Breaking Bread For 8.18.22

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Scripture

“True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.”

Proverbs 22:4 NLT

Reflection

In Judaism, the “fear of God (LORD)” means awe, respect, or submission to Him. Whenever God or a deity was mentioned in this way, this is what the people were expressing. It was a positive, not a negative. That is what it meant and means in the Bible. Over time, and as some people declared themselves monotheists, “fear” was also translated to mean horror. Christians, for instance, express awe, reverence, and respect as fear, and then there is the fear of punishment, hell, and damnation. Depending on the lens you look through determines your interpretation.

So when you read the Bible verse above, do you read humility as the fear (respect) of the Lord? Or do you read it as fearing punishment by God, and you opt for humility? Are you complying and submitting out of honor and respect? Or to avoid punishment?

Humility is a modest or low view of your own importance. That’s not to be confused with self-deprecation or low self-esteem. God doesn’t want you to think low of yourself. He made you. You are loved and protected by Him. He made you perfect in His sight. You aren’t worthless, you aren’t someone’s footstool, and you don’t deserve mistreatment and slavery. That isn’t what humility is about. Humility prevents others from treating you as though you’re less than.

Humility also means you don’t treat people like they’re less than you. There is no humility in elitism, classism, racism, sexism, etc. Your perceived power over others indicates you believe yourself to be of greater importance. That is not modesty. That is not humility. Are you serving or expecting to be served? That’s just one of your tests.

Humility requires us to be less of an extrovert, not being the center of attention, not trying to get credit for everything we take part in, not trying to get social media likes and followers, and choosing instead to be modest. It’s elevating someone above us because our ego is in check, and we are centered on and aligned with God. Humility steers us away from “big-head syndrome,” which pops up when we take on fancy titles, acquire expensive things, and gain popularity.

So back to the Bible verse—if humility is the way to riches, honor, and life, why are we not submitting our hearts and minds to living this way? Are you ready to surrender? Or is your ego struggling with a sense of importance or a desire for fame?

Look closely at many of the famous people from the past who craved fame—how many of them walked in honor, with untainted wealth, and lived long and healthy lives? Many of them didn’t. So many faced scandals, died tragically, struggled with reality, and more.

Look at today’s celebrities and their struggles. Their demons make regular appearances, ensuring the celebrity’s face will be plastered all over the news, social media, and magazines. Look at everything they sacrifice and trade for fame, to be the center of attention. Have you noticed that the ones who choose a life of modesty and humility are also rarely in the tabloids? You don’t hear of them being caught up in a scandal. It’s like they understand the trappings, and they choose a different path. You hear more about their benevolence than any antics.

I always cringe when I hear or read someone say they want to be famous. It’s a trap. It’s the temptation of the flesh. The riches, honor, and life they desire can only come from living a life of humility. Being more than okay behind the camera, but elevating and giving credit to others when you are in front of the camera. Humility is “we,” not “I.” Humility honors those who made it possible for you to be where you are. It’s understanding and declaring that you aren’t self-made—someone helped you along the way. It’s paying forward, the gifts given to you. That’s the life I want to consistently live; how about you?

Prayer

Father, there is nothing or no one I should be in awe of or submit to but You. There is no greater power or presence than You. There is no source capable of providing me with everlasting joy, happiness, love, and life than You. I can’t thrive, gain riches and wealth, or grow without You. I can’t be in perfect mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health without You. I humbly surrender to You Father. I humbly admit that without You there is no me. Without You I have no home. Without You I can’t eat or drink. Without You there is no purpose. You are everything and my everything.

I fear not pleasing You because I know it hurts You, and my heart hurts to think of that. I fear losing Your favor, because I want to serve You and be the best ambassador that I can be. Show me the way Lord. Show me how to serve You best. Show me how to humble myself to Your liking. I know you didn’t create me to be a footstool or to treat others as though they are footstools.

Show me how to best be receptive to You Father. I want to see what You have before me. I want to hear Your voice, even at a whisper. I want to feel Your touch, even if it’s like a light breeze. I want blandness to taste rich. I want the slightest scent to be delightfully overwhelming. I want to be aligned with you fully and always. This can only happen with You and through following Your son Jesus. Show me how Father. I love you. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.17.22

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Scripture

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 

Revelation 21:6

Reflection

To those who thirst for a deeper, more intimate relationship with God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, we can be granted that blessed connection and a fulfilled and eternal life—without cost.

