 
 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 2.27.14

At that time, when you call, the Lord will answer; when you cry out, He will say, ‘Here I am.’ If you get rid of the yoke among you, the finger-pointing and malicious speaking, and if you offer yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted one, then your light will shine in the darkness, and your night will be like noonday.
 
 The Lord will always lead you, satisfy you in a parched land, and strengthen your bones. You will be like a watered garden and like a spring whose waters never run dry. Some of you will rebuild the ancient ruins; you will restore the foundations laid long ago; you will be called the repairer of broken walls, the restorer of streets where people live.
 
 “If you keep from desecrating the Sabbath, from doing whatever you want on My holy day; if you call the Sabbath a delight, and the holy day of the Lord honorable; if you honor it, not going your own ways, seeking your own pleasure, or talking too much; then you will delight yourself in the Lord, and I will make you ride over the heights of the land, and let you enjoy the heritage of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.
 
 Isaiah 58:9-14 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father thank You for those countless times throughout human life when You have changed cities, towns, and countries. I pray for an increase in faith to trust that there is an opportunity for a great spiritual movement in my lifetime. I seek the days where we’re more concerned about eternal things and eternal life, where Your presence is felt in homes and in public locations, and where people are filled with (and freely express) love and joy.
 
 Father please use circumstances of terror and pain within our communities to cause Your children to begin thinking about ‘eternal matters’ and turning to You for guidance. I pray that Your conditional believers recognize their need for You, and come directly to You. I pray for all of these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 This scripture explained the process of a spiritual awakening, and what would happen if God’s children turned away from darkness, turned to the light, and cried out for God’s salvation. We have had spiritual awakenings throughout the world and even here in the United States. With the first Great Awakening in this nation taking place circa 1740-1743 thousands of people grew in their faith and began turning to God. Colleges like Princeton and Dartmouth were founded to train ministers and missionaries to share the gospel to those with little or no exposure or faith in God.
 
 In Northampton, Massachusetts a citywide awakening took place in 1734-1735, and a nearby village changed the lives of more than 1,000 people which represented 27 percent of their population.
 
 How would our neighborhoods be if we all embraced God’s love and light? What would happen if we stopped being malicious, and stopped the finger-pointing and back stabbing? What would happen if we invested time in helping the poor, under served, hungry and needy? What would it be like to see impoverished neighborhoods rebuilt, streets repaired, unsightly graffiti removed, and those residents who lived years in squalor, now given the opportunity to live with dignity? How would life be if we stopped desecrating the Sabbath?
 
 Now consider how life would change for several neighborhoods, cities, counties, states, and an entire nation. I can see a major drop in crime, domestic violence, road rage, poverty, drug use and alcoholism, prostitution, unemployment, homelessness, and foreclosures. I can see an increase in church attendance, community engagement activities, business ownership, and home ownership. I can see predatory establishments like payday loan centers, title lenders, and others being shut down and replaced with community banks and credit unions.
 
 Imagine that!
 
 Question of the Day:
 What can you visualize taking place in your neighborhood, city, state, and country if we began to come together in love and light? What changes can you see?
 
 
 Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! May God continue to bless and keep all of us.
 
 Love always,
 
 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 2.26.14

“Be careful that you don’t forget the Lord your God by failing to keep His command — the ordinances and statutes — I am giving you today. When you eat and are full, and build beautiful houses to live in, and your herds and flocks grow large, and your silver and gold multiply, and everything else you have increases, be careful that your heart doesn’t become proud and you forget the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery….”
 
 Deuteronomy 8:11-14 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father I can clearly see many of the substitutes that I have put in Your place, now and in the past. I promise to put these substitutes away. Help me Father to see the other things, ways, and people that I have substituted for You, so that I can put them aside, in their rightful place, and only focus on You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 
 Material Substitutes
 Cars, houses, money, jewelry, clothing and shoes, accessories, food, and other material things have oftentimes been substitutes for God—loved and cherished more than He. The act of greed is a total blotting out of God. It’s a focus on self—me, myself, and I. When it’s “all about me” there is no room for God. God said we’re not to focus on self, but to focus on Him.
 
