October 30, 2018

Rest🌹

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , at 5:56 am by Broken & Brave

True rest has to do with trust.
When we trust God for the day to day—moment by moment, we find our mind, our heart, our will in unison with His.

No matter the situation or circumstance we trust God to bless and protect and lift us up at His Appointed time.

You can rest in it.
You can trust it! ~Nicole🌹

“In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.”
~Isaiah 30:15

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October 28, 2018

Risk Ridicule & Experience the Supernatural

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:12 am by Broken & Brave

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Fantastic devotional this morning…wanted to share it. Walking at this level of faith obedience is a pilgrimage like no other. It will be risky. It will require a determined All-In mindset. There will be no turning back (for when we shrink back from faith God is displeased), but the level of Holy Spirit intimacy is extraordinary! Don’t just dip your toes in the River…Dive in my friends! You won’t regret it!

Blessings, Nicole💙

Seeing What Others Cannot See
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 1 by Os Hillman
October 28, 2018

“And Elisha prayed, ‘O Lord, open his eyes so he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” 2 Kings 6:17
Several years ago, a movie was made called Field of Dreams. The story is about a man who had a vision to build a baseball field in the middle of a cornfield on his rural farm. He did not know why; he just knew he was to do it. To the chagrin of his neighbors, he built the baseball diamond in the farm community. One night some players showed up. The man realized these were no ordinary players, but were actually the great players from the past. When the skeptical neighbors came to view this phenomenon, they were unable to see what the farm owner could see. This made it even worse for him. Now he was really a lunatic in their eyes.

This fictitious story has a spiritual application for us. First, if God tells us to “build a ball field,” we should do it. It is not for us to determine the reason we are instructed to do it. Once we are obedient, God will allow us to see what others cannot see. It is the rite of passage for those who are willing to risk all for God’s purposes. God increases the spiritual senses to levels we never knew before. Those around us will observe this.

Do you want to see what others cannot see? If so, it will require a level of obedience that will go beyond human reason. It may require risk and ridicule from others. But you will see what others cannot see.

October 27, 2018

Hoard it!

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God opens doors that no man can shut and sometimes the doors he opens leave you startled and surprised—but you know by the feeling in your heart, mind & soul within it you will thrive.

God brings Blessings Magnified.

Why not let your heart stir?
Why not explore with your minds eye and dream big dreams full of possibility thinking?

Most people stop dreaming at a young age. They don’t stop overnight. It happens slowly over time. A crusting over of the soul…the heart…the spirit. The mind becomes dull to certain dreams and aspirations or the possibility of such. We begin to accept status quo myopic thinking. We gel our thoughts to match circumstances and the circumference of the minds of others around us speaking doubt and status quo acceptance upon us. Our vision, even when crystal clear, can become like mirky waters when surrounded by negative chatter from the miserable. Misery always loves company. Nothing spreads faster, like cancer, than negativity. It can pop even the most optimistic’s bubble of hope.

No one intentionally does it on purpose I don’t believe. Well, maybe some do, but they’re motives are less than true. But for most is slips on us with well meaning intentions that sound a bit like:

“that’s unrealistic”
“how can you be sure”
“be careful, you might get hurt”
“don’t try that it’s a bit too risky and what if?…”
“don’t try it, remember when?…”

It can be shaped and molded by fear, despair and caution.

But when you look throughout history it has been built, formed, shaped…it has been made by people who dared to tread beyond and over status quo living.

How do you know when it’s God opening a door? I don’t claim to have the absolute answer to this. I don’t think the answer is wrapped in a black and white obvious package. It is loosely wrapped. It isn’t black and white. It possesses creative elements that entice the soul. It frequently begins as an idea or impression. But it can and often is a clearly explicit Word of Authenticity from the Holy Spirit. How ever it is initially delivered—
God lets it marinate a while and develop its flavor in your heart. He acclimates your thinking and acceptance of his idea with time and circumstances. He closes some doors, even good ones, to make way for the doors he has in store. He bristles your hopes and gives wings to your dreams. He may use other people to water those seeds. He will use dreams and visions. He will use scriptures, life experiences. Nuances. He will use anything and that’s part of what I find so exhilarating about God. He has no rules for his creativity. He will manifest His Word in your life, but there is no blue book for design. It’s always an original! He is so creative!

Nothing like you and nothing like what he plans to do in you and through you. He cares that much about you to care for each tiny detail.

So…whether you’ve got dreams in the pipeline, some dreams that have derailed, or maybe there’s are presently mighty gusts of wind in your sails. He charts the course. He is the ultimate vehicle of your dreams and every little path, side track and road map leads to his ultimate plan and purpose for your life. He also intends to integrate lots of love, joy, smiles, laughter and happiness. Because these are the treats that satisfy the soul and help us press in on the days it’s difficult to carry the load because sometimes there will be tears, too.
The loftier the dream, the heftier the price tag for its accomplishment. But this is the stuff that the truly inspirational are made from. Grit and determination and a raw ability to buffer criticism and obstacles and keep going.