Seems simple when you say it, yet we struggle to fully commit to this life as God sees fit. We keep struggling with the flesh that says we can do all things without God, that our immediate gratification is of greater importance. We pay a price living life that way. We are choosing to pay for the short-term and fleeting when we could have true freedom, without cost, by simply aligning with God. How foolish we are.

We’re all works in progress. We’re all pieces of clay being molded slowly into the perfect examples of His spiritual likeness. Keep praying for the molding!

Prayer

Father, there is no life, truth, or love without You. My day cannot start or end without You. Everything I am capable of doing is because of You. I cannot breathe, speak, see, feel, taste, move or think without Your will and grace making these things possible. My ideas are not mine alone, but shared with You, and Yours shared with me. The things I possess are only temporary gifts and loans from You. I must do better to show my appreciation and gratitude. I will do better. I thank You, Father. In You I put my trust. Through You I gain the inconceivable. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.16.22

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Scripture

Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

Haggai 1:5-6

Reflection

God sent the prophet Haggai to speak to the governor of Judah about God’s temple that had yet to be rebuilt. The people had built grand homes for themselves, yet the temple was still in ruins. They planted plenty of crops that should have resulted in a huge harvest, but it didn’t happen. They had material things but still were unsatisfied. They kept coming up short. They didn’t know why.

When you continue reading past verse 6, you see that Haggai spoke God’s words and made clear that all of this was happening because they didn’t honor God. They didn’t put Him first. They hadn’t taken care of His temple before or while building their beautiful homes. They put care and attention to detail in their homes, knowing the temple was still nothing but a mound of scraps and dirt. They planted in His soil, expecting to take from it, without honoring him.

How many of us are guilty of the same?

How many of us put our needs and desires above what God calls us to do? How many of us focus on someone else’s things, and then we lack the care for our own God-given things? When, where, and how are we honoring Him?

Jesus said our bodies are God’s temples, but how do we treat them? While we’re busy getting our homes spruced up, what are we doing to and for our bodies that are our first and truest home? How are we glorifying God and giving thanks for these vessels we occupy?

Have you ever considered that the areas where you struggle are where God isn’t first in your life? Maybe you aren’t consulting with Him or getting guidance from Him, so you’re relying on your own knowledge and ways. What kind of harvest do you think you will receive? How fulfilled do you think you will be?

Ponder this.

Prayer

Father, I pray to always honor You above all, to put You first in all situations, to invest my energy into the things You desire, and that I’m obedient to Your requests and commands. I don’t want to disappoint You. I ask for Your graceful realignment. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Loving you all!

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.15.22

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Seek Him

Today’s message comes from Day 168 in my book, Seek Him, Volume 2: Going Beyond Your Spiritual Comfort Zone. The theme is “No Limits.”

Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

—Daniel 2:20-22 KJV

We have to be connected and present to notice that times and seasons are changing; we have to be willing to change and grow with them. We can’t be concerned with the how, when, what, where, or why—just let God do what He does. The only limits to what you can receive in life are the ones that you place upon yourself, by thinking you can overrule or rush His will. When we walk courageously, fearlessly, respectfully, and selflessly with God—there are no limits—for He always provides the Gate.

PRAYER

Father, today I open my heart and mind to receive all that You have for me. I will be present and willing to accept today’s lessons and blessings, not concerned about yesterday or tomorrow. I trust that You are with me directing my steps. Thank You for helping me grow in every area of my life. Amen.

SPEAK YOUR TRUTH

When I See Myself I See…

When I Think About Myself I Think Of…

I Feel…

I Want To Improve My…

I Fear…

I Want to Overcome This Fear Because…

I Will Show My Support Of God Today By…

Today, I Tell The Enemy…

I Am…

I Thank God For…

GO DEEPER!

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Breaking Bread For 8.14.22

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Seek Him

Today’s message comes from Day 166 in my book, Seek Him, Volume 2: Going Beyond Your Spiritual Comfort Zone. The theme is “Fight the “Liar.” It has been reformatted to align with this blog.


