Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.31.14

What can I say, the title of today’s message from Joel and Victoria Osteen speaks volumes…enjoy!

~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

Questions of the Day
1. What dreams have you put on hold that you would love to pursue?

2. Are you willing to take the next step to stir up your dreams and pursue them?

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! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Today is Monday, and the last day of March, so dream big!

Love always,
Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. 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.

Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3/30/14

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 3/30/14

Today’s sermon comes from Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church in Marietta, Georgia. Taught by Minister Courtney Harkness and Minister Will Gravely.

Today’s Subject is: Developing a World Wide Witness

Today’s Scripture Selections are From:
Mark 16:15-16 (NCV)
Luke 5:2-7 (NLV)
Luke 19:10 (ESV)
2 Corinthians 1:3-6a (GNT)
Psalm 96:1-3 (TLB)
Matthew 9:35-38 (NCV)
Acts 1:8 (NLT)

Highlights From Today’s Sermon:

God doesn’t just want to be a blessing to us, but through us!

Psalm 37:21-22 (NIV)
Mark 16:15-16 (NCV)
Jesus is telling all of them to go everywhere in the world to share the Word.

Your church should be collecting witnesses globally. Think about this, if you are originally from another country than the country you live in, what if you went back to your home country and helped save all of the nonbelievers that you know.

Jesus wasn’t telling his disciples to reach more people. He’s having a conversation with them telling them to reach all people.

The Great Commission is a turning point from one group of people getting God’ grace and mercy, and hearing and receiving God’s News, to where all people have access.

Do you really want everyone to be saved? Do you only want a small segment to be saved? Are you really praying for everyone to be saved?

The Great Commission is about our job of telling people, not God’s job of saving people.

Jesus said don’t worry about the added details, backlash, etc. He would do that, just go and share with everyone.

I can develop a world wide witness if I…

1. Download God’s salvation plan as my relational search engine for the lost.

Luke 5:2-7 (NLV)

The disciples worked all night and caught nothing You know they had an attitude. That’s such a frustrating moment because you know there are fish in the water, you feel like you are fish watching not fishing. Then you wonder if they know that you’re above water trying to get them, and if they are just waiting you out until you give up.

When this happens you are less eager to do it again. So many of us haven’t fished in years. The same is true with us sharing our faith with others. You come to church, read your Bible, but when was the last time you let down your ‘nets’? When was the last time you shared your faith with others? It’s usually a bad experience that stalled you.

Simon said he’d put down his nets because Jesus told him to, so he obeyed and ended up with so much fish that his nets broke. Looking at this story, we should keep fishing.

Keep fishing. Even when the friend, co-worked, or neighbor who seems turned off by our invitations to attend church, spiritual posts or text messages, etc.—keep fishing.

There’s a secret sourcing online called “Phishing” it’s another fishing where there’s an extraction of information from us without us knowing. Think of top online search engines: Google, Bing, and Yahoo. They all have certain things in common:

1) Access to Data: Google has the most data. They keep track of everything. They can tell you your social security number, what you ate weeks ago, where you live, where you’re gonna live, your goals, your dreams, who you’re going to marry in two years. They know it all.

A good search engine gets the answers you’re looking for. Nothing frustrates a person more than asking a question and getting off-the-wall answers. A person asks a Christian, “what did you do today?” and the Christian responds, “I was blessed and saved by the Lord who lifted me out of darkness…” That is not the answer they were seeking. They wanted to know what you did that day, what activities did you participate in, and where did you go?

2) Targeted Search: They will put topics and results in order of relevance.

Getting directly to the answers is key.

How accurate is your ‘search engine’? Do you have access to all ‘web pages’?

Are you prejudice? (not in the racial setting) Are you a sinner profiler? Do you look at people and determine whether or not they are saved? “I know they are going to hell”

We evangelize believers and disciple the lost. Jesus said save everyone. Jesus didn’t say for us to determine who are saints and sinners.

Luke 19:10 (ESV)

Jesus is seeking the lost. We’re trading God’s good stories with other believers, church goers, but not to those who are nonbelievers, and those who don’t go to church. That’s not discipleship.

I can develop a world wide witness if I…
2. Bookmark my experiences to refer people to God’s home page for help.

2 Corinthians 1:3-6a (GNT)

How do your experiences refer people to God?
Your tough times, suffering, etc can associate with others—all of which you must share with others, with the lost, with nonbelievers, with those different than you.

