When You Find Your Calling! by Carole Carnie

I’m somewhat anxious regarding this blog, because I’m excited about what I’m about to share. I must be experiencing a slight rise in my blood pressure, because my heart is beating noticeably faster! Okay “self,” inhale, and exhale very slowly! Those of you who know me personally, are probably doubled over in laughter just about now, because you recognize those as the same words I have used on you when attempting to get you to calm down, and focus!

My recent blog was about the importance of knowing, embracing, and living “your calling!” Today’s discussion is, “when you find your calling!” As I’ve mentioned previously, JC and I are currently experiencing one of the most challenging times of our lives. With honesty I can say, under the circumstances we are adjusting well. The shock, pain, fear, and anger created by this situation,has been replaced with acceptance, self-confidence, courage, and excitement for our future possibilities. Accepting where you are in life, and allowing that acceptance to propel you toward your “purpose in life,” is crucial to your pursuit of finding “your purpose! As each day passes, I have found myself mourning my past less; which has allowed acceptance to set in, followed by me actually loving where God has me. And finally, I am able to say, “It is Well With My Soul!”

The main reason I’m able to accept where I am, and appreciate this “new life,” is because JC and I are not in this alone! I know that God is directing our path, and guiding our “foot steps!” However, this experience has challenged us both, and stretched us in a way that has moved us from “going through the motions” state of being, to “can’t hardly wait to see what’s next!” Many individuals get stuck in the “going through the motions” in life, because it’s comfortable, it’s easy, or they just can’t figure out what else to do!

A conscious decision was made not to discuss the details surrounding JC’s and my situation, because we believe by doing so, it may inadvertently minimize that God has “complete” control over our lives; and unintentionally convey that “man” has a greater influence in our lives. We are choosing to focus “internally,” not “externally,” which means we are choosing to stay God focused! My objective is to illustrate for you, through JC’s and my example, that there are positive ways to handle negative situations! My strength, “your strength” comes from the Lord, which dwells within us, “internally!” The external influences doesn’t, and shouldn’t carry more authority over our lives than the God we serve!

JC and I believe, that in order for us to remain worthy of God’s “calling” in our lives, we must strive to honor Him in all that we say, and all that we do! By not moving past the decision which was made, that gravely affected our lives, we believe that we would have declared ourselves victims in this story! We prefer to be the “authors” of our lives, by having the courage to write our own story, which means living our purpose. We choose to empower ourselves, by not allowing a decision made on our behalf to discourage us from pursuing God’s mission for our lives, “ministry.”  We choose to be “victorious!”

When God Works On Your Heart!

You know when God is working in your life, and when He is working on your heart, because you are able to shift your complete focus on Him! All that matters to you, is “finding your calling!” You know that God is the answer to you finding it, so your eyes are fixed on Him!  Remember, what man may, or may not value, is what God cherishes the most; because He created “all man” for His glory!

Hit Over The Head With a Brick:

On August 6th, JC and I attended the “Global Leadership Summit, hosted by Bill Hybels, Founder and Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church. We always enjoy attending these leadership summits, but even more so this year, because JC and I both were eagerly seeking God’s direction for our lives, and we were not disappointed! There were several speakers that resonated with me, and at times I felt that they were hitting me over the head with “bricks” supplied by God! What was said, was bypassing my ears, and going straight to my heart. Only God could have orchestrated that!

Confirmation #1

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At one point during the summit, Bill Hybels made the comment, “love never fails people, it changes people!” That statement pierced my heart, so that I’m sure the people sitting closest to me must have heard me gasp!  Quickly regaining my composure, I wrote what he said in my notes, along with this response; ” our ministry may not have begun out of what felt like love, but God took the mess which was caused in our lives, healed our brokenness, and gently loved us to “Him!” He is now orchestrating our “purpose,” the purpose He intended all along. Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Confirmation #2

I believe another speaker God used to confirm that we were headed in the right direction was Ed Catmull, Co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios, which was eventually purchased by Walt Disney Studios. Interesting enough, as successful as Ed Catmull has become, he admitted that in the beginning of starting Pixar, he had to, in his words “wing it,” because there was no training at that time available for what he was doing. So, he became “self-trained!” One of Bill Hybel’s sayings is, “figure it out!” Ed figured it out!

