Breaking Bread For 9.29.22

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Scripture

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 

John 1:1-5 KJV

Reflection

If we tell ourselves and others that we believe in and pray to only one God—the God of Moses, David, Daniel, and Jesus—then why do we not equip ourselves with His tools and resources so that we can overcome challenges, temptations, fear, negativity, shame, and evil?

God wants to have a healthy relationship with us. He sent Jesus to show the people how and to explain and prove their spiritual truth. Jesus tried to explain our relationship with God and how we are directly and uniquely connected to Him. He explained that God is Spirit, and we are His reflection and likeness.

Through our minds, we have a connection to communicate; our souls express what comes from our heart, and our spirit directs us—but we seem spooked out with this arrangement. We want to say we’re spiritual beings but prefer to default to our humanness. That’s the same default response the people chose in Jesus’ day. People were more willing to accept and believe him to be of the devil than the son of our Heavenly Father. We would rather embrace what we can touch than what we can only imagine.

We don’t dig into the Bible and the secondary sources that help provide context. We don’t use these tools and resources to learn about ourselves. We don’t use them to study and prepare for the enemy. We know we are constantly under attack, being tempted and manipulated. Yet, we know less about the enemy that plots against us and more about the celebrities that entertain us. The darkness is real and consuming, yet we aren’t prepared for those moments when it blindsides us.

But we also have to keep it real and admit that there are tons of people out there that can recite line by line, verse by verse, certain passages and chapters in the Bible—yet they aren’t living their lives in alignment with God. They aren’t loving their neighbors as they love themselves. If we loved each other as we love ourselves, we would satisfy the remaining commandments and would derail the enemy’s plans. It’s not a design flaw that causes us to do dumb and reckless things. It’s that we choose to listen and believe the enemy that tells us what we want to hear. The enemy knows us better than we know ourselves.

We don’t truly know and value who and what we are. We don’t know and value what it means to be in the image and likeness of God. We see and believe the flesh, not the Spirit. We refuse to let go of the flesh. That’s why we walk in darkness and can’t comprehend the Light. That’s why we can’t love our neighbor as we love ourselves because we don’t know and love ourselves—because we are conflicted about our worthiness, and we’re quick to accept shame.

That clearly indicates that our relationship with God isn’t rooted and secure. We’re allowing a third party to interfere with our relationship. Ponder that.

Prayer

Father, I believe in only You as my Source. I believe You are God and are the God who created the heavens, planets, and life for all. You are Mind, Truth, Love, Spirit, Soul, Light, Goodness, and Greatness. You are Alpha and Omega. You are all-in-all. I pray to You and I pray for You. I worship You with my heart. I believe in You and I believe in our relationship. I have faith that no matter what, You will always be here for me, even when I have doubt in my capabilities, and even when I disappoint You. I have faith that I will choose You always. I am Your child, Your creation, Your friend, Your love. The enemy can’t have or destroy what we have together.

I thank You Father for all I am and for all I have. I thank You for the abundance of blessings received, and for those that You have prepared for me to receive. I thank You for the challenges that have made me stronger, wiser, braver, more patient, more understanding, more forgiving, more flexible, and better prepared for tomorrow. I work each day to not take life and these gifts for granted. I try to make right my wrongs, take care of my debts and forgive my debtors and those who have harmed me. Keep filling me Lord so that I have more to share with others. I pray this to You today with joy, hope, humility, and love in my heart. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.28.22

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Scripture

When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, ‘Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?’ But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge — to the great amazement of the governor”

Matthew 27:12–14

Reflection

It doesn’t matter what someone says about you. You know that You are God’s child and that He is Your Father-Mother, protector, friend, judge, and ruler. At the end of each day, He decides if you rise the next morning. He determines if you breathe, blink, swallow, chew, move, speak, think, act, do, and exist. Let the naysayers talk, and then say nothing in your defense, just as Jesus said nothing when his accusers lied about him.

Don’t add fuel to the fire. Don’t allow them to see you upset, nervous, irritated, confused, agitated, sad, rattled, or embarrassed. With a straight face, say and do nothing against them or to defend your name. Allow God to handle your battles and throw water and sand on that growing flame of hate, shame, or by whatever and any name it’s called.

Years ago, a friend sent me a prayer that declared, “…today I cling to You because You are my defender! I choose to turn away from accusing voices. I choose to turn away from petty conflicts. I look to You knowing that You are leading and guiding me in paths of victory in Jesus’ name…”. With that in mind, join me in prayer.