The vast majoring of us would avoid pain and suffering because it hurts, plain and simple. It’s easy to believe in God when everything is going great.

We must capture our experiences so we can ‘bookmark’ them and go back to them to reference how we made it through with God. Some people are currently in ‘bookmark’ relationships, careers, etc. But when God saves you from something, when He gives you a new job, don’t post on social media, “God blessed me with a new job” and then your next post is a picture of you with a bottle of liquor partying in a club, bar, etc.

Make your suffering count!

Everything that happens in your life aren’t always about you. Sometimes it’s used as a commercial unfolding in other people’s lives. We sometimes want to focus in what we’re going through without interruptions (not trying to be disrespectful to others when we do it, we’re just trying to focus, have tunnel vision)—like recording your tv shows and then fast forwarding through commercials because you want to focus on the show, the content, the story, and not be interrupted with commercials.

God places ‘commercials’ in our lives to give us a breather, a pause, a break.

If some else’s story can help you how do you know that your story can’t help others?

Psalm 96:1-3 (TLB)
‘Sing a song’: Many of us have predetermined years that we call our ‘testimony’ but they are outdated, from many years ago, but not current. They are from our past sharing what God pulled us through back in the day, but where is your testimony from today?

A ‘thug’ testimony from 20 years ago is absent of current testimony. Someone was a thug 20 years ago, but what is God doing right now in their lives that they can testify about? Being a sex addict or deviant years ago is no longer your testimony, what has He saved you from currently? What can nonbelievers see happening now in your life?

‘Sharing the song with the world’: Have you ever listened to music you’re ashamed of? Be honest. The pop album, song about violence or sex? What do you do when you’re around other people and you are ashamed of what you’re listening to? You put headphones on or turn the volume down. When you’re alone the song is cranked up to level 10, but when others are around you turn the volume down to 3.

Are you ‘bumping’ worldly music but turn down songs about God? Are we embarrassed about letting the word know we’re a believer?

Ever been next to a car with loud bass that you can hear the music almost clearly, and it shakes your car? Why is your music about God not loud enough for others to hear?

God is always good regardless if you say anything or not, but by not saying anything what message are nonbelievers getting? When good things happen and the credit isn’t applied to God, who and what then becomes the source of that good? Who or what gets credit for the goodness coming to that person if it isn’t God?

Satan has been trying to steal God’s credit for thousands of years, and your silence about God’s glory makes you an accomplice to satan’s crime. There’s no such thing as a ‘silent witness’. It’s called an ‘obstruction of justice’ in the court system, but it’s called an ‘obstruction of grace’ in God’s Kingdom.

Share your story with all people—believers and nonbelievers!

I can develop a world wide witness if I…
3. Log into prayer to always maintain a strong connection to God.

Matthew 9:35-38 (NCV)
Acts 1:8 (NLT)

There are more people willing to receive than people willing to share God’s Word, testimony, grace, love, story.

There’s no ‘backlog’ on receiving the Gospel. It’s like going to the grocery story with tons of people waiting in line but only two registers open, it’s so frustrating.

Jesus said pray that people will go out and share, not that people will come in.

Many people who claim to know God the most, witness the least here’s why—your circle of influence is mostly or all Christians, believers, and you’re isolated in a bubble. There are no connections or relationships with nonbelievers, so then who can you possible witness to?

Those who are recently saved do more witnessing because they are fresh in being saved from darkness so they want to celebrate, share with others, and bring other people to see and know God as they do.

– You give to charities but do you say that check is given because of God?
– Do you really feel and care for the poor and homeless?
– Are you okay with writing a check but you’re not on the ground, in the ditches, sharing and witnessing to those you’re helping? Or do you think you’re sharing from your distant location just because you wrote a check?

God’s store houses are half empty because only half of us are witnessing.

There’s a method to it all.

1) Strategy: even the music played at church is strategic. If it is a song commonly played on ‘worldly’ radio stations and even on gospel stations, such as today’s song, “Happy”, it does something for nonbelievers. It tells nonbelievers, “this is a pretty cool, hip, happening church because they also listen to and sing this song just like me”. It connects believers and nonbelievers with familiarity of the song.

