Breaking Bread For 8.20.21

Scripture

that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

John 5:23

Reflection

Father and Son are one. Just like many of us see our relationship with one or both of our human parents. To honor the child you honor the parent. The same is true if you dishonor the child. Magnify that by an inconceivable number, and you would see the relationship between God and Jesus. Not His only child, because we are all His children, but a chosen child to do what no one before or after him has done—to fulfill prophesies made more than one thousand years before Jesus walked this planet. He was known to others as merely “Mary’s son”. But he was much more.

You cannot love and honor Jesus without doing the same for God. You cannot despise and disobey Jesus and not do the same to God. You cannot follow Jesus without also following God. Our Father sent Jesus and look what the people did to His son, our brother. Look at the message they unknowingly sent back to God.

They dishonored Jesus and God. They prayed for a king and rejected the one God sent, all because Jesus didn’t fit the image and checklists in their minds. They dismissed and tried to usurp God’s authority. They dismissed every person who said “the One” was coming, was there, was Jesus. Their egos got in the way. They lacked humility and discernment.

At the same time, let us not forget that Jesus is the Son, and we aren’t to elevate him above the Father. I cringe whenever I hear or read someone sidestepping God for Jesus, regarding Jesus first and always, and speaking of God as though He’s just the grandfather, not the Father, not as relevant now that we have this human substitute. God didn’t send a retirement memo and thereby appointing Jesus to take over.

We are flesh-obsessed. We gravitate to the flesh because our minds struggle with the boundless, fluidity of spirit, of energy. Even though we are energy encased in flesh, we want something we can touch and that is familiar. So we lean towards Jesus over God. Yes, in honoring Jesus we honor God. But let’s also check ourselves so we don’t continue to disrespect and dishonor God. He is our Father.

The power and authority we find in Jesus comes from God, just as our power and authority come from God. Jesus never confused that, he never misspoke this fact. It has been his followers that choose to go against what he was repeatedly quoted as saying. Jesus taught that just as God was in him, God is in us—the same Creator of him, created us. Jesus taught that we are spirit not flesh, and are in the image of Spirit, just living inside this fleshy “tent” (as many referred to it). Let’s remember this and never forget.

Side Note: Imagine if we saw God in every person and in doing so, we were quick to love and embrace, and slow to judge and harm. Imagine if we truly saw God within ourselves. We would love ourselves fully and never stop caring for our minds, bodies, spirits, and souls. We wouldn’t be so reckless. Imagine!

Let Jesus, the exemplar in Christ, show you the way to righteousness, eternal life, and everlasting peace and joy. Follow Jesus to God!

Prayer

Father, I honor You. I respect You. I love You. I value You. I honor Your son, my shepherd, Jesus Christ. I honor and respect his walk directed by Your Light, his direction steered by Your commands, his love for all people as You first loved us. Father, through Your son I see the example of how I am to live, behave, think, respond, react, speak, heal, save and be saved. Thank You Lord for my blessings and for the gift You delivered in and through Jesus. In Your Name and his I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.19.21

Scripture

Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone who sets their heart on seeking God—the Lord, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.” And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people. 

2 Chronicles 30:18-20

Reflection

Even those who were “unclean” were still healed by God. He heard King Hezekiah’s prayers and God answered them. Is it not amazing how a petition from one can bless many? Who are you praying for besides yourself? Who is praying for you?

Visualizing these people in the sanctuary, not following the rules, yet King Hezekiah didn’t curse them and tell them to leave. Nope, he prayed for them, and God healed them. That is grace. If you don’t believe there is hope for all of us, then you truly are cynical. But even then, I believe God’s grace will touch you.

Set your heart and mind on God, pray for discernment, obedience, enlightenment, strength, guidance, and sustenance. Pray for forgiveness and to forgive others. Pray for grace and mercy, and to be gracious and merciful. Pray for healing and for the ability to be used for healing. Pray for blessings and to be a blessing to others.

Now go touch other lives in a positive and loving way. Let’s spread love.

Prayer

Father, I love You. Thank You for accepting me while still molding me to be the best spiritual reflection of You. Thank You for allowing me to eat, drink, and live life even if I haven’t fulfilled my obligations to You, obeyed all of Your commands, or walked the path that You have laid. You are loving, kind, gracious, giving, forgiving, understanding, and the Provider of anything and everything that I could ever want or need. Thank You Father. I love You. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.18.21

Scripture

“True humility and fear of the Lord lead to riches, honor, and long life.”

