February 10, 2019

Back Forty For Glory

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:55 am by Broken & Brave

Noah was on the back forty talking to God…

What is the back forty?

back forty noun

Definition of back forty

: a remote and uncultivated or undeveloped piece of land of indefinite size (as on a farm)

Because of the nature of Noah’s Intimacy with Heaven he was immune to the commentary of his peers. It may be true he didn’t like it, but it didn’t waiver or move him to unmove what God had asked him to move. So he moved…the comfort zone of every human on the planet. Figuratively and then literally! And all of Heaven and earth moved with him.

What if…

What if Noah only obeyed God once he understood the request?

What if Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego decided to bow before the idol to spare themselves, but vowed to not do so in their heart?

What if Elijah stayed in a cave instead of going to Jezebel?

What if Mary said no to the Angel of the Lord? What if Jesus got down off of His Cross and said, “that’s all for me. This is too hard and it doesn’t make sense.”

What if…

God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is a God who delights in Displaying His power and Creative Miracles. The Who’s Who of Heaven looks down on you and wants to display His power in and through your life. He still has power to roll a stone, break every mold and He still asks us to live by Faith. If we can figure all of His Precepts out and calculate His ways…well, He wouldn’t really be a God worth Worshipping.

Trust Him with your life even when His lead is full of Mystery. His Timing, His Path and your Victory will always Shine through and He will get the glory.

You can trust Him!

So get out your plow, get to that secret place of harmony with heaven—you’re own personal back forty. Block out the noise, dig deep and do like Noah did.

He won’t give you a task you aren’t capable to grab and make into a masterpiece for His Glory. You’ve got just the right size hands for the job. So build it…they will come, just like Noah.

~Nicole 🌈

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways,”

declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

You’ve been graced to run this race–the Victory is yours to take! With it come spoils and a prize! Rise!!!♥️🌹

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February 6, 2019

Sharp As Sheers

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , at 9:10 am by Broken & Brave

Have you ever tried to slice something with a dull knife?

Like many people, I have one of those wood blocks that holds all my sharp knives and some kitchen sheers that I use only on food. Yesterday I was preparing myself some raw chicken to be grilled on my skillet and as I was using the sheers to cut the meat I noticed how easy it was. I had recently sharpened the scissors— and knives as well. Boy, what a difference it made. My work was easier and required less effort because I had practiced some simple maintenance.

Now take my little story and apply it to all of life. There is a very old idiom that says, “A stitch in time saves nine.” What does that mean—that when you practice maintenance or take care of something right away, it keeps you from having to do more down the road. Simple maintenance. We do the same for our cars, our homes, hopefully your physical health, etc., etc., etc.

But how about your soul?

What are you doing to maintain balance in your heart, mind and spirit? How can we maintain a posture of loving God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength?

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’” Mark 12:30

R.E.S.T.

Read**your Bible, scriptures, every day—even if it’s only a verse! Just start with something. It’s like a morsel of Food that goes down good and you will develop an appetite for more.

Express***your heart to God. That’s all prayer really is…a conversation with the best ear ever. Tell him your heart, really cut loose and be free with it. He is guaranteed to never judge you! You will find it to be exhilarating and liberating! The freshest air you could ever breathe!

Set***your mind on things above. Worship when you become tempted to worry.

When we look at troubles and complications of life too much we are tempted to worry, get stressed and overwhelmed at times. Just look at how much money people spend on headache medications, anti-depressants, sleep aids and counseling or message therapy! Begin practicing a posture of meditation before God. Find a quiet space that brings you some tranquility. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It can be the bathroom if that’s the only space you can get alone. Then just be still. Take a few deep breathes and worship. I try to be an early riser just so I can enjoy the absolute quiet of my home while the rest are still asleep.

