July 17, 2017

Community

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , at 6:45 am by Broken & Brave

I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately…

Community.

What makes people draw to you and the relationship and service you offer?

Community.

A sense of being valued and knowing you belong. Being embraced, encouraged, loved and supported.

Community.

I’ve really seen this taken deep root in my training business. I keep my client base small. I do primarily small group fitness anymore with only a few one on one training clients. But I have witnessed community bloom and flourish. My clients are so faithful. They love their workouts. They know how much I love them and they love each other. They protect their time together. They look out for one another. On days I don’t train them it is common for them to plan to meet at a local gym or go for a run together.

They are community.

I have always been riveted on the awareness that Jesus came for relationship. Life is ultimately all about relationship. Success on any level pivots on relationship.

This is Community.

I’m not necessarily confident in all things. I rely heavily on my Confidence in God and His direction within me. Here is something I am confident in. I haven’t always known this, but I know it now…

God has built me to build community.

This is something I feel I can do and am watching it happen around me. I have a deep love and value for community. Building a foundation within individuals to equip them to believe in themselves like never before and to go out and explore their potential as never before. Then, I desire to collectively link arms with each individual and teach them to do the same. This is where we can create a community full of hope and vitality.

What are you building?

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Hebrews 10:24+25

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July 14, 2017

Risky Heart

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 7:44 am by Broken & Brave

One of the riskiest things to do is trust someone…not knowing if the trust will be honored or returned.
But God is and will always be worthy of your trust. Even when you don’t know how things will turn out. Even when you don’t know which way to go. Even when it looks as though He has left you or forgotten you. Yes, even then, you can trust Him. It’s like He has gone ahead, filled your vehicle with gas and is coming back to provide your Way. He plans to help to make a get away from all that weighs your heart and soul. So, don’t worry. You can trust Him. He holds you in the Cup of His Hand. He always has a plan. ~Nicole

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5-6

June 24, 2017

Whole Hearted

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:42 am by Broken & Brave

When we have an open wound we cover it to protect it from the elements that may contaminate and infect it, say with a bandage. If it’s a deep and fresh wound, of course, this is wise. But after some time it is important to take the mask off of the wound and allow the fresh air and sunshine sink in and assist in the healing. The same is true of our hearts. When it is wounded, we mask it to protect it from being hurt some more. Some masks are layers and layers deep for the depth of the wound is severe. But God, in all of His love, though it is painful, He desires to pull off the mask and pour some fresh air and the warmth of His Light down deep inside and heal that heart once and for all. It takes courage, lots of it…if this is you, God has some healing ointment ready to assist you.

No more masks, only open hearts.
~Nicole

May 25, 2017

Reflect What Matters

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:18 am by Broken & Brave

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It’s tough to be a woman in modern day America. Everything society dictates requires wits, beauty and the strength of a man without being a man. So much pressure to “measure up” we tend to always be measuring ourselves with the wrong tape measure…

I love people.

It may seem odd, but when I look at people, experience people, I am having an encounter with their heart. I don’t particularly focus on gender, color or socioeconomic status (poverty or wealth).

I see souls.

This is a difficult concept for most because most people don’t view people that way. Most rely on the naked eye and external appearances or presumptions. But I know God sees everyone by the heart and soul. I know God has given me His heart for souls.

You can’t effectively love people unless you are willing to get involved in their life. You can’t possibly get to know someone until you speak to them and get to know them and listen beyond words, but listen with the heart to their heart.

I want all women to know how beautiful and loved they are by the King of all kings.

God’s got friendship for you. He doesn’t focus on your skin color, your shape, your size, your gender but he knows the color of your eyes because they are the apple of his. He thinks of you and begins to grin. He is heart and soul captivated by your heart and soul. He loves you more than you know and he will never reject you. You can let him in…He wants to sink in deep and comfort you while you sleep.

He’s a good, kind and gentle God.

Lay your every trouble at His feet.
He wants to lift you higher. -Nicole

May 11, 2017

Search, Create, Pray…

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 7:44 am by Broken & Brave

I look about my country and I see so much Divide. I see people outraged. I see people filled with anger and hate. I see others full of self. Others broken and forsaken. But that’s what I see with my eyes–
When I look with my heart I see all the same…people in pain, hurting, and lacking proper love.

