Breaking Bread For 6.15.22

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Scripture

“Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.”

Psalms‬ ‭34:12-16‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection

Keep your eyes and heart on the Lord and seek His love to fill you when you become troubled. Seek His love to touch your enemies, both known and unknown. Pray that He settles the stirred pot of fear and hate that plague our world and cause people to tell lies, spread evil, and tear down hope.

Pray for those people who relish a world of chaos and mania, that they might seek instead a life of tranquility, peace, and joy. Pray for the non-believers and conditional believers—that God’s Light shines through to them and they embrace their walk with Him. Pray for more opportunities to do good, help others, and share God’s Word.

Prayer

Father, I know You hear me. I know that You see everything that I do and don’t do. I am grateful for Your presence in my life, and for the blessings You have given me. Quiet my fears Lord. Turn me away from wrongdoing, and blanket my fellow brothers and sisters with Your peace so they will only seek to do good for the rest of their days. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Well Shucks, I Didn’t Expect That!

Hi Breaking Bread family!

You probably realized that you didn’t receive a message yesterday and your inbox for today’s message still hasn’t notified you. Well, I ran into some snags, and yesterday’s post was just released a moment ago. I hope you will read it as we are digging into the story of Samson, before and after his entanglement with the Philistines and Delilah. We’re going to use Judges 16:1-2, 4-5 as the go-between, as we quickly explore Judges 13-15 and see the tie-ins to our own lives. I also have 6 questions for you to ponder and answer at the end. So, come break bread with me for a few minutes!

Here’s the link to the June 14th message.

And then, if you could spare another two minutes, maybe you will also join me for today’s Breaking Bread, as that message and recording are being released shortly after you finish reading this. I apologize for the mixup. I hope that you enjoy the messages. I hope that each Breaking Bread message connects and resonates with you and that you feel inspired to share with others.

Thank you for your love, encouragement, and support. In several days, I will have some updates on Seek Him, Volume 3 and Seek Him: Workbook 3, the final set in my Seek Him books series. It’s been a long and arduous journey, but worth every moment. Thank you for taking part along the way!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 6.14.22

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Samson went to Gaza, where he saw a prostitute and went to bed with her. When the Gazites heard that Samson was there, they surrounded the place and waited in ambush for him all that night at the city gate. While they were waiting quietly, they said, “Let us wait until dawn; then we will kill him.”

Some time later, he fell in love with a woman named Delilah, who lived in the Sorek Valley. The Philistine leaders went to her and said, “Persuade him to tell you where his great strength comes from, so we can overpower him, tie him up, and make him helpless. Each of us will then give you 1,100 pieces of silver.”

Judges 16:1-2, 4-5 HCSB

Reflection

There’s so many lessons to be learned from the story of Samson and those involved with him. Samson’s ego and arrogance clouded his discernment. He allowed himself to be exposed. Delilah allowed herself to not only be bribed but to betray Samson so she could receive the bribe. She didn’t realize she was trading coins for her soul, and that betraying Samson was also betraying God. She didn’t realize that she tore away at two relationships, one with Samson and most importantly, the one she had with God.

Samson didn’t see that others were plotting against him. Which is strange as he had been dueling with them and avoiding capture by the Philistines for years. But he didn’t know not to trust Delilah, a Philistine woman from the Sorek Valley.

Although an angel declared his importance before he was born, Samson didn’t value his gifts from God enough to protect them at all costs. The Philistines did not know they were doing the work of the enemy, they were too busy plotting planning, and praying that their god Dagon would bless them. Satan was busy at work.

When we look at this story it does not start with Samson and Delilah. Somehow we romanticize Samson and rationalize his prior behaviors to justify our disdain for Delilah and the Philistines. We forget what led up to this travesty. Go back and read Judges 13-15 for context.

Let’s do a quick recap. The Israelites were acting a fool again so God allowed them to be ruled by the Philistines for approximately 40 years. During this time, Samson’s born and grows up, with his parents knowing what God has proclaimed over his life, thanks to a message delivered through an angel. Samson marries his first wife, a Philistine, and decides to con her people out of a bulk of their possessions by giving them an impossible riddle to solve. The men freak out when they realize they can’t solve it and they threaten Samson’s wife that if she doesn’t get the answer from Samson they will kill her and her family by burning them to death. She succeeds after several days of crying and begging Samuel, while not telling him why she desperately wanted the answer. When the men tell Samson the answer he knows she told them but he never knew why he didn’t ask and she didn’t say.

Fast forward, his dad gave his wife away to a groomsman, Samuel is upset so he seeks revenge on the people by burning their crops and vineyards, they get their revenge by burning to death his wife and her family. Now it’s a tit-for-tat revenge fest. This leads to him eventually meeting Delilah, another Philistine woman, and we’re back to this part of the story with Delilah being bribed with money to find out yet another riddle tied to Samson. We know that she betrays Samson, for greed, not out of fear of death like his first wife.

With all of the dramatics, there’s a lot to learn from this. But let’s just say, protect yourself. Protect your heart and your mind. Your actions do have consequences. Ego, pride, and greed are traps. Some things money can’t buy. If you aren’t willing to die for it, reconsider doing it.

  1. How does Samson’s story relate to your life?
  2. What can you learn from Samson?
  3. What can you learn from his first wife?
  4. In what ways have you been like Delilah?
  5. In what ways have you been like the Philistine leaders, looking for someone’s weakness to attack, plotting, and planning to take someone down?
  6. In what ways has your desire for revenge had an undesired outcome?

Prayer

Father protect me. Protect my heart, mind, body, spirit, and soul. Protect me from myself, from the enemy, and from those that the enemy would use against me with the goal to discredit You, to tear away at our relationship. Father, enhance my discernment to see and hear what is needed, and the courage to release things over to You to handle.

Please enhance my strengths and leverage them to counter my weaknesses, so that even under attack, I can not only endure, but I can be victorious. I come to You humbly, praying in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 6.13.22

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Scripture

Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.

John 15:4

Reflection

The leaf, branch, and petal can not survive without being connected to their source. It doesn’t matter how much you water them, cascade light upon them, eventually they will wither and die. We are just like the leaf, branch, and petal. We need our Lord and Savior to be the Wayshower. We need our Heavenly Father because He is our Source. He is our Creator and the only reason we breathe today. Don’t stray too far or you may find yourself disconnected from your lifeline.