Prayer

Father, I declare that I will not allow others to turn me from You. I will not allow others to discourage me from being who I am and forgetting who I belong to. I will not allow myself to be moved by negativity, to act in a negative way. I will not allow myself to look in the mirror and see anything but the perfect reflection of You.

Today, I stand in the affirmation of who I am and what I know, and that is, there is no greater than You and there is no other way-shower than Jesus. You are the only answer and only judge Father.

I will do as my shepherd Jesus did and say nothing when the hecklers have negative words about me. I will only pray for my peace and theirs. In Your Name I pray as a follower and believer of You and Your son Jesus. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.27.22

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Scripture

“There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. 

1 Chronicles 17:20

Reflection

I would rather place my hope and faith in what God can do than what an alleged god, spirit, or presence is claimed to be able to do. I would rather place my hope and faith in God’s power than cower over believing that the “enemy” has the true strength to rule and have dominion over me. I would rather roll with what God is doing than what anyone and anything else out there is or isn’t doing. I’m a member of Team God, my general manager and coach are Jesus, and my team captain is the Holy Spirit. What about you? What team are you rolling with?

Prayer

Father, You are my Lord, my God, my Heavenly Father-Mother, my provider, my comforter, my strength, my love, and my joy. Father, You are all in all. Nothing can, has or ever will compare to You. There is no greater power, no wider reach, no deeper knowledge or wisdom than You. There is no other light than Yours and darkness can never hide from You.

There are no secrets that can be kept or hidden talents You do not know of, for You are omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. There is no scale to balance You, for there is no counter weight that can compare. There are no other gods living or dead that come close to You and Your greatness, for You are the one and only Almighty.

Every problem, issue, concern, worry, or complaint that I might have You are there with solutions before I even know that I need them. Every tear I shed You capture and restore in me as fuel to go on.

When I whisper my dreams and goals it is You that is always listening; it is You that makes the possible and impossible my reality. It is my belief that no matter what others may do or say, there is no other God or power but You—they can call You whatever name they want—but it is You that makes a way, shows mercy and grace, and heals them of their inflictions.

I thank You, Father for never giving up on Your children; for not cleaning our slate and starting over anew; for always believing in us and what we can do to build Your Kingdom. For You know there are more believers than nonbelievers, there are more people loving than hating, doing than thinking, sharing than taking, and caring than killing. Thank You for Your love Lord. In Your Name I praise You and pray to You. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 9.26.22

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Scripture

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

Reflection

There is so much temptation in the world that can lead us astray, bind us spiritually and emotionally; and physically destroy us; leaving us as mere shells of who we are. Whether it be a temptation to pursue or be pursued by another person for emotional or sexual pleasure; temptation by food that leads to an unhealthy lifestyle; temptation towards financial riches and wealth at all cost with no regard towards others; the temptation to lie, cheat, or steal; the temptation to physically or emotionally cause harm to others or self; or temptation to possess things of the world just because you can.

We can overcome these forms of temptation and all others. God can redirect our steps. God brings us love, joy, peace, wealth, bliss, comfort, happiness, and a high that no drug can match.

God knows your heart. God knows your fears, insecurities, strengths, and weaknesses. You can’t hide from Him. He knows and sees all. So even if you smile inside about deceiving another person, You haven’t deceived God or Jesus. The actions you take will have consequences eventually. How far are you willing to go, and how much do you risk losing?

So if you truly want to resist temptation, then remove yourself from situations where you know you can, will, and are being tempted. The warning signs always appear; what you do afterward matters most. Why chase after or give in to the 20% of temporary bliss that may come from temptation when you can get 100% joy from God? Think about what Jesus would say and do and what God expects and commands of you. Either be hot or cold but never lukewarm with Him, for there is no room for fence straddlers. Choose to follow or not, obey or not, commit or not, try or not, believe or not — just make a decision and be willing to accept the consequences.

Prayer

Father, thank You for keeping a close eye on me and Your hand near to redirect my steps. Thank You, Father, for leading me out of temptation. When the feelings to do or say something that I know goes against Jesus’ teachings, Your commands, and Your expectations for me rise up inside of me, I pray that I can overcome this test of my willpower, strength, devotion, and commitment to You.

