Category: Family

The Search for Love is REAL

Hello fam,

I’ve been up and running, from North to South in Califonia and just returned to the villa. Personally, I prefer to sit down, reflect, and write. So, its been particularly difficult to set the mood and press some fresh spiritual and inspiration juice for you.

Nevertheless…

What’s up people?

THIS IS GOING TO BE AN EXCELLENT YEAR

Last weekend, I was in Orange County attending a Singles Life Workshop. And people, let me tell you – AMAZING! I was thinking I would walk into this event and meet 20-somethings and maybe, 30-somethings and maybe find a “pretty mama” but noooo….

I saw a few 20-somethings and 30’s to 60-somethings all over the place. I was like – Lord, have mercy…

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Seriously! I was like…even the 40’s to 70’s are looking for love?

I thought folks in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s…would have it down by now. I thought they would have it all together. But nooo…both the men and women came with their own issues.

And boy, some of those ladies had that perfect 8, size 10…body…, tights, boots, heels and that Beyonce Knowles walk. And…I mean… Continue reading “The Search for Love is REAL”

The Ultimate Test for 2018

HEY….THERE….AWESOME PEOPLE!

How are you guys doing? I hope well.

Okay! Hands up if you have been worrying about…well…everything?

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C’mon, don’t lie…

Well! STOP IT! (lol)

Seriously though, have your peace. I pray blessings over you. I pray for peace to flood your soul, for grace to be your own, and for a renewed strength to go your way in Jesus name.

THIS IS GOING TO BE AN EXCELLENT YEAR

For the past week, I have been reflecting about what would be one of the most important things to consider moving forward this new year. Though this is going to be an excellent year, I sense that the troubles and challenges we will be facing will be on a level that will require us to be grounded in this – one thing – I am about to share.

Let me do just that using a true story I came across in a book called – Translating God – by Shawn Bolz.

1 + 1 may reach the mind, but once upon a time reaches the heart  – Lou E.

So here it goes…

An enthusiastic young man, Dan, came to a conference of leaders where they were some leaders. He was excited about the opportunity to possibly be called up to speak even though he was not on the list. A discussion panel was being organized and Dan was hoping to fill in one more spot.

Dan went to see the head organizer, telling him of the numerous things he could do for everyone there, especially the head organizer himself. The head organizer had never met or heard of Dan. Certainly, he had talent. There was just one lingering possibility though.

And so, the organizer said to Dan, “Can I ask you some questions?”

Of course!” Dan replied.

Where did you go to celebrate Christmas last year?” the organizer asked.

Dan was confused since he had been expecting questions about what he could bring do or bring to the table.

Um, I don’t remember. I was invited over to a co-worker’s house.” Dan said.

Fantastic. Is this co-worker your closest friend?” asked the organizer. Continue reading “The Ultimate Test for 2018”

Butterfly v. Creative Negativity

~ Iron sharpens iron  ~

This has been on my mind for a while. I have been working with someone whose pessimism about life is breath-taking. My goodness! For instance, he says things like –

You can’t get a good job because you are black.

This is what is wrong with this country…

This generation is lazy, good for nothings…

Robots are going to take all the jobs and make people unemployed…

Basically, everything is going down…

Its like he always finds a reason to make depression a reality. Yep. He’s from “that” generation alright. Or maybe its just the age. And though I love and appreciate him, his thoughts might be rubbing off on me. And when he told me he watches the news all the time, I was like –

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…makes sense…

Recently, after sharing his heart about how hopeless the future would be, I challenged his views. I told him –

There are people out there who will transform this world. Young people who will inspire hope, engage in societal reformation, embody transformation…and more. Don’t be surprised to see a sudden breakthrough of young folks inspired by the Divine doing great things next year. I am confident of it.

Though he insisted that this was not possible, I added,

I disagree sir, but there is. You don’t see them because there are not where you’ll typically look. And there a lot of young adults who are already making that change. I am fortunate to know and be connected with some of them. You might not see them because they are a remnant…waiting for the appointed time. A tree is first a seed and when it is a seed, you can’t see it.

That’s why God hides this type of people until it is time for them to emerge. You will see them in 2018. You will have reason to hope. You can either retire to some remote place as you plan and watch the change happen or you can keep at your craft while watching and participating in the change. I guess its up to you.

Personally, I was thinking I wouldn’t want “you” around me with this barrage of creative negativity.

