Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.22.17

Scripture

They spend their days in wealth, and in a moment go down to the grave.

Job 21:13

Pray

Father let my days here on earth be so humbled that the only wealth I seek is from You. Let me be so humbled that I am only moved and motivated by You.

Father I pray for long days to serve Your Kingdom here, that I may serve longer when my life here ceases to exist. I don’t want my focus to be on money, what I’m lacking, or the things that I desire but don’t necessarily need.

I want my focus to be on You and doing exactly what is required as Your ambassador. I don’t want my time here on earth to be in vain or to be disrespectful to You and Your plan. You point and I will follow Father. Amen.

Reflection

Let our focus be on God and living His plan for us, not focusing on our plans and trying to get God to do for us. Our wealth and riches come from Him. When we are money-centered we remove God from His place in our lives, and leave ourselves open for manipulation and temptation by the outside world. Re-focus!

Have an incredible Friday and be a blessing to others.

Lovingly,

Natasha

Note: This Message was originally published on December 21, 2010. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.
Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.21.17

Scripture

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.”

Matthew 6:12

Pray

Father we all owe a debt and are owed a debt. Let us forgive those who are late in repayment, those who are struggling to pay on time, those who have to make payment arrangements, just as we would ask those we owe a debt to forgive us of our late and modified repayments of debt.

Father I believe that just as You will show me the way to repay my debts, You will provide the means for those who owe me money to repay me in increments and if possible, in full. Just as I would not want someone hounding me for money, I wouldn’t consider doing this to others. My belief and faith is in You Lord, and I know that with and through You all will be made possible when the time comes due. Thank You Father. Thank You for touching my heart. I thank You now for touching the heart of those I owe a debt and those who owe me. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

We have all had rough times financially, some of us are going through a major rough ‘patch’ right now. Some of you are concerned with how you will buy Christmas gifts, while some of you know that there won’t be any purchased gifts this year- but the gift of love will be the present shared this Christmas season. Some of you are more focused on what you could be buying with that repaid debt, while the rest of you are more concerned with keeping on your lights, getting your heating system in your home repaired or replaced, getting your car fixed so you can get to work, and having the money to pay tuition at school.

We should never use our motivation for seeking material possessions or other superficial wants as an excuse to hound and harass someone to repay a debt. We should never hound and harass someone to repay a debt if we are children of God. We say we walk in faith, but then we don’t trust in God to take care of our needs.

As your situation may be bad, that other person’s may be worse- and the opposite may also be true. Just like any other relationship there should be mutual respect, a desire to line all communication and interaction with a sense of dignity for self and for the other person.

Is the person making an effort to repay you? Are they sending you ‘good faith’ payments every few weeks or months? Then aren’t they repaying their debt? So why are you harassing them? Are they consistently communicating with you the current situation and their plans to bring their debt current with you? Then why are you enraged and seething? That is not of God.

The funny thing about this is that when we’re owed money, when we receive late payments it is oftentimes the cycle of the universe coming back full-circle. Have you been late paying a debt? Have you had to make payment arrangements? Do you have a credit card that you only make a partial repayment- not the full amount each month? Then why are you shocked to receive late and partial repayments of money owed to you?

We are so selfish and self-centered that it is pitifully sad, and absolutely disgusting. We call ourselves Christians and then act like demons over possessions, property, and money. Think about that and then think about what Jesus would do. Think about what being a Christian truly means. Re-think what Christmas is really about- and consider if your thinking is totally off the mark. If you’re more concerned with spreading good-tidings with expensive gifts wrapped and covered in bows- then you have absolutely no clue what Christmas is all about!

Christmas for me is about being with my loved ones, not buying and exchanging gifts. So believe me when I say that I won’t go broke or feel financially ‘pinched’ spending money on gifts this year; nor am I expecting to receive any gifts this year. I will be blessed to be alive, healthy, and in the company of those I love most. If I’m not a good enough ‘present’, if the presence of the Lord inside of me isn’t a beautiful enough gift- then maybe those around me need to reconsider spending Christmas with me again in the future.

Lovingly,

Natasha

Note: This Message was originally published on December 20, 2010. It has been modified to align with current formatting and standards.
Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.20.17

Happy Wednesday Breaking Bread Family! The message that I share today was originally posted on December 19, 2010. It is just as relevant today as it was 7 years ago when I wrote it. It will still be relevant for generations to come.

As we celebrate Christmas—the life and legacy of Jesus Christ and the principles and lessons that He taught, we should be mindful and receptive to God’s commands and expectations as taught by Jesus.