Instead of pretending that I am free from the lure of temptation, I admit that there are seeds of weakness within that can sprout if I’m not committed and focused on You and pleasing You. Father, keep my eyes on You and the path You have laid before me. Strengthen me, Lord. In Your Name and Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 9.25.22

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Scripture

Later the Lord chose seventy-two other followers and sent them out two by two to every town and village where he was about to go. 

He said to them: A large crop is in the fields, but there are only a few workers. Ask the Lord in charge of the harvest to send out workers to bring it in. Now go, but remember, I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves.  Don’t take along a moneybag or a traveling bag or sandals. And don’t waste time greeting people on the road.  As soon as you enter a home, say, “God bless this home with peace.”  If the people living there are peace-loving, your prayer for peace will bless them. But if they are not peace-loving, your prayer will return to you.  Stay with the same family, eating and drinking whatever they give you, because workers are worth what they earn. Don’t move around from house to house.

 If the people of a town welcome you, eat whatever they offer.

Luke 10:1-8 (CEV)

Reflection 

In this story, Jesus sent out 72 people to help build God’s Kingdom and reinforce what principles had been laid down before his presence was known and felt throughout the land. Those great stewards and messengers before him helped to plant the seed. Jesus came to demonstrate and show how to nurture, grow, and harvest that seed so that nations could live off of that spiritual ‘fruit’ forever.

When you read further passages, you will see how the 72 returned ecstatic that even the demons bowed down when Jesus’ name was mentioned. Jesus stated that he watched Satan fall from heaven during this demonstration of God’s omnipotence and omnipresence; and that the men shouldn’t be ecstatic simply because some demons bowed down and were defeated—they should be overjoyed at the fact that all 72 of the men had their place in heaven.

They did God’s work as Jesus instructed without question, doubt, faltering, complaining, or making adjustments to their orders. They were disciplined. They were not greedy or needed to move from home to home, looking for a better situation. The metaphorical ‘grass’ was green enough in the yard they were in—they were satisfied.

Can we say the same about ourselves? Are we satisfied with the place we’ve been instructed to go, reside, and work? Are we doing our part with 100% effort? Are we showing Jesus and God that we deserve more and greater, by being on time and doing a good job? Are we showing Jesus and God that we deserve more and greater by taking care of our worldly possessions on loan to us?

Or do we leave things messy, dirty, half-fixed, and worse than when we got them? Are we grateful for the food and clothing that we have? Or are we always envying and desiring better—when we haven’t done our part to earn and deserve better? Are we satisfied with those people around us who care, nurture, protect, and guide us? Or are we always looking next door or down the street, wondering if someone is better out there for us?

We’ve all been given tasks to complete; no questions are to be asked. Upon completion, you will be granted your blessings—rewarded for a job well done. Why are we not committed enough to do our jobs? It’s no wonder many of us get written up or fired at work for mediocre job performance, attendance issues, and subordination. We can’t do the job that God has commanded even though Jesus mapped out the steps. So why should we be committed, disciplined, and willing to do an easy job at someone’s company?

Do you see how the two are tied together? Do you see how all of this is tied together? We must strive and accomplish doing our jobs, daily, with 100% effort, and no pushback (unless you have an ethics issue, of course). While we do our job, we’re also doing some of the work God assigned us. When we clock out and leave that office, etc. we are then devoting more time towards God’s Kingdom work.

Every single day this is our mission. Every single day you are to be a blessing to others. That is how we receive our numerous blessings. It’s a beautiful cycle that nurtures and harvests some amazing ‘fruit.’

What are you willing to commit to today to be a better person, to be a blessing to others, and to build God’s Kingdom? 

Prayer 

Father, thank You for sending Your son to us to show us the way to You. He taught us how to be patient, kind, giving, caring, nurturing, loving, peaceful, forgiving, and present in the moment— not concerned with past or future issues because You have already dealt with them; he taught us how to heal ourselves and others through You. But we have strayed a great deal over the thousands of years since Jesus walked this earth.

We have devised more substitutions for You and for him that have left us even more confused and frustrated. We might as well be the children of Israel walking around in the forest waiting to prove ourselves again. Father, open our eyes, show us that the way You point is not a mirage.

Thank you for preparing us since our human conception for this journey. Free us from our self-inflicted pain and torment; free us from the shackles that we have placed on our own bodies. Free us from idol worship.