Prayer

Father, I pray to remain connected to You and walking on the path that You created. You had Jesus to leave footprints for me to follow and I don’t want to be distracted from the way. I don’t ever want to be separated from You. I don’t want to disappoint You. I never want to do anything that would validate the enemy and dishonor You. I’m me because of You. I can only be because of You. Protect me. Guide me. I love You Father. Faithfully Yours. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.12.22

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Scripture

I love you, lord, my strength.

Psalm 18:1

Reflection

Yep, we’re diving back into Psalm 18:1. I think we say the words I love you so much that we’re numb to their actual meaning. Has the word “Love” turned into a sticker we just slap onto things and people? Is that why we can say we love someone one day and then say we don’t love them anymore a day or so later? We tell people that we have “fallen out of love” with them.

God is love. So are we saying that God is then no longer in that relationship? That we or the other person has removed Him? I love people even when I don’t like what they do or say. I may no longer have a romantic interest in an ex, but I still love them. I love the essence of light that drew us together. Even if it was the flesh that tore us apart, it doesn’t negate the love at the core of what once was a relationship.

That’s partly why we struggle with forgiving and letting go of the hurt we feel, because it’s hard to grasp that you can dislike someone you love, or that you have grown apart, and know in your heart that the time of lessons and learning with them has ended, and the lifetime you may have desired is not part of God’s timetable. We get frustrated with our inability to control the elements and narrative of the relationship and the people in it.

To say that we love God, what are we truly saying? What are we professing and claiming? Is it truly “I love You” or is it “I love You, but…” or “I love You if…” and with that comes conditions?

God loves you. Period. He knows you aren’t perfect. Neither was David and look in all the ways He blessed David and his line. Heck, look at the vast majority of people shared in the Bible, flaws and all, yet God blessed them. He is the strength that you call on each day. Can you fathom His dedication and devotion to you? All that He wants is a healthy relationship with you. He wants your trust, obedience, loyalty, and commitment. He wants you to choose Him first and always.

Life throws a lot at us and at times it can be overwhelming and spiritually paralyzing. The enemy and its crew despises you. They will stop at nothing to get you to delay, derail, dismantle, and destroy your life. They feed off of discouraging, distracting, and misdirecting you. You must be vigilant! We have to stop in our tracks when we feel anxiety building up and the need to think, over think, react, then overreact takes over—until we’re out of control—of ourselves. We have to listen for God’s voice and ignore our own. We have to listen to Him as He whispers in our ear. Listen and follow Him, not the enemy, not the desires of the flesh.

God’s voice isn’t manipulative and He never leads us astray. We have to learn to discern His voice from the enemy’s. We have to learn to discern His encouragement and direction towards the light versus the enemy’s voice who will always try to lead you towards pain and darkness, masked as pleasure and light. God would never encourage or be supportive of you telling lies, stealing, cheating, or manipulating others—but the enemy would. The enemy encourages self-serving, self-centeredness, and selfish acts. While God recenters us on living selflessly.

When you feel yourself about to do or say something that you know is wrong, is not Christlike, and isn’t something you would suggest someone else to do— if the two of you were sitting in front of Jesus— stop and pray for God’s guidance and heavenly touch to see you through the situation. I have my ups and downs. It’s a struggle, especially when I listen more to the enemy who tells me what I lack, rather than listen to God who constantly shows me my blessings and the abundance that I possess. As I said the other day, I’m claiming my full alignment and impenetrable relationship!

Prayer

Thank You Father for this moment with You. You fill me. You complete me. Thank You for the molding, the lessons, and blessings. Thank You for showing me each day what love is and how I’m not to take it or You for granted. You nor love are bumper stickers or rugs to toss over and hide mess. I don’t want to cheapen the essence of You or the relationship that I have with You. What I share with You is unique and priceless. Help me to honor You and what we have together. Help me to fully embrace and be the image that You created me to be. I celebrate You and our relationship, today and always. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 6.11.22

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Scripture

I sought the lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:4

Reflection

We’re all facing uphill battles this year, this quarter, this month, this week, and today. But are our battles any more difficult than those in the past? Or are they simply just more battles to overcome at a time when maybe we have less resources than in the past? Or because others are under a lot of pressure and their weight comes down on us more so than in the past? Or maybe it’s a figment of our imagination because we’re afraid. 

God is our scale, our measurer, and He carries the weights and determines what we can withstand and what we can’t. 

Here’s an excerpt from a prayer I said in 2011, that still haunts me today:

…Father, I am faced with some heavy decisions in my personal and professional life; I am faced with financial burdens and haunted by my past decisions, and by current unknowns. I’ve got more month than money, bills to pay, and although I know there is a solution to my problem, I’m blinded by fear. Father I have to make decisions about who to trust, who to associate with, and who to walk away from….

Can you feel that fear? Can you see what I allowed to consume a part of my mind and heart all those years ago? Can you see what still haunts me today? There’s a struggle with discernment and trust—the ability to sift through with clarity to identify God’s Truth from the lies, and a lack of trust in myself and trust in God.

I’m just being honest and transparent.

It’s the only way for me to face my demons, face the voices that whisper all the ways that I lack, and pull myself up through the muck holding me back. I’ve come to realize, even in my fears, that when God places a lot on my back and shoulders it’s because He knows I can handle it; He knows I can walk through the valley and up that mountaintop with that weight on my back and reach the finish line of victory. Even when I take on stuff I have no business dealing with, God still rests His hand upon me to keep the weight from toppling and crushing me.

Yes, it’s scary most of the time. Yes, it can rattle the nerves and cause your body to seize up in pain—but we can make it through. And then hopefully we will choose to stop adding unnecessary weight, stop trying to carry other people’s weight, stop thinking it’s your responsibility to carry another person’s yoke. Stop thinking that God just forgot to do something or tell you something. Better yet, stop thinking so darn much. Goodness gracious, you’re probably more exhausted from the overthinking more than actual energy exerted from work. Go ahead and laugh as you admit it.

