Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.30.14

All you who are faithful, love the Lord! The Lord protects those who are loyal, but he pays the proud back to the fullest degree. All you who wait for the Lord, be strong and let your heart take courage.

Psalms 31:23, 24 CEB

Pray
Father I pray for the courage to stand against evil and injustice. I pray for the courage to stand up and stare down the enemy. I pray for the courage to stand for and tell the truth always. I pray for the courage and mind to always protect my family from harm and from the enemy’s attacks. Father give me the courage and strength to pick up Your shield and block the daily attacks that attempt to defeat and destroy me and my family. Father please strengthen and give courage to my family so that they are equipped and confident in this battle. In Jesus’ name I pray to You this day and every day. Amen.

Reflection
Today I not only pray for my strength and courage to stand against evil, injustice, dishonesty, and the attacks of the enemy—but I also pray for my husband’s strength and courage. As a team we are only as strong as our weakest link, so iron must sharpen iron, and we must work individually and collectively to protect ourselves and our family. Our actions or lack thereof can deeply impact our family unit. Our inability to see an attack coming and prepare for the showdown, can leave us fully exposed and vulnerable.

My husband and I said vows to each other and God before family, friends, and associates. The enemy was also listening, planning, and plotting. We are never off of its radar. But together with God’s protection, we can fight and beat down the enemy on its best day and on our worst day. But we must be willing, trained, prepared, and working together.

“A family that prays together stays together”.

People say this phrase a lot but how many of us are actively and passionately doing this each day? How many of us are committed to keeping our families protected and together? How many of us are actively fighting off the enemy’s attacks and securing any openings that it may access to harm us? How many of us pray for discernment to see when an attack is being organized, and when it is being launched against us so that we are prepared to defend?

The enemy does not always come with full scale assaults against us. It also comes with small doses, small packages, small insertion points that grow exponentially over time. It uses weak-minded and egocentric people the same, manipulating their minds to do its dirty work. It preys on the lonely, exposed, antsy, and attention deprived. It preys on those who are constantly looking for more, better, and bigger. It’s the ultimate predator and its goal is to snatch you up, tear you down, and make you curse God’s name.

Of the numerous attacks on family that we see and hear each day on the news, there are countless more taking place in our neighborhoods and homes. It’s just that the wealthy, famous, and salacious are more newsworthy than what’s going on in Joe and Jane Blow’s household. But all families are of importance to God, every marriage, and every person.

God wants us to resist, rebuke, and fight evil and sin. He wants us to turn our backs on fear, hate, adultery, greed, murder, rape, slavery, domestic abuse, drug use, alcoholism, addiction, sexism, chauvinism, racism, and discrimination of all kind. The root of all of these issues is the very first word I mentioned—FEAR—and the culprit behind fear is the enemy. I don’t mean the same fear as in fearing God, which is our love for Him. I mean in the negative sense, fear that paralyzes our minds and bodies and has us react negatively. This fear causes pain within and a dark projection outward that inflicts pain upon others. This environment is the enemy’s playground. We must resist, rebuke, and fight it!

Today pray for your courage and strength to protect yourself and your family. Pray for your family members and their ability to stand strong against the attacks of the enemy. Pray that you come together as a unit under the force field of God, led by our true and only shepherd, Jesus Christ, and seen in the actions of God’s soldiers and prophets since the beginning of time. We can protect ourselves and our families from the enemy. Yes, we can!

Resist. Rebuke. Fight!

Questions of the Day
1. Can you tell when you are being attacked by the enemy?

2. Can you discern when an attack is being prepped for a launch against you?

3. What do you say to God just before, during, and after an attack?

4. What has today’s message made you think and focus on most?

5. In what ways do you think you can be better prepared against the enemy’s attacks?

6. In what ways do you think that your entire family unit can be better prepared against the enemy’s attacks?

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.

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 taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

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 4.29.14

Good insight brings favor, but the way of the faithless is their ruin
Proverbs 13:15 CEB

Jesus matured in wisdom and years, and in favor with God and with people
Luke 2:52 CEB

Pray
Father I pray for a balanced life between work and play, between serving You and being in service of Your children. I pray to always be faithful to You, to Your Kingdom, and to my mission and purpose. While I also pray to be faithful to my family, whom You brought to me so that we might all be in service and gratitude to You.

