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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Purpose-Filled Journey

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

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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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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Welcome to March

imageWelcome to March! Today is the 1st day of National Women’s History Month. The theme for this year is “Celebrating Women of Character, Courage and Commitment.” And since National Women’s History Month is rarely acknowledged on a grand scale, I thought it would be a good idea to share scripture and biblical examples of character, courage and commitment.

CHARACTER: a set of qualities and traits that are distinctive to a person. The Proverbs 31 woman was a woman of noble character who worked hard, helped the poor and feared The Lord.  If you are praying and asking God to develop and strengthen your character, remember Romans 5:3-4. “…but we also rejoice in sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, CHARACTER; and Character, hope.”

COURAGE: the ability to do something despite fear; the ability to confront fear, danger or uncertainty. Queen Esther and Rahab were COURAGEOUS women. Queen Esther saved her people and Rahab hid the spies Joshua sent. If you are praying for courage, memorize Deuteronomy 31:6 and 2 Timothy 1:7. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for The Lord your God goes with you; he will neither leave you nor forsake you.” “God did not give us a spirit of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7)

COMMITMENT: dedication to a person, cause or activity. Ruth was committed to God and Naomi. If you are striving and praying to be more committed in any area of your life, make Ephesians 6:7-8 verses of focus. “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving The Lord, not men, because you know The Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.”

Our character dictates our thoughts and actions. We have courage to stand in the face of adversity. We are committed to glorifying God in all we do. And though we are not perfect, and we stumble from time to time, it is important that we attempt to be and do better than the day before. Each day we demonstrate our character, courage and commitment as role models, entrepreneurs, mothers, educators and leaders in our community. Our lives and work should inspire girls and women to reach their full potential. We encourage them to love and respect themselves and others. We encourage boys and men to not only love and respect themselves, but to respect, cherish and love their mothers, sisters, friends and wives. As Kingdom Chicks, we are called to be women of character, courage and commitment. 

Have a marvelous March!

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A Few Tidbits:
1) Be sure to check out our website – http://www.akingdomcreation.com. This weekend, in recognition of National Women’s History Month, our whipped cocoa shea body butter is 15% off (no coupon code needed).

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2) March is National Craft Month, so I have plans to share a few new crafts with you before the month is over.

What Every Christian Woman Wished Every Christian Man Knew

I am a Christian woman. I do not profess to speak for all Christian women, but I think what you will read below are issues of common consent among those of us women who are Christians. Men and women are different – physically, emotionally and relationally. But, it is important that we understand each other. In an effort to assist in this, I thought I’d share a few things we wish every Christian man knew.

1) We are not perfect just because we love God. Learn to accept our imperfections. We accept yours.

2) Selfishness is unattractive.

3) Apathy is extremely unattractive.

4) Ambition is sexy. Just keep that in mind.

5) Don’t be jealous of our relationships with our fathers. They set strong examples of a what a Christian man is supposed to be and do. One day, your daughter will love, respect  and admire you the same way.

6) We are not afraid of strong men. Just because we are capable (and required to before you came into our lives) doesn’t mean we want to do everything ourselves.

7) Please go easy on the alcohol.

8) Authentic Christian women are nuturers. That does not mean we are auditioning to be your wife. But, it doesn’t hurt if you take notice.

9) We are not like the other women who have hurt you in the past.

10) We live out loud. That doesn’t mean we’re uncouth, unraised or anything else that makes us bad people. It just means that we live and love on purpose.

11) Make us feel safe – emotionally and physically – and our world is your oyster.

12) You don’t have to be the preacher or a deacon, but actively pursuing God is a must!

13) We want to be included – not just in the fun, easy parts of the relationship, but the hard stuff that shows you trust us and the not so easy stuff that builds the character of the relationship.

14) Don’t gas us up – as my friend says. Do what you say. Say what you mean. It is not necessary to make promises that you can’t keep or say things simply because you think we want to hear them. Simply put, actions speak louder than words.

15) Just because we are domestic goddesses and can whip up a gourmet meal in minutes,keep the house clean and look nice, all while working full time – making it all look effortless does not mean we don’t want to feel appreciated.

16) Christian. Men. Lead. Point blank, period.

In return for understanding and realizing these things about us and our thought processes, we will do our very best 1) to show our appreciation more, 2) to make room for you to lead, 3) not to nag and 4) not to allow outsiders to influence our behavior, especially within the relationship.

What do you think of his list? Is there anything that should be added? If so, feel free to post it in the comments. And share it with your favorite Christian Man. 🙂

Peace & Blessings,

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Super Bowl XLVIII

imageThe Super Bowl is just days away. This snow day has allowed me to do a little prep work for my party. It also left me with a little time to read about both teams. Do you want to impress your friends when you sit down to watch the BIG GAME on Sunday? If you answered yes, and in case you don’t have time to troll the internet looking for fun facts, I have provided you with a few. 🙂 Happy Super Bowling!