Scripture

You are not the kind of God who is pleased with evil. Sinners can’t stay with you. No one who boasts can stand in your presence, Lord, and you hate evil people. You destroy every liar, and you despise violence and deceit. You do what is right, and I ask you to guide me. Make your teaching clear because of my enemies. Nothing they say is true! They just want to destroy. Their words are deceitful like a hidden pit, and their tongues are good only for telling lies.

—Psalm 5:4-6,8-9 CEV

This message is for those of you who are under attack by people who can’t make it through their day without trying to harm you and your relationship with God. This message is for those of us who are constantly under attack by the “liar”. The spiritual enemy, the father of lies, who tries to convince us that we are not worthy of God’s blessings. The lies that say that we can’t do the things we are attempting and desiring in our lives; that we can’t have the very things that we are working so hard to get. The “liar” will whisper words of fear, doubt, and hate into your ears. It will try to convince you to envy (or covet) others. It tries to convince you to doubt yourself. It wants you to be insecure with your appearance, mental ability, and spiritual connectedness to God. You must fight the “liar” and your human enemy the same way, each and every day—through and with God! We must pray to Him for guidance, clarity, strength, protection, discernment, and the voice to say to our enemies, “No. You are a liar. I will not listen to you or sink down to your level. God is my Light, Strength, Comforter, and Salvation, and I will leave this between you and Him!” Then we must step back and let God deal with the transgressions of our enemies.

We must never sink down to the level of our enemy, who is possibly at the lowest depths that one can live. As my mom always said to me when I was growing up, “Don’t fight in someone else’s yard. They always have the advantage“. Know who you are and what you are—God’s child—and walk upright in His glory and countless blessings. Walk in the knowledge that God’s arms encircle you. Your enemy can only harm you when you let them in, and stop relying on God to be your security gates!

PRAYER

I am thanking You now Father, for keeping my eyes on You; for guiding me to where I need to be—despite the attempts of the “liar” and those influenced by evil, to steer my mind and heart away from You. Thank You for helping me rise above pettiness, jealousy, envy, anger, fear, hatred, and a desire to retaliate against those who attack me. In and through You I know the Truth. No matter what anyone else says or does, I know that You will always prevail and reveal Your Truth to all. Thank You, Father, for Your constant love. Amen.

SPEAK YOUR TRUTH

When I See Myself I See…

When I Think About Myself I Think Of…

I Feel…

I Want To Improve My…

I Fear…

I Want to Overcome This Fear Because…

I Will Show My Support Of God Today By…

Today, I Tell The Enemy…

I Am…

I Thank God For…

GO DEEPER!

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Breaking Bread For 8.13.22

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Scripture

Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves. 

Ecclesiastes 4:5

Reflection

Crossed arms leave you closed off to receiving God’s blessings and incapable of being a blessing to others. You’re stubbornly rejecting humility, which is a recipe for disaster.

Have you ever tried walking, jogging, or running with your hands or arms interlocked? Eventually, you WILL lose balance and risk falling flat on your face. Why purposely subject yourself to that?

When we close ourselves off from learning, growing, being challenged, experiencing new things, and hearing opinions that differ from our own—we are setting ourselves up to fall hard.

A fool will always think and believe, “I got this,” or they don’t need to hear something or get help with an issue. They fold their hands and block their blessings rather than extend them outward to receive. You can’t be a blessing to others if you’re walking around with that mindset. You can’t catch or be caught.

Keep your hands folded while trying to navigate life, and watch how hard you fall. Always keep your hands and arms open to receive and give.

Prayer

Father, never do I want to be closed off from You, closed off from knowledge and wisdom, and the right way to live my life. Father, I don’t want to be stubborn and set in my ways, where I never consider and accept alternative avenues shared by You to reach my goals.

Lord, I always want to have a “can do” attitude even in a situation that may at first and throughout seem impossible to complete, overcome, or achieve. I’m not a quitter Father, and You know this more than I do. Please keep showing me the possibilities and potential that I have. Keep blessing me Lord. Keep my mind and heart receptive and open to You and Your children that serve You. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

I love you all.

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 8.12.22

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Scripture

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.

