February 8, 2019

Biceps and Tan Lines…

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , at 9:13 am by Broken & Brave

Through time trends come and then they go only to reappear again some time later.

Fitness is in style. Period. We live in a culture that has moved to the extreme in everything. Not only is fitness hip, but there are so many ways to express it.

When I was young I was always attracted to an athletic frame. Not just in men—women also. I had a deep regard for muscle tone and that “healthy” look. I found it appealing. Probably one of the reasons I became a sponge for all things health and fitness when I was very young. No one else in my family like that. I created my own culture and lifestyle with that.

Back then bodybuilding was bodybuilding and that was all. Now it’s got all kinds of divisions, classes and each require a different standard for physique and muscle mass. Choices to the extreme. I’ve been shopping for a new figure suit and the choices are beyond too many. Not only style and cut and fabric, But fasteners and gems and where or how do you want them?

If your not into muscle you’ve got so many other choices. We’ve got extreme sport called “CrossFit”, or you can yoga and pilates your day away. You may not swing an axe, but find a kettlebell is where it’s at. How about just going for a walk? You can stroll or power walk? Run, jog or sprint, you’ll get leaner than lean with all of it!

I always tell people I am consulting with to find something they enjoy doing. If you enjoy it—you’re more likely to stick with it.

Fitness hasn’t always been in style. Strong is the new skinny, but back in the 20’s skinnier than skinny was the rage with celebrities like “Twiggy” representing the rage. Back in the day being as fair as can be was representation of some sort of privilege or royalty. It symbolizes that you weren’t “working class” so you had no need to go in the sun because your servants or workers did all that for you. But now you can be tan all year round with lotions and bronzers, spray tans and beds.

So what’s the point of my pen this a.m.?

When you work hard at something it will show. If you work hard outdoors it will show. You will be tan and you will have the lines to prove it. When you work hard on your body you will have the lines on your frame to prove it.

When you work hard on your relationship with God it will show, your spirit will shine like the sun and penetrate those around you—a different sort of tan I guess.

When you work hard on your health and fitness, minding your nutrition, your medical file may slim as well as your waistline. Your muscles will firm and the jiggles disappears giving rise to your Joy and self confidence. When you focus on your friendship with Heaven your spirit will strengthen and grow just like your muscles. You will increase in endurance and stamina. You will withstand more…believe more…become more. You will be more.

So no matter how your bod is shaping up or your tan for that matter. Know that today could be the first day of many that causes your spiritual momentum to rise. You’ve got muscles of heart and sunshine inside. Go out today and tan the world around you for the good.

Shine bright—

You are heavens delight.

Never be ashamed of your muscle it shows you’ve got hustle!

~Nicole🌹

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February 7, 2019

MORE

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , at 7:26 am by Broken & Brave

MORE—

I need you more—

I have walked through tremendous lack in my soul and I’ve lived through tremendous lack in my resources.—I don’t want to go back to either.

Forgive me for my every fret or worry.

I need you more.

Forgive me my doubt and discouragement.

I need you more.

You are the floor that holds me up so I won’t go under.

You are the door of Love that knocks hard on my heart chamber.

I need you more.

You’re the excitement and drive of my life.

You are the Peace and Tranquility that holds me through the night.

You are the Soft Spoken and Gentle Voice that shows me Kindness like I’ve never known.

I need you more.

I need you more.

So I will Believe in you more.

It’s you I adore.

So I will look forward —

With Anticipation—

For more.

Nicole♥️🌹

🌹And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 4:19)

February 6, 2019

Sharp As Sheers

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , at 9:10 am by Broken & Brave

Have you ever tried to slice something with a dull knife?

Like many people, I have one of those wood blocks that holds all my sharp knives and some kitchen sheers that I use only on food. Yesterday I was preparing myself some raw chicken to be grilled on my skillet and as I was using the sheers to cut the meat I noticed how easy it was. I had recently sharpened the scissors— and knives as well. Boy, what a difference it made. My work was easier and required less effort because I had practiced some simple maintenance.

Now take my little story and apply it to all of life. There is a very old idiom that says, “A stitch in time saves nine.” What does that mean—that when you practice maintenance or take care of something right away, it keeps you from having to do more down the road. Simple maintenance. We do the same for our cars, our homes, hopefully your physical health, etc., etc., etc.

But how about your soul?

What are you doing to maintain balance in your heart, mind and spirit? How can we maintain a posture of loving God with all of our heart, mind, soul and strength?

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’” Mark 12:30

R.E.S.T.

Read**your Bible, scriptures, every day—even if it’s only a verse! Just start with something. It’s like a morsel of Food that goes down good and you will develop an appetite for more.