Today we should reflect upon how we live, speak, and think each day–and how it all impacts our lives, others, and ultimately God’s Kingdom. We’re hypocritical to walk around calling ourselves Christians but then we act and speak as though we worship something or someone other than God. Where is it written that God or Jesus said that it’s okay to lie, cheat, and steal? Can’t we strive for and achieve these three things?

I’m not saying “perfection” I’m saying “goodness”. We will fail every day trying to be perfect. But we can achieve greatness through goodness. Be good to yourself and others—and not just during the holidays and other special occasions, but year-round.

With all of the horror that we see highlighted and magnified through the media, imagine if every person in the world chose instead to be honest, kind, and receptive to others.

Just a thought.

Have an awesome day and I hope today’s message can help at least one person.

Scripture

“Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.”

Proverbs 20:17

Pray

Father protect me from being deceived and deceiving others. Reveal the truth before the lie has time to grow roots. Let the lie be choked off immediately. Amen.

Reflection

We should be working diligently in our lives to be truthful, honest, and righteous. We should resist temptation to lie, deceive, mislead, and cheat. We should think of how we would feel if these things were done to us, and then make the conscious steps towards living God-like, walking in the light and not darkness.

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.19.17

Scripture

My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within; my heart is poured out on the ground because my people are destroyed, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city.

Lamentations 2:11

Pray

Father many parts of the world are under extreme conflict, as man battles in war in hopes of conquering and ruling each other. Women and children are caught up in the cross-hairs as brainwashed participants and as battered victims of ruthlessness. Without You being the priority many nations will be destroyed.

Father I pray for these lost souls. I pray for those who kill in Your name, by whatever name they call You. These are not people fighting the Holy war of centuries passed, but wars of power, control, and conflict- rooted in greed, envy, and fear. Father protect the innocent, and warm the hearts of the perpetrators that they might see Your ways- and seek peace, love, and dignity over fear and hate. Father whatever I can do to help spread Your love I will do. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

I saw this verse and immediately thought of the many countries around the world that are and have been fighting for years- some for hundreds of years. Some are fighting for their freedom, while their oppressors are fighting to keep them enslaved to a system that serves no one but the oppressor- it is not of God- but they declare an allegiance to Him (which is obviously false).

Some people are fighting prejudice, bigotry, and racism. There are people fighting and dying over land, a sense of entitlement, and natural resources. There are nations invading other nations as a form of imperialism, masked as something seemingly more democratic and liberating for all- another form of False Evidence Appearing Real ringing true.

We must pray for the victims and the tormentors, the benefactors and those who lose life and liberty. We must pray for ourselves- that our minds and hearts stay focused on God and His Kingdom; that the only side we take is God’s side and seek only to protect His children. Today look for ways that you can help people who are less fortunate than you, both domestically and abroad. Let God’s light shine.

I share my daily scripture, prayer and reflection with the public because my relationship with God is not to be a private one, and because these messages are not just for the select few friends and family members that I have been sharing with for over one year now; but for anyone in need of a daily dose of God’s loving-presence. Not everyone is deeply spiritual. Not everyone knows how to pray in their own way. Not everyone knows how to study the Bible. Not everyone stops frequently throughout their day to just give thanks to God and His son. A planted seed when watered takes on a life of its own. What you do with the fruit that it bears is up to you! Happy Tuesday everyone!

Love,

Natasha

Note: This Message was originally published on December 7, 2010. It has been modified to align with current formatting and standards.
Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.18.17

Scripture

The Lord is my guardian

Psalm 121:5

Pray

Father there is no doubt in my mind that You are my protector, my healer, my deliverer, my Father and Mother, and that wherever I am You are. Thank You for watching over me. Thank You for always revealing the truth to me. Thank You for protecting me from the enemy- those known and unknown, those seen and unseen. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

There is no place where God is not. There is no problem He can’t or hasn’t solved. Remember that and be free in this knowledge.

Lovingly,

Natasha

Note: This message was originally published on December 17, 2010. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.
Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.15.17

Scripture

Isaiah 2:22

Pray

Father I put my trust in You. I trust You to provide me with my needs, to see me through circumstances, and to show me the answers to my problems- even if the answers don’t arrive when I want them.

I will stop relying solely on man, but realize that although You may send man as a messenger, servant, guide, or companion- man is not my source for life, truth, love, peace, joy, and healing- only through You are these things made possible. Thank You for being my spiritual Father and Mother. Thank You for loving me. Amen.

