Breaking Bread For 3.30.21

Scripture

The LORD says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you. Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control.” Many sorrows come to the wicked, but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD. So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him! Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

Psalm 32:8-11 NLT

Reflection

Look at the first two lines in the Psalm. God said He would guide and advise. No where does it say that He would cajole, drag, force, coerce, bribe, or beg us. The third sentence makes it clear the type of person who will struggle in the type of relationship He desires—a person who needs to be controlled, manipulated, and coerced into being led.

God wants volunteers. He wants us to willingly be in a relationship with Him. He wants us actively engaged and filled with joy. If being with us is like being with or bridled horse or mule, how is that peaceful? How does that make God feel knowing that we’re resisting Him and only in agreement when forced? It has to break His heart. God wants us to want to be with Him. He wants us to walk freely with Him, listening and obeying out of desire, not fear of punishment. He wants our relationship with Him to feel effortless because we just let things flow, no pushback, no abrupt turns, no raising up and bucking against Him.

As it states in the fourth sentence of the Psalm, He wants us to trust Him. When we don’t walk freely with Him we’re telling Him we don’t trust Him. How can we be the person described in the final line of the Psalm, if we aren’t willing and excited participants?

When we let go of the things we know we truly have no control over, and let God take care of the details, then we are free to do what we are called to do. It doesn’t take deep analysis, just a decision to surrender all to Him. Those of us who still struggle to believe we can control things, people, and experiences—who think we can fix things, people, and circumstances—we learn the hard, long, bit and bridle way.

This doesn’t have to be our reality.

All we have to do to be free, to truly experience joy and the weight of the world lifted off of our shoulders, is to let go of our sense of control, entitlement, and rightness—and just let God guide and advise us, and we obediently listen and follow.

Let go!

Prayer

I sing praises to You, Father. I opened my eyes and knew I was blessed yet again. Thank You. Today is a new day, and a new opportunity for me to walk uprightly on the path You have placed before me. Today is a new day to reflect Your goodness and grace. Today I can reaffirm that I will let go of things that You said You would handle, and I will only focus my attention on the things that I’m supposed to be concerned with. My path is looking clearer Father and it’s only because of You. Let’s keep walking!

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 4.29.21

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 if you hope to receive God’s blessings and forgiveness then you need to remember that life is never about you—it’s about our heavenly Father and our realignment with Him. We’re off course, not the other way around.

Do you think His son Jesus spent his days and nights complaining and stewing over 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 be aligned with Him. We need to be reflecting His love outwardly and embracing it from others, instead of wasting time dictating who is worthy of love and how it should be received.

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. Do you believe that God is your vindicator? Do you believe that He always balances things in the right? Then why are you harboring resentment, carrying around the baggage of junk that God said He’s handled? Do you believe Him or your eyes? Do you believe Him or that voice inside that keeps consuming your time with drama and negativity?

You testify to His glory but then live as though He keeps letting you down. Which is it? We say He has us but we live as though we can’t trust Him to keep His promise. Is He untrustworthy or are we not trusting? And if we don’t trust then we need to look within our hearts. There we will see our own untrustworthiness. We can’t be trusted to be faithful, committed, patient, obedient, and disciplined. We don’t realize how much we project onto others our deficiencies and insecurities. We don’t realize how we project outward and upward to God, as self-entitled, expecting the most for very little. We won’t commit the mustard seed to the ground but we want the acres to Divinely manifest.

Do you truly know Him or are you still living like a bystander who can’t yet comprehend what you witnessed?

We have choices in this life and we can waste away, withering into a bag of sullen bones, consumed by all of the things that didn’t go our way, all of the pain we won’t resolve by letting go. Or we can choose to instead live our life without blame, shame, and contempt in our heart, as Christ led and instructed. We want forgiveness yet we can’t forgive ourselves and others. We want mercy and grace but then feel self-important enough to dictate who’s allowed mercy and grace.

We struggle to forgive others because we struggle to forgive ourselves. They’re not worthy because we don’t see ourselves as worthy. How can we have the audacity to ask God to forgive us if we can’t forgive ourselves and others? We want from Him what we aren’t willing to do. So we carry the junk around, rehashing it, stewing in it, letting it dictate our every move, and giving it power to determine how we live and for how long.

We refuse to let go of the harm someone else caused us. They occupy a space in our minds for free because, honestly, misery loves company.

It’s taken me 10 years to finally embrace this understanding of #forgiveness and why my letting go and not needing anything in return is what freedom and well-being rests upon.

Don’t let the self-appointed title of Christian cause you to be ignorant enough to believe that you have the right to dictate to others about their own lives. You only have the right to choose who to associate with or not, how and where to invest your time, and how to have your relationship with God.

Life is about your journey, not controlling other people’s experiences.

Knowing the teachings of Jesus and the testimonies of those he helped, ministered, and redirected—be honest with yourself, are you a Sadducee, Pharisee, Disciple, or one of the people in the crowd just waiting to see what’s what?

The person who is blameless and free from sin please cast the first stone!

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 myself for choosing me over You. I pray 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. You are not the author of chaos and confusion. You are not a hypocrite and I shouldn’t live my life as one.

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. Help me to see myself and love myself as You love me. Help me to see and accept others as You do. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 4.28.21

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

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. 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?

