August 2, 2018

Spoken For

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Every ounce of you is spoken for.

Isn’t this one good?! I love it! Your position is secure when you rest assured in the Arms of Heaven!

“Never shrink back from deep devotion because you fear it’s trials or sacrifice, Paul, in martyrdom, was unspeakably happier than God’s half-hearted servants.” (William R. Huntington)

Though your heart may feel faint-God has given you His heart so it is not half-hearted! I think often times (not all the time) people hold back because of fear. But fear is a liar.

Isn’t it in fact the heart of the boy who God noticed and anointed his brow, raised him up, and declared him to be a king? Where did Saul go wrong?

David served God whole-heartedly.
Solomon, in all his splendor, only served half-heartedly and Saul had no heart.

Take heart. Follow God. Serve Him with all that is within you. Bless Him name. Treat others the same as you would have them treat you. Love hard. Go big. Believe big. Forgive always because nothing, nothing, NOTHING is so big as to escape the Loving Arms of Heaven. ~Nicole

“You shall follow the Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling to Him.” Deut. 13:4

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July 26, 2018

The Gift

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 7:14 am by Broken & Brave

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You possess IMMEASURABLE worth and you are worth every ounce of BELIEF possessed!

So maybe you’ve been hard on yourself? Don’t be…
Discouragement is your enemy, don’t let it in.
Don’t quit.
Don’t settle for second best.
Don’t take the highway because it’s easier with fewer bumps.

Try to remember what it felt like to be a kid in a candy store. In-vision the gleam in the eye of a little one gazing at packages beneath a tree, wondering with amazement, “what’s under there for me?” Gods got gifts in store for you that you’ve never even dared to dream for or asked for before! How cool is that?

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace”…(Rom. 15:13)
so much so it would be like Christmas in July!

Stick with the road less traveled. If that Dream planted in your heart was cheap then the price wouldn’t be so high. God is not denying you or hiding from you. He’s just making sure your ready for a blessing of this magnitude. You’ve never seen anything like it so HOLD ON…IT WILL BE WORTH IT! ~Nicole

“Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentation 3:23

July 14, 2018

Holy Glow💫

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When I was a very young girl I was with my Uncle and his family. They took me to a Christian Concert at one of the theme parks in Southern California, where we all lived. I don’t recall the park, maybe Knott’s Berry Farm or Disney?

My uncle was a CPA and one way he used his time and talents was to manage finances for gospel recording artists. This day we came to see Andrea Crouch and the Disciples play. I was introduced to them all, again, a very young girl, maybe 6 years old? But to this day I can still feel the impact of the love I could feel upon these people. I could discern love. I felt very safe and comfortable around them. This is significant because as a child I was EXTREMELY timid and shy. For example, I recall my first time to Disneyland on my 5th birthday watching Main Street parade, several different Disney characters came up to me and payed attention to me. I hated it! I was afraid and didn’t like the attention. Most kids would’ve eaten it up, but I didn’t. Timid. Shy. I preferred to blend in. I was uncomfortable around strangers, but here with them-Andrea and his band- I felt so protected and accepted.

How do people feel around you? Does the love of God drip off of you? When God is present in our life, our heart, and our thoughts it will translate in our every demeanor and countenance. You don’t have to fret or worry about your witness to the world. Just be a witness with your life. You may not realize just how many people are positively impacted by your smile, your hello or your presence. So flash that Holy Glow! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

Be encouraged today! ~Nicole

July 6, 2018

Strength & Joy

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Strength & Joy

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You’ve got strength and potential popping out just like a well developed muscle.

Push through and press in.
The Lord is your Advocate.

Stay focused in the bigger picture, always, and don’t sweat the small stuff.

The most impactful people are the ones who are always learning, always growing, always open minded. It’s important to be teachable.

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.

Mindset of a Champion!

This is the word on my heart this morning and so parallel to this devotion…

Do not be discouraged when you face trials of many kinds. It could just be God’s instrument to captivate you. The heart is big, very big, grand in capacity. God wants all of it. He wants all of your heart so He can move all of Himself in. He wants to reside in your heart at the deepest levels.

Yield to His lead as He tugs at your need. He merely wants all of you. Then the trial will be through.

I find the thought of this incredibly lovely and full of God’s Grace and Comfort. ~Nicole

“Deep calls unto deep at the noise of your waterfalls. All your waves and bellows have gone over me.” Psalm 42:7

June 7, 2018

Fences with Flowers

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

I’ve been thinking a lot this week about my time. My schedule is full and I deliberately try to pack it to maximize it, yet know when to quit and say “I can’t do it.” Because a lot of people can pull at our time. I really want to help people, but God is releasing me to be incredibly selective about who gets my time. I already thought I was being pretty selective in this manner, but I guess He is refining the list again, preparing me to be most effective where I am called.

When someone wants to do something, nothing can stop them. When someone isn’t sure about something, nothing can make them.
Everything comes down to Desire.

The prayer, Beloved, is that one day you will see inside yourself all the character, integrity, strength, honor and Kingdom Glory that I see.

Time is a precious commodity. Be wise how you use it.
Spend it? Waste it? Or did you INVEST it?
And be careful who you give it to. Others will rarely value your time. It’s ok to say no to people and put stiff borders around your time, resources and abilities. It’s ok to protect your investments in your own health and happiness. But isn’t this counterintuitive to the Christian life? Aren’t we supposed to give? Supposed to share? Supposed to help? Of course we are. But we will never be all to all and if we try we are surely going to fall! Not everyone will like your no, but the yes’–just watch them flourish grow and the roots sink deep!

