Breaking Bread For 5.19.20

Scripture

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

James 1:19-20

Reflection

A child of God should be strengthened in God’s Word, and by the example of His son Jesus Christ. We should have discernment to see, hear, feel, and know when things are wrong and not of God. We should have discernment to see, hear, feel, and know when we are being moved towards darkness.

We should be disciplined enough to turn away from darkness and not give in to anger, rage, and temptation. Pray for the strength to be more loving even when others aren’t being loving to you. As the old adage goes, “If you have nothing good to say then say nothing at all”. We should practice this daily.

Prayer

Father, let me open my ears to listen more intently and purposely. Open my eyes to see the things that I overlook, steer my eyes away from the things that would tempt me away from You. I pray for clarity so that my journey isn’t long through this wilderness that I’ve entered.

Free my mind so that I’m not so naive that I am taken advantage of; that I stop before I speak so that only loving words come from my mouth, and that I pray when under stress or confused so that my emotions do not bubble out of control and grow to anger, rage, or mania.

Father, I know that rage is not a product or bi-product of Your love and light. It is in weakness that a person turns to anger to address their concerns and issues. It is a weak person that lashes out verbally or physically. Warm my heart Father so that I can see, think, speak, and react as a righteous ambassador in Your name. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 5.18.20

Scripture

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.

And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full.

But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Luke 6:32-36

Reflection

You must walk the path that God directs, not looking for a short-cut or smoother way. So that means showing mercy to others even when it is easier to turn away. Lend or give money even if you don’t expect a repayment. Love those who say they hate you. Love those who are determined to destroy you, ruin your reputation, take what you have, or make you feel less than who and what you are as God’s child.

It is all about God and about your role and purpose as an ambassador in Christ, building His Kingdom. It has nothing to do with your image, ego, pride, self-esteem, self-worth, bottom line, or personal brand. Be the Christian that you claim to be. Touch a stranger’s life today and watch the ripple effect of God’s love spread.

Prayer

Father, daily I am working to be a better person in every way, in every situation, and to every person regardless of their faith, beliefs, religion, political party, socio-economic status, education level, nationality, ethnicity, skin color, eye color, hair texture or length— or even if they aren’t loving and merciful towards me.

Father, it is about the other person, that I strive to be better and do better. It is about my relationship with You and the importance of the world as I know it, that through Your love and from my loving ways the goal is to pay it forward that all of Your children may grow in love— to also love and help others, show mercy, and reflect Your light.

Father, touch my heart to give to the least of these; to the sarcastic and cynical, to those whose hearts are filled with darkness and hate, to those who are hurt and confused, to those who would blame others and You for the pain and disappointment in their lives. Father help me to reach them so that I may grow closer to You. I love you Father. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 5.8.20

Scripture

Shout for joy to the lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;

Psalm 98:4

Reflection

If you don’t feel like dancing and singing right now then you haven’t looked close enough at the blessings that you have received over the years, even today.

If you can’t see today’s blessings then you need to disconnect from the distractions of the world, look around you, look at yourself, think of your loved ones, and all of your spiritual and worldly possessions. Assess your gifts large and small and then rejoice.

Prayer

Father, I love You, and I am so grateful and filled with joy. I want the world to know my love for You and how good You have been to me. Thank You for everything Lord. Amen.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 5.7.20

Scripture

Haven’t I commanded you: be strong and courageous? Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

Reflection

We have to decide whether we take the step forward in faith, a step back in fear, or remain stagnant in doubt. Only one of those choices leads to growth, peace, joy and desired abundance.

Choose.

Prayer

Father, I will pray about a situation and then leave it in Your more than capable Hands; to not worry about, fret over, contemplate, or question.

I say I trust You, so now and every day I must prove this declaration to be sincere. I can’t just talk about it, I need to be about it—committed to You and our relationship, just as You are committed. I keep treating You the very ways that would enrage me if someone did it to me. My hypocrisy is real. I acknowledge this weakness and pray for the courage and strength to push myself forward, into Your more than capable arms.

I humbly pray to You today and each day, as a student of the teachings of Jesus, and the literature that encompasses the Bible. Thank You Father for these blessings. I love you.

