August 7, 2017

God’s Timing

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Wait for it…..

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When God has a blessing for you it is important to wait for the full blessing in its full measure.

Waiting is hard. Patience is a golden virtue. Many years ago we sold our home during the peek of the market. We sold it to a couple we knew for far less than what the current market value called for. We did this because we knew for some time, 3 years, it’s what God wanted us to do. But we didn’t know right away who we would sell to or when. When the occasion arose as God described (the buyer would ask us to buy our home. No sign in the yard or advertising required). Not only did it create a way for this couple to own their first house, but also we knew obedience would bring us a great blessing. We had a real estate agent offer us $50,000 more than we were asking them and he said he’d still sell it to them at a good price. But we declined. We knew it was a lesser blessing disguised as monetary gain.

Wait for your promises and blessings as though you were waiting on a gift paid with interest. Don’t settle for lesser treasure. Silver is good, but only second best. Trust God for a pot of Gold Treasure Chest! Waiting doesn’t always mean you’re not ready or need refining. Though refine us He does…sometimes it’s just about timing and waiting for His. ~Nicole

“He has made everything beautiful in his time.” Ecc. 3:1

August 6, 2017

Living Water

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We live in a day of skepticism. It’s an unfortunate truth that most people have been burned, betrayed or abandoned a time or two. It’s ok, it’s happened to all of us. We live in a fallen world that has true and lasting hope in a Savior who never abandons the Hope that lends the rope of Grace and lassos us into redemption.

Because people are growing more and more cautious and calloused to the world at large, we see an ever emerging distance from the Church and organized religion. People want more and more to see, feel, Believe but are afraid. I think this is one reason why Prophetic Evangelism is so powerful and effective in this day and age. When the Holy Spirit reveals information the evangelist or person with the word would otherwise have no way of knowing it pierces the soul. It grabs the attention of the person the word is meant for. It brings a deep well of Living Water that drenches the soul and plants seeds deep into a heart that may have been growing cold. The attention is grabbed and the heart attentive, then the Lord can follow up the word given with nourishment of Biblical truth and the person is open and ready…willing to receive. Their capacity to receive has just been expanded. But this is a work only the Holy Spirit can do. He uses the prophet to speak the knowledge in obedience, but he also works on the heart and mind of the recipient. It truly is a ministry only the Holy Spirit can get credit for. And it is absolutely Radiant.

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“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14

The story of the woman at the well in John 4 is a captivating story of a broken and dysfunctional life that regained healthy insight as a result of prophetic evangelism. I have zero doubt the woman at the well worshipped God in Spirit and Truth and then she ran back to town to tell everyone what Jesus could do. We have no way of knowing how Belief in Jesus spread because she was filled and shared what happened to her. It undoubtedly drew people in and His followers grew. Jesus wasn’t concerned about the number of His followers. He kept his gaze on the main thing…touching lives. He relied on the Living Water His Heavenly Father supplied and the rest is history.

Despite scandal, gossip, persecution, rejection and abuse, Jesus went down in history as one of the most read about and studied men in history. He was the tip of the spear and was pierced for our imperfection and became our holy redemption. His ministry grew and it continues to grow today.

He still rolls stones.
He can still shake the grave.
He can walk on water and save you by Grace.
He loves.
He lives.
And it is His heart’s desire to give you rest for your weariness, quenching for your thirst, and comfort for your longing.
He’s a soul saver and life change. Talk about the ultimate Difference Maker.

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
John 7:38

A prophetic word is like fresh water. Water will always quench–but pure, clean and fresh water satisfies thirst and nourishes like no other consumable liquid. No one wants to drink stagnant water. They want fresh. Don’t grab for just anything, be particular about what you receive. As mature Believers we check the Spirit, but we are open and ready for the right word in the right season.

God is right beside you making rivers of refreshment…streams in your dessert…and Beauty with your Ashes. He understands everything you are going through. Allow His Prophetic touch to minister and heal you. He’s got you.

~Nicole

We will always see what we are looking for. If you are looking for trouble…you shall find it. If you are looking for flaws or weakness…you shall find that, too. If you are looking for beauty…there it is, waiting for you.
Beauty truly is in the eye of the Beholder. -Nicole

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spiritand in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”
John 4:23

August 5, 2017

“Mobbed”

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When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”

Mark 5:27-28

Have you ever had God touch your life in a real and dramatic way that left you forever changed? I have and I remind myself all the time how He has touched me and changed me and how completely different I am from the person I used to be.

The woman in the verse had a bleeding disorder. She had been bleeding for more than a decade. So much blood loss drains your energy leaving you lethargic and tired. Weary and worn no doubt. 12 years of doctors, discomfort, inconvenience and probably a lot of embarrassment and shame. Sounds like a recipe for depression, loneliness and despair. But this woman is a perfect example of what happens in a life when we don’t give up, when we persevere, keep faith and refuse to lose Hope. She knew by faith that if she could just touch His clothes she’d be made well. She was after an encounter with God and she pushed through a mob of people to get it.

