March 19, 2018

Hardship

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:43 am by Broken & Brave

Have you ever tried to wash your hands with only soap and no water? You can’t do it. It becomes a sticky mess.

I went and got a manicure yesterday afternoon and after the salon employee trimmed and filed my nails she told me to go wash my hands, “water only”.
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See, it’s possible to wash your hands with water only. The rinsing away of debris and even some dirt can happen with water alone-especially if the water is warm and we spend some time under it. But soap alone…not even close to the same.

This is how it is when we wash ourselves in the Word of God. It reaches in and strips us of impurities and washes away every ounce of pain, shame, regret, loneliness, abandonment, unforgiveness and resentment, sickness and disease. The Word loosens what is holding onto our heart, mind, body and soul–but its the Holy Spirit’s job to act like Healing and Cleansing Waters and wash it away completely, residue free purity.

Hardship has a way of knocking off our rough edges. Hardship has a unique way-when guided by the Lord-to purify, build, strengthen and infuse our hearts with deeper hope, deeper faith, deeper wisdom, deeper sense of purpose and resolve. The Holy Spirit activates what the Word of God has planted. Hardship also gives us experiential knowledge we can get no other way. It gives us Authority over Principalities. It gives us Spiritual Territory. Experience yields insight like nothing else.

My entire life I have been a student of human behavior. I am a watcher, a noticed, a silent observer. All my life I’ve been taking pictures with my mind, taking notes. I’ve gleaned from those I’d like to learn from. My Mom always called it my “Book of Life”. She’d say, when something good was going to come out of her mouth, “put this one in your Book of Life.” But some things were added to the book all on my own. I learned a lot, from a very, very young age what I didn’t want to do, by observation as well. But hardship…hardship yields an experience like none other.

I’ve been through more hardship in the past two decades than I could possible recount here with my little pen. I haven’t got the time or energy. I heard someone say yesterday they had a trial a decade ago and they are in a trial again now. I couldn’t help but wonder what it was like to have a break between trials? For mine have been deep and vast and have all overlapped with no break or relief in between. I have at times struggled to understand why God had allowed so many bad things to happen to me?
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But here’s what I know.
He has spread an enormous Canopy of Grace over my head and face and my life is guarded faithfully. I see Him bless my kids hands over fist and their spiritual maturity is vast beyond their young years. I feel the kiss of God on my face and I spend enormous amounts of time just lingering in his embrace. And for me, it has spoiled and ruined me for any other form of love-it is all lesser than His. I hear the Holy Spirit speak and his voice gets stronger and louder and more clear as each day passes. He guides me, protects me, warns me, gives me words of knowledge and thwarts the enemy as he has indeed watched my back.

I have always felt the favor of Heaven, even when I didn’t know what it was. But it was my hardship that drew me in and I learned to wear his love like a glove and I allowed his spirit to wash over my life and I have taken his experiential knowledge-wrapped in a cloak of hardship-and applied it like healing ointment to a very wounded and weary Bride.

Every time something of enormous difficulty and pain would hit me I’d ask God why, and every time I’d hear with crystal clarity, “Because I want to use your voice.” And I have been told for many years now that my voice has an Anointing for comfort on it. His Peace is attached to the words and prayers he gives me. He honors the prayers I pray for others and they receive healing-like a “Midas Touch” from heaven.

God may not bring hardship, but he certainly allows it and he is such an Economizer he will use it. He is a potter and we are his clay.

God wants His Church to rise. It is time for her to wake up.
Arise, Sleeping Giant, arise.
Your Groom awaits.
Allow Him to wrap you in love, tenderness, mercy and grace and heal you with His Word, Cleanse you with the Holy Spirit, and anchor you with His Atoning Blood.

Your hardships have not been in vain…for by it, you can spread a wider and deeper net of hope and catch those who are sinking in oceans of adversity deep.

You are a fisher of men.

Hardship is a gift, when we allow God to use it. We can only get through it with Him.