Fun Fact #1: Super Bowl XLVIII aka Super Bowl 2014 aka Super Bowl 48, will be played at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey (not New York, as many would believe, based on all the promotional hype).
Fun Fact #2: The Seattle Seahawks will face off against the Denver Broncos.
Fun Fact #3: For the first time in 20 years, two No. 1 Seeds will face each other in the Super Bowl.
Fun Fact#4: Russell Wilson (born Nov. 29, 1988) and Peyton Manning (born March 24, 1976) have a 12 year, 250 day age difference. This is the greatest age difference ever between two starting Super Bowl quarterbacks.

Now that you you have successfully impressed your friends with your amazing knowledge of the Super Bowl, fill their bellies with some ridiculously delicious food and wow them with your awesome hosting skills. Happy Super Bowl 48!!

If you are interested in seeing what I am planning – decoration and food wise, head on over to my blog at AKingdomCreation.com by clicking here.

Peace,

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He Keeps on Blessing Me

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I am pleased, no ecstatic, to announce the launching of AKingdomCreation.com. I would say that we are a few days behind schedule, but everything happens on time and in God’s time. Because of God, I was able to push aside my fears and step out on faith.

I have to say a very big thank you to all my family members and friends, especially my parents and my work twin, who tested product after product after product. Thank you to everyone who gave their opinion regarding design features and product packaging. And, I owe a huge thank you and debt of gratitude to those 3 very special people who assisted in making this dream come true. You are ALL loved and appreciated!

Check the site out. There is something for everyone. And, just in time for Valentine’s Day we have heart shaped soaps for women and soap boxes with heart cut outs for men and women!

Our featured product this month is Honey Dew Facial Scrub. There is a promo code (HDew10) that gives you 10% off the Honey Dew Facial Scrub! 

Peace and thanks,

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Praise is What I Do – Word of the Year

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Happy New Year! Praise is my word for 2014. Praise and worship are sometimes used interchangeably. I am not a theologian, so I’m not here to tell you that they are or aren’t synonymous. In the grand scheme of things, your belief or knowledge of the definition of these words will not get you into or keep you out of heaven. So, let’s not get caught up on that. Let’s just talk about praise.

Ok. Now, when we hear the word praise, we often think of music or the praise and worship portion of worship service. But, God doesn’t mean for us to reserve our priase for church. If that were the case…well you get the point. Praise should be a lifestyle. And, going forward, my praise will be:

  1. focused on God and his goodness (Hebrews 13:15)
  2. fueled by faith (Hebrews 11:1)
  3. fulfilled in my life and my future (Psalm 61:8)

MY DEFINITION — Praise (verb): any activity (thought, word, song or action) that comes from a heart consumed with and focused on expressing thanks, honor, adoration, and glory for our AWESOME God.

In 2014 (and thereafter), as I seek and purpose to praise God in the good and the bad (because of Romans 8:28, I know that God works ALL things together for my good because I love him), I will live with an attitude of gratitude. Psalm 22:3 tells us that God inhabits the praises of his people.  Because of that, God is not attracted to our problems.  He is attracted to our praise! This is also why praise precedes any and every breakthrough. When we focus on God and his greatness, we reflect his glory back to him. You see, I have decided to praise him for who He is and what he has already done. I will also praise him in advance for the things I am expecting (and the things that aren’t on my radar that he is going to surprise me with 🙂 ) Him to do in my life. 

Today, I praise God because he is worthy of ALL of my praise. He is alpha and omega. He is mighty. He is my creator, my strong tower, my way-maker, my peace, my provider, my healer, my comforter, and the list goes on and on.

Praise is not an event that takes place only at church or in an environment with other believers. Praise not only comes forth from our lips in a sway inducing song that causes arms to be outstretched (like the photo above 🙂 ). Praise manifests itself in our faith, in our actions and our thoughts (a.k.a. our lifestyle). Praise is necessary because it refocuses our attention from our present circumstances to the awe inspiring nature, character and goodness of God.

I am striving for a sincere lifestyle of praise, which I believe will increase and release more faith, allow for a more intimate relationship with God, and develop  contentment.

Will you join me in a lifestyle of praising God?

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P.S. This song (It Could Be Worse — James Fortune and FIYA, featuring Le’Andria Johnson and Zacardi Cortez) came on as I was finishing this post, so I thought it fitting to share it with you.

Word of the Year…Surrender (revisited)

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Happy New Year’s Eve. This year has been amazingly awesome – just like the God I/we serve. I have learned and experienced a lot in 12 short months – more than I could or would have ever imagined.

Today is the 1 year anniversary of The Kingdom Chick blog! Amen! I pray that something I have written has blessed you in some small way AND brought glory to God.

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My 2012 word of the year was surrender. This year, I have made conscious efforts to surrender, so HE is free to flow. Surrender is an extreme act of trust in God. This year I have purposed to surrender to God’s will for my life by letting Go and letting God do what he does (without any interference from me.) 🙂 I am not where I need or want to be, but I am becoming better at surrendering each day. In a few weeks, my website http://www.AKingdomCreation.com will launch. Because of that and so many other wonderful things in my life, I am awestruck by God’s amazing grace. So, it seemed fitting that my 2014 word of the year be PRAISE (more on that in the coming days).

I’m off to watch night service. See ya next year!

Peace & Blessings,

Nefertara

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P.P.S. I have added a new recipe – Crawfish Cornbread – the first one in months. Check it out here.