Breaking Bread For 9.17.21

Scripture

If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength! 

Proverbs 24:10

Reflection

We all have dreams, goals, and aspirations in life. Do you believe that one day you will get what you need and desire most? Do you believe that God will always provide for you? Then, when times get tough as they most likely will, why do we throw our hands up and declare defeat? What is faith, but believing strongly in the possibility of God doing the impossible. Is faith not also our solemn promise to stick it out through the tough times?

Let’s believe and live accordingly!

Prayer

Father, thank You for another day. Thank You for protecting me through the night as I slept. Thank You for Your favor. Lord, I ask that You continue to strengthen me. Cover me with Your peace and loving warmth. Steady my footing when times get rough. Keep my vision sharp and clear, that I might always see my goals and remain focused on reaching them. As my faith increases each day, let Your words of encouragement penetrate and destroy any encroaching fear. In Your Name and Jesus’ Name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.16.21

Scripture

Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

Proverbs 24:29

Reflection

Any person trying their best to tear you down, make you beg, cry, give in and give up, feel desperate and hopeless, and feel as they do—will only fail, if you instead turn over your cares, worries, fears, and anger to God. There is nothing He doesn’t see, hear, understand, or comprehend. He is all-knowing. He is the problem-solver. You just have to trust and believe that no matter how hard it gets, how rough it becomes, how brutal the psychological, verbal, physical, and financial beatings are—God has your back and His plan has been in full force, long before you became aware you had a problem.

You just have to release everything to Him and have faith that those individuals who have and are causing harm to you and loved ones, will be placed in a position to make a decision about how their lives will proceed— either through repentance or in total darkness. We all have choices, and even they had a choice not to take on the role of judge, jury, and executioner; and they will have a choice to give up and turn away from evil, or not. But you will play no role in that, because you will lovingly leave those matters to our Heavenly Father. So free yourself and vow to not cross into and be consumed by that negativity that breeds and grows inside of them.

The enemy wants your soul consumed by negativity and hate. Don’t give in. Don’t believe the lies. You won’t feel better if you seek revenge. You will only feel like the person you sought revenge upon. You don’t have to seek revenge. It’s a trap, set by the enemy. Turn your matters over to God. Nobody settles matters with greater clarity, force, and finality.

Prayer

Father, thank You for righting the wrongs, for making bad things turn out good, for re-directing the wicked, and making sure that I have always been taken care of even in the valley of the shadow of death. Father, You have made the crooked straight so many times that I know there is nothing You can’t do. Because of these things and more, and because of who You are, I never have to seek revenge for what someone has done or said against me or a loved one. I know that in Your time, which is always the right time, You will make things right in my favor. I thank You Father. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.15.21

Scripture

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,”Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 

Hebrews 13:5

Reflection

There’s a difference between having dreams of purchasing a car and home, and understanding they require money to secure them, than being obsessed with money to the point it becomes our god. When you will do anything to get it, money has become your god. You shouldn’t love it. You should see it as what it is, a tool, a temporary and finite resource. God provides us with money to equip us with an instrument to navigate through this world. Love Him, not the tool. Depend on Him, not the tool. Sacrifice for Him, not the tool.

There’s a bunch of rich people running around, miserable, self-destructing, because they chased the money thinking it would make them happy, whole, complete, and safe. They were wrong. Only God can. There’s a bunch of people robbing and stealing to get money. They think it’s the solution to their problems. It’s not. God is. When you think money can do what only God can do, you will always find yourself lacking.

We do not have to worry about bills when we take care of our responsibilities and have confidence in God’s ability to take care of all of our needs. If we’re going to worry then why pray to Him? Why go to church? Why read and study His Word? Why say, “God is good all the time and all the time God is good” if we don’t truly believe it and believe that He’s got things handled? So let’s do as He directs and let Him handle the rest.

Prayer

Father, I know that You will always be here for me, always protecting and watching over me, and that You will never forsake me; so I don’t have to stress over money and going without because You are my sole provider. I don’t have to feign for and desire things beyond my means, because if it’s meant for me it will be. I know that You will always meet my needs, quinch my thirst, feed my hunger, clothe me, and cover me with shelter. I thank You for taking care of me Father. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.14.21

Scripture

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”

Mark 11:22-25 NIV

Reflection

While you’re busy thinking about the worst possible outcomes, fear’s blocking you from seeing the best. Let faith guide you!

What’s the worst possible thing that could happen if we started believing, embracing and having total faith in God?

