Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.30.17

Scripture


Hebrews 13:5

Prayer

Father thank You for this day. Thank You for my life as I know it and for what I will one day open my eyes to see as true ‘life’. 

Father You know my burdens, fears, anxieties, stress, and sorrow. You said You would never fail me or abandon me, and I know this to be true. So thank You, Father, for always being here for me, even through my foolishness and disobedience. I love You so much. I give You all the glory. Amen. 

Reflection

If you think God has failed you and abandoned you, why not consider looking in the mirror—the physical one and then peer deeper inside so you can see the spiritual one. 

If your faith wavers so will your vision, and ability to see your daily blessings, and God’s protecting arms around you. 

If you aren’t smiling and praising Him through the storm then that means you’re only faithful to Him when the skies are clear and calm. 

You’re allowing the enemy to whisper in your ear and convince you that God isn’t faithful to you. Rebuke the enemy and tell it to kick some rocks down the road. Tell the enemy to get behind you and “keep it moving!”

We’re called to be faithful and serve fully, every single day, through the ups and the downs. Because whether you believe it or not, God’s not a failure or a deadbeat. He doesn’t just give up and walk away. He’s here at all times, even when you’re crying, fussing, and cursing. 

Think about this. Pray. Reflect. Listen for His voice! 

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?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

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 2013-2017. 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 1.25.17

Scripture


Revelation 21:4

Prayer

I humbly grateful for Your loving grace, Father. There is nothing and no one greater than You. You know my thoughts, dreams, hopes, fears, and anxieties. You know all of my strengths and weaknesses. You know my flaws. You even know the things that I’ve keep a secret from others. 

All of this You know, and You still love, protect, heal, and guide me. Words cannot fully describe how appreciative I am, so I will have to boldly show it in my walk, through my actions and in the words I choose—that ultimately will either reflect You, or not. Father You already know where and when I’m going to slip up, fall and blunder, and I thank You for Your forgiveness. I pray to You as a believer and follower of Christ, as Your humble servant. Amen. 

Reflection 

Just as God brings us into this world, He can also wipe away our tears, and calm our anxieties. There is nothing He can’t do. He’s not the parent who says, “wow, sorry sweetheart but daddy can’t help you with this new math“. God can help you with everything. 

What we have to embrace is that our “now” is only temporary. Don’t go too deep with that statement. I don’t mean that life is short. Yes, that’s true. I want you to break this down to the smallest common denominator. Each moment of every day is temporary. Right now as you read this, this time is only temporary. There’s no continual loop that will keep you in the moment for eternity. It will come to an end and you will proceed forward through your day. 

Can you recall past moments of anguish that are so long ago, that many details are just faint memories? That’s because God moved you out of that time and your journey has brought you to today. The “former order of things has passed away” and it was made possible because somewhere inside of you there was a desire and a need, for change. You also had to put in some level of effort for God to see that you were ready to move out of your situation, forward, into something better. 

Some people get nervous reading the book of Revelation. I used to be terrified of it, especially as a child. But having read the entire Bible, front to back, it’s clear that just like all books it has a beginning and an end, and so it tells of the beginning and of the end (as told by numerous men from different walks of life). 

But look at the Bible and at life through a different lens than the physical. Look through a spiritual lens. 

Look at your life as a series of chapters in a book, just as the book has a beginning and an end, so does each chapter. A chapter has to end with something bold, soul-stirring, riveting, shocking, mind-boggling, or challenging. A dull ending would never encourage the reader to turn the page to the next chapter, and a dull book ending means a possible end of an author’s career. 

If you recite today’s verse silently or aloud (whichever works for you) and you consider a time in your life where you were in so much pain, that all you wanted was for the pain to go away. You may have cried yourself asleep. You may have found yourself crying at the oddest, most unexpected times of the day. You were either in a spiritual valley or climbing a spiritual mountain, and you found yourself stuck in a painful point learning what felt like a painful lesson. 

