Breaking Bread For 3.31.20

Scripture

To him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy—to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.

Jude 1:24-25

Reflection

God is always there and always provides a way to help us whenever we need it, before we need it. We are not to analyze the why, what, where, when, and how— but be present in the ‘is’ of our life. Be grateful for those loving people in your life who are constantly encouraging and uplifting you in prayer and praise.

Thank God for those people who want nothing from you but to see you be the best expression of God’s love. Be thankful for your life and all you have experienced, and for what is yet to come. What more can you ask for?

Prayer

Father, there are times when I am so self-consumed that I obviously must forget Your power, greatness, and omnipresence. I forget that when I am stressed out and fearful that You are watching and listening to me as I cry out.

There are moments when I forget that I’m not alone, that I’m not lost, and that there is a solution to every problem and a straight pathway no matter which way I turn—and You provide the means to all that I need.

Through Your son, Father, You have provided the perfect example of how to deal with sickness, sin, strife, fear, pain, doubt, anger, envy, ridicule, and temptation. You provided Your children with a life manual for us to read, study, practice, know, and live by. Father You have placed angels to watch over me, to steer me out of harm, to magnify Your glory. Lord You have placed people in my life to grab my hand when I need a lift after stumbling, embrace me when I need to feel Your warmth, push me when I drag behind, and share words of wisdom when I need encouragement.

Thank You Father. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.27.20

Scripture

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 8:38-39

Reflection

If nothing can keep you away from God, separate you from his care and love, or take His place in your life— then why do you go everywhere but directly to Him for all of your needs, and to give all of your thanks? There is and are no substitutes for God. All counseling and therapy should begin and end with your loving conversations with Him. There are no human gatekeepers or interpreters. Jesus is the wayshower and the shepherd, and God is all in all, alpha and omega, the center and the exterior.

We are quick to turn to man to solve our problems, heal our inflictions, and to make sense of the unknown or confusing. Why, when all answers, healing, knowledge and wisdom come from our Heavenly Father? Why seek outside secondary sources when you have a direct link to the main source? Why try to quench your thirst from a small fissure that trickles water, when you can go directly to the source that will supply you with all of the water you will ever need?

No disrespect to therapists, psychologists, psychiatrists, and the like, who go to school 6-12 years and study human behavior, emotion, and the human mind. But who is truly the ultimate authority on our brains, hearts, emotions, and behavior? God!

It is understandable if you have a need for human contact and camaraderie, and a need to hear a voice speak clearly to you (that you can record and play back) to affirm, confirm, or redirect your thinking. But shouldn’t your beginning, middle, and end come from God?

Specialists in these areas are trained to diagnose (to the best of their ability) and to provide you with tools and devices to address your internal mental concerns, and they attempt to have you solve your issues as much as possible on your own as you can.

While others recruit assistance from prescribed drugs to alter your mind to succumb and behave ‘appropriately’. We are in a world that is quick to medicate others and self-medicate ourselves. We pop pills and drink concoctions for everything and anything, because we want a quick fix to our problems without really looking at the complete picture.

Where is God in all of this? If you leave Him out then you restrict your ability to heal and grow timely and properly.

The only access to your mind should come from God, the Creator, King, and ultimate authority on Mind, Spirit, Soul, Love, Life, and Truth. When you give access freely to others without God granting permission, then you are saying you trust man more than our Father. You then place the barrier up between yourself and God. You tell Him that you don’t think He can handle what you’re going through, or that He can’t get it resolved in the time you want it.

Pray to Him to show you the way, to put the right people and counselors before you, to heal you from all inflictions, and to release you from bondage. Your mind can only truly be tapped and untapped by His Mind. Your healing can only come from Him. Your peace can only grow from within, through His presence.

Ask Him for the answer. Get right with Him. Build and nurture your relationship with Him. Stop trying to find shortcuts and quick fixes. Stop trying to put band aids on deep wounds. Align with God.

Prayer

Father, I am forever grateful for Your love, for our relationship, and my relationship with Your son Jesus. Every day on my walk I am receptive to the moments that I can connect to You and him. I embrace and am appreciative for the long talks, and the opportunities that You afford me. There is no substance, presence, being, or thing that can ever keep us apart. Not even fear can keep us apart, because You always penetrate that veil and show me the way to regain strength and courage. For these things and more I say thank You and I love You Father. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 3.26.20

Scripture

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.

Ephesians 2:8-9

Reflection

Every item of clothing, every award, every paycheck, every commission, every piece of furniture, every car, appliance and accessory—was not earned by us—but rather given to us by God.

