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

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How To Find Peace In Your Life: by Carole Carnie

How do you find peace in your life, when all around you is like a “raging sea?”

Metaphorically speaking of course, I am still reeling from the “raging sea” experience currently occurring in my life. At times I feel as though my emotions are being tossed around like a “rogue” wave! However, right in the middle of the “storm”, God revealed to me individuals who are going through life altering situations, they are going through major issues which is proving to challenge their endurance, long suffering, trust, and faith in God!

What Does the Bible Say About Weathering the Storms In Our Lives?

Being patient and persevering through the “storms” in our lives is paramount! We must endure these challenges as disciplined athletes! Athletes strengthen their bodies, and increase their endurance through training. We must strengthen our faith, and trust in God through “spiritual” training! When faced with hardships I encourage you to pray, study the word of God, and fellowship with others; “I consider this as a form of spiritual training!”

In Timothy 1:8  We see that Paul considers Timothy his “spiritual son” by referring to him as, “his beloved child.” However, Paul is encouraging Timothy to embrace hardship for the sake of the gospel. He says, “therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, nor be a prisoner, but share in suffering for the gospel by the power of God. What grabs my attention in this verse, is that Paul tells Timothy that he would need the power of God to endure his suffering. Are you able to trust God in your suffering?

In Timothy 1: 15  Timothy was under pressure to compromise the gospel, he did not like conflict or controversy, and because of this people were turning against him, and abandoning the gospel. 1:15 You are aware that all who are in Asia turned away from me, among whom are Phygelus and Hermogenes.  

One thing I know for sure, is that when I focus on serving God, and I don’t loose sight of my purpose in life, “which is ministry,” I am able to weather all storms! If it is true like with Timothy, that we can turn people away from God by handling our hardships badly, then the opposite is true, that we can draw people to God by handling our hardships well.

Barb’s Raging Sea!

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The changes in these two women’s lives, a mother and daughter; definitely caused a “raging sea” experience for the daughter! Their story is, Barb, the daughter lives in California, and her mother, Carol resides in their home state. During their regular conversations, Barb noticed what seemed obvious to her, (but not to the attending doctors) some changes in her mom’s speech, it seemed slurred. When she encouraged her mom to get the opinion of a doctor, she did! However, she was told that her medication was most likely causing the problems. Feeling convinced that she needed to relocate back to her home state to care for her aging mom, Barb did just that! Being home for only a few months, she began to second guess her decision; primarily because the move
was not as she’d hoped, or planned. She adores her mom, so being her caretaker was not the issue. However, the job she had accepted was a major source of her frustration, it was not as expected. Additionally, she was mourning the lose of her independence, and privacy.

Recently, her mom fainted! The doctors said it was due to over exertion, and dehydration. About a week later she experienced another occurrence of fainting. Test were ran to determine the cause of her fainting, and it was concluded that she was experiencing mini strokes! God’s hand is clearly seen in this situation. The power of love, driving this daughter to give up so much, “in order give so much!”

DNae’s Raging Sea!

DNae is a young mother who contacted me expressing fear around her recent decision to relocate out of California, to be near her son who is scheduled to start college soon. Much of her “fear” was stemming from her not yet having a secured place to live, nor had she secured employment. She was now questioning if she had heard God correctly! We first identified where her fear was coming from, and then addressed those issues. We then talked about trusting God, and having “faith” that God would never leave or forsake her. Nahum 1: 7 “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble: and He knows those that trust in Him.” We then discussed faith, what it means, and what does it look like when we exercise it in our lives. Because everything was not in place before her move, DNae replaced her trust in God with fear, instead of with ‘her” faith. Living in faith is just that, wanting or hoping for something, but not knowing how it will occur; however you still follow your aspirations even when you don’t know the outcome. That’s faith in action!

I have learned from my own personal experiences, to seek God for calming my fear, anxiety, and to stay in His presence by reading His wIMG_0605ord in order to receive clarity on how to respond, or even if I should respond. Sometimes a situation may require that you ” just wait and be still.” In my stillness it is essential to stay there until my thoughts, words, and actions align with God’s truth. When you know the word of God, it’s important that when your emotions are controlling you, that you stay the course of waiting until your actions are in alignment with the principles of God! That is how you find peace in the mist of the storm!

For me, doing God’s work allows me to weather any storm! Identify what drives you in life, what brings you the greatest joy, and what is your passion: do those things while the sea of life is raging all around you, and it will serve as your “lifeline” until the seas cease!

From My Heart to Your Hear

Carole Carnie

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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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