May 18, 2020

Level Up!

Posted in Creative Writing/Poetry, Devotional, Inspirational, leadership tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:14 pm by Broken & Brave

Crowded Out To Level Up!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,“ Hebrews 12:1


Have you ever done any running? Ever entered a race? I’m not a runner per se. I go for runs and get exercise by running—but I am not a runner. My oldest son is a runner. I ran with him once. I loved it, but also felt bad for my son at the same time. He was kind and gentle as always, but I could see he had to hold back so I could keep up. Even his slowing down for me was a greater cadence than my pace was used to. Running with him really worked me out and challenged me to level up. If this wasn’t a challenge enough, he also took me on a different path that was a good 1.5 miles longer than the 2.25 path I was used to. He pushed me…in the best of ways.

 Our run was probably his warm up.

Sometimes deleterious things happen to us that push us down, push us back and crowd us out. Perhaps a lot of people can relate with that, especially right now given the current events of the world. 

 I have a meek and not so competitive personality so I have tremendous experience with being crowded out and pushed back my entire life. But something happened in me. God saw my heart and what was happening to me and He used it. He used it to stoke a fire in me and challenge me to fight for my place in history. God knows my heart after all. He knows I could care less about glam and spotlights and my name in lights. He knows how I please easily and don’t ask for much. So He polished a crown and set it aside for me. He surrounded me with a great cloud of witnesses, too. They cheer me on and they cheer for you. So pick yourself up. Life has maybe knocked you a few blows. The world owes us nothing, but God owns everything and He sees your strength and wants you to rise up, persevere, and run the race to win!

Level up and let yesterday’s best become tomorrow warm up!  It’s ok to compete for your space in this race called life. God will surround you with people who love you, celebrate you and are happy to see you win at life. Smile big and let’s get after it. 

Your best is yet to come!

~Nicole

October 12, 2019

Slumber of Soul

Posted in Creative Writing/Poetry, Inspirational tagged , , , at 5:43 am by Broken & Brave

New Hope for a New Day. . .

Samuel was a sleeping boy. Yet, the Lord called to him by name. You were sleeping. You maybe weren’t lying down or having your eyes closed, but you were asleep, Slumber of Soul.

At the end of the day when the sun decides to go away and cradle itself on the horizon
The moon arises and this is of no surprise, yet it takes the breath away.

God is like both the sun & the moon—He isn’t going anywhere.
He is committed to you through thick & thin. He is there.

Where are you now? Do you sleep still? Or have your eyes opened and you’ve been awoken to the greatest love you could ever know? This love heals. This love rejuvenated. This love rejoices. This love has a voice and gives you a voice. This love stills the storm to a whisper. This storm breathes life into dry bones. This love carries the weight of your burdens and lays itself down. This love does not tarry, but is freely given. This love is fierce and is not found in multiplication of words. This love is thick and not easily untangled. Once it grabs hold of you, you will never feel strangled, but entangled in something abiding and true. Hope has a beautiful way of making all things new. That’s what this love can do. So open your eyes. Awaken….

The Lord is Calling to you somehow. He doesn’t call to everyone the same—but He calls. Do you feel him? Stirring… something inside of you is stirring.

Grace. Amazing. Pure. True. Hand carved Grace especially for you.

And just like both the sun and the moon—He isn’t going to base His care on yesterday’s performance or Splendor. Fresh and New is His love for you every single single day.

As the Lord sings the nights sweet lullaby-so He graced a whisper to open our eyes.

Today is the best gift…breath it all in.

~Nicole

October 10, 2019

Did You Know? . . .

Posted in Creative Writing/Poetry, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , at 5:25 am by Broken & Brave

Comfort and Rest May they abide wholeheartedly with you today and may you receive Strength for your Journey. ~Nicole

Click the link below for an encouraging word of exhortation.

http://brokenandbrave.com/mind/did-you-know/

September 21, 2019

She was . . .

Posted in Creative Writing/Poetry tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:24 pm by Broken & Brave

When you do it your way everything seems to shake out more than ok…

Just a little creative writing for today! Enjoy! ~Nicole

http://brokenandbrave.com/blogging/she-was/

September 17, 2019

Bottoms Up! Drink From This Cup. . .

Posted in Creative Writing/Poetry, Inspirational tagged , , , , at 3:45 pm by Broken & Brave

Drink from this Cup of Love!

Bottoms Up!

http://brokenandbrave.com/spirit/devotional/bottoms-up-drink-from-this-cup/

July 28, 2019

Posted in Creative Writing/Poetry, Inspirational tagged , , , , , at 5:50 am by Broken & Brave

Even the night sky shines with grace and Splendor.

http://brokenandbrave.com/mind/the-sky-is-sprinkled-with-hope/

June 9, 2019

Sweet Moonlight

Posted in Creative Writing/Poetry tagged , , , , , , , at 5:00 am by Broken & Brave

Though the tide pulled against her, the moon stood over her and balanced the waters edge.

Though she knew the waves would rise. . . She used it as an opportunity giving elevation to her hopes and her dreams.

Though the chaos echoed about her—her poise was a dignified flame.

It was in the Night of the Moon that the light of the moon shown amongst the stars. And in its light, she was once again a girl, who made a wish and knew the moons beams could peer into her heart.

Angels watch over you.

Star gazer’s gaze upon you.

Heaven is betrothed to you.

You’ve got a way about you—

Not everyone understands it,

But there are those who do.

Be you…

Rise and Shine🌟and know the sweet moonlight will appear once again tonight to capture the wishes of those who call him friend.

~Nicole

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