February 16, 2019

Face Time My Heart

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , at 9:24 am by Broken & Brave

I think technology is great.

I grew up with the phone tethered to the wall. As a teen my Mom bought me a longer than long chord for the phone that would stretch all the way from the kitchen to my bedroom. It was a big day when I finally received as a gift my own phone for my room.

Computers, internet, cell phones, social media, etc. It creates a fast way to connect, learn, communicate. Really fast!

However, I am still a very old fashion girl. I prefer face to face communication. Active listening skills require feedback, observation of non verbal communication and listening. And there’s something special about just being together with others. It fosters a community like nothing else.

That’s how it is with God also.

We can see glimpses of him in music, the sunset, the glorious moonlight and stars showing off their magnificent light…

But it’s when we pour ourselves into Him, I mean more than a casual glance to stare just like we sometimes do with our phones. He doesn’t want us to skim…He wants us to press in and really try to get face to face with him with devoted time and attention–that is when He shows us his face, his heart and blesses us with his Presence.

You are loved.

You are valuable.

You are set apart to do great things.

He is with you and he is calling you by name.

Do not be afraid to reach back to him the same.

I think it is time for some FaceTime with Heaven.

-Nicole

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Romans 8:38-39

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February 12, 2019

Lamp Post of Hope

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:33 am by Broken & Brave

God always equips us for how He calls us–

In the process of the equipping we endure a season constructed by heaven to retreat into the Savior’s Arms. Often times it requires a Night or a dark season of soul to relinquish our will for His.

Think back in your life to a time when it felt dark as night. You had a trouble or problem that was so much bigger than you and you didn’t know what to do. Maybe there wasn’t much you could do—just endure and perhaps you even prayed. Does something come immediately to your mind?

The greater your call the greater the trials and tests of preparation- so you may have some severe Night seasons or maybe they are present in your mind or life to the nth degree right now?

In these times you must be still and wait. You must rest. You must demonstrate the same demeanor as Mary. Mary is a woman spoken of in the New Testament of the Bible. She had a sister named Martha and Jesus came to pay them a visit. (Luke 10)

Martha toiled to make everything just right. Just how’d she like it to be for Him. Sounds like a good idea, right?

Mary, on the other hand, just sat at his feet—admiring, listening, drinking in His Presence. As far as the “work” goes, she didn’t do a thing.

There is Martha…

There is Mary…

Be Mary.

When we devote time to rush our heart into His, lingering about His Lap, we experience the Divine of Heaven. Here are a few things that happen when we do just that:

🔺He brings revelation and Light, Guidance and Direction to the dark days.

🔺He expels the Night and shines ever Bright. And when He illuminates Himself within you, He illuminates everything around you as well. Exactly like a Lamp Post of Hope. Then you become Breath taking and able to not only cast vision in your own soul, but countless souls who should Journey the Path you lead.

🔺You become well trained to see in the dark.

🔺You learn to become more dependent on your spiritual eyes than your natural. And if you are highly trained and yielded you will gain greater sight with the eyes of your spirit than the eyes of your flesh.

🔺Discernment will become one of your greatest assets.

God always equips us for how He calls us–

You are equipped.

You are called.

You are Chosen.

You have been selected.

You are an impenetrable fortress of Splendor.

You are Shielded…

And you are Strong.

There is a specific place you belong and those called along side of you are glad you came. Your company welcomed. Your company appreciated. Your face…it is admired and could never be replaced.

God bless you this day. You occupy Golden Space. Be electrified with His Power and Grace.

The best of you is still at rest in you. God’s best for you is still to come for you. Do you believe it?

Then practice the art of being still and drinking from wells of Living Water. He will whisper Goodness down deep in your soul. I guarantee it will leave you thirsty for more.

Arise!

~Nicole🌹

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”

Isaiah 60:1

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February 11, 2019

Just Be

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:24 am by Broken & Brave

Never chase a goal so hard you forget to have fun with it.♥️

I’ve been going through some old photos—compiling them from all the various shows I’ve done over the years. I have a specific purpose for this complication for myself and my training. It’s interesting and useful to see how I’ve changed my physique over the years. Change happens small and over time. Pictures help with perspective.

As I go through them, I am reminded there’s been quite a few and I’ve now been doing this more than just a year or two.

