December 13, 2018

Quiet as a mouse.

Posted in Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , at 7:33 am by Broken & Brave

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Chores, errands, running around.
Company party, office party, neighbors party, church party, family gatherings and an endless list of this and that. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and maybe the most exhausting or depressing time of the year for many.

How ever important it is to keep the main thing the main thing.

Has this list described you?
Has the fanfare, the party air, the festive lights and tantalizing treats distracted you or overwhelmed you in any way? Or maybe you’ve not been invited to a party, not a single one, no one remembered to send you a card or you are deeply missing someone you loved. Whether your sick in your body or fighting with your spouse, wayward children or a leaking roof on your house. Remain…

Quiet as a mouse.

Take a few moments, quiet ones, all to yourself.
If you have to wake up a bit earlier for that slice of quiet I hold so dear.
Morning may be best when you’ve had even the wee-est amount of rest.
Take a moment to drink Him in. Who?
That baby, that’s who.

He was born for you.
Just gaze at that face and imagine his embrace.

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His Spirit descends down, he’s not overly dignified despite his enormous crown…Sovereign of all Eternity.
He stoops down.
He gathers low.
He whispers to your sweet spirit, heart and soul.

“You are adored”.

Light of the world.

Before the angels sang, while Mary still had sweat dripping from her face, a babe was born to Light the world and most of all, to Aluminate Hope for you.

Let His Beauty Come.
Let His Gentle Grace Cascade with glory over your face—
Just like the finger tips of the one you kiss.
His soul kisses you.
His heart marries you.
And all of this…

First began small and from a place of humble beginning, lonely nights created with danger…that sweet little boy lying in a manger.

He did it all for you.
Drink deep of His Cup.

May this day and this Holiday Season be magnificent for you.
May the dew of Heaven wet your brow with a kiss of the Holy Spirit and may you enter into His Rest and Comfort as never before.

You are adored.

~Nicole

**this song is a little rockin’ For my post about comfort, rest and focused time in the Lord…but it’s fabulous and the lyrics piercing and it’s the very song the Spirit is impressing in me to use. Enjoy! I know I love it♥️ ~N

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November 28, 2018

Anything. . .

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 7:37 am by Broken & Brave

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Today, someone is feeling grateful for YOU. How awesome is that?

You are Special.

You are Wonderful.

You are Needed, Valued and Extraordinary.

Lips offer thanks to God for you and the offerings of your life.

Lay all your burdens down. The Breath of Heaven Rejoices over you. One of Heaven’s Heroes come true.

Life is a beautiful journey. Just because you’re being hard on yourself doesn’t mean that other people are hard on you. I wish you could see yourself like others see you!

You can do anything the Lord has put in your heart to do.
He will not leave you or forsake you.
In fact, He believed enough to die for you.
It all began one Christmas time.

Believe and Enjoy the ride❤️…

-Nicole

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November 23, 2018

The Gratitude of Heaven

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , at 8:26 am by Broken & Brave

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The Gratitude of Heaven

Has it ever occurred to you that God is thankful? It’s kind of hard to wrap my head around that. But if He desires us to be full of thanksgiving then we must be filled with gratitude. The deeper we go in gratitude the more we become a reflection of Him. If we are reflecting Him, then thankfulness must be in Him. It is an attribute of His heart. With this, my mind naturally begins to think or realize something astounding and powerful…

God is thankful for you.
God is thankful for me…

I already understand His Love to a certain measure. But how can this be? He is God! Lofty, High and Lifted Up! Creator of all the heavens and the earth. But as it settles in my heart somewhere down deep I know it is His heart communicating this Truth to me. He is happy he made you. Let it sink in… In fact, I am quite certain that your heart makes His heart sing.

“Come, take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden light.”
Matthew 11:29-30

The Lord treasures your heart and is thankful for you. Don’t forget it.

~Nicole

November 19, 2018

Big Dogs

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , at 7:54 am by Broken & Brave

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Ever had somebody think you were mad at them when you weren’t? It can be frustrating to convince someone who has decided in their heart and are sure of a non fact.

But don’t we all do this to God over and over again? Don’t we betray our own heart and fail to show ourselves kindness because we expect the worse case scenario to unfold?

We place our expectations of the future on our experiences of the past. What a horrible mask the enemy has dealt to corrupt God’s Good Nature all so he can boast about how God has failed or forgotten to come through for you. But God’s nature is to never become frustrated. He is calm and carries His Peace extraordinarily well. He is decided upon you.

Friends, If this resonates with your heart at all, don’t fret, stand tall, I’ve got a good word for you.

