October 16, 2018

Embody

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , at 6:58 am by Broken & Brave

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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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September 11, 2018

Lean In

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged at 6:47 am by Broken & Brave

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“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.”

Isn’t this such a great reminder. No matter how you feel or think about God—
or if you don’t think of Him at all.
I dare say, even those who do not believe in Him at all. He believes in you.

Countless people from all walks of life have this in common. They call upon the Lord in times of turmoil, despair, fear, pain and loss.

Even when we are faithless.
He is faithful.

You may not understand the pain you walk through, but heaven will get you through and provide the strong shoulder for you to lean upon. Even the strongest shoulders need somewhere to lean.

When I was young I didn’t do a lot of leaning into God. I leaned most anywhere else, but not there. Looking back I see how He protected me anyway through several situations that could have gone a different way. I began to see His hand guiding mine and then I realized Heaven had a plan for my life.

Father in Heaven—
Entangle my heart with the thread of heaven.
Lace me in Divine Grace.
Weave and spin my heart, turning it like a wheel and move me wherever you go…

Heart and soul you have given me more than my heart or soul could have ever asked for. Amen

There is nothing like hiding in Him.

Gods grace go with you.
He is there with you now—
saturating your life with His own.
Shine bright because your life is meant to dispel the Night.

The Grace of Heaven is a Beautiful thing. You are valuable and your life possesses incredible merit.

~Nicole

June 30, 2018

Balanced & Tranquil

Posted in Devotional, Prayer of blessing, true story tagged , , , at 6:50 am by Broken & Brave

Homeostasis is defined as “A state of equilibrium, as in an organism or cell, maintained by self-regulating processes.” When our life is balanced and even keeled we exude a sort of peace and continuity of soul others would like to own also.

Just as our body maintains homeostasis with proper health, we can influence internal status with our nutrition choices. When something like our electrolytes and mineral balance gets out of sorts, we can supplement it to get it back right where it belongs.

We can do the same thing for our heart, mind and soul. Feed yourself good things, positive uplifting words. Drink the Wisdom of God from His written Word. Exhort your mind by spending time in prayer and quiet meditation on the Creator who is everywhere. You get the idea. He will help you find spiritual, mindful and emotional rest and balance. He is the only true supplement you need and a crate full of hope and tranquility is what He brings.

You’ve got a lot to look forward to so,
Look up! ~Nicole

“God has ascended amid shouts of Joy, the Lord amid the sounding of trumpets.” Psalm 47:5
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June 19, 2018

Prayer of Praise & Prose

Posted in Devotional, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , at 6:54 am by Broken & Brave

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This day…

Help me, Lord to rest in your confidence, Truth and will.
Equip me to remain at peace in my heart, mind and soul.
Stir my heart and it’s devotions more deeply toward you.
Everything I am able to do is because of you.
May I abide in Christ and love more. Not to love as I know I can and have been able to love in the past.
Not to love as I wish too-
But to love as you do.
Head to toe, heart and soul, you’ve always got more of the good stuff my heart and soul long for.

You are Good. So Good.
You are Splendid. Splendid indeed.

May I lie at your feet on the threshing floor as Ruth did-
waiting for the Kinsman Redeemer to bring forth an Abundant Harvest of your Good Promise.

My King of kings- I love you more.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31:3

***Poetic Prose of Prayer and Praise. I script my heart and personal prayers on page as a guide post to gain deeper intimacy in Christ. He is waiting for you to go deeper in Him.

June 10, 2018

Saved by the Stitch

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , at 6:26 am by Broken & Brave

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When you are petite, diminutive, smaller in stature😉
…you either learn to sew alterations yourself or you have a favorite tailor.

I was blessed with a mother who could really crank the wheel and fix, sow, mend, hem, pretty much everything. I have some sewing skills, but I’m not a seamstress. My daughter can do a little sewing as well. But let me tell you about the original fashion designer. The one True Lord & Tailor.

God is all about textiles.
God is all about your life.

The fabric of your life may be stretched, twisted, pulled and wrinkled at times…but you are resilient. You are strong. You are flexible. You are hardy and you belong in every season. You never go out of style and your seams may seem like they are falling apart–but they don’t. God is the stitch work that beautifully holds it all together and keeps every detail in place. And who else could take credit for the incredible smile you put on His face?

There is an old idiom that goes,
“A stitch in time saves nine.”

In modern words, if something gets taken care of right away you can deflect more damage or problems that can arise in any situation. Think of all the stitches God saves! Because His love saves us every time.

