Breaking Bread for 10.31.19

Scripture

But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent’s cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:3 BOOKS

Reflection

Since the beginning of time, beginning with the first man and woman we have strayed from God’s commands, we have allowed ourselves to be lured away by temptation, pride, envy, and arrogance. We have allowed ourselves to believe that we are separate from God and that somehow we can succeed and prosper without Him.

If you notice success absent of God, where do you think this false reality comes from? And do you not think that God still lovingly has to allow you to experience this false reality?

Does this falsehood not come from the same serpent who convinced Eve to bite the forbidden fruit and then convince Adam to do the same? Is it not the same serpent who found a way to shame them and disappoint God? This presence comes in many forms and has many conniving ways to convince you that you don’t need God, that you can do what you want and get where you want in life by your merits and hard work alone, and not by God’s will and grace. It convinces you that God’s Mind is not the ultimate, and that you instead already possess the capabilities to do the far-reaching and unthinkable without any influence by God.

When do you need God most?

Every single second of the day. There is never a time when you do not need God’s presence in your life. There is never a time day or night that you shouldn’t be asking God for guidance even in the simplest of things; asking Him to always show you the way, give you the right thoughts, and show mercy and grace when you expect it the least.

I need to humbly get down on my knees, metaphorically and physically, several times a day and just say, “thank you” in advance for the blessings that I need and that I shall receive. God blesses me and forgives me when I think I need it least and when I have difficulty forgiving myself.

How can that type of love ever be measured? We don’t love ourselves or each other as much as God and Jesus love us. Let’s work at learning to truly love ourselves even our perceived flaws, and then let that love overflow to others-–so that some day, one day, our love as a representation of God’s love, will radiate throughout the world and heal our many nations of the darkness within.

Prayer

Father, forgive me for not beginning my day with a conversation with You. Forgive me for allowing myself to be consumed by what’s going on in the world, by other people, other things, by drama and negativity, and by trying to help people help themselves. Today and everyday should have started with my conversation with you, and it should end accordingly.

Father, I know that each day is a struggle because there is so much temptation around me; so many opportunities to do wrong, to do what feels good even when it’s bad, to turn away from Your light because it’s easier to float by in darkness. I need You Lord. I need Your son Jesus. I need guidance during my moments of confusion, humility when I begin to think of me more than You, and restoration when I have been torn down.

Father, righteousness and success only comes from You, as my failure is my doing. I can have a long-lasting, healthy, joy-filled, loving, and caring relationship with the person I love by always putting You first in my life, in my relationship, in my decision-making; or I can have a draining, short-lived, miserable relationship by focusing on all of the wrong things, relying on self for all decisions, and allowing pride and arrogance consume me.

I can selfishly be consumed and end up lonely, even when I’m not alone, or I can selflessly rely on You for Your light and never be lonely or alone again.

Father free me from the grip of stagnation, indecision, fear, pride, selfishness, bitterness, and envy. Restore me Father so that I may be totally and wholly devoted to You. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 10.30.19

Scripture

For what a man thinks, he is.

Proverbs 23:7

Reflection

There’s a saying that, “what you think about you bring about”. Our thoughts and speech are powerful. We can either speak and think of a prosperous future or a bleak existence. Our words and thoughts are energy that come from within. What type of energy do you want to put out there?

I’m about to board an airplane to head home to California, and I’m mindful of my thoughts, as it’s easy to fear the what-ifs. The anxiety of my ER visit last week wants to jump in and stir things up inside of me. But I’m inspired by the comforting feeling that God always has me even when I feel astray, lost, or alone.

I rather focus on the goodness, positivity, and greatness. I am more than fine and okay. I will have a safe and relaxing flight to and from California. I will have an amazing time with family and friends. All is well. All will be well.

Happy birthday shout outs to Debra Collins and Shante Broadus.

Prayer

Father I pray for clear, positive, loving thoughts about myself and others. Let me be rid of negativity, fear, and darkness.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 10.29.19

Scripture

You will know that your tent is secure; you will take stock of your property and find nothing missing.

Job 5:24

Reflection

You can’t lose what’s rightfully yours, for God is your safe and foundation.

Prayer

Father, thank You for always protecting me, watching over me, and making sure that my every need is met. I am never lost, never without, never deprived, and never alone because You are always with me. Thank You Father. I love You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 10.28.19

Before I begin, let me wish my “twin” Abram a happy 9th birthday. He’s my friend’s son, and we share the same birth day. I also want to wish my paternal aunts Karen and Kathy a happy birthday. I look forward to seeing them in a few days. Last but not least, I want to honor my maternal great aunt—the late Earline B. Slaughter, whose birthday is also today. She would have been 88 years young.

Scripture

You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.

Psalm 128:2

Reflection

If you work hard you will reap the rewards of your labor. If you do nothing you will get nothing. If you have expectations for growth and prosperity yet you do nothing to earn it, you are short-sided and will end up empty-handed.

Yesterday is the day I was born many moons ago and I am grateful for each breath I take, each step I make, each decision made clearly, and to be surrounded by love. I receive what I get, good, bad, and indifferent-– so I strive to give goodness so that I may receive it in blessings later. I’m another year older yet I still have big dreams and goals for my life, my future, and my community. The only person who can get in the way is me, so I must stay prayed up and never let up.

