Breaking Bread For 7.31.20

Scripture

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33 NIV

Reflection

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

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

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

How about you?

Prayer

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

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

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.30.20

Scripture

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.

1 John 5:11-12 NIV

Reflection

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

Either you believe in eternal life through God and Jesus Christ, or you don’t. You either believe that God is the only God that can create, remove, re-imagine, heal, complete, birth, and protect—or you don’t. You don’t have to call yourself a Christian to think and live this way.

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

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

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

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

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

It’s been 19 years today since he passed and no one has stopped sharing their memories about my father, dad, and friend. We miss him yet you can’t help but smile when you think of the good he continues to do, and how great it will be to reunite with him one day and hear all of his stories and experiences. I believe this, I don’t just wish or hope. I believe.

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

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

God is Father. Jesus is Son.

Prayer

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

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

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

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

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.29.20

Scripture

Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

Psalm 55:22 NIV

Reflection

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

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

It does not make sense to only conceive of or experience being at peace when we leave this level of existence and leave behind our human shells we call bodies. Peace and joy can be experienced now. We just have to let go and take that step! I’m getting closer each day…..

Prayer

Father, I am grateful for the smile You put on my face each day when I wake up and experience all that life has to offer. Even if I only grasp things in small chunks—there’s joy in realizing that there are chunks to grasp. This smile develops more when I look into the eyes of a child, hear the laughter of a baby or an elder, and when I see Your children serving You by humbly and graciously serving others.

This smile develops more when I look into the eyes of a child, hear the laughter of a baby or an elder, and when I see Your children serving You by humbly and graciously serving others.

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

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

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.28.20

Scripture

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:10-12

Reflection

Stop what you’re doing right now and just say, “Thank You” and declare that you are God’s child, and a follower and believer in Christ. Get past the labels and categories. The only things that matter is your declaration as a child of God that you believe and follow Christ, and each day you strive to be the best you that you can be. God is in us. God is us. We are Him. We are His creations. Each day we’re learning to reveal and be Him, and avoid the trappings of the enemy. As we are molded we get better with this.

Relationships

Even if you aren’t in a relationship, thank God for preparing you for the person He has been molding for you. And get this, it doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship for it to be a life-changing one. It can be the relationship with a child. Or a friend. You may not even know this person but God is preparing the introduction.

It’s like each of us are a finger or chain link of God and when we connect with another person those fingers become linked. The more links, a chain is formed. We then see, feel, and realize our interconnection. We see and feel God in each person.

Gratitude

Thank our Father-Mother for all the blessings, good times, not-so-good times, and the downright awful times—for all of these moments are learning experiences for growth and ultimate success in every area of our life. So embrace it, be grateful, and declare that you will rise and smile each day whether the sun shines brightly or the clouds and rain match your tears.

Now smile and be a blessing to someone else today. It glorifies and pleases God!

Prayer

Father, thank You for loving me so that I may see the intensity, consistency, realness, and fullness of true love. Father thank You for sending Your son Jesus to show us how to love even when others aren’t being loving, supportive, or caring; for showing us how to love those who hate us, despise us, shame us, and envy us.

Father I praise Your holy name with an excitement that can’t be measured. You are so wondrous, beautiful, powerful, loving, giving, caring, and passionate, and I’m honored to receive Your many blessings. Thank You Father. I am joyful, hopeful, faithful, and committed to You— and committed to serving You and Your Kingdom.

Father thank You for placing someone in my life whom I can love fully, passionately, purposely, intentionally, fearlessly, and as You expect. I pray that they are receptive and open to the love that I have to offer as my cup runneth over from Your daily filling.

I will never let a day go by without praising and thanking You. I won’t let a moment pass without thinking of You and Jesus, and all that You have done, are doing, and will do for me Lord. I humbly pray, say thank You, and ask for forgiveness for all of my transgressions— in Jesus’ name. Amen.

I love you all!!!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.27.20

Scripture

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

—Galatians 6:1 NLT

Reflection

Pray for those who can’t or won’t pray for themselves. Pray for those who won’t forgive themselves. Pray for those who won’t forgive others. Pray for those who won’t forgive you.

Pray for yourself; that you learn to forgive those who have hurt and betrayed you. Pray that you can stop what you’re doing right now, and have the weight of guilt, anger, shame, pride, ego, arrogance, hate, and fear removed from your shoulders— removed from your life.

Pray that at this very moment you can say aloud or think silently the name(s) of those people who wronged you, and you can begin forgiving them. Pray for the strength to ask for forgiveness from those individuals you have hurt. Even if they don’t accept your apology or you can’t locate them, be free in knowing that you tried and took the steps towards healing, and then inhale the fresh air of God’s peace—and be healed!

You can’t control what someone else does, says or thinks, but you can control your thoughts, actions, and speech. You can determine the kind of relationship you will have with Jesus and God. You can either continue walking around in pain or free yourself and live. What do you want for your life?

