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I Am Daniel

When you’ve been selected along with your peers for an enviable position, the natural tendency is to want to empress your superiors. You wouldn’t want to do anything that would jeopardize your chances. And if your moral compass isn’t what it should be, you might even consider compromising certain ethics and principles to make sure that your position is secure.

But Daniel wasn’t like that at all.

He took note of the fact that the food and wine being supplied to them were sacrificed to the Babylonian god before being served on the king’s table, and knew that to eat it would be to defile himself before God. Aware that it might offend the king and his eunuchs, he took the bold step of requesting for vegetables and water instead. In the end, along with Shedrach, Meshach, and Abednego, he offered a solution that worked for all and honored God.

Daniel understood that if God could grant him the favor of being selected by the king, then God could also keep him in the king’s graces. Daniel didn’t have to play games or compromise in any way to remain where he’d been promoted. He also recognized that no power under heaven could remove him if God didn’t allow it. In like manner, trust God for where you are and that He can sustain you where He’s placed you. As long as you follow God’s precepts, no power or scheme under heaven can undo what God has done in your life. Do not let fear take over to the point that you’re willing to compromise the truth. It never ends well to do so.

Finally, like Daniel did when Nebuchadnezzar declared himself the only god to be worshiped, always give thanks to God and remain worshipful no matter what; do the best you can, and always seek to glorify God in your way of life. Like in Daniel’s life, everything will fall into place as it should. Trust God and live holy. There’s a reward for those who hold on to the truth. For Daniel, he was promoted to the most prominent position, and his enemies were totally destroyed.

 

About the Editor


Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a copywriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards in 2014 in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category.

When Miranda isn’t reviewing books/entertainment or hosting interviews on TBAP, she’s writing, reading for fun or relaxing with a good movie! When she gets bored with the world, she talks to God about it! To learn more about her book, To Die Once, her journey as an author and her other activities, you can follow her personal website. You can also connect with her on TwitterFacebookPinterest, and Google+.

*The article, I Am Daniel, first appeared on To Be A Person (TBAP) and is part of the I Am series.

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Artist Scoop ~ Interview With Music Artist Ayiesha Woods

Grammy Award-nominated artist, Ayiesha Woods is a familiar name in the Christian Music neighborhood. She’s the amazing voice behind the 2006 hit song, Happy. With three full albums, a holiday project, Christmas Like This, an early 2017 EP release, The Runaway Project, and her latest single, Stop, Woods has continued to shine in the Christian Music Industry. Taking some time with TBAP, Ayiesha got personal, allowing the world to have a peek into her life. Take a look!


Miranda ~ Hello Ayiesha! Glad to have you visit TBAP today.

Ayiesha: Hello, Thanks for having me!

Miranda ~ What led to you having a personal relationship with Jesus? Is there a particular redemption story?

Ayiesha: Many years ago, I had the opportunity to visit a very charismatic, lively ministry after having been raised early on in a conventional, religious setting. I walked in and saw people worshiping The Lord—singing and dancing in the aisles. Some were crying; some were knelt at pews. Flags were waving, banners were on display, the orchestra was playing upbeat contemporary worship, and it was something I had never seen before. The people seemed to actually KNOW God. They looked like they had a relationship with Him! I saw it and wanted it! I saw relationship and not religion, and I gave my life to Jesus that night.

Miranda ~ You were discovered by Toby Mac and then offered a record deal with Gotee Records, which launched your professional singing career. Could you describe the events that led to you meeting Toby Mac and being offered that record deal?

Ayiesha: Interestingly enough, I was in school for music business and merchandising at the time, and had released an independent record called What You Do To Me; in class one evening, we were studying Artists’ Production and Hospitality Riders—who’s rider did I end up with? None other than Toby’s. That same week, he called me. Apparently he had gotten hold of my Indy project while out of the country in Jamaica.

