December 13, 2017

Awakened

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:12 am by Broken & Brave

All of life is a message.
What is yours saying?
All of life is a song.
What is yours singing?
All of life if full of opportunity.
Are you taking any chances?

The Kingdom of God does not come by observation…

One of the greatest achievements for the Christian life is to live a Spirit lead life. Being lead by the Spirit is not easy. You will experience difficulty and immense spiritual warfare when you choose and decide to abide in your stride and walk faithfully at the Lord’s side as He guides you to Rivers of Refreshment. You will encounter great difficulties for the Spirit lead Believer is the Enemy of Heavens greatest threat outside of the Almighty himself.
But if you can overcome…and you can.
If you can dig deep and press through the ravenous terrain.
If you can trench through the muck and the mire and get to the other side…
Not only will you possess a life that completely inspires, but you will personally receive God’s great reward for Faithfulness and obedience.

The Spirit lead life will challenge you. You will permanently move and live outside of your comfort zone. It is a narrow road. Unfortunately, few choose it so it can also be a lonely road. But you never go alone. The Almighty HE is the most stable, able supplemental strength you could ever ask for. He goes, too, right beside you. So go ahead…

Live Brave!

Everything worth having in life requires work. Requires effort. Your life may be “good” on a scale of “Good, Better, Best”. Take actions steps today toward living your BEST life! Finish Strong!

Does anything you’ve read that I’ve said speak to you? Are you facing battles you don’t understand or mountains too ominous to defeat on your own?

You are not alone.
You do not go it alone.
God cups your heart in His hands and He makes no demands.
He just want to comfort you today.

“The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”
Jeremiah 1:12

Shalom. May the Peace of God stir the Heavens and pour out a delightful portion of Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Kindness, Thanksgiving, Tenderness and Resilient Strength that supplies for your every need. He is like the almond tree in Jeremiah 1:12. The Hebrew word, shoked, also called the “Awake Tree” hastens. The Lord is awake and watching over you. He is not dormant in your situation. He has Hidden Treasures awaiting you and He will bring forth the accelerated blessing.

Open your eyes…
Be awakened, too.💛

~Nicole

“But The Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me…”
2 Timothy 2:17

 

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December 12, 2017

Glorious, Radiant & Quiet

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:58 am by Broken & Brave

They say that when a woman is pregnant she has a radiance, a glow about her. She is beaming from the inside out.

The same is true when we experience the fullness of God…

It’s not anything that can be explained, only experienced. It is always very real, very personal and unique to the individual who experiences it.

The evidence of the experience is apparent on the persons countenance, much like the glow of the pregnant woman. It is a Radiance that comes with a heart that The Lord has etched His mark upon. Glorious Joy, Radiant Peace, a quietness of soul that gives Rest.

Long for it.

Seek after it.

You will not be denied.

-Nicole💛

“Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with Joy…”
Isaiah 60:5

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December 11, 2017

Last Dance

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:11 am by Broken & Brave

Align yourself into the rhythm of His Divine Dance. A playful and poetic analogy for walking, breathing, living, running and being still in God.💛

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It is the last dance, the last chance to whirl and spin with glee. The song will end, the lights were dimmed, but will brighten again as the party comes to an end.

All of life is a celebration, a chance to dance about with freedom of expression that is the true you trying to get out. Break free from the things that haunt you and entangle, restrictively telling you what to do, who to be, when you only want to be free to be who the Creator made you to be.

There is a dance deep inside of you, that only you know of. There is a God in heaven who sees your heart because he choreographed your deepest desires with His creative love. He knows. He understands. He possesses the ability to connect with you in every way. He gave you freedom to dance and put the song…

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December 10, 2017

Intrinsic Worth

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:10 am by Broken & Brave

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
Matt. 13:45-46

A pearl is protected in the center of a muscle, covered by the shell of the oyster until it is fully cultivated and prepared. Once extracted, you have a beautiful jewel with intrinsic value.

I have a client who I’ve been training, on and off, for several years now. I’ve known her close to a decade. She is advanced in years and hates exercise, but knows it’s good for her so she does it. We have a marvelous time together and I make it as pleasurable experience for her as I can, engaging her heart in conversation.

This past week she was sharing some traditions and things she does for her grandchildren at Christmas time. I love this woman and her life story, rich with zest and love for her family. She shared a beautiful tradition with me how each girl, her daughters when young and now her granddaughters, receive a single pearl to save. As the years go by and the children grow they have enough pearls collected to create a strand to wear on their neck. Isn’t this lovely? Each pearl not only unique, but the story and season which each girl receives it will be a cherished and unique memory also. I’m sappy and sentimental this way. I’m more interested in the story and the sentiment behind a gift than the nature of material worth of it.

