Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.29.13

Wow today’s message will knock you off of your feet. Joel and Victoria Osteen hit on a topic that I know applies to all of us, no matter how many degrees, licenses, and certifications we have—there is always an area in our life that is undeveloped or underdeveloped, and we need to expand our thinking while building up our courage and faith so we can be all that God intends us to be.

Don’t just read today’s message and go on about your day as usual. Read it, digest it, reflect upon it, share it with others, and then after outlining your action plan (over several days), put that plan to work!

We can’t be okay with ‘good enough’ because God is more than ‘good enough’; Jesus is more than ‘good enough’—if you feel unsettled in life then guess what? You are trying to accept a position that conflicts with God’s plan for you. Push yourself beyond the state of ‘good enough’ so you can see what ‘greatness’ is all about.

Now are you ready to read today’s message? Then let’s do this!

Love,
Natasha

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Develop Your Talent

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“That you may walk (live and conduct yourselves) in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him and desiring to please Him in all things, bearing fruit in every good work and steadily growing and increasing in and by the knowledge of God [with fuller, deeper, and clearer insight, acquaintance, and recognition].”

Colossians 1:10, AMP

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Too many people suffer from “destination disease.” In other words, they’ve reached a certain level or obtained a goal, now they’re coasting in life off of what they’ve already learned. Studies tell us that 50% of people, after they graduate from high school, will never read an entire book the rest of their life. One reason is that people see learning as a period of life instead of a way of life. They think, “I’m out of school. I’m done with my training. I’ve got my job.” But, God never created us to reach one level and stop. Whether you’re 90 years old or 9 years old, you should be constantly learning, improving your skills, and getting better at what you do.

The key is that you have to take responsibility for your growth. Growth is not automatic. What steps are you taking to get better? Are you reading books? Listening to teaching CD’s? Are you taking any courses on the internet? Going to any seminars? Do you have any mentors? Don’t just coast through life relying on what you’ve already learned. You have treasure on the inside. Develop your talent and become all that God created you to be.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, help me to develop the talents You have given me. Show me to how to continue growing, stretching and increasing. Help me to maximize what You’ve placed in my hand as I daily give You glory for Your faithfulness in my life in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.27.13

See to it that no one repays evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good for one another and for all.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 HCSB

Pray
Father thank You for this day and for the humbling experiences. Thank You for the blessings and the lessons, those learned and those I’m still struggling with. Thank You for loving me and caring for me even when I don’t always love and care for myself fully or enough. Thank You for the heart of forgiveness and compassion, and for molding me to forgive and let go sooner so that I don’t have to carry around the burden of my issues. Please continue to give me a cleansing breath to move past situations and drama so that I have stamina for my next task or adventure.

I pray that all those I encounter see Jesus and feel You inside of me, and if they see and feel anything else, please mold it out of me. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
I can’t say that I will always be level-headed enough to not react negatively to negative people and negative circumstances, but I can say that I will always try. I’ve grown to believe that the best revenge is living well so that I don’t have to waste any time or effort attempting to get back at someone for doing or saying something mean to me.

I know that when it comes to politics and government that when it comes to protecting the people that make up nations, it does not always sound feasible to “turn the other cheek” when your citizens are attacked, bombed, murdered, tortured, etc. But one thing that I have noticed is that even with the horrible events that have taken place around the world over the past 30 years, for the most part, countries have done a better job at thinking before reacting and responding to situations. An attack by individuals or groups has not triggered full out governmental attacks on entire nations as a response. We have not been motivated to lean towards an “eye for an eye”, at least not based on media and recent historical accounts. We have come a long way in this country and in many parts of the world, but we still have a long way to go.

Of course this isn’t true on the street level with local gangs and thugs who casually react to circumstances with total disregard to others, especially the innocent victims caught by stray bullets, etc. I pray for these lost and hurt children. Their pain affects all of us.

