Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.31.15

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 5.31.15

It’s been a long time since I shared a Sunday sermon. Today’s sermon comes from Destiny Metropolitan Worship Church in Atlanta, Georgia. It’s a great message. Enjoy!

Current Series – RECLAIMING OUR HEALTH

Week 2 – “God’s Rx For Our Health”

Dr. Bryan E. Crute, Founder/Senior Pastor

“You made my body, Lord: now give me sense to heed your laws.” Psalm 119:73 (TLB)

The 5 essentials of better health are…
1. Faith
“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” Proverbs 14:30 (NIV)
RATE YOURSELF:

1 – Very Dissatisfied

2 – Dissatisfied

3 – Neutral

4 – Satisfied

5 – Very Satisfied

The Bible says that faith comes from hearing, the Word of God, and it requires us to act upon it. It’s important to study the Word of God because it helps you to counteract and offset the fears that we have within, the fears that the enemy feeds off of, and it helps to build up our faith—so God can transform us the way that He wants to.

Read Psalms 91

2. Food
“But Daniel made up his mind that he would not defile himself with the king’s choice of food or with the wine which he drank…” Daniel 1:8 (NASB)

RATE YOURSELF:

1 – Very Dissatisfied

2 – Dissatisfied

3 – Neutral

4 – Satisfied

5 – Very Satisfied

Do you not know what is nutritious for you or is it that you just don’t make the best food choices?
Do you keep making excuses or tell yourself “I did well this week so I’m going to treat myself today” and then find yourself down-sliding week after week thereafter?

3. Fitness
And so, dear brothers, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living sacrifice, holy—the kind he can accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?” Romans 12:1 (TLB)
RATE YOURSELF:

1 – Very Dissatisfied

2 – Dissatisfied

3 – Neutral

4 – Satisfied

5 – Very Satisfied

Healthy fitness is a lifestyle. It’s based on consistency. We work and try to balance life, work, and family—and it can be very difficult to work out, but when you’re committed and consistent it will always pay off. It’s a lifestyle choice that you make. 
You have to make a mental choice and be consistent. There are some people who are a “5” and are self-motivators, it’s rare to find a person who is a “5” who isn’t self-motivated. They make up their mind and just do it. They don’t make excuses based on age, work, etc. 
You have to be proactive and the reason your workouts hurt is because you aren’t properly fueled with God’s medications of fruit and vegetables, and not the poisons of fast food.
Dr. Kay, resident MD for the church says, most people aren’t designed to be on our own and self-motivated, they work better in groups. Self-motivators prioritize food and fitness to be #1 priority, but if you aren’t then you need to stay close to a self-motivator who can encourage you to redirect your priorities to become healthier and fitter.

4. Focus
“Do not be shaped by this world. Instead be changed within by a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to decide what God wants for you. And you will be able to know what is good and pleasing to God and what is perfect.” Romans 12:2 (ICB)
RATE YOURSELF:

1 – Very Dissatisfied

2 – Dissatisfied

3 – Neutral

4 – Satisfied

5 – Very Satisfied

In the area of mental health (not mental illness) how is it that you rate below a 4? Considering strategies that can help reel you in and help you focus. What’s the deal with ADD and ADHD, and doctors prescribing medicine to help force-focus people. 
Dr. Kay says that, not to knock traditional medicine, as she is now a holistic practitioner now, she sees individuals as individuals and believes that not everyone learns and processes information the say, and that it may not necessarily be attention deficit, but rather looking at one’s environment, eating habits, and how you process information. Your brain is a muscle and what you do today will impact it for many tomorrow’s. Eating healthy food and natural supplements (like fish oils) to help your brain, heart, and body.

5. Friends
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.” Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NLT)
RATE YOURSELF:

1 – Very Dissatisfied

2 – Dissatisfied

3 – Neutral

4 – Satisfied

5 – Very Satisfied

Do you have anyone in your life that you can help and who can help you? If not, ask yourself why? Did you purge your “friends” list because they were toxic? Are you now afraid to open yourself up to allowing new potential friends to enter?
Were you the person who was toxic and your friends just couldn’t tolerate your behavior and toxicity any longer? What can you do to become healthy again so that you can align with new, healthy friend again?
Friends are your network, circle of relationships, sometimes like-minded. Friends are your companions.
The greatest value of joining life circle groups in houses of faith, is the sense of community, with people walking the same journey–understanding what you’re going through, and there’s a mutual alignment as all members work together to lift themselves and each other up.

Copyright 2015. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. 

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.22.15

Be Victory-Minded
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE

“The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory.”