You are like a rare and precious pearl. The contents of your heart, your hopes, dreams and aspirations are like treasures hidden within. God knows it is a place of safe keeping. That’s why He has placed it there. ~Nicole

December 9, 2017

Time Together

Posted in Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:07 am by Broken & Brave

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This is an incredible hour-

my time with you, Lord, I always completely devour.

There is no such thing as gluttony when it comes to partaking of your Presence. You are a Generous Host. You set a special place at your table for me and your portions are generous…heaping and steeping as your Goodness spills over. Your plates you serve upon are ornate with beauty. All things that attract my eye because you are all things attractive. Who else could there be?…You are ALL.

There is absolutely no one else like you. You’re head and shoulders above the rest and with your company I am blessed-

You are a lavisher of love.

The moisture in your Voice soothes every dry patch of heart, mind and soul. Ever so gentle are you. The only thing difficult about spending time with you is leaving…

Once in your Presence the Magnificence lingers, the touch of Heaven’s Fingers and I would be remiss to not linger-

But the day calls on, so I carry on, but your portion I carry with me (John 13:35). With it I receive the fragrant, sweet and content joy that came from my time spent with you…
Everything goes better when I get my time with you.💛

“Dwell in love and you will dwell in God.” – William Law

“The Lord’s love is the love of communication all that He has to all His creatures; for He desires the happiness of all; and a similar love prevails in those who love him, because the Lord is in them”

– Emanuel Swedenborg

December 8, 2017

Protected

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:01 am by Broken & Brave

I woke early this am with the words…a strand of three cords can not be easily broken…rolling about in my head.

God is like a fighter pilot going off to battle to war against every negative thing that comes against your heart and soul. He guards over you like a buried treasure. Others see the exterior, the package and the wrapping so to speak. But God sees beneath all of that to something much deeper…the real gift and measure of his pleasure. He sees your heart, mind and soul. So he goes to war and famishes the wants and desires of Adversities appetite by refusal. He thwarts every wicked scheme the Enemy of your Soul prepares, and he defeats it in advance before it has any real teeth.

Sometimes we feel the sting or prick of being bit in life-but it’s got no real bite. When we allow our Captain to be our Guide we survive. We escape. The ravages of adversities flames may lick at us, but they cannot have us.

Yoke your heart to the One who is Faithful, Stoic, Fierce, Friendly, Gentle, yet full of Valor. He is strategic in all of plans and purposes for your life. Tie your heart to him. Anchor your Hope. Designate your faith. Release your heart with abandon to his grace and allow love to take its proper place.

He will Restore every broken or dead branch with new life. He will surround you with supplemental strength and add his kisses to your life. He will hold you from the inside and it will be better than any hug you’ve ever had– for he knows how to reach in deep and fondle the soul of every man. His love is deep. He will lay a foundation and structure a few strands of longevity with others who are willing to walk the path beside you. God can do whatever he wants, but he tends to want to see us do crazy amazing things and he plants vision in those around you who are equipped to help see you through. But more than anything else–he is with you.

Whatever you face today. Whatever you are going through. Whatever seeks to devour you…you have no reason to fear, worry or feel alone.

God is in your corner.
Rise up.
Take your day.
Be brave.
You are not alone.
💛

“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Ecc. 4:12

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December 7, 2017

My God Heals

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:59 am by Broken & Brave

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“However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—”
1 Cor. 2:9

I have so much in my heart this morning and I am not sure how to begin, how to properly unload my heart upon the page. I feel the anticipation of my pen- as though it were a calligraphy pen with a flood of the ink. Too much too soon and it will ruin the artwork. But a gentle touch and glide and a beautiful manuscript in eloquent penmanship transcribes.

The love of heaven is a beautiful thing.

I think I’ve spent my entire life in the Garden of God’s heart. It just took me many years to realize it. My heart always tender to him. I could feel his light and love even though I didn’t understand fully how to have a friendship with him. In all His kindness He patiently waited for me to grow and mature and then He began to court my heart like a proper Gentleman would. What a wonderful journey-

My purpose today is to share of my faith and what the Lord did for me yesterday and has carried over into today and I know into the days to follow…

I blogged earlier in the month of November how I had stepped out in faith and went a new direction with my bodybuilding competitions. It was enormously prosperous to my soul and beneficial, but just days prior to leaving for my first trip I became sick. I went ahead and competed in two shows back to back completely under the weather. I thought once I was home I could rest and replenish and I’d recover quickly for I knew I was depleted and I knew what to do to properly nourish with food. I have a very strong immune system and I eat impeccably so I had confidence with God’s grace within two weeks max I’d be over it. Keep in mind that being sick for two weeks is near unheard of for me. I just don’t get sick. My whole life I have been blessed with wonderful health, strong immunity, but then knowing what I know homeopathically is an added bonus.

