Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.29.16

Scripture


John 5:39-47

Pray

Father please fill me up and reinforce my armor. You know the challenges and the challenging people that I am dealing with. You know my struggles and my pain. You know which people are attacking me, distracting me, and trying to pull me into darkness–and away from You. Father each day I try to put my trust and faith solely in You. Humans alway try to distract with claims that the solutions are through them, when the true and only solutions come from You. You are the source of all goodness, all greatness, and all that is right. Father keep my eyes, heart, and mind focused on You. I don’t want to be distracted, deterred, or led astray. I want to be obedient to You and honor You in every way. In Jesus’ name I pray to You as Your servant and child. Amen.

Reflection

There are countless pseudo-Christians who use God’s name like it’s a preposition or a conjunction in a sentence. There are countless individuals out there who know and say all of the Christian catch-phrases like, “God is good…all the time…and all the time, God is good!” But then they don’t give God the credit for all things good and great going on in their lives. They want to say they are ‘self-made’ and that they accomplished everything by their hard work alone. When times get bad they don’t get on their knees in prayer and then stand in their conviction that God has their back, front, and both sides. Nope. Instead they cry out about the burden they carry; they place greater importance upon their yoke and disregard everyone else’s. In their minds it’s all about them because no one has a greater burden than they do. They will regurgitate their favorite phrase as grace before a meal, but lack the substance of sincerity. They are all about the rote but not about the pure application.

As Jesus said, their minds are closed.

Many of these same people will mention God in one breath and then curse you in the next. They will say a prayer for the impoverished but then not give a dollar to a homeless person on the street. They will have the symbolic Christian fish on their car, but then give you the middle finger when you accidentally cut them off in traffic or take the parking spot they had also been eyeing. A closet full of clothes they will possess, but donate a bag full (of those clothes) they will not. They will let food spoil in their refrigerator rather than boxing it up and handing it out to those who would gladly receive and consume it. They think that the little that they do in the community is more than enough. How can you tell God that you have done “enough” of something? You haven’t had to sacrifice like Jesus, Moses, David, Daniel, and so many others who sacrificed but never said “I’ve done enough God”.

Re-read the verses for today. Visualize what Jesus is saying.

Jesus is speaking to the Jews who place their hope in Moses, yet Moses’ writings tell of Jesus’ coming and that he is the true Savior. Moses was trying to prepare the Israelites for Jesus’ arrival. They didn’t get it. Look how long it took for them to get out of the wilderness. Look how long it took for them to stop returning to worshipping false gods. Look how many times God allowed them to be enslaved after leaving Egypt. Look at how many times they watched numerous neighbors get swallowed up by the Earth.  If they don’t believe in Moses’ own words then it’s no surprise they don’t believe what Jesus has to say. They hear but they are not listening. They see but they have no vision. They touch but cannot feel. They smell but cannot distinguish. They taste but cannot savor. They know something is there but fail to recognize and distinguish. Their minds are closed and they are blind. 

That is our struggle today. We are either in the wilderness still or being enslaved again. We keep creating idols and worshipping other gods. Our Father said that we can’t serve two masters, yet we keep trying. Some of us think we can serve more than two.

Your heart can either be warm and open, or cold and closed. When it is the latter, you’re not even fully receptive to God; your feet are well planted in darkness, while a warm and open heart comes from feet planted in God’s light. A warm heart can be molded, while a cold heart is like a rock—there’s not much molding you can do with that, other than break it. 

Look at our world today. Look at the news and on social media. Look at all of the closed minds. Pray for God’s light to be received by most, because five percent is not a tipping point in our favor. We need more light than darkness to prevail. So every day put on your armor and shield, and vow to keep your eyes, mind, and heart on God–and pray that the words that come from you are more like Him and less like the enemy’s.

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.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.28.16

Scripture


John 5:8-17

Pray

Father thank You for this day; a day I was not promised and a day I did not earn, but only through Your loving grace did my eyes open this morning. It is only because of You Father. I am humbly grateful. You never cease to work and I pray for the strength and courage to never cease to work. Please fill me with Your light that I may be a reflection of You and not an embarrassment. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection

Jesus was persecuted for doing what was right in God’s eyes; for healing the sick, raising the dead, casting out demons, and making right the wrong. There will always be people who will focus all of their energy on taking you down, throwing you off course, destroying your reputation, and stealing your joy. There will always be ‘haters’ nearby. It’s what you do that matters. Jesus was a rebel. He wasn’t going to stand by and fall in line with the status quo. He wasn’t going to ‘sell out’ to fit in. Jesus was more concerned about doing right by God and not by man. Jesus wasn’t going to pray to the gods of others, be a follower of fools, or sell his soul for anyone or anything. He knew what he was called to do. He knew what his Father, our Father, told him to do–and he was determined to be obedient to those commands. He would not be bullied or left to feel ashamed. Jesus was the ultimate rebel.

