Breaking Bread For 11.20.22

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Scripture

You did not go up to the gaps or restore the wall around the house of Israel so that it might stand in battle on the day of the Lord .

Ezekiel 13:5 HCSB

Reflection

How disciplined and obedient are we really? Think about it for a moment before you proceed.

Do we prepare in advance for chaos, or do we react in a panicked state of mania once “hell” has broken wide open upon us? Many of us are reactionaries, not planners and preppers.

We know that our homes need upkeep, repairs, and reinforcement— yet we put it off because it’s not a huge priority. Until something happens to the home, then we’re frantic and desperate, and of course, we are complaining as though we took no part in the lack of planning and preparation. We heard the Voice repeatedly tell us month after month, season after season, to fix or replace something, yet we ignored that Voice. Absolute disobedience.

We smirk and make snide remarks about doomsday preppers and others who prepare for calamity, yet who were and have been the only ones prepared in 2020 when we were hit and devastated by a global pandemic?

Preppers!

They have planned, prepared, and trained for it. They have taught generations of their family how to prepare for a season or period of devastation. While we teased and chided them as being paranoid and delusional, they saw a vision that, based on our trending nature of destruction, conflict, and chaos, that life as we have comfortably known it would cease to exist for a period of time.

They planned for disorder and looting and built living quarters for their families to sustain them for two or more years. Some of them even practice long stints of isolation to prepare for being separated from society for extended periods of time. All while we rolled our eyes in cynicism.

This modern-day pandemic experience has been a good trial run for them because they could see how outsiders reacted to store shortages, mass unemployment, business closures, hospital deficiencies, city and state shutdowns, and the temperament of not only the residents but of the political, community, and business leaders.

This is only a trial run. You’re ignorant to believe that this is the worst scenario we will ever again experience in our lifetime. Yet, looking at the news and social media, there are huge chunks of our population in the US alone that obviously don’t care; they’re more concerned with socializing than with learning, planning, and preparing for the future.

Many of us didn’t learn a thing, except that folks don’t like being told what to do, suggested what to do, or being inconvenienced in any way. We also learned that in a crisis, there is a small segment of the population that will price gouge and leverage your desperation for their personal and financial gain. We also learned that we don’t keep enough household supplies and nonperishable foods on hand in our homes to last us months or longer.

I bet many of you started envying those mass couponers that you see on TV. The ones with years worth of products stocked up in their homes, garages, and custom-built storage shelters. Yep, I, too, used to ask myself why a family of two to four needed as many items as so many of them kept stocking. But after watching the shows highlighting couponers, I began to see the why. I also saw that in their bargaining preparation, they also accounted for the products they would donate to local churches and charities and the amounts they would set aside for other family members, friends, and neighbors who may need help.

The majority of couponers aren’t wealthy. They’re just great at using the gift God gave them to calculate and analyze how to apply coupons to gain the most value. They are disciplined and committed. They are forward-thinking. They are planners and preppers. And I can guarantee you they didn’t have to go to the grocery store one time in 2020. Many of them have enough supplies and food to last them several years. While the rest of us were rationing it and we still haven’t understood the lessons that we were being taught.

Noah was obedient and did as God instructed, and while his neighbors and friends looked at him like he was out of his mind, even telling him he was, he continued preparing and getting his family ready. When the floods rushed in and began wiping people out, imagine the thoughts of so many people who knew Noah, and the moment they had the realization that he was right, it was too late.

Noah was a prepper. We celebrate Noah, yet we roll our eyes at modern-day preppers. We better start paying attention, learn our lessons, apply what we learn, listen and obey God’s guiding words. Or expect to be wiped out by whatever Earth-created or man-created force.

The Bible passage above shares God’s disappointment that the people chose to be disobedient and chose to do other things instead of preparing and protecting the House of Israel. It wasn’t a priority for them. Idol worship was. Socializing was. Revising history and giving glory to other gods for the blessings that God gave them. That was more important to them. Ezekiel kept telling the people what God said, and they kept doing their own thing.

Remember what we talked about over the past few days about our relationship with God, about what the temple represents in this relationship with Him. They literally rejected God by not protecting the temple. They rejected their relationship with Him by not protecting the very thing that symbolized their relationship with Him.

Think of Jeremiah’s struggles. He, too, would tell the people what God said, and the people chose to do things their way. Yet when things would blow up, they would rush to Jeremiah to help make things right with God. There are numerous examples like this in the Bible. All are lessons to be learned and taught so we don’t repeat them. Yet we keep repeating them like imbeciles.

When you read the Old Testament, part of you questions why the Israelites kept messing up and faced punishment for their sins and disobedience. The other part of you is quickly checked and silenced by the reality that we do the same ignorant things thousands of years later, and unlike them, we have online access to the written records to try and avoid these things. Our arrogance and pride would be hilarious, if not so heartbreaking.

I’m grateful that God doesn’t get totally frustrated by us and just decide to wipe us out and start over fresh again. He has the power to do so, but He spares us. He shows us mercy. He’s keeping the promise He made to Noah. He sacrificed His son for us. That’s love.

Could we do the same? Would we do the same, having the power to punish or show mercy?

Honestly, no. We’re quick to punish and destroy. Look at our social media timelines. Look at our actions smeared across the newspapers. That’s why He keeps molding us.

Take a few moments to consider what you need to do to listen, plan, prepare, and be disciplined in whatever assignment or task God gives you. If you aren’t tuned in, then you will most likely be left out. We all must do better.

Prayer

Father prepare me for days ahead, for struggle and strife, for challenges and complications. Show me how to see opportunities in each situation. Protect me from myself and from those who would plot to harm me. Forgive me for my pride and disobedience, for my fear and doubt, for my frustration and conditional faith that sometimes creeps in.


Father let me learn a lesson once without need for repetition. Help me to prepare my mind, heart, body, home, family, and life for battle. Whether the battle is spiritual, financial, medical, or anything else—help me to be ready so I don’t have to frantically rush to get ready. Help me to resist the enemy and see temptation’s lure as leading to nothingness and nothing worthy of giving attention to. My true health, wealth and victory can only come from You. In Your Name I pray and praise. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 11.19.22

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Scripture

He reveals mysteries from the darkness and brings the deepest darkness into the light. 

Job 12:22 HCSB

Reflection

God reveals the truth, brings to the surface what is hidden in darkness, clears the confusion, turns mysteries into revelations, solves problems, and does these things as only He can. They are only mysteries to us. They are only difficult to see by us. Only we struggle with solving the problems. They aren’t a mystery or problem for God. For all that is good, God created, and there is nothing created, good or bad, that God doesn’t see and understand. Nothing is too big or too small for Him. Yet we keep trying to go at this thing called life in this chaos called the world by our own merits and effort. We are of Him; we are not greater than Him. When will we stop this madness?

Prayer

Father, nothing remains hidden from You. I’m confident that through You all truth is made known, all confusion is resolved, distortions are cleared, and darkness is penetrated by light. I trust in Your ability to right-side all situations, because only You can. I walk in that confidence, praising Your Holy Name. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 11.18.22

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Scripture

Bread gained by deceit is sweet to a man, But afterward his mouth will be filled with gravel. 

Proverbs 20:17 

Reflection

We always reap what we sow. So be mindful of what you do and say to be right, get ahead in life, or outdo the competition.

