Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.21.13

He made no distinction between us and them, cleansing their hearts by faith. Now then, why are you testing God by putting a yoke on the disciples’ necks that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe we are saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus in the same way they are.”

Acts 15:9-11 HCSB

Pray
Thank You for loving me. May I never disappoint You or weaken the relationship that we have. Redirect me from ever placing expectations on others that I cannot fulfill myself. Guide me away from judging others. Touch my heart before I speak. Forgive me for the wrong I’ve done already today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
God loves all of us. We each have our own unique relationship with Him, but there is no one human or group who receive more of His love than anyone else. Instead of being fixated on what you think God wants, why not listen to your heart and follow your feet; step back from judging and instead embrace others. Have an amazing day and weekend family. Don’t forget that tomorrow is our Saturday Recap.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.20.13

After they had evangelized that town and made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, to Iconium, and to Antioch, strengthening the disciples by encouraging them to continue in the faith and by telling them, “It is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God.”

Acts 14:21, 22 HCSB

Pray
Father I know that times will not always be easy, but I am confident that You will never leave me, so I am comforted in knowing that I am never alone in this journey. Mold me in this process. Remove out of me all things not perfect in Your sight and restore me with Your goodness.

Strengthen me to walk through and past trouble, and not engage with ignorant people. Fill me with optimism and squeeze out the cynicism within me. Surround me with believers and followers so that I may fellowship, learn, and gain wisdom. Help me to be more committed in my walk. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Paul, Barnabas, and some of the other disciples knew that there was strength in numbers, so they returned to the towns with more disciples so that they could evangelize to more people, and spread the Word quicker. The growing discipleship also meant that the mission would not end if one or even several of them were jailed, stoned, crucified, or killed—the battle would continue.

Is that your approach for sharing God’s love and Word? Do you openly share your faith with others? Do you let other people know that you are a Christian, believer, and follower of Christ? Do you testify beyond the church walls about the great things God has done for you? Consider how your life would be different if you did these things consistently.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.19.13

“Be still, and know that I am God!…”
Psalms 46:10 NLT

Pray
Father thank You for helping me with my fears. Thank You for directing me out of darkness, chaos, and lands where I could become lost. Thank You for helping me through complicated situations, and for steering me clear of negative people. I don’t know everything, but I do know that my blessings only come from You. Thank You Lord.

Reflection
On Monday I journeyed home from Oklahoma City and almost 11 hours into the drive I realized that the rental cars navigation system had me driving two hours in the direction I was trying to avoid. I then followed the suggestion to take another route that conflicted an alternate route my iPhone highlighted. This new route had me backtrack 45 minutes and detour four hours in a direction that I had never driven.

By hour 15 of driving I began to question why I agreed to that route. As I entered a strong storm in the middle of nowhere and in pitch darkness, with limited visibility, I began praying for safety and reassurance. By hour 17 I knew I could no longer drive safely, but was able to get us to Birmingham, Alabama, and to an area of recognizable landmarks, etc. I was grateful that my sister had the courage and strength to drive the remaining 2.5 hours.

I didn’t stop praying until I was snuggled into my bed and drifting to sleep. We made it through that trip safely because of God’s guidance and protection. He kept me calm, focused, and awake. He made it possible for me to see areas that were overshadowed by fog, darkness, and rain.

I am humbled. Can you recall a time in your life where it was totally obvious that it was only because of God that you made it through, reached your goal, overcame an obstacle, or survived an experience? Please share.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.18.13

I made it back home safely. The 12-14 hour drive turned into 20 hours, but God’s grace made it possible for me and my family to make the journey without having car issues, getting lost, or needing to stay in a hotel. He is an awesome God! So today I share a message that reminds me that all things are possible only through Him.

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“…apart from me you can do nothing.”

John 15:5, NIV

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Jesus put it this way, “Without Me, you can do nothing.” In this passage, He talks about a vine and branches. Just like a vine will die if it is cut apart from the vine, we also won’t survive without being vitally connected to Him.