(Psalm 118:14, NLT)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

Do you need more joy, victory and confidence in your life today? You might need to evaluate what you are thinking about on a daily basis. If you go around thinking things like, “I’m just average,” “I’ve already reached my limits,” or “I’ve missed so many good opportunities,” then those thoughts are going to drag you down and hold you back. Instead, every morning when you wake up, start your day with thoughts of hope and success. Determine to be victory-minded!
The Bible tells us that what we think about, we will become. When you think thoughts of success, victory, joy and peace, your life will be filled with success, victory, joy and peace. It doesn’t matter what’s going on around you when the greater One lives in you! You are an overcomer through Christ. Today, set your mind on victory and move forward into the victory He has for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father, thank You for the gift of another day! I choose to be victory-minded and focus on Your goodness. Help me, Holy Spirit, to stay focused on the blessings and favor You have for me in Jesus’ name! Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

REFLECTION FROM NATASHA 

Either you’re God’s child or you’re not. If you are then speak as God sees you, not as the enemy wants you to devalue yourself (so that you lean away from the Light). Who’s child are you? See it. Believe it. Live your life that way. 

Questions of the Day

  1. Beginning today, right now, what words do you declare to refrain from using to describe yourself?
  2. What words will you now begin to use to describe yourself?

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 2013-2015. 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 5.11.15

Message from Natasha:
Yesterday was Mother’s Day in the U.S. and millions of us invested time and money in celebrating and honoring all of the mothers in our lives. But now that the day has passed, don’t let your efforts wane until the next major holiday. 
Every day we should focus on lifting people up and bringing out the best in them, both loved ones and strangers—because by doing so, it’s a testament of our love for God and to them. 
Enjoy today’s message from Joel and Victoria Osteen. Thank you Juanita Bryant for forwarding it to me. Keep them coming!
Love,
Natasha 
Bring Out the Best
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
  
“…love is kind…”
(1 Corinthians 13:4, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
One translation of today’s verse says, “Love looks for a way to be constructive.” In other words, love looks for ways to improve someone else’s life. Love brings out the best in other people. Don’t just get up in the morning thinking about yourself or how you can make your own life better. Think about how you can make someone else’s life better. 
Ask yourself, “Who can I encourage today?” “Who can I build up?” Someone in your life needs your encouragement. Someone in your life needs to know that you believe in them. I believe God will hold us responsible for the people He’s put in our lives. He’s counting on us to bring out the best in our family and friends.
Are you improving the lives of those around you? Are you giving them confidence? Ask the Lord to give you creative ways to invest in those around you. As you sow seeds of encouragement and bring out the best in others, God will send people along your path that will build you up, too and help you move forward into the blessing He has in store for you!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for loving me. Thank You for believing in me and always building me up. I ask that You show me creative ways to encourage and build up the people around me. Help me to be an example of Your love today and always in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen
Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. Please share a testimony about how focusing on giving back to someone else brought blessings to both of 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 2013-2015. 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 5.14.15

Scripture
Matthew 17:9-13
Pray
I pray for discernment. Let me always see Your Light Father. In Jesus’s name. Amen. 
Reflection 
Just as Jesus made it clear that Elijah had come in the form of John the Baptist, and wasn’t recognized, and later killed, it’s clear that most people would not recognize Jesus if he walked the Earth in human form right now. Think about that. 
Questions of the Day
1. What do you think of today’s message?

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.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.13.15

Scripture 

Proverbs 3:5-6

Pray
Trusting you Lord. Amen. 
Reflection 
Either trust and let go, or don’t. Either we believe that He can or we don’t. We need to stop straddling the fence. 

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

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.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.12.15

Scripture

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Genesis 45:4-6

Pray
Father touch my heart so that I lean more towards forgiving than holding grudges of hurt, anger, and disappointment. Help me to forgive and love as Joseph forgave and loved his brothers. Turn me away from thoughts of vengeance. Humbly I pray. Amen. 
Reflection
Imagine this moment if you were Joseph or his brothers. Imagine if you were one of the staff members who overheard this conversation. The emotions would be uncontrollable at times. Consider all of the times leading up to this moment when Joseph had to leave the room to cry, dry his face, regain his composure, and then return. When he finally couldn’t contain his emotions, he let it all pour out.
There have been times when others have harmed us and we didn’t see where this transgression would take us, how we would be helped later on, because we were too consumed by pain. Joseph’s brothers betrayal led him to eventually rule over Egypt and fulfill the dreams that he had years earlier (when he had dreams of them bowing at his feet).
Someone may betray you, but understand that God already mapped out your next chapter, and in your obedience will come victory. Just like Joseph.
Questions of the Day
1. What do you think of today’s message?

