August 17, 2017

True & Able

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Gods heart whispers, “I’ll be there, because I can’t imagine moving forward without you.” (Matt. 18:12-14)

 

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Stop spending so much time worrying and living in fear. God is Sovereign. Ultimately, every problem you have is HIS problem. Have a ton of bills? Remind God they need to be paid. You do your part, He does the rest. Got a difficult boss? Thank God for them! It will change your attitude and even if your boss doesn’t change, your heart will. God wants to bless and protect you. So often us people try to do everything ourselves. He isn’t going anywhere. He is committed to you through thick and thin. You are not just one, you are HIS and you are like a priceless and precious gem.  I don’t think He’d have it any other way. By your side forever and unashamed. Where we lack fortitude, God has abundant meansures and rivers without end. Your courage has merit, but His Strength has no end. What a Wonderful Friend.

Youre going to make it.

~Nicole

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Romans 15:13

August 5, 2017

“Mobbed”

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When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”

Mark 5:27-28

Have you ever had God touch your life in a real and dramatic way that left you forever changed? I have and I remind myself all the time how He has touched me and changed me and how completely different I am from the person I used to be.

The woman in the verse had a bleeding disorder. She had been bleeding for more than a decade. So much blood loss drains your energy leaving you lethargic and tired. Weary and worn no doubt. 12 years of doctors, discomfort, inconvenience and probably a lot of embarrassment and shame. Sounds like a recipe for depression, loneliness and despair. But this woman is a perfect example of what happens in a life when we don’t give up, when we persevere, keep faith and refuse to lose Hope. She knew by faith that if she could just touch His clothes she’d be made well. She was after an encounter with God and she pushed through a mob of people to get it.

What is the “mob” in your life right now? Are you crowded out by obstacles, setbacks, lack, personal, physical or emotional attack? Do problems surround you on every side? What is your attitude toward your obstacles? Take on the countenance as this woman. She never gave up. She believed Jesus was who she had heard He was and that she was a candidate for victorious living. She believed her bleeding days would be through.
This can be your belief, too.

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Whatever is draining your energy, sapping your hope and stealing your dreams…
There is one who wore a garment that was so flawless- it had no seams. His healing power is Pristine and it is waiting for you. Push through! I know you’ve still got fight in you! You were made to overcome. There is Power in the Blood! ~Nicole

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July 20, 2017

Need

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“And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need.”
Acts 4:33-35

Wow. What a powerful scripture. It’s a small little passage tucked into a big story in the book of Acts. I feel I have seen these verses alive in my life and the life of my family. God inclined us to sell all we owned and designated how we would gift the profit and our possessions. Extreme, I know. But I believe He used my Extreme to exemplify a few things. First, there’s no way I could have done any of that without the Holy Spirit leading. There is no way my husband and I could have been in agreement to do anything like that without the Spirit unifying ours as we walked out the death of our flesh. But, here’s what else happened. We gave in excess, but we have had times when we have received in excess. Leading up to the selling of all our property God lead us through many very lean years that were the kind of lean that was completely out of our control. I do suggest to you He allowed it so He could use it to build our trust and faith and to see what kind of God we really believed in, Him or Mammon. During that season we received anonymous and outright tangible blessing from others. We learned to give and receive as God would lead. Just like this above scripture.

We have given away more cars than I can count, but we have received a few cars as well. We have given furniture and we have received furniture. For example, when we sold our home and gave all our furniture away, when we moved to our new home (four years later) it was much bigger gift than the one we sold. The Spirit of God told me prophetically not to rush out and buy any furniture, He would fill the house by Christmas. Just pray. We prayed for beds for my kids first. Within a few weeks a small home church lead by people we know heard our testimony and their entire church decided to buy us a gift for the house. They were all 100% in agreement after prayer that God wanted them to buy all of our kids beds! They had no idea we prayed for that first! He said to wait on Him in early September. Guess what happened, house fully furnished by Christmas!

