Yay… Time to Celebrate!

Hi Breaking Bread Family!

I have a two announcements to share but I’m going to start with this one today, and save the other one for tomorrow. Ah the suspense!

As I shared last month, I presented the audio version of this blog through SoundCloud, and although it is a great source, a few days ago I reached the conclusion that it just wasn’t the right source for what I’m trying to do with and through this blog. So, join me in welcoming AudioMack to the Breaking Bread family, and celebrating this blessing!

If you saw today’s Breaking Bread message then you saw the AudioMack audio player embedded in the blog post, allowing you to remain here and not be redirected elsewhere, or feel as though you need to sign up to a source to listen in. I hope to remain with AudioMack for as long as they keep offering the great features and resources that they currently provide, or unless God redirects me. Either way, we will embrace those blessings. Yesterday, I uploaded all of our audio messages to AudioMack, which you can easily access through this link, if you choose. I’m just grateful for having access to resources to share God’s love and light with all of you each week.

Make today an awesome day and be a blessing to others!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.31.22

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Scripture

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” 

John 16:33 

Reflection

The culture of the world is influenced and manipulated by the enemy; some would call it his playground. But don’t get it twisted, God rules over all. He sent Jesus to show us how to overcome the tricks and traps, the temptations, and conquer the lies of this world, by speaking and living in God’s Truth. And Jesus did it in human form, with all of the elements that would make him weaker and more susceptible to feelings and emotions. God had Jesus do it in the flesh so we could have an example to live by, to strive towards, to role model.

Jesus taught what no one else would (or could); that we too can resist the enemy and the trappings of this world; but until we know who and what we are, embrace this Truth, and get in agreement and alignment with God, we will be “talking out the side of our neck” as we used to say in the 1970s.

As we wait, listen and learn, and grow, we can find peace in knowing and following Jesus’s way. When we struggle we can find peace in Jesus’s walk. When we face fear we can look at how Jesus faced his fears. When betrayed, look at how Jesus handled betrayal. God knew we needed a human role model, that felt like we do, and could relate to our circumstances. So He gave us His most beloved son.

Jesus has the calm assertiveness that does not require anger, yelling, threats, or cussing. It’s not that he never got angry. When he was turning over the tables in the temple, what do you think he was expressing and saying? But in general, in and through his leadership and teaching, he didn’t default to that energy. It wasn’t his character. His disciples followed not through pressure, coercion, guilt, or fear. They followed out of love and a belief (or at least a strong hope) that Jesus was the son of God, born to man.

They followed because of his works not just words. They saw him heal, raise the dead, cast out demons, and rid people of sickness and disease. They followed because Jesus showed them how to do exactly what he was doing. He showed them that they too had the power as granted by our Heavenly Father-Mother God. Here he was, deemed the highest of high priests yet he wasn’t walking around arrogantly and ignorantly saying, “Oh I can’t show you that, it’s only for rabbis…” or “Only rabbis are equipped to do this…”

But isn’t that what we hear from so many of our religious leaders? As though they are the only ones equipped to do what they do? Do you really believe that God would tell Jesus to tell the people they don’t need intermediaries to speak on their behalf to Him, but then still require it? God is not the author of confusion. Jesus was threatening the perceived livelihood of priests whose identity was being intermediaries for the people. They would be without a job and the spirit of fear consumed them, and convinced them that they would have no purpose if not as intermediaries—as though God didn’t have a next-level role for them. Look at that doubt magnified. They didn’t realize they got tricked and trapped in worldly matters. The flesh bested them.

By Jesus walking the walk, people learned how to do the same thing, imitating him and following his lead and instruction. The disciples followed Jesus because he served them more than they served him. They called him “master” but he led as a servant, seeing only God as Master. Jesus was grace and is grace, and through him the disciples (those who were faithful and committed) expressed grace.

Once we overcome fear and reconnect with who we are as God’s children, and Jesus’ students, then we will open ourselves up to the unimaginable, and be able to do the inconceivable.

So focus on your responsibilities in God’s Kingdom, and not what role or title you can play in the world. Live with grace and you will receive abundance. Stop comparing yourself to others, your assignment is for you. Stop comparing yourself to your past, you have enough on your plate, and more coming from the future. Let the past be your lesson not your nightmare. Embrace the gift of the present. It’s only here for a moment.

Prayer

Father, thank You for this good and beautiful day. No matter the weather or the circumstances, it is both good and beautiful because You made it possible for me to experience another moment here on Earth, with my loved ones, to demonstrate through servanthood Your love. Thank You Father.

Your son Jesus told his disciples that in him they would have peace even when the world brought trouble, but also reassured them by letting them know not to be worried with the world because by Your Power, he had taken care of it.

Father, bring me peace to trust without hesitation that in all times and circumstances, You have already taken care of things. When I call to You, You always answer; when I can’t find my way, You show me. These things and more I know, but at times I get weak and blinded by fear, and sometimes forget.

I thank You for comforting, guiding and protecting me from what I have been through, am going through, and what is yet to come. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 3.30.22

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Scripture

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Jude 1:24-25

Reflection

God is always there, always here, and always providing a way to help us whenever we need it, before we need it. We are not to analyze the who, why, what, where, when, and how—but be present in the ‘IS’ of our life. Just stand in agreement with Him.

Stop asking for the map, stop trying to see if He has the latest GPS system.

He is the map, He is the GPS.

Stop being a backseat driver and just take in the sights of the ride. Stop saying, “Are we there yet? Are we almost there? When will we get there?” You will know when He says so. You will arrive when you get there. God gives you plenty of things to focus on while He navigates things. It’s like when your parents made sure you had plenty of books, toys, and activities to keep you focused and engaged during a trip.

And what should you do when you become overwhelmed and exhausted with the travel? Rest. Close your eyes and rest. But unlike the seat in the car, bus, or the airplane—you will be resting in God, trusting a safe arrival, just as you would trust that your parents, the bus driver, or the pilot would get you safely to your destination.

Praising God also means being grateful for those loving people in your life who are constantly encouraging and uplifting you in prayer and praise. Those people are in your life because He made it possible. Thank God for those people who want nothing from you but to see you be the best expression of God’s love.

Be thankful for your life and all that you have experienced and learned, and for what is yet to come. Each day is a gift, how you see and embrace it is up to you. Just know that it hasn’t been given to you casually. God intends for you to have fully all that He envisions for you. What more can you ask for?

Prayer

Father, there are times when I am so self-consumed that I obviously must forget Your power, greatness, and omnipresence. I forget that when I am stressed out and fearful that You are watching and listening to me as I cry out. There are moments when I forget that I’m not alone, that I’m not lost, and that there is a solution to every problem and a straight pathway no matter which way I turn—and You provide the means to all that I need.

