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Fl R E E D ISSUE III

iving life as ar t

C h r i s t ia n B e n jamin


Credits

E D I TO R I N C H I E F Briana Ariel COMMUNITY & BUSINESS R E L AT I O N S Carolina Aragon

A D M I N I S T R AT I V E A S S I S TA N T Sydney Thom C OV E R S TO R Y Christian Benjamin COVER DESIGN Patrice Booth COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Uplifted Photography

When you pick up an issue of FREED Magazine or scroll through our Online Journal, we want you to feel as if you’re sitting down with a close friend. We hope the authenticity of our stories stirs your heart. Our desire is that our vulnerability allows you to be open with those whom you trust to expose what is broken, seek healing, and have the courage to one day tell your story. Our scars are reminders of the battles we faced and our stories testify to the healing that comes in surrendering to Christ. -T h e F R E E D T E A M


FREED MAGAZINE E D I TO R ' S N OT E reating comes as easily as breathing for me. There’s not much cerebral activity involved in the midst of one of my creative escapades. The variety of outcomes is endless and I’m blown away by what myself and others create. Most of my Instagram time is spent oohing and aahing through art hashtags; I’m often mesmerized that God in all of His creativity would allow us all to have even a small portion of His creative genius inside of us. I’ve struggled for years with actually wanting to share pieces of my art with others for fear of judgment and my personal belief that my art was less than perfect. I questioned, who is really the judge? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I fully realized rather recently that God gets glory when we express those gifts and talents He so generously deposited into us.

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We are FREED to create! This FREED issue showcases creatives from all over the world who have bravely shared their creativity with our community. The depth and uniqueness of each of their styles is what makes our world glow in the most vibrant of ways! The FREED Team hopes you enjoy this collection and that you are inspired through

-Briana Ariel briana@freedmagazine.com

www.BrianaAriel.com | IG: @Briana___Ariel


The FREED Team

SYDNEY THOM

Administrative Assistant

With a background in mechanical engineering, Sydney Thom is known to have an eye for detail, which probably explains her love and talent for investigating. Sydney uses her skills intentionally in her everyday l i f e a s a f u l l t i m e m o t h e r, m a t h t u t o r, ke y v o l u n t e e r i n h e r c h u r c h a n d while putting in work on the soccer field! Sydney has also learned over the years to be intentional with her time and the projects she now works on reflect her desire to do purpose f i l l e d l i v i n g e v e r y d a y. O n e o f S y d n e y ’ s f a v o r i t e e n c o u r a g i n g q u o t e s i s b y L e o B u s c a g l i a , “ Yo u r t a l e n t i s G o d ’ s g i f t t o y o u . W h a t y o u d o w i t h it is your gift back to God!” Being authentically intentional and detail oriented with the individuals and groups Sydney works with through FREED is an equally inspiring a n d c h a l l e n g i n g ( t h a n k s t o h e r i n t r ove r t n e s s ) a d ve n t u r e s h e’ s l o o k i n g forward to continuing and growing moving into the years ahead! IG: @sydtastic1 || Email: sydney@freedmagazine.com

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CAROLINA ARAGON

Community & Business Relations

Carolina Aragon is the Community & Business Relations Director at FREED Magazine. With a background in business administration with a concentration in marketing, her passion and attitude have p u s h e d h e r t o c o n n e c t w i t h p e o p l e f r o m a l l o v e r. C a r o l i n a i s a conversation starter and finds herself connecting wherever she is. Carolina strives to work in excellence in everything she does, a foundation that was instilled in her from serving in her church and constantly leaning on God for guidance. A friend once said “let it be the real me” and those words were imprinted in her in Christ. Jesus died on the cross for us to live in freedom and whatever t h a t l o o k s l i k e f o r y o u s h e e n c o u r a g e s y o u t o s h a r e i t ! Yo u w i l l never know the impact you make in someone’s life by just being transparent. Connect with Carolina, she loves hearing from new people and how God has shown them what freedom in Christ looks like! IG: @carrrolllinaa || Email: carolina@freedmagazine.com

BRIANA MALIK

Founder & Editor in Chief

B r i a n a A r i e l i s k n o w n a s a v i s i o n a r y, b u t s h e r e f e r s t o h e r s e l f a s a n a b s t r a c t piece of art. She has a background in Finance and Business, however she h a s b e e n a “c r e a t i v e” s i n c e s h e w a s a l i t t l e g i r l . H e r c r e a t i v i t y i n f i l t r a t e s every aspect of her life. She sees how God takes the unique experiences of life along with the hidden gems He placed inside of her to create an abstract piece of art with her life. Being “publicly” authentic is challenging for Briana because it causes her t o c o m e o u t o f h e r s h e l l . A s a p h o t o g r a p h e r, s h e i s a c c u s t o m e d t o b e i n g behind the scenes, but the call to authentic living requires her to come out from the shadows. She realized that striving for authentic living even when it is challenging is an act of freedom! Briana has begun writing p o e t r y, p u b l i c l y s h a r i n g h e r a r t w o r k , a n d h e r m a n y t e s t i m o n i e s o n h e r website. www.brianaariel.com

IG: @briana___ariel || Email: Briana@freedmagazine.com

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COV ER S T O R Y

the founder of

S to r y M K TG ,

a c r e at i v e

agency focused on helping brands and o r g a n i z at i o n s r e a c h d i v e r s e c u lt u r e s .

Christian Benjamin

// p o e t

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Ellie Fernandez

Sam Frei // s p o k e n word artist

designer

32 // i n t e r i e r

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CFL

group

Media

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AS

// p h oto g r a p h e r

// a u t h o r

Kayla Williams

JD M a s o n

84 All contributors confirmed that the content submitted and published in FREED Magazine is owned by each contributor respectively.

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So if the

SON (JESUS)

sets you

free,

you are truly FREE.

J o h n 8 : 36 ( N L T )

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/ Ä R T/

+ /ˈTESTƏˌMŌNĒ/ ART

=

TESTIMONIES

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P h oto g r a p h e r // T wa i n B u r r i s


CREATIVE ISSUE 2019

P E N & P R O S E | IG : @ p e n _ p r o s e |

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Sam Frei //Spoken

word artist

& Poet

IG : @ I a m s a m f r e i Where

d o y o u f i n d i n s p i r at i o n ?

