Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.31.19

Scripture

Instead, desire first and foremost God’s kingdom and God’s righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33 CEB

Reflection

No matter what life brings or how others treat you, seek God first and always. Push past the feelings of doubt, hesitation, fear, frustration, and anger—and reach inside for the goodness that only God can create, provide, and replenish. This has nothing to do with others, and everything to do with you.

The most important part of healing is adjusting your thinking first, believing you are whole and complete, and that as God’s child you are free from any sickness or disease. Your mind is more powerful than your body ever could be—the next step is to watch as the part of you that wasn’t aligned properly, begins to heal and become whole.

We either believe in God or we don’t. I believe and I seek Him.

How about you?

Prayer

Father, thank You for today, for my gift of life and health. Today, I pray for more patience and understanding. I pray that I am slow to anger or get frustrated, and that I carry myself with dignity and grace— in all circumstances.

I strive to do better to get better, and pray that as a result I am blessed more. I seek You and I pray to seek You always. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.30.19

Scripture

And this is the testimony: God gave eternal life to us, and this life is in his Son. The one who has the Son has life. The one who doesn’t have God’s Son does not have life.

1 John 5:11‭-‬12 CEB

Reflection

Some people live their entire lives in limbo and chaos, not quite sure what to believe and stand for. Some people don’t make a decision until on their death bed. Some never make a decision at all. Either you believe or you don’t. Either you do what’s right or you don’t. Either you love or you don’t.

Either you believe in eternal life through God and Jesus Christ, or you don’t. You either believe that God is the only God that can create, remove, re-imagine, heal, complete, birth, and protect—or you don’t. God has been given many names, but what is in your heart and how you act upon it has greater weight than what you call Him.

When I was very young my parents instilled in me the importance of my relationship with my Heavenly Father and His Son. My dad used to be a Sunday School teacher and leader within our church, and I enjoyed taking part in Bible study with him. He was a believer and follower. Yes, he was human and had faults—but his heart was warm and his intentions were good. Sometimes his transparency and vulnerability allowed others to take advantage of him and our family, but my dad never stopped believing in God’s power and Jesus’s footsteps to make things right.

As my dad predicted a short life for himself, God made sure my dad made a huge impact on every life that he encountered—and a testament to this fact was not just the large number or people who came to his funeral (even the paramedics and firefighters who came to his home the day he passed were at his funeral) but the words of appreciation that were shared then and now.

A testament to this fact were the people who apologized or showed remorse, because they either harmed my dad in someway or felt they were harmed by him and now saw things in a different light. When the veil is removed you see things clearly.

We have a choice to either accept and embrace God’s Truth or the enemy’s lie.

I truly believe that my dad’s belief in and strong understanding of God and Jesus not only blessed him with eternal life, but also the opportunity to still be a blessing to others even today. His loving presence is still felt by all those who knew him, respected him, appreciated him, and loved him.

It’s been 18 years today since he passed and no one has stopped sharing their memories about my father, dad, and friend. We miss him yet you can’t help but smile when you think of the good he continues to do, and how great it will be to reunite with him one day and hear all of his stories and experiences. I believe this, I don’t just wish or hope. I believe.

I believe that life does not end when I take my last human breath. For I know I am a spiritual being here in human form, experiencing life in a different way so that I can be prepared and learn to appreciate my planned life on the next level.

It is my faith in life being more than the surface, more than one day or 100-plus years of breathing in these vessels called bodies. I don’t know if we return in new bodies, as new people. I don’t know if we just transition to a new plane of existence and receive new bodies, or if we move about in our spiritual forms. None of us know. We assume. We guesstimate. We dream. But even with all of that, my faith in God reassures me that this level of existence isn’t my last stop, my final act, my only hoorah moment. He does not cease to exist and as His creations, in His image and likeness, we too will never die.

Our life here on Earth is about lessons, love, embracing and expressing God’s goodness and greatness, our humbleness in our blessings, taking care of the least of God’s children, making decisions, learning from our experiences, touching lives, utilizing our talents and strengths, being receptive and open to others, connecting the dots between the old and wise and the young and wise, and turning knowledge into wisdom that can be passed down generationally. It’s about seeking and knowing the Truth, and being free in this Truth.

God is Father. Jesus is Son. No matter what name you call them. No matter how you visualize their presence. If you don’t believe in them, it doesn’t mean they love you any less, which means it doesn’t change my love for you.

I love you all!

