Breaking Bread for 1.14.20

Scripture

“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.”

James 3:13

Reflection

The true indication of a good life is not one filled with material wealth and riches, but through the demonstration of contentment with God’s plan. It is expressed through our humility, in knowing that what we have today, may be taken tomorrow. The understanding that we should never take for granted the things that we have—whether spiritual, physical, or material.

The wisdom gained from past loss should humble us to appreciate the smallest things in life as much or more than the big things. Our humility makes us most grateful for breathing in life each day, and for whatever senses we have use of. From there the rest of our blessings are countless.

These things, my friends, are the indication of a good life.

Strive for the humility that comes from wisdom (from past lessons learned) and accept what God brings to you. For those are the greatest gifts we can ever receive. Be receptive. Embrace what He brings to you, however it is presented. It’s for your growth and His glory.

Let today be Take Everything in Stride Tuesday!

Prayer

Father I pray for clarity, discernment, humility and wisdom—that can only come from You. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 1.10.20

Scripture

“So justice is driven back, and righteousness stands at a distance; truth has stumbled in the streets, honesty cannot enter.”

Isaiah 59:14

Reflection

We are repeating a cycle. A lesson that even thousands of years later has not been learned.

Why is it so difficult for us to be just, righteous, truthful, and honest?

Why is it so difficult for us to treat others with love and respect no matter how much money they make or what their color, creed, religion, or beliefs?

Why do we struggle so much to live a life based on basic principles many of us teach children when they are young and most impressionable?

Why do we preach what we don’t practice? Why are we surprised that our world is being torn and fractured at the seams, and that we have so many issues?

Why can’t we see that the answer lies within us— and that the answer is God?

Prayer

Father, touch the heart of each person that we might seek and demand justice for all. That we might seek and actively live righteously. That we learn to seek, speak, and reveal the truth— 100 percent of the time, not just when it serves our purpose. And that honesty becomes the norm for all not just the few. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 1.9.20

Scripture

When all the Israelites saw the fire come down and the Lord’s splendor over the temple, they got on their knees with their faces downward toward the pavement. They worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying, “Certainly he is good; certainly his loyal love endures!”

2 Chronicles 7:3

Reflection

We shouldn’t be waiting for something grandiose from God for us to see, accept, and proclaim His presence and loyalty to us. Every millisecond of the day God is demonstrating His love and grace.

Everyday He is balancing life as we know it. Everyday He is removing obstacles, healing us, and showing us the way. Everyday He presents us with opportunities to prove our love and loyalty to Him.

We keep asking more of Him than what we’re willing to give in return. We do this with our fellow man. How disrespectful do you think it is that the same standards and levels of treatment we give to man we toss at God as though He is our equal?

We need to stop treating God as though He is merely one of us. Start treating Him as the omnipotent supreme Father of all, who has no limitations and doesn’t require food, drink, shelter, clothing and at least 6 hours of sleep to survive.

We need Him to shine and thrive. He doesn’t need us to do what He created us to do. Think about that.

Prayer

Father, I want my mind and heart to rest with You at all times. I don’t need to see large displays of Your presence, greatness, and loyalty. Everyday that I wake and open my eyes, take a breath, and get out of bed is proof enough that You are here with me— and loyal.

I want to strengthen my devotion to You Father. I want to remove any and all doubt that You can’t or won’t resolve my issues, answer my prayers, or fulfill my needs.

I want to do my part so that Your work isn’t wasted. I don’t want to be like the lost children of Israel who challenged You long after their 40 years of walking in the wilderness. I want to demonstrate Your principles now Lord. I want to demonstrate Your truths today. I want to be open to be used by You however You see fit. I want to communicate with You in whatever way that You desire. Show me Father. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 1.8.20

Scripture

“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

1 Corinthians 13:13

Reflection

Faith and hope without love is not possible. True love is not deceitful, prideful, arrogant, pushy, mean, manipulative, demanding, or careless. Love is not conditional or fickle. There is no ransom, bounty, security deposit, or credit check required. It is present without expectation and entitlement. It doesn’t turn on and off like a light switch. It doesn’t drip like a faucet.

