April 27, 2018

“Class Act”

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

“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor. 13:13

Love is patient and kind. It looks out for others. It thinks of itself less and others more. Love is gentle and quiet yet possesses all the roar of a lion or the fiercest ocean at storm. Love does not compromise and it is pristine. Love is all things classy.

Esther, Ruth, Mary the mother of Jesus, three women who I imagine knew how to keep it classy as they loved beyond their capacity to understand. They did it for the good of their common man. They lived a life worthy of esteem to be an example of Proverbs 31 woman kind of living.

Class is elegant. It is a disposition that maintains a posture of peace and position. It is regal in its own sort of way. It understands the beauty found in simplicity. It is meek and humble. It is gentle and easy, yet it is a yolk of the Lord not easily handled. It is costly like precious metals and gems, and it shines with brilliance.

The best kind of bling isn’t found in a ring, but in the heart that possesses the sweet residue of Heaven. Hold you head high today, Ladies. For you are each God’s Lady in Waiting. He’s got goodness in store for you. I believe in you, too! ~Nicole
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April 22, 2018

Stop On A Dime Devotion

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:19 am by Broken & Brave

“Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: ‘I am the LORD your God, Who teaches you to profit, Who leads you by the way you should go.'”

Isaiah 48:17

Many years ago one of my boys was an infant and we were sitting in the doctors office for a well baby visit. If you have had a baby you know the routine~check everything then finish up with whatever shot being recommended at that time. Well-prior to this appointment I had spent much time, every day for more than a month, praying about this particular appointment because I knew the vaccine schedule for the day.

When my oldest was a baby the Holy Spirit began making me very uncomfortable every time we were to get a shot. The vaccine schedule was very limited and small compared to what it is today. I would get so uncomfortable I would pray, but never know what or why the Spirit was leaning into me so. This proceeded until it became apparent to me I needed to share with my husband. To make a long story short, God had been leading us to make some changes on how we view certain medical protocols and for very specific reasons which I won’t share here. With this back story, let’s fast forward several years to me sitting in the Doctor office with one of my younger children waiting for our visit. I had prayed all month or more as I shared about whether or not to get a particular shot for my child. But God had not directed my heart at all. I didn’t know what to do. The nurse comes in and performs the exam and then proceeds to leave to get the serum. Then it happened… right there in the little room the Holy Spirit rocked my boat. He spoke loud and clear and told me NOT to put that particular shot in my child. I was so uncomfortable. Why had He waited until the nurse was drawing the serum to tell me? I’d been praying about it for months? So I had a choice to make. When the nurse came back-though I felt incredibly uncomfortable and embarrassed-I told her to put it back we weren’t going to get it after all. She questioned and tried to persuade. But I refused and we got not a single shot that day.

After I was home and alone I sulked to my Lord. I didn’t understand His plan. But he spoke to my heart and lead me through his Word. He reminded me that the intellect of man was foolishness to him (1 Cor. 3:20; Psalm 94:11), then he spoke prophetic words of knowledge to my soul about my child. Then He told me the deleterious effect this particular shot would’ve had with my child’s DNA genome. Then, the biggest lesson of them all…

He told me He was training me to lean into His voice so hard that I would be able to stop on a dime for Him no matter what situation I was in. This pierced me to the core.

Fast forward, eight years later that same child had an extreme health episode which required much medical diagnostics. Some things about my child were discovered that revealed the Truth of what God had told me. If we had gotten that particular shot when he was an infant it would have completely interacted with a certain genetic composition and he would’ve been an entirely different child (behavior and ability so to speak). I am so glad I heard! I am so glad I sought! But I am most happy that I LISTENED! My one single act of obedience completely changed the course of my child’s life for the better!

The only requirement to hearing God’s voice is accepting Him as your Lord and Savior. Once you open the door of your heart, He comes in and you become connected. It’s kind of like blue tooth technology. Though He is God in Heaven and you are not, you are connected and by vehicle of the Holy Spirit transmission and communication is made. A big part of hearing God speak is spending time with Him (reading devotionals and the Bible, listening to Bible expository and getting around other Believer’s). The more we allow God to declutter our heart, mind and soul…the easier and more clearly we will hear him. Sin will keep you from hearing His Voice clearly. Pride will keep you from hearing him or it will convolute the message. Spiritual strongholds with warp and twist the translation.

