I Keep On Falling

Romans 5:1 –Amplified Bible (AMP)

5 Therefore, since we are justified ([a]acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to [b]enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).

Whenever I listen to this song it reminds me about what i’ve recently been learning about God’s Grace. I think that for the most part of my 20’s I stayed away from Church and my relationship with Christ because I never understood his grace.
I remember my excuses; “I’m not living right to act fake” “I’ve fornicated this year and I don’t think I plan on stopping, God doesn’t like that” “I have HATE in my heart for a lot of people I dislike, I can’t forgive them right now”

Even though my heart was always wanting to live a pure life, my own condemnation kept me away from assembling with others who could teach me about God’s grace for my life. Because I kept listening to my own suggestions as to why I didn’t deserve God’s Love for what I was doing, my life slowly started spiraling out of control. I started relaxing on my morals and being OK with just a “Little Sin” here and there..

My 1st Alcoholic Drink came on my 21st B’day.. Initially my morals from being a preachers child &  following Christ as a youngster kept me this far from this trap but I let what the culture around me (being in College) let me put my guard down. within a few years, It was Bottles at nightclubs, Fornicating with women I did not intend to marry, Smoking Black & Milds to Smoking What the President had tried as a youngster  because after all, God did make plants right? I did not realize how much i’d fallen until I found myself asking about X-pills. Then It was Pills, Smokes, Drinks & Women. Different Nights, Different Cities, Different OK’s to let my life just be. I don’t even know what I was trying to escape. (Actually I do, but that’s for my book) But I remember that everyday it was still there.

I’m here today because of God’s Grace. As I look back to what I opened up myself to, it’s only by his Grace that I did not Die from drunken nights driving home alone like a few of my friends ended up. It is by his Grace that I did not impregnate any of the women who I was loosely spending time with. It is by his Grace that I am No Longer Drinking, Smoking, Feeling like a little bit of this and that is OK because everyone around me is doing it. God’s grace allows us to pick up from whatever stage in life that we are in to repent, Look to Christ for deliverance and knowing that He already DIED for whatever Mental Prison that the Enemy has led you to believe that you are left to stay in. It allows you to triumphantly say to your suggestions that you are NO LONGER the person that he tries to make you think that YOU ARE. You are NO LONGER the person you THINK that everyone around you THINKS you are.

You were made in God’s Image. Christ Died so that you can let go of whatever has been burdening you to this day. The same Christ who Graces Murderers who changed their lives around is the same Christ who can give you the same power to Overcome whatever thoughts or issues you’ve been in. When I realized that Grace, I was able to move forward with the LIFE I was meant to have and I have walked in this new life with such a sense of entitlement that some friends from the past don’t know what to do with the changes they’ve seen. I can only give the glory to God because I would not be living this Life that was originally meant for me to live if I kept the same mindset of feeling Un-Graced as I did in my twenties.

YOU ARE GRACED TO BE EXACTLY WHO GOD ORIGINALLY FORMED YOU TO BE. ACCEPT IT & MOVE FORWARD IN YOUR WALK & LEAVE YOUR PAST ISSUES & MISTAKES BEHIND.

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TY&GB Clothing Bio

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***Read Through All My Blog Postings as the Company Grows, I typed out a brief bio on how my inspiration for TY&GB Clothing came about. I will be using this for future info and the beginning of my testimony on my change. Please read through it as i’m still editing it and let me know what you think about it. If you are an English major and find it in your hear to give me some feedback or revisions, please send them to me at GodBlessThankYou(at)Gmail.com ***

Coming out of the Phoenix Night Club Scene as one of the Top College Party Promoters, “Ace Black” born Stanislaw Otieno Ogwel heard a voice from within telling him “GOD HAS A PLAN FOR YOU, STOP DRINKING ALCOHOL, TONIGHT”  The date was 10/31/2009.

Ty&Gb Clothing is a product of the journey i’ve been on since the night I heard from God. From that night on, everything in my life changed. I blindly followed my inner voice and kept track of what I was being told. Before the year was up, I rededicated my life back to Christ on 12/27/2009 at Pilgrims Rest Baptist Church. That was the last Sunday of the year ending my 10 year absence from the Church. I felt like the prodigal son that day and remembered telling my friends afterwards on how happy I was to have made that decision.

