Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11/25/13 to 11/29/13

Happy Saturday family! I hope that you had an awesome week and Thanksgiving. I find it amazing to know that Thanksgiving and Chanukah were celebrated on the same day this year. The last time this occurred was in 1888, and will occur again in 2070 (as long as our country doesn’t change the enacted federal law for celebrating Thanksgiving). Well I know you aren’t reading this recap to receive a history lesson on Thanksgiving and Chanukah, so here’s what you have been waiting for…
 
 
 Monday- 11/25/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-11-25-13/
 
 
 Tuesday- 11/26/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/11/26/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-11-26-13/
 
 
 Wednesday- 11/27/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/11/27/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-11-27-13/
 
 
 Thursday- 11/28/13 Happy Thanksgiving!
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/11/28/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-11-28-13/
 
 
 Friday- 11/29/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-11-29-13/
 
 
 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.
 
 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 11.29.13

But the leader of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, responded by telling the crowd, “There are six days when work should be done; therefore come on those days and be healed and not on the Sabbath day.”
 
 Luke 13:14 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father may I never miss the opportunity to do good, to help others, to heal or be healed because of my limited thinking, or because of the influence of those with limited thinking. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Jesus taught and demonstrated that God’s love and healing power is not limited, restricted, or confined to specific days of the week, or seasons of the year. Jesus healed seven days a week and dared anyone to stop him. Jesus challenged people to think rationally and logically about healing and working on the sabbath—asking if they would allow prized livestock to drown or be lost simply because an incident took place on the sabbath.
 
 Never pass on the opportunity to share God’s light. Happy Friday family. Enjoy your weekend!
 
 Love always,
 
 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 11.28.13

In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
 
 Matthew 5:16 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father I give thanks to You, Your son and my savior, Jesus Christ, and to those servants who do Your good works. May I give as fully and as freely. Giving You all the glory. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Give thanks today not for the commercialized holiday, but for the spiritual relevance and application in your life. Be the giver that you want to see in others.
 
 Love always,
 
 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 11.27.13

There he found a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had been bedridden for eight years. Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and make your bed,” and immediately he got up.
 
 Acts 9:33, 34 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father heal me of all inflictions, fears, doubts, and pain. I believe that there are no limits to You and Your healing power. I believe that You sent Your son to give hope, to show us the way to You, and to show us how to live our lives and love others, as You intend. I want to serve Your Kingdom fully. Help me Lord. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 With the same conviction Peter commanded Aeneas to get up, without doubt or hesitation Aeneas stood up. Aeneas believed without question. He believed in God’s healing and in God’s servants ability to heal through His power. How awesome would life be to have that faith and belief. Think about it.
 
 Love always,
 
 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 11.26.13

I said to Yahweh, “You are my Lord; I have nothing good besides You.”
 
 Psalms 16:2 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father there is nothing and no one better, greater, stronger, wiser, more loving, more powerful, more capable, or more forgiving than You. Thank You for loving me fully. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Consider if you loved as deeply, fully, and unconditionally as God does. Can you even fathom it?
 
 Lovingly your sister in Christ,
 
 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 11.25.13

“I tell you the truth,” He said. “This poor widow has put in more than all of them. For all these people have put in gifts out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”
 
 Luke 21:3, 4 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father may I give of myself and my belongings as the widow. May I give even when I don’t think that I have anything left to give. May I have the patience and compassion to see in others Your love and Light, and may I do so with the humbleness of the widow. May I always see my cup as overflowed, and be willing to share my blessings with those who need it most.
 
 May I be quick to forgive even the most disgraceful. May I leave judgment even of the treacherous only to You. Even when it is time for me to end a relationship because it has reached its season, or fulfilled its reason, may I do so quickly and with love.
 
 Keep my head and heart on the right path, never lowering myself to the depths of others who are in pain, but rather may I share Your Truth and pray for them that they might find and embrace Your peace. Each day may I empty myself and still feel full. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Reject and rebuke the sense of entitlement that plagues many of our nations, communities, and families. The humble are not predators. God’s servants are not to be bullies and antagonists. God’s servants don’t succumb to the darkness of revenge. God’s servants don’t try to humiliate, embarrass, or de-dignify others.
 
