Breaking Bread for 12.31.19

Scripture

We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints because of the hope reserved for you in heaven.

You have already heard about this ⌊hope⌋ in the message of truth, the gospel that has come to you. It is bearing fruit and growing all over the world, just as it has among you since the day you heard it and recognized God’s grace in the truth.

You learned this from Epaphras, our dearly loved fellow slave. He is a faithful servant of the Messiah on your behalf, and he has told us about your love in the Spirit.

Colossians 1:3-8 HCSB

Reflection

No matter what your days look like you should be grateful for each day that you are blessed to breathe and be loved by others. Whether it’s 20 people or just one. If for some reason you can’t seem to see the love then you need to pray on it because it’s there.

On December 30, 2012 I attended a church where the preacher’s sermon addressed the reality of miracles and the big question, “Where is God?” that millions of nonbelievers and conditional believers ask frequently.
She spoke about the miracles in life large and small, the amazement of God’s power to create from nothingness and void a galaxy, with actual planets that house life forms and ecosystems.

How can you doubt that there’s a God when you consider the process of life?

It’s because people question why God would allow both death and destruction in the presence of life, regardless of age. But one beautiful thing this preacher said was that she never wants to be smart enough to truly understand all there is to know about God. She knows that there’s a reason for everything, but she doesn’t feel inclined to attempt to figure it out, because she knows that as is written in the Bible—she will never know the ins and outs of God. She said that if she knew it all then there would be no reason to live, no reason for hope, and definitely no reason for faith. I agree wholeheartedly with her statements. The desire to know all was the fall of Adam and Eve.

If you can’t see and feel God’s love and presence then you aren’t truly living. You are merely existing. Who wants a life like that? He has blessed many of us with upwards of six senses. Senses that are only possible because of Him. Yes, I said six senses and not just five, for I strongly believe in that sixth sense that connects our minds to His. Some cultures call it our third eye.

I believe in that sixth sense that connects us to our foundation as spiritual beings, and our ability to experience more than most. That strong connection many would claim to be psychic, ESP, premonitions, or intuition. But I see as just an extra connector to our Heavenly Father.

Some of us have sharper sixth sense capabilities than others. I think as small children we had the greatest linkage. Only through human exposure do we pull away from this natural force that pulls us inward.

I embrace my sixth sense to spiritually feel, see, and experience more than ordinary. Think of this, when we lack any of our other senses the remaining ones are usually very strong and compensate for the perceived “lack”. As I wear contacts and glasses for my nearsightedness, my other senses have really grown stronger.

So think about this—even if you lacked the other five senses, consider how rich your life would still be with just your sixth sense. Your humanness probably makes you cringe at losing your sense of sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch. But just stop and dream with me. Visualize what you could see, hear, feel, and experience with your sixth sense if you didn’t have interference from the “world” by solely relying on those other sources as your connection to life, perceived reality, and how you see and believe in God.

Now consider life not embracing and developing this sixth sense. What are you missing, not learning or experiencing? What aren’t you hearing God say to you? What lessons do you keep repeating because you aren’t tuned in to His “channel”?

I hope that each of you tune in to this gift in a healthy way, so you can see one more level of connection to God. It’s more than instinct, intuition, or a gut feeling. It’s God working in us. Reach out, connect, and stay connected!

May you have a healthy, safe, peaceful, happy, joyful and prosperous New Year!!!

God willing we will all connect tomorrow, and begin our new walk in 2020 together as followers of Christ. I pray God uses me to expose more people to His loving light through my Breaking Bread blog, the upcoming books I will be publishing, and the other ways that I try to connect with my fellow brothers and sisters worldwide. I love you all!

Prayer

I thank You for this day and each day. I thank You that I can live this human experience spending each moment learning to be a better servant, exploring and expanding my spiritual capabilities so that I’m best prepared for my days in Your Heavenly Kingdom.

Father, this last day of 2019 please protect Your children from harm. Please protect us from fear, ignorance, hate, and human error. Please protect us from doubting how close we really are to You. Humbly I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 12.30.19

Scripture

“No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light. Your eye is the lamp of your body.

When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be just as full of light as when a lamp shines its light on you.”

Luke 11:33-36

Reflection

Everything we put inside of us we reveal to the world. Choose wisely what you watch, listen to, ingest, and participate in. For you will ultimately reveal this as your truth in the future. Are you a child of the world or God’s child? That is what we must always consider through our words and deeds each day.

The words that we speak. The actions that we take. They are a product of the energy that we choose to carry within. We reveal and share that which we entertain, and invest our time. Do you know if you’re a distributor of God’s pure Light or the enemy’s faux light?

Do we fill ourselves with God’s loving light and share this with the world? Or do we fill ourselves with the darkness of the world and hurt others who come across our path? Do we strengthen our bodies and senses to be of service to others? Or do we allow them to weaken so that we can lazily depend on others— until we eventually shrivel up, and cease to exist on this realm?

We say our body is our temple yet we fill it with poisons. We allow it to grow and morph into an unrecognizable blob of fat, or deteriorate into nothing but a shell of skin and decaying bones. The poisons inside spew out through our mouths, eyes, ears and pores, and the toxicity becomes repulsive to others.

Yet we say our body is our temple.

Being thin doesn’t make you healthy. You can deplete your body of the very things it needs to thrive. And unknowingly you destroy the internal organs you need to exist in that body.

Drugs, alcohol, smoking, and hard living kills your body slowly each day. The more you consume the more you kill yourself. Then the aftermath is your slow and painful death. You then beg for healing and an end of the pain. Destruction that you caused from choices that you made. You know that it’s bad for you. But somehow you expect to receive different results than the rest of the world who also gave in to those vices.

How can someone do this to their so-called temple? Such hypocrisy. We are fools for destroying ourselves and then expecting God to heal and restore us. We take His gifts, abuse and destroy them, and then ask Him to make them whole again.