What’s the best possible outcome?

What’s the worst possible thing that could happen if we let go and let God?

What’s the best that could happen to us?

What’s the worst possible thing that could happen if we stared fear down to the nothingness it is?

Now consider the best outcome.

Wanna give it a try?

Prayer

Father, I know that I sometimes speak “big talk” and then let fear grab ahold of me. I don’t want to be fearful. I want to see past obstacles and understand the lie of fear, so that I’m never phased by it. I want to walk with Your peace in my heart and life. I’m here Father.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.13.21

Scripture

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 

1 Peter 1:15-16 NIV

Reflection

I pray for those who do evil in God’s name, for He is holy and expects us to also be holy. He is Love and that is a Love of all, and we are to reflect that Love. Jesus said that we’re to love every man, woman, and child no matter what. We are to love our enemies. Yet sadly, it is rare to find a person who does not believe in any violence, retaliation, or negative recourse on some level.

We have to work each day to become better in our walk, talk, and thinking. We have to weed out negative people and sources around us, and weed out our own negative thinking. We have to stop reacting. We need to stop over-thinking and over-analyzing, and start turning to God. I pray a great deal in my personal walk about my need to overcome these weaknesses.

If God truly came first, our world would be a better place. Ponder that.

Prayer

God, I pray to You as Your grateful and humble servant. You know all of me because You created me. So You know those moments when I am anything but holy in Your sight. I ask for forgiveness for those times. I ask for forgiveness when I was weak and blinded, and chose to follow the world, or the enemy, but not You. Mold out of me the old version of who I claimed to be, and mold into me the very person You want me to be.

I know I don’t need to do what the ‘crowd’ does to be accepted. I just need to do what You say, and follow the lead of Your beloved son, Jesus. I pray that those who fight and kill in Your name would remember Your commands and Your Word, and cease the ugliness. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.10.21

Scripture

Grace be with you all.

Hebrews 13:25

Reflection

We all have the ability to handle situations in life gracefully. We need to stop seeking revenge, plotting to “get even”, and focusing all or most of our energy on negativity and drama. There are so many shows, movies, songs, and books about the evil plots of man and woman. Our culture has bought into an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but have forgotten that it will leave all of us blind and in need of full dentures.

I have lived most of my adult life believing that the best, so-called “revenge”, is living well.

I don’t have to pursue someone in an attempt at paying them back for wronging me, because I am too busy and focused on living my life, celebrating my blessings, being thankful to rise each day and have new experiences to value and treasure. I am too focused on what God has planned for my life and what new adventure awaits than to be caught up in what someone has or hasn’t done to me or a loved one. I let go and let God handle those battles, and guess what? He always has and always will win those battles.

There has not been one person who has wronged me or a loved one who hasn’t somehow reaped what they sowed, or later recognized and repented for what they had done, and regretted taking that negative walk; and it didn’t have to come from any effort on my part or the part of one of my loved ones. It was the prayer of freedom from the drama and negativity that kept us out of the battle, and allowed God to take charge fully without interference.

When in pain, turn to God, turn to love, turn to His Light, and seek forgiveness and healing. Get the help you need from studying, learning, knowing, and living through His Word, and allow His messengers and angels to point you in the right direction. Remember it is not what people did or didn’t do to you that God will concern Himself with, as it pertains to you, but rather how you reacted, responded, and handled the situation. God deals with each person individually. Let Him deal with those people without your interference, and you just stick with doing right and demonstrating His goodness and mercy in your life.

I pray that each of you take some time out to pray, reflect, seek out God, and come to a place in your mind, heart, and life to forgive yourself for taking part in your drama, and for seeking revenge for being harmed—and then forgive those you believed wronged you. True freedom is letting go. True healing comes from freedom. Darkness and light cannot be one, for light always pushes out the darkness. God gave us night and day (not just one or the other) for a reason. Embrace your light. I love you all.

Prayer

Father, I pray for grace in all circumstances in my life. Grace under attack, pressure, pain, frustration, embarrassment, and loss. I pray to offer clemency to those who wrong me now and in the future, and for those who have done so in the past.

I forgive them for their ignorance, for the darkness that fills their hearts and minds, and the dis-ease that eats away at them. I pray that Your loving Light touches them, fills them, overwhelms them, and flows through them—that their cup runneth over with goodness, mercy, love, patience, and the kindness, courtesy, and clemency of Your grace.

