Breaking Bread For 1.28.23

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Scripture

His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. 

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

2 Peter 1:3-9

Reflection

Enhance the positive and loving characteristics and attributes you possess and work to build those elements you don’t fully express, doing so as God intends for you. The only way you will be effective and productive in any aspect of your life is to follow the lessons of Jesus and the Word of God, our Father. If you fail to have faith and embrace God’s goodness, you will remain nearsighted or completely blind to God’s reality for you and your life.

Think about all you miss out on because of your lack of action and commitment to your relationship with God. He wants a healthy and loving relationship with you, but He can’t do it all alone, He can’t be both roles, and He won’t force you to be and experience more than you choose. Just know that He has an abundance of greatness waiting for you. He hasn’t and won’t forget. Ponder that and then do something about it.

Prayer

Father, with You all of my needs are met, all of my wishes and dreams are fulfilled, all of my goals are accomplished, and all of my fears are diffused. You never break a promise to me and You never lead me astray. Thank You Father.

Today and each day, I want to reinforce the things that I have read in the Bible, and the positive affirmations I have recited. I want to add to my faith in You and our relationship, and my belief in myself and my role in Your plan. I want to gain and maintain self-control, perseverance, and a sense of doing, saying, and being intentional in all that I do no matter where I am.

Father, let Your love that fills me constantly grow and reflect You, and let this love guide my feet, heart, mind, mouth, and my actions. I want to be effective, efficient, and productive in my personal life, in my career, as a student of Christ, and in helping to build Your Kingdom. Let me see clearly— near, far, and in between Father. In Your Name I praise and pray. 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 1.27.23

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The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.

Ecclesiastes 9:17

Reflection

I tend to speak loudly, especially when I’m excited or angry. My voice rises higher and higher. If you listen to me here on Breaking Bread or through my business podcast, you know that sometimes I’m so passionate and excited that I’m just loud. I don’t always realize it until someone says something or when I’ve stopped speaking, and I hear someone else speaking loudly, and then I wonder, “Oh jeesh was I that loud?” Or when I hear myself on playback, I’m like, “Whoo turn the volume down!” I come from a large family of loud speakers. We really don’t need a microphone to be heard in a room. Our voices can carry quite well. I’m not making excuses; just giving you context and insight into the environment where I grew up and have grown accustomed to imitating. Get us laughing or singing, and we can sound like twice the number of people in a given space. Turn on sports, and “it’s a wrap,” as the saying goes. The same is true when we argue. The passion is so intense that, if bottled up, it could be used to ignite something. It comes from being from a large family and having so many voices to navigate through and be heard; you have to get that voice kicked up a few notches. I don’t know. Just a theory I haven’t actually explored.

So how can a person’s tendency to speak loudly cause a communication breakdown? Well, if we are not actively listening to the other person, then our voice is flooding the conversation and creating more noise than clarity. And is the other person capable of truly hearing and understanding you if they are too busy straining? Shouting can distract you from discerning the facts, what is true versus what’s false, and what was said or omitted. And how can you hear God’s faint whisper if you’re yelling, shouting, or screaming — or forcing yourself to listen to it?

I was shy and soft-spoken as a child; teachers, other adults, and children always told me to “speak up.” What I find interesting, though, is that people actually pay closer attention to what I’m saying when I speak softer. They have to strain and force out the noise to hear me, which means they also can’t be blabbering away. I always test this out when teaching or speaking to a group in person. It works wonders in an auditorium. People have that bewildered look on their faces because they know they just missed something, and now they wish I would repeat myself so they can fill in that gap. So yeah, it doesn’t work well when watching a sporting event, jamming at a concert, playing a card or board game, or cracking jokes. But it leaves an impression when dealing with matters of the heart, intense topics, and the like. I wish I remembered this when I’m hurt or upset instead of yelling to get my point across.

When we look at the world around us and the nonsense that plagues our communities, governments, and businesses, look closely at who is leading the charge. Look at who the news cameras zoom towards. Have you noticed a trend? And we see the parade of fools walking behind whom? The shouting ruler.

When dealing with matters that impact our souls, we must be mindful of who we’re listening to and following. Let’s not be as casual as we are over a ball game.

Something else to consider is that wisdom does not always have to be spoken aloud, expressed with words. Body language speaks volumes, as does walking away from an unfavorable environment. Let me leave you with some parting words. Remember, the loudest in the room could be hard of hearing, the biggest fool, or both, and not necessarily the one to pay attention to. They could also just be a person raised around other loud people, which comes naturally to them. When in doubt, ask God. Seek His guidance to discern the fool from the wise, truth from lies, and God’s path from the enemy’s cleverly covered pit.

Prayer

Father, I ask for wisdom through Your guidance and Word; the knowledge of experience, others and my own; the teachings of mentors and advisors; and from learning from others mistakes, failures and achievements. 

I ask that You lovingly remind me of the value of quiet words and even silence— when words are not necessary. I’m trying to learn to control my tone so that I can always hear and respond to Your Voice. In Your Name I humbly pray. 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 1.26.23

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Scripture

Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for; through the fear of the LORD evil is avoided.

Proverbs 16:6

Reflection

How much clearer can this be?

As long as we are loving and faithful to God, His plan, His Kingdom, His Son, and His creations— our sins are atoned. It’s not one or the other; it’s both. The connecting word is “and,” not “or.” They’re a packaged deal, wrapped together to conquer the power that sin seems to possess over us.

Let’s look closer at how we demonstrate this love and faithfulness.

By respecting God and honoring our relationship with Him, driven by a need to not disappoint Him and strain that relationship, we make choices built on love and faithfulness. We respect Him by listening to and obeying Him over all others and trusting Him in all circumstances. We honor our relationship with Him by not choosing another over it and by representing what we have with Him as valuable and priceless. Plainly put, we don’t cheat on Him with someone or something else.

Let’s look at the rest of line 6. It mentions fear of the LORD. I, like so many others, have confused the context of this word when referenced in the Bible. When I started my deeper study of Hebrew and ancient text and customs, I began to see where I and many others had gone wrong, where our ignorance floundered. Fear of God is not the same fear that we equate to punishment and horror but rather an awestruck awareness of our connection with a Force that makes our existence possible; it’s the realization that you are in the presence of the One who created you, that you have a relationship with your Potter, and through every element that makes you you, there is an alignment with Him. And it’s that alignment that helps us avoid doing the work of the enemy.

Why do we struggle with this understanding?

We struggle because we misunderstand the words and actions of love, faithfulness, atonement, fear, and evil. We struggle because we don’t think we’re worthy of God’s promises and a loving and nurturing relationship with Him. We have chosen to think and act for God, assuming that there’s no way He does or would love and commit to us in the same way or greater, and we choose to assume both our role and His in this relationship. We see our sins, and our hearts sink with shame and signal to the mind to operate from this state of lack, and we make decisions that temporarily serve the enemy’s plans instead of God’s eternal plans. There is no love in shame or shame in love. There is no shame in faithfulness or faithfulness in shame. You can’t possibly carry around shame while fully embracing the allness of God’s presence, power, and love in your life. It is the trick of the enemy that convinces you that you are not worthy, not good enough, and not truly loved and valued by God. The enemy needs you to believe these lies so that you walk farther away from God’s path and closer to the enemy’s pit.