Express***your heart to God. That’s all prayer really is…a conversation with the best ear ever. Tell him your heart, really cut loose and be free with it. He is guaranteed to never judge you! You will find it to be exhilarating and liberating! The freshest air you could ever breathe!

Set***your mind on things above. Worship when you become tempted to worry.

When we look at troubles and complications of life too much we are tempted to worry, get stressed and overwhelmed at times. Just look at how much money people spend on headache medications, anti-depressants, sleep aids and counseling or message therapy! Begin practicing a posture of meditation before God. Find a quiet space that brings you some tranquility. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It can be the bathroom if that’s the only space you can get alone. Then just be still. Take a few deep breathes and worship. I try to be an early riser just so I can enjoy the absolute quiet of my home while the rest are still asleep.

Trust**Abba Father, the Great I Am, the Ancient of Days, Majestic One, King of kings—some of the names attributed to the All Knowing Spirit! If He knows all, sees all, controls all of eternity at his fingertips, he can handle what ever your life holds. Trust him. It’s hard to explain how to trust him, but if you practice the acronym for rest I just prescribed it will work itself like medicine in your soul. It will nourish and deliver the contentment of a well balanced and delicious meal and it will cut through all your troubles like some well sharpened sheers. Just as you get better at anything with practice, the same is true for trusting.

Prayer for Your Day:

“Thank you, Lord, that you are sharp and skillful and able to handle my every care. You are worthy of my adoration and so I offer it to you. Take it with my gratitude and help me trust you when I want to worry. Guide my day and help my heart and soul to hear what you would desire to say. I need you more. Amen”

Have the kind of day today that causes your heart to rest easy and your face to wear a smile so pleasing. ~Nicole🌹

February 5, 2019

Small Is Not Small At All!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:27 am by Broken & Brave

There are days we feel fierce…

And there are days we feel fiercely little.

On both days—no matter how you feel, know that God is real and He is the Power behind it all. Meaning, whatever you do and no matter how you feel, He will go with you. Always beside you. His love for you is real. So square your shoulders and drink in this scripted mental and spiritual vitamin elixir. May you be strengthened for your day:

🔻You are more than a Conqueror with Christ. (Romans 8:37)

🔻When you feel weak, He is STRONG! (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

🔻He is a strong tower and the righteous run to him and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10)

Maybe you’re not sure what it means to be righteous or you don’t feel you qualify for it?

Wrong!

Anyone who seeks the Lord with their whole heart, or even a smidge of it to start, is considered worthy! Because our ability or feelings or capability make us worthy of nothing in God’s economy. But His incredible heart for you makes you worthy of all!

Absolute Royalty.

So hush your little inner man who doesn’t understand the ebbs and flows of day to day life. Strife is among us because we live in a fallen world.

Though all may not be ideal—this will never change the fact that His Love for you is Real.

For sure you can deposit that! And when you do, it will earn interest for you.

I recall two years ago (Fall of 2017)—I hadn’t been feeling very fierce. Flu had me knocked out and my appetite disappeared almost completely. I rarely get sick and this flu had me at the root.

Good thing I don’t make decisions based on how I feel. I listened to my body, gave it the rest and fluids it needs and knew that once I’m recovered I’m right back at it!

Though not feeling 100 percent, I competed in two major international bodybuilding shows coming off of all if that and faired well—brought my best package yet (as they say about your conditioning on stage).

No matter how you feel, assess what progress you’d like to make this week and plan accordingly! Take the walk of a Champion!

YOU are God’s Candidate for Victory!

~Nicole🌹

February 4, 2019

His Eyes See You Brilliantly

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:15 am by Broken & Brave

Nothing surprises God. He looks at every single bit of creation and His Created…you…through the eyes of what He designed and made you to do.

All God needs if for us to agree to trust Him and then we begin to flourish and walk into every ounce of possibility He has declared faithfully.

Your life an extraordinary gift.

Living life to the fullest is a compilation of foundational decisions on life philosophy –what you believe and stand for–and then managing those decisions every day. Each day knowing you are better made than the day before. Every day gaining clearer and keener focus, laser sharp, on what you were made for. When you find your niche you find momentum. You begin to duplicate the vision and then all out massive explosive growth takes over. Pure Gold.

Your value is like that of Pure Gold, but even more because your Heavenly Father has your heart to hold. Crimson Red, he bled because he couldn’t wait for this day to see you, greet you and cheer you on.

Your life is a Beautiful Assignment from Heaven. Carry on…know that Heaven walks beside you every single day. Christ wore the welcome mat like a man of chivalry covering the mud, mire and gunk of our sins so we could walk right over it without even a stitch of our hem staining our garments. Praise God today. You are Gloriously made!