So your strategy for witnessing and sharing your story should be:
– Starting with family. Many of you need to help save your own kids.
– Then once your family has been witnessed to, you branch off to friends.
– Then go to your neighbors. Do you even know their names? You start off by connecting with them and then sharing gradually your story, who you are, where you came from, what you have been through, your beliefs, that Jesus is your savior, and how God has blessed you. As your relationship grows the more you share.
– After branch out then if you have social media accounts, you then share there. But don’t broadcast what God’s still working on with you and to the areas where God has changed you. Don’t sit up there and show pictures of you partying, etc but there aren’t any pictures and videos of you witnessing, ministering, and serving. REPRESENT GOD’s BRAND

Here’s the deal, looking at the empty seats in your church, we’re talking about world wide ministry, but is there even a local witnessing?

Why is it someone else’s responsibility to fill the seats in your church? Why not take the responsibility? Why not connect with other ministries to bring people in to fill the seats? Why aren’t you bringing people in who don’t have a relationship with Christ and putting them in those empty seats?

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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 and the entire world.

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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You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Have an amazing week family. Remember that you know you have seen Jesus if you believe the Word of God, embrace God’s will, and follow the way (Jesus) to God.

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant unless otherwise noted. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com Copyright 2009-2013 under Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted.

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 3/24/14 to 3/28/14

Happy Saturday family!

What a beautiful and blessed day it is. Even with the wishy washy weather, each day we’re alive are beautiful and blessed. If you missed one or more days of this past week’s posts, or just feel the need to return to one of the posts, below you will find the links for each day. I apologize for not posting last week’s recap.

Love,
Natasha

Monday- 3/24/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-3-24-14/

Questions of the Day:
1. Are you struggling with a goal, task, project, etc and you are frustrated with the delays, setbacks, and failures?

2. In what ways can you get out of the way and allow God to handle your situation(s)?

Tuesday- 3/25/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/03/25/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-3-25-14/

Questions of the Day:
1. In what areas of your life do you feel deflated? Punished? Less than? Incomplete? Like a failure?

2. In what ways are you personally responsible for these feelings? What have you done to get yourself in this position?

3. How can tuning in and listening to God, following His lead, help resolve your problems?

Wednesday- 3/26/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-3-26-14/

Questions of the Day:
1. In what ways are you hesitant to combine your faith with your work?

2. After reading today’s post, in what ways are you now more comfortable with combining faith with your work?

3. Does the company where you work have a culture that supports faith in the workplace?

4. How does the presence or lack of faith (or religious freedom) at your job make you feel?

5. Why do you fear posting answers, prayers, comments, and reflections on this post?

Thursday- 3/27/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/03/27/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-3-27-14/

Questions of the Day
1. If you are in a committed and monogamous relationship, do you find yourself praying for your significant other and yourself? If so, do you pray out of fear or a reassured faith?

2. When you know that a friend or family member is being betrayed by their spouse, how do you go about praying for and supporting them individually and collectively as a unit?

3. Why do you think we are less accountable to each other nowadays? Why do we not stop the sinning person and help redirect their steps? Why do we not call them out and tell them to get their life together? What are we afraid of really?

Friday- 3/28/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-3-28-14/

Questions of the Day
1.What issues are you struggling with that you know you need to surrender to God? (You don’t have to be specific, just use categories such as: family, finances, school, job, etc)

2. Are you ready to surrender these issues to God?

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

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. 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 3.28.14

Yet I am always with You; You hold my right hand.

Psalms 73:23 HCSB

Pray
Father I keep forgetting that You’re always here, no matter the situation. Today I have realized that there are certain things I cannot do, have no strength to do, and have no control over. Father instead of wearing myself out trying to solve things, move things in my favor, and make things right, I surrender. I give these things over to You. I will stop interfering and just let go. My only effort will be through prayer, but I will not actively engage and continue to cause more disruption and frustration. Let it be Your will not mine. I surrender in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
There are some things, people, relationships, and situations that we are trying to hold on to, control, make right, rescue, etc. Each day the struggle weighs heavy on us. Each day the weight slowly suffocates us.

Let go.

We have absolutely no control over the outcome, and our perceived control will only make matters worse.

Let go.

Tell God that you surrender these issues over to Him. Who else can handle these issues better than God? Why continue adding more stress and discomfort to yourself when you can surrender, release the weight, and allow Him to settle all things? Can it be any worse than where we are right now? Let go.

Questions of the Day
1. What issues are you struggling with that you know you need to surrender to God? (You don’t have to be specific, just use categories such as: family, finances, school, job, etc)

2. Are you ready to surrender these issues 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! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

It’s Friday but don’t get into party mode until your work day ends. Work each minute and hour like it’s Tuesday. Give your all, showing gratitude for the gift of having a job/career, the gift of having money to pay bills, invest, shop, etc. If you dread where you work and it’s a toxic environment then pray that God shows you the exit door. If you dread where you work just because it puts pressure and a sense of inconvenience upon you, then pray that God shows you His truth and reality. Don’t forget that you must first surrender and let go!

