Breaking Bread For 7.13.20

Scripture

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13

Reflection

Even when we have doubts and fears, and our faith and hope in life’s situations flickers on and off, one thing is constant and that’s God’s love. This is the one thing that should remain a constant for us also—our love for Him, our love for ourselves, and our love for other people—despite their faults, and regardless if whether or not they love us.

If you can’t believe and have faith in the creations, believe and have faith in the Creator. You know the vision the Creator had and has for His creations. The creations, just like you, are flawed with fear and shame. Add a lack of hope and that recipe gets more and more distorted. But you know that’s not how they were created. You know the intent and direction of the Creator. Don’t judge, form an opinion, or respond based on the actions of the creation. Speak from and walk in the Truth of their, and your, Creator. Let your hope and faith in Him guide and guard you. We keep moving, reacting, and determining our actions based on what others do and say. We need to be focused on what God does and says; what is His mission for you? What has he called you to do? How does He expect you to speak and behave? That is what you need to focus on, align to, and be rooted in each day.

I don’t have to like you to love you. I don’t have to approve of what you do or say to have love for you in my heart. Love isn’t just the act of giving and receiving, it’s also the grace and mercy embedded within that we tune in and tap into—that we all desire and seek.

Our faith should not be secured or restored based on what we see, but on the Truth that speaks to us and within us. We should be guided by that because it always stands the tests of time.

A person without hope is dangerous to self and others, because they see no use and value in life, as their faith is shattered and they are blinded by lack.

That is the power of love—in that, faith and hope can clamp on and gain strength, and momentum the longer the bond remains intact with love.

Love your family, friends, neighbors, associates, strangers, service providers, bill collectors, and your enemies. Then watch as the world begins to look different as you begin looking through a different lens. Don’t be concerned about what’s in their heart and if they love you, and show that love. Be concerned about your heart, thoughts, speech, and actions. That is the only thing you can and should be controlling. You can’t control someone’s behavior, but you can control yours. God deals with them in His own way, just as He deals with you.

So be intentional with your love. Don’t ration it. Don’t hold back. Don’t play games. Love is not a game and the heart is nothing to play with. It does not do well with double-talk. It requires authenticity. Do your best and pour your all into this experience that we call “life”. There’s no do-overs here.

Prayer

Father, I am so thankful and grateful for Your love, for it is like no other. I can rely upon Your love remaining constant for eternity. Your love is infinite, unlike anything a human can give because You give freely without keeping track of my wrongs, without expectations, without ultimatums, and without game playing. Your love for me is not predicated on whether I love You or am obedient to You. Your love is simply an “Is” without explanation.

I have faith in You that You will always provide for me, and that You will protect me from harm. I have faith in You that You will place the right people in my life at the right time, and You will remove those individuals that don’t belong in my life now or in the future.

I have hope, and I continue to hope for the best. I hope for an enduring, loving, respectful, caring, honest, faithful, faith-filled, committed and monogamous relationship with a person who also loves and has faith in You, and never loses hope in You or mankind.

My faith and my hope may be tested, and I may sometimes waver— but one thing You know Father is that my love for You never leaves and is never rattled or swayed. I love You Lord. If I didn’t love You I couldn’t possibly love myself— for You created and care for me. Thank You for Your love Father. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray to You with an abundance of love, hope and faith. Amen.

I love you all.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.10.20

Let me start off by wishing my aunt Valerie and cousin Kambria a very happy birthday. I wish you both nothing but the best, now and in the future. My aunt has been supporting Breaking Bread from the very beginning, and I’m so appreciative of all the ways that she does. I love you Princess!

~Natasha


Scripture

I am glad I can have complete confidence in you.

2 Corinthians 7:16

Reflection

This is a strong declaration. Do you have complete confidence in God? Do you trust 100% that He has a solution to every one of your problems? Do you believe that He can make a way out of no way? Do you have faith that He will help you to and through your mission? Let’s see you walk that walk!

