September 27, 2017

RebornšŸŒ¹

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 3:59 am by Broken & Brave

 

Never Had a Better Friend

The Lord has striped me in many ways.

Yet, He preserves each and every one of my days.

He took away so much that mattered to me

and in the process grafted me more tightly into His Tree.

He drew me near and showered me with blessings from above.

He gave me increase in my capacity to Love.

He showed me His devotion and care

Yet I know He will not only stop there.

He took me as a seed and planted me in the Earth.

He provided the water of Salvation in Jesus

giving me second birth.

He rose from the grave and captured my soul.

So who am I to complain or be afraid of any foe?

He crowned me with splendor and His Grace crowns my head.

He asked me to walk this earth in an effort to revive the dead.

So many are abandoned and left without Hope.

Without Jesus they are left with no strength to cope.

They turn to drugs, violence, suicide and sin

Never gaining the purity of heart that can free them from within.

Who am I to complain when troubles cross my path?

For I have access to the very Throne of the One giving me life that will last.

Blessed Jesus, my Savior, Companion, my Friend

Who could turn from you, ignoring the battle within?

There is a day to day struggle that occurs

With in the hearts of all men.

Without Jesus, we are doomed to failure

in a battle that has no end.

Seek Jesus, the Savior, a Friend to all man.

Only He can take a shattered life, put it back together

And make it whole once again.

Seek, Jesus, the Savior, who was crucified and rose again.

He knows of your suffering, your loneliness and can take it from you, putting your misery to end.

Seek Jesus! Seek Jesus! I have never known another to be such a great Friend.

~Nicole

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September 10, 2017

“Charming Gardener”

Posted in Prayer of blessing, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:22 am by Broken & Brave

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”

~Marcel Proust

When I see a beautiful garden I often think of all the work that went into planting it and keeping it weed free. People are much the same as a garden. Healthy, secure and strong relationships require much tenderness, love and care. People must be nurtured just like a garden.

Your heart is a garden to house your soul…just like a green house full of moisture and beautiful foliage is a heart fully yielded to the Master Gardener. He loves you -heart and soul- and would never do anything to hurt you. It matters not the adversity you’ve known in life, whether great or small, He was there with you through it all because of his great love for you.

The Banner over you is Abiding and Loyal Love. Bask in His Goodness today. ~Nicole

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September 1, 2017

Restored

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:46 am by Broken & Brave

The devil is a liar. Stop listening to him.

There is a reason the Bible talks about the future of the one who does harm to little ones. They are vulnerable, trusting, tender and pure. Children have not tasted the bitter sting that jaded everything making the heart cool and calloused. If the enemy can tangle the mind of a child, he knows he can deeply damage them for life. Their outlook won’t be right and they will always have the voice of his lies ringing in their ears.

But there is Hope. The Love of God contains the power to rescue the heart, mind and soul of a child or an adult who has a wounded child trapped inside of them. Wounded adults are everywhere. They manifest their pain in a broad spectrum of manner. Our job as a Christian is to be patient, discerning and learn to recognize them. Then it becomes our job to speak life into them. To be purposeful and intentional to come alongside of them and help them heal. It’s our job to be the Comfort of Heaven and to declare their potential. Do the opposite of what the devil wants you to do. Breathe fellowship of soul and communion of the flesh by pardoning offenses and giving each person rest who is restless within.

This won’t be easy. You will need to be decided. You will need to be intentional and stoic in your faithfulness. You will be inconvenienced. But this is exactly how we can heal our nation. This is exactly how we can repair our communities like in Isaiah. We are a Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets that have no dwelling. We are a Watchman of Compassion standing on the Wall minding the Fortress of the Heart.

Our society has become all about every nitpicky detail that doesn’t settle well within. We seem to be offended by everything and everyone. This, my friends, is only evidence of a society deeply wounded and jaded of soul.

How can we possibly love so much, so far and with a depth so wide? Too many hurting inside. It can be overwhelming. But here is how we do it…one day at a time, one life at a time as the Lord places them before us. God will never ignore a sincere heart. He will make time for you and give you counsel and instruction on what you must do.

For a clear connection with him you must lay hold of your own heart, mind and soul and repent. Repent for everything God would raise to your conscience. He will cue you. You will know for the image or thought will burn in you. He will highlight your pain and give you action steps. He will do it with you. He will pour Living Water over you. He loves you. He doesn’t want you to carry the burdens of your past or to act out in the ways negative circumstances of life have discarded. You were made for more.

If you are hurting and broken then my heart breaks for you. God is the greatest wordsmith of them all and you are a Wordsmith with unlimited potential that is currently being oppressed by all the hurtful words and lies others have spoken over you. Rise up! Truth be told, your creativity exceeds those who’s lies upon you have been told. It’s time for the depth of your fortitude and strength to unfold. You are a lover of God. Time to please your Father as never before. The choice is yours.