Then there came a time when you progressed forward, your momentum picked up, you could look back and see how far away you were from that painful point, and you could see more of God’s Light as it glistened on you. That was God and you working together, so that He could wipe away your tears, free you from that pain, void and emptiness—and help you to put your past behind you. 

For some people, they don’t realize that depression and anxiety is only conquered when we also do our part to get out of that valley or up that mountain. We cannot just lay down and take a magic pill, and ‘poof’ the clouds disappear and in pours the sunlight and blossoming flowers. That’s called a hallucinogen, and after you come off of that high you will still be in that valley or on that mountain, and you will feel worse because your ‘now’ seems even darker. That’s how people become addicted to pills, alcohol, and other drugs. The temporary disconnect from the ‘now’ appears to be better and feel better than just facing the now. That’s because we’re consumed by the physicality of the ‘now’ and have little to no faith in God’s ability to help us out of this situation. 

Our obsession with the physical limits our thinking and our spiritual awareness, and we begin to convince ourselves that it’s “all on me. I’ve got to do this alone,” and the fear and stress begins to stockpile on our shoulders. We left God completely out of the equation. Or we only brought Him in for a small period of time, got frustrated, and walked away from Him because He wasn’t working on our timetable. 

We have to look through our spiritual lens. Put the physical one down. The physical lens has you stressed and consumed by things and people that you can’t control. The spiritual lens helps you to see clearly the doors and windows that God has opened for you. You can’t wear both lenses and see what’s going on. That’s like wearing two pairs of 3D glasses and then wondering why the movie looks weird. Just wear one pair please. 

Wearing our spiritual lens helps us to see past the clutter and chaos, and instead focus intently on one element, one task, one moment, and only until we have done what we’re supposed to do, do we move forward onto something else. 

We want it all. We’re multitaskers. We have several gadgets and smart devices. Our homes are growing to be more and more wireless as we connect more to the Internet. Oddly enough, the more connected we become in the physical realm, the more we need to be cognizant of our connection to the spiritual realm—but many of us don’t. 

God tells us each day that “I have you, just walk“. We’re like the toddler taking our first steps as we watch our parents eyes grow bolder each step we take and each wobble we make. We’re like the child on the bicycle. First, we have the training wheels on and our parents walk and later jog beside us while holding on to our seat and the handle bars. Eventually one hand releases and then the other, and we’re riding on training wheels without mommy or daddy’s help. Then comes the time when the training wheels come off. It doesn’t mean that mommy and daddy won’t be around to guide us, help us back up when we fall, clean our wounds, and hug us and say, “get back on the bike and try again“. It just means that certain things don’t require mommy and daddy’s hands to ensure your balance. Hence why we have adults turning to their parents for financial assistance or a place to temporarily live. 

 Those are the physical examples of our spiritual relationship with God. He excitedly is watching us scoot, crawl, walk, run, and learn how to ride life’s bike. The big difference between God and our human parents is, God is there every single second of the day, when our human parents can’t be. They have a limited role for a limited time on our journey. So we need to learn and see how God speaks through them to speak to us. We need to see how our love for family is directly tied to God’s love for us. 

There is no other source that can bring you life, heal you, and mold you into greater. Only God can. 

Right now you may be in a valley or on a mountain that seems never-ending. Speak to Him. It’s not as though He doesn’t know where you are and what you’re going through. Speak to Him. Take that first scoot, crawl, step—He will always meet you where you are. 

God wants to dry your tears, calm your fears, heal you, comfort you, and show you what is in store for you in the future. God wants for the “former order of things” to pass away, so that you can be present and embracing the blessings that He has for you. Are you ready to move forward?

Let’s do this!

Questions of the Day1. 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?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

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 2013-2017. 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 1.24.17

Scripture


Philippians 4:13

Prayer

Father, You always show up and show out, and make me feel like dancing. Those small things are so big and those big this are enormous, and those enormous things leave me speechless. 

