June 15, 2019

When Life Hits Hard: START SOMETHING!

Posted in health and wellness, leadership, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , at 8:23 am by Broken & Brave

Have you ever read Psalm 42 in its entirety? It’s the heart of young David being poured out to his God.

“Deep calls to deep

at the roar of your waterfalls;

all your breakers and your waves

have gone over me.

By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,

and at night his song is with me…” psalm 42:7-8

Deep calls to deep at the roar of your waterfalls. Wow. Can you feel that? Because I don’t just read it, I can feel it. If you have ever been in the surf of a beach—either on a board or body surfing the waves, you know what a swell can look like from underneath up close to it. Daunting. You don’t just see it lurch over you, you feel it coming, you hear it…just like David said, as a roar.

Have you ever been blind-sided by pain? Pain so deep you wondered where God is? Did he forget? Did he have something more important to do? Am I forgotten, or worse, forsaken? Why do we go through the trials we do? Why do some lead simple lives that are relatively uneventful while other live lives rich with activity and hardship? Life can bring drama, whether we signed up for it caused it or not, and it can feel like a tsunami swell headed straight toward us.

My husband and I have been apart of AdvoCare since 1995. This company impacted us supplement and nutrition/performance geeks 24 years ago. We both immediately fell in love with the products. I feel in countless ways AdvoCare was used by God to open up the marketplace and bring cutting edge nutrition in an era (the 90’s) when phytochemicals and their uses were being explored and discovered. Nutrition science was advancing at alarming rates. It was great. AdvoCare always stayed true to their word to improve the products as the science allowed.

We weren’t looking for it to be a business…that was something God did. We had been so impacted and our lives richly touched for the better we passionately shared with our family and friends who also experienced the same results we did. Before too long we were receiving calls from the company to congratulate us on our success and bless us. I had no idea what was happening. I just loved the products. But within a year I’d know myself to be pregnant with my first child. I was working two jobs (aside from our earnings in AdvoCare) and wanted the option to stay home. I kept praying for my husband to get a raise or hired as an athletic director somewhere (he was in Division 1 college athletics at the time). But every time I’d pray, I’d hear the Spirit of God say in a soft and peaceful voice, “AdvoCare”. In fact I continued to pray and finally after hearing the answer three times I also felt the Spirit quiet me to not ask anymore-AdvoCare was his answer.

Five children later we were still strong with AdvoCare and had built incredible relationships with people all over the country. AdvoCare is a true blessing to our life, and will remain to be so. The business structure may change, but the products remain. My earnings as commission won’t be in my bank account any longer the same way, but the friendships I keep. I will keep using and sharing and loving my AdvoCare. I want it that way. My God wants it that way, and I know Charlie, the founder of AdvoCare who passed away in 2001, he’d be honored by the Legacy we’ve all made.

The richness of leadership training and mentorship I received from AdvoCare is priceless! Charlie believed in building people (we build champions). And he put his money where his mouth was. Extraordinary leader and example. Mentorship from John C Maxwell and Leadership 2000. Norman Schwarzkopf, various sports heroes, Olympians, professional athletes and Andy Andrews, Jon Gordon, George W Bush (twice!), George and Barbara Bush, Bob and Elisabeth Dole, Alan Keyes, only to name a few! I gleaned so much from all of them. I learned a lot from Charlie himself.

So, we didn’t just loose an income, we lost a community, a culture, a family. Though the relationships remain, they will change just because. But God has used Charlie and his little Dallas based company to START SOMETHING.

And start something he did. We each, 100,000 distributors, are now being directed by God in different directions. Some remain all in AdvoCare building a retail business, some to other companies, some to nothing and some in full time ministry.

God gave us personally clear direction immediately. I am so grateful God didn’t make me wait in the hall on this one. The door closed suddenly, but God has directed.

John and I remain faithful to our AdvoCare brand. There is no doubt these products are good and are helping people. We will share them and use them. But while John will be as much support as he can be with AdvoCare Sports Advisory, I’m stepping out and trying my own to replace our income lost with DNA based nutrition. Anyone in nutrition knows this has been coming a while. We’ve come to the reality that we can use DNA testing to pinpoint specific nutrition needs for health and wellness and even fitness and weight loss goals. Cutting edge once again. So I am becoming like a two brand shoe store. I will share both product lines with my customer and clients for added blessing of finding the best fit for their needs (never mine).