Ten years ago I faced a storm that rattled me. A tornado was heading my way and as I watched the trees and bushes outside shake violently, and the interior lights would flicker when there was a lightning strike, I grew anxious and 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 paralyzes you, as it takes your mind off of God. Make today 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.

I also pray for people who weather through actual or metaphorical storms. Even when things seem out of our control, they are always in Your control. Today is a new day with new experiences and lessons, 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 each day—believing in and relying upon You. Thank You Father.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.27.21

Scripture

However, each one must live his life in the situation the Lord assigned when God called him. This is what I command in all the churches. 

1 Corinthians 7:17 

Reflection

If you don’t know what you have been called to do then you need to seek out the ways and opportunities that God has set for you to serve. Ask God for clarity and discernment. Seek His direction and counsel throughout your life’s journey, each moment of the day.

If you do know what your calling is, then you need to use your talents and skills fully, and be sure to give thanks each day for what God has given you.

Do whatever it is God has called you to do, and do it with passion, gratitude, and dedication.

Prayer

Father, You have called me to serve and to use the talents You have blessed me with. I do not want to disappoint You, so each day I will work to use my talents fully, express my gratefulness, and reflect Your love and light. Thank You Father for the opportunity to serve and be of service to You. Glorifying You is what I seek to do with every breath I take. I love You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 4.26.21

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

A lot of people overlook an important part of the first sentence in this letter to the Ephesians. The writer (who we have traditionally credited as the apostle Paul) tells the people to “pray in the Spirit” on all occasions “with all kinds of prayers and requests”. For so many of us, the phrase “praying in the Spirit” is lost on us. We may not even pause long enough to attempt to interpret the meaning, and instead gloss right over it.

Some define this act as praying with Divine help from and under the influence of the Spirit of God, “with the heart, soul, and spirit engaged in it” [according to John Gills Commentary]. While some would argue or profess that praying in the Spirit means “speaking in tongues” or speaking in your spiritual language—for those of you who get freaked out when you hear the previous phrase. Counter-arguments would point out that not everyone is tuned in and adept at speaking in tongues, so this couldn’t be the case that Paul was telling folks to do something daily that he knew wasn’t possible for everyone. But we can break down Paul’s letters a number of ways. I speak about both interpretations in my upcoming books, SEEK HIM, Volume 2 and SEEK HIM, Volume 3, so I won’t inundate you here in this post.

I’m not going to argue for one point or the other. I’m here to share the words of the faithful who obediently wrote words as guided or inspired by God. We can dig, contemplate, and argue until we’re blue in the face. The only Source with answers to our questions is God. Sit down with Him and ask away. Be open and receptive, to hear Him and not you and your biased ego. Maybe that full embrace is prayer in the Spirit. Maybe it’s not an either-or for some people. Maybe it’s a both.

Honestly, I think and believe that God has gifted each of us with the ability to speak in the Spirit, but most of us fall into one or more categories: 1) too afraid to try, 2) don’t know how to let go and let it happen, 3) don’t believe in it, 4) think it’s Satanic or some mumbo jumbo, 5) don’t think you have the gift, or 6) don’t put much thought into it.

This is the case for the majority of things that the Bible has revealed as our Truth. Jesus spoke about abilities that the majority of “religious” folk just don’t embrace fully or at all. Many think it’s reserved for a select few or only after Jesus’ return. So there’s a lot of untapped gifts collecting dust for decades because we simply don’t believe God and Jesus. But let’s reserve that analysis for another day.

For those of you who have embraced your gift to speak in your spiritual language, to tap into the Spirit that rests within you, and to naturally flow in that conversation style, then by all means do so. And I know, I know, some folks fake it and just regurgitate the sounds they hear other church folks yodel out. Look, that’s between them and God. That’s between you and God if you’re the one doing this. People don’t realize how much they’re truly missing out on when they reduce themselves to acting and performing just to fit in. God can penetrate all masks and barriers. Don’t worry about His abilities. Just focus on showing up and supporting His mission and vision through your daily walk!

I will say this—no matter what you believe about praying in the Spirit, the next line in the letter speaks about praying for “all of the Lord’s people” and I know folks can argue that until the moon capsizes, but let’s just settle on this:

Pray for others as frequently and intensely as you would want someone to pray for you. Have the thoughts, speak the words, and live the life that best express God’s goodness. And let’s end today’s message embracing the mindset of the writer of this letter. He asked that the Ephesians pray for his faithfulness and fearlessness. So I come to you today to encourage you to fearlessly carry yourself as an ambassador for the Lord. Fearlessly speak to Truth and speak to uncover the Truth, as many people ignorantly believe that they will be prosperous and victorious in lies. The enemy places high wagers on lies. Daily we must cast a light on the darkness, even if we have to do so creatively. Don’t fuel the lies. Don’t compromise yourself for the lies. Stand in the Truth!

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. I pray that I am always alert and fully aware of my surroundings, the people near me and their intentions. I pray that my heart is aligned to Your purpose and that daily I stride on the path that You set before me. I pray that Your Light blinds the darkness that foolishly plots against Your plans for me. I pray that whenever I speak I reflect Your love and grace. I want others to see You when they see me, to hear You when they hear me. Less of me and more of You. I love You, Father, and I declare my devotion to You this day and always. Amen.