As a Christian I am bothered by what I see. It penetrates me, heart and soul. The enormity of the responsibility to make an impactful difference in my neighborhood, community, city, state, nation is mind boggling to me. Is our heart truly broken for what breaks God’s heart? Here are some action steps if you want to make a difference- in your own life and others-and you see what I see:

1. Search our hearts. (“O, Lord, you have searched me and known me.” Psalm 139:1)

2.Create a clean heart in us oh Lord. For when our heart is saturated with the Love of God it is pure. By searching the Word of God we obtain the pathway to his heart-but it is Love that binds, heals, and delivers. (“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10)

3. Pray. We must pray and be watchful. (“This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 John 5:14)

4. Listen. We must be attentive and listen as the Spirit gives personal directives on we as individuals can be an Agent of Change.
(“Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy.” Psalm 1:32)

5. We must give people a hand.
We must help where and how God directs us. We cannot do everything and clearly there is a lot to be done, but we can do that something that God has specifically asked of each of us. (“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16)
In our life our hand is attached to something. If it isn’t it is useless. The hand is attached to an arm, some real muscle to push through with a person. The arm is attached and leads to The Body. The Body is the Chamber for the very Heart and Love of God. Once a person is lead by the hand, they can get to the heart and meet the Power of Unconditional Love and that is where the Miraculous begins to take part! A hand all by itself is helpful, but not impactful. Impactful change occurs when a person is saturated in healing Love. The anger and hatred subsides. Growth and healing occur. Forgiveness replaces resentment. A maturing of the soul that comes by intimacy with God. A person is set free from the roots of their pain and their life is changed.

We give a hand, but we must do it with heart. Just like parenting. As a parent I meet the needs of my children practically-food, clothes, etc.-but they need time, attention, accountability, long suffering, wisdom, guidance and lots and lots of love. They need our heart.

Love the Lord your God with all of your heart. Invite Him to come in like your heart were your home. He will sweep it clean, clear the clutter and messes, decorate the halls and walls, and He also will sit and enjoy you, just you, as He lovingly admires and enjoys spending time with you. He changes us each from the heart and this changes our perspectives to match His. His love is full, complete and so very sweet.
He is such a good, good Parent.

“My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”
John 15:12

May 9, 2017

Love is a Verb.

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

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Love is a verb.

Every breath of every day and every action step we take is to be an expression of love on some level. We are leaders, all of us, but how shall we lead? Which direction will our leadership take people? Years ago there was a woman in my church who never smiled or said hi. I made it a point, every week, to greet her warmly and say, “Hello.” Every week it was the same, she would shake my hand but say nothing and barely curve her lip upward. I could’ve taken it as rejection, but instead I allowed God to use it as an invitation to go beyond the surface and use kindness to reach down deep. After six months of nothing but the same, I finally got through. Her lack of response had nothing to do with rejection of me but her own self consciousness about her tremendous lack of teeth! She had many teeth missing. Of course, this would keep anyone from wanting to smile or speak. I believe she finally opened up and let me in because my consistent and persistent kindness bridged insecurity to self confidence that I would not judge her. Love is a verb…allow your actions today to encourage others, even if you see no feedback, you may indeed be bringing an inward smile that helps another overcome and unspoken struggle. Believe in yourself. Believe in Love. Believe in others…Nicole

“Pass through, pass through the gates! Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise the banner for the nations.” Isaiah 62:10

March 19, 2017

Glorious✨ (3)

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , at 8:08 am by Broken & Brave

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“You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.” Psalm 23:5

Years ago, after a series of unfortunate and painful events in my life that occurred tragically and with exaggeration, I cried out to God. I had lost everything. My home, my possessions and now my purse had just been stolen. I said, “Why?” And then I heard Him reply with a bone stiffening reverence…

I sat straight.

Ever had God pierce your soul like that? I have, on a number of occasions. It has helped me understand what happened when people saw angels in the Old Testament. The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart like a voice so clear it was nearly audible…

“I want to use your Voice!”

So, just like that, I pulled myself together and thanked him for safety, it was truly all I had left.

I’ve written for years. I’ve been a writer before I knew I was a writer.
My pen is my sword and I write for the Lord, and the flow of one of my spiritual gifts is attached to it.

I see in my heart a wounded Church in America that needs deeper love in itself for healing and restoration for she is a broken and terribly wounded Bride. I see a Church that needs to love harder the world at large around it once it receives its own healing–for people truly cannot give what they don’t have.

Pure Love is unconditional and given without warrant or measure. I know I am called to heal with God’s Power in my pen. I am called to love the Church strong. I learn to love every day, more deeply, even people who despise me. What an honor when my pen and my life encourages and even influences anyone, especially someone who doesn’t like me despite not knowing me.

To God be the Glory….isn’t He Glorious?

~Nicole

“So then, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold fast to the teachings we passed on to you, whether by word of mouth or by letter.” 2 Thes. 2:15