Breaking Bread For 10.22.22

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Scripture

“Among my people are the wicked who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch people. Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not seek justice. They do not promote the case of the fatherless; they do not defend the just cause of the poor….”

Jeremiah 5:26-28 NIV

Reflection

God will level the playing field and make things right, one way or another. It will no longer be the case where we are desensitized to the images of women, men, and children being enslaved, imprisoned, abused, tortured, victimized, and mistreated. We will not see nations with leaders who are billionaires or mega-millionaires while the majority of their citizens merely exist in or are on the verge of poverty. 

Through prayer and active engagement in our communities, and around the world, we can do our part to help heal the pain, reveal the truth, and empower the voiceless. We have too many children in orphanages and in foster care, with countless of them never being adopted. They merely age out and face a world that was hijacked and redesigned to not protect and nurture them. 

We have to pray and ask God for guidance to see how we can best help and care for our children, and how we can help to destroy these trafficking rings that brutally tear away at people who are the sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers of loved ones. We are all God’s children, so yes, we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. Let us never feel comfortable or content while the majority of our world is in pain.

Prayer

Father, I look around and see examples of Your children who live in pain, anguish, fear, and lack hope. I pray for those children who are overlooked, mistreated, and taken advantage of. I pray that You bless them abundantly so that they might regain hope and become sufficient and empowered in and through You. 

I pray that You humble the so-called powerful so that they are reminded of Your everlasting power, strength, and presence. Remind them that they cannot steal from and take advantage of the poor, weak, unstable, exposed, and vulnerable. Touch their hearts Lord and make right the wrong. In Your Name I pray with the utmost confidence. Amen.

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.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.21.22

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Scripture

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.

1 Corinthians 13:6

Reflection

Love does not cheat, lie, manipulate, deceive, harass, scheme, or plot and plan acts of evil.

Swap the word love in both today’s verse and in the sentence above, and replace the word with God, and then read it:

God does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. God does not cheat, lie, manipulate, deceive, harass, scheme, or plot and plan acts of evil.

Now let’s repeat the lines but this time swap Love and God, and instead say “I”.

I don’t delight in evil but rejoice with the truth. I don’t cheat, lie, manipulate, deceive, harass, scheme, or plot and plan acts of evil.

Is this your truth?

As God’s children we are to reflect Him. In all ways. We are to walk this land as His ambassadors, being the Bible that many never read. Since He is love and we are of Him, we are to be all that love is and not what it isn’t.

And since we are made by Him and are in His image and likeness, it doesn’t matter that we are temporarily housed in tents of flesh, as spiritual beings we are to speak and live as He does. We are to be like our Creator not like the one who deceives and tempts us, in order to destroy us.

Stop giving in to the lies. Stop believing them to be truth. The flesh is weak, so secure yourself in the Spirit. Walk in and live by God’s Truth. Seek the truth, speak the truth, live the truth, and in doing so you will be free from the shackles of evil. 

Prayer

Forgive me Father for every wrong I’ve committed, for every lie I’ve told, for every person and situation that I’ve manipulated, for my disobedience and double-mindedness, and for all the times I’ve been unloving. My fear and lack of faith keep me weak, but in Your Truth I find strength, comfort, confidence, and love.

I love and am walking in love because of Your love, because of Jesus’ love, and I thank You Father. Amen.

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.

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Breaking Bread For 10.20.22

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Scripture

And he said unto them, It is not for you to know times or seasons, which the Father hath set within His own authority.

Acts 1:7

Reflection

We are an impatient species. The Bible is thousands of years old, and within those pages, we find countless stories of impatient people, always questioning God as to when, how, why, where, who, and what.

We are the exact same way today. 

Instead, we should be focused on being ready, appreciative, disciplined, and focused. We wear watches but are late. We have calendars and still miss important dates. We’re so busy doing one hundred things at once that we forget some of the most important things. We want to know when we’ll get that raise or commission at work, get the new car or home, get married, get pregnant, and get the vacation.

We’re so focused on dreams and goals, yet we don’t make the time to spend with God. We want faithful partners so we can be in committed relationships, yet we aren’t faithful and committed to God. We are easily distracted by thoughts and things of the world, yet we want God to be focused on us. How can He trust us when we can’t trust ourselves and others? How can we want from Him what we don’t freely give to Him?

The more we push God for results, the more He makes us wait. The more we interfere, the more things get derailed.

My Impatience

I was a very impatient person. I’m still working on my patience, but years ago, my impatience was embarrassing. I wanted things before I even finished conceptualizing what it was I actually wanted. I couldn’t wait for a person to finish their sentence, because in my mind they were thinking and speaking too slowly. So I either rushed them through or finished it for them.

I bought into the fast-food, microwave-quick, way of life about everything in my life. My one-year, five-year, and ten-year plans weren’t to be messed with. They had to take shape at the designated times, and no later.

Some of My Past Goals

I was determined as a teen to have my first car at the age of 16, and it had to be a Ford Mustang with a red or pink bow on it. I remember in my early 20s I said that I had to be married with children by or before my 30th birthday. I remember being adamant that I graduated from college by or before I was 21. It didn’t matter that I changed my major twice.

So What Happened?

Well…I never got a car at age 16 and still haven’t gotten a Mustang. Matter of fact, I didn’t even get my driver’s license at age 16. My dad said I hadn’t passed his driver’s test yet. I didn’t get married in my 20s. It happened in my late 30s, and I was divorced by age 41. Oh, and I still haven’t had children. I did graduate before I turned age 21; however, almost 10 years later I found out that there were one or two classes missing from my record that had to be completed for my degree to be officially conferred. Go figure.

What I’ve Learned and What I’m Still Learning

Many of the dates and deadlines I created over the past 30 years have been elaborate, ridiculous, and stressfully draining. Some things I accomplished, and a great deal more, I did not. The more I pushed, the more I expected, and the more God showed me that nothing takes place before He makes it happen. I look back on things now, and I am so grateful that certain career and relationship goals I established never came to fruition. I either wasn’t ready, or they simply weren’t a good fit.

God has plans for me, and just because He isn’t showing me His outline, doesn’t mean I’m supposed to make my own decisions in hope of speeding up His plan. It also doesn’t mean that I push past Him and come up with my own plans and deadlines, as though I can overrule and circumvent His plans.

