Breaking Bread For 9.22.22

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Scripture

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you….”

Luke 6:27-28

Reflection

An injured animal will lash out in pain. Humans do the same. When we are hurt, mad, sad, disappointed, fed up, frustrated, and in pain, we lash out, thinking it will protect us from feeling worse than we already do. We lash out at others so that they can feel our pain. Sometimes, some people want others to feel worse than they do, so they go to extremes to hurt others. The crazy thing is even after releasing all of that negative energy onto someone else, we still don’t truly feel any better— sometimes, we feel worse.

Instead of mistreating others because we don’t feel good about ourselves or what’s going on in our lives, why don’t we instead turn to God and seek His loving guidance, and then seek out positive, loving, uplifting, and enlightening people who speak peace not vengeance?

Instead of hating your enemy, love them. You’re not told to be pen pals or to be buddy-buddy and go on vacation with them. You’re told to love them, just as God loves you —despite your foolishness. Love them for their ignorance and fear because you know that it’s because they have closed God out of their lives that they barely survive in darkness.

Pray that they seek and embrace God to be whole in His Light. Let your cup run over so that even your enemies are blessed because it’s easy to love, pray for, and bless your treasured family and friends. The true test is doing it for someone who despises you and you, them.

Prayer

Father, thank You. Thank you for Your grace today and each day. Thank You for comforting me when I am down, weak, distraught, frustrated, tired, dismayed, confused, disappointed, and angered. Thank You for protecting me from people and things that could harm me. Thank You for turning away my enemies. Thank You for showing me how to protect myself rather than seek revenge.

Father, I pray today for those who hate me, curse me, and mistreat me—whether they personally know me or not. I pray for those who use their power to try and rob me of mine. I pray that You touch their hearts and minds, and that You hold their tongues so that they might think before they speak; think before they tell lies, cast doubt, or curse others. Let their held tongues cause them to recognize and repent their ways and wrongdoings that they might immediately change in Your goodness. I pray to You as Your humble, grateful, and faith-filled child. Amen.

Loving you always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 4.5.22

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Scripture

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Luke 6:27‭-‬28 NIV

Reflection

Don’t seek the level of those who behave worse than the swine we govern. They would rather bite off their own foot than humble themselves in love and peace. They would rather sit in the cold, go without food or shelter than to take the loving offerings you place before them. They would rather humiliate you than face themselves in the mirror and see the err of their ways.

Pray for them.

Don’t stoop to their level of foolishness for it only then proves you too are a fool. Instead let God tend to them. Let Him remind His flock of His son’s example of love, light, and peace. Let God fight your battles and get folks realigned.

Wish no harm. Cause no harm. Curse no one who would revel in such wickedness. Instead walk in God’s light and shine brightly each and every day. That light will shine so bold and bright that people will either celebrate with you or walk away—either way, they will be in their rightful place. In your refusal to mirror ugliness you claim victory for yourself but most importantly for God’s Kingdom.

We CHOOSE how to behave. We CHOOSE to lower or raise our standards and values, and we CHOOSE to either uphold or bring to question our character. If you act a fool, that was your choice. No one made you do it, not even the devil. Yes, you can be tempted, but you make the choice to act or not. So just because someone is acting a fool with you doesn’t mean you have to match their ignorance and prove yourself to also be a fool. Walk with honor and dignity, as a child and ambassador of God.

Embrace today and smile! God is always showing up and showing out helping us so that we can help ourselves, and help others.

Prayer

Father, I want to thank You for giving me Your peace and strength today. I choose to embrace this peace and bless those who come to serve with me, as well as those who choose to come against me. I choose to walk in love and forgiveness so that I can honor You in all that I do. I know that Your love and power will always disarm the enemy.

I pray for those who seek to steal my peace and the peace of others. Let Your light shine brightly on them and cast out the darkness in their hearts. Let them feel Your presence Father. Let them see the smile of Your son Jesus as he shows them the way to You. I hope that they follow. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 9.22.21

Scripture

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you….”

Luke 6:27-28

Reflection

An injured animal will lash out in pain. Humans do the same. When we are hurt, mad, sad, disappointed, fed up, frustrated, and in pain we lash out thinking it will protect us from feeling worse than we already do. We lash out at others so that they can feel our pain. Sometimes, some people want others to feel worse than they do, so they go to the extremes to hurt others. The crazy thing is even after releasing all of that negative energy onto someone else, we still don’t truly feel any better—sometimes we feel worse.

Instead of mistreating others because we don’t feel good about ourselves or what’s going on in our lives, why don’t we instead turn to God and seek His loving guidance, and then seek out positive, loving, uplifting, and enlightening people who speak peace not vengeance?

Instead of hating your enemy, love them. You’re not told to be pen pals or to be buddy buddy and go on vacation with them. You’re told to love them, just as God loves you in spite of your foolishness. Love them for their ignorance and fear, because you know that it is because they have closed God out of their lives that they barely survive in darkness.

Pray that they seek and embrace God, and be whole in His light. Let your cup runneth over so that even your enemies are blessed, because it’s easy to love, pray for, and bless your treasured family and friends. The true test is doing it for someone who despises you, and you them.

Prayer

Father, thank You. Thank you for Your grace today and each day. Thank You for comforting me when I am down, weak, distraught, frustrated, tired, dismayed, confused, disappointed, and angered. Thank You for protecting me from people and things that could harm me. Thank You for turning away my enemies. Thank You for showing me how to protect myself rather than seek revenge.

Father, I pray today for those who hate me, curse me, and mistreat me—whether they personally know me or not. I pray for those who use their power to try and rob me of mine. I pray that You touch their hearts and minds, and that You hold their tongues so that they might think before they speak; think before they tell lies, cast doubt, or curse others. Let their held tongues cause them to recognize and repent their ways and wrongdoings that they might immediately change in Your goodness. I pray to You as Your humble, grateful, and faith-filled child. Amen.

Loving you always,

Natasha 

Copyright 2011-2021. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Breaking Bread For 4.3.20

Scripture

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Luke 6:27‭-‬28 NIV

Reflection

Do not seek the level of those who behave worse than the swine we govern. They would rather bite off their own foot than humble themselves in love and peace. They would rather sit in the cold, go without food or shelter than to take the loving offerings you place before them. They would rather humiliate you than face themselves in the mirror and see the err of their ways.

Pray for them. Do not stoop to their level of foolishness for it only then proves you too are a fool. Instead let God tend to them. Let Him remind His flock of His son’s example of love, light, and peace. Let God fight your battles and snatch the enemy out of the picture so that His child who is causing you grief and harm may be restored brand new.

Wish no harm. Cause no harm. Curse no one who would revel in such wickedness. Instead walk in God’s light and shine brightly each and every day. That light will shine so brightly that those who walk in error will be blinded and forced to either repent and seek God’s grace and mercy, or run away to never be seen or heard (and there God will lovingly work to re-mold them). In your refusal to mirror ugliness you claim victory for yourself but most importantly for God’s Kingdom.

Embrace today and smile! I send a special thank you to my friend Kenya who sent me this scripture years ago, and my friend Juanita who sent the NIV translation to me today. God is always showing up and showing out helping us so that we can help others.

Prayer

Father, I want to thank You for giving me Your peace and strength today. I choose to embrace this peace and bless those who come against me. I choose to walk in love and forgiveness so that I can honor You in all that I do. I know that Your love will always disarm the enemy. I pray for those who seek to steal my peace and the peace of others. Let Your light shine brightly on them and cast out the darkness in their hearts. Let them feel Your presence Father. Let them see the smile of Your son Jesus as he shows them the way to You. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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