Prayer

Father, thank You for giving me a forgiving spirit because I know in order for me to receive my blessings I must be a blessing. To be forgiven I must forgive. I have to stop carrying around the weight of offenses against me, and of those I committed. Guilt, shame, sorrow, anger, and vengeance, are useless weights to carry. They serve no purpose and build nothing of substance. They don’t honor and glorify You. I seek instead resolve and peace.

Thank You father for peace, harmony, love, family, and good friendships that surround me. I know that in order to receive I must willingly give. As You pour into me help me to pour into others, while I also empty out all that which is not of You.

Father I thank You for life, and another day to praise, glorify, and worship you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I love you all in Christ!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.24.20

Scripture

“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

Jonah 2:8-9 NIV

Reflection

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

How many of us can say that if we were in the same situation we would think, respond, and pray as Jonah did that day?

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

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

We should all pray for this type of focus and dedication.

Prayer

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

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.23.20

Scripture

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV

Reflection

It is easy to take the wages of our labor and immediately use them to pay bills and take care of necessities, and niceties. I get it. I do it too. The first of the two verses above says that we’re to honor God with our wealth and the first of our harvest.

Some people tithe in church, others donate to charity, others honor God by buying food or providing money to the homeless. Some of us just keep paying the bills and buying things we want. And there are those who can only pay on some bills not all, and they don’t have the luxury of buying for personal gratification. God knows each of our situations. He knows our heart and intentions. Speak to Him about how He wants you to honor and acknowledge Him.

I would like to focus on the real intention, the underlying but obvious sentiment of these verses. Those crops, our wages, are only possible because of God. We should honor Him, for without Him we have nothing. Only with Him does our wealth grow. Our cup runneth over because of His doing, not ours.

Putting God First

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

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

So I pray to God for the strength to remain focused on learning and sharing God’s Word, and being the best servant that I can be. I also pray that God strengthens you, guides you, and opens your eyes to the numerous possibilities that life has to offer. I am grateful that He has brought us together.

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

Prayer

Father, I have placed other things before You. Today I didn’t start my day with You as my center and top priority. I got distracted by circumstances and people. I apologize for losing focus.

If it weren’t for You I wouldn’t be blessed and have the gifts that surround me each day. So to honor You I will not allow anything or anyone to distract me from praying and meditating each morning and each night. I will watch how I speak, control my thoughts, and consider the outcome before I act.

I give my time first to You Lord. Amen.

Have a blessed day!

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.22.20

Scripture

The lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

Psalm 103:8

Reflection

We come off all holier than thou but fall short by lightyears. We claim we want to be more like Jesus, but we must be speaking about the Spanish guy with the same name who owns the realty company, and his wife is an architect. They live not too far away and we see them from time to time at the local gym, restaurant, or park. Yeah, it must be that Jesus, and not the one in the Bible—not the one we call the Messiah, our Savior.

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

What Jesus Could Have Done

Jesus could have gone off and started slapping, punching, and kicking his disciples whenever they got out of line or disrespected him, and definitely when they betrayed him. He could have gone off and started tearing up things when the Jews tried to put reigns on him to control when he healed the sick, wounded, and diseased. You know he had no problem turning over the tables in the temple. Jesus could have really acted a fool with the Pharisees and Sadducees, and others.

He could have slapped or punched the first soldier who walked up to him to take him into custody for his crucifixion.

But he didn’t.

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

Yes, Jesus was hurt; yes he cried, but revenge was not in his heart or on his mind. So why should it be on ours?

What We Should Be Doing

If we’re to be more like Jesus then we need to stay prayed up, rested, and ready to spread God’s love and Word around the world to anyone willing to receive it. You’re not to browbeat and force people to align with your beliefs. Love them and keep moving right along.

We should smile more even when someone’s frowning at us. That frown is their problem, not ours. Don’t let their anger and resentment rub off on you. We should laugh more because it soothes the soul. We should dance more because it’s a way of rejoicing and praising God through movement.

We should take care of our health and our bodies because they are gifts from God, and only ours temporarily. If we aren’t taking care of ourselves then we can’t possibly do the work God has planned for us. You can’t effectively help others if you’re serving as dead weight.

We need to stop living as victims and start living as ambassadors for Christ. We need to start forgiving more because we want forgiveness; and if we can’t give we can’t receive. We need to stop being so self-absorbed about what did, didn’t, has, hasn’t, is, or isn’t happening in our lives—and start living as though we’re glad to be alive, and grateful that God wakes us and protects us each day. We should be grateful each day for our family and loved ones, and for the things we take for granted— like the ability to blink our eyes.

Our Entanglement With Religion

We need to stop being so obsessed over the religion of Christianity and the denominations of it, and start being committed to Jesus’ teachings and daily walk. Jesus despised the dogma and blindness that forms through organized religion. He was irritated by the people who knew and professed God’s law, but also violators of that same law. God was changing things up and using Jesus to share it with the people, but there were so many fractured groups, that the majority of people rebuked him rather than embrace him.

