June 9, 2019

Sweet Moonlight

Posted in Creative Writing/Poetry tagged , , , , , , , at 5:00 am by Broken & Brave

Though the tide pulled against her, the moon stood over her and balanced the waters edge.

Though she knew the waves would rise. . . She used it as an opportunity giving elevation to her hopes and her dreams.

Though the chaos echoed about her—her poise was a dignified flame.

It was in the Night of the Moon that the light of the moon shown amongst the stars. And in its light, she was once again a girl, who made a wish and knew the moons beams could peer into her heart.

Angels watch over you.

Star gazer’s gaze upon you.

Heaven is betrothed to you.

You’ve got a way about you—

Not everyone understands it,

But there are those who do.

Be you…

Rise and Shine🌟and know the sweet moonlight will appear once again tonight to capture the wishes of those who call him friend.

~Nicole

#brokenandbrave

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May 28, 2019

Recover And Replenish

Posted in health and wellness, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 2:39 am by Broken & Brave

Rest.

Recovery is where growth happens.

Transfix your eyes on Heaven.

Find your calm in His Presence as you learn the subtle art of releasing yourself to Him.

Watermark My Soul

What are you watering your soul with?

No matter who you are- your culture, your income, your status, your experience…we all have a soul and it thirsts. What do you serve it? Soul thirst is similar to physical thirst, but it cannot be quenched with water. It must receive Living Water in order to breathe.

Many fill their lives with endless pursuits, but in the end, they still thirst something they cannot see. Living Water will never leave you empty.

Drink it.

Become saturated with it and then leak it…leak it a lot…onto the heart and soul of others so they may thirst no more.

One of the coolest feelings in the world is not making people feel special about who we are, but about who they are. Isn’t it nice to feel special, if only to One.

The soul is like a well.

When you fill it with that right stuff it is meant to be shared. A well runs deep and that’s where the water is. Pump it and water others and that well won’t run dry as long as you continue to feed it the right things. I mean things like prayerful meditation on God. I mean reading scripture verses. I mean listening to a good message and reading good literature. You are a well of goodness that was meant to overflow-purely-into every soul you come in contact with.

Leave a watermark…

~Nicole

“but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”

John 4:14

“The heart that loves is always young.” -Greek proverb

Lord,

Let us refrain this day to drink in anything that is not of you. You are pure. You are clean. Your tranquil waters run deep and make a heart abound as well as become serene. You cup our hearts and hold our hands and living waters flow. We become carriers of your peace and radiant beams of your glory. We invite you in. Flood our heart. Flood our mind. Occupy our soul. Take ownership that we might be yours completely. This moment is not a moment to ask of you anything. It’s a moment to simply drink of your Presence. Amen.

May 14, 2019

Arms to Comfort & Carry

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , at 1:44 pm by Broken & Brave

God’s Arms are never too short for even our greatest burdens.

Called to Arms!

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

Hebrews 6:19

Do you know how valuable you are?

Ships have anchors. Anchors serve a purpose…they hold the boat in place. An anchor can steady a ship out at sea during a tumultuous storm. An anchor can hold a boat in the bay of crystal blue serenity. An anchor provides safety, security and protects the owners investment in the vessel. It will also protect the lives of those in care to the vessel.

God desires you anchor your heart to His. You are valuable to him. He has greatly invested in you. He enjoys to be in your company and to reflect on the scenery…YOU! Allow yourself to Hope for the greater in your life. Begin to take a few risks for the better. Dare to trust and believe God has your safety and security in mind. He isn’t going to let anything happen to you. He will always protect and provide. You can trust Him! ~Nicole⚓️

May 13, 2019

Honor and Duty

Posted in true story, women of the bible tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:45 am by Broken & Brave

Esther had attributes that would make any woman great. She possessed humility, wisdom, compassion and courage. I love reading about Esther.

Her life brings questions to my mind I will never know the answer to. Esther received the royal treatment. A common Jewish girl who found herself wearing a crown and married to the king. Esther may or may not have been interested in this title or role-but God gave it to her because he knew she would carry out completely the assignment he required for her.

She may not have understood what God was up to. She may have even begged to be hidden from view-

but God knew what to do and so did her relative, Mordecai, who was the only earthly father she ever knew.

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We can learn so much from the life of Esther. She may have struggled with her calling in life. She may have wanted to hide or run away. But she trusted her Father and she did as he said and it turned out well for her in the end she brought empowerment back to her people.