Still partying but no longer drinking I was searching for Church homes to grow my walk in Christ. I would send out tweets & facebook statuses asking anyone to invite me to their church homes so I could learn about Christ. One night after hosting a Fashion Show at Arizona State University, I heard another voice  telling me to go speak to one of the volunteers about God… INSIDE THE NIGHTCLUB. I spoke to a young lady by the name of Yvette and told her about how I was tired of being out and about and told her of my revelation a few months back on God having a plan for me to use my Gifts towards his Kingdom so I needed to Stop Drinking and find a Church Home. That night she gave me a flyer and invited me to her Church’s Bible Study that week and I took her up on her offer glad that she was not

I remember going to the Bible Study at El Elyon Church which was inside a school at the time on a Thursday night in April. The lady who had invited me was there and a few other members. After a few songs of praise & worship, the Pastor of the church came up to the pulpit and started preaching. At first I thought I was seeing things but as it turned out, the pastor of the Church was Former Bad Boy Rapper turned Preacher, Mason Betha aka MA$E. I really thought God was playing some trick on me now because I was living a similar lifestyle previous to that and out of nowhere my plans were interrupted to find God. After hearing the sermon, I got a chance to meet up with the pastor for a few minutes & he challenged me to read the book of Acts by the next time I saw him. As it turned out, the same lady that my inner voice had told me to go talk to about God in the club was his assistant.

A few weeks had went by and I had not went back to the church. Things were getting too weird for me as I thought about how things were playing out. I used to listen to the Pastors old songs & even though I grew up liking Tupac more, I enjoyed the songs MASE had put out and I admired him as a role model that I looked up to for being able to leave the world to follow Christ.  When I finally went back to visit the church, I felt an inner voice telling me that I was sent to this church for a reason. I kept fighting it and finding excuses as to why I could not make it because my work schedule was always at the same time.

Funny things tend to happen when you start making excuses when God wants you somewhere. I got FIRED from my Job the week before the Church started a “Change Your Life” 30 day seminar which was taught by the pastor for a full month straight. I remember feeling lost & hopeless because I had promised to God that I would trust him and not throw any secular parties if he could guide me and here I was without a Job or income. I cried out because I felt the devil trying to tempt me to go back into my old lifestyle. I cried out & prayed that night for strength to overcome my wants.

That night God gave me a revelation that everything will be all right. He told me that he was going to use my natural skills and talents to show how good he is. He told me to attend every day of the Church Seminar with a Pen & a Notepad and write down Everything because his answers were going to be revealed to me. He told me that my obedience to him from this point on was going to bring my family back together and deliver them as well. He told me that my brother and sisters would be saved, I will be able to evangelize in my home country of Kenya. He also told me that I would soon get married and have a family soon after. But in order to receive those blessings, I had to follow his plans for me wholeheartedly.

I was ALL IN. That night of my revelation and promises was 5/30/2010. The Following Day was Day one of the Seminar that Pastor Mason was preaching about and the first verse we went over was Romans 8:2. I rededicated my life again that day and vowed to celibacy until Marriage and followed God’s voice within me. 2 Weeks after the seminar started, a friend of mines called me from a magazine publication with a Job. I prayed about it and accepted the management position with the magazine company. I kept gospel music in the car and sermons to listen to all day. I read my Bible all night.. My promises were too real to let them go away for disobedience.

