He that began a good work….

Whatever trial, whatever difficulty you find yourself going through today remember Jesus has overcome the world!

So stand firm, keep on keeping on my friend and never give!! Your breakthrough is on the way!

Phill 1:6 says be confident the He that began a good work, he will carry it out till the day of completion.

That means you don’t have to worry. He didn’t bring you this far to leave you hanging, NOPE….He will rescue you, He will deliver you at just the right time.

So don’t look to the things going on around you, fix your eyes on Jesus!!

You do what you can by doing your part but worrying does nothing but make you sick and I think it shows your not trusting God with your situation and that you feel you can do it better. I don’t know about you but I have found that I definitely don’t know better than God does! I can make a mess in a minute.

Love this verse, when I get overwhelmed it’s usually because my focus is wrong. Have you noticed that in your life?

Proverbs 4:25-27 Let your eyes look right on with fixed purpose, and let your gaze be straight before you…….

Let your focus be on Jesus. He can heal you every where you hurt.

You need freedom from an addiction….He’s got you!!

You need healing from a sickness…..He’s got that too!!

You need a financial breakthrough, no worries, He’s Jehovah jireh my God, my Provider.

You need a miracle in your family or marriage well that’s not to big for him either because He’s a Restorer of relationships……He makes ALL things new again Amen!!

Sometimes he heals or delivers in an instant but in my experience most of time it’s a walking it out process and it happens over time. I think because we learn more and gain more experience going through. We are purified more but also because by walking it out God can change us more and we draw closer to him. Then we are able to help someone else going through the same thing later and we can help and encourage them because we’ve been there.

So don’t give up, you keep on keeping on precious one, it’s coming. Your breakthrough is coming. Gods got you in the palm of His hand, he will never fail you, never loosen his grip, never relax his hold on you. He loves you with an everlasting love.

Big hugs,

Nicole 💗

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Offense, Forgiveness, and Freedom

This is a past writing but recently had a similar situation again that prompted me to revisit, update it and Share again.

You can usually tell when someone doesn’t like you, it’s not hard to figure out. So the other day someone said something unkind to me. They may not have meant it the way it sounded but nevertheless it hurt me. I came home and talked to my husband about it and he shared his thoughts on it and it helped me to look at the situation differently.

Interestingly, it happened while I am going through Freedom and this weeks chapter is on Forgiveness. Go figure, lol. Then I was listening Joyce Meyer’s podcasts and she did a couple shows on Offense, talk about a double whammy. I don’t think it’s a coincidence, I think God shows us things and reveals things in layers.

So when the “offense” happened as I said it hurt me but then I got mad and started thinking “Who do they think they are? They hardly even know me.” I’m thinking how I can distance myself from this person, etc. but because of the study and Joyce’s message I was quickly reminded I needed to forgive them and not waste any time doing so. If you don’t deal with at its onset it turns into anger, resentment, bitterness, and finally unforgiveness.

Offense steals your peace, your joy, strength and energy and can even make you sick. Who wants to live like that??? I know I don’t, I don’t have time for that mess.

It also reminded me that our words and actions can hurts others whether we intend to or not. Your words are containers of power, but you get to decide what kind of power they have. Speak life!

“Lord put a watch guard over my mouth.” Psalm 141:3

I try to follow the Golden Rule, treat others as you want to be treated. Not to say I always get it right. So as I was praying about it God simply put in my heart the word insecurity. I thought WOW what does that mean?

As I prayed God brought some other situations to mind, once a few years ago where I had gone to a ladies conference it was awesome! Such a powerful on time word. God showed up in a mighty way. The alter was full but I remember walking back to my seat as I looked up I saw all the little groups gathered together and I saw many standing or sitting alone. My heart was broken because I’ve been that one alone, not feeling accepted in a group. Wondering what’s wrong with me? I just wept.

In Romans 15 he talks about welcoming one another, and being in one accord with Christ Jesus. What if you had been a new person at church that night and no one welcomed you because you were to busy in your “group” so to speak. If you don’t know who you are in Christ that may shake you or turn you away from the church, and that happens more than you realize. They could have even been in a desperate place and that’s why they came to church that night. All it takes is a simple smile and hello, maybe even a hug because you know us southerners looove to hug 🤗 Add a kind word “I’m so glad you’re here!” You have just made someone’s day! You have no idea what people are going through, we’ve gotta get outside of ourselves, our groups and just love on people. Get to know others.

When I was in high school it was cliquey.

