Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.27.14

The Way You Should Go

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.”
(Psalm 32:8, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Do you need direction in your life today? Maybe you are facing an important decision in your job, at home or in your relationships. Know this: God Himself will teach you what you should do. He promises to show you the path you should take. He’s watching over you and giving you advice every step of the way!

Understand that God’s not just concerned with the goal or end result. It’s not just about getting you from point “A” to point “B.” He is with you every step of the way during the entire process. He wants to see your character develop and mature. He wants you to grow in faith and understanding.

Most times, our growth in life happens when circumstances seem to be the most uncertain. Those uncertain times cause us to rely more on God. But no matter how uncertain things may seem, God still has His eye on you. He’s making sure you make the right choices. He’s working with you to shape your character and attitude. Remember, He’s promised to never leave you nor forsake you. You may not always see what’s up ahead, but know that He’s instructing you and teaching you in the way you should go!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for teaching and guiding me and giving me direction in my life. I receive Your counsel today. Help me to be more like You and to hear You clearly in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Questions of the Day
1. What are you currently struggling with that you need help with in you personal and/or professional life?

2. Can you see or feel the presence of goodness coming your way or do you still see and feel the density of the “forest of trees” that overwhelm you?

3. What do you think about today’s message from Joel and Victoria Osteen?”

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 8.26.14

God said, “Let there be a dome in the middle of the waters to separate the waters from each other.” God made the dome and separated the waters under the dome from the waters above the dome. And it happened in that way. God named the dome Sky. There was evening and there was morning: the second day.

Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭6-8‬ CEB

Pray
Father let me have the vision to see what You want me to see, so that I can speak the things that You have planned for me to receive into existence through prayer and labor. Father don’t let me be overly concerned or overwhelmed by the details, because that is Your area of expertise. Let me be focused instead on believing in and declaring what is to come. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
Yesterday, I showed how God created two things (two tasks). God created the heavens and the earth. But I left out two other things that God created, light and darkness, which He called day and night. So in total, on the first day He performed four major tasks. On the second day He performed one major task, He created the sky.

Now as humans we might fixate on the fact that He only set out to complete one task for the entire day, so maybe some of you aren’t too impressed with small numbers. But then you’re not taking into consideration (and realigning your perspective about) how impossibly huge His task was, and the fact that no human could possibly do any of these things God did and does each day.

No matter how much humans try to be God, we never will be, and it’s such a shame because those precious years are wasted in vain.

Questions of the Day
1. What tasks are on your list for today?
2. What tasks are on your list for tomorrow?
3. What has today’s message shed light on about you and your life?

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 8.25.14

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Genesis‬ ‭1‬:‭1‬ HCSB

Pray
Father thank You for this day. I’m humbly grateful for today and for my life. Today I pray for the discipline to follow Your plan and Your lead by setting fewer, yet impactful, tasks each day so that I can get more accomplished each week. Rather than setting numerous tasks each day and then feeling pressured or disappointed when I don’t accomplish all or most–and then having to forward the remaining tasks over to a new day. Help me to follow Your lead Father. Amen.

Reflection
On the first day God did two things, He created the heavens and the Earth. He didn’t do 10-15 things like we attempt to do each day, He did two things. If you read the remaining passages in Genesis you will see that each day thereafter He only performed two to four tasks.

Only in our twisted, instant gratification obsessed, tech-addicted minds do we think it’s smart and feasible to consistently accomplish 10 or more major tasks each day. I say “major tasks” because I don’t think brushing your teeth, bathing, taking out the trash, and other things such as that should be considered “major tasks” unless of course you make it a habit to not stay up on your hygiene and keeping your home clean. I mean tasks such as working out, shopping, completing a report or project, running errands, etc.

Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church taught a sermon on this the other week and it hit home with me again today so I wanted to highlight it for you. We need to stop trying to cram everything into our days and instead follow God’s lead by instead focusing each day on the top two to four tasks that we want to accomplish, and then putting in the effort to check tasks off our list as completed. No more rolling things over several days back-to-back because you can’t seem to get that far down on your list. Focus small to get big results.

