Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.28.14

GOD made my life complete when I placed all the pieces before him. When I cleaned up my act, he gave me a fresh start. Indeed, I’ve kept alert to GOD ’s ways; I haven’t taken God for granted. Every day I review the ways he works, I try not to miss a trick. I feel put back together, and I’m watching my step. GOD rewrote the text of my life when I opened the book of my heart to his eyes.

You stick by people who stick with you, you’re straight with people who’re straight with you, You’re good to good people, you shrewdly work around the bad ones. You take the side of the down-and-out, but the stuck-up you take down a peg.

2 Samuel 22:21-28 MSG

Pray
I am grateful for my life Lord, for the good and bad, for the successes and failures, for those in my life who are committed and even for my betrayers. I’m grateful for the humble and the arrogant, for the honest and even for the habitual liars, and for those who are genuinely remorseful as well as those who feel entitled to continue their destructive ways.

I’m grateful because I’m here to see, hear, feel and experience these things and these people. I get the opportunity to interact and learn.

I’m grateful for another day to experience all that is needed to make me stronger, braver, and wiser. I am grateful for my life Father. I’m trying to get out of Your way. Thank You for Your patience. Thank You. Amen.

Reflection
Isn’t it amazing the second chances we have been given. What about the countless ones thereafter? I can’t help but to smile, even through my guilt, because I know how awesome God truly is to see in me something worthy of multiple chances to make things right.

Life may feel like a vacuum at times, seemingly sucking you down a narrow tube, but instead of showing and expressing dread let’s work at showing and expressing our gratitude. God is allowing us to experience life to the fullest, not cut short, and definitely not a dull or boring moment. Be grateful.

Questions of the Day
1. What do you have to be grateful for today?

2. How do you feel after reading and reciting today’s message?

3. How do you see God after reading today’s message?

4. How do you see your rival(s)/enemy(ies) after reading today’s 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,
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.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.27.14

How blessed the man you train, GOD, the woman you instruct in your Word, Providing a circle of quiet within the clamor of evil, while a jail is being built for the wicked. GOD will never walk away from his people, never desert his precious people. Rest assured that justice is on its way and every good heart put right.

Psalm 94:12-15 MSG

Pray
Mold me to withstand the worst of times with as much ease as the best of times. Both with a smile and praise for You Father. Realign my crooked feet so that I only walk on Your path. Make me whole in Your eyes. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
It may sound outrageous to pray for God to increase your load so that you might be strengthened. But when lifting weights, do you not increase the load so that you can challenge your mind and muscles to push/pull the heavier weight?

Asking God to mold you to endure pain with as much ease as you smile during times of favor and abundant blessings, is also something that sounds peculiar, but it is the only way for us to he the best soldiers and ambassadors for Christ. It is also the only way to push through our human limitations and embrace our spiritual capabilities.

Our humanness leaves us fully exposed and vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks. Our reinforced spirituality shows the enemy one less viable entry point for attack. It will still try, but the battle is more difficult especially when we are adequately equipped.

Pray for a full arsenal.

Questions of the Day
1. How dedicated of a student of the Word are you?

2. If you have not read the Bible in its entirety as you have read other books cover to cover, consider the reason why?

3. Are you a reciter of Bible verses and parables, or are you the kind of person who strives to apply what you have learned in your daily walk?

4. As you get deeper into your studies do you find the enemy more active in your life (trying to distract and dissuade you) or less visible, or have you not noticed a difference either way?

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 5.26.14

Happy Memorial Day family! Today we remember those soldiers, past and present, and their families, all of which sacrifice(d) more than we can imagine in order for the rest of us to sleep peacefully at night, utilize the resources at our disposal, and live in and with freedom. Be sure to pray for those souls no longer with us and for those struggling each day.

In addition to our armed forces, we have God’s ultimate Force handling things for us and we should give thanks and glory to Him, because without Him none of us would be.

