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.

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Great Work

“…I’m doing a great work. I can’t come down. Why should the work come to a standstill just so I can come down and see you?” – Nehemiah 6:3 (MSG)

My great work isn’t your great work. Your great work isn’t my great work. But both are great works. Nehemiah’s great work was rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Sandballat heard of the great work that Nehemiah and his men were doing and became upset. He wanted to do all he could to prevent Jerusalem from being restored. As a result, he invited Nehemiah away from the safety of the city to meet him so they could “resolve the conflict.” Sandallat’s invitations were potential distractions that would’ve caused the work to come to a standstill had Nehemiah accepted.

In our lives, our Sandballats/distractions cause breaches in our respective walls/lives that prevent our great works from being completed. The breach or the thing that could cause you to fail and your work to remain uncompleted could be hanging out, bad habits or relationships (platonic or romantic). Your great work can relate to many areas of your life.

If the great work that God has called you to do isn’t completed it could change your life. The thing is, if Nehemiah had come down, he would’ve been killed. Sanballat and his many (four) invitations were distractions. In addition to the invitations, there were also threats of invasion and other danger. But, Nehemiah and his men continued working. They watched and prayed. If Nehemiah had come down the wall probably would not have been completed, and the people of would not have had their legacy restored. Nehemiah was focused. His heart and mind were set on the great work God had called him to do. We should be the same way.

I have started saying aloud, “I am doing a great work, and I CANNOT come down.” I think about it. I say it. I mean it. I am at a point in my life where friends, fun and excursions, though important, cannot be distractions from the great work I am being called to do.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. – Ephesians 2:10

I am doing a great work, prepared just for me, and I cannot come down. Another way to say it, You/I/We are doing great things that God called us to do, and we cannot be turned around. Right now, you may not be certain of what your great work is, but believe that everything you do works together for your good and God’s glory.

God is calling us out of our sins and away from distractions to do great things. What has God called you to do? What does your heart or gut tell you you must do? Don’t be deterred from God’s plan for your life. Don’t be distracted from the vision God gave you. Don’t ignore God’s will for your life.

Will you join me in doing great work and not losing focus or being distracted?

Peace,

Nefertara

P.S. I have added two new recipes – Almond Flour Carob Chip Cookies and Seared Ahi Tuna, plus a new craft – all-natural deodorant. Check them out, and try them out.

P.P.S. Friday is the last day to use the promo code HDew10 to receive 10% off the Honey Dew Facial Scrub, which you can purchase by clicking here.

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

P.S. A Kingdom Creation is a brand that provides decoration and party favors for life’s milestones or just because. The newest (and most popular) products are the Sugarcoated Line – sugar scrubs, soaps and lip balms.

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

Christmas Letter to God

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Merry Christmas Eve!! The advent season is upon us (and has been for several weeks). 🙂 ‘Tis the season of joy to the world, peace on earth and celebrating Jesus’ birth. ‘Tis also the season of Christmas lights, family and holiday gatherings, Christmas Wish Lists, letters to Santa and dropped hints to loved ones about the things we want for Christmas. My lists have been delivered (and hopefully purchased, since tomorrow is Christmas). Then, I thought perhaps I should write a Christmas Letter – a wish list of sorts – to God. So, here goes.

Dear God,
Merry Christmas!! It’s me, Tara! But, you know that already. Thank you for sending the priceless (2 Corinthians 9:15), indescribeable gift of your son, Jesus Christ, to be the perfect example of love and humility. Thank you for sacrificing him so that I could have eternal life. During this time of the year, there is so much busyness – shopping for the perfect material gift(s) – that people forget the true reason for the season. Every moment is busy, and every interaction is rushed. Please allow the love of Jesus Christ to fill my heart and home and the hearts and homes of others – not only during this time of the year, but throughout the coming year.
Father, I ask that you bless each of my family members, friends and readers in the areas of their respective lives taht need a simple touch, refinement and attention from you.
This Christmas, I ask you to send me someone I can serve You better with than without, and someone with whom I can have fun along the way. (I’m kind of hoping you’ve already placed him in my life…but, I’ll have to be patient and wait to see what adventure(s) you will be taking us on). I pray for your continued grace and mercy toward me. Help me to show that same grace and mercy to others. I also pray for guidance in my career and financial decisions and discernment in each of my relationships. Finally, pleave give me the strength to be vulnerable, when necessary.
Merry Christmas, again. Thank you for your eternal light. Please keep it shining in me so that others may see your good works and glorify you. I ask all of these things in your son, Jesus’ name.
All my love,
 
Tara

It’s Complicated…Or is it?

