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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Breaking Bread for 11.12.19

Scripture

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in me.

John 14:1

Reflection

I stand here looking at some of the most beautiful trees I have ever seen, and I’m noticing the changes in color and the multitude of leaves that have fallen to the ground. It is indeed the Fall season, and with this season many different trees understand that their leaves will fall off and they will be exposed, until the Spring time when they return green and ready to provide shade from the heat.

Just as we trust and believe that those trees will regrow new leaves come Spring season, we must learn to trust and believe that God and Jesus will always provide us with the means to make it through any situation, and grow from it, starting anew in a new season of our life. No it won’t be easy, but it’s not impossible. Allow your leaves to fall where they may, and smile, because in your new season new leaves will grow in their place. With those new leaves come wisdom and layers of God’s transformational goodness.

I want you to listen to Kirk Franklin’s song, “Smile”. Every time I do, I can’t help but to smile. Here’s a link to the video to get you moving, grooving, and smiling…

https://youtu.be/Z8SPwT3nQZ8

Those lyrics are so profound yet simplistic, even when you’re afraid, in pain, feel alone, just smile because you know that Jesus and God are right there with you helping you. Each step you take, each hurdle you overcome, each door you push open, each window of opportunity you crawl through…smile, because God made a way out of what you perceived to be “no way”.

I pray that each of you find the peace to let go of your leaves, to embrace the life God has planned for you, and prepare yourself for the new season of growth and development. I pray that you also pray for me, because we all have our ups and downs, and Lord knows I need prayer too. The closer we are on our walk with Jesus, the closer we get to God, the more we are attacked by darkness; and the more we need to pray and be prayed for. So please pray for me. I love you all.

Prayer

Father, there are days when I open my eyes a few times in the morning, each time knowing that I should have risen and started my day; but each time I ignorantly and selfishly craved more sleep. My days are limited, yet I gamble with them like I will be walking in the flesh here for another 100 years.

I apologize Father for my casualness. I know that on those days, I had rested enough and was more than capable of rising and starting my day earlier than normal. From now on I promise to rise when I awake the very first time; whether that be daybreak or earlier, I won’t squander the time.

Father, I won’t and can’t lie to You and say that I’m not troubled, not saddened and frustrated at times-–at myself, at my circumstances, and at the valleys and mountains that I encounter regularly. I realize that change comes with a price, something must go before something new comes in.

I know that I’m going through a change, some things have to go in order for new developments to grow. I have to let go of my fear and trust You and Jesus to show me the way, to protect me, and to lift me up out of those valleys and up and over those steep mountains. I know that every day Jesus walks beside me, some days I lose my focus and start walking off the path You have set for me, yet Jesus lovingly and patiently keeps walking and guiding me back to the right way.

Touch and warm my heart. Calm the pressure in my chest Father. Release the tension in my neck and shoulders. Soothe the cramps throughout my body. Calm my fears Lord. Bring me peace within that I may embrace this change and walk upright, ready for my next adventure—my next demonstration—my next testimony.

In Your name and in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

I pray for all of you, all of us!

Your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 11.11.19

Scripture

“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.

John 15:1-2

Reflection

Without faith, hope and love where are we? What are we? Who are we?

I don’t know about you but I want wealth of wisdom not just from learning through hearing and reading, but also through experience. With that experience comes hurdles, valleys and mountains so tall that you can’t see their tops. It is the adventure of overcoming the odds, not just reading about it (or listening to someone else share their stories) that makes life fuller, richer and more wondrous.

Living life sheltered isn’t living, it’s merely existing. If you don’t accept challenges, challenge yourself, and risk losing and failing, then you haven’t lived. Great discoveries and accomplishments are made by those who dare to chase their dreams, not by those who run away and hide from them.

There’s no cut-off point to getting up and getting out there. There’s no age limit, and adventures aren’t just limited to men and the wealthy. Moses was an old man, Jesus was in his 30s, Solomon was a young man, Ruth and Debra were women. Sarah/Sarai didn’t give birth to a child until she was elderly…at the age of 90!!

There are people starting college, graduating from college, buying homes, and starting businesses in their 60s, 70s, and 80s…what’s stopping you?

Don’t use your children or your circumstances as excuses for not standing up and embracing the opportunities that God has given you to make your dreams your goals, and your goals your accomplishments -–creating a new reality for you!

There are no limits to what we can do. If God has blessed us with gifts and talents, or placed someone in our lives who possess them–-then head towards your adventure and keep going until you cross the finish line. Live your life!

Start today!

Prayer

Father, thank You for today, for the shelter and for the food–-both spiritual and edible. Thank you for the vision to begin to see the path that You set before me. I cannot see long distance, but I can see each step that I take, and what’s before me. I can dream and hope that my dreams align with Your reality and plans for my life.

Father, I am a growing and developing tree. Shed my old leaves and help my new ones to grow strong and bright. Remove from me what is undesirable to You, so that I may be molded into the perfect image as You see fit. Let those around me not steal my fruit but rather seek their own, and wait patiently for You to provide. If my fruit can be of help to them, please guide me in the ways to gift it in Your honor.

Let me also gain patience for the things that I desire. Let me receive what I need and realize that what I want may not always be what I need. I humbly accept whatever portions that You allocate for me, while never having low expectations of You, Jesus or myself. I pray and give thanks to You today and always. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread: Sunday Edition 11.10.19

Dear Breaking Bread Family,

I hope that today’s message brings comfort and joy to someone, maybe you. Enjoy this Sunday edition and please share it with others.

Scripture

David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.

Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things.

In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name. “But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.