2. Do you have a Joseph-type testimony to share? If so, please 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 5.8.15


Being Spiritually Mature
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
(1 Corinthians 13:13, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Spiritual maturity isn’t measured by how long you’ve been a Christian, or how much you know, or how often you go to church. Spiritual maturity is measured by the way you treat other people. It’s measured by the love you allow to operate through you.
First Corinthians 13 tells us about the characteristics of love. When we are walking in love, we treat other people with courtesy and respect. Are you kind to the person at the checkout counter that may be moving too slowly? Are you gentle when you are driving down the highway and someone cuts you off? Are you patient with your family and coworkers? These are all ways we show love.
Scripture also tells us that love is patient. It is kind. It does not envy; it is not proud. It is not rude. Love is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love never fails. Notice that these characteristics don’t have anything to do with feelings. That’s because love is a choice. You can choose to walk in love toward people even when you don’t feel like it — and that’s what being spiritually mature is all about!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for loving me so that I can show love to others. Teach me to be patient and kind and treat others the way You always treat me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen
Questions of the Day
1. 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.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.7.15

Scripture 
Matthew 13:54-58

Pray
Father, even when others doubt me, please keep me focused on reflecting Your Light, and doing the work that You set me out to do in Your name. Turn my head when I look too long at the naysayers. Blot out the noise coming from those who practice saying and thinking the words “can’t” and “impossible”, so that I don’t become distracted and consumed by their limited thinking. Strengthen me Father so that any doubt is diminished and replaced by an unwavering belief. I humbly pray to You as a believer of Christ and a servant who keeps trying each day to be more like Jesus. Amen. 
Reflection
Oftentimes the words in this picture reflect our reality. You can leave your home and community and be honored and celebrated by outsiders. But when you return to your community and your home, they don’t see anything special about you, you’re just “So-and-so’s child“. Don’t let that deter you. Keep marching and pressing forward on your mission! 

Jesus had brothers and sisters that his neighbors knew and spent time with. They remembered him as Jesus the carpenter, “nothing special, just did his job, and didn’t cause any problems” (Note: those are my words by the way, nothing scriptural quoted, simply implied). 

How is it possible that this now 30-something-year-old can go from carpenter to Messiah? “It’s just Jesus, Mary’s son, you know the carpenter down the street” (once again these are my words folks). 

Now consider his family members that watched him grow up (and those who grew up with him), as they probably saw things, “he didn’t walk on water as a child…where were the loaves of fish and baskets of bread when we were growing up and low on food?” Don’t those sound like the words of our beloved kin?

Family members reflect on their memories (and their interpretation of those memories), and have a difficult time making sense of and embracing outsider viewpoints of the person that they grew up knowing. 

His mother Mary, most likely had fond recollections of giving birth to him (even the painful labor still brought her a smile after), and the glorious gift of knowing that she did so even though she hadn’t consummated her marriage to his human father, Joseph. She knew that Jesus was a special gift from God, not conceived as other children (not even her other children) but I wouldn’t doubt that even she was bewildered by what she had heard of his newfound celebrity. 

From carpenter to Messiah is a big ‘pill’ to swallow. Could her son really be up there in the ‘big leagues’ with (or even beyond) Moses and the crew?

Mary probably sat back (frequently) and scanned her memory of any supernatural times spent with or watching Jesus. She also probably wondered if any of her other children had any special gifts, and if not, then why was Jesus the only one, and chosen by God? 

She bathed Jesus as a child. She nursed and cared for him. She fed him. She sewed his clothes. She cleaned his wounds (because what child doesn’t fall and scrape their knees?). She watched him play. She watched him grow into a man. Mary watched her son use his gift of carpentry to contribute to the building and maintenance of homes, synagogues, markets, and more. Why and how is it possible that now he’s on a mission for God, and has a throng of disciples?

Could this same Jesus be the Jesus that “heals the sick, casts out demons, cleanses lepers, and raises the dead” all over the nation? I’m sure she had doubts. 

One of our flaws as humans is our propensity to doubt greatness and expect status quo, mediocrity, or worse, failure. 

Jesus didn’t grow up in a family that despised him or was jealous of him, like Joseph (son of Jacob/Israel) did. Jesus had siblings that loved him. From what is left intact of the scriptures (because as you know, there were groups of men who chose what information would be combined into a text that we now call the Bible), it seems more fitting to say that Jesus’ family simply had a difficult time believing that he went from sweating all day hammering nails to turning water into wine. 