I find my inspiration from other poetry artist but mainly from looking at the miracle after miracle of stuff God has done in my life. So I just simply write out of the experiences in my life and how God has showed up in them.

W h at

p r o j e c t a r e y o u c u r r e n t ly w o r k i n g o n ?

Im working on a series of projects that will be a mix of popular worship songs that I remix with spoken word poems in them.

W h at you?

does being

FREED

or freedom look like to

Living from the overflow of a heart filled with the identity that God the father speaks of me.

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ALL IN I’m drowning, 10,000 leagues under the sea so deep all hope of rescue looks something like a mystery I’m lost, L o s t i n t h e d e p t h s o f t h e g r e a t u n k n o w n b u t t h a t ’s just fine with me. There, down there, where few venture God turns tiny seeds of faith into monumental mountains of great. W h e t h e r i t ’s a l a k e , p o n d o r o c e a n , w h e n d r o w n i n g you make a lot of commotion. T h a t ’s e x a c t l y w h a t G o d c a l l s u s t o d o . The commotion resembles an ocean controlled chaos pointing us all to the one hanging on the cross, who walks high upon the water we fell into trying to walk across.

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And is now asking one question.... ARE YOU ALL IN? The answer is always yes. We a l l a r e a l l i n . I t ’s j u s t a m a t t e r o f w h a t w e ’ r e a l l i n f o r. Is it the consuming chaos around us - or the omnipotent king before us. The swells of raging waters within us - or the ever present spirit who never leaves us. The fear of the depth of the great unknown - or the firmness of the immovable foundation below us. I'm ALL IN! Stuck in your love washed so clean the old me is looking s o m e t h i n g l i k e h i s t o r y, A simple blip on a timeline quickly forgotten, I may walk with a limp but my heart is yours and now aches for the rotten, Each time I fall you call, Each time I stall you gently push me like the infant I am r e m i n d i n g m e t o f o c u s o n t h e o n e w h o ’s a l l i n meant hanging on the cross disgracefully murdered yet to this day rules above all. The least we can do is go all in, And if we all go all in there is no kin that can stop an ocean of men and women living All in, So Lord: My words are all in My eyes are all in My feet are all in There is no way I could call myself anything but yours. Can you?


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IG : @ h e n g e l h s h o n e y

Hengelh's Honey n u rt u r e h e a lt h y ,

is using honey to

selfless communities.

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IG: @ h e n r yj k e i t h |

www.henrykeith.com

//PHOTOGRAPHER

Los Angeles

based photographer

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Inked Letters & Broken Hearts This is a story of how a girl such as myself fell in love with the art of storytelling. I vividly remember being blown away by all of the stories I could create around the age of nine. It was a love story that would later pave the way to a journey of self-discovery and recognition of strength. I was never really a talkative person growing up. I found comfort in being alone, yet yearned for the company of a friend at the same time. The irony, I know but that's what makes it so much more beautiful. Short stories and essays, were my absolute favorite. I can recall back to the time, where I wrote my first poem. I found it to be so horrible. But, who would've thought that it would be the start to something so amazing and full of life years later, definitely not I. I continued writing because that was the only way I felt I could express myself. Going through the motions of life as a young kid into an adolescent was at the time a miserable place to be in. Let's just say that the ever so strange and blooming relationship with my father had quite a lot to do with the way I felt as I got older. Much of my work (poems) back then were very depressing something I make known because in those moments I was able to find my voice. Despite the fact that every time I wrote I was at my lowest point in life, I kept going anyway. That was about seven years ago. Today, I have been given the awesome opportunity of sharing my story to uplift others especially women. I want them to recognize that their voice matters. That they too can overcome any and every obstacle that comes their way. This road hasn't been a glorious one, so to speak but that's okay. There is beauty in the depths of our pain, once we realize that our lives will have the ability to change for the better. All in all, I was able to realize my worth and know that I was made particularly for a purpose that is beyond myself. I know in my soul, that I am here to be a vessel of hope and light. Whether or not, people agree is none of my concern. I love creating projects that reassures our beautiful black community of the power that we hold. Doing so, makes me smile and my heart sing a few beats. There is nothing greater than knowing that you have touched the hearts of those who needed love the most. Words are way more powerful than we think, which has allowed me to continue my journey even in the midst of the hard times. Often times, when I am struggling I put the need of others before my own, in a good way of course. I make sure to give a helping hand, words of comfort and strength. I hope to inspire you, as much as you have inspired me. By you, I mean everyone. I love witnessing the growth of others and knowing that although we have hit a few rocks we didn't let the bruises of our wounds get the best of who we are. Our resilience as a people, speaks volumes and in which I hope that more people recognize that. signed,

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P H OTO G R A P H Y B Y C OV I J E T T

Gabriel King // M O D E L

IG : @ G a b r i e l m k i n g

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Alyestal Hamilton Thomas // s p o k e n

word poetess

w w w . a ly e s ta l . c o m

IG : @ A l y e s t a l

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Where My

do

you

inspiration?

find

inspiration is two-fold:

1 ) H o ly S p i r i t :

He gives me 15 min to cram on paper And sometimes He gives me weeks wading I find the right trigger the poem is to be

sometimes

the overflow of my heart. through inspiration until birthed from.

2)

to be the voice for others

I

have yearned to hear for myself.

I

am inspired to make people feel empowered about who they are, who they were created to be, and to live in the power of their purpose.

What are

project

you

currently working

on?

1 ) T h i n k D i f f e r e n t ly Initiative: a project e v o lv i n g f r o m a l i n e o f affirmation cards based on

12

g o d ly t r u t h s

intended to empower other women to live in the truth of their power.

2 ) M o m o ' s M a m a M o n day : as a new mom my desire w a s to s p e a k c a n d i d ly about the challenges of motherhood in hopes to spark honest conversation. growing in popularity,

I

As

it has been

will have guests join upcoming episodes to

continue the dialogue.