Prayer

Father, keep working on me. I believe. I trust. I am confident You will make a way. I believe that my deadlines and obligations will be met through Your will and grace. Please redirect me when I stray. In Your son, Jesus’ name I humbly and faitfully pray today, and each day. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.9.20

Scripture

The Lord approves of those who are good, but he condemns those who plan wickedness.

Proverbs 12:2

Reflection

You are not responsible for others actions or lack thereof, but you are responsible for yourself, what you do, how you behave, and how you speak to yourself and others.

You have a choice to rise above situations or lower yourself to sling mud like a wild animal. You have a choice to do the right thing or give into the enemy’s plan. You have a choice to help others and be an asset, or you can be a liability through your selfishness, self-centeredness, and pride.

You can use your intelligence for the greater good or to plant and cultivate the seeds of evil. When you plan to do harm either through action or inaction, you are working as a servant of the enemy, not for God.

You have a choice, that’s the beauty and blessing of being God’s creation. We can choose. We also must deal with the consequences of our choice.

Prayer

Father, protect me from myself when I turn inwards and don’t reflect Your goodness. Protect me from those moments when I don’t speak up but should, and as a result I am hurt, or someone else is hurt. Protect me from others who plot and plan against me. Protect Your other children so that they do no harm to others and receive no harm in return.

Prepare and protect those coming into this world through birth, and prepare and protect those leaving this world to go to the next level of existence. Let us all see, gravitate towards, and choose to embrace and reflect Your light rather than dig our heads inside holes of darkness.

Forgive me for my sins, and forgive those who have sinned against me. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.8.20

Scripture

“Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the lord.

One day when Job’s sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house…a messenger came to Job and said, “The oxen were plowing and the donkeys were grazing nearby,and the Sabeans attacked and made off with them. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

…another messenger came and said, “The fire of God fell from the heavens and burned up the sheep and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

… another messenger came and said, “…three raiding parties…swept down on your camels and made off with them… I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” …another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting…suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”

At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The lord gave and the lord has taken away; may the name of the lord be praised.” In all this, Job did not sin by charging God with wrongdoing.

Job 1:8-22

Reflection

Consider Job’s experience in one day, then look at your own—could you walk in Job’s shoes? Could you experience what he did and still never question, doubt, or blame God? Job lost the animals that would provide his family sustenance and keep his land lush and rich; he lost all of his servants except four messengers who came to deliver bad news; each time increasingly more horrific than the last; he lost his sons, daughters, and his brother—all in one day, yet he got on his knees and prayed to God and praised His holy name.

That is a testament to true faith, devotion, and dedication to servanthood in God’s Kingdom. I pray to one day have the faith that can withstand whatever life brings my way. Until then, I keep praying for discernment, courage and strength, having my demonstrations, embracing my blessings, sharing my testimonies, and learning my lessons.

You have to be mindful of what you say and ask for, you may just get it. When we say we want to be more like someone else, understand that comes with all of the ups and downs, bumps and bruises, heartache and loss, that they encountered to build the character, resolve, and fortitude that you admire from the outside looking in. It sounds good until we have to walk-the-walk, and then we’re crying out in pain. We feel like we’re being punished, forgetting that we asked to be tried and tested.

If you aren’t truly ready for the bumpy ride, don’t get on that wild horse. Don’t worry, God has some more suitable horses for you to ride!

Prayer

Father, I want to be more like Job, in the ways that he demonstrated his love and faithfulness to You. Even when it seemed that he was broken and would give in to satan’s attacks, he turned back to You. I want to have the faith to know that no matter what happens to me, You will never forsake me or let harm come to me; You will never let me endure more than I can handle, and You will always be by my side.

Father, I want the strength, courage, and determination to fall down and get up, I want the strength and courage to look directly at fear and rebuke it plainly without hesitation. I want to stand steadfast in Your word and light, knowing that in You I am always protected and loved. You know me Lord, You know my worth and what I’m made of. You know my weaknesses and the ways that I can be distracted and discouraged.

Whether or not the story of Job is real or designed to teach a lesson, it examines human character, and helps me to look within myself. In all of the ways I am deficient I want to be better. Please show me the way Father. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray to You this day and always. Amen.