 An obsession with material possessions and buying things, and having an abundance of objects around you are all substitutes for having a relationship with God. When there is so much focus on objects and how to get them, there is less focus on the reality that without God you simply would not have access. When we focus too much on the pleasure we receive from material things we oftentimes do not invest enough time in advocating and fighting for the oppressed, under served, and poor.
 
 Church and Religious Substitutes
 Church baptisms performed as tradition/ritual, evangelistic visits with a primary focus on getting visitors to the church to reach attendance goals, and other ritual/traditional religious activities are substitutes for a genuine love relationship with God. Baptism is expressly for each participant to have a renewal with God. It’s a time of public testimony. Many people and churches simply “check the box” as the thing to do. Evangelistic trips or visits are supposed to be a time to allow people to feel God’s love through others where in that love they are encouraged by Him to seek Him.
 
 No where in the Bible does it mention mega churches in the same sentence of building God’s Kingdom. If the majority of your congregation is struggling financially, unemployed or underemployed, living paycheck to paycheck, then there’s a problem with that equation. The size of that building and the property acquired is being funded by those members. They are being put further in debt to achieve someone else’s mission, not God’s. We must check ourselves, and check those leaders who run the churches. Has the physical structure of the church become a substitute for God?
 
 Human Substitutes
 Human substitutes are present in most of our lives. We either substitute our parents, spouses, the person we’re dating, or our so-called religious leader for God. We have such intimate relationships with these people because we can see, hear, smell, touch, and have conversations with them where we gain immediate feedback. But there is no relationship more intimate and more rewarding than the one with our Heavenly Father.
 
 Think about the millions of people around the world who place their religious/spiritual leaders on a pedestal as though they are God, or His right hand. Think of the millions of people who sit back and watch their religious leaders commit heinous crimes against others, yet their followers forgive them and continue to follow them (and support them financially) instead of forgiving them, and then sending them on their way. These relationships are substitutions for God. We don’t need to go to man or woman to get closer to God. All we have to do is turn to God. You don’t need to turn to man or woman to find out how to pray to God, all you have to do is start talking to Him just as you would a loved one. Have a simple conversation and open your heart and mind to being receptive to Him.
 
 An obsession with self and our appearance means a lack of focus on God. There is a huge difference between taking care of your body in dedication to our Father (the One who gave you your body) versus working out and flaunting your body, obsessed with how it looks because you want adoration from others—you want to say, “look at me”. The former is to praise God. The latter is to praise self. Remember what I said earlier in this message, “When it’s “all about me” there is no room for God. God said we’re not to focus on self, but to focus on Him.”
 
 I admit that I have ignored God’s warning and followed the lead of a human instead. I have been involved in love relationships and friendships with people who were toxic, and God showed me that they were toxic, yet I ignored Him. I have been with men who couldn’t be faithful to our relationship, and God showed me in the very beginning that these men would not be faithful, yet I ignored Him. God showed me the so-called friends who would betray me, but I didn’t believe the message. I assumed that in every situation it wasn’t God warning me, but rather it was the enemy just trying to mess up a good thing. I can admit that every time that I have done so it has been to my detriment. I’m obviously hard-headed, and that’s why my molding process is at times extremely intense.
 
 I seek restoration and renewal in my life and journey. How about you?
 
 Question of the Day:
 Can you recognize some of the ways that you have turned to substitutes instead of turning to God?
 
 
 Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! May God continue to bless and keep all of us.
 
 Love always,
 
 Natasha
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.25.14

Jesus answered, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him. The one who doesn’t love Me will not keep My words. The word that you hear is not Mine but is from the Father who sent Me.

John 14:23, 24 HCSB

Pray
Father I have come to realize that I can’t possibly love you 100 percent because I do not obey you 100 percent. I can see that my heart has turned away from You because I’m not giving 100% of it to you. I want to return to You fully Father.

I thank You for Your love and patience as I work to come back to You. I thank Your son Jesus for the sacrifice of love that he paid for me. I want to do right by him and by You. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
Jesus was quite clear in his teachings and declarations. He clearly said that if anyone loved him they would obey his teaching and if anyone loved God, his Father, our Father, then we would obey His commands.

There is no gray area here. It’s not possible to straddle the fence. Either we all obey and love Them or we disobey and we don’t love Them. That is a very big pill to swallow I have to admit.

