February 23, 2018

On Time & Faithful💗

Posted in Inspirational, true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:45 am by Broken & Brave

God was Faithful to divide the Red Sea for Moses to make his escape safely. God was Faithful to roll away the cap stone and become the Corner Stone for all of humanity. He was Faithful to touch the night sky and make it bright with sparkling light. He told the sun where to hang in space and commanded the tides, “Don’t go beyond this place.”

If there is anything I know from my own life experience is that we can trust God’s TIMING. I have witnessed him part the way and create many miracle for myself and my family because we stepped in faith, trusted, obeyed and he parted the way. He can make every crooked place straight. He can open every gate.

I told a dear friend yesterday, who knows everything about me, that I felt I had the most peculiar testimony. Then I heard that friend tell me that I did in fact have a very unique testimony, but it was all my life experiences that have fueled my ability to write.

I couldn’t agree more.

Life experiences are the rich and fertile soil that weave our hearts with the tenderness of heaven if we allow it. The good, the bad, give thanks for it all. God shows his Faithfulness through it all.

I was thinking of my Dad earlier. I took him with me on an outing to an open house for a community outreach in my city yesterday. I thought he would enjoy it. There were old restored cars on display in the parking lot. My Dad wanted to look at them. He peeked inside, outside and under the hood. One car was a low rider-please don’t ask me what kind of car it was, I’m no good with car knowledge- but my Dad knew and he engaged the owner in a conversation and shared stories of his cars of his youth. Instant bond. My Dad had experiences in youth I never had. He grew up in a rough part of his Southern California home town. “The other side of the tracks”, I guess. He had little adult supervision and two brothers. They have a lot of stories. I thank God for his life experiences-so different from how he raised me though. It brought my heart joy to know how God had transformed his life as a young adult man and he took me to the House of God and we all learned, for the first time, about Jesus together. God’s timing was perfect, once again. I can maybe only imagine the childhood I might of had if God hadn’t touched my Dad’s heart and life when he did.
I love my Dad…grateful for him.

I know that I know He is a miracle working God. He is Master Protecter, Provider and Friend. Trust his timing in every moment. Whether you’re expected to be in five places as once (which was me yesterday) or standing near a loved ones sick bed or working toward a goal that seems to go slower than slow. He’s got this! ~Nicole

25 ” The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze,
and your strength will equal your days.
There is no one like the God of Jeshurun,
who rides across the heavens to help you
and on the clouds in his majesty.” Deuteronomy 33:25-26
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February 21, 2018

Ablaze

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:22 am by Broken & Brave

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“He makes his messengers winds, his ministers a flaming fire.”
Psalm 104:4

You can never observe the supernatural with natural eyes and understand what you see.

It won’t look right.

it won’t look right because we’ve not seen it before. It won’t fit into any category of our mind’s frame, our common sense or main stream opinion. It will have a flavor uniquely all its own. It will set ablaze every heart in its path…

Ablaze with true grace, liberty and freedom of soul.

A Fire woken up inside of the hearts it touches, a soul at rest yet never again will it sleep.

His Fire never sleeps and it guards fiercely those He intends to keep…

…in Perfect Peace.

Do not shy away from His Fire. Though it may heat you through, it will never burn you. There will be no smell of smoke upon you. But rather a Glorious Aroma will rise from within you.

Blessings…Nicole

February 19, 2018

Invested

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:28 am by Broken & Brave

The truest generosity, frequently, has little to do with financial wealth.

Sometimes the greatest blessings don’t come out of a place of prosperity. Do not discount yourself from being a tremendous blessing in the life of another. Some of the biggest hearts I’ve ever known, most generous people I have every known, were not wealthy. They understand that when a well is pumped, it doesn’t run dry…it replenishes. Those who are faithful with what they have, receive more…until there is abundance. So, don’t be discouraged! Give generously of yourself!

Sometimes a smile, a note or a friendly hello is all another needs to flow into their potential.
Get invested! ~Nicole

“But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal…”
Matthew 6:20
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February 16, 2018

She Slays

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:30 am by Broken & Brave

“Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongues is the law of kindness…”
Proverbs 31:25-26

Let’s face it, the Proverbs 31 woman slays. She reminds me of a Spartan woman. She is focused like a race horse, her blinders keep her on task and she is not easily derailed by the peripheral view. She knows what lie over the horizon and does not easily perplex herself with pettiness or idleness. She knows who she is and she has full confidence in her King. After all, He made her, He equipped her and He wired her with His Love, Care and Ability.

