August 9, 2017

Story Tellerđź“š

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 5:11 am by Broken & Brave

I don’t consider myself a blogger.

I am a writer.

I am a writer who happens to have a blog account and on this account I share a little glimpse of the pieces I write.

I was thinking about this and all the different ways people who write do so. Some write and their pen is a compilation of all they have researched. Some write songs or lyric of sorts.

I write stories.

I suppose if I wanted I could write a story like a novel. I’ve not done this except maybe a short little story in elementary school. I have on more than one occasion wondered how I’d be at this kind of story telling? Could I write a novel? Maybe someday I will, I think I’d enjoy the process, the progress, the challenge. As for now, I tell true stories. I tell my stories.

I recently wrote about a few experiences I’ve had in my life. I shared these pieces of work on my blog site. When you bog frequently you begin to accrue a following of “bloggers”. People who write or blog and follow other bloggers. So I began tagging and organizing my posts making it easier for people searching a specific topic to find what I’ve written. As a result my blog has really grown and I have a faithful following of people who seem to enjoy my stories, encouragement and writing. Some of these people I know, some I don’t.

Recently I had a few bloggers ping back my posts, the few I am mentioning now, with a link to all the scriptural support for the stories I have shared. It was kind of fascinating to read the in depth, precept by precept, recitation and application of the Word. I was a bit fascinated by the attention and time committed to the writing of this source. God has gifted people who can dig and research and create an organized and simplified search through the scriptures on any given topic.

As I mulled through these thoughts in my mind I contemplated how some write facts or just information. I write stories. My life is like a little playbook of all the miracles and wonders and stories of the Bible in a present day setting. The person who ping backed gave enormous scriptural application for my testimony.

Here’s the cool thing about a story…your story. It is YOURS. Nobody else’s. It cannot be taken from you. It cannot be refuted. It’s your story.

See, if we truly and fervently want to see people impacted by the Gospel we need to become champion story tellers. I’m not talking fairy tales and folklore. We don’t manufacture fiction.

I’m talking about testifying.

Here is a simple format:

This is where I was in life. This is what I saw. This is what I did and this is where I am now and where I see myself going.

Christians need to have the full version of their testimony, but they also need an elevator version. They need to be well equipped and trained up in how to share their story with others. I think if more Christians focused on sharing their story, they wouldn’t feel so timid about sharing their faith. Because they are simply sharing their story. It releases the pressure of “am I witnessing correctly?” or the recipient, “are you proselytizing me?”.

Everybody loves a good story.

Everybody loves to hear something encouraging that has happened. It secretly inspires and encourages others, even if they never tell you. I guarantee they walk away with a piece of gratitude for the deeper level of Peace your story released in their heart.

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Your life is a story, your story. Share it boldly. Be willing to do bold and risky things. It builds your faith, sharpens your trust in God and gives you some pretty amazing stories that are exciting and captivating for others to hear.

People want to know God is real and that He can do all the cool miracles, Signs and Wonders the Bible espouses He can do. My life alone is living evidence He is, He can, and He does!

What is your story?
(I love feedback by the way!)

Make it an awesome day, writing your story with Him! You have been earmarked, like a page in a favorite book, for Glory!

~Nicole

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…” Romans 1:16

 

July 27, 2017

Wait a Minute!

Posted in Devotional, true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:52 am by Broken & Brave

Have you ever had to wait for something? Maybe you had to wait for someone? When I was a girl we went to church on Sunday. My Dad, being a very prompt and punctual fellow, would be ready well before my Mom. As she finished preparing herself for the morning my Father would sit in our living room and play records on the record player of various worship tunes. He would sit at the end of the couch and just softly sing.

Sometimes when we have to wait we become impatient or disinterested in what we were waiting for. We give up. We take a new road. But we can all learn from my Father who chose to wait patiently for the appointed time by singing a song of Worship and lifting his heart to Him.

God knows right where you are today. You may be facing a health crisis, financial crisis, waiting to hear about that job interview or just longing for a change in a dry season of life. Worship your way through. The King of Heaven has got you. ~Nicole

“Blessed are they that wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18

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June 19, 2017

Activated Faith

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:01 am by Broken & Brave

I think technology is great. Computers, internet, cell phones, social media, etc. It creates a fast way to connect, learn, communicate. However, I am also a very old fashion girl. I prefer face to face communication. Maybe its the counselor in me. Active listening skills require feedback, observation of non verbal communication and listening.

That’s how it is with God also. We can see glimpses of him in music, the sunset, etc. But it’s when we pour ourselves into Him that He shows us his face, his heart and blesses us with his Presence.

You are loved. You are valuable. You are set apart to do great things. He is with you and he is calling you by name. Do not be afraid to reach back to him the same.
-Nicole

June 3, 2017

Blessed Confidenceđź’ž

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:01 am by Broken & Brave

You are a great reason for God to get up in the morning. He’s got you on His mind all through the night and He never tires of proving how easy it really can become to trust in his love.

Everything you need to succeed at anything-whatever is in your heart to do-GOD has equipped you to get up and go! You’ve got this! His heart for you is to give you more.
Enjoy your day! ~Nicole

“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”
Jeremiah 17:7

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June 1, 2017

Yielded

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 7:32 am by Broken & Brave

Yesterday was such a tough day for me. I yielded to my Savior in every way and I did something difficult and challenging for me. It went ok, but I really had to process some feelings and thoughts for a moment. I had to be transparent. For anyone, being vulnerable is a bit like being naked in public–not that I have any experience with that, lol, but anyone can imagine how that would feel. Of course, my Jesus knew how it felt….

