September 2, 2018

Power of Longevity

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There is Power in Longevity.

Stay the course.

Who knows what you can do, what you can achieve when you own up to the Power of Positivity and allow it to be released and chart the coarse in your life. Countless others around you just may be depending on your faithfulness and stoic and resolute ability to press on.

These words seem strong and motivating, but they are as simple as your next breath, your next step, your common and seemingly ordinary tasks of each day.

Here’s my example—

I attended a Bridal Shower last night. I had a lovely time—hadn’t been to one of those in I have no idea how many years. The Bride-to-Be I’ve known most of her life. Met her Momma when my oldest was one year old. Our daughters are lifelong friends.

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Have you ever had a lifelong friend? Or even acquaintances that have ebbed and flowed in and out of your life for decades?

There is Power in Longevity.

I scanned that room with my eyes and drank in all the laughter, smiles and joy—dang we laughed hard! But as I looked around and realized I was seeing a room with countless people I have known most of my adult life. Many I hadn’t seen a great number of years—but the familiarity of their faces drew comfort to my soul and resurrected memories of years long ago.

There is Power in doing life with others. There is Power in loving and living—even if only in parallel activity—there is Power.

People equal power.

So don’t take it for granted. Some we are close with. Some we socialize and get deeper with. Some are more surface relationships. Some play. Some are serious thinkers. Some are ingenious achievers—

and we all need each other.

There is Fortitude, Strength and Blessing when we plow together, grow old together, laugh together, refine each other and just simply “Be”, together.

Every stage of life, even the common and mundane tasks of the dailies, possess power to overcome, accomplish, thrive, help, be helped, cry together, laugh together and carry one another.

There is Power in Longevity.

And above all I know One who is full of Resolute staying Power for you. He shattered every expectation just to raise your anticipation of what could be possible for your life. He loves without measure and takes enormous delight and pleasure to bless and greet and warm your feet with the security of absolute Peace He brings.

Last night as we visited and stood around. I began to admire a collection of greens in a vase. There were only a few tiny buds, but not flowered—just the branch and the greens. I recognized the variety, but wasn’t sure because of the absence of the unique to identify flower. So I asked the hostess and she and another long time friend I hadn’t seen in YEARS, agreed on the type of plant. I then shared a story of a tree like it I once had and how it was accidentally cut down by someone trimming my garden. The person had there head down doing their job pruning the thistle shoots from the tree roots that shot up from the soil. In all their purpose and intentional working they missed the green leaves and flower at the top of my tree and cut it down thinking it was a thistle, too. My friend, Janice, declared, “Nicole! There’s a devotion there—I think you should write it!” I told her to write it, but when she declined I promised to dedicate it to her. So, Jan—one of the best multi-decade friends a girl could ever have—this is for you.

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Never miss the Garden because of a few weeds.
Never regret to cherish the beauty of the green before the flower comes.
Never mind your occupation so deliberately that you miss out on the blessing the Sunshine and fresh air can bring.
Doing life with others, committed to community and general love and encouragement of others—this is a beautiful thing.
There is collective strength when all of our branches, like life, tangle together.

There is Power in Longevity.
Life is a Glorious Bloom.
Clustered together, we are a Spectacular Hue.

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“Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, United in spirit, intent on one purpose…Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 2:2,5

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Lord—

Guide our every step and adjust our Path upright. Dial in our focus and break away all that is contrite compared to you. You are a God of spoils and you grant blessing in ample measure. Help us to have appropriate boundaries without building walls to keep everyone out. Inquire of our hearts, Dear Lord. Make your Leadership the only foundation we cleave. For you are all together Lovely and Splendid. You draw us to our knees with your Majesty. I could write a book of all the ways you’ve been faithful. You are Giver of Life. You are Restorer of Broken Walls and revive Living Waters to Streets without Dwelling. You are the Sweet Aroma that lingers about and tantalizes the soul leading us to yield to you and come back for more. You are the One Voice that melts the heart and your breath of love whispers to my soul Songs of your Love and Humility.
You anchored yourself to a Tree for me.
You are the One True Anchor to my soul- and as time goes by I love you more and more.