Though I may have been affected by this barrage of hopelessness recently, I am constantly encouraged by the work of friends and family who are breaking ground. Folks like this proof that there is hope and a remnant in our generation bringing the transforming power of His presence into the streets and marketplace.

So –

Meet Ria Githuku (link to instagram)

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Our meeting was a supernatural one. It was – destiny. I stepped out of a church service to get something and saw two people loving, comforting, and praying for someone. One of them was wearing a prayer shawl. I ignored it. A few secs later, I discerned that sweet still small voice say – “Go over there and pray with them.” And – go – I did.

Turns out, the guy was Eli – remember him? And the classy lady with the prayer shawl was Ria Githuku, one of the most talented female singers I have ever met. She’s an actor too. Pure artistic genuis. We have become friends.

Listen to her new single below.

Like many of you, this beautiful mademoiselle has gone through rock and hard places. She has been tested by fire, her faith tested like gold…you know, and every other unforeseen circumstance that is attracted to people of faith. You know, the usual.

But, she remains faithful and her song is her testimony.

If iron sharpens iron, then I am glad she and the Shabbat family sharpens me. Ria together with many of you are part of the change heaven is releasing on the earth. You are God’s gifts, God’s surprise, for this age of hopelessness and depression. Keep on keeping on.

I asked Ria to share some wisdom and encouragement. With love, she sends her thoughts and regards to you and your family. In her own words –

When my dream became being in the center of God’s will, following my dreams always led me into the center of His heart, where there is no rejection, no disappointment, no striving, no inadequacy – just Love and trust in the fact that I will be led into the absolute best destiny for my life! There is complete freedom in following Jesus because He has bigger dreams and higher hopes for us than we could ever have for ourselves!!

I have found who I really am in Him, my purpose, what I was born for, or at least I have started to unearth it. I am a worshiper of the living God and a deep lover of His people. With my song, my words, my communion with Him, and my heart of compassion for people, worship flows from me like living water. This is what we are all called to although it will look different for each of us.

FALL IN LOVE WITH JESUS – SEEK HIS FACE, AND YOU WILL LITERALLY HAVE EVERYTHING YOU WILL EVER NEED, AND MORE!!! ❤❤❤

 

Well –

There you have it. Seek his face. In short – Seek first the Lord and his kingdom and all other things will be added unto you. Don’t give up guys. Press in.

Life is hard. Holding onto the promises of God and doing life is harder still.

That’s because every “promise” of God to you must be tested. Every single one! But run the race. Keep the faith. And ask God for folks like Ria who like iron will sharpen you with hope. You are blessed and highly favored.

Thank you Ria for your wisdom and for the gift of friendship and divinely inspired music that drives away hopeless thoughts with love. And now, I raise my glass to you Ria; to friends and family everywhere who are boldly traversing the valley of the shadow of death in pain and in peace –

 

Cheers!

One Love, One Spirit


PS: Butterfly represents being transformed by the renewing of their minds to do what HE calls them to do. Creative Negativity is the metamorphosis of the negativity (doubt, pain, persecution etc) we have to overcome to become who we really are and do what we are born to do.

THE MAIN ATTRACTION

Okay! Question.

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If you planned on visiting Hollywood and actually did, what would be a memorable experience for you? Would it be –

  1. Going up to take a photo at the Hollywood sign
  2. Hiking on the “Walk of Fame” on Hollywood Boulevard – OR –
  3. Actually walking into or meeting and talking with a Hollywood star?

[Share your answers in the comments]

~ $10 says you go for option 3 ~ (Any wagers?)

But, here’s my point.

A place is NOT about the place: its about the people in that place

[Me and Anthony Anderson chit-chating about life] Continue reading “THE MAIN ATTRACTION”

Back to Basics

Howdy folks,

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Still reflecting on stuff! Its been a lazy week for me – because I am still in reflecting mode. But, its been helpful for me to STOP and go back to basics. While at it, I have been reading things I wrote years ago. Perhaps this has been the reason for this season.

And I want to share something which – you already know (I hope).

C. S Lewis wrote –

You don’t have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body.”

In your soul is the light that gives you life. It may be dim, but that’s the journey most of us are taking. Our souls embody the dreams and visions of grandeur, the essence of our ideas, the motives of our success, and questions of worth and meaning.

