Breaking Bread For 11.4.21

Scripture

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. 

John 14:27

Reflection

God provides peace. Jesus shows you the way. Turn to the Light and embrace its warmth. Let the peace fill you until it overflows into the world, to fill those around you. Don’t confuse God’s peace with the substitutes of the world, that the enemy has strewn before you as traps. Nothing can equal what God provides. Lean into His embrace and be comforted by the understanding that only in, with, and through Him can there be salvation, joy, love, Light, healing, and peace.

You might be going through some tough times right now, I know I am. There are days that I’m brought to tears, down on my knees, confused and feeling lonelier than ever. But each time, I turn to God, just as a child should turn to their parent. I’m working on my heart, speaking affirmations that reduce the anxiety, fear, doubt, and desire to do something, anything, to stop what I’m feeling.

When our hearts are troubled and filled with fear, we unknowingly open the door for the enemy to enter and cause havoc. It doesn’t take much for him to take ahold, because our desperation for the pain to end leads us to surrendering and agreeing to anything that appears to be a quick fix. Because we aren’t in our right mind, aligned with God, we don’t see the tricks being played and the traps being secured.

We don’t realize that the lessons in our mistakes, failings, and oversight are necessary for us to learn what to do or not to do in the future, and to remind us of our need to rely solely upon God for provision and direction. When we try to push past learning the lesson, we set in motion a domino effect that will likely cause a worse outcome than the situation we’re currently in. Why? Because at that very point, we chose to entertain the enemy’s proposal, and we tuned out God. We’re going through a rough time right now, but I would rather wait patiently on God than to take some shortcut with the enemy.

If you discover that you have been walking beside the enemy, thinking you were in greener pastures, or on your way there, it’s not too late to let go of those shackles that are masquerading as fine jewelry, and turn toward God. Our Father is always here for us, waiting for us to choose Him, be with and commit wholeheartedly to Him, have a lasting relationship with Him. Allow God to fill you with His Peace.

Prayer

Father, thank You for waking me up today. Thank You for the blessings I have received, especially those that I’ve already received today, and for those You will still send my way. Father, I pray for peace within and peace around me.

I pray for vision, clarity and the ability to discern what is, what isn’t, and what could be. Let me see the potential in every situation you place before me. I want the peace to stand strong, that I may overcome fear, Father. In You I believe; through You I can do all things, and because of You I am who I am. You have never left or forsaken me. From the womb through this day, You have been my constant. I loved You then, I love You now, and I will love You always. Amen.

Enjoy your day and the rest of this week. Be the blessing you would like to receive. God bless you!

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread With Natasha for 11.5.20

Scripture

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 14:27

Reflection

The English word “peace” was translated from the Hebrew word “shalom”. Shalom does not simply mean peace, it means wholeness (to make whole), completeness (to make complete), replacing, and restoring (to restore).

Look at the verse from that context:

Completeness, wholeness I leave you with, My completeness, wholeness I give to you; not as the world gives do I give you….

God provides this. The world can’t do this. No other human can do this. No other being or entity can do this. Just God.

You can be lured and conned by substitutes. You can feel lonely and look to something or someone else and convince yourself that completeness, wholeness, restoration, and replacement can be achieved through this source.

Then we find out the hard way that we’re 100 percent wrong.

Only in and through God can there be replacement, restoration, completeness, and wholeness. When you’re feeling lonely and empty it’s because it’s a direct reflection on your relationship with God. You aren’t nurturing and fully participating in the relationship. You’re neglecting it and so you feel neglected. Invest in your relationship, see and understand your role and responsibilities, appreciate God’s role and promises to you. Protect that relationship and then nothing can penetrate it.

God is the Source of shalom. God is shalom. Jesus shows you the way to God. Jesus shows you how to have a nurturing relationship with God, relying solely on our Father-Mother. Jesus shows us how to resist substitutes and how to address self-righteous fools so that even they acknowledge the Truth.