We all have pitfalls, setbacks, disappointments, and failures, but we can all succeed in life by doing good, living with grace and dignity, and being honest. Trust and rely upon God to provide, in and on His time, understanding that He sees the big picture that you don’t see.

You don’t need to manipulate people or circumstances to get what your heart desires. You don’t have to deceive others to have your needs met. You just have to trust and follow God’s lead. Your dreams of a future filled with love and joy are not sadistic taunts. Trust that God planted those seeds that burst into dreams to grow in your mind so that you can see what is possible and waiting for you and that with Him, you can have all, be all, and see all — even more than you ever imagined. But you will block your blessings if you practice deceit and the ways of the enemy.

We really don’t need to learn lessons the hard way; we choose to. History repeats itself because we refuse to let go of our old ways, right our wrongs, forgive ourselves and others, and let God do what only He can. Let that sink in.

Prayer

Father, thank You for blessing me. There are times when I desire things that maybe I want but I don’t need, and I am grateful that You keep me in line so that I receive only what I need, and I learn my lesson for ill gotten gains.

Father, I would rather defer my gratification than to receive something that I didn’t earn, especially if I was being deceptive, not genuine, or inauthentic. Father, bless me as You see fit, as aligned with Your promise. Mold me into your perfect image. Protect me from harm– that which is self-inflicted and the harm from others.

I trust and believe in You Lord, and I apologize for any moments where my faith and allegiance to You are not crystal-clear. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others. I love you all. Have an incredible day. Be a blessing to others. Be the positive and loving example you want to see in the world.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 11.17.22

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Scripture

Sustain me, my God, according to your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.

Uphold me, and I will be delivered; I will always have regard for your decrees.

Psalms 119:116-117

Reflection

Without hope for what the day may bring for a better tomorrow, where are you, and where do you stand in your faith?

God blesses us daily, every single second— yet we want more, we want to see more, we want to see and receive the bigger blessings—when the biggest of blessings is our relationship with Him, the life He gives us, and being able to live it.

How grateful are you?

How hopeful are you?

How devoted are you?

Those are questions for you to ask and answer for yourself.

Embrace your day entirely. Be mindful and present; as God is a blessing to you, be a blessing to others.

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day. Thank You for comforting and protecting me as I slept. Thank You for waking me to experience the lessons I need to learn. Thank You for Your love, guidance, support, and protection. Father, I pray to be prepared and receptive to the blessings, tests, and lessons that You have in store for me today and in the future. I pray that I am open, discerning, hopeful and humble.

Help me to see and embrace every opportunity that You place before me. Help me to avoid pitfalls or to rebound quickly when I fall. Help me to confidently and faithfully move forward in the right direction, trusting and leaning on You as my Guide. Help me to listen more than I speak and to think of You when I do speak. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 11.16.22

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Scripture

…and when a prayer or plea is made by anyone among your people Israel—being aware of their afflictions and pains, and spreading out their hands toward this temple— then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Forgive, and deal with everyone according to all they do, since you know their hearts (for you alone know the human heart), so that they will fear you and walk in obedience to you all the time they live in the land you gave our ancestors. 

2 Chronicles 6:29-31

Reflection

Only God knows what’s in our hearts and in our behind-closed-doors lives. Only He has the full knowledge of our past, present, and future. We don’t really comprehend what this means, how special our connection with Him is, and why nurturing our relationship with Him— through daily prayer, conversations, meditation, and consistent obedience is so important. The stronger and healthier our relationship with God, the better our relationship with self and others. We should be focused on doing better, walking the walk, and ensuring that our heart is properly aligned with our thoughts, words, and actions.

In today’s scripture, we read the last line, which is a petition from Solomon to God to forgive the people of Israel, dealing with them individually and intimately. He said, “so that they will fear you and walk in obedience to you all the time they live in the land you gave our ancestors.” I’ve heard plenty of people default to translating the word “fear” in the Bible (at all times) as we would the meaning of horror and trembling fear. Rather than taking the time to use modern technology and search online for Hebrew translation and cultural context. In Psalm 149:13, we read about being “fearfully and wonderfully made” by God, and people are quick to recite that line, but what does it mean to be fearfully made? God wasn’t scared during the process. David was describing the love, respect, honor, and reverence that is God and the understanding that he was created of that essence.

When we look at the context of Solomon’s prayer, this use of the word fear is not to be mistaken for being scared of God. But rather to be in awe of Him. To be so overwhelmed by Who and What He is that you are naturally drawn to Him and have the desire to serve Him and be obedient to His requests and commands. It’s the ultimate of respect.

It’s like the crying, trembling, and fainting fan who is so overwhelmed when they see their celebrity crush or hero. They are filled with so much energy that they can’t seem to control themselves. Now magnify that sentiment and experience to a level that you can’t comprehend. That, my friends, is the intensity that we feel and experience when we are in awe of God — when we experience Yirah, as it is said in Hebrew. With the highest level of reference comes the highest level of consistent and bold obedience. That is the type of relationship Solomon was describing. It is interesting, though, because it’s sort of based on the condition that God would forgive the people and deal with each person according to what they do, what’s in their heart. Based on seeing that, the people would feel this strong reverence and loyalty towards God and obey Him for as long as they lived in the land He gave their ancestors. The reverence and obedience wouldn’t come first, which means Solomon is asking for grace and mercy. He’s asking God to show the people something they won’t even show each other, to be the example that they may one day imitate. This is a recurring plea and negotiation throughout most of the Old Testament. Let’s not forget that even Jesus (in the New Testament) asked God to show mercy to the idiots screaming for him to be nailed to a cross and later discarded like trash and eaten by dogs and buzzards.

If you recall Solomon’s history, he was the son of David, the same David who was king, warrior, beloved, and conflicted. Yep, the same David I mentioned earlier. Solomon, his son, was a man of peace and was chosen by God to build the temple after the people came out of exile. Solomon’s journey reflects the desire for the realignment of the people in their relationship with God. While in exile, many people deviated and began worshipping other gods. As a matter of fact, they did this every time they found themselves in exile. What in the world!

The purpose of the temple was always about the relationship between the Creator and His creations. It provided a place to disconnect to be reconnected; it allowed for greater intimacy and to be filled with God’s presence. It was to distinguish Him and His reign from the other gods the people had worshipped or were familiar with. God was using the temple, routines, job titles, and rituals to mold out their old way of thinking, living, and worshipping to prepare them for the life they were destined to live and the relationship with Him that He most desired. It was about intentionality. You didn’t go to the temple to catch up on the latest neighborhood gossip, buy a fish dinner, or place bets. No, that space was your one-on-one time with the Supreme Ruler. It was to break you from the ceremonial worship of other gods and to get your mind focused solely on the God that delivered your people from one calamity after the next.

That’s why generations later, we read of Jesus flipping tables and going off on the money changers and the folks selling things in the temple. That’s why we read the letters of Paul, Peter, James, and John, trying to recondition the minds of the people who naturally defaulted to the lifestyles and practices they led before becoming believers. Just like the generations before them, when they were in exile, they adopted the lifestyles of the people of those lands. We have to remember that the first generation that Moses led out of Egypt never made it to the Promised Land; it was their children and grandchildren who inherited that promise. So those beneficiaries and the generations that followed did not have a distinct recollection or reference point of God in the same way that their parents, grandparents, and great-grands did because they were either too young or weren’t yet born and have no memory of God’s presence in their lives when He freed their people from their captors. They only heard the stories about the plagues and Moses glowing, folks being swallowed up by the Earth, and the Red Sea parting and defeating giants.

