Breaking Bread For 8.7.20

Scripture

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

Hebrews 12:14 NIV

Reflection

It hurts to hear and see people with so much anger and hatred inside of them yet they call themselves God’s servants. God is Love, Joy, Peace, and Light. There is no hate, chaos, or darkness with or in God.

Jesus, His son, was clear in his speech that the babies, children, and our most elder are to be treasured and taken care of—and no harm is to come to them.

Jesus said that loving our neighbors as we would love ourselves is most important in our daily walk as followers of Christ. Which means that he obviously meant for us to love ourselves—and pour that same love into others, not pour our insecurities, fear, and pain upon them.

Unfortunately there seems to be a great deal of people with low self-esteem and self-worth in the world subjecting others to their personal image issues. They don’t love themselves and don’t possess peace within so they can’t conceive of living peacefully with others. They must disrupt and destroy the outside world so it resembles their internal world.

We need to pray for them as much as we pray for ourselves. Pray for your fellow humans’ sense of peace, comfort, and contentment as much as you pray for your own.

I truly believe there is more love and goodness in the world than hate and evil, more tolerance than intolerance. We just have to pray, believe, and do our part to love everyone—and I mean everyone—even those who hate you, or are different than you.

It can be difficult to love someone spewing words of ignorance and venom. You don’t have to like them to love them. You don’t have to spend time with them to love them. You don’t have to buy them a gift to choose to love them despite their foolishness. You could never meet them in life and still love them as you would want to be loved—especially if you were acting a fool just like them.

You have done or said something cruel before. Did people stop loving you? They probably didn’t like you but hate wasn’t part of the equation. To hate is to be running in close second or third to the person doing evil things. To hate is to be influenced by the enemy. To hate is to choose to ignore God and instead tune solely into the enemy’s frequency.

You have to remind yourself that they are still God’s child, His creation, even if they have been tainted and their mind has been perverted. You know that they are under the influence of the enemy and its crew. You know that God hasn’t given up on them. You know that God is using them to reveal truth that is hidden and distorted. Even if they are spreading lies, realize that God will use their wickedness against them for His plan. Look at the scandals that have been uncovered, the crimes that were revealed, by God’s doing.

This one is a biggie because it requires you to walk the walk. Whatever label you proudly wear, as a Christian, servant leader, whatever—you have to walk that walk and put the lip service to the test.

Yes, they may do and say some stupid and cruel things, but that’s God’s job to handle them. You need to handle yourself. You’re not equipped to change hearts or heal souls, He is. Focus on keeping your heart and mind aligned with God. So look at these individuals through that lens, say a prayer, keep your distance from the stupidity, and allow your heart to choose to love them anyway!

Prayer

Father, there is so much hate and intolerance in the world today, but I truly believe that there is more love and tolerance that outweighs the negative speech and actions of people out there—many of which are committing acts of cruelty in Your name. Father give them peace. Help them to see all of Your children as You see them. Rest the minds and hearts of Your children who have used Your Word and twisted it to do wrong to others, and to hate others based on their sexual orientation, race, nationality, religion, skin color, and other identifiers.

Father I also pray for the men, women and children who have been negatively impacted by these hate mongers. May they find peace in Your Love and Light. May they find comfort in Your Arms. I pray that Jesus keeps them connected to Your Kingdom and believing in You forever. These things I sincerely pray. Amen.

Love you always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.20.18

Audio Message

Please note: The audio message contains more content than the written message below. Also, please forgive me for the first few moments of this audio message where you can hear my windbreaker moving across my body as I walked around outside. The microphone was sharper than I expected [*smile*].

Please listen to today’s message, instead paying attention to my words and the blissful sounds of nature in the background. Thank you!

Scripture

Hebrews 12:14

Reflection

Peace comes from within, so we must turn inward, pulling out and bestowing upon others this gift.

The scripture says to “work at living in peace with everyone”.

That first word is “work”, which means that it won’t be easy, but it’s always worth it.

That last word is “everyone”. It didn’t say “someone” and it didn’t say, “your loved ones”.

It said that we have to work at loving every single human being, and it doesn’t matter their gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, hair texture, skin color, ethnicity, race, tribe, nationality, education level, capabilities or limitations.

We’re supposed to live in peace with every single person.

There’s a level of effort that we need to invest in order to make this process possible.

Sometimes we won’t feel like sharing much or any space with others, but we must work at it, not for (or just for) their sake but for our own. You can call it a positive selfishness, if you want. The only way we will have peace within is by doing our part to declutter and detox the environment around us.

