Breaking Bread For 10.26.21

Scripture

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

Romans 12:9 

Reflection

Always strive to do what’s right, even when it’s easier to do wrong. Always strive to be loving, even when it’s easier to be unkind. Always strive to be honest, even when a little “white lie” seems acceptable. Always walk away from a situation that you know God had nothing to do with creating. You can always tell because God isn’t the father of chaos and confusion.

We all have choices. What choices will you make today?

Prayer

Father, touch me, warm me, fill me, and protect me from harm. Let Your Light be my beacon through darkness, let Your Love overrun and destroy all evil. I pray to always turn to You, Father, even when I don’t know where my next step will take me. I hope to always trust that Your Love will never lead me astray. I love and honor You Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 10.22.21

Scripture

“Among my people are the wicked who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch people. Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not seek justice. They do not promote the case of the fatherless; they do not defend the just cause of the poor….”

Jeremiah 5:26-28 NIV

Reflection

God will level the playing field and make things right, one way or another. It will no longer be the case where we are desensitized to the images of the women, men, and children being enslaved, imprisoned, abused, tortured, victimized, and mistreated. We will not see nations with leaders who are billionaires or mega millionaires while the majority of their citizens merely exist in or on the verge of poverty.

Through prayer and active engagement in our communities, and around the world, we can do our part to help heal the pain, reveal the truth, and empower the voiceless. We have too many children in orphanages and in foster care, with countless of them never being adopted. They merely age out and face a world that was hijacked and redesigned to not protect and nurture them.

We have to pray and ask God for guidance to see how we can best help and care for our children, how we can help to destroy these trafficking rings that brutally tear away at people who are the sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers of loved ones. We are all God’s children, so yes, we are our brothers and sisters keeper. Let us never feel comfortable or content while the majority of our world is in pain.

Prayer

Father, I look around and see examples of Your children who live in pain, anguish, fear, and lack hope. I pray for those children who are overlooked, mistreated, and taken advantage of. I pray that You bless them abundantly so that they might regain hope and become sufficient and empowered in and through You.

I pray that You humble the so-called powerful so that they are reminded of Your everlasting power, strength, and presence. Remind them that they cannot steal from and take advantage of the poor, weak, unstable, exposed, and vulnerable. Touch their hearts Lord and make right the wrong. In Your Name I pray with the utmost confidence. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.21.21

Scripture

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

1 Corinthians 13:6

Reflection

Love does not cheat, lie, manipulate, deceive, harass, scheme, or plot and plan acts of evil. Swap the word love in both today’s verse and in the sentence above, and replace the word with God, and then read it:

God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God does not cheat, lie, manipulate, deceive, harass, scheme, or plot and plan acts of evil.

And since we are made by Him and are in His image and likeness, it doesn’t matter that we are temporarily housed in tents of flesh, as spiritual beings we are to speak and live as He does. We are to be like our Creator not like the one who deceives and tempts us, in order to destroy us.

Stop giving in to the lies. Stop believing them to be truth. The flesh is weak, so secure yourself in the Spirit. Walk in and live by God’s Truth. Seek the truth, speak the truth, live the truth, and in doing so you will be free from the shackles of evil.

Scripture

Forgive me Father for any wrong I have committed, for any lie I have told, for any manipulation I have taken part in, for my disobedience and double-mindedness, and for all the times I have been unloving. My fear and lack of faith keep me weak, but in Your Truth I find strength, comfort, confidence, and love.

I love and am walking in love because of Your love, because of Jesus’ love, and I thank You Father. Amen.

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Breaking Bread For 10.20.21

Scripture

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father hath set within His own authority.

Acts 1:7

Reflection

We are an impatient species. The Bible is thousands of years old, and within those pages we find countless stories of impatient people, always questioning God as to when, how, why, where, who, and what.

We are the exact same way today.

Instead we should be focused on being ready, appreciative, disciplined, and focused. We wear watches, but are late. We have calendars, and still miss important dates. We’re so busy doing one hundred things at once, that we forget some of the most important things. We want to know when we’re going to get that raise or commission at work, get the new car or home, get married, get pregnant, and get the vacation.

We’re so focused on dreams and goals, yet we don’t make the time to spend with God. We want faithful partners so we can be in committed relationships, yet we aren’t faithful and committed to God. We are easily distracted by thoughts and things of the world, yet we want God to be focused on us. How can He trust us when we can’t trust ourselves and others? How can we want from Him what we don’t freely give to Him?

