August 13, 2017

Who Am I?

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

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Who Am I?

Who am I, Lord, that you would even notice me? Who am I that you should swim across all of eternity just to be with me? Who am I that you should walk through the flames taking my sin, my blame, my shame all for the Glorious honor to call my name? Who am I that you should love me so deeply?

I don’t know why you love me so completely and so deeply, but I, of course, am so glad you do.

When we reach a place in our courtship with heaven that we don’t need a lot of other things to find whole and solemn rest we have found a place in his heart that provides all of that. It is a source of true and abiding rest that carries itself so uniquely.

All my trials, all my troubles, all the problems my life has afforded me–and I have been through far more than I’ve ever shared publicly or even personally to others. Yes, all of that, did something extraordinary in my heart. It drew me in closer. It was God who actually began drawing himself in close to me. I just let him.

I was thinking about this a lot yesterday. Despite the intensity of everything I have endured in my life, my love and appreciation for God and His Goodness only grew more. I consider that fact alone to be supernatural. Why do some grow colder and harder from extremes and life’s duress while others grow in gratitude feel enormously blessed despite circumstances?

I know it all comes down to the heart. Heat purifies. Heat causes impurities to rise to the surface. Heat exposes the real us. We all have dross. We all collect moss in the chambers of our heart. If science teaches us that man only uses a small portion of his mind, I can only conclude by vehicle of common sense and deductive reason that the same is true for our heart and our emotional quotient. Some are blessed and able to love bigger than others just as some are blessed with incredible minds. The heat of trial only brings out the luster and shine.

No matter who you are.
No matter the crisis, the pain, your situation…
God is there.
He hasn’t forgotten to take care of you.
He has real and true beauty hidden in his heart for you.
Cling to him now. Open up your heart a little bit deeper for him. The Peace, Joy and Comfort will cause your heart to grin. He will quench your need like nothing ever has before. You will feel both content and thirsting for more. I call it “soul thirst” and he’s got a well overflowing with handsome riches in store for you.

Go ahead, open the door, let him in. Invite him in. Allow him to take his rightful seat in your life. I promise it will feel so good inside. You will know a pure and perfect pleasure as never before. He will widen, broaden, deepen your capacity to receive, be and show love as never before. You will feel good and others will notice it upon you.

He’d swim oceans for you…
His love is this True.

~Nicole

“The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.” Psalm 19:7

May 3, 2017

Take Heart❤️

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 6:09 am by Broken & Brave

Do everything with heart.

Perseverence seems to be a breeding ground for depth and tenacity of heart. The more you have to work for something or wait for something or sow patiently into something, the more you will value the reward.

Because of the nature of my family’s profession we see a lot of extremely talented people throw their talent away because they lack heart. When everything comes effortlessly to you, you have no value for it. You won’t realize how blessed you are. You will tend to think less of others and fail to understand why it doesn’t come easily to them? I’ve seen this in young athletes time and time again.

You want to see the sparkle in my eye? Show me the person who has overcome incredible obstacles and achieved a goal, pursued and subdued a dream or accomplished something that seemed out of reach.

They did it with heart.

I don’t consider myself to be a person of enormous success by the worlds standards. I do, however, know everything I have overcome and how much I have stretched my comfort zone to expand myself, my heart, my courage and my journey.

What does your journey look like? What obstacles has life afforded you that you have overcome? Are there still regions of your heart and soul yet to be explored? What are you waiting for? The people who live the most fulfilled lives, full of passion and purpose don’t necessarily have all the right conditions…they just took heart and gave it their all.

God can do whatever He wants, however He wants and He can use whomever He wishes. I believe he wants to use you. So if you are going through it, you may just be paving the way for others to have a smoother trip. He knew you were strong enough to go first. He needed someone who could blaze a trail into the “never been done before”. It could be your health journey, your education, job selection/career path or something else. It doesn’t matter what it looks like to others. If God has impacted you to move, then move. He will take care of the groves in the road and His Mighty plan will unfold! Triumphant! ~Nicole

“Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.” Is. 62:10

Don’t  forget…you’ve got heart.❤️

April 12, 2017

Equipped & Fit

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:07 am by Broken & Brave

“The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.”

Exodus 15:2

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Whatever YOU are to do, YOU have been equipped with POWER! So many people miss out on their own destiny because they approach it with insecurity. Here are some things people say, “that’s easy for you because…”, “I could never do that because…”, “But they do this or that better than me or they are prettier than me or maybe smarter than me.” Nonsense! No matter your past, present, education, cultural influence, you have been predestined! So hold your position! You are where you are for a reason! God will equip you with the right resources and people to assist you in what you are called to do with absolute excellence! You are Beautiful, Powerful, Strong, Tenacious! Let’s face it, you got it going on! Now Believe with all you’ve got! ~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