I pray that more people lean more towards peace and forgiveness and are motivated to walk away from hate and revenge. Let’s work on teaching our children to be better, and let’s work on role modeling a more righteous way—following the example of our best role model—Jesus Christ.

Sending love from Washington, DC!

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.26.13

If this message from Joel and Victoria Osteen hasn’t been posted before, then I’m having a major moment of déjà vu because I feel as though I’ve heard or read it somewhere before. So, I’m sharing it with all of you because maybe it will touch you the same way too! Have an amazing Monday family!

Love,
Natasha

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Don’t Miss Your Moment

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Jesus turned and saw her. ‘Take heart, daughter,’ he said, ‘your faith has healed you.’ And the woman was healed at that moment.”

Matthew 9:22, NIV

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria

In Scripture, there was a lady who had been sick with a bleeding disorder for twelve years. She went to the best doctors, received the finest treatment, but her health continued to decline. One day, she got word that Jesus was coming through her town. When she heard that, something came alive on the inside. She had so much coming against her, but she didn’t focus on that; she knew it was her time for healing. Instead of giving up, she fought her way through the crowds and touched the edge of Jesus’ robe. When she did, immediately she was made whole.

I wonder how many other people were there like her in that same type of situation. They were sick. They were discouraged. They had trouble. But they just watched Jesus pass by. They let excuses keep them from their miracle. Friend, don’t let that be you. Don’t let your circumstances keep you from reaching out to Jesus. It doesn’t matter what’s happened in your past, just keep moving forward. God has destiny moments in store for you. Keep pressing in, keep believing, keep praying and, like this woman, reach out to Him. Know that He is faithful, and He will meet your faith with His power.

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, today I press into You. I believe that You have my miracle in the palm of Your hand. I choose to take my eyes off of my circumstances and set my gaze on You, Jesus, because You are the Author and Finisher of my faith in Jesus’ name. Amen.

— Joel & Victoria Osteen

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Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8/19/13 to 8/23/13

Happy Saturday family! Are you ready for the recap? Here you go..

Monday- 8/19/13 Happy 44th birthday to the late Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale. A musical legend! May you forever rest in peace!

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-19-13/

Tuesday- 8/20/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-20-13/

Wednesday- 8/21/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-21-13/

Thursday- 8/22/13 Happy 2nd birthday to my beloved “nephew” Quincy. Auntie loves you Q!

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-22-13/

Friday- 8/23/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-23-13/

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. I will be traveling tomorrow, so if I can’t catch a sermon online, I hope that one or more of you will share a sermon that you watched or took part in, so that I and others can enjoy the Word.

God bless you all!

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.

Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8/19/13 to 8/23/13

Happy Saturday family! Are you ready for the recap? Here you go..

Monday- 8/19/13 Happy 44th birthday to the late Nathaniel “Nate Dogg” Hale. A musical legend! May you forever rest in peace!

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/19/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-19-13/

Tuesday- 8/20/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/20/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-20-13/

Wednesday- 8/21/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/21/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-21-13/

Thursday- 8/22/13 Happy 2nd birthday to my beloved “nephew” Quincy. Auntie loves you Q!

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-22-13/

Friday- 8/23/13

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/08/23/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-8-23-13/

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. I will be traveling tomorrow, so if I can’t catch a sermon online, I hope that one or more of you will share a sermon that you watched or took part in, so that I and others can enjoy the Word.

God bless you all!

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.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.23.13

Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother named him Jabez and said, “I gave birth to him in pain.”

1 Chronicles 4:9 HCSB

Pray
I pray for all things and experiences that I undergo (and am subjected to) be received as a blessing, even those things that bring me pain and discomfort. Amen.

Reflection
Those things that require more time, patience, and even pain, can bring us the greatest joy and honor. Don’t dread these moments, but force a smile—because out of it God will bring something great to you. May He continue to bless each and every one of you!

