He Brings Restoration

The Prodigal Son-We all know the story of the Lost son who finds his way home. Its a beautiful story of God’s grace.

No matter where you are today precious one, or what you have done, that same unconditional love is waiting for you. He’s calling for you to come home. He’s waiting for you.

What are you waiting on?

No decision you’ve made, no problem to big, and no pit is to deep that God can’t get to you. All you have to do is call His name and He will swoop you up in his arms. He will take ALL your pain, shame, bondages and in return He will give you joy everlasting, healing, and freedom!

Your return to Him is something to be celebrated. He has a fancy robe, a fancy ring and some kicking shoes, and a feast like none other…..ALL just waiting for you.

What are you waiting on? Come home!

I’m not saying everything immediately gets better or that there are no consequences for your actions but what I am saying is that God is on your side and He WILL restore to you what has been lost or stolen. Sometimes it takes a long time but you will NOT be alone. God is with you every step of the way. He won’t leave you nor forsake you. He will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless norforsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] Hebrews 13:5

Sweet friend, He brings restoration! He makes ALL things new. Come to the party, He’s waiting just for YOU!

Big hugs,

Nicole💗

Restoration by David Brymer
https://youtu.be/yBhqrcfp87k
You bring restoration

to my soul
You’ve taken my pain
called me by a new name
You’ve taken my shame
and in it’s place, You give me joy
You take mourning and turn it into dancing
You take weeping and turn it into laughing
You take mourning and turn it into dancing
You take my sadness and turn it into joy
hallelujah, hallelujah
You make all things new, all
things new

Wedding Bliss…..Here We Grow Again

Good morning beautiful TOG readers. So a thing happened…. a couple weeks ago, that’s why I’ve been gone for a little while.

Our baby girl got married👰🏼🤵🎉 It was such beautiful day. Hard to believe she graduated from Auburn in May, got a job teaching kindergarten in Tennessee, and then got married a couple of weeks ago. Where does the time go?

I won’t lie the first week after the wedding I was very sad and joyful at the same time. I cried ugly tears and ate to much cake🙈 But it’s the cycle of life ya know. Have kids, love them, teach them, hold them and never want to let go but that’s just life.

Train up a child in the way they should go and they will not depart. Proverbs 22:6

Seems like yesterday I was holding her in my arms, playing with her, laughing with her, comforting her, watching her twirl since she was little girl, and then watching her dream come true to become an Auburn majorette, and finally AU majorette Captain.

Now another dream has come true….she’s found and married the one who her hearts loves. I’m so happy for her and Eythan, I won’t lie it’s extremely hard letting go. I’ve wrote about this before in a post called DREAM AGAIN https://nikhop320.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/dream-again/

To Sierra,

I love you so much and I couldn’t be more proud you. You have such passion and zest for life. You go after what you want and don’t wavier. I have always prayed you would run and seek after God and be in His will. I’m so thank you have a heart after God. I pray you and Eythan draw closer to God and each other. You were our celebration baby, lol😜 When I first saw your beautiful face, your name came so easy. You were named after the the song Sierra by Sierra the group. Sierra means mountain top, highest place, beauty, and strength. You are my heart and my treasure. Love you always baby girl!

Lord, here I am again
In search of a quiet place to rest
I’m walking in a wilderness
That always puts me to the test
My hope is in the truth
I have no strength apart from You
So when I need to hear Your voice
I have a choice

These steps of life I’ll climb
To reach a home to call it mine
On holy ground right by Your side
Is where I need to be
A higher place
Sierra
A higher place
Sierra
A higher place

The miles, they stretch ahead
They twist and turn and never end
Shaking my confidence
‘Til I run to Your arms again
That’s when, You lift me up
In sweet communion’s holy cup
I see the valleys down below
I won’t let go.

To Eythan,

From the time Sierra was in my belly I prayed for her to have a godly man of integrity, a man who would love and cherish her the way her earthly father does but more importantly how her Heavenly Father does. You have been chosen, hand picked to be that man. I thank you for stepping up to be that man who will love her just as Christ loves the church. Thank you for treasuring her, and for letting her be who God created her to be and for her to let you be who God created you to be.

Together you become one.

To Sierra and Eythan,

Always be teachable, forgiving, speaking kind words and not critical or tearing each other down. The power of life and death is in the tongue. Always use it encourage and lift each other up. Always pray for one another. There’s power in a praying wife and praying husband.

Let others be an example to you but ALWAYS just be YOURSELF. Each of you being who God created you to be is what the world needs, and what you both need to walk out the plans He has for you.

Sometimes it’s the “becoming one” that can be a challenging LOL but with God on y’alls side you can’t fail!

I believe God has great plans for y’all. There will be good times, bad times and times that you both may feel like you’re just going through the motions, but it’s in the day to day hustle and bustle, the mundane times, you choose to love each other over and over and over again.

