June 10, 2019

Grace, Gratitude & Growth

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , at 7:04 am by Broken & Brave

“How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You

To dwell in Your courts.

We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,

Your holy temple.” Psalm 65:4

You are exceptional.

God knew why he picked you all along.

His Providence Prevails.

You have a style and way all your own. You are needed, right here, right now. You have much to offer. You are loved, cherished and greatly esteemed. But God knew all of this when He created you.

God will never ask you to do something He hasn’t personally equipped you for. Your struggle builds who you already are. You are His canvas and with yielded intent-He can create a masterpiece of you. He wants to display you proudly for His view. Believe it or not, He longs to look at you like His favorite work of art. Do not deny Him the gift of bringing out your colorful hue. Organic are God’s thoughts toward you.

When we release what’s in our hand, God replaces it with something even better!

Sometimes we must remain patient and wait. And sometimes He does it immediately. But either way, when you know in your heart beyond any shadowy dark place what awaits on the other side—you tackle any terrain resisting fear, in-trepidation or intimidation and yield fully to God’s plans for your life. There is beauty in surrender.

Hold tight. God knows exactly what He is doing. He is the God of Perfect Timing. The gates of hell oppose and oppress because they’ve become a hot mess with worry over the threat you bring to their darkness. Take it as a compliment, your Lord sure does!

Have a Marvelous Monday and I pray all that is mediocre in your life would step aside and make way for God’s Great Love and Success.

Today has the power to be like none other. Follow Heaven’s lead!

~Nicole

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June 6, 2019

My Best Friend, Faithful

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , at 7:04 am by Broken & Brave

There is one word to describe my best friend—Faithful.

For years, as many back as I can remember, I have wanted to be a friend like none other. I desired deep connection and friendship as well, but God always orchestrated my circumstances to see what could only lack outside of Him.

I adore people. I know I possess a unique ability to see the best in others and an even more peculiar ability to place my perspective in the position of others to try and see from another’s perspective. It’s the best judgment free place to give grace and understanding.

I spent probably the first 20 years of my life somewhat afraid of people. It was a subconscious fear I didn’t know I had until a moment came in my life when I suddenly realized this. So for the last several decades I’ve worked to illuminate those fears.

Many times fear is founded on past experience. Temperament also gets mixed in—mine being more meek and timid by nature. The more hurts and abuse we endure, the more guarded we become from letting others in. That was me for a long, long time. But as I shifted my gaze upward and became consumed with something deeper—I also shifted my focus on relationships. Though I still desired some particular points of substance, I realized I had a responsibility to be that portion of substance to every soul around me. I no longer focused on what I desired from a relationship (not 100 percent, I’m still human and have wants and desires), and began focusing on what I could bring to every relationship. I chose to create an environment where everyone around me that I encountered could have a touch of God’s Love and a Sweet Kiss of the Comfort’s of Heaven. The deeper I sank into the arms of God, the easier it became to flow naturally and become a friend others never had before. I decided to become the friend I desired myself.

My Friends, there is a friend who sticks closer than anyone or anything you could ever desire. No matter what you face, He is Constant. He is a Stream. He will walk on water to get to you and carry you through every little or great thing you could go through. No obstacle too cumbersome for you for His mantle and yolk rest upon you giving you rest in the midst of every storm. If your heart is forlorn and lacking in any way. Pull up a chair and sit with you Heavenly Father—His Love will Guide and always take you farther. You won’t have to pour yourself out. You will only have to drink Him in as He pours Himself out like a Refreshing Drink Offering. He is a faithful friend.

~Nicole

“I pray that from his glorious, unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong.” Eph. 3:16-17

Prayer of Exhortation:

Lord—

I want to drink deep from your Cup of Love. Bring new life to the barren areas of this life. The Night may come, but so does your Moon reflecting your Glory and making room for our feeble eyes to see what we need. . . Simply more of you. Sustain us this day and every day—day by day, as we sip from you, devour you and allow you to quench our thirsty souls. It’s you we adore. You are the Forecaster of our soul. It’s you we adore. You are better than New Wine—May we drink deep, day and night and only be left craving you more. It’s you we adore. Thankful for this day—let every word we say impart a measure of your friendship and goodness to all we encounter. Amen.