Ego, pride, greed, and shame are nasty dis-eases that rot you from the inside out, and destroy anything and everything around you. So how do you think Jesus would feel knowing that roughly 100 years after his ascension, some of his followers had converted traditional and Hellenistic Jews into a new religion called Christianity?

Knowing that the same trappings and negative influences would be there, and then year after year seeing us fall into those traps, I’m sure Jesus just shook his head in disbelief, and God said, “They clearly have to learn the hard way. But I won’t come at them Old Testament style”. That of course is my opinion on how the conversation could have played out. Yes, I added some twisted humor at the end. Lighten up a bit.

Look at us now, more than 2,000 years after the ascension of Jesus, roughly 1900 years of organized Christianity, and look at the fractures within this religion. We have numerous denominations because none of us can get on one page, one accord. Everyone wants to translate it their way, speak it their way, live it their way.

But who is really doing it Jesus’ way? Who is doing it God’s way?

There’s millions of so-called Christians that Jesus will look in the eyes and say, “I don’t know you,” just as the New Testament said that he proclaimed. Jesus told us God’s revisions to law and life. But just like the ancient times, we still think we know better. So we have to learn the hard way.

Self-Reflection, Accountability, and Healing

These past several years and these past few days, I have learned a great deal about myself. I’ve learned how I deal (and don’t deal) with pain, rejection, betrayal, and shame. I’ve learned how hypocritical I can be in my judgment of others. The self-righteousness that comes from judging people based on my standards and even pointing my finger to what the Bible says, is the exact same hypocrisy that the Bible also addresses. As though I’ve never done wrong—when I have, countless times—yet I point the finger at others. Hypocrite.

Just like me, other people are being molded. Just like me, they are doing the best that they can with the resources they have, and with the depth of courage, strength, compassion, peace, hope, faith, and grit that they possess. I am no better and no worse. They are no better and no worse. We’re all trying, learning, failing, and getting back up—over and over again. I must be more empathetic. Especially because I want and need more empathy. I want to be forgiven, loved, and understood. That means I should give these things, not after it’s given to me, but immediately and without contemplation.

The child says, “I will apologize when they do first”. The adult says the same thing. We are oversized children. And you can quote the Bible all you want about putting away childish things, and that adults know better. The reality is, we haven’t let go of childish behavior and things. That’s what makes this molding process so painful at times.

I had to put myself in check HARD, and although it was a painful realization, it was one that I’m glad I discovered now and not before taking my last human breath. I keep learning more about myself and the ways that I’m aligned, or not, with God. I have past due homework assignments yet God keeps showing me grace and mercy, while I would nitpick someone else about their mess.

I didn’t like what I saw in myself and I declared I would be quick to change for the better. Years ago I made some of those changes, some were lasting and still present now, and others only lasted for a short time. Some changes were desired but never actualized. Clearly, they required too much work and commitment on my part. They required of me what I expected of others, yet I wasn’t willing to do the work. So now I face those consequences and acknowledge what I did.

Years ago when this boulder of truth first hit me, it was my mom’s constant loving guidance that helped me to see things clearer. God used my mom and other people to help me see things that I was intentionally overlooking. Over the past few days it’s been the books that I’ve been reading and reflecting upon, that God has touched my heart and mind to SEE CLEARLY. I know better and I’m striving to do better. A work in progress, just like you. Leaving the shame and self-righteousness outside next to the garbage can. They’re not meant to bring inside, carry around, and be a part of us.

Let’s start anew beginning today, right now—this very moment. Push out the negativity and let in God’s gentle light. Self-righteousness is actually a mirror into your soul, showing the world all of the things you think you’re hiding. Truth reveals all. Stop pretending and start being. Jesus didn’t walk around blaming and shaming the commoners. He pointed the mirror to the self-righteous, to the ones that knew better but kept doing wrong because they could. Watch out, because God and Jesus have the perfect mirror just for you!

Stop with the shame and guilt, and start with loving acceptance. It’s not making excuses, it’s accountability and laying the foundation for healing and growth. I’m ready, are you?

Prayer

Father, I want to be more like You. I want to be more like Your son Jesus. I want to show compassion and grace always, just as I want to receive it. I want to be slow to anger, and filled with love. I want to always see and have clarity, and rage prevents that. Rage is blinding and blocks alignment with You. Love is patient and it is You.

Father, I want to learn to forgive instantly, and not keep track of those who wronged me and their indiscretions. I don’t want my sins thrown in my face each day, so why would I do it to others? I want to be more patient and understanding. I want to stop being so quick to place blame because I am not blameless. I want to leave my judgments to Your discretion as that is not my role and purpose in life. I can choose and enforce my boundaries, and choose whom to associate with, but there is no need for me to villify and dehumanize them.

I want to live my life as You see fit. I have a lot of rough edges and I thank You for the constant molding to smooth them. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray to You and praise You. I love You. Amen.

I love you all!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.21.20

Scripture

“The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.”