Through Your son, Jesus, You have provided the perfect example of how to deal with sickness, sin, strife, fear, pain, doubt, anger, envy, ridicule, and temptation. You provided Your children with a life manual for us to read, study, practice, know, and live by.

Father, You have placed angels to watch over me, to steer me out of harm, to magnify Your glory. Lord, You have placed people in my life to grab my hand when I need a lift after stumbling, embrace me when I need to feel Your warmth, push me when I drag behind, and share words of wisdom when I need encouragement. Thank You Father. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.29.22

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Scripture

When the eight days were completed for His circumcision, He was named Jesus — the name given by the angel before He was conceived. And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were finished, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord….

There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple complex….

…When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for Him what was customary under the law, His father and mother were amazed at what was being said about Him. Then Simeon blessed them and told His mother Mary: “Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed — and a sword will pierce your own soul — that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

…When they had completed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The boy grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God’s grace was on Him.

Luke 2:21-22, 25-27, 33-35, 39-40 HCSB

Reflection

Just as God had a plan for Jesus before his human birth, He has a plan for each of us. We have to seek Him, recommit to our relationship and partnership with Him, and get into agreement with His plans, surrendering to His will and ways. We have to let go of our sense of control and entitlement, and understand that we can opt out of following and obeying man, but when it comes to God there should be no contemplation, it is up to us to follow and obey. Every decision we make and every word we speak is either in agreement with Him or not.

Consider this, what if mother Mary and bonus dad Joseph had chosen to defy God rather than be in agreement with Him? What if their fear was so overwhelming that they convinced themselves that there’s no way their precious baby should be responsible for carrying the weight of a nation and possibly the scorn of that nation and neighboring nations? What if, as they watched him grow up they chose instead to redirect Jesus and have him focused on worldly things, not his destiny? What if they had him focused on obeying them not God? What if their limited thinking bled over and became Jesus’s limited thinking?

Don’t say it’s not possible, we see parents limiting and redefining, and shrinking their children’s possibilities and potentially their calling, all because the parent is consumed by fear. Because the parent hasn’t or doesn’t they can’t fathom it for their child.

What if Jesus refused to walk as God instructed? What if taking on human form with human qualities and characteristics, being influenced by this world, Jesus accepted fear more than faith, and told God, “I can’t and won’t do this Abba”?

What if John had disobeyed and didn’t preach and teach of Jesus’ coming as the Messiah? What if he had never baptized Jesus and declared that he was the chosen one, that the people had been waiting more than 1,000 years for?

Imagine if instead of leaving people to wonder if he was the Messiah, Jesus just outright came into every town and city, declaring who he was, why he was there, and what he was going to do? What if he disobeyed God and boldly confronted the Jewish scholars and leaders, throwing around his weight and bragging about who he was?

What if Jesus fearfully pulled away at times to prevent fulfilling prophecy, picking and choosing where to go and what to do? Imagine if instead of peacefully surrendering to the soldiers who Judas Iscariot sold him out to, he instead chose to fight and whoop some tail, and then sought revenge on Judas?

Imagine if Jesus didn’t have his first and remaining 12 (later 11 disciples) to continue his teaching and works? What if their fear of persecution was so great that they chose silence over salvation? Would we even have the letters and teachings of his other known apostle, Paul? And what if Paul hadn’t accepted his calling and hadn’t done so with the conviction, commitment, and passion that he had, working steadily to help lead the churches who kept questioning, “Well when is Jesus coming back? It’s been decades already!”

How would life be for all of us right now? Would life be as it currently is? In what ways could these major choices shifted our current reality? Would we have the Bible in its current form, or would there only be the Hebrew Bible? Would there be denominations of Christ followers?

If Jesus hadn’t fulfilled prophecy, then what? Would we even be here, as we are? Would God have caused another flood and wiped the slate clean in that region? Consider this. All of this. Then give thanks. And be reminded of how our obedience and disobedience have a greater impact and implications than what we initially think. Consider who and what are we impacting in the future, by the decisions that we make today and each day.

Prayer

Father, may I see and always embrace what Jesus is to You and me. I choose to embrace and take full responsibility for my daily walk, as I want to be aligned and in agreement with You. Help me through my fear and doubt, silence the spirit of confusion, and redirect me when I’ve lost my way. In Jesus’ Name I come to You, as Your child and servant. Amen.

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Breaking Bread For 3.28.22

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Scripture

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

Reflection

If nothing can keep you away from God, separate you from his care and love, or take His place in your life— then why do you go everywhere but directly to Him for all of your needs, and to give all of your thanks? There are no true substitutes for God. You can seek alternatives but nothing and no one has the power and presence to overrule and replace Him.

When you’re seeking out counseling and therapy be sure that they begin and end with your loving conversations with Him. There are no human gatekeepers or interpreters. Jesus is the wayshower and the shepherd, and God is ALL in ALL, alpha and omega, the center and the exterior.

We are quick to turn to man to solve our problems, heal our inflictions, and to make sense of the unknown or confusing. Why, when all answers, healing, knowledge and wisdom come from our Heavenly Father? Why seek outside secondary sources when you have a direct link to the main source? Why try to quench your thirst from a small fissure that trickles water, when you can go directly to the source that will supply you with all of the water you will ever need?

I get using the resources that tap into the source; the faucet we use is attached to a system, that taps into the water source we use. For most of us, we don’t have to go directly to the river, we just flip or turn a knob or handle. But we know the Source of that water. We know where it comes from. The source isn’t the faucet manufacturer or the company that installed the pipes, or the one who has the system that pumps and filters the water.

We tend to have a better appreciation and connection when we are living in nature and exerting the energy to extract the resources we need. The more modernized we become, driven by technology, the less we acknowledge and give credit to the one and true Source. Let’s not be dependent on the creations, the resources. Depend on the Creator, the Source.

No disrespect to therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and the like, who go to school an additional 6-12 years and study human behavior, emotion, anatomy, and the human mind. But who is truly the ultimate authority on our brains, hearts, emotions, and behavior? God!

It is understandable to be drawn to seeking counsel from another human because you have a need for human contact, empathy, and camaraderie, and a need to hear a voice speak clearly to you (and one that you can record and play back) to affirm, confirm, or redirect your thinking. But shouldn’t your beginning, middle, and end come from God? Utilize His resources but through His direction.

Specialists in these areas are trained to diagnose (to the best of their ability) and to provide you with tools and devices to address your internal mental concerns, and they attempt to have you solve your issues as much as possible on your own as you can. While others recruit assistance from prescribed drugs to alter your mind to succumb and behave ‘appropriately’. We are in a world that is quick to medicate others and self-medicate ourselves. We pop pills and drink concoctions for everything and anything, oftentimes because we want a quick fix to our problems without really looking at the complete picture.