Set a goal with a date and each day work to achieving that goal. Once you have, move on to the next goal. Every day do something to better yourself, your family, and your community….eventually it will pay off and the dividends can help to better our world. God bless you all!

Prayer

Father, thank You for the abundance of blessings. Thank You for my life, my mind, my freedom, and the ability to work. Father I know that You despise laziness, so everyday I actively take part in my life, doing and being more than the last day. Thank You for Your loving care today and always. Amen.

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 10.25.19

Scripture

Lord, I know that people’s lives are not their own; it is not for them to direct their steps. Discipline me, Lord, but only in due measure—not in your anger, or you will reduce me to nothing.

Jeremiah 10:23-24 NIV

Reflection

When we ask for help and then find reasons not to accept it, or make excuses not to be proactive, we are then setting ourselves up to fail. When we ask God to show us the path to take but choose instead to walk around in circles, why complain to Him or others?

We cannot be stagnant in life due to arrogance, pride, fear, worry, doubt, or excessive over-analysis. We need to learn to pray and let God do His thing, and stop trying to figure out how He does it and why He does it—many of us are only curious because we still think we are doing this by ourselves.

Don’t ask for blessings and then not be prepared to accept them. Don’t ask for help and not take it. Don’t let fear or pride block your blessings.

Prayer

Father, I pray to You for strength, focus, fearlessness, and wisdom. I pray for the skills and understanding to be prepared for the blessings I ask for each day. I pray for the courage to get out of my own way and to stop thinking I can do this on my own. I pray that I stop seeing myself as a victim or as though I’m being punished, and instead see the lessons You want me to learn, and accept responsibility for my actions and lack thereof. I pray that I keep my eyes opened to see and embrace Your reality for me. In Jesus’ name I pray to You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 10.23.19

Scripture

No one is like you, Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Who should not fear you, King of the nations? This is your due.

Among all the wise leaders of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you….God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding.

Jeremiah 10:6-7, 12 NIV

Reflection

Each day we face a situation or circumstance which allows us to make the decision to believe, trust, and follow God, or try to figure it out on our own. Several years ago I played a game with my boyfriend (at the time), and some friends, where the only way to win was to have a strategic plan, be patient, trust your instincts, work as a team, and respond without reacting.

Isn’t this how life is each day?

My team failed to win the game that night because we did not execute each of these variables effectively.

I reflected on things the next day and saw the parallels to how that game plays out in real life, and saw clearly that if we merely dream but don’t have: a strategic plan (mission-focused goals and objectives), patience, trusted instincts, and the ability to work as a team with God (and whomever He has placed in our lives) without reacting to every thing that happens-–then we will never achieve our goals or live with purpose-–and we ultimately fail.

Are you ready to begin seeing your life differently? Are you ready to begin living your life using God’s strategic plans? Are you ready to trust Him and yourself? Are you ready to take the steps according to His plan instead of impatiently jumping to where you think He wants you to be? Are you ready to learn how to respond and not merely react to what life sends your way? Are you ready to start receiving your endless blessings?

Then let’s do this!

Prayer

Father, there is no doubt in my heart and mind Who You are, Your power, and my place in Your spiritual arms. I pray that You flush out my fear and replace it with courage.

I pray for clarity, discernment, and patience to see my way through life’s forests, mountains, and valleys. I pray that I see risks in life as opportunities to prove my faith and Your power, and not as excuses to run away or stand still in fear.

I know that You are more than a conqueror. I know that You can change my life this very second. I know that I’m standing in the way of eternal greatness and blessings because I have not fully embraced my spiritual self. Help move my feet Lord. Help me to reveal my true self.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 10.21.19

Scripture

In my distress I groan aloud and am reduced to skin and bones.

Psalm 102:5

Reflection

When we think that the pressure has become too great for us to bear, we yell and cry out in pain. At that moment we have forgotten our true existence and forgotten to Whom we belong, and Who’s children we are.

When times get tough as they always will, force a smile on your face as you remind yourself that you are God’s child and no matter what you go through, He and Jesus will always see you through. Keep saying it until you feel it deep inside, until you are declaring it firmly, intensely, and with a power and passion that can’t be rocked.

Say it with me, “I am God’s child and no matter what I go through, God and Jesus will ALWAYS see me through,” now say it again with a smile on your face. Say it until you believe it, and then live each day demonstrating this belief through action.

I love you all and I pray that through thick and thin you always keep your eyes and heart focused on God and Jesus.

Prayer

Father, I pray that even in times of pain, frustration, grief, and anger, that I never forget that I am the perfect reflection of You; that I am a spiritual being having a human experience and not a human being having a spiritual experience; and that as a spiritual being living in and of Your Spirit, the distress I feel is temporary and actually nonexistent.

By giving in to the distress and allowing my hope and faith to wane I reduce myself to mere flesh and bone and forget the demonstration that I am supposed to be having while on Earth. Help me to get and stay focused Father.

Help me to see and always remember my purpose here, and to never ever ever give up on life, living, and serving You and the least of Your children, and doing so humbly and graciously.

In Your name I pray and give thanks. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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