1 Chronicles 29:10-14

Reflection

Every fruitful idea, every shred of clothing, all of our material possessions, come from God. He blesses us multiple times a day, yet we oftentimes only give Him credit and acknowledge Him when the gifts are unexpected or unexplainable…so we can call them “miracles”.

We don’t always give thanks to Him for the successful deal we closed, project we finished, excellent grades we received, late fees that were waived, payment extensions granted, or for the mechanics and other workers who grant us discounts on services.

We don’t always thank Him for the car, animal, person, or object we avoided hitting, the headache that went away quickly, the calm peace that overtakes us when we’re stressed out, or the money that we find in a pocket or drawer we had forgotten or knew nothing about.

We don’t always thank Him daily for the faithful, loving, and devoted spouse/significant other. We don’t always remember to thank Him daily for our loved ones, for those family members whose eyes look like ours, whose laughs bring a smile to our face, and whose pain is matched with our own. We don’t thank Him for every moment we get to share with them.

We don’t always thank Him for keeping us focused and grounded, and for helping us to overcome and walk right past temptation without hesitation or a double-take. Are we really that busy, that self-absorbed, and self-consumed that we don’t have the humility, the gratitude, and the love to thank our Father for all that He has done, is doing, and will do for and in our lives and the lives of our loved ones?

Are we too lost in our own false-reality that we can’t stop and thank Him for our freedom? We all are free to think with our own minds, even if our bodies are enslaved-– our souls, spirits, and minds can never be shackled by another. We have to willingly and willfully surrender these things.

The first thing we should all do upon opening our eyes each morning is say, “thank You” to our loving Father-Mother God. For without Him we would have no life, and no chance for succeeding, growing, exploring, and demonstrating another day.

Embrace your day. Be grateful for today and be a blessing to others.

Prayer

Father, I woke this morning and thanked You for another day. Some of Your children did not open their eyes to this human experience but rather transported to a spiritual level of existence, that we each will one day venture towards. But while I’m here Lord I want to do my best to serve Your children, especially the least of them, who go overlooked and are taken advantage of oftentimes.

I don’t want to question who needs more or whether someone is pulling a scam on me, I just want to focus my attention on being of service and helping them to develop an even closer relationship with You. The more people I encounter, the more of You I see in their eyes.

Father, I thank You for the clothing, food, water, and shelter You provide for me. I thank You for the money that I receive through my labor, investments, and as gifts. No matter the perceived origin, I know that it all comes from You. I am humbly appreciative of the grace and favor You bestow upon me, even when I am being fearful, doubtful, ornery, or prideful. You truly know my heart Lord, You know what is inside of me, and You know that even in pain I love You dearly and deeply, and that I never want to risk my relationship with You Father.

I want to apologize for my fearful acts that I’ve been committing. I give in to fear just as David listened to Satan, who provoked him to number Israel. Out of fear David caved in and had Joab do exactly what Satan knew You would disapprove of, and reluctantly Joab obeyed. Father that voice in my head was not Yours and I apologize for listening to it and following its direction. Please forgive me Lord for my weakness. In Your Holy name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread: Saturday Special

Happy Saturday Breaking Bread Family!

I know that I slacked off a few days this week, and to make up for this, I’m going to post today and tomorrow. I truly hope that the messages shared touches someone’s heart, and helps to create positive change with a lasting impact. Without further delay, here’s today’s message…

Scripture

For a person may labor with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then they must leave all they own to another who has not toiled for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.
-Ecclesiastes 2:21 NIV

Reflection

What is the purpose of working hard, saving and investing your money, if you will end up leaving it to those who will squander it away carelessly? You must strive each day to become more financially literate and capable of being a wise and loyal steward so that you can educate and empower those who stand to inherit from your hard work and labor.

Our financial dignity weighs heavily on the decisions we make, the advice we take, and our commitment to rebuking low-living thoughts and lifestyles.

We must educate ourselves and then educate others. Our legacy must be more than our names and what’s left of us that is captured in videos, photographs, and other memorabilia.

Is what you are doing today providing a road map and healthy portfolio for your heirs 20,40, 80, or 100 years from now? If not, then make the time to reconfigure your life and your vision for your legacy. If you fail to do so, it may be short-lived or re-written by the foolish decisions made by your unprepared heirs.

Now consider this: we were left a royal inheritance through the bloodline that led to Jesus, and then Jesus left us with an even greater inheritance. How are we stewarding it?

How do we honor his life and his name? What things do we do and say in his name? How are we multiplying our talents? How are we taking care of our minds and bodies?

How are we showing gratitude for the shelter and clothing that keeps us cool on hot days and warm on cold days? How are we managing the finances that we were and are blessed by God to possess?

What do you think Jesus is saying about his legacy and how we are honoring it? We did nothing to receive it. He did all of the hard work. How do we honor him for what he gave us?

We can be good stewards or not, God gives us choices. Just remember what you leave behind and to whom. Will they steward better or worse than you?

Embrace today. It’s a new day to do and say the right things. A fresh start is yours, right now!!!

Prayer

Father, let my hands and mind work diligently to build that which You have envisioned for me, and let it not be in vain— that when my day comes to retire this human form, that the fruits of my labor are left behind for heirs who have not earned it.

Father, prepare me each day to better myself in every way, and when I bear a child prepare me to nurture and educate them so that they too learn to work hard; and that their inheritance from me is well-earned, well-received and well-invested. Let my other family members also be prepared over these long, beautiful days, to be receptive and well-equipped to take on the weight of their inheritance, left by me, in trust, that they too will be good investors and not careless fools.

Father, I thank You now for what You will bless me with in the future. I know You will equip me and prepare me to handle whatever comes my way. I know that You will provide me with the tools to be the best steward that I can be. Thank You Father. I love You. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

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