Father please continue to nurture my insight and discernment, and mold my level of patience through observation and an understanding that in time all things will happen as You plan. Block my enemies from standing in the way of fulfilling my mission in Your Kingdom. Block my enemies from their attempt to dissuade, manipulate, deter, or cause me to fail. I humbly pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
I fear God. Period. I do not fear what man or woman may or may not do, as much as I fear God being saddened, displeased or angered with me. In my moments of desperation to cling to humans or gain their approval, I sacrifice my relationship with God. It is not through them that I reach and form a relationship with God, but it is through God that I form connections with humans.

There are people around me who I know seek to see me fail, and I am fine with that. There are people who want what I have, envy does that to weak and misguided people. I understand this. They do not know I know what’s on their mind. They do not know that I see them. It is not my purpose or plan to boast to them that I know their intent and desires. That is a waste of time and not what God has called on me to do, nor is that how He tells me to live my life. He tells me to sit, watch, observe, listen, and obey Him—for He directs my steps. I get antsy at times and want to react, but instead I remain still and obey.

I have been betrayed countless times in my life and will be betrayed many more in my lifetime. I understand that through my faithfulness to Him, the weakest links attached to me will fall off because their faithfulness is to self first and foremost.

One thing that I do know is that every single person who has done me wrong has never had to feel the wrath of my revenge, because in my wisdom and maturity I have learned that God handles all, balances all, corrects all, and all I have to do is continue living well and remaining faithful to Him.

Satan has tried to and succeeded at uppercutting and roundhouse kicking me plenty of times, including recently, and in my experience all I can do is laugh (sometimes through my tears), and say, “you won’t break me you liar. My Father comes with a force that you can never contend with you coward!” With that the pressure subsides, and then I prepare myself for the next round of tricks, games, lures, and attacks—all the while, focused on what I must do as a servant for the Lord.

Today I share two scriptural references from the Bible, this was not an accident, but very intentional. They work well together and bring balance to today’s message.

People oftentimes reference Jesus and the sacrifices he made when they want to excuse themselves from their responsibility to their family—the family that was a gift from God. These individuals do not understand the life and legacy of Jesus Christ, nor do they understand the examples that he set for us to follow. What they know are the often regurgitated catchy sayings and verses, but they do not put into context his life and lessons that are compromised in and throughout the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. They also fail to see his connection and closeness to family—look closely to those individuals, besides his disciples and followers, that were always with him for the most part.

Read and then let’s have a discussion.

Let us not confuse doing good work for the least of these as our only proof of servitude and faithfulness to God. Our first and most important priority is Him. If we are faithful and obedient to Him then we will not only find but receive balance in our lives. When we are confused and busily working at trying to play Him, and do His job, we then see a life filled with chaos, despair, and ruin—the playground of satan.

Do not attempt to hide from God by doing good deeds in His name. Either you form and nurture a genuine relationship with Him built on obedience and faithfulness, or not, but unlike the rest of us, there is no faking it with Him.

Your mission when properly aligned with God, His mission, and purpose for you, will always lead to a life of greatness—and especially within your family. You must ask God to show you the way, and then you must obediently follow.

Learn to have first a fear of God, then work to balance this fear while upholding your responsibility to family, and then by gaining favor from friends and associates from work, church, and the community.

God first, family (which includes self) second, career third. In that order is balance, out of order comes chaos—satan’s playground. Which will you choose?

Questions of the Day
1. How do you normally prioritize your life when it comes to God, family, and career?

2. Does your fear of God and faithfulness to Him outweigh your fear of worldly pressures and commitments? Why or why not?

3. Do you at times feel as though your mission and purpose conflict with God’s plan? with societal pressures? or your family’s plan?

4. When you say the phrase, “doing God’s work” what does it mean to you? How does it make you feel?

5. Are you conflicted by the term “doing God’s work”?

6. Describe your relationship with God. Is it genuine and faithful? Or is it fake, forced, and conditional?

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.

