September 3, 2018

Speak Up!

Posted in true story tagged , , , , at 8:06 am by Broken & Brave

When I was in high school I was involved in a few clubs, not a lot of clubs because I was busy with school and with the cheer squad and was happy with that much on my plate. I think I was in the German club (because I took German in middle school and it was the only language offered I kept with it in high school) I was in a civics community club that serves needs around campus. But this was about it—-
if there were more I don’t recall or wasn’t super involved.

I got good grades. Was named by my peers friendly and kind and I stayed out of trouble. I was one of those good kids who was just wired that way. I got teased for it a bit, but that’s ok.

Many years after high school, like 10 years after, I was visiting with a woman who spiritually mentored a gal I went to high school with but I didn’t know really well at that time, and even less in high school. She wasn’t my grade so we didn’t have classes together and my high school was a largely populated school.
Anyway, she (the mentor) shared with me that she remembered when I was in school that this gal and other kids she mentored were actively praying I would join the Christian club.

I had no idea.
I never joined the Christian club.

Their prayer never came to pass. Why? Because I had no idea there even was a Christian club and they never invited me. She never even made effort to introduce herself or get to know me and tell me there was a Christian club check it out sometime. Nothing. I had absolutely no clue at all.

People will never know what you expect from them if you don’t tell them. They may never come if they remain uninvited. They may even be unaware what is on your heart exists.

When Jesus is on our heart what do we do with it?

My best friend from college didn’t even know that Christmas was the celebration of the birth of Christ. She was completely unchurched and at the age of 22 no one had told her. I told her. I shared my faith and invited her to experience Jesus. She eventually took the invitation and became a Christian and God is a part of her heart and life. She didn’t know He existed just like I didn’t know that Christian club existed or that people were praying for me to do something specific.

Never make assumptions about people. Pardon my candor but there is an idiom that goes, “assuming makes an ass out of you and me (ass-u-me)”.
If someone asks you- be willing to tell them your expectations. Often times clear lines of communication are the best way to get something done.
Do not be fearful and expect they will reject your invitation.

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Not every dream comes true.
But there will always be growth in the “do”.

God will give you something else to do.
Some dreams die so something else can be born.

Not everyone is on the same page. Not everyone is willing to help you find your way. Not everyone is going to celebrate with you or even just celebrate you—that’s ok too. Not everyone is going to esteem or value your heart, mind or your words.

All of these filtering tools are a gift. God means to sift out that which is only holding you back.
Not everyone wants to invest in the Process.

Choose Wisely who you allow in your Inner Circle and decide for yourself, “What does God want me to do to help others find the Way? How can I invest and be a blessing? What work has the Lord for me to do?”
As Believers we want to be known for our ability to make others feel warm and “invited” as though our presence ushered the presence of God like a cozy blanket on a cool day.

📌Points for discussion:

•When was the last time you shared your faith with someone? I’m not talking about vomiting Jesus all over people-that usually doesn’t work. I mean, meet them where they are at. Listen. Love. Invest. With your listening you can determine where they have need and how the Lord can be a solution to what they are dealing with. We present as a solution not a religion. Relationship with others drives the relationship to others having relationship with God.

•Have you ever expected someone to know how you felt (good or bad), but you didn’t do anything to help them hear your heart? You never spoke of it?
How did that turn out?

•What are some practical ways you can become a better communicator today? There is blessing in healthy communication!

Here’s what I know. Heaven always has a way of communicating with you. Ask the Lord today—
He has answers for your every dilemma and request. YOU are invited.💞

~Nicole

“Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; abide in My love.”
John 15:9

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December 4, 2017

Inspired Life

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:53 am by Broken & Brave

Everyone who knows me knows my passion for health, fitness and nutrition and their impact on quality of life. I know it was God who stirred this passion and purpose in me. I didn’t play a lot of sports growing up. I wasn’t on a bunch of teams. No cheesy photos of me in a uniform. I cheered throughout high school and swam one year on swim team to stay in shape. But this deep desire was in me to be well, eat well, do well. I had no outside influence for this. My family does not share my passion for health and fitness. Not a coach, mentor or teacher telling me of my potential. I was almost always picked last or next to last for everything. My drive was all God, all spoken internal. I was 13 years old and was already thinking about lifelong wellness and disease prevention. Only God can do that. What 13 year old thinks of such things on their own? I never had mentors to pull me under their wing. In fact, most of my entire life I had the opposite. I was told I didn’t measure up, I wasn’t good enough, smart enough or didn’t do it right. For a long time I believed it.

I love to sprint for cardiovascular fitness and to stay lean. Almost year round I will squeeze in a quick 10 minute sprint routine at the start of my day. Most days I now use the track at my kids school. The grounds keepers at the school have a little girl who is sometimes there waiting for her parents before being taken to school. My first encounters with her she was bashful and hid away when she saw me. But over time she popped herself out to be seen, but still, very far away. But little by little she would come watch me run.

One morning I got to the track to feast my eyes on a little 8 year old girl, who isn’t in the best of shape or weight, out on the track running her sprints.

Every sprint I’ve ever run, every bit of effort to encourage another I’ve ever given, was in that moment completely worth it. I had prayed just that morning if God would please use me that day to inspire another life higher. I specifically prayed for that little girl and that she would be inspired by me. God is so good, so faithful, so kind. I still pray for that little one, she talks my ear off now. I pray that she would find her drive and live her life to its fullest. Blessings for a glorious day. Your life an Inspired Asset of Heaven.

As we run, we pray and God makes the way.
-Nicole

“…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”

Heb. 12:1

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September 17, 2017

Slay…

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:20 am by Broken & Brave

Feed the hungry and slay your giant...

“Then Jesse said to his son, David, ‘Take now for your brothers an ephah of this dried grain and these ten loaves, and run to your brothers at the camp. And carry these ten cheeses to the captain of their thousand, and see how your brothers fare, and bring back news of them.'” 1 Samuel 17:17-18

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Sometimes our Heavenly Father sends us into a situation that turns out to be an opposing giant in our life. We can be tempted to think, “if I hadn’t obeyed my Father I wouldn’t be in this situation.” But because we love our Father, as David did so his, we obey, just as David.

Your giant could be difficulties at work, or maybe a health scare, maybe your household is turned upside down or your finances in disarray. Your giant could even be something opposing your faith. But God, Abba Father, knew what He was doing when He picked you. He knew it was you He wanted to send with provision for the situations of life at hand. Your entire life is a Divine Assignment when your heart is in proper alignment with Heavens Signature Pen. He knew…

Though you may seem small in your situation or the least of your resources…He knew you were really great. He sees what’s inside. He knows He crafted you with superb ingredients. He knows the kind of food you bring to every avenue of this life you lead.

So, He put His Word in your heart and it extols the Lord. When you share your heart others are fed. It doesn’t matter what you do for a living or what your giant is- you’ve been sent to the battle line to face it, overcome it and sustain others from your experience. God has you strategically placed right where you are at for His purpose sake.

Run to the battle line, do not shrink back, and watch your Father pull a sling shot from His pouch, face the Giants of life through you and with one shot knock them out!

All by the power of the Cross. Embrace the journey…
It is meant to be extraordinary!

~Nicole

70 “He chose David his servant
and took him from the sheep pens;
71 from tending the sheep he brought him
to be the shepherd of his people Jacob,
of Israel his inheritance.
72 And David shepherded them with integrity of heart;
with skillful hands he led them.”

Psalm 78:70-72