Here’s something to reflect upon and to let “marinate” in your mind and heart…
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Father thank You for this beautiful day. No matter the weather, it is beautiful because You made it possible for me to experience another moment here on Earth, another moment with my loved ones, and another moment to demonstrate through servant hood Your love. Thank You Father.
Your son Jesus told his disciples that in him they would have peace even when the world brought trouble, but also reassured them by letting them know not to be worried with the world because he had taken care of it. Father bring me peace to trust without hesitation that in all times and circumstances, You have already taken care of things. When I call to You, You always answer; when I can’t find my way, You show me through…these things and more I know, but at times I get weak and blinded by fear, and sometimes forget.
I thank You now for comforting, guiding and protecting me from what I have been through, am going through, and what is yet to come. Amen.
Jesus has the calm assertiveness that does not require anger, yelling, threats, or cussing. His disciples followed not through pressure, coercion, guilt, or fear.
They followed out of love and a belief that Jesus was the son of God.
They followed because through his works not just words, he proved through healing and demonstration, his ability to heal, raise the dead, cast out demons, and rid people of sickness and disease.
They followed because Jesus showed them how to do exactly what he was doing.
He showed them that they too had the power as granted by our Heavenly Father-Mother God. The disciples followed Jesus because he served them more than they served him. Jesus was grace and is grace, and through him the disciples (those who were faithful and committed) expressed grace.
Once we overcome fear and reconnect with who we are as God’s child, and Jesus’ sheep, then we will open ourselves up to the unimaginable, and be able to do the inconceivable. So focus on your responsibilities in God’s Kingdom, and not what role or title you can play in the world. Live with grace and you will receive abundance.
Please note: This written message was originally published on March 30, 2012. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting; it has also been modified to include the new audio feature announced March 30, 2018.
Yes family, you read this correctly. Breaking Bread With Natasha (BBWN) is taking the next step with technology to include an audio feature. As you can see in this message.
Please click on the audio file below to listen.
Starting today, I will include audio files in my messages to allow you to listen to the message either while you read along, or during moments when you can’t read the message but would still like to hear it.
This will also hopefully benefit those individuals who may have strengths in other areas but maybe the sense of sight or the ability to read (at any level) may be limited.
I understand the task at hand. I understand the responsibility that comes with accepting and using this technology.
Currently, my resources are limited so I don’t have a fancy microphone, audio system, or sound-proof room. I’m not recording in a studio. I will oftentimes be recording in my home office, and it has windows. I say all of this now so that I can address the comments that I know will soon come about the sound quality. I believe that God will bless me with the resources to provide quality audio recordings. Just as I know that one day He will bless me to provide quality video recordings. Yes, I’m claiming both in the name of Jesus.
I have been resisting God’s loving urges that have been guiding me to and down this path for years. My resistance has only prevented me from receiving the blessings that He still has waiting for me. As a student of His word and a servant to Him and all that He calls on me to embrace and care for, I cannot continue to do the bare minimum—to serve only within my comfort zone.
If I want more out of life then I must do more. The action of giving is not good enough, it is your intention through giving that God examines. What does your heart reveal in and through your giving? God knows my heart as He knows your heart.
I’m giving to be closer and more intertwined with Him. I’m giving through gratitude for all that He gives me, even when we both know that I don’t deserve much of what I have received. So when I give freely and lovingly, He knows exactly why.
Please pray for me family. Pray that I don’t shut down out of fear, pull away, and settle for mediocrity. Pray that I continue to walk forward towards each benchmark that God has set before me. Pray that I continue being receptive and obedient to His commands and to my calling. Pray that I fully embrace my purpose and that I never stop giving all that God has poured into me. I thank you now for your prayers. I pray that God comforts you and keeps you, and that my message today inspires you to give freely to others.
I love you all!
When the eight days were completed for His circumcision, He was named Jesus — the name given by the angel before He was conceived. And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were finished, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord….
There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel’s consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him. It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord’s Messiah. Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple complex….
…When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for Him what was customary under the law, His father and mother were amazed at what was being said about Him. Then Simeon blessed them and told His mother Mary: “Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed — and a sword will pierce your own soul — that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”
…When they had completed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The boy grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God’s grace was on Him.
