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

March 31, 2020

“When You Call—I’ll Be There”

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:44 am by Broken & Brave

There is a song in your heart that only you can sing. Use this abundant time to rest and refresh so when the season shifts you will be ready and equipped to handle it. God isn’t yet finished! He’s got you~

Nicole🕊

Click the link and read an inspiration to refresh and bless and get you going this morning!

http://brokenandbrave.com/mind/when-you-call-ill-be-there/

March 25, 2020

Heart Strong

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:30 am by Broken & Brave

Grace—

It is heavy on my mind and heart that countless numbers of you are right now battling guilt, shame and un-forgiveness for yourself.

Forget about it! One breath of God is all it takes to wipe your stain away. Receive. Sometimes you still have to make things right with others, but God’s Grace once again is scandalous and his ability to restore and make like new is incredible. 

You are worthy.
You are loved.
You are joyful.
You are strong.
You are brave.

So take courage!
A tremendous amount of love has been invested in you!

You are an incredible gift. Yes, YOU! So receive for yourself the same beauty others see in you. You are exquisite. ~Nicole🤎

“You are the most excellent of men
    and your lips have been anointed with grace,
    since God has blessed you forever.” Psalm 45:2


December 16, 2019

Radiant Glow

Posted in Devotional, true story, women of the bible tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:55 am by Broken & Brave

Glorious Joy,

Radiant Peace,

a quietness of soul that gives Rest.

Long for it.

Seek after it.

You will not be denied.

Click the link for full read.

Merry Christmas! ~Nicole

http://brokenandbrave.com/spirit/devotional/radiant-glow/

November 12, 2019

What’s Your Type?

Posted in Devotional, health and wellness tagged , , , , , at 6:20 am by Broken & Brave

Just breathe. Just relax. Rest. Don’t you know proper rest is essential for proper recovery and immune health? All statements you may have heard before.

Our Parasympathetic Nervous System is our bodies way of regulating involuntary activities. It is a part of the Autonomic Nervous System and it tells our body what to do without our having to think about it. It just happens automatically. It says such things as “rest-and-digest” or “feed and breed”. This is because it is the system that tells us to relax and take it easy and it is also the system that stimulates sexual arousal.

The other part of the Autonomic System is the Sympathetic Nervous System. This system tells us to do the opposite. It’s a sort of “fight or flight” system.

Did you know that each individual can be prone to dependence on one or the other? It’s true. Individuals who have an ectomorphic body type (type I) tend to be more Sympathetic NS dependent giving them a long linear frame and ability to burn body fat and calories extremely well, sometimes too well. Endomorphic body types (type O) tend to store body fat, be more sedentary and struggle with a constant desire for food. These individuals tend to be Parasympathetic System (PNS) dominant. Those mesomorph (type V) body types tend to balance in the middle of the two systems and tend to posses a muscular frame and athletic build.

So have you determined which type you are?

We all have a type we wish we had or are drawn to. We all fit into one of these categories of types of body structures. But can I draw your attention to something deeper this morning?

Did you know you are God’s type?

We live in a world that is ever increasing in shallow and superficial focus and desires. We somewhere along the way strayed away from deeper things, stronger faith, healthy self image (because we weren’t all that entirely focused on our image to begin with). We once had plain and humble confidence in a Creator who created us to add value to the world around us, demonstrate gratitude and confidence in knowing all of life, well it isn’t about you, and that’s a good thing. How empty would life truly be if we knew we were only here for ourselves? I don’t know how many would truly enjoy lasting joy and edification with that sort of reality. Material success can be accomplished in this manner, but I’m not so sure the inside a heart of a man or woman could ever be content with this. There would always be a need for more. There would always be a lack of satisfaction.

So with all of that—don’t forget. God created you.

Heaven selected every detail about you, whether you are content with it or not. He likes the shape of your eyes, your body size and shape, your smile, your laugh and He cares about every aspect of you—even whether or not you can dance! He likes it all, every detail about you right down to every cell and system in your body. He designed you with great detail.

So if our bodies have such intricate design, don’t you think there was in fact a higher power who designed it? Seems all a little to advanced to be by chance, wouldn’t you agree? I know it takes faith to believe in God. But He believes in you after all. I am praying today He gives you an ounce of proof to prove to you how genuine His Love is for you. Trust me, an ounce of Him is all it will take for your heart to agree. That’s how rich and satisfying His Love truly is.

So whatever your type, even type O who may be on a diet right now, eat and drink deeply of Faith. It will satisfy and satiate, and man, you will feel great!

I pray Bold and Bountiful blessings over you today! ~Nicole

“It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”

1 Corinthians 15:44

November 10, 2019

Glow With It

Posted in Devotional, women of the bible tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:44 am by Broken & Brave

A chief objective in my life, part of my mission statement, if you will, is to help people become successful.

Click the link to read a little about how I do that!

Just GLOW with it

October 18, 2019

Something from Nothing

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , at 7:03 am by Broken & Brave

is on the Throne and He still rolls stones! 3 days in a tomb locked behind stone, the Savior owned the keys to death, hell and the grave. It’s time for an overthrow of all things awful in your life. It’s time to rise! Grave clothes come off! You are a Radiant Bride!

And God will create for you, something out of nothing. 

Many Blessings, Nicole

Click the link for the full encouragement! You won’t regret the time spent drinking in pure exhortation!⬇️⬇️⬇️

http://brokenandbrave.com/spirit/devotional/something-from-nothing/

October 3, 2019

Discernment

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

How is your discernment?

As Believers we need to be innocent as a dove, but wise like a serpent. How is your discernment? Few things will carry you as far as strong and keen as a sense of discernment.

Discernment will separate the right from the wrong, the correct from the error, the sin from the blessing. Discernment will bring wisdom, guidance and protection. We are rapidly headed into an age of deep shadows and false light. Shine bright and illuminate the night, but do it in love and do it with discernment!

~Nicole

“Lord, help us to see as you see. Navigate our path. Expose strongholds and false truth. Do it Lord! We depend on you!”

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.” Matthew 10:16

July 13, 2019

Seed of Promise

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , at 7:04 am by Broken & Brave

Cherish Him within your heart.

Shattered dreams and a broken past—

God will give you a promise meant to last.

Something sweet and something true.

God has not forgotten you.

He has designs for the fabric of your life and He will make it all stick. You won’t come unglued.

He paid a price—

He did it for you.

“But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.” Luke 2:19

http://brokenandbrave.com/soul/seed-of-promise/

July 12, 2019

Tear One Off!

Posted in Devotional tagged at 7:00 am by Broken & Brave

Of all the people in the universe, God decided his heart to pay special attention to you.

How Beautiful.

Follow the link to find out how to tear One off and what that exactly means!

Chances are God is thinking about you right now and His thoughts toward you are lovely.

http://brokenandbrave.com/spirit/devotional/tear-one-off/

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