What like

does to

Living

being

F REED

or

freedom

look

you?

i n t h e f u ll n e s s o f m y p u r p o s e b y

b e i n g w h o a n d w h at

God

h a s c a ll e d m e t o

be in this season. FREED MAGAZINE 29


Jamie Sweeney

Jacket +

blouse are from boohoo.com

// M O D E L

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W W W .T R U LYJ A M I E . C O M

IG : @ t r u l y j a m i e FREED MAGAZINE 31


Kariss Farris I N T E R I O R D E S I G N E R A N D P H OTO G R A P H E R

WWW.KARISSFARRIS.COM IG : @ k a r i s s f a r r i s

W h ere

did you find

i nsp i r a t i on f or y o u r h o m e re m o d e l ?

Who doesn't love Joanna Gaines?? I sequestered all of that energy for our remodel.

W h ere

d oes y o u r c re a t i v i t y c o m e f ro m ?

Most of my family says they aren't sure how I'm so creative. So, it's not familial. I have to give 100% credit to God!

W h at

i s y o u r f a v or i t e roo m f ro m y o u r re m o d e l ?

Definitely the kitchen/living room. It had the biggest change in the house and made such a huge impact on the house as a whole.

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W h a t DIY

pro j e c t s d i d y o u c o m p l e t e ?

I h a d g r a n d p l a n s o f D I Y, h o w e v e r, I w a s 2 months away from giving birth by the time we moved in. That being said, I had the vision and let contractors do the work!

Which

t r a ns f or m a t i on w a s t h e h a r d es t a n d w h y ?

The hardest transformation was our master b a t h /c l o s e t . We d i d a c o m p l e t e a n d t o t a l l ay o u t change. Tip-toeing into that area and being able to see the ground underneath my house was a bit jarring to say the least. We had to rip everything out to build new walls. The reno process was a bit terrifying!

W h at

a d v i c e wo u l d y o u g i v e t o so m eone w h o w a s

d e b a t i n g a h o m e re m o d e l / re d es i g n ?

Do it! It can be exhausting, no doubt. But, nothing beats having a home that is unique to you and y o u r f a m i l y. Photography

by

Pharris Photos |

www.pharrisphotos.com

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Designed

Photography

by

by

Kariss Fariss

Pharris Photos |

www.pharrisphotos.com


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Anderson Miranda | Brazil | IG: @andersonmiranda.ph FREED MAGAZINE 36


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S A LVAT I O N Faith is a trust fall. F a l l i n g i n t o d e s t i n y, r e g a r d l e s s of the mistakes you make. Mercy is the safety net life comes with. G ra c e i s u n m m e r i t e d f a v o r. Favor is a byproduct of love. Jesus was the scapegoat. B y t h i s G o d s a y s , " I l o v e y o u ."

N i a N . J o h nson | P I N K V E L V E T | IG : @ o n l y n i a n a o m i FREED MAGAZINE 37


Photographed

by

Skylar Coonan

www.SkylarCoonanPhotography.com

IG : @ S k y l a r C o o n a n P h o t o g r a p h y FREED MAGAZINE 38


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P E N & P R O S E | IG : @ p e n _ p r o s e | FREED MAGAZINE 39

p e n a n d p r o s e . w e e b ly . c o m


Photographed

by

T y w a i n Burris

I G : @ M R _ B U R R I S P H OTO G R A P H Y


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by

Skylar Coonan

www.SkylarCoonanPhotography.com

Photographed


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T his

photo is a photo that

often comes to my mind when

I

think of freedom , because

it shows someone truly being

// P h oto g r a p h e r

Photography by

Jess Smith

Jess Smith

free to be themselves .

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Ellie Fernandez // P O E T

IG: @ s at u r n a n d h e r s ta r s Do you ever feel like something is missing. It's just not quite right. A void. A crevice. A fragment of darkness. Do you feel like everything you do has the underlying desire to fill this unknown space. Motives driven by pain. Yo u s o o n f i n d y o u r s e l f t r a p p e d i n t h e c y c l e o f hate, who, when, where, what can I blame this on? All these thoughts crowding, strangling, slowly without realizing suffocating the very essense of what it means to be, you. Could it be that I don’t have this? Or I need that? Or maybe if he just loved me? Or could it be, just maybe, the fact that we are living w i t h o u t t h e v e r y t h i n g w e w e r e d e s i g n e d f o r. To b e i n r e l a t i o n s h i p w i t h o u r c r e a t o r . P h oto g r a p h y : J e ss i c Fa REEl E m o r e | w w w .E m i l i a M a r i e P h oto g r a p h y . c o m D MAGAZINE 44


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"Freedom

i s t h at b e a u t i f u l

m o m e n t wh e n y o u a r e a vulnerable and real,

human.

When

you can feel

a n d l o v e d e e p ly , w i t h n o one to stop you."

-Ellie Fernandez

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P hoto g r a p h e r : B r i a na A r i e l ||

w w w .U p l i f t ed P hoto g ra p hy . c o m

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C OV E R S TO R Y

Christian Benjamin www . t h e l o v e a r t b r a n d . c o m

www . s t or y m k t g . c o m

IG : @ c h r i s t i a n b e n j a m i n IG : @ S t o r y MKTG

My

Christian Benjamin, and I o f S to r y M K TG , a c r e at i v e

name is

founder

am the agency

f o c u s e d o n h e l p i n g b r a n d s a n d o rg a n i z at i o n s r e a c h d i v e r s e c u lt u r e s .

I

also

c r e at e d

c e l e b r at e s

the

a

clothing

c r e at i v e s

brand

within

us,

t h at called

The LoveArt Brand (@theloveartbrand IG), and a portion of the proceeds go o rg a n i z at i o n s

t h at

help

on to

underprivileged

y o u t h l e a r n d e s i g n a n d t e c h at e a r ly a g e s .

My

design

and

c r e at i v e

b a c kg r o u n d

has

h e l p e d m e pa r t n e r a n d c o n s u lt i n t h e c r e at i o n of

a

va r i e t y

of

brands,

which

fuels

the

e n t r e p r e n e u r i a l s p i r i t t h at ’ s s t u c k w i t h m e .