Today’s message is from Joel and Victoria Osteen, and it’s reminding us of God’s power and that we need to focus on Him more, and our problems less. Read, reflect and pray, and then share your thoughts and answers to my Questions of the Day.

~Natasha

Scatter Your Enemies

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered…”
(Psalm 68:1, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
What are you letting arise in your life? In other words, what are you focusing your words, energy and thoughts on? You might say, “Oh, it’s just so hard right now. My finances are tight.” “My health doesn’t look good.” “Somebody walked out on me.” No, you’re focusing on the wrong things.

You’re letting defeat, discouragement and self-pity rise up. Why don’t you turn that around and say, “God is still in control. Somebody may have walked out on me, but I know God is going to bring me somebody better.” “I may be hurting right now, but I know God is the restorer of my soul.” “I may have an unexpected debt, but I know God is my provider. He is supplying all of my needs. He is fighting my battles.”

When you give God glory and let Him arise in your life, you can’t stay defeated. No foe can stand against you in the presence of Almighty God. Your enemies will be scattered! They will tremble at your words of faith! Let God arise and embrace the blessing and victory He has prepared for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, right now I release any negative, self-defeating thoughts or attitudes. Instead, I choose to let God arise in my life. I declare that You are worthy, You are holy, and You are the center of my joy, peace and strength in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Questions of the Day

1. After reading today’s message, what immediately came to your mind?

2. What can you do to make life more about God and less about you and your issues?

3. When you feel self-pity rolling up, what can you do to silence it and instead focus on God’s calming presence?

4. What negative thing have you been focusing on lately that you’re ready to toss to the side?

I hope today’s message hit home for you. I hope that even with us honoring Memorial Day that you can see the spiritual and mental connection and how we need to release things to God, because no matter how big or serious something is to us, it’s nothing in the Eyes of our Father. Release your pain, guilt, frustration, anger, everything!

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.

Sending love island-style!
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.

Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5/25/14

I’m currently traveling and I missed church today, so I decided to share verses from 2 Peter:

These false teachers are like irrational animals, mere creatures of instinct, born to be captured and destroyed. They slander what they don’t understand and, like animals, they will be destroyed. In this way, they will receive payment for their wrongdoing. They even enjoy unruly parties in broad daylight. They are blots and blemishes, taking delight in their seductive pleasures while feasting with you. They are always looking for someone with whom to commit adultery. They are always on the lookout for opportunities to sin. They ensnare people whose faith is weak. They have hearts trained in greed. They are under God’s curse.

2 Peter 2:12-14 CEB

Share your thoughts. Share some love.

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:

http://chatroll.com/embed/chat/breaking-bread-with-natasha?id=lCL-CHvZOne&platform=wordpress-com

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

Have an amazing week family. Sending love from the islands.

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.

Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5/19/14 to 5/23/14

Happy Saturday family!

The past few days I’ve been sending love from a warm, sunny, beautiful island. I’ve never been here before, always wanted to go, so here I am with my husband, relaxing and enjoying the natural beauty and the people who get to experience it daily. What a blessing!

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 either in the comments section or email them to BreakingBreadWithNatasha@gmail.com. Thank you.

Love,
Natasha

Monday- 5/19/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-5-19-14/

Questions of the Day:
1. Please share the last time you recall God steering you out of harm’s way?

2. What did you learn from that experience?

3. How has that experience impacted and shaped your life and journey?

Tuesday- 5/20/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/05/20/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-5-20-14/

Questions of the Day:
1. What has today’s message revealed to you about how you deal/cope with pain, disappointment, betrayal, hurt, failure, etc?

2. What can you focus on instead of the negatives to turn your heart from troubled to joyful?

Wednesday- 5/21/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/05/21/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-5-21-14/

Questions of the Day:
1. What could you sacrifice financially, or of your material possessions to remove another layer of ‘self’ in order to embrace a layer of Him?

2. How has a confusion of abundance (things versus blessings) clouded your judgment and walk with the Lord?

3. How would your life be different if you had less material possessions but greater spiritual blessings?

Thursday- 5/22/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-5-22-14/

Questions of the Day
1. In what ways can you protect yourself from the seducer/seductress?

