April 17, 2018

Sown…Garment of Love

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“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

February 15, 2018

A Home for your Heart

Posted in Inspirational, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:16 pm by Broken & Brave

“Come Home”. Don’t let the cares of this world draw you aside from the Presence of God. He possesses an infinite amount of comfort, care and every thing you need in this life. Draw back in His heart, rest in His Word and settle yourself through prayer. He is waiting for you there…so come home. Allow God’s heart to be your home. New or old, it is as precious as gold.

Imagine being gone on a trip or somewhere far from home. You miss your comforts and familiarities and you even miss sleeping in your own bed. When you arrive there are your loved ones, those with whom you do life. This is how it is when we rest in the Lord. It feels like a homecoming. ~Nicole

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
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December 22, 2017

Cherished

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:41 am by Broken & Brave

Quiet your heart…
Rest your soul…
There is a God in Heaven who loves you beyond any love you have ever known. He is there with you now–
In your car, in your home and every other place you could dare to roam.

Accept His quiet disposition, love and bountiful Grace. Accept His gift of love to you this holiday season.

…wise men still seek Him.

-Nicole

“Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.” Proverbs 9:6

(Christmas Memories 2012)

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December 13, 2017

Awakened

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:12 am by Broken & Brave

All of life is a message.
What is yours saying?
All of life is a song.
What is yours singing?
All of life if full of opportunity.
Are you taking any chances?

The Kingdom of God does not come by observation…

One of the greatest achievements for the Christian life is to live a Spirit lead life. Being lead by the Spirit is not easy. You will experience difficulty and immense spiritual warfare when you choose and decide to abide in your stride and walk faithfully at the Lord’s side as He guides you to Rivers of Refreshment. You will encounter great difficulties for the Spirit lead Believer is the Enemy of Heavens greatest threat outside of the Almighty himself.
But if you can overcome…and you can.
If you can dig deep and press through the ravenous terrain.
If you can trench through the muck and the mire and get to the other side…
Not only will you possess a life that completely inspires, but you will personally receive God’s great reward for Faithfulness and obedience.

The Spirit lead life will challenge you. You will permanently move and live outside of your comfort zone. It is a narrow road. Unfortunately, few choose it so it can also be a lonely road. But you never go alone. The Almighty HE is the most stable, able supplemental strength you could ever ask for. He goes, too, right beside you. So go ahead…

Live Brave!

Everything worth having in life requires work. Requires effort. Your life may be “good” on a scale of “Good, Better, Best”. Take actions steps today toward living your BEST life! Finish Strong!

Does anything you’ve read that I’ve said speak to you? Are you facing battles you don’t understand or mountains too ominous to defeat on your own?

You are not alone.
You do not go it alone.
God cups your heart in His hands and He makes no demands.
He just want to comfort you today.

“The LORD said to me, “You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”
Jeremiah 1:12

Shalom. May the Peace of God stir the Heavens and pour out a delightful portion of Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Kindness, Thanksgiving, Tenderness and Resilient Strength that supplies for your every need. He is like the almond tree in Jeremiah 1:12. The Hebrew word, shoked, also called the “Awake Tree” hastens. The Lord is awake and watching over you. He is not dormant in your situation. He has Hidden Treasures awaiting you and He will bring forth the accelerated blessing.

Open your eyes…
Be awakened, too.💛

~Nicole

“But The Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me…”
2 Timothy 2:17

 

December 2, 2017

Comfortable Shoes

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , at 8:00 am by Broken & Brave

It takes me a long time to decide if I like something. This is true for almost everything. There are very few things I immediately love. But once I’ve decided and settled on it, I become attached and that’s that, I’m loyal to the core.

As long as I can remember I have been engaged with a deep love affair for shoes. That’s right…shoes. I have no idea what caused me to love them so, but for as long as I know I’ve had a fond attachment to them. I don’t love all shoes, of course, I’m particular about this as well.

