May 25, 2019

Do It Anyway~

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

Do it anyway—
Even when it’s not perfect.

Excelling is excellent.

Being raised by parents who instilled something excellent and what that might look like—a truly priceless gift. I wouldn’t change it for anything. Not anything! It is in fact, excellent.

I’ve always had, as long as I can remember, a strong internal fortitude to do well. Not competing kind of well, just well. I don’t like making mistakes. Nobody does, but some shake it off faster than others.

I’m not suggesting that everyone who does to high degree of self standards is as I am, but I know that I have struggled in the past, and once and while still do, with the idea of going ahead and doing something anyway if I can’t do it well.

Did I try hard enough?

Did I communicate effectively enough?

Did I Love hard enough?

Did I…Did I…Did I.

Death by over analysis!

But something has happened over the years—God has engaged me and lead me to do things without being fully prepared. He began in my twenties when I was placed in situations where I noticed that what was being done around me…I could do that! It wasn’t me being critical or negative at all, it was a blessing because what I saw wasn’t excellent, but it wasn’t bad either, but God blessed it. So I began to learn to try and since then I’ve not looked back, but have always struggled with the desire to hold back.

I have had and am currently having a season so full of disparaging circumstances it is all a bit too much to manage.

In those situations in real life I find it best to just say nothing. Do your best, but don’t try to explain anything. Let whoever think whatever (even when what they are thinking is untrue).

Just keep getting better.

Just keep doing what God has equipped and asked you to do.

I read a devotional today that just pulled it all together and inspired my pen. So here’s my two cents for today, I hope it proves priceless to you.

Doing things with excellence, having a high personal standard of character, giving your best, does not have to be the same as perfectionism. It doesn’t matter how well you do a job. Sometimes we juggle a lot and it’s out of our control, we can’t take anything off our plate, so we rest because we know God is the one blessing our efforts.

Sometimes we speak with love and show kindness, but the recipients either don’t want it or reject it.

Sometimes we do our best, toward excellence, but it just isn’t enough.

Everyday, try your best knowing that your best may look a little bit different every single day. Yesterday’s best may look different from today’s. Shake it off. It’s alright.

As long as you keep trying and most importantly keep obeying the Spirit of God. Then you don’t need to worry about the outcome, God’s got it. You don’t need to worry about those who don’t get you or misrepresent you. God’s got it.

You don’t need to “kill” yourself to achieve at high levels or to please the unappeasable, God holds it.

God has been asking me to write everyday and increase posting in my social pages. Sometimes He asks for a lot of writing. Sometimes He tells me to pull back and feed little. On high volume days it is sometimes hard to have enough time to write a blog I can be proud of. My website is taking longer than I thought to finish. It’s a long story, but for several years I’ve been reduced to doing all of my writing on my phone. If you even knew what an added challenge that was. So many times despite rigorous editing typographical errors slip. Not excellent. But God knows what He’s doing. So I write anyway. I write with the knowledge it has all been by His Design. Somethings aren’t forever, but they are for now and you’ll find ways to get through it with perseverance, patience and ultimately–His Power.

In life, some will think your more wonderful than you feel you deserve. Some will think far less of you than you truly deserve. And some will love you and want to know you and have you in their life. God can have His perfect plan, but all along He has been wonderful about giving the choice. You can’t make others desire your company any more than you can be perfect. You can’t have an absolute perfect career without roadblocks, obstacles and glitches.

We all have problems, some manage them better and some don’t. Either way, do what you can and do it anyway. It may not be perfect, but it will be done.

The key my friends is to know who you and are and whom you belong to. When you know who you are you realize that being you is wonderful. And others want you.

I notice many people rationalize their hearts. Instead, may I suggest start realizing you’ve been perfectly designed by the Perfect One. He works with all of our rough spots, bumps and even our bruises and scars. He’s the one who blesses everything.

The second it becomes about anything else, it’s not of Him.

So do it anyway, even when it’s not perfect.

~Nicole

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1:6

Prayer of Blessing~

You are perfectly loved by this Perfect Love. Hand in glove this dove, pristine white, pursues your heart infinitely like the band of gold. He is eternal. He is pure. He is radiant and He thinks you are wonderful. So be held. He healed. Be whole.

