Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.19.15

Scripture
“Now they came to Jericho. As He went out of Jericho with His disciples and a great multitude, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the road begging. And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”
 
So Jesus answered and said to him, “What do you want Me to do for you?” The blind man said to Him, “Rabboni, that I may receive my sight.” Then Jesus said to him, “Go your way; your faith has made you well.” And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus on the road.”
 
‭‭Mark‬ ‭10:46-47, 51-52‬ ‭NKJV‬‬
 

Pray
I give You all of the glory Father. In Jesus’ name I give thanks, knowing that You have already resolved my issues and answered my calls. Amen. 

Reflection 
The blind man’s faith was all that was needed for Jesus to heal him and make him whole. It wasn’t his words, it was his conviction and energy that declared a belief in Jesus and his teachings. Work at walking the walk not just talking the talk. Because actions do speak much louder than words. 

Questions of the Day
 
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. When you recite today’s scripture, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
3. How does that make you feel?
4. If you have a testimony of healing, please share. 
 
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 11.18.15

 
Scripture
“These six things the Lord hates, indeed, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look [the spirit that makes one overestimate himself and underestimate others], a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, [Ps. 120:2, 3.] A heart that manufactures wicked thoughts and plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, A false witness who breathes out lies [even under oath], and he who sows discord among his brethren.”
 
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭6:16-19‬ ‭AMP‬‬
 
Pray
Protect me Father. Guide my feet. Touch my heart. Hold my tongue so that it doesn’t cause harm. Open my spiritual eyes to discern Your Truth from the false evidence. These things I humbly pray for in Jesus’ name. Amen. 
 
Reflection
Pride, arrogance, greed, lies and deception, and malice—pray to be released from these things. They will only lead to your pain and a fast-tracked demise, spiritually and physically. 
 
Questions of the Day
 
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. When you recite today’s scripture, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
3. What are your thoughts about unintentional sin and how we rectify our sin so that we’re made whole again in God’s eyes?
4. How do you think the Old and New Testaments align with today’s views, standards, and ways of life?
 
Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com 
 
Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email. 
 
Love always,
Natasha
 
 
Copyright 2013-2015. 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 11.17.15

 

Scripture 
 
““If anyone of the common people sins unintentionally in doing any one of the things that by the Lord’s commandments ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt, or the sin which he has committed is made known to him, he shall bring for his offering a goat, a female without blemish, for his sin which he has committed.”
 
‭‭Leviticus‬ ‭4:27-28‬ ‭ESV‬‬
 
Pray
You know my heart Father. Forgive me for what I think, say, and do. I want to always honor You Lord. I give You all the praises. Amen. 
 
Reflection
In the Old Testament we learn that all unintentional sin is to be remedied and atoned for with an altar offering to God. By Jesus’ time, he says to “sin no more” (John‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬; John‬ ‭8:11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) which could be seen as more stringent than the food or burnt offering of the past. If you commit the same sin again, then who besides God determines intent? 
 
The man in John 5:14 was physically paralyzed for 38 years before being healed by Jesus. Only Jesus knew what this man had done to end up paralyzed. Today, we would not question if a sin was committed by a paralyzed person. We would assume birth defect, a victim of crime, a soldier’s injury, an accident, or a number of other things. We do not have the discernment to see and know more. Maybe all abnormalities in Jesus’ time was considered the results of sin. Just like people with dementia were said to be possessed by demons, and today doctors say it’s just deterioration of the brain–we’re left to interpret. We’re left to assume. 
 
We’re also left to love them anyway, for they are all God’s children, which means they are our brothers and sisters. It doesn’t matter if you think their condition is a result of sin, demons, or something else. Love them. Pray for them. 
 
The woman in John 8:11 was caught in the act of committing adultery. Only she was brought forward for punishment, but not the man she was committing adultery with. Was her sin intentional or not? Jesus forgave her and told her to sin no more. He didn’t question if she had malice in her heart. He obviously knew that answer. He didn’t question her intent, as he also knew that. He looked in her eyes and told her not to do it again. 
 
Jesus was irritated that the scribes and Pharisees would be so quick to bring a sinner to him, when they weren’t free of sin, when they too were sinners—quick to point the finger of blame at someone else. 
 
So how do we resolve our unintentional sin in this day? Do we acknowledge, atone, and sin no more? Or do we acknowledge, atone, provide an altar offering that is more aligned with man’s laws and standards of today? Or do we simply acknowledge and wait for the day we pass away?
 
These questions have been pondered for generations. It’s safe to say that they will continue to be for many more generations. 
 
‭‭Questions of the Day
 
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. When you recite today’s scripture, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
3. What are your thoughts about unintentional sin and how we rectify our sin so that we’re made whole again in God’s eyes?
4. How do you think the Old and New Testaments align with today’s views, standards, and ways of life?
 
Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com 
 
Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email. 
 
Love always,
Natasha
 
 
Copyright 2013-2015. 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 11.16.15

 
Scripture
“Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!”
‭‭
Psalm‬ ‭27:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬
 
Pray
Father thank You for this day. Thank You for my life and my loved ones. Thank You for every moment that I get to spend with them, share with them, and openly love them.
 
Thank You for the tests and for helping me through the darkest of times. Thank You for connecting me with people of different faiths, views, and convictions. Thank You for the abundant blessings that I can never repay You for. 
 
In Jesus’ name. Amen. 
 
 
Reflection
Let me start of today’s message by saying HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my amazing mother, Gwendolyn Foreman. She was the human vessel that made my life possible, and she has been the primary person in my life who loves me unconditionally. The love of a mother is priceless, and I’m so humbly grateful for every moment I have with mine. Whether your mother is alive or not, take the time today to tell yours that you love and appreciate them. 
 
Today’s scripture is so simple yet so complex for those of us who are into complicating God’s ways, and trying our best to control the uncontrollable. It’s like a house on fire, do you rush in, or wait a moment to see the best angle of entry? In our daily lives do you just react or do you wait for God’s guidance? Most of us react, and in our reactions we fall flat on our faces, and then cry out to God to save us. If only we had just waited for Him to begin with. If we believe in Him as we say we do, then why are we so impatient with him?
 
It’s like dealing with an elderly person who’s moving extremely slow, do you wait patiently or do you run over to them and throw them in a wheelchair and rapidly push them to the destination? When they take their time to respond to a question, do you wait for their answer or do you rush to fill in the words for them?
 
I think of the parents of small children who get irritated that the child is walking too slow in the store or outside, so rather than waiting for the child, they just pick them up and carry them. Parents get impatient with the child who self-feeds and eats too slow, so they pick up the spoon and begin to feed the child at a pace that is more to their liking. Parents waited on average 9 months to see and touch their child at birth, now that the child can walk and talk, these same parents can’t be bothered with walking at the child’s pace. The irony of this is that it’s oftentimes the same parents who wanted desperately for their child to hurry and crawl, hurry and stand, and hurry up to walk. Did that process go at the child’s pace or the parents?
 
We do this with God. In our small minds we think He’s moving too slow, so we try to speed things up to a pace that we deem acceptable, we grab the steering wheel and slam our feet on the throttle—and when we crash, we then cry out for God to make us whole, to repair the car, to heal our wounds, and to make things right—on top of what we initially needed assistance with (before the crash). 
 
Are you willing to wait?
 
I love my mom because she never rushed my pace in anything in life. She always let me develop, move, and go at my pace. She’s still that way, and I love her for it!
 

 

Questions of the Day
 
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. When you recite today’s scripture, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
3. Why do you think you struggle with waiting for God?
4. In what ways can you begin practicing the art and science of waiting?
 
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 11.12.15

Scripture
“Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted as head above all.”
 
‭‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬
 
Pray
I’m not worthy but You bless me anyway. Sometimes I’m unloving, but You love me still—and unconditionally. I sin and You forgive me. I forget, but You never do. I’m flawed but in Your eyes there’s only perfection. Thank You Father. 
 
Reflection 
There is nothing and no one greater, better, more powerful, or more present than our Heavenly Father. Turn to the source for all things. 
 
 
Questions of the Day
 
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. When you recite today’s scripture, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
3. How would you feel about joining an online community where you could freely share your thoughts and opinions about what is shared on Breaking Bread? 
4. Would you be interested in joining a Breaking Bread social network? 
5. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your interest in joining the network? 
1 is “definitely not interested” and 10 is “definitely interested”
 
 
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 11.11.15

Scripture

“Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
 
‭‭1 Peter‬ ‭1:8-9‬ ‭ESV‬‬
 
Pray
Father I love You for loving me. I’ve never seen You but I feel Your love. That’s good enough for me. I wouldn’t be able to recognize Your son Jesus, but I love him as though I see him daily. I believe in him as I believe in You. I cherish our relationship, as there’s nothing else like it. Thank You Father. 
 
Reflection 
Our blind faith and devoted works is all we need. 
 

 

Questions of the Day
 
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
2. When you recite today’s scripture, what is the first thing that comes to your mind?
3. How would you feel about joining an online community where you could freely share your thoughts and opinions about what is shared on Breaking Bread? 
4. Would you be interested in joining a Breaking Bread social network? 
5. On a scale of 1-10 how would you rate your interest in joining the network? 
1 is “definitely not interested” and 10 is “definitely interested”
 
 
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.