My mother shared this scripture with me, and I decided to share it with all of you—and add a pop of color so that it captures you visually. Please read, meditate on it, and share with others.
Copyright 2015. Natasha Foreman Bryant. Breaking Bread With Natasha.
The storms of life are many and varied. They include illness, opposition, pressures at work, unemployment, relationship difficulties, loss, bereavement and persecution.
Sometimes the storms in our lives appear without warning. Jesus was in the boat with his disciples sleeping when ‘Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat’ (8:24).
Presumably the disciples were used to storms on the Sea of Galilee; it was renowned for sudden flash storms, stirring the water into twenty-foot waves. However, this storm must have been a particularly serious one because the disciples woke Jesus up and said, ‘We’re going to drown!’ (v.25).
During the storms it is natural to panic (certainly I tend to). Sometimes it appears that Jesus is ‘sleeping’ (v.24). He does not appear to be doing anything about our problems. Thankfully, we can all cry out, as they did, ‘Lord, save us!’ (v.25).
The natural response to the storms of life is doubt and fear. Jesus tells them that our response to storms should be trust (‘You of little faith’, v.26a) and that we should not be afraid (‘Why are you so afraid?’ v.26a). Jesus is quite capable of calming the storm and that is exactly what he did.
I’ve been having issues with posting my Breaking Bread messages, and I think that after updating and rebooting the system, that all things should be working fine. My apologies for the scattered and missing posts.
Warmest wishes and love,
Message from Natasha
First, let me start off by making an acknowledgment. Yesterday’s scripture was shared by my mom, Gwen Foreman. I was absent-minded and forgot to give her credit for sharing with the Breaking Bread family. Thank you mom. I love you!!!
My friend Juanita sent me today’s message that was written by Joel and Victoria Osteen. My personal reflection that follows may also hit home for many of you. Enjoy!
It’s All on the Inside
“…The LORD does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
(1 Samuel 16:7, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
When you become a believer in Christ, He begins to work in and through you automatically. Inside, you are becoming a completely new person. No one else around you may notice the change, at least immediately, because people usually only see the outside of a person and what they can see and hear. Sometimes, you yourself may not even see or feel the change. But the fact is that God changed you when you became a believer, and He is still changing you because you belong to Him.
Today, don’t be discouraged if others around you don’t seem to notice the work God is doing in your life. You just remember that a life-changing transformation has taken place in your heart. God sees the difference, He knows what’s inside you and He is bringing victory to every area of your life!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
God, thank You for Your life-changing power and strength. Give me eyes to see myself and others the way You see them, from the inside out in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen
I’m grateful for today because I am alive, another day. Today’s message hit me hard because there are days when it seems as though those around me take me for granted, or only value the work (that I do) when it directly benefits them, yet they dismiss my other work.
I am constantly serving the least of these God children, yet I am encouraged to give my time freely to those who are thriving, only wanting not needing my help. My teeth grind because someone would have the audacity to place a value on my time and talent, and tell me how to use them. If I am to give freely of my time and talent, then I choose to give them to the poor, needy, homeless, helpless, hopeless, and those barely holding on to hope. I would rather see the light spark within someone who is dismissed by the masses of the world, than invest time in people who live with a sense of entitlement and expectation.
There are days when my time is clearly not valued. I’m worn out and drained. I question if this is them or me. Did I present myself in a way at some point where I was somehow someway “Super Woman”, and that I would always make and have the time for others, dropping my important to-dos for theirs? Or do they plain and simply value my time less than their own?
God has been working on me, molding me, instilling values and an understanding of myself and my mission deep inside of my mind and heavily on my heart, so that I can’t easily forget or dismiss. Instead of being upset when those around me pull me in multiple directions for their self-benefit, I will instead smile.
I will smile because they are pulling at me for all of the gifts and talents that God has given me.
Instead of feeling like cursing at these people and shutting them out, I will be inclined to praise my Heavenly Father-Mother. I will just stop and thank God and pray for the strength and vision to press forward.
I know what God is doing to, for, and through me and I have to trust that He has already mapped out how to deal with those people who lovingly (or narcissistically) try to pull me off of my path onto their paths.
It doesn’t matter if other people can see what God is doing in your life. All that matters is that YOU see and know it, and that YOU obey Him over all others. It’s not easy. It’s not supposed to be easy. This is what separates those who walk the walk from those who talk the talk. Just smile and keep marching forward!
Questions of the Day
1.What do you think of today’s message?
2. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflections?
3. Please share your testimony as it pertains to persevering even when others didn’t see God’s Work in your life.
4. What have you been struggling with lately?
Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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