Jesus didn’t let that deter him. He knew that God had a mission for him and that he would have to fulfill it no matter what. On the cross Jesus faced the reality that just like Moses, he wouldn’t continue on in human form, on the same path he was on days earlier. But then three days later came his resurrection, and look at him now 2,015 years later. We would pray to have such a long, and ongoing legacy, regarded and respected by most. I can tell you this, no reality TV star will ever have such longevity!

So I wrote this much-longer-than-I-expected reflection to say these simple words: No matter what people say about you, keep marching forward. Their thoughts and words have nothing to do with God’s plans for you!
Questions of the Day
1. Even though this message is much longer than I expected it to be, and hopefully the length didn’t disturb you, what are your thoughts about today’s message?

2. Reflect on a time when you doubted the gifts, skills, and abilities of someone who turned around and did great things with the gifts God gave them. 

3. Reflect on a time when you walked the walk and turned your doubters into your cheerleaders. 

4. 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.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.6.15

Develop Your Gift
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Do not neglect your gift…”
(1 Timothy 4:14, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
You were created and designed for a specific purpose. God has placed gifts inside of you to equip you to fulfill your purpose. Do you know what those gifts are? What are you passionate about? What can you do better than other people? What would you choose to do if there were no obstacles? God wants you to develop and pursue the gift inside of you because your gift is a part of your destiny.
The gifts God gives aren’t just for us. He gives us gifts to help build other people. You have a specific role to play in the body of Christ. That doesn’t mean God’s going to send you to a third world country or make you preach. But, there are people all around you that only you can reach. Are you using your gifts to build the kingdom? Are you serving in your local church? Even if you are still discovering what your gifts are, you can simply take a step and volunteer. Everyone has something to give. You can give a smile, a handshake or an encouraging word. When you step out and serve others, that’s how you develop your gift and move forward in the destiny He has for you!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for equipping me to fulfill my destiny. Thank You for walking with me and guiding me. Show me ways to develop the gifts You have given me so that I can be a blessing everywhere I go in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen
Natasha’s Reflection
This message rocked me at my core. I was so moved that I read it twice. This message affected me because it reflected me. It was the mirror and looking in I could see my guilt. 
I’m guilty of neglecting my gifts. I’m guilty of placing priority on things and people who aren’t aligned with God’s plan for me. I’m guilty of allowing fear to rob me of the best opportunities. I’m guilty of being that deer in headlights, paralyzed, with no progress in sight, rather than freely running away from people, places, and things that drain me of my joy. 
Even in all that I do and all that I give to communities and people around the world, I know for a fact that I’m not living and giving fully. I’m neglecting my gifts. What about you, are you neglecting your gifts? I’m revamping my mind, my ways, and my life starting today. Step-by-step and day-by-day I will learn to and embrace making the most of my gifts. 
Questions of the Day
1. What were your first thoughts when you read today’s scripture?

2. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

3. What gifts are you neglecting that you want to reclaim, restore, and embrace?
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
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.5.15

Message from Natasha:
Wow. Wow. Wow. When I read today’s message from Joel and Victoria Osteen, I just knew that I had to share it with all of you. We must remind ourselves each day and throughout our days, that we are anointed! Enjoy today’s message. Please share it with others. Please share your comments, prayers and testimonies, so that we all can feel God’s love pouring through you. Thank you. 
Love,
Natasha 
You are Anointed
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”
(Acts 10:38, NASB)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
When Jesus walked the earth, He was on a mission. Not only did He come to die on the cross and save us from our sins, He had a mission to set people free from every kind of brokenness and oppression. He was anointed, or empowered by God, to fulfill His mission. 
Notice it doesn’t say that He went around doing good to some people or healing some people. No, it says that He went around doing good and healing all. That was His mission, and He is still fulfilling that mission in the earth today. 
When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior, the Bible says that you become an ambassador of His. That means you are His representative. As His representative, you have access to the same power and authority that He has. You are empowered to fulfill His mission in the earth. You are anointed to do good and heal those who are oppressed by the enemy.
Is there someone in your life who needs a touch from God today? You are His hands and feet. You are anointed to do good. You are anointed to pray for the sick. As you reach out to others and allow God to use you, you will see His power flow through you, and you will be empowered as you empower others. Remember, you are anointed!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for choosing me. Thank You for doing good in my life and setting me free! Show me how I can be an instrument of Your goodness and healing to those around me today in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen
Questions of the Day
1. When you hear the words “you are anointed” what do you immediately think and feel?

2. What does today’s message tell you about God? Jesus? 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.