My BIG Announcement!!!

Happy Saturday Family!

Well here we are. The moment has finally arrived. It’s time for me to share my big Breaking Bread announcement. I’m nervous but I’m ready. I will stop teasing you and start showing you how God will be using me. So let’s do this!


Next year I will be publishing a book, my first to ever be released for public reading. Yes, you read that correctly. My first of many being lined up for the world. 

I’m finally taking the big leap!

For more than 12 years people have asked me to write books, to tell my story, to share my gifts with the world. I’ve started and stopped numerous times. For over 8 years, I’ve had Breaking Bread readers ask me, “when are you going to write a Breaking Bread book?” Well family, I can say that the time is now!

I started drafting the book in August. The enemy jumped into hyper mode trying to tell me to keep it small, don’t go big and bold. I’ve chosen to listen to God, Who told me to go big, bold, and bring 100 percent in honor of Him. So that’s what I’m doing. 

I’m working with a team to outline the marketing and rollout strategy, publisher requirements, and how to thank everyone who has supported me and the Breaking Bread blog since 2009. 

I can’t share all of the details now. I can say that I have a title for this particular book. I finalized that this week (after changing it twice). This book is based on my work through the Breaking Bread blog. There will be both an e-book and a soft-bound print version. Let me stop there before I reveal too much. *Smile*

I’m trusting God. I’m walking confidently wherever He guides me. I’m ready for Him to use me at this new level. I will not let anyone or anything get in the way of this project and God’s plan. I’ve put the enemy on notice. It better back down or get smacked down! This is God’s domain!

So please stay tuned for details in the near future. If you have ideas, suggestions, or requests for the new book and future books, please email them to me at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Thanks family. I’m excited. No more hiding in fear, doing just enough. Next year is the year to stand up and be all that God has called us to be. 2017 is the year I declare, “No fear! Just winning!”

I love you all!

Your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

It’s Coming Today at 12:30pm EST!

Good morning/afternoon Breaking Bread Family!

My big announcement I posted a teaser about a few weeks ago, is finally being shared today at 12:30pm EST, so check your inboxes and notifications. 

I’m ending 2016 strong and stepping in 2017 determined. I hope that you will join me along this journey!

Love,

Natasha 

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.30.16

Scripture


Proverbs 17:17

Pray

Father thank you for this day. Thank You for your loving grace; for the lessons that I have learned and those that I am still trying to learn. 

Thank you so much for my family. They are my support system. Please keep them lifted up in your loving arms. Continue to bless them. 

Thank you for the friends and acquaintances that you have placed in my life. I hope that I have and I am as much of a blessing to them as they have been to me. Protect them Father. 

I pray for these things in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Reflection

True friends are loyal. They love at all times. That’s what the scripture says. 

So,  a disloyal and unloving person is not your friend. Stop fooling yourself. That person is just someone you know. 

 I have a handful of friends. They are the ones I can trust to be there through thick and thin, through distance and time—and they can trust I am there for them. We’re transparent with each other. No games. No envy. No backstabbing. We don’t fake our feelings or intentions. We give without expectations or conditions. 

Anyone else I associate with is merely an acquaintance. Still loved, we just have a different type of relationship. I have plenty of acquaintances. They are special people and I’m grateful to have them in my life. I hope they feel the same way about me. 

Know your friends. They love and are loyal to you. They have your “back” when you need them, and they also put you in your place when you’re wrong. If you are a friend to them then the same is true of you. 

Celebrate and protect your friendships. 
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. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?

4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?

5. Who would you like to pray for today?

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 12.29.16

Scripture


Isaiah 40:31

Pray

Father thank You for this day. Another day of molding, lessons, and service. Another day with family and friends. Another day to meet and embrace strangers. Another day of blessings given and received. Another day to praise You. Thank You. 

Thank You for the added strength to persevere, survive, thrive, and push past the enemy’s attacks. 

Father, You know where I’m weak and weakest. Fill those spaces, reinforce those areas, and show me what to do and how to get it done. Protect me from harm caused by others and that which is self-inflicted. 

I pray for my family members, friends, associates, and other brothers and sisters in Christ that I do not know. I pray for believers, conditional believers, and non-believers. Touch our hearts Father, that we all may find and embrace the peace within. Focus our eyes so that we can see the illuminated path You masterfully laid for us. Help us fight temptation and the trappings of the world. Help us to hear Your voice distinctly, so that we can tune out the enemy’s noise. 

I humbly and faithfully pray for these things and these people in Jesus’ name, knowing that only goodness and greatness can come from You. I love You Father. Amen. 

