May 27, 2019

End Times Army

Posted in leadership tagged , , , , , , , at 7:51 am by Broken & Brave

The Call to Lead

The world doesn’t need any more cheerleaders. It needs leaders. Leaders who serve. Leaders who elevate others above themselves. Leaders who are dead to themselves and fully open to God. Leaders who lead people who know their leaders would let you walk across their back because the leader isn’t afraid of sacrifice. Leaders who aren’t afraid to hold those they lead accountable and know they need accountability themselves.

The world needs leaders who have a crystal clear and concise message. They can look you straight in the eye and keep their pupil laser tight because they have passion and confidence and tell the truth.

The world needs leaders who empower the people.

Nehemiah was a leader like that. He left the comforts of a palace and the favor of a king to help God’s people rebuild themselves. The people had been in captivity (Babylon) so long they had forgotten. They had forgotten what the Bible said. They had forgotten who they were. They hadn’t the strength to wear their armor and protect their blessings. Nehemiah came and showed them how. He read them the Word and told them the Truth. He equipped them and showed them how to fortify their walls and how to keep Sanballet and Tobiah out of God’s Temple. He taught them to stop extorting and taking from one another. He taught them how to be a team and work together. He taught them how to build.

God is raising up men and women like Nehemiah today. People who know who their God is and know who they are. They have a pure heart and a right motive. They are equipping and leading and teaching people how to live a victorious life. They are willing to sacrifice, even lay down their own life (personal rights and freedoms) for a cause greater than themselves. They are the Pure and Spotless Bride. Though they be a Remnant, God is using supernatural means to connect them one to another no matter what region of our nation they reside.

God is coming for a Radiant Bride.

Her garment is gorgeous, but it is heavy (costly). It can only be worn by those who’s hearts are steadfast and heaven’s mantle has prepared for the task at hand.

God has a plan for your life. He will provide the Sacred Appointments and Leadership required to advance. When you advance—hold your stance. For the greatest blessings prove to be faiths greatest test. Prove to be set apart and resilient. Stoic in the faith. Let God set the pace and you will overcome.

“Thus I cleansed them from everything foreign, and I established the duties of the priests and Levites, each in his work; and I provided for the wood offering at appointed times, and for the firstfruits.

“Remember me, O my God, for good.”

Nehemiah 13:31

Go forth a be equipped.

God alone sails the ship.

~Nicole

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May 26, 2019

My Heart Be Still!

Posted in leadership, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 7:10 am by Broken & Brave

When it is of the Lord—

God will always speak to your potential. He sees your true identity. The one washed in His Perfection and groomed for His Love. When God leads you into deeper levels of intimacy or higher levels of achievement, doing what you haven’t done before, though you may be challenged the challenge will be laced in love. The leadership of heaven leads with love. When the Holy Spirit convicts your soul to make changes or repent it will still be laced with love. When it’s God you ultimately feel better about yourself even when His finger is stirring our hearts. Stirring can be uncomfortable—but discomfort only lasts a night compared to the unspeakable Joy that overtakes your life.

The best way to be happy, find joy, and live a life marked by resilient, stoic and magnetic faith is to allow the Lord to examine us—

heart, mind and soul.

We bow down before our Maker. We humble ourself before our King. We drink of His Healing waters and we ask His Love to purge us of all that is not of Him.

Self examination can be challenging. Love can be painful. Loving others and ourselves requires a sacrifice.

Love until it hurts until there is no more hurt and only Love remains. (Mother Teresa)

Love washes and cleanses. Love gives the blind new eyes to see. Love rejuvenates the soul and gives the heart occasion to sing. Love is the Guidepost on your darkest of nights. Love is the still whisper that quiets your soul at night. Love is gentle, patient, humble and kind. Love engages.

Guard your heart, Beloved. Drown out the noise. Listen, intently, to the Voice of the Holy Spirit. If the words contain wisdom is one thing, but if the words of wisdom are laced with scriptural Love then they have been hemmed above and you will have a certain degree of edification in your soul.

Discernment is a tremendous blessing. Walk in wise counsel of the Holy Spirit. Life may be pulling you in many directions and giving you all sorts of advice. Be gracious-but only do as the Lord leads you. Unshakable pardon He makes everything right. He sees what we cannot. He shakes the earth and loosens the fruit from the trees. Every knee will bow eventually—that’s my King!