May 28, 2019

Recover And Replenish

Posted in health and wellness, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:39 am by Broken & Brave

Rest.

Recovery is where growth happens.

Transfix your eyes on Heaven.

Find your calm in His Presence as you learn the subtle art of releasing yourself to Him.

Watermark My Soul

What are you watering your soul with?

No matter who you are- your culture, your income, your status, your experience…we all have a soul and it thirsts. What do you serve it? Soul thirst is similar to physical thirst, but it cannot be quenched with water. It must receive Living Water in order to breathe.

Many fill their lives with endless pursuits, but in the end, they still thirst something they cannot see. Living Water will never leave you empty.

Drink it.

Become saturated with it and then leak it…leak it a lot…onto the heart and soul of others so they may thirst no more.

One of the coolest feelings in the world is not making people feel special about who we are, but about who they are. Isn’t it nice to feel special, if only to One.

The soul is like a well.

When you fill it with that right stuff it is meant to be shared. A well runs deep and that’s where the water is. Pump it and water others and that well won’t run dry as long as you continue to feed it the right things. I mean things like prayerful meditation on God. I mean reading scripture verses. I mean listening to a good message and reading good literature. You are a well of goodness that was meant to overflow-purely-into every soul you come in contact with.

Leave a watermark…

~Nicole

“but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

John 4:14

“The heart that loves is always young.” -Greek proverb

Lord,

Let us refrain this day to drink in anything that is not of you. You are pure. You are clean. Your tranquil waters run deep and make a heart abound as well as become serene. You cup our hearts and hold our hands and living waters flow. We become carriers of your peace and radiant beams of your glory. We invite you in. Flood our heart. Flood our mind. Occupy our soul. Take ownership that we might be yours completely. This moment is not a moment to ask of you anything. It’s a moment to simply drink of your Presence. Amen.

May 22, 2019

Shake It Out!

Posted in Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 5:54 am by Broken & Brave

Nothing is forever. Change comes to us all. You don’t have to listen to the idle chatter—even when it’s coming from between your own two ears.

When something is the matter look up.

Because doubt looks down

and worry looks around.

When we keep our gaze fully where it needs to be it doesn’t matter what anyone else is doing.

You must do what is best for you.

What is it you need?

What is it your family needs?

How will you intercede?

Wash away fear, doubt and worry. Make it flee in a hurry. A few months back I enjoyed a tour of the Middle East, Israel in particular. While there I received the honor of being baptized in the Jordan River. A highlight of the trip for me.

As I dipped in the Jordan the chill of the crisp waters struck my heart, my chest. I gasped for deep breath. At first it left me breathless and hoping I’d overcome. It was cold. But refreshing of heart, mind and soul.

When our heart is truly captivated by Christ, He holds our gaze despite what is going on around us. Whether it is good or bad, He is the Center.

So even when life sends us a shocking chill, a properly aligned heart will get a thrill in seeing what God will do through it all. We will anticipate with Joy how God will make it all shake out.

Last week my husband and I received news that shook us to the root. But our Peace never waivered an ounce. In fact, it increased. And in the aftermath we are receiving calls from people nationwide telling us how unique, things John and I have spoken prophetically since the very early 2000’s is coming to pass, but in the most unexpected way! We’ve been waiting for this moment, but had no idea the shape the promise would take.

Sometimes the fulfillment of a promised dream from God will require the death of a dream. It’s a type and shadow of Christ for modern day. God lets it die (or nearly come to its end—could be a relationship, a business, a church or organization). But oh how glorious the resurrection.

Mine is a God of the Blood Covenant.

God doesn’t do things the way man does them. He is far more interesting than us.

God doesn’t think like a man thinks.

Hs mind far more complex with intellect than that.

God doesn’t do as we would do.

He’s a much better planner than we are.