Natasha

Reference: John Gills Commentary. https://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/gills-exposition-of-the-bible/ephesians-6-18.html

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Breaking Bread For 4.23.21

Scripture

Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.

The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:8-9

Reflection

Today’s message is going to require you to self-reflect and be completely honest with YOU. God already knows the truth. We’re the ones in denial. We’re the ones who keep telling lies and calling other people liars for not believing us. So if you’re ready, let’s do this!!

We can always find the negative in a situation. How many of us seek out the positive? We can always point out our weaknesses and the weaknesses in others, but why don’t we focus more on our and their strengths?

We are quick to walk away from jobs and relationships because of a few things that make us unhappy or dissatisfied, but what about the numerous things that bring us joy and satisfaction? 

If we spent more time looking for God in every situation and in every person, and within ourselves, we wouldn’t have one-fourth of the issues that we have today; we wouldn’t have high divorce rates—not even close—maybe not at all. If our focus was God then we wouldn’t have crimes and other negative scenarios.

If we truly put God first, we would only focus on people’s strengths and positives, and on God’s Light.

If you make a list of a person’s qualities or the benefits of a job, and list both negative and positive, and the positive outweighs the negative, yet you still don’t want to be in that situation, then maybe it is your undeveloped skills and weaknesses that are overshadowing things and causing the negative outcomes. Now, let’s be clear, if the work environment or the person is toxic, then by all means you must run fast and far away.

Toxic will never positively outweigh goodness and peace. It doesn’t matter how many positive traits someone has, if they are abusive then you need to keep your distance. Their great sense of humor and philanthropy does not outweigh their abusive nature. You need to give them all of the space they need to be exposed to God, without you serving as a distraction. You can’t fix them only God can. Get out of the way!

Now, removing toxic off of the list, and dealing with other matters of a far less extreme, if you find yourself nitpicking and thinking that someone or some job isn’t good enough for you, and you spend your days dissecting all the things that support this thinking, that’s you placing limits on that job and those people. Maybe you’re placing limits because someone or something isn’t perfect in your eyes. With that thinking, you most likely also place limits on yourself, blocking the blessings God has for you. Stop blocking! Perfection isn’t supposed to be the goal, the focus—we are supposed to aim for excellence and what’s true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and worthy of praise.

Some of you won’t give your heart fully to a person because they aren’t the ideal skin complexion, height or weight, or they don’t make enough money or have a college degree (or the right type of amount). Maybe they don’t match your idealized level of attractiveness or sophistication. Maybe their hair isn’t the length, texture, or thickness you prefer. Some of you push back because the person doesn’t fully align to this idealized image you have been carrying around for years, and probably decades.

Who do you know that matches your requirements 100 percent?

Unless you lived with this “perfect” person and spent every waking hour with them, seeing how they lived and treated others every moment of every day, you don’t know if they are a perfect match. And if they’re so perfect, why aren’t you with them? If they’re deceased then let me stop you now. It’s unfair to compare the present to the past, as though the past has a place in the now. It doesn’t. If God compared us to Jesus and held us to that standard to determine our salvation or damnation, none of us would survive.

I’m not a betting person, but if I were, I would bet that your idealized person was seen in a story, movie, or TV show. Or you’re only focused on the part of a person that you witnessed and only that part is what you’re gauging other people’s strengths and weaknesses. Someone did or said something that stuck with you and you now measure and weigh every person by that standard.

I know someone who does this. They heard a statement that a spouse said about their own spouse, and that statement has been the measuring stick to affirm or reject any person who could potentially be a love interest. The statement wasn’t about them yet they made the statement about them and how they want another person to see and speak about them. Basically, “Would this person say these same words about me if I weren’t standing beside them?” and if there is doubt or an undeniable feeling of “no” then the candidate is eliminated from the list, even if the candidate is currently that person’s significant other, and even if they have been in a relationship for years. If at anytime this person (that I know) doesn’t feel secure in thinking this idealized statement must also apply to them, whomever they are dating or married to is at risk of being blotted out of the relationship.

The imperfect judging the imperfect while expecting and demanding perfection. That is mania!

If this is also you, well my friends, this is also your weakness. You’re the bent screw making the machine go clunk clunk clunk. You keep focusing on someone not being perfect, not matching your requirements 100 percent. Look in the mirror. Some of you are so consumed with nitpicking that you don’t realize you’re building a fence that’s blocking your blessings. Stay in your lane and get out of God’s. He’s capable. You’re still learning, grasshopper!

Maybe you don’t know that you struggle with a perfection dilemma. You could be saying, “Natasha I’m not a perfectionist, I mess up all the time and I’m okay with it…” Or maybe you’re thinking that just because you’re not a “neat freak” or obsessive compulsive, then you’re not hung up on perfectionism. Let’s be clear. You may not hold yourself to that standard but you could hold others. Or you could be mentally and emotionally beating yourself up for falling short of perfection. Your self-talk could be damaging your soul and spirit. Maybe you don’t know this.

Maybe you don’t see yourself playing a role in the dilemma with others. You need to learn to turn things over to God and stop trying to fix things yourself! He’s the fixer, not you. Stop trying to do His job and then get stressed out and depressed when you fail. It was never your job to begin with. You keep jumping in trying to run things. Run your emotions. Run your body into shape. Run those thoughts. Just stay out of God’s lane. He doesn’t need us to run His race. He’s already done everything, He’s waiting on us to catch up.