Guess what? Looking back I think, “hey, I was more prepared than I thought I was.” But maybe I was placing too much priority on what the judges thought? I’ve been blessed with open doors for a quality education in the fields of human developmental and nutrition. I’ve planned, prepped and been focused and dedicated. I have the gift of discipline. And I found the nutritional edge my biochemistry needed to shred down lean.

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Aside from all of this—you never feel ready, at least I don’t. You can feel you put in the work and the time, but not ready. I feel this way with every show. So as I look at these pictures I am once again reminded of all the memories that have been made. All the friendship and community that has been built.

How about you?

Have you ever had something you worked hard at and sometimes you forget that you do your part and trust God to bless your efforts?

I think back to when I was in school. I never felt ready in college. Always did the work, but was it enough? Never felt prepared enough. But I graduated and I guarantee I remembered to have fun!

How about parenting?

If you’re a parent for sure you’ve had times you got so caught up in the job of parenting that you forgot to just cut loose and have fun with them?

I’ve always found humor in the parent who was desperate to potty train their child by the age of two. I just smile, good for you (knowing that most likely they know when to run the kid to the bathroom. Most one year olds don’t have enough muscle and mind to muscle control for that—but some do).

But to the mom who feels less than prepared because her four year old still soils their pants I always share—“they’ll be fine. They aren’t going to graduate high school in a diaper.”

Puts it in perspective, right?

I love to laugh with my kids. They crack me up. But I’ve had a lot of them so each kid progressively benefited from the more laid back me. The oldest always gets to be the pioneer for younger siblings. Isn’t that true! I know my oldest agrees with this (I’m an oldest sibling, too)!

I’ve got some homework for you this week.

📌Spend some time enjoying yourself.

📌Indulge in some simple pleasure.

📌Smile often.

📌 Be friendly.

📌Show others kindness.

There’s so much more to life than work and purpose and direction and intention.

Just Be.

You plus God is greater still.

When you simply do what needs to be done, you can trust in a God who says, “it’s enough”. Forget the judges—you’ve got the win. And as for your kids, they’re going to turn out just fine. Keep loving and leading and every little voice that says it’s not enough, you’re not enough or things are pretty rough—ignore it!

These are just a few examples. You already know what it is that presses you, and maybe you need to just enjoy it a bit more because you’ve been thinking of it the entire time you’ve been reading this. So, you know what to do…

Enjoy♥️

<Nicole

February 10, 2019

Back Forty For Glory

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:55 am by Broken & Brave

Noah was on the back forty talking to God…

What is the back forty?

back forty noun

Definition of back forty

: a remote and uncultivated or undeveloped piece of land of indefinite size (as on a farm)

Because of the nature of Noah’s Intimacy with Heaven he was immune to the commentary of his peers. It may be true he didn’t like it, but it didn’t waiver or move him to unmove what God had asked him to move. So he moved…the comfort zone of every human on the planet. Figuratively and then literally! And all of Heaven and earth moved with him.

What if…

What if Noah only obeyed God once he understood the request?

What if Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego decided to bow before the idol to spare themselves, but vowed to not do so in their heart?

What if Elijah stayed in a cave instead of going to Jezebel?

What if Mary said no to the Angel of the Lord? What if Jesus got down off of His Cross and said, “that’s all for me. This is too hard and it doesn’t make sense.”

What if…

God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is a God who delights in Displaying His power and Creative Miracles. The Who’s Who of Heaven looks down on you and wants to display His power in and through your life. He still has power to roll a stone, break every mold and He still asks us to live by Faith. If we can figure all of His Precepts out and calculate His ways…well, He wouldn’t really be a God worth Worshipping.

Trust Him with your life even when His lead is full of Mystery. His Timing, His Path and your Victory will always Shine through and He will get the glory.

You can trust Him!

So get out your plow, get to that secret place of harmony with heaven—you’re own personal back forty. Block out the noise, dig deep and do like Noah did.

He won’t give you a task you aren’t capable to grab and make into a masterpiece for His Glory. You’ve got just the right size hands for the job. So build it…they will come, just like Noah.

~Nicole 🌈

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways,”

declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

You’ve been graced to run this race–the Victory is yours to take! With it come spoils and a prize! Rise!!!♥️🌹

February 9, 2019

Bountiful Treasure

Posted in Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , at 9:42 am by Broken & Brave

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The Touch of your hand makes me glow.
The Touch of your hand makes me whole.

You, alone, satisfy the soul.