The more we push God for results, the more He makes us wait. The more we interfere, the more things get derailed.

My Impatience

I was a very impatient person. I’m still working on my patience, but years ago, my impatience was embarrassing. I wanted things before I even finished conceptualizing what it was I actually wanted. I couldn’t wait for a person to finish their sentence, because in my mind they were thinking and speaking too slowly. So I either rushed them through or finished it for them.

I bought in to the fast-food, microwave-quick, way of life about everything in my life. My one, five, and ten-year plans were not to be messed with. They had to take shape at the designated times, and no later.

Some of My Past Goals

I was determined as a teen to have my first car at the age of 16, and it had to be a Ford Mustang with a red or pink bow on it. I remember in my early 20s I said that I had to be married with children by or before my 30th birthday. I remember that I was adamant that I graduated by or before I was 21. It didn’t matter that I changed my major twice.

So What Happened?

Well…I never got a car at age 16 and still haven’t gotten a Mustang. Matter of fact, I didn’t even get my driver’s license at age 16. My dad said I hadn’t passed his driver’s test yet. I didn’t get married in my 20s. It happened in my late 30s and I was divorced by age 41. Oh, and I still haven’t had children. I did graduate before I turned age 21, however, almost 10 years later I found out that there was one or two classes missing from my record that had to be completed for my degree to be officially conferred.

What I’ve Learned and What I’m Still Learning

Many of the dates and deadlines I created over the past 30 years have been elaborate, ridiculous, and stressfully draining. Some things I accomplished, and a great deal more I did not. The more I pushed, the more I expected, the more God showed me that nothing takes place before He makes it happen. I look back on things now, and I am so grateful that certain career and relationship goals I established never came to fruition. I either wasn’t ready or they simply weren’t a good fit.

God has plans for me, and just because He isn’t showing me His outline, doesn’t mean I’m supposed to make my own decisions in hope of speeding up His plan. It also doesn’t mean that I push past Him and come up with my own plans and deadlines, as though I can overrule and circumvent His plans.

Some people mold faster than others. Some people need longer because we resist Him so much and so often. I know that I’m the latter. What about you?

Over the past two years I have noticed that I am more patient, less focused on time and beating some invisible clock, and more focused on pleasing God. Why? Because I’m being forced to face some harsh realities that have humbled me to my rightful place.

I’m learning that it is He that I serve, not the other way around. And this place and space was created and made possible by Him, and I’m here because He too made that possible. I’m also learning that it is not for me to know the times or seasons. I’m only to be ready, appreciative, disciplined, and focused.

What about you? What have you learned? What are you still learning? Are you ready, appreciative, disciplined, and focused?

Prayer

Father, Your son, Jesus, made it clear that we are not to be concerned with what time of day or year that You will show favor upon us. 

You are the ultimate authority. 

You make the decisions, and determine when something will or won’t take place, and when something will or won’t be done. 

Father, being in (or maybe admittedly of) the world, I have become dependent upon clocks, watches, calendars, and seasonal changes. I have developed a certain expectancy, and because of that I haven’t realized that You reign supreme over all time, place, person, thing, and circumstance.

Things will happen when You say so. Father, show me how to free myself from my ignorance, and dependence upon the concept of time, and how I believe it impacts my life. I pray for the patience of Jesus. I pray for his humbleness and meekness. Thank You Father for answering my prayers. Amen.

Have a blessed day family!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.19.21

Scripture

In my distress I groan aloud and am reduced to skin and bones. 

Psalms 102:5

Reflection

When we think that the pressure has become too great for us to bear, we yell and cry out in pain. At that moment we have forgotten our true existence and forgotten to Whom we belong. We have forgotten Who our Father is and that we are made in and of His Spirit, formed in His image and likeness.

We are spiritual beings, yet we keep allowing the flesh and these trivial worldly occurrences to beat us down, as though God made us inferior. You have to know that lie is spun by the father of lies himself, masterfully woven to convince you that you are worthless, when he knows the truth, that we are priceless and beloved, and his jealousy and rage is what drives him to attack us and attempt to rip us from our Father. The enemy places a bounty on you, encouraging every evil spirit and being to strike in his name. If you were worthless then the enemy wouldn’t waste his time trying to destroy you and your relationship with our Heavenly Father.