Proverbs 22:4 NLT

Reflection

In Judaism, the “fear of God (LORD)”, means the awe, respect, or submission to Him. Whenever God or a deity was mentioned in this way, this is what the people were expressing. It was a positive not a negative. That is what it meant and means in the Bible. Over time, and as some people declared themselves to be monotheists, “fear” was also translated to mean horror. Christians, for instance, express awe, reverence, and respect as fear, and then there is the fear of punishment, hell, and damnation. Depending on the lens you look through determines your interpretation.

So when you read the Bible verse above, do you read, humility is the fear (respect) of the Lord? Or do you read it as fearing punishment by God, you opt for humility? Are you complying and submitting out of honor and respect? Or to avoid punishment?

Humility is a modest or low view of your own importance. That’s not to be confused with self-deprecation or low self-esteem. God doesn’t want you to think low of yourself. He made you. You are loved and protected by Him. He made you perfect in His sight. You aren’t worthless, you aren’t someone’s footstool, you don’t deserve mistreatment and slavery. That isn’t what humility is about. Humility prevents others from treating you as though you’re less than.

Humility also means you don’t treat people as though they’re less than. There is no humility in elitism, classism, racism, sexism, etc. Your perceived power over others indicates you believe yourself to be of greater importance. That is not modesty. That is not humility. Are you serving or expecting to be served? There’s just one of your tests.

Humility requires us to be less of an extrovert, not being the center of attention, not trying to get credit for everything you take part in, not trying to get social media likes and followers, and choosing instead to be modest. It’s elevating someone else above us, because our ego is in check, and we are centered in God. Humility steers us away from “big-head syndrome” which pops up when we take on fancy titles, acquire expensive things, and gain popularity.

So back to the Bible verse—if humility is the way to riches, honor, and life then why are we not submitting our hearts and mind to living this way? Are you ready to surrender? Or is your ego struggling with a sense of importance or a desire for fame?

Look closely at many of the famous people from the past who craved the fame—how many of them walked in honor, with untainted wealth, and lived long and healthy lives? Many of them didn’t. So many of them faced scandals, died tragically, and struggled with reality and more.

Look at today’s celebrities and their struggles. Their demons make regular appearances, ensuring that the celebrities face will be plastered all over the news, social media, and magazines. Look at everything they sacrifice and trade for fame, to be the center of attention. Have you noticed that the ones who choose a life of modesty and humility are also rarely in the tabloids? You don’t hear of them being caught up in a scandal. It’s like they understand the trappings and they choose a different path. You hear more about their benevolence than any antics.

I always cringe when I hear or read someone say they want to be famous. It’s a trap. It’s temptation of the flesh. The riches, honor, and life they desire can only come from living a life of humility. Being more than okay behind the camera, but elevating and giving credit to others when you are in front of the camera. Humility is “we” not “I”. Humility is honoring those who made it possible for you to be where you are. It’s understanding and declaring that you aren’t self-made—someone helped you along the way. It’s paying forward the gifts given to you. That’s the life I want to consistently live, how about you?

Prayer

Father, there is nothing or no one I should be in awe of or submit to but You. There is no greater power or presence than You. There is no source capable of providing me with everlasting joy, happiness, love, and life than You. I cannot thrive, gain riches and wealth, or grow without You. I cannot be in perfect mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional health without You. I humbly surrender to You Father. I humbly admit that without You there is no me. Without You I have no home. Without You I cannot eat or drink. Without You there is no purpose. You are everything and my everything.

I fear not pleasing You because I know it hurts You, and my heart hurts to think of that. I fear losing Your favor, because I want to serve You and be the best ambassador that I can be. Show me the way Lord. Show me how to serve You best. Show me how to humble myself to Your liking. I know you didn’t create me to be a footstool or to treat others as though they are footstools.

Show me how to best be receptive to You Father. I want to see what You have before me. I want to hear Your voice, even at a whisper. I want to feel Your touch, even if it’s like a light breeze. I want blandness to taste rich. I want the slightest scent to be delightfully overwhelming. I want to be aligned with you fully and always. This can only happen with You and through following Your son Jesus. Show me how Father. I love you. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.17.21

Scripture

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 

Revelation 21:6

Reflection

To those who thirst for a deeper, more intimate relationship with God, with Christ, with the Holy Spirit, we can be granted not only that blessed connection but also a fulfilled and eternal life—without cost.

Seems simple when you say it, but yet we struggle to fully commit to this life as God sees fit. We keep struggling with the flesh that says we can do all things without God, that our immediate gratification is of greater importance. We pay a price living life that way. We are choosing to pay for the short-term and fleeting, when we could have true freedom, without cost, by simply aligning with God. How foolish we are.

We’re all works in progress. All pieces of clay being molded slowly into the perfect examples of His spiritual likeness. Keep praying for the molding!

