June 1, 2020

Hope for America

Posted in health and wellness, Inspirational, Prayer of blessing, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:58 am by Broken & Brave

If you need encouragement please read a blog post I wrote just now…

Health & Healing For America

May 29, 2020

Prayer of Peace & Protection for America

Posted in Inspirational, leadership, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:16 am by Broken & Brave

I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who got mad when I asked to pray for them. Even the most proud of persons can weep when someone genuinely cares for their well-being. Perhaps Lady Liberty needs our prayers?

I have written a prayer we can pray… for America and all of her gorgeous people…together.

http://brokenandbrave.com/spirit/prayer-of-blessing/prayer-of-peace-protection-for-america/

May 18, 2020

Level Up!

Posted in Creative Writing/Poetry, Devotional, Inspirational, leadership tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:14 pm by Broken & Brave

Crowded Out To Level Up!

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,“ Hebrews 12:1


Have you ever done any running? Ever entered a race? I’m not a runner per se. I go for runs and get exercise by running—but I am not a runner. My oldest son is a runner. I ran with him once. I loved it, but also felt bad for my son at the same time. He was kind and gentle as always, but I could see he had to hold back so I could keep up. Even his slowing down for me was a greater cadence than my pace was used to. Running with him really worked me out and challenged me to level up. If this wasn’t a challenge enough, he also took me on a different path that was a good 1.5 miles longer than the 2.25 path I was used to. He pushed me…in the best of ways.

 Our run was probably his warm up.

Sometimes deleterious things happen to us that push us down, push us back and crowd us out. Perhaps a lot of people can relate with that, especially right now given the current events of the world. 

 I have a meek and not so competitive personality so I have tremendous experience with being crowded out and pushed back my entire life. But something happened in me. God saw my heart and what was happening to me and He used it. He used it to stoke a fire in me and challenge me to fight for my place in history. God knows my heart after all. He knows I could care less about glam and spotlights and my name in lights. He knows how I please easily and don’t ask for much. So He polished a crown and set it aside for me. He surrounded me with a great cloud of witnesses, too. They cheer me on and they cheer for you. So pick yourself up. Life has maybe knocked you a few blows. The world owes us nothing, but God owns everything and He sees your strength and wants you to rise up, persevere, and run the race to win!

Level up and let yesterday’s best become tomorrow warm up!  It’s ok to compete for your space in this race called life. God will surround you with people who love you, celebrate you and are happy to see you win at life. Smile big and let’s get after it. 

Your best is yet to come!

~Nicole

April 4, 2020

Interrupted Life

Posted in health and wellness, Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:43 am by Broken & Brave

I’m a trainer. Trainers love fitness. Trainers love weights, and movement, and all things physical fitness. I love my gym. I am what they would call a bit of a gym rat. The gym has been home for nearly as long as I can remember. I have been attracted to physical fitness, healthy eating and muscle since my very early adolescence. 


I have goals. I have routine, just like everyone else pursuing fitness. Just like everyone else, this whole COVID-19 thing interrupted those goals. It interrupted my routine— Interrupted life. 

If there is anything God has taught me or trained me in, its how to flow with interruption. The last thing to do is give up! So as far as my fitness routine goes, it looks different right now and maybe that is not a bad thing? The weather has been gorgeous so I’m outdoors a lot (which always makes me happy). But I’m doing different workout routines. I’m focusing more on overall maintenance and fitness. I’m using weights I have at home, but I’m also using a lot of functional movement tools. I’m using body weight exercises. I’m running more. Guess what…I’m kind of sore! As a trainer, I know the change up is good and will also help me reach some fitness goals!

In working with clients on fitness and nutrition I see patterns over the years. People may start strong and be full of zeal and ambition. They see some results which only validates their efforts and keeps them going. But then something will happen. Some sort of interruption in their routine. The interruption may be work, their schedule of their children, etc. Whatever it is—“the circle of life” steals their thunder and all that consistency and results gained goes under. They don’t get back their mojo. Why? Because they didn’t have a solid enough foundation. It’s like a tree that grows, yet has shallow roots. The storms pull it up from the soil. But those fit minded people who persist despite the resistance have deep roots that hold them steady toward their goals and they maintain the fit lifestyle.