I love you all!

~Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. 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 3.27.14

A husband should fulfill his marital responsibility to his wife, and likewise a wife to her husband. A wife does not have the right over her own body, but her husband does. In the same way, a husband does not have the right over his own body, but his wife does. Do not deprive one another sexually — except when you agree for a time, to devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again; otherwise, Satan may tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

1 Corinthians 7:3-5 HCSB

Pray
Father today I pray for married couples. I pray that their union is protected from outsiders. I pray that their marital bed is protected from the enemy that would violate it and dishonor You. I pray for the tempter, temptress, and the tempted—may they be turned away from committing a sin that You ranked next to the sin of murder. Father touch the hearts of Your children to not envy and covet, to not plot and plan to take what isn’t theirs, and disrespect Your Holy Name.

Protect couples from outside influences that could sway them from following and obeying You. Yield their sexual drive to You, and show them how to practice control. Help them to seek You first and to turn only to their spouse for any form of intimacy. Turn them away from all inappropriate behavior that could dishonor You and destroy their marital covenant. I pray for these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
Marriage is under attack. It has been for quite some time, but it is more obvious now that we are fully exposed to social media, smart devices, reality tv shows, programming and music that crosses the line of vulgarity so much so that many of us have grown numb to its presence.

I’m not talking about who’s marrying whom.

I’m talking about the sin of adultery, and the trifling nature in which one or more parties will undertake to break marital vows. I’m talking about the man or woman who blatantly cheats on their spouse, invests a great amount of time covering up, until eventually they no longer care about discretion. I’m talking about the men and women who pursue or allow themselves to be chased by married individuals. I’m talking about a married person creating mini or full-scale intimate relationships with other people who aren’t their spouse. I’m talking about a husband or wife who secretly spends money on another person not their spouse, knowing that what they are doing is inappropriate, a sin, and could be deemed grounds for a divorce.

The husband or wife who has sex with (any and all kinds), hugs up with, exchanges kisses, holds hands, tickles, caresses, texts, emails, IMs, chats, and spends a great deal of time with another person not their spouse—this is the ugliness that I’m referring to. Romantic meals, hotel night stays (or excursions), gifts, and flirting (to a level you would do in front of your spouse and family), with another person not your spouse is adultery. It is a sin. It is a total slap in the “face” of God and Jesus.

An adulterer (and their co-conspirator(s)) might as well curse God and tell Him to “go to hell”, because that’s what their actions are saying to Him. Yes, my friends even thinking you can mask your lie by calling the one you cheat with your “friend”, is the same as trying to lie to God. It’s telling God and Jesus, “You really aren’t seeing what You think You see,” Really?

We must pray brothers and sisters. We must pray for the minds, hearts, and souls of our fellow brothers and sisters who are clearly conflicted in their thinking, speech, and actions. We must also pray for those contemplating marriage. Pray that they are marrying for the right reasons, for God, and because God has guided them to do so at this time. Pray that selfishness is released from those married and those contemplating marriage. Pray that “I” is replaced with “we” and that God is in the beginning, middle, and end of all decisions.

Pray for restoration.

No man or woman is to tear apart what God put together, but if God is not the alpha and omega, the center, and the all of that marriage, then there is no barrier protecting husband and wife—it is as though the doors, windows, and gates have been left wide open. Pray for all of the married and engaged couples that you know. If you happen to be one of these couples, humbly pray for yourself also. Don’t pray in fear, pray with the strength of knowing that God always reveals the Truth, and God is always with you protecting you.

Questions of the Day
1. If you are in a committed and monogamous relationship, do you find yourself praying for your significant other and yourself? If so, do you pray out of fear or a reassured faith?

2. When you know that a friend or family member is being betrayed by their spouse, how do you go about praying for and supporting them individually and collectively as a unit?

3. Why do you think we are less accountable to each other nowadays? Why do we not stop the sinning person and help redirect their steps? Why do we not call them out and tell them to get their life together? What are we afraid of really?

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! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Now just because today is Thursday it doesn’t mean that you get to kick back and relax at work (or while looking for work). Keep your eyes on the prize, focused on your goals, and with your desired dreams held steady in your mind—you can’t achieve greatness or be blessed being lazy!

