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Never Stop Living Your Dream —

Earlier this morning my mom shared these five simple words that form a very powerful message: Never Stop Living Your Dream! Mom said she heard the words in a Gladys Knight song and she thought they would help to serve through my blog. I wasn’t sure which blog she meant, so I figured that I […]

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Breaking Bread For 11.20.19

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

When you read the Old Testament, part of you questions why the Israelites kept messing up and repeatedly faced punishment for their sins, and then the other part of you is quickly checked by the reality that in current-day we do the exact same ignorant things. What’s even worse is that we know the Old Testament history, yet we don’t do any better. 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. That’s love. Could we do the same if given the power? No.

That’s why He keeps molding us.

Prayer

Father, prepare me for today and days ahead; for struggle and strife. Show me how to see opportunities in every situation. Protect me from myself and from those who would harm me through negligence or malice. Forgive me for my pride and disobedience, for my fear and doubt, and for my frustration and conditional faith that creeps in.

Father, let me learn a lesson once without need for repetition. Help me to prepare my home, family, and life for battle. Help me to resist the enemy and see temptation’s lure as nothingness and nothing worthy of giving my attention. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 11.19.19

Scripture

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

Job 12:22 HCSB

Reflection

For several days I’ve had the most bizarre and violent dreams that have forced me awake. I woke this morning with an uneasiness, from a dream that couldn’t occur exactly as it played out, but one that rattled me. I know there is something I’m supposed to see, but right now I’m not fully tuned in and aware. The heaviness weighs on me, but I continue to stay in prayer.

Since I was a young child I was told that I possess a gift of extremely heightened intuition and discernment. However, we know what happens when you don’t fully use your gifts. I’m not sure what these recent dreams mean or why I’m having them. I pray that God reveals all in due time.

When you feel a negative energy around or within you, pray that God not only releases you from this energy but reveals His Truth in the process. Don’t let the negative energy distract and consume you. Focus on God and His Love.

Prayer

Father, remove whatever darkness surrounds me, and let Your light shine brightly enough to destroy the error and clear it from my path. Help me to see what is currently a mystery. Let Your Truth be revealed. Push away those who aren’t to be aligned with me. Shut down those who would plot against me. Bless me with discernment and clarity Father. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 11.18.19

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. Even if the harvest comes later than expected, it’s still coming. So be mindful of the things that you do and say in order to get ahead in life. We all have pitfalls, setbacks, disappointments, and failures; but we can all succeed in life by doing good, living right, and being honest.

We say we trust God, but if that’s the case, why do we worry? If we trust Him, why are we impatient? Why do we attempt to carry the weight and burden of thinking we’re responsible for and equipped to solve and fix every problem that surfaces? We’re the creation yet we don’t look first or even second to our Creator. God told us to turn to, lean on, and remain with Him.

Our lack of trust in Him is because we’re untrustworthy. You can’t give what you do not possess. That is true with and through all things and situations. Faith, hope, discipline, courage, and honor can not be expressed and demonstrated if we don’t have them. It is a daily decision to think, speak, and act in ways that either align us with God, or not. Kingdom principles are achieved through intentionality, not default or coincidence.

As I type these words, I am strongly reminded of these facts. We can fake it with the world, we can lie to ourselves, but there’s no faking and lying to God. There’s no power, presence, or vision that is greater than the wondrous I Am. Kirk Franklin’s song “A God Like You” keeps playing in my mind. Here’s a link to listen for yourself.

I love you all. Have an incredible day and week. Be a blessing to others. Be the example in the world that you want to see.

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.

Father I would rather defer my gratification than to receive something that I didn’t earn, especially if I was being deceptive, disingenuous, or inauthentic. Forgive me for past offenses where I gained but did not earn or deserve. Father bless me as You see fit. Mold me into your perfect image and protect me from harm; harm that I may cause myself and harm to and from others.

As I try to do my part to climb out of this valley, please provide me with the tools that I need to not only survive but to thrive. Help me to lean on You and no one or nothing else. Help me to stop thinking that everything rests on me to fix, solve, and make whole. That mindset is what gets me in trouble. My desperation leaves me exposed and vulnerable. Help me Father.

