Breaking Bread For 7.28.20

Scripture

Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:10-12

Reflection

Stop what you’re doing right now and just say, “Thank You” and declare that you are God’s child, and a follower and believer in Christ. Get past the labels and categories. The only things that matter is your declaration as a child of God that you believe and follow Christ, and each day you strive to be the best you that you can be. God is in us. God is us. We are Him. We are His creations. Each day we’re learning to reveal and be Him, and avoid the trappings of the enemy. As we are molded we get better with this.

Relationships

Even if you aren’t in a relationship, thank God for preparing you for the person He has been molding for you. And get this, it doesn’t have to be a romantic relationship for it to be a life-changing one. It can be the relationship with a child. Or a friend. You may not even know this person but God is preparing the introduction.

It’s like each of us are a finger or chain link of God and when we connect with another person those fingers become linked. The more links, a chain is formed. We then see, feel, and realize our interconnection. We see and feel God in each person.

Gratitude

Thank our Father-Mother for all the blessings, good times, not-so-good times, and the downright awful times—for all of these moments are learning experiences for growth and ultimate success in every area of our life. So embrace it, be grateful, and declare that you will rise and smile each day whether the sun shines brightly or the clouds and rain match your tears.

Now smile and be a blessing to someone else today. It glorifies and pleases God!

Prayer

Father, thank You for loving me so that I may see the intensity, consistency, realness, and fullness of true love. Father thank You for sending Your son Jesus to show us how to love even when others aren’t being loving, supportive, or caring; for showing us how to love those who hate us, despise us, shame us, and envy us.

Father I praise Your holy name with an excitement that can’t be measured. You are so wondrous, beautiful, powerful, loving, giving, caring, and passionate, and I’m honored to receive Your many blessings. Thank You Father. I am joyful, hopeful, faithful, and committed to You— and committed to serving You and Your Kingdom.

Father thank You for placing someone in my life whom I can love fully, passionately, purposely, intentionally, fearlessly, and as You expect. I pray that they are receptive and open to the love that I have to offer as my cup runneth over from Your daily filling.

I will never let a day go by without praising and thanking You. I won’t let a moment pass without thinking of You and Jesus, and all that You have done, are doing, and will do for me Lord. I humbly pray, say thank You, and ask for forgiveness for all of my transgressions— in Jesus’ name. Amen.

I love you all!!!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.27.20

Scripture

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.

—Galatians 6:1 NLT

Reflection

Pray for those who can’t or won’t pray for themselves. Pray for those who won’t forgive themselves. Pray for those who won’t forgive others. Pray for those who won’t forgive you.

Pray for yourself; that you learn to forgive those who have hurt and betrayed you. Pray that you can stop what you’re doing right now, and have the weight of guilt, anger, shame, pride, ego, arrogance, hate, and fear removed from your shoulders— removed from your life.

Pray that at this very moment you can say aloud or think silently the name(s) of those people who wronged you, and you can begin forgiving them. Pray for the strength to ask for forgiveness from those individuals you have hurt. Even if they don’t accept your apology or you can’t locate them, be free in knowing that you tried and took the steps towards healing, and then inhale the fresh air of God’s peace—and be healed!

You can’t control what someone else does, says or thinks, but you can control your thoughts, actions, and speech. You can determine the kind of relationship you will have with Jesus and God. You can either continue walking around in pain or free yourself and live. What do you want for your life?

Prayer

Father, thank You for giving me a forgiving spirit because I know in order for me to receive my blessings I must be a blessing. To be forgiven I must forgive. I have to stop carrying around the weight of offenses against me, and of those I committed. Guilt, shame, sorrow, anger, and vengeance, are useless weights to carry. They serve no purpose and build nothing of substance. They don’t honor and glorify You. I seek instead resolve and peace.

Thank You father for peace, harmony, love, family, and good friendships that surround me. I know that in order to receive I must willingly give. As You pour into me help me to pour into others, while I also empty out all that which is not of You.

