September 30, 2016

Under Warranty

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:38 am by Broken & Brave

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.”
Psalm 136:1

We live in a world that puts a lot of emphasis on status. We identify ourselves by titles, accomplishments, monetary gain and recognition.

So where does that leave me when my entire life I am not particularly motivated by any of these things?

When I was younger it left me a bit apathetic. I “did”, because I was expected to and wanted to please my parents, please my teachers and have the satisfaction of knowing I tried.  However, I was not monetarily, socially or academically motivated to climb any sort of ladders. I began wondering what the point was anyway?

This is where God reached in and some beautiful things began to sink in. I learned my Purpose and it gave me a reason and motivation to fulfill God’s Dreams for my life. Now THIS was something I could get behind. Because I wasn’t overly motivated to be in the “in crowd” or have fancy stuff or go to an Ivy League school, but have always been very good at getting along with pretty much anyone (I have a genuine love for people), I found myself in the unique place of getting along with every group of youth without feeling like I truly belonged or was an “insider” to any of them. Kind of unique actually…
Here’s what I’ve learned as I have grown to be super tight with the Man upstairs who does everything right…

Gods love is not fickle. Nothing you do could make him grimace or shrink back. He is Constant. His Mercy and affections fail not. In fact, He is completely fixated upon you. His love has no expiration or warranty date. He lives to saturate people with His Kindness.

Have you ever really thought of God’s affection toward you? Can God be smitten? Of course He can. His love for us is captivating-heart and soul. It is us who struggle to understand pure loves significance. His love is never conditional or works driven. He loves just because…it is who He Is. So stop having a performance mindset. You can’t jump through enough flaming hoops to earn what He did for you. And that’s ok because He isn’t keeping track. He’s just excited to be your friend. ~Nicole

September 29, 2016

Power of Encouragement

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:45 am by Broken & Brave

The Power of Encouragement…

The meet began at 3:30. By the time I had collected children, my spouse and made the drive we arrived at 4pm. We didn’t know what time his race was. Sometimes it’s the first and sometimes the last. I get there as fast as I can and trust God with the details. He knows what I can and can’t do. But on this day, we made it. His was the next race. The path wove and twisted along a hill, a trail and along a bend that licked the lake waters. When we first arrived we stopped along side the trail to see what group was running. As we saw kids from my sons team we yelled encouraging words to them, “Looking good, Rams!” Or “”Dig deep, finish strong, you’re almost there!” Not only did the kids lift their weary chins, we noticed other parents begin to chip in and shout encouragements as well.

Encouragement is Contagious…

Now, what I also want to mention is this. If you don’t know my husband or aren’t around him much you may think him friendly, but somewhat quiet. He is conversationally engaging, but not quick to speak. He is thoughtful with his word choices. But when he does speak, it penetrates deep and puts people on the edge of their seat. He knows his voice is loud and can carry far. So even though we couldn’t see my son on the bend of the road-John knew his voice could still be heard so he stood alone, looking into the unknown, calling out in his deep, booming voice, my sons name along with encouragements and praise. For at least 10 minutes before we saw him yoke the curve my husband called to his son. My son rose with pride-the good kind that makes you feel alive- and he quickened his pace and he ran his race because he knew how proud his father was.

Isn’t this a portrait of God? He sees us even when we can’t be seen. Every bend in the road and blind curve he is out in front of us calling our name, searching for us, inspiring us, praising us and directing us. He sees what we cannot and guides us through every blind spot when we listen for his voice.

With proper love and encouragement others rise. They feel valued, valuable and a part of something bigger than themselves. So they run.

Run your race with all of your might. God is around that bend, cheering your name, looking for you, waiting for you, praising you to the finish.
-Nicole

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.” Prov. 3:5-6

September 28, 2016

Change For America

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 6:18 am by Broken & Brave

I look about my country and I see so much Divide. I see people outraged. I see people filled with anger and hate. I see others full of self. Others broken and forsaken. But that’s what I see with my eyes–
When I look with my heart I see all the same…people in pain, hurting, and lacking proper love.

