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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Breaking Bread for 3.19.20

Scripture

…’Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. You will not have to fight this battle…. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”

2 Chronicles 20:15, 17

Reflection

Sometimes we’re too self-centered and self-consumed to realize that some battles are not meant for us to fight, for in our faith and patience God’s promise conquers our enemy—whether it be imagined or real.

Pray to God to always reveal what you need to see and do, and that you can discern His revelations and act accordingly. Pray to God that you will always be ready for and obedient to His command.

Be thankful for each new day. Be thankful for the blessings that you didn’t see coming and the ones you didn’t know were present.

Prayer

Father, I pray to You for foresight, discernment, strength, courage, wisdom, common sense, and patience—to persevere and overcome all obstacles. I know that things both big and small You can handle. I also know that You will always equip me with the tools that I need to succeed.

I thank You Lord for all my past, current, and future victories. I thank You for protecting my heart from being crushed by the hurtful things people say and do to me. I thank You for helping me to see my wrong so that I strive to do right, do better, and atone. I love You Father. Thank You for loving me. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 3.18.20

Scripture

“Why do you call Me good? ” Jesus asked him. “No one is good but One — God.

Mark 10:18 HCSB

Reflection

We tend to focus all of our attention and accolades towards God’s creations rather than give Him the glory 100 percent of the time. Jesus put people in check about this constantly, and as the man who ran up to him calling him “Good Teacher” found out, Jesus once again put things into perspective that he was not to be regarded as good, but that God being good, was the only source to be identified in that light.

That is beyond deep.

Jesus is seen as the savior for mankind, the son of God, the wayshower, but even as God’s perfect creation Jesus never walked around touting and parading his role. Heck, he wouldn’t even consider answering to being called “Good”.

Look at us today. Some people would go beyond calling themselves good, they would say they’re exceptional. They would answer to it.

Jesus knew his place and humbly served in his role. He never took his title and position the way many people would today, if given the opportunity. Even when he healed people he told them to tell no one (even though he knew they would be blabbermouths) but he just wanted to help, save, heal, and bless others through God’s power—and he knew he had limited time to do these things.

That is a humble servant. Jesus understood that the source of all is the Father, and that he was to show people the way to Him, not try to get the attention or accolades. He knew he had to be last to be first—the principle he taught his disciples when they argued over who was the best.

Consider the source of all that you have. Look at everything you have achieved in life, inventory all of your possessions, and then honestly answer this question—who really gets the credit for all that you have and all that you are?

Prayer

All that I need comes from You. You are all that I need Lord. No human, animal, spirit, thing, or object can substitute You. Keep my eyes on You Father. In Jesus’ name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 3.17.20

Scripture

God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble.

Psalms 46:1 HCSB

Reflection

We are to live in the world but not be of the world. Protect your mind and soul from worldly and dark influences that could lead you astray. Protect yourself from music, movies, images, pictures, symbols, books, and other sources that are not reflections of God.

Listen to the words of songs you sing. Pay close attention to the images and symbols you wear or place in your home. Be cautious of how and where you spend and invest your money. Do your research. Words are powerful. Thoughts are things, as someone I know often says. Our minds are extremely powerful.

Not everyone out there has the best intentions. There are a lot of wolves in sheep clothing. Pray for discernment, and that God always protects you on your journey.

Prayer

Father protect me. Protect my mind, heart, spirit, and soul. Protect me from attacks of all kinds. Guide me away from situations that could cause me harm. Block negative messaging and influences, and help me to not invest in these things. Strengthen my discernment, to see and know what comes from You versus the enemy. I thank You for being my rock, shelter, and protector. I love You Father. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 3.16.20

Scripture

Then they came to Capernaum. When He was in the house, He asked them, “What were you arguing about on the way? ” But they were silent, because on the way they had been arguing with one another about who was the greatest. Sitting down, He called the Twelve and said to them, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.

Mark 9:33-35 HCSB

Reflection

The only title and role you should be concerned with is that of servant. I truly believe that people get caught up in titles, roles, pecking order, seniority, the rungs of ladders they are on, and so on and so forth.

