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Catalysts, Vessels, and Change Agents

I attended a "Christian Women In Media" networking event yesterday to spread the word about the Kingdomwood International Film Festival that I'm helping to produce. At the event I was sitting next to the moderator, so it was funny to see that during the "introduce yourself and what you do" period, the majority of the women who were there went on tangents about what divine coincidence it was that brought them to the meeting or gave testimonies about the why they were passionate to do what they do. 

I laughed as the moderator tried to get them to be quick about their turn to introduce themselves, but after a while as the introductions continued in the same format of a longer "why" instead of a quick "what" and "who", I was inspired by it.

It was touching to see that the default mode for a room full of women who were believers was to explain the "why" behind what they did. I think knowing and understanding the "why" is the key to doing what we do with excellence and staying motivated to do it. 

When it was my turn to go, although I said who I was and what I did very quickly, because of the moderator: what I would have loved to have said was: "I'm grateful because I believe that I'm a catalyst for GOD's voice, and a change agent and an agent & vessel of God's voice. So this is why I want to be involved with Kingdomwood, this is why I want to be involved with media and sharing my voice." 

I think that would've been great for a "Christian Women In Media" event, but we're all catalysts of GOD's voice. I listened to the "Jesus and Jolloff" podcast for the first time and heard Yvonne Orji say her blessings are "not because she's so special, but because she's available." It's essential to make ourselves available to the will of GOD. 

We are catalysts, we are agents, We are vessels of GOD and that's what this film festival brings about to me. It's why I believe in what I'm doing. It's why I'm happy about what I'm doing. Iyanla Vanzant shared a tweet that said: 

"The key to success is not what you do, it is how you feel about what you are doing."

It's up to us to Boldly be a vessel for what GOD is doing in the earth. Orji also says in the podcast" Somebody is waiting for your supply, that they didn't even know they needed." 

"We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same." - Marianne Williamson

It's up to us to know who we are and be consistent in how we present who we are to the world, but also to definitely know our why? Do you know your why?


BOLD Testimony: Actress Letitia Wright Talks About Putting GOD First

"I just needed to take a break from acting because I really idolized it so I came off from it and I went on a journey to discover God and my relationship with GOD..."

Actress Letitia Wright of Black Panther fame boldly discussed her happiness being dependent on her relationship with GOD above all else. It's no wonder why she's one  of the breakout stars for one of the biggest films ever! Salute to Letitia for being bold in her faith! The limit is beyond the sky when we put GOD's will first over everything.

Check out the powerful snippet from Letitia's interview below:


Speak To Your Mountain

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It's extremely easy to feel the pressure of a tight situation when you're surrounded by it. Trying to keep up with bills, get out of debt, and live a productive life can get heavy sometimes.

It's important to practice gratitiude every day, because everyday we get to see is an honor in itself. If you haven't been through much, consider the fact that everyday is a gift, Some people no longer have the luxury of life.

This morning as I was driving (another blessing), the pressure of entrepreneurship and freelancing life almost got me down. That often happens when we're focused on what we see as problems, and not on GOD. Just at the point when I was about to go into a familiar "worry, panic, woe is me mode" I thought about everything that GOD has brought me through and over in my life. My whole attitude changed. If we think back on all the times made a way for us when times get rough, theres no way we can stay in a place of worry, regardless of any situation.  

After all this,  a familiar song that I love came to mind: "For Every Mountain" by Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers. This song is so powerful! For Every Mountain you brought me over, For Every trial you've seen me through, For Every blessing... for this I give you praise. 

Then right after that song got stuck in my head the podcast I listen to by Dianna Hobbs came across my phone and happened to be named: Speak to this mountain. The coincidences of GOD are always timely! So I just wanted to share that no matter what struggle you might be going though, have faith that all mountains can be moved and give the fight over to the mountain mover!
Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. 23“Trulyf I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them." - Mark 11:22-23
Make it blessed day today!!


[Video] 5 Life Lessons From Iyanla Vanzant On Leveling Up

Iyanla Vanzant once again lit up the stage with wisdom at the 2018 Essence Empowerment Experience in New Orleans, during the Essence Festival. Breath Of Life Daily was grateful to be apart of the experience and catch a few highlights from her powerful session. The full video can be found at Breath Of Life Daily on YouTube. Check out a few gems we gleaned from her session:

Seek To Evolve In Peace
Iyanla began with an empowering story of what it looks like to do the inner work of healing without interference. Get centered. Aim to be in a place without distractions or energy that weighs you down. Focus promotes fertility. "What you need is IN you."

