Breaking Bread for 2.21.20

Scripture

….But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

1 Corinthians 12:24-26

Reflection

What you neglect to care for today may be gone or damaged tomorrow. Take the time to honor your entire body every single day. Stick out your tongue, blink your eyes, wiggle your fingers and toes, and smile.

Look in the mirror, smile, and flash those pearly whites and say, “thank You Father“. I don’t care if you only have one tooth left in your mouth, or if you’re staring at a set of dentures. Thank God for what you have.

Rotate your head in every direction and inhale. Stretch to the heavens and exhale. Stretch to the ground God made, touch your thighs, knees, ankles and feet, and smile. Stretch as you turn your waist to the east and the west, and feel your body move.

Take a brisk walk or jog; cycle, jump rope, or do yoga or pilates for at least 30 minutes, four times per week. Nourish your body with clean, whole, organic foods and drinks. Show God how grateful you are to have this incredible vessel we call a body.

Don’t dump on yourself for what you don’t have, praise what you do have. Be grateful for the present.

Show God how honored and humble you are that He gave you life. Then rejoice!

Prayer

Father thank You for my body. Thank You for my working limbs and functioning organs. Thank You for my muscles and curves that support my frame. Each part of my body must be taken care of as they rely upon each other.

When I neglect any area I have neglected the whole. This is no different than when I only partially commit to You; I am not getting the full return on my investment.

Father I don’t want to neglect You or my body. I don’t want to have a conditional relationship with You Lord. I don’t want to be partially committed to You. I don’t want to randomly take care of my body that You have blessed me with. Because tomorrow a vital organ or part may have limited or no use and at that point I would cry out to You to heal and repair me—when I hadn’t thought about taking care of it all of these years.

I want to start having a healthy relationship with my body today, not taking it for granted, and not taking You for granted. Thank You Father for these opportunities and daily blessings. Amen.

Embrace this incredible day and enjoy every second of your weekend!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.20.20

Scripture

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 6:14-15

Reflection

We must stop carrying around anger, resentment, bitterness, sadness, jealousy and envy. We must let go and turn our cares and troubles over to our heavenly Father. Drop those heavy bags that keep weighing you down. You’re not supposed to be carrying them. They are property of the enemy. You chose to pick them up and be subjected to the pain. Now choose to put them down.

We must learn and begin to forgive ourselves and others. We must identify the lack in our lives that we continue to let control and dictate to us, because it’s not God that tells us to walk around angry, resentful, bitter, sad, jealous, and envious. That’s not God. Those are the ingredients and innerworkings of the enemy, who wants us to feel just as it does.

In 2011, I heard an incredible sermon by Ambassador Andrew Young that he gave at Union Institutional Baptist Church. If you don’t know, he was a pastor before he became a politician, and he continues serving in that role. In his sermon he spoke about forgiveness and it struck a chord with me because I had been contemplating a situation for awhile, and a few days before this church service the intensity increased exponentially—and I was trying to decide how best to handle it.

Ambassador Young said we have to forgive in order to receive forgiveness. That reminded me of something that my father always told me that I have since repeated plenty of times, “That person you’re mad at probably doesn’t even know you’re mad at them or why…they are too busy dealing with their own issues”. My dad was teaching me the value of letting go and to stop carrying useless grudges.

We are carrying around extra weight on our shoulders and backs that we don’t need to carry. This added weight causes stress and our bodies react negatively to too much stress. That day I took that step to forgive someone who had wronged me, but may not have even realized that I knew or how much it truly affected me. I also forgave myself for carrying around that pain, anger, and resentment. It was freeing to let go of that weight. I felt myself being realigned. I always do when I let go of dead weight.

Today, I assess the useless bags of weight that I’m carrying and I’m asking myself why I continue to carry around something that isn’t God’s, has no use to me, and makes me feel miserable. Which bags am I ready to drop and walk away from, starting today? I would much rather embrace faith than fear, acceptance than resentment, joy than anger or sadness, self-worth and contentment instead of envy and jealousy.

What about you? What useless bags are weighing you down and making you miserable? When will you grow sick and tired of carrying those stupid bags? Assess each bag. Which ones are you ready to drop today? Your spirit, soul, body, and mind will appreciate it!

This is a daily decision, because I can guarantee you that each day the enemy has another useless bag waiting for you to pick up. Don’t drop off one to pick up another. Don’t pick back up one you already dropped off. God’s trying to get us to see that He is all we need to make life right. He wants you to see how worthless those bags are and why you need to drop them off and never carry them or any others ever again. You can be free from their burden. It’s your choice.

