January 11, 2017

Sweat Equity

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , at 7:08 am by Broken & Brave

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Details…

I was raised my a Mother who payed enormous attention to the details. Today, I recognize the merit to be found in this. Sometimes it takes a long time to truly get to know a person…and at times it takes even longer to get best acquainted with ourself.

Let’s look now to Rebekah of the Bible and discover what happened for a young woman who was focused on the humble details of life…

“So it was, when the camels had finished drinking, that the man took a golden nose ring, weighing half a shekel, and two bracelets for her wrists weighing ten shekels of gold, and said, ‘Who’s daughter are you?’
Genesis 24:22

(Read Genesis chapter 24 for background)

Rebekah went to the well that day to fetch water for her family. She knew why she was sent and she knew where to go and her purpose for going. But on the long dusty road she met a man who changed her life and secured her destiny forever. There was a deeper, grander purpose for Rebekah’s life that she had not discovered prior to that day. That day, her life changed and would never be the same.

When God reveals His good purpose for your life it edifies heart and soul. It gives one a new vigor and zeal for even the most mundane tasks. It is at this point you know you are working for something bigger than yourself and is more precious than the tiny details of the day. It is those small purposes and tasks, done well, each and every day that lend to greater break through in the grand calling of your life. Rebekah had greatness inside that was seen by the Man and maybe unknown to herself when promotion came to her hand.

What does God see when He examines your life? Are you serving as He has called you to serve? Are you daring to venture into the wilderness for a cup of water? If so, are you willing to risk failure and discomfort to obtain it? Are you willing to sweat and labor for it?

Do the little things with great zeal and purpose and watch God do for you as He did for Rebekah. You’ve got Greatness in you yet. -Nicole

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January 9, 2017

Suffering Servants

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:41 am by Broken & Brave

img_8931God’s Servants are servants who know how to suffer well.

Are you suffering today? People aren’t entirely themselves when they are suffering. When a person is in a lot of pain they just aren’t the same as what and who God Created them to be. But something beautiful happens in the cocoon of suffering. An element of beauty that already resided inside gets revealed and is no longer concealed in God’s marvelous Light. There is beauty in suffering–no matter what the source. Christ was a Suffering Servant. You may wonder, who would want to walk with Christ if it means I am called to Sacrifice and Suffering? All persons of the earth suffer. There are no exceptions. All have Seasons of it, some may be more extreme or prolonged than others. But then there is the Suffering Servant who has Peace and Rivers of Joy in the midst of their suffering and it draws others to the Peace and Love of God. Think right now of a time you have endured…what nugget of gold did you gain from what you went through. Wisdom? Patience? Strength?

Suffering comes to us all, but not all suffer well. As dearly loved children of God…shift your crown…you are absolute royalty…smile…and endure. The pain you feel will not last forever and God will use it to produce merit.

Prayer:
“Be comforted, encouraged and may the Grace of Heaven be the wind in your face as He shifts your circumstances and replaces them with healing, restoration and Grace. Amen.”

I’m in your corner, cheering you on this day!

~Nicole

“And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” 1 Peter 5:10

January 1, 2017

Bring it!

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:25 am by Broken & Brave

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“You crown the year with a bountiful harvest; even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.”
Psalm 65:11

The Laurel Wreath Crown…

Not the obvious crown, but the subdued.
A symbol of Mastery.
A symbol of something Regal and Set Apart.

As we Crown Him with many crowns, allow Him to adorn your head with splendor and all ordained for your life.

Where do you want to be six months from now? Are you striving toward the next level or are you managing your success already achieved? With consistent effort you can rise above any place you thought you’d be. With a commitment to excellence, determination to practice the consistent daily disciplines…you can conquer your mountains. The stronger and fitter you are, the easier it is to climb.

Every ounce of 2016 has equipped and prepared you for this upcoming New Year.

You’re ready to take it on!
~Nicole