Love from paradise,

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.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.22.13

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Isaiah 1:18 NIV

Pray
Father heal me, protect me, and forgive me for my wrongdoings. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
We may obsess over our sins and worry whether or not God has or will ever forgive us. God has always said that if we repent, ask for forgiveness, and not repeat the same sin, then we are not only forgiven but He moves on as though we never disappointed Him. There are things that we struggle to forgive ourselves for. Let go and turn it over to God. If you still haven’t forgiven someone for hurting you, pray for the strength and courage to forgive, and then let it go so that your healing can begin. The peace that will ultimately enshroud you will be your reassurance that all is well.

Let go my brothers and sisters. Let go!

Sending you love from afar,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.21.13

This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.

Genesis 6:9 NIV

Pray
Father thank You for another day. Thank You for the physical and spiritual healing that is taking place in my life. Thank You for the molding process that is making me better, stronger, wiser, and closer to You. Thank You for the vision to see things clearer, and a growing ability to discern truth from fiction, darkness from light, and real from fake. Father I pray that even if things don’t go my way and don’t go as I plan, that You continue to take me where You need me to be—because Your plans always outweigh and overrule mine.

Even if it hurts and I lose relationships, continue me on my path. I want to always be faithful to You and place You first in my life. I want to be obedient like Noah, even when things seem crazy and impossible, I want to be committed to Your mission Father. Let me see, hear, and experience all of the things both good and bad that will help make me a better servant to You. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection
People have always said that my intuition and gift of discernment is extremely strong and accurate. When I was a child kids used to think I had psychic abilities. I just follow my “gut” and that small voice inside (God) more than others. A great part of my life is influenced by energy, both good and bad. I gravitate to or run from people based on energy—theirs, mine, and how they connect.

As I’ve become more committed on my walk with God and Jesus, my gifts have also become more reliable—even when it hurts. God always reveals the truth, it is up to us to see and embrace it. We have to be willing to walk through those opened doors while also be willing to close and lock doors behind us. We have to be willing to embrace people of light, while also lovingly walking away from those who struggle with and concede to temptation and other pits of darkness. We must obey God when He says, “steer clear of that person”, “don’t mess with that”, or “walk away”.

Noah was considered crazy then as he would be now. But Noah wasn’t concerned with what others said, thought, and did—he obediently followed God. Noah had to leave behind people he knew and I’m sure even some people he cared about because God was specific as to which persons he could bring upon the ark. Noah put God first, his family second, and everything else came after. It is clear from reading about Noah that he was obviously a righteous man, took care of his family not just financially but emotionally and spiritually. Noah was faithful and honest to his wife and children, and protected them from potential harm.

Noah did not allow outside influences to sway him from his commitment to his family, and most importantly, his commitment to God. His character was seen in and through the rest of his family, and that’s why God told him to have his wife, children, and their families aboard the ark. If there were any “bad seeds” within that family, God would have weeded them out and told Noah who specifically could not board the ark.

This is an awesome story about character and how we live our lives. Think about how you live your life. Where are your priorities? How committed are you to our Father and our Savior? How committed are you to your family?Lies and secrets to them are just like trying to tell a lie or keep a secret from God.

God is always watching, and how we conduct ourselves, even when we think no one is watching, matters. You can’t keep a secret from God, and even the secrets you try to keep from other humans will eventually be revealed. God brings balance to all things, all people, and all circumstances. As my dear friend Shasta always tells me, God doesn’t live in or deal in chaos.

We can not parse words with God or Jesus. We can not negotiate terms that are favorable to us. Are you faithful, committed, truthful, and honorable? There are no gray areas with God, only clearly outlined areas that we have to choose where we will stand. You can’t straddle the fence. You can’t have one foot in one section, and the other foot in another section. We must live with both feet securely planted. My dad always told me that the closer we get to God the more we are tempted by mortal mind (the enemy). It’s like the more you become adjusted to living better, doing better, and being better, the more trappings and distractions pop up.

What if Noah had been distracted? What if Noah hadn’t been fully committed and obedient to God? How many of us are risking our lives or livelihoods, or that of our family members because we aren’t obeying God? How many of us are easily lured by temptation because we aren’t committed to doing right by God?