Some people mold faster than others. Some people need longer because we resist Him so much and so often. I know that I’m the latter. What about you?

Over the past few years I have noticed that I am more patient, less focused on time and beating some invisible clock, and more focused on pleasing God. Why? Because I’m being forced to face some harsh realities that have humbled me to my rightful place.

I’m learning that it’s He that I serve, not the other way around. And this place and space were created and made possible by Him, and I’m here because He too made that possible. I’m also learning that it’s not for me to know the times or seasons. I’m only to be ready, appreciative, disciplined, and focused.

What about you? What have you learned? What are you still learning? Are you ready, appreciative, disciplined, and focused?

Prayer

Father, Your son, Jesus, made it clear that we are not to be concerned with what time of day or year that You will show favor upon us. 

You are the ultimate authority. 

You make the decisions, and determine when something will or won’t take place, and when something will or won’t be done. 

Father, being in (or maybe admittedly of) the world, I have become dependent upon clocks, watches, calendars, and seasonal changes. I have developed a certain expectancy, and because of that I haven’t realized that You reign supreme over all time, place, person, thing, and circumstance.

Things will happen when You say so. Father, show me how to free myself from my ignorance, and dependence upon the concept of time, and how I believe it impacts my life. I pray for the patience of Jesus. I pray for his humbleness and meekness. Thank You Father for answering my prayers. Amen.

Have a blessed day family!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.19.22

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Scripture

In my distress I groan aloud and am reduced to skin and bones. 

Psalms 102:5

Reflection

When we think that the pressure has become too great for us to bear, we yell and cry out in pain. We may even go so far as to buy into the lies of shame and blame, believing that we deserve what we’re experiencing, and that somehow God is punishing us through neglect or direct force. At that moment we have forgotten our true identity and forgotten to Whom we belong. We have forgotten Who our Father is and that we are made in and of His Spirit, formed in His spiritual image and likeness.

We are spiritual beings, yet we keep allowing the flesh and these trivial worldly occurrences to beat us down, as though God made us inferior. You have to know that lie is spun by the father of lies himself, masterfully woven to convince you that you are worthless, when he knows the truth—that we are priceless and beloved—and his jealousy and rage is what drives him to attack us and attempt to rip us from our Father. The enemy places a bounty on you, encouraging every evil spirit and demon to strike in his name. If you were worthless then the enemy wouldn’t waste his time trying to destroy you and your relationship with our Heavenly Father. It’s because of your value that the bounty is so high and the attacks are so intense.

When times get tough as they always will, force a smile on your face and be reminded that you are God’s child, and no matter what you go through, He and Jesus will always see you through. Keep saying it until you feel it deep inside, until you are declaring it firmly, intensely, and with a power and passion that can’t be rocked. You weren’t birthed here to go at this world alone. These are the stomping grounds of the enemy, but God allows him and his minions to exist, so that same Power is what fuels you each day. Tap into God, remember who and what you are, remember why you are here and how God is molding you.

Speak these words aloud with me:

I am God’s child, priceless in every way. God’s love for me is immeasurable and the degree He will go to guide and protect me is incalculable. He sent His son to show us our truth and to dispel the lies of the enemy. I know that no matter what I go through, no matter what the enemy says and does, God and Jesus will ALWAYS see me through. I trust them. I lean on them, now and always.” 

Now say it again with a smile on your face.

I am God’s child, priceless in every way. God’s love for me is immeasurable and the degree He will go to guide and protect me is incalculable. He sent His son to show us our truth and to dispel the lies of the enemy. I know that no matter what I go through, no matter what the enemy says and does, God and Jesus will ALWAYS see me through. I trust them. I lean on them, now and always.” 

Family, I want you to say those words until you believe it. Say them whenever you need to be reminded. And never forget to live each day demonstrating this belief through action. I love you all and I pray that through thick and thin you always keep your eyes and heart focused on God and Jesus. Don’t believe those lies the enemy tells. Tap into and hold onto the Truth, and it will free you from all bonds. When the enemy lies to you, rebuke those words and declare the Truth.

Don’t you dare minimize yourself to a being that has no power over you.

Prayer

Father, I pray that even in times of pain, frustration, grief, and anger, that I never forget that I am the perfect reflection of You; that I am a spiritual being having a human experience and not a human being having a spiritual experience; and that as a spiritual being, living in and of Your Spirit, the distress I feel is temporary and actually nonexistent. 

By giving in to the distress and allowing my hope and faith to wane, I reduce myself to mere flesh and bone, and forget the demonstration that I am supposed to be having while on Earth. Help me to get and stay focused, Father. Help me to see and always remember my purpose here, and to never ever ever give up on life, living, and serving You and the least of Your children, and doing so humbly and graciously.

In Your Name I pray and give thanks. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.17.22

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Scripture

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.

Exodus 14:13

Reflection

The bondage of today will be freedom tomorrow as long as you turn your cares, worries, and fears over to the Lord to handle.

God knew that He wouldn’t just have to free His people physically, but He would have to free their minds, hearts, spirits, and souls. They were enslaved in every possible sense. That is why they struggled so much. They even struggled for more than 1,500 years after Moses led them out of Egypt.

As many times as they were forced into exile, they still couldn’t see that their tendency to fall back into their slave mindset of their past lives in Egypt, was the reason they couldn’t obey and atone—to be AT ONE with God.

We Are Slaves on Our OWN Plantation

If you find yourself in constant struggle, pain, stress, fear, anger, conflict, confusion, and depression, YOU ARE IN BONDAGE. You have the power to be free. You are a child of God. He made you. He gave you the Holy Spirit to tap into. God needs you to be vulnerable, just like Him, so you can be free to fall into His trustworthy “arms”. Stop resisting.

Control Freaks & Micromanagers

Stop trying to dictate to Him how your relationship with Him should be. We’re abusing Him and our relationship with Him. If you are a control freak like me, and yes that includes you micromanagers out there, yeah you—NOW is the time to admit, like I’m being forced to do, that this control we keep trying to hold on to is actually self-imposed bondage. We are slaves to our inability to trust self, others, and God. And since we can’t trust we can’t be trusted.