“Be who you are and be that well.” Frances de Sales

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May 24, 2019

Start Strong Finish Stronger!

Posted in Inspirational, leadership tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:44 am by Broken & Brave

Many people start strong, have stellar intentions and are highly excited and motivated to do great, to become great and even a pure intention to bring great glory and blessing to God. But what I have observed and am painfully aware of is that not everyone finishes strong who started strong. See—just like the Israelites in the wilderness—it is the long strength in between, when things get tough, rough or lean that there becomes a separation between those with deep conviction of heart and stoic grit to get after it and those who gain, complain and remain and don’t finish the race.

When God makes extraordinary promise He puts His stamp of love on it, but He rarely tells you what has to come in between to properly prepare the conditions of the scene and our hearts for the responsibility the blessing will bring. God is always actively preparing me and preparing you by the tests and trials we walk through. Will we be faithful? Will we be stoic? Will we possess and broad smile and winning attitude? Will we do everything without complaining?

Murmuring got the Israelites into a lot of trouble. I believe a big reason why, when the Israelites were to take the fortress of Jericho, they weren’t to speak at all as they walked around the walls. God knew it would only take one to speak a complaint or a fearful or doubtful thought to crumble the courage of the entire body of people. He needed what started strong to remain strong.

How about you? Do you have days of discouragement and doubt? Sometimes we have confidence in God’s promises, but our desire to follow through grows thin. Those are the days you have to dig deeper, maybe even lose a little sleep, just to spend ample time sitting at your Maker’s feet allowing Him to literally care for your cares and encourage your soul like a parent holding their child.

When I think about the number of people who have passed through my life because they quit—it is a painful thing. Many a people I loved dearly walked away simply because they just didn’t have the stoic faith to walk in extreme obedience to God. You can see the same thing in training others physically. All have goals, dreams and desires, but over time the crowd thins out and those with the deepest resolve and strength are the ones who keep going despite the odds against their success. Life happens—it what you do with the obstacles and how you handle the setbacks or delays.

A Champion doesn’t allow these things to derail them. They understand God might be using them to set a grander stage. The tougher the terrain, the longer the wait, the more the tide rises, the more evident it becomes who is really with you and who isn’t. Here’s what I know—God never quits. Every bump or hurdle He is right beside you helping you get over it. So whatever is holding you back, get over it! Gods got it and He’s got you, too.

Think of all the Israelites who never saw the promised land because they grumbled, complained, whined, doubted and quit. But God preserved a remnant and this remnant finished it and tasted and saw God’s Goodness to the end right smack dab in the center of a “land flowing with milk and honey”.

My experience has shown me over and over again that extreme obedience brings extreme blessing. We don’t obey for the blessing. We obey because we love God. When you love someone you want to please them. But God is good in tangible ways, too. So He reaches down for me and pulls me close. Sometimes the best analogy I can give of how He blesses me is a courtship. He is a beau wanting to impress me so He peacocks around and showers me with time, attention, blessings….my heart swoons for him, my Sacred Romance.

Extreme obedience brings extreme blessing.

Start Strong, Finish Stronger.

~Nicole

“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

Now Worship Warriors!

May 7, 2019

Harnessed Potential

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:27 am by Broken & Brave

There is Power in harnessed potential.

The Kentucky Derby was this past weekend and the thrill of the race this year extended far beyond the two minute flat tread around a track. For the first time in history of the great race the winner didn’t get the prize.

The weather conditions for this race were wet. Not the ideal day for racing. Maximum Security was a top contender, the odds were strongly in his favor, and he lead the pack around most of the track–in the lead nearly the entire race. A little breech in game rules (who knows if it was intentional or not) that could only be detected on instant replay disqualified him making Country House the 65:1 long shot winner.

A race horse has real power. But when on the track his eyes have a half mask to secure his focus on his path. He can see what’s ahead of him and what’s just next to him, but most of his peripheral is blocked. He doesn’t look behind himself…that’s the jockeys job. He looks straight ahead, eyes locked. Focus laser sharp.

You are not a race horse, but you may in fact be a thoroughbred by human standards. You’ve been gifted. You are earmarked for something greater. You have vision, ideas, purpose and best yet a reason for your purpose. Are you decided?

