Breaking Bread For 8.23.22

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Scripture

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. 

1 Peter 4:8 

Reflection

When we think of God first and focus on His presence and love in our lives, how can we not overcome our fears, insecurities, and fleshly desires? We can. But we put flesh above spirit most of the time, and that is why we cowardly give in to the chaos that enshrouds us, cripples us, and pushes us farther off our God-designed path.

God IS Love, so let us rely on and live in that love to strengthen us and make us better people, leaders, followers of Christ, and children of the LORD.

We should tell ourselves silently and aloud, “God loves me, and that’s all that I need,” and say it before making any tough decision. Before we allow doubt and worry to creep in and take over our minds and hearts, let’s say with truth, conviction, and complete belief that “God loves me, and that’s all that I need” and then watch as darkness pulls back, and love’s light consumes.

Someone out there is choosing revenge over love, self-pity over love, jealousy over love, ego over love, self-righteousness over love, grudges over love, pain over love, ignorance over love, flesh over love, rules and customs over love.

When doubt and worry try creeping in, grasp tightly to love. There’s nothing more powerful. Feel God’s embrace. Hold on to it. Refuse the temptation to give in to the sins of the flesh. You ARE stronger than you think. You were made by the BEST!

Jealousy, envy, lust, greed, arrogance, pride, and all other sins will not have the strength to consume you when you declare that God is all you need—and you believe it. Let’s try that today!

Prayer

Father, there is no doubt that I have sinned, even this week—even today. I sinned by giving into fear, jealousy, envy, and even other weaknesses that You despise. This we both know. Lord, I want to be overwhelmed with the fullness of love for You, for myself, for my loved ones, and for the world— that I do not give in to the luring of sins that wait for me.

Let Your love blind the darkness that would creep inside of and overtake me; for You are most powerful, most present, most loving, most healing, and the ultimate Giver of gifts and blessings that no other presence can compare. Knowing that, I should never be weakened by another presence if I’m totally filled with Yours.

Father, I am working each day to be strengthened in Your Word so that in times of possible doubt I will push through and prevail in and through love, and not fear; through love and not envy; through love and not jealousy; through love and not insecurity; through love and not lust; through love and not greed; through love and not lack.

In Your Name I pray as a follower and believer of Christ. Amen.

Loving you always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 8.18.22

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Scripture

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

Proverbs 22:4 NLT

Reflection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Prayer

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

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

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

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 7.15.22

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Scripture

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 

John 20:19

Reflection

There is always a calm before the storm, whether it be a physical storm or one that is spiritual; and even during the storm, you should find comfort in knowing that God and Jesus are there with you. There may be days when you feel so overwhelmed that it’s difficult to breathe, function, to think—those are the moments you need to pray for peace in your heart, mind, spirit, and soul; peace in your home and workplace; peace in your personal life and in your career.

Peace in Hebrew is “shalom”. With shalom, we have comfort, support, harmony, wholeness, completeness, and more. Whether shalom between two people or internal shalom that one person embraces, it’s the same energy. Shalom is also used to represent God, for is God not all of the descriptives used for peace (shalom)? So whether you choose the concept of peace being with you or the bolder and more pointed understanding of “God be with you”, your embrace has the same results.

When you’re going through a rough time, keep going and just pray a little more intently—not with fear but by conviction. God bless you all and may He keep You encircled in His grace.

Prayer

From this day and beyond, I declare that I will not be consumed by fear. Father, I know You are here with me—helping, watching, waiting, and directing. I may not see the solution to my problem right at this very moment, but I trust that my eyes and mind will connect and see clearly the blessing that You have waiting for me. Father, fill me with the peace Your son Jesus lived, and shared with others. Show me the way Father. I will obediently follow. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 7.5.22

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Scripture

…Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” 

Mark 5:36 NIV

Reflection

Fear is information. How we process it depends on how deeply we believe the information to be true. The more we believe that harm may or will come to us, the more intense the feelings. The truth is, fear has no power and authority over God. It only seems to have power and authority over you, because you’re the one fueling it daily. You give it the attention and tell it how important it is to you, and so it grows bigger and seemingly stronger. But it’s all a big, ugly lie. You are being haunted and taunted by a lie. You are losing precious moments because of a lie. Time ticks away while you are consumed and drained away by a lie. You lack joy because you have replaced it with a lie. You are a slave to the lie.

Fear feeds off of you believing the lie to be the truth. It controls you because you give it power. Ironically, if you look closely you will see that you hold the key to those shackles.

Choose freedom instead. Choose to break those shackles and live a life of thriving, not just surviving. Carefree breathing in absolute peace and harmony, aligned fully with God—that’s what we could have each day, if only we let go of fear.