Turn to God and focus only on His Light. He will take care of and stomp out the darkness. He will take care of the inadequacies and inequities. He will handle the realignments and remolding.

That’s what’s wrong with us and has been wrong with us, and what will continue being wrong with us in our future, if we don’t stop what we are doing right now.

We need to stop trying to do His job and only do what He commands us to do and that is to reflect His Light, embrace and share His love, follow His son, and spread His word with love and not damnation. Anything other than these things has nothing to do with us, and everything to do with Him. For those reasons we need to stay in our lane and stop trying to get into His!

Prayer

Father, You do not care for lengthy prayers or repetition of Your Name; what You care most about is our connection with You and that we mean what we say, and say what we mean. You don’t care as much about the religious rituals as You do the spiritual practices and walk.

You care about what’s in our Heart.

Father, today I will begin by only focusing on the good in things, in people, and in life. I will not focus on or dwell in the bad, the evil, the wrong, the negative, or the darkness. For if I look more to those things than to what’s inside of each scenario or person, then I can’t possibly be convinced that You and Your love can and will conquer all evil.

What I don’t like in another person I probably or most likely also see or have seen in myself. It is not up to me to fix them or try to get them to fix themselves; I am to only reflect Your Light and maybe they then turn to You to be fixed. But if they don’t, I’m not to meddle in Your affairs.

Today, I will look for Your Light in Your children, and believe that this strength I see is strong enough to squash out the darkness that tries to weaken me, them, and others. Today I start my journey of looking only for You in Your children, and only You in each scenario.

Thank You Father for touching my heart in this way. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 4.22.21

Scripture

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

Matthew 28:6

Reflection

Jesus was committed to doing his part, completing his assignment, fulfilling the prophecies His Father shared hundreds and thousands of years before Jesus was called to serve as a teacher. Jesus told his disciples everything that would need to happen and what would happen, and just as he said, three days after his lifeless body had been placed in Joseph of Arimathea’s tomb, Jesus had resurrected and wasn’t there. He proved what he and others had said about the mind, body, and spirit. He proved that limits are only acknowledged by man. There are no limits with God. That is not His reality.

Jesus never doubted God’s way, promise, protection, or presence. He is our best example of how to live obediently, fully embracing the peace of who and what we are, and to Whom we belong.

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. Be grateful that you can leave your old self and old ways behind and embrace a newness in thinking, living, and being.

Live your life in a way that when people who know you go to see you as your old self, you aren’t there. Allow yourself to be transformed. And never ever forget, there are no limits when God is in it!

Prayer

Father, Your son was tortured and crucified on the cross and he surrendered to this treatment to fulfill prophecy and to demonstrate Your truth, that we are never separate from You in the flesh. He subjected himself to the process to prove to the naysayers that He was not only the wayshower, the Messiah, and Your son—but also that through him all people could find peace from and in Your Kingdom. If his healings did not prove Your power, grace and mercy then rising from the grave should have. He resurrected and later ascended 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 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. In Your Name and Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

I love you all!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.21.21

Scripture

Therefore encourage one another with these words.

1 Thessalonians 4:18

Reflection

Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy wrote to the Thessalonian community and the verse/line above is in reference to the belief that when Jesus returned everyone would be reunited in Christ. This message was to reassure the Thessalonians to remain steadfast in their faith and to not be discouraged by the confusion, conflict, and chaos surrounding them. This was also said to calm their hearts and minds about the death of their loved ones. The Jewish people referred to the deceased as those who are “asleep”. There was hope that one day they would be awakened by the Messiah’s voice.

That letter had to inspire, encourage, and recharge a lot of the Thessalonians. It helped to keep focused on God and on living the life that God desired for them. We can learn a lot from this letter.

When friends and family are having a rough day encourage them with the Word of our heavenly Father. Turn to the parables, proverbs, psalms, and examples written in the Bible by some of His faithful followers. It is a tool that has the power to help in any situation. There’s always a story that a person can relate to. Then remember to grab that same Bible when you experience set backs, fearful moments, stressful times, and ignorant people.

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 You and I praise You today and each day. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 4.20.21

Scripture

Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 

Reflection

No matter what you are going through this very moment, leave it to God. Praise Him and rejoice in His love. If you feel unease then that is in your struggle with the “enemy” who is trying desperately to tear you down. If you are lashing out and blaming others, it is the internal conflict within you manifesting outwards. God doesn’t bring out ugliness from people to inflict on others. God squashes ugliness from within. 

God always brings peace to troubled waters and troubled times. He does not focus in the grey, the unsure, but in total declaration of right and wrong, left or right. There is only Truth, not half-truth; Love not half-love; full-time not part-time. There is no partiality with God and His love. He gives because He loves us, and He does so only with completeness and absoluteness.

God never takes a break from us and we should never take a break from Him. We should never put anything or anyone before Him. Every decision we make should come after praying to Him. Let it be His will and not your fear, pride, arrogance, selfishness, anger, pain, envy, jealousy, narcissism, or anything else.

I love you all and I am so very grateful that each day I am blessed through my walk, and through these Breaking Bread posts. Thank you for walking with me and breaking bread with me each day. May God continue to bless you, keep you, and sort out all that needs sorting in your life.