Daniel 8:26

Reflection

Stay in your lane focused on you and what you’re supposed to do. If you’re busy looking over in someone else’s lane, you’re bound to crash. If you’re busy stressing over whether someone’s going to cross into or over your lane, don’t.

Let God handle that.

If you’re living in fear that someone’s going to take what’s yours, remember that it’s not yours it’s God’s, and our Father-Mother will also handle that. Just live your life today and for today.

Prayer

Father, I pray to keep my eyes and mind focused on today and what You have planned for me to do, experience, and express; not on what tomorrow could or could not bring, and not on what did or didn’t happen yesterday. I just want to stay in my lane, on the path that You have carved out especially for me, and give my all— every second of today.

I don’t want to concern myself with what someone else is doing or not doing, because You are working with them on making their way down their path, at the speed and intensity You expect of and for them.

Father strengthen me.

Fill me Lord and let my cup run over where it can never run low; and let me see and feel this as my reality, never doubting its capacity— if I’m never doubting You. Doubt in one is doubt in the other.

I pray to You and praise You in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love you all!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 7.20.20

Scripture

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…

Ephesians 1:18-20

Reflection

If we say we have faith, then we have to roll with the crashing waves and just focus on not falling off the boat. Jesus slept during the storm while his disciples freaked out watching the waves crash into their boat. Jesus knew that God would always see them through; that God could calm the waves and make things right, and has empowered all of us through love, hope, and faith to see past the storm and see it as fear and what it is—nothingness.

So to prove this fact, Jesus stood and silenced the fearful men by commanding the storm to stop the madness and be still. God has equipped us with the power to stop our own madness that bubbles up within. God has equipped us with the power to overcome fear by putting our trust in Him. God has equipped us to reign over matter with Mind. It is our fear and limited thinking that blocks us from demonstrating this Truth.

I have come to the understanding that we can’t say we have faith and are faithful but then want to pick and choose when our faith is tested. There is no convenient time to walk into a storm. We must be mentally and emotionally prepared at all times, like disciplined soldiers, to face the test whenever it comes and for as long as it lasts—no matter how intense and no matter how tired we get— we must keep marching on. Even through fear, march.

Jesus cried and screamed as he was lashed and beaten while carrying the cross. He cried and screamed more intensely as he was nailed on that cross for all the townspeople to see. Do you not think that he had fear? He pushed past it. Even through that horror he knew what he was called to do; he knew the prophecies had to be fulfilled through him. So he endured and sacrificed. He knew what he was promised by God. He knew what was on the other side of that finish line.

What are you willing to endure, to gain all that God has planned for and promised to you?

When times get tough don’t quit and walk away. Take a break, a cleansing breath, seek counsel from God and whomever He sent to you, and then take that restored energy and the information provided, and dig deep as you enter the next round of life’s boxing match. You may realize that the rounds become less intense when you take this approach.

I’m suited in my military uniform and I have my helmet, safety gear, and supplies. Let’s roll.

Prayer

Father, I smile today as I praise Your holy name. My faith is being tested as I say this prayer to You, and I rejoice in knowing that I am only going through this so that I may be strengthened and restored in Your light and presence. I know You have called on me to serve You faithfully, to never place a person or thing above You, and to remember that it is because of You that I have all of the blessings in my life.

You are all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-seeing. There is nothing going on in or around my life that You aren’t aware of, and haven’t handled long before they became my issue of concern. I release to You Father; I surrender and focus on being obedient instead of a meddler in Your business. I pray to You in Your son Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

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Breaking Bread For 7.17.20

Scripture

Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish…. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, lord, is in you.

Psalm 25:17, 21

Reflection

We all backslide from time to time; that’s what keeps us from truly demonstrating our perfectness in God and separates us from leading beautifully spiritual lives in complete peace and harmony.

Ask God to lift you up out of your situation and place you into the realm of joy, accepting with that all of the responsibilities expected of you.

To be upright your head must be up and your eyes open, your heart must be warm and softened, your shoulders must be erect and strong enough to carry the load that will come, your thoughts must be clean, and the words that come out of your mouth must be said in love and respect. Your actions must be aligned with your thoughts and words.

Ask and you shall receive.

Hold on to hope!

Prayer

Father forgive me, help me, cleanse me, heal me, hold me, comfort me, protect me, uplift me—save me from myself; save me from those who would do me harm. Save me from my fears, save me from the negative influence of others; save me from my ego, shame, and pride. In Your son Jesus’ name I humbly and faithfully pray. Amen.

Love Always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 5.16.20

Scripture

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

John 20:19

Reflection

There is always a calm before the storm; and even during the storm you should find comfort in knowing that God and Jesus are there with you. There may be days when you feel so overwhelmed that it’s difficult to breathe, to function, to think—those are the moments you need to pray for peace in your heart, mind, spirit, and soul; peace in your home and work place; peace in your personal life and in your career.

When you’re going through a rough time, keep going and just pray a little more intently. God bless you all and may He keep You encircled in His grace.

