Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.30.14

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TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“This is the day the LORD has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it. Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.”
(Psalm 118:24–25, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
In scripture, David said, “This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.” We quote this verse often, but the next verse is very interesting. He goes on to pray, “Oh, Lord, I beseech You, send prosperity now.” He could have said, “Send it tomorrow. Send it next week. Send it, God, at least by December when my taxes are due.” No, David was bold. He had a lot of nerve. He said, “God, I’m asking You to do it for me today.”

How many people have ever prayed that prayer? You might say, “Oh, I can’t be that bold. I can’t ask God to do it right now. I can’t put my timetable on it. Surely, God wouldn’t do it today.” No, you have not because you ask not. And if it’s not God’s best, you don’t have to worry. Our asking is not going to override God’s plan. But if we never ask, how do we know it’s not happening because we’re not asking? It’s better to be bold and say, “God, these are the dreams You have placed in my heart. This is what I’m pursuing. I know You are a now God. So God, I’m asking You to give me favor and send it today!”

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for this day that You have made. I will rejoice and be glad in it. I ask that You send prosperity now. Send healing now. Send deliverance today. Move mightily in my life as I rejoice in You in Jesus’ name! Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Questions of the Day
1. What do you pray for 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.

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 9.19.14

You won’t find God’s Peace by trying to control your future. Bring Me, said the Lord, all your needs, your hopes and your fears. Commit your ways to God, trust Him, He will bring it to pass.

Psalms 37:5

Pray
I’m turning things over to You Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
I want to thank my mom for sharing today’s scripture. I read it and felt the need to share it with all of you.

God keeps telling us to stop trying to do His job. It’s impossible. Many of us are hardheaded and self-centered, so we have longer, bumpier lessons, and we end up learning things the hard way.

God says turn everything over to Him–our fears, cares, issues, needs, and hopes.

He says to commit to Him and trust Him, and He will give you all that you need. Herein lies the problem. We have to commit and trust Him. These are two of our biggest issues.

Imagine life if you just trusted in and committed to God 100 percent of the time. I can’t help but to smile at the thought!

Questions of the Day
1. What things are you trying to control in order to dictate a future outcome?
2. How would life be for you if you let go and let God do what He does best, without your interference?
3. If you have trust and commitment issues with God, what do you think you can do to make your relationship stronger?

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 9.18.14

God responded to Leah. She became pregnant and gave birth to a fifth son for Jacob. Leah said, “God gave me what I paid for, what I deserved for giving my servant to my husband.” So she named him Issachar. Leah became pregnant again and gave birth to a sixth son for Jacob, and she said, “God has given me a wonderful gift. Now my husband will honor me since I’ve borne him six sons.” So she named him Zebulun. After this, she gave birth to a daughter and named her Dinah.

Then God remembered Rachel, responded to her, and let her conceive. She became pregnant and gave birth to a son and said, “God has taken away my shame.” She named him Joseph, saying to herself, May the Lord give me another son. After Rachel gave birth to Joseph, Jacob said to Laban, “Send me off so that I can go to my own place and my own country. Give me my wives and children whom I’ve worked for, and I will go. You know the work I’ve done for you.” Laban said to him, “Do me this favor. I’ve discovered by a divine sign that the Lord has blessed me because of you, so name your price and I will pay it.” Jacob said to him, “You know how I’ve worked for you, and how well your livestock have done with me.

Laban said, “What will I pay you?” Jacob said, “Don’t pay me anything. If you will do this for me, I will take care of your flock again, and keep a portion. I will go through the entire flock today, taking out all of the speckled and spotted sheep, all of the black male lambs, and all of the spotted and speckled female goats. That will be my price.

Laban said, “All right; let’s do it.” However, on that very day Laban took out the striped and spotted male goats and all of the speckled and spotted female goats—any with some white in it—and all of the black male lambs, and gave them to his sons. He put a three-day trip between himself and Jacob, while Jacob was watching the rest of Laban’s flock.

Genesis‬ ‭30‬:‭17-29, 31-32, 34-36‬ CEB

Pray
I pray for peace, discernment, clarity, and strength. Help me to both see and act upon all that is needed to steer me clear from drama, and make me a better servant to You. I humbly pray to You this day and every day. Amen.

Reflection
Now do you see where Rachel and Leah get their crooked ways from? Yes, their father. Never satisfied with their blessings, the three of them will deceive, manipulate, conspire, and bully to get what they want. How crazy is that?

Questions of the Day
1. Would you have committed as many years as Jacob did to working Laban’s farm and cattle, just to marry Rachel?
2. Do you think Jacob would have been so determined and committed to working Laban’s farm and cattle if he didn’t find Rachel to be visually attractive?
3. If Jacob had initially given Leah the attention she craved do you think that she and Rachel would have turned into baby making machines and brokers (remember they had their servants get pregnant by Jacob also)?
4. What lesson(s) have you learned so far from this story?

