Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.30.15

Scripture 

“Then Bildad the Shuhite replied: How long until you stop talking? Show some sense, and then we can talk. Why are we regarded as cattle, as stupid in your sight? You who tear yourself in anger — should the earth be abandoned on your account, or a rock be removed from its place? Yes, the light of the wicked is extinguished; the flame of his fire does not glow. The light in his tent grows dark, and the lamp beside him is put out. His powerful stride is shortened, and his own schemes trip him up.
Indeed, such is the dwelling of the unjust man, and this is the place of the one who does not know God.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭18:1-7, 21‬ ‭HCSB‬‬
Pray

Father I pray for peace within. Let me clarify. I desire the heightened energy within that brings passion for life, for living and doing my job as Your servant, and with that energy I would like peace not turmoil within me. Like the tree firmly rooted, I want the ability to stand up to the hardened weather, bending but never losing my footing, adapting but never giving up. I humbly pray for this blessing in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Reflection

We become defensive and sometimes aggressively offensive when our bubble is burst, or our sensibilities challenged. Nature adjusts and adapts, yet humans struggle to embrace that reality. Consider what our lives would be like if we learned to live like plant life or other animals, taking only what is ours and only what is needed, not wasteful, obedient and aligned with God’s plan—never trying to circumvent Him. Ah the bliss we would experience. 

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

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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 7.29.15

Scripture 

“Then Job answered: I have heard many things like these. You are all miserable comforters. Is there no end to your empty words? What provokes you that you continue testifying? If you were in my place I could also talk like you. I could string words together against you and shake my head at you. Instead, I would encourage you with my mouth, and the consolation from my lips would bring relief.
His anger tears at me, and He harasses me. He gnashes His teeth at me. My enemy pierces me with His eyes.
I was at ease, but He shattered me; He seized me by the scruff of the neck and smashed me to pieces. He set me up as His target;
My friends scoff at me as I weep before God. I wish that someone might arbitrate between a man and God just as a man pleads for his friend. For only a few years will pass before I go the way of no return.”
“My spirit is broken. My days are extinguished. A graveyard awaits me. Surely mockers surround me and my eyes must gaze at their rebellion.
He has made me an object of scorn to the people; I have become a man people spit at. My eyes have grown dim from grief, and my whole body has become but a shadow. The upright are appalled at this, and the innocent are roused against the godless.
My days have slipped by; my plans have been ruined, even the things dear to my heart. They turned night into day and made light seem near in the face of darkness.”

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‭‭Job‬ ‭16:1-5, 9, 12, 20-22 HCSB

Job‬ ‭17:1-2, 6-8, 11-12‬ ‭HCSB‬‬
Pray
I pray for strength, hope, and unwavering love and trust. Thank You Father. Amen. 

Reflection
Many people take life’s valleys, pits, and mountains as God’s personal attack against them. But why?
When life is supposed to be about serving God, why do we make it all about us?
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?
3. At this point what do you hear Job saying to his friends?

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 7.28.15

Scripture 
“Then Eliphaz the Temanite replied: Does a wise man answer with empty counsel or fill himself with the hot east wind? Should he argue with useless talk or with words that serve no good purpose? But you even undermine the fear of God and hinder meditation before Him.
Your own mouth condemns you, not I; your own lips testify against you. Were you the first person ever born, or were you brought forth before the hills? 
Do you listen in on the council of God, or have a monopoly on wisdom? What do you know that we don’t? What do you understand that is not clear to us? Both the gray-haired and the elderly are with us, men older than your father. 
Are God’s consolations not enough for you, even the words that deal gently with you? Why has your heart misled you, and why do your eyes flash as you turn your anger against God and allow such words to leave your mouth? 
What is man, that he should be pure, or one born of woman, that he should be righteous?”
‭‭Job‬ ‭15:1-4, 6-14‬ ‭HCSB‬‬
Pray

Let wisdom be defined by You Father; measured as You see fit; for no book can make one wise, knowledgable yes, but wisdom is not likely gained through reading—since the words in the book are written, outlined and defined by the limited human.
I seek to have the necessary exposure to build me up to where You want me, not just where I want to go—to live the life that You seek, not the limited existence that I yearn for. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen. 

Reflection 
Rather than argue exhaustively with someone about God and their relationship with Him, why not pray that He expands their senses to be more receptive of Him, and helps them to understand that in human form they will never understand. Our role is to serve and reflect Him, not be served by Him. 
The tangible gifts that we receive are temporal. It’s the intangibles that we will forever possess here and in the next level of existence, whether you call it heaven or something else. When your cup runneth over, you’re to pour it and share with others until it runs empty. Many of us sprinkle here and there, fearful of it ever being empty. We fail miserably to live fully. 

