October 5, 2019

Confidential

Posted in true story tagged , , at 5:37 am by Broken & Brave

I wrote this blog a while back, and came across it this morning and thought it was worth a re-share.

Life moves fast. Before we know it time has passed and what did we do with it? Live in such a way that it makes an impact on even those who don’t approve of you. It’s exactly what Jesus did! So I know we can all do it, too! After all, his glorious presence rests within you.

Here’s my post…

As you may know I do personal training and small group fitness. My client’s come to me, but I have one client who I go to and train in her home. She is older and prefers to be home to exercise. Her home is beautiful, custom built with every detail attended to…right down to the monogrammed toilet paper in the restrooms. She reminded me this week that she does not keep track of her sessions and wanted to know if she owed me money.

I told her, “No, you are fine.” But then I also said, “You shouldn’t tell me you don’t keep track (or anyone you contract for business) because you are a woman of wealth and many who lack integrity would try to take advantage of you.” I LOVE what she said. With a twinkle of wisdom and experience in her eye, she said,

“I know..but that’s between you and God.”

Isn’t that true for all of us…

God knows and sees everything.

There is nothing that escapes him.

If we aren’t growing we become stagnant and regress.

We are at all times moving toward God or away from Him. Take the wisdom of a woman with monogrammed toilet paper.

Live a life of Purpose, Character and Integrity.

People are watching and so is God.

-Nicole

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June 11, 2019

Christian. . . GO!

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:06 am by Broken & Brave

There is a Devourer. Does he know your name?

Many years ago, we had sold our home at rock bottom prices that were indeed scandalous. We then followed the continued lead of the Holy Spirit and proceeded to give away our earnings as well as pay off some medical debt from the birth of my child. But aside from this, we kept nothing for ourselves. We were All-In to what we had been called to. This seems like a great step of faith that would stir the gates of Hell and bring God glory. But I’m not sure if this wasn’t merely the starting point. The moment in time and space when the starting gates flew open on this great race of faith.

We proceeded to walk through a season that humbled me beyond anything comparable I had ever known. I was persecuted and scorned, shunned by other believers who couldn’t quite wrap their mind around anyone in America being called to such an extreme sacrifice. It was the most difficult season of my life. But many things happened in the years that quickly followed our exhilarating steps of faith obedience (God doesn’t just wake you up one day and ask something so large. He leads you to it through times and seasons of guidance and preparation…equipping in the gift of faith)…it seemed like every new day brought new and profound opportunities to sow seeds in individuals and in community.

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25

Though the established Church didn’t seem to quite know what to make of it. Our actions had perplexed everyone’s experience with us being known as mature believers with a grounded sense of common sense, wisdom and stewardship. But this wasn’t about any of those things. God already knew our heart in that regard. This was about Faith. So though the Church was confused and stood a step back to muse our choices, we continued to hear the lead and God’s Voice. We saw witches leave covens and become set free. We saw people get set free from demonic strongholds and chains become unlocked and Believer’s who had been trapped in holding patterns become unstuck. The flow of the Spirit, amazing.

On one day, we stepped out of our car to get some lunch at a local sandwich shop. As we got out of the car a couple, male and female, were scuffling across the sidewalk. They appeared to be homeless. One walking slightly in front of the other and both looking at the ground—it was like they both suddenly stopped at the same time and one looked up at us and the other to the ground. The one who looked to us pointed his finger at us about 20 yards away. He said, in a loud voice,

“Christians! Christians! GO!”

Then they both looked down again and resumed their walking. It was super creepy, but I felt like I had just been paid the greatest compliment! The demons within the man knew who we were!

With all of this being said, I have amazing personal stories of miracle walking faith complete with signs and wonders. I have documented and written a book and am only waiting for God’s release to publish. It coming soon. . . But not yet.

Despite all this unconventional behavior for an American Christian, I still only feel I have just left the starting gate of this great faith call and assignment to Heal by vehicle of Faith, Hope and Love. I am a Sojourner. I am resilient. I am focused. I am strong. But I am not enough—But my God is, and that is more than enough. So every day I give another piece of myself away and fade away so all that is left of me is He.