Luke 2:21, 22, 25-27, 33-35, 39, 40 HCSB
Father may I see and always embrace what Jesus is to You and me. May I embrace and take full responsibility for my walk. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Just as God had a plan for Jesus before his human birth, He had and has a plan for each of us—it is up to us to follow and obey. Consider this, what if Jesus refused to walk as God instructed? What if John had disobeyed and didn’t preach and teach of Jesus’ coming as the Messiah? What if Jesus fearfully pulled away at times to prevent fulfilling prophecy? How would life be for all of us right now? Would we even be around?
Consider this. Then give thanks.
Happy Thursday family. Sending love from the
Clothing myself WITH Love,
Please Note: This message was originally published on May 29, 2013. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting. Also, when I wrote this I was relaxing in the Bahamas; today I’m just hanging out in good ole’ Atlanta, Georgia!
Now if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness. And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you.
Romans 8:10, 11 HCSB
Father I know that as long as I believe, walk boldly in and of faith, and embrace all that I have and all that I am as Your child then I can never be or ever feel separate from You. Whatever obstacles that erect in my path will seem like ant hills each step that I take. Illness will never consume me because I know that You make me whole and healthy—as my body is merely a shell that my spiritual presence is housed in. I am working each day to overcome fear and doubt, to see past mountains and forests, to see around valleys, and see through clutter and clouds. Lift me Father. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Either we believe we are who we say we are, that we are the children of God, the sheep of our shepherd Jesus Christ, or we don’t. Either we believe that God gives life, is health, heals, nurtures, restores, comforts, and uplifts—or not! You can’t be half-pregnant. Either you are all-in or not. Let’s work at getting ourselves all-in.
Enjoy your day family. Sending love!
Clothing myself WITH Love,
When they observed the boldness of Peter and John and realized that they were uneducated and untrained men, they were amazed and recognized that they had been with Jesus. And since they saw the man who had been healed standing with them, they had nothing to say in response.
After they had ordered them to leave the Sanhedrin, they conferred among themselves, saying, “What should we do with these men? For an obvious sign, evident to all who live in Jerusalem, has been done through them, and we cannot deny it! However, so this does not spread any further among the people, let’s threaten them against speaking to anyone in this name again.”
So they called for them and ordered them not to preach or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it’s right in the sight of God ⌊for us⌋ to listen to you rather than to God, you decide; for we are unable to stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”
After threatening them further, they released them. They found no way to punish them, because the people were all giving glory to God over what had been done; for this sign of healing had been performed on a man over 40 years old.
Acts 4:13-22 HCSB
Father may I never fear punishment or any mistreatment for believing, following, worshipping, speaking, praising, honoring, acknowledging, and praying to You and Your son Jesus Christ.
May I never be ashamed of who I am as Your servant and child. May I always proudly and confidently perform my duties while spreading Your Word and testifying about Your love everywhere I go.
Keep Your name and Jesus’s name from ever coming out of my mouth in vain, for I only want to glorify and reflect You. I humbly pray these things today and forever. Amen.
Speaking to those who recognize themselves as Christians—-a closet Christian is not a “true” (fully or adequately invested) believer or follower.
There should be no question in the minds of those who encounter you if you believe, love, and worship God. They may not know your denomination, but through interacting with you they should at least know that you see yourself as a servant of and for God. They should feel the energy of spirituality flow through you. They should be able to feel and see the Light.
If you are a believer AND follower of Christ then you should have no problem letting others know in both your personal and professional lives.
Let me pause where your mind was about to take you.
I’m not saying to be loud, boisterous, pushy and obnoxious.
I’m not saying to line your office or cubicle with crucifixes, Bible verses, and the like.
I’m not saying to force God onto anyone.
Where do you ever read about Jesus, Moses, or any servant called by God assuming their role and then being “extra” with it?
When was it ever a case where Jesus or Moses forced anyone to do anything?
Jesus stayed as low-key as He could so that those who were healed would praise God. He tried to make it less about Him and more about His Father. But it was never a doubt that He loved, worshipped, and served God. He was never “too good” to break bread with commoners or sinners. That’s God love demonstrated.
