December 17, 2017

Baby Grace

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:49 am by Broken & Brave

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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August 16, 2017

Love In The Details

Posted in true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 5:51 am by Broken & Brave

I recall a time several years ago my Dad came over to work on an electrical issue that had come up. There he was, bucket of tools in hand, on my porch at 8:45AM.

My whole life my Dad has done things for me. I know it’s how he shows love. I mentioned in my post yesterday how when I was a young adult my Father would say, “Nicole, bring your car over and I will wash it for you.” What I knew he was really saying was,

“Nicole, I love you.”
Others might have seen a man with a bucket of gadgets on my porch that particular morning, but I saw a man with a bucket of love.

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There are 5 love languages or 5 ways to communicate love to others. We speak the ways that are most meaningful to us: Acts of Service, Words of Affirmation, Quality Time, Gift Giving and Physical Touch.
My Dad is a helper, so of course, he expresses love through service/helping. Mine is words of encouragement and affirmation, so that’s how I usually love first. But here’s what I know…people feel most loved when you speak the language of love THEY prefer. Some people need a hug or touch on the shoulder, some need time together most, you get the idea. Pay attention, someone may be reaching love out to you today in a way not easily discerned. As each of us grows in our ability to love, we become better at speaking ALL of the Love languages.

Be a blessing…you are loved.

-Nicole