It’s the decided of heart that start on the mark, but then they do what it takes every single day (because some only dream and never start at all and some start strong, but fail to finish well). Success is blessed by heaven, God is the Giver of it all, but success comes in greater and lasting measure to those who did the work and earned it. Success comes to those who are willing to do what others are not willing to do.

Winners have a winning attitude and a confidence resolved in Heaven.

What about you? Do you possess the willingness and discipline to win? Winning isn’t defined as first place first prize. Just ask the owners and jockey of Maximum Security. Winning is knowing who you are and understanding why your alive!

Come Alive!

You’ve got a reason to be here. You’ve got a place to go and God’s got Angels protecting you along the road. Victory is the only option and you are Heaven’s Candidate.

There are Holy and Living blinders on the heart of heaven and God has got his periscope of hope locked on you.

Run your race with all of your might. God is around that bend, cheering your name, looking for you, waiting for you, praising you to the finish.

Rise and Shine, Beloved! One more day of the grind because you know in your heart what’s on the other side!

You have the look of a thoroughbred. You have specifically designed lineage decided and hand picked by heaven to do something as unique as you. You’ve been gifted the right size and strength to fill the gap and take the void as you pave the path in which others will yield. You go first because the eye of the crowd is upon you. God’s got designs for everything you say, every place you go and all that you do. You aren’t concerned with the contenders. You know God has for you a Mighty Heart Mender and He alone will get you where you need to go.

Find your Tenacity and Grit and get after it–

see you on the other side!

Nicole~

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Romans 15:13

Supplemental Scriptures to help you run:

https://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/bible-verses-about-running/

April 23, 2019

Talk To Yourself!

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , at 6:08 am by Broken & Brave

My son Joel is an absolute character. His entire life he has been equipped with sarcasm and quick wit. He says the most hysterical things delivered in absolute matter of fact stoic way. When he was maybe 8 yrs. old we were driving home from school. He calls out to me from the back of the car that one day he’s going to get his drivers license and he will buy a motorcycle and a sports car. He believed it like it were already a given fact. He also believed he was going to have to give his sister a ride everywhere (that was the funny part—she is about 8 years older than him).

You have to think you’re successful to be successful.

A successful person has many attributes that set them apart from the unsuccessful person.

There have been countless books, seminars, motivational speeches and even more motivational speakers who will share with their own creative flair how you can be successful. It’s been done over and over again. As I think of it now I’m reminded of something. One of the great blessings of my life is that God has put me in positions over and over again where I am exposed to and receive abundant leadership and character development training. I’ve heard so many phenomenal and famous presenters over the decades that they all began to sound familiar because they, in essence, were saying the same thing.

It’s like when I was in school. In college you have to take all these electives and support and general electives to “help make you a more well rounded individual” in addition to the classes you need to study to earn that degree in a specialized area. But as I progressed through the program and got to the end of my college career it got easier not harder. Why? Because I was receiving the same information over and over applied in various ways to the point of mastery. I didn’t have to study as much for exams because I knew the content. I was proficient in what I went to school to learn. The same is true with any kind of teaching or training or skill set. The same thing is true for our spiritual trials. Just like the Israelites, how many laps do we really want to take anyway?

The more you practice, study, use the knowledge or ability via application, the better you become. You leave the training wheels behind and before long you are no longer a novice, but maybe even a bit of wisdom revolves around you.

So why talk about it here in my little blog? So many books, blogs, podcasts, seminars, etc. on the subject. Why here? Why now? Well, partly because I woke up thinking about it and it’s the word in my heart this morning. Because here is something else I know…

“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

All the words in the world won’t matter until it is the right word in the right season.

So for you who read what I pen, just maybe God leaned this into my soul with His Holy Coal this morning just for you?

What makes one person apply it and do it and another stay stuck in old mindsets, patterns and habits? What defines the “I can’t” and “I won’t” crowd from the “I can” and “I will” crowd?

Belief. Always.

Last night I had a client who had to do something very hard the next day following a workout that left her very sore. It was something physical. She’s on the beginning leg of radical change on her health journey. The physical taxation was so hard all she could focus on was how difficult it was that she couldn’t do it well. I, on the other hand was elated with her. I told her how proud I was and how wonderful she had to dig deep because she did it! I felt God was really working in that situation for her. She just looked at me with a “really?” Kind of expression. I later told her:

All of us do better when we speak to ourselves instead of listening to ourselves.