Where is God in all of this? If you leave Him out then you restrict your ability to heal and grow, timely and properly.

The only access to your mind should come from God, the Creator, King, and ultimate authority on body, Mind, Spirit, Soul, Love, Life, and Truth. When you give access freely to others without God granting permission, then you are saying you trust man more than our Father. You then place the barrier up between yourself and God. You tell Him that you don’t think He can handle what you’re going through, or that He can’t get it resolved in the time you want it.

Pray to Him to show you the way, to put the right people and counselors before you, to heal you from all inflictions, and to release you from bondage. Your mind can only truly be tapped and untapped by His Mind. Your healing can only come from Him. Your peace can only grow from within, through His presence.

Ask Him for the answer. Get right with Him. Build and nurture your relationship with Him. Stop trying to find shortcuts and quick fixes. Stop trying to put band aids on deep wounds. Stop looking for substitutes and alternatives. Align and get in agreement with God, and then watch the facade of this world be fully revealed, as you walk in your true identity.

Prayer

Father, I am forever grateful for Your love, for our relationship, and my relationship with Your son Jesus. Every day I am receptive to the moments that I can connect to You and him. I embrace and am appreciative for the long talks, quick check-ins, and the opportunities that You afford me.

There is no substance, presence, being, or thing that can ever keep us apart. Not even fear can keep us apart, because You always penetrate that veil and show me the way to regain strength, courage, and confidence in You. For these things and more I say thank You and I love You Father. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.25.22

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Scripture

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

Reflection

Every item of clothing, every award, paycheck, commission, piece of furniture, vehicle, appliance and accessory—was not earned by us—but rather given to us by God. Made possible because He allowed it. All of these things are energy, molded and manifested as objects that we have assigned value. But Who is the Creator of that energy? God. The one and only EH-HEH-YEY (I AM). So yes, you possess that energy within you, but you are not the Source. You can tap into it but you cannot make it. Stop taking His credit.

You are of Him but you are not Him.

Elohim equips us with the knowledge and wisdom to do our small part. Being equipped is a blessing from Him. The pulling of strings to make things happen on our behalf is His favor, no coincidences, just God showing up and hoping that you will see, recognize, and acknowledge it.

The child you birthed or adopted is God’s gift to you; He’s trusting that you will care, nurture, protect, and guide that child through His guidance, protection, nurturing, and care.

The positive change in your health and medical history, is His loving grace, and a reminder that man’s ways has limits but God doesn’t. The accident you avoided, the one that left you uninjured, or the one you recovered from—all are instances of God’s grace, His intervention. Think of how that incident changed you and what good can come from it, that you can reinvest into the world.

The deal you closed or the promotion you received, were triggered by God. How will you steward this blessing? How will you pay it forward?

Getting out of debt, purchasing your car or home—that’s God keeping His promises. Be sure to keep yours!

The ability to love and be loved—yep, that’s all because of God. He is love, so when you tap in and share, you receive it and so do others.

It is His grace not our actions or talents that bless us. Our talents are refined by Him. Our actions are either in agreement with Him, or not. When we are aligned we receive. Remember that and thank Him! And even those people who don’t believe in Him, He still blesses and uses them for His plan, and whether they give Him the credit or not, someone down the road, who was blessed by the chain reaction, most definitely will. Won’t God do it!!!

Now that we’re clear on that let’s get clear on focusing on our responsibilities to Him, to these bodies we are blessed to possess, the families we have been born into or adopted by, and the lives we are to lead.

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day, days past, and for every day that my future holds. Thank You for the gifts You have granted me, and for the blessings that only You can provide. I understand that it is not my doing but Yours, through grace, that I possess and have experienced all that I have.

Each day I work to pull away my layers of fear, anger, bitterness, and pain so that I might replace them with layers of belief, trust, confidence, and faith in You, our relationship, and our mission.

I’m grateful for Your patience. I’m grateful for each molding lesson that You are teaching me. Show me the way and I will follow. To You I give all glory forever. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.24.22

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Scripture

Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

John 7:17-19, 37-39

Reflection

When you place God first in your life then your eyes are always opened, and you are never blind to the truth.

When you place God first in your life and keep your promise to follow Jesus, you are never lost or confused.

When you place God first in your life you will not walk in fear, but through it.

When you place God first in your life you will not make decisions before praying to Him first to show you the answer, the path, and the way.

When you place God first in your life it’s never about you and always about Him.

When you place God first in your life you give him the credit and the glory for everything positive that you do and that comes to you.

When you place God first in your life you are grateful for every thing, every person, every element of your life, and you never take it for granted or take on the attitude that you could care less if you have it or not, or walk in fear that someone other than Him can take those things from you.

When you place God first in your life then you know that no one can come between you and Him, or between you and His son Jesus.

When you place God first in your life you only surrender to Him and you only surrender to change by Him.

When you place God first in your life you learn to listen, obey, and follow Him without question or defiance. You do so because you believe and you know Him, and that in His Truth you are free.

Stop being self-centered and learn to be God-centered!

Prayer

Father, thank You for Your grace, and for walking before me in every situation. Thank You for sending Your son to show Your children the way to a unique and intimate one-on-one relationship with You.

Father, let my decisions and speech come from Your direction. Always walk before me Lord; always bring the peace that I seek in every situation. I ask for discernment and clarity in all circumstances, and that You remove the blinders from my eyes and the eyes of all those I encounter; touch our hearts so that we can feel compassion, connectedness, and mercy. I never want a cold and hardened heart.

Father, deal with my pride and ego. Never let me think that I accomplish anything without Your favor. Help me to not be selfish, but rather mold me to be selfless. A giver not a taker. Shining light not casting a shadow.

Turn me from using Your Name in vain or as a declaration of power over others. If I’m hardheaded, hold me in my place, that I may be stagnant if necessary, so that I don’t enter or leave a situation without Your approval.

LORD, may all things be by Your will and not mine. In Your Name and in Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.

I love you all so very much! May God continue to bless you and keep you!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.23.22

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Scripture

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

Jude 1:2

Reflection

We go through ups and downs. We try desperately to swim through troubled waters. We must face people who can sometimes be selfish, bitter, cold, mean, unfair, and unkind. We must endure situations that seem to tear away at us.

God never intends for us to be in situations that don’t make us stronger, wiser, braver, and more confident; He hopes we will turn to Him for guidance. It is when we try to make up contradicting rules, re-arrange and re-write His way, and participate in His plan only when we see fit, do we feel the friction that is caused from us going against His grain.

If you truly want mercy, peace, and love then you must freely give it to others. You must pray that people receive them even when they aren’t showing you mercy, dealing with you peacefully, or embracing you and reflecting God’s love. We must show mercy, work to bring peace while reflecting it, and love people wholly for who they are as God’s children— and not for who you want them to be.

