May 13, 2019

Honor and Duty

Posted in true story, women of the bible tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:45 am by Broken & Brave

Esther had attributes that would make any woman great. She possessed humility, wisdom, compassion and courage. I love reading about Esther.

Her life brings questions to my mind I will never know the answer to. Esther received the royal treatment. A common Jewish girl who found herself wearing a crown and married to the king. Esther may or may not have been interested in this title or role-but God gave it to her because he knew she would carry out completely the assignment he required for her.

She may not have understood what God was up to. She may have even begged to be hidden from view-

but God knew what to do and so did her relative, Mordecai, who was the only earthly father she ever knew.

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We can learn so much from the life of Esther. She may have struggled with her calling in life. She may have wanted to hide or run away. But she trusted her Father and she did as he said and it turned out well for her in the end she brought empowerment back to her people.

God’s got things for you to do that you may not always want to do or understand. Trust his lead and watch everything work out in the end as your eyes behold…you were born for such a time as this. ~Nicole

“O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8

Exhortation of Blessing~

Go forth this day knowing beyond any shadow of doubt, that God’s thoughts toward you run deep and not a day would be complete without His Tender Arm reaching down and fondling your heart. He makes every crooked place straight. He is the Keeper of every Gate and holds the keys to everything. He is not loud. He is not proud, but He is besotted and His eye amplified on you–His glorious prize. Allow the Lord to be the soul possessor of your heart and soul. He will guard your mind. He will throb your heart. He will soothe all that chaffs you. You will not be wind blown, but you will be a wind song and become the anthem and glory of soul. God is your impenetrable shield of Hope and His Word is whispering sweet somethings to you. Believe Him for your worth. Believe Him for the wealth He treasures you for. Believe His countenance for you is soft. Believe He is grateful He hung on a Cross to love and to rescue you.

You, Beloved, are worth it.

Be encouraged…

March 16, 2019

Inferno

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , at 7:23 am by Broken & Brave

Though the flames blaze, He can hear your praise. “I need you more…”

Your Assignment will never be subject to the approval of others. In fact, it is in the presence of disapproval that you are proving the depth of your love to your Savior…the Besotted One.

Does God need us to prove our love to Him?

Absolutely not.

He is Sovereign–and as such in no way needs my love, no way needs your love, He has no need of our love.

Because He IS Love.

Rather, our attempts to live beyond the veil causes the ways of the world and carnal mind to pale.

He is such an Instigator of Hope.

How about you?

Are you an Instigator?

This is not a negative term–especially when you use it to seek to do good.

There is a living breathing inferno alive and fiery inside of you. Watch me poke at it like a cinder coal. Watch me stoke it–the Lord has shown me your heart has more. Watch it combust with the fiery heart of heaven. Looks like maybe you are an Instigator of Hope, too?

Everything in life we do is meant to leave a trickle down effect on those God has placed around us. Though fiery flames of adversity may surround you, He will surround you, too.

( And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will be its glory within.’ Zechariah 2:5)

He has something real and genuine for you to do.

His Love proved to humanity and it rests within you. You are a Blazing Inferno of Hope. Coil your heart around that–

Satan May have his traps, but you shall overcome them all.

Inferno of Love.

The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying, ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” Jeremiah 31:3

My song of love unknown; My Savior’s love to me; Love to the loveless shown, That they might Lovely be. Samuel Crossman

~Nicole💫

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February 11, 2019

Just Be

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:24 am by Broken & Brave

Never chase a goal so hard you forget to have fun with it.♥️

I’ve been going through some old photos—compiling them from all the various shows I’ve done over the years. I have a specific purpose for this complication for myself and my training. It’s interesting and useful to see how I’ve changed my physique over the years. Change happens small and over time. Pictures help with perspective.

As I go through them, I am reminded there’s been quite a few and I’ve now been doing this more than just a year or two.

Guess what? Looking back I think, “hey, I was more prepared than I thought I was.” But maybe I was placing too much priority on what the judges thought? I’ve been blessed with open doors for a quality education in the fields of human developmental and nutrition. I’ve planned, prepped and been focused and dedicated. I have the gift of discipline. And I found the nutritional edge my biochemistry needed to shred down lean.

I highly recommend AdvoCare if you are looking for a rock solid supplement that has safety and efficacy. I’m including a picture of me on the left, 6 weeks after birthing my fourth child. Contrast that to picture on the right, on stage in my second season. I believe my FIFTH child was two years old when the picture on the right was taken. I don’t have the exact dates of the photos so you have to take my word and visit the website:

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Aside from all of this—you never feel ready, at least I don’t. You can feel you put in the work and the time, but not ready. I feel this way with every show. So as I look at these pictures I am once again reminded of all the memories that have been made. All the friendship and community that has been built.

How about you?

Have you ever had something you worked hard at and sometimes you forget that you do your part and trust God to bless your efforts?