Prayer

Father, I thank You for my life, my journey, my ups and downs, and for the lessons learned, and those that I’m still learning. I realize I don’t learn all of my lessons fast enough and on Your time, so many times I make decisions without Your direction, and I find myself in a place of suffering and pain. Never alone I know, for You are always there with me waiting for me to surrender everything to You. 

Father, I realize that over the years and especially most recently, I have not been fully focused on You. You have not truly been my alpha, omega, or my center, because I made decisions that were not of Your instruction. Father I repent for making my own decisions, for following Your children rather than following You, for following flesh rather than Your Spirit.

Today I rejoice. Today I replace doubt and fear with joy and an understanding that You are my everything, so I am in need of nothing, because You are my source for all that I need. Today I rejoice because I know that You have already worked out the kinks I created. Today I rejoice because You have protected me from being dragged to the lowest depths by my ignorant ways or by trappings of the “enemy”. I rejoice because I don’t have to worry about what today or tomorrow brings, because I know that with, in, and through You, all of my needs have been and will be met.

No one and nothing will steal my joy or have me turn away from You and Jesus. Nothing and no one will manipulate me into following anything but Christ. I am more than a believer, I am a follower, I am a servant, and I am an ambassador. I will not just talk the talk but I will walk the walk. I will look past the mountains, valleys, and forests, and only see You and Jesus. 

I put my trust in You Father. You have never led me astray. You don’t deal in chaos. So I rest securely in Your Hands. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 4.19.21

Scripture

Immediately the boy’s father cried out and said, “I do believe; help my unbelief.” 

Mark 9:24 

Reflection

Kay Arthur wrote that, “Fear and doubt are conquered by a faith that rejoices. And faith can rejoice because the promises of God are as certain as God himself.” 

What more can be said after that?

When you believe in God then our fear and doubt should be nonexistent. If you believe that your life and everything in it are a result of God’s will, then why would we ever doubt His ability to do more for us? 

Why would we doubt His ability to get us out of debt, to have our debtors repay us, to protect our relationships and marriages, to heal us from all inflictions, to bring the right people into our lives, and to protect us from harm? 

If you believe in Him and what He has already done for you, then you should push yourself away from fear and doubt when times get rough and troubling. Believe in Him to make things right and to restore balance. Balance comes from God, not one ioata of your doing. The only thing it requires from you is to release and let go, so there is no resistance. 

Join me, starting today, to release ourselves to God; to resist resisting; and to fight off fear and doubt. Join me!

Prayer

Father, today I do not come to You with a worried prayer, but with a confident prayer. A confidence in You, Your son, and Your ability to do what no man, god, or spirit can do. 

I know that only You can clear my life’s pathway; make me whole; cleanse me of sin, sickness, and disease; and free me from debt. I know that only You can fill my heart with Your warming love and light, and that only You can make my eyes bright for all who look inside. Father, I know that only You can move mountains, fill empty river beds, calm storms, settle rapids, and bring life into this world and beyond. 

So I will not call out to You in fear, pain, worry, or doubt. For I know that You are never away from me and always watching over me. You know my circumstances. You know what I’m going through. You know my pain and frustration, and You know my fears. You know what I desire and what I need most. Through my obedience I know You will always bless me. 

Each day You give me life and I am most humbly grateful. Today I say this prayer to You, giving thanks for what You have already set in motion. I know that it is Your will and grace that will remove my obstacles, restore those things that have fallen to the wayside or broken, and make things right in my life. Thank You Lord! In Jesus’s Name I give You all of the glory. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Excerpt From Day 83 of SEEK HIM, Volume 1

Hi family!

Just wanting to share an excerpt from Day 83 of my book, SEEK HIM, Volume 1: Testing Your Spiritual Comfort Zone.

What day are you currently reading in the book?

Share your reflection in the comment section below.

Embrace the peace within!

Love,

Natasha

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Day 56 of Seek Him, Volume 1

Today I share an excerpt from Day 56 of my book, SEEK HIM, Volume 1: Testing Your Spiritual Comfort Zone. I hope that it lovingly reminds you to not give up on your wheat while you’re trying to get at those tares!

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Breaking Bread For 4.15.21

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 real or metaphoric clouds, rain, thunderstorms, lightning, tornados, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis rip through your life, you should pray and praise God. You should rejoice because God is with you. Nothing is too great or complex for Him.

It’s easy to see what’s wrong with situation, to identify the pain points, and what you don’t like about your life. It’s easy to freak out. But can you find the peace in the chaos? Where does your confidence lie, within God, or within the destruction that you’re witnessing?

Can you praise God through these episodes, knowing that 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. Can you truly see how special you are to God? He is never apart from you. He is always here and there, and always knowing what you’re going to do long before you do it. He has equipped you for the best of times and worst of times.

Be thankful for your life, even if it’s not the picture perfect image you dreamed of and worked hard to achieve. Instead, imagine the life that He has planned for you, and hold on to His love. His peace transcends everything. Let that peace roll over you and consume you. Then watch Him do what only He can do!

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 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 and guarding me. I praise You, Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.14.21

Scripture

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

Psalm 25:15

Reflection

Through the decisions we make, 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, success, being alone, not being loved, not being perfect or having perfection, and not living up to standards set by ourselves and others—we don’t realize that all of these fears are traps and they make us feel suffocated, and ironically, more fearful. That’s being God is absent from our minds and hearts while we’re obsessing over all of this mess.

