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Tyler Perry Pays Off Layaway Accounts For Christmas

Producer, Actor, Director Tyler Perry aimed to make sure more than a thousand strangers have a very merry Christmas this year.
He revealed on Instagram recently that he paid off all the items people had on layaway at a pair of Atlanta-area Walmarts as a Christmas surprise.
"I know it's hard times and a lot of people are struggling," Perry said in the video. "I'm just really really grateful to be able to be in a situation to do this. So God bless you. Go get your stuff."
The "Madea" star paid for all items that were registered on layaway through 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, telling people they only had to pay one penny when they went to pick them up.
Walmart said in a statement to TODAY:
"Tyler Perry’s generous donation is making an unbelievable difference for so many families, and we can’t thank him enough for his kindness,'' "The heartfelt excitement and joy we’re seeing from our customers as a result of his holiday gift has been touching."
Store Associates got to witness how amazing the power of generosity is BIG TIME. Kindness is a gift that keeps on giving! Way to go Tyler Perry!
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Count It All Joy

By: Dr. April J. Lisbon

Have you ever been in a place and space where everything around you was chaotic? Have you ever found yourself in a place where it was hard to concentrate on relationships or work? How many times have you felt like your life was spiraling out of control to depths unknown?

When your mind is consumed with things that are out of your control, it does feel like you are losing your grip on this journey we call life. In those moments, you may find it hard to find the sweet spots when faced with adversity. Understand that our trials and tribulations are meant to build us up and not tear us down.  In James 1:2-3 NKJV it clearly tells us “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” 

God uses our faith to position us for our higher purpose. Don’t allow the fears and worries of the world to live in your mind rent free. Why? The world has no idea what it’s cost you to be where you are today.  

I want to encourage you today that God hears your heart and sees your tears. He never promised that life would be easy BUT He did state He would always be near. Recondition your mindset to find joy in all you do even when it’s hard---even when you don’t feel like it. Push through the pain. Push through the tears. Whatever you do keep on pushing until the results of your prayers become your reality. Take one day at a time and celebrate every step of your journey. 

Remind yourself daily that you have everything you need to fulfill your purpose.  Count it all joy!


Gospel Artist Jonathan McReynolds Earns Two GRAMMY® Nominations

Jonathan McReynolds, Billboard #1 album “Make Room” has received two grammy nominations for Best Gospel Album and Best Gospel Song/Performance. The 2018 GRAMMY ® Award nominations were announced Friday. The 61st Annual GRAMMY ® Awards will air live on CBS Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019.

McReynolds is recognized in GRAMMY® category 36, Best Gospel Performance/Song, for his single “Cycles.” Additionally, he picked up a second nomination in category 38, Best Gospel Album, for his third LP, “Make Room.”

Dove Award-winning, GRAMMY® and Stellar award-nominated gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds’ current album “Make Room” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Current Gospel Albums Chart and #2 on Top Christian/Gospel Albums. It broke into the mainstream charts at #27 on Top Current Albums and #97 on the Hot 200. The live LP is his third full album and the fourth overall release for the 28-year-old musician.  McReynolds also holds a Master’s in Theology from Moody Theological Seminary and is an adjunct member of the Columbia College faculty. The album “Make Room” was previously nominated for a GMA Dove Award earlier this year. “Make Room’s” lead single “Not Lucky, I’m Loved,” reached #1 on the current Billboard Gospel Radio Airplay chart earlier this year.

As a brand new author, McReynolds’ first book, “Make Room: Finding Where Faith Fits,” draws on testimonies in scripture and from personal experiences to invite readers to make room for God in every area of life. McReynolds emphasizes that readers make room for God in public and private, mentally and spiritually in order to experience the fullness that can come only through an authentic relationship with God. “Make Room: Finding Where Faith Fits” is available now on

Check out more Motivational Music on BOLDJournal Motivation Music Playlist


Moving Through Life’s Changes with Victory

By: April J. Lisbon, Ed.D.