Prayer

Father, today I must let go and forgive those who have sinned against me. I cannot ask for Your forgiveness if I can’t forgive others. I can’t ask for Your forgiveness if I can’t forgive myself. I have to accept the fact that You will always settle my grievances, You will always right the wrongs done against me, and You will always bring light into dark places and spaces.

I pray that You help me to release these useless bags of the enemy that I foolishly carry around each day, month, and year. I’ve chosen to subject myself to this pain, yet I’m blaming someone else for my feelings and decisions. Help me Father. Help me to release each and every bag.

Give me the strength and wisdom to see and embrace the freedom that comes from letting go. I know that just as it was my choice to pick up these bags it is my choice to drop them off. But you know I’m operating out of lack. My lack of trustworthiness is why I don’t trust the process. It’s why I don’t trust You. Because if I did, I wouldn’t be carrying around this weight.

Help me Father. I want to be realigned. I want to be right where You want me to be—and bag-free. I thank You Father for all that You have done, are doing, and will do. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Let’s let go of the bags people!

Loving you always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.19.20

Scripture

In you, lord my God, I put my trust.

Psalm 25:1

Reflection

There is no other truth, reality, comfort, or source of reliance except our heavenly Father. Trust in Him and put everything else to the side. When you doubt someone close to you, trust that God will always reveal the truth and bring you out of harm’s way.

When you doubt your ability to accomplish or overcome something, trust that the Lord is there to help you. When fear tries to take ahold of you, turn to God for comfort and courage. He will show you the lies that fear hides.

When you’re being a hypocrite there is no better source to realign you and get you right, than God. There is no shame with God, just truth, love, acceptance, and an understanding that freedom is only in and through Him. He forgives us before we forgive ourselves. That’s why we carry guilt and shame. We think we’re unworthy of forgiveness. God tells us that He is the only judge that can rule on that. We just have to trust Him.

When envy or jealousy rear their ugly heads, don’t hesitate to tune into God’s voice, to overshadow and pull you away from the enemy’s lure down those toxic snake dens. There is nothing meant for you given to others. Comparing yourself and your life to others is a trap of the enemy. And God reminds us that all that we have, entertain, and spend time with, is on loan to us. It is not ours. It is God’s. From relationships to material items. God loans to us for our growth and development, to help us be better stewards and ambassadors, and to give us opportunities to serve Him fully and with great appreciation. So trust Him to know what is best for you. Trust Him with what comes and what goes, short-term and long-term. Trust Him with your present. Yes, it is a gift!

Prayer

Father, when I can’t put my trust in man I know that I can always trust in You. When man has betrayed me and caused me to question their honor, loyalty, and truthfulness I know that You will never fail me and let me down. When I’ve been disloyal or dishonest, I can trust that You will realign me. You will make me face the truth one way or another. It may not be swift but it will be impactful. You humble me.

Father, I know that You will never lie, deceive, mistreat, or hide anything from me. I know that in You Lord the truth is always revealed and for those reasons and more I humbly and always will follow You and praise Your holy name. Even when I stray from Your path, I will return, because I know that there is no better here or there than with You.

You make it possible for the enemy to exist. That way the truth can always be revealed, and we will believe You when You say that not everything that appears to be good is right. Without temptation we would abuse even more our relationship with You, breeding contempt for familiarity—another trap of the enemy. It’s sad that this is the only way we recognize You as our salvation, is through enduring trials and tribulations. But I thank You for loving us enough to be there whenever we need You, even when we don’t realize we need You. You are here through our ignorance and into our enlightenment. I give You all of the glory. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.18.20

Scripture

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet has thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works.

John 14:6, 8-10

Reflection

Until we believe, we cannot truly have faith. Until we have faith, we cannot truly experience what God has planned for us. Until we are true believers in faith, walking and living in faith, we are merely lost sheep awaiting our shepherd. We will go round and round in circles going no where fast— lost in a wilderness. Four days is too long to be wandering through a forest without a sense of direction; consider 40 years—now consider your lifetime. We all have choices.

A friend of mine, Juanda, said the other day that she sees life as a bunch of forks in the road. She said that you can take the routes you choose or the ones God chooses. His way is best and fastest but our impatience will guide us on a different route.

I always call it, snatching the steering wheel from Him.

But God is God, and when He wants us to be somewhere we will get there—even if that means watching us take the wrong route, bumpy route, zigzag route—just to bring us to His route. He will get us there. That should reassure us that even when we realize we took the wrong route, we can turn to God in repentance and ask to be redirected. It should also remind us of the delays, pitfalls, and heartache that comes every single time we snatch that steering wheel from the most capable planner, driver, navigator, and mechanic.

