About the Author

Nicole O. Salmon is an author and speaker. Before launching her coaching firm, Nicole worked with communities experiencing marginalization for over twenty years. Nicole is a certified life-skills coach with a bachelor’s degree in Christian ministry. Together with her husband, Evon, and their five children, she lives in Brampton, Ontario.

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  1. Oh Nicole, how this touched my heart. I think my busyness has been a way for me to avoid thinking. Thank you for your insight.

  2. Wow. This is ME and what I have been walking out for the last 6 years. I am finally emerging from the wilderness and the Lord gives me glimpses and glimmers of hope and delicious, savory bits and often BANQUETS of truth EVERY MORNING. He is actively healing my soul and neutralizing traumatic memories that I had long buried. I’m facing stuff and having these realizations about the ways that I have been coping and pleasing and finding ways to be affirmed and accepted. But I am finally able to receive and comprehend on a deep soul level that I am indeed worthy of love and am highly valued by God. I had concocted this superwoman persona who gladly accepted responsibility because that’s what I had been molded and groomed to do and be. But it was the “be” part that has begun to chafe and irritate and no longer fit. That’s the scary part, allowing God to work in me to allow my true self to emerge. That vulnerability that really requires courage. I’m going to read this again and again and again! Thanks, Nicole!!

    • Wow, Beth. You have also been very vulnerable. Thank you for your transparency. I praise God with you for the journey He has you on. Thanking God for your healing, self discovery, and happiness.

  3. This story is something that happened to me, but I didn’t know what it was, but now because of Nicole’s words, I finally understand exactly what I was experiencing. Thank you so much, Nicole……………….Betsy

    • Betsy, I immediately choked up reading your comment. I pray that in being able to name your experience you can face yourself and your future with new confidence, head on.

  4. Thank you for writing this Nicole. I have had similar unboxing events in my life. I look at it as a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. And God can and has made me and my life into something beautiful. ❤️

  5. Ditto what Rachel wrote! I just read 2 Cor. 12:9 this morning in another devotional and wrote it in my journal – it really hit my heart! I went through a similar journey, was just telling my husband about it yesterday. God’s timing is perfect…hope to hear more from you, Nicole ❤️

  6. “… facing our weaknesses isn’t a sign of defeat but a gateway to God’s power dwelling within us.” This. Saving this quote for future reference as well. Thank you.

  7. I appreciate the sharing of your struggle during your alone time. I am technically separated from my husband of 20+ years and I am struggling with being alone, I will be 60 next month and I never imagined that I would be here, my husband has accused me of things that I am not doing, and changes his reasons from thinking I have been unfaithful (which I’m not and have never been) to now he says we are incompatible. I never saw this coming and I never imagined this could happen, I am in shock and insecure about people knowing the situation and what they may be thinking of me. I am so angry that I am being accused of something I am not doing and feel very isolated and helpless. I continually keep seeking the Lord, going to church and serving on the worship team, but it is still hard.

  8. Ronnie, I appreciate your vulnerability. Even as you comment on this post I am confident that there are many others who can relate and are finding comfort through simply feeling seen. As rough as your canvas might be, I am confident God is painting something beautiful and new. I am entrusting this in prayer along with you. May the God of all comfort soothe your insecurities, heart and mind.

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