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day. Thank You for the light that I see and feel. Thank You for my beating heart and other healthy organs. Thank You for my family and friends, and for my spiritual family around the world.

Most importantly, thank You for Your Son Jesus who has walked with me and shown me the way to You. I know that Jesus is the wayshower and Your Truth.

I pray for those who have gone to the next level of existence knowing Jesus as their Savior, and You as their Father-Mother. I pray for those still here on earth living each day scared, frustrated, or confused. I pray that they turn to You and Jesus, and embrace Your blessings. Bring them comfort Father.

I know Who’s child I am. I know Who my leader is. I praise You and Jesus each and every day. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.29.19

Scripture

“Cast your burden on the LORD — he will support you! God will never let the righteous be shaken!”

Psalms 55:22 CEB

Reflection

When you believe more and more each day in God and His ability to heal all, save all, solve all, and create opportunities when others only see barriers—then you see His light everywhere—even in the darkest of places and spaces.

When our trust in God is securely ‘there’ we can never be shaken or disturbed, and nothing can make us deter from our paths. When we are truly ‘there’ with God we begin to skydive and soar freely—we are totally free and at peace.

It does not make sense to only conceive of or experience being at peace when we leave this level of existence, and leave behind our human shells that we call bodies. Peace and joy can be experienced now, every single day. It can be more than an occasional experience. It can be your daily reality. We just have to let go and take that step! I’m getting closer each day. How about you?

Prayer

Father, I am grateful for the smile that You put on my face each day, when I wake up and experience all that life has to offer. This smile develops more when I look into the eyes of a child, hear the laughter of a baby or an elder, and when I see Your children serving You by serving others.

I smile when I have the chance to sit down and listen to the words of the wise. I smile when I notice another blessing that I overlooked or didn’t see coming, and when an obstacle is cleared out of my path through Your will and grace.

I smile when I see Your healing in action, and when I see Your work that others would say could only be a miracle of the universe–or the luck of the draw—but ignorantly don’t give You the credit and the glory—I still smile though, because You and I know the truth. This truth saves me and frees me to be me! Thank You Father. I love You!

I love all of you. It doesn’t matter if you are a believer in Christ, conditional believer, doubter, or full-blown denier of God and His son. I love you!

Love always your sister,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.26.19

Scripture

Be it known to you therefore, brothers, that through this man is proclaimed to you remission of sins,

Acts 13:38 WEB

Reflection

Forgive if you hope to be forgiven. We should strive to forgive immediately after we have been wronged. I know it’s easier said than done, hence why we say we’re “trying to be more like Jesus”, than saying, “I’m just like Jesus”. We’re all works in progress. That doesn’t mean that we can’t try to forgive. Let’s work on it. Take the first steps. Even if it’s, at first, forgiveness for something said, in whole or part.

What do you think?

We could also look at it from another perspective:

I mean, what if God held grudges? What if He partially forgave us and then punished us for what He hadn’t forgiven, how would you feel about that?

Heck, a lot of folks think they’re being punished now, so the concepts aren’t that farfetched. But isn’t that an easy way out? Isn’t it a bigger struggle to consider the hypocrisy and weakness of our inability to forgive others, although our Creator quickly forgives us, and continues to love and protect us?

The mirror is before us. How do we want to live? How do we want God to see us? How do we want to see ourselves? What kind of relationship do we want to have with God? Should we not give what we desire most? Should it not be at the speed and depth that we too would desire?

Ponder that and then decide how you will proceed through life, starting today.

Prayer

Father, as I grow and mature I am learning to forgive more, as I know that through my forgiveness of others You smile upon me. I know that You forgive me of my sins without hesitation, and You expect the same of me.

I can’t make someone forgive me, I can’t make someone forgive themselves, and I can’t make someone see the importance of forgiveness and how it impacts their life and future. But, I can forgive them, and I can forgive myself. I can refrain from holding grudges and stewing in the grievances of past offenses. I can start thriving and stop wallowing in shame and misery. I can focus on my victories and stop obsessing over my losses.

I just pray that You always see my heart and keep it warmed and softened by Your love. I pray for the strength to overcome temptation to lash out, hold grudges, and move slow to forgiveness. Father, mold me to forgive instantly after the transgression against me, as I believe You forgive me instantly after I have sinned—even if I haven’t yet repented. In the name of Your son, Jesus, the ultimate servant-leader, I humbly pray, Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.25.19

Scripture

Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

Matthew 5:8 KJV

Reflection

When you speak are they your words as a human following the world, or are they the words of one of God’s ambassadors, following in the steps of Jesus? Do you speak positively even in the darkest of moments, or are you quick to be fearful, cynical, and negative?