Reflection

Our relationship with God is our very own. We do not need man to bring us closer, to analyze the depth and longevity of our relationship with Him. We do not need man to speak to God on our behalf- we can speak to God anytime we choose.

When our bills need to be paid, it is God that provides. When we are sick, it is God that heals us. When we are lonely, God is our comforter. Turn to Him and learn to rely on Him as your source for all.

Take in all the wonders of your blessed day. Enjoy this gift from God!

Lovingly,

Natasha

Note: This Message was originally published on December 6, 2010. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.

Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.14.17

Scripture

Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went.

Acts 8:4

Pray

Father I have come to realize that my relationship with You is not truly to be a private one. How else will the world receive Your message, hear of Your omnipotence and omnipresence? How else will they hear testimonies of healing and blessings that were only made possible because of You? Father fill me; open my eyes and my heart that I might be receptive and free to absorb the knowledge and wisdom to demonstrate, express, and teach Your Word.

Father You are molding me into a phenomenal child. I am eager to serve You and Your children. I am eager to please You and to be the best ambassador that I can be- that You call me to be. I humbly pray to You that I am here and ready Lord- do with me as You will. Amen.

Reflection

We may pray silently or aloud, but our testimony should never be kept private; our healing’s and blessings are to be shared with the world. Believers just as non-believers have to be constantly shown proof of God’s presence, His power, grace and capabilities. Some of us have conditional relationships with God, some have a one-sided relationship- where He is doing His part, but we aren’t doing ours.

You don’t have to pat your Bible, you don’t have to work at converting anyone. Your testimony time after time is all you need to show how God has blessed you. How you carry yourself every single day both inside and outside of your home and your church exemplifies the relationship you have with God and His favor in your life. How you treat people is a direct correlation to the relationship and understanding that you have with our Father. Believe it!

If you aren’t being faithful in your relationship with a loved one, then how can you possibly be faithful and committed to God? If you are playing games, being deceitful, neglectful, insensitive, or uncaring with the man or woman in your life- how can you possibly say that you are a devoted child of God? How can you possibly say that you are an ambassador for Christ? How can you possibly say that you put God first in your life?

If you are not taking care of your responsibilities as a wife, husband, or parent then how can you live up to God’s expectations of you? You are lying to yourself, to God, to Jesus, and to the person you claim to love. Stop the lies and start living in the Word.

Today is Thursday. Is that not amazing? The weekend is almost here and you have experienced a slew of blessings all week long- if you can count all of them, then you need to dig deeper – because it is impossible for me to count all of my blessings each day.

There are so many reasons to stand on top of a roof and shout “thank you Lord” from the top of your lungs. Wherever you go you should spread God’s word in some way. It does not have to be “preachy” it just has to be loving and shared without expectations. It can be as simple as declaring your gratitude for life, vision, and the ability to breathe and think freely; gratitude for the small things you have been blessed with each day. Is that too difficult?

Enjoy every second of your day and be a blessing to others.

Shared with love,

Natasha

Note: This Message was originally published on December 2, 2010. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.

Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved.

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.13.17

Scripture

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

Philippians 1:3-11

Pray

Father thank You for Your loving grace, for Your son- the way shower- and for Your children. Father as I walk on the path You have placed before me I encounter those children who need my assistance to learn about, reconfirm, and reconnect with You. I also encounter those who are here to help me be a better ambassador for You; a better servant and steward. I thank You for placing these people in my life Father. On my road to salvation You have made it clear for me to see that I am not alone, even when alone. Thank You Father. I love You. Amen.

Reflection

I pray for each of you. I pray that you find joy and peace in your walk. I pray that every day you receive these messages from me that they uplift your spirits, open your eyes, and widen your heart. I hope that these messages help equip you with the tools to connect on yet another level with our savior Jesus Christ, and our heavenly Father-Mother God. I hope that these messages strengthen your faith in God, faith in yourself, and faith in mankind- that through love we can conquer all and build God’s Kingdom to the level He has intended.

No matter what we are going through, no matter how heavy the cross we bear- we share in God’s grace and are cloaked with his love. Remember that we are blessed and highly favored, so we must share our blessings and the Word God has given us- that we may help and heal all of those who are in need of God’s spiritual touch. Make the right decisions by first asking yourself, “what would Jesus say and do?” then with the purest of thoughts- do and lead in love.

Let this day be one of your best yet. Tell someone how good God has been in your life- and help someone get one step closer to Him today.

Love you all,

Natasha

Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.12.17

Scripture

“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.”

