Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.8.19

Scripture

Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble. It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall. So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

Romans 14:20-23

Reflection

“…and everything that does not come from faith is sin.” How bold is that statement? If we eat food but not based on faith that God would provide, but just in the thinking that it was luck, happenstance, or only because of our labor— we have sinned. If we wish for something better in our life— a new home, a new job/career, a baby, a new car, marriage, a vacation, or financial wealth— yet it is a wish or prayer not based in faith, but rather chance or luck, or out of fear, or in thinking that we alone can make it work—then we have sinned.

Whatever we speak, think, do, or consume should have a foundation in faith, and the belief that God will always provide a solution, a way, and a path, and it will always be on time and in abundance. Let’s stop relying on man’s devices, laws, tricks and schemes to gain wealth, happiness, and joy— instead let’s turn to our most faithful Father-Mother to provide what we need and when we need it.

Prayer

Father, of the verses that I just read, I took from this that anything that does not come from faith is a sin. Whatever done, said, consumed, or thought, which is not derived from faith is deemed a sin in Your eyes. So I pray that my thoughts, actions, deeds, and words are produced through faith not fear; faith not anger; faith not arrogance; faith not envy; faith not greed. I pray that whatever food or drink that I consume that I show thanks for the blessing, having faith that You will always provide sustenance for me each and every day. I pray this as a follower and lover of Christ, in Your name Father. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.5.19

Scripture

You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

James 2:22

Reflection

It is not faith alone, but your actions supporting your faith, that encompasses your true dedication and belief in God and what He can do to and for you.

Money and Resources

I can’t just have faith that God will deliver me the money that I need to pay my bills, take care of my business expenses, and the other provisions that I need. I have to be proactive, also making sure that I am receptive to potential blessings that may come in various forms. I have to get up each day and work diligently so that I am doing my part and showing God that I’m serious about my life, my family’s wellbeing, my career, and in serving Him. Coupled with my faith, my bills will be paid and all of the financial perks will be received.

Children

I can’t just sit around praying that God will bless me with children, I must make sure that I am doing my part to be mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially healthy—and prepared to have, raise, and nurture those children. How else will God see and know that you and I are truly prepared? Coupled with my faith in Him, He will bless me with children. God has no time limits. God isn’t concerned about my age and what doctors, science, or society says. God determines. My responsibility is to do my part and be patient.

Marriage

I can’t just sit around and pray for a healthy, joy-filled, loving, honorable, impenetrable, and committed marriage— I must do my part to heal, nurture, love, commit, strengthen, protect, and grow within myself first. I must be supportive, receptive, nurturing, understanding, compassionate, nonjudging, trusting, forgiving, and loving of and to my partner to encourage—and receive—the same in return.

With my faith and actions, I can put my trust in knowing that my relationship and marriage will be as God envisioned. I must demonstrate through thoughts, words, and deeds, the very things that I desire in and from a life partner.

Health and Wellness

My desire for excellent health cannot come from merely wishing or praying for it. What am I doing to reduce my risk of exposure to toxic things, environments, situations, and people? What am I doing to extinguish the toxic thoughts that creep in, with a seek and destroy mission?

Health is not just physical. It is spiritual, emotional, mental, and financial. It is inside-out and outside-in. It’s also the layers upon layers that we stand in strength or weakness. It’s the layers that we place or allow to be placed, by others, upon us.

Combining it All

My actions, along with my faith, encourage me to trust and believe that the health, money, resources, children, and marriage that I desire—and need— will be provided to me as God intends for me, and only when He sees fit. Faith, is not only the believing in something, it is also the patience to wait, for that which we desire, to manifest fully—on God’s time, not ours. While we wait we must work with the greatest of passion.

Now let’s put some action beside our faith!

Prayer

Father, I thank You now for my blessings. I thank You now for providing me with the money that I need to take care of my expenses and to provide the financial foundation and layers that will support and help build my legacy. I thank You now for providing me with the resources that I need to grow and become a better person.

To show my faith in You and my dedication to serving You, I won’t just sit around lazily expecting You to do everything for me; but rather I promise to get up each day and work diligently in both my personal and professional life. If I say I want more in life then I need to show You that I can handle more, by first taking care of what is before me.

Jesus showed men how to become fishermen so that they could catch their own fish, not just wait around for someone to provide them with the fish. I want to be that metaphoric and symbolic fisherman, who works hard through Your grace and will to provide for myself and my family—all while giving to those in need, so that they too will rise up to be fishermen.

