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Tuesday

What Christianity Looks Like


Tameka Bates stood as protection for a mother and her baby against a harasser with a very violent spirit. On a Philadelphia bus line Tameka BOLDly proclaimed "Satan the blood of  Jesus rebuke you" as she blocked the man's access to the mother. Tameka's actions is the epitome of what Christianity is, A BOLDness and fearlessness that comes from no other place but the spirit of God, put into action. While everyone else sat by idly, Tameka's Spirit was called out to do the right thing.

"I didn't fear what was in Him because I knew the greater being that was in me could defeat what was actually in him." Bates told FOX news. Tameka is a Minister at Resurrection Evangelistic Church. It's safe to say Her faith stood in the gap for the situation. The world is witnessing more powerful stories like this, as not too long ago Antionette Tuff showed her faith in action, when she talked with an Armed and Dangerous man on a elementary school's premises and changed a potentially harmful course of events.

These are great examples of what Christianity looks like being practiced in the world. Hopefully we will see more stories like these develop and make major headlines.

FOX Philly news first broke the report of Tameka's Bravery (Video Below):


Do you know of any brave stories like these that have gone unsung? Share your thoughts with a comment, you can also E-mail info to boldimpactnetwork@gmail.com and get Social with BOLDJournal on Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram@BOLDJournal

Friday

What's In A Name?: The Recompense of #IAmJada



The fact that Jada chose to reclaim her name back after such public disrespect and degradation is extraordinary. The 16-year-old girl from Texas who woke up after attending a party and found pictures of herself  unconscious and naked online, believes she was raped, after being given a spiked drink. If all this wasn't bad enough the pictures of her body were being ridiculed under the hashtag #Jadapose.

In this age hashtags are as important as names, and just like a birth name they can take on a life of their own. Yes, Corruption and debauchery can be digitally personified and taken lightly. However in Jada's case Bravery, Awareness, and Resilience are coming out on top, as the power of good tends to do. Jada chose to stand up and make her voice heard. She made the choice to claim her true character under the hashtag #IAmJada.

In an interview with Marc Lamont Hill on huffpost live, there is a striking moment when Jada states the aim to "Get Her Name Back". For many people who have been a victim to such a crime the tenacity that Jada's shown does not come so easily, if at all. What's commendable is that she chose not to hold back. Her voice is uplifted, with much support. Given the many cases where so many voices have gone unheard because of fear. Her strength is helping to foster a world where survivors know they are safe, they are believed, and they're lives will not be consumed with shame*.

The names given to us represent our character and essence. The very name Jada is from Hebrew origin, meaning "wise", or "one who knows". It's fitting that Jada knew the power of claiming her voice. Her life and her name need not be consumed. Her story is a testament that our name and our true character can never be taken.


There is significant power in owning our strength, Your strength is yours and it belongs to no one else. In earlier reports Jada stated that her "reputation was over." but through this, It can be said that it has just begun and it's the best one yet. The very fact that Jada took a stand is a statement that there is power beyond her body. As a woman your power is not solely in your body or sex appeal. Women are often objectified in media, and we can play the blame game all day, but the truth is individuals need to be held accountable for their actions. The men in these cases, or any offender should not be excused. Stop blaming victims. Stop letting true criminals go uncharged.



In the interview with Hill, Jada is tired, and dealing with the issue seems very taxing, but her bravery has yielded a great reward. I imagine she would be tired, but may her strength be renewed, may she continue to run on because the cause is worthy.

Millions are standing in support under the hashtag #IAmJada. We will not let "Jada" go unheard. To every "Jada", understand that your dignity will not be stripped, your consciousness is your power, your raised voice of awareness is vital, and You Are The VICTOR!

As we are liberated from our own fear, our presences actually liberates others*. Jada's presence has made a difference online and off. She is #BOLDJada #BraveJada #FierceJada #WiseJada #SmartJada, #VictoriousJada, #ConsiousJada #AwareJada #FearlessJada! We stand proud to be a #Fearless Jada!
               

For more support and information on help in overcoming an abuse situation and supporting victors. Contact Survivors with Voices Organization at www.survivorswithvoices.com                                                                    

Tuesday

From Nothing To Something: The Dainhen Butler Story


Not too many people can say life was nice and easy for them growing up. Dainhen Butler will tell you his life wasn't extremely hard as a young adult, but it definitely wasn't easy. Dainhen went from a childhood that wasn't all sunshine, and went for something better with his life...or at least what he thought was "better" at the time. He got involved with quick and easy money and a life of crime at a young age. With faith and the drive to be better, he was able to turn it all around. His situation has worked out for the greater good, and he is continuing to help, and be an influential voice in his community.

