September 12, 2017

Joy Storm

Posted in Devotional, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:45 am by Broken & Brave

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecc. 3:1

I am a preparer of words, feeder of the heart, nurturer of the soul. God sees your heart. He sees what I cannot. He gives me insight and glimpses of what to say, but 9 times out of 10 times I don’t know how or who it will impact. God has drawn you here and you are welcome.

We are all feeding others with our words everyday (whether written or spoken). What shall we serve? I desire my words to be nourishing to the heart, mind, soul, yet sweet and flavorful to the palate. Should I serve you meat, I know you have to be able to get it down, with a delicate choice of my words.

So, here is to you and all you hope to do, all you desire to see, everything in your heart you can conceive to be. God placed every desire in your heart. It is up to you to harness it accordingly and use it to live out your dreams…and as you pave a wake in your destiny, you leave a trail of a beautiful and fragrant aroma that builds others up and takes their breath away in the most delightful way.

You are capable of far more than you currently dare to dream. I know this is true…you are magnificent. The Lord bless you and keep you, making his face to shine upon you. The Lord lift up your countenance and bring you Peace, Joy, Love and Glorious Anticipation as you have never known before. This is only the beginning… YOU HAVEN’T SEEN ANYTHING YET! ~Nicole

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September 1, 2017

Restored

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:46 am by Broken & Brave

The devil is a liar. Stop listening to him.

There is a reason the Bible talks about the future of the one who does harm to little ones. They are vulnerable, trusting, tender and pure. Children have not tasted the bitter sting that jaded everything making the heart cool and calloused. If the enemy can tangle the mind of a child, he knows he can deeply damage them for life. Their outlook won’t be right and they will always have the voice of his lies ringing in their ears.

But there is Hope. The Love of God contains the power to rescue the heart, mind and soul of a child or an adult who has a wounded child trapped inside of them. Wounded adults are everywhere. They manifest their pain in a broad spectrum of manner. Our job as a Christian is to be patient, discerning and learn to recognize them. Then it becomes our job to speak life into them. To be purposeful and intentional to come alongside of them and help them heal. It’s our job to be the Comfort of Heaven and to declare their potential. Do the opposite of what the devil wants you to do. Breathe fellowship of soul and communion of the flesh by pardoning offenses and giving each person rest who is restless within.

This won’t be easy. You will need to be decided. You will need to be intentional and stoic in your faithfulness. You will be inconvenienced. But this is exactly how we can heal our nation. This is exactly how we can repair our communities like in Isaiah. We are a Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets that have no dwelling. We are a Watchman of Compassion standing on the Wall minding the Fortress of the Heart.

Our society has become all about every nitpicky detail that doesn’t settle well within. We seem to be offended by everything and everyone. This, my friends, is only evidence of a society deeply wounded and jaded of soul.

How can we possibly love so much, so far and with a depth so wide? Too many hurting inside. It can be overwhelming. But here is how we do it…one day at a time, one life at a time as the Lord places them before us. God will never ignore a sincere heart. He will make time for you and give you counsel and instruction on what you must do.

For a clear connection with him you must lay hold of your own heart, mind and soul and repent. Repent for everything God would raise to your conscience. He will cue you. You will know for the image or thought will burn in you. He will highlight your pain and give you action steps. He will do it with you. He will pour Living Water over you. He loves you. He doesn’t want you to carry the burdens of your past or to act out in the ways negative circumstances of life have discarded. You were made for more.

If you are hurting and broken then my heart breaks for you. God is the greatest wordsmith of them all and you are a Wordsmith with unlimited potential that is currently being oppressed by all the hurtful words and lies others have spoken over you. Rise up! Truth be told, your creativity exceeds those who’s lies upon you have been told. It’s time for the depth of your fortitude and strength to unfold. You are a lover of God. Time to please your Father as never before. The choice is yours.

The greatest Warriors gain title and privilege on the battlefield, not in the mouths of men. -Nicole

“The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, and strengthen your bones; You shall be like a well watered garden, and like springs of living Water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.”  Isaiah 58:11-12

August 6, 2017

Living Water

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 7:45 am by Broken & Brave

We live in a day of skepticism. It’s an unfortunate truth that most people have been burned, betrayed or abandoned a time or two. It’s ok, it’s happened to all of us. We live in a fallen world that has true and lasting hope in a Savior who never abandons the Hope that lends the rope of Grace and lassos us into redemption.

Because people are growing more and more cautious and calloused to the world at large, we see an ever emerging distance from the Church and organized religion. People want more and more to see, feel, Believe but are afraid. I think this is one reason why Prophetic Evangelism is so powerful and effective in this day and age. When the Holy Spirit reveals information the evangelist or person with the word would otherwise have no way of knowing it pierces the soul. It grabs the attention of the person the word is meant for. It brings a deep well of Living Water that drenches the soul and plants seeds deep into a heart that may have been growing cold. The attention is grabbed and the heart attentive, then the Lord can follow up the word given with nourishment of Biblical truth and the person is open and ready…willing to receive. Their capacity to receive has just been expanded. But this is a work only the Holy Spirit can do. He uses the prophet to speak the knowledge in obedience, but he also works on the heart and mind of the recipient. It truly is a ministry only the Holy Spirit can get credit for. And it is absolutely Radiant.

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“Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14

The story of the woman at the well in John 4 is a captivating story of a broken and dysfunctional life that regained healthy insight as a result of prophetic evangelism. I have zero doubt the woman at the well worshipped God in Spirit and Truth and then she ran back to town to tell everyone what Jesus could do. We have no way of knowing how Belief in Jesus spread because she was filled and shared what happened to her. It undoubtedly drew people in and His followers grew. Jesus wasn’t concerned about the number of His followers. He kept his gaze on the main thing…touching lives. He relied on the Living Water His Heavenly Father supplied and the rest is history.

