Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.22.14

For the Lord God is a Sun and Shield; the Lord bestows [present] grace and favor and [future] glory (honor, splendor, and heavenly bliss)! No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts in You [leaning and believing on You, committing all and confidently looking to You, and that without fear or misgiving]!

Psalm 84:11, 12 AMP

Pray
Thank You for another blessed day. Trusting in You Father. Amen.

Reflection
The most blessings received, acknowledged and embraced comes to those who trust without fear or hesitation in God. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to miss out on my blessings being fearful or ignorant.

Questions of the Day
1.What has your journey revealed about you so far?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,
Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.21.14

Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through Him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:1-5 HCSB

Pray
Father I praise You, believe You, and trust in You through every circumstance of my life. Even in bad times let me see and appreciate the blessings. Let me always realize and acknowledge that there is always someone in the world worse off than me, so why should I walk around as though my circumstances are unique only to me, and that I’m alone to figure it out or be succumbed by the pressure. Father help me to see and count my blessings each day. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Stop right now and begin counting your blessings. Don’t be surprised when the pile grows bigger and bigger. Matter of fact you may have to take a break because your counting is now interfering with work or other obligations. If you think that’s not possible, try and see. Take note of every single thing, no matter how small, that you are blessed with and grateful for, and watch how your joy grows within. God is awesome!

Questions of the Day
1.How long did it take for you to count more than 10 blessings?

2. Did you have to take a break in counting because it was ‘interfering’ with work or something else?

3. How do you feel after considering all that you have been blessed with each day, even in bad times?

4. How does it change your perspective and outlook on life, and how you should be living each day?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,
Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

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Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4/14/14 to 4/18/14

Happy Saturday family!

Tomorrow is Easter. There is so much more to be grateful for and reflective of than food and Easter eggs. Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice for all of us should be celebrated this weekend, and every single day.

If you missed any of this week’s messages or you want to go back and re-read any of them, here’s your opportunity. Below please find a recap of this week’s posts. Please share these posts with others, and also take a few moments to provide me feedback. Thank you.

Love,
Natasha

Monday- 4/14/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/04/14/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-4-14-14/

Questions of the Day:
1.When you read the verse from Psalms, how do you see yourself?

2. How would you like to evolve from your current view of yourself?

Tuesday- 4/15/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-4-15-14/

Questions of the Day:
1.Would you consider yourself a person who is stubborn, easily swayed, naive, or fearfully obedient?

2. The majority of times do you knowingly walk with darkness, or do you find yourself naively on that path?

3. When do you normally realize that you have strayed, and what has commonly been the end result?

4. Do you share your learned lessons with others with a desire to help them avoid making the same (or similar) mistakes?

Wednesday- 4/16/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/04/16/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-4-16-14/

Questions of the Day:
1.How have you traditionally dealt with change?

2. Have you ever asked God “why?” when things go wrong in your life?

3. How do you ‘snap out’ of your ‘funk’ called sadness/depression?

4. How have you grieved and then celebrated the passing of a loved one?

5. When you read today’s message what were your initial thoughts? What do you think now?

Thursday- 4/17/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/04/17/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-4-17-14/

Questions of the Day
1.What is your biggest obstacle blocking you from praising God and showing gratitude in every situation?

2. How confident are you in your ability to let go and trust God in everything?

Friday- 4/18/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/04/18/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-4-18-14/

Questions of the Day
1. Do you have a testimony to share about how you allowed God’s light to shine through you instead of allowing darkness to overcome you, tear you down, and allow you to act like your enemies? If so, please share.

2. Please share any testimony of when God helped you through a dark moment in your life, and you know that without Him it would not have been possible.

Don’t forget that tomorrow is Easter and Sunday Sermon Share Day. If you hear or take part in an awesome Easter 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. Just post it as a comment or send a message to my new email at: BreakingBreadWithNatasha@gmail.com Thank you.

God bless you all and happy Easter!

Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. 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.

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.18.14

Today I share with you this amazing message from Joel and Victoria posting. I hope that it helps you through life struggles. I hope that it helps you make it through those storms when the closest people to you hurt, disappoint, and betray you.

I have grown to not seek revenge but to live my life well, as God intends, and allow God to work on those individuals as He sees fit. I won’t lie it can be very difficult, especially when the person is so close to you, but the only way that we can gain and live in peace is to do exactly this. This is what Jesus taught us and this is how we are supposed to live. Let us remember Jesus and what he sacrificed for us every single day and not just during the holiday seasons. Practice and application lead to a fulfilled and changed life.