So how do we dig deeper into Him? By spending time together. Any relationship will get stronger when time is spent together. Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to activate himself in your life. Tell the Holy Spirit He is welcome in your life and in your decision making. Adore the King of Heaven-Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Worship always creates a clearer connection.

God not only wants you to be able to hear the Voice of God in your life, He wants such a grand connection you are empowered to stop on a dime and change direction should He require. He wants total and complete access to your life. It could just save your life. I know the Holy Spirit has saved mine countless times.

Be at Peace and know the God of Heaven. As you get to know Him, may He yield your heart strength, Fortitude and Grace. May all of these equip you for the Journey.

~Nicole

April 20, 2018

Fearless

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 6:44 am by Broken & Brave

When I was a young girl I may have been slightly afraid of the dark. I didn’t like to go to sleep in pitch black. I preferred my door slightly cracked and my Mom or Dad would leave a light in in the hall, or another adjoining room for backlighting. I could comfort in the light. I would also get all comfy in my covers, pulling them up over my head but tucking them just so…my mouth and nose were exposed to the fresh air. I slept this way for as long as I can remember. But something happened over time, whatever cause my discomfort with the dark began to subside and I found myself preferring to sleep with total darkness. In fact, the darker the atmosphere the better I rest.

This is how it is when we come to a place of being centered in God’s Goodness. We can find ourselves in the darkness of night, be it a trial or something that hinders our sight, but we are comfortable and at rest because we haven’t forgotten we are loved, protected and blessed. Your fortnight will come. Whatever ails your heart or makes you uneasy~God’s got a remedy that is truly quite easy. Nothing is too hard for him.

Your Daddy knows. He loves you with an incredible love. Hand in glove, you won’t slip. And should you trip, he will cause his angels to look over you and see you through. You are His candidate for victory. ~Nicole

“In the shelter of your presence you hide me.” Psalm 31:20

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April 17, 2018

Sown…Garment of Love

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 6:39 am by Broken & Brave

“Jesus loves he tire children-all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

Grew up in church singing that song. It was precious to me. But what has been even more precious is watching God love through me all races, but also all creed. All peoples who have need…a need to be loved. You can find me during the week encouraging a wealthy woman with monogrammed everything and hours later I am out on the street praying with someone who has no teeth, no shoes and is pregnant with baby number (who knows what number) and how many different fathers her children have.

Each carries their own beauty.
Each carries their own struggles. Each carries hangups and strongholds.
But the love of God sees beyond their condition to their royal position.

I frequently see the affluent despise the poor because they feel the resentment of the poor toward their wealth. Then, I see the poor reject the rich because they have what they have never had and feel the sting of judgement or inadequacy.

The world loves the pretty, the beautiful, the strong, the rich. But God measures us all with a different stick. He is a God of Infinite Love and purpose and His amazing arms of comfort can handle any circumference. He loves the beautiful. He loves the proud. He loves the down and out. He loves those with a glorious song and He loves those who have absolutely nothing to sing about. His Love is Perfect. His love is Pristine. His Love and His Love alone will make your heart clean and wipe away every stain of pain your life has afforded. He will help you cut your losses and build within a Temple comfortable for a King to live in. He is your Way Maker, Day Saver, King of all kings life changer. He is prepared to make a way for you in all you say and do. He will carve an incredible landscape and garden of heart for you. Tear those walls down. Polish your Crown. You are a royal diadem. You are a costly garment in the care of a King. Seamless embroidery does His hand bring. You’ve been stitched into this particular fabric of time and nothing…I mean nothing…can snatch you from His Love. He loves you. Period. Drink it. Enjoy it. Swim in it. Bask in it. Be adored. For you are adorable.

“And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.” Luke 17:14

It doesn’t matter your SES or your physical address. You shop at K-Mart or only wear designer originals. YOU are His Original Design and He wants to create in you the sweet nectar of an organic piece of fruit. Juicy and sweet His Love always makes you whole and complete. Drink deep.

His love is in you, on you…all around you. He is Besotted.