You are not a far off or dusty wasteland.
You drench me is Goodness.
You quiet my soul.
I am never left forlorn when I know your will and way is to walk beside me, O, Ancient of Days.

You satisfy me.

You curb my appetite for lesser things.

What a Joy and delight to know that as this New Year rings you are there to carry me across the threshold from the old to the new…just as a Groom who carries his Bride.
You are always by my side.

This alone helps me to know that I am completely blessed.
My heart and soul are at rest for the bounty of treasure your heart contains for me.

I can feel how much you adore me.

….I am so blessed.♥️

~Nicole

 

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“Seek first the Kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.”

~May His Glory fall faithfully upon all you say and do. A Mighty Shield and covering to carry you through the new. 2019 will look marvelous on you. You are splashed with enduring love that has been built to last. Let it be a solid foundation and a fortress of hope. Happy New ~Everything.

February 7, 2019

MORE

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , at 7:26 am by Broken & Brave

MORE—

I need you more—

I have walked through tremendous lack in my soul and I’ve lived through tremendous lack in my resources.—I don’t want to go back to either.

Forgive me for my every fret or worry.

I need you more.

Forgive me my doubt and discouragement.

I need you more.

You are the floor that holds me up so I won’t go under.

You are the door of Love that knocks hard on my heart chamber.

I need you more.

You’re the excitement and drive of my life.

You are the Peace and Tranquility that holds me through the night.

You are the Soft Spoken and Gentle Voice that shows me Kindness like I’ve never known.

I need you more.

I need you more.

So I will Believe in you more.

It’s you I adore.

So I will look forward —

With Anticipation—

For more.

Nicole♥️🌹

🌹And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 4:19)

February 5, 2019

Small Is Not Small At All!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:27 am by Broken & Brave

There are days we feel fierce…

And there are days we feel fiercely little.

On both days—no matter how you feel, know that God is real and He is the Power behind it all. Meaning, whatever you do and no matter how you feel, He will go with you. Always beside you. His love for you is real. So square your shoulders and drink in this scripted mental and spiritual vitamin elixir. May you be strengthened for your day:

🔻You are more than a Conqueror with Christ. (Romans 8:37)

🔻When you feel weak, He is STRONG! (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

🔻He is a strong tower and the righteous run to him and are safe. (Proverbs 18:10)

Maybe you’re not sure what it means to be righteous or you don’t feel you qualify for it?

Wrong!

Anyone who seeks the Lord with their whole heart, or even a smidge of it to start, is considered worthy! Because our ability or feelings or capability make us worthy of nothing in God’s economy. But His incredible heart for you makes you worthy of all!

Absolute Royalty.

So hush your little inner man who doesn’t understand the ebbs and flows of day to day life. Strife is among us because we live in a fallen world.

Though all may not be ideal—this will never change the fact that His Love for you is Real.

For sure you can deposit that! And when you do, it will earn interest for you.

I recall two years ago (Fall of 2017)—I hadn’t been feeling very fierce. Flu had me knocked out and my appetite disappeared almost completely. I rarely get sick and this flu had me at the root.

Good thing I don’t make decisions based on how I feel. I listened to my body, gave it the rest and fluids it needs and knew that once I’m recovered I’m right back at it!

Though not feeling 100 percent, I competed in two major international bodybuilding shows coming off of all if that and faired well—brought my best package yet (as they say about your conditioning on stage).

No matter how you feel, assess what progress you’d like to make this week and plan accordingly! Take the walk of a Champion!

YOU are God’s Candidate for Victory!

~Nicole🌹

February 2, 2019

With You💗

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 6:10 am by Broken & Brave

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Never be afraid to try something new. Never shy away from the extra mile. Never give up Hope of a dream in your heart or a purpose driven deep inside of you. God has anchored your heart there for a reason. Do not be afraid!

God watches over us each and every day with intense interest of His Love made known in our life. How cool is that?

“I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and of good courage.” Joshua 1:5-6

There is Power in your Path. There is Victory on your horizon. Not everything God does is like an InstaPot. He does things a little bit bigger. The benefit extends longer and the range of focus is stronger than anything one meal could bring. He likes to draw out the savory flavor your life can bring.

So if it feels like His Bow is bending you back. Learn to relax and get comfortable with it. You can be afraid or you can flourish—the choice is really up to you. But a yielded vessel always soars farther.