JC and I are presently in a situation whereby we must figure it out. We have no idea what Carole Carnie Ministries (CCM) is going to look like at completion, nor do we have any clue regarding all that will be required of us. Most times, we look at each other in total amazement at what we are able to accomplish with just pure determination, natural instinct, a passion for what we are doing, and of course our God-given gifts. The key to the success of this ministry, is knowing that we must continue to follow God!

Confirmation #3

On August 7th,  JC attended a “Social Networking” seminar conducted by “National Seminars Training,” (NAST). JC was so excited about the information he was receiving during the class, that he texted me throughout the entire session. At lunch our conversation was about what we are doing correctly in building this ministry, which according to the information he received, we are on point. The session also helped us to identify the areas which needed improvement.

Figuring it Out!

Operating purely on instinct, passion, and God-given skills, has benefited us cconcerning our laying the foundation for the ministry. Because of the training session, JC realized we were currently doing what was necessary to maximize the success opportunities for CCM. The instructor identified what areas needed our concentration, and JC went into immediate action. I’m certain that as quickly as the instructor got the information out of his mouth, JC was putting it into action. Those of you who follow CCM witnessed firsthand what I am talking about. For example, he was told that he needed to increase his subscribers, and while still in class JC sent out a message indicating that for those who had not already subscribed to our Youtube channel, to do so.

That’s just one example of JC’s passion for this ministry! Passion is a sure way to determine if you are living your “calling.”  JC and I, are both “passionate” about the present direction of our lives! For us, there are many indicators that we are on the correct path. I suspect that someone reading this blog is connecting with what is being said. What I say next is meant specifically for you!  Know that if you concentrate on figuring out what you are passionate about, that information will assist you in eventually pin pointing your gifts. You must determine what you do exceptionally well, and once you determine that, it will put you on the path to eventually identifying  your “calling.”  Believe in yourself, trust in yourself, “more than you value or trust the opinion of others.” Know that your future awaits you, bigger and better than you could ever imagine. You don’t know, what you don’t know, but God knows! Follow Him, and He will lead you to your calling!

Conviction!

The final stage of this journey, is  that when you find your calling, you will live it with conviction! You will absolutely have no doubt that this is what you were created to do! Then you will experience a “peace deep within yourself” that passes all understanding! Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. You will no longer concern yourself with what others think, or say! It becomes all about pleasing God, all about honoring and glorifying Him with your gifts! Then you will live with conviction, knowing you have found your calling! Be blessed, “your calling awaits you!”

From My Heart to Your Heart!

Carole Carnie

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Carole Carnie “From My Heart to Your Heart” episode #6: When You Find Your Calling.

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Fork in the Road by Carole Carnie

When you come to a “fork in the road” in your life, sometimes the decision you make is not a matter of right or wrong, it’s more about making the best decision. That’s when you should stop, wait, and allow God to reveal the more suitable decision. That’s exactly the situation Jeff and I are presently in, “waiting!” It’s simultaneously exciting and scary, primarily because we are uncertain about where it is leading. However, we are certain about “WHO” is leading! Although we are currently in a holding pattern, (and that’s by choice) there is lots of movement being created around us.

Permit me to explain, Jeff was recently placed on a part-time employment  status at the church. Bhighway_exit_signsecause of that decision, which we consider our “symbolic “fork in the road,” Jeff proceeded to establish an infrastructure which will allow us to continue our “Loving Hands Ministry.” However, we are expanding “Loving Hands” to include the “Carole Carnie Ministry.”The ministry will look differently, and operate differently, but it will allow the Carnies to utilize all their skills to reach people. Jeff will be responsible for all business management, bookings, social media, advertisement, and music management. My responsibilities will be as an author, blogger, and inspirational speaker.

