January 22, 2019

Eat Your Protein!

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , at 5:19 am by Broken & Brave

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The human body is such a complex system of parts working together, functioning as a well organized and synchronized unit-creating, sustaining, and advancing LIFE.

 

People—be it your parents, your teacher, your coach, nutritionist or something you read somewhere or maybe a well versed in holistic medicine physician—will tell you of the importance associated with eating protein. But why?

Did you know…

The human body is made up entirely of cells. These microscopic powerhouses are enormously smart and control most of what happens in the body. A person with cancer or disease in the body has compromised cells. Cancer strikes at cells like electric shock breaking down and wearing down the integrity of the cell walls. This is called free radical damage. Enough free radical damage and cancer is born.

Our tiny cells require protein to build and sustain life. So necessary is protein to every function as the energy source—that our cells also possess the ability to make protein.

How cool is that?

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The Divinely Inspired creation of you is hardwired right down in the smallest components of your DNA. Your cells need to be fed the right stuff to keep recreating YOU every day.

Let’s look at RNA. What’s that? Ribonucleic Acid. mRNA is the tiny messenger that attaches units of information to create new cells and they utilize the assistance of tRNA which carries proteins from within the cell to bind with the mRNA. These highly specialized functions of the cell are so microscopic they must be studied under a microscope. Does this make them less important than external  features of the human body?

No. Quite the opposite really. The external features cannot continue to live without them.

So what is all this simplified talk of human physiology and biochemistry? Deep science fascinated me yet boggles my mind at the same time. The intricate complexity of all that goes on within our blood is astounding and can be very challenging to learn. I learned all of this in college, but because I don’t use this information in my everyday vernacular I get rusty. The information is still in my brain, but because it’s not used regularly, I sometimes forget the details of how to explain it. But even though I go about my day and I’ve been graduated from college for more years than I can believe (because when you’re in school you think you’re never going to finish)…that hasn’t stopped my cells from working for me. They’ve been faithful and true ever since the day I was conceived, working and building and creating life for ME.

There’s an old school camp song called “Power in the Blood”. Isn’t it true? It’s true figuratively as we lean on the saving grace through the shed blood of Christ. But it’s also literally true. And even though you live your life and don’t maybe remember God, or even call on His Name…He still treats you the same. He keeps on quietly working on your behalf working behind the scenes and in the quiet places producing the beauty of your life.

You may not see Him—but He did it all.

Maybe you can’t touch Him—

but He is touching the world around you, carving paths, giving revelation and inspiration and creating your every opportunity. He’s doing it all just like that microscopic RNA delivering the protein you need to live it all.

From the view of Heaven—

We are all quite microscopic.

But God needs no viewfinder or microscope to see you.

He is intimately aware of every thing about you.

His eye watching over you and ensuring your life.

He also created you to be needed. You were created with value.

The ground is level at the Cross.

We all enter the same way.

God has a place for you in His Body. You play a part. There are no small or insignificant roles in His Kingdom. Just as we see the critical importance RNA plays in cell life and replication to sustain life, so you too are needed to sustain His Body and His Kingdom.

Never forget how valuable and valued you are.

Don’t become rusty in the things and knowledge and love of God.

He is the Besotted of Heaven, full of mystery and chemistry and He stirs the heart with the Power of the Blood.

He gave it all up for the power of Love.

 

~Nicole♥️

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13-16

 

“For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”

Lev. 17:11

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January 16, 2019

What Is This Grace?

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

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It may not be your fault someone strongly dislikes you. But it is your fault what you do with it and how you handle it.