Back in February we went to Israel. Amazing! One of the things I looked forward to most on this trip was getting baptized in the Jordan River. For me to think of standing in the waters just like my Lord did when he received the mantle of the Dove with love…breath taking. I prayed leading up to the trip for several months that God would descend on me in those waters and give me a greater portion, anointing and mantle of the Holy Spirit. I desired more of my Counselor and my Best Friend. He gave me that and more than I bargained for on that trip and my heart was fully decided. I actively sealed the whole deal by out loud recognizing what I had been given and thanking God right alongside the Pools of Bathseda. The Pools of Healing waters.

“One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?”

Acts 19:17

So, how about you? What is God calling you to? The road to Greatness came at a remarkable price that looked like stripes of crimson red. The bloody crown on His head was his honor and delight to wear. He suffered like a human, but was inspired by so much more. Heaven and the Holy Spirit held him through it all. And we can do the same. By Design, the Holy Spirit will equip you to tread on serpents, overcome ridiculous odds and carry peace and glory along the way.

If you have countless oppositions in your life, you may be doing it right if they come despite obedience to God. The gates of Hell and it’s armies just may be affected by you. Maybe they know you? Do you? Don’t forget who you are. He carried a scar so you could wear his mantle and crown.

“The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze,

and your strength will equal your days.” Deut. 33:25

I believe the Lord is raising up an army of un-conventional believers who the dignified (proud) Church would frown upon and call misfit or unqualified. He will humble the proud and give us a voice that is quite loud. Let’s use it victorious and in unison to flood the courts of Heaven.

“For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws into their minds, and write them on their hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” … AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.” Hebrews 8:10

I hope my post brought a new vigor and confidence to your roar. Your lions mane is your glory. Like the covering of a King. The King of the Pride is by your side. Let’s become undignified!

~Nicole

May 25, 2019

Do It Anyway~

Posted in Prayer of blessing, true story tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:22 am by Broken & Brave

Do it anyway—
Even when it’s not perfect.

Excelling is excellent.

Being raised by parents who instilled something excellent and what that might look like—a truly priceless gift. I wouldn’t change it for anything. Not anything! It is in fact, excellent.

I’ve always had, as long as I can remember, a strong internal fortitude to do well. Not competing kind of well, just well. I don’t like making mistakes. Nobody does, but some shake it off faster than others.

I’m not suggesting that everyone who does to high degree of self standards is as I am, but I know that I have struggled in the past, and once and while still do, with the idea of going ahead and doing something anyway if I can’t do it well.

Did I try hard enough?

Did I communicate effectively enough?

Did I Love hard enough?

Did I…Did I…Did I.

Death by over analysis!

But something has happened over the years—God has engaged me and lead me to do things without being fully prepared. He began in my twenties when I was placed in situations where I noticed that what was being done around me…I could do that! It wasn’t me being critical or negative at all, it was a blessing because what I saw wasn’t excellent, but it wasn’t bad either, but God blessed it. So I began to learn to try and since then I’ve not looked back, but have always struggled with the desire to hold back.

I have had and am currently having a season so full of disparaging circumstances it is all a bit too much to manage.

In those situations in real life I find it best to just say nothing. Do your best, but don’t try to explain anything. Let whoever think whatever (even when what they are thinking is untrue).

Just keep getting better.

Just keep doing what God has equipped and asked you to do.

I read a devotional today that just pulled it all together and inspired my pen. So here’s my two cents for today, I hope it proves priceless to you.

Doing things with excellence, having a high personal standard of character, giving your best, does not have to be the same as perfectionism. It doesn’t matter how well you do a job. Sometimes we juggle a lot and it’s out of our control, we can’t take anything off our plate, so we rest because we know God is the one blessing our efforts.

Sometimes we speak with love and show kindness, but the recipients either don’t want it or reject it.

Sometimes we do our best, toward excellence, but it just isn’t enough.