Today is Wednesday. Touch someone’s heart today. Be a blessing to everyone you encounter.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.7.20

Scripture

…in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you.

Titus 2:7-8 NKJV

Reflection

When you know right you should live right. You should be the same person in church as you are in the streets. You should be the same person you are with strangers as you are with friends and family. We shouldn’t be speaking one way yet doing another. It should be consistent and irrefutable. Naysayers shouldn’t be able to dispute you and knock you down.

A great quote shared by Corrie ten Boom, helps to balance us in our confusion and worry about living right :

Don’t worry about what you do not understand. Worry about what you understand in the Bible but do not live by.”

How deep and moving is that message? Some things we just don’t understand, and for those things we shouldn’t rack our brains trying to figure it out—for God will bring the knowledge in due time.

But for those things we do know and understand in the Bible, if we aren’t obeying what God and Jesus instructed then we should be more than alarmed—we should be working aggressively to make things right in our life.

We should be praying to God to release us from our self-inflicted bondage.

We should remove what’s wrong in our lives and replace it with what’s right. Our thoughts, speech, dress, habits, obsession with material possessions, false need for instant gratification, and our issues with honesty and loyalty—should all be purged and replaced by examples we would want Jesus to see and commend.

Each day we can work on ourselves. Each day we can embrace more love and pour into others more love. Each day we can rely less on man and human expectations, and lean more on God—and use Jesus’s example to think, speak, live and do BETTER!

Prayer

Father, I understand that I may be the only example of a Christian or follower of Christ, that some have encountered, I may be the only Bible they have ever heard, and I never want to set a bad example that will turn potential followers away.

Let my thoughts, speech, and actions be that of a dignified and loving ambassador representing Your Kingdom. Mold me Father. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.6.20

Scripture

Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food. All food is clean, but it is wrong for a person to eat anything that causes someone else to stumble.

It is better not to eat meat or drink wine or to do anything else that will cause your brother or sister to fall. So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin.

Romans 14:20-23

Reflection

“…and everything that does not come from faith is sin.” How bold is that statement? If we eat food but not based on faith that God would provide, but just in the thinking that it was luck, happenstance, or only because of our labor— we have sinned.

If we wish for something better in our life: a new home, a new job/career, a baby, a new car, marriage, a vacation, or financial wealth— yet it is a wish, strong desire, or a prayer not based in faith— but rather chance or luck, or that we alone can make it work, then we have sinned.

If we manipulate situations and people to gain what we desire, this is not faith. But according to this Bible passage, it is a sin. Your plotting and scheming is not favored in God’s eyes.

Whatever we speak, think, do, or consume should have a foundation in faith, and the belief that God will always provide a solution, a way, and a path, and it will always be on time, and in abundance. Let’s stop relying on man’s devices, laws, tricks and schemes to gain wealth, happiness, and joy. Instead, let’s turn to our most faithful Father-Mother to provide what we need and when we need it. This is supposed to be an intentional and vested relationship. Not a casual, passive, and disposable one.

What we gain through manipulation is like the styrofoam cup and plastic chair that can’t be broken down and recycled. It instead clogs and contaminates waterways, pollutes the air, kills off precious life, and becomes an eyesore. It comes back to take away the things that matter most. It doesn’t happen quickly and it doesn’t just impact you. It creates a domino effect. Just like blessings create a ripple effect, transgressions do too. Be mindful of that. Be mindful and intentional with your speech and actions.

Prayer

Father, of the verses I just read I took from this that anything that does not come from faith is a sin. Whatever done, said, consumed, or thought, which is not derived from faith is deemed a sin in Your eyes. So I pray that my thoughts, actions, deeds, and words are produced through faith not fear; faith not anger; faith not arrogance; faith not envy; faith not greed.

I pray that whatever food or drink that I consume that I show genuine thanks for the blessing, having faith that You will always provide sustenance for me each and every day. I pray this as a follower and lover of Christ, in Your name Father. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.3.20

Scripture

You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did.

