June 1, 2020

Hope for America

Posted in health and wellness, Inspirational, Prayer of blessing, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:58 am by Broken & Brave

If you need encouragement please read a blog post I wrote just now…

Health & Healing For America

May 29, 2020

Prayer of Peace & Protection for America

Posted in Inspirational, leadership, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:16 am by Broken & Brave

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who got mad when I asked to pray for them. Even the most proud of persons can weep when someone genuinely cares for their well-being. Perhaps Lady Liberty needs our prayers?

I have written a prayer we can pray… for America and all of her gorgeous people…together.

http://brokenandbrave.com/spirit/prayer-of-blessing/prayer-of-peace-protection-for-america/

November 28, 2019

Thanks

Posted in Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , at 9:56 am by Broken & Brave

🍁Thanksgiving Day🍁

As I was preparing in the kitchen yesterday I found my thoughts wander to this grand day of Harvest in history. I thought of the earliest of settlers-the inhabitants of the colony of Roanoke. These people came to America and tried to settle the very first community in 1587. But they disappeared mysteriously without a trace. History never trulwy discovered what became of them. Some say they went black to England some say they died.

Let not their tremendous legacy die in vein. We the people have a duty to build and love community and each other. I am so thankful to be American. Thankful! And I pray your last bite of pie won’t stick to your thighs!😜

Blessings, Nicole🍁

Recipe for tomorrow🥣…

https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/butternut-squash-and-turkey-chili-3363131

Happy Thanksgiving from

Broken and Brave🍁

November 11, 2019

Freedom

Posted in Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , at 8:34 am by Broken & Brave

Prayer Has Power

Try this little prayer with me. It won’t hurt a thing and you might be surprised at the peace it brings to your heart, mind and soul.

“All around I am bound. It may seem as though I have no power, but I choose to look up and I look for you, God. For you are the higher power who can lift me right out of my shackles and my doubt. With you, God, I become free. Help me see—free me. Amen.”

I declare over you right now an added measure of freedom and liberty. You have been set free. You are not bound, you have eagles wings and you are given speed to race, fly, soar upon the clouds in the sky. You are remarkable indeed. I wish you knew how remarkable you are! So spread your heart wide like wings, sing in the bellows of your soul. God Almighty is coming to restore! Amen!

All of my Love, Nicole

“but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

October 4, 2019

Harvest

Posted in Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , at 7:16 am by Broken & Brave

“Sow a thought, reap an act. Sow an act, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a destiny.”

All of life is like being a farmer. We sow, we water, we cultivate, we harvest. The reward is yours and the magnitude of it depending on the type of seed you sow, care you take, love you bring (which is just the right fertilizer) determines the harvest you reap.

Have faith.

Put your love on display—

People everywhere are bleeding on the inside and not saying anything.

People everywhere are empty within.

People all around us have a void of soul they can’t fill on their own.

It’s up to each one of us—

Be a cup to be filled and fill the cup of others.

Overflow~

You are adored.

What is it to be adored exactly?

“to regard with the utmost esteem, love, and respect; honor”

Maybe you don’t feel worthy of adoration or that you’ve done some things or even failed to do some things? Here’s the thing… none of those thoughts or feelings matter even if they are true. And remember, just because you feel a certain way doesn’t make it truth.

The Father of Lights shines full in His heart when he thinks of you. And he thinks about you all day long. Really drink that in a moment. There is a God. He is Creator of All. He created you. He dreamed up your very DNA before one tiny chromosome or genetic code was formed. And he did it with such care. Every aspect of you.

Absorb what I am saying like the root of an evergreen planted in the soil. You are a vast and spreading tree. You have resilience and strength. You have beauty. You bring benefit to the environment around you. Could you even imagine not having trees? Trees are so beautiful and they bring depth, color, texture and shade! You are just the same. The shade you offer may be some sort of resource, provision, comfort or way you help others.

So wherever you are today. No matter how you feel. Heaven is real and it has chosen you.

You are chosen.

You are loved.

You are set apart.

You are lovely.

You are love able.

Be healthy.

Be whole.

Be strong.

Your harvest is coming.

~Nicole

“Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.”

Luke 6:38

June 2, 2019

Blue Fire

Posted in Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , at 7:32 am by Broken & Brave

Blessed are the tender feet and kind eyes that the Lord could never despise.

“Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.” John 16:24

God is pouring out power through His Intercessor.

His Love is endearing.

It is a blue flame.

It licks the surface of the earth.

It clears, it cleans and it melts away every stain that keeps the hearts of humanity far from Himself.

If God can outline the sun with flames that do not consume it, only illuminate it…How much more does He do for you? God never forgets. He is completing a glorious work in you.

He is decided. He is Hope filled. He is the Anticipated Creator of all things worthy.

As we walk close to the flame, we experience its warm. As we abide in it, trust it, savor it, knowing we will be consumed by it, but never burned from it, we begin to put off a pleasing Aroma much the same way a scented candle would release a fragrant perfume.

It becomes evident, in this Glorious position of Grace, Peace and tranquility, that we becomes an Inferno of Hope that possesses power and passion- just like the intense heat of the flame- to help others cope all because we embraced Hope.

The air is thinner on the mountain top. It is uncomfortable to live so close to the flame. Not everyone will go with you. But those who do will stick by you like glue. ~Nicole

“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the earth shows His handiwork.” Psalm 19:1

Lord—

Nothing escapes your attention!

Today is yours…

flavor it with a Sweet Scent.

Flow healing waters on every heart, mind and soul.

Let us not fail to turn to you alone first for our everything.

You are the Source.

You are our Hope.

You are the Sanctuary.

You are the Refuge.

You are Strength.

You are Virtuous.

You are a plethora of love shown in a garden variety of attractive hues. You are. May we never forget you loved us best. Amen.

“For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.

Romans 1:19

May 29, 2019

Prayer of Exhortation

Posted in Prayer of blessing tagged , , at 7:14 am by Broken & Brave

I know you are hurting.

I know you have concerns.

Some of the things you are feeling you aren’t even expressing or sharing. You’re still processing them and trying to put words to them for yourself first.

If you identify with a Sovereign Creator, then you’ve got to look up. Your Source is Constant.

Your Source is a Companion.

Your Source is an able and ever ready Helpmate.

Your God cares deeply for you.

He made you and put a lot into what He has made.

You will never achieve your fullest potential living in shadow. We can learn from others—both what to do and also what not to do. You will always rise highest when you realize what God made you for was wonderful and it doesn’t have to be like any path you’ve ever walked before. God is opening new doors.

The stars mix and mingle and crest the sky to remind us to shine.

The moon dances as the black backdrop enhances its splendor.

The Enemy means the dark thing we walk through to blacken our eye and darken our soul—but God has something more in mind. God uses that which meant to daunt you to elevate you like a shooting star, launching you into an atmosphere so deeply designed just for you— and when you arrive you know exactly what to do because God has equipped you.

Angels watch over you.

Star gazer gaze at 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…

Be you…

Something intoxicating and special about you.

~Nicole

“Can a woman forget her nursing child,

that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb?

Even these may forget,

yet I will not forget you.”

Isaiah 49:15

Almighty—

Allow us to tap into the Star Gazer inside. Lean deep into our chest and crest your glory and etch with your pen an anthem upon our hearts that can only be designed by You. Give us crystal clear vision your plans for our days. Walk with us, each day, as we walk out your plans for us. Give us new hope. Give us reach that brings glory to your kingdom deep. Give us wisdom and divinely guide us and place inside of each of us a stoic and resilient need to excel for you and to be holy, set apart, faithful and true. We rise to the occasion because our hearts rise for you. Bless us and keep us. Let your loving face and heavenly gaze watch over us. You are more. It’s you we adore. Let our hearts never forget it is all for you. May we hear those words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Amen.

***If this word of exhortation is for you—grab hold. God still loves you more than anything your longest, your hottest, your hardest day could bring.

May 28, 2019

Recover And Replenish

Posted in health and wellness, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:39 am by Broken & Brave

Rest.

Recovery is where growth happens.

Transfix your eyes on Heaven.

Find your calm in His Presence as you learn the subtle art of releasing yourself to Him.

Watermark My Soul

What are you watering your soul with?

No matter who you are- your culture, your income, your status, your experience…we all have a soul and it thirsts. What do you serve it? Soul thirst is similar to physical thirst, but it cannot be quenched with water. It must receive Living Water in order to breathe.

