Breaking Bread for 2.7.20

Scripture

As free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God.

1 Peter 2:16 (KJV)

Reflection

We are free people given the right to make decisions in our lives. We can either choose a life of dishonesty, deceit, maliciousness, and hate—or we can choose to live in God’s loving light. This is true whether you live in a developed or developing country, in a democracy or under the rule of a dictator. You decide your actions. You decide to love or hate, embrace or reject.

There is no reason to lie to or mistreat another person ever. Now let’s be clear, a person trying to harm you and your family should never be told the truth that brings you harm. I’m speaking of matters of the heart. I’m referring to ethics in life and profession. I’m referring to our daily walk. Looking through those lens, we don’t have reason to lie or mistreat other people.

There is no reason to live a life of deceit. You can’t be honest with one person about a situation and then tell another person a lie about the same situation. You are still being a liar, and are then working towards the enemy’s plan, not God’s. It is better to be honest and they despise you for a short time than to lie to them and they spend the rest of their lives seeking revenge.

If in your honesty they still seek the latter— then you are still blessed in knowing the true character of that person— that they don’t seek the truth, they only seek what will make them feel and look good. They are then walking in the lies of the enemy and have no desire to walk and live by God’s truth. By telling them the truth and not allowing either of you to live in the lie you have been blessed by God. Thank Him.

Seek out God’s guidance at all times, in all ways, through every circumstance. Ask God to speak through you. The truth should be delivered in honor, through respect and love.

Don’t dump truth on someone wrapped in a box of malice.

If you fear telling the truth, don’t lie, just be honest that you fear the truth would harm them, or that you fear their reaction. If they have a history of not reacting well to the truth, tell them this and explain that this is a reason for your hesitancy and resistance. You may have to agree to table a conversation until you both can handle it. Pray for God to guide you through those conversations.

Now let me say this, don’t play around using the mental gymnastics of semantics. We like doing this because we think we’re somehow working through a loophole in God’s statements. You can’t get over on God. There aren’t loopholes. Those, my friends, are traps that you create for yourself. Stop crawling around trying to be sneaky. Walk upright. Are you serving God or the enemy? Then act and speak accordingly.

Prayer

Father, thank You for freeing me every time I allow myself to be shackled to fear and doubt, and to circumstances. Thank You for freeing my mind and heart that I might have discernment to see the truth in people— and a warmed heart that I might love Your children even when they don’t express love in return. And in this freedom, my mind and heart is always to be focused on You first— waiting for Your guidance.

Father, I never want to deceive You. I never want to deceive others. I only want honesty in my life. And in moments when I am swayed by the enemy to not be open, upfront, honest, and forthcoming with myself and others— stop me Father and redirect my path. Father, there is no such thing as being honorable when you are only honest and loving to a few, yet tell lies to (and treat harshly) others.

I want to always be loving and honest Father, even if in my honesty it hurts someone’s feelings. I pray for Your guidance in those situations. Keep me from dumping truth with malice. If my intent is not loving, then redirect me until I get there.

I know that the truth could hurt, and that the pain should be temporal—but it could take root and last a painfully long time. But I also know that lying to them could cause permanent harm, that I truly don’t want to inflict. Help me to lovingly navigate through these moments.

Show me how to always be loving and honest Father. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.6.20

Scripture

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

Reflection

Every day we must smile and say thank you when a fond memory of a loved one pops into our mind. Don’t call it coincidence—that’s God. Don’t call it freakish when you can sense that person’s presence—that’s God sharing them with you once more.

These moments serve as reminders that our loved ones are always with us. Those feelings of their presence are their Spiritual hugs of love. Embrace them and thank God for the opportunity.

See, feel, and hear through your spiritual senses—and then witness what has always been before you.

Prayer

God I want to thank You for teaching me early on that even though our body as a shell will one day no longer function, we continue to live with You and Your son on another level of existence. And when our loved ones pass we may not see them in our daily lives but they are with us in Spirit, and one day we will be reunited.

Father, even though I may mourn the passing of a loved one, and miss them dearly, You comfort me by allowing me to remember them and the moments I shared with them—showing me that through You and in me they are truly alive. If they weren’t, the memories would eventually be wiped clean.