The movement that is occurring, are the daily tweets referred to asCaroleismwhich by definition are sayings I have come up with over the years to encourage, and inspire others. Currently, we put out a weekly blog, and a weekly vlog is scheduled to be launched in the near future. A podcast, and a book about my life is also in the plans. Finally, Jeff has enrolled in a local college to take classes which will enhance his knowledge in the areas of the ministry that is under his responsibility, he begins that journey in August.

Jeff and I can hardly contain our excitement regarding this “fork in the road” we are presently facing. However, until we are well on our way down this path, and have more clarity about our final destination, it is “scary!”

From My Heart to Your Heart

Carole Carnie

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Diversity by Carole Carnie

D369x254_equal_employment.jpgiversity doesn’t just happen, it’s intentional. It doesn’t happen because you talk about it, or you say you want it, it happens by doing it. To achieve true diversity and sustain it, hearts must be changed, otherwise all you have accomplished is people of different backgrounds and cultures coming together.

We should strive for much more, strive for relationships, bonds, friendships, and eventually love. Then and only then, are we able to show the world God’s principle of, “they will know you are mine by the way you love/treat one another.”

From My Heart to Your Heart,

Carole Carnie

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BATTLE OF SURVIVAL: by Carole Carnie

Approximately 7 months ago, Jeff and I made a “life style” change, it was the day after Thanksgiving, 2014. We changed our diet, went to the gym at least 5 days a week, and made sure to get at least 8 hours sleep each night. Additionally, we made our “spiritual well being” a priority in our lives by staying faithful to our daily devotions.

Around the first of the year, Jeff started moving some of his personal items from his office at the church back to our house, unconsciously he was establishing a home studio. He admits that he didn’t have plans to create a studio, he was just following his instincts! He was acting on a strong sense to move things from the church to the house.

This past Christmas while visiting the home of close family friends, Jeff confided in the husband that he was experiencing feelings of uneasiness, but that he couldn’t identify the source behind those feelings. Well fast forward to the present, and things make perfectly good sense! I’ve shared a timeline of occurrences in Jeff’s and my life, which at the time didn’t make any sense at all. The events by themselves seemed abstract, but looked at together it makes all the sense in the world. In hindsight we both realize that it was God orchestrating every situation.

11-2014:   The Carnies are inspired to get into physical, and spiritual shape. Unbeknownst to us,  we were readying ourselves for a “battle of survival.”

12-2014:   Jeff confides in his friend regarding his feelings of uneasiness which seemed to have no basis.

01-2015: Jeff began to move personal items from his boxing_box_boxers_266187office at the church, and set up a home studio.

Oh yea, I failed to mention that about 3 years ago, Jeff and I began to aggressively get our finances in order. We created a financial plan, stuck to it religiously, and began the journey of living considerably below our means. The objective was that through our ministry,  we would have the ability to help more people.

We see now, that while decisions were being made that would drastically change our lives, and could have financially devastated us, God was making changes in our lives which would serve as a buffer in terms of the impact the change in our employment status would have on our lives. God was caring for us, even when we didn’t know we needed “His” protection. That’s why Jeff and I are able to stand confidently, without fear or hesitation, and follow God, even when we aren’t sure where He is leading. We know God has a plan for our lives! We understand the importance of being quiet, of being still, and listening to what God is saying to us.

From the time you are aware that there will be a change in your life, until the time you respond, there is “empty space.” Many people respond without taking the time to seek God’s direction. They respond out of emotions to the situation. However, if you go to that “empty space,” it is there you will find your power. It is there that you are able to pray, it is there that you will meet God. It is there that He will speak to you. Jeff and I are currently in that “space,” seeking God’s direction, and whole heartedly ready to follow. So, what do you do when changes occur in your life, know that God is making changes on your behalf. God’s plan is for all of us to prosper!

From My Heart to Your Heart,

Carole Carnie,

Carole Carnie Ministries

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