I read that we have a tendency as humans to try to make excuses for why we don’t truly love God and Jesus. We try to rationalize and say that it’s not that we don’t love God it’s that we have difficulty obeying Him. But the Scripture is clear. Jesus’ teaching is clear. God’s command is clear.

My husband is known for saying that, “to rationalize is to tell rational lies,” and I have to admit that I have been rationalizing and lying to myself and to God for far too long.

If I am not obeying Him immediately and 100 percent of the time, then I can’t possibly truly love Him. I can’t be a true follower of Christ if I’m not obeying Christ. It hurts to say that. It hurts to say and read these words. It hurts to admit that even in my daily walk, sharing in this blog, and trying my best as a servant leader, I am still disconnected from God. I have departed from God.

Jesus says, God says, the Bible says:

Love each other as Christ loves us.
– Forgive others so that we can be forgiven.
– Pray daily and often
– Tithe
– Practice justice, mercy, and faith
– Actively making disciples of the nations, even those around our community, and teaching them to practice all that Christ has commanded.
– Witness about Christ to the world
– Displaying unity with other believers in your church, other churches, and Christians in other denominations

Consider Jesus’ commands, teachings, and what God expects from us, and then ask yourself are you 100 percent obedient every single day?

Question of the Day:
I have fallen short and I see the areas. Where have you fallen short? What are you willing to do to come back to your true love, your first love, our Father?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

I love you all!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.24.14

Update: My apologies for forgetting to post this on time.

Original message……………………………….

It touched my heart to share this with all of you (see below). Enjoy and then check out the Question of the Day at the end.

~Natasha

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Your Story Ends in Victory

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.

Psalm 139:16, NLT

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

In difficult times, you have to remind yourself that nothing is a surprise to Almighty God. He’s not up in the heavens scratching His head, saying, “Oh, man, he got laid off. That messed up everything.” “Oh, she was diagnosed with cancer.” “Joseph was thrown into a pit.” “Joel lost his father. Now what am I going to do?

No, God knows the end from the beginning. He has already written every day of your life in His book. The good news is that if you will stay in faith, your book ends in victory.

The next time you face an unexpected challenge, remember, it’s no surprise to God. He already has the answer, the provision, the healing you need. Keep standing, keep praying, keep hoping and keep believing that your story isn’t over until your story ends in Victory!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for the strength I need to overcome in every area of my life. I know that You hold the days of my life in the palm of Your hand. I believe that You have equipped me with everything I need for spirit, soul and body in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Natasha’s Question of the Day:
When you are going through an uphill battle, complications, or some sort of dilemma, what can you say to yourself in that moment to bring peace within knowing that God has already handled it?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Love,

Natasha

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Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2/23/14

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 2/23/14

Today’s sermon comes from Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church in Marietta, Georgia. Taught by Elder Ron Sumpter, Courtney Harkness, and Marlon Montgomery

Today’s Subject is: Love…It’s The Law!

Today’s Scripture selections from are:

2 Corinthians 8:7-8 [Scripture selected during the offering time]

1 Corinthians 16:14 (NET)

Romans 13:8-10 (NIV)

Luke 10: 25-29 (NIRV)

Matthew 5:43-48 (NLT)

Luke 10:30-37 (CEB)

James 2:12-13 (TLB)

Highlights from Today’s  Sermon:

Everything CAN be done in love. If so, then why aren’t we doing EVERYTHING in love? Love is the law.

Are you a law breaker? Have you fallen short of loving someone else?

Love is God’s only requirement  of me concerning everyone else .

No debt should be outstanding, only love for others should be your debt. But your credit card, mortgage, and other bills should have a zero balance.

God’s love doesn’t hurt anyone. God wants us free. He wants your only debt to others to be is to love them.

God’s Word is simple. Love is simple. It’s supposed to be simple. We have a life responsibility.

I can satisfy the law of love, if I…

1.   Let God decide who deserves my love.

Passages selected: Luke 10: 25-29 (NIRV), Matthew 5:43-48 (NLT)

Jesus said love your neighbor as you love yourself. Your neighbor is your fellow human being. Look at your neighbor through God’s eyes, not yours. God looks at them with no strings attached. You can’t sit back and say, “I don’t want you to be my neighbor because I don’t like that you keep putting your trash cans in front of my house” First God says you have to love Me. Love me with all of the passion and praise that you give in church when you have high energy, etc.

