September 26, 2018

Sharpened

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Life is a delicate balancing act. You’ve got fortitude and strength. You have power to hold it together. Though gravity and outside forces pull against you and try to force you down, out and in directions contrary to the Destination designed for you- you shall not break. You may bend, and bending is good for it demonstrates a spirit of unity toward all that is good…

You will not break.

Dig Deep, Beloved…for loved deeply is who you are.

Live a life made Complete and shine brighter than the stars.

Iron sharpens iron…

“As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.”
Proverbs 27:17

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Don’t quit. Don’t give up. Do not lose heart. God gave you a big heart and it is full of purpose. Your Reason is what carries you through every season. So instead of shrinking back or slowing down…RISE to the occasion. Tenacity, Strength and Fervor are available. Watch and see as God carries you by His Faith through this entire week. Extraordinary things in the pipeline for you!

~đź’•Nicole

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.” Prov. 3:5-6

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July 1, 2018

Aim High

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , at 8:46 am by Broken & Brave

Sometimes the best thing that can happen to you in life is to fail at something. Failure is what sets apart the champion from the talker or complainer. Failure has a way of chipping away at our mold and revealing clusters of pure gold. Often times the greater the failure the larger the bounce back. That’s if you willing to get up and continue after it. Most have heard the saying that it is always darkest before the dawn. I sort of feel God loves to make a big, bright and dramatic entrance. He is all about the glory if we can only learn to focus on the big picture and understand He is always using our story.

The HEART of a CHAMPION always beams first. It beats loudly and thunders the hopes, dreams and aspirations. It penetrates the darkness and then erupts with magnificence just as the heart itself and its Maker always knew it would.
Success is always the only option.

You’re Maker wired you to succeed. It all comes down to what kind of tenacity your veins bleed.

~Nicole
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May 28, 2018

Excellence Rising

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , at 7:07 am by Broken & Brave

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There is a standard of excellence rising up in you like never before. Can you feel it? Are you aware it’s there? You begin to care for and about things, situations and people you maybe never noticed before. All of this, evidence that you’ve grown.

When we are young we may care for those around us, family and friends, but our thoughts are mostly inward and self motivated by nature. As we mature and grow older something begins to shift and we are no longer content to think this way. We come to realize the importance of loving and caring for the needs of others. Everyone faces their own mountains, their own struggles, their own dreams, wants, desires. How are we apart of their equation?

All of life is an endless flow and all our hearts tangled together. The more we move in Oneness the more we become like tiny drops in the sea, mingled so tightly one moecule of water not discernible from another. Yet, we are all there, rolling and waving and waking together. Gently….Fiercely….Lovely.

Everything you do in life matters. Do not discount yourself. Do not think small thoughts of yourself. Nor should we think less than beautiful thoughts of others. Grab your Hope, even if it be merely a tiny thread. Get tangled in it. WRAP up in it. Allow it to hoist your heart and exalt your mind to every dream, inspiration or ambition you have ever held inside. The future is inside you already, waiting for God’s perfect timing to begin. He sets the pace, He charts your race and He knows every roadblock, obstacle, every need and has every provision–both the tangible and the unspoken cares of the heart. Stir up an added measure of Belief.

Belief…
It is the dwelling place of Hope. Though it takes courage, don’t be afraid to dare to Believe.

Belief…
Bold
Encouragement
Living
Itself
Everyday
For others
I Believe in You! Now, go with belief in yourself. You CAN do it! Don’t forget to have a marvelous day. ~Nicole

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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January 14, 2018

The Pollen of Passion

Posted in Inspirational tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 8:15 am by Broken & Brave

Your successes are safely tucked within your struggle.

Are you struggling?

Right now it looks like progress, passion, perseverance and heart. These are the attributes, the grit, that everything GREAT is made from. It’s never too late to be whatever you want to be. Believe~in yourself and every possibility etched within. Begin~to take the required actions steps of faith required to manifest destiny. As you do these things you will see yourself become all He has woven within you to be..
Like a Valiant Steed does he proceed ahead making a way for absolutely everything you will need to complete your purposed journey.

God will direct your path and the lives of those he has hand picked for you to touch. I believe this with all of my heart. So, never be too hard on yourself, nor too easy either. You are designed, set apart, and created to rise higher and take others with you, too. You’ve got a lot to offer this world, just dig deep inside and LOVE it all out!