We have difficulties controlling ourselves and our own behavior, so who are we to try to control and dictate to others? Once we learn to let go and let God handle things, situations, and people— we will stop trying to do His job and just focus on doing ours. There is no human below or above us; we reign over no one except ourselves. We are to worship no one other than God. We are His servants, His children, His creations. Jesus is our Savior and the example we are to follow, and God is our Heavenly Father-Mother who reigns supremely over all.

When you have a genuine relationship with Jesus and our Father then you know this and you live your life accordingly.

Prayer

Father, I thank You for Your continued mercy, and for the ability to show and give mercy to others. I thank You for Your peace and love that fills me, so when I am faced with situations that are troubling I can be filled with a calm that quiets my restlessness, and allows me to be more receptive to You—and less bothered by what someone else does, says, or fails to do or say.

Father, when I am faced with difficult people or I’m being the difficult person, help me to find the peace within to walk away from conflict, and without disappointing You. Humans don’t always see ourselves as You do and because of that we are less willing to change our ways to be more like Your son, Jesus Christ.

I want to be more like Jesus and I know that the only way this is possible is to obey You at all times, doing what You ask of me, and not making my own decisions because I feel uncomfortable. That discomfort is the molding process I must undergo to be transformed into Your desired design. So I humbly accept what I must in order to become what I am destined to be. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Have an incredible day. Seek and show mercy, peace, and love.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.22.22

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Scripture

Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

In the same way, deacons are to be worthy of respect, sincere, not indulging in much wine, and not pursuing dishonest gain. They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience. They must first be tested; and then if there is nothing against them, let them serve as deacons. 

In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything. 

A deacon must be faithful to his wife and must manage his children and his household well. Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.

1 Timothy 3:1-3, 8-13

Reflection

My dad used to always tell me, “Be mindful of the titles you give yourself and the ones you accept, as you will be held accountable to them, and at a higher standard”. I think that some of us forget the weight, magnitude, and implications we assume and carry when we make the choice to accept a title, a role. Yes, family, with that title comes great responsibility.

When you have chosen to lead others through teaching, ministry, a family, an organization—you are responsible and accountable for how your actions (or lack thereof) impact those people. You are serving as a role model, even if you’re not sure of all of the details, you know that folks are looking to you. It’s not about being perfect. It’s about doing what’s right, noble, honorable, respectful, and dignified.

Are you walking with God or trying to be Him? Are you properly managing the power that He’s gifted you or are you careless and reckless with it? Are you taking care of those people and things that He’s entrusted to you, or are you being neglectful and abusive?

We know that historically the reference to leadership was oftentimes slanted towards men, we tend to default to that even now, but God calls on us to lead and manage, regardless of gender, as He has individual and collective plans for all of us. So let’s not get caught up in the semantics and clouded by the lack of context, and instead focus on the matters of the heart, and God’s heart, and how He wants us to engage with Him and with each other.

You must live a respectful life, treating others with dignity, being careful not to harm feelings, and being remorseful when you do; refrain from harboring ill will, grudges, and a laundry list of wrongs committed against you; love fully and intentionally, without backup plans and side deals; and never place your wants before the needs of those you love.

When you hurt someone keep a vow to never do harm again. Try your best to right the wrong. Someone’s tears of pain and sorrow should never be something that you are okay with creating and witnessing.

If you control yourself you will never feel as though someone else is succeeding at controlling you. When you respect others you never have to fear losing respect. Put God first in all of your decision making, and watch how He makes things fall into their rightful place.

Prayer

Father, I ask that those of us who wish to serve, who have been called to serve, who feel the presence over us to serve, do so with a full understanding of Your expectations. I pray that You touch the hearts and minds of those individuals who attempt to serve yet fail to take care of their moral responsibilities. I pray that You touch the hearts of those who fail to be faithful to their spouses and their families, and those who are struggling with being good managers of that which You have asked them to steward.

Curb my appetite for unhealthy things. Strengthen me that I might always seek comfort in You and not in this world. Turn me away from those things, places, and people that will distract me from You and our joint mission.

Let me not be self-absorbed, self-centered, selfish, superficial, and shallow. I desire respect so that is what I strive to give others. I humbly pray these words to You Father, in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 3.21.22

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Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”

So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say, “The Lord is my Helper [in time of need], I will not be afraid. What will man do to me ?”

Hebrews 13:5‭-‬6 AMP

Reflection

Things may come your way, especially during the times when you feel like you can’t handle one more issue. But trust and know that God is there for you, guiding and protecting you, and showing you the way through paths of fear, lies, despair, heartache, turmoil, and inconvenience. The power of God is within you, and He wants you to realize this, embracing who and what you are.

He wants an intimate and authentic relationship with you. No substitutes for Him will ever measure up, no amount of money, things, or people can give you and do for you what He can. He makes possible the impossible. Do you believe it? Do you live each day with that belief in your heart? Don’t be a slave to fear. Don’t be a slave to the lies of the enemy. Be free in God’s Truth.

I read something that I want to share with you. It was written by Pastor Craig Groeschel for his Soul Detox Bible study plan. It said “What you fear reveals what you value the most. What you fear reveals where you trust God the least. What things are you not trusting God with that you need to?”

When we believe, trust, and obediently follow God, fear dissipates, it loses power, because we’re no longer investing our power in it. Ask yourself, what things are you not trusting God with that you need to?

If the words in today’s prayer, shared below, don’t resemble your current state of mind, or spiritual alignment with God, say them anyway. Speak power to where you want to be. Speak God’s Truth. Say these words slowly and repeatedly until they resonate in you, until you feel a shift in your energy, until there is a “spark” within you, until you can visualize yourself as I’ve described in the prayer. Speak your truth!

Are you ready? Then let’s begin…

Prayer

Father-God, thank You for bringing me back to that place of peace and clarity. Thank You for never failing, and never letting me down. I will not be discouraged by what I see or don’t see. I will go where you say and follow as You lead.

I know You’re my Helper and You will make my crooked places straight. I know that the strength of the wicked is being cut off and the strength of the righteous will endure. I know that the enemy is always plotting, scheming, and attacking but I know that those efforts have no value, weight, or power against You.

I thank You for the courage, strength, and resolve to remain aligned and obedient to You. Even if I don’t know the where, when, why, and how, I will still walk as You say. In Jesus’ Name I pray to You and I praise You, Amen.

I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you’re a blessing to others.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.18.22

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“pray continually”

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Reflection

Throughout each day, pray. It doesn’t have to be extensive or even about you. Just regular conversation, like you would a parent, friend, or mentor.

