Breaking Bread For 11.11.21

Scripture

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 

John 15:1-2

Reflection

We are expected to be fruitful, to work and produce something good, to contribute to our family, community, and the world. We are seeds of the tree and as seeds, we are to grow and produce more seeds and byproducts. This doesn’t mean being a baby making factory. It means grabbing ahold to one of God’s ideas that He cast like stars in the sky, and glorifying Him through the development and manifestation of that idea. You and I are ideas. God thought of us and made us so. Everything on and in this planet, universe, and beyond, are God’s ideas. His fruits. Each fruit has a purpose with a plan.

That means we’re not to be idle, lazy, shiftless, and stagnant. We’re supposed to be active, move, grow, change, try new things, experience the unimaginable, and challenge ourselves. We’re supposed to seize the opportunities that God places before us.

We may stumble and fall, but that doesn’t mean give up. We’re supposed to get back up, learn from the experience, and keep pressing on. It doesn’t matter if we’re a preteen or 90 years old, as long as we have blood flowing through us, energy zooming through us, we are to be engaged and fruitful. As we grow we are pruned, so that the stuff that’s weighing us down can be meticulously removed. Many of us resist the pruning phases, holding on to dead weight, and then between blame and shame we become consumed by our misery. That is not the plan of our Heavenly Father. That’s the slam dunk win for our enemy.

Stop making excuses for mediocrity, low-living, and settling for less than the dream God gave you. God gave you the dream to pursue it and make it your reality. You stopped doing it or never started because you failed to make that journey with Him as your Guide.

It seemed overwhelming and like too much to handle because you only saw your role and limitations in the vision. You listened to the enemy tell you what you can’t do, what can’t be done, what’s impossible, what’s too risky, and you believed the enemy over God. You stopped believing that God was and still is waiting for you to take that next step, to get back on that path. If you look close enough you will see Him. If you step back far enough you will see even more of Him. If you stretch out your arms and walk boldly onto that path, you will find that He’s right there.

Don’t let dreams die because of your fear, frustration, sense of lack, or shame. Don’t cut yourself off from the vine and don’t think that you can or are supposed to do this thing called life without the Vine and Gardener (Vinedresser).

Prayer

Father, thank You for today, for the shelter and for the food, both spiritual and edible. Thank You for the vision of the path You set before me. I cannot see long distance, but I can see each step I take. I can dream and hope that my dreams align with Your reality and plans for my life.

Father, I am a growing and developing tree. Shed my old leaves and help my new ones to grow strong and bright. Remove from me what is undesirable to You, so that I may be molded into the perfect image as You see fit. Let those around me not steal my fruit but rather seek their own, and wait patiently for You to provide. Let me also gain patience for the things I desire. Let me receive what I need and realize that what I want may not always be what I need. I humbly accept whatever portions You allocate for me, while never having low expectations of You, Jesus or myself. I pray and give thanks to You today and always. Amen.

There are no limits to what we can do. God has blessed us with gifts and talents, and at times, He places someone in our lives who possesses complementary gifts and talents—then head towards your adventure, let God guide and counsel you, and keep going. Live your life fully!

Start today!

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 11.11.20

Scripture

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

John 15:1-2

Reflection

Without faith, hope and love where are we? What are we? Who are we? What would life be like here on Earth?

I don’t know about you but I want wealth of wisdom through experience, listening to God, and learning from others. God teaches us daily. He also places us before books, people, and other resources for us to learn and apply what we have learned. He also gives us opportunities to learn in real-time through life experiences.

With the experiences come hurdles, barriers, valleys and mountains. It is the adventure of overcoming the odds, not just reading about it (or listening to someone else share their stories) that makes these life experiences full, rich and wondrous.

Some people have no desire to experience the things they read about or see on television. They want to play it safe because they fear the unknown, fear possible harm, etc. There are people who choose not to take risks, even when God is urging them to take that step. Instead, they prefer a sheltered life. But what fruit grows on that tree? If a tree restricted where its roots and branches grew, what quality of life would that tree have?