And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 

1 John 3:18-24

Reflection

Every day we start anew with the hope of understanding that we can make our own choices in life. We can choose to do right or wrong, loving and kind, or cruel and selfish. We can choose to obey God or not.

But at the beginning, middle, and end of each day (and every second in between), God still makes the decisions whether we walk, talk, think, breathe, move, blink, swallow, live here on earth or pack our spiritual bags and move on to another level of existence. 

He knows everything. He sees and hears everything. There are no closets for us to hide our skeletons and truths from Him. Our actions always speak louder than our words. We can lie to and hide from ourselves and others, but not God. He reveals all.

We need to stop pretending and start getting right with God. We need to stop playing games as though we have a trump card that can overrule God and start realizing and acknowledging that He holds every card to every deck and knows every move we’re going to make (or think we’re going to make) before we do. 

I pray to be a little less selfish each day so that I may be more selfless in my walk because this has nothing to do with me and everything to do with Him. I love you all. I open myself up to prove in my actions, not just my words, that my declaration is truthful and not just “catchy” and sweet. Enjoy your day, and thank God for each day that you wake and live.

Prayer

Father, fill me with Your love and peace, that I might love all of Your children without hesitation or judgment, as You have commanded. Teach me Father how to be accepting and loving of my fellow brothers and sisters, as Jesus does. Let me see them as You do, and let me see myself as You see me.

Father, You know me better than I will ever know myself. You know my strengths and weaknesses—some I’ve acknowledged and some I’m still clueless or in denial about, but even in my imperfections I am perfect in Your sight, as Your spiritual reflection. I want to be a better person Lord. I want to lead a better life where nothing and no one takes the place of You, comes before You, has more power over my life, and in my mind than You. I want my crooked walk to be straightened. I want my life to be filled with more peace and joy, as I bring more peace and joy to others lives.

I know that nothing and everything takes place by Your will and grace, and there is nothing that I can do to change this, to change You, or to change Your Mind—for You are the ultimate and only decision maker. Father, I don’t want to disappoint You, even when I do, and even when later today I probably will—that is not in my heart Lord and You know this. Help me to discern truth from fiction, light from dark, love from fear, transparency from manipulation, real from fake, and know that no matter what I go through You will always be here and there for me. In Jesus’ Name I pray to You this day and everyday. Amen.

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Breaking Bread For 8.11.22

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Scripture

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. 

Proverbs 18:2 

Reflection

Don’t argue or debate with someone who has clearly shown themselves to be a fool—what does that say about you?

I used to debate endlessly with fools, and after much time I realized that I was serving their purpose but not God’s. I was exhausted and going nowhere. They only cared about their opinions—not logic, not fact, not the truth, not even common sense. They were deadset, and I wasn’t going to budge them. I was proving myself to also be a fool. I still find myself drawn into conversations that seem ridiculously easy to resolve, but as soon as I realize that the person chooses ignorance, I end the conversation.

Before you get on your high horse, consider the countless times you chose to argue against reason. Think about times when you held your position, arguing with great passion, even when the person you were debating gave you valid proof that supported their argument and discredited yours. Did you concede and admit wrong? Or did you dig in your heels and keep arguing your side?

Think about the things you post and repost on social media that an outsider, looking in, could say are merely propaganda and rhetoric that serves as confirmation bias.

We are a fool when we refuse to understand or truly examine another point of view. When we are inflexible in our thinking and close our minds to other possibilities, refusing to do the research and get answers to our questions—we are the fool. We are a fool when we only seek information that validates our argument. In all the ways you can point out a fool, look closely at yourself. Oftentimes we, too, are standing on a platform of quicksand.

