May 26, 2019

My Heart Be Still!

Posted in leadership, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:10 am by Broken & Brave

When it is of the Lord—

God will always speak to your potential. He sees your true identity. The one washed in His Perfection and groomed for His Love. When God leads you into deeper levels of intimacy or higher levels of achievement, doing what you haven’t done before, though you may be challenged the challenge will be laced in love. The leadership of heaven leads with love. When the Holy Spirit convicts your soul to make changes or repent it will still be laced with love. When it’s God you ultimately feel better about yourself even when His finger is stirring our hearts. Stirring can be uncomfortable—but discomfort only lasts a night compared to the unspeakable Joy that overtakes your life.

The best way to be happy, find joy, and live a life marked by resilient, stoic and magnetic faith is to allow the Lord to examine us—

heart, mind and soul.

We bow down before our Maker. We humble ourself before our King. We drink of His Healing waters and we ask His Love to purge us of all that is not of Him.

Self examination can be challenging. Love can be painful. Loving others and ourselves requires a sacrifice.

Love until it hurts until there is no more hurt and only Love remains. (Mother Teresa)

Love washes and cleanses. Love gives the blind new eyes to see. Love rejuvenates the soul and gives the heart occasion to sing. Love is the Guidepost on your darkest of nights. Love is the still whisper that quiets your soul at night. Love is gentle, patient, humble and kind. Love engages.

Guard your heart, Beloved. Drown out the noise. Listen, intently, to the Voice of the Holy Spirit. If the words contain wisdom is one thing, but if the words of wisdom are laced with scriptural Love then they have been hemmed above and you will have a certain degree of edification in your soul.

Discernment is a tremendous blessing. Walk in wise counsel of the Holy Spirit. Life may be pulling you in many directions and giving you all sorts of advice. Be gracious-but only do as the Lord leads you. Unshakable pardon He makes everything right. He sees what we cannot. He shakes the earth and loosens the fruit from the trees. Every knee will bow eventually—that’s my King!

~Nicole

be still my heart

An exclamation that something is too exciting or overwhelming for one to bear; literally, that it is causing one’s heart to beat too fast. (Dictionary.com)

Prayer of Penance and Praise:

Abba God-

What a magnificent Father you are. You are a good Dad. You are gentle. Your eyes are kind. You soak up our laughter and you help us achieve and get after all the grand things of this life we must do. You do things with sway and ever abounding excellence. Engage our hearts to excellence in you. Keep us still just for this one profound moment. Your love make way to the roots of our identity. So then all that would flow from us, through us, over us would nourish us richly like liquid gold. Your love is like no earthly love ever known. You delight in your Created. Give us new eyes. Forgive us our small thinking and toughened hearts. Increase our capacity to give and live in love. Thank you for the sting of the Cross and the pain you endured just to prove your great love for us. We catch it today. We love you! Amen.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39.

Advertisements

May 19, 2019

Calamity Proof Faith

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , at 7:02 am by Broken & Brave

A Message For Friends Feeling Blindsided by Life—

Uncertain times are a blessing in disguise. It is God’s way of giving us the opportunity to show Him we’re not just lip service. We really do trust Him!♥️

“Give us this day our daily bread.”

Just trust Him one day at a time.

That’s truly all He is asking you for.

Moment by moment.

Minute by minute.

Strength to strength.

Glory to glory.

He is writing you an ever powerful story!

You can trust Him!

He is the Source of All for All!

Absolute confidence in HIM!

You’re going to be just fine.

You just might be a Planet Shaker

I woke this morning with a very specific word flowing through my heart and my mind—

Champion, Difference Maker, Advocate—Ardent Defender of People and Purpose.

No matter what each individual life holds, It’s not in the easy Champions show their eagle feathers, it’s in the ditches, the trenches and in the just plain hard.

Rise up Champions!

You are alive in Christ.

God has a plan for your life.

The Spirit is large within you.

Show off those eagle feathers and be a Champion. Be a Defender just as I encourage you Christ intends to continue to defend you. Contend for the faith for you are here for such a time as this!