Questions of the Day
1. What do you think about today’s message?
2. Do you think it is a strategy that you could adopt and eventually turn into a habit? Why or why not?
3. Do you feel anxious about having to pick only two to four top tasks each day? What are your anxieties?
4. When will you try out this strategy?

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 8.15.14

He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He might come to have first place in everything. For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile everything to Himself by making peace through the blood of His cross — whether things on earth or things in heaven.

Colossians‬ ‭1‬:‭17-20‬ HCSB

Pray
Father there is no better opportunity or better gift, than what You present to me each day. I thank You. Each day that I open my eyes, I oftentimes take for granted the breath that I breathe, the senses that I use, and the movement in my body. Father thank You for these gifts. Thank You for Your son Jesus, whose example shows me how to pray, live, act, speak, think, and believe each day. There is no greater example than He, and I am grateful for each day that I’m given to strive to be more like Him.

Today I will work hard to thoughtfully think before I speak, hold my tongue from expressing anything that is unkind, and clear my thoughts of anything that is unloving and not positive. If I fail I will get back on my feet and try again. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
We naturally want someone to follow when we’re going through unchartered territories, dark paths, and during scary times. God has given us someone to follow and to model, His son Jesus, yet we seem to be hung up on the fact that we can no longer see and touch our Savior. But what if Jesus was sitting beside us on the bus, in the hotel lobby, standing next to us in line at the grocery store, or was the barista at your favorite coffee shop? How would you know, and would you follow him?

Most likely not.

He could also be the seemingly homeless man on the corner asking for spare change, or one of the day laborers standing on the outskirts of Home Depot or Lowes looking for a job, or the guy with the busted radiator stranded on the side of the road. How would you know, and would you follow him?

Most likely not.

So if we struggle to follow Jesus’s teachings and we struggle to embrace his energy and spirit in our daily walk, and we clearly wouldn’t believe any ‘common’ man on the street could possibly be him, then why continue calling ourselves Christians? Believers? Followers of Christ? Why do we keep going through the motions each day if we truly don’t believe?

Questions of the Day
1. Why do you call yourself a Christian? Believer? Follower of Christ?

2. What does being a Christian mean to you?

3. When you visualize Jesus, the man, what do you see? Describe him and his physical features.

4. What if Jesus had different skin pigmentation (color), different hair texture, and different facial features than what you visualize? Would you believe him to be Jesus Christ, son of God?

5. What would it take for you to believe that this ‘different looking’ Jesus was actually the real person?

6. What would it take for you to believe the ‘common’ man on the street to be Jesus?

7. How do you feel about yourself, Jesus, humanity, and your role as a Christian considering your answers to these questions?

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 8.14.14

We all need to remember to check how we think, what we take in, and how we live. Our thinking dictates how we live.

~Natasha

New Thinking, New Living

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”
(Mark 2:22, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Are you ready for increase? Are you ready to go to the next level, spiritually, physically and emotionally? Many times, people hear that God has more in store and something resonates on the inside. Their spirit comes into agreement with God, but oftentimes, their natural mind will be bombarded with doubt. Thoughts will come like, “It’s not going to happen for you. You’re not going to have a great year. You know what the economy is like.” Or, “You’re never going to get well. You saw what the medical report said.” “You’re never going to get married. You’ve been single so long.”

Those are old wineskins; the old way of thinking that you have to get rid of. This is a new season. What’s happened in the past is over and done. You may have been through some disappointments; you may have tried and failed, or things didn’t work out. That’s okay. God is still on the throne. It’s time to get a new vision for your life. It’s time for new thinking. You can’t move forward with old mindsets. Let go of the old and embrace the new so you can receive all of the blessings God has in store for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, today I choose to release old thinking, old habits and anything that would keep me from Your best. Strengthen me by Your Spirit so that I can live in faith and embrace the new life You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Questions of the Day
1. What thoughts are shaping your actions and way of life?

