Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Celebrate good times...come on!

Do you like to celebrate?

Are parties your thing?

Do you find it hard to celebate when life seems way too much?

Well this morning I am here to say that God has truly out done Himself on this one, truly!

Today is a braggin on my Jesus day!  Woo-hoo!

So back on April 12th I took a HUGEMONGOUS (sorry for any talented and gifted English peoples, but its a word that truly describes the step I took) and got my girlie self all registered for She Speaks.  Now I attended the conference back in the summer of 2008 and thats what truly helped me step out in faith and get started on the speaking ministry God has called me too.  And let me just tell you honestly...this girlie went in her cute shoes expecting one thing...and truly ended up with a whole lotta Jesus moments...YEAH!  Great stuff my friends...great stuff...and just typing about it gets me all excited again!

So back to the whole HUGEMONGOUS thing...why was it such a big step your asking?  Obviously I have been before so that part shouldn't scare me...well to here it is...

** Jesus was asking me to face the speaker evaluation group again, He wanted my skin to get tougher...again!

** Jesus was asking me to 'take it up a notch', grow some more, (really I am truly pretty comfortable where I am....thanks for asking!)

** Oh and the major detail that SO sticks out in black, white and RED on paper is the whole cost factor...so NOT a little detail in my book.  Yes I know that God has a whole different 'swiss' bank account but seriously I like to see it add up in black and white first...even though red is a favorite color for me...but not when it comes to finances!  Oh and I kept reminded my Jesus..."you know there is the whole plane ticket from this neck of the woods to get me down south...oh and not to mention the cost of the conference, just reminding You Jesus...just reminding You!"

So it was that last big little detail that would then lead me to have others join me in praying for this whole thing. 

And just so you know this girlie got herself all mis-aligned.  I was still trying to work out the details, figure things out, stressing, worrying, doubting, asking...

"Why in the world did I take that HUGEMONGOUS step, seriously!??!"

So I was throwing 'me, myself and I' a pretty nice pitty party...really...and a whole lot of ugly thoughts were accompanied as side dishes...and NO they didn't taste good!

And so in the middle of this pretty pathetic pity party I heard a whisper...

"Nichole just so you know I am the one who asked you to take that HUGEMONGOUS step, and what awaits for you on the other side is me, and I am way worth it!"

Okay I am not really sure what got me more excited...that my Jesus was talking my language or that I was going to get MORE of Him...something that SO gets my heart beating faster...MORE of my Jesus!

So in the midst of all this partying I was doing.

My Jesus was working.

Behind the 'Seens'.

Yep I wasn't seeing it...but He was so all over it.

Last night after tucking my sweet precious boys into bed...I sat down and checked the email and there are plane tickets in my inbox.

The plane tickets that will get this girlie from her neck of the woods down south!

Jesus chose to use a most amazing women that He placed in my life back in 2000.  The very first dentist I ever worked for.  A woman who has truly invested in something, the work of Jesus!

To say that tears flowed...my heart beat faster...and a MOST amazing feeling filled my heart...would that describe true Jesus joy?

So I am celebrating Jesus this morning...choosing to live fully in this Joy!  And I am also choosing to trust that He is working out all the other details too...because it is the way He works!

I love you Karen!

On Purpose


Princess, Daughter of the King said...

Incredible Girlfriend! SO, I guess you're goin'! :) Ha! God is SO amazing!! Love you!

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...


Hey, Nichole, God's calling me too. I'm leaving the details up to HIM. If it doesn't work for me to attend this year... I'm positive HE will make arrangements for whenever HE wants me to attend.

Happy Tuesday!

From the Heart said...

Praise God. He knows exactly what we need and always supplies the need, whatever it may be. I'm so happy for you and can't wait to hear about your experiences at the conference. I know God has something special for you and all the others who attend.
Blessings, AE

Lisa Buffaloe said...

Wonderful!! Can't wait to hear the rest of the story as God opens doors!

