March 29, 2015

Heart Harvest

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

“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” Luke 6:38

Yesterday I bought some seeds for the making of a homegrown organic vegetable garden. I’d also like to, in the near future, obtain myself some egg laying chickens. My efforts to grow food and eggs is to be a little more self sustaining, organic, and save some money as well. I know that the garden must be prepared first, the soil turned and fertilized, seed sown and watered. Then I must protect my garden as it grows (we’ve got a fiercely huge Jack rabbit living in our yard!). But, when the time is right I will eat the fruit of my labors.

The same is true with our lives. We must sow liberally into others. We make a good investment out of genuine care and love, but we obtain the promise of God to reap in return what we have sown. The difference is, God wants to be our sustenance-total dependence of Him.

I pray God would water every good seed sown in your heart today. That He would spare no reserve of the nutrients of Care, Compassion and Genuine Love. He has great plans to cultivate an enormous Harvest of Heart in you! ~Nicoleimage

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March 27, 2015

My Pen, My Sword, Belongs to the Lord

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:40 pm by Broken & Brave

“My heart is overflowing with a good theme; I recite my composition concerning the King; my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.” Psalm 45:1

When I reflect back on my life I realize I have always loved my pen, even before I knew it. I wrote my first short story in elementary school…maybe it was the 5th grade. I’m pretty sure it was about a pony (stereotypical girl, I know). I didn’t write anything else aside from school assignments for a number of years. I had a diary and would scribble in it periodically, but in my youth I was more focused with my pen toward sketching, drawing and calligraphy. I loved all of these as well as painting.

I haven’t painted in a really long time.

In college, I had a love for physiology, biology and human anatomy. I was fascinated with how the human body worked. Unfortunate for myself I am not fond of mathematics or chemistry…both essential for the life of a certified Dietician. By my fourth year of school…you heard me right…I was WELL advanced in major (nutrition) when I decided it wasn’t the absolute best choice for me. I decided to retain my passion or this subject while shifting my focus in another direction, similar, yet very different. So I earned my degree-Bachelor of Science-in the field of Human Development or Developmental Psychology. I loved it! I was able to tap into my ability to connect with people readily with my fascination for physiology, cognition and how the entire human life cycle fits rhythmically. God is so creative, indeed!

Because I changed majors so late in my college career I had a few classes I needed to make up in the general elective category. I had already discovered that any test I could write the answer I was going to ace. It didn’t matter if it was short answer or essay, my brain flowed best with the assistance of a pen.
However, it was in my Creative Writing elective class that I discovered I could REALLY write. I tend to think smaller thoughts of myself so I didn’t put it together at first when my classmates would say, “THAT was your rough draft?” For it is but too true, for everyone, the areas God has gifted you in you don’t realize it isn’t as easy for another maybe as it comes to you. Just as chemistry and math challenge me, but for my daughter they are her “easy A” classes. But my professor sat me down and told me straight on that I could write, seriously write. I received the top grade in her class.

I graduated, earned my degree, and didn’t pick up another pen creatively for probably another five years.

But something began to quicken me in the middle of the night. I began stirring in my heart and feeling the tug on its chambers and I released what it said with the use of a pen.

I’ve been a daily writer for more than 15 yrs now. I have journals, dry erase boards, slits of paper covered with my ink. I want a fire proof safe for all of my writings for this is how I treasure them all and I have saved them all as well.

In the early years of my adult writing I could feel the Lord press my heart with knowledge. It was like He was preparing me that others would read my journals. This made me a bit uncomfortable…if you only knew how extremely private and reserved I am then you’d understand how hard sharing my pen is for me. God knew, which is why He delicately began to prepare me. At the time I thought He meant after I died when my relatives went through my belongings they’d read my scribbles. For years, some of my closest friends would prod me to open a blog, but I refused. What I had with the Lord and my pen was mine. It was so beautiful, so sacred, so amazing, I didn’t want to share it. It completed all my empty spaces. With each stroke I could feel God touch my heart and reassure me, “You, Beloved, belong to me.”

