• You Qualify for God’s Best!

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  • Don’t Sell Yourself Short

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  • Not a Care in the World

    Do you remember as a child, how you lived a carefree life? You didn’t have to worry about grown-up things. The responsibilities were different. My, how times have changed, huh? haha! As a grown-up, you have to make sure things get done. You have t … [Continue Reading]

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  • Laughter, the Universal Language

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A Surpassing Peace

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It’s possible to be in a quiet room and be in an inner state of turmoil. But it was never God’s intent for you to live a life full of distress. Even if chaos is surrounding you, you can still live in peace.

This peace is not a peace the world understands. Your friends won’t understand how you can keep your joy when you have every reason to be dismayed. People won’t understand how you’re able to sleep, when it seems the whole world is crashing around you. But when you’re walking in God’s favor, you can have His surpassing peace. And it will guard your heart and mind.

When you choose to let go of worry and anxiety, and make your request known to God, scripture says then God’s peace which surpasses all understanding, will guard your heart and mind through Christ Jesus.

This means you don’t have to hold on to things that are out of your control. You don’t have to be tied to relationships that are toxic. No, you can choose today to let go of the things that are upsetting, disheartening. You can release the things that cause bitterness and strife, and you can exchange these things for God’s surpassing peace.

It may get a little chaotic from time to time. Life will test you. Problems might arise. But the God of the universe is bigger than your problems. He will cause you to pass the tests.

Don’t let worry overtake you. Instead, you can do as the scripture admonishes us to do. Through prayer, petition and with thanksgiving, you can make your requests known to God. It  may be an undeserving peace. But because He’s a God of grace, because He wants to show Himself strong in your life, He will favor you with His peace. And it will guard your heart and mind. Expect God’s surpassing peace today!

~ Jarrod

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You Will Find Rest

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A yoke is a wooden beam fastened to the neck of a pair of oxen. The other end is attached to a plow or a cart which allows the animals to pull a heavy load. Day in- day out, these animals are toiling, carrying the burden of a heavy load.

And you may feel like these animals today. You may feel like the burden of life has you by the neck; like you’re carrying a load that’s unbearable. But you don’t have to accept the stress. Life may dish a heavy load, but you don’t have to accept it.

In scripture, Jesus is saying in Matthew 11:28, “come unto me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” The scripture goes on to say, “…for my yoke is easy to bear, and my burden is light.”

Life can leave you running a million miles per hour, so to speak. Between meeting deadlines and completing the to-do list, you may find yourself weary, fatigued or even stressed. But when you cast out your worries, when you cast out your cares and every stress, and accept God’s peace, you’re allowing God to go to work on your behalf.

Take God at His word. Don’t accept the heavy load. Choose to cast your care on Him. When you do so, you’re exchanging the heavy load for His yoke which is easy to bear. You’re taking on His burden which is light.

You will come into struggles but the good news is, you have the grace you need to endure the burden in this season of your life. Keep being faithful right where you are. Keep being diligent. Give it your all. Your work isn’t in vain. In just the right time, you will come into God’s rest. His yoke is easy and His burden is light!

~ Jarrod

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Better Off than Before

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For my first job in High School, I bagged groceries at a local grocery store. It was a very humble beginning. And I’ll never forget how, out of all the job roles in the store, management stressed customer service heavily on front end employees. Why? Because they were the first person people see when they walk in the store, and the last people see when they leave.

This meant we had to be welcoming, inviting and we had to have a good attitude. Just a simple smile, a greeting, or even a simple “can I help you find something today,” can make the difference between the customer leaving satisfied. It can make the difference between them leaving better than before.

In the same way, you can be of good service to the people you come in contact with today. You can be the ear that someone needs. You can be the help that someone needs. Sad to say, there are many people who are a problem and not a solution. But you can be one of the ones to be a solution to a person’s problem. Look for ways to leave others better off than before.

The good news is, when you are a blessing to other people, when you go out of your way to make another person’s day better, the blessings will show up in your own life as well. The truth is, when you build others up, you’re also building yourself up. You’re setting yourself up for the blessings to chase you down and overtake you.

