Breaking Bread For 4.30.20

Scripture

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Colossians 3:13

Reflection

If you call yourself a Christian, if you are a student and practitioner of Christ, and/or if you hope to receive God’s blessings and forgiveness, then you need to remember that life is never about you or anyone else—it’s about our heavenly Father.

Let me clarify something really quick. I know someone will ask why I wrote above and/or, so let me explain. Not everyone who prays to God refers to themselves as Christians, not all are Christians, and not everyone who reads and follows this blog is a Christian. I speak to and pray for everyone, just as God intends.

Now that you have this understanding, let’s continue with this reflection.

Do you think His son Jesus spent his days and nights complaining and reflecting on what someone did or didn’t do to and for him? Do you think he went around telling everyone what someone said about him? Did he go off on those disciples that rejected him? Did he curse and attack those around him? No, he prayed for them and accepted the fact that his experience in life had nothing to do with them or him, but everything to do with our Father.

We have become a society of victims and this has to be displeasing to God since our focus is on ourselves and not on Him. We are supposed to be tools, ambassadors, students, and soldiers in God’s army— His army not ours— His kingdom not ours! We need to stop being concerned about “me” and “I” and more concerned with God and how we can serve Him and His children.

If you find yourself seemingly repeating steps in your life, and having the same experiences it is because you have not learned the lesson God is trying to teach you. You are closed off to Him and until you release, let go, and live the life He has intended then you will stay on the merry-go-round of life.

Stop complaining and whining about what someone did to you and instead live your life righteously without blame and contempt in your heart, as Christ instructed. The person who is blameless and free from sin please cast the first stone! We’ll wait….

Prayer

Father, as I ask You to forgive me for all of my wrongdoings I stop and pray for the freedom and internal peace to forgive other people who have hurt and wronged me, whether knowingly or unknowingly.

If in case I have not truly forgiven all who have hurt me, please warm my heart so that I can freely forgive them now. I know that I can’t ask and expect Your forgiveness if I can’t forgive others. I don’t want to be enslaved by my emotions, insecurities, and ego. Letting go frees me.

My grudges, my animosity, my anger, my aggressiveness, my bitterness, and my self-victimization only block my blessings from You. Forgive me Father for not letting go of my issues with others. Forgive me for dwelling on the past. Forgive me Father for not reflecting You fully and expressing Your love regardless of how others treat me. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.29.20

Scripture

You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall

Isaiah 25:4

Reflection

What is your foundation built upon? If your life, like your home, is built on unstable ground then the moment a major storm rolls through it will suffer significant damage, and make it difficult to repair. But if your foundation is solid and you work to build up the infrastructure with a dedication to excellence, purpose, humility and care then you will notice that even if things get shaken, it continues to stand firm.

Is God your foundation? Or is money, power, your looks, your reputation, your pride, or ego your foundation?

What are you leaning on during a storm? When you’re alone and afraid who or what can you truly count on for comfort, and to provide you with a solution to your problems?

Nine years ago, I heard that a tornado was heading my way as I watched the trees and bushes outside shake violently. The lights in my home would flicker when there was a lightning strike, and I grew anxious, so I began to pray. When a lightning strike caused the house alarm and smoke detectors to go off for a few seconds I felt my heart race.

I was alone and couldn’t leave the house. Fear began to set in and I soon was scared about the “what if’s”. I prayed harder. Never once during the storm was God not present with me. I simply wasn’t truly present within myself.

“Peace be still” is not just for the stormy weather outside but also for the troubled feelings that stir up inside of us. Say a prayer today for those around you that you know and for those you don’t. And say a prayer for yourself, that you learn to quiet the storm of fear inside, that slowly cripples you as it takes your mind off of God. Make it an amazing day!

Prayer

Father, I thank You for waking me up today. I thank You for the breaths that I take and the mobility that I need. I thank You for the senses You have blessed me with and know that some may seem to work better than others— but all are perfect in Your sight.

Father, I pray today for those people who weathered through yesterday’s and previous days storms. I pray for those who suffered partial or total property damage, those who were injured, those who lost their human lives and those who lost loved ones. I pray for those whose nerves were shaken as fear filled them anticipating the worse.