Prayer

Father, there is no life, truth, or love without You. My day cannot start or end without You. Everything I am capable of doing is because of You. I cannot breathe, speak, see, feel, taste, move or think without Your will and grace making these things possible. My ideas are not mine alone, but shared with You, and Yours shared with me. The things I possess are only temporary gifts and loans from You. I must do better to show my appreciation and gratitude. I will do better. I thank You, Father. In You I put my trust. Through You I gain the inconceivable. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.16.21

Scripture

Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

Haggai 1:5-6

Reflection

God sent the prophet Haggai to speak to the governor of Judah, about God’s temple that had yet to be rebuilt. The people had built grand homes for themselves yet the temple was still in ruins. They planted plenty of crops that should have resulted in a huge harvest, but it didn’t happen. They had material things but still were unsatisfied. They kept coming up short. They didn’t know why.

When you continue reading on, past verse 6, you see that Haggai spoke God’s words and made clear, that all of this was happening because they didn’t honor God. They didn’t put Him first. They hadn’t taken care of His temple before or even while building their beautiful homes. They put the care and attention to detail in their homes while knowing the temple was still nothing but a mound of scraps and dirt. They planted in His soil, expecting to take from it, without honoring him.

How many of us are guilty of the same?

How many of us put our needs and desires above what God calls on us to do? How many of us put our attention towards someone else’s things and then we lack the care for our own God-given things? When, where, and how are we honoring Him?

Jesus said that our bodies are God’s temples, but how do we treat them? While we’re busy getting our homes spruced up, what are we doing to and for our bodies, that are our first and truest home? How are we glorifying God and giving thanks for these vessels we occupy?

Have you ever considered that the areas where you struggle are the areas where God isn’t first in your life? Maybe you aren’t consulting with Him, getting guidance from Him, and so you’re relying on your own knowledge and ways. What kind of harvest do you think you will receive? How fulfilled do you think you will be?

Ponder this.

Prayer

Father, I pray to always honor You above all, to put You first in all situations, to invest my energy into the things You desire, and that I’m obedient to Your requests and commands. I don’t want to disappoint You. I ask for Your graceful realignment. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Loving you all!

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.13.21

Scripture

Fools fold their hands and ruin themselves. 

Ecclesiastes 4:5

Reflection

Crossed arms leave you closed off to receiving God’s blessings, and incapable of being a blessing to others. You’re stubbornly rejecting humility, which is a recipe for disaster.

Have you ever tried walking, jogging, or running with your hands or arms interlocked? Eventually you WILL lose balance and you run the risk of falling flat on your face. Why purposely subject yourself to that?

When we close ourselves off from learning, growing, being challenged, experiencing new things, hearing opinions that differ from our own—we are setting ourselves up to fall hard.

A fool will always think and believe “I got this” or they don’t need to hear something or get help with an issue. They fold their hands and block their blessings rather than extend them outward to receive. You also can’t be a blessing to others if you’re walking around with that mindset. You can’t catch or be caught.

Keep your hands folded while trying to navigate life, and watch how hard you fall. Always keep your hands and arms open to receive and give.

Prayer

Father, never do I want to be closed off from You, closed off from knowledge and wisdom, and the right way to live my life. Father, I don’t want to be stubborn and set in my ways, where I never consider and accept alternative avenues shared by You to reach my goals.

Lord, I always want to have a “can do” attitude even in a situation that may at first and throughout seem impossible to complete, overcome, or achieve. I’m not a quitter Father, and You know this more than I do. Please keep showing me the possibilities and potential that I have. Keep blessing me Lord. Keep my mind and heart receptive and open to You and Your children that serve You. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

I love you all.

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 8.12.11

Scripture

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth. This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.

Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him.

And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us. 

1 John 3:18-24

Reflection

Every day we start anew with a hoped for understanding that we can make our own choices in life. We have the choice to do right or wrong, to be loving and kind, or cruel and selfish. We can choose to obey God or not.

But at the beginning, middle, and end of each day (and every second in between) God still makes the decisions whether we walk, talk, think, breathe, move, blink, swallow, live here on earth or pack our spiritual bags and move on to another level of existence. 

He knows everything. He sees and hears everything. There are no closets for us to hide our skeletons and truths from Him. Our actions always speak louder than our words. We can lie to and hide from ourselves and others, but not from God. He reveals all.

We need to stop pretending and start getting right with God. We need to stop playing games as though we have a trump card that can overrule God, and start realizing and acknowledging that He holds every card to every deck, and knows every move we’re going to make (or think we’re going to make) before we do. 

I pray to be a little less selfish each day so that I may be more selfless in my walk, because this has nothing to do with me and everything to do with Him. I love you all. I open myself up to prove in my actions, not just my words, that my declaration is truthful and not just “catchy” and sweet. Enjoy your day and thank God for it and each day that you wake and live.