God sees the forecast for all of eternity. He always plans accordingly.

But my God is so enormously kind.

My God displays unmatchable kindness!

Despite all things, there is a Super-Natural King who is enthralled with your Beauty. There isn’t always a right or wrong answer. God will guide the matters of life you need to decide. Look up… I actually believe the best is yet to breath.

So inhale, deeply….

~Nicole

“…For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

1 Samuel 16:7

Prayer over you~

Thank you, Lord. Your kindness is the reason I’m a believer. You have always tucked yourself deep within my heart. And when I am away or distracted, I can feel your gaze on my soul, communicating to me that when I am gone you miss me. When you are gone, Beloved, the God of all Eternity misses you.

Though you are not like us Lord, you are like us. We are created in your image. Thank you that you are too wonderful to exalt yourself in such a way we can’t draw near. You, despite your grandeur, stoop down and pull close to hear the considerate prayers of your people. We lift up the prayers of all reading this. They each have an individual assignment on earth and they have troubles to. Guide their path. Give them eyes that see your plans more clearly. Give them ears that hear purely. Help them to realign the way they perceive, receive and communicate with their Maker. You are the God of Intimacy. Create in all of us a deep hunger for Truth. And may we never be satisfied with any form of a lie. Sometimes a lie is nothing more than a mind that rationalizes it’s choices. Lord, use your voice. Be our choice. Speak Peace to your people. By the Lamb’s Blood, it’s done! Amen.

May 16, 2019

Shelter & Comfort

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:31 am by Broken & Brave

You are the Shelter to the Shelterless.

You are the Comfort to those without comfort.

His love is like a washing of a wandering soul.

You have not been alone.

He has been beside you from day one–

Constructing, building, wiring your very DNA.

Knowing every breath you’d take.

Knowing every path, move and every decision.

He knows all.

He has been there in it all.

Good or bad, your behavior is not as relevant to Him as the pleasure He takes in knowing you.

You are Known.

Come to be known in a deeper way.

Deep calls to deep.

He even weighs and measures abounding love over you as you sleep.

His love is Good Medicine.

Whatever ails you-

He is there.

He is going to handle it with care.

He is your Shelter.

He is your Comfort.

He is your Supporter,

Your Way Maker,

Your Day Breaker at the end of even the darkest of Nights.

Hold tight, Beloved.

Come to be Known.

~Nicole💕

Do you know why I sign everything I write, blog or post on social media? There is a story there. Everything I do–

I do for purpose and I have an inspired reason behind it. I plan to share the story with you someday, but not today.

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May 15, 2019

This Day I Pray~

Posted in Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:54 am by Broken & Brave

This day…

Help me, Lord to rest in your confidence, Truth and will.

Equip me to remain ever at peace in my heart, mind and soul.

Stir my heart and it’s devotions more deeply toward you.

Everything I am able to do is because of you.

May I abide in Christ and love more. Not to love as I know I can and have been able to love in the past.

Not to love as I wish too-

But to love as you do.

Head to toe, heart and soul, you’ve always got more of the good stuff my heart and soul long for.

You are Good. So Good.

You are Splendid. Splendid indeed.

May I lie at your feet on the threshing floor as Ruth did-

waiting for the Kinsman Redeemer to bring forth an Abundant Harvest of your Good Promise?

My King of kings- I love you more.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love.” Jeremiah 31:3

***Poetic Prose of Prayer and Praise. I script my heart and personal prayers on page as a guide post to gain deeper intimacy in Christ.

He is waiting for you to go deeper in Him…

What are you waiting for?

~Nicole💕

May 14, 2019

Arms to Comfort & Carry

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , at 1:44 pm by Broken & Brave

God’s Arms are never too short for even our greatest burdens.

Called to Arms!

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

Hebrews 6:19

Do you know how valuable you are?

Ships have anchors. Anchors serve a purpose…they hold the boat in place. An anchor can steady a ship out at sea during a tumultuous storm. An anchor can hold a boat in the bay of crystal blue serenity. An anchor provides safety, security and protects the owners investment in the vessel. It will also protect the lives of those in care to the vessel.

