October 19, 2017

Unfair or Foundational?

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:07 am by Broken & Brave

The only people who fail are those who quit. Don’t quit!

Some people don’t have to work very hard and things come naturally to them while others work extremely hard and the results come with great difficulty. Have you ever wondered about this? I see this a lot in my competitions. Girls who don’t train very hard and don’t stick to their diet, yet they walk away with a trophy. But this concept applies to many areas of life. It could be a Valedictorian to rarely studied, the person who finds a job in a day while you hunt away. The list goes on.

Some may say it seems unfair, but don’t allow your heart, your mind nor your attitude to droop. For anything you deem important enough to put your heart to and it falls in line with the inspired Word of God, then God cares about it too and He is with you making way for you. Sometimes the Lord places purposes in our heart knowing the challenge it will bring. He will use it all to build stellar character to the pure of heart. So don’t quit. Never give up. You must be decided and possess absolute belief that the God who put you to it will see you through it brilliantly. What do you gain by quitting? You become like those work not at all and nothing comes to them. But when you work hard and discipline yourself the rewards received by far outweigh and title or trophy. It’s about becoming the best you can be and self worth and dignity. ~Nicole

“So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.”
1 Cor. 9:24-26

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October 11, 2017

Soul Sustenance

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , at 6:26 am by Broken & Brave

Unleash Your Dreams and Bridle Your Fears…

Are you making disclaimers on life and possibilities? Are you prefacing your ideas or statements with a negative before the positive? “This is how it’s always been…”,
I’d like to, but…”, “I’d like to see _____, but I will be content with_______.”, “Its not my favorite, but you might like it.”, “I’d love to live_____, but where I’m at is ok.”, “This is just how I am.”

These are only a few examples of how you may be unintentionally sabotaging God’s Creative Design on your mind. We start off in life with endless dreams and possibilities and then we become champions at settling. We do it for a variety of reason. Some may include, fear of disappointment, painful past experiences, fear of failure, fear of what other people will react…does this sound at all like you? It can happen in any area of life. I see it in clients who have a goal weight loss, but struggle to believe it is possible so they give me what they will settle for-in that order. Or maybe they want to try an exercise, but don’t truly believe they are strong enough.

When I was younger I loved my home, but  had closet dreams of a nicer one. I didn’t dare unleash or speak these dreams until God began to pull my closet mentally apart at the seams. He literally dared me to desire more. God doesn’t want us greedy or proud-but He does want us to understand that we are royalty. We are Sons and Daughters of a King! He wants better for your life.

Dare to believe!

-Nicole

“Blessed are those who put their trust in Him.” Psalm 2:12

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October 10, 2017

Succor

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A centered and balanced life cannot be ruled by feelings or emotion…but it cannot be void of them either. Healthy living requires a proper balance between, intellect and emotion. For have I not love…I am only a clanging symbol. And may I offer it to those around me without condition.

1 Corinthians 13:1-7

” 13 If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast,[a] but do not have love, I gain nothing.
4 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant 5 or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; 6 it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. 7 It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

When the Love and Grace of the Heavenly Father has been thoroughly worked in us it brings personal forgiveness, restoration and healing, but it does so much more. It also works itself through us so we can be those things to the world around us. We will have a flavor about us those around us can’t quite understand. People will try to assimilate and accommodate your commitment to love the human race into some category of thinking familiar to them or the world, but they won’t quite be able to put their finger on it. The pulse…so evident as it pounds the flesh and revives the heart and refreshes the Spirit, yet difficult to detect and circumvent.

What is this Love? What is this Grace? What is this marvelous novelty so foreign to the human race?

Mercy…

For to love and walk steadfastly in Grace and Love and Forgiveness is also to abide wholeheartedly in the paths of Mercy. Without love and grace there is no mercy, but it is also very true that if there is no mercy than there was-most likely-never any love or grace to begin with.

In the Old Testament we learn and study about the Law and the atonement that was made by sacrifice in the Temple. Every sin requires sacrifice. The Ark of the Covenant had an ornately designed carving of gold resting upon it…

The Mercy Seat.

Christ came as Mercy Himself and sat upon a Seat…


Hosea 6:6 (NIV)
6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice,
and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.

