October 30, 2015

Grand Slam Plan!

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:58 am by Broken & Brave

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”
1 John 1:1-5

Life can be like a game of baseball. It looks like God is a baseball fan for it says so in His word…”in the Big-Inning.”

All jokes aside…let me impart a measure of Life into your soul. God’s got a major league player tucked inside of you. He is big and strong and more than able to hit a grand slam every time He steps up to the plate. Your purpose-His purpose etched within you- is earmarked to bring Him eternal Glory. Your life possesses immeasurable worth and edification of heart and soul. When you are operating in the gifts, talents and abilities He has set aside for you to use it becomes like an All Star stepping up to the plate. Something fantastic happens when His timing, your preparation and His anointing all falls into place. It’s like magic, but not like any magic of Halloween or worldly things…the kind of magic that comes from Heaven that manifests in Divine Inspiration, Heavens Favor, a Mantle for Glory in sharing with the world Gods amazing story of Radical Love. For Radical Love, when showered from above creates the perfect breeding ground for Signs, Wonders, Miracles and Creative Miracles begin to occur. The world can’t explain it, the greedy can’t obtain it but all draw near-even if only to be entertained by it-and yet the Power of His Word goes forth.

Step up to the plate. You are now up at bat. Take your stance. Plant your feet firmly in the Gospel readiness of Peace. You are ready. Cock your bat, the full armor of God in Hand. I think you are about to hit a grand slam! It will be nothing short of Captivating! God intends to make an All Star out of you for Him! ~Nicole

October 27, 2015

Don’t Stop Believing!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:56 pm by Broken & Brave

“The generous will prosper;
those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.”
Proverbs 11:25

Your doing a lot of good. You may not always be aware of how your life is positively impacting others, but believe that it is…and one day, God will bless you to see the fruit. Keep loving. Keep believing and keep receiving all God has for you. He’s got you! ~Nicole

October 10, 2015

Authoritative Parenting

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:00 am by Broken & Brave

I went to college right out of high school. I earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Development (after changing my major from nutrition after I was already deep into this field of study). I have always had a deep fascination with human physiology and cognition. I love nutrition and how it affects our performance and behavior. I went to school with the goal of becoming a Marriage Family and Child Counselor (MFCC). I didn’t even make it through the first year of a rigorous graduate school program- not because I didn’t want it, but because God took hold of my life, I gave up the reins, and never looked back…I chose His will over mine each day. He had gently told me in many different ways, a string of events and circumstances, that He didn’t want me to stay. He gave me those gifts and interests, but private practice counselor wasn’t His best for me.

God is really cool though. All those interests, all that education and investment of time and finance…He hasn’t missed a beat. For He used it to equip me and cultivate an area of my life that could be used for His Glory. I still get to exhort, encourage and listen to the hearts of others. I get to help others change their eating habits and improve their health. I get to use my education every day in the field and in raising my children. It doesn’t feel like “using an education” it just feels like my niche complete to love on others the Lord puts in my path. When I do the math, that spells victorious living, even though it doesn’t look like how I thought it would look when I began the vision.

God is just a good, good Father. Those words have been rolling around in my mind for weeks now. Then I hear the Chris Tomlin song and we sing it in church…He is a good, good Father. That’s just who He is. He’s not trying to be good, He just is.

One thing we studied intensely in my undergraduate work were long term studies on human behavior when children are raised with authoritarian and authoritative parenting styles. An authoritarian parenting style is all about intense rules with minimal relationship. A classic commentary would be “Do it because I say so.” An authoritative parenting style is still exercising authority and need to abide by the rules, but there is a deeper understanding of the presence of love. The rules are there for protection and discipline to be taught and authority is to be respected but it is communicated in such a way that the recipient is growing in love and respect and with dignity. Authoritarian parenting almost always leads to rebellion. Authoritative parenting built people and strengthened relationships at the same time.

Authoritative parenting is the way to go. This is how our Heavenly Father is with us. He guides us, He tells us the way and the paths to leave, but He does it so lovingly we feel helped. We may not like it at first, but if we truly trust Him we follow His lead because He has demonstrated to us that He is love and wants the absolute best for us. That’s how it was when He sent His Holy Spirit strong on the scene of my life back when I was in school. I gave up more than I can go into right now, but He flooded my heart with his Peace, Hope and Love and I knew if I followed Him the big picture of my life would be better even if in the immediate it was a painful sacrifice.

God is not mad at you. He isn’t sitting in Heaven waiting to through lightning bolts at you. He is a good, good Father. He is committed to you with tender devotion and concerned with only bringing you good all the days of your life. He sees what we cannot and many times He has gone before us and surveyed the scenes and protected us from many things we never knew He had done. He is your number one fan right now and forever more. Let him lead you now. He won’t steer you wrong. Listen to His instructions. Heed His gentle counsel and advice. He’s got you, even now. ~Nicole

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.”
2 Tim. 3:16-17

October 4, 2015

Filter Free Longevity

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

The art of being a relational individual is learning to speak the language of others. I’m not talking about foreign language, though this may apply also. I’m talking about learning to see the perspective of others. Peoples history/background shapes their reality. When people have a vastly different background than you, they perceive and interpret encounters and situations differently than yourself. They may hear the exact same statement and their filter received and interprets it far differently than you do. So, even if you can’t relate to them, you can more effectively love them by learning to see things through their eyes. God will help you crystallize their perspective and give you His power to help them gain break through and maybe they will in turn help you learn, too. The more we all read the Word, watch, listen and pray the more we reflect his image and gain unity with all sorts of various peoples. This is what unites the Body of Christ…Oneness is Beautiful. ~Nicole

“…so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.”
Romans 12:5