~Nicole

be still my heart

An exclamation that something is too exciting or overwhelming for one to bear; literally, that it is causing one’s heart to beat too fast. (Dictionary.com)

Prayer of Penance and Praise:

Abba God-

What a magnificent Father you are. You are a good Dad. You are gentle. Your eyes are kind. You soak up our laughter and you help us achieve and get after all the grand things of this life we must do. You do things with sway and ever abounding excellence. Engage our hearts to excellence in you. Keep us still just for this one profound moment. Your love make way to the roots of our identity. So then all that would flow from us, through us, over us would nourish us richly like liquid gold. Your love is like no earthly love ever known. You delight in your Created. Give us new eyes. Forgive us our small thinking and toughened hearts. Increase our capacity to give and live in love. Thank you for the sting of the Cross and the pain you endured just to prove your great love for us. We catch it today. We love you! Amen.

“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39.

May 10, 2019

New Levels New Devils

Posted in Inspirational, true story tagged , , , , , , , , at 6:02 am by Broken & Brave

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called.

—1 Corinthians 1:26

“Sometimes God calls people to lead who don’t necessarily want to lead. When God called Gideon to be a leader of Israel, he was hiding from his enemies, the Midianites. The angel of the Lord appeared and said to him, “The Lord is with you, you mighty man of valor!” (Judges 6:12 NKJV). However, in that moment, Gideon was about as uncourageous as he could be.

Gideon was cowering in fear because of his enemies, yet the Lord was calling him into service. He protested, “O my Lord, how can I save Israel? Indeed my clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house” (Judges 6:15 NKJV). Another way to say that would be, “I’m the runt of the litter. Don’t bother with me. My brothers—they’d do a much better job.” But God chose Gideon.

Sometimes the Lord chooses people who don’t want to be leaders because they know they can’t do it on their own. They’ll have God-confidence instead of self-confidence.

It’s also true that sometimes God does not call people who do want to be leaders. Maybe it’s because they want it too much. Maybe it’s because they want it for the wrong reason. It’s a great privilege to be a leader, and there is great joy in being able to perhaps see things change or influence things or accomplish something of value. But it isn’t for the faint of heart.

There’s a price you will pay. If you’re a leader, wherever you might lead, you will be misunderstood, misrepresented, mocked, and criticized. Sometimes there even will be threats on your life. So don’t try to be a leader if God hasn’t called you to be one. But if He has called you to lead, then by all means do so.”

(Greg Laurie Harvest America)

When I was a young adult God brought into my life the incredible gift of John Maxwell and his unique gifting to teach leadership skills. We all know that leadership techniques can be taught, but true leadership is caught. As I was listening to some teaching materials by Maxwell I paused to pray a simple prayer telling the Lord I felt overwhelmed. I hadn’t heard any of this before and how in the world could I lead? I wasn’t a leader. That was my belief. No more than a few seconds later the Lord fires back His answer direct to my mind and heart. The Spirit declared to my soul, “If you are a Christian you are called to lead!” With that, I never looked back and I continued to learn and continued to try. I’ve failed many times, but I’ve learned over time that though I may glean wisdom from others, the world doesn’t need another copy of those others. I had a unique flair and style all my own that would be used to speak to some, but not everyone.

If you are going to lead you must do so from a posture of empowerment. If everyone thinks they can’t do it then they won’t. Empowering is leading others to believe that if you can do it, so can they!

If you’re going to lead you are going to be criticized. Period. It’s the enemies way of using sometimes well meaning people to wear you down, cause you to doubt or make you turn back. Don’t have that! It’s never people, it’s always their own fears, worries, insecurities and lack that cause them to attack. Most of my criticism has come from other Believers. I think all Believers in the Church have experienced criticism from other Believers. That is because we are all human and that is our community. Christians aren’t perfect people, just redeemed people.

In 2004 when we sold our home for next to nothing and gave away everything we owned as well as the profit from the sale of our home. People in the Church came unglued! I had one person tell me they never knew anyone who could hear the Spirit like I do and when God told me to jump they always saw me respond, “How high?”. But in the next breath they told me this choice has to be an exception because God wouldn’t ask anyone to do what I was doing.

Really? How about the entire first century church? I had the wisdom to read between the lines–they were frightened I was hearing the Lord correctly and He might ask them to do the same thing! Sure it hurt, but you’ve got to learn to brush it off and see criticism for what it is 9 times out of 10. If the criticism is true God will bring it back to you until you fix what He is trying to fix. And keep in mind that it requires discernment to filter between condemnation and conviction. Everyone dislikes discomfort, but I’ve witnessed many who dislike discomfort to a degree that they throw away conviction calling it condemnation when it wasn’t anything of the sort. We all have to look at ourselves to truly see ourselves.

The Lord once told me if the Church is treating their own like this, imagine what the world would do to you! If you look close, there is encouragement in that.

Be thankful it’s not worse!

Attitude is everything!