As we work through life’s lessons we are clearing the pathway for others, for our children and generations to come; and we are making ourselves stronger so that each obstacle we approach we gain the courage to tell ourselves, “With God, I’ve got this.” So let’s do this. Let’s turn to each other with love in our hearts, to encourage and push each other, to grab each other’s hands, and look into each other’s eyes and say, “With God, we can do this!”

Prayer

Father, throughout my day I pray to You, give thanks for You, and say thank You for my many blessings. I seek You Lord, minute by minute, to help me to see things through, to help me to find my way through the distractions, knowing that the path You have set has no traps or dead-ends, but is only laid with goodness. Help me to realize my purpose in Your Kingdom and on this land.

I’m scared Father. I’m scared that I will make the wrong decisions, choosing instead to listen to another voice and not Yours. I am afraid to disappoint You and myself. Lord, deliver me from all of my fears. Calm my nerves so that I worry no more as I put my trust, confidence, and faith in You.

You are my Rock, Father. You are my Light and Salvation. With You nothing but good can come to me or go from me and that’s all that I need to know. I love You Father. Amen.

I love you all,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.10.22

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Scripture

I love you, LORD, my strength.

Psalm 18:1 

Reflection

How simple a declaration. Of love and the acknowledgment of the Source of his strength. David sang these first words of a song he had written in honor of God, after God saved him from his enemies. Where does your strength come from? Do you credit God, self, or another source? As you’re climbing through the rough parts are you tapping into God or are you thinking that your strength is something you have to muster and build on your own, maybe with some help from Him?

I can admit that there are many times when I am self-centered in thinking about my issues, fears, and weaknesses. I get caught up thinking that everything rests upon my shoulders. Foolish me. I waste too much time thinking about my limits rather than standing tall in my knowing—that God is my Source of Life, Truth, Love, Joy, Happiness, Healing, Power, and Strength. He is Victory, and in Him and with Him, all obstacles shall be overcome.

I’m trying to get in the habit of declaring my truth the moment before doubt creeps in, as it’s nearing my door—and not just when it’s nestled in my mind and heart, torturing me. I’m focusing on turning to and tapping into God at all times, not just in my times of fear. My relationship with Him can’t be healthy if it’s based on conditions, one-sided, Natasha-focused. That’s narcissism taking over. The clay doesn’t tell the potter what to mold and how to do it. But look at us humans just blabbering away, interrupting and disrupting things, slamming our lousy two wooden coins on the table like their priceless.

We have to stop disrespecting God, our relationship, and ourselves. I’m working on me as God molds me second by second each day. I pray that you’re working on you. Trusting, obeying, and relying upon Him. One day we’ll be fully aligned with an unbreakable bond, and oh what a sight that will be. I’m claiming it!

Prayer

Father, I love You. I need You. There is peace only when I surrender fully and completely to You. I need Your help to face and walk past fear and insecurities. Blanket me in Your peace, love and joy. Embraced by You calmness fills me. I want to keep my eyes, mind, and heart on You Lord, so that I can stop losing focus looking elsewhere. You are All-in-All, beyond enough, yet my sinful actions say otherwise. I want to be redeemed and my actions reconciled through my obedience and full alignment to You. In Your Name I praise, pray, and am strengthened. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.9.22

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Scripture

“You, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. So your servant has found courage to pray to you. You, Lord, are God! You have promised these good things to your servant. Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever in your sight; for you, Lord, have blessed it, and it will be blessed forever.”

1 Chronicles 17:25-27

Reflection

God proves Himself to us daily. We must show our commitment to Him, beginning first through prayer to Him every single day, throughout each day. Gain the courage to trust Him, commit to Him, listen and obey Him, and believe that success is not possible without Him. He will always provide a home, resources, and a way for us. It’s our meddling that causes the disruption and delays.

It’s thinking He won’t do something or won’t do it on our timetable, that causes us to step in and intervene, ignorantly thinking we can control and accomplish things faster and better. The moment we do that we align ourselves with the enemy’s plan and pull ourselves out of alignment with God’s plan. We chip away at our relationship with God every time we choose flesh, our desires, our ways, over Him. We’re telling Him that He’s not enough, doesn’t meet our prerequisites, and that we prefer whichever substitute that we’ve selected. Then when the substitutes fall short, as always, we run to Him begging Him to make things right.

That is conditional love. Matter of fact, it’s not love. It’s abusive and negligent. Imagine another human treating us that way. What would we do? How would we act? Yet God loves, forgives, and patiently works with us despite our foolishness. Ponder that.

Prayer

Father, You show me consistently how You are here for me, blessing me, and taking care of my needs. Your commitment and devotion to me gives me the courage and faith to believe in the impossible and unimaginable. I’m grateful for our relationship. I pray that it is strengthened, reinforced, and impenetrable. I thank You now for blessing me with a home filled with love, peace, and joy. I thank You now for blessing me and protecting me all the days of my life. Thank You Father. Amen.

I love you all,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.8.22

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Scripture 

Honest scales and balances belong to the lord; all the weights in the bag are of his making.

Psalm 16:11

Reflection

I decided to revisit Psalm 16:11 from the other day. We’re in a period of time where we expect things to happen simply because we want it. We expect justice to be full and fast, and when we don’t see it as we have visualized it, we have to force some conclusion that sits right in our minds. We try to control the narrative, the outcomes, the situation. We allow our flesh to overrule our spirit. The flesh is weak but we keep thinking it’s not. Except for those moments when we freak out because we can’t find a fast and plausible human solution. We then either turn to God and beg for His intervention because we know we were in the wrong. Or we take the fools route and we turn to Him with blame masqueraded as exhaustion, begging Him as though our screw-ups were His doing, or somehow out of our control—because “The devil made me do it”.

We are consumed with our stress, pain, and confusion, and we forget that God is always our Solution. He was our solution before we started interfering in a situation. He was our solution the moment we saw there was a problem. He is our only true solution. Sadly, we keep thinking that we’re the solution-bringers, problem-solvers, drama-tamers. Which is funny because we’re the ones creating the issues, problems, and drama.

What we would experience if only we stopped trying to balance the scale, stopped trying to be the scale, stopped trying to be the weight, stopped thinking that everything and everyone revolves around us. If we truly knew and embraced our truth, the Truth, who we are, what we are, why we are—oh how beautiful and bold our lives would truly be. True life would be experienced in all of its richness. Instead we settle for the confusion and chaos enabled through our arrogant and foolish interference.