Thank You for blessing me with their visits, as their energy brings a smile to my face and lets me feel their constant love. Thank You Father. I’m humbly grateful. Amen.

I love you all,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.5.20

Scripture

The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

1 Corinthians 15:26

Reflection

We leave this level of existence to move forward to another level of existence. Although our bodies no longer function here, we continue to live on elsewhere. Death is unreal. Jesus proved it. Embrace the reality of eternal life with the Father and son.

I Get It, Death is Scary

I completely understand fearing the transition from life as we know it. I empathize with the fear of human death, no longer being in our bodies, sharing precious moments with loved ones, and enjoying favorite pastimes. I totally get it. I fear it too. I want to live in this body for as long as possible, into my 100’s.

Only God knows my last day here, the last breath that I will take. The same is true for you.

So, why do we squander precious moments being consumed by lack, fear, loss, anger, and depression? Why do we choose to not take that adventure, knowing tomorrow could be our last day here? Why do we delay leaving our mark in this world? Why do we choose not to love fully when we know we will miss that person when either of us are gone? Why do we work so much and so hard, if we grow more and more unhappy? Why do we make the decisions that we know will lead to spiritual, mental, and physical prisons?

If we fear death so much then why aren’t we fully embracing life?

Your Fear Fuels The Enemy

The enemy loves it when you let life pass you by. It loves when you waste a day feeling hopeless, bitter, or cynical. It laughs when your life is lopsided. When you choose work over family, having an affair over your family, drugs and alcohol over your life—and yes, even your family.

When you choose anything over living fully the life gifted to you, you dishonor God. This pleases the enemy. The enemy knows the truth about life and death, and knows that the day will come when your reality with be no more, and through your transition you will have regrets. It will giggle with delight in your sobbing regrets. Because it was your choice to live the life you did. It was your choice to chase excess than live in just enough. It was your choice to obey God or give into the enemy’s temptations. We choose the bulk of the experiences that we have.

Excluding external influences, what happens to us is our doing. No one forced you to eat yourself into obesity. No one forced you to cheat on your spouse. No one forced you to get the bigger house and extra cars that you struggle to pay for each month. No one forced you to work the extra long hours each week, that keeps you away from your family and the life you dream about. You can’t blame any of this on the devil. We make the choices—towards salvation or destruction.

If You Already Know The Truth

If you’re blessed enough to know the falsehood of death, and the goals of the enemy, then embrace fully your assignment in this human existence. Care for and strengthen the body you were given, protect your mind from negative influences—while strengthening it with knowledge and wisdom. Protect your time and how you invest it. Protect God’s creatures and the land He made; you are to be a steward, not a consumer. And lastly, bless others as you have been blessed—even if you don’t agree with them. God didn’t say you had to agree, He told us to love others as we love ourselves. Since we don’t want harm to come to us, don’t harm others. And when you do, remedy it, atone, and do no more harm. Learn to forgive quickly, as you hope God to forgive you. It helps you to live in God’s peace, instead of wallow in the enemy’s snare.

In so doing, may you always strive to glorify God. The richness of your life, invested in this way, helps to remove and replace the fear of dying with the joy of living. Death dies and life is magnified.

Prayer

Father, thank You for sending Your son to remind us that only through You is there life, and because of You there is no death. Jesus proved this in his healing of those dying, the resurrection of the dead, and in his own resurrection.

Help us to live fully so that we stop fearing the lie called death. Help us to stop making excuses and start moving through action. Help us to see and embrace the truth, so that we can stop existing in these lies perpetuated by the enemy. I thank you Father for the blessings of the past, present, and future. To You I give glory and praise. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.4.20

Scripture

While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven.

Luke 24:51

Reflection

This day, nine years ago, I attended the funeral services of my dear friend Marta V. Butler and during her short 54-years here on this planet she was a blessing to all who crossed her path. The hearts she touched was evident, as the chapel was filled with everyone there to honor and celebrate one person— Marta.

She left us on this level of existence to ascend to a higher level of existence, on another assignment for our heavenly Father. He had and has bigger and better plans for her. Memories of Marta will continue to serve as blessings for years to come. I’m honored to be her friend.

