Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.25.14

The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them. You shall multiply the nation, You shall increase their gladness; They will be glad in Your presence As with the gladness of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil. For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, The rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian.

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.

‭Isaiah‬ ‭9‬:‭2-4, 6-7‬ NASB

Pray
Thank You for this day Father. Thank You for another opportunity to make right my wrongs, to live as You expect, to do what You need me to accomplish, and to love as You command. Thank You for sending Your son, Jesus, to teach and show the ways of Your Truth and Light–for showing me what true sacrifice, dedication, and hard work means–and why I’m far from being a true Christian, but why Your grace and favor make it possible for me to keep trying each day to be the Christian that You desire. Thank You Father. Love Your humble servant. Amen.

Reflection
Give thanks today for your countless blessings. Today is not about the material gifts we give and receive, but the intangible gifts of love, forgiveness, compassion, grace, mercy, acceptance, tolerance, patience, and so much more. Today focus less on you and more on others, as Jesus would.

Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. What are you grateful for today?
3. What have you been grateful for this year?
4. What does Christmas mean to 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.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.24.14

And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭13-14‬ NASB

Pray
Father I pray for Your children, my brothers and sisters, there are so many who are in pain, agonized by life’s challenges and the injustices caused by the corruption of man’s laws and the outright dismissal of Your Laws. I pray for Your children, both the antagonizers and the victimized. Bring them peace within so that we might have peace throughout. Amen.

Reflection
Only God can bring the peace we need. Only God can deliver us and heal us. Pray more, not less, in these times. There is not one person on this planet who doesn’t need a prayer.

Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. Who would you like to pray for today?
3. What has been bothering/troubling you lately that you would like to surrender and turn over to God?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

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 12.23.14

“Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel — which, when translated, means, God with us.”

Matthew 1:23, AMP

Pray
Father thank You for the gift of Your Son, sent to us, Your children, as a reminder of our connection and relationship to You. I’m humbly grateful. Praising You in Jesus’ name always. Amen.

Reflection
What other example can we find as strong and in-your-face as Jesus and his life as our Savior? What other example clearly shows God’s expectations and His closeness to us, than the life story of Jesus and his teachings? The other great heroes and sheroes of the Bible were mere mortals following God’s instruction. Jesus was and is the way to God. Jesus serves as our constant reminder of who we are and to Whom we belong. Consider that.

Questions of the Day
1. What do you think of today’s message?
2. What testimony would you like to share?
3. In what ways has Jesus’s life, parables, and/or lessons made you more committed in your spiritual journey?

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 12.22.14

The Lord is with You

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“…O favored one [endued with grace]! The Lord is with you! …”
(Luke 1:28, AMP)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
You are favored today, and the Lord is with you! What does it mean to be favored by God? It means you have an advantage for success. You have God’s supernatural power to do what He’s called you to do. You have God’s power at work; you have God’s power at home; you have God’s power in your relationships — you are empowered to accomplish everything you need to today!

Receive His grace and favor today by thanking and praising Him. Declare that you are empowered by His grace. Declare that you have favor because God is with you. See yourself accomplishing what He’s called you to do and move forward in the blessing and victory He has in store!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for Your grace and favor in my life. Thank You for staying close to me. Help me to know Your ways and understand Your love so that I can accomplish all You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Questions of the Day
1. What do you think of today’s message?
2. Share an experience when you clearly recognized God’s loving presence in your life.
3. If Jesus was sitting next to you right now, what would you say to him? What would you ask him? What would you do?

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 12.16.14

Favor is Looking for You

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Surely, LORD, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield.”
Psalm 5:12, NIV

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
God wants to bring you to a place of abundance! A land filled with favor, opportunity, good health and great relationships. You may not be there yet, but don’t worry. Your blessing is on the way. David said in Psalm 31, “God has blessings stored up for those that love the Lord.” There are businesses stored up for you that God wants to release. There is promotion stored up that has your name on it. Good health, provision, relationships — because you love the Lord, God is going to bring you into what He has already prepared. When you honor God, when you’re faithful to Him, that’s how you walk in His blessings. You don’t have to look for them; favor is going to find you! Good breaks are going to find you!

Today, be ready to receive what He has for you. Position yourself for blessing by walking in His ways. Meditate on the Word of God, sing songs of praise. Thank Him for what He is doing because favor is looking for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for blessing me. Thank You for Your favor and goodness on my life. Help me to see new ways to be a blessing to others as I daily keep my heart and mind focused on You in Jesus’ name! Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Natasha’s Reflection
Stop looking at what you don’t have and show gratitude for what you do have, so that you can better prepare yourself for what you’re about to have. God needs to see what you can handle, and then on His time, and only His time, will you be granted with your next blessing.

Why ask for loaves of bread if you don’t have your baskets ready to be filled? Make your baskets, prepare them for the day of their filling, and then patiently and prayerfully watch God fill your baskets.

Questions of the Day
1. Have you been singing, praising, and thanking God for all that He has done and will do in your life?
2. Reflecting back over the year, have you been as committed to your spiritual walk as you set out to be at the beginning of the year?
3. Rather than waiting for the New Year, what would you like to change (starting now) about yourself, your thinking, and your behavior?
4. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
5. Please share a scripture that would tie in well to 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.

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 12.15.14

Love and faithfulness reconcile guilt; the fear of the Lord turns away evil.

Proverbs‬ ‭16‬:‭6‬ CEB

Pray
Keep me with You Father. Keep Your Word in my mind and on my heart always, rebuking those who would have me go against Your Word to satisfy their wants and desires. Strengthen me Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
When we turn inwards towards God we are protected from outside influences that would lead us towards evil, and towards a life of guilt and regret. Hold on tight to God’s Word. It can comfort you even in the worst of times.

Read the passage again but this time slowly, and break it down into segments. It begins with “love and faithfulness”. It’s not one or the other, it’s both. The fear of the Lord, which is our deepest love and obedience of Him, is what keeps evil at bay. If you are showing through action that you are committed and obedient to God, evil has no room to get into your life and cause confusion and chaos. Evil has no choice but to keep walking down the street.

Questions of the Day
1. What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you read today’s scripture?
2. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

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.