2. In what ways can you rebuke the enemy’s attempts to lure you into the adultery trap?

3. If you are married or engaged, how can you protect your relationship from the trappings of adultery?

4. How can an adulterer correct their wrongs?

5. Do you think a marriage can survive, heal, rebuild, and thrive after evil has violated the union? If so, share successful examples.

Friday- 5/23/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/05/23/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-5-23-14/

Questions of the Day
1. What is missing in our churches today that could greatly impact our communities?

2. How and in what role could you play to help spiritually heal our communities?

3. What role does the media and entertainment play in the slow destruction of our communities?

4. What can you do to not only hold media and the entertainment business accountable, but to help restore them to positive sources that positively impact and nurture our communities?

5. How do you feel after reading today’s message and answering the questions listed above?

Don’t forget that tomorrow is Sunday Sermon Share Day. I’m going to try to watch church tomorrow online since I will still be on vacation. 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 5.23.14

23 But in our time something new has been added. What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.

Romans 3:23, 24 MSG

Pray
Father I humbly ask for a loving renewal and restoration of Your people so that we can be where You want us to be. Father touch our hearts and minds, realign our footing, mold us—help us Father please. We have slipped far, but not too far that we are beyond saving. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
This cycle that we are apart of has been repeating itself for thousands of years, and we pray for the same chance to make things right, and then we repeat the same wrongs. It’s almost a test to see how quickly we can mess things up over a course of 100 years.

How frustrating this process must be for God, who watches us ignore Him, disobey Him, yet constantly ask for pardon, and then blame being ‘human’ as our weakness and flaw. We are spiritual beings in human form, having a human experience, and hoping to get things right so that we can be rewarded in our next level of existence.

I’m tired of making the same old mistakes repeatedly. I’m tired of seeing acts of cruelty repeated generationally. I’m tired of being sick and tired. How about you?

Questions of the Day
1. What is missing in our churches today that could greatly impact our communities?

2. How and in what role could you play to help spiritually heal our communities?

3. What role does the media and entertainment play in the slow destruction of our communities?

4. What can you do to not only hold media and the entertainment business accountable, but to help restore them to positive sources that positively impact and nurture our communities?

5. How do you feel after reading today’s message and answering the questions listed above?

Happy Friday family! I can’t believe it’s already Friday. I hope today’s message hit home for you. 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.

Sending love from a warm, beautiful island!
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 5.22.14

“If I’ve let myself be seduced by a woman and conspired to go to bed with her, Fine, my wife has every right to go ahead and sleep with anyone she wants to. For disgusting behavior like that, I’d deserve the worst punishment you could hand out. Adultery is a fire that burns the house down; I wouldn’t expect anything I count dear to survive it

Job 31:9-12 MSG

Pray
Protect, correct, and realign all that You hold dear to You Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
Adultery of any kind, on any level, by any person, is a serious offense in the eyes of God. That’s why it’s listed as a commandment next to “thou shall not kill”. Marriage in the eyes of God is sacred and not to be toyed with, taken lightly, abused, or tossed aside like a napkin. It is a covenant between a couple and our Heavenly Father.

Protect the sanctity of marriage by protecting your mind, heart, and body from attack by the enemy—and steering clear from this sin and the seducers, because once you jump into this dirty pool, you cannot be easily cleansed. Unchecked and left to play itself out, adultery will destroy everything and everyone in its path.

Questions of the Day
1. In what ways can you protect yourself from the seducer/seductress?

2. In what ways can you rebuke the enemy’s attempts to lure you into the adultery trap?

3. If you are married or engaged, how can you protect your relationship from the trappings of adultery?

4. How can an adulterer correct their wrongs?

5. Do you think a marriage can survive, heal, rebuild, and thrive after evil has violated the union? If so, share successful examples.

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.

Sending love from a warm, beautiful island!
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.