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Thursday

The Other "But God"

By: April D. Byrd





A lot of us have heard and love Isaac Carree's song "But God" praising God's power to turn dead end or hopeless situations around. We love it and it's powerful but there's a different contrast to the words that we don't talk about.

In her message Author, Speaker Christine Caine talks about a different "But God" that only hinders us and holds us back. In the video she talks about all the excuses we throw up to God for what we can't do. "We Need to get our big "BUTS" out of the way!" The body of Christ needs a "But-ectomy". God's not interested in our "Buts". "All your buts are saying is that your limitations are bigger than God's supernatural ability to do something incredible." If we get our eyes off our own limitations and set them on God it's Amazing what God can achieve on our behalf.

You can check out the message in the video (below). It's up to us to be BOLD and put God's will first against all odds. 


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Monday

More Than A Conqueror

by: Ruthann Mckenzie


Question of the day is…(drum roll, please)...are you a winner or a whiner? Honestly, I tend to be a whiner.  When troubles come my way, I am ready for God to take away the pain.  As for me, my first response in trouble is, "let this cup pass from me".

This week I was reminded of Romans 8, specifically verse 37, “…we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” Here Paul is letting the church know that God has already made them victorious. When this letter was written in Greek the word used was hypernicomen, which translates as a compound word to "being overly or beyond expectation" and "victory". The actual translation of "more than conquerors" means we have above and beyond the victory of those in the world through Christ.  We are more than conquerors because of God and His love. In short, we always win, or overcome, despite our situations.

As humans, I believe it is natural for us to be weak and ready to give up. We are merely made from dust, but made by a perfect Designer. I believe God created us from dust so we can continuously boast in our wins through Him. Yet, we rarely utilize the authority and power within us given by God. We can overcome every trial and conquer any battle as long as we trust fully in the Lord. Having confidence in Christ means that we know we can be more than conquerors. You are not just a conqueror, but more than a conqueror! Above and beyond what you can think or imagine, you have power dwelling within you to overcome though Christ. I mean, how awesome is that?



We have established that God declares that you are more than a conqueror. Now, why aren't you declaring that for yourself daily?  Yes, this life can be difficult and challenging, but we need to hang tightly to all God has to say about us. An important thing to realize in this passage is that Paul was speaking to normal everyday people, like you and I, but telling them how powerful they really were through Christ.  The letter from Paul was not written to the highest courts in the land, the Roman empire, or wealthy people, but it was written to a church that held no authority in the natural realm. However, we don't have to be mighty in the world's eyes to be more than a conquerors in Christ. Think about that next time you do not believe you are above and beyond victorious.

If we keep God first and allow Him to be greater within us, then we will begin to notice it is much easier to be at peace. There is nothing that can come in between the love God has for us. We can be more than conquerors in all aspect of life, over trials and tribulations, if we stay connected to God. So I ask again are you a winner or a whiner? If you are a whiner, then trust today that God calls you strong and more than a conqueror through His unfailing love.  Be a winner today!

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Ruthann McKenzie is the creator of justbeconfident.com where she blogs and coaches others to be confident and live victoriously. Follow her updates on Facebook and Instagram: @theconfidentyou 

Wednesday

Moving Forward

   by: Carla Marcelle


When you are called to fulfill a purpose, any and everything can be used to stop you from meeting your destiny. It is up to you, who face challenges and situations, to make a conscious effort to be overcomers, fighters, and victors of obstacles you face. When making this decision, you can lose friendships, relationships, and sometimes even jobs. It can be a very uncomfortable situation especially when you want so bad cling to those hindrances because it is all you know, it is what you love, and it is your safety zone.  The funny thing about it is that most times we know what the hindrances are, but we may not know what our purpose is. So for that very reason, we never fully comprehend just how much of a necessity it is for us to let go of those hindrances to move forward in our destiny by uncovering our purpose. 

However, it is in those quiet times with yourself, where you discover your gifts. It is in those times where you are not focused on the rhetoric of your situations where you discover your talents. In those times where you are not indulging with your hindrances and your obstacles, that is when your purpose begins to form.

   I know for me, one of my biggest hindrances are friendships. Because I like to be around people, I tend to just want to be around who ever is available. Not always are the people who are available conducive to my well being. Not always are the people who are available have my best interest at hand.   Often, I find my self compromising my very beliefs, morals, and standards. So instead of being that purpose driven woman of destiny, being a light in darkness of situations, I just blend right in. I conform to the very thing I do not want to be. After spending so much time conforming, I have discovered one of two things will happen. Either you will become complacent, losing your desire for your advancement, and develop a will to simply just exist; or you will get so uncomfortable in your situation, that you have to remove yourself from the very things that are holding you back.