Can you easily lift others spirits up but then dwell on your own challenges? Do you constantly compare your burden with others, telling them that what they are going through is nothing like what you are going through? Do you think the cross you bear is larger and heavier than others? Do you see yourself as the ‘only one’ carrying such a cross?

Do you raise your voice, yell, curse, talk down to, and demean others? Do you place demands on others because of your role, title, or position?

If your thoughts, speech, and actions are not aligned with God’s then you are following the world, not Him.

If you find the cross you bear so much of a burden that you compare it with others, complain about it, and think that you are the only one carrying such a heavy load—then you are not aligned with God and His plan and purpose for you. You have missed the lesson and missed the ‘boat’.

If the words that come out of your mouth and the actions that you take are harmful and cause harm to others, it is not their fault and it is not their inability to deal with life or others, but rather it is your negativity and inability to be more like Jesus.

Your words and actions are of the enemy and not of God. Cursing for the sake of cursing is ignorance, and not of God. Cursing at someone or using curse words negatively when addressing someone is an action fueled by the enemy, not God. The same is true when we talk down to others, call them names, trigger them to cry or withdraw. We are serving ego. We are serving the enemy and not God.

So I pray for forgiveness when I am negative and when I use profanity, especially in anger or just careless banter. I know better. I know I can use different words when excited, angry, sad, or afraid. I know that oftentimes, it’s just my laziness in full swing. I know that I’m always to look for God’s light and have faith in His ability to right all wrongs. I know that I’m supposed to pause and ask myself, “what would Jesus say?”

When I give in to negativity, I am doubting God and failing to reflect and serve Him, as I should.

Let’s pray for each other today and everyday— that we watch our thoughts, our speech, and our actions—for someone may be watching and saying, “so that’s what it means to be a Christian!”

Prayer

Father, You give me the freedom to make choices, and never force me to do anything. But I know in my heart when I do wrong, when I speak unkind words, when my thoughts are poisoned, and when I’m not being a true ambassador for Your Kingdom—it disappoints You.

I want to always reflect You and serve only You. When I give in to temptation I have chosen to serve the enemy, but I know I cannot serve two masters. Father, touch me so that I always choose what is right, and that I always follow Your light.

Touch me so that I choose my words wisely and know an appropriate word to use, rather than harshly or lazily choosing profanity or something as equally idiotic. I say that I am wise, I want to show that wisdom by making wise decisions and walking the walk as a genuine ambassador for Christ. I thank You now, for forgiving me in those moments when I stumble. I humbly pray for strength, patience, courage, discernment, perseverance, and understanding. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.24.19

Scripture

They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord.

Jonah 2:8‭-‬9 KJV

Reflection

Jonah was in the mouth of a whale declaring God’s strength, power, and glory. He did not give up and accept defeat, but rather knew that only God could determine his fate. He prayed for God’s will to be done. His faith and commitment during the darkest of moments showed Jonah’s true character, and because of this, God released Jonah from the whale.

How many of us can say that if we were in the same situation we would think, respond, and pray as Jonah did that day? I can honestly say, not me. I would’ve freaked out, before or after passing out.

Jonah was less focused on himself and totally focused on God. There is an amazing quote by Beth Moore that truly highlights this relationship that Jonah had with God, and the type of relationship that we should all strive to have, “Spiritual worship is focusing all we are on all He is.”

Think about that—if we only focused on our connection to and with God, and saw ourselves only as He sees us—how would our lives change for the better? What types of obstacles could we overcome when our vision is never limited?

We should all pray for this type of focus.

Prayer

When I turn to anyone or anything else other than You, I have chosen to have a conditional relationship with You Father. I pray for a relationship with You that honors You always. I pray to always put You first and to always seek Your light. As You mold my clay, squeeze out those things that displease You. In Your son’s holy name I pray to You. Amen.

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.23.19

Scripture

Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine.

Proverbs 3:9‭-‬10 KJV

Reflection

The busyness of life can sometimes throw us off track, consuming us with human priorities, as we quickly forget our spiritual ones.

There are days when instead of starting my day reading my Bible, praying, reflecting, and writing this blog entry-–I instead trip into something else that I know is less important and meaningful. Those days I am weak and lack focus.