I love you all!

~Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. 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 3.26.14

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 KJVA

Pray
Father touch my heart and mind to be free in who I am as Your child. Touch me to find comfort in being free in my faith, and not fearful of who I am and to Whom I belong. Help me to shine brightly Your light from within so that all others see is You. Help me to help cultivate the environment in every space that You seek. Help me to reach out to others so that they too find comfort in revealing and expressing who they are, and the Truth within them. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
First let me start off by praying for the victims and the families involved in the mud slide in Washington. I pray for their protection, comfort, healing, and restoration through God’s will. We can’t control who lives and who passes on to the next level of existence, but we can surround those impacted by disaster with love and support through their grieving and healing phases. Please join me in sending well wishes to those families.

Now consider this disaster and how your faith is tested. Consider how you involve yourself in conversations at work when questions of life, death, and God’s involvement in both are mentioned. Do you speak passionately about your beliefs or do you sit idly by, nervous to engage because you don’t want to be labeled or criticized?

In most workplaces one’s religion is off limits, and practicing said religion at work is prohibited. How can we talk about the principles that represent God (love, life, truth, dignity, respect, honesty, faithfulness, kindness, and honor) yet we shy away or forcefully stay away from openly sharing God, and our relationship with Him?

Funny thing, many companies refrain from incorporating most of God’s reflective principles in the workplace. That tells me that senior leaders either don’t see the need to lay the foundation and build upon it, or they are fearful to do so because they fear the outcomes and possible repercussions. So maybe you feel uncomfortable saying that your company is Christ-centered, but couldn’t you establish guiding principles and statements based on love, truth, dignity, respect, etc.?

Couldn’t you establish or realign your company to be open and accepting of all religious faiths, and encourage employees to be open about who they are and what they believe, as long as they are not disruptive and antagonistic? Wouldn’t recruitment of people who are inclusive and accepting of others create a nurturing and rewarding environment? Wouldn’t an environment filled with leaders who treat others with love, respect and dignity be one in which every person would desire to come into work each day?

Considering all of this I have decided to clearly distinguish my companies as ones based on God’s principles, and not just casually highlight my beliefs (in my bio) as though they are separate from the companies that I formed. I am accepting of all of God’s children, whether they see and engage with Him the same way that I do or not. I want an organization based on love, respect, and dignity for all, and I want my employees, contractors, clients, vendors, and partners to be wrapped up in a huge burrito based upon these principles. I must let God’s light shine!

Questions of the Day
1. In what ways are you hesitant to combine your faith with your work?

2. After reading today’s post, in what ways are you now more comfortable with combining faith with your work?

3. Does the company where you work have a culture that supports faith in the workplace?

4. How does the presence or lack of faith (or religious freedom) at your job make you feel?

5. Why do you fear posting answers, prayers, comments, and reflections on this post?

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! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

It’s Wednesday. No need to slack off and get comfy, keep pressing forward!

~Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.25.14

Today’s message is for those of you who are feeling low, deflated, like failures, or feeling like all you have is all that you will ever have. Today’s message is from Joel and Victoria Osteen. Enjoy! My Question of the Day is at the end of today’s post.

~Natasha

According to His Riches

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
(Philippians 4:19, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
The Scripture says God will supply our needs “according to His riches.” So often we look at our situations and think, “I’ll never get ahead. I’m so far in debt, I’ll never get out.” No, His blessing is not according to what you have; it’s according to what He has. The good news is that God owns it all. One touch of God’s favor can blast you out of barely enough and put you into more than enough. God has ways to increase you beyond your normal income, beyond your salary, beyond what’s predictable.

Now quit telling yourself, “This is all I’ll ever have. I’ll never make it.” Let go of the past and choose to have an abundance mentality. Declare, “This is not where I’m staying. I’m blessed. I’m prosperous. I’m headed to overflow; I’m headed to the land of More Than Enough according to His riches in glory!”

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, You are so good! Thank You for Your unconditional love and grace toward me. Thank You for being faithful even when I fall short. Today I choose to rise up and believe that You are blessing me according to Your riches in glory in Jesus’ name! Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Questions of the Day
1. In what areas of your life do you feel deflated? Punished? Less than? Incomplete? Like a failure?

2. In what ways are you personally responsible for these feelings? What have you done to get yourself in this position?

3. How can tuning in and listening to God, following His lead, help resolve your problems?

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! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

God bless you!

~Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. 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.