August 5, 2017

“Mobbed”

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When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”

Mark 5:27-28

Have you ever had God touch your life in a real and dramatic way that left you forever changed? I have and I remind myself all the time how He has touched me and changed me and how completely different I am from the person I used to be.

The woman in the verse had a bleeding disorder. She had been bleeding for more than a decade. So much blood loss drains your energy leaving you lethargic and tired. Weary and worn no doubt. 12 years of doctors, discomfort, inconvenience and probably a lot of embarrassment and shame. Sounds like a recipe for depression, loneliness and despair. But this woman is a perfect example of what happens in a life when we don’t give up, when we persevere, keep faith and refuse to lose Hope. She knew by faith that if she could just touch His clothes she’d be made well. She was after an encounter with God and she pushed through a mob of people to get it.

What is the “mob” in your life right now? Are you crowded out by obstacles, setbacks, lack, personal, physical or emotional attack? Do problems surround you on every side? What is your attitude toward your obstacles? Take on the countenance as this woman. She never gave up. She believed Jesus was who she had heard He was and that she was a candidate for victorious living. She believed her bleeding days would be through.
This can be your belief, too.

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Whatever is draining your energy, sapping your hope and stealing your dreams…
There is one who wore a garment that was so flawless- it had no seams. His healing power is Pristine and it is waiting for you. Push through! I know you’ve still got fight in you! You were made to overcome. There is Power in the Blood! ~Nicole

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July 19, 2017

Roar

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:54 am by Broken & Brave

We don’t always feel brave, even when conditions surrounding us demonstrate we are acting in bravery.

We don’t always feel like our Faith is Strong, even when we are boldly stepping out in Faith.

We don’t always feel like we are living or encouraging well, even when people around us seem to draw to the moisture we offer.

If this is you today or if it will be you in the future or has been you before, then this post is waiting for you at the door. Cross the Threshold and step in. Allow a Joyous Journey of Heart and Soul to begin. Flourish in your God Given Authority. He holds the Master Key to everything and it is yours.

Have you ever observed a Crescent Moon? The moon is beautiful…the way it captures the light of the sun during the thick of night. When you focus on it and study it you can see beyond the shadow to the whole of the moon.

This is how God is betrothed to you. He always sees past the shadow to the depth of your soul. He knows you are more than any feeling, thought or circumstance. He is faithful to guide your Path.

YOU have the brave heart as that of a lion; the absolute ROAR of the Father ignites in your soul. Rise up Champion! For you, Gods got MORE! Do you believe it? How much is an abundance anyway? ~Nicole

“Seek the Lord, and His Strength: seek His face forevermore.” Psalm 105:4

 

May 11, 2017

Search, Create, Pray…

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I look about my country and I see so much Divide. I see people outraged. I see people filled with anger and hate. I see others full of self. Others broken and forsaken. But that’s what I see with my eyes–
When I look with my heart I see all the same…people in pain, hurting, and lacking proper love.

As a Christian I am bothered by what I see. It penetrates me, heart and soul. The enormity of the responsibility to make an impactful difference in my neighborhood, community, city, state, nation is mind boggling to me. Is our heart truly broken for what breaks God’s heart? Here are some action steps if you want to make a difference- in your own life and others-and you see what I see:

1. Search our hearts. (“O, Lord, you have searched me and known me.” Psalm 139:1)

2.Create a clean heart in us oh Lord. For when our heart is saturated with the Love of God it is pure. By searching the Word of God we obtain the pathway to his heart-but it is Love that binds, heals, and delivers. (“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10)

3. Pray. We must pray and be watchful. (“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14)

4. Listen. We must be attentive and listen as the Spirit gives personal directives on we as individuals can be an Agent of Change.
(“Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” Psalm 1:32)

5. We must give people a hand.
We must help where and how God directs us. We cannot do everything and clearly there is a lot to be done, but we can do that something that God has specifically asked of each of us. (“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16)
In our life our hand is attached to something. If it isn’t it is useless. The hand is attached to an arm, some real muscle to push through with a person. The arm is attached and leads to The Body. The Body is the Chamber for the very Heart and Love of God. Once a person is lead by the hand, they can get to the heart and meet the Power of Unconditional Love and that is where the Miraculous begins to take part! A hand all by itself is helpful, but not impactful. Impactful change occurs when a person is saturated in healing Love. The anger and hatred subsides. Growth and healing occur. Forgiveness replaces resentment. A maturing of the soul that comes by intimacy with God. A person is set free from the roots of their pain and their life is changed.

