America Will Heal – Once We Make Acknowledgements, Love and Forgive

Written by Mary Morrison Clark 

God is speaking to us; but, we’re not listening! So, HIS wrath is upon us. How do we know?

Look at the horrific events of the past few weeks; and let’s not forget what’s happening in the political arena. This country is in shambles, total disarray. Who’s to blame? We all are! Clergy members are not speaking out; Christians are being silent; we refuse to speak out against SIN and wrongdoings! We have to ACKNOWLEDGE there are bad apples in every profession! We have too few courageous, bold Christians who are willing to admit that fact.

Look at these alarming events that took place July 5, 6, 7, and July 17, 2016.

July 5, 2016: Killing of Alton Sterling by a police officer in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Matthew 7:12 says, “So, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” Exodus 20:13 – Thou shalt not kill.

July 6, 2016: Death of Philando Castile by a police officer in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. Matthew 7:12 – It’s really the “Golden Rule.” Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Always treat others the way you want to be treated. Exodus 20:13 – Thou shalt not kill.

July 7, 2016: Demise of five police officers during a peaceful protest in Dallas, Texas. Officers killed were: Lorne Ahrens, Michael Karol, Michael Smith, Brent Thompson, and Patrick Zamarripa. These officers were killed by an angry citizen. Ephesians 4:26-27 admonishes us “Be ye angry, and sin not: don’t let the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil. We must deal with our anger in positive ways. Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.

July 17, 2016: Three law enforcement officials: Brad Garafola, Matthew Gerald and Montrell Jackson were killed by an angry citizen in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Romans 12:17 “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.” “Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.” Romans 12:19 – “Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “it is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord.” Exodus 20:13 – Thou shalt not kill.

Every single one, of these deaths, was hostile, sinful and senseless. While writing my thoughts, I learned of more officer involved deaths and shootings occurring across the country, and of law enforcement officials as well. These tragedies are happening too often to monitor.

All of the problems we’re facing in this country boil down to our sinful nature. America has a “SIN” problem! 2Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Christians, wherever you are, please stand up and ACKNOWLEDGE that we have an authentic dilemma with race relations, racism, bigotry and raw hatred for specific groups in this country. Statistics reflect this. It’s time for us to face the truth; and admit that we have real issues; and that police brutality and these attitudes and actions truly do exist; otherwise, we will never begin to solve the systemic problems that haunt America. As long as we are in denial, nothing will change. We will get more of the same.

This madness just has to STOP; we must stop pointing fingers, and stop the blame game.

Matthew 7:5 admonishes us “You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

LOVE: Matthew 5:44 – But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; do good to those who hate you. 1Peter 4:8 – Above all things, maintain love for each other; love covers a multitude of Sins.

FORGIVENESS: Genesis 50:17 “This is what you are to say to Joseph: I ask you to forgive your brothers the sins and the wrongs they committed in treating you so badly. Now please forgive the sins of the servants of the God of your father.” Jesus Christ asked God to forgive those who beat HIM and nailed HIM to the cross, eventually leading to HIS death.

Luke 23:34 – Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do. . .”

We must have a forgiving spirit if we expect God to forgive us for our trespasses.

America will heal once we make some ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS, LOVE and FORGIVE each other for our many fold SINS.

 We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Purpose-Filled Journey

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God has great plans for us. But, you probably already know that. It’s the final destination or what some of us consider to be our purpose that has many of us confused. But, I am learning that I am discovering my purpose … Continue reading

Prayers of Faith

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This month, my pastor is doing a series on Prayer. Since it was announced that we would be focusing on prayer during worship services and bible studies, I have been thinking a lot about prayer and what makes our prayers effective. And one thing that keeps resurfacing during my meditation time is FAITH.  That led me to wonder how a “regular prayer” is different from a prayer of faith.
Verses on which to meditate:. 
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. 
Mark 11: 24
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1
If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.
Matthew 21:22
Before I forget, if you are in the Atlanta Area and want to hear an awesome word, from an anointed man of God, I invite you to to come visit us this Sunday.  