     Instead of anything—rest back in the Father’s heart. Unite your soul to His. Allow your Way Maker to breathe possibilities and positive inspirations to your soul.
     Relationships can be slippery. You don’t always know how people tick, what speaks to them and what sets them off. You may find out by mistake over and over again. They key to having healthy relationships is to always error on the side of Grace.
     Graciousness is what won the hearts of every inhabitant of Heaven. Grace is what births the “silver lining” of every dark storm cloud that cannot be seen with the naked eye. Graciousness is what gives rise to that incredible smile God blessed you with.
     Graciousness is what causes us to go the extra mile with each other. It’s the fuel that hinges together sister and brother, Father and Mother, Lovers, and society as a community collectively holding each other.
Grace.
     Goodness in Grace is when our grace is laced with compassion that works like salve, patience that eases the soul and listening ears that seek to hear another’s heart.
     A Gracious heart never wants to see you hurt. Definitely doesn’t want you unhappy. Rejoices to see you laughing and gets giddy at the idea it had something to do with your laugh or your smile. It runs on the fuel called Jovial mile after mile.
     Grace is a form of love. It seeks no evil, harbors no malice and is enormously disinterested in strife. It cares more deeply for your well being than in being right. I guess that makes a characteristic of Grace also a humble disposition. There is great and supernatural power in bowing low. Not necessarily a body, but a heart, a soul, an inner man or woman, a mindset. Grace and Love crouch down knowing full well we are protected because Heaven holds our crown.
     I pray Heaven would stoop down for you today. I pray Heaven not be remiss in granting you Gracious Kisses and Splendor for all you do, every foot step planted and every thread of Hope and Vision your heart can carry…and then I hope it heaps on a bit more causing your hearts joy to move into overflow.
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     The door for this blog page is closing. God is redirecting my pen to another level. I’ve enjoyed my time here with you. Not sure how many more posts it will have, it could be quite a few or it could have already been too many—
I’ve enjoyed it all.
Thank You.
Thank you for drawing near.
Thank you for having an interest in anything I’ve written or wanted to say.
Thank you for reading my poetic prose and hem in as my heart gushes via my pen.
     Reading with me means you received a slice of me and I hope it was a delicious treat enrapturing the soul.
Thank you for trusting me to bestow the wisdom of my experiences, my encouragement, my love and effort to refresh your soul here. The evidence of my Love is anchored in Heaven above. Get to know Him better.
     His Love is like the savor of a crystal blue sea. It looks tantalizing, but the Joy rises only when you dive in.
Blessings—
Abundant blessings…
May they shower over you.
My greatest wish is that this type of blessing would be one of deeper merit~it would be blessing of heart, mind and soul. The blessing would go to the places you truly dwell. The places you keep yourself in. The places you hide away. The home base of Divine and Infinite Peace.
God bless your heart.
I don’t know about you, but I fall more in love with Him every day.
What is this Love?
What is this Grace?
Hem in…you’ll see…
Broken & Brave

January 12, 2019

Sometimes We Miss…

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , at 9:39 am by Broken & Brave

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We are all learning every day how to lean on God’s Big Broad shoulders a little bit better.

A few years back I was getting a manicure. I went to a salon that was by my sons school. Now, I may be one of the most loyal people you would ever know. I have a gal I go to FAITHFULLY for many, many years. But I was in a hurry and thought I would make an exception for the sake of my schedule. I had used this salon once in the past and knew others who did. But the gal I requested wasn’t available and they referred me to someone else. 

As I sat the tech began removing my polish, filing my nails, etc.—you probably are aware of the routine.  But something shifted. I began to feel and overwhelming discomfort of the Holy Spirit. It grew stronger and stronger and I felt as though the Lord were leading me to get up and leave. But I was right in the middle of a file. How embarrassing to just interrupt and leave. Would I cause a scene? Maybe I was wrong? So I debated and then didn’t do it. I stayed. Guess what happened? The manicurist poked me with a tool by mistake and the tool must of had bacteria because I got a horrible infection in one of my fingernails. It took almost six months to restore itself. God was trying to protect me and I missed the clue.

