February 15, 2018

A Home for your Heart

Posted in Inspirational, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:16 pm by Broken & Brave

“Come Home”. Don’t let the cares of this world draw you aside from the Presence of God. He possesses an infinite amount of comfort, care and every thing you need in this life. Draw back in His heart, rest in His Word and settle yourself through prayer. He is waiting for you there…so come home. Allow God’s heart to be your home. New or old, it is as precious as gold.

Imagine being gone on a trip or somewhere far from home. You miss your comforts and familiarities and you even miss sleeping in your own bed. When you arrive there are your loved ones, those with whom you do life. This is how it is when we rest in the Lord. It feels like a homecoming. ~Nicole

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
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September 18, 2017

A Heart for Community

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:30 am by Broken & Brave

“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you-that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” Romans 1:11-12

God plants people in neighborhoods, houses (resident dwellings), careers, jobs, and communities. God has a heart for community. Therefore, He had this in mind when He wrote on the tablet of your heart the purpose for your life. He decided where and when He would plant you like a seed on this earth. He is a Sovereign God. What does that mean? It means there is nothing that escapes His eye for detail. There is no plan He forgot or neglected to make. He is ever mindful of the course of your life. You can take great Comfort and Confidence in this. I am hoping I communicate encouragement to you if you are in a job that stresses you severely, or maybe you don’t like your neighborhood or have a neighbor who is difficult to live near. God has planted you there- if only for a season. You have been chosen to be a light to that community, whatever it is. ~Nicole

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September 4, 2017

Better Your Average

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 8:16 am by Broken & Brave

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I don’t think there is a child on the planet who dreams of growing up to be average. But as we age life settles in and we begin to care more about what we see in our situations of life in the natural eyes and the eyes of vision and destiny become a bit foggy until eventually they are not functioning at all. We forget how to dream. We forget that we can do all things with Christ. We begin to accept the opinions of others and what they say is possible or achievable for our life. The voices in our heads can be anything from our family and friends to the bill collector who reminds you how much you are strapped financially.

How can you ever risk to take action steps towards God’s Promise? Then it happens…we become average. We settle. We accept status quo as our new norm. We stop growing, stop learning and stop being inspired. We work at jobs we don’t like to make money only. We forget to make a difference because we are desperate for something different in our own lives. After all, you won’t be able to pull other people into the boat of possibility if you are still in the water holding onto the side of the boat to keep from sinking. You need both hands free!

People do the same thing with their health and fitness. They can’t afford it. “Eating healthy is too expensive”, I can’t recall how many times I’ve been told that. Compared to what? Define expensive? Because deleterious health seems far more expensive to me! Or they are too busy or the slightest change in the schedule of their day creates a need to cancel some things out and the workout is always the first thing cancelled. There is a huge difference in mindset between the fit person and the average person. The fit person creates an opportunity for exercise, even if it isn’t conventional or a trip to the gym. They understand the importance of the consistent routine.

Stop settling for mediocre. Engage your mind, read books that stretch and grow you. Surround yourself with people who aren’t average, who haven’t stopped dreaming, who are healthy risk takers and possibility shakers…Difference Makers. These people will both inspire you and make you a bit uncomfortable all at the same time. That’s not bad! It means you’re out of your comfort zone and reaching into a new zone of possibility!

They say if you are the smartest person in the room then you are in the wrong room. (That’s why I married John, by the way, he’s so brainy I never have to leave the house!!! That was a joke…) 😂😜😉
As my husband always says–I call his little sayings, “Coachisms”:

“It’s a great day to get better.”

And he says it nearly every day.

Ultimately, growth is a gift from God. We only use small portions of our mind. They say there are approximately seven different types of intelligence. We couldn’t possibly be strong in every area of intellect. Or could we? The only way to find out is to explore the regions of our faith, our mind, our emotions that we haven’t been so strong in exploring before.