Isn’t it so wonderful to be in a place where you can trust God with your heart and be transparent with your soul and bear it with others so that we can bear our own burdens a little better, but so that our burdens can bring consolation to the soul of another.

I think all around people are feeling alone. Alone with their hearts. Alone in their struggles. Alone in many decisions and reflections. God didn’t design humanity to be alone. That is why after creating Adam, came Eve. God saw it was not good for Adam to be alone.

(Genesis 1:27)

Gods purpose for companionship is not merely for reproduction and population of the earth.

God knows the Beauty of Friendship.

A friend can get you through the things that are hard for you. It’s like supplemental strength. When you plant a tree and it’s young it needs a stake right next to it, driven deep and tied to its side so it can withstand the elements and environment no matter how extreme.

God delights in friendship. This truth is evident all throughout His Word. He had Jonathan supporting and encouraging David then to be followed by his mighty men. Esther had an advocate in Hathach, Naomi had Ruth, Elijah had Elisha, Barak and Deborah made a great team and the Disciples of Christ had each other. The greatest friendship of all came when Christ sacrificed himself for you. He desired friendship with each person on the earth. He has reserved special friendship for you.

So be grateful for the gift of friendship. You may not have a lot of friends, but count yourself blessed if you have one friend who knows and sees your heart, your good, your not so good, and loves you the same anyway.  ~Nicole

The Lord will hear when you call…

“But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself Him who is godly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him.” Psalm 4:3

 

May 22, 2017

“Look at me…”

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

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“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 tonight. Absolutely everything is going to be alright. You’ll see…

~Nicole

May 17, 2017

He Loves You Just Because…

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 7:03 am by Broken & Brave

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The Spirit of God is such a Gentlemen. He is available to all who would receive Him. He gives brightness to the eyes, Joy to the heart, wisdom to the soul and Peace forevermore. He is fully available to those who love Him and believe in Him. But here is where He is unique, He is fully available to those who don’t love Him or Believe in Him as well. He waits patiently, like a Gentlemen, for the invitation to come in and save a soul.

God loves you. His mercies for your life are never ending. Life may try to harden you, but His heart is ever soft toward you. He’s not like us, He loves just because. He loves you just because. ~Nicole
“If we are faithless, he remains faithful—for he cannot deny himself.”
2 Tim. 2:13

 

May 12, 2017

Fortified Goodness

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:16 am by Broken & Brave

Your True Identity is void of fear; hidden in the heart of God. His heart chambers are fortified with serenity and absolute protection.

You have dreams, hopes, aspirations all tucked inside of you. Hidden in the chambers of your heart, like a chest of treasure. Hold onto your hopes, protect them, they have incredible value and God will protect and bless it. Remain faithful, but even when you struggle, His Faithfulness will swoop you up and carry you in what seems to be effortless apparel to your destination- safely and on time.

God is both an incredible Warrior and a Beautiful Poet. He will slay your fears, wipe your tears and Comfort your soul with great affection. Place full confidence in Him.

No more wondering about what will happen? How will it happen? When will my prayers get answered? Instead, worship!

No more wonder, just worship!

Childlike Faith!
~Nicole

“But the hidden man of the heart in the incorruptibility of a quiet and a meek spirit, which is rich in the sight of God.”
1 Peter 3:4

April 5, 2017

The Path

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:25 am by Broken & Brave

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About five or six years ago my husband decided to go on a hike up in the Mother Lode of California to spend some time in reflection and prayer. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
We love to hike and though we don’t go as much as we used to-it’s always been something we enjoy together. On this hike, he was gone a very long time and I began to feel a little concerned. John has always been really good at checking in and he tends to call me a lot in general. I hadn’t heard from him all afternoon and he was most likely in a spot with no cell service.

Late that afternoon I finally got the call. He had found a spot with some cell service and phoned to check in. He explained to me that he had gotten lost on the mountain and was having a hard time finding his way out. But he wasn’t afraid at all. He explained he had his water and a jacket and had a plan if he got dark before he got out. He gave me instruction of what to do if he got stuck. I was scared and angry all at the same time. I was frustrated with his sense of adventure and refusal to stay on the carved hiking path.

He called about an hour later to tell me he found the road and his way back to his car. He was safe and on his way home.

What do we do when we seem to have lost our way? How to we handle life’s unexpected detours and setbacks? Do we handle it like a champ or do we get frustrated scared and begin to panic?

When we stay plugged into the Source of all life and drink deep of Living Water we can make our way through an obstacle, road block, mountain terrain or storm. We find our way because He is faithful to guide our path. There is no circumstance that can give God a setback. He always had a plan and always knows the Way. Drink in His Word, spend time in prayer. Seek His face and He will be faithful to meet you on this road less traveled-safe and secure and with a plan in hand. He’s got you! ~Nicole

1 “Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.”
Psalm 16:1

April 2, 2017

Broken & Blessedđź’—

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:07 am by Broken & Brave

IMG_9198Even through the toughest storms God’s got you. If you are in a storm today, He is right there in the thick of it with you, guiding you, paving the way. I actually think most people find this of comfort. Even people who never speak of God or seem to have spiritual interest seem to cry out for him in their moments of desperation. Do you know what, He takes the cry! He is just like a Father who cares for and protects His children.

If you truly knew how much God loved you…you’d let him hold you now. His care is an unbridled love and devotion. Though it is difficult for all of us to truly understand it, I am praying today that God would bless you to feel it and trust in it. He’s got you despite anything you walk through.

Broken and Blessed, God can handle your mess! ~Nicole

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”
1 John 3:1

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