July 17, 2018

Truly Exceptional

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Come to understand the nature of God’s Love. It has no measure nor condition. Once you grab hold of how ridiculous this love is, you will feel good about yourself because you will know you are wrapped in it. People who feel good about them self-God’s way-are free to feel good about others.

Truly Exceptional.

“For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills.”
Psalm 50:10

Do you have need in your life? Need a job? Need resources? Need healing in your body? If God owns the cattle on a 1,000 hills then you can ask him to sell a few and deposit the blessing in you! I hope this encourages you!

God Almighty has crazy and committed confidence in you! He intends to bless your life, give rest to your life and add layer upon layer of love to your life. He will separate the wheat from the chaff and give you your Joy back in added measure. Get ready, Beloved, it will bring your heart Treasure! ~Nicole

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July 14, 2018

Holy Glowđź’«

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 6:36 am by Broken & Brave

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When I was a very young girl I was with my Uncle and his family. They took me to a Christian Concert at one of the theme parks in Southern California, where we all lived. I don’t recall the park, maybe Knott’s Berry Farm or Disney?

My uncle was a CPA and one way he used his time and talents was to manage finances for gospel recording artists. This day we came to see Andrea Crouch and the Disciples play. I was introduced to them all, again, a very young girl, maybe 6 years old? But to this day I can still feel the impact of the love I could feel upon these people. I could discern love. I felt very safe and comfortable around them. This is significant because as a child I was EXTREMELY timid and shy. For example, I recall my first time to Disneyland on my 5th birthday watching Main Street parade, several different Disney characters came up to me and payed attention to me. I hated it! I was afraid and didn’t like the attention. Most kids would’ve eaten it up, but I didn’t. Timid. Shy. I preferred to blend in. I was uncomfortable around strangers, but here with them-Andrea and his band- I felt so protected and accepted.

How do people feel around you? Does the love of God drip off of you? When God is present in our life, our heart, and our thoughts it will translate in our every demeanor and countenance. You don’t have to fret or worry about your witness to the world. Just be a witness with your life. You may not realize just how many people are positively impacted by your smile, your hello or your presence. So flash that Holy Glow! Let the redeemed of the Lord say so!

Be encouraged today! ~Nicole

July 9, 2018

Tender Shoots Grow Deep Roots

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , at 6:01 am by Broken & Brave

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I’ve begun to realize more and more how incredibly one sided God’s love is.
He just loves more.

His love is like like a stain on the heart that won’t yield or bleed to removal.
It is ever fixed, set and present. We can try to ignore it, but a stain is a stain and will forever remain.

His love looks on all the conditions—
But holds still.
His love feels the sting of crucifixion—
Yet He quietly endured.
His love is like a mark on my heart that is responsible for every resemblance of any beauty contained within me.

Even when God’s heart breaks—
He loves still…
Knowing full well, a love as Pure as His will remain unmatched.

Yet—He Loves Still.❤️

Though I have richly experienced the Love of God—my heart is still weak and His Love, Tender Shoots, that must deeply water the soil of my heart so the roots can gain access to the deepest parts of me.

My God is Lovely.
My God is altogether too good for me.
My God loves me.

How do I know He loves me?

Because of how He takes care of me…
Because of the simple blessings He affords to me and how His Kind words of affirmation support me in the early hours of the morning.

I’ve never know any kind of Love like His.

Thank you, God.
You’ve been most Kind to me.

“As a deer pants for flowing streams,
so pants my soul for you, O God.”

Psalm 42:1

***Prose of Praise and Worship.
My simple heart spoken to a complex God.

May 27, 2018

LIT🔥

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , at 1:33 pm by Broken & Brave

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You have words of worth in your pocket. Your mouth is the gateway of your voice, but your heart is the keeper of His still small voice. As we burn within something becomes LIT inside of us. Something deeper still becomes alive in us. We become a raging inferno of Hope as we become what we are destined to be.

As we let go we come to know the Greater Still inside of each one of us. Together…we are God’s collective Fire. Be inspired. God Almighty means to take you higher. The best is yet to come. Be Still…come to know your God, Greater.

May 22, 2018

Look Up

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , at 6:43 am by Broken & Brave

I was doing some writing this morning that took a little more time and research. I was browsing through my notes and came across this piece I wrote some four years back, I guess. Thought today would be a good day to share it.

