June 17, 2017

Greater Blessing…

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:15 am by Broken & Brave

Your life has meaning and significance. Though some seem to struggle more than others, this too has purpose. God is always fixated on you greater potential and greatest blessing. Sometimes the greater the struggle is indicator the greater the Treasure He has deposited in your heart. So do not be discouraged. Every breath you take is God’s gentle reminder…”You are validated, impactful and important.” ~Nicole

“…do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13

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May 27, 2017

Excellence Rising

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:20 am by Broken & Brave

There is a standard of excellence rising up in you like never before. Can you feel it? Are you aware it’s there? You begin to care for and about things, situations and people you maybe never noticed before. All of this, evidence that you’ve grown. When we are young we may care for those around us, family and friends, but our thoughts are mostly inward and self motivated by nature. As we mature and grow older something begins to shift and we are no longer content to think this way.  We come to realize the importance of loving and caring for the needs of others. Everyone faces their own mountains, their own struggles, their own dreams, wants, desires. How are we apart of their equation?

All of life is an endless flow and all our hearts tangled together. The more we move in Oneness the more we become like tiny drops in the sea, mingled so tightly one moecule of water not discernible from another. Yet, we are all there, rolling and waving and waking together. Gently….Fiercely….Lovely.

Everything you do in life matters. Do not discount yourself. Do not think small thoughts of yourself. Nor should we think less than beautiful thoughts of others. Grab your Hope, even if it be merely a tiny thread. Get tangled in it. WRAP up in it. Allow it to hoist your heart and exalt your mind to every dream, inspiration or ambition you have ever held inside. The future is inside you already, waiting for God’s perfect timing to begin. He sets the pace, He charts your race and He knows every roadblock, obstacle, every need and has every provision–both the tangible and the unspoken cares of the heart. Stir up an added measure of Belief.

Belief…
It is the dwelling place of Hope. Though it takes courage, don’t be afraid to dare to Believe.

Belief…
Bold
Encouragement
Living
Itself
Everyday
For others
I Believe in You! Now, go with belief in yourself. You CAN do it! Don’t forget to have a marvelous day.  ~Nicole

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May 12, 2017

Fortified Goodness

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Your True Identity is void of fear; hidden in the heart of God. His heart chambers are fortified with serenity and absolute protection.

You have dreams, hopes, aspirations all tucked inside of you. Hidden in the chambers of your heart, like a chest of treasure. Hold onto your hopes, protect them, they have incredible value and God will protect and bless it. Remain faithful, but even when you struggle, His Faithfulness will swoop you up and carry you in what seems to be effortless apparel to your destination- safely and on time.

God is both an incredible Warrior and a Beautiful Poet. He will slay your fears, wipe your tears and Comfort your soul with great affection. Place full confidence in Him.

No more wondering about what will happen? How will it happen? When will my prayers get answered? Instead, worship!

No more wonder, just worship!

Childlike Faith!
~Nicole

“But the hidden man of the heart in the incorruptibility of a quiet and a meek spirit, which is rich in the sight of God.”
1 Peter 3:4

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

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

April 4, 2017

Incredible Belief

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Belief…
It is the dwelling place of Hope. Though it takes courage, don’t be afraid to dare to Believe.

Belief…
Bold
Encouragement
Living
Itself
Everyday
For others
I Believe in You! Now, go with belief in yourself. You CAN do it! -Nicole

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in you.” Psalm 5:11

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April 2, 2017

Broken & Blessed💗

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:07 am by Broken & Brave

IMG_9198Even through the toughest storms God’s got you. If you are in a storm today, He is right there in the thick of it with you, guiding you, paving the way. I actually think most people find this of comfort. Even people who never speak of God or seem to have spiritual interest seem to cry out for him in their moments of desperation. Do you know what, He takes the cry! He is just like a Father who cares for and protects His children.

If you truly knew how much God loved you…you’d let him hold you now. His care is an unbridled love and devotion. Though it is difficult for all of us to truly understand it, I am praying today that God would bless you to feel it and trust in it. He’s got you despite anything you walk through.

Broken and Blessed, God can handle your mess! ~Nicole

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!”
1 John 3:1

December 13, 2016

Friends Forever…

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:56 pm by Broken & Brave

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Yesterday, out of the blue, a name from my past erupted in my mind…

It was the name of a woman I knew many years ago. I didn’t know her well, but she was a customer of mine through my nutrition business. She lived here in my city and I’d visit her at her home a few times a month to deliver vitamins to her.