Everyday, try your best knowing that your best may look a little bit different every single day. Yesterday’s best may look different from today’s. Shake it off. It’s alright.

As long as you keep trying and most importantly keep obeying the Spirit of God. Then you don’t need to worry about the outcome, God’s got it. You don’t need to worry about those who don’t get you or misrepresent you. God’s got it.

You don’t need to “kill” yourself to achieve at high levels or to please the unappeasable, God holds it.

God has been asking me to write everyday and increase posting in my social pages. Sometimes He asks for a lot of writing. Sometimes He tells me to pull back and feed little. On high volume days it is sometimes hard to have enough time to write a blog I can be proud of. My website is taking longer than I thought to finish. It’s a long story, but for several years I’ve been reduced to doing all of my writing on my phone. If you even knew what an added challenge that was. So many times despite rigorous editing typographical errors slip. Not excellent. But God knows what He’s doing. So I write anyway. I write with the knowledge it has all been by His Design. Somethings aren’t forever, but they are for now and you’ll find ways to get through it with perseverance, patience and ultimately–His Power.

In life, some will think your more wonderful than you feel you deserve. Some will think far less of you than you truly deserve. And some will love you and want to know you and have you in their life. God can have His perfect plan, but all along He has been wonderful about giving the choice. You can’t make others desire your company any more than you can be perfect. You can’t have an absolute perfect career without roadblocks, obstacles and glitches.

We all have problems, some manage them better and some don’t. Either way, do what you can and do it anyway. It may not be perfect, but it will be done.

The key my friends is to know who you and are and whom you belong to. When you know who you are you realize that being you is wonderful. And others want you.

I notice many people rationalize their hearts. Instead, may I suggest start realizing you’ve been perfectly designed by the Perfect One. He works with all of our rough spots, bumps and even our bruises and scars. He’s the one who blesses everything.

The second it becomes about anything else, it’s not of Him.

So do it anyway, even when it’s not perfect.

~Nicole

“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Phil. 1:6

Prayer of Blessing~

You are perfectly loved by this Perfect Love. Hand in glove this dove, pristine white, pursues your heart infinitely like the band of gold. He is eternal. He is pure. He is radiant and He thinks you are wonderful. So be held. He healed. Be whole.

“Be who you are and be that well.” Frances de Sales

March 23, 2019

Pressed at Rest

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , at 9:57 am by Broken & Brave

When I was a little girl I was very timid, bashful and shy. I remember my Daddy carrying me on his forearm, holding me close to his chest. There’s such a sense of peace and rest when you have the confidence of another for supplemental strength, especially a father.

Jesus, when in the Garden of Gethsemane prayed to His Heavenly Father for Comfort, Relief and Respite. And in the quiet of the night the Christ knew what he’d been asked to do. He tried to lean on the strength of friends, but they couldn’t even remember to stay awake to pray for him (Matt. 26:40). It was just He and His LORD. But do you know what? He kept looking up because He knew that would be more than enough.

“Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”

Ephesians 6:10

God is with us, watching out for us, every day. There is nothing you can walk through without the assurance He is with you every step of the way. He goes before you, because He adores you and he moves mountains, rocks and gravel from your path. Grab hold of His hand, He always has a marvelous plan.

His love you cannot escape.

When in Israel we travelled through the Garden called Gethsemane where Jesus wept and it was beautiful. Olive trees abounding, some of them 1,500 years old. Talk about longevity! I think this is such a marvelous analogy. When we lean into the Arms of our Heavenly Father, just like the bows of these Olive trees, just like a Daddy, amid the darkest of times, He bestows rays of sunshine, glorious blooms, lush gardens all around you. It is the Garden of Heart He most wants to impart.

God takes full responsibility for your life, trust Him with yours in return. Your trials are the molding vessels that bring Him Honor. And in His time, you will rise.

~Nicole

“It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, Even Aaron’s beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes.” Psalm 133:22

February 12, 2019

Lamp Post of Hope

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , at 7:33 am by Broken & Brave

God always equips us for how He calls us–

In the process of the equipping we endure a season constructed by heaven to retreat into the Savior’s Arms. Often times it requires a Night or a dark season of soul to relinquish our will for His.