Because you are Good.
—And your Righteousness endures forever.💞 Amen

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March 21, 2018

Speak Life

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:21 am by Broken & Brave

YOU are set apart. That means you are created, prepared and reserved for something special. God always has His eye on you watching your every move-not because he means to punish or extract something from you-but because He treasures you and He keeps inventory of the things He cherished most. He adores you and His thoughts toward you are adorable. So, you have been set apart. Let His love devour your fears, cares and troubles. Though storms may come, you will never be overcome. He is holding you now. ~Nicole

“I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage.” Joshua 1:5-6
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November 24, 2017

Focus

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:06 am by Broken & Brave

 

“For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with Thanksgiving.”
1 Timothy 4:4

It matters not if you can’t find the way, or see the way, or how in the world the Lord can make a way. If your eyes are on the doubts and questions, it’s going to be out of focus like a lens of a camera before it locks in to the Center of the frame. God has extraordinary ability to create fabulous and outstanding things out of…well…nothing!

He created the Cosmos from His spoken Word. He simply said something to the effect, “Be…” and out poured His Inspiration and Creativity. Just look at the beauty, capability and design of woman. The first one was made from a rib! See- God can do whatever He wants to and it is by His divine light and grace that created focus and just like a car key in the ignition He’s got ambition to do incredibly things…just. for. you.

So keep the apple of your eye laser focused on the Giver and watch Him betroth your heart with a tender clove of His Goodness, Strength, Love and Mercy. His gift will be a Creative Miracle and He will Shock and Awe you as He woo’s you lovingly. And that’s how True Courtship is supposed to be. If He hung on a Tree of Love for you, don’t you believe He will see your trials through, too? He loves you.

Be blessed this day in good measure and may the grace of heaven lock arms with you giving you mastery focus on all you think, say and do.

~Nicole

(graphics by aestheticallyalexandra)

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October 3, 2017

Intensity

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:21 am by Broken & Brave

What are you believing?

The future is inside of you. You must see it with your heart before you can believe it with you mind. Then you will walk it out in your life.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger became legend as a body builder. Not only did he have an extraordinary work ethic, but he had extraordinary belief. At one competition he was up against Lou Furrigno, another famous top competitor. Lou told Arnold before the show that he looked good, but probably not good enough to win. Arnold replied he felt so confident of his win that he had already called his Mother in Austria to tell her he had won.

This is the mindset of a Champion!

It doesn’t matter what you are pursuing. It could be to encourage you child in 1st grade phonics.

To overcome, carry on and finish strong we each must have intense BELIEF in better things.

Be Decided! ~Nicole

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September 18, 2017

A Heart for Community

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:30 am by Broken & Brave

“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you-that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” Romans 1:11-12

God plants people in neighborhoods, houses (resident dwellings), careers, jobs, and communities. God has a heart for community. Therefore, He had this in mind when He wrote on the tablet of your heart the purpose for your life. He decided where and when He would plant you like a seed on this earth. He is a Sovereign God. What does that mean? It means there is nothing that escapes His eye for detail. There is no plan He forgot or neglected to make. He is ever mindful of the course of your life. You can take great Comfort and Confidence in this. I am hoping I communicate encouragement to you if you are in a job that stresses you severely, or maybe you don’t like your neighborhood or have a neighbor who is difficult to live near. God has planted you there- if only for a season. You have been chosen to be a light to that community, whatever it is. ~Nicole

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August 21, 2017

Multiplication Anointing.

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:12 am by Broken & Brave

imageSometimes, when life gets hard you have to work harder so you won’t quit. Don’t you dare give up! Life has rich blessings waiting for you on the other side of every struggle.

God sees you through. No season too lean or dry for Him to use it to lift you high. He’s setting you up for blessing.

Do you trust Him? God is the Driver of your Destiny. When He is in the lead you can overcome anything. Blessing is in the atmosphere.

Whatever the struggle, you’re going to make it through! Victory looks too good on you!

Don’t you dare give up.

If you’ve still got breath in your lunges and blood flowing through your veins…It isn’t over yet! So, take care, You. You’re season of blessing isn’t through. In fact, it truly has yet to see its greatest break through.

