Saturday, August 30, 2014

How to Own Your Singleness - Part 2

Yesterday, I introduced the topic on how to enjoy your single life. Truth be told, I can probably add 10 more points to this list - proof that there is great joy to be found in this season of life. Here's part 2, let me know in the comments or #lifestartsnow if you do one of these.




Friday, August 29, 2014

August 2014 Insta-Recap

#loved #thankful #freedom
 
 Oh hello there, long time no see, what do you have for me today #traderjoes #grocerytrip

Friday Night Service turned into 2 and a half hours of worship and a fire tunnel, I saw 1 girl's back problem get 80% better and another girl in another group taking her first steps after getting prayers for a degenerative disease #comeonJesus #perfectalignment #IWillExalt

Room makeover complete for under $25, I got a great queen bed for $25 from a lovely family and picked up a shelf for free in front of somebody's house ;-) and got the other black bookshelf from my amazing housemates #collegelife #budgetliving #prewealthliving ;-) ready for the school year!

Bill gave every family a free copy of his new book today, my (current) family of 1 was happy to grab one ;-) other than that it was a spectacular service and I got to see Brian and Jenn lead for my first time ever :-) #happysunday




this is just a little bit of the hill that leads up to church, I biked up this hill last summer and walked up this hill many times after that rain or shine. I walked up this hill felt like dying, sometimes crying, mad, sad, still doing it anyway because it was worth it to me and I guess this hill represents my life here at #Bethel & in America. It's worth it living my dream and all, but frustrating with no freedom, no money, unable to legally work & pay back my family, no idea if it's going to be worth it in the end, my "recent graduate" years passing by when all my friends back home are settled in careers and getting married while I (supportively) stay lonely (yet surrounded by amazing guys who won't pursue) and it's a frigging high scary hill to climb. This year though, my great friends & my super mom made it possible for me to get a car - an amazing car I ♥ for the year. God is so good and so faithful! I just have to exercise the same faith in my figurative trekk up my hill. That somehow God is moving and a miracle is lying on the next corner. #bssm
joannefuraha Oops sorry for the long post #externallyprocessing
michelle_eshiwani God is moving ,and your miracle has already arrived.Begin thanking God for all the marvelous things that have began working in your life. You're destined for greatness love and the best part is That God has done it for you ,receive it and posses it.You deserve it
joannefuraha @meshiwani Thank you babe I totally do & same for you. Love you sooo much!...

I give you all of me, you give me all of you #nothingiswasted


As Long As You Don't Let Go Of The Ropes, You're Still In The Game #boxing A lot of times we discount people for living with 1 foot in the church and 1 foot out. We say "she's such a hypocrite I just saw pictures of her grinding in the club last night what's she doing in Church today". We fail to recognize that 1 foot in the church is still 1 foot IN. In our hastiness and false perfection we edge those feet out and push them into the world instead of drawing them in with love and compassion. Yes the ultimate decision needs to be made by them but making them feel guilty for their process doesn't help. As for us, we need to remember when those 50/50 pre-believers finally do believe and all their sin is swept away and forgotten, the parts that God will remember will be the moments they had their foot in church, holding on, trying to find Him in their process.

Ok I'm on #adifferentworld binge so be ready for a bunch of quotes. Old tv shows have a lot of wisdom (and romance) ;-) #whitleygilbert Julian: Are there any more important dates that I should know about? Holidays? Anniversaries? Symbolic rituals? Whitley: Well, there's February 15th... Julian: The day we met. Julian: I have a present for you Whitley: Oh! You're giving me the world! Julian: And that's just the beginning :-*

Just saw this old cash register at a Jeep dealership that's been running in Redding for almost 60 years. I thought it was pretty cool #vintage

Pre Friday Night Service selfie in honor of my bestie @meshiwani who gave me this statement necklace for my going away present and because when it comes to jewelry nobody's got anything on her love you babe #outandabout ;-) ;-)

