Breaking Bread for 9.20.19

Scripture

When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.

1 Peter 2:23

Reflection

No matter what someone does or says to you to make you feel bad or less than, know that you are God’s spiritual image and likeness and through His protection there is nothing that anyone can do or say that will turn God away from you. God said that He will handle your grievances. He will take care of those who attack and ridicule you. You just have to remain focused on doing your job as His ambassador and servant.

Ignore the gossip and rumors. Ignore the name calling. Ignore the underhanded things being done towards you. Keep your eyes, ears, mind, and heart focused on God, for He is and always will be the biggest picture in life. There is nothing in life that someone can do to you that God can’t resolve.

If you buy into the hype and believe that you are defeated, then you will be defeated-–for God expects your hope, faith, trust, and belief to be in Him and His ability to do anything and everything. Believe in Him. Filter that negative energy into the machine of positivity and fly high on God’s abundant supply of love.

The darkness within those people who spend their days attacking you will eventually silence them. Believe!

Prayer

Father, keep me strong. Keep me on Your path. Turn my eyes and ears away from those who would insult and bring pain to me Lord. Let me instead keep focused on You and Your son Jesus, and Your purpose and plan for me. I put my trust in You that You will always watch over and protect me. With that trust I do not have to participate in the negativity of others; I do not have to retaliate when attacked; nor do I have to defend accusations made against me-–for those are the actions of people walking in darkness—and I am centered in Your light. In You I put my faith. Thank You Father. Amen.

With that trust I do not have to participate in the negativity of others; I do not have to retaliate when attacked; nor do I have to defend accusations made against me-–for those are the actions of people walking in darkness—and I am centered in Your light. In You I put my faith. Thank You Father. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Updates and Improvements to Breaking Bread With Natasha

Happy Friday Family!

I know that you’re busy so I will keep this as brief as possible, and to the point.

Over the next few weeks and months you will begin to see some changes to #BreakingBreadWithNatasha both here and on social media. Maybe you already noticed that you can access this blog an additional way:

  • BBWN.BLOG

Yes, now you can also get here quickly (or share with others) using this shortened url.

I’m also going to experiment with changing the title of my daily posts. You will still receive a scripture, reflection and prayer. It’s just time for change. My posts have had the same title since 2010.

If you have any suggestions, please share in the comments section below. You can also email them to me: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Uh oh yeah, I’m in the process of securing a new, shorter email as well. Sometimes less is more.

My Books

Here’s the latest with my books I’m writing:

  • I’m waiting for copyright approval for using verses from various Bible publishers.

If you didn’t know, most translations that are published, are not public domain and free to use however we see fit. There’s only a handful that are, like the King James Version. However, if you want to freely use NIV, AMP, NKJV, HCSB, and many others—you better check the copyright restrictions before you run amock. Since my books will be for sale, I’m not going to risk any legal and financial hiccups on my part. So I’m making sure to cover my bases as fully as possible.

  • I had wanted to start the promo this month, but until I gain all clearances, I don’t want to put the cart before the horse.

I want everyone to have the first book in their hands, to use January 1st. There’s optional bonus content that comes with it, and I’m excited to receive your feedback.

  • I’m on my next round of edits.
  • After this round it will be handed over to a group of pre-selected readers to provide feedback on flow, ease of use, formatting, and readability.
  • Since Book 2 picks up where this first book leaves off, I get the opportunity to make moves for the second book sooner, because now I know the process and what to expect.

I can even submit my copyright requests for Book 2 out sooner because I have a rough idea of how many Bible verses I’m using from each translation.

  • I still don’t have an official title for the book.

I’m using a working title, just for quick reference, but it’s a no-go title to place on the cover of a book. I will be turning to my designated readers for assistance, and then turning to all of you to vote on the titles.

So stay tuned for more updates and improvements!

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.19.19

Scripture

If you falter in a time of trouble, how small is your strength!

Proverbs 24:10

Reflection

We all have dreams, goals, and aspirations in life. Do you believe that one day you will get what you need and desire most? Do you believe that God will always provide for you?

Then, when times get tough as they most likely will, why do we throw our hands up and declare defeat? What is faith, but believing strongly in the possibility of God doing the impossible….

Let’s believe!

Prayer

Father, thank You for another day. Thank You for protecting me through the night as I slept. Thank You for Your favor. Lord, today I ask that You continue to strengthen me. Cover me with Your peace and loving warmth. Steady my footing when times get rough. Keep my vision sharp and clear, that I might always see my goals and remain focused on reaching them. As my faith increases each day, let Your words of encouragement penetrate and destroy any encroaching fear. In Your name and Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.18.19

Scripture

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts…”

Isaiah 55:8-9 NIV

Reflection

Although our minds and hearts are connected to God, we will never truly know, understand, and feel what He does. We could however find more peace and tranquility in our lives if we stopped acting like two-legged donkeys with blinders on—stepping, kicking, and falling on our blessings.