~Nicole💜

February 3, 2019

But God

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:01 am by Broken & Brave

Delighted

Night before last I had a dream.

In the dream I was standing outdoors near a vehicle of some sort and outside a house that looked like a shack. It was raining hard. The waters were rising all about, up to my knees in water. Someone had been trying to help me, but quit. So I stood there, looked up to heaven, and said, “This is it?”

Not a fabulous dream. So when I woke I began to pray about what it meant. Then I wrote this…

—But God.

My God delights in the impossible.

He loves to really step up and show out, declaring to his faithful, “This is what I’m talking about!” He gets a real kick out of coming to the rescue, and he does it with absolute style. Makes me smile.

Here are a few Biblical examples to help give you a clue…

Noah. He was in a scenario much like my dream. The waters rising all about—But God.

Then God remembered Noah...” (Genesis 8)

Then there is Moses.

He leads what seems to be an army of people into a promise only to be cornered by defeat. The Pharoah’s men chasing him (Exodus 14)

—But God.

“Preserve me, O God, for in you I put my trust. O my soul, you have said to the Lord, My goodness is nothing apart from you.”

(Psalm 16:1-2)

His Beauty truly abounds —

Circumstances in your life may look one way, but God sees from an entirely different angle. I think of Elijah next.

The great prophet of old. He cried to God—hiding from the Queen to spare his life the Lord reminded him that he was not the only one left who hadn’t bowed to idols (hadn’t compromised). 7,000 strong were those who withstood the test. God sent an angel to strengthen him with nourishment.(1 Kings 19)

—But God.

Does life have you feeling cornered? Do you have situations, complications or just a few questions that will seem to forever go unsolved or unanswered? See—I think I had this dream for you. God was giving my pen ammunition to build a storehouse of encouragement and nourishment for you so you can rise up and go get the victory!

God may not be found in the wind. He may go without notice in the quake and shake of the earthquake….

The fire of your trials may fail to reveal him still.

–Remain still.

For in the gentle breeze his voice just may arise and kiss your heart, mind, soul…reminding you that you are adored and the answer is in him still. Settle your soul. Rest your mind. Receive his love. Hand in glove he will rescue you. And I guarantee it will look pretty valiant and brilliant. He’s got you.

~Nicole

February 2, 2019

With You💗

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 6:10 am by Broken & Brave

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Never be afraid to try something new. Never shy away from the extra mile. Never give up Hope of a dream in your heart or a purpose driven deep inside of you. God has anchored your heart there for a reason. Do not be afraid!

God watches over us each and every day with intense interest of His Love made known in our life. How cool is that?

“I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage.” Joshua 1:5-6

There is Power in your Path. There is Victory on your horizon. Not everything God does is like an InstaPot. He does things a little bit bigger. The benefit extends longer and the range of focus is stronger than anything one meal could bring. He likes to draw out the savory flavor your life can bring.

So if it feels like His Bow is bending you back. Learn to relax and get comfortable with it. You can be afraid or you can flourish—the choice is really up to you. But a yielded vessel always soars farther.

Go into this day knowing that wherever you go, whatever you do, it is a Divine Assignment from Heaven for you. It has purpose. It has merit. Nothing will interrupt the flow of God’s Mercy, Love and Strength over you that is also embedded within you. You are impacting people– even when you don’t know that you are.

You are Significant.

Don’t forget!

He’s got your heart—

And no matter what that’s a glorious start.

His eye is on the sparrow,

Oh how He watches over you.

I look at people and I literally think, “Beautiful“. I wish, hope and pray you can see in yourself what I see today!

You are precious and priceless. Fairer than 10 thousand. None other like you who can do what you do. You are created with purpose, power and boldness.

Irreplacable craftsmanship!

YOU MATTER!

~Nicole🌸💗

February 1, 2019

Fake News

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:46 am by Broken & Brave

The Power of Fake News

I don’t really watch the news on television. For the most part—its all drama, hype and fear driven. Gone are the days of simply reporting the facts and allowing the people of America to conclude their own opinions or decisions about social issues or this and that.

Why has the news become fake? Because it has become all about ratings instead of relevance. It has become about persuasion instead of information. It has become about networks and sales over communication and just plain helping people.

When was the last time you decided to just turn it off?

The same is true for your heart, mind and soul. The Enemy of your soul wants to fake you out. He wants to sell you a line of goods about how dismal everything is, including you. He seeks to deceive you and make you forget who you are and what God says about you. He wants you to trade in your true identity for a fake one—the one he has given you.

The Devil is tricky. He will even employ your best judgement and your gifts and talents to convince you that you are walking in your true identity when you listen to him. He will come like the voice of reason and he knows best.

