May 29, 2016

Winner’s Circle

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 7:20 am by Broken & Brave

You are a Winner!

Champion does not mean first place-first prize.

A Champion is an ardent defender of purpose and people. God is your defender. He is ardent, unwavering, in his devotion to humanity. You count on him to do what only he can do and he will do it for you. You can trust him! Many times we SAY we trust him, but then we continue to take care of everything ourself. We believe he will bless our effort and that’s the extent of our trust. But what about trust that reaches beyond borders into unchartered waters and He alone is your compass or map? This is an entirely different trust zone.

You never go alone. You can count on him to help you win. Winning is about overcoming all that holds you back within so you can go out and help everyone around you. Glorious! ~Nicole

“When you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly answer.”

Isaiah 58:9

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May 28, 2016

Expect It…

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:30 am by Broken & Brave

A small child learning to walk may fall 50 times for he or she succeeds to take a handful of steps.
A kid learning to ride their bike may wibble and wobble and even fall over, but they keep getting up.
They say if you fall off of a horse you should get right back on to eradicate any future fear of riding.

How do you know this is not your year? Though we may fall. We may fail, we may not see the fruit of results God has purposed within us, we don’t quit. We don’t give up. We keep going. Everyday is full of success and some of that success goes without you ever knowing who you touched and how you changed their life. You MUST dwell in a place and space of perpetual expectation and anticipation of a blessing. Know it’s coming. Feel it in your gut. He is a God of Big things and He is willing to move heaven and earth for you. Believe~

💗Nicole

“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

1 John 4:4

 

May 27, 2016

Love ‘Em Right

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 5:50 am by Broken & Brave

Parenting is a bit like an oar. Study the oar, it is a plank of wood that has been sanded and softened, yet is durable, resilient and strong. The sanding is all over, but the edges are where it is best shown the curves and soft edges of its grooming. This is so when the oar is pulled through the water it cuts right in smoothly instead of choppy or hard. It makes the experience more enjoyable and comfortable for all who transport in the boat or canoe.

As a parent the first five years are for structure and foundation. Without a solid foundation trouble will be inevitable. Have firm and strong rules in place. Be consistent with their application. Be hands on and involved as much as possible. The middle childhood years it’s important to still do as the first five but boundaries are instilled by now and in place so less time is devoted to discipline though it is still present. Teen years we become coaches. Kids know what is expected and are given more freedom to explore who they are and what makes them happy. Direct them toward the discovery of purpose, dreams and aspirations.

When we need to be authority in their lives we need to be clear. But the soft edges, like the oar, come with delivery of truth and how we administer it. Is it coming from a place of love or is it our own need to be in charge? One of the best things my own Mother taught me was to say yes as much as I can so when I had to say no they knew I meant it.
Finally, as parents we can’t play favorites. Favoritism will bread jealousy and competition in family. It will tear unity apart. You may have a personality that jells best with one kid more than another-but every child needs to be your favorite. Hope this helps someone. I’m not an expert, but I’ve definitely had lots of practice getting it right. Your kids love you! ~Nicole

“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Prov. 22:6

May 21, 2016

Worth The Try

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , at 6:26 am by Broken & Brave

THEY said to not even try it -it would in fact kill you. This didn’t stop Roger Bannister from running the first ever sub-four minute mile. He broke the invisible veil. He pursued the impossible and made it probable that others could do it, too.

What is holding back you? YOU are built strong and to last the test upon you. Move forward, break the invisible barriers before you and gain valuable ground! ~Nicole

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us,and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” Heb. 12:1

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May 20, 2016

Power of One

Posted in true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 6:45 am by Broken & Brave

Yesterday I was privileged to speak briefly to a team of girls soccer players about nutrition. These girls were all about 13 years of age. Captivating their attention and interaction wasn’t easy. I used questions and analogies to try to get them engaged and it worked to a degree. But for the most part they spent the entire talk not looking at me, but watching all the distractions about the field.

I even brough visual aids and samples of healthier options to try. I spoke of the importance of nutrition in these critical years of bone development. Between the ages of 12-21 peek bone mass is laid and it begins to decline by age 22. So, literally right now they are deciding what their elder year bone strength is going to look. So hard for a 13 year old to care about a future so distant.

By the end, I was a little discouraged, did anything I said sink in?

Later that night, I received a text message from one of the parents. When she gathered her daughter after practice I was the first subject out of her mouth and she spoke all about me on the ride home. If only for one, who knows if there were more, some of my message got in.

There is power in the one. Do not shy away or shun what God in your heart has begun just because right now you don’t see anything. God is working. God is using you more than you may know. You are making a difference that just may turn into pure gold in the life of but one. Something beautiful may have begun.

Stay at your course and finish strong.

~Nicole

Storms Blow Victories Horn

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:34 am by Broken & Brave

Storms Blow Victories Horn

Ruth had many characteristics that make a woman great. She was faithful, loyal, obedient and courageous. When her husband died she continued to cling to her Mother-in-Laws side and took on a new life, new faith, new neighborhood.

Have you ever had to let go and trust God? Ever have to go a way unfamiliar to you? It could be a new city, a new neighborhood, job, even new people. You feel like a fish out of water? This is how Ruth felt. Displaced and distrusted she began to trust in God for the first time. She did everything Naomi told her to do and God sent Boaz, a reflection of how God is our Kinsman Redeemer, and he came to the rescue.

God rescues every time. The greater your storm the greater the story when He blows victories horn. Trust, obey and remain in faith, just like Ruth.