In the hard times, you guys will learn to lean in just a little more to the Lord and He will draw near to you both.

During the hard times, you press in further because giving up is NOT an option! Marriage is hard work buts it’s in good times and bad.

From my experience, it’s been in the hardest and darkest times God was there in the midst and leading and guiding us. We’ve been married almost 29 years, it hasn’t always been easy but it was never an option to give up and neither will it be for y’all. I pray that for the both of you, that you love each other just the way you are and not try to change each other. I made that mistake in the beginning of our marriage, I was always trying to change him. I saw the hurt in her Dad’s eyes when he said to me “You don’t love me the way I am.” I’ll never forget those words, they penetrate deep in my soul. I’ve learned to love others where they are, on the way to where God wants them to be. I’ve also learned, I’m not Holy Ghost junior, and it’s not my job to fix Sean or anyone else for that matter….it’s God’s job to do only what He can in our lives.

So stay the course and trust God, have faith that He will work all things out for your good!

First look with her daddy.

First look with Eythan, her new hubby.

Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and shall become united and cleave to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. Genesis 2:24

All 3 of our beautiful daughters, they are my heart.

Beautiful time when they shared Communion together.

This was her ring bearer pillow made from my wedding dress, and a little part of hers💗

Being a mom is the best and hardest job I think. As another season of life comes to a close and another one opens, I wonder what it will it look like? Honestly I’m not real sure yet but I do know that God’s not done with me yet, nor is he with you my friend. Now that all 3 are out of college and doing their life, maybe I’ll go back to school my myself and finish that book I started.

Dream again, precious one. Stir up the dreams God once put in your heart, step out and find out.

Sierra and Eythan, love God, love people and DREAM BIG and DREAM BIGGER! God is just getting started with you both. I’m so excited to see what He does with y’all. Love you both so much!!

Praying God will bless you guys in every area of your lives. I know He will do exceedingly, abundantly, above and beyond all your hopes and dreams.

Please join me in praying for our sweet and precious happy couple.

Love and hugs💗

Here are some other pictures from bridal tea, rehearsal dinner, and reception.

At an Auburn majorette wedding it’s tradition to do the “War Eagle” fight song.

my husband and I and my cousins. my husband and I with his sister and brother in law.

my 3 beautiful daughters and sweet niece. Eythans grand parents mother of the bride and mother of the groom.me and my baby girlme and my sisterUs with sweet friends.my mom and dad Sean’s dad and Adelia

The God Who Sees

Good morning my friend! Hope you are doing well on this beautiful day.

I wanted to remind you that God sees YOU! You are not an afterthought of God. No! You are His beautiful masterpiece, created in His image. You were created on purpose, FOR A PURPOSE.

There is absolutely nothing you could do to make Him love you any less. God knows everything about you. He knows your every thought, He knows what you will do before you even do it, and He even sees your every tear. God knows you inside and out precious one.

You Are Loved

God sees you as highly valuable, even with all your flaws, and He loves you with an everlasting love all the same. No mistake you’ve made could make Him love you less. You were created for such a time as this my friend.

You are a child of the King, destined for greatness.

Are You Stuck? today, if you feel worthless, if you feel not enough….I’ve been there too and I can so relate to that but sweet friend let me remind you of what His word says about you:

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. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordainedfor me were written in your book before one of them came to be. -Psalm 139:13-16

For we (YOU) are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10

See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. – 1 John 3:1 

So cast your care on Him today. He will sustain you! He wants to take care of you.

I love the way the amplified versions of 1 Peter 5:7 puts it; casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].

Isn’t that an awesome verse? Cast ALL, not some but ALL your anxieties, worries and concerns once and for all on Him, for He cares for you. Not just a little though but with deepest affection He cares for you and He is watching over you VERY CAREFULLY. Just soak that in.

Help Me Endure

God hears your prayer, He sees your tears. He knows your hearts desires. He sees it all.

Your blessing, your breakthrough, your healing, your answer is coming. Just hang in there my friend.

Declare His word and promises over you, your family, and that situation.

Declare the works of the Lord.

I will give thanks to You Lord for you have answered me.

Big hugs,

Nicole💗

You Are Loved

God loves you just the way you are sweet friend. You don’t have to get all fixed up to come to Him. He says come just as you are, in your brokenness and pain, flaws and all.

You don’t have to try to be someone you are not. Be who God created you to be. He loves YOU just the way you are. So stop trying to be other people, or have what they have, or do what they do.

Just be YOU, the person God created you to be. That’s what the world needs.

It’s good to have a mentor but there can be a point where you go to far trying to be like others. God doesn’t want a clone of you……just YOU sweet friend.

Don’t compare yourself to anyone else. God has given you unique gifts and talents, and He has called you for such a time as this.

If you allow frustration to flood your heart, you only hinder His grace.

So reject comparisons.

Reject frustrations.

Reject striving.