As a Christian I am bothered by what I see. It penetrates me, heart and soul. The enormity of the responsibility to make an impactful difference in my neighborhood, community, city, state, nation is mind boggling to me. Is our heart truly broken for what breaks God’s heart? Here are some action steps if you want to make a difference- in your own life and others-and you see what I see:

1. Search our hearts. (“O, Lord, you have searched me and known me.” Psalm 139:1)

2.Create a clean heart in us oh Lord. For when our heart is saturated with the Love of God it is pure. By searching the Word of God we obtain the pathway to his heart-but it is Love that binds, heals, and delivers. (“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10)

3. Pray. We must pray and be watchful. (“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14)

4. Listen. We must be attentive and listen as the Spirit gives personal directives on we as individuals can be an Agent of Change.
(“Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” Psalm 1:32)

5. We must give people a hand.
We must help where and how God directs us. We cannot do everything and clearly there is a lot to be done, but we can do that something that God has specifically asked of each of us. (“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16)
In our life our hand is attached to something. If it isn’t it is useless. The hand is attached to an arm, some real muscle to push through with a person. The arm is attached and leads to The Body. The Body is the Chamber for the very Heart and Love of God. Once a person is lead by the hand, they can get to the heart and meet the Power of Unconditional Love and that is where the Miraculous begins to take part! A hand all by itself is helpful, but not impactful. Impactful change occurs when a person is saturated in healing Love. The anger and hatred subsides. Growth and healing occur. Forgiveness replaces resentment. A maturing of the soul that comes by intimacy with God. A person is set free from the roots of their pain and their life is changed.

We give a hand, but we must do it with heart. Just like parenting. As a parent I meet the needs of my children practically-food, clothes, etc.-but they need time, attention, accountability, long suffering, wisdom, guidance and lots and lots of love. They need our heart.

Love the Lord your God with all of your heart. Invite Him to come in like your heart were your home. He will sweep it clean, clear the clutter and messes, decorate the halls and walls, and He also will sit and enjoy you, just you, as He lovingly admires and enjoys spending time with you. He changes us each from the heart and this changes our perspectives to match His. His love is full, complete and so very sweet.
He is such a good, good Parent.

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
John 15:12

September 22, 2016

Unleashed…

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:07 am by Broken & Brave

Unleash Your Dreams and Bridle Your Fears…

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Are you making disclaimers on life and possibilities? Are you prefacing your ideas or statements with a negative before the positive? “This is how it’s always been…”,
I’d like to, but…”, “I’d like to see _____, but I will be content with_______.”, “Its not my favorite, but you might like it.”, “I’d love to live_____, but where I’m at is ok.”, “This is just how I am.”

These are only a few examples of how you may be unintentionally sabotaging God’s Creative Design on your mind. We start off in life with endless dreams and possibilities and then we become champions at settling. We do it for a variety of reason. Some may include, fear of disappointment, painful past experiences, fear of failure, fear of what other people will react…does this sound at all like you? It can happen in any area of life. I see it in clients who have a goal weight loss, but struggle to believe it is possible so they give me what they will settle for-in that order. Or maybe they want to try an exercise but don’t truly believe they are strong enough.

When I was younger I loved my home, but of coarse had closet dreams of a nicer one. I didn’t dare unleash or speak these dreams until God began to pull my closet mentally apart at the seams. He literally dared me to desire more. God doesn’t want us greedy or proud-but He does want us to understand that we are royalty. We are Sons and Daughters of a King! He wants better for your life.

Dare to believe!

-Nicole

“Blessed are those who put their trust in Him.” Psalm 2:12

September 21, 2016

You Won’t Go Under

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , at 5:25 am by Broken & Brave

You Won’t Go Under

Yesterday was yet another full and hectic day-but deep down I know wouldn’t have it any other way. I have a large family, clients who want training and a car that takes me wherever I want to go. I am indeed blessed. The afternoon was spent poolside at the school watching my son play in a water polo match. Those boys swim back and forth and track that yellow ball as they attempt to shoot and score. Sometimes they get pulled at to keep them from advancing and sometimes they egg beater their kick under water and rise higher-so high you can see their waste above water-and they hit the mark and advance the entire team toward victory.

Sometimes life can make you feel like you might drown. The demands on our schedules, the need to be in multiple places at one time; maybe it’s a health restriction or financial decision that has to be made and you’re feeling kind of frayed. There is a God in Heaven who won’t let you go under. His roar is loud like thunder and his touch gentle and true. He will uplift you from under and you will rise to the demand with a smile at his wonderful plans just like those boys rise high when they are about to shoot. God is using the demands and pressures of life to make you shine bright and give you the best heart conditioning for this thing we do–Life! He’s got you. So take aim, find your mark, and let Him be exalted. -Nicole

“I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.” Psalm 37:25

Divine Design

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , at 4:08 am by Broken & Brave

Most mornings I drop the family at school and then my youngest stays with me and we go to the track and run some sprints before my morning clients. The same was true yesterday. Later in the day, around noon, we returned to my husband’s office which is adjacent to the track I’ve been using. My son looks toward the sky then replies, “The sun doesn’t look like that when we run sprints.” I smiled inwardly at the complexity of his observation in relation to his age. I proceeded to talk to him of our solar system, the earth, it’s rotation and how we get the calendar year, the seasons and the days and why the sun doesn’t appear to sit in the exact same place. He listens as I explained the excellence and Constance of God’s Provision of Nature.