Prayer

Father, fill me with Your love and peace, that I might love all of Your children without hesitation or judgment, as You have commanded. Teach me Father how to be accepting and loving of my fellow brothers and sisters, as Jesus does. Let me see them as You do, and let me see myself as You see me.

Father, You know me better than I will ever know myself. You know my strengths and weaknesses—some I’ve acknowledged and some I’m still clueless or in denial about, but even in my imperfections I am perfect in Your sight, as Your spiritual reflection. I want to be a better person Lord. I want to lead a better life where nothing and no one takes the place of You, comes before You, has more power over my life, and in my mind than You. I want my crooked walk to be straightened. I want my life to be filled with more peace and joy, as I bring more peace and joy to others lives.

I know that nothing and everything takes place by Your will and grace, and there is nothing that I can do to change this, to change You, or to change Your Mind—for You are the ultimate and only decision maker. Father, I don’t want to disappoint You, even when I do, and even when later today I probably will—that is not in my heart Lord and You know this. Help me to discern truth from fiction, light from dark, love from fear, transparency from manipulation, real from fake, and know that no matter what I go through You will always be here and there for me. In Jesus’ Name I pray to You this day and everyday. Amen.

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Breaking Bread For 8.11.21

Scripture

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. 

Proverbs 18:2 

Reflection

Don’t argue or debate with a person who has clearly shown themselves to be a fool—what does that then say about you?

I used to debate endlessly with fools and after much time I realized that I was serving their purpose but not God’s. I was exhausted and going no where. They only cared about their opinions—not logic, not fact, not truth, not even common sense. They were set and I wasn’t going to budge them. I was proving myself to also be a fool. I still find myself drawn into conversations that seem ridiculously easy to resolve, but as soon as I realize that the person chooses ignorance, I end the conversation.

Before you get on your high horse, consider the countless times when you chose to argue against reason. Think about times when you held your position, arguing with great passion, even when the person you were debating provided you with valid proof that supported their argument and discredited yours. Did you concede and admit wrong? Or did you dig in your heels and keep arguing your side?

Think about the things you post and repost on social media that an outsider, looking in, could say is merely propaganda and rhetoric that serves as confirmation bias.

When we refuse to gain understanding, to truly examine another point of view, we are a fool. When we are inflexible in our thinking and close our mind to other possibilities, refusing to do the research and get answers to our questions—we are the fool. When we only seek out information that validates our argument, we are a fool.

In all the ways you can point out a fool, be sure to look closely at yourself. Oftentimes we too are standing on a platform of quicksand.

Look at several of the topics that we’re currently debating:

  • the pandemic (COVID-19)
  • vaccinations and especially for COVID-19
  • COVID-19 masking mandates
  • policing
  • 2020 election results
  • January 6, 2021 insurgence at US Capitol
  • sex trafficking
  • human trafficking
  • a woman’s right to her body
  • social media trolling and manipulation by foreign and domestic entities
  • sexual harassment
  • racism
  • teaching a complete and accurate history of the US in K-12 schools
  • teaching or not teaching children in K-12 schools about racism, genocide, sexism, discrimination, bias, and hate
  • athletes speaking publicly about social and political issues
  • cancel culture
  • cultural appropriation
  • slavery in the US and reparations
  • wage disparity
  • living wages
  • unemployment and underemployment
  • taxes
  • health insurance
  • military spending and increasing budgets
  • homelessness
  • fake news
  • “Karen’s”
  • voter suppression
  • gun laws, regulation, etc.
  • 1st and 2nd amendment rights
  • student loan debt

These are just some of the issues that stay on a constant loop, hounding and haunting us, dividing us, never being resolved.

Fools think that only their opinion matters, that their way is the best way, that an opposing view is 100 percent wrong, and they will attack you for thinking and saying otherwise. Some fools will use the Bible and other religious texts to justify their selfish and cruel behavior. Fools use the Bible to justify slavery, racism, misogyny, incest, pedophilia, abusing and controlling wives, tithing people into debt, protecting rapists and pedophiles, attacking people of other religions, starting wars, infidelity, adultery, and more.

There are fools who make laws. There are some who stand in positions of authority to enforce those laws. We have fools in every community and organization, on every level. We give power to some fools by voting them into political offices, and we make some fools wealthy by buying their products and services. We can’t control fools. We can’t change them. But we can control and change ourselves. We can look closely in the mirror and examine whether we are speaking and living consistently as a wise person or a silly fool. We can speak truth to lies and remove ourselves and our power from situations that hint at or prove to be reckless.

What are you doing to “check yourself”—to not be a fool?