Miranda ~ When you wrote the song, You Make Me Happy, had a particular event inspired the moment that led you to the decision to make it into a song?

Ayiesha: Happy is the product of a collaborative effort. Jamie Moore, David Mullen and myself were in writing sessions after I signed with Gotee, and it’s one of several songs that came about in the collaborative process.

Miranda ~ What inspired the song, Jesus Lovin’ People? Who would you say you’ve been called to sing/minister to generally—the broken-hearted, lost, prejudiced etc.?

Ayiesha: My song, Jesus Lovin’ People, was primarily inspired be my wonderful family. I and my husband have 3 boys and every day I’m reminded of the fact that we’re called to Love God, Love People. Serve God, Serve People. PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

Miranda ~ You released an album in 2017 after a long hiatus. Why such a hiatus and, why did you title the album The Runaway Project? Are you presently working on a new project? 

Ayiesha: The Runway Project was released as a reminder to all that God is not finished with me in terms of music and ministry; as a matter of fact, as the song says, “I’m About To Take Off!” We’re just getting started in this new phase of what God has called us to do.

Miranda ~ Who would you say have greatly influenced your unique style of music? Also, who are the people who’ve influenced you in life, generally?

Ayiesha: Musically speaking, Fred Hammond and Commissioned…definitely staples for me! As for influences in a general aspect, my parents, without a doubt, and, my in-laws!! Love them to life and I appreciate them more than they know!

Miranda ~ You are now a wife and mother. Could you tell us your love story? And, in what particular way can you say that being a wife and mother has changed your perception of life? Also, how do you successfully juggle family with ministry/career?

Ayiesha: Consequently, I met my husband at a music workshop back in Orlando, FL in 2001. Neither of us was going to attend, but thank God we, in spite of our inhibitions, DID! We may have missed out on this beautiful work of art God was (and is) creating! Long story short, my family moved to TX about a month after meeting Joseph, and we simply kept in touch. We maintained a solid friendship over the years, but I wasn’t ready to entertain the thought of life partnership until he gave me an ultimatum of sorts.  We went our separate ways for about 2 weeks when I decided I didn’t want to do life without him. I simply couldn’t see it. So after 9yrs of one of the most constant things in my life, we moved beyond the ‘Friend Zone,’ got engaged in July of 2010, and married in November of the same year.  We have 3 beautiful boys, and, yes, my perception of life has changed. My general prospective has changed. I thank God for parents that set a stellar example for us (me and my siblings) and were intentional about stressing the importance of FAMILY. Now that I have a family of my own, those same values are of the utmost importance as well. Family First. As for juggling ministry and music…whew! I utilize any help that is offered!  I solicit prayers! And I call on the Holy Spirit for His counsel!!!

Miranda ~ Did your perception about the industry change when you became a part of it? How so?

Ayiesha: To be very honest, I was GREEN when I became part of the industry. I had no point of reference or previous experience. I will loosely say this “I DID think that everyone that sang Christian music were Christians!”

Miranda ~ Considering your unique story in entering the industry, what advice would you offer a person with the desire to go into professional singing?

Ayiesha: The best advice I suppose I could offer an ‘up and comer’ is to first be sure that you have a solid, personal relationship with Jesus Chris and secondly, KNOW what He has called you to do.

THIS IS THAT (THE FUN QUESTIONS!)

Coffee, Tea or Mocha? Tea

Dresses or Pants? Pants

Boots or Heels? Boots

Breakfast or Dinner? Dinner

Books or Movies? With 3 kids, these days…movies!

Juice or Smoothie? Smoothie

Chocolate or Vanilla? CHOCOLATE

Scarf or Gloves? Scarf

Thank you, Ayiesha, for stopping by today! Thank You for having me!!

 

About Ayiesha Woods


Singer, songwriter, musician and now wife and mother, Ayiesha Woods, is a multi-talented Artist who has certainly made her mark in Christian music industry and ministry. Ayiesha was born in Long Island, NY and spent her early childhood on the British island of Bermuda, where she attributes her roots for diversity and her eclectic musical pallet.