Humble us that we may be like the 72 followers Your son chose to demonstrate Your goodness, power, will, and grace. Humble us that we may be devoted stewards loving and honoring You with all of our heart, mind, body, and soul. In Your son Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.

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Breaking Bread For 9.24.22

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Scripture

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 

Romans 12:2 NIV

Reflection

As long as we are focused on things of the world and not on God, we limit our experience and role here on Earth. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming about financial wealth, building or buying a house, or car, or even traveling worldwide. Those dreams are made possible because of God, and there is nothing wrong with turning dreams into reality. He doesn’t want His children to be poor on any level.

However, our obsession with material possessions can leave us spiritually bankrupt. Our fear of sharing our testimony of God’s healing and other blessings in our lives will leave us in a topsy turvy state as ‘conditional believers.’ Our sharing and belief shouldn’t be based on conditions. Throughout the Bible, we are told to not only acknowledge and worship God but to declare to others how good He’s been to us.

Our silence doesn’t help to build His Kingdom. Our silence doesn’t help transform us and others. Our silence doesn’t help us get where we need to be. We don’t need to stand on crates slapping a Bible and yelling on the street corner. We don’t even need to go door-to-door.

We can share our testimony easily in casual conversation or when someone needs gentle reassurance that nothing is impossible for God. Many of you have co-workers, workout buddies, carpool pals, a brunch crew, a book club, or you’re a member of some organization. There are hundreds of places and thousands of opportunities to share what God’s done for you. 

Even saying, “God is good” or “I’m grateful for…” creates a ripple effect that can lead to a discussion on how He’s been good to you.

Try it.

Just like you would be surprised as to how many people don’t vote or who vote only for a certain political party, you may be pleasantly surprised as to how many believers and followers surround you, as well as people who aren’t sure about God. By sharing your story, you will see how many people are helped by your testimony. See what happens, and then share your experience here on this blog. Just return to this message (or go to the first one you see) and click on the option to leave a ‘comment.’ Then share.

I look forward to reading about your experiences.

Prayer

Lord, I want to thank You for waking me today. I know that it is only because of You that I’m here today and saying this prayer. Father, as Your servant I want to do my best to please You. I want to do my part to help build Your Kingdom, and to make this world a better place one person at a time. While I work to help others I’m working on myself, and with the loving molding that You are providing, I am seeing positive changes. Thank You Father.

I want to transform my mind and heart to align with You, and I want my transgressions blotted out, and the enemy so far behind me that it can’t catch up no matter what. I want to evolve beyond this fog-covered level where my emotional roller coaster takes me. I want to push through my fears, doubts, and insecurities. I want to see past the obstacles in the road. I want to focus on and be centered in You. Mold me Father. Amen.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.23.22

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Scripture

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30

Reflection

We tend to be more concerned with what others think and say about us and how they view us than being concerned with living our life to the fullest—as God intends— being comforted in the reality that in His eyes, we are perfect. We’re obsessed with the approval of the creations yet conditionally concerned about the Creator’s approval.

God is focused on the matters of our hearts, not how sexy or charming you are or can be. That is the flesh acting out, the tempting lure of the enemy. It can be said that to seduce someone means you have the ability to manipulate, control, and play mental games. Can you see how that skill can be perverted? When done for selfish gains and just to please the flesh, ask yourself if that sounds like alignment with our Heavenly Father or with the father of lies?

God wants us to treat our bodies like temples, remembering that they are on loan to us from Him. We’re to worship Him with and through our bodies. He does not want us obsessed with our looks and that of others; for our looks may fade but what’s inside of us has the potential to get better with time.

Don’t waste your life attempting to get by with your good looks and witty charm, for that road will turn to a dead end, and then what will you rely on? Don’t be consumed with desire for a highly attractive mate and less concerned with their mind, spirit, soul, and commitment to our Heavenly Father.

A shiny apple on the outside could be rotten to the core on the inside.

Prayer

Father, You are my strength, comfort, and protector. I want to see myself as You see me. I want to focus on pleasing You and no one else. I want to live for Your approval and no one else. My looks, intelligence, and wisdom are gifts from You.

I grow through applied knowledge and lessons learned, through experiences that You provide. I thank You. I love You Father and praise You for blessing me with a relationship with You, and my life that You say is worthy and important. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Here’s some parting words—live well, eat healthy, exercise regularly, fuel your mind with great books—make sure to frequently study the good Book; treat others with respect and dignity, take care of yourself, appreciate every experience life brings, and devote yourself to God.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 9.22.22

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Scripture

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you….”