Now, if you rummage through my blogs you will find I have done many spine chilling acts of faith. I’ve paid someone else’s mortgage instead of my own. We’ve quit jobs. We drove cross country with no money. And the stories are abundant and many and I haven’t even written about them all. They are almost all financial. They are also ongoing. I have about four big step of faith part the Red Sea things cooking right now. I’ve been clinging to Phil. 4:6-7 hard! 

So why in the world was it so hard for me that day to say I changed my mind to a nail appointment? I have no idea. I still have no idea. But I use this little story to refresh you with the fact that we all miss it. Learn to let go and forgive yourself. Get over it. Learn from it. 

One day we can move mountains, the next we feel we’ve been buried by one. I think it’s more the consistent application over time and not quitting that measures our growth.

The growing and development of extraordinary faith is for the spirit what an intense workout, beyond your ability, would be for the body. It hurts even if it’s good for you.

 

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So you’ve gotta breathe. You’ve got to take in more of the oxygen of prayer and praise just as you would breathe heavier while exercising.

This is how we should all be, just likes babes; 

trusting…(inhale)…

believing…(exhale)…

expecting…(inhale, again)—

all things good from the Father above. His love for you  supersedes any fear you could ever contain. If you could only just believe and trust him just a little bit more each and every day. 

How beautiful…

I know it’s not easy. Despite the abundance of breath-taking, blog worthy stories the Lord has loaded into my life, I still have to manage my decision to abide in His Grace and Faith every day. I have to remind myself that He is Trustworthy—

I  Can Trust Him.

I WILL Trust in Him!

I am believing  for the extraordinary to unfold in your life. You believe it, too.

Can’t wait to hear from you. Maybe you can comment something extraordinary the Lord has done for you or what you’d like prayer for today in my comment thread? It would be an honor to serve and encourage you.

You’re life beautiful—

That’s just the way God made you.

So take it in. Focus on the moments. Crush your fears while His Strength elevates your soul. 

I think you’re going to make it.

Pure Gold.

~Nicole 

January 9, 2019

Indispensable

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , at 3:37 am by Broken & Brave

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Be the Light…

Last weekend our power went out.

So what did my boys do?…Each went for the light on their phone or a flashlight. The youngest and I played cards on my bed.

The power was out for a good hour or more and they laughed and giggled and played with the shadows from the lights in our phones. I thanked the Lord for this short lived inconvenience. It gave them time together they probably really needed. But oh how we all celebrated when the lights came back on–we hadn’t eaten and I needed to cook dinner!

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There isn’t a soul under heaven that does not need the light. The light brings us heat and warmth, the sun nourishes the earth and us humans with its glorious rays full of vitamin D. The plants and foliage grow more abundantly after the rains and then into the light. When it is light people are less depressed and their mood is bright. We even change our clocks in most of the nation twice a year just so we can maximize the light!

In fact,

the Light and Love of Heaven are indispensable in your life.

Indispensable!!

Indespensable-Absolute necessary; essential. Obligatory; unavoidable.

You need it. Your soul craves pure light. When we learn something new or become aware to a new level we are said to be “enlightened”. There was an entire age in history called the “Age of Enlightenment”.

Light is good.

Allow me to speak merely a morsel of Light and Life into you…

You are the Light in the lives of others. You may not realize it, you may not feel it or believe it, but it’s true.

You have a sparkle all your own that is like the Mysteries of Heaven breaking through. Others are relieved by the help you bring. Some look forward to seeing you, even if they never tell you. Many wouldn’t have a day quite the same without a morsel of your presence in it. Don’t you see how needed and necessary you are? Life might be a bit dimmer, less glimmer, less hope, less optimism without you in it. You may be what keeps others keeping on and holding on to the Discovery of Hope through our Lord.

Hope looks brilliant on you!

 

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So keep holding on and pressing on!
Whatever darkness you life may currently hold…it will fade away just as my kids found out last weekend. Besides, how would the world around you come to discover the enormous capacity for love, life, hope and light that dwells within you if there were no night sky to backdrop your radiance? Cascade the skies and draw open tired and weary eyes. Heaven smiles down and a few other people, too.