“She is energetic and strong,
a hard worker.“ Proverbs 31:17

How can we apply workout consistency and routine to our faith? Has Coronavirus  interrupted your faith mojo? Are you finding it difficult to trust God in a way you’re not used to having to trust Him? Don’t let this sidebar become center focus of your spiritual fitness litmus. Don’t fail the fitness test! 

The truly fit minded persist without exception. Let the same be said for our trust and faith and obedience to God!

 He… Has…Got this!
And He’s got you, too!
Flex yourself happy today and hold your soul strong! You can handle the weight because God’s been your spotter all along!
If no one else tells you today…
You are beautiful.
You are radiant.
Your smile is inviting and contagious. So good ahead and laugh. Allow the twinkle in your eye to magnify and stoke the heart and hopes of all you hold dear. 2020 will still be a stellar year! Get excited!

2020 can still be a magnificent year! Get excited!


“She is clothed with strength and dignity,
and she laughs without fear of the future.
26When she speaks, her words are wise,
and she gives instructions with kindness.
27She carefully watches everything in her household
and suffers nothing from laziness.”
Proverbs 31:25-27

March 31, 2020

“When You Call—I’ll Be There”

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 4:44 am by Broken & Brave

There is a song in your heart that only you can sing. Use this abundant time to rest and refresh so when the season shifts you will be ready and equipped to handle it. God isn’t yet finished! He’s got you~

Nicole🕊

Click the link and read an inspiration to refresh and bless and get you going this morning!

http://brokenandbrave.com/mind/when-you-call-ill-be-there/

November 12, 2019

What’s Your Type?

Posted in Devotional, health and wellness tagged , , , , , at 6:20 am by Broken & Brave

Just breathe. Just relax. Rest. Don’t you know proper rest is essential for proper recovery and immune health? All statements you may have heard before.

Our Parasympathetic Nervous System is our bodies way of regulating involuntary activities. It is a part of the Autonomic Nervous System and it tells our body what to do without our having to think about it. It just happens automatically. It says such things as “rest-and-digest” or “feed and breed”. This is because it is the system that tells us to relax and take it easy and it is also the system that stimulates sexual arousal.

The other part of the Autonomic System is the Sympathetic Nervous System. This system tells us to do the opposite. It’s a sort of “fight or flight” system.

Did you know that each individual can be prone to dependence on one or the other? It’s true. Individuals who have an ectomorphic body type (type I) tend to be more Sympathetic NS dependent giving them a long linear frame and ability to burn body fat and calories extremely well, sometimes too well. Endomorphic body types (type O) tend to store body fat, be more sedentary and struggle with a constant desire for food. These individuals tend to be Parasympathetic System (PNS) dominant. Those mesomorph (type V) body types tend to balance in the middle of the two systems and tend to posses a muscular frame and athletic build.

So have you determined which type you are?

We all have a type we wish we had or are drawn to. We all fit into one of these categories of types of body structures. But can I draw your attention to something deeper this morning?

Did you know you are God’s type?

We live in a world that is ever increasing in shallow and superficial focus and desires. We somewhere along the way strayed away from deeper things, stronger faith, healthy self image (because we weren’t all that entirely focused on our image to begin with). We once had plain and humble confidence in a Creator who created us to add value to the world around us, demonstrate gratitude and confidence in knowing all of life, well it isn’t about you, and that’s a good thing. How empty would life truly be if we knew we were only here for ourselves? I don’t know how many would truly enjoy lasting joy and edification with that sort of reality. Material success can be accomplished in this manner, but I’m not so sure the inside a heart of a man or woman could ever be content with this. There would always be a need for more. There would always be a lack of satisfaction.

So with all of that—don’t forget. God created you.

Heaven selected every detail about you, whether you are content with it or not. He likes the shape of your eyes, your body size and shape, your smile, your laugh and He cares about every aspect of you—even whether or not you can dance! He likes it all, every detail about you right down to every cell and system in your body. He designed you with great detail.