If you’re going to lead, make sure every single day you are doing it for the right reasons. Leading is nothing more than guiding people to Christ. Seeing the best in them and empowering them to know that they can do what you can do. Leaders don’t keep God’s Glory, they give it away. You are not a blueprint of anyone else. You have your own set of unique abilities—blueprints, sent to you by vehicle of your DNA.

You are made of the right stuff. You don’t need to be anybody else, God’s got some leading for you to do! The mantle of heaven looks marvelous on you. God knew what He was doing when He chose you.

He chose you, Beloved! What an honor to serve!

Shine bright because you are a diamond that brings the Lord sheer delight!

~Nicole

Today is a day like none other! Go boldly, love brilliantly and behold every ounce of Gold that the Lord has entrusted to you. To be Golden is to see the Touch of the Master in everything you pursue and do. Heaven takes delight in you so be delighted!

Have a great day and always know everything I say is with absolute and imperative belief that you are worth loving and are hand designed by the King of kings. Be empowered~~

Rise up and take the day. ~Nicole💕

May 3, 2019

Heart Check

Posted in Inspirational, Prayer of blessing tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 7:03 am by Broken & Brave

Great things are done with great heart!

God can do whatever He wants, however He wants and He can use whomever He wishes. I believe He wants to use you!

So if you are going through it, you may just be paving the way for others to have a smoother trip. He knew you were strong enough to go first. He needed someone who could blaze a trail into the “never been done before”.

It could be your health journey, your education, job selection/career path or something else. It doesn’t matter what it looks like to others. If God has impacted you to move, then move. He will take care of the groves in the road and His Mighty plan will unfold! Triumphant!

“Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner for the nations.” Is. 62:10

And when you move…move with great heart, Dear Heart.

‪So many examples of heart in the Word of God we can gain valuable wisdom by–

Solomon served half hearted.‬

‪Saul had no heart.‬

‪But David served with his whole heart.‬

Maintain the softness and tenderness of heart like a child. Obtain the posture and peace of a steady heart fully prepared and encouraged to serve the King. Protect and guard your heart from the sting of trials and travails because you know in your heart of hearts the Risen Savior always prevails! Do it all with beauty of heart!♥️

‪”Take heart! I have overcome the world!”‬

Great things are done with great heart! ~Nicole

Prayer of Blessing:

God grant you the Grace and abundant faith to run with ample merit the path He has chosen you for. Heaven alone knows how extraordinarily adored you are. Heaven rejoices over you and not only cheers for you, but anchors a Banner of Love over you. He will pardon your every move because He is with you making Way for your Journey. Take Heart, Dear One. God is on your side and if He be for you, nothing can stand against you and prevail! You were made to overcome! Amen!

February 22, 2019

Staying Power

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , at 6:51 am by Broken & Brave

This very minute I’m at a leadership conference in the greater Dallas area.

I’ve been involved with a business of nutrition for more than twenty years now. It has blessed my life in countless ways. Countless ways.

I have deep conviction in my heart that my God used what I have learned through the leadership training, the products and the people—well… it is of invaluable worth. I also love the culture. So many wonderfully successful people who just simply love and care about others. And that is exactly what made them prosper.

Melts my heart. But like most all experiences in life, for maximum impact and a vision that will last—people will only carry your or my vision so far.

They need to see it for themself.

Just like Jesus—

We who have experienced know how good His Love is! It reaches down deep and touches everything. Piercing and powerful and gentle and lovely all at the same time. But I can’t describe my intimacy with heaven to the level I know it. You have to experience Him for yourself. Taste and see…

Sometimes others won’t understand why you do what you do, go where you go or say what you say….

But God just may be using you to show others what it looks like to never give up on something that God has put you to before He’s through!

Most people give up way too soon.

They quit as soon as it gets hard, or sacrifice is required or they get knocked down a few times. But let that not be said of you. What you don’t realize is that sometimes God takes his time in fulfilling your dreams, goals and aspirations because He is:

🍓Getting you ready to maintain a foundation of integrity and a quality moral compass when you get there (pressures are always high the higher you rise).

🍓Laying a flame proof foundation that builds confidence in others. A rock solid foundation holds strong when you cast vision, when you speak knowledge, when you step out in faith—more people will go with you because of the proven track record they have with you. Isn’t that what we want? Leadership is actually very simple. It is about helping another have a better life because of your influence. That’s why the Bible is so big on servant leadership. The greatest of all was the servant to all. The greater you become is related to how well you serve. It’s a role we never outgrow!

So hang tight! Your victory may be just in sight. God always knows what He is doing!

If He said it, He’ll do it!

You just may have a kind of staying power He is after.

So keep going!

Nicole🌹

“Continue to love each other with true brotherly love. Don’t forget to be kind to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it

September 18, 2017

A Heart for Community

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

“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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