Think back in your life to a time when it felt dark as night. You had a trouble or problem that was so much bigger than you and you didn’t know what to do. Maybe there wasn’t much you could do—just endure and perhaps you even prayed. Does something come immediately to your mind?

The greater your call the greater the trials and tests of preparation- so you may have some severe Night seasons or maybe they are present in your mind or life to the nth degree right now?

In these times you must be still and wait. You must rest. You must demonstrate the same demeanor as Mary. Mary is a woman spoken of in the New Testament of the Bible. She had a sister named Martha and Jesus came to pay them a visit. (Luke 10)

Martha toiled to make everything just right. Just how’d she like it to be for Him. Sounds like a good idea, right?

Mary, on the other hand, just sat at his feet—admiring, listening, drinking in His Presence. As far as the “work” goes, she didn’t do a thing.

There is Martha…

There is Mary…

Be Mary.

When we devote time to rush our heart into His, lingering about His Lap, we experience the Divine of Heaven. Here are a few things that happen when we do just that:

🔺He brings revelation and Light, Guidance and Direction to the dark days.

🔺He expels the Night and shines ever Bright. And when He illuminates Himself within you, He illuminates everything around you as well. Exactly like a Lamp Post of Hope. Then you become Breath taking and able to not only cast vision in your own soul, but countless souls who should Journey the Path you lead.

🔺You become well trained to see in the dark.

🔺You learn to become more dependent on your spiritual eyes than your natural. And if you are highly trained and yielded you will gain greater sight with the eyes of your spirit than the eyes of your flesh.

🔺Discernment will become one of your greatest assets.

God always equips us for how He calls us–

You are equipped.

You are called.

You are Chosen.

You have been selected.

You are an impenetrable fortress of Splendor.

You are Shielded…

And you are Strong.

There is a specific place you belong and those called along side of you are glad you came. Your company welcomed. Your company appreciated. Your face…it is admired and could never be replaced.

God bless you this day. You occupy Golden Space. Be electrified with His Power and Grace.

The best of you is still at rest in you. God’s best for you is still to come for you. Do you believe it?

Then practice the art of being still and drinking from wells of Living Water. He will whisper Goodness down deep in your soul. I guarantee it will leave you thirsty for more.

Arise!

~Nicole🌹

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,

and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.”

Isaiah 60:1

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February 10, 2019

Back Forty For Glory

Posted in Devotional, Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:55 am by Broken & Brave

Noah was on the back forty talking to God…

What is the back forty?

back forty noun

Definition of back forty

: a remote and uncultivated or undeveloped piece of land of indefinite size (as on a farm)

Because of the nature of Noah’s Intimacy with Heaven he was immune to the commentary of his peers. It may be true he didn’t like it, but it didn’t waiver or move him to unmove what God had asked him to move. So he moved…the comfort zone of every human on the planet. Figuratively and then literally! And all of Heaven and earth moved with him.

What if…

What if Noah only obeyed God once he understood the request?

What if Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego decided to bow before the idol to spare themselves, but vowed to not do so in their heart?

What if Elijah stayed in a cave instead of going to Jezebel?

What if Mary said no to the Angel of the Lord? What if Jesus got down off of His Cross and said, “that’s all for me. This is too hard and it doesn’t make sense.”

What if…

God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is a God who delights in Displaying His power and Creative Miracles. The Who’s Who of Heaven looks down on you and wants to display His power in and through your life. He still has power to roll a stone, break every mold and He still asks us to live by Faith. If we can figure all of His Precepts out and calculate His ways…well, He wouldn’t really be a God worth Worshipping.

Trust Him with your life even when His lead is full of Mystery. His Timing, His Path and your Victory will always Shine through and He will get the glory.

You can trust Him!

So get out your plow, get to that secret place of harmony with heaven—you’re own personal back forty. Block out the noise, dig deep and do like Noah did.