Prayer

Today I declare that I will not be consumed by fear. Not today. There is no time to be wasted paralyzed by fear, irrationally reacting, distracted and misaligned. It makes no sense, so I don’t want a part of it. Today I’m walking boldly by faith, in faith, with faith.

Father, I know You are here with me, helping, watching, waiting, and directing. I may not see the solution to my problema right at this very moment, but I trust that with and through You, my eyes and mind will connect and see clearly the blessings that You have waiting for me. Father, fill me with the peace Your son Jesus lived, and shared with others. Show me the way Father. Redirect me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.14.20

Scripture

“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the lord.”

Leviticus 19:18

Reflection

Hurt people hurt people. Let God handle the dirty work. It’s all dirty work, that’s why it feels so burdensome to you. That heavy weight isn’t for you to carry. Talk to God about it and let Him tell You if He’s going to lighten the load so you can carry something more reasonably weighted and leave the rest behind, carry a section at a time, or if He’s going to eliminate the load altogether.

We have a tendency of seeing the load and getting consumed by its weight, that we waste precious moments trying to carry it, deal with it, or complain. We don’t just sit our butts down and have a conversation with God. He already knows about the load. He knew before it manifested. He’s just waiting for you to come chat with Him about the situation.

Here’s an example that many of you can visualize and relate to today’s message:

Imagine walking into a warehouse where you work and there is one or more huge crates sitting there. What would you do and say? How would you react?

Would you immediately begin to fuss and complain?

Would you try to figure out how you’re going to move this heavy load?

Would you say, “I’m not moving that mess” and swiftly walk away?

Or would you go to your manager and ask for clarification, direction and assistance?

Hopefully you chose the latter, seeking out your manager to first determine if the load is meant for you, then to ascertain how the manager intends for you to break down or move the load, and to find out where the manager wants the load moved. You would also be seeking information on time constraints and what resources you would have at your disposal. The manager could tell you that the workload isn’t yours, but thank you for inquiring. If the load is yours, your manager will appreciate that you took the initiative to inquire rather than wait to be directed. Both ways, you sought out the manager for information and clarification.

That is what we’re supposed to do with the loads placed in our lives, whether through our actions or someone else. We need to learn to turn to God. Let Him handle the dirty work. Let Him sort out the details. Let Him delegate tasks to us, so we can focus solely on our work and not His or someone else’s.

In the example of the manager, so many people would see the crates and feel they were being wronged, mistreated, or picked on—and then seek revenge by doing something destructive or through stealing workplace resources, like money, supplies, and inventory. We are paralyzed in time and space when we allow revenge and grudges to become our way of life. There is no real progress in that space. No forward movement in life can occur because our actions have fragmented the plan, and our path has now splintered. We didn’t keep straight on the path, we veered at the fork in the road, and now we are lost and more confused. Had we only sought out God when we saw we were approaching the fork in the road. Instead we take matters in our own hands, and the majority of times when we do, recklessness is waiting around the corner.

We cheat on someone because they cheated on us— that’s recklessness. We abuse someone because we were or are being abused— that’s recklessness. The bullied person who becomes a bully. You already know what I’m going to say—that’s recklessness.

God doesn’t condone our recklessness, no matter how much you want to rationalize your actions.

We have to learn to seek out God before we react to our circumstances. Seek His authority, power, and wisdom.

God touches and changes the hearts of the sexist, rapist, pedophile, abuser, narcissist, racist, xenophobe, homophobe, etc. And if a heart doesn’t change, God also handles that. We can only change our hearts and minds, we were not delegated the task of changing other people. That’s God’s job. Stay out of His lane.

Prayer

Father, I pray that You will help me through conflicts and strife, the weight of disappointment and lack that I feel from being unappreciated or underappreciated, the burden of betrayal, the cloud of confusion, and the pain from those who have wronged me. Free me from the anger and disgust caused by my victimization. Please cast my fears away Lord.

I can be blinded by my emotions but I want to be sighted through Your intervention. I can’t control what other people say or do, but I can control myself. I pray that You help me to release my grip on the energy tied to other people’s actions. Free me from the traps of revenge and grudges. Help me to see the Light and weightlessness of letting go and surrendering all of that to You. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.13.20

Scripture

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

Reflection

Even when we have doubts and fears, and our faith and hope in life’s situations flickers on and off, one thing is constant and that’s God’s love. This is the one thing that should remain a constant for us also—our love for Him, our love for ourselves, and our love for other people—despite their faults, and regardless if whether or not they love us.

If you can’t believe and have faith in the creations, believe and have faith in the Creator. You know the vision the Creator had and has for His creations. The creations, just like you, are flawed with fear and shame. Add a lack of hope and that recipe gets more and more distorted. But you know that’s not how they were created. You know the intent and direction of the Creator. Don’t judge, form an opinion, or respond based on the actions of the creation. Speak from and walk in the Truth of their, and your, Creator. Let your hope and faith in Him guide and guard you. We keep moving, reacting, and determining our actions based on what others do and say. We need to be focused on what God does and says; what is His mission for you? What has he called you to do? How does He expect you to speak and behave? That is what you need to focus on, align to, and be rooted in each day.

