Breaking Bread For 8.3.22

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Scripture

And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. 

Romans 11:6

Reflection

Work hard and thank God for His grace and the opportunities He will provide now and in your future. God’s grace isn’t based on our works. Grace is freely given simply because it can, not because an equivalence of effort was performed by the recipient—because grace is immeasurable.

Work hard because there is honor in doing so because it glorifies God. But don’t do things thinking it will gain you grace. God is focused on your heart. Let that also be your focus.

Prayer

Father, it is Your grace and will that provide for me, sheltering me from harm, and guiding me through darkness. Your grace heals my inflictions and comforts me in times of pain and loneliness. Father, it’s Your grace and not my works, why I am who I am, and have what I have. I thank You. I love You. I give You all the glory. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 8.3.21

Scripture

And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace. 

Romans 11:6

Reflection

Work hard and thank God for His grace, and the opportunities that He will provide now, and in your future. God’s grace isn’t based on our works. Grace is freely given simply because it can, not because an equivalence of effort was performed by the recipient—because grace is immeasurable.

Work hard because there is honor in doing so, because it glorifies God. But don’t do things thinking it will gain you grace. God is focused on your heart. Let that also be your focus.

Prayer

Father, it is Your grace and will that provides for me, that shelters me from harm, that guides me through darkness, that heals my inflictions, and comforts me in times of pain and loneliness. Father, it is Your grace and not my works, why I am who I am, and have what I have. I thank You. I love You. I give You all the glory. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 8.3.20

Scripture

And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

Romans 11:6

Reflection

Work hard, God doesn’t like laziness. He gives fully and we should too. Even if in our efforts we fall short of greatness, it is the level and intensity that matters. It is what’s in your heart that matters even more, for what’s in your heart fuels your efforts.

Work hard then thank God for His grace and the opportunities that He will provide now and in your future. It is His grace that makes things possible. It is through His grace that you see a way out of no way, see the possibilities in impossible situations, are healed when doctors said you were uncurable, live a long life when the prognosis said early death was imminent. It is His grace that gives you the vision to see what others won’t allow themselves to see.

Don’t ever confuse your work with God’s grace.

Some people may put caveats on their grace, but that’s not grace, and that’s not of God. On a good day you can call it mercy, but never grace. Grace is a gift we don’t deserve.

You do nothing to receive grace. It is not quanifiable. You can’t buy it. It cannot be earned. God gives it without a promissory note. There’s no strings attached.

So thank God each day for the grace He gives as yet another way of showing His love.

Prayer

Father it is Your grace and will that provides for me, that shelters me from harm, that guides me through darkness, that heals my inflictions, and comforts me in times of pain and loneliness. Father it is Your grace and not my works, why I am who I am, and have what I have. I thank You. I love You!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.6.19

Scripture

And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

Romans 11:6

Reflection

Work hard, be consistent through your discipline, and thank God every single day for His grace, in every single way—and the opportunities that He has provided, and will provide, now and in your future.

We constantly say “I” and “Me” in situations where it’s clear that it will only be because of God’s grace that our possibilities will manifest and be rooted as blessings.

That job offer. God. The promotion at work. God. The enrollment of people for your conference, class, or seminar—God. Coming out of that valley of debt. God. The sea of wealth. God. Those best seller book sales. God. The money pouring in from paid speaking engagements. God. More clients than you can handle. God. Project offers piling high. God. Your research approved. God. Getting something out of nothing. God.

Yep, those are God moves.

What’s beautiful about God is He allows us to call all of these accomplishments, “boss moves”, as though they are solely our doing. He demonstrates humility for us to see and mirror. As His creations we’re supposed to reflect Him.

We should give credit where it is deserved. Thanking God for pouring into you all that you needed to be courageous, strong, disciplined, confident, competent, knowledgeable, determined, and hard working. Thanking Him for blessing the ideas that He gave you, and for allowing them to manifest into the boldness that could only come from Him.

We make life all about us, when it’s all about Him.

Sometimes instead of saying, “how can I fix this?” We should consider asking, “God how can I stay out of the way?” Because so many of us have an attitude that screams, “but I did my part, why didn’t my plan manifest?”

Maybe we were in the way. Maybe it wasn’t time. Maybe there’s something else that’s missing, something that has absolutely nothing to do with the works that you perform. Maybe you aren’t ready for what will come during and after the manifestation. Maybe you made it all about you, and God is putting you on time out, so you can realign and get right. I don’t know. Maybe. The thing is, the more you focus on you, you, you, then you’re not seeing the details that make up the big picture. Humble yourself.

Friday and yesterday were really rough on me. I felt clobbered from every angle and direction. I’m grateful that God’s grace filled someone close to me, to speak to me in ways that helped me to step back from that deadly ledge of “I” and “Me”. I was operating out of fear, spiraling, and losing sight of who I am and to Whom I belong. Instead of asking God, “okay what are my next steps?” I went into the frantic stages of grief.

Thanks to an offer for lunch at IHOP (my favorite go-to), I was able to slowly release the air from my self-absorbed balloon, and make room for God to speak and direct me. You don’t accomplish much in panic. You can’t be fully receptive to God in panic.

I made some mistakes, overlooked some things, and didn’t move quickly on some other things—and although it’s noble of me to want to try to fix it, the way I was going about it was all wrong. I was reacting out of fear and not responding with faith. Admittedly, my actions were exclaiming that God didn’t, couldn’t, or wouldn’t do something for me. When my actions should have boldly been declaring, that I know what God can do and I humbly pray for His intervening grace.

The reality is, it doesn’t matter the work that we do, if God’s grace is not present. Be in alignment— humbled enough to accept what was, is, and may be—and faithfully ready for what comes next.

Prayer

Father, it is Your grace and will that provides for me, that shelters me from harm, that guides me through darkness, that heals my inflictions, and comforts me in times of pain and loneliness. Father, it is Your grace and not my works, why I am who I am, and have what I have. My blessings are from You, not my will. I humbly thank You. Father, please tell me and show me how to stay out of the way, how to let go of the spiritual steering wheel that I clearly feel entitled to control. Show me how to make my experiences and my life all about You. In Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.3.18

Scripture

And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

Romans 11:6

Reflection

Work hard, for God does not approve of laziness; and throughout each day thank God for His grace and the opportunities that He will provide for you now and in your future. We can’t do anything specific or special, nor can we buy our way—our clearances, promotions, healings, and victories are only because of God’s grace.

Praise Him. Celebrate Him. Honor Him. Thank Him. Reflect Him. Be obedient to Him.

Prayer

Father it is Your grace and will that provides for me, that shelters me from harm, that guides me through darkness, that heals my inflictions, and comforts me in times of pain and loneliness. Father it is Your grace and not my works, that stands as the reason why I am who I am, and have what I have. I thank You. I love You.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 8.3.11

And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.

Romans 11:6

Pray
Father it is Your grace and will that provides for me, that shelters me from harm, that guides me through darkness, that heals my inflictions, and comforts me in times of pain and loneliness. Father it is Your grace and not my works, why I am who I am, and have what I have. I thank You.

Reflection
Work hard, then thank God for His grace- and the opportunities that He will provide now and in your future.

Love,

Natasha

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