He equips us with the knowledge and wisdom to do our small part. Being equipped is a blessing from Him. The pulling of strings to make things happen on our behalf is also done by God.

The child you birthed or adopted is God’s gift to you. The positive change in your health and medical history, is His loving grace. The accident you avoided, the one that left you uninjured, or the one you recovered from—all are instances of God’s grace. The deal you closed or the promotion you received, were triggered by God. Getting out of debt, purchasing your car or home—that’s God. The ability to love and be loved—yep, that’s all because of God.

It is His grace not our actions or talents that bless us. Remember that and thank Him!

Prayer

Father, thank You for this day, days past, and for every day that my future holds. Thank You for the gifts You have granted me, and for the blessings that only You can provide. I understand that it is not my doing but Yours, through grace, that I possess and have experienced all that I have.

Each day I work to pull away my layers of fear, anger, bitterness, and pain so that I might replace them with layers of faith in You Lord. I’m grateful for Your patience. I’m grateful for each molding lesson that You are teaching me. Show me the way Father. To You I give all glory forever. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 3.25.20

Scripture

Anyone who chooses to do the will of God will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. Whoever speaks on their own does so to gain personal glory, but he who seeks the glory of the one who sent him is a man of truth; there is nothing false about him. Has not Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps the law. Why are you trying to kill me?”

On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let anyone who is thirsty come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.” By this he meant the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were later to receive. Up to that time the Spirit had not been given, since Jesus had not yet been glorified.

John 7:17-19, 37-39

Reflection

When you place God first in your life then your eyes are always opened, and you are never blind to the truth.

When you place God first in your life and keep your promise to follow Jesus, you are never lost or confused.

When you place God first in your life you will not walk in fear, but through it.

When you place God first in your life you will not make decisions before praying to Him first to show you the answer, the path, and the way.

When you place God first in your life it’s never about you and always about Him.

When you place God first in your life you give him the credit and the glory for everything positive that you do and that comes to you.

When you place God first in your life you are grateful for every thing, every person, every element of your life, and you never take it for granted or take on the attitude that you could care less if you have it or not, or walk in fear that someone other than Him can take those things from you.

When you place God first in your life then you know that no one can come between you and Him, or between you and His son Jesus.

When you place God first in your life you only surrender to Him and you only surrender to change by Him.

When you place God first in your life you learn to listen, obey, and follow Him without question or defiance. You do so because you believe and you know Him, and that in His Truth you are free.

Stop being self-centered and learn to be God-centered!

I love you all so very much! May God continue to bless you and keep you!

Prayer

Father, thank You for Your grace. Thank You for walking before me in every situation. Thank You for sending Your son to show Your children the way. Thank You for keeping him with us so that You always feel close.

Father let every decision I make, every word that I speak, every thought that I embrace, come from You. Always walk before me Lord; always bring the peace that I seek in every situation; always remove the blinders from my eyes and the eyes of all those I encounter; and always touch our hearts so that we can feel not just for and about ourselves but for others—even those we don’t know.

Touch my heart so that it doesn’t harden, because I never want to reach a point where I no longer care about hurting or neglecting myself or other people. Never let me think that I accomplish anything without Your loving grace and will. Help me to not be selfish, but rather mold me to be selfless. A giver not a taker.

Turn me from using Your name in vain. Never let me use Your name as a declaration of power over others. If I’m hardheaded, hold me in my place, that I may be stagnant if necessary, Father, so that I don’t enter or leave a situation without it first being Your command to do so. Lord may all things be by Your will and not mine. In Your name and in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 3.24.20

Scripture

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance.

Jude 1:2

Reflection

We go through ups and downs. We try desperately to swim through troubled waters. We must face people who can sometimes be selfish, bitter, cold, mean, unfair, and unkind. We must endure situations that seems to tear away at us.

God never intends for us to be in situations that don’t make us stronger, wiser, braver, and more focused on Him for guidance. It is when we try to make up new rules, re-arrange and re-write His rules, and participate in His plan only when we see fit, do we feel the friction that is caused from us going against His grain.

If you truly want mercy, peace and love then you must freely give it to others. You must pray that people receive them even when they are not showing you mercy, dealing with you peacefully, or embracing you and reflecting God’s love. We must show mercy, work to bring peace while walking in it, and love people wholly for who they are as God’s children— and not for who you want them to be.

There is no human below or above us; we reign over no one except ourselves. We are to worship no one other than God. We are His servants and He is our master. Jesus is our Savior and the example we are to follow, and God is our heavenly Father-Mother who reigns supremely over all. We have difficulties controlling ourselves and our own behavior, so who are we to try to control and manipulate others?

