October 21, 2018

Remembered

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“I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;
therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.”

Psalm 45:17

I pray this day we listen for the heartbeat of God. I pray we hear His heart for us. I pray we feel and encounter His Presence.

He is present even when our hearts are at bay.

God’s love is Relentless.

‪“Part of the risk of loving is the risk that you will get hurt. But we must realize that the potential pain is worth it.” Rebecca StJames‬

God has taken enormous chance on you, to love you, to save you, to see you through.

Hold on, Beloved. Be Loved. The Champion of Heaven is taking off His gloves! He’s got Resurrection Power to Intercede and help you over come every trial as light and momentary.

You can REST with Him.♥️

~Nicole

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October 20, 2018

Whole ♥️ Heart

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

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One of the ways the Holy Spirit moves is by using stories that we can relate to. Stories in the Word. Stories in the lives of others. Stories we hear from others. I guess God loves a good story. He understands that life is a story and it is one worth telling.

When I read about the crucifixion of Christ in the Word I can hardly get through it. I can read and try to imagine the physical pain and anguish he consumed, but I haven’t had a lot of physical pain in my life so it’s harder for me to understand it in the core of my soul. I am actually pretty grateful for this. But when I read of his death and the road to Calvary I can hardly contain how his emotional anguish pierces me. The scorn, the ridicule, the rejection.

When you experience abuse at a young age it sort of sticks with you a bit and serves as a filter for every relationship and experience. When you’ve had a fair amount of abuse you shut down on the inside. I did that one for a lot of years. Shutting down. You wouldn’t have known I was shut down outwardly. I was a nice person (maybe a little more cynical and sarcastic back then), I seemed to be well liked by many, but on the inside I was petrified of people. I didn’t dare let them into my heart. I had no idea I was doing this, it was all subconscious. I did not give myself permission to bond.

But God is so good and so kind. He began to speak to my soul and tell me how much I was adored and He took His time with it. He understood I wasn’t going to change overnight. He knew He would have to walk with me a bit in order for me to grasp and understand that He was in it with me—for the long haul. I guess it’s like watering a field of hard soil and tiling it until it becomes soft, workable, playable, ready. The human heart is so much the same. When a person has been hurt, especially at a young age, it hardens them a bit for preservation purposes. The remarkable thing God taught me through all of His tender mercies and attention, is that I was not only deeply loved and wanted, but I wanted to love others as Christ had loved me. Because I am extremely/sensitive tender hearted, that’s how God speaks to me. So, in turn, that’s how I speak to others. That’s how I want to speak to others so they can feel a measure of what great love God wants to speak to them, too.

Satan will always attack you hardest in the areas of your greatest vulnerability and ability. He will hit your Calling hard. The very thing that gives you the most heartache and pain is probably linked to the area God wants to cultivate and use you for.

Have you struggled with emotional pain? Have you been abused? Did you think it was all your fault? Well, it’s not. Abuse is abuse and it comes from a hurting world. The abuser hurts just as much as the abused. God loves us all regardless of our past, our present our circumstances. He is a Mighty Healer. He is Mighty to save. He is able to deliver. Take a moment today to thank Him for your trials. I know that sounds outrageous. Thank God for pain? Grab hold of a “It is well with my soul” mindset. We may not ever know why bad things happen to good people or why we walk through the difficulties we do. But God knows the greater inside us all. He is ready and able and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Prayer:

“Dear Lord, It is well with my soul. Whatever the Lord wills to be will be. It was never up to me. I trust you completely. Amen”

God says to you now, “I will be the greatest cheerleader of your life, even when you put me on the sidelines.”

God is with you friends, even when it hurts. Even when you cannot see Him. Even when….even when….

Be blessed today. God’s got good, good things to say about you.

~Nicole

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

October 17, 2018

Heart-Deep

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:14 am by Broken & Brave

“The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving to all He has made.”
Psalm 145:13

Good morning to all of you beautiful people. The fact that I cannot actually see your lovely self right now is mere technicality. I know WHO’s you are so I know you possess heart beauty and it’s stunning! Wishing you a gorgeous Day! Take time to practice the habit of BELIEF today. He is a supernatural, extraordinary, splendid God who bestows FAVOR extraordinary on all he has made. He cares about our habits, make the habit of belief one you practice to make perfect…perfectly established in your mind!

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“The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving to all He has made.”
Psalm 145:13

“Plant a word of love “heart-deep” in a persons life. Nurture it with a smile & a prayer and watch what happens!”
-Bob Beaudine

Meditate on this Psalm today. Own it in your heart. Let it warm you over like a soothing massage. Absorb it into your being. Rest in it. Take Comfort from it. God is all things Beautiful and He made you. He dwells about you and would like residence in your heart just like a best friend. He is with you until the end.