My Girlfriend & I ended up getting Married and having a big Wedding Ceremony the following year on 5/30/2011; a full year after my revelation. Then God revealed to me why he had me carry my notepad of sermons to write and read weekly. I received a revelation to turn my notes from Pastor Mason into a T-Shirt Company with Faith based words & Scriptures. When I eventually took that step out on faith and got my 1st shirts printed up in September 2011, we found out the same week that my Wife was Pregnant with our 1st Son. Amennnnnnnnnnnnn…

God has been Good to me. Through the ROUGH Times and my Happiest Times. His promises to me kept me Thankful through it all and giving him Blessings daily gave me the strength to overcome many obstacles. I have accepted God’s will for my life and will share my testimony with anyone who is willing to listen because I have truly witnessed his blessings from the Supernatural being manifested into the Natural. I would love to fulfill my promises by evangelizing to the masses and using my natural God given Gifts to enhance the Kingdom. Email me if you have events you would like for me to come speak to some youths about Christ or if you have a store that would love to carry our Clothing Line. We can also help with fundraising plans or display our merchandise at your Church or Community events. Contact me at: GodBlessThankYou@Gmail.com

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– Otieno

I’m Still Winning, Even When It Doesn’t Look Like It – Car on Fire

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5 years ago back in 2007 I had finally hit semi-Rock Bottom.  Professionally and Private. My Car was being repossessed, My Apartment I was living in Kicked me out,  My Club Parties were getting Cut-throat and my girlfriend at that time had just cheated on me with a guy who used to come to my parties. EVERYTHING WAS ALLLLLL BAD. I just didn’t know what to do next. I had many thoughts of “Going out in a blaze”. I wanted to Smash the Dude every time i saw him. I wanted to beat up the other promoters messing with my money. Basically i wanted to do a lot of Negative things I knew would not be beneficial for me in the long run.

I Prayed about it then and decided to pack it all up and move back to Seattle just to get some air to breathe before I found myself LOCKED UP for doing something stupid because the Devil was trying his best to get me out of my Destiny. I let the Apartment Go; I let the Car get repossessed, I let the Girlfriend Go and the Clubs. I spent 6 months in Seattle working at a temp agency making $7.50 an hour while sleeping on my Uncles couch. I was LOW. The Devil kept trying to get me to give up. I remember one night sitting and praying to God to help me turn my life around. I prayed for strength to overcome the feelings of worthlessness I was enduring.

I made a deal with God. I know, we all tend to do that; but this time I was serious to take a step towards the Life that was planned for me. I was through with just living life partying without a care. Those months in Seattle were humbling to me and gave me a chance to just spend time with God. God was speaking to me during my mornings of going to a temp agency wrapping up boxes in a factory somewhere. It was just Me & Him. God told me to let it all Go, the partying, the drinking, the women and just concentrate on my FAMILY.

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I decided to listen. My first 3 months check I received from the temp Agency I took and gave to my Mother for her African Fabrics & Baskets business and told her that I wanted to be a better Son to her. God had told me to Invest in her business and Travel with her to sell her merchandise. When my 6months in Seattle was up, I decided to move back to Phoenix and forgave all the people who I was having issues with. I kept on working with my mother traveling and just doing what the Spirit had told me to do. My brother got involved in the business and we started re-building our family business from the ground up.

When I moved back to Phoenix I kept my deal with God. I picked up a Second Job and tried staying away from the partying and drinking but that was kind of hard for me to do at that time. (God was still working on me) I remember walking everyday to the bus stop just to get to work. The devil kept on putting it in my head that what I was doing was WHACK.. I just needed to get some more parties Cracking, Get my money up, link up with the old Homey’s and make some quick Cash.. But God kept telling me to Humble myself. Wake up, Walk to the Bus Stop, Don’t worry about who see’s you at your low point.

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I ended up working many hours and my Mother saw my struggles between my Job & helping her with her shows. She told me that God told her to send me to Houston to sell her Baskets for her. I ended up going and made lot’s of Money that weekend alone selling Baskets and Fabrics for www.MaendeleoImports.com. When I returned, She told me that God had put it in her heart to Let me KEEP all the Money from that weekend to help me buy a Car because I was faithful to his word. I was ecstatic and thanked God for knowing the needs of my heart.

I spent my hard earned NON-CLUB MONEY to buy this 1996 Acura TL all CASH. God took care of me with a Vehicle to use for the past 3 1/2 Years and showed me how to Humble myself and how to slowly let go of Worldly things and seek a relationship with him.