Luke 6:27-28

Reflection

An injured animal will lash out in pain. Humans do the same. When we are hurt, mad, sad, disappointed, fed up, frustrated, and in pain, we lash out, thinking it will protect us from feeling worse than we already do. We lash out at others so that they can feel our pain. Sometimes, some people want others to feel worse than they do, so they go to extremes to hurt others. The crazy thing is even after releasing all of that negative energy onto someone else, we still don’t truly feel any better— sometimes, we feel worse.

Instead of mistreating others because we don’t feel good about ourselves or what’s going on in our lives, why don’t we instead turn to God and seek His loving guidance, and then seek out positive, loving, uplifting, and enlightening people who speak peace not vengeance?

Instead of hating your enemy, love them. You’re not told to be pen pals or to be buddy-buddy and go on vacation with them. You’re told to love them, just as God loves you —despite your foolishness. Love them for their ignorance and fear because you know that it’s because they have closed God out of their lives that they barely survive in darkness.

Pray that they seek and embrace God to be whole in His Light. Let your cup run over so that even your enemies are blessed because it’s easy to love, pray for, and bless your treasured family and friends. The true test is doing it for someone who despises you and you, them.

Prayer

Father, thank You. Thank you for Your grace today and each day. Thank You for comforting me when I am down, weak, distraught, frustrated, tired, dismayed, confused, disappointed, and angered. Thank You for protecting me from people and things that could harm me. Thank You for turning away my enemies. Thank You for showing me how to protect myself rather than seek revenge.

Father, I pray today for those who hate me, curse me, and mistreat me—whether they personally know me or not. I pray for those who use their power to try and rob me of mine. I pray that You touch their hearts and minds, and that You hold their tongues so that they might think before they speak; think before they tell lies, cast doubt, or curse others. Let their held tongues cause them to recognize and repent their ways and wrongdoings that they might immediately change in Your goodness. I pray to You as Your humble, grateful, and faith-filled child. Amen.

Loving you always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.21.22

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Scripture

Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 

2 Timothy 4:2

Reflection

Timothy was intimidated and discouraged by the efforts of Alexander, Hymenaeus, and those who supported them. Although Paul and Timothy told the two men they needed to step down from their leadership positions because they had strayed from how they were taught to minister and corruption had grown within the congregation at Ephesus, the two men refused. Paul’s efforts came up short because he ended up in jail. Timothy was on the verge of giving up. Paul’s letters to him were to encourage and empower him. We can learn a lot from these letters.

Paul told Timothy that the Word he learned as a child hadn’t changed; it was still the same, just as God and Jesus were still Father and Son, God and Savior. Paul instructed Timothy, in line two above, to preach the Word. Simple and to the point. The Word is the Truth, and it brings light to the lies that try to hide in the shadows.

Out of Ephesus and other churches, false teachers and prophets were popping up left and right. They were speaking self-serving words, words they thought people wanted to hear, and speaking words to disrupt the plans Jesus had shared with his disciples. Maybe they didn’t know they were disrupting the plans. Or maybe they did. Look at the things people say and do now in the name of Jesus, claiming to be servants of God. Even today, people lie, steal, cheat, harm, and kill people, all while claiming to be servants of God.

Paul told Timothy to be prepared in season and out of season, which means staying ready, so he doesn’t have to get ready. It means always being prepared to speak truth to lies. It’s staying mentally sharp, emotionally balanced, and spiritually grounded.

Then Paul guides him on how to lead others—correcting, rebuking, and encouraging them with great patience and careful instruction. It couldn’t be rushed or forced. Timothy also couldn’t be casual and careless with his instruction. Intentionality and care were required. Even through correction and rebuke, there had to be love and care. It was important that Timothy knew that the words he spoke had consequences. There was and is a war for our souls, and Paul understood that our speech can bring us closer to God or the enemy.

We’re so focused on the enemy lurking outside while not paying attention to the enemy’s recruits sitting beside us on the inside. That is why churches become corrupt and self-destruct from within. Your enemy has studied you your entire life. You barely prepare for the attacks. You aren’t conditioned for the battle. That’s why we fold under the slightest pressure from temptation.

