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Interview with Nicole Unice

When you hear Nicole Unice speak you will feel her passion for women, especially moms. She is truly a gift to the body of Christ with her love for teaching, helping all kinds of people connect with God and with one another. Today, she shares with us about fear, freedom, and how we are a gift to others when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable.

So grab a cup of coffee and tune in. We promise you will leave here feeling encouraged as you look at your day, today, differently.

It’ll be worth every minute, I promise!

IN THIS EPISODE

  • How scripture can resonate with us as we nurture children
  • As we get closer to the heart of God, we get free from our fear of rejection
  • The more we belong to Christ the less fear we have of belonging somewhere else
  • The gift of vulnerability
  • How much influence women have
  • Ask this question after reading your Social Media for a month
  • How to look at the day in front of you differently
  • Talks with us about her new book – Brave Enough

PERSPECTIVE

Be vulnerable enough to show your moments that you fail and how God continues to meet you.

LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE

NicoleUnice.com

GetBraveEnough.com

Brave Enough: Getting Over Our Fears, Flaws, and Failures to Live Bold and Free - Available on Amazon Now!

Facebook

Instagram

Twitter

ENCOURAGING VERSE

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”

FAVORITE TAKE AWAYS

"If we focus on what we don’t have and what we think we deserve, we will miss the great creative ways that God is reaching out to us every day."

Boldly pray, “God, I give you all of me. Will you give me all of You? My eyes are open to see your work.”

Be Brave in the Fight

Don't be Anxious

I love the words of Paul in Philippians 4:6-7:

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)

Don’t worry about anything! Don’t worry about the doctor’s report, don’t worry about the car breaking down, and don’t worry about the bills becoming due when you have no money in your account.  Don’t worry!

Easier said than done but, oh, so true. It’s not until you get to the second half of the sentence is when it becomes easier.  First Peter 5:7 says “Cast all your cares on Him, because He cares for you.” Do it! Cast all of them.  When you do, you will find worry and doubt subsiding.  This might not happen overnight because then the battle must be greater.  You have to trust God’s plan for your life which can be hard for a lot of us Type A’s that have to know the plan to build the map to find the answer. This is when our prayers need to kick in more than ever.  We begin to not pray at the mountain, but to it.

We can look at situations and circumstances and see fear and doubt in the midst of them or we can see them as opportunities; see them as part of the road map God has us on and truly thank Him for it.

Now mind you, that “Thanking” part may take a while.  It may seem like an eternity. The weight gets heavier and heavier. Keep casting, keep thanking, and keep praying, over and over and over.

Suddenly you will see verse 7 in action.  His incredible peace in the good report, peace in the situation, or even peace in your finances.

Peace.

And don’t try to understand it.  Like His Word says, you can’t.  It is an overwhelming feeling of joy. His peace has moved the mountain. His peace has made a way where there seemed to be no way. His peace overwhelms you with His incredible Love for you so that we can live in the last part of verse 7 - guarding our hearts and minds as you live in Him.

I encourage you today to be brave.  Fight for His promises on your life. Fight for His will to be done in your life. Fight for His Love to be constant around your life.

Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called…” 1 Timothy 6:12

What are you fighting for today? What can I pray for you for?

 

 

 

Courage to be Brave

Yesterday we talked about winners never quitting and the attitude of a winner. Today I want to talk you about Courage.

Casting Crowns has a song titled "We were made to be courageous" from the movie Courageous.  The first two lines read -

We were made to be courageous. We were made to lead the way.

[quote style="boxed"]Courage means to be brave, bold and adventurous.[/quote]

We all need courage.

Courage comes from God while fear is what the enemy tries to give us.

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Courage is available the same way fear is, but we can choose to reject fear and take courage.

John 16:33 - I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] (AMP)

No matter what comes against us, if we have confidence that we can make it through, it won't bother us that much.

It isn't really our problems that make us unhappy, it is how we respond to them.

Be confident don't feel confident in v. 33

Be courageous don't feel courageous.

Forget about yourself and start doing all you can to help others.

Get a new goal...put smiles on faces.

Encourage, edify, lift up, comfort, help, give hope, relieve pain, and lift burdens.

Show Love in your Confidence.

Be Brave in the When

[quote]"During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them." - Acts 16:9-10[/quote]

How many wish God would speak so clearly?

I know I do.  Sometimes I pray that God would give me a dream or a vision to show me what direction to go in my life.  You know that prayer that you ask, “Lord, what am I supposed to do with my life?”  It seems that all you dream about are your to-do lists or things you can’t even remember.

Or maybe we ask God to show us which door to walk through.  It’s like we play Let’s Make a Deal with God and ask Him “Is it door #1 or door #2, Lord?”