The only things we should be controlling are:

  • Our mouths: from speaking negative and evil things
  • Our minds: from entertaining negative and evil thoughts
  • Our bodies: from doing negative and evil things to it and to others

The domino effect is a changed heart, experiences, and life. Stop treating God like your servant, like a “side piece’ you can call up whenever you want some attention. God is our everything and we should treat Him accordingly. Let Him do what He’s always wanted to do for you.

Stand Back And Let God

Let Him change those who attempt to stunt your growth or control you. He can do this by touching their hearts or removing them from your space and place. What is rightfully yours will be yours, and you can never lose what is rightfully yours. What is meant to be, God will bring to fruition without your doing, persuasion, manipulation, or bargaining.

Look at your current situation and if it needs improvement, even drastically, know that God has it handled, and it was taken care of long before you became aware of the circumstances. Everything we need in life God has already provided, we just need to see them and embrace our blessings as they are delivered before us.

We need to walk in obedience and full alignment with Him. He’s assigned us work; we have a mission, and we are wasting time walking around with these shackles on.

We Give The Enemy Ammunition

The enemy will keep trying to stir up trouble in my life and in yours, as long as it sees that it can. We fuel it. We give it the ammunition to attack. We give in to temptation. We keep saying God isn’t working fast enough. We keep blaming everyone else for our conditions, unhappiness, and lack. We create the perfect environment for the enemy.

Our Deliverance

This is not the time to fret and cry, but the time to dig down even deeper in our faith and reach our hands to the Lord for deliverance.

How long? Not long.

Not long before I am delivered from these shackles of fear, pain, shame, guilt, sorrow, and frustration. Not long indeed, for God has already worked things out for me. I just have to open my eyes and look through the lens of faith to see clearly that I am already free!

The same applies to YOU!

Aren’t you sick and tired of being sick and tired? Aren’t you tired of being the victim? God didn’t make you that way, it’s not in His DNA to be one, so why are you embracing a lie?

Lovingly I share this message with all of you today. I hope that something I’ve said has touched your heart, opened your eyes, and shed light on your today and tomorrow. We must let go of thinking about yesterday and what woulda, coulda, and shoulda happened had we done this or that.

We must let go of the past and what someone did or didn’t do to us, and live in the present of what God is providing for us today.

We are free, my brothers and sisters. You have to change your heart and mind, so that your eyes can see the truth. We are free! We just have to walk off that plantation and stop trying to return. We have to walk away from Egypt and never look back. Are you ready to take that first step? Are you ready for your best and brightest days ever?

Prayer

Father, I pray for deliverance from fear, pain, shame, untrustworthiness, betrayal, ignorance, lies, deceit, and negativity.

Father, I normally would cry out and beg You to free me from bondage and restore me to my rightful place, but I realize that I’m bound by my words and actions. I know that in order for me to be freed from the grip of those who use me for their own personal gain, I must stop using You for my personal gain. To be freed from those who selfishly take from me but they never fully give of themselves in return, I must stop being selfish and taking from You, yet never fully giving myself to You.

Free me from myself, for the same ways that others use me, I am a user of You and others. Soften my heart to free fall and give myself away to You, so that You can use me as You see fit. Open my eyes Lord so that I can evolve from merely looking to actually seeing what’s before me. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.16.22

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Scripture

Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.

2 Thessalonians 3:16

Reflection

Let God make you whole. Let Jesus show you the way. In order for these things to happen, you have to be okay with being vulnerable, and in that vulnerability you have to be willing to let go of yourself, your understanding, what you believe to be fact and truth, and what you believe to be possible and impossible.

You have to trust that God and Jesus can do more than the Bible says, more than what people testify, and more than what your mind can currently comprehend. You have to trust that in letting go there is nothing you need to do or say, because they have you—and they have already taken care of the variables that you never thought to consider.

Jesus wants to show you the way, be the way to God, be your truest brother. He’s just waiting on you.

God wants to pour into you unfathomable things and experiences. God wants to have the strongest, most loving, impenetrable relationship with you. A marriage like no other. But He’s waiting on you!

God and Jesus are waiting on you, on me, on us.

You may be going through a lot right now, physically, mentally, financially, and spiritually. Your stress, anxiety, grief may be overwhelming you. That’s because you’re trying to fix these things. You’re relying on the limits of man. You need an unlimited, constant, unwavering source. Your solution is God and Jesus.

God blessed us with the Holy Spirit, to be connected in a way that the old covenant (in the Old Testament) did not provide. Tap into that source. Let it pour into and out of you. Speak to God in a way your human mind cannot yet comprehend. Don’t resist that energy that flows within you, that bubbles up urging you to let it flow out of you.

Pray for the stillness of peace and let that peace comfort you in your times of need.

Stop trying to deal with things in the natural and get yourself settled into the supernatural, as the spiritual being you are. Let the Holy Spirit do what it does so that you can be all that you were created to be, to have the relationship with God and Jesus that your heart truly desires.

It’s your choice, as always….

Prayer

Abba, fill me with your peace so that I might walk straight, regardless of the circumstances that come my way. Let me be humble and more like Jesus as I face daily challenges, and deal with people who at times can be unloving and unkind. I want to make the right choice, to not mirror their behavior, but instead mirror the life of Jesus.

I pray for the courage through vulnerability to open myself up and allow the Holy Spirit to be free in me, in every way that You need, so that You and I can have the type of relationship that we’re supposed to have. I want to be completely faithful to You, unwavering and impenetrable.

Use me Father. Help me to let go and open myself to You, so that I may have peace and be peace. In Jesus’ name I pray to You, El-Elyon, Hashem Uzi. Praising You always. Amen.

Note: El-Elyon in Hebrew means “God Most High” and Hashem Uzi means “The Lord of Strength”. The word Abba means “Father” in Aramaic (one of the semitic languages Jesus (Yeshua) spoke) and Abba is used in Jewish liturgy and prayers.

I hope that clarification helps.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.15.22

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Scripture

All those who were in distress or in debt or discontented gathered around him, and he became their commander. About four hundred men were with him. 

1 Samuel 22:2

Reflection

We don’t have a modern-day David to rally around, to be our leader, and that’s okay. There should be a little bit or a “lotta bit” of David within you, motivating you to keep pressing onward and upward, seeking and speaking with God along the way. The same God that made David is the same God that made you. Find within yourself that which God made especially for you. 

