|Leandria shared real talk.|
The Preacher's kid and Sunday Best Winner, grew up in the church, and the conversation of life definitely taught her some lessons along the way. Which is why I wanted to know one important question, When exactly did she find faith all for herself. The interview was candid and surprisingly refreshing.
BOLD Journal (#BOLDJournal): We start off with our parents making us go to church, and I know you're a Pastor's Daughter, so you were always in church, and we all have our own journey, but at what point did you find faith and God for yourself?
Leandria Johnson (@LeandriaJ): Not too long ago, definitely after Sunday Best, is when I had to go to God for myself, because going through the ridicule nobody is in the fire but you, So I had to go to God for myself and when I went to him for myself, He began to talk to me and tell me certain things to do, I was obedient and then God came in and He made a way. So which drew me more to Him and away from what man had to say, or mans thoughts. So instead of going to my Pastor or Bishop all the time, or First Lady, or Mother of the church I went to my God! ...and He has said the right things at the right time, and then on top of that delivered me and delivered me from the snares of the enemy, so that's what pushed me to create a relationship with God, talking to him for myself.
Leandria took a route we all sometimes find ourselves taking, which usually proves to be the best route, reaching out in prayer and calling God for ourselves. I personally can be a witness to that power that comes from reaching out for yourself, when it seems like no one else is around.
Special Thanks to Leandria Johnson for taking time to share her lessons, and Rhachelle Nicol for being a wonderful host. We all definitely at some point have to find faith for ourselves and study to show our own selves approved. The full interview and press conference can be found on sound-cloud soon.
More updates from Leandria can be found on her twitter @LeandriaJ and Leandriajohnson.com
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-April D. Byrd
Keiron and I on our wedding day.
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"...your love is more delightful than wine."
He says to her:
"How beautiful you are, my darling! Oh, how beautiful! Your eyes are doves."
I don't think those doves were crying. Continuing, she says in response:
"How handsome you are, my beloved! Oh, how charming! And our bed is verdant."
Alright, so we've got some making out, lots of compliments and even some lush lovemaking. Can you guess from where I pulled these quotes?
Nope, not "Romeo & Juliet" or "Othello".
If you said the Bible, you are correct. Those are verses from the very first chapter of the Old Testament book of the Song of Solomon (New International Version). I remember as a child sitting through a seemingly endless (and boring) Sunday morning sermon, stumbling upon this titillating collection of romantic prose. I wasn't even sure what sex was, but I knew this part of the Bible was far different from the Noah's Ark, Sunday School- type stories I usually read.
Fast forward to the first year or so of my marriage, and I was trying to think up ways to let my husband, K, know I was thinking of him throughout the day. I started including little love notes in his lunch bag with various verses from the Song of Solomon. Here are a few of my favorite:
"All night long on my bedI looked for the one my heart loves;I looked for him but did not find him.I will get up now and go about the city,through its streets and squares;I will search for the one my heart loves.So I looked for him but did not find him.The watchmen found meas they made their rounds in the city.“Have you seen the one my heart loves?”Scarcely had I passed themwhen I found the one my heart loves.I held him and would not let him go..."
(From chapter 3)
"Place me like a seal over your heart,like a seal on your arm;for love is as strong as death,its jealousy unyielding as the grave.It burns like blazing fire,like a mighty flame.Many waters cannot quench love;rivers cannot sweep it away.If one were to giveall the wealth of one’s house for love,it would be utterly scorned."
(From chapter 8)
You have stolen my heart, my sister, my bride;
you have stolen my heartwith one glance of your eyes,with one jewel of your necklace.How delightful is your love, my sister, my bride!How much more pleasing is your love than wine,and the fragrance of your perfumemore than any spice!Your lips drop sweetness as the honeycomb, my bride;milk and honey are under your tongue.The fragrance of your garmentsis like the fragrance of Lebanon.You are a garden locked up, my sister, my bride;you are a spring enclosed, a sealed fountain.
(From chapter 4)
Next week will mark five years of marriage for me and K. It hasn't been easy, and it's been necessary to turn to the Bible for help on a number of occasions. Along with the more discussed passages on marriage, I've learned the importance of referencing Solomon's luscious love song. Who needs '"Fifty Shades" when you've got the Good Book?
