Light My Way Bible Companions

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    Wendy Nolasco
    August 1, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Fantastic job on the new site. Kudos to you.

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    Michelle Lutz
    August 1, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Love this and love you. Can’t wait to read more!

    Michelle

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    Erin Lashley
    August 7, 2015 at 5:06 pm

    I SO LOVE this…I’m reading it, hanging on every word!!
    I can’t wait to read your book! Please keep writing!! Such powerful and encouraging thoughts… #ThesePages

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    tom grissom
    August 7, 2015 at 6:56 pm

    Great Blog! there is so much truth in the words of Jesus!

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    Joel Britton
    August 7, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    HI Nicole, so glad you are doing this. I too am starting on a new path and
    have always been inspired by your words. I look forward to more over
    the years to come. God Bless You!

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    Tayler Frelot
    August 7, 2015 at 10:25 pm

    So encouraging!!! Thanks for being vulnerable and sharing. I had a very similar 6 weeks and I got sooo much encouragement from reading it’s just a pruning season and that I can rejoice knowing that I’m living for Jesus. Keep writing and doing your thang! Thank you for being brave!

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    Crystal Marie
    August 7, 2015 at 10:37 pm

    Thank you for this Nicole.

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    Marisela
    August 8, 2015 at 1:48 am

    I love it!!!i can totally relate to your blog! I am just learning that “change” is a good thing, even though it can be painful but i am learning i must have faith in what god places your life and that you cant always “control” everything in your life or as you say, “planned”. Im looking forward to more blogs from you!

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    Tom Grissom
    August 15, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    Great Stuff! If we’re good with God…then, we can be good with each other!

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    Laraine
    August 22, 2015 at 3:33 am

    Hey Nicole,
    I just wanted to thank you for writing this post. It made me laugh because all those thing you said are true! And it made me cry because if have me freedom to just be myself and enjoy loving my single life. I love God with all my heart and he will always be my focus. This has freed me up to take what other says about my single hood more lightly and just enjoy every moment.
    Thank you!
    Laraine.

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    Trish
    August 28, 2015 at 9:48 pm

    Well said Nicole!! Hear, hear.

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    Tom Grissom
    September 4, 2015 at 7:21 pm

    Awesome! It is finished! my favorite verse
    ..For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— Ephesians 2:8 NIV

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    Erin Lashley
    September 18, 2015 at 12:28 am

    Love this!!! Your writing style is so unique…thank you for sharing such a valuable truth about friendship.

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    Jessie
    September 18, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    this is exactly the reminder i needed right now. was just struggling with this conversation this weekend as well, and my faith is what gives me peace that it will be “ok” in the end because its His plan…not mine. thanks for sharing 🙂

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    Aisha
    September 18, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    So excited for your days ahead. You have impacted so many and the world is waiting. I love you friend!

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    Laura Damschen
    September 19, 2015 at 12:37 am

    Beautiful my friend! I needed that girl!

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    Reyna Elizabeth Morris
    September 19, 2015 at 5:28 am

    Amen sista, I feel you. I feel like you were in my head when writing this blog. Know you’re not alone, you’re truly and inspiration and you’re heavenly anointed!! You’re the person that inspired me my first time stepping into Oaisis and you’re what kept me there, you plant so many seeds. I’m grateful for your faith and obedience to Gods kingdom. Love you. Can’t wait to see Gods plan unfold for your life. The best is truly yet to come ?

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    Scott Strandell
    September 23, 2015 at 3:55 am

    This is brilliant! God’s grace and abundance on you, Nicole.

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    Tom Grissom
    September 25, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    Awesome Story! Spent many childhood days in the swamps of Florida…the mosquitoes will get you before the Gators!

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    David
    September 28, 2015 at 4:56 am

    How do you know when Jesus is doing all the writing? What if all the goodbyes and hellos don’t last?

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    Tom Grissom
    October 3, 2015 at 9:32 pm

    Wow! this one was a Tear Jerker!

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    "Pap"
    October 4, 2015 at 2:42 am

    Nicole–as I read this, I remember when you were 3, and you were just like your nephew….full of energy, curious about everything, loving, smart as a whip, and you ALWAYS loved your “Aunt Pap” unconditionally. You approached everything you did with complete abandon..just like your nephew Rocco. And—when you found Jesus–your heart and soul took off like a rocket…just like Rocco will when he realizes the full impact of His love. You are enjoying Rocco, because he is so much like you were when you were his age. The Lord knew exactly who this little boy needed in an aunt—YOU–and I smiled as I read this because its amazing how much you two are alike. I miss those days !!!! Love you Colie.

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    Tom Grissom
    October 9, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    As someone who was saved at a large stadium crusade, you’ll get your chance for that big altar call someday!

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    October 16, 2015 at 8:21 am

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    October 16, 2015 at 12:37 pm

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    Tom Grissom
    October 18, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I remember the first time I saw a school of Barracuda in the Bahamas…they didn’t attack me!

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    Joel Britton
    October 19, 2015 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks Nicole, Another insightful piece. I will refer to this often.

    God Bless,
    Joel

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    October 19, 2015 at 9:58 pm

    Thanks-a-mundo for the blog post.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

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    October 20, 2015 at 6:52 pm

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    Laura Damschen
    October 22, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Nicole that’s was absolutely hilarious! I almost spot out my coffee as I imagined you telling this story. Now I’m curious what couple said, “nope”. I have my theories. Thank you for writing. This is insighful and inspiring. You’ve helped me come back to writing after a 4 month hiatus. I love your stories.

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    Tom Grissom
    October 24, 2015 at 2:04 am

    Forgiveness is Freedom!‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
    Revelation 21:4 NIV
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    Tom Grissom
    November 8, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Jesus died at 33..so we can live on in Eternity!

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    Crystal Marie
    November 9, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    Thank you for these! I particularly like number 11!

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    Tom Grissom
    November 14, 2015 at 12:39 am

    Jesus AND Peter walked on Water!!!

    “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to com“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
    Matthew 14:28-29 NIV

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    Tom Grissom
    November 21, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    We are created in the image of God, in likeness, and God is Love among many other things! So Love also created the Universe..and the more we are like God the more we can live out our purpose!!!

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    Crystal Marie
    November 22, 2015 at 1:07 am

    Thank you for this reminder!

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    Tom Grissom
    November 29, 2015 at 1:42 am

    Right On Nicole! Church is God’s Forever Family! Thanks Little Sister!

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    December 3, 2015 at 7:02 pm

    I appreciate you sharing this post.Thanks Again. Really Cool.

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    December 5, 2015 at 3:32 pm

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    Erin Lashley
    December 6, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Excellent writings, Nicole…thank you for sharing your heart and the wisdom that you’ve learned!

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    Tom Grissom
    December 8, 2015 at 12:32 am

    An Awesome Christ-mas! Isa 7:14, 9:6, Mic 5:2

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    desene
    December 9, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    I loved your post.Thanks Again. Fantastic.

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    Erin Lashley
    December 12, 2015 at 4:24 am

    Love this…2015 was my hardest, most difficult, yet…most rewarding year I have seen this far!! Thank you for this blog!

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    Tom Grissom
    December 12, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I like how Rick Warren says this life is like preschool for Eternity…we can mess up the room with toys…and still graduate!

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    Thomas Hall
    December 13, 2015 at 9:04 pm

    Thanks Nicole I was blessed by reading how 2015, affected you and how much the Lord guided and lead you. I have had a similar year . I am a retired Anglicn priest but have been working hard doing locums. It’s a joy to be Abel to preach the Gospel at age 76

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    Tom Grissom
    December 22, 2015 at 5:52 am

    If we look to Jesus we can become more light(truth) and less darkness(lies), and one day there will be only light in heaven!

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    Tom Grissom
    December 27, 2015 at 12:47 am

    Jesus has walked in our shoes…and even more amazing…as a friend…he walks with us forever!

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    Shafiq
    January 1, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    This is Great! Very Encouraging! Happy New Year!

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    Tom Grissom
    January 4, 2016 at 1:55 am

    Anthony de Mello (1931-1987), Jesuit priest, author and speaker. Circa 1984
    “The present moment is never intolerable. What’s intolerable is what’s going to happen in the next four hours. To have your body here at 8 pm and your mind at 10:30 pm, that’s what causes us suffering.”

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    Christina Chandler
    January 15, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Thank You! This is really great! And I just have to say, I met you at the Follow Conference in Indianapolis, and it was just amazing hearing you tell your story during breakouts. And I’m currently going through the same thing that you did with your dad, and hearing that I am not the only one who has or who is going through this is really encouraging. I thought that I was alone, and now I know that i’m not. What you said during breakouts really encouraged me and uplifted me to keep my head up and forgive. Thank you so so much. <3

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    Jennifer Majors
    January 16, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Resolve. I LOVED reading this! I could hear your voice …. I could see the passion in your eyes as I imagined you saying these words directly to me… I love that about how you write! Thank you for keeping it real always. Cheers to wherever the adventure of 2016 takes you girlie!!

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    Mason
    January 20, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Really love this! Is this a weekly video series?

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    Tom Grissom
    January 22, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Seems like you might of had a born-again experience or rebirth this past year, Nicole!

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    Jennifer Majors
    January 22, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    So good!!

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    lee
    January 28, 2016 at 11:24 pm

    love it……servant is fun time when we let him guide and lead….great message

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    Kelly Goff
    February 4, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    YES!! LOVE this!!

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    February 4, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    You are beautiful..

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    Mary Boorn
    February 4, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Amen! We were created for so much more!

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    Tom Grissom
    February 5, 2016 at 12:11 am

    Amen! Satan and his minions are behind all of this….it’s nothing new(Genesis 3)…but, as Christians we are called out of this nonsense..

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    Cutressa M. Williams
    February 5, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Love it Nicole .. So beautifully expressed …Thank you for the Inspiration .. I too am a HUGE DailyBurn fan!!!

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    Emily
    February 5, 2016 at 4:31 am

    I am so thankful that God has used you to write this.
    I am on my second day of the devotional and I love it.
    I am struggling with fear myself and I know Jesus is wanting me to have more faith. It’s such a journey . I’m so thankful for His patience and love.
    You are an inspiration .
    Please pray Jesus helps me trust Him fully and have more faith.

