November 7, 2018

New Wine 🍷

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , at 10:16 pm by Broken & Brave

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For several days now I can hear the Spirit stir my soul—my real dwelling, my treasured home.

He wells within me.
He says He is with me.
He is that I Am.

“I Am that I Am.”

I’m so glad.

He is who He is and with me He is fabulous.

There is strength, courage and valor in His declaration. He knows what speaks to me. Courage and Strength speak strongly, yet sweetly to me.

It is possible to possess both…Strong and Sweet. But it is rare in humans so when you find it, when I find it, I pay attention. But within my Fathers Heart Chambers I find it every single day.

He is my Source.
He is my Continual Companion.
He is my Provider.
He is my Everything.
It is because of how The Holy Spirit is with me that I remain enamored with my obeying His lead.

So His sweet strength has left a flavor on my palate the past few days I can’t shake.
I don’t want to shake.
I love what I have in him.
If people truly knew what was available to them in God—
They would choose more wisely.

So I hear…
I see…
I experience…
Him.

“New wine.”
I hear it…

This is the Prophetic word for me for this new season my family and I are entering. But if the word is for me, then I know it’s for someone else, too. God heavily used my Voice and my pen. They are not my own. I don’t own them, they own me. Because HE owns me.

“New wine…”

Then I think on this…
New wine never goes in old wine skins.
It is placed within the new.

Never pour new wine in old wine skins…

He turns water into wine. He reigns over heaven and earth.
He moves mountains.

I’m pretty sure He can take care of you! He’s gotcha!

New wine can be many things.
But the example I have now is mindsets.

When God does something new. A new season. A new friend. A new job. A new community. New anything—new hope…
It won’t fit in with the old.

You must abandon your former way of thinking.
You can’t have new encounters and victories with old ways of doing things. Old thinking. Old experiences. Old perceptions and expectations.

Out with the old and in with the new!

Some mindsets will carry through. But some are an old comfortable coat that is really just a choke hold keeping you in deleterious thinking. Your expectations must change.
Your level of anticipation must change. Why do you always expect the worst? Why do you believe distrust is better than trust? Old thinking based on experience.

Rest for a moment.
Drink the Father in.
Meditate on Him.
Calm your heart, mind and soul.

What is it?
What’s that thing that is coming to the forefront of your mind as you read this?
That’s the very area God wants to shift and replace old wine skins. But here’s the bonus. Releasing the familiar and comfortable can be difficult. But He is meaning to bring you new wine. So release and allow the Holy Spirit to enter in.

You were never really the one in control anyway.

New wine…

“Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins…” (Matthew 9:17 NIV)

~Nicole

Added Resources on Prophetic meaning of wine in the Bible:

https://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/2018/03/08/what-is-the-prophetic-meaning-of-new-wine/

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December 7, 2017

My God Heals

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:59 am by Broken & Brave

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“However, as it is written:
“What no eye has seen,
what no ear has heard,
and what no human mind has conceived”—
the things God has prepared for those who love him—”
1 Cor. 2:9

I have so much in my heart this morning and I am not sure how to begin, how to properly unload my heart upon the page. I feel the anticipation of my pen- as though it were a calligraphy pen with a flood of the ink. Too much too soon and it will ruin the artwork. But a gentle touch and glide and a beautiful manuscript in eloquent penmanship transcribes.

The love of heaven is a beautiful thing.

I think I’ve spent my entire life in the Garden of God’s heart. It just took me many years to realize it. My heart always tender to him. I could feel his light and love even though I didn’t understand fully how to have a friendship with him. In all His kindness He patiently waited for me to grow and mature and then He began to court my heart like a proper Gentleman would. What a wonderful journey-

My purpose today is to share of my faith and what the Lord did for me yesterday and has carried over into today and I know into the days to follow…

I blogged earlier in the month of November how I had stepped out in faith and went a new direction with my bodybuilding competitions. It was enormously prosperous to my soul and beneficial, but just days prior to leaving for my first trip I became sick. I went ahead and competed in two shows back to back completely under the weather. I thought once I was home I could rest and replenish and I’d recover quickly for I knew I was depleted and I knew what to do to properly nourish with food. I have a very strong immune system and I eat impeccably so I had confidence with God’s grace within two weeks max I’d be over it. Keep in mind that being sick for two weeks is near unheard of for me. I just don’t get sick. My whole life I have been blessed with wonderful health, strong immunity, but then knowing what I know homeopathically is an added bonus.

