Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.27.14

Drop Your Baggage

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“…let us strip off every weight that slows us down…”
(Hebrews 12:1, NLT)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
What’s happened in your past is not nearly as important as what is in your future. Where you’re going is much more significant than where you’ve been. But if you stay focused on the past, you’ll get stuck where you are.

This is the reason a lot of people don’t have joy or enthusiasm for life. They’re dragging around all of this negative baggage from the past. Somebody offended them last week, and they’ve got that stuffed in their resentment bag. Last month, they lost their temper and said some things they shouldn’t have. They’ve got that in their guilt and condemnation bag. Ten years ago, they lost a loved one. They still don’t understand it. They’ve got that hurt and pain in their disappointment bag. They carry around their bag of regrets, all the things they wished they would have done differently.

Life is too short to live that way. Learn to travel light. Every morning when you first get up, forgive the people that did you wrong the day before. Forgive your spouse for what they said. At the start of the day, let go of the disappointments, the setbacks from yesterday. Start every morning fresh and new. God did not create you to carry around all that baggage. Let it go and move forward in the life of blessing He has in store for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, today I choose to travel light. I choose to shake off the past, shake off disappointment and forgive those who have hurt me. Heal my heart as I release everything that would try to hold me back in Jesus’ name! Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Questions of the Day
1. What things are you ready to let go of starting today?

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 quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
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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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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.26.14

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

James 4:7 KJV

Pray
Strengthen me Lord through my trials and tribulations. Add an extra layer of protection to me during times when my guards are down. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection
The enemy is always looking for opportunities to seize. Resist, rebuke, and run away from its grasp.

Questions of the Day
1. If you’re willing, please share a testimony of your most recent victory over the enemy’s plot against you.

2. How did it make you feel to resist it? How do you feel today knowing that you did and you can resist the enemy?

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 quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

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 6.24.14

Oh my goodness today’s message by Joel and Victoria Osteen moved me out of my seat. I think the room rumbled. After reading it, tell me what you think.

Move Forward

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.”
(Isaiah 43:18–19, ESV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Oftentimes, people get stuck in life because they’ve been hurt or betrayed, and they end up settling where they are. They allow the disappointment to keep them from the divine appointment. Don’t let that be you! Don’t let what somebody did or didn’t do for you be an excuse to live sour. Don’t let a bad break, a divorce, a betrayal or a bad childhood cause you to settle where you are. Move forward and God will pay you back. Move forward and God will vindicate you. Move forward and you’ll come into a new beginning.

Nothing that has happened to you is a surprise to God. The loss of that loved one didn’t catch God off guard. The business that didn’t make it, the relationship that didn’t work out did not stop God’s plan for your life. Now, the real question is: are you going to get stuck, fall into self-pity, become bitter, let the past poison your future? Or, are you going to shake it off and move forward knowing that your best days are still up ahead?

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for being my vindicator. Thank You for making the wrong things right in my life. I know that You are working behind the scenes on my behalf, and I will move forward in the blessing You have for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Questions of the Day
1. Are you currently stuck in a rut?

2. Have you recently been hurt by someone or by circumstances and you feel beaten and defeated?

3. After reading today’s message, are you feeling more inclined to continue pouting and feeling sorry for yourself, or do you feel an energy flowing through you that makes you want to get up, move, and do something?

4. What do you want to release to God that you keep holding on to as though you’re the only one who can deal with it?

5. What things are you settling for that you want to hand over to God?

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.

Sending love from our nation’s capital, Washington DC!
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 taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

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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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6.23.14

NOTE: LATE POST

But in all these things we win a sweeping victory through the one who loved us. I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created.

Romans 8:37-39 CEB

Pray
Father no matter what I cling to physically, in human form, or through my memories, I know that nothing is greater or more powerful than Your love and my relationship to You. Second to You is my connection with Your Son Jesus Christ, my Savior, the Way Shower–and as long as I keep my eyes, heart, and mind focused on trying to walk as He did and with His dedication, then I keep Him with me always.