Countless volume of journals filled by this time, in 2009, when it was prophesied over me that I was called to write and to use social media and blogging to broadcast my pen. It was only confirmation to what I had been deliberately dragging my feet to do. For not only was I reluctant to share my pen, but the thought of having a social media account was beyond believable for someone as private as myself.

Little by little I inched my way on the electronic highway, sharing as God lead me to share. He stretched my comfort zone every step of the way. It was so very hard for me to take my special, personal, intimate friendship with God and share it with the world…publically.

For years I enjoyed it, all to myself, my special, unique time with my Heavenly Father, the one True Lover of my Soul. I’m so grateful for that season. Why did He want me to give it away? At the time I didn’t know, but now I do.

I am so glad I obeyed. It not only grew me spiritually, but it developed my pen more fully and God blessed my obedience by giving me even deeper Manna to eat in my personal time with Him.

There is an altar for each of us in which God will ask us to lay somethings down. For me, one thing, was my gift to hear Him and transcribe it to pen by filter of my heart. For you, it might be something different.

Whatever Cross God has called you to carry, marry it. Tie your heart to it and carry it like it were an extension of your heart felt Love for Him. He is King, after all, He bore a crown so we could be honored to carry a Cross. How Beautiful His Cross is!

God always gives Beauty for Ashes…

~Nicole

Heaven’s Who’s Who

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:05 am by Broken & Brave

Ever seen the Who’s Who of America Yearbook? It is a publication that recognizes high school seniors around the country and thoughts their possibility and accomplishments. But did you know Heaven’s got a Who’s Who section set aside for you? It’s true!

I pray Beautiful Words of Possibility be spoken over you and through you today in Jesus Name! ~Nicole

Tenderness

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:57 am by Broken & Brave

“How beautiful is the tender conscience of a healthy Christian.” John Piper

I recently had a conversation with a woman who was preparing a teaching for her Bible study group on repentance. She was sharing, with a gleam in her eye, about the beauty of conviction and describing the discomfort, misery and discontentedness the Holy Spirit will bring when there is a need for self examination. As I listened, I then chimed in that the Believer with a hardened heart will not recognize the need to repent because the need has been disguised with Pride.

I don’t believe a Christian ever realizes the hardening of their heart for it usually grows on them like a subtle numbness or callous over time. A person who is deeply wounded (especially at a young age) may find healing at the Cross (Salvation), but the process of restoration (bringing something to its original condition/wholeness) is lengthy. If God reproofed all at once the pain would be too much and He is far to Compassionate and Merciful for that.

This is why Love is such an important ingredient. Gods correction is laced with love. He convicts because He wants to see each of us reach our full potential.

Water your heart today with His Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to address any rough, jaded or cynical areas of your heart. He sees your hurt. He knows when something has warped your perspective and He desires to straighten it out, align your broken pieces and set it right with his splint of love. Do not become hard hearted like the world.
(Phil. 4:8)

One of my greatest admiration goes toward Mother Teresa. My heart swells when I think of her and how her love of God flowed freely through her over all humanity. She was a tiny dynamo of bold faith, tenacious strength and a Holy Fire. I want to live as she did. For her love is a mere reflection of everything Jesus did.

Allow God to explore regions of your heart so you might be filled to overflowing with the power of the Holy Spirit. He’s got more for you, Beloved!

~Nicole

March 26, 2015

Increase

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

God can do it! Let’s not insult His Power with our doubts & worries. Whatever you are believing for, hoping for, dreaming for, working toward…God has got it covered like nobodies business! What seems difficult to man is flint to God. This is the Year of Increase! ~Nicole

“The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; yes, I have a good inheritance.” Psalm 16:6

March 25, 2015

Follow the Leader

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:58 am by Broken & Brave

Wherever you go, there you are. The mindset of a Champion sees endless possibility in every situation. Nothing is by chance!

When you follow God’s lead He will meet your every need. He has a plan for every situation. This means you can relax. He’s got it! ~Nicole

“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” John 14:26

March 24, 2015

Beyond Reason

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:06 am by Broken & Brave

Real faith begins where logic ends.