“And now, my daughter, do not fear. I will do for you all that you request, for all the people of my town know that you are a virtuous woman.” Ruth 3:11

May 18, 2016

A Sure Path

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged at 6:01 am by Broken & Brave

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

Have you ever gotten lost? Ever had plans fail or the unexpected happen? Of course you have, we all have. Especially if you have children!

Early in my walk with God, I mean when it truly became my faith and my relationship, I was in my twenties and I would lie in bed at night and just talk to Him. I would share my heart. I’ve always been a bit of a meek personality. If you are meek or shy at all you understand that small intimate groupings are comfortable for us. We like them. I like them. But if there is one really loud person or strong personality it is all it takes to be still and quiet and not speak. It is easy to be dominated by the person who talks the most. But when I would lie with my Lord He would listen to my heart and soul and I could speak everything within my hearts walls and he would listen to it all. No interruptions. No instructions. But I could feel His love. It was in this place of prayer I began to feel him stronger and then discern him correspond back to my soul. I kept feeling it over and over He would say, “I Am guiding your path.”

He is guiding your path.
He never leads you to something He won’t carry you through. Lie in his arms and share your point of view. He is listening and attentive and concerned for you. He wants to guide your path, too. ~Nicole

May 17, 2016

No Quit Mindset

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:22 am by Broken & Brave

In our house we have been brain washed, if you will, to believe there are two teams in baseball; the Red Sox or anyone opposing the Yankees. That is what happens when you marry a New Englander. This belief stuck pretty hard in my daughter who is a die hard baseball fan. Last year she was blessed to see the Sox play the Yankees at Fenway. A dream come true for her.

What are your dreams? Most dreams come to pass with God’s hand and some detours, pit stops and roadblocks along the way. We learn. We grow. We glean valuable wisdom along the way. We learn of ourselves and we learn of and from others. It’s a Glorious Journey.

Several years ago my son took a pitch to the face during a ball game. I think he was 10 at the time. It took him down hard, but there were no broken bones or damage to his eye. He lie on the bench for a while with an ice pack and his mom doting about. I wanted to swoop him up and take him home, but John wouldn’t let me. By the last inning John had the coach put him back in. The boys were up to bat. My son had to face that fear and overcome. I was against the idea, but then I saw what God did. My son hit the winning run and helped some boys cross home plate. He became the hero of the game. He tapped into his grit and learned to not quit.

Sometimes life hits us like a curve ball. It doesn’t necessarily mean you’re doing wrong or missing the mark. It’s just life. Don’t stay down if you’ve hit the ground. Get up. Brush off. Take another swing at everything God has purposes in your heart. You’ve got the look of a Champion. ~Nicole

You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. (Phil. 4:13)

May 15, 2016

Being Least Can Be Great

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , at 7:34 am by Broken & Brave

“…For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Sam. 16:7

God doesn’t think like we do. God doesn’t chose like we chose.
The Bible says to do unto the least of these…because our least is God’s Great.

My husband has been coaching athletes for over 30 years at all levels. One particular athlete who is now retired is an example of God’s Great. First off, she competed in a sport she is not built for. Most women she would go against are big, thick, stout and muscular. But not her, she is tall and long and lean. Actually built well for many sports, but not the one she excelled in. She graduated from a Pac 12 school. She has competed all over the world, competed in 3 Olympics and holds an American Record.

Highly successful, but not the obvious choice.

What the crowds don’t know is her Mother had great complications during her pregnancy. Her doctors deeply and repeatedly encouraged her to terminate the pregnancy because the baby would be full of sickness and the Mother’s own life at risk. But her Mom, full of Faith in God, held strong to her tiny Promise and her big God. She kept believing in what was conceived within her and she gave birth, despite the dark forecast, to a healthy and strong little girl.

You may not be in a high risk pregnancy. But you may be dealing with pressures and risks…troubles that overshadow your Hope. Be encouraged. It is never too late for God to step up and step out for you. Hold Him tight and He will see you through. He will deliver a beautiful Promise to you! ~Nicole

May 14, 2016

Pristine Kind of Clean

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , at 6:14 am by Broken & Brave

“She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.” Luke 10:39

Our first home was cute. It had a sunken living room and this really pretty cream colored carpet throughout. I loved it. Over time we began having children and we had a large dog who loved to lounge in the house. A large black dog (Rottweiler). As you can imagine the luster of that carpet began to dull. Kids can be pretty hard on things, especially little ones. John had purchased for me a special vacuum that also had attachments for carpet shampooing. I cleaned that carpet and tried to keep it nice-but over time the spots in the dining room wouldn’t lift any longer. I’m a bit of a clean freak by nature so this really bothered me. I like to keep things in good condition. Over the years that we lived there I continued to do my best to keep it descent, but it didn’t disturb me so much anymore. Instead of spending hours cleaning I had become more consumed by hours in the Word. I still wanted pristine carpet, but I had become content. Then, God dropped this nugget in my heart.

He would rather see His Church more concerned with the spots on our hearts than the spots on our rugs.

Profound! I loved that analogy so and I’ve never forgotten it.

Mary sat at the Lord’s feet allowing Him to increase the luster and shine of her heart while Martha was distracted by acts of service. Service is beautiful, but there is a time a space for everything. Sit at His feet, linger in His Love. Watch Him create a brilliant polish on your life. You Shine Bright. No need to spot clean, He removes everything that weighs on, clutters and stains your heart.

~Nicole

(You can read the entire story in
Luke 10:38-42)

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