Father nothing and no one can tear me away from You, and I know this to be true. You are my all in all. You are my everything. You are my life, truth, love, peace, joy, strength, courage, and power. I am me only because of You. Thank You Father. Thank You.

Reflection
We are never alone, never separated from our Creator or from our Savior. No matter how much our heart aches, our minds wander, or our feet give out, God is by us and for us. Listen for His faint whisper. Focus your eyes on His light. Keep still to feel His warmth. He is here. He is there. He is everywhere. Praise Him. Stop right now and thank your Father Mother God for never leaving or forsaking you. Thank God for being by your side on good days and bad days.

Questions of the Day
1. Quickly share a few things that you have to be grateful for today?

2. What have you been healed from or released from recently?

3. Have you ever been visually alone but felt a strong, comforting presence? How did you feel? What did you do or say during that moment?

4. Do you have conversations with God? Are your conversations in silence or do you speak aloud? Do you feel comfortable or uncomfortable speaking with God? Why?

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 quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

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.

Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6/16/14 to 6/20/14

Happy Saturday family!

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. I missed sharing Monday’s message, I’m not sure why, but I apologize. At least you have four other days to read and reflect. Please share this week’s posts with others, and also take a few moments to provide me feedback. Thank you.

Love,
Natasha

Monday- 6/16/14 MISSED POST

Sorry family!

Tuesday- 6/17/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/06/17/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-17-14/

Questions of the Day:
1.What is the first thing that comes to mind when you read today’s message?

2. Who has harmed you that you know you need to forgive?

3. What is holding you back from forgiving them?

4. What will it take to forgive them?

5. Knowing that your next minute is not guaranteed, what would you do if you passed away before forgiving this person?

6. What if they passed away before you forgave them?

7. Do you realize that you don’t necessarily need to be in contact with the people who have harmed you to forgive them? You just need to release the burden and exclaim from your heart that they have been released from you through your forgiveness of them. God knows your heart. Does knowing this help you in your decision to let go, forgive, and let God mend you?

Wednesday- 6/18/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-18-14/

Questions of the Day:
1. What is your takeaway from today’s message?

2. After reading today’s message how do you feel about those individuals who have harmed you in some way?

3. How do you feel about your relationship with God after reading today’s message?

4. How do you feel about yourself now that you have read today’s message?

Thursday- 6/19/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-19-14/

Questions of the Day:
1. Which scriptures are you going to write down and meditate on daily?

2. How did you decide on those scriptures?

3. What do you expect to happen in your life, or what do you expect to achieve through your daily meditation?

Friday- 6/20/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-20-14/

Questions of the Day
1. What dreams are you still holding on to?

2. What keeps you dreaming these same dreams, adding on to these dreams, and believing that one day they will come true?

3. Has waiting on your dreams made you more patient or more frustrated? Why?

4. What dreams have you scrapped because you believed that they just wouldn’t come true?

5. Has today’s message changed your thinking about waiting patiently on your dreams?

Don’t forget that tomorrow is Sunday Sermon Share Day. I don’t know if I’m going to make it to church, so 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. 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 Saturday!

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 taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

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 6.20.14

Wait for It!

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“For the vision is yet for an appointed time…though it tarry, wait for it…”
(Habakkuk 2:3, KJV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
God has an appointed time to fulfill the visions, dreams and desires in your heart. Just because it has taken a long time or because you’ve tried and failed doesn’t mean it’s not going to happen. Don’t give up on those dreams! Don’t be complacent about pursuing what God has placed in your heart. Our God is a faithful God. No matter how long it’s been, no matter how impossible things look, if you’ll stay in faith, your set time is coming.