~Natasha

Sunday is Coming

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”
(1 Corinthians 15:3–4, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
As we celebrate the resurrection of Christ this Easter season, I think about when they crucified Jesus. On that Friday, it was the darkest, most painful, discouraging day of His life. In fact, it was so bad that He sweat drops of blood earlier. It looked as if His enemies had gotten the best of Him. But, God had other plans. They put Him in the grave on Friday, celebrating their victory, but Sunday morning was a different story. The grave could not hold Him. Death couldn’t contain Him! The forces of darkness couldn’t stop Him! On the third day, He came out of the grave and said, “I was dead, but now I am alive forevermore!”

One principle that the resurrection teaches us is that God will always finish what He started. No matter how dark it looks, no matter how long it’s been, no matter how many people are trying to push you down, if you will stay in faith, God will always take you from Friday to Sunday. He will always complete what He started in you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father God, thank You for completing what You started in my life. I trust that no matter how dark things may seem, You are my shining light of hope. I thank You for working behind the scenes to carry me through to the place of victory in every area of my life in Jesus’ name! Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Questions of the Day
1. Do you have a testimony to share about how you allowed God’s light to shine through you instead of allowing darkness to overcome you, tear you down, and allow you to act like your enemies? If so, please share.

2. Please share any testimony of when God helped you through a dark moment in your life, and you know that without Him it would not have been possible.

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,
Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

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 4.17.14

For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened.

Romans 1:21 HCSB

Pray
I know that I don’t always praise You Father. I know that when life drags me through the mud, I’m not praising You. I know that when a loved one passes, I’m not praising You. Father I want to praise You during good times and bad times, through sunshine and storms. Touch my heart so that I praise You always. Touch my heart Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
Yesterday I shared a message about rejoicing, praying, and giving thanks each and every day, in and through every situation. We must constantly pray for this change to take place within our hearts so that it becomes our reality, our every day, our life.

We must pray for our spiritual weaknesses to become our strengths. Only God can make that happen, and only after our commitment to the process. Pray that He touches your heart so that you can benefit fully from His blessings, and so others may benefit from their interaction with you.

Questions of the Day
1.What is your biggest obstacle blocking you from praising God and showing gratitude in every situation?

2. How confident are you in your ability to let go and trust God in everything?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,
Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

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 4.16.14

Rejoice always. Pray continually. Give thanks in every situation because this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Don’t suppress the Spirit. Don’t brush off Spirit-inspired messages, but examine everything carefully and hang on to what is good.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-21 CEB

Pray
Father I am grateful for today, grateful for my life, and grateful for all that You have given me. I’m grateful for my family and friends, my experiences, and the lessons that I have learned.

Father the hardest thing to do is rejoice, pray, and give thanks always and for every situation, because in my weakness I am oftentimes blinded by how something painful can also be a blessing, and necessary for my growth.

Lord I pray to You to help me. Mold me Lord. Help me to accept pain, ‘death’, and disappointment and see the reality that through You there is no pain, death, or disappointment. Help me to see that change, when not embraced, is painful, and that my best experiences will come when I openly embrace all change while praising Your Holy Name.

Help me to see the opportunities and amazing lessons each day and in every situation. I humbly pray to You in Jesus’ name, as a believer in Christ. Amen.

Reflection
Last night my dear friend, Carman, called me and painfully muttered the words that I knew would come one day, but never knowing when—she told me her father David had just passed away. David had been fighting Alzheimer’s for several years now and it was taking its toll on David, Carman, and their family.

But in David’s passing I don’t see things as though he ‘lost the battle’ to Alzheimer’s, instead I see things differently. I see that David had the opportunity to spend time with his family and be cared for by his family. During his battle his family was faced with the option of embracing change or resisting it, and they were faced with a reality that they definitely weren’t prepared for or desired. David’s battle challenged his family. David’s battle has strengthened my friend Carman, and their family. They may not see it right now because the reality of him not physically being here is clouding the reality that he will always be here, and that not physically being here means he is no longer suffering, but forever living in and with peace.

I pray that in their mourning they seek out God and seek to rejoice, pray, and give thanks for God and for Him not only bringing David to them, but allowing them to spend as much physical time as they have with David. I pray that they rejoice, pray, and give thanks for the challenges, the battles, and the pain over the years because with these things they have grown stronger and more resilient. I pray that David’s life brings them closer together, helps them overcome past issues, and prevents future ones.

I pray that they don’t see David’s passing as a loss, but as a gain, because David has been promoted to his next level of existence. David has gone on to bigger and better things, experiences, and realities. He physically cannot be seen or touched, but through memories and laughter, he will always be felt and seen spiritually. David was a physically fit man who loved to exercise and roller skate, his condition prior to being promoted didn’t allow for him to do the things he loved—but now he can.

I know what it’s like to ‘lose’ a loved one, I have ‘lost’ many. I know what it’s like to ‘lose’ a parent, my dad was suddenly and without warning promoted by God in 2001. I had so much guilt built up because I didn’t return his phone call ‘in time’ that day, because I didn’t get the chance to say, “I love you dad” and “see you later”, and because I didn’t pay attention to earlier signs of a heart attack. I had nightmares because I would flash back to the moment I found him in his office. I couldn’t shake the image.