So when you’re tempted to complain about what’s going wrong, turn it around into to something that’s going to make another person’s day go right. Choose to be an answer to someone’s problem. Leave them better off than they were before!

~ Jarrod

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Throw Out Your Anchor

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Every boat that sets sail is equipped with an anchor. It’s a device normally made of metal that is used to attach to the floor of a body of water, which keeps the boat from drifting due to high winds or current. The interesting thing is, the way the anchor is designed is that the harder the boat pulls on the anchor, the more the anchor digs into the bottom.

Sometimes, you may feel like a boat drifting out in the sea of life. The winds are fierce, the waves are tossing high, but you’re being tossed to and fro in the wind. In other words, life has thrown it’s worst at you. You’ve studied long and hard for the test, but you still failed the exam. You’ve done everything you know how to do, but that relationship didn’t work out. You met all the qualifications, but you still didn’t land that job position.

When it seems all hope is lost, when you’ve done all you know how to do, you can toss out your anchor. That means, when the finances aren’t coming together, when it seems God is not answering your prayers, that’s the time to kick your faith to another level. That’s the time to put it in God’s hands.

You don’t have to hold on to the stress. You don’t have to hold on to the struggle. Yes, the winds may come. Yes, the tides may rise, but you don’t have to accept it. You don’t have to accept a bad report from a critic. You don’t have to accept a bad doctor’s report. You can get another report.

Everything says that you’re destined for defeat. It’s says that your ship is bound to sink. But you can get another report. You can believe the report of a critic, or you can believe the report of the God who made the promise.

What are you doing when you’re standing in faith? You’re throwing out your anchor. You’re standing in agreement that says, “Yes, it seems like the ship will sink. Yes, it seems like I’ll never reach the shore. But if I just keep standing. If I grab a hold to the promises. I will overcome this difficulty.”

When you let go of the worry, doubt and fear, and allow God to take control of the wheel, you will overcome any storm life can throw your way.

Let God be your anchor today. Instead of holding on to a bad report, instead of holding on to a failed relationship, or a bad exam grade, hold on to the promises of God. He is the anchor that holds, and He will see you through even the toughest storms!

~ Jarrod

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It’s Your Birthday!

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When I was younger, and even until this day, whenever I had a birthday, I was determined to let nothing get me down. I had this almost subconscious ability to convince myself that today is my day. I’m going to be happy and I’m going to have fun no matter what.

I can only speak for myself, but I believe many people have this same ability.  No matter what happens on your birthday, even if something goes wrong, you’re determined to make the best of it.

Well you can take heart today, because today is your birthday, so to speak. It may not be your physical birthday, but you can treat it like your birthday. Why? Because you can celebrate life. Everyday is a day to celebrate the gift of life. I say it time and time again, but everyday that you awake to is a blessing from God. Everyday when you wake up, a miracle happens.

Whether it’s an off day, a day full of work or an easy going day, treat it like your birthday. Treat it like your special day. You can even treat it like a favorite holiday.

No day is an ordinary day. There is always something you can look forward to. Just around the corner, you can experience a suddenly blessing. Suddenly, the person of your dreams can walk into your life. Suddenly, your child can turn around. Suddenly, you can get a breakthrough.

So when something takes a turn for the worse, when the heat gets turned up, when the pressure is on, you can go back to that agreement you made earlier. Today is my birthday, a special day, and I’m going to be of good cheer.

Happiness is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself today. When you let go of worry, doubt and fear, and you accept God’s peace, you are giving yourself a great gift. Decide today that this is your special day, and nothing will get the best of you!

~ Jarrod

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Thursday Blues? Don’t Accept It!

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There are some days when we tend to let the “blues” get the best of us. It might be a Monday, the first day after an exciting, restful weekend. It could be a Wednesday, after a trying first of the week, now it’s hard to get over the hump. It might even be a Thursday, when it seems you have every weight under the sun resting on your shoulders.

