Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.29.18

Scripture

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18

Reflection

Pride always leads to destruction. Pride will always block our blessings. When we are too prideful to say we need help, we won’t get the help we need. I have allowed my pride to completely contaminate my space and environment to the point that I have lost at times more than others may ever gain.

Is that not ridiculous to visualize?

My pride kept me from maintaining or developing further something I already had in my possession. How ignorant is that?

My pride has kept me from asking other people who could help me for assistance; not wanting to appear weak actually weakened me.

We must push pride out of our thinking and doing just as we would fear (the root of pride), arrogance, and any other sin. Push it out. Get out of your own way and allow the blessings God has in store for you to flow in through whatever channel and path that He has established.

God’s busy trying to provide us with opportunities to thrive and we’re busy blocking them with our pride, to the point we at times struggle to survive. You never know who God has placed in your life to help you reach your goals and fulfill your purpose in life. Let go and let God!

Prayer

Father, I want my strength to come from faith in You, not in pride or arrogance which only weaken me. Open my eyes to see and acknowledge how pride is self-destructive and the reasons for many of my failures in life. In times when I should be asking for assistance or direction, but my pride stands in the way, remind me of the blessings I am blocking in my stubbornness. Free me from my personal bondage Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

PLEASE NOTE: THIS MESSAGE WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 29, 2011. IT HAS BEEN MODIFIED TO ALIGN WITH CURRENT STANDARDS AND FORMATTING; SECTIONS HAVE BEEN EDITED AND CONTENT EXPANDED TO REFLECT MY CURRENT THOUGHTS.
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.28.18

Scripture

For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

No man hath seen God at any time…

John 1:17-18 [to …] KJV

Reflection

God sent Moses and Jesus to deliver the foundation for our livelihood, survival, and growth of His kingdom. He sent many men and women to help remind us of His greatness and the many ways that our heavenly Father protects and guides us.

We have the laws; we are equipped to seek, find, and know the Truth; and be filled with and reflect His grace. Are we doing our part as His stewards? Think about it.

Prayer

Having faith in You Father do I believe in Your omnipresence, omnipotence, and omniscience. Never seeing You only feeling Your constant care and guidance, do I pray for continued faith that no matter what trials that I may face now or in the future, that You always show me even in small ways that through Your truth and grace that all is well and will be well. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

PLEASE NOTE: THIS MESSAGE WAS ORIGINALLY WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED ON AUGUST 28, 2010. IT HAS BEEN MODIFIED TO ALIGN WITH CURRENT STANDARDS AND FORMATTING; SECTIONS HAVE BEEN EDITED AND CONTENT EXPANDED TO REFLECT MY CURRENT THOUGHTS.
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.27.18

Scripture

From his abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another.

John 1:16 NLT

Reflection

God favored me, in spite of my enemies. Our blessings keep coming in and as we free ourselves from guilt and shame, and realize that God has ALREADY forgiven us for our sins then we will clearly see the numerous blessings flowing in.

If we spend our time self-inflicting pain and punishing ourselves;
putting the stakes in our hands and feet, whipping ourselves…we
overlook the gifts God has for us. Stop thinking you know God’s Mind and focus on loving Him and doing good towards His children and yourself.

Prayer

Father, I choose to receive Your grace today, as You empower, guide and teach me. I release my guilt and condemnation, and receive Your love and forgiveness. Wash me clean and warm my heart that I may guiltlessly open my arms to receive Your blessings for me. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on August 27, 2010. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting; sections have been edited and content expanded to reflect my current thoughts.
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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 8.24.18

Scripture

Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

1 Peter 4:10-11

Reflection

God has blessed me with the ability to write, to be creative and a visionary. He blessed me with the gift of intuition that is so strong at times it can be unnerving. He blessed me with the strength to pick myself up every time I fall down, to pick myself up every time I face loss, to move myself every time I don’t think I can take that next step, and to get out of my own way.

God has blessed me to see the goodness in people, discern the light from the dark, see the fresh ‘fruits’ from the rotten ones, and make decisions based on His truth and not my desires.

God has blessed me with the ability to still be childlike without being childish. This ability allows me to connect on a deeper level with our smallest ‘angels’ we name after ourselves and loved ones; it allows me to connect with the weak who need to hear uplifting words and see empowering images so that they are strengthened to walk, then jog, then run the full course of life without being overwhelmed with their role in it.

God has touched my life in a way that gives me constant hope for my future, and the future of mankind. God has touched my life in a way that even in loss I am secure; that even when faced with losing loved ones I am still comforted in knowing that they are still watching over me and that we will once again be reunited spiritually.

So why wouldn’t I share my gifts, talents, and blessings with the world? Why wouldn’t I find ways to express His goodness in my life so that it might touch and possibly change the lives of others?

It is the sins of arrogance, pride, selfishness and greed that convince us to hoard our gifts for ourselves and share with no one (except maybe a select few of our choosing). God doesn’t bless us for us to keep the blessings to ourselves…we are supposed to spread our wealth to and with others. So let’s look at what we are good at and thrive in, and then think of ways to share our talents with our families, community, our state, our nation, and the world…and then DO IT!