It’s not about the outward “show” it’s about the giving of what you carry inward that matters. And giving through the gratitude of what God has given you.
You should never worry or question if you should mention God during your interactions with others. If He is in you then you should be sharing Him with others. If you are His perfect creation and reflection, then the world should see Him through you.
In my signature line of my email I have included some passages from the Bible that hit home with me:
Luke 1:37; Luke 17:21; Matthew 4:10; Matthew 6:34; Isaiah 1:17; Proverbs 21:5; Proverbs 21:30; Proverbs 31:10-31
I share them with others who may need some inspiration or reassurance that day. It’s not forced on them. They don’t have to read the passages. It’s a small gesture that can have a big impact on someone.
On my social media sites I proclaim myself as a change agent through God, and a servant leader. It is my affirmation, my daily challenge. Respectfully, I don’t care if someone is offended or uncomfortable. That is between them and God. I’m a servant and I’m here to share what God calls on me to share.
I used to be nervous about being open about my beliefs. I didn’t like having conversations about religion and spirituality, just like I still don’t like having political conversations (but I will engage when important issues need to be addressed).
The reasons for my apprehensions have always been because people are so passionate about religion and politics to the point that they can become belligerent and even violent about two topics that they have absolutely no control over.
I didn’t want to get into a debate over which way is the right way to pray, worship, praise, be saved, be baptized, etc. I didn’t want to debate with people about my choice to pray first before ever considering medical interventions. Just like I shouldn’t have to debate and defend my beliefs about:
– The politicians I vote for
-Women’s rights (and that no one should have the right to tell me what to do with my body)
– Gay marriage (and the hate being focused at people who love each other and are being loving)
– The marginalization of Blacks and other minorities
– The targeted racism and discrimination of Latinos and Muslims, and other groups.
– Numerous other issues
I’ve matured over the past year to realize something, I don’t have to debate or defend.
I don’t have to explain myself to anyone. I don’t have to defend myself. God knows. God guides. God corrects. I don’t have to defend Him. I have my own relationship with God and with Jesus, and no one can change that. So I have nothing to fear, be ashamed of, nervous about, or uncomfortable with—I am here to live my purpose, with purpose, and on purpose, as God intends.
I’m here to be loved, share God’s love, and be loving. I don’t need to drill down or wear someone out about Christ. I just need to touch a life, even for a moment—knowing that God always handles the rest.
So don’t be afraid, ashamed, embarrassed, or nervous about who you are and to Whom you know you belong. You don’t need to be a deep student of the Word to know and share God’s love.
Acts of kindness, having dignity and restoring dignity in others, and being considerate of all people, are ways in which we share His love and follow Jesus’ teachings.
Stand proudly and confidently as a believer. Be bold but never pushy, obnoxious, or judgmental!
Loving you always,
And we exhort you, brothers: warn those who are irresponsible, comfort the discouraged, help the weak, be patient with everyone.
1 Thessalonians 5:14 HCSB
Father I pray that each day I do my part to share Your Word with someone, share my testimony of Your goodness, reflect Your Light, and make the world a better place. I know that I’m only one person, but I know that You can give me the strength, wisdom, and foresight to do the work of many.
Father I pray that You touch my heart to reach out to those who are straying or have strayed, comfort those who discouraged and those lacking hope, and help the weak. Father You know that I need patience and understanding—please fill me with both, so that I am receptive to all that I encounter. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.
When you read that passage do you see anywhere a focus on self? Each directive is to do something for someone else, and to do something to help someone else. By giving you receive. By blessing others you are blessed. By helping others you in return are helped.
We should consider this in all things we do. When the focus is always on me, myself, and I, how can God truly be represented?
Something to think about.
Clothing myself WITH Love,
Happy Sunday Breaking Bread Family!
I just read this message on waiting for God, and how we should go about doing it. We say to wait, but HOW do you wait?
Rather than share my insights on how well the message made clear the “how”, I will instead encourage you to read this brilliant message written by Isaiah Roebuck, and then ask that you please share it with others. Thank you.