You can be experiencing turmoil in your life right now, don’t be afraid of walking towards God. Be afraid of staying away. Be afraid of straddling the fence. Understand the trappings of the enemy that feeds off of our confusion. God is not the author of confusion and chaos. We are blind and ignorant in the dark. We are fearful and feel alone in the dark. Even though God is never not beside us, the enemy convinces us we’re alone. God wants you to choose Him. He wants you to stand in His Light. He wants you to decipher His light from the fake flashlight the deceiver keeps twirling around you.

Turn to the Light and embrace its warmth and familiarity. There you will live the Truth. Let the peace fill you and rejoice as it overflows into the world, to fill others.

Prayer

Father thank You for waking me up today. Thank You for the blessings I have received, especially today, and for those You will still send my way. Father I pray for peace within and peace around me. Fill us Father. Mind, body, Spirit, and soul.

I pray for vision, clarity and the ability to discern what is, what isn’t, and what could be. I pray for discipline to see things through. I pray for courage to overcome anything that appears to be an obstacle. Let me see the potential in every situation you place before me.

I want to stand strong, to overcome the grip that fear has on me. You are my Source. In You I believe; through You I can do all things, and because of You I am who I am. As a believer and follower of Your perfect son, I pray to You with conviction and expectation. Amen.

Family, I hope these words inspired and encouraged you. I hope you made them your own. Enjoy your day. Be the blessing you would like to receive. God bless you all.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 11.6.19

Scripture

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 14:27

Prayer

Father, thank You for waking me up today. Thank You for the blessings that I have received, even today, and for those that You will still send my way.

Father, I pray for peace within and peace around me. I pray for vision, clarity and the ability to discern what is, what isn’t and what could be. Let me see the potential in every situation that you place before me.

I want the peace to stand strong, that I may overcome fear Father. In You I believe; through You I can do all things, and because of You I am who I am. I humbly declare this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection

God provides peace. Jesus shows you the way. Turn to the light and embrace its warmth. Let the peace fill you until it overflows into the world, to fill those around you.

Enjoy the moments that make up your day. Be the blessing you would like to receive. God bless you all.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 3.1.18

Scripture

John 14:27 HCSB

Prayer

Father thank You for another day. I opened my eyes, took a breath, and moved my body because You made that possible. Your gift to me.

Father You sent Your Son, Jesus, to demonstrate the spiritual walk hoped for all, expected of many, and experienced by few. His teachings were directed at even fewer so that they might witness, learn, embrace, and commit to the walk as teachers of the Truth.

Jesus said that He is in You and You are in Him, that You speak through Him so whatever is asked in His name shall be granted for He is the way to You, the truth when there is question, and the life that only You can provide.

Father I ask for peace in chaos, confusion, pain, loss, and disruption. May Your peace bring me comfort so that my heart is not troubled, fearful, or doubtful. May my faith be stabilized in what I feel and know and not in what I see, because I cannot see the future, have only condensed memories of the past, and my present is too close in my face for me to focus and see what’s before me. So I’m choosing to walk steadily, guided by the feeling You have placed in my heart, the feeling that rests in my gut.

I pray for these things in Jesus’ name, as a believer and follower of Christ, as your servant-in-training. Amen.

Reflection

A fearful, troubled, doubtful heart and mind cannot then be faithful—for both are always conspiring to find an exit strategy, a better way out, rather than patiently waiting on God.

We do this in our personal and professional lives, so how shocked can you be to read and accept that you aren’t walking by faith, working with faith, standing strong in your convictions rooted in faith, and speaking with a clarity that only comes when you are filled with and cloaked in the peace that comes from faith?

You can’t be shocked. More like embarrassed. I know that I am. Especially those of us that are labeled by religious affiliation. You call yourself a Christian, Mormon, Muslim, Jew, Buddhist, or whatever—but have no faith in the One that created you (no matter what name or names you call Him).

It’s because we’re ruled more by fear than by faith. We react we don’t respond. We’re impulsive rather than patient. We’re easily offended and feel the need to fight back rather than letting go and letting God.