Our past actions require us to take new action. We have to be the change that we want to see. We must change our thinking, how we speak, and how we live our lives. Not once God has done something for us. Now. Take the step. Stop waiting for life to happen to you. Start living your life. The life that God gifted to you. This body we have is on loan to us. We don’t know how long we will possess this shell. We do know that if we continue abusing it, we won’t be in it for long.

Instead of waiting until the New Year, your birthday, or 30 to 60 days before a big event (that you want to look good for), why not start today eating and living healthier? End this year the way you want to live your 2020 and beyond—doing, speaking, and living well!

Prayer

Father, You woke me today to have yet another moment of learning experiences, another chance to grow more, and share more with others. Thank You.

Father, thank You for my vision and my other senses. Thank You for discernment to see right from wrong. Where and when to go, and when to stay put. Thank You for revealing Your truth to me in small enough nuggets so that I may comprehend at a rate more conducive to my learning style. While also molding me to expand my capabilities beyond the limits of my comfort zone. You never leave me, or get tired of me. You are patient and understanding, and I’m humbly grateful Father.

I pray that my spiritual senses be strengthened. So that I might see, hear, feel, smell, and taste beyond my human limits. That my discernment be strong and clear. No interference between me and You.

I pray that my physical vision is strengthened and that as You make my eyes healthier You also increase the strength and sensitivity of my other physical senses. That way, with my spiritual and physical senses working in perfect harmony, I may be a pure receptacle of Your light. Let me then share this light with others so that they can soak up Your love and share with others. Let my body be strengthened and healthy. That I might make many long journeys serving Your children until my last breath.

What I ingest I become. So I pray for the willpower to overcome temptation to consume things that are bad for me. I pray for the energy to get up each day and exercise without excuse for weather or time of day. These things I pray You bless me with today and every day. Amen.

Embrace the Light and share it freely. Don’t allow your human blinders block you from blessing others, and being blessed.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 12.27.19

Scripture

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Hebrews 10:22

Reflection

Do you not believe and have faith that the waters of the ocean will return to the sandy shoreline each time they retract? Out of the hatched cocoon do you not expect the butterfly to emerge? Do you not have faith that the stop light will return to green after it has changed yellow and red?

Do you not have faith that after flashing a red “Do Not Walk” message, that the pedestrian crossing sign will eventually return to a white or green indicator light with the word “Walk” on it’s screen? Do you not have faith that the hands on your watch and clock will always run from right to left, around in a circle?

Then why do we struggle so hard with our faith in God?

I have shown both natural, God-made examples as well as man-made, God-inspired examples, that we naturally and without thought believe will occur without us having to do a thing. Yet, we frequently doubt what God can do. We doubt His omnipresence and omnipotence in our lives.

Why do we think He’s too busy to be concerned with what we’re doing or not? Why do we think He can’t be everywhere at once? He’s healed people of inflictions, in different parts of the world, at the exact same time. But we question Him. How can my problem be solved at the same time hundreds of millions of problems around the world are being solved?

We are ignorant to believe that it is merely our doing or even worse, a case of luck.

I don’t believe in luck. I believe in God. I believe in God making things happen when they are supposed to take place. And with the depth, breadth, and intensity that He expects. I believe He brings us great fortune and wealth on all levels, not just financially. Luck is temporal. God is eternal.

If you want to be cleansed from your impurities, your guilt and fear, then you must sincerely seek out and embrace your relationship with God. That is the purest and least complicated relationship you can ever have. Yet we complicate it the most.

All He expects is that we trust, believe, and obey. We will sometimes selfishly do so in human relationships, but can’t see how selfless it is for us to do this with God. We’re all works in progress. Clay that has some rough patches that God needs to mold smoothly into the image He has envisioned. But the process is longer the more we resist.

Are you tired of being a mere tenth of what you can be? Let’s take the necessary steps towards reaching that level of faith we’re supposed to have. Are you ready?

Prayer

Father, thank You for my life. Thank You for another day to serve You, to share Your Word, to honor my family, to help the least of Your children, and to do so with faith that You will always see me through.

Father cleanse me. Cleanse me like the ocean waves pulling out the impurities and bringing in Your goodness. Remove my fear, guilt, and doubt, and replace them with the strength and determination that comes from having total confidence in You.

Just as I have faith that as the water of the ocean pulls back from the shoreline, a new wave will roll in–-I want that same faith in You, and what You can and will do in my life. No matter the circumstances I want to always believe and know that You are right there with a solution, patiently waiting for me to get out of my own way. Keep working on me Father. I love You. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 12.26.19

Scripture

Simon Peter asked him, “Lord, where are you going?”

Jesus replied, “Where I am going, you cannot follow now, but you will follow later.” Peter asked, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.” Then Jesus answered, “Will you really lay down your life for me? Very truly I tell you, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times!

John 13:36-38

Reflection

We just celebrated the birth of Jesus. Some Christians celebrate earlier or later this month, others the first week of January. Others may even celebrate in April, the month that Jesus was most likely born. Whichever month we choose, we should not cease to celebrate and honor him after one day has passed, for every day is his birthday, as it is ours.

Every day we are birthed out of experiences, we see things for the very first time, we overcome a fear that could have crippled us, and we touch the life of someone new. Every day we should take the next step to be more like Jesus, and to live on purpose with purpose as he did.

We should not delay what we know is coming, but rather stand firm and face it head on. Ready for what will come–-and fearless, as we should be. Believing and knowing that we are God’s child and always protected. We should each day protect our minds from worldly temptations and the misguided belief that the “liar” would claim to bring us the ultimate level of joy, and a power equal to that of Jesus, or even greater, God.

The devil is a liar and we are his foolish puppets if we believe that gaining anything without the blessing of God is still a blessing.

Rise up against crime, addiction, adultery, incest, bigotry, racism, depression, greed, envy, and fear. The devil can only take ahold of what you allow. You have to give in. You have to let “it” in, and you have to give “it” power and dominion over your life. You have to take the time and energy to surrender to darkness and walk away from God’s light. It’s always your decision. Which one will you make?

