Breaking Bread for 10.10.19

Scripture

“One thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead”

Philippians 3:13

Reflection

We will always be faced with experiences and situations of discomfort, as long as we walk this Earth in human form. It is what we do, how we respond, what we think, and what we say during these moments that will either deliver us or push us farther in the depths of darkness.

As it was said in a message sent to me from my friend Kenya Ware 8 years ago, “Get past the past by choosing right thoughts because God has victory and blessings in store for your future” and if you truly believe that God will never forsake you, never leave you, and never put more on you than you can handle, then you should always keep your eyes on the prize with images and sounds of victory flowing through your mind.

Let God handle those who have mistreated you, lied to you, misled and deceived you, harmed you, and betrayed you. Allow Him to also heal you from the times when you mistreated, lied, misled, deceived, harmed, and betrayed others. As God works on those who hurt you, and works on you, He also is will work on those you hurt. Don’t just pray for yourself, pray for everyone in this pain cycle. As the saying goes, “Hurt people, hurt people…”

It is not your will but His that makes all things possible. I must remind myself of this daily as each step I take something unexpected comes my way. I must pause from time to time and close my eyes as I pray for God to make things right. I sometimes sit in silence, in deep prayer and reflection, tuning out the rest of the world and focusing on Jesus and God, and what they would expect of me.

It is not wise to always speak your first or even second thought. It is not wise to always react immediately when a situation arises. There must be a balanced approach of thought without also falling into analysis paralysis. Remember that what we say and do cannot be erased or changed once the trigger has been pulled. It is not the quickness of our response, but the thoughtful intentionality of how we respond to circumstances that matter.

Don’t let fear control you. Don’t let the past haunt you. Don’t let someone else’s image of you dictate how you see yourself. How does God see you? That should be your point of focus.

Prayer

Father, You know that I have had my share of ups and downs over the days, weeks, months, and years. You know that each time I fall down whether on my knees or on my face, with Your help, I’ve always gotten back up on my feet.

Father, as I walk through the forest of fear I have to remain focused on what is in front of me and not behind me. Lord today I recite the prayer sent by my friend that says, “I humbly come to You today. I choose to let go of the past. I choose to release those who have hurt me so I can embrace the best that you have for me. Help me to forgive, help me to love, and help me to stay on the good path You have for me in Jesus’ name….”

Father allow me to be free. Allow me to move forward, to heal, to grow, and to be released from feelings of guilt, shame, pain, and disappointment. In Your glorious name I pray. Amen.

I love you all…and thank you Kenya for sharing 8 years ago the poignant message that I reflected and prayed on again today!

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 10.9.19

Scripture

“For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn”

Romans 11:29

Reflection

Eight years ago, my friend Kenya sent a message to me (from a source unknown to me) that said, “When God created you, He deposited seeds of greatness inside of you” and with this knowledge consider the endless possibilities that are brought forth by God’s gifts. We each are filled with greatness and brilliance to bring about positive change in our lives and the lives of our fellow brothers and sisters around the world.

Instead of focusing on what we think we can’t do, instead of focusing on our weaknesses and limitations-–why not focus on our strengths and gifts? Instead of focusing on what things we can’t take care of due to financial constraints, let’s look at what can be rectified each month.

Why not pray to our Heavenly Father for the gifts and guidance to make things in our life as He sees fit? What you have no control over you must let go and let God handle. Let go of your cares and concerns and hold on to your faith and love.

Prayer

Father, today’s scripture and the verse shared in the reflection touched my heart and has shown me the realities of my life because of You. Father, thank You for the gifts and dreams that You have placed within me. Today, I release my cares and concerns to You. Give me the strength, wisdom and clarity to keep moving forward so I can boldly embrace the good things that You have in store for my future. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 10.8.19

Scripture

For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.

2 Corinthians 8:21

Reflection

Strive to give and be your best, doing what’s right, and with the intent to never harm another. Do so to please and honor God. Do so to set the example for others to follow and rely upon. Ask yourself if your actions, words and thoughts serve as a good example of what a righteous Christian is and should be, if not, then what changes in your life should you work to improve? Remember, your life may be the only Bible someone reads. How you live it matters more than you know.

Prayer

Father, let me see the truth in all things in every way. Let me speak the truth and do what’s right in Your eyes and in the eyes of man so that my fellow brothers and sisters also participate in the exchange of honesty. Please realign any plans that are not developed with the intent to be honest, fair, and forthright with others; balance these plans so that all may walk in dignity. Show me Lord how to be the best ambassador in Christ. In Your name. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 10.7.19

Scripture

I will break down your stubborn pride and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze.

Leviticus 26:19

Reflection

Don’t be so full of pride that you refuse to ask for or receive help. Don’t be so full of pride that you stubbornly live within yourself and never live freely in the world.

You cannot hide from God. You can’t hide your fears, disappointments, anger, frustration, pain, sorrow, resentment, pride, love, joy, happiness, desires, envy, jealousy, greed, contentment, irritation, goals, dreams, or ideas.