~Nicole

October 16, 2018

Embody

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

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Embody~
to give a concrete form to; express, personify, or exemplify in concrete form: to embody an idea in an allegorical painting.

We all stand for something in the depths of our heart, mind and soul. What is it you stand for? How does what you stand for exude from your soul?

If your soul could speak what would it say? How would others relate or be moved to breathe more deeply by the words it would speak? Would those words be spoken soft or sweetly? What would they evoke in the heart, mind and soul of others?

Your life is a message and it just might be providing a road map for others. You have influence every single day. You have the ability to control how you think, what you do and what you say. You can know that everywhere you go you are a walking sign board for the Lord.

You can make a fortune owning billboards.

…You know, those tall walls of advertisements you see on highways and around town. We know a fellow who purchased tons of them in Vegas and is now one of the richest men in that town. He rents those boards and makes a mint so others can use them to influence with marketing…buy this…do that…go there.

But you, my friend, are the very same thing. You have influence. You can stand tall and know who you are in Christ no matter the dimensions of your physical stature or positional stature. The greater the platform the greater the reach, but this shouldn’t stop anyone from knowing the intense influence they possess in every day life. Your life has merit and influence.

How can I influence?

By doing what you need to do with superb effort and heart. By smiling and showing yourself friendly to strangers and familiar faces. By displaying kindness, service, sacrifice, encouragement to whoever God puts in your path. As His grace emits from you you are illuminating the path, the heart, the hope of others. You may never know the Power your words, your disposition, your pleasantries contain.

Never think too little of yourself and never think yourself too little. Walk meekly, with humility and all the while a stoic sense of duty to represent the King well. He will shine through you so the world around you can know Him.

Embody your Savior…you add a certain flavor to this world that couldn’t be the same without you! ~Nicole💗

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

2 Cor. 3:18

October 15, 2018

Stay Strong

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:50 am by Broken & Brave

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To be physically strong, you must do physically strong things.
To be spiritually strong you must do spiritually strong things.

These are both two different things-
yet, they are connected and can be the same thing.

“Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.” Eph. 6:11

Never lose your Hope.

Sometimes even when you are trying to do the right thing, wrong things happen. Tis true for everyone. Do not become discouraged in your efforts to do well.

Finish Strong.

The only people who fail are those who quit. So if you don’t quit, you win. Win what? Well, that depends, but the prize is never about “beating someone” unless it’s an athletic event. Winning is about personal growth, discipline, expanding personal potential.

Winners know how to manage their complaints. They understand that negativity will sabotage your own ability to persevere. So, instead of recapping past bad experiences in fear of their reoccurrence, recap your miracles and declare the reoccurrence of the good! God means for you to win! So don’t quit!

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2-3

Finish Strong.

God knew how your life would look all along. He’s got you!

When you are in the world-but not of it-you will feel the pressures all around. Ah, but God, He will give Grace to rise above it. Beautiful.

God causes my heart to marvel every single day.

YOU have the brave heart as that of a lion; the absolute ROAR of the Father ignites in your soul. Rise up Champion! For you, Gods got MORE! Do you believe it? How much is an abundance anyway?

Follow your heart, it has instinct. Take courage, dreams have lofty price tags. Follow your path, it is your own.

Nothing will be impossible for you…
So go ahead and ROAR!

~Nicole

October 14, 2018

Eyes Wide…

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“I could do it with my eyes closed”

Have you ever heard this expression or maybe even said it yourself? It implies a certain level of mastery at any given skill, art or ability. It suggests the activity is so second nature to a person they can do it well without even seeing what they are doing. They feel it. They know it. They own it.

How about trusting God?

Trusting God is a bit like doing something with your eyes shut. You can’t always see what He is up to. You may not understand what he wants you to do. The directions may not be clear. So you try to comply, but maybe it feels a bit like your hands are tied so you’ve just got to trust.

So don’t rush. Don’t force something. Just appreciate the Lord’s timing. He will encourage you through. He will support you. And despite Him being Creator of the Universe and all—He will serve you. He is he is humble and gentle—
Kindness is His mantle.

He’s just awesome like that.

So practice faith today into a well developed art even if you must do it with your eyes shut.

He is a light to your feet and a lamp to your path. He knows the road to go and every curve of that road. Every bump, hill and valley. He can navigate it all.

His eyes are always open and always watching you with faithfulness so true.