We must be prepared year-round. Mind, body, spirit, and soul. We also must be patient, waiting for God’s guidance, not rushing with our own interpretation and plans.

Prayer

Father, I thank You now for the person You are shaping me to be. Each day I praise You. Each day I praise Jesus for his exemplary walk in Your Light. I feel the presence of the two of you each day and I am comforted in knowing that through struggles and strife, through victory and celebration, You and Your son are always here with me.

Father, I share Your Word and I try to help Your children. No matter the time of year You expect for Your ambassadors to be prepared and focused on spreading Your Word, praying for those who are in need, healing through a declaration of Your power, and having faith that You will never leave and never lead us astray.

With this expectation is a requirement for patience and understanding. You have never let me down. You have never left me alone. You have never forsaken me. With this understanding I shall wait, patiently! In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.20.22

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Scripture

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

1 Peter 2:23

Reflection

No matter what someone does or says to you to make you feel bad or less than, know that you are God’s spiritual image and likeness, and through His protection, there is nothing that anyone can do or say that will turn God away from you. God said He will handle your grievances and take care of those who attack and ridicule you.

You just have to remain focused on doing your job as His ambassador and servant. Ignore the gossip and rumors. Ignore the name-calling. Ignore the underhanded things being done to you. Keep your eyes, ears, mind, and heart focused on God, for He is and always will be the biggest picture in life.

There is nothing in life that someone can do to you that God can’t resolve. If you buy into the hype and believe that you are defeated, then you will be defeated—for God expects your hope, faith, trust, and belief to be in Him and His ability to do anything and everything.

Believe in Him. Commit wholeheartedly to Him.

Filter that negative energy into the positivity machine and fly high on God’s abundant supply of love. The darkness within those people, who spend their days attacking you, will eventually silence them.

Believe!

Prayer

Father, keep me strong. Keep me on Your path. Turn my eyes and ears away from those who would insult and bring pain to me Lord. Let me instead keep focused on You and Your son Jesus, and Your purpose and plan for me. I put my trust in You that You will always watch over and protect me. With that trust I don’t have to participate in the negativity of others; I don’t have to retaliate when attacked; nor do I have to defend accusations made against me—for those are the actions of people walking in darkness—and I am centered in Your Light. In You I put my faith. Thank You Father. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.19.22

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Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV

Reflection

First, I want to thank my friend Juanita Bryan who shared the first two verses of today’s Scripture with me several years ago. They touched me deeply, so I decided to share those and more with you today.

I am so blessed, yet at the same time, I have to admit that there are moments when I’m blinded by the world and that nagging voice of the enemy. Sometimes I may be overwhelmed by things that I think are huge, but they are minuscule in God’s eyes. So I’m learning how to stop focusing on those things I have absolutely no power over and instead use that time and energy to be grateful for God’s blessings.

I am very grateful for and to my immediate and extended family and most faithful friends. They know and give love. These strands can’t be easily broken.

I know that I am not alone spiritually, physically, or on any level. God has set up my life; all I have to do is stay on my path and follow Jesus’s lead. Isn’t that what Jesus did? He trusted God, remained on the path, and followed God’s lead. Since Jesus is our way-shower, we must follow suit and walk to our salvation.

I want every day to count and not be wasted. I pray the same for each of you. God bless you all.

Prayer

Father-Mother, thank You for everything. Thank You for my blessings–those seen and embraced and those I have yet to see or acknowledge. I want to thank You for opening my eyes to the reality that everything that comes to me through Your Light is a blessing, and I am to embrace it humbly, and I’m never to allow my pride to get in the way.

Thank You for the people that You have placed in my life; they are a blessing. Thank You for my family and loved ones, who are there for me each day. I am so grateful. Thank You for opening doors and windows, and nooks and crannies, of opportunities for me. I never want to disappoint You. I love You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 9.18.22

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“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts…”

Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV

Reflection

Although our minds and hearts are connected to God, we will never truly know, understand, and feel what He does. We could, however, find more peace and tranquility in our lives if we stopped acting like two-legged donkeys with blinders on—stepping, kicking, and falling on our blessings.

We could stop, breathe, and think before speaking to ensure that only our best thoughts are being conveyed.

We could think before keeping harmful secrets, reminding ourselves that we don’t like secrets kept from us. We could think of how devastated we would be if the person we love betrayed us; maybe that would be motivation enough to not betray them. We could stop and think before negatively calling someone out of their name, thinking of how it would make us feel if someone did it to us.

