February 16, 2018

She Slays

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“Strength and honor are her clothing; she shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongues is the law of kindness…”
Proverbs 31:25-26

Let’s face it, the Proverbs 31 woman slays. She reminds me of a Spartan woman. She is focused like a race horse, her blinders keep her on task and she is not easily derailed by the peripheral view. She knows what lie over the horizon and does not easily perplex herself with pettiness or idleness. She knows who she is and she has full confidence in her King. After all, He made her, He equipped her and He wired her with His Love, Care and Ability.

She is secure.
She is gentle.
She has stamina and endurance.
She has a WE CAN attitude because she is a team player.

Ladies, we are capable of all of these things. The Proverbs 31 woman is not a lofty dream. Our men should see it in us as we demonstrate it. Our abilities EMPOWER them to be more than Conquerers.

YOU are the Key. You can do it and do it marvelously! Christ gave you his Champion Playbook! ~Nicole

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October 4, 2017

Gaining Ground

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“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of The Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory.” 2 Cor. 3:18

Recently I’ve changed up my personal training and nutrition routine a bit as I press toward some goals. I exercise not because of vanity, I train because I enjoy athletics. Fitness is my sport. It challenges my mind, my body, my strength and makes me stronger, focused, and flexible. I love to sprint and have done so for years. On occasion I enjoy wind sprints. I attach a harness to my back that has a small parachute. As I run the parachute lifts and gives me added resistance making the sprint more difficult–on purpose. I know that when you do something with frequency you get better at it. I don’t want to be content to stay the same. I’d like to see how much more pressure I can add to my physical frame. It not only strengthens my ability, increases my heart capacity, but it toughens my resolve.

In just the past few weeks I’ve seen and felt some physical fruit of my efforts. I feel stronger and more flexible and could really notice out on the track. The stronger and more flexible I become, the more capable I am to run greater distances with fewer strides.

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And so it is with life. When we rely on God and press ourself into His Presence and His Word with a steel-toed, dig in devotion we will eventually see some real fruit in our strength, mental/emotional tenacity and clarity and our flexibility will gain us territory in heavenly places.

Work your heart muscles today and run toward Gods Grace…You’ve got some ground to gain and territory to take. Whether it’s out on the track or the life goals you seek to advance…God is beside you, lifting your lid of possibility, becoming the winds that carry you from beneath and He is recognizing your every good effort to persevere and progress. His reward for you is amazing!  So don’t give up. Stop settling. No more regretting. Just pressing in so your best life can begin. You’ve got ground to gain and won’t you look amazing doing it! His love and grace dangle from your frame.

Go get it!

~Nicole

September 7, 2017

Honor of Men

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My daughter shared some thoughts from her religion teacher about how our culture has lost it’s compassion because of the feminist movement. Though controversial, I think I may on some level agree. Here’s what I see…

I think that we are loosing the beauty of each gender’s unique qualities. Women are wired to be nurturing and men are wired to be warriors. I think women can be strong and accomplish great things, but there is so much to be said for a man who knows how to be a man and stick up for, protect and provide for a woman. A man who knows how to lead and hold his position. One of the greatest draws, ok THE greatest draw, that pulled me to my husband was the absolute knowing that I felt safe. So much so I would have to say confidently that most people feel safe around my husband. He is definitely valiant to the core. That’s a big deal. When you feel safe you feel free.

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Freedom on countless levels. If you don’t have freedom…it may not be God in it.

How refreshing to discover that chivalry and true gentlemen still exist…I know because of my husband and the four young men he is raising. He has taught all of our boys to always have their head on a swivel and watch out for and stick close to the significant female (in this case…me) and the weakest or smallest individual (in this case…our youngest son).

My boys have been reminded of this with consistency for several years now and I’ve experienced the fruit of it. One evening I was out in town with just the boys, my husband not with us, and had a questionable person (a man) loiter about our presence. My oldest two sons were on it! They assessed, saw and hemmed in close to me pulling the younger two boys in tight also. We then moved out of the building. SAFE! It was drawing close to closing time so there were next to no other people in the store. This person was both odd and suspicious, but that valor kicked in and my boys rose up. I felt both proud of them and protected by them all at the same time.