Champions have a different mindset. They work harder on themselves than anyone else, then they take the fruit of what they’ve learned and how they’ve grown and they sow seeds in the community and people around them. But be prepared…when you do things different, think different, and refuse to follow the mold of average, you will get a lot of confused and blank stares from people in a regular basis. You will be misunderstood. Some may avoid you because they don’t want to grow or be uncomfortable. That’s ok. Just smile and keep going on your way.

Rise up today.
Stretch yourself.
Be Intentional…
Be Sincere…
Be a seed planter…
Be a harvester….
Be a Cultivator of Imagination…
The Possibilities are endless.

Be a Champion.

There is a mark of Glory upon you…

~Nicole

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Mark 11:24

 

 

June 22, 2017

Door Knobs

Posted in Devotional, true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:11 am by Broken & Brave

When I was a young girl my Grandparents lived in the cutest little house in San Pedro, CA. It’s a town near the port of Los Angeles. My Mom grew up in that house. There were many little charms about this place that hold memories for me. I could write a lot about it…

But right now my mind is on one particular thing. It was a door knob. This house was so petite it had a small living/family room, a tiny, yet still adorable kitchen, three bedrooms and one little bath located for all in the hall. The hall had great golden chimes on the wall, an old fashion door bell that was fully functioning. Awww, but the knob on that door to bathroom was glass. It looked like a giant diamond and in my mind I imagined it was. I’d put my fingers around it pretending it to be the hugest ring I’d ever seen. This is only one of probably a thousand charming little memories in my heart of this place. What a great memeory. I hadn’t thought of it in years until this morning I came across a note I wrote a while back and I instantly recalled It.

A writer is always writing. I have notes, memos, scratches everywhere. Ideas…many never used until God needs it and then I come across it and new inspiration attends it.

I found it to be a unique piece of writing, just a small fraction of a note, because just last night I heard my Pastor speak of the disciples and how they locked themselves inside a room for fear of persecution after the death of Christ…I wonder if they had door knobs?

Anything in history that God has used greatly He allowed it to walk through a crucifixion of sorts. There is a death to it before God will resurrect and bless it to its fullest measure of promise. He did it with the Lord first. He has done it with individual people, ministries, and  even businesses He intends to use mightily.

Nothing is shielded from the smelting pot of the Almighty.

He intends to produce a pot of gold worthy for a prince. Worthy to be offered to the King of kings.

God can make a way where there seems to be none. I frequently say, “God has a million ideas on how to remedy any given situation…I only need one.” When you’ve done all you can, and you can do no more, you must be still…its no longer up to you.

There is One who is a door opener. We each have a job to do. A purpose to fulfill. He can make a way, but we must do our part. There is a time to move. There is a time to be still. Where are you?

Whatever your course, your disposition, your countenance it is so important to be a yielded vessel to the Almighty. There is no room for the proud heart. For pride is mankinds ultimate demise. Pride demands its own way while Love pulls up and chair and says I’m with you to stay. When we yield to God’s plans we aren’t worried. We may feel stress and pressures of life, but we know God’s got us and all is alright. Then, in His perfect time the right doors open and the wrong ones shut. It’s so important to have your mind right. Be at Peace with God’s plans and allowances. Take your thoughts captive and call them into obedience to Christ. You will never have to repent for obedience. Search your heart and ask God to expose and extinguish any thinking that is false. A clear sharp mind that is strong-hold free. This all by itself is one of life’s greatest victories.

Do these things and watch yourself step Valiantly into your Destiny.

The Banner over you is Love and the Lord has covered all of your being in His. There will be no portion of you left out. He has you completely covered. ~Nicole

I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage.”

Joshua 1:5-6

June 20, 2017

Bold Love

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 6:47 am by Broken & Brave

Boldness comes from God.

“…and for me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mysteries of the gospel…that I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.” Eph. 6:19

When I was a young girl I loved being tucked in at night by my Father. My Mother usually took care of this, but I have young memeories of asking for him to come when she was done so he could tuck me in. He would come and make tiny little tucks in the covers completely hemming me in. I’d be on my back and the covers would wrap underneath my body holding me like a mummy. I was delighted! I remember trying not to move because I didn’t want to undo the tucks that had been made. I found security and comfort in this form of love expressed by my Dad.