We could remember that how we treat others directly reflects how we treat our relationship with God. Our disregard, disrespect, lack of follow-through, inconsistencies, and “some-timey” ways all mirror how we engage with our Heavenly Father.

We’re obsessed with materialism and our perceived lack while He’s focused on spiritual warfare and saving our souls. He sent His son to show us the way, a Book was compiled to serve as a handbook, and look at how we’re living more than 2,000 years later.

What if we really started walking like Jesus? How would our lives be? How would the world be?

Prayer

Father, I thank You for my blessings and for those physical senses that allow me to take in Your land beyond comprehension and measurement, as You see fit.

Thank You for my brain, heart, and other organs. Thank You for designing me perfectly to Your specifications. Thank You for my mind, spirit, and soul and for allowing me to tap into You and connect with You.

I know that I have failed to purge myself from sinful ways and free my mind so that I can be better connected to Yours. I know there are times when I can be more loving, giving, considerate, tolerable, patient— and less cynical and flippant. I know better, Father. I want to do better and be better. Help me, Lord. Only You can do what needs to be done. I trust You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 9.17.22

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

Proverbs 24:10

Reflection

We all have dreams, goals, and aspirations in life. Do you believe that one day you will get what you need and desire most? Do you believe that God will always provide for you? Then, when times get tough, as they most likely will, why do we throw our hands up and declare defeat?

What is faith but believing strongly in the possibility of God doing what is impossible for us to achieve? Is faith not also our solemn promise to stick it out through the tough times? Is faith not our declaration that we’re gonna ride with God no matter what?

Faith is the action behind our declaration. Let’s believe and live accordingly!

Prayer

Father, thank You for another day. Thank You for protecting me through the night as I slept. Thank You for Your favor. Lord, I ask that You continue to strengthen me. Cover me with Your peace and loving warmth. Steady my footing when times get rough.

Keep my vision sharp and clear, that I might always see my goals and remain focused on reaching them. As my faith increases each day, let Your words of encouragement penetrate and destroy any encroaching fear. In Your Name and Jesus’ Name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.16.22

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

Proverbs 24:29

Reflection

Any person trying their best to tear you down, make you beg, cry, give in and give up, feel desperate and hopeless, and feel as they do— will only fail if you instead turn over your cares, worries, fears, and anger to God.

There is nothing He doesn’t see, hear, or comprehend. He is all-knowing. He is the problem-solver. You just have to trust and believe that God has your back, no matter how hard it gets, how rough it becomes, or how brutal the psychological, verbal, physical, and financial beatings are. His plan has been in full force long before you became aware you had a problem.

You just have to release everything to Him and have faith that those individuals who have and are causing harm to you and your loved ones will be placed in a position to make a decision about how their lives will proceed— either through repentance or in total darkness.

We all have choices, and even they had a choice not to take on the role of judge, jury, and executioner; they will have a choice to give up and turn away from evil or not. But you will play no role in that because you will lovingly leave those matters to our Heavenly Father. So free yourself and vow to not cross into and be consumed by that negativity that breeds and grows inside of them.

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

Prayer

Father, thank You for righting the wrongs, for making bad things turn out good, for re-directing the wicked, and making sure that I have always been taken care of even in the valley of the shadow of death.

Father, You have made the crooked straight so many times that I know there is nothing You can’t do. Because of these things and more, and because of who You are, I never have to seek revenge for what someone has done or said against me or a loved one. I know that in Your time, which is always the right time, You will make things right in my favor. I thank You Father. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.15.22

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

Hebrews 13:5

Reflection

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

Love Him, not the tool. Depend on Him, not the tool. Sacrifice for Him, not the tool.

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

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

Prayer

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

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.14.22

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

Mark 11:22-25 NIV

Reflection

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

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

What’s the best possible outcome?

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

What’s the best that could happen to us?

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

Now consider the best outcome.

Wanna give it a try?

Prayer

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

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.13.22

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

1 Peter 1:15-16 NIV

Reflection

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

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

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

Prayer

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

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

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.12.22

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“Woe to the obstinate children,” declares the Lord, “to those who carry out plans that are not mine, forming an alliance, but not by my Spirit, heaping sin upon sin;…”

Isaiah 30:1 NIV

Think of the countless crimes that you heard or read about where the perpetrator declared their actions were done in the Name of God or inspired by God. What’s the most recent tragedy that you can recall? You probably spent a lot of time watching or listening to the news reports about this heinous crime.