You will always only be the sum of your most dominant thoughts. Because your thoughts shape your opinions and patterns and your patterns shape your words and your words shape your choices and your choices shape your life.

I was told the entire first half or more of my life that I wasn’t doing it right. Whether intentional or not, that was what I heard over and over again. And I believed it. But once God truly got a hold of me I shook off unbelief. It didn’t go away right away, but little by little over time it began to lose its grip and I kept going despite the pinch. I knew if it pinched, it meant he (the Enemy of my soul who comes straight from Sheol ) was losing his grip and I was gaining mine.

God’s got you in His Grip.

I have come to realize that how I do things may not be your way, it may not even be my preferred way, but if it’s God’s way then I’m ok. Everything will shake out alright for me. God’s got a special way of blessing us in spite of us! Because it’s not possible for us to do everything right. How refreshing!

So what do you believe?

Do you know your worth?

Do you know what your capable of?

Do you have any in-cling of an idea how powerful and uniquely specialized you are? You’ve got a DNA born special assignment from heaven. So shake off the nay saying self talk, critics and those who say you can’t, you won’t, or that you don’t do it right. Heavens got a different protocol and it looks out of sight. Ignite! I see Passion and Purpose all over you. That’s what I would say to you if I could!

Hold tight! Your future is mighty bright if you’d just believe it and step into the Light!

Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!

Showers of Blessings—

Nicole

March 20, 2019

Hammer Out The Details

Posted in Devotional, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , at 2:53 am by Broken & Brave

“I’m hammering out the details.”

This is the word that resignates in my Spirit this morning as I am praying about some deeply personal matters. As I was penning the words I heard,

“I’m hammering out the details.”

I began to think about it.

God is hammering out the details of your life today.

You may not understand or know much about what is happening in the world around you or in your own life, but God does, and that you can trust. He’s going to work it out.

Hammering out the details is just what Abba Father did when He sent His Son to earth. Hammering out the details is just what Jesus was willing to do on the Cross. The details were literally hammered out through him.

Thomas was the greatest doubter of Jesus’ Tribe. But Jesus didn’t scorn him. He allowed him. He produced the nail scared hands and let Thomas touch them and as he did his faith was elevated and elated. The Lord hadn’t left them or forsaken them after all.

People everywhere are going through “stuff”. Maybe you’ve interacted with others and don’t particularly understand why they are how they are? But that’s not the point. The point is God might be using your love and kindness to produce some nail scared hands. How they are most likely has nothing to do with you. Perhaps others are feeling a little forsaken by Heaven just like the disciples did? Or what about the person you quickly walked by without noticing the pain in their eyes because well, your hands were full of all life has given you?

Or maybe I’m describing you? I know there have been times this has exactly described me. Do you feel forsaken, abandoned or without answers? Do you feel life is passing you by?

God is helping me to feel His Empathy for humanity in ever growing measure.

As a Christian, no matter what I may personally be going through, I’ve alway tried to lead by example with my fingers firmly gripped on Phil. 4:8. We all fall short and miss it, absolutely! But through our perseverance God is hammering out the details.

Having trouble at work?

Hold onto God He is hammering out the details.

Received a negative health report?

Hold onto the Great Physician, He is hammering out the details.

Kid out of control or family in disarray?

Be still and be held by Heaven, God is hammering out the details.

And with every blow feel the scars being produced in you, but don’t allow the scars of life to define you. God is hammering out the details so that you may be able to produce some nail scared hands and serve as another’s reminder that they are not forsaken. Heaven will hammer out their details too.

Live Beyond the Scar.

If today you turn aside In your luxury and pride. Wrapped within yourself, and blind to the sorrows of your kind, You a faithless watch do keep, You are one of those who sleep. Anna C Lynch Botta

“He will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'” Matthew 25:45

Lord, help us each to remember you have not forgotten us. You are faithfully working behind the scenes sculpting and weaving and yes, even hammering. Lead us to treat our neighbor as ourself and grow in our capacity to show genuine concern, love and empathy for whoever you place in our path. With a love like that, we can’t go wrong! Amen.

I pray a blessing over you today. Go forth touched by His Love. He has not failed to notice you.