Remember to be a blessing to others! Who will attend your funeral? Who will extend their heartfelt wishes? What will people have to say about you when you pass away?

What do they say about you now? Do they hear, feel, and see God while in your presence? What imprint will you leave on the hearts of the lives you encounter each day?

Prayer

Father thank You for my blessings. Thank You for the angels You have sent to protect, guide, and enlighten me. Thank You for my loved ones— those I stay in constant contact with and those I haven’t spoken to in years.

I’m grateful for those who have been a blessing to me. Let me be a blessing to them. And for those who need a blessing, let me be there to bless them through You. Your son Jesus blessed us, ascended, and we continue to honor him as the wayshower to You. In his name and Yours I humbly pray. Amen.

Love you always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 2.3.20

Scripture

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

2 Peter 1:10-11

Reflection

Look to see your purpose, calling and election. Then live to fulfill these expectations as the Lord has called you to do. We have all been called to do certain things in life; it is up to us to listen, act, and do our best to serve our heavenly Father and His children.

When we march in His cause, walk on His path, His hand always guides us—and we won’t stumble. It’s when we choose to live our own lives, separate from His direction, that we will find ourselves always falling on our face—repeatedly. This life is not possible without Him, so trying to navigate it without Him is plain ignorance and foolishness.

Start your day and move through it inquiring and following the lead, and guidance, of God. We are here to glorify Him, so if your life isn’t doing that right now—turn to Him for a realignment. Our daily walk is to mirror His and His son Jesus, whom He empowered to demonstrate the walk in a way that we could better comprehend and emulate.

Generation to generation, God has been refining and sharpening the message to make it clearer for all to understand. Through our understanding there is an expectation that we would be transformed through our daily walk. When you know what God has called on you to do, and why, then you’re more mindful and intentional with each step that you take. Speak to God today and gain the clarity and confirmation that you need, to ensure that you’re on the right path and going at the right pace. And if you’re not, that you can quickly and confidently realign to where you’re supposed to be. Don’t be satisfied in the wrong. If it’s not right, then get it right. Are you ready to stop stumbling and falling?

Prayer

Father, let me first start by saying thank you Lord for all You do, past, present, and future. Father this is the time for me to confirm my calling and election. Let me stand firm in the knowledge and wisdom of Your plan for me.

I want to serve You fully, purposely and purposefully Lord. I want to do right by You. I want to live the life of honor that best reflects and glorifies You. Never do I want You disappointed in me Father. I want to be in perfect alignment with You, focused on Your assignment and not mine.

Am I doing what You have called on me to do? Is my daily walk glorifying You or ruining Your reputation? When Your children see and speak to me, do they see and hear You, or someone else?

Align me to only pursue and follow through with those things that are aligned with the mission and legacy, as You see it. If my vision is unclear, please fix my lens, so there is no confusion. I thank You now for the blessings coming my way. I embrace them now knowing my future testimony will be grand, and will bring more people back with opened arms and hearts, praising You. In Your name I pray. Giving You all the glory and praise. Amen.

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 1.31.20

Scripture

Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.

Ephesians 5:25

Reflection

Imagine how life would be, how our world would be if men and women truly loved each other with the purpose, passion, devotion, honesty, conviction, and commitment— as Jesus loves us.

Think of a world without infidelity, abuse, dishonesty, violence, and cruelty. That would be a world that really represented God’s Kingdom.

In what ways would our personal lives change if we made an effort to be honest, faithful, committed, loving, and caring? Think about it and then share your thoughts.

Enjoy your last day of January! Let’s get ready for February!!!

Prayer

Father, thank You for the love You share with me. That love overflows into the lives of people that I love, and those that I grow to love increasingly. Father, let me love as deep and with as strong a commitment as Your son Jesus loves. Let me see the world as You intend, and let me approach life as You command. In Your name I pray for courage, as I take my next step towards being more like Jesus. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Update on My New Book…Books…

Hi Breaking Bread family! I want to give you an update on my book. I try to be as transparent as I can about me, my life, and my projects. The same is true with the books I’m writing. As many of you know, I’m writing a book that is motivated and based upon my journey through Breaking Bread. It’s bolder, more challenging, and more proactive.