Once God gets our attention He shows us how to love others, our neighbors. No strings attached.

When God is in our life it’s easier to receive His instruction.

We keep trying to impress others, Jesus, and God, but we’re not doing what we’re supposed to. We’re talking the talk but not walking the walk.

– An example of this is in Luke 10:25-29 when the man whose an expert in the law but then he wants to show off and try to test Jesus (the true expert in all things) and ask Jesus a question of “what must I do to receive eternal life” Jesus switches it up and tells the man to tell him the answer. Once the man answers the question, then Jesus said, “go and do likewise”. Don’t just talk about it, go and do it. You know it to be true, so then go do it.

We should also let God decide who deserves our love.

When you think of the Stand Your Ground Laws in Florida and elsewhere, it is crazy to think that these provisions were actually entered into and supported as laws. It’s easy to say that Michael Dunn (the shooter involved in the “loud music murder trial”) should have allowed God to decide who deserved his love (instead of shooting into the car at those teenagers and killing, Jordan Davis), but we can’t do that ourselves in our lives.

  • Don’t judge the shooter. It is not our place to say, “he deserves what he gets”. It’s not your place. Let God decide.
  • There is justice and then there’s hatred painted the color of justice. We have to make sure that we can see the difference.
  • You may be saying, “I haven’t shot anyone” but that doesn’t make you innocent. The Lord is your judge. Have you pulled a trigger with your mouth? Have you injured some people with your criticisms and then walked away as though nothing happened? Has your eyes and body language shot like bullets at someone that you prejudged or simply disliked?

Everyone deserves our love, especially the ones who you think deserve it the least.

It’s easy to love your friends but you may feel it difficult or impossible to love your enemies.

  • The Bible says that with God all things are possible. God first must start with us and change our attitude. You will think of all the reasons why someone doesn’t like you, why they are discriminating against you, or hate you. You have to get rid of that out of your thinking, your heart—let the offense go. Let it go! It’s not worth holding on to. Get rid of the burden.
  • It starts with us. We have to let go. We expect God to do tremendous things in our life but we keep holding on to our burdens and we’re cluttering up our lives and blocking our blessings

I can satisfy the law of love, if I…

2.   Extend mercy to others as needed.

Passages selected: Luke 10:30-37 (CEB), James 2:12-13 (TLB)

Have you given a few dollars to someone on the streets and then you pat yourself on the back thinking you really did something great?

When we’re watching someone on a descent, downward spiral, are we the thief, priest, Levite, or samaritan?

Being Like the Thief

Do you strip people of their joy? Nasty attitude is what it looks like to be a thief?

Being Like the Priest and Levite

When Jesus mentioned that a person could be a thief even if they are a priest, Levite, or see themselves as a samaritan, do you question what he means by comparing these types of people? How could a priest be in a position not favorable to Jesus? By sitting back and watching, thinking that saying a prayer is good enough, but not jumping into action to help others, by crossing to the other side of the road and continuing on your journey. The Levite did the same thing as the priest did, he simply crossed to the other side of the road knowing that the man was injured and needed help.

  • When you see someone going through some things do you tell them, “I will pray for you” or do you go and help them?
  • When you see a person with their car  broken down on the side of the road, do you say, “I will pray your car get fixed…that you aren’t stranded for long…that you don’t get injured” or do you go over and try to help them?
  • When you see a homeless person are you satisfied with giving them a couple of dollars and a prayer, or do you go a step further and offer them a warm meal and warm place to temporarily stay.

Being Like the Thief

When you see someone who was robbed, beaten, etc. do you rush over and help or do you flee in fear of being robbed, beaten, etc?

Being Like the Samaritan

A samaritan stops and helps, and does the best they can. The samaritan bandaged up the wounds of the injured man. The samaritan offered a ride on his donkey. Then he took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he paid the innkeeper two full days worth of wages and asked the innkeeper to take care of the injured man, and that when he returned he would pay the innkeeper for any additional costs.