Living life sheltered isn’t living it’s merely existing. If you don’t accept challenges and take risks then you haven’t truly lived. And what really can God trust you to do and trust you to be?

There’s no cut-off point to getting up and getting out there. There’s no age limit, and adventures aren’t just limited to men. Moses was an old man, Jesus was in his 30s, Solomon was a young man, Ruth was a woman. Sarah/Sarai didn’t give birth to a child until she was elderly!!

There are people starting college, graduating from college, and starting businesses in their 60s, 70s, and 80s—challenging themselves, taking risks, desiring to bear good fruit.

What’s stopping you?

Don’t use your children or your circumstances as excuses for not standing up and embracing the opportunities God has given you to make your dreams your goals, and your goals your accomplishments—creating a new reality for you, in honor of Him!

There are no limits to what we can do. If God has blessed us with gifts and talents, placed someone in our lives who possesses other gifts and talents—then head towards your adventure and keep going through the finish line. Be the tree that bears good fruit. Allow God to prune you, make you healthy, strong, and productive. What you pour into the world for uplift, glorifies God. Live your life as He intends!

Start today!

Prayer

Father thank You for today, for the shelter and for the food—both spiritual and edible. Thank you for the vision to begin to see the path You set before me. I cannot always see long distance, but I can see each step that I take. I can dream and hope that my dreams align with Your reality and plans for my life.

Father I am a growing and developing tree. Shed my old leaves and help my new ones to grow strong and bright. Remove from me what is undesirable to You, so that I may be molded into the perfect image as You see fit. Let those around me not steal my fruit but rather seek their own, and wait patiently for You to provide. Let me also gain patience for the things I desire. Let me receive what I need and realize that what I want may not always be what I need.

I humbly accept whatever portions You allocate for me, while never having low expectations of You, Jesus or myself. I pray and give thanks to You today and always. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 11.11.19

Scripture

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

John 15:1-2

Reflection

Without faith, hope and love where are we? What are we? Who are we?

I don’t know about you but I want wealth of wisdom not just from learning through hearing and reading, but also through experience. With that experience comes hurdles, valleys and mountains so tall that you can’t see their tops. It is the adventure of overcoming the odds, not just reading about it (or listening to someone else share their stories) that makes life fuller, richer and more wondrous.

Living life sheltered isn’t living, it’s merely existing. If you don’t accept challenges, challenge yourself, and risk losing and failing, then you haven’t lived. Great discoveries and accomplishments are made by those who dare to chase their dreams, not by those who run away and hide from them.

There’s no cut-off point to getting up and getting out there. There’s no age limit, and adventures aren’t just limited to men and the wealthy. Moses was an old man, Jesus was in his 30s, Solomon was a young man, Ruth and Debra were women. Sarah/Sarai didn’t give birth to a child until she was elderly…at the age of 90!!

There are people starting college, graduating from college, buying homes, and starting businesses in their 60s, 70s, and 80s…what’s stopping you?

Don’t use your children or your circumstances as excuses for not standing up and embracing the opportunities that God has given you to make your dreams your goals, and your goals your accomplishments -–creating a new reality for you!

There are no limits to what we can do. If God has blessed us with gifts and talents, or placed someone in our lives who possess them–-then head towards your adventure and keep going until you cross the finish line. Live your life!

Start today!

Prayer

Father, thank You for today, for the shelter and for the food–-both spiritual and edible. Thank you for the vision to begin to see the path that You set before me. I cannot see long distance, but I can see each step that I take, and what’s before me. I can dream and hope that my dreams align with Your reality and plans for my life.

Father, I am a growing and developing tree. Shed my old leaves and help my new ones to grow strong and bright. Remove from me what is undesirable to You, so that I may be molded into the perfect image as You see fit. Let those around me not steal my fruit but rather seek their own, and wait patiently for You to provide. If my fruit can be of help to them, please guide me in the ways to gift it in Your honor.

Let me also gain patience for the things that I desire. Let me receive what I need and realize that what I want may not always be what I need. I humbly accept whatever portions that You allocate for me, while never having low expectations of You, Jesus or myself. I pray and give thanks to You today and always. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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