October 16, 2018

Embody

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , at 6:58 am by Broken & Brave

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Embody~
to give a concrete form to; express, personify, or exemplify in concrete form: to embody an idea in an allegorical painting.

We all stand for something in the depths of our heart, mind and soul. What is it you stand for? How does what you stand for exude from your soul?

If your soul could speak what would it say? How would others relate or be moved to breathe more deeply by the words it would speak? Would those words be spoken soft or sweetly? What would they evoke in the heart, mind and soul of others?

Your life is a message and it just might be providing a road map for others. You have influence every single day. You have the ability to control how you think, what you do and what you say. You can know that everywhere you go you are a walking sign board for the Lord.

You can make a fortune owning billboards.

…You know, those tall walls of advertisements you see on highways and around town. We know a fellow who purchased tons of them in Vegas and is now one of the richest men in that town. He rents those boards and makes a mint so others can use them to influence with marketing…buy this…do that…go there.

But you, my friend, are the very same thing. You have influence. You can stand tall and know who you are in Christ no matter the dimensions of your physical stature or positional stature. The greater the platform the greater the reach, but this shouldn’t stop anyone from knowing the intense influence they possess in every day life. Your life has merit and influence.

How can I influence?

By doing what you need to do with superb effort and heart. By smiling and showing yourself friendly to strangers and familiar faces. By displaying kindness, service, sacrifice, encouragement to whoever God puts in your path. As His grace emits from you you are illuminating the path, the heart, the hope of others. You may never know the Power your words, your disposition, your pleasantries contain.

Never think too little of yourself and never think yourself too little. Walk meekly, with humility and all the while a stoic sense of duty to represent the King well. He will shine through you so the world around you can know Him.

Embody your Savior…you add a certain flavor to this world that couldn’t be the same without you! ~Nicole💗

“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.”

2 Cor. 3:18

December 20, 2017

Treasure Hunting🎁

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

Are you finding your Joy? Do not be burdened by such a question, but make it a treasure hunt. For those who find True Joy find a lasting Treasure. Do you play Elf on a shelf with your kids? I bet it’s fun to find creative ways to hide and seek it out with your children. The same can be with Joy. Abba Father is like a playful Father, too! He isn’t a rigid Patriarch in the sky. Press your heart into His and seek Him out and watch and see how many clues to your Joy He will give to thee! Like a good book you can’t put down, It will leave you hungry for more!

Merry Christmas. You are a special gift to those around. There is NO ONE else like you. Do not hold back  with your heart, your time, your love and friendship.

The more you give the more Joy for all! ~Nicole

(It’s difficult to read, but my shirt actually says SHINE on it😉) Shine On✨,Beloved…

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November 11, 2017

Internal Bling✨

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 9:09 am by Broken & Brave

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

1 Timothy 6:6

Several of my devotions this a.m. contained threads of “contentment” laced throughout. It prompted an internal grin that flowed from my soul as I read each–for this is truly how I feel right now.

Yesterday I competed in the largest bodybuilding show I have ever competed in before. There are at least 326 athletes in this event so large it must span the coarse of four days and drew teams of athletes from all over the world. As I stood on the wings of the stage in prejudging yesterday I looked about (as I held my stage stance shoulders up, lats wide, torso twisted and legs charged…all in 5 inch heels on a slick floor of course)…I looked about the ladies who graced that stage with me. They were stunning. Beautiful form and symmetry, everything in place. Each had a personal style and grace no one could replace and I thought to myself. “Nicole, you are here.” It didn’t matter how I should finish, I was blessed.

Backstage everyone looks amazing, but once you get those bodies out under the stage lights you see fairly quickly who maybe shines the most bright. I knew the gal who posed right after me would win it. Her symmetry was on point for everything the judges are looking for. As she took her place by my side I whispered as I threw her a smile, “Your stunning”. She almost cried right there. Even the most beautiful of women need someone to believe in them and encourage them and love on them. Of course I love to do that! She did win and she won big–became overall winner and is now a Pro. But what I love is the humility of her soul. A sweet little lady from Hungary took home the gold.

As I reflected on my fourth place finish I felt joy in my soul. I am learning so much more about this sport and myself every time I take the stage. I know the source of my strength and worth isn’t in how high I place, but in knowing I’ve done my all and have pleased my Lord. I look around and see many of these women put their entire self worth in this thing…I’m praying for Divine Appointments to speak life and scout out the beauty and shine they bring to everyday life.

You may never aspire to compete in Figure, but you bring a shine to the world around you. There is a special kind of bling that only Jesus can bring and it’s locked like a pure gold medal embedded inside your chest. Let it rest within, shine within and draw others to the incredible light of Christ.

Because of Christ we’ve always got the win.

~Nicole

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