Prayer

Father it takes a very special person, a very committed follower, to devote themselves fully to Your son. In so doing, they might reach the place and time in life to be promoted to the next level that You have planned for them. As You taught Jesus to understand the human element and what to expect from man and woman, he soon realized that our loyalty could be easily tested and tossed away through fear.

Father I know that I have not yet reached a point in my life where I am fully vested, fully committed, and most loyal to Christ, and walking the path as You have laid it. But Lord You know what’s in my heart. You know my desire to grow and to develop a closer relationship with You and Your son, and You know that each day I work harder to overcome my fears and trust that You will always see me through.

Father, thank You, for touching Your children’s hearts and minds that they might record the earliest of days, their experiences in life, and parables to teach and warn. While creating the foundational principles for the rest of us to live by. Whenever I’m in doubt, have question, or am filled with fear I know that I can read the Bible for direction and inspiration.

Father, I know that I can call on You and You will touch me and bring me calm during the darkest of times, and during the heaviest of storms.

Father please keep my eyes, mind, and heart pointed in the right direction so that my feet always know where to go. Continue to bless me with discernment so that I use the best of my time living as I should, spending moments with those who are most deserving, and reflecting Your goodness even when I’m not getting it from others. Help me to always see the vision, and to always hear Your voice. In Jesus’ name I joyfully pray to You. Amen.

Merry Christmas (whenever you celebrate it) and Happy Holidays family!

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 12.25.19

Scripture

Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.

Luke 2:11 HCSB

Reflection

Some of you may question Jesus’s birth, life, human death, spiritual awakening, ascension, and the legacy he has left for us to continue. You may question if Jesus is the son of God, is actually God, or whether God is of Spirit or flesh. Or you may be whole and full on the belief that God is Spirit, Love, Life, Truth, and all in all, and that His son is Jesus who was born to human parents to bring us the Truth and way to salvation. You may believe that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, and that Jesus was the one who taught us this reality.

It’s not as important to me if whether Jesus was born from a virgin through the power and will of God, and not human conception. In Hebrew, virgin, referred to a female’s age range, that she was no longer prepubescent, and that she’s unmarried. It had nothing to do with her sexual experience. That’s why the categories given to females were: virgin, married, divorced, and widow. Somehow we jumbled it all up, and chose not to consult with Jewish people about their word’s meaning.

But, even if Jesus was born through human conception, God placed His spiritual powers within Jesus to see, speak, think, feel, hear, and heal unlike anyone before or after him. God placed Jesus here to teach us how to live, love, and treat others. Jesus was sent to teach us the Truth about God, ourselves, and our relationship to the Father.

Whether Jesus was born in spring or winter is not keeping me up late nights. Yes, it was during spring. Shepherds don’t let their flock out to pasture at night during the winter, it’s too cold. Also, Joseph and Mary were in Bethlehem for Joseph’s family to take part in the census. A census wouldn’t take place in the cold of winter knowing that families would have to travel to be counted.

But, guess what?

We’ve been celebrating it in the winter for centuries. Billions of people won’t suddenly switch up and start celebrating in April. Easter oftentimes lands in April. It would be a logistics nightmare. Do you celebrate Jesus twice in April and then celebrate St. Nick aka Santa Claus in December?

That’s what happens when we complicate moments in time by making them highly commercialized national holidays.

I’m not here to argue if Jesus was born 2,019 years ago, or between 2,049 and 2,089 years ago. I choose to believe that he was born, over 2,000 years ago in his dad’s family stable, surrounded by people who loved him and knew he was special.

All that matters to me is the peace and joy that fills our hearts when we say his name and think of him. What matters most to me are the moments I contemplate, “What would Jesus do?” Or “What would Jesus say?” when I do or say things that aren’t Christ-like. Or those moments right before I act, that could stop me from being unloving. That’s what matters to me.

When I’m ill, in pain, sad, angry, frustrated, lost, or confused—what matters most is that I believe in Jesus and God. That belief has saved me from death, freed me from depression, pulled me out of unhealthy and unloving situations, healed me from sickness, closed up wounds, fixed the impossible, and cleared cluttered paths. That’s all that matters to me.

That’s what Christmas means to me—the Christ in all of us, and the Christ we want to have in us. Christmas means family, overcoming odds, taking care of the least of God’s children, thanksgiving, and looking at how we can be more like Jesus in our walk, talk, and thoughts.

I wish you a Merry Christmas and happy holidays. May be peace be with you today and always.

Prayer

Father, thank You for blessing us with Your love, light, peace, and joy. I pray that we truly embrace them and spread them throughout the world so that each of Your children can be brought to smiles and laughter. Father I thank You for Jesus. Even with the doubters in the world I never doubt You or Your son’s existence. I never doubt Your love and desire for us to have all that we need. I pray that all I need is provided by You. I pray that as You bless me I can overwhelm others with blessings. My cup is never empty. I have to always remember that. In Your Holy name I pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 12.24.19

Scripture

See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.”

Matthew 1:23 HCSB

Reflection

God is always with us. We are never alone. We are His creations. He keeps watch over us and has angels that intervene when we need it most.

God has plans for each and every one of us. We just need to believe, obey, and follow.

Have a very merry Christmas, and remember that even though Jesus wasn’t born in December, Christ is the reason for our celebration. Be loving, kind, patient, humble, and appreciative.

Prayer

Thank You Father for this day. Another day of life, lessons, and love. With You and through You all things are possible. With Your son I can find my way. Thank You for the constant blessings. I’m grateful for this life and opportunity. I pray that You bless others in a way that they can only give You thanks. In Your name I pray, as a follower of Jesus Christ. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

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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.

Breaking Bread for 12.23.19

Scripture

After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, “Very truly I tell you, one of you is going to betray me.”

John 13:21

Reflection

Jesus was never blind to what was going on around him. God kept him spiritually connected to His Mind and wisdom, to see and feel when things were not right. And to discern good from bad, friend from foe, follower from betrayer.