David was on the run from Saul, who had stopped being faithful to God, and because of his bruised ego and paranoia, he had every intent on killing David. He got a glimpse at what God saw in David, and it made Saul jealous. For most of us, we’re not running and hiding from human tormentors and assassins. Our enemy is the father of lies and those who knowingly and unknowingly follow him. The enemy pulls the strings of people who aren’t firmly rooted in God’s foundation. Our enemy is the same enemy that manipulated Saul, causing his fear and insecurity to become so intense that he believed the only solution was to kill David, and anyone he suspected of aiding David.

How was it possible to manipulate Saul? Because the same fear and insecurity that Saul had is the same fear and insecurity that the enemy has. The enemy sees what God sees in us, and it makes the enemy bitter and resentful, determined to destroy the beloved humans that God created and made a covenant with.

The father of lies works on our mind just as wickedly, looking for ways to expose and exploit our perceived weaknesses and vulnerabilities. He is hellbent on convincing us that the lies are truth and that God can’t and won’t help us. Look at how the enemy ramps up his efforts leading to and during various holidays and anniversaries. During these periods, our hearts and minds are open and more vulnerable to testing, tempting, and manipulation. We’re consumed by nostalgia and sentimental moments and memories. We need to be cognizant of this plot and mindful of the importance of doubling down in our hope, faith, and obedience to God.

We’re approaching the Fall and Winter holidays and this becomes a time when more people gain the most weight, stress out even more than any other time of the year, health concerns rise, and when debt collectors turn up the heat and get busy harassing and scaring you the most. This is the time when appliances start to give out, your car seems to have the most issues, your utility bills increase, and your patience runs thin. This is also the time when you need to bear down, kneel down, and pray to God and Jesus for strength, clarity, vision, patience, and the understanding to not only get through these times, but to overcome and thrive above them.

In Day 158 of my Seek Him: Workbook 2, I ask you to write down all of the ways that God has blessed you this year. The list should be so long that you run out of space on your paper. Even if you feel the pressures of life bearing down on you, you should also see the blessings that God is pouring in, on, and through you. 

You may not have 400 people standing beside and behind you, but look around and I guarantee you have someone there. There’s someone helping, protecting, vouching, sharing, praying, and believing in you. You may be so worn out that you don’t see them clearly, but please believe that they are there, and they want your belief to far surpass theirs. 

Let’s be grateful for our blessings and experiences. Let’s pray for our ability to see and use the provisions God has provided us, and pray for healing from sin, sickness, and disease.

Prayer

Father, I pray that You place before me and show me the answers to my distress, discontent, and debt. Father, help me to remedy my situation so that my life has more balance. Help me so that my debts are forgiven as I have forgiven my debtors. Provide me the tools, resources, and path out of this stressful circumstance, so that I may have a clear mind focused solely on You, and not just on me and the lack that I think I see. 

Father, heal me of my inflictions. Make me whole in my sight and reality, disproving human naysayers, and turning miracles into moments of “It is” because You are. For every day and every moment is a miracle, and it’s because You make it possible.

Remove this fear Lord. Remove the fear of losing something. Remove the anxiety caused by fear. Remove what fear produces. Remove the pain and discomfort. Remove the shame and guilt. Free me Lord. I want a life filled with daily gratitude, no matter the circumstances or lies that the enemy tells. In Your Name I pray and praise. Amen.

I love you all and pray you find the peace within to shine as perfect reflections of God.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.14.22

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Scripture

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. 

Matthew 7:12

Reflection

The very things that you want and need in life, that which you hope to receive from others, should be the very things you’re freely giving. The way you expect to be treated, is how you should be in return. If you want respect, give it. If you want to be left with your dignity then leave others with theirs. If you want someone to treat you with grace, be gracious. If you want fairness, be fair. If you want honesty then be honest.

If you want someone to be on time to meet you, be on time to meet them, and others. If you want faithfulness and loyalty, then be totally faithful and loyal. If you want extra money, then give money freely to others who are in need. Pay your employees what you would want to be paid. Tip your service provider what you would want to be tipped. Make good faith payments so the same are made to you. 

What you want you will receive when you first put it out there. Make sense?

Only narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths expect something for nothing, expect the extreme from others while they do the bare minimum. Only they deem it acceptable to lie, cheat, steal, and harm, while expecting everyone else to be righteous and noble. They are in a special category, taking much longer to mold and align to God. If you aren’t in that category, then you know what to do to receive what you want and need.

Now, let’s get out there, be the change we want to see, and create a world of positive reciprocity!

Prayer 

Father, thank You for another day of life, freedom, peace, and a chance to make a positive difference in my life, someone else’s life, in my community, and in the world. Father, add an extra layer of strength to me today and moving forward, as I face challenges that I have avoided, or that just surfaced. I rest on You as You carry me through valley and mountain experiences, and treacherous storms.

Father, touch my heart so that in each circumstance I treat others as I would want to be treated, emulating Your son’s walk through life. In Your Name and his I pray. Amen.

Love always, your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Glad to Be Back

Hi Breaking Bread Family!

I know that I’ve been missing for about two weeks. There’s been a lot going on in my world. But thankfully, God guided me through each day and circumstance. Oh, the testimony I have to share.

But in the meantime, check out today’s Breaking Bread message. It will reach your inbox shortly.

I love you, and I missed you dearly!

Natasha

Breaking Bread For 9.29.22

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In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. 

John 1:1-5 KJV

Reflection

If we tell ourselves and others that we believe in and pray to only one God—the God of Moses, David, Daniel, and Jesus—then why do we not equip ourselves with His tools and resources so that we can overcome challenges, temptations, fear, negativity, shame, and evil?

God wants to have a healthy relationship with us. He sent Jesus to show the people how and to explain and prove their spiritual truth. Jesus tried to explain our relationship with God and how we are directly and uniquely connected to Him. He explained that God is Spirit, and we are His reflection and likeness.