I also pray for those people worldwide who weathered through yesterday’s metaphorical storms. I pray for those who will face mental, spiritual, and financial storms today. I’ve endured all of storms, countless times, and I am grateful that yesterday’s storm that tried to build a residence in my mind and heart, instead passed me by. As fear crept inside of my mind and my body began to react to the “what if’s” I began to pray to You for peace.

Even when things seem out of my control, they are always in Your control. And just like nine years ago, and times since, the storm passes, peace comes, and all is quiet and still.

Now today is a new day with new experiences and new issues to battle, but waking up today proved to me that just as I made it through yesterday I can make it through today, and tomorrow, believing in You. Thank You Father.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.27.20

Scripture

Wives, submit yourselves to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged.

Colossians 3:18-21

Reflection

If things are not right between you and a loved one— make it right, starting today.

If you are married and have forgotten the vows that you made to this person, before God, reconcile your life.

We grow, we change, we forget, but we can always find our way back to the love that binds us, when we simply take the time to pray and ask for God’s guidance.

Take your ego and pride out of the situation and let God’s loving light shine on you and show you the way. Kick your ego and pride in the rear end and ask yourself, “What can I do to make things right? What can I do to be a better child and ambassador of God?” and then do it!

Stop being concerned about what someone did or didn’t do to you, or what they did or didn’t do in your relationship. Start looking at the blessings that God has sent your way and how you can make the most of them. Start looking at how you can be a blessing to this other person and stop looking at the laundry list of things that you think you do right, and that they do wrong.

This goes for all relationships, not just romantic ones; business relationships also have to be nurtured and revitalized frequently so that they do not become stale. What we don’t work on will atrophy and die.

Don’t look at your employer and complain about how they are neglecting you, but rather look at how you can make your relationship better, stronger, and more prosperous. We look at all the positive things we bring to the table but turn a blind eye to the things we conveniently didn’t bring to the table. It’s easier to point the blame at someone else and play the victim, than it is to accept responsibility for our part in a situation, and acknowledge the ways that we could have made things better— but chose not to.

Learn to give more and you will receive abundantly. Stop giving, solely, with the expectation of receiving— you will always be left with an empty bag!

Prayer

Father, I pray for more humility and grace. I pray that my heart be warmed so that I can forgive quicker and learn to admit my wrongs and ask for forgiveness sooner. I pray for the wisdom to not make the same mistakes repeatedly and the courage to end the fighting and silence between myself and someone else. Because Father, You have shown us that our time here on Earth will not last forever in our current bodies, and for this reason, we must make due with what we have, appreciate and give thanks for our blessings each day, and squash the issues that we have with others— because tomorrow, we may not be here to make things right.

Father, I pray for the strength to overcome the fears that hold me back and keep me from expressing Your greatness. Father, please forgive me if I have not been leading the life and walking the path as You have laid for me. Re-direct me Lord. Show me the way through Your son Jesus Christ. In Your name I pray. Amen.

I love you all!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.24.20

Scripture

Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for Him…

Psalm 37:7

Reflection

Turn off the technology throughout the day to sit in silence and hear Him. Do not feel pressured or give in to having noise as your comforter and company, instead be filled with joy at the thought and reality of God filling all perceived and actual voids.

Before you start your day let it start with silence as you listen to Him; let it grow into a conversation, not your monologue, with Him.

Throughout your day look and listen for Him through the noise and darkness.

When your day comes to an end, do not be quick to fall into old religious patterns of prayer, but rather sit, and refrain from doing or saying anything.

Just sit.

For as long as it takes for you to hear, listen, process, understand, and obey.

Prayer

I am here Father.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.23.20

Scripture

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Ephesians 6:18-20

Reflection

Pray for others as frequently and intensely as you would want someone to pray for you. Have the thoughts and speak the words that best express God’s goodness, in and over every situation. Pray for God to speak through you, so that there is perfect clarity through His truth. Let there be less of you and more of Him.

Pray for His will to be done, not yours. Surrender and let go of your feeble attempts to do what you think He isn’t doing fast enough. All is on His time, not yours. Focus instead on what He has called you to do, the tasks that are still waiting for you.

Fearlessly carry yourself as an ambassador for the Lord, and resist the traps to serve as a puppet for the enemy.