Ayiesha began writing songs at an early age and in her late teens realized that it was the direction in which the Lord was calling her. She recorded an independent record that was later discovered by record label executive, Toby Mac. Ayiesha signed with Gotee records in 2004 and released her debut project entitled Introducing Ayiesha Woods (2006), which went on to receive a Grammy Nomination, Dove nominations, and Marlin Awards.

Her sophomore project on Gotee Records entitled Love Like This was followed by a timeless holiday project Christmas Like This, which was also nominated for a Dove award. Her third album, It’s Time, was followed by an early 2017 EP, The Runway Project.

In collaboration with industry giants, Ian Eskelin, Barry Weeks, and Tony Wood, Ayiesha is excited to introduce the world to her newest single, Stop. The new single will build upon her early successes in Christian music while infusing a new high energy vibe.

Ayiesha and her husband, Joseph, have 3 boys: Joseph II, Benjamin & Asher (Culled from Official Website).

Album Review ~ Different By Micah Tyler

Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Rock/Pop

Release Date

October 20, 2017.

Rating

5 Stars

Review


There’s a heart and soul to the opening song, Different (by which the album is titled), that is passionately contagious. Tyler’s voice rings with such genuine worth that it secures the undisputable quality of heart-felt surrender, which invites a listener to do the same before God. The instrumentals that accompany the songs of the Different album award the overall music with a quintessential superiority; the organic quality is simply fantastically pleasant on every level. The lyrics, though simple, are metaphorically deep in a manner that suffices as true and relatable to the average person—a prayer, desire, and hope!

Listen to Different

Given Over To Death That Life May Be Revealed

The desire to know God will always conflict with the desire to love the world. The ways of the world are alluring such that it is tempting enough to want to forsake a life in Jesus. This is because life in the Spirit is not nearly as tangible as the pleasures of the flesh (2 Cor. 4:18). If you will be successful in a life of faith, you must make up your mind to believe that God is love (1 John 4:16) and that His Word is absolutely true (2 Tim. 3:16-17). Armed with this, and by the power of His grace, you can accept a life of suffering or persecution when they come (Matthew 5:11-12), and you will not be swayed by anything that the world deceitfully offers (2 Cor. 6:16-17; Eph. 4:14).

Interestingly, when the world figures out that you have no interest in it, it begins to unveil its true nature—one that the people of the world are queerly oblivious to. You’ll see the world for what it really is—its nakedness and ugliness—because it will show it to you. The more it reveals its true colors, the more clearly you’ll see its depth of deception, and that the freedom it promised was only a path to eternal damnation. You’ll discover that the world is cold and lonely, and worse, it is dying; its embers will never be fanned back to life because a new one is coming (Rev. 21:1). All you can do is lead people to Christ so that their souls will be eternally saved (John 3:16).

Why does God let us experience these things?

Because with each trial and temptation thrown at us by the enemy, we witness a truth that draws us closer to God and builds us into the image of Christ, which is the ultimate goal of God for man (Eph. 4: 12-13). For instance, in persecution, you tap into a strength that lets you know that you’re not alone or abandoned by God (2 Cor. 4:9a). And when the world insists on being brutal in hard pressing the children of God into a corner because we speak the truth, in the end we’re not crushed (2 Cor. 4:8a). Even when we’re struck down in sickness and in death or some form of persecution, we know that our souls are not eternally destroyed like our bodies are (2 Cor. 4:9b), because of our hope in the life to come (1 Cor. 15:19). We may witness an astonishing degree of depravity, perversion, and wickedness in the world and be perplexed by it, but we do not despair that the darkness will overshadow the light of God in this world (2 Cor. 4:8b), because He [Jesus] that is in us is greater than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). Because Jesus has overcome this world (John 16:33), so we too by faith have overcome (1 John 5:4-5), and so we’re more than conquerors (Romans 8:37). Therefore, we are treasures hidden in jars of clay (2 Cor. 4:7), but only for a while—until we are given eternal bodies that will never rot or die (2 Cor. 4: 16-5:1-10). These sufferings on earth require the virtues of perseverance and patience, which bleed out sin and produce holiness in us. The more we face the evil, the more God’s righteousness is revealed in us in the manner in which we respond to it. So we’re given over to these deaths that life in Christ may be revealed in us for the world to see as a testimony of God’s love, for only God can produce the gracious love displayed by His children, giving all glory to God, our Father in heaven (2 Cor. 4: 11-12; 15)! This makes all the suffering worth it.