Through our minds, we have a connection to communicate; our souls express what comes from our heart, and our spirit directs us—but we seem spooked out with this arrangement. We want to say we’re spiritual beings but prefer to default to our humanness. That’s the same default response the people chose in Jesus’ day. People were more willing to accept and believe him to be of the devil than the son of our Heavenly Father. We would rather embrace what we can touch than what we can only imagine.

We don’t dig into the Bible and the secondary sources that help provide context. We don’t use these tools and resources to learn about ourselves. We don’t use them to study and prepare for the enemy. We know we are constantly under attack, being tempted and manipulated. Yet, we know less about the enemy that plots against us and more about the celebrities that entertain us. The darkness is real and consuming, yet we aren’t prepared for those moments when it blindsides us.

But we also have to keep it real and admit that there are tons of people out there that can recite line by line, verse by verse, certain passages and chapters in the Bible—yet they aren’t living their lives in alignment with God. They aren’t loving their neighbors as they love themselves. If we loved each other as we love ourselves, we would satisfy the remaining commandments and would derail the enemy’s plans. It’s not a design flaw that causes us to do dumb and reckless things. It’s that we choose to listen and believe the enemy that tells us what we want to hear. The enemy knows us better than we know ourselves.

We don’t truly know and value who and what we are. We don’t know and value what it means to be in the image and likeness of God. We see and believe the flesh, not the Spirit. We refuse to let go of the flesh. That’s why we walk in darkness and can’t comprehend the Light. That’s why we can’t love our neighbor as we love ourselves because we don’t know and love ourselves—because we are conflicted about our worthiness, and we’re quick to accept shame.

That clearly indicates that our relationship with God isn’t rooted and secure. We’re allowing a third party to interfere with our relationship. Ponder that.

Prayer

Father, I believe in only You as my Source. I believe You are God and are the God who created the heavens, planets, and life for all. You are Mind, Truth, Love, Spirit, Soul, Light, Goodness, and Greatness. You are Alpha and Omega. You are all-in-all. I pray to You and I pray for You. I worship You with my heart. I believe in You and I believe in our relationship. I have faith that no matter what, You will always be here for me, even when I have doubt in my capabilities, and even when I disappoint You. I have faith that I will choose You always. I am Your child, Your creation, Your friend, Your love. The enemy can’t have or destroy what we have together.

I thank You Father for all I am and for all I have. I thank You for the abundance of blessings received, and for those that You have prepared for me to receive. I thank You for the challenges that have made me stronger, wiser, braver, more patient, more understanding, more forgiving, more flexible, and better prepared for tomorrow. I work each day to not take life and these gifts for granted. I try to make right my wrongs, take care of my debts and forgive my debtors and those who have harmed me. Keep filling me Lord so that I have more to share with others. I pray this to You today with joy, hope, humility, and love in my heart. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.28.22

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When he was accused by the chief priests and the elders, he gave no answer. Then Pilate asked him, ‘Don’t you hear the testimony they are bringing against you?’ But Jesus made no reply, not even to a single charge — to the great amazement of the governor”

Matthew 27:12–14

Reflection

It doesn’t matter what someone says about you. You know that You are God’s child and that He is Your Father-Mother, protector, friend, judge, and ruler. At the end of each day, He decides if you rise the next morning. He determines if you breathe, blink, swallow, chew, move, speak, think, act, do, and exist. Let the naysayers talk, and then say nothing in your defense, just as Jesus said nothing when his accusers lied about him.

Don’t add fuel to the fire. Don’t allow them to see you upset, nervous, irritated, confused, agitated, sad, rattled, or embarrassed. With a straight face, say and do nothing against them or to defend your name. Allow God to handle your battles and throw water and sand on that growing flame of hate, shame, or by whatever and any name it’s called.

Years ago, a friend sent me a prayer that declared, “…today I cling to You because You are my defender! I choose to turn away from accusing voices. I choose to turn away from petty conflicts. I look to You knowing that You are leading and guiding me in paths of victory in Jesus’ name…”. With that in mind, join me in prayer.

Prayer

Father, I declare that I will not allow others to turn me from You. I will not allow others to discourage me from being who I am and forgetting who I belong to. I will not allow myself to be moved by negativity, to act in a negative way. I will not allow myself to look in the mirror and see anything but the perfect reflection of You.

Today, I stand in the affirmation of who I am and what I know, and that is, there is no greater than You and there is no other way-shower than Jesus. You are the only answer and only judge Father.

I will do as my shepherd Jesus did and say nothing when the hecklers have negative words about me. I will only pray for my peace and theirs. In Your Name I pray as a follower and believer of You and Your son Jesus. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.27.22

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Scripture

“There is no one like you, Lord, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears. 

1 Chronicles 17:20

Reflection

I would rather place my hope and faith in what God can do than what an alleged god, spirit, or presence is claimed to be able to do. I would rather place my hope and faith in God’s power than cower over believing that the “enemy” has the true strength to rule and have dominion over me. I would rather roll with what God is doing than what anyone and anything else out there is or isn’t doing. I’m a member of Team God, my general manager and coach are Jesus, and my team captain is the Holy Spirit. What about you? What team are you rolling with?

Prayer

Father, You are my Lord, my God, my Heavenly Father-Mother, my provider, my comforter, my strength, my love, and my joy. Father, You are all in all. Nothing can, has or ever will compare to You. There is no greater power, no wider reach, no deeper knowledge or wisdom than You. There is no other light than Yours and darkness can never hide from You.

There are no secrets that can be kept or hidden talents You do not know of, for You are omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. There is no scale to balance You, for there is no counter weight that can compare. There are no other gods living or dead that come close to You and Your greatness, for You are the one and only Almighty.

Every problem, issue, concern, worry, or complaint that I might have You are there with solutions before I even know that I need them. Every tear I shed You capture and restore in me as fuel to go on.

When I whisper my dreams and goals it is You that is always listening; it is You that makes the possible and impossible my reality. It is my belief that no matter what others may do or say, there is no other God or power but You—they can call You whatever name they want—but it is You that makes a way, shows mercy and grace, and heals them of their inflictions.

I thank You, Father for never giving up on Your children; for not cleaning our slate and starting over anew; for always believing in us and what we can do to build Your Kingdom. For You know there are more believers than nonbelievers, there are more people loving than hating, doing than thinking, sharing than taking, and caring than killing. Thank You for Your love Lord. In Your Name I praise You and pray to You. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 9.26.22

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No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.