At that point the question becomes,

When you hear the call of your destiny, will you chose to pursue it? Will you answer the call?
Or will you allow your destiny that awaits you to just dwindle away, and your purpose that you were designed to accomplish  become void; all because you did not want to endure the discomfort of your advancement. We all know there is no growth without discomfort. We can apply the same principles of our natural world to the very idea of advancing in our purpose. As a child grows into maturity they go through very uncomfortable stages called puberty; as a woman creates life in her womb, it is uncomfortable or even painful; for stamina and muscle to develop, there is a period of soreness, and pain. Its evident that we must endure pain, hardships, and discomfort to gain advancement through life, but keep in mind it is only for a moment, and the end result is always greater.


   So today I encourage you to think about those obstacles and hindrances in your life that have been placed in the way of  discovering your purpose and moving into your destiny. Make a conscious decision to move past them, and let them go. That is how you move into your victory, and gain a life full of joy and satisfaction. Do not be content to just exist. You have a greater value than that!!!

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Carla Marcelle is a Life and Purpose Coach and regular contributor to Breath Of Life Daily. For more inspirational posts from Coach Carla Stay tuned to her "Wake Up Wednesdays" segment here on BOLD Journal every Wednesday. Subscribe via e-mail and connect with @BOLDJournal on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.


Monday

Execute The Vision God Gave You



"...Write the vision; make it plain on the tablets..." Habakkuk 2:2

It is time for us to wake up from our dreams and actually live it.  We all have dreams and potential goals, but we have kept putting them off for tomorrow.  Next time always turns into tomorrow, tomorrow into next week, and next week into next year. Before we know it, we are still in the same spot and are angry with all our excuses. Excuses are hindrance and lies we tell ourselves because we are scared. 

Have you had a vision in your heart? This vision that your heart desires so deeply is not going to go away until you step in faith and walk BOLDly by faith to execute your vision. Most of us are running away from our calling and life purpose because it would involve us doing something we have never done before. Well, it is time to rise to the challenge set before us and put that vision God has placed on your heart to work.

 
When we take one step forward in the right direction, then God will take care of the rest. The vision I have for my life has always been to help empower others and teach. For years I listened to what others thought I should do instead of following through with my vision. With doing so, it only made me miserable because I was not executing my vision. Does this sound familiar in any way? If so, you need to make that first step boldly towards your vision.


Below are some points to remember when moving out of your comfort zone and executing your vision:

  • Have a clear defined plan and goal in place. Lack of planning will never result in anything. You do not have to over think each step and how each part will work out. However, you must make a plan and start somewhere and do something. As it states in Habakkuk 2:2, write the vision and make it plain! If you are waiting for tomorrow again to start this, then you have missed the point of executing your vision. Please wake up and make things happen. You will be happier once you start.
  • Do not downplay your vision that you have been given. God knows why He laid it upon your heart to do what you are dreaming of doing. If you are faithful and listening and know His voice you will know this vision is for a reason. Your vision could be interconnected with someone else. You do not need to know the full picture, just stand in faith of why God gave you the vision and execute it.
  • Stop making excuses! Just stop...no excuse is valid. When I began blogging I did not have a computer of my own. That did not let me off the hook with God in regards to the vision He gave to me. Blogging was a small step in the right direction of executing my vision. No excuse can get in the way of who God says you are and what He has called you to do. Use the resources that you have at hand and watch God work miracles in your life.
  • Quit believing that your vision is not important enough to help change others. If you are working according to the God's purpose and you are confident in yourself and the abilities that He's given you, then you will make an impact in others life's. Stop believing the lies you tell yourself that what you want to do is not important. No vision is too small or too grand in regards to importance.
  • Do not keep starting and stopping. Be committed and be consistent. When you start something then stop, you are delaying your true progress.  All that time you started and stopped, you could have built your vision into reality.
  • Lastly, stop trying to please people and start working on pleasing God. If you honestly think that those people telling you how to live your life and what your vision should be will help you when you fail, they won't. So follow your heart, follow your vision.  Sometimes we look to others to validate us or talk us out of things.  You will not have to look too hard to find someone who has broken dreams willing to tear down your own.  Continue to pursue God's heart in the matter of your vision instead of man's approval.


Change your thoughts and verbalize what you see in your mind until it comes to pass. Your thoughts and words have power, harness that power for good! Write down your vision and execute them. Believe that God gave you this vision and ultimately it will be used for His glory. So I implore of you today to EXECUTE YOUR VISION!

