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My stainless steel story…

Introduction

Many many many years ago after I had worked for about 4 years, I decided that it was time to buy myself a watch. I was, and still I’m, very clear that a watch is a status symbol and therefore the watch I bought needed to communicate that I was an up and coming professional.

The Eastern Watch Company Ltd

When I had saved what I thought was a decent sum, I walked into the Eastern Watch Company Ltd (EWCL) which was, at the time, located on the ground floor of Uganda House, in the Nairobi Central Business District.

EWCL is one of those shops that’s easy to ignore but that’s filled with gems and treasures. Judging from the name, you can tell it’s like pre-colonial! Just what I like…this and that, knick-knacks and antiques but also the latest sun-glasses etc.

After browsing through their stock, I settled on the above watch (top picture…true story, forget the graphics which I’ve just added). It cost me Kes. 18,000/= and I was given a warranty for a crazy number of years – I can’t remember the exact number but the owner stated categorically that I would use the watch until I decided that I didn’t want it any more.

Why

Stainless steel love necklace

You may be wondering why I settled on this watch. I found it simple yet elegant, it’s a Citizen Quartz and on top of everything, it’s made of stainless steel. I knew that I would not have to worry about the watch changing colours and beginning to look funny … forever. Ask me to choose between trends and timeless pieces, I pick the latter any day.

My experience

True enough, I used this watch for over 5 years … yes, I’m that person. Eventually I realized that it was time to move on but I still have it in my collection.

Why I’m big on stainless steel and silver

Stainless steel earrings

Quality and value for money sum it up and that’s why most of the jewelry that we stock is made from these 2 materials.

So buy with confidence…we got you.

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Dalili ya mvua ni mawingu (the indication of rain is clouds)

God has infinite ways of speaking to us. One common one is through actual occurrences.

Elijah Announces a Great Drought – 1 Kings 17

1 Now Elijah the Tishbite, from Tishbe a in Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel, lives, whom I serve, there will be neither dew nor rain in the next few years except at my word.”

Elijah Announces Rain – 1 Kings 18:41-46

41 And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” 42 So Ahab went off to eat and drink, but Elijah climbed to the top of Carmel, bent down to the ground and put his face between his knees. 43“Go and look toward the sea,” he told his servant. And he went up and looked. “There is nothing there,” he said. Seven times Elijah said, “Go back.” 44 The seventh time the servant reported, “A cloud as small as a man’s hand is rising from the sea.” So Elijah said, “Go and tell Ahab, ‘Hitch up your chariot and go down before the rain stops you.’ ” 45 Meanwhile, the sky grew black with clouds, the wind rose, a heavy rain started falling and Ahab rode off to Jezreel. 46 The power of the Lord came on Elijah and, tucking his cloak into his belt, he ran ahead of Ahab all the way to Jezreel.

Hearing God

Elijah had prophesied a great drought in 1 Kings 17 and it came to pass. In 1 Kings 18, he prophesied the end of the drought. When his servant saw a small cloud in the distance, Elijah knew that rain was on the way.

The lesson here is that we need to be sensitive to what’s going on around us because the “goings on” are a sign of the season that we’re in. For example, those who receive a prophetic word that they are in their season of marriage often begin to encounter people who could be potential spouses. The evidence of the onset of the season of marriage is the presence of the potential spouses.

Another example – if you have received a prophetic word that you’ll one day meet a certain public figure, you should know that the meeting will happen soon when you begin to receive invitations to events where public figures are in attendance. Do not get depressed if the one you’re waiting to meet is not present, rather thank God that there is evidence that the meeting will one day take place.

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Dear black girl, you are beautiful

The struggle is real…

Oprah interviewed Lupita Nyong’o recently. During the interview, Lupita narrates her journey in coming to the point where she is now…where she sees herself as beautiful. She says that when she was young, she used to pray that God would lighten her skin while she slept. Sadly, day in day out, she woke up and looked in the mirror with great disappointment.

She goes on to say how her struggle intensified when her younger sister, who is much lighter, was born and she noticed that people would dote over her sister and call her beautiful…a word she couldn’t recall being used to describe her.

God is intentional

Lupita’s struggle is not unique or isolated. Those who are light skinned in Kenya may however not understand. When everywhere you look, you see light skin exalted over dark skin, it may do a number on your mind and self-image.

Everything…and I mean EVERYTHING about you is intentional. God made and designed it that way. He looked at you and said “You are good and perfect” and no, His work was not sub-standard or incomplete and He was not having a bad day.

Jaber

Means “the beautiful one” in Luo language. My skin is dark, I have short natural hair, a small gap in between my front teeth (which has sadly gotten narrower with time), a small frame and a long neck. I am “jaber”.

Gen 1:31 – Then God looked over all He had made, and He saw that it was very good! (NLT)

I pray that God would heal your broken heart and restore your mind so that you can see and appreciate your beauty the way God does.

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Settle in your heart that the Lord is good

My mother…

My mother is a genuinely good person. How she demonstrates her love is also quite interesting. For example, if you tell her that you’re not feeling well, she’ll most likely say it’s because you’re not eating well or taking care of yourself.

Many may probably say that’s a typical African mother for you!

For a long time I misunderstood her reactions and because of that, I preferred not to tell her what was going on in my life, because I did not want to be blamed.

One day, I had a light bulb moment that if there is anyone on this earth who is on my side, it’s my mother. She loves me and she carries everything that’s going on in my life, and in my sisters’ lives, to heart and to prayer. I settled this in my heart.

I suppose I will understand this better when I become a mother.

Settle in your heart that the Lord is good…

I once heard a pastor say that we “should settle in our hearts that the Lord is good”. It does not matter what happens to you, your family, your country etc etc. The LORD IS GOOD AND HE IS ON YOUR SIDE. HE IS NOT YOUR ENEMY, HE IS YOUR GREATEST FAN.

Rom 5:8 – But God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners (NLT).

Don’t run away from Him, run to Him. Settle in your heart that the Lord is good.

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