Guess what happened, I didn’t get better, in fact I went day to day not feeling any better at all. I’d have a day a little better then it seemed I relapsed the next. I hardly trained the entire month of November. I cancelled client after client for nearly two weeks. By 8 pm each night I could barely keep my eyes open and I was resting and napping much during the day. I was not able to kick whatever had a grip.

I was praying and praying and seeking God’s face. Then one morning I woke to hear his Spirit remind me with a whisper, “Spoonful of Jesus”. This is the title of a blog I wrote sometime ago about how to use the word of God like medicine. I responded to the Lord, “Of course…of course.” Though I had been praying I hadn’t attacked the sickness like a spirit. I was treating it like a frustration. Next, the Lord reminded me of my friend and her miraculous healing and I have written about that in a blog titled, “Christmas Courage”. I replied again, “Of course, Lord”.

I have quite a bit of Joy. I can confidently say I have a mantle and anointing for Joy. I remember the exact day I received it and where I was. I felt it pour over me and run down my head and my back, thick and warm as I imagine warmed honey would feel. This was all supernatural in experience, cannot be adequately explained like most intimate encounters with God-can only be experienced. That’s what makes them personal and sweet…the favor of God drips like honey.

So, I counted my Joy and reminded myself of the example my dear friend- who was dying, yet had an unwavering Joy despite severe illness. Despite my ability to be joyful I struggled. That’s an all new arena of Joy I have little experience with for I never get sick. I praised. I worshipped and I laid the battle at the Lords feet, but I also struggled.

I had been contending in prayer to God regarding my health and recovery and I was seeing no change. Every morning I’d wake up feeling no better than the day before. I asked my husband to lay hands on me and pray. I have had experience with spiritual warfare intercessions in times before where when I found myself unsuccessful when I’d have him pray the spirit would lift. But nothing. No relief.

I lie in bed one night last week, the evening of the day I had asked my husband to pray…and I heard the Lord’s still voice speak clearly to my soul.

“Nicole, I have Anointed your hands to be healing hands, heal yourself.”

I realized what He wanted me to do. I had been praying and asking God, but I hadn’t truly with intention attacked it like a spirit, called it out and sent it away. I hadn’t taken advantage of my gift. So this is what I began to do, and wouldn’t you know, as is not uncommon with dealing with a principality…it stepped up its game and fought back. I felt even sicker for the next several days! But I knew what was happening, I am seasoned in this type of warfare, so I dug my heels in despite feeling so tired and ill I was constantly on the verge of tears. My joy seemed to have gone into hibernation and I was now also fending off discouragement. But I just kept praying and kept prophesying that I would be completely healed before Friday. And every time I wearied I would declare out loud…

“When I am weak, He is Strong.”

Yesterday I think I took a two hour nap. I felt a little better when I woke, well at least a bit more rested. But by evening I was feeling horrible again. I had kids who had places to be and my little one I wouldn’t dare miss him getting to his favorite class at church. I was looking forward to it also. It was to be a healing service and I knew it would be the icing on the cake, the supplemental strength I needed for this battle. But I just wasn’t sure I felt well enough to go…but off we went. Faith must do the opposite of the flesh.

I walked in a little late, the music was already going and I slide into my seat and my heart slipped into the song and I could feel my heart immediately slip into the Arms of my True Love. He didn’t hesitate. My God immediately gave me my request. I could feel Him work Himself into my soul more deeply, filling me to overflow and it renewed my Joy and I dare say rewarded me with with even more of it than before, and His Spirit pushed out the darkness that had been afflicting my flesh and my body immediately felt better. I knew I had received my healing. I began to weep with gratitude. “Then He spoke again and said, “I am going to bless you for all of your obedience.” I was overcome by His Goodness.