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In my life, here is what I have learned about faith:
– Faith gives you supernatural confidence.
– When we take a leap of faith with God, we have everything to gain (and nothing to lose but fear.)
– Faith allows us to believe that God has a plan for our life.
– .Faith allows us to genuinely believe that ALL things work together for our good. 
– Faith allows us to be genuinely happy for the achievements of our family and friends because we know that if God is blessing them, He most certainly can and will bless us.
– Faith reassures us that in our loneliness, God is enough.
– Faith calms us despite discouragement and anxiety.
– Faith allows us to pursue our respective purposes with reckless abandon even when we can’t see where we are headed.
Additional Verses on Which to Meditate:
But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
James 1:6
Without faith, it is impossible to please God.
Hebrews 11:6 (I’d really just recommend reading the entirety of Hebrews 11. It’s all about FAITH!!
Knowing what I know about faith and about prayer, here are my tips:
1) Always Pray (1 Thessalonians 5:17) – Remain in constant communion with God. 
2) Don’t Lose Heart (Luke 18:1) – Persevere; you already have the victory. 
3) Give Thanks in All Circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18) – Praise God for His goodness. 
I pray that your prayers shift from “regular prayers” to prayers of faith. Remember, God is not a man that He should lie, not a human being that he should change His mind. He will do just what he said!
A Prayer For You:

Dear Father, I thank you for each reader of this post. I pray that each reader will have full faith and full trust in You. I know that if we abide in you, you will abide in us. And that if you abide in us, we will fulfill our respective purposes and live blessed lives. Grant us the desire to spend time in your word and in your presence. Increase our faith so that we are comfortable coming boldly to your throne. Increase our faith such that we pray prayers of faith and know that what we ask will be done. We know that you are a God who is able to do more than we could ever ask, think or imagine. For that, we are thankful. Amen.

Peace,
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P.S. I’ve been away for so long because, well, life happens. But, in large part, because I am building a law practice. I entered private practice with my dad in January of this year. It is definitely an experience. But, I would’t trade it for anything. If you need a great lawyer or two, give us a call. If you’re in Northeast Georgia, call our Elberton Office at 706.283.9732. 

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30 Things to Do Before You Die

by Shannon Kaiser (With Commentary by Me.)🙂

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A Facebook friend and law school classmate posted this list yesterday morning. I liked most of the things listed and thought I’d share. Maybe someone will find the list helpful.

  1. Stop worrying about debt. (But, definitely seek to get out of it.)
  2. Forgive your ex[es]. (Forgiveness is for you and your sanity. It also provides a sense of closure.)
  3. Stop trying to control your outcome. (Leave that to God.)
  4. Look in the mirror and love yourself unconditionally. (This is a definite do.)
  5. Leave the job you hate [or just don’t like as much any more]. (Do this one sooner than later.)
  6. Find your purpose and live if full heartedly. (This is a cornerstone of true happiness.)
  7. Adopt a furry friend [at least once in life]. (Be it a from a rescue organization or from a breeder.)
  8. Don’t feel guilty about holiday weight gain [or weight gain that results from memorable times].
  9. Trust that everything is in the right order.
  10. Travel to the place you keep thinking about. (If you don’t, you will one day regret it.)
  11. Try something that scares you daily.
  12. Be open to change.
  13. Let go of your past.
  14. Stop trying to change people.
  15. Stop looking for [the] answer outside yourself. (You know yourself better than you realize.)
  16. Stop thinking you did something wrong. (Don’t be so critical of yourself.)
  17. Be your weird, crazy beautiful self. (One day it will pay off.)
  18. Follow your heart. (One day, this too, will pay off.)
  19. Risk everything for love. (Sounds good in practice. It also sounds scary. But, ultimately, I think it’s worth it.)
  20. Reject rejection. (Keep forging ahead.)
  21. See the world as a beautiful, safe and loving place. (Be optimistic. After all, happiness is your birthright.)
  22. See everyone as equals. (You are no better than anyone else; s/he is no better than you are.)
  23. Give up all attachments to stuff. (Easier said than done; but, the more you do it, the less tied down you will feel.)
  24. Recognize [that] the journey is the reward. (We learn so much along the way.)
  25. Stay hopeful and optimistic in difficult situations.
  26. Welcome life lessons. (It’s all in the journey. See #24.)
  27. See the opportunities in every challenge rather than give up.
  28. Live your values. (Stand on principle. Don’t go along to get along.)
  29. Inspire others by your own bigness. (It is surprising what others see in you that inspire them to see greatness in themselves.)
  30. Play with the world. (After all, the world is your oyster.)