~Nicole

March 17, 2019

Sweet Inspiration

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , at 8:05 am by Broken & Brave

A person who is well loved is better able to go out and love EVERYONE better.

Doing good and being good are good. But what stirs God’s heart is when we “love good”–

Learning to love like Jesus should go deeper everyday.

Live like you are loved.

Im not talking about human love—

But, of course, human love makes such a profound difference.

This is why we are commissioned to love, first our God (He is to be our first love) and then our neighbor as ourself. Who is our neighbor? Everyone outside of ourselves!

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.‘ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31

But when you understand…

I mean TRULY understand that you were created in love.

Made from love—

Because being created in the image of God, owning a portion of His Identity, knowing and embracing this at the core of your being causes a beautiful effect.

A butterfly effect, that creates a wave of intention the globe over.

When you know who’s you are you will begin to tap into who you are.

You don’t need to borrow anyone’s identity. Because that would make a mockery of who God intended you to be. Knowing who you are, your DNA, your very ID for Eternity does something majestic…

Here are a few characteristics of someone who knows who they are in Christ:

🦋You are or become secure. Because when the Love makes residence within you, you begin to rest in it, trust it.

🦋You are able to celebrate others because you know God celebrates you. His celebrations of you always feel more fabulous anyway. So you begin to embrace being celebrated as well if this is something you struggle with.

🦋You are not threatened by someone else because you know their gifts and abilities are only meant to compliment yours—

No one else like you!

🦋You understand that His Anointing has no shortage. It’s not going to run out. He won’t leave you or forsake you. God simply doesn’t quit on us!

🦋You will understand that it’s never about you, only about Him.

🦋You understand your need for others—

God has deep love for community.

So go ahead, understand how incredibly loved you are. God sees all of you, both the good and not so good, but He chooses to glory in your good. He loves and lives for your good. You are His Prime Candidate and He wants to see you live Victorious. And that’s a part of Him you can never repeal.

You can reject Him.

You can forsake Him.

You can neglect Him.

You may even feel undeserving of Him–

But none of this will change the fact that He is real and He has pardoned a great deal just to have friendship with you and He refuses to remember that which is forgotten.

So go ahead—

Live fully as you are loved fully.

Because God loves you fully, that means I love you fully too.

You. Are. Loved.

Savor that today.

I pray a blessing over you that washes every ounce of you in His bathing salts of love.

You are Pure.

You are Holy.

You are set apart for Greatness. There is Grace and Love and Greatness abundant over you. Shower in it.

Lavish your heart in it.

Endure it—because love like that is weighty.

Believe in it—Because it cost Christ everything.

Feast on it—because it is the most delicious meal you will ever have. Enjoy it—because, well, simply said—

this love is indulgent.

Indulge….

He is a God of Discipline, but He is also a God of Pleasure.

Good as Gold…

You are.

~Nicole

March 6, 2019

Anticipate The Suddenly!

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , at 7:38 am by Broken & Brave

“Then they were willing to let him in, and immediately the boat was where they were going!”

John 6:21

God can change your life in an instant.

One of the amazing highlights of our trip to Israel was visiting the very places that Jesus walked, talked, taught and lived. It creates another new level of animation to the soul of what life in his era was like. Now when I read I see the landscape vividly. Mind blowing detail manifests itself and I am grateful. Every ounce of me grateful.

We took a boat ride out onto the lake. Though it is called the Sea of Galilee it is truly a Great Lake. The size massive and surrounded by green hills. One of the Bible stories that swells in my heart is not only of Jesus walking on water, but of how in the above passage of scripture it speaks of how the disciples and Jesus were suddenly to their destination on the other side.

Have you ever had something God promised you, or something you’ve worked toward or believed and dreamed for that seems to delay, delay, delay? If you have, this post is for you. If my own testimony can tie a thread of this passage to your own life, then it will be well worth the read. Follow me through history and allow your minds eye to open wide…

The 22nd year of my life was a defining season for me. It was my fork in the road, so to speak, a time to position my body in alignment with what my heart was calling me to. I was not walking closely to the Lord at that time, but I prayed often, felt Him continually with me, but had barely gone to church in five plus years. The tug upon me grew…I wanted more. I knew there was more and if there was more I wanted it because what I had with God was kind of special. But I was frightened. So I had to chose—my plans or His. Both plans had many similarities, but His plan seemed to be requiring I let go of a few things. Some were people. Some were destinations and locations. His plan required greater sacrifice. His plan required a setting apart. It required I crawl away from things I perceived to bring me security or make me happy. I had to abandon common sense in pursuit of what didn’t make a whole lot of sense. This was hard because my God placed a good head on my shoulders and I’ve always done things “proper”, making the sensible choice. I am a very disciplined person.