Go into this day knowing that wherever you go, whatever you do, it is a Divine Assignment from Heaven for you. It has purpose. It has merit. Nothing will interrupt the flow of God’s Mercy, Love and Strength over you that is also embedded within you. You are impacting people– even when you don’t know that you are.

You are Significant.

Don’t forget!

He’s got your heart—

And no matter what that’s a glorious start.

His eye is on the sparrow,

Oh how He watches over you.

I look at people and I literally think, “Beautiful“. I wish, hope and pray you can see in yourself what I see today!

You are precious and priceless. Fairer than 10 thousand. None other like you who can do what you do. You are created with purpose, power and boldness.

Irreplacable craftsmanship!

YOU MATTER!

~Nicole🌸💗

January 28, 2019

Sunshine & Roses🌹

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , at 7:31 pm by Broken & Brave

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“As you walk down the fairway of life you must smell the roses, for you only get to play one round.” Ben Hogan
 
 
I am a gardener… Gardener In my yard and a Gardener of the heart.
 
 
I weed.
I prune—
and new life will come.
I clip and trim—
yielding beauty and shape.
I turn the soil for the air to penetrate— down deep and the sunlight to nourish.
I water and I encourage—
 
 
Because I garden, when God wants to captivate my attention and my heart He frequently turns my eye to the garden.
 
 
I recall all a time a while back…
 
 
as I came in I noticed that on a particular rose bush I have three new buds blossoming (it’s January). See, my God is a hopeless romantic (not just for me, but for all his kids). He knows the pathway to my heart. He knows my language. I guarantee He knows your language, too.
 
 
I cast my eye upon those roses and I knew, He is besotted for my heart. He knows how to melt my heart. He knows it’s easy to shape a mold a melted heart. So He melts me, and I yield.
 
 
He is a God that is faithful and He keeps His promises.
 
 

The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made.

Psalm 145:13 

 
 
I recall all a time early in my “pruning season”. I was a young Mom. The Lord kept piercing my heart, turning the soul, watering my garden with the scripture above. Then, a friend came to my home and spontaneously offered me a gift. She shared that the Lord had placed it on her heart to bring this to me—then she presented me with a Thomas Kinkade portrait with the words of this very verse etched on a gold plaque at the foot of the frame. Heart…Touched…you have no idea.
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He loves you.
 
 
You need to know—
He loves you.
 
 
Though He may be plucking and pruning and preparing you, exposing the nerve of each weed that needs to go, He is besotted with you. He is only creating room to grow so you will be a well fertilized, cultivated and prepared Garden. When God makes a Promise He desires we prepare and be ready for the blessing. He wants us to have the capacity to contain and enjoy the blessing. An unprepared Garden passes by and only shines for a limited time. Let that not be you. Don’t allow the blessing to be too much for you. Be ready.
 
 
The Lord intends to overcome you with Goodness.
 
 
~Nicole

December 9, 2018

Sweet Smells & Heaps of Kindness

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , at 4:05 am by Broken & Brave

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Fruit Pie…

The Lord is good and His Tender Mercies endure forever. Fragrant is the sweet smell of kindness. Aromatic are the fruit of the Spirit as they leave a trail of essential goodness.

Have you ever walked into a house while a fresh fruit pie was baking in the oven? Heaven, right? The smell is so delicious, so inviting and brings a sense of comfort and “home” even if it’s not your home.

This is how it is with the fruit of the spirit.

As we demonstrate these virtues as character attributes in our own virtue it is like we emit a fragrance the world doesn’t understand, but it will highlight our lives to all of man. When fruit is cooked enzymes are released, the firm skin of the fruit softens and the inside of the fruit becomes warm. The more fruit of the spirit flowing in us and through us the more our heart does the same.

Life makes many people toughen and even callous a bit. Especially in the heart. But the Goodness, Kindness, Gentleness, Meekness, Quiet Strength, Compassion, Encouragement of our Lord possesses power to make every heart soft and warm when it’s allowed. It’s a definite risk, I mean look at the oven that fruit pie had to endure to produce just a heavenly aroma! But if God is guiding you, you can trust that above all He won’t let you down.

Whatever has ailed you in life, give it to the Father of Life as a gift this Christmas. He’s been wanting to dispose of your pain all along. Step into His Heart like the comforts of home and allow Him to share some Goodness with you. ~Nicole

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Gal. 5:22-23

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