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Have you ever wondered what life would be like if there were no changes? Have you ever felt like the shifts of life get you down? Has this created a space or spaces within your life where you feel like all hope is lost?
Moving through life’s changes can be hard to navigate when you feel off balanced. Often times fear, depression, angst, and anger fills are hearts and minds to a point where we are ready to give up.
However, as the Word of God is true to it's promises and as stated in I Corinthians 10:13, He will never give us more than we can handle. When the pressures of life seem to wear you down, remind yourself that the Word of God is the equalizer to help you navigate the battle in the mind.
Understand that God never intended for life to be hard for any of us as He saw the weight of the world on the cross. Yet He also knows that the only way we can win the war of the mind is by never giving up. Standing on God’s promises is the key to helping you move through life’s changes.

Never walk this battle alone. The Word says that the battle is not yours but it’s the Lord’s as written in II Chronicles 20:15. You have already won the battle of the mind. Now walk in your victory in Jesus’s name.


Motivation Music Playlist ft. Mary Mary, Kevin LeVar and More

Go Get It - Mary Mary 
"It's like You lookin' through a telescope you see where you gonna be Growin' gettin' better you're not the person they see. Can't be mad at the things you've been through, 'cause they built your muscle. Now you're stronger than you've ever been, they can't stop your hustle
Yo faith ain't never small that's what brought you this far
See you got your dreams and you got your prayers and you got you God. He gonna take you there, See everybody has a season and I've believe this one's your's. 'Cause you've been working, waiting, this what you've been praying for
 Go get it!"
GOD has given you the vision, it's up to you to be BOLD and execute it. Like the meme says " The dream is Free, The Hustle is sold separately."

Your Destiny - Kevin LeVar & One Sound
This is not a time to get distracted. . . No no no
This not a time to go off course,This is not a time to lose your focus, You got a work to do for the Lord, And you cannot afford to lose your way
You've come to far from where you started from, So please don't let the time you've sown Be wasted on things that you'll later regret, Wishes you never had Once your realize it wasn't worth it, Your destiny is too important to give up for anything.

Your destiny and purpose is way more important than anything that tries to distract you. Stay Focused. Stay Faithful.

Nobody Like You Lord - Maranda Curtis

"Oh Lord, Our Lord How excellent Is your name, Your name is strength, Your name is power A strong tower, Makes me safe, Oh Nobody like you Lord. . ."
Acknowledging that GOD's name is strength and power, empowers us. We are made strong in GOD's power alone. "But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected inweakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladlyin my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me." Who wouldn't serve a GOD like that?!

Listen to these songs by Mary Mary, Vashawn Mitchell, Jekalyn Carr and more on the BOLDJournal Motivation Music Playlist
What are some songs in your playlist that get you motivated and help keep you focused? Let us know in the comments section or mention us on Instagram and Twitter: @BOLDJournal


If You Want The Perks, You Have To Do The Work

If You Want To Have The Perks You Have To Put In The Work

How many times have you heard someone say, “I wish I had what he/she has”? It may be a successful business or ministry, a slim figure, a happy family, or early retirement.
It’s easy to feel this way when you haven’t taken into account the hard work and self-sacrifice it took for them to get what they have. But the truth is the good things God has for us don’t just automatically happen.
We have to invest something—time, money, our abilities—in order to have everything God has planned for our lives.

The Easy-Way-Out Myth

Too often we want to skip the hard work and go directly to the results. People are always looking for the easy way to get what they want – a quick fix or some magic formula. 

They want to lose weight without having to cut calories or exercise. They want to have nice things without having to save the money to buy them. Nobody wants to suffer or sacrifice.
But the fact is, you and I will never have the things we want to have in life if we aren’t willing to practice the discipline and self-control it takes to have them. To put it bluntly, if you want the perks, you have to put in the work!

Discipline Is Not a Dirty Word

The Bible tells us that all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:11). Discipline isn’t fun, but it is essential for our character development and to prepare us for the end result of our hard work.

Self-discipline is a fruit of the Spirit that develops when we do the right thing consistently, over and over again, for a long time. It’s about getting rid of an “I wish I had” attitude and having an attitude of “I’m going to go for it!.” 


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