We could stop, breathe, and think before we speak, so that we make sure that only our best thoughts are being conveyed.

We could think before keeping harmful secrets, reminding ourselves that we don’t like secrets kept from us. We could think of how devastated we would be if the person we love betrayed us, and maybe that would be motivation enough to not betray them. We could stop and think before negatively calling someone out of their name, thinking of how it would make us feel if someone did it to us.

We could think of what we could do with $1 and give it freely to the person asking for it, rather than contemplate how they will spend it. It is not our place to judge, it is God’s place. Leave that task to Him. Bless and be blessed.

There was a time when I gave a woman $5 although I had $2 or $3 I could have given her. I thought for less than 5 seconds whether to give her one of the smaller amounts, and then shook it off and handed her the $5 bill. She said, “God bless you” and I said the same to her.

As I drove away the enemy tried to make me think of how she was going to use that money and how much she had probably already collected. I told the enemy to shut up and get back. It did. Every time I bless someone and the enemy starts yapping negative speech, I tell it to be silent. It goes silent.

The enemy always has something negative to say when I’m trying to help someone else.

Over the past three weeks I blessed three people that I know with money, and literally the next day or two after blessing them, something happened where I had to pay for something important, and the enemy quickly said, “see if you hadn’t given that money to so-and-so…” and I find myself fighting back that temptation to listen to that voice. The enemy’s voice goes silent when I say, “God made it possible for me to bless others as He blesses me, so God will bless me with more to allow my cup to run over…” and then I say, “God will make a way….”

We have to align our minds and heart with God. When securely linked, there is no room for interference—the connection is too strong to be broken. It’s like having the best and strongest Internet connection possible. Communication would be seamless. The clarity would be crystal clear.

What if we really started walking like Jesus? How would our lives be? How would our world be?

Prayer

Father, I thank You for my blessings, and for those physical senses that allow me to take in Your land beyond comprehension and measurement—as You see fit. Thank You for my brain and mind, and for my heart. I know that when my mind and heart and perfectly aligned, my experiences are rewarding.

I know that I have failed to purge myself from sinful ways and free my mind so that I can be better connected to Yours. I know there are times when I can be more loving, giving, considerate, tolerable, patient–- and less cynical and flippant. I know better Father. I want to do better and be better. Help me Lord. In Your name and Your son Jesus’ name, I humbly pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.17.19

Scripture

Do not be overrighteous,

neither be overwise—
why destroy yourself?

Ecclesiastes 7:16 NIV

Reflection

If we don’t see our true place in life, and understand that God is the beginning, center, and the end of our lives—then we are doing all of this for nothing.

Prayer

Father, I pray for humility and grace. I pray for the presence of mind to always place You first, think of You first, seek You first, and defer to You. I know this is not about me and always about You.

Free me from my pride, clutter, and from those things and thoughts that would have me to think that I’m better or smarter than someone. Help me to get out of my way and to stop trying to tell You what, how, and when to do something. Help me to fully be what You made me to be, and show me how to possess, reflect, share, and pay forward all that is within me and produced by You.

You are love, joy, kindness, balance, happiness, grace, forgiveness, honesty, patience, inclusive, tolerant, accepting, and understanding. You are me. That means I am You. Since I am You, I pray to reflect and demonstrate that which You are, which means rebuking, refraining from, and walking away from all that You are not—and doing so in grace and peace, not judgment or wrath.

Judgment is not my job or responsibility. I don’t like to be on the receiving end so I should be mindful of the other end, and how it displeases You. Father, You are the only Judge. I apologize for constantly crossing that line.

Help me Father. I pray for order and peace, to thrive not merely survive, and to see and treat Your children as You do. In Your name and Jesus’ name I humbly and faithfully pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.16.19

Scripture

Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me; I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

Proverbs 24:29

Reflection

Any person trying their best to tear you down, make you beg, cry, give in and give up, feel desperate and hopeless, and feel as they do-–will only fail if you instead turn over your cares, worries, fears, and anger to God.

There is nothing He doesn’t see, hear, understand, or comprehend. He is all-knowing. He is the problem-solver. You just have to trust and believe that no matter how hard it gets, how rough it becomes, how brutal the psychological, verbal, physical, and financial beatings are-– God has your back and His plan has been in full force long before you became aware you had a problem.

You just have to release everything to Him and have faith that those individuals who have and are causing harm to you and loved ones—will be placed in a position to make a decision about how their lives will proceed either through repentance or in total darkness.

We all have choices, and even they had a choice not to take on the role of judge, jury, and executioner; and they will have a choice to give up and turn away from evil, or not. But you will play no role in that, because you will lovingly leave those matters to our Heavenly Father. So free yourself and vow to not cross into and be consumed by that negativity that breeds and grows inside of them.

