September 3, 2018

Speak Up!

Posted in true story tagged , , , , at 8:06 am by Broken & Brave

When I was in high school I was involved in a few clubs, not a lot of clubs because I was busy with school and with the cheer squad and was happy with that much on my plate. I think I was in the German club (because I took German in middle school and it was the only language offered I kept with it in high school) I was in a civics community club that serves needs around campus. But this was about it—-
if there were more I don’t recall or wasn’t super involved.

I got good grades. Was named by my peers friendly and kind and I stayed out of trouble. I was one of those good kids who was just wired that way. I got teased for it a bit, but that’s ok.

Many years after high school, like 10 years after, I was visiting with a woman who spiritually mentored a gal I went to high school with but I didn’t know really well at that time, and even less in high school. She wasn’t my grade so we didn’t have classes together and my high school was a largely populated school.
Anyway, she (the mentor) shared with me that she remembered when I was in school that this gal and other kids she mentored were actively praying I would join the Christian club.

I had no idea.
I never joined the Christian club.

Their prayer never came to pass. Why? Because I had no idea there even was a Christian club and they never invited me. She never even made effort to introduce herself or get to know me and tell me there was a Christian club check it out sometime. Nothing. I had absolutely no clue at all.

People will never know what you expect from them if you don’t tell them. They may never come if they remain uninvited. They may even be unaware what is on your heart exists.

When Jesus is on our heart what do we do with it?

My best friend from college didn’t even know that Christmas was the celebration of the birth of Christ. She was completely unchurched and at the age of 22 no one had told her. I told her. I shared my faith and invited her to experience Jesus. She eventually took the invitation and became a Christian and God is a part of her heart and life. She didn’t know He existed just like I didn’t know that Christian club existed or that people were praying for me to do something specific.

Never make assumptions about people. Pardon my candor but there is an idiom that goes, “assuming makes an ass out of you and me (ass-u-me)”.
If someone asks you- be willing to tell them your expectations. Often times clear lines of communication are the best way to get something done.
Do not be fearful and expect they will reject your invitation.

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Not every dream comes true.
But there will always be growth in the “do”.

God will give you something else to do.
Some dreams die so something else can be born.

Not everyone is on the same page. Not everyone is willing to help you find your way. Not everyone is going to celebrate with you or even just celebrate you—that’s ok too. Not everyone is going to esteem or value your heart, mind or your words.

All of these filtering tools are a gift. God means to sift out that which is only holding you back.
Not everyone wants to invest in the Process.

Choose Wisely who you allow in your Inner Circle and decide for yourself, “What does God want me to do to help others find the Way? How can I invest and be a blessing? What work has the Lord for me to do?”
As Believers we want to be known for our ability to make others feel warm and “invited” as though our presence ushered the presence of God like a cozy blanket on a cool day.

📌Points for discussion:

•When was the last time you shared your faith with someone? I’m not talking about vomiting Jesus all over people-that usually doesn’t work. I mean, meet them where they are at. Listen. Love. Invest. With your listening you can determine where they have need and how the Lord can be a solution to what they are dealing with. We present as a solution not a religion. Relationship with others drives the relationship to others having relationship with God.

•Have you ever expected someone to know how you felt (good or bad), but you didn’t do anything to help them hear your heart? You never spoke of it?
How did that turn out?

•What are some practical ways you can become a better communicator today? There is blessing in healthy communication!

Here’s what I know. Heaven always has a way of communicating with you. Ask the Lord today—
He has answers for your every dilemma and request. YOU are invited.💞

~Nicole

“Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.”
John 15:9

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September 2, 2018

Power of Longevity

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

There is Power in Longevity.

Stay the course.

Who knows what you can do, what you can achieve when you own up to the Power of Positivity and allow it to be released and chart the coarse in your life. Countless others around you just may be depending on your faithfulness and stoic and resolute ability to press on.

These words seem strong and motivating, but they are as simple as your next breath, your next step, your common and seemingly ordinary tasks of each day.

Here’s my example—

I attended a Bridal Shower last night. I had a lovely time—hadn’t been to one of those in I have no idea how many years. The Bride-to-Be I’ve known most of her life. Met her Momma when my oldest was one year old. Our daughters are lifelong friends.

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Have you ever had a lifelong friend? Or even acquaintances that have ebbed and flowed in and out of your life for decades?

There is Power in Longevity.

I scanned that room with my eyes and drank in all the laughter, smiles and joy—dang we laughed hard! But as I looked around and realized I was seeing a room with countless people I have known most of my adult life. Many I hadn’t seen a great number of years—but the familiarity of their faces drew comfort to my soul and resurrected memories of years long ago.