Love,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 5.6.20

Scripture

Light shines on the righteous and joy on the upright in heart.

Psalm 97:11

Reflection

The Lord is amazing in all of His glory. God has healed you from affliction. He has brought you through troubled times. He has made sure you had sustenance to survive and the right mind to understand and follow His ways. You should want to shout from the roof tops how much you love the Lord. You should want to walk up and hug every person you see and say, “God is good”.

That’s how joyful you should feel right now.

You are alive, you are loved, and you are blessed to have the Internet so that you can read this and other messages of inspiration, hope, encouragement, faith, love, forgiveness, enlightenment, healing, and empowerment.

Isn’t He awesome?

Even when the world around you is spiraling out of control, and your personal world looks like chaos—choose to focus on the light, celebrate the small victories, and express your gratitude for these learning opportunities. All of this, these experiences, test your ability and willingness to apply your knowledge as wisdom. What is the purpose of learning if you don’t apply it to produce something greater or better than what once was?

Today, why don’t you tell someone how good God has been to you. Why don’t you do an random act of kindness today so you can touch another person’s life in a positive way so that they too can feel God’s love, light, joy and presence. It doesn’t have to be something grandiose to make an impact. It could be as simple as holding the door for someone, or making up the difference when someone is short by a dollar or more at the grocery store. It could be a simple smile and saying the words “have an awesome day!” You don’t know how the small things add up to people’s cups overflowing with blessings. As you pour into others, God continues to fill your cup.

Do your part as an ambassador for the Lord. Don’t concern yourself with the temporary rewards. Just smile with anticipation of the long-term gains that God has planned for you. I don’t care if you are 23 or 83, we all have the same number of hours in the day. How will you invest into your day? How will you reflect and radiate God’s light so that other people can be enlightened and revived?

Prayer

Father, bless Your holy name. Thank You for the blessings that I have received thus far and for those that I know will come. You are my comforter and my beacon. I rejoice and proudly testify to my countless healings and blessings that were only made possible by and through You Lord. Cast Your light on me Father. Fill my heart with loving gladness. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Love you all,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 5.5.20

Scripture

See, the lord your God has given you the land. Go up and take possession of it as the lord, the God of your ancestors, told you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Deuteronomy 1:21

Reflection

God has told you that He will take you to the promised land but instead of turning left as instructed you have turned right. Out of frustration you cry out to Him for guidance. Lovingly God tells you that He showed you the way and even gave you the skills to read the map given to you— but your pride, fear, impatience, arrogance, and insecurities blinded your vision and now you are off course and in an unchartered area.

What you don’t see is that the promised land is so very close but you need God to get there. There is no success without God. There is no victory without God. Your goals, plans, dreams, and bills can not be met without God.

As I push through my fear—which is a lifelong journey, but one that becomes more bearable and maneuverable when you learn to let go and trust on God more to show you the way, and to catch you when you fall— I know that no matter what I’m going through today and no matter how much pain and insecurity that I feel, God has never forsaken me. I know that He has angels watching over me. I know that when no one else loves me unconditionally that He has, does, and always will. He has a life for me that’s ready for me to claim—all I have to do is open my eyes, take that step and reach out, and make it mine.

I love all of you. Those I know and those who only know me through this site. I love you because we are all God’s children. I love you because just as I want and need love and security so do you. We all are brothers and sisters in a kingdom that is struggling with double-mindedness. Together we will uplift each other into the perfect examples of our Father, as He first created us. Embrace your day and embrace your life.

God bless you and keep you!

Prayer

Father, You have placed before me countless opportunities for me to claim as mine. Some I have seized ahold to while others I was too afraid to claim. Father, I thank You for my blessings and I thank You for Your patience as You wait for me to walk in and by faith and not by fear, and to have the courage to claim what is rightfully mine because You made it so.

Daily, Father, I pray to You for Your grace and mercy as I push through my fear and cast it to the side. Father I can see the promised future, I can see my victories, I can see a life filled with joy and the ability to rise, smile, and see my way through any situation because I know that You are with me. I want to claim what’s mine Lord. I want to claim the life You have envisioned and set forth for me. I love you Father. Amen.