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 2013-2015. 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 7.27.15

Scripture 

“Man born of woman is short of days and full of trouble. He blossoms like a flower, then withers; he flees like a shadow and does not last.
Since man’s days are determined and the number of his months depends on You, and since You have set limits he cannot pass, look away from him and let him rest so that he can enjoy his day like a hired hand. There is hope for a tree: If it is cut down, it will sprout again, and its shoots will not die.
But a man dies and fades away; he breathes his last — where is he?
When a man dies, will he come back to life? If so, I would wait all the days of my struggle until my relief comes.
But as a mountain collapses and crumbles and a rock is dislodged from its place, as water wears away stones and torrents wash away the soil from the land, so You destroy a man’s hope.
He feels only the pain of his own body and mourns only for himself.”
‭‭Job‬ ‭14:1-2, 5-7, 10, 14, 18-19, 22‬ ‭HCSB‬‬
Pray

Even in pain may I find joy Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 
Reflection 

When we’re tormented how often do we find, recognize, and praise the goodness in our lives? While in pain, how often are we testifying to the pleasures caused by God? We need to find the joy within even when we see and feel nothing but agony, emptiness and loss. Even a little light will make us feel full. 
I believe that one thing that has always been a constant in my life is my ability to find light, joy, and laughter even during my darkest hours—immediately after the death of a loved one, while a loved one counts down the days until they take their last breath, death of one who never entered our world, during injuries and illnesses, loss of home and personal property, and so much more—I’ve still found within a laugh, a smile, and reason to keep believing, hoping, praying, and praising. 
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 2013-2015. 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.

Saturday Bonus Scripture 7.25.15

“Some Pharisees approached Him to test Him. They asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife on any grounds? ”

“Haven’t you read,” He replied, “that He who created them in the beginning made them male and female,” and He also said: “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two will become one flesh? So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, man must not separate.” 
“Why then,” they asked Him, “did Moses command us to give divorce papers and to send her away? ” He told them, “Moses permitted you to divorce your wives because of the hardness of your hearts. But it was not like that from the beginning. And I tell you, whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.””

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Matthew‬ ‭19:3-9‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.24.15

Scripture 
“Everything you know, I also know; I am not inferior to you.
But you coat the truth with lies; you are all worthless doctors. If only you would shut up and let that be your wisdom! Hear now my argument, and listen to my defense.
Your memorable sayings are proverbs of ash; your defenses are made of clay. Be quiet, and I will speak. Let whatever comes happen to me. Why do I put myself at risk and take my life in my own hands? Even if He kills me, I will hope in Him. I will still defend my ways before Him. Yes, this will result in my deliverance, for no godless person can appear before Him.
Now then, I have prepared my case; I know that I am right. Can anyone indict me? If so, I will be silent and die.”

‭‭Job‬ ‭13:2, 4-6, 12-16, 18-19‬ ‭HCSB‬‬
Pray
Father I am still. Thank You!

Reflection 
We ask “why” and “how” for what reason exactly? To make sense of something far greater than we could ever be, but in our limited thinking and capacity we still find possible. 
Or is it that we just yearn to hear a majestic baritone voice, radiantly clear, rocking us to our core, until we surrender in obedience? We want from God something that we can’t even provide. We want Him to give even that which we won’t. How ironic is 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 2013-2015. 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 7.23.15

Scripture 
“Then Job answered: No doubt you are the people, and wisdom will die with you! But I also have a mind; I am not inferior to you. Who doesn’t know the things you are talking about? I am a laughingstock to my friends, by calling on God, who answers me. The righteous and upright man is a laughingstock.
Wisdom and strength belong to God; counsel and understanding are His. Whatever He tears down cannot be rebuilt; whoever He imprisons cannot be released.
He pours out contempt on nobles and disarms the strong. He reveals mysteries from the darkness and brings the deepest darkness into the light. He makes nations great, then destroys them; He enlarges nations, then leads them away. He deprives the world’s leaders of reason, and makes them wander in a trackless wasteland. They grope around in darkness without light; He makes them stagger like drunken men.”

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Job‬ ‭12:1-4, 13-14, 21-25‬ ‭HCSB‬‬
Pray
Thank You for this day Father. I pray for and continue to thank You for Your patience as I go through this molding process. I don’t know if I will ever be as You need me, as You see me, but I will keep trying. I praise You Father. Amen. 
Reflection
When I read the story of Job, every time I read it, I gain a new perspective and see a deeper message. I can feel Job’s pain, fear, and frustration. 
I’ve been through a lot in my life and although I have wondered why, and have cried out in pain and horror, I’ve never gone so far as to expect to hear plainly from God. I’ve never called out to God and asked Him to explain Himself or to explain the circumstances that have caused me so much pain. I’ve always just assumed that there was a reason for it, something God was sparing me or my family from experiencing. 
A sudden death, a death of a child, a miscarriage, cancer, car and motorcycle accidents, plane crashes, dismemberments, acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and so much more—you wonder why, but how many of us really expect to receive answers from God that justify the incident and the results?
Oftentimes when answers are expected and you don’t hear them, or aren’t satisfied with what you heard, people tend to switch their vote from believers to non-believers. 
With all of the good that God does in the universe, sometimes the small moments in a person’s life, seals the deal in their mind, and they begin to think that either God doesn’t exist, or that He may exist but He isn’t the loving and just God the masses want us to believe in and pray to daily. 
I’ve wondered more than once about the life of Jesus, and if he really was who we believe him to be. I’ve also wondered if God is real. But oddly enough, neither of those pondering moments lasted long because I’ve always been enveloped by a feeling of warmth and protection, that has always made me feel that it was God’s loving presence. 
I pray that no matter what I go through in life, and I know the tests will become even more intense as I grow older, I pray that I never stop believing in and loving God. He is why I have faith in humanity. When I see light and love in His children, I see and feel Him. I never want to stop experiencing that greatness. 

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 2013-2015. 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.