There is Power in doing life with others. There is Power in loving and living—even if only in parallel activity—there is Power.

People equal power.

So don’t take it for granted. Some we are close with. Some we socialize and get deeper with. Some are more surface relationships. Some play. Some are serious thinkers. Some are ingenious achievers—

and we all need each other.

There is Fortitude, Strength and Blessing when we plow together, grow old together, laugh together, refine each other and just simply “Be”, together.

Every stage of life, even the common and mundane tasks of the dailies, possess power to overcome, accomplish, thrive, help, be helped, cry together, laugh together and carry one another.

There is Power in Longevity.

And above all I know One who is full of Resolute staying Power for you. He shattered every expectation just to raise your anticipation of what could be possible for your life. He loves without measure and takes enormous delight and pleasure to bless and greet and warm your feet with the security of absolute Peace He brings.

Last night as we visited and stood around. I began to admire a collection of greens in a vase. There were only a few tiny buds, but not flowered—just the branch and the greens. I recognized the variety, but wasn’t sure because of the absence of the unique to identify flower. So I asked the hostess and she and another long time friend I hadn’t seen in YEARS, agreed on the type of plant. I then shared a story of a tree like it I once had and how it was accidentally cut down by someone trimming my garden. The person had there head down doing their job pruning the thistle shoots from the tree roots that shot up from the soil. In all their purpose and intentional working they missed the green leaves and flower at the top of my tree and cut it down thinking it was a thistle, too. My friend, Janice, declared, “Nicole! There’s a devotion there—I think you should write it!” I told her to write it, but when she declined I promised to dedicate it to her. So, Jan—one of the best multi-decade friends a girl could ever have—this is for you.

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Never miss the Garden because of a few weeds.
Never regret to cherish the beauty of the green before the flower comes.
Never mind your occupation so deliberately that you miss out on the blessing the Sunshine and fresh air can bring.
Doing life with others, committed to community and general love and encouragement of others—this is a beautiful thing.
There is collective strength when all of our branches, like life, tangle together.

There is Power in Longevity.
Life is a Glorious Bloom.
Clustered together, we are a Spectacular Hue.

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“Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, United in spirit, intent on one purpose…Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 2:2,5

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Lord—

Guide our every step and adjust our Path upright. Dial in our focus and break away all that is contrite compared to you. You are a God of spoils and you grant blessing in ample measure. Help us to have appropriate boundaries without building walls to keep everyone out. Inquire of our hearts, Dear Lord. Make your Leadership the only foundation we cleave. For you are all together Lovely and Splendid. You draw us to our knees with your Majesty. I could write a book of all the ways you’ve been faithful. You are Giver of Life. You are Restorer of Broken Walls and revive Living Waters to Streets without Dwelling. You are the Sweet Aroma that lingers about and tantalizes the soul leading us to yield to you and come back for more. You are the One Voice that melts the heart and your breath of love whispers to my soul Songs of your Love and Humility.
You anchored yourself to a Tree for me.
You are the One True Anchor to my soul- and as time goes by I love you more and more.

Because you are Good.
—And your Righteousness endures forever.💞 Amen

August 29, 2018

Signs

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , at 6:57 am by Broken & Brave

Signs

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I had a conversation with a gal yesterday and within our talking I shared my dislike for driving.

I don’t enjoy driving very much.

I guess overall I don’t mind driving, when I think about it, but I drive so much everyday out of necessity and over long distances…it’s a lot of time in the car. I guess that’s what I dislike. So maybe if my experience were different—I’d feel different.

I’m such an observant person by nature. I pick up in the little details that largely go unnoticed by others. I see things I am not looking for or meaning to see…they just seem overwhelmingly obvious to me. I connect the dots well. I recognize signs.

This got me thinking…

God gives signs everywhere. This makes sense to me because He IS everywhere. It’s like I can smell His Breath in the air, feel His Pleasures in my cares. I feel His kiss on the gentle breeze. I feel him cradle my legs when I’m on my knees. My soul desires nothing on earth more than to please Him. So this is why I write.

I don’t like to drive. I said that and you know…it is not something I look forward to doing. But I understand it’s necessity and the brilliant plans God unfolds for myself and my family and every opportunity He brings to me when I willingly set myself in the drivers seat and turn the ignition with my key.