Prayer

Father, You have given me many gifts, talents, and blessings; more than I can even count. It would be a dishonor to You if I do not fully use the ones that I know of, each day.

You have blessed me with intuition which is a direct portal to You, that churns loudly when I may not hear your voice in my ear.

You have provided me with the best example of how to live, by sharing Your Son Jesus Christ with me and the world. Thank You Father. Thank You for providing me with the road map, the script, the blueprint, the outlines, the vision board, and the story board for how to live my life.

Let my thoughts, words, actions, and deeds be molded by Jesus’ example through You Lord. When I walk and speak let the world see Christ in me. Mold me Father. Smash out, snatch out, squeeze out the darkness inside me and infuse, mold, and shape Your lightness so that there is no room for anything but Your goodness.

I know this won’t be easy. I know that I will continue to be tested and tempted to stray from You and my path. I will work each day to turn my head from temptation; to not give in to communicating with a person that I know intuitively was not sent by You, and is not supposed to be a part of my life. I know that this person is a test and that every moment I spend entertaining them, conversing with them, and investing in them I am failing You and Jesus, which means I am failing myself.

Father I will work each day to overcome fleshly desires of envy, pride, arrogance, jealousy, greed, lust, fear, rage, and revenge. Instead let me turn to and be satisfied with a life of piety in Your honor, and through Jesus’ legacy. Amen.

Love always,

Your spiritual sister in Christ

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on August 24, 2011. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting; sections have been edited and content expanded to reflect my current thoughts.
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.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.23.18

Scripture

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

1 Peter 4:8

Reflection

When we think of God first and His presence and love in our life then how can we not overcome our fears, insecurities, and fleshly desires? We can, but we put flesh above spirit the majority of the time and that is why we cowardly give in to the darkness that enshrouds us, cripples us, and pushes us farther off our path that God has placed before us.

God IS Love so let us rely upon and live in that love to strengthen us and make us better people, better leaders, better followers of Christ, and better children of the Lord.

Why don’t we try telling ourselves silently and aloud, “God loves me and that’s all that I need” before we make any tough decision in life?

Before we allow darkness to creep in and take over our minds and hearts let’s say with truth, conviction and complete belief that, “God loves me and that’s all that I need” and then watch as darkness pulls back and love’s light consumes.

Jealousy, envy, lust, greed, arrogance, pride, and all of the other sins will not have the strength to consume you when you declare that God is all that you need…and you believe it!

Let’s try that today….

Prayer

Father there is no doubt that I have sinned, even this week…even today. I sinned by giving into fear, jealousy, envy, and even other weaknesses that You despise- this we both know. Lord I want to be overwhelmed with the fill of love for You, for myself, for my loved ones, and for the world that I do not give in to the luring of sins that wait for me.

Let Your love through me blind the darkness that would creep inside of and overtake me; for You are most powerful, most present, most loving, most healing, and the ultimate giver of gifts and blessings that no other presence can compare; knowing that I should never be weakened by another presence if I’m totally filled with Yours.

Father I am working each day to be strengthened in Your Word so that in times of possible doubt I will push through and prevail in and through love, and not fear; through love and not envy; through love and not jealousy; through love and not insecurity; through love and not lust; through love and not greed; through love and not lack.

In Jesus’ name I pray to You, as a follower and believer of Christ. Amen.

Loving you always,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on August 23, 2010. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting; sections have been edited and content expanded to reflect my current thoughts.
Copyright 2010-2018. 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 8.22.18

Scripture

And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.

And Elisha prayed, and said, Lord I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the Lord opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

II Kings 6:16-17

Reflection

Elisha could see God’s protection, plan, and path; but Elisha’s servant and the Syrian army were blind to the reality.

Are you seeing the big picture and all the details? Ask God!

Prayer

Father, open my eyes when I don’t see; when fear, doubt, pride, ego and anything not of You clouds my thinking where I see what I think I see.

When I think I’m outnumbered like the Syrian army and Elisha prayed for their eyes to be opened, show me Lord what I’m supposed to see about every person and every situation.

Humbly I say thank You in advance for this vision. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on August 22, 2010. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting; sections have been edited and content expanded to reflect my current thoughts.
Copyright 2010-2018. 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 8.21.18

Scripture

And Elisha sent a messenger to him saying, Go and wash in Jordan seven times, and your flesh will return to you, and you will be clean….

But Naaman was angry and went away…

And his servants came and said to him, My father, if the prophet had bid you do some great thing, would you have not done it? How much rather then, when he says to you, Wash, and be clean?

Then he went down, and dipped himself seven times…and his flesh came again like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

II Kings 5:10,11,13,14

Reflection

Pray to the Lord for openness to take in all messages as loving and guiding; rather than be closed and defensive— missing out on your blessings. Just because you don’t understand, doesn’t mean it’s the wrong message.

Prayer

Father, cleanse me from my inflictions. Open my mind, eyes and heart that whatever messenger You send to deliver me that I am receptive to them. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on August 21, 2010. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting; sections have been edited and content expanded to reflect my current thoughts.
Copyright 2010-2018. 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.comthe “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.