He won’t give you a task you aren’t capable to grab and make into a masterpiece for His Glory. You’ve got just the right size hands for the job. So build it…they will come, just like Noah.

~Nicole 🌈

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,

neither are your ways my ways,”

declares the Lord.

“As the heavens are higher than the earth,

so are my ways higher than your ways

and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9

You’ve been graced to run this race–the Victory is yours to take! With it come spoils and a prize! Rise!!!♥️🌹

January 23, 2019

Mantle of Liberty

Posted in true story tagged , , , at 8:13 am by Broken & Brave

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The instruction of the Almighty in my life has a peculiar obedience. When I struggle in it, when worship and prayers and quietness before Him yet elude that breakthrough power I seek, I frequently reignite my spark by sharpening my iron against those heroes of old who did difficult things for the Lord. I was just telling my husband the other day we were due to re-watch the movie “Amazing Grace”. One of a few movies that stir our zeal.

I was actually sensing God lean in my heart to write about this today, but I wasn’t sure. It’s very raw and very personal. But one of my devotions this morning was on this very thing. So take a few moments to read on. Step into my heart…it’s not mine anyway. It’s the Lords, so I as ever continue to do as He declares for my life. I obey.

“William Wilberforce is one of my heroes. He lived in the early 1800s in England. He was born into wealth but came to Christ at 28 after John Newton, a converted former slave trader played a big role in his life.

 

He was going to become a minister until Newton called him aside and said, “No, you are called to politics and that is where you must stay.” Like many believers who find Christ, we think being sold out for God means becoming a pastor.

 

Newton understand Wilberforce would be more valuable to the Kingdom of God as a politician than a minister. He was right. Wilberforce achieved 69 world-changing initiatives, not the least of which was the abolishment of slavery after 30 years of work.

 

But his real ability was working with other influencers. He had the ability to network and mobilize other believers for social action. That is what we need today, especially in Washington.”

(Os Hillman)

When my husband was courting me (because, yes, we courted. I can honestly say we didn’t date. Peculiar in this day and age in and of itself, but I digress)…one of the things I remember him sharing with me, as though he were disclosing important information I needed to know before I got into this relationship any deeper. He told me that though he loved coaching, the ultimate call of God for his life was politics.

A life in that arena has NEVER appealed to me, but I said ok, because I knew that God has hand picked and hand designed my marriage. I surrendered my will for a spouse, ended a relationship I didn’t want to, for God’s Love, and swore I’d never look back. So how could I refute God’s design for my future husbands life?

Over the years there have been those who “court” politicians who have tried to get John to run for office or come under their grooming. Many have suggested that John run for office, suggesting that his valor was needed. But God is quite particular about the purity of the call on His kids and also the timing of a specific calling. So we have patiently known, but waited.

This past year has brought many changes for us. God radically closed some doors we had no idea He would close. It caused us to lean even more deeply into the faith obedience He has groomed us in.

But now, some new and beautiful doors have opened to replace the old ones and we see even more clearly what God is up to.

Washington has never needed more than now voices of truth and unwaivering faith to rise up and protect our constitution and those it protects. We feel the time draw close to step into all God has prepared my husband for.  Some changes coming and I’m not sure how it will play out. But it looks like not only will my kids be in school, but my husband will be, too. I’m excited for him. Law School will give him the intellectual challenge his mind needs.

Should the Lord lay it on your heart, we covet your prayers. Divine Assignments are not easily thwarted by the Enemy, but of course, he always tries.

Amazing Grace…raise up men and women of deep conviction, purity and faith. We must approach and overcome the daunting task of resurrecting this nation. We have received our tangible blessing as a country, now it’s time to receive our full spiritual inheritance.

God Bless America…I love her still.

For the love of the people…

For the love of God…

She will be greater still.

Her true best is yet to come.

~Nicole

“Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine…” Exodus 19:5

January 5, 2019

Andrew’s Rules

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , at 1:17 am by Broken & Brave

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This evening  (last night by the time I post this) I was doing a little reading and writing, my favorite, and my youngest son was playing and talking to our cat. These are the words of advice he was giving and my heart grew instantly smitten. I can write and write and write all day. I encourage and love, but nothing will be more important to me than if I was able to be the example to my own kids so they can do as I did. That’s the power of love! Because we all know they do as we do, not as we say.

