December 13, 2018

Quiet as a mouse.

Posted in Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , at 7:33 am by Broken & Brave

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Chores, errands, running around.
Company party, office party, neighbors party, church party, family gatherings and an endless list of this and that. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and maybe the most exhausting or depressing time of the year for many.

How ever important it is to keep the main thing the main thing.

Has this list described you?
Has the fanfare, the party air, the festive lights and tantalizing treats distracted you or overwhelmed you in any way? Or maybe you’ve not been invited to a party, not a single one, no one remembered to send you a card or you are deeply missing someone you loved. Whether your sick in your body or fighting with your spouse, wayward children or a leaking roof on your house. Remain…

Quiet as a mouse.

Take a few moments, quiet ones, all to yourself.
If you have to wake up a bit earlier for that slice of quiet I hold so dear.
Morning may be best when you’ve had even the wee-est amount of rest.
Take a moment to drink Him in. Who?
That baby, that’s who.

He was born for you.
Just gaze at that face and imagine his embrace.

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His Spirit descends down, he’s not overly dignified despite his enormous crown…Sovereign of all Eternity.
He stoops down.
He gathers low.
He whispers to your sweet spirit, heart and soul.

“You are adored”.

Light of the world.

Before the angels sang, while Mary still had sweat dripping from her face, a babe was born to Light the world and most of all, to Aluminate Hope for you.

Let His Beauty Come.
Let His Gentle Grace Cascade with glory over your face—
Just like the finger tips of the one you kiss.
His soul kisses you.
His heart marries you.
And all of this…

First began small and from a place of humble beginning, lonely nights created with danger…that sweet little boy lying in a manger.

He did it all for you.
Drink deep of His Cup.

May this day and this Holiday Season be magnificent for you.
May the dew of Heaven wet your brow with a kiss of the Holy Spirit and may you enter into His Rest and Comfort as never before.

You are adored.

~Nicole

**this song is a little rockin’ For my post about comfort, rest and focused time in the Lord…but it’s fabulous and the lyrics piercing and it’s the very song the Spirit is impressing in me to use. Enjoy! I know I love it♥️ ~N

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December 11, 2018

Mobile Hope Unit

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , at 6:24 am by Broken & Brave

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Mobile Hope Unit

Life should be like a mobile hope unit spreading joy, love and hope everywhere we go. When we get stoked on hope it puts a little somethin’ extra in our style that provokes our heart courage to go the extra mile.

God is writing for you the Song of your Life. He appears to only be using the good notes🎶

Put a smile across your face for Joy has a Name! ~Nicole

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13

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December 10, 2018

Constant💕

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , at 6:54 am by Broken & Brave

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When I was about 12 years old our neighbors cat had kittens. She was a beautiful, pure white cat, as were all of her adorable little babies. The neighbors were giving the cats away and asked around who wanted one, and of course,
I did.

I grew up with cats. We had tried having a dog a few times and it wasn’t such a great experience. We were definitely cat owner types. Except we also had these two birds, a parakeet and a cockatiel. I found them both. You heard me, like Snow White in the forest I was outside and the parakeet landed for rest on my head. We found the other on the back fence around one year later. But besides my two birds, always cats. They were always indoor and outdoor kitties so we never seemed to have a cat for more than a few years and they’d disappear or get hit by a car or something.

But we hadn’t had a pet in a while. I asked, but my Mom said no. I don’t recall how many days later, but one afternoon I was lying on the floor watching tv when my Dad came up to me and whispered…”your Mom’s at the store, why don’t you go pick yourself out a kitten across the street.” Now, I’m not saying this was maybe a good idea, Mom said no, but I just obeyed my Dad as quick as I could with immense joy in my heart. That story right there is one of my favorite memories of my Dad growing up. My Dad is such a teddy bear.

We had that pure white kitty for something like 15 years—she grew up with me. She slept on my bed, she watched tv with me, play with me and she patiently endured all the silly things we’d do with her, like dressing her up in doll clothing. She was a great member of our family. She was great company.

Having something constant is so important, especially in childhood. I never thought of it much until we sold our home in 2004 and have lived by Faith ever since. When you live with an open hand God will hold you to it. He gives in abundant measure, but He also requires we give away as well. Sometimes it is very painful.

But God is so faithful and gentle. He tells me where the bumps in the road will be. He encourages me for the other side. And when I lose hope and faith in promises or in people, he is there. Constant.

I haven’t had a lot of “constants” in the last decade or more of my life, but I spend a lot of my energy making sure my kids had what I had, consistency. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that’s why my kids are how they are (amazing! Loving and thoughtful humans, all of them)—consistent love and boundaries in our family. Maybe you haven’t had any of this? Maybe you’ve had all of it? But there is something beautiful to be said for the willingness to be constant.

God is constant there is no doubt about it. He loves constantly and consistently. I want to be like him. He is the ultimate role model.

Holiness leads to Happiness every single time.