John and I have always been a Holy Spirit Marketplace ministry operation. We do business as God leads. We get in peoples lives and help them mind…body…spirit. We love hard. We do life together. The name of my new business is ID Life. So far I am loving the product line. Compliments my other products very well. I’m nervous and excited. This is my baby. John has always been the leader. He has always taken care. I feel the Holy Spirit pushing me out of the nest to spread my wings.

So I am encouraged by David. He saw many and deep trials. He faced many giants, but he defeated every one.

I have faced many giants, and overcome. I am facing many giants right now, but I will overcome. I will stand firm and still and watch that tsunami wall of water as it comes for me turn into a drip of water right before me…unharmed. ~Nicole

“By day the Lord commands his steadfast love,

and at night his song is with me,

a prayer to the God of my life…

Why are you cast down, O my soul,

and why are you in turmoil within me?

Hope in God; for I shall again praise him,

my salvation and my God.”

Psalm 42:8 & 1

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January 5, 2019

Andrew’s Rules

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , at 1:17 am by Broken & Brave

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This evening  (last night by the time I post this) I was doing a little reading and writing, my favorite, and my youngest son was playing and talking to our cat. These are the words of advice he was giving and my heart grew instantly smitten. I can write and write and write all day. I encourage and love, but nothing will be more important to me than if I was able to be the example to my own kids so they can do as I did. That’s the power of love! Because we all know they do as we do, not as we say.

Andrews advice for today:

1) don’t be hyper

2) love Jesus 😂😂😂

Then he says: “rule number two:

don’t attack your enemies, love your enemies.” 😢

When God says, “I want to use your Voice” you don’t always know how or where or when. Not everyone wants more of God or to live like He did. But when you do what He asks of you in all heart and full faithfulness, the credit may never be yours, but the fruit will be. Thank you, Lord, for blessing the souls, hearts and minds of my children. They utterly amaze me daily. My best treasure of all, Legacy. May my seed go equipped with the Arsenal of Heaven. In this day and age the only Power that will have collateral will be HIS. This is the best fruit of all!

Maybe Im being heard after all.

“How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.” Isaiah 30:19

God knew exactly what I needed today. He used the voice of my smallest babe, His purest voice, to communicate to me that I am having an effect and making a difference. God knew I was struggling with this a bit. But my sons little voice spoke loud and clear. If nobody else, my children can hear. And God is soaking up that love in their little hearts—my forever gifts from above.

God has a secret weapon. It is fiercer than any tactile missile launched through the sky. It is sharper than the blade of any sharpened Steele. Yet it has supernatural power to restore and heal everything it touches to its original condition. It is full of honesty and integrity, mercy, compassion and when used properly can heal the world.

What is this thing? It is a mystical potion or healing lotion? It is both timeless and anti-aging. It will shrink your every ache and pain and will swell your heart and soul with glee. So what could it be?

The Power to Love unconditionally.

God loves you friends and because He loves you, I love you.~Nicole💕

 

January 4, 2019

Delivered

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 9:10 am by Broken & Brave

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I have five children, but was only able to deliver the first one naturally. My second child I was enduced having not gone into labor on my own so a petosin drip line was given to me and then the doctor said, “let’s wait and see”.