Be Willing To Get Up. Do The Work
Elevate your Position, Posture, and Perspective, to better serve GOD'S Purpose for you.
Once we change our posture we'll change our position. Take an idea and stop talking about it. Iyanla is an advocate for people "doing the inner work" to become your best self. It's necessary. Her acronym for PAIN: Pay. Attention. Inward. Now

Be Fully Present
How are you standing up in your life? What is your posture some of us need to change our posture. Sometimes things fall apart, so they can fall in line with divine assignment. The struggles we experience help shape our character. We should utilize our trials like sandpaper to bring about something good. Honestly "Who would you be without your hard times, who would you be had you not learned how to make it on very little?"

Be Willing, Honest, Open
Your W.H.O is your H.O.W! If we wanna know how to get through, how to overcome, we have to be willing to take a look inside ourselves and be open to GOD's will for us completely. Who - Willingness Honesty, Openess. "For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. What will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul? Or what can a man give in exchange for his soul? - Matthew 16:25-26

Give every thought OVER 
Observation. Examination. Validation. Refrain. Be aware of what feelings and thoughts you come across but make sure to test the validity in them. "Validate what you're thinking. If you feel bad and you have that thought, feel bad, just don't dwell in it." "If you have a negative thought or heavy thought, tell somebody."

If you're on the other side of the conversation and somebody is telling you about their pain.
"Just be present with them." It's not our job to try to fix or change anything. Sometimes it's good to just listen.

Iyanla charges each of us to work with ourselves in a more genttle, kind, and loving way and encourages us that we can do it wherever we are.


Pray From A Place of Faith

Pray from a place of faith not fear. In the same vein, Give from a place of fullness not lack. 

 It came to me that in the past, sometimes I've sought to share with others, from a place of lack wanting to be liked or accepted by people. Feeling like people could provide validation of some sort.

The truth is we should give because there's an overflow of what God has given us. The gifts, understanding and blessings that we have in abundance is what we're supposed to give out of. Even if that's just having faith from your experiences to share.

Fear of loss, or any type of fear is not the best point to pray from. It shows that we think whatever problem we're facing is bigger than GOD. The great news is that nothing is. Pray from a place of trust, adoration and confidence. Whatever the situation is the King is in control.

Who is the King of glory? 
The LORD strong and mighty,
the LORD mighty in battle.

-Psalm 24:8


You Are God's Idea

I came across this "idea" online the other day and not only did I decide to write about it but I had a strong inclination to wear it. We are God's idea and we don't hear it enough. I don't think we affirm ourselves with this enough.

Say it loud. Say it three times if you have to. "I'm God's Idea."

It's Amazing and poignant because it's true.

Speaking of powerful word's while in a church service today my eye's skimmed over a few words that really stood out to me in a scripture. The scripture read: "for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." These words are the end of Revelation 19:10

At the time they stood out because I thought to myself it was such a powerful way to say that everything we go through, the life of Jesus Christ served as a precursor and example that we could look upon and gain strength from. 

God has amazing ideas, to be one of them is a powerful thing! Tell yourself this daily. and purchase the shirt for your self, family and friends to be reminded.

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10 Inspirational Quotes From Queen Sugar

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Queen Sugar is back! (OWN) The Oprah Winfrey Network recently kicked off Season 3
of it’s series Queen Sugar. It was explosive and powerful to watch as fans expected it to be.
“Sugar babies” can’t get enough of the show because of it’s quality content and uninhibited expression
of truth. Queen Sugar is one of, if not THE most woke, conscious, and real shows on TV.
The show airs on Wednesdays at 10pm EST. So many inspirational gems and quotes
can be taken from the show I decided to share a few from the premiere of this season.
Hopefully these words of wisdom, strength and affirmation can hold us over until the next episode:

“Don’t lead with the fear of what might be, lead with the strength of who you are.”

"Amplify through your words and glory"

“Bet on yourself”

“For the first time in my life I didn't feel like I had to justify my presence"

"I will always lift you up."

"I will not be side-lined, sidetracked or side-stepped!"

I’ve been ‘only human’ my whole life, I want to be something else now, I want to be a warrior.

Just because you wish something is meant to be doesn’t mean it is.

It depends on what you're giving up to get it"

I know it's a little thing, but it's my little thing.

What are some quotes or moments from the show that inspire you to “take flight” toward your best life? Share in the comments section of this post or reach out to us online @BOLDJournal.