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    Missy Robinson
    February 5, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I’m a married woman in my forties and I applaud aspiring to more than sexy – I don’t even like the term and do not consider it a compliment. Even the term “hot” is negative, in my opinion, because it implies the desire to arouse. That is not my aim or my goal as a woman. I am so much more. My daughter is way more than a visual for other’s desire and I hope I’m doing my job right for my boys to see women as greater than their bodies.

    Rant over – keep it up!

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    Joan
    February 5, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    I agree,
    It’s sad that so many women believe that the only way to be empowered and appealing is when they strip down to their vulnerable state. However, I do not think that someone finding someone else attractive or even desirable is a bad thing; its going to happen but it all depends on what they are basing their opinion on. This was a good post and reminds women who to look to to gain their true titles.

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    Christina Chandler
    February 5, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    This is so real and so true for today’s culture. I see a TV commercial and I wonder, what is this promoting? The commercial could even be for a new line of clothing, but how am I supposed to know when it looks like a Victoria’s Secret commercial? I just have one thing to say, and that is thank you, thank you, thank you for this post! I have read this over and over so many times and I can’t get over how true it it. Thank you so much Nicole!

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    Veronica
    February 5, 2016 at 7:57 pm

    Wow. You really hit it on the nail Nicole. Thank you. I needed to hear that like I really really needed someone to set my feet back on the ground. And remember who I am and whose I am. God bless you. Carry on; you are doing great my friend.

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    Blueangel
    February 11, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Amen you said it right! It has its season!

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    Mosa
    February 11, 2016 at 4:08 pm

    What a message! This totally challenged and encouraged me to remember my true worth.
    Thank u, God bless

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    February 11, 2016 at 9:02 pm

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    February 11, 2016 at 10:33 pm

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    Steve
    February 15, 2016 at 11:07 am

    Nicole, thanks for sharing this. As a father of two daughters it is a message that I constantly try to instill in them. As a husband, and a man, it is a battle that I (we) constantly face. I continually try to encourage the men in my small groups and around me that “objectifying” His daughters is the work of the evil one. Thanks for sharing. God bless you.

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    Kerri Hill
    February 15, 2016 at 11:23 am

    I am so happy I found that devotional on youversion. It has helped me in so many ways. I have a funny story (well more like an aha moment) the other day after I finished meditating and praying, I kept hearing the Holy Spirit say, ” be your own kinda Christian”. I prayed some more and it was the 2nd day of my fast for lent. I had already began to read your devotion but I’m always behind or days off. I try to take my time and not rush Gods message for me. Since that day I’ve been thinking about that message. Fast forward to today, this morning I read and listened to the video for Day 6- you spoke about David fighting Goliath and letting God use your uniqueness for his message. You spoke of your own internal insecurities and how you weren’t going to let them stop you from speaking about the goodness of God. What struck me most, was that you so candidly spoke about your insecurities with confidence and you weren’t going to change who you were to get God across to those who needed it… You are ” your own kinda Christian”. I was so ready to shout after I read your message! Thank you for confirming what God placed on my heart days ago! I’m so grateful I read that message today and not sooner than when I needed that blessing! You truly are amazing. Thank you!

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    Tabitha Deller
    February 16, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Nicole,

    I cannot tell you how much this post, as well as your “Daring Faith” series on YouVersion has blessed me. You see, last year at this time, I was writing (and then in the spring last year, taught) a 7 week Bible Study entitled “Brave.” Oh Nicole, my faith was so strengthened…in fact, my “one word for 2015” was “brave”…I took steps last year that were so out of my comfort zone, and God honored them, and I saw Him move and work in amazing ways. This year, 2016, my “one word” (after much prayer and trying to convince God to allow me to have a more active, productive word) is WAIT. That’s right, I am waiting on Him. And in the wait, He is refining me. Daring faith seems so contrary to waiting, but I am realizing more and more that I am right where He wants me, and He is lavishing His love on me and preparing my heart in this season. I am being courageous in the wait. He also dropped a little acronym in my heart for the word “WAIT.” Watch, Anticipate, Invest, and Trust. I am “actively” waiting on Him to “act” on my behalf…ready to move, do, obey, the minute He prompts. The italicized paragraph in your post had the tears streaming down my face as it so resonated in my heart. Thank you, Nicole, for your courageous faith. Thank you for encouraging me beyond what you can comprehend. I am truly blessed.

    Blessings in your new season of daring faith!
    Tabitha

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    Claire
    February 16, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Hallelujah! my seat is saved.
    Thanks for the encouragement Nicole.
    The pushing, shoving and hustling really was exhausting.

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    Odis
    February 17, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Nicole,

    I just wanted to chime in a say “Thank you” for the work you are doing through your Daring Faith devotionals. The simplicity of truth in your message is extremely refreshing and encouraging. I join you in praying for the furtherance of your reach and impact as you share God’s message.

    Sincerely,
    One blessed by your ministry

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    ESS Eben
    February 17, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    How I wish all Christian women would have this attitude – that they are made for much more than being ‘sexy’ .
    At the same time, because people are sinful and the thoughts of their hearts are so oftrn tuned by the culture around them, it is up to the children of God to refrain from dress and behaviour that may cause their sisters and brothers to sin. I can’t say, ” Accept me as a person and respest me for who I am” and go around in a manner that is even slightly provocative. Each era and culture has its own standards and norms of what is appropriate for a young woman, young man, older person and so on. So we must very vigilant. Our enemy is extremely intelligent and clever. We have to be our brother’s keeper.

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    Christina C.
    February 18, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Thank you for this blog post, your transparency, and the bible plan! It’s absolutely amazing! I had a huge daring faith moment this year when I decided to leave my fulltime job to start my own business. Everyday is a battle for me to allow Gods faith to work through me versus my own fears. Thank you for the inspiration to have daring faith. I pray that God will continue to use you and strengthened you as you do His will.

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    Erin Lashley
    February 18, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Excellent thoughts, Nicole…what a timely word for me! Thank you for pouring out your heart and sharing what the Lord is sharing with you. Be Blessed!

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    Tom Grissom
    February 18, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Thanks for sharing this Nicole! You’re the best little sister-in-christ?

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    Mark
    February 21, 2016 at 3:12 am

    Hi Nicole,
    You are inspirational and I love hearing what you have to say. Just finished reading daring faith this week. God bless!

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    Tameeka DuBose
    February 21, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    I agree about God’s love. What’s next? You have a different style of teaching and I thank God for it. Keep following and listening to the Holy Spirit. Looking forward to the next transition. We all benefit from each other’s growth.

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    Corika
    February 24, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you so much for this post. Life changing, a word in season for me.

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    Leslie
    February 25, 2016 at 1:44 pm

    This is awesome stuff !! It really should be an ongoing series. You have a way about you Nicole. Keep it up !!

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    Mosa
    February 26, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Thanks Nicole for sharing this amazing perspective on discipline. This is the beginning of a paradigm shift for me in this area and it is right on time because I am going through great challenges and a lot of change right now so anything that will strengthen my character and state of mind is like rain in a desert.
    Thank u, God bless

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    Steve
    February 26, 2016 at 10:40 am

    This is great advise. Each of us needs to remember that we are to take His word and become fisher of men. Often that isn’t on a grand scale, as you spoke of, but on a one on one basis in our daily walk. I am the worst of the worst sinners but it gives me the opportunity to connect and not condem; to let His grace flow through me and not to me. Thanks Nicole – keep up His good work in you.

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    Serena
    February 26, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Thank you for this great post.

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    Tom Grissom
    February 26, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Yay Colie! Preaching the Word! The Holy Spirit is the Greatest Preacher….the Best Preachers do so by leaning on God!

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    Duane C.
    February 28, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    Amen, Sister! Well spoken, I sometimes find my days like this, I read the Bible, pray, read devotions and do not remember much of what I read. A reminder that no matter what we do we always need to spend quality time with God.

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    Garry
    March 2, 2016 at 8:25 am

    This is really upilfting *sigh* I dont like that I have this problem and I try to keep things in perspective because I know the world doesn’t revovle around myself but at times I just get the feeling that everyone is looking at me and judging me for my every mistake, it makes it hard to even interact with people without being even in the least anxious. This is upilfting though and I will def turn my problems to the Lord because at this point he is the only one that can help me. Thanks for the post and your helping people like us by just talking about your situations and giving us all courage.

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    Kevin Mcallister
    March 4, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    Thank you sending me your blog I enjoy the journey your on and the fire that you have. I been raise in the church my father was a bishop and I served him and his church for 36 years. So in 2007 my mom died and in 2012 my dad married a 34 year old and now he has went on to be with the lord so a lot of people left the church and I left also and started to find myself in gods word daily. My father did appoint ministers so there’s nobody in position to lead it was all about him. So I don’t know what I should be doing so I’m just reading and searching God and waiting

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    Tabitha Deller
    March 4, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Nicole,

    Thank you for your authentic, transparent heart after God. Such timely truth to store in my heart and daily walk out in the season I find myself in. He is so faithful. So trustworthy. So there. With each step and every transition. May we always answer our highest call…to know Him and to make Him known. Thank you for doing that, Nicole. You have encouraged me today.

    Blessings,
    Tabitha

    P.S. I had to chuckle about the “branding” comment…working through a resistance to that word myself…Nicole, you have Jesus all over you, girl, He’s marked you…that’s all the branding you need, dear daughter of the King! You are so right…He is the chief promoter and it’s His message, so we might as well let Him do the work! The outcome and impact will be so much greater and far reaching!

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    Sex Appeal Unappealing – A Post by Nicole Reyes | Do Marriage
    March 4, 2016 at 3:12 pm

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    Nicole Magloire
    March 4, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    Nicole,

    I thank God for you! As I’m writing this I’m literally thanking the Lord for you and this blog! For me, this couldn’t have been more timely. Today is my last day working for an organization that I’ve been with for over four years, an organization that has truly changed my life and introduced me to so many opportunities and enormous blessings. Yet, I knew that it was time to transition and that that time was now.

    The last few months God has been working in my heart and life so much, transition after transition, to moving from the East coast to the midwest to buying a car and moving into a place God has been doing so much. Through it all he has remained this constant force, this constant love, this constant peace that even when I feel lost or confused I know that it’s all an illusion because the one that brings clarity and peaces lives in me. Thank you for sharing your heart with us! I’m praying for you as you begin life in the Big Apple and start changing lives with your organization.

    From one Nicole to another, keep up the good work!

