Breaking Bread For 4.3.20

Scripture

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Luke 6:27‭-‬28 NIV

Reflection

Do not seek the level of those who behave worse than the swine we govern. They would rather bite off their own foot than humble themselves in love and peace. They would rather sit in the cold, go without food or shelter than to take the loving offerings you place before them. They would rather humiliate you than face themselves in the mirror and see the err of their ways.

Pray for them. Do not stoop to their level of foolishness for it only then proves you too are a fool. Instead let God tend to them. Let Him remind His flock of His son’s example of love, light, and peace. Let God fight your battles and snatch the enemy out of the picture so that His child who is causing you grief and harm may be restored brand new.

Wish no harm. Cause no harm. Curse no one who would revel in such wickedness. Instead walk in God’s light and shine brightly each and every day. That light will shine so brightly that those who walk in error will be blinded and forced to either repent and seek God’s grace and mercy, or run away to never be seen or heard (and there God will lovingly work to re-mold them). In your refusal to mirror ugliness you claim victory for yourself but most importantly for God’s Kingdom.

Embrace today and smile! I send a special thank you to my friend Kenya who sent me this scripture years ago, and my friend Juanita who sent the NIV translation to me today. God is always showing up and showing out helping us so that we can help others.

Prayer

Father, I want to thank You for giving me Your peace and strength today. I choose to embrace this peace and bless those who come against me. I choose to walk in love and forgiveness so that I can honor You in all that I do. I know that Your love will always disarm the enemy. I pray for those who seek to steal my peace and the peace of others. Let Your light shine brightly on them and cast out the darkness in their hearts. Let them feel Your presence Father. Let them see the smile of Your son Jesus as he shows them the way to You. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 4.1.20

Scripture

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging….

Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts.The lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 46:1-3,6-7

Reflection

We have seen earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, avalanches, and storms of all kind on land and on water destroy man, other creatures, land and property. Through it all life continues to move forward. Through it all God is there—our constant—our source—our guide— our Father.

Lives have been lost. Some close and dear to us; and some we only see on TV and in newspapers and magazines. But just like the mountains that crumble and rebuild over time, people will stand up and rebuild their lives and honor those who have passed— sometimes too soon for our comprehension. And God will always be there pointing out the way and reassuring us that through our experiences and in our renewed strength we grow closer to Him.

Times change, seasons change, buildings change, land mass changes, the ocean and seas change, and our life changes; but one thing that will always be the same that we can always count on is God. He is always faithful and dependable. How amazing is that!

Prayer

Father, You are a constant presence in my life, in the world, in this universe and beyond. You created the first speck of dirt, the air we breathe, the water we drink, and every organism big and small. Our land has shifted, erupted, crumbled, and been rebuilt more times than we could ever imagine. Our earth lives as we do— growing, changing, healing, and fighting off attacks from pollutants. We too are constantly growing, changing, healing, and fighting off attacks from pollutants—toxic people and toxic substances.

With all that we have seen, experienced, and lived through it has only been because of You Lord and I thank You. Through life and so-called death we have evolved and strengthened. Life is not complete without our acceptance of and total obedience to You. I love You Father and thank You for all that You have blessed me with. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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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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