When you look at people today, are we not living and behaving the exact same way? We are so far removed from the times of our ancestors of even six generations ago, heck, even from our grandparents’ and parents’ generational experiences, so we struggle to appreciate and reach out to God in the same ways that they did when they were our age and younger. That’s why you have people who scream out, “Stop living in the past,” as a dismissive way to disregard the horrors from the past that are still very much present. Solomon’s generation struggled with the temptation of worshipping idols and gods of their time, of the people who they lived around while in exile. Many thought that the God of their ancestors had abandoned them or was punishing them. Do we not still hear people say that today? Do we not hear people say, “If there is a God, then…” or “If God sent Jesus to do all of those things, then why are we still suffering?” and so on and so forth. Those are the voices of people who do not have an intimate relationship with the Great I Am.

Our relationship with God is to be like no other connection; it is to take precedence over all others. We were given rituals and routines to ween us off of our old ways of doing things and to reposition us to a new way, and many of us have a long way to go before we can walk confidently in this new way. Many people still reject the new way, even calling it the work of the devil, blaming it on the influences of other religions. That’s exactly what the people said to and about Jesus, ensuring his crucifixion. Do you not think that God has a New Covenant for us? But how can we possibly hear and embrace it if we still struggle to accept and live by the Covenant Jesus shared more than 2,000 years ago?

God’s plan was to prepare the people for the time when it would be revealed that we are the temple, the temple is within us, and whenever we want to have a moment with Him, all we have to do is speak to Him.

We don’t have to travel to a mountain or building to commune with Him. We just have to be still and speak.

An altar is no longer an object within a building; the altar is wherever you are. Just be still and speak.

People transitioned from human sacrifice to animal sacrifice, to then just burning some incense and candles, and then to learning specific prayers and being taught how to have a conversation with God. Through grace, God is still patiently waiting on us to stop worshipping gold, currency, things, and people. God led the people through the phases of having intercessors to guide us through prayer, petition, confession, and atonement — and as He worked with them, He had Jesus explain that there’s no need for you to go to the intercessors to speak on your behalf, you have all that you need to come directly to your Heavenly Father-Mother. And just like then, people today still place their faith in the intercessors, choosing them instead of trusting and choosing God. Thinking so little of themselves and totally disregarding how much God trusts and believes in them. Seeking a flesh and bones king rather than a Spirit of immeasurable force and presence.

We are more than what we see with these eyes, hear with these ears, and feel with this flesh. If we truly knew and believed who we are, what we are, and what we’re capable of, we would be in awe of God and obedient without question — and not just while we travel in these human tents called bodies, but even after we discard them.

Whew! Will you join me in a moment of prayer? I know that was long. It just came pouring out.

Prayer

Father, thank You for your unwavering, unconditional, everlasting love. Thank You for always believing in me and for constantly reminding me who I am and reassuring me of what I can do, and can be. Thank You for molding me. I know I probably frustrate You but Your grace and mercy cancels out my blunders. Thank You Father. I love you. I need You. I want to strengthen my relationship with You. You know my heart Father. I thank You now for helping me. I praise Your Name. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 11.15.22

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Scripture

Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and ⌊our⌋ hands to God in heaven:

Lamentations 3:40-41 HCSB

Reflection

Evaluate your life, heart, and mind. Right now, at this very moment. Clear out the distractions and focus.

Are you playing the twisted comparison trap game, always seeing abundance for others and a state of lack for yourself? Or are you pleased, satisfied, and content with your growing achievements and material possessions? How is your life? How are you treating yourself? How are you treating the people closest to you? What about random strangers? How are you stewarding the gifts given to you? How are you treating the job you have, the business you started, and the people you work with?

I want to be more than just okay; I want to be and live in excellence, as God designed and desires for me to be; how about you? I want to walk in peace, not conflict, torment, confusion, or frustration. I want to breathe with ease, not be stressed out and anxiety-filled. How about you?

We can have the life of our dreams. God planted the seeds within us. He’s waiting for us. Each day He reminds you who you are and to Whom you belong. It’s up to you to see, hear, believe, and live it! Are you ready to see your life turned right-side? Are you ready to receive all that God has in store for you? Are you ready for that next-level way of life? Are you ready to stop complaining, stop comparing, stop doubting, and stop shaming?

Believe.

Listen.

Watch.

Discern.

When He directs your steps, obey and follow.

Prayer

Father, forgive me for my wrongdoings, for my lack of trust and wavering faith, for my hardheaded ways, and my negative thoughts, speech and behavior. Uplift me Lord. I don’t want to waste precious moments that could be used living fully in my purpose, all because I’m caught up in the web of lies woven in this world. Help me to discern the trappings of the enemy so that I’m only focused on those things that You desire for me. Speak through me. Fill me Lord with Your peace. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

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Breaking Bread For 11.13.22

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The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…

Isaiah 61:1

Let’s look at this Bible verse again. We reflected on it yesterday. But let’s break it down.

It reads the “Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me…”. Sovereign means supreme ruler, possessing supreme or ultimate power. So the Spirit of the Supreme Ruler was upon Isaiah. He was empowered by the ultimate Power; nothing and no one was and is greater or more powerful than this Heavenly Ruler. Not a small case “L” but an uppercase one. As a matter of fact, God is distinguished in many Bible translations as Lord in all caps [LORD] to ensure the reader understands we’re not talking about humans or other spirits that may be called by the name Lord. Nope, we’re talking to and about the Chief, the Head, not just a council member; He makes the council possible.

The prophet Isaiah spoke to the kingdom of Judah for 40 years. His messages focused on the covenant between God and the people. Isaiah wasn’t just any kind of prophet, he had connections with kings and rulers, and he provided them, counsel— not for his gain or glory, but for God’s. He had a huge responsibility and a heavy burden, and he was determined to fulfill his purpose.

When we look at line one again, we see that Isaiah said that the LORD had anointed him, which is intimate and personal; it is intentional and with a blessed stamp of approval. Anyone can be appointed to do something. An appointment means you are assigned a job or role, and it can be delegated by anyone with the authority to do so. This means that even a lower-ranking authority can appoint you to a position and just as quickly appoint you to another position. But to be anointed carries weight; there’s gravitas, and some serious thought went into selecting you. You are bound by this selection. It is not to be taken casually. It’s one thing to be given a title by someone at your church or in your company. It’s a whole other thing to be personally selected by God and given specific directives.

Isaiah was appointed as a counselor to kings, but he was anointed by the One who created those kings, by the God who made it possible for them to live. Let the weight of that nestle in your mind and heart.

Let’s look at what God anointed Isaiah to do. In line one, we see that Isaiah was held responsible for proclaiming God’s good news for the poor. Now you may think of just the financially poor, but this is also, and most importantly, the spiritually poor—those lacking a strong relationship with God, those who have been misused, abused, and discarded by others who see them as less than worthy of a dignified life.

Isaiah was sent to bind up the brokenhearted. Now how would he do this? This isn’t a literal act, a physical process. This is mental and spiritual. This required Isaiah to faithfully speak God’s words and pour into the people, filling up those cracks, to bind their hearts, and reconnecting them with God.