Today I opened my eyes, took in a deep breath, stretched, and my first thought was and always is You! 

Thank You for being my foundation, my rock, my everything. Thank You for placing people in my life that inspire, challenge, and uplift me. Thank You for the discernment to see clearly who was and is against me. Thank You for showing me their plots and plans, so that I’m not derailed from moving forward on the path You have set before me. 

With You I can do all things according to Your plan. With You I can see why oftentimes my plans fall short of success. I will continue to follow Your Light. I praise You now and I will praise You after this storm has cleared. You are mighty Father. You are mighty! 

Reflection

As I type this message, the sun light has grown more intense from outside. It feels as though the rays have concentrated power towards me. It is energizing. It is absolutely beautiful how blinding it is right now. I literally cannot look outside, because where I’m sitting, it’s just too bright. So guess what? I’m not going to move one inch. I’m going to bask in this sunlight.

 It’s God’s creation and it’s absolutely breathtaking. 

We sometimes take for granted the creations God has gifted us with, and we should be ashamed. He’s given us things we don’t deserve, didn’t earn, and can’t possibly make or provide for ourselves. Wow, talk about a bunch of entitled engrates. We shouldn’t only show gratitude upon receiving a gift, and concern upon losing the gift. We should always be grateful and concerned about maintaining and taking care of that gift. We have been entrusted to be the caretaker of the gift, yet we are quick to grow tired, disillusioned, or take for granted what we have. 

We’re happy when the sun shines brightly, but complain when it’s “too hot“, then the coolness we sought while in the heat, we now complain that it’s “too cold and unbearable“. 

What we fail to realize is that both gifts of hot and cold are not just for our benefit. They serve a purpose of molding and protecting the planet we live on, and providing the animals and creatures that live amongst us their necessary life cycles. All of God’s creations are interconnected. We need to step off of our self-made thrones and fall in line with God’s plan, and our role in it!

So when the heat comes, we need to praise Him. When the cold comes, we need to praise Him. Through the storms, let’s praise Him. 

It is not our material possessions that make us, define us, and prove our success or our wealth. It is our humble walk with God, and our ability to reflect His Light through all circumstances—all while praising Him. Let’s not fool ourselves into believing that our possessions were attained by our doing, and not by His. God always has a way of reminding you Who’s 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?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

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 2013-2017. 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 1.23.17

Scripture


Matthew 6:25

Prayer

Father thank You for another day. I went to sleep last night, hopeful, but like every day before it—unsure—but Your grace woke me yet again and I’m so humbly grateful. I know that there are thousands of people who did not wake today, did not live to see the end of yesterday, and so I pray for them and their loved ones. 

Thank You for my daily Bread. Without You and Your Word I would not be here and I definitely would not be the person I’ve grown to be. Thank You Father for Your love, protection, guidance, molding, and correction. I give You all of the glory. Praising Your name today and forever. Amen. 

Reflection 

As humans we tend to worry about a lot of things. We have fears and insecurities, responsibilities that seem to increase, and we’re walking around a world that we still know little about—in bodies that we aren’t sure how to care for while we scrutinize the imperfections we would love to fix. 

We’re told since childhood that we need food, water, clothing, and shelter. But let’s never forget the foundation of our life and the Provider of the things we need and want in this life. 

While we stress over whether or not we have ‘enough’ food, clothing, material things, and friends—let’s reflect and ponder whether or not we spend ‘enough’ time speaking with and praising God. Are we spending enough time becoming better servant leaders? Are we investing enough time in our households, caring for our family? Are we disciplined enough to be the Christian that God has called us to be?

 If a total stranger observed you for several hours, days, or even months, would they be more inclined or less inclined to call you a Christian? Would they want to pray with you or flee, and pray that you get all of the help that you need? 