Take care this day in every word that you say. Be mindful that the Peach of Heaven is ever fond of you.💜

Be Golden with Delight.✨

~Nicole

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20
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April 16, 2018

All My Single Ladies

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 4:23 pm by Broken & Brave

“Sometimes you’ll just be too much woman. Too smart, too beautiful, too strong. Too much of something that makes a man feel like less of a man, which will start making you feel like less of a woman. The biggest mistake you can make is removing jewels from your crown to make it easier for a man to carry. When this happens, I need you to understand you do not need a smaller crown. You need a man with bigger hands.” ~Michael E. Reid

Ladies, you are enough, all by yourself. Be genuine. Be organic. Embrace your unique Splendor. Never will a man complete you. God alone can do that. But when selecting a mate, remind him that the best fruit grows at the top of the trees and receives the most sunshine. Shine Bright, start your day off right. You are Magnificent in Heaven’s sight. Shine On.✨ ~Nicole

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April 15, 2018

Enscribed by Heaven

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 7:27 am by Broken & Brave

“This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.” 1 John 1:5

God is nothing but Life, Light, Joy, Goodness, Grace, Love and all things Hopeful. He can do all things; the imaginable and the unexplainable seemingly impossible. He is the ultimate Possibility Thinker, Way Maker, Bondage Breaker and the Friend like no other friend, loyal to the core.

For three days He became darkness to absorb all of ours. Like a sponge soaking up every wrong ever done. He took it all and he took it in a horrific fashion. He was beat, killed and placed in a tomb. For three days his followers didn’t know what to do, how to feel, what to think. They were devastated and all theirs hopes seem decimated…
until Sunday came.

Have you ever had something happen in your life that took the wind out of your lungs? Ever had darkness loom over you? Struggling with hopeless feelings, loss, depression or lack of direction? There is hope for you, take it to the Cross. Christ isn’t an old time tradition or fairy tale. He is the Sovereign Hope of the World and He loves you without fail. If you’ve never felt him, heard him, experienced him it doesn’t mean He isn’t real. Meeting him is like meeting the love of your life. When it happened your heart exploded. Feelings and thoughts erupted in your mind and heart and you were elated and felt anything was possible because this person seemed to elevate you and inspire you and complete you. Well, this too with God. In fact, human love and companionship is only a minuscule reflection of what is possible with God…you’ve just not called him yet.

Call on God today. Share your heart. Ask Him to reveal himself to you. He has already taken all of your darkness at the Easter Cross, let him have it once and for all. He’s got you. ~Nicole
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April 14, 2018

Health Is Wealth

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 7:29 am by Broken & Brave

I have been fascinated with health, fitness and nutrition since middle school…at least, middle school is when I recall it all beginning. Looking back now I see the Divine Sculptors hand in everything. All the things I did and tried having no idea it was a gift of Vision and forward thinking being released from inside. I didn’t think about it, I just did it. There was no internet or fast facts available at the fingertips for me to learn to track and plan my nutrition. I learned at a young age to study labels, read about health, I’d buy and subscribe to health related magazines. I’m sure many of the articles I read weren’t true science as I reflect in it now–but it had the foundation and got me in the direction the Lord wanted me going.

I’ve learned so much about myself and life through training. Fitness has been good to me. My love for the weights was immediate and grew in my heart to become a lifestyle. No exercise I had ever done yielded the results weight training did. I learned at an early age that for my petite structure I was relatively strong. Some of it genetics, and some sheer physics. A shorter lever has greater leverage when moving an object from point A to point B. How ever it worked, I was hooked and my love for the sport has been life long.

When I was a teen I loved tuning in to the Olympia to see the women’s divisions. I had a large bulletin board in my bedroom and I had a stationary bicycle. On the board I had a photo I clipped from a magazine of a fit female. I have no idea who she was. I just knew I loved her physique. She was feminine and beautiful, but loaded with lean lines and quality muscle. Even this, God Providence because in the 80’s it wasn’t so popular as it is now for women to lift weights and have any muscle. Everyone was doing jazzercise and aerobics. But there I was, my own personal spin class (before spin classes were invented) with my Walkman jamming and my legs hammering the pedals as I dreamed of seeing just how fit I could be.