When times get tough as they always will, force a smile on your face as you remind yourself that you are God’s child and no matter what you go through, He and Jesus will always see you through. Keep saying it until you feel it deep inside, until you are declaring it firmly, intensely, and with a power and passion that can’t be rocked. You weren’t birthed here to go at this world alone. These are the stomping grounds of the enemy, but God allows him and his minions to exist, so that same Power is what fuels you each day. Tap into God, remember who and what you are, remember why you are here and how God is molding you.

Speak these words aloud with me:

I am God’s child, priceless in every way. God’s love for me is immeasurable and the degree He will go to guide and protect me is incalculable. He sent His son to show us our truth and to dispel the lies of the enemy. I know that no matter what I go through, no matter what the enemy says and does, God and Jesus will ALWAYS see me through. I trust them. I lean on them, now and always.” 

Now say it again with a smile on your face. Say it until you believe it. Say it whenever you need to be reminded, and never forget to live each day demonstrating this belief through action. I love you all and I pray that through thick and thin you always keep your eyes and heart focused on God and Jesus. Don’t believe those lies the enemy tells. Tap into and hold onto the Truth, and it will free you from all bonds.

Prayer

Father, I pray that even in times of pain, frustration, grief, and anger, that I never forget that I am the perfect reflection of You; that I am a spiritual being having a human experience and not a human being having a spiritual experience; and that as a spiritual being, living in and of Your Spirit, the distress I feel is temporary and actually nonexistent.

By giving in to the distress and allowing my hope and faith to wane, I reduce myself to mere flesh and bone, and forget the demonstration that I am supposed to be having while on Earth. Help me to get and stay focused Father. Help me to see and always remember my purpose here, and to never ever ever give up on life, living, and serving You and the least of Your children, and doing so humbly and graciously.

In Your Name I pray and give thanks. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 10.18.21

Scripture

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. 

2 Thessalonians 3:16 

Reflection

Let God make you whole. Let Jesus show you the way. Pray for the stillness of peace and let that peace enhance the beautiful moments and bring comfort you in your times of need.

Prayer

Father, fill me with Your peace so that I might find contentment, regardless of the circumstances that I’m currently in or that might come my way. Help me to be more humble and more committed, like Jesus, as I face daily challenges, and deal with people who at times can be unloving and unkind.

Guide me on how to lean on You, helping to untangle my false belief in self-reliance. I don’t want to misstep and confuse idleness with release and dependence upon You. Provide the clarity and discernment, Father. In Jesus’ Name I pray with gratitude and love. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 10.15.21

Scripture

All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him. 

1 Samuel 22:2 

Reflection

We don’t have a modern-day David to rally around, to be our leader, and that’s okay. There should be a little bit or a “lotta bit” of David within you, motivating you to keep pressing onward and upward, seeking and speaking with God along the way. The same God that made David is the same God that made you. Find within yourself that which God made especially for you.

David was on the run from Saul, who had stopped being faithful to God, and because of his bruised ego and paranoia, he had every intent on killing David. He saw what God saw in David, and it made Saul jealous. For most of us, we’re not running and hiding from human tormentors. Our enemy is the father of lies and those who knowingly and unknowingly follow him. The enemy pulls the strings of people who aren’t firmly rooted in God’s foundation. Our enemy is the same enemy that manipulated Saul, causing his fear and insecurity to become so intense that he believed the only solution was to kill David, and anyone he suspected of aiding David.

How was it possible to manipulate Saul? Because the same fear and insecurity that Saul had is the same fear and insecurity that the enemy has. The enemy sees what God sees in us, and it makes the enemy bitter and resentful, determined to destroy the beloved humans that God created and made a covenant with.

The father of lies works on our mind just as wickedly, looking for ways to expose and exploit our perceived weaknesses and vulnerabilities. The father of lies is hellbent on convincing us that the lies are truth and that God can’t and won’t help us. Look at how he ramps us his efforts leading up to and during various holidays and anniversaries. During these periods, our hearts and minds are open and more vulnerable to testing, tempting, and manipulation. We’re consumed by nostalgia and sentimental moments and memories. We need to be cognizant of this plot and mindful of the importance of doubling down in our hope, faith, and obedience to God.