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Where

d o yo u f i n d c r e at i v e i ns p i r at i o n

and who inspires you the most?

I find creative inspiration in people, first and foremost. Really - conversations with people from all ages, backgrounds, walks of life - about their hopes, dreams and ideas - those conversations really fuel me for some reason. Meeting and learning about different lives and cultures really help open my mind in a way that allows for maximum levels of creativity to start to work itself within. On a visual level, I really get inspired by great film as well. As in, amazingly created stories and movies - no matter the genre, the total creative process that it takes to put together a unique film always intrigues me and gets my creative blood warm.

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W h at

prompted you to get into the c r e at i v e i n d u s t r y?

Ever since I could remember, I always was able to draw and paint at a high level, to the point where the teachers at my elementary school would sometimes not believe that I was the actual artist behind murals I drew, since I was so young. A moment that will forever stick out (ha!) is a true story where a teacher told me that I should stop drawing people, and draw stick figures like the rest of the kids. My mom made it a point to go all the way up to my school and chastise this teacher, where at the time, I was crazy embarrassed.

“SHE TOLD ME, NEVER PLAY SMALL, AND NEVER LET ANYONE TRY TO MAKE YOU AVERAGE.” Those words are with me today - use your creative super power to your maximum ability, no matter what. Fast forward to my sophomore year of college, where I still wasn’t anywhere close to the creative industry, or even knew one existed, I had to take a design course as an elective, and thought it may be a fun class. Little did I know, this class would change my entire being. I did so well creating visuals in Photoshop, animations in Flash, and drawings in I ll ustrator, that the professors were telling me that I had a major opportunity to be amazing in the creative field - up to that point, I had never heard anything like that before - that you could get a real job in the world of “art.” My obsession with learning how to be better at design started on that day, and when my mother passed away while in college, I took all of those lessons and decided to create my own brand, with the mindset of honoring her legacy through my authentic self. FREED MAGAZINE 49


W h at why?

E T E T A e E t e R E t a T C E e a T A r A E e c

R C

E

i s yo u r favo r i t e p ro j e c t to dat e a n d

My favorite projects are probably between projects with organizations t ha t I b e li eve i n , an d pr o jec t s w it h st art u p/real in flu en cers.

I b e lieve t h a t d es i g n i n i t s mo st gen eral fo rm, is n o t j u st visua l , but func t iona l . S u r e, w e can cr e at e co o l t h in gs t h at peo ple can lo o k a t a nd b e e nt e r t ai n ed , b u t d es i g n is bigger t h an t h at . T h e mixed medi ums of d e sig n can b e u s ed t o creat e aw aren ess an d act u alit y beh i nd rea l init ia t e s, pr o d u cts a n d i d eas, an d in t h e case o f o rgan izat io ns tha t s ave r e a l l i ves , yo u ar e d i rect ly co n t ribu t in g t o ch an gin g t h e worl d a r ound yo u , t h r o u g h l i f e ch an gin g in it iat ives. T h o se pro j ects sti ck wit h m e , b eca u s e t h e r es i d u als o f w h at yo u h ave acco mplished wi l l s up p or t gen erat i o n s i n f r o nt o f me.

E T A E te R E a C e AT r

A ls o, ove r th e p as t 1 0 years, I h ave h ad t h e ch an ce t o sit w it h some r e a l p e op l e t h a t h ave to l d me t h eir dreams an d ideas, t h at u sua l l y no one e ls e b el i eved i n , an d b een able t o play so m e small, creat i ve rol e in he lp ing th em n o t ju s t l a un ch t h eir ideas, bu t believe it can b e done - a nd ye a r s l at er, I g et to s ee t h ese peo ple beco m e celebrat ed a cross t he wor ld . I t ’ s a n a m a z i n g f eelin g - n o t a feelin g o f credit o r anythi ng s illy like t h a t, b u t ju s t w a tch in g a perso n go fro m dream in g ab out a n ide a t ha t t h ey w er e n er vo u s abo u t t ryin g, an d n o w bein g a leader a nd influe nc er i n t h a t ver y w o rld - t h at w ill NEV ER get o ld. FREED MAGAZINE 50


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My biggest creative failure was basically a learning lesson. When I first started my agency years back, I had no idea of how to run or grow a business, and I never met or personally knew anyone that did. I felt a strong conviction that had to come from God, of what I was here to do, but I didn’t know how to do it. Short, I spent a lot of money on things t h a t d i d n’ t m a t t e r. I s p e n t m o n e y o n t h e renovation of my office spaces, print materials, everything that doesn’t help you get clients - but it’s everything I thought I needed in order to get clients and appear like I knew what I was doing.

Everything looked great, but I overspent, a n d l o s t a l o t o f m o n e y. I t ’ s t h e r e a s o n w h y I tell young entrepreneurs to keep as much money in your pocket as you can - in 2019 and beyond, so much of what we do can be, and is remote, that you don’t need to immediately spend what you have allotted for business on frivolous things that make you look and feel good.

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B E I N G C R E AT I V E I S A B O U T B E I N G AU T H E N T I C . I f y o u a r e s t r u g g l i n g t o f i n d y o u r c r e a t i v e i d e n t i t y, I t h i n k y o u a r e looking too hard. Yo u r c r e a t i v e i d e n t i t y i s y o u r n a t u ra l s e l f - your creative identity is the thing that interests you after class or work, the d r e a m s y o u h a v e , t h e a c t i v i t i e s y o u t a ke up in your free time, the movies and books you read – it’s the medium that you could spend hours learning about, when that time f e e l s l i ke s e c o n d s . L o o k i n t o l e a r n i n g m o r e about that thing! Also, ask questions to creative professionals l i ke m y s e l f - t h e o n l y w a y t o l e a r n i s t o a s k the people who have been there and done that, and can give you insight into the day t o d a y o f a n i n d u s t r y, t h i n g s t o l e a r n , w h a t to avoid, etc. If you truly want to dive into anything, you have to learn more about it - D A I LY. We live in the age where you can learn a creative medium by simply pouring into Yo u Tu b e a n d G o o g l e , a n d s t a r t i n g t h e r e . R e m e m b e r, y o u r c r e a t i v i t y c a n s h o w i t s e l f i n s o m a n y d i f f e r e n t w a y s - f r o m p h o t o g ra p h y and design, to food & entertainment there are a million different fields within t h e c r e a t i v e i n d u s t r y, a n d s t i l l t h e o p t i o n to create your own lane. FREED MAGAZINE 52

