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

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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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April 17, 2018

Sown…Garment of Love

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 6:39 am by Broken & Brave

“Jesus loves he tire children-all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.”

Grew up in church singing that song. It was precious to me. But what has been even more precious is watching God love through me all races, but also all creed. All peoples who have need…a need to be loved. You can find me during the week encouraging a wealthy woman with monogrammed everything and hours later I am out on the street praying with someone who has no teeth, no shoes and is pregnant with baby number (who knows what number) and how many different fathers her children have.

Each carries their own beauty.
Each carries their own struggles. Each carries hangups and strongholds.
But the love of God sees beyond their condition to their royal position.

I frequently see the affluent despise the poor because they feel the resentment of the poor toward their wealth. Then, I see the poor reject the rich because they have what they have never had and feel the sting of judgement or inadequacy.

The world loves the pretty, the beautiful, the strong, the rich. But God measures us all with a different stick. He is a God of Infinite Love and purpose and His amazing arms of comfort can handle any circumference. He loves the beautiful. He loves the proud. He loves the down and out. He loves those with a glorious song and He loves those who have absolutely nothing to sing about. His Love is Perfect. His love is Pristine. His Love and His Love alone will make your heart clean and wipe away every stain of pain your life has afforded. He will help you cut your losses and build within a Temple comfortable for a King to live in. He is your Way Maker, Day Saver, King of all kings life changer. He is prepared to make a way for you in all you say and do. He will carve an incredible landscape and garden of heart for you. Tear those walls down. Polish your Crown. You are a royal diadem. You are a costly garment in the care of a King. Seamless embroidery does His hand bring. You’ve been stitched into this particular fabric of time and nothing…I mean nothing…can snatch you from His Love. He loves you. Period. Drink it. Enjoy it. Swim in it. Bask in it. Be adored. For you are adorable.

“And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.” Luke 17:14

It doesn’t matter your SES or your physical address. You shop at K-Mart or only wear designer originals. YOU are His Original Design and He wants to create in you the sweet nectar of an organic piece of fruit. Juicy and sweet His Love always makes you whole and complete. Drink deep.

His love is in you, on you…all around you. He is Besotted.

Take care this day in every word that you say. Be mindful that the Peach of Heaven is ever fond of you.💜

Be Golden with Delight.✨

~Nicole

“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.” Revelation 3:20
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April 15, 2018

Enscribed by Heaven

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 7:27 am by Broken & Brave

“This, in essence, is the message we heard from Christ and are passing on to you: God is light, pure light; there’s not a trace of darkness in him.” 1 John 1:5

God is nothing but Life, Light, Joy, Goodness, Grace, Love and all things Hopeful. He can do all things; the imaginable and the unexplainable seemingly impossible. He is the ultimate Possibility Thinker, Way Maker, Bondage Breaker and the Friend like no other friend, loyal to the core.

For three days He became darkness to absorb all of ours. Like a sponge soaking up every wrong ever done. He took it all and he took it in a horrific fashion. He was beat, killed and placed in a tomb. For three days his followers didn’t know what to do, how to feel, what to think. They were devastated and all theirs hopes seem decimated…
until Sunday came.

Have you ever had something happen in your life that took the wind out of your lungs? Ever had darkness loom over you? Struggling with hopeless feelings, loss, depression or lack of direction? There is hope for you, take it to the Cross. Christ isn’t an old time tradition or fairy tale. He is the Sovereign Hope of the World and He loves you without fail. If you’ve never felt him, heard him, experienced him it doesn’t mean He isn’t real. Meeting him is like meeting the love of your life. When it happened your heart exploded. Feelings and thoughts erupted in your mind and heart and you were elated and felt anything was possible because this person seemed to elevate you and inspire you and complete you. Well, this too with God. In fact, human love and companionship is only a minuscule reflection of what is possible with God…you’ve just not called him yet.

Call on God today. Share your heart. Ask Him to reveal himself to you. He has already taken all of your darkness at the Easter Cross, let him have it once and for all. He’s got you. ~Nicole
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April 12, 2018

Overwhelmed

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:23 am by Broken & Brave

Can you feel the tug on your heart?

God wants his time with you.

I pray today you would begin to trust the Lord more than you ever have before.

Sink deep in his chest.
Let him wrap his strong arms around you and yield to your soul complete Peace and Rest.
Be blessed with the Kindness of Heaven.

Soak it in.
Drink deep.
Get some sleep.
You’re going to need your strength for the journey and adventures God plans for you to take.
Be touched by his heart to yours. May he lead you beside still waters and vanquish all that would siphon the flow of the Spirit in your life.

It is a marvelous life~
But only when God is in it does it yield the extraordinary.

Fortify your hope. Let there never be any complaint on your lips. May you forever experience the bliss and peace of knowing God can handle all of it. He just wants you closer. He wants to speak to you. May you hear His voice more clearly than ever before. May his Sovereign hand rule your every decision and guide your steps. He is a faithful companion…
The best of friends…to the end.

This is my prayer for you today.
The besotted of heaven admires you and longs to inspire you.
He knows exactly what he has wired you to do. You can withstand it all. Comfort of Heaven now over you fall.

Allow yourself to be Overwhelmed with Goodness…

Amen

~Nicole
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March 21, 2018

Speak Life

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:21 am by Broken & Brave

YOU are set apart. That means you are created, prepared and reserved for something special. God always has His eye on you watching your every move-not because he means to punish or extract something from you-but because He treasures you and He keeps inventory of the things He cherished most. He adores you and His thoughts toward you are adorable. So, you have been set apart. Let His love devour your fears, cares and troubles. Though storms may come, you will never be overcome. He is holding you now. ~Nicole

“I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage.” Joshua 1:5-6
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March 11, 2018

Come As You Are…

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:35 am by Broken & Brave

“‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
2 Cor. 12:9

I don’t know about you but I find great Comfort in this passage. Gods been pressing it in my heart all day. It releases us to know that God is in Control. I can rest assured that His loving arms of Strength wrap around me and I don’t have to have it all under control…He does. So, no matter what your days hold, remember, there is One who is ever Bolder and He openly shares His strength with us and carries us along when we allow him.
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God loves you with an everlasting love. That means forever, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer and in sickness and in health. He is betrothed to you like a partner for life and wants to give you Beauty for your Ashes. Hope for your pain and Joy for your tears.

Come as you are…

Be encouraged! He’s got you!

~Nicole

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