“But go and learn what this means: ‘I DESIRE COMPASSION, AND NOT SACRIFICE,’ for I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:13 (NASB)

Jesus was a man like non other. He walked the earth as a man, took the form of a man, but all of nature was at his command. He spoke and all of eternity, laws of nature and anatomy followed his lead. Everything yielded to him.

The Succor of the Lord is like nothing you’ve ever experienced, felt or seen. So many miss the mark of the tangible blessings available in God because of a faulty experience with religion. Christ came to Seat himself on the seat of mercy once and for all, one Atonement. One Sacrifice.

So, what exactly is succor?

Succor:

1. Assistance in time of distress; relief.
2. One that affords assistance or relief:

Who was Jesus?

He was a nobody by earthen standards. A common carpenter of illegitimate birth. He had the mark of scandal all about him. Yet, there was something so marvelous about this man. People drew in large crowds just to be around him. I imagine they could feel the weight of their burdens lessen in his marvelous presence. In fact, is it possible it was the supernatural weightlessness he carried into every situation that was the real attraction? He was common through and through-yet there was something enormously uncommon and enticing about this Hebrew.

What does Mercy look like? Could you feel it in his eyes as he held you in his gaze? What did the light in his eye have to say? Was his look so soft, yet possessing the power to cut to the heart and soul and make you feel his presence to the core? What kind of man was he?

I’ll tell you, my friends, he was as kind of a human as ever could be. So enormously kind he hung himself on a tree to rescue humanity.

Mercy…

Without mercy there is no place for grace and forgiveness. There is a bond, a thread that strings all three securely in place in the heart of a believer. There must be all three-in balance- if we are to successfully live as Jesus did as a Watchman of Compassion.

Look around. Grace, Love, Forgiveness and Mercy are what bring a heart to unfold and uncoil all the deep pain compressed inside. It begins to undo us and melt us and reform us as it binds every place in the soul life has torn us.

So many miss this love…this grace…because they’ve never seen it in place and fail to understand what a gift it truly is.
Some understand the gift, but try to place a cost on it. It seems far to valuable a commodity to be able to pay. But you don’t have to…

Love payed the Way.

God has absolute remission for your every stain, blemish or sin. His greatest miracles in your life just may be waiting to begin. Step into His Grace. Step into his Love. Allow it to wrap you like a glove as you sink more deeply into His Compassion…His deep Love.

His Mercy for you has no end. His Succor is the garment of a most faithful friend. Wrap yourself up in His Arms today. He’s got a grip that can hold forever.

The Lord has a pocket full of Goodness, Mercy and Strength tucked in His heart for you.
Release the old, embrace the new.
Heaven has Bountiful Mercy for you.

~Nicole

“… so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and he will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for him.” Hebrews 9:28

September 27, 2017

Reborn🌹

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Never Had a Better Friend

The Lord has striped me in many ways.

Yet, He preserves each and every one of my days.

He took away so much that mattered to me

and in the process grafted me more tightly into His Tree.

He drew me near and showered me with blessings from above.

He gave me increase in my capacity to Love.

He showed me His devotion and care

Yet I know He will not only stop there.

He took me as a seed and planted me in the Earth.

He provided the water of Salvation in Jesus

giving me second birth.

He rose from the grave and captured my soul.

So who am I to complain or be afraid of any foe?

He crowned me with splendor and His Grace crowns my head.

He asked me to walk this earth in an effort to revive the dead.

So many are abandoned and left without Hope.

Without Jesus they are left with no strength to cope.

They turn to drugs, violence, suicide and sin

Never gaining the purity of heart that can free them from within.

Who am I to complain when troubles cross my path?

For I have access to the very Throne of the One giving me life that will last.

Blessed Jesus, my Savior, Companion, my Friend

Who could turn from you, ignoring the battle within?

There is a day to day struggle that occurs

With in the hearts of all men.

Without Jesus, we are doomed to failure

in a battle that has no end.

Seek Jesus, the Savior, a Friend to all man.

Only He can take a shattered life, put it back together

And make it whole once again.

Seek, Jesus, the Savior, who was crucified and rose again.

