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

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April 12, 2017

Equipped & Fit

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:07 am by Broken & Brave

“The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.”

Exodus 15:2

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Whatever YOU are to do, YOU have been equipped with POWER! So many people miss out on their own destiny because they approach it with insecurity. Here are some things people say, “that’s easy for you because…”, “I could never do that because…”, “But they do this or that better than me or they are prettier than me or maybe smarter than me.” Nonsense! No matter your past, present, education, cultural influence, you have been predestined! So hold your position! You are where you are for a reason! God will equip you with the right resources and people to assist you in what you are called to do with absolute excellence! You are Beautiful, Powerful, Strong, Tenacious! Let’s face it, you got it going on! Now Believe with all you’ve got! ~Nicole

April 6, 2017

You Are Enough

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , at 3:22 am by Broken & Brave

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Change on big scales will always start with something small….yourself.

Though you are created, built, wired to be BIG and GREAT, on the scale of eternity we are but small. Most feel too small for their choices to make a difference or lasting impact. But this is not true. It all starts with what you do on the inside of who you are. It starts in the mirror.

I don’t consider myself a great writer. I don’t have mastery knowledge of the English language or the literary works of humanity. I haven’t published a New York Times Best Seller (yet😏).
Let me tell you what I do have…

When I was young I could write, but I didn’t know I could write. The pen seemed to flow readily for me and I received attention from one college professor and peers in that one class where we had to write and review each other’s writing. I guess that’s all it took to encourage me. I didn’t take that class until the spring quarter of my senior year of college. Talk about the 11th hour! Prior to that I was aware that anytime I could write and assignment/paper or could write the answers on the test (versus scantron multiple choice) I did well. This is about as much confidence as I had in this regard.  I was still fairly oblivious that I could write. Why? I didn’t know it came easily to me, I had nothing to compare to.

I had no self confidence. I struggled with self confidence my entire life. I was quiet, meek and unsure. I was afraid to try because I felt I did everything wrong or not well enough. I feared failure. I also feared attention, of any kind, positive or negative.

Until God stepped in and changed all of that.

I still don’t have a lot of confidence in Nicole…but I do have tremendous confidence in God and how He feels about me. God Confidence made the difference-it created His strength and boldness inside of me.

I know that greater than any combination of words to flow from my heart is His Heavenly Kiss on the tip of the ink as I scratch and make a mark. He takes what I write and uses it to prick the hearts of men/women.

Self confidence relies on “self”, but God confidence is all confidence in God and the belief that if you do what He asks you to do and go where He asks you to go and say what He asks you to say, He is there with you making his way manifest. God confidence.

What is it that you must do? What edifies you heart and soul and flows from within and makes you feel exuberant and energized like a kid? Whatever God has called you to do, you can do it because God does it with you. All you must do is believe how He feels and thinks about you and then take the steps to follow through. Engage yourself to your own destiny! Great is His Faithfulness. ~Nicole

“My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.”
Psalm 45:1

April 4, 2017

Incredible Belief

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:10 am by Broken & Brave

Belief…
It is the dwelling place of Hope. Though it takes courage, don’t be afraid to dare to Believe.

Belief…
Bold
Encouragement
Living
Itself
Everyday
For others
I Believe in You! Now, go with belief in yourself. You CAN do it! -Nicole

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in you.” Psalm 5:11

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