Trust**Abba Father, the Great I Am, the Ancient of Days, Majestic One, King of kings—some of the names attributed to the All Knowing Spirit! If He knows all, sees all, controls all of eternity at his fingertips, he can handle what ever your life holds. Trust him. It’s hard to explain how to trust him, but if you practice the acronym for rest I just prescribed it will work itself like medicine in your soul. It will nourish and deliver the contentment of a well balanced and delicious meal and it will cut through all your troubles like some well sharpened sheers. Just as you get better at anything with practice, the same is true for trusting.

Prayer for Your Day:

“Thank you, Lord, that you are sharp and skillful and able to handle my every care. You are worthy of my adoration and so I offer it to you. Take it with my gratitude and help me trust you when I want to worry. Guide my day and help my heart and soul to hear what you would desire to say. I need you more. Amen”

Have the kind of day today that causes your heart to rest easy and your face to wear a smile so pleasing. ~Nicole🌹

December 24, 2018

Peace of Love

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , at 8:44 am by Broken & Brave

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When loves walks in you can feel it…

Unfortunately only women will able to relate to this, but if you’ve ever been pregnant you know what I mean. Once the baby in gestation gets to around the 16 weeks you may begin to feel the baby move. As the baby grows the feelings get stronger and you can literally discern the shape of the baby. My oldest had her toes wrapped around my ribs for the entire third trimester and I could caress the heel of her foot quite discernibly. I knew what it was.
This is extremely exciting, it never got old with each of my pregnancies, even when uncomfortable, I was too in love too mind. I knew what I carried inside and I knew what I was going to get to hold.

The same is true with the Love of Heaven. It may take some time for God’s Love to penetrate a hurting soul or regions of the heart so buried they become completely unknown—but He is Gentle and Kind so He takes His time as to not make it too painful.

How can Love be painful?

Love is…

Love is all things good and pure and patient and sacrificing, giving of self for the benefit of another. Caring for another more supremely than caring for self. Love requires risk. Love requires trust. Love requires the humility to accept it. It can be hard to accept love especially when it comes with great sacrifice. But love gives…if it didn’t, it wouldn’t be love.

Love is all things lovely and golden.
Love will win you heart and soul and draw you in.
Love will compel you to want to change.
Love will watch over and protect you and compel you to do the same for others.
Love is gracious and forgiving when wrong is done.
Love has merit.
Love will go the distance.
Love wins, hands down, every time.

So if it’s so glorious to be loved why is it so hard to accept? Why does God sometimes take His time with it?

Love is like a flower. It begins as a seed and must be watered. The soul must have the right nutrient balance for optimal growth. The storms of life strengthen the tiny and tender stem to give it a resilience it is going to need further down the road. Love will bask the petals with sunshine and grow the roots deeper through all the soot the fires of life have brought. And as it grows, Love is patient. Love knows what’s coming and that blossom is worth the wait. Just like a Momma with her babe in the womb…just like Mary, belly full bloom, anxiously awaiting her Prince.

The Prince of Peace is coming for you. He was born in a manger surrounded by scandal and, well, feces. I bet the scene was pretty smelly. Not all that glamorous and definitely not the five star palace due His Worth. But He came and His Mother knew all she had been through—He was worth it.

The angels came and they sang sweet melodies to their King.

What is blooming inside of you?
Do you know how extraordinarily loved you are? There’s just something compelling and attractive inside you, like a magnet, pulling down God’s Love. The King of Heaven has taken great notice of you. He wants to bless you through and through.

Love takes time. He can wait, but for Mary’s sake, Love walked in and saves the day. He will save your days too, every one because Love Rescues.

So drink deep of love today.
Allow it to influence all you do and say. You are a beacon of His Light and oh how lovely you shine bright! Your branches are strong. Your limbs can carry what He’s given you. And just look at those blooms. Heaven looks mighty fine in you.

Merry Christmas Eve—
God created you for splendid things.
Have a Peace of His Love.

Wise men still seek Him.

“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her (Luke 1:38).

