Breaking Bread For 8.30.22

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Scripture

In his pride the wicked man does not seek him; in all his thoughts there is no room for God. 

Psalm 10:4

Reflection

Pride will leave us mentally and spiritually blind, deaf, and in a manic state as we spend our time consumed by thoughts of everyone and everything except God and His expectations and desires for us. We can’t say that we don’t know what God wants for us. His Word is clear, and even if you have doubts because the good Book was drafted by men, trust your gut; your intuition is a compass directly connected to God.

You KNOW when you are doing right and wrong. You know when you aren’t supposed to be speaking with someone, spending time with someone, doing certain things, or saying certain things. You know. Every time we ignore our intuition, we ignore God. 

Our pride and arrogance tell us that we know what we’re doing, but then we stupidly look around for God to help us when everything goes haywire. Lovingly He helps us in His time, which is the right time, but we don’t even recognize the abundant love He has for us to reach out and restore us even when we blatantly disrespect and disobey Him. 

We need to place God first in our lives. Starting our days with Him, pushing through our days with Him, and ending our days with Him. Our mention of Him shouldn’t just be in need, or before we eat or sleep (when we remember), and in church (when we go).

What if God only provided for us and answered our prayers during these moments? What if He said, “I will let you breathe on the days you live righteously” or, “I will make sure things go right for you but only when you pray to Me”?

Who would survive?

When our days are filled with God, deferring to Him, asking Him for guidance, there’s no room for pride and arrogance. When we place Him first, our ego is in perfect alignment.

God loves us unconditionally. We love Him in the strongest of conditions. Our love for Him is conditional. Then we wonder why we have so much imbalance in our lives. Just a thought.

Prayer

Lord, I want to do right by You and live right through You. I want my days consumed with the principles You possess and share with Your children. I want my beginning, middle, and end to be about reflecting, expressing, demonstrating, and representing You as Your ambassador in Christ. I don’t want to try to make time for You, try to make time to pray, or try to make time to study Your word. The world is to wait as I find time for it, because You are to be my everything. Mold the weakness of pride out of me Father. Replace it with honor and righteousness in Your Light.

Father, when I lean to read another book before Yours, remind me. When I go to turn on the television before giving thanks to You, remind me. When I go to connect on the Internet before connecting with You, remind me. When I allow my day to go by without studying or meditating on Your word—which is my road map, my compass, my life plan and contingency plan, LORD remind me.

Remind me of my desire to be more like Jesus. Remind me of my desire to walk through my fears like Daniel, David, Joshua, Moses, Esther, and so many others. Remind me of my hope to live eternally by Your side with my loved ones. Remind me of my dreams to raise and nurture healthy and loving children who respectfully and humbly fear displeasing You. Remind me Father. In Your Name I do humbly pray, and ask for Your guiding love today and every day. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.27.22

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Scripture

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.

—Proverbs 16:18

Reflection

The opposite of humility, pride, always leads to destruction. This form of pride isn’t to be confused with the joy, dignity, and honor that comes from accomplishing something or seeing someone else accomplish something. No, the pride mentioned in Proverbs and other Bible sections is the opposite. Pride is the arrogance that comes from vanity. It is a twisted view of reality.

Pride will always block our blessings. When we are too prideful to say we need help, we won’t get the help we need.

I have allowed my pride to completely contaminate my space and environment to the point that I have lost, at times, more than others may ever gain. Is that not ridiculous to visualize? My pride kept me from maintaining or developing further something I already had in my possession. How ignorant is that?

Not wanting to appear weak or lacking, my pride has kept me from asking for assistance from other people, which resulted in being weak and lacking.

We must push pride out just as we would fear (the root of pride), arrogance, and any other sin. Push it out. Get out of your own way and allow the blessings God has in store for you to flow through whatever channel and path He has established. God’s busy trying to provide us with opportunities to thrive, and we’re busy blocking them with our pride, to the point we at times struggle to survive.

You never know who or what God has placed in your life to help you reach your goals and fulfill your purpose in life. Let go and let God!

Prayer

Father, I want my strength to come from faith in You, not in pride or arrogance which only weaken me. Open my eyes to see and acknowledge how pride is self-destructive and the reasons for many of my failures in life. In times when I should be asking for assistance or direction, but my pride stands in the way, remind me of the blessings I am blocking in my stubbornness. Free me from my personal bondage LORD. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.26.22

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Scripture

When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you. Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 73:21-26

Reflection

We can look around and see family members, our significant other, friends, associates, and acquaintances—and be filled with joy and appreciation. Still, there’s nothing like the feeling that comes from knowing that the only Love that is unconditionally guaranteed is God’s. The only source for eternal Life and Truth is God. The only solution to our problems is God.