About the Editor


Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a copywriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards in 2014 in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category.

When Miranda isn’t reviewing books/entertainment or hosting interviews on TBAP, she’s writing, reading for fun or relaxing with a good movie! When she gets bored with the world, she talks to God about it! To learn more about her book, To Die Once, her journey as an author and her other activities, you can follow her personal website. You can also connect with her on TwitterFacebookPinterest, and Google+.

*The article, Given Over To Death That Life May Be Revealed, first appeared on To Be A Person (TBAP).

Movie Review ~ The Case For Christ By Pureflix

About the Movie


A hard-driving journalist, Lee Strobel was exactly where he expected to be at work: on top. His award-winning investigative reporting recently earned him a promotion to legal editor at the Chicago Tribune. But things weren’t going nearly as well at home where his wife Leslie’s newfound faith in Christ went against everything Lee believed—or didn’t believe—as an avowed atheist.

Utilizing his journalistic and legal training, Lee begins a quest to debunk the claims of Christianity in order to save his crumbling marriage. Chasing down the biggest story of his career, Lee comes face-to-face with unexpected results that could change everything he knows to be true.

Based on Lee Strobel’s award-winning bestselling book and starring Mike Vogel, Erika Christensen, Faye Dunaway, and Robert Forster, THE CASE FOR CHRIST is now showing in theaters. It’s an ideal Easter-season movie for anyone who has ever pondered the existence of God … and what role He could play in their lives.


Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Drama

Rating

4.5 Stars

Review


This movie was so well put together: The scenes were brilliantly arranged in a manner that gently but firmly guides the viewer to believe its story and understand the case, which over the centuries, has been made for Christ. The plot intentionally steps out of the religious box, and unto the path of a skeptic inclined to seek the truth outside what is taught in church so that where preaching has failed to convict, evidence provides a corner stone big enough to support a leap of faith—for both believing in God or choosing not to, require one.

Another lovely release by Pureflix!

I Am Caleb

Caleb and Joshua were the only two spies out of the twelve sent into Canaan to return with a positive report despite what they’d witnessed. The other ten are historically known to have swayed the Israelites with their negative opinion, such that, it angered God enough to punish Israel by swearing that the adult generation would never taste the goodness of the Promised Land, but instead, would die in the desert.

What can we glean from this?

Know who you are, know God’s Word, and hold on tightly to the truth no matter what, because even after you’ve acknowledged and accepted God’s Word, bad company, given the time and right circumstances, could persuade you into believing something other than what you profess. Typically, it’s when you’re by yourself again—away from all the noise—that you realize the error in letting yourself be swayed by what you knew to be untrue. Sadly, this lack of show of strength and faith may result in decisions that you may not be able to come back from—like the Israelites who, by the time they’d realized their error in believing the ten spies, took up arms to fight the Canaanites against God’s instruction, and in the end still lost the battle and were refused the blessing of entering the Promised Land; their generation would perish in the desert.