You are pure gold.
Do you believe it?

Now—cluster your heart around him. His fruit is sweet and it satisfies. Nurture your dreams and spend some time exploring the possibilities. Dust off some old and forgotten dreams of your youth. God will grab hold of the ones important for you. He will put his hand in yours and the fit will be perfect.

Dream big…
Only the best is yet to come.

And never forget, the battle is already won and the promise is done. ~Nicole💚

“I will give you the treasures of darkness and the hoards in secret places, that you may know that it is I, the LORD, the God of Israel, who call you by your name.”

Isaiah 45:3 ESV

October 25, 2018

Paid With Interest

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:23 am by Broken & Brave

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 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.“

Deuteronomy 6:5

This passage of scripture in Jewish culture is called the Shamae. I’ve been studying the Shamae with my seven year old for several months now. I am fascinated by the faithfulness to its recitation.

Every day we have an opportunity to love God with our everything. Our absolute everything. It can be seen with how we take Him with us everywhere we go and with everything we do.

Oh, He is already going with you. He has promised to never leave you or forsake you. But we have the option to take Him with us. Chew on this idea for a minute…

This past few weeks, probably the entire month of October actually—I have been reaping the good favor of God loving me with all of his heart, mind, soul and strength.

I gave him my everything. I didn’t earn his everything, because it cannot be earned. I am not perfect, but thank God, God never asked me to be. But when you sow the right seeds you reap harvest. The Lord told me along time ago. A long, long time ago that He would bless me with things I never asked for.

I’m experiencing some of that right now. There have been many tangible blessings (did you know it could be difficult to receive tangible blessings? Well, it is for me. So though it’s a gift, I am always humbled by it). But He has also done a few things that have blown my mind. I have two specific female friendships that have lost touch over time. I went to college with both of them. One was a friendship from my freshman year, then I transferred to a different college and the other was with me through this duration.

I have reached out faithfully for years to hear nothing in return.

Years.

I have allowed few females into the depths of my heart, especially in my younger life. I’m a bit better at it now.

But these two—something special was given me in them.
Do you know that BOTH of them (independent of each other for they are not friends) reached out to me in the same week? One of them praised God every other word and she was one who didn’t want to know about faith before. Praise God! She found Him!

God is Master of your relationships.
God is Master of your finances and resources.

Is God Master of your heart, mind, soul?
Do you love Him with all of your strength?

Carry Him in your heart today.
He is an adventure all by Himself. He is so full of surprises. He is amazing and invigorating and I am so glad He pursued me when I didn’t know I needed pursuing.

The Lord will sweep you off your feet. He will be a strong shoulder to lean on. He will listen to your every last word—even us females who seem to need to express more of them than men. He is listening to your heart now. He is remembering the things you hold in your heart that you speak out to no one. He is an advocate. He is a refuge. He is a way maker. He is…He is…He is…and by me, I don’t think He could be more adored, but I can’t wait to find out if that’s true. Him…I will continue to pursue wholeheartedly.

No matter what. He loves you more. He’s got good gifts for you—even ones you didn’t ask for. How Beautiful.

~Nicole💕

“‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'”

Luke 10:27

October 23, 2018

He Winked At Me

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:01 am by Broken & Brave

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Do you have need in your life? Does your timing forever seem not right? Looking for things to line up for you? Are you having a health crisis in your body, your relationships, your community?

It doesn’t matter what it is…
It could be squirrelly kids, a job that’s remiss, relationship woes or unasked for foes. Begin to look past the need to the Creed.

Creed—
any system, doctrine, or formula of religious belief, as of a denomination.
any system or codification of belief or of opinion.
an authoritative, formulated statement of the chief articles of Christian belief, as the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, or the Athanasian Creed.
the creed, Apostles’ Creed.

What is it you truly believe?

Satan is a serpent who slithers upon the earth like a python. A python cannot see or hear well. It must literally taste the dirt. Every time you complain. Every time you verbalize negative situations or feelings (even if they are true!)…you are creating dust. Every repeated offense. Every verbalized attention to your troubles is creating “dirt”. The python can taste the chemicals in the dirt and it puts him on alert and prepares him for the attack.

Now, my friends, there are times to talk. Sometimes we must confide in a trusted friend. God gave Purah as a faithful confidant to Gideon to build up his courage and give him someone to spy out the camp of the enemy with. Just the same, God will give you others to confide in and be a source of supplemental strength, too.

