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Actors Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe have to be one of the sexiest Black couples on the planet. The pair have been married for 13 years, tying the knot in May of 2005. Over a decade (and two kids!) later, the bronze baes seems just as wildly in love as they were in the beginning.

But how did the couple turn their chance meeting on the set of “Soul Food” into “I do?” Well, Parker was praying for her partner, and the 48-year-old so graciously just shared that prayer with her Instagram audience.

Her conversation with God included making a list of everything she wanted in a partner. But then…plot twist…the Lord asked if she was ready for that man, herself. After some self-examination, Nicole realized she needed to take care of herself more–mentally and physically. Her personal to-do list included going to therapy, examining her issues, forgiveness, brushing off her old business plan, renewing her passport and rubbing lotion all over her body.

After this self work, the mom of two claimed that Boris came waltzing big backed and blessed into her life.

The best thing about Nicole’s prayer is, that even if the self-work doesn’t result in a partner, the fullness of your life as a result of this process is indispensable.

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