~Nicole💗

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”

2 Cor. 5:7

October 13, 2018

Redeemed

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Prayer of Prose

Lord, Sweet and Precious Savior. Water my Garden. Give me moisture from Heaven—for by your Spirit I am refreshed and Renewed. You are the glue that holds me together. You are the fertilizer that nourishes me to the root. You planted seeds of hope in the deepest parts of me. You lead me and caused me to explore and find the floor of my heart—causing me to discover the depths within.

I am quieted by the noise of your waterfall. Cascade over me. I am a Bloom in your Garden, grafted into your Tree carefully and intentionally.

How grateful I am, Lord, that you picked me. Amen

Some days all we can do is praise and I think that’s just how it’s meant to be. Our hearts whole focus on the One who died for me. He died for you, too.

“You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.” John 15:16

October 12, 2018

Try, Try & Try Again!

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:46 am by Broken & Brave

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Perseverance is a necessary precursor to anything great…

Here is a historical example of people to be grateful for their ability to dream big and persevere…Orville and Wilbur Wright, the creators of the first airplane.

When these two brothers were boys their father gave them a toy helicopter made of cork, paper and a rubber band. This was their source of inspiration to become the first men to fly for the first time a free, controlled flight by a power-driven airplane. Did you know that Wilbur didn’t even receive his high school diploma? I challenge you to research all the trials they had in their efforts to develop this plane. It wasn’t easy. They had all kinds of things go wrong. Then, when they did fly, no one believed them and many didn’t even appreciate their achievement. Instead of becoming discouraged and giving up, they persisted without exception and took their invention to Europe in hopes of further success and they found it. Once returning to the US they were wealthy and famous and began filling contracts for airplanes in both the United States and Europe.

Don’t quit. Never fail to believe that God can and is willing to do anything to show up and show off for you. Believe it! Behind every storm the Son is still shining. ⛅️~Nicole

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

October 11, 2018

The Push Away Diet

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The Push Away Diet Plan

“Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning…For He is gracious and merciful. Slow to anger, and of great kindness.” Joel 2:12-13

There was a woman who receive a remarkable healing in her body. She was so exuberant with joy she wrote her Pastor to tell him the good news. She finished her letter by asking, “Do you think God would do anything about my being overweight?” The Pastor wrote her back and congratulated her on her miracle, and replied to her question regarding her weight , “This kind only goes out by fasting.”

Sometimes the best diet is the push away diet plan. You’ve got to push away from the table until your body weight becomes balanced and stable. But this applies to everything. You’ve got to push away from negative and deleterious thinking. You’ve got to push away from harboring pain of your past, bitterness and resentment. You have to push aside feelings of inadequacy or inability. You’re really quite wonderful and those things that weigh you down will hold you down if you allow it. Lighten the load! Fitness isn’t just for the body-it’s for the soul. You’ve got glow! So as you remember to be kind to others, be kind to yourself as well! -Nicole

October 10, 2018

Deposits

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When you’ve planted seed you don’t have to worry about a thing. God can be trusted to bring to fruition that which He intended the seed for in the first place.

Have you ever had the Lord lean deep into your heart and ask you to do something that made no sense to your common sense? But there He was, His Faithful and Holy Spirit, whittling away at your rationale and poking holes in your well thought through intentions and gleaning something that wields strength from outside of common sense in the realm of the unknown…the faith zone.

The faith zone always resides well outside your comfort zone. It is there though—a portion of your soul committed to grow. The seeds of Hope planted at Calvary rest inside you deep.

Water your heart.

Nurture your mind—

stimulate it if you will—but don’t put your souls direction in its hands. Your faith must lead by command. Your heart holds the keys to your destiny. Where your heart is your life will surely follow.

Allow God to direct your heart.
Set your affections in Him.
He has the power to hold your gaze and lock arms with you as only the Creator of everything could do. He has designs on your life greater than anything you could create on your own.

Concede. Rely on Him for everything. Follow your heart…it has merit.
Dig deep—it has caverns and depth you perhaps haven’t ever reached. God wants you to explore His heart so He can build your faith and create for you a space of utter fullness of contentment. Vastly content and happy. Living by faith is the only way to fully access it.

Seeds have been sown in the garden of your heart. When God looks at you He sees a lush field of evergreen trees, vines with fruit clusters, hope divine and glorious blooms specifically designed to besot you.

God has plans for your life. Are you trusting him completely? Are you more reliant on common sense than His Power And Goodness?

God’s got you. Allow the luster and shine of His heart for you break through.

You have been earmarked for Glory.♥️

~Nicole

“Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Matthew 19:26

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