I trust and believe in You Lord, and I apologize for all moments where my faith and hope are not crystal-clear to me and not demonstrated fully to You. In Your name I pray for forgiveness and to be made whole in all areas of my life. Giving You all of the glory, as a I strive to be a faithful follower of Jesus’s teachings. I thank You for Your love. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Song Credit: Kirk Franklin. A God Like You. 2012. Retrieved from https://youtu.be/UAfkqWBPx5o

Breaking Bread for 11.15.19

Scripture

What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

James 2:14-17 NIV

Reflection

I’m breathing through it and so can you. Just breathe and let the molding happen naturally, and if you truly believe then take that step—even though you don’t know where it leads. Do you believe?

You also must step outside of your comfort zone when it comes to helping the least of these God’s children. Good wishes is kind, philanthropy is great, but rolling up your sleeves and getting your hands dirty is better. Don’t give passively, put some energy and sweat behind it.

Prayer

Father, this can’t just be me thinking or speaking of faith; through my actions I must prove it. I know that you’re molding me Father. I feel it and see it.
I will work and do my part. I will also proactively do my part on the ground to help the least of your children. Giving You all of the glory, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 11.14.19

Scripture

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 7:12

Reflection

The very things that you want in life, the very things you hope to receive in an exchange with your fellow man and woman, and the very way you expect to be treated is how you should be in return. If you want respect give it. If you want to be left with your dignity then leave others with theirs. If you want someone to treat you with grace, be graceful. If you want fairness, be fair.

If you want love then be loving. Be an honest person if you seek honesty from others. Pay your bills on time if you desire to be paid by your employer, client, renter, or debtor on time. If you want people to be on time to meet you, be on time to meet them. If you want faithfulness and loyalty, then be totally faithful and loyal. If you want extra money, then try donating and tithing a portion of what you have.

What you want you will only receive when you first put it out there and do so with consistency. Make sense? Now let’s get out there and create a world of positive reciprocity!

Prayer

Father, thank You for another day of life, freedom, peace, and a chance to make a positive difference in my life, someone else’s life, in my community, and in the world. Father, add an extra layer of strength to me today and these next few days as I face challenges head on that I have been able to avoid for some time, or that never resurfaced until now. Father, touch my heart so that in each circumstance I treat others as I would want to be treated, emulating Your son’s walk through life. In Your name and his I pray. Amen.

Father, add an extra layer of strength to me today and these next few days as I face challenges head on that I have been able to avoid for some time, or that never resurfaced until now. Father, touch my heart so that in each circumstance I treat others as I would want to be treated, emulating Your son’s walk through life. In Your name and his I pray. Amen.

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 11.13.19

Scripture

When a country is rebellious, it has many rulers, but a ruler with discernment and knowledge maintains order.

Proverbs 28:2 NIV

Reflection

In the U.S. we elect officials to help govern this land from a human perspective, to provide a human touch to life’s circumstances that we created generations before and we make worse for generations to come. Yet, we only support these officials in the early days or when our specific needs are met consistently.

We don’t consider the thousands and millions of individuals this official must take into consideration with every decision made, because in our twisted minds he or she should be able to do all things for all people, starting first with us.

We create idols and messiahs, and forget that only God can do all things, be all places, see all things, and has the power to change the impossible to possible. Our lack of commitment and devotion to God clouds our thinking and our understanding of human government, and that man is limited even as a pure reflection of God.

If we want to see change in our neighborhoods, communities, cities, counties, states, regions, countries, and throughout the world we must be the change and bring about the change we want to see.

Prayer

Father, I pray today for my community, my state, my country, and the world. I pray that the pain, chaos, conflict, fear, hate, and rebellion would cease to exist. I know that is a far-fetched request in a land that is so troubled we love our Presidents before we elect them and after they are out of office, but while they serve our country we criticize, ridicule, threaten, and disrespect our worldly leader.

I know this a far-fetched dream in a land where we discard our elderly in facilities where they just wait until they take their last breath. Father, I know this is far-fetched in a land where we have more jails and prisons than high-performing schools; more liquor stores, check-cashing centers, and payday lenders than property owners and business owners.

But I still pray Father. I still have hope. I still have faith in You and Your ability to warm every heart, lift every spirit, heal every wound, cure every disease, make the crooked straight, and bring order to mania. So today just like everyday I pray and believe in a better tomorrow, a better world, with better opportunities—in Your name I pray. Amen.

God bless you all!

Love always,

Natasha

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