1 Corinthians 10:13

Reflection

There is so much temptation in the world that can lead us astray, bind us spiritually and emotionally; and physically destroy us; leaving us as mere shells of who we are. Whether it be a temptation to pursue or be pursued by another person for emotional or sexual pleasure; temptation by food that leads to an unhealthy lifestyle; temptation towards financial riches and wealth at all cost with no regard towards others; the temptation to lie, cheat, or steal; the temptation to physically or emotionally cause harm to others or self; or temptation to possess things of the world just because you can.

We can overcome these forms of temptation and all others. God can redirect our steps. God brings us love, joy, peace, wealth, bliss, comfort, happiness, and a high that no drug can match.

God knows your heart. God knows your fears, insecurities, strengths, and weaknesses. You can’t hide from Him. He knows and sees all. So even if you smile inside about deceiving another person, You haven’t deceived God or Jesus. The actions you take will have consequences eventually. How far are you willing to go, and how much do you risk losing?

So if you truly want to resist temptation, then remove yourself from situations where you know you can, will, and are being tempted. The warning signs always appear; what you do afterward matters most. Why chase after or give in to the 20% of temporary bliss that may come from temptation when you can get 100% joy from God? Think about what Jesus would say and do and what God expects and commands of you. Either be hot or cold but never lukewarm with Him, for there is no room for fence straddlers. Choose to follow or not, obey or not, commit or not, try or not, believe or not — just make a decision and be willing to accept the consequences.

Prayer

Father, thank You for keeping a close eye on me and Your hand near to redirect my steps. Thank You, Father, for leading me out of temptation. When the feelings to do or say something that I know goes against Jesus’ teachings, Your commands, and Your expectations for me rise up inside of me, I pray that I can overcome this test of my willpower, strength, devotion, and commitment to You.

Instead of pretending that I am free from the lure of temptation, I admit that there are seeds of weakness within that can sprout if I’m not committed and focused on You and pleasing You. Father, keep my eyes on You and the path You have laid before me. Strengthen me, Lord. In Your Name and Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 9.25.22

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Later the Lord chose seventy-two other followers and sent them out two by two to every town and village where he was about to go. 

He said to them: A large crop is in the fields, but there are only a few workers. Ask the Lord in charge of the harvest to send out workers to bring it in. Now go, but remember, I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves.  Don’t take along a moneybag or a traveling bag or sandals. And don’t waste time greeting people on the road.  As soon as you enter a home, say, “God bless this home with peace.”  If the people living there are peace-loving, your prayer for peace will bless them. But if they are not peace-loving, your prayer will return to you.  Stay with the same family, eating and drinking whatever they give you, because workers are worth what they earn. Don’t move around from house to house.

 If the people of a town welcome you, eat whatever they offer.

Luke 10:1-8 (CEV)

Reflection 

In this story, Jesus sent out 72 people to help build God’s Kingdom and reinforce what principles had been laid down before his presence was known and felt throughout the land. Those great stewards and messengers before him helped to plant the seed. Jesus came to demonstrate and show how to nurture, grow, and harvest that seed so that nations could live off of that spiritual ‘fruit’ forever.

When you read further passages, you will see how the 72 returned ecstatic that even the demons bowed down when Jesus’ name was mentioned. Jesus stated that he watched Satan fall from heaven during this demonstration of God’s omnipotence and omnipresence; and that the men shouldn’t be ecstatic simply because some demons bowed down and were defeated—they should be overjoyed at the fact that all 72 of the men had their place in heaven.

They did God’s work as Jesus instructed without question, doubt, faltering, complaining, or making adjustments to their orders. They were disciplined. They were not greedy or needed to move from home to home, looking for a better situation. The metaphorical ‘grass’ was green enough in the yard they were in—they were satisfied.

Can we say the same about ourselves? Are we satisfied with the place we’ve been instructed to go, reside, and work? Are we doing our part with 100% effort? Are we showing Jesus and God that we deserve more and greater, by being on time and doing a good job? Are we showing Jesus and God that we deserve more and greater by taking care of our worldly possessions on loan to us?

Or do we leave things messy, dirty, half-fixed, and worse than when we got them? Are we grateful for the food and clothing that we have? Or are we always envying and desiring better—when we haven’t done our part to earn and deserve better? Are we satisfied with those people around us who care, nurture, protect, and guide us? Or are we always looking next door or down the street, wondering if someone is better out there for us?

We’ve all been given tasks to complete; no questions are to be asked. Upon completion, you will be granted your blessings—rewarded for a job well done. Why are we not committed enough to do our jobs? It’s no wonder many of us get written up or fired at work for mediocre job performance, attendance issues, and subordination. We can’t do the job that God has commanded even though Jesus mapped out the steps. So why should we be committed, disciplined, and willing to do an easy job at someone’s company?

Do you see how the two are tied together? Do you see how all of this is tied together? We must strive and accomplish doing our jobs, daily, with 100% effort, and no pushback (unless you have an ethics issue, of course). While we do our job, we’re also doing some of the work God assigned us. When we clock out and leave that office, etc. we are then devoting more time towards God’s Kingdom work.

Every single day this is our mission. Every single day you are to be a blessing to others. That is how we receive our numerous blessings. It’s a beautiful cycle that nurtures and harvests some amazing ‘fruit.’

What are you willing to commit to today to be a better person, to be a blessing to others, and to build God’s Kingdom? 

Prayer 

Father, thank You for sending Your son to us to show us the way to You. He taught us how to be patient, kind, giving, caring, nurturing, loving, peaceful, forgiving, and present in the moment— not concerned with past or future issues because You have already dealt with them; he taught us how to heal ourselves and others through You. But we have strayed a great deal over the thousands of years since Jesus walked this earth.

We have devised more substitutions for You and for him that have left us even more confused and frustrated. We might as well be the children of Israel walking around in the forest waiting to prove ourselves again. Father, open our eyes, show us that the way You point is not a mirage.

Thank you for preparing us since our human conception for this journey. Free us from our self-inflicted pain and torment; free us from the shackles that we have placed on our own bodies. Free us from idol worship.