Prayer

Father, thank You for knowledge and wisdom, the gift of discernment, the intelligence to think before I speak, and the courage to stand up for what’s right. Father hold my tongue when I feel the need to argue an issue with an unreasonable person, and when I’m that unreasonable person. I thank You now for redirecting me, humbling me, teaching me, and reminding me of my place, position, and purpose. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

I love you all!

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.10.21

Scripture

Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. 

When all the people saw him walking and praising God, they recognized him as the same man who used to sit begging at the temple gate called Beautiful, and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him. When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk?

Acts 3:6, 8-10, 12

Reflection

Don’t be shocked when you receive or see a healing—rejoice, but don’t be surprised—praise God, but don’t be amazed at the blessing, as though it were improbable and inconceivable. There is nothing God can’t do to heal, make whole, and restore. There is no barrier He can’t eliminate. There is no problem that is too great for Jehovah Jireh. He is the great I Am that works through us. We are not autonomous, independent sources of power. We get our power from Him. Stop elevating and worshipping the creations and start giving all of the glory to God. Give credit to the power not the one who uses it. Embrace His Light and healing presence, and be a blessing to others.

Prayer

Father, thank You for the ability to reflect You, to heal the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, give drink to the thirsty, uplift the hopeless, share in Your grace and mercy—to build faith in those who doubt Your power and presence.

Thank You for showing me daily what You can do, and what I can do through You. Thank You for providing me with endless examples of Your love. Thank You for showing me how I can do what Your have asked of me, how I can bring people together in a space where they want to believe and form their own personal relationship with You. Thank You for my blessings and gifts Father. I humbly pray for Your continuous guiding Light. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.9.21

Scripture

“God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.”

James‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Reflection

He who began a good work in you will continue. He keeps His promises. Will you keep yours? Will you press forward each day and endure your tests? Or will you think life to be unfair and decide instead to focus on what you don’t have? Will you blame God for the temptation you caved to, or will you take responsibility for giving into the flesh?

Praise and seek God through the tests and times you are tempted. Keep your eyes and heart focused on Him. Your reward is immeasurable and invaluable. Don’t ever forget that.

Prayer

Father, thank You for holding my world in Your Hand. Thank You for never letting go of me and always believing in me, even when I don’t. Thank You for giving me courage and strength. Thank You for inspiring and encouraging me with Your love, so that I don’t weaken and give up when facing the troubles of life. Thank You for giving me reasons to smile each day. Thank You for each day that I rise. In Jesus’ Name I praise You and pray to You. Amen.

Loving you all!

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Breaking Bread For 8.6.21

Scripture

By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see. 

Acts 3:16 

Reflection

Faith requires trust and active participation.

It’s believing in the unseen, the unknown, the immeasurable, and the inconceivable. Faith is walking even when you don’t see the path ahead. Faith is believing in and opening yourself to seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, and touching using your spiritual senses and not relying upon your human senses (which are limited). Faith is knowing that there is a “there” even when you aren’t sure where “here” is.

God created us out of His spiritual image and likeness, not flesh but spirit. Just like Him we are energy and we our housed inside these vessels of flesh we call bodies. Our Father has equipped us with the ability to heal, grow, and experience things beyond our comprehension. It is our limited thinking that prevents us from doing the things the Spirit encourages us to pursue. Expand your thinking and vision. Look beyond the physical. Look beyond the weeds and trees, the mountains and valleys, the obvious things surrounding you, and that which is in front of you.

Connect with your spiritual foundation and then hold on for the ride, because it’s going to be exciting, euphoric, and rewarding. Jesus told his followers that anything asked for in his name would be provided. That requires faith in him and faith in God. It’s not casual, it’s connected. It’s not passive, it’s intentional. It’s a declarative act on our part.

God made you so if you’re thinking you aren’t worthy, think again. You weren’t an afterthought. You were the remaining scraps pieced together. You were intentionally made. Live by faith in your relationship with God, the Father, and Jesus, His son.

Prayer

Father, I know that through Your son Jesus Christ, the wayshower, I find my way to where You expect me to be. It is through him I receive my training and development to see how I am supposed to serve You, live my life, treat myself, and treat others. I want to build my faith in knowing that I am never separate from You or Jesus. I want to build my faith that all crooked ways will be made straight, that all debts will be paid to me and by me.

I want total faith that I am always whole, complete, healed, and at-one with You and Your son. I want total faith to see through my spiritual eyes, hear through my spiritual ears, and feel, smell, and taste through my spiritual senses. I want total alignment with You.