So stop trying to be something and someone you’re not, with God, and with the rest of the world. Open up, reveal yourself, and humbly ask the Lord to make you whole. Ask God to make the crookedness in your life straight, the bumpiness smooth, the torn mended, and ask for help to be all that you can be.

Prayer

Father, thank You for making the necessary adjustments in my life, even those that caused me discomfort. Thank You for chipping away at my rough sides and anointing me so that my heart may soften to Your molding.

Father, I do not want to be stubborn, prideful, arrogant, or bitter. Touch me Lord. In areas and ways that I displease You, make me right and whole. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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My Book Update

Hi Family!

So let me give you the latest updates on my new book, coming this winter…

Well I’ve handed off 4 sections of it to 12 readers. They were also given a questionnaire to complete which will give me adequate feedback on their thoughts about the book, from concept and approach, to readability and their perceived value.

Once their questionnaires are completed, I will review, and make edits based on their suggestions. Then I begin the next round. I had a huge setback when I lost part of my book awhile ago, but I’m pleased with what came out of that loss. I dug deeper and rose with greater. A great life lesson.

So what comes after that?

Formatting for print, artwork, alignment with retailers, other administrative steps, promo for readers to reserve their copy in advance, and then BAM…launch. There’s of course more, but that’s it in a nutshell.

I’ve learned a lot from this experience, especially because I’m drafting three books at the same time, and it can be a struggle in my mind…

There’s a balance you must find between writing for self and writing for the reader. When it’s 100% for and about you, you may only get a fraction of readers, because they can’t relate. If you wrote solely for your readers, your voice is not your own, and at some point you won’t have an identity to speak from. You will just feel like a soulless puppet.

If you want to write solely for self, then your options are: blogging, journaling, or releasing books that barely anyone buys. You may not like those options, but they are options. Let me be clear, this isn’t to say that blogging is self-satisfying, what I’m saying is if you choose to be, you do have that resource as an option.

If on the other hand, you write solely for the readers, you will most likely reach a point where you want to share your voice, and no one wants to hear it, because all they know is what you’ve been repeatedly sharing in the past.

What I want is in the middle, for self and for readers, my voice and something they can relate to, something that speaks to them and has them thinking that I’m speaking about and to them. For me, that’s a healthy balance.

So, I want to thank those of you who are currently reading and reviewing my book. I want to thank everyone who reads and supports this blog. I can’t wait until launch day. Some of you have been waiting much longer than me for this book release. I humbly thank you!

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 10.3.19

Scripture

For with God nothing shall be impossible.

– Luke 1:37 KJV

Reflection

How will our lives change when we stop believing in “can’t” and “impossible”, start believing “Yes He can!” and start walking as though God has already taken care of all that we want and need? Imagine that.

Continue having an awesome day and see how your day shifts when you begin reimagining your life in the full color of endless possibilities, rather than the gray areas of “can’t” and “impossible”.

Prayer

Father, as I work hard each day I remind myself that all things are possible through You. Even when I lack sleep I know that You will give me the energy I need to press on. When I am hungry You always provide food. When I feel weak, You give me strength.

I pray for my eyes to always remain open to the fact that anything can be achieved and gained when I put my faith in You. I can watch my dreams come true during my lifetime. I can have the things that I’ve yearned for all of my life. I can embrace the things I’ve worked hard to achieve. “Impossible” and “can’t” are not in Your vocabulary, and I want to remove them from mine.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 10.1.19

Scripture

For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.

Titus 2:11 NIV

Reflection

Seeing this passage and message soon after listening to a sermon on respect, grace, and love in relationships, it puts a smile on my face. I then reflected on God’s greatness and the fact that He’s never let me down or left me alone—so I should never have reason to worry.

God has no limits so my age should never be a concern of mine, God can make happen whatever He wants whenever He wants, so it doesn’t matter if we’re age two or 102, He can do anything.

With my increasing faith I should not worry (even have “good” worry), but instead smile and keep pressing forward. God has me—I just have to keep marching, serving Him, and helping His children. When times get tough I can lean on God and be comforted by His embrace. A triple blessing is knowing that my family is also there for me.

I am reminded of a saying that is shared with the worriers of the world, “if you’re gonna worry then why pray? And if you’re gonna pray then why worry?” This is true.

So I’m going to continue praying and dreaming, working and serving, and believing. With all of that, there’s no time or space for worry. I pray the same for each of you. Whatever is meant for us will never be withheld, or given to another person.

God is good—ALL of the time!

Happy Tuesday and happy first day of October!

Prayer

Father, I opened my eyes and took a breath today because of You, thank You. It is not my will but Yours that wakes me each day. You are my fortress, my protector, my healer, my provider, and I love You.

I pray that worry leaves me and that faith fills me. I pray that doubt disappears and is replaced by belief, understanding, and conviction. I pray in Your name, as a believer and follower of Your son Jesus. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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