Salvation can only come through God, so why not put our trust in Him? We expect Him to be there for us, but how dependable are we to have complete and total faith in Him? Where’s our unconditional love and support for Him?

Imagine the moment when you TRULY realize that everything you are, everything you have, and everything you desire comes from God.

Prayer

Lord, no matter what I do or say, no matter how I act or think, You have always been my comforter, my rock, my fortress, my protector, my Father-Mother—my beginning, middle, and end. Thank You.

Thank You for restoring me when I am beat down, worn out, and don’t know where to go or what to do. Thank You for mending my broken heart each time someone took advantage of me, played games on me, felt empowered to tell me lies while “stabbing” me in my back. Thank You for replacing the doubt that was in my heart with confidence in You. Thank You for lifting my head, wiping my tears, strengthening my body, and taking my hand as I learned to walk on a new path with increasing confidence.

Thank You, Father for making a way out of no way, for making sure that bills were paid when they were supposed to, for healing me when man said it may not be possible—or that only through his medicine could I be healed. Thank You for showing me how to run the marathon called life. Thank You, LORD. In Your son Jesus’ Name I humbly pray to You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 8.20.22

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Scripture

that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.

John 5:23

Reflection

Father and Son are one. Just like many of us see our relationship with one or both of our human parents. To honor the child, you honor the parent. The same is true if you dishonor the child. Magnify that by an inconceivable number, and you would see the relationship between God and Jesus. Not His only child, because we are all His children, but a chosen child to do what no one before or after him has done—to fulfill prophesies made more than one thousand years before Jesus walked this planet. He was known to others as merely “Mary’s son.” But he was much more.

You can’t love and honor Jesus without doing the same for God. You can’t despise and disobey Jesus and not do the same to God. You can’t follow Jesus without also following God. Our Father sent Jesus, and look what the people did to His son, our brother. Look at the message they unknowingly sent back to God.

They dishonored Jesus and God. They prayed for a king and rejected the one God sent, all because Jesus didn’t fit the image and checklists in their minds. They dismissed and tried to usurp God’s authority. They dismissed every person who said, “the One” was coming, was there, and was Jesus. The people’s egos got in the way. They lacked humility and discernment.

How are we any different today? Yet many of us say we can’t wait for Jesus to return. But will you recognize him or will you reject him? For thousands of years they told of his coming and when he was made known, he was rejected. For thousands of years since his ascension, people have been professing his return.

Will he once again be rejected? Let’s take a quick moment to ponder that and visualize our reactions to his return.

I don’t know about you but what came to my mind is that we have a lot of work to do and a lot of realigning that needs to be underway. We are not ready.

At the same time, let us not forget that Jesus is the Son, and we aren’t to elevate him above the Father. I cringe whenever I hear or read someone sidestepping God for Jesus, regarding Jesus first and always, and speaking of God as though He’s just the grandfather, not the Father, not as relevant now that we have this human substitute. God didn’t send a retirement memo folks, thereby appointing Jesus to take over. God sent Jesus and others to get us aligned to Him, the Father, and our identities as spiritual beings.

We are flesh-obsessed. We gravitate to the flesh because our minds struggle with the boundless fluidity of spirit, of energy. Even though we are energy encased in flesh, we want something we can touch — that is familiar. So we lean toward Jesus over God. Yes, in honoring Jesus, we honor God. But let’s also check ourselves, so we don’t continue to disrespect and dishonor God. He is our Father, not our grandfather, not our stepfather.

The power and authority we find in Jesus come from God, just as our power and authority come from God. Jesus never confused that; he never misspoke this fact. His followers have chosen to go against what he was repeatedly quoted as saying. Jesus taught that just as God was in him, God is in us—the same Creator of him created us. Jesus taught that we are spirit, not flesh, and are in the image of Spirit, just living inside this fleshy “tent” (as many referred to it in ancient times). Let’s remember this and never forget.

Side Note: Imagine if we saw God in every person, and in doing so, we were quick to love and embrace them and slow to judge and harm. Imagine if we truly saw God within ourselves. We would love ourselves fully and never stop caring for our minds, bodies, spirits, and souls. We wouldn’t be so reckless. Imagine!

Pause for this moment and just visualize that life, that world.

Let Jesus, the exemplar in Christ, show you the way to righteousness, eternal life, and everlasting peace and joy. Follow Jesus to God!

Prayer

Father, I honor You. I respect You. I love You. I value You. I honor Your son, my shepherd, Jesus Christ. I honor and respect his walk directed by Your Light, his direction steered by Your commands, his love for all people as You first loved us. Father, through Your son I see the example of how I am to live, behave, think, respond, react, speak, heal, save and be saved. Thank You LORD for my blessings and for the gift You delivered in and through Jesus. In Your Name and his I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.19.22

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Scripture

Although most of the many people who came from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar and Zebulun had not purified themselves, yet they ate the Passover, contrary to what was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, “May the Lord, who is good, pardon everyone who sets their heart on seeking God—the Lord, the God of their ancestors—even if they are not clean according to the rules of the sanctuary.” And the Lord heard Hezekiah and healed the people. 