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My a g e nc y, S to r y M K TG, h as revamped an d r e la un ch ed f o r 2 0 1 9 , an d I am ve r y exc it ed . O u r f o cu s o n h elpin g bra nd s c r e a te an d l au n ch co n t en t t h at r e sp e c t s a n d r ef l ect s th e d i versit y in our wor ld t o d ay, i s n eces s a ry. Wh ile the c r e a t ive a n d tech i n d ust ry h as ma d e s om e s t r i d es , i t s n o t n early e noug h. M o s t ag en ci es l ead ersh ip o n ly r e fle c t whi t e m en , w h i l e a l o t o f t h e mes s a g ing a r e g ear ed t o w ar d s peo ple of c olor, a n d o r /w o m en . S o meo n e h as to c ha ng e th a t. A ls o, I wi l l b e r el ea s i n g my first book , t e n t at i vel y ti tl ed “Mo n day Mot iva t ions ” l a ter th i s year. It ’s really a p a ssion p ro ject - I n ever s et o u t t o be an a ut hor, b u t af t er s pen d i n g t h e past few ye a r s s en d i n g o u t m o t ivat io n al e m a ils ever y M o n d ay m o rn in g, t o thousa nd s o f p eo p l e, i t w as t im e t o writ e t he b o o k, w i th t h e s o l e pu rpo se of c ha ng ing th e n a r rat i ve o f “I h at e Mond ays” i n to “ M o n d ay i s a fresh sta r t , a nd a ch a n ce to b e GREAT.” Right now, yo u can s u b s cr i be t o my Mond ay e m ai l s o n my p er s o n al sit e (w ww.c hr is t i a n b en jam i n . co m) , so I am exc it e d a nd pr o u d o f w h at i s t o co m e.

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To m e , b e i n g F R E E D m e a n s t o be released from some sort of b o n d a g e . P e r s o n a l l y, I w a s b r o ke n and tied up under a few different ropes - the bondage of the lack of knowledge, lack of hope, lack of b e l i e f, a n d m o s t i m p o r t a n t l y, t h e lack of self confidence. When God gave me the small, m e n i s c a l m u s t a r d s e e d o f “ H e y, I a m p r e t t y g o o d a t t h i s ,” e v e r y t h i n g else fell into place - the more knowledge I learned, the better I became, and the better I became at my field, the more I realized

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that I could do ANYTHING. The world became different to me - I realized that every single action I took or place I went, was created by someone, somewhere on the planet. I feel truly FREE now, because I know that there is no limit to what I can do, and I don’t mean in t h e c l i c h é s e n s e - t r u l y, a n y i d e a or job I want to create or have, I can do it. When you stat thinking like that, you start doing some truly amazing things, and the world opens up.

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b u s i n e ss ? Perso n a lly, I s hare my f ai t h t ho u g h eve r y i n t e ra ct i o n I h ave , o n a d a i l y basi s. Of c ou rs e, mo st int erac t ions are n o t s u b je ct e d t o d i s cu s s i o n s o f wh a t w e bel i eve in o n a spirit ual s t and p oint , b u t exp r e s s i n g l ove a n d t h e s p i r i t o f G o d th o u gh how yo u tre at , c reat e and b el ieve , h a s a l w ay s d rawn i n d i v i d u a l s t o co me back to me d o wn t he road , and have r e a l d i s cu s s i o n s a b o u t wh a t G o d m ean s to me, bas ed o n o u r int erac t ions p ri or. I g u e s s I a m b a s i ca l l y s ay i n g , yo u h ave to treat peo ple a cert ain w ay, and l ive yo u r l i fe i n a way t h a t m a ke s p e o p l e w an t to get c loser to yo u on a s p irit ual leve l , b e ca u s e t h ey s e e s o m e t h i n g i n yo u . T h at’ s n o t wo rds - its ac t ion, in my op ini o n . Als o , b ein g an ent rep reneur, I h ave h a d s o m e r e a l l y, r e a l l y t o u g h d ay s. I th i n k every freela nc er or ent rep ren e u r ca n r e l a t e - d ay s t h a t yo u d o n’ t kn o w h o w yo u will ma ke it anot her hour. I a m s t i l l h e r e , a n d i t i s n’ t b e ca u s e o f my creati ve min d o r s ma rt d ec is ions - i t ’ s b e ca u s e wh e n I h a d n o wh e r e e l s e t o t u r n , I h ad to look with in , and t hen g et on my k n e e s a n d l o o k a b ove , a n d t h e n b e l i eve ( f ai th . ) FAITH IN GOD T H RO UGH T H OS E DA R K M OM E N T S I S TH E ON LY R E AS ON I AM STILL HERE, A ND NO O NE C A N T E L L M E A N YTH I N G D I F F E R E N T, B EC AUS E I SPEAK THRO UGH E XPE R IE NC E , N OT C ON J E C TU R E .

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When I stepped out on two principles, my life changed FOREVER. These principles were authenticity & faith. P h oto g r a p h e r : B r i a na A r i e l ||

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When I stepped out on two principles, my life changed FOREVER. These principles were authenticity and faith. When my mother passed, I didn’t know up from d o w n . E v e n t u a l l y, w h e n I s t a r t e d m y c o m p a n y, I named it after my mother’s birthday (12.26), and couldn’t think of a logo, so I designed a heart. The heart had a break in it - not to signify a broken heart, but to signify the clock at 12.26. I t i s a s y m b o l o f l o v e , p a s s i o n a n d m y m o t h e r, a lifelong story wrapped into one simple design. But that simple design was so intriguing to potential clients and people who could help me, that they h e l p e d m e w i t h i n m y c a r e e r. B a s i c a l l y, m y p e r s o n a l t r u t h w a s r e f l e c t e d i n everything that I did, and when other people saw that, they helped me get where i needed to be, because people can relate to personal stories a n d a u t h e n t i c i t y, b e f o r e t h e y r e l a t e t o b u s i n e s s i d e a s - t h e b u s i n e s s i d e a s a l m o s t c o m e s e c o n d a r y, i f s o m e o n e b e l i eve s i n YO U. Now, the heart is represented in every company that I start, in a very small way (look for it). It’s b a s i c a l l y t e l l i n g t h e s t o r y o f, e v e n t h o u g h t h i s brand lives on its own, the passion behind this project still remains the same.