Father I thank You for life, and another day to praise, glorify, and worship you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

I love you all in Christ!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.24.20

Scripture

“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

Jonah 2:8-9 NIV

Reflection

Jonah was in the mouth of a whale declaring God’s strength, power, and glory. He did not give up and accept defeat, but rather knew that only God could determine his fate. He prayed for God’s will to be done. His faith and commitment during the darkest of moments showed Jonah’s true character, and because of this God released Jonah from the whale.

How many of us can say that if we were in the same situation we would think, respond, and pray as Jonah did that day?

Jonah was less focused on himself and totally focused on God. There is an amazing quote by Beth Moore that truly highlights this relationship that Jonah had with God, and the type of relationship that we should all strive to have, “Spiritual worship is focusing all we are on all He is.”

Think about that—if we only focused on our connection to and with God, and saw ourselves only as He sees us—how would our lives change for the better? What types of obstacles could we overcome when our vision is never limited?

We should all pray for this type of focus and dedication.

Prayer

When I turn to anyone or anything else other than You and Jesus, I have chosen to have a conditional relationship with You Father. I pray for a relationship with You that honors You always. I pray to always put You first and to always seek Your light. As You mold my clay, squeeze out those things that displease You. In Your son’s holy name I pray to You and I praise You. Amen.

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.23.20

Scripture

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.

Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV

Reflection

It is easy to take the wages of our labor and immediately use them to pay bills and take care of necessities, and niceties. I get it. I do it too. The first of the two verses above says that we’re to honor God with our wealth and the first of our harvest.

Some people tithe in church, others donate to charity, others honor God by buying food or providing money to the homeless. Some of us just keep paying the bills and buying things we want. And there are those who can only pay on some bills not all, and they don’t have the luxury of buying for personal gratification. God knows each of our situations. He knows our heart and intentions. Speak to Him about how He wants you to honor and acknowledge Him.

I would like to focus on the real intention, the underlying but obvious sentiment of these verses. Those crops, our wages, are only possible because of God. We should honor Him, for without Him we have nothing. Only with Him does our wealth grow. Our cup runneth over because of His doing, not ours.

Putting God First

The busyness of life can sometimes throw us off track, consuming us with human priorities, as we quickly forget our spiritual ones.

There are days when instead of starting my day reading my Bible, praying, reflecting, and writing this blog entry—I instead trip into something else that I know is less important and meaningful. Those days I am weak. I am distracted.

So I pray to God for the strength to remain focused on learning and sharing God’s Word, and being the best servant that I can be. I also pray that God strengthens you, guides you, and opens your eyes to the numerous possibilities that life has to offer. I am grateful that He has brought us together.

Together let’s lovingly encourage each other to put God first as our day begins and ends, in all of our decisions, and in every relationship.

Prayer

Father, I have placed other things before You. Today I didn’t start my day with You as my center and top priority. I got distracted by circumstances and people. I apologize for losing focus.

If it weren’t for You I wouldn’t be blessed and have the gifts that surround me each day. So to honor You I will not allow anything or anyone to distract me from praying and meditating each morning and each night. I will watch how I speak, control my thoughts, and consider the outcome before I act.

I give my time first to You Lord. Amen.

Have a blessed day!

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.22.20

Scripture

The lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.

Psalm 103:8

Reflection

We come off all holier than thou but fall short by lightyears. We claim we want to be more like Jesus, but we must be speaking about the Spanish guy with the same name who owns the realty company, and his wife is an architect. They live not too far away and we see them from time to time at the local gym, restaurant, or park. Yeah, it must be that Jesus, and not the one in the Bible—not the one we call the Messiah, our Savior.

We can’t possibly want to be more like Jesus because we have the mindset that “It’s all about me, my feelings, my wants and needs, my desires, my body, my house, my car, my material possessions, my sexuality and sensuality, my…my…my…my”. While Jesus was about the “we” and the “us”, and about serving and representing God, our heavenly Father-Mother.

What Jesus Could Have Done

Jesus could have gone off and started slapping, punching, and kicking his disciples whenever they got out of line or disrespected him, and definitely when they betrayed him. He could have gone off and started tearing up things when the Jews tried to put reigns on him to control when he healed the sick, wounded, and diseased. You know he had no problem turning over the tables in the temple. Jesus could have really acted a fool with the Pharisees and Sadducees, and others.