Remember, every dream that’s in your heart, every promise that has taken root, God put it there. Not only that, but He has every intention of bringing it to pass. Hold on to that vision today. Declare by faith, “My time is coming. God is working behind the scenes on my behalf. I will fulfill my destiny!” As you continue to hold on to that vision and speak life over your dreams, it won’t be long before you see them begin to take shape. You’ll see your faith grow, you’ll see your hope strengthen, and you’ll see yourself step into the destiny God has prepared for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for placing dreams and desires in my heart. I trust that You are at work to bring them to pass even when I can’t see it, even when it’s taking longer than I thought. I know that You are faithful, and I trust You completely in Jesus’ name, Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Questions of the Day
1. What dreams are you still holding on to?

2. What keeps you dreaming these same dreams, adding on to these dreams, and believing that one day they will come true?

3. Has waiting on your dreams made you more patient or more frustrated? Why?

4. What dreams have you scrapped because you believed that they just wouldn’t come true?

5. Has today’s message changed your thinking about waiting patiently on your dreams?

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 quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

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 6.19.14

Increasing Your Faith

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
(Romans 10:17, NKJV)

TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Scripture tells us that every person has been given a measure of faith. That faith can grow and increase or it can be diminished. Notice today’s scripture doesn’t say, “Faith comes by having heard the Word of God one time.” It’s by hearing — present tense. Sure, God’s Word can transform us in an instant, but most of the time, we need to hear God’s truth over and over again in order for it to become active in our lives. The more we hear the Word, the more His truth chisels away at the doubt and unbelief that’s been built up over the years. His truth sets us free and causes our faith to grow!

Just as a seed needs water daily to grow, your spirit needs the Word of God daily, too. Your faith needs to be watered by His Word. It can be as simple as selecting a few scriptures to meditate on daily. Write them down and carry them in your purse or wallet. Read them aloud over and over. Let His truth sink down into your heart and move you forward into the freedom and victory He has prepared for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for Your Word that is living and active and growing in my life. I submit myself to You today and ask You to teach me Your ways. Give me insight into Your Word so that I may know You and increase in faith in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen

Questions of the Day
1. Which scriptures are you going to write down and meditate on daily?

2. How did you decide on those scriptures?

3. What do you expect to happen in your life, or what do you expect to achieve through your daily meditation?

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 quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

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 6.18.14

if my people who belong to me will humbly pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14 CEB

Pray
Father You know my heart. I pray to You today seeking better for myself and for others. I seek to better myself so that I can be a better servant to You and for You. I seek a genuine relationship with You, a pure one, not one-sided, and not conditional. I pray for an obedient heart that acts immediately without hesitation or question. I pray for discernment to always know Your voice and the courage to always answer when You call.

Mold me Father.

As I forgive I pray for forgiveness. I pray that wrongs are made right, and that any uneasiness felt is calmed and replaced with internal peace. I pray for Your Shield to blot out the enemy and tune out its voice that attempts to manipulate me. I pray these things in Jesus’ name, as a believer in Your Son, the way shower and truth revealer. Amen.

Reflection
God explained how to gain His forgiveness: pray to Him and confess your sins, humbly seek to know Him and have a relationship with Him, and then stop your wrongdoing.

Isn’t that what we also want, in a sense, from other humans?

We want the wrongdoer to come to us with humility and admit their wrong. We then want them to apologize for their wrong, genuinely seeking renewal or restoration, or just a clean slate, and then we want them to not repeat their wrongs again. When we believe in our hearts that their repentance is genuine and that they will atone and sin no more against us or others, we forgive them and let go of the offense.

But here’s the thing, failure to forgive others leaves us in a voided state with God, our sin being the inability to forgive others. How can He and why would He forgive us when we can’t bring ourselves to forgive others?

We want Him to forgive our countless big and “little” sins but we can’t bring ourselves to forgive a few sins committed by someone else, even if they weren’t committed against us. We judge harshly and even condemn those who have harmed us (or loved ones) to the wrath of God, but we forget that God still has to decide whether or not to forgive us for our sins. The true Judge is looking at us playing Him.