I don’t have to like you to love you. I don’t have to approve of what you do or say to have love for you in my heart. Love isn’t just the act of giving and receiving, it’s also the grace and mercy embedded within that we tune in and tap into—that we all desire and seek.

Our faith should not be secured or restored based on what we see, but on the Truth that speaks to us and within us. We should be guided by that because it always stands the tests of time.

A person without hope is dangerous to self and others, because they see no use and value in life, as their faith is shattered and they are blinded by lack.

That is the power of love—in that, faith and hope can clamp on and gain strength, and momentum the longer the bond remains intact with love.

Love your family, friends, neighbors, associates, strangers, service providers, bill collectors, and your enemies. Then watch as the world begins to look different as you begin looking through a different lens. Don’t be concerned about what’s in their heart and if they love you, and show that love. Be concerned about your heart, thoughts, speech, and actions. That is the only thing you can and should be controlling. You can’t control someone’s behavior, but you can control yours. God deals with them in His own way, just as He deals with you.

So be intentional with your love. Don’t ration it. Don’t hold back. Don’t play games. Love is not a game and the heart is nothing to play with. It does not do well with double-talk. It requires authenticity. Do your best and pour your all into this experience that we call “life”. There’s no do-overs here.

Prayer

Father, I am so thankful and grateful for Your love, for it is like no other. I can rely upon Your love remaining constant for eternity. Your love is infinite, unlike anything a human can give because You give freely without keeping track of my wrongs, without expectations, without ultimatums, and without game playing. Your love for me is not predicated on whether I love You or am obedient to You. Your love is simply an “Is” without explanation.

I have faith in You that You will always provide for me, and that You will protect me from harm. I have faith in You that You will place the right people in my life at the right time, and You will remove those individuals that don’t belong in my life now or in the future.

I have hope, and I continue to hope for the best. I hope for an enduring, loving, respectful, caring, honest, faithful, faith-filled, committed and monogamous relationship with a person who also loves and has faith in You, and never loses hope in You or mankind.

My faith and my hope may be tested, and I may sometimes waver— but one thing You know Father is that my love for You never leaves and is never rattled or swayed. I love You Lord. If I didn’t love You I couldn’t possibly love myself— for You created and care for me. Thank You for Your love Father. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray to You with an abundance of love, hope and faith. Amen.

I love you all.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.10.20

Let me start off by wishing my aunt Valerie and cousin Kambria a very happy birthday. I wish you both nothing but the best, now and in the future. My aunt has been supporting Breaking Bread from the very beginning, and I’m so appreciative of all the ways that she does. I love you Princess!

~Natasha


Scripture

I am glad I can have complete confidence in you.

2 Corinthians 7:16

Reflection

This is a strong declaration. Do you have complete confidence in God? Do you trust 100% that He has a solution to every one of your problems? Do you believe that He can make a way out of no way? Do you have faith that He will help you to and through your mission? Let’s see you walk that walk!

Prayer

Father, keep working on me. I believe. I trust. I am confident You will make a way. I believe that my deadlines and obligations will be met through Your will and grace. Please redirect me when I stray. In Your son, Jesus’ name I humbly and faitfully pray today, and each day. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.9.20

Scripture

The Lord approves of those who are good, but he condemns those who plan wickedness.

Proverbs 12:2

Reflection

You are not responsible for others actions or lack thereof, but you are responsible for yourself, what you do, how you behave, and how you speak to yourself and others.

You have a choice to rise above situations or lower yourself to sling mud like a wild animal. You have a choice to do the right thing or give into the enemy’s plan. You have a choice to help others and be an asset, or you can be a liability through your selfishness, self-centeredness, and pride.

You can use your intelligence for the greater good or to plant and cultivate the seeds of evil. When you plan to do harm either through action or inaction, you are working as a servant of the enemy, not for God.

You have a choice, that’s the beauty and blessing of being God’s creation. We can choose. We also must deal with the consequences of our choice.

Prayer

Father, protect me from myself when I turn inwards and don’t reflect Your goodness. Protect me from those moments when I don’t speak up but should, and as a result I am hurt, or someone else is hurt. Protect me from others who plot and plan against me. Protect Your other children so that they do no harm to others and receive no harm in return.

Prepare and protect those coming into this world through birth, and prepare and protect those leaving this world to go to the next level of existence. Let us all see, gravitate towards, and choose to embrace and reflect Your light rather than dig our heads inside holes of darkness.

Forgive me for my sins, and forgive those who have sinned against me. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.8.20

Scripture

“Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the lord.