     Many hours later I should have been ready to deliver, all the signs lined up and I was “ready”. But something wasn’t right.
     My son had trouble getting in the correct position to deliver the entire pregnancy. At one point during the last trimester of my pregnancy with him he got stuck in my hips. Cranium in one girdle and tailbone in the other. Once a babe gets in this position they get stuck and a technique called Aversion is usually used (and very painful, the doctor basically leans on you with their whole body and hands and kneads your belly like pizza dough.  You have to sign all kinds of waiver papers before the doctor performa the procedure).
We prayed and prayed and the day for the procedure the sonogram showed he had miraculously moved during the night. My doctor, in fact, testified it was a miracle and that she had only seen this condition so rare in a textbook. Never had a patient with the condition.
     Prayer works.
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     But on Labor Day he just wouldn’t come out so an emergency cesarean was required.
     After delivery my doctor told me that once she saw my insides it was also a miracle I was able to naturally deliver my oldest. Apparently my hips are so narrow and a baby’s head too big to fit. I was sad to have my belly sliced, but rejoices for the gift of technology that saved my child’s life!
     I’ve had many children, I’ve been blessed with a full quiver. I don’t know how this tiny body did it, but it happened.
     I think without the Lord I would have not had so many children. I would’ve been too afraid to parent. I like things quiet and orderly. I’d worry too much.
I knew I’d have children always, but maybe only one?
     I was always leery of both marriage and children. But at the time I didn’t know I was. I just thought I was different from girls I knew. They talked about those things a lot. I never talked about them. I knew I’d get married. I knew I’d have kids, but I wasn’t in a hurry. It wasn’t my focus. So when I married before my best friend she just looked at me and said, “your kidding”. She was happy for me, just surprised because she knew me. I didn’t want to marry until I was at least 30. I wanted to finish graduate school and begin planting roots for my career. I don’t think I’m overly business ambitious. I just wasn’t in a hurry.
     Doesn’t God know us better than anyone? He knew my heart. He knew I was ambilivent toward both these things, marriage and children, and He knew why. So He took his time. He touched my soul. He mended my broken places. He softened the callousy regions of my heart and maybe even some hard edges.
He smoothed me as He soothed me.
     I think I spent most of my young life “indifferent”. Got along with everyone, liked people, but could take or leave probably most anyone. That sounds crass. But when I look back now I realize it’s true. And as God healed me He expanded my capacity to receive and I began to see with new eyes…there’s a lot of others in the world that do this too.
     The human heart has an incredible way of protecting itself. Emotions can inflict just as much anguish as physical trauma. So the mind subconsciously sears the heart disconnecting it from the mind. Compassion dulls. Empathy diminishes. Relationships contain less depth than in societies past. An entire society, country, of wounded, hurting and aloof people. I’m afraid this is what America has overall become.
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God sees your insides just like my physician literally saw mine.
     What is your life destined to birth? Are there things I have said that you relate too a bit or maybe the Holy Spirit is convicting you with it? Embrace it. God is seeking to deliver your heart and spirit from things that subconsciously hold you back from your full inheritance.
     God designed you and formed you in your Mother’s womb. He hand picked your family, good experience or bad experience, it’s true. You needed the special DNA they gave to you, your ancestors, too. God looks at your life and sees an entire road map with all the peeks and valleys, bumps and obstacles. He is using and navigating you through it all. Release control to the One who controls it all. Ask Him to waken your heart and mind to the things He wants to put inside you. You’ve got a calling. Big or small God needs it all. He needs us all. And He longs to see you happy.
Let this be a day He births something big, bright and beautiful in you.
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You life is beautiful.
You matter.
You make an impactful difference every day.
You are loved.
You are noticed.
Others see the goodness of your heart.
You were made to go the extra mile and God has others who will go with you, too.
You are not alone.
You are not alone.
You are not alone.
Go with God. Make something BIG!
Nicole🍓
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
    for you alone, Lord,
    make me dwell in safety. 
(Psalm 4:8)

			
			

			

December 10, 2018

Constant💕

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , at 6:54 am by Broken & Brave

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When I was about 12 years old our neighbors cat had kittens. She was a beautiful, pure white cat, as were all of her adorable little babies. The neighbors were giving the cats away and asked around who wanted one, and of course,
I did.

I grew up with cats. We had tried having a dog a few times and it wasn’t such a great experience. We were definitely cat owner types. Except we also had these two birds, a parakeet and a cockatiel. I found them both. You heard me, like Snow White in the forest I was outside and the parakeet landed for rest on my head. We found the other on the back fence around one year later. But besides my two birds, always cats. They were always indoor and outdoor kitties so we never seemed to have a cat for more than a few years and they’d disappear or get hit by a car or something.

But we hadn’t had a pet in a while. I asked, but my Mom said no. I don’t recall how many days later, but one afternoon I was lying on the floor watching tv when my Dad came up to me and whispered…”your Mom’s at the store, why don’t you go pick yourself out a kitten across the street.” Now, I’m not saying this was maybe a good idea, Mom said no, but I just obeyed my Dad as quick as I could with immense joy in my heart. That story right there is one of my favorite memories of my Dad growing up. My Dad is such a teddy bear.