God’s got things for you to do that you may not always want to do or understand. Trust his lead and watch everything work out in the end as your eyes behold…you were born for such a time as this. ~Nicole

“O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8

Exhortation of Blessing~

Go forth this day knowing beyond any shadow of doubt, that God’s thoughts toward you run deep and not a day would be complete without His Tender Arm reaching down and fondling your heart. He makes every crooked place straight. He is the Keeper of every Gate and holds the keys to everything. He is not loud. He is not proud, but He is besotted and His eye amplified on you–His glorious prize. Allow the Lord to be the soul possessor of your heart and soul. He will guard your mind. He will throb your heart. He will soothe all that chaffs you. You will not be wind blown, but you will be a wind song and become the anthem and glory of soul. God is your impenetrable shield of Hope and His Word is whispering sweet somethings to you. Believe Him for your worth. Believe Him for the wealth He treasures you for. Believe His countenance for you is soft. Believe He is grateful He hung on a Cross to love and to rescue you.

You, Beloved, are worth it.

Be encouraged…

May 4, 2019

A Moisture Rich Environment

Posted in Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:27 am by Broken & Brave

One of the amazing truths of Heaven I figured out a while ago, but I confess it has taken me a great number of years in the hammering of it out until it became a well framed mindset, is the knowledge that no matter what—

God has a plan for it all and your position today is a divine assignment.

Everywhere we go or don’t go, is ordered by the Lord. He has a plan for it all. All you experience—both the richness and the laughter and the sorrow and even disaster, God Almighty was there with you through it all (that part I got right away-His love too amazing for me to miss, I adore His kiss). Though He didn’t decree it all, He is there in the process of it all helping you work your salvation out.

What exactly does that mean, “working your salvation out”? It means you don’t read a song, you sing it. You don’t carry a burden, you let God have it. You don’t beat yourself up, you seek God’s guidance forgiveness and restoration. You don’t wallow in problems asking “why me, why this?, you understand that every problem has a root and the root must be extracted so something more glorious can grow and flow in its place.

How then should we pray?

When Nehemiah was helping the Israelites rebuild the walls of Jerusalem he posted Watchman to guard the wall day and night from those who did not desire to see the Holy of Holies fortified and it’s treasure protected. The men working on the wall had tools for construction in one hand and a weapon in the other. They remained alert and guarded as they did their work. Nehemiah petitioned God as one who had sinned, though he knew not their sins personally (a foreshadow of what Christ would do for us).

This is how we pray…

Thursday was the National Day of Prayer. My daughter is a young independent adult and lives in my home city. It’s a blessing to have her close and she and I have a lovely friendship. We have a mentor relationship as well. Her spiritual gifts are almost identical to mine. God told me years ago to continue to mentor her as a Watchman of Compassion. She has a deep love for the downtown of my city, a glamorous place by no stretch of the imagination. She has a job downtown that connects her the very pulse right at the main artery of the city. She has been talking for years of wanting to live there as well. As a Momma I wasn’t thrilled by this idea until the Lord whispered to my soul it was of him and she’d be fine. She just rented herself a very upscale and safe apartment in the downtown. God did that for me I think, her complex nearly impossible to rent in without the right connections.

My beautiful girl called me on Thursday to explain all the bad things that were unique to the downtown that morning (she doesn’t usually do this so I knew the spiritual atmosphere must have been particularly bad and it was bothering her soul). After she was done sharing I simply told her, “Ok, your the Watchman on the Wall in Downtown, it is not a coincidence that all this havoc and distraction from truth and life are happening on the National Day of Prayer right near the artery of the heart of the city— how are we going to pray?”

The Enemy is a Master of Distraction. Even though you may genuinely be enduring a trial, the Enemy wants you addicted to the trial instead of finding refreshment at the feet of your Savior. You’ve got to pray upon yourself the full armor of God. This uniform is found in the pages of Ephesians chapter 6. You’ve got to worship your Maker when you feel yourself falling under and bogged down with worry and pain. Worship! Make the most of your prayer. It doesn’t have to be gaudy and long and reminding God of His Name over and over again. Father God, do this, Father God do that…Father God knows He’s Father! I think He kind of likes us to tickles His ears a little more than that. Think of the Greatest Love of your life. I bet you spoke or speak to them with more moisture than that?

God speaks to me romantically and rhythmically because well—He knows I like it. And He knows I’m wired that way. Tenderness is a big deal to me because I am very tender. But stoic strength also speaks to me because like it or not, I know I’m wired that way as well. God knows He can be strong with me, but His strength is always laced kindly. He never bears down on me, He gently shows me. I respond best to gentleness.

