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Monday

Fearfully and Wonderfully Designed

Yesterday I was walking through the grocery store and I saw some corn puffs, I don't usually buy corn puffs, but there was something special about this bag. They were shaped like cheetah paws. 

The image immediately brought back memories of my childhood because I always bought the corn puffs that were shaped like paws. I picked up the bag immediately just because of the fact.

When I got to the car I thought it was kinda silly to buy some corn puffs just because of their shape, but as I reflected I thought "Somebody took the time out to make that shape, and to carry it through to be shared in stores." There had to be some special technology to get those cheetah paws and differentiate them from regular ol' corn puffs.

At that very moment it crossed my mind that GOD took his time out to make each and everyone of us with a "special shape". I suddenly appreciated the paws a little bit more and had gratitude for the amazing GOD that created the universe.

The psalmist in Psalm 139:14 declares: 
"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well."
This is the feeling I had when I left the store with my cheetah shaped corn puffs. A feeling of thankfulness and gratitude that each of us are different, and all of us matter. Let this be your reminder that you are uniquely and Wonderfully made by the most dynamic GOD.

Iyanla Vanzant says it like this: "You matter"!

Thursday

Kingdomwood International Film Festival Brings in Faith-based Filmmakers, Fans and Celebrities To Atlanta, Ga.


The official Kingdomwood International Film Festival held in Atlanta Georgia from October 4-7 2018 brought out faith-based filmmakers and enthusiasts from all around the world. The Festival celebrated it’s 10 Year Anniversary with confirmation from Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms and welcomed attendees with an exquisite celebration gala. #KIFF18, as the event was dubbed on social media, presented an empowering celebration of family-friendly creativity.

Held at the J.W. Marriott Buckhead, The festival included an exciting line-up. Activities included Film Screenings Independent and Studio Produced, a screenwriters’ LIVE presentation with ASPiRE and UPtv affiliate Tracey Tooks, Workshops/Panels with Executives, Celebrities, and Red Carpet events.  

Kingdomwood welcomed Steve Fedyski, President of Pure Flix Entertainment as a Keynote-Speaker during it’s Friday events. Actor/Director Corbin Bernsen of NCIS and Law and Order fame screened his film “Life With Dog”  and enlightened attendees with an exclusive Masterclass Q&A session.

A VIP Red Carpet screening of the film “Indivisible” premiered at the festival prior to it’s national release date. The film based on the extraordinary true story of Army Chaplain Darren Turner, includes Sarah Drew, Tia Mowry, Eric Close, and Michael O’Neill as a part of it’s all-star cast. The film will be released in theatres October 26, 2018.

The 2008 Film “Fireproof” produced by the Kendrick Brothers simultaneously celebrated the 10th Anniversary of it’s release. Kingdomwood hosted a special commemorative panel which included leading cast members Stephan Dervan and Erin Bethea, Founder of Argentum Entertainment Productions.

The special guest appearances and workshops continued with Actress Jen Harper and Actor L. Warren Young from the cast of Oprah Winfrey Network’s Show (Greenleaf), Famed Casting Director Nise Davies, Composer Karl Brunig, Story Creator M. Jayson Graham¸ Act Out Loud Acting Troupe, and a Producing Workshop by Producer Eugene Bush, who helped manage the festival’s Audio and Visual production.

Georgia Film Academy, Georgia Production Partnership and The Georgia Department of Film, Music, and Digital Entertainment participated in and helped sponsor the festival.

Kingdomwood Founder’s Audrey T. Thomas and Joe W. Williams presented statues to the winning films chosen at the Filmmakers/Screenwriters Award Show given during the the festival’s closing day.

The Film and Screenplay Winners can be viewed on the official festival website: www.kingdomwood.com along with other information. Kingdomwood’s founders extended a special thanks to all the filmmakers, screenwriters, actors, actresses, volunteers and amazing attendees that participated. In closing remarks the organization says it will continue it’s aim to “Reach”, ‘Teach” and “Inspire” through film.

Wednesday

How Would You Encourage Sophia Greenleaf?

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What would you tell Sophia from "Greenleaf"? Yes, Greenleaf is fictional TV show, but that puts the scripted family in the public spotlight. Honestly, up until episode five of the shows 3rd season, for me the show's content had no real substance. 

However, the particular episode was a dramatic turning point in the season for all the characters on the show, and I'm guessing some on-the-fence viewers like myself, but especially for Sophia, the character played by Desiree Ross. She received a diagnosis that left her sterile and unable to conceive kids of her own. Doctors removed her ovaries, leaving no hope for natural babies and at a low point with her faith in GOD.