Father, there are people who are in so much pain that they spend their waking moments plotting and planning how to make other people hurt the same way they do; they spend their sleeping moments living out their pain—waking with vengeance spewing out of their mouths. Father, touch them with peace. Let them see the err of their ways. Let them see the path to forgiveness of others and themselves, so that they may continue forward in healing. Prepare them to be more like Your son Jesus, and in Your Name and his I humbly pray. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.9.21

Scripture

To him belong strength and insight; both deceived and deceiver are his.

Job 12:16

Reflection

God is working on you and those who would (and are) deceiving you. So pray for the strength to walk away and not give in to their lure of darkness. Instead seek Him for comfort and guidance. God will never mislead you or forsake you. Trust in Him when you struggle with trusting others or yourself. Trust in Him because He is Truth.

Whether you’re being deceived or being the deceiver, God sees and knows all. Turn to Him and remain focused on Him, not the nonsense.

Prayer

Father, I pray for strength, restraint, protection, vision, discernment, and to be more disciplined in thought and action. Help me to overcome obstacles and to push through my mental block of fear, so that I might stand in victory.

Guide me away from those who would mislead and deceive me Father. Take my hand and lead me away from those would cause me harm. I know that You are working on them so that they may see and do right.

Show me best how to handle my situation Lord, that I may act in honor of You. I don’t want to be deceived and I don’t want to be a deceiver. Guide me in Your Truth. In Your Name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 9.8.21

Scripture

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:21-26

Reflection

In our desperate need for instant gratification we oftentimes forget that we control nothing in this world. For whatever we do to cause something to happen, God already knew the decision we were going to make beforehand, and therefore already put things into play long ago. So sometimes when we desire something so much that we go after it without waiting patiently for God, we get more than what we bargained for—but don’t blame Him for it, it was your decision to rush things on your time and pace, and not allow things to unfold as He wanted. So now we must live with those consequences, learn from them, realign, and grow from the experience.

It’s better to wait patiently on the Lord than to play the instant gratification game and be dealt a sucky hand!

We must learn to wait patiently on Him to show us the way, to make things happen, and to provide what we need versus what we want (sometimes the two aren’t the same). So pray for patience, clarity, vision, hope, faith, peace, presence, and to be present. Then wait.

Prayer

Father, thank You for blessing me with another day of experiences and opportunities. Thank You for Your constant love and affection, and for bringing me joy after pain. You know that I pray for things that I deeply desire, but I know that it is only on Your time that these blessings will arrive—or not. I wait for You Lord. I know that You will always provide what’s best for me and I thank You. In Your Name I pray as a follower and believer in Christ. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.7.21

“Never mind about your belongings, because the best of all Egypt will be yours.”

Genesis 45:20

Reflection

Some of us are hoarders of the past; hoarders of junk, clothes, furniture, trinkets, and doo-dads that are of no real use to us—especially not in the future. We can’t receive the blessings God has in store for us because our hands and rooms are filled to capacity with ‘stuff’. The only way to receive our blessings is to make space for them, by de-cluttering our lives, getting rid of the excess, walking away from the baggage, and cleaning our mental and physical houses so that nothing is blocking the way.

Let go!

Prayer

Father, I want to let go of the excess, let go of the past, and move forward in my present so that I can have a rewarding future. I want to move forward on the path You have placed before me, so I understand that I must be willing to leave behind or let go of belongings that I have acquired over the years, because You have planned to provide only the best in abundance for me elsewhere. I am ready Lord to let go; to sell, donate, and give away that which I don’t need, so that I am free to receive the new blessings that are in store for me. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.6.21

Scripture

Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils.
Why hold them in esteem? 

Isaiah 2:22

Reflection

It hurts to read and hear stories of religious leaders and politicians committing heinous and unethical acts, and their followers being shocked and horrified, because they put so much trust in these leaders. Their followers idolized them, in some ways they deified them, and then couldn’t believe they hadn’t measured up to their expectations. Desperation will sell you out every time. Trying to make someone into your savior, will set you up for misery every single time.

We put our trust and faith in things we can verify with our five senses, yet we are easily disappointed by these things because they can and do fail. We need to put our trust in God who blesses us and gives us life each day.

Our impatience and need for instant gratification impairs us, and in weakness we would rather rely on man with all of his flaws, faults, incompetencies, and hang ups, than to rely on God who is perfect in every way. We are truly works in progress—clay that has to keep being molded during a long, drawn out process. Man has limits, God doesn’t, yet we rely on the former for what only the latter can do. Let that sink in.