We’re approaching the holidays and this becomes a time when more people gain the most weight, stress out even more than any other time of the year, health concerns rise, and when debt collectors turn up the heat and get busy harassing and scaring you the most. This is the time when appliances start to give out, your car seems to have the most issues, your utility bills increase, and your patience runs thin. This is also the time when you need to bear down, kneel down, and pray to God and Jesus for strength, clarity, vision, patience, and the understanding to not only get through these times, but to overcome and thrive above them.

In Day 158 of my Seek Him: Workbook 2, I ask you to write down all of the ways that God has blessed you this year. The list should be so long that you run out of space on your paper. Even if you feel the pressures of life bearing down on you, you should also see the blessings that God is pouring in, on, and through you.

You may not have 400 people standing beside and behind you, but look around and I guarantee you have someone there. There’s someone helping, protecting, vouching, sharing, praying, and believing in you. You may be so worn out that you don’t see them clearly, but please believe that they are there, and they want your belief to far surpass theirs.

Let’s be grateful for our blessings and experiences. Let’s pray for our ability to see and use the provisions God has provided us, and pray for healing from sin, sickness, and disease.

Prayer

Father, I pray that You place before me and show me the answers to my distress, discontent, and debt. Father, help me to remedy my situation so that my life has more balance. Help me so that my debts are forgiven as I have forgiven my debtors. Provide me the tools, resources, and path out of this stressful circumstance, so that I may have a clear mind focused solely on You, and not just on me and the lack that I think I see.

Father, heal me of my inflictions. Make me whole in my sight and reality, disproving human naysayers, and turning miracles into moments of “It is” because you are. For every day and every moment is a miracle, and it is because You make it possible. Remove this fear Lord. Remove the fear of losing something. Remove the anxiety caused by fear. Remove what fear produces. Remove the pain and discomfort. Remove the shame and guilt. Free me Lord. I want a life filled with daily gratitude, no matter the circumstances or lies that the enemy tells. In Your Name I pray and praise. Amen.

I love you all and pray you find the peace within to shine as perfect reflections of God.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 10.14.21

Scripture

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. 

Matthew 7:12 

Reflection

The very things that you want and need in life, that which you hope to receive from others, the way you expect to be treated, is how you should be in return. If you want respect give it. If you want to be left with your dignity then leave others with theirs. If you want someone to treat you with grace, be graceful. If you want fairness, be fair. If you want honesty then be honest.

If you want someone to be on time to meet you, be on time to meet them, and others. If you want faithfulness and loyalty, then be totally faithful and loyal. If you want extra money, then give money freely to others who are in need. Pay your employees what you would want to be paid. Tip your service provider what you would want to be tipped. Make good faith payments so the same are made to you.

What you want you will receive when you first put it out there. Make sense? Only narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths expect something for nothing, expect the extreme from others while they do the bare minimum. Only they deem it acceptable to lie, cheat, steal, and harm, while expecting everyone else to be righteous and noble. They are in a special category, taking much longer to mold and align to God. If you aren’t in that category, then you know what to do to receive what you want and need. Now, let’s get out there, be the change we want to see, and create a world of positive reciprocity!

Prayer

Father, thank You for another day of life, freedom, peace, and a chance to make a positive difference in my life, someone else’s life, in my community, and in the world. Father, add an extra layer of strength to me today and moving forward, as I face challenges that I have avoided, or that just surfaced.

Father, touch my heart so that in each circumstance I treat others as I would want to be treated, emulating Your son’s walk through life. In Your Name and his I pray. Amen.

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 10.13.21

Scripture

When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order. 

Proverbs 28:2

Reflection

We elect officials to help govern this land from a human perspective, to provide a human touch to life’s circumstances that we created generations before, and we make worse for generations to come. Yet, we only support these good-intentioned officials in the early days or when our specific needs are met consistently. We don’t consider the thousands and millions of individuals this official must take into consideration with every decision made, because in our twisted minds he or she should be able to do all things for all people, starting first with us.

That is also why, out of desperation, we elect people who don’t have our best interests at heart. They tell us what we want to hear so that we vote for them. They even pimp us out to get more people to vote for them. Once in office, they pursue their original plans, plans that serve the interest of the few, and robs from the masses. They’re driven by fear, greed, and ego, and we are merely collateral damage. As puppets of the enemy, they align with like-minded people and claim to be sent by God to save us, all while enslaving us. Yes, they need to be removed from office. But guess what? We put them there. Whether through our vote or through our indifference and lack of civic engagement, we allowed that evil to rule over us.