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 taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

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 4.28.14

Both yesterday and today I’ve felt myself really tune in to God. I’m cognizant when I am intentionally blocking out other sounds, voices, and influences to focus solely on His voice. When I hear God’s voice and obey, I’m calmer, more relaxed, and patient. I’m also more likely to not do or say something because I am obediently focused on Him.

So to see today’s message and to take note that the scripture is also the date of my birthday, all I could do was smile and share. Enjoy!

~Natasha

Tune in to Him

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
(John 10:27, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Right now, there are hundreds of radio frequencies in the air, hundreds of television signals all around you. But, you don’t hear them all. The reason is that you’re not tuned in. If you tune a radio or television to one of those frequencies, then you would pick up the signal.

In the same way, God is constantly transmitting to us. He wants to lead us, guide us, protect us and give us insight. But too often, we’re not tuned to His frequency. You have to pay attention to Him and learn His voice. God doesn’t speak to us most of the time out loud. He speaks to us through subtle things. He leads us by peace inside.

The best way to “tune in to His frequency” is by reading and meditating on His Word. The more you know His Word, the more you know His voice. It’s like when you constantly tune in to a radio station and learn that DJ’s voice, you’ll recognize that voice when you are in a restaurant or at the mall. It’s the same idea. Tune in to God’s Word, tune in to Him and let Him lead you and guide you into victory all the days of your life!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for leading me and guiding me in Your truth. I choose to tune in to You, I choose to tune in to Your Word. Help me to hear Your voice so that I can follow Your leading all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Questions of the Day
1. How many times today were you cognizant of God’s voice?

2. In what types of environments or situations do you find yourself more capable of hearing Him clearly?

3. How will you work on developing stronger skills to hear Him no matter the environment, situation, or conditions?

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.

Love always your sister in Christ,
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

All Joel and Victoria Osteen messages are Copyright Protected by Joel and Victoria Osteen. None of their messages have been modified by Natasha Foreman Bryant.

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

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 4/21/14 to 4/25/14

Happy Saturday family!

Be grateful for this day because it wasn’t promised, and neither is tomorrow, so live each day to the fullest and with gratitude for your blessings.

Today I honor the life and legacy of David Mitchell, who was promoted by God on April 15, 2014. Today his funeral service will be held in Inglewood, California. I pray that my friend Carman (his daughter) and her daughter, Keilana (his grand daughter), his wife Eloyce, and the rest of their family stays lifted up by God’s love and their memories of David. Please say a prayer for the Mitchell family.

If you missed any of this week’s messages or you want to go back and re-read any of them, here’s your opportunity. Below please find a recap of this week’s posts. Please share these posts with others, and also take a few moments to provide me feedback. Thank you.

Love,
Natasha

Monday- 4/21/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-4-21-14/

Questions of the Day:
1.How long did it take for you to count more than 10 blessings?

2. Did you have to take a break in counting because it was ‘interfering’ with work or something else?

3. How do you feel after considering all that you have been blessed with each day, even in bad times?

4. How does it change your perspective and outlook on life, and how you should be living each day?

Tuesday- 4/22/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/04/22/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-4-22-14/

Questions of the Day:
1.What has your journey revealed about you so far?

Wednesday- 4/23/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/04/23/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-4-23-14/

Questions of the Day:
1.While grieving the spiritual promotion of a loved one, where did/do you turn for comfort?

2. How are you (or how have you) dealt with guilt, doubt, emptiness, and anger during your grieving process?

3. What activities have you picked up (or resumed) to help keep you focused on healing and living, and not grieving?

4. What things are you focused on accomplishing to make you and the promoted loved one proud of you?

5. What is your plan for living (or how have you lived) your life to the fullest in a positive way?

6. What negative vices, habits, and relationships have you discarded so that you can get the most out of life?

Thursday- 4/24/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/04/24/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-4-24-14/

Questions of the Day
1.What do you currently do to de-stress, unwind, and relax?