Prayer

Father, I am speaking into my reality now that I put my trust in You to always provide for me when I need it, and that You will place the right people and right situations before me to help me fulfill my purpose in life. I don’t need an intermediary in man to reach You, for You are always with me—listening, watching, and waiting. I thank You for blessing me with Your presence and dependable action. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.3.21

Scripture

“‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’”

Matthew 15:8

Reflection

I don’t merely want to say “I want to be more like Jesus” I want to commit to living my life more like Jesus; being loving and respectful to all, regardless of how they treat me; praying for people even when they refuse to pray for themselves or me; and thinking first of our Heavenly Father before speaking or acting upon my thoughts. I believe that if we think of God before we act upon our fears we can learn to overcome them.

We cannot thrive in life living just by intent and no true commitment. We cannot thrive in life without the priorities of God first, family second, and career third. This is not Burger King, we can’t have it our way—so we can’t substitute something for first, second, or third place and believe that life will bring endless spiritual and financial wealth.

We have to check our hypocrisy. Walk the walk or just sit down.

Prayer

Father, I don’t want to be a hypocrite. I don’t want to speak from my lips something I am not committed to in my heart and mind. I want to be fully committed to You and Jesus, walking in Your light and following Jesus’s teachings— not the world’s. Strengthen me Lord. Realign me. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.2.21

Scripture

“Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong. Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool.”

Ecclesiastes‬ ‭5:1-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection

Let’s back up for a moment. Two days ago we discussed our empty vows to God [Ecc. 5:4]. The verses above provide the needed context for verse four. The writer, or “teacher”, as he was called, was trying to help people navigate a part of their relationship with God. In verse one he cautions against rushing into the house of God rambling out prayers. He says to instead come inside and listen first. When you sit down to talk with God do you just start pouring everything out, or do you wait and listen first? Fools rush in. The wise know to wait. I too am working on this.

In verse two, he cautions to speak with fewer words. Jesus also said this when he cautioned that lengthy prayers weren’t necessary. He also cautioned against praying for public attention and making vain repetitions (empty phrases) [Matt. 6:5-7].

When we get to verse three, it sort of throws a slight curve ball because it mentions our dreams. Our rambling of prayers is sometimes because we’re just imitating what we’ve heard from others, especially at church. But oftentimes it’s because we’re overwhelmed by all of our issues and we desperately want resolution by God. Well it’s said that a person flooded by dreams is carrying around a lot of stuff. The dreams can be playing out scenarios, warning us, or planting seeds of possibility.

When you have a lot of fears, goals, desires, unresolved issues—you dream. The ones you remember may be the ones you need to examine further, or surrender quickly to God for resolution.

Let us also work towards saying more with fewer words, as the longer we speak the less is retained by others and the more we seem to be on our own soapbox. It can also be said that the more you talk, without the goal seeming to be clarity, the more it appears you don’t know what you’re saying, you’re just trying to “wing it”. Besides, when it comes to petitioning and praying to God, as Jesus made clear, God already knows our issues, concerns, needs, and desires before we ask Him [Matt. 6:8]. So why do we feel the need to ramble and babble? It’s not like He was on vacation and we need to catch Him up with all of the details. He’s more present in our lives than we are.

This analysis really helped me. I hope it helps you or someone you know.

Prayer

Father, I have dreams both good and bad throughout the day and at night when I rest. Comfort me Lord when I’m in pain by the visions of bleakness and despair. Help me to see the right paths towards resolution.

Father, help me to frame my thoughts before I speak so that I may make best use of the message, delivering fewer words with the greatest of impact. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Have an amazing weekend and Labor Day holiday!

Lovingly, 

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.1.21

Scripture

The arrogance of man will be brought low and human pride humbled; the Lord alone will be exalted in that day, and the idols will totally disappear.

Isaiah 2:17-18

Reflection

We can’t do a thing without God. He must make a way for every thought, decision or indecision we make. All that we have and all that we are, is only because He allows it. If that’s not humbling I don’t know what more to say. Think about it.

Prayer

Father, today as You continue to mold me please know that I am working on overcoming my fears, and that I want to be freed from the bondage of pride and any arrogance, no matter how minor they appear to me—for they are incredibly large to You.

I want a clean heart Lord. I want to walk with my head up high, humble in righteousness, and not in arrogance and vanity. I know that the more crooked I walk the more times I will fall, and the harder each fall will be, which will also make it harder to rise to my feet. Help me Father. I humbly pray to You this day and each day. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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