How do we stay connected? First, by acknowledging Him. By talking to Him. By reading and following His Word. See, when you acknowledge God, that’s a sign of humility. You’re saying, “God, I know You created the whole universe. You flung the stars into space. You tell every raindrop where to fall. I’m not here by accident. You breathed Your life into me. You made me in Your image. You crowned me with Your favor. Now God, I can’t do this without You. I can’t make it on my own. I need You in my life.” When you show that kind of dependency on God, there is nothing He won’t do for you. God will move heaven and earth to get you to where you’re supposed to be.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, today I choose to abide in You. I don’t want to live life on my own, so I choose to trust in You. Show me Your ways. Teach me Your love. Keep me close to You always in Jesus name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.17.13

Traveling back home from Oklahoma City. Pray for me and my family on our 12-15 hour journey.

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Isaiah 26:3 NIV

Pray
Father thank You for the inner peace that calms me even during the most tumultuous of times. I pray for forgiveness during those moments where I verbally and emotionally explode, use offensive language, and act unbecoming of a Christian. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
God can bring and keep you in a peaceful place. Just ask and be open to receive. When life rattles you, turn to Him.

Love,

Natasha

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Sunday Sermon Share Day: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6/16/13

Welcome to Sunday Sermon Share Day for 6/16/13

Today’s sermon comes from Allen Chapel AME in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Today’s Subject is:
Peace in the midst of a storm

Today’s Scripture selections from are:

Mark 4:32-41

Highlights from Today’s Sermon:

It’s difficult to predict what the weather will be. We have seasons and in some areas it’s an even climate year-round. But for many parts there’s rain one day and sunshine the next, fires one day and earthquakes the next. God said we’d have perilous times in the last days. God’s last days aren’t our last days.

If you study the gospel, God’s Word, you would find stability if you follow His word.

Mark is trying to get across to us if we call upon the name of Jesus we can have stability in our lives. If we live in this world we will have storms. If you haven’t been through one then you haven’t lived long enough. Storms aren’t predicable. You can run but you can’t hide.

Man thinks he can do so many great things like go to the moon, build technology, travel the world, and so many other things— but God is the Creator of all.

Our life is finite and transitional.

1. Verse 39

Don’t worry about what others are doing, or what they are doing across town. God is trying to do something different

2. Verse 37—the great storm

Have you ever felt like you have been tossed and driven? How many of you woke up this morning but didn’t want to get out of bed?

Even when Jesus is sleep he has your best interest at hand.

Disciples freaking out thinking the ship would sink but Jesus was resting. Many of us live our lives just like that, we’re constantly thinking that our ships are going to sink.

You must obey God’s commands if you want stability in your lives.

In your life you will have to listen to the command, “peace be still”. When your life is in shambles, peace be still.

1a. Command
In John Hope Franklin’s book “From Slavery to Freedom”
he’s originally from Oklahoma. A system designed to keep us down, we must get our heads out of the sand. Although the world is cruel to us sometimes we must turn to God and keep our heads up.

From slavery to segregation to criminal justice system (locking up our men) 24 million children woke up this morning with no father in the home. When you get arrested with a felony, the felony replaces segregation. Since they can’t discriminate against you legally, there’s a way to do so legally when you are a felon. You can be denied a job, housing, the right to vote, and the opportunity to live in certain areas.

Men stay with your family. Stay in your home. Take care of your family. That is not your baby mama that is your child’s mother. That is not your baby’s daddy, that’s your child’s father.

2a. Control
When you have a calm assurance that Jesus is yours you have control over your circumstances. You believe and know that Jesus is the center of your joy. God made you. He made you in His image. Don’t let someone tell you you’re a nobody. You are somebody. You are a child of God. You are a product of the King. Accept His calm in your life.

3. He cares
Jesus calmed the storm and then asked the disciples why they were so fearful and had no faith.

No matter what they do to me I’m going to stay with the Lord, my church, my family…I’m going to trust in the Lord, I’m going to stay on my bended knees.

They separated the children, the men, husbands and fathers, children from their mothers during slavery—people said we wouldn’t make it but the Father proved otherwise.