We must face our fears and overcome them if we truly want to live. We must rise each day with conviction, purpose, and a plan—and then walk with determination to make things happen each and every day. If we don’t face our fears they will hunt us down and turn our dreams into nightmares, and our nightmares into reality.

What are your fears?

Where are you in your life’s journey at facing down those fears? Are you sick and tired of coming up short in so many areas of your life? Do you know this is only happening because of your lack of faith in God?

Are you ready to take that first step towards stomping on or confidently walking past one of your fears? Then let’s do this!

I want to live a long, loving, joyful, peaceful, healthy, rewarding, successful, wise, and prosperous life—how about you? So let’s open our spiritual eyes, stretch our minds, prepare our hearts, and take that first step today!

Prayer

Father, I have to believe that You will protect me from harm, guide me down the right paths, prepare me for what’s ahead, and always make a way out of no way. I have to believe that with You, I can do all that You have placed on my heart. Storms have no power over You. Debt has no power over You. Diagnoses and prognoses have no power over You. So that means they have no power over me.

Father, I’m praying for my release from the trauma caused by fear. I’m praying for the ability to not be consumed by fear, even when facing destruction and death. Day by day, please remove the vice grip of fear that I placed upon myself, so that through You, I can replace it with complete faith in You. I pray these things with the deepest of sincerity. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.4.22

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Seek Him

Today’s message comes from Day 26 of my book Seek Him, Volume 1: Testing Your Spiritual Comfort Zone. Today’s theme is “Let the Storm Pass”.

Scripture

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?

Mark 4:37-41 KJV

Sit in silence and let the storm pass, rather than worry about how it will affect you. If you truly believe that God is your all-in-all, your protector, and your guide then have faith in Him and His Son. Trust God and Jesus to lead the way. If you’re going to walk in fear, not faith, then why pray? If you’re going to worry instead of standing firm in your convictions, then why continue to pray? If you’re consistently in prayer, then why be fearful or worried? You can’t straddle the fence. You can’t live in both realms. Either you are faithful or fearful. Choose.

Prayer

Father, quiet me when I begin to utter fear-based words, and when thoughts of fear begin to surface in my mind. Show me how to stop, relax, release, and not be concerned with troubled waters. For they don’t last long and are never a sign that You aren’t with me. I want to be more like Jesus. I want to rest during the storms that take place in my life. I want the peace and surety that all is well, even when the mind and eyes see otherwise. I thank You now for these blessings Father. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Speak Your Truth

Say the words below and write beside them your truth. You can write them on a sheet of paper, in Seek Him, Volume 1, or in the space allocated in Seek Him: Workbook 1.

  • I Feel____
  • I Am____
  • I Believe____
  • I Am Grateful For___
  • I Will Improve____
  • I Am Proud of Myself Because____
  • I Will Stay Out of My/God’s Way By____
  • Today I Will Focus More on____
  • And Focus Less on___
  • Today I Will___

Go Deeper

When you are ready to go deeper, please refer to Day 26 in Seek Him: Workbook 1

~Natasha

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Devotional: Forgiveness and Letting go of Fear and Anger

Pastor Mark Jeske wrote in his Time of Grace Bible plan, a devotional entitled “Marriage is hard: we’re stubborn” that:

Apologizing is hard work. You know what else is hard? Forgiving an apologizing spouse. 
Why? Why should that be hard? Well, for one, it’s easy to suspect that the apology isn’t sincere (“I’m sorry.” “You are not!”). For another, when this isn’t the first argument on a certain misbehavior, the wounded party sees a trend and fears it will continue indefinitely. Am I enabling more of this bad behavior? For another, staying angry gives you emotional leverage. For another, staying wounded gives you the moral high ground in future negotiations. Your injury is an asset–why would you give away this form of capital? 

Holding onto anger, however, poisons your soul. It marinates your spirit in toxins that will affect everything else in your life and especially in this most important of all your human relationships. Holding anger blinds you to your spouse’s gifts and values for your life and keeps you from seeing his or her efforts to make things better. 

There’s a better way. “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13). What breaks you out of these anger ruts is the sweet remembrance of the massive debt of ours that our Lord Jesus forgave. If we show a bitter and unforgiving spirit to our spouse, we are daring God to do the same to us. 

Let it go. 

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.5.11

See, the lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Deuteronomy 1:21

Pray
Father You have placed before me countless opportunities to claim as mine and some I have seized ahold to while others I was too afraid to claim. Father I thank You for my blessings and I thank You for Your patience as You wait for me to walk in and by faith and not by fear, and to have the courage to claim what is rightfully mine because You made it so.

Daily Father I pray to You for Your grace and mercy as I push through my fear and cast it to the side. Father I can see the promised future, I can see my victories, I can see a life filled with joy and the ability to rise, smile, and see my way through any situation because I know that You are with me. I want to claim what’s mine Lord. I want to claim the life You have envisioned and set forth for me. I love you Father. Amen.