The diagnosis is definite, but the believer in me wants to see a miraculous breakthrough in Sophia's plot so bad! The initial shock of the news left me speechless and caused me to think on what good can come from this kind of news. The issue fortunately changed my view about the show's content because it's dealing with real life issues, but it left me with confusion on how to address this with real life people. 

why are some people born with disabilities and disorders? Why does GOD embed these issues in the master plan? I really had to think about the situation before responding too quick, to avoid being insensitive or being attacked by some random twitter trolls. What can actually be said in these situations thats encouraging?

If I could help encourage Sophia I would say a few things and hope they could be of some significance.

Real Sympathy
First of all, "I'm so sorry." point blank. period. I can imagine that it's extremely hard to get news like that. Who could imagine that something like this would happen. Please know I'm here for your support.

Sincere Encouragement
Keep believing and aiming to fulfill GOD's purpose.  Circumstances cannot stop you from thriving. Keep searching for a solution despite what the "experts" say. Keep praying. Keep researching, because you getting a breakthrough might be the key to helping somebody else's redemption with the same plight. 

The "woman with the issue of Blood" in the Bible is not so much a story of miracle healing power as it is a story of tenacity, determination, and UNYIELDING faith. For 12 Years, she never stopped being persistent and focusing on healing. Stay strong at all costs.

True Reference and Witness
Go all the way in! If you've ever had any reason to go crazy trusting GOD, the time is now! If we really want what GOD wants it has to be completely what GOD wants, not mixed with a tinge of what we want. Surrender to GOD's will, keep trusting He has your best in mind. Seek to know GOD's thoughts. Whenever I've trusted GOD that's where my peace has come in. Scripture says:
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the Lord.“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." - Isaiah 55:8-9
I personally have never expereinced a drastic health situation, but I've been through enough to trust GOD in any situation. It seems like Sophia is losing her faith. We don't ever really lose faith, we just supress it. Although Sophia is really giving up hope at this point, I'm looking forward to seeing how the story progresses. The writers of the show can still take it in any direction, just like GOD can do with our real lives. GOD is the ultimate show runner, the Author and Finisher of our faith!

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How would you encourage Sophia Greenleaf? Share your thoughts in the comment section below and let us know @BOLDJournal on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #EncourageSophiaGreenleaf  

Why Your Glow Up Is Priority

"Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper." - Beyonce Knowles-Carter
 

Glow up, Level up, Boss Up all that is great, but success is not just for us to stunt on instagram. . .  our status can also stand up for our character. Beyonce was right to say: "Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper".

The best revenge is your paper, because your come up will pronounce how unbothered you are better than words ever can. The key is when we excel inspite of haters, it's not about intentional revenge, but intentional obedience. Ignoring distractions, and honoring the divine is the root of real elevation.
"Do not avenge yourselves, beloved, but leave room for God’s wrath. For it is written: “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay, says the Lord." - Romans 12:19
 "Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against any of your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD." - Leviticus 19:18
Another singer apparently let GOD handle the revenge as well in Psalm 23:5 when he said: "You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows."

That overflowing cup, means abundance. . . that abundance, includes "your paper"! It also includes the peace, joy, and prosperity that comes from GOD. Our prosperity is a testament to our faithfulness and obedience to GOD's will, in the face of haters and naysayers. The conversation with our creator is a lot more important than any conversation with our critics.

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Success always looks like honoring GOD first, in whatever situation we go through.  It doesn't have to look like being a celebrity, but most of the successful, anthems that we're hearing by singers lately are what GOD wants for us anyway.  "I'm Living my best life, not going back and forth with you "know the rest" (Lil Duval) . . . "Level Up, Level Up, Level Up" (Ciara) Along with the beats, the words are so catchy because they're true, to "Live Your Best Life" is about not "going back and forth" it's about your "Level Up". Don't worry about who let you down. Keep looking up. Stay focused on GOD's promises only.

To really "slay", to really "kill them with kindness" means to be so on track with GOD's course for your life that the hot air a hater breathes only gasses you up even more to accomplish your goals.

Tuesday

#BOLDTestimony: "Don't Back Down" by Dianna Hobbs

If you haven't already subscribed to Breath Of life Daily Podcast, another great podcast for inspiration that I listen to is "Your Daily Cup of Inspiration" hosted by Dianna Hobbs! Thanks to my friend Felicia for putting me on to it! 


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Tuesdays on BOLDJournal are "Testimony Tuesdays"! Dianna usually shares a personal testimony or something that inspired her on her pod. Today she shares a story about a time she got in a fight with a bully at school. This message was such a blessing today, it was only right that I shared it.