What we need to grasp and rely upon is that we are merely vines and branches from the One true Source. If we want peace, balance, clarity, and more positive energy, we must turn to, tap in, and release ourselves fully to God. We must remain connected and stop thinking we can live disconnected. That’s not living, that’s called struggling, and in that struggle we will turn to whatever substitute that we think will satisfy our flesh. It’s like cutting a stem of a flower or plant and trying to repot it in artificial soil, pouring contaminated water over it. The stem will die. Even if it grew a little it can’t grow much. It can’t thrive without its life source. 

We need to remain connected to our Source. He is our Life, Truth, and Protector. He places no limits on our growth. 

Let the Tree do what only the Tree can do, with precision and accuracy, with proper timing and intense care. He brings the balance because He distributes the weights and counters any interference with Divine Authority. Let go. Surrender to God!

Prayer

Father, I pray to walk in the Truth, that only through You and by You can I find joy and balance in my life. You control the scales, and You make a way out of no way. If I want peace, it must come from my reliance upon and devotion to You. I want to release my cares to You Lord. I want to be freed from my burdens that I subject myself to, and freed from the weight that I place on my shoulders. I keep trying to do things by myself, my way, defaulting to You only when I deem necessary. Father, You are my necessary, every breath that I take is made possible because of You.

Let me carry what You place on me, what You say is acceptable, and what helps me to carry out my responsibilities as Your ambassador. I want to focus only on that and nothing else. Everything else, I ask that You take away. I release my grip. I will refrain from meddling in matters that are for Your Divine resolution. I thank You for already resolving issues that I’m still struggling to see through. It is my clouded mind that keeps me near-sighted and confused. I release my limited flesh and lean on my spiritual Truth. I know what You are capable of. I know that my forest is merely a single twig from Your perspective. Moving forward, I will walk with this confidence. I praise You for clearing my way and I look forward to these seas parting, valleys lifting, traps collapsing, and mountains flattening.

In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.7.22

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Scripture 

…if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light for those who are in the dark, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of little children, because you have in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth—you, then, who teach others, do you not teach yourself? 

You who preach against stealing, do you steal? You who say that people should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?

Romans 2:19-23

Reflection

What if someone never read the Bible and never went to church, but only had you to rely on to show them how a “Christian”, a believer, a disciple of Christ, should be, should act, should speak, and should think, what would be their experience? How would you rate yourself as a representative of Jesus Christ if given the scale 1-7? (1 =poor example, 7=awesome example)

If someone secretly videotaped you for several weeks or months, what would that tape show about you and how you live, speak, treat yourself, and treat others? How much are you aligned to the life Jesus lived for us to model?

Do you lie to others but say, “It’s just a white lie” or “I didn’t lie I just didn’t tell the whole truth”? Do you say you can’t stand thieves, yet you find yourself stealing people’s ideas, or all sorts of things from hotels, companies, or your job—and you rationalize the theft? You try to justify it?!?

Do you bad-mouth other people who cheat on their significant other, but when you do it you call it anything and everything except what it is—cheating? Would it be cheating if you found out your significant other did it?

Do you say that people can control their urges and avoid addiction, yet you just have to consume or partake in something regularly to feel a sense of normalcy? Sexual addiction (on every level) is just as intoxicating and destructive as alcohol addiction, drug addiction, or gambling addiction. And let me add that sugar is the most addictive substance we can consume. Just throwing some things out there. So be mindful of your judgment of others.

When we play with fire we will always get burned. 

Pray to God to show you the truth about yourself and your relationship with Him, then pray for the strength and courage to acknowledge your ways and your disconnect from Him, then do your part to realign with Him, and live like His honorable and dignified child.

I’m praying each day for a strengthened and fortified relationship with Him, for a changed heart and life— the way God intends— so I can represent and reflect the love, light, joy, honor, and purity that is in and of Him. I want my life to be God-centered and focused—how about you? We sin because we don’t trust and believe in Him to provide what we desire when we desire it. We sin because our relationship with Him is self-centered and focused and not as a partnership where we trust Him to lead and provide.

Let’s be the example we want to see in the world, not the example of the world we cave to under pressure. We can do this. We can. Don’t let the enemy convince you of otherwise.

Prayer

Father, I want to look in Your spiritual mirror and ‘check myself’. I want to look deeply and see if I’m practicing what I’m preaching, following the advice I give others, walking the path of righteousness that I claim I’m navigating, living the life as Your ambassador—or am I a deceitful hypocrite.

Place the mirror before me Father. Let me see my true self. Let me see the areas that need correction and improvement, where I’m disconnected and not in agreement with You, and where my trust is not present. There is no greater and more important relationship than with You, and if I’m not glorifying You then I’m not truly serving You. I want to be a trusting and trustworthy disciple. Let’s work together to strengthen and heal our relationship. I love You Father and I only want to do right in Your Sight. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.6.22

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Scripture

Honest scales and balances belong to the lord; all the weights in the bag are of his making.

Proverbs 16:11

Reflection

Sometimes we add more pressure, responsibility, drama, headaches and heartbreaks upon ourselves because we want to control or fix something— but then turn to God as though it was His doing, or somehow it’s just now out of our control. We didn’t have control before things got out of hand, but we kept meddling. We then are consumed with stress and forget that God is always our solution. If we want peace, balance, clarity, and more positive energy— we must turn to and release ourselves fully to God.

Prayer

Father, I pray to see and embrace that only through You and by You can I find balance in my life. You hold the truthful scales, and You make a way out of no way. If I want peace, it must come from my reliance upon and devotion to You. I want to release my cares to You Lord. I want to be freed from my burdens that I subject myself to, and freed from the weight that I place on my shoulders. Let me carry what You place on me, what You say is acceptable, and what helps me to carry out my responsibilities as Your ambassador. Everything else that I keep carrying around and depressing myself with, I ask that You prioritize, rearrange, or take away. Let me only focus on what I’m supposed to, not on the distractions that prevent me from being all that You have called on me to be. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 6.5.22

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Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent? Who may live on your holy mountain?

