July 22, 2017

Rejuvenated

Posted in Devotional, true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 7:19 am by Broken & Brave

Why be content to run?

Spread your wings, Eagle, and fly!

Many years ago I was hiking with my husband on a high trail that overlooked the Connecticut River. As we hiked we received the extraordinary and rare opportunity to witness an eagle leave her nest, just at our feet, on the side of the mountain. She spread her wings and soared over the valley below. It was spectacular to see an eagle so close, but to actually see the span of her wing from above her, not beneath. I recognized in the moment what a gift it was and I stopped to drink it in.

After having a very wet winter this year, the summer has been bright and sunny and hot! There is something magnificent about the sun’s rays…they heal.

Did you know a wounded eagle will perch himself on the highest rock he can find and bake himself in the sun to cure what ails him?

Oh, how we can learn from the eagle! The Rays of God warm the heart, heal our wounds and cure our disease. But we must bask ourselves in the Radiance of His Glory. This will require getting closer to Him. Climbing higher to meet him. Not climbing like Corporate America, but by taking the “high road” leaving our comfort zone and ordinary behind. Get uncomfortable, stretch your limits and climb! There are Heavenly Rays waiting for you!

If God can do whatever He wants and has no limits, why wouldn’t He do big, limitless things for you?

~Nicole

“Have you not known? Have you not heard?…The Creator…neither faints or wearies. He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength…But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. They will mount up on wings like eagles…”

Isaiah 40:28,29+31

July 5, 2017

Sing…

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:16 am by Broken & Brave

God is so insightful. He sees all. He knows all. He cares for all. He is like a vault, trusted, safe, a sure place of security to all we hold precious. So why do you not rest your investments with Him?

Everything you endure in life will prove to turn your sigh into a song. It will not only make you strong and infuse your own hope and resilient ability to cope with a number of adversities, it will do so for others. Every life experience has the ability to turn someone else’s sigh into a song.

It IS possible to cast your every care on Him. It IS possible to see His hand in everything. It IS POSSIBLE to rest and relax in peace in the midst of pressure. Once you find this place of tranquility it is like your own island by a stream. Quiet. Beautiful. Warm. Inviting.

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People travel the globe looking for a place to rest and refresh. But a troubled soul won’t find rest no matter where it goes. Make His heart your home. He will cradle your soul like a hammock. He will quench your fears and dry your tears. His is a beautiful Oasis. In this place of rest the only sighing you’ll be doing are ones of relief within a heart that is content. Blessed.

When you learn to trust God fully, seeing His hand in everything, He will change your sigh into a song.

~Nicole

“My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

July 2, 2017

Chiseled

Posted in true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:54 am by Broken & Brave

“Judge me not by physical size or appearance, but judge me by the size of my character.” -Cornelius Kilgore

I loved this quote.

Everyone has moments of scrutiny. We have each been judged and we have each spent more than a moment of our life having judgemental thoughts of others-people, situations, ideas. I believe many judgements prove to be nothing more than lack of understanding or information.

I have been ever grateful to all who have verbally offered praise or congratulations on my efforts to compete in Figure/Body Building. I am thankful that the praises have outweighed the gasps, though I have had to endure vocally concerned people who think I am “sinning” by my sport selection.

I appreciate the sport and all that each competitor brings to the stage. The discipline and focus required is extraordinary.

Above all else, my God is extraordinary.

He shapes and fastens our heart in place and desires to sculpt each one…hand carved…in His likeness. All my training and sculpting of the flesh to resemble lean lines and hard curves would mean nothing if I did not allow my Maker to chisel my heart and destroy my flesh…making my heart softest of the soft and broken for what breaks His.

Be at peace today, whatever you face, for you are hand crafted in the Image of the ROCK. -Nicole

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June 29, 2017

Harnessed for Glory

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:38 am by Broken & Brave

You are a sculptor.
You are an Artist.
You are an Inventor, Creator.
You live an Inspired Life.
You’ve been given Today.
You can handle anything the world throws at you. You are well able to grab it, lasso it and take control of all the glory contained in it.
Take inventory right now of all the things in your heart that make it flutter and your eyes twinkle. All the possibility, dreams and potential.
Harness it and take it for a ride!

God is so clever and kind. He not only wants to give us the desires of our heart, but He also gets a tickle blessing us with favor and gifts we don’t ask for. He just loves to give more…

“Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4

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June 18, 2017

Heartbeat of a Winner

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:20 am by Broken & Brave

You are a Winner!

Champion does not mean first place-first prize.

A Champion is an ardent defender of purpose and people. God is your defender. He is ardent, unwavering, in his devotion to humanity. You count on him to do what only he can do and he will do it for you. You can trust him! Many times we SAY we trust him, but then we continue to take care of everything ourself. We believe he will bless our effort and that’s the extent of our trust. But what about trust that reaches beyond borders into unchartered waters and He alone is your compass or map? This is an entirely different trust zone.

You never go alone. You can count on him to help you win. Winning is about overcoming all that holds you back within so you can go out and help everyone around you. Glorious! ~Nicole

“When you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly answer.” Isaiah 58:9

May 3, 2017

Take Heart❤️

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 6:09 am by Broken & Brave

Do everything with heart.