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P.S. Check back in a few days for my personal commandments.

Word of the Year – 2015

Happy New Year!!! Better late than never. Right? Right! Instead of New Year’s Resolutions, I’m all about a word of the year (at least for the past 2 years).🙂 2015 will be the third year I have chosen a word of the year. I actually chose this word before the end of 2014, but I just haven’t taken (I won’t say I haven’t had, because we all know we make time for the things we want to make time for.) the time to sit down and complete the post.

The purpose of a word of the year is to choose a word that reflects what you most want to change about yourself or a word that reflects what you want God to do in, through or with you and then concentrate on that word for the entire year.

For 2013 my word was surrender.

For 2014 my word was praise.

For 2015 my words are Discipline/Focus.

I felt that discipline and focus were so interrelated that I could not separate them. After all, you need discipline to focus on areas of your life that need attention. Therefore, I have 2 words this year.

Discipline (n): an activity, exercise or regimen that assists you in developing a skill.

Focus (v): to pay particular attention to.

My focus verse for the year is Titus 1:8 Rather, [s]he must be hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined. 

In that context, disciplined means to exhibit a controlled manner of behavior. At this point in my life, I feel that I truly need discipline so that I can focus on accomplishing my goals – deepening my walk with God, building a client base for my legal practice, launching a marketing plan for Sugarcoated and resuming my exercise regimen. All of these things are essential to my happiness and health (mental and physical).

I need to be disciplined as it relates to the way I go about accomplishing my goals. If you, like me, need the discipline to focus OR need to be disciplined as it relates to your life’s goals, here are three steps that will help you:

  1. Fix Your Focus on God
  2. Accept God’s help
  3. Adopt a Plan

In such a busy world, many of us can’t, don’t or won’t focus on God because of ringing phones, pinging text messages, meeting reminders, the requirements of personal and home life and the chirping Facebook, Instagram and Twitter notifications. These things get our attention before God.

We don’t seek and accept God’s help because we live in a world where we seek instant gratification. We try to figure things out for ourselves.

We don’t adopt plans because we fly by the seats of our pants. We’ve all heard the phrase, “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” We try one method for a while, then we see that someone else is going about it a different way and we decide to try their way.

We all need more focus in some area(s) of our lives. What do you need discipline to focus on? If you like me need discipline to focus, here is a prayer for you to pray.

Dear Father,

Give us a heart that surrenders to you and your will. Grant us the discipline necessary to focus on you, your purpose for our lives and our goals. Bring about focus so that we aren’t distracted by the details and busyness of our lives. In your son, Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Wishing you Blessings throughout the New Year,

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Fearless in Your Faith

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Merry Christmas!! What better day to talk about faith than today – the day of Jesus’ birth. Mary and Joseph both had strong faith. God sent angels to prepare Mary and Joseph for Jesus’ arrival. Mary and Joseph believed what the Angels said and had faith that God would do just what he said. Earlier in history, Abraham  (Jesus’ ancestor), left everything that he had and everyone he knew (except for his wife and nephew) to obey God’s command. Out of their obedience and faith, greatness and miracles occurred.