<Nicole 😉🙏🏼

Exhortation:

God, forgive us for our lack of faith. Forgive us, we repent for every decision made that didn’t include you. Help us choose your path. Help us recognize truth. Help us hone our gaze and take our place beside your Throne–never above you, but always at your feet. Heal us now. Take a broken people and stand them up as your chosen vessels of hope. We are you collective and electric conduit of faith. You are always first and never the last. You sit on a Throne Eternal and you shall receive all the praise!

Now–this day, move us away from every detail of life that is derailed or spinning in circles. The only movement and momentum we will receive is that which propels us forward. For by your stripes, we are healed! Amen

Now Worship:

April 17, 2019

Love Un-Tombed

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:15 am by Broken & Brave

When loves walks in you can feel it…

Unfortunately only women will able to relate to this, but if you’ve ever been pregnant you know what I mean. Once the baby in gestation gets to around the 16 weeks you may begin to feel the baby move. As the baby grows the feelings get stronger and you can literally discern the shape of the baby. My oldest had her toes wrapped around my ribs for the entire third trimester and I could caress the heel of her foot quite discernibly. I knew what it was.

This is extremely exciting, it never got old with each of my pregnancies, even when uncomfortable, I was too in love too mind. I knew what I carried inside and I knew what I was going to get to hold.

The same is true with the Love of Heaven. It may take some time for God’s Love to penetrate a hurting soul or regions of the heart so buried they become completely unknown—but He is Gentle and Kind so He takes His time as to not make it too painful.

How can Love be painful?

Love is…

Love is all things good and pure and patient and sacrificing, giving of self for the benefit of another. Caring for another more supremely than caring for self. Love requires risk. Love requires trust. Love requires the humility to accept it. It can be hard to accept love especially when it comes with great sacrifice. But love gives…if it didn’t, it wouldn’t be love.

Love is all things lovely and golden.

Love will win you heart and soul and draw you in.

Love will compel you to want to change.

Love will watch over and protect you and compel you to do the same for others.

Love is gracious and forgiving when wrong is done.

Love has merit.

Love will go the distance.

Love wins, hands down, every time.

So if it’s so glorious to be loved why is it so hard to accept? Why does God sometimes take His time with it?

Love is like a flower. It begins as a seed and must be watered. The soul must have the right nutrient balance for optimal growth. The storms of life strengthen the tiny and tender stem to give it a resilience it is going to need further down the road. Love will bask the petals with sunshine and grow the roots deeper through all the soot the fires of life have brought. And as it grows, Love is patient. Love knows what’s coming and that blossom is worth the wait. Just like a Momma with her babe in the womb…just like Mary, belly full bloom, anxiously awaiting her Prince.

The Prince of Peace is coming for you. He was born in a manger surrounded by scandal and, well, feces. I bet the scene was pretty smelly. Not all that glamorous and definitely not the five star palace due His Worth. But He came and His Mother knew all she had been through—He was worth it.

The angels came and they sang sweet melodies to their King.

What is blooming inside of you?

Do you know how extraordinarily loved you are? There’s just something compelling and attractive inside you, like a magnet, pulling down God’s Love. The King of Heaven has taken great notice of you. He wants to bless you through and through.

Love takes time. He can wait, but for Mary’s sake, Love walked in and saves the day. He will save your days too, every one because Love Rescues.

So drink deep of love today.

Allow it to influence all you do and say. You are a beacon of His Light and oh how lovely you shine bright! Your branches are strong. Your limbs can carry what He’s given you. And just look at those blooms. Heaven looks mighty fine in you.

Happy Holy Week. The Breath of Heaven was encased, but then released by Loves Amazing Grace. Un-Tombed for you—

God created you for splendid things.

Wise men still seek Him.

-Nicole

March 24, 2019

Refreshed In the Midst of Adversity

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , at 8:21 am by Broken & Brave

When you are in the middle of God’s plan for your life, it may be painful, difficult and it will most definitely challenge you. The challenges will confront you in more than one area most likely.

So why follow God and His Plans? Because my friend, He is out to make you a better man or woman. He wants to see you happy and thriving. He is happy you are alive and He desires for you to get the most out of your life. His plans of blessing toward you may be of such a magnitude He wants to make sure to expand your capacity to receive such a love and abundant blessing. He desires you to contain the full measure He has appointed for you. You’ve not truly experienced what “lavished” can mean.