I declare that I am Your child and Jesus is my shepherd. I declare that I am a believer, a practicer, and a follower of Christ. I declare that I am Your ambassador and servant, and that it is my purpose to serve all of Your children—even the non-believers—so that every day Your Light and the essence of Jesus, exudes from me, and brings people closer to You and him.

Father, I praise You. In Jesus’ Name I pray to You and thank You for all that You are doing. Amen.

God bless you all. I love each and every one of you!

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.5.21

Scripture

I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live.
Psalm 146:2 

Reflection

Don’t just praise God when He answers your prayers. Praise Him throughout every day you’re blessed to be alive. Praise Him during the downs in life, not just the ups. Praise Him when most people would give up hope in a situation. Praise Him for the challenges and tests, knowing that you’re given them because you’re worthy.

No matter what your day looks like you should spend it praising God for being alive to experience LIFE and all that it brings! Enjoy it, love it, embrace it, and never forget who blessed you with it.

Prayer

Father, everyday I praise You. Everyday I testify to healings and blessings from You. As long as I live I will praise You for all you have done, are doing, and will do—because only You can take care of my every need. Through good times and bad, You are my constant provider, healer, protector, nurturer, encourager, and shelter. Thank You. I love You Father. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.4.21

Scripture

But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might…

Micah 3:8

Reflection

You are strong. You are courageous. You are powerful. You are energy. You are God’s child. You are filled with His power and His Spirit. You know justice because it is within your heart. You know right from wrong. You can stand for what’s right and good because that which is of God is what you’re to emulate, support, protect, and be.

Knowing who you are by Whom you were created, you then know, believe and declare all that is within you and all that you are because of Him.

Say it. Claim it. Know it. Believe it. Be it. And thank God, for it is in, by, and through Him that you have these things.

Prayer

Father, thank You for blessing me with strength, power, wisdom, courage, humility, joy, love, laughter, humor, and the ability to care and empathize. In You do I put my trust. In You am I strengthened, and know the truth of my walk with Your son Jesus, and my purpose in Your Kingdom. There is nothing and no one who can stand in the way of our relationship Father. There is nothing and no one who can block my blessings Lord. Thank you. In Jesus’ Name I praise You and pray to You Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.3.21

Scripture

And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. 

Romans 11:6

Reflection

Work hard and thank God for His grace, and the opportunities that He will provide now, and in your future. God’s grace isn’t based on our works. Grace is freely given simply because it can, not because an equivalence of effort was performed by the recipient—because grace is immeasurable.

Work hard because there is honor in doing so, because it glorifies God. But don’t do things thinking it will gain you grace. God is focused on your heart. Let that also be your focus.

Prayer

Father, it is Your grace and will that provides for me, that shelters me from harm, that guides me through darkness, that heals my inflictions, and comforts me in times of pain and loneliness. Father, it is Your grace and not my works, why I am who I am, and have what I have. I thank You. I love You. I give You all the glory. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 8.2.21

Scripture

“May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels. For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “Peace be within you.”

Psalm 122:7-8 NIV

Reflection

David wrote a song about peace for the people and land of Jerusalem. Today we can look around us, get news reports, and hear about the violence, inequities, injustice, and atrocities impacting countless people. At times it may feel like there’s more noise than calm. Before and during your stand for peace in your community and the world, ensure peace within yourself and your own home.

Pray for peace to reenergize you each day as you prepare for battle with the evil outside your walls. In order to develop and maintain peace at home you must not bring drama from the outside across your threshold. You must leave the nonsense outside, and demand that others leave their nonsense on the side of your door that faces the world. You must rid your home of toxic people, things, and practices.

Let your home be your place to be most vulnerable, in a positive way. Let it be the place where you come to relax, unwind, heal, be comforted, and prepared for the next day of unknowns. By taking care of your home environment you are better equipped to seek out opportunities to meet and align with neighbors, to strengthen the ties that bind your block, neighborhood, community. If you have chaos in your home how can you rid the chaos outside of your home?

Pray that others focus their energies on doing the same for their homes. Then what we seek outside is driven by what we maintain inside. For right now, the toxic environment outside is a mirror of what’s taking place in many homes. The secrets, lies, and harm only pour into the community and cause more division and destruction.

Just like airline attendants explain, we have to put the oxygen mask on our face first before we can help other passengers on a flight. It doesn’t mean you’re not to help or to delay helping others, it means equip yourself so you can help.

Prayer

Father, I pray for peace within my mind and heart, my life, my home, and my community. Free me from the unnecessary weight of my fears. Lift me Lord. I pray that my neighbors also gain peace within and have a peaceful home. May we collectively unite in peace to rebuke the evil that desires destruction and chaos. In Jesus’ Name I pray to You Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 7.30.21

Scripture

And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 

1 John 5:11-12 NIV

Reflection

Some people live their entire life in limbo and chaos, not quite sure what to believe and stand for. Some people don’t make a decision until on their death bed. Some never make a decision at all. Either you believe or you don’t.