Despite scandal, gossip, persecution, rejection and abuse, Jesus went down in history as one of the most read about and studied men in history. He was the tip of the spear and was pierced for our imperfection and became our holy redemption. His ministry grew and it continues to grow today.

He still rolls stones.
He can still shake the grave.
He can walk on water and save you by Grace.
He loves.
He lives.
And it is His heart’s desire to give you rest for your weariness, quenching for your thirst, and comfort for your longing.
He’s a soul saver and life change. Talk about the ultimate Difference Maker.

“Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
John 7:38

A prophetic word is like fresh water. Water will always quench–but pure, clean and fresh water satisfies thirst and nourishes like no other consumable liquid. No one wants to drink stagnant water. They want fresh. Don’t grab for just anything, be particular about what you receive. As mature Believers we check the Spirit, but we are open and ready for the right word in the right season.

God is right beside you making rivers of refreshment…streams in your dessert…and Beauty with your Ashes. He understands everything you are going through. Allow His Prophetic touch to minister and heal you. He’s got you.

~Nicole

We will always see what we are looking for. If you are looking for trouble…you shall find it. If you are looking for flaws or weakness…you shall find that, too. If you are looking for beauty…there it is, waiting for you.
Beauty truly is in the eye of the Beholder. -Nicole

“Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spiritand in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks.”
John 4:23

July 8, 2017

Bold Strength

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:34 am by Broken & Brave

If you don’t have strength it’s because you don’t need it. As the demands of the day require it- you gain it. You are not alone. God always comes on the scene like a freight train. He carries your relief and delivers what you need.

He comes on the scene like a fighter pilot who has surveyed the terrain ahead.

He comes on the scene like a steam ship towing your hope and keeping you afloat. He comes like a tidal wave and washes endless possibilities and love over you.

He comes like a hurricane with torrential rains that use pressure to wash away every ounce of debris, pain and suffering. He holds the master set of keys to everything and He is the anchor that holds anything He wants to hold.

So be bold with your life because He is caring for your life. Celebrate your weaknesses–when you are humble, you are Powerful! ~Nicole

“Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses; so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Cor. 12:9

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April 13, 2017

A Highway Built of Words

Posted in true story, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 6:21 am by Broken & Brave

“The one who guards his mouth preserves his life…”
Proverbs 13:3

What is dripping from your lips? Think of your words as a highway…

A week ago I was driving with a friend up in the Motherlode of Northern California. If you haven’t been there it is breath-taking with beauty. Steep ravines and every kind of evergreen. Absolute Majestic Beauty. As we drove I mentioned to my friend of the roads. I thought of all the pioneers who blazed these trails and paved them as well. High power lines added to increase the reach of electricity. So much progress, so much work! I had heart felt gratitude in that moment for the tireless dedication of those who built up the highway.

Your mouth is a highway. Courteous, kind and positive truths will lay a sure foundation for you. Negativity, complaining and gossip will pave for you a crooked highway full of potholes and gravel. Choose your words wisely and you will notice it will affect your self talk as well. You will feel lighter, as though you were gliding through the obstacles given to each day. You will experience deeper Joy and gratitude. It’s not always easy, but if we can build amazing physical highways, then we can speak them as well! ~Nicole

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I actually wrote this piece above in 2015, but just came across it in my files this morning. I thought it so appropriate for today given some conversations I was able to have with some women yesterday about gossip and how they want to avoid it or not listen to people who are prone to it. After all, the average person doesn’t think they are gossiping, they are just “sharing” or “processing” a situation. But the truth is that gossip and unhealthy words, negativity and complaining compel themselves into our minds and influence our perceptions. The more negative our thought life the more skewed we receive anything–even love, kindness and encouragement. It created a negative bent and creates arguement where there is no argument occurring. It is a devicive spirit and must be ruled in the mind, heart and mouth.

Your future is locked inside of you, waiting to be released and become reality in your life. The Power, the direction, the Path that future unfolds is so greatly hinged on our words. We speak what we want to see and then watch it unfold. It truly can become an expression of the Creative Miracles of Heaven when we use this tremendous gift of Heaven wisely.

You can’t out encourage God. You cannot out love Him either. His heart is completely draped with adoration of His Creation, You. He is too good, too faithful, too kind to not completely envelop you with love. But He will let us learn how to walk, how to pave that Word highway and walk out the path we create. He will bless us inspite of us, because He longs to be good to us. I don’t know about you, but I desire my full measure of blessing, God’s best for my life. Don’t settle. Dare to dream God has abundance for you! It may all begin with your mouth and how you handle the terrain of your everyday–the good and the bad–and the things that make you happy or sad. No more laps in the wilderness like Moses and the Israelites of the Bible Book of Exodus. You can begin today.

The expression of your life is your statement to the world. Let love and positive, edifying words be the exclamation point. 💜

 

November 21, 2016

Secrets to Strength

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , at 7:36 am by Broken & Brave

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight,
O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14

What words are dripping from your lips? Are you self sabotaging your own better self, your own better health, you own best fitness or career ambition? Is your family suffering by the words falling from your mouth?

Our words have so much power to prophesy what will be. What you believe can shape and direct the very coarse of your life. In my own health and fitness I always imagined I could be very fit and the master of my food choices, but it took me a very long time to overcome and get to the level of discipline in my exercise and eating that I needed to be to see the fruit I wanted to see, but I did not give up. I kept speaking where I was going and believing it would come. This is only one example.

EVERY area of your life is at your disposal to be INCREDIBLE if you can just shift your mind. When you get your mind right, every issue of life becomes the lesser issue and takes flight from influencing your life. So get your mind right! You’ve got real strength behind those lips! ~Nicole

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