I have to honestly say, that there are some days an observer would question my claims and my faith. Thank goodness there aren’t any reality tv show cameras following me around for 12 to 18 hours per day. I laugh typing that, but honestly, I need to work on walking through each day as though there are cameras recording my every move. I would then learn to pause and think deeply before I speak in anger or out of fear. I would learn to consider my words and actions beforehand, and be quicker and more sincere with my apologies. 

My days are filled listening, praying, and boldly speaking aloud knowing that He is listening. Trust me, life is so much calmer for others when I’m left alone to speak to myself (and God). I’ve experienced some of the best problem-solving sessions when I’m alone speaking aloud all of the variables that are frustrating me. I’ve had some long moments in tears. Even last night and this morning, I cried, and spoke through how I was feeling and fearing.  

As I speak, I listen, just like I would a conversation with another human. I’m sure that God, just like His children, gets frustrated with me interrupting Him, but He let’s me learn the longer version of that great lesson. Then at some point in my ramblings, there are moments of silence where I say nothing. I just listen. The goal is to tune into God’s voice and tune out the voice of the enemy. The more time you spend with God, the more you begin to learn how to discern His voice from the enemy’s. 

Let me stop you now before you even finish forming that thought in your mind…

No, I haven’t mastered this skill. Yes, I too struggle and fail (frequently and sometimes miserably) with distinguishing between these two voices. It’s usually after I blunder do I say, “Natasha, what did you do? There you go with that foolishness“. I don’t say it exactly like that, but you get my drift. I’m working on learning to tune out the enemy so that I can significantly reduce my blunders in life. God willing, I will have the next 60-plus years to try and master this. 

There’s always a person who believes that our decisions in life are all or mostly steered by self, not God or the enemy. Basically, “I solve my own problems,  and I’m a success because of my hard work and efforts“. Maybe a foolish decision they made they will “blame it on the alcohol”, but they may not ever take ownership in saying that they were weak, chose to listen to the enemy and the flesh, rather than listen to God. So after a tango with hangover, they may not reflect on the decisions they made earlier, beyond of course the superficial layers that we have to choose to dig through. 

Those “problems” that we think we solve on our own, we find ourselves saying, “I was thinking about ____ and it just came to me to do/say ____” Or “I came up with a solution“. No, it didn’t just come to you as though you are the source of solutions and the originator of ideas. That was, is, and always will be God guiding, speaking to and through you. It’s not ‘luck’, it’s God’s grace. 

Do you have enough food and water in your home? Do you have enough clothes in your closet to wear? Those should not be your daily or even frequent questions that you ask. Ask yourself, “am I spending enough time listening to God?” Ask yourself, “am I being obedient enough?” 

If you believe that God is your provider, then ask yourself if you are praising God more than you are praying to Him to solve your problems?

Ponder that, while I continue to “check myself”. 

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?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

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 2013-2017. 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 1.20.17

Today’s scripture was shared yesterday by my cousin, Princess, so I decided to share it for today’s Breaking Bread message. 

Scripture

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭23:1-6‬ ‭KJV‬‬

Prayer

Father thank You for the daily provisions, the blessing of a new day, Your guiding Voice, and Your constant love. I’m humbly grateful. 

Strengthen me Father. I know that I can handle what the enemy is bombarding me with, because each day You strengthen me to rise and face what’s before me. 

You have kept me clothed, fed, healthy, and safe. Even when those who treat me like an enemy, refuse peace and choose instead to continue their triangular attacks, You bring me comfort and clarity. Help me to discern all that is around me, even the smiling faces that may be masquerading wolves, help me to see and make clear. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Reflection

I’ve seen some pretty dark days in my life; book-worthy reflections of times when I felt alone and punished–but knowing that even then, God was there protecting me from far worse. 

Today I face some extreme challenges, attacks from people I never expected to do me harm, and fears facing me head on. 

Do you know the old saying, “what you think about, you bring about“? Well we can actually bring about the very things we fear. They can manifest before us, paralyze us from forward progress, and temporarily slow down God’s plan for us. 