She was advanced in years and seasoned in life. She lived alone, though she had family, none in town. She was still working as a CNA nurse a few days a week. If I had to guess, I’d say she was in her late sixties to early seventies. Though I confess, I am not so good at guessing people’s age. What made it even harder to decide was her nationality. She was an African American women and being such, had such gorgeous skin, it makes it even harder for me to figure it out.

This woman was full of light and life and I found her beautiful and breathtaking. She had deep and strong faith in God. When I would visit we would sit…

She would talk and I would listen for well over an hour every time. We did this for several years until she seemed to just disappear. I could no longer find her or get a hold of her.

Our time together I will never forget, like a sweet and special gift that struck a melody in my soul.

She was so transparent with me about life and faith, disappointments, wisdom and grace. I guess I must have been in my late twenties when I knew her. She would share stories of her life and raising her children. She would show me pictures, lots of pictures. I guess maybe She enjoyed my company, too. This makes me smile.

Her husband had passed, she’d share of him, too. She’d been living alone for many years. She said it is quite lonely, being alone, but she twinkled and had a gleam in her eye every time she would remind me that with Jesus she knew she was never alone even when she felt loneliness creep in. She then told me some advice that has stuck with me for life…

I think what she shared might help you, too, and that’s why I’m sharing this story with you. Eva, that was her name, though she was alone she knew how to sit at the Throne and gather friendship and comfort from Heaven. She told me that every night, she’d lie on the couch with her Bible on her chest, reading, singing, praising and praying. She talked to God as though she were talking to her very best friend. She would do this for hours and she confessed that on many nights she would fall asleep there and get her nights rest.

Eva had a truly gorgeous soul. My heart was deeply attracted to hers. The Bible says that deep calls unto deep (Psalm 42:7). I think this passage of scripture has layers of depth in its meaning. One being, we are Spirit and kindred spirits draw tight despite differences in life. Though she were much older than me and our life experiences and cultural differences were vastly different. We had a common fondness for Heaven and a love for its King.

People all around you everyday are busy, and involved and doing many things—but they are still feeling alone. You can be amongst many loved ones or people and still feel alone.

Loneliness is heightened for many this time of year. Lost loved ones remembered, heightened sense or awareness of being alone in the holidays for those with little to no family. I feel your heart and God hears it as well. I know this is why He asked me to strike my pen. To offer you Hope and encouragement for a full heart and soul and the knowledge that you are never alone. God loves you and is with you.

So if you are feeling a little blue, instead of gloom and tears (those are needed and ok at times), lift your eyes to heaven. Speak to God and tell him how you are feeling. He can hear you. Talk like you would to a friend. Ask him to lift your heart and take your pain. Ask him to comfort you in a way that removes a sense of loneliness. The Bible says that if you search for God, you will find him ( Proverbs 8:17). He will show himself to you and He will do it in a way unique to your life and experience. He’s personal and special like that.

God cups your heart in His hands and He makes no demands. He just want to comfort you today.

Be blessed. Be encouraged as Eva encouraged me…

Merry Christmas….

-Nicole

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

September 21, 2016

You Won’t Go Under

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , at 5:25 am by Broken & Brave

You Won’t Go Under

Yesterday was yet another full and hectic day-but deep down I know wouldn’t have it any other way. I have a large family, clients who want training and a car that takes me wherever I want to go. I am indeed blessed. The afternoon was spent poolside at the school watching my son play in a water polo match. Those boys swim back and forth and track that yellow ball as they attempt to shoot and score. Sometimes they get pulled at to keep them from advancing and sometimes they egg beater their kick under water and rise higher-so high you can see their waste above water-and they hit the mark and advance the entire team toward victory.

Sometimes life can make you feel like you might drown. The demands on our schedules, the need to be in multiple places at one time; maybe it’s a health restriction or financial decision that has to be made and you’re feeling kind of frayed. There is a God in Heaven who won’t let you go under. His roar is loud like thunder and his touch gentle and true. He will uplift you from under and you will rise to the demand with a smile at his wonderful plans just like those boys rise high when they are about to shoot. God is using the demands and pressures of life to make you shine bright and give you the best heart conditioning for this thing we do–Life! He’s got you. So take aim, find your mark, and let Him be exalted. -Nicole

“I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.” Psalm 37:25

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