September 18, 2017

A Heart for Community

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“For I long to see you, that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you-that is, that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine.” Romans 1:11-12

God plants people in neighborhoods, houses (resident dwellings), careers, jobs, and communities. God has a heart for community. Therefore, He had this in mind when He wrote on the tablet of your heart the purpose for your life. He decided where and when He would plant you like a seed on this earth. He is a Sovereign God. What does that mean? It means there is nothing that escapes His eye for detail. There is no plan He forgot or neglected to make. He is ever mindful of the course of your life. You can take great Comfort and Confidence in this. I am hoping I communicate encouragement to you if you are in a job that stresses you severely, or maybe you don’t like your neighborhood or have a neighbor who is difficult to live near. God has planted you there- if only for a season. You have been chosen to be a light to that community, whatever it is. ~Nicole

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August 31, 2017

Reliable

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 1:37 pm by Broken & Brave

Have you ever been around a person who is lazy? It can be tough to stomach for someone who isn’t lazy. I’m not calling rest laziness. I’m not calling insanely busy the protocol for healthy living. There is a balance for it all.

For a society or a community to run best, every person must do their best and do their part. We must lock arms. This is hard to do when there is laziness in the mix. Laziness is part of what made America a Capitalist nation. If you study history you learn that the early settlers experimented to see what type of community they wanted to build. At first everything was done communally. Everyone received equally from the harvest. Guess what began to happen. Some worked very hard and others began to work hardly at all, but were reaping the fruit of their neighbors labors. It didn’t take long for the idea of capitalism and free enterprise to rise. This system worked much better because each person became responsible for their own endeavors. They still helped one another and maintained community and Christianity, but they also required a certain level of excellence from everybody. I think it adds a margin of notable credibility when we exhort and encourage our neighbors to rise to a higher standard of dignity. Just like any army, we are only as strong as the weakest person. Empower the weak, the lazy, those who lack diligence, to step up and work with the rest of us.

God agrees with this principle too, it is evident in the scriptures. Nehemiah instructed and corrected the people’s of Israel and employed everyone. Moses had elders and leaders to help him manage the fold. Jesus had twelve disciples who he mentored and trained and then handed them the reigns when the Lord called Him home.

The best kind of leadership is the kind that gets its elbows dirty and serves. This is why the Cross and Christ are such an incredible story! He climbed off a Throne of Gold in his hometown called Perfection so he could come be the example of Holy Reflection.

God does not tarry. He is not lazy. He never forgets to do His work. He can be counted on as a stable and reliable source of Joy, Comfort, Provision and a Safe Haven from life’s trials and temptations. He loves you for sure-no doubting it please. He is like a Father who’s heart is securely to yours cleaved.
Love never fails and because of Faith’s endurance your heart shall live forever.

God  always ask us to work, but He goes to work with us and alongside us. I think He enjoys our company.

~Nicole

“Love never fails.”
1 Cor. 13:8

“The poor shall eat and be satisfied; those who seek Him will praise the Lord. Let your heart live forever!”
Psalm 22:26

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December 4, 2016

Run, Pray & Find Your Way

Posted in true story tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:48 am by Broken & Brave

Everyone who knows me knows my passion for health, fitness and nutrition and their impact on quality of life. I know it was God who stirred this passion and purpose in me. I didn’t play a lot of sports growing up. I wasn’t on a bunch of teams. No cheesy photos of me in a uniform. I cheered throughout high school and swam one year on swim team to stay in shape. But this deep desire was in me to be well, eat well, do well. I had no outside influence for this. My family does not share my passion for health and fitness. Not a coach, mentor or teacher telling me of my potential. I was almost always picked last or next to last for everything. My drive was all God, all spoken internal. I was 13 years old and was already thinking about lifelong wellness and disease prevention. Only God can do that. What 13 year old thinks of such things on their own? I never had mentors to pull me under their wing. In fact, most of my entire life I had the opposite. I was told I didn’t measure up, I wasn’t good enough, smart enough or didn’t do it right. For a long time I believed it.

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I love to sprint for cardiovascular fitness and to stay lean. Almost year round I will squeeze in a quick 10 minute sprint routine at the start of my day. Most days I now use the track at my kids school. The grounds keepers at the school have a little girl who is sometimes there waiting for her parents before being taken to school. Our first encounters with her she was bashful and hid away when she saw me. But over time she popped herself out to be seen, but still, very far away. But little by little she would come watch me run.