Lord,
Help me today to love, live and give consistently because it is what you do. Being quiet doesn’t mean your not there, just like when I am quiet, it doesn’t mean I don’t care. Quite the opposite…the more we care the more we must trust in the care God bestows upon us. May my life bring constant comfort and care today. Allow me to be like my sweet kitty growing up—soft, warm and comforting to the heart and soul. May I bestow Joy all around and others may see the true, genuine and unbridled love of Christ in me. This way they may know what they could have in you, too. Thank you Lord for a family that loved me well so I might teach others of this love I’ve been given. Amen.”

Dwell in love and you will dwell in God. -William Law

December 9, 2018

Sweet Smells & Heaps of Kindness

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , at 4:05 am by Broken & Brave

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Fruit Pie…

The Lord is good and His Tender Mercies endure forever. Fragrant is the sweet smell of kindness. Aromatic are the fruit of the Spirit as they leave a trail of essential goodness.

Have you ever walked into a house while a fresh fruit pie was baking in the oven? Heaven, right? The smell is so delicious, so inviting and brings a sense of comfort and “home” even if it’s not your home.

This is how it is with the fruit of the spirit.

As we demonstrate these virtues as character attributes in our own virtue it is like we emit a fragrance the world doesn’t understand, but it will highlight our lives to all of man. When fruit is cooked enzymes are released, the firm skin of the fruit softens and the inside of the fruit becomes warm. The more fruit of the spirit flowing in us and through us the more our heart does the same.

Life makes many people toughen and even callous a bit. Especially in the heart. But the Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, Meekness, Quiet Strength, Compassion, Encouragement of our Lord possesses power to make every heart soft and warm when it’s allowed. It’s a definite risk, I mean look at the oven that fruit pie had to endure to produce just a heavenly aroma! But if God is guiding you, you can trust that above all He won’t let you down.

Whatever has ailed you in life, give it to the Father of Life as a gift this Christmas. He’s been wanting to dispose of your pain all along. Step into His Heart like the comforts of home and allow Him to share some Goodness with you. ~Nicole

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Gal. 5:22-23

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December 6, 2018

Mental Apostrophe

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , at 8:00 am by Broken & Brave

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Mental Apostrophe

“O Death, where is your sting?”

Whatever plagues your heart and mind will creep into your very soul and create a cancer in your life.

You, in fact, are the sum of your most dominant thoughts. There is no “living with it”, whatever your it is that sifts the flesh. You must reconcile within your very heart to turn away from all things that mentally destroy you. Turn away from harboring bitterness, resentment, depression, malice, greed, strife. Turn away from deleterious thinking about your own abilities, worth, reputation, merit.

We each are sustained by Amazing Grace.
Your every breath created and given to you…
By Grace.
Your strength and ability commissioned…
By Grace with Faith.

When you couple your Faith with His Grace you become unstoppable. No hindrance the Enemy of your Soul concocts will prevail against you. All because Love never fails.
It always hopes…
Always trusts…
Always perseveres…

Love is the beginning, the middle and the end. Love is all encompassing and yields to unwavering devotion to Heaven and all the humanity upon the Earth.

Though God’s Love and Grace will be packaged differently and draped accordingly on every person depending on the nature of God’s Purpose for their life—He loves all. The more we become capable of accepting love, the more we become able to give it and enjoy it.

Your every choice will be on a foundation of your belief.

So if you find areas of yourself that don’t line up with what God believes—both about you and about others, we all fit into this category one way or another, God will highlight the adjustments to be made. The only perfect mindset was Christ’s. But the more we make a mental apostrophe and deviate from deleterious and destructive thinking the more gorgeous everything will be. And it all starts in the center of each of us. Our circumstances never determine who we are. When we know WHOS we are and are worth is extracted from Him.
Nothing else really matters…

accomplishments or success in life is just the gravy.

Turn away…
If it’s not building others up, loving, grooming the Faith, it’s not God.
Make an apostrophe.

Pink Floyd wrote a song on the turning away…
Just like music, your life will be well played. Stick to the right key…God made you worthy with a tree and His love will reign in your life brilliantly.

~Nicole

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken” (Ps. 62:5-6).

December 5, 2018

Gifts

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , at 11:09 am by Broken & Brave

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You Are A Gift

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
James 1:17

“Lord, Let my words be Christ’s potent drug that reaches into and emerses every narrow crevice of man’s heart. That we might all be intoxicated for HIM and in HIm…

The ONE, holy amd true. Amen.”

There really aren’t any words to describe my heart for God and the depth of my friendship with him. However, I have agreed with the Almighty to try to convey everything I feel, everything I hear, everything I know through the one vehicle I have…my pen. My pen has been and will always be directly connected to my heart and my heart directly connected to Heaven. It has been a quite fabulous conduit of hope and blessing. For years I kept this little gift all to myself and I loved it. With the convincing of the Holy Spirit, I came to realize He wanted to use my Voice, my pen, to scribe into the hearts of men.

I know with God’s guidance and help I can effectively love an entirely wounded and limping Bride. I aim to love hard with long-suffering that those who ache, those who mourn, those who fail to find relief for their every emotional, spiritual and physical discomfort would give glory to God for I came bearing relief. God and I both know I keep no glory for myself. It has always and always will be HIM.

He is a God full of good gifts.
He delights to watch your life unfold, just like a Father who watches His child unwrap their gift.