In the mid 90's Dainhen Butler was sentenced to serve 10 Years (1996-2006) in Lee Arrendale State Prison for armed robbery. Lee Arrendale State Prison formerly known as ALTO, was transitioned from a men's facility to an all women's facility because of it's violent reputation. Being the son of two business owners, Dainhen rose from the ashes of his past mistakes and now run's several businesses in the local Georgia community: FunTime Moonwalk Rentals, A&B Ice Cream Trucks, and Tender Care Home Healthcare Service. Dainhen also published a book on his testimony- Shawty: Dainhen Butler.

From Nothing To Something Productions produced a documentary expounding on Dainhen's story: The Alto Adjustment is complete with firsthand interviews and footage of family's members and friends who were apart of Dainhen's process from inmate to inspiration. From Nothing To Something Productions is sponsoring a screening tour of The Alto Adjustment for youth organizations, churches, schools, foster homes, etc. in the Metro Atlanta area. Check out this amazing story! Watch the official trailer for The Alto Adjustment in association with Modest Media (below):



For booking information about The Alto Adjustment tour and From Nothing To Something Productions visit their website: fn2sspeaking.com / fn2sproductions.com E-mail Producer Altuawn Nelson at fntwos@gmail.com and connect on Twitter and Instagram:  @FN2SP_  +From Nothing to Something Productions 


Monday

Transformed and Made New - Rowzina Middleton

My mother passed away in October 2006. This was written about a year later, as a reminder of who I am in Christ. It was and still can be a very trying time. But hey, at the end of the day, I am still standing.



I must reintroduce myself.


It’s been 14 months since my mom died. When I lost her, I almost lost it. To this day I still don’t know how I’ve been making it. I don’t know how to make it on my own. So I’m learning, taking it day by day.

This past year has been off the hook crazy. If I had to give ‘07 a theme it would be “those who suffer reign with Christ in order to get stronger.” I can honestly say, sometimes, I just feel weaker. Even more trials have seemed to arise; trying to side track me, mislead and misguide me. Trying to make me lose my focus, lose my faith, lose myself. I’ve been betrayed, stabbed in the back, used, abused, my name has been trampled over, stomped all over, belittled, lied on, I’ve been misunderstood, unaccepted in my own home so to speak. Sounds to me I’ve been treated as those in the Bible days treated Jesus. To suffer with Christ is to reign with Him. Can’t be just like Christ if you can’t suffer with Christ. 

This life is a continuous spiritual fight and we fight with spiritual weapons. Our lives have purpose. And there is a process- those things that we go through that help us and prepares us to show up for the promise, a prepared table in the presence of our enemies. This part of my life is my “Turning Point.”

Always keep Running On... - Rowzina Middleton

 I’m in a “Prophetic Transition.” “As my praise increases, my blessings shall increase as well.” “He is the God of the breakthrough.” And I know all things work together for the good of them who love God and are the called according to His purpose. Nothing I’ve done has been done in vain. I can’t help save everyone. Have to drop the dead weight. Focus on myself as I focus on God and His promises for me. I have the victory. There are angels encamped around me, fighting for me. Jesus continues interceding for me. You know on those days that I don’t know what to pray for and all I can manage to say is Jesus or moan or just close my eyes and shake my head. My Jesus prays on my behalf. 


So yes I’m going thru hell right now. The devil is attacking, while God is testing. At the same time my Daddy is blessing- molding me and making me- loving me - Metamorphically changing me from the inside out. I surely do not look like what I’ve been through. My smile displays my joy and my peace. Learning yet and still to totally depend on Jesus. It was He who saved me. He who keeps and loves me. The me, who keeps messing up and getting distracted, He dies on that cross for me, “an overly animated bag of mere dust.”

As I’m nailed to this cross and the Lord continues to break me and make me more uncomfortable, I prepare for my Resurrection- new beginning. I am in Christ. I am a new creature. Old things have passes away as I’m being made new. Who you see now you won’t see this time next year.

Hey
 
How are ya?
My name is Rowzina -- "UNSTOPPABLE".
I’ve stopped looking back and I am pressing toward the mark of the prize of the high calling which is in Christ Jesus. It’s been a pleasure meeting you.

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Rowzina is an Author, Entrepreneur and contributor to BOLDJournal. Stay updated with the latest posts from Breath Of Life Daily on Twitter and Instagram@BOLDJournal. Rowzina's Book: This Right Here Is A Faith Walk Can Be Purchased on Amazon.


The Time Is NOW! - Carla Marcelle

By: Carla Marcelle


When I took out my Daily Walk Bible, and read a passage I was so amazed to see what the word was. It spoke directly to me. It spoke about how Esther saw a need in Persia, and prayed and formed a plan to tackle the problem. She did not wait. God put a vision in her heart, and she executed the plan.