2. Which area(s) of your body do you carry most of your stress (felt as soreness, tightness, and knots)?

3. When was the last time you took a vacation and went somewhere to relax?

4. Do you truly relax on vacation or is it just a change of scenery and pace? Why?

5. How do you spend your weekends or off-days from work?

6. Are you willing to submit your schedule to God? Why or why not?

7. When you visualize relaxing in God, what do you see and feel?

Friday- 4/25/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/04/25/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-4-25-14/

Questions of the Day
1. What were the first things that came to your mind as you read this message?

2. How do you feel, what emotions are stirring up inside of you as you reflect on the scripture, prayer, and reflection?

3. Does seeing yourself as a child born into privilege make you feel a certain type of way? Does it make you see your life and circumstances differently?

4. What are your expectations from life now after reading this message?

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 and happy Saturday!

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 taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

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.

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.25.14

Happy Friday Breaking Bread Family!

Have you ever read a message that just went deep inside and you could feel the power and joy through your bones, joints, and muscles? Have you ever stopped and said, “I have to share this message with others. I can’t keep this to myself“?

Well that is exactly how I felt yesterday when my friend Juanita Bryan texted me this amazing message from Joel and Victoria Osteen. I had already posted my message to my blog for the day, so I told myself that I would share Joel and Victoria’s today. But I have to admit, I was so anxious to share it with someone that I forwarded it via email to my mother, aunt (her sister), my sister, and a cousin (my aunt’s daughter). I couldn’t resist getting this soul-stirring message out immediately. It’s just that awesome!

So without anymore delay, below please find this message I call a declaration, this message that I claim for my life—and I hope that you do the same!

Born into Privilege

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared…”

(1 John 3:2, ESV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
What if you had been born to the Rockefeller family? You’d expect to have some advantages, wouldn’t you? If you were born into the Kennedy family or the Bill Gates family, you’d probably get preferential treatment. You’d expect things that other people may not expect.

The good news today is that when you receive Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, you are born again into the right family! You come from a royal bloodline. Your Father owns everything. He has special connections. Now you need to hold your head up high and start expecting to stand out from the crowd. Start expecting good breaks, divine connections and opportunities to come your way. You have favor because of who your Father is. You are born into privilege, so expect His abundant favor on your life today!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for receiving me into Your family. Thank You for pouring out Your abundant blessing on me. I love You and bless You because You are good and Your mercy endures forever in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Questions of the Day
1. What were the first things that came to your mind as you read this message?

2. How do you feel, what emotions are stirring up inside of you as you reflect on the scripture, prayer, and reflection?

3. Does seeing yourself as a child born into privilege make you feel a certain type of way? Does it make you see your life and circumstances differently?

4. What are your expectations from life now after reading this message?

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.

Love always your sister in Christ,
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

All Joel and Victoria Osteen messages are Copyright Protected by Joel and Victoria Osteen. None of their messages have been modified by Natasha Foreman Bryant.

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

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 4.24.14

You teach me the way of life. In your presence is total celebration. Beautiful things are always in your right hand.

Psalms 16:11 CEB

Pray
Father I seek joy and peace in my relationship with You. In my down times and most hectic times, I seek to submit my schedule to You, so that I can relax in You. I pray that my loved ones and even those I have never met, also seek and find joy and peace in their relationship with You. I pray that they also yearn to have a strong and healthy relationship with You. May we all find the harmony within that creates the harmony throughout our lives. In our greatest times of stress, I pray that we will be comforted by You, and joyful in this peace. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Many of us lead stressful, hectic lives. Many of us are exhausted by day’s end, and sometimes even on days when we did more busywork than work. Some of you, like my husband, have chaotic travel schedules where you go from city to city, and country to country monthly or even weekly. Many of us don’t get enough sleep, don’t eat clean enough as often as we should (or at all), and we’re not getting adequate exercise or wellness check ups to keep the temple we’re borrowing from God in tiptop shape.

When we feel physically, emotionally, and mentally beat up what we need most is God. Imagine the ability to learn how to relax in God, to find joy and peace in our relationship with Him. Now imagine surrendering your schedule to Him. What if before we make time commitments with others we instead stepped back and let God dictate what is best for us? He speaks to all of us. That small, faint voice that warns you, directs you, stops you,and reassures you—that’s God.

