March 22, 2018

Exulted

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 9:05 pm by Broken & Brave

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.”
Zeph. 3:17

I want you re-read this passage above. Don’t just glide over it with your eyes. Soak it in…drink it deep. Let it saturate you and then sink in. Absorb it. Become tranquil within it. Allow it to water and soften your soul. What does it speak to you?
Let it resonate. Hear it? Save…rejoice…love exulted…loud singing.

What would or could that feel like? Have you ever been celebrated? I mean truly celebrated? If you have, good for you. I personally have very limited experience with it in the natural. This is perhaps why I feel it so deeply from my Creator. I feel I was created to celebrate. I love to celebrate others and sing their praise. I love to make people feel good. Not a false or fluffy good. But the kind of good that sinks deep and helps people sleep. Exhortation and edification that brings rest to a soul. But I truly have limited experience being the recipient of such praise. I am not sure I’d know what to do with it. I’m sure I wouldn’t like it–feel comfortable with it I mean. Except when it comes from my God. I sense the Holy Spirit as He caresses my soul with His acceptance, His contentment with who I am and how we are together.

I don’t have to achieve.
I don’t have to meet any expectations.
No flaming hoops to jump through to earn his favor.
He just loves me and favors me.

I feel it…I feel it deep.

I feel it so deep it saturates me and I cannot keep it all to myself. It must spill out and over-flooding my pen, my tongue, my smile, my touch and I unleash it on whoever needs it. Sometimes I know who that is and sometimes I don’t. But God knows and He directs its course and finds the Host to House his Goodness.

Several years ago…several…I went for a weekend to visit the Dream Center in Los Angeles. I was overwhelmed and overcome by what I saw, heard and experienced. Please research it out if you have never heard of this amazing organization. They reached deep into the very impoverished and hurting region of Los Angeles by Echo Park and Angeles Temple. Drugs. Gangs. Homeless. Prostitution. This area had it all, but what it didn’t have was commerce. No restaurants. No Starbucks (hard to believe with one seemingly on every street corner). The crime and poverty too great for something as simple as a Subway sandwich shop. But Love reached in.

This movement of people believed that by meeting the needs and showing up every day in the lives of people who probably just wished they’d go away–they believed they could make a difference. So they’d love them practically. No preachy sermon. Never told their “sins”. Just loved with a bag of groceries, a ride, a safe haven, a kind word, a smile and all of this put on repeat. Day in-day out. They did not compromise or waiver. My heart melted.

Years went by and this community became just that–a community. People had lives transformed. Transvestites heard they were lovely and loved. Loved by God himself.

These people began showing up on the steps of the Angeles Temple to attend church services and do you know what they do? I experienced it first hand when I went myself…they line up and clap and cheer for you as you walk in. It was overwhelming. So many people from the street have never had anyone cheer for them ever. But don’t think this is exclusive to the down and out. I think it may have been the first time I felt the collective cheer for me and I grew up in the stereotypical “normal” American home.

Why don’t we celebrate each other anymore? Because most people are walking wounded. They can’t give what they don’t have. If they don’t love them self they probably aren’t going to love you. But when you know this–truly know this–you can celebrate. Grab hold of one thing you appreciate about every single person you encounter. Do it! I dare you!! Now focus on that. I’ve done this my whole life. Nobody taught me to do it, I just did. God put it in me. When you learn to appreciate others you will realize you begin to appreciate and like yourself.

Love Big because Love wins.
God himself rejoiced over you.
God celebrates you.
He delights in you.
God wants to keep you company because he enjoys your presence…
And He can think of countless things He likes about you, not just one.
Allow him to flood your soul with His Presence. It will stir, flood and create a kind of love that nothing can dismiss.

Eternal Bliss.

He counts you as His Joy.
Wise men still seek Him.

~Nicole
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June 15, 2016

Lady In Waiting

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:03 am by Broken & Brave

“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor. 13:13

Love is patient and kind. It looks out for others. It thinks of itself less and others more. Love is gentle and quiet yet possesses all the roar of a lion or the fiercest ocean at storm. Love does not compromise and it is pristine. Love is all things classy.

Esther, Ruth, Mary the mother of Jesus, three women who I imagine knew how to keep it classy as they loved beyond their capacity to understand. They did it for the good of their common man. They lived a life worthy of esteem to be an example of Proverbs 31 woman kind of living.

Class is elegant. It is a disposition that maintains a posture of peace and position. It is regal in its own sort of way. It understands the beauty found in simplicity. It is meek and humble. It is gentle and easy, yet it is a yolk of the Lord not easily handled. It is costly like precious metals and gems, and it shines with brilliance.

The best kind of bling isn’t found in a ring, but in the heart that possesses the sweet residue of Heaven. Hold you head high today, Ladies. For you are each God’s Lady in Waiting. He’s got goodness in store for you. I believe in you, too! ~Nicole

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