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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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 5.7.19

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 CSB

Reflection

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

Love,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 11.15.17

Scripture

“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do.

Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:7-9

Pray

Father Your Word was made clear thousands of years ago, yet Your children now still struggle with obeying Your written commandments just as Your children of yesteryear. Father why do we struggle with Your ten commandments? Why do we even struggle with the two that Jesus said were the most important- to love You with all of our heart, all of our soul, and all of our mind; and to love our neighbor as ourselves? Why can’t we resist temptation, envy, jealousy, vanity, greed, fear, and hate?

Father cloak me in Your loving protection. Strengthen me Father that I might stop before saying or doing something that would dishonor You- and instead pray to You for guidance to a better place and space. Father protect my mind from the thoughts that surface and cause me so much pain and grief. I want to be an excellent student Lord. I want to be Your fearless servant. I want to be a strong ambassador for You. Every day I am pushing myself to be strong and courageous, and not afraid or discouraged. Thank You for always being there, even when I felt alone. I love You Father Mother God. In Your name I pray. Amen.

Reflection

The most difficult thing for us to do is to follow God’s commandments. We may follow some but not all. We pick and choose when the moment serves us; that means we’re not serving Him. I struggle with this as I’m sure most of you do.

Let’s look at things clearly: Thou shalt not kill…we have made that a conditional commandment. We won’t kill unless someone harmed us or a loved one. Thou shalt not bear false witness…heck, we lie about telling lies. Thou shalt not take the Lord thy God’s name in vain…people misuse God’s name more than they praise Him; how can a cuss word have God’s name in it? Why when people get frustrated they say, “Oh God”? Why when people are having sex they yell out, “Oh God!”? I can only imagine what He’s thinking about His children. Thou shalt not commit adultery…we keep trying to justify not following this one. We even have songs about this; reality shows highlight it- clearly we’re totally desensitized.

These were God’s ten rules to live by; ten, not twenty, just ten and each of us has broken one or more of His commands more than once in our lives.

In Jesus’ statement about the two most important commandments he said that they were the foundation of all of God’s commandments- yet we struggle to obey them. What is wrong with us? We say we want to be righteous. We say we’re God-fearing. Yet we just can’t seem to do right by Him. Maybe we should read those words in Joshua 1:7-9 I shared above. God said to study His Book, and meditate on it day and night. This means not to casually read, or reference it when we need a catchy quote or to slam-dunk someone we’re judging. This means to have it with us 24/7 reading, studying it, and knowing it. Once His Word is in us then we are better equipped to fight off evil and to only do good.

In addition to my leather-bound Bible I have a Bible app on my iPhone and iPad. I think that although I read and study my Bible daily, that I need to open it throughout the day- especially when I am facing a challenge that could dishonor Him. Maybe you will consider doing the same. Studying for a few moments throughout the day will fill us with God’s presence and create a shield around us protecting us from the inside out. If we have time for social media sites, responding to text messages and emails, and surfing the Internet- then we have time to study God’s Book. So join me. Let’s take this journey together!

Love you all,

Natasha

Note: Originally published on November 15, 2010. It has been modified to reflect current Breaking Bread formatting and time-relevant factors.

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer, and Reflection for 1.16.17

Let me start this post with wishing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. continued peace, even as our country and the world watches with fear, doubt, reservation, and uncertainty about where our future lies. Dr. King’s dream WILL come true for some parent, somewhere, one day. If you don’t believe it then you don’t believe in God’s power to make right the wrongs, to bring order, and to heal. 

Today is the nationally recognized day that we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday. Let it be a day “on” not “off”. Don’t sit back and veg out. Engage and see where you can be a catalyst for positive change, inclusion, and love!

Love,                                                                                                                                      

Natasha 

Scripture


“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the L ORD your God is with you wherever you go.””

– ‭‭JOSHUA‬ ‭1:9‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Prayer

Father thank You for today, another day of life here in this body and with these experiences and challenges behind me, in front of me, and ahead of me. I’m grateful. I don’t regret one moment. Thank You.

Father, You know what I’m facing today. You know my pain, anxiety, pressures, fears, doubts, and concerns. You know my strengths and weaknesses, and You know that I don’t always utilize my strengths well. Help me Father. Strengthen me Lord. Fill me with reminders of my strength and courage.

Father, I refuse to let others tear me down. I refuse to let the enemy beat me down. I will keep standing up to those who are obsessed with hurting, punishing, condemning, humiliating, and intimidating me.

With Your loving grace, I will keep rising. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Reflection

We say that we know that God is with us always, wherever we go, yet we walk around stressed out, fearful, and in a weakened state. So basically, we acknowledge His presence, but keep thinking “I’ve got this” as we keep foolishly trying to steer the wheel, fight our battles, and spiral out of control.

Our lack of courage and strength leaves an opening for the enemy to slide in and further point out your weak spots and shortcomings. Soon our confidence dwindles and we begin to believe some (or all) of the lies the enemy tells us.

Do the opposite of what the enemy expects. Pray and praise rather than sob and complain. Smile through your pain. Let your tears run short. Focus on your strengths and ask God to magnify your positives and diminish that which is negative.

We will either be a Servant and Soldier for Christ, or we will be a puppet for the enemy. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want anyone or anything tying strings to me and pulling them. God doesn’t do it, so why should I allow another source to have its way with me?

Ponder that!

Questions of the Day

1. What would you like to add to today’s prayer and/or reflection?

2. What are your thoughts about today’s message?

3. What issues are you fighting to protect from the enemy’s attack?

4. What cares, worries, and fears are you ready to turn over to God?

5. Who would you like to pray for today?

6. Do you have a testimony that you would like to share? Please do.

Feel free to share your answers, prayers, comments, and reflections in the comment section below. You can also send me an email at: breakingbreadwithnatasha@gmail.com

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Love always,

Natasha

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Natasha’s Daily Scripture, Prayer and Reflection for 5.7.12

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

Pray
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.

Pray
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 abundance.

Choose.

Love,

Natasha

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