Breaking Bread For 7.21.22

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Seek Him

Today’s message is from Day 135 of my book Seek Him, Volume 2: Going Beyond Your Spiritual Comfort Zone . The theme is “How Are You Investing Your Time?”

Scripture

Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me? 

Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him, my Savior and my God.

—Psalm 42:11 HCSB

Reflection

We are all tested. Scenarios will always be presented where our judgment will come to question, and our character is defined. Are we spiritually mature and tough enough? Sometimes we will be tested through our loved ones. Friends and, yes, family. For many of us, this test comes mostly from family. How do we respond? Do we release it all to God, or do we struggle to try and fix things on our own and then wonder why matters only get worse?

If things are not right in your life, pray to God to reveal all. Then look in the mirror and look within yourself. You will see the culprit and the answer to why things aren’t going the way they should. You can blame others, but you choose when and how to engage with them.

God doesn’t do chaos and disorder, only order, structure, and peace. We must fall in line to receive the life we’re supposed to have. We must do it with hope, humility, passion, and appreciation. When we continue to follow Jesus and serve God, there is constant peace— even in turmoil, because we know from Whom we belong. Pray for the way and the right turns, each step on your path. Pray that God touches those around you so that they lean on Him and not on you.

PRAYER

Father, give me the strength to endure and persevere in the worst of times. Give me the patience to wait, listen, and gain the guidance I need from You and Jesus. Fill me with the grace to handle all situations with Your Light. May I joyfully reflect Your love in my fullness. Equip me with the tools to work through any circumstance. Turn me from all negativity. Help me to stop being a leaning post for others. Instead, let me serve as an ambassador that guides them to You through Jesus. Help me, Father. Touch me to my core so that my foundation is unshakeable. Thanking You now, Father. Amen.

SPEAK YOUR TRUTH

When I See Myself I See…

When I Think About Myself I Think Of…

I Feel…

I Want To Improve My…

I Fear…

I Want to Overcome This Fear Because…

I Will Show My Support Of God Today By…

Today, I Tell The Enemy…

I Am…

I Thank God For…

GO DEEPER!

It’s time to Go Deeper. Turn to Day 135 in Seek Him: Workbook 2.

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Spiritual Quotes of the Day: Hope

“You may be experiencing an extremely painful or difficult moment in your life right now, and you aren’t sure what to do, what to say, where to go, or who to turn to—I encourage you and pray that you would turn to God for strength and restored hope”- Natasha L. Foreman

“In those desperate times when we feel like we don’t have an ounce of strength, He will gently pick up our heads so that our eyes can behold something—something that will keep His hope alive in us.” -Kathy Troccoli

“The choice for me is to either look at all the things I have lost or the things I have. To live in fear or to live in hope…Hope comes from knowing I have a sovereign, loving God who is in every event in my life.”- Lisa Beamer (her husband Todd was killed on flight 93 on September 11, 2001).

Copyright 2012. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

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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