Sometimes faith looks anything but proper.

So I did it. I chose Him over any “it” or “them”, stepped away from a few friends (who believe or not God returned to me at a later time).

I knew if I chose the easier way I’d still have a good life, God would love me and bless me. But I just knew it would be a lesser blessing. I guess I’m greedy that way…I want my full measure. I want the full cup. I want to drink deep and enjoy richly the benefits of what God has invested in me—and so should you. He has invested marvelously into you and you are ever so worth it.

So I stepped out of it, just like Peter stepped out of the boat and walked upon the water by Faith. As long as he kept his eyes on Jesus he was sustained and his frame did not plunge into the water. Do not take your eyes off of Jesus. It doesn’t matter your place in the crowd. You will hear His guiding voice loud and He will elevate you and sustain you and you will walk upon every trial that tries to over take you.

And though you may have to wait a bit, in God’s utmost perfect timing—you will arrive to your destination instantly and just in time. God can do more in a moment than we can do within an entire span of life when it is His will and plan.

Step out of the boat.

The boat being everything that is holding you back. If you seem to be in total control of it, it is time to surrender it. Spend time meditatively praying about what God desires for you to release. Sometime you just know…other times you may be surprised at what he leads you to do. Some things are meant for a season and reason, but to advance to the next level of your calling in life you must not look back or hold back, but release to advance. This is where it becomes imperative to keep your eyes on God. He’s got you by the hand. He won’t steer you wrong.

Here’s what’s amazing…

Right now I have something I surrendered to God when I was 22. I don’t believe I will share it with you, but it is there and God knows. I’ve done it His way and this week He reminded me of what I asked for at the age of 22. I haven’t received it yet, but He is showing it to me. It has stared me in the eye and my soul weeps with delight with how mysterious the Love of Christ. Sometimes the things you have to wait for you adore more because the appreciation is to another level.

Beloved, your answer may not come today, but when it does—you will arrive safely on the other side and He only need your willingness and a moment to do it.

Have faith.

Walk in Grace.

Enormous is heavens heart for you.

“She is not sent away, but only before, like unto a star, which going out of our sight does not die and vanish, but shines in another hemisphere: you see her not, yet she does shine in another country.”

-Samuel Rutherford

Let’s meet on the other side…

~Nicole

https://youtu.be/-AtqEByVMIs

Shekel For Your Thoughts

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , at 12:22 am by Broken & Brave

Where to begin…

This is the foremost thought on my mind tonight.

I’ve arrived home from one of the most favorite weeks of my life. I had no idea how much I’d love being in Israel. So much history. So much prophesy. So much …so much. I’ve unpacked my bags (because I’m a bit of a freak about putting things in order right away). I’ve had a light snack even though it’s “bedtime”, because I managed to lose 4 pounds on our trip somehow. And now I’m sitting down with my journal and my pen hoping to scribble my hearts adoration again. All this while I can barely keep my eyes open despite sleeping the entire duration of the leg of our flight from London to San Francisco (10 hour flight!).

Where to begin?

There are no words to explain what took my breath away, and it happened over and over again over the course of a week. My blog is just a peak inside my heart and mind. But the waters of where my heart have been run deep and are becoming even more crystal clear.

Have you ever done something because God asked you to and no other reason? Have you ever stepped out in faith despite your complete inability to wrap your mind around what you were inclined to do? Have you ever done so and then find your heart only desire is more of the beauty it seems to unfold?

God specializes in opportunities that make non-sense of common sense. And if you follow him long enough, and far enough, that non-sense all begins to make sense.

A shift will occur in how you think, how you feel and the affections of your heart become even more enlarged and real. God does not disappoint.