Humble us that we may be like the 72 followers Your son chose to demonstrate Your goodness, power, will, and grace. Humble us that we may be devoted stewards loving and honoring You with all of our heart, mind, body, and soul. In Your son Jesus’s name, I pray. Amen.

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Breaking Bread For 9.24.22

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Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. 

Romans 12:2 NIV

Reflection

As long as we are focused on things of the world and not on God, we limit our experience and role here on Earth. There’s nothing wrong with dreaming about financial wealth, building or buying a house, or car, or even traveling worldwide. Those dreams are made possible because of God, and there is nothing wrong with turning dreams into reality. He doesn’t want His children to be poor on any level.

However, our obsession with material possessions can leave us spiritually bankrupt. Our fear of sharing our testimony of God’s healing and other blessings in our lives will leave us in a topsy turvy state as ‘conditional believers.’ Our sharing and belief shouldn’t be based on conditions. Throughout the Bible, we are told to not only acknowledge and worship God but to declare to others how good He’s been to us.

Our silence doesn’t help to build His Kingdom. Our silence doesn’t help transform us and others. Our silence doesn’t help us get where we need to be. We don’t need to stand on crates slapping a Bible and yelling on the street corner. We don’t even need to go door-to-door.

We can share our testimony easily in casual conversation or when someone needs gentle reassurance that nothing is impossible for God. Many of you have co-workers, workout buddies, carpool pals, a brunch crew, a book club, or you’re a member of some organization. There are hundreds of places and thousands of opportunities to share what God’s done for you. 

Even saying, “God is good” or “I’m grateful for…” creates a ripple effect that can lead to a discussion on how He’s been good to you.

Try it.

Just like you would be surprised as to how many people don’t vote or who vote only for a certain political party, you may be pleasantly surprised as to how many believers and followers surround you, as well as people who aren’t sure about God. By sharing your story, you will see how many people are helped by your testimony. See what happens, and then share your experience here on this blog. Just return to this message (or go to the first one you see) and click on the option to leave a ‘comment.’ Then share.

I look forward to reading about your experiences.

Prayer

Lord, I want to thank You for waking me today. I know that it is only because of You that I’m here today and saying this prayer. Father, as Your servant I want to do my best to please You. I want to do my part to help build Your Kingdom, and to make this world a better place one person at a time. While I work to help others I’m working on myself, and with the loving molding that You are providing, I am seeing positive changes. Thank You Father.

I want to transform my mind and heart to align with You, and I want my transgressions blotted out, and the enemy so far behind me that it can’t catch up no matter what. I want to evolve beyond this fog-covered level where my emotional roller coaster takes me. I want to push through my fears, doubts, and insecurities. I want to see past the obstacles in the road. I want to focus on and be centered in You. Mold me Father. Amen.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.23.22

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Scripture

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.

Proverbs 31:30

Reflection

We tend to be more concerned with what others think and say about us and how they view us than being concerned with living our life to the fullest—as God intends— being comforted in the reality that in His eyes, we are perfect. We’re obsessed with the approval of the creations yet conditionally concerned about the Creator’s approval.

God is focused on the matters of our hearts, not how sexy or charming you are or can be. That is the flesh acting out, the tempting lure of the enemy. It can be said that to seduce someone means you have the ability to manipulate, control, and play mental games. Can you see how that skill can be perverted? When done for selfish gains and just to please the flesh, ask yourself if that sounds like alignment with our Heavenly Father or with the father of lies?

God wants us to treat our bodies like temples, remembering that they are on loan to us from Him. We’re to worship Him with and through our bodies. He does not want us obsessed with our looks and that of others; for our looks may fade but what’s inside of us has the potential to get better with time.

Don’t waste your life attempting to get by with your good looks and witty charm, for that road will turn to a dead end, and then what will you rely on? Don’t be consumed with desire for a highly attractive mate and less concerned with their mind, spirit, soul, and commitment to our Heavenly Father.

A shiny apple on the outside could be rotten to the core on the inside.

Prayer

Father, You are my strength, comfort, and protector. I want to see myself as You see me. I want to focus on pleasing You and no one else. I want to live for Your approval and no one else. My looks, intelligence, and wisdom are gifts from You.

I grow through applied knowledge and lessons learned, through experiences that You provide. I thank You. I love You Father and praise You for blessing me with a relationship with You, and my life that You say is worthy and important. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Here’s some parting words—live well, eat healthy, exercise regularly, fuel your mind with great books—make sure to frequently study the good Book; treat others with respect and dignity, take care of yourself, appreciate every experience life brings, and devote yourself to God.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 9.22.22

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Scripture

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you….”

Luke 6:27-28

Reflection

An injured animal will lash out in pain. Humans do the same. When we are hurt, mad, sad, disappointed, fed up, frustrated, and in pain, we lash out, thinking it will protect us from feeling worse than we already do. We lash out at others so that they can feel our pain. Sometimes, some people want others to feel worse than they do, so they go to extremes to hurt others. The crazy thing is even after releasing all of that negative energy onto someone else, we still don’t truly feel any better— sometimes, we feel worse.

Instead of mistreating others because we don’t feel good about ourselves or what’s going on in our lives, why don’t we instead turn to God and seek His loving guidance, and then seek out positive, loving, uplifting, and enlightening people who speak peace not vengeance?

Instead of hating your enemy, love them. You’re not told to be pen pals or to be buddy-buddy and go on vacation with them. You’re told to love them, just as God loves you —despite your foolishness. Love them for their ignorance and fear because you know that it’s because they have closed God out of their lives that they barely survive in darkness.

Pray that they seek and embrace God to be whole in His Light. Let your cup run over so that even your enemies are blessed because it’s easy to love, pray for, and bless your treasured family and friends. The true test is doing it for someone who despises you and you, them.

Prayer

Father, thank You. Thank you for Your grace today and each day. Thank You for comforting me when I am down, weak, distraught, frustrated, tired, dismayed, confused, disappointed, and angered. Thank You for protecting me from people and things that could harm me. Thank You for turning away my enemies. Thank You for showing me how to protect myself rather than seek revenge.