L e t yo u r t e s t i m o n y r e f l e c t i n yo u r c r e at i o n s , a n d y o u w i l l a lw ay s b e a b l e t o c o n n e c t w i t h people.

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What freedom looks like to me is not being bound by anything... whether it's emotions or circumstances. Knowing who I am though G o d a n d a l l o w i n g H i m t o c a r r y t h e b u r d e n o f s t r e s s , a n x i e t y, a n d fear is freedom.

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IG : B e Y o u _ l l c Hello, my name is Jessica Gaskins and I am the Founder and CEO of the conscious b r a n d B e Yo u . I f o u n d e d B e Yo u o u t o f m y G o d - g i v e n p a s s i o n t o e m p o w e r o t h e r s with what I've learned through my personal walk with Christ. We are each f e a r f u l l y a n d W O N D E R F U L LY m a d e a n d a r e p e r f e c t a s w h o w e a r e . O u r q u i r k s , our uniqueness, our passions are all beautiful and are gifts to this world. Despite what society may tell us, the absolute best thing we can do is to be who God created us to be. Our unique, awesome selves. I b e l i e v e t h a t c o m p l e t e l y b e i n g y o u r s e l f, m e a n s to own what makes you, YOU! Growing up, I struggled with not being the most outgoing or the most outspoken among my friends. Most of the time, I simply struggled with my qualities that made me different from others. And I failed to realize that they were just that... qualities! But as time went on and as I grew (spiritually and mentally), I learned that those differences were what made me who I was and am now continuing to learn to embrace those d i f f e r e n c e s e v e r y s i n g l e d a y. A n d w h i l e l e a r n i n g to embrace those differences, I’ve found myself falling in love with ME more and more. When God first gave me the idea to create this brand, I was ecstatic because I felt that God had given me something to encourage the world with. I felt that the s i m p l e t w o w o r d s , B e Yo u , w o u l d c a r r y s u c h a p o w e r f u l message and would not only give people the courage to be themselves, but most importantly be themselves through Christ! Although I knew the message was an encourager for me, I had no clue that God would use t h i s i d e a t o c h a n g e m y l i f e . Ye s , G o d w a n t e d m e t o encourage others, but He also wanted to heal ME in the process. S o , a f t e r H e g a v e m e t h e i d e a t o s t a r t B e Yo u , i t s e e m e d l i k e e v e r y d a y t h e n a f t e r, H e w o u l d p u t m e i n s o m e t y p e o f s i t u a t i o n t h a t w o u l d m a ke m e h a v e t o s t a n d m y g r o u n d a n d j u s t b e m y s e l f. H e w a s l i t e r a l l y m a k i n g m e t h e f i r s t partaker! It was in those moments that God would show me that there were still some beautiful things about myself that He’d put inside of me and I had not yet embraced them. I was terrified to do so. I was beginning to understand t h a t B e Yo u w a s n o t s o m e t h i n g t h a t I c o u l d j u s t c r e a t e a n d l i k e , b u t i t w a s s o m e t h i n g t h a t I h a d t o f i n a l l y l e a r n , l o v e , e m b r a c e a n d l i v e i t . U L T I M A T E LY , I H A D T O S TA R T L E A R N I N G T O L O V E E V E R Y PA R T O F W H O G O D C R E AT E D M E TO B E A N D U S E W H AT H E P U T I N S I D E O F M E . FREED MAGAZINE 66


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N a t u ra l l y, I l o v e t h e a r t s a n d f i n d i n g c r e a t i v e t h i n g s t o do, which are qualities about myself that I’ve embraced throughout my life and have often used, but those things didn’t require me to use my voice. There would be times where I knew God wanted me to speak up, encourage someone, or let others know about who He is, but fear would grip me so. Laughing at myself now looking back, I was the person t h a t w o u l d a l w a y s s a y, “ P e o p l e c a n w i t n e s s G o d b y t h e w a y I l i v e m y l i f e a n d c a r r y m y s e l f, n o t a l w a y s b y w h a t c o m e s o u t o f m y m o u t h .” W h i c h i s t r u e i n s o m e c a s e s ! B U T , t h a t was usually my escape to stay in my comfort zone and keep my mouth closed. Even in times that I would need to speak u p a b o u t s o m e t h i n g c o n c e r n i n g m e p e r s o n a l l y, I w o u l d n o t do it for the fear of offending someone with my feelings or thoughts. How crazy is it that we sometimes feel that we can’t be ourselves for the fear of offending someone else? But you know what helped me? In Genesis 1:31, (paraphrasing) it says that God saw everything that He had made, and it w a s v e r y g o o d , a n d H e v a l i d a t e d i t c o m p l e t e l y. T h a t m e a n s that when He knit us together and put all these great things inside of us, that He knew exactly what He was doing, and He was very pleased with what He had created. Who am I to hide that? That passage alone has helped me to understand how valuable I am and to know that I also have something to o f f e r. Now with the help of Christ, I can be brave and confident about who He created me to be. I can be brave about how He created me. So, during those times that require me to be a little more outgoing, I can do that…and those times that require me to speak up a little more, I can do that as well. But once I’m done, I’m done! Lol. I can do what I need to do a n d s t i l l b e w h o I a m a t t h e e n d o f t h e d a y. T h i s i s w h a t B E YOU means to me!