When you see someone doing something wrong or harmful, say, “Father forgive them”. When you see someone being kind, courteous, or doing right, say, “Father continue to bless them,” and when you are faced with crippling fear, say, “Father strengthen me.” These are just some examples.

Sometimes long, drawn out prayers are the workings of a person who carries a burden they aren’t sure even God can conquer by their perceived deadline.

Or it’s from repeating what they’ve seen their elders do, so they do it too. They grew up in church hearing long prayers, sometimes very dramatic and theatrical prayers, and so they pray the same way. They heard repetitive phrases so they repeat the same phrases. But it’s not even their personality, their character, their energy. It’s not authentic and unique to them. They aren’t distinguished. They are merely parroting. How can God be intimate with you when you’re being and sounding like someone else?

Other times a person feels obligated to address every issue or concern, rolling out a long laundry list, as though God is unaware of what that person has gone through or is going through. These exhaustive prayers are oftentimes more for the person’s reassurance and re-commitment than anything. It’s more like self-talk than having a one-on-one with God.

And then there are some people who are mesmerized by their own voice, so they talk until they get tired, can’t think of anything else to say—or someone lovingly gets them to cease. We have experienced this at the blessing of meals. Leave it to them, our hot food would become cold, our cold food would grow warm, and all of it would be stale. 😄

I say this not to discourage you from prayer, or even saying lengthy ones— but rather to let you know that God does not shun you for the length of your prayers—He’s only concerned with the authenticity and sincerity of the prayer. He wants us to come to Him for all things, and be grateful for all that we have. He wants to see us grow and change, and be better servants in His Kingdom. He wants to have an intimate relationship with you, a relationship that is incomparable, immeasurable, and unimaginable. He’s not concerned with who can poetically pray the ‘best’ and for the longest, or who can say Father-God the most.

And don’t get me started on the repeated prayers for forgiveness and restoration. I’ve had to learn this the hard way. You begging for forgiveness over and over, every day or two, tells God that you don’t think He has forgiven you, and that’s because you haven’t forgiven yourself. That’s the issue you should be bringing to Him, helping you to forgive yourself.

And on those restoration prayers, you don’t need to keep reminding God about your bills and debt, or illness. He’s already resolved them. He’s just waiting for you to get into agreement, declare this truth, and catch up to Him.

Your repeated pleas once again carry doubt not conviction. So rather than beg why don’t you praise Him for reconciling your accounts, healing you, restoring you—because although you don’t see it and feel it, if you truly believe and trust, and know Him and His track record, then you would be celebrating now while you wait to witness your deliverance.

So you may not be ‘seasoned’ at praying, but you have experienced a great deal of ups and downs that you can be grateful for, and that you can ask for guidance to see you through. Speak with Him as you would a trusted loved one, mentor, coach, or friend. You don’t need the formalities. You just need to share your heart with Him. Open up and surrender. There’s nothing that you’re telling Him that He doesn’t already know. He just wants the connection and time with you.

And always remember to believe before you ask, know in your heart before you declare it with your mouth, and never stop sharing these intimate moments throughout the day with your Creator.

Prayer

Father, I am grateful for another day; grateful for Your love and care; grateful for Your Word; and for Your mercy. Fill me Lord with Your presence so that I am always present and receptive to the bounty of gifts that You share with me each moment of the day.

Thank You for this wonderful relationship that we have, where I can come to You and speak with You about any and all things, no matter how big or small. I don’t need a translator or interpreter, mediator or other third person to explain to me Your unwavering love. I don’t need a go-between to talk to You. All I have to do is pray and I know that You hear me. Thank You Father. In Your Name I pray, in Jesus’s steps I follow. Praising You always. Amen.

I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others!

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.17.22

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A hot-tempered person must pay the penalty; rescue them, and you will have to do it again.

Proverbs 19:19

Reflection

Once you have positioned yourself to be the person with an uncontrollable temper, you find yourself in situations that lead to negative consequences. We must learn to control our reactions to our emotions, and how we act and what we say in anger, frustration, fear, and pain. We are spiritual beings, who carry within us the power of God. We daily tap into that Source, that we call energy, and that energy is powerful. We have a responsibility to responsibly use that energy. If you explode on someone you release and give energy to that person. You can’t reclaim it, recycle it, or repurpose it. It’s gone. Wasted.

And I can speak from my own experiences, when I’ve ‘gone off’ on someone, after I just feel so drained, and then I’m wondering, “What in the world… how is it possible that I allowed myself to get to that point?” I gave up my power.

Self-control requires strength, awareness, and love; it doesn’t even have to be love for the other person, let it be rooted in your love for God, and your self-love, and a desire to protect and preserve your inner peace. Self-control requires a desire and commitment to be aligned and in agreement with God, through our speech and actions. It declares, “I am greater than my emotions”.

In turn, when hurt or disappointed, we have to choose whether to explode emotionally, and release that energy verbally or physically, or choose instead to take control of ourselves and look for more productive and positive ways to express what we are feeling and thinking. You have to choose if it’s worth giving up that energy to that person or situation. If you give it to them then they control you.

Are you a puppet, easily manipulated and controlled? Someone pulls your stings and you react, is that you?

Now let’s be clear, yes, there are times when your spouse, significant other, children, pets, neighbors, family, friends, co-workers, employees, or the random person on the street will work your absolute last ‘nerve’, but our reaction to them shows more about our inner self, and our heart, than anything else. What you do and say will create a domino effect that could impact a great number of people, possibly hundreds, in one single day.

At the same time, we also can’t be responsible for a hot-headed person who is quick to anger. If we always make excuses for their behavior, run behind them fixing their messes, and let them get away with being mean and disrespectful—never holding them accountable, we enable them and they will see their behavior as acceptable, continuing to repeat it—and you will grow more and more miserable. You will then create an endless and vicious cycle of ugliness.

That’s toxic! Is that how you want to invest your time and energy? Neither of which you can reclaim once spent.

We must work towards ridding ourselves of darkness and staying away from people who are not mature enough to keep their emotions in check. No one should live in fear or under stress caused by others. I get it, some folks we can’t disassociate from, either because we live with them or work beside them, but we can limit how much time we spend around them, and how much energy we give them. Peace comes from within. Protect it at all costs.

Before ‘going off’ let’s work at walking away and calming down, and then reassessing the situation after we have calmed down. You are responsible for you, your behavior, and the words you speak. Stop giving your power away!

Prayer

Father, I thank You for this day, for this moment to come to You with my concerns. You already know my circumstances. You know what’s happening in this world. I ask that You calm me when my emotions begin to bubble and surface. Comfort me in times of pain and anger so that I may control my emotions and actions, and get in agreement with You.