Time is a funny and precious thing. We waste so much time searching for treasures, searching for happiness, contentment. We waste so much time on empty entertainment and idle cares and concerns.

Look up, Beloved. Look up. Climb into the lap of Abba Father. Allow His Love to wrap around you and cloak you and lavish you with encouragement, exhortation, praise. He sees your every attribute, ability and He even sees all of your future victories. No one can hug like Him. Be held today. Whatever you face. It’s going to be okay.

“Look at me. Look at me.” Said my 3 year old as I was distracted by something else when he clearly wanted my undivided attention. So, I stopped what I was doing and I looked right in his eyes. When I did, he said, “I love you.”

Isn’t this such a perfect analogy of how The Lord desires our hearts focus? We have a lot to do and many times plans fail or we just don’t know what to do…but God is ever true. He knows what to do every time. Every hill, valley and mountain top experience he knew about ahead of time. So if he knows everything, is surprised or caught of guard by NOTHING~then I think it’s safe to say he has a plan. Sometimes we just have to get our eyes off the distractions…look to his face and allow him to wrap himself around us and say, “I love you.”

He’s never going to let you go. Relax in his grip. I hear he is pretty strong.

Hold tight. Rest easy… Absolutely everything is going to be alright. You’ll see…

“When I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.” Micah 7:8
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March 22, 2018

Exulted

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 9:05 pm by Broken & Brave

“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love;
he will exult over you with loud singing.”
Zeph. 3:17

I want you re-read this passage above. Don’t just glide over it with your eyes. Soak it in…drink it deep. Let it saturate you and then sink in. Absorb it. Become tranquil within it. Allow it to water and soften your soul. What does it speak to you?
Let it resonate. Hear it? Save…rejoice…love exulted…loud singing.

What would or could that feel like? Have you ever been celebrated? I mean truly celebrated? If you have, good for you. I personally have very limited experience with it in the natural. This is perhaps why I feel it so deeply from my Creator. I feel I was created to celebrate. I love to celebrate others and sing their praise. I love to make people feel good. Not a false or fluffy good. But the kind of good that sinks deep and helps people sleep. Exhortation and edification that brings rest to a soul. But I truly have limited experience being the recipient of such praise. I am not sure I’d know what to do with it. I’m sure I wouldn’t like it–feel comfortable with it I mean. Except when it comes from my God. I sense the Holy Spirit as He caresses my soul with His acceptance, His contentment with who I am and how we are together.

I don’t have to achieve.
I don’t have to meet any expectations.
No flaming hoops to jump through to earn his favor.
He just loves me and favors me.

I feel it…I feel it deep.

I feel it so deep it saturates me and I cannot keep it all to myself. It must spill out and over-flooding my pen, my tongue, my smile, my touch and I unleash it on whoever needs it. Sometimes I know who that is and sometimes I don’t. But God knows and He directs its course and finds the Host to House his Goodness.

Several years ago…several…I went for a weekend to visit the Dream Center in Los Angeles. I was overwhelmed and overcome by what I saw, heard and experienced. Please research it out if you have never heard of this amazing organization. They reached deep into the very impoverished and hurting region of Los Angeles by Echo Park and Angeles Temple. Drugs. Gangs. Homeless. Prostitution. This area had it all, but what it didn’t have was commerce. No restaurants. No Starbucks (hard to believe with one seemingly on every street corner). The crime and poverty too great for something as simple as a Subway sandwich shop. But Love reached in.

This movement of people believed that by meeting the needs and showing up every day in the lives of people who probably just wished they’d go away–they believed they could make a difference. So they’d love them practically. No preachy sermon. Never told their “sins”. Just loved with a bag of groceries, a ride, a safe haven, a kind word, a smile and all of this put on repeat. Day in-day out. They did not compromise or waiver. My heart melted.

Years went by and this community became just that–a community. People had lives transformed. Transvestites heard they were lovely and loved. Loved by God himself.

These people began showing up on the steps of the Angeles Temple to attend church services and do you know what they do? I experienced it first hand when I went myself…they line up and clap and cheer for you as you walk in. It was overwhelming. So many people from the street have never had anyone cheer for them ever. But don’t think this is exclusive to the down and out. I think it may have been the first time I felt the collective cheer for me and I grew up in the stereotypical “normal” American home.