Imagine knowing in advance that one of the people closest to you is about to betray you. Imagine how Jesus felt knowing that the time, attention and care that he invested in this disciple, would soon be leveraged against him for monetary gain and to avoid persecution.

How would things have been different if that disciple had spoken up, confessed, and made right with our savior?

A true friend never betrays you, never betrays your trust, and never sells you out. A true friend is there for you in the worst of times, not just the best of times. A true friend gives you food, drink, and shelter when you need it. They will give you the shirt off of their back, if necessary.

A friend never kicks you when you’re down. Instead they help to pick you up and brush you off. They never remind you of what you promised, what you haven’t done, or what you still need to do. For a friend understands that we all have rough times, and if you were honorable before those hard times you will be honorable to the end.

Pray for those people who choose to betray or harm you because they are more concerned with their needs, their survival, their issues, and how something will affect them. Pray for their hearts, minds, bodies, souls, and spirits. Pray that they see God’s light and choose to follow it to righteousness than place blinders over their eyes and continue walking in darkness.

Pray that God reveals the truth about every person you are involved with and encounter. Pray that He shows you the real them so that you know what you are facing. Pray that He protects you even when you ignore His warnings. Pray that He always shows you the way out of life’s mazes that you actively take part in creating in your disobedience.

Now, if you’re reading this and thinking of moments when you were selfish and weren’t being a friend, then own up to your mess. Pray to God for realignment.

If you’re the person that I’m telling folks to pray for, look inside of yourself and ask God to show you where you’re most vulnerable to attack by the enemy. If you haven’t been behaving like a genuine friend, that’s because you have been entertaining the enemy’s foolishness.

If you have been backstabbing, shortchanging, conspiring against family or friends, then you’re the betraying disciple. If you’re scheming to get your hands on an inheritance once someone passes away, then you’re no better than the betraying disciple. If you’re plotting and planning on how to spend someone’s life insurance payout, then guess what? Yep! Look in the mirror.

Some of you may not realize that you’re the betraying disciple. You may not realize that you’re the hater in the group. You may not notice that you’re quick to shut down people’s ideas, say something is impossible, or gossip about others. You may not notice the amount and frequency of the negative words that you speak daily. You may not realize how envious you are about others. The enemy loves to feed off of envy, pride, arrogance, and greed.

Walking in God’s Light requires the truth. You have to peel back those layers of lies that you’ve been telling yourself and others. You have to admit you’re wrong. You have to admit you have wronged others. You have to check yourself!

You haven’t been walking in God’s light. The enemy mounted a strobe light. All you see is a light. Your discernment is skewed. You have been stomping around in your self-righteousness thinking that you’re walking in God’s light. Look again. Wrong light. Your compass has been hacked. Contact tech support immediately! You need to be realigned, redirected, and pointed to the correct path.

I don’t always notice, in the midst of my foolishness, that I’ve been entertaining the enemy. Oftentimes, it’s after the chaos has erupted that I say, “Oops”. We have to work at being better aligned with God, thinking less of self and more of Him. When we’re filled with Him then there’s no room for the enemy. There’s no weakness in God. When we’re in service for God’s glory, there’s no room for the enemy to feed off of our self-serving desires. There’s no ego to be tampered with.

When it’s about God, then you don’t have a need to be the center of attention. When it’s about God, then you give without hesitation. You’re not giving and then asking God when you’re gonna get yours. You’re not envying what someone else has, comparing what they have to what you have. You’re not operating out of lack.

Your faith is built upon the confidence that God always provides. He always answers. He’s always here.

Tell the enemy to go kick a rock into a pit. When you hear negative thoughts, say, “I’m not playing with you satan. Leave me alone!” When you say harmful words, apologize with a sense of urgency. Don’t let the wound worsen. Pray for healing, forgiveness, and restoration.

Let’s focus on being selfless and God-filled!

Prayer

Father, thank You for wisdom and discernment. And an ability to forgive those who betray me and cause me harm. Thank You for forgiving me when I cause harm. Father keep my heart warm, never allowing it to grow cold and hard. Keep me focused on living more like Jesus, realizing and accepting my journey’s purpose. And not being overly focused on the human elements that distract me. I want to be selfless and God-filled. I want to be strengthened in You. I want to dismiss the enemy like a speck of dust.

I want to be focused on glorifying You, not comparing my gifts to others.

Father, help me to always walk away from unhealthy situations with my dignity in tact, and with a level of grace that shows that I’m above the foolishness. I’m a survivor and never a victim.

Father I pray today not only for myself but for my loved ones and associates who have been harmed and betrayed by people they trusted. I pray for those who are betraying others and causing harm. Free them. Both the betrayed and betrayer, from these shackles and help them to heal and grow.

In honor of all You have ever done and will do, in Your son’s name I pray to you. Amen.

Have an amazing Monday family!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 12.20.19

Scripture

A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world.

John 16:21

Reflection

We go through ups and downs in life. We give birth to children and ideas. We are forced to face our biggest fears. While in the middle of the most excruciating pain we could ever imagine all we can think about at that moment is the pain and whether we will survive its wrath. But once the pain has passed a sense of joy fills us and overwhelms us as we realize that not only did we make it through the roughest of parts, something great came from the experience. Whether it be wisdom or something tangible, there is a gift received from surviving life’s storms.

The mother giving birth, at that moment, has mixed emotions about her labor experience. But while holding her baby’s tiny body minutes, hours, or days later– she is less concerned with the pain in her belly, groin, legs, neck, glutes, and back. She is more concerned about the well being of her baby and how best to care for and nurture this new addition to the world.

We must work hard to see life exactly that way…a birthing process. Every experience no matter how intense is only temporary, and afterward comes some level of peace and joy. So are you ready to take on today? Give life your best shot and embrace these moments, for you will have great success stories to share in the future. God bless you, my sisters and brothers!