Look at some of the topics that we’re currently debating:

  • the pandemic (COVID-19)
  • vaccinations and especially for COVID-19
  • COVID-19 masking mandates
  • policing
  • 2020 election results
  • January 6, 2021 insurgence at US Capitol
  • sex trafficking
  • human trafficking
  • a woman’s right to her body
  • social media trolling and manipulation by foreign and domestic entities
  • sexual harassment
  • racism
  • teaching a complete and accurate history of the US in K-12 schools
  • teaching or not teaching children in K-12 schools about racism, genocide, sexism, discrimination, bias, and hate
  • athletes speaking publicly about social and political issues
  • cancel culture
  • cultural appropriation
  • slavery in the US and reparations
  • wage disparity
  • living wages
  • unemployment and underemployment
  • taxes
  • health insurance
  • military spending and increasing budgets
  • homelessness
  • fake news
  • “Karen’s”
  • microaggressions in the workplace and on social media
  • voter suppression
  • gun laws, regulations, etc.
  • 1st and 2nd amendment rights
  • student loan debt

These are just some issues that stay on a constant loop, hounding and haunting us, dividing us, and unresolved.

Fools think that only their opinion matters, that their way is the best way, that an opposing view is 100 percent wrong, and they will attack you for thinking and saying otherwise. Some fools will use the Bible and other religious texts to justify their selfish and cruel behavior. Fools use the Bible to justify slavery, racism, misogyny, incest, pedophilia, abusing and controlling wives, tithing people into debt, protecting rapists and pedophiles, and attacking people of other religions, starting wars, infidelity, adultery, and more.

There are fools who make laws. There are some who stand in positions of authority to enforce those laws. We have fools in every community and organization, on every level. We give power to fools by voting them into political offices, and we make some fools wealthy by buying their products and services. We can’t control fools. We can’t change them. But we can control and change ourselves. We can look closely in the mirror and examine whether we speak and live consistently as wise people or silly fools. We can speak truth to lies and remove ourselves and our power from situations that hint at or prove to be reckless.

What are you doing to “check yourself”—to not be a fool?

Prayer

Father, thank You for knowledge and wisdom, the gift of discernment, the intelligence to think before I speak, and the courage to stand up for what’s right. Father, hold my tongue when I feel the need to argue an issue with an unreasonable person, and when I’m that unreasonable person. I thank You now for redirecting me, humbling me, teaching me, and reminding me of my place, position, and purpose. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

I love you all!

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.10.22

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Scripture

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 

When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?

Acts 3:6, 8-10, 12

Reflection

Don’t be shocked when you receive or see healing—rejoice, but don’t be surprised—praise God, but don’t be amazed at the blessing, as though it were improbable and inconceivable. There is nothing God can’t do to heal, make whole, and restore. There is no barrier He can’t eliminate. There is no problem that is too great for Jehovah Jireh. He is the great I Am that works through us. We are not autonomous, independent sources of power. We get our power from Him. Stop elevating and worshipping the creations and start giving God all the glory. Give credit to the power, not the one who uses it. Embrace His Light and healing presence, and be a blessing to others.

Prayer

Father, thank You for the ability to reflect You, to heal the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, uplift the hopeless, share in Your grace and mercy—to build faith in those who doubt Your power and presence.

Thank You for showing me daily what You can do, and what I can do through You. Thank You for providing me with endless examples of Your love. Thank You for showing me how I can do what You have asked of me, how I can bring people together in a space where they want to believe and form their own personal relationship with You. Thank You for my blessings and gifts Father. I humbly pray for Your continuous guiding Light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.9.22

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Scripture

“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

James‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Reflection

He who began a good work in you will continue. He keeps His promises. Will you keep yours? Will you press forward each day and endure your tests? Or will you think life is unfair and decide instead to focus on what you don’t have? Will you blame God for the temptation you caved to, or will you take responsibility for giving into the flesh?

Praise and seek God through the tests and times you are tempted. Keep your eyes and heart focused on Him. Your reward is immeasurable and invaluable. Don’t ever forget that.

Prayer

Father, thank You for holding my world in Your Hand. Thank You for never letting go of me and always believing in me, even when I don’t. Thank You for giving me courage and strength. Thank You for inspiring and encouraging me with Your love, so that I don’t weaken and give up when facing the troubles of life. Thank You for giving me reasons to smile each day. Thank You for each day that I rise. In Jesus’ Name I praise You and pray to You. Amen.

Loving you all!

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Breaking Bread For 8.8.22

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Seek Him

Today’s message comes from Day 41 in my book, Seek Him, Volume 1: Testing Your Spiritual Comfort Zone. The theme is “Recklessness.”