So I pray to God for the strength to remain focused on speaking to Him, listening for His voice and direction, and being obedient—even when something doesn’t make sense to me. I pray to remain focused on learning and sharing God’s Word, and being the best servant that I can be. I also pray that God strengthens you, guides you, and opens your eyes to the numerous possibilities that life has to offer—and that you use that strength and guidance to embrace those possibilities, to be the best you that you can be.

I am grateful that He has brought us together.

Together let’s lovingly encourage each other to put God first as our day begins and ends, and the moments in between—in all of our decisions, and in every relationship and circumstance.

Have a blessed day!

Prayer

Father, I have placed other things before You. Today, I didn’t start my day with You as my center. I started speaking with You and then I got distracted. I think back to yesterday and other days when I navigated throughout my day and I didn’t place You as my top priority.

If it weren’t for You I wouldn’t be blessed and have the gifts that surround me each day. To honor You I will not allow anything or anyone to distract me from praying and meditating each morning and each night.

I will focus my attention on You throughout my day, being mindful to ask for Your guidance before my decisions are made. I will watch how I speak—praying for loving word. I will control my thoughts—understanding that they fuel my actions. I will consider the outcome before I act—because the consequences may be lasting.

I give my time first to You Lord. I thank You for forgiving me when I’m distracted. I humbly pray for focus, clarity, discernment, and follow through. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.22.19

Scripture

Jehovah is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abundant in lovingkindness.

Psalms 103:8 ASV

Reflection

Many of us come off “holier than thou” but fall short by lightyears. We claim we want to be more like Jesus, but we must be speaking about the Spanish guy with the same name who lives down the street who owns a tech company. We admire him and hope to be as (or more) successful as he.

We can’t possibly want to be more like Jesus, the man that Christians call their savior— because we have the mindset that “It’s all about me, my feelings, my wants and needs, my desires, my body, my house, my car, my material possessions, my sexuality and sensuality, my…my…my…my” and Jesus was about the “we” and the “us”, and about serving and representing God, our heavenly Father-Mother. Jesus placed God first.

Now that’s not to say that your neighbor Jesus doesn’t walk daily like Jesus Christ. That was merely me injecting some humor into a serious conversation. I’m not a hell-and-damnation spewing Christian. I’m a I-just-cussed-an-hour-ago-and-will-cuss-countless-times-today Christian. So if you have a sense of humor, then you’re in the right space.

Jesus Christ is who we claim we want to be like, but our words and actions don’t align with that claim. I can admit it. Heck, I just did.

Jesus Christ could have gone off and started slapping, punching, and kicking his disciples whenever they got out of line, and disrespected him—and definitely, when they betrayed him. But he didn’t. I would have. But Jesus didn’t. He could have gone off and started tearing up things when the Jews tried to put reigns on him to control when he healed the sick, wounded, and diseased. He could have slapped or punched the first soldier who walked up to him to take him into custody for his crucifixion. But he didn’t. His actions were more memorable and impactful than had he lost his cool and acted like a fool.

Yes, he knew he was disrespected, betrayed, and treated worse than a stray, rabid dog; but instead of cursing those people, he lovingly gave his life to save theirs. He sacrificed, to prove in his resurrection God’s realness and power—and that there is no death—only a shedding of our limited thinking and a transition to another level of existence.

I don’t know about you, but at some point I would’ve hit someone for hitting or harming me. I definitely would’ve had some choice words for people, that wouldn’t be deemed appropropriate in any house of worship. Hence why I’m a work in progress, being molded daily by God.

Yes, Jesus was hurt. Wouldn’t you be hurt? Yes, he cried, and so would we. Here’s the difference between Jesus and me, between Jesus and many of you—revenge was not in his heart or on his mind.

So why should it be on ours?

Well, it’s simple, we have been raised in a culture of revenge, and tit-for-tat. What did we say as children that we still say now as adults? “You did it to me first”. How immature are we? Obviously we’re extremely immature, and lightyears behind Jesus.

If we’re to be more like Jesus then we need to stay prayed up, rested, and ready to spread God’s love and Word around the world to anyone willing to receive it, and pour love into people who claim they don’t want it. It’s not about Christian conversion—because the majority of us don’t know what it truly means to be a Christian, hence why we fail miserably. It’s about demonstrating, giving, and receiving love. God is love. Be love ambassadors. God is light. Reflect light.

We should remember who we are and to Whom we belong, and that He will settle our scores, and right the wrongs against us. We’re trying to win one measly fight and God is focused on a battle that started long before us, that will continue long after we transition from here. We need to stop being so juvenile and petty. We need to grow up and realize that we are gambling our souls for our flesh. We are trying to be judges of many when we can’t even get ourselves right. If that’s not a fool then what is??