Check out "Don't Back Down" on Your Daily Cup of Inspiration with Dianna Hobbs below! Leave your comments in the comment section below and let us know which part of the story blessed you the most!


Like what you heard? Follow @BOLDJournal on Social Media for updates and subscribe to Dianna's Podcast at it's official website: www.yourdailycupofinspiration.com

Sunday

"GOD Friended Me": An Ongoing Conversation


Would you accept a Facebook Friend Request sent by GOD? CBS officially debuted it's new TV show "GOD Friended Me" to audiences worldwide. 

In the new show viewers are introduced to "GOD" aka "The GOD Account". GOD is a cloud of glory, in his profile picture and as seen by the show's main character Miles Finer (played by Brandon Michael Hall). Finer who is a practicing and very promoting unbeliever is hell bent on distancing his self from the relationship he held with GOD as a child. 

Everything is going fine until "The GOD account" reaches out to Finer via Facebook. Although "GOD" makes several familiar introductions like appearing as a burning bush... as finer reluctantly engages with the account he finds himself in the midst of extraordinary, unexplainable situations linked back to GOD.

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The truth reflected is that GOD is known to make introductions in unorthodox ways. GOD usually disrupts "the norm". We know this from accounts featured in the Bible like (Balaam and his donkey) and hopefully how we've experienced GOD in the timeline of our own lives.

GOD Friended Me is interesting because it poses critical questions: "Are you willing to engage with GOD and help do the work He calls you to do? Are you willing to cultivate a real relationship with Him, Have an ongoing conversation and seek to honor the good advice with execution?" 

In addition to the questions it helps to uncover, the show feels like a continued conversation, a revisiting of the remarks we've seen played out in our culture concerning religion, spirituality, and how much free will we actually have.  Rakesh, the character (played by Suraj Sharma) is from a family that believes in arranged marriages. The first arranged date we see Rakesh on surprisingly goes well. He even gives his new love interest a single rose by the end of the episode just like "The Bachelor" does with his potentials. Rakesh and his arranged lover engaging in pre-marital sex, (or about to) automatically visits how our beliefs may cross with our nature.

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A pleasing addition to GFM is the "Brother From Another Planet" Joe Morton bringing his powerful screen presence to the show playing Miles Finer's father, Reverend Arthur Finer. As Miles tries to make sense of the pieces GOD gives him to work with, the show is even more tinged with mystery drama and "Scandal" like suspense. Hopefully we get that "Hell hath no fury like Papa Pope" energy also vested in "Papa Finer" as the show goes on.

"GOD Friended Me" examines relationships, with GOD, ourselves, and the people around us. It speaks of owning the power to overcome our troubles, or the bitterness we may harbor from past experiences. It mirrors how GOD connects the events of our lives for His glory. 

The truth reflected is that redemption and reconciliation is possible at the "request" of GOD's spirit within us. 

Since it's from the same network that brought us "Touched By An Angel" believers may be in good hands to check it out.


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GOD Friended Me currently airs on CBS. Time information can be found on it's official site: https://www.cbs.com/shows/god-friended-me/ 

Monday

Building Spiritual Muscles For Your Breakthrough


This morning I thought about how I gave up my gym membership because it wasn't currently in the budget and all the amenities that particular gym, came with in comparison to another gym.

I had really started slacking in exercising on purpose anyway before I cancelled it, but later in the morning as I was in corporate prayer at church and the bishop was talking, I realized not only should I be thinking about building physical strength and fitness, but how taking time to build spiritual strength is even more important to be considered in terms of investing in it and maintaining it.

"The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding." -Proverbs 4:7
We talk about "Breakthroughs" so much in spiritual and church conversations. It's like a buzz word that's thrown around a lot, but we should consider that there is real faith and action put behind them most of the time. Faith doesn't work, without work.
"So, also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead." - James 2:17

If we don't intentionally take time out to seek the spirit. How can we pray in the spirit? If we aren't praying in the spirit, seeking GOD, then what are we being motivated by? who's will are we operating on?

Building spiritual muscles, just like building physical muscles takes prayer, faith combined with action, dedication, and time invested. What we don't know and what we don't do can can hurt us, and it usually does!

However, taking the time out to increase  strength. Is totally life giving! Praying and obeying GOD's will is not for GOD, it's for us. Invest in it at all costs!



DISCLAIMER: There is nothing we can do in ANY of our own strength without GOD. Building up spiritual strength means seeking GOD's will first and exercising the mission we receive in prayer to execute. When we try to do so much in our own physical strength we will get burnt out and eventually lose motivation. 


Breakthrough requires that we get out of our comfort zone. Take time to Pray, study, and be BOLD in executing GOD's will through your life.