Reflection

Either you trust God or you don’t. There’s no riding the fence. He doesn’t half-commit to us. He doesn’t half-deliver His blessings. He doesn’t sorta love us. He gives us 100% each and every millisecond of every single day. 

Trust. Listen for His voice. Look for His work. Blot out the enemy. 

Every time you hear and think something negative, just say “Erase. Erase. Erase.” or “That’s a lie”, or any other word or phrase that you need to say to blot out the enemy’s attempt to distract and discourage you. Trust 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?

3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?

4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?

5. Who would you like to pray for today?

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 12.28.16

Scripture


Isaiah 41:10

Another version is written as:

“Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.”

Isaiah‬ ‭41:10‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Pray

Father thank You for Your loving grace, that made it possible for me to see another day. I pray to You with great humbleness and humility. You know my heart, sins, fears, weaknesses, hopes, dreams, and desires. You know what You have planted in my mind, and You also already know if I will pursue these ideas and succeed, or not. 

Protect me Father. The enemy is working hard but I know it has no power over You. Strengthen me so that I can endure its attacks. Help me to not fear the unknown, the dark, or anything created by You. Help me to always focus my eyes on the light. It’s there always. 

Please lift me up out of situations that are displeasing to You. Please equip me with the resources so that I can move forward on the path You have set before me. Please help me to see and connnect with the people who You have placed in my life to do good. Please also reinforce my discernment to see the people that the enemy is using to distract and deter me, to diminish my faith in You. 

Blot the enemy out of my life Father. Remove this fear and anxiety. Strengthen me and give me the courage to push forward. In Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen. I love You Father!

Reflection

God loves, heals, protects, restores, and uplifts us. We are His children. Don’t allow the enemy to serve as a wedge between you and God. Don’t allow the enemy to discourage you from calling on Jesus to show you the way to our Heavenly Father. Don’t allow the enemy to convince you that you lost, failed, are worthless, and deserving of pain and misery. Don’t give the enemy a crack to enter into your world, life, home, and family. The enemy has no purpose or power, so let’s stop giving it. 

Pick up your Bible, read and study it; write in a notebook the scriptures that hit you hardest as well as those you struggle to understand. Be a student of God’s Word, so that you can use it to recite in times of need. 

Surround yourself with prayer warriors who will pray for you, not against you. Move away from those who plant and water seeds of fear. Move away from those who will tell you whatever they think you want to hear, but not what God needs you to hear. Move away from those who only come around with hands out or just to see what you’re doing (or not doing) in life. 

Surround yourself with people who uplift you, protect your family, protect your marriage, and protect you from yourself and the temptations of the enemy. 

If you look around and you have people encouraging and supporting you to do something that you know will cause harm to yourself and/or someone else, those are the wrong people to hang around. They are puppets of the enemy. Pray that God would remove them from your space. If they serve a place in some other part of your life, pray that God reserves them only to that space, and keeps them away from areas where they can do most harm. 

The most important thing that you can do each day is pray. Pray throughout the day. Pray before you make an important decision. Pray before each meeting you enter. Pray before you enter and exit your home, car, church, workplace, doctor’s office, etc. 

It doesn’t have to be a lengthy prayer. Remember, Jesus said that our prayers are to be silent and concise, that the loud and long are for those who want to hear themselves or want others to hear them. God hears our thoughts and he knows our needs and desires. Don’t get caught up in trying to say the “sing-songy” poetic prayers. Just talk to God as you would a parent, sibling, or dear friend. He’s always listening, watching, and waiting. 

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. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?

4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?

5. Who would you like to pray for today?

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 12.27.16

Scripture


Luke 2:14

Pray

Father I pray for peace within myself, my family, my home, my community, my place of worship, my workplace, and throughout my country and every part of the world. 

I know that the broadness of this prayer requires Your billions of other children to also consistently be praying for that peace. It doesn’t deter or stop me from praying for it however. 

I know Your power, Your strength, and Your love. I’ve witnessed Your healings and restorations. I’ve seen with my own eyes, how You have said “yes” when doctors and naysayers said “no”, and Your “yes” brought astonishment. 

Father I pray that every willing and even unwilling heart, finds that internal peace that they need to survive, to clinch tightly on hope, and increase their faith in You and Your son Jesus. 

Father I need the peace within myself and my family. The enemy is working double-time on us, individually and collectively. I and we are not it’s but are Yours. 

Protect us Father. Fill us with peace so that we lean into Your light and out of the darkness. Give us the strength to fight the enemy and it’s plot to disrupt, destroy and kill. I pray to You in Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Reflection

When we read of “peace” in the Bible, many of us first think of wars and physical unrest. But take it to the spiritual realm, where God is, and you then see “peace” as what takes place within before it spreads outward. 