Andrews advice for today:

1) don’t be hyper

2) love Jesus 😂😂😂

Then he says: “rule number two:

don’t attack your enemies, love your enemies.” 😢

When God says, “I want to use your Voice” you don’t always know how or where or when. Not everyone wants more of God or to live like He did. But when you do what He asks of you in all heart and full faithfulness, the credit may never be yours, but the fruit will be. Thank you, Lord, for blessing the souls, hearts and minds of my children. They utterly amaze me daily. My best treasure of all, Legacy. May my seed go equipped with the Arsenal of Heaven. In this day and age the only Power that will have collateral will be HIS. This is the best fruit of all!

Maybe Im being heard after all.

“How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you.” Isaiah 30:19

God knew exactly what I needed today. He used the voice of my smallest babe, His purest voice, to communicate to me that I am having an effect and making a difference. God knew I was struggling with this a bit. But my sons little voice spoke loud and clear. If nobody else, my children can hear. And God is soaking up that love in their little hearts—my forever gifts from above.

God has a secret weapon. It is fiercer than any tactile missile launched through the sky. It is sharper than the blade of any sharpened Steele. Yet it has supernatural power to restore and heal everything it touches to its original condition. It is full of honesty and integrity, mercy, compassion and when used properly can heal the world.

What is this thing? It is a mystical potion or healing lotion? It is both timeless and anti-aging. It will shrink your every ache and pain and will swell your heart and soul with glee. So what could it be?

The Power to Love unconditionally.

God loves you friends and because He loves you, I love you.~Nicole💕

 

January 1, 2019

Clues

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , at 7:19 am by Broken & Brave

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It’s the start to a brand new year and no doubt you’ve thought about what you might like to try and accomplish with it. Make your list, but don’t forget to allow the Lord to sift through it and move you in His timing and direction. He’s got some ambitious plans for you, too, and it will require focused attention to details when the demands of life and others begin to pull on you.

You can’t be everything to everyone, but you can be something to someone.

It only takes one to make a real difference.

By Faith…

Abraham knew he had a greater blessing—packed up and followed Gods lead.

By Faith…

Moses received his anointing and call of God and treaded a dusty wilderness to return to the Kingdom he fled.

By Faith…

Noah built the first ever boat without there being any need of one.

By Faith…

David slay Goliath and chopped off that giants head.

By Faith…

Mary agreed and humbled herself to receive a gift, though condemned it was the greatest gift to men.

By Faith…

Mary the sister to Martha, chose to put the chores aside and believe His Presence was the most worthy prize.

By Faith…

By Faith…

By Faith…

I have lived most of my adult life by faith. Once you step out into its waters you cannot go back. There are so many reasons why you can’t go back. It is first of all a Biblical principle—

“But my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:38

and a practical one. Once you grow in this arena it’s like giving up a blessing that has been found to shrink back. So you must be decided.  Faith is like a muscle, hard earned progress that will atrophy without use.

Though God has a way of leaving me wide eyed and mystified—living by faith has not been easy. But I will say, the levels of Peace that surround a Faith Lived life is extraordinary and constant. And the stories, God sure does create some amazing stories!

By faith we sold our home well below market value to a couple who wouldn’t have otherwise been able to buy their first home.

By Faith we didn’t put the house on the market—we believed the buyers would come knock on our front door asking to buy (we didn’t know who specifically just a promise of the Lord that they would come). And they did. 3.5 years after receiving the Word of the Lord to my soul.

By faith God promised me a new home and He began to drop me clues. I’d dream it and He would bring revelation regarding details of it via the Holy Spirit Word of Knowlege. I knew by these clues with so much detail that I knew if  I actually saw the house I would know it. And that’s what happened.