Many of us profess to have faith in God, His will, His power and his timing. But, faith is also something that a lot of us seem to have a shortage of when things become uncertain (or so we think) or there is change in our lives.  We often give God our plan(s) and then become confused when He doesn’t lay our lives out the way we gave it to him. When the rubber meets the road, we talk to our friends about the possible outcomes of various situations. We worry. We doubt. We question whether God is going to answer our prayers and supply our needs.

In the past few days I have determined to be more fearless in my faith. Last week I gave my letter of resignation to my boss. Initially, it was a difficult decision. But, it was the right thing to do. When I first joined the office, I had a 5 year plan. I got comfortable and outstayed my 5 years by 2 years and a couple of months.  I am leaving because I have become uncomfortable. It was all God’s doing. He had to push me out of my comfortable position in order to effect change in my life. I am leaving to go into private practice with my father, something I used to talk about doing all the way through college graduation. But, I never did. A few months ago when I decided to take this huge leap, I began to have doubts and what ifs. What if I don’t make enough money? What if I don’t have enough clients? What if this?  What if that? What if, what if, what if?  But, because of my decision to be fearless in my faith, I feel better and better (read: less stressed :-)) with each passing day.

But, then I had to remind myself that God is NOT a God of what ifs. He is a God of provision (Jehovah Jireh). He is not a God of maybe. He is I Am.  He is not a God of uncertainty.  He is a God of certainty. Being fearless in your faith means you have expectant faith. Expectant faith sustains you. Expectant faith gives you peace. Expectant faith changes lives. I reminded myself that God is not a man that he should lie (Numbers 23:19). I also reminded myself that God’s word will not return void; it will accomplish that which he sends it to do (Isaiah 55:11).

Today, I encourage you to have expectant faith. Expectant faith is the best type of faith. It means that you believe that with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26) AND that He will give you the desires of your heart, if you delight in him (Psalm 37:4). We have to be more like Mary, Joseph and Abraham – believing that God will do just what he has promised.

I am stepping out on faith and walking deeper into my purpose. I am purposing to have Faith in God’s timing. I am purposing to have faith in God’s plan for my life. I am purposing to be fearless in my faith. I invite you to do the same.

Dear Father, thank you for going before us in every difficult situation and decision. Thank you for the ability to rely on your word during difficult times. Thank you in advance for increased faith. I pray that every act that is prompted by our faith in you brings glory to you. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Wishing you Christmas Miracles and Blessings,

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My One Night Stand

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Now that I have your attention, I’ll get to the real point.🙂 Being a Christian Single can be difficult. With that being the case, I look for every opportunity to strengthen my resolve. Several weeks ago I attended a singles conference sponsored by the I.M.A.G.E. Ministry at Elizabeth Baptist Church here in Atlanta. Both nights were awesome, but this post is about the 2nd night when the guest pastor was Rev. Dr. R. A. Vernon. His topic was entitled “Welcome to the One Night Stand.” During his message he reviewed his 10 Rules of Dating. I’m going to share them with you, but I strongly encourage you to buy the book. I did, and I have been blessed by it. I am even planning on sharing it with friends. In the book, each rule begins a new chapter. In that chapter are anecdotes and scripture references. Below, I have listed each rule and a few notes about that rule.

10 RULES OF DATING

Rule 1: There Must be Physical Attraction: Although looks aren’t everything, date someone with the physical attributes that you like. Are you attracted to your mate? Proverbs 5:19

Rule 2: They Must Love Jesus: Do not date anyone who does not love Jesus more than they love you. Is your mate a Christian? Amos 3:3

Rule 3: There Must be Compatibility and Connectivity: Can you talk about more than Jesus and shared interests? If you need an intellectual, get one.

Rule 4: Discuss Each Other’s Past: This will help determine the presence (or lack thereof) of emotional baggage, sexual expectations within the marriage, how they were raised, past experiences, etc. Rev. Dr. Vernon suggests asking and discussing number of sexual partners.  (My Caveat: Only do this if you think you can accept this information and not bring it up in future arguments.) There are some really wonderful people who don’t qualify for a future with you based upon past decisions (financial, sexual, etc.)