I think back to when I was in school. I never felt ready in college. Always did the work, but was it enough? Never felt prepared enough. But I graduated and I guarantee I remembered to have fun!

How about parenting?

If you’re a parent for sure you’ve had times you got so caught up in the job of parenting that you forgot to just cut loose and have fun with them?

I’ve always found humor in the parent who was desperate to potty train their child by the age of two. I just smile, good for you (knowing that most likely they know when to run the kid to the bathroom. Most one year olds don’t have enough muscle and mind to muscle control for that—but some do).

But to the mom who feels less than prepared because her four year old still soils their pants I always share—“they’ll be fine. They aren’t going to graduate high school in a diaper.”

Puts it in perspective, right?

I love to laugh with my kids. They crack me up. But I’ve had a lot of them so each kid progressively benefited from the more laid back me. The oldest always gets to be the pioneer for younger siblings. Isn’t that true! I know my oldest agrees with this (I’m an oldest sibling, too)!

I’ve got some homework for you this week.

📌Spend some time enjoying yourself.

📌Indulge in some simple pleasure.

📌Smile often.

📌 Be friendly.

📌Show others kindness.

There’s so much more to life than work and purpose and direction and intention.

Just Be.

You plus God is greater still.

When you simply do what needs to be done, you can trust in a God who says, “it’s enough”. Forget the judges—you’ve got the win. And as for your kids, they’re going to turn out just fine. Keep loving and leading and every little voice that says it’s not enough, you’re not enough or things are pretty rough—ignore it!

These are just a few examples. You already know what it is that presses you, and maybe you need to just enjoy it a bit more because you’ve been thinking of it the entire time you’ve been reading this. So, you know what to do…

Enjoy♥️

<Nicole

February 27, 2018

Suit Up

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:14 am by Broken & Brave

Are you working toward your potential?

“Soldiers don’t get tied up with the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.” 2 Timothy 2:4

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Your DNA, the very essence of all things you had been hard wired before another soul on the planet knew you-including you. But God knew you. He knit you together in the secret place and positioned you in a woman’s womb and blessed her with the honor of being your mother.

What an honor motherhood and gestation really is. I remember being pregnant and watching my belly roll like waves of the sea as a little one tossed and turned beneath the surface loaded with potential. The inquisitive thoughts flood the mind, “Who is in there? What do they look like? How will their personality be?” Then I began doing things this way…I began speaking prophetically to my belly. I spoke destiny over my child. I spoke possibility. I declared all that could be possible for them and I invited the Lord into this prayer and asked him to join me and lead me in my prayers.

It’s been fun watching my children grow and to see many of the dreams, visions and prayers the Lord gave me for them unfold and become reality. I’m observing three of my children reach mile stone break through’s in their physical, spiritual and intellectual development right now and it’s wonderful. There is nothing that blesses more than for a parent to see their children succeed and hopefully supersede anything they could ever dream of accomplishing. At least, that’s how I feel. Just the other day I was speaking with my Dad on the phone and he told me, “Nicole, with everything you’ve been through (for the last several decades have been rough), God sure has blessed your children.”

I couldn’t agree more…But this too, was the prophesy of God unfolding. The Lord made a promise to me when I “signed up” or was enlisted into his army of stealthy soldiers. He spoke to the quiet recesses of my soul… “No matter what I ask you to walk through, I promise to bless you, but nothing will exceed what I do for your children.” Legacy. I see Him fulfilling his vow to me all the time. It makes all the obedience worth it.

What about you? Do you have promises of God still tucked in your heart that maybe should be pulled out and dusted off? Did you get side tracked somewhere along the way? How about your kids?

Do not fret or worry if they are not doing ok. God has got great plans for them. It’s never too late to choose the right path, surrender your will, your life, to the One and only Love that shines enormously bright. You are Radiant beyond description. God has locked so much worth inside of you. This is why life has tried to stomp it out and make you forget the brilliance embedded within.

Sparkle is what you were made for. Greatness is what you were designed for.
Wholeness, worth, longevity and strength–all the things God fortified in you just like a well balanced meal.

Feed your soul the right things. Feast on the promises of God. Don’t let the gospel of Christ slip through your head without affecting your heart.

Step out stoically into your Divine Inheritance and believe for miracles in the lives of your children. There is a revival brewing in you and it is good to anticipate what God can and is willing to do.

Suit up soldier. Remain faithful to the light that has been given you. Conquer sin. Vanquish deleterious mindsets. Overcome. Overcome. You shall overcome. All the while never ever forgetting to have fun. Life is Beautiful. God wants to see you enjoy yourself in it. ~Nicole

September 21, 2016

You Won’t Go Under

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , at 5:25 am by Broken & Brave

You Won’t Go Under

Yesterday was yet another full and hectic day-but deep down I know wouldn’t have it any other way. I have a large family, clients who want training and a car that takes me wherever I want to go. I am indeed blessed. The afternoon was spent poolside at the school watching my son play in a water polo match. Those boys swim back and forth and track that yellow ball as they attempt to shoot and score. Sometimes they get pulled at to keep them from advancing and sometimes they egg beater their kick under water and rise higher-so high you can see their waste above water-and they hit the mark and advance the entire team toward victory.