The enemy needs you to choose and declare a life that rejects the relationship with God so that you will, at some point, vow your soul to that side. The enemy is patient. There have been thousands of years of studying and manipulating humankind, and for every moment you have lived your life in your current body, the enemy has studied and tried to manipulate you. The enemy wants you to choose hate over love, indifference over love, recklessness over faithfulness, and noncommitment over faithfulness. And whenever you think and speak of and to God, the enemy wants you to choose contempt over awe. The enemy doesn’t want you to glorify God. The enemy wants you to disappoint, enrage, and break God’s heart. Your sins can be atoned for. You can avoid evil. Trust God, the One who created and heals your heart and mind.

Prayer

Father I pray that in my daily walk that I demonstrate my love, respect, and honor for You. I hope that you feel the fullness and not the lack. Through my love and faithfulness I pray and believe that my sins have been and will be atoned, and I will be completely at-one with You. Thank You for Your grace and mercy. 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 always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.25.23

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Scripture

In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.

Proverbs 16:9

Reflection

We can plan our lives as much as we want, but if we don’t realize and defer to the fact that only God establishes the steps in that plan, we will never truly get anywhere in life. It’s not that we don’t have choices. We have plenty. It’s the understanding that God makes it possible for you to choose, to take on life’s adventures, to even go to the places He and His messengers warn you to steer clear of, and just as quickly as you abort that mission, it is God that provides you a way out.

Our hearts provide the emotions and feelings that fuel and solidify the mind’s thoughts. The heart provides the connectors that the mind uses to map out the course. But the Source that makes any and all of it possible is God. Even in our disobedience, God makes it possible for us to see, experience, and learn why our ways are not His and how our lack of discernment, or just pure obstinance, is the reason we chose to follow the enemy’s voice and directives over God’s. The mind takes in or produces a thought, but the heart is where it marinates. And Who created the mind and heart, allowing them to function? God.

We need to learn to defer to our Heavenly Father to ensure that we are aligned and well-prepared for the journey. It’s a relationship, a partnership, a marriage —like no other. What He provides, no one and nothing else can. Let’s not be dismissive of it but instead, let’s celebrate and honor what we have with the God who loves us so much that He constantly sends messengers and other servants to aid us along the way.

Prayer

Father, You always find a way to show me when my mind and Your path are not aligned, when my heart and Yours are not in sync. Let me work with You to plan my course. I want to do better to understand, appreciate, respect, and wait patiently for You to reveal to me and help me to see and walk the steps that I need to take, to experience all that I need, and all that my heart desires, for Your glory. I thank You for what You have done, are doing, and will do in my life. I am grateful for Your love and our relationship. I love 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.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.24.23

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The woman whose son was alive was deeply moved out of love for her son and said to the king, “Please, my lord, give her the living baby! Don’t kill him!” But the other said, “Neither I nor you shall have him. Cut him in two!”

1 Kings 3:26

Reflection

The first mother loved her son unconditionally. Her true love for him meant that she would never do anything to hurt him. She would rather lose him, let him go, than see him hurt. The other woman only saw him as a possession, never loving or caring for him genuinely, which meant that she could care less about what happened to him. If she couldn’t have him, no one would, and she was willing to cut the baby in half instead of letting him go. How twisted is that?

This story can be seen played out in our daily lives, in different ways, from the busiest of cities to the most remote lands, with the wealthy and the destitute.

How often have we read or seen stories of people so outraged about losing their significant other that they killed them so no other person could have them? Some people take rejection as a coffin nail, a sign of a time when all will end, and they cling to their false reality of a perfectly designed life based on their terms to fulfill only their needs. It’s selfishness, and it’s not of God.

What about the person who wanted the big promotion and then realized it was going to a colleague. Instead of accepting this and bowing out gracefully, they sabotaged the other person’s career or a chance at that position? As though somehow there will be a reconsideration of the decision, and they will finally receive what they believe is due to them.

A sense of entitlement mixed with jealousy is a toxic concoction.

A couple decides to break up, and instead of letting the estranged wife have the sofa they both loved, the husband throws it away, sells it, or destroys it. Think of the countless times we have seen husbands try everything in their power to leave their estranged wives penniless and destitute as punishment for not complying with their wishes and instead seeking to leave them through a divorce. How many wives have we seen try to punish their husbands in court in hopes of stripping them of their wealth and dignity, so he can feel the pain she feels from his betrayal of her?

How many cars and houses have we seen blazing with fire because someone refused to let another person have them. Sound crazy? Sure it does, but every day someone in this big world is reacting just like the crazed woman in the Bible passage above. We are blinded by our emotions. We are playing into the hands of the enemy, not realizing that we’ve walked into his circus, his amusement park, designed for his pleasure and our demise. We are gambling with our souls and don’t realize it.

Our selfishness and self-centeredness blind us from seeing God’s Truth and His plan for us. The enemy studies us and finds out what we covet and fear, and then he plays around with this knowledge, manipulating and tempting us to fall into one of his pits. He can’t make us do it. We have to choose. So his enticement is over-the-top and extreme, and because our discernment isn’t fine-tuned, we don’t see the red flags warning us to abort the mission, about-face, and get back to where God wants us. That jealousy, envy, rage, and extreme fear are all tricks and traps set by the enemy. He can’t make you give in. He can’t force you to do anything. You choose.

We must learn to listen for and respond to God’s Voice above all others. We must learn to let go of the “baby” if we truly love it and patiently wait for God to bring us our own to love and nurture. We must learn to let go of people we claim we love, promotions and jobs we think we need, and worldly possessions we’ve convinced ourselves we can’t live without—and instead, walk with the LORD and wait for Him to bless us with what is intended for us!

Some things are meant to be with us for a reason or a season, to prepare us for better or different. But we’re so hellbent on holding on like they’re intended to be with us for a lifetime that we sometimes risk our souls in the process. When we hurt and then choose to hurt others, that is never the way of God, but sadly it’s the enemy’s way. We’ve chosen to suit up in his uniform and discard God’s jersey. You better know whose team you’re on!

People are not possessions. You have no right to control, enslave, hold on to, or harass them. Those actions and that mindset are rooted in fear, not love. Your home, vehicle, jewelry, accessories, boat, and anything else you can acquire using money, are all temporary possessions. Stop putting so much value on them that they become idols of worship. Lastly, don’t let the tool of money warp your mind and heart to serve it. When money becomes your god, you have to know that the enemy is pulling your strings and you’re allowing it to happen. Cut those strings and cling to God.

Prayer

Father, because of You I know true love, have shared true love, and I know what it feels to be loved. Every day I strive to share and express Your Love, and I hope that I am making myself more accessible to receive love from others. Your Love is truly unconditional, and that is what every person should hope to give and receive—unconditional, untainted, unfiltered— love.