Reflection
God has told you that He will take you to the promised land but instead of turning left as instructed you have turned right, and out of frustration you cry out to Him for guidance. Lovingly God tells you that He showed you the way and even gave you the skills to read the map given to you- but your pride, fear, impatience, arrogance, and insecurities blinded your vision and now you are off course and in an unchartered area.

What you don’t see is that the promised land is so very close but you need God to get there. There is no success without God. There is no victory without God. Your goals, plans, dreams, and bills can not be met without God.

As I push through my fear- which is a lifelong journey, but one that becomes more bearable and maneuverable when you learn to let go and trust on God more to show you the way and to catch you when you fall- I know that no matter what I’m going through today and no matter how much pain and insecurity that I feel, God has never forsaken me. I know that He has angels watching over me. I know that when no one else loves me unconditionally that He has, does, and always will. He has a life for me that’s ready for me to claim- all I have to do is open my eyes, take that step and reach out and make it mine.

I love all of you. Those I know and those who only know me through this daily message. I love you because we are all God’s children. I love you because just as I want and need love and security so do you. We all are brothers and sisters in a kingdom that is struggling with double-mindedness. Together we will uplift each other into the perfect examples of our Father as He first created us. Embrace your day and embrace your life.

God bless you and keep you!

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.2.11

When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.

Mark 13:7-8

Pray
Father I am torn because in my heart there is love for all mankind, yet there is a part of me that serves as protector of mankind that believes in standing up to forces of hate and evil who take the lives of your innocent children. Father I pray for the innocent family members of Osama Bin Laden, Suddam Hussein, and Muammar al-Gaddafi who never sought harm to anyone, who sat by silently in shame and in fear too afraid to do or say anything. I pray for the small children whose minds were being brainwashed into hating other people because they were of a different faith, ethnicity and nationality.

I pray for them just as I pray for those Americans and others who have fear and hate in their hearts against Muslims and others who are non-Christian and don’t share the same ethnicity or nationality.

Cleanse their hearts Lord. Heal them from their pain and affliction. I know what Your Word says Father. You spoke of this thousands of years ago and what was relevant then is clearly relevant now as nation attacks nation, kingdom against kingdom, and earthquakes and famines disrupt, cripple, and take the lives of millions. In Your holy name I pray for peace Father. Amen.

Reflection

People ignore the fact that Osama Bin Laden killed ALL people including Muslims in the name of Allah- God- our Father- yet people focus on religion and not on the inhumanity of what this man did to all people including his own. They believe this to be a religious war of Muslims against Christians and Jews, when this was simply a political war. Just like Gaddafi and Hussein, Osama Bin Laden was not a holy man fighting in God’s name; he was a hurt man fighting for and in his name because of his pride, ego, and resentment of those who he perceived were taking advantage of him and his people. He was tired of the powers-that-be gaining wealth off of his country’s natural resources; he was tired of imperialism taking place in his and neighboring countries by westerners and that other nations were pimping his people for their benefit- but he went about it the wrong way.

Bin Laden just like Hussein had political issues with others, especially the western world and more specifically the United States just like Timothy Mcveigh, Terry Nichols and Michael Fortier (Oklahoma City bombers) were enraged by the acts of the U.S. government- and they all lashed out using fear and hate to get a message across to the government.

Bin Laden used fear and internal pain to address his concerns. He used God as the motivation to instill fear, unite other hurt and disenfranchised people against the world and against other Muslims who did not follow their beliefs; and he twisted God’s words, the words of the Koran to serve his mission to inflict pain on everyone and anyone he felt deserved it. Osama Bin Laden was a political extremist who used the facade of religion to instill fear in the world. Anyone who has ever read all or part of the Koran knows that the lies he was spouting were not of the Koran- but of his hurt heart and twisted mind that had grown sicker as the “enemy” planted more seeds of fear inside of him.

So as you may celebrate the conquering of a fear monger, of a murderer of thousands- you should also stop to pray for all religious, political, and ethnic communities worldwide because if we do not learn to come together and find healthier ways to work out our differences we will be the reason the world comes to an end. If we find it in our hearts to celebrate the death of another human being, we have that same darkness in us that was in him, Hussein, and what we also believe to be in Gaddafi- it’s just waiting to grow and take over.

We should pray and be thankful for victory over evil- but not be narrowly focused on individuals because this is not about one or two or twenty or even two thousand men this is about the evil that has plagued all nations, all religions, all people since the beginning of time. Evil can’t be labeled and categorized to one group of people because it can seep into each and every one of us if our guards are down and our faith is not strong. So pray, be humble and show grace during these times.

I love you all,

Natasha

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