When I was a young girl I remember asking my Grandmother (Grammy we called her) if I could go into her closet and try on her shoes. She was a diminutive woman and her foot a little small, so even as a young girl her shoes were still big, but not so big that I couldn’t picture how they’d look if I fit them a little better. Every Christmas this same grandmother would ask what I wanted for a gift and I always told her I wanted new shoes, namely boots. I loved heels and boots best, but of course my mother had the sense to not allow me to wear heels until I was older, so boots it was. I can still probably remember every pair she ever bought me.

Have you ever had a pair of shoes you missed? I’ve had many. I had a pair of shoes I purchased my junior year of college. It was a time when booties (ankle boots) were just coming into style. Seemed the trend for everyone was the style that looked a little like a cowboy boot, but short. I liked them, but as usual, when I went shopping I selected an ankle bootie, but it looks nothing like any boot I’d seen. This is so typical me-I do know that I always love things a little different or unique from the trends. I am also an efficient shopper. I have an agenda and go to find exactly what I’m looking for and am usually done shopping in and out the store tops 20-30 minutes. This particular boot took me a little while to decide how much I liked them. I liked them enough to wear them, but wasn’t really sure I loved them. But the more I wore them, the more they worked their way into my heart. The sole and the leather creased in all the right places and conformed to my foot image making my stride not only fashionable, but extremely comfortable and practical. Also big pluses for me. I have to be comfortable in my clothes or shoes.
This pair of shoes probably became an all time favorite pair. I wore them out, had the soles replaced, and wore them out again. I finally had to get rid of them despite the faithful friend they’d been.

How about you? Have you had something you loved dearly and stuck to it faithfully like glue? Are there things in your life that bring you comfort and are familiar?

Well…let me tell you about my Friend. He will stick closer to you than any kind of bondo glue. He is better than any shoe I’ve ever owned. He will help you. He will be loyal to you. Not only that, but He will guide your soul and bring peace like the comfort of a pair of well worn, yet sturdy shoes. He will protect your heart, mind, soul and will offer you Peace and constantly remind you how much you are adored. Far better than any pair of shoes I’ve ever owned.

The God of all Heaven is waiting for your relationship to begin. He is Patient. He is low pressure. He is Gentle. He is oh so very Kind. He knows you may be a little fickle and particular-just like me. He understands you may like to take your time and think. Your cautious about Him maybe because you’re just not sure what He’s all about and if following Him is going to be a good fit for your life. Although He already knows that He is a custom fit, He just keeps shining and beaming and waiting for you to select him. King Jesus, the ultimate Lover of your Soul. He will crown your life with gold and drape his Goodness all about you like garments. He will bring you His shoes of peace and will comfort your life.

God bless your life. His timing is always right. He offers beauty for pain and comfort even in the rainy storms of life.

~Nicole

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Matthew 6:25

September 27, 2017

Reborn🌹

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:59 am by Broken & Brave

 

Never Had a Better Friend

The Lord has striped me in many ways.

Yet, He preserves each and every one of my days.

He took away so much that mattered to me

and in the process grafted me more tightly into His Tree.

He drew me near and showered me with blessings from above.

He gave me increase in my capacity to Love.

He showed me His devotion and care

Yet I know He will not only stop there.

He took me as a seed and planted me in the Earth.

He provided the water of Salvation in Jesus

giving me second birth.

He rose from the grave and captured my soul.

So who am I to complain or be afraid of any foe?

He crowned me with splendor and His Grace crowns my head.

He asked me to walk this earth in an effort to revive the dead.

So many are abandoned and left without Hope.

Without Jesus they are left with no strength to cope.

They turn to drugs, violence, suicide and sin

Never gaining the purity of heart that can free them from within.

Who am I to complain when troubles cross my path?

For I have access to the very Throne of the One giving me life that will last.

Blessed Jesus, my Savior, Companion, my Friend

Who could turn from you, ignoring the battle within?

There is a day to day struggle that occurs

With in the hearts of all men.

Without Jesus, we are doomed to failure

in a battle that has no end.

Seek Jesus, the Savior, a Friend to all man.

Only He can take a shattered life, put it back together

And make it whole once again.

Seek, Jesus, the Savior, who was crucified and rose again.

He knows of your suffering, your loneliness and can take it from you, putting your misery to end.

Seek Jesus! Seek Jesus! I have never known another to be such a great Friend.

~Nicole

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