Many fill their lives with endless pursuits, but in the end, they still thirst something they cannot see. Living Water will never leave you empty.

Drink it.

Become saturated with it and then leak it…leak it a lot…onto the heart and soul of others so they may thirst no more.

One of the coolest feelings in the world is not making people feel special about who we are, but about who they are. Isn’t it nice to feel special, if only to One.

The soul is like a well.

When you fill it with that right stuff it is meant to be shared. A well runs deep and that’s where the water is. Pump it and water others and that well won’t run dry as long as you continue to feed it the right things. I mean things like prayerful meditation on God. I mean reading scripture verses. I mean listening to a good message and reading good literature. You are a well of goodness that was meant to overflow-purely-into every soul you come in contact with.

Leave a watermark…

~Nicole

“but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

John 4:14

“The heart that loves is always young.” -Greek proverb

Lord,

Let us refrain this day to drink in anything that is not of you. You are pure. You are clean. Your tranquil waters run deep and make a heart abound as well as become serene. You cup our hearts and hold our hands and living waters flow. We become carriers of your peace and radiant beams of your glory. We invite you in. Flood our heart. Flood our mind. Occupy our soul. Take ownership that we might be yours completely. This moment is not a moment to ask of you anything. It’s a moment to simply drink of your Presence. Amen.

May 26, 2019

My Heart Be Still!

Posted in leadership, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:10 am by Broken & Brave

When it is of the Lord—

God will always speak to your potential. He sees your true identity. The one washed in His Perfection and groomed for His Love. When God leads you into deeper levels of intimacy or higher levels of achievement, doing what you haven’t done before, though you may be challenged the challenge will be laced in love. The leadership of heaven leads with love. When the Holy Spirit convicts your soul to make changes or repent it will still be laced with love. When it’s God you ultimately feel better about yourself even when His finger is stirring our hearts. Stirring can be uncomfortable—but discomfort only lasts a night compared to the unspeakable Joy that overtakes your life.

The best way to be happy, find joy, and live a life marked by resilient, stoic and magnetic faith is to allow the Lord to examine us—

heart, mind and soul.

We bow down before our Maker. We humble ourself before our King. We drink of His Healing waters and we ask His Love to purge us of all that is not of Him.

Self examination can be challenging. Love can be painful. Loving others and ourselves requires a sacrifice.

Love until it hurts until there is no more hurt and only Love remains. (Mother Teresa)

Love washes and cleanses. Love gives the blind new eyes to see. Love rejuvenates the soul and gives the heart occasion to sing. Love is the Guidepost on your darkest of nights. Love is the still whisper that quiets your soul at night. Love is gentle, patient, humble and kind. Love engages.

Guard your heart, Beloved. Drown out the noise. Listen, intently, to the Voice of the Holy Spirit. If the words contain wisdom is one thing, but if the words of wisdom are laced with scriptural Love then they have been hemmed above and you will have a certain degree of edification in your soul.

Discernment is a tremendous blessing. Walk in wise counsel of the Holy Spirit. Life may be pulling you in many directions and giving you all sorts of advice. Be gracious-but only do as the Lord leads you. Unshakable pardon He makes everything right. He sees what we cannot. He shakes the earth and loosens the fruit from the trees. Every knee will bow eventually—that’s my King!

~Nicole

be still my heart

An exclamation that something is too exciting or overwhelming for one to bear; literally, that it is causing one’s heart to beat too fast. (Dictionary.com)

Prayer of Penance and Praise:

Abba God-

What a magnificent Father you are. You are a good Dad. You are gentle. Your eyes are kind. You soak up our laughter and you help us achieve and get after all the grand things of this life we must do. You do things with sway and ever abounding excellence. Engage our hearts to excellence in you. Keep us still just for this one profound moment. Your love make way to the roots of our identity. So then all that would flow from us, through us, over us would nourish us richly like liquid gold. Your love is like no earthly love ever known. You delight in your Created. Give us new eyes. Forgive us our small thinking and toughened hearts. Increase our capacity to give and live in love. Thank you for the sting of the Cross and the pain you endured just to prove your great love for us. We catch it today. We love you! Amen.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39.

May 25, 2019

Do It Anyway~

Posted in Prayer of blessing, true story tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:22 am by Broken & Brave

Do it anyway—
Even when it’s not perfect.