~Nicole

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December 8, 2017

Protected

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

I woke early this am with the words…a strand of three cords can not be easily broken…rolling about in my head.

God is like a fighter pilot going off to battle to war against every negative thing that comes against your heart and soul. He guards over you like a buried treasure. Others see the exterior, the package and the wrapping so to speak. But God sees beneath all of that to something much deeper…the real gift and measure of his pleasure. He sees your heart, mind and soul. So he goes to war and famishes the wants and desires of Adversities appetite by refusal. He thwarts every wicked scheme the Enemy of your Soul prepares, and he defeats it in advance before it has any real teeth.

Sometimes we feel the sting or prick of being bit in life-but it’s got no real bite. When we allow our Captain to be our Guide we survive. We escape. The ravages of adversities flames may lick at us, but they cannot have us.

Yoke your heart to the One who is Faithful, Stoic, Fierce, Friendly, Gentle, yet full of Valor. He is strategic in all of plans and purposes for your life. Tie your heart to him. Anchor your Hope. Designate your faith. Release your heart with abandon to his grace and allow love to take its proper place.

He will Restore every broken or dead branch with new life. He will surround you with supplemental strength and add his kisses to your life. He will hold you from the inside and it will be better than any hug you’ve ever had– for he knows how to reach in deep and fondle the soul of every man. His love is deep. He will lay a foundation and structure a few strands of longevity with others who are willing to walk the path beside you. God can do whatever he wants, but he tends to want to see us do crazy amazing things and he plants vision in those around you who are equipped to help see you through. But more than anything else–he is with you.

Whatever you face today. Whatever you are going through. Whatever seeks to devour you…you have no reason to fear, worry or feel alone.

God is in your corner.
Rise up.
Take your day.
Be brave.
You are not alone.
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“Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

Ecc. 4:12

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November 4, 2017

Resisted

Posted in Devotional, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:35 am by Broken & Brave

IMG_4971Some of the biggest and best accomplishments this world has ever seen have been done under extreme duress and adversity. Airplanes rise against the wind not with it. It is the wind against a sail that makes the boat go.

Don’t turn back when others speak skepticism and lack. Don’t confuse wise and Godly instruction for criticism and do not mistake criticism for wise instruction. If it’s not with pure & loving intentions it’s not God. Sometimes even well meaning advice can be sincerely wrong. It’s easy to criticize. I’d rather be known as one who believed…

Heaven believed enough in the mere idea of you to put its candle in your soul to dwell…to grow…to beam and to glow. All of Heavens Pardon lavished Grace upon your life the moment it started. There is nothing you face that isn’t laced with amazing grace and full of beautiful pearls of Goodness and Blessing.

Believe big today! God’s got marvelous and glorious things for you to do, even in the mundane. Even in the darkest moments, the days that seem harder than hard and little encouragement to persevere in sight…this is where heaven glory spreads its wings and takes flight. God knows the incredible strength he has placed in you. He knows what you can take even better than you. He knows you can shift into a whole other gear and the air will clear and your abundance can take flight.

Live all of life with great fortitude! ~Nicole💗

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

2 Tim. 3:16-17

 

October 17, 2017

Brave

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , , , at 2:57 am by Broken & Brave

JOY has a Name.
PEACE has a Name.
LOVE has a Name…
And all are encapsulated in a heart that is Brave.

You are Brave.

What does it mean to be brave?

The answer is yours to complete. The only requirements to meet are to dig deep and live out fully-paying attention to the details-the path God has charted for your life. To step out in faith-Despite any fear of making a mistake because you know you take God’s Grace and blessing with you. There is a Journey out there that is yours alone to do. Heavens got a Who’s Who and it includes you.

You are a Difference Maker.
Let’s go…the lives of others may only take shape after you step out in faith. ~Nicole

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October 8, 2017

Faith Can Flex

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:00 am by Broken & Brave

You have tremendous muscle memory…not just in your physical frame, but also in the depths of your heart, your spirit.