Be sensitive to the Voice of God. Be willing to give when He leans into your soul. It won’t matter if you feel you have it, can afford it or not. He makes it all work out. When you follow His lead He provides for absolutely everything you could need to complete what has for you to do. He is always working for your good. And let’s face it, living by faith is very exciting if you learn to overcome your fear of sacrifice and pride of life. You will be blessed in ways that go beyond a fiscal spreadsheet or page. Your entire family and life will experience His River deep. Ask God today to help you learn how to take bigger steps of faith to trust Him with all your resources. What does He want you to give? He’s probably not going to ask you to sell all, but He will meet you where you are at and Bless you for the desire to be a blessing to others. ~Nicole

June 30, 2017

Inferno of Hope

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Yesterday I walked into the performance facility on campus where my spouse is employed. It happened to be filled with a water polo club mid workout, my water polo playing son included in the mix . As I crossed the threshold I instantly detected the aroma of chlorine. The boys had come straight to weights from the pool. It put a little smile on my face because there have been other teams in there at times that put off a far different aroma than the smell of sanitization as I entered in.

I’m actually fairly sensitive to smells. I guess I have a strong sense of it. I can walk on a path and catch the flavor a flower exudes and it’s just enough to delight my heart and mood. I love noticing the little, subtle, mostly unnoticed details of life.

Our life puts off an Aroma.
How do we smell?

When we allow God to stroke our heart, heal its pain, fuel it’s worth it gives spark to the bones and Light to the eyes. Like a match that has been struck, it begins to kindle and bring back the innocence of childhood like Faith.

As we walk close to the flame, we experience its warm. As we abide in it, trust it, savor it, knowing we will be consumed by it, but never burned from it. We begin to put off a pleasing Aroma much the same way a scented candle would release a fragrant perfume.

It becomes evident, in this Glorious position of Grace, Peace and tranquility, that we becomes an Inferno of Hope that possesses power and passion- just like the intense heat of the flame- to help others cope all because we embraced Hope.

Today is yours…
flavor it with a Sweet Scent.

~Nicole

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2

June 22, 2017

Door Knobs

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When I was a young girl my Grandparents lived in the cutest little house in San Pedro, CA. It’s a town near the port of Los Angeles. My Mom grew up in that house. There were many little charms about this place that hold memories for me. I could write a lot about it…

But right now my mind is on one particular thing. It was a door knob. This house was so petite it had a small living/family room, a tiny, yet still adorable kitchen, three bedrooms and one little bath located for all in the hall. The hall had great golden chimes on the wall, an old fashion door bell that was fully functioning. Awww, but the knob on that door to bathroom was glass. It looked like a giant diamond and in my mind I imagined it was. I’d put my fingers around it pretending it to be the hugest ring I’d ever seen. This is only one of probably a thousand charming little memories in my heart of this place. What a great memeory. I hadn’t thought of it in years until this morning I came across a note I wrote a while back and I instantly recalled It.

A writer is always writing. I have notes, memos, scratches everywhere. Ideas…many never used until God needs it and then I come across it and new inspiration attends it.

I found it to be a unique piece of writing, just a small fraction of a note, because just last night I heard my Pastor speak of the disciples and how they locked themselves inside a room for fear of persecution after the death of Christ…I wonder if they had door knobs?

Anything in history that God has used greatly He allowed it to walk through a crucifixion of sorts. There is a death to it before God will resurrect and bless it to its fullest measure of promise. He did it with the Lord first. He has done it with individual people, ministries, and  even businesses He intends to use mightily.

Nothing is shielded from the smelting pot of the Almighty.

He intends to produce a pot of gold worthy for a prince. Worthy to be offered to the King of kings.

God can make a way where there seems to be none. I frequently say, “God has a million ideas on how to remedy any given situation…I only need one.” When you’ve done all you can, and you can do no more, you must be still…its no longer up to you.

There is One who is a door opener. We each have a job to do. A purpose to fulfill. He can make a way, but we must do our part. There is a time to move. There is a time to be still. Where are you?