One morning, maybe a month ago, I got to the track to feast my eyes on a little 8 year old girl, who isn’t in the best of shape or weight, out on the track running her sprints.

Every sprint I’ve ever run, every bit of effort to encourage another I’ve ever given, was in that moment completely worth it. I had prayed just that morning if God would please use me that day to inspire another life higher. I specifically prayed for that little girl and that she would be inspired by me. God is so good, so faithful, so kind. I still pray for that little one, she talks my ear off now, and that she would find her drive and live her life to its fullest. Blessings for a glorious day. Your life an Inspired Asset of Heaven.

As we run, we pray and God makes the way.
-Nicole

“…let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…”

Heb. 12:1

December 3, 2016

Jump!

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

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Studies have been done using fleas. The fleas are placed in a jar and the lid is fastened. The fleas jump & jump & jump, but get no where. After a while they stop jumping. In fact, when the lid is removed, giving the fleas total freedom they still won’t jump out. I wonder what would happen if a new flea was introduced to the group? Would the other fleas laugh at him for daring to jump? Would they avoid him because he did things differently than them? I’m sure once he broke through the lid barrier (that wasn’t there at all) a few other fleas may dare to jump again too.

Your life is full of extraordinary potential. Set your wings ablaze and get your jumping legs ready. Gods got more in store but you can’t be afraid of whose going to laugh or judge. You’ve got more! -Nicole

“But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”
2 Chronicles 15:7

June 15, 2016

Lady In Waiting

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:03 am by Broken & Brave

“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Cor. 13:13

Love is patient and kind. It looks out for others. It thinks of itself less and others more. Love is gentle and quiet yet possesses all the roar of a lion or the fiercest ocean at storm. Love does not compromise and it is pristine. Love is all things classy.

Esther, Ruth, Mary the mother of Jesus, three women who I imagine knew how to keep it classy as they loved beyond their capacity to understand. They did it for the good of their common man. They lived a life worthy of esteem to be an example of Proverbs 31 woman kind of living.

Class is elegant. It is a disposition that maintains a posture of peace and position. It is regal in its own sort of way. It understands the beauty found in simplicity. It is meek and humble. It is gentle and easy, yet it is a yolk of the Lord not easily handled. It is costly like precious metals and gems, and it shines with brilliance.

The best kind of bling isn’t found in a ring, but in the heart that possesses the sweet residue of Heaven. Hold you head high today, Ladies. For you are each God’s Lady in Waiting. He’s got goodness in store for you. I believe in you, too! ~Nicole

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May 29, 2016

Winner’s Circle

Posted in Devotional, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 7:20 am by Broken & Brave

You are a Winner!

Champion does not mean first place-first prize.

A Champion is an ardent defender of purpose and people. God is your defender. He is ardent, unwavering, in his devotion to humanity. You count on him to do what only he can do and he will do it for you. You can trust him! Many times we SAY we trust him, but then we continue to take care of everything ourself. We believe he will bless our effort and that’s the extent of our trust. But what about trust that reaches beyond borders into unchartered waters and He alone is your compass or map? This is an entirely different trust zone.

You never go alone. You can count on him to help you win. Winning is about overcoming all that holds you back within so you can go out and help everyone around you. Glorious! ~Nicole

“When you call, the Lord will answer. ‘Yes, I am here,’ he will quickly answer.”

Isaiah 58:9

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April 20, 2016

Edified?

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

This is a portion of a text I received yesterday from a woman who is in her own zone, breaking the mold, exploring and realizing her own potential as she helps others. She is finding her purpose through service. The serving of others. But not just any service, the service God is calling her to do. God has something unique for each of us to do.

When your heart and soul are edified you come alive. You know in your heart what to do, what you are meant to do. It’s like a quickening of the soul from the Lord guiding you and encouraging you from within. It is a driving force that nothing can compare to and nothing can describe. When you feel it you come alive. You can’t explain it- you have to experience it.

In life there are many things that can bring enjoyment. There are many things that can “drive” our zeal. But the settled heart of the inner man or woman is all of those things and at the same time in a place of content rest. With that, you can’t help but have success. Be Strong. Live Strong. Be Edified and the Lord shall be Glorified. ~Nicole

“…that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man…” Eph. 3:16image