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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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.12.19

Scripture

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

1 Corinthians 13:13

Reflection

Even when we have doubts and fears, and our faith and hope in life’s situations flickers on and off, one thing is constant and that’s God’s love. This is the one thing that should also remain a constant for us—our love for Him, our love for ourselves, and our love for other people—despite their faults.

Love your family, friends, associates, and your neighbors—even the nosey and annoying ones—you never know, they may be the one to catch the vandal or thief at your property, or call the police on your behalf, or be the one to alert you about something of great importance.

Love complete strangers—you don’t know how they are or will be a blessing to others and possibly even you. Love your service providers, you know that you need them.

Love your bill collectors—for goodness sakes, even though they can act like the mafia sometimes, let’s be clear, you owe them money, so be loving as you work to pay them back with interest. Lastly, but no less important, I will say to love your enemies—you don’t have to like them but understand that they are God’s child, just like you, and your grievance with them He will resolve.

Love people despite themselves just as you want to be loved despite your flaws and the ignorance that you sometimes (or often) display. We all just want to be loved. So love. Then watch as the world begins to look different to you, as you begin looking through a different lens.

I love you all.

Prayer

Father, I am so thankful and grateful for Your love, for it is like no other. I can rely upon Your love remaining constant for eternity. Your love is infinite, unlike anything a human can give because You give freely without keeping track of my wrongs, without expectations, without ultimatums, and without game playing. Your love is simply an “Is” and without explanation.

I have faith in You that You will always provide for me, and that You will protect me from harm. I have faith in You that You will place the right people in my life at the right time, and You will remove those individuals that don’t belong in my life now or in the future.

I have hope, and I continue to hope for the best. I hope for an enduring, loving, respectful, caring, honest, faithful, faith-filled, committed and monogamous relationship with a person who also loves and has faith in You, and never loses hope in You or mankind.

My faith and my hope may be tested, and I may sometimes waver— but one thing that You know Father is that my love never leaves and is never rattled or swayed. I love You Lord. If I didn’t love You I couldn’t possibly love myself— for You created and care for me. Thank You for Your love Father. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray to You with an abundance of love, hope and faith. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 7.12.18

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Scripture

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

1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV

Reflection

Even when we have doubts and fears, and our faith and hope in life’s situations flickers on and off, one thing is constant and that’s God’s love; this is the one thing that should remain a constant for us also…our love for Him, our love for ourselves, and our love for other people…despite their faults.

Love your family, love your friends, love your neighbors, love your associates, love complete strangers, love your service providers, love your bill collectors, and love your enemies. Then watch as the world begins to look different as you begin looking through a different lens.

I love you all.

Prayer

Father I am so thankful and grateful for Your love, for it is like no other. I can rely upon Your love remaining constant for eternity.

Your love is infinite, unlike anything a human can give because You give freely without keeping track of my wrongs, without expectations, without ultimatums, and without game playing; Your love is simply an “Is” without explanation.

I have faith in You that You will always provide for me, and that You will protect me from harm. I have faith in You that You will place the right people in my life at the right time, and You will remove those individuals that don’t belong in my life now or in the future.

I have hope, and I continue to hope for the best. I hope for an enduring, loving, respectful, caring, honest, faithful, faith-filled, committed and monogamous relationship with a person who also loves and has faith in You, and never loses hope in You or mankind.

My faith and my hope may be tested, and I may sometimes waver- but one thing You know Father is that my love never leaves and is never rattled or swayed. I love You Lord.

If I didn’t love You I couldn’t possibly love myself- for You created and care for me.

Thank You for Your love Father. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray to You with an abundance of love, hope and faith. Amen.

Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.8.15


Being Spiritually Mature
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
(1 Corinthians 13:13, NIV)
TODAY’S WORD from Joel and Victoria
Spiritual maturity isn’t measured by how long you’ve been a Christian, or how much you know, or how often you go to church. Spiritual maturity is measured by the way you treat other people. It’s measured by the love you allow to operate through you.
First Corinthians 13 tells us about the characteristics of love. When we are walking in love, we treat other people with courtesy and respect. Are you kind to the person at the checkout counter that may be moving too slowly? Are you gentle when you are driving down the highway and someone cuts you off? Are you patient with your family and coworkers? These are all ways we show love.
Scripture also tells us that love is patient. It is kind. It does not envy; it is not proud. It is not rude. Love is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love never fails. Notice that these characteristics don’t have anything to do with feelings. That’s because love is a choice. You can choose to walk in love toward people even when you don’t feel like it — and that’s what being spiritually mature is all about!
A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Father, thank You for loving me so that I can show love to others. Teach me to be patient and kind and treat others the way You always treat me in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Joel & Victoria Osteen
Questions of the Day
1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?
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Love always,
Natasha
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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 9.13.12

Today’s message is a one-two blessing. The original work is by Joel Osteen, and it was shared by my friend Juanita Bryan, who is oftentimes touched by God’s loving light to add her wisdom to these messages. Isn’t God amazing? I normally don’t make it a habit of repeating scriptures in this blog. But this is one of my favorites and I love the prayer and reflection that came with today’s Word. Enjoy today’s scripture, prayer and reflection:

Characteristics of Love

TODAY’S SCRIPTURE
“Now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
1 Corinthians 13:13, NIV

Spiritual maturity isn’t measured by how long you’ve been a Christian, how much you know, or how often you go to church. Spiritual maturity is measured by the way you treat other people. It’s measured by the love you allow to operate through you.

First Corinthians 13 tells us about the characteristics of love. One characteristic is that it is not rude. That means, when we are walking in love, we treat other people with courtesy and respect.

Are you courteous to other people? Are you kind to the person at the checkout counter that may be moving too slowly for you? Are you gentle when you are driving down the highway and someone cuts you off? Are you patient with your family and coworkers? These are all ways we show love.

Scripture also tells us that love is patient. It is kind. It does not envy; it is not proud. It is not rude. Love is not easily angered, and it keeps no record of wrongs. Love never fails.

Notice that these characteristics don’t have anything to do with feelings. That’s because love is a choice. You can choose to walk in love toward people even when you don’t feel like it.

Today, make the choice to do what is right. Choose today to show kindness and be courteous to others. Look for ways to cultivate the greatest thing in your life — love! As you do, you’ll move forward into the life of blessing God has in store for you!

A PRAYER FOR TODAY
Heavenly Father, thank You for loving me so that I can show love to others. Teach me to be patient and kind and treat others the way You always treat me in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Copyright 2012. Joel Osteen.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 7.12.11

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

1 Corinthians 13:13

Pray
Father I am so thankful and grateful for Your love, for it is like no other. I can rely upon Your love remaining constant for eternity. Your love is infinite, unlike anything a human can give because You give freely without keeping track of my wrongs, without expectations, without ultimatums, and without game playing; Your love is simply an “Is” without explanation.

I have faith in You that You will always provide for me, and that You will protect me from harm. I have faith in You that You will place the right people in my life at the right time, and You will remove those individuals that don’t belong in my life now or in the future.

I have hope, and I continue to hope for the best. I hope for an enduring, loving, respectful, caring, honest, faithful, faith-filled, committed and monogamous relationship with a person who also loves and has faith in You, and never loses hope in You or mankind.

My faith and my hope may be tested, and I may sometimes waver- but one thing You know Father is that my love never leaves and is never rattled or swayed. I love You Lord. If I didn’t love You I couldn’t possibly love myself- for You created and care for me. Thank You for Your love Father. In Your son Jesus’ name I pray to You with an abundance of love, hope and faith. Amen.

Reflection
Even when we have doubts and fears, and our faith and hope in life’s situations flickers on and off, one thing is constant and that’s God’s love; this is the one thing that should remain a constant for us also…our love for Him, our love for ourselves, and our love for other people…despite their faults.

Love your family, love your friends, love your neighbors, love your associates, love complete strangers, love your service providers, love your bill collectors, and love your enemies. Then watch as the world begins to look different as you begin looking through a different lens.

I love you all.

Love always,

Natasha

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