Isaiah was responsible for ensuring that the people saw God as their sole Provider and that the lack they saw was a falsehood. The more that they believed in and turned to God, the less they would see and believe in lack, and the more their hearts would heal and be full. When we’re fully consumed by God, we want nothing else, and we don’t see anything as missing. We are content and complete in and by Him. We are intoxicatingly in love with Him.

What else was Isaiah called to do?

We read that he was to “proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…” which in the Greek Old Testament, the part that mentioned the prisoners was translated as “the blind.” Look at our historical accounts of people chosen by God to proclaim freedom for captives. It’s a battle with the captors who benefit from enslaving the people, and then there’s a battle with the enslaved who are mentally conditioned to be captives and dependent upon their captors to provide for them.

In many ways, the battle is less intense against the captor because when they surrender, they usually find a replacement or substitute slave/prisoner. However, when you’re working to break the mental and spiritual shackles of an enslaved person, it can take decades or a lifetime to recondition their mind to accept a new way of thinking, speaking, and living.

For many of them, all they have ever known is life as a slave, as a prisoner, as a victim—under the rule of another person, being told when and where to eat, sleep, work, and pray. They are blind to the reality of God’s Truth. All they know is the darkness. For many, the cravings for God’s Light were beaten out of them. For many, the human who enslaved them is their god.

Imagine taking on the responsibility of mentally and spiritually liberating hundreds and thousands of people. Not an appointment. That was an anointing. Some people will see the light and scream out, “it’s too bright,” and choose to stay in the darkness because it’s all they know, and sadly we force ourselves to find comfort in what we know, even when it doesn’t serve our needs; even when what we know deprives us and leaves us malnourished.

For 40 years, Isaiah tried to do what he was called by God to do to help his people get where they needed to be, to better prepare them for the life that God had planned for them. And guess what? Line one was only a fraction of the things he was responsible for. Continue reading Isaiah 61 to see what else he was challenged to do by a God that was confident in Isaiah’s faithfulness and obedience to get it done or die trying.

When you read the translated diaries, songs, dictated decrees, prophecies, and letters in the Old and New Testaments, take the time to slow down and place yourself in each moment, and consider the context of the events taking place and the people involved. Consider the weight these individuals carried on their backs and shoulders as they contemplated doing something they had never done before, something beyond their comprehension and imagination, and knowing that they’re doing it for the Supreme God, the big honcho.

Now consider something else, what has God called on you to do? What have you been anointed to carry out? Are you doing your part, or are you choosing to remain enslaved, imprisoned, and blind to the Truth? Are you allowing fear, other people, or life’s circumstances to rule you and be your god? Or are you putting your trust in God and backing it up with a faith walk of unwavering support for His plans?

Prayer

Father, thank You. In this moment I’ve come to see a clearer picture of our relationship, of my life and my role in this world. Around me is chaos but in You there is a peaceful calm. My relationship with You is strengthened every time I choose to lean on You and not my own understanding, when I choose to turn to You instead of Your creations, and follow Your path rather than seek my own way.

I am free because of You. I am only free when I am with You, aligned with You, dependent and trusting in You.

Jesus could see the calm in the storm because he never disconnected from You. Isaiah was empowered and confident to do what You asked of him because he placed his trust in You.

You created me with a vision, and You pour into me dreams to see that vision and to warn me of the enemy’s plots, and it would break my heart to know that I’ve allowed the lies whispered and yelled in this world to distract me from doing what I’ve been called to do. You trust me and believe in me enough to place me on this path. You love me that much. Every day You remind me that You’re with me and that You have angels watching over me and intervening on my behalf. Yet I operate out of fear as though I’m doing this alone and without Your help. Forgive me Father.

I want our relationship to be everything You have said it is and I want to live my life doing everything You have placed in my heart to do. I want to be what You created me to be, fully and passionately. As You pour into me I promise to pour into others. Giving You all of the glory today and forever. I love You. I’m with You, Father. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

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Breaking Bread For 11.12.22

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The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners…

Isaiah 61:1

Reflection

When you are truly ready to let go, to be released from life’s shackles, and to finally live fully, turn to the one who can answer all of your prayers and tend to all of your needs—our Heavenly Father-Mother.

Prayer

Father, thank You. Today, You blessed me with the ability to breathe and use my other senses. You didn’t stop there—blessing me with the ability to think, love, empathize, and reason.

I thank You, Father.

Thank You for releasing me from bondage, from releasing me from the fears that could have consumed me, and for showing me that my strength comes from You; helping me to see that I just have to open up and be willing to let go.

I thank You now for freeing me of the burdens I currently face. Father, I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, but I am grateful for what You have blessed me with today. In Your Name I praise and pray. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 11.11.22

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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, and 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 of 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 within 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 giving 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 and 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.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others. 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. Head towards your next 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 11.10.22

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Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me.

John 14:1

Reflection

Many of us struggle with trusting and believing in God, yet with His creations, we have no doubts. We expect and believe the chickens will lay eggs, dairy cows will produce milk, broccoli will sprout, melons will burst through the soil and ripen, and we will have our harvest as planned. Many of us even put greater trust in humans than we do in God. Ironic, don’t you think?

But that’s why so many people didn’t actually trust and believe in Jesus. It was conditional and we saw how quickly those who praised him turned on him, rejected him, denied being his followers, denied even knowing him. Yet they spent hundreds of years, as a people, begging God for a king, for a Messiah. God sent them what they asked for but they rejected the gift. They rejected the boat that was sent to rescue them from life’s sea of misery. They didn’t trust, believe, surrender, and rely solely on God.

And many of us do the same thing today.

Just as we trust and believe that trees will regrow new leaves in the Spring season and that plants and flowers will re-bloom, we must learn to trust and believe that God and Jesus will always provide us with the means to make it through any situation, and grow from it, starting fresh in a new season of our life.

No, it won’t be easy, but it’s not impossible.

Allow your leaves and branches to fall where they may, and smile because, in your new season, new leaves and branches will grow in their place. With the regrowth comes knowledge, understanding, wisdom, and layers of God’s transformational goodness.

I pray that each of you finds the peace to let go of your leaves and branches, embrace the life God has planned for you, and prepare yourself for the new season of growth and development.

I pray that you also pray for me because we all have our ups and downs, and the Lord knows I need prayer too. The more aligned we are on our walk with Jesus, the closer we get to God, which means we are attacked with greater frequency and intensity by the enemy (whose sole intent is to disrupt and destroy our relationship with God), and that means a greater need to pray and be prayed for. So please pray for me. I love you all.

Prayer

Father, I won’t and can’t lie to You and say that I’m not troubled, not saddened and frustrated at times—at myself, at my circumstances, and at the valleys and mountains I encounter regularly. I realize that change comes with a price, something must go before something new comes in. Someone must leave or be repositioned for someone new to step in.

I know that I’m going through a change, and some things and people have to go or be realigned, in order for new developments to grow. I have to let go of my fear, and trust You and Jesus to show me the way, to protect me, and to lift me up out of those valleys, and up and over those steep mountains. I know that every day Jesus walks beside me, some days I lose my focus and start walking off the path You have set for me, yet Jesus lovingly and patiently keeps walking and guiding me back to the right way.

Touch and warm my heart. Calm the pressure in my chest, Father. Release the tension in my neck and shoulders. Soothe the cramps and knots throughout my body. Calm my fears Lord. Bring me peace within so that I may rest in You.

I want to fully embrace this change and walk upright, ready for my next adventure, my next demonstration, my next testimony. In Your Name and in Jesus’ Name I praise and pray. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.31.22

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Scripture

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:3 BOOKS

Reflection

Since the beginning of time, since the first man and woman walked in human form, we have strayed from God’s commands; we have allowed ourselves to be lured away by temptation, pride, envy, and arrogance. We have allowed ourselves to believe that we are separate from God and that somehow we can succeed and prosper without Him.

If you notice success absent of God, where do you think this false reality comes from? And do you not think that God still lovingly has to allow you to experience this false reality?

Does this falsehood not come from the same serpent who convinced Eve and Adam to bite the forbidden fruit? Is it not the same serpent who found a way to shame them and disappoint God? This presence comes in many forms and has many conniving ways to convince you that you don’t need God, that you can do what you want and get where you want in life by your merits and hard work alone, and not by God’s will and grace. It convinces you that God’s Mind is not the ultimate and that you instead already possess the capabilities to do the far-reaching and unthinkable without any influence from God.

Question: When do you need God most?

Answer: Every single second of the day.

There is never a time when you don’t need God’s presence in your life. There is never a time, day or night, that you shouldn’t be asking God for guidance even in the simplest of things; asking Him to always show you the way, give you the right thoughts, and show mercy and grace when you expect it the least.

I need to humbly get down on my knees, metaphorically and physically, several times a day and just say, “thank you” in advance for the blessings that I need and will receive. God blesses me and forgives me when I think I need it least and when I have difficulty forgiving myself.

How can that type of love ever be measured? We don’t love ourselves or others as much as God and Jesus love us. Let’s work at learning to truly love ourselves, even our perceived flaws, and then let that love overflow to others— so that someday, one day, our love as a representation of God’s love, will radiate throughout the world and heal our many nations of the darkness within.

Prayer

Father, thank You for another day of lessons and blessings. Forgive me when I don’t begin my day with a conversation with You. Forgive me for allowing myself to be consumed by what’s going on in the world, by other people, other things, by drama and negativity, and by trying to help people help themselves. Everyday should start and end with a conversation with you.

Father, there is so much temptation around me; so many opportunities to do wrong, to do what feels good even when it’s bad, to turn away from Your Light because it’s easier to float by in darkness. I need You Lord. I need Your son Jesus. I need guidance during my moments of confusion, humility when I begin to think of me more than You, and restoration when I have been torn down.

Father, righteousness and success only come from You. I am what I am because You make it so. I can selfishly be consumed and end up lonely, even when I’m not alone, or I can selflessly rely on You for Your Light and never be lonely or alone again. Father, free me from the grip of stagnation, indecision, fear, pride, selfishness, bitterness, and envy. Restore me Father so that I may be aligned with You. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.30.22

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Scripture

For what a man thinks, he is.

Proverbs 23:7

Reflection

There’s a saying that “what you think about you bring about.” Our thoughts and speech are powerful. We can either speak and think of a prosperous future or a bleak existence. We can look around us and see nothing but darkness, giving credit to the enemy, and speak that as our reality, or we can see the penetrating light and declare God’s dominion over all. Our words and thoughts are energy that comes from within. What type of energy do you want to put out there?

I’m inspired by the comforting feeling that God always has me, even when I feel astray, lost, or alone. I would rather focus on goodness, positivity, and greatness. I’m learning to rebuke the lies the enemy whispers and shouts at me and counter them with words of Truth. The enemy wants me and you to meditate on lies, take them in, believe them to be true, and reject God’s Truth. The enemy wants us to think less of ourselves, to see ourselves as worthless, rather than see ourselves as God designed and sees us.

I’m learning to focus more on what God says about me than what others say to and about me. I strongly encourage you to do the same. Don’t you dare allow your mind to meditate on lies and don’t you dare speak those lies! Think and speak the Truth that God speaks over you and others.

Prayer

Father I pray for clear, positive, loving thoughts about myself and others. Let me reject the negativity, fear, and darkness, and embrace the Light of Your Truth. Remind me to always speak Your Truth anytime a lie surfaces with a plan of attack. Help me to shut down and destroy that lie. The words I speak will either heal or harm, serve Your purpose or the enemy’s. I want to choose You every time. Help me Father. Help me to discern and then take action through Your guidance. I come to You ready to put on Your armor, to share the fruits of the Spirit, using my words to build and strengthen Your Kingdom.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.29.22

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Scripture

You will know that your tent is secure; you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.

Job 5:24

Reflection

You can’t lose what’s rightfully yours, for God is your safe place and foundation. He is your guarantor.

Prayer

Father thank You for always protecting me, watching over me, and making sure that my every need is met. I am never lost, never without, never deprived, and never alone because You are always with me. Thank You Father. I love You. Amen.

I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.28.22

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Scripture

You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.

Psalm 128:2

Reflection

We reflected on this Bible verse yesterday as part of my birthday message, the first in 8 years. As I stated in yesterday’s post, I’m another year older, yet I still have big dreams and goals for my life, family, and community. The only person who can get in the way is me, so I must stay prayed up and never let up. The same is true for you. The only person who can get in your way is you. You must stay prayed up and never let up.

If you recall, from my 2011 birthday message that I shared yesterday, I was focused on dreams and goals and expressing the energy expected of me to be all that I was created to be. As I reflected yesterday, what has been missing in my life is God. I haven’t partnered with Him in every aspect of my life. I haven’t been walking with Him. I’ve been doing my own thing and then running to Him to fix the messes I make, heal the wounds I cause, and remove the shackles I place upon myself.

Our labor is tough because of our misalignment. Many people refer to the Adam and Eve story and the punishment God gave Adam was that Adam’s labor would be strenuous. That means that before that moment, when Adam (the Hebrew word for man) used to work in the garden, it wasn’t strenuous; there was great joy and feelings of accomplishment in the work performed. He had everything he needed and didn’t have to want for anything. But he listened to the liar, took in knowledge without context and guidance from God, and then made a complete fool of himself.

One of his punishments was hardened labor. Man would feel the toil of daily work. It’s the price of being self-centered rather than God-centered. Since the fall of man, many people have had a negative relationship with labor. That is why we find so many people trying their best to avoid, minimize, and redefine it. Maybe it’s our misunderstanding and misapplication that is causing us the turmoil. When our work is not for His glory, we find it to be painful. When we’re chasing our goals and not His, we find ourselves lost, dazed, and confused.

God works and so should we. But look at why He works and compare it to why we do; there you will see the disconnect. That is why God gives us dreams and reminds us that our ability to walk in that reality is only possible when we do are part of the labor. He has already done His and is waiting on us. He’s light years ahead of us, working on even newer ideas. And as always, having to course-correct us every time we try to steer the car somewhere different. But if we think we can get to the places and moments we see in our dreams, and have those things without working and making contributions, then we’re sadly mistaken and will always wander lost in the forest of life.

Adam and Chavah (known in English as Eve) listened to the enemy and thought they could take the easy route, bypass things, take the fast pass, jump in the HOV lane, and somehow usurp God’s order and authority — and they learned the hard lesson the hard way. And daily, the enemy and his crew do major work to see if they can convince you to make the same blunder for your life.

Don’t believe those lies!