Will you be like Noah or choose to do things your way? Is it all about God or all about you? Think about it. If this message hits you hard or stings, then it was definitely meant for you to read, reflect upon, and pray about. I love you all!

Sending you love from afar,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.20.13

What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? He did not even spare His own Son but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything?

Romans 8:31, 32 HCSB

Pray
Father I thank You for today. Another day I open my eyes and realize that I have one more day here on Earth to learn lessons, demonstrate Your goodness, help to build Your Kingdom, serve You, and be of service to others. Mold out of me fear of the unknown, fear of what others think or say, fear of darkness, fear of Your creations, fear of failure or success, and fear of myself. Help me to become a “Why not?” person, pushing past fear and embracing a life of courage and faith. I pray for these things as a grateful servant, and follower of Christ. Amen.

Reflection
A “Why not?” person is one who answers the seemingly impossible with the question that forces change, and forces a thinking beyond limits. Your initial fear-based thinking when faced with a challenging situation is that you can’t do something or go somewhere. What if we immediately snapped out of that fog and asked ourselves, “Why not?”

I had the honor and privilege of meeting Anne Abernathy, the oldest female athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics. Anne is 60 years old and has competed in 6 Winter Olympics in the sport of luge, and is currently training for her seventh Olympic appearance in the 2016 Summer Olympics, but this time in the sport of archery. In the 1994 Winter Olympics she discovered that she was the oldest athlete competing in luge, as most luge athletes retired (at that time) around the age of 30, and Anne was already 41 years old.

Anne told me that when they told her she shouldn’t still be competing at that age, she asked, “Why not?” Just as she asked her doctor the same question prior to her 1988 Olympic appearance when she was diagnosed with non-Hogkins lymphoma, and her doctor told her she could never compete again. Again this question popped out of her mouth in 2001 after suffering a severe brain injury at the World Cup race in Germany, and doctors said she could never compete, would most likely never walk, and had a low probability of recovering her pre-injury brain functions.

Anne has been saying, “Why not?” her entire life, and she told me she would continue saying it until she took her last breath. She said, “Natasha I live with no regrets…I attempt everything I set my mind to, and I don’t let others fears get in the way…”

How awesome is that? What if we took on life like Anne does each day? Anne’s determination brings chills to me as I live vicariously through her. I mean consider the courage it takes to switch from the sport of luge over to archery (and she just turned 60). You would think that they are so vastly different that only a crazy person would attempt it, but what Anne realized was the same muscles and movements she used for luge were the ones she needed for archery, so she had the strength and basic technique down pat, she just needed to refine it for her new sport.

You really want her to bottle up her courage and determination and sell you a few cases when after hearing all of that you then hear that the U.S. Virgin Islands didn’t have an archery team, division, or any representation before Anne started it. She had to go through all of the legal hurdles, training, etc. to get the Islands qualified before the deadline. Imagine what could have been had she allowed fear to slip in and ‘set up camp’ in her mind and heart?

So why don’t we start replacing our negative words and thinking with more empowering words, and stop thinking, saying, and accepting the words, “can’t” and “impossible” and start saying, “Why not?”

To read more about Anne Abernathy, and to support her journey to Rio for the 2016 games visit: http://anneabernathy.com

Sending you love from afar,

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.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 8.19.13

Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.

Psalms 30:2 HCSB

Pray
Thank You for answering my prayers, even when they don’t arrive as soon as I want them, they always arrive right on time. Father thank You for the blessings that come during the wait period, that I don’t expect but I am most appreciative for because they help even when I don’t always see the immediate results.

Father heal me of my inflictions. Heal me of any physical, spiritual, and emotional bruises, scars, and injuries. Heal me from the feelings of loss and inadequacy. Heal me Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
We all have wounds, and scars that are either fresh or trying to heal. We have some wounds that we thought were healed that are easily picked at and made to seem fresh again. I’m not just talking about physical wounds and scars, but emotional and spiritual ones also. We need God to help us heal.