Imagine my surprise when five years ago, shortly after birthing my fifth child, I begin to have dreams of bodybuilding and competing. I dismissed it at first for all the usual reasons. But the dreams and call of God persisted.

What a journey it had been. I’ve learned even more about myself as I’ve been stretched beyond stretched outside myself to grow to fit the new extended capacity of “me”. God right there beside me, encouraging me. This is a very mentally challenging sport. I have learned deeper levels of confidence in who I am and how God made me. I’ve learned how to be relaxed and comfortable in uncomfortable situations. I’ve learned even more about my body and what it can do. What an incredible machine these bodies are!

Bodybuilding is a dream I had inside my soul long ago. I didn’t know I’d ever compete as competitions as they are now didn’t exist at the time. But God had planted something inside of me for a later date, but He knew my growing and gleaning had to begin long before I ever graced a stage. Even now, I am aware God’s Purpose for competition is only a gateway to something else He has for me. So I continue to follow His lead obediently. I’m having a little bit of fun along the way…

Trust God with every dream or desire of your heart. He will carry you though every ounce of distrust or unbelief. He is grooming you for greater things. But we must remain still and quiet when He speaks. We must yield our soul to the heart cry of our Lord. He and only He can the future. He gives us glimpses and He polishes and nourishes our ambitions and sculpts them to fit His desirable key.

Maybe it’s time to pull out some shelves dreams, dust them off and once again begin to believe. If the desire has not left you, perhaps it’s because the reality of the vision has yet to kiss you. Your life an open book…write the pages and fill it to overflow with amazing adventures that will make your heart glow.

Just a snapshot of my heart this morning. Was thinking on these things and felt the need to flow the ink and let my heart bleed God’s beauty as only He could deposit it within me.

Your life…sculpted and shaped by Heavens Divine Grace. Wear it well. ~Nicole

“No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20-21
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April 12, 2018

Overwhelmed

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:23 am by Broken & Brave

Can you feel the tug on your heart?

God wants his time with you.

I pray today you would begin to trust the Lord more than you ever have before.

Sink deep in his chest.
Let him wrap his strong arms around you and yield to your soul complete Peace and Rest.
Be blessed with the Kindness of Heaven.

Soak it in.
Drink deep.
Get some sleep.
You’re going to need your strength for the journey and adventures God plans for you to take.
Be touched by his heart to yours. May he lead you beside still waters and vanquish all that would siphon the flow of the Spirit in your life.

It is a marvelous life~
But only when God is in it does it yield the extraordinary.

Fortify your hope. Let there never be any complaint on your lips. May you forever experience the bliss and peace of knowing God can handle all of it. He just wants you closer. He wants to speak to you. May you hear His voice more clearly than ever before. May his Sovereign hand rule your every decision and guide your steps. He is a faithful companion…
The best of friends…to the end.

This is my prayer for you today.
The besotted of heaven admires you and longs to inspire you.
He knows exactly what he has wired you to do. You can withstand it all. Comfort of Heaven now over you fall.

Allow yourself to be Overwhelmed with Goodness…

Amen

~Nicole
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April 11, 2018

Fullness in Christ

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 6:54 am by Broken & Brave

Do you have things bursting inside of you? Things you know God wants you to do? Maybe you’re not sure if it’s God or yourself having these dreams, thoughts or desires/ambitions? Then this post is for you.

I think these questions have applied to us all at one time or another. So let me share a bit of my personal experience and Believe in Faith it will be the catalyst to trigger His Heart and Hopes for you.

I have “held back” my entire life. I am a complete minimalist by nature. In every capacity. I don’t do it intentionally, it’s just my natural bent. Here are some examples of what I mean. When I was a kid I would use microscopic amounts of toothpaste on my toothbrush and then I would only turn the faucet on a little to rinse the brush when I was done. I’d only use a “little bit” of anything. I’m not hard on my things. Clothing and shoes and even sunglasses seem to last forever for me. I’m very frugal by nature, not a big spender, I don’t squander. I guess there’s nothing wrong with any of this. But there are some others areas of life I also hold back and God has really been working it out of me for many years. I keep growing and getting better, but it is still a challenge. God will always stretch you, make you stronger in any given area, then He expects you to use the victory, the strength you’ve been given, and He will stretch you again. This is how we advance. This is how potential is realized. This is how we personally discover all our abilities and capabilities and overcome self doubt. This is how He gets Glory. Then we can go out and help others do what we did. Pretty cool actually. God has a really simple marketing strategy for building His Family.