When fear creeps inside my mind and heart, and makes me want to close myself off and put up ‘walls’ I ask that You help me see the lies so that I can flush them out. I want to force fear out, empowered by Your Love and Truth, so that I can embrace what is real, and that is, all is well, and You are always with me, protecting and caring for me. I never want to give fear any power. Doing so would be disrespectful to You and our relationship. Fear has no power in Your domain so it has no place in my presence. In Your Name I praise and pray. 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.

I love you!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.23.23

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Scripture

For I command you today to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the LORD your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

Deuteronomy 30:16

Reflection

How simple is this command, yet how difficult do we struggle with fulfilling our promise to God to love Him, obey Him, and do everything He asks of us? Amazing, isn’t it? Can you imagine how many more blessings we are missing out on simply because we can’t follow this command fully?

Our choice to place conditions on our relationship with Him restricts us from having the type of relationship that we need—and ironically that we truly want. We’re walking around sabotaging the beauty and blessings in our lives before they manifest.

Remember what I said yesterday about finding and connecting with that inner child, your lost child. It is that essence that frees you. It is in that mind space that you let go and let God. Without the need to control or constantly question out of doubt.

The Kingdom is inside of you. The peace you long for is already inside of you. God is not removed from you. He is not detached. He is not absent. He is within you and around you. Just reach in, reach out. Embrace Him.

Prayer

Father, I thank You for Your patience and care as I walk and stumble, frequently, on this path that You have placed before me. I want to obey and keep Your commands, decrees, and laws. I want to honor Your covenant. I want to keep my promises as You keep Yours.

I want to love You fully and unconditionally. I want to do right, live right, and be free in this understanding. I know this can only happen if I follow and obey You fully, completely, and at all times.

Thank You, Father, for understanding my struggle, fear, frustration, and uncertainty. And never leaving my side as I work to be more like Your son— and the child You created me to be. Thank You for my countless blessings, Father. Continue to bless me and enlarge my territory. 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 1.22.23

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Scripture

Do you not know?

Have you not heard?

The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 

Isaiah 40:28 

Reflection

If you are God’s child, why would you not act, behave, think, speak, and live accordingly? Why doubt yourself if God doesn’t doubt Himself? Why be fearful if God fears nothing?

Think back to your childhood before you had paralyzing fears. Before you knew about the boogie man, the danger of heights, that all dogs bite, and that there are poisonous plants, snakes, and spiders. Before you knew that elevators, trains, vehicles, airplanes, helicopters, and buses crash.

Think back to the time before you learned about judging people based on their color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, political views, etc. Think back to when you just saw another child, and although they looked different than you in your mind, there was no difference because they, too, were just a child. 

Can you remember? 

That was the time you were most loving and forgiving, fearless, most curious, and had a spirit that wanted to know all, see all, experience all, question all, and live each day to the fullest. You didn’t want a nap because you didn’t want to miss out on anything. You didn’t want to go to bed at night because you knew something exciting had happened while you were asleep. 

Remember your life before you knew about sin, sickness, disease, and death? You were taught these things. They weren’t your reality. You were pure, unfiltered, and untouched. You were whole and complete, without question.

Where did that child go? Where did that purest form of God’s reflection go?

Find that child inside of you. Find that fearless and loving child and walk through life with your head up, back straight, eyes and mind alert, and ready to accept any and all challenges.

I stand on a bold declaration I shared with my family and a friend in 2020. A bold declaration that I speak to myself today and beyond…

There is no sin, sickness, disease, or death. Jesus proved that. Saying there is when he says there isn’t is calling Jesus and God liars.

Don’t be fooled by your senses. Don’t let someone or something else’s inputs be your outputs. Don’t let the unreal rule you. Don’t make it real. Don’t give it space to grow. Don’t give it a room in your home, body, or life. Don’t give it a millimeter to stand on. Call it out and kick it out! Let your inner child step in and declare there’s no room for anything that blocks you from expressing your fullness, from experiencing fullness, whenever and wherever.

Don’t invest in the lies. Why give it power by speaking its name if it’s not of God? Call it for what it is—a lie! The enemy feeds off of you believing and speaking the lie. It needs you to give in 100 percent, so the lie consumes you. When you focus more on the lie than on God, you’re more inclined to believe that something or someone other than God is the solution to your problems.

Just like a manufactured picture or video can cause havoc in your life and your reputation, the chaos ends once you prove its falsehood. Once you prove the lie to be what it is, it possesses no power. How adamant would you be that the picture or video was a lie created to look like the truth? Then why aren’t you as adamant about the daily lies being told to you? Even right now, as you read this, as you listen to my voice, you still hear the lies that say your circumstances, diagnoses, and prognoses, are unique and different. The lies say your situation is real and can’t be fixed at all or not by God.

Call on your inner child, who knew no fear, spoke life and truth and loved without question. Do you remember you from way back then? That’s the energy and the light that you need to tap into. God’s perfection. It’s still there. It’s still within you. You just need to break these mental bonds that have you believing the lies.

Align with God for perfect alignment in all ways and areas of your life. Don’t let circumstances dictate to you. Your joy and happiness come from God, not from what happens to you. When we give attention to the lies, we unknowingly say there is more truth, power, and presence in the lies than in God.

And that’s a daggum lie.

But what we manifest is exactly what we think about, invest in, and obsess over.

Today WILL be a great day because it’s another day the Lord has made. Nobody and nothing can change that.

So screw the aches and pains. They’re a mirage. They’re temporary. Stand strong in God’s healing presence.

The bill collectors are calling. It’s only temporary. Declare God’s awareness, presence, and capabilities. Declare the solutions are within grasp. This is a temporary situation. Pray for clarity and discernment to see God working through you and others. Don’t panic and make the decisions for God.

Do you remember the small child you were before you knew about crashes? Well, stop snatching the wheel. You’re gonna make things crash fast and hard.

Make decisions to be aligned with Him in perfect harmony!

Whenever something opposite of this creeps up, trying to nestle in my life, I’m gonna boldly say these words. There’s no room for that nonsense in our lives. If it ain’t God’s, it ain’t ours!

When you find your inner child, let me know so they can meet up with mine and help save the world together!!!

Prayer

Father, since You never grow tired or weary You are always making things happen, watching over Your children, and creating the inconceivable. While I may grow tired, You are the fuel and strength I need to get up each day. You are the fuel and strength that I need to work, study, exercise, and be a blessing to others. 

Father-Mother, You are the Light that destroys darkness, evil, sin, sickness, and disease. You are the Love that brings people together to stand up against injustice everywhere—for all of Your children. To believe in You is to believe in myself. To doubt You is to doubt myself. So if I doubt myself then I am disrespecting You, because in turn I am also doubting You and Your power. 

I can see clearly that I am in You and You are in me and we can never be separated or incomplete. I will continue to face my fears, laugh through my frustrations, and smile in the face of those who despise me, envy me, doubt me, and don’t truly know me. 

I won’t invest one minute in the realm of negativity. I won’t hide from challenges. I won’t back up one foot to fear. I won’t tell myself and others the lies of sin, sickness, disease, and death. I won’t participate in their falsehood. Because none of those actions are representative of You and Your greatness. Since I’m of You, I can’t and I won’t allow myself to live any other way but in and through Your greatness.