When I was a child I had a series of negative experiences with dogs, big ones. Now, I am a petite and diminutive adult so you can imagine my stature as a young girl. I was always very tiny. A large dog can be quite intimidating for anyone just in size alone. But on top of this intimidation I had experiences of them taking my food, barking at me and I was even attacked by a dog when I was 9. I still have his fangs marked as a scar on my left leg—literally. So, as you can imagine, I am not a huge fan of dogs—All dictated by my experience I’m sure. But my family loves dogs! So we have only had two in our households 24 year existence, but both were off the charts amazing creatures. I have two points with this…

1) Maybe dogs aren’t so bad and I need to get to know each dog individually?
2) God knows my experience of past and my interpretations so he hand selected gentle giants of dogs who would be able to win my heart?

I’ve always considered number 2 to be of great truth.

So what do you face in your life? What giant or obstacle or fear is ruling your choices? What is your “Big Dog”? Are you hiding in a cave as David did avoiding Gods blessings or are you putting your foot in the River Jordan like Joshua and taking the land?

God is not mad at you.
God is not out to get you.
God has not forgotten you.
God cannot change his mind about you.
You may change, but he doesn’t.
God will care for your every circumstance. He also knows what you have been through, and he will delicately care for you and escort you like a perfect gentlemen into his plans for you. You have your own personal promise land. But you must walk the dessert to get to it. Take courage. Have heart. Take risks. Think and dream bigger than you ever have before. Be willing to do the absurd and ridiculous!

God’s Love is scandalous and his grace measured generous!
Wherever you go…
Whatever you do…
He is with you.
He loves to live inside your heart.
It’s his favorite home.
You are adored.

~Nicole 💖

“Rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”
Col. 2:7

October 30, 2018

Rest🌹

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , at 5:56 am by Broken & Brave

True rest has to do with trust.
When we trust God for the day to day—moment by moment, we find our mind, our heart, our will in unison with His.

No matter the situation or circumstance we trust God to bless and protect and lift us up at His Appointed time.

You can rest in it.
You can trust it! ~Nicole🌹

“In quietness and in confidence shall be your strength.”
~Isaiah 30:15

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September 27, 2018

Finesse

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:45 am by Broken & Brave

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Well…
Hello there.

What an excellent day.
I hear it was Heaven made.

But what exactly does that mean to you?

For me…this is what it means. A Heaven made day means something different to everyone, but here’s a glimpse into my heart and what stirs me deeply.

I love the free expression my heart yields in His Presence. It is frequently found in my pen, but when I speak it is found there as well.

He brings out the best in me.

What brings out the best in you?

I am fully aware that I am fully Lover. I care deeply. Feel deeply. Experience richly and want the Source of it all to penetrate my heart in all—the big and the small. I want God to be a part of it all. I am fully invested. Because I am also fully resolute and stoic. Kind of an unusual mix. I’ve learned to embrace it.

How about you?

What stirs you?

Not what brings you success. Not what keeps trials at bay. Not what appeases others. What STIRS you? If you’re not stirred then it’s all for no good. Wouldn’t you agree?

I don’t want to just live, breathe, experience. I mean—I want all of those things. But what I really want is to be moved.

What moves you?
What inspires you?
What causes you to step up and out and find your real finesse?

Finesse. Everybody wants it. Everyone is drawn to it…but truth be told…not everyone has it.
It’s sort of one of those things you can’t duplicate. You have it, or you don’t.

But true finesse is MAGNETIC.

So what draws you?

I pray this day Heaven would draw you and penetrate your soul and increase the luster and shine on all that you do. I have a feeling there’s something magnificent still asleep within you, despite all the finesse that already seeps through.

Heaven is waiting…
It wants to experience your deepest finesse, too.

Can’t wait to see—
You were born for more.

This day, BE INSPIRED!

~Nicole💕

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July 6, 2018

Strength & Joy

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 7:16 am by Broken & Brave

Strength & Joy

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You’ve got strength and potential popping out just like a well developed muscle.

Push through and press in.
The Lord is your Advocate.

Stay focused in the bigger picture, always, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

The most impactful people are the ones who are always learning, always growing, always open minded. It’s important to be teachable.

Grab your Hope, even if it be merely a tiny thread. Get tangled in it. WRAP up in it. Allow it to hoist your heart and exalt your mind to every dream, inspiration or ambition you have ever held inside. The future is inside you already, waiting for God’s perfect timing to begin.

Mindset of a Champion!

This is the word on my heart this morning and so parallel to this devotion…

Do not be discouraged when you face trials of many kinds. It could just be God’s instrument to captivate you. The heart is big, very big, grand in capacity. God wants all of it. He wants all of your heart so He can move all of Himself in. He wants to reside in your heart at the deepest levels.

