That Girl Was Me….

The story I’m about to share with you is about a girl I once knew. This girl was young and was full of shame for things another person had done to her when she was younger. She didn’t know it wasn’t her fault, she thought she deserved it. She had fear of rejection. She was raised in alcoholism. She felt she could never measure up. She was the perfect enabler and always sought approval from others. That girl was ME! There was a time in my life, a very dark time where I struggled with severe depression. The enemy would whisper in my ear and I believed the lies he said;

“Your not good enough.”

“No one will ever want you.”

“No one would miss me if I was gone.”

See at the time I was young and the things going on around me seemed unbearable and never ending. I was full of shame. I felt unloved, unwanted, that I could never measure up to what people wanted, and I felt not good enough. I was tired and just didn’t know what to do or how to handle it any more.

I was hanging with people that weren’t a good influence on me and not making good choices. I was staying with a friend, she was pregnant, unmarried, and we were just “having fun.” I was having problems with my boyfriend who by the way was awful to me but not having a stable father figure in my life I didn’t know any better.

I was also dealing with issues from my moms marriage, feeling overwhelmed to fix things that I couldn’t fix. Her husband would tell me awful things you should never say to anyone. Things like;

“You’re a slut.”

“You’ll never amount to anything.”

“No one would will ever want you.”

I loved him and I know in his own way he loved me but he was emotionally abusive and was an alcoholic. No one knew what was going on behind closed doors. We often put on the air that everything is perfect in our lives when in reality we are dying on the inside.

Let me just say that the devil is a liar!! He came to steal, kill, and destroy! He wants you to believe nothing will ever change, you’re to far gone, that you’ll never be able to measure up and that your better off dead. But thats not the case precious one. LIES! LIES! LIES! Do not be deceived by the whispers in your ear. God has great and mighty plan for your life, a hope and future but no one was speaking this over me or in my life.

One night I was all alone in my friends apartment, I felt as if my whole world was caving in on me. I felt unloved, full of shame, unwanted and not good enough. I was just tired. Not sure I truly wanted to die, all I knew was I couldn’t live this way anymore. I just wanted the pain to stop! I was listening to the lies being whispered in my ear and that night as I drank a couple of wine coolers I decided I would end the pain by taking a bottle of pills, and so I did. The pain would stop and I would be free.

Shorty after I took them I knew I had made a terrible mistake and I called my friend and told her what I had done and thankfully as God would have it she wasn’t far from home. She came and rushed me to the emergency room. They had to call my mom and she came as well. I never thought of the pain I would have caused her I just wanted my pain to stop.

I’m so thankful to God for that day! That was the day God pulled me out of the miry pit I was in. He said “NO, precious daughter! Not today! My life didn’t turn around dramatically but He set me on the course I was to be on. I still had not turned my life fully over to God, He was my Savior but I was still in the drivers seat. Now I was in the hospital getting the counseling I so deeply needed, I felt like I was there forever but it truly changed my life and the course it would take.

Not to long after that I met Sean and we got married and had 3 beautiful daughters. My life wasn’t perfect but I was now letting go and letting God.

I want to fast forward a bit to a night a few years ago when I was a girls high school youth leader. The night seemed like any other night but it wasn’t going to be. This would be where God takes our mess and He gives us a message. That night a young girl showed up and come to find out she had taken an overdose of medication and me and another leader rushed her to the hospital.

I hadn’t thought about what I had done in so many years and now all those thoughts and feelings came flooding back and I knew exactly where this beautiful young girl was at. I didn’t know her and yet I did. Just as God said to me in the darkest time of my life “Not today precious one.” He said the same thing to her. It wasn’t her time.

God so perfectly orchestrated the whole thing, for her to come there and for me to be there.

We waited and waited for what seemed like forever, I couldn’t leave and go home though. I had to talk to her and hug her. I had to share my experience, strength and hope with her.

See what the devil meant to harm and destroy in my life God worked for good and hers on that very night. God made our paths cross on purpose. He had a plan and it was a perfect plan.