Thank You Father. Thank You for loving me enough to patiently wait for me to open my eyes, see, make the decision, and take the first step to living the right way—Your way! When I begin to doubt, slip into fear, I pray to You to remind me of this declaration that I speak. Remind me of my boldness and wholeness through You. You are my anchor. You are my everything. To You I give all thanks. 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 1.21.23

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“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.” 

Galatians 6:7-8

Reflection

What we think about and pour all of our energy into, we bring about. What we desire and seek, whether good or bad, will only bring forth good or bad seeds. If you have ulterior motives that are centered on self and pleasing the flesh you will fall into a trap of darkness. Don’t be deceived into believing that you can trick, mislead, or fool God. He is omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscient. You can’t catch Him slipping, as the saying goes. It doesn’t matter what the father of lies tells you, the enemy knows the truth and is betting that you will be too distracted to see it yourself.

I only want good and pure harvests, so it is my intent to only plant good and pure seeds in healthy soil. That doesn’t mean that’s what I always plant and reap. Sometimes I give into the flesh and what sprouts up is junk. Sometimes I wander and plant in toxic soil and guess what I reap? Toxic crops. I have to take ownership for my farming methods. I have to be accountable for the choices that I made. I can’t expect to grow strawberries if I’m planting tobacco. It doesn’t matter how much I complain, I reaped what I sowed. Does that make sense? 

What are you planting and reaping?

Prayer 

Father, knowing my heart as You do, You know my intentions, my thoughts, and my desires. Cleanse my heart so that it may be aligned with You, so that I might only sow goodness to please the Spirit and not the flesh. I never want to disappoint You Father. I know that there are times I’ve compromised myself, fallen for the tricks of the enemy, and my heart desires to be rooted in You. In Your Name I pray. 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 1.20.23

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All a person’s ways seem pure to them, but motives are weighed by the lord.

Proverbs 16:2

Reflection

If in your walk you have reason to question whether what you are doing is right in the eyes of the Lord ask yourself, “Is this of God? Will I have to repent for this?” If there is doubt or you know for a fact that what you’re doing isn’t of God and that you would have to repent, then you are walking on a dangerous path, and your motives are not pure. So don’t do it…stop right now! 

If that’s not enough motivation, consider asking yourself this question, “If I could see Jesus watching me right now, would I continue doing this?” If you would stop, then stop, because you know that Jesus and God are both watching and listening. They don’t have on noise cancellation headphones and eye masks. They aren’t on a spiritual retreat. 

But if you care not to even weigh your decisions, if you casually do and say whatever you want without consideration to whether it is of God, then God will of course weigh things for you. 

Prayer

Father, You know my heart and I pray that my motives are in line with Your expectations and plans for me. If they are not I pray that You swiftly and lovingly re-direct me so that I do not have to learn the painstakingly and extremely long way in which to walk. I’m tired of repeating mistakes, after awhile they are no longer mistakes, they’re just disobedience, and that hurts my heart to admit this. I want to be aligned with You, not struggling with You. Your will not mine. In Your Name I pray. 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.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.19.23

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“You are not to hate your brother in your heart. Instead, you are to firmly rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. You are not to take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am ADONAI.”

Leviticus 19:17-19 TLV

Reflection

We spend so much precious time plotting and planning a revenge attack of some sort on our perceived or actual enemies; we hold grudges for years against people, and we love only those in select groups, like family and friends, but what of the stranger we don’t know or the enemy past or present? Why not spend our time focused on being better people, better ambassadors for Christ, and being motivated on building God’s Kingdom? 

Focus more on being the Light than casting a shadow over someone else. While you’re busy plotting to destroy someone else, the enemy is cracking up laughing, digging your spiritual grave. When we give in to anger we have grabbed ahold of the carrot of temptation. We fell into his trap. Let that nonsense go. When we walk around with a grudge we’re carrying around dead weight, wearing ourselves out and growing more bitter by the day. That’s not God’s doing or His plan. That is the schemes of the father of lies. Don’t compromise your Light for his headlights that will come crashing through your world. 

We must work towards loving and respecting others as we love our self. And if we struggle with loving self then consider how you would want a beloved family member or friend treated, and then treat others accordingly. See the Light. Choose the Light. Embrace the Light. Be the Light.

Prayer

Father, in You I seek peace, comfort, and refuge. I look to Your son for guidance and the perfect example of how to love my neighbor as I do self, and how to even love those I would consider my enemy. Touch my heart Lord so that I may see that it is not my will but thine; and it is not my place to seek revenge, nor should I hold a grudge— because that means I’m wasting energy and removing my focus from You. I love You Father. In Your Name I praise and pray. 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 1.18.23

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Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.

1 John 5:1-5

Reflection

The enemy would have us believe that God is not with us, that He has abandoned us, that His son is not our shepherd, and that our safest bet would be to not follow God’s commandments but instead follow the enemy into darkness. What do you believe? Who do you follow? I believe in and follow the Father and the Son.

Prayer

Father, I believe in You and I believe that Jesus is Your Son, and the only way to You is through him. I carry this knowledge in my heart and mind, and promise to each day work to be a better person, ambassador, and follower of Christ. In Your son Jesus’ Name I pray. 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 1.17.23

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There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18

Reflection

Fear is absence of light and love. Fear is loneliness. Fear is not of God. God is perfect love and we are His reflections— hence we are perfected by Him—so why do we entertain and give into fear? Why do we surrender ourselves to something not of God, becoming a slave to it?

It makes me think of an email I sent to a distant family member, whom I met and connected with thanks to Ancestry.com, and we were discussing the spirit of jealousy and envy, and I shared how both were rooted in a mindset of lack, which means they can’t be of God. God is love and there is no fear in love, for there is no lack in love. That means we should never be envious of others, because if we’re fully embracing our blessings we wouldn’t experience lack, only fullness and absolute satisfaction. We would be too busy living a life of gratitude than looking around to see what other people have that’s different or seemingly better than what we have. 

It also means that we should never entertain the thought of losing someone to another person, for if they are meant to have a relationship with us, God will make it so. If not, God will also make that clear. Possessiveness is rooted in fear. Insecurity is fear. God did not make other humans to be our possessions, so let’s be mindful of how our feelings are manipulated by the enemy. Some of us are holding on to people who were long ago supposed to be elsewhere, learning from, teaching, and sharing with someone else. We’re blocking them from their blessings, we’re stagnating their growth, we’re limiting their potential, we’re slowing down their mission work. And guess what? We’re doing the exact same thing to ourselves. If you truly love them then you would let them go to spread their wings, and be all that they were called to be. Maybe you remain connected, maybe not. But love is not rooted in fear. 

God has closed some doors in our life that we keep prying and rigging open. That’s fear driving us. Let’s get realigned so that we are made perfect in love.