Yield to His lead as He tugs at your need. He merely wants all of you. Then the trial will be through.

I find the thought of this incredibly lovely and full of God’s Grace and Comfort. ~Nicole

“Deep calls unto deep at the noise of your waterfalls. All your waves and bellows have gone over me.” Psalm 42:7

June 2, 2018

God Is Sufficient

Posted in Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , at 5:32 am by Broken & Brave

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I tend to be task driven by nature.

When I was in my twenties I began to realize a shift in my heart. I was noticing that keeping a list and scratching things off was very productive and satisfying, I also saw that the greater my list grew the more overwhelmed I began to feel. As my responsibilities shifted from only being responsible for myself to being responsible for my growing family I had to relearn a healthy balance in this.

I began to lay my lists before the Lord.

I began to seek His guidance for every day. I realized many times what was important wasn’t a priority for God. As I began to release grip of my goals and their deadlines I began to feel liberated, less stressed and more alive. I was now learning to experience Joy in my Journey.

Fast forward to now–all who know me well know that if I’m invited to something or asked to participate in something (even if I’m absolutely wanting to do it) I always respond “I don’t know, I need to pray first”. Sometimes God asks me to do things my schedule doesn’t seem to fit and it ends up flowing beautifully. Sometimes what looks like an obvious “yes”, He says “No”.

Being God Sufficient not Self Sufficient means we don’t always have to work more to bridge the gaps. We just need to trust more that God is our Source for every lack.

“In his heart man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

May 31, 2018

Survivor

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 6:41 am by Broken & Brave

“A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.” Psalm 91:5

You are a Survivor. Though many things may have come against you in your life, it did not succeed. You’re still here, still breathing. So believe and know it is not without purpose. Whatever tragedy you have survived. Whatever calamity has crossed the path of your life. You have made it and…

God will use it to your advantage for whatever it is he has in store for your life.

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I’ve been hit by a car as a pedestrian while crossing the street, I’ve been run off the highway by an 18 wheel vehicle. I passed out while in water and almost drown. I experienced severe complications during pregnancy that without modern technology would have taken me out. I’ve had a wealth of other trials and tribulations, but nothing matters more than the fruit of God’s Love, Joy, Peace and Anointed Comfort I received in return. Nothing matters more than God’s incredibly tenacious ability to pursue your heart because nothing brings him more Joy than sharing His Presence with you. And I dare say, Heaven enjoys your company, too. He is a very relational God. He is like a cool drink of water on a hot summer day. He has the unspoken ability to wash your cares away and leave you feeling refreshed even when life feels like a mess.

I’m still here and so are you.

Gods got some amazing stuff for us to do! Enjoy every single day like its a brand new YOU and, my oh my, how marvelous the day looks on you!

Whatever it is that remains in your heart to do…heaven is merely paving the way for your break through. Never give up. Don’t quit. Your life is making a beautiful impact that will only grow if you stay with it.

~Nicole💜

May 22, 2018

Look Up

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , at 6:43 am by Broken & Brave

I was doing some writing this morning that took a little more time and research. I was browsing through my notes and came across this piece I wrote some four years back, I guess. Thought today would be a good day to share it.

Time is a funny and precious thing. We waste so much time searching for treasures, searching for happiness, contentment. We waste so much time on empty entertainment and idle cares and concerns.

Look up, Beloved. Look up. Climb into the lap of Abba Father. Allow His Love to wrap around you and cloak you and lavish you with encouragement, exhortation, praise. He sees your every attribute, ability and He even sees all of your future victories. No one can hug like Him. Be held today. Whatever you face. It’s going to be okay.

“Look at me. Look at me.” Said my 3 year old as I was distracted by something else when he clearly wanted my undivided attention. So, I stopped what I was doing and I looked right in his eyes. When I did, he said, “I love you.”

Isn’t this such a perfect analogy of how The Lord desires our hearts focus? We have a lot to do and many times plans fail or we just don’t know what to do…but God is ever true. He knows what to do every time. Every hill, valley and mountain top experience he knew about ahead of time. So if he knows everything, is surprised or caught of guard by NOTHING~then I think it’s safe to say he has a plan. Sometimes we just have to get our eyes off the distractions…look to his face and allow him to wrap himself around us and say, “I love you.”

He’s never going to let you go. Relax in his grip. I hear he is pretty strong.

Hold tight. Rest easy… Absolutely everything is going to be alright. You’ll see…

“When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.” Micah 7:8
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