From the Crown of your head to the soul of your feet, may the Lord’s plan for your life be made whole and complete. Every little thing you have ever experienced can be used of God to build your heart, hope and happiness if you let it. Life is a beautiful arrangement, like a bouquet of flowers and He is the Gardener. You’ve got a way about you all your own that has a lingering presence.

The world wouldn’t be the same without you. ~Nicole

“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.”
Psalm 139:13-14
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October 19, 2017

Unfair or Foundational?

Posted in Devotional, true story tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:07 am by Broken & Brave

The only people who fail are those who quit. Don’t quit!

Some people don’t have to work very hard and things come naturally to them while others work extremely hard and the results come with great difficulty. Have you ever wondered about this? I see this a lot in my competitions. Girls who don’t train very hard and don’t stick to their diet, yet they walk away with a trophy. But this concept applies to many areas of life. It could be a Valedictorian to rarely studied, the person who finds a job in a day while you hunt away. The list goes on.

Some may say it seems unfair, but don’t allow your heart, your mind nor your attitude to droop. For anything you deem important enough to put your heart to and it falls in line with the inspired Word of God, then God cares about it too and He is with you making way for you. Sometimes the Lord places purposes in our heart knowing the challenge it will bring. He will use it all to build stellar character to the pure of heart. So don’t quit. Never give up. You must be decided and possess absolute belief that the God who put you to it will see you through it brilliantly. What do you gain by quitting? You become like those work not at all and nothing comes to them. But when you work hard and discipline yourself the rewards received by far outweigh and title or trophy. It’s about becoming the best you can be and self worth and dignity. ~Nicole

“So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should.”
1 Cor. 9:24-26

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September 5, 2017

Take A Bite!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 5:44 am by Broken & Brave

There is an old saying that goes, “How do you eat an elephant?”

The answer, “One bite at a time.”

What does this old idiom mean? It actually has nothing to do with elephants at all. It means when a task, trouble or struggle seems too big, too ominous you need to stop looking at the size of the task and break it down into small and manageable increments. Anything can overwhelm, but when we take every day as they come, knowing full well that God is measuring your Desire to be more like Him and if He knows you are honestly trying, He is more than pleased. Could you imagine on the day of your Salvation Jesus giving you a Diploma and saying, “Congratulations, now from this day forward, you will look exactly like me, talk exactly like me and walk, exactly like me…no exceptions.” Not at all! If that were so it would defeat the entire purpose for the Cross! He knows we aren’t perfect or flawless. We will never stop making mistakes because we are human and failed by Adam’s original sin. It’s ok. So embrace all the Teacher has for you each and every day. You are a winner in His book. He made you and is very proud of all the Creative Wonder and Ability He has established in you. When you feel discouraged, or hard on yourself, remember my words. You are beautiful through and through and Jesus just can’t take his eyes off of you…

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1

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May 25, 2017

Reflect What Matters

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , at 6:18 am by Broken & Brave

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It’s tough to be a woman in modern day America. Everything society dictates requires wits, beauty and the strength of a man without being a man. So much pressure to “measure up” we tend to always be measuring ourselves with the wrong tape measure…

I love people.

It may seem odd, but when I look at people, experience people, I am having an encounter with their heart. I don’t particularly focus on gender, color or socioeconomic status (poverty or wealth).

I see souls.

This is a difficult concept for most because most people don’t view people that way. Most rely on the naked eye and external appearances or presumptions. But I know God sees everyone by the heart and soul. I know God has given me His heart for souls.

You can’t effectively love people unless you are willing to get involved in their life. You can’t possibly get to know someone until you speak to them and get to know them and listen beyond words, but listen with the heart to their heart.

I want all women to know how beautiful and loved they are by the King of all kings.

God’s got friendship for you. He doesn’t focus on your skin color, your shape, your size, your gender but he knows the color of your eyes because they are the apple of his. He thinks of you and begins to grin. He is heart and soul captivated by your heart and soul. He loves you more than you know and he will never reject you. You can let him in…He wants to sink in deep and comfort you while you sleep.

He’s a good, kind and gentle God.

Lay your every trouble at His feet.
He wants to lift you higher. -Nicole