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 9.17.14

When Leah realized that she had stopped bearing children, she took her servant Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as his wife. Leah’s servant Zilpah gave birth to a son for Jacob…Leah’s servant Zilpah gave birth to a second son for Jacob…

During the wheat harvest, Reuben found some erotic herbs in the field and brought them to his mother Leah. Rachel said to Leah, “Give me your son’s erotic herbs.” Leah replied, “Isn’t it enough that you’ve taken my husband? Now you want to take my son’s erotic herbs too?” Rachel said, “For your son’s erotic herbs, Jacob may sleep with you tonight.” When Jacob came back from the field in the evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, “You must sleep with me because I’ve paid for you with my son’s erotic herbs.” So he slept with her that night.

Genesis‬ ‭30‬:‭9-10, 12, 14-16‬ CEB

Pray
I pray to never compromise my morals and values, or my relationship with You Father. May I always appreciate my family and all of my blessings. Amen.

Reflection
Visualize this story happening in front of you. Two sisters who are so competitive that they are only concerned with self and with outdoing each other, and no one else. The only time they seem to acknowledge God is praising Him for giving them what they want, and for crying to Him when they don’t.

They first started competing for the attention of Jacob, who married Leah but wanted Rachel. The competition then intensified when they worked desperately to see who can have the most babies by birth and through surrogacy. Where is the love for the children they had? Where is the love for Jacob? The sisters created a baby factory, but where was the sense of family?

Questions of the Day
1. If you were Jacob how would you have handled this sibling rivalry?

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 9.16.14

When Rachel realized that she could bear Jacob no children, Rachel became jealous of her sister and said to Jacob, “Give me children! If you don’t, I may as well be dead.” Jacob was angry at Rachel and said, “Do you think I’m God? God alone has kept you from giving birth!” She said, “Here’s my servant Bilhah. Sleep with her, and she will give birth for me. Because of her, I will also have children.” So Rachel gave her servant Bilhah to Jacob as his wife, and he slept with her. Bilhah became pregnant and gave birth to a son for Jacob.

Rachel said, “God has judged in my favor, heard my voice, and given me a son.” So she named him Dan. Rachel’s servant Bilhah became pregnant again and gave birth to a second son for Jacob. Rachel said, “I’ve competed fiercely with my sister, and now I’ve won.” So she named him Naphtali.

‭Genesis‬ ‭30‬:‭1-8‬ CEB

Pray
Purge from me all jealousy, envy, greed and selfishness Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Can you see how poisonous jealousy and envy can be? Do you see how being self-absorbed can eat away at you? Look at how unhealthy family competition can grow into a warped battle. Isn’t it amazing how we praise God for giving us what we want and then we don’t get what we want, we swear that He’s punishing us? Our conditional love and devotion is blocking our blessings and preventing our growth.

Questions of the Day
1. Can you provide an example of a modern day Rachel?
2. What do you think Rachel’s real issues were?

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 9.15.14

When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he opened her womb; but Rachel was unable to have children. Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben because she said, “The Lord saw my harsh treatment, and now my husband will love me.” She became pregnant again and gave birth to a son.

She said, “The Lord heard that I was unloved, so he gave me this son too,” and she named him Simeon. She became pregnant again and gave birth to a son. She said, “Now, this time my husband will embrace me, since I have given birth to three sons for him.” So she named him Levi. She became pregnant again and gave birth to a son. She said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” So she named him Judah. Then she stopped bearing children.

Genesis‬ ‭29‬:‭31-35‬ CEB

Pray
Father may I always put You first. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
We should seek and thank God first in all things, through all circumstances. Don’t lean on man, because man has limits. God has no limits or weaknesses.

Questions of the Day
1. What have you recently given yourself or someone else credit for that you know you should’ve praised God for instead?

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.

Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9/8/14 to 9/12/14

Happy Saturday 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 this week’s posts with others, and also take a few moments to provide me feedback. Thank you.

Love,
Natasha

Monday- 9/8/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/09/08/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-9-8-14/

Questions of the Day:
1. What image do you most often see when you think of yourself and your life?
2. How do you deal with negative images that pop into your mind?
3. What do you desire most out of life?
4. Do you see yourself in that role, possessing those things, being that person?
5. If not, what’s blocking your vision? What are you going to do about it?

Tuesday- 9/9/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/09/09/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-9-9-14/

Questions of the Day:
1. What did you notice today that you can’t recall seeing before?

2. List the various colors, flowers, plants, bugs and insects that you see around you right now. How many variations do you see?

3. God created every color, plant, animal and creature that you see. Reflect on that statement. What comes to your mind when you consider that fact?

Wednesday- 9/10/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/09/10/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-9-10-14/

Questions of the Day:
1. When you’re going through issues what is the first thing you do or say?
2. How do you deal with disappointment, setbacks and failure?
3. What could you do differently when life blindsides you?

Thursday- 9/11/14 In honor of those impacted by the horror of 9/11 and celebrating the life and legacy of my late maternal grandfather

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/09/11/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-9-11-14/

Questions of the Day:
1. What would you like to thank God for today?

Friday- 9/12/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-9-12-14/

Questions of the Day
1. Share a time when your selfishness got the best of you?
2. What “seeds” are you ready to plant?

Don’t forget that tomorrow is Sunday Sermon Share Day. I’m on retreat so I won’t make it to church, but I hope to see a service online. 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.