I was torn between embracing his sudden promotion and wanting to disconnect for awhile from the world. So I found a reasonable middle ground. I knew my dad would not want me to mourn him because he lived such an amazing life, flaws and all, and he had such a giving heart, so why wouldn’t I celebrate his life, legacy, and promotion to eternal life?

My middle ground was living my life, growing comfortable speaking about his, doing everything and anything I could to be a great student of Christ and servant leader, and doing what I could to make him proud and to make myself proud. I have spent the past 13 years growing, healing, and celebrating life—mine and my dad’s. I have failed and succeeded, fallen but always gotten back up. I know dad is proud of me. Yes, there are times I cry because I miss him, because I want to see and hear him experience the great things that are going on in my life, and because I want to ask him for professional, personal, and spiritual advice. Then I eventually smile, thank God, tell my dad I love him, and talk to him anyway, knowing he can’t interrupt me [smile].

I pray that my friend Carman and her family find a comfortable middle ground that they can eventually grow and mature into a higher ground of acceptance and celebration, because honestly, David wouldn’t want them to be constantly mourning him, depressed that he’s not physically around, and falling short of the greatness that he challenged himself and them to reach each day. David always wanted the best for his family, and flaws and all, David did his best to provide what he could when he could to his family.

I hope by sharing David and Carman’s life and experience, and by sharing my own, that each of us take this time to rejoice, pray, and give thanks. I hope that we make this a natural habit each day. Life as we know it has a time limit, and we don’t know when that time will end, but what we can do is live our lives to the fullest each and every day, forgiving ourselves and others, shaking off depression and guilt, pushing ourselves to greatness, so that we and our families are better prepared for the day when we too are promoted.

Carman I love you and your family. You all are a part of my extended family and I want you to know that you can thrive and shine brightly because God has equipped you to do so, and your dad gave you many examples of how to do it here and now. Don’t let the enemy convince you that life can never be good or better because David isn’t physically here. David is in each and every person that he encountered, embraced, and spent quality time with. Just as we are to look for Jesus in others, look for your dad in others—then smile, laugh, and say, “thank You!”

I share these same words with and for all of you reading this. We must be selfless during change. We must embrace the change in order to grow and see the rainbow after the storm. The longer we resist the longer it takes for us to breathe and be free. Rejoice. Pray. Give thanks.

Questions of the Day
1.How have you traditionally dealt with change?

2. Have you ever asked God “why?” when things go wrong in your life?

3. How do you ‘snap out’ of your ‘funk’ called sadness/depression?

4. How have you grieved and then celebrated the passing of a loved one?

6. When you read today’s message what were your initial thoughts? What do you think now?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,
Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.15.14

Prudent people see evil and hide; the simpleminded go right to it and get punished.

Proverbs 27:12 CEB

Pray
Father Mother God I pray to You today and ask for insight, discernment, and vision to see, rebuke, and avoid all evil. Help me to quickly recognize good from evil so that I can avoid the pain that comes from associating with evil. Place Your ‘glasses’ over my eyes so that I can see Lord. I pray for these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
There are people and places where darkness dwells and if you do not have discernment to distinguish light from dark, you will easily gravitate towards darkness. Ask God to put your ‘glasses’ on so that you can see.

There are people who are misguided that have negative ulterior motives, and if you can’t see this you run the risk of being harmed. Ask God to reveal these people to you.

Sometimes we naively walk with darkness, and sometimes through rebellion, we willingly take that stroll—either way the end result is some level of pain. Ask God to show you the way.

Questions of the Day
1.Would you consider yourself a person who is stubborn, easily swayed, naive, or fearfully obedient?

2. The majority of times do you knowingly walk with darkness, or do you find yourself naively on that path?

3. When do you normally realize that you have strayed, and what has commonly been the end result?

4. Do you share your learned lessons with others with a desire to help them avoid making the same (or similar) mistakes?

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

Please also feel free to share this post with others. We’re never quite sure who needs to hear and see what, and when! It would be awesome if whenever you run across a prayer, message, or scripture that moves you, you would kindly share it with the rest of us. You can post it on this blog or send me an email.

Love always,
Natasha

Copyright 2013-2014. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Some Rights Reserved. All Prayers and Reflections are Copyright Protected by Natasha Foreman Bryant, unless otherwise noted. Prior posts from 2009-2013 are copyrighted under the name Natasha L. Foreman. breakingbreadwithnatasha.com

Scripture taken from the Common English Bible®, CEB® Copyright © 2010, 2011 by Common English Bible.™ Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. The “CEB” and “Common English Bible” trademarks are registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Common English Bible. Use of either trademark requires the permission of Common English Bible.