January 31, 2016

Watermark My Soul

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:13 am by Broken & Brave

What are you watering your soul with?

No matter who you are- your culture, your income, your status, your experience…we all have a soul and it thirsts. What do you serve it? Soul thirst is similar to physical thirst, but it cannot be quenched with water. It must receive Living Water in order to breathe. Many fill their lives with endless pursuits, but in the end, they still thirst something they cannot see. Living Water will never leave you empty. Drink it. Become saturated with it and then leak it…leak it a lot…onto the heart and soul of others so they may thirst no more. The soul is like a well. When you fill it with that right stuff it is meant to be shared. A well runs deep and that’s where the water is. Pump it and water others and that well won’t run dry as long as you continue to feed it the right things. I mean things like prayerful meditation on God. I mean reading scripture verses. I mean listening to a good message and reading good literature. You are a well of goodness that was meant to overflow-purely-into every soul you come in contact with.

Leave a watermark…

~Nicole

“but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”
John 4:14image

January 30, 2016

THE Voice!

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:51 am by Broken & Brave

“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” John 10:27

I had an interesting experience yesterday. I made a quick stop in the bank yesterday afternoon. I seemed to have unintentionally timed it just right because there was no line and only maybe two other people with tellers. I was invited right up to a window for my business. As the teller walked away to retrieve something for me I waited there and observed the teller at the window next to me was teaching the woman she was helping how to recognize a genuine $100 bill. I glanced at her then the woman who intently listened. I didn’t think much of it and turned my gaze away. But what happened next kind of surprised me. The woman being serviced spoke to the teller and I immediately recognized and knew her voice. I hadn’t thought the woman’s appearance familiar at all, but I had zero doubt I knew her in my past because the voice was so incredibly familiar. It took me a moment to scramble through my memory files. She continued talking and this really helped the process! She began to walk out and I glanced at her again because I had finally pinpointed how I knew her. She had been my neighbor in the house John had purchased before our marriage, but we lived in for many years. She was an excellent neighbor! I hadn’t seen this woman in about 12 years and her appearance was different…but I knew her voice!

This is how it should be with God. When you know him, you know how He speaks to you through the Holy Spirit. You recognize his tone, his inflection and cues. He is always there gently guiding you with His voice. You don’t have to see his form to know His talk. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been away from Him, you can still recognize when He speaks to you. Try listening to Him today. Invite Him to speak into your life. Listen. Abide. No more negative self talk or doubt. You know Him and you know His Voice. He is a friend like none other! ~Nicole

January 29, 2016

Get in the boat, so you can get out of the boat!

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:50 am by Broken & Brave

“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.”
Matt. 16:20

Jesus walked on water. This was an astounding and terrifying demonstration of his power. Some were repelled by it, while others, like Peter, were compelled by it. He wanted to walk on water too and as long as He kept his eyes on him…he did.

There are three types of people in life. We each may have some experience as each type throughout the coarse of our life, but the goal is to get to such a place of abiding peace in God, we can do anything he compels us to as though we were walking on water.

1. The first type of person is nearly drowning. They aren’t even in the boat. Responsibility or circumstances of life have them flailing in the water. They are so overcharged in heart and spread thin physically they cannot even get to the boat without assistance. There are countless examples of what could be trapping them in the water, but one thing is certain… They need a hand to help them up.

2. Person two isn’t in the boat either, but they have made it to the side of the boat and all there energy is devoted to just holding on so they don’t become like the example of person one. They may have the best heart in the world and intentions, too. But they are not in any position to be able to help anyone. They are in a fight to survive.

3. Person three is in a better place. They are inside the boat securely. They are safe and they know it. In this position you have choices. The ideal choice is you are in the place you are thankfully and are ready to help those who aren’t in the boat, get in also. You have both hands free and you choose to use them to give others a hand up compassionately.

4. Then there is person four. (I know, I said there were only three types of people.) Person four is very achievable, but not so easily available as an example. Person four lives in the place of creative miracles. They are so fixed on Christ, it doesn’t matter what is going on in their life, they know who he is and they know who they are because of him. They are willing to get out of the boat and try something risky and a bit dare devil if you will. They want to walk as he walked, go where he went and do as he did. Eyes only for Jesus. Anyone can be person four, but few choose it. Person four gives up the safety and security of the boat, the warm sunshine and rest and ease. They are in a quest for greater things and they are willing to get uncomfortable to have it. Person four abides through every trial of life and attempts to walk on water just the same. They took the high road and now they find themselves in the zero gravity zone. Nothing is going to stop them from going deeper in relationship with Jesus.

You can walk on water too. God will use everything you go through, if you let him, to put wisdom, character, integrity and compassion beyond measure within you so you can not only help others get into the boat, but lead them to join you and walk on water too. Gods got you. No matter which person you identify with today, God has a plan in place. Keep your eyes on his face. He will hem you in and captivate you with his love and grace. Your going to win your race. The best is yet to come.

I believe that YOU can walk on water.

~Nicole