On our second anniversary.
Your Destiny Will Compensate You For Your Pain. ~ Max Lucado [Tweet This]
Life is a journey, not a destination, so of course we’re all subject to a wrong turn…or two, or at least however many it takes us to get on the right track. “Child star gone wrong” seems to be a new Disney theme song for most of the kids from the Hollywood hood. Some of them cleaned up their act, but stars like Amanda Bynes, Demi Levato, and Lindsey Lohan were all beating down a familiar path of adolescent madness, and making headlines for being a hot mess. Miley Cyrus is taking good care not to be an exception.She’s the latest trending topic online for being considered a train wreck in action. She’s built a new league of haters and speculators all onboard for the ride, it seems like everybody hates on Miley now. Yes, her two little teddy bear ears at the VMA’s just made her look like the devil, but maybe she’s not. We can only hope it’s just a phase. She is just 20 years old after all…but then again most 20-year-olds don’t carry around teddy bears.Is Miley acting out because of a “lost childhood”? Was the weight of juggling two lives really too much for Hannah Miley? If that’s the case then forget the haters, that balancing act was quite entertaining! She’s put in her work; she knows the struggle is real. Let the girl turn up, be ratchet, and “twerk” out her issues with the homies. Miley knows how to put on a show and all the media is buzzing, but what about the real “hood” girls whose stories go unsung, struggling to make the rent, on food stamps, and just surviving, with no “Mr. Deeds” to help them out and no President Fitz to bail them out.Yes, she probably has issues, but until Miley gets a “Kink in her hair” the struggle of balancing fame and normality is weak in comparison to the depth of most black girl problems. However, no one can ever really ever know the pain that Miley or anyone else goes through. Tragedy is not limited to colored girls who have considered suicide. Everybody has issues. We all have our own journey and a personal “climb” we must endure. Our journey teaches us the lessons we’re meant to grow from.Continue Reading on Regal Realness.
Be willing to take the first step, no matter how small it is.
Louise L. Hay
Is healing necessary? Of course, it is. Why? Because people are hurt – partly through dashed hopes, partly through their own misdeeds and partly through hurts inflicted on them by others. They weep, but we see no tears. Their hearts bleed, but we see no blood. Living routine lives, they try to numb their pain through distractions – pleasure, excitement, adventure and the pursuit of artificial happiness. Such happiness wears off and the pain returns, because it lingers until the hurts are healed; until some of us take one small step in the direction of the one who is in pain.
Why should we get involved? It is not our business. Perhaps we will get the brush-off, if we try. Perhaps the person who is hurt does not want to be healed. These are thoughts that assail our purpose and intent. They hold us back. Despite these negative thoughts we need to try. Why? Because we need healing as much as others do. We yearn to be healed with balm that does not dull the pain, but rids us of it. Others long for the same healing.
What is healing? It is an intangible transformation that comes from:
1) Acknowledging our weaknesses, and those of others;
2) Putting right what was wrong through understanding and acceptance;
3) Forgiving ourselves and others, and not bearing grudges;
4) Ultimately, turning to God for solace and surrendering our pain to Him. And, praying for those who need healing. Then we gain peace; sometimes others do.
The dimensions of the healing process seem daunting. However, we must take that small first step if we are to achieve the objective in some small way. We should try, even if we fail occasionally.
The problem is compounded by the fear of being transparent. The art of candid conversation has given way to hours before the TV. Genuine friendship is seldom found because we live behind high walls that we refuse to tear down. Insulated from others we live in fear and insecurity, not wanting to drop our guard. There is no handholding, only clenched fists that will not open.
How do we unclench such fists? How do we commence the healing process? By being there; by conveying oneness with the one in pain:
1) By not preaching, but being an example of surrendering ourselves to God;
2) By not comparing one with another, but by treating each as a unique person;
3) By not accusing or adopting a superior posture, but by assuming the stance of the person in pain;
4) By empathizing, not sympathizing;
5) By listening; listening with head and heart; listening to the feelings couched in words;
6) Preach always. If necessary use words. Saint Francis of Assisi. By speaking in their idiom, when necessary, without offering solutions, but gently urging them to think of likely solutions that suit their situation. In their state of mind, anything imposed will be rejected. Only what they find logical will be acceptable to them.