You are a gift. Allow your heart to become wrapped up in Him.

He loves you.

~Nicole

“The world does not need more Christian literature. What the world needs is more Christians writing good literature.” C.S. Lewis

December 4, 2018

“Bless Me, In Spite of Me.”

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , at 7:25 am by Broken & Brave

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One of the best things I can do every day is search my own heart…

There’s something stoic and beautiful about the courage to examine ones own heart. I’ve walked through many seasons where the Lord began to dig and probe and search me. It goes so much more smoothly when I yield.

Over time…I have come to realize that God truly is capable of taking care of me. I’ve always believed it as most who love Him dearly do, too. But we allow our mind and emotions to overrule his good plans and our trust in Him begins to agitate our rest in his peace.

Because I know it’s not of me, but God, I can share that one thing I’m told frequently by others is that I am a carrier of Peace. I have a calming way about me. Some of it may be my natural temperament (which God provided also), but truly it’s all fruit of my love affair with Him. Left to my own I’d be anxious and probably wouldn’t let people get close enough to me to find out if I carried Peace.

Knowing and growing my relationship with Heaven has been the greatest Love Affair of my life. Every bit of care, acceptance, guidance, hand holding, has come like a flood from God.

Some of this friendship is the pure favor of God. I didn’t earn it. I didn’t do it. I invested myself…I yielded…I obeyed. But this kind of Love can only be Heaven made. I cannot take an ounce of credit.

And it has to be.
When it’s God the feelings and the edification are real.
You experience it.
It has residual carry over.
But the unique flavor it brings to all of life is like a tattoo of the soul, a perfume of the heart, a disposition of soul that extracts and finds blessing in absolutely everything. There is an always present awareness that God sees what I can’t and He is working all things for my future good.

It births a level of purity that contains real power. Power to kill the flesh.
Power to see as God sees.
Power to walk in love, grace and unity.
Power to humble myself and accept whatever God finds fit for my life.

In all of this I have grown through the searching of my heart. Accepting and working through the things I have found ugly about myself. No beating myself up, just saying, “Ok, God. Got it. Forgive me. Help me. I cannot do this without you. Bless me In spite of me.”

“LORD, you are my portion and my cup of blessing; you hold my future.“

Psalm 16:5

God will bless you, too.
He never meant for you to handle life or your own heart alone.
He walks right beside you.
And He will fill every broken space or crack and flood it with His love and it will hold together all your broken pieces in such a unique way His light shines through.

Heaven is for real and it’s Creative Genius is, too.
You’ve got a Mighty Hand reaching out and always willing to hold you and support you.
He will see you through.

For when we search our heart…
When we walk through the Fire to the Flood…
This is where we become completely undone by Overwhelming Love.

Your best is yet to come.
Beauty for Ashes.
Glory for Pain.
Endure the fiery flames.
Purity Reigns.
You have a Delightful Inheritance.

As Always…

~Nicole

December 3, 2018

Well Spent

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

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As this new Day begins may I bless you with my pen and God capture it and penetrate your soul and marinate it and season it and return it as pure gold, ounce upon ounce, added to your life.

Life is like a coin.
Spend it as you like.
You can only spend it once, so if you must spend it-
Spend it in the arms of love.
Spend it secured in Thanksgiving and Faithfulness.
Spend it with Graciousness.
Draw deposits from Heaven.
May the yeast of Compassion be woven and kneaded in.
Yoke your heart like a dove to everything and everyone you love.
Captivate the audience of others as though you were Lover’s.
Spend yourself tirelessly on behalf of others.
Never regret, never fear. Goodness and Mercy are with you near.
The Love sent from above would penetrate you both when you are awake and while you sleep.
May you dream of every golden promise and know it is yours to keep.
May His Heart be your Sanctuary of Goodness, your Refuge and Escape.
Know you are God’s Super Hero and upon your shoulders does His cape drape.

There is no one else like you –
God will give you an increase of power for your calling, whatever your calling be, and the joy of soul to perform it well.

A life was sent from heaven and spent entirely for you. Because you are what He Treasures. May God continually bless you in abundant measure.

The Loveliness of Heaven Bless your day with a Golden Kiss.
Not one single blessing will you miss…

May your life be like a well-watered Garden.

~Nicole

“Greet one another with a holy kiss.” Romans 16:16

December 2, 2018

Beautiful Inheritance

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged at 10:15 am by Broken & Brave

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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

December 1, 2018

Delighted

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , at 8:39 am by Broken & Brave

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You are the Lord Almighty and within you I find extreme pleasure.
You are my Comfort and my Delight.

You surround my heart with Gladness and your Goodness is my Shelter and Strength.

There is none other like you.
You have been good to me.
You have shown me great Kindness.
You have kept my soul content in the Secret Place.
You offer tremendous soul strength and in you I take delight.

You are pure Gold…

Thank you for this Beautiful gift of Life.

In you I have my Treasure.
In you my heart flows in ever increasing measure.
You are my portion.
You are my steed.
My heart will perpetually concede and surrender knowing you will meet my every need.

In you I have a delightful inheritance.

In you I am delighted.

~Nicole

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