God desires you anchor your heart to His. You are valuable to him. He has greatly invested in you. He enjoys to be in your company and to reflect on the scenery…YOU! Allow yourself to Hope for the greater in your life. Begin to take a few risks for the better. Dare to trust and believe God has your safety and security in mind. He isn’t going to let anything happen to you. He will always protect and provide. You can trust Him! ~Nicole⚓️

April 29, 2019

What Do You See?

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:04 am by Broken & Brave

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

James 1:17

He is constant. He is continual. He is Penial. He is Purposeful. He is large and in charge for every care right down to every little hair of your head. His Love is energy. His Love is a Mantle of Prophesy. His Voice brings clarity to the undecided heart. His Love mends brokenness and gives without putting your love to the test. His Love is in every detail.

Without fail. You’re going to prevail. If His eye is set on the beauty of the sparrow and its little wings as they take flight. Imagine what He can and is willing to do for you in less than a fort night.

Get excited!

~Nicole

April 26, 2019

Be~Loved

Posted in Prayer of blessing tagged , at 7:06 am by Broken & Brave

“Kindness is just love with its work-boots on.” ~unknown

Life’s greatest blessings are usually comprised of a collection of moments…not one grand detail, but thousands of tiny details all tangled together. Like droplets in the Sea, intertwined so delicately it is difficult to separate one drop from another.

Life is a gift, extraordinary, isn’t it? Life is full of pain…passion…and promise. I believe this is where the true beauty is, the creation of something so emotionally provocative it creates the beautiful atmosphere to which our heart can become fully undone in the Arms of the King.

Has your heart ever been deeply touched? If so you know, it infuses a sense of loyalty and hope like nothing else.

When your heart has been deeply touched by God you become aware in ways you have never experienced before. It’s like a door to the depths of the soul opens and you breathe deeply, experience more richly and everything is seen vividly that was darkness before. It’s a Kindness like none ever known before.

You never know how far an ounce of kindness can go. People all over are struggling with things you know nothing about.

You may feel forgotten, misused or abused, but God has cupped you close to his heart. You maybe feel inadequate, misunderstood, helpless or in deep distress or peril. His Love and Loyalty races to meet you.

The True Christian life is abundant with every experience imaginable. It is a combination of everything that can bring elation and celebration or devastation. It is merely evidence that Heaven is with you and the Darkness that roams this earth sees greatness in you. Take up your Cross daily…cling to that Old Rugged Cross!

I pray I never lose my awe for the amazing Kindness, Gentleness and Attentiveness of Christ. If you’ve never felt it-I pray today you do. If you’ve never received it-I send it by vehicle of my pen. Drink it in. If you’ve never known it-I pray you become known by the Father in a manner all your own. He does deep intimacy like that.

He is the Soul Anchor of my Life and I send His Blessing, Beloved, that you might overcome whatever tries to shipwreck your soul. Whatever is trying to stain your heart and crumple your spirit. Devotion from Heaven is meant to rouse the bold.

After all, if we are called to carry it, our own personal cross, we may as well bedazzle it and make is Shine True and Bright.

God will always shower you with the Kindness of Grace.

It’s what His heart was made to do.

May the Kindness of Christ water any thirst in your soul and may all He ordained for you flourish and grow. Let it bring on a wellspring of everything sweet and savory, covered in honey and seasoned with salt to edify you heart, mind and soul today. Allow it to captivate your breath–taking it away. May the dew of heaven leave you speechless for anything outside of His Love, Comfort and Rest.

Be~Loved.

~Nicole

April 20, 2019

God is…

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:35 am by Broken & Brave

I have such a hard time with the notion that there is only one way to do something. I guess I am just naturally wired to be more open minded than that–this is just a life long fact. But I didn’t realize I thought like this until my adult life. Thank the Lord I realized it in my young adult life. {Some maybe never figure this out.}

But this is something Jesus knew all along.

He knew He didn’t have to fit in to make an impactful difference.