Sometimes life can make you feel like you might drown. The demands on our schedules, the need to be in multiple places at one time; maybe it’s a health restriction or financial decision that has to be made and you’re feeling kind of frayed. There is a God in Heaven who won’t let you go under. His roar is loud like thunder and his touch gentle and true. He will uplift you from under and you will rise to the demand with a smile at his wonderful plans just like those boys rise high when they are about to shoot. God is using the demands and pressures of life to make you shine bright and give you the best heart conditioning for this thing we do–Life! He’s got you. So take aim, find your mark, and let Him be exalted. -Nicole

“I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his descendants begging bread.” Psalm 37:25

September 9, 2016

Becoming Unskinkable… Unthinkable?

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:25 am by Broken & Brave

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass”
1 Thes. 5:24

Noah believed and held onto a promise of God for his life for many, many years. He endured insults, rejection and jeers-but that didn’t keep him from putting one foot in front of the other, hammer to the hull. Not only did everything the Lord told him happen, he saved his family from despair and he created a marvelous invention that had never been seen, required or desired before. Talk about a Visionary!

Next time you see a boat of any kind-remind yourself of Noah. He did the unthinkable and became unsinkable.

Hold onto your promises, move toward the Lord and His reward and watch yourself become unsinkable, too. That’s what God would want you to do. ~Nicole

“Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass” 1 Thes. 5:24

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August 5, 2016

Candidate For Victory

Posted in Devotional, true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 6:48 am by Broken & Brave

Each day of your life is like a page in the story of your life. What will be written today?

I love to write. It is in me to do so since childhood. As I reflect back over my life I see how he directed me to my pen over and over again.
I love a good pen.
I adore the touch and feel, the luster of quality paper.
I have countless volumes of journals. I type on the keyboard, but it just isn’t the same. There’s something magnificent to me about the creative flow of writing and my pen in my hand. It’s like prophetic art-it flows as God shows.

God has hand picked and ear marked you for Glory. He is writing for you and ever amazing story. Don’t give up! Let Him lavish your heart in Hope. GOD sees you as fully QUALIFIED for how ever he has designed and taken the time to transcribe the pages of your destiny as they unfold like pages into the life he wants you to lead. You are His Candidate for Victory. So press in, press on and carry on…
You’ve got this! ~Nicole

“That is why I run straight for the finish line; that is why I am like a boxer who does not waste his punches.”
1 Cor. 9:26

July 24, 2016

Action Steps of Courage

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 4:59 am by Broken & Brave

Your Courage Counts;
Don’t be Overwhelmed

A step forward can be great gain when we use it to give Glory to His Name. You’re steps are Chosen. His Path for you clear. He has seen each one before you ever took one. Think about that. Have confidence in that! You can only bubble over with the Hope and Glory knowing you will have a Banner Year! No matter what you face today-it is building in you a foundation for brighter days…if you will just keep going!

Hope has an anthem and it sings in my heart. What is it that Hope has infused in your heart? Sing it! Use it to make a difference. God put you here to add value to the world. Do not count yourself out. Do not discount your value.

YOU COUNT in countless ways! ~Nicole

“Seek the Lord, and His strength; seek His face evermore.”
Psalm 105:4

June 3, 2016

Peniel

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 5:41 am by Broken & Brave

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.” James 1:17

Jacob wrestled with God. He came face to face with His Maker and yet his life was spared. It was there that God gave him a new name, Israel, and he was never the same.

How about you? Are you calling yourself by an old name, old expectations of old habits never to change? Don’t let it be so! God has spoken over you a new name and you are not the same!

He is constant. He is continual. He is Penial. He is Purposeful. He is large and in charge for every care right down to every little hair of your head. His Love is in every detail. Without fail. You’re going to prevail. Get excited! ~Nicole

May 28, 2016

Expect It…

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:30 am by Broken & Brave

A small child learning to walk may fall 50 times for he or she succeeds to take a handful of steps.
A kid learning to ride their bike may wibble and wobble and even fall over, but they keep getting up.
They say if you fall off of a horse you should get right back on to eradicate any future fear of riding.

How do you know this is not your year? Though we may fall. We may fail, we may not see the fruit of results God has purposed within us, we don’t quit. We don’t give up. We keep going. Everyday is full of success and some of that success goes without you ever knowing who you touched and how you changed their life. You MUST dwell in a place and space of perpetual expectation and anticipation of a blessing. Know it’s coming. Feel it in your gut. He is a God of Big things and He is willing to move heaven and earth for you. Believe~

💗Nicole

“Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.”

1 John 4:4

 

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