October 9, 2018

Seeds of Strength & Beauty

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The purple cone flower is such a unique flower. It has a beauty that rends well to any garden. It has color that creates vibrancy. It has a pleasing aroma but it is also edible. The purple cone flower is the source of the herb echinacea which is used to strengthen the immune system. This little herb packed in a pretty flower can help your body fight colds, allergies, and works like a natural antihistamine. It’s fantastic!

So you can see the flower…
You can smell the flower…
And you can ingest the flower.

God’s creation is marvelous with healing properties.

Just like the flower is the power of God. We can’t see it with our naked eye but we can see the fruit it yields when it touched and heals a life. We can smell the aroma of heaven as He lingers His Peace.

You are a Glorious Bloom in the garden of heaven. You have been hand picked and you contain the power of God’s Spirit in the depths of your soul. You exude beauty on the outside, coupled with a heavenly aroma that causes others to linger in your presence—they desire your company. Yet you also contain a stoic strength, just like the immune building properties of the cone flower—and you strengthen others as they swallow the seed you sow.

The Power of your Beauty is magnetic and captivating. There may be others similar to you in form or feature…they may do things of a similar occupation or life style as you—but there isn’t anyone like you. You are special. You are unique. You are hand picked by your Maker. Just like a single flower in a bouquet singled out for its own special vase.

Rise up today and let’s bring this world some flavor! Heaven looks good on you.

~Nicole

“for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.” 1 Peter 1:23

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September 23, 2018

Road To Radiance

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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. ~Nicole💗

September 16, 2018

In Deep

Posted in Inspirational tagged , at 7:22 am by Broken & Brave

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“My God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
Hebrews 13:5

When we work we work faithfully, but when God works He shows up and shows off!

Think about that. We work, we plan, we demonstrate good faith in the fruit of our hard work. Sometimes we even strive (which is never a good idea). We may even sit back and think, “wow, not bad.” But then when God clearly and definably shows up on the scene He absolutely and ridiculously amazes us with His utter Perfection. His simplest task will blow our best effort out of the water every time!

Gideon struggled with doubt, but God was with him anyway. HE chose YOU to do the marvelous. And when you’re chosen…
YOU ARE CHOSEN!
So go about what you were put here to do!

So, it seems to me we have a very valid and secure reason to believe we can trust Him with pretty much everything. Take a moment right now to recap what God has done or you.

When you let it sink in just how much God is for you—you begin to recognize the cadence to His pace as he runs toward you. He adores you.
You really can do it all!

Nicole

“Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.”

Psalm 63:7

September 10, 2018

Winsome~

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Father God—

There is no other like you.
No one touches my heart as you do.
Your Spirit inflames my heart and soul.
There is not a love like yours I’ve ever known.
Because of how you stir me, it is nearly impossible to contain this love inside of me.
Others cannot see you beside me, because you dwell in the chambers of my heart.
So let this great love that has changed me, be seen through me.
I don’t understand it, but your presence in my life has left me breathless.

You alone, oh God, have won my heart Victorious.
Every difficult task is easier because of you. I know you are there, leading me, guiding me through. If you were human, I’d know you’d hold my hand, too. I am content with you holding my heart.

I love you♥️
Amen

“Just as the Father has loved Me, I have loved you; abide in My love.” John 15:9

When was the last time you spoke to Lord as though he were the Great Lover of your soul? Because He is, ya know. You can try, but you will never find a love like His. There is no greater love than this.

Love is the only thing that can change a person. Love cloaks itself like a thick cloth and wraps itself around every ounce of our flesh and creates comfort and protection all simultaneously.

Nothing. No one…has EVER affected my heart as He has. This is reason to praise. This is reason to celebrate. This is why I remain faithful to him. Because I know my King in Heaven is faithful to me. He’s faithful to you, too.

God delights to wait for you. He isn’t in a hurry and He doesn’t mind slowing his pace if he needs to.

He waits for you.

Few things in life will leave you breathless in the most amazing way. Enjoy the opportunity when you can.

Breathe it all in—now exhale.
Share your heart with God today.
It may be hard to understand with the thoughts of man, but if we can kind of understand the emotion, the intrigue, the excitement of new love and long love with humans, then we can transfer that as a small taste—a small gift of what kind of love we can anticipate from God. His love satisfies. Heart and soul, head to toe. He wants to make your life special. Because you are counted as valuable.

Just a little insight on how my soft heart connects best. If it helps you connect, too. Then I will find great joy knowing I’ve assisted you.

Take Joy in a fabulous day.
You’ve been Heaven made to be walking example of that same love, heart and devotion to a world that is cold, tired and alone. You are His Light. Magnify it!