We create idols and pseudo-messiahs and forget that only God can do all things, be all places, see all things, and has the power to change the impossible to possible. Our lack of commitment and devotion to God clouds our thinking and our understanding of human government, and that man is limited even as a pure reflection of God. If we want to see change in our neighborhoods, communities, cities, counties, states, regions, countries, and throughout the world we must be the change and bring about the change we want to see.

We must have the discernment, clarity, discipline, vision, and faith, to see the truth and not pursue people and things that are not co-signed and vouched for by God. If God ain’t in it, neither should you. Stop being moved by the flesh. It’s the very reason why the father of lies can manipulate you in the spirit. If we were spiritually-grounded in God, we would see and speak His Truth, and rebuke all that is not of and from Him. If we were fully aligned with God we wouldn’t elect the con artists and criminals that work to destroy the least of God’s children, and anyone who would dare protect them. If we were on the right side, none of us would be collateral damage, because we wouldn’t have people in office that would risk our lives.

We wouldn’t be operating out of fear because we would be driven by faith.

Stop chasing down idols and wannabe messiahs. Stop being so desperate to be led by man. Seek God and your proper alignment with Him. Listen to Him, not people who claim to be His representatives. You wouldn’t have to second-guess if you had a strong enough relationship with God, to just ask Him directly. If something doesn’t feel or look right, it probably isn’t. Take the time to ask God for direction and focus. Strengthen your relationship with Him by spending time with Him.

Don’t think that God doesn’t have a plan in the works that hasn’t solved every political move these corrupt players have made. Don’t think He won’t bring justice. Don’t think He won’t reward His faithful servants who try to dismantle the systems built on lies. Support Him through your faith.

Prayer

Father, I pray for my family, community, state, country, and the world. I pray that the pain, chaos, conflict, fear, hate, and rebellion would cease to exist. I still have hope. I still have faith in You and Your ability to warm every heart, lift every spirit, heal every wound, cure every disease, make the crooked straight, and bring order to mania. So today, just like every day, I pray and believe in a better tomorrow, a better world, with better opportunities. In Your Name I pray and praise. Amen.

God bless you all!

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 10.12.21

Scripture

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world. 

1 John 4:1

Reflection

There are a lot of false prophets, false images, false paths to enlightenment and salvation, false testimonies, false servants, and false tools and resources. They are placed before us as a test of discernment, faith, belief, understanding, love, devotion, and loyalty to God and His son Jesus.

Can you tell the real from the fake? Can you tell God’s angels from pseudo manifestations? Can you discern God’s voice from other voices? Can you tell when God is directing your path and when you have strayed and began following the lead of another?

You need to build a stronger relationship with God so that you’re going directly to the Source with petitions, prayers, and questions. We have a tendency to default to other humans because we can see and feel them. This is our weakness. This is how we become the prey of the enemy. This is how we get conned out of money, lured from comfort to chaos, and lose everything that was rightfully ours.

No one can tell you what’s in your future but God. No one can tell you the right person to love, date, or marry but God. No one can point you in the right direction and keep you there except God. If someone is truly a prophet of God, they speak His words not their own. But how can you tell if you don’t have a relationship with Him and the discernment to distinguish Him from others?

We have a choice given to us by God, follow Him and His Word, or follow the enemy. The choice is ours. This isn’t a Coke and Pepsi challenge. This isn’t a Tik Tok versus Instagram comparison. There is most definitely a distinct and clear difference! Who are you listening to and following? Your life depends on getting this right.

Prayer

Father-Mother God please continue to bless with me the gift of discernment, increasing my ability to see and understand the differences in and of the world, and the ability to distinguish Your Light and Word through the clutter. Father, I want to focus on doing right each day, not just for my salvation, but for Your Kingdom and in my devotion to You.

Lord I know each day I am tempted by thoughts, voices, images, and words displayed in advertising, media, online, and in books and magazines, but I know that my discernment will help me to connect with You and disregard the rest. Let my relationship with You and Jesus be all that I need for spiritual comfort, enlightenment, and guidance. Thank You Father. Amen.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 10.11.21

Scripture

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 

Exodus 14:13 

Reflection

The bondage of today will be freedom tomorrow as long as you turn your cares, worries, and fears over to the Lord to handle. What is rightfully yours will be yours, and you can never lose what is rightfully yours. What is meant to be God will bring to fruition without your doing, persuasion, manipulation, or bargaining.