Our eyes, mind, and heart should only be focused on God as He is the only judge who determines right versus wrong, perfection versus imperfection, and love from indifference and hate. God is the only source that can take our fears away and bring peace to our lives. God is the only answer to our questions, “How do I fix this?…How do I get out of this situation?…How do I make things right?”

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, or complete the goals I’ve set for myself. There are days when my heart aches and I wonder about the things I believe I’m missing.

Guess what?

The answer to my questions is right in front of me. It always has been and always will be. My solution to life’s dilemmas comes from turning to, trusting in, and relying upon God. It’s crazy how we can make something so simple so complex. If you truly believe and know then you won’t ever have doubt. Your testimony is the cement that locks you in the “knowing” and declaring God’s goodness, rightness, presence, timing, love, and power. When we waver we’re silencing or worse, discrediting our testimony.

I guess we all have something to work on!

Prayer

Father, I know that You are my only source for freedom, wisdom, courage, true love, and peace. You are the only answer to the questions I have about the situations I’ve entered, because only You can free me from the snare 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 I rise I am grateful that You have blessed me with another day. I am so grateful for all of the things that make me uniquely me yet all a reflection of You. Thank You Father for the blessings I comprehend and so many more. I praise You! I testify to Your awesomeness. Giving You all of the glory, in Your Name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.13.21

Scripture

He went on: “What comes out of a person is what defiles them. For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and defile a person.”

Mark 7:20-23

Reflection

What is inside your heart surfaces in your mind, and comes out of you through word, action and even inaction. If you are two-faced, a back stabber, stingy (with your money, time, and resources), arrogant, cruel, or abusive, that is in your heart and these things unfortunately define you as a person. Your character is shaped and defined by what you do and how you do it, what you say and how you say it.

If you have the means to do so, but still choose to pay people and businesses late or not at all—that is the junk that you have been collecting in your heart, that clouds your thinking. If you have to remind people what you have done for them, make them feel as though they couldn’t get what they have without you, that is the unsettled mess and darkness within your heart that is now pouring into your daily life.

Cleanse your heart, mind, and your mouth.

God doesn’t sit back and run down to you a list of things that He’s done for you. He doesn’t send you an itemized statement listing every blessing you have received to remind you of His greatness. Jesus doesn’t pop in and say, “Hey, don’t forget I let them humiliate me, beat and torture me, nail me to the cross, in front of my mother, so I could save you”.

If you choose to hold on to clothes, furniture, and other items that you no longer use, instead of donating or selling them to someone who could get the most use out of them—you are being a hoarder of stuff and a poor steward of the things God has blessed you with. We’re supposed to pay it forward, not be stingy and think we’re supposed to be satisfied continually in excess.

If you get in a disagreement or end a relationship focused solely only on what someone did or said to you and not considering your actions and words, and not considering what the ultimate purpose that brought the two of you together—then how could you ever reach a point of creating harmony, walking in God’s Light, and being Christ-like?

If it’s all about you being the victim, the martyr, the complainant—then you totally miss the point Jesus taught.

You need to look in the mirror and decide which life you want to lead—the one God has planned for you, or the one that you are currently ruining by thinking you are living right. Get aligned and let God determine if you’re righteous. It’s not your call it’s His!

Prayer

Father, I pray to You that if in me You see greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, arrogance, folly, a slanderous or sexually immoral person—please rid me and my heart of these evil ways. Purge out the filth. I only want to express the righteous qualities that come from You and Your son, and not the hypocrisies of the world in which I live. Please clean my impure thoughts, redirect my footing, and help me to see Your Light and Your desires for me. 

Let me to not be so into myself that I fail to see what You have given me and provided to me through Your children. Let me see, respect, honor, and acknowledge all of those people who have helped me each day of my life no matter how big or small the deed—for they obediently did these things through Your loving guidance and commands. Thank You Father. Amen.

Loving you always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.12.21

Scripture

The stingy are eager to get rich and are unaware that poverty awaits them.
Whoever rebukes a person will in the end gain favor rather than one who has a flattering tongue.

Proverbs 28:22-23

Reflection

Stinginess is ugliness. It’s telling God that His money and possessions are yours to use as you please. The more you hold back and ration out to others what God gave freely to you, yet at the same time casually squandering money on frivolous stuff—the closer your steps will reach the cliff of poverty.

And when you see someone being stingy, call them out on it. Don’t co-sign their behavior. Tell them to get right or get ready to be left behind, because you don’t have time for the foolishness!

Prayer

Father, You know my heart, You know my intentions, and You know that I only want what You say that I need. I share from the heart as my heart is warmed and cared for by You. I give not to receive but because my cup runneth over. And I know that it is best to give than to hoard what I can’t use. I don’t want to waste what can freely be given away.

Father, I rebuke anyone who walks on Your ground but does not have the love, grace, and mercy in their hearts to follow Your path and treat Your children as You have commanded. I will not praise them and I will not let them feel comforted in their ugliness, as I would only be honoring the opposite of what You are and what we are to model. In Your Name I pray and in Your son’s steps I choose to follow. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Day 75 of Seek Him, Volume 1

Hi family!