Prayer

Father, in You I find light, love, truth, joy, kindness, forgiveness, peace, tranquility, life, understanding, grace, and strength. Remove the shackles that my fears have on me Father. Help me to see that fear is false evidence appearing real and that, although it is information to process, it is not of You. With fear is lack and with You there is only abundance. I seek Your light and truth Father. I want to live in Your peace. I want to be free. I humbly pray this in the Name of Jesus. 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 you all,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.2.23

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Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10

Reflection

Because of our unique design and connection with God, whether you want to admit it or not, you know if you have been walking with a clean heart or one filled with negative tendencies influenced by the enemy. You know if you have been doing right by the Lord or if you have been more concerned with having things your way. You know if you have been negative, unloving, deceitful, misleading, manipulative, conniving, or untrustworthy. Just as you know, if you have been seeking and attracting drama to your life. We must remember that we are spiritual beings having a human experience, so the Spirit is always our compass and thermometer. We choose to follow the Spirit or the flesh. But don’t beat yourself up for being weak and choosing the flesh.

Here’s the thing, the enemy wants you to walk around with bags of guilt and shame. The enemy wants you to verbally and emotionally beat yourself up for not being perfect and for falling short of the ideal. The enemy tried tempting Jesus, so why wouldn’t he try to tempt you away from following Jesus?

The tricks of satan convince you to pick up bags of shame, guilt, entitlement, pessimism, doubt, and mediocrity. I say, follow Jesus’ lead and drop those bags. Don’t pick up that mess. Whatever you’re holding onto, drop it now. God doesn’t want you carrying around that nonsense. He doesn’t want your heart and mind tormented.

The enemy tricks you into believing that God is so disgusted with you, and that’s why your life isn’t perfect, that somehow God is ignoring your prayers and maliciously punishing you for your scandals and shortcomings. That’s a lie.

God isn’t blindsided or shocked by what you have said or done in the past. He knew the choices you would make before you made them. He gave you the freedom of choice because He loves you. He has already forgiven you. He’s waiting on you to forgive yourself. The Bible teaches us that forgiveness is essential to life. Mercy and grace are God’s ways; persecution and perpetual punishment are satan’s ways. Forgiveness goes against the enemy’s plan of attack. Forgiveness heals and steers us toward restoration.

You must surrender all to God to destroy the enemy’s plan and be released from sin’s grip. The enemy needs your heart to be cluttered and your life chaotic. The enemy needs you to hold on to the pains of the past, to think that the victories in your distant history were your best and brightest days. God needs you to understand that the past is not your responsibility to reconcile, your present is a gift to be cherished, and your best and brightest days are still ahead of you.

Let the past remain where it is. Let the dead be buried to rest. Only God knows what’s in your heart, and only He can make it clean. Only He can renew the right spirit within you.

Get your spirit and heart right by seeking out God. Ask for a renewed life. Look deep inside and ask yourself if your current lifestyle is the way you want to live your life forever, or do you want better? The God who sent His son Yeshua to save you and me from the lies of sin, disease, and death wants us to have the best.

It’s about choice. We choose to live a certain way and treat ourselves and others a certain way. We choose what we consume. We choose to entertain thoughts and turn them into actions. We even choose to be entitled, expecting God to make things right in our lives when we haven’t made any positive strides toward improving our lives. We choose to take in the toxic and expect God to make it pure. That’s satan’s trickery at work. Rebuke it.

The enemy tempts us, but we choose to take the bait. We can’t blame the enemy for being what it has chosen to be and doing what it is driven to do. We can’t blame the enemy for our choices. You have options. Your discernment is your responsibility. Your choices are your responsibility. And when you make the wrong choice and take responsibility for your actions, you must repent, forgive yourself, and realign. Don’t harbor on it. Let it go.

This relationship with God was never designed to be one-sided, with Him doing everything and fixing everything that you chose to do without Him. He wants you to choose Him. He wants you to choose your relationship with Him. He wants you to choose the things, people, and ideas that He has chosen for you. He wants you to choose you and what you were designed to be and do in this world. Satan wants your worship and devotion, so you look and act like the devil and not like God.

What will you choose?

There is no other way to bliss, joy, and peace than through God. There is no other viable solution than to surrender and follow His lead.

Do you believe that God has forgiven you of your past decisions? Do you believe that God does not keep a running inventory of every sin you have committed? Do you believe that the accusatory voice that you hear is satan’s and not God’s? Do you believe that God can provide for your needs? Do you believe He can heal you from your pain and the dis-ease that torments you?

Are you ready to stop having a conditional relationship with Him? Are you ready to live a life of empowerment? Are you ready to live on purpose, running towards your destiny? Then ask, without wasting time with doubt or worry, and watch God work in and through you.

He will clean your heart and renew the right spirit in you. Go to Him!

Prayer

Father, I want my heart, mind, and spirit to be right by You. Clean my heart of the clutter I created. Pull out the pain, hurt, anger, envy, shame, and jealousy. Help me to see and embrace the lessons, and move forward.

Remove from me the desire to want what I don’t need simply so I can feel good for short bursts of time. Renew my spirit so that I may walk like Your son Jesus. Tune my hearing to hear You clearly, above all others. I want to always discern and follow Your voice. Turn me towards Your ways.

No more lies, games, manipulation, fear, hate, and confusion. Let me see Your greatness and let that guide me where I need to be daily. Leave what I did and what I experienced yesterday in the past. Let my yesterdays and yesteryears be my past, and let me walk with my head high in the present. In Your Name I humbly pray. 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.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 1.1.23

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Restore us, O Lord, and bring us back to you again! Give us back the joys we once had!

Lamentations 5:21

Reflection

Last year is now in the past. As is an hour ago. As a matter of fact, the moment before you came to this message is also now in the past. You can’t change any moments before right now. Our focus should be this very moment. Our hearts should be hopeful for what awaits us, but not to the extent that we sacrifice the here and now. The stories we read throughout the Bible show us examples of what happens when we obsess over the things that didn’t go as planned in our past and the blunders made when we’re overly determined to control our future.

The prophet Jeremiah asked God to restore and return the people to God. This can only be a request made because the people deviated and strayed from God’s path and plan. The people thought their way was better and their needs were more important than what God desired. The people were joyless, and Jeremiah asked God to restore the joys they once had. The people chose substitutes, chasing what they thought was happiness, and then as always, they were left disappointed.

Why?

Because we’re always disappointed when we try to do God’s job. We’re always disappointed when we try to usurp God’s will with our own. When we keep dwelling on the past and are too distracted by the what-ifs of the future, we will always find ourselves disappointed and joyless. When we keep carrying around years and years of baggage and garbage and cluttering our lives with memories of disappointments about things we can’t change, and heyday experiences we can’t relive, we will stray from where we’re supposed to be and be filled with remorse, guilt, and shame. We keep attracting drama or running to it because we don’t realize who and what we are and haven’t committed to what God has called us to do.

We are beings that were created to be protected and served by the angels and spiritual forces, yet we act like the scum found in sewers, which is why it’s so easy for demons and evil spirits to disrupt us. God is waiting for us to rise to where we’re destined to be. The enemy lies to us and tells us that we are less than because the enemy and its crew are so threatened and intimidated by us that they will do anything to distract and misdirect us; they will do anything to destroy our relationship with God. They’re hoping you don’t know the truth. Chaos and confusion are their tricks, don’t fall for them.