He knows of your suffering, your loneliness and can take it from you, putting your misery to end.

Seek Jesus! Seek Jesus! I have never known another to be such a great Friend.

~Nicole

September 25, 2017

Prose

Posted in Prayer of blessing, true story tagged , , , , , at 4:06 am by Broken & Brave

John Keats was born 31 October 1795 and died 23 February 1821.

Despite the lack of length and breadth of his years…they contained depth few of his age could relate to. Mr. Keats is considered one of the greatest romantic poets in history. His rankings summit to heights alongside peers of the likes such as Lord Byron and Shelley.

The tragedy behind this man’s life is as poetic as his pen. Keats only knew publication of his works for four years before he died from illness in Rome at the age of 25. The work of Keats was widely criticized by critics of the day and he had a hard time associating publication with success.

The pain stole his flame and he didn’t write anymore…

Today he is considered a man who had a deep impact on literature and influenced a broad range of literary giants throughout the ages to follow him. His works are widely studied as Literature and Scholars consider his poem “To Autumn” to be close to literary perfection as any poem ever was.

Keats died feeling he was a failure of a man…
Even though the pain stole his flame,
his pen lived on.

“So I saw that there is nothing better than that all should enjoy their work, for that is their lot; who can bring them to see what will be after them?” Ecc. 3:22

There’s is one whose heart I liken to Keats…He is my Lord and Savior whose poetry penned within my heart caused it to sail upon a gusty wind of His Holy Presence…His Holy Spirit. My life inspired by His message. I take to heart His Holy Example on how to live and love and sew kindness and Faithfulness to my fellow man.

Jesus came to bleed and cancel my need. He was struck and beaten for being different. He was sifted and sorted and his frame was contorted. They tried to kill his flame and though his body was broken-I imagine his heart was too…he continued on and finished it without ever refraining from loving through and through.

You may find situations in life leaving you without pardon. Don’t allow your heart to harden. Don’t allow the pain to steal your flame. Jesus is the master key and his keys unlock everything. Don’t seal yourself in…allow his touch to heal you within .

God will always bring Beauty for your Ashes. Keats may have never known the praises of his prose…but I have no doubt he enjoys praises from Heaven and has forgotten his foes.

The Lord Bless your good Inheritance.

…Nicole

September 20, 2017

Drenched💦

Posted in Devotional, Prayer of blessing, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:52 am by Broken & Brave

Jonah had it rough….or did he have it easy? I bet most people actually haven’t ever thought to consider the circumstances or how this man felt about his own life.

Jonah was a man who walked with God. He clearly had the favor of Heaven and it’s full confidence to manage and administer the Truths God spoke to him to the people as God directed. He had inside access to the King of all of Heaven!

I guess most people who love God and try to live accordingly as to eloquently convey his love here on earth would consider Jonah highly blessed. They may even think, “I wish God would talk to me like that.” But do they really?

The burden of such a responsibility, if you want to call it a burden, is the high level of obedience required at such a level of intimacy with the Almighty. Much was given Jonah so he knew that much was expected of him as well. Jonah probably didn’t have a lot of say about how he spent his free time or his resources. I’m sure God had stipulations and directions for that, too.

Imagine yourself a modern day Jonah…God blesses you with a tangible gift. You are grateful, you dream of how you will spend or even save this blessing and create greater blessing. But then the Lord steps in and offers instructions about an assignment he has for you and the real reason he gave the blessing to you. So you received a great blessing. You received spiritual riches as a result of that ear for the voice of God, but you haven’t the luxury to spend it as you like.

You must be obedient.

Resources are tangible gifts from Heaven. They offer refreshment and provision like streams in the dessert of life. Gifts and blessings of tangible and monetary increments are part of what gives life pleasure. The closer you become with the Almighty, the more you realize the less you have ownership of any of it. You begin to understand that every ounce of blessing afforded you is not for you at all. Sure, God desires to see you enjoy life, rest, take our ease and feast a little on pleasures. But even that serves a purpose to replenish and restore…rejuvenate if you will…so you can get up, walk out the door and like God’s faithful servant go back for more. More what? More opportunities to do what he has assigned you here on earth to do.

