October 18, 2017

Wait for a Second…

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“I Am is calling…you out of a dark and dusty wasteland.
I Am…is turning His gaze to you only the way a lover would do.
I Am…is fortified and preparing a place for you.
I Am…has tucked you deep into the chambers of his heart, where for many it is dark as night, but I Am has come to dispose your personal darkness with Oceans of Delight. Everyplace in your heart, your mind, your life that has remained dormant and quiet will now spring forth in abundant light. I Am is the God of the Second Chance.”

He is the God of the Second Chance. He is a God fully invested in your Future Grace. He is the God committed to helping you succeed. He is the God who is faithful to meet your every need. He is the God who cares and He is Faithful. Day in, day out, He is faithful to stand by your side, walking out the days of your life as though it were a rigid assignment of the Lord appointed to protect and lead. Like a valiant steed, carrying you over rubble and graveled terrain. He won’t allow any harm to come to your frame.

He is the God of the Second Chance and His chances are eternal and without limit. Everyday he washes away any painful memory of the past and gives you a second chance.

Embrace his chances today.
Life is lovely, let him live it with you.

Do you have any areas of your life you feel out of chances, like it’s just too late? Well, for God, this is merely the starting gate. His tender Mercies and Compassions never fail. He is for you with unlimited chances to adore you every day.

~Nicole

“Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him!”
Isaiah 30:18

“The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness,” Psalm 18:28

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them.”

Isaiah 42:16

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October 17, 2017

Brave

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , , , at 2:57 am by Broken & Brave

JOY has a Name.
PEACE has a Name.
LOVE has a Name…
And all are encapsulated in a heart that is Brave.

You are Brave.

What does it mean to be brave?

The answer is yours to complete. The only requirements to meet are to dig deep and live out fully-paying attention to the details-the path God has charted for your life. To step out in faith-Despite any fear of making a mistake because you know you take God’s Grace and blessing with you. There is a Journey out there that is yours alone to do. Heavens got a Who’s Who and it includes you.

You are a Difference Maker.
Let’s go…the lives of others may only take shape after you step out in faith. ~Nicole

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October 14, 2017

Best Yet…(don’t forget)

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:28 am by Broken & Brave

“I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” Psalm 101:2

Everyday can be the best day of your life if your hearts mindset is right. Whether you have grand plans or daily chores, when you do it all for The Lord it can be amazing! How do you do it all for The Lord? A lot of that has to do with expectation.

If you crawl out of bed sour and grumpy every morning you are expecting sour grumpy mornings every night before you go to bed. Just because that’s how it’s been in the past doesn’t mean today can’t be a new day! God gave you this day and whatever you expect from it is generally what you will get. If you expect conflict and trouble, your attitude of heart just may be projecting conflict and trouble. If you are expecting a good result from tasks or obligations you may not want to perform, your attitude will be brighter in the midst of your work and this will be like a pleasing aroma attracting others around you.

Get up each day DECIDED that you will have a good day and circumstances and others are going your way! What we perceive and believe is usually what we receive. Change your outlook and watch how the flow of your day goes…Life is an EXCITING ADVENTURE! ~Nicole

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October 13, 2017

Just. Plain. Great.

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:38 am by Broken & Brave

Have you ever stopped to really consider your own beliefs about what GOD thinks about you? I have no doubt you have already pondered what you think about yourself. Truly take a moment to consider this profound yet simple truth.

GOD THINKS YOU’RE GREAT.

That’s it. Not great with potential, though that’s true, too. Not great at something, though He is aware of your strengths and weaknesses. Just GREAT. So, if His thoughts toward you are great that means greatness dwells within you. So why do you spend so much time frowning on your negatives? God gives good gifts and gave the rest of us a gift in YOU. Time for you to believe it too! God said it, He meant it so that does it! His heart for you is BIG! ~Nicole

“Precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered!” Psalm 139:17

October 12, 2017

Full View

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:39 am by Broken & Brave

It may feel easier to draw back and recluse yourself in self preservation. But God’s drawing you out in His Perfect Love. His affection is over you. Transparency breeds intimacy and trust, but transparency is scary, it involves risk. I tell you that you are the Beloved of Heaven. There is no safer place to be yourself than in quiet prayers to an Almighty God. The more transparent we can be with God the more we can have healthy and worth while relationships with others. It’s like opening the ribbon from a gift to see something amazing inside. He unravels our discomforts and sets them aside and then focuses on the content of our heart…beauty purified by His Love. The best of you is still locked inside of you, but God wants to draw it out into full view for others to see, too. He believes in you! ~Nicole