So if our bodies have such intricate design, don’t you think there was in fact a higher power who designed it? Seems all a little to advanced to be by chance, wouldn’t you agree? I know it takes faith to believe in God. But He believes in you after all. I am praying today He gives you an ounce of proof to prove to you how genuine His Love is for you. Trust me, an ounce of Him is all it will take for your heart to agree. That’s how rich and satisfying His Love truly is.

So whatever your type, even type O who may be on a diet right now, eat and drink deeply of Faith. It will satisfy and satiate, and man, you will feel great!

I pray Bold and Bountiful blessings over you today! ~Nicole

“It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.”

1 Corinthians 15:44

November 11, 2019

Freedom

Posted in Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , at 8:34 am by Broken & Brave

Prayer Has Power

Try this little prayer with me. It won’t hurt a thing and you might be surprised at the peace it brings to your heart, mind and soul.

“All around I am bound. It may seem as though I have no power, but I choose to look up and I look for you, God. For you are the higher power who can lift me right out of my shackles and my doubt. With you, God, I become free. Help me see—free me. Amen.”

I declare over you right now an added measure of freedom and liberty. You have been set free. You are not bound, you have eagles wings and you are given speed to race, fly, soar upon the clouds in the sky. You are remarkable indeed. I wish you knew how remarkable you are! So spread your heart wide like wings, sing in the bellows of your soul. God Almighty is coming to restore! Amen!

All of my Love, Nicole

“but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”

Isaiah 40:31

November 10, 2019

Glow With It

Posted in Devotional, women of the bible tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:44 am by Broken & Brave

A chief objective in my life, part of my mission statement, if you will, is to help people become successful.

Click the link to read a little about how I do that!

Just GLOW with it

October 18, 2019

Something from Nothing

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

is on the Throne and He still rolls stones! 3 days in a tomb locked behind stone, the Savior owned the keys to death, hell and the grave. It’s time for an overthrow of all things awful in your life. It’s time to rise! Grave clothes come off! You are a Radiant Bride!

And God will create for you, something out of nothing. 

Many Blessings, Nicole

Click the link for the full encouragement! You won’t regret the time spent drinking in pure exhortation!⬇️⬇️⬇️

http://brokenandbrave.com/spirit/devotional/something-from-nothing/

October 12, 2019

Slumber of Soul

Posted in Creative Writing/Poetry, Inspirational tagged , , , at 5:43 am by Broken & Brave

New Hope for a New Day. . .

Samuel was a sleeping boy. Yet, the Lord called to him by name. You were sleeping. You maybe weren’t lying down or having your eyes closed, but you were asleep, Slumber of Soul.

At the end of the day when the sun decides to go away and cradle itself on the horizon
The moon arises and this is of no surprise, yet it takes the breath away.

God is like both the sun & the moon—He isn’t going anywhere.
He is committed to you through thick & thin. He is there.

Where are you now? Do you sleep still? Or have your eyes opened and you’ve been awoken to the greatest love you could ever know? This love heals. This love rejuvenated. This love rejoices. This love has a voice and gives you a voice. This love stills the storm to a whisper. This storm breathes life into dry bones. This love carries the weight of your burdens and lays itself down. This love does not tarry, but is freely given. This love is fierce and is not found in multiplication of words. This love is thick and not easily untangled. Once it grabs hold of you, you will never feel strangled, but entangled in something abiding and true. Hope has a beautiful way of making all things new. That’s what this love can do. So open your eyes. Awaken….

The Lord is Calling to you somehow. He doesn’t call to everyone the same—but He calls. Do you feel him? Stirring… something inside of you is stirring.

Grace. Amazing. Pure. True. Hand carved Grace especially for you.

And just like both the sun and the moon—He isn’t going to base His care on yesterday’s performance or Splendor. Fresh and New is His love for you every single single day.

As the Lord sings the nights sweet lullaby-so He graced a whisper to open our eyes.

Today is the best gift…breath it all in.

~Nicole

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