September 26, 2018

Sharpened

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Life is a delicate balancing act. You’ve got fortitude and strength. You have power to hold it together. Though gravity and outside forces pull against you and try to force you down, out and in directions contrary to the Destination designed for you- you shall not break. You may bend, and bending is good for it demonstrates a spirit of unity toward all that is good…

You will not break.

Dig Deep, Beloved…for loved deeply is who you are.

Live a life made Complete and shine brighter than the stars.

Iron sharpens iron…

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Proverbs 27:17

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Don’t quit. Don’t give up. Do not lose heart. God gave you a big heart and it is full of purpose. Your Reason is what carries you through every season. So instead of shrinking back or slowing down…RISE to the occasion. Tenacity, Strength and Fervor are available. Watch and see as God carries you by His Faith through this entire week. Extraordinary things in the pipeline for you!

~💕Nicole

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.” Prov. 3:5-6

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February 3, 2018

Resilient

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:17 am by Broken & Brave

You are not the person you were yesterday.

You are not defined by your reality…
You are defined by your perceptions of that reality.

Life is driven by choices.

Every day can be your BEST and most BLESSED day activated with choices to change.

Did you know that your body is entirely made up of collagen? You have collagen everywhere. Collagen is what makes your skin firm and elastic. It does the same for your tendons, ligaments and it lines internal organs such as your heart. We lose 1% of our collagen every year after the age of 25.

Our bodies may be slowly on the decay, but our hearts, minds or spirit can grow more vigorous with time! Our drive to live our best version of our life is encapsulated with a mind that has been set right.

Spent some time visiting with a friend yesterday who just competed on an extreme obstacle course reality show. He blew through all the competition, but at the ultimate moment of climax he fell. He failed. He didn’t prevail in what he set out to do. Or did he? God’s mercy kept him from any major physical harm–it was a big fall. It has been a joy to watch how he transitioned from it all and has positioned himself for the greater within. He didn’t get defeated. He got up, testified to God’s Grace and is now planning some extreme climb up a ridiculously large mountain.

Have you fallen? Have you failed? Are you fearing what unknown may lie ahead because today seems a little ominous or dark? Have you clung to the trail God put you on? Hold tight, Dear One-you shall prevail. God’s got grander mountains still for you to climb and even higher you will rise.

Though in life we have problems, set backs and storms, God is constructing it all for your best self, best and most blessed version of your life. There is intense vigor in you still! Rise up, wipe the tears from your face, dust off the discouragement that may be trying to cling to you and press!
You are loved and blessed.

Get ready for your BEST.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Life is like a canvas–
Paint something good.
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January 7, 2018

Accomplished

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 8:59 am by Broken & Brave

It is not uncommon for people to project their own struggles, fears, insecurities onto others. It is important to remember that we don’t all struggle the same or think the same. One man’s worries may be another man’s victory.

When I was in college I had a friend from High School who had dropped out of Junior College and began working full time. She had a great job and was making descent money, but her heart’s desire was to return to school and obtain a degree. She had tried to re-engage her academic pursuits a few times only to drop out again. She decided that she wanted to move in with me because in her mind, if she surrounded herself with what she desired she would successfully move in that direction. I had already three years of college under my belt and went to school with a full load while also working a part-time job to help support myself. So, I thought it was a wise idea for her and so I agreed and she moved to my college city, found herself a job and enrolled in a few classes at the neighboring junior college to the university I attended. I’d like to say she stayed the course and quickly advanced, but I can’t. It was a rough terrain for her to reframe her discipline and push through- but over time she did it and excelled in her academic pursuits and is now in a very specialized profession making excellent money and doing something she loves.

Surround yourself with what you desire to achieve or become.

That’s why unity is so key. We can all help each other Overcome. As a True Champion we become willing to place trust in our fellow man. We surrender absolute control and place confidence in others as we go…

Every relationship has propensity to bless your life in countless areas. One friend may excel at one thing while another friend does well at something else. If we hem ourselves together with the glue of loyalty and longevity there isn’t anything we can’t do!

Great things in store for you! God will bring you what you need to achieve every goal or aspiration on your journey. Remain dependent and faithful to Him and a Radiant Joy Journey will begin! These are exciting times we live in!

-Nicole

November 4, 2017

Resisted

Posted in Devotional, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:35 am by Broken & Brave

IMG_4971Some of the biggest and best accomplishments this world has ever seen have been done under extreme duress and adversity. Airplanes rise against the wind not with it. It is the wind against a sail that makes the boat go.

Don’t turn back when others speak skepticism and lack. Don’t confuse wise and Godly instruction for criticism and do not mistake criticism for wise instruction. If it’s not with pure & loving intentions it’s not God. Sometimes even well meaning advice can be sincerely wrong. It’s easy to criticize. I’d rather be known as one who believed…

Heaven believed enough in the mere idea of you to put its candle in your soul to dwell…to grow…to beam and to glow. All of Heavens Pardon lavished Grace upon your life the moment it started. There is nothing you face that isn’t laced with amazing grace and full of beautiful pearls of Goodness and Blessing.

Believe big today! God’s got marvelous and glorious things for you to do, even in the mundane. Even in the darkest moments, the days that seem harder than hard and little encouragement to persevere in sight…this is where heaven glory spreads its wings and takes flight. God knows the incredible strength he has placed in you. He knows what you can take even better than you. He knows you can shift into a whole other gear and the air will clear and your abundance can take flight.

Live all of life with great fortitude! ~Nicole💗

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

2 Tim. 3:16-17

 

August 5, 2017

“Mobbed”

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When she heard about Jesus, she came behind Him in the crowd and touched His garment. For she said, “If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”

Mark 5:27-28

Have you ever had God touch your life in a real and dramatic way that left you forever changed? I have and I remind myself all the time how He has touched me and changed me and how completely different I am from the person I used to be.

