Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.20.18

Audio Message

Please note: The audio message contains more content than the written message below. Also, please forgive me for the first few moments of this audio message where you can hear my windbreaker moving across my body as I walked around outside. The microphone was sharper than I expected [*smile*].

Please listen to today’s message, instead paying attention to my words and the blissful sounds of nature in the background. Thank you!

Scripture

Hebrews 12:14

Reflection

Peace comes from within, so we must turn inward, pulling out and bestowing upon others this gift.

The scripture says to “work at living in peace with everyone”.

That first word is “work”, which means that it won’t be easy, but it’s always worth it.

That last word is “everyone”. It didn’t say “someone” and it didn’t say, “your loved ones”.

It said that we have to work at loving every single human being, and it doesn’t matter their gender, sexual orientation, religion, socioeconomic status, hair texture, skin color, ethnicity, race, tribe, nationality, education level, capabilities or limitations.

We’re supposed to live in peace with every single person.

There’s a level of effort that we need to invest in order to make this process possible.

Sometimes we won’t feel like sharing much or any space with others, but we must work at it, not for (or just for) their sake but for our own. You can call it a positive selfishness, if you want. The only way we will have peace within is by doing our part to declutter and detox the environment around us.

There’s no way to have peace within if you’re mad at someone else. There’s no peace when you’re plotting and planning chaos towards others. We can’t cause strife and then think we will have internal peace.

It’s just not possible.

Work each day to reflect God’s light, His love, His joy, His steady calm.

Pause and reflect before speaking, making sure the words you use are intentional and come from the heart.

This is something I’m working on.

Oh how I can let the venom flow, slicing and dicing at rapid speed.

It takes great effort to be a jerk. It’s much easier to be loving.

If all you know is arguing and fighting, and you spend a great part of your life with your face in a frown and your heart rate sky high, what peace could you possibly relish here on Earth?

So when that day comes that you transition from this level of existence, what do you think the next level is going to be like?

If you’re a hell raiser here, what are you going to be there?

I recommend you get things right this go around so you don’t face an even tougher uphill battle in the next round.

Just a suggestion!

Prayer

Fill me with Your peace Father, so that I might reflect Your light outward to touch others in love. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message? About today’s audio message? About my recording the message outside in nature?

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

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Love always,

Natasha

Please note: This written message was originally published on September 8, 2016. It has been modified to align with current standards and formatting, and to include the audio message.
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10 thoughts on “Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 4.20.18

  1. Hello my sister! this a heavy hitting message. It requires the grace of God to live at peace with others. Like you said, it is an inside job that works outward. Some don’t have peace therefore, they can’t bring peace to a situation nor keep the peace.
    However, there is no peace that exist separated from God. Blessed is the peacemakers for they shall be called children of God…
    The reason I say this is a heavy message, due to the popularity of the reality shows full of drama and chaos. Until we feast on reconciliation and forgiveness we can’t find peace. Those that operate and walk in light of love and peace have recognized what Jesus did on the cross and can declare freely I received and freely I shall give.
    The nature sound was decent…it didn’t elevate nor take away from the message. The sincerity in your voice was good enough

    • Thank you so much for your reflection as well as your feedback. I truly appreciate it. Glad to hear that the recording outside wasn’t distracting. I needed to be in nature and I felt more comfortable recording there. It was so cleansing for me. Once again I thank you thank you thank you!

      • no problem! I am rejoicing to see you operating in your calling.
        As well as you applying the word to your own life as much as grace allows. Being in the a place and space to minister to others. That is a blessing and a reward… Glory be to
        God.

      • Thank you. I’ve been resisting this part of my path for years. But resistance is merely me punishing myself. That makes no sense. So I surrender and open myself fully to God, to use me as He sees fit. The vision I’ve seen is scary yet boldly exciting. So I will embrace it like it’s an adventure, not a house of horrors—fearful of what may come. Not serving would be my actual house of horrors; a place and space where I would be trapped—a spiritual hell. I’m no dummy—I will take joy over pain for 100 please! *smile*

      • i’m on your side…lol…I’ll take joy over pain for a 100 too. And you are absolutely correct about running from the call of
        God through Christ Jesus. I’ve traveled down that road. There’s no peace, but there is a dead end and we have to turn right back around! I don’t want to be like Jonah, upset under a tree either…lol… So I rejoice in the fact that a Holy God would ask or chose me for anything…That’s my thought today, but I did have my moments… Thanks Natasha for breaking bread that continues to be fulfilling

      • I’ve been hard-headed for way too many years. It’s exhausting. I don’t know how it’s possible that God has this much patience LOL But I’m so grateful that He does. Here’s to us embracing our purpose and walking by faith!

      • You don’t know how much your encouraging, supportive words have helped me over the past few weeks. Interesting—you found me at my Natasha Foreman site and we engaged in an awesome discussion about relationships and healing; and then you came here to Breaking Bread, and gave me an even higher lift. Thank you so much for looking closer and for allowing God to speak through you. I’m humbled and sincerely appreciative.

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