Boy, I sure did make hearing God intimately and experiencing blessings sound hard. On many levels it can be. But it is also a delicious reward.

I’m curious about Jonah’s appearance. How was he dressed? Did he have one of the best camels on the market? What kind of drapes and gowns dangled from his crown and from the body of his animal? Was he a splendid sight to see? Was he glamorous and charming? All attributes that would grab hold of people’s attention and cause them to want to draw near. Because let’s face it, being a prophet of God was a profession that many people wanted to avoid. Not everyone likes to hear what they might be doing wrong. But sometimes that’s what God sent Jonah to do, tell people hard truth in love.

I imagine Jonah had seen a lot. He maybe even endured a lot. He may have been weary and in need of a vacation. A cruise was just the ticket…too bad he disobeyed and went in the wrong direction! Maybe Jonah didn’t like the message he had to give? He was concerned for how the people would receive it? Maybe he had already been there countless times before only to have the door of cooperation slammed in his face? Maybe there was an experience that has caused his heart to become jaded and calloused to the people of Nineveh? We don’t really know. The Bible only tells us that he disobeyed God and suffered an extreme consequence. The Bible uses Jonah as an example of what happens when we loose our compassion…when we become jaded and cynical.

God had to humble Jonah low. He had to get him to a place where he was utterly alone with God. God needed Jonah to contemplate his options…obey and don’t complain or  stay in the digestive tract of a large mammal–his version of Joseph’s pit. The choice was really a no brainer. He repented and agreed and went and did what God asked him to do.

What can be said for you? Are you taking your blessings for granted? Is your attitude a little bit less than stellar and a little more than jaded or cyclical? Has past experiences of life caused you to believe less than the best about just about everything? How’s your Compassion? When was the last time you gave that a check? How’s your heart? Is is hurting and dry? Do tears stain your eyes? Maybe the pain runs so deep you’re no longer even able to cry? It’s ok, either way, if this is you know that many around you feel the same way, too.

We live in a day and age where I see countless Jonah’s walking around. They may not know they have access to God’s ear and voice. But every day they make the choice to value money, career, possessions and positions over humans.

It’s easier to love stuff than people.

Stuff doesn’t have a personality. Stuff doesn’t talk back or have a difference of opinion. Stuff can’t hurt your feelings and wound your heart. The emotional risk is non existent when you keep to loving stuff only. But to love others…to be loved by others…that’s scary and amazing. It depends on how you perceive it.

If you have ever felt an ounce of pure and glorious love then you know how amazing it is. It isn’t limited to romantic love, though that’s nice, too. It’s the extraordinary awareness that others care about you and would sacrifice and willing become inconvenienced to protect and bless you. It’s an extraordinary feeling to do the same for another. Love requires risk. Caring means you have to take a chance. You have to give your heart permission to feel. You have to open up a bit more and be transparent and honest with yourself and others. You have to be humble. You have to increase in your capacity to receive. You have to let people in.

We live in a tremendously hurting world. People all around walk about with a seared conscious. Someone with a seared conscious can’t feel on deep levels. They do wrong or see wrong and are minimally phased by it. They are numb.

Only God can reach in and jump start your heart. He can pump it with life flowing fluid mingled with His atoning blood and drenched in His love. He longs to drench you and return moisture to your  weary, drained and wounded heart.

Today could be a fabulous start to making all things new. Seeing through new eyes, smelling the greater aromas of life and tasting life seasoned just right with a good kind of spice, sugar and delight.

You are the salt of the earth…
Allow God to return your flavor.

Prayer:
“Lord, search my heart and show me the areas I have become stagnant or have lost my Compassion even just a little bit. Renew my heart and freshen my flesh so I can love as you love. Equip me with the courage to open up more fully and accept the love of Heaven and the love of people you send me. I do not have to live on guard. I can guard my heart and make it a place of hospitality as well. All because of you. Thank you God for the good work you promise to complete in me. I am your yielded vessel. Use my life, my blessings, my abilities as you desire. Amen”

“Those who cling to worthless idols
turn away from God’s love for them.
But I, with shouts of grateful praise,
will sacrifice to you.
What I have vowed I will make good.
I will say, ‘Salvation comes from the Lord.’” Jonah 2:8-9

September 17, 2017

Slay…

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:20 am by Broken & Brave

Feed the hungry and slay your giant...