Either you believe in eternal life through God and Jesus Christ, or you don’t. You either believe that God is the only God that can create, remove, re-imagine, heal, complete, birth, and protect—or you don’t. 

When I was very young my parents instilled in me the importance of my relationship with my Father and His Son. My dad used to be a Sunday School teacher and leader within our church, and I enjoyed taking part in Bible study with him. He was a believer and follower. Yes, he was human and had faults—but his heart was warm and his intentions were good. Sometimes his transparency and vulnerability allowed others to take advantage of him and our family, but my dad never stopped believing in God’s power and Jesus’s footsteps to make things right.

We have a choice to either accept and embrace God’s Truth or the enemy’s lie.

I truly believe that my dad’s belief in and strong understanding of God and Jesus not only blessed him with eternal life, but also the opportunity to still be a blessing to others even today. His loving presence is still felt by all those who knew him, respected him, appreciated him, and loved him.

I believe that life does not end when I take my last human breath. For I know I am a spiritual being here in human form, experiencing life in a different way so that I can be prepared and learn to appreciate my planned life on the next level. 

Our life here on Earth is about lessons, love, embracing and expressing God, our humbleness in our blessings, taking care of the least of God’s children, making decisions, learning from our experiences, touching lives, utilizing our talents and strengths, being receptive and open to others, connecting the dots between the old and wise and the young and wise, and turning knowledge into wisdom that can be passed down generationally. It’s about seeking and knowing the Truth, and being free in this Truth. 

God is Father. Jesus is Son.

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day. Thank You for the light I see and feel. Thank You for my beating heart and other healthy organs. Thank You for my family and friends, and for my spiritual family around the world.

Most importantly, thank You for Your Son Jesus who has been a constant reminder of the way to You. I know that Jesus is the wayshower and Your Truth.

I pray for those who have gone to the next level of existence knowing Jesus as their Savior, and You as their Father-Mother. I pray for Your grace to cover those who transitioned and didn’t believe in You. I pray for those still here on earth living each day confused. I pray that they turn to You and Jesus, and embrace Your blessings with gratitude and humbleness.

I know Who’s child I am. I know Who my leader is. I praise You and Jesus each and every day. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 7.29.21

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. Even if you aren’t in a romantic relationship, thank God for your friendships, family, and for preparing you for the person He has planned for your future.

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 them and declare that you will rise and smile each day, whether the sun shines brightly or the clouds and rain match your tears.

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, 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 in serving You and Your Kingdom.

I will never let a day go by without praising and thanking You. I hope to never 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.

Now smile and be a blessing to someone else today. I love you all!!!

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 7.28.21

Scripture

“Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.”

Galatians‬ ‭6:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Reflection

If you catch someone in the act of doing wrong, or you’re made aware of the offense after the fact, the best way to help them is in the Spirit of gentleness—the same way God approaches us when we’re at fault. God doesn’t shame us, that’s our amassed guilt consuming us. The second part of this request by Paul comes with a warning to be careful not to be tempted by the same sin that the person got caught up with. Sometimes our gentleness, when not reinforced properly, can lead us to enable a toxic behavior. It can lead us to behaving the exact same way. We can start rationalizing the why and how of a situation. Remember to rationalize is to tell ourselves rational-lies.

Paul wrote this letter to the churches in Galatia. If you recall, Paul was not one of Jesus’ disciples that served while Jesus was alive in human form. Paul had been a die-hard persecutor of those who followed Jesus. Paul was so deep in his studies and practice of Judaism that he became a religious zealot. He was a religious extremist. He had far-surpassed the extremes of others [Galatians 1:14]. He believed that Jesus and those who followed him were committing sins against God and the traditions of generations-past.

Paul was trying to destroy everything Jesus created. He was trying to destroy what would be called the church of God. All he knew was the Judaism he knew. He only knew what he was taught by his family and religious teachers. He couldn’t conceive that the Jewish guy named Yeshua (Jesus) was the Messiah the Jewish people had been praying and begging God for for hundreds of years. Paul believed Jesus and his followers to be blasphemers and agents of Satan. In Paul’s loyalty to a self-appointed mission to right the perceived wrongs, he didn’t know that the people he was attacking were the people called by God to right the wrongs of Paul and others behaving like him.

But how did God and Jesus deal with Paul? Did God torture him? Did He send Paul to a fiery pit? Did He torment him with plagues? No. God approached Paul with grace and gentleness. God revealed Jesus in Paul. Paul was visited by Jesus in a revelation. Jesus didn’t ridicule and shame Paul. He instead revealed the Truth and called on Paul to lead a new charge that was truly focused on God’s mission and plans.