We have to forgive to be forgiven. It doesn’t matter what you do in life, you cannot buy your way into God’s grace. You can feed and clothe all of the homeless around the world, but if you have not made right by God in repentance of your sins, then your good deeds count for nothing. You have helped others but not fully honored Him.

Pray and ask for forgiveness, repent fully, seek Him, seek a genuine relationship with Him, and then do not repeat the sin.

Translation for forgiving others: seek out the transgressor, allow them to come to you, or simply pray through conversation to them (if you no longer have access to them).

If you have access to them and they want to apologize, let them, and then forgive them and cancel out their “debt” to you. If you have access to them and they want to deny their transgression against you, state your claim of harm, and forgive them anyway. Then cancel their “debt” to you. If you don’t have access to them then pray and speak as though speaking directly to them, and after stating your claim of harm, express your desire to release them from their “debt” to you and that you forgive them for their sin. Once you do this you then must cancel their “debt” to you.

The “debt” is the obligation to repay you somehow. It’s the weight that hangs over both of your heads. It’s the bond that keeps the two of you connected and limits your ability to spiritually and emotionally grow and mature. You must release this “debt” in order to be free. This is about your freedom, your relationship with God, your desire to be forgiven by Him, and your desire to live the life He desires for you.

This is not about the person who harmed you. Their sin must be dealt with by God, and if their repentance was not sincere, then that is for God to deal with, not you. God said, “Vengeance is Mine.” Don’t argue and try to compete with God. Comply and leave Him to do His job. You do yours!

Questions of the Day
1. What is your takeaway from today’s message?

2. After reading today’s message how do you feel about those individuals who have harmed you in some way?

3. How do you feel about your relationship with God after reading today’s message?

4. How do you feel about yourself now that you have read today’s message?

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 quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

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 6.17.14

The Lord came down in the cloud and stood there with him, and proclaimed the name, “The Lord.” The Lord passed in front of him and proclaimed: “The Lord! The Lord! a God who is compassionate and merciful, very patient, full of great loyalty and faithfulness, showing great loyalty to a thousand generations, forgiving every kind of sin and rebellion, yet by no means clearing the guilty, punishing for their parents’ sins their children and their grandchildren, as well as the third and the fourth generation.”

Exodus 34:5-7 CEB

Pray
Father my soul and how You view me is most important to me. I know that in order to be forgiven by You, I must forgive others. Father I do not want my sins to be visited upon my children and grandchildren for generations to come. I want to free myself from the bondage of sin. I want to free myself from the weight of others sins against me. I want freedom through forgiveness and atonement.

It is You, not them, why I live each day. It is You, not them, that I turn to for my needs. You are my center and my all-in-all, not them Father. You are my Father Mother, and Your love is all that I need, so I release this weight that I keep holding on to, so that I can be free to receive what You have in store for me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection
Forgiveness is difficult when you’re the one doing the forgiving, but we don’t understand why our sins aren’t quickly forgiven. I’ve mentioned numerous times over the past 5 years that I have been doing my Breaking Bread messages, that I have had to forgive others as well as ask for forgiveness. I’ve had to forgive to be forgiven by God. I’ve had to forgive myself for my sins so that I could accept that God had forgiven me. I have been abused, used, neglected, overlooked, and downright disrespected by people over the years, and I have found a way to forgive each and every one of them.

Someone very close to me betrayed me repeatedly over the years and even recently, and even in my contemplation to distant myself from them, I know that no matter my decision, I will have to still forgive them. Even though they hurt me deeply, I know that I will still have to forgive them sooner than later. Because tomorrow is not promised, I have had to find something good and redeeming inside of them each day, so that each day I could release the negativity that was brewing within me. Each day I had to release the control that the enemy had over me. I had to find a way to get closer to forgiveness so that I could live with peace and joy within, so that I could gain God’s favor and forgiveness, and so that generations to come would not be negatively impacted by my sin.

We cannot ask and expect God to forgive us if we are not willing to forgive others and ourselves. Not forgiving is another victory for the enemy, and I don’t know about you, but I’m not trying to give that ‘thing’ even a millimeter of success in my life. No victory for satan will come at my expense. It can hitch a ride on someone else’s back, but it’s gonna have to get the heck off of mine. Get behind me satan!