 Look through the Bible and find the stories of various widows who humbly served and gave of themselves—their gifts and service far-exceeded the elitists and wealthy. Even in loss they were wealthier and more blessed than their so-called counterparts. Even when others mistreated them, ridiculed them, called them names, and tried to embarrass them, these women kept their heads up and walked with grace. We all have a lot to learn from them.
 
 Love always,
 
 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 11/18/13 to 11/22/13

Happy Saturday family! I’ve been posting all week from mostly-sunny Southern California, my birthplace and first home. I say mostly-sunny, because we’ve had a few rainy days (crazy to imagine right?) Other than that, it has been an awesome trip.
 
 I hope that you have had an amazing week. I hope that if you didn’t see it as amazing, that you saw it as productive, or as a blessing (because you’re here today). Maybe you feel and acknowledge all three. If so, that’s triply awesome! Now here’s a question for all of you, are you ready for this week’s recap? Well here you go..
 
 
 Monday- 11/18/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-11-18-13/
 
 
 Tuesday- 11/19/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/11/19/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-11-19-13/
 
 
 Wednesday- 11/20/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/11/20/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-11-20-13/
 
 
 Thursday- 11/21/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/11/21/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-11-21-13/
 
 
 Friday- 11/22/13
 
 Read the daily message here:
 https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2013/11/22/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-11-22-13/
 
 
 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 attend church here in California, and if I do, I will post my notes from the service.
 
 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 11.22.13

But an hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth. Yes, the Father wants such people to worship Him. God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”
 
 John 4:23, 24 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Touch my heart so that I am filled with kindness, forgiveness, understanding, grace, and dignity—even when it isn’t being extended to me. Touch my heart to welcome, include, and embrace others—even when it isn’t being extended to me, and especially when others around me fear this inclusion, and would sway me to do otherwise.
 
 Thank You Father for helping me to walk away from those who were only to be in my life for a season or a reason. May You continue to bless them, heal them, and help them through their journey. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 The Samaritan woman by the well was shocked at Jesus’ inclusive nature and willingness to speak with her, associate with her, and ask her for favor. He was a Jew, and in her understanding of the pecking order, Jews did not associate with, embrace, or ask for anything from Samaritans.
 
 Jesus’ openness allowed her to open up and be receptive to the gift and favor that he offered. He helped her to see past the finite and material senses that consumed her, and made her fixate on the obvious fact that Jesus requested water but had no bucket. Jesus helped her to see the spiritual bucket and the spiritual water, and his ability through God to quench her spiritual thirst. In their conversation barriers were removed, doubt was seized and tossed to the side, and belief was proclaimed. She believed and had faith without any visual proof of what Jesus was telling her.
 
 Although she had spent the better part of her life believing things to be one way, she did not belittle, ignore, or dismiss Jesus’ conflicting statements. She listened. She asked questions. She asked for clarification. Once satisfied, she embraced the new thinking.
 
 We need to work at being more open, receptive, and inclusive of others and their beliefs. You don’t have to convince someone to believe what you believe. If what you believe is pure and God’s Truth, then the seed that you have planted will take root, be nurtured, and grow. There’s no need to harass, bully, or manipulate people into doing, saying, or thinking a certain way. Jesus didn’t. Nor did Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Joshua, Mohammad, Buddha, or other great religious leaders and prophets. They shared and you made your own decision whether to believe and follow, or not.
 
 Let’s keep working on being better ambassadors of love.
 
 Love always,
 
 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 11.21.13

While He was still speaking, people came from the synagogue leader’s house and said, “Your daughter is dead. Why bother the Teacher anymore? ” But when Jesus overheard what was said, He told the synagogue leader, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe.” He did not let anyone accompany Him except Peter, James, and John, James’s brother.
 
 Mark 5:35-37 HCSB
 
 Pray
 Father may I always hear Your voice over others. May I believe as Your son taught and practiced. May I see past the physical and temporal, and see through the lens You have given me. You are greater than the diagnoses and prognoses. You are greater than the finite human capability. Father You see, feel, hear, sense, comprehend, and know what we cannot. Let me push past what I initially see or hear, to get to the core of what You want me to experience and realize. I pray for these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Had the synagogue leader not ran to Jesus for help, his child may have never been healed, because he most likely would have allowed the crowd of so-called believers swayed his viewpoint, and forced him to believe that his daughter could not be healed—and then forced him to believe that she had passed away.
 