What will you do each day? How will you live your life? Will you be a follower of fool or a leader of the tested and wise? Will you cower down to the status quo or rise up and rebel for progress? Will you allow yourself to be bullied and shamed, or will you tell the enemy to “bring your best shot”? Cowards are never celebrated in history. No one says “grow up and be like so-and-so the coward”. The weak bully others. The weak use the little power that they think they have to rule with an iron fist over you. The weak make threats. The weak try to intimidate you with their size. The weak are not the meek. For the meek are the strong ones and they shall inherit the Earth and all of God’s riches. Jesus confronted those weak-minded who thought they were strong, and he revealed their inadequacies, ignorance, ineptitude, shallowness, abusive nature, inferiority, and ugliness. 

Don’t let a bully steal your joy. Don’t let a bully slow you down. Don’t let a bully stop you from doing what God called you to do. Rise up and rebel just like our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

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 11.21.16

Scripture


John 2:13-16

Pray

Father give me the strength and courage to boldly go where others steer clear, and boldly say what needs to be said even when others stand by in silence. Let me fear no man or woman, for my mission in life is to serve You, and I have a greater fear of disrespecting You than I do of disrespecting Your children. So lift me up Father so that I can stand tall in Your honor. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection

Jesus was considered a rebel in his times. He defied the laws of man because he was more concerned about upholding the laws of God. He did what God told him to do and wasn’t concerned that it was oftentimes in direct conflict with what man expected him to do. Jesus went against the status quo and he called people out on their hypocrisies and blatant lies. When we say we want to be “more like Jesus” why do we tiptoe around being more like the man who turned over the money changers tables? Why are we fearful to be so bold? He didn’t have an army behind him. He wasn’t strapped with a gun or knife, ready to tussle with the first person who challenged him. He wasn’t trained in martial arts. Jesus came with God’s Word and was there following God’s commands, to fulfil the prophecy spoken many years earlier. So why are we not bold enough to say, “stop it” to those who have converted our churches into places of commerce? Why are we not bold enough to say “stop it” to religious leaders who benefit more from tithing than the congregations they are supposed to be serving? Why are we not bold enough to call people out on their hypocrisy? Why are we not bold enough to tell politicians to stop pimping our churches for their political gain? Jesus did it and if we’re to be more like him, then we should act and speak accordingly.

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?

3. Jesus was considered a rebel in his time. In what ways do you think he would be considered a rebel in this day and age?

4. Would you have the courage to stand as boldly in your convictions as Jesus did, and make such bold statements and actions as he did? 

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 11.11.16

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Scripture


Psalm 25:15

Pray

Father thank You for today. My eyes are always on You. I pray for the strength to always keep my eyes on You, even when life’s struggles tempt my eyes elsewhere. I pray to keep my eyes on You, even when the enemy tries to convince me to turn my eyes away. I know that You never give me more than I can handle. I know the strength of Your love. It never wanes. Let me feel the strength of my back, the strength of my mind, and the strength of my heart. Humbly Your servant. Amen. 

Reflection

No matter what happens to you directly or indirectly, keep your eyes on God. Don’t let the enemy steer you away. Don’t allow the enemy to win. Fear is the enemy’s poison. Hate is the enemy’s poison. Don’t ingest the enemy’s poison. Keep your eyes on God!

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 11.10.16

Scripture


Matthew 6:34

Pray

Father You woke me today and I’m grateful. I’m blessed and I know it. I’m loved and I know it. I pray today for peace within. I pray for my brothers and sisters across my country and around the world, for they are in pain and filled with fear and frustration. Father You know what’s going on and You know what’s to come. I pray that You help us focus on being present, with open eyes, ears, minds, and hearts. I know that tomorrow is not promised, only You know what tomorrow brings, so I plan to make the most of today so that I don’t have any regrets tomorrow. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Reflection 

Today is overwhelming enough. Deal with what’s on your ‘plate’ today and don’t fixate and stress about tomorrow’s load. Farmers focus on this seasons’s crops, they don’t worry about next year. What are your tasks, issues, concerns, and fears for today? Deal with them today. Deal with what you can today. Don’t waste precious time fearing tomorrow. Tomorrow isn’t promised. Tomorrow you may not wake up on this side of life. So that means you lost your ‘today’. Let’s not lose our today. Tomorrow will come or it won’t. Live for today. 