I must forgive this person who has harmed me. I must forgive this person for doing to me what even a total stranger had no power and access to do to me. I must forgive this person, not for them, but for me!

God will deal with this person as He sees fit. That is no longer my concern.

God has great things in store for me, I feel it, I believe it, and this person’s transgressions against me and my inability to let go of the pain caused by them, will not block my blessings. I am stronger than that. I am braver than that. Their weakness will not be mine. Their shortcomings will not be mine. Their selfishness will not consume me. Their narcissism will not block God out of my life or blot out God’s Light. My self worth is not tied to them. My sense of being is not tied to them. They are not who I live to serve and please. They are not why I do what I do each day. They are not why I get up and work hard each day. They are not the source of my smiles and laughs.

They are not my center.

God is my center!

He is my beginning, middle, and end.

When I wake each day it is God that is on my mind. It is Him Whom I thank. I live for Him. Without Him there is no me. I serve His children for Him, not for me, not for anyone else, and especially not for the person who has harmed me. When I am in pain, it is God who I seek. I turn to God for healing, not man. When I am excited, it is God that I praise for bringing me great news or an abundance of joy. When I am lost or confused, it is God that I ask for guidance. When I have questions, it is God where I turn. God is my source. He is my power. It is God that I seek to please, not man. So I must forgive so that I can please God.

I forgive the person who has hurt me.

Questions of the Day
1.What is the first thing that comes to mind when you read today’s message?

2. Who has harmed you that you know you need to forgive?

3. What is holding you back from forgiving them?

4. What will it take to forgive them?

5. Knowing that your next minute is not guaranteed, what would you do if you passed away before forgiving this person?

6. What if they passed away before you forgave them?

7. Do you realize that you don’t necessarily need to be in contact with the people who have harmed you to forgive them? You just need to release the burden and exclaim from your heart that they have been released from you through your forgiveness of them. God knows your heart. Does knowing this help you in your decision to let go, forgive, and let God mend you?

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 quotations taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

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.

Saturday Recap: Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 6/9/14 to 6/13/14

Happy Saturday family!

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. I missed sharing Thursday’s message, so I quickly posted it today. Please share these posts with others, and also take a few moments to provide me feedback. Thank you.

Love,
Natasha

Monday- 6/9/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-9-14/

Questions of the Day:
1. What fears are blocking you?

Tuesday- 6/10/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-10-14/

Questions of the Day:
1.What has today’s message revealed about your current circumstances?

2. What is your takeaway from today’s message?

3. How can today’s message help one of your loved ones, co-workers, or neighbors?

4. How can today’s message help you?

Wednesday- 6/11/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/06/11/natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-11-14/

Questions of the Day:
1. If you are comfortable doing so, please share a moment in your life where you had to rise above a negative situation/person.

Thursday- 6/12/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/missed-post-natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-12-14/

Questions of the Day
1.How does Samson’s story relate to your own life?

2. What can you learn from Samson?

Friday- 6/13/14

Read the daily message here:
https://breakingbreadwithnatasha.wordpress.com/2014/06/14/late-post-natashas-daily-scripture-prayer-and-reflection-for-6-13-14/

Questions of the Day
1. What cares are you ready to cast on God today?

2. What issues are you going through right now that has you stressed out, freaked out, and/or depressed over?

3. What has today’s message revealed to you about:
– yourself
– your issues
– God’s care and love for you
– God’s desire to right wrongs
– God’s power and ability

4. If you’re still feeling low and stepped on, what are you holding on to that you think you can control, but clearly can’t?

Don’t forget that tomorrow is Sunday Sermon Share Day. I don’t know if I’m going to make it to church, so 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. 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 Saturday!

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 taken from the Amplified® Bible,
Copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation Used by permission.(www.Lockman.org)

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.