The one whose walk is blameless, who does what is righteous, who speaks the truth from their heart; whose tongue utters no slander, who does no wrong to a neighbor, and casts no slur on others; who despises a vile person but honors those who fear the Lord; who keeps an oath even when it hurts, and does not change their mind; who lends money to the poor without interest; who does not accept a bribe against the innocent. Whoever does these things will never be shaken.

Psalm 15:1-5

Reflection

Although I have done and continue to do good in my life, lend money without interest or demand of repayment, never accepted a bribe, have kept most of my oaths, and try to always speak the truth from my heart—I have done my share of sinning and gossiping. And I’m sure in some of that gossip was slander and slurring, since I don’t always take the time to confirm a story to be 100% factual before I repeat it to a family member or friend. I just repeat what I heard or read. That’s irresponsible on my part. I’m more mindful of this responsibility while using social media and in my professional life. So why do I become so relaxed with my standards in my casual conversations? I dunno. I shouldn’t.

Yes indeed, I’m definitely a work in progress. I definitely have a long way to go before I can say I’m guiltless of wrongdoing of any kind. But here’s the thing, each day I work on improving myself and ridding my life of the negativity that had grown comfortable in my space. Each day I pray for strength, courage, discernment, clarity, grace, and guidance through all things and circumstances, and with all people.

Throughout our days we should be praying to and praising God. We should not limit our praise and worship to Sunday and mid-week services, at meals, at bed time, and when we wake up each day. There’s a lot of time between those events. That’s a lot of space and time for the enemy to step in and manipulate things. If you get blindsided, it’s because you weren’t aware of your surroundings.

And that’s just speaking to those of you who follow that pattern of prayer and worship behavior/schedule.

Some of you may forget to say thank you when your eyes open each day, and only pray at night that you might wake the next day; and for some, mid-week services may be a nonexistent occurrence in your life, and Sunday service is reserved for holidays, special occasions, and those moments of overwhelming guilt. Some of you may be praying over your meals with a one-sided hope that the food will cause you no harm, rather than giving thanks for having the opportunity to partake in that meal.

So I call on all of you to pray and praise throughout your day. There’s not a minute that God isn’t thinking about and speaking to you. The same is true of the enemy. That booger never rests. The enemy and its crew is always meddling and working diligently to sway you from God. Don’t get “caught slippin’” as the saying goes.

Be grateful for all blessings, small and large. Ask God for guidance through all tasks no matter how great or insignificant. Thank Him for helping you get through a tough time, or a moment when you were about to curse and instead chose a more intelligent word to express your feelings. Thank Him for helping you to get to work, an appointment, your home, or a gathering on time and safely. Thank Him for each person you meet each day, and each person who smiled at you. Thank Him for the grace that keeps you from reacting negatively when someone is rude or mean to you. Thank Him for the courage not to give up when life beats you down. Thank Him for the strength as you rise back up. Thank Him for the resolve to walk away when what you really want to do is slap the mess out of someone for something they did or said. Thank Him!

It doesn’t have to be a long, drawn out prayer or praise session. It can be as simple as saying the words, “Thank You Father!” because He knows what you are thinking about and referring to in that instance. Just smile and give thanks. Can you do that?

Try it, starting today and let me know how it feels, felt, and how your day turns out. Remember that our days should begin, end, and be filled with thoughts and practices reflecting God.

Prayer

Father, I have a long way to go before I’m blameless and can stand upright in righteousness. I have a long way to go before I can say that I never do wrong. I’m not at that point where I can keep an oath even when it hurts—and never change my mind. But You know my heart and You know that each day I’m trying to do my best and be my best. Each day I try to purge out those impurities within me so that I can be open and filled with only Your goodness. I don’t want to be shaken Father. I don’t want to be rocked and thrown off course. Let Your light continue to guide me where I need to be always. I will tighten my hand around Yours for stability, reassurance, and protection. In Your Name I praise and I pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 6.4.22

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Scripture

I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the lord in the land of the living.

Psalm 27:13

Reflection

No matter what you go through, no matter how often or intense someone mistreats you, God brings a calming balance to chaos. God will remove you from a bad situation, He will heal your pain, and bring people to your life that walk in His Light. He will bring people to you that will not lie to you, cheat on you, or steal your time, money, possessions, energy, or dignity. He will also stand as the bridge for you to cross when people with evil intent come hawking your way. All we have to do is call out, reach out, knock on the door—and it will be opened. 

I truly believe that there is more love and acceptance than hate and rejection in the world. Sometimes you just have to take a closer look. The author of confusion wants you to see the darkness and shadows, fear them, and become so overwhelmed that you are paralyzed from doing much of anything in life. God is Life and there is nothing more that He wants for you than to see you live your truth in and through Him, on this land, that He made beautifully rich for you.

We don’t have to be lost when we rely on God’s guidance and GPS coordinates.

We don’t have to be afraid, or succumb to the fear, when our confidence comes from Him.

We don’t have to be confused, as long as we consult with God first, frequently, and always.

We don’t have to be bitter because we know that God can make all things better.

We don’t have to be poor because God has unlimited wealth, in every aspect of spiritual and physical life, waiting to pour into us.

We don’t have to be ignorant when we have God as our Teacher.

We don’t have to hate when we choose instead a relationship with God, who is Love, and through that choice we fill our minds and hearts with His Truth, and cast out the lies. We choose not to embrace and become that which brings us harm.

We don’t have to be cynical because through God we are optimistic. Yes, humankind will fail us, but God doesn’t and won’t. Be optimistic in Him.

Ponder that. 

Then let go of the baggage you’re carrying around, thinking that all of it rests upon your shoulders. It doesn’t. It never was supposed to. This is weight that only God can handle. He keeps telling you to rest your weary head on Him. You keep dragging your head and your junk from place to place. You keep listening to the shaming and blaming accusations of the enemy. Listen instead to your Heavenly Father and let Him do what only He can. And tell the enemy to be quiet and go have a seat.