Praising Him with you!!

Kimberly said...

Behind the "Seens." I LOVE that! I love how He was and IS STILL working behind the "seens" to provide for you to go to She Speaks this year!

Celebrating with you! And have I mentioned that I can't wait to meet you!?!?!?!?!? :)

Cindy said...

I'm not sure if I am more happy for you because you are going, because God supplied the airline tickets or because you are a girlie who knows how to allow your tears to fall:)
So happy for your celebration!

My Army Brats and Me said...

I am sooooooo excited girlfriend!!!! Am I excited more for you or me- HA

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

The awesome hand of God... when we see his faithfulness, makes me wonder why doubt ever enters my mind.

Celebrating with you; learning with you as well. Here's to the next big thing God wants to do for you, friend. It's going to be good.


Tea With Tiffany said...

Celebrate good time, come on! I'm happy dancing for you. :) Yes...LORD!!

Now if I can figure out a way to get myself there, I'd be extra happy. I want to meet you and so many other sweet friends. God's calling His girls up and out. Lord, hear our hearts. Let us celebrate together. Move those mountains!

Lori said...

aaahhh, this just about puts goose bumps all over my body! Thrilling. Yes, I'm just thrilled when i get to see, first-hand, the work of Jesus, revealed to me! Boy, He's busy, isn't he? smile! Glory to God. And, more Glory to come! I'm just honored, I'm lucky enough, that He has chosen me to view the work He is so doing in YOU, my dear friend! I LOVE THE JESUS IN YOU!

Happy Day! Thank you, Jesus!
Hugs, Lori

Joyful said...

Nichole...I am in tears!!!! Oh, why do we ever doubt His provision. He is able to do more than we can ask or imagine. I am reminded of Hebrews 11:1, "Faith is being...certain of what we do not see." I love how you wrote about God working behind the "seen"!!!

This morning I was reading about how God has power to do what He has promised (Rom 4:20-21). The call to trust in His complete sufficiency. "God is not merely able but abundantly able, bountifully and generously able, with an infinite surplus of resources, and eternally able 'to do what he had promised.' He is the God of limitless resources - the only limit comes from us. Our requests, our thoughts, and our prayers are too small, and our expectations are too low. God is trying to raise our vision to a higher level, call us to have greater expectations, and thereby bring us to greater appropriation. Shall we continue living in a way that mocks His will and denies His Word? There is no limit to what we may ask and expect of our glorious El Shaddai - our almighty God. And there is no way for us to measure His blessing, for He is "able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." (A.B. Simpson)

"The way to find God's treasure-house of blessing is to climb the ladder of His divine promises. Those promises are the key that opens the door to the riches of God's grace and favor."

Oh sweet friend...you have encouraged my heart so much today, for my own call to trust and believe in His promises for me, and to look with anticipation for His provision.

Can't wait to see you this summer. Can't believe I missed the opportunity in 2008!

Irritable Mother said...

Nichole, that is wonderful!


Our needs are not too much for Him. Nothing is too difficult. And He will provide according to His perfect will, in His perfect time.
What wonderful truths for me to remember today.

Love you!

Runner Mom said...

I am so incredibly excited for you and all of the other gals going! What a Jesus par-tay it will be!! I wish I could pop in just for a few minutes to give some hugs!! Hmm..I might have to ponder that one!

Love you!
Ps--Start throwing around those "y'alls" and make your tea super sweet!! :)

Amy@LivinginHarmony said...

I am very excited !! God also opened a door for me to be able to not only attend myself but also help a good friend join me on the journey. She will be taking more of the writers track while I will be facing the self imposed terror of the speaker's tracker with the evaluation. I will be praying that He will provide you wisdom and courage over the next couple of months as you prepare for this next step.

Joyful said...

Just as wonderful the second time around. :)

I love that God was working "behind the 'seens'"!!! LOVE THAT!!!

Hugging you some more my friend.