Scripture

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. — Proverbs 12:18 NIV

Reflection

Focus on the here and now. Focus on praying before speaking. Clear your negative thoughts and pray that they are replaced by pure loving ones. So that they might uplift and heal, rather than tear down and destroy. What we say can be just as or more harmful to ourselves and others what we do. Protect your mind and heart from recklessness in thought, speech, and deed. Understand that even if you’re speaking the truth it’s gossip.

If you’re not part of the solution, then you’re part of the problem. If you’re gossiping about them but not working directly with them, then you’re part of the problem. Be silent. We’re so quick to talk about everyone’s business. How would we feel hearing that people who claimed to be friends and loved ones were gossiping about us? How would we feel if the very person who came to help us was turning around and gossiping about us? Doesn’t sound that great and entertaining when put that way, does it? Let’s stop being reckless!

Prayer

Father, today I choose to be wise and bring healing to myself and others with my words. I ask for more patience, tolerance, love, care, and consideration. I ask for more respect and wisdom so that I may honor and reflect you. Amen.

Speak Your Truth

I Feel…

I Am…

I Believe…

I Am Grateful For…

I Will Improve…

I Am Proud of Myself Because…

I Will Stay Out of My/God’s Way By…

Today I Will Focus More on…

And Focus Less on…

Today I Will…

Go Deeper!

When you are ready to go deeper, please refer to Day 41 in Seek Him: Workbook 1

Copyright 2020. Natasha L. Foreman.

Music: Quiescent In Time by Shane Ivers – https://www.silvermansound.com

Breaking Bread For 8.7.22

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Seek Him

Today’s message comes from Day 74 in my book Seek Him, Volume 1: Testing Your Spiritual Comfort Zone. The theme is “Leave Your Worries Behind.”

Scripture

“Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.” — Proverbs 12:25 NLT

Reflection

Today I want you to leave your worries behind you. You have enough baggage. Your worries tell God that you doubt His ability to provide what you need and in time. What we fail to realize is that God knows all, sees all, and has the answer to everything long before it becomes our reality. Let go of your worries. Just breathe and tell yourself, “This is not my battle to be won” and then surrender to God your cares and worries.

Surrender before you see His work. Surrender before your prayers are answered. You must first surrender, then watch God’s work unfold before you. I hope my words have cheered you up. I hope your surrender will fill you until your cup runneth over. Have a blessed day. Thank God for making it through the day, and pray for another sunrise tomorrow. Say a prayer for your family members and friends, those living here with us, and those who have passed on. God bless you!

Prayer

Father, I just want to say thank You for bringing a calming peace over me. I want to thank You for that extra blessing that came in right on time, which made my worry and cares to disappear. Thank You for sending the angel who pointed me in the right direction. And the person who shared encouraging words that lifted my spirits and made my burdens seem invisible.

Thank You for showing me the need for patience, and prayer while I wait for You to reveal my truths. Thank You for humbling me so that I may be receptive and appreciative of my blessings, and not taking them for granted. Father when I think of You and Your love I smile. I smile because the feeling of completeness consumes me. I smile because with You I know true love. Thank You for loving me Lord. I love you. Amen.

Speak Your Truth

I Feel…

I Am…

I Believe…

I Am Grateful For…

I Will Improve…

I Am Proud of Myself Because…

I Will Stay Out of My/God’s Way By…

Today I Will Focus More on…

And Focus Less on…

Today I Will…

Go Deeper!

When you are ready to go deeper, please refer to Day 114 in Seek Him: Workbook 1

Copyright 2020. Natasha L. Foreman.

Music: Quiescent In Time by Shane Ivers – https://www.silvermansound.com

Breaking Bread For 8.6.22

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Scripture

By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see. 

Acts 3:16 

Reflection

Faith requires trust and active participation.

It’s believing in the unseen, the unknown, the immeasurable, and the inconceivable. Faith is walking even when you don’t see the path ahead. Faith is believing in and opening yourself to seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching using your spiritual senses and not relying upon your human senses (which are limited). Faith is knowing there is a “there” even when you aren’t sure where “here” is.

