A 2018 SPECIAL (Just for You)

Howdy folks,

Welcome aboard 2017 Airways, Flight 365 days.

I believe you have your tickets, stamped – PRAYER – ready.

We’ll be flying at 100% success capacity and 30,000ft above failure level.

Tighten your seat belts and relax as we are about to take-off with our pilot – Jesus Christ – to 2018.

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Welcome aboard! This is your Pilot speaking…

We shall be passing through divine appointments,  divine set-ups, and prosperity.

We’ll have a lay over at Blessings Airport for a quick divine transition to Flight Destiny at about 11:50pm where we’ll be flying into and counting down as we touchdown at our 2018 destination at exactly 00:00.

You and your family will surely land safely at the 2018 International Airport where we hope you’ll toss to mead and kiss loved ones welcome into a new season of their lives. As we proceed to the runway, please –

Direct your attention to two of your flight attendants who will tell you what to do in case of an emergency. 

Ladies and gentlemen,

This is Ish’mael and Denon, your hosts for the flight. We’ll be serving you.

Please have your seat belts – the belt of Truth – ready at all times as we take off from 2017 and descend into 2018. As you enter the new year –

Never stop looking for what’s NOT there. Opportunity is actually what’s NOT there

Its been a tough year for some of you. But, that’s okay. So –

First, build a future. Only then can you mourn the past. If you reverse the order, you’ll be stuck in the past – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Continue reading “A 2018 SPECIAL (Just for You)”

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.

YOUR WORD IS A HUMAN BEING

Merry Christmas folks.

You have heard it said, “Words are powerful.”

Well! That is a massive understatement. And this scripture is responsible for damaging that paradigm.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things came to be through him, and without him nothing made had being. In him was life, and the life was the light of mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not suppressed it…The Word became a human being (flesh) and lived with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah (glory).” [John 1;1-5, 14 CJB]

Consider this thought experiment.

Imagine someone approaches you. This person has not said anything yet. Imagine that she has no voice and she is just an incomplete person – just bones, muscles, and ligaments. Pure biology, no voice, just human with no humanity.

This human is just standing there looking at you. Then you are given an assignment to make those bones live again. But, you are to do it using only words. What would you do? What would you say?

How do you make a human being of that human? How do you cause this human to come alive and truly live up to their full potential? How do you do it with your words only?

Your words are not just powerful. Your word is a human being. Your words are human beings

And here’s the ultimate proof – Continue reading “YOUR WORD IS A HUMAN BEING”

Gifts that Speak

Hello fam –

How are you doing? How was your weekend? Gist me in the comment. I hope all went well. So…bible talks.

I came across an intriguing thought….again! Just like in You Have the Green Light, this thought is also inspired by Father Abraham.

Here’s a brief from Genesis 12.

Abraham left his family, hometown, and birthplace taking his nephew, Lot with him. But they later separated. Some politics went on in the Canaan territory ending up in Lot, his family, and his possession being taken by four Kings who attacked Sodom and Gomorrah.

Abraham was informed of his nephew’s situation. Feeling compassionate, Abram staged an overnight rescue mission. It was successful. He rescued Lot and everything that was taken. Abraham also took the spoils and prisoners of war along with him. The prisoners of war were from the city of Sodom. Genesis 14:1-16 chronicles the showdown if you are interested.

Then King/High Priest Melchizedek and the King of Sodom enter the scene. Their discussion is the center of my intrigue. Both Kings go out to commend Abram for his success.

Abram talks with Melchizedek. Its seems to be a friendly, fulfilled…conversation. We read,

Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, – “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything – Gen 14:20

Following Abram’s discussion with King Melchizedek is an interjection from the King of Sodom. We read:

The King of Sodom said to Abram, “Keep the loot, but give me back all my people” – Gen 14:21

Abram answered,

I solemnly swear before the Lord, the Most High God, Maker of heaven and earth, that I will not keep anything of yours, not even a thread or a sandal strap. Then you can never say, ‘I am the one who made Abram rich.’ I will take nothing for myself. I will accept only what my men have used – Gen 14:22-24

Woo woo woo…!!! Wait a minute.

What happened to the sweet and hospitable Abram? Continue reading “Gifts that Speak”

And HE Said To Me…

Hello fam –

Have you ever done something so stupid you tried to change your name, identity, and your existence after? Something so stupid you can’t believe you did it? Something so uncool that even though you are redeemed, the memories can’t seem to fade and shame is a constant stain?

Well, I’ve been there.

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About two years ago, I made a mistake so terrible that left me feeling regret and remorse.  Its too embarrassing for me to share with you just yet. But, I was ashamed for the longest. Afraid to even show my face in public. The voice of the accuser finally had evidence against me. I couldn’t stop thinking –

How could I have let my fears get the better of me? How could I have been so dumb as to use fear, instead of faith, as an anchor? What type of person would others see me as? How could I even think myself a decent child of God now?

As I wallowed in shame and despair about my blunder and my identity, another voice joined the conversation. This voice interjected my thoughts and decided to tell me a story. Guess who the other voice was?

That’s right…it was our friend, our helper, our counselor, our teacher, the comforter –

The Holy Spirit

It was the most shocking thing. His voice wasn’t audible, but it was clear enough for me to count it as a supernatural experience. Clear enough for me to still remember it and share it with you now.

And so HE said –

Continue reading “And HE Said To Me…”

You Have the Green Light!

Hello fam –

How was your weekend? I hope you had a refreshing one. Tell me about it in the comments. Today, I want to share a little Monday motivation. So, I’ll get right to it.

