Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.24.18

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Scripture

Through laziness, the rafters sag; because of idle hands, the house leaks.

Ecclesiastes 10:18

Reflection

Get up. Get out. Get going. If you are spending the bulk of your day on a computer and it is not a major part of your job/career function then you are wasting precious moments. Stop making excuses and start living your dreams. No one can keep you from achieving your goals except you.

If your job/career requires you to meet and interact with people on a regular basis, but you’re hiding indoors and/or behind a computer the bulk of your day- then you are failing yourself and failing your family who depend on you.

Are you investing 12 to 20 hours per day of pure sweat equity towards your goal? Or are you telling yourself a big fat lie that you are in the “research and development stage” of planning your life and career?

How do you explain to your family that out of laziness you squandered almost (or totally) everything God has blessed you with?

Fear fails. Laziness leads to failure. If you don’t want to be a failure or seen as one then get up and make the most of your day. Get out and make smart decisions and career moves that will help propel your life where it needs to be–where God intends for it to be.

Prayer

Father rid me from any laziness that I might possess. Cause me to rise up from my slumber. If necessary make things so uncomfortable in my life that I must do something to change my circumstances for the better. I do not want to lose favor in Your eyes Lord.

I do not want to lose the gifts and blessings You have given me because I am not doing my part to take care of and nurture them. I do not want to lose the home, car, clothing, accessories, appliances, and miscellaneous things You have loaned me Father.

I do not want my mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual health negatively impacted because I have disconnected from Your plan and purpose for me Lord. An idle mind is a mind not focused on You Father, and I want my mind and heart to always be focused and connected to You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

I love you all,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.23.18

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Scripture

Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a man sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap corruption from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So we must not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up.

Galatians 6:7-9

Reflection

I’m grateful to my mother for sending me today’s scripture. It encourages me to continue doing good and to continue being loving. It encourages me to continue treating others as I would like to be treated; and how I would want my loved ones treated.

This scripture encourages me to always put God first in every decision, with every word, every thought, and all actions. It also encourages me to continue accepting responsibility for my feelings, my emotions, my thoughts, my words, and my actions. We have been equipped with self-control, and it is only our fault when we mismanage it or toss it out the window.

Freeman Smith, LLC wrote that, “Everywhere we turn, or so it seems, we are faced with powerful temptations to behave in undisciplined, ungodly ways. We live in a world in which leisure is glorified and misbehavior is glamorized. But God has other plans. He did not create us for lives of mischief or mediocrity; He created us for far greater things.”

After reading that it hit me that no matter how much temptation comes my way or that I run across, mischief and mediocrity are not my calling, so I must be disciplined enough to keep marching forward in strength, rather than be weak and give in to the world.

With the exception of movies like Se7en, no one can make you or force you to do anything you don’t want to do. You choose to cheat, steal, lie, rape, kill, be lazy, be a glutton, be mean, be a bully, be manipulative, and any other number of things. It takes more energy to do or say something negative than it does to be godly and say or do something positive.

Being negative is draining. It will suck the energy and life out of you. It ages many people. When you are positive your day is upbeat and bright, and no one can rain on your parade. When you are negative you attract more negativity. When you are negative you can easily be drained of reserved energy, and easily be pushed to your breaking point. Ever consider how much effort would have to go into breaking the spirit of a positive person? Ever wonder why no matter what happens to this person they just don’t snap, go off on people, fall into a deep depression and check out of life, or give up and end their life?

It’s God working inside of and through them.

A negative person is always looking to be attacked, always thinks there is a motive, and thinks that someone is judging them or thinks that some people think they are better than them. A negative person spends so much time trying to shine on their own that they fail to see and recognize that nothing is possible without the Father. That’s why the spotlight quickly turns off of them onto someone positive.

A positive person doesn’t need to try to shine, they just do. They can enter a room and everything and everyone just lights up.

A positive person is comfortable in pure silence, while a negative person always needs noise of some kind. A positive person feels the need to stay connected to the Light, while a negative person feels the need to stay connected to the world.

A positive person says “I love you,” no matter the situation or outcome. A negative person says “I love you” and there are always associated conditions. They will always add, “but”, “however”, or “if” whenever they are displeased. They love you most and show this love only when their expectations are met fully. There are always conditions associated with their love, conditions you must adhere to if you want to continue receiving this love.

A positive person will see the need to have God first and in the center of their relationship, allowing Him to guide them to either continue in a loving relationship, or walk away from a negative one. A negative person believes that they are the beginning, end, and the center of the relationship.