Excelling is excellent.

Being raised by parents who instilled something excellent and what that might look like—a truly priceless gift. I wouldn’t change it for anything. Not anything! It is in fact, excellent.

I’ve always had, as long as I can remember, a strong internal fortitude to do well. Not competing kind of well, just well. I don’t like making mistakes. Nobody does, but some shake it off faster than others.

I’m not suggesting that everyone who does to high degree of self standards is as I am, but I know that I have struggled in the past, and once and while still do, with the idea of going ahead and doing something anyway if I can’t do it well.

Did I try hard enough?

Did I communicate effectively enough?

Did I Love hard enough?

Did I…Did I…Did I.

Death by over analysis!

But something has happened over the years—God has engaged me and lead me to do things without being fully prepared. He began in my twenties when I was placed in situations where I noticed that what was being done around me…I could do that! It wasn’t me being critical or negative at all, it was a blessing because what I saw wasn’t excellent, but it wasn’t bad either, but God blessed it. So I began to learn to try and since then I’ve not looked back, but have always struggled with the desire to hold back.

I have had and am currently having a season so full of disparaging circumstances it is all a bit too much to manage.

In those situations in real life I find it best to just say nothing. Do your best, but don’t try to explain anything. Let whoever think whatever (even when what they are thinking is untrue).

Just keep getting better.

Just keep doing what God has equipped and asked you to do.

I read a devotional today that just pulled it all together and inspired my pen. So here’s my two cents for today, I hope it proves priceless to you.

Doing things with excellence, having a high personal standard of character, giving your best, does not have to be the same as perfectionism. It doesn’t matter how well you do a job. Sometimes we juggle a lot and it’s out of our control, we can’t take anything off our plate, so we rest because we know God is the one blessing our efforts.

Sometimes we speak with love and show kindness, but the recipients either don’t want it or reject it.

Sometimes we do our best, toward excellence, but it just isn’t enough.

Everyday, try your best knowing that your best may look a little bit different every single day. Yesterday’s best may look different from today’s. Shake it off. It’s alright.

As long as you keep trying and most importantly keep obeying the Spirit of God. Then you don’t need to worry about the outcome, God’s got it. You don’t need to worry about those who don’t get you or misrepresent you. God’s got it.

You don’t need to “kill” yourself to achieve at high levels or to please the unappeasable, God holds it.

God has been asking me to write everyday and increase posting in my social pages. Sometimes He asks for a lot of writing. Sometimes He tells me to pull back and feed little. On high volume days it is sometimes hard to have enough time to write a blog I can be proud of. My website is taking longer than I thought to finish. It’s a long story, but for several years I’ve been reduced to doing all of my writing on my phone. If you even knew what an added challenge that was. So many times despite rigorous editing typographical errors slip. Not excellent. But God knows what He’s doing. So I write anyway. I write with the knowledge it has all been by His Design. Somethings aren’t forever, but they are for now and you’ll find ways to get through it with perseverance, patience and ultimately–His Power.

In life, some will think your more wonderful than you feel you deserve. Some will think far less of you than you truly deserve. And some will love you and want to know you and have you in their life. God can have His perfect plan, but all along He has been wonderful about giving the choice. You can’t make others desire your company any more than you can be perfect. You can’t have an absolute perfect career without roadblocks, obstacles and glitches.

We all have problems, some manage them better and some don’t. Either way, do what you can and do it anyway. It may not be perfect, but it will be done.

The key my friends is to know who you and are and whom you belong to. When you know who you are you realize that being you is wonderful. And others want you.

I notice many people rationalize their hearts. Instead, may I suggest start realizing you’ve been perfectly designed by the Perfect One. He works with all of our rough spots, bumps and even our bruises and scars. He’s the one who blesses everything.

The second it becomes about anything else, it’s not of Him.

So do it anyway, even when it’s not perfect.

~Nicole

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1:6

Prayer of Blessing~

You are perfectly loved by this Perfect Love. Hand in glove this dove, pristine white, pursues your heart infinitely like the band of gold. He is eternal. He is pure. He is radiant and He thinks you are wonderful. So be held. He healed. Be whole.

“Be who you are and be that well.” Frances de Sales

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