If you have a bad report that requires medical care, you must repeat your symptoms to the physician. But don’t neglect this fact when you do…the physician is required by law to tell you all the possible worst case scenario outcomes (creating dust!), so do not internalize what they say. Believe the Great Physician and His Report for your life. What does this mean?

You may have to follow the doctors lead, but don’t immediately send your heart to a place of despair repeating the horrible things they shared. Speak life over yourself so the enemy has no foothold to your life. No dirt stirring!

Instead speak to your Creed. Speak out what your Faith dictates to believe. Recite the Word of God over yourself! Tell others you are being healed and getting well. Speak life over that relationship or that promise that seems dead and buried. Speak to the Creed not of the need! And do the same when you pray.

It just may be that God has a dynamic about to bust forth through what appears to be demonic. He gives beauty for ashes and grace for pain. He works all things to our good and he can make a crooked arrow shoot straight! He’s Dynamic!!!

Let’s pray today:

Father In Heaven,
I can feel your favor winking down on me. I am the Apple of your Eye and you won’t allow anything to transpire in my life that is not apart of your plan to be Glorified. Thank you for healing my life and creating a miracle in my midst. I accept the beauty as I release to you my ashes. I am a walking miracle and will walk with miracles in my midst! I declare your Creed over my need! You, oh Lord, are DYNAMIC!
Amen 🙏🏼

“When the king smiles, there is life; his favor refreshes like a spring rain.”

Proverbs 16:5

Be blessed today. Keep you chin up, your hopes high, and your eye to the sky. Heaven is smiling down and winking His eye over your life.

~Nicole💛

October 22, 2018

Beyond Measure

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

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I’m not and advocate of weighing my clients, but weigh ins are probably good to establish a baseline for goals. I keep a tape measure in my handbag because I am frequently asked to record measurements. This is indeed more accurate than a scale. Weighing and measuring helps you to know where you are, set your barometer, so you know where you want to go and about how long it will take to reach the goal. Having a purpose for your goal will drive you farther to reach it than you know! The stronger the purpose and reason the more resilient your persistence. Still, I don’t know too many women who actually enjoy being weighed and measured. So I make it as gentle, nurturing and encouraging a process as possible.

Life can sometimes make us feel we are being weighed and measured. Folks all around looking you up and down searching for flaws and inconsistencies. Demands on our schedules can leave you tattered and tired. Expectations of those we love can cause us to feel we fall short of loving them well. But there is one who weighed and measured himself so you can feel light and free. His ruler was carved from a tree mounted on the hills at Calvary.

God doesn’t want to weigh you or measure you. He wants to love you. Embrace Him today. Everything is going to be ok. You are loved. You are significant. You are valued. You are esteemed and you are very needed. ~Nicole

“May the Lord reward your work, and your wages be full from the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to seek refuge.” Ruth 2:12

October 21, 2018

Remembered

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“I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;
therefore nations will praise you forever and ever.”

Psalm 45:17

I pray this day we listen for the heartbeat of God. I pray we hear His heart for us. I pray we feel and encounter His Presence.

He is present even when our hearts are at bay.

God’s love is Relentless.

‪“Part of the risk of loving is the risk that you will get hurt. But we must realize that the potential pain is worth it.” Rebecca StJames‬

God has taken enormous chance on you, to love you, to save you, to see you through.

Hold on, Beloved. Be Loved. The Champion of Heaven is taking off His gloves! He’s got Resurrection Power to Intercede and help you over come every trial as light and momentary.

You can REST with Him.♥️

~Nicole

October 20, 2018

Whole ♥️ Heart

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One of the ways the Holy Spirit moves is by using stories that we can relate to. Stories in the Word. Stories in the lives of others. Stories we hear from others. I guess God loves a good story. He understands that life is a story and it is one worth telling.

When I read about the crucifixion of Christ in the Word I can hardly get through it. I can read and try to imagine the physical pain and anguish he consumed, but I haven’t had a lot of physical pain in my life so it’s harder for me to understand it in the core of my soul. I am actually pretty grateful for this. But when I read of his death and the road to Calvary I can hardly contain how his emotional anguish pierces me. The scorn, the ridicule, the rejection.

When you experience abuse at a young age it sort of sticks with you a bit and serves as a filter for every relationship and experience. When you’ve had a fair amount of abuse you shut down on the inside. I did that one for a lot of years. Shutting down. You wouldn’t have known I was shut down outwardly. I was a nice person (maybe a little more cynical and sarcastic back then), I seemed to be well liked by many, but on the inside I was petrified of people. I didn’t dare let them into my heart. I had no idea I was doing this, it was all subconscious. I did not give myself permission to bond.

