Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.16.18

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Scripture

Rise! Let us go! Here comes my betrayer!”

Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him and lead him away under guard.”

Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Rabbi!” and kissed him.

The men seized Jesus and arrested him.

Mark 14:42,44-46

Reflection

Jesus was given the gift of discernment to see and know who his betrayer was long before Judas publicly proved himself to be a backstabber. He sold out Jesus for money. The love of money is the root of all evil. Greed, selfishness, envy, and jealousy will eat you up and spit you out to rot for all eternity.

Look around you and count your true friends. Do you know who they are?

Your true friends, your loyal-to-the-end friends are those you can count on when times get tough, when you are at your lowest, when there doesn’t seem to be a solution in sight- yet they stand beside you, pick you up and tell you that you’re not a quitter you’re a child of God and as His perfect reflection you can and you will walk and run again straight to the mountaintop.

Your true friends are there to encourage you- not for selfish gains because they need ‘dirt’ and drama about you in order to feel good about themselves; no they selflessly listen and offer to help serve as a possible solution to your problem and not merely try to one-up you with their own, downplay your situation, or change the subject altogether.

Your true friends find ways to not add to your stress and frustration. True friends don’t manipulate you into doing for them; they don’t take from you, rather they give whatever resources that they have at their disposal.

Who can you call on when the ‘walls’ start closing in on you? Who can you call on when no one sees and believes in your vision? Who can you call on to bounce around ideas with and know that they will objectively assist you, and not ‘shoot down’ your ideas?

Who can you call on late at night or early in the morning without question because you need to vent and work out some things, or share ideas? Who can you loan or borrow $1,000 from and never question or worry about repayment? Who can you trust around your spouse or significant other to not ‘run you down’ or attempt to break you up?

Your associate/acquaintance has a short ‘leash’ to walk on because although they are friendly they have not invested enough into a relationship with you to be as vulnerable and exposed as a friend would.

Your associate/acquaintance will sever ties or pull away the moment they hear a negative rumor about you, that you desperately need help, or when their needs aren’t being met consistently.

Your associate/acquaintance may be all about the “me” and “I” and not about the “we” and how they can grow to become a friend and find ways to help you sometimes.

The associate/acquaintance may contact you when they need something and to discuss situations and circumstances that fall into the ‘box’ or category in which they met you such as business, hobby, social event, etc. For the most part, you never truly know your associate/acquaintance and they never truly get to know you.

Pray for the wisdom and discernment to recognize your enemies, and distinguish your friends from your associates/acquaintances. Pray for the wisdom and humility to comfortably keep separate your enemies from your friends and associates/acquaintances, so that they never co-mingle to the point where your enemies taint the ‘pot’ and begin to unravel your mission from God.

Prayer

Father I thank You for the wisdom and discernment that I have today. I pray that I am always closely connected with You that I might see those who are true friends versus those who would betray me at a whim; that I might see the intent of others and know whether they surround me to help support Your mission or whether they are around for selfish gains.

Father allow me to see the human leaches and hangers-on so that I can distinguish them from true ambassadors of Christ who are self-sufficient from Your blessings.

Father I pray for the discernment to see the honest from the liars, the givers from the takers, and the self-servers from the self-sacrificers. I thank You now Lord for these blessings. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on May 13, 2011. It has been modified to reflect current standards and formatting to include an audio message.
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.15.18

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Scripture

In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church—

Ephesians 5:28-29

Reflection

The moment you feel as though you need to stray from your relationship, get or maintain the attention of a third party, seek compliments or approval from a third party, and neglect your partner and their needs- then you have failed God and disobeyed Jesus’ instruction as to how man and woman should live their lives according to his and our Father’s command.

The moment your mind is on another not your spouse or significant other it is then under the control and influence of mortal mind, the “liar”, the “enemy”- and it is up to you to regain control and declare your allegiance to God and only God.

If you are not happy where you are in your life, pray and then do something positive about it. If you are displeased with your relationship then pray and work on it selflessly looking at how you both can grow and benefit- not just selfishly focusing on your own needs.