Speak to God how you’d like to be spoken to. He is your Lord, but He is also your Lover and your Friend.

If you enjoy His company, tell Him! Express how attracted to His Presence you are and how hinging your heart in the nook of His chest brings you pleasure…tender. Acknowledge that it is His Love that inspires you.

The Love of God inspires. I am nothing without it. My pen would run out of ink. My soul would become despondent. My mind would descend to regions of negative thinking and my flesh would grow tired. I would lose my luster and passion for life. This wondrous love that has filled me inside is the greatest love story of my life. He inspires me to do what I am asked to do. He wants to inspire you, too. But you’ve first got to get to the place where you soften enough to realize your problems were never meant to turn you bitter, but to enlarge your capacity and make you better. Armor up, A-moire and declare the fondness of heaven even in the very midst of your darkest storm. Allow the finger of heaven to wrap around your heart, mind and soul and change you. Never again allow the Enemy of your Assignment here on earth distract you from your real Assignment. Everyone has a Purpose.

I feel strong that this word is sent from above hand delivered for someone today. Maybe you need reminding that your first Love is with you and anchored to your journey in a way you had forgotten or maybe even not really understood? God is beside you.

God walks, lives, breathes, dwells~

right beside you, Beloved.

“My soul is in anguish, How long, O LORD, how long? Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.”

Psalm 6:3-4

Let’s pray together—

Who is like you, My Love? There is none. Not one. No one else can do what you do. No one else has touched my heart and melted it the way you have melted it. Your love strokes me internally and helps me breathe more completely. You have secured my love forever. I look to you always, hoping you will whisk me away from all of my troubles. Carry me away to a place where we can be together. I know heaven is real for your love gives me indication and desire to go with you there one day. But for today, I can do nothing without you. I am pointless without you. Though I am unworthy of your love I cannot deny how it fits me like a glove and soothes the deep creases of my heart like nothing ever has before. There is no one like you. My heart is transfixed on you. In every season—the dry, the cold, the weariness, I continue to look up for yours is the only Cup I desire to drink of your Love from. Splendid indeed. I know you will intervene and intercede in a manner in my life that is best suited for me. Everything happens with your Design in mind. I surrender to your Love and lead. I am surrendered. I will not worry. I will not despair. Your Grace is in the air and I know I can do all thing with you. Amen

He’s got your every care today. Get lost in His eyes…spend some time refreshing in his lavish and love. ~Nicole💕

May 3, 2019

Heart Check

Posted in Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:03 am by Broken & Brave

Great things are done with great heart!

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!

“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

And when you move…move with great heart, Dear Heart.

‪So many examples of heart in the Word of God we can gain valuable wisdom by–

Solomon served half hearted.‬

‪Saul had no heart.‬

‪But David served with his whole heart.‬

Maintain the softness and tenderness of heart like a child. Obtain the posture and peace of a steady heart fully prepared and encouraged to serve the King. Protect and guard your heart from the sting of trials and travails because you know in your heart of hearts the Risen Savior always prevails! Do it all with beauty of heart!♥️

‪”Take heart! I have overcome the world!”‬

Great things are done with great heart! ~Nicole

Prayer of Blessing:

God grant you the Grace and abundant faith to run with ample merit the path He has chosen you for. Heaven alone knows how extraordinarily adored you are. Heaven rejoices over you and not only cheers for you, but anchors a Banner of Love over you. He will pardon your every move because He is with you making Way for your Journey. Take Heart, Dear One. God is on your side and if He be for you, nothing can stand against you and prevail! You were made to overcome! Amen!

March 27, 2019

A Word Called Delighted

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , at 5:01 am by Broken & Brave

He is a God rich in Universal Experiences. He puts His Hand to the plow and He tiles us until He knows that we are a Field of Delight worth the seed He intends for us. Because when God plants you somewhere you can guarantee He means to bring Choice Garden Leaf with hearty stem yet delicate petals—bearing the King succulent fruit that could win gold medals should you choose to enter it at the fair.

In the Harvest, in the Picking, He lavishes a love so strong on us, a blessing so deep—it quietly yet stoically reveals to our soul that not only does His Love Yield—but we were a field worth picking.

All in all, though some things must fall by the wayside and some relationships must die, God is yet reaching down without obtaining a single scratch on His Crown and communicating over and over again—

“I CHOOSE YOU”.