Rule 5: Discuss Children: Do you both want them; could you do without; or does he or she already have a child/children? Choosing not to date a person with children, doesn’t make you selfish. It makes you honest about the life you want with your future spouse.

Rule 6: Talk About Money:  Discuss finances. Talk about your financial reality, not your financial potential. How much money do you both have right now (not how much do you one day plan on having)?

Rule 7: Pace Yourself/Slow Down: What’s the rush?  You have nothing but time. Slowing down will allow for time to think and more importantly clearly hear from God concerning this person.

Rule 8: Engage or Disengage: Pee or get off the pot. If you are not dating with the purpose of getting married, what are you doing? Date with a purpose. You can go out for dinner and drinks with your platonic friends. After 1 year (2 at the most), you should be ready to get engaged. If not, disengage and go your separate ways.

Rule 9: Go to Counseling: Be honest about your issues. Seek individual counseling before marital counseling.

Rule 10: Don’t Touch: Rev. Dr. Vernon encourages no hugging because hugging leads to kissing, kissing leads to touching and touching leads to sex. But, a better question to ask is, “Is this person willing to wait until marriage?”

My 3 Takeaways for You:
(1)  Date Purposefully/ Date on Assignment.
(2)  Ask the important questions up front; and be prepared to cut ties if the answer is unacceptable to you.
(3)  Buy the Book.

Love, peace and blessings,

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God is Good for It

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When I was a child, one of my favorite things to do was to be read to by my parents at bedtime. One of them (I can’t remember which) bought me a book entitled “A Promise is a Promise.” They used it to teach me about the importance of keeping promises. Over the course of my life, I’m sure I have broken a promise or two, as you probably have too. When someone breaks a promise it hurts. It hurts your feelings. It hurts your heart, especially if you are especially close to the promise breaker.

Often, the devil tries to test your faith, especially when a promise is broken. Someone may promise you a job or a promotion, but then they change their mind. Another person may promise to do something for or with you, but then flake. Your spouse or partner may loyalty and faithfulness, but then he or she has an emotional or physical affair. People can be fickle, especially as it relates to loyalties, affection and likes and dislikes. But, something that we can rest assured of is that God never breaks a promise. He is not fickle. We can ask him for something that His word tells us is ours (ex. the desires of our heart) and know that he will make good on that promise. The answer or response we want may not come as quickly as we like. So, we wait and we wait. Then we wait some more. Sometimes we get anxious or impatient and try to take matters into our own hands. That never works – at least not long term. No amount of planning, plotting, manipulating or scheming can ever get us (and keep us) where God’s grace and mercy can take us. He always make good on his promises. He is faithful. His word is tried and true.

If we delight in The Lord, he will give us the desires of our heart (Psalm 37:4). He is not a man that he should lie nor the son of man that he should change his mind (Numbers 23:19). If we don’t have what we want or what we feel we need. Wait on God. He is good for it. We only have to:

  • Wait Patiently
  • Wait Expectantly
  • Wait with a Heart Filled with Praise

As I was working on this post, I decided to share some tried and true verses. These verses are those that I have tried and as a result, know their promises to be true.

Malachi 3:10 (NIV) – “Bring your whole tithe into the store house, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says The Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.”
1 Corinthians 1:9 (NIV) – God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, …. and he has invited you into partnership with his son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Philippians 1:6 (NIV) – Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry t on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
James 4:7-8 (NIV) – Submit yourselves to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you…

I don’t know about you, but I don’t mind waiting on something when I know that with God, a promise is a promise and that he is good for it.

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Birthday Lessons

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Today is my birthday, and it’s hard to believe I’m 31!! Time flies when you are having fun. On the eve of my personal new year (yesterday) I reflected on the previous year. I brought my 30th birthday in with a bang – 3 bangs to be exact. This year the celebrations have been/will be a bit different; but, they are no less special.