Instead of life being about you and your feelings, and sense of entitlement—let it be about how you can be of service to God and a help for others. How can you be a team player not an obstacle? How can you bring value rather than drama? How can you contribute rather than hinder? Instead of shutting down how can you work to do your part to make things work?

In everything thing that we do and with all job descriptions there’s a responsibility that we seem to overlook or forget, the part that says, “…and duties as assigned…” What I mean by that is that our job in life or even with a company is never confined to just a set amount of tasks.

As new things pop up we must adjust and accept more responsibilities or simply different ones. People struggle with change, we claim we want it but when it comes we say, “That’s not what I signed up for…” Or “That’s not in my job description!” Are you serious? If you are not open to change and all that comes with it don’t place yourself in situations and roles where acceptance of change is necessary.

If you want a promotion, raise, to be married, have kids, new car or house, to own a business—whatever it is—you either must accept that things will eventually come as “duties as assigned” and you must take the reigns and march forward—or don’t accept the position at all. That means don’t strive forward for things that require ownership, struggle, more work, persistence, pain, longer hours, more patience, and having to do way more than you ever expected.

People truly think life is about them. That is why we struggle so much. This existence and our experiences are all about God. Ponder that and then share your thoughts.

God bless you all!

Prayer

Father, let me always be humbled to remember my place as a servant. Let me always lift others up without concern with how I’m placed in the “mix” of things. Let me serve with love even in frustration. Let me serve with kindness and patience even with the most difficult of people. Let me never react to life but respond as You direct me. Open my ears to listen and hear. Open my eyes to see and have vision. Open my mouth to share wisdom but close it before I utter anything unloving or ignorant. Warm my heart to be receptive.

Bless me with discernment Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let me never react to life but respond as You direct me. Open my ears to listen and hear. Open my eyes to see and have vision. Open my mouth to share wisdom but close it before I utter anything unloving or ignorant. Warm my heart to be receptive.

Bless me with discernment Lord. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 3.13.20

Scripture

There is no wisdom, no insight, no plan that can succeed against the Lord.

Proverbs 21:30

Reflection

No matter what someone does, God will always prevail. No president, king, queen, prime minister, imperial leader, dictator, or anyone else. The enemy can’t overpower our God. The creations are limited to the designs and parameters given by their Creator.

So stand tall in victory, for God can and will make a way out of no way. Don’t be discouraged by what you see. Don’t doubt simply because you can’t see something. If God says it’s there, it’s there. If God says it’s coming, then you can guarantee it’s coming.

He can lead you out of valleys and over the steepest of mountains. Do you trust and believe? Then walk tall in confidence.

Prayer

Father, I will follow Your plan for my life. There is nothing and no one greater than You. So there is nothing and no one I should fear derailing Your plan. My efforts and disobedience can never overpower Your plan. I just painfully delay, through my foolishness, what was coming to me. But even my interference comes at no surprise to You. You already knew what I would do and planned for it.

All that I have ever earned was through Your will and loving grace. I thank You Father. Thank You for loving me as only You can. I praise You and give you all of the glory, in Jesus’s name. Amen.

Lovingly your sister in Christ,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread for 3.12.20

Scripture

He also said to them, “Is a lamp brought in to be put under a basket or under a bed? Isn’t it to be put on a lampstand? For nothing is concealed except to be revealed, and nothing hidden except to come to light.

Mark 4:21-22 HCSB

Reflection

God is our light. Follow the light and all Truth is revealed. Everything done in the dark comes to light, for error cannot hide from Truth, just as nothing can hide from God. Open your eyes.

Prayer

Father, may I always see, even when my eyes are shut. Always reveal the truth to me at the level that You know I can handle, and when You see fit. As I get stronger I realize that my yoke adjusts, but never too light where I don’t understand hard work, and never too heavy where I can’t bear another moment.

Help me to understand and learn that my missteps and failings due to ego, pride, greed, and operating out of lack, will always weigh me down because I’m not putting my trust in You. Thank You Lord for always keeping me balanced and directing my path. I promise to listen for that small voice, knowing that You are always here.

Love always,

Natasha

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Scripture quotations marked HCSB are taken from the Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Holman Christian Standard Bible®, Holman CSB®, and HCSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers.