September 27, 2018

Finesse

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:45 am by Broken & Brave

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Well…
Hello there.

What an excellent day.
I hear it was Heaven made.

But what exactly does that mean to you?

For me…this is what it means. A Heaven made day means something different to everyone, but here’s a glimpse into my heart and what stirs me deeply.

I love the free expression my heart yields in His Presence. It is frequently found in my pen, but when I speak it is found there as well.

He brings out the best in me.

What brings out the best in you?

I am fully aware that I am fully Lover. I care deeply. Feel deeply. Experience richly and want the Source of it all to penetrate my heart in all—the big and the small. I want God to be a part of it all. I am fully invested. Because I am also fully resolute and stoic. Kind of an unusual mix. I’ve learned to embrace it.

How about you?

What stirs you?

Not what brings you success. Not what keeps trials at bay. Not what appeases others. What STIRS you? If you’re not stirred then it’s all for no good. Wouldn’t you agree?

I don’t want to just live, breathe, experience. I mean—I want all of those things. But what I really want is to be moved.

What moves you?
What inspires you?
What causes you to step up and out and find your real finesse?

Finesse. Everybody wants it. Everyone is drawn to it…but truth be told…not everyone has it.
It’s sort of one of those things you can’t duplicate. You have it, or you don’t.

But true finesse is MAGNETIC.

So what draws you?

I pray this day Heaven would draw you and penetrate your soul and increase the luster and shine on all that you do. I have a feeling there’s something magnificent still asleep within you, despite all the finesse that already seeps through.

Heaven is waiting…
It wants to experience your deepest finesse, too.

Can’t wait to see—
You were born for more.

This day, BE INSPIRED!

~Nicole💕

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March 21, 2018

Speak Life

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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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February 23, 2018

On Time & Faithful💗

Posted in Inspirational, true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:45 am by Broken & Brave

God was Faithful to divide the Red Sea for Moses to make his escape safely. God was Faithful to roll away the cap stone and become the Corner Stone for all of humanity. He was Faithful to touch the night sky and make it bright with sparkling light. He told the sun where to hang in space and commanded the tides, “Don’t go beyond this place.”

If there is anything I know from my own life experience is that we can trust God’s TIMING. I have witnessed him part the way and create many miracle for myself and my family because we stepped in faith, trusted, obeyed and he parted the way. He can make every crooked place straight. He can open every gate.

I told a dear friend yesterday, who knows everything about me, that I felt I had the most peculiar testimony. Then I heard that friend tell me that I did in fact have a very unique testimony, but it was all my life experiences that have fueled my ability to write.

I couldn’t agree more.

Life experiences are the rich and fertile soil that weave our hearts with the tenderness of heaven if we allow it. The good, the bad, give thanks for it all. God shows his Faithfulness through it all.

I was thinking of my Dad earlier. I took him with me on an outing to an open house for a community outreach in my city yesterday. I thought he would enjoy it. There were old restored cars on display in the parking lot. My Dad wanted to look at them. He peeked inside, outside and under the hood. One car was a low rider-please don’t ask me what kind of car it was, I’m no good with car knowledge- but my Dad knew and he engaged the owner in a conversation and shared stories of his cars of his youth. Instant bond. My Dad had experiences in youth I never had. He grew up in a rough part of his Southern California home town. “The other side of the tracks”, I guess. He had little adult supervision and two brothers. They have a lot of stories. I thank God for his life experiences-so different from how he raised me though. It brought my heart joy to know how God had transformed his life as a young adult man and he took me to the House of God and we all learned, for the first time, about Jesus together. God’s timing was perfect, once again. I can maybe only imagine the childhood I might of had if God hadn’t touched my Dad’s heart and life when he did.
I love my Dad…grateful for him.