He know He didn’t have to do things a certain cookie cutter way. In fact, I suspect He often times deliberately did things in uncommon ways, unorthodox ways, and ways unprescribed by the religious side of Jewish culture. Things like heal people on the sabbath. A religious mind says, “Huh! You broke a rule!” They couldn’t see past the rule to the benefit. They couldn’t see past the prescribed to the One real Prescription to Heal the human condition. But He used all of these tactics to fish through the crowd and find the pure of heart–those who would see Him for who He was and wouldn’t shy away from the Power of His Love. He was looking for a faithful few. He was searching for a Bride who would be True.

He was a man before His time. Literally!

He was and is a man for all of time.

God is!…

There is no one right way to show love to others. Everyone shows and shares love differently. But when Love is caught…that’s where there is magic.

God loves so much.

He gave it all up—

Only to pick it back up again

With those who had shown themselves true friend.

What began as just a few men that came to be known as His Disciples, grew. Then we see a little more than one hundred people in the Upper Room. That’s a lot more people than 12 (Disciples number), but by comparison to Caesar’s Empire it was a drip from the faucet. But what happened in that upper Room? Tongues of Fire licked the crowd and changed them inside out and they became as fierce as Fire Breathing Dragons that weren’t fueled by fury or rage, but a pleasing aroma that could settle a disturbed and disquieted heart. They were fueled by Love. They were fueled by Holy Zeal and a Fiery Purpose. They loved on purpose and for a reason and displayed unmatchable strength by the Power of His Mercy.

Have you ever had a friend who loves you and thinks the best of you for no apparent reason? God will because God is…

Have you ever had a friend who’s accomplishments seem far superior to yours yet they marvel at the things you do that you consider less grand in the scheme of human measurement of success? I for sure do! Just my friend I wrote about the other day. She always outshined me academically and professionally as well. Yet she sits and always marvels at the fact I was able to home school my children. I think this is both comical and adorable. The woman has a PhD in Psychology and is a college adjunct professor!

But guess who else is a friend like this?

God is…

Have you ever had a friend who just alway looks at you with kind eyes. They hold you deep in their heart and you know they would do just about anything for you? Wow, I feel blessed. As I write this I realize I have that as well {and I know she is reading this right now…you’re amazing my friend, you love big and you love hard and your love is pure and real. I am so grateful for you.💕}.

Praise God! If you don’t have that with people, I pray God will give you a friend like that. But don’t forget, the friend of all friends who companionship has no end and though great, all these other friendships will always pail in comparison. Who is this kind of love?

God is…

Unconventional-not bound by or confirming to convention, rule, or precedent.

Cheers to the One who came in an unconventional way to save the day.

“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

Blessings to the one who became completely undone despite having done nothing wrong. He’s the one I’m looking toward to guide my soul and be my example. I dare say you can look to Him as well. God is…and He never fails!

The heart of God adores you. Can you not feel His Pleasure? Take time today to revel in the delight of His sheer goodness. Though we will never obtain His level of goodness it’s ok to feel good about the good inside of yourself. Heaven does! You can delight with Him. I think it honors God to not be so depreciating of yourself. We all struggle with this from time to time.

He is both friend and lover like none other.

~Nicole

A little bit about me:

Hello! Welcome to my blog. I write from the heart to the heart and feel God guide every stroke of my pen. I know God has entrusted me with His ability to Comfort, Alieve, and Creatively Heal. I pray your stay on my page will leave you desiring more with your relationship with Christ. I pray my words are water to a thirsty and dusty soul. My entire life I found God over and over again, or probably He found me, in the depths of my heart. That is truly where He shows me who He is and His real nature. Then He takes His Word and soaks it all in and I just marinate there. It creates a flavor to life beyond compare!

I think that’s ultimately where He wants to live–making our heart His home. I invite you to open up to Him and dare to trust Him a bit with the parts of your soul you have avoided not willing to explore. It will be a challenge, but I think you’re up for it! God knows you’re a little unconventional too! Cheers to you! Thank you again for coming. 💜

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