Prayer

Father thank You for this day and every day. I even thank You for those days that seem unbearable. For after I endure the pain there is joy from the growth and development. Every day life pounds on my head, shoulders and back, I know that I’m being molded to see things differently, behave differently, and work through my issues in a different way. I’m being molded to put my total trust in You that through all things. You will see that I make it to the other end. Thank You Father. In Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 12.19.19

Scripture

I will also sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will place My Spirit within you and cause you to follow My statutes and carefully observe My ordinances.

Ezekiel 36:25-27 HCSB

Reflection

God has the ability to heal, clean, change, uplift, shift, and remove anything and any element in our life. Do you believe it? Do you trust Him? Then why do you think and speak doubting words? Why do you give power to the lie called disease? Why do you give in to the enemy by expressing fear and doubt? If you trust and believe then walk in your faith!

Prayer

Father, cleanse me and make me whole. Heal me of all inflictions. Remove my fears. Warm my heart and continue molding me. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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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.

Breaking Bread for 12.18.19

Scripture

You eat the fat, wear the wool, and butcher the fattened animals, but you do not tend the flock.

You have not strengthened the weak, healed the sick, bandaged the injured, brought back the strays, or sought the lost.

Instead, you have ruled them with violence and cruelty. They were scattered for lack of a shepherd; they became food for all the wild animals when they were scattered.

Ezekiel 34:3-5 HCSB

Reflection

When humans become so self-absorbed that we put ourselves equal to or before God, then we should not wonder why our life is full of heartache and storms.

God gave the shepherds one job, to take care of His sheep. Instead they became so self-absorbed as rulers over the sheep that they spent more time killing and consuming them, than taking care of them. They got lazy and entitled, and their flock became lost in the fields and woods. The flock became victims of wild animals and other humans. This enraged God. His gift to the shepherds was squandered. The job they were assigned and had committed to was discarded.

What job has God assigned you? How are you doing at your job? Are you giving it 100% effort with 100% passion and 100% energy?

Do you even know what you’re supposed to be doing?

What about the job where you work, or if you’re self-employed, the company that you’re building? Are you doing your job at the level God expects? Do you make excuses for not doing your job, or blame others?

Now consider your personal relationships. Are you putting in the effort and care that God expects? Or are you so self-consumed that you don’t see where you need to step up, improve, increase the passion, or reaffirm your commitment (or make one)?

Are you helping to heal wounds, forgiving and asking for forgiveness? Are you protecting the other person, being honest and true, and considering their needs? Or is it all about you and your needs, wants, and desires?

Have you kept your vows? Or have you even taken the step towards making a vow? Do you have both feet planted in your relationship, or are you straddling the fence?

Have you gotten lazy like the shepherds in this scripture or are you tending to the needs of your spouse/significant other like God expects a great shepherd to tend to their flock?

Consider your jobs in life and how you are doing in each one. Are you benefitting without having to put in real work? Do you feel like you earned what you have? Or do you know the truth—that God gave you what you have—and it’s time to get back to work?

I’ve got a lot of work to do, so have a blessed day and be a blessing to others.

Prayer

Thank You Father for another day to experience life in a unique way. I pray to see and perform my job with the level of commitment and passion that You expect of me. Let me prosper from my work in Your name Lord.

I pray that I never turn my back on someone in need of Your love, hope, or sustenance. May I give freely what You call me to give.

Father when I see wrong, let me be brave enough to speak up and not convince myself that it’s none of my business. Because I know that my inaction can actually help to serve the negative actions that will take place if I do nothing.

These things I ask for in Your son Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love always,
Natasha

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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.

Breaking Bread for 12.17.19

Scripture

Therefore, with your minds ready for action, be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance.

1 Peter 1:13-14 HCSB

Reflection

If you call yourself a soldier of Christ then you must always be ready, so you don’t have to get ready. As a soldier of Christ you should see the err of your ways before it is highlighted by someone else. You should work quickly to right the wrongs you have committed, and forgive those who intentionally or unintentionally harmed you. Yes, it’s difficult but definitely not impossible. Let’s support each other through our walk as God’s soldiers. Let’s be the light and change we want to see in the world.

Prayer

Thank You Father for everything. I cling to my hope that You will always care for and protect me Father, and that everything You have planned for me will come to fruition. I pray for more light than darkness. More moments of joy than pain. And more opportunities to share Your love with the world. I pray to be the best person that I can be. And to represent You to the fullest as one of Your soldiers.

Love always,

Natasha

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Update On My New Books!

Oh my goodness!

I’m so excited!

This week we will be wrapping up my book. Handing the baton to the next leg in this race.

The title and cover art are finalized.

Final edits are going through the approval stage. Jeesh, this is intense. Going through hundreds of pages with a fine-tooth comb is labor intensive. No slacking allowed!

I’m also double-checking my acknowledgement pages to ensure that I don’t forget anyone. There’s been quite a few people who have helped me during various stages of this book. I don’t want to forget anyone.

Once things are approved and finalized I will release the title and artwork. That will signal my first wave of promotion for this long waited project.

Yes, you will get a chance to reserve your copy. Stay tuned for details!

As this first book rolls out, with a workbook—yes, you read that correctly. A workbook. Where you can take notes, answer questions, and more. Yep, that is also being published to accompany this book. Then the second book (volume 2 of this book) will be teed up for release in the Summer of 2020.

I’m excited and exhausted at the exact same time. This has been a worthwhile experience!

I truly appreciate my group of readers who have provided valuable feedback on the content, title, layout, pricing, and publication date of my book.

Stay tuned for more updates!

~Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 12.16.19

Scripture

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:12-13

Reflection

Some of us are never satisfied because we don’t place God first in our lives. We have spiritual Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). Our focus is first on ourselves and our wants of the flesh, instead of our focus being on God and what He knows we need. Some of us will never be content and never be overjoyed. That’s because we have our eyes, minds, and hearts in the future. We’re lost without a map, because God didn’t give it to us yet. Or we’re glued to the past–backwards.

Backwards is how certain aspects of our lives will always be until we shed our ego, pride, and arrogant thinking and lifestyle. We must embrace a Christ-centered life that believes that our day begins and ends because of God’s will and grace–-and that nothing gained without God is worthy of having.