But here’s what wrong with all of that. He doesn’t know what’s best. He knows the amazing you are capable of so he tries to resist you and convince you of some plan less than God’s best.

What is God’s best?

Rest.

Rest in His Arms.

Allow Him to pull you close at night.

The Lord will not cause a fight or disturb your Peace.

Instead of saying things like “you’ll never measure up”, “people don’t really like you anyway”, “you need to feel insecure and distrusting”—God will shout your praise!

Despite your flaws (we all have them) He will sing your praise of every ounce of progress you make, how loved you are and how much he wants to do life with you. That’s God! Astounding to think the God of heaven wants to do life with us—but in fact He does.

So stop with the fake news the enemy keeps trying to feed to you.

Feast your mind, eyes, heart, soul on this—

You are adored and with heaven on your side you just can’t miss.

Keep following his lead. He’s got you and when it comes to His plans for your life—you won’t be missing a thing.

You plus God equals a majority.

Go with God and you never go alone. He knows the way and He will hold your hand as you go.

~Nicole

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Duet. 31:6

January 31, 2019

Power of Your Path

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , at 12:59 pm by Broken & Brave

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“Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives–especially the ability to prophesy.” 1 Cor. 14:1
     I’ve been writing the last few days on the theme of prophesy and what it means to decision make and act on future not circumstances. Walking out God’s prophetic anointing on your life will require some grit and maybe just maybe more than just a little bit of it. But is it truly risky to trust God and follow His lead?
     A number of years ago I had a woman tell me I had a lot of faith. But that’s not where her sentence ended. She proceeded  to add a “but”…”But I don’t want that kind of faith because then I’d have to act on it.”

     I guess this is the Beauty of God. We can have as much or as little of Him as we desire. He is a Gentleman. But His purposes prevail. When He has a call or plan He will shape and shift your circumstances to cause you to yield. I personally think it takes more faith to NOT trust God and follows his lead. That is the greater risk because you May be acting outside His blessing without even knowing it. No thank you. Though following God may lead down paths you would have never treaded on your own—you eventually discover those paths are carved in gold and you find a joy inside has grown you’ve never before known. When God ties your heart to something nothing can break it and you can’t shake it.

     Does it all sound a bit odd to you? Really?
     Just look at the life of Noah. His story is found in the Bible Book of Genesis.
God spoke it.
He believed it.
It conceived something great in his heart and soul.
He began to do what was required to make the dream a reality.
I imagine he was asked thousands of times what he was doing.
What did he say?
Every time he spoke of it he was casting vision for the people.
No one saw his vision or received it…until the rain came.
     There are countless examples of modern day people who lived a life full of success that was birthed out of deep duress. They believed in the dream and pursued it with their everything. They told others what they saw for their future, they prophesied giving life to the vision, where they were going…they knew with all their heart it was a future worth knowing.
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     Your future is inside of you. It is up to you to hone your focus. Be decided. Get Intentional. Purpose your choices. Take action steps…and have a nearly blind ambition to achieve what you were placed on this planet to do. YOU are a Planet Shaker and the Kingdom of Heaven just may be counting on you. You’ve got tremendous Legacy within you.
                   You are Prophetic!
 
~Nicole
“By faith Noah, having been divinely instructed concerning the things not yet seen, having been moved with fear, prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is according to faith.”
Hebrews 11:7

January 30, 2019

Power Gifts at Your Fingertips

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 6:28 am by Broken & Brave

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You Have Power!
Sometimes you just don’t know it…

 

Every human has a spirit that dwells in the soulish region of our body. The soul is the heart of who you are. Every person longs to fill it. Each man or woman, boy or girl, may fill it differently. God gives gifts to all mankind, whether it’s acknowledged or not.

 

You have a priestly anointing and a prophetic anointing. Most dwell in the priestly anointing. For example, you go to church, you read the Word, you pray and practice your faith. Priestly anointing. But then there is the prophetic anointing! Most neglect this anointing because they don’t understand it. Because they don’t understand it, they reject it. People always reject what they fear.

 

The prophetic anointing surrenders the heart to reach beyond circumstance, physical facts and acts according to what the future holds. Your prophetic anointing helps shape your future. You speak what you want to see and take actions steps in belief that it will happen. You trust God with timing and circumstances, but you do not shrink back or waiver in your belief. You stay plugged into it. God is the Power Source that fuels the ambition and changes the conditions to create the opportunity for it all to fall into the right place no matter how tight the space. This kind of atmosphere is where Creative Miracles begin to exist…Signs and Wonders appear…and people from miles around begin to draw near.

 

God loves the prophetic because that’s where the “magic” is.

 

“Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives–especially the ability to prophesy.” 1 Cor. 14:1

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