But it’s difficult for a man to lead and own his position in the family when the significant female or wife won’t let them.

I’ve counseled women for years who have complained to me about what to do in any number of scenarios with their spouses. Situations and circumstances where they don’t agree with their spouse on a decision to be made. Unless the issue is something that goes against the law, human dignity or Biblical mandate– I have always encouraged the woman to submit.
I tend to instruct her to give in to her husband’s decision and watch God honor her. She may still disagree with her husband, but God will either curve that decision around and change her husband’s heart or God will change hers.

God honors a wife who knows how to trust her husband as the leader of the family.

If he cares enough to ask your opinion on the decision and wants your support, then he cares what you think and values your partnership and opinion. Honor him by stepping back and elevating him and his heart desires. Nothing will empower a man more! I think sometimes men quit leading because they are simply afraid to. They feel disempowered by those they mean to lead.

“A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.”

Proverbs 31:10-13

 

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“The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish tears it down with her own hands.” Proverbs 14:1

Have you ever met someone who is always trying to fix something that isn’t broken? Doesn’t make sense does it, but when we think in terms of people not objects it happens all of the time. Why do women try to fix other people? Somehow the gift to nurture got tangled with the world and out came a discontent with letting people be themselves. It’s not always women who do this, there are men who are fixers. Just the same way not all women are “fixers”. Let’s honor our husbands by not fixing them… let’s just love them and let God decide what needs fixing.

“It is better to live in a corner of the roof Than in a house shared with a contentious woman” Proverbs 25:24

When you get fixing you have become the proverbs woman who is compared to a woman who is a constant dripping. You may find your husband avoiding you instead of wanting to spend time with you. Get back to encouraging and lifting him higher. Most men live for the praise of the ones they love the most. After all, you must have thought that he was pretty ok enough to marry him.

Honor him by honoring who he is today….

July 1, 2017

The Wonder of Woman

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“She stretches out her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.”
Proverbs 31:19

In the Book of Proverbs 31 we find the blue print for God’s kind of Wonder Woman. The woman of strength God is after is not only unafraid to get dirt under her fingernails and get busy with her work, she is resourceful. In modern times women don’t use a spindle or distaff. We don’t spin our own wool into garments. But we are all weavers. We are hemming and sewing and capable of creating panels that attach each area of life, each duty, and each relationship to each other. We hold things together and if we do it right, we make everything around us better because we added value, luster and created a Shine.

We live in a day and age where the modern day heroine is considered to be “boss” or more poplar right now “badass”. Women are incredibly unique. We possess so many attributes of resilience and strength. I applaud the tenacious female who works hard, isn’t afraid of the struggle and possesses a deep passion and grit to get after it, whatever her “it” is. But let us not forget some of our greatest virtues. We possess incredible softness and femininity. There is true strength in gentleness. We possess the roar of the lioness and we must use our roar to applaud the victories and champion the hopes, dreams and aspirations of others. We hem people together, inspiring them to live, love and work together as a unified community. We encourage. We nurture. Then we do it all without gloating. We know the true source of our strength and our hope. We create. We conquer-both our fears and our goals. We are the serene voice of empowerment to men, giving them the supplemental Strength they need to believe they can do anything.

There is something lovely, strong, yet gentle about God’s woman of honor. It is our honor, ladies, to pursue her daily.

Champion of Virtue…
I believe in you.

~Nicole

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June 16, 2016

F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.

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F-Fit
A-Agile
B-Bold
U-Undaunted Belief
L-Longevity
O-Originality
U-Unique
S-Set Apart

The fit female is fabulous in so many ways. She is fabulous for more than just what her body can do, (bearing children, Hello!). She has mental fitness, emotional wholeness, spiritual soundness, as well. She is balanced in every arena and she is locked inside of you.
Unleash her today!

~Nicole

“She girds herself with strength [spiritual, mental, and physical fitness] for her God-given task and makes her arms strong and firm.”
Proverbs 31:17

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