I, myself, have been given a vision by God, and now is the time to see it through. I need not hesitate, procrastinate, or wait. After I read that, I randomly flipped to Jeremiah chapter 1, and began to read. It was about God giving Jeremiah an assignment to go out and prophesies to the nations.

| Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV), Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.Jeremiah was only 13 years old, and he told God he was just a kid. This was God’s response to Jeremiah.
 | Jeremiah 1:7 (NIV),
Don’t say “I am only a child’, you must go to everyone I send you to, and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord..
| Jeremiah 1:10 (NIV),
…See, today I appoint you over the nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant”

 | Jeremiah 1:12 (NIV),
…I am watching to see my word is fulfilled.


Wow, this is so profound because, it inspired my faith on a new level. If God gives an assignment, and declares I must go now, I MUST GO NOW! He knew me before I was crated, and implanted in me the skills, talent, tools I need to get the job done.

Then as I  continued reading, I come across this,
 | Jeremiah 1:17 (NIV),
….Do not be terrified by them, or I will terrify you before them.

This told me that I must operate in a spirit of faith, and be bold. I must, must not tower because I am on an assignment. I look forward to seeing what this season brings about in my life. I know it is a season of faith, so with that I am moving forward to victory. My heart is anxious, and soul is ready. What an awesome feeling when you know God is on your side. If He is for you, who can be against you.

I intend to stay focused, and motivated. Just as Esther did, I must pray and fast to truly seek the Lords guidance. I am so encouraged to know it is not I who operates, but it is the God in me.


Be BOLD! Let's take action to fulfill God's purpose for our lives.

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Carla Marcelle is a Life Coach and Contributor to Breath Of Life Daily Online Journal. Follow more original, inspirational updates from the BOLD team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @BOLDJournal.

Friday

#SaveMeriam: The Fight To Free Meriam Ibrahim

Meriam Ibrahim and her newborn Daughter.

Sadly, a lot of popular media outlets right now are talking about a petition to comb a toddler's hair. The petition to Free Meriam Ibrahim and her two kids is much more worthy to be the center focus of mainstream media attention. 

A petition is circulating to the American government to  free  27-year-old Meriam Ibrahim. Meriam was convicted and given the death sentence in the Sudanese government which is primarily Islamic for refusing to renounce her Christian faith. She married her husband who is a Christian and U.S. citizen, and was recently  forced to give birth to their child in prison. This is the same prison known to have an infant mortality rate of one child per day.

The petition created is strongly urging the White House to take action in the case by charging the Sudanese government to release Meriam and her children so she can escape execution and the possible death of her children and be rejoined with her husband in the U.S. 

Websites are being created to rally citizens, and Non U.S. citizens to get involved and sign the petition. The situation is expressed further in the video (below):




Meriam Ibrahim has been sentenced to severe punishment for converting to Christian faith, but this issue goes beyond freedom of religion, and into the freedom of people, especially women having the ability to make their own decisions. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr said that "A threat to Justice Anywhere is a threat to Justice Everywhere". Desmond Tutu stated that "If You Are Neutral in situations of Injustice you are on the side of the oppressor". Use your Power to make a positive difference. If we don't exercise our political freedom, then it's subject to be weak, scrutinized, and taken advantage of. 

Please take action to help Free Meriam Ibrahim by clicking the link to the White House petition and making your signature count for her case and on behalf of her children.

#SaveMeriam White House Petition: petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/act-case-meriam-ibrahim



Learn more about how to help and get the latest updates at savemeriam.org 













Thursday

Reload Teen Conference (Event)

by April D. Byrd



Had such a great time at the kick off of the Reload Teen Conference 2014! Reload conference is presented by the Heat Teens of Mt. Olive Outreach Ministries. The event is facilitating Christian youth empowerment for many young people within the community. The launch event featured Gospel hip-hop artists J-south, Gospel Praise & Worship Leader Sandrel, the Tabernacle Of Joy Steppers, with a powerful message by Minister Deon Moore...and THAT was just the beginning!

The conference is continuing on with other special guests like Worship Leader Korey Bowie, Minister Mike Owens, and the Heat Teen's own Mr. Versee! It's also fully loaded with door prizes and giveaways, not to mention good food, sponsored by restaurants like Little Caesars and Chic-Fil-A. The conference is continuing on throughout the weekend, ending on June 21st. 

I had a  great time, with great fun and good people! Being empowered with other young people, having a good time in God, and Winning the latest brand new Lecrae CD and other goodies is not a bad way to leave the first day of a conference.


Mr. Versee's Verseeville Mixtape, Lecrae, and Reload Volume 2!!


It's not too late to join in the fun and fellowship! Reload Teen Conference is definitely a good one to catch! check out the details here: 

Where: Mt Olive Outreach Ministries - Griffin, Ga. 30224
When: Weds-Fri. | June 18th-21st | 7:30pm Nightly
Cost: Admission is free.