God created the steering wheel, vehicle, the paths, and you. Who are you to tell Him what to do and which route is best? When things break down you end up calling on Him. That proves the point even more. But God believes in offering you choices.

What decision will you choose?

Prayer

Father if there is any doubt in me as to Your realness, Your presence, Your power, Your influence over my life and the world—I want it removed now.

You know my heart Lord. If I believe in Your son then how can I not believe in You? If I believe in You then I must believe that You sent Your son to save us. I must know that Your children did not truly believe, listen and follow You for more than 1,000 years before Christ’s presence— and You sent him to free us of the shackles we placed upon ourselves.

Father, we are still enslaved. We are still not fully committed and vested in Your plan. We are still easily manipulated by the “liar” and I know that I want the mania and chaos in my life to end. I want to taste the sweet fruits provided by You, I want to drink the pure water from You, I want to walk in righteousness and not in sin Father. I want to be healthy and whole, in all ways. Cleanse me Lord. I call to You and Your son to guide me, redirect me, and to help me to reflect You all the days of my life. I’m tired of disobediently trying to do things my way. I’m tired of snatching the wheel from You and finding myself stranded on the side of the road, or lost and not knowing where to go.

I want to be a better student, servant, steward, and ambassador. Help redirect me. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray to You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.17.20

Scripture

By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.

John 5:30

Reflection

If you take your last breath this very moment, could you say with the strongest of convictions that you have led your life the way you intended? The way God intended? Have you treated people as well or better than the person you love the most?

Or does your most prized possession garner greater attention, care, and admiration from you?

Do you treat people as your equal, knowing you all have one Creator? Do you treat people as though it is your mission to serve them? Or do you treat people as though you’re superior, better, more entitled, or more special?

Jesus is the ultimate servant leader. He never had to tell people that he was the son of God in order to get them to follow. He didn’t have to show off or declare his authority over others in order to get them to follow him. He didn’t walk around wearing things that brought him attention, so people would know it was him. He obediently followed the lead of God. He spoke only what God directed him to say.

People followed because they believed what they saw. Through his actions and demonstrations he proved his ability. He didn’t just talk the talk he walked the walk. But he also knew that the only way to build our Father’s Kingdom it would require believers and followers to share his teachings with others, and to help people help themselves.

Jesus healed people and taught his disciples how to heal people. He showed us that we are all capable of following in his footsteps, and capable of healing not only others but ourselves. But it requires us to walk in and through demonstration, to believe fully, have faith in the impossible, and work through our faith to manifest the reality of our future .

We are often times too self-absorbed to realize that this isn’t about us but it is instead about our heavenly Father. Jesus would repeatedly make clear that his walk and purpose was not about him, it was about the One who sent him. Jesus always made it about God, not himself, and in those moments of frustration and fear, he would turn to God for realignment and recentering.

Jesus has shown us how to live our lives and how to treat other people. Jesus has shown us how to deal with conflict and how to deal with circumstances that we don’t particularly like. Jesus showed us how to deal with friends and our foes. He treated all with the utmost respect and love, and served those who would follow or need him first.

Know that you cannot do this alone and that you are never alone, even when you don’t see anyone around. See yourself for who and what you truly are, not what you think you are, or what others see you to be.

Prayer

Father, my purpose is to serve only one God, and Lord, that is You. Show me how to be the best ambassador and steward that I can be, for and in Your Kingdom.

Please provide me with the resources and the skills so that I might use them responsibly.

Just as Your son Jesus said and knew that he could not do it alone, I know that I cannot do this alone. I know that You will always put the right people in my life to show me the way and to show me how to perform the duties You have charged me with.

I thank You now for what You bring to me today and tomorrow. You have high expectations for me Lord and I want to live up to Your expectations. I will not let fear nor man keep me from reaching my goals. In Jesus’ name I pray to You as Your humble servant. Giving You all of the glory. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.14.20

Scripture

For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak.

John 12:43-44,47,49-50 (KJV)

Reflection

We must put our faith, understanding, and reliance upon God and not man.

Man is flawed by influences of the world, just as we are. We are born perfect and then man interferes and disrupts.

The perfect example of where we ought to be is, Jesus— who had evolved and transformed as God intended. Even in his last days, when he cried out in a moment of fear and doubt, God comforted him with a still calm that let him know that all was well and would be dealt with the right way at the right time. God reassured him that His plan was to be fulfilled and with that realization Jesus leaned unto God’s understanding and thereby demonstrated life after human death, and that we all are spiritual beings working towards a life beyond this level of existence.

