Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.29.18

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Scripture

“Stand up, you complacent women; listen to me. Pay attention to what I say, you overconfident daughters.”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭32:9‬ ‭HCSB‬‬

Reflection

Let’s be clear–this scripture is speaking to women but it’s not just for women. I do want the women to embrace this message because it’s important for us to dig deep and remember how special we truly are in God’s eyes; it’s important to realize how valuable we are to Him, and that we have been reduced to be below men, by men, but not by God. Never by God.

I also want the men who are taking in today’s message to understand that it doesn’t matter if the word says he, she, him, her, son, daughter, father, mother, man, or woman—it is of great importance that men place their feet within the shoes of whomever is being spoken to so that you can see through, respect and appreciate more than just your lens. You will then also see that what applies to one can also apply to you.

That is one major step and stage towards humility and humbleness. It is also a major step towards being more and living more like our Savior, Jesus Christ.

With this understanding, let’s reflect on today’s scripture:

Every day we should have an action plan for doing something different in our lives, for taking the next step towards greatness; and never content with simply getting by.

‘Easy’ should never be our goal and motivation.

Let’s strive for being better than average, since God is no average god; He is the ultimate, all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful, being everywhere and everything to all creatures…God.

As His reflection we can’t walk with lower expectations of ourselves or those who we associate with.

Step up, show up, and show who you really are as a child of our heavenly Father-Mother.

Prayer

Father I know that You don’t approve of laziness, complacency, and contentment with the status quo of the world.

I never want to be satisfied with mediocrity, with doing what others are doing, or being comfortable with someone else taking care of me or making decisions on my behalf.

I want to always be standing, moving, thinking, and doing my best to live life as You expect of me.

Thank You Father for instilling that passion and purpose in my life. I love You. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on June 29, 2011. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.28.18

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It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

1 Corinthians 13:7

Reflection

Love protects always, love trusts always, love hopes always, and love always perseveres. To be protected by man you must be a protector. To be trusted by man you must be trustworthy. For hope and perseverance to remain constant in your relationship you must believe in them, work daily and throughout to secure a confidence in hope and wanting more and better for your relationship; and you must be willing to do anything and everything cloaked in love to protect your relationship- never doing or saying anything that would bring harm and dishonor to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and His and our Heavenly Father-Mother God.

We must make a conscience effort throughout the day to think, speak, act, and be as God expects, envisions, and knows of us as His children. We must overcome our fears, temptations, doubt, pride, and ego. We must live for more than ourselves, and give more than we could ever imagine, and still realize that we have not done, given, expressed, or shared as much as Jesus, Moses, Joshua, Daniel, or others before us individually.

We must get past our perceived humanness and embrace, and demonstrate our spiritualness. How beautiful this world would be if we could only get past ourselves and focus on love, commitment, sacrifice, forgiveness, honesty, trust, kindness, and doing God’s work.

Smile. Your day is waiting for you. Who can you bless today?

Prayer

Father You are love, happiness, joy, kindness, care, hope, Spirit, Soul, Mind; You are all-in-all. Everything that is good is of You. Father in and through Your love I am always protected; I can trust in You and have faith that no harm will come to me of Your doing. In Your love I have hope; hope for a better life, a better experience, and better opportunities. In Your love I can and will persevere, thrive, and succeed.

Father thank You for the guardian angels You have placed around me throughout my years, and for those who will guide me along my path during my remaining years. I pray for the opportunity to see, experience, and demonstrate love in its purest form as You have shared with me. I want to share this love with generations yet born so that they may enter this world having faith in mankind, and in their ability to serve as honorable stewards in Your Kingdom.

Thank You Father for protecting me. Thank You Father from keeping those who would harm me through their fear, arrogance, carelessness, self-centeredness, and disobedience from doing so. Thank You for the wisdom and discernment to identify those people who are with me and those who are against me, those who love and respect me versus those who don’t; and that I might still love them all as Your son Jesus loves me.

In Your name I pray. Amen.

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)
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 6.27.18

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Scripture

Why, my soul, are you downcast?

Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 42:11 NIV

Reflection

We are all tested. Scenarios will always be presented where our judgment will come to question.

Are we spiritually mature and tough enough?