Prayer

Father, I pray that I remember to always pray for others and pray that they pray for me—that we may uplift each other in Your name, and create a stronger barrier against the enemy.

I pray that I am always alert and fully aware of my surroundings, the people near me and their intentions, and that I act in accordance to Your directives. Let me hear and discern Your voice through the chaos. I pray that Your light blinds the darkness that plots against Your plans for me.

I pray that whenever I speak, I reflect Your love and grace. I love You Father and I declare my devotion to You this day and always. Amen.

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Breaking Bread For 4.22.20

Scripture

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.

Matthew 28:6

Reflection

You may be experiencing a rough time in your personal or professional life, or both. Breathe, and know that just like yesterday and yesteryear, God will see you through to the next day. Tomorrow won’t be your today because there is always something different that will happen to make this so. Be grateful for the blessing to rise and experience each day brand new.

God knows your present and your future. He’s looking to you to see, listen, discern, and obey. He’s waiting on you to be consistent and disciplined. Not just during good times, when it’s easy, but during the rough times, when out of desperation we do and say stupid things. Our relationship with God should not be a conditional one, but many of us have created exactly that, and He’s waiting on us to fix what we created. Jesus demonstrated how.

How will you demonstrate your commitment today?

What will you say to the enemy every single time it speaks to you, tries to tempt you, and tries to distract you?

What one thing, will you change today to have a stronger relationship with God?

What habit will you focus on changing and replacing?

Our relationship with God is to be active and engaging, not passive and lazy. Every single day we must commit to be a part of this relationship, working to protect and honor it. Every day, He does His part. What about you?

Are you asking for much but giving and doing little?

Does your daily walk prove that you can handle and care for both little and big things, gifts, and responsibilities? If not, then why should God give much to you, when He obviously can’t trust you with little?

We must prove that we can follow through with promises. We must prove that we can be good stewards of the smallest of things, so that progressively, God can bless us with more and bigger.

What will you commit to do today? Prove that you can handle today and then wait for His direction for tomorrow, and the days after.

Prayer

Father, Your son was tortured and crucified on the cross to demonstrate Your truth— that we are never separate from You in the flesh. To prove to the naysayers that He was not only the wayshower, the Christ, and Your son— but also that through him all people could find peace from and within Your kingdom.

If his healings did not prove Your power, grace, and mercy, then rising from the grave should have. He then resurrected, by Your power, to prove that there is no such thing as death in Your reality— but instead, we move on to another level of existence.

Father, everything that I have experienced in my short life has shown me that through thick and thin, through heartaches and heartbreaks, through sickness and health, and through moments where I’ve gone through having more money than month, to more month than money—You have been my constant source of light, seeing me through each day.

Thank you Father.

You know my needs, You know my fears, and You know the struggles that I’m enduring and still facing. I want to prove my commitment and faithfulness to our relationship. I want to be an active and obedient participant—asking you each day for my directives, following through moment by moment, turning away from distractions, and rebuking the enemies lures.

Help me to lean on You, trust in You, ignore the distractions, and walk only by Your voice. In Your name and Jesus’ name I humbly and faithfully pray. Amen.

Love you all!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.21.20

Scripture

Therefore encourage one another with these words.

1 Thessolonians 4:18

Reflection

When friends and family are having a rough day encourage them with the Word of our heavenly Father, and the messages, prayers, and reflections of His servants.

The parables, proverbs, psalms, letters, prayers, chronicles, and examples that are shared in the “good book” that we call the Bible, always have the power to help in any situation. When you may be at a loss for words, the Bible isn’t.

Then remember to do the same, open and read it, when you experience set backs, fearful moments, stressful times, and ignorant people. And if you don’t have access to a paper or electronic version, turn on some spiritual music and listen to the uplifting lyrics. Sing and dance your way out of that fog, funk, or pit. Sing and dance your way into a conversation with God.

Whether you use the Bible or a song, be willing to open yourself up to God, so that you can have discernment, clarity, and perfect understanding. When the enemy tries to lure you into a trap, grab one of these tools and get to work—rebuking the enemy as you praise God! Encourage others to do the same.