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Can you make it a little clearer for me?  Well maybe you can show me in a dream.  Then around and around we go again, never moving forward.

One thing I’ve learned is that God isn’t naïve.  There are so many of us, myself included, that miss this one piece of the puzzle.

Faith.

Without Faith we can’t see God working.  Now that’s a pretty smart God.

Hebrews 11:1 says:

[quote]"Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see."[/quote]

We can always go start something; a new business, a new book, a new blog, but if you’re a Christ-follower, it’s hard to do it without Faith. Now, it can be done, but the journey may be a little difficult.  We need Faith to believe that the right clients will come; we need Faith to believe that our words on paper or on our laptops will get into the right hands of those that need to read it.

So you may ask, “Ok, Michelle, what am I supposed to be doing with my life?”  Here is my answer:

[box]Habakkuk 2:2-3 -And the Lord answered me: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it. For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.[/box]

Every new year since 1998, Jose and I have written a list down of our dreams and desires, if you will, of things we need God to do or want Him to do in the coming year.  Since that time we have crossed off so many things off our lists. It’s what we call Faith in action.

I dare you to try it this New Year.  Take a sheet of paper and dream BIG. Because here’s the cool thing - there are no limits to what God can do!

A vision creates a revelation.  Think about it, you don’t think your vision, you see your vision and then you think. Think, “Alright, God, how am I going to do this? How are we going to reach the lost, how am I going to raise some amazing teenagers, how are these debts going to get paid…how, how, how?”

Then he says Romans 12:3:

According as GOD HATH DEALT TO EVERY MAN the measure of faith

Your HOW is in your FAITH.

You see, God gets everyone started off the same way. He doesn’t give one person more faith than He gives another. He gives to every man or woman the same measure of faith. Then your faith grows according to what you do with it.

I’m afraid we have those that either hide this, so to speak, like the guy that was given the one talent (Matthew 25:25) or don’t use it at all.

Our Faith doesn’t grow if we don’t use it.

And when we use it, is when our How then becomes our When.

That’s Faith.

Become Brave in Your Faith

faith[quote]1 Peter 5:5-7 – All of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.[/quote] I love that last part of verse 7, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

As some of you know, I am in the midst of transitioning from an Executive full-time job to being obedient to the future.  I was talking with a friend of mine that I actually miss depending on God. What I mean when I say that is I miss Him feeling in the voids when it comes to our finances.  I miss those moments of sweet embrace knowing that God saw us through yet again.

I know, crazy, but I do. Especially looking back.

Why?

Because I had total and complete dependence on Him and not a paycheck. As scary or unknown the future looked like, I knew He was in complete control of our future.

Now don’t get me wrong. If we are in a position that we need to work to provide for our family, to put food on the table and a roof over our heads, then that is what we need to do and God honors that.

I’m talking about when you know God has put a desire in your heart that you know is what truly you are supposed to be doing, but depend more on the stability of knowing what is constant in your life instead of having the might (Isaiah 11:2) to take a step and trust Him to be your constant.

It’s as to imagine that God put something inside you, a calling, a gift, a story and you put it to the side.  You say to yourself, I’m just going to put it over here because I know this paycheck, this food binge, this prescription, whatever it is I need, allows me to know that everything is OK.

When we do this we disappoint Him.  God wants us to see Him bigger than that paycheck, that food binge, that prescription.  He is the Author and Finisher of our faith.  Not faith in the tangible but in the intangible.

[box]Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1[/box]

Today, I want to talk about 1 Peter 5:7. God says to cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.  I love what John Bevere said in his book Relentless.  He talks about as moms and dads we have a natural tendency to provide for our family.  To put food on our tables or take them to the doctors for good reports. Those are natural tendencies of being a provider.  John then explains how the word of 1 Peter 5:7 becomes active when we allow that natural provision to become a weight and how we need to put those cares upon Him. He says it this way, “to provide for my family was a valid and godly concern. However, if I had made this care my top priority, I would never have stepped out in obedience to God. That concern or care would have been the weight that would have greatly hindered my race."

Did you catch that?

How many want to finish their race with no weight, no concern, but a trust in Him to help you finish the race?

[box]Hebrews 12:1 (NLT) - let us strip off every weight that slows us down…. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.[/box]

If you are in that place where you’re not quite sure what your next step in life is or where to go from where you are, know you’re not alone.  My hope is that this has nudged you or served as a reminder to stay faithful to His desires. We may not understand all that's going on or wonder what's next; just know that you serve a God that is faithful and if God be for me, who can be against me.

What can I pray for you during your journey?

 

We Need More of the Brave

braveThe Baptist got it going on!

From churches to conferences, it seems everyone is a Baptist.