If your arm or leg were bothering you would you simply cut them off or would you desperately work to find a solution to the pain and discomfort? If you have a migraine do you try to find a remedy, ignore the pain, or bang your head on a wall?

If you are married or seriously considering the person that you are with to become your future spouse then no other person should ever have priority, receive any of your attention, or ever be in a position where they could cause disruption on any level in your relationship.

If you can’t be loving, respectful, caring, considerate, attentive, nurturing, protective, and faithful at all times and in all ways with your spouse/significant other then you don’t deserve them and you don’t deserve to be in the relationship. God did not bring you together for you to take advantage of and hurt this other person.

The man as the proposed leader is only honored in that position if he is walking in God’s light and deserving of that position to be followed and supported. The woman as the supporter can only maintain her position if she has someone worthy of supporting and following along the way.

If the man is not leading like Christ then he has no true support from the woman. The two must work together in God’s love with the purpose and mission of being the example of ambassadors in Christ.

You must choose to either follow God or the “enemy”– you can pray for healing or cut off your limb–so choose!

Praye

Father I pray that Your love as demonstrated through and by Your son Jesus Christ touches and warms my heart and the heart of the one I love- that we treat and love each other the way we love ourselves; that we put in the time and care to nurture each other the way we care for our bodies; that when we see something is wrong we do everything in our power to make things right, just as we would do if we ever noticed that something appeared to be wrong with our body we would try to find all remedies to solve the problem.

Father I want to protect and be protected with the concern that no one and nothing will bring harm to my loved one and our relationship. It is my belief Father that no one should ever have the ability to penetrate a relationship, enter into a home, take the attention of someone else when a couple is united in Your love and devoted to living the life You have chosen.

A person should never consider straying from their relationship if their eyes and heart are focused on You Lord. Keep us pointed in the right direction Father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.14.18

Scripture

“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart.”

Jeremiah 1:5 NLT

Reflection

What God has intended for you He doesn’t have intended for someone else. What is yours is yours and what is theirs is theirs. What’s meant for you will be yours.

We need to stop hating and start celebrating. Give people their “props” for all that they have, and all of their blessings. Stop disrespecting God by making comments that infer or directly state that His child didn’t earn or deserve their blessings.

God’s relationship with them is unique and you have absolutely no clue what’s going on over there, just like they have no clue what your relationship with God is like or what He has planned for you.

Focus more on Him and less on you. Focus more on Him and less on what others have. Focus on Him.

Recite these words until they are your own:

I WILL embrace my God-given uniqueness and celebrate the distinctions He has placed in others.

Prayer

Father there is no one who knows me like You. There is no source, no human, no being, no spirit—nothing, that knows and understands me like You. You know my heart, no one else does. You made me like no other. I want to strengthen my relationship with You Father. I want to embrace what I have with You. I love You. Amen.

Questions of the Day

1. What do you think of today’s message?

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

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

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2018. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,

Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright ©2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.10.18

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Scripture

Matthew 5:14-16

Reflection

Once again, my mom sent me a deep yet light-filled message. Our shared scriptures help each other while we help ourselves. It’s through the selflessness that it’s possible.

Today I’m sharing a separate message in honor of my amazing mother, and how she continues to shine—even in the roughest and darkest of times. I’m not going to lie and say that she doesn’t break down and cry out in pain. She does. But she also picks herself up, brushes herself off, looks up and looks around, and finds that silver lining in the cloud. She finds the lesson and the blessing. She thanks God for another day.

Some people have minor inconveniences and fall out on the floor in their self-described martyrdom, hoping that someone would rescue them from their oftentimes self-designed trap. They aren’t living life but rather walking around merely existing. Some people are trapped in their depression and make the choice to wade there. Even if they see the Light, they choose not to embrace it. They would rather pretend they have it or admit they don’t, and then sink further in darkness and gloom.

Other people become so sick and tired of being sick and tired, that they make the decision to get up and do something about it. They de-clutter their desks, cars, homes, garages, storage units, attics, basements, and most importantly—their lives! They step up and celebrate life and show gratitude for their life and for the people and things that God has blessed them with each day. They stand up and shine!