Prayer

Father, You planted the seeds, You gave us the ideas, You provided us with the tools, and I thank You. When life gets dark and dreary, when times get so tough they seem too hard to bear, the answer to all of our issues are within You, and outlined within Your Word.

Father, I don’t know why we search for answers elsewhere, why it is so difficult for us to rely upon Your guidance and wisdom; but I thank You for Your patience as we take the long route to eventually get where You pointed us initially. I love, value, and appreciate You. May my daily walk glorify You and discourage the enemy.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.20.20

Scripture

so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.

1 Thessalonians 4:12

Reflection

We were not placed on this earth to leach off of others, to have an expectancy to be taken care of by someone else, or rely upon another person to pay our bills, feed us, clothe us, and/or provide us with shelter. We were placed here to serve God, build His kingdom, to be workers and providers, and to make contributions in and to the world—no matter how big or small.

Even a married woman should never look to her husband to provide all of her needs. She should lean on God and follow His lead. She should work in some capacity either in the classroom, the community, or through employment so that she is always actively engaged and interdependent in the world. Her mind, body, spirit, and soul should be healthy and replenished from doing good and living well.

She should never place herself in the position that upon divorce, disability, or death of her husband that she is ill-equipped to provide for herself and her family. She should not be placed in a position that she is so disconnected that she becomes a liability instead of an asset, a charity case instead of a contributor to charity. Her life should not be a stream of suffering and regrets. It should instead be a stream of hope, restoration, grace, and perseverance.

The only force that should dictate and determine her life should be God, not man, nor any other spirit. In partnership with God, a wife can maneuver life’s obstacles, without being deterred from her spiritual mission. We must remember that we are first and always God’s bride, and we must live our lives accordingly. The same is true of husbands. They are brides of God, the husband, and they should always remember that to lead does not mean by force, intimidation, or manipulation. Because none of those practices are demonstrated by God, or His son, Yeshua (Jesus).

I always want to be an asset in and to my family, my community, my country, and the world. Every day I am committed to ask God what my focus should be that day, and then I must strive to fulfill all tasks that align with that focus—and ultimately, my mission.

What are you doing to fulfill your purpose and destiny in God’s master plan? How are you planning, executing, and succeeding in your day? If you have chosen to become lazy, disconnected, uninspired, unmotivated, and shiftless because of this COVID-19 pandemic—then you have forgotten your role in this level of existence. You have forgotten what you were and are called to do.

You weren’t called to binge eat, drink, and watch TV. You’re to be protecting and strengthening your mind, body, spirit, and soul. The enemy wants your soul as much as God does. If you’re content with waiting to see if you’re going to get a stimulus check or unemployment check, then who are you depending on for your livelihood and sense of security? What if you’re not eligible for the stimulus or unemployment checks? What will you do?

God has blessed you with gifts that you’re supposed to use regularly. Like muscles that atrophy, if you don’t use your gifts you forget how, and sometimes you forget that you have them. They are placed in a closet collecting dust.

There’s no such thing as luck. Some people see and use their gifts more frequently than others, and they see and seize opportunities with less hesitation. Some people are more willing to take leaps of faith, to risk their fears, and see what may come. They choose to walk than be idle. They choose to act instead of ponder. While you’re stuck in analysis paralysis, they are living with intentionality. It’s not luck, it’s obedience. God says walk, they walk. You on the other hand may ask God—when, how, why, where, for how long, and can you wait until the time is right. All the while, you’re not walking. Then you see the other person thriving in life, and you have the audacity to call it luck, trying to minimize God’s power in their lives. That’s exactly what you do when you call a blessing “luck”.

Now is the time to sit down with God and plan out your next moves, map out which free and paid online courses to take, which books to read, the people to call and connect with, and which business and career strategies to make. This is not the time to be stagnant. This is the time to be active. More active than you were pre-COVID-19. You should be looking for opportunities during this chaos, not obsessing and growing depressed over the chaos and collateral damage.

Do you not think that God would have opportunities and blessings laying before you? Will you let them become dormant, overlooked, or seized by someone else? Ask God to direct you, to show you how to maneuver each day, and how to be disciplined in your daily walk. Stop thinking you can and should be doing this alone. God is to be your lifelong partner, and He will assign various people to assist you throughout various stages. But you have to engage with Him, trust Him to lead, and most importantly, you must listen and obey. Every single day, throughout each day.