It doesn’t matter what day of the week, whether it’s dreadful Mondays, stressful Wednesdays, or even if you’re dealing with the Thursday blues, you can still put your best foot forward. It’s all in your attitude.

Let’s say, you’re dealing with the Thursday blues. You’re not looking forward to the office presentation. You have a long to-do list. On top of that, you’ve got deadlines to meet. Well here’s encouragement today; to know that when stress comes knocking, when anxiety comes, when worry comes, you can let peace answer the door. You don’t have to accept the Thursday blues, you can look forward to the good news.

Good news is all around you today. You’re blessed with not just any day, but it’s the day that the Lord has made. After all, everyday when you wake up, a miracle happens. What’s the miracle? You are!

God has favored you with blessings. A brand new day’s mercy. A new faithfulness. A new grace. Now, it’s up to you. It’s all in the attitude. You can go around sour, irritable, grumpy; or you can be of good cheer. You can take heart. You can get a new excitement. Not because everything is good, but because it’s working for your good.

Today is a new day, a chance to make it better than the day before. That’s it. It’s all in the challenge. You don’t have to accept the Thursday blues, you can gain a new perspective. When you welcome a new day with a good attitude, God will favor you and show you the good news!

~ Jarrod Clark

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Don’t Second Guess It

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Sometimes we have that little voice inside, a gut instinct, an urging that shows us which way to go. We’ve all had those conversations with friends; “Something told me I should wait to make the down payment on the house.” “Something told me to get those shoes while they were still available in my size.” “Something told me in the beginning this relationship wouldn’t never work out.”

Notice, it’s always “something told me…” Well that “something” could be the still small voice, tiny whispers from heaven showing you a better way to go. When you hear that voice, when you get that inkling, don’t second guess it. If it’s a voice that’s life giving, if you get a good feeling deep down inside, a feeling that settles with your spirit, don’t question it, run with it.

God is saying in scripture, today when you hear my voice harden not your heart. That’s just what’s happening; too many are ignoring it. People are letting the “something told me’s” to go in one ear and out the other. Don’t ignore that voice today. If you feel strongly about it, take heed to it.

Now, I’m not saying there are consequences if you don’t get the shoes that were in your size. I’m not saying the world will end if you get into a wrong relationship when you don’t obey your instincts. After all, God will allow you to learn from bad relationships. Shoes will come and go. God can favor you with better shoes. But I do believe God is not only limited to speaking during severe desperate life circumstances. He’s not only limited to a life crisis revelation; yes He will speak in those moments too.

But God can speak to you directing your attention to something as simple as a sale at your favorite outlet mall. He can show you a new restaurant with good food to the likes you’ve never heard of. You could say, these are signs of God’s favor, where He’s directing you to the little blessings that will are right on time.

Realize today, God wants you to get the best out of life. He wants to favor you and reveal even the small insignificant things of life. And if it takes a nudge on the door to your heart to show you His favor, God will do it. He’ll bless you with wisdom that will lead to the next big idea. He’ll show you the right time to purchase that home. You’ll get a good feeling when the right relationships come into play.

When you hear that still small voice telling you to go left instead of right, don’t doubt it. It could be whispers from heaven leading you right into your destiny. It’s a gut instinct, a knowing that says your blessing is right around the corner. It’s even a voice that will steer you clear of danger, preventing you from hurt and harm. Don’t ignore it, don’t question it; it could be God showing you a better way!

~ Jarrod Clark

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A Strategy to Win!

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If you’ve ever watched a really close basketball game, you know the game gets really intense the last few seconds. The players are pulling out all the stops to win the game. Time-outs are strategically taken not only to regain a plan, but to stop the clock; to buy time. On the offense, players will do everything in their power to draw a foul. At this point in the game, every little point helps. Even in football, every time out, every huddle, even if you can get in field goal range, players will do what it takes to win the game.

And although life is not a game, you can still pull out all the stops to win over the enemy. If you’re going to come into the victory that God has for you, you’re going to have to develop a strategy to win. Unlike the basketball game, you can’t stop the clock. You can’t buy time, but you can take a time-out.

