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By: JL Carelock | August 13, 2018

Failure is defined as:


  • lack of success
  • an unsuccessful person, enterprise or thing
  • the omission of expected or required action
  • the act of state of not functioning
  • a sudden cessation of power
  • the collapse of a business

Oftentimes, we focus so much on the failures of our lives, that we fail to embrace the successes. 


Success is defined as:


  • the accomplishment of an aim or purpose
  • the attainment of popularity or profit
  • a person or thing that achieves desired aims or attains prosperity


Here are a few quotes and thoughts on success:


  • "For every reason it's not possible, there are hundreds of people who have faced the same circumstances and succeeded" -Jack Canfield


You are not the only person facing a challenge, battling a disease, dealing with f...

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By: JL Carelock | June 06, 2018


"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalm 46:10

Several times in the Old Testament, God declares that He is God and there is no other. He also reminds the children of Israel, repeatedly, that "I am the Lord your God". When His prophets spoke, He even used them to declare that He is the Lord their God. Below you will find a few declarations that God makes about Himself.

·  I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward (Genesis 15:1)
·  I am the Almighty God (Genesis 17:1)
·  I am the God of Bethel (Genesis 31:13)
·  I AM THAT I AM (Exodus 3:14)
·  I am the Lord that healeth thee (Exodus 15:26)
·  I am the Lord that ...

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By: JL Carelock | May 14, 2018


There are times when it seems that our strength is utterly depleted. We battle just to muster up a prayer or a simple song of praise. When we take our eyes off the Lord of our salvation, we easily become consumed with the cares of this world. Problems, issues, situations, mishaps, misfortunes, burdens... all of these things have the potential to shake our faith and shift our focus. If we are not careful, these things will even cause changes in our physical appearance. Have you ever been around someone who was "going through" terribly? What did that look like? Sloppy dress, poor alignment of priorities, sluggish posture... What did it sound like? Complaining, whining, nagging, negativity, hopelessness, despair...

"Going ...

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By: JL Carelock | May 08, 2018

Proverbs 13:11

“Wealth gotten by vanity shall be diminished: but he that gathereth by labour shall increase.”

I have often heard the phrase, “Anything worth having is worth working for.” I totally agree. Oftentimes, when we are allowed to enjoy things that we have not worked for, we become disconnected from reality. You know, when a teenager gets his/her first car without having to have good grades or give any money towards the down payment. They tend to become less appreciative as the newness wears off. They make no connection of appreciation with the reality that they have received something of great value that did not cost them anything.

On the other hand, when a teenager has worked and finally saved up the money to buy a vehic...

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By: JL Carelock | April 30, 2018


Proverbs 16:24

"Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones."




The honeycomb is primarily made of beeswax and honey. The intricately formed honeycomb houses the honey that bees produce. Honey has many benefits:

· Antibacterial properties that prevent infection in minor scrapes and bruises
·  Helps promote a night of restful sleep
·  Minimize the effects of seasonal allergies
·  Healthy alternative to sugar
·  Skin moisturizer and hair conditioner
·  Reduction of acne
·  Reduces cough and minor throat irritation
·  Has antioxidants that help boost the immune system
·  many, many, more benefits not listed

While I am no expert on ho...

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By: JL Carelock | April 24, 2018



Psalm 138:8


"The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands."

I absolutely LOVE this Psalm. The psalmist begins this scripture by encouraging himself. I guess you could say he engages in a bit of "pep talk".  The wisdom, knowledge and understanding that derives from this portion of the scriptures makes a sound declaration for the psalmist of the following facts:

THE LORD

  • there is only one true and living God
  • confidence in who his God is
  • knowing that he serves the God who reigns

WILL

  • certain that God is going to do something
  • assured that God wants to move in his life

PERFECT

  • expect God to make him whole
  • confident that God...

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By: JL Carelock | April 17, 2018



April is National Stress Awareness Month

According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, stress is defined as the following:


Constraining force or influence such as:
a : a force exerted when one body or body part presses on, pulls on, pushes against, or tends to compress or twist another body or body part; the intensity of this mutual force commonly expressed in pounds per square inch 
                        
b : the deformation caused in a body by such a force 
   
c : a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in disease causation...

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By: JL Carelock | April 10, 2018



Gratitude is a respected quality; a desired characteristic. It is the recognition of grace, mercy and favor.


So what defines an “Attitude of Gratitude” and what does it look like? Before I answer that question, let’s explore what it does not look like.