-Nicole

December 22, 2018

Bring Me An Apple

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:02 am by Broken & Brave

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The apple of the eye is the absolute dead center of the pupil. Wherever the apple rests, it is completely focused and attentive. I have deep admiration for people who can look others dead in the eye when they speak, fully focused, not distracted, not gazing over your shoulder, not shifting their eyes…focused. It’s like a laser point of intention fixed on a mark. You know you have that persons full attention and they are both powerful and passionate about what they are trying to communicate.

You are the Apple of the Father’s eye. You are the sparkle there, too. He is incredibly proud of all He created in you. He is fixed upon you with laser like focus and intent to bless, protect and adore you! ~Nicole

“Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings.” Psalms 17:8

December 21, 2018

When Love Walks In

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , at 7:40 am by Broken & Brave

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You are the God of the perfect timing…

It’s God’s nature to love you all the time. It may be difficult to accept God’s Love. After all—you don’t deserve Him. He knows all of this and still chooses to cradle His heart around you. Because that’s what He wants to do! This is what the truest, purest form of love would do. It’s hard to wrap our mind around a God so dedicated to imprisoning you. That’s right…He, when released by our will to have full access to our heart, mind and soul—He will make you a Prisoner of Hope.

When you fully wrap your mind around what you have access to…
You are beyond loved. It’s crazy how enamored the Eternal can be!

They say, “love is blind”. When people are in love, especially with someone who isn’t good to them, they show great restraint, Grace and forgiveness. They overlook what others can’t. They give second chance after second chance. I’m not endorsing unhealthy boundaries or unhealthy relationships. But! It’s an analogy most understand because they have lived it or witnessed it. Experience is a great revelator. This is not the kind of love I’m referring to. God tends to be in the business of winning people by the heart with the virtue of love. We can find it’s essence and characteristics in 1 Corinthians 13.

“Love is patient. Love is Kind” (the Kindness is so very kind and has always blown my mind!). Love is laced with the virtue of Hope and adds ample heaps of Joy.

Because God loves us, He guides us through challenges and difficulties to grow us, educate us and purify us. The more greatly we yield to His touch, the more relaxed we become in His Presence. The more we experience His Presence. The more we see as He does and His great purpose for everything He does. We begin to rest. A bit like riding on a train. You can relax and enjoy the view knowing you will arrive at your destination just in time because the Engineer knows how to drive.

We become Decided.
We become Intentional.
We become more like Him…fantastic grit and intensity all wrapped up in warmth, gentleness, and a smile. God has enormous style! And so do you. We each have a flair and style as unique to us as each strand of our hair. So our expressions will be fantastic and fit us well. Because God love suits you…no one knows how to touch you as He does! So love walks in—and nothing is the same.

Love is knocking—
It’s alright to let it in.

Today is a day like none other. Embrace it as you would a longing kiss.
Heaven hasn’t missed a thing. Keep loving.
Keep being a Lover for the Eternal.
He is watching from a Holy Hill,
finding pleasure in the very design of you.💜

—Nicole

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.” 1 Cor. 13:4-5

December 19, 2018

MVP

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , at 6:57 am by Broken & Brave

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And they had great exploits together…

Have you ever been on a really good team? Not just a good team, but a REALLY good team. A decent team might have one or two really good players that carry the rest. But a good team is amply loaded and blessed with players that each shine bright in their own right.

My son plays waterpolo and he was on that kind of team this season. There is one boy on the team who has both parents—former Olympians in Aquatics. He picked the right parents. Though no one could outscore this boy, every other team knew it. So as we got deeper and deeper into regional and state playoffs the oppositions goal was to stop this kid. And they did. But guess what else happened? The team united and took a stand in the gap. They picked up the slack and they absolutely shamed the competition. United. Unified. Working together. In pursuit of something better.