Prayer

Father, thank You for righting the wrongs, for making bad things turn out good, for re-directing the wicked, and making sure that I have always been taken care of even in the valley of the shadow of death. Father, You have made crooked straight so many times that I know there is nothing You can’t do. Because of that and who You are, I never have to seek revenge for what someone has done or said against me or a loved one. I know that in Your time which is always the right time, You will make things right in my favor. I thank You Father. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.13.19

Scripture

Grace be with you all.

Hebrews 13:25

Reflection

We all have the ability to handle situations in life gracefully. This is not merely a characteristic assigned to women, but to all people, and it is obvious that even women need to work diligently and with great focus on living, being, and reflecting God’s grace.

We need to stop seeking revenge, plotting to “get even”, and focusing all or most of our energy on negativity and drama.

There are so many shows, movies, songs, and books about the evil plots of man and woman. Our culture has bought into an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, but have forgotten that it will leave all of us blind and in need of full dentures. I have lived my life believing that the best so-called “revenge” is living well.

I don’t have to pursue someone in an attempt at paying them back for wronging me, because I am too busy and focused on living my life, celebrating my blessings, being thankful to rise each day and have new experiences to value and treasure. I am too focused on what God has planned for my life and what new adventure awaits, than to be caught up in what someone has or hasn’t done to me or a loved one.

I let go— and let God handle those battles, and guess what? He always has and always will win those battles.

There has not been one person who has wronged me or a loved one, who hasn’t somehow reaped what they sowed, or later recognized and repented for what they had done—and regretted taking that negative walk; and it didn’t have to come from any effort on my part or the part of one of my loved ones.

It was the prayer of freedom from the drama and negativity that kept us out of the battle, and allowed God to take charge fully without interference.

Every ex-boyfriend, business partner, colleague, friend, associate, and anyone else who spent their time hurting me on some level, eventually had a “shoulda, woulda, coulda” moment. I had already forgiven them, but had also moved on and forward in my life. It was now for them to forgive themselves for their sins.

I never had to badmouth, spread rumors, “attack”, gain allegiance from others, or attempt to destroy anyone’s reputation or character, and I never would–-because that is not what I’m made of—-that darkness does not hang out festering inside of me.

I try to walk each day, proudly as God’s child, in a light that knows who I am and to whom I belong. I walk cloaked and filled with grace, letting go of childish ways—on my best days, and walking upright and with dignity as a woman and child of God. The pettiness and drama I used to involve myself with in my teens and twenties, I evolved and grew away from into my thirties.

As I approached my forties I smiled gladly at the deeper level of growth that would come as I faced more challenges, opportunities, experiences, and realities. My forties has been filled with lessons and I’m learning to appreciate each and every one of them, because they are helping me to stretch, grow, strengthen, and become wiser and more resilient.

When in pain turn to God, turn to love, turn to His light, and seek forgiveness and healing; and get the help you need from studying, learning, knowing, and living through His Word. Allow His messengers and angels to point you in the right direction. Remember it is not what people did or didn’t do to you that God will concern Himself with, but rather how you reacted, responded, and handled the situation. God deals with each person individually. Let Him deal with those people without your interference, and you just stick with doing right and demonstrating His goodness and mercy in your life.

I pray that each of you take some time out to pray, reflect, seek out God and come to a place in your mind, heart, and life to forgive yourself for taking part in your drama and for seeking revenge for being harmed, and then forgive those you believed wronged you.

True freedom is letting go. True healing comes from freedom. Darkness and light cannot be one, for light always pushes out the darkness. God gave us night and day (not just one or the other) for a reason. Embrace your light. I love you all.

Prayer

Father, the dictionary defines grace in a multitude of ways, but the one I pray to address today is defined as the “disposition to or an act or instance of kindness, courtesy, or clemency”.

Father I pray for grace in all circumstances in my life. Grace under attack, pressure, pain, frustration, embarrassment and loss. I pray to be kind, courteous, and offer clemency to those who wrong me now and in the future, and for those who have done so in the past.

I forgive them for their ignorance, for the darkness that fills their hearts and minds, and the dis-ease that eats away at them. I pray that Your loving light touches them, fills them, overwhelms them, and flows through them–-that their cup runneth over with goodness, mercy, love, patience, and the kindness, courtesy, and clemency of Your grace.

Father there are people who are in so much pain that they spend their waking moments plotting and planning how to make other people hurt the same way that they do; they spend their sleeping moments living out their pain— waking with vengeful venom spewing out of their mouths.

Father touch them with peace. Let them see the err of their ways. Let them see the path to forgiveness of others and themselves, so that they may continue forward in healing. Prepare them to be more like Your son Jesus, and in Your name and his I pray humbly today. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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