In you, it is quite True…heaven takes Delight. So keep holding tight and press through the Night. Everything is going to shake out just right–just wait and see! ~Nicole
“I will both lie down in peace, and sleep;
For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.”

Psalm 4:8

 

 

January 8, 2019

Equipped⚔️🛡

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , at 3:46 am by Broken & Brave

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“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.“ Hebrews 11:1

A deep love for God is received by His Grace, but as we show our love back to Him we follow Him where ever He leads. If it be through treacherous terrains, sleet, storms, tornadoes, or a scorching dessert sun…this is the road less travelled that leads to His Treasures of Heart. It doesn’t matter how it “looks”, we merely “Go”.

Moses, with his back against the Red Sea was on the road less travelled and he was delivered Triumphantly.

David had to hide in a cave to preserve his name, but not a stitch on the hem of his gown was prevented from bringing him a crown.

Esther presented herself before a King, knowing full well she may surely perish…but she didn’t.

And God Himself wrapped up in Love for you that ran so deep, He crawled through a Cross to be near to you. But his soul the grave couldn’t keep.

That’s the kind of thing True Love will do.

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Not everything we walk through or God asks us to do will make sense to us. But God came to inspire our faith. He has countless ways to instill hope, plant a seed, cultivate some sort of harmony in our heart that creates a Divine Chemistry of Heaven. The Holy Spirit is like a suitor in pursuit of all He seems Destiny Worthy for you. When He plants a seed, He will use a promise to water and nurture it. You never know when the seed will grow, but if  you keep it in your heart He will protect it with safely.

I wrote in a most previous post about how I had a mountain of childhood experiences that were in fact a drenching of my heart, mind and soul with Encounters with God. I’ve been Encountering Him ever since, but because I didn’t understand it as a kid, I promised myself that when I had children:

•I would begin teaching them young about the world you can see with your eyes and the unseen world.

•They would know the armor of God and how to wear it and wield it with the Authority of Heaven.

•They would be trained in stoic Faith and to not fear the mysterious realm, but to be aware of its presence and that our battle is never against flesh and blood, but of principalities and dark forces that bring an ominous presence.

Fear is always a by product  of something unknown or not understood. So make it known and it looses its power to intimidate. I think kids who battle fear the most are kids who maybe have this Seer Sense and are vulnerable to harassment of Darkness because they possess and spiritual discernment and awareness that is like an acutely high spiritual IQ.  It is a gift, but yet to be discovered how to use it.  Maybe not all children have this gift, but all children have a soft and pure heart which is of extraordinary capacity and power.

So what started as my own unknowns, and things I didn’t understand, God all along had the power at His command to use it and plant a seed for future things I would teach my children. He knew they would be alive in a generation that needed it. They would need to know the power they had was real and mighty to break strongholds and curses of witchcraft. Just yesterday an actor thanked Satan for his acting success and awards and accolades. This present darkness needs people equipped to pierce the darkness. Why not our kids?

This is just one example. So how about you. Take some time to meander through your life experiences and how did God use what was impossible to understand to mold His Divine Purpose and plan? Perhaps you’ve been in his will all along?

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all aspects of the heart that will not only catapult you into your Sovereign Destiny, but you will bless, nourish and equip countless others besides you. So get out of your own head. Let God in. He’s been right beside you all along.

~Nicole💕

 

January 5, 2019

Andrew’s Rules

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , at 1:17 am by Broken & Brave

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This evening  (last night by the time I post this) I was doing a little reading and writing, my favorite, and my youngest son was playing and talking to our cat. These are the words of advice he was giving and my heart grew instantly smitten. I can write and write and write all day. I encourage and love, but nothing will be more important to me than if I was able to be the example to my own kids so they can do as I did. That’s the power of love! Because we all know they do as we do, not as we say.