I’m not sure where you are in your Seek Him, Volume 1 journey, but I wanted to share with you my Day 75 reflection. I took pics of my book, lined up, bookmarked, and all! In case you’re wondering, I’m using one of my earlier edited book versions so the typesetting looks different than yours. Oh and mine has typos and little things that irked me before I changed them in your version LOL.

SEEK HIM, Volume 1: Testing Your Spiritual Comfort Zone

Anywho…I hope the Day 75 message resonates with you. When I read it I found that it was perfect timing for what I was going through.

SEEK HIM, Volume 1: Testing Your Spiritual Comfort Zone

If you just did a double-take after reading that last sentence, let me help you out.

As I’ve shared previously, when I write I’m just flowing, letting God do what He does best, and I just click clack away on my keyboard. That’s my process with my blogging and that’s what I’m doing with the books I write. I don’t really read what I’m typing. I kinda freestyle and see where it goes. I’m always amazed later on when I read what I typed, because honestly, it isn’t fully me. There’s some bold concepts, phrases, angles, and approaches that I would rarely or never use because I’m usually a little conservative when it comes to taking risk.

Heck when I read my Breaking Bread blog posts I would clutch pearls if I wore them. Taking big and bold steps isn’t my go-to strategy as fear would normally trigger me to go a different direction. That’s why when I read my book and workbook, SEEK HIM: Workbook 1, I find myself challenged and rolling my eyes with shock. See, I don’t write my blog posts and books just for you, I write them for me. My blog is my weekly journey. It’s me struggling and wrestling with God like Jacob. I just decided to bring everyone along with me to witness the showdown and my ultimate surrender. That’s what this SEEK HIM book series is all about. I’m testing myself and asking folks if they too want to take part in the experience. I’m not professing jack, I’m walking through each moment and trying to do it with complete faith.

SEEK HIM, Volume 1: Testing Your Spiritual Comfort Zone

I won’t lie, I’m terrified as to what is waiting for me in SEEK HIM, Volume 2: Going Beyond Your Spiritual Comfort Zone. And then what’s to follow in Volume 3. Because honestly, Volume 1 truly did test me. I wasn’t ready for some of the days. There were days I wanted a softly lobbed ball but I was instead thrown a fastball or curveball. Heck some days I felt a medicine ball was slammed into me. I’ve cried many days while going from the book to workbook. There have been days where I had to tell myself, “Put the book down, wipe your face, and come back later today to finish” and I did exactly that.

Of course, that may not be the case for you.

You may zoom through days that I struggled with. You may be more spiritually fit, secure, and healthier than me. You may trust God more and walk more securely with Him than I do. For you, you may say, “Bring it on sista!”

Or…

You may throw the book at the wall, like I wanted to do a few times (and did at least once) and scream, “I can’t do this you crazy woman!”

Either way, it’s all good.

God meets us where we are and lovingly guides us to where we need to be, and some parts of the path are more rigorous than others. Our endurance gets better over time and with consistent effort. I’m confident that by the time I complete SEEK HIM, Volume 3, I won’t be returning to this comfort zone. That’s too much work to backslide. I can’t get to the six-pack abs to return to the keg belly. No way no how. I’m in it to win it. I’m in it to finally be free from these shackles I placed upon myself.

How about you?

If you haven’t purchased my books, you can get them from local or online retailers. You can also find details at my publisher’s site: DOMELifePublishing.com

I welcome you, wherever you are in your journey. Let’s break bread together as we seek Him!

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.9.21

Scripture

They did not require an accounting from those to whom they gave the money to pay the workers, because they acted with complete honesty.

2 Kings 12:15

Reflection

Character.

This verse is about character. Someone was truthful, honest, and for that reason no one had to say, “Hey I need an accounting of these wages to ensure that everything is on the up and up“. It wasn’t required because the people had already proven time and time before that they were honorable, trustworthy, and never wavering in their honesty. They had never been caught skimming from the pot, overpaying one person while underpaying several others, or being dishonest in any way. They paid accurately and on time, and any deviations were obviously explained with transparency.

Can you imagine a world where we didn’t have to ask for an accounting of wages earned and paid, products distributed and warehoused—because everyone was honest in their dealings? Can you imagine a world where we don’t have to tell someone, “Show me proof” because they always walk in truth?

If people were truly honest and perceived as honest, we would have lower rates of divorce, crime, lawsuits, and incarceration. Maybe some could argue that we wouldn’t have any of those things because everyone would tell the truth and avoid the trappings that come from trying to conceal the truth. Maybe, just maybe.

These are just some interesting things to think about and consider. How would your life change if you chose to start telling the complete truth in all circumstances and to all people? Even if you know the truth will initially hurt but later be healing, would you take that risk or would you still choose to conceal the truth to avoid the initial pain?

Think about it and then let me know. Comment below or send me an email to BreakingBreadWithNatasha@gmail.com

Enjoy your day, focus intently on doing what God has called you to do, and bless someone you don’t know. I will see you back here soon!

Prayer

Father, I thank You for Your lovingkindness, grace, and mercy. Father, I pray that those who have dealings with me whether personally or professionally are always honest with me; and I pray that there is not a time in which I am dishonest.