We had that pure white kitty for something like 15 years—she grew up with me. She slept on my bed, she watched tv with me, play with me and she patiently endured all the silly things we’d do with her, like dressing her up in doll clothing. She was a great member of our family. She was great company.

Having something constant is so important, especially in childhood. I never thought of it much until we sold our home in 2004 and have lived by Faith ever since. When you live with an open hand God will hold you to it. He gives in abundant measure, but He also requires we give away as well. Sometimes it is very painful.

But God is so faithful and gentle. He tells me where the bumps in the road will be. He encourages me for the other side. And when I lose hope and faith in promises or in people, he is there. Constant.

I haven’t had a lot of “constants” in the last decade or more of my life, but I spend a lot of my energy making sure my kids had what I had, consistency. I’ve had a lot of people tell me that’s why my kids are how they are (amazing! Loving and thoughtful humans, all of them)—consistent love and boundaries in our family. Maybe you haven’t had any of this? Maybe you’ve had all of it? But there is something beautiful to be said for the willingness to be constant.

God is constant there is no doubt about it. He loves constantly and consistently. I want to be like him. He is the ultimate role model.

Holiness leads to Happiness every single time.

Lord,
Help me today to love, live and give consistently because it is what you do. Being quiet doesn’t mean your not there, just like when I am quiet, it doesn’t mean I don’t care. Quite the opposite…the more we care the more we must trust in the care God bestows upon us. May my life bring constant comfort and care today. Allow me to be like my sweet kitty growing up—soft, warm and comforting to the heart and soul. May I bestow Joy all around and others may see the true, genuine and unbridled love of Christ in me. This way they may know what they could have in you, too. Thank you Lord for a family that loved me well so I might teach others of this love I’ve been given. Amen.”

Dwell in love and you will dwell in God. -William Law

March 2, 2018

Visible

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , at 7:16 am by Broken & Brave

Invisible…

I think everyone has relationship goals of one sort or another. One of my goals for as long as I can remember is this…
I want to love each of my children as though they were my favorite. I want each child to feel so loved they don’t question my love for them in comparison to a sibling. This, for any parent, is such a delicate, patient and time focused goal. There will always be times when one child gets more of time, energy/attention or money, but the key is to keep it balanced.

Did you know that God loves you like that? It’s true. He totally and completely sees you. You are not invisible to him.

I spent all of my young life and even into adulthood feeling invisible. Not because of my parents or anything like that-but with peers and the world at large. I was enormously bashful and quiet. These qualities makes it easy to feel invisible. On top of this I am a bit soft spoken. Even when I try to be loud I can’t be. I actually have a hard time with large crowds and lots of loud noises. My natural bent is to recluse myself in those settings, even more so as a kid.

It wasn’t until I noticed God noticing me that my shell began to chip off and I began to blossom and bloom under the Radiant loom of His love, attention and care. I never needed to be a favorite at anything. I was too shy for any kind of attention like that. I just didn’t like feeling invisible…like I had no voice, no place. His love gave me a voice and it turns out, my passions and calling in life requires the use of that voice. You can’t encourage without using your voice!

God loves you. He sees you. He hears you in the quiet of your soul.
There’s something He wants you to know…

I have no doubt. You are God’s favorite, too. He’s just a cool Papa like that–I like that–His love is enough for all of us. ~Nicole

The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. People look at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart”

1 Sam. 16:7
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February 27, 2018

Suit Up

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:14 am by Broken & Brave

Are you working toward your potential?

“Soldiers don’t get tied up with the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.” 2 Timothy 2:4

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Your DNA, the very essence of all things you had been hard wired before another soul on the planet knew you-including you. But God knew you. He knit you together in the secret place and positioned you in a woman’s womb and blessed her with the honor of being your mother.

What an honor motherhood and gestation really is. I remember being pregnant and watching my belly roll like waves of the sea as a little one tossed and turned beneath the surface loaded with potential. The inquisitive thoughts flood the mind, “Who is in there? What do they look like? How will their personality be?” Then I began doing things this way…I began speaking prophetically to my belly. I spoke destiny over my child. I spoke possibility. I declared all that could be possible for them and I invited the Lord into this prayer and asked him to join me and lead me in my prayers.

