Wednesday

Time's Up For Unfaithfulness


It's like Oprah's words earlier this week were prophetic: Time's Up!

I had the choice today to come down on someone for their fault, or to compliment them and be of assistance how I could where they fell short. This came a day after me being angry at my own self for all my faults, but still feeling grace from God and the revelation to do better.

You will never get people to do right by bashing them from the start, or reprimanding them to establish a point. God doesn't bash us, but there is a number of times to keep making mistakes before its just blatant ignorance.

Let's do better! Let's strive to do better NOW more than ever.
"Times up to ignore the voice and will of God for our lives.
Times up to stay stagnant for our own comfort.
Times up to not be walking intentionally in our purpose."
As I go forward in the day I feel very encouraged to be influenced by God's character. More importantly to seek it before everything else. 

Although it's not easy, it's absolutely necessary.

Sunday

The Glow Up of Eva Marcille

Eva Marcille is unapologetically amazing! She is as fascinating and fierce as you might have imagined based on the many roles we’ve seen her in on television and in films. Sheen recently sat down with the brilliant model and actress where she shared some insight on her latest projects, personal beauty and fashion tips, and her secret to gaining confidence.

Marcille recently joined the cast of Real Housewives of Atlanta. The first episode featuring her as a cast member will premiere on January 7, 2018. She’s newly engaged to lawyer and former Atlanta Mayoral Candidate, Michael T. Sterling. What most people don’t know is that her Atlanta roots actually helped spark her interest in modeling.
The former Clark Atlanta University Student was inspired by her experience with campus fashion shows to compete on America’s Next Top Model, where she won season three!
Being a part of the Real Housewives of Atlanta cast is perfect for Eva because she's the epitome of the modern day woman. She’s historically been able to handle what life and “critics” have thrown her way. Handling motherhood, her career, and relationships with runway confidence definitely requires strength.
“We’re all trying to move through life the best way we can despite the obstacles.”


Marcille credits her pastor and the women in her life including her mother for being her sources of inspiration.
“It’s nice to have women that are older than me and mature and
wiser and those things, to kinda help us on this journey.”
Eva is definitely goals when it comes to confidence. She’s making moves in film, television, as a mom, in business, and she currently has several films starring her streaming on Netflix.
When asked for her advice to everyone working towards their glow up, Marcille stated,
“The pursuit of your goal is not gonna be easy it’s something
you have to workout everyday. We all have our timing. Trust in that.”– Eva Marcille
Eva describes her mantra for her beauty and fashion style as, “Less is more.”
We’re definitely looking forward to more great things from this beautiful, talented starlet!
*this post was originally featured on sheenmagazine.com

Tuesday

Declutter Your Emotional Environment



"Therefore let us also, seeing we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us." -Hebrews 12:1
How is your emotional environment? Is it free and clear of toxins that might way you down? whatever those toxins may be: other people, emotions, feelings thoughts. etc. 

Whatever is not in service to your purpose, it's vital to let go.

Best,

April D. Byrd

- @aprilinspired

The Impact Is Calling







In 2010 I cut my hair. no politics. I was just tired of the frustration of it all. In the image below... no hair,  no make up, puffy eyes after an intense church service... I never felt more beautiful outside and in, than I did at that time. 

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Now in this social media age where beat faces, bundles, and extra EVERYTHING are more of a rule than the exception. I wanna take this time out to appreciate God's work internally. The masterpiece that's being installed from within. The more insecure I become looking at the world's view of things I don't have outside, the more full I become looking at the glory of God within. It's mind blowing! 

"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." 2 Corinthinans 12: 9-10

I'm mesmerized and in Awe every time. I'm here for the allure of cosmetic beauty, but the impact of divine purpose is calling. I'm realizing the power on the inside is so much stronger than anything that could ever go on externally. Embracing our power and God-given glory we get from within is so much better than anything we could think or imagine.

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us," - Ephesians 3:20

Best,

April D. Byrd

Don't Open That Box

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If you give the devil an inch, he'll take a mile...

or 10.

Note: Don't give the enemy ANYTHING. Try your best to refute the enemy inside. Negativity that pops up in your mind, or on the outside is not worth your time. Go toward the light.

Temptation is real, but the divine glory of God has the power to eclipse that.

Anything dark that you don't need in your life, let the power of God overpower it.

Peace and Blessings,

April

Wednesday

If You Are A Nation Builder...



Praise God from whom ALL Blessings flow! 

If you're a nation builder... guard your thoughts! Hold on to the vision that comes from God. Pray on it, pray for it. Don't waste time with distractions! You can't afford to!

  • Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life. -Proverbs 4:23

  • Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.- Proverbs 4:23 NLT

  • And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. - Philippians 4:8 NLT

  • Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.- Philippians 4:8 KJV

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Best,

April

Monday

Effort Makes The Difference

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Do you really want what's good, if you're not willing to put in consistent effort for it?



For the past few days I've been very lost in my thoughts, thinking about how life works. I do this often, but no matter what amount of thinking I do or what conclusions I arrive at the end of the matter is always: God is in control, and it's wise to seek counsel from the Holy spirit daily.

I know for a fact as a witness, that deep thinking will have you stuck, not really moving or doing anything most would call productive.

A couple weeks back I found myself in a cabin, (excluded from usual society, out of my box) with a command from God to pray more consistently. For the specific amount of times instructed I definitely fell short. Getting distracted, bogged down by other things going on is usually my norm.

All the busy-ness has definitely done nothing in my favor.

I was amazed when a formal Prayer Challenge was hosted by a group I'm apart of. Confidence Coach Taria Pritchett is definitely on point with the Prayer prompts.

The impact that prayer has on the power of manifestation is too underrepresented.
In Divine timing I was able to formalize what I most sense God is trying to work out in me. I've been dreaming and working for a long time with honestly no results that I'm proud of.

To seek God and put divine will first is truly where the "idea of faith" and the "action of faith" has power. Faith is a marriage of sorts, without these two elements there is really no being productive for God. Just like how any true relationship works, consistent effort needs to be made.

The true blockages to our effort are the things that we prioritize getting done before divine will. The power in the challenge was actually making time exclusively for the action of prayer.

During the 96 hour prayer window that was set forth it was revealed to me to just make the effort and God will come through with the rest in divine order. A lot of times it's fear that really holds us back from simply doing.

What was confirmed repeatedly to me is that the more time spent getting comfortable with self  (with the ok-ness of being still and alone) not being distracted with everything else, the more divine alignment occurs.

My focus for the rest of the year and the coming year is to manifest with divine purpose and intention, for strategic and purposed results, not for vanity.

Fear of losing is what needs to be let go of. Being comfortable with sacrifice, not compromise but sacrifice. Getting in line with what God requires is being skilled, being wise, and as my Pastor Jennifer would say. It's "hitting the mark".

Let's live our BEST lives! Happy Holidays if you celebrate them!

- April