Once we learn to let go and let God handle things, situations, and people— we will stop trying to do His job and just focus on doing our job. We must walk the walk and not merely talk the talk. We must stop placing labels on ourselves and others and believing that these labels somehow have meaning, relevance, and importance— because they don’t mean a thing to God—so they should not mean anything to us. When you have a genuine relationship with Jesus and our Father then you know this and you live your life accordingly.

Prayer

Father, I pray for Your continued mercy, and for the ability to show and give mercy to others. I pray for Your peace and love to fill me so that when I am faced with situations that are troubling I can be filled with a calm that quiets my restlessness, and allows me to be more receptive to You and less bothered by what someone else does, says, or fails to do or say.

Father, when I am faced with people who are self-consumed and selfish let Your love and peace bring a smile to my face. Let me find the peace within to walk away without conflict, and without disappointing You. Not everyone sees themselves as others do and because of that they are less willing to change their ways to be more like Your son, Jesus Christ.

I want to be more like Jesus, Father, and I know that the only way this is possible is to obey You at all times, doing what You ask of me and not making my own decisions because I feel uncomfortable. That discomfort is the molding process I must undergo to be transformed into the perfect example of You. So I humbly accept what I must in order to become what I am destined to be. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Have an incredible day. Seek and show mercy, peace, and love.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 3.23.20

Scripture

Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”

So we take comfort and are encouraged and confidently say, “The Lord is my Helper [in time of need], I will not be afraid. What will man do to me ?”

Hebrews 13:5‭-‬6 AMP

Reflection

Things may come your way, especially during the times when you feel like you can’t handle one more issue— but trust and know that God is there for you, guiding and protecting you, and showing you the way through paths of fear, lies, despair, heartache, turmoil, and inconvenience.

If the words in today’s prayer, shared below, don’t resemble your current state of mind, or spiritual alignment with God, say them anyway. Speak these words slowly and repeatedly until they resonate in you, until you feel a shift in your energy, until there is a “spark” within you, until you can visualize yourself as I’ve described in the prayer.

Prayer

Father God, thank You for bringing me back to that place of peace and clarity. Thank You for never failing, and never letting me down. I will not be discouraged by what I see or don’t see. I will go where you say go and follow as You lead.

I know You’re my helper and You will make my crooked places straight. I know that the strength of the wicked is being cut off and the strength of the righteous will endure. I know that the enemy is always plotting, scheming, and attacking. I pray for the courage, strength, and resolve to remain aligned and obedient to You. In Jesus’ name I pray to and praise You. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 3.20.20

Scripture

“pray continually”

1 Thessalonians 5:17

Reflection

Every moment of every day just pray. It doesn’t have to be extensive or about you. Just regular conversation, like you would a parent, friend, or mentor.

When you see someone doing something wrong, say, “Father forgive them”. When you see someone doing right, say, “Father continue to bless them,” and when you are faced with crippling fear, say, “Father strengthen me.”

Sometimes long, drawn out prayers are the workings of a person who carries a burden they aren’t sure even God can conquer by their perceived deadline.

Other times a person feels obligated to address every issue or blessing, as though God is unaware of what that person has gone through or is going through. It oftentimes is more for their reassurance and re-commitment than anything.

And then there are some people who are mesmerized by their own voice, so they talk until they get tired, can’t think of anything else to say—or someone lovingly gets them to cease.

We have experienced this at the blessing of meals. Leave it to them, our hot food would become cold, our cold food would grow warm, and all of it would be stale. 😄

I say this not to discourage you from prayer, or even saying lengthy ones— but rather to let you know that God does not shun you for the length of your prayers—He’s only concerned with the authenticity and sincerity of the prayer. He wants us to come to Him for all things, and be grateful for all that we have. He wants to see us grow and change, and be better servants in His Kingdom. He’s not concerned with who can poetically pray the ‘best’ and for the longest.

So you may not be ‘seasoned’ at praying, but you have experienced a great deal of ups and downs that you can be grateful for, and that you can ask for forgiveness and guidance to see you through. Just remember to pray continually!

Prayer

Father, I am grateful for another day; grateful for Your love and care; grateful for Your Word; and for Your mercy. Fill me Lord with Your presence so that I am always present and receptive to the bounty of gifts that You share with me each millisecond of the day. Thank You for this wonderful relationship that we have, where I can come to You and speak with You about any and all things, no matter how big or small. I don’t need a translator or interpreter, mediator or other third person to explain to me Your unwavering love. I don’t need a go-between to talk to You. All I have to do is pray and I know that You hear me. Thank You Father. In Your name I pray, in Jesus’s steps will I follow. Praising You always. Amen.

Love your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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