What did the people in various towns (that were members of the churches of Judea) say and do when they heard that the persecutor they had heard about was now a preacher of the faith he tried to destroy? They didn’t turn into an angry mob and attack him. They didn’t throw him in jail or nail him to a cross. They didn’t spread propaganda about him throughout the towns. Nope. They saw a changed heart and they praised God [Gal. 1:23-24]. If a religious zealot’s heart and mind could change for the better, then you know the credit belongs to God.

We’re called to reflect the qualities of God and direct that loving energy towards others, even and especially those who have done wrong and caused harm. Paul shares in his letters that if God can change his heart and life then God can change anyone’s heart. Paul was on the far-end of extremism and God brought him back to center. God rooted Paul in the proper soil. Paul didn’t realize that he and others had perverted Judaism and were making it into something God never wanted. They didn’t have discernment. Their judgment was clouded. God would now use Paul and others to try to make right those wrongs. Paul devoted his life to doing that.

Think about today’s Christian church and those who call themselves Christian. Think about the revisionists who want to mistranslate and reinterpret the Bible, and the history of that era, to align to their agenda. Think about the extremists who have no qualms about persecuting and killing others, and claiming to do so in the Name of Jesus. Pray that God touches their hearts and they yield to His ways. Pray that your heart is willing to reach out in the Spirit of gentleness. Pray for discernment and strength to not give in to the sins of others you’re trying to reach. Make sure that while you’re standing up against hate and ignorance that you too don’t get consumed and controlled by that energy.

Prayer

Thank You Father for peace, harmony, love, family and good friendships that surround me. I understand that in order to receive fully I must give fully. I pray for a heart that forgives quickly and that the Spirit of gentleness pours out of me to bless others. I ask to be forgiven by others as quickly. I pray that I willingly embrace the reformed Paul’s of this world as easily as the churches of Judea embraced him when he went to Syria and Cilicia. I pray for discernment and strength to not fall for the temptations I stand against.

Father, I thank You for life, and another day to Praise and Worship You. In Jesus’ Name I pray to You and thank You for answered prayers. Amen.

I love you all in Christ!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.27.21

Scripture

“Therefore, my friends, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you.”

Acts 13:38

Reflection

There’s a few ways to look at forgiveness:

  • Forgive if you hope to be forgiven.
  • Forgive to release dead weight
  • It shows the same grace and mercy God shows us.

How can we ask God for something we won’t freely do? Our forgiveness doesn’t mean we think someone was right, it means we release the bond the offense holds on us. It means that through grace or mercy, we let go and leave all of the details to God. Imagine being enslaved by your unwillingness to forgive. Now visualize those shackles falling off the moment you choose forgiveness.

We can choose to be enslaved by the circumstances or we can choose the freedom that comes from letting go. We should strive to forgive immediately after we have been wronged, so we can stop carrying around the burden. We have enough to deal with and our own sins haunting us, consider lightening your load by choosing to release someone else’s dead weight. Let’s work on it.

What do you think?

Prayer

Father, as I grow and mature I am learning to forgive more, as I know that through my forgiveness of others I demonstrate the grace and mercy You show me. I also believe that You smile upon me with approval. I can’t make someone forgive me, I can’t make someone forgive themselves, and I can’t make someone see the importance of forgiveness and how it impacts their life.

I just pray that You always see my heart and keep it warmed and softened by Your love. I pray for the strength and courage to overcome the temptation to lash out, hold grudges, and move slow to forgiveness. Father, mold me to forgive instantly after the transgression against me, as I believe You forgive me instantly after I have sinned and repented. I don’t want to carry around any more mess so I want to release that stress. In the Name of Your Son, the ultimate servant-leader, I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.26.21

Scripture

Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 

1 Corinthians 4:2 

Reflection

To whom much is given, much is required. It’s time to step up, walk the walk, and get the job done. Can you be trusted with what you have been given? Every blessing in the form of a gift, talent, skill, opportunity, and solution—only comes from God. So only God, not man, can rightfully judge you. We’re so busy trying to please and gain acceptance from the creations when we need to focus our attention on the Creator.

Prayer

Father, I know that I must walk the walk, put some weight behind the words I profess. Daily, through how I love my life and strengthen my relationship with You, I’m to prove my love, devotion, commitment and faith to You. It is not for man, but for You that I must prove myself. Thank You for creating opportunities for me Lord. Thank You for trusting and believing in me. Now I must prove that I’m trustworthy and a good steward of the blessings—while overcoming fear along the way. With You by my side, as You always are, I know that I can do anything. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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