Whatever lies the devil has whispered to you, I want you to know first off….the devil is a liar. And secondly YOU ARE LOVED! God loves you so much, his love for you is never ending but right now you may feel like I did when I was 18 or like the young girl who came that night…..you just can’t see beyond the pain. If no one else will, let me be the one to speak life over you and tell you what God is saying to you:

My beloved son or daughter,

Wherever you are you are NOT alone. I am with you always, in the good times and bad. Call on My name, I will never leave you nor forsake you. I created you on purpose and I have great and mighty plans for your life, ones you can’t even imagine or dream. What the enemy meant to harm and destroy I WILL WORK FOR YOUR GOOD. You may not see it right away but if you trust Me, it will come to pass. I am for you not against you, and My Word cannot return void. I am no respecter of persons, what I do for one I will do for another. I know it feels like it but your pain won’t last forever. You are a child of the Most high God. I call you beloved, chosen, beautiful, holy, set free, redeemed, overcomer, vicTOR not a victim. You are the apple of my eye, my wonderful masterpiece. That’s who I say you are! Don’t listen to the whispers of the enemy.

This pain, this guilt or shame you carry was not meant for you. The load is to heavy precious one, give it all to Me, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light. I want to heal you every where you hurt. I know your searching and thirsty but search and thirst no more, because if you believe in Me rivers of living water flow over you.

I have seen your heartache and pain, it didn’t escape Me, I caught each tear you’ve cried in a bottle. Give me your broken heart and just see what I can do. Let Me redeem what the enemy has stolen from you. Let Me bring healing and restoration to the broken places of your life. I know you think it’s impossible but NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME! Trust and believe in Me, and expect Me to show up and show out. For I have loved you with everlasting love💗

Sincerely,

God

I know what it’s like to feel hopeless and alone, that’s why I think God has been helping me to be more vulnerable with the trials I’ve been threw. I never want my pain to be wasted, if I can just help 1 person than that makes it worth it all. Find someone you can share with and help you walk it out. What the enemy wants is for you to feel like you are all alone and no one knows where your coming from but I say that’s a lie straight from the pit of hell! You are NOT alone and as you find the strength to share your pain you’ll find others just like you. Now what was once hidden in the dark is now in the light and doesn’t have the same power as it once did.

Never give up precious one. God is with you always. He will never leave you nor forsake you. Keep pressing in trusting God to do a mighty work in your life. That pain you feel, that loss, that tragic thing that happened to you….God will use it for good in your life and you’ll be able to help someone else. You are a trophy of grace!

Be blessed and big hugs,

Nicole 💗

If you have thoughts of suicide call a friend, a pastor, a teacher, a doctor, find someone to talk to or call:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-8255

Be Expecting God to move….

Expect to see what’s been declared over your life. Expect God to show up in your circumstances! The blessings of the Lord are on you, there is a BULLSEYE on you waiting to bless you, heal you, set you free, and restore what needs to be restored. I believe there’s a shift coming for God’s people. I believe Gods promises for my life and yours.

“The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it .” 1 Thessalonians 5:24

“He that began a good work will complete it.. “Philippians 1:6

Whatever you need, look to His Word, His promises are for YOU! Live life expecting good things instead of expecting the bad like“Ok what’s going to happen next?” Just waiting for the shoe to drop. I’ve been that way myself about things in my life. I believe for other people but I don’t always believe that God will do it for me. I’ve been anxious and fearful about things, not fully trusting God to take care of me or whatever is going on. But I’m here to tell you God is NO respecter of persons!! What He does for someone else believe He WILL DO FOR YOU PRECIOUS ONE!!

All the days of the desponding and afflicted are made evil [by anxious thoughts and forebodings], but he who has a glad heart has a continual feast [regardless of circumstances. Proverbs 15:15

So we must live with a cheerful and expectant heart. That doesn’t mean everything is going perfect in our lives it just means we are trusting God to perfect that which concerns us. SO BE EXPECTANT THAT SOMETHING GOOD IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN YOUR LIFE, YOUR MARRIAGE, YOUR FAMILY, YOUR FINANCES AND HEALTH.

Whatever it is your going through, or whatever you need look to His promises, His Word and believe that! Cling to that! For we walk faith and not by sight. We may not see it just yet or circumstances may look awful and but we “Call those things that be not as though they are.” Live your life expecting that something good is going to happen because God is for you. He has a hope and future for you and what the enemy meant to harm and destroy God WILL WORK FOR YOUR GOOD precious one! Amen!