He could have slapped or punched the first soldier who walked up to him to take him into custody for his crucifixion.

But he didn’t.

Yes, he knew he was disrespected, betrayed, and treated worse than a stray, rabid dog; but instead of cursing those people he lovingly gave his life to save theirs, and to prove in his resurrection God’s realness and power—and that there is no death, only a shedding of our human bodies and a transition to another level of existence.

Yes, Jesus was hurt; yes he cried, but revenge was not in his heart or on his mind. So why should it be on ours?

What We Should Be Doing

If we’re to be more like Jesus then we need to stay prayed up, rested, and ready to spread God’s love and Word around the world to anyone willing to receive it. You’re not to browbeat and force people to align with your beliefs. Love them and keep moving right along.

We should smile more even when someone’s frowning at us. That frown is their problem, not ours. Don’t let their anger and resentment rub off on you. We should laugh more because it soothes the soul. We should dance more because it’s a way of rejoicing and praising God through movement.

We should take care of our health and our bodies because they are gifts from God, and only ours temporarily. If we aren’t taking care of ourselves then we can’t possibly do the work God has planned for us. You can’t effectively help others if you’re serving as dead weight.

We need to stop living as victims and start living as ambassadors for Christ. We need to start forgiving more because we want forgiveness; and if we can’t give we can’t receive. We need to stop being so self-absorbed about what did, didn’t, has, hasn’t, is, or isn’t happening in our lives—and start living as though we’re glad to be alive, and grateful that God wakes us and protects us each day. We should be grateful each day for our family and loved ones, and for the things we take for granted— like the ability to blink our eyes.

Our Entanglement With Religion

We need to stop being so obsessed over the religion of Christianity and the denominations of it, and start being committed to Jesus’ teachings and daily walk. Jesus despised the dogma and blindness that forms through organized religion. He was irritated by the people who knew and professed God’s law, but also violators of that same law. God was changing things up and using Jesus to share it with the people, but there were so many fractured groups, that the majority of people rebuked him rather than embrace him.

Ego, pride, greed, and shame are nasty dis-eases that rot you from the inside out, and destroy anything and everything around you. So how do you think Jesus would feel knowing that roughly 100 years after his ascension, some of his followers had converted traditional and Hellenistic Jews into a new religion called Christianity?

Knowing that the same trappings and negative influences would be there, and then year after year seeing us fall into those traps, I’m sure Jesus just shook his head in disbelief, and God said, “They clearly have to learn the hard way. But I won’t come at them Old Testament style”. That of course is my opinion on how the conversation could have played out. Yes, I added some twisted humor at the end. Lighten up a bit.

Look at us now, more than 2,000 years after the ascension of Jesus, roughly 1900 years of organized Christianity, and look at the fractures within this religion. We have numerous denominations because none of us can get on one page, one accord. Everyone wants to translate it their way, speak it their way, live it their way.

But who is really doing it Jesus’ way? Who is doing it God’s way?

There’s millions of so-called Christians that Jesus will look in the eyes and say, “I don’t know you,” just as the New Testament said that he proclaimed. Jesus told us God’s revisions to law and life. But just like the ancient times, we still think we know better. So we have to learn the hard way.

Self-Reflection, Accountability, and Healing

These past several years and these past few days, I have learned a great deal about myself. I’ve learned how I deal (and don’t deal) with pain, rejection, betrayal, and shame. I’ve learned how hypocritical I can be in my judgment of others. The self-righteousness that comes from judging people based on my standards and even pointing my finger to what the Bible says, is the exact same hypocrisy that the Bible also addresses. As though I’ve never done wrong—when I have, countless times—yet I point the finger at others. Hypocrite.

Just like me, other people are being molded. Just like me, they are doing the best that they can with the resources they have, and with the depth of courage, strength, compassion, peace, hope, faith, and grit that they possess. I am no better and no worse. They are no better and no worse. We’re all trying, learning, failing, and getting back up—over and over again. I must be more empathetic. Especially because I want and need more empathy. I want to be forgiven, loved, and understood. That means I should give these things, not after it’s given to me, but immediately and without contemplation.