Touch my heart Lord, so that I find the peace within to choose patience to endure, overlook, or walk away from unbearable situations and people. I believe that better is possible, that better is before me, and that You will always make a way out of the impossible.

Show me how to control my tongue. Show me how to simmer my temper, so as not to be an eyesore in Your Kingdom. Teach me how to walk upright, with composure and dignity. In Jesus Name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.16.22

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Scripture

“Why do you call Me good? ” Jesus asked him. “No one is good but One — God.

Mark 10:18 HCSB

Reflection

We tend to focus all of our attention and accolades towards God’s creations rather than give Him the glory 100 percent of the time. Jesus put people in check about this constantly, and as the man who ran up to him calling him “Good Teacher” found out, Jesus once again put things into perspective that he was not to be regarded as good, but that God, as the Source and Creator is all that is good, and is the only being to be identified in that light.

That is beyond deep.

But let’s gain some perspective. In English, we have a limited view of the word “good” and in many ways we minimize the magnitude of what it means. How many of us would say, “It was good but it wasn’t great” not even realizing that great is actually less than “good”.

What???? Oh yeah. Let’s get in it.

For English speakers, when referring to the Bible and the cultural and linguistic context, we oftentimes butcher the meanings and intent. It’s not surprising then to find that different passages of scripture have different translations for the word “good”. The Hebrew word is “tov” as in “Mazel tov” which means good fortune/luck. But we also find that in Hebrew the word can be transliterated as “tobh” which has many meanings depending on the context in which it’s said or written. I learned this through reading a 2015 post from the Plymothian blog.

In Genesis 1 we see that the word “good” is used many times. This is not a mistake or just a lazy placeholder. Everything that is written in the Bible is intentional. Always pay close attention to repetition. The repetitive use of the word “good” is placing an emphasis on the works that God was performing and how He viewed His work. There is what one could call a powerful fullness, richness, and awareness of things being as they should, working and functioning as intended, flourishing, and being as envisioned. Complete and whole.

God is behind the design. It is His vision manifested. His goodness, His essence is infused in the work, in the creation. It is good because He is good. It is the rawness and His refinement that make it so. This was the original plan. Through sin, man fell and distorted our sense of self and identity, as we became entangled in the design of the flesh and the influences of this world.

Jesus is seen as the savior for mankind, the son of God, the wayshower, but even as God’s perfect creation Jesus never walked around touting and parading his role. Heck, he wouldn’t even consider answering to being called “Good”. He knew that in the flesh there was the blotch of sin and being born in that sin, Jesus wouldn’t dare to claim the fullness and all-ness of what “good” represented then and should represent now.

Look at us today. Some people would go beyond calling themselves good, they would say they’re superior, the best, the greatest. And they would answer to these descriptors. But ironically, none of those words stand tall next to God saying that it is “good”, that you are “good”.

Wow, let that sink in.

Jesus knew his place and humbly served in his role. He never took his title and position the way many people would today, if given the opportunity. Even when he healed people he told them to tell no one (even though he knew they would be blabbermouths) but he just wanted to help, save, heal, and bless others through God’s power—and he knew he had limited time to do these things. He knew the fanfare could bring unwanted attention at a time when hearts and minds wouldn’t quickly credit God but would default to assuming the work was done by the authority of Satan.

Jesus worked strategically to remain aligned with prophecy and God’s direction.

That is a humble servant. Jesus understood that the source of all, is the Father, and that he was to show people the way to Him, not try to get the attention or accolades. He knew he had to be last to be first—the principle he taught his disciples when they argued over who was the best [read Mark 9:33-35].

Consider the source of all that you have. Look at everything you have achieved in life, inventory all of your possessions, and then honestly answer this question—who really gets the credit for all that you have and all that you are? And is that which you are pursuing “good”?

Prayer

All that I need comes from You. You are all that I need Lord. No human, animal, spirit, thing, or object can be a true substitute for You. No matter how much time and energy I give to someone or something else, I am never whole and complete, or truly satisfied. I am who I am through You. It is only in and with You that these realities are possible. I am what You say I am. I will do what You call me to do. Keep my eyes on You Father. In Jesus’ Name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.15.22

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There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.

Proverbs 21:30

Reflection

No matter what someone does, God will always prevail. No president, king, queen, prime minister, imperial leader, dictator, or anyone else. The enemy can’t overpower our God. The creations are limited to the designs and parameters given by their Creator. 

So stand tall in victory, for God can and will make a way out of no way. Don’t be discouraged by what you see. Don’t doubt simply because you can’t see something. If God says it’s there, it’s there. If God says it’s coming, then you can guarantee it’s coming. Be patient, obedient, and positively proactive in the wait.

He can lead you out of valleys and over the steepest of mountains. Do you trust and believe? You must believe before you act, believe before you speak. If you believe and trust Him, then walk tall in His confidence.

Prayer

Father, I will follow Your plan for my life. There is nothing and no one greater than You. So there are no better options and sources, and that means there is nothing and no one I should fear derailing Your plan. My efforts and disobedience can never overpower Your plan. I just painfully delay, through my foolishness, what was coming to me. But even my interference comes at no surprise to You. You already knew what I would do and planned for it.

All that I have ever earned was through Your will and loving grace. I thank You Father. Thank You for loving me as only You can. I praise You and give you all of the glory, in Jesus’s Name. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.14.22

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Then they came to Capernaum. When He was in the house, He asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way? ” But they were silent, because on the way they had been arguing with one another about who was the greatest. Sitting down, He called the Twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.

Mark 9:33-35 HCSB

Reflection

The only title and role you should be concerned with is that of servant. I truly believe that people get caught up in titles, roles, pecking order, seniority, the rungs of ladders they are on, and so on and so forth. We end up with big-head syndrome, feeling all too important.

Instead of life being about you and your feelings, and a sense of entitlement—let it be about how you can be of service to God and a help for others.

  • How can you be a team player not an obstacle?
  • How can you bring value rather than drama?
  • How can you contribute rather than hinder?
  • Instead of shutting down how can you work to do your part to make things work?

In everything that we do and with all job descriptions there’s a responsibility that we seem to overlook or forget, the part that says, “…and duties as assigned…” What I mean by that is our job in life or even with a company is never confined to just a set amount of tasks.

As new things pop up we must adjust and accept more responsibilities or simply different ones. People struggle with change, we claim we want it but when it comes we say, “That’s not what I signed up for…” Or “That’s not in my job description!” Are you serious? If you are not open to change and all that comes with it don’t place yourself in situations and roles where acceptance of change is necessary.

If you want a promotion, raise, to be married, have kids, new car or house, to own a business—whatever it is—you either must accept that things will eventually come as “duties as assigned” and you must take the reigns and march forward—or don’t accept the position at all. That means don’t strive forward for things that require ownership, struggle, more work, persistence, pain, longer hours, more patience, accountability, and having to do way more than you ever expected.