I’ve worked were it was cliquey.

I’ve even been on trips where it was cliquey.

Sometimes it feels like you can’t escape it But nowhere in my bible does it say God loves one certain group of people. God doesn’t show favoritism, Romans 2:11.

I think we are depriving ourselves of some really awesome opportunities when we do this. We each have so much to offer! Young women, women rocking middle age or older, skinny, average, or overweight, tall, short, healthy, sick, or disabled, wealthy or not….we can all learn from each other. We are better together.

I think this is where INSECURITY comes in from the original situation I spoke of and even jealousy.

In James 4:2 “You are jealous and covet [what others have] and your desires go unfulfilled; [so] you become murderers. [To hate is to murder as far as your hearts are concerned.] You burn with envy andanger and are not able to obtain [the gratification, the contentment, and the happiness that you seek], so you fight and war…..”

We often put up walls against people, we look at them and say to ourselves maybe not out loud but we sure think it.

“She’s not like me”

“She’s not good enough”

“Her kids are to bad or to good”

“She doesn’t dress like me”

“She’s a alcoholic”

“She’s to pretty”

I can’t be friends with her, yep I’ve done that! Fill-in the blank for whatever. Guys you can insert “He.”

I think we are really missing out when we live our lives like this. We label, shut people out and then we miss out on the blessings that they could bring to our lives.

I’ve learned that it might even surprise you but you need them in some way. They have something to offer you that you don’t have. But we have to take our walls down and blinders off so we can recognize it. See I think we complement or add value each other if given the chance.

Just because someone isn’t like you, doesn’t live in the same neighborhood, drive a certain car, dress a certain way, or doesn’t have the same kind of job it doesn’t make them less valuable.

I’m a housewife or I like to call it “Family Manager” lol because that’s pretty much what a stay at home mom or housewife does. We manage EVERYONE. I love my job and feel blessed to do it. Whatever you do from doctor to teacher to mechanic to computers to managing to cleaning houses or grooming pets, etc. don’t ever let someone’s opinion of you make you feel less than or not valuable. YOU ARE EXTREMELY VALUABLE precious one because God created you not because of what you do or have or don’t have. God loves you just the way you are and he has a great plans for you.

People need you, not a clone of you. Just YOU! Be who God created you to be even if you have to go against the flow.

It’s funny because if you know me very well then you know my story of how I use to hate women and how catty women can be. The cattiness is sadly still true but over the years God put a love in my heart for women and women’s ministry which to me was hysterical. I was like God you have such a sense of humor lol!

But today my heart breaks again to see how we as women, some still divided, we should unite together and yet we still exclude each other based on insecurity and jealousy. We say derogatory remarks even if in a joking manner, but you wouldn’t have said if you didn’t think it or feel it, right?

Sometimes it’s as simple as thinking before you speak but a lot of times we just say what’s on the top of our head without thinking it might be perceived differently or hurt someone.

If you don’t need this, I’ll preach to myself, we all struggle with this at one time or another. But it’s do we ever choose to deal with it and do something about it is the question?

Do we check our motives?

Do we learn to think before we speak?

Can we rise above this?

Can we empower each other? Our daughters? Our sons?

I feel like God put us here to love on each other, lift each other up, and encourage one another not tear each other down. Everyone one of us has value, YOU are a child of the King!

Don’t miss out on the opportunities God has for you because of feelings of insecurity or jealousy, or whatever they may be.

Listen, feelings are fickle, always changing, and NEVER RELIABLE!!

Feelings of rejections are powerful but know that God accepts YOU just as you are and that’s ALL that’s matters. I’ve dealt with rejection and man you sure have to stand against or it will eat you alive. Do we let one persons opinion dictate our lives? Maybe you find yourself there today. I know I have before, even when I knew the person was broken, unhealthy, and misguided but I still allowed them to bring me down and distract me from what God wants me to do. Even to the point where I stopped writing because of a single comment someone close to me said. I didn’t write again for a year and half. It rocked my world. Let me tell you how happy the devil was about that! It took me a long while sadly but I realized despite what they think I need to do what God told me to do, even if “they” don’t like it or agree with it.

This is why learning who we are in Christ is so important. Otherwise things of this world will rock you and that’s not God intentions. You are loved and accepted in Christ and meant to walk in His plans and purposes and freedom precious one.

Love and hugs,

Nicole💗

God will turn your mess into a message

Its so true my friend!! If you let him he will take your mess and turn it into your message!

