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Everyone loves to sing the song “Oceans” until they are actually out in the open unknown. This is what’s been true about the past several weeks, as I’ve stepped into the open unknown of change. (If you missed that story, read back here). The truth is, as is true of all change I’ve faced in […]

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I chose this picture because I’m holding my breath. I’m holding my breath between two chapters of this life, although “chapter” is probably not the right word to describe what’s felt like a lifetime, a foundation, a family. After 21 years of life at Hope Church, after 9 years on staff, after almost 4 years […]

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  I hope you enjoyed this episode of Nicole and Friends! You can listen here or at any of the following places: Tunes // Spotify Follow along with Nicole on Instagram and Facebook for more content.  

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In this episode we discuss: The crazy things moms do to their kids, Origins: where we are, where we’ve come from, and where we are going, and Nicole answers some questions about boundaries in our families of origin.   I hope you enjoyed this episode of Nicole and Friends! You can listen here or at […]

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In this episode we discuss: Camp Registration… WHY, The Sabbath, The negative voices in our head and how we can move toward love, and Nicole answers some questions about dealing with hard relationships.   I hope you enjoyed this episode of Nicole and Friends! You can listen here or at any of the following places: […]

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In this episode we discuss: The unwritten rules of airplane travel Martin Luther King Jr. Understanding how to live into freedom Nicole answers a reader question about how to move on from your past   I hope you enjoyed this episode of Nicole and Friends! You can listen here or at any of the following […]

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In this episode we discuss: Snow…. Lies Marriage Counseling Reader questions answered!   Key points: Nicole discusses some key points from Chapters 3 and 4 of The Struggle is Real. How to acknowledge the gap between what we experience and what we believe Reader Question: How to find a good counselor. Reader Question: If it’s […]

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In this episode we discuss: Instapots The story of Abigail in the Bible Making Choices Quiet Times   Key points: Nicole discusses some key points from the first couple chapters of The Struggle is Real. How can we make decisions as a “whole-hearted person?” It takes strength to be humble. Nobody is holding you back, […]

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Summer, I see you coming. And here’s what I know about summer: I want it to be awesome, I want my kids to be awesome, I want it ALL. I run out of ideas fast. (by day two) I live in “traumatic expectation disappointment” (by day 2.5). This year, I’m making my best effort to […]

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the view from here.   I was standing behind her at her dad’s funeral, a respectful distance from her–not in her personal space, but within earshot. This is what pastors call “the ministry of presence”–being quiet but visible, being close to the grief but not in it, except for the way we are all in […]