1) Receive my (God’s) Love. (1 John 4:10)
2) Go out and share that love with others. (1 John 4:7-8)
3) Invest in Yourself and your own growth. (Hebrews 6:1)
4) Go out and invest in others the same way He has invested in you. (John 13:15)

There is no greater investment plan than that of Heaven. God is completely Besotted with you. Do you even know what Besotted means? I want to make sure you do because it’s really kind of cool. He is completely intoxicated with the notion of friendship with you. Everything you currently believe to be the “fairy tale” friendship, courtship, marriage or relationship…that is what God himself is offering to you. But you must receive it.

So, holding back…that’s what I was sharing. I hold back. I guess fear is really good at making people hold back. Fear of failing. Fear of stepping on the toes of others. Fear of what people will think. For me it was always rejection. I’ve had a lot of rejection, especially female rejection, since my very early years. My first female shunning happened at the age of 5. So fear of that has caused me to hold back. But in all that holding back I was protecting nothing. In all that holding back I failed to fully release the gifts God has given me. So little by little, over a lot of time…God is so patient….I have learned to NOT hold back. I have learned to dig deep. I have learned to push through. I have learned to speak out. I have learned boldness. I have learned perseverance to the Nth degree. I have gained resilience and I have gained a supernatural armor of Christ I would love to write about sometime ( THAT is a really cool story!)

So what’s my point?
Are you holding back?
Are you failing to step out into your Destiny because of fear?
What will people think if you join the gym and look like you don’t know what your doing?
Fear of pushing that weight because you might get too sore?
Fear of applying for that job that might advance your career, but upset those you love?
Fear of doing something radical because it might not go the way you thought?
Fear of investing in your future because of the cost?
Fear of allowing Christ more deeply into your heart and life because you might have to surrender some control?

Forget the fear! Fear is a lying voice you don’t want to listen to. God gave you a voice and He gave you His Voice! His is the only Voice you need to concern yourself with. All else is pointless echoes of the soul.

So what is it? Define right now the areas you are holding back. I guarantee the Holy Spirit will be highlighting it to your mind right now. Write it down. I mean it! Write it down. Begin taking action steps to cut lose and master that old mindset! You’ve got so much more, but all that holding back has prevented your victories.

Have you ever seen the movie “The Incredibles”? Love that movie so much. Animated super hero family. The son is named Dash. Dash is as his name implies, FAST! Dash knows he’s fast, but he doesn’t REALLY now how fast because he’s always been told to hold back. He has never really cut loose to see what he was capable of doing. As the movie advances the pressure comes when the family is up against some villains. With nemesis in pursuit Dash knows what he must do….RUN! Dash runs to get away and be safe, but in the midst of his conflict he discovers he’s got some legs! My favorite scene in the entire movie is when he’s running so hard and comes upon water, he can’t stop so he keeps going only to discover he can run on the water. He throws his head back and laughs! Even he didn’t know he could do that!

And so it is with you…DONT HOLD BACK! Heaven has an assignment for you. Your life hand penned by the Maker, the Almighty my friends.

Head out for the open roads. You may not know where it will lead you, but when God holds your Compass He is marking the Path and guiding your steps. Every area you pray for advancement and victory, just come down to your willingness to surrender your ambivalence and cut loose!

~Nicole

“So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.” Colossians 2:6

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April 10, 2018

What’s That Smell?

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:31 am by Broken & Brave

“For we are the aroma of Christ…”
2 Cor. 2:15

A blessing for your day:

Lord bless you to be the fragrance of worship that would fall besotted and soften every heart, that would inspire the bend of every knee, to look longingly toward the King of kings. You are the flavor and aroma this world needs. So many things special about you…you are needed, valuable and loved. God hemmed your every attribute in place and saw your potential so big it placed a smile on His face. Go forward into your day with heart-filled glee, for the Father above is bragging on you in Heaven singing, “That one belongs to Me!”
YOU are going to have an AMAZING day! ~Nicole

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