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Tuesday

Breaking Free For Real



I had a really weird dream last night and it's too explicit to go into details, but I was in a traumatic situation from my childhood, I was back in the same house, same place that was familiar to me. As the situation was occurring the police came knocking on the door, The "Officials". I went to walk out with the police (stepping out of my situation), but then suddenly I turned to go back in the house. In the dream it struck me as weird that I did that, but when I woke up I knew that was just something that was natural. I thought maybe I'll never be able to truly come out of the "situation" I've been given. Maybe it's just the way it is and it will always be. In the short time between me waking up and washing my face, I've come to realize that that's a total lie from the enemy!

We can choose to break free from our situation, and whatever bondage we are in. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says God has created a way of escape! We don't have to go back to our trauma, we don't have to stay in our drama. We can Break Free!!

We can't step half way out the door and then turn back around. We have to realize that God is able to do just what He says He will do! He's able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think. If we think about what we really want out of life as individuals, not for any other reason but that we just intrinsically want it. There is nothing that we can even imagine or dream up for ourselves that God is not able to do. Let me repeat that: There Is Nothing That God Is Not Able To Do!!

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said "Faith is taking the first step, even when you don't see the whole staircase." We can take the first step, and when we do we have to trust that God is able to keep us from falling, not only that He is able to give us a joy and a peace that we could have never imagined.



References:
1 Corinthians 10:13
Ephesians 3:20
Philippians 4:7

Monday

You Got The Power!!

for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. - 1 Timothy 1:7

So many times we hear it quoted solely that God didn't give us a spirit of fear. We can't stop there. There is more to the scripture.  God puts His spirit in us, the more we seek it, the more it's revealed. There is a spirit that takes over every other spirit. It overcomes every spirit. 

We have to seek the spirit that overcomes every other. God has given us this spirit. So it's not about what we don't have, it's about what we do have. We have a spirit of love, power, and peace. When we seek God the these spirits are magnified in us. They yield fruit. They are the fruit of the spirit of God. see Galatians 5:22.  We have to pray and come before God to know and become familiar with His spirit. God chasing is a good thing.


God has not given us a spirit of fear but a spirit of power, love, and self-control. We can overcome.Scriptures says "No temptation has overtaken you that's. Greater than you're able to handle.

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation He will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.-1 Corinthians 10:13 


Sometimes we want the semblance or the idea of power, but we don't really want the substance of it. True power is in the spirit of God. Pray, Arm yourself, Go in the power and presence of God. Build your physical and spiritual muscles. God is light at times we tend to shy away from the light...it's too bright for us and we don't want to go into it. We get scared and complacent, but it's the light of God that cuts through and annihilates the darkness. Hebrews says "Our God is a consuming fire" but that fire isn't there to harm us in fact it's to burn away everything that we do need. It's the fire of God that ignites our passion. By all means go into the light and don't be afraid of it. You were made for greatness!!

Friday

Today Will Be Different: 30 Daily Devotions To Transform Your Life and Improve Your Confidence



Today will be different...we need to declare over our life that things will change for the best. It may not look like things are changing, but that does not mean that your life is moving forward. You have to have determination and perseverance to keep moving forward even when things seem the same.

The word "will" has various definition. In order to fully understand what I am saying it is important to fully understand what the word "will" in this context means. By definition "will" means "a deliberate or fixed desire or intention" or "the thing that one desires or ordains".  You have to be intentional with your success. You have to be intentional and deliberate with working towards your goals and vision in your life. 

Birthing my forth coming book, Today Will Be Different, has been one of the most challenging tasks I have been called to do. When I set out to write it was for self healing purposes. Little did I know that my life was changing and it was through the determination, discipline, and perseverance of writing (among other tools). I was deliberate and intentional about my desire to change my life. Most of all, I ordained (or spoke life to) the desire of the changes I wished to see in my life. However, as a result of my relentless will to see a difference, one that I have never known, I can now say that there has been major changes in my life...one of them being the release of my book in May of this year!

You can change! Things can be different in your life. First you have to be intentional about the change you want to see. You have to have a desire and determination. Lastly, you have to have discipline and perseverance to make what you will a reality. Today will be different in your life and you can make the changes. 

If you would like to find out more about my new book, click here for an advance 7 day overview.

Lauryn Hill's Talent Makes History Again

*source: theroot.com

One night after consistent replays of "Doo Wop That Thing" by Lauryn Hill I found myself listening to her whole unplugged album and realizing how deep she was spiritually. It was refreshing to hear how conscious she was and how it reflected in her music. It was very inspiring. I knew her work was something really special. That's probably why her  album "The Mis-Education Of Lauryn Hill" became a classic. Hopefully she'll be prompted to come back and gift us with another classic. The Library Of Congress is adding her legendary album to it's archive. 