Andrews advice for today:

1) don’t be hyper

2) love Jesus 😂😂😂

Then he says: “rule number two:

don’t attack your enemies, love your enemies.” 😢

When God says, “I want to use your Voice” you don’t always know how or where or when. Not everyone wants more of God or to live like He did. But when you do what He asks of you in all heart and full faithfulness, the credit may never be yours, but the fruit will be. Thank you, Lord, for blessing the souls, hearts and minds of my children. They utterly amaze me daily. My best treasure of all, Legacy. May my seed go equipped with the Arsenal of Heaven. In this day and age the only Power that will have collateral will be HIS. This is the best fruit of all!

Maybe Im being heard after all.

“How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.” Isaiah 30:19

God knew exactly what I needed today. He used the voice of my smallest babe, His purest voice, to communicate to me that I am having an effect and making a difference. God knew I was struggling with this a bit. But my sons little voice spoke loud and clear. If nobody else, my children can hear. And God is soaking up that love in their little hearts—my forever gifts from above.

God has a secret weapon. It is fiercer than any tactile missile launched through the sky. It is sharper than the blade of any sharpened Steele. Yet it has supernatural power to restore and heal everything it touches to its original condition. It is full of honesty and integrity, mercy, compassion and when used properly can heal the world.

What is this thing? It is a mystical potion or healing lotion? It is both timeless and anti-aging. It will shrink your every ache and pain and will swell your heart and soul with glee. So what could it be?

The Power to Love unconditionally.

God loves you friends and because He loves you, I love you.~Nicole💕

 

January 1, 2019

Clues

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , at 7:19 am by Broken & Brave

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It’s the start to a brand new year and no doubt you’ve thought about what you might like to try and accomplish with it. Make your list, but don’t forget to allow the Lord to sift through it and move you in His timing and direction. He’s got some ambitious plans for you, too, and it will require focused attention to details when the demands of life and others begin to pull on you.

You can’t be everything to everyone, but you can be something to someone.

It only takes one to make a real difference.

By Faith…

Abraham knew he had a greater blessing—packed up and followed Gods lead.

By Faith…

Moses received his anointing and call of God and treaded a dusty wilderness to return to the Kingdom he fled.

By Faith…

Noah built the first ever boat without there being any need of one.

By Faith…

David slay Goliath and chopped off that giants head.

By Faith…

Mary agreed and humbled herself to receive a gift, though condemned it was the greatest gift to men.

By Faith…

Mary the sister to Martha, chose to put the chores aside and believe His Presence was the most worthy prize.

By Faith…

By Faith…

By Faith…

I have lived most of my adult life by faith. Once you step out into its waters you cannot go back. There are so many reasons why you can’t go back. It is first of all a Biblical principle—

“But my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:38

and a practical one. Once you grow in this arena it’s like giving up a blessing that has been found to shrink back. So you must be decided.  Faith is like a muscle, hard earned progress that will atrophy without use.

Though God has a way of leaving me wide eyed and mystified—living by faith has not been easy. But I will say, the levels of Peace that surround a Faith Lived life is extraordinary and constant. And the stories, God sure does create some amazing stories!

By faith we sold our home well below market value to a couple who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to buy their first home.

By Faith we didn’t put the house on the market—we believed the buyers would come knock on our front door asking to buy (we didn’t know who specifically just a promise of the Lord that they would come). And they did. 3.5 years after receiving the Word of the Lord to my soul.

By faith God promised me a new home and He began to drop me clues. I’d dream it and He would bring revelation regarding details of it via the Holy Spirit Word of Knowlege. I knew by these clues with so much detail that I knew if  I actually saw the house I would know it. And that’s what happened.

By faith we didn’t call the real estate company on the for sale sign as instructed by the Holy Spirit. We believed in faith God would connect us directly to the owner even though we had no clue who owned it. The house had been vacant for years. But God had clues and we didn’t have to do a thing, the Lord dumped the man right in our lap! We’d been driving by the home declaring God’s promise over the property and when we made a second lap a gardener emerged on the road and said he noticed us looking at the house. He offered us a tour and gave us unsolicited information about the owner and why he was selling. Then he pulled out the owners personal business card and mobile number and gave it to us.