Prayer

Father, I believe that even in darkness, through lies, deceit, and hate, and evil of all kinds— that Your goodness can and will be seen amongst and within the masses of Your children. No matter how much I’m wronged by someone I will never stop believing that Your Light will always penetrate darkness, that Your Truth will always reveal lies, and that Your Love will always heal pain. I may not be confident in man, but I am 100 percent confident in You. In You I put my trust. Always giving You the glory, for without You there is no me. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.3.22

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I do not sit with the deceitful, nor do I associate with hypocrites.

Psalm 26:4

Reflection

We have to choose what is most important to us, telling the truth even when it hurts or deceiving people because we don’t want to be harshly judged or mistreated, or because we fear we will lose someone or something.

We also have to choose whether to be a hypocrite, not walking the walk we talk, while holding people accountable for things we deviate from. We have to choose to point the finger of blame while not taking responsibility for our actions—or do what’s right. We have to choose to either be honest about the way we live and think, or continue to pretend like, “That’s not me. I don’t do that. I wouldn’t do that” while secretly we do and we would.

We have to stop being hypocrites telling people to do things we don’t and won’t.

We have to stop telling people to pray for others, to forgive others and themselves, to seek help through counseling and therapy, to spend quality time with loved ones, to take better care of themselves—yet we don’t do it. Stop telling people to be faithful in relationships if you’re not. Stop telling people to respect and honor you if you don’t respect and honor them—and worse, if you don’t respect and honor yourself. Don’t tell others to do something you’re not actively and consistently doing, and at the level and intensity you encourage them to do it.

We have to make choices. 

No one said it would be easy, and it won’t be. Every day we are tempted to stray. We have a choice. Each day we must strive to live right, tell the truth, and stay focused on our mission and purpose in life (or figuring it out). If you fear telling the truth then pause in silence, rather than lie, and ask God to guide you through the situation. When we’re living this way we’re authentically true to self and we’re not fearful of getting caught living a lie—because we’re too busy doing what’s right. And when you screw up, which we all do:

  1. Take responsibility 
  2. Repent and ask God for forgiveness
  3. Forgive yourself
  4. Realign and get back on the path
  5. Keep pressing forward
  6. Don’t beat yourself up and shackle yourself to shame. That’s not God’s way so don’t adopt it as yours. 

Prayer

Father, touch my heart and mind. Show me the ways through Your light, love, peace and joy that I might think twice before telling a lie or withholding the truth whether out of fear, jealousy, envy, or anger. Turn me around from living a hypocritical life where I say one thing yet do another.

Father, rid me of the fear of losing out or losing favor with someone for speaking the truth. Not losing Your favor is more important. I want to stand tall in Your Light, and not slither in darkness. I come to You with a heart and mind that desire You. I want to be fully aligned with You. Help me Father. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.2.22

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“Rise up; this matter is in your hands. We will support you, so take courage and do it.”

Ezra 10:4

Reflection

God never gives us more than we can handle. What is placed before us we can either stand up and take care of or we can run and hide in fear. Even if we try to hide from it, it will still be there waiting until we do it, resolve it, fix it, get rid of it, compartmentalize it, or adjust for it. What’s before you, you can handle. It’s in your hands and you do have support—first and most importantly, starting with God.

Ezra (a priest) was saddened by all of the ways the Israelites had sinned, and one of the things that was blatantly obvious was that some of them had gone against the call to not intermarry with the Canaanites, Egyptians, Hittites, Amorites, and several other groups [read Ezra 9:1]. It was prophetic. They were told that they were to be preserving their bloodline for the birth of their Messiah, the one who would be King of the Israelites. You know who!

Well, as Ezra prayed, Shekaniah (from the people of Elam) recommended that they make a covenant with God, realign and restore themselves, so they would not suffer for their decisions. Long story short, they would send their foreign wives and the children from those marriages away. Sort of like when Hagar and Ishmael were sent away by Abraham and Sarah, because that beef between Hagar and Sarah was getting intense. 

Shekaniah ended his proposal by lending support to Ezra to lead the charge and call-to-action. That’s verse 4 above. Ezra didn’t reject Shekaniah. He was open to the confession and proposal. Then he shared it with the masses who all agreed to comply. The people kept their word. They dealt with the situation. Yes, I’m sure you also know that the Israelites continued to struggle with this intermarriage issue, much later than the Ezra era. That’s not the point of today’s message. 

Sometimes things will be chaotic. Sometimes people will do stupid things. Sometimes you are one of those people. But it’s important that we turn to God for direction, discernment, and clarity. Then we must be open and willing to accept counsel from others, who may have a different perspective and viable options for solutions. We have to put our fear, pride, and emotions to the side to then pursue the correct paths. Let God deal with the details. You do what you’re supposed to do. 

Imagine if Ezra had ignored Shekaniah. What if Ezra was too focused on the issues, the chaos, the sins—and was closed off and inapproachable? While praying to God sometimes we don’t see the solutions and opportunities He has presented through different people and resources. Sometimes you will be Shekaniah. Sometimes you will be Ezra. Sometimes you’re one of the periphery players lending your support. Whatever the situation calls for, be willing to step up and do your part.

Prayer

Father, I pray for the courage to do what I’m supposed to, push past my fears, and to stand up and take those steps to living the life You intend for me. Father, I thank You for giving me the tools and resources that I need. I give You all of the glory. Amen. 

Lovingly yours,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 6.1.22

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Scripture 

With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was sick to death of it.

Judges 16:16

Reflection

I don’t know about you, but I detest nagging. Whether it’s a woman or man, it doesn’t matter. Something changes in the person’s voice that is so annoying. I’m sure that from their viewpoint they’re thinking that they wouldn’t have to nag if they weren’t forced to repeat themselves because other people won’t answer them, keep dropping the ball, or not doing their part. 

I think it’s more about the energy and tone of the incessant requests, and that they’re usually layered with a lot of snarkiness, eye-rolling, and unnecessary body language that screams louder than words—which makes you want to clobber them with dozens of huge water balloons filled with multi-colored slime. 

For hours. 

Visualize that. 

Not Christ-like huh? But I made you smile and possibly laugh! And consider this, there’s really no room for nagging in a slime balloon fight! Imagine you and them soaking wet and covered in layers of colors from top to bottom. It’s better than most of the alternatives we choose. Well, let’s get back to the nagging and see what else we can do to address this situation.

Oh no you didn’t Delilah!