    Xoxo Nicole

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    Victoria
    March 4, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Nicole,

    Your honesty and devotion to being more like Christ is incredibly inspiring! My husband and I are young pastors and transitioned from an incredible, life-giving church in LA on January 5th to a brand new ministry context in SF that we felt the Lord leading us to. I can’t tell you how many parts of this blog post I relate to…you have articulated so much of what I’ve experienced and felt in transition. It is truly a place of spiritual growth, one that causes you to relinquish everything over to Jesus…just as it should be. I am learning so much about who he wants me to be! It is difficult on certain days when I miss my old normal, my old church community, and the feeling of “having it all together”…but I feel God drawing me towards things that are more important to him than normal and the illusion of having it all. Anyway…thank you for writing this…I am a little over two months into my transition and I truly needed this.

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    Tom Grissom
    March 4, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Good Stuff! I believe God has a calling for us wherever we are! When we live a day at a time then God can use us for that moment and place. I’ll have to check out Liberty Foundation!

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    Mosa
    March 6, 2016 at 11:33 am

    If there was ever a more timely and necessary word for where I am right now this is it. Thank you for sharing this with the world we all needed it.

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    Kevin Mcallister
    March 11, 2016 at 5:02 am

    Good word once again your a great speaker with lots of passion stay strong and stay in God

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    Tom Grissom
    March 11, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    Yay Colie! A Good Relationship with God is the start of Good Relationships with Others!

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    Kenneth Roberts
    March 20, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Perfect timing , I needed to have a tough conversation with someone and you thoughts were right on time .

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    KaYesu
    March 21, 2016 at 4:28 pm

    Mrs. Nicole Reyes, every single point completely resonated with me. I am focusing on possessing joy and trust in The Lord and this post is beyond an encouragement. I am a high school junior, and we moved states away from my childhood state my freshman year. This post is helping me heal while preparing me for the transition college will bring for me. May God bless you, thanks for the wisdom!

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    Floyd
    March 21, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you. Thank you very much.

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    Tom Grissom
    March 21, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Good Wisdom! Yay Colie! Jesus Loves You!

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    Werner
    March 22, 2016 at 6:14 am

    Good Morning,

    There is something about Godly people. The loving manner in which they talk, there is an inner peace/joy that radiates for all to see. You inspire me, with your words but also this light that shine through you.

    I will be taking your revelations to heart, definitely making time for silly dances 🙂 Any plans for a second “Daring Faith” Bible plan?

    Blessing

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    Claire
    March 24, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Amen and Amen.
    Thanking Jesus for sharing your inspiring revelations with me.
    There is hope in every situation.
    God Bless you Nicole.

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    Dorenda
    April 11, 2016 at 1:07 am

    that was awesome.

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    Jimmy
    April 11, 2016 at 9:58 am

    Wow! True relationship with others has been on my heart, too.

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    Kevin Mcallister
    April 11, 2016 at 11:26 am

    God is great and he’s greatly to be praised keep up the good work praying for you

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    Tom Grissom
    April 11, 2016 at 6:58 pm

    Jesus Christ is the one anointed to show us…the Way…Truth…Life! The Cross is the greatest act of Caring!

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    Mercedes
    April 12, 2016 at 7:37 pm

    Nicole thank you for your inspiring words and for being so transparent in your ministry! You are a blessing to us!

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    Kelly Ellison
    April 12, 2016 at 8:02 pm

    So awesome! Thanks for posting this, now I’m affected & I love it 🙂

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    Tina jackson
    April 16, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    A message of hope and transparency sister! Connection is how we walk this out together and your words are such a blessing! Keep it up and all glory to God!

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    Tom Grissom
    April 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    I like to read Ecclesiastes or Job, when I’m down in the dumps! God is always Faithful…means the pressure is off us in pleasing God, and the Rock is always there! In Jesus Name! Amen!

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    Shiv'on
    April 18, 2016 at 1:49 pm

    So encouraged Amazing! “disappointment has not dwindled my dreams. By God’s grace, it’s actually ignited them. May God’s grace always do the same for you.”

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    Kiki
    April 18, 2016 at 2:07 pm

    Another great and well written blog Nicole! Your blog is one I always look forward to.

    Though very true, this made me laugh out – “When things look like they’ve gone to poo (yes, I just said “poo”… it’s better than the alternative); just remember, flowers can blossom out of what looks and smells like manure in your life.”.
    I think you’ve just defined the best way to handle disappointments in life.

    Thank you Nicole.

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    Veronica Ipatzi
    April 18, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Thank you I needed this so much. It brings me hope.

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    Shannon
    April 18, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you for another wonderful post! My fiance and I broke up a few months ago, so this message is very timely. I love your perspective and I’m glad you shared your story!

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    Kevin Mcallister
    April 18, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    Nicole thanks for sharing your thoughts and I know God has a big and better plain for your life and everything we go through is for us to become stronger and now you can help some person whose heart is broken I just was in a building that had all these adds about if your kid is depressed anixety or messed up come here but they don’t have Jesus to turn to so keep up your good work and remember there’s millions of kids right here in the USA you don’t have to go to another country

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    Nicole Henry
    April 18, 2016 at 5:54 pm

    Soooo good Nicole!! Thank you for sharing your heart. Love you!!

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    Barbara
    April 18, 2016 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you so much for writing this. Holding onto hope

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    Erin M
    April 18, 2016 at 10:53 pm

    Brave. Well done Nicole. God is faithful. He is so good. Excited to see His faithfulness in your life. Thank you for sharing.

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    Lisa Hull
    April 18, 2016 at 11:43 pm

    Sorry for your loss and that you had to feel that pain. As we know God has to break us to grow us and so what He has deposited on the inside of us can get out through our brokenness. I’ve been broken and will be broken again but I’m learning to thank God even in my pain because I know He will work it out for my good. Thank you for sharing! You are very brave!!

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    Amanda G.
    April 19, 2016 at 4:28 am

    Thank you for this, Nicole.

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    Ntsiki
    April 22, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    Thank you for sharing, Nicole. You are the best!

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    Tom Grissom
    April 23, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Wow! that was a great poem! It was all about others..you got a lot of heart, Nicole!

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    Steve Wardlaw
    April 24, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Good stuff! You’re an amazing woman. Stay true to Heavenly Father and yourself. All the best.

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    Lori Chapman
    April 24, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Thank you Nicole. Your words spoke directly to my heart.

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    Darius Miller
    April 24, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Thank you.

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    Krysta Tuten
    April 25, 2016 at 12:31 am

    Your words are so inspiring Nicole! I pray that God continues to bless you and your ministry. Much love from a fellow sister in Christ.

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    Derrick Michael Williams
    April 26, 2016 at 3:37 am

    Thank you so very much for sharing your gift with us. May God continue to flow through you!!

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    Jessica
    April 26, 2016 at 5:40 pm

    Thanks you Nicole for this word! So beautiful and full of Life. A must Share.

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    Isaac
    April 27, 2016 at 11:22 am

    Wonderful blog! I found it while browsing on Yahoo News. Do you have any tips
    on how to get listed in Yahoo News? I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Appreciate it

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    Heather
    April 28, 2016 at 10:48 am

    Thank you for being obedient in posting this. It touched me.

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    Michelle
    May 1, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Beautifully written and truly inspired by the Holy Spirit! You are a true blessing to this world! Thank you! God bless you and your amazing ministry!

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    Maggi
    May 4, 2016 at 4:31 am

    So glad I listened to you this morning, the first but not the last time. Thank you for this word today.

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    Charlie
    May 6, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    God bless you and your family…God has definitely given you the spiritual gift of writing…keep up the good work in Him!

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    Joel Brtiion
    May 10, 2016 at 2:44 am

    Excellent blog Nicole. I really miss seeing and hearing you. May God bless all you do in this
    life. You touched me and made me think more than I can ever express. Again, thank you.

    Joel

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    Veronica Ipatzi
    May 10, 2016 at 4:11 am

    What an eye opene . Thank you for sharing this thruth so clearly and beautiful put!

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    Laurelle
    May 10, 2016 at 6:53 am

    This morning before I read this post I arrived at work at the same time as a colleague of mine. I am fairly new at the company and this certain person is not well liked by the other people, not because he is a nasty person but rather because he is a bit different and to them annoying. I was faced with two choices: I can be kind and close the gate for him while he pulls his car in or just walk into the office. As I was mulling over this decision I asked myself why would I want to be horrible to him and the answer would simply be because the other people don’t like him and I was following suit. I offered to close the gate for him and he said I don’t have to but I insisted.
    After reading this post – I feel it is confirmation from God that I did the right thing and reminded that I need to love all people even if they are seen as annoying. I am sure many people find me annoying as well but I certainly hope this won’t allow them to be unfriendly and unkind to me.

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    Tom Grissom
    May 10, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    Adam and Eve were so precious to God…that he himself provided the first sacrifice…the Israelites were so precious to God…that he provided Manna to the Grumblers…the World is so precious to God…that he sacrificed himself to the World!

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    Lori Chapman
    May 12, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Thank you Nicole!

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    Tanica Russell
    May 12, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    This was right on time…I’ve been so like “Get out of my space” lately and this completely reminded me of how I used to behave and what I need to get back to. Not isolating myself but loving on people. Thank you Nicole for allowing God to speak through you, the body of Christ appreciates your obedience to the Lord. Bless you!

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    Myra Francisco
    May 16, 2016 at 3:18 am

    Love this story when you shared it with us at Calvary Temple church Ladies Spring Retreat this weekend (May 13-15, 2016) at Redwood Christian Park in Boulder Creek, CA. You touched my heart with this story and made me realize that I need to see people the way God does. Thank you for the inspiration. God bless you abundantly.

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    Claire
    May 16, 2016 at 10:56 am

    A loving question to ask in these unheard times.
    And I relate to all accounts outlined above.
    But I will choose to let the heart-healer speak to my heart.

    Thank you Nicole.

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    Njideka Onyeagucha
    May 17, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Great word!! I like the analogy. It’s unreasonable the unhealthy thoughts we allow in our minds to rob us of God’s peace and assurance. Most days, I start off my day by reciting Psalm 19 verse 14 and it helps to keep that in mind.

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    Jaydee Anderson
    May 17, 2016 at 4:46 am

    I love this post! It’s great instructions for those of us who are fighting mind wars within. Thank you!