Why don’t we celebrate each other anymore? Because most people are walking wounded. They can’t give what they don’t have. If they don’t love them self they probably aren’t going to love you. But when you know this–truly know this–you can celebrate. Grab hold of one thing you appreciate about every single person you encounter. Do it! I dare you!! Now focus on that. I’ve done this my whole life. Nobody taught me to do it, I just did. God put it in me. When you learn to appreciate others you will realize you begin to appreciate and like yourself.

Love Big because Love wins.
God himself rejoiced over you.
God celebrates you.
He delights in you.
God wants to keep you company because he enjoys your presence…
And He can think of countless things He likes about you, not just one.
Allow him to flood your soul with His Presence. It will stir, flood and create a kind of love that nothing can dismiss.

Eternal Bliss.

He counts you as His Joy.
Wise men still seek Him.

~Nicole
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March 20, 2018

Love Again

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 6:25 am by Broken & Brave

Life has a way of dulling people’s senses. Over time we become a bit more unemotional, untouchable, we stop feeling deeply. We become guarded and we slip into a form of self protection that says “no one gets in”, speaking of our true residence that is-the heart. But as I read over the Love Chapter in 1 Corinthians 13 it tells me the many attributes of love. One attribute declares that “love trusts”. Repeat that? That’s right, love trusts. See-we can’t truly love without trusting. We must trust God and we must be willing to trust ourselves and others. So how do you do that? You do it in Love. The deeper we step into the heart and mind of Christ the more he will transform our life and change our thought patterns, heart motives and purposes to match His. He changes us and creates and new and soft heart in us that can forgive, that can mend, that can truly love again just as it did as a young child.

Keep your Hope alive, just like a little child! God has power to take everything you’ve ever walked through to counsel you, but still keep your heart just like new. You are a bonified walking, talking Miracle of God! He breathed breath in you and plans to see you through!

~Nicole
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February 28, 2018

Sheer~

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:10 pm by Broken & Brave

Sheer Hope is always willing to reach out and inspire us with anticipation.

Here’s what I know…
Everything we read…Everything we consume with our eyes, our senses, taste, touch, smell… All of it penetrates and influences your spirit on some level. So if I can post something positive for your eyes to glide over during your day, it may make a small or significant difference for you. It may infuse a spark in your heart that will work as a catalyst to help your day, your dreams, your aspirations, your tasks. May your joy combust into a flame that stirs you to believe in something of immeasurable worth yet to come.

Continue to dream.

Breathe in your moments deeply.

Savor everything, for it has something good to be found within.

~Nicole
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January 14, 2018

The Pollen of Passion

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 8:15 am by Broken & Brave

Your successes are safely tucked within your struggle.

Are you struggling?

Right now it looks like progress, passion, perseverance and heart. These are the attributes, the grit, that everything GREAT is made from. It’s never too late to be whatever you want to be. Believe~in yourself and every possibility etched within. Begin~to take the required actions steps of faith required to manifest destiny. As you do these things you will see yourself become all He has woven within you to be..
Like a Valiant Steed does he proceed ahead making a way for absolutely everything you will need to complete your purposed journey.

God will direct your path and the lives of those he has hand picked for you to touch. I believe this with all of my heart. So, never be too hard on yourself, nor too easy either. You are designed, set apart, and created to rise higher and take others with you, too. You’ve got a lot to offer this world, just dig deep inside and LOVE it all out!

From the Crown of your head to the soul of your feet, may the Lord’s plan for your life be made whole and complete. Every little thing you have ever experienced can be used of God to build your heart, hope and happiness if you let it. Life is a beautiful arrangement, like a bouquet of flowers and He is the Gardener. You’ve got a way about you all your own that has a lingering presence.

The world wouldn’t be the same without you. ~Nicole

“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.”
Psalm 139:13-14
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December 22, 2017

Cherished

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:41 am by Broken & Brave

Quiet your heart…
Rest your soul…
There is a God in Heaven who loves you beyond any love you have ever known. He is there with you now–
In your car, in your home and every other place you could dare to roam.

Accept His quiet disposition, love and bountiful Grace. Accept His gift of love to you this holiday season.

…wise men still seek Him.

-Nicole

“Forsake foolishness and live, and go in the way of understanding.” Proverbs 9:6

(Christmas Memories 2012)

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