Wherever you find yourself, there will always be people who hold opinions contrary to what Scripture teaches, and so subscribe to a culture and way of life that do not honor God. Make up your mind to know God, to study His Word, and to accept Him and His Word as trustworthy and incontestable; discover who God says you are (while Moses was called to be a prophet, Caleb and Joshua were called to be warriors), accept the destiny and path He has set you on, and hold fast to His statutes and principles, never wavering from them. Days will come when who you are and what you profess will be put to the test. While the Holy Spirit will remain faithful in whispering the truth and reminding you of who/whose you are, it is up to you to decide to not be ashamed of the truth that you stand for.

Be courageous even when it appears you’re standing alone in speaking the truth, like Caleb and Joshua who stood alone against the other ten. Do not let God’s Word depart from your mouth. Hold onto it and profess it in the face of lies. Study it and meditate on it day and night; there is a blessing for remaining steadfast in the Word of God, and God Himself will make you successful on your path to your destiny (Joshua 1:6-9). In due time, because you chose to stand by His Word, He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, and He will make the justice of your cause glow like the noonday sun (Psalm 37:5-6); all eyes will see this and many will acknowledge that God is good, and has been good to you. This was the reward of Caleb (and Joshua)!

About the Editor


Miranda A. Uyeh is the founder and editor of To Be A Person (TBAP), the author of Christian Romance/Suspense fiction, To Die Once: Child of Grace #1, a Mogul Global Ambassador, and a copywriter. She was a one-time shortlisted judge for the Inspy Awards in 2014 in the Contemporary Romance & Romance/Suspense Category.

When Miranda isn’t reviewing books/entertainment or hosting interviews on TBAP, she’s writing, reading for fun or relaxing with a good movie! When she gets bored with the world, she talks to God about it! To learn more about her book, To Die Once, her journey as an author and her other activities, you can follow her personal website. You can also connect with her on TwitterFacebookPinterest, and Google+.

*The article, I Am Caleb, first appeared on To Be A Person (TBAP) and is part of the I Am series.

Movie Review ~ God’s Not Dead 2

About the Movie


From the college classroom of GOD’S NOT DEAD to the public square in GOD’S NOT DEAD 2, the name of Jesus is welcomed less and less with each passing day. If Christians don’t take a stand today, will we even have a choice tomorrow?

Welcome back to Hope Springs … home not only of Hadleigh University, but also Martin Luther King Jr. High School, where beloved teacher Grace Wesley helps students understand and enjoy history. Her love of teaching, her love for her students, and her love of life all come from the same place: her love of Christ.

So when Brooke, a hurting student grieving the loss of her brother, reaches out to Grace, their coffee-shop conversation naturally leads to Grace sharing the hope she finds in Christ.

When Brooke later asks an honest question about Jesus in the classroom, Grace’s reasoned response lands her in big trouble—almost before she even finishes giving her answer.

With the principal and superintendent joining forces with a zealous civil liberties group, Grace faces an epic court case that could cost her the career she loves and expel God from the classroom—and the public square—once and for all!

GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the beloved Pure Flix movie from 2014 and features an all-star cast. Now in theaters, GOD’S NOT DEAD 2 has audiences standing proudly for what they believe … while they still can. Where will you stand?


Category

Religious/Christian

Genre

Legal Drama

Rating

4.5 Stars

Review


The second installment of the franchise, God’s Not Dead, highlights the strength of faith in the face of persecution, the reality of a spiritual battle that exists in our world between light and darkness—and the fact that we, the children of God, are affected by the consequence of this war—and the convicting power of the Holy Spirit that is always at work even in the midst of seeming chaos. God’s Not Dead 2 emphasizes what’s most important—the bottom line—which is the love of God (for God and people) that leads us to stand united as the body of Christ in the face of opposition.

Interestingly, the person of Jesus as a religious and historical figure was meticulously emphasized to a degree that is indisputable, even bringing clarity to the conflict that has perpetually risen because the gospels differ in their details, altogether making a beautiful display of faith built on an unshakable foundation.

Indeed, the God’s Not Dead franchise is worthy of any Christian’s movie collection!