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A Leap of Faith Into Who You Are in Christ - Heart to Heart with Dr. Naima Johnston-Bush
A Leap of Faith Into Who You Are in Christ – Heart to Heart with Dr. Naima Johnston-Bush

Dr. Naima speaks about how she learned to trust in God as a young woman and gives advice on embracing your identity in Christ…

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Alex G on Overcoming Anxiety and Music with James David and Danielle Bennett
Alex G on Overcoming Anxiety and Music with James David and Danielle Bennett




Life can get stressful especially in the world we live in and maybe you can relate to Alex G’s story of how she’s learning to overcome anxiety – I definitely could relate to the frustration, feelings and am inspired by her vulnerability…


“I have had bad anxiety since I was 10 years old. For those of you struggling with it, I understand now that it can be really serious and damaging. Be compassionate towards each other. You have no idea how much it can help those with emotional needs!

“This is my story. I hope that it encourages others who struggle with mental disorders to start the process of stepping away from their shame and fear. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!” – Alex G


Be sure to check out Alex’s amazing music – here are some of my favorites: her passionate cover of “I Was Made For Loving You” with James David (DAVIE) (the original is by Tori Kelly and Ed Sheeran) and her original song Lighthouse with spoken word by Danielle Bennett – so beautiful, heart-moving and relevant to what so many people are feeling in the world today. All of these young artists are inspiring ones to follow, be sure to check out their sites below!
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Love Series Part 2: SOAR Readers Talk About Love
Love Series Part 2: SOAR Readers Talk About Love

What does love mean to you? Here are some more responses from SOAR readers on love and waiting for the true love story that God writes…

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He Touched Me & Made Me Whole - Editor's Testimony
He Touched Me & Made Me Whole – Editor’s Testimony

Recently I was asked to share part of my testimony of overcoming obstacles and hardships as a teen with a website for teen girls called Girls 4 God

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Inspiring Music Pick: Be the Change from Shuree

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Today I wanted to share the gift of Shuree who is an inspiring artist who inspires us to be the difference in the world that we want to see! Her song “Be the Change” from her EP of the same title is so upbeat and encouraging as is her song “One Girl Can Change the World. We posted about her Christmas music on Dream in Soul Magazine previously and love the heart, passion and light in her work!

Below see how watching the Grammys inspired her to spread this message. Check out more of Shuree’s music at her website: shureemusic.com

Shuree’s currently recording a song called “Freedom” about what’s going on in the world today that I’m really looking forward to! Be sure to check out and download Shuree’s recent single “Last Summer” on iTunes and shureemusic.com. Check out her page to hear more and to keep up to date with her new music and what she’s working on! “When you’re doing your art that’s when things get better…” – Shuree

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Some lyrics from “Be the Change”

It won’t be different till we start unleashin’
The the truth
Let it loose go
Be the change
That you want to see
Don’t be afraid to be
The change
He started inside of you
Now let it shine through
Be the change
Live like your made to be the change
Inhaling this mess
You’re breathless
To scared to speak up you’re feeling powerless
Being cool ain’t always right
You don’t have to compromise
bethechangequote2Do you hear his truth inside roaring in you like a lion
Be be be fierce
Be be be fierce
Stand up and take a swing risk everything
Be the change
That you want to see
Don’t be afraid to be
The change
He started inside of you
Now let it shine through
Be the change
Live like your made to be the change
Lead the way to His light that won’t burn out
To His love that laid it down
To His hope that leads the way
To His light that won’t burn out
To His love that laid it down
To His hope that leads the way
So we can be the change


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Iron Sharpens Iron: We Are Better Together In Community!

Community, love, relationships & family are some of the greatest gifts in life! My friend Sarah has a great series on her site WorkinProgressBlog.co on the power and many benefits of community. I was happy to share part of my story and passion in the series – go check it out!

God used a dry, long lonely time in my life to draw me into deeper intimacy with Him, discovering His heart and love for myself and for other people. The wilderness is where we develop a deep love for God and people if we allow it to! That deep ache of loneliness was filled by God’s presence and my dependence on Him to satisfy my desires. I discovered how He longed for His people to get to know Him better and to hear His voice. He also desired for us to love one another and to see each other as missing pieces of the puzzle pieces of His heart – if one person was missing then the picture of His family and even of His image would be incomplete. I believe our unity as His body is one of God’s biggest dreams! In our unity we will display His love and glory to the world.

We’re relational beings and are made to be together, growing in unity and in God’s heart. Family and fellowship was God’s original design and intention for us ever since the Garden of Eden when He said it was not good for man to be alone. As God’s people we can reflect His heart by gathering together and showing the world what true community is. I’m so grateful for the family and purpose partners God has placed in my life. Iron sharpens iron and we are so much better together! ⚔ Even disagreements can shape us – diamonds shape diamonds when they collide and we can learn about the different facets of our enormous, beautiful indescribable God in eachother! Let’s grow in love and community – the more we interact the more we shape eachother and are refined to look more like Love!