Whatever it is that the Lord is squeezing your heart for—don’t hold back, he’s got a plan for you and even if you can’t see now, the detail will soon show out. Just like a kaleidoscope or tapestry. The intricate detail to his planning…you will see.

Don’t shrink back.

Do not hold back.

Do not hide away.

Your King of Glory wants you to remain. His fondness for you could kindle more than a heart or two. It will stir the entire Village called Earth. What if God has a Global reach for you?

~Nicole

*Video is taken in the church just next to the Pool of Bathseda. The acoustics were phenomenal. Our entire group sat and sang songs which became enveloped by the walls and became what sounded like an entire choir –symphony, harmony and the spiritual electricity magnified. Simply gorgeous!💗

February 25, 2019

False Hopes

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , at 7:42 am by Broken & Brave

Your day will go exactly how you want it to…

“Guide me in your truth and teach me,

for you are God my Savior,

and my hope is in you all day long.”

Psalm 25:5

We make our plans, but our day is ultimately in God’s hands. It’s how we respond to His plans that make the difference.

HOPE.

Where have you place it?

Have you ever misplaced something? Have you ever misplaced something and discovered it was missing days or weeks later? This might happen with something you don’t use everyday or when you use it it’s only for a short period of time. I recently did this. I had a new purchase—something that would only be used in specific situations for added convenience. I wasn’t used to having this item so when I misplaced it I didn’t realize it was missing for several days. When did I discover it was missing? The next time I needed it.

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called.”

Ephesians 4:4

I think this is how it is with hope. Hope becomes misplaced by many. Not because they aren’t hoping…they are! People hope everyday. Everyone has hopes for a good day. Everyone hopes for increase in life. There might be hope for a job advancement or promotion. Hope for prosperity or wealth. Hopes for that dream house. Hopes for a future that is bright, good health, skinny body, a great hair day, a spouse, a child—and the list could potentially exceed eternity. We have vein hopes and some hopes are very serious in nature.

These hopes are not bad. Not bad at all. God delights in them. He delights to provide them. However, we spend so much of our hope on these types of things they become false hopes. Because they distract us from the main thing. Hope in God.

The main thing is a hope so strong it drives every other hope to subside as our adoration of the One comes alive and rises.

“Be strong and take heart,

all you who hope in the Lord.”

Psalm 31:24

If the Lord is the Source of all things—why are we not hoping for more of Him? All else is an extension of His Great and Mighty Love. With a love like that you can face any situation Strong because you know you are loved and cared for. Do not be distracted by the need. Instead plant your heart like a seed in the Father’s lap. Do not hope for the answered prayers, hope for the One who has the power to answer it.

Your day will go exactly how you want it to go…

I have yet to locate the item misplaced I mentioned, and if I never find it I just get another. But there’s one Hope you should discover that never fades away. He came to save, to care, to provide. He is your very need. And when you look for Him. He will be found.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

Hebrews 11:1

No more false hopes—

Go to the Source,

Then sit down and just Breathe.

~Nicole💗

February 17, 2019

Don’t Let Go—

Posted in Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , at 2:18 am by Broken & Brave

“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness;

I will hold your hand.

I will keep you and will make you

to be a covenant for the people

And a light for the Gentiles.”

Isaiah 42:6

What has your heart perplexed this day? What has caused your heart to rouse and be troubled?

Do you not know you are the absolute Apple of the Father’s Eye?

Do you know how His heart cries when you suffer inside?

Do you not know that His fondest thoughts include you?

He is with you.

Everything you say—

Everywhere you go—

Every ounce of you is protected by whole hosts of angels descending down from the heavens to protect your call, your anointing, your crown.

Just the fact that you are alive today is living proof that there are yet Grand and Mighty things for you to do!

“…be there with an open and joyful heart as often as possible; if not joyful, at least with a brave and faithful heart.”

~Frances de Sales

Take Courage…

have heart…

Be strong in the Might of His Power…be it not your own.

For in our own strength we prove weak, feeble and foolish.

Be the man or woman you desire to be.

Step up and step out Victoriously.

Find encouragement for this day in these words that I say. They are Heaven inspired and drawn from wells of Living Water to flow from my pen–if only to cause both your heart, soul, strength and face to smile.

He is with you now-

let us go the extra mile.

~Nicole

https://youtu.be/zfLcdBuB7

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