It is not your verbal testimony that helps to inspire and change the lives of others. It is your physical testimony. It’s your actions, your daily walk, your character—the manifestation of the efforts, discipline, and obedience. People are moved by what we see. You can say you’re a millionaire, but only through the demonstration of giving and living, do people believe it. Does that make sense? You can say that you’re a Christian, but do you speak and behave like Jesus? There’s your measuring stick. And ironically, Jesus never called himself a Christian. That term originated decades after his ascenscion, by those who followed and practiced his teachings. But it is a label that comes with a powerful example to model.

These are some things to ponder and then turn to God for clarity and direction. I pray the results are fruitful and abundant.

Prayer

Father, thank You for strengthening and humbling me. Thank You for teaching me life’s lessons. Thank You for Your son who has shown Your children how to work, be committed to doing right and doing good, and how to live self-sufficiently— only needing You and Your provisions. Father, I want to be the best person and Christian that I can be. I want to produce the best fruits from my labor and rely on my harvest to take care of my needs, so that I am not dependent upon anyone or anything but You and Your son. Show me how to be disciplined and focused each day, tuning in to You for guidance and replenishment, and tuning out all things that serve as a distraction. Help me to lean on You, walk as You direct, and trust without hesitation.

In Jesus’ name I humbly and faithfully pray to You today and each day. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.16.20

Scripture

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:4-7

Reflection

As clouds, rain, thunderstorms, lightning, tornados, earthquakes, hurricanes, avalanches, and tsunamis rip through your life, you should pray and praise God—and rejoice, because through these episodes there are lessons to be learned, embraced, and taught.

Through these situations comes growth and an understanding of how close and protected you are by God. He is never apart from you; always there and always knowing what you’re going to do long before you do it. Be thankful for your life. His peace transcends everything. His works cannot be matched or exceeded.

Prayer

Father, thank You. I praise Your holy name as I reflect on all that You have done for me. You lift me up when I am down, You bring solutions to my problems and answers to my questions.

You turn darkness to light, bring sunshine after the rain, kiss us with a rainbow, and wink at us with a falling star. You calm the rough waters, quiet the chaos, steady the rumbling, and make smooth the rocky paths.

Father, You bring peace during times of discord and strife. Thank You Lord for being my anchor, guide, and salvation. Thank You for loving, healing, and guarding me. I praise You Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.14.20

Scripture

My eyes are ever on the lord, for only he will release my feet from the snare.

Psalm 25:15

Reflection

We place ourselves in the situations that we’re in, in the snares that seem to keep us from moving forward. Our fear of failure or success, of not being or having perfection, and not living up to our standards and the perceived standards of others—both traps and suffocates us.

Our eyes, mind, and heart should only be focused on God as He is the only judge who determines right versus wrong, and perfection versus imperfection. He is the only source that can take our fears away and bring peace to our lives.

I find myself in situations in my personal and professional life where I feel stuck, trapped, confused, and frustrated. Sometimes I’m not sure how I will pay a bill, form more long-lasting and rewarding professional relationships to build my business, or find a place that I can truly call my home.

Guess what?

The answer is right in front of me. It always has been and always will be. My solution to life’s dilemmas comes from turning to and trusting in God. It’s crazy how we can make something so simple so complex. If you truly believe then you won’t ever have doubt. I guess we all have something to work on!

Prayer

Father, I know that You are my only source for freedom, true love, and peace. You are the only answer to the questions “How do I fix this?…How do I get out of this situation?…How do I make things right?”

Because only You can free me from the snare that I have placed myself within. Only You can free me from bondage and show me the way to the promised land. Only You can bring me peace of mind and soothe my spirit.

Every day that I rise, I am grateful that You have blessed me with another day. When I blink my eyes and can see, when I can hear the water from the faucet, when I wash my face and brush my teeth—I am so grateful. When I rub my hands together and I can feel the sensation, when I wiggle my toes and cross my legs— I am so grateful. I am grateful for the blessing to read, comprehend, and speak so others might hear and understand me.

Thank You Father for all those blessings and so many more. In Your name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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