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    Lori Chapman
    May 17, 2016 at 10:04 am

    Thank you Nicole! Exactly what I needed today. ?

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    Myra Francisco
    May 17, 2016 at 2:20 pm

    Great word and reminder to ourselves. Thank you Nicole!.

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    Tom Grissom
    May 17, 2016 at 6:57 pm

    The Mind follows the Heart…..get your Heart, Right….then the Mind gets Right. The Bible talks about a Right Heart leads to a Sound Mind..J.O.Y. Jesus ,Others, Yourself!!! God Cares more about You..than you Do! Let God worry about You…then You can just Be Yourself!!!

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    Jamie Holden
    May 17, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    Great article, love reading your posts!

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    Arlene Plant
    May 17, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    This was a great analogy and it is very helpful as the Holy Spirit continues to show us areas where we wouldn’t necessarily look but a great example as we compare the visual to the spiritual realm. Thanks Nicole, your blogs are very helpful and insightful.

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    marci
    May 19, 2016 at 1:43 am

    Hope you didn’t encounter any “bugs” in your room at Retreat in the Santa Cruz mountains – it’s not unlikely! Sorry if it happened! I’m sure you can use it in another sermon! 🙂

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    Veronica Ipatzi
    May 19, 2016 at 2:54 am

    Really love posts. Thank you.

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    Erin Lashley
    May 20, 2016 at 6:09 am

    Excellent!!

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    Sakushi
    May 31, 2016 at 3:44 am

    Thank you!! Exactly what I needed to hear! God bless you!

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    Tom Grissom
    May 31, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    That’s some Good Stuff, Nicole! You might enjoy this video too!
    https://youtu.be/c-u9TFMnFtA

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    Barbara
    May 31, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Brilliant

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    Jona
    June 1, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    I couldn’t refrain from commenting. Well written!

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    Lori Chapman
    June 2, 2016 at 9:43 am

    Thank you Nicole! That was great! I miss the videos from your Daring Faith Bible reading plan. Do you still do those?

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    Lori Chapman
    June 2, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Nevermind, I just found them on the website. ?

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    Claire
    June 2, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    God Bless you Nicole. Truly regained consciousness in spirit as i reflected on this blog post.

    Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are a honeycomb,
    sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.

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    D. Kaleah Acosta
    June 3, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Touched. Blessed. Directed.

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    D. Kaleah Acosta
    June 3, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Enlightened.Armed.Determined.

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    Tom Grissom
    June 18, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    Good Stuff, Nicole! We could never know what it was like when Jesus cried out on the cross…and only time he said My God instead of Father..”why have you forsaken me” But, theologians can tell you it was so we could call God…our Father! Jesus knows…because he took our place on the Cross! God Bless!

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    Bill Loften
    June 23, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Great message. Thank you

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    alexis
    June 23, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks for the great message. You always hit the nail on my head.

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    Erin Lashley
    June 23, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Love this! You’re awesome, Nicole!

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    Janine
    June 24, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Thanks for this message! It’s encouraging me to start actively working on answering God’s call. Even in writing this comment I feel like I have taken a giant step towards becoming who God needs me to be. I’m excited for the journey ahead!

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    Isatel Dutra
    June 24, 2016 at 12:50 am

    Loved the practical wisdom you shared Nicole 🙂

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    Katia I.
    June 24, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    This was such a blessing! Thank you so much! In a time where there is so much stress in my life about getting into a certain college and being good enough it is such a relief to be reminded that God already knows exactly where I’m supposed to go and exactly how it will be paid for, no need for all the stress 🙂

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    Porsche H.
    June 24, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    Very encouraging advice both practical and full of wisdom! Beginning to pay more attention to who I’m becoming not just where I’m headed. Love that! Bless you Nicole.

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    Mercedes
    July 6, 2016 at 3:21 am

    ❤️❤️❤️ Thank you, Nicole!

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    Erin Lashley
    July 6, 2016 at 7:18 am

    Come ON! So good.

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    Lacey
    July 12, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Thank you for this message!

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    Natalie Gonzalez
    July 15, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    This made me cry. I wish I could say I felt the same, but growing up my father wasn’t always there. Now that I’m in my early young adult years we don’t have the best relationship, but I know my Heavenly Father has always been there. I love how you said “fear walked out”. I pray that God restore my relationship with my father, but I don’t fear what life brings me because God is with me.

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    Kayce W
    July 16, 2016 at 3:43 am

    Such a great timely word for me!! Love how you said be more concerned about what you’re becoming then where your going!! So good!! That he knows where we are going and just need to trust him! Also loved what you said about self promoting and how if you’re trying to open opportunities up and substain them then you going to have to try and keep that up. If he’s opening the doors you know your covered and he will equip you. When you serving others and you know God’s called you there it never feels like a sacrifice, you feel full of joy and you know that is God!

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    Sylvia
    August 2, 2016 at 9:34 am

    This word is timely and well versed. Thank you, Nicole, for bringing to light what has been my hidden enemy. I receive your prayer over my life.

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    Tom Grissom
    August 3, 2016 at 1:37 am

    Then, at break of day, the king arose and went in haste to the den of lions. As he came near to the den where Daniel was, he cried out in a tone of anguish. The king declared to Daniel, “O Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?” Then Daniel said to the king, “O king, live forever! My God sent his angel and shut the lions’ mouths, and they have not harmed me, because I was found blameless before him; and also before you, O king, I have done no harm.” Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God.
    Daniel 6:19‭-‬23 ESV
    http://bible.com/59/dan.6.19-23.ESV

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    Katia I.
    August 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm

    Looove this blog 😀

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    Nicole N
    August 6, 2016 at 11:18 pm

    Beautiful Post!

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    Betty
    September 2, 2016 at 12:38 am

    So timely!! Thank you for your heart and encouragement.

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    Sarah
    September 2, 2016 at 12:41 am

    <3

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    LG
    September 2, 2016 at 1:06 am

    Thnx Nicole, great questions! Right on time for my current situation. Thank you Jesus!

    Peace be with you always✌??

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    Tom Grissom
    September 2, 2016 at 11:44 am

    You’re such an Encouraging Person! Why would anybody want to quit after watching this?

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    Candice
    October 11, 2016 at 5:32 am

    Really needed that godly pep-talk. Thank you Nicole!

    Candice

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    JAY
    November 15, 2016 at 2:33 am

    This is amazing! I am 13 and this has opened my eyes on so much! Thank you so very much for your fantastic words of incourgment and truths.

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    Kevin Mcallister
    November 15, 2016 at 2:58 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY AND IN YOUR TRAVELS COME TO PITTSBURGH TO A SMALL BUSINESS CALLED KEVINS DELI AND ILL GEED YOU FOR YOUR BIRTHDAY BE BLESSED

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    Andrea Eshleman
    November 15, 2016 at 2:59 am

    Good word, Colie! Love you friend!

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    KaYesu
    November 15, 2016 at 4:22 am

    Ms. Nicole, thank you so much for your words of wisdom. May God bless you. I pray you have a wonderful birthday full of love and joy. Thank you, thank you for sharing the Word that God put on your heart.

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    Kirsten Ziegler
    November 15, 2016 at 5:10 am

    Thank you and happy birthday Nicole!! Your words and your heart for God inspire me greatly!

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    Jane
    November 15, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Happy birthday Nicole! My birthday is on the16th November but because of the time difference we actually share the same birthday, it’s just hit midnight here on 16th ? Your blog was the first thing I read on my birthday, thank you for blessing me with your words of wisdom and encouragement in the Lord. I’m always so inspired by what God is doing and showing you, in your life, and your faith and courage to live that out and share it publicly. God bless you and safe travels!

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    Patricia Robinson
    November 16, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    God bless you and Happy Birthday! I thank God for the wisdom He has deposited in you. You touch many with your love and compassion

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    Cf
    January 1, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    Just what my heart needed to read. Thank you!

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    Lukas Namupala
    January 12, 2017 at 6:29 am

    I truly agree with your message. It has come at such an opportune time for me as it is now when I started taking most seriously the effect of poisonous thoughts. As well as questioning why I am not able to direct the same fervor to God I direct to my earthly pursuits.

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    Lukas Namupala
    January 19, 2017 at 11:30 am

    I’ve always stood out in the Church, felt like I didn’t quite belong even when it was home. I didn’t even know where to start if I were to contribute. I’m glad it is made clear here why one has to stay in Church. I just don’t know how to keep going when the Church stops inspiring hope or faith.

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      Mari
      January 19, 2017 at 6:22 pm

      Pray for God to give you vision on your next step in your journey with your church. God is within you and He is the light within you. You stand out because you can bring hope and faith to the desolation.. allowing God to move through you can be the spark your church needs to be on fire for Him again.

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    Andy Coles
    January 19, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    I couldn’t agree more with all the points. I have something that has been festering in my heart for a while. The church I attend, also streams online live to those viewers who are legitimately not able to make it to the church campus. However, there are individuals that I know, literally and on a personal level who rather stay home in the comforts of their home to stream the service. Would you say this is just as effective as becoming inspired in the spirit?

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    Christy Choice
    January 27, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Nicole–Thanks for sharing this book and your heartfelt review. I will be adding this book to my ‘must read’ list now.

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    Reyna
    February 2, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    This is amazing!!! It’s getting better and better every week. Would you allow me to share this video of you on my website, reynaelizabeth.com? Miss you! So proud of you!

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      Nicole
      February 22, 2017 at 3:30 am

      Hey Reyna!

      Thank you! I’m so glad you are enjoying the videos. And you are free to repost it on your site. Hope you are well!

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    Angie
    February 8, 2017 at 8:46 pm

    Thank you for this Nicole. This is exactly what I needed to hear today. I got dumped a month ago and I find that I am going through the exact same thing you described in your post -these past couple weeks, I’ve worked incessantly and spent so much time in prayer asking God why and also what now. It’s encouraging to see how God has faithfully seen you through that season and I am trusting He will do the same for me.

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    Katia I.
    February 17, 2017 at 2:53 am

    LOVE this message 🙂

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    Patty venable
    February 19, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    This is just SO SPOT ON. I really do try to look past a person’s outward appearances and get to know them. I guess as I get older I realize that we all have something about us to love and that other people need to be loved and needed. My daughter and my boss always say “All the weirdo customers love you”. I say that’s how you learn to be accepting and accepted.

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      Nicole
      March 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      Love you, Pap! Grateful for you!