If you aren’t satisfied with what God has given you then you are indeed living a pitiful life, because this very second He can snatch it all away and show you what a life without His gifts really equates to. He can show you what not living in the present with a mission for the future really means. He can show you how dwelling on the past will age you, limit you, and leave you in constant confusion with a future of nothing but pain and despair. He can show you how only having a focus on the future will blind you because you haven’t taken the proper steps today to be prepared for what’s to come.

Think of losing the very things you value most because you aren’t humbly appreciative for God giving you those things.

I learn the lesson and move forward. I try not to dwell on what once was because I’m too focused on what I’m doing now and how it can impact my future. I’m not concerned with those I once encountered who I walked away from because if they were meant to be in my life today God would have kept them by my side.

I am a child of God whose mission and vision is forward-thinking and fueled by His light, love, and power. The devil has no control over me and I refuse to let him tempt me to turn around or run ahead when God has ordered me to do otherwise.

If you are confused, disappointed, frustrated, or dissatisfied with what and who God has placed in your life then you need to seek Him. You need to get on your knees and pray for forgiveness for not trusting Him. For there is nothing better in your past than what you have today. And the joy of your future can only be determined by God. You don’t have a sneak preview of His agenda.

If you are miserable with your circumstances or the person you chose to walk with, then that’s because you chose to lead your life instead of letting God lead you. God’s blessings are never laced or filled with pain and misery. That is what we bring to ourselves when we think we can do things on our own. That’s what happens when we ignore Him and make our decisions about where to go, who to love, how to do things, and when we do them. We cause our own misery. We allow the devil to lie to us and lead us astray, and then we blame God for allowing us to have free will.

Those who would argue otherwise don’t have a strong enough relationship with God to see the reality that is before them. They are blinded by their self-centeredness, that is fueled by fear. They still have a lot of spiritual work ahead of them as they clear out their clutter and baggage so that Jesus can lead them to the command center of their life—God!

As we wrap up this year in a few weeks, increasingly ask yourself whether you have been living a life of contentment. Are you full and satisfied, and focused on what you can do to serve God? Or do you still feel empty? Are you thinking that life was better in the past? Or that it can only get better in the future, if you only skip some steps? If you are conflicted then seek out the problem solver that we call by many names, your Heavenly Father! If you think this message is about or for you then it is!

I love you all and pray for peace, abundance, and contentment in your life. God bless you and keep you!

Prayer

Father, I am so grateful to You for all that I have, for the person I am, for the lessons learned through joy-filled and painful experiences, and for who You are molding me to be. Father, I am more than content with the blessings You have bestowed upon me. Although I am not content with moments of mediocrity, procrastination, and fear that I sometimes display which blind me from being fully receptive of my gifts. But I know that You are working on me, molding me, and improving me each day. Thank You Father.

There are things I have prayed for and You blessed me with immediately, and there were other times when You made me wait until the time was right. For later times when You knew I would be ready, receptive, appreciative, and would make the most from those blessings.

Father, I never want to get to a point and place in my life that I am not content with my blessings. I never want to pray for something and not be overly satisfied with what I asked for. I know that You answer my prayers as I have requested, so if I foolishly omit details out of desperation, greed, or fear–-lovingly keep me in check by making sure that I see the err of my ways, so that I am instead very specific and seek only that which I need and not just merely what I want.

I put my trust in You that the life I have as You have outlined is perfect for me. And as long as I don’t interpret things to mean differently, don’t envy what others have, don’t look to my past thinking I’m missing out on my present-–my cup will run over with the gifts of Your love. I have no desire to look backwards like Lot’s wife and destroy my life and future. I have no desire to try and navigate my life on my own. Because I’m more concerned with what could be in the future, instead of enjoying the abundance of today. I have no desire to disobey You Father.

Humbly I pray that You keep my eyes, heart, and mind focused on today and the present work You have planned for me. So that my future is bright and filled with abundance. The devil is a liar and I refuse to let it tempt me to turn around or run ahead. I refuse to give into temptation to disobey Your loving command to keep marching forward on Your pace. In Your name I humbly and faithfully pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 12.12.19

Scripture

“Then the devil led Jesus to the top of a very high mountain. He showed Jesus all the kingdoms of the world and all the great things that are in those kingdoms. The devil said, “If you will bow down and worship me, I will give you all these things.”

Matthew 4:8-9

Reflection

Every day we are tempted to stray from God, to leave His flock, to blindly enter a realm we may never return from–just for a life of temporary pleasure if that. Think of how our lives would be if Jesus had given in just one time to the devil. The shepherd son bowing down and worshipping the cowardly devil…the liar. Would we exist? With Jesus being the way-shower to God, how would we find our way without him?

Many of us our lost because we have not embraced our relationship with Jesus and God as they have with us. We love and honor them conditionally and in turn love and honor our family and friends conditionally. A lack of loyalty towards God and Jesus results in disloyalty towards family and friends. I can usually tell those who are walking fairly straight on God’s path because those are the ones who bring joy into every environment they encounter, they are the ones that always lift others up and never tear them down, they are the ones who have nothing but good to say about others and refuse to take part in gossip.

They refuse to deal with nonsense and take seriously their vows to obey God’s commands. They are the ones who are most loyal, obedient, giving, caring, affectionate, and receptive to others and their needs. They are the angelic brothers and sisters who bring hope in bad times and keep us smiling and laughing even in a storm. We can learn a great deal about these individuals for they live like Jesus commanded, and they prove that we too can be more like Jesus if we only follow his lead.

No matter what temptation the devil puts before you, we must consider both the short-term and long-term side effects of walking beside it (him). Only God can heal us, free us, and bless us. Any other source claiming to bring you abundance through worship, alliance, loyalty, or partnership is a big LIE!

I love you all and pray for only the best to come to you today and each day.

