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Nicole

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2014-07-29

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Each day I continue to grow in my faith as God teaches me new things about my purpose and place in.. this world.

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  • Our Advocate
    on Sep 2, 2016
    There are many names we can list when we think of the name of Jesus, but have you ever considered that He was an advocate of women?  One who respected and cherished women and their place in this world. Be encouraged <3...
  • The Notebook, some Letters and a Small Used Book Store
    on Aug 16, 2016
    Our souls were one, if you must knowAnd never shall they be apart;With splendid dawn, your face aglowI reach for you and find my heart.-Nicholas Sparks, The NotebookIn 2004, I sat in a theater with a friend and watched as the story of The Notebook pl...
  • Bingo, the Senior Center and an attitude change....
    on Jul 22, 2016
    Tomorrow is the fourth Saturday of the month.  To you, that might not mean anything, to me it means Saturday morning at the Senior Center playing Bingo. Every month, we head on over to the little downtown close by and play several, many, ga...
  • Defeat of the Monster
    on Mar 14, 2016 in domestic violence Hope
    The darkness weighs heavy.  The silence, almost deafening. You step out into the sunlight only to find that the world you once knew, gone. Darkness distorts the landscape and faces encircling you. You begin walking, looking for something familia...
  • What I wish my friends knew....
    on Feb 10, 2016 in domestic violence
    I wasn’t always this person. The one full of doubts constantly wondering if you’ll truly stick around.  I wasn’t always the person who cried so easily at the smallest of things. And I wasn’t the person who kept people at arm’s length b...
  • Reflecting on the ruins....
    on Jan 6, 2016
    Reflection...I often find myself reflecting as I drive. This past Tuesday was no exception. I was driving, my daughter in the passenger seat, Glorious Ruins blaring on the radio, us singing at the top of our lungs, tears flowing as we worshiped toget...
  • Overwhelming Weight and Sufficient Grace
    on Nov 18, 2015
    For years I lived in an oppressive situation.  Struggling for air as I fought to keep my head above the threatening water that worked to swallow me whole, I almost drowned.  In a situation that felt hopeless and dark my determination to sur...
  • An open letter to the leaders who cast us aside
    on Oct 29, 2015
    Originally published on Give Her WingsThis letter is for those in church leadership who cast us aside when we needed you the most.  For those in leadership who were duped by those who used you the way in which they used us. For those leaders who...
  • An open letter to those who left us behind
    on Oct 22, 2015 in domestic violence Forgiveness Hope
    This letter is a difficult one to write as the betrayal and the heartache you added to our lives was unexpected meaning greater pain to endure and overcome.Realize, when the time came to leave, we expected nothing less than what we experienced from o...
  • An open letter to the men we thought we knew.
    on Oct 16, 2015
    To the men we thought we knew,This letter has been a long time coming.  So many times we have longed to put pen to paper, however thought better of it. But the day has finally come.  Our hearts are no longer full of hatred and ang...
  • 40: Is this the end?
    on Sep 10, 2015
    One week from today, I turn 40.  A time once existed where the idea of turning 40 terrified me.  Back in the day, I looked at life and wondered if this was it. Would there ever be more?Next week I turn 40 and though the thought of that numb...
  • The Enemy of Distraction
    on Aug 20, 2015
    The calendar is not my friend.  I avoid them at all costs.  You see, my personality type serves as one in which time restraints bring immense amounts of anxiety.  They serve as ticking time bombs. I am back in college, which has proven...
  • Can you imagine: Tall Tails, Wolves and Accusations
    on Jun 22, 2015
    Imagine with me for a moment, this story of a young girl.  A young girl walks into a small store with a short list of things to buy.  She gingerly picks up a shopping basket and smiles at the young person working in the produce department.
  • &quot;Friendly Fire&quot; or Outrageous Accusations or Gossip: When our reputation is on the line.
    on May 14, 2015 in faith Trials
    This guest post is written by none other than my amazing husband.  I cannot tell you how timely his words.  Our church is currently working its way through The Story which is the Bible written in a novel format.  This week we studied t...
  • Skinned Knees, Hurdles and Chaotic Greatness
    on May 11, 2015
    Place your trust in the Eternal; rely on Him completely;never depend upon your own ideas and inventions.Give Him the credit for everything you accomplish,and He will smooth out and straighten the road that lies ahead.Proverbs 3:5-6Gabby love <3I h...
  • A Glimmer of Hope and a Long Dark Tunnel
    on Apr 1, 2015
    Are you in love with your significant other?  Do they make you feel safe?  Loved?  Cherished? Respected?  Honored?  Adored?  If you can answer yes to those questions, count yourself blessed.  Marriage is hard.  ...
  • With Love, The Adulterous Woman
    on Mar 19, 2015
    Not many will understand.  Not many know this kind of pain; the pain of betrayal.  The deep wounds created by those who we’ve loved as they walk away.  For me, I was called the adulterer.  I was the cheater.  Stories were t...
  • Fear, an Ambulance and God's Promise
    on Feb 23, 2015
    Fear.  We all experience it.  May even be crippled by it.  It can consume and overwhelm us.  Lead us to a very dark place.  Make us doubt.  Lose sight of what we know to be true.  A week ago today, fear gripped hold...
  • Mr. Grey, Freddy Krueger and A Pair of Wings
    on Feb 9, 2015
    Ok all my friends out there...especially those who secretly bought Fifty Shades of Grey electronically so no one would know. Yeah you wink emoticon I know you're out there because I saw you liked the Fifty Shades of Grey Facebook Page ...
  • Fifty Shades Challenge
    on Feb 7, 2015
    We are a week away from the release of the Shades of Grey movie. I know there are many excited and eagerly awaiting the premiere of this popular book as seen by the excitement on my daily FB feed. However I would like to challenge my friends to do so...
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