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“If you’re chasing the masses, you’re almost certainly heading the wrong direction. The masses are ignoring you. It’s the weird who are choosing to pay attention, to seek out what they care about.” Seth Godin

It doesn’t matter what other people think. It doesn’t matter what other people do. It’s all up to you. You know in your heart the path carved, the direction to take. God will work with your deficits, areas of limitations just as well as your pluses! And though we have fences, decorate them heavily with flowers. Though we have borders, people will feel the softness of your presence, smell the aroma of your garden and delight in your company.

With proper courage your Divine Destiny will make true a happy, edifying and satisfying life for you. Be strong! God’s got you covered. ~Nicole

“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21

June 6, 2018

Love Reaches Down

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , at 6:00 am by Broken & Brave

Sometimes love has to reach down.
Sometimes love has to sacrifice for the benefit of another.
Sometimes love has to do what it doesn’t feel like doing because genuine love is more than just a feeling.
Sometimes love has to break a sweat to make an impactful difference.

Love knows you are like a Bloom worth picking, so He reaches down…He stoops down….he often times gets real low. He often times like the stealthy place, flying below the radar of popular culture. He goes unnoticed by the crowd, but He is making a deliberate and genuine attempt to reconcile your heart to heaven.

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God cares about what you care about. You may not feel His Presence, but this is not because He isn’t present. It is more because the clouds looming over your life is clouding his rays of sunshine.

Love crouches down to get a better look because Love has a Name with Heavenly Fame and it knows you are a Glorious Bloom worth picking.

You are a part of Heaven’s Garden.

~Nicole

“And the LORD will continually guide you, And satisfy your desire in scorched places, And give strength to your bones; And you will be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water whose waters do not fail.”

Isaiah 58:11
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May 31, 2018

Survivor

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“A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.” Psalm 91:5

You are a Survivor. Though many things may have come against you in your life, it did not succeed. You’re still here, still breathing. So believe and know it is not without purpose. Whatever tragedy you have survived. Whatever calamity has crossed the path of your life. You have made it and…

God will use it to your advantage for whatever it is he has in store for your life.

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I’ve been hit by a car as a pedestrian while crossing the street, I’ve been run off the highway by an 18 wheel vehicle. I passed out while in water and almost drown. I experienced severe complications during pregnancy that without modern technology would have taken me out. I’ve had a wealth of other trials and tribulations, but nothing matters more than the fruit of God’s Love, Joy, Peace and Anointed Comfort I received in return. Nothing matters more than God’s incredibly tenacious ability to pursue your heart because nothing brings him more Joy than sharing His Presence with you. And I dare say, Heaven enjoys your company, too. He is a very relational God. He is like a cool drink of water on a hot summer day. He has the unspoken ability to wash your cares away and leave you feeling refreshed even when life feels like a mess.

I’m still here and so are you.

Gods got some amazing stuff for us to do! Enjoy every single day like its a brand new YOU and, my oh my, how marvelous the day looks on you!

Whatever it is that remains in your heart to do…heaven is merely paving the way for your break through. Never give up. Don’t quit. Your life is making a beautiful impact that will only grow if you stay with it.

~Nicole💜

May 30, 2018

Spoken For…

Posted in Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:25 am by Broken & Brave

God Still Speaks

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All of Creation sings a love song to God. It can be seen in the green of a leave, the gentle bend of the willow tree and every bird in the air that has its own song to sing.

God’s Voice still speaks. The problem for most in hearing His Voice is difficult–there too much background noise in the way. Spiritual background noise may include negative thinking, discouraging thoughts, depressed thoughts, hopelessness, shame, guilt or anger/bitterness. This type of thinking clouds the heart and soul and makes it difficult for you to know what God really has to say about the troubles of your every day.

“We pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfill all the good pleasure of His Goodness, and the work of faith with power.”

2 Thes. 1:11 (kjv)

Have you ever had a conversation with someone in a busy street? It’s difficult to hear what the other person is saying and sometimes difficult to clearly communicate your words as well. You pull in closer, you look intently at the face of the one speaking, you may even bend your ear in to the conversation. This is what we must do with God. So many want to hear His Voice. You can! Lean into Him in prayer, conversation. Talk to him like you would a friend. Do not feel silly. He hears it all and if you faithfully pursue him you will find him. It’s a promise in Matthew 5 given to you.

God is faithful. He will help you clear out the clutter and noises of life and pull himself right up right to your side. He will look intently into your eyes and He will search your heart and soul. He loves you dearly and wants you to know…He cares. He loves you. You are, in fact, adored. ~Nicole

“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
Jeremiah 33:3

May 28, 2018

Excellence Rising

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

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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

May 27, 2018

LIT🔥

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , at 1:33 pm by Broken & Brave

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You have words of worth in your pocket. Your mouth is the gateway of your voice, but your heart is the keeper of His still small voice. As we burn within something becomes LIT inside of us. Something deeper still becomes alive in us. We become a raging inferno of Hope as we become what we are destined to be.

As we let go we come to know the Greater Still inside of each one of us. Together…we are God’s collective Fire. Be inspired. God Almighty means to take you higher. The best is yet to come. Be Still…come to know your God, Greater.

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