Okay! Hands up if you have been worrying about…well…everything?
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.
I ate, drank good stuff, and pretty much binged watch Netflix all the way into the New Year. Sauf for the part where I attended church, played games and won a gift card and a a box of cookies which according to my trainer is not healthy.
Unfortunately….for the cookies…I can’t find them (hmm…hmm)
I guess I won’t be adding “cookies” on Myfitnesspal app log…(this once).
I figured I’d begin with resolutions this year since its what we all tend to do this time of the year. Yesterday, something changed inside of me. My resolutions didn’t seem to just be resolutions. They felt more like declarations. And as I share them with you, I hope you can hold me to it and also share yours with me. It may sound like journal ramblings.
That said –
2018 is going to be an excellent year.
I feel the excitement in my bones. Excitement for the adventures and grace to overcome in difficult times. Like most of you, I have great promises from God. But the one thing that has always stood in my way is – me.
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.
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
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 –
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.
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!!! ❤❤❤“
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 –
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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…
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
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.