God has keys and they sometimes come to us as signs. He is in the wind. He is in the trees. He bends and folds with the breeze, but His roots are resilient and sure and He is ultimately in charge of everything. He alone gets me from point A to point B safely. And so I write…

There are gifts, talents, abilities and destiny locked inside each one of us. God is the giver and cultivator of promise and blessings. Sometimes He calls us to go, do, explore…drive the vehicle of life. We don’t always want to take the lead or drivers seat. Just like how when I’m with my family I prefer not to drive. I like to let someone else do it. I prefer to ride.

So this gets me thinking how there are times and situations where God asks us to obey Him and do something. He asks us to “drive”. We may not understand it or want to do it or feel we can do it—but He asks us to try. Sometimes God is not okay with us in the passenger seat. Sometimes He wants to activate our faith and develop in us a new level of ability and confidence and faith obedience. This is why I share.

Not everyone is given the blueprint for God’s destinations for your life. They may question, ponder or even dislike your choices. Part of being willing to drive is being ok with the disapproval of others. This one has traditionally been hard for me, to a degree, because I am such a people lover. But ultimately when you are locked and loaded, eyes on the mark, intentionality to pursue Gods plans for you in overdrive—this is when we most feel alive and edified. Heart and soul God means to bring you more…always! So sometimes we must drive even if we don’t want to. Even if our choices are difficult to make and may even hurt (unintentionally) people you deeply care for. Because you know God’s love means more. He is to be the Apple of our eye. Just as we are His.

More love.
More Hope.
More devotion.
More time.
More attention.
More healing.
More Power.
More of Himself.
More Peace.
More fruit of the Spirit.
More…
More…
More…

That’s why they call him the God of the Abundance.

So drop your cares in the passenger seat. Even when He asks you to partake in destinations you didn’t sign up for—the signs for your life are everywhere. Oh my lord, look at how much He cares!

Take the high road with all its bumps and curves. There is extraordinary blessing just ahead, that’s what I’ve heard!

Sometimes the biggest instructions we take are simply to help us learn what we need to learn so we can fulfill our duty and destiny. Heaven loves you and in the end, makes your path smooth.

God’s best for you is yet to be.
He will crown your life in Victory.
You are a Beautiful Story.

“…Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:9).

~Nicole 💗

August 28, 2018

Posted in Inspirational tagged , at 6:34 am by Broken & Brave

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Pain has a way of changing people. Some for the better, but some for the not so much better. Pain is like an acid rub on the heart. It can clean and clear away dead skin (the flesh) and debris and create a luster and shine that goes out and administers the fruit of the experience like a heavenly rub—bringing relief to the pain of others by vehicle of Compassion and Mercy and Empathy.
It can be a tremendous vehicle toward heart shine of the best kind.⭐️

But for others pain is deep and the path of healing is never chosen so their pain only creates more pain as they bleed on everyone around them.

How do you cope with pain?

Have you endured a grief that begs for relief, but haven’t any idea how to choose the path of healing?
You cannot change what has happened to you or control the circumstances around you all the time. But what you can do is be in charge of deciding to heal. The path of healing will NOT include self pity, pride that justifies personal rights and being right. Vindictiveness will never be apart of God’s plan. The only way to achieve relief is for you to decide to release.

Ask God every day to help you choose the path of forgiveness and to release the memories that haunt you. Then the invisible finger of God will probe your heart, mind and soul and pull out the hurt and heal the heart, mind and flesh.

Take it to Jesus, Honey, He died for this!

Your best days are ahead for you. Live, Love and may a Joy Explosion emerge from you. Life’s too short and too precious to live bitterly. Live better!

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:38

You are Loved.
You are cherished.
You are adored.
You are esteemed by the Crown of Heaven.
You are Besotted.
You are Betrothed.
You are Accepted.
You are Blessed.
You are Favored.
You. Are. Loved.

Now, Beloved, be healed, whole and STRONG. The One who is ready and able has made Himself available to you. It’s what He came to do! Because He loves you.💗

~Nicole

August 26, 2018

More

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , at 8:54 am by Broken & Brave

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The Lord is…
A Divine Giver of Grace.

The Lord is…
Responsible for the smile on my face.

The Lord is…
The deepest Lover and Redeemer of your soul.

The Lord is…
The One who each day falls in love with us more and more.

Who can hold the depths of your heart? The secret cries of your soul—
He hears it all and He won’t let go.

He loves you more.

He loves you more than anything you go through or feel has overcome you.
He loves you more.
And just as Ruth declared to Naomi—
He will go where you go. He will stay where you stay.
He will Rest and Abide where
You rest and abide.

