July 2, 2017

Chiseled

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“Judge me not by physical size or appearance, but judge me by the size of my character.” -Cornelius Kilgore

I loved this quote.

Everyone has moments of scrutiny. We have each been judged and we have each spent more than a moment of our life having judgemental thoughts of others-people, situations, ideas. I believe many judgements prove to be nothing more than lack of understanding or information.

I have been ever grateful to all who have verbally offered praise or congratulations on my efforts to compete in Figure/Body Building. I am thankful that the praises have outweighed the gasps, though I have had to endure vocally concerned people who think I am “sinning” by my sport selection.

I appreciate the sport and all that each competitor brings to the stage. The discipline and focus required is extraordinary.

Above all else, my God is extraordinary.

He shapes and fastens our heart in place and desires to sculpt each one…hand carved…in His likeness. All my training and sculpting of the flesh to resemble lean lines and hard curves would mean nothing if I did not allow my Maker to chisel my heart and destroy my flesh…making my heart softest of the soft and broken for what breaks His.

Be at peace today, whatever you face, for you are hand crafted in the Image of the ROCK. -Nicole

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June 14, 2017

Real Power

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

The woman entered her car, only to find herself at gunpoint. The end of the gun had a man preparing to rape her. She pleaded with the man not to do this horrible thing. He cursed her and told her to shut up. She continued to plead with him telling him God loved him and would forgive him. He told her if she wasn’t quiet when he was finished he’d cut her into little pieces. She then, calmly looked the man in the eyes and said, “Then every piece of me will love you and forgive you.” The man sat back, bewildered by her statement. Then he released her and fled from her car. Neither raping her nor harming her at all.

This is a true story I heard many years ago from the woman’s perspective. It pierced me to the core. Could I love someone like that? I felt God challenge me to pursue that kind of grace. That’s how it is with God’s love. When we choose to love those we should hate, it has the power to heal brokenness, bind wounds and deliver the broken hearted. Though this story and extreme, but true, example… Imagine what the power to forgive can do.

Isaiah 62:10

That’s how it is with God’s Love….that’s what real power look like. -Nicole