“Then Jesse said to his son, David, ‘Take now for your brothers an ephah of this dried grain and these ten loaves, and run to your brothers at the camp. And carry these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and see how your brothers fare, and bring back news of them.'” 1 Samuel 17:17-18

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Sometimes our Heavenly Father sends us into a situation that turns out to be an opposing giant in our life. We can be tempted to think, “if I hadn’t obeyed my Father I wouldn’t be in this situation.” But because we love our Father, as David did so his, we obey, just as David.

Your giant could be difficulties at work, or maybe a health scare, maybe your household is turned upside down or your finances in disarray. Your giant could even be something opposing your faith. But God, Abba Father, knew what He was doing when He picked you. He knew it was you He wanted to send with provision for the situations of life at hand. Your entire life is a Divine Assignment when your heart is in proper alignment with Heavens Signature Pen. He knew…

Though you may seem small in your situation or the least of your resources…He knew you were really great. He sees what’s inside. He knows He crafted you with superb ingredients. He knows the kind of food you bring to every avenue of this life you lead.

So, He put His Word in your heart and it extols the Lord. When you share your heart others are fed. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living or what your giant is- you’ve been sent to the battle line to face it, overcome it and sustain others from your experience. God has you strategically placed right where you are at for His purpose sake.

Run to the battle line, do not shrink back, and watch your Father pull a sling shot from His pouch, face the Giants of life through you and with one shot knock them out!

All by the power of the Cross. Embrace the journey…
It is meant to be extraordinary!

~Nicole

70 “He chose David his servant
and took him from the sheep pens;
71 from tending the sheep he brought him
to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
of Israel his inheritance.
72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
with skillful hands he led them.”

Psalm 78:70-72

 

September 15, 2017

Hold Your Breath…

Posted in Prayer of blessing, true story tagged , , , , , at 6:34 am by Broken & Brave

Sometimes people tell me how intimidating John is. He is a strong and passionate man of principle and conviction…but if you know him you are aware of his jokes. At the gym the other day I very randomly look over at him and say, “I only miss you when I am breathing”. He looks back at me and says, “Is that why you hold your breath so much?”

Sometimes laughter is the key to help you hold it together as you await your victory. There’s nothing so refreshing as a joy filled heart.

If you are facing adversity or high levels of stress, find something to cause laughter, it will help release and pent up agitation. Remind yourself life is good and this too will pass. Adversity is the breakfast of Champions that builds HEART.

Take heart…for every struggle Gods making way for blessings to rise higher! It’s all about perspective. So hold your breath, take in Heavenly oxygen as the Lord emerses you in Divine Restoration. He taking steps to heal your broken places and prepare you for glory as you’ve never known before. When he opens the doors, he wants you ready, grounded and looking the part for his glorious mission of heart.

If God was clever enough to detail the sunrise, then He also used the same ingenuity when he created you…His most Excellent craftsmanship! You will emerge bigger and brighter than ever before. As all of Heaven takes notice of you, your fellow man will, too. God’s counting on you to direct their eyes toward him in all you achieve, in all you do. So whatever you face today, he’s got you! He is preparing and shaping the stellar quality of a Champion he has embedded within you.

~Nicole

“Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” Psalm 126:2

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September 14, 2017

The Nest Egg

Posted in Prayer of blessing, true story tagged , , , , , at 5:41 am by Broken & Brave

One of the best feelings in the world is to be excited ON Life. The key is all about Expectancy. What you expect is usually what you get. So why not EXPECT the BEST?

I got into a conversation with one of my clients the other day about my grandfather. My client is an elderly and extremely affluent widow. She’s sharp and sassy and all things classy.