 The healing process requires faith and belief by someone involved, and when faced with the human “reality” of injury, sickness, or disease, any doubters will cloud the vision and quite possibly block the blessing of recovery. That is why Jesus only took inside with him those he knew truly believed that the child was not only still alive (asleep) but believed that Jesus would wake her. He only brought in believers of total healing and recovery. The doubters could stay outside and doubt. They served no purpose inside of the home because their energy and weakness is also contagious.
 
 Consider those around you. Those worry warts, doubters, sapsuckers, and energy drainers.
 
 Let me share some examples with you. You sneeze or cough one time and they have diagnosed you with the flu. You fall behind on your bills and they tell you to rush to a bankruptcy firm to file. You have an argument with your spouse, and they suggest you consider separation or divorce.
 
 Your child begins testing you and gets flippant, and the worry warts tell you that your child must be on drugs or in a gang (or both). You lose your job and they dump the world on your shoulders and convince you that if you get another job, it won’t be for 12-18 months minimum, and you will most likely take a huge cut in pay. You have been trying a few months to get pregnant, you make the mistake of mentioning this to a worry wart. This person then blows things out of proportion and now is fixated on the probability of you and/or your spouse being infertile, and your inability to conceive.
 
 Your loved one is in the military and you haven’t heard from them in months, the worry warts have told you of a possible MIA, POW situation. Your business isn’t where you had hoped it would be, they tell you to stop while you’re ahead and go get a job. A doctor tells you that he/she has found a lump in your breast, growth in your cervix, an abnormality in your lungs, or growth in your prostrate. The worry warts have diagnosed you with full-blown cancer with zero chances of recovery, and a life expectancy of less than one year. They cry on your shoulder and start going down memory lane with you, already “digging” your grave.
 
 Stay away from these people. If they are family, then limit what you share with them, and how much time you spend with them. Surround yourself with “Peter, James, and John, James’s brother” type of people. Surround yourself with true believers, faith walkers, and the Lydia’s who jump right in without question. Even in your fear and lack of faith, those who believe will help push you through. Those who believe will bring in the energy and light needed for you to fixate only on God and not on the problem.
 
 Is it dead or is it asleep, and just needs to be awakened? It is what you believe.
 
 Love always,
 
 Natasha
 
 Copyright 2013. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted.
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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 11.20.13

Let us walk honestly, as in the day…
 
 Romans 13:13 KJV
 
 Pray
 Let me walk in Your Truth, honest, decent, humble, and with grace. Let me never be overly concerned with others assessment, but passionately focused on gaining Your approval. Let me move by Your Spirit and not by man’s fear or manipulation. Let me serve to lead, and lead to serve. Amen.
 
 Reflection
 Honesty, decency, and humility are three heavy-hitters that knock down lies, mistreatment of others and self, and ego (and self-absorption). I want to leave a legacy as a servant leader, yet I’m not concerned with the accolades from man—the results speak loudly, and God’s love and forgiveness overshadows everything and everyone else.
 
 As an adult I have tried to leave even my worst adversary with their dignity, agreeing to disagree, and agreeing that the best solution at times is to walk away and let God deal with it without our interference. I refuse to “kick” someone while they are down, and I refuse to “strip” someone of their perceived worth for my gain. Although I always want the truth revealed, I will not fight with the purpose and goal of tearing someone else down. God’s Truth is always revealed, right on time. My efforts won’t necessarily speed up the process, and especially if my motives are not pure. In that case, the process will always be slowed to a crawl, because it is then no longer about God, and mostly about me.
 
 Have you noticed this process in your life? Have you noticed that even when trying to do good, if a large part of your motivation is for self, the process is delayed and oftentimes bumpy? All things good must be done with God as the foundation, source, motivation, and reason. The feeling of achieving that should outweigh any awards and accolades that man could ever bestow upon you.
 
 I serve for Him not for me. I give for Him not for me. I live for Him not for me. Each day I say and give thanks for the breath that I take, because it is God’s will and grace that blesses me with another day to serve as He sees fit. I can’t take the awards and human recognition with me to the next level of existence, but I can take the feelings and warmth received from each person who I touched directly and indirectly. I can embrace God’s love and forgiveness. That my friends is priceless.
 
 Love always,
 
 Natasha
 
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