But guess what? You don’t have to be hard core to have a huge impact. Jesus didn’t say that we’re to be religious extremists. We’re supposed to demonstrate love, kindness, forgiveness, and generosity in the extreme. The petty and ignorant people are reduced to extremism—which only magnifies the hypocrisy of their lives. They live nothing like Jesus, Moses, or any other revered servant of God—yet they quote scriptural text. Talk about speaking with forked tongues.

Consider these small gestures that can have a major ripple effect of positivity, even through people who find negativity more appealing:

  • We should smile more even when someone’s frowning at us.
  • We should laugh more because it soothes the soul.
  • We should dance more because it’s a way of rejoicing and praising God through movement.
  • We should take care of our health and our bodies because they are temporary gifts from God— and we should be reminded daily that if we aren’t taking care of ourselves then we can’t possibly do the work God has planned for us.
  • We need to stop existing as victims and start living as ambassadors for Christ.
  • We need to stop merely surviving and start thriving—because God made us to thrive as He thrives.
  • We need to start forgiving more because we want forgiveness; and if we can’t give we can’t receive.
  • We need to stop being so self-absorbed about what did, didn’t, has, hasn’t, is, or isn’t happening in our lives—and start living as though we’re glad to be alive, and grateful that God wakes us and protects us each day.
  • We should be grateful each day, for our family and loved ones, and for the things that we take for granted— like the ability to blink our eyes. You’re blinking right now. Tell Him “thank You!”

I looked back to my past, reflecting upon my journey and the lessons that I keep repeating. It’s frustrating. These past few months I have learned a great deal about myself, how I deal with pain, rejection, and betrayal; and how hypocritical I can be in my judgment of others. I had to put myself in check HARD, and although it was and is a painful realization, it’s one that I’m glad I discovered now and not before taking my last human breath. Thanks to my long talks with God, and the loving help of my mother.

Years ago, I didn’t like what I saw in myself and I declared I would be quick to change for the better. Years later, I still have a long way to go, but I’ve made considerable strides, and I’m making more deliberate steps to see things through Jesus’ lens, and not just mine. If my burdens were placed before Jesus, he would probably say, “wanna switch?” and I would say, “heck no!” Then he would say, “Exactly. So stop your whining and complaining, take your light load and do what you’re supposed to do!” And I would comply.

So I challenge myself, I challenge you, let’s start anew, beginning today— right now, this very moment. Push out the negativity and let in God’s gentle yet powerful light. Stop the whining and complaining, and start putting in the focused and consistent work. Stop blaming and start moving forward. The only reason we can’t do something is because we won’t. We see and speak small, and then we’re shocked that we keep receiving small. Start speaking big and great, and put action behind those words—and watch the bigness and greatness that will manifedt.

I’m ready to put in the work, be patient for feedback and direction, and receive fully what God wants to provide, are you? Then let’s stop talking and let’s do this!

I love you all!

Prayer

Father, I want to be more like You. I want to be more like Your son Jesus. I want to show compassion and grace always. I want to be slow to anger, and filled with love. I want to learn to forgive instantly, and not keep track of those who wronged me and their indiscretions. I want to be more patient and understanding. I want to stop being so quick to place blame, because unlike You, I am not blameless. I want to leave my judgments to Your discretion as that is not my role and purpose in life. I want to live my life as You see fit. In Your son Jesus’ name I humbly and faithfully pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.19.19

Scripture

He answered them, “He who has two coats, let him give to him who has none. He who has food, let him do likewise.”

Luke 3:11 WEB

Reflection

I give until it hurts and then I give more. I don’t feel the pain in the ways that most would or expect, for it isn’t a burden but rather a blessing.

When I say that I give until it hurts, I mean that my body may be running on ’empty’ out of exhaustion from going nonstop at times, helping people, and those within underserved communities.

But even when I’m clearly exhausted, I still have a smile on my face and a pep in my step, and I get up again the next day to do it again. It is an honor and privilege to do so.

I am blessed and highly favored and I know it. I know this to be true because even in days when I had no money in my bank account, God has provided. When no health insurance meant high medical bills, God sorted it out and I didn’t have to pay a penny.

When I didn’t think I had the energy to get out of bed some days, or I needed to stay up late to get work done, God gave me the fuel. God has fed me, clothed me, healed me, nurtured me, and picked me up off my face when I have fallen.

