February 28, 2015

Risky Faith Unfolded…

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:47 am by Broken & Brave

In the past, I’ve used analogy from the story of race horse, Secretariat, the greatest race horse to live. I love this story and God uses it much to speak to my heart and relate it to the desires of His heart for my obedience to live and make choices according to His Purpose and Destiny for my life. I own the Disney movie depicting the tale and I will occasionally pull it out and watch it just to spark the fire of zeal that I know is within me.

Yesterday, as I pray, he once again lay an analogy on my heart from the story of Secretariat. There is a scene in the movie where the owner, Penny Tweedy, is about to lose her father’s farm. She needs millions of dollars to pay Uncle Sam in order to keep the Ranch. So, she does the unthinkable…she petitions other horse breeders to buy breeding rights on her champion horse (who has raced well, but has yet to distinguish himself in the elite racing community). She asks an exorbitant sum of money, but receives no takers. She doesn’t give up, but meets with the most influential of all horse breeders and her stoic confidence in her horse sways him to buy. His leadership causes all the other breeders to follow his lead and she raises the needed money to save the farm. However, there is a catch, a “performance clause” that pretty much guarantees her horse has to win the Triple Crown. It was the risk of all risks. Her neck, reached out far. Penny sustained much pressure from her family for her step of faith, but she believed with everything in her in her horse and what he could do. Secretariat did not disappoint because if you know the story, he not only won the Triple Crown but the final race was won by a miraculous 31 lengths, placing this unlikely horse and it’s unlikely homemaker owner, in record making history.

God is not a race horse, but He is a Miracle Maker.

He thrives to see His kids reach out and do the extraordinary with the exact expectation in His ability to perform that Penny Tweedy had in her horse. He wants us to defy odds,

step out in absolute and resolute belief.

He wants us to gamble on HIM!

 

If God is moving your heart to do something, no amount of self-will can make it go away. You can’t shake it, and He will see you through it, once you decide to put your hand to the plow and do it. Never shrink back in fear, but instead, find that fire in your eye and that zeal in your bones and begin to step out and do the unthinkable with absolute confidence that God is who He says He is, can do what the Bible claims He can do, and what history shows us to be True.

He will fulfill that Performance Clause for YOU!

God is the Author and Finisher of our faith. If you have sought His face, followed His lead, then you know He has equipped you and will see you through because He always finishes what He starts. When you know you’ve done your part, then you praise His name and watch Him show up and do His part. He will never leave you or forsake you! I find so much comfort in that. You can trust Him!

Big rewards require a big faith in a big God who can do anything.

You can place enormous Hope in His Performance…

“Dear Lord,

 

We dare to risk and put everything on the line, taking risks to see a greater glimpse of your Flawless Character. Just like Secretariat we are making a Performance Clause available and placing a wager on your ability to perform, Almighty. We can do some things and cannot do everything, but some things are for only you to do. Have your Will and we will watch and see and give you all the Glory. We possess intense belief today that you always come through and will do what only you can do. Amen!”

~Nicole

“It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself.” ~John Piper

 

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February 25, 2015

Hold Tight ‘Til The End Of Night

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:02 am by Broken & Brave

“I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.”
Psalm 3:5

When you walk through a trial dark as night the Lord will hold you til morning. Great trials produce great trust. But what to do during the trial? Praise.

Sometimes when I praise God I wonder if He is hearing my praise and thinking, “Is that all you’ve got?” But God’s not like that. If our only praise was the name of Jesus rolling from our lips He would take it! It’s the sacrifice of heart that He cares about.

Don’t worry if you feel inadequate in prayer and praise. God’s got you. Your desire for Him stokes His heart, lifts His gaze and brings His focus fully upon you.

He loves you.

He loves you with a crazy blind love that is immune to your deficiencies and short comings. With a love like that, you can’t help but be Victorious! ~Nicole

February 24, 2015

Shatterproof Love

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:17 am by Broken & Brave

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.” Phil. 4:4-5

The love of God is Unbreakable, Unshakable, Undeniable and very recognizable. You can trust Him! Because He never lets go. No matter what you’ve been through, are going through or are going to…God will love you through. You can trust Him to wrap himself around you with Sovereign Care and then He just stays there. His love for you is Shatterproof! ~Nicole

February 21, 2015

Stay In Faith For Goodness Sake!

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:56 am by Broken & Brave

“God has not called me to be successful. God has called me to be faithful.” Mother Teresa

Have you ever had something in your life that you know was by Design of your Heavenly Father, but you failed to understand why? I have had times found myself wondering why and asking God what He wanted me to learn in the situation. Sometimes it’s about the growth in us, and sometimes our faithfulness is for the growth in others. But for those times when you are just at a loss, keep this in mind and I hope on some level it encourages you to remain Faithful:

When you are thinking, “It’s a hopeless situation, nothing good is going to come from this”. Sometimes the good that comes from doing God’s will for your life never happens in your situation, but instead the good happens inside of you.
~Nicole

February 20, 2015

With A Little Love We Overcome

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:08 am by Broken & Brave

“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

People shape their perceptions by their experiences with a mix of their temperament/personality type added in. Sometimes a difficult experience can leave an unguarded area wide open to fear. Simple example, your in a severe car accident and once you are back in the road you are extremely aware of the possibility of another accident. Your home is robbed and you heighten security out of fear of repeat offense. You go through a divorce and fear to remarry because you don’t want to be hurt again. You were rejected in childhood and now live with insecure thoughts that everyone is rejecting you.