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I ' m aw ar e t h at I c ar r y t h e p o w e r o f l i f e o r d e at h i n m y to n g u e . My m i n i st r y i s f o c u s e d o n u s i n g c r e at i v e o u tle t s to c o m m u n i c at e h o w m u c h be t t e r l i f e i s w i t h C h r i st, e sp e c i a l ly a s a w o m a n . I g e t i n sp i r at i o n f r o m c o n v e r s at i o n s I h a v e w i t h p e o p le .

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I met this man when I was 12 years old. What I loved most was that he filled my soul. We were off and on More often off than on. I would sing him songs. He would sing along. He had approval from Mom. He would right my wrongs.

What kind of relationship is this? All the fighting and tears Is it really worth it? They say an adulteress is a deep pit, A s m o o t h t a l ke r, a h u n t e r, a t ra p i f you will. And that’s what I did. That’s the situation I found myself in. I cheated on my first love.

Growing up he kept me out of trouble To l d m e I w a s b e a u t i f u l He was someone I could trust. Even when my friends started experimenting with drugs Skipping school Making sex Not knowing a thing about love He showed me how to serve my community with compassion. We volunteered after school without anybody asking. My classmates would rather smoke blunts in rotation As if community service was only for probation.

I thought I was old enough. I started hitting them clubs. Even gave my virginity to someone else. Ye a h , I w a s g e t t i n g g o o d g r a d e s i n college E v e n s o m e m o n e y. But I was lonely Looking for someone Or something else to hold me Until I exploded. After being exploited Assaulted while not sober Almost losing my life Several times over He was still there. He always cared.

That’s how it was. We stayed in our lane. I seen people date. This was not the same. I was not the same. I didn’t like numb - no novacane. I liked to create. He did the same. He was my source of so much inspiration. He worked so hard Never took a vacation. But he wasn’t popular And back then I was easily shaken. And then storms came. I saw my parents not really know e a c h o t h e r. Lacking patience and kindness, It started to make me wonder

He never gave up on me Even the troubled me. He called me a few times I just hung up on him. But not even on the phone He called me by name. He said, “Come back to me And it could all be the same As when you were younger Yo u ’ l l n e v e r t h i r s t N o b a b y, y o u ’ l l n e v e r h u n g e r I ’ l l b e y o u r f o r e v e r l o v e r .” And then he proposed I s a i d , “ Y e s , i f i t p l e a s e s .” And if y’all didn’t know I been talking bout Jesus.

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In this photo, I wanted to represent my friend exactly how she was. I told her to sit comfortably and gaze out on the city that you know so well. This photo is titled "Peaceful Chaos"

-JD Mason

Peacef ul Chao s

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This is a long exposure shot, out in the middle of the smoky mountains. This was a shot I called "Hope in the Darkness" It was taken in the middle of the night and it was dark around me but the shot turned out bright and vibrant. I believe there is hope in everything no matter how dark it can appear to the naked eye.

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Kayla Williams

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I R R E P L A C EA B L E R O L E “Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born, I consecrated you; I appointed you a p r o p h e t t o t h e n a t i o n s ." T h e n I s a i d , " A h , L o r d GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, for I am o n l y a y o u t h ." B u t t h e L O R D s a i d t o m e , " D o n o t s a y, ‘ I a m o n l y a y o u t h' ; f o r t o a l l t o w h o m I s e n d you, you shall go, and whatever I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with y o u t o d e l i v e r y o u , d e c l a r e s t h e L O R D ." J e r e m i a h 1:4-8 ESV There is not one hair on your head or thought in your mind that is unknown to God. From ashes He c r e a t e d b e a u t y, f r o m p a i n H e b i r t h e d p u r p o s e . Before the womb, you were set apart by God to do g r e a t w o r k . Yo u r h e a v e n l y F a t h e r k n o w s w h a t y o u are to be and the gifts given to you. At times, we fail to understand the depths of purpose meant to flow from our beings. The natural gifts and talents placed within you cannot be executed by a n y o n e e l s e t h e s a m e w a y. O u r H e a v e n l y F a t h e r is not afraid to counsel his children on their call to glorify his kingdom, but we hesitate to receive w h a t H e h a s t o s a y. T h e r e i s p o w e r i n u n d e r s t a n d i n g God created you with an irreplaceable role in the earth. Everything you do has a purpose, and God knows His will for you. God has equipped you and is patiently waiting for you to see yourself the way He sees you. FREED MAGAZINE 85


I n i t i a l l y, J e r e m i a h d o u b t e d t h e c a l l t o p r o p h e s y t o n a t i o n s t h a t God revealed to him. He thought about his age and said: "I cannot s p e a k : f o r I a m a c h i l d ." L i k e J e r e m i a h , w e e x p e r i e n c e d o u b t w h e n it seems the responsibility is too high for us. How many times do we place limitations on our abilities that God did not? How often do we tell ourselves “no” before anyone else can? We count ourselves out, and a lack of belief makes us feel we are not ready for what God has called us to do. Jeremiah struggled with this r e a l i t y, b u t h e h a d t o a c c e p t t h e g ra n d t r u t h G o d s p o ke t o h i m . The comfort the Lord provided began with removing the doubtful words which proceeded from Jeremiah’s mouth. Not only did the Lord declare he has always known what Jeremiah was created to do, but everything Jeremiah needed was within him. God knew what his desires were for Jeremiah, just as he knows the plans he has for you. The Lord will use you with every step you take and m o v e y o u m a ke . I n m o m e n t s o f u n c e r t a i n t y, r e m e m b e r t h e w o r d s God shared with Jeremiah, be not afraid for I am with you. God reserved you before you came forth on your day of birth. Every day following God has planned to shape you as clay in the Potters hands. Destined for victory a n d c r e a t e d f o r h i s g l o r y, G o d g a v e y o u r gifts to you for a purpose greater than y o u r s e l f. J u s t a s C h r i s t g r e w i n s t a t u r e and wisdom from childhood, so are we c a l l e d t o d o t h e s a m e . Yo u a r e n o t a l o n e , a n d t h e r e i s n o r e a s o n t o f e a r. Fo r J e s u s p r o m i s e s , " I a m w i t h y o u a l w a y s e v e n u n t i l t h e e n d s o f t h e e a r t h ." The Lord knows your name, thoughts, visions, and the words to l e a v e y o u r m o u t h . Yo u a r e m e a n t t o w a l k i n l i b e r a t i o n , a n d t h e lives of those who behold your work will be changed.