So let this serve as your reminder today:

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. 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


“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

March 21, 2019

Meet Me In The Upper Room

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , at 3:03 am by Broken & Brave

Little can always become great in the Hands and Heart of God.

What is it your heart cries for?

What is it that your soul yearns for?

There is a wanderlust of soul the Holy One in Heaven has ignited and He is delighted to stir it and yield something more.

Whatever your day holds—

Be it grand and important with many hands dependent upon you, many minds, many mouths to. Or maybe it is you alone in your world you have to behold. God is in it. He is there with you now.

He is the Aircraft of Splendor that lifts the heart, elates the mind and floods us with Hope. It is as though we soared high above the cares of this world in an airplane and landed in a destination called Decided by Heaven.

God has had a plan for you all along. Everything involving your life He knew about since the beginning. That includes everything. Everything. And He will use it all if you allow it.

It is in the Splendor called Today that we are at this moment meant to do good. It is in these moments Providence has placed us that we should consider a holy place. His soul beacons us to His Upper Room.

In the Bible the upper room is an actual place, also known as the Cenacle, an upper room of a building where the disciples of Jesus and the Rabbi himself fed. Where the last supper was served(John 14—16), where Jesus washed the disciples feet (John 13:1–20), the Resurrected revealed himself, Thomas’ doubts were put to ease (John 20:24– 29), and where the Holy Spirit came like tongues of fire upon the people (Acts 2:4).

My Beloved, the Holy Spirit wears you upon His wrist as though you were His charm bracelet. His cherished adornment.

The Crown Jewel of Heaven sees Holiness in you.

So whatever your day holds, in the midst of it you can experience His Upper Room. It isn’t just a place, it is a disposition inside of you. And in His quiet service, doing whatever He has given our hands to do, we belong.

“The smallest things become great when God requires them of us; they are small only in themselves; they are always great when they are done for God, and when they serve to unite us with Him eternally.”

Francois De Fenelon

He longs to spend time with you and He’s got all of Eternity.

His heart is engaged to you. Engage your heart to Him to. There is Glory and Splendor in the Room.

God is doing something big, I can feel it in my bones. He is creating a frame and calling them by name who’s hearts are fully willing for Him. They are Holy. They are Set Apart. They are His good luck pieces that He has heavily invested in and they shine like a beautiful bracelet draped upon His wrist.

You are Beautiful. Not for anything you’ve done or are yet to do. You are beautiful because that’s just you. Your beauty extends beyond your eyes, your complexion, your stature or your smile. It’s not the clothes you wear. It is so much more. It’s your heart. You’ve been through a lot. You’ve been forgotten by more. But God has not ever forgotten you. He sees you and He holds you, Adorned.

Meet Him in the Upper Room. It is a quiet place, a sanctuary of soul. You need to be alone and it needs to be quiet. For even in the stillness of night or when the troubles seem dark as the Night—you will hear Him. He will enter. He will elevate your every care. His love for you is like a blister on the heart. It cannot be ignored. It is swollen.

The Holy Spirit is a Gentleman. He never forces Himself upon anyone. But He waits, and He whispers, and He yearns for Compassion with Humanity and He desires Friendship with you.

In a quote of an author who’s name I cannot recall, he was writing to his love and it went a little something like this…

“You are my friend and you are my lover, but I cannot decide which part of you I love more.”

Wrap yourself around this notion, Dear One. The Almighty, the Blessed Trinity, The Holy Spirit came to be both Friend and Lover. He is the deepest lover of our soul. And He is a most faithful friend, and to have experienced both aspects of Him in this life can make even the smallest or most seemingly insignificant tasks never feel dry. The Holy Spirit grooms us with it so that we, His Bride, might be made ready to meet our Groom.

Last month I stepped into the Upper Room in Jerusalem and it has only caused my soul to want Him more. He is my Lover and He is my Friend and I can’t decide which part I enjoy more. I’m so glad I don’t have to decide.

I need Him more.

Meet me in the Upper Room.

~Nicole

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“No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.” John 15:15

“The Lord appeared to him from far away. I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you.” Jeremiah 31:3

“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:3

March 7, 2019

Longevity, Love & Loyalty

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:55 am by Broken & Brave

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 John 4:18

Sometimes people’s loyalty fades quickly. Not everyone who claims to be loyal to you will make it through the slightest ounce of adversity. Some will hang in there for a bit before they also fade away, but then there are the few, these are the stellar giants of heart God has given to you. Consider it a gift, because though they are rare, they will walk with you anywhere no matter the storm how thick.