So whatever grieves, worries or heavies your heart… Whether it is a season or situation that has no respite…God walks the trail with you. He will see you through and the glory of your endeavor will be credited to you. That’s His Promise.

Pursue the greater blessing.

Whatever enslaves, cripples or chills your soul, it will all melt away in the Shine of God’s Sympathy.

God has you. He is giving you undaunted moral courage.

Surround yourself with people who share your vision, passions, beliefs. Find others who are willing to give of themselves to pursue it. It has been my experience that when you step out in risk taking faith, some begin the journey with you, but quit when it gets hard or “takes too long”.

Don’t let that stop you.

There is a season for everything under the sun. Keep moving forward. God will bring others around you who have the strength to rise and stay the coarse with you. You will overcome, if you only believe…

Never. Give. Up.

The more demanding the cost of the dream the more rewarding and respectful the achievement becomes. Absolute Champion! ~Nicole

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.”

Isaiah 43:2

“Nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19

December 31, 2018

Fair well: A Year End Blessing

Posted in Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , at 8:35 am by Broken & Brave

D9C703B5-2C7F-4F02-B8BB-296D28941AC7
New Year…New Goals.
I’ve never been one to make resolutions. I tend to look at every day as a new day, a new chance and new beginning. But why not take the opportunity with a new calendar year to dream big, take big action steps and witness every possibility for your life ignite with passion and take flight?
Extraordinary just may be a place worth going.
0F53D018-126A-4785-B7B5-B8A552082B0D
So instead of talking yourself out of your divine destiny, why not decide to keep it, embrace it, and make it a reality?
Possibility is a glorious expression on any face. Dwell endlessly in possibility.
I hope you all have a safe a wonderful New Year celebration. Remember two things as we wish 2018 good bye…
1. Change how you think in 2019.
Reflect on the past year. What are the significant “take-a-ways” God was gently trying to get you to yield to and learn?
Everyday is a new beginning with a new opportunity to be a better version of the you from yesterday. Don’t make it only an annual thing.
2. Nothing good happens after midnight.
I don’t know if this is actually true, but it’s cute and everyone says it. I think what it really means is be careful with your life. You are precious cargo. We don’t use the word precious all that much in society any longer unless speaking of babies or animals. But isn’t it true. Your life is precious. You have value. You are cared about. Even if you feel what I’m saying isn’t true—it is. God finds immense pleasure in you. Spend some time exploring who He is and let Him begin to communicate and commune with you. Meditate on Him. There is power and rest in a yielded and contrite spirit.
018C5E1C-A7A5-4388-A722-BB29422369B8
I am honored to speak a blessing over you. Embrace it for your life for it is Divinely Inspired:
The Lord bless you and keep you. I pray His face shine upon you. The Glory of His Majesty and Countenance will illuminate you heart and soul and invigorate your hope and belief in His Sovereignty. May He increase your capacity to understand the deeper things of Eternity and become more aware of the spiritual reality around you.  May your eyes of discernment open wide and an awakening of the deeper regions of your heart and soul would occur; and when the blessing comes you will know all you need to know to prepare you for your new level of blessing. I pray you may carry the blessing well. Be well. Amen.
Happy New Year
~Nicole

March 12, 2018

Compelled

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:57 am by Broken & Brave

“Give and it shall be given to you.” Luke 6:38

I recently had the most glorious morning. I met with a woman I have not met in person before (she sought my help through a common connection). I wasn’t sure what to expect, but knew God ordained it and so I was willing to give of my time and resources. God did not fail to reign his Sonshine over our meeting. It was quick because we had many obstacles to overcome to make it happen. But I could see this woman was a true diamond. Our time was wonderful and we will be meeting again. I could hear The Lord whisper His delight with it all.

As we sat there my neighbor strolls in to the coffee house, points at me and says, “What are you having?” I asked if he was planning to buy me a coffee? And so he was.

The words “I will compel man to bless you” rolled through my head.

When we willingly give of ourselves he will charge and compel others to bless us as well. I received a double portion and can’t help but express His Glory and my Gratitude.

Bless others and indeed, God will bless you. ~Nicole💗

March 3, 2018

Peace-filled

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 9:27 pm by Broken & Brave

Got Peace?