Let’s look at this Bible verse. It’s about Samson and Delilah, and little Miss. Delilah wasn’t nagging Samson to fix the roof of their house. No, she was plotting and planning against him to get her hands on his secret so she could tell the Philistine rulers who promised to pay her for the intel. Delilah didn’t think twice. She didn’t protest. She didn’t declare her love for Samson. Nope, she was thinking about what she was going to do with the shekels they promised. They promised to give her 1,100 shekels per man. I don’t know how many men were there but it had to be more than a few. Delilah sold out Samson and the only way she achieved her goal was to nag him incessantly day after day. She tried to guilt-trip and shame him. She wore him down until he gave up.

Samson’s discernment wasn’t activated because he was distracted and confused from her constant bombardment. Delilah must have been one hot mama to Samson! There, the flesh outweighed the spirit. There are plenty of people who have had and may currently have a Delilah in their life. Maybe you have too. Maybe you live with one. Maybe, just maybe, you are the Delilah.

Pause for a moment to ponder something with me…

Why didn’t Samson ever ask Delilah, “Why in the world do you keep asking me this question Delilah? And why do you keep yelling that the Philistines are going to get me immediately after you tie me up?” I mean, wouldn’t you want to know why someone would ask about the source of your strength and how you can be tied and subdued?

Samson wasn’t the smartest dude was he? Or is it a combination of also not giving Delilah much credit for her cunningness. He should’ve said, “I don’t know” or “I get my strength from God and only He can subdue me”. BAM! Either response would have shut Delilah up, about that matter, at least for a few weeks. Even though the easiest response would have been, “Delilah I’m not telling you so stop asking me. It has nothing to do with loving you or not. I just don’t want anyone to know and that includes you. If you can’t accept that then I don’t know what else to say.”

So how should we deal with nagging people or just people who carry around an energy that we could stand to not be around? A water balloon or slime balloon fight, maybe? If only it were that easy.

The time and energy you invest in negative or nagging people (and resolving nothing) could be better spent focusing on what God has planned for you. Just like positive energy waves, negative energy waves can latch on to you, but instead of lifting you up it drains and eats away at you like poison. Don’t let Delilah wear you down!

Prayer

Father, I pray for peace and joy in my life; that I might come home to an environment free of drama, nagging, guilt trips, shame, clutter, and toxic energy. Whatever negativity that I face outside I want to leave it there. I pray that anyone in my home does the same. Father, be our buffer. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Welcome this new month. See it as a fresh start. It’s Day One…now do something positive in your life and lovingly put those energy-drainers in their rightful place. And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others. I love you all. Go out there and make today an awesome day! Don’t be a Delilah and don’t fall under the pressure of a Delilah!

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 5.31.22

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Scripture

Think how you have instructed many, how you have strengthened feeble hands. Your words have supported those who stumbled; you have strengthened faltering knees. But now trouble comes to you, and you are discouraged; it strikes you, and you are dismayed. Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?

Job 4:3-6

Reflection

When we give advice, encouragement, and support to others we must remember the words, sentiment, and actions delivered so that during our time of need we use what God equipped us with to lift ourselves up. When we praise God to everyone else but then doubt Him in moments of despair, aren’t we being hypocritical, and engaging in a conditional relationship with Him? 

Let God’s Light come in, fully and not filtered, every millisecond of the day. Feel His warmth, love, tenderness, and support. When we live our lives and express love, mercy, and forgiveness the way God intends then we never feel alone, lost, defeated, or forsaken. There’s no greater way to show you love and support Him than to obey Him. 

When you read that last line in the Bible passage above, does it not strike a chord within? Let’s re-read it, “Should not your piety be your confidence and your blameless ways your hope?”

Let’s rephrase it to see it with a declarative position: If you were pious (devoted to God) you would have confidence, and if you were blameless you would have hope.

So is our lack of confidence and hope because we lack piety (devotion to God) and our ways carry blame? Are we not walking the walk, and it’s showing in our corrupted speech? When our words of confidence are replaced with words of doubt, how are we walking each day?

Think about it. Tell me what your heart and mind conclude. Or tell me if they are in disagreement!

Prayer 

Father, I pray for the humility, strength, courage, and confidence to always practice what I preach. I want to be there to uplift and support others through my thoughts, words, and deeds—while remembering those same thoughts and words when I need uplifting and encouragement through rough times. 

Father, I want Your Word to resonate through me so that my confidence always lies in You. My devotion to You is my faith. There’s no greater way to show my support than to obey You. Forgive me for those days I waver, get discouraged, feel like giving up and letting life pass me by. I know You know my heart and intentions Lord and I thank You and love You for Your love. Thank You for lifting me up another day. I give You all of the glory. Amen.

Family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others. I love you all!

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 5.30.22

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Scripture

The eunuch replied to Philip, “I ask you, who is the prophet saying this about — himself or another person? ” So Philip proceeded to tell him the good news about Jesus, beginning from that Scripture. As they were traveling down the road, they came to some water. The eunuch said, “Look, there’s water! What would keep me from being baptized? ” And Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart you may.” And he replied, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”

Then he ordered the chariot to stop, and both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. When they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord carried Philip away, and the eunuch did not see him any longer. But he went on his way rejoicing. Philip appeared in Azotus, and he was traveling and evangelizing all the towns until he came to Caesarea.

Acts 8:34-40 HCSB

Reflection

Here is part of the story about Philip and the eunuch. Both men not only listened and paid attention to God, but they were obedient without question. Today we look at their quick journey together and its purpose. God brought them together for a reason—to share and spread His Word, to further build His Kingdom, and to ensure that Jesus was implanted in the hearts and minds of the people.

Today, most of Ethiopia is made up of Christians (more than 62 percent) in a country of over 80 million people, and I smile because I reflect on stories in the Bible such as this one and others, of a people who believe so passionately in God and Jesus, in the Word, and in the prophets and messengers that God sent to deliver His Word.

Think about it, they weren’t God’s “chosen”, they weren’t the children of Israel, but they believed that through their belief, worship, praise, and servitude that they too would be saved, receive abundant blessings, and have a better life. They believe that God is our Father and that Jesus is our savior, and the way to the Father—just like the eunuch proclaimed to Philip.