What will be said of you?

Are you showing loyalty to yourself? Are you staying the course of determination, dedication and allowing yourself to endure some perspiration as you pursue all life is offering you? Are you making modifications and changes that will work to drive you deeper into your goals or are you holding back, pulling back resting a bit when you shouldn’t be? No one will show more dedication to you than you. So where are you now?

It doesn’t matter who quits or shrinks back. It may hurt a bit, but the pain will dull and dim and God will bring new mercies and new friends who were maybe a little bit stronger and resilient than the last. You’ve got an assignment from heaven and it is built to stand the test. It is built to last. Just look at you! You were built to last!

Heaven’s got a Who’s Who and I think one of them might be you!

So believe with all of your might.

Keep your eyes on Christ.

Just because your not in the end zone yet doesn’t mean there isn’t a touch down to be scored.

In the game of life you are in the winning team.

So stop considering those who quit. It may disappoint but weeping only endures the night. There is new joy in the morning.

You’ve got something to do and success looks quit marvelous on you.

As for me—

I am quite familiar with the rough terrain of wilderness.

I understand the heat of the day. So I am equipped and called like a magnificent foundation to build on and I go with you on this trip, whatever your trip may be.

Even if only by vehicle of my pen.

Love is unafraid.

Unafraid, this Love amazes.

When in Israel we visited Capernaum. This location contained ancient Roman ruins that still stand today with the backdrop of the Mediterranean Sea. Breath taking. We saw a coliseum, walkways and what was left of a stadium with a track for gladiator fights and chariot races and the Roman creation of public restrooms. The Romans knew how to build. Think about it…though thousands of years have passed, the foundation of this place built strong and able to take the test of time… to withstand the storms of generations in life. We were able to walk through archways and climb on stairs. A good foundation can take you anywhere.

Be transformed by amazing love rich and deep. It will water you like a garden in the midst of a dry riverbed. It will give you a soft place to rest your head. It will cradle your mind and consume every deleterious thought. It will rearrange you heart and soul and expand your capacity a lot.

You’ve got so much more to look forward to. You are adored.

Love is worth fighting for.

Love yourself.

Be loyal to yourself.

And know that there are those who love you strong.

Embrace change.

Rise high and square your frame.

Be encouraged today—

You are not alone.

Love is unafraid.

~Nicole

**All of the photos in this blog post were taken at Capernaum, Israel-sight of ancient Roman ruins.

March 6, 2019

Shekel For Your Thoughts

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , at 12:22 am by Broken & Brave

Where to begin…

This is the foremost thought on my mind tonight.

I’ve arrived home from one of the most favorite weeks of my life. I had no idea how much I’d love being in Israel. So much history. So much prophesy. So much …so much. I’ve unpacked my bags (because I’m a bit of a freak about putting things in order right away). I’ve had a light snack even though it’s “bedtime”, because I managed to lose 4 pounds on our trip somehow. And now I’m sitting down with my journal and my pen hoping to scribble my hearts adoration again. All this while I can barely keep my eyes open despite sleeping the entire duration of the leg of our flight from London to San Francisco (10 hour flight!).

Where to begin?

There are no words to explain what took my breath away, and it happened over and over again over the course of a week. My blog is just a peak inside my heart and mind. But the waters of where my heart have been run deep and are becoming even more crystal clear.

Have you ever done something because God asked you to and no other reason? Have you ever stepped out in faith despite your complete inability to wrap your mind around what you were inclined to do? Have you ever done so and then find your heart only desire is more of the beauty it seems to unfold?

God specializes in opportunities that make non-sense of common sense. And if you follow him long enough, and far enough, that non-sense all begins to make sense.

A shift will occur in how you think, how you feel and the affections of your heart become even more enlarged and real. God does not disappoint.

Whatever it is that the Lord is squeezing your heart for—don’t hold back, he’s got a plan for you and even if you can’t see now, the detail will soon show out. Just like a kaleidoscope or tapestry. The intricate detail to his planning…you will see.

Don’t shrink back.

Do not hold back.

Do not hide away.

Your King of Glory wants you to remain. His fondness for you could kindle more than a heart or two. It will stir the entire Village called Earth. What if God has a Global reach for you?

~Nicole

*Video is taken in the church just next to the Pool of Bathseda. The acoustics were phenomenal. Our entire group sat and sang songs which became enveloped by the walls and became what sounded like an entire choir –symphony, harmony and the spiritual electricity magnified. Simply gorgeous!💗

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