It’s been fun watching my children grow and to see many of the dreams, visions and prayers the Lord gave me for them unfold and become reality. I’m observing three of my children reach mile stone break through’s in their physical, spiritual and intellectual development right now and it’s wonderful. There is nothing that blesses more than for a parent to see their children succeed and hopefully supersede anything they could ever dream of accomplishing. At least, that’s how I feel. Just the other day I was speaking with my Dad on the phone and he told me, “Nicole, with everything you’ve been through (for the last several decades have been rough), God sure has blessed your children.”

I couldn’t agree more…But this too, was the prophesy of God unfolding. The Lord made a promise to me when I “signed up” or was enlisted into his army of stealthy soldiers. He spoke to the quiet recesses of my soul… “No matter what I ask you to walk through, I promise to bless you, but nothing will exceed what I do for your children.” Legacy. I see Him fulfilling his vow to me all the time. It makes all the obedience worth it.

What about you? Do you have promises of God still tucked in your heart that maybe should be pulled out and dusted off? Did you get side tracked somewhere along the way? How about your kids?

Do not fret or worry if they are not doing ok. God has got great plans for them. It’s never too late to choose the right path, surrender your will, your life, to the One and only Love that shines enormously bright. You are Radiant beyond description. God has locked so much worth inside of you. This is why life has tried to stomp it out and make you forget the brilliance embedded within.

Sparkle is what you were made for. Greatness is what you were designed for.
Wholeness, worth, longevity and strength–all the things God fortified in you just like a well balanced meal.

Feed your soul the right things. Feast on the promises of God. Don’t let the gospel of Christ slip through your head without affecting your heart.

Step out stoically into your Divine Inheritance and believe for miracles in the lives of your children. There is a revival brewing in you and it is good to anticipate what God can and is willing to do.

Suit up soldier. Remain faithful to the light that has been given you. Conquer sin. Vanquish deleterious mindsets. Overcome. Overcome. You shall overcome. All the while never ever forgetting to have fun. Life is Beautiful. God wants to see you enjoy yourself in it. ~Nicole

February 15, 2018

A Home for your Heart

Posted in Inspirational, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:16 pm by Broken & Brave

“Come Home”. Don’t let the cares of this world draw you aside from the Presence of God. He possesses an infinite amount of comfort, care and every thing you need in this life. Draw back in His heart, rest in His Word and settle yourself through prayer. He is waiting for you there…so come home. Allow God’s heart to be your home. New or old, it is as precious as gold.

Imagine being gone on a trip or somewhere far from home. You miss your comforts and familiarities and you even miss sleeping in your own bed. When you arrive there are your loved ones, those with whom you do life. This is how it is when we rest in the Lord. It feels like a homecoming. ~Nicole

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
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September 7, 2017

Honor of Men

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:53 am by Broken & Brave

My daughter shared some thoughts from her religion teacher about how our culture has lost it’s compassion because of the feminist movement. Though controversial, I think I may on some level agree. Here’s what I see…

I think that we are loosing the beauty of each gender’s unique qualities. Women are wired to be nurturing and men are wired to be warriors. I think women can be strong and accomplish great things, but there is so much to be said for a man who knows how to be a man and stick up for, protect and provide for a woman. A man who knows how to lead and hold his position. One of the greatest draws, ok THE greatest draw, that pulled me to my husband was the absolute knowing that I felt safe. So much so I would have to say confidently that most people feel safe around my husband. He is definitely valiant to the core. That’s a big deal. When you feel safe you feel free.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Freedom on countless levels. If you don’t have freedom…it may not be God in it.

How refreshing to discover that chivalry and true gentlemen still exist…I know because of my husband and the four young men he is raising. He has taught all of our boys to always have their head on a swivel and watch out for and stick close to the significant female (in this case…me) and the weakest or smallest individual (in this case…our youngest son).

My boys have been reminded of this with consistency for several years now and I’ve experienced the fruit of it. One evening I was out in town with just the boys, my husband not with us, and had a questionable person (a man) loiter about our presence. My oldest two sons were on it! They assessed, saw and hemmed in close to me pulling the younger two boys in tight also. We then moved out of the building. SAFE! It was drawing close to closing time so there were next to no other people in the store. This person was both odd and suspicious, but that valor kicked in and my boys rose up. I felt both proud of them and protected by them all at the same time.