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    LaTanya Wright
    February 25, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Love this post!!!! I was just getting ready to crack open, Just Mercy, but was interrupted by a crying baby, so I pulled up your blog as I rocked her back to sleep. Thankful for these posts, sometimes it’s all I can get in since it’s right on my phone xo!

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      Nicole
      March 3, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thank you for reading and for taking the time to comment… especially with a crying baby! You are amazing!

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    Mercedes
    March 3, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Love it! Thank you Nicole for your teaching and inspiration! ❤

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    Tracee Umenyiora
    March 4, 2017 at 2:52 am

    Today I lost a love one. It was just yesterday that I was laughing and feeling so grateful for everything. Today I am dealing with a whole a lot of emotions and feelings. Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us. This has helped me in so many ways and has connected with me to see the grace and love of God.

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      Nicole Reyes
      March 11, 2017 at 10:32 pm

      I’m so sorry for your loss! I’m so glad God used this to bring you comfort. I am praying for you right now!

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    KaYesu Machayo
    March 6, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    It seems like you are speaking directly to me Nicole. Thank you for your vulnerability in sharing your story and your courage and faith to persist. I am a workaholic as well, and as a senior in high school it seems “normal”. But, I do not want to be a slave to my emotions, I want to find freedom in Christ. Thank you for encouraging me to lean on Jesus and allow Him to lead me everyday.

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      Nicole Reyes
      March 11, 2017 at 10:33 pm

      Wow! Thank you for sharing this with me. And I know you will experience complete freedom in Christ as you continue to seek Him first.

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    Michelle Hernandez
    March 7, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    Awesome

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    KaYesu
    March 14, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    Thank you for sharing your in-the-moment story! I’m currently at home on the East Coast because of the snowstorm and I have a lot of work to do. Thank you for encouraging and challenging me to find peace in the Lord despite circumstances! I pray you get home safely! Blessings sister! I’m praying for you!

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    KaYesu
    May 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    Amen sister ?

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    Sara Grace
    May 17, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Nicole!! This is so good. Hahaa I’ve heard ALL of these. I’m so glad I’m not the only one and we can laugh about it! Thank you for the encouragement! Love ya girl.

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    Candice
    May 18, 2017 at 12:17 am

    Thank you!!! I feel like you just saw into my soul. What you said about trusting God in relationships is so sweet and convicting.

    Singleness truly is a blessing. I’m off to Italy for 17 days with a group tour that I’ll meet for the 1st time on the first day of the tour.

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    Erin Lashley
    June 21, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Absolutely love this and your healthy perspective of it all! Thank you Nicole!

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    Loriene
    July 6, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    Absolutely love this love story ..you and Ben are truly blessed . May the Lord use you both mightily for His Kingdom and may the desires of your hearts be fulfilled .

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      Nicole Reyes
      July 7, 2017 at 2:31 am

      Thank you! And yes! I believe that. 🙂

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    Crystal Marie
    July 6, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Hate to go against this whole unexpected theme, but a beautiful soul such as yourself finding love is something I always expected! ?

    I love this story, I have loved watching your love flourish and I am so excited for your future!

    Congrats Nicole and Ben and thank you for reminding us that God specializes in the unexpected.

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      Nicole Reyes
      July 7, 2017 at 2:32 am

      Thanks, Crystal Marie! Congrats on your recent wedding. You looked stunning!

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    Aprile
    July 6, 2017 at 2:44 pm

    I’ve been touched by your messages so much, Nicole. Thank you from the heart. This is my first time reaching out because I have so many thoughts to say and share as I am bubbling over with happiness for you. To know that God has delivered to you this unexpected blessing makes my heart so very joyful for you. And you both look so wonderful together and so happy!! ?? Love it. Blessings to you and all you will do, create, accomplish, and love together… to the glory of God. What a beautiful love story to say ‘amen’.

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      Nicole Reyes
      July 7, 2017 at 2:33 am

      Wow! Thank you for taking the time to leave this comment. Your words are beautiful. Thank you.

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    Alexis
    July 6, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    Such an awesome story Nicole. When you came to speak at my church this last time (The Way World Outreach Shine Conf) I remember being truly inspired by your life, knowing you were my age and at the time you were single. I remember looking at you and the other speaker (Jen) and being totally encouraged in my waiting season. Thank you for being a true example of what it means to wait on the Lord and thank you for sharing your life with us.

    God bless you both!

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      Nicole Reyes
      July 7, 2017 at 2:34 am

      That’s great! I love hearing that. Jesus is faithful, my friend. Always.

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    Kristen
    July 6, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    Love you sister! So excited for you and Ben and all the unexpected moments of life and love to come.

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    Jamilla Jackson
    July 6, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Sooooo looks like UNEXPECTED will be the title of your next book ? You can write it right after your first year married! Ill preorder mine now Hahahaha congrats Nicole. Saying that I’m excited for you doesnt event come close to what my heart is doing right now

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      Nicole Reyes
      July 7, 2017 at 2:35 am

      You are the BEST!! And I like that title… 😉

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    Diana
    July 6, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Thank you for sharing with us. This blog has come right on time and its beautiful to see the beauty that is unexpected and how amazing our HEAVENLY FATHER IS!

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      Nicole Reyes
      July 7, 2017 at 2:35 am

      I love the timing of Jesus. So glad this was an encouragement to you!

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    Leonard
    July 6, 2017 at 4:59 pm

    So happy for you, Nicole! What a lucky guy he is! Love and blessings on your new adventure! Marriage is an amazing thing!

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    Nan Baker
    July 6, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Nicole,
    We have known Ben since his high school years. He was in my husband’s band, so we know how crazy, fun, hardworking & dedicated he is. Ben has a passion for life, love & God. His family was so blessed to have him in their lives & in ours.
    We are so thrilled he has found the woman of his dreams.
    May God bless you & Ben in happiness, love & laughter.
    Can’t wait to meet you!!

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      Nicole Reyes
      July 7, 2017 at 2:36 am

      Wow! Thank you for leaving this comment. It means so much. And it’s special hearing from people who have known Ben from back in the day.

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    Arlene
    July 6, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    This is a great story. Always enjoy your posts and am super excited that you’ve found your true love and are best friends and celebrate Jesus together. May you continue to grow more in love with each other and enjoy the blessing that the Lord has provided you. May He grant you wisdom, understanding and peace. Thanks for sharing

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      Nicole Reyes
      July 7, 2017 at 2:37 am

      Thank you!! It’s so great to hear you enjoy my posts. That means so much. And thank you for your prayers.

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    Jeannie-Marie
    July 7, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Beautiful. Honest and authentic. Thank you for sharing the story. Sometimes the most amazing things are delivered to us after the most challenging times. Divine compensation. Wishing you both happiness and joy and the ability to learn and grow together.

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      Nicole Reyes
      July 7, 2017 at 2:38 am

      Divine compensation… I like that. Thank you!

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    Sunny Stone
    July 7, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Oh Nicole. I first met you at the church here in Los Angeles when you were 19 years old, and it was a great loss to see you leave, But!!!! A greater gift to my heart is to read such an encouragement from you today (one of my favorite servants and speakers of my time.) about your personal journey on the path to recognizing the ONE and ONLY man of God for you.

    Thank you for sharing your incredible and encouraging story to someone like me who sometimes have given up on such a possibility of sharing my life with the ONE God designed especially for me.

    You are and have always been a great inspiration to me and I AM VERY HAPPY THAT GOD LED YOU TWO TO EACH OTHER!?❤?
    I am loving the unfolding of this love story.

    Love and smiles
    Sunny Stone

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    Steven S
    July 7, 2017 at 11:30 am

    “He chose love and chose the commitment that love demanded”
    Such a powerful line.
    Congrats Nicole!

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    Brooke wright
    July 7, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    Love you sweet friend!! I am so excited for this new adventure!!

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    Lora
    July 7, 2017 at 12:38 pm

    You write as well as you preach! I cried a bunch too when your sis moved…good thing for social media and that my family is out in the NW too. Love doing life in NYC with you and many, many congrats to you and Ben!

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    Janis M Austin
    July 7, 2017 at 2:38 pm

    Dearest Nicole….
    I remember your first sermon….
    and feeling your vulnerability…I could relate to your honesty…about your family.
    As a fan….My heart is jumping roper…Now that Love found you…you are so beautiful inside and out…your sense of style IS….it just is …and I appreciate
    your story; And your Love for God and his children.. Your sincerity and kindness
    and now you have someone to share your Dreams…One Love, One Heart
    and One Spirit….God is the Spiritual angle to the Love Triangle….
    May you always have laughter and butterflies that tingle with excitement for one another….your ring is elegant..and your smile….always infectious….
    God Bless you….You R Brand New!!!
    I Love You!!!!

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    KaYesu
    July 7, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    Dear Ms. Reyes,

    Amen! I am so happy for you Nicole!
    I am embarking on a gap year this fall and it certainly was the unexpected- so we will both be on a journey! I am so excited to see all the wondrous God works through both of you! I am praying for your peace and joy!
    May God bless your life together and your marriage! GOD IS FAITHFUL!

    Blessings,
    KaYesu

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    Maria
    December 27, 2017 at 12:20 am

    Love this. Thank you for constantly being someone I can rely on to tell the truth about real life and surrounding circumstances. Just recently realized I’ve got to let go of someone I’ve been unnecessarily holding onto. Perfect timing my friend. Love u.

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      Nicole
      December 27, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      Love you! So glad this blog came at the right time. Xoxo

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    Stephanie Lorentzen
    December 28, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Very awesome!! I can’t wait to see and read all of the new and exciting ways God will lead and grow people, and me, through you this year!! So proud of you niece!! ♡♡♡

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    Crystal
    December 28, 2017 at 3:02 pm

    I was just thinking today about how I tend to go against making “resolutions” because so few are still in place by February, but I have set a focus/goal for 2018 and that is to simplify and live more intentionally. My husband, daughter, and I are downsizing from our house to an apartment at the beginning of February and I’m so excited to set up a cozy, organized, simple home and use the reduction in house responsibilities to make intentional choices about how I spend my time. I want to grow in my faith and learn to be present and content each moment. Thanks for this much needed encouragement this morning!