-- According to the Library of Congress press release, among requirements for inclusion in the archive are that the recordings be “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” and be at least 10 years old. The Library of Congress gave a lengthy explanation as to why it chose Hill’s debut album:
"Lauryn Hill’s debut solo record, following the breakup of the Fugees, is a work of honesty in which Hill explores her feelings on topics that included the deep wonder of pregnancy, the pitfalls of modern relationships and the experience of the sacred. The album effortlessly fuses soul, rhythm and blues, rap and reggae. Hill’s vocal range, smooth clear highs and vibrato are stunning. The rapping is rhythmically compelling while always retaining, and frequently exploiting, the natural cadences of conversational speech. Standout guest performances include Carlos Santana’s soulful acoustic guitar solo on “Zion,” and duets with Mary J. Blige and D’Angelo on “I Used to Love Him” and “Nothing Even Matters,” respectively.


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Original post on theroot.com

Atlanta Helps Launch New Youth Initiative

image source: kids get outside now

Mayor Kasim Reed and the Atlanta metropolitan YMCA were apart of launching a new youth initiative by the U.S. Interior Department to get kids more active outside. The Event is launching nationwide. The city of Atlanta was among the first selected to participate. The official kick-off was last Saturday. 

The next step in the campaign is a community wide summit to be hosted by the YMCA of Metropolitan Atlanta to discuss new strategies and partnerships to help implement this program. The Program is a part of President Obama’s “Every Kid in the Park” Initiative. 


The Wade Walker Park Family YMCA in Stone Mountain will host a Healthy Kid's Day this month on the 25th at 11am. Check out the info below for more details and follow @BOLDJournal on twitter and subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.





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Saturday

The Experience That Changed My Life Forever...Why It Still Matters Today


Several years ago I had a life changing experience. I went to a church with a friend, her parent was the Pastor, as the Pastor spoke, the words hit my belly. I felt like I was injected with instant freedom. It felt as if though someone had literally given me medicine...a wave of release came over me.

That day continues to stand out in my mind as one of the most significant days in my life, because I'd never felt anything like that...ever. I knew that, this church was where I needed to be if I wanted to experience God on a deeper level. I continued to attend and be an active part of the church, and the ministry started a serious growing process for 5 years. We met regularly, hosted conferences, participated in outreach, and souls were saved. However, when tragedy struck unexpectedly, along with the majority of the economy the church lost everything... and gave the remaining resources (All of the furniture, appliances, etc.) to another church that could use them.

The Pastor who was the ministry's sole means of support at the time lost her income, she lost her home, and after surviving a deadly car crash, she became sick to the point where she almost lost her life. Until just three months ago she was homeless for over a year. 

Fortunately, God saved her life, restored her a home, and is now bringing the ministry back together. Services are being held in a new location:

Lions Of Judah Center
6202 Memorial Dr.
Stone Mountain, Ga.

The church is currently holding an active fundraiser online at Gofundme.com/topministries to help raise funds for the meeting place, and to help jump start the restoration process. 

If you can help this ministry through giving, it will be going toward a good cause. Many more lives will be saved, and transformed through life changing empowerment services and the gospel of Jesus Christ.

We had a successful recovery service on Sunday March 1st, but all are welcome to come out and be empowered each and every Sunday. You're officially invited to come experience the TOP!! TOP Ministries continues to operate in God's grace so that anyone who is suffering can have a life changing experience for the better. Please support.

Ways to help: You can Share this news with someone, Donate, Partner with us, and also Pray.

You can learn more about this project in the video below and visit Gofundme.com/topministries to donate.




If you would like more details about how to get involved and support, email topministries.info@gmail.com or contact the church Facebook page at Tabernacle Of Peace Ministries International. Thanks for your support!!

Monday

Broken Crayons Color Better In Christ



Have you ever witnessed young children coloring? At some point, the inevitable will happen where a crayon will break. For some small children it is heart breaking if it is there favorite color. Nonetheless, you will never see a young child stop coloring forever because one crayon broke. They may fuss, but if it is their favorite crayon they'll continue to use that crayon.

I love the analogy of the broken crayon still coloring. When we get older we begin to lose our ability to dream and life begins to break us down, year after year. Eventually we begin to forget we are beautiful and created to shine. We can still be used for remarkable things when we yield to our Creator who can restore us to fullness. It does not matter how we became broken beings, we can still be used for greatness.


In Psalm 51, King David is writing of his brokenness. At this time, he had sinned and felt the remorse of his actions and was brokenhearted for his actions. Even in his brokenness, he knew that God could restore him when he repented and sacrificed his broken heart to Christ. King David knew that his broken and contrite heart could draw him closer to the Lord instead of driving him further away. The sacrifices of God can be our broken spirit and through the broken pieces light can shine through.


Today, in this moment, your future is brighter. Your broken pieces can be used for more than regret and shame, but instead to inspire and uplift another soul. Brokenness brings us closer to Christ. At the valley, the lowest point, the Lord restores when you hand those broken pieces to Him. If you don't believe this, perhaps in time you will, but know broken crayons still color. 


*They work even better for the fulfillment of God's purpose in our lives through Christ.