What is the “mob” in your life right now? Are you crowded out by obstacles, setbacks, lack, personal, physical or emotional attack? Do problems surround you on every side? What is your attitude toward your obstacles? Take on the countenance as this woman. She never gave up. She believed Jesus was who she had heard He was and that she was a candidate for victorious living. She believed her bleeding days would be through.
This can be your belief, too.

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Whatever is draining your energy, sapping your hope and stealing your dreams…
There is one who wore a garment that was so flawless- it had no seams. His healing power is Pristine and it is waiting for you. Push through! I know you’ve still got fight in you! You were made to overcome. There is Power in the Blood! ~Nicole

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August 4, 2017

My All for the Call

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:27 am by Broken & Brave

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Do all things without complaining and disputing…”

Is it difficult for you to go an entire day without complaining…about anything?

Think about it.

Think about the coarse of your day. Did you complain about anything today? Did you find displeasure in something, whether a situation or another person? Did you verbalized your displeasure out loud to yourself or another? Or maybe you thought the negative thought, but gave it no wings to fly out of your mouth. Does the mere thought of complaints also count in this passage as a complaint?

Wow. How hard it is for us to make it through one single day without sinning. We truly all fall short, even in this category alone we are condemned without His Amazing Grace!

I think about this passage quite a bit. What is it that leads some people to complain more than others? I think the root and answer lie within the heart and the level of true gratitude it possesses. I believe even the most ungrateful complainer can become better.

What an enormously blessed life most Americans live. We are all blessed differently and the levels and degree of our prosperity, family love and loyalty may differ, but we are blessed as a nation overall. We have so much to be grateful for.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” Phil. 4:8

Where are we resting our mind?
When we rest our mind on passages like Philippians 4:8, we are focused on how much we have to be thankful for.

Do you have running water?
Did you use something other than a rock to cradle your head as you slept last night? You have adequate shelter? I’m not asking if you live in your dream house or like your neighbor…do you have a roof made of more than cardboard? How about those cupboards? They may or may not be stocked with your favorite treats and meals, but did you make it through the day without going hungry beyond your control? I could go on, more and more and more. We have so much to be enormously happy and content for.

Contentment…
“1. The state of being contented; satisfaction.
2. A source of satisfaction”

 

I don’t think contentment is restricted to us getting what we want. True contentment is being grateful in the midst of what we don’t want or find discomfort or pleasure with. It’s about our mindset. What will we focus on? A complaint is nothing more than frustration because we aren’t getting what we want in a certain situation or condition or someone else is not doing what we want them to do.

Complaining is a manifestation of selfishness.

What does the Word say about selfishness?

Philippians 2:3-4
“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”
James 3:16
“For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there is disorder and every evil thing.”
Romans 8:5
“For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
2 Corinthians 5:15

“and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.”
I know this may seem like one of my lesser blogs by means of warm fuzzies, make you feel good exhortations. But I assure you it is the purest of encouragements.

If God’s Beloved, His Church, can get a handle on both our tongue and our hearts attitudes we would possess incredible power to overcome anything, leaving the Enemy of your Soul miserable with defeat. You will have no lack in any arena of life. You will experience Joy as never before and walk in Victory as God carries you and sustains you from Glory to Glory.

Do you not know your life is under Divine Inspiration from Heaven? It’s true. God has marvelous plans for you! He actually adores you wholly and completely.

Here’s what I know. His thoughts toward you bring a pleasing mediation to his heart and mind. His thoughts toward you are complete and refuse submission to less than the Excellence he has purposed for your life. He is displeased with the notion that you should have to settle for less than His Best.

With that being said, settle your heart on this…

His plans for your life are not a near miss. He has your promises and His plans for you right on target. He takes aim and refuses to refrain from delivering everything you need as your pain, discomforts and sufferings flee. But He wants you to transform your heart and mind to become more like Christ. Find contentment in who He is and that He has a plan in everything you do, all that you face and every member of the human race your life is designed to penetrate with His Glory.

Allow Him the freedom to work out His Amazing Story for your life.

You may not like everything in your life. You may find people God has placed in your life bother you more than bless you. But when you look at people and situations with your Fathers eyes…

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.”
Psalm 19:14

…you just may find the things you’ve considered to be a big deal and worthy of your complaint, aren’t such a big deal anymore. And if they are a big deal, the trial will simply slip right off of you with no vehicle to drain your Peace.

Begin your day with a little prayer asking God to bless you to be the pleasant thing the world around you needs to see. Breath…and understand that there will always be people who never gain this victory. It may not matter what you do, they are determined to never find their pleasure and relax their point of view. Misery, for many, can be quite addicting. Love pleasantly anyway…this too has merit. He just may be further developing your ability to offer Patience and Grace.

God cups your heart in the palm of His hand. He loves you…

He loves you.

~Nicole

 

August 3, 2017

Joy is Loves Measuring Stick

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“Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.” Is.60:5

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What does it mean to have joy? To love is to have one’s heart set afire with joy. Exuberant joy reaches through the narrow crevices of soul, entangling the senses and provoking the mind to delicate things…things that stir us…things that move us. Joy exudes out of us through the soul. In the words of Mother Theresa, “Joy is the net of love by which you can catch souls.”