God created us out of His spiritual image and likeness, not flesh but spirit. Like Him, we are energy, and we’re housed inside these vessels of flesh called bodies. Our Father has equipped us with the ability to heal, grow, and experience things beyond our comprehension. Our limited thinking prevents us from doing the things the Spirit encourages us to pursue. Expand your thinking and vision. Look beyond the physical. Look beyond the weeds and trees, the mountains and valleys, the obvious things surrounding you, and that which is in front of you.

Connect with your spiritual foundation, and then hold on for the ride because it will be exciting, euphoric, and rewarding. Jesus told his followers that anything asked for in his name would be provided. That requires faith in him and faith in God. It’s not casual; it’s connected. It’s not passive; it’s intentional. It’s a declarative act on our part.

God made you, so if you think you aren’t worthy, think again. You weren’t an afterthought. You weren’t the remaining scraps pieced together. You were intentionally made. Live by faith in your relationship with God, the Father, and Jesus, His son.

Prayer

Father, I know that through Your son Jesus Christ, the wayshower, I find my way to where You expect me to be. It is through him I receive my training and development to see how I am supposed to serve You, live my life, treat myself, and treat others. I want to build my faith in knowing that I am never separate from You or Jesus. I want to build my faith that all crooked ways will be made straight, that all debts will be paid to me and by me.

I want total faith that I am always whole, complete, healed, and at-one with You and Your son. I want total faith to see through my spiritual eyes, hear through my spiritual ears, and feel, smell, and taste through my spiritual senses. I want total alignment with You.

I declare that I am Your child and Jesus is my shepherd. I declare that I am a believer, a practitioner, and a follower of Christ. I declare that I am Your ambassador and servant, and that it is my purpose to serve all of Your children—even the non-believers—so that every day Your Light and the essence of Jesus, exudes from me, and brings people closer to You and him.

Father, I praise You. In Jesus’ Name I pray to You and thank You for all that You are doing. Amen.

God bless you all. I love each and every one of you!

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.5.22

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Scripture

I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Psalm 146:2 

Reflection

Don’t just praise God when He answers your prayers. Praise Him throughout every day you’re blessed to be alive. Praise Him during the downs in life, not just the ups. Praise Him when most people would give up hope in a situation. Praise Him for the challenges and tests, knowing that you’re given them because you’re worthy.

No matter what your day looks like, you should spend it praising God for being alive to experience LIFE and all that it brings! Enjoy, love, embrace, and never forget Who blessed you with it.

Prayer

Father, everyday I praise You. Everyday I testify to healings and blessings from You. As long as I live I will praise You for all You have done, are doing, and will do—because only You can take care of my every need. Through good times and bad, You are my constant provider, healer, protector, nurturer, encourager, and shelter. Thank You. I love You Father. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.4.22

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Scripture

But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might…

Micah 3:8

Reflection

You are strong. You are courageous. You are powerful. You are energy. You are God’s child. You are filled with His power and His Spirit. You know justice because it is within your heart. You know right from wrong. You can stand for what’s right and good because that which is of God is what you’re to emulate, support, protect, and be.

Knowing who you are by Whom you were created, you then know, believe, and declare all that is within you and all you are because of Him.

Say it. Claim it. Know it. Believe it. Be it. And thank God, for it is in, by, and through Him that you have these things.

Prayer

Father, thank You for blessing me with strength, power, wisdom, courage, humility, joy, love, laughter, humor, and the ability to care and empathize. In You do I put my trust. In You am I strengthened, and know the truth of my walk with Your son Jesus, and my purpose in Your Kingdom. There is nothing and no one who can stand in the way of our relationship, Father. There is nothing and no one who can block my blessings Lord. Thank you. In Jesus’ Name I praise You and pray to You, Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.3.22

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Scripture

And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. 

Romans 11:6

Reflection

Work hard and thank God for His grace and the opportunities He will provide now and in your future. God’s grace isn’t based on our works. Grace is freely given simply because it can, not because an equivalence of effort was performed by the recipient—because grace is immeasurable.

Work hard because there is honor in doing so because it glorifies God. But don’t do things thinking it will gain you grace. God is focused on your heart. Let that also be your focus.