God wants our attention. At first He will be content with just a little bit, but He is a Jealous Lover of our soul. He wants of your life more and more. So, when trials come, turn your gaze to Him and leave it there when the trials end. For it is but too true…It is far better to have turmoil in your life, but Peace in your heart than to have peace in your life, but turmoil in your heart. ~Nicole

Be secretly-or not so secretly…
Incredible. Inner Peace has a way of making us incredible in every way.
The world aches for it. It is our responsibility to bring it. Love is the vehicle in which it travels.
Be at Peace.
Find your Rest.
There is Joy in the Harvest.

“For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain…having a desire to depart and to be with Christ; which is far better.”
Phil. 1:21,23
IMG_1695

September 13, 2017

Wrapped Up

Posted in Devotional, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:13 am by Broken & Brave

img_7930

“The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent.”
Psalm 104:2

Oh Lord, may we wrap ourselves in your light and adorn ourselves in your garment. With you we can scale the tallest mountain or swim the depths of the sea. When we abide in you we are like the roots of a tree planted deeply and drinking from the depths of your Living Water. Bless each of your children today as they bless others. ~Nicole

 

August 13, 2017

Who Am I?

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:54 am by Broken & Brave

IMG_7146

Who Am I?

Who am I, Lord, that you would even notice me? Who am I that you should swim across all of eternity just to be with me? Who am I that you should walk through the flames taking my sin, my blame, my shame all for the Glorious honor to call my name? Who am I that you should love me so deeply?

I don’t know why you love me so completely and so deeply, but I, of course, am so glad you do.

When we reach a place in our courtship with heaven that we don’t need a lot of other things to find whole and solemn rest we have found a place in his heart that provides all of that. It is a source of true and abiding rest that carries itself so uniquely.

All my trials, all my troubles, all the problems my life has afforded me–and I have been through far more than I’ve ever shared publicly or even personally to others. Yes, all of that, did something extraordinary in my heart. It drew me in closer. It was God who actually began drawing himself in close to me. I just let him.

I was thinking about this a lot yesterday. Despite the intensity of everything I have endured in my life, my love and appreciation for God and His Goodness only grew more. I consider that fact alone to be supernatural. Why do some grow colder and harder from extremes and life’s duress while others grow in gratitude feel enormously blessed despite circumstances?

I know it all comes down to the heart. Heat purifies. Heat causes impurities to rise to the surface. Heat exposes the real us. We all have dross. We all collect moss in the chambers of our heart. If science teaches us that man only uses a small portion of his mind, I can only conclude by vehicle of common sense and deductive reason that the same is true for our heart and our emotional quotient. Some are blessed and able to love bigger than others just as some are blessed with incredible minds. The heat of trial only brings out the luster and shine.

No matter who you are.
No matter the crisis, the pain, your situation…
God is there.
He hasn’t forgotten to take care of you.
He has real and true beauty hidden in his heart for you.
Cling to him now. Open up your heart a little bit deeper for him. The Peace, Joy and Comfort will cause your heart to grin. He will quench your need like nothing ever has before. You will feel both content and thirsting for more. I call it “soul thirst” and he’s got a well overflowing with handsome riches in store for you.

Go ahead, open the door, let him in. Invite him in. Allow him to take his rightful seat in your life. I promise it will feel so good inside. You will know a pure and perfect pleasure as never before. He will widen, broaden, deepen your capacity to receive, be and show love as never before. You will feel good and others will notice it upon you.

He’d swim oceans for you…
His love is this True.

~Nicole

“The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.” Psalm 19:7

April 10, 2017

Posted in Devotional, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:29 am by Broken & Brave

img_8485

“For we are the aroma of Christ…”
2 Cor. 2:15

A blessing for your day:

Lord bless you to be the fragrance of worship that would fall besotted and soften every heart, that would inspire the bend of every knee, to look longingly toward the King of kings. You are the flavor and aroma this world needs. So many things special about you…you are needed, valuable and loved. God hemmed your every attribute in place and saw your potential so big it placed a smile on His face. Go forward into your day with heart-filled glee, for the Father above is bragging on you in Heaven singing, “That one belongs to Me!”
YOU are going to have an AMAZING day! ~Nicole

Next page