You are the only you in this world, and no one can create like you.

Become who you've never been and continue to evolve. In your mind and your heart, you have to know what I do and how I do it is unique to me. There is value in the way you view the world. The lens which you see through is designed to bring light and life to every space you inhabit. There is a unique perspective you share with the world that can only come from your mind. We miss what we have to share with the world when our worries and fears lead us. Have you felt unqualified to be who God says you are? Even t h o u g h J e r e m i a h t h o u g h t h e w a s u n f i t t o p r o p h e s y, h e c o n t i n u e d to communicate with God. Jeremiah shared his concerns with God about his young age and listened to the Lord for a response.

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My entire life, I told God I was not good enough to be who he was calling me to be. I hid behind the curtains of fear and never allowed myself to imagine the impact I was designed to make. The difference between Jeremiah and myself is Jeremiah continued to listen to what God had t o s a y. Fo r a t l e a s t e i g h t y e a r s , I w a l ke d a w a y f r o m t h e c o n v e r s a t i o n anxious that I could never measure up. Sometimes, we shut our ears o f f t o t h e v o i c e o f t h e L o r d a n d t u r n u p t h e v o l u m e o f o u r “ n o ’ s ." H i s excuse of age did not stop Jeremiah, nor did he allow it to determine the rest of his life. He chose to believe in the power the Lord gave him. God designed my life as a witness for others, yet I was looking for my purpose in a degree and job description. God makes simple what the world has made confusing. He knows what you need to hear and the way to reach you. The time has come for you and me to place God's words above our own. Yo u a r e t h e o n l y y o u i n t h i s w o r l d , a n d n o o n e c a n c r e a t e l i k e y o u . W e live in a time where people always compare themselves and become the e n e m y o f t h e i r c r e a t i v e p o w e r. M e a n w h i l e , o u r a s s i g n e d r o l e s a r e l e f t vacant because we fail to see the value of what is within us. Instead o f s e e k i n g G o d f o r t h e a n s w e r, w e s p e n d h o u r s o f o u r t i m e d i s t ra c t e d , envying those we are not and shaming ourselves for never becoming it. As a result, we waste time searching for fulfillment in a job title God never meant for us. As I searched for an earthly title to box myself in, God revealed to me that the purpose of my life is me. I am the willing vessel others can experience a moment with Christ through. I am the s m i l e t h e w e a r i e d n e e d t o s e e o n a s t r e s s f u l d a y. T h e L o r d m a d e c l e a r your job is to go to all that He sends you because through you He will p l a n t s e e d s o f h o p e , l o v e , j o y, a n d p e a c e . T h e h a r v e s t i s p l e n t y, b u t the laborers are few. The cycle of fear is vicious when you allow it to determine your course of action. Lives miss out on the blessing you have to give because you run away from where you belong. Did you know the battle of belief is in your mind? This battle revolves around choice. We win half the war when we realize the option of what we believe is ours. We can choose to think our age dictates the power of the spiritual gifts given or we can accept being qualified by God. Yo u r o p t i o n s m i g h t d i f f e r f r o m J e r e m i a h ’ s , b u t t h e d e c i s i o n r e m a i n s the same. Will you believe the lies produced from the source of no or trust the Lord has a meaningful work for you to do now? The beauty in this realization is that it is never too late to see the power in who you naturally are. Many people are held captive by the constraints of a society that say you have to be a certain age, look or sound a certain w a y t o b e s u c c e s s f u l . Yo u h a v e m o r e p o w e r w h e n y o u p u t y o u r t r u s t in the Lord compared to placing your confidence in the hands of man. Yo u r o w n h a n d s m u s t s u r r e n d e r a s w e l l w h e n y o u r c h o i c e i s t o t r u s t i n the Lord. Allow God to give you the tools you need and the directions to where you are called to work.

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M o r e o v e r, y o u w i n t h e r e s t of the war when you walk boldly into the spaces God tells you to go. There is an enlarged territory awaiting you. There is a platform with your name on it and listening ears needing to hear what y o u h a v e t o s a y. Yo u h a v e t h e power to change perspectives through your art and release minds from bondage with your music. No matter what your gift is, another human is waiting to receive from you. The life you have is not your own, so let every inch of your existence be accountable to God alone. Learn to walk in victory as one specially chosen by God. Reject the lies and limits as you walk down the path of faith, holding the hand of God. F a m i l y, t a ke t h e t i m e t o t h i n k about these things. Why do we allow fear to cripple us? Do I believe what God says? Have I overlooked the value of my presence? God formed you with gifts that define w h o y o u a r e . H o w e v e r, y o u r commitment to that gift is who you will become. Jeremiah questioned his abilities, but let God pour into him the confidence he needed. Is it time for you to do the same? Lives are waiting to benefit from your yes to going higher and deeper with God.


P RA Y E R : H e av e n ly F at h e r ,

thank you for

your unconditional love.

You

are

longsuffering and gentle with me,

God. Thank

O

you for making me your own

and creating me with an irreplaceable role in the earth.

Lord, I

believe you

created me with a future and a hope.

You

d i s p l ay e d yo u r lov e to wa r d m e w h e n

you gave your

Son

for my life.

Let

me

demonstrate my love for you by devoting my life and work back to you.

Guide

I have to choose faith. Send your Spirit

in the moments fear and

me

between to help

me be the conqueror you declared me to be.

You

promised never to leave nor

forsake me, so in each hour you are with me. comfort; you are

I

will trust

Father, you the Creator

are my and the

Master Planner. There is none like you, Lord. Grow me up in you that men might see my good works and glorify your name.

My

gifts are your gifts.

are your talents.

Just as me. Lead

My

talents

you spoke to

Jeremiah, talk to m e i n t h e way I should go as I decide to trust you with t h e r e s t o f m y day s . H e l p m e o u t o f unbelief that I might see all you created me to be. Free my mind and discipline my h e a rt . I n J e s u s ’ n a m e , I p r ay , A m e n .

-Kayla Williams


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