People truly think life is about them. That is why we struggle so much. This existence and our experiences are all about God, and our journey realigning back to Him. Ponder that and then share your thoughts.

God bless you all!

Prayer

Father, let me always be humbled to remember my place as a servant. Let me always lift others up without concern with how I’m placed in the “mix” of things. Let me serve with love even in frustration. Let me serve with kindness and patience even with the most difficult of people.

Let me never react to life but respond as You direct me. Open my ears to listen and hear. Open my eyes to see and have vision. Open my mouth to share wisdom but close it before I utter anything unloving or ignorant. Warm my heart to be receptive.

Bless me with discernment Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.11.22

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You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge another, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

Romans 2:1

Reflection

The things you don’t like in others are oftentimes the characteristics that you also possess, the behaviors you also exhibit (or used to), and the same energy that you put into the world—maybe packaged differently, but it’s there. It’s like staring in the mirror and being repulsed by what you see and then you strike out at the mirror.

We’re all hypocrites. We all lie. We judge but don’t want to be judged, condemn but cry out about injustice when we are condemned. We take, use, and abuse that which isn’t ours. Don’t believe so? How well have you been stewarding this land, the planet, water, animals, and eco system? Yeah, like I said…

We’re selfish and can be self-centered, and absorbed in all-things self. Don’t think so? Listen to someone share their experiences, their heartache and struggles, and then listen to your voice form the words that shift the attention off of them and place it solely onto you, where you now dominate the conversation one-upping their adversity with your own experiences, all while thinking you’re helping them.

You’re not pointing them towards God. You aren’t centering the conversation and issues to God as the solution. You aren’t speaking truth to the lies the enemy has convinced this person to believe. No, you have made it about you and why the person shouldn’t boo-hoo so much because you’ve experienced the same or worse, and so their story and experiences are not unique, and blah blah blah. We all do it. We’ve all done it.

We’re all flawed. There’s not one of us who don’t fall short of Jesus’s example, and heck if we’re honest with ourselves, we fall short of living up to the examples of many of the great servants of our Heavenly Father.

Passing judgment leaves you wide open to being judged. So think twice before opening your mouth, spreading lies and false prophesies, trying to fix someone else, and claiming to have the answers and know it all, and claiming to be blameless. Untwist that self-righteous knot that rests between your cheeks (and I will leave it to you to decide which cheeks I’m referring to). Stop trying to control the narrative, people, things, and circumstances.

You can’t even control yourself.

But if you want to focus your energies somewhere, focus on that. Control your mouth, the thoughts that you allow to form as words— understanding the power that lies in each word. Control your behavior. If you wouldn’t do it or say it in front of Jesus, then don’t do it or say it. Start there! That should keep you busy and less focused on meddling with other people.

Prayer

Father, keep me focused on doing right, speaking with love, and thinking of how best to serve You and Your Kingdom.

Hold my tongue before I speak ill of someone, pass judgment; and respond out of anger, fear, or envy. Place the mirror of Truth before me so that I always see my faults before I attempt to point out someone else’s. In Your Name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.10.22

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There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the LORD.

Proverbs 21:30

Reflection

We see the darkness within the world and we feel terrified that it will only get worse with no relief, no resolution. But we forget the God that we serve when we allow that doubt to creep in. Do things sometimes not get worse before they get better? We see this throughout history, throughout the Bible.

Looking at our personal experiences, don’t we see that with healing— where we’ve been diagnosed with something or injured and it has grown and worsened over time, and then one day we start to see the healing take over. The issue begins to shrink and be less noticeable. God had already healed it, we just took longer to see it because we were too consumed with what our eyes saw and ears heard, and that our flesh felt. We were caught up in the fear when He wanted us celebrating with faith.

God has the solution before the problem surfaces. If we believed in that without doubt, we would see the immediacy of His actions, in real-time, not delayed. Things take longer because we’re so caught up in our flesh and feelings, that our issues take precedence over Him.

He’s always showing us that He’s here, working hard for us. He always shows us signs, but we’re oftentimes looking for theatrics and something entertaining to share as testimony. God isn’t here to entertain us. He wants a relationship with us. If you want entertainment, there’s plenty of performers you can watch. If you want a genuine, authentic, nothing-like-it-anywhere relationship, then God is your Partner.

Let me address something to the cynics and skeptics who tend to want to play devil’s advocate for some reason. Yes, there are times when we don’t heal, when we succumb to our injuries or diseases.

Yes, babies and children leave this existence before we’re ready. It doesn’t seem fair when they transition. No, I don’t see it as God’s punishment nor do I see it as His oversight. I simply see it as part of our realignment and transition to our next assignment. I see it as part of the alignment that may spark our loved ones and future generations to answer their calling to do more and be more— maybe heading foundations, clinics, and projects as advocates in our memory. Maybe it inspires someone to answer their call to be a healthcare professional, researcher, etc.

For those of us who have experienced miscarriages and/or stillbirths, I say to lean more into Him and less into your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5) because there is a reason for all things, and God’s love and care is never absent. Don’t carry that guilt or shame. Neither were assigned to you.

I believe that God’s original plan was for humankind to live forever, just like His other heavenly creations. We know that man fell and with that we’re supposed to be doing our part to be reconciled back to God, so that His original plan may be fulfilled. It’s taking us longer because we keep sinning, keep worshipping creations instead of the Creator, but that doesn’t mean God tosses away His plan.

I don’t know if our loved ones who have transitioned from this life are in a holding pattern somewhere, or were reassigned to a life somewhere else, all I know is what I’ve read time after time through studying my Bible—God wants all of us to one day be together and I won’t stop believing that my loved ones look forward to reconnecting with me in the future, just as I will always expect to do the same.

If you don’t see things the same way (or similar to) what I’ve shared, you are entitled to your opinion. Just don’t poo-poo on other people’s views and opinions simply because they don’t align with yours.

No matter what we think or do, no matter who we pray to, nothing will stand in God’s way.

This Proverb of Solomon makes clear that no matter what someone does, God will always prevail. No matter what forces stand against you, nothing can overpower your Heavenly Father. Nothing and no one will derail His plans. So stand tall in victory, for God can and will make a way out of no way.

He can lead you out of valleys and over the steepest of mountains, through waters you thought you could never swim, and along paths you could never independently navigate. It requires your participation. You’re going to have to walk with Him to be led into and out of situations. This isn’t a passive relationship. This is the most engaging and passionate relationship that you will ever have, if you invest in it.

You have to allow yourself to be vulnerable. Heck, He already knows everything there is to know about you—past, present, and future—so surrender yourself to His will, so that you can get the most of it and be positioned to invest the most of yourself in it.