I know that I know He is a miracle working God. He is Master Protecter, Provider and Friend. Trust his timing in every moment. Whether you’re expected to be in five places as once (which was me yesterday) or standing near a loved ones sick bed or working toward a goal that seems to go slower than slow. He’s got this! ~Nicole

25 ” The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze,
and your strength will equal your days.
There is no one like the God of Jeshurun,
who rides across the heavens to help you
and on the clouds in his majesty.” Deuteronomy 33:25-26
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October 12, 2017

Full View

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:39 am by Broken & Brave

It may feel easier to draw back and recluse yourself in self preservation. But God’s drawing you out in His Perfect Love. His affection is over you. Transparency breeds intimacy and trust, but transparency is scary, it involves risk. I tell you that you are the Beloved of Heaven. There is no safer place to be yourself than in quiet prayers to an Almighty God. The more transparent we can be with God the more we can have healthy and worth while relationships with others. It’s like opening the ribbon from a gift to see something amazing inside. He unravels our discomforts and sets them aside and then focuses on the content of our heart…beauty purified by His Love. The best of you is still locked inside of you, but God wants to draw it out into full view for others to see, too. He believes in you! ~Nicole

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
1 John 4:18

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

 

May 4, 2017

Sunshine & Sympathy

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 6:25 am by Broken & Brave

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When you are in the middle of God’s plan for your life, it may be painful, difficult and it will most definitely challenge you. The challenges will confront you in more than one area most likely. So why follow God and His Plans? Because my friend, He is out to make you a better man or woman. He wants to see you happy and thriving. He is happy you are alive and He desires for you to get the most out of your life.

So whatever grieves, worries or heavies your heart… Whether it is a season or situation that has no respite…God walks the trail with you. He will see you through and the glory of your endeavor will be credited to you. That’s His Promise.

Pursue the greater blessing.

One of the hardest and most invigorating things I have ever done was give everything away. God’s not asking you to give everything away necessarily, but He asked it of the First Century Church so how are we different? Whatever He asks, give. Today I understand how to trust him for my daily bread and I actually have more living this way-fully dependent on His Resource- than I had accumulated on my own.

Whatever enslaves, cripples or chills your soul, it will all melt away in the Shine of God’s Sympathy.

God has you. He is giving you undaunted moral courage.

Surround yourself with people who share your vision, passions, beliefs. Find others who are willing to give of themselves to pursue it. It has been my experience that when you step out in risk taking faith, some begin the journey with you, but quit when it gets hard or “takes too long”. Don’t let that stop you. There is a season for everything under the sun. Keep moving forward. God will bring others around you who have the strength to rise and stay the coarse with you. You will overcome, if you only believe…

Never. Give. Up.

The more demanding the cost of the dream the more rewarding and respectful the achievement becomes. Absolute Champion! ~Nicole

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” Isaiah 43:2

“Nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19

December 6, 2016

Fortified Hope

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:32 am by Broken & Brave

Fortified Hope Helps you cope…

Pretty much every packaged food today is fortified with essential vitamins and minerals. Whole Foods are full of them naturally. The soul of the earth is rich in minerals that help crops grow and be rich in nutrition. The best fields are allowed to lay fallow every so many years-giving them a season of rest so they can produce their best.

In America this practice isn’t done anymore. Our foods aren’t so nutrient dense as they used to be. Fruit is picked too early and don’t reach their potential in quality and sustainability. This is why I believe it is so important to supplement with quality vitamins and minerals. If we want to be our best, feel our best, perform our best we must care for ourselves and who best can do this?

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Now ask yourself this–is your Hope fortified? Do you have Hope? Hope adds flavor to the soul and fortifies it with a measure of Joy that works like soap washing away cumbersome worries and cares. It gives us something to look forward to, to advance our steps and raise our gaze. Hope stokes the fire of the heart and soul causes us to dare to want more for ourselves, our lives and those around us.

How do you fortify Hope? Focus on the good (Phil. 4:6-7), be humble and gentle (Phil. 4:4), pray and give all your heart to God (1 Peter 5:7) and sing a song in your heart that rejoices your soul (Psalm 40:3).

Hope stokes and gives heart rise to Hope for better tomorrow’s. Fortify your Hope❤️ -Nicole

“The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” Psalm 147:11