God said that He is the great “I Am”. God is all-in-all. Love is boldly an “Is”. God is love and love is God. All-encompassing. Not a buffet. It’s all or nothing.

Is. Am. Always.

Jesus expressed his love towards people that religious leaders turned away, shunned, punished, and chastised. Jesus showed us how God loves us, and how we’re to love ourselves and each other. It’s not a popularity contest. It’s about being in perfect alignment with God. It’s about discovering and reclaiming our identities. That which we have confused, distorted, or misplaced in this worldly chaos. The true expression of who we are then leaves no doubt as to Whom we belong.

Love should fill your cup and run over the sides. When you walk, it should be in love. In your eyes, from your heart, and out of your mouth people should see, feel, and hear God’s love.

There are no excuses for not being loving— even in pain. Even if you are removing people from your life that you know don’t belong— do so in a loving way. Or they will spend their every waking moment trying to tear you down and turn your love to fear and hate.

Love God, wholly and truly. Love yourself without question. Then be open to love others— and to receive their love. If you don’t love God and yourself then there is no faith or hope to love anyone else. You then doubt the level and intensity of their love.

If you don’t love God and yourself fully then you don’t know how to identify true love. You instead confuse lust, infatuation, and obsession with love. You hear and say the words, but you don’t truly understand the meaning and expression of genuine love.

Not knowing love means settling for and accepting mediocrity— which is not of God. Not knowing love means settling for a superficial model that will never come close to the real thing. Let today be your Superficial-Free day! Live out loud in love. Be the ‘Is’ and boldly represent the one and only, ‘I Am’.

Prayer

Father, fill me with Your love. I pray that my faith in You and in humankind is more than enough. If not, I pray for more faith. I pray for freedom from fear and doubt that prevents me from believing in You and surrendering myself to you 100 percent. I pray for hope restored. That I might never lose it.

With Your love, I can conquer hate, fear, pride, ego, vanity, evil, sin, sickness, disease, and death. With Your love, I can overcome any negativity that comes my way. With Your love, I can see through the lies and deceitful ways of others. With Your love, I can lovingly speak the truth.

With Your love, I am complete and have the strength and conviction to be content alone. Without the comfort of man’s companionship. For I am never alone. You are my home, Father. You are my comforter.

Your son is my savior and guide. He is the perfect example of how to live, love, and express Your principles.

Fill me Father. I open my heart. Giving You the glory. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 1.7.20

Scripture

People lie to one another; they flatter and deceive. May the Lord cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that boasts!

Psalm 12:2-3

Reflection

There is no love in deception. God is not part of it, so that means the devil is all in it.

The first lie is the one we tell ourselves.

There are careers with a foundation built on the art of telling lies. In the process of negotiation some people tend to lean more on deception than transparency.

In relationships, some people are so greedy, self-centered, and self-absorbed that they will lie to gain or maintain leverage against the person they claim to respect and love. Our internal damage causes a domino effect of external damage. People we don’t even know become collateral damage.

People lie because we tell ourselves the biggest lie, “It’s not really hurting anyone”. People lie to hide truths we know that others would scoff at and walk away from. People lie to keep from being ‘real’. People lie because we want ‘it all’ and we are not satisfied or content being ‘full’ on what God provides us.

Because of lies, marriages and other relationships break up, families fall apart, and businesses fail. Because of lies, countries go to war, people are murdered, the innocent are attacked, and the world cries out in pain.

When will we end the madness that we create and perpetuate?

When will we be the true ambassadors of God so many of us claim to be? When will we stop trying to imitate other flawed men and women and begin to imitate the wayshower— Jesus Christ. He is the true global changer.