The child says, “I will apologize when they do first”. The adult says the same thing. We are oversized children. And you can quote the Bible all you want about putting away childish things, and that adults know better. The reality is, we haven’t let go of childish behavior and things. That’s what makes this molding process so painful at times.

I had to put myself in check HARD, and although it was a painful realization, it was one that I’m glad I discovered now and not before taking my last human breath. I keep learning more about myself and the ways that I’m aligned, or not, with God. I have past due homework assignments yet God keeps showing me grace and mercy, while I would nitpick someone else about their mess.

I didn’t like what I saw in myself and I declared I would be quick to change for the better. Years ago I made some of those changes, some were lasting and still present now, and others only lasted for a short time. Some changes were desired but never actualized. Clearly, they required too much work and commitment on my part. They required of me what I expected of others, yet I wasn’t willing to do the work. So now I face those consequences and acknowledge what I did.

Years ago when this boulder of truth first hit me, it was my mom’s constant loving guidance that helped me to see things clearer. God used my mom and other people to help me see things that I was intentionally overlooking. Over the past few days it’s been the books that I’ve been reading and reflecting upon, that God has touched my heart and mind to SEE CLEARLY. I know better and I’m striving to do better. A work in progress, just like you. Leaving the shame and self-righteousness outside next to the garbage can. They’re not meant to bring inside, carry around, and be a part of us.

Let’s start anew beginning today, right now—this very moment. Push out the negativity and let in God’s gentle light. Self-righteousness is actually a mirror into your soul, showing the world all of the things you think you’re hiding. Truth reveals all. Stop pretending and start being. Jesus didn’t walk around blaming and shaming the commoners. He pointed the mirror to the self-righteous, to the ones that knew better but kept doing wrong because they could. Watch out, because God and Jesus have the perfect mirror just for you!

Stop with the shame and guilt, and start with loving acceptance. It’s not making excuses, it’s accountability and laying the foundation for healing and growth. I’m ready, are you?

Prayer

Father, I want to be more like You. I want to be more like Your son Jesus. I want to show compassion and grace always, just as I want to receive it. I want to be slow to anger, and filled with love. I want to always see and have clarity, and rage prevents that. Rage is blinding and blocks alignment with You. Love is patient and it is You.

Father, I want to learn to forgive instantly, and not keep track of those who wronged me and their indiscretions. I don’t want my sins thrown in my face each day, so why would I do it to others? I want to be more patient and understanding. I want to stop being so quick to place blame because I am not blameless. I want to leave my judgments to Your discretion as that is not my role and purpose in life. I can choose and enforce my boundaries, and choose whom to associate with, but there is no need for me to villify and dehumanize them.

I want to live my life as You see fit. I have a lot of rough edges and I thank You for the constant molding to smooth them. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray to You and praise You. I love You. Amen.

I love you all!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.21.20

Scripture

“The vision of the evenings and mornings that has been given you is true, but seal up the vision, for it concerns the distant future.”

Daniel 8:26

Reflection

Stay in your lane focused on you and what you’re supposed to do. If you’re busy looking over in someone else’s lane, you’re bound to crash. If you’re busy stressing over whether someone’s going to cross into or over your lane, don’t.

Let God handle that.

If you’re living in fear that someone’s going to take what’s yours, remember that it’s not yours it’s God’s, and our Father-Mother will also handle that. Just live your life today and for today.

Prayer

Father, I pray to keep my eyes and mind focused on today and what You have planned for me to do, experience, and express; not on what tomorrow could or could not bring, and not on what did or didn’t happen yesterday. I just want to stay in my lane, on the path that You have carved out especially for me, and give my all— every second of today.

I don’t want to concern myself with what someone else is doing or not doing, because You are working with them on making their way down their path, at the speed and intensity You expect of and for them.

Father strengthen me.

Fill me Lord and let my cup run over where it can never run low; and let me see and feel this as my reality, never doubting its capacity— if I’m never doubting You. Doubt in one is doubt in the other.