Joy, I believe, is so different from happiness. Joy comes with the deep satisfaction of loving others through serving them. We can serve people in so many ways. Someone once told me that “love is in the details”. That resonates with me. The possibilities to love through the details are endless. How beautiful. Spend sometime today purposing your heart to love and serve God first, then sacrifice yourself to love others more and place yourself last. For truly, the least become greatest in the kingdom of God even when they don’t desire such a seat of honor. ~Nicole

July 29, 2017

Kids & Oars

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Parenting is a bit like an oar. Study the oar, it is a plank of wood that has been sanded and softened, yet is durable, resilient and strong. The sanding is all over, but the edges are where it is best shown the curves and soft edges of its grooming. This is so when the oar is pulled through the water it cuts right in smoothly instead of choppy or hard. It makes the experience more enjoyable and comfortable for all who transport in the boat or canoe.

As a parent the first five years are for structure and foundation. Without a solid foundation trouble will be inevitable. Have firm and strong rules in place. Be consistent with their application. Be hands on and involved as much as possible. The middle childhood years it’s important to still do as the first five but boundaries are instilled by now and in place so less time is devoted to discipline though it is still present. Teen years we become coaches. Kids know what is expected and are given more freedom to explore who they are and what makes them happy. Direct them toward the discovery of purpose, dreams and aspirations.

When we need to be authority in their lives we need to be clear. But the soft edges, like the oar, come with delivery of truth and how we administer it. Is it coming from a place of love or is it our own need to be in charge? One of the best things my own Mother taught me was to say yes as much as I can so when I had to say no they knew I meant it.
Finally, as parents we can’t play favorites. Favoritism will bread jealousy and competition in family. It will tear unity apart. You may have a personality that gels best with one kid more than another-but every child needs to be your favorite. Hope this helps someone. I’m not an expert, but I’ve definitely had lots of practice getting it right. Your kids love you! ~Nicole

“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Prov. 22:6

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July 27, 2017

Wait a Minute!

Posted in Devotional, true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:52 am by Broken & Brave

Have you ever had to wait for something? Maybe you had to wait for someone? When I was a girl we went to church on Sunday. My Dad, being a very prompt and punctual fellow, would be ready well before my Mom. As she finished preparing herself for the morning my Father would sit in our living room and play records on the record player of various worship tunes. He would sit at the end of the couch and just softly sing.

Sometimes when we have to wait we become impatient or disinterested in what we were waiting for. We give up. We take a new road. But we can all learn from my Father who chose to wait patiently for the appointed time by singing a song of Worship and lifting his heart to Him.

God knows right where you are today. You may be facing a health crisis, financial crisis, waiting to hear about that job interview or just longing for a change in a dry season of life. Worship your way through. The King of Heaven has got you. ~Nicole

“Blessed are they that wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18

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July 26, 2017

Love…On Purpose

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 8:53 am by Broken & Brave

“…the Banner over you is Love.”

-Song of Songs

Loving people is a skill. It is so much more than an emotion. It is a principle, consistently applied, day in and day out. If you have self discipline, then you can have self control. If you have self control, then you can have freedom. If you have greater freedom you have greater ability to move in Love and extend freedom to others around you who can bask in the glow of the Love that you show.

Exercise the self discipline to have self control so you can grow in your ability to truly know how to show Love to a world around you that is desperate for the real thing.

There is a Banner over your soul, waving elegantly,  yet secure like a Canopy of Unwaivering Loyalty, Grace and Favor.

The Banner over you is Love❤️…
-Nicole

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July 24, 2017

Well Watered

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:44 am by Broken & Brave

Start the first part of your day with water. Water your physical body and water your soul. Where living waters flow, you will never walk away thirsty. ~Nicole

“The words of a man’s mouth are deep waters; The fountain of wisdom is a bubbling brook.” Proverbs 18:4

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July 22, 2017

Rejuvenated

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

Why be content to run?

Spread your wings, Eagle, and fly!

Many years ago I was hiking with my husband on a high trail that overlooked the Connecticut River. As we hiked we received the extraordinary and rare opportunity to witness an eagle leave her nest, just at our feet, on the side of the mountain. She spread her wings and soared over the valley below. It was spectacular to see an eagle so close, but to actually see the span of her wing from above her, not beneath. I recognized in the moment what a gift it was and I stopped to drink it in.

After having a very wet winter this year, the summer has been bright and sunny and hot! There is something magnificent about the sun’s rays…they heal.

Did you know a wounded eagle will perch himself on the highest rock he can find and bake himself in the sun to cure what ails him?

Oh, how we can learn from the eagle! The Rays of God warm the heart, heal our wounds and cure our disease. But we must bask ourselves in the Radiance of His Glory. This will require getting closer to Him. Climbing higher to meet him. Not climbing like Corporate America, but by taking the “high road” leaving our comfort zone and ordinary behind. Get uncomfortable, stretch your limits and climb! There are Heavenly Rays waiting for you!

If God can do whatever He wants and has no limits, why wouldn’t He do big, limitless things for you?

~Nicole

“Have you not known? Have you not heard?…The Creator…neither faints or wearies. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength…But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They will mount up on wings like eagles…”

Isaiah 40:28,29+31

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