Let Him handle the people who attempt to stunt your growth, control you, or harm you. He can touch and change their hearts or remove them from your space and place.

Look at your current situation and if it needs improvement, even drastically, know that God has it handled, and it was taken care of long before you became aware of the circumstances. Everything we need in life God has already provided, we just need to see them and embrace our blessings as they are delivered before us.

How long? Not long. 

Not long, before you and I are delivered from these shackles of fear, shame, pain, guilt, sorrow, and frustration. Not long indeed. For God has already worked things out for us. We just have to open our eyes and look through the lens of faith to see clearly that we are already free!

Lovingly, I share this message with you. I hope that something I said has touched your heart, opened your eyes, and shed light on your today and tomorrow. We must let go of thinking about yesterday and what woulda, coulda, and shoulda happened had we done this or that. We must let go of the past and what someone did or didn’t do to us, and live in the present of what God is providing for us today.

We are free my brothers and sisters. We are free!

Prayer

Father, today I pray for deliverance from fear, shame, pain, resentment, negativity, and all other things that would bind me to lies. I want to be comforted in You when I encounter rejection, betrayal, ignorance, lies, and deceit. Help me to quickly see and cling to Your Truth.

Father, free me from the grip of those who use me for their own personal gain. Free me from those who take me for granted. Open my eyes Lord so that I can discern and fully embrace what’s before me. I want to be restored to my rightful place. In Your Name I pray and praise. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 10.8.21

Scripture

“…one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 3:13–14

Reflection

We will always be faced with experiences and situations of discomfort, as long as we walk this Earth in human form. It is what we do, how we respond, what we think, and what we say during these moments that will either deliver us or push us farther into the depths of darkness.

Years ago, my friend Kenya forwarded a message to me that said, “Get past the past by choosing right thoughts because God has victory and blessings in store for your future” and if you truly believe that God will never forsake you, never leave you, and never put more on you than you can handle, then you should always keep your eyes on the prize— with images and sounds of victory flowing through your mind.

Let God handle those who have mistreated you, lied to you, misled and deceived you, harmed you, and betrayed you. Those are not your battles, they are His. He is the judge. He is the scale balancer. He is the healer. Leave His work to Him.

It is not your will but His will that makes all things possible. I must remind myself of this daily as the unexpected comes my way. I must pause from time to time and close my eyes as I pray for God to make things right. I sometimes sit in silence, in reflection and meditation, tuning out the rest of the world, focusing on God and Jesus, and what they would expect of me.

It is not wise to always speak your first or even second thought. It is not wise to always react immediately when a situation arises. There must be a balanced approach of thought without analysis paralysis. Remember that what we say and do can’t be erased or changed once the trigger has been pulled. It is not the quickness of our response, but the thoughtful intentionality of how we respond to circumstances that matter.

Don’t let fear control you. Don’t let the past haunt you. Don’t let someone else’s image of you dictate how you see yourself. How does God see you? That should be your point of focus. Never forget who and what you are, and then it’s easier to see the past as a culmination of lessons and blessings, the future as something to hope for, and the present as something to revel in.

Prayer

Father, I pray to You not only for myself but for my brothers and sisters in Christ, and for those who haven’t grown to fully believe in You and Your Word. Father, You know that I have had my share of ups and downs over the days, weeks, months, and years. You know that each time I fall down whether on my knees or on my face, with Your help, I’ve always gotten back up on my feet.

Father, as I walk through the forest of fear I have to remain focused on what is in front of me and not behind me. Help me to be free and to move forward, to heal, to grow, and to be released from feelings of guilt, shame, anger, and disappointment. In Your glorious Name I pray. Amen.

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.7.21

Scripture

I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze. 

Leviticus 26:19 

Reflection

The book of Leviticus covers the laws and regulations that God outlined for the people of Israel. Leviticus 26 outlines the rewards for obedience (1-13), the punishment for disobedience (14-39), how to redeem themselves (40-41) and then the reiteration of God’s covenant with them (42-45).

