Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.6.17

Hi Breaking Bread family!

Wow I can’t believe that it’s already Wednesday. Is it just me or do the days and months seem to be flying by this year?

We’re already in the month of December and as I look back over my monthly and yearly goals I was disappointed that I didn’t achieve many of the things that I wanted to accomplish this year. But I had to stop and “check” myself because after reflecting over my experiences this year I’m foolish to be disappointed. I’ve achieved a lot of things and overcome some obstacles that many would find insurmountable (at least in the context of the short period of time I had before me), and I should embrace and celebrate that fact. I also have so much to be grateful for and I would be a fool to not acknowledge these things as blessings, not from man but from God.

I picked up my phone and after sending my good morning text to my mom and sister, I noticed that I had a text from my friend Juanita. The text was a spiritual message written by Joel Osteen and when I say it was right on time, it was definitely right on time. Today I share this message with you in hopes of helping you or someone you know who is struggling with God’s timing in relation to your timetable and deadlines.

Please read this message and share it with others. May we all have greater comfort, less anxiety, and reinforcement of our faith. Have a super awesome day family!

Love,

Natasha

Trusting God’s Timing

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

My times are in your hands…

(Psalm 31:15, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD:

In life, oftentimes we are waiting for something; waiting for a dream to come to pass, waiting to meet the right person, waiting for a problem to turn around. When things aren’t happening as fast as we would like, it’s easy to get frustrated. But you have to realize that the moment you prayed, God established a set time to bring the promise to pass.

God has a set time for your opportunity. There is a set time for that problem to turn around, a set time for your healing, your promotion, your breakthrough. It may be tomorrow, or next week, or five years from now. But when you understand the time has already been set, it takes all the pressure off. You won’t live worried, wondering when this is ever going to happen. You’ll relax and enjoy your life knowing that the promise has already been scheduled and your answer is on the way!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, I choose to trust in Your timing. I trust that You have my best in mind. I believe that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf. Thank You for ordering my steps and leading me in the life of blessing You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

– Joel Osteen

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.5.17

Scripture

I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety‑nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.

Luke 15:7

Pray

Father I repent for the sins I have committed today. I repent for justifying the things I did or said. Father forgive me for taking You for granted; for not seeing and acknowledging what You wanted me to see and act upon; for not moving when You direct me; for not loving with my whole heart; and for doubting You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

Turn inside and see yourself. Are you putting off repentance? Are you stock-piling until you are ready to ‘cash in’ your sin ‘chips’?

What can you admit to doing wrong today, and then ask for God’s forgiveness? Who have you lied to or misled? What debts are you not paying and you know that you can at least give a good-faith payment? Who are you coveting?

What things are you doing and saying, hoping that God isn’t paying attention? Trust me He is always paying attention, listening and watching. Just stop, check your heart, and repent.

Have an incredible day!

Love,

Natasha

Note: This Message was originally published on November 28, 2010. It has been modified to align with current formatting and standards.

Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.4.17

Scripture

You, therefore, have no excuse, you who pass judgment on someone else, for at whatever point you judge the other, you are condemning yourself, because you who pass judgment do the same things.

Romans 2:1

Pray

Father cleanse my thinking and silence my words that I may not speak ill towards anyone. Let me not judge unless I’m willing to be judged by others. Remind me of my role Father as Your servant, steward, and ambassador. You did not put me here to judge others, but to serve others.

Humbly I serve You Father. I love and respect You Lord, and only want to live righteously by Your commands. I pray for Your forgiveness and understanding. Thank You Father. Amen.

Reflection

It is not our place to pass judgment on others. When we feel ourselves leaning towards judgment we must stop and pray for the strength of humility and the freedom to look past what we deem as right and wrong- focusing on doing what God commands of us- and not being concerned with telling others what we think is right for them.

We must be the examples for others to follow, but we can not force other people to be like us, to live like us, or to think like us. It’s one thing to hold someone accountable through a mutual understanding, it’s morally reprehensible to act as their judge and the jury holding their perceived “fate” in your hands. God did not appoint us to hold either of those positions.

We must also remember that we also slip up and make mistakes; we sin, and therefore can easily be judged for our erred ways. So instead of focusing on making sure other people are walking on their paths the correct way, let’s make sure we are walking straight on our own. Have a blessed day!

Natasha

Note: Message originally posted November 29, 2010. It has been modified to align current formatting and standards.

Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.30.17

Scripture

Jesus answered, “My teaching is not my own. It comes from him who sent me. If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. He who speaks on his own does so to gain honor for himself, but he who works for the honor of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him.

John 7:16-18

Pray

Father thank You for opening my eyes to the truth, for showing me how to demonstrate this truth, and speak to others clearly leaning on Your word and not relying solely on my understanding.

Father I understand that the closer I get to You, the more I will be attacked by the “liar” and by those whose eyes are not opened and focused on You. Thank You Father for protecting me. Thank You for blessing me. I only want to honor and serve You, and live a righteous life. Show me how I can be a better servant Father. Amen.

Reflection

Jesus made it clear that God, his Father, sent him to teach His Word. It was not a case where Jesus was walking around making up things and claiming to be the author of the message- he always gave credit to his Father.