Father, I pray today for those who hate me, curse me, and mistreat me—whether they personally know me or not. I pray for those who use their power to try and rob me of mine. I pray that You touch their hearts and minds, and that You hold their tongues so that they might think before they speak; think before they tell lies, cast doubt, or curse others. Let their held tongues cause them to recognize and repent their ways and wrongdoings that they might immediately change in Your goodness. I pray to You as Your humble, grateful, and faith-filled child. Amen.

Loving you always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.21.22

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Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction. 

2 Timothy 4:2

Reflection

Timothy was intimidated and discouraged by the efforts of Alexander, Hymenaeus, and those who supported them. Although Paul and Timothy told the two men they needed to step down from their leadership positions because they had strayed from how they were taught to minister and corruption had grown within the congregation at Ephesus, the two men refused. Paul’s efforts came up short because he ended up in jail. Timothy was on the verge of giving up. Paul’s letters to him were to encourage and empower him. We can learn a lot from these letters.

Paul told Timothy that the Word he learned as a child hadn’t changed; it was still the same, just as God and Jesus were still Father and Son, God and Savior. Paul instructed Timothy, in line two above, to preach the Word. Simple and to the point. The Word is the Truth, and it brings light to the lies that try to hide in the shadows.

Out of Ephesus and other churches, false teachers and prophets were popping up left and right. They were speaking self-serving words, words they thought people wanted to hear, and speaking words to disrupt the plans Jesus had shared with his disciples. Maybe they didn’t know they were disrupting the plans. Or maybe they did. Look at the things people say and do now in the name of Jesus, claiming to be servants of God. Even today, people lie, steal, cheat, harm, and kill people, all while claiming to be servants of God.

Paul told Timothy to be prepared in season and out of season, which means staying ready, so he doesn’t have to get ready. It means always being prepared to speak truth to lies. It’s staying mentally sharp, emotionally balanced, and spiritually grounded.

Then Paul guides him on how to lead others—correcting, rebuking, and encouraging them with great patience and careful instruction. It couldn’t be rushed or forced. Timothy also couldn’t be casual and careless with his instruction. Intentionality and care were required. Even through correction and rebuke, there had to be love and care. It was important that Timothy knew that the words he spoke had consequences. There was and is a war for our souls, and Paul understood that our speech can bring us closer to God or the enemy.

We’re so focused on the enemy lurking outside while not paying attention to the enemy’s recruits sitting beside us on the inside. That is why churches become corrupt and self-destruct from within. Your enemy has studied you your entire life. You barely prepare for the attacks. You aren’t conditioned for the battle. That’s why we fold under the slightest pressure from temptation.

We must be prepared year-round. Mind, body, spirit, and soul. We also must be patient, waiting for God’s guidance, not rushing with our own interpretation and plans.

Prayer

Father, I thank You now for the person You are shaping me to be. Each day I praise You. Each day I praise Jesus for his exemplary walk in Your Light. I feel the presence of the two of you each day and I am comforted in knowing that through struggles and strife, through victory and celebration, You and Your son are always here with me.

Father, I share Your Word and I try to help Your children. No matter the time of year You expect for Your ambassadors to be prepared and focused on spreading Your Word, praying for those who are in need, healing through a declaration of Your power, and having faith that You will never leave and never lead us astray.

With this expectation is a requirement for patience and understanding. You have never let me down. You have never left me alone. You have never forsaken me. With this understanding I shall wait, patiently! In Your Name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.20.22

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Scripture

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

1 Peter 2:23

Reflection

No matter what someone does or says to you to make you feel bad or less than, know that you are God’s spiritual image and likeness, and through His protection, there is nothing that anyone can do or say that will turn God away from you. God said He will handle your grievances and take care of those who attack and ridicule you.

You just have to remain focused on doing your job as His ambassador and servant. Ignore the gossip and rumors. Ignore the name-calling. Ignore the underhanded things being done to you. Keep your eyes, ears, mind, and heart focused on God, for He is and always will be the biggest picture in life.

There is nothing in life that someone can do to you that God can’t resolve. If you buy into the hype and believe that you are defeated, then you will be defeated—for God expects your hope, faith, trust, and belief to be in Him and His ability to do anything and everything.

Believe in Him. Commit wholeheartedly to Him.

Filter that negative energy into the positivity machine and fly high on God’s abundant supply of love. The darkness within those people, who spend their days attacking you, will eventually silence them.

Believe!

Prayer

Father, keep me strong. Keep me on Your path. Turn my eyes and ears away from those who would insult and bring pain to me Lord. Let me instead keep focused on You and Your son Jesus, and Your purpose and plan for me. I put my trust in You that You will always watch over and protect me. With that trust I don’t have to participate in the negativity of others; I don’t have to retaliate when attacked; nor do I have to defend accusations made against me—for those are the actions of people walking in darkness—and I am centered in Your Light. In You I put my faith. Thank You Father. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 9.19.22

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Scripture

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV

Reflection

First, I want to thank my friend Juanita Bryan who shared the first two verses of today’s Scripture with me several years ago. They touched me deeply, so I decided to share those and more with you today.

I am so blessed, yet at the same time, I have to admit that there are moments when I’m blinded by the world and that nagging voice of the enemy. Sometimes I may be overwhelmed by things that I think are huge, but they are minuscule in God’s eyes. So I’m learning how to stop focusing on those things I have absolutely no power over and instead use that time and energy to be grateful for God’s blessings.

I am very grateful for and to my immediate and extended family and most faithful friends. They know and give love. These strands can’t be easily broken.

I know that I am not alone spiritually, physically, or on any level. God has set up my life; all I have to do is stay on my path and follow Jesus’s lead. Isn’t that what Jesus did? He trusted God, remained on the path, and followed God’s lead. Since Jesus is our way-shower, we must follow suit and walk to our salvation.

I want every day to count and not be wasted. I pray the same for each of you. God bless you all.

Prayer

Father-Mother, thank You for everything. Thank You for my blessings–those seen and embraced and those I have yet to see or acknowledge. I want to thank You for opening my eyes to the reality that everything that comes to me through Your Light is a blessing, and I am to embrace it humbly, and I’m never to allow my pride to get in the way.

Thank You for the people that You have placed in my life; they are a blessing. Thank You for my family and loved ones, who are there for me each day. I am so grateful. Thank You for opening doors and windows, and nooks and crannies, of opportunities for me. I never want to disappoint You. I love You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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