She is secure.
She is gentle.
She has stamina and endurance.
She has a WE CAN attitude because she is a team player.

Ladies, we are capable of all of these things. The Proverbs 31 woman is not a lofty dream. Our men should see it in us as we demonstrate it. Our abilities EMPOWER them to be more than Conquerers.

YOU are the Key. You can do it and do it marvelously! Christ gave you his Champion Playbook! ~Nicole

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February 15, 2018

A Home for your Heart

Posted in Inspirational, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:16 pm by Broken & Brave

“Come Home”. Don’t let the cares of this world draw you aside from the Presence of God. He possesses an infinite amount of comfort, care and every thing you need in this life. Draw back in His heart, rest in His Word and settle yourself through prayer. He is waiting for you there…so come home. Allow God’s heart to be your home. New or old, it is as precious as gold.

Imagine being gone on a trip or somewhere far from home. You miss your comforts and familiarities and you even miss sleeping in your own bed. When you arrive there are your loved ones, those with whom you do life. This is how it is when we rest in the Lord. It feels like a homecoming. ~Nicole

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
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February 13, 2018

Dig Deep

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:16 am by Broken & Brave

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Every new level will require you to get out your shovel. You’ve got to dig deep. It may require you lose some sleep. It may require you resolve and understand that to have more later you must give up some things right now. You have to keep your mind focused and body disciplined.
Training for some natural bodybuilding competitions and I am reminded of the recent passing away of a friend. After my very first show, I knew little of how to properly pose. I knew less about how people would react to my desire to persist. My friend, an experienced posing coach and bodybuilder told me the most encouraging thing and it inspires me still today…He said, many people train to compete. Many people talk about doing a show. Many set the goal. But those who put their toes on the “X” are no nonsense. Sometimes the greatest accomplishment is found in the “Do”.

How about you? Time to go to the #nextlevel no matter what you aspire to do. Get out your shovel, dig deep and surprise yourself with the extraordinary potential you’ve got locked down deep! –Nicole

February 12, 2018

The Anchor Holds

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:09 am by Broken & Brave

Life may push you down, but God will always pick you up! His Anchor holds tight and whispers everything will be alright! ~Nicole

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The Anchor Holds!
What ever stress or struggle your day may hold for you…little or great…
you can rest in complete Grace. God’s got you covered! He always protects His Treasures from being lost at sea! ~Nicole

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” Hebrews 6:19

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February 11, 2018

Snuggle Bug

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:14 am by Broken & Brave

My little guy is a snuggle bug. Has been since day one. We literally could sit all day hugging and holding and saying I love you and other endearing words. And we often do.

When he was two Years old he would like to climb on my back and when he did he would say, “Hold tight.” In fact, if he walks toward me saying “Hold tight” I know what he is after.

Sometimes, lots of times, that’s how I feel with God. I reach my arms to him and say, “Hold me tight”. Nothing captivates my heart like the embrace, the Comfort, the gentle whispers in my ear of my Heavenly Father. God is a Good Father, but He also has the heart of a Mother. Nothing else satisfies my soul like Him. Try it. You will like it. It’s a prayer so simple yet Abba understands. “Hold tight” everything is going to be alright. ~Nicole
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February 9, 2018

YAH can do it!

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , at 7:11 am by Broken & Brave

“For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation. Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:2-3

When you find an exercise program you love you keep doing it. For me, I love to lift heavy weights and I love to sprint. I re-racked my weights and thought to myself how much I love to lift heavy. But there is someone else who loves to lift heavy things as well. He can lift your every care, trouble and sorrow and replace it with hope for tomorrow. He can carry you in every way. There is no load to heavy, he can lift it all…even the Cross.

Lean on Him. He is the lifter of heavy burdens and He is the lifter of souls.

Trust Him…Everything is going to be alright! ~Nicole
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February 7, 2018

Carpe Diem

Posted in Uncategorized at 10:57 am by Broken & Brave

Seize the Day!

Today is a gift. Everyday before this one…a treasure. Good or bad, painful or joy filled. Abundance or lack…you’ve got breath in your body and blood in your bones. God has something for you to do. So take advantage of every day.

Carpe Diem: Latin for seize the day!

It’s all up to you. Will you waste it? Celebrate it? Or will you take advantage of it and enjoy every ounce of it? Enjoy it!

I pray you have a Carpe Diem kind of day! ~Nicole

“And I commend joy, for man has no good thing under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.” Ecc. 8:15
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