Now think of that. Can you truly say that you are a samaritan? A modern day look at things is that our donkey is our cars. Are you willing to pick up and total stranger, mend their wounds, place them in your car, and take them to shelter where they can rest and heal? Are you willing to pay for the supplies, food, and any other expenses required to help them?

Do you have the type of compassion of the samaritan? Do you fully see the condition that other people are in, or do you see the situation?

  • Have you seen people who come into work each day with an attitude? Do you see the attitude or a heart that is trying to love itself because it doesn’t feel as though no one else does? What do you see? Are you responding to their condition or are you reacting to what you think you see?
  • We cross to the other side of the street with people through our mind, farther from the truth, but comfortable for us. We quickly come up with an explanation as to why they are where they are, and we use this an excuse to not help meet their needs. It’s a conscience, deliberate decision, to not love people. And we think it’s okay because we say we don’t hate them. We think God is grading us by how few people we hate and not how many people that we love.

There will be no mercy to those who show no mercy. If you withhold mercy it will be withheld from you.

  • Watch what you think and do. Our thoughts are oftentimes what condemns us. There are no condemnation to those who belong to Christ Jesus.
  • Think about how many times you were supposed to be dead. How many time your were caught in the wrong place, enjoying the wrong things, with the wrong people, but God’s mercy and grace came through for you.

It’s not love for the sake of love. Mercy is love spread widely across. Mercy is how love covers all grounds. Not just love on top, but rolling down a hill. It has to reach you, you can’t reach it—you cry out, “Lord have mercy on me!” and Jesus responds, “I did.” In Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross, mercy was shown to all of us.

There is always someone lower on the mountain than you. You can’t stop mercy from rolling. In our selfishness we try to slow it down and dictate, and control, how fast God’s love gets to others. You have to be careful with that, because if God’s love can’t roll through you it will roll over you, because there are some other people lower down the hill than you that His love is trying to reach—and if you try to slow it down it may just roll over and past you. It may have rolled over others to get to you.

Maybe you feel as though God’s love hasn’t reached you yet, maybe you feel that way because you have been so consumed with what’s not going right that you haven’t even seen his love coming your way. Or maybe you have been so focused on running away, that it just hasn’t caught up. Or maybe you’re so busy trying to dictate who deserves love, that you have positioned yourself to have His love roll right over and past you.

If God’s love is rolling down hill then it’s picking up speed. His speed is going to outrun you the faster it rolls, faster than you can get to it. It’s going to catch up to you.

What are you going to do when God’s love comes to you? Are you going to surrender? Are you going to try to push it away or run away? Or are you going to let God be God?

——————————————————————————————————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: 

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Have an amazing week family. Remember that love covers everyone including your family, friends and strangers, and even your enemies. The law is love. It is God’s expectation of and from us. Don’t try to dictate who gets it, when, and how much. Show mercy to others if you expect mercy to be shown to you.

Love always,

Natasha

 

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Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2/17/14 to 2/21/14

Happy Saturday family!
 
 We’re several days shy of March. Can you believe that Spring is right around the corner? Amazing. This just reinforces why we must make the most of each day, because we can’t make up for the lost ones!
 
 This past week we read, prayed on, and discussed the act of confessing our sins, acting immediately when God calls on us, and living holy as God is holy. If you missed one or more days, or just feel the need to return to one of the posts, below you will find the links for each day. Read slowly the parts that hit home with you. Read slowly the parts that you normally shy away from.
 
 Change is always awkward and difficult. My husband always says that people don’t change in good times, we change in bad times. We change when the discomfort has become too intense. So read the parts slowly and embrace your change.
 
 Love,
 Natasha
 
 
 Monday- 2/17/14
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/02/17/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-2-17-14/
 
 
 Tuesday- 2/18/14
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-2-18-14/
 
 
 Wednesday- 2/19/14
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-2-19-14/
 
 Thursday- 2/20/14
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-2-20-14/
 
 
 Friday- 2/21/14
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-2-21-14/
 
 
 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. Just post it as a comment or send a message to my new email at: BreakingBreadWithNatasha@gmail.com Thank you.
 
 God bless you all!
 
 Natasha
 
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