We will not be whole until we start living a wholesome life. We will not be free until we free ourselves from lies, deceit, greed, arrogance, selfishness, and self-centeredness. We can only be wholesome and free in God. Embraced by God. Which means we must surrender to Him. Let go of what you think, hear, see, and feel. Release it all to Him. He is Truth. He is the lie detector. He knows fact from fiction.

Only through Him can you see the cleverly manufactured smoke and mirrors designed by the enemy.

We will not stop feeling pain until we stop subjecting others to our own pain. We can only do that when we stop subjecting ourselves to pain. We keep wallowing in self-pity, fear, jealousy, envy, and regret.

We keep obsessing over the wrongs of the past instead of seeking to be what is right. Both now and in the future. We can’t change what happened in the past. We can make intentional steps to not repeat the past. We can tap into God for the vision to see the tricks and trappings of the enemy. We can use clarity and discernment to avoid those tricks and traps.

What we don’t realize is that through our lies and self-absorption we’re playing into the hands of the enemy.

Satan wants us to be in pain, feel defeated, be depressed, lie, betray, and steal. Satan wants us sick, diseased, and dying slow and painful deaths. It wants us to believe and embrace a false reality of sin, disease, and death. Satan wants us to cheat, divorce, break up, destroy our lives and our families. Satan wants us to believe that we’re alone, lost, and lacking.

It wants us to believe that God isn’t blessing us, that He’s punishing us.

It gets excited when you give into temptation. It almost reveals itself when it sees you giving in to that man, woman, or object that God has told You to steer clear of. It whispers to you in a way that convinces you it’s God’s voice. It tells you to answer that phone call, respond to that IM, text or email, accept the gift, open your door, knock on their door. You hear the voice that says, “What’s the big deal? You have self control. Nothing will happen. Go ahead, do it.” Then it laughs uncontrollably when you make the decisions that causes you and others the greatest of harm.

Satan can only enter when you let it in. You have to open yourself up and let it come inside. You have to invite it in your home, relationship, and business. Just like the vampires we love to watch on television and in movies. You think you’re being entertained by the actors. The writer of the story is trying to warn you. Satan is in plain sight. Your clarity and discernment just have clouded lenses.

We lack a sense of identity and we cling to anything and everything we think will define us. Sadly, the enemy is always within arms reach.

Satan knows your deepest desires and fears. It plays on it. Yet you do nothing to protect yourself. Your idle mind is its playground.

It is giddy when you yearn for the things God says “no” to. Because it will do everything to convince you that you can have what you desire and that what you desire is good for you, even though God says otherwise. Satan tells you that God just doesn’t want you to have and experience that which makes you more equal to God. Which is a blatant lie. Just like the lie told to Eve then Adam.

The ‘snake’ in the garden manifests itself in different forms.

God wants you to have and experience everything that places you in perfect alignment with Him. Satan will stop at nothing to prevent that.

Satan is thrilled when we are fighting and at war with each other. He craves the brutality and vileness, the name-calling, and victimization of others.

Satan takes great pleasure in our misery because if we’re miserable then we aren’t praising God. And he knows that at some point, someone will give to the pressure and begin to believe that God is not real. Because why would God allow bad things to happen to good people? And once you begin to embrace that thinking and belief system, you unknowingly begin to serve Satan. Which is exactly what it told God would happen.

We will not feel and receive true love until we give freely of our love to God. When we open ourselves to loving and being loved by God, we will begin to love ourselves. Only then can we truly love and be loved by others. Don’t confuse sex and intimacy with the richness and wholeness of love. Love is far more encompassing.

You can’t pour into others what you don’t possess. Open yourself up so God can pour into you and you can pay it forward.

Today, why not focus on telling, sharing, and being the truth. And doing so with and in love. Choose to not find comfort in being a liar. Choose to not use moments of truth telling to intentionally bring harm to others. Vileness is not God. Ask yourself if your words and actions serve God or satan.

Remember even little bitty white lies are still lies. They can grow into huge irreparable lies. All of which waters satan’s garden, not God’s.