Be blessed and big hugs🤗

Nicole💗

Overcoming Opposition

Opposition can come at any time, when things are going good or bad. When we’re seeing change for the good and we know we’re doing what God wants us to do, that’s when the enemy tries to step in and oppose what we’re doing.

I’ve personally experienced a lot of this here recently. Something that you prayed for for a long time and your breakthrough happens, the enemy will try anything and everything to defeat you in in that area or another area of your life.

The thief comes only to steal, kill, and destroy, he will do his best to bring doubt, fear, and insecurity into your mind and heart. Thats why it’s so important to renew our minds. Know the word, speak the word, let it get on the inside of you so when the enemy comes at you with his lies you speak back to him and put him in his place!

A wide door is open for great work but there are many adversaries. 1 Corinthians 16:9

When you step out and do what God wants you to do, don’t think the devil will roll out a red carpet for you and say “Go ahead, do what what you’re called to do.”

Ohhh no he won’t!! He will try to come at you any way possible to keep you from doing whatever it is, so stand your ground! Y’all talk back to the devil! He is a defeated foe!

He’s sneaky and knows your weak areas where he can get to you. It could be through people, your health, finances, your job, your spouse/family. Whatever it is KNOW this, he is only trying to distract you from doing whatever it is you are called to do.

Remember “We war not against flesh and blood….”

I have let him distract me and gotten swallowed up by his tactics at different times in my life but at least I can say they are becoming shorter and shorter times. I’m realizing what’s going on and you can too. We can’t be moved by what we see, we call those things that be not as though they are. Stop focusing on the problem or situation, lift your eyes to Jesus.

He’s the Author and Finisher of our faith. He WILL perfect that which concerns us, we just have to keep our eyes on Him instead of what’s going on around us, all those distractions.

So when opposition/enemy is coming against you begin praising and declaring the goodness of God.

Put on the whole Armor of God!

He is for YOU, not against you. He will fight your battles, all you need to do is trust and have faith in Him that he has it and REST in his presence. He loves you precious one and sees what the enemy is trying to do, NOTHING gets by Him.

Declare the goodness and glory of God in your situation and have faith that He is working ALL THINGS, NOT SOME, BUT ALL THINGS OUT FOR YOUR GOOD and NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU WILL PROSPER! Amen!

Big hugs,

Nicole💗

HOPE in the midst of Suffering….

Suffering……. no one likes it and yet suffering is a part of life. We all go through it at some point in our lifetime. You can suffer the pain of change or suffer remaining the way you are. Without suffering how can we experience joy?  

Sometimes suffering comes as a natural consequence to the choices that we have made or others around us and sometimes suffering is just part of living in a fallen world.

Suffering if we let it, is part of our growth and who we become. Either way it’s not easy, so what do we do? We go to the Potter.

“We get to enjoy God on the mountain but we get to know God in the valley.” Dino Rizzo

“Then Jesus went to work on his disciples. Anyone who intends to come with Me has to let Me lead, you’re not in the driver seat; I am! Don’t run from suffering; embrace it. Follow me and I’ll show you how. Self-help is no help at all.” Matthew 16:24 Message

Sometimes I think we will try anything, read anything, ask friends for advice, anything at all instead of going to The One who knows what we need.

When we can embrace where were at and trust God that He knows what’s best for us, suffering isn’t as bad as we think it is when it’s producing good fruit and we are changing and growing into what God desires for us.

“For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases Him.” Philippines 2:13

Wherever you find yourself today…. suffering or not God is saying “YOU are Mine and I have you in the palm of my hand. I see what your going through. I see your pain. I see each tear you’ve cried precious one.”

You are not alone, He is with you and will never leave you. What you’re going through is not going to last forever, this to will pass. Hope in Me, for My Glory will be manifested in your life and circumstances.

Never forget YOU are a child of the most High God, you have been chosen and set apart for a purpose greater than yourself. He made YOU, YOU are his masterpiece and YOU are one of a kind! He has great and mighty plans for you.

So come to Me with your pain and suffering and I will give you rest….

Hugs,

Nicole💗