My grandfather passed away many years ago now, but the memory of him is fresh with me. I had and still have a special place in my heart earmarked for that man and his wife…my grandmother. She passed a good number of years before he did. When she passed –widowed women came out of the woodwork for him. We were all shocked. Not at their interest, he was wonderful, just how these old ladies were behaving. My grandfather was wonderful on countless levels. He wasn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination, but he possessed an incredible mind with the power of imagination harnessed to good sense and wisdom and ingenuity. He was an example my entire young life of what possibility thinking looked like. No one connected the dots for me and explained that was who he was or how he thought and why that was admirable. I just witnessed it…was attracted to it…and tucked it in my heart little by little my entire life to the point when he died. It was after he passed that all the dots of my life began to connect and I realized what an amazing gift this man was for me on even deeper levels.

He was a real example of extraordinary faith. He never attached Bible verses, chapter and verse, to all that belief. He just believed. It was who he was. On his death bed his mind was sharper than ever at 86 years old. It was his heart that was failing. Lying in that hospital bed he continued to campaign with the doctors to consider a heart transplant. He just knew he had more life left in him and wasn’t ready to go. He wasn’t hysterical or panicky. He was using every ounce of charm and leadership capability etched within to try and influence that doctor! He was zealous and passionate and…wonderful.

One of the things my grandfather would always say was, “Don’t touch the nest egg.” Always! So much so my mom has a photo of him framed in her office, the frame in the shape of a purse. My grandfather was very good with money. He and my grandmother had the most darling little house (it was so little!) in Southern California. It had 3 bedrooms and one bath. It had a spectacular backyard and pool house though! He purchased that home for $11,000. Can you believe that? Times have changed for sure, but he bought that house and raised his family there. He made money, he saved money and he invested wisely.

He and my grandmother loved to travel, but she was afraid to fly. So they invested in an RV, they always had an RV as far back as I can remember. They would travel any place they could drive. But outside of that he didn’t overspend. He didn’t have a million and one toys. He lived simple and he prospered.

After my grandmother died and he survived all the widows, lol, he met a lovely, strong and independent woman who had been widowed, too. She also loved to travel, but wasn’t afraid to fly. So for the final season of his life he literally explored the world. He sold his house and made an enormous profit and moved to Santa Barbara. But he didn’t buy a bigger and better house, he lived simple and socked away some more “nest egg”.

My grandfather invested, saved and put his blessings away. He enjoyed his life, he didn’t go without or have martyr-like poverty thinking or dwelling. He had expectancy. He knew he’d get a good return on every wise investment. He didn’t touch his nest egg because he was investing in his future blessing. He was investing in the future blessing of his entire legacy. He did nothing to harm it. He protected it.

We can all learn a little lesson from my Granddad. Your nest egg very well may be financial, but this analogy is not limited to money or fiscal matters. Your nest egg is every little thing that you invest, sacrifice, protect for your future life account. Sometimes you have to give a little up now so you can have more later.

God has richly invested in you. He has given you gifts, talents and abilities that are completely unique to you. He has carved a path for your journey and promised that you would know the way to go for he’d be right behind you and beside you whispering direction in your ear. He’s got a vaulted nest egg investment in you. He plans to make a good return on his investment. It’s time for you to believe it to…

“Lord, thank you for today. I expect it to greet me with such awe and amazement, I will be wishing I were twins to contain it! Amen!”

What will you expect? ~Nicole

“You will decide on a matter, and it will be established for you, and light will shine on your ways.” Job 22:28

(Photo taken of my grandparents on their 40th wedding Anniversary out boating at Catalina Island. They were married for 52 years before my grandmother died)

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September 11, 2017

Undivided & United

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:06 am by Broken & Brave

My daughter was going through photos and found this one that my husband, John, took of the Towers many yrs. ago. We all know where we were that day if we had life in our veins.

I was pregnant and we were in Los Angeles, Ca. in a hotel room. I woke early that a.m. from a terrible dream. In the dream we were driving and I saw a tunnel of sorts, but what was awful was I distinctly saw airplanes crash into the tunnel and people fleeing for their lives. I woke with my heart racing only to see John already up and at his computer. I looked at him and he told me to turn on the TV. What was on the screen I couldn’t believe…it was my dream but not in my dream….it had happened, real life. Devastating.

As our country faces natural disasters and forms of storms and darkness all around, keep your fire of hope kindled. There is a resilient force of Light that burns bright and burns within the human condition. We are Americans. We are Strong. Undivided and United we are incredibly Tall.

~Nicole

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