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      Nicole
      December 29, 2017 at 3:14 pm

      Wow! I am so excited for you, Crystal. I believe this is going to be such a fun and fulfilling year as you reset priorities with your time. Ben and I live in a small apartment in NYC at the moment, and there is something peaceful about less. And cleaning the apartment is a lot quicker than most places! 🙂

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    Kelly
    December 28, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    I read a blog post from Equipping Godly Women (a list of 20 resolutions for Christian women) and pulled out these two goals to be my focus for 2018:
    15. Be Content With What You Have
    It can be difficult to be content in America. There are always ads and commercials surrounding us, reminding us to want more, more, more. This year — maybe you want to get intentional about fighting that urge. Perhaps you’d like to try a “No Spend” month, and then save that money for something important or give it to charity?
    16. Keep the Sabbath
    This is another Biblical guideline that is allll too easy to overlook, and yet I don’t think God intended it to be optional. What can you cut out or cut back on this year to leave room for rest and Sabbath?

    I’m still working on the specific, practical ways that this will work, but one thing I decided to put into place is ‘No Social Media after 7pm on a Work Night’ – this will help me stop wasting time in the evening, get to bed earlier and get a better night’s rest.

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    heather
    December 29, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Excellent advise, newly married woman! Congrats. <3

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      Nicole
      December 29, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Thanks, Heather! 🙂

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    Nicole
    December 29, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Love you!!! So excited for you as you step into a new job this year, and a new season!

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    Nicole
    December 29, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I love these goals for 2018! Ben and I are trying a “no spend” month in January, to cut back on expenses and plan for our 2018 financial goals. And the Sabbath is truly how we refuel and refresh, and it honors God. I’m really excited to hear what you discover during those times of rest.

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    Reyna Morris
    December 30, 2017 at 5:53 am

    Hey! Love this. Love seeing what God is doing in your life. I’m also excited for the new branding and changes to your blog. Can’t wait to read all the great stuff God has placed on your heart. You’ve always been so inspiring keep allowing God to refine you because it blesses us all. Love you! Happy New Year!

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      Nicole
      December 30, 2017 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Reyna! I’m so glad you like the website makeover! Thank you for subscribing and for your kind words. I believe this is going to be a great year for both of us! You are a blessing wherever you go! Happy New Year, friend!

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    Cerise Cherry
    December 30, 2017 at 10:14 am

    My main goal is to use my new treadmill to lose the post wedding/marriage weight I’ve put on in the last four years. To stick to my gluten free diet.

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      Nicole
      December 30, 2017 at 2:19 pm

      Cerise, that’s awesome! Congrats on the new treadmill! My health goal is to put on some more muscle. So I’ll be a the gym some early mornings while I’m sure you’ll be running! I’m cheering you on, friend! We are in this together. 🙂

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    Joselyne
    December 30, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    This blog post came just in time I have so many goals and dreams for 2018 but fear of failing and of stepping out of God’s timing makes me hesitant to share my plans and dreams because I don’t want to feel embarrassed if things don’t workout but when you wrote that it’s okay to share your plans with others it sparked something in me and made me realize that I need to have confidence in myself the same way that Jesus has it in me. Thank you for this inspiring post I needed to read this message today.

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    Nicole
    December 30, 2017 at 11:30 pm

    Wow Joselyne! I am so proud of you, and excited to see where Jesus leads you this next year as you take steps of faith. He will direct your steps, and it is faith that pleases God and creates opportunities to see the miraculous in the everyday. Praying for you and cheering you on!

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    Linda Toyota
    January 1, 2018 at 11:33 pm

    Last year I fasted from all social media…no Facebook or Instagram as I find they do take up my time when I come home. I think I will do that again this year as well as no candy or sweets.

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      Nicole
      January 3, 2018 at 2:47 am

      That’s great. I love the time you will be gaining to pray!

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    Emily
    January 4, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Thank you! Climate Control 2 was on point!! 🙂 I’m going through a ReOrg at work right now and have a big meeting today and just thinking how that will go. I want to be a leader And help control and shape the climate and do this through a loving & non reactive way. I’m also a youth leader at church and our beloved youth pastor announced last night he’s moving out of state. Lots of change.. and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I’m excited and ready for today.

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      Nicole
      January 4, 2018 at 11:03 pm

      Wow!!! Lots of transition. Transition rarely feels good, but it truly does build our character and transform us in the process. It’s also a special and sweet time when you can draw near to God and experience Jesus in a radically personal way. Praying for you as I type this. And my Navigating the New series under the video series section of the website my be a great additional encouragement to you.

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    Maria Vasquez
    January 4, 2018 at 5:22 pm

    Thank you for the reminder. As Pastor Craig Groeschel puts it: As leaders, we must be the Thermostats, not the Thermometers. What a great responsibility and yet, great privilege we have in shaping culture within our churches and or organizations. I’ve heard it said this way also …..like priest, like people. What a sobering reminder you’ve brought up. Makes me “check” myself and not simply operate in auto response mode, but be aware to be intentional in everything I do. Blessings to you and your ministry.

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      Nicole
      January 4, 2018 at 11:04 pm

      Amen, Maria! I love that thought of being Thermostats and not Thermometers!

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    Jenny Newton
    January 7, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    So good Nicole! Awesome insight on leaders being able to set the climate. Thank you for this!

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    Deep Roman
    January 10, 2018 at 1:03 am

    Girl
    This is so timely.
    Thank you!!!
    Dee

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      Nicole
      January 10, 2018 at 7:01 pm

      Wow! I love God’s timing! Xoxo

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    Charlene Garza
    January 11, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    Thank you for these videos. They are very inspiring and a great reminder. As a leader in my workplace I love to seek out the strengths and gifts of other and bring the best out in them. I have worked in a few places where the employees are not valued or appreciated. I have also worked with great leaders and I once was told, ” be the boss you have always wanted” so I strive daily to love and appreciate all my employees. I love to give credit where credit is due. We are all different and we each bring something different to the table. Which is so beautiful when it all comes together. Thank you again! God bless!

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    Nicole
    January 12, 2018 at 2:38 pm

    “Be the boss you have always wanted”- I love that! A great reminder that in every environment we can learn who we want to be and who we don’t want to be, and that if we learn the right lessons we will become leaders that actively serve and love those we lead. Thank you for sharing, Charlene!

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    Mayda
    January 15, 2018 at 1:02 am

    This was awesome.

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    Chels
    January 17, 2018 at 3:38 pm

    This is absolutely incredible and now I want to read everything you’ve ever written. Love this, so so so much. Especially the point about health mattering because I matter. I’ve never looked at it that way.

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      Nicole
      January 18, 2018 at 4:07 pm

      Hi Chels! Thank you for reading! I’m so glad this post spoke to you. You matter, friend!

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    Chels
    January 17, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    This is so timely and your words are so beautiful.

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      Nicole
      January 18, 2018 at 4:06 pm

      Thank you for reading! And for your kind words!

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    Jan
    January 19, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Great content! Love your pep talk at the end. “You are your own treasure.” Grateful for these words today, and looking forward to next week.

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      Nicole
      January 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm

      Thank you for watching! You truly are a treasure, Jan.

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    Marty
    January 20, 2018 at 3:25 am

    So refreshing to hear! I love the part where you gave practical examples of celebrating others victories… so cool, so kind, so joyful!

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      Nicole
      January 22, 2018 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks, Marty, for watching and for being someone who cheers others on!

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    Christina Rodriguez
    January 23, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    This seriously spoke volumes to my struggle in the mornings. It’s really the only time I have to experience silence. That’s 4am. My 7 month sometimes does a sneak attack and wakes at 5. So if I miss my window I’m scrambling. I love YouVersion and I’m doing daily bread 30 day devotional. Also TobyMacs new single is what I worship to this morning. Thank you Nicole for your God inspired words!! Keep them coming!! Ps You have totally came to our church in San Bernardino, CA before. Congrats on the nuptials.

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      Nicole
      January 23, 2018 at 11:27 pm

      Wow! Christina, you are a rockstar. I am so inspired by your wake up time to ensure time in the Presence of God. You are inspiring. Thank you for sharing!

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    Al torres, Lakeland Fl
    January 26, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    This was really an amazing word and the sad thing is that I think we all experience this at one point or another is our lives but don’t realize it. Thanks so much Nicole!!

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      Nicole
      January 26, 2018 at 10:11 pm

      I 100% agree! Thank you for watching, Al!

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    Nicole Magloire
    January 30, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I’ve read your work since before you and Ben even met and it’s so encouraging to see how faithful God has been in your journey and how committed you’ve been to the father every step of the way. God is so good!

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      Nicole
      January 30, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      Thank you, Nicole! God is so faithful!

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    Crystal
    January 30, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    This is beautiful, Nicole! Thank you for sharing your heart.

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      Nicole
      January 30, 2018 at 7:14 pm

      Ahh! Thank you for reading, Crystal!

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    Gloria B
    January 31, 2018 at 3:37 am

    Oh love it!! Thank you for being transparent and sharing your feelings. God bless you and Ben as you continue in this wonderful new journey. By the way making lots of notes for when is my turn ?

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      Nicole
      January 31, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you, Gloria! Please, I love that you are taking notes- that is so wise, my friend!

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    Cerise Cherry
    January 31, 2018 at 7:02 pm

    It’s funny to me that I’m reading about newlyweds, I’m 60 years old and was married 34 years to my late husband. I’ve only been married to my beloved 2nd husband 4 years and in my mind we are newlyweds. I thought the second time would be an easy ride, but it has been a labor of love, divine love. I watched you when you were single out of curiosity. I may look 60 on the outside, but I feel 27 on the inside. I love your take on being a newlywed and pray for you and Ben. Keep up the good work. I’m proud of you and am thrilled you and Bed have Jesus in your lives. Pray for Roy and I as we were both married 34 to our first spouses and lost them to premature deaths. We are putting Jesus first and learning oodles about each other and ourselves. God Bless.

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      Nicole
      February 1, 2018 at 11:22 pm

      Wow, Cerise, thank you for sharing. I am praying for you and Roy. I love that God has brought you together after such loss and I believe He has wonderful things in store for you both.

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    Sarah
    February 2, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    I’m really excited about this series. I heard you a few years ago when you spoke in Canada and have followed your blog/writing ever since. I’ve been thinking through ways to grow and ‘adult’ better, so what a timely and encouraging message! I’m thankful for inspiring women like you who are REAL and model what some of these things look like. I’m really enjoying your new video blogs – they’re so practical and really hit home! Thanks for encouraging us to be the best version of ourselves and to grow.