Have you ever noticed how good we humans are at trying to figure it all out, plan, organize, put all of our ducks in a row? I like to be organized and have a plan, but God taught me a long time ago how to learn to little by little let go of my plans and surrender wholly to His. See, it’s good be to a good steward of what we’ve been entrusted with and this honors and pleases God. But when you’ve done that and God sees it, He may begin to take you deeper to the realm of Faith Dependence. This goes somewhere beyond reason, common sense and logic. It crosses over into the Supernatural. I believe this is where the real “Milk and Honey” flows. Challenge yourself to trust God more than you ever have before. He’s got you! ~Nicole

March 23, 2015

Balancing Act

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:04 am by Broken & Brave

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

This afternoon I saw a woman walking down a sidewalk with a large draw string garbage bag full of stuff. What caught my attention was the bag was very big and full and she was balancing it on her head as she walked! I began to wonder how many years she’d been doing that? Probably all her life and she was seasoned along in years. She appeared to be from Southeast Asia and probably learned to do this as a young girl. It looked so easy and comfortable for her, but was it?

I began to wonder how that felt. Was her neck stiff or is she used to it? Just like a trained athlete is honed in their physical skill for a specific activity. What about her head? Does that ever give her a headache or what if she already had a headache and had to carry that load? She definitely had a lot on her mind!

How about you? Do you sometimes have so much going through your head you feel a bit like there’s a sack of stuff weighing down your thoughts? Are the cares of life weighing you down?

Here’s what I know, when you leave it at the foot of the Cross and guard your mind from stress, worry, fear, God will take that sack of stuff for good!

Life’s too short to live stressed out! Laugh a little. Maybe try balancing a garbage bag on your head for fun…that would make me laugh to watch you try!

The Bible says that God’s arm is too short for NO task. Whatever makes your weary or worry you can trust Jesus to carry the load. There is nothing He can do or get you through. He’s always with you.

~Nicole

March 22, 2015

Cheering On!

Posted in Uncategorized at 2:49 pm by Broken & Brave

“A cheerful heart is good medicine…”

Last night I went with my husband to a fundraising dinner. There were several hundreds of people there, but in the crowd I happened to see a friend from high school. I made my way to him to say hello. This friend lives in town and we run into each other several times a year. As we chatted briefly he introduced me to his friend who was with him. I said hello, but the man was immediately familiar looking to me. I then inquired if we went to school together also? He smiled big, I guess the answer was “yes” and he remembered me. He didn’t really say a lot but he began to pretend to be a cheerleader. I thought it was kind of funny.

I cheered all through high school.
That was a long time ago, but as I was reflecting today on seeing my friend I had this thought…
Even though high school was a long time ago, I still cheer people on today. I just don’t wear a uniform to do it. I love breathing life giving words of exhortation into the lives, hearts and hopes of others. It doesn’t at all hurt that words of affirmation is my primary love language so it is very natural to me to compliment and affirm others. I believe in people with all of my heart, but you can always count on one thing from me aside from encouraging…

I never say something I don’t believe. I will never mislead you about your possibilities. If I don’t see it, I don’t say it. I will find something positive I DO see to say. I think I am wired to find something I like in everyone.

It all comes down to belief.
There are people all around with smiles on their faces, but maybe just need a little old fashion encouragement in their day. It’s a very simple but powerful way to be like Jesus in a lost and hurting world.

~Nicole

March 20, 2015

Reasons To Believe

Posted in Uncategorized at 4:50 am by Broken & Brave

“You are the God who works wonders; you have made known your might among the peoples.” Psalm 77:14

Isn’t it beautiful just to know that He can make a miracle out of each one of us? No one ever arrives. We are all a work in continual progress! Have contentment, but never become complacent. We each can only lead others as far as we have overcome ourselves. The more we grow the more we can help others grow as well.

God can use you to be His conduit of Hope for others…

All Reasons to Believe.

~Nicole

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