So we all have decisions in life. Which will you choose? Will you choose to be disciplined or undisciplined? Positive or negative? Self-centered or God-centered?

Prayer

Father there is no reason for me not to do the right thing all of the time. There is no justifiable reason for me to make excuses other than I’m lying to myself and thinking I can lie to you.

There are no half-wrongs or half-sins in life. So each day I strive to be honest first with myself and then to Your children. Each day I will stop before I even contemplate crossing a line that I know I wouldn’t cross if I could see Your son Jesus standing near. Each day I will make it a priority to look through the lens of another person before, during, and after a conversation. Each day I will consider that I may be wrong in a decision or opinion, and through prayer, work to realign myself with Your Truth.

When I’m attacked, I will not attack back, for the battle is not mine but Yours. Instead I will follow through with prayer, and not allow myself to be sucked in to the negativity that awaits me. It is my desire to be more like Jesus, and the only way that is possible is to change through growth every single day. In his name and Yours I pray. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.22.18

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Scripture

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.”

Galatians 6:7-8

Reflection

What we think about we bring about. What we desire and seek whether good or bad will only bring forth good or bad seeds.

If you have ulterior motives that are centered on self and only on pleasing the flesh, by any means necessary, then you have a higher probability of falling into a state of darkness. When it’s all about you and not about God, you reap what you sow.

Don’t be deceived into believing that you can trick, mislead, or fool God. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient.

I only want good and pure seedlings, so it is my intent to only plant good and pure seeds. I know that there are times that I mess up, but my focus is to always get back up and plant something new.

What are you planting and reaping?

Prayer

Father knowing my heart as You do, You know my intentions, my thoughts, and my desires. Cleanse my heart so that it may be aligned with You, so that I might only sow goodness to please the Spirit and not the flesh. I never want to disappoint You Father. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.21.18

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Scripture

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who shames him is like rottenness in his bones.

Proverbs 12:4 NASB

Reflection

Ladies, recite this with as much conviction as you would in declaring your value in your life:

I WILL be faithful to my husband and honor him in my conduct and in my conversation, and will aspire to be a suitable partner to help him reach his God-given potential.”

Men, when you read those words understand the magnitude of the woman’s declaration. What kind of man must you be to have a wife who is dedicated to be devoted to this level for her husband?

Husbands, if you are the man that is deserving of this faithful and devoted wife, recite this with the same passion as you would in stating the value of your life:

I WILL be faithful to my wife and honor her in my conduct and in my conversation, and be the man and provider that she needs spiritually, emotionally, and intimately.

I will aspire to be a suitable partner that my wife finds deserving of her help so that I can reach my God-given potential. I will also aspire to be a suitable partner for my wife, so that I can help her reach her God-given potential. I won’t bring her shame and I won’t leave her unprotected.”

Prayer

Father lift me up, to always walk in dignity, to remember that first impressions are lasting, and that I will never see all of the eyes that see me—so I must focus on conducting myself with respect and honor publicly and privately. Remind me of the name I carry, the legacy of honorable and honored people. Remind me of the blood that was shed so that I might have the freedom I take for granted. Remind me of who I am and to Whom I belong. In Jesus’ name. Amen. 

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. If you’re married, what are your thoughts and feelings about today’s reflection, and the declaration that you made?

3. If you are single and interested in getting married or remarried (if you are divorced), what are your thoughts and feelings about today’s reflection, and the declaration that you made?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

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Love always,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on August 26, 2015. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting to include an audio message and scriptural image.
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Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)
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Note About Today’s Breaking Bread Audio Message

Good morning again Breaking Bread family!

I just finished recording the audio for today’s message (May 21, 2018). Many of you know that my audio messages sometimes contain additional content not reflected in the written messages.

Today is no exception.

Matter of fact, today’s audio message has a significant amount of content that you will not find in the written message. I strongly encourage you to listen to the message and not just focus on the written message, as I was led by God to share more and go deeper than what my written message reflected. Through my obedience you are receiving more. I hope that you will listen, reflect, and share with others.

Have a blessed day and be a blessing to others!

~Natasha

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Realized May 16th Message Never Posted

Good morning Breaking Bread Family!

As I work on today’s message I just noticed that I never posted last Wednesday’s message (May 16th). I’m not sure why I never published it. I apologize for my oversight. I just posted it.

Those of you who subscribe to Breaking Bread will receive a notification. Hopefully you will have the opportunity to listen and read it sometime today or later this week. The message is late but it is also on time. Think about it!

Have a beautifully blessed day!

Love,

Natasha

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