Breaking Bread for 10.15.19

Scripture

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart….”

Jeremiah 1:5 NIV

Reflection

We may not know what we want to do when we ‘grow up’ but God does. You could be 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, or 90 and still a little confused—but God isn’t. He knows exactly what He has in store for you, and in His Mind there is no limit and your age is merely a number and not a state of being or a restriction on your ability.

We place the restrictions. We dwell on age. We say, “I can’t do it because I’m too old” or “I can’t do it because I’m too young”. God says we can do anything through Him, and His Son Jesus shows us the way. God calls us out each day to demonstrate His power and glory. We choose to be lazy, fearful, and doubt Him.

We are never too young or too old to learn, grow, and live. We are never too old to heal from injuries and rebound to a better state than we were. We place those limitations on ourselves.

We tell ourselves we’re too old to have children, go back to school, travel the world, get back in shape, weigh what we did in high school or college, play like a child, or dance and sing like we’re still a teen—WE do that—NOT God!

When will we stop doubting God? Are you ready to start living and growing to your potential—to where God sees you? I am!!!!

Let’s do this!!!

Prayer

Father, I read these words and its message and meaning are so deep, yet so simple. There is no person or source in the world capable of doing what You do. Only You have the ability to know Your children before they are formed in the womb, and only You can determine our paths before we are born. So only You know what we can and will think and do, long before we make an attempt. Only You know my heart truly, and know what I’m capable of, and where I can go. I am comforted in knowing that every moment I call to You, speak Your name, and say a prayer—You are here, listening, making things happen, and answering my prayers. Thank You Father. I love You.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 10.14.19

Scripture

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Matthew 7:12

Reflection

The very things you want in life, the very things you hope to receive in an exchange with your fellow man and woman, and the very way you expect to be treated is how you should be in return. If you want respect give it. If you want to be left with your dignity then leave others with theirs. If you want someone to treat you with grace, be graceful. If you want fairness, be fair.

If you want someone to be on time to meet you, be on time to meet them and others. If you want faithfulness and loyalty, then be totally faithful and loyal. If you want extra money, then try donating and tithing a portion of what you have, so that you can receive ten-fold back. What you want you will only receive when you first put it out there. Make sense? Now let’s get out there and create a world of positive reciprocity!

Prayer

Father, thank You for another day of life, freedom, peace, and a chance to make a positive difference in my life, someone else’s life, in my community, and in the world. Father, add an extra layer of strength to me today and these next few days as I face challenges head on that I have been able to avoid for some time, or that never resurfaced until now. Father, touch my heart so that in each circumstance I treat others as I would want to be treated, emulating Your son’s walk through life. In Your name and his I pray. Amen.

Love always your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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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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