April 2, 2018

You Slay

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , at 6:23 pm by Broken & Brave

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Things that come natural to you may be hard for someone else. Know your worth. God needs you. Your community needs you, too!

See, we are all basically the same in this–
Every human has worth.
Every human has gifts talents and abilities.
Every human sometimes overlooks their own gifts and talents.

Every little thing you do matters and can make a profound difference. Every trial, little or great, has been used by your Maker to draw out your Great. So be Great. Not another human on the planet just like you. How beautiful is that? ~Nicoleđź’ž

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February 23, 2018

On Time & Faithfulđź’—

Posted in Inspirational, true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:45 am by Broken & Brave

God was Faithful to divide the Red Sea for Moses to make his escape safely. God was Faithful to roll away the cap stone and become the Corner Stone for all of humanity. He was Faithful to touch the night sky and make it bright with sparkling light. He told the sun where to hang in space and commanded the tides, “Don’t go beyond this place.”

If there is anything I know from my own life experience is that we can trust God’s TIMING. I have witnessed him part the way and create many miracle for myself and my family because we stepped in faith, trusted, obeyed and he parted the way. He can make every crooked place straight. He can open every gate.

I told a dear friend yesterday, who knows everything about me, that I felt I had the most peculiar testimony. Then I heard that friend tell me that I did in fact have a very unique testimony, but it was all my life experiences that have fueled my ability to write.

I couldn’t agree more.

Life experiences are the rich and fertile soil that weave our hearts with the tenderness of heaven if we allow it. The good, the bad, give thanks for it all. God shows his Faithfulness through it all.

I was thinking of my Dad earlier. I took him with me on an outing to an open house for a community outreach in my city yesterday. I thought he would enjoy it. There were old restored cars on display in the parking lot. My Dad wanted to look at them. He peeked inside, outside and under the hood. One car was a low rider-please don’t ask me what kind of car it was, I’m no good with car knowledge- but my Dad knew and he engaged the owner in a conversation and shared stories of his cars of his youth. Instant bond. My Dad had experiences in youth I never had. He grew up in a rough part of his Southern California home town. “The other side of the tracks”, I guess. He had little adult supervision and two brothers. They have a lot of stories. I thank God for his life experiences-so different from how he raised me though. It brought my heart joy to know how God had transformed his life as a young adult man and he took me to the House of God and we all learned, for the first time, about Jesus together. God’s timing was perfect, once again. I can maybe only imagine the childhood I might of had if God hadn’t touched my Dad’s heart and life when he did.
I love my Dad…grateful for him.

I know that I know He is a miracle working God. He is Master Protecter, Provider and Friend. Trust his timing in every moment. Whether you’re expected to be in five places as once (which was me yesterday) or standing near a loved ones sick bed or working toward a goal that seems to go slower than slow. He’s got this! ~Nicole

25 ” The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze,
and your strength will equal your days.
There is no one like the God of Jeshurun,
who rides across the heavens to help you
and on the clouds in his majesty.” Deuteronomy 33:25-26
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August 9, 2017

Story Tellerđź“š

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 5:11 am by Broken & Brave

I don’t consider myself a blogger.

I am a writer.

I am a writer who happens to have a blog account and on this account I share a little glimpse of the pieces I write.

I was thinking about this and all the different ways people who write do so. Some write and their pen is a compilation of all they have researched. Some write songs or lyric of sorts.

I write stories.

I suppose if I wanted I could write a story like a novel. I’ve not done this except maybe a short little story in elementary school. I have on more than one occasion wondered how I’d be at this kind of story telling? Could I write a novel? Maybe someday I will, I think I’d enjoy the process, the progress, the challenge. As for now, I tell true stories. I tell my stories.

I recently wrote about a few experiences I’ve had in my life. I shared these pieces of work on my blog site. When you bog frequently you begin to accrue a following of “bloggers”. People who write or blog and follow other bloggers. So I began tagging and organizing my posts making it easier for people searching a specific topic to find what I’ve written. As a result my blog has really grown and I have a faithful following of people who seem to enjoy my stories, encouragement and writing. Some of these people I know, some I don’t.

Recently I had a few bloggers ping back my posts, the few I am mentioning now, with a link to all the scriptural support for the stories I have shared. It was kind of fascinating to read the in depth, precept by precept, recitation and application of the Word. I was a bit fascinated by the attention and time committed to the writing of this source. God has gifted people who can dig and research and create an organized and simplified search through the scriptures on any given topic.

As I mulled through these thoughts in my mind I contemplated how some write facts or just information. I write stories. My life is like a little playbook of all the miracles and wonders and stories of the Bible in a present day setting. The person who ping backed gave enormous scriptural application for my testimony.

Here’s the cool thing about a story…your story. It is YOURS. Nobody else’s. It cannot be taken from you. It cannot be refuted. It’s your story.

See, if we truly and fervently want to see people impacted by the Gospel we need to become champion story tellers. I’m not talking fairy tales and folklore. We don’t manufacture fiction.

I’m talking about testifying.

Here is a simple format:

This is where I was in life. This is what I saw. This is what I did and this is where I am now and where I see myself going.

Christians need to have the full version of their testimony, but they also need an elevator version. They need to be well equipped and trained up in how to share their story with others. I think if more Christians focused on sharing their story, they wouldn’t feel so timid about sharing their faith. Because they are simply sharing their story. It releases the pressure of “am I witnessing correctly?” or the recipient, “are you proselytizing me?”.

Everybody loves a good story.

Everybody loves to hear something encouraging that has happened. It secretly inspires and encourages others, even if they never tell you. I guarantee they walk away with a piece of gratitude for the deeper level of Peace your story released in their heart.

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Your life is a story, your story. Share it boldly. Be willing to do bold and risky things. It builds your faith, sharpens your trust in God and gives you some pretty amazing stories that are exciting and captivating for others to hear.

People want to know God is real and that He can do all the cool miracles, Signs and Wonders the Bible espouses He can do. My life alone is living evidence He is, He can, and He does!

What is your story?
(I love feedback by the way!)

Make it an awesome day, writing your story with Him! You have been earmarked, like a page in a favorite book, for Glory!

~Nicole

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…” Romans 1:16

 

May 30, 2017

A Good Kind of Lean

Posted in true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , at 6:53 am by Broken & Brave

In bodybuilding when someone enters a competition they must begin a regimen of strict diet and calculated calories in order to get very lean (low body fat) so that when they step on the stage the lights will grab and shadow all the lines, contours, definition of muscle on that physical frame. A bodybuilder cannot remain that lean, it wouldn’t be healthy or obtainable for a long length of time, but for that one appointed day, it’s radiant.

Just like in bodybuilding, sometimes life needs to get lean so God can show off and get Glory for how strong He helped us become. We don’t feel or perceive the fruit of discipline, obedience and suffering while we are in it…but when the load is lifted and our appointed time arrives…God shines a heavenly spotlight on that strength of His in you and it gloriously reflects His Light. YOU are His Champion!
Don’t give up! ~Nicole

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May 19, 2017

Precious & Priceless!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 6:16 am by Broken & Brave

You are a precious commodity. God has invested too much into you to allow anything to happen to you.
God is for you! So get up and on your feet and greet the remainder of this week with the mindset of Joy, Anticipation, Enthusiasm and know that what you make of it will be a joyous Celebration! Blessings! ~Nicole