October 19, 2017

Unfair or Foundational?

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:07 am by Broken & Brave

The only people who fail are those who quit. Don’t quit!

Some people don’t have to work very hard and things come naturally to them while others work extremely hard and the results come with great difficulty. Have you ever wondered about this? I see this a lot in my competitions. Girls who don’t train very hard and don’t stick to their diet, yet they walk away with a trophy. But this concept applies to many areas of life. It could be a Valedictorian to rarely studied, the person who finds a job in a day while you hunt away. The list goes on.

Some may say it seems unfair, but don’t allow your heart, your mind nor your attitude to droop. For anything you deem important enough to put your heart to and it falls in line with the inspired Word of God, then God cares about it too and He is with you making way for you. Sometimes the Lord places purposes in our heart knowing the challenge it will bring. He will use it all to build stellar character to the pure of heart. So don’t quit. Never give up. You must be decided and possess absolute belief that the God who put you to it will see you through it brilliantly. What do you gain by quitting? You become like those work not at all and nothing comes to them. But when you work hard and discipline yourself the rewards received by far outweigh and title or trophy. It’s about becoming the best you can be and self worth and dignity. ~Nicole

“So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.”
1 Cor. 9:24-26

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October 14, 2017

Best Yet…(don’t forget)

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:28 am by Broken & Brave

“I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.” Psalm 101:2

Everyday can be the best day of your life if your hearts mindset is right. Whether you have grand plans or daily chores, when you do it all for The Lord it can be amazing! How do you do it all for The Lord? A lot of that has to do with expectation.

If you crawl out of bed sour and grumpy every morning you are expecting sour grumpy mornings every night before you go to bed. Just because that’s how it’s been in the past doesn’t mean today can’t be a new day! God gave you this day and whatever you expect from it is generally what you will get. If you expect conflict and trouble, your attitude of heart just may be projecting conflict and trouble. If you are expecting a good result from tasks or obligations you may not want to perform, your attitude will be brighter in the midst of your work and this will be like a pleasing aroma attracting others around you.

Get up each day DECIDED that you will have a good day and circumstances and others are going your way! What we perceive and believe is usually what we receive. Change your outlook and watch how the flow of your day goes…Life is an EXCITING ADVENTURE! ~Nicole

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October 8, 2017

Faith Can Flex

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:00 am by Broken & Brave

You have tremendous muscle memory…not just in your physical frame, but also in the depths of your heart, your spirit.

You’ve maybe heard it said your faith is like a muscle. It must be stretched, pulled, contorted and bent before it can shape and mold into something you can believe in. But here’s something maybe you haven’t considered…

When you go through a trial and endure the rugged terrain of a wilderness experience…when your eyes have strained, but you have failed to see because the intensity of your trial too ominous…so dark. During these wee hours of heartbreak and pain is where your real strength is made and when you make it to the other side not only are you breathing, healthy, alive, but your faith has survived. Then, during seasons of comfort or even mild seasons of distress your faith remembers where’s it’s been, what it’s done, and how you’ve overcome, and you handle it all just a little more effortlessly. Your stoicism will give others who lack faith hope and create room for them to breath, gain relief and make it, too, just as valiantly.

You have tremendous muscle memory…not just in your physical frame, but also in the depths of your heart, your spirit.

Let’s Flex!!!😉

~Nicole

“For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.” Psalm 33:21

September 23, 2017

Polished with Shine✨

Posted in Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:41 am by Broken & Brave

I know many people going through trials they cannot fathom. I pray this encourage you today.

“Listen to advice and accept discipline,
and at the end you will be counted among the wise.” Proverb

“Open the eyes of my heart Lord.”
To see, to hear, to learn and grow.   There’s love in discipline.
Beautiful is a heart that accepts reproof.

When we realize sometimes we struggle not because we are being punished, but rather we are being loved. There is beauty in forgiveness, humility, meekness, gentleness and all the Fruit of the Spirit.

God is not mad at you or punishing you. He is skillfully loving you into the creation He destined you to be. You may suffer, but it is only temporary. Cling to Faith, Hope and Love. But the greatest of the three is Love and it hung on a tree for you and for me.