Prayer

Father thank You for this day. Thank You for blessing me with abundance in all areas of my life. For those my eyes don’t see bless me to know that they are there. Lord, Your son was tempted more than once by the devil, more than once he was tempted to walk away from You and Your love to kneel down and surrender his soul. Each time, Jesus told the devil that he worshipped and loved only You, and was wealthy beyond imagination with Your daily provisions.

Father, there are days when I want what I don’t have, to the point where I’m focused more on what I don’t have than what I do. Father, then You touch my heart and fill me to the point where my joy for life, living, and the abundance of good health, wisdom, knowledge, and love washes away my feelings of need and desperation. Father, every time my back is against the wall and the devil tries to tempt me to turn right, Your light points me towards my left and along the path, that You present me with solutions to my problems, money for my bills, opportunities that I hadn’t considered, and hope for a life of balance and harmony. Father, this is only something that You can provide. I love You for always being my constant; always loving me, guiding me, guarding me, and reassuring me that through the grey skies there is sunshine on the other side.

I love You Father. I need You. With joyful praise, I give You all of the glory. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 12.10.19

Scripture

He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect.

1 Timothy 3:4 NIV

Reflection

It doesn’t matter whether you were raised with both parents, one parent, or none-–who can you look to as ‘family’ who lifted your spirits when you were down, kept you in-line when you were about to stray far from reach, and made the storms bearable when all you really wanted was sunshine?

Who in your life helped you see and appreciate the power in the twisting storm, only to look forward to the rainbow that appeared soon after? Who disciplined you to keep you from running around like a rabid animal? Who dried your tears when the pain was unbearable?

That individual or those persons you are visualizing are your family, and you should thank God for placing them in your life.

Where have we made the wrong turn when parents no longer have respect from their children? Where did we go wrong where kids feel entitled to have whatever they want at their parents and family’s expense, regardless of their financial situation?

What mistake did we make where children don’t think twice about striking an adult in anger, and there are no repercussions? When did it become okay for children to talk back to adults without fear of punishment? What has happened where children can use profanity towards adults and get away with it?

When did it become okay to disrespect our elders? When did a shift occur where women took on every aspect and characteristic of head-of-household, and the men sit by like church mice or disappear altogether? When did we lose control of our families and our children? When did order become chaos?How will we ever regain our proper standing in life and in God’s Kingdom?

Men have always been called by God to lead. God commanded man to honor and respect women, and to treat and love their wives as they would themselves. Women have been called to be the support system, navigator, and co-pilot for the family. Women are to honor and respect the man for his role in their family and in God’s Kingdom.

Children are to always follow, obey, and be respectful. A man is to maintain order within his family in a respectful manner, which means in and through love not hate or fear. That means a loving discipline of children, not pacification and spoiling nor does it mean any form of abuse. A man is to lead his wife through loving protection, guarding her from harm. Not acting as dictator and bully, forcing her to do as he says when he says it.

God expects man to lead in love not force, and definitely not abuse. God expects men to be men and to protect their families, work hard, be respectful of self and others, and lead by example. God expects men and women to be graceful, respectful, honorable, hardworking, disciplined, and capable of taking care of the family.

But we shifted from this. We have distractions from the world– when our minds and hearts are to be focused on God, His plan, and what He has in store for our families.

We have women manipulating men into baby traps and marriage, yet they are missing the valuable components necessary to be good mothers and wives. We have men strolling around casually having sex and not concerned about getting a girl or woman pregnant, or contracting a sexually transmitted infection.

We have more babies being born into this world by careless individuals who were only concerned about the short moments of passion and not the long-term responsibility of parenthood.

We have turned to idols in technology and entertainment…no different than the children of Israel turning to various idols after leaving Egypt. We are repeating a cycle. Forty years the children of Israel walked around the wilderness because they just wouldn’t listen and obey. How many years have we been ‘lost’? How many years will we continue to walk around in this ‘wilderness’?

We must reclaim our families. We must live our lives as God intends, living in the world but not of the world. Enjoying the blessings while not worshipping the products. We have to start getting back on track now if we ever hope to see the Promised Land.

Prayer

Father, I know that You have amazing plans for me as You willed my eyes open that I might see another day. You kept my heart pumping and blood flowing so that I might live fully another day. I thank You Father. I thank You for my family, those connected through blood, relation, or life’s circumstances. Help me to be mindful of all of the ways that I need to love, support, and invest in my immediate and extended family relationships. Help me to positively pour into the lives of the very people who bring me joy and sometimes frustration. Help me to see myself and them as You do, so that I never take for granted this blessed life that I live. In Jesus’ name I humbly and faithfully pray. Amen.

I thank You for my family, those connected through blood, relation, or life’s circumstances. Help me to be mindful of all of the ways that I need to love, support, and invest in my immediate and extended family relationships. Help me to positively pour into the lives of the very people who bring me joy and sometimes frustration. Help me to see myself and them as You do, so that I never take for granted this blessed life that I live. In Jesus’ name I humbly and faithfully pray. Amen.

Natasha’s Added Self-Prayer:

Father, I also thank You for my parents, for my family, and for my true friends. I thank You for providing me with loving and nurturing people who surround me and encourage me to be the best person that I can be.

Father, Your grace placed me in the lives of parents who could command respect because they lived respectful lives, and respected others. I thank You for touching them in a way where they applied discipline and structure in my life. The rules of my childhood are still applicable to me this day, and will be applicable to my children in years to come. Thank You for the lessons taught for I have learned a great deal about myself, my family, my friends, and the world.

Even with my father gone physically, I know that spiritually he is and always will be with me. Each day I work a little harder, overcome one more hurdle, challenge one more fear because my father led by example and taught me that nothing can hold us back because You are the problem solver.

Thank You for being my source of love, joy, strength, wisdom, intelligence, kindness, and inspiration. Thank You for loving me enough to never let me go. Thank You for blessing me with an awesome family and encouraging friends. I love You Father. To You I give all the glory. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 12.6.19

Scripture

(If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God’s church?)