I want You to know and see that I’m willing to do my part Lord. I thank You for taking care of me Father, and for freeing me from the fear that kept and keeps me prisoner in my own mind and body. I love You Father. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

P.S. I hope that each and every one of you had an amazing 4th of July. For those of you who are my family members and friends, let me say, if you didn’t hear from me personally, trust and know that I was thinking of you and that I love you dearly!

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.4.19

Scripture

…in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.

Titus 2:7-8 NKJV

Reflection

When you know right you should live right. You should be the same person in church as you are in the streets. You should be the same person that you are with strangers, as you are with friends and family. We shouldn’t be speaking one way yet doing another. It should be consistent and irrefutable. Naysayers shouldn’t be able to dispute you and knock you down.

A great quote shared by Corrie ten Boom, helps to balance us in our confusion and worry about living right :

Don’t worry about what you do not understand. Worry about what you understand in the Bible but do not live by.”

How deep and moving is that message? Some things we just don’t understand, and for those things we shouldn’t rack our brains trying to figure it out—for God will bring the knowledge in due time.

But for those things that we do know and understand in the Bible—if we aren’t obeying what God and Jesus instructed, then we should be more than alarmed—we should be working aggressively to make things right in our life.

We should be praying to God to release us from our self-inflicted bondage.

We should remove what’s wrong in our lives and replace it with what’s right. Our thoughts, speech, dress, habits, obsession with material possessions, false need for instant gratification, and our issues with honesty and loyalty—should all be purged and replaced by examples that we would want Jesus to see and commend.

Each day we can work on ourselves. Each day we can embrace more love and pour into others more love. Each day we can rely less on man and our dependence on human expectations, and lean more on God—and use Jesus’s example to think, speak, live and do BETTER!

Today is Independence Day, in the United States, and I pray that we all are protected from potential threats by those troubled due to their internal turmoil. Holidays can bring out the worst in people.

I pray that we are protected from the dangers that come from, excessive horse play and fireworks. The instructions and warnings on the packaging are there for a reason. Respect their purpose. Around bodies of water, be respectful that second to air, water is the most powerful physical force that we have on this planet. You do not stand a chance at challenging this. Be alert. Wear protective gear. Be mindful that it only takes a moment, to go from laughter to tears. Your carelessness can be costly.

I pray, that if your sobriety becomes questionable, that you opt to be a passenger and not a driver—and that your behavior toward strangers and those that you know, is loving and respectful.

I understand that this holiday celebrates the independence of one country from another, even though this country was founded by colonizers who stole the land and its resources from the native people who lived here for centuries before a foreigner ever stepped foot on this soil. I understand that this country had in its possession, enslaved people from numerous African countries—that our country (the US) refused to emancipate and provide reparations, so that they too could be independent.

Having this understanding does not give me the right to disrespect this holiday and the people who lost and gave their lives for a dream that we all ironically share—a desire for a full and robust life, liberty without question or interference from outside forces, and without swearing allegiance to any person or thing; and the freedom to pursue happiness in whatever form that we see fit.

For millions of us living in this country, we still don’t have those rights. So we should look at this day and be reminded of the sacrifices that were required for the bonds to be broken. We should remember the endless prayers. We should also remember that our country’s biggest ally was also once our captor. Irony and yet, a possibility. What would Jesus say and do at this time? Ponder that with love.

Prayer

Father, I understand that I may be the only example of a Christian that some have encountered. I may be the only Bible that they have ever heard. I never want to set a bad example that will turn away potential followers.

Let my thoughts, speech, and actions be that of a dignified and loving ambassador, representing Your Kingdom. Mold me Father. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.3.19

Scripture

…Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.”

Mark 5:36 NIV

Reflection

I dug in the “crates”, as they say, for this oldie but goodie. It was a post that I had written, on this day, in 2012. I’ve made some minor adjustments to reflect current day, while preserving that day. It’s been 7 years since writing the post and 18 years (this month) since my dad accepted his new assignment, took his spiritual promotion, and left for bigger and better. So much has changed since these two pivotal years (that I’ve mentioned), and so much has stayed the same.

Today, in honor of my father, I launched (through my company, Foreman & Associates, LLC, a podcast. It’s called “Don’t Call It Small…Business” Podcast. Here’s a link to Episode 1:
bit.ly/324EpvB

You can also listen to it and all future podcasts at: foremanllc.com/podcast.html I was a little scared about taking this (and some other big steps that I announced about a week ago) so I stayed up all night prepping for this 7am launch. Once launched and shared on social media, I finally went to bed at 9am—charged and ready for my next steps.