You’ve maybe heard it said your faith is like a muscle. It must be stretched, pulled, contorted and bent before it can shape and mold into something you can believe in. But here’s something maybe you haven’t considered…

When you go through a trial and endure the rugged terrain of a wilderness experience…when your eyes have strained, but you have failed to see because the intensity of your trial too ominous…so dark. During these wee hours of heartbreak and pain is where your real strength is made and when you make it to the other side not only are you breathing, healthy, alive, but your faith has survived. Then, during seasons of comfort or even mild seasons of distress your faith remembers where’s it’s been, what it’s done, and how you’ve overcome, and you handle it all just a little more effortlessly. Your stoicism will give others who lack faith hope and create room for them to breath, gain relief and make it, too, just as valiantly.

You have tremendous muscle memory…not just in your physical frame, but also in the depths of your heart, your spirit.

Let’s Flex!!!😉

~Nicole

“For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.” Psalm 33:21

September 17, 2017

Slay…

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:20 am by Broken & Brave

Feed the hungry and slay your giant...

“Then Jesse said to his son, David, ‘Take now for your brothers an ephah of this dried grain and these ten loaves, and run to your brothers at the camp. And carry these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and see how your brothers fare, and bring back news of them.'” 1 Samuel 17:17-18

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Sometimes our Heavenly Father sends us into a situation that turns out to be an opposing giant in our life. We can be tempted to think, “if I hadn’t obeyed my Father I wouldn’t be in this situation.” But because we love our Father, as David did so his, we obey, just as David.

Your giant could be difficulties at work, or maybe a health scare, maybe your household is turned upside down or your finances in disarray. Your giant could even be something opposing your faith. But God, Abba Father, knew what He was doing when He picked you. He knew it was you He wanted to send with provision for the situations of life at hand. Your entire life is a Divine Assignment when your heart is in proper alignment with Heavens Signature Pen. He knew…

Though you may seem small in your situation or the least of your resources…He knew you were really great. He sees what’s inside. He knows He crafted you with superb ingredients. He knows the kind of food you bring to every avenue of this life you lead.

So, He put His Word in your heart and it extols the Lord. When you share your heart others are fed. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living or what your giant is- you’ve been sent to the battle line to face it, overcome it and sustain others from your experience. God has you strategically placed right where you are at for His purpose sake.

Run to the battle line, do not shrink back, and watch your Father pull a sling shot from His pouch, face the Giants of life through you and with one shot knock them out!

All by the power of the Cross. Embrace the journey…
It is meant to be extraordinary!

~Nicole

70 “He chose David his servant
and took him from the sheep pens;
71 from tending the sheep he brought him
to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
of Israel his inheritance.
72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
with skillful hands he led them.”

Psalm 78:70-72

 

May 27, 2017

Excellence Rising

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:20 am by Broken & Brave

There is a standard of excellence rising up in you like never before. Can you feel it? Are you aware it’s there? You begin to care for and about things, situations and people you maybe never noticed before. All of this, evidence that you’ve grown. When we are young we may care for those around us, family and friends, but our thoughts are mostly inward and self motivated by nature. As we mature and grow older something begins to shift and we are no longer content to think this way.  We come to realize the importance of loving and caring for the needs of others. Everyone faces their own mountains, their own struggles, their own dreams, wants, desires. How are we apart of their equation?

All of life is an endless flow and all our hearts tangled together. The more we move in Oneness the more we become like tiny drops in the sea, mingled so tightly one moecule of water not discernible from another. Yet, we are all there, rolling and waving and waking together. Gently….Fiercely….Lovely.

Everything you do in life matters. Do not discount yourself. Do not think small thoughts of yourself. Nor should we think less than beautiful thoughts of others. 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. He sets the pace, He charts your race and He knows every roadblock, obstacle, every need and has every provision–both the tangible and the unspoken cares of the heart. Stir up an added measure of Belief.

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! Don’t forget to have a marvelous day.  ~Nicole

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