The examples of Jesus and The Buddha come to mind. Zacchaeus, the Chief Tax Collector, was a defrauder. Jesus does not accuse him or preach to him. He does not even remotely refer to his sinful past. He waits for Zacchaeus to speak. The moral uprightness of Jesus silently prods the tax collector. He apologizes and promises to make good to those he defrauded. He repents and is healed.
Kisa Gotami was the wife of a rich merchant. She had a handsome little boy whom she loved dearly. One day the boy fell ill and died. Inconsolable, the mother walked the village, her dead son in her arms, begging people to help her. Some suggested that she meet The Buddha, who listened to her patiently. Knowing that reason or suggestions would not work, he begged her to fetch a mustard seed from any house that had not known death. The anxious woman went from door to door. Not one house could help her, because each had faced death at sometime. After much searching and some reflection the woman returned to The Buddha. He did not have to explain anything to her; she had found her answer and was healed.
Like Jesus and The Buddha, we can attempt healing without assuming a superior posture. We have to extend a hand, even if that hand is not taken. We have to reach out even if the reaching out is rejected. We have to take the initiative, like Jesus, not waiting for the person in pain to approach us. When that happens the healing process would have begun.
We shall not call this process a movement or campaign, but a crusade, because a crusade symbolizes not just a commitment to a cause, but zeal, a passion, a fire that will not be extinguished, but will burn the healer without consuming her or him. Drawing strength from God, the prime healer, we shall embark on this crusade, not worried about results, but concerned only over the act of reaching out; taking one small step at a time.
We can achieve little or nothing on our own. We need help, God’s help. And the best way to seek help for the healing-crusade is through prayer. Helen Steiner Rice aptly phrases the wonder prayer works: Little prayers for special things fly heavenward on angels’ wings, and there is not one thought or word that goes unanswered or unheard.
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Kirk Cameron's latest independently financed faith-based film,Unstoppable -- which ran on 700 screens Tuesday as part of a one-night live event -- has grossed over $2 million from approximately 150,000 ticket sales, according to Rentrak. By comparison, the Hugh Jackman-Jake Gyllenhaaldrama Prisoners pulled in $2.2 million on 3,260 screens in the same time frame.
That makes Unstoppable the most successful event in the history of NCM Fathom Events, the Colorado-based entertainment company founded in 2002 that broadcasts live simulcasts of everything from Metropolitan Opera performances to Rolling Stones concerts to big-name boxing matches in movie theaters around the country.
"We were hoping for good numbers but weren't expecting this to be quite so exciting," Cameron tells The Hollywood Reporter. "This is great."
Says Dan Diamond, senior vice president of Fathom, "We're thrilled with what we've seen with Unstoppable. It's actually the second event we've done with Kirk. We've done several events with Glenn Beck, and one with Bill O'Reilly. We try to present something for everyone."
By comparison, the recent Floyd Mayweather - Canelo Alvarez bout sold 75,000 simulcast tickets for Fathom, and some Met operas, like a recent broadcast of Carmen, grossed close to $2 million but at a higher price point. (Cameron charges $12.50 per ticket, the Met charges $22.) Cameron's last experiment with the format -- his 2012 documentary Monumental: In Search of America's National Treasure -- was a strong performer as well, grossing $1.23 million from over 100,000 attendees.
Billed as a "live event" rather than just a movie, Tuesday's screening also included a satellite linkup to Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., where Cameron presented the film before a sold-out audience of 10,000, introduced several musical performances and moderated a question-and-answer session with invited guests.
Calling it his "most personal" project to date, Unstoppable features the divisive Growing Pains star -- whose career path has led him away from mainstream Hollywood and towards evangelical projects -- examining issues of faith in the face of tragedy. The film, which was inspired by the death of a teenaged friend, will screen again on theaters nationwide on Thurs., Oct. 3.
Cameron's 2008 film Fireproof, produced by Sherwood Pictures, was a surprise hit at the box office, made for just $500,000 but grossing $34 million. Cameron tells THR he took no fee for the performance and earned no share of the profits.
The actor is currently at work on a scripted feature about a Little League Baseball team produced by his Los Angeles-based CamFam Studios.
story credit (Seth Abramovitch) via The Hollywood Reporter