Sometimes we will be tested through our loved ones—friends and yes, family—for many of us this test comes mostly from family. How do we respond? Do we release it all to God or do we struggle to try and fix things on our own, and then wonder why matters only get worse?

If things are not right in your life pray to God to reveal all—then look in the mirror and look within yourself—and you will see the culprit, and the answer to why things aren’t going the way they should.

God doesn’t do chaos and disorder, only order, structure, and peace. We must fall in line to receive the life we’re supposed to have, and we must do it with hope, humility, passion and appreciation.

When we continue to follow Jesus to serve God there is constant peace even in turmoil, because we know from Whom we belong.

Pray for the way and the right turns each step on your path. Pray that God touches those around you so that they lean on Him and not on you.

Prayer

Father give me the strength to endure and persevere during the worst of times. Give me the patience to wait, listen, and gain the guidance I need from You and Jesus.

Fill me with the grace to handle all situations without showing and expressing anything but Your light. Pour Your loving light into me so that I can only reflect Your love in my fullness. Equip me with the tools to work through any circumstance. Turn me from all negativity.

Help me to stop being a leaning post for others, but rather let me serve as an ambassador that guides them to You through Jesus.

Help me Father. Touch me to my core so that my foundation is unshakeable. Thanking You now Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on June 27, 2012. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.
Copyright 2012-2018. Natasha L. Foreman. Some rights reserved.
All prayers and reflections are copyright protected by Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from September 2013 to May 30, 2018 are copyright protected under the name Natasha Foreman Bryant. Prior posts from 2009-September 2013 are copyright protected 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.
Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com the “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.26.18

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Scripture

So watch yourselves.

If your brother or sister sins against you, rebuke them; and if they repent, forgive them. Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”

Luke 17:3,4 NIV

Reflection

Forgiveness is not about or for the other person, it is about and for us. We must release ourselves from the negativity, poison, darkness, and suffocating environment that will slowly but surely kill us. Instead we must forgive each and every time. We must forgive, let go, and not harbor or dwell on what was done to us.

Jesus did not say we had to resume some type of close knit relationship with those who sin against us; he simply said to forgive them when they repent. Forgive to release yourself so you can walk in peace. Forgive so that even when you see the one who sinned against you, your heart is not cold and hardened.

Even when we rebuke a person, let love guide you to walk away without stooping to the other person’s level.

Jesus didn’t rebuke people and then act a fool like them. His wisdom and Light propelled Him above them so that when He refused to deal with them, He remained empowered and it drained the other person of their essence and being (by their doing, not His). It left the other person empty, and oftentimes desiring a fullness that could only come from the Son and our Father.

It really doesn’t matter if the one who hurts and offends you apologizes and repents. That’s between them and God. What matters most is your response, your reaction, your heart. God is looking at you to see if your heart will forgive and let go, or harden and shut down; will you be receptive or closed off, free or enslaved—those are our choices.

Free yourself!

Prayer

Father I am learning to forgive those who sin against me even when they do not voice repentance. Touch my heart to always see them as Your child, even when they have aligned themselves as my enemy.

Touch my heart to be graceful and dignified even when I have urges to get loud, ignorant and disruptive, or just spiteful. To rebuke them should not be disrespectful to and of You.

I know that the act of forgiveness is about me and not them, and for that reason I choose to follow Jesus’s direction and commandment.

In Your name and His I humbly pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on June 26, 2012. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.
Copyright 2012-2018. Natasha L. Foreman. Some rights reserved.
All prayers and reflections are copyright protected by Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from September 2013 to May 30, 2018 are copyright protected under the name Natasha Foreman Bryant. Prior posts from 2009-September 2013 are copyright protected 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.
Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com the “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.25.18

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Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.

Proverbs 21:21 NIV

Reflection

When we pursue righteousness and love. It’s an ‘and’ not an ‘or’. Righteousness and love leads to life, prosperity and honor. A life. Not just existing, but a true life. How straightforward is that? Yet we try to take hundreds of other routes and wonder why we don’t get where we want to go in life.

How many of you are frustrated with going everywhere but ending up no where? Why don’t we return to route A that God has provided, and where Jesus keeps pointing us—and walk that path?

Righteousness and love, combined.

Sounds like a good and fruitful path. I’ve got my walking shoes. Do you?

Think about it. Let it sink in and resonate.