There’s no way to have peace within if you’re mad at someone else. There’s no peace when you’re plotting and planning chaos towards others. We can’t cause strife and then think we will have internal peace.

It’s just not possible.

Work each day to reflect God’s light, His love, His joy, His steady calm.

Pause and reflect before speaking, making sure the words you use are intentional and come from the heart.

This is something I’m working on.

Oh how I can let the venom flow, slicing and dicing at rapid speed.

It takes great effort to be a jerk. It’s much easier to be loving.

If all you know is arguing and fighting, and you spend a great part of your life with your face in a frown and your heart rate sky high, what peace could you possibly relish here on Earth?

So when that day comes that you transition from this level of existence, what do you think the next level is going to be like?

If you’re a hell raiser here, what are you going to be there?

I recommend you get things right this go around so you don’t face an even tougher uphill battle in the next round.

Just a suggestion!

Prayer

Fill me with Your peace Father, so that I might reflect Your light outward to touch others in love. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message? About today’s audio message? About my recording the message outside in nature?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,

Natasha

Please note: This written message was originally published on September 8, 2016. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting, and to include the audio message.
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Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)
Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.
Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.8.16

Scripture 


Hebrews 12:14

Pray

Fill me with Your peace Father, so that I might reflect Your light outward to touch others in love. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection 

Peace comes from within, so we must turn inward, pulling out and bestowing upon others this gift. The scripture says to “work at living in peace with everyone”. That first word is “work”, which means that it won’t be easy, but it’s always worth it. That last word is “everyone”. It didn’t say “someone” and it didn’t say, “your loved ones”. It said that we have to work at loving every single human being, and it doesn’t matter their gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, hair texture, skin color, ethnicity, race, tribe, nationality, education level, capabilities or limitations. We’re supposed to live in peace with every single person. 

There’s a level of effort that we need to invest in order to make this process possible. 

Sometimes we won’t feel like sharing much or any space with others, but we must work at it, not for (or just for) their sake but for our own. You can call it a positive selfishness, if you want. The only way we will have peace within is by doing our part to declutter and detox the environment around us. There’s no way to have peace within if you’re mad at someone else. There’s no peace when you’re plotting and planning chaos towards others. We can’t cause strife and then think we will have internal peace. It’s just not possible.

Work each day to reflect God’s light, His love, His joy, His steady calm. 

Pause and reflect before speaking, making sure the words you use are intentional and come from the heart. This is something I’m working on. Oh how I can let the venom flow, slicing and dicing at rapid speed. It takes great effort to be a jerk. It’s much easier to be loving.

If all you know is arguing and fighting, and you spend a great part of your life with your face in a frown and your heart rate sky high, what peace could you possibly relish here on Earth? So when that day comes that you transition from this level of existence, what do you think the next level is going to be like? If you’re a hell raiser here, what are you going to be there? I recommend you get things right this go around so you don’t face an even tougher uphill battle in the next round. Just a suggestion!

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com 

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email. 

Love always,

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2016. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible, Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common. English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 8.7.12

Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.

Hebrews 12:14 NIV

Pray
Father there is so much hate and intolerance in the world today, but I truly believe that there is more love and tolerance that outweighs the negative speech and actions of people out there—many of which are committing acts of cruelty in Your name. Father give them peace.

Rest the minds and hearts of Your children who have used Your Word and twisted it to do wrong to others, and to hate others based on their sexual orientation, race, nationality, religion, skin color, and other identifiers.

Father I also pray for the men, women and children who have been negatively impacted by these hate mongers. May they find peace in Your Love and Light. May they find comfort in Your Arms, and I pray that Jesus keeps them connected to Your Kingdom and believing in You forever. These things I sincerely pray. Amen.

Reflection
It hurts to hear and see people with so much anger and hatred inside of them yet they call themselves God’s servants. God is Love, Joy, Peace, and Light. There is no hate, chaos, or darkness with or in God.

Jesus, His son, was clear in his speech that the babies and children of earth as our most elder are to be treasured and taken care of–and no harm is to come to them.

Jesus said that loving our neighbors as we would love ourselves is most important in our daily walk as followers of Christ, yet He obviously meant for us to love ourselves—and pour that same love onto others, not pour our insecurities and pain on them.

Unfortunately there seems to be a great deal of people with low self-esteem and self-worth in the world subjecting others to their personal image issues.

We need to pray for them as much as we pray for ourselves. Pray for your fellow human’s sense of peace and comfort as much as you pray for your own.

I truly believe there is more love and goodness in the world than hate and insensitivity—we just have to pray, believe, and do our part to love everyone—and I mean everyone—even those who hate you, or are different than you. Love them!

Love you always,

Natasha

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