If you're able to watch last night's service by Dawna DeSilva, I would. I really, really, really recommend it. Friday Night Service August 15th on bethel.tv If you don't have a subscription, it's the best $1-$3 you'll spend #bethelredding


you have to respect people's journeys and also realise that all the voices coming at you mean nothing if they don't hold up to what God says you are. You need to filter the voices coming at you...sometimes, at least for me depending on the source, its easy to hear the "you suck you're a failure" more than God's "You're Awesome! You're my winner!" Just because its easy doesn't mean its good, right or healthy. His voice needs to be the loudest one I hear, He knows me best, He knows parts of me nobody else knows, right? #tryingtogrowup #process

A sweet new friend at church made me cookies because I mentioned last week I was homesick ♡♡♡

Pre-service selfie, excited to head to #thesix #JesusInRealLife

had a spectacular day today, really I can't even begin to describe it, so thankful to finish it off by picking this little gem up...I may not be able to buy anything for a while after this unexpected purchase, but I believe it's gonna be so worth it! A musical journey into the heart of God by one of the best. Ya'll go out and get this! #steffanygretzinger #theundoing


someone needs to tell my mum I made ugali that actually looks like ugali and of course it happened when I wasn't in her house to prove it...a picture will have to do #kenyanfood and representing my current location, what's more American than water with berries in a #masonjar with a bendy straw?

tackling some interesting topics on the blog today... Sex, Media & Feminism - My Open Letter to Beyonce. Link in profile or http://tinyurl.com/lrx5ew7

today on the blog, a topic near and dear to my heart "How to Own Your Singleness" should be a fun read, be sure to hit that share button :-) link in profile or http://tinyurl.com/n9zjkgy #singlelife

took more than an hour to wash, but never has a chore been more joyous #THANKFUL #jeepinit
a new friend introduced me to #RootsJuiceBar I got the mean green machine (which I christened Mama Joan's juice because my mama would love it) it had kale, apples, ginger, green peppers and a bunch of other good stuff

quit taking a raincheck on your life waiting for the next season to fully live! #lifestartsnow http://tinyurl.com/qy43m3f link in profile :-)

We Moved!

How to Own Your Singleness! - Part 1

At a recent Young Adults meeting at my Church, I learned that "people who love their lives are characterized or marked by ownership. We can't gain any traction in life until we become owners." (Quoted from Jeremy Riddle) I am definitely guilty of waiting for the next season so my life can begin. So I started thinking, what can I do to maximize and own my life where it's at right now? I came up with a list of things and here's a few of them.

1. Have a Big Yes
As you should know by now, this is my go to advice to any problem. Have a big yes in your heart because a strong yes is your best no. I can't be in 2 places at the same time. In saying yes to owning my life in this season, I'm saying no to moping around and feeling sorry for myself because I have no one to watch 24 reruns on Netflix on a Saturday night with.

2. Realize That Your Life is Marked by a Lot More Than Your Relationship Status
Steven Furtick put it best this past Sunday, "Singleness and marriage are both gifts but they are not The Gift; the real gift is Grace. It's gonna take grace for our selflessness, faithfulness, commitments, relationships, all of it to work. The same grace God gives people for marriage is the same grace He gives to single people. Some of you are so focused on the gift you want from God that you're missing the grace He's giving you right now." That's the gift we should be contending for: a life marked by grace.



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sex, Media & Feminism - My Open Letter to Beyonce

Dear Bey,

I jumped off your bandwagon.

Before any of your bees come a stingin' in reply to my post, hear me out.

I was sorta cool with the whole, "I transform into another person, and this other being comes out of me and I named her Sasha Fierce". I defended you against all the "Illuminati" drama that surrounded you after watching your documentary and seeing how many times you attributed your success to God. Now though, it's just not worth it to me.

Someone on my Instagram posted a video on their feed from one of your concerts on this tour. Crazy costumes aside, you basically wiggled and showed everything plus the kitchen sink in front of HD cameras for all the world to see. It's no longer about clever lyrics or enviable choreography in high heels, now it's string undies - and I mean string - and barely covered behinds. I'm all for sexiness and I applaud you totally for making women around the world feel sexy and confident no matter what the shape of their bodies or color of their skin is. You have done a great thing for women, for me personally as a black woman. But honestly, there has to be a line drawn somewhere and you've crossed it.