1 Timothy 3:5

Reflection

If you can’t take care of your home, your family, and yourself, then how can you tell other people how to run their lives? There’s a huge difference between praying with and for each other, and prophesying to and against others. A preacher, pastor, bishop, minister, priest, nun, or monk is not closer with and doesn’t have an advantage over you when it comes to God. The same measurements He uses with you He uses with them. Some of them were called to serve and some of them chose to serve. The same is true of our everyday community leaders.

They all are still spiritual beings having human experiences just like you, so guess what? They are still exposed to some of the same temptations as you and are attacked by the “liar” just like you. They sometimes have to work harder to do right because they have a congregation or community of people that they serve that they must be held accountable to in addition to God and their family. So with that added responsibility shouldn’t they also have their personal lives in order just as they expect and preach to you? They cannot ask and expect of you what they don’t accomplish and maintain themselves. They are not granted a pass by God because they wear a special-made robe and other clothing. They are not granted a pass by God because of a fancy title that leads or follows their name.

We all must take care of our family life and maintain the level of goodness, love, joy, fidelity, honor, light, peace, and harmony that God expects. We must do this and keep this in our lives before telling others how to take care of their own lives and family. Stop giving advice you won’t take. Stop telling people what they should be doing if you won’t do it yourself. Stop claiming to have an insight when your own vision is blurred or blinded. Stop being hard-lined about issues you haven’t even resolved in your own life.

Pray for those people who judge others. Pray for the hypocrites.

Pray for those people who judge drug and alcohol addicts, adulterers, homosexuals, pornographers, and adult sex workers yet they also indulge and engage in supporting these acts and professions. Pray for those people who call the adult sex industry smut, yet they have a collection of pornography in their homes and/or offices, or get caught with a prostitute or “escort”. Pray for the ones who say homosexuals are going to hell, and then they get caught engaging in illicit “relations” with the opposite sex. Pray for the ones who go on and on badmouthing adulterers while claiming fidelity in their own relationships, yet they later get caught cheating on their spouse. Pray for those who seek the death penalty, except when it affects them and their loved ones.

Pray for all of them. If this is also you, then pray for yourself.

Because maybe it is better for these people to be silent than stand on a soapbox declaring one thing, yet living secretly another way. These same people who rant and rave about the sins of the world, and then get caught committing these same sins, don’t realize the negative impact they cause to their families, the congregation and community that supported and followed them. How can their families and community trust their own decisions in life, trust their relationship with Jesus and God, if the man or woman that was supposedly called to serve them has been a double-agent for the “liar”?

If you want to turn people towards Jesus you must be more like him. If you want to turn people away from Jesus then make your own rules and then caught breaking God’s.

If you can’t lead righteously then don’t jump to the front of the pack trying to lead the people to the promised land.

Let us all work to take care of ourselves, our family, and our homes so that if we are ever in a position to give our opinion or advice, we can do so with a clean heart and no skeletons in our closets.

Prayer

Father, thank You for today and yesterday, and I humbly give thanks in advance for the tomorrow I hope to see. Father as Your servant I strive each day to overcome temptation, to only say loving things, and to be loving in action towards others. Father, there are some servants in Your church who have taken the role of judges and messiahs over Your children. They have decided to tell Your congregation what to do, and when and how to do it, yet they don’t practice in their own lives these very commands. Father some of Your children demand of others what they aren’t willing to do or say. Father some of Your children call things abominations, yet they have been caught engaging with and indulging in these same abominations.

Lord, I pray that You forgive them as You forgive me. Lord forgive us for what we do, what we don’t know, and for those things, we turn a blind eye towards. Father forgive us for our sinful ways, for cursing, manipulating, lying and cheating, and for betraying one another. Father forgive us for those moments we follow the “liar” instead of walking alongside Your son Jesus on the path You have created. Father forgive us for not trusting in You enough to believe that You will always provide, make a way out of no way, and deliver to us the things and people we need and are to have in our lives.

Father steer those of us who are off Your path back on a straight course towards righteousness and salvation. Realign our minds and hearts with Yours Father. In Jesus’ name, I humbly pray to You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 12.5.19

Scripture

They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority.

Luke 4:32

Reflection

God isn’t mediocre and doesn’t work in or accept mediocrity, and His son was and is no exception. So why are we amazed yet not committed to following the teachings of Jesus, so that we might be closer to God? Jesus is the ultimate example that this is not a spiritual experience that we are living as humans, but rather a human experience we are living as spiritual beings.

Our next level of existence will be the return to our spiritual bodies and shedding this human shell. To get the most from our experience we must gain wisdom and knowledge through the Bible, Jesus, and other great servant leaders of our Heavenly Father-Mother. Are you ready for your next level of growth? Then pray on it and live boldly today and each day. When you prepare yourself for bed tonight, pray for God to pour into you and use you as He sees fit. Then fix your mind upon awakening tomorrow morning with an improved outlook. God bless each of you!

Prayer

Father thank You for Your son, Jesus. As Your son, Your reflection, Your way-shower for Your children; he is the shepherd and I am honored to be one of his sheep. Thank You, Father, for making sure the way to You is always illuminated and accessible.

 

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 12.4.19

Scripture

The Lord came to Sarah as He had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what He had promised.

Genesis 21:1 HCSB

Reflection

Sarah never thought that she would have a child, and even doubted God when He told her that even in old age He would bless her with one. It just goes to show why we should never doubt God, His power, His presence, or His ability. Trust. Believe. Receive.

Prayer

Father, I know in my heart that all that You intend for me to have will be mine. I pray for obedience, patience, and understanding. Cast away my fears. Lovingly I pray to You. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 12.3.19

Scripture

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry. Then the tempter approached Him and said, “If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Matthew 4:1-3 HCSB

Reflection

Don’t ever let the enemy convince you that you need to prove anything. Rebuke it and keep moving.

Prayer

Father, I pray for the strength, discernment, courage, and faith to see the enemy for what it is and to not be deceived, encouraged, enticed, lured, trapped, or manipulated into following it or falling into its ways. Let me rebuke it each time my attention is caught. In Your name, I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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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.