We give a hand, but we must do it with heart. Just like parenting. As a parent I meet the needs of my children practically-food, clothes, etc.-but they need time, attention, accountability, long suffering, wisdom, guidance and lots and lots of love. They need our heart.

Love the Lord your God with all of your heart. Invite Him to come in like your heart were your home. He will sweep it clean, clear the clutter and messes, decorate the halls and walls, and He also will sit and enjoy you, just you, as He lovingly admires and enjoys spending time with you. He changes us each from the heart and this changes our perspectives to match His. His love is full, complete and so very sweet.
He is such a good, good Parent.

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
John 15:12

December 9, 2016

Repairer of the Broken

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“Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”

Isaiah 58:12

 

When I was married I inherited a home my husband already owned and I also inherited a dog- all in addition to gaining a husband.

I’m not really much of a dog person or pet person for that matter, but this dog was a true sweetheart. She was a Rottweiler and had been the product of divorce. Her name was Baby Grace and I look back now and see how instrumental and prophetic this dog would be in the unfolding of God’s design on my life to grow to deep levels of Grace, but at that time my faith was still like a baby.

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Neither owner wanted to keep her and so she found her way into our home. This dog turned out to be a real gift from God in my life. She was very calm and loyal as can be. She was gentle and protective. I felt safe when she was around for my husband was away for work most of the time. My husband used to travel a lot for business and spent ridiculously long hours at the office. I was home alone a lot. So it didn’t take long for me and this pooch to bond.

She had been abused, I could tell. She would pull back a bit when you’d reach your hand to touch her or pet her. She would not let you hug her at all. She did not snuggle.

She must have been struck before.

Even though we had never been rough with her at all she had the imprint from previous relationships. So I learned to reach out slowly and not suddenly. I learned to use my voice to soften her disposition. Over time she healed and she trusted completely. She became a 110 pound lap dog!

Everything I did for my pet is true for humans as well. Our tone of voice and physical countenance, our facial expression, can make a huge difference in how people receive us. How you speak to people, your tone of voice can lift and salve a soul or it can cut like a punch to the gut. Some people may not hit you with their fist, but they hit you with their tongue. The damage is the same or I dare say worse when it happens with the tongue. For verbal abuse causes damage that can’t be seen with the eye, but it deeply damages the soul. Verbal abuse can cause people to respond to even the smallest criticism the same way my dog responded to my touch when I first got her.

Do you know anyone who fits this description? Do they recoil even when you aren’t trying to hurt them?
Be patient and long suffering with them. A wounded person is a tender person who desperately needs love.

Are you this person? You have deep wounds of soul that grip you and hold you? Do you have an abusive person in your life? You are not alone. Verbal abuse is a silent killer of hearts I think. There are people all around who suffer and hold it in and no one knows what they endure.

Do you feel stuck in a place of abuse or in an abusive relationship? Begin to pray for God to bring open doors of healing for you. There are people and resources available, but most times there is intense fear in a place of abuse. If this is you, pray for God to bring open doors to you. He will guide your path and protect you.

Whether this scenario has merit in your life or not, be mindful of your words, your countenance and your voice. Our words can hurt or heal, nurture and care or damage beyond repair. But God cares and can heal any damage. He doesn’t want to leave anyone there in a place of abuse.

He is the Restorer of streets with no dwelling and Repairer of broken walls. He can cause a fountain to birth in a parched land, he can heal the inner man. -Nicole

“A soothing tongue is a tree of life…” Proverbs 15:4