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    Chrisauna
    February 2, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    I’m thankful that God sees me and knows the real me and is determined to stick around and see me through personal transformation. I’m thankful that the Holy Spirit reads me and connects with me in ways I will never comprehend. I’m thankful that God gets the last word. I’m thankful for family that I can learn from despite our differences. Oh my, the list can go on….Thank you Nicole for helping me see beneath the surface.

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      Nicole
      February 6, 2018 at 12:14 am

      Chrisauna, wow! I love your list of gratitude. Beautiful.

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    Janice
    February 2, 2018 at 9:14 pm

    Grateful to have prayer partners.

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      Nicole
      February 6, 2018 at 12:13 am

      Wow! Talk about support, Janice!

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    Kirsten Ziegler
    February 3, 2018 at 1:00 am

    I am grateful for a warm, cozy home to live in. I am also grateful for the season’s God has created. I know that Winter will eventually turn into Spring 🙂

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      Nicole
      February 6, 2018 at 12:13 am

      Beautiful words, Kristen!

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    Jenny
    February 4, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Grateful for Freedom

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      Nicole
      February 6, 2018 at 12:13 am

      Amen!

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    Janelle Wolfe
    February 6, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    This is a post that has spoken to my heart and is exactly where I am in my healing process. Thank you for your courage and obedience to write this blog to help free the people of God. Blessings

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    Janelle Wolfe
    February 6, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    I have also embarked on the amazing journey and covenant that God has for my husband and I. The advice you have given in this blog is priceless and has given me a fresh perspective for my marriage. It has also confirmed what God has be teaching and revealing to me for my marriage. As Christians we have to me more transparent and realistic in our demonstration and depiction of marriage so that we can build up the faith in healthy marriages, as well as the challenges in marriage. Resting assured that God honors covenant and with Him in the center our marriages will be long lasting, full of love and not easily broken.

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      Nicole
      February 6, 2018 at 6:55 pm

      Amen, Janelle. These are beautiful words and I believe your marriage will bring healing and hope to others.

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    Ashley
    February 6, 2018 at 6:41 pm

    Just a few days ago I was feeling really great about my season, really victorious actually. I felt like God and I had gone through the painful process of healing over a traumatic experience/season in my life and that I was finally moving forward and experiencing breakthrough. I loved it, because… like you said, it felt very black and white, finally. (I only wear black and white so if that doesn’t say much about my personality, I don’t know what does). Two days later, I received a phone call from someone I thought I would never hear from again, and suddenly I felt like I had taken 6 steps back. Wounds I thought that were fully healed and scared starting feeling pain and discomfort. I began to take on shame for it even phasing me. I wanted to be the “Boss Lady” who didn’t give a single care about this set-back. But this post was such a great reminder, that truly, the healing can only become greater from here. Shame and healing cannot work as one, therefore it must be one or the other that I choose to hold to. Though this feels like a definite bump in the road, and how desperately I wish that I was completely unphased by this recent pop-up in my life, I am encouraged that the best is yet to come. I was reminded by reading this post that we are always in need of Him, and that our healing journey won’t look perfect, because we aren’t…but thank GOD… He is. So thank you. This post was prophetic for me. It was truly God reminding me, that the messy and complicated is nothing in comparision to his power, grace, and mercy. Would we all be reminded to say no to shame, and live in the freedom found in His grace! Xx

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      Nicole
      February 6, 2018 at 6:54 pm

      Ashley, you are so loved by God and such a courageous woman. I know that this is the year for you to experience even greater expressions of Christ’s love and power in your life and that there is a brand new level of freedom for you to walk in as you trust Jesus, open your heart to His healing and continue to move forward. I’m cheering you on!

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    Reyna Morris
    February 6, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Love this!!! I always get something from all your post. ?? I can relate a lot to this post. Thank you for your words that empower me and many others! Keep writing! ?

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      Nicole
      February 6, 2018 at 11:37 pm

      Hey Reyna! Thank you for reading and for sharing how you can relate. We are all in this together! Cheering you on. xoxo

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    Mary Ellen
    February 7, 2018 at 10:55 am

    This is fabulous. I want all the women I know to read it and “get it”!

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    Jenna
    February 7, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    It’s always funny when God puts things in your life or makes you hear the exact things you need to hear. “There’s a difference between addressing an old wound and picking at it” speaks volumes to me. I am in a waiting season of my life, doubting and discouraged because of yes, things that have happened in my past. I’m still in the process of waiting well and fully giving that to God so that I can experience healing and not let the past effect this current relationship. Your words are always what I need to hear, even when I don’t want to hear them. Thank you for your words and for the impact you’re making to everyone around you

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      Nicole
      February 8, 2018 at 8:46 pm

      Wow, Jenna! God’s timing is perfect. And so His healing. I’m praying the Holy Spirit continues to bring healing and hope your way.

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    Janissa
    February 8, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Thank you for sharing your God-given wisdom Nicole! This is so timely and exactly what I’ve been going through. Glad to know I’m not alone! Thank you!

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      Nicole
      February 8, 2018 at 8:45 pm

      Thank you for reading, Janissa! You are definitely not alone. I know God is using this time in your life to bring new levels of healing and freedom to you.

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    Kirsten Ziegler
    February 9, 2018 at 3:40 pm

    The best!! I love your truth! Taking a day of rest is the 4th commandment before even “murder”. It is one of the longest written commandments and probably one of the most overlooked, especially in ministry! We call it a “snow day” here in Canada. What would you do, if you had a “snow day” from work or school? An intentional day that God gave us to revel in Him!

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    Victoria Sowell
    February 9, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Nicole, I love this! Gratitude is SO underrated, but I’ve noticed that grateful people are the ones I love being around the most! Perspective really changes our reality. Such good stuff – thanks for sharing your wisdom and time with us! It’s making a difference! xx

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    Victoria Sowell
    February 9, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    Love this one. I’ve always valued the hustle over rest, feeling guilty or lazy when I take a break or time out. I’ve really learned that refreshing starts in the presence of God, and he gives us wisdom for how to take a Sabbath in a way that is unique to us. When I start there, I feel my emotional IQ go up, and an awareness (or discernment!) of what I actually need surface! I’m like you, my day off starts early & with lots of coffee & Bible reading, while my husband sleeps in to his heart’s content! After that, I enjoying cleaning and organizing my home and going for a long walk. Creating a haven out of my home and enjoying fresh air does my soul some good every time! Thanks for sharing this encouragement, Nicole. Great way to start my weekend! xx

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      Nicole
      February 12, 2018 at 2:48 pm

      You are right, Victoria! My emotional IQ goes up as well! Sabbath is simply so important. Thank you for sharing!

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    Cassie
    February 12, 2018 at 1:59 am

    I love watching movies on my day off! I agree that tv binge watching can be an escape but sometimes just watching a movie with friends, family, or alone can put me in a better mood. I’m an introvert so staying inside in pajamas with pizza is how I can feel ready for the craziness of the week!

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      Nicole
      February 12, 2018 at 2:46 pm

      That’s great, Cassie! I love that you know yourself so well and what works for you!

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    Sarah
    February 14, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Beautiful Nicole.
    Going into a season where I am preparing myself for what being a wife should look like…your words are note worthy and super motivating. Thank you for your wisdom.

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      Nicole
      February 14, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Ahhh!!! Thank you, Sarah, for reading, and so excited for this new season you will be stepping into.

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    Tracy Gold
    February 22, 2018 at 4:41 am

    Thanks for the reminder Nicole. I really feel it when I don’t take time off. I loved the part when you pointed out that taking a day of rest is one of the 10 commandments. God made us and knows what we need.

    Nicole, I live in Cape Town, South Africa. I’m coming to New York in April. Where is the church you are part of? I would love to visit.

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    Carrie Bantz
    February 22, 2018 at 8:46 am

    I love this so much and I relate to your mindset about fasting! I LOVE food, and I always looked at fasting as something reserved for the great prophets and figures of the bible. But I think I am being called into something here, I randomly found your article today and I would love to take this on. I am going through a huge season of healing and refinement right now and I am craving the Lord in every part of my life (also my skin could use some help, plus to fasting) Anyways I just wanted to let you know I really appreciated this blog and I am inspired. I would also love to connect with you- about fasting and your experience, also about blogging! I started my own a few months ago and I’d appreciate any tips/tricks. Thanks so much for your words!

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    Sarah
    February 27, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    Nicole, I love what you posted and I agree with you 100% on it… but I find I still really struggle. I’m 34 and I do the “right things” – I make good choices, I love Jesus, I serve faithfully and passionately, I live a big life and chase big dreams… and I do all of that because I believe that’s what Jesus has called me to do. And yet, one of the biggest desires of my heart still continues to be to find someone to do life with and God will, raise a family. At this point that feels impossible no matter what I try/don’t try. I’ve tried online dating, I’ve had a few long-term relationships end, I’ve asked friends for set-ups… and I’m discouraged. I don’t know what else I should do/not do anymore… and I read articles like this which are so full of truth… but I AM doing the “right things” and nothing has changed… for years. Any suggestions? How do I keep hoping for something or know when it’s time to just give up?

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    Doris
    February 28, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    I heard you speak at passion conference @ green pastures church, i was truly blessed and challenged ❤️

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    Fran
    March 8, 2018 at 2:21 am

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I just attended the Inspire Conference at Elmbrook Church and really appreciated your words of wisdom and encouragement. God is speaking truth and life through you! Thank you for this ?

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      Nicole
      March 8, 2018 at 12:36 pm

      Hi Fran! Ahhh, I’m so glad you were at Inspire Conference! Thank you for reading this post. I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it.

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    Lacey
    March 13, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    Love, love, love!!! This is such a timely message for me and the 5 thoughts you shared are words of wisdom that I didn’t know I needed. I’m in a season where I have some things in my life coming to an end, making much-needed room for the awesome beginnings that God has started. Reading the sentence “God rejoices when we begin” overwhelmed me with His precious love and made me desire to be obedient to his call to begin even when I’m terrified. Thank you for sharing this!!

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    Crystal Hall
    March 14, 2018 at 12:38 am

    My small beginning is to begin speaking God’s truth to women at my church.

    Excited to see where God is leading both you and Ben!