In the last year, quite a bit has happened. I launched a website and am navigating the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur. I have learned and decided a lot about life and myself. I have reminded myself to be content (Philippians 4:13) and thankful in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:18). I have grown a lot. Most of my adult life, I have said that I don’t need people to like me. I have always semi-believed that. But, now I believe it more completely. Don’t get me wrong, friends are wonderful blessings. But, everyone isn’t your friend (nor should they be). That means that everyone isn’t going to think of you as the rock star you really are. And that is definitely ok.

I continue to grow in grace (2 Peter 3:18). I have made some important life decisions. I know that both patience AND self-control are virtues (Galatians 5:22-23). I have had to remind myself that man’s rejection is God’s protection (insert praise break here). I recently realized fact that I am fascinated with hearts and owls (not a shortcoming). They make me smile.

I have also decided that I am not really an over-achiever (as I am frequently told), I just can’t sit still. I ALWAYS have to have something to occupy my hands or mind. I’m really going to work on this – as soon as I finish the things on my never ending to-do list.🙂

My desire to be this amazingly awesome, Wonder Woman continues to burn bright. I think that desire is related to my ever-active brain. I have also decided that is ok to be confident in my abilities. That doesn’t mean boasting. It just means not downplaying them.

“Hello” and a smile are the least expensive way to brighten anyone’s day. It doesn’t hurt or cost a thing to say good morning (or afternoon) and offer a smile. Treat everyone as an equal who is worthy of respect – from your co-workers to the homeless man outside of your office building. We are all God’s children, created in His image. Plus, you hello and a smile will be returned, and that always puts an extra bounce in my step.

Finally, I realize more clearly than ever before that life is short. Too short to have regrets. Too short to want to be someone else. Too short to spend time in unsatisfying situations (relationships, jobs and friendships). So, live out loud. Live intentionally.

Daily, I’m living and learning and loving every minute of it.

So, happy birthday to me! I am looking forward to the year ahead.

Continually amazed by God’s grace,

Nefertara

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Purposeful Pursuit

It has been a while. I know. But, during the brief hiatus, I have still been writing, I just haven’t been sharing. I have also been doing a lot of thinking. I have been thinking about my life and my health and how those are tied to and reflective of my relationship with God.

A few months ago, I REALLY wanted egg nog. I craved it so much that I went to 4 different stores looking for it. The only problem was that I didn’t NEED it. It is full of calories and sugar that I definitely don’t need in my life. As I was driving back home from the 4th and final store, this thought came to mind – wouldn’t it be great if we pursued God with such intentionality.

The human side of us/our flesh causes us to pursue things we want that aren’t good for us. They aren’t intrinsically bad either, but we want them before God is ready for us to have them. The human side of us causes us to be impatient – seeking immediate gratification. You see that cake – you want it. You’ll figure out how many minutes of cardio it will take to burn the cake off later. You see that purse, car or house – you want it. You’ll figure out how to actually afford it after you’ve walked out of the store, driven off the lot, or signed the mortgage paper work. You see that guy – you want him. You try to convince God of how perfect you two would be together. The Holy Spirit encourages us to draw near to God. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you (James 4:8). As we draw to God, we will learn to be more patient and more reliant upon God’s perfect timing.

Sometimes, we get so caught up trying to adhere to our plans, dreams and goals that we fail to purposefully pursue God, pray for his will and be obedient to his direction. Today, still yourself before God, pray and listen for his direction and be obedient to His will.

What’s Next
Over the next several days, I invite you to journey with me as I offer tips to use in our purposeful pursuit of God and his will for our lives.

We will look at Purposeful Pursuit of God in:
1) Our Hearts
2) Bible Study
3) Prayer
4) Everyday Life
5) Our Purpose

There will be a key verse of scripture for each post, along with a hashtag in the event you want to tweet or post a status related to the way you are purposefully pursuing God. Today’s hashtag is #purposefulpursuit.

Be blessed,

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