By faith we believed and within a few weeks we already had keys to the front door. We knew before all of this God was promising to give us keys by Labor Day. We received the keys on August 28. Only God can do that.

By faith we drove across country without a dime in our pocket (not any credit cards) and arrived home with a few hundred dollars to spare. We never asked one person for money. I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor their seed begging for bread ( Psalm 37:25) was the scripture the Lord gave me when he asked me to chose to drive cashless instead of using the plane ticket I already had in my hands. That particular story I remind myself of frequently when God asks us to do absurd things with our money to build the kingdom and he always stretches our dollar amount—by Faith. This particular story, God uses it to explode my faith in His power to provide, but also I have countless stories of Divine Appointments along the way. Supernatural and permanent connections to other believers were made across the country on that trip. Seeds deposited for th future.

What if the Church grew to such a level of faith we not only easily have our 10th, but we lived on the 10th and gave 90? Because when God calls you to that level of sacrificial giving you know the surplus is ample. It’s like a financial and resource well that works the best when it’s pumped—the overflow just continues to grow.

By faith.

By faith.

By faith.

I have countless more stories of leaps of faith and sometimes they don’t look so heroic, but more like crawls or puddle jumps. But that matters not. What matters is that when you exercise your faith and pay attention to the clues and signs around you, you won’t miss the highlighted things God is trying to shine in your life. You’ll pick up on His clues, and you will move.

So what kind of Faith is it going to take for you to move your mountain? What steps of faith will be required of you to fulfill all God has for you in 2019? Move through the fire into the Flood. He’s got clues for you. Give him a clue that you are ready to move, live and receive all He has for you,

By Faith.

Rise up!

Goodness and Mercy have come and they carry good gifts, but you must receive them…

By Faith.

 

~Nicole

December 28, 2018

Healthy You in 2019

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , at 8:29 am by Broken & Brave

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Ive been a lover of health and fitness my entire life. God just put it in me. It’s part of my purpose—not to be healthy, though of course that’s true—but to get the Church healthy. Healing Virtue. I believe in creative miracles healing—been there done that. Want more because I love to explore the depths and riches of Heaven! But God is also extremely “practical” by human standards. He likes to be stealthy with His miracles at times. Lots of the time. Just last night I was praying and praising and thanking him for all the times he has protected my children when I wasn’t aware they needed it. He’s probably prevented more accidents than I can imagine. I am grateful.

 

I am a believer that when the body is clean so is the spirit. The cleaner the vessel, the greater a conduit it becomes for the gifts, Presence and supernatural flow of the Holy Spirit.

 

Maybe that’s not your thing. Maybe you just want to look and feel a bit better. Maybe you’re aging and beginning to wonder where your waistline went? Maybe you just need more stamina to keep the pace of life? If any of this rings true for you, this post is for you.

I dare you…

I dare you to actually feel better than you have in years. Sleep peacefully. Feel empowered physically, mentally, spiritually throughout your day. When the body feels good, the mind, will and emotions will also.

•No “magic pills”
•no smoke and mirrors

Just good science, proper nutrition, fitness encouragement and guidance yielding results.

If you want to know how I do it. How I manage to stay in shape after birthing five children, four by cesarean—then allow me to help you.

Non judgmental environment, just loving you on to a healthier you in 2019. It was never about being skinny anyway. It’s about feeling good and living your best every day.

•simple
•successful
•sustainable

Visit my website nextlevelcoach.com and message me from there if interested.

Slim and Trim Challenge!