The woman in the verse had a bleeding disorder. She had been bleeding for more than a decade. So much blood loss drains your energy leaving you lethargic and tired. Weary and worn no doubt. 12 years of doctors, discomfort, inconvenience and probably a lot of embarrassment and shame. Sounds like a recipe for depression, loneliness and despair. But this woman is a perfect example of what happens in a life when we don’t give up, when we persevere, keep faith and refuse to lose Hope. She knew by faith that if she could just touch His clothes she’d be made well. She was after an encounter with God and she pushed through a mob of people to get it.

What is the “mob” in your life right now? Are you crowded out by obstacles, setbacks, lack, personal, physical or emotional attack? Do problems surround you on every side? What is your attitude toward your obstacles? Take on the countenance as this woman. She never gave up. She believed Jesus was who she had heard He was and that she was a candidate for victorious living. She believed her bleeding days would be through.
This can be your belief, too.

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Whatever is draining your energy, sapping your hope and stealing your dreams…
There is one who wore a garment that was so flawless- it had no seams. His healing power is Pristine and it is waiting for you. Push through! I know you’ve still got fight in you! You were made to overcome. There is Power in the Blood! ~Nicole

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July 7, 2017

Appointed with Purpose

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“Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you.” Psalm 63:3

Has your heart ever been deeply touched? If so you know, it infuses and sense of loyalty and hope like nothing else. When your heart has been deeply touched by God you become aware in ways you never experienced before. It’s like a door to the depths of the soul opens and you breath deeper, experience more richly and everything is seen vividly that was darkness before. With such loyalty comes tremendous responsibility. Whatever passions and pursuits God has inspired you to pursue…do it with every ounce of being within you.

Stay the course! Do exactly what you know is necessary and required for you to be the light God has called you to be. To be all He deemed was supposed to be in your life. Your destiny is approved by Heaven, blood bought and sold at a ransom untold. So be bold!

RISK more than others think is safe, CARE more than others think is wise, Dream more than others think is practical and EXPECT more than others think is possible! ~Nicole

“Is it so bad, then, to be misunderstood? Pythagoras was misunderstood, and Socrates, and Jesus, and Luther, and Copernicus, and Galileo, and Newton, and every pure and wise spirit that ever took flesh. To be great is to be misunderstood.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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June 17, 2017

Greater Blessing…

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:15 am by Broken & Brave

Your life has meaning and significance. Though some seem to struggle more than others, this too has purpose. God is always fixated on you greater potential and greatest blessing. Sometimes the greater the struggle is indicator the greater the Treasure He has deposited in your heart. So do not be discouraged. Every breath you take is God’s gentle reminder…”You are validated, impactful and important.” ~Nicole

“…do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope.”
1 Thessalonians 4:13

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May 3, 2017

Take Heart❤️

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 6:09 am by Broken & Brave

Do everything with heart.

Perseverence seems to be a breeding ground for depth and tenacity of heart. The more you have to work for something or wait for something or sow patiently into something, the more you will value the reward.

Because of the nature of my family’s profession we see a lot of extremely talented people throw their talent away because they lack heart. When everything comes effortlessly to you, you have no value for it. You won’t realize how blessed you are. You will tend to think less of others and fail to understand why it doesn’t come easily to them? I’ve seen this in young athletes time and time again.

You want to see the sparkle in my eye? Show me the person who has overcome incredible obstacles and achieved a goal, pursued and subdued a dream or accomplished something that seemed out of reach.

They did it with heart.

I don’t consider myself to be a person of enormous success by the worlds standards. I do, however, know everything I have overcome and how much I have stretched my comfort zone to expand myself, my heart, my courage and my journey.

What does your journey look like? What obstacles has life afforded you that you have overcome? Are there still regions of your heart and soul yet to be explored? What are you waiting for? The people who live the most fulfilled lives, full of passion and purpose don’t necessarily have all the right conditions…they just took heart and gave it their all.

God can do whatever He wants, however He wants and He can use whomever He wishes. I believe he wants to use you. So if you are going through it, you may just be paving the way for others to have a smoother trip. He knew you were strong enough to go first. He needed someone who could blaze a trail into the “never been done before”. It could be your health journey, your education, job selection/career path or something else. It doesn’t matter what it looks like to others. If God has impacted you to move, then move. He will take care of the groves in the road and His Mighty plan will unfold! Triumphant! ~Nicole

“Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.” Is. 62:10

Don’t  forget…you’ve got heart.❤️

April 12, 2017

Equipped & Fit

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:07 am by Broken & Brave

“The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.”

Exodus 15:2

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Whatever YOU are to do, YOU have been equipped with POWER! So many people miss out on their own destiny because they approach it with insecurity. Here are some things people say, “that’s easy for you because…”, “I could never do that because…”, “But they do this or that better than me or they are prettier than me or maybe smarter than me.” Nonsense! No matter your past, present, education, cultural influence, you have been predestined! So hold your position! You are where you are for a reason! God will equip you with the right resources and people to assist you in what you are called to do with absolute excellence! You are Beautiful, Powerful, Strong, Tenacious! Let’s face it, you got it going on! Now Believe with all you’ve got! ~Nicole

April 4, 2017

Incredible Belief

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:10 am by Broken & Brave

Belief…
It is the dwelling place of Hope. Though it takes courage, don’t be afraid to dare to Believe.

Belief…
Bold
Encouragement
Living
Itself
Everyday
For others
I Believe in You! Now, go with belief in yourself. You CAN do it! -Nicole

“But let all those rejoice who put their trust in you.” Psalm 5:11

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