Are you as committed to serving Christ, sharing God’s love and Word, and being the blessing that you want to receive? Are you committed to learning and teaching, being open to not only allow a stranger in to your space but to embrace them? Are you committed to walking each day with faith (not fear) in your heart and mind?

If you’re not, then ask yourself “why?”, and consider what’s holding you back. Is it fear? Is it a lack of knowledge? Pray for clarity and a release from the thing(s) holding you back.

If you are already committed, then take the next step to push yourself further so that you are better prepared and more open for what the future will bring your way. We can never be comfortable where we are, for growth is never stagnant. I recommend that you join me in my Seek Him book series, Volumes 1, 2, and 3, where we work at addressing our comfort zones and pushing past them, and never going back to them. You can learn more at DOMELifePublishing.com

Prayer

Father, I want to do right by You. I want to work hard, give 100 percent effort in all things, be proactive, faithful, committed, and obedient at all times. I want to be the servant that You have called me to be. I want to share my testimony with the world about Your love, how You have healed me, saved me, and protected me. I want to be more like Jesus. I want to love and respect all that I encounter. Mold out of me my fears. Help me to not procrastinate or be late. Mold out the stubbornness and hard-headedness within me. Cleanse my heart, mind, and my mouth. Keep redirecting me Lord. I humbly pray these things in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Family, feel free to share these Breaking Bread messages with others, and also consider sharing your feedback and reflections with me by posting a comment. I also welcome prayers and reflections that you have written or read from other people. We are coming together to share God’s love through the Bible. We are not here to pass judgment, criticize, involve ourselves in prophesy, or convert. We are to serve and leave the Boss’s job to Him and serve in the roles that we have been assigned.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others. I love you all! Make today an amazing day. See you back here tomorrow!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 5.29.22

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Scripture

Because God wanted to show His unchangeable purpose even more clearly to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed it with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this [hope] as an anchor for our lives, safe and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.

Hebrews 6:17-19

Reflection

We want so much from God, yet what do we give in return for our prayers, pleas, and promises? 

Do we praise Him even when results don’t seem to appear when we had hoped? Or do we only praise them when they are perceived by us to arrive right on time? Do we praise Him in the roughest of times or only when times are good and bright? Do we praise Him when we face tough challenges in relationships and in our careers, or do we only praise Him when things are going great?

What one promise can you keep to God?

He keeps millions of promises to each of us, but what one promise do you know you can keep to Him and never break it?

Keep it.

Demonstrate that you know the power that is within you, is God. Show Him, through your daily walk. Show Him, by keeping at least one promise made to Him. Your honor is His— a gift to you. Stand tall in it by giving to Him what He gives to you.

Prayer

Father, You never break a promise and I am humbly and eternally thankful for this fact. I wish that I had the grace, wisdom, strength, and fortitude to make promises and keep them no matter what. I know there have been times when I said I would do something and I failed to follow through. I know there have been times when I didn’t keep a promise made even after You blessed me with what I desired and needed.

Please forgive me Father.

As You mold me I pray that my fears and insecurities are molded out and replaced by faith, conviction, integrity, and honor for all situations and circumstances.

Father as You mold me I pray for the ability to tune out the enemy and only tune in to You. I know that it sends out its influencers to tempt, persuade, and manipulate me. Let me discern those voices from Yours. Let me discern the influence of the enemy from Yours. Show me how to block out the enemy and stamp out its nothingness in my life. I know that the only power it has in my life is the power that I give it, through my thoughts that become words and action. Help me Father to resist the urge and trappings to fuel, empower, and embolden the enemy. Help me to always be alert, aware, and tuned in to You.

Show me how to give all that I hope to receive. These things I sincerely pray to You. Amen.

I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others. I love you all. Go make today an amazing day!

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 5.28.22

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Scripture

You wearied yourself by such going about, but you would not say, ‘It is hopeless.’ You found renewal of your strength, and so you did not faint.

Isaiah 57:10

Reflection

There are a lot of stories in the Bible about some cruel, selfish, evil people. We’re not going to focus on them today. Let’s instead reflect back over the stories and accounts of the men and women of the Bible that we honor. Think about them. They were not super-human creations, they were regular people who did extraordinary things, as they were touched by God’s Light. It’s not that they didn’t have fears or doubt. There was fear; but it speaks volumes about these great people because of what they did when fear stood in their face and challenged them. With confidence of God standing with them, they didn’t cower over, give in, run away, or lose hope—instead they slapped fear down to the ground, stepped on it and kept marching forward to the beat of God’s drum.

So each day as we walk, march, and make our way down life’s paths we will grow tired, but we should work towards mentally never giving up; to never believe we can’t take one more step or push one more obstacle out of our way. Let God be your strength and battery. Our end, is not for us to decide, that is God’s job. If we sabotage our lives then we cut short the blessings that were coming our way, the opportunities for growth and success, and to make a difference in other people’s lives.

So ask yourself, “Is what I’m going through really that unbearable, that I no longer have hope and faith in God to see me through?”

Prayer

Father, through ups and downs You never waver, You never fail me, You never fall short of blessing me abundantly. Through trials and tribulations, Your son, Jesus, never walked away, never gave up or gave in, instead he faced head on anything, everything, and everyone that came at him and attacked him. His trust was solely in You.

There are many accounts in the Bible of some of Your children who never gave up, never lost hope, and never stopped believing in You, Your Word, and their role in Your Kingdom, Father. Each day I must claim victory in Your Name, as I begin with the blessing of being alive. I pray for daily renewal Lord. I humbly pray to You, Father, and say in advance “Thank You”. Amen.

This week we commemorate the lives of men and women who lost their lives due to war and conflict. Some of you have family members who entered battle zones and never returned home. Some volunteered and some had no choice but to serve. No matter which route they took they still gave their all and surrendered their life in exchange. Memorial Day and the weekend that we set aside to begin celebrating, is more than backyard barbecues, it’s about reflecting on the sacrifice of few for many, and realizing that impact on our lives. So don’t be more focused on stuffing your belly. Make the time to honor those countless lives lost in each war, battle, conflict, occupation, that the US has been involved with.

I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others. I love you all. Make today an amazing day!

Love always,

Natasha

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