James 2:22

Reflection

It is not faith alone, but your actions supporting your faith, that encompasses your true dedication and belief in God and what He can do to and for you.

Money and Resources

I can’t just have faith that God will deliver me the money that I need to pay my bills, take care of my business expenses, and the other provisions that I need. I have to be proactive, also making sure that I am receptive to potential blessings that may come in various forms. I have to get up each day and work diligently so that I am doing my part and showing God that I’m serious about my life, my family’s wellbeing, my career, and in serving Him. Coupled with my faith, my bills will be paid and all of the financial perks will be received.

Children

I can’t just sit around praying that God will bless me with children, I must make sure that I am doing my part to be mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and financially healthy—and prepared to have, raise, and nurture those children. How else will God see and know that you and I are truly prepared? Coupled with my faith in Him, He will bless me with children, as He sees fit, in whatever arrangement that He defines. God has no time limits or boundaries. God isn’t concerned about my age and what doctors, science, or society says. God determines. My responsibility is to do my part and be patient.

Marriage

I can’t just sit around and pray for a healthy, joy-filled, loving, honorable, impenetrable, and committed marriage— I must do my part to heal, nurture, love, commit, strengthen, protect, and grow within myself first. I must be supportive, receptive, nurturing, understanding, compassionate, nonjudging, trusting, forgiving, and loving of and to my partner to encourage—and receive—the same in return.

I can’t be hung up on the past, because God isn’t. He’s not still dwelling on what I should’ve and could’ve done, or what I did that disappointed Him. So why am I looking backward when the day is before me, and my future is ahead of me? What someone did to me, was done. Past tense. It doesn’t make sense to continue carrying around that weight. It doesn’t get me closer to healing, salvation, victory, or what God has planned for me. It’s just dead weight.

I don’t need to remarry to be happy and whole. I need to be in constant alignment with God. Whomever stands in accordance with that is one chosen by God to do so. It’s not for me to force or reconfigure a piece to try to make it fit some puzzle I’ve envisioned. When that piece is directed by God, it aligns without effort. Then there is peace.

With my faith and actions, I can put my trust in knowing that my relationship and marriage (if God so chooses) will be as God envisioned. I must demonstrate through thoughts, words, and deeds, the very things that I desire in and from a life partner.

Health and Wellness

My desire for excellent health cannot come from merely wishing or praying for it. What am I doing to reduce my risk of exposure to toxic things, environments, situations, and people? What am I doing to extinguish the toxic thoughts that creep in, with a seek and destroy mission?

Health is not just physical. It is spiritual, emotional, mental, and financial. It is inside-out and outside-in. It’s also the layers upon layers that we stand in strength or weakness. It’s the layers that we place or allow to be placed, by others, upon us.

Combining it All

My actions, along with my faith, encourage me to trust and believe that the health, money, resources, children, and marriage that I desire—and need— will be provided to me as God intends for me, and only when He sees fit. Faith, is not only the believing in something, it is also the patience to wait, for that which we desire, to manifest fully—on God’s time, not ours. While we wait we must work with the greatest of passion.

Now let’s put some action beside our faith!

Prayer

Father, I thank You now for my blessings. I thank You now for providing me with the money that I need to take care of my expenses and to provide the financial foundation and layers that will support and help build my legacy. I thank You now for providing me with the resources that I need to grow and become a better person.

To show my faith in You and my dedication to serving You, I won’t just sit around lazily expecting You to do everything for me; but rather I promise to get up each day and work diligently in both my personal and professional life. If I say I want more in life then I need to show You that I can handle more, by first taking care of what is before me.

Jesus showed men how to become fishermen so that they could catch their own fish, not just wait around for someone to provide them with the fish. I want to be that metaphoric and symbolic fisherman, who works hard through Your grace and will to provide for myself and my family—all while giving to those in need, so that they too will rise up to be fishermen.

I want You to know and see that I’m willing to do my part Lord. I thank You for taking care of me Father, and for freeing me from the fear that kept and keeps me prisoner in my own mind and body. I love You Father. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

I hope that each and every one of you have an amazing 4th of July. Even if you don’t celebrate the holiday, celebrate your life and everyone that you’re blessed to share it with.