Prayer

Father keep me alert and focused on You. I have a lot of bumps and bruises that I acquired over the years, I’ve even had my share this year. I’ve been disappointed and hurt by people I love. Your Word says to do everything in love- so I know this to mean that even when deceived and neglected, my responses and reactions are to be in and from love.

Father fill me with the courage and strength to endure all. Give me the vision to see what is around me and before me. When something negative comes my way, hold me Father, that I might breathe and let You handle the situation.

I want to be courageous Father. I want to be able to withstand the storm. I want to be able to look in the eyes of those who would and have caused me harm, and all that they see in my eyes is Your love. All honor and praises go to You Lord. In Your name I humbly pray. Amen.

Reflection

God’s love is amazing. We love because He first loved us. In the storm we must be brave, we must know that it will pass and that God is there every millisecond. We must be comforted in this knowledge and comfortable enough to sleep on that rocky boat just as Jesus did while his disciples freaked out watching the crashing waves and lightning strikes.

Jesus never did anything out of fear, bitterness, resentment, or hate. Jesus did and said everything in love. Even when he disagreed with someone, he did so with love- knowing that God’s truth was all he needed. Jesus knew that God was always right- that He is the answer to all questions- He is the resolution to all conflict. He is the compass when we are lost. He is the anchor when our boat needs to be secured and stable.

We must do everything in love. When we know it is time to end a relationship, we must do it in love. Lovingly end it and walk away. There is never a need for ‘closure’ when you leave in love. I don’t need closure for any relationship I have ever been in because I know that I loved those individuals and that I still love them as Jesus instructed; not romantically but in Christ. Relationships that I know were not of God, I can confidently say I ended in love- without hesitation and without doubt or regret.

I am now filled with so much wisdom, I can easily discern those individuals that are merely ‘tests’ of my moral fiber; ‘tests’ of forbidden fruit that are in front of me to see whether I will ‘bite’ or lovingly walk away. The visual and emotional appeal that tugs at our gut are not messages and urges of our heavenly Father, but mortal mind- the “liar” toying with us.

It is our fear of being perceived as ‘mean’, ‘cold’, and ‘callous’ that keeps us connected with someone we’re not supposed to be with. It is our desire to fill a void that keeps us from walking away, or never entering the relationship to begin with- it is us once again trying to think like God, be like God, and do His work.

It is our desire to feel ‘complete’ using another person, instead of God- that causes us to spend our valuable time with someone He has no intention of you being with. God gives us the freedom to choose the flesh and the world, or Him. He’s patient. He believes in us when we don’t. He waits while we detour on a perceived ‘short cut’ that turns out to be the long way- and the wrong way.

We must follow God’s instruction. We must walk in faith and know that He never directs our paths to places where He is not. It is only when we stray do we find heartache, confusion, pain, and drama. It is then we must learn our lesson for as long as it takes to learn it! Why can’t we follow Him and lead a life of love, peace, tranquility and joy?

Happy Tuesday everyone. Be on your guard. Stand firm in the faith. Be courageous and strong- and remember to do everything in love! God bless you.

Lovingly,

Natasha

Note: This Message was originally published on December 3, 2010. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting.

Copyright 2010-2017. Natasha L. Foreman. Some Rights Reserved

Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 12.11.17

Thank you Juanita for sending me this message by Joel Osteen today. As always, right on time! And so I share it with everyone who reads my Breaking Bread messages. I pray that today’s message brings each of you clarity, comfort and inner peace.

Love,

Natasha

Forget the Former Things

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE:

Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.

(Isaiah 43:18, NIV)

TODAY’S WORD:

Too often, people spend so much time and energy dwelling on the past, dwelling on mistakes, or dwelling on disappointments. They don’t even realize that their focus is keeping them from moving forward in life. But in order to fully experience God’s blessings, you have to let go of those past hurts; you have to forget the former things to make room for the new.

God has a new beginning in store for you, and the way you prepare for it is by getting rid of the old. Don’t spend time focusing on where you’ve been; spend time focusing on where you’re going. When you “forget the former things,” it means you’re not worried about the past anymore. You don’t allow it to dictate your future. You may remember past events, but you don’t feel the pain like you used to. You’ve opened your heart to receive God’s healing. Begin today by declaring that your past is over! Forget the former things and receive the restoration and victory God has in store for you!

PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father, thank You for the life of blessing and victory You have prepared for me. I choose to forget the past. I choose to forgive. I choose to open my heart to You and receive everything You have in store for me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

– Joel Osteen