Lovingly,

Natasha

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Breaking Bread For 5.4.20

Scripture

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.

James 4:7-8,10

Reflection

Yesterday was a doozy for me and maybe it was also for you. But today does not have to be your yesterday if you trust and rely on God to help you see your way through. We should smile when faced with heartache, grief, turmoil, pain, setbacks, and disappointments. We should rejoice in the Lord for being blessed with yet another day to demonstrate His goodness, grace and mercy.

Sometimes we have to make difficult decisions to stay within the status quo of man and the flesh or to follow God. Sometimes we grow content with accepting the ongoing pain of living in the flesh that we don’t even consider the pleasure we receive from living in God’s light.

We must learn to love God above all else including ourselves. We don’t want the pain and friction caused by God molding us, but we don’t realize that we are causing that pain and friction because we simply won’t give up ourselves to Him and let go.

So yes, when we resist, the molding process is more difficult. But ironically, we are more willing to tolerate the enduring pain received in personal and professional relationships. We can quickly make excuses and try to find ways to compromise or totally acquiesce. We are double-minded and not fully loyal to our heavenly Father. We must choose which life we want to lead. We must choose whom we will consistently follow, trust, and obey.

If we don’t surrender to God the molding process only becomes more intense. Everyone wants to be like the disciples who had an easy escape exit, but who wants the responsibility of truly carrying the cross like Jesus? Who wants to walk as Jesus? I’m not talking about having hangers-on and followers who blindly cheerlead and applaud all that you do— that is not and was not Jesus’s path and demonstration.

Remember there were more than 100 disciples before they were narrowed down to the core 12 (with double-mindedness even in some of them). A lot of people fell off over time. Some tagged along but they weren’t fully committed to putting into action their faith. We read of the accounts of their time spent with Jesus, but Jesus’ walk was truly alone—only with God. Not all of his talks and prayers are recorded for us to reflect upon. We have no clue what Jesus really had to endure, the fears he had to overcome, the doubt and frustration that would creep up inside of him. I can say that I only wish I had the strength, courage, faithfulness, and perseverance that he had.

Can you imagine surrendering and giving yourself to the Lord knowing that tomorrow you will not be here with your loved ones? Just like Moses knowing that he would never enter the Promised Land; his mission was to get the children of Israel to a certain point and then Joshua would lead them the rest of the way.

To know when your last day on earth will be must be frightening at the same time it makes you appreciate more of life’s experiences and your mission and purpose along the way. That is why many people say, “live your life each day as though it is your last”. With that I send my love to each of you and pray for your peace and protection, and hope that you also pray for mine.

Prayer

Father, I pray to release my burdens, fears, and doubt. I pray for the unnecessary pain that I have allowed to be placed upon me— because I did not put total faith in you—to be removed.

I know You’re trying to mold me Father. I know You’re trying to direct my path and I keep resisting; following man and the “liar”, and not You Lord. I keep letting the “liar” plant seeds of fear and insecurity in me, and I find myself watering those seeds and watching them grow.

Father I want to let go.

I want to believe what I tell myself daily, that I deserve to be loved fully, to be told the truth always, to be respected completely, and to be protected from harm. I get this every second of the day from You Father, when I can’t count on man to do the same.

Father I want to walk with You, have a pure relationship with You, and only trust and rely on You. I want to give myself to You Lord. I want to serve You and do only as You say. I know the trials and tribulations will come as they always do— but I want to be strengthened in Your Word, Your truth, and Your light that I can handle anything and everything that comes my way.

Give me the strength Father to walk away from relationships that keep my focus off of You and my mission with You. Give me strength, Father, to look in the eyes of those who deceive me, to know the truth, forgive them and then walk away. Give me the strength to accept that my today will not be my tomorrow and that where I am and who I’m with may not be the same in the coming days. Give me the strength Father to believe in myself and to know that even if I’m alone on this earth I am never apart from You.

Father free me from my shackles of double-mindedness and over-analysis. Bless me with the discernment to always know Your voice from any other, and the belief and knowledge that Your answer is always the right one. In Your name I humbly pray. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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