God is intentional and direct. He despises all traits, characteristics, and behaviors that resemble the enemy, the father of lies. Pride happens to be one of those things that are not of God, so it’s no wonder He gets ticked off when we embrace that energy. It’s us rejecting Him and rejecting who we are in Him.

Don’t be so full of pride that you refuse to ask for or receive help. Don’t be so full of pride that you become self-centered and fall into the trap of self-adulation, believing that you are and you have because of your efforts. Don’t listen to the lies that would stubbornly have you live within yourself, hidden from interacting with God’s creations, never living freely in the world.

You cannot hide from God. You can’t hide your fears, disappointments, anger, frustration, pain, sorrow, resentment, pride, love, joy, happiness, desires, envy, jealousy, greed, contentment, irritation, goals, dreams, or ideas. So stop trying to be something and someone you’re not. Open up, reveal yourself, and humbly ask the Lord to make you whole. Ask God to make the crookedness in your life straight, the bumpiness smooth, the torn mended, and ask for help to be all that you can be— whole and complete within Him.

Prayer

Father, thank You for making the necessary adjustments in my life, even those that cause me discomfort. Thank You for chipping away at my rough sides and anointing me so that my heart may soften to Your molding. Father, I do not want to be stubborn, prideful, arrogant, or bitter. Touch me Lord. In areas and ways that I displease You, where I’m not aligned with You, make me right and whole. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 10.6.21

Scripture

And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!”
“Here I am,” he replied. 

Genesis 46:2

Reflection

When you hear that voice telling you to do something great, or not do something foolish, do you listen and obey? When you hear your name but no one acknowledges that they called on you, do you stop and seek out God?

When you are awakened late at night or early morning by a voice, a shift, a stir—yet no one is there, do you stop and pray for God to reveal what He wants you to see or hear?

Do you acknowledge that it is not your mind but His Mind that makes all things possible in your life? Do you acknowledge that the grace and favor in your life is not by your doing, but by God’s? Do you acknowledge that the gentle yet firm voice you hear, pointing you in the right direction is His? Do you acknowledge that only through His son Jesus Christ will you find your way, know the truth, see the correct model to replicate, and reach the promised land of eternal life?

If you have doubts about any of this then you must prepare yourself for the next level of faith that Jesus and God will guide you through. If you are a non-believer you must prepare to walk into the understanding of belief. If you are a conditional believer you must prepare to walk into the understanding of God’s unconditional love and the blessings that come from your complete belief in Him and what He has, is, can, and will do for you. If you are a believer you must be prepared for an even greater level of faith-walking—without question, hesitation, second-guessing, manipulation, or backing down.

Are you ready for the next level?

Are you ready to tune out those who are not yet at your level and do not understand that what God has called on you to do is for you to realize and fulfill, not them? Are you ready to demonstrate and testify to your healings and revelations through Christ? The most difficult thing is not saying you’re a believer—it’s answering and obeying Him without delay, and living your life as He desires.

We can start by daily testifying to and demonstrating through love, God’s power, dominion, will, and grace over and in our lives. Are you ready?

Prayer

Father, I want to always be in tune with You, connected, and ready every moment, for whenever You call on me faintly or boldly. While I sleep I pray that I might always hear You, let my dreams work through any issues and let them plant the seeds of innovative and bold thinking.

Lord, I want to thank You for all that You are doing to change me, to mold me, to make me the best person that I can be. Thank You for the provisions that have sustained and nurtured me. Thank You for the lessons that once learned have provided me with great knowledge to pass on.

I see a great legacy beyond my time here and it can only be possible with, through, and by You. Thank You Father. Humbly I pray to always see and walk on Your lighted path. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 10.5.21

Scripture

For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man. 

2 Corinthians 8:21

Reflection

Strive to give and be your best, doing what’s right, and with the intent to never harm another. Do so to please and honor God. Do so to set the example for others. Ask yourself if your actions, words, and thoughts serve as a good example of what an ambassador of God is and should be. If not, then what changes in your life should you work to pursue? Take those steps, beginning today.

Prayer

Father, let me seek the truth in all things in every way. Let me see the truth, no matter how much it is disguised. Father, let me speak the truth and do what’s right in Your eyes and in the eyes of man, so that I’m walking in Your Truth. I don’t want to do the work of the deceiver, so I ask for discernment and courage to see what’s right and then act accordingly.