God is more concerned about your outcome than your come from! Ask Him to cleanse your filter (perceptions)so you can move toward your future free from your fears, pains and experiences of the past. Just because something bad happened to you in the past, doesn’t mean that same thing is going to happen to you now. I am learning that the more people have travelled through, the more love they need in order to get through. There is nothing to fear, God has no shortage of Love. ~Nicole

February 14, 2015

Oil of Gladness

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:29 am by Broken & Brave

“You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, had anointed you with the oil of gladness…” Psalm 45:7

It’s been greatly in my heart to devote time writing on the theme of Joy. Joy is a somewhat elusive concept for many to grasp. It has a presence all its own. It’s not really happiness, though closely associated. It’s not really contentment, but possesses contentment. It’s not really enthusiasm, though it expresses the mannerism of enthusiasm.

Several years ago I was in a church service for a special speaker who was a prophetic evangelist gifted with hands to heal. During the worship portion of the service the Holy Spirit already began to minister to my heart and some specific areas of struggle I had been praying on. I immediately felt in my Spirit, His Spirit communicate that I was about to receive an anointing for Joy. As soon as that happened I had a sensory experience that felt like something thick, warm and wet…what I would imagine warmed honey to feel like, poured over the crown of my head and I felt it pour down my back and tapper at my low back. I felt saturated, though I was not actually wet at all. I felt something lift and lighten in my heart. I felt a new level of Peace transcend my understanding. I already had a great deal of peace in my heart at that time, but this was different. It was like I crossed a Threshold in my faith journey and God had given me something I hadn’t known before. It remains with me still.

Joy has a flavor and feel all its own. It is a welling in the soul that seems to be a mixture of gratitude, contentment, thanksgiving, hope, love as well as a ridiculous and unrealistic optimism. It is inviting and intoxicating of soul. It happens within and can’t be caught or taught or manufactured, only received. When expressed, it lavishes a sort of peace and comfort on others.

I love it.

Are you struggling to find your Joy? You may not receive a shower of it the way I did, but God is generous and kind. No good thing does He withhold from those who love Him. But you must begin to count it all as joy. Quit complaining about what’s wrong and start rejoicing and focusing of what you see that is right! Speak life over everything. Be faithful to walk, act, believe and demonstrate that you are hopeful and peculiarly optimistic in all circumstances…even the ones you’re not sure are ever going to get better. With Joy it doesn’t matter because the focus becomes your love affair with Jesus. Get to that place where all you care about is Him. It will require you release your wants and desires and adopt a surrendered mindset that says, “Lord, have your way. I will consume my heart with what you desire for me. It is well with my soul.” He will chart the course and navigate you to beautiful shorelines, full of Joys you have not known before. His is a blessed treasure. Desire it! ~Nicole

Prayer:

“May the God of all Heaven give you a supernatural anointing of Joy that attracts and captivates your heart to His, then the hearts of others toward Him. May the whole world know you by your Great Love in Him. Let it be as I have prayed. Amen”

February 9, 2015

Trustworthy

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:23 am by Broken & Brave

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7

This is one of the first verses I learned when I was first discipled in Christ. It has been a favorite ever since. I’ve felt it surging in me for days, but didn’t know the direction God wanted me to take. So I waited. I waited attentively for His lead. Sometimes God will use our senses, situations, interactions or maybe even things that are said to us to quicken our soul. It causes us to slow down and notice. I have been a Christian a lot of years, but it’s really been since I “Surrendered All” that my life came alive with His Fire. Surender is more than getting “saved”. Surrender puts God in the driver seat and we allow Him to chart the coarse and we ride along without trying to be a “backseat driver”. This is hard, because it requires us to trust His control and forfeit ours. The more controlling your personality type the harder it will be, but it is never impossible. I’ve never been a person who needs to be in control of others, but I have definitely been one who felt best when I could control my own choices.

I encourage you to explore getting to know God more through deliberate submission to His leadership. Your friendship with God will go to a new level and just as I opened my story, you will become more sensitive to God.

So, do not put your sole trust in yourself, do not place your confidence in others before God. As I thought about what it meant to put whole trust in God I got to thinking about a dream I had. I dreamed I saw a long time family friend. She didn’t start out as a friend, she started out as John’s training client…a young and talented athlete with big dreams. This young lady grew in fame and became known for her tremendous speed and power despite smaller frame from the other competitors in her sport. She went on to becomes two time Olympian. She and another Olympic athlete John trained saw us go with them to the Olympics. That was a long time ago and to this day both are still friends, but the gal is even more so. In my dream people didn’t believe that I actually knew her because they never saw me speaking with her. I was surprised because to me she is just our friend who happens to be a well known athlete in her sport. Even now, I will be vague to protect her privacy. I don’t really care if people believe me or not, I know that wasn’t the significance of the dream. I know God was showing me something deeper…

if people can’t believe in one another enough that they are telling truth when they are…people they can see and discern behavior, mannerism, family and associates. Then how in the world can they ever truly trust in God who they can’t see?

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7

To trust God more we must first maybe, with Gods help, learn to trust people more. This involved risk…you could be wrong about their ability to guard your heart with you. But what if you’re not wrong? What if you have people all around you that God had planted in your life to love on you, help you and protect you but you never reap that reward because you never trusted? Are we placing more trust in our possessions and accomplishments than each other? Are our possessions our source of security?

“Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.” Psalm 20:7

I’m not saying trust everyone right away. I’m saying there is correlation between our depth of trust in God and our willingness to trust each other. Jesus was relational, he wants to bless you with healthy relationships, too!

You can trust Him!

~Nicole