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
1 John 4:18

October 11, 2017

Soul Sustenance

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , at 6:26 am by Broken & Brave

Unleash Your Dreams and Bridle Your Fears…

Are you making disclaimers on life and possibilities? Are you prefacing your ideas or statements with a negative before the positive? “This is how it’s always been…”,
I’d like to, but…”, “I’d like to see _____, but I will be content with_______.”, “Its not my favorite, but you might like it.”, “I’d love to live_____, but where I’m at is ok.”, “This is just how I am.”

These are only a few examples of how you may be unintentionally sabotaging God’s Creative Design on your mind. We start off in life with endless dreams and possibilities and then we become champions at settling. We do it for a variety of reason. Some may include, fear of disappointment, painful past experiences, fear of failure, fear of what other people will react…does this sound at all like you? It can happen in any area of life. I see it in clients who have a goal weight loss, but struggle to believe it is possible so they give me what they will settle for-in that order. Or maybe they want to try an exercise, but don’t truly believe they are strong enough.

When I was younger I loved my home, but  had closet dreams of a nicer one. I didn’t dare unleash or speak these dreams until God began to pull my closet mentally apart at the seams. He literally dared me to desire more. God doesn’t want us greedy or proud-but He does want us to understand that we are royalty. We are Sons and Daughters of a King! He wants better for your life.

Dare to believe!

-Nicole

“Blessed are those who put their trust in Him.” Psalm 2:12

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October 10, 2017

Succor

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A centered and balanced life cannot be ruled by feelings or emotion…but it cannot be void of them either. Healthy living requires a proper balance between, intellect and emotion. For have I not love…I am only a clanging symbol. And may I offer it to those around me without condition.

1 Corinthians 13:1-7

” 13 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast,[a] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

When the Love and Grace of the Heavenly Father has been thoroughly worked in us it brings personal forgiveness, restoration and healing, but it does so much more. It also works itself through us so we can be those things to the world around us. We will have a flavor about us those around us can’t quite understand. People will try to assimilate and accommodate your commitment to love the human race into some category of thinking familiar to them or the world, but they won’t quite be able to put their finger on it. The pulse…so evident as it pounds the flesh and revives the heart and refreshes the Spirit, yet difficult to detect and circumvent.

What is this Love? What is this Grace? What is this marvelous novelty so foreign to the human race?

Mercy…

For to love and walk steadfastly in Grace and Love and Forgiveness is also to abide wholeheartedly in the paths of Mercy. Without love and grace there is no mercy, but it is also very true that if there is no mercy than there was-most likely-never any love or grace to begin with.

In the Old Testament we learn and study about the Law and the atonement that was made by sacrifice in the Temple. Every sin requires sacrifice. The Ark of the Covenant had an ornately designed carving of gold resting upon it…

The Mercy Seat.

Christ came as Mercy Himself and sat upon a Seat…


Hosea 6:6 (NIV)
6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

“But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:13 (NASB)

Jesus was a man like non other. He walked the earth as a man, took the form of a man, but all of nature was at his command. He spoke and all of eternity, laws of nature and anatomy followed his lead. Everything yielded to him.

The Succor of the Lord is like nothing you’ve ever experienced, felt or seen. So many miss the mark of the tangible blessings available in God because of a faulty experience with religion. Christ came to Seat himself on the seat of mercy once and for all, one Atonement. One Sacrifice.

So, what exactly is succor?

Succor:

1. Assistance in time of distress; relief.
2. One that affords assistance or relief:

Who was Jesus?

He was a nobody by earthen standards. A common carpenter of illegitimate birth. He had the mark of scandal all about him. Yet, there was something so marvelous about this man. People drew in large crowds just to be around him. I imagine they could feel the weight of their burdens lessen in his marvelous presence. In fact, is it possible it was the supernatural weightlessness he carried into every situation that was the real attraction? He was common through and through-yet there was something enormously uncommon and enticing about this Hebrew.