Take care, Beloved. God knows your heart. He sees the multitude of your tears and all the years the locust has eaten. His sleeve is big enough to dry every eye and bind every wound. God is close to the broken hearted…in fact…

His greatest vessels for use are those who have known a broken heart.

That’s where His Love truly begins. You are going to be ok. ~Nicole

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September 18, 2017

A Heart for Community

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:30 am by Broken & Brave

“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you-that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” Romans 1:11-12

God plants people in neighborhoods, houses (resident dwellings), careers, jobs, and communities. God has a heart for community. Therefore, He had this in mind when He wrote on the tablet of your heart the purpose for your life. He decided where and when He would plant you like a seed on this earth. He is a Sovereign God. What does that mean? It means there is nothing that escapes His eye for detail. There is no plan He forgot or neglected to make. He is ever mindful of the course of your life. You can take great Comfort and Confidence in this. I am hoping I communicate encouragement to you if you are in a job that stresses you severely, or maybe you don’t like your neighborhood or have a neighbor who is difficult to live near. God has planted you there- if only for a season. You have been chosen to be a light to that community, whatever it is. ~Nicole

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September 15, 2017

Hold Your Breath…

Posted in Prayer of blessing, true story tagged , , , , , at 6:34 am by Broken & Brave

Sometimes people tell me how intimidating John is. He is a strong and passionate man of principle and conviction…but if you know him you are aware of his jokes. At the gym the other day I very randomly look over at him and say, “I only miss you when I am breathing”. He looks back at me and says, “Is that why you hold your breath so much?”

Sometimes laughter is the key to help you hold it together as you await your victory. There’s nothing so refreshing as a joy filled heart.

If you are facing adversity or high levels of stress, find something to cause laughter, it will help release and pent up agitation. Remind yourself life is good and this too will pass. Adversity is the breakfast of Champions that builds HEART.

Take heart…for every struggle Gods making way for blessings to rise higher! It’s all about perspective. So hold your breath, take in Heavenly oxygen as the Lord emerses you in Divine Restoration. He taking steps to heal your broken places and prepare you for glory as you’ve never known before. When he opens the doors, he wants you ready, grounded and looking the part for his glorious mission of heart.

If God was clever enough to detail the sunrise, then He also used the same ingenuity when he created you…His most Excellent craftsmanship! You will emerge bigger and brighter than ever before. As all of Heaven takes notice of you, your fellow man will, too. God’s counting on you to direct their eyes toward him in all you achieve, in all you do. So whatever you face today, he’s got you! He is preparing and shaping the stellar quality of a Champion he has embedded within you.

~Nicole

“Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” Psalm 126:2

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September 13, 2017

Wrapped Up

Posted in Devotional, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:13 am by Broken & Brave

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“The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent.”
Psalm 104:2

Oh Lord, may we wrap ourselves in your light and adorn ourselves in your garment. With you we can scale the tallest mountain or swim the depths of the sea. When we abide in you we are like the roots of a tree planted deeply and drinking from the depths of your Living Water. Bless each of your children today as they bless others. ~Nicole

 

September 12, 2017

Joy Storm

Posted in Devotional, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:45 am by Broken & Brave

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecc. 3:1

I am a preparer of words, feeder of the heart, nurturer of the soul. God sees your heart. He sees what I cannot. He gives me insight and glimpses of what to say, but 9 times out of 10 times I don’t know how or who it will impact. God has drawn you here and you are welcome.

We are all feeding others with our words everyday (whether written or spoken). What shall we serve? I desire my words to be nourishing to the heart, mind, soul, yet sweet and flavorful to the palate. Should I serve you meat, I know you have to be able to get it down, with a delicate choice of my words.

So, here is to you and all you hope to do, all you desire to see, everything in your heart you can conceive to be. God placed every desire in your heart. It is up to you to harness it accordingly and use it to live out your dreams…and as you pave a wake in your destiny, you leave a trail of a beautiful and fragrant aroma that builds others up and takes their breath away in the most delightful way.