So you have a choice today, shine or hide. Prove God is right and good, or prove the enemy’s belief about human nature. Which will you do?

I choose to shine even through the storms. Shine. Shine. Shine. Today my mom and I declared that we’re going to shine for ourselves, for our family and friends, for our associates, and for the stranger we’ve never met. You never know who needs to see and feel even a ray of that Light. Let’s shine!

Prayer

I’m gonna let Your Light shine today Father. Just as I’ve needed to see and feel it, I know that someone else can greatly benefit from seeing and feeling Your Light. So no matter what I’m going through today, I will make sure to shine and shine in service to You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen. 

Questions of the Day

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

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

3. Testify about a time when someone’s shining Light lifted you out of a storm, or made the storm bearable.

4. Testify about how God’s Light moves you, makes you feel, etc.

5. Share a time when your selfless shining positively impacted someone else’s life.

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

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,

Natasha

Please note: This message was originally written and published on March 1, 2016. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting, to include the audio message.
Copyright 2016-2018. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com
Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)
Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.
Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.8.18

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Scripture

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Matthew 13:54-58

Reflection

Oftentimes the words in this picture reflect our reality. You can leave your home and community and be honored and celebrated by outsiders. But when you return to your community and your home, they don’t see anything special about you, you’re just “So-and-so’s child“. Don’t let that deter you. Keep marching and pressing forward on your mission!
Jesus had brothers and sisters that his neighbors knew and spent time with. They remembered him as Jesus the carpenter, “nothing special, just did his job, and didn’t cause any problems” (Note: those are my words by the way, nothing scriptural quoted, simply implied).
How is it possible that this now 30-something-year-old can go from carpenter to Messiah? “It’s just Jesus, Mary’s son, you know the carpenter down the street” (once again these are my words folks).
Now consider his family members that watched him grow up (and those who grew up with him), as they probably saw things, “he didn’t walk on water as a child…where were the loaves of fish and baskets of bread when we were growing up and low on food?” Don’t those sound like the words of our beloved kin?
Family members reflect on their memories (and their interpretation of those memories), and have a difficult time making sense of and embracing outsider viewpoints of the person that they grew up knowing.
His mother Mary, most likely had fond recollections of giving birth to him (even the painful labor still brought her a smile after), and the glorious gift of knowing that she did so even though she hadn’t consummated her marriage to his human father, Joseph. She knew that Jesus was a special gift from God, not conceived as other children (not even her other children) but I wouldn’t doubt that even she was bewildered by what she had heard of his newfound celebrity.
From carpenter to Messiah is a big ‘pill’ to swallow. Could her son really be up there in the ‘big leagues’ with (or even beyond) Moses and the crew?
Mary probably sat back (frequently) and scanned her memory of any supernatural times spent with or watching Jesus. She also probably wondered if any of her other children had any special gifts, and if not, then why was Jesus the only one, and chosen by God?
She bathed Jesus as a child. She nursed and cared for him. She fed him. She sewed his clothes. She cleaned his wounds (because what child doesn’t fall and scrape their knees?). She watched him play. She watched him grow into a man. Mary watched her son use his gift of carpentry to contribute to the building and maintenance of homes, synagogues, markets, and more. Why and how is it possible that now he’s on a mission for God, and has a throng of disciples?
Could this same Jesus be the Jesus that “heals the sick, casts out demons, cleanses lepers, and raises the dead” all over the nation? I’m sure she had some doubts—maybe.
One of our flaws as humans is our propensity to doubt greatness and expect status quo, mediocrity, or worse, failure.
Jesus didn’t grow up in a family that despised him or was jealous of him, like Joseph (son of Jacob/Israel) did. Jesus had siblings that loved him. From what is left intact of the scriptures (because as you know, there were groups of men who chose what information would be combined into a text that we now call the Bible), it seems more fitting to say that Jesus’ family simply had a difficult time believing that he went from sweating all day hammering nails to turning water into wine.
Jesus didn’t let that deter him. He knew that God had a mission for him and that he would have to fulfill it no matter what. On the cross Jesus faced the reality that just like Moses, he wouldn’t continue on in human form, on the same path he was on days earlier. But then three days later came his resurrection, and look at him now 2,018 years later. We would pray to have such a long, and ongoing legacy, regarded and respected by most. I can tell you this, no reality TV star will ever have such longevity!
So I wrote this much-longer-than-I-expected reflection to say these simple words: No matter what people say about you, keep marching forward. Their thoughts and words have nothing to do with God’s plans for you!

