October 19, 2017

Unfair or Foundational?

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

The only people who fail are those who quit. Don’t quit!

Some people don’t have to work very hard and things come naturally to them while others work extremely hard and the results come with great difficulty. Have you ever wondered about this? I see this a lot in my competitions. Girls who don’t train very hard and don’t stick to their diet, yet they walk away with a trophy. But this concept applies to many areas of life. It could be a Valedictorian to rarely studied, the person who finds a job in a day while you hunt away. The list goes on.

Some may say it seems unfair, but don’t allow your heart, your mind nor your attitude to droop. For anything you deem important enough to put your heart to and it falls in line with the inspired Word of God, then God cares about it too and He is with you making way for you. Sometimes the Lord places purposes in our heart knowing the challenge it will bring. He will use it all to build stellar character to the pure of heart. So don’t quit. Never give up. You must be decided and possess absolute belief that the God who put you to it will see you through it brilliantly. What do you gain by quitting? You become like those work not at all and nothing comes to them. But when you work hard and discipline yourself the rewards received by far outweigh and title or trophy. It’s about becoming the best you can be and self worth and dignity. ~Nicole

“So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.”
1 Cor. 9:24-26

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September 5, 2017

Take A Bite!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:44 am by Broken & Brave

There is an old saying that goes, “How do you eat an elephant?”

The answer, “One bite at a time.”

What does this old idiom mean? It actually has nothing to do with elephants at all. It means when a task, trouble or struggle seems too big, too ominous you need to stop looking at the size of the task and break it down into small and manageable increments. Anything can overwhelm, but when we take every day as they come, knowing full well that God is measuring your Desire to be more like Him and if He knows you are honestly trying, He is more than pleased. Could you imagine on the day of your Salvation Jesus giving you a Diploma and saying, “Congratulations, now from this day forward, you will look exactly like me, talk exactly like me and walk, exactly like me…no exceptions.” Not at all! If that were so it would defeat the entire purpose for the Cross! He knows we aren’t perfect or flawless. We will never stop making mistakes because we are human and failed by Adam’s original sin. It’s ok. So embrace all the Teacher has for you each and every day. You are a winner in His book. He made you and is very proud of all the Creative Wonder and Ability He has established in you. When you feel discouraged, or hard on yourself, remember my words. You are beautiful through and through and Jesus just can’t take his eyes off of you…

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

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August 25, 2017

Press!

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:45 am by Broken & Brave

You can do it.

Have you ever notice when you are attempting to do something that resonates down deep in your soul, all heaven and earth seem to begin to move against you instead of with you? It’s quite common actually. Every great thing accomplished in history was completed under tremendous duress. Especially when it was something that began to shift the way a society did something or thought about something. It’s part of what makes the story great. I think God loves a good story as much as the rest of us.

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Take the parasol for example. A useful tool used to keep a woman’s face shaded and protected from the sun. The gentleman who got the brilliant idea to begin using it for an umbrella found himself under tremendous opposition to tradition in the introduction of this useful tool. In fact, it took forty years for the umbrella, as we know it and it’s usefulness today, to become socially accepted. An umbrella! Hardly an instrument to shape and shift a culture in a profound way, but look how necessary they have become.

So next time you feel discouraged, feel like quitting, considering your options to give up. Think again. Reassess. Then Press! God will go with you and provide every resource and assistance required of you to see the breakthrough. In the process, he is creating within you clean lines of a chiseled and strong character and heart. So don’t lose Heart! Today is a new day…what a fantastic start for all things extraordinary. YOU have a part.

You’ve got amazing written all over you. ~Nicole

“Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build…”


Nehemiah 2:20

June 17, 2017

Greater Blessing…

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:15 am by Broken & Brave

Your life has meaning and significance. Though some seem to struggle more than others, this too has purpose. God is always fixated on you greater potential and greatest blessing. Sometimes the greater the struggle is indicator the greater the Treasure He has deposited in your heart. So do not be discouraged. Every breath you take is God’s gentle reminder…”You are validated, impactful and important.” ~Nicole

“…do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13

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April 11, 2017

Way To Work💦👊🏼

Posted in true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 4:13 am by Broken & Brave

Last week I had an experience where someone made a judgement about me based on how I looked. The person doesn’t know me really at all, but they felt it important, when I asked them a question relavent to the situation, to verbalized their assumptions. Another person was standing right there and they both began to laugh out loud. I asked my question again, without getting angry, but asked what they considered to be of such great humor? Then I proceeded to do what I was there for and they quickly showed me kindness for they saw that they had inappropriately judged me by their perception of me. They assumed I was some sort of princess who doesn’t know how to work. What this sincerely incorrect individual doesn’t know is my testimony or my character.

Mine is a testimony of hardship. The more I have grown in obedience to Christ the more I have suffered. I don’t walk around crying about it and I am a joyful upbeat person so most haven’t a clue all I’ve been through or go through today. I sometimes ponder and ask God how my testimony could help anyone get closer to Christ or saved? I dread folks will hear my story, become frightened of the Cross and run for their life. So I only share from my myriad of stories as God leads. Don’t you know His ways are higher and when He leads and I share it is on the right ears at the right time and it bears witness to something they are going through in their life. Then, I almost always universally hear, “if you could get through that then I know God will help me get through this.” I know that’s probably a good thing for them and fruit to my story, but I can’t say it’s something I enjoy. What I do enjoy is the friendship with God I have. I feel like a garden that gets cared for, tended and watered every day! Wouldn’t change that for anything!