This is how Genesis 12 begins –

Get yourself out of your country, away from your kinsmen and away from your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, I will bless you, and I will make your name great; and you are to be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, but I will curse anyone who curses you; and by you all the families of the earth will be blessed (Gen 12:1-3).”

That voice was wind, the still small voice, the voice of the Almighty, calling Abraham from the future to the future (the same voice that calls you). Abraham could have settled and lived a normal life where he was. Instead he chose – mission “impossible” with God.

I guess for us believers –

Destiny – God’s call to us from the future to the future – is the new normal

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To meet with the God of destiny, Abraham had to walk into his future. Sure, Abraham was told to leave his comfort zone but He was not told where to go either.

Sound familiar? Continue reading “You Have the Green Light!”

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”

ITS A MIRACLE – INDEED!

I received a miracle yesterday. Oh boy, you guys. Do I have a story for you. First, really quickly – thank you again for everyone who has been doing their Christmas shopping through my Amazon link, http://www.amazon.com/shop/beautybeyondbones . It’s a free and easy way to support this blog. And thank you for everyone listening to…

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THE ONLY WAY TO LIVE IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Happy Holidays Happy People,

Christmas is upon us. And I am really excited – for no particular reason. Okay, I expect some good surprises. You know – gifts, family, friends, food, drinks…the usual. And maybe I’ll be lucky enough to kiss a girl under the mistletoe…(Hey, I believe in miracles okay).

Yes! I believe.

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B…u…t, my point is – I am excited and fell awkward at the same time. No shame, no gain!

To begin the season (The entire December), here is a christmas carol – Silent Night – sung in the ? – Language. That’s right. There is a language called “?”.

Think I’m kidding? Well, check out this funky fellow sing Silent Night in “?.”  This is the BEST SILENT NIGHT I have listened to – EVER!!! Be sure to share it with family and friends. It makes the atmosphere a little – merrier – yes? Its my own way of sharing the merriness.

A….ny….way!

I have a brief thought to share today.

I heard someone say that a bottle of beer after a days work is a therapeutic. Well, instead of that, you did you one good.

I brought Elvis “back to life” in my little chateau and asked him to set a jazzy mood to relieve you of stress while you read my brief thought.

[Elvis – just for you! Listen and read on]

Folks!

Its the 21st century. The world is already a risky place. You could get pranked by someone who straps a fake bomb on a dog and makes the dog chase you. Your dog could be drugged and stolen in the middle of the night for no reason (Snoopy, my mom’s dog got nicked last week. No joke).

People are going cray-cray out there. (I think they need Jesus!)

Sans the shootings and bombings, there are many uncontrollable variables out there that can make our lives, our dreams, and the fulfillment of our destiny a living hell. But, locking our truest identities in “internal prisons” and marooning ourselves in our “safe spaces” won’t do us any good either.

It is the 21st century alright. The world is already a risky place.

The only way to learn, live, grow, and succeed nowadays is to learn the language of the age. And the first rule to living in a risky world is this – Take risks. This season, do something a tart different for a change. Practice the new language of the age.

For instance –

Dance freely. Salsa with the breeze. Give freely even if you don’t feel the utopia. Travel freely on the byways and highways.  Love relentlessly. Forgive quickly. Reconcile immediately. You’ve got imagination – employ it. Each moment is a treasure – enjoy it. 

Voila!

Success – whatever that means to you – is the destination. Lifelong learning is the journey. Risk is the vehicle.

 

That’s why –

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I am going to kiss a sweet and fancy mademoiselle under the mistletoe (Oui). If you are a fine dame reading this, assume I will claim plausible deniability for writing this post if it turns out to be you (Hahaha).

Seriously though!

Take risks…! As my friend, Louis would say –

Life is too short to be boring.

And as you practice taking risks this season, think of this song by K.T Tunsall. It’ll help you have fun while as you play “real life do or dare.” It will make your bloopers and awkward moments seem a little cheek.

So let me remind you –

Life is not full of surprises – YOU ARE.

So, take risks!

I hope you enjoyed my attempt at making you laugh. If not, I’ll do better next time. But, I hope you enjoyed the songs and the brief thought. Thank you for reading my posts. Your likes, comments, and encouragement mean a lot to me. Thanks again. I love you guys.


 

Honor among gossips? WHAT!

No, not really.

Honor is something that should dwell among us. A step further: it should dwell on our lips in what we say or what we keep ourselves from saying. Let honor fare better with us that among thieves. This coming from a man who has made so many mistakes in this area. Oh well…God help us.

Let’s cross examine Joseph (the dreamer’s) story. First, we learn that Joseph has dreams of ruling. Jacob loves Joseph more than his other children which sparks jealousy and hate. Joseph’s brothers sell him to the Ishmaelites (ironically my name is Ishmael) and the Ishmaelite’s sell him in Egypt.

We know Joseph rises in rank and is in charge of Potiphar’s house. Next, he is framed by Potiphar’s wife, he is put in prison, and years later, after interpreting Pharaoh’s dream, he is made Viceroy of Egypt. It will be 7 years later when a famine (agricultural depression) hits and his brothers come to Egypt to buy food (1).

Woa wooa wooa…! What’s your point?

Okay! Why didn’t Joseph send an email back to Canaan to tell his father Jacob he was alive? I’m sure they had either Camel or Donkey telecommunication services. That’s how word traveled. Okay, maybe when Joseph was being transported by the Ishmaelites he was only a transaction with no rights. No big deal.

What about when Joseph was head of Potiphar’s house? He most definitely could have sent an e-mail (eagle/bird mail) to his dad. Why didn’t he? Even so, when he became Viceroy of Egypt, he could have gone back or sent a messenger: why didn’t he? Continue reading “Honor among gossips? WHAT!”