You have a special and unique relationship with God, your Creator, your Potter, your Heavenly Father. You have a direct connection, a speed-dial link to Him, with no need for an intermediary or translator. You just need to speak to Him. We are reminded in 2 Corinthians 5:17 that “Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come.” When we are joined to Christ, we are full; our arms are full with the overflow that God pours into our hearts and lives. There is no room for the old when you join and embrace the new. There is no room to carry old stuff around.

Do not enter the new year with old garbage and baggage.

Surrender and leave the lies, deceit, mediocrity, laziness, vanity, arrogance, self-centeredness, fear, hate, pride, guilt, and shame behind you at last year’s curb.

Stop holding on to things because they seem easy, comfortable, a no-brainer, or because you fear change. Move forward in your life.

Walk towards our Heavenly Father and away from the things, memories, and people that lead you to sin and reject your mission and calling. Declare this year as a drama-free year and make the effort each day to live as God and Jesus would expect of you—and not as the enemy wishes for you.

Lean toward restoration, not instant gratification. Embrace this moment. Sit in it. Speak to God and ask Him to reveal to you what He wants you to see, hear, and know today so that you can be realigned and properly fitted for His plan. Trust Him; you won’t be disappointed!

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day. A new day. The start of a new year. By Your will and design. With this comes a time of renewal and restoration. A time to let go of what once was to embrace what is and will be.

Father, let me see what I need to see, and let me experience all that I’m supposed to so that I can be right with You. If that means realigning relationships and circumstances then I embrace this healthy change. I don’t want to be in a spiritual, mental, emotional, financial, or physical place that You don’t want me in. I want to leave last year where it is. I’m not trying to carry bags of the past into my future. I want to walk in health and peace, with clarity and discernment, as Your obedient servant.

Lord, whatever needs to be done I put my faith and truth, and trust, in You. I know that everything happens right on time, Your methods and not mine. I want a life that is joyful, righteous, and as You planned. I honor Your holy Name. 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.

I love you all. Happy New Year,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 11.20.22

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You did not go up to the gaps or restore the wall around the house of Israel so that it might stand in battle on the day of the Lord .

Ezekiel 13:5 HCSB

Reflection

How disciplined and obedient are we really? Think about it for a moment before you proceed.

Do we prepare in advance for chaos, or do we react in a panicked state of mania once “hell” has broken wide open upon us? Many of us are reactionaries, not planners and preppers.

We know that our homes need upkeep, repairs, and reinforcement— yet we put it off because it’s not a huge priority. Until something happens to the home, then we’re frantic and desperate, and of course, we are complaining as though we took no part in the lack of planning and preparation. We heard the Voice repeatedly tell us month after month, season after season, to fix or replace something, yet we ignored that Voice. Absolute disobedience.

We smirk and make snide remarks about doomsday preppers and others who prepare for calamity, yet who were and have been the only ones prepared in 2020 when we were hit and devastated by a global pandemic?

Preppers!

They have planned, prepared, and trained for it. They have taught generations of their family how to prepare for a season or period of devastation. While we teased and chided them as being paranoid and delusional, they saw a vision that, based on our trending nature of destruction, conflict, and chaos, that life as we have comfortably known it would cease to exist for a period of time.

They planned for disorder and looting and built living quarters for their families to sustain them for two or more years. Some of them even practice long stints of isolation to prepare for being separated from society for extended periods of time. All while we rolled our eyes in cynicism.

This modern-day pandemic experience has been a good trial run for them because they could see how outsiders reacted to store shortages, mass unemployment, business closures, hospital deficiencies, city and state shutdowns, and the temperament of not only the residents but of the political, community, and business leaders.

This is only a trial run. You’re ignorant to believe that this is the worst scenario we will ever again experience in our lifetime. Yet, looking at the news and social media, there are huge chunks of our population in the US alone that obviously don’t care; they’re more concerned with socializing than with learning, planning, and preparing for the future.

Many of us didn’t learn a thing, except that folks don’t like being told what to do, suggested what to do, or being inconvenienced in any way. We also learned that in a crisis, there is a small segment of the population that will price gouge and leverage your desperation for their personal and financial gain. We also learned that we don’t keep enough household supplies and nonperishable foods on hand in our homes to last us months or longer.

I bet many of you started envying those mass couponers that you see on TV. The ones with years worth of products stocked up in their homes, garages, and custom-built storage shelters. Yep, I, too, used to ask myself why a family of two to four needed as many items as so many of them kept stocking. But after watching the shows highlighting couponers, I began to see the why. I also saw that in their bargaining preparation, they also accounted for the products they would donate to local churches and charities and the amounts they would set aside for other family members, friends, and neighbors who may need help.

The majority of couponers aren’t wealthy. They’re just great at using the gift God gave them to calculate and analyze how to apply coupons to gain the most value. They are disciplined and committed. They are forward-thinking. They are planners and preppers. And I can guarantee you they didn’t have to go to the grocery store one time in 2020. Many of them have enough supplies and food to last them several years. While the rest of us were rationing it and we still haven’t understood the lessons that we were being taught.

Noah was obedient and did as God instructed, and while his neighbors and friends looked at him like he was out of his mind, even telling him he was, he continued preparing and getting his family ready. When the floods rushed in and began wiping people out, imagine the thoughts of so many people who knew Noah, and the moment they had the realization that he was right, it was too late.

Noah was a prepper. We celebrate Noah, yet we roll our eyes at modern-day preppers. We better start paying attention, learn our lessons, apply what we learn, listen and obey God’s guiding words. Or expect to be wiped out by whatever Earth-created or man-created force.

The Bible passage above shares God’s disappointment that the people chose to be disobedient and chose to do other things instead of preparing and protecting the House of Israel. It wasn’t a priority for them. Idol worship was. Socializing was. Revising history and giving glory to other gods for the blessings that God gave them. That was more important to them. Ezekiel kept telling the people what God said, and they kept doing their own thing.

Remember what we talked about over the past few days about our relationship with God, about what the temple represents in this relationship with Him. They literally rejected God by not protecting the temple. They rejected their relationship with Him by not protecting the very thing that symbolized their relationship with Him.

Think of Jeremiah’s struggles. He, too, would tell the people what God said, and the people chose to do things their way. Yet when things would blow up, they would rush to Jeremiah to help make things right with God. There are numerous examples like this in the Bible. All are lessons to be learned and taught so we don’t repeat them. Yet we keep repeating them like imbeciles.

When you read the Old Testament, part of you questions why the Israelites kept messing up and faced punishment for their sins and disobedience. The other part of you is quickly checked and silenced by the reality that we do the same ignorant things thousands of years later, and unlike them, we have online access to the written records to try and avoid these things. Our arrogance and pride would be hilarious, if not so heartbreaking.

I’m grateful that God doesn’t get totally frustrated by us and just decide to wipe us out and start over fresh again. He has the power to do so, but He spares us. He shows us mercy. He’s keeping the promise He made to Noah. He sacrificed His son for us. That’s love.

Could we do the same? Would we do the same, having the power to punish or show mercy?

Honestly, no. We’re quick to punish and destroy. Look at our social media timelines. Look at our actions smeared across the newspapers. That’s why He keeps molding us.