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Happy Thanksgiving!

I recently asked a friend what his official title at work was. His answer was, “It’s complicated.”  My response to him was that “it’s complicated” sounds like a relationship status, and we both laughed. On Facebook, people have the option of selecting – single, engaged, in a relationship, it’s complicated (or a host of other things – as you can see above). The “It’s Complicated” always puzzled me. What is complicated about saying whether you are or aren’t in a real relationship? But, often, it’s complicated means you are in an ambiguous relationship where you have all the responsibilities of a particular position (in a relationship or at work), but you just don’t have the title you want. When you look at your Christian walk, do you sometimes think it is complicated?

Most likely, it is not your Christian walk that is complicated. Instead, it is probably a situation that makes your faith wane or causes you to say or do something you shouldn’t.

Sometimes things are just that – complicated (for various reasons). But, your relationship status, especially with God, should never be complicated. Either it is or it isn’t. Sometimes obstacles appear and issues arise without warning. These issues cause frustration, especially if it makes you feel helpless. When moments like this arise, I meditate on 1 Corinthians 12:9 – “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.'”

Most days I don’t think life or any of my current circumstances are complicated. But, some days I do. I shouldn’t. But, I do. When I do it is usually because life has taught me a rather hard lesson that day. After the smoke clears, I remember Psalm 84:1, which reminds me that God’s dwelling place is lovely – not complicated. Therefore, if God dwells in us, HE will shine through in every situation and circumstance. If God dwells in us, we should have a constant spirit of thanksgiving and praise (not just on Thanksgiving Day or during the holiday season). If we allow God to dwell in us, the seemingly complicated times in life – sickness, bad attitudes, money issues, complicated relationships, etc. – will take a back seat to the truths of God’s word.   So, if you are like me, and life sometimes slaps you in the face, remember that God is our dwelling place and that his dwelling place is lovely and uncomplicated. I pray that God dwells in me (and in each of you) so that my actions and reactions to seemingly complicated situations aren’t contrary to what I know to be true about God and His promises.

Peace, 

Nefertara

P.S. I made cupcake toppers last Friday. The How- To and photos are posted under the Crafts Tab. Check it out.

I Believe

This is random, but relevant. Hopefully something I have written will be familiar or make you smile. Two weeks ago, I read a post on Boundless entitled “Working Toward Compatibility.” I read it, but I didn’t close the window when I finished.  I reopened Safari later and saw the tab still there (along with several others). I went back and looked at the article again because apparently I wasn’t finished with it.  This went on for several days, and I just could not bring myself to close the tab. You see I leave the tabs open as a reminder of the different things I need to follow up on. So, the fact that I left this tab open for so long triggered the “I need to do something with this” response in my brain. 🙂 This post is the result of that trigger.

I believe in fairy tales. I believe in happily ever after. I believe in arranged marriages.  I believe you can learn to love someone. I believe communication is important. I believe that if people agree on the important things in life (Believing that Jesus died for our sins, whether to have children, how to rear and discipline those children and a few other things), almost everything else is relative. I believe that people can work toward compatibility, after all relationships – marital and platonic – take work. I believe that happily ever after is all about self-preparation.

Matthew 18:19 (NIV) – …If two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.

“Great love isn’t the result of two people finding a perfect match in each other. Great love is two people choosing to be each other’s perfect match.” I also believe that truth speaks from a quiet place. So when you see and experience the truth, you know it.  And when you know that it (or he or she) is truth, you are at peace.

That is all.

What do you believe (in general or about anything I’ve said)?

Nefertara

P.S. Today is my mother’s birthday! Happy Birthday Mama! My father took us to lunch yesterday for her birthday, and this is the dessert she got. Cute right?

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P.P.S. I’ll be sharing a craft (of sorts) with you next week.  So, stay tuned for that!