One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house…a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby,and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

…another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

… another messenger came and said, “…three raiding parties…swept down on your camels and made off with them… I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” …another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting…suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The lord gave and the lord has taken away; may the name of the lord be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Job 1:8-22

Reflection

Consider Job’s experience in one day, then look at your own—could you walk in Job’s shoes? Could you experience what he did and still never question, doubt, or blame God? Job lost the animals that would provide his family sustenance and keep his land lush and rich; he lost all of his servants except four messengers who came to deliver bad news; each time increasingly more horrific than the last; he lost his sons, daughters, and his brother—all in one day, yet he got on his knees and prayed to God and praised His holy name.

That is a testament to true faith, devotion, and dedication to servanthood in God’s Kingdom. I pray to one day have the faith that can withstand whatever life brings my way. Until then, I keep praying for discernment, courage and strength, having my demonstrations, embracing my blessings, sharing my testimonies, and learning my lessons.

You have to be mindful of what you say and ask for, you may just get it. When we say we want to be more like someone else, understand that comes with all of the ups and downs, bumps and bruises, heartache and loss, that they encountered to build the character, resolve, and fortitude that you admire from the outside looking in. It sounds good until we have to walk-the-walk, and then we’re crying out in pain. We feel like we’re being punished, forgetting that we asked to be tried and tested.

If you aren’t truly ready for the bumpy ride, don’t get on that wild horse. Don’t worry, God has some more suitable horses for you to ride!

Prayer

Father, I want to be more like Job, in the ways that he demonstrated his love and faithfulness to You. Even when it seemed that he was broken and would give in to satan’s attacks, he turned back to You. I want to have the faith to know that no matter what happens to me, You will never forsake me or let harm come to me; You will never let me endure more than I can handle, and You will always be by my side.

Father, I want the strength, courage, and determination to fall down and get up, I want the strength and courage to look directly at fear and rebuke it plainly without hesitation. I want to stand steadfast in Your word and light, knowing that in You I am always protected and loved. You know me Lord, You know my worth and what I’m made of. You know my weaknesses and the ways that I can be distracted and discouraged.

Whether or not the story of Job is real or designed to teach a lesson, it examines human character, and helps me to look within myself. In all of the ways I am deficient I want to be better. Please show me the way Father. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray to You this day and always. Amen.

Today is Wednesday. Touch someone’s heart today. Be a blessing to everyone you encounter.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.7.20

Scripture

…in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.

Titus 2:7-8 NKJV

Reflection

When you know right you should live right. You should be the same person in church as you are in the streets. You should be the same person you are with strangers as you are with friends and family. We shouldn’t be speaking one way yet doing another. It should be consistent and irrefutable. Naysayers shouldn’t be able to dispute you and knock you down.

A great quote shared by Corrie ten Boom, helps to balance us in our confusion and worry about living right :

Don’t worry about what you do not understand. Worry about what you understand in the Bible but do not live by.”

How deep and moving is that message? Some things we just don’t understand, and for those things we shouldn’t rack our brains trying to figure it out—for God will bring the knowledge in due time.

But for those things we do know and understand in the Bible, if we aren’t obeying what God and Jesus instructed then we should be more than alarmed—we should be working aggressively to make things right in our life.

We should be praying to God to release us from our self-inflicted bondage.

We should remove what’s wrong in our lives and replace it with what’s right. Our thoughts, speech, dress, habits, obsession with material possessions, false need for instant gratification, and our issues with honesty and loyalty—should all be purged and replaced by examples we would want Jesus to see and commend.

Each day we can work on ourselves. Each day we can embrace more love and pour into others more love. Each day we can rely less on man and human expectations, and lean more on God—and use Jesus’s example to think, speak, live and do BETTER!

Prayer

Father, I understand that I may be the only example of a Christian or follower of Christ, that some have encountered, I may be the only Bible they have ever heard, and I never want to set a bad example that will turn potential followers away.

Let my thoughts, speech, and actions be that of a dignified and loving ambassador representing Your Kingdom. Mold me Father. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.6.20

Scripture

Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.

It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall. So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

Romans 14:20-23

Reflection

“…and everything that does not come from faith is sin.” How bold is that statement? If we eat food but not based on faith that God would provide, but just in the thinking that it was luck, happenstance, or only because of our labor— we have sinned.

If we wish for something better in our life: a new home, a new job/career, a baby, a new car, marriage, a vacation, or financial wealth— yet it is a wish, strong desire, or a prayer not based in faith— but rather chance or luck, or that we alone can make it work, then we have sinned.

If we manipulate situations and people to gain what we desire, this is not faith. But according to this Bible passage, it is a sin. Your plotting and scheming is not favored in God’s eyes.

Whatever we speak, think, do, or consume should have a foundation in faith, and the belief that God will always provide a solution, a way, and a path, and it will always be on time, and in abundance. Let’s stop relying on man’s devices, laws, tricks and schemes to gain wealth, happiness, and joy. Instead, let’s turn to our most faithful Father-Mother to provide what we need and when we need it. This is supposed to be an intentional and vested relationship. Not a casual, passive, and disposable one.