#slimandtrimchallenge2019

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December 26, 2018

Sculpted Life

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , at 8:38 am by Broken & Brave

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I have been fascinated with health, fitness and nutrition since middle school…at least, middle school is when I recall it all beginning.
Looking back now I see the Divine Sculptor’s hand in everything. All the things I did and tried—having no idea it was a gift of Vision and forward thinking being released from inside. I didn’t think about it, I just did it.
There was no internet or fast facts available at the fingertips for me to learn to track and plan my nutrition. I learned at a young age to study labels, read about health, I’d buy and subscribe to health related magazines. I’m sure many of the articles I read weren’t true science as I reflect on it now–but it had the foundation and got me in the direction the Lord wanted me  to take.
 
I’ve learned so much about myself and life through training.
Fitness has been good to me.
My love for the weights was immediate and grew in my heart to become a lifestyle. No exercise I had ever done yielded the results weight training did. I learned at an early age that for my petite structure I was relatively strong. Some of it is genetics, and some sheer physics. Being small means a shorter lever (my limbs) has greater leverage when moving an object from point A to point B. How ever it worked, I was hooked and my love for the activity has been life long.
 
When I was a teen I loved tuning in to Joe Weider’s Bodybuilding Olympia to see the women’s divisions. I had a large bulletin board in my bedroom and I had a stationary bicycle.
On the board I had a photo I clipped from a magazine of a fit female. I can visualize it even now. I can remember even what she was wearing. I have no idea who she was. I just knew I loved her physique and it inspired me. She was feminine and beautiful, but loaded with lean lines and quality muscle. Even this, God Providence because in the 80’s it wasn’t so popular as it is now for women to lift weights and have any muscle. Everyone was doing jazzercise and aerobics. But there I was, my own personal spin class (before spin classes were invented) with my Walkman jamming and my legs hammering the pedals as I dreamed of seeing just how fit I could be. I wanted to know just what this body could do.
 
Imagine my surprise when five years ago, shortly after birthing my fifth child, I begin to have dreams of bodybuilding and competing. Literal dreams! I dismissed it at first for all the usual reasons. But the dreams and call of God persisted.
When God highlights something to you it matters not if you can reason it, rationalize it, fathom it or understand it. It becomes something inside of you that you cannot shake.
 
What a journey it has been. I’ve learned even more about myself. I’ve been stretched beyond stretched outside myself to grow to fit the new extended capacity of “me”. God right there beside me, encouraging me.
This is a very mentally challenging sport. I have learned deeper levels of confidence in who I am and how God made me. I’ve learned how to be relaxed and comfortable in uncomfortable situations. I’ve learned even more about my body and what it can do. What an incredible machine these bodies are! 
 
Bodybuilding is a dream I had inside my soul long ago. I didn’t know I’d ever compete. Competitions as they are now didn’t exist at the time. But God had planted something inside of me for a later date. He knew my growing and gleaning had to begin long before I ever graced a stage.
Even now, I am aware God’s Purpose for competition is only a gateway to something else He has for me. So I continue to follow His lead obediently. I’m having a little bit of fun along the way…
 
Trust God with every dream or desire of your heart. He will carry you though every ounce of distrust or unbelief. He is grooming you for greater things. But we must remain still and quiet when He speaks. We must yield our soul to the heart cry of our Lord. He and only He holds the future. He gives us glimpses and He polishes and nourishes our ambitions and sculpts them to fit His desirable key.
 
Maybe it’s time to pull out some shelved dreams, dust them off and once again begin to believe.
If the desire has not left you, perhaps it’s because the reality of the vision has yet to kiss you.
Your life an open book…write the pages and fill it to overflow with amazing adventures that will make your heart glow. 
 
Just a snapshot of my heart this morning. Was thinking on these things and felt the need to flow the ink and let my heart bleed God’s beauty as only He could deposit it within me. Especially knowing the year is coming to an end and many are thinking on the New Year and it’s goals. 
Set your Mantra. Own your pace. You’ve got the proper cadence to finish the race.
 
Your life…sculpted and shaped by Heavens Divine Grace. Wear it well.
~Nicole  
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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

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