You will be happy that you did!



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Ruthann McKenzie is the creator of justbeconfident.com where she blogs and coaches others to be confident and live victoriously. Follow her updates on Facebook and Instagram: @theconfidentyou 

Wednesday

5 Ways To Start Living Above Your Circumstances

by: Carla Marcelle
    

In light of Robin Williams death, I have been wondering what reason on earth could this wealthy man possibly have to commit suicide? I too often think, "Man only if I had my finances in order, how all my problems would be solved". Then this man's death hit me with some truth, what is money?

Money, in this sense is my situation, along with a bunch of other circumstantial situations. I can't say for certain what plagued Mr. Williams mind that caused him to feel he had no way out, but what I can say is that I don't want to hear another story as such. It honestly and truly breaks my heart. As a person who believes that everyone is made with purpose, I don't believe that people really understand what that truly encompasses. As I surfed the web, I found this definition of purpose:

The reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists.

    Too often, we tend to lose focus of what our purpose in life is, because we get caught up in day-to-day stresses of everyday living. Our very purpose and our peace of mind can easily get lost if we do not make a conscious effort to keep it at the forefront of our minds. 

    So the question becomes how do we keep from getting ourselves overwhelmed from the essence of our situations and circumstances. Well I have compiled a list of tips to help sustain our minds from the deceit the enemy attacks us with. It is absolutely imperative that we learn to live above our situations. We have to choose to live in the promises of God because this world will chop you up, and spit you out, if you allow it. Then you find yourself down in the dumps, with no way of escape. However, be assured God did not place us here without tools to combat the enemy's schemes and tricks. 

 The thief comes to steal, kill, and destroy, but I have come that you may have life, and have it more abundantly. (John 10:10, NIV)

    The "thief is the enemy, but I declare for you today that if you utilize these tips for the next 30 days, you will see all the tricks and schemes of the enemy begin to lose power in your life, and you will begin to live a more abundant life. The awesome thing about it is the abundant life full of peace that is already yours, and I will show you how to claim it and walk in it. 


1. Free Your Mind Daily 

Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing, and perfect will.

    It is important that we not get caught up in the pleasures of this world. Our focus is not to obtain as much worldly possessions as possible because it is all trivial. Everything on this earth is temporary, so we are not to be consumed with the status quo, but consume ourselves with the spirit of God that we may be lead into the path for our lives.



2. Worship 


Worship ushers in the presence of God. It is not only something we do, but something we are to become. Worship can be incorporated into every aspect of our lives. Worship is how we spend time with God. As the same with any relationship, in order for us to know someone we have to spend time with them. Spending time God allows us to keep him at the forefront of our minds. Being in a spirit worship allows us to be an open vessel for use of the spirit of God, keeping us at the peace he promises us with.


3. Speak Positivity

Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)
The tongue has the power of life and death.

Do not start a situation with bad information that you have told yourself. Learn to be optimistic, looking at every situation with a "glass half full" perspective. When you speak negativity, you contaminate your atmosphere with your very words. Do not create unnecessary obstacles for yourself to overcome by speaking negative influence over your life


4. Care About People 


    Learn to care to genuinely care about people. No matter what the situation is, care about people. Always show love, and encourage people you come in contact with. Learn to forgive people who wrong you daily. It will create a strong heart for you, and allow you not harbor any negative feelings, and you will feel good about yourself. 
5. Trust God

Joshua 1:9 (NIV)
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. 

    As a friend of mine told me, faith and doubt cannot coexist. If you have faith you cannot have doubt. If  you have doubt, then you do not have faith. We have to consciously chose if we are going to trust God, and if you do, then that's it. Allow the spirit to guide your works, and know that God has got your back!!!




 Following these tips will allow you to grow into different levels of faith. In just 30 days of implementing these tips into your life you will notice drastic progression in your thought process, and your life. You will start to go from just believing in God-to trusting God-to operating in God. When you start operating in God, it gives you more courage and a greater belief. You will start to walk in your purpose, and God will open doors to provide opportunities for you. You begin to look different, walk straighter, and speak better. You become BOLD, and your life becomes full of the purpose your creator your created you for. 


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Carla Marcelle is a regular Breath Of Life Daily contributor. She is a Life and Purpose Coach, and recent University graduate receiving her Master's degree. For more inspirational posts from Coach Carla Stay tuned to her "Wake Up Wednesdays" segment here on BOLD Journal every Wednesday.  Follow @BOLDJournal on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.