I pray to You and praise You in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love you all!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 7.20.20

Scripture

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…

Ephesians 1:18-20

Reflection

If we say we have faith, then we have to roll with the crashing waves and just focus on not falling off the boat. Jesus slept during the storm while his disciples freaked out watching the waves crash into their boat. Jesus knew that God would always see them through; that God could calm the waves and make things right, and has empowered all of us through love, hope, and faith to see past the storm and see it as fear and what it is—nothingness.

So to prove this fact, Jesus stood and silenced the fearful men by commanding the storm to stop the madness and be still. God has equipped us with the power to stop our own madness that bubbles up within. God has equipped us with the power to overcome fear by putting our trust in Him. God has equipped us to reign over matter with Mind. It is our fear and limited thinking that blocks us from demonstrating this Truth.

I have come to the understanding that we can’t say we have faith and are faithful but then want to pick and choose when our faith is tested. There is no convenient time to walk into a storm. We must be mentally and emotionally prepared at all times, like disciplined soldiers, to face the test whenever it comes and for as long as it lasts—no matter how intense and no matter how tired we get— we must keep marching on. Even through fear, march.

Jesus cried and screamed as he was lashed and beaten while carrying the cross. He cried and screamed more intensely as he was nailed on that cross for all the townspeople to see. Do you not think that he had fear? He pushed past it. Even through that horror he knew what he was called to do; he knew the prophecies had to be fulfilled through him. So he endured and sacrificed. He knew what he was promised by God. He knew what was on the other side of that finish line.

What are you willing to endure, to gain all that God has planned for and promised to you?

When times get tough don’t quit and walk away. Take a break, a cleansing breath, seek counsel from God and whomever He sent to you, and then take that restored energy and the information provided, and dig deep as you enter the next round of life’s boxing match. You may realize that the rounds become less intense when you take this approach.

I’m suited in my military uniform and I have my helmet, safety gear, and supplies. Let’s roll.

Prayer

Father, I smile today as I praise Your holy name. My faith is being tested as I say this prayer to You, and I rejoice in knowing that I am only going through this so that I may be strengthened and restored in Your light and presence. I know You have called on me to serve You faithfully, to never place a person or thing above You, and to remember that it is because of You that I have all of the blessings in my life.

You are all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-seeing. There is nothing going on in or around my life that You aren’t aware of, and haven’t handled long before they became my issue of concern. I release to You Father; I surrender and focus on being obedient instead of a meddler in Your business. I pray to You in Your son Jesus’ holy name. Amen.

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Breaking Bread For 7.17.20

Scripture

Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish…. May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, lord, is in you.

Psalm 25:17, 21

Reflection

We all backslide from time to time; that’s what keeps us from truly demonstrating our perfectness in God and separates us from leading beautifully spiritual lives in complete peace and harmony.

Ask God to lift you up out of your situation and place you into the realm of joy, accepting with that all of the responsibilities expected of you.

To be upright your head must be up and your eyes open, your heart must be warm and softened, your shoulders must be erect and strong enough to carry the load that will come, your thoughts must be clean, and the words that come out of your mouth must be said in love and respect. Your actions must be aligned with your thoughts and words.

Ask and you shall receive.

Hold on to hope!

Prayer

Father forgive me, help me, cleanse me, heal me, hold me, comfort me, protect me, uplift me—save me from myself; save me from those who would do me harm. Save me from my fears, save me from the negative influence of others; save me from my ego, shame, and pride. In Your son Jesus’ name I humbly and faithfully pray. Amen.

Love Always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 5.16.20

Scripture

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

John 20:19

Reflection

There is always a calm before the storm; and even during the storm you should find comfort in knowing that God and Jesus are there with you. There may be days when you feel so overwhelmed that it’s difficult to breathe, to function, to think—those are the moments you need to pray for peace in your heart, mind, spirit, and soul; peace in your home and work place; peace in your personal life and in your career.

When you’re going through a rough time, keep going and just pray a little more intently. God bless you all and may He keep You encircled in His grace.