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God Has a Big Dream for Your Life: Inspiration from the Story of One of My Favorite Dreamers Joseph (Editor’s Journal)

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Sometimes it’s what you’re most afraid of that’s part of your purpose – for me that was speaking! These are the confessions of a former major introvert… I used to shake in my boots literally on-stage and even when I had to talk in class as a kid my heart would beat loudly… Growing up shy I hardly talked as a little girl and people would ask my mom if I was mute. When people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I squeaked Oprah – I wanted to speak and use my voice to inspire others but didn’t know how i was gonna cause I was too scared.

Through practice and perseverance I got through that fear and surprisingly now speaking is my FAVORITE thing to do! I find myself on stages and in classrooms (where I’d probably pass out or drown in a puddle of my own sweat years ago) speaking my story and singing encouraging songs to inspire other kids who were like me to overcome their fears and live their big dreams…

Recently I got to speak with a group of teen girls in Dallas (some of them pictured here) about the journey of dreams – how God has a big dream for each of our lives and how even when things get tough everything works together for good for those who live on Purpose. We talked about the story of Joseph the Dreamer in the Bible who is my fave (go watch the Emmy-award winning movie based it, it’s awesome and Joseph ain’t too hard on the eyes;) and how even when he was in a pit and the prison he trusted God and served others with his gifts until his big dream came true. God used all of those trials to develop him into a true, powerful leader who would go on to save his people – a foreshadowing of another great leader to come…

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Ever since I was younger God told me my story was like Joseph’s and the word “dream” was always in my heart. Everything about my businesses and life had the word dream included somehow since I was a kid (as did gifts my friends gave me pictured here). Like Joseph I overcame years of confusing circumstances and now I’m living out the very dreams I had written down years before – speaking, singing, serving others’ dreams and creating a multimedia company that inspires youth to live on purpose. With Love everything is possible – so go follow your dreams and dare to share your story – someone needs to hear you speak about how you overcame too. I truly believe your story can set someone free and I believe in you!

Love and peace ✌️ Julene



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Above: Inspiring youngin’s LEGO Movie-style… One of my favorite things to do is create and speak at experiences and workshops merging music, drama and interaction for kids and youth to inspire them to live their dreams boldly in purpose.

P.S. Have a group of kids or teens who could use some inspiration through speaking, singing and a creative interactive presentation? Feel free to send me a line and let me know how I could help! Together we can inspire the next generation!




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Inspiration and Music Pick: I’m With You from HeeSun Lee ft. Sam Ock

HeeSun Lee’s song I’m With you will move you deeply like it did me if you’ve ever struggled with anxiety and fear.

In her third album release, HeeSun Lee makes her epic comeback to music with a bombastic wall of sound. “Beauty For Ashes” starts out on full force of precise rap skills, hard-hitting beats & flawless collaborations. With pumping tracks like “All Out”, “Underdog”, and “Losing Faith”, any audience will gravitate to dance and lay back on the hype of the music. The title track lets Heesun and her harmonious vocalists “Alia Akilli” & “Dana Joe” experiment a refreshing direction that appeals to both rap and dance-pop audiences. From bumping to the album’s anthem tracks, she then, unapologetically reveals her emotional lyricism in tear-shedding songs like “I Love You, Daddy” within her ambient and groovy beats. Beauty For Ashes concludes on the passionate theme of hope and finding the light in the darkness. The album is the first of being released independently but its progressive energy and hype will change the game of hip-hop for many years to come.





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Party Like a Princess from Jamie Grace

Jamie Grace recently released a new song “Party Like a Princess” after 3 years without new music – I’m so glad to see her back (although I’ve been loving The Jamie Grace Show on Youtube) and lovin’ the colorful, funky vibe! Be sure to download the track and stay tuned for her upcoming album “The Happy Song.




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Editor’s Reflections: Love Is Everything

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“I have found the one my heart loves…” God’s Love is everything. It was a few years ago when I had a life-changing experience that rocked my world. I found myself waking up in the back of an ambulance and then in the hospital after passing out at my house and was scared of what was happening.

After having one anxious thought after the other a calm came over me and I experienced wave after wave of God’s presence and love like I never had before. He soothed my fears away and said through an electric encounter, if you only knew [how much He loved us] and how love on this Earth is just a glimpse of how He intended our love to be. I found His love in a way I never had before and ever since then I want MORE. The whole experience is too WHOA to be captured in a single post but I will be sharing more of it on the Dreaming of Love series at DreaminSoul.com, stay tuned for more…

When you find Love – the kind of love that’s unconditional, passionate and everlasting you’ve found everything you need. Love finds us and brings us to our purpose in life – to be forever united with Him… – Julene Fleurmond, Editor of Dream in Soul Magazine

Stay tuned for more from the We Dream of Love Series on Dream in Soul

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For King and Country’s Movie Priceless Inspired by True Stories

pricelessmoviethumbnailFor King and Country released the film “Priceless,” a drama and love story inspired by true events on how every life has value. Knowing how inspiring these guys music is, I’m excited to see the movie which stars one of the brothers Joel. Check out the trailer above and visit http://pricelessthemovie.com to find out where the movie is playing near you.

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