I still had congestion in my head, but I didn’t hurt anymore. My energy was back to normal. Lethargy had departed. My Joy complete.

My God is a Healer. Sometimes all it takes to boost another’s faith is a story. This is my story. You may not believe it. Hearing God’s voice may be foreign to you. This is all alright. But I pray the Lord take what you have read and work it with His needle and thread and sow the Power of His Touch and His Love to your heart. He would wrap Himself around you and warm you with Love that can fit only you like a custom made glove. God loves you. Whatever you have need of, He has the answer. He delights to answer…

Blessings-
May Heaven Greet you this day with a Holy Kiss. May He set your soul ablaze as He captures your gaze and creates a delicate fabric of finely woven blessings and covers you with it. He is truly amazing…

Nicole

 

December 5, 2017

Soul Garden

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:05 am by Broken & Brave

The Lords heart is like a Garden.
The words He floods my heart with are likened to a lush and fragrant Garden.
The war room of heaven is a Garden.
God is a Master Gardener and He tills the soil of my heart.
He removes every root and branch that does not belong.
He fertilizes the soil with His Goodness, Mercy, Kindness and Love.
Nobody has ever noticed me like my Heavenly Father.
No one has ever made me feel at home and like I belong and am where I am supposed to be like He does.

I love the Garden.

I long for the Garden.

He clips my flowers and displays my heart like a bloom in a vase and then He showcases my love for Him with the fluid of my pen.

All I’ve ever had to give Him was my heart and He took it– and though to me it did not seem like much,
to Him it was all He needed.

I have obeyed you fully Lord.
I have walked in your ways and done according to your plans for me.
All I can be…
is all of you in me.
I am a Garden,
may others be refreshed in my presence.

~Nicole

March 22, 2017

Anointed

Posted in Devotional tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:26 am by Broken & Brave

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Every human has a spirit that dwells in the soulish region of our body. The soul is the heart of who you are. Every person longs to fill it. Each man or woman, boy or girl, may fill it differently. God gives gifts to all mankind, whether it’s acknowledged or not.

You have a priestly anointing and a prophetic anointing. Most dwell in the priestly anointing. For example, you go to church, you read the Word, you pray and practice your faith. Priestly anointing. But then there is the prophetic anointing! Most neglect this anointing because they don’t understand it. Because they don’t understand it, they reject it. People always reject what they fear.

The prophetic anointing surrenders the heart to reach beyond circumstance, physical facts and acts according to what the future holds. Your prophetic anointing helps shape your future. You speak what you want to see and take actions steps in belief that it will happen. You trust God with timing and circumstances, but you do not shrink back or waiver in your belief. You stay plugged into it. God is the Power Source that fuels the ambition and changes the conditions to create the opportunity for it all to fall into the right place no matter how tight the space. This kind of atmosphere is where Creative Miracles begin to exist…Signs and Wonders appear…and people from miles around begin to draw near.

God loves the prophetic because that’s where the “magic” is.

“Let love be your highest goal! But you should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives–especially the ability to prophesy.” 1 Cor. 14:1

Does it all sound a bit odd to you? Really? Just look at the life of Noah. God spoke it. He believed it. It conceived something great in his heart and soul. He began to do what was required to make the dream a reality. I imagine he was asked thousands of times what he was doing. What did he say? Every time he spoke of it he was casting vision for the people. No one saw his vision or received it…until the rain came.

There are countless examples of modern day people who lived a life full of success that was birthed out of deep duress. They believed in the dream and pursued it with their everything. They told others what they saw for their future, where they were going…they knew with all their heart it was a future worth knowing.

Your future is inside of you. It is up to you to hone your focus. Be decided. Get Intentional. Purpose your choices. Take action steps…and have a nearly blind ambition to achieve what you were placed on this planet to do. YOU are a Planet Shaker and the Kingdom of Heaven just may be counting on you. You’ve got tremendous Legacy within you. You are Prophetic! ~Nicole

“By faith Noah, having been divinely instructed concerning the things not yet seen, having been moved with fear, prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is according to faith.”
Hebrews 11:7