Try something:

Set aside some time and speak silently or aloud to God. Ask Him to reshare a dream He recently gave you so that you can meditate on it with Him. Ask Him questions about the dream, whatever comes to your mind, where you need clarity, ask. He doesn’t have issues with your questions; He has issues with your belief that He is incapable, too busy, or unwilling to help you. Jesus is quoted as saying that we’re to ask questions. Learning comes from getting answers to questions. Don’t you think Jesus asked God questions? What do you think he was doing when he would separate himself from his followers and go pray? He wasn’t out there making drawings and sculptures with sand, plants, and dirt. He was asking for guidance and clarity. He asked for the best approach to a situation and the best way to say something.

God keeps replaying dreams in your mind, day and night, to show you your future which is His past. He is excited to see you walk in and embrace that reality, and He wants to help you get there sooner than later. God has provided us with the tools and resources to help us achieve the impossible and unimaginable. We have to trust Him. The concepts of dreams, goals, and objectives were given to us by God; He taught us their meaning and purpose.

What goals would you like to pursue to achieve the dreams God has given you?

Talk to God about them. Ask Him to advise you on the goals and objectives, and which resources and tools to use. Then, with His guidance, set a goal with a date and each day work to achieve that goal. It doesn’t have to be a big goal, or it can be. Just make sure it’s reasonable and attainable. Saying you want to travel to Mars next week just won’t “cut the mustard” as the saying goes. 

Maybe the goal is:

  • Lose 20 lbs by February 28, 2023
  • Start writing a book and have it self-published by October 24, 2023, or by a publishing house by June 3, 2025
  • Take a management course starting on January 16, 2023
  • Organize your closets and the cabinets in each room by December 23, 2022
  • Switch to a lifestyle of daily clean eating and exercising 3x per week beginning November 1, 2022
  • Beginning February 6, 2023, switch to eating a plant-based diet 3x per week and the other 4 days making fruits and veggies the largest portion on your plate.

These are just some examples. Do you see that they are both challenging and attainable? The challenge puts some intensity under you while realizing it’s feasible motivates you to get the job done.

I said to attach a date to the goal because it further motivates you to press forward and keep your foot on the throttle. It also holds you accountable, especially if you share your goals with other people who want to see you succeed.

A goal without a date attached is a dream. Sometimes we get lazy and passive with our dreams. We don’t pursue them like they are meant for us. Until you make that dream a serious focus, you will regard it with casualness. That’s why so many of us will say, “I guess it wasn’t meant to be” when the truth is, we could have had it had we tried; we could’ve had it had we put in the work and followed God’s lead. God puts ideas out in the atmosphere just like the stars we see in the sky. As I mentioned during my 2020 book release slash birthday party, if you don’t embrace and run with the idea, someone else will. That’s why we have that dumb and confused look on our faces when we see a total stranger prosper from the same idea we had. Family, they saw the star too; the difference is they made something of that opportunity and followed the correct map while you chose to do other things.

Now don’t confuse dreams with visions and prophesy. That’s for another conversation. But let me quickly say that visions and prophecy may have a sense of urgency or concreteness a dream may not. They may be given to you to share with others, to help bring about change, or to prepare for a major shift; they are designed for God to work through you in a unique way.

So back to your homework assignment…

Set a goal with a date and work towards accomplishing it. Once you have, celebrate it, praise God for helping you, and then when you’re called to move on to the next goal, don’t delay—do it! Every day your focus should be on doing something to better yourself, your family, and your community—believing that it will pay off and the dividends can help to better our world.

Make today a super awesome day. It’s your choice to see the dark clouds or the light shining through them. Work like you love it. Work like your purpose is to glorify God and have the best relationship you can with Him because guess what? That’s exactly what you’re supposed to be doing. God bless you all!

Prayer

Father, thank You for the abundance of blessings. Thank You for my life, mind, freedom, and the ability to work. Father, I know You despise laziness, so everyday I actively take part in this life you have given me, doing and being more than the last day. Thank You for the resources that You have provided. I pray to not waste or abuse them. Thank You for Your loving care today and always.

Tell me what You want me to focus on today. Tell me what steps You want me to take to get closer to the dream You have given me. What do You want me to today to be better aligned with You? Who do You want me to speak with today? How do You want me to bless others today? What do You want me to read and research today? I come to You excited and willing. I want to fully embrace this journey, by Your side, giving You all of the glory. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.27.22 — My Birthday 🥳 🎂

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Well, if you paid attention to the title of today’s message, then you know that it’s my birthday. Yay! Happy birthday to me and to everyone else celebrating their debut day!

I sat here for a few minutes scrolling through the 12 years of Breaking Bread posts, and I wondered what I had written each year on my birthday. Do you know what I discovered? I haven’t written a post on my birthday since 2014; before that, I hadn’t written one since 2011. And that’s that. Not even one in 2010. Two birthday posts in 12 years. I hope to change that pattern moving forward.

The day I entered this world, I was screaming and crying, wondering where I was and who these strange beings were staring at me. There have been many days since then when I’ve found myself screaming and crying and wondering who these strange beings are around me. This world sure is chaotic, isn’t it? Thank goodness we have God and Jesus by our side.

I want to share my 2014 and 2011 Breaking Bread messages, as they interestingly enough, complement each other, and reflect my mindset today, years later. Through these messages, I see my growth, growing pains, and struggles, and I celebrate where I am, and all that God has brought me through, over, and around. Maybe in reading and hearing this message something will resonate in you, and you will pay it forward by sharing it with others.

To help with today’s special message flow, I’m going to make some tweaks here and there, add a reflection with my current perspective, and combine all three prayers into one at the end. How does that sound? Does it sound complicated? No worries. With God, I’ve got this. Are you ready for a blast from my distant past? Great! Let’s begin with 2014.

Scripture

Christ has set us free for freedom. Therefore, stand firm and don’t submit to the bondage of slavery again.

—Galatians‬ ‭5‬:‭1‬ CEB

Reflection

Today is my birthday, and I have a lot to be grateful for, most importantly, my life and the fact that God has gifted it to me one more day. Without Him, there would be no me and I never ever take that for granted.

The past few weeks have been rough for me as I’ve been battling mortal mind and satan, aka the devil, lucifer, the enemy, “it,” etc. I’m not free, and I know it, I feel it, and at times I feel like I’m being consumed by this presence. 

I can tell more by the words I use to express myself and my circumstances. If my speech is sprinkled with or drowned in profanity, then I know I’m losing the fight. I know I’m losing the fight if I go days without posting to my Breaking Bread (and it’s not related to a hiatus). 

I don’t like losing. So I’m praying for the strength and courage to fight and to do so with skill, precision, tenacity, passion, focus, and patience. This battle is for my soul. 

Think about that for a moment. Every single day the enemy plots its attack against us to turn us away from the light, destroy our hope, and convince us to choose the lies over God. We are fighting for our souls. We are fighting for our freedom. What choice will you make today?

Questions of the Day
1. Do you want to be free?
2. Why do you want to be free?
3. In what areas of your life are you currently struggling and finding yourself in bondage?
4. Can you visualize your life as a free person?
5. Can you tell when you’re under attack?
6. What do you do when you feel like you’re under attack?
7. How would you like to respond to and recover from attacks?

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

Now let’s look at my 2011 birthday post—

Scripture

You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. 

Psalm 128:2

Reflection

If you work hard, you will reap the rewards of your labor. If you do nothing, you will get nothing. If you have expectations for growth and prosperity yet do nothing to earn them, you are short-sided and will end up empty-handed.