When it seems like the enemy has got one up on you, when it seems like you’re out of plays, so to speak, you can steal away to regain a new strength, a new plan, a new refreshing.

You’ve given it your all. You’ve even tried to figure it out on your own. Well let this encouragement take root today, to lean not into your own understanding. Instead, take a time out and acknowledge God; let Him direct your path. What are you doing when you acknowledge God? You’re developing a strategy to win.

Even when Jesus was teaching the crowds, every opportunity he had, he’d go off alone to be with God. What was Jesus doing? He was taking a time out.

That’s what I’m telling you today, let this be your plan of strategy. Be proactive. When the enemy has given it his best shot, when things get intense, call a time out. Acknowledge God. Let Him direct your path right into the victory He has for you!

~ Jarrod Clark

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Leave Your Mark!


At the Hollywood walk of fame, they hold ceremonies at TCL Chinese Theatre where hundreds of celebrities have left their hands and footprints in the concrete. This tradition stems back for decades. Years to come, these famous Hollywood celebrities will be remembered for how they made a difference through their hard work and dedication. Even when they retire, their mark will still stand.

That’s what were all called to do; leave our mark on this generation. You may not be an “A-list” celebrity. You may have never made the Billboard’s top 100, or have had the pleasure of having your footprint in the concrete, but you too can make your mark.

And it’s easy to think that you’re not important. So many have it embedded into their thinking that you have to be famous to make a difference. Many think that you have to be the best or have a super talent to make a difference. No, you should know that you can make a difference right where you are.

Everyday that you do something that affects the life of another in a positive way, you’re making a difference. Whether you’re kind to others, you’re extending a helping hand, or you’re uplifting someone with your words, you’re leaving a mark. If you change the life of just one person, then you’re doing something that matters.

God placed every person on this earth for a purpose. Scripture tells us that before you were formed in the womb, God knew you and He set you apart. I always say, as long as you have breath in your body, someone needs what you have.

Just like these celebrities, every time you use the gifts God placed in you to affect others for the better, you’re leaving your footprints in the concrete. It may not be physical. There may not be an actual footprint in Hollywood with your name on it, but years down the line, you will always be remembered for the difference that you made!

~ Jarrod Clark

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Worried About the Details

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Not too long ago, I was having a conversation with a colleague. She was showing me pictures that she took over the weekend at her daughter’s soccer match. The conversation was more weighed on the picture taking process than the details of the actual soccer match. And I remember her saying, “It got to a point where I was missing the game, because I was so focused on taking pictures.” When she said this, it reminded me of a saying. It says, “Don’t miss the moment trying to capture it.”

That’s just what many of us are doing. We’re missing the important moments of life trying to “capture it” so to speak. Sure, we may not be taking pictures at a child’s soccer match. But we may find ourselves so wrapped up in the many things that we miss out on what’s important to us.

Life is too short to stress over things that are out of your control. It’s great to take pictures along the way, they’re great for memories. But don’t let it get to the point where you let things that are out of your control get the best of you.

I’m reminded of the time when Jesus came to visit Martha in Luke 10:38. Her Sister Mary was sitting at the foot of Jesus listening to him teach, while Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She was concerned about being hospitable. Martha asks Jesus, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.”

Jesus’ response surprised her. He says, “Martha dear, you are worried and upset over all the details. Your sister has chosen the better part.”

That’s what I’m telling you today, choose the better part. You’ve worked hard. You’re trying to meet deadlines. You have goals you’re trying to meet. But there should become a point when you accept what you’ve done, move on, and focus on what’s important in life.

Everything may not be organized. You may have fallen short of getting a few chores done on your to-do list. But don’t be worried about the many things in life. Don’t become so distracted by the details that you miss out on your child’s soccer game, or that you don’t have time for that important phone call, or that you neglect a visit from a friend; or more importantly, that you don’t have time for God.

Just like Mary, make a decision that you’re going to choose the better part. Have a sit down. Enjoy good company. Stop to smell the roses. Don’t miss out on the moments of life, trying to capture it!

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