Let today be your Focus Day. To focus on lovingly telling the truth and the whole truth to every person you encounter. Doing your part to bring us closer to God and farther away from the enemy’s grasp. Make it a great day!

Prayer

Father, fill me with Your truth and wisdom. That I might tell the truth even if it would hurt the feelings of another or cause my relationship with them to end. By telling one lie I must then cover up that lie with more—endlessly. Let my truth-telling be helpful, healing, and a step towards You.

Let me also see through those who would flatter me to crave their words more than Your Word. Let me ignore the boaster who is self-centered, that I may focus on being God-centered. Father keep me aware of those who would lie to me for selfish gains or just because they can.

Fill me with your love so I can lovingly walk away from those who would influence me to follow them and not you. Those who would casually lie to me and never regret one moment. And those who are not centered in Your wholeness. If it’s not for and about You, then I want no part of it.

I pray to be freed of unhealthy bonds. Humbly I ask this of You Father. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 1.6.20

Hello Breaking Bread family! Before we jump into today’s message, I want to give a shout out. Happy birthday to my aunt Debborah. I love you Debbie!!!!

Scripture

“Many people profess their loyalty, but a faithful person – who can find?”

Proverbs 20:6

Reflection

To require loyalty and faithfulness in others requires the same in return. If you are not loyal and faithful then how can you expect it from others?

God is and has always been faithful and loyal to us, even though we teeter totter from being faithful and doubtful on a consistent basis. We can’t ask from man what we can’t give to God. Heck, we can’t even be faithful and loyal to ourselves. We lack the discipline and stickability to achieve goals, create healthy habits, and be greater.

Let us give of ourselves to our heavenly Father that we might reap the blessings. May one of those blessings be loyal and faithful friends and family.

Prayer

Father, I pray for internal peace, for clarity, and for strength to endure. I pray that in my increasing faithfulness there will be resolve of issues that I encounter, as well as those still lingering. I pray that in my faithfulness only the faithful will remain beside me.

Help me to discern truth from fiction. I don’t want to be misled. I don’t want to be distracted. I need to be focused on You and what You have called on me to do. I know that the enemy thrives on chaos and confusion. Anything and anyone not aligned with what You have planned for me, I ask that You lovingly realign, redirect, readjust them.

You are my Father. Your son is my shepherd and I loyally will follow as your sheep. Humbly I submit myself to you. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 1.3.20

Scripture

“When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, “Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.””

II Kings 4:7

Reflection

How amazing is that? How many of us are sitting on blessings and don’t even know it?

I believe I shared this story of Elisha and the widow in my daily message once before. But with the whole world feeling this financial crunch— I’m sure you would agree that it is both appropriate and applicable to many people.

God sent Elisha as His ambassador. In his journeys he met this widow who looked around and saw no money and no resources at her disposal. Yet she was a debtor feeling the pressure from those she owed money. She did not clearly see the potential that was within her home and within herself— but Elisha did. He had her fill jars and bottles with of all things—olive oil. Then he turned her into an entrepreneur— having her to sell the oil.

Look around and consider the possibilities. What are you not seeing? What opportunities are there but you aren’t seizing? What resources do you have at your disposal but you haven’t realized their use or aren’t quite sure how to use them? What things do you have in your home, garage, storage unit, shed, attic, basement, or in your car—that you could sell?

Pray for God to reveal these truths to you. To help you see and take use of those resources and tools before you. Pray for wisdom, clarity and strength during this time. Have faith that God is with you, will never leave you, and will never allow you to go through something that He feels you can’t handle. Trust and believe! Make this day your best!

Prayer

Father, help me to see how I can take even the smallest of what I possess to not only pay my debts but survive comfortably with the remaining portion.

Father, help those that I owe a debt to be more patient, understanding and empathic, as You show me how to transform my life.

Give me the patience and focus to see how to turn the ‘olive oil’ into a financial blessing. Father I ask for strength and clarity during this time. I humbly pray to you today. Amen.

Lovingly,
Natasha

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