Father, realign any plans that are not developed with the intent to be honest, fair, and forthright with others; balance these plans so that all may walk in truth and dignity. Show me how to be the best ambassador in Christ. In Your Name I praise. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 10.4.21

Scripture

“For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn”

Romans 11:29 NLT

Reflection

Years ago, my friend Kenya forwarded a message to me that said, “When God created you, He deposited seeds of greatness inside of you” and with this knowledge consider the endless possibilities that are brought forth by God’s gifts. We each are filled with greatness and brilliance to bring about positive change in our lives and the lives of our fellow brothers and sisters around the world. It’s the tree analogy that I’ve spoken about through this blog and in my Seek Him book series.

God doesn’t play mind games, He doesn’t mock, He doesn’t do take-backs—that’s the methods of the enemy. God doesn’t give us gifts and then take them back. Our gifts weaken, wither, and die because we choose to misuse, abuse, or not use them. Just like our muscles, if we don’t properly use our gifts, they atrophy and die. That’s not God’s doing. That’s on us.

We don’t all have the same gifts, yet we’re so busy looking at what someone else has we feel deprived, and we don’t nurture our own gifts. We’re too caught up in the limitations of the flesh that we don’t see the endless opportunities of the Spirit. Let go of your fears and concerns and hold on to your hope, faith, and love. Live with gratitude and then you won’t have any space to live any other way. Be the tree that God planted!

Prayer

Father, You have made me in Your image and likeness, a spiritual being, facing the complexities and nuances of this world while inhabiting a body of flesh. As long as I remember who I am, what I am, and that I am Yours, then I won’t ever lose sight of what I’m called to do and how I’m supposed to live.

I don’t want to waste and squander the gifts You have given me. Help me to live with daily gratitude, not focused on lack but on abundance. I want to be firmly rooted in You as Your tree. I thank You for Your love and care. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 10.1.21

Scripture

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.

Titus 2:11 NIV

Reflection

Happy first day of October! Can you believe it? It’s like we blinked and we’re already in October. Hopefully, you haven’t allowed this pandemic or any other external factor to disrupt or derail too many of your plans, because I guarantee you that nothing has derailed God’s plans.

Seeing this passage, in Titus, lifted me up and put a smile on my face. God’s grace offers salvation to all people, not some, not a special group, but all. God’s grace extends to believers, conditional believers, and nonbelievers. Look at how much He loves us!

I reflect on God’s greatness and the fact that He’s never let me down or left me alone—so I should never have reason to worry. I should walk in gratitude not fear.

God has no limits so my age and skill level should never be a concern of mine, God can make happen whatever He wants whenever He wants, so it doesn’t matter if we’re age two or 102, He can do anything. With my increasing faith I should not worry, but instead I should smile and keep pressing forward. God and Jesus have me covered. I just have to keep marching, serving God, and helping His children.

When times get tough I can lean on Jesus’s shoulder while being encircled by God’s arms. A triple blessing is knowing that my family is also there for me. I am reminded of a saying, “If you’re gonna worry then why pray? And if you’re gonna pray then why worry?” This is true. Yet when these words used to be recited to me years ago, I found myself still worrying about my finances, health, relationship, and other things.

Sadly, years later, I still do. When I worry I’m telling God and Jesus that I just don’t trust them to do what I need, or to keep a promise that they made. It’s as blunt and as pitiful as that. I’m not mature enough yet to stop worrying 100 percent. What I am capable of is continuing to pray and dream, work and serve, and believe what I know to be true. I pray the same for each of you. Whatever is meant for us will never be withheld, or given to another person. Focus on remaining faithful, committed, disciplined, obedient, and truthful.

God is good—ALL of the time; through good times and catastrophes, He is unchanging. What He does not offer in grace, He offers in mercy. We all need both. Turn to Jesus and God with all of your petitions, questions, and praise. Regroup, refocus, and press forward with gratitude! If you’re gonna worry then why pray? And if you’re gonna pray then why worry?

Prayer

Father, I opened my eyes and took a breath today because of You, thank You. It is not my will but Yours that wakes me each day. You are my fortress, my protector, my healer, my provider, my friend, and I love You.

I pray that worry leaves me and that faith fills me. I pray that doubt disappears and is replaced by belief, understanding, and conviction. I pray in Your Name, as a believer and follower of Your son Jesus. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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