His love for all mankind was a reflection of God’s love. He healed through God’s power. He rid people from demon possession; raised people from the dead; healed the sick, the blind, the deaf and the mute. Yet he was accused of being possessed by demons. No matter what he did to help- he found himself doubted and under attack.

Understand that as you do God’s work you may come under attack by doubters, non-believers, and even by believers who are envious of your relationship with Him. As long as your focus is on God, His truth will reveal all- and silence the naysayers.

Lovingly,

Natasha

Note: This Message was originally shared on November 27, 2010. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.

Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.29.17

Joel Osteen delivered again. Right on time. Thank you to my friend Juanita for sharing this with me. I’m paying it forward….

Keep Asking

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.”

(Matthew 7:7, NLT)

TODAY’S WORD:

Sometimes, people get discouraged in life because things didn’t turn out the way they hoped on the first try. Maybe they put energy into a relationship but it didn’t work out. They tried that new business venture, but they are still struggling with their finances. Now they think it’s never going to happen. But, one thing we have to learn is that God honors perseverance. On the way to your “yes” you may encounter some “no’s.” You may encounter some closed doors, but that doesn’t mean it’s the final answer. It just means “keep going.”

Remember, if God promised it, He’s going to bring it to pass. Scripture tells us that through faith and patience we inherit God’s promises. This is where patience comes in; this is where perseverance comes in. This is where trust comes in. Just because you don’t see things happen right away doesn’t mean you should quit. No, instead, rise up and press forward. Keep believing, keep hoping, keep enduring and keep asking because our God is always faithful to His word!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for Your faithfulness in my life. I choose today to believe Your Word. I choose to trust Your promises. I choose to keep standing, keep believing and keep asking because I will receive in Jesus’ name! Amen!

– Joel Osteen

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.28.17

Scripture

Your conduct must be free from the love of money and you must be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you and I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper, and I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?”

Hebrews 13:5-6

Pray

Father You have never stopped blessing me. You have always provided me with shelter; never homeless- because my home is with and in You. I know that a house is not a home if You are not the foundation. I know that the money I earn is Yours- and You made those provisions for me.

I know that my material possessions are on loan to me by You. I will not be afraid of losing what I have because God, You are my provider. I will fight my fears because I know You will never abandon me. Father help me say and believe with confidence that I fear nothing. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

Once we come to a point where we fear absolutely nothing other than displeasing God and fearing His judgment- we will be at the very place He has intended.

When we no longer rely on money as our king and solution to all of our problems- and instead rely on God- we will see our lives clearly as He does. We will truly be walking in faith knowing that no matter what situation we encounter He is there. We will never fear poverty, homelessness, illness, death, life, abandonment, being unloved or being alone. We will be complete with Him.

I am grateful for those of you who contact me and send your thanks for this daily message. I am grateful that you find a connection with the passages selected, and the prayers and reflections that come from God’s love and light. Enjoy your Tuesday. God bless you.

Love,

Natasha

Originally posted on November 23, 2010. It has been modified to align with current standards.

Copyright 2010. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.27.17

Scripture

We thank God always for all of you as we mention you constantly in our prayers, because we recall in the presence of our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

We know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, in that our gospel did not come to you merely in words, but in power and in the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction (surely you recall the character we displayed when we came among you to help you).

And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, when you received the message with joy that comes from the Holy Spirit, despite great affliction.

1 Thessalonians 1:2-6

Pray

Father thank You. Thank You for another day. Thank You for lovingkindness, for Your grace, and for helping me every day in every possible way. Lord when no one else understands me, when no one else is there for me I know that You are. When I am disappointed I can call on You. When I am afraid, Your presence soothes me. I feel Your angels surrounding me.

In honor of You I try to imitate Your son- the perfect example of what You expect from Your children. To build a better relationship with You I try to always turn to You for wisdom and guidance.

Father You know that I am weak at times and lean on man and on my own understanding instead of coming to You. Forgive me for those moments of weakness. I am working daily in my walk to be a better person and a better ambassador of and for Your Kingdom. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

This scripture from Paul, Silvanus and Timothy to the church of the Thessalonians is timeless. Our work of faith, labor of love and endurance of hope in God and our savior Jesus Christ is something to be prayed upon daily- because it is not an easy process.

The closer we grow in our walk with our Father and Christ the more we are under attack from mortal mind the “liar”. Our minds must be sharp, our eyes focused, our hearts warmed and open to light- and not penetrable by darkness.

We must lovingly be aware of everything and everyone around us. We must be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit as our shield against expected and unexpected attacks. We must not be naive as to the powers of the world, so we must be equipped with the ultimate power of God’s Word and Spirit.

We must not be comfortable in ignorance, but energized in wisdom and knowledge.

Endurance always signifies a level of discomfort and pain- which is required for growth.

Enduring while still praising our Father and His son should be a major focus of ours. Can you deal with life’s upsets, drama, disappointments yet still stand strong thanking God for the experience? Can you go through the day not complaining about your life, but rather praising and exclaiming how blessed you truly are?

You are alive- now isn’t that a blessing! When times get tough and you need someone to talk to- speak to a person who is walking in the Word, not to one who will reinforce your fears and doubt, or bring you more confusion than a solution.

Look around you and see all of the ways God has blessed you, and then praise His name and let the world know just how good God is to you- and what He’s done in your life!

Love you all,

Natasha

Originally posted on November 24, 2010

Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.