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Today, while driving to work for my 1st Day of Work, the Devil tried killing my Joy again. My car caught on Fire on the Freeway. Not once did I freak out or cry about my Loss. All I could do as the car was burning in front of me was to Thank God for Keeping me alive to stop it before it engulfed. I Thanked God for Sending the Stranger in a Truck to Try and help me with his Fire Extinguisher and remove my stuff from inside the car once we couldn’t open the hood. I Thanked God for The Group of Firemen who was on their way to a Training Session at the same time my car started burning up and they stopped in time to put the fire out because we never even had time to call 911. I was thanking God for being able to Call my Wife to come get me on the side of the Road after it happened and I was especially Thankful to God for Letting me be able to be Alive to see her and my Future Child growing in her belly.

When there are things that comes our way that tries to bring us down, Be thankful for the things that can uplift you. I survived today because I was filled up in Prayers from last night when I prayed for every family to be safe in the Church and for others because God brought His Angles in full force to make sure that I was a part of that Safe Family today and I made it home safe.

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As far as the car goes, it’s a Gonner.. But I do know how to humble myself, Work hard & in due time, God already has a BETTER CAR for me and my Family that I will be able to drive my Child Safely in when he/she is born. I’m not even worried about it, because if I have to take a Bus at times to be able to provide for my family, I will; If you happen to see me, feel free to stop by and pick a brother up 🙂

In the MEANTIME, you can help me Spread my #TshirtMinistry by purchasing one of my Ty&Gb Shirts (Shameless Plug, Heyyyy… I gotta get a New Car lol) and remember to [Always Walk in LOVE] Be a Blessing to someone today & Purchase them a TY&GB Shirt online at www.TYandGB.com & help us spread our #TShirtMinistry around the WORLD. Follow us on Twitter: @TyGbOnline

– Otieno

WE are who WE Have been waiting for.

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I remember growing up as a young ministers son going to church every weekend. Most of the Times I would find a way to fall asleep on my mothers lap. Soon enough I was too old for that and I would find myself volunteering to help with the Children’s ministry to keep from listening to the whole service.

After a while, I became too old for that and nowwwww I had to be able to sit in and listen to a whole sermon from the preacher. I was teenager and none of my other friends ever had to go to church, let alone have their parents sometimes preach a sermon.

The 1st time a minister prophesied over my calling to lead many to Christ, I was 16 years old. I was finally getting the hang of being accepted amongst my American friends in school because of my athletic abilities. I was not too concerned about “leading my friends” to Christ. I mean, they had just now started to forget about making fun of me for being an “African booty scratcher” (kids in Seattle were mean).

I remember always looking at the ministers and thinking why some would think I could do what they said I would do. I mean, I wanted to let God use me in whichever way he could but I always thought to myself that it was more of something I might get along to doing in my 50’s.

As I transitioned through my life, there was always a minister speaking this “vision from the Lord” over me. It became overwhelming. Eventually I chose to stop going to church my sophomore year in college once I moved to ASU. Life moved on, I Started living on my own, no parents or church to tell me what to do. I Started partying, and partying and partying.. you get the picture 🙂

But then all that stopped. I wanted more, I already knew what was right. As I Started my walk towards Christianity again as an adult, I saw the little kid in me still looking at it as God will use me when I’m 50+ years old. Until one day I heard a sermon from my pastor. He said that, we need to stop thinking that someone else is going to come along and change our lives for us and others. God has given US the powers to go out and make a change in others lives as of TODAY. We ARE who we’ve been waiting on this whole time.

Wow…… When I received that word, this song made more sense to me. “If we gotta start somewhere, why not HERE. if we gotta start sometime why not NOW” We are equipped to be that change agent for our brothers and sisters. Today, in fact right after you read this, do what I did. Whenever I felt the spirit calling me to step into that Man of God I was called to be as a child, I would start humming this songs tune. It would remind me that I Am who I’ve been.waiting for this whole time and I’m definitely nowhere near 50 years old 🙂

Take a step out of your comfort zone and Do exactly what God has told you to do. Find that peace that’s inside of you and go become a Blessing to someone who needs to meet God TODAY.

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