Perseverence seems to be a breeding ground for depth and tenacity of heart. The more you have to work for something or wait for something or sow patiently into something, the more you will value the reward.

Because of the nature of my family’s profession we see a lot of extremely talented people throw their talent away because they lack heart. When everything comes effortlessly to you, you have no value for it. You won’t realize how blessed you are. You will tend to think less of others and fail to understand why it doesn’t come easily to them? I’ve seen this in young athletes time and time again.

You want to see the sparkle in my eye? Show me the person who has overcome incredible obstacles and achieved a goal, pursued and subdued a dream or accomplished something that seemed out of reach.

They did it with heart.

I don’t consider myself to be a person of enormous success by the worlds standards. I do, however, know everything I have overcome and how much I have stretched my comfort zone to expand myself, my heart, my courage and my journey.

What does your journey look like? What obstacles has life afforded you that you have overcome? Are there still regions of your heart and soul yet to be explored? What are you waiting for? The people who live the most fulfilled lives, full of passion and purpose don’t necessarily have all the right conditions…they just took heart and gave it their all.

God can do whatever He wants, however He wants and He can use whomever He wishes. I believe he wants to use you. So if you are going through it, you may just be paving the way for others to have a smoother trip. He knew you were strong enough to go first. He needed someone who could blaze a trail into the “never been done before”. It could be your health journey, your education, job selection/career path or something else. It doesn’t matter what it looks like to others. If God has impacted you to move, then move. He will take care of the groves in the road and His Mighty plan will unfold! Triumphant! ~Nicole

“Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.” Is. 62:10

Don’t  forget…you’ve got heart.❤️

April 21, 2017

Delighted by Design

Posted in Devotional, true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 6:02 am by Broken & Brave

When I was a young girl I truly enjoyed drawing. I could spend hours with pencils and pens creating on my sketch pad. By the eighth grade I thought I’d like to be a Graphic Designer. In High School my Mom and I would joke about me getting a job working for Hallmark one day.

I never became a Designer in that sense, but even at a young age the presence of God’s direction on my life was evident. He was there guiding my interests. I think if I worked for a company like Hallmark today it would be with my pen, but for the content not the cover of the card. But as one who creates…we take delight in what we come up with. Sometimes it’s a struggle and needs refinement, other times it flows effortlessly communicating the content of heart, but the final product is celebrated. Creation is Beautiful on any level.

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Life has a way of happening. We chart our course and we dream, of course…troubles, roadblocks, obstacles, disappointments set in. Sometimes as we mature we change our focus or it become more refined. But through everything God has a Masterful Plan. He is holding your hand even when you can’t see Him or feel His Touch. He loves you so much, He adores you.

Wherever you are at today, however your life looks, know this…
The Heart of God adores you. Can you not feel His Pleasure? Take some time today, CREATE IT, and DELIGHT in His Love.

All of Heaven is Delighted with you.
~Nicole

“For the Lord your God is living among you, He is a Mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”

Zephaniah 3:17

April 10, 2017

Posted in Devotional, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:29 am by Broken & Brave

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“For we are the aroma of Christ…”
2 Cor. 2:15

A blessing for your day:

Lord bless you to be the fragrance of worship that would fall besotted and soften every heart, that would inspire the bend of every knee, to look longingly toward the King of kings. You are the flavor and aroma this world needs. So many things special about you…you are needed, valuable and loved. God hemmed your every attribute in place and saw your potential so big it placed a smile on His face. Go forward into your day with heart-filled glee, for the Father above is bragging on you in Heaven singing, “That one belongs to Me!”
YOU are going to have an AMAZING day! ~Nicole

April 2, 2017

Broken & Blessed💗

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

March 30, 2017

God Still Speaks

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 6:29 am by Broken & Brave

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God Still Speaks

All of Creation sings a love song to God. It can be seen in the green of a leave, the gentle bend of the willow tree and every bird in the air that has its own song to sing.

God’s Voice still speaks. The problem for most in hearing His Voice is difficult–there too much background noise in the way. Spiritual background noise may include negative thinking, discouraging thoughts, depressed thoughts, hopelessness, shame, guilt or anger/bitterness. This type of thinking clouds the heart and soul and makes it difficult for you to know what God really has to say about the troubles of your every day.

Have you ever had a conversation with someone in a busy street? It’s difficult to hear what the other person is saying and sometimes difficult to clearly communicate your words as well. You pull in closer, you look intently at the face of the one speaking, you may even bend your ear in to the conversation. This is what we must do with God. So many want to hear His Voice. You can! Lean into Him in prayer, conversation. Talk to him like you would a friend. Do not feel silly. He hears it all and if you faithfully pursue him you will find him. It’s a promise in Matthew 5 given to you.

God is faithful. He will help you clear out the clutter and noises of life and pull himself right up right to your side. He will look intently into your eyes and He will search your heart and soul. He loves you dearly and wants you to know…He cares. ~Nicole

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
Jeremiah 33:3

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