Some of us have regrets, fears, frustrations and doubt that we need to be healed and saved from by God. Pray for healing. Pray to be made whole and complete in God’s image. Pray for those struggling with the same, similar, or entirely different issues than yours. Pray that peace overcomes them, and pray with as much or more intensity as you would for yourself.

Yesterday I injured myself on of all things, a scooter—yep, and at low speed—hilarious, although the pain isn’t. The physical, spiritual and emotional journey the past 19 hours has been interesting and eye-opening, as I went through intense moments of sadness and tears, then frustration, and sprinkled throughout were times when I laughed so hard it hurt. There are so many things that run through our minds when we are hurting. I think the biggest thing or question that pops up each time is, “why?” followed by, “what could I have done differently?” and then the remaining questions soon follow.

It’s done. It is what it is. I can’t change what happened. I can’t change the fact that I’m injured, sore, and in pain. I just am. The most important thing to consider and focus on is where I put my trust for healing, and being grateful that I’m alive and not as injured as I could have been. Yesterday, after I got through the shock, I began praying and then I began typing my post for Sunday Sermon Share Day. I relaxed myself and then later returned to my vacation residence to begin cooking dinner. Around 5am this morning I awoke, had trouble going back to sleep, and couldn’t find a comfortable position (that didn’t put pressure on my injuries). Immediately a gospel song popped into my head, followed by three prayers, and eventually I was relaxed and asleep. In that moment I had let go.

Healing can be instantaneous or take time, it has a lot to do with our mindset and our relationship with our Father-Mother God, and our walk with Jesus. It also has a lot to do with our weakness to always meddle and try to get in the way of things. I’m working on getting out of the way. I’m working on believing immediately that God has an issue handled. I’m working on not reacting but immediately responding through prayer. I’m working on me. Are you working on you?

Let me wrap up this post honoring a person who ironically and thankfully helped to influence a positive change in me. Today is the birthday of the late Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, Sr. (Nate). Someone who for more than 16 years served as a cheerleader and protector of me at times, and a thorn in my side and splinter between my toes at other times. He passed away two years ago at the young age of 42, leaving behind children, his mother and father, and his siblings. He left behind people he loved, and people who didn’t know how quite to genuinely love him, nor he them. He also left behind catalogues of music for the world to enjoy and remember him by, and tons of pictures and memories. He left behind a legacy tied to music that has been etched into history, and as long as we remember and share this legacy, it will live forever.

I know he is at peace. I know that the struggles and pains in life that he suffered are gone. His worries are gone. He is free of his limitations and secured in his role as a child of God. It doesn’t matter the on and off drama he was involved in. It doesn’t matter any one person’s perception of him. What matters is what God says and believes. I made my peace with Nate, and he left this level of existence knowing my heart and how I felt about him as a person, a man, and a child of God. He knew how I valued the years spent. There was no doubt in either of our minds. There was healing.

God gave Nate talents that he shared with the world, and yes, in our minds we feel he left too soon, but I have to believe that God is now using him for something greater. How many of you are using your God-given talents right now? Those gifts that manifest in times of need should not be taken lightly, as they were assigned to you, and can easily be taken from you. As the old adage goes, “Don’t put off ’til tomorrow what you can do today!”

We each must deal with our issues, issues with ourselves and others, and issues that we have with God. Either we deal with them each day or we deal with them during our last days here on Earth. Our refusal to deal with these issues can’t possibly end pretty. It can’t possibly be a peaceful exit. Pray for healing, yours and others. End your conflicts. Let go of your grudges. Stop carrying around issues that you can’t take with you in the spiritual realm. Stop picking at old wounds. Stop getting in the way and delaying the healing of current ones. Take the next step in healing. May God continue to bless and heal you. I love you all. Happy Monday to you!

Sending you love from afar,

Natasha

Copyright 2013. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha L. Foreman, unless otherwise noted. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

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.