I hope that today, something charges you up, and motivates you to believe—and do something—big, bold, brave, and beautiful. Maybe you already have. If so, please share with me in the comments section below.

So are you ready for today’s blast from the past reflection? Alright then, here you go:

Let me first start off by wishing my late, great father, Robert Foreman, a very happy 59th 66th birthday. Eleven Eighteen years ago, this month, he passed away abruptly and without warning. The last three years I have done better coping and managing my loss, reminding myself that my dad always said never to mourn those who have passed-–that it’s our selfishness and not our obedience to God (and to those who have gone on to the next level of existence), that we hold on to and harbor these depressing feelings about that person leaving.

My spiritual side gets it. My human side wants my dad here to sit down and chat with me, get my sister aligned, and encourage my mom to reach out and grab those dreams. My human side wants my dad here, to walk me down the wedding aisle, to hold his grandchildren, to trash-talk me through my gym workouts, and to help me see clearly through business deals to see past my fears. My spiritual side knows that he is definitely in a better place with God and our loved ones, and that he always sees and speaks to me. My human side misses him and cries out from time to time, because I want to physically see, hear, smell, and hug him. I look at pictures of me, and I look into my eyes in the mirror, and I see how much I resemble him. It’s a warming thought, yet one that also makes me yearn to be in his physical presence.

This is where my faith needs strengthening. This is where my human side must align with my spiritual side, if I am going to make that next step on my journey as an ambassador for Christ. I must walk the walk.

I must face and overcome my fear of loss, failure, too much success, death, not becoming a wife and a mother, and not thriving on every level of my life. I must face my fears and overcome them if I truly want to live. I must rise each day with conviction, purpose, and a plan—and then run like crazy to make things happen each and every day. If I don’t face my fears then they will hunt me down and turn my nightmare into a reality. My fears will lead to my demise. How ironic is that? A fear of death leading to death. Wow!

2019 Update: I’ve since married and divorced, so that fear of not getting married has left me. Those other fears that I mentioner above, yep, I’m still battling them.

What are your fears? Where are you in your life at facing down those fears? Are you sick and tired of coming up short in so many areas of your life? Do you know this is only happening because of your lack of faith in God?

Are you ready to take that first step towards stomping on one of your fears? Then let’s do this!

I want to live a long, loving, joyful, healthy, rewarding, successful, wise, and prosperous life, how about you? So let’s open our eyes and take that first step today!

Prayer

Father, I have to believe that You will protect me from harm, that You will guide me down the right paths, prepare me for what’s ahead, and that You will always make a way out of no way. I have to believe that if I have the knowledge then I can jump into any waters and come up unharmed. I have to believe that if I face any physical, spiritual, or psychological storms, that You will calm them just as You did through Jesus during the storm in Galilee.

Father, I’m praying for my release from fear. I’m praying for the ability to not be afraid— even when facing death, and I have to admit that I’m no where close to being there. I’m afraid of leaving here before I’m ready. But You already know this Father. Thank You for loving and supporting me even through the silliness of knowing that I have absolutely no control of the days or what happens in them.

Father, I humbly ask that, each day, You remove my fears so that I can, through You, replace them with complete faith in You. I pray these things with the deepest of sincerity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love,

Natasha
P.S. Happy birthday dad. Thank you for sharing so much in such a short period of time. If I knew then what I knew now, I would’ve been more intentional in soaking up the knowledge and wisdom that you shared, and I would’ve followed your counsel (rather than think that my way was better). We both know how hardheaded and stubborn I am [laugh]. Thank you for the conversations that I keep in my mental archives, and for for the loving pushes throughout the hardest of days. Dad, I promise that I will get this right and make both of us prouder than we already are! I love and miss you so much!

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.2.19

Scripture

… while I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting before me, the hand of the Sovereign lord came on me there. I looked, and I saw a figure like that of a man. From what appeared to be his waist down he was like fire, and from there up his appearance was as bright as glowing metal…. The Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and in visions of God he took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court, where the idol that provokes to jealousy stood.

Then he brought me to the entrance to the court….And he said to me, “Go in and see the wicked and detestable things they are doing here.” ….He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, ‘The lord does not see us; the lord has forsaken the land.’”

