NYC Team: Our Thoughts on Boldness

Our NYC 2016 team had an incredible time in New York back in June! Our team wanted to share their thoughts on boldness! We hope you are inspired to step out and be BOLD in your community!!!!

Boldness comes in many shapes and sizes. It is one thing to be bold by stepping out and talking to strangers, but it takes another type of boldness to build space into your life for other people. This trip was a reminder that a lifestyle of boldness isn’t just about the day to day, its also about the week to week and month to month. It takes boldness to build relationship and community. I love how God continually expands our horizons and perspectives when we allow Him to move in our lives.
— Gabe Puckett
Be who you are created to be! If you love to talk to people, talk to the people around you and encourage them! If you love to give gifts, give the people around you gifts! Be bold in the areas that love!
— Danielle Helson
Just do it. There’s nothing more rewarding than being a part of watching heaven come and invade wherever you are. And there’s no better feeling than knowing that you just got to be the person who brought someone closer to the Father’s heart, even if it was just for a moment. You’re sowing kingdom seeds and that’s not something you’d want to opt out of at any time.
— Faith Boyce
Just be you. Don’t perform and act outside of who you are. People can tell when you’re not authentic. There is no need to pretend to be great when you are already incredible. You were designed intentionally. Love people as the remarkable son or daughter that you are.
— Judah Legge



Choosing to say "YES!"

By: Charlotte

I am not one who normally sets goals for myself, but New Years Day I got together with some friends and each of us were given reflection cards - reflecting not only on the previous year but also the year we had just begun. Not wanting to disappoint, I decided to indulge and really think about both (which included setting goals for this next year). One of the goals I felt led to set was "becoming more bold." I love that God does not disappoint- ask & you shall receive.  When Danielle invited us to come out to a Friday Night Lights, the Lord gently reminded me it was the perfect opportunity to help achieve this goal I had set. 

Friday night comes and I show up.  The fun part is I had told Danielle about my goal and she in her kindness thought it would be fun to dive right in.  We didn't write anything down.  We just walked around and asked the Lord to highlight a store for us to go into. She felt led to go into Macy's, so off we went.  There wasn't anyone at the first location we went to inside the store so we decided to walk around.  As we rounded the corner I heard the Lord say "turn around".  I told Danielle what I had heard and we did but initially I didn't see anyone.  However, God had someone in mind & she popped out from behind a clothing rack.  I heard the Lord ask me to tell her she was beautiful. I was so nervous and wasn't sure I would be able to convey the message.  Danielle again in her kindness reassured me I could do it and gave me some tips to help me get past the awkward.  I walked up to the woman and told her who I was and where I went to school.  I asked her if I could give her a word of encouragement and reluctantly she said "yes."  I told her what I heard the Lord say and she immediately became receptive to the message.  She thanked me and told me I was very kind.  I was so overcome with joy I felt like I would burst.  I had been bold & had stepped out, and God was so faithful.  He used me to bless someone and in turn I was blessed! 

The next store God highlighted was, Dillard's.  When I asked for clues, I heard the Lord say "Clinique and woman in blue".  So off we went.  I love that God gives us clues & we get to search for the treasure, because that is just what happened.  The woman in blue was actually across from the Clinique counter and the minute we walked up, she was someone who was receptive to the encouragement God had for her.  What was even more amazing, she shared with us that her granddaughter (whose name was Danielle) was missing and that this encounter was a reminder that God hears her prayers. We were not only able to bless her with an encouraging word from the Lord, but we were able to pray for her and her granddaughter.  

I am still in awe of the lengths God went to, to orchestrate the whole night.  The people He paired up to go out and be blessings to the ones who needed to be blessed.  The specific clues He gave and the encouragement He poured out was so specific for the people we gave it to, it was incredible.  I love that I serve a God who is so mighty and so lavish in His affection and kindness.  He is so faithful and loves when we say "yes".