But it’s difficult for a man to lead and own his position in the family when the significant female or wife won’t let them.

I’ve counseled women for years who have complained to me about what to do in any number of scenarios with their spouses. Situations and circumstances where they don’t agree with their spouse on a decision to be made. Unless the issue is something that goes against the law, human dignity or Biblical mandate– I have always encouraged the woman to submit.
I tend to instruct her to give in to her husband’s decision and watch God honor her. She may still disagree with her husband, but God will either curve that decision around and change her husband’s heart or God will change hers.

God honors a wife who knows how to trust her husband as the leader of the family.

If he cares enough to ask your opinion on the decision and wants your support, then he cares what you think and values your partnership and opinion. Honor him by stepping back and elevating him and his heart desires. Nothing will empower a man more! I think sometimes men quit leading because they are simply afraid to. They feel disempowered by those they mean to lead.

“A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.”

Proverbs 31:10-13

 

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“The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.” Proverbs 14:1

Have you ever met someone who is always trying to fix something that isn’t broken? Doesn’t make sense does it, but when we think in terms of people not objects it happens all of the time. Why do women try to fix other people? Somehow the gift to nurture got tangled with the world and out came a discontent with letting people be themselves. It’s not always women who do this, there are men who are fixers. Just the same way not all women are “fixers”. Let’s honor our husbands by not fixing them… let’s just love them and let God decide what needs fixing.

“It is better to live in a corner of the roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman” Proverbs 25:24

When you get fixing you have become the proverbs woman who is compared to a woman who is a constant dripping. You may find your husband avoiding you instead of wanting to spend time with you. Get back to encouraging and lifting him higher. Most men live for the praise of the ones they love the most. After all, you must have thought that he was pretty ok enough to marry him.

Honor him by honoring who he is today….

July 29, 2017

Kids & Oars

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 6:46 am by Broken & Brave

Parenting is a bit like an oar. Study the oar, it is a plank of wood that has been sanded and softened, yet is durable, resilient and strong. The sanding is all over, but the edges are where it is best shown the curves and soft edges of its grooming. This is so when the oar is pulled through the water it cuts right in smoothly instead of choppy or hard. It makes the experience more enjoyable and comfortable for all who transport in the boat or canoe.

As a parent the first five years are for structure and foundation. Without a solid foundation trouble will be inevitable. Have firm and strong rules in place. Be consistent with their application. Be hands on and involved as much as possible. The middle childhood years it’s important to still do as the first five but boundaries are instilled by now and in place so less time is devoted to discipline though it is still present. Teen years we become coaches. Kids know what is expected and are given more freedom to explore who they are and what makes them happy. Direct them toward the discovery of purpose, dreams and aspirations.

When we need to be authority in their lives we need to be clear. But the soft edges, like the oar, come with delivery of truth and how we administer it. Is it coming from a place of love or is it our own need to be in charge? One of the best things my own Mother taught me was to say yes as much as I can so when I had to say no they knew I meant it.
Finally, as parents we can’t play favorites. Favoritism will bread jealousy and competition in family. It will tear unity apart. You may have a personality that gels best with one kid more than another-but every child needs to be your favorite. Hope this helps someone. I’m not an expert, but I’ve definitely had lots of practice getting it right. Your kids love you! ~Nicole

“Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.” Prov. 22:6

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July 27, 2017

Wait a Minute!

Posted in Devotional, true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:52 am by Broken & Brave

Have you ever had to wait for something? Maybe you had to wait for someone? When I was a girl we went to church on Sunday. My Dad, being a very prompt and punctual fellow, would be ready well before my Mom. As she finished preparing herself for the morning my Father would sit in our living room and play records on the record player of various worship tunes. He would sit at the end of the couch and just softly sing.

Sometimes when we have to wait we become impatient or disinterested in what we were waiting for. We give up. We take a new road. But we can all learn from my Father who chose to wait patiently for the appointed time by singing a song of Worship and lifting his heart to Him.

God knows right where you are today. You may be facing a health crisis, financial crisis, waiting to hear about that job interview or just longing for a change in a dry season of life. Worship your way through. The King of Heaven has got you. ~Nicole

“Blessed are they that wait for him.” Isaiah 30:18

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