Guess what happened, I didn’t get better, in fact I went day to day not feeling any better at all. I’d have a day a little better then it seemed I relapsed the next. I hardly trained the entire month of November. I cancelled client after client for nearly two weeks. By 8 pm each night I could barely keep my eyes open and I was resting and napping much during the day. I was not able to kick whatever had a grip.

I was praying and praying and seeking God’s face. Then one morning I woke to hear his Spirit remind me with a whisper, “Spoonful of Jesus”. This is the title of a blog I wrote sometime ago about how to use the word of God like medicine. I responded to the Lord, “Of course…of course.” Though I had been praying I hadn’t attacked the sickness like a spirit. I was treating it like a frustration. Next, the Lord reminded me of my friend and her miraculous healing and I have written about that in a blog titled, “Christmas Courage”. I replied again, “Of course, Lord”.

I have quite a bit of Joy. I can confidently say I have a mantle and anointing for Joy. I remember the exact day I received it and where I was. I felt it pour over me and run down my head and my back, thick and warm as I imagine warmed honey would feel. This was all supernatural in experience, cannot be adequately explained like most intimate encounters with God-can only be experienced. That’s what makes them personal and sweet…the favor of God drips like honey.

So, I counted my Joy and reminded myself of the example my dear friend- who was dying, yet had an unwavering Joy despite severe illness. Despite my ability to be joyful I struggled. That’s an all new arena of Joy I have little experience with for I never get sick. I praised. I worshipped and I laid the battle at the Lords feet, but I also struggled.

I had been contending in prayer to God regarding my health and recovery and I was seeing no change. Every morning I’d wake up feeling no better than the day before. I asked my husband to lay hands on me and pray. I have had experience with spiritual warfare intercessions in times before where when I found myself unsuccessful when I’d have him pray the spirit would lift. But nothing. No relief.

I lie in bed one night last week, the evening of the day I had asked my husband to pray…and I heard the Lord’s still voice speak clearly to my soul.

“Nicole, I have Anointed your hands to be healing hands, heal yourself.”

I realized what He wanted me to do. I had been praying and asking God, but I hadn’t truly with intention attacked it like a spirit, called it out and sent it away. I hadn’t taken advantage of my gift. So this is what I began to do, and wouldn’t you know, as is not uncommon with dealing with a principality…it stepped up its game and fought back. I felt even sicker for the next several days! But I knew what was happening, I am seasoned in this type of warfare, so I dug my heels in despite feeling so tired and ill I was constantly on the verge of tears. My joy seemed to have gone into hibernation and I was now also fending off discouragement. But I just kept praying and kept prophesying that I would be completely healed before Friday. And every time I wearied I would declare out loud…

“When I am weak, He is Strong.”

Yesterday I think I took a two hour nap. I felt a little better when I woke, well at least a bit more rested. But by evening I was feeling horrible again. I had kids who had places to be and my little one I wouldn’t dare miss him getting to his favorite class at church. I was looking forward to it also. It was to be a healing service and I knew it would be the icing on the cake, the supplemental strength I needed for this battle. But I just wasn’t sure I felt well enough to go…but off we went. Faith must do the opposite of the flesh.

I walked in a little late, the music was already going and I slide into my seat and my heart slipped into the song and I could feel my heart immediately slip into the Arms of my True Love. He didn’t hesitate. My God immediately gave me my request. I could feel Him work Himself into my soul more deeply, filling me to overflow and it renewed my Joy and I dare say rewarded me with with even more of it than before, and His Spirit pushed out the darkness that had been afflicting my flesh and my body immediately felt better. I knew I had received my healing. I began to weep with gratitude. “Then He spoke again and said, “I am going to bless you for all of your obedience.” I was overcome by His Goodness.

I still had congestion in my head, but I didn’t hurt anymore. My energy was back to normal. Lethargy had departed. My Joy complete.