The same ingenuity God used to sculpt and hang the sun and how the earth is spun is the same ingenuity He used when He sculpt and design you. He IS constant and is there for you…constantly. You never need worry for it for it is there with you always. Just as extraordinary as the knowledge of knowing the sun will again rise after each night it says goodnight- you can trust His faithfulness to complete every good work he has begun in you and it is sure to sparkle, shine and dazzle bright.

Be extraordinary because you are hand crafted from the extraordinary to live an Abundant life in Christ.

~Nicole

“Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future.” Proverbs 31:25

September 18, 2016

Faith Appeal

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:15 am by Broken & Brave

“Believe me for what seems impossible.” ~God

God be good to you this day and all your days to come. I pray that your life be showered with blessings, Joy & that God grant you every heart’s desire. I dare you to start unleashing ridiculously amazing and big dreams! Your dreams are God’s Vision imprinted on your heart. So take heart! The One who overcame the world will overcome every obstacle of impossibility for you, too! Believe with all of your heart and begin to take action steps toward the vision for your life. We have to do the opposite of what the devil expects you to do. As you do, every chain of impossibility will dissolve in front of you! ~Nicole

“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37image

September 15, 2016

Honesty

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , at 4:24 am by Broken & Brave

Noah Webster (1758-1843), a Connecticut born man, studied law at Yale and had a passion for teaching. Whenever Webster saw a need for something he sat down and wrote an essay about it. He poured out his heart through his pen. Mr. Webster wrote the “Blue Back Speller” and by it brought a standard of excellence and unity to the English language via vocabulary and pronunciation. Mr. Webster did something else that made him great that seems to have slipped off the plate in the United States of things worthy and esteemed…

Noah Webster petitioned the government and established copyright protection for authors. By this law it is illegal to plagiarize or publish the writing of others without buying it. Intellectual property is property just the same.

My children attend a local private high school where they are required to turn every essay they write into a nationally used website for review. This website is for the prevention and detection of plagiarism. I sometimes wonder what would happen if social media-among other avenues of communication-had such a site to turn in everything we “publish” on our timelines?

Moral Character and Integrity are of the founding attributes that made America Great. Is it too late to reinstate?

God is coming back for a Victorious Bride. Her Light shining bright, her heart luminous with Hope and her moral compass securely intact. ~Nicole

“I will pay attention to living a life of integrity— when will I attain it? I will live with integrity of heart in my house.” Psalm 101:2

September 9, 2016

Becoming Unskinkable… Unthinkable?

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:25 am by Broken & Brave

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass”
1 Thes. 5:24

Noah believed and held onto a promise of God for his life for many, many years. He endured insults, rejection and jeers-but that didn’t keep him from putting one foot in front of the other, hammer to the hull. Not only did everything the Lord told him happen, he saved his family from despair and he created a marvelous invention that had never been seen, required or desired before. Talk about a Visionary!

Next time you see a boat of any kind-remind yourself of Noah. He did the unthinkable and became unsinkable.

Hold onto your promises, move toward the Lord and His reward and watch yourself become unsinkable, too. That’s what God would want you to do. ~Nicole

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass” 1 Thes. 5:24

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September 7, 2016

Supplemental Strength

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:25 am by Broken & Brave

“Keep your heart with all diligence,
For out of it spring the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23

Above all else, guard your heart.
We often think of this as the emotional content of the heart, but what if it means more?

I learned the powerful benefits of Vitamin C many years ago from a friend of our family who happen to be a high level Nutritional Biochemist. So esteemed was this gentleman’s reputation he was known to be called on by the FDA for consultation and he held at least one trade mark brand for an ingredient in most store bought juices. My point, he knew his stuff! He shared the benefits of supplementing our diet with
Vitamin C.

Benefits:
•Facilitates healthy immune function (you may not get sick as much). •Supports Cardiovascular health •Supports brain & nerve function & can help reduce/control cholesterol •Helps maintain muscle & other tissues (slows the signs of aging and wrinkling). Animals produce their own Vitamin C and their body will increase dose under stress. Humans do not. We must consume it. The more stress (physical, environmental, emotional/intellectual) the more I take! It can literally help you relax and takes the edge off of anxiety.

-Nicole

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