There are forked roads, splintered paths, with so many options that you can get dizzy from the confusion. But God is never puzzled, never stumped, never without a solution.

Do you trust and believe in Him? Do you believe He has your best interests at heart? Do you put your faith (support) in Him? If so, then seek Him in all ways and all circumstances, and walk with Him.

Prayer

Father, I follow Your plan for my life. There is nothing and no one greater than You. I worship only You. My efforts and disobedience can never overpower Your plan. All that I have ever earned was through Your will and loving grace. All that I will ever be is through Your love and favor.

I want to be more engaged in our relationship. I want to invest more of myself into what we have together. I don’t want to be passive, entitled, expecting You to do all of the work. I want to do my part. I want to commit to You in all of the ways that You commit to me.

Nothing compares to what we have and I love You more and more each day that this fact is crystallized. I thank You Father for everything, past, present, and future. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.9.22

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Scripture

“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?”

Mark 8:36 TLV

Reflection

Do the things we desire and dream about actually align with God’s plans for us? Are the things that bring you joy today also the things that could sustain you for a lifetime?

If you didn’t receive another tangible blessing, would it be enough?

Are you content with the life you have or do you want more, because you’re never satisfied?

Are you content with the life you have or are you just settling because you don’t think that God has greater in store for you?

Many of us walk around attempting to acquire and aggressively collect as much “stuff” as we can in fear that our time is more limited than we think; so we can’t afford to wait on God to take care of what we believe we need. Oftentimes we miss out on the greatest of blessings and experiences because we are too focused on lack, and how to turn that lack into gross abundance.

Yes, in our current physical state we have a limit of time before this flesh we wear as a tent/shell expires. But there’s no limit to what God can do. God has been trying so many different ways to make us see and embrace His Truth and Reality. He provides examples and speaks to us through different people.

He’s trying to remind us of who we are, what we are, and to Whom we belong. He’s trying to remind us to stop thinking through the lens of our will and begin desiring the movements and manifestations of His Will. He’s also trying to remind us that as long as we do things for our glory, the thrill and celebration is always short-lived. But when we do things for His glory, we have a lifetime of joy.

God wants us to take in the richness of relationships and experiences, not just the stuff He helped us to create.

Think about the consumer mindset many of us struggle with. Now ask yourself these questions:

  1. With this mindset, what are you willing to sacrifice to gain that abundance?
  2. What and who are you willing to neglect or use to make sure that every free moment you have is locked on reaching that ultimate goal of excess?
  3. What are you willing to sacrifice to get what you want?
  4. At what cost?
  5. If you get what you desire will it truly be enough, or will you still want more more more?

We keep supersizing things and we’re still not happy, we’ve become hoarders of things and we still feel a void. That’s because we’re still seeking joy in all of the wrong places. We’re operating out of a state of lack because God isn’t the Chairman and CEO of these plans you’re executing.

We’re still not satisfied with God being more than enough, so we begin to worship things like money, cars, jewelry, and stuff we wouldn’t have whether heaven is on Earth or in another dimension.

Consider your actions versus your prayers for God’s reassurance of action already taken. Are you a sell out to the world, or are you sold on God’s promise?

Prayer

Father, I am appreciative and grateful for all that I have, and thank You for blessing me with every idea, thought, skill and item. I thank You for each person that has been made a part of my life. It has been rewarding sharing and learning with them.

Let me always think of the impact of my decisions before I make them. Let me always weigh how what I might say or do could affect others. Let me always pray to You first for guidance and protection, and trust in You to guide me throughout circumstances.

I only want what You say that I am worthy of, and I desire no more than what You believe I should have. If this very moment I took my last breath, I declare that You have given me more than enough. I praise You and Thank You.

I love You!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.8.22

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Scripture

But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults.

Psalms 19:12

Reflection

Sometimes even when we look in the mirror we don’t truly see ourselves. It is not until we admit that we are blinded by fear and self, and fear of self, can we take the next step in making things right in our lives as God intends. It’s not about shame it’s about authenticity and being aligned with God.

What are you really seeing when you look in the mirror? Do you really hear the words that are coming from your mouth?

Do you think we can spend our lives analyzing, counseling and judging others, yet never truly turning inward on ourselves to address our own issues? We can’t tell others to get spiritual, psychological, or medical treatment by trained and licensed professionals, if we fail to do so ourselves.

We must practice what we preach. That also means that we must turn to God to reveal our truths so that we can do, speak, and think right by Him. There are no excuses. Let’s stop short-changing ourselves.

Prayer

Father, whatever I don’t see please show me. Whatever ways I am not aligned with Your plan, please forgive me and then redirect me. I expect Your discipline when I’m not self-disciplined. I want to improve. I want to do better and be better in all ways, to all people.

I don’t want to walk around judging, critiquing, and criticizing other people through my self-righteous lens. I am no better or no worse, and only through humility can I correct this imbalance that I carry within.

Forgive me for my phoniness. Forgive me for the shame I carry and the shame I cast upon others. It is not of You and I want to be free from it. I ask for deliverance. I thank You now for my realignment. To You I give all the credit and glory. Amen.

Lovingly yours,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.7.22

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Scripture

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31

Reflection

We all get tired, but God will reenergize us. He carries us when we stumble, fall, or are too weak to walk. Isaiah 40:28 says that He never grows tired or weary, and we can’t possibly fathom His understanding.

Verse 29 says that for those of us who are weary He gives us strength and He increases the power of those who are weak. This isn’t something that just happens to the older folks, nope, verse 30 shows that even youngsters can grow tired and weary. It’s nothing to be ashamed about. You can only grow tired because you’re exerting energy. You’re putting in the work and you need a re-boost and reboot.

What God wants us to do when we get tired and weary, when we stumble and fall, is to believe in Him, hope for Him to renew our strength. There is not a need He cannot meet, a wound He cannot heal, an issue He cannot resolve. But do we truly believe this?

Do we have the utmost faith (support) in Him that He can do all things? Do we trust and believe what is written in verse 28, that He is the everlasting God, Elohei Olam, the Creator of the ends of the earth, Boreh Ketzot HaAretz?

Oh imagine life with total faith, trust, dependability, and worship of God and only God. Now that’s living! That’s soaring, never growing weary, never fainting no matter how long and far we walk. There’s no worries because we put all of our trust in our Heavenly Father!

Prayer

Father, thank You for my renewed strength. Thank You for always revealing Yourself to me in different ways and scenarios, and showing me that You are always here. The things that many would see as coincidences I know to be You, the loving Parent, standing nearby looking after me.

Thank You for the angels and messengers that You send to guard, guide, instruct, and enlighten me. There is no greater than You. There is no other place that I would rather be than with You. Thank You for loving me. I love You, Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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