What we gain through manipulation is like the styrofoam cup and plastic chair that can’t be broken down and recycled. It instead clogs and contaminates waterways, pollutes the air, kills off precious life, and becomes an eyesore. It comes back to take away the things that matter most. It doesn’t happen quickly and it doesn’t just impact you. It creates a domino effect. Just like blessings create a ripple effect, transgressions do too. Be mindful of that. Be mindful and intentional with your speech and actions.

Prayer

Father, of the verses I just read I took from this that anything that does not come from faith is a sin. Whatever done, said, consumed, or thought, which is not derived from faith is deemed a sin in Your eyes. So I pray that my thoughts, actions, deeds, and words are produced through faith not fear; faith not anger; faith not arrogance; faith not envy; faith not greed.

I pray that whatever food or drink that I consume that I show genuine thanks for the blessing, having faith that You will always provide sustenance for me each and every day. I pray this as a follower and lover of Christ, in Your name Father. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.3.20

Scripture

You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

James 2:22

Reflection

It is not faith alone, but your actions supporting your faith, that encompasses your true dedication and belief in God and what He can do to and for you.

Money and Resources

I can’t just have faith that God will deliver me the money that I need to pay my bills, take care of my business expenses, and the other provisions that I need. I have to be proactive, also making sure that I am receptive to potential blessings that may come in various forms. I have to get up each day and work diligently so that I am doing my part and showing God that I’m serious about my life, my family’s wellbeing, my career, and in serving Him. Coupled with my faith, my bills will be paid and all of the financial perks will be received.

Children

I can’t just sit around praying that God will bless me with children, I must make sure that I am doing my part to be mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially healthy—and prepared to have, raise, and nurture those children. How else will God see and know that you and I are truly prepared? Coupled with my faith in Him, He will bless me with children, as He sees fit, in whatever arrangement that He defines. God has no time limits or boundaries. God isn’t concerned about my age and what doctors, science, or society says. God determines. My responsibility is to do my part and be patient.

Marriage

I can’t just sit around and pray for a healthy, joy-filled, loving, honorable, impenetrable, and committed marriage— I must do my part to heal, nurture, love, commit, strengthen, protect, and grow within myself first. I must be supportive, receptive, nurturing, understanding, compassionate, nonjudging, trusting, forgiving, and loving of and to my partner to encourage—and receive—the same in return.

I can’t be hung up on the past, because God isn’t. He’s not still dwelling on what I should’ve and could’ve done, or what I did that disappointed Him. So why am I looking backward when the day is before me, and my future is ahead of me? What someone did to me, was done. Past tense. It doesn’t make sense to continue carrying around that weight. It doesn’t get me closer to healing, salvation, victory, or what God has planned for me. It’s just dead weight.

I don’t need to remarry to be happy and whole. I need to be in constant alignment with God. Whomever stands in accordance with that is one chosen by God to do so. It’s not for me to force or reconfigure a piece to try to make it fit some puzzle I’ve envisioned. When that piece is directed by God, it aligns without effort. Then there is peace.

With my faith and actions, I can put my trust in knowing that my relationship and marriage (if God so chooses) will be as God envisioned. I must demonstrate through thoughts, words, and deeds, the very things that I desire in and from a life partner.

Health and Wellness

My desire for excellent health cannot come from merely wishing or praying for it. What am I doing to reduce my risk of exposure to toxic things, environments, situations, and people? What am I doing to extinguish the toxic thoughts that creep in, with a seek and destroy mission?

Health is not just physical. It is spiritual, emotional, mental, and financial. It is inside-out and outside-in. It’s also the layers upon layers that we stand in strength or weakness. It’s the layers that we place or allow to be placed, by others, upon us.

Combining it All

My actions, along with my faith, encourage me to trust and believe that the health, money, resources, children, and marriage that I desire—and need— will be provided to me as God intends for me, and only when He sees fit. Faith, is not only the believing in something, it is also the patience to wait, for that which we desire, to manifest fully—on God’s time, not ours. While we wait we must work with the greatest of passion.

Now let’s put some action beside our faith!

Prayer

Father, I thank You now for my blessings. I thank You now for providing me with the money that I need to take care of my expenses and to provide the financial foundation and layers that will support and help build my legacy. I thank You now for providing me with the resources that I need to grow and become a better person.

To show my faith in You and my dedication to serving You, I won’t just sit around lazily expecting You to do everything for me; but rather I promise to get up each day and work diligently in both my personal and professional life. If I say I want more in life then I need to show You that I can handle more, by first taking care of what is before me.

Jesus showed men how to become fishermen so that they could catch their own fish, not just wait around for someone to provide them with the fish. I want to be that metaphoric and symbolic fisherman, who works hard through Your grace and will to provide for myself and my family—all while giving to those in need, so that they too will rise up to be fishermen.

I want You to know and see that I’m willing to do my part Lord. I thank You for taking care of me Father, and for freeing me from the fear that kept and keeps me prisoner in my own mind and body. I love You Father. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

I hope that each and every one of you have an amazing 4th of July. Even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, celebrate your life and everyone that you’re blessed to share it with.

Love,

Natasha

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