All of humanity seeks comfort. It doesn’t matter what theology you believe or what you believe regarding the universe. We all seek comfort and long to feed our soul.

All desire comfort.

We enjoy comfortable clothing, shoes, houses full of comfortability. Our dream car provides a comfortable ride as we sit comfortably inside. On a hot summer day we look for the comfort that an air conditioned building can bring. If we don’t have any of these comforts, we desire them.

How do you comfort your soul?

All have an innate desire to feed and nourish our soul. Some nourish it with religious activities. Some meditate, some feed it with various forms of witchcraft. For others it is a simple faith in a Divine Intelligence. For many, it is the god of self.

There is a Divine Intellect who spoke all of creation into existence. His mere breath provides Light and Life, comfort and rest on our priveledged planet that sits perfect within our solar system for optimal Light and temperature to sustain us and give us comfort. No other planet has the same benefit as Earth.

This same Sovereign Benefactor provides Love. If you’ve experienced it you know what I mean. When you step into His Love it’s like a perfect fit. Nothing else you’ve ever tried could or has felt so complete. Tiny tucks of heart securing you in your place. What will you do to love Him back?

How can you share such a love with the world around you? Nothing has the power to protect, to heal, to restore, to even create like the Power we generate when we yield to love. It will give you boldness as it stirs you and completes you. It will give you courage. It will move you into uncharted territory where you have dreamed of going, but maybe have lacked the fortitude or opportunity to act upon your dreams. This love produces a kind of flow inside that radiates and makes you feel alive.

What will you do for love?

Step out in faith. Security is not found in your comfortability.

Security is found in Love.

Love Strong.

Love Bold.

Love Up…

~Nicole

April 5, 2017

The Path

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

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About five or six years ago my husband decided to go on a hike up in the Mother Lode of California to spend some time in reflection and prayer. Doesn’t that sound amazing?
We love to hike and though we don’t go as much as we used to-it’s always been something we enjoy together. On this hike, he was gone a very long time and I began to feel a little concerned. John has always been really good at checking in and he tends to call me a lot in general. I hadn’t heard from him all afternoon and he was most likely in a spot with no cell service.

Late that afternoon I finally got the call. He had found a spot with some cell service and phoned to check in. He explained to me that he had gotten lost on the mountain and was having a hard time finding his way out. But he wasn’t afraid at all. He explained he had his water and a jacket and had a plan if he got dark before he got out. He gave me instruction of what to do if he got stuck. I was scared and angry all at the same time. I was frustrated with his sense of adventure and refusal to stay on the carved hiking path.

He called about an hour later to tell me he found the road and his way back to his car. He was safe and on his way home.

What do we do when we seem to have lost our way? How to we handle life’s unexpected detours and setbacks? Do we handle it like a champ or do we get frustrated scared and begin to panic?

When we stay plugged into the Source of all life and drink deep of Living Water we can make our way through an obstacle, road block, mountain terrain or storm. We find our way because He is faithful to guide our path. There is no circumstance that can give God a setback. He always had a plan and always knows the Way. Drink in His Word, spend time in prayer. Seek His face and He will be faithful to meet you on this road less traveled-safe and secure and with a plan in hand. He’s got you! ~Nicole

1 “Keep me safe, my God,
for in you I take refuge.”
Psalm 16:1

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

December 12, 2016

It’s Just Stuff!

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , at 4:46 am by Broken & Brave

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It’s Just Stuff!

Last week I told the story of my carpet in my first home and how over time even my fancy vacuum/carpet shampooer couldn’t lift the spots. Go back and find it in my thread if you missed it.

The thing about cleaning a carpet is that you eventually have to do it again. The same is true for laundry, dusting, organizing/filing and gardening or yard work. You have to maintain what you have accomplished. Once you become decided about something it becomes easier to manage the decision over time. I had decided to care for my property.