Embrace who you are as your growing and changing and moving forward to the person God’s called you to be. When you do that, your gifts and talents will make room for who you are supposed to be.

God loves you just the way you are, flaws and all and He has a great and mighty plan for your life. Come as you are, lay your burdens down at his feet and He will refresh, revive, and restore you precious one.

Big hugs,

Nicole💗

Crowder -Come As You Are

Lay down your burdens. Lay down your shame. All who are broken, Lift up your face. Wanderer, come home, You’re not too far. So lay down your hurt, lay down your heart, Come as you are.

There’s hope for the hopeless And all those who’ve strayed. Come sit at the table. Come taste the grace. There’s rest for the  weary. Rest that endures. Earth has no sorrow that Heaven can’t cure. Come as you are. Come as you are. Fall in His arms. Come as you are.


https://youtu.be/r2zhf2mqEMI

It’s Okay To Not Be Okay

I don’t know about you but life can just be down right hard and painful. I’m going through some stuff I never thought I’d be going through, in my wildest dreams. It hurts and yet sometimes things and trials of life can’t be avoided.

Precious one, you may be living in hell right now. You may be feeling the effects of someone’s choices, or maybe even your own choices. You may have had a bad doctors report, or a loved one gone astray. You may have a financial need, or need a breakthrough in your marriage. Maybe you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction. We’ve all got our stuff and we’ve all been there at some point. But it’s what you do when you’re in the middle of the mess and chaos that counts.

Do you set up camp there or do you begin talking to yourself, and stirring yourself up? I’ll be honest sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in my pain and set up camp there but that’s not what God wants us to do. I know I can get stuck in the middle, pitch a tent and say this particular situation isn’t going to get any better. Maybe you’re there today, maybe you can relate?

The important thing to know is that we can’t pitch a tent and stay stuck in the middle of our mess or our problems. In the middle, is where our Savior does his best work. In the middle, is where we see what’s on the inside that needs to come out. In the middle, is where the fire is, it’s where we are purified and refined. So you can’t give up in the middle because there’s a miracle on the other side sweet friend.

You may not have had a good childhood, and what your living in right now might not look good either. But God’s word says I will give you beauty for ashes, praise for your despair beautiful one. Invite Him in he wants to heal you every where you hurt. He wants to bring restoration to you. He wants to do great and mighty things in your life, things you can’t even comprehend. He’s rewriting your story. His GLORY will be manifested in your life, and what the devil meant to harm and to destroy God will work to your good! You are victorious, and a overcomer…..so never give up. You are NOT a problem but answer to problem in this world!! You are awesome and wonderfully made, never doubt that!

Have a wonderful day. God bless you!

Big hugs,

Nicole💗

Exhale – Plumb
Oh God We breathe in your grace
We breathe in your grace
And exhale
Oh God we do not exist for us
But to share Your grace and love
And exhale
Just let go let His love wrap around you
And hold you close
Get lost in the surrender
Breathe it in until your heart breaks
Then exhale
Exhale
Exhale

Come To Me

Today God says, Come to Me all you who are weary, troubled, and heavy laden.

Come to Me, I am here for you. You don’t have to work so hard struggling, trying to figure everything out. I love you and I have a perfect plan for you!

Come to Me and give it ALL to Me, ALL of your troubles and burdens and I will cause you to rest.

Beloved, take My yoke upon you, learn from Me. IF you rest in Me, you will find relief, ease and refreshment.

Come to Me.

Call upon Me.

Have faith and trust in Me and just watch Me do exceedingly, super abundantly, more than all that you could ask or think and infinitely beyond your greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams.

Grace…God’s Unmerited Favor

Grace, grace and more grace!! Grace means unmerited, undeserved favor! Or another way to look at it “God’s Riches At Christ Expense” You can’t earn it, it’s a beautiful gift from God.

Walk in His gift of grace, his divine favor its just for YOU!

My friend God is working on your behalf! He is behind the scenes working things out for your good, opening doors NO man can shut!

God’s grace will cause you to excel into your destiny! To be in the right place at the right time….divine connections. Grace and favor are coming your way. Look for it, believe it, and expect it!

Sword Of The Spirit 🗡

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

Ephesians 4:7 But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.

2 Peter 1:2 Grace and peace be yours in abundance through the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.

Numbers 6:24-26 The Lord bless you
and keep you;
the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”

Psalm 103:8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.

1 Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast

Big hugs,

Nicole 💗

Grace Comes Like A Wave –Elevation Worship
Grace comes like a wave
Crashing over me
Grace comes like a wave
Crashing over and over and over
Grace comes like a wave
Crashing over me
Grace comes like a wave
Crashing over and over and over
There’s healing in the water
With a love that flows so deep
Wash over me, wash over me
Forgiveness in the water
With a love that flows so deep
Wash over me, wash over me
Salvation in the water
With a love that flows so deep
Wash over me, wash over me

https://youtu.be/n22DM3swHqI