It is not:

  • Taking things, people, events, opportunities, promotions, protection, safety, wealth, employment, education, life, health, etc. for granted.
  • Failing to say “thank you”.
  • Disregarding those who have helped you along the way.
  • Using people to accomplish your goal and then tossing them by the wayside.


An “Attitude of Gratitude” is a constant willingness to express appreciation for all that you are, all that you have and all that you hope to be and accomplish. It is a lifestyle of a...

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By: JL Carelock | April 03, 2018

We have a lively hope...

I Peter 1:3 "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead"


We can sleep in peace and safety...

Psalm 4:8 "I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety."


God has given us a plan of salvation...

Romans 10:9 "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."


I can have peace in times of trouble...

John 14:7 "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let no...

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By: JL Carelock | March 20, 2018

After surviving the cold winter months, it seems that all of creation looks forward to something new. Well, today marks the 1st day of spring. Let us rejoice.


There are several things that take place naturally as we move from winter to spring:


- The temperature of the air and soil starts to warm up

- Flowers begin to bloom

- Animals come out of hibernation

- Rainy days, mixed with sunshine, help the grass, flowers and trees to grow

- Birds begin to migrate north

- A different set of fruits and vegetables become “in season”

- Desolate landscapes transform into fields of green


There are several things we do as we enter the new season:


- “Spring cleaning” – a deeper level of cleaning for the home, office, vehicle, boat, etc.

- Stor...

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By: JL Carelock | March 12, 2018

I am sure we all agree that our God is Big and Strong and Mighty. However, in our times of weakness, discouragement, warfare, failing faith, tragedy, fear, frustration, etc. we seem to forget just how Big, Powerful, Loving and Compassionate He truly is. During these trying and uncertain times, we have to be careful not to murmur, mumble or complain.


If not for His Grace and Mercy, some of us would have already been consumed with the issues of life. We must understand that we serve a True and Living God Who has given us a True and Living Word. This Word speaks life to our situations and breathes life into our Spirit. 


In order to develop a NEVERTHELESS PRAISE, we have to stand on, declare and proclaim this Word over our lives in sea...

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By: JL Carelock | March 05, 2018


“Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.”

Matthew 24:44


Preparation for the coming of Christ is an underlying theme of most sermons, spiritual songs and Christian based movies and study material. Christ is indeed going to make His return and we all want to be ready. There are several passages of scripture that speak of this monumental event and also offer keys for spiritual preparation. We will discuss some of those at a later date.


Many times, we are so focused on the end, that we miss pivotal moments in or daily lives. Yes, we want to have our lamps full of oil when Christ returns. But, in the meantime, have we prepared ourselves for the opportunities that He presents to us along the way?


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By: JL Carelock | February 26, 2018

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”

Romans 12:1

 

This very popular passage of scripture has been used to discuss themes of personal sacrifice, holiness and submission unto God. A picture is painted of God’s servant walking in wholeness; prepared to be a conduit of His Spirit as He leads.

 

I have been thinking a lot about this scripture lately. The word that speaks loudly to me is the verb “present”. It means “to show or offer (something) for others to scrutinize or consider.”  We go throughout our day making presentations whether knowingly or unknowingly. Let’s consider the following:

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By: JL Carelock | February 19, 2018

Definition from Dictionary.com

The act or habit of procrastinating, or putting off or delaying, especially something requiring immediate attention: She was smart, but her constant procrastination led her to be late with almost every assignment. 

Synonyms of procrastination:

-Delay

-Put off

-Defer

-Let slide

-Play a waiting game

-Drag one’s feet

-Give the run around

Signs of a procrastinator:

-Gather necessary information, but take a long time to make decisions.

-Have to rush to meet deadlines.

-Perform tasks today that you intended to perform days ago.

-Delay tackling huge tasks.

-Although you know deadlines are approaching, you often veer off to do other tasks.

-Have a lot of unfinished projects at home, work, school, church,...

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By: JL Carelock | February 13, 2018

10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1…Happy New Year!!! Do you remember the days that led up to that momentous countdown? If so, you were not alone. People around the globe were preparing to “bring the new year in right”. For some, that meant going to church. For others it meant sitting down writing resolutions to be fulfilled over the course of 365 days. What did the dawning of a new year signify to you? Did you approach the countdown with great expectation? Did you resolve to change some things? Is it your desire to live a sound, balanced life? The theme of this blog for 2018 is “WHOLENESS”. It is inspired by the following scripture:  1 Thessalonians 5:23 (KJV) “And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit...

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