Prayer

Father my blessings from You come like the flow of water and I am grateful. Even when I’m asleep You are blessing me with priceless gifts. Thank You Father.

I seek to know, understand, and live Your Truth. I desire a life as You see fit, and love that is reflected in Your Love.

Your Truth and Love will make and keep me wealthy always, and mold me into an honorable person that is respected by all people of all walks of life.

That is the life I desire, that is the life I will work each day to claim as mine. I’m here Father and I’m not going anywhere without Your guidance. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on June 25, 2012. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.
Copyright 2012-2018. Natasha L. Foreman. Some rights reserved.
All prayers and reflections are copyright protected by Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from September 2013 to May 30, 2018 are copyright protected under the name Natasha Foreman Bryant. Prior posts from 2009-September 2013 are copyright protected 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.
Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com the “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.21.18

Scripture

A miserable heart means a miserable life; a cheerful heart fills the day with song.

Proverbs 15:15 MSG

Reflection

Optimism is that faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”

— Helen Keller

I read that each day is a “non-renewable resource” that once gone can never be reclaimed or relived–no matter how hard we try.

So knowing this, we should live each day to its fullest. We should celebrate all victories no matter how small. We should laugh and smile, and rejoice in the life we have. Even in sorrow and the gloomiest of days, you should be able to see a rainbow and SMILE!

Today I wish a happy birthday to two of my girls that I’ve known for almost 25 years. My girl Karen, who I’ve known since 1994 and who is the mother of my eldest Godson, Isaiah. Happy 21st birthday AGAIN, Karen!

We’re gonna have to figure out something about your age now that Isaiah has graduated from high school—I don’t think it will ‘fly’ that his mother is 21 years old [*smile*].

My other birthday wish goes to my dear Marta who passed away abruptly in 2011 after being diagnosed with cancer. I didn’t get the chance to say, “see you later” but it’s all good with us because I know she knows my heart and how I felt about her and our friendship—even when separated by distance and time. Happy 63rd birthday Marta!

I’m wishing all of you an awesome and blessed day, treat yourself and others like today is YOUR birthday!

Prayer

Father I pray that I always find a way to smile through each day regardless of what comes my way. In heartaches and failures, let me still find a way to smile and be appreciative for the blessings You have given me.

Let me always find time to spend alone time with You. Let me always have a spirit of appreciation, not expectation, not fear or doubt, not cynicism or bitterness, not boredom or laziness, or pessimism.

Let me see each day as a new gift that will never be the same thereafter, as it wasn’t the day before. Let my energy reflect our relationship. Let that energy fill others and bless them.

I pray to You humbly and graciously, and say right now—thank You Father!

Love always,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on June 21, 2012. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.

Copyright 2012-2018. Natasha L. Foreman. Some rights reserved.

All prayers and reflections are copyright protected by Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from September 2013 to May 30, 2018 are copyright protected under the name Natasha Foreman Bryant. Prior posts from 2009-September 2013 are copyright protected 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.

Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com the “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.20.18

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Scripture

The Lord bless you and keep you;

Numbers 6:24 NIV

Reflection

The Lord our Father-Mother is always there for us, keeping watch over us, over you, over me. In good times and in bad, be grateful for God and the blessings that He brings; be grateful for each day that you’re alive.

If you have vision to read this message- be grateful for sight and for each sunset and sunrise you are blessed to view if you so choose. Be grateful for the blessing to see God’s creations both big and small.

If you have the gift of hearing, be grateful for your ability to tune in and tune out sounds and voices, to exercise your gift to hear the faintest swoosh, flap, and plop of known and unknown sources.

Life is great. Live accordingly.

Prayer

Father thank You for my countless blessings. Thank You for protecting me and calming my fears in times of trouble or when I was clueless of the outcome.

Father thank You for bringing me peace, calm, and moments of reflection during and after life’s storms. Thank You Father. Thank YOU Father!

In Jesus’ name I humbly pray to you. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on June 20, 2011. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.
Copyright 2011-2018. Natasha L. Foreman. Some rights reserved.
All prayers and reflections are copyright protected by Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from September 2013 to May 30, 2018 are copyright protected under the name Natasha Foreman Bryant. Prior posts from 2009-September 2013 are copyright protected 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.
Scripture quotations marked (NIV) are taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. http://www.zondervan.com the “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.