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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UNEXPECTED SITUATIONS: by Carole Carnie

When life hands you an unexpected, difficult, and challenging situation; it calls for a response of strength, faith, and endurance. When we have an expectant circumstance occur in our life, we have the opportunity to prepare emotionally, and spiritually for that occurrence; however the opposite is true of the unforeseen circumstance. We are caught off guard, surprised, and often times not ready, or prepared to handle that situation.

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This is the time you must dig deep within yourself, tap into your inner-strength, and draw from the courage which will get you through this hardship. It’s difficult to rely on your own understanding, so you must rely completely on your faith, and trust in God, who will be waiting for you with “loving arms” on the other side of this trial.

Romans 5:3-4 We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope. 

In a six months period, JC and I have attended more memorial services than we care to remember. Starting with my dad on December 26th, my heart aches terribly as I write this. In January, a family friend died unexpectedly at the age of 49 from a blood clot. A young lady who JC had the privilege of mentoring musically at the age of 12 was tragically killed in a car accident this month. Also this month, we attended the services for the son of a member of our church who died unexpectedly while working out at the gym, he was 22. And if that were not enough, just this week JC and I received the news that the niece of dear friends of ours passed away. She was only 33, she was a wife and mother of two.

In times like these, tap into your inner-strength, hold on to your faith, and know that your endurance builds character, and gives hope.

From my heart to your heart,
Carole Carnie

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