God is building an All Star team. Each with their own set of skills and talents that advance the team. Each team member accentuates, encourages and uses their skills to maneuver the other players into a better position for the team to score. Great teams have strategy for victory and they understand each has their own role.

King Solomon was a man after God’s own heart. He had a skill set of wisdom that was unmatched by anyone far or wide. People would come from distant lands—other great leaders in the Far East, just to hear him speak and share something deep. On one occasion there was a dispute over a baby of all things. One woman said it was hers, while the real mother explained what had happened. Solomon had to discern…who was telling the truth? So he declared they could cut the baby in half and each woman get half. One woman said, “Good idea, probably with a sneer on her face.” While the real Mother jumped to her feet declaring, “No! She can have the baby.”

The people around gasped to see how masterfully Solomon handles the situation. Solomon knew something no one else—except the real Mother—knew…

The real Mother will always let the baby live.

Through it all Solomon learned the true content of each woman’s heart. Sometimes God introduces slippery situations and fiery slopes to expose the true content of our heart.

What resides within your heart?

God is building an All Star team and He’s been scoping you out, checking out your stats and prodding and testing to make sure your character can stand the test of success. For success is where the true test resides.

God sees absolute Beauty in you. Gorgeous in form and feature, He means to bless you and showcase the gifts He has placed inside of you. He is making you—

“Flame Proof”.

Most things in my life have to come to me by way of extreme fire. You know what happened as a result? I don’t mind heat. I can tell you story after story about how God has acclimated my ability to adapt to any climate. This is good because with the gift of Faith, mountains don’t stand a chance in your way.

Know this, Beloved–

However your life deviates or the path changes you can know the outcome is still the same…
God’s got your back and He is in it to see your personal win, because He is a very personal, personable and on time God!

So take it from me, as I’ve witness radical and ridiculous miracle after miracle in my tiny life–story after story of God’s ridiculous ability for creative miracles bloomed right in front of my eyes!

God alone holds the keys to everything.

He means to give you the ride of your life! And as you travel down Faith Way you’ll discover God give your children also some keys to radical and stoic faith belief in possibilities. He is an Amazing God and He does these things to advance his kingdom, but also to prove to you how crazy his love is for you. So consider the heat Pure Sonshine that will on cause your petals to lift, stem to grow strong and your life to rise higher so God can use your captivating beauty to help those around you. You’re on the BEST team! ~Nicole

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

Isaiah 43:2

December 11, 2018

Mobile Hope Unit

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , at 6:24 am by Broken & Brave

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Mobile Hope Unit

Life should be like a mobile hope unit spreading joy, love and hope everywhere we go. When we get stoked on hope it puts a little somethin’ extra in our style that provokes our heart courage to go the extra mile.

God is writing for you the Song of your Life. He appears to only be using the good notes🎶

Put a smile across your face for Joy has a Name! ~Nicole

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Romans 15:13

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December 9, 2018

Sweet Smells & Heaps of Kindness

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , at 4:05 am by Broken & Brave

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Fruit Pie…

The Lord is good and His Tender Mercies endure forever. Fragrant is the sweet smell of kindness. Aromatic are the fruit of the Spirit as they leave a trail of essential goodness.

Have you ever walked into a house while a fresh fruit pie was baking in the oven? Heaven, right? The smell is so delicious, so inviting and brings a sense of comfort and “home” even if it’s not your home.

This is how it is with the fruit of the spirit.

As we demonstrate these virtues as character attributes in our own virtue it is like we emit a fragrance the world doesn’t understand, but it will highlight our lives to all of man. When fruit is cooked enzymes are released, the firm skin of the fruit softens and the inside of the fruit becomes warm. The more fruit of the spirit flowing in us and through us the more our heart does the same.

Life makes many people toughen and even callous a bit. Especially in the heart. But the Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, Meekness, Quiet Strength, Compassion, Encouragement of our Lord possesses power to make every heart soft and warm when it’s allowed. It’s a definite risk, I mean look at the oven that fruit pie had to endure to produce just a heavenly aroma! But if God is guiding you, you can trust that above all He won’t let you down.