Prayer

Father, it is Your grace and will that provide for me, sheltering me from harm, and guiding me through darkness. Your grace heals my inflictions and comforts me in times of pain and loneliness. Father, it’s Your grace and not my works, why I am who I am, and have what I have. I thank You. I love You. I give You all the glory. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 8.2.22

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Scripture

“May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”

Psalm 122:7-8 NIV

Reflection

David wrote a song about peace for the people and the land of Jerusalem. Today we can look around us, get news reports, and hear about the violence, inequities, injustice, and atrocities impacting countless people. At times it may feel like there’s more noise than calm.

Before and during your stand for peace in your community and the world, ensure peace within yourself and your home.

Pray for peace to reenergize you each day as you prepare to battle the evil outside your walls. To develop and maintain peace at home, you must not bring drama from the outside across your threshold. You must leave the nonsense outside and demand that others leave their nonsense on the side of your door that faces the world. You must rid your home of toxic people, things, and practices.

Let your home be your place to be most vulnerable, positively. Let it be where you come to relax, unwind, heal, be comforted, and prepared for the next day of unknowns. By taking care of your home environment, you are better equipped to seek out opportunities to meet and align with neighbors, strengthening the ties that bind your block, neighborhood, and community. If you have chaos in your home, how can you be rid of the chaos outside of your home?

Pray that others focus their energies on doing the same for their homes. Then what we seek outside is driven by what we maintain inside. Right now, the toxic environment outside mirrors what’s taking place in many homes. The secrets, lies, and harm only pour into the community and cause more division and destruction.

As airline attendants explain, we must put the oxygen mask on our face first before we can help other passengers on a flight. It doesn’t mean you’re not to help or to delay helping others; it means equipping yourself so you can help.

Prayer

Father, I pray for peace within my mind and heart, my life, my home, and my community. Free me from the unnecessary weight of my fears. Lift me Lord. I pray that my neighbors also gain peace within and have a peaceful home. May we collectively unite in peace to rebuke the evil that desires destruction and chaos. In Jesus’ Name I pray to You Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.1.22

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Seek Him

Today’s message comes from Day 114 of my book Seek Him, Volume 1: Testing Your Spiritual Comfort Zone. The theme is “Stop Comparing.”

Scripture

Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us. And God has given us his Spirit as proof that we live in him and he in us. Furthermore, we have seen with our own eyes and now testify that the Father sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.

— 1 John 4:11-15 NLT

Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding.

— 2 Corinthians 10:12 ESV

Reflection

Today, I share two Bible verses. The first speaks of God’s love and how it lives within us and is expressed by us. God is within us, and we carry the responsibility of choosing each day to either live in the Spirit or the flesh. God does not compare Himself to other gods, feeling inadequate, so why do we compare ourselves to other people? The same Creator of you made me, and He does not make mistakes. Why do we compare our circumstances to other people’s situations? Be grateful for the life that you have because it’s yours to live. You did nothing to get it or keep it, for it is a gift. Don’t squander it.

These daily experiences come with lessons to gain knowledge, and when applied we gain wisdom. You could be in a worse situation, and you know there are plenty of people facing issues that you could never fathom. There is always someone who has it worse than you, so humble yourself and give praise to God for His loving grace. What is meant for you is yours and will be yours. No one said it would be easy or happen as we would like. But God gives us what we need. Getting what you want is a bonus, be grateful, not entitled. We are toughened and strengthened by the journey. We learn to respect the ruggedness and thereby appreciate those moments of smooth, seamless passage.

Prayer

Thank You, Father. Thank You for all that I am and all that I have. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Speak Your Truth

I Feel…

I Am…

I Believe…

I Am Grateful For…

I Will Improve…

I Am Proud of Myself Because…

I Will Stay Out of My/God’s Way By…

Today I Will Focus More on…

And Focus Less on…

Today I Will…

Go Deeper!

When you are ready to go deeper, please refer to Day 114 in Seek Him: Workbook 1

Copyright 2020. Natasha L. Foreman.

Music: Quiescent In Time by Shane Ivers – https://www.silvermansound.com

Breaking Bread Announcement!

Guess what, Breaking Bread family?

We’re now broadcasting as a podcast!

Yes, indeed!

Breaking Bread With Natasha is now available on Spreaker and other podcast providers. I will provide the audio player in each message, beginning with the August 1st message, so let’s have some fun sharing God’s Word and love with the world!

~Natasha