Pull your pants up. Pull those britches up.

That’s not your baby’s mama. She’s the mother of your child. Treat her like a woman.

The Pastor of Allen Chapel shared a story about his father who was a bell hop at a hotel for over 30 years carrying the bags of the rich white patrons. He dressed immaculately. He walked with his head up and shoulder’s back. Every time they rang a bell he ran. Every time he was called “boy” he answered. He told his son (pastor) “it doesn’t matter what they call me I know who I am”. When the same rich white man got old and couldn’t run his business he sold it to the pastor’s father. Isn’t that ironic.

Get the book, “The New Jim Crow” By Michelle Alexander. You thought segregation was dead. Segregation just has on a new dress. It tells you why your babies, our babies, are locked up today. We’re having church and business as usual. Every person here is affected by the system.

We must take it seriously. We must be about our Father’s business. We must break out of the walls of the church and minister to God’s children. We must get to the streets to serve, and to bring the people into the church. We come into the church to worship and go in to the community to serve.

Sunday School Highlights Shared by the Youth:

Students learned about: Parable about the Pharisees and tax collectors.

Accepting of God’s children regardless of how they look, what they wear, or how they sound. It doesn’t matter if they don’t have expensive clothes or shoes. It doesn’t matter what they wear on their back or feet. They may not have a suit or dress. When someone walks into church they should not be judged.

All who humble themselves will be exalted.

Now this part you hear from me every Sunday: Be sure to share highlights from sermons at your church or place of worship here on my blog. Feel free to also visit and contribute to our community chat room where we can have healthy, positive, dialogue on the sermon I shared today, Breaking Bread daily posts, or issues impacting the Christian community.

Remember there is absolutely no preaching, passing judgment, converting, recruiting, or focus on any specific church or religious leader. Those are the rules. We’re here to share words of love and peace inspired by the Word of the Bible. We’re here to uplift and never tear down. If you can roll with that, then you can roll with me and the Breaking Bread family! Visit the chat room here:

http://chatroll.com/embed/chat/breaking-bread-with-natasha?id=lCL-CHvZOne&platform=wordpress-com

Have an amazing week family. Take the time to honor the women, wives, and mothers in your life. Take the time to shower love and encouragement on the married couples you know.

Love always,

Natasha

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Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6/10/13 to 6/14/13

Happy Saturday family! I’m disappointed to say (in case you didn’t know) that I missed two days of posting while preparing for and venturing out on this amazing road trip, traveling through this beautiful country—the good ole’ United States. Below check out the recap for this week, and see the special message that I have done for today. Enjoy and please share with others. May God continue to bless each and everyone of you.

Monday- 6/10/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/06/10/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-10-13/

Tuesday- 6/11/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-11-13/

Wednesday- 6/12/13

No posting. My apologies.

Thursday- 6/13/13

No posting. My apologies.

Friday- 6/14/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/06/14/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-14-13/

SATURDAY SPECIAL POST

Then Saul — also called Paul — filled with the Holy Spirit, stared straight at the sorcerer and said, “You son of the Devil, full of all deceit and all fraud, enemy of all righteousness! Won’t you ever stop perverting the straight paths of the Lord?

Acts 13:9, 10 HCSB

Pray
Father protect me from all the things and people that would lead me away from my path. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
When there is a plan in life, your test are the obstacles that come before you—do you get distracted or stay on course? Do you procrastinate or move one foot in front of the other? Do you make excuses or get the job done? When things don’t go as planned do you let your world crumble around you, or do you pick yourself up and shake yourself off?

Okay family I hope that you had an amazing week and saw the blessings that came. I hope that you didn’t fall for the worldly trappings that bind us.

Don’t forget that tomorrow is Sunday Sermon Share Day. If you hear or take part in an awesome sermon, please share your notes, highlights, scripture, or reflections with the rest of us. I don’t care if it’s a sermon from an online or televised broadcast, please share with us. I intend to do the same.

Sending love from Oklahoma City!

Natasha

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.