Fear is false-evidence-appearing-real. When we let that false evidence consume us, we block out God’s voice. Eventually our fears become real-life nightmares. You wake up each morning, go to bed each night, and fill your day…obsessively fearing something. When your days are filled with panic, then where is there room for God’s peace?

Think of all of the times God has guided you out of bad situations, saved you from the grasp of the enemy, and showed you mercy that you wouldn’t even consider granting to another person. Yet you allow fear to rule and dictate to you. 

God is never on vacation. He doesn’t get sick or grow tired. He doesn’t throw temper tantrums and storm off refusing to engage with anyone. God doesn’t give the silent treatment. God doesn’t ignore our prayers. He doesn’t shut down and tune us out. He doesn’t play the game of tit-for-tat. God doesn’t thrive on chaos and live for drama. 

God is Love and Love is God. That Love encircles us, protects us, strengthens our faith, restores and builds our hope and trust, purges us of impurities, and molds us into the servants that He desires for His Kingdom. 

So when you and I face uphill battles, that’s God’s voice lovingly encouraging to press on. When we are being attacked by loved ones, enemies, and the ultimate enemy—it is God who is guiding us to go to the high ground when our attacker is aiming low. It is God looking back at us through the innocent eyes of children. He is present in the joyous song that makes You want to praise Him. He is the peace that comes when you just slow down and allow yourself to be still in silence. 

I don’t know when this rough road I’m on will become smooth. But I’m confident that God surrounds me, knows what’s ahead, and is preparing me for my victory. I pray that you have this same confidence in Him, not just when you can see the Light, but throughout your darkest hours. 

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?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

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 2013-2017. 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 1.19.17

Scripture


Psalm 118:22

Prayer

Father thank You for my life, my blessings, and for today. I’m humbly grateful. 

Father You know my struggles, the obstacles before me, the people trying to block my blessings, and the circumstances that cause me great pain. You know those who have rejected me, those who still reject me, and You already know my place. 

I have faith in You Lord. I have faith that I’m not merely the rejected stone, but that I become the cornerstone of a great plan that You have devised. I have faith that the talents and skills that You have blessed me with will be fully utilized and appreciated, and I will be rewarded handsomely. I pray to You as Your servant, who strives to be faithful and obedient at all times. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Reflection

Someone doesn’t see your worth and value. That’s fine, God does. 

Someone doesn’t see you in their present or future. That’s fine, God has a special place for you to shine. 

Someone doesn’t respect you and your uniqueness. That’s fine. God has plenty of people to surround you who do. 

Someone’s punishing you for not being obedient and subservient to them. That’s fine. God is your protector and provider. God says, “be obedient to Me!” and you and you will never be forced under the rule of someone else. 

Someone has rejected you. That’s fine. You never stopped being in God’s Hands. He will make you the cornerstone in a wall your rejector never envisioned you to be apart of–and you will thrive. 

Smile now, not just later, because God has 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?

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?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,

Natasha

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Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.18.17

Scripture


John 16:33

Prayer

Father I am so grateful for You waking me today. With all that I’m facing in my life, with all of the cruelty in the world, I’m humbly grateful to see and experience another day. I’m receptive to the lessons that You want me to learn, the people You want me to meet, and the opportunities that You have lined up for me to be of service. Father You are my peace. I thank You for my overflowing cup. I love You so very much. Thank You Father for loving me!

Reflection

Stop turning to man and the world for peace. Turn to our Heavenly Father. All goodness and greatness comes from Him. Love, peace, hope, faith, joy, kindness, and healing comes from Him. 

Don’t worry and stress about what other people are doing to or saying about you. Don’t fixate and obsess over the cruelty in the world. God sees, knows, and has it handled. He’s more concerned with what we’re individually doing as soldiers of Christ, as Kingdom builders, and servant leaders. God is all-in-all. Alpha and omega. 

Throughout your day remind yourself of this fact!

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?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

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 2013-2017. 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.