What you went through will not be wasted, God saw each tear. He has a plan for your life!! But He says, don’t stay on the sidelines of life, I have rescued and healed you for a purpose. Use your message, comfort one another, people all around you are hurting. They are going thru the same thing you are or have gone through. Someone needs what you have.

Don’t let fear or insecurity hold you back, God did not give you a spirit of fear but of power, love, and of sound mind.

So step out into your calling, your destiny, your message will help someone. Someone needs to be rescued.

Will you trust God or look at yourself and what you can’t do or don’t have?

I’ve been there myself and I still at times have questioned God “Are you sure about this?” But He’s God I think He’s sure lol it’s us that question our ability, not God!

Do we really believe “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” or are you just giving lip service? Or do you think its for someone else and not you?

We’ll God is no respecter of persons, what He will do for one, He will do for YOU precious one! So start walking in your destiny, spreading your message for Him.

Big hugs,

Nicole💗

Share Your Story

Share your story because someone needs to hear it. Today I got to encourage another woman that she was not alone and that she was going to make it, and that’s exactly what she needed to hear. Those things you’ve been through as a mom, wife, a friend, etc they weren’t for nothing. God wants to use them to help others.

You may be in a hurry but God placed that person in your path for a reason and when they start talking about what they are going through, there it is! You realize you’ve been there, but will you take the time to share your experience, strength, and hope? Or will you rush off to your next thing? I choose right today, and while I as able to encourage her and even made her laugh at my expense lol it also encouraged me because I knew I was exactly where God wanted me to be. I knew it was helping her to share my story, sharing His love and hope.

It may not be a big huge ordeal to you but to the person that’s going through it, it’s a HUGE MOUNTAIN!! It may even just be a small thing or a lot of small things, it makes no difference. Sometimes people just need to be encouraged and loved on or even a hug and to know they are gonna make it. So let me just say to you my friend, you are gonna make it so hang in there. Don’t give up!

Someone needs to hear your story to hear your words of encouragement, and to see you’ve made it through and there is hope for them.

See you have something somebody else needs and nobody else can be you, so “YOU BE YOU” and God will set up the rest. So go out and change your world sweet one.

Big hugs,

Nicole💗

God works ALL things together for my good.

He works ALL things together for our good. This is one of God’s promises!

Sometimes our suffering seems like forever, but I believe God is working behind the scenes and what the enemy meant to harm and destroy us, HE WILL WORK FOR OUR GOOD!!

God wants to change you while we are going through the fire. He’s strengthen you along the way and He WILL settle and establish you. He will bring restoration.

1 Peter 5:10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

God will give you double for your trouble!! So keep hanging in there my friend, God is fighting for you!

Big hugs,

Nicole💗

Keep your eyes on Jesus

All the devil wants you to do is focus on your condition, your problem, or your circumstance.

But remember who you are in Christ, you are seated in Heavenly places. You are an Overcomer!

Focus on the solution which is Christ Jesus. If you can ever get to that place where you position yourself and keep your eyes focused upward and on Jesus instead of what’s going on around you, the devil knows he’s in trouble!! He is just trying to distract us.

Remind him he is under your feet and his days are numbered. Remind him of who you are and of Who’s your are, a son or daughter of the King, Amen!

What the devil meant to harm and destroy you God will work for your good and use it as a platform for all the good things He has planned for you!

Love and hugs,

Nicole💗

Unto You do I bring my life

Luke 22:42 says “Father, he said, “if you will take this cup if suffering away from me. Not my will, however, but YOUR WILL BE DONE.”

Don’t we often feel this way? I don’t know about you but I’ve gone thru and still going through some stuff, tough stuff and sometimes it seems forever and no end in sight. Some times we give up on people or situations to soon.

Often we go thru something really really hard and we get weary. We ask God, can You remove this situation or can you deliver or change it now? But sometimes its the GOING THROUGH that we get freedom and victory.

We always want to be comfortable and not suffer but God didn’t call us to be comfortable!

Sometimes God calls us to go through hard things or situtaions for our benefit and refining. It could also be for someone else, for their benefit, or to change them or help them.

I have found more often than not the only way is to GO THROUGH the suffering or trial, and if we let Him, he will take whats hard and painful and use it for our good and for the good of others.

UNTO YOU O LORD DO I BRING MY LIFE.

Your will be done Lord and not mine. Give us the grace, strength, and mercy to keep pressing in into Your plans and purposes for us, in Jesus name, AMEN!!

Love and hugs,

Nicole💗