Whatever has ailed you in life, give it to the Father of Life as a gift this Christmas. He’s been wanting to dispose of your pain all along. Step into His Heart like the comforts of home and allow Him to share some Goodness with you. ~Nicole

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Gal. 5:22-23

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December 6, 2018

Mental Apostrophe

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , at 8:00 am by Broken & Brave

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Mental Apostrophe

“O Death, where is your sting?”

Whatever plagues your heart and mind will creep into your very soul and create a cancer in your life.

You, in fact, are the sum of your most dominant thoughts. There is no “living with it”, whatever your it is that sifts the flesh. You must reconcile within your very heart to turn away from all things that mentally destroy you. Turn away from harboring bitterness, resentment, depression, malice, greed, strife. Turn away from deleterious thinking about your own abilities, worth, reputation, merit.

We each are sustained by Amazing Grace.
Your every breath created and given to you…
By Grace.
Your strength and ability commissioned…
By Grace with Faith.

When you couple your Faith with His Grace you become unstoppable. No hindrance the Enemy of your Soul concocts will prevail against you. All because Love never fails.
It always hopes…
Always trusts…
Always perseveres…

Love is the beginning, the middle and the end. Love is all encompassing and yields to unwavering devotion to Heaven and all the humanity upon the Earth.

Though God’s Love and Grace will be packaged differently and draped accordingly on every person depending on the nature of God’s Purpose for their life—He loves all. The more we become capable of accepting love, the more we become able to give it and enjoy it.

Your every choice will be on a foundation of your belief.

So if you find areas of yourself that don’t line up with what God believes—both about you and about others, we all fit into this category one way or another, God will highlight the adjustments to be made. The only perfect mindset was Christ’s. But the more we make a mental apostrophe and deviate from deleterious and destructive thinking the more gorgeous everything will be. And it all starts in the center of each of us. Our circumstances never determine who we are. When we know WHOS we are and are worth is extracted from Him.
Nothing else really matters…

accomplishments or success in life is just the gravy.

Turn away…
If it’s not building others up, loving, grooming the Faith, it’s not God.
Make an apostrophe.

Pink Floyd wrote a song on the turning away…
Just like music, your life will be well played. Stick to the right key…God made you worthy with a tree and His love will reign in your life brilliantly.

~Nicole

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken” (Ps. 62:5-6).

December 5, 2018

Gifts

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , at 11:09 am by Broken & Brave

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You Are A Gift

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
James 1:17

“Lord, Let my words be Christ’s potent drug that reaches into and emerses every narrow crevice of man’s heart. That we might all be intoxicated for HIM and in HIm…

The ONE, holy amd true. Amen.”

There really aren’t any words to describe my heart for God and the depth of my friendship with him. However, I have agreed with the Almighty to try to convey everything I feel, everything I hear, everything I know through the one vehicle I have…my pen. My pen has been and will always be directly connected to my heart and my heart directly connected to Heaven. It has been a quite fabulous conduit of hope and blessing. For years I kept this little gift all to myself and I loved it. With the convincing of the Holy Spirit, I came to realize He wanted to use my Voice, my pen, to scribe into the hearts of men.

I know with God’s guidance and help I can effectively love an entirely wounded and limping Bride. I aim to love hard with long-suffering that those who ache, those who mourn, those who fail to find relief for their every emotional, spiritual and physical discomfort would give glory to God for I came bearing relief. God and I both know I keep no glory for myself. It has always and always will be HIM.

He is a God full of good gifts.
He delights to watch your life unfold, just like a Father who watches His child unwrap their gift.

You are a gift. Allow your heart to become wrapped up in Him.

He loves you.

~Nicole

“The world does not need more Christian literature. What the world needs is more Christians writing good literature.” C.S. Lewis

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