Father forgive me for those moments when I have told half-truths or was completely dishonest with another person—whether intentionally or out of fear of hurting their feelings. Complete honesty is required of Your children and I pray that each day I am honest with You, myself, and with Your children. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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I Guess I Wanted Yesterday to be March?!?

Hello family!

I’m starting to prep today’s Breaking Bread message and a few moments ago I happened to catch a glimpse at the date of yesterday’s message. I did a double take and then I shook my head. I don’t know how I missed it but I did. I obviously wanted to go back in time, to March 8th, as that’s the date I typed.

Let me be clear, in my opinion, there’s no real significance there. Nothing special happened on that day, except of course the amazing blessings of another day of life and lessons, and spending time with a group of amazing children at the after school program where I sometimes substitute.

I will say, looking back at the Breaking Bread message for the day, it was a great message that God poured into me about being forgiven for our hidden faults. If you didn’t read it you can check it out here: https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2021/03/08/breaking-bread-for-3-8-21/

So I guess we can just chalk it up to this—I just typed the wrong month. I was one digit off. I’ve been distracted more than once while typing these messages over the years, but I would hope that my proofreading would catch something as obvious as the wrong month. Clearly, yesterday wasn’t the day for catching typos 😂

I’ve updated my post and apologize if I confused anyone, or caused anyone to overthink my message, wondering if there was some deeper meaning or symbolism, etc. Nope, just a mental slip. So laugh it off with me and let’s prepare for today’s Breaking Bread message. I will start tap tapping on my keyboard and will deliver the April 9th message soon!

Before I scoot off, I want to thank everyone who has supported me through your subscriptions to this blog, by following Breaking Bread With Natasha on social media, and purchasing the book “SEEK HIM, VOLUME 1: Testing Your Spiritual Comfort Zone” and its companion workbook, “SEEK HIM: Workbook 1”. I truly appreciate you!

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.8.21

Scripture

Wisdom is a shelter as money is a shelter, but the advantage of knowledge is this: Wisdom preserves those who have it.

Ecclesiastes 7:12

Reflection

There’s a lot of rich fools running around, spiritually broke, waiting to be financially broke—yet laughing at and mocking those without the financial means, not knowing that many of those other people are TRULY the wealthy ones—for they have the spiritual wealth that far exceeds anything the dollar could bring!

A fool with money will always be spiritually broke and eventually financially broke. Don’t be a fool. Know where your money comes from (God), your role as the manager of it, and the responsibility you have to God to seek and follow His counsel and directives as to how, when, and where to invest His money. Don’t blame God or anyone else for the stupid decisions that you made with His money. Had you followed His lead you would be prosperous, inside and out.

Consider that.

Pray to always listen and obey God’s Voice above all others. We struggle because so many thoughts run through our minds that evolve into feelings that are translated into actions. Unfortunately, when those actions are destructive, we have to realize that we weren’t being directed by goodness-God, we chose to give into the flesh—mortal mind. If we train our mind to connect with Him, we can learn to put those other voices and thoughts into other “rooms” in our mind, giving first priority to His voice. We are then less likely to take actions that counter His desires.

Pray for wisdom and the ability to discern paths you should take, and people you should form relationships with—as well as those you should avoid. When in doubt, ask God. Then wait patiently for His answer and when you receive it, get moving in His chosen direction.

Pray for blessings to come from the most unusual and unsuspecting places to remind you that there is no such thing as impossible when it comes to our Heavenly Father, and there is no predicting what He can and will do at any given moment. Pray that He always keeps you on your toes in amazement. Think of the endless joy that comes from receiving God’s surprise gifts. I mean, seriously, are you not surprised when you awaken each day?

It’s a huge gift.

We should want to sing, dance, and praise Him for another day to express His love and pay forward to others. But many of us just roll over and complain about our perceived reality of debt, COVID-19, aches and pains, failing love life, insecurities, and the burden of society. Imagine how God feels seeing, hearing, and knowing that many of us can’t even fully appreciate the heartbeats He gives us.

How special we are to feel, see, and receive His love. We’re giddy when loved ones surprise us with gifts, but God gives to us daily and we don’t seem that thrilled. Let’s never be entitled, taking Him for granted. Let’s celebrate daily, in the spirit.

Pray that you will have the chance to testify to believers, nonbelievers, and conditional believers about the blessings you have received so that your praise of God is not merely one you keep in secret—for God’s Kingdom only continues to grow when people believe, know, trust in, and rely on Him more than man, and more than the idols they worship.

Embrace today and be thankful for it. The fact that you’re here means that you still have a lot of work to do. So get to it!

Prayer

Father, I pray for wisdom and the knowledge to have discipline over my thoughts, feelings, finances, and other resources that You have blessed me with. I do not want to be a fool and think that I have the solutions to my problems when You haven’t been the Source of my counsel, Father. Money is Your tool for us and we’re to steward it, and when I don’t ask You what and how You want me to manage and invest Your money, I am simply a fool.

Father, I also don’t want my sole focus in life to be about building financial wealth; but rather spiritual wealth in which You provide me with the means of financial support and satisfaction, and through You there is an elimination of my debts and burdening interest rates. Through You I will be equipped and supported to help myself, my family, and others.

Show me how to overcome hurdles Lord. Show me how best to serve You and Your children, Father. I want to walk by Your will not mine, as success can only be defined by You, and joy only comes when we’re in alignment with You. In Your Name I praise and I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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