So why would I keep this testimony to myself? Why would I not be a blessing to others? Why would I not be a true servant to others?

So yes, I go into neighborhoods where crime rates are higher, poverty is suffocating, and hope is dwindling—and I roll up my sleeves and get to work. Because writing a check or making an in-kind donation is awesome but it can also be passive.

On-the-ground, getting your hands ‘dirty’ work is active service—it’s how Jesus served. Get in the trenches and give a check or in-kind donation. See and experience how your help is needed, has been impactful, and how you can recruit others to do the same.

Jesus washed his disciples feet first! Jesus didn’t ‘train’ people and then say after, “ok now you go out there and serve the poor and shut-in, while I work over here on the administrative, bureaucratic stuff,” no Jesus did it all and taught his followers how.

There are two amazing quotes that I read years ago that I want to share with you:

The Christian gives all she knows of herself to all she knows of God and continues to grow in the knowledge of both.” -Gladys Hunt

A cup that is already full cannot have more added to it. In order to receive the further good to which we are entitled, we must give of that which we have.” -Margaret Becker

Both of these quotes reflect what I see in my life and they reinforce why I do what I do–without hesitation, question, doubt, frustration, or fear. My faith is secure knowing what I do I am supposed to do, and that it is done with joy and gladness in my heart. So I pray that God continues to show me where help is needed, and I pray that I am able to serve all of the days of my life.

Are you seizing your opportunities to give and express God’s blessings to the least of His children? If not, ask Him how. Then go be a daily blessing, giving Him the glory!

Prayer

Father, am I doing enough for others? If I’m not please show me the areas and opportunities that I need to jump into with both feet. Fuel me with the energy and resources to pour into others what You have freely poured into me. If instead, I am doing enough for others, in my capacity, please keep filling my cup so that I can bless even more people. I humbly and sincerely pray this to You today. Amen.

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.18.19

Scripture

For I command you today to love Yahweh your God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments, his statutes, and his ordinances, that you may live and multiply, and that Yahweh your God may bless you in the land where you go in to possess it.

Deuteronomy 30:16 WEB

Reflection

God always shows us and protects us. We must take that step forward and never look back, in doubt. We must learn to obey—yes, always—even when we don’t understand. This is our continued struggle. But we are designed to succeed.

I can be hard-headed. More times than I want to admit, I find myself saying, “uugh why didn’t I just listen and obey?” Yet, I’m comforted in knowing that God loves me even in my hard-headedness. When I “fall”, it is humbling, because I clearly forgot how hard that “ground” is—I mean, why would I subject myself to such pain if I remembered how awful it is? Why do I expect a different outcome?

As the saying goes, “…lessons are repeated until they are learned, and then we’re given a new lesson….” I’m currently repeating some lessons. I feel stupid, but hey, until I get this right, I will be like that album that keeps skipping on the record player. I’m praying for realignment, to rise above my current circumstances, and to thrive—not just survive.

Some of us feel like we’re living in our washer machine, on the agitate or spin cycle. It’s a rough time. We just have to remind ourselves that, at some point, the washer machine will stop. We will be removed. We will unfold, unwrinkle, and be given another chance to have a new experience. God was never not there. He was present before, during, and after our washer machine experience. Try to look at the positive takeaways from that experience.

Right now, just like me, you may be struggling with something, or a bunch of somethings. What part of the cycle are you in?

Is the water just pouring in? Are you in the wash cycle? Or has the water started to drain out? Maybe you’re starting or halfway in the rinse cycle. Or, is it that second draining cycle after the rinse? If you’re in the spin cycle, just hold on family—it’s almost over! Hmmm or maybe you are in that weird stage, where the machine has stopped and you’re just there, not sure what to do next. Don’t worry. Ask God, and He will tell you, the lid or door will be opened and you will be removed.

Don’t get ahead of yourself. Don’t start stressing over whether you will be air-dryed on a line, rack, or table. Don’t freak out dreading the heat of the dryer. Just be present, and know that you will be well cared for, and you will soon have more opportunities than you could ever imagine.

It may be an odd way of looking at your life and circumstances, but sometimes those visuals can help you to see the hope that you almost walked away from. Grab ahold and don’t let go. God isn’t letting go of you! He is with you before, during, and after each of those cycles. Hold on!

Prayer

Father, I am trying. You know this. You know my heart. Thank You for loving and nurturing me as I struggle with getting out of my own way, and living as You command. I love You. I need You. Always. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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