Whatever your course, your disposition, your countenance it is so important to be a yielded vessel to the Almighty. There is no room for the proud heart. For pride is mankinds ultimate demise. Pride demands its own way while Love pulls up and chair and says I’m with you to stay. When we yield to God’s plans we aren’t worried. We may feel stress and pressures of life, but we know God’s got us and all is alright. Then, in His perfect time the right doors open and the wrong ones shut. It’s so important to have your mind right. Be at Peace with God’s plans and allowances. Take your thoughts captive and call them into obedience to Christ. You will never have to repent for obedience. Search your heart and ask God to expose and extinguish any thinking that is false. A clear sharp mind that is strong-hold free. This all by itself is one of life’s greatest victories.

Do these things and watch yourself step Valiantly into your Destiny.

The Banner over you is Love and the Lord has covered all of your being in His. There will be no portion of you left out. He has you completely covered. ~Nicole

I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage.”

Joshua 1:5-6

June 21, 2017

Heart of a Champion

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To Champion a heart is not about how we feel, but it is always about how we plan to make others feel.

I think that’s pretty awesome!

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have Peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

Bathe your heart in thanksgiving and perfume your soul with Hope. It will give off the most pleasing aroma that makes the world want to know!

People all around us are desperate for Hope and desire freedom from depression or sadness of heart. They long for True Peace, but far to many are eluded by it.  Pay attention and see who God has maybe sent you to encourage! You may just possess just the right amount of blessing that adds flavor to the lives of others like a tantalizing dressing to the fruits of the spirit in this life!

Rise up and count yourself blessed!

God will give Himself no rest until He sees you through all that puts your heart, mind and soul to do. He sees the stellar Champion within you.

There is no greater Champion Builder than God Himself! He is with you, encouraging you as you go.

So rise up, Champion, and take this day! …

Its yours!

~Nicole

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June 19, 2017

Activated Faith

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I think technology is great. Computers, internet, cell phones, social media, etc. It creates a fast way to connect, learn, communicate. However, I am also a very old fashion girl. I prefer face to face communication. Maybe its the counselor in me. Active listening skills require feedback, observation of non verbal communication and listening.

That’s how it is with God also. We can see glimpses of him in music, the sunset, etc. But it’s when we pour ourselves into Him that He shows us his face, his heart and blesses us with his Presence.

You are loved. You are valuable. You are set apart to do great things. He is with you and he is calling you by name. Do not be afraid to reach back to him the same.
-Nicole

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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June 3, 2017

Blessed Confidence💞

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You are a great reason for God to get up in the morning. He’s got you on His mind all through the night and He never tires of proving how easy it really can become to trust in his love.

Everything you need to succeed at anything-whatever is in your heart to do-GOD has equipped you to get up and go! You’ve got this! His heart for you is to give you more.
Enjoy your day! ~Nicole

“Blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”
Jeremiah 17:7

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May 29, 2017

GO For The Gold!🏅

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

Several years ago I was blessed to hear Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record holder in men’s downhill skiing (at 97 m.p.h.), Cary Mullen, share his story. One of the most impacting points he made was when he told the story of the famous ski slopes in Austria. The slope was so incredibly steep, as he put his skis over the edge of the gate, he could not see the hill…AT ALL. He shared of the fear that was to be OVERCOME by every skier on that hill. A few of his team mates broke limbs on that jump, but one teammate backed out, forfeiting his opportunity for Olympic Gold. Years later, when the men reunited as a team, the one team member who quit shared his regret. His words, etched deeply into the hearts of the others…’the men who jumped and fell, their broken bones healed, but regret lasts a lifetime’.

“Failure is not to be feared, we cannot win if we are afraid to lose. It takes REAL COURAGE to try something when the odds are against you succeeding, and failure is less traumatic than regret.”

-Graham Cooke

Live a life without regret, leave a Legacy. -Nicole

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