This whole new album and the explicit videos, I just don't get it. I mean, how can this be healthy for anyone or any marriage. You've got it. You're a game changer. All these "PYT's" coming up are just trying to live up to you and your talent and you are SO talented. You are probably one of the best vocal talents of our generation and a songwriting genius. You are a voice honored and respected by many and so many people look up to you. 

You added this line to feminist Chimamanda Adichie's TEDx talk which wasn't in the original speech "We teach girls that they should not be sexual beings in the way that boys are". And boldly declared your FEMINIST stance. Well now, we ought to be teaching our boys not to be sexual beings in the way that women are because if we go on like this, with absolutely nothing left to the imagination, what sort of world are we heading into?

Feminism in my humble view is about defining, establishing and defending equal rights between men and women. Catchy anthems won't be enough to raise the standards if you don't model them in your own life. Catchy anthems will fade away but what you show through your life, that's what people will remember. You can't just talk a good game Bey, you gotta actually be.



You are setting a standard I can't live down to. I don't think men are going to be performing naked anytime soon and while they get more suave and sophisticated in their suits and ties and designer labels for their performances, you inspire us to keep degrading ourselves and becoming objects men ogle and view as sex symbols rather than people. The complete antithesis of feminism.

I mean have you seen Amber Rose's outfit to the 2014 VMA's? Or Rihanna's sheer everywhere dresses? Don't! This industry now is 70% porn, 20% marketing and 10% explicit music. It's hard to live in a world like that, it's enough of a battle to fight for purity by setting up filters on my computer, but this is People magazine, Youtube & every channel on TV.

Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, everyone, I don't need to know what goes on in your bedrooms, come on!

I get it. Your definition of feminism as confidence in your sexuality and owning it. By all means, own it! Don't give it away on the media silver platter. That would speak volumes louder for feminism than pin up posters in man caves and teenage boys bedrooms. In the same breath I would warn that placing your confidence on something as wavering as how tight and right your body is and many times you can wind, grind and twerk per minute is a very bad idea.

Being a woman in a man's world isn't just about equal wages, it's about respect. More than that it's about honor and value. I don't care if women top the charts or we get the promotions just because we are women. I care about being valued and honored and respected first because I am a person and second and most importantly because God made me a gifted woman and that is a pretty awesome thing.

I have no right to speak into your life, you are probably never going to know I exist, but I do respect the voice and position you have over this generation, and I pray that somehow the tides will shift and this public sexual craze will stop being how you or the rest of us are defined.

Once A Fan,






Saturday, August 23, 2014

How to Fight Fair

The world is unprincipled. It's a dog eat dog out there! The world doesn't fight fair. But we don't live or fight our battles that way - never have and never will. The tools of our trade aren't for marketing or manipulation, but they are for demolishing that massively corrupt culture. We use our powerful God tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected around the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Our tools are ready at hand for clearing the ground of every obstruction and building lives of obedience into maturity.
2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (The Message)

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Endless Ocean by Jonathan David Helser


In the beginning
You were singing
In the end you will still be
Singing over me
In this moment
You're right beside me
Everywhere you're in the air that I breathe

You are an endless ocean, bottom less sea
You are an endless ocean, bottom less sea

In my sin
You kept loving
Theres no end to your forgiveness and mercy
Every morning 
You keep coming
The waves of your affection
They keep washing over me

You are an endless ocean, bottom less sea
You are an endless ocean, bottom less sea

Al those angels
They are swimming in this ocean and they still can find no shore
Day and night night and day they keep seeing new sides of your face

You are an endless ocean, bottom less sea
You are an endless ocean, bottom less sea 

Oooh, ooh, oooh, oooh

There's no end to the affection you have for me
There's no end to the affection you have for me

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

About

OK, so where do I start? Well if you're here from my old blog (oldjoannefuraha.blogspot.com) then you pretty much know me, but just in case you're new...