You are capable of far more than you currently dare to dream. I know this is true…you are magnificent. The Lord bless you and keep you, making his face to shine upon you. The Lord lift up your countenance and bring you Peace, Joy, Love and Glorious Anticipation as you have never known before. This is only the beginning… YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING YET! ~Nicole

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September 4, 2017

Better Your Average

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 8:16 am by Broken & Brave

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I don’t think there is a child on the planet who dreams of growing up to be average. But as we age life settles in and we begin to care more about what we see in our situations of life in the natural eyes and the eyes of vision and destiny become a bit foggy until eventually they are not functioning at all. We forget how to dream. We forget that we can do all things with Christ. We begin to accept the opinions of others and what they say is possible or achievable for our life. The voices in our heads can be anything from our family and friends to the bill collector who reminds you how much you are strapped financially.

How can you ever risk to take action steps towards God’s Promise? Then it happens…we become average. We settle. We accept status quo as our new norm. We stop growing, stop learning and stop being inspired. We work at jobs we don’t like to make money only. We forget to make a difference because we are desperate for something different in our own lives. After all, you won’t be able to pull other people into the boat of possibility if you are still in the water holding onto the side of the boat to keep from sinking. You need both hands free!

People do the same thing with their health and fitness. They can’t afford it. “Eating healthy is too expensive”, I can’t recall how many times I’ve been told that. Compared to what? Define expensive? Because deleterious health seems far more expensive to me! Or they are too busy or the slightest change in the schedule of their day creates a need to cancel some things out and the workout is always the first thing cancelled. There is a huge difference in mindset between the fit person and the average person. The fit person creates an opportunity for exercise, even if it isn’t conventional or a trip to the gym. They understand the importance of the consistent routine.

Stop settling for mediocre. Engage your mind, read books that stretch and grow you. Surround yourself with people who aren’t average, who haven’t stopped dreaming, who are healthy risk takers and possibility shakers…Difference Makers. These people will both inspire you and make you a bit uncomfortable all at the same time. That’s not bad! It means you’re out of your comfort zone and reaching into a new zone of possibility!

They say if you are the smartest person in the room then you are in the wrong room. (That’s why I married John, by the way, he’s so brainy I never have to leave the house!!! That was a joke…) 😂😜😉
As my husband always says–I call his little sayings, “Coachisms”:

“It’s a great day to get better.”

And he says it nearly every day.

Ultimately, growth is a gift from God. We only use small portions of our mind. They say there are approximately seven different types of intelligence. We couldn’t possibly be strong in every area of intellect. Or could we? The only way to find out is to explore the regions of our faith, our mind, our emotions that we haven’t been so strong in exploring before.

Champions have a different mindset. They work harder on themselves than anyone else, then they take the fruit of what they’ve learned and how they’ve grown and they sow seeds in the community and people around them. But be prepared…when you do things different, think different, and refuse to follow the mold of average, you will get a lot of confused and blank stares from people in a regular basis. You will be misunderstood. Some may avoid you because they don’t want to grow or be uncomfortable. That’s ok. Just smile and keep going on your way.

Rise up today.
Stretch yourself.
Be Intentional…
Be Sincere…
Be a seed planter…
Be a harvester….
Be a Cultivator of Imagination…
The Possibilities are endless.

Be a Champion.

There is a mark of Glory upon you…

~Nicole

“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Mark 11:24

 

 

September 3, 2017

Holy GPS!

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 8:32 am by Broken & Brave

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6

Notice the last portion of this verse. He rewards those who earnestly seek him. EARNESTLY, defined as, “marked by or showing deep sincerity or seriousness.” That means, though we plan and we should plan, we must be looking for God’s direction in our plan.
Have you ever taken a a trip, used the GPS, missed the turn and then what does GPS do? It reroutes your course. If you fail to look at the GPS you won’t know you are going in the wrong direction. God wants us completely dependent on His leadership. If we are glued to our plan, even a good one, but God has made other plans, he may give us a thousand life preservers, but we will miss our destination. It’s harder to be in control when we live this way, and for personalities that are more controlling in nature, it’s really hard…but not impossible! God’s got you and he wired you and also given you the ability to follow through with all HE has in mind for you. He’s got a plan that no man can duplicate, accelerate or escape! Be secure in it. ~Nicole

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