Love,

Natasha

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Birthday Tribute to My Dad and to You!

First, I would like to start this message off by wishing my father, my dad, my hero, my friend, a very happy birthday.

This is an old picture of him from the early 1970s. I shared it on my other blogs and social media, as a special memory for him and my mother. Only they remember that day. I could’ve shared a picture from my memories, but I wanted to share one from dad’s.

I wanted to look back at a time when I wasn’t even yet a baby, not in the immediate plans, while he was still thinking about school and career, and enjoying every minute of his youth. He probably thought he would live to be an old cantankerous man. But he didn’t. He was young and full of life and light. He still had great visions and goals to accomplish. We had family trips tentatively planned. After all of his years of business travel, he had finally resolved to taking a vacation. I couldn’t believe it. I was excited for him.

He transitioned from this level of existence 19 years ago, and when we celebrated his birthday on this day of that year, only God knew that it would be my dad’s last birthday in that body—celebrating with his family. Only God knew that July would be the last month that my sister and I would get the chance to hug and laugh with our dad. Only God knew that when my mom had me wait for hours to get our family’s favorite chili cheese dogs, that the next day my dad would be hours from taking his last breath.

We don’t know the minute, hour, day, week, month, or year that we will transition from this life. So we shouldn’t squander it. Even when you’re not feeling up to working, find it in yourself to tune in and be productive. Ask God what He needs you to focus on. You don’t want to leave this level of existence with regrets. You want to leave and say, “Ooh wee I did, saw, heard, experienced, and learned a lot. That was an amazing journey. Now I’m ready for what’s next on God’s agenda!”

That is what I think my dad said, mostly. I think that he left here wishing he had done certain things, but I don’t think that he had any genuine regret. Dad told me a couple of years earlier that he wasn’t going to live to be an old man. It would irritate me. I couldn’t see my life without my dad in it, at least up to a certain age that I was comfortable with—like in my 70s. I couldn’t see my sister growing up without our father by her side. I felt he was speaking something into existence that had no place here anytime soon. It hurt every time he spoke those words.

I should have seen it as prophetic, as God giving him the foresight to understand that his assignment here would be short. I should have seen that God was preparing my dad and my dad was trying to prepare me. He was trying to teach me how to run his business. I pushed back and actually told him to mentor this other young woman who was really interested in International Trade. Man, what an idiot I was. How naive. Dad knew. I couldn’t fathom it. If only I had the relationship then that I now have with God— then I would have been more receptive and obedient. My dad’s business died when he passed on. I couldn’t save it because I was clueless about import-export, tariffs, trading blocs, and the like. Silly me.

Think of the countless companies that go under because there isn’t a succession plan for when the owner transitions, retires, etc. Think of the dreams that simply fade away. Think of the hard work to glorify God, that settles like dust and then ceases to exist.

What are you doing each day to invest in, support, protect, build, and reinforce a long legacy?

What are you creating, doing, and investing in that will outlive you and generations beyond you? For many people, it’s your children. Their life is your legacy. But consider your investment in them. How are you pouring in your knowledge and wisdom, equipping them with the skills and resources they will need for their life, and in paying it forward into future generations lives? How are you educating them on the importance of leading and living with purpose and on purpose, with the understanding that you don’t know the day, hour, minute, or second that you will take your last breath? Will they be prepared to grab that baton and continue running the race, in your honor, and for God’s glory?

Think about it.

Live every day like it’s your birthday, because in a way it is. Every day God is birthing ideas into you for you to pursue, create, build, and embrace. You then must give birth to the manifestation of those ideas, in different forms. Every day is a new day of experiences and lessons. So I wish you a happy birthday too!

Today’s Breaking Bread message aligns with this birthday message. I hope that it resonates with you. I hope that it helps you or someone you know.

I share with love and hope!

~Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 7.1.20

Scripture

… while I was sitting in my house and the elders of Judah were sitting before me, the hand of the Sovereign lord came on me there. I looked, and I saw a figure like that of a man. From what appeared to be his waist down he was like fire, and from there up his appearance was as bright as glowing metal…. The Spirit lifted me up between earth and heaven and in visions of God he took me to Jerusalem, to the entrance of the north gate of the inner court, where the idol that provokes to jealousy stood.

Then he brought me to the entrance to the court….And he said to me, “Go in and see the wicked and detestable things they are doing here.” ….He said to me, “Son of man, have you seen what the elders of Israel are doing in the darkness, each at the shrine of his own idol? They say, ‘The lord does not see us; the lord has forsaken the land.’”

Then he brought me to the entrance of the north gate of the house of the lord, and I saw women sitting there, mourning the god Tammuz…He then brought me into the inner court of the house of the lord, and there… were about twenty-five men. With their backs toward the temple of the lord and their faces toward the east, they were bowing down to the sun in the east.

Ezekiel 8:1-3, 5-7, 9, 12, 14, 16

Reflection

If we have been told and shown examples of what God expects of us and disapproves of, then why are we still continuing the cycle of hardheadedness that the Israelites demonstrated thousands of years ago? Why is our struggle with the flesh so difficult to overcome? Why is it that when times get tough we turn to idols, man, spirits, charts, and dead gods for comfort? Why don’t we seek out God’s Love, God’s Spirit, God’s Light?

Would we still be fixated on needing to trust and believe in something we can ‘see’ if our sight was removed? If you were blind would you still rely on your faith in a statue, pendant, cards, signs and symbols, or someone behind a pulpit or inside a confessional? Or would your faith be restored in the Supreme Spirit, the only Problem Solver, our Father? Ponder that.

Prayer

Father thank You. Thank You for showing me through examples those things You detest and disapprove of as well as those things that are pleasing to You. Thank You for giving me the opportunity to do right and correct my steps.

Thank You for equipping me with the knowledge to make the right decisions and be comforted in knowing that there is no better way than Yours; there is no better justice than what You deliver, and there is nothing I would rather do than to worship and serve You Father.

I know You see me Father, I know You have not forsaken me, and I know that You will answer my prayers and deliver me at a time and place that You see fit. Thank You Father. Amen.

Love you always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 6.30.20

Scripture

A certain man of Zorah, named Manoah, from the clan of the Danites, had a wife who was childless, unable to give birth. The angel of the lord appeared to her and said, “You are barren and childless, but you are going to become pregnant and give birth to a son. Now see to it that you drink no wine or other fermented drink and that you do not eat anything unclean. You will become pregnant and have a son whose head is never to be touched by a razor because the boy is to be a Nazirite, dedicated to God from the womb. He will take the lead in delivering Israel from the hands of the Philistines.”

Judges 13:2-5

Reflection

There’s nothing God can’t do for you, through you, and to you. Believe and have faith. Be disciplined as you pray, work, create, and serve.

That barren, childless woman gave birth to a son, Samson, and he did exactly what God’s angel said he would.

Imagine receiving the message she heard. How many of you would be in shock, disbelieve, chalk it up as a twisted thought, or even as a joke of the devil?

How many dreams have chased you for days, months, and years—yet you never pursued them, never prepared yourself to achieve them, never challenged yourself to turn them into goals, so God could guide you to victory?

How many dreams and ideas have you abandoned because they seemed unattainable, impossible, too late to make happen?

Are you listening for God’s voice? Are you paying attention to the angels around you who are trying to guide you?

That faint voice in your head sharing words of encouragement and enlightenment, declarations of a successful future are not your mortal thoughts or imagination, but rather, it’s the work of God— planting and nurturing spiritual seeds, and outlining your road map—all while reminding you who you are and to Whom you belong.

Those negative, defeating, deflating, limiting thoughts are planted and ripened by the enemy. That booger (yep, that’s what I’m calling it today), it works hard to convince you not to be in alignment with God, to not find and see the countless reasons to praise and pray to God. The moment God’s seed touches your spiritual and mental “soil”, the enemy leaps into action. It desperately tries to get you to not take interest in that seed growing and bearing gifts. It delegates tasks to crew members who are assigned to derail your forward progress.