Well, my name is Joanne. I am 24 years old currently living in sunny Redding, California. I am a student at the Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry (BSSM), you know Jesus Culture, Brian and Jenn Johnson, Bill Johnson, Bethel Music, yeah those guys. I also just graduated college where I studied Marketing.

I am extremely passionate about Jesus and my pursuit of Him has led me across the world and back. Basically, my life was changed when I fell in love with Him and He just makes me happy :-) I LOVE my mom and she is my everything.

I love to write, blogs, articles, stories, music etc. One of my long term goals/20 year plan is to be a full time writer & speaker hopefully about love, relationships and family. At school I'm learning a lot about identity, connection & communication, and those things really resonate with my heart. I love music a lot! I tried learning to play guitar and piano...still trying, but I do like to sing.

I am also passionate about community. Getting around amazing people, fathers and mothers and amazing friends. I love to laugh and sit together and talk and have chill moments with people I love. My perfect evening is me and a couple of friends, cozy lighting, good conversations, music and food.

So that's basically what this blog is going to be about. All things good in my life, in my faith, in beauty and in lessons learned along the way. Hope to see you around!



Sunday, August 17, 2014

Dear Dad...Take 5

Dear Dad,

It's been 5 years now. I don't know how this works, but I am hoping you're busy up there and God pulls you away for a second to read this letter.

I really just wanted to honor you today. To make sure that you knew you weren't forgotten.

I love you and I miss you immensely. I try and remember the way you smell, the way you smiled and laughed, the jokes you cracked with mom watching the news. I remember Sunday's going to buy the newspaper with you and how you always bought me fudge chocolate. I remember watching the small hand reach "5" and going to sit out on the curb waiting for you to get home from work and you would swing me high in your arms. I remember being forced to go upcountry with you but always being so happy to see you fit in and love being in your childhood home. I remember you waving to people on the sides of the road and feeling like a celebrity because everybody in Nyeri, it seemed to me, knew you.

I remember you working out back every weekend, building and creating. I remember all the photographs you took. I remember never needing a repair man or a painter or an electrician in our house because you did it all and you did it well. I remember putting up Christmas decorations and birthday decorations and the birthday parties you always insisted I have. I remember you tapping on the window when you were barbequing to say, "wee, kuja". In other words, "come get the grub." I used to get so annoyed because you were interrupting my TV watching every 5 minutes, but I would give up every DVD I own for a chance to hear that annoying tap on the window and seeing you tasting some nyam chom. Here's one thing I failed to appreciate, you carried celebration. I don't think I've celebrated much since you left.

I remember you insisting that mom get me chocolate for our last valentine's together. I remember your sadness that you couldn't buy me better looking earrings than the ones I last showed you (PS, I was offended that you didn't appreciate my taste!) You showed me a new side of you, the dad you always wanted to be and I'm sorry we didn't get a chance to live in that reality longer than we did.

I carry no regrets. I carry no hurts. I carry no daddy issues. God has done a good job fully taking over as Dad where you left off. He's been sorting me out. For a while there, I blamed Him for letting you leave us, I felt like He had let me down. Now I realize that God has never let me down. He can't let me down...ever. What happened, broke my heart. It is what it is, what it isn't is "from God to make me strong".

Everybody says that you would be proud of me, but the thing is, I just don't know that. The one thing I wish I had, was you to tell me those words. It seems the older I get the more I need someone to tell me "well done" or that I'm doing a good job. Those are words you just need a dad to tell you. Again, God has sorted me out in a way. I am surrounded by a band of fathers and mothers here at Bethel who say those words to me. I guess it's time I started believing them. Maybe in believing them, I honor you.

However this works, this is to let you know, I value who you are to me. You are my dad, without you I wouldn't be here. I am proud to be your daughter. You were an amazing man. History will remember you fondly.

Love,
Your Daughter.