My God is a Healer. Sometimes all it takes to boost another’s faith is a story. This is my story. You may not believe it. Hearing God’s voice may be foreign to you. This is all alright. But I pray the Lord take what you have read and work it with His needle and thread and sow the Power of His Touch and His Love to your heart. He would wrap Himself around you and warm you with Love that can fit only you like a custom made glove. God loves you. Whatever you have need of, He has the answer. He delights to answer…

Blessings-
May Heaven Greet you this day with a Holy Kiss. May He set your soul ablaze as He captures your gaze and creates a delicate fabric of finely woven blessings and covers you with it. He is truly amazing…

Nicole

 

December 6, 2017

ALL

Posted in Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:01 am by Broken & Brave

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Lord,

How can I adequately sing a song of praise to you? How can I properly change my heart to execute your Goodness, Mercy and Love?
There is no one like you…
Not on the earth.
Not under the earth-
Nor can one be found in the sea or within the heavens.
You alone are ALL.
Because you are ALL- and that means everything, there could never be another like you.
May your pen change me,
Mend me, mold me, conform and transform me into your likeness daily. Not to try to be you- but to be a living, breathing reason for another to believe in earth, just as every angel does in heaven.

Angels do exist-
and sometimes they are no more than Heavens gentle kiss on the life and the bliss of human hearts that may at one time been broken or cold.
You reach…
You touch…
You create beauty is us…
We never grow old.
We are made new, through and through.
Each day we are brand new.
You don’t recycle us – you actually create new life in us and this is a glorious thing.

May the kiss of heaven be with you this and every day…
Creating magical memories and miracles –
Profound miracles along the Way.
Love is the Greeting Card of Heaven. Signed. Sealed. Delivered.

~Nicole

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December 5, 2017

Soul Garden

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:05 am by Broken & Brave

The Lords heart is like a Garden.
The words He floods my heart with are likened to a lush and fragrant Garden.
The war room of heaven is a Garden.
God is a Master Gardener and He tills the soil of my heart.
He removes every root and branch that does not belong.
He fertilizes the soil with His Goodness, Mercy, Kindness and Love.
Nobody has ever noticed me like my Heavenly Father.
No one has ever made me feel at home and like I belong and am where I am supposed to be like He does.

I love the Garden.

I long for the Garden.

He clips my flowers and displays my heart like a bloom in a vase and then He showcases my love for Him with the fluid of my pen.

All I’ve ever had to give Him was my heart and He took it– and though to me it did not seem like much,
to Him it was all He needed.

I have obeyed you fully Lord.
I have walked in your ways and done according to your plans for me.
All I can be…
is all of you in me.
I am a Garden,
may others be refreshed in my presence.

~Nicole

December 4, 2017

Inspired Life

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:53 am by Broken & Brave

Everyone who knows me knows my passion for health, fitness and nutrition and their impact on quality of life. I know it was God who stirred this passion and purpose in me. I didn’t play a lot of sports growing up. I wasn’t on a bunch of teams. No cheesy photos of me in a uniform. I cheered throughout high school and swam one year on swim team to stay in shape. But this deep desire was in me to be well, eat well, do well. I had no outside influence for this. My family does not share my passion for health and fitness. Not a coach, mentor or teacher telling me of my potential. I was almost always picked last or next to last for everything. My drive was all God, all spoken internal. I was 13 years old and was already thinking about lifelong wellness and disease prevention. Only God can do that. What 13 year old thinks of such things on their own? I never had mentors to pull me under their wing. In fact, most of my entire life I had the opposite. I was told I didn’t measure up, I wasn’t good enough, smart enough or didn’t do it right. For a long time I believed it.

I love to sprint for cardiovascular fitness and to stay lean. Almost year round I will squeeze in a quick 10 minute sprint routine at the start of my day. Most days I now use the track at my kids school. The grounds keepers at the school have a little girl who is sometimes there waiting for her parents before being taken to school. My first encounters with her she was bashful and hid away when she saw me. But over time she popped herself out to be seen, but still, very far away. But little by little she would come watch me run.

One morning I got to the track to feast my eyes on a little 8 year old girl, who isn’t in the best of shape or weight, out on the track running her sprints.

Every sprint I’ve ever run, every bit of effort to encourage another I’ve ever given, was in that moment completely worth it. I had prayed just that morning if God would please use me that day to inspire another life higher. I specifically prayed for that little girl and that she would be inspired by me. God is so good, so faithful, so kind. I still pray for that little one, she talks my ear off now. I pray that she would find her drive and live her life to its fullest. Blessings for a glorious day. Your life an Inspired Asset of Heaven.

As we run, we pray and God makes the way.
-Nicole

“…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”

Heb. 12:1

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