That is why discernment and clarity are key to fully receiving the gifts that God has for you. You have to be able to clearly hear and see the messages being delivered, and have discernment to know which party is sending them to you, so you know when and how to engage.

What I’m learning now is not to ignore the enemy and its gang. Acknowledge their presence and that they are interlopers. The key is to not empower them by entertaining their influential ways. We’re to acknowledge their presence and intent, while also acknowledging that they only have relevance because God makes it possible, and they only have influence if we give in to the temptations and trappings.

It reminds me of a cousin of mine who used to bug me and try to bully me. If I was watching TV she would stand in front of it to block my view. So what would I do? I would look her directly in the eyes, acknowledging her presence and that I knew her feeble attempts, and then I would redirect my eyes to the level of the TV screen and stare at it as though I were still able to see the program. So that was about the level of her waist.

By doing this it enraged her. She kept looking around to see if I could still see the TV, even though she knew she was standing in front of it. The longer she stood there the longer I stared in the direction of the TV, sometimes smiling and laughing in response to the show’s characters. I couldn’t see a thing, but I knew that TV was there. When she turned the TV off, I continued staring in its direction. I knew it was there and I knew I wouldn’t let her annoy me to the point where I would abandon my pursuit of happiness. Eventually my cousin gave up and walked away. I then happily watched my program. I showed the bully that she had no power and dominion over me.

That is what we are to do with the enemy and its gang. Remind them each day that just like us, they are only here because God makes it possible. The enemy does not have equal or greater power than God. But both want your attention and ultimately your soul. You need to know whom you’re dealing with to know how to think, speak, and act.

When God speaks to you, when He uses angels and other people to speak to and connect with you, tune in, stay connected, and tell the enemy and its crew, “I see and hear you, but you aren’t relevant. You won’t block my blessing. Go somewhere else.

God has amazing things planned for you, whether you’re the age of a child or a centenarian. Don’t place limits on God. He’s not placing any on you. That’s the thinking and actions of the enemy—always trying to keep you from goodness and testifying to God’s glory, mercy, and love. Be obedient like Samson’s mother. Even if you question God or His messengers, do so while you follow through with His directives—like the child who asks their parent, “Why do I have to brush my teeth?” as they stand on the stool or bench brushing their teeth. As their teeth are being cleaned they learn the lesson. It’s not defiance or insubordination to ask God questions. That’s called seeking clarity. Defiance is making the choice to not obey. There’s a big difference.

Prayer

Father, thank You for making a way out of no way; for making the impossible possible, the crooked straight, and bringing Light to darkness. Thank You for never giving up on me, no matter how many times I stray from Your path. Thank You for providing me with answers, even if I’m too distracted to hear, see, and discern them. Thank You for loving me flaws and all, and showing me how to love You, myself, and others. You know that I’m still a work in progress in that area and many others. But You love and support me anyway. Thank You.

I love You Lord and I know that You will always make things right in my life even if all that I see is dread and doom. I know that You will deliver me from bad situations or help me to learn the lessons that I was too distracted to discern sooner. I know that You direct my path even when I stray. Like a child that wanders in the store and park, You see me wander in life—but You never leave my side. Thank You Father.

You have shared some big dreams with me. Some excite me to action, others excite me to a state of analysis paralysis, while others have me in such awe that I don’t know what to do or say. Of course, the enemy is plotting. So I ask that You reinforce me with the tools to circumvent the attempts to redirect me. Just as we teach children about stranger danger we teach them to be aware of the intent of those they know. Please strengthen my discernment and clarity to realize and identify that which I know and don’t know, so that I’m not caught up in a trap that only You can free me from.

Help me to listen, know Your voice from others, know Your messengers from the enemy’s, so that I can act in accordance to Your plan. I want to love You beyond words. Through disciplined obedience I demonstrate my fullest and purest of love. I praise You and I pray only to You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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