Jesus, unlike any other man or woman God directed to save us, was sent before birth— not chosen late in life— so from conception Jesus had an order and mission as the perfect example of God, to save God’s children and to show them the way back ‘home’ to His loving presence.

We too must listen for God’s voice (and His angels that He sends to lead us along our paths) to comfort, protect, and guide us. We’re not to rely on worldly vices such as alcohol, sex, drugs (even prescription), idols, the media, clothing, and money. We must put our faith in something we cannot see but we know we can feel each and every day.

Do you have that faith?

Can you turn to God to heal your pain? Or do you give in to the “liar’s” whispers that tell you to keep popping those pills, or that the bottle of wine or liquor is your best solution to numb the pain? Do you turn to God when you are lonely, or do you hide your head in the bosom of the temptress/tempter who has seduced you and lured you into their bed?

We have choices. You just have to decide if you are following God or the “liar”.

Prayer

Father there is no other that I place before You, that I rely upon first, that I praise or worship, that I lean on, or that I talk to first but You. I hear Your voice directing me daily and You have given me the choice to listen and follow, or to ignore You and do my own thing.

You sent Your son to us to save us from ourselves and from the “liar” who would have us to believe that we can be You and have power and glory equal to or greater than Yours.

I know that forever You will reign over the world and beyond; that there is nothing good that has been created that was not created by You. Every device and application that has been created to help and save mankind, is Your doing. I know that every creature on land, in water, and in the air, was created by You and shared as a blessing for us to care for, lead and steward.

We are Your perfect reflections attempting to regain our sense of self in You Father. We have stumbled, fallen, and now we struggle to reclaim who we are in, of, and through You. We have leaned more on man’s understanding than Yours. We lean more on man’s teachings than Yours and Jesus’. We have relied upon and imitated man more than You.

We desire the things of the flesh more than we do of You. For those things Father I ask for forgiveness. I want to walk always in Your light. In Your name I pray for strength, faith, obedience, focus, peace, and dignity each and every day. Amen.

I love you all. Have a safe and happy Valentine’s Day!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.13.20

Scripture

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

Colossians 4:2

Reflection

Prayer should not be a lazy and casual act, nor should it be for show; but rather purposeful— as your dedication to taking this spiritual walk with our Father and His son.

Prayer is another sign of your devotion to God, Jesus, and the Kingdom that you are an ambassador of and for— and that you are helping to build.

When you pray, you’re speaking with God. You’re asking for guidance, asking Him how He wants you to behave, proceed down a path, and how He wants you to speak. He is your lifelong companion, the only companion that you will ever have that is with you 24/7, who sees and hears all, and knows all. He’s the only companion that can read your thoughts and communicate through them. You are never alone—because God is always with you. This should thrill you, elate you, bring you a sense of calm and comfort.

Throughout each day, God is communicating with us. Some of us struggle with discerning His voice above all others. When you are mindful and alert, you begin to see, hear, and know God’s presence. You also development stronger discernment to recognize the trappings of the enemy. That is why we are to devote ourselves to being watchful. Not just with our eyes, but using our hearts and minds.

The enemy never sleeps, but neither does God—who allows the enemy to exist.

We are given choices in life. The more that we authentically and faithfully pray, watch, and give thanks, the more we see God’s light—and the choices become easier to make. What appears to be good may not be right. Something tastes good but it may not be right for us. Someone looks good to us but they may not be right for us. An opportunity may look good but it may not be the right one.

Not everything that appears to be good is from God. Just because God made it doesn’t mean it wasn’t tampered with. You don’t know what the enemy has hijacked and rigged for your failure. Pray to God to help you see what is right so you know the right decisions to make, at the right time.

Start and end your day in a conversation with God. Ask Him what tasks to focus on first. Ask Him how He wants you to be of service. It’s God’s money that we spend, so ask Him how best to spend and invest it.

Take several moments throughout your day to pray, reflect, show thanks and appreciation, and to give back to our heavenly Father. Don’t just use prayer as a time to express a form of conditional love, where you are only asking for something, and only thankful when you receive His blessings. Prayer isn’t one-sided. Like all healthy relationships, it’s built on trust, openness, and giving as much as you receive.

Prayer

Father, every day throughout my day I want to stop and pray to You, to give thanks to You, and to connect with You.

In my prayers, I deepen my understanding of my purpose and Your guidance over me. Through my prayers, my eyes are opened wider, my heart is warmed, my mind thrives, and my ears are more alert.

I am able to discern more because through Your patience and care I have been exposed to Your truths— and the more I believe and walk in obedience, the more I receive. Thank You Father. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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