All things done in the physical first start within; our thoughts and emotions pour out into action. 

Our thoughts of betrayal turn to anger, which lead to revenge—the enemy’s goal of disruption, destruction, and death. 

Our thoughts of admiration turn to love, which leads to unity—God’s plan for us.

You may be physically, psychologically, and/or verbally fighting with a loved one. The enemy is winning. There’s no peace there. There’s no joy, love, calm, or light there. The more we fight, the farther we fall into the dark trap set by the enemy. 

The only way out of the enemy’s trap is God. Grab your Bible and prayer book and start praying for peace and a way out of the darkness. Turn to prayer partner and a pastor (or other religious leader) that isn’t blinded by your foolishness (that which led you into the trap) and have them pray over you, for you, and with you, so that God can see and know your changing heart—to bring peace to you, and a cease and desist notice to the enemy. 

There is never a day of rest by the enemy, so we can never rest a day from his attacks. We must stay prayed up. 

Your strategy for surviving and winning, can’t be your good looks and charm. That’s probably how the enemy got its hands on you to begin with. You can’t try to simply out think or out wit the enemy. It’s craftier than you could ever imagine. 

Your only weapon against the enemy is prayer. Pray. Pray. Pray. Sit down, kneel, lay down, and talk with God. Your prayers don’t need to be poetic, just genuine. God knows all that we go through, and in our free will He gives us options, so until we show Him a heart that seeks His Light, and not the darkness, He allows us to walk and experience the consequences of choosing chaos over peace, darkness over Light, riches over wealth. 

Pray for your peace. Pray for your spouse/significant other. Pray for your parents and your children. Pray for your siblings, grandparents, and extended family members. Pray for your in-laws. Then pray for those outside of your family. Who do you associate with more outside of family? Start there and pray for those who come to your mind, and keep praying until you find yourself praying for strangers. You don’t need to know their name and they don’t need to know yours, God does, we are His children–so pray for them. 

Imagine how you pray for people whose story you hear about on the news, read about in newspapers and on social media. You don’t know them and there’s a 99.999% chance that they don’t know you, but you stop and say a prayer for them in their time of need. What if you did this consistently, and not just for tragedies you hear or see, but just in the laying of your eyes on another, you stop and pray for them and their peace. 

Pray for the rude or lazy employee at the restaurant or store you patronized. Pray for the driver who cut your car off, or rushed to take the parking spot you were waiting for. Pray for the impatient person who is yelling and cursing. Pray for the heckler who aims to start drama. Pray for the frowning person that you pass. Pray for the person who seems to have it all in life, because you know that they are still under attack. 

We all need peace, even if we do things that prove we don’t deserve it. Peace is the receptor that connects us to God. We can’t live without that connection. 

The calm waters. The faint breeze. Imagine that same presence within you. It’s possible. 

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?

3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?

4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?

5. Who would you like to pray for today?

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 12.26.16

Scripture 


Matthew 1:21

Pray

Father thank You for another day. A day not given to all. Thank You for Your son and my savior, Jesus Christ. Father thank You for helping me through some rough times and thank You for helping me now as I journey through unfamiliar territory. You know my heart. I pray that You would strengthen me so that I may endure. 

I pray that You would help me to see through this dark fog. I don’t need to see the end result, if that’s not Your desire, but can I just see what stands before me with each step that I take? 

I will continue to walk no matter what. I will continue to work on following Jesus without hesitation, and obeying You without question. You know that I’m a work in progress, so I’m grateful that You don’t hold my foolishness against me. 

I know that Jesus is my Savior, Your gift to me and the world. I ask in his name that my prayers be answered, and as always the timing is Yours. Amen.  

Reflection 

Jesus was sent to the world to save the people from themselves and from the enemy. Many followed, most did not. Hence, why more than 2,000 years later, we’re still dealing with the same underlying problems as those in Jesus’ time. Correction, we’re still dealing with issues from Moses’ time. 

We are hard-headed, opinionated, and oftentimes more selfish than selfless. We may say, “what would Jesus do?” but then do the opposite. What’s the point in considering how Jesus would behave, if we’re going to follow the enemy’s lead?

He was sent to save us. We need rescuing. We need fixing. We need healing. We need restoration. We need to be made whole. Don’t wait until the New Year to begin cleansing yourself. Start 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?

3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?

4. What would you like to be cleansed of so that you can walk respectfully as a believer and follower of Christ?

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 under the copyright 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.