The greatest Warriors gain title and privilege on the battlefield, not in the mouths of men. -Nicole

“The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; You shall be like a well watered garden, and like springs of living Water, whose waters do not fail. 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.” Ā Isaiah 58:11-12

July 6, 2017

Soul Flow

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:17 am by Broken & Brave

“How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You
To dwell in Your courts.
We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
Your holy temple.” Psalm 65:4

You are exceptional.
God knew why he picked you all along. You have a style and way all your own. You are needed, right here, right now. You have much to offer. You are loved, cherished and greatly esteemed. But God knew all of this when He created you.

So, cheers to you today! Be a wave of intentional blessing. Let everything you do, pursue, achieve, be done without a hint of murmuring…

Let it flow from the soul.

You are an inspiration of grace, you are luminous with hope and those who embrace the atmosphere around you are infused as well by vehicle of your heart and soul, mind and spirit. Believe it! ~Nicole

July 5, 2017

Sing…

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:16 am by Broken & Brave

God is so insightful. He sees all. He knows all. He cares for all. He is like a vault, trusted, safe, a sure place of security to all we hold precious. So why do you not rest your investments with Him?

Everything you endure in life will prove to turn your sigh into a song. It will not only make you strong and infuse your own hope and resilient ability to cope with a number of adversities, it will do so for others. Every life experience has the ability to turn someone else’s sigh into a song.

It IS possible to cast your every care on Him. It IS possible to see His hand in everything. It IS POSSIBLE to rest and relax in peace in the midst of pressure. Once you find this place of tranquility it is like your own island by a stream. Quiet. Beautiful. Warm. Inviting.

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People travel the globe looking for a place to rest and refresh. But a troubled soul won’t find rest no matter where it goes. Make His heart your home. He will cradle your soul like a hammock. He will quench your fears and dry your tears. His is a beautiful Oasis. In this place of rest the only sighing you’ll be doing are ones of relief within a heart that is content. Blessed.

When you learn to trust God fully, seeing His hand in everything, He will change your sigh into a song.

~Nicole

“My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

July 3, 2017

Vineyard of Hope

Posted in Devotional, true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:05 am by Broken & Brave

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ā€œI am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser…As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love.” John 15:1 & 9

Vineyard of Hope

We live in the heart of wine country. The soil in the region where I live is ripe for agricultural harvest. I absolutely love it.

I love how sometimes in the business of my day I am slowed down by a chicken or a tractor on the road trying to make its way to a nearby field. I’ve even encountered peacocks on my path. Our community is population dense, a fairly large city, but we are blessed to posses a country view.

One of my favorite times of day is when the evening sun begins to fade into shade and as I pull my car into the driveway countless cotton tail bunnies scurry to make way. On our walk to the house the kids and I are quiet as a mouse because we want to see as many bunnies in the yard as we can possibly see.

As we make our way, we find countless lizards, a quail family and teeny, tiny frogs hopping all about. These are the things that make my heart pound.

The rich soul of our region produces. The farmers till the soil, plant, tend, harvest a countless variety of different crops. People all over are fed from it! How wonderful is that?

We are personally surrounded by orchard after orchard of cherry trees, some walnut, and vine after vine of grape vineyards are twined.

Did you know?
Your heart is like a vineyard.

There is one who’s Love for you runs deep…
He wants to plant a vineyard in your heart. He holds the shaft and drives deep his plans and purposes for your life. He nurtures the roots and tends the shoots, cultivating a beautiful harvest of soul in your life.
He is willing to look after you and be attentive to you every single day.

His is a Vineyard of Hope.

~Nicole

 

June 30, 2017

Inferno of Hope

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

Yesterday I walked into the performance facility on campus where my spouse is employed. It happened to be filled with a water polo club mid workout, my water polo playing son included in the mix . As I crossed the threshold I instantly detected the aroma of chlorine. The boys had come straight to weights from the pool. It put a little smile on my face because there have been other teams in there at times that put off a far different aroma than the smell of sanitization as I entered in.

I’m actually fairly sensitive to smells. I guess I have a strong sense of it. I can walk on a path and catch the flavor a flower exudes and it’s just enough to delight my heart and mood. I love noticing the little, subtle, mostly unnoticed details of life.

Our life puts off an Aroma.
How do we smell?

When we allow God to stroke our heart, heal its pain, fuel it’s worth it gives spark to the bones and Light to the eyes. Like a match that has been struck, it begins to kindle and bring back the innocence of childhood like Faith.

As we walk close to the flame, we experience its warm. As we abide in it, trust it, savor it, knowing we will be consumed by it, but never burned from it. We begin to put off a pleasing Aroma much the same way a scented candle would release a fragrant perfume.

It becomes evident, in this Glorious position of Grace, Peace and tranquility, that we becomes an Inferno of Hope that possesses power and passion- just like the intense heat of the flame- to help others cope all because we embraced Hope.

Today is yours…
flavor it with a Sweet Scent.

~Nicole

“Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.” Ephesians 5:1-2

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. Ā 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 hasĀ 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. Ā ~Nicole

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May 12, 2017

Fortified Goodness

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:16 am by Broken & Brave

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

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