But God is so good and so kind. He began to speak to my soul and tell me how much I was adored and He took His time with it. He understood I wasn’t going to change overnight. He knew He would have to walk with me a bit in order for me to grasp and understand that He was in it with me—for the long haul. I guess it’s like watering a field of hard soil and tiling it until it becomes soft, workable, playable, ready. The human heart is so much the same. When a person has been hurt, especially at a young age, it hardens them a bit for preservation purposes. The remarkable thing God taught me through all of His tender mercies and attention, is that I was not only deeply loved and wanted, but I wanted to love others as Christ had loved me. Because I am extremely/sensitive tender hearted, that’s how God speaks to me. So, in turn, that’s how I speak to others. That’s how I want to speak to others so they can feel a measure of what great love God wants to speak to them, too.

Satan will always attack you hardest in the areas of your greatest vulnerability and ability. He will hit your Calling hard. The very thing that gives you the most heartache and pain is probably linked to the area God wants to cultivate and use you for.

Have you struggled with emotional pain? Have you been abused? Did you think it was all your fault? Well, it’s not. Abuse is abuse and it comes from a hurting world. The abuser hurts just as much as the abused. God loves us all regardless of our past, our present our circumstances. He is a Mighty Healer. He is Mighty to save. He is able to deliver. Take a moment today to thank Him for your trials. I know that sounds outrageous. Thank God for pain? Grab hold of a “It is well with my soul” mindset. We may not ever know why bad things happen to good people or why we walk through the difficulties we do. But God knows the greater inside us all. He is ready and able and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Prayer:

“Dear Lord, It is well with my soul. Whatever the Lord wills to be will be. It was never up to me. I trust you completely. Amen”

God says to you now, “I will be the greatest cheerleader of your life, even when you put me on the sidelines.”

God is with you friends, even when it hurts. Even when you cannot see Him. Even when….even when….

Be blessed today. God’s got good, good things to say about you.

~Nicole

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

October 17, 2018

Heart-Deep

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:14 am by Broken & Brave

“The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving to all He has made.”
Psalm 145:13

Good morning to all of you beautiful people. The fact that I cannot actually see your lovely self right now is mere technicality. I know WHO’s you are so I know you possess heart beauty and it’s stunning! Wishing you a gorgeous Day! Take time to practice the habit of BELIEF today. He is a supernatural, extraordinary, splendid God who bestows FAVOR extraordinary on all he has made. He cares about our habits, make the habit of belief one you practice to make perfect…perfectly established in your mind!

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“The LORD is faithful to all his promises and loving to all He has made.”
Psalm 145:13

“Plant a word of love “heart-deep” in a persons life. Nurture it with a smile & a prayer and watch what happens!”
-Bob Beaudine

Meditate on this Psalm today. Own it in your heart. Let it warm you over like a soothing massage. Absorb it into your being. Rest in it. Take Comfort from it. God is all things Beautiful and He made you. He dwells about you and would like residence in your heart just like a best friend. He is with you until the end.

~Nicole

October 16, 2018

Embody

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Embody~
to give a concrete form to; express, personify, or exemplify in concrete form: to embody an idea in an allegorical painting.

We all stand for something in the depths of our heart, mind and soul. What is it you stand for? How does what you stand for exude from your soul?

If your soul could speak what would it say? How would others relate or be moved to breathe more deeply by the words it would speak? Would those words be spoken soft or sweetly? What would they evoke in the heart, mind and soul of others?

Your life is a message and it just might be providing a road map for others. You have influence every single day. You have the ability to control how you think, what you do and what you say. You can know that everywhere you go you are a walking sign board for the Lord.

You can make a fortune owning billboards.

…You know, those tall walls of advertisements you see on highways and around town. We know a fellow who purchased tons of them in Vegas and is now one of the richest men in that town. He rents those boards and makes a mint so others can use them to influence with marketing…buy this…do that…go there.

But you, my friend, are the very same thing. You have influence. You can stand tall and know who you are in Christ no matter the dimensions of your physical stature or positional stature. The greater the platform the greater the reach, but this shouldn’t stop anyone from knowing the intense influence they possess in every day life. Your life has merit and influence.

How can I influence?

By doing what you need to do with superb effort and heart. By smiling and showing yourself friendly to strangers and familiar faces. By displaying kindness, service, sacrifice, encouragement to whoever God puts in your path. As His grace emits from you you are illuminating the path, the heart, the hope of others. You may never know the Power your words, your disposition, your pleasantries contain.

Never think too little of yourself and never think yourself too little. Walk meekly, with humility and all the while a stoic sense of duty to represent the King well. He will shine through you so the world around you can know Him.

Embody your Savior…you add a certain flavor to this world that couldn’t be the same without you! ~Nicole💗

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

2 Cor. 3:18

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