December 17, 2017

Baby Grace

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Becoming a Champion of Heart…

I used to have a dog named Baby Grace. She was a Rottweiler and I inherited her when I married (she was John’s dog). I am not what I would call a dog lover, but this dog stole my heart.

John used to be on the road a lot coaching and it was just me and this pup. She kept me great company and had the gentleness that her named implied. When I reflect back to that time in my life I get a little emotional. I can still discern the depth of my attachment and loyalty to this creature anchored to the farthest crevices of my heart. That dog was sent to me by God, I know she was. She was used by Him as a foreshadow of how His Grace would grow in abundant measure in my life. I was a very hurting person back then, but I was like most people…I didn’t necessarily know it. I walked around numb and a bit desensitized by life.  I kept to myself for the most part and didn’t let a whole lot of people in. I was a reflection of what I believe most of America looks like today.

God has brought me so far to heal my heart and strengthen my soul. By His Grace He poured into me, in excess, encouraged me and brought comfort me. He overwhelmed me with  love and it worked itself into me like a deep tissue massage of healing ointment that could produce nothing other than pain relief, healing and restoration for a sore soul.

I have been groomed by the Lord to be the same for others. All the encouraging, grace, healing virtue and comfort that flows from my heart is only a trickle of what I feel he has done for me. It is only a drop compared to the enormous capacity I know can flow freely from within me. Most of the time I hold back in fairly great measure because I am trying to meet people where they are at. I find most people have never known love or friendship like that so they get frightened or shy away from it. It’s always best to grow, heal and love ’em slow. Give people space and love them with kindness, a smile, support. Everyone responds to love differently, so my response is gauged accordingly. Some of this I have learned by trial and error. God has spent the past decade teaching how to love effectively on people vastly different in life experience than me. People wounded at the core and full of life long rejection and abandonment. I’ve learned how experiences like this affect how individuals process and manage their mind and emotions, it’s different because of their pain and I’ve had to learn how to see things from that perspective because it’s a delicate balance not to trigger their past pain unintentionally. God is so good and loving. Loving people and valuing their worth openly, celebrating who they are, is probably my favorite thing and I find enormous spiritual edification in it. I wouldn’t have it any other way. God is beautiful and lovely like that…

He will collect our pain, wash it away and use us as a salve or mending agent in the life of others. For me it’s more specific to the emotional wellness of humans and their physical wellness also–but this concept applies to all avenues of existence.

Allow God to hold your heart. The Greatest Champion of Heart is a Mighty King of Grace. He wants to bless you this Christmas with a greater piece of His heart. It’s all about Jesus!

What would a day of perfect Peace actually look like anyway?

~Nicole

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December 4, 2017

Inspired Life

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Everyone who knows me knows my passion for health, fitness and nutrition and their impact on quality of life. I know it was God who stirred this passion and purpose in me. I didn’t play a lot of sports growing up. I wasn’t on a bunch of teams. No cheesy photos of me in a uniform. I cheered throughout high school and swam one year on swim team to stay in shape. But this deep desire was in me to be well, eat well, do well. I had no outside influence for this. My family does not share my passion for health and fitness. Not a coach, mentor or teacher telling me of my potential. I was almost always picked last or next to last for everything. My drive was all God, all spoken internal. I was 13 years old and was already thinking about lifelong wellness and disease prevention. Only God can do that. What 13 year old thinks of such things on their own? I never had mentors to pull me under their wing. In fact, most of my entire life I had the opposite. I was told I didn’t measure up, I wasn’t good enough, smart enough or didn’t do it right. For a long time I believed it.

I love to sprint for cardiovascular fitness and to stay lean. Almost year round I will squeeze in a quick 10 minute sprint routine at the start of my day. Most days I now use the track at my kids school. The grounds keepers at the school have a little girl who is sometimes there waiting for her parents before being taken to school. My first encounters with her she was bashful and hid away when she saw me. But over time she popped herself out to be seen, but still, very far away. But little by little she would come watch me run.

One morning I got to the track to feast my eyes on a little 8 year old girl, who isn’t in the best of shape or weight, out on the track running her sprints.

Every sprint I’ve ever run, every bit of effort to encourage another I’ve ever given, was in that moment completely worth it. I had prayed just that morning if God would please use me that day to inspire another life higher. I specifically prayed for that little girl and that she would be inspired by me. God is so good, so faithful, so kind. I still pray for that little one, she talks my ear off now. I pray that she would find her drive and live her life to its fullest. Blessings for a glorious day. Your life an Inspired Asset of Heaven.

As we run, we pray and God makes the way.
-Nicole

“…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”

Heb. 12:1

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