Prayer

Father, even when others doubt me, please keep me focused on reflecting Your Light, and doing the work that You set me out to do in Your name. Turn my head when I look too long at the naysayers. Blot out the noise coming from those who practice saying and thinking the words “can’t” and “impossible”, so that I don’t become distracted and consumed by their limited thinking.
Strengthen me Father so that any doubt is diminished and replaced by an unwavering belief. I humbly pray to You as a believer of Christ and a servant who keeps trying each day to be more like Jesus. Amen.

Questions of the Day

1. Even though this message is much longer than I expected it to be, and hopefully the length didn’t disturb you, what are your thoughts about today’s message?
 
2. Reflect on a time when you doubted the gifts, skills, and abilities of someone who turned around and did great things with the gifts God gave them. 
 
3. Reflect on a time when you walked the walk and turned your doubters into your cheerleaders. 
 
4. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
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
Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.
Love always,
Natasha
Please Note: This message was originally written and published on August 10, 2015. It has been modified to align with the current standards and formatting, to include an audio message.
Copyright 2015-2018. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com
Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)
Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.
Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

 

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.7.18

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Scripture

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.

But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.

James 1:22-26

Reflection

If our walk with God was intended to be easy then everyone would be able to do it effortlessly and we wouldn’t have trauma in our lives, and Jesus would never had been placed in the position to atone for our sins and sacrifice his human existence to prove an eternal spiritual existence. If our walk was to be easy then even Jesus’ demonstration through his life would have been made easy.

The world around us is filled with goodness that oftentimes gets manipulated and coerced into following the darkest of ways- but the foundation and roots are still governed by God who is merely waiting for the world to make a decision and commitment to walk in His light.

As you make your journey through life you will be tempted to stray from your path. You will be tempted to return to old habits that plagued your life. You must decide which life you want to lead. I’m not telling you to change your life like a light switch, because as quickly as you attempt to turn one way, you will quickly be tempted and give in to resuming your old lifestyle.

Every day we must work and strive to be better people. Every day we must work to give up bad habits. Everything in life can’t be dropped cold turkey without a great deal of pain and frustration; and if we could easily handle pain and frustration then we would never have adopted the negative habits to begin with!

If you are accustomed to cussing folks out and calling people out of their name in your private life, but in your public life you act like the sweetest angel ever created- sometimes going so far as to pretend as though you don’t cuss people out and call them out of their names- but guess what? You are a liar, and you are first telling the biggest lie to yourself.

We all have flaws and none of us are perfect. Look at your flaws and decide what you can and will begin to change about yourself beginning today- then each day work at turning that negative into a positive, turning pain to strength, and fear and hate to love.

My father always said, “cussing is what a person does when they can’t intelligently convey what they are trying to say” so many of us would opt to cuss than to take the time to find another way to verbalize what we are thinking and how we feel. Are you willing to try to find alternative ways to express yourself?

Watch what you invest, ingest, and digest into your life, and decide what you can remove immediately or gradually. Do you enjoy watching a certain type of movie, playing a certain type of video game, indulging in certain ‘private’ acts of ‘pleasure’, or listening to certain genres of music but you know you may or may not admit to it publicly, at church, or to your beloved grandmother? Seems hypocritical doesn’t it? Then work to do something about it but don’t be a fraud in the process. We’re all works in progress but ‘keep it real’ while God is molding you, if not life only gets harder, more difficult, and more frustrating.