Prayer

Today I declare that I will not be consumed by fear. Not today. There is no time to be wasted paralyzed by fear, irrationally reacting, distracted and misaligned. It makes no sense, so I don’t want a part of it. Today I’m walking boldly by faith, in faith, with faith.

Father, I know You are here with me, helping, watching, waiting, and directing. I may not see the solution to my problema right at this very moment, but I trust that with and through You, my eyes and mind will connect and see clearly the blessings that You have waiting for me. Father, fill me with the peace Your son Jesus lived, and shared with others. Show me the way Father. Redirect me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.14.20

Scripture

“Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the lord.”

Leviticus 19:18

Reflection

Hurt people hurt people. Let God handle the dirty work. It’s all dirty work, that’s why it feels so burdensome to you. That heavy weight isn’t for you to carry. Talk to God about it and let Him tell You if He’s going to lighten the load so you can carry something more reasonably weighted and leave the rest behind, carry a section at a time, or if He’s going to eliminate the load altogether.

We have a tendency of seeing the load and getting consumed by its weight, that we waste precious moments trying to carry it, deal with it, or complain. We don’t just sit our butts down and have a conversation with God. He already knows about the load. He knew before it manifested. He’s just waiting for you to come chat with Him about the situation.

Here’s an example that many of you can visualize and relate to today’s message:

Imagine walking into a warehouse where you work and there is one or more huge crates sitting there. What would you do and say? How would you react?

Would you immediately begin to fuss and complain?

Would you try to figure out how you’re going to move this heavy load?

Would you say, “I’m not moving that mess” and swiftly walk away?

Or would you go to your manager and ask for clarification, direction and assistance?

Hopefully you chose the latter, seeking out your manager to first determine if the load is meant for you, then to ascertain how the manager intends for you to break down or move the load, and to find out where the manager wants the load moved. You would also be seeking information on time constraints and what resources you would have at your disposal. The manager could tell you that the workload isn’t yours, but thank you for inquiring. If the load is yours, your manager will appreciate that you took the initiative to inquire rather than wait to be directed. Both ways, you sought out the manager for information and clarification.

That is what we’re supposed to do with the loads placed in our lives, whether through our actions or someone else. We need to learn to turn to God. Let Him handle the dirty work. Let Him sort out the details. Let Him delegate tasks to us, so we can focus solely on our work and not His or someone else’s.

In the example of the manager, so many people would see the crates and feel they were being wronged, mistreated, or picked on—and then seek revenge by doing something destructive or through stealing workplace resources, like money, supplies, and inventory. We are paralyzed in time and space when we allow revenge and grudges to become our way of life. There is no real progress in that space. No forward movement in life can occur because our actions have fragmented the plan, and our path has now splintered. We didn’t keep straight on the path, we veered at the fork in the road, and now we are lost and more confused. Had we only sought out God when we saw we were approaching the fork in the road. Instead we take matters in our own hands, and the majority of times when we do, recklessness is waiting around the corner.

We cheat on someone because they cheated on us— that’s recklessness. We abuse someone because we were or are being abused— that’s recklessness. The bullied person who becomes a bully. You already know what I’m going to say—that’s recklessness.

God doesn’t condone our recklessness, no matter how much you want to rationalize your actions.

We have to learn to seek out God before we react to our circumstances. Seek His authority, power, and wisdom.

God touches and changes the hearts of the sexist, rapist, pedophile, abuser, narcissist, racist, xenophobe, homophobe, etc. And if a heart doesn’t change, God also handles that. We can only change our hearts and minds, we were not delegated the task of changing other people. That’s God’s job. Stay out of His lane.

Prayer

Father, I pray that You will help me through conflicts and strife, the weight of disappointment and lack that I feel from being unappreciated or underappreciated, the burden of betrayal, the cloud of confusion, and the pain from those who have wronged me. Free me from the anger and disgust caused by my victimization. Please cast my fears away Lord.

I can be blinded by my emotions but I want to be sighted through Your intervention. I can’t control what other people say or do, but I can control myself. I pray that You help me to release my grip on the energy tied to other people’s actions. Free me from the traps of revenge and grudges. Help me to see the Light and weightlessness of letting go and surrendering all of that to You. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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