I have had to dig deep daily. I stay focused on my purpose and the fruitfulness I have faith it will produce for the Kindgdom of God.

I naturally want my obedience to bless myself and my family, who wouldn’t? It is innate to want to look out for yourself and your loved ones. But true and pure obedience to the Cross of Jesus Christ obeys because it is our duty. (Acts 5:29)

As a Believer my life does not belong to me. I have been ransomed by a blood stained tree of humility. ( 1 Corinthians 6:20, John 3:16) Not everyone who obeys Christ will endure extremes in suffering as I have, but I also know not everyone will experience the same tender touch with my Heavely Father as I have. He equips you for what He calls you to. If you are called to go to difficult places, He will make sure you are prepared to handle it. (Hebrews 13:21)

So I take the words and jokes at my expense with a grain of salt and love through it. (Luke 6:33) They don’t know the depth of my stoicism, but God does and He is who I am aiming to please.

In all of life there will be people making assumptions of us that are incorrect based on their own mindsets, filters and past life experiences. It’s going to happen. If it hasn’t happened to you yet (count me a little shocked), it will. That’s not cynicism, that’s reality.

 

Just as these folks made a negative assumption last week about me, the very next day I had someone make a positive, yet eronious, assumption about me. This assumption, again, based on my external appearance…how I looked! This person told me I could eat whatever I wanted because I was thin. Not true! I am thin because I DONT eat whatever I want! If I ate what I wanted I’d snack all day and never eat a meal and be perfectly happy. Though positive in nature, an incorrect assessment of who I am and how I live. The correct assessment would’ve been, “You are thin because you have high levels of self control and self discipline” (these are some fruits of the spirit visible in my testimony of obedience. 1 Corinthians 6:19, Galatians 5).

Ive recently been recapping in my heart and mind some of my life stories over the past 20 years and recognizing that some of my obedience to do very difficult things was only to refine me and make me strong. It wasn’t to do and become anything grand, which believe it or not had never been my life ambition. But everyone wants their life to matter, to count for something, to make some sort of difference. This is the only thing in life that can really satisfy the soul. It’s called Purpose.

I guess I was recapping because I wasn’t particularly feeling all that obedience had amounted to much. I was maybe feeling remorse. Not remorse for having obeyed the heart of God, but remorse like I had all that difficulty because I followed God. Not resentful, just contemplative. Most people associate troubled roads with dishonoring God and making really foolish life choices, when actually if our life is to be lived for Christ it will look like His as well and He was a man well acquainted with suffering. His suffering and fruit resulted in him dying the most torturous death imaginable.

…but three days later…

You may be in a season where you are mulling over in your mind and life the action steps you have been faithful to take toward Christ or a goal or the resolution to a difficulty. You may be wondering if there is anything you have missed or are failing to learn or do? Not necessarily. God is the Master of Timing. Your fruit, your blessing, your answers will come. You must maintain faith and not give up on His Grace. Whether you are looking for answers in your own health, finances, relationships or just trying to get better…Think of the bamboo shoot. It is planted as a seed and watered and watered and watered with nothing to be seen for seven years, only to finally sprout and grow to insane heights in a very short time.

The greater the blessing God is birthing in your life, the more turmoil and strife will surround it to try and aggravate the promises of God and derail you from completing the journey appointed you. But if you learn how to dig deep. If you master the art of how to stick and stay. No matter what the Adversary of Heaven throws your way, you have already overcome by the Power of One. Your Victory will come and what God breathes in and through you along the way will be incredibly awesome!

Dig deep. You’ve got staying Power and Heaven will make room to keep.

Way to work!💦👊🏼

~Nicole

 

March 27, 2017

Keep Going!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 6:33 am by Broken & Brave

 

IMG_9650“When the going gets tough, the tough get going.”

Don’t give up when God speaks…
Though they may grow peculiarly, Miracles do happen!

It never matters really what you say you’re going to do, it’s what you actually do, the follow through that magnifies the respect of others and the breakthrough. Are you equipped to overcome? Of course you are. But do you believe it? Do you believe you have the resolve necessary to do something extraordinary with your life? You will always fulfill your destiny, on time, when your heart is fully aligned with God’s ideas for your life. He charts the coarse, He paves the way, and he is looking for people to do great things and are willing to stick and stay. So many settle for lesser blessings because when it got hard, they quit. That’s why they say the high road is the less travelled road. Few people are willing to complete the journey.

I encourage you to change your mind. Change how you think. Upgrade your perspective of what “hard” or “difficult” really looks like. Put yourself in the shoes of other people, those who will benefit from your perseverance:

•Your family for instance.

•Yourself.

•Perhaps countless people you have never met and never will meet.

You’re life is not your own. You are apart of something bigger than “you”.

No matter what is in your heart to do or achieve, if God planted it then He makes a way for it. Just remember, many miracles go unnoticed because they are disguised as perseverance!
Don’t give up! God will always work it out. He’s got plans of His own. ~Nicole

“But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.”

Hebrews 10:39