I’m not saying that you should stop doing those things in private that bring you pleasure. I’m saying, stop being a hypocrite about the acts you commit—judging others for doing the same while you act holier than thou. It’s best that you remain silent or when involved in a conversation about one or more of these practices, that you remind the other participants in the conversation the importance of being nonjudgmental for we too can and will be judged—-and the one who has never sinned should cast the first stone. That should change the topic quickly and keep you from climbing on a high horse of pseudo righteousness only to make a fool out of your hypocritical self.

Pick a lane, don’t straddle or swerve across them- if you do, expect to get a ticket for lane violations!

I love you all and will continue to pray for your peace, joy, and safety each day and hope that you too pray for me. Enjoy your day.

Prayer

Father every day I pray to you countless times as the hours pass and my blessings shine over my mounting trials and tribulations. The closer I get to You Lord the more challenging life seems to become at times because the way of the world is beginning to now seem different to me, and I am seeing my life through a different lens.

As these changes are taking place, mortal mind the “enemy” keeps trying to convince me to stay as my old self, to hang with those people who aren’t good stewards and ambassadors for Your Kingdom; and there is pressure to behave, think, and speak in a way that is not loving and Christ-like.

As I move to focus my eyes, heart, and life more on You I am being tempted and tested by outside forces to live a double life, one that shines brightly as Your representative on some days, or during certain periods of the day, and the other life that stays hidden away where I can secretly indulge in my old “ways” of living.

Father this battle for my soul can only be won when I let go, surrender, and let You have all of me.

When I question why certain things seem to happen to me at the oddest and most inconvenient of times, why bad situations seem to blindside me, and why I’m tempted by outside forces to invest my time and energy into other things and other people instead of You and the person You have placed in my life to love- Father I know that it is because it is a test of my commitment and devotion to You.

I do not want to simply talk-the-talk, but Lord I am committed to walk-the-walk and lead the life You have intended for me. Touch my heart Father. Cleanse me. In Your name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love Always,

Natasha

Please Note: This message was originally written and published on May 20, 2011. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting, to include an audio message.
Copyright 2011-2018. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com
Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)
Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.
Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.3.18

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And God is able to make every grace overflow to you, so that in every way, always having everything you need, you may excel in every good work.

2 Corinthians 9:8

Reflection

I’ve been reflecting on this scripture since yesterday. I kept meditating on it as I drove to appointments and while running errands. I continued breaking the message down into smaller points, really focusing on not only what it says about God but also what it says about us and how we view Him.

We say that God is our provider, but do you truly understand what it is that we’re saying? As our provider, He is our supplier of everything that you need—that I need—that we need. God is the need-filler. He knows all of your needs. He knows the needs that you have yet to discover. God is never caught off guard. He doesn’t forget. He doesn’t lose track. He is faithful and unwavering.

He loves like no one and nothing else. When you try to think of the culmination of all-things you consider love, you still have only scratched the surface. His love never ceases to flow to you, even when you would do something that would be seen as a disappointment—God never stops loving you. God’s grace is sufficient. You should believe wholeheartedly that His grace is sufficient. You should be comforted and overjoyed with this thought in your mind—for this reality is incomparable.

There’s something important about this passage that many people would overlook.

It begins with “And God is able to…” not “And God will”. Which clearly expresses and implies that God can, but not that He most definitely will and not for all people. God provides in whatever measure He sees fit by whatever timetable He orders.

Something else that is important about this message that would also go overlooked:

It ends with, “you may excel in every good work” which means there is an expectation of you doing good in God’s name—you paying forward his grace and provisions through good work, honorable work, praiseworthy work, work that magnifies and glorifies God—work that serves as a testimony to His goodness.

Are you putting forth the effort each day? If not, ask yourself why.

Prayer

Father, You are more than enough. You are my provider, comforter, guide, protector, and source for all that is good and wonderful. You are my potter and I am Your clay. I can’t fathom an existence without You. You keep me filled and my cup runneth over. I will turn to You when I am fearful or worried. I will trust You to handle all things that are beyond my reach, scope, and capabilities. I love You Father. Thank You for loving me. Amen.

Have an awesome day family!

Love,

Natasha

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