Breaking Bread For 9.21.22

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Scripture

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 9.21.21

Scripture

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 either bring us closer to God or closer to the enemy.

We’re so focused on the enemy lurking around outside, while not paying attention to the enemy’s recruits who are 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 9.21.20

Scripture

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

With just about everything in life delivered in rapid speed, we have grown to expect things to happen when we want them. We have smart homes, hi-speed Internet, 24/7 news, fast food, and customer support; electric fireplaces, ATM machines, vending machines, on-demand streaming, cable, and satellite TV, express lanes and speed pass devices to get out of stores faster, single-cup quick brew coffee makers, multi-function microwaves, and so much more.

So the patience we once had to wait for things has quickly dissipated, and impatience has kicked in to full warp speed, as we “want it now”.

Have you noticed that the more impatient we are the longer it seems that we wait to get what we want? It’s like watching a pot and waiting for it to boil; once we walk away, the water is boiling in a minute, but had we chosen instead to wait and watch it boil, it would have felt like it had taken an extra 10-15 minutes for those first few bubbles to appear.

We must be patient while waiting for things to take shape, form, and manifest. We’re supposed to be focused and busy, working on other things.

While waiting for that check to arrive so you can pay your bills, why not work on cleaning out unnecessary things in your closets, attic, garage, or basement—maybe you can sell some of those items this week or next, and earn some extra money. Maybe you could work on a project you have been putting off. Or help someone else reach a goal.

While you’re busy and focused on taking care of other things, that check is making it’s way to your mailbox or bank account. Before you know it you have your money and you are paying your bills; even if it’s late by your standards or your creditors standards, it’s always on time based on God’s standards. We can’t rush God. We can’t make Him do or not do something. We can’t put Him on our time table, because according to Him there is only one time table, one master calendar and schedule…His.

So let’s patiently wait on what’s to come; wait on our blessings; and know that it always comes on time.

Prayer

Father work on me. Mold me. 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 in recitation and through helping others. No matter the time of year You expect for Your ambassadors to be prepared, be full, 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 is a requirement for patience and understanding. Each day I wait to be paid so that I can pay my bills, my patience is tested. Each day I wait for things to turn around in my life, my patience is tested. Each day I wonder about my health, my patience is tested. Each month I wonder if I will have enough money to keep the roof over my head, my patience is tested.

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 9.25.19

Scripture

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

With just about everything in life delivered in rapid speed, we have grown to expect things to simply happen when we want them. We have dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, microwaves, remote controls, hi-speed Internet, 24/7 customer support, electric fireplaces, ATM machines, vending machines, on-demand cable and satellite TV, express lanes in the grocery store, speed pass devices to get in and out of gas stations faster, single-cup quick brew coffee makers, microwave dinners, steamable microwave bags of veggies, and so much more.

So the patience we once had to wait for things has quickly dissipated, and impatience has kicked in to full warp speed as we “want it now”.

Have you noticed that the more impatient we are the longer it seems that we wait to get what we want?

It’s like watching a pot and waiting for it to boil, once we walk away moments later the water is boiling, but when we’re standing in front of it waiting, it seems to take an extra 10-15 minutes for the signs of those first few bubbles.

We must be patient and while we are waiting for other things to take shape and manifest, we are to be focused and busy working on other things. While waiting for that check to come in so you can pay your bills, why not work on cleaning out unnecessary things in your attic, garage, or basement––maybe you can sell something this week or next, and earn some extra money. Why not work on a project you have put off? Or help someone else reach a goal.

While you’re busy focused on taking care of other things, that check is making it’s way to your home or bank account. Before you know it you have your money and you are paying your bills—even if it’s late by your standards or your creditors standards, it’s always on time based on God’s standards.

We can’t rush God. We can’t make Him do or not do something. We can’t put Him on our time table, because according to Him there is only one time table, one master calendar and schedule—His!

So let’s patiently wait on what’s to come; wait on our blessings; and know that it always comes on time.

Prayer

Father, work on me. Mold me. 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 in recitation and through helping others, as Your children (as documented by the Bible) helped those less fortunate, in harm, in need, or in distress.

No matter the time of year You expect for Your ambassadors to be prepared, be full, 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, comes a requirement for patience and understanding. Each day I wait to be paid so that I can pay my bills, my patience is tested. Each day I wait for things to turn around in my life, my patience is tested. Each day I wonder about my health, my patience is tested. Each month I wonder if I will have enough to keep the roof over my head, my patience is tested.

Sitting and staring at the situation does not change it for the better. Burying my head under the covers and crying changes nothing. Ignoring it and expecting the situation to disappear is useless, and frantically running around aimlessly attempting to fix things, fixes absolutely nothing.

Father, You have never let me down. You have never left me alone. You have never forsaken me. With this understanding I shall wait, patiently, and in my wait, I will obediently do what You call on me to do, so that I don’t grow lazy or entitled.

Like prepping the food for the water in the pot waiting to boil, I will focus my attention where You desire, so that when You need me to refocus back on the “pot” I will be prepared for the next steps.

In Your name I pray. Through Jesus’ demonstration I will emulate. For Your glory, always. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 9.21.11

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

Pray
Father work on me. Mold me. 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 in recitation and through helping others as Your children (as documented by the Bible) helped those less fortunate, in harm, in need, or distraught. No matter the time of year You expect for Your ambassadors to be prepared, be full, 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 astray.

With this is a requirement for patience and understanding. Each day I wait to be paid so that I can pay my bills, my patience is tested. Each day I wait for things to turn around in my life, my patience is tested. Each day I wonder about my health, my patience is tested. Each month I wonder if I will have enough to keep the roof over my head, my patience is tested. 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.

Reflection
With just about everything in life delivered in rapid speed, we have grown to expect things to simply happen when we want them. We have dishwashers, washing machines and dryers, microwaves, remote controls, hi-speed Internet, 24/7 customer support, electric fireplaces, ATM machines, vending machines, on-demand cable and satellite movies, express lanes in the grocery store, speed pass devices to get in and out of gas stations faster, single-cup quick brew coffee makers, microwave dinners, steamable microwave bags of veggies, and so much more.

So the patience we once had to wait for things has quickly dissipated, and impatience has kicked in to full warp speed as we “want it now”.

Have you noticed that the more impatient we are the longer it seems that we wait to get what we want? It’s like watching a pot and waiting for it to boil, once we walk away moments later the water is boiling, but when we’re standing in front of it waiting it seems to take an extra 10-15 minutes for the signs of those first few bubbles. We must be patient and while we are waiting for other things to take shape and manifest, we are to be focused and busy working on other things. While waiting for that check to come in so you can pay your bills, why not work on cleaning out unnecessary things in your attic, garage, or basement–maybe you can sell something this week or next, and earn some extra money. Why not work on a project you have put off? Or help someone else reach a goal.

While you’re busy focused on taking care of other things, that check is making it’s way to your home or bank account. Before you know it you have your money and you are paying your bills…even if it’s late by your standards or your creditors standards, it’s always on time based on God’s standards. We can’t rush God. We can’t make Him do or not do something. We can’t put Him on our time table, because according to Him there is only one time table, one master calendar and schedule…His.

So let’s patiently wait on what’s to come; wait on our blessings; and know that it always comes on time.

Love,

Natasha

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