Let me share the latest

Well folks, long story short…my book is too long, way too long. It’s so long I wouldn’t even buy it. I would just keep walking by it in the bookstore or keep scrolling past (on my computer). And if I bought it, I wouldn’t read all of it. I’m serious.

So what does that mean?

It means your girl (me) has to split this book into two. Yep, two. Yep.

Two books. With a reasonable amount of pages. Enough to interest you but not repulse you. Because if I wouldn’t want it, why in the world would you?

The Process

It sounds way easier than it is. I have to figure out how to transition half of the book into a new one, seamlessly, using the same editing software. I also have to trace any parts of the book where I may have pointed my readers into another part of the book. If that part happens to be in a section that will be in the new book, then I have to adjust the wording accordingly.

Then the endnotes have to be adjusted, and I have tons of those. If you knew how many sources I read, studied, skimmed, and then had to accurately align with my commentary. Uugh. It’s painful.

I’ve asked myself a few times, “Why did you feel the need to provide references for your readers?” And my reply is always, “So they can read and learn for themselves”. I want readers to have a new experience. Not to be merely entertained or pumped up on a short-term spiritual high.

I want people to start taking the steps towards their own breakthroughs, to have a different type of relationship with God, self, and others. So I’m being obedient in typing and sharing what God pours into me.

Ohhhh

This has felt like the longest labor and delivery experience EVER, but I know it isn’t. I know it won’t be. There’s lessons and blessings in this experience. I was blessed to write the words that encompass this book, or I should now say, books. I was. I am.

I knew there would be at least two volumes and at least two additional books that would align with the concepts shared. But I didn’t realize how much God was pouring into me and how that was translating into pages, and bodies of work. I hoped that with formatting, the word count wouldn’t convert to the number of pages that I calculated. Joke’s on me. Calculations were accurate.

My desire was to have this content as one book, then I could continue writing the content for volume two. From there I would consider writing one or two more volumes. Now, as I pray about this situation, I’m waiting for clarity—with this book being broken into two volumes, does that mean I only have to write one additional book to serve as the third volume? Or is God directing me to do something else? I’m waiting for clarity.

God’s Time, Not Mine

I have a bad habit of jumping before I’m told, rushing into things before He gives me the green light. I’m choosing to break that habit. It’s exhausting and time consuming having to walk back to where you were supposed to be before you excitedly broke loose. I have to laugh at this experience. Through my groans, I laugh.

I can say that I’m blessed to be in this position. I would rather have too much content than not enough, or worse— none. I’m glad to be in the position to question where to realign content, than to question when an idea will manifest into written/typed words. I’m being blessed with abundance, so I don’t dare to express a sense of lack, simply because it throws me off of my desired schedule.

These books can be started at any time. Readers don’t have to wait until the first of the year to begin. You begin the day you open the book and start reading. I’m going to stop stressing or being bothered by man’s calendars. I’m going to let God do what God does. I’m going to get on His master calendar.

Had I worked off of His timeline in the very beginning, I wouldn’t be in this situation right now. My lack of focus and discipline kept me behind schedule. I own my goof ups. One of many lessons learned.

So When, Then?

If you’re wondering when you will be able to get your hands on this first book—all I can say is soon. I took off Tuesday and yesterday from editing. I was exhausted. Mentally and physically.

Today I sit down and begin to trace my content. I don’t want you to read something that points you somewhere in my book, just to find out it’s been moved to the second book. That would just suck. I want you to be encouraged to transition to the second book, to continue the spiritual journey.

So, that’s my focus today. If I can effectively trace and rewrite those directives today, then I can begin highlighting the split of the endnotes, and then figure out how in the world to transfer half of the content into a new book using the same editing software. I know there’s an easier way than what first comes to mind. I’m going to pray to God for guidance on that.

I keep telling myself, “All of this is done to glorify God. It’s the act of love!” Today I take the next steps, in love, to do as I’ve been called to do. Please pray for me!

Love,

Natasha

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