Can you recall the first thing you thought about the next day? Did you ask yourself, “Was it all a bad nightmare?” just to turn on the news or look at the newspaper and be rocked all over again? Whenever I come across a news story about something tragic happening, I’m always stunned, and the next day I wake and wonder if it was just a bad dream. Then I pray.

I continue to pray for the minority of religious zealots (in all denominations) who think they are doing God’s work when they intentionally inflict harm on others. Whether it’s an act of violence or theft, we must be reminded of Isaiah 30:1 and understand that God will rebalance those scales that have been disturbed by obstinate children. I pray for all militaries and governments who try to balance God in their daily walk. It’s a heavy weight to carry when you know that you possess the tools that can take life that you didn’t bring into the world and have no authority over.

Think about something— if God TRULY came first, our world would be a better place. We do know that this world is clouded by chaos and confusion caused by the enemy. But we also know that the enemy has no power or authority over God. The enemy exists because God allows it. And by putting our trust in God, living the lives we’re supposed to live, and untangling ourselves from the web of sin, we can celebrate God’s victory over this nonsense.

Let’s never stop praying, believing, knowing, and seeking.

Prayer

Father, forgive us for what we know and still do, and forgive us for what we think we know yet are ignorant. Forgive those who take the power You have given them and use it to harm others. They are so disconnected from You and broken that all they hear and believe are the lies of the enemy. Father, I pray for those who do harm and claim that they were called by You to do so. I know better. It hurts my heart that they would disrespect and disregard You in that way. Heal the hearts of those they harmed, directly and indirectly. Help me to love people even when I don’t like them. Help me to forgive as You do.

Father, I will never stop believing in You and trusting Your way. Help me to serve You better. In Jesus’ Name I come to You with a grateful and yearning heart. I love You!

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Breaking Bread For 9.11.22

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I look but there is no one— no one among the gods to give counsel, no one to give answer when I ask them. See, they are all false!

Their deeds amount to nothing; their images are but wind and confusion.

Isaiah 41:28-29 NIV

Reflection

There have always been plenty of false gods interloping in this world. They don’t give counsel or give an answer when called upon. They don’t do anything. They haven’t proven worthy of worship, servitude, praise, and glory. Yet people worship, serve, praise, and give them glory.

The God of Noah, Abraham, Jesus, Isaac, Debra, Esther, Daniel, and Israel— has proven Himself. He is Jehovah Jireh. He is Jehovah Rapha. He provides, and He heals. He is Father, no matter what language you speak. Abba, Alab, Baba, Fuqin, Papa, and Pai all mean Father and can all be said about Him.

He is the God above all gods and above all breathing things. Each day He allows us to rise from our sleep. Daily, He makes it possible for our minds to process information. Because of Him, we exist. We’re not a creation of self-manipulation or the environment. We’re not a product of some cosmic explosion or evolved from a lower being. Why is it hard to believe that God created us and His other animals and creatures to share a common thread found first in Him? Why wouldn’t we expect to see DNA commonalities with other species when we’re created by the same Creator?

We are His children.

Why don’t we turn to Him to celebrate great news, share our gratitude for the grace and mercy extended to us, and ask questions to which only He has the answers?

Look at the last line of the Bible verses I shared. It says, “…their images are but wind and confusion.” There’s no substance in these other gods and idols that we’re giving our time and energy. And I don’t know about you, but the first thing I thought about when I read the word confusion was the enemy, the author of lies, the grandmaster of confusion. If we’re distracted by other forces, real or imagined, how can we be focused on our Father and where He’s guiding us?

Something to think about. Let’s pray on it.

Prayer

I believe in and pray to only one God: You, Father. The stories of idols and other gods are false testimonies about forces with no authority. Because I know You are the Power, the Truth, and the Source, I am not moveable in my beliefs and conviction. You are God. My God. I am Your creation, Your child, and Your ambassador. You make no mistakes, are not forgetful, and are always with me. I can come to You for all things. From You, I possess power, strength, wisdom, confidence, love, faithfulness, gentleness, compassion, grace, understanding, and much more. I love You, Father. Amen.

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Breaking Bread For 9.10.22

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Grace be with you all.

Hebrews 13:25

Reflection

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prayer

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

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

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

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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