What does Mercy look like? Could you feel it in his eyes as he held you in his gaze? What did the light in his eye have to say? Was his look so soft, yet possessing the power to cut to the heart and soul and make you feel his presence to the core? What kind of man was he?

I’ll tell you, my friends, he was as kind of a human as ever could be. So enormously kind he hung himself on a tree to rescue humanity.

Mercy…

Without mercy there is no place for grace and forgiveness. There is a bond, a thread that strings all three securely in place in the heart of a believer. There must be all three-in balance- if we are to successfully live as Jesus did as a Watchman of Compassion.

Look around. Grace, Love, Forgiveness and Mercy are what bring a heart to unfold and uncoil all the deep pain compressed inside. It begins to undo us and melt us and reform us as it binds every place in the soul life has torn us.

So many miss this love…this grace…because they’ve never seen it in place and fail to understand what a gift it truly is.
Some understand the gift, but try to place a cost on it. It seems far to valuable a commodity to be able to pay. But you don’t have to…

Love payed the Way.

God has absolute remission for your every stain, blemish or sin. His greatest miracles in your life just may be waiting to begin. Step into His Grace. Step into his Love. Allow it to wrap you like a glove as you sink more deeply into His Compassion…His deep Love.

His Mercy for you has no end. His Succor is the garment of a most faithful friend. Wrap yourself up in His Arms today. He’s got a grip that can hold forever.

The Lord has a pocket full of Goodness, Mercy and Strength tucked in His heart for you.
Release the old, embrace the new.
Heaven has Bountiful Mercy for you.

~Nicole

“… so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:28

October 9, 2017

Owl-Wise

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:31 am by Broken & Brave

“For The Lord gives wisdom.”

Proverbs 2:6

Here’s what I know of True Wisdom. It cannot be manufactured or Created. It can only be received. Some wisdom comes by anointing and some by experience. One of the hardest things to do is be quiet and allow others to gain wisdom by trial and error knowing they will get there. Wise is the man or woman who accepts wise counsel and foolishly proud is the person who does not.

Seek wisdom and she will esteem you, protect you, guide you in all you do.

The following post is a writing from a few years ago…but it’s been a theme in my morning…

As a young woman I daily prayed and asked for three things. I knew if God gave these to me I would be equipped well for whatever life presented. Wisdom, Discernment & Knowledge. No one told me to ask for them, I just did. This past month the Lord has been speaking to me much about wisdom and my dreams are full of this theme. My son Andrew keeps coming home from church with owl crafts and then last night as I wrote in the middle of the night, I could hear an owl in my evergreen tree.

Oh Lord, ever remind your people to seek wisdom as though it were great treasure. For the one who has wisdom will save him or herself from many trials and heartache. ~Nicole

October 8, 2017

The Great Economizer

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:34 pm by Broken & Brave

Testify!

Soooo….this morning I had cash in my purse for my tithe at church. But before church this morning, I was reading my devotion and the Holy Spirit told me,

“Watch Me turn this specific money into…” and he spoke a SPECIFIC denomination of money.

As I put my tithe in the bucket I thanked God for the specific financial blessing he promised me back for this gift to my church.

Hello…only been out of church 20 minutes and someone who we have been generous with in the past handed me an unexpected blessing (a check) for the exact dollar amount God promised. It was 10x more money than my tithe.

King Jesus is Lord!

Faith Can Flex

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You have tremendous muscle memory…not just in your physical frame, but also in the depths of your heart, your spirit.

You’ve maybe heard it said your faith is like a muscle. It must be stretched, pulled, contorted and bent before it can shape and mold into something you can believe in. But here’s something maybe you haven’t considered…

When you go through a trial and endure the rugged terrain of a wilderness experience…when your eyes have strained, but you have failed to see because the intensity of your trial too ominous…so dark. During these wee hours of heartbreak and pain is where your real strength is made and when you make it to the other side not only are you breathing, healthy, alive, but your faith has survived. Then, during seasons of comfort or even mild seasons of distress your faith remembers where’s it’s been, what it’s done, and how you’ve overcome, and you handle it all just a little more effortlessly. Your stoicism will give others who lack faith hope and create room for them to breath, gain relief and make it, too, just as valiantly.

You have tremendous muscle memory…not just in your physical frame, but also in the depths of your heart, your spirit.

Let’s Flex!!!😉

~Nicole

“For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.” Psalm 33:21

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