August 25, 2017

Press!

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , at 5:45 am by Broken & Brave

You can do it.

Have you ever notice when you are attempting to do something that resonates down deep in your soul, all heaven and earth seem to begin to move against you instead of with you? It’s quite common actually. Every great thing accomplished in history was completed under tremendous duress. Especially when it was something that began to shift the way a society did something or thought about something. It’s part of what makes the story great. I think God loves a good story as much as the rest of us.

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Take the parasol for example. A useful tool used to keep a woman’s face shaded and protected from the sun. The gentleman who got the brilliant idea to begin using it for an umbrella found himself under tremendous opposition to tradition in the introduction of this useful tool. In fact, it took forty years for the umbrella, as we know it and it’s usefulness today, to become socially accepted. An umbrella! Hardly an instrument to shape and shift a culture in a profound way, but look how necessary they have become.

So next time you feel discouraged, feel like quitting, considering your options to give up. Think again. Reassess. Then Press! God will go with you and provide every resource and assistance required of you to see the breakthrough. In the process, he is creating within you clean lines of a chiseled and strong character and heart. So don’t lose Heart! Today is a new day…what a fantastic start for all things extraordinary. YOU have a part.

You’ve got amazing written all over you. ~Nicole

“Then answered I them, and said unto them, The God of heaven, he will prosper us; therefore we his servants will arise and build…”


Nehemiah 2:20

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August 9, 2017

Story Tellerđź“š

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 5:11 am by Broken & Brave

I don’t consider myself a blogger.

I am a writer.

I am a writer who happens to have a blog account and on this account I share a little glimpse of the pieces I write.

I was thinking about this and all the different ways people who write do so. Some write and their pen is a compilation of all they have researched. Some write songs or lyric of sorts.

I write stories.

I suppose if I wanted I could write a story like a novel. I’ve not done this except maybe a short little story in elementary school. I have on more than one occasion wondered how I’d be at this kind of story telling? Could I write a novel? Maybe someday I will, I think I’d enjoy the process, the progress, the challenge. As for now, I tell true stories. I tell my stories.

I recently wrote about a few experiences I’ve had in my life. I shared these pieces of work on my blog site. When you bog frequently you begin to accrue a following of “bloggers”. People who write or blog and follow other bloggers. So I began tagging and organizing my posts making it easier for people searching a specific topic to find what I’ve written. As a result my blog has really grown and I have a faithful following of people who seem to enjoy my stories, encouragement and writing. Some of these people I know, some I don’t.

Recently I had a few bloggers ping back my posts, the few I am mentioning now, with a link to all the scriptural support for the stories I have shared. It was kind of fascinating to read the in depth, precept by precept, recitation and application of the Word. I was a bit fascinated by the attention and time committed to the writing of this source. God has gifted people who can dig and research and create an organized and simplified search through the scriptures on any given topic.

As I mulled through these thoughts in my mind I contemplated how some write facts or just information. I write stories. My life is like a little playbook of all the miracles and wonders and stories of the Bible in a present day setting. The person who ping backed gave enormous scriptural application for my testimony.

Here’s the cool thing about a story…your story. It is YOURS. Nobody else’s. It cannot be taken from you. It cannot be refuted. It’s your story.

See, if we truly and fervently want to see people impacted by the Gospel we need to become champion story tellers. I’m not talking fairy tales and folklore. We don’t manufacture fiction.

I’m talking about testifying.

Here is a simple format:

This is where I was in life. This is what I saw. This is what I did and this is where I am now and where I see myself going.

Christians need to have the full version of their testimony, but they also need an elevator version. They need to be well equipped and trained up in how to share their story with others. I think if more Christians focused on sharing their story, they wouldn’t feel so timid about sharing their faith. Because they are simply sharing their story. It releases the pressure of “am I witnessing correctly?” or the recipient, “are you proselytizing me?”.

Everybody loves a good story.

Everybody loves to hear something encouraging that has happened. It secretly inspires and encourages others, even if they never tell you. I guarantee they walk away with a piece of gratitude for the deeper level of Peace your story released in their heart.

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Your life is a story, your story. Share it boldly. Be willing to do bold and risky things. It builds your faith, sharpens your trust in God and gives you some pretty amazing stories that are exciting and captivating for others to hear.

People want to know God is real and that He can do all the cool miracles, Signs and Wonders the Bible espouses He can do. My life alone is living evidence He is, He can, and He does!

What is your story?
(I love feedback by the way!)

Make it an awesome day, writing your story with Him! You have been earmarked, like a page in a favorite book, for Glory!

~Nicole

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth…” Romans 1:16