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    Tiffany Faust
    March 18, 2018 at 2:33 am

    This is EVERYTHING & just what I need right before I launch my blog!! I am being challenged to reshape my schedule and routine to foster more time for creativity and reflection. I also loved your reference to progress over perfection, that is definitely an area I’m constantly working on!! Thanks for sharing!

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      Nicole
      March 19, 2018 at 3:54 pm

      Tifanny, it’s so great to hear from you!

      I’m so excited about the launch of your blog. Please keep me posted! I’m cheering you on! -Nicole

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    Kayla
    March 21, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    Really needed to read this. I have a lot to ponder, now.

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    Gerald Reece
    March 27, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    I have come to the point in my life, that my heroes are heroes in the faith. Those who have stood fearlessly in the face of public opinion and maintained their calling. This who have been committed enough to steward their calling well. God bless you and be with you.

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    Yinka
    March 27, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    Nicole!

    This is so good! This is right on the money and so pertinent to what is going on in society today. I was encouraged and learned some things reading the blog about my own journey with God, i can definitely relate to much of what you shared. Women….and men need to hear this, I agree with everything you shared and hope you will do more blogs and sermons on this especially for the younger generation. Another big danger I see is so many young people are chasing fame and followers but not necessarily chasing God’s will for their lives and thereby missing out on the awesomeness that is a life with God, abundant and full. Love this, thanks again for writing something so relevant and helpful.

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    Maria Vasquez
    March 29, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    Great blog. Just yesterday I was a bit saddened to see a few of the “publically well-known” preachers actually posting celebrations of reaching milestone numbers of “followers” on Instagram or Facebook. I actually unfollowed and will listen to them on YouTube when and if I desire. One preacher actually credits instagram for building his church. That’s bothersome.

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    Paige
    April 2, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Oh, I love love love this video, Nicole! Actually one of my #squadgoals friends introduced me to you and as I watched this video I couldn’t help but tear up a little because of how God has been refining my friendships, taking away some I valued that weren’t His best and revealing new ones that were better suited for this season of my journey. As a relational person who loves those around me and being in community, I have loved how the Lord has shown me such wonderful friends and how to be one for those in my life. Keep shining His light! God Bless!

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    Deborah Zion
    April 5, 2018 at 4:59 am

    Now I’m older (56) I have totally lost any hope that things will change for the better. No, I’m not a Christian,but was for many years a person of faith. I have been an asylum seeker researcher for 16 years. I have heard things no one should hear, not once, but over and over. Our lives are the exception. The horror people go through is the rule. Rabbi Tarphon said :”it is not for us to complete the work,nor to abandon it.” That might have to do.
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    Aaron
    April 8, 2018 at 1:50 pm

    Thank you I needed to read this just at this moment.

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    Tiffany Faust
    April 14, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    This is incredible! There are so many great pointers, but I specifically love “let’s be open about our wrestles, not just our new names.” We hear so much about the victories and not the valleys! I have found so much healing and freedom sharing my wrestles!! Thank you for sharing!

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    Tiffany Faust
    April 14, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    This is incredible! There are so many great pointers, but I specifically love “let’s be open about our wrestles, not just our new names.” We hear so much about the victories and not the valleys! I have found so much healing and freedom sharing my wrestles!! Thank you for sharing!

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    Victoria
    April 18, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Wow, Nicole! Thank you so much for writing this. I’ve been in a season of waiting for a promise to come to pass. It can be incredibly discouraging and filled with loneliness. I love how you put it: “He is Lord of the hidden, just as much as He is Lord of the harvest.” God is so faithful, and this is just the reminder I needed today! Much love.

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    Shianne Jones
    April 19, 2018 at 12:50 am

    I absolutely adore you. You have guided and mentored me and we’ve never met before. You are simply amazing and your obedience has helped me in life.

    I have been learning that my desire to be full time ministry and help build the local church will come when GOD calls me. I desire things so deeply, I tend to rush ahead of God. In this season, I am trusting Him and that he will fulfill every desire if it’s in His will.

    Thank you so much Nicole. I can’t wait for the day that I get to meet you!

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    Michael Dalto
    April 27, 2018 at 5:54 am

    Nicole
    Im so happy for your marriage – and all the wonderful things God is doing in and through you!
    I’m sure The Future has more blessings than you can imagine!
    Thanks for your faithfulness-and transparency- which takes courage – and teaches and comforts, letting so many know they are not the only one to have felt what they felt – or thought what they have thought.
    Thank you for pursuing God and going against the tide!
    I look forward to seeing all the wonderful things God has for both you and your husband in the years ahead – as God uses you both to help change and affect so many lives across the Earth!

    Congratulations on your marriage!
    Michael Dalton
    ps – you have a wonderful writing gift – I’m sure there will be many books to bless the world!

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    Reyna Morris
    May 2, 2018 at 2:13 pm

    Wow. God is good. Lots of change but all good. It’s beautiful to see His faithfulness. Thank you for always sharing your wisdom. You are a blessing. Be blessed!

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    Jennifer
    May 3, 2018 at 2:44 am

    Thank you for this. I so need it right now.

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    Alyssa
    May 8, 2018 at 10:33 am

    You made some great points on redefining beauty and what it really is. Love the verse you chose! I remember when I was a kid being told that I have beaver teeth because my two from teeth were larger than all the rest and until that moment I had never noticed. I remember being bullied for all sorts of things because I was different from others both in how I chose to dress and how I acted. What a great video!

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    Tiffany
    May 8, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    This is INCREDIBLE, thank you for sharing! I am ALWAYS encouraged through your blogs!
    I can definitely relate since I’ve gone through some transitions myself!
    Lately, I’ve learned the following!
    – My ability to disciple and love others is not as effective when I’m not tending to my own soul.
    – Saying no to commitments allows the opportunity for me to say yes to what God has called me to.
    – Finding my true calling and purpose has only come through true surrender to Holy Spirit.

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    Jeffery Campbell
    May 24, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Hello Nicole, I want to say thank you, in many ways for saving my life and helping me find balance again in faith. Several friends and I recently completed you Daring Faith Devotional in the YouVersion Bible app. I have sadly been revisiting a lesson from God for quite some time. My family and I have found ourselves in tight constraints financially recently. I have been good at forcing solutions in the past, but this time there was no way for me to do that. I was spinning out of control, worried, anxious, angry, hurt, pouting, bargaining, and facing a giant fear of man and not being able to pay bills or buy groceries. Anyway, between working through your devotional and going through Leo Giglio’s Goliath Must Fall devotional and sermon series, I believe God has started to make a breakthrough for me. No, the situation has not been resolved, I am still waiting for the supernatural answer to come. Now I am trying to figure out what is the balance between praying for something and trust God versus, constantly praying until the answer comes through. Also, what is the difference between praying and trusting God versus fatalism – “Ce qui sera sera”? Doesn’t surrender to the Father, even though He is an intelligent designer, connotate the same or similar meaning? Anyway, thank you again for the wonderful devotional message you put to paper in the Daring Faith Devotional. Shalom Aleichem. Jeff

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    Lily
    January 26, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    You should know, the first time I ever heard you speak @ Liberty Church- I thought to myself: I wish I understood Jesus like she did – or could talk about Jesus the way you did. – What a very relatable post: comparison steals joy. Thank you for the work you do with your community. Your encouragement reaches many- thanks for sharing.

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    Jaye Miller
    February 1, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    Thank you.

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    Jaye Miller
    February 1, 2019 at 3:09 pm

    Thanks, Nicole. I sometimes feel slapped in the face expressing realities that affect others in church circles, when I know and am being reinforced I’m following a spiritual servant’s calling. The rejection hurts, by those in ministry I’ve respected (& still do, for what they do, despite blind spots), though, age, experience, & prayer remind me there’s still a difference being made in small ways that build upon each other.

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    Shilvy
    February 1, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    So good!

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    amanda collazo
    February 1, 2019 at 7:00 pm

    i needed to read this so desperately, more than i like to admit. this is so powerful and God is so sovereign over every part of our lives. thank you for this and your vulnerability.

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    Julie Ragsdale
    February 7, 2019 at 3:56 am

    Oh Nicole!! Such a good word!
    I remember during a question answer session you were asked about sexism in ministry. Your reply “rectifying injustices in ministry is not my calling. Making disciples, leading people to Jesus, that’s my calling!”
    Your reply buzzed in my ears for months. The Holy Spirit was already at work in me about taking on things that were not my responsibility… and then that reply… it was the nail in the coffin of my “shadow mission”… thank you for your transparency!

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    Dindoll
    March 14, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Oh, i’m glad for you. Congrats on your wedding!

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    A
    April 2, 2019 at 1:32 am

    I really, really, really (etc. on the really) needed this! Was dumped yesterday. I’m 32 and just so discouraged. This post is what I needed to hear today.

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    Wendy
    November 18, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    Thank you for sharing this. It was just what I needed today and many days.

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    Wendy
    November 18, 2019 at 1:01 pm

    Thank you for sharing. I needed this today and many days.

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    Cassie
    December 19, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    So good Nicole! A great word for me this morning ❤️

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      Nicole
      December 19, 2019 at 5:29 pm

      Ahhh! So glad to hear that! 🙂

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    Lauren McAlexander
    December 19, 2019 at 4:16 pm

    Oh how I adore this post. Your heart and my heart are so aligned in our patience growth! Thank you for spelling it out for me.

    Wait well!
    Lauren

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      Nicole
      December 19, 2019 at 5:29 pm

      So glad you enjoyed it!

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    Kirsten
    January 10, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    Nicole,
    You always inspire me so much! Thank you for your faithfulness and the honesty with which you share.

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      Nicole
      January 10, 2020 at 4:25 pm

      Hi Kirsten! Thank you for those kind words! So glad you are encouraged by this video!

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    Kevonna
    February 1, 2020 at 3:39 am

    I needed this more than you ever know!! Thank you! ❤️

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    Antoinette
    March 2, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Dear Nicole, I’m a pastor’s wife and an associate pastor and I have been in a season of discouragement for several years now. I listened to your video on leading and loving it about pain and now this video! Thank you so much for speaking life and light into a dark place of pain and discouragement. They have truly been words of encouragement to keep me pushing forward! Blessings to you

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      Nicole
      March 3, 2020 at 11:44 am

      Wow! Thank you for watching and for your kind words. Praying for you- that you are encouraged in this season and filled with hope, faith, and an overwhelming knowing that God is with you and for you.