By faith we didn’t call the real estate company on the for sale sign as instructed by the Holy Spirit. We believed in faith God would connect us directly to the owner even though we had no clue who owned it. The house had been vacant for years. But God had clues and we didn’t have to do a thing, the Lord dumped the man right in our lap! We’d been driving by the home declaring God’s promise over the property and when we made a second lap a gardener emerged on the road and said he noticed us looking at the house. He offered us a tour and gave us unsolicited information about the owner and why he was selling. Then he pulled out the owners personal business card and mobile number and gave it to us.

By faith we believed and within a few weeks we already had keys to the front door. We knew before all of this God was promising to give us keys by Labor Day. We received the keys on August 28. Only God can do that.

By faith we drove across country without a dime in our pocket (not any credit cards) and arrived home with a few hundred dollars to spare. We never asked one person for money. I have never seen the righteous forsaken nor their seed begging for bread ( Psalm 37:25) was the scripture the Lord gave me when he asked me to chose to drive cashless instead of using the plane ticket I already had in my hands. That particular story I remind myself of frequently when God asks us to do absurd things with our money to build the kingdom and he always stretches our dollar amount—by Faith. This particular story, God uses it to explode my faith in His power to provide, but also I have countless stories of Divine Appointments along the way. Supernatural and permanent connections to other believers were made across the country on that trip. Seeds deposited for th future.

What if the Church grew to such a level of faith we not only easily have our 10th, but we lived on the 10th and gave 90? Because when God calls you to that level of sacrificial giving you know the surplus is ample. It’s like a financial and resource well that works the best when it’s pumped—the overflow just continues to grow.

By faith.

By faith.

By faith.

I have countless more stories of leaps of faith and sometimes they don’t look so heroic, but more like crawls or puddle jumps. But that matters not. What matters is that when you exercise your faith and pay attention to the clues and signs around you, you won’t miss the highlighted things God is trying to shine in your life. You’ll pick up on His clues, and you will move.

So what kind of Faith is it going to take for you to move your mountain? What steps of faith will be required of you to fulfill all God has for you in 2019? Move through the fire into the Flood. He’s got clues for you. Give him a clue that you are ready to move, live and receive all He has for you,

By Faith.

Rise up!

Goodness and Mercy have come and they carry good gifts, but you must receive them…

By Faith.

 

~Nicole

December 23, 2018

The Ultimate Choice

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , at 8:36 am by Broken & Brave

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“Without courage even wisdom would bear no fruit.”

Andy Andrews

Over 2,000 years ago a young girl was faced with a choice. A choice that would change the world. We don’t know how long she grieved or mulled it over in her mind before agreeing. Every rendition shows her immediately accepting the angel and accepting the offer. But let’s be real for a second—she was human. She was probably having a hard time processing and understanding what happened to her, what was being asked of her. Ultimately, God knows her best of all and the content of her heart, mind and soul, and she chose as Heaven knew she would.

Mary has to choose between friendship with the world or friendship with God.

The Angel’s wings protected him while Mary’s bosom blessed him.
He was swaddled and held tight
and in the middle of a dark night
that bright Light gave evidence
that the Christ was born.✨

Mary had a baby that would yield Hope for the world. What profound courage that must have took!

What choices is Heaven asking you to make this holiday season? Weigh it out, friendship with God or friendship with the world. When you chose either there is no magic safety recipe for a life that is trial or pain free. But when you chose God, you will still have trials, but you will gain so much more. You will explode with Joy and possess a level of edification the world around you can’t miss. Heart and soul you will swell just as Mary did, and you will birth a cause on Earth hand picked by heaven just for you. But it’s the friendship part you don’t want to miss. The deeper you sink into the will and heart of God for your life the greater the intimacy envelops you. Peace. Comfort. Guidance. Company like none other. You will never grow tired or annoyed by the Lord.

Follow your heart…it has courage.
Follow your path…it is your own.

Miracles grow to overflow in the life of people who know who they are in Him. Let your Joy Journey begin.
God’s Courage will match and even exceed yours.

Wise Men still seek Him—
And this little gal does too.

Merry Christmas

~Nicole

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