2. How are you living compared to how you could be living?

3. What do you declare in your life starting today?

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 my working retreat in Paradise,
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 8.13.14

These words that I am giving you today are to be in your heart. Repeat them to your children. Talk about them when you sit in your house and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.

Deuteronomy‬ ‭6‬:‭6-7‬ HCSB

Pray
Father let Your words and commands keep playing in my mind repeatedly, embedding deep inside how I am to live each day, so that I positively act upon those thoughts. Sharpen my mind to push out potential distractions, and let me focus clearly on what will bring You joy. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Through repetition we learn, embrace, and ‘master’ things. Reading, writing, drawing, spelling, mathematics, dancing, singing, and playing musical instruments. The more we see, hear, and practice, the more it becomes habit and the better we do.

The same is true with sin. The more we indulge in sinful acts, the more we practice sinful ways, the deeper down the pit we go, and the harder it is for us to surface to the top and free ourselves.

Whatever you take in, practice, and allow to become your way of life, is the thing you master– and it is the thing that represents you to the world, and expresses to God what you value.

Questions of the Day
1. What things are you good at (i.e. hobbies, sports, subject matter, skills)?

2. How long, on average, did it take for you to become highly skilled on these areas?

3. What habits did you have to develop in order to ‘master’ these things?

3. What bad habits do you struggle with in your daily life? What is your perceived struggle?

4. Considering your answers in questions 2 and 3, what would be your best approach for breaking your bad habits?

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 8.12.14

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been told throughout my life that there were certain things that I couldn’t do, that if I took this or that chartered course that I would ultimately fail (and fail without possible recovery), and that there were certain medical issues that would never go away or could only be controlled by medicine.

I gave each person respect by allowing them to voice their opinion, but I didn’t buy what they were telling me. I instead chose to believe God, and believe that as His creation I could do all things, and only by and through His voice would I take my lead. Each and every time I chose God the naysayers were proven wrong.

This wasn’t just me purposely ignoring and being dismissive of people, this was my faith showing through my actions. I chose to believe that God would show and tell me whether these people’s statements and predictions were accurate, or whether He had something else in the works which would prove otherwise.

Sometimes God uses people and “experts” to speak to us and show us things when we aren’t paying close enough attention to Him, to hear His voice and to see His messages. God’s initial warnings overlooked may only be received at some point through the warning delivered by a human in the form of an “expert”. But you need discernment to see and understand this.

Read today’s message from Joel and Victoria Osteen and then reflect on what this message means, and how it applies (or can apply in your life).

~Natasha

Believe God over the “Experts”

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.”
(1 Corinthians 1:27, KJV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Did you know that according to all the laws of aerodynamics, a bumblebee should not be able to fly? Its wingspan is too small for the size of its body. It can’t get enough lift.

But here’s the key: Nobody told the bumblebee. It didn’t get the memo. No experts were able to talk it out of flying. The bumblebee felt its wings on its sides and something in its DNA said, “I’m supposed to fly. I’m not made to just crawl around on the ground.”

It didn’t read the latest engineering report. It just did what was natural and started flapping its wings and took off into the air.

Have you ever had the experts tell you, “You’ll never get well; you’ll never get out of debt; you’ve gone as far as your education allows; this is as good as it gets”? With all due respect, the experts can be wrong. The experts told Dodie Osteen that she had a few weeks to live, but 33 years later, she is still alive and healthy. The experts told us Lakewood would never make it without the founding father, but we’re doing pretty good! Believe God over the experts and watch what He will do on your behalf!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for Your goodness and faithfulness in my life. I believe You over what the “experts” tell me. I believe that You are faithful and expect to see Your goodness all the days of my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Questions of the Day
1. What do you think about today’s message?

2. What does this message mean to you personally?

3. How does/can this message apply to you and your life?

4. What is your hesitation to always or mostly trust experts over believing God?

5. What would you like to challenge first that “experts” have claimed about 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.

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.