Because He loves you more. ♥️

August 25, 2018

Irresistible

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:48 am by Broken & Brave

Irresistible

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You can do it.

Have you ever notice when you are attempting to do something that resonates down deep in your soul, all heaven and earth seem to begin to move against you instead of with you? It’s quite common actually. Every great thing accomplished in history was completed under tremendous duress. Especially when it was something that began to shift the way a society did something or thought about something. It’s part of what makes the story great. I think God loves a good story as much as the rest of us.

Take the parasol for example. A useful tool used to keep a woman’s face shaded and protected from the sun. The gentleman who got the brilliant idea to begin using it for an umbrella found himself under tremendous opposition to tradition in the introduction of this useful tool. In fact, it took forty years for the umbrella, as we know it and it’s usefulness today, to become socially accepted. An umbrella! Hardly an instrument to shape and shift a culture in a profound way, but look how necessary they have become.

So next time you feel discouraged, feel like quitting, considering your options to give up. Think again. Reassess. Then Press! God will go with you and provide every resource and assistance required of you to see the breakthrough. In the process, he is creating within you clean lines of a chiseled and strong character and heart. So don’t lose Heart! Today is a new day…what a fantastic start for all things extraordinary. YOU have a part.

You’ve got amazing written all over you. ~Nicole

“Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build…”
Nehemiah 2:20

August 24, 2018

Blessing & Exortation💕

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:59 am by Broken & Brave

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“Believe me for what seems impossible.” ~God

God be good to you this day and all your days to come. I pray that your life be showered with blessings, Joy and that God grant you every heart’s desire.

I dare you to start unleashing ridiculously amazing and big dreams! Your dreams are God’s Vision imprinted on your heart. So take heart!

The One who overcame the world will overcome every obstacle of impossibility for you, too! Believe with all of your heart and begin to take action steps toward the vision for your life. We have to do the opposite of what the devil expects you to do. As you do, every chain of impossibility will dissolve in front of you! ~Nicole

“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37

August 23, 2018

Orange Blossom or Orange Crush?

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:34 am by Broken & Brave

God lean into my heart to reshare this post. It is lengthy, but the Holy Spirit has placed incredible meat here if you seek it. As I re read it this morning I felt deep levels of gratitude for that Sunday School teacher I mentioned. She was faithful, even to the one, me, and I am ever grateful to her contribution to the person God has molded me to be today. Do not be discouraged. Remain Faithful. Your efforts are not futile. ~Nicole♥️

Broken & Brave

This post has been welling up in me for three or more weeks. I have scribbled in my journal, dreamed of it, lingering my thought life and prayer life through it as I hear the Lord penetrate my heart with instructions on what I should say. This post is straight from the heart with the purest love and intention to heal a wounded heart and introduce you to the love of a lifetime… and so I write…

I grew up in church.

I think I “accepted Jesus in my heart” at the age of six. All I remember about this experience was that it was in a small, kind of dimly lit, Sunday School classroom. There were barely any kids in my class. In fact, I recall frequently being the only kid. My teacher was old. When I prayed the prayer she gave me a gift. It was a small…

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August 21, 2018

This Day…

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:51 am by Broken & Brave

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This day…

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

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

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

My King of kings- I love you more.

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

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

August 20, 2018

Soul Investments

Posted in Uncategorized at 5:59 am by Broken & Brave

Preparation precedes the pantry!

Rise Up! Seeds to be sown, love to be shown, work to be done! There is a great harvest in the waiting!

I’ve never seen anyone win the prize without first preparing and running the race.
I’ve never seen the righteous forsaken and their seed begging for bread.
I’ve never seen seed sown in Christian love fail to multiply ten fold.
I’ve never seen the Red Sea part—
But I know it did.

When we are skilled to parent God’s kids we guide and teach our young how to have balanced living. There is a time for preparation. There is a time for organization.
There is a time to plant, prepare, sow and leave nothing to spare.
God’s looking for an Army who are All In.

If we teach our children how to live in deeper levels of devotion and structure— leveraging their resources in a way that allows them time to play after the work has been done—
Then their life will be a successful one.

When we work, we work.
When we play, we play.
But the wisdom is knowing the order in which they come.

Rise up.
Do the work.
Discipline your life.

Be the Master of your flesh and make it subject to your command.
Then pray and see God move Mightily and bless you with a Harvest of Joy, Righteousness and fruit of your labors.

In simpler terms—God will reward your hard work and help you achieve your goals!

~Nicole

(Teach a child the way he should go and when he is grown he will not depart from it.)

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