~Nicole 💕

August 28, 2018

Posted in Inspirational tagged , at 6:34 am by Broken & Brave

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Pain has a way of changing people. Some for the better, but some for the not so much better. Pain is like an acid rub on the heart. It can clean and clear away dead skin (the flesh) and debris and create a luster and shine that goes out and administers the fruit of the experience like a heavenly rub—bringing relief to the pain of others by vehicle of Compassion and Mercy and Empathy.
It can be a tremendous vehicle toward heart shine of the best kind.⭐️

But for others pain is deep and the path of healing is never chosen so their pain only creates more pain as they bleed on everyone around them.

How do you cope with pain?

Have you endured a grief that begs for relief, but haven’t any idea how to choose the path of healing?
You cannot change what has happened to you or control the circumstances around you all the time. But what you can do is be in charge of deciding to heal. The path of healing will NOT include self pity, pride that justifies personal rights and being right. Vindictiveness will never be apart of God’s plan. The only way to achieve relief is for you to decide to release.

Ask God every day to help you choose the path of forgiveness and to release the memories that haunt you. Then the invisible finger of God will probe your heart, mind and soul and pull out the hurt and heal the heart, mind and flesh.

Take it to Jesus, Honey, He died for this!

Your best days are ahead for you. Live, Love and may a Joy Explosion emerge from you. Life’s too short and too precious to live bitterly. Live better!

“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.” Romans 8:38

You are Loved.
You are cherished.
You are adored.
You are esteemed by the Crown of Heaven.
You are Besotted.
You are Betrothed.
You are Accepted.
You are Blessed.
You are Favored.
You. Are. Loved.

Now, Beloved, be healed, whole and STRONG. The One who is ready and able has made Himself available to you. It’s what He came to do! Because He loves you.💗

~Nicole

August 18, 2018

Soap Suds & Begonia’s

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I have hand washed my dishes for years now. I want to guess it’s been about seven or eight years. I didn’t intentionally start hand washing—only a few pieces of China that wouldn’t fair well under the harshness of the dishwasher. I can’t even recall what year it was, but when my dishwasher began giving me trouble and we’d fix it and the trouble would come back, instead of replacing the dishwasher, I just BECAME the dishwasher. My children also.
This is when I discovered something.

I enjoyed it.

I found standing at the sink so therapeutic. It’s such a mindless task so you can stand there and get the job done while allowing your mind to be completely somewhere else. My time at the kitchen sink became a cherished time of worship and prayer. It was almost like a “prayer closet” as some would call their special place they go to meditate.

I feel the exact same way about digging around in the dirt. I don’t enjoy heavy yard work, but gardening…that’s fun. It is there I’ve received some of my most cherished Words from the Lord. I discovered very early in my marriage, while living in our first home, that if I needed to relax or decompress or just be with my Lord, He would always show up in the Garden. I had already known I was attracted to meandering around in the flowerbeds, something my parents and family always did, but this little added delight took the cake. I was hooked.

I’ve lived in a smaller home, and I’ve lived in grand oversized home and I love them both, but for different reasons. One thing I love about a big yard is the kids have space to run and play (when they were little anyway). But a bigger yard can be so overwhelming. Our first home had a nice size flower garden and was quite easy to manage. One full afternoon what all that was necessary to trim, cut, prune and plant. Planting was always the fun part. To step back and drink in the visually stunning hue of color splashed about the house. I absolutely love it.

My Grandmother used to tell my Mother and then my Mother to I, that “the porch was the extension of the home”, care for the outside as you would the inside. Blessed with amazing women in my life who understood the importance of the love placed in the details.

Love will always be found in the details. God knows your exact love language. He will always know how to seek your heart and speak to it. He relishes time with you. His devotion will always out extend anything for Him you could say or do. You cannot earn His love—in fact you can’t earn it. He is too lofty and grand for that. But He loves with such humble grace He always stoops down. Because He is in fact smitten with humanity.

Great ideas, great achievements, great escapades always go best with common duties.

Next time you may fuss or be in a rush to get through the unimportant details of your life—sit back and relax. It just may be in these tiny moments are the most splendid and seasoned times to marinate in God’s Favor and Pleasure. The world may read a self help book, take a yoga class, go on a retreat, have a drink, or even eat—but what if I suggested your common duties as washing dishes or kneeling in the Garden were times of immeasurable ministry of love God’s heart to yours?

God is ever Faithful in the little things because He is ever Faithful to you.

-Nicole♥️

“It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.” 1 Cor. 4:2

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

July 26, 2018

The Gift

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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

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