Get Charged! Your worlds about to be enlarged!

~Nicole

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” Isaiah 43:2

 

March 29, 2017

Light & Life

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

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“Peace, when ruling the heart and ruling the mind, opens in both every avenue of joy.”     ~Sarah W. Stephens

As the body of Christ we are to have both unity and diversity, but all should be walking in intense levels of peace and joy. If you have yet to discover joy or its source, I hope this little diatribe will help you.

“Therefore with joy you will draw water from the well of salvation.” Isaiah 12:3

Joy is not the same as happiness. Joy flows from the soul despite conditions of life. When things are good, we have joy and happiness. When things are not so good, we may not have outward happiness, but we can flow in continual joy. True joy spills out onto others. We don’t just talk of joy and walk around sour. We have a sweet disposition that encourages others without requiring any words spoken. It is like a pleasing aroma that fills the air.

So how do you get there? You must fix your position. Stop focusing on the things not well in your life. Focus on your blessings. Everyone has a blessing! So find it, something to be thankful for. Maybe you struggle with gratitude? Ungratefulness is the most slippery path to misery and is the opposite of joy.

It will take work.

•You have to focus your mind on good, not evil (Phil. 4:8)

•When your thoughts stray, you quickly correct them and bring them back in alignment with something you might look forward to or something that brings your heart a light and life giving countenance.
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Anything that produces light and life to your heart, think on these things. It could be your kids, your pet, it could be a favorite blanket you get to snuggle under after a long day. It could be how good you plan to feel after eating the healthy meal instead of the fast food. Example, I had a client last night tell me of the length and stress of her day. She has a very prominent position in my community with much responsibility. She was exhausted and almost skipped her workout, but decided she would feel better after if she went and she did! She looked forward to the “after” satisfaction vs. the exertion of the workout. She found her joy.

“In your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” Psalm 16:11

You’ve got the idea. Once you find your joy you will know it. It will spill over on others like a gentle stream of refreshing waters. You won’t have to force yourself to smile, it will just glide across your face effortlessly.

If you haven’t found joy yet, don’t be upset. It eludes countless people. My pen is simply wanting to encourage you into some action steps to find it. So if your tired of the monotony of your misery, I hope this yields a key.

Come alive with Life and Light and be vibrant in Christ! ~Nicole

March 18, 2017

Serenity

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:53 am by Broken & Brave

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“The Lord on high is Mightier than the noise of many waters, than the mighty waves of the sea.” Psalm 93:4

I have a large family. I did not come from a large family so this has been a new experience for me. I grew up in a quiet home where everything was always in order, tidy, organized. I tend to be a quiet, soft spoken person. I’m not loud. But when you have five children, four of which are boys, it can get kind of crazy. I think we are overall fairly organized people, but you learn to let somethings go, re-prioritize and maximize moments differently.

Getting time alone with God is my fundamental key to making it all work. Life can pull a Mom in a thousand different directions and so much noise can fill our day and our head. But securing a quiet space in time and place will be a spiritual encounter that will usher in serenity and sanity.

Find your quiet space today. Get in that place and speak your heart to God. He has some precious promises he’d like to speak to you, but first he must know where you are.

The Lord is full of promises. Because his heart is filled with Integrity, He will honor every last one.

He will shape your Faith Shatterproof! ~Nicole

November 21, 2016

Secrets to Strength

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , at 7:36 am by Broken & Brave

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

What words are dripping from your lips? Are you self sabotaging your own better self, your own better health, you own best fitness or career ambition? Is your family suffering by the words falling from your mouth?

Our words have so much power to prophesy what will be. What you believe can shape and direct the very coarse of your life. In my own health and fitness I always imagined I could be very fit and the master of my food choices, but it took me a very long time to overcome and get to the level of discipline in my exercise and eating that I needed to be to see the fruit I wanted to see, but I did not give up. I kept speaking where I was going and believing it would come. This is only one example.

EVERY area of your life is at your disposal to be INCREDIBLE if you can just shift your mind. When you get your mind right, every issue of life becomes the lesser issue and takes flight from influencing your life. So get your mind right! You’ve got real strength behind those lips! ~Nicole

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