So what I didn’t share is another decision I had become decided on that God holds me accountable to everyday. I count my blessing, but I do not hoard them. This one is tough. In the United States we have so much stuff! When we sold that house in 2004 (that’s another story for another day!) God leaned heavy on my heart to give a lot of my things away. One of which was my $1,000 Kirby vacuum cleaner and carpet shampooer. I donated it to a single Mom who had nothing. I haven’t had a fancy vacuum since. But guess what, I haven’t needed it either. I’ve had wood and tile ever since. But I didn’t know that when I gave it away. When I gave it I simply trusted God and obeyed. If I was faithful to give this woman what she needed God was going to be faithful to give me what I needed. My confidence was placed in God, not the abundance of my possessions.

He already knew I didn’t need it anymore and he used it to bless another and open hopes door in a young Mom’s heart that God cared for her every need.

I share this story not to look generous or awesome. Most things I do with my resources or money I don’t share. We give for God to see, not others. I share this story so your heart might blossom into deeper levels of sacrifice and dependence on God. He blesses us, but at times He will ask us to release the blessing to others. He is quite the Economizer.

Do you have an abundance or excess in your life? Are there things you could be giving away or giving up so another’s comfort level might go up? God doesn’t want us to hoard our blessings. He gives them for our enjoyment and comfort, and at times He asks us to release it for another’s enjoyment and comfort, too. It’s between you and God what He leads you to do. -Nicole

“I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her needy with bread.”

Psalm 132:15

May 14, 2016

Pristine Kind of Clean

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , at 6:14 am by Broken & Brave

“She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said.” Luke 10:39

Our first home was cute. It had a sunken living room and this really pretty cream colored carpet throughout. I loved it. Over time we began having children and we had a large dog who loved to lounge in the house. A large black dog (Rottweiler). As you can imagine the luster of that carpet began to dull. Kids can be pretty hard on things, especially little ones. John had purchased for me a special vacuum that also had attachments for carpet shampooing. I cleaned that carpet and tried to keep it nice-but over time the spots in the dining room wouldn’t lift any longer. I’m a bit of a clean freak by nature so this really bothered me. I like to keep things in good condition. Over the years that we lived there I continued to do my best to keep it descent, but it didn’t disturb me so much anymore. Instead of spending hours cleaning I had become more consumed by hours in the Word. I still wanted pristine carpet, but I had become content. Then, God dropped this nugget in my heart.

He would rather see His Church more concerned with the spots on our hearts than the spots on our rugs.

Profound! I loved that analogy so and I’ve never forgotten it.

Mary sat at the Lord’s feet allowing Him to increase the luster and shine of her heart while Martha was distracted by acts of service. Service is beautiful, but there is a time a space for everything. Sit at His feet, linger in His Love. Watch Him create a brilliant polish on your life. You Shine Bright. No need to spot clean, He removes everything that weighs on, clutters and stains your heart.

~Nicole

(You can read the entire story in
Luke 10:38-42)

May 10, 2016

Gold or Silver?

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

God’s Timing

When God has a blessing for you it is important to wait for the full blessing in its full measure.

Waiting is hard. Patience is a golden virtue. Many years ago we sold our home during the peek of the market. We sold it to a couple we knew for far less than what the current market value called for. We did this because we knew for some time, 3 years, it’s what God wanted us to do. But we didn’t know right away who we would sell to or when. When the occasion arose as God described (the buyer would ask us to buy our home. No sign in the yard or advertising required). Not only did it create a way for this couple to own their first house, but also we knew obedience would bring us a great blessing. We had a real estate agent offer us $50,000 more than we were asking them and he said he’d still sell it to them at a good price. But we declined. We knew it was a lesser blessing disguised as monetary gain.

Wait for your promises and blessings as though you were waiting on a gift paid with interest.

Don’t settle for lesser treasure. Silver is good, but only second best. Trust God for a pot of Gold Treasure Chest! Waiting doesn’t always mean you’re not ready or need refining. Though refine us He does…sometimes it’s just about timing and waiting for His. ~Nicole

“He has made everything beautiful in his time.” Ecc. 3:1

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