Thursday

BOLD-Impact Hosts Alto Adjustment Screening (VIDEO)

by: April D. Byrd

It was very exciting to be able to host the Alto Adjustment Screening at Back-2-School Park Jam presented by From Nothing To Something Productions. I must admit I was a nervous being an event facilitator for the first time. I don't think it when unnoticed as I wanted it to, but we live and we learn... (Then hopefully we grow). 

I'm glad I was able to gain the experience, as BOLD Journal begins to host and sponsor a lot more events in the future. As Brene Brown would say, we've stepped "into the arena".  And Grateful to have been invited for such a worthy cause. "The Alto Adjustment" follows the powerful story of Dainhen Butler, who in misguided youth, ends up in one of the most violent prison facilities in the country, but through the power of education, mentorship, prayer, and positivity has become a multifaceted entrepreneur and resource within the community.

A talented Author, Danhein penned the book: Shawty, and has continued to be a voice of consciousness and overcoming. The Alto Adjustment Documentary was Created by From Nothing To Something Productions Founder Altuawn Nelson. 

If you are a part of youth outreach, school, or organization interested in hosting a screening of the film, contact From Nothing To Something Productions at : fntwos@gmail.com


Very Special thanks to Carla Marcelle and Alexander "King" Nelson for helping to take photos, Boys 2 Men Home and Sanctuary For Youth for hosting the event and Everyone in attendance for the support and great commentary. There was a lot of positive feedback! You can check out our coverage in the video below and Subscribe to BOLD-Impact on YouTube for the latest updates, opportunities, and events.


Wednesday

No Time Wasted

by: Coach Carla  




Too Often, when we don't adhere to the Spirit of God, we find ourselves off track. We find ourselves in the mist of trouble, indulging in what we know is no good for us, and entangling ourselves deep into our fleshly desires. The more we ignore God, the less we hear his voice. The more we disregard God, the stronger the enemy's tricks and schemes become. Before we know it, we find ourselves caught up, and feeling stuck in emotional despair with physical and mental drain.


   When we are broken, torn from the inside out, it can seem there is no hope. When our pain and suffering seems that it will last forever, and situations will never get better, we more times than not, begin to become discouraged. Coming from this place of brokenness can be an excruciating task, but it is that pain and hurt that will draw you closer. The pain and the hurt will build your faith deeper. If you have been here before, you know it was only God, in his faithfulness that brought you through it. It was God who restored you, and built you, from the ground, back up. And if you are here right now, know it was God who said, 



"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made  perfect weakness". (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV).


 So that is your hope, a perfect hope, with no flaws, and no imperfections. Christ who gives you rest in your period of despair, gives you the strength you need to overcome any situation, any obstacle, and will lead you to be victorious. The living God, in his faithfulness who is dedicated to you said, 



"Be confident in this, He who started a good work in you, will carry it on to completion until the day if Christ Jesus" (Philippines 1:6, NIV).

   This is the kind of love given by the Creator, perfect and pure, just and true. So it does not matter what you have done, or where you have gone, or how long you were there. Once you allow God to take control, He will take control. He will not stop your work until your work is complete. 




   All the days, months, and years you feel you wasted in your own foolish capacity, will be restored. God, in His supernatural strength has the power to expedite your time. Your process to get you to where Christ needs you, is not in vain. The struggles and the pain you face, is all apart of the plan. The time it takes you to move out of your storm is all worked into your destiny. 




All the time you feel that you wasted, or the time it took for you to move forward, will be given back to you 10 fold. [Joel 2:25, NIV] declares,


"I will restore to you the years the swarming locust has eaten". 

   Today, The locust can be equated to your hardship, your pain, your trouble, and your heartbreak that has consumed your time. These adversities you faced, can and will be used for greater. Joel 2:26, NIV goes on to declare, 



"You will have plenty to eat until you are full, and will praise the name of the LORD your God, who has worked wonders for you, never again will my people be shamed".

   God will bless you. When Christ speaks of being full, he speaks of your provision he provides. You will be full of life, full of vision, and filled with purpose. Your life will be brand new, and his grace will be evident in your world. 


   God in his perfectness awaits you to be what he has called you to be, through him; and the best part about it. . . It Is Already Done. Don't let the enemy deceive you to believe any less than what God has already declared over your life. 

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Carla Marcelle is a regular Breath Of Life Daily contributor. She is a Life and Purpose Coach, and recent University graduate receiving her Master's degree. For more inspirational posts from Coach Carla Stay tuned to her "Wake Up Wednesdays" segment here on BOLD Journal every Wednesday. Wake-up Wednesday will feature a weekly prayer line and devotional. Follow @BOLDJournal on Twitter and Instagram for the latest updates.