Then he brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the house of the lord, and I saw women sitting there, mourning the god Tammuz…He then brought me into the inner court of the house of the lord, and there… were about twenty-five men. With their backs toward the temple of the lord and their faces toward the east, they were bowing down to the sun in the east.

Ezekiel 8:1-3, 5-7, 9, 12, 14, 16

Reflection

If we have been told and shown examples of what God expects of us and disapproves of, then why are we still continuing the cycle of hardheadedness that the Israelites demonstrated thousands of years ago? Why is our struggle with the flesh so difficult to overcome? Why is it that when times get tough we turn to idols, man, spirits, charts, and dead gods for comfort? Why don’t we seek out God’s Love, God’s Spirit, God’s Light?

Would we still be fixated on needing to trust and believe in something we can ‘see’ if our sight was removed? If you were blind would you still rely on your faith in a statue, pendant, cards, signs and symbols, or someone behind a pulpit or inside of a confessional? Or would your faith be restored in the Supreme Spirit, the only Problem Solver, our Father? Ponder that.

Prayer

Father, thank You. Thank You for showing me through examples, those things that You detest and disapprove of, as well as those things that are pleasing to You. Thank You for giving me the opportunity to do right, and to correct my steps. Thank You for equipping me with the knowledge to make the right decisions and be comforted in knowing that there is no better way than Yours; there is no better justice than what You deliver, and there is nothing I would rather do than to worship and serve You Father.

I know that You see me Father. I know that You have not forsaken me. I know that You will answer my prayers and deliver me, at a time and place that You see fit. Thank You Father. Amen.

Love you always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.1.19

Scripture

The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.

The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

The precepts of the Lord are right,
giving joy to the heart.

The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.

The decrees of the Lord are firm,
and all of them are righteous.

Psalm 19:7-9 NIV

Reflection

There is nothing and no one like God and His son Jesus. There is no other message, path, direction, presence, or voice that we should follow other than our Heavenly Father’s.

When life stresses us out we are inclined to give into fear. I say in the roughest of times we need to lean more on God and let Him strengthen us. Lean not into your interpretation but rely upon His, and the example set by His son.

Prayer

Let me always see Father, even in darkness let the way be clear and the message discernible. Let me always hear You through all of the voices and noise. I love You Father. I need You Father. Forever I am Yours. Amen.

I love you all. God bless each of you. Have a safe week.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.27.19

Scripture

Why, my soul, are you downcast?
Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.

Psalm 42:11 NIV

Reflection

We are all tested. Scenarios will always be presented, where our judgment will come to question.

Are we spiritually mature and tough enough?

Sometimes we will be tested through our loved ones—friends and yes, family—for many of us this test comes mostly from family.

How do we respond?

Do we release it all to God or do we struggle to try and fix things on our own, and then wonder why matters only get worse?

If things are not right in your life, pray to God to reveal all—then look in the mirror and look within yourself—and you will see the culprit, and the answer to why things aren’t going the way they should.

God doesn’t do chaos and disorder, only order, structure, and peace. Don’t confuse His realignment of you as chaos and disorder. No, it may disrupt your toxic contentment and complacent environment, but His moves always bring order, structure, and peace. He rights the wrongs. He turns upright, that which was misdirected. Get that clear in your mind and heart, right now.

We must fall in line to receive the life that we’re supposed to have, and we must do it with hope, humility, passion and appreciation.

When we continue to follow Jesus, to serve God, there is constant peace—even in turmoil, because we know from Whom we belong, and we know that He has us.

Pray for the way, and the right turns—each step on your path. Pray that God touches those around you so that they lean on Him and not on you; that they lean on Him, and not try to hold you back or steer you off course. Pray to be cloaked in His Light.

Prayer

Father, give me the strength and courage to endure and persevere, even in the worst of times. Give me the peaceful patience to wait, listen, and gain the guidance that I need from You and Jesus.

Fill me with the grace to handle all situations, without showing and expressing anything but Your light. Pour Your loving light into me so that I can only reflect Your love, in my fullness. Equip me with the tools to work through any circumstance. Turn me from all negativity, so that even if I’m physically present, I am spiritually and mentally grounded in Your presence.

Help me to stop being a leaning post for others, but rather let me serve as an ambassador that guides them to You through Jesus. Help me to show them how to lean on You and Jesus. Help me to show them how to stand in Your light, empowered to turn to You.

Help me Father. Touch me to my core, so that my foundation is unshakeable. Thanking You now Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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