Take a few moments to consider what you need to do to listen, plan, prepare, and be disciplined in whatever assignment or task God gives you. If you aren’t tuned in, then you will most likely be left out. We all must do better.

Prayer

Father prepare me for days ahead, for struggle and strife, for challenges and complications. Show me how to see opportunities in each situation. Protect me from myself and from those who would plot to harm me. Forgive me for my pride and disobedience, for my fear and doubt, for my frustration and conditional faith that sometimes creeps in.


Father let me learn a lesson once without need for repetition. Help me to prepare my mind, heart, body, home, family, and life for battle. Whether the battle is spiritual, financial, medical, or anything else—help me to be ready so I don’t have to frantically rush to get ready. Help me to resist the enemy and see temptation’s lure as leading to nothingness and nothing worthy of giving attention to. My true health, wealth and victory can only come from You. In Your Name I pray and praise. 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 11.19.22

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He reveals mysteries from the darkness and brings the deepest darkness into the light. 

Job 12:22 HCSB

Reflection

God reveals the truth, brings to the surface what is hidden in darkness, clears the confusion, turns mysteries into revelations, solves problems, and does these things as only He can. They are only mysteries to us. They are only difficult to see by us. Only we struggle with solving the problems. They aren’t a mystery or problem for God. For all that is good, God created, and there is nothing created, good or bad, that God doesn’t see and understand. Nothing is too big or too small for Him. Yet we keep trying to go at this thing called life in this chaos called the world by our own merits and effort. We are of Him; we are not greater than Him. When will we stop this madness?

Prayer

Father, nothing remains hidden from You. I’m confident that through You all truth is made known, all confusion is resolved, distortions are cleared, and darkness is penetrated by light. I trust in Your ability to right-side all situations, because only You can. I walk in that confidence, praising Your Holy Name. 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 11.18.22

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Scripture

Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel. 

Proverbs 20:17 

Reflection

We always reap what we sow. So be mindful of what you do and say to be right, get ahead in life, or outdo the competition.

We all have pitfalls, setbacks, disappointments, and failures, but we can all succeed in life by doing good, living with grace and dignity, and being honest. Trust and rely upon God to provide, in and on His time, understanding that He sees the big picture that you don’t see.

You don’t need to manipulate people or circumstances to get what your heart desires. You don’t have to deceive others to have your needs met. You just have to trust and follow God’s lead. Your dreams of a future filled with love and joy are not sadistic taunts. Trust that God planted those seeds that burst into dreams to grow in your mind so that you can see what is possible and waiting for you and that with Him, you can have all, be all, and see all — even more than you ever imagined. But you will block your blessings if you practice deceit and the ways of the enemy.

We really don’t need to learn lessons the hard way; we choose to. History repeats itself because we refuse to let go of our old ways, right our wrongs, forgive ourselves and others, and let God do what only He can. Let that sink in.

Prayer

Father, thank You for blessing me. There are times when I desire things that maybe I want but I don’t need, and I am grateful that You keep me in line so that I receive only what I need, and I learn my lesson for ill gotten gains.

Father, I would rather defer my gratification than to receive something that I didn’t earn, especially if I was being deceptive, not genuine, or inauthentic. Father, bless me as You see fit, as aligned with Your promise. Mold me into your perfect image. Protect me from harm– that which is self-inflicted and the harm from others.

I trust and believe in You Lord, and I apologize for any moments where my faith and allegiance to You are not crystal-clear. In Your Name I pray. 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. I love you all. Have an incredible day. Be a blessing to others. Be the positive and loving example you want to see in the world.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 11.17.22

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Scripture

Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.

Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees.

Psalms 119:116-117

Reflection

Without hope for what the day may bring for a better tomorrow, where are you, and where do you stand in your faith?

God blesses us daily, every single second— yet we want more, we want to see more, we want to see and receive the bigger blessings—when the biggest of blessings is our relationship with Him, the life He gives us, and being able to live it.

How grateful are you?

How hopeful are you?

How devoted are you?

Those are questions for you to ask and answer for yourself.

Embrace your day entirely. Be mindful and present; as God is a blessing to you, be a blessing to others.

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day. Thank You for comforting and protecting me as I slept. Thank You for waking me to experience the lessons I need to learn. Thank You for Your love, guidance, support, and protection. Father, I pray to be prepared and receptive to the blessings, tests, and lessons that You have in store for me today and in the future. I pray that I am open, discerning, hopeful and humble.

Help me to see and embrace every opportunity that You place before me. Help me to avoid pitfalls or to rebound quickly when I fall. Help me to confidently and faithfully move forward in the right direction, trusting and leaning on You as my Guide. Help me to listen more than I speak and to think of You when I do speak. In Your Name I praise and pray. 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 11.16.22

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…and when a prayer or plea is made by anyone among your people Israel—being aware of their afflictions and pains, and spreading out their hands toward this temple— then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive, and deal with everyone according to all they do, since you know their hearts (for you alone know the human heart), so that they will fear you and walk in obedience to you all the time they live in the land you gave our ancestors. 

2 Chronicles 6:29-31

Reflection

Only God knows what’s in our hearts and in our behind-closed-doors lives. Only He has the full knowledge of our past, present, and future. We don’t really comprehend what this means, how special our connection with Him is, and why nurturing our relationship with Him— through daily prayer, conversations, meditation, and consistent obedience is so important. The stronger and healthier our relationship with God, the better our relationship with self and others. We should be focused on doing better, walking the walk, and ensuring that our heart is properly aligned with our thoughts, words, and actions.

In today’s scripture, we read the last line, which is a petition from Solomon to God to forgive the people of Israel, dealing with them individually and intimately. He said, “so that they will fear you and walk in obedience to you all the time they live in the land you gave our ancestors.” I’ve heard plenty of people default to translating the word “fear” in the Bible (at all times) as we would the meaning of horror and trembling fear. Rather than taking the time to use modern technology and search online for Hebrew translation and cultural context. In Psalm 149:13, we read about being “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God, and people are quick to recite that line, but what does it mean to be fearfully made? God wasn’t scared during the process. David was describing the love, respect, honor, and reverence that is God and the understanding that he was created of that essence.

When we look at the context of Solomon’s prayer, this use of the word fear is not to be mistaken for being scared of God. But rather to be in awe of Him. To be so overwhelmed by Who and What He is that you are naturally drawn to Him and have the desire to serve Him and be obedient to His requests and commands. It’s the ultimate of respect.

It’s like the crying, trembling, and fainting fan who is so overwhelmed when they see their celebrity crush or hero. They are filled with so much energy that they can’t seem to control themselves. Now magnify that sentiment and experience to a level that you can’t comprehend. That, my friends, is the intensity that we feel and experience when we are in awe of God — when we experience Yirah, as it is said in Hebrew. With the highest level of reference comes the highest level of consistent and bold obedience. That is the type of relationship Solomon was describing. It is interesting, though, because it’s sort of based on the condition that God would forgive the people and deal with each person according to what they do, what’s in their heart. Based on seeing that, the people would feel this strong reverence and loyalty towards God and obey Him for as long as they lived in the land He gave their ancestors. The reverence and obedience wouldn’t come first, which means Solomon is asking for grace and mercy. He’s asking God to show the people something they won’t even show each other, to be the example that they may one day imitate. This is a recurring plea and negotiation throughout most of the Old Testament. Let’s not forget that even Jesus (in the New Testament) asked God to show mercy to the idiots screaming for him to be nailed to a cross and later discarded like trash and eaten by dogs and buzzards.