Today is the day I was born many moons ago, and I am grateful for each breath I take, each step I make, each decision made clear, and to be surrounded by love. I receive what I give— good, bad, and indifferent— so I strive to give goodness so that I may receive it in blessings later. I’m another year older, yet I still have big dreams and goals for my life, future, and community. The only person who can get in the way is me, so I must stay prayed up and never let up.

Set a goal with a date, and each day work to achieve that goal. Once you have, move on to the next goal. Every day, do something to better yourself, your family, and your community—eventually, it will pay off, and the dividends can help to better our world. God bless you all!

Today’s Reflection, Looking Back

Today, I look back on those posts, where I was, and what I struggled with. Yes, I definitely was enslaved by the lies I believed about myself and my circumstances. Yes, I’m still staring at some shackles that I struggle with removing. As long as I believe the lies, the shackles will remain. As long as I believe the lies, I will be like the animal who was shackled for so long that when the shackles were removed, it continued to live as though it still had shackles on its foot. Have you heard that story before? It’s heartbreaking. But guess what? So many of us act the same way. We keep living like we still have shackles on our feet. God keeps telling us daily that the shackles are gone and we are free, but we keep living our lives enslaved.

So I must speak the Truth that God speaks over me, declare who I am and to Whom I belong, and watch myself walk away from those shackles. And you, brothers and sisters, must do the same.

Reflecting on my 2011 birthday post, I still believe that we should set goals to achieve God’s dreams in our hearts and minds. But what I’ve learned over the past few years is that we must turn to God to help us set the goals and that we’re to remain focused and disciplined on His path and ways to those goals. We aren’t to have separate objectives. It’s not a prioritization of what God wants us to do alongside a checklist of things we’re trying to pursue. It’s not about having a spiritual list and a worldly list. It’s not us tiptoeing around and saying to ourselves, “let me try and slip in some fleshly temptations without Him noticing.” Umm NOT!

We’re to make God our Captain, CEO, Confidante, and top Advisor. We’re to sit down with Him and ask how He wants us to pursue the dreams He’s placed within us. If you think about your dreams as actually being in the past, something that has already happened, God is showing you the outcome, then consider asking Him, “So how was this made possible? What steps did I take? Who did You have help me along the way?” And then obediently follow those steps and connect with those people. Don’t you find that to be an interesting take on our dreams? Maybe we’d also stress less because we know that God has already seen us in that reality; we just have to listen and obey to embrace it in the present. The only time we miss out is when we try to grab the roadmap and do things our way, or worse, create our own map and try to do things our way. We’re trying to navigate the scenery that He created. We’re trying to dictate to the Creator. How ignorant is that? But there are millions of us doing exactly this; some of you are in your sixties, seventies, eighties, and nineties, still trying to tell God how it needs to be done, and you’re absolutely miserable.

Wake up!

It’s not too late. Time is irrelevant to God. He’s waiting on you to wake up, get it together, and get on His wavelength and plan.

We’re to ask our Heavenly Father to advise us on who and what we need to get to points A, B, C, through Z. We tend to create our separate lists, and then we come crawling to Him, crying like babies when things aren’t going as planned. Well, that’s because those were our plans and not the plans designed with Him. He wants an intimate relationship with you. He wants to have the top spot in your heart, in your life, in all ways and at all times. Let Him in. Let Him do what only He can do. Partner with Him. Walk with Him. Surrender your tendency to try to control everything and everyone instead of just controlling your mouth and wandering mind and allowing God to control everything else.

It’s taken me over 30 adult years to understand this and get to this point, and I’m grateful for God’s patience, understanding, and guidance. I’m excited about this journey and the dreams He’s guiding me to each day. I don’t want to miss out on anything, so I’m working to free myself to benefit fully. I don’t want to live this life or look back at it and have any regrets.

How about you? Will you make excuses because of your age or circumstances? Or will you trust God and follow His ways? Let’s take that first step today!

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day, a new day of experiences, lessons, and blessings. I don’t want to be shackled to fear, doubt, pride, shame, arrogance or ignorance—mine or someone else’s. I don’t want to get caught in the tangled web of satan. I don’t want to be consumed by limitations. I want to be free, Father. Show me how to do my part each day so that I can break these binds I’ve placed upon myself, and live as You intend.…

Father, thank You for the abundance of blessings. Thank You for my life, my mind, my freedom, and the ability to work. Father, I know You despise laziness, so everyday I actively take part in my life, doing and being more than the last day. Thank You for Your loving care today and always. I come to You and ask for Your guidance. Where would You like me to focus today? Guide me to the people and resources that You desire me to connect with today. Steer me away from the things and people that don’t serve Your purpose. Keep me aligned with the goals and objectives that You want me to meet. I humbly make this request, as Your child, ambassador, and loving partner. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

Please feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear or see something or when is the right time for them to receive it. 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 in the comments section on my blog or send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Love always,
Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.26.22

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Scripture

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.

Romans 12:9 

Reflection

God doesn’t do fake, halfway, or some-timey (yep, it’s a kinda a word). God is always sincere, always honest, and never deceptive. God is a straight shooter and not a game player. He is not a hypocrite or liar. He is love, and His love is sincere. It’s not conditional. He still loves us when we screw up. He still loves us when we doubt and question Him. He wants to have a better relationship with us, a more intimate one, where we can share more and receive more.

We should model this.

Always strive to do what’s right, even when it’s easier to do wrong. Always strive to be loving, even when it’s easier to be unkind. Always strive to be honest, even when a little “white lie” seems acceptable. Don’t be a hypocrite. Always walk away from a situation that you know God had nothing to do with creating and maintaining.

How do you know that God isn’t in it? Well, is the situation:

  • Toxic?
  • Unloving?
  • Chaotic?
  • Draining your “light”?
  • Seeming like a win for satan?
  • Built on confusion and lies?
  • “Hardening” your heart?
  • The opposite of what God and Jesus spoke of?
  • Challenging your gut reaction?

See, none of those things are of God. You’re on the wrong path heading the wrong way. You need to reach out to God to be pointed in the right direction.

If you aren’t sure how to talk to God, or what exactly to say, tap into the Holy Spirit. We’re told to pray in the Spirit (Ephesians 6:18) as the Spirit intercedes for us (Romans 8:26).

Speak to God through the help of the Holy Spirit. Simply say, “Holy Spirit, please intercede so I may speak clearly with my Heavenly Father”. Then begin speaking to God, and let things naturally flow and unfold.

Don’t stand in the way of the Holy Spirit. Don’t ration or block what flows from you. I do that a lot, and I know better because it restricts the conversation and blocks perfect understanding and direction. Imagine what you aren’t experiencing, receiving, hearing, and seeing, because you aren’t having regular, unfiltered conversations with God.

We don’t see pitfalls until it’s too late. We don’t see the warning signs until it’s too late. That’s because we aren’t constantly tuned in to God.

If we spent more time chatting with God and Jesus than posting on social media, gossiping with friends, and watching TV, we would have richer and more rewarding lives. We would see the pitfalls before we approached them. We would see solutions sooner. We would learn without painful lessons.

Family, we all have choices—good or bad, pure or evil, right or wrong, ethical or unethical, rewarding or destructive. What choices will you make? What source will influence your decisions, God or satan? If you aren’t listening and obeying God’s voice, then who are you listening to and obeying?

We don’t have to learn lessons the hard way. We choose to!

Think about that.

Prayer

Father touch me, warm me, fill me, and protect me from harm, negligence, and ignorance. Let Your Light be my beacon through darkness, let Your love overrun and destroy all evil.