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 11.9.16

Scripture


Galatians 1:10

Pray

Father I pray to keep my eyes on You, being not concerned with the world and what others think and say about me, or even what they do to me directly or indirectly. For I know that You are omnipresent, omnipotent supreme. I know that You are all-powerful, all-knowing, all-seeing, and that nothing and no one can destroy You or separate me from You. I was made in Your image and likeness and You never make mistakes. I humbly accept my role in this journey, the responsibilities that You have placed before me, and my duties as a steward of this great planet that You created. I seek only Your approval Father. Please forgive me when I forget and align myself with the expectations of Your creations, as though their opinion matters. 

Reflection

God told us to obey Him and honor our father and mother. Notice that He didn’t tell us to even obey them, but to honor them. At the beginning and end of each day what matters most to our Heavenly Father is our obedience to Him. You don’t read in the Bible where we’re supposed to be obedient to anyone else. 

Someone may snatch and twist a verse where there’s talk of slaves and their masters, don’t distort that to align it with man-based laws that support the enslavement of men, women, and children like chattel. 

God never intended for His children to serve, worship, and obey anyone or anything but Him. Our decisions are to be motivated by our desire to please Him, not man. 

We have allowed the ‘world’ to influence our decisions, dictate to us what and whom is attractive, intelligent, gifted, and successful. We have allowed the ‘world’ to pimp us out where we even jump at the chance to sell ourselves to the highest bidder. Don’t believe me? Watch reality television shows. 

Are we seeking approval and acceptance from man, from the world, from the “in crowd”, from society, or so-called friends? Or are we focused and passionate about seeking and gaining approval from our Creator? You can’t serve man and God. Don’t confuse this statement with being a servant leader and being of service to the least of God’s children. Giving of your time and resources to help uplift the poor, voiceless, powerless, underrepresented, and hopeless–is what God intends. Pimping yourself out to the world’s power-hungry and greedy, is not.

He has given us a choice.

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 11.8.16

Scripture


Proverbs 27:5-6

Pray

Love is work. Love is saying “no” when necessary. Love is about redirecting wayward steps. Love is speaking up and out about righting the wrong. Love is accountability. Father thank You for loving me. I pray that I am always receptive to love and a giver of it. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

If we’re always wanting life to be sugary sweet, we’re bound to end up with a horrific ache and it won’t be in our teeth. The most loving thing that you can do is call someone out on their mess, hold them accountable, tell them when they are being a fool or dropping the “ball” in life. When you see someone figuratively “setting themselves on fire”, do you sit by and watch or do you douse them with “water” and smack them upside their head (figuratively of course) and tell them to wake up and walk right? If you truly love them and want to see them thrive, you will smack them back into reality. Love is about active engagement, it’s not passive or timid. Nor should you be. So when someone you love, respect, or admire is “out of line” or getting there, you need to passionately wake them up. Love is intentional. It’s both feet in, not just one foot or one toe. Imagine if God was half-committed to us. Imagine if He just passively sat by and did nothing. 

At the time I received them, I couldn’t stand being punished by my parents. But as I grew older and wiser, I can say that I deserved those punishments. I learned a great deal about myself and what I did wrong. I also learned how much my parents truly loved me. If they didn’t love me they would’ve let me do whatever I wanted, whenever I wanted, and wherever I wanted. Their love kept me from being reckless and destructive. I used to envy certain childhood friends who seemed to have the best life, free of any real adult supervision, and a fast track to being a “grown up”. Some could even speak to their parents like they were peers or siblings, not a child speaking to a parent. Now that I look back at their childhood and peek into their current life, I see that the lack of structure and discipline actually backfired on them. Some fell in with the wrong crowd and confused that attention for love. Some of them currently lead very chaotic, undisciplined, and unfulfilling lives. Just existing. At least that’s what the world sees. If it’s a life not wallowing in misery, then they have done a shotty job of representing themselves and their life. Their pain comes through loud and clear. They seem angry with themselves, their family, and maybe even the world. With social media giving you the opportunity to reinvent yourself and be your best public relations rep, some of my childhood friends didn’t seize this opportunity to “fake it until you make it”. I can respect them for “keeping it real” even if that means their drudge and dread pictures and posts zap energy from the rest of 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