Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.31.16

Scripture


Colossians 3:23-24

Pray                                                                                                                                                       Thank You for this day Father. A gift from You that I never want to take for granted. So I will work with a clear focus that everything I do is in honor of You. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection                                                                                                                                                        You may have the dream job or career, or not, but that’s not the point. What’s most important is the effort you place in the work that you perform. What are you pouring in or taking out of your work? What are you pouring in or taking from the people that you work with and the customers that you’re supposed to be serving? If you aren’t leading through service of others, then ask yourself why? It is not only in the church that we serve. It is not just the volunteer activities in the community, that you are in service of others. It should be each and every day that you wake. Every single day that you go to work you should be serving your co-workers, and the customers and vendors that the company has relationships with.

Why?

Because we are reflections of God, and as His servants, we should be serving each other. Jesus washed his disciples feet, he didn’t just sit back and let everyone wash his. Jesus showed us what being a servant leader truly means. He paid the biggest price, sacrificed the most, so the least we can do is “work heartily” for the Lord. God will always reward us for our efforts. We get what we give. Consider that.

Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about 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 2013-2016. 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

Issues With Posts

Dear brothers and sisters,

Please be patient as I work out some technical kinks with my posting. I will have all missing posts uploaded and viewable hopefully later today. I have to figure out what went wrong and then fix it. So please hang in there. Thank you. 

Love your sister,

Natasha 
Copyright 2016. Natasha Foreman Bryant. All Rights Reserved. 

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.30.16

Scripture


Proverbs 16:28

Prayer                                                                                                                                                           Father please steer me away from troublemakers and gossip. If the words I speak don’t lead to a positive resolution, then I should remain silent. If the actions of others can lead me towards trouble, then keep me far away. Please provide me with the insight to see the troublemakers intent, so that I don’t get caught up in their web of drama. I humbly pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection                                                                                                                                                Think about every fight you have ever witnessed or taken part in, they were always started by troublemakers. Fights are always started by people looking for trouble. They seek out drama because their life isn’t exciting to them without chaos. Gossiping can destroy friendships and even families. Talking behind other people’s backs is something we were taught as children not to do, yet as adults, we do it almost daily. Gossip has become the norm, but have we ever considered how our gossip could harm others?

A pastor at a church I used to regularly attend said in a Sunday sermon that, “if your words aren’t the truth and don’t bring people together, then you shouldn’t speak them,” or something along those lines. I’ve tried to remember those words over the past five years. It’s difficult to not share ‘juicy’ news that you hear about someone else, but we need to consider how we would feel if that news being shared was instead about us? We don’t do well with other people talking about us, why don’t we walk the walk? You never know if one day the person you are gossiping to is also a troublemaker, just waiting to start a fight. So keep praying to God about this. I know I am.

Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about 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 2013-2016. 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 8.29.16

Scripture


Ecclesiastes 7:9

Pray                                                                                                                                                       Father in my weakness I do and say things out of anger, and harm comes to others, which I later, oftentimes, regret. I don’t want to be seen as a fool by You. Hold my tongue Father. Touch my heart so I think first and am slow to anger. Help me to think and then respond as You would want. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection                                                                                                                                                The one who loses control is the one who loses. Period. Our health, wellbeing, and life are impacted by the energy we release and absorb. I know that when my buttons are pushed, I can go from zero to sixty on someone real quick. But who really benefits when both parties are harmed by my inability to control my emotions? I’m indeed a work in progress. I pray regularly for restraint. So when I saw this scripture I knew I had to share it.

Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about 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 2013-2016. 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 8.25.16

Scripture

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭61:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Pray

Father thank You for this day, another day that You have blessed me. I pray today for those who are blinded by their fear and hopelessness, who don’t see the blessings of their life. Bring them peace within Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection

We’re at a time where we’re being pitted against each other based on our religions, gender, ethnicities, nationalities, socioeconomic status, and more. People are feeling torn, broken, beaten down, and forgotten. They are looking for guidance, for leadership, but unfortunately they are looking in all the wrong places. They are turning from common sense towards what they think is immediate gratification, but in actuality it’s a slow degradation. How far will we fall as a human race before we either wake up and atone, or face our biggest nightmare?

God is and always has been the answer. Pray my brothers and sisters. Pray.

Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about 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 2013-2016. 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 8.24.16

Scripture
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:1-4, 6-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Pray

There is no place where You are not Father. There is no thought or deed that can be hidden from You. You know my heart as You know all of Your children’s hearts. You’re always with me Father, and I’m eternally grateful for Your loving presence. Thank You for never being casual about our relationship, as I have countless times. Humbly I give thanks. Amen.

Reflection

Do you remember playing the game hide-and-seek as a child? 

You had so many seconds to find what you thought to be the perfect hiding space, and there you waited until discovered or the game was over. 

Now imagine this…

There is no hiding place from God. There’s no where in the world, Galaxy, universe, or anywhere else that you can imagine, where you can go and be away from God. There’s no place where He can’t find you, can’t hear you, or can’t help you. Even when you’re deep within your mind and no other human can seem to reach you, God is there. In our darkest hour, paralyzingly depressed, feeling completely alone…God is there with us.

Questions of the Day

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

2. What are your thoughts about 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 2013-2016. 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 8.23.16

Scripture Psalm 143:10


Pray

Father I have but one God, and that is You. You are my all in all, my Creator, Healer, Nurturer, Father, Mother, Provider, Protector, Strengthener, and so much more. I am complete because of You. I pray to always see and follow Your lead. Amen.

Reflection

I’ve been reflecting on a quote by Mary Baker Eddy, in her spiritual textbook, Science and Health With Keys to the Scriptures, where she says: “Spirit duly feeds and clothes every object, as it appears in the line of spiritual creation, thus tenderly expressing the fatherhood and motherhood of God. Spirit names and blesses all.

God, Spirit, feeds and clothes (spiritually and in the human sense, also literally) every creation that He has made-providing for, protecting, and nurturing us–as we now see through the daily actions of engaged human parents–He is our Father and Mother, and through Him our human parents attempt to display these qualities; and those of us who are (or one day pray to become) parents to children, strive to also mirror these qualities and behaviors.

There is no greater protector, nurturer, lover, giver, provider, or healer anywhere, than God. We call His name first and last, in sorrow and in joy. So it is He that we should align our heads and hearts to follow. The path that He places us upon is the same path we should obediently follow, even when it narrows, twists and turns, comes close to steep drops, and is challenging to ascend or descend. Keep walking with eyes forward, with faith, that He will order your steps.

If only there was an app for that! 

Yes, I’m being funny…so don’t get all high and mighty with me. I truly believe that God has a great sense of humor. So I allow mine to let loose. If He didn’t have a sense of humor, then more than half of us would’ve been swallowed up in some Old Testament pit by now. Consider that. 

Sending loving thoughts to each of you.

Questions of the Day

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

2. What are your thoughts about 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 2013-2016. 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