2 Chronicles 30:18-20

Reflection

Even those who were “unclean” were still healed by God. He heard King Hezekiah’s prayers, and God answered them. Is it not amazing how a petition from one can bless many? Who are you praying for besides yourself? Who is praying for you?

Visualizing these people in the sanctuary, not following the rules, King Hezekiah didn’t curse them and tell them to leave. Nope, he prayed for them, and God healed them. That is grace. You are cynical if you don’t believe there is hope for all of us. But even then, I believe God’s grace will touch you.

Set your heart and mind on God, and pray for discernment, obedience, enlightenment, strength, guidance, and sustenance. Pray for forgiveness and to forgive others. Pray for grace and mercy and to be gracious and merciful. Pray for healing and for the ability to be used for healing. Pray for blessings and to be a blessing to others.

Now go touch other lives in a positive and loving way. Let’s spread love.

Prayer

Father, I love You. Thank You for accepting me while still molding me to be the perfect spiritual reflection of You. Thank You for allowing me to eat, drink, and live life even if I haven’t fulfilled my obligations to You, obeyed all of Your commands, or walked the path that You have laid. You are loving, kind, gracious, giving, forgiving, understanding, and the Provider of anything and everything that I could ever want or need. Thank You Father. I love You. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.17.22

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Scripture

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. 

Revelation 21:6

Reflection

To those who thirst for a deeper, more intimate relationship with God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit, we can be granted that blessed connection and a fulfilled and eternal life—without cost.

Seems simple when you say it, yet we struggle to fully commit to this life as God sees fit. We keep struggling with the flesh that says we can do all things without God, that our immediate gratification is of greater importance. We pay a price living life that way. We are choosing to pay for the short-term and fleeting when we could have true freedom, without cost, by simply aligning with God. How foolish we are.

We’re all works in progress. We’re all pieces of clay being molded slowly into the perfect examples of His spiritual likeness. Keep praying for the molding!

Prayer

Father, there is no life, truth, or love without You. My day cannot start or end without You. Everything I am capable of doing is because of You. I cannot breathe, speak, see, feel, taste, move or think without Your will and grace making these things possible. My ideas are not mine alone, but shared with You, and Yours shared with me. The things I possess are only temporary gifts and loans from You. I must do better to show my appreciation and gratitude. I will do better. I thank You, Father. In You I put my trust. Through You I gain the inconceivable. Amen.

Love,

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.16.22

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Scripture

Now this is what the Lord Almighty says: “Give careful thought to your ways. You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

Haggai 1:5-6

Reflection

God sent the prophet Haggai to speak to the governor of Judah about God’s temple that had yet to be rebuilt. The people had built grand homes for themselves, yet the temple was still in ruins. They planted plenty of crops that should have resulted in a huge harvest, but it didn’t happen. They had material things but still were unsatisfied. They kept coming up short. They didn’t know why.

When you continue reading past verse 6, you see that Haggai spoke God’s words and made clear that all of this was happening because they didn’t honor God. They didn’t put Him first. They hadn’t taken care of His temple before or while building their beautiful homes. They put care and attention to detail in their homes, knowing the temple was still nothing but a mound of scraps and dirt. They planted in His soil, expecting to take from it, without honoring him.

How many of us are guilty of the same?

How many of us put our needs and desires above what God calls us to do? How many of us focus on someone else’s things, and then we lack the care for our own God-given things? When, where, and how are we honoring Him?

Jesus said our bodies are God’s temples, but how do we treat them? While we’re busy getting our homes spruced up, what are we doing to and for our bodies that are our first and truest home? How are we glorifying God and giving thanks for these vessels we occupy?

Have you ever considered that the areas where you struggle are where God isn’t first in your life? Maybe you aren’t consulting with Him or getting guidance from Him, so you’re relying on your own knowledge and ways. What kind of harvest do you think you will receive? How fulfilled do you think you will be?

Ponder this.

Prayer

Father, I pray to always honor You above all, to put You first in all situations, to invest my energy into the things You desire, and that I’m obedient to Your requests and commands. I don’t want to disappoint You. I ask for Your graceful realignment. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Loving you all!

Natasha 

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Breaking Bread For 8.15.22

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Seek Him

Today’s message comes from Day 168 in my book, Seek Him, Volume 2: Going Beyond Your Spiritual Comfort Zone. The theme is “No Limits.”

Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He revealeth the deep and secret things: he knoweth what is in the darkness, and the light dwelleth with him.

—Daniel 2:20-22 KJV

We have to be connected and present to notice that times and seasons are changing; we have to be willing to change and grow with them. We can’t be concerned with the how, when, what, where, or why—just let God do what He does. The only limits to what you can receive in life are the ones that you place upon yourself, by thinking you can overrule or rush His will. When we walk courageously, fearlessly, respectfully, and selflessly with God—there are no limits—for He always provides the Gate.

PRAYER

Father, today I open my heart and mind to receive all that You have for me. I will be present and willing to accept today’s lessons and blessings, not concerned about yesterday or tomorrow. I trust that You are with me directing my steps. Thank You for helping me grow in every area of my life. Amen.

SPEAK YOUR TRUTH

When I See Myself I See…

When I Think About Myself I Think Of…

I Feel…

I Want To Improve My…

I Fear…

I Want to Overcome This Fear Because…

I Will Show My Support Of God Today By…

Today, I Tell The Enemy…

I Am…

I Thank God For…

GO DEEPER!

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Breaking Bread For 7.31.22

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Scripture

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6:33 NIV

Reflection

No matter what life brings or how others treat you, seek God first and always. Push past the feelings of doubt, hesitation, fear, frustration, and anger—and reach inside for the goodness that only God can create, provide, and replenish. This has nothing to do with others and everything to do with you.

The most important part of healing is adjusting your thinking first, believing you are whole and complete and that you are free from any sickness or disease as God’s child. Your mind is more powerful than your body ever could be—the next step is to speak your truth. Your power is boldly formed by the words you speak. You can heal or destroy with your words, with greater impact than you could ever do physically. After speaking your truth the next step is to watch, as the part of you that wasn’t aligned properly, begins to heal and become whole.

We either believe in God, or we don’t. I believe, and I seek Him.

How about you?

Prayer

Father thank You for today, for my gift of life and health. I pray for more patience and understanding. I pray that I am slow to anger or get frustrated, and that I carry myself with dignity and grace in all circumstances. I want to learn to accept the things I can’t control and change, and instead be free in releasing those things to You, the only one capable of handling the difficult and impossible.

I strive to do better to get better, and pray that as a result I am able to bless more people. There is great power that I steward. Help me be more intentional and mindful of the words I speak over myself and others. I seek You and will do so always. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.25.22

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Scripture

“Those who cling to worthless idols turn away from God’s love for them. But I, with shouts of grateful praise, will sacrifice to you. What I have vowed I will make good. I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’”

Jonah 2:8-9 NIV

Reflection

Jonah was in the mouth of a whale, declaring God’s strength, power, and glory. He did not give up and accept defeat but knew that only God could determine his fate. He prayed for God’s will to be done. His faith and commitment during the darkest moments showed Jonah’s true character, and God released him from the whale.

How many of us can say that if we were in the same situation, we would think, respond, and pray as Jonah did that day?

Jonah was less focused on himself and totally focused on God. There is an amazing quote by Beth Moore that truly highlights Jonah’s relationship with God and the type of relationship we should all strive to have: “Spiritual worship is focusing all we are on all He is.”

Think about that—if we only focused on our connection to and with God and saw ourselves only as He sees us—how would our lives change for the better? What types of obstacles could we overcome when our vision is never limited?

We should all pray for this type of focus and dedication.

Prayer

When I turn to anyone or anything else other than You and Jesus, I have chosen to have a conditional relationship with You Father. I pray for a relationship with You that honors You always. I pray to always put You first and to always seek Your light. As You mold my clay, squeeze out those things that displease You. In Your son’s holy name I pray to You and I praise You. Amen.

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.16.22

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Scripture

Thou art my hiding-place and my shield: I hope in thy word.

Psalms 119:114 ASV

Reflection

I wonder how my life would be if only I surrendered 100% to God.

Have you paused and reflected on that for your own life? What if you stopped, let go, surrendered, and obeyed from this point on—how would your life be?

I’m praying for the strength and courage to let go and skydive with my eyes wide open into the life that I’m supposed to be living.

Prayer

Father, I never want to doubt You or Your Word. Never have You left me alone, exposed to harm, or without life’s necessities. You have always been here for me, protecting me, nurturing me, and feeding me. I am blessed and it is only because of You that I have any joy, peace, love, respect, dignity, happiness, passion, or hope.

When my life is chaotic it is always because I chose to make a decision not guided by You. During those moments where fear, doubt, or arrogance consumed me, and I turned inward rather than open my arms to Your embrace—I have found myself in pain and miserable.

Father, I want to get to a place in my life where I do and say as You command without hesitation. Mold me Father. Give me the strength and courage to let go.

I love you all!

Natasha 

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