If you recall Solomon’s history, he was the son of David, the same David who was king, warrior, beloved, and conflicted. Yep, the same David I mentioned earlier. Solomon, his son, was a man of peace and was chosen by God to build the temple after the people came out of exile. Solomon’s journey reflects the desire for the realignment of the people in their relationship with God. While in exile, many people deviated and began worshipping other gods. As a matter of fact, they did this every time they found themselves in exile. What in the world!

The purpose of the temple was always about the relationship between the Creator and His creations. It provided a place to disconnect to be reconnected; it allowed for greater intimacy and to be filled with God’s presence. It was to distinguish Him and His reign from the other gods the people had worshipped or were familiar with. God was using the temple, routines, job titles, and rituals to mold out their old way of thinking, living, and worshipping to prepare them for the life they were destined to live and the relationship with Him that He most desired. It was about intentionality. You didn’t go to the temple to catch up on the latest neighborhood gossip, buy a fish dinner, or place bets. No, that space was your one-on-one time with the Supreme Ruler. It was to break you from the ceremonial worship of other gods and to get your mind focused solely on the God that delivered your people from one calamity after the next.

That’s why generations later, we read of Jesus flipping tables and going off on the money changers and the folks selling things in the temple. That’s why we read the letters of Paul, Peter, James, and John, trying to recondition the minds of the people who naturally defaulted to the lifestyles and practices they led before becoming believers. Just like the generations before them, when they were in exile, they adopted the lifestyles of the people of those lands. We have to remember that the first generation that Moses led out of Egypt never made it to the Promised Land; it was their children and grandchildren who inherited that promise. So those beneficiaries and the generations that followed did not have a distinct recollection or reference point of God in the same way that their parents, grandparents, and great-grands did because they were either too young or weren’t yet born and have no memory of God’s presence in their lives when He freed their people from their captors. They only heard the stories about the plagues and Moses glowing, folks being swallowed up by the Earth, and the Red Sea parting and defeating giants.

When you look at people today, are we not living and behaving the exact same way? We are so far removed from the times of our ancestors of even six generations ago, heck, even from our grandparents’ and parents’ generational experiences, so we struggle to appreciate and reach out to God in the same ways that they did when they were our age and younger. That’s why you have people who scream out, “Stop living in the past,” as a dismissive way to disregard the horrors from the past that are still very much present. Solomon’s generation struggled with the temptation of worshipping idols and gods of their time, of the people who they lived around while in exile. Many thought that the God of their ancestors had abandoned them or was punishing them. Do we not still hear people say that today? Do we not hear people say, “If there is a God, then…” or “If God sent Jesus to do all of those things, then why are we still suffering?” and so on and so forth. Those are the voices of people who do not have an intimate relationship with the Great I Am.

Our relationship with God is to be like no other connection; it is to take precedence over all others. We were given rituals and routines to ween us off of our old ways of doing things and to reposition us to a new way, and many of us have a long way to go before we can walk confidently in this new way. Many people still reject the new way, even calling it the work of the devil, blaming it on the influences of other religions. That’s exactly what the people said to and about Jesus, ensuring his crucifixion. Do you not think that God has a New Covenant for us? But how can we possibly hear and embrace it if we still struggle to accept and live by the Covenant Jesus shared more than 2,000 years ago?

God’s plan was to prepare the people for the time when it would be revealed that we are the temple, the temple is within us, and whenever we want to have a moment with Him, all we have to do is speak to Him.

We don’t have to travel to a mountain or building to commune with Him. We just have to be still and speak.

An altar is no longer an object within a building; the altar is wherever you are. Just be still and speak.

People transitioned from human sacrifice to animal sacrifice, to then just burning some incense and candles, and then to learning specific prayers and being taught how to have a conversation with God. Through grace, God is still patiently waiting on us to stop worshipping gold, currency, things, and people. God led the people through the phases of having intercessors to guide us through prayer, petition, confession, and atonement — and as He worked with them, He had Jesus explain that there’s no need for you to go to the intercessors to speak on your behalf, you have all that you need to come directly to your Heavenly Father-Mother. And just like then, people today still place their faith in the intercessors, choosing them instead of trusting and choosing God. Thinking so little of themselves and totally disregarding how much God trusts and believes in them. Seeking a flesh and bones king rather than a Spirit of immeasurable force and presence.

We are more than what we see with these eyes, hear with these ears, and feel with this flesh. If we truly knew and believed who we are, what we are, and what we’re capable of, we would be in awe of God and obedient without question — and not just while we travel in these human tents called bodies, but even after we discard them.

Whew! Will you join me in a moment of prayer? I know that was long. It just came pouring out.

Prayer

Father, thank You for your unwavering, unconditional, everlasting love. Thank You for always believing in me and for constantly reminding me who I am and reassuring me of what I can do, and can be. Thank You for molding me. I know I probably frustrate You but Your grace and mercy cancels out my blunders. Thank You Father. I love you. I need You. I want to strengthen my relationship with You. You know my heart Father. I thank You now for helping me. I praise Your Name. 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 11.15.22

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Scripture

Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and ⌊our⌋ hands to God in heaven:

Lamentations 3:40-41 HCSB

Reflection

Evaluate your life, heart, and mind. Right now, at this very moment. Clear out the distractions and focus.

Are you playing the twisted comparison trap game, always seeing abundance for others and a state of lack for yourself? Or are you pleased, satisfied, and content with your growing achievements and material possessions? How is your life? How are you treating yourself? How are you treating the people closest to you? What about random strangers? How are you stewarding the gifts given to you? How are you treating the job you have, the business you started, and the people you work with?

I want to be more than just okay; I want to be and live in excellence, as God designed and desires for me to be; how about you? I want to walk in peace, not conflict, torment, confusion, or frustration. I want to breathe with ease, not be stressed out and anxiety-filled. How about you?

We can have the life of our dreams. God planted the seeds within us. He’s waiting for us. Each day He reminds you who you are and to Whom you belong. It’s up to you to see, hear, believe, and live it! Are you ready to see your life turned right-side? Are you ready to receive all that God has in store for you? Are you ready for that next-level way of life? Are you ready to stop complaining, stop comparing, stop doubting, and stop shaming?

Believe.

Listen.

Watch.

Discern.

When He directs your steps, obey and follow.

Prayer

Father, forgive me for my wrongdoings, for my lack of trust and wavering faith, for my hardheaded ways, and my negative thoughts, speech and behavior. Uplift me Lord. I don’t want to waste precious moments that could be used living fully in my purpose, all because I’m caught up in the web of lies woven in this world. Help me to discern the trappings of the enemy so that I’m only focused on those things that You desire for me. Speak through me. Fill me Lord with Your peace. In Your Name I pray. 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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