When we lose our will to live, we die. When we give up or quit, we become the living dead. When we lose our passion for life and our enthusiasm for a bright future, our faces become dim and we begin to crash into despair and depression. Continue reading “Back to Basics”

IF NOT FOR HER…

Hello fam –

For a while now, my life has been like a game of pool and my actions like the pool stick. Everything I did felt like I was trying to hit stripped balls into the table’s pockets. Finally, I am at the “8” ball, the last piece for me to play to win the game of pool.

In real life lingo, I can’t figure out what that “8” ball is for me to do so I can complete this season of my life. I am thinking if I can figure it out, I would know what to do to complete this season of my life.

But, it seems God is hinting that it has to do with STOPPING and REFLECTING on my roots. Its as if He is urging me to do this before this circle of my life, which has felt like an evenly matched game between my faith and the forces of evil, ends.

After the shooting in Texas this week, I stopped to think. As I interceded for Sutherland, the Texas Files in my soul were opened. I recalled and smiled at good and bad memories. But, I had to STOP what I had been doing altogether when I received unpleasant news yesterday.

I called to greet my godmother and found she died on September 20th. That’s almost a month and a half ago. I was in shock. And this is happening around the time of my “twin” brother’s one year death anniversary. So, this week, has been interesting.

So, instead of the usual posts about faith, family, process, or developing destiny, I want to remember my godmother, share what she did for me, and some defining lessons from her life as a woman, mother, wife, and missionary.

First, I have to confess.

The first thing that I thought of after hearing the news of her passing was whether I had honestly spent enough time with her

OR

Whether I could have called her more often to just talk and connect. I do my part but I almost felt guilty of not talking to her as often as I wished

Nevertheless. She wouldn’t want me having those feelings.

So, in brief,

This is what Esther Lekunze (Pastor Es as we called her) did for me – Continue reading “IF NOT FOR HER…”

OOPS! YOU MISSED IT AGAIN!

I get this question a lot.

Why does it seem like we are always waiting? Why is that it always comes down to “It’s going to happen”? Why isn’t it (the vision/destiny) already happening? Why doesn’t it happen? Its always future tense.

Why?

Let me answer that.

I shared the following on Facebook:

“For still the vision awaits its appointed time…if it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay” – Habakkuk 2:3

Then a friend asked:

Amen. So if the vision or declaration takes 5 years, do you wait?

Its a good question. One I had to answer for myself.

So, here are some thoughts that have helped me see things differently.

Ready? Continue reading “OOPS! YOU MISSED IT AGAIN!”

LIFESTYLE EXTRAVAGANZA

Hello Fam!

~ Meet Eli!

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Everyone say “Hi Eli”
He is a world traveler, charismatic, caring, industrious, and good looking millennial. He is a beautiful soul. He is very accomplished in business and is currently in Real Estate with his dad serving the Silicon Valley area. He even appeared on the hit show – House Hunters International (Season 70, Episode 2 – Wherever I May Romania).

He is not just a friend. Eli is family! He is my people! He is good folk!

Not so obvious is his love for God. He really loves Jesus. He is a radical worshipper of the King of Kings. His LinkedIn profile even says that! (weird)

Here’s why I mentioned Eli [And its a treat!] Continue reading “LIFESTYLE EXTRAVAGANZA”

Gifts that Keep On Giving

Phew…what a crazy week!

I just got back home from Christmas shopping and….boy…let…me…tell you! It was cray-cray at the mall, y’all. The mall was packed and the lines were just unbelievable. I am thankful I got a few things though.

(Between…I will make it rain socks on christmas day lol. But…)

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For me, its not about the gifts. The best gift is the experience that created around the gift and the funkiness that stains the recipient of set gift. For our loved ones, our helpers, our encouragers, friends…taking time to craft a a whole scene around a simple gift is worth it.

So, I wish to share some of the gifts I received this year and then share some thoughts that these gifts remind me of. So, here we go.

Meet Louis

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Louis and I grew up and went to school in Africa where we became classmates. Then in high school, we were bench mates, but we were never close. Fast forward 8 years later when we reconnected in Minnesota.

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Over time, we have become close friends. Turns out we share similar values, passions, thoughts. And not long after our Minnesota meeting, Louis created a groundbreaking program –  Threelly – that has the potential to literally transform how we watch videos and interact with ideas. I have had the opportunity to partner and work with him on this. Needless to say we have seen God open up doors we could not have dreamed of.