So keep your chin up, wherever life rolls. God’s got special materials and patches to mend the holes. He hand washes the details of our life and knows how to keep the colors bright. He longs to bless your life.

Nicole~

“A time to tear apart and a time to sew together; A time to be silent and a time to speak.” Ecc. 3:7

June 6, 2018

Love Reaches Down

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , at 6:00 am by Broken & Brave

Sometimes love has to reach down.
Sometimes love has to sacrifice for the benefit of another.
Sometimes love has to do what it doesn’t feel like doing because genuine love is more than just a feeling.
Sometimes love has to break a sweat to make an impactful difference.

Love knows you are like a Bloom worth picking, so He reaches down…He stoops down….he often times gets real low. He often times like the stealthy place, flying below the radar of popular culture. He goes unnoticed by the crowd, but He is making a deliberate and genuine attempt to reconcile your heart to heaven.

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God cares about what you care about. You may not feel His Presence, but this is not because He isn’t present. It is more because the clouds looming over your life is clouding his rays of sunshine.

Love crouches down to get a better look because Love has a Name with Heavenly Fame and it knows you are a Glorious Bloom worth picking.

You are a part of Heaven’s Garden.

~Nicole

“And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”

Isaiah 58:11
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May 27, 2018

LIT🔥

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , at 1:33 pm by Broken & Brave

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You have words of worth in your pocket. Your mouth is the gateway of your voice, but your heart is the keeper of His still small voice. As we burn within something becomes LIT inside of us. Something deeper still becomes alive in us. We become a raging inferno of Hope as we become what we are destined to be.

As we let go we come to know the Greater Still inside of each one of us. Together…we are God’s collective Fire. Be inspired. God Almighty means to take you higher. The best is yet to come. Be Still…come to know your God, Greater.

March 13, 2018

Surrender

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:28 am by Broken & Brave

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What does surrender look like anyway?

Have you ever had a situation of some sort happen in your life and no matter how hard you work to fix a problem, do better, get better things just didn’t seem to get any better? In fact, I dare suggest they may have even gotten worse the more you worked? Well, if you have, this post is for you. Maybe it’s time you surrender.

What is surrender and what does it look like? For one person it may actually look like quitting.
For another it may look like, “Don’t Give Up!” For someone else it may be as simple as “Be Still and know He is God.”

Sometimes God is redirecting your life and he wants you to lay some things down to follow him (Mark 8:35, Mark 10:28).
Other times we just wants us to sacrifice what we want for what he wants (Gal. 2:20, Matthew 16:24-25).

We must yield to His touch and become open vessels for his construction and use. Our life is not our own, we’ve been purchased and He is a God who is both Jealous and Zealous for His Bride. He wants you loyal by his side. This will look different for everybody. Whatever wilderness valley he must walk you through to get to you, he will take the high road with you. It may be rough and rocky terrain, but he will go with you and refresh you on your journey. If he can burst water from a rock in the wilderness for Moses (Numbers 20:8) he can surely prove himself a source of living water in a season of barrenness of soul. His future for you is bright as pure gold. Practice today in trusting him more…

” I surrender.”

Whatever your circumstance be, ultimately, surrender looks like remaining most faithful and loyal to the One who hung on a Tree to take your misery. He surrendered Valiantly…just for you to see how much He loves you. Anchor your heart to his Tree. Only Living Water can it bring.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Matthew 11:28-30

February 9, 2018

YAH can do it!

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , at 7:11 am by Broken & Brave

“For YAH, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation. Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.” Isaiah 12:2-3

When you find an exercise program you love you keep doing it. For me, I love to lift heavy weights and I love to sprint. I re-racked my weights and thought to myself how much I love to lift heavy. But there is someone else who loves to lift heavy things as well. He can lift your every care, trouble and sorrow and replace it with hope for tomorrow. He can carry you in every way. There is no load to heavy, he can lift it all…even the Cross.

Lean on Him. He is the lifter of heavy burdens and He is the lifter of souls.

Trust Him…Everything is going to be alright! ~Nicole
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December 22, 2017

Cherished

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:41 am by Broken & Brave

Quiet your heart…
Rest your soul…
There is a God in Heaven who loves you beyond any love you have ever known. He is there with you now–
In your car, in your home and every other place you could dare to roam.

Accept His quiet disposition, love and bountiful Grace. Accept His gift of love to you this holiday season.

…wise men still seek Him.

-Nicole

“Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.” Proverbs 9:6

(Christmas Memories 2012)

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