While in the process of over-committing you have heard the voice, and you probably even paused for a moment to contemplate your decision, and you either listened and obeyed (releasing some of your load), or you listened and ignored (taking on the added burden). If you took on the burden then you chose to grip tightly your schedule, and then voluntarily took on the added stress and chaos. If you released your schedule to God, life seemed a little lighter and more airy. That’s the peace within that only God can deliver.

Around the world, and especially in the United States people are battling weight issues, health issues, financial issues, and family issues. What if we surrendered ourselves and our issues to God?

Questions of the Day
1.What do you currently do to de-stress, unwind, and relax?

2. Which area(s) of your body do you carry most of your stress (felt as soreness, tightness, and knots)?

3. When was the last time you took a vacation and went somewhere to relax?

4. Do you truly relax on vacation or is it just a change of scenery and pace? Why?

5. How do you spend your weekends or off-days from work?

6. Are you willing to submit your schedule to God? Why or why not?

7. When you visualize relaxing in God, what do you see and feel?

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.

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 taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

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 4.23.14

God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.

Revelation 21:4 AMP

Pray
Father today I pray for every person mourning the passing and promotion of their loved one. I pray for those who have been struggling with this transition for years, and those who are only days, hours, or minutes into their grieving.

Take away their grief and comfort them with the vision of peace that their loved one is now surrounded in each day. Help those left behind to heal and grow through this experience, and to see that inside each of us we can find and feel Your love. Expressing it is the challenge.

Help us to see, feel, know, accept, and embrace this fact Father. Help us to see that Your plan is never flawed, even when the youngest or healthiest are torn from our arms. Help us to mature, touch our hearts to always be warmed, mold our minds to never give in to doubt, and keep our feet pointed in the right direction.

Help those who are transitioning to the next life to see it as a promotion, to make peace with others during their remaining days (so that there is no bad blood, guilt, or shame), and to make peace with the life they have lived no matter how long. Comfort all of us Father. I pray to You as a believer and follower of Christ. Amen.

Reflection
No one wants to “lose” a loved one. Adult children feel they should be promoted before their parents, parents feel that their children should never go before them, and many of us have a difficult time comprehending and accepting the passing of a child and baby—the younger a person is the harder it is to accept. What purpose was served by bringing them into the world, just to leave moments, days, weeks, months, or a few years later? It seems like and feels like torture to the parents and other family members.

These moments, just like the others, are times that we should grow closer to God, pray to Him, praise His love, and know that His plan is never flawed. For the mother carrying that child in her womb, this may seem illogical, absurd, foolish, and cruel. Our plan may not be His, and we shouldn’t see it as punishment, but grow to understand that God has something planned. If for some reason you can’t shake the feeling that losing your child was punishment, then grow closer to God to be healed of this guilt that you carry, and made whole in His eyes.

For those of us who have lost parents, take what you have been taught, and learned the hard way, and hold on to those memories shared with your parent(s). Hold on to the smiles, laughs, moments of chaos, and memories of coming together despite the odds. Remember the stories shared, your parent(s) voice and mannerisms, and their favorite things like food, books, art, colors, fragrances, music, movies, sports, celebrities, historical figures, and vacation spots. Those memories keep them by your side. When shared with others, their legacy continues to grow. You have been charged to keep their legacy going strong. You can’t do it wallowing around in gloom and misery.

Questions of the Day
1.While grieving the spiritual promotion of a loved one, where did/do you turn for comfort?

2. How are you (or how have you) dealt with guilt, doubt, emptiness, and anger during your grieving process?

3. What activities have you picked up (or resumed) to help keep you focused on healing and living, and not grieving?

4. What things are you focused on accomplishing to make you and the promoted loved one proud of you?

5. What is your plan for living (or how have you lived) your life to the fullest in a positive way?

6. What negative vices, habits, and relationships have you discarded so that you can get the most out of life?

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Love always,
Natasha

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