Father thank You for this day, a day I did not earn by winning a race or passing a test, but simply because of Your love and grace. You have plans for me and I don’t want to disrupt what You have envisioned for my present and future.
You have instilled magnificent qualities in me, one of which is a desire to excel and achieve greatness in Your name—but even with the plans I have for myself, I understand that You and only You order my steps.
So I will work on being more patient, relying on the gift of discernment blessed by You, and open my eyes to see and experience all that You have planned for me. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray and give thanks to You Father. Amen.
husband ex-husband always laughs laughed when he says said to me and others (and even himself), “If you wanna make God laugh, tell Him your plans,” translation…God’s plans for us supersede our own. He orders our steps. It doesn’t matter what you want to accomplish by a set date, God determines the who, when, where, and how.
Things happen on His schedule not ours. Blessings come when He determines, not just because we want them. This means that we must be patient in our walk. The length of our journey is unknown to all but Him, but we shouldn’t try to rush through it or we will most definitely miss out on great lessons and experiences, and face many failures that could’ve been avoided through patience and discernment.
Take each step, making sure to look down and around at your surroundings. My maternal grandfather (“Poppa”) taught me the lesson of always looking where I walk. He used to say to me as a child, “don’t walk around like city folks with your head up in the air, you won’t be able to see what you’re stepping on or what’s about to attack you below“.
You don’t know how these words of wisdom have saved me from snakes, fire ants, potholes, open man holes, construction nails, broken steps, toxic substances, broken glass and other sharp objects, slippery surfaces, and even that dreaded bubble gum some careless person left on the ground. It sounds funny, but some of those things could have led to serious injury or possibly death.
But those words from my grandfather have also saved me in my personal and professional dealings. They have reminded me to look around at all times, at the people I associate with, at my business colleagues, and complete strangers on the street.
When you walk making sure to also look down, and not just up, you can’t help but to see the people that are working to get to your level in life. You then are faced with the options to reach out your hand to lift someone up, hold the elevator for them so they can walk in, or send it back down if it closed too soon; or you have the option of turning away your eyes and looking up to where you’re trying to go.
I personally refuse to do the latter.
By looking around me and down, I’m more inclined to show others the stepping stones I chose, and direct them around the ones that I fell through. There’s a sense of selflessness, humility and humbleness that comes with being centered this way.
When I walk around each day I hear my Poppa’s voice, like a guardian angel. I can’t help but to smile brightly.
So my brothers and sisters, please remember for each step that you take to look around you and below. Also remember with each step, to be mindful of your past while fully embracing the present, and remaining hopeful for the future. Be obedient with each step. If God says, “take one” don’t attempt to take more because in your mind you think, “I can do more than one”.
Do as God says.
Oh that is the most difficult and frustrating thing to do.
Our disobedience causes us so many delays in life, I can attest to that, as I’m so hard-headed that I know God has to have a sense of humor. If He didn’t, I know I would’ve been snatched off of this planet a long time ago. But God has more patience, love—and yes, even humor, than all of us combined (where do you think we got our sense of humor?), and I’m so grateful for this. I’m so grateful for my life and the people that God has blessed me to know and love.
I pray that today’s message has put a smile on your face. Enjoy today’s steps on your amazing journey!
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After reading today’s Breaking Bread message and watching the video that I shared from Pastor Craig Groeschel of Life Church, I’m sure most of you are intrigued to see and hear Jessica’s affirmation video, so I saved you the extra steps of finding it. Watch Jessica’s video below:
Now this video of Jessica was when she was age 4. When she turned 11 or 12, her dad created a YouYube account to upload family videos, and Jessica’s affirmation video went viral.
So where’s Jessica now and what is she doing? Well I can’t answer that question but here’s an interview of her in or around 2013 when she was age 12 (that means she would be age 17 going on 18 this October):
I hope that these videos put a smile on your face and encourage you to express your gratitude with the passion and energy of young Jessica. Shouldn’t we be excited for all that God has blessed us with? When people ask “how are you doing?” Shouldn’t be our response be “great“, “awesome“, “I’m blessed” or “life is amazing“?
Try it today and let me know how you feel.