The opportunity is all good. The adventures and miracles have been wonderful. But, I think I figured it out. It was Louis! Louis was the gift – God’s gift to me. A friend who empowers, encourages, cherishes, celebrates, and challenges me. And this gift keeps on giving. I see it now.

My grandma is over a century old now. She sent me off to the West with this blessing –

Love all people. Respect all people. And be each other’s keeper…

See folks!

When you pray for help, miracles, etc…, God will send people. People are the best miracles. But, if you don’t love them, they will leave you without releasing or before realizing they were to supposed to release what you prayed for.

That’s why grandma in hindsight emphasized  – Love all people my son. Respect all people. And I see Louis and so many others as a gift that results from me walking in granny’s counsel. Thank you Louis – for everything!

Now! Meet mi familia.

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These are my people, my tribe, my friends, my pride, my joy….my jewel. You know you are moving to the next level of your destiny when God brings folks like these into your life (See the post – A New Measure).

Gauge every new level of success by the quality and quantity of your relationships each time you graduate a one destiny class and move on to the next.

Time would fail me to tell you how we met (just over 3 months ago) and the miracles that have happened since. We have traversed California, hiking, praying, dancing to salsa, eating, innovating, working, planning…and doing great things. We have shared stories, struggles, concerns…and become very close. They are a huge blessing to me. I hope I am to them.

See folks! I believe in miracles. Miracles happen. Ask Miracle Yello – BBB. But, what I have discovered is this –

Yes, Miracles happen. However, a lot more miracles tend to happen when you are in community.

Thank you God for these gifts that just cannot stop giving. Baruch Hashem!

Then –

There is YOU!

Yes – YOU – reading this post right now. You are THE MAIN ATTRACTION.

Its not by chance. Its not a coincidence that you either followed, read, or liked something I wrote. And its not a coincidence that it led me to you and what you wrote. You too have blessed and inspired me.

Thank you for reading, liking, and even commenting on my blog. Its a big deal to me. I am not sure if what I share with you is helpful. I am just glad to be able to do it and have the opportunity to connect with you creative geniuses who have been touched and inspired by the the Spirit of the Almighty.

I would like to have tea/coffee with you all whenever if that’s possible. Meeting and connecting with folks like you is my passion. I hope you would indulge me.

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So –

Thank you BBB for your blog – beautybeyondbones. You truly are a Miracle Yello. You empower many of us to be real. And I find so much joy in reading your blog. Thank you my friend.

Also, thanks to –

Transit Address, Lovemessage27, Complianc4All, Simply Ula, Amphibioussoul, Inked Shrink, Maurice, Red Letters, The Godly Chic Dairies, Wildsound Review, Healthy Lifestyle, Empowered Everyday blog, K.C., Zachary, Good Vibes Nation, Crazy Aunty Cyn, Tatiana Ketchum, James Edgar Skye, Leo, Your Notebook Driver, Laurabon, Ccaliz, Extracting Value, Belike Water Production, Revinfotech, Selvia Fei, Philip Ruskins, Yuri, Damon Ashworth, and my lil bro – Alain. Thanks for following and reading.

Et a vous – La Paradie de Noemie! Merci pour suivre et lire mon blog.

You all encourage me to keep on going.

In this Cyber-verse, I find that the following counsel still translates to the WordPress Universe –

The adventure and experience of any place or thing is IN THE PEOPLE in any place you want to visit. They are the MAIN attraction. Visit other attractions – Yes! But make sure to spend some good time with the main attractions – the people.

That’s all I have to share with you today. Thanks again for reading. If what I write blesses you in anyway, let me know. Don’t be shy (lol). Also –

WATCH OUT!!! for one more post – A Christmas Special – coming this weekend

That said –

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year in Advance as we celebrate THE FIRST GIFT that keeps on giving – JESUS!

 

One Love, One Spirit


 

 

 

THE EXPONENTIAL REALITY OF MARRIAGE

No!

I’m not married. I’m just excited about it. I never used to be. Marriage used to terrify me. I grew up in a matrix of a home. I love my folks. But, I must confess that my family had quite the baggage. Ok, my side of the family. That contributed to the doubts and fear I had about marriage.

But, as one of my favorite bloggers would say,

We are all recovering from something – BBB

So, what can I possibly share about marriage that could get you thinking, preparing, and as excited as I am, you wonder. Let me share some observations. Continue reading “THE EXPONENTIAL REALITY OF MARRIAGE”