I pray to always turn to You Father, even when I don’t know where my next step will take me. I pray for discernment and clarity, to always hear Your voice and obey. I hope to always trust that Your love will never lead me astray. I love, value, appreciate, and honor You Father. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.25.22

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Scripture

Love and faithfulness meet together; righteousness and peace kiss each other.

Psalm 85:10

Reflection

When I think of this verse, I also think of the woman that was honored in Proverbs 31. She was the epitome of love, faithfulness, righteousness, and peace. She walked firmly in these qualities and every person who encountered her saw and felt these attributes. It’s something for each of us to reach toward.

Even if you aren’t a woman, the qualities of a Proverbs 31 woman should be within you and should be something you seek to find in others, especially the person you want to be your spouse. There are 21 verses that describe the type of person who is selfless, hardworking, determined, never complaining or making excuses for failure, never lazy, takes care of house, home, and family, and walks upright. This person is creative, an entrepreneur who makes a way out of no way and sees beyond the trees while others are stuck focusing on the entrance to the forest.

Who is virtuous?

Can you have love without faithfulness or faithfulness without love? Are we hung up on words and not their meanings and sentiments?

“I love you” is tossed around so casually like a pair of shoes, but what does love truly mean to you? What does faithfulness truly mean to you? What do loyalty, virtue, and grace truly mean to you? People fall in and out of love like a yo-yo diet. One day they love you; the next day they’re cheating on you, the next day they’re bad-mouthing you, and then the next day they say, “let’s try and make this work,” and I ask, who said this is love?

Love protects. Love does no harm.

To protect someone means to make sure no harm comes to them, by you or others—but how can you protect someone when you’re busy watching your own back? How can you protect someone when you are more concerned with covering your tracks? How can you love and protect someone when you are only concerned with yourself and what you’re getting out of a situation?

We can quote phrases, scripture, passages, and verses about amazing and awesome people from the Bible and other sources, but if we aren’t living by example and emulating these great leaders, then what’s the purpose of talking about them? Your name and story will never be a part of the great Book, but your life and how you live it may be the only Bible and representation of Christ that some may see. Are we being the best examples of Christians, God’s children, and ambassadors of Christ that we can be?

Every day let’s strive to do our part to be better and do better. I strive to be that virtuous woman every single day. I know she’s me because God made me that way. I must rebuke the lies, speak the Truth over me, and daily transform my heart and mind to be aligned with God’s design.

It’s never too late!

Prayer

Father, I pray for peace within, and for clarity and vision. I pray that the love I have and want is met with and joined in an everlasting embrace with faithfulness. I pray to always know, remember, express, and stand firmly in who I am as Your child. Let my words and actions be clear, and intentional, and never cause harm.

Remind me always to turn to Jesus’s example of how to walk with You; remind me that with You I have the courage to go to the giants and enter battles like Joshua, Caleb, and David. Help me to be loyal like Ruth to Naomi and Joseph to Mary. Help me to be as nurturing as the women who cared for and protected baby Moses; and as humble as Abigail, Moses, and Joseph the son of Jacob. Help me to live my life like the Proverbs 31 woman, always seeing the importance of being virtuous. In Your Name, I humbly pray. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.24.22

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Scripture

But the end of the charge is love out of a pure heart and a good conscience and faith unfeigned:

1 Timothy 1:5

Reflection

We’re to love without hesitation or doubt. We’re to love fully, not ration it out like payments. God doesn’t ration out His love to us, so why do we think it’s okay to ration it to others? Why do we think it’s okay to ration it to Him? Why do we convince ourselves that our conditional faith in Him is acceptable?

A good conscience is only achievable when we aren’t participating in questionable activities. Your conscience is always clear when you focus on speaking, thinking, and doing good.

Let’s lift each other up. Let’s share our hearts with others. Living a dignified life and sharing dignity with others should be your daily walk.

Prayer

Father touch my heart. There are times when I may not think before I speak, but You know my heart. Father I want to love genuinely, deeply, and with an intensity that is impossible to measure. I want to love during good times and bad. I want to love passionately, even when times would dictate otherwise. I want to love my neighbor as I love You. I want to learn how to love myself better so that I can love You and others better.

I want to live without guilt, do right and do good, and not just when it is convenient, but at all times. And let my faith never sway, but stand firmly knowing that You are always here for me— not just in good times, but also in times of pain, loneliness, and frustration. I want to stand firmly beside You, always, not just in good times, but also in times of pain, loneliness, and frustration. In Your son, Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others. Enjoy your day, and be sure to share your heart with someone, you never know how that moment can positively change their day and maybe their outlook on life.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.23.22

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Scripture

I am the Alpha and the Omega, saith the Lord God, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

Revelation 1:8 NIV

Reflection

No matter where we are, what we’re doing, and what we’re going through—God is there. He has always been there, here, everywhere—and He always will. No one and nothing can separate us from Him and His love. Turn to Him to have truth revealed, realized, and embraced. Turn to Him for all of your needs.

Prayer

Father, You are the beginning and the end, the first and the last, the present, past, and future. You are my everything. Father, I thank You because when I can’t count on anyone or anything to be what they appear, I can always count on You. 

Father, I am praying for Your comforting touch to see me through. The only truth that I need comes directly from You, Lord. There is no other truth, no other light, no other answer, and no other way. Thank You for Your constant presence in my life. Thank You for blessing me every single second of every day. In Your Name I pray and praise. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others. Have a beautiful day!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 10.22.22

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Scripture

“Among my people are the wicked who lie in wait like men who snare birds and like those who set traps to catch people. Like cages full of birds, their houses are full of deceit; they have become rich and powerful and have grown fat and sleek. Their evil deeds have no limit; they do not seek justice. They do not promote the case of the fatherless; they do not defend the just cause of the poor….”

Jeremiah 5:26-28 NIV

Reflection

God will level the playing field and make things right, one way or another. It will no longer be the case where we are desensitized to the images of women, men, and children being enslaved, imprisoned, abused, tortured, victimized, and mistreated. We will not see nations with leaders who are billionaires or mega-millionaires while the majority of their citizens merely exist in or are on the verge of poverty. 

Through prayer and active engagement in our communities, and around the world, we can do our part to help heal the pain, reveal the truth, and empower the voiceless. We have too many children in orphanages and in foster care, with countless of them never being adopted. They merely age out and face a world that was hijacked and redesigned to not protect and nurture them. 

We have to pray and ask God for guidance to see how we can best help and care for our children, and how we can help to destroy these trafficking rings that brutally tear away at people who are the sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers of loved ones. We are all God’s children, so yes, we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers. Let us never feel comfortable or content while the majority of our world is in pain.

Prayer

Father, I look around and see examples of Your children who live in pain, anguish, fear, and lack hope. I pray for those children who are overlooked, mistreated, and taken advantage of. I pray that You bless them abundantly so that they might regain hope and become sufficient and empowered in and through You. 

I pray that You humble the so-called powerful so that they are reminded of Your everlasting power, strength, and presence. Remind them that they cannot steal from and take advantage of the poor, weak, unstable, exposed, and vulnerable. Touch their hearts Lord and make right the wrong. In Your Name I pray with the utmost confidence. Amen.

And with that family, I pray that you are blessed, that you see and embrace your blessings, and that you are a blessing to others.

Love,

Natasha

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