Fear is a beast but it is not more powerful than God. We give it the fuel to masquerade itself to be more than it is. But we have a God-given weapon to combat fear. It’s faith!

When I become anxious I have to work to declutter my mind of the thoughts that frantically scatter about looking for an exit door. I try to center myself to focus on praying. To center myself I say silently and then aloud (if needed) “Calm down. Breathe. I said calm down and breathe.” I repeat this until my heart rate is at an acceptable level and I’m no longer feeling frantic. I then begin speaking to God.

The amount of time that I need to speak before the calm covers me and comforts me varies on how freaked out I am. The more astute I become at identifying the seeping in of the fear, the faster I can catch it before it multiplies and grows. I want to learn to nip it in the bud the moment it rears its head, much like a skilled asthmatic can feel the signs of an attack and quickly use their inhaler to blast it before it becomes a full attack.

I want to squash my fear when it is only a mere spark not when it’s a full raging fire, blazing and destroying everything in its path.

We are not ourselves when we operate out of fear. We are not good representations of God when we operate out of fear. We cannot fully serve Him because our heart and mind is captured by fear, and not focused on Him. Faith keeps fear in check. Faith is the fire extinguisher.

We say that we want internal peace yet it can only come through our faith and outreach to God and His Son. When you cry out in fear for peace, any comfort that you may receive is the “calm” but it is as temporary as your faith. It is a blanket that you remove and you say “okay I’m good”.

Peace is long-lasting and envelops you when you walk boldy, speak confidently, see clearly with faith! Peace emanates from you. It leaves positive imprints on others that magnifies God’s light. It inspires others to pay it forward and spread the joy.

Fear does the opposite.

Our world has no external peace because we individually have no internal peace.

~Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 2.3.14

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
 
 John 14:26, 27 ESV
 
 Pray
 Father You sent Your son Jesus to save Your children and to show us the way to You. Thank You Father. There are times when I am troubled and confused, times when I wonder how I’m going to make it through a situation, and times I feel exhausted. But I’m learning how to smile more. I’m smiling and playing through the pain, just as all great athletes and soldiers are taught. I’m smiling because I’m stronger and wiser today than I was yesterday. I’m smiling because as long as I’m alive then I know You have blessed me another day.
 
 Father fill me with strength and courage. Help me to see opportunities and push past my hesitation, fear, and procrastination. Help me to achieve the goals this week that I set for weeks (and possibly months) ago (and have not finished). I pray to hear Your voice and know it from others. I humbly pray for resolution to the chaos I cause and allow in my life. I pray for stillness to hear your audibles just like football players tune in to their quarterback. I’m listening Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Jesus told his followers to not be worried or afraid, troubled or confused, because through him, the Holy Spirit, and God, they (and we) will see things through to the other side of obstacles, darkness, and more. We’re all going through something right now, it may be financial, spiritual, in our family, with our health, at our jobs, or on the unemployment line—we’re all facing trials and tribulations.
 
 Jesus says not to worry, just believe that as long as you don’t give up and lose hope and faith, we will always see the ray of light peeking through. Look for the light. Remove the scales from your eyes and look. Clean the wax from your ears, and listen. Slow down and feel. Don’t add to the chaos, instead be still and seek out the peace, and don’t forget to smile!
 
 Lovingly your sister in Christ,
 
 Natasha
 
 
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 11.4.11

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

John 14:27

Pray
Father thank You for waking me up today. Thank You for the blessings I have received, even today, and for those You will still send my way. Father I pray for peace within and peace around me.

I pray for vision, clarity and the ability to discern what is, what isn’t and what could be…let me see the potential in every situation you place before me.

I want the peace to stand strong, that I may overcome fear Father. In You I believe; through You I can do all things, and because of You I am who I am. Amen.

Reflection
God provides peace. Jesus shows you the way. Turn to the light and embrace its warmth. Let the peace fill you until it overflows into the world, to fill those around you.

Enjoy your weekend. Be the blessing you would like to receive. God bless you all.

Love,

Natasha

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