I don’t think you can step into any Christian bookstore anymore and find more than half of all authors from the Baptist church. Then these incredible conferences they offer. I mean seriously who can beat their speaker lineups.  Dang, it makes me want to become a Baptist only so I can start speaking with them!

Now don’t get me wrong, we moved to Tennessee from Colorado and I was born and raised in California, so the West is in my blood.  When this girl moved to the South, let’s just say I learned quickly how many Baptist and Church of Christ churches there were. Then to hear about all the programs they have, missions work they do and amazing conferences, my husband and I were jealous wishing our denomination would stop and learn some things from them. I’m simply stating what so many of us Charismatic, Pentecostal, Holy Ghost people in the South are wanting to say, but don’t.

I grew up AG (Assembly of God) where we went to church every Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night and where mom and dad had a home bible study during the week.  Church was a way of life for me.  Seeing people go to the altar, tears falling down their faces, asking Jesus into their heart.  Where if you wanted to receive the Holy Spirit that it wasn’t an automatic through water baptism but through, possibly, someone praying with you to ask the Holy Spirit to come into your life and the way you knew you “got it” was a language that no one could understand but God Himself.

I grew up in tent revivals, around Azusa Street believers, Kenneth Copeland and going to college at Oral Roberts University.

I was saved, sanctified and set free.

So I guess my question is - is where are all those speakers?

Those that dare take a chance to stir people’s hearts, their spirits.

Where are they?

Those that are not ashamed to point people to Jesus not just through their actions but their words?

Where are they?

Those that are not afraid to ask from the platform “Do you know Jesus?” and pray with them as though it is just the two of you in that room.

Where are they?

Those speakers and writers that challenge you to look in the mirror and see how God see’s you.  Maybe it’s beautiful, maybe it’s messy and dirty, but the message that has been delivered has you running to the altars wanting to have it all washed away.

We need more writers that are brave; that won’t hold back and allow God’s hand to control the pen as they write. - Tweet that!

We need more speakers that won’t sugar coat things with 5 steps to how to organize whatever it is we are organizing that week. We need voices that will challenge us and inspire us; that leave us with an encounter of God serving us Meat and Potatoes versus Milk and Cookies.

So where are they?

I’m not talking about those that have screamed their heads off getting their point across wanting us to say Amen! after every sentence or the one’s in the mountains that are handling snakes. I’m talking about those that when I read their writing or hear them speak, I begin to ask myself what is it that they have that I want?  People that are living it, loving it and leading it.  One’s that take the focus off of them and gives all honor to God.

Where are they?

I believe they’re out there.  I believe God has each one of them pointed out for “such a time as this” moments. I think in the behind-the-scenes, God is allowing us to have a good time.  Getting fat and sassy in the pews, sipping our coffee, meeting people we have never met before.

Then God will begin to ask us, no matter what denomination, “What have you done with your time that I have given you for Me?” Then we look around and tell Him that we are making a huge impact because I mean “Lord, have you seen all the followers I have and the retweets.  I mean, man, I’m telling some really good stuff here.”

What if He asked again, “But what did you do for Me with the time that I gave you here on earth?”  One might say, "well I read every blog post that I subscribed to and made sure I left a comment on each one to inspire them to continue on their journey."

But then His Holy Spirit asks the same question differently, “What did you do for Me? Did you obey me when I told you to hand that mom a $20 bill because you knew how expensive twins were and you offered to pay for her diapers? Did you pray with that woman that I asked you to pray with that just needed a reminder that I hear her prayers?  What about the time your restaurant bill was $2.50 and you had a $5 and a $10 and I told you to give her the $10 and she looked at you with tears in her eyes as though that $10 was like a $100 for her?”

See, it’s not about how many followers we have or the conferences we attend or speak at nor the blogs we may read or write.  It’s about what we do with what we have been given.

I couldn’t do life without the Holy Spirit; I need to hear from Him daily.  I love having conversations everywhere I go with Him. No, I’m not crazy because in each of those situations I gave a little bit ago; I walked through each one and let me say this…It Was Awesome.

What is it…showing Love.  Showing the love of Jesus by being His “physical” hands and feet. Those are the moments that God created us for.

Yes, I’m a God-fearing, Bible- thumping, tongue-talking woman but I’m not crazy.  It’s just my beliefs may be different than yours and yours may be different than mine and that’s OK.  The Holy Spirit may operate differently for you then He does for me, but what binds us together are the three things He has asked all of us to do - go out make disciples, follow Him and to show His love to others.

You just have to be willing to let His Holy Spirit set up each encounter and become brave.

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Galatians 5:13  For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.

“We should be more concerned with reaching the lost than pampering the saved.”― David McGee

“The best measure of a spiritual life is not its ecstasies but its obedience.”― Oswald Chambers

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