• You Qualify for God’s Best!

    Somehow many have come into the belief that says, “I’ve made some terrible choices in the past, surely God can’t favor me.” Or, “I don’t come from a family of royalty and prestige, I must be doomed to failure.” But friend, this is pure deception. … [Continue Reading]

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  • The Ultimate Lifeline

    A few years ago, there was a television show called, “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” In the show, you had the chance to win a million dollars if you could answer all the questions. If you didn’t know the answers, you had three lifelines. You could as … [Continue Reading]

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  • Don’t Sell Yourself Short

    Doubt and disbelief can be one of your worst enemies. There are times when you won’t always reach the goals you set out to do. There will be times when you set high expectations in life, and the results don’t meet your level of expectancy. Well tak … [Continue Reading]

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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

    One day I was watching a video and in the video, the person speaking just so happened to speak a different language. And although I couldn't understand the words that were coming out of their mouth, there was one thing I could relate to. It was their … [Continue Reading]

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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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An Unexpected Miracle!

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When I was coming up, we used to watch this movie called “Miracle on 34th Street.” It was all the rage. Even until this day it’s a classic.

Well, I don’t know about you, but I believe in miracles. And I believe that they not only happen on 34th street, but they happen right where you are.

My encouragement for you is to keep believing. Stay in faith. You may not see how it can happen, but trust that God can make it happen. Even if everything around you has given you every reason to doubt, don’t doubt. Instead, make the decision that you’re going to be a believer, not a doubter. A miracle can happen at anytime, unexpectedly. Keep expecting a miracle.

People may tell you that you’re too far out, that what you’re believing is a little far fetched. They’ll tell you that you should believe for something a little more reasonable; something more average. You should dream an ordinary dream. Don’t let these words take root. No, you serve a God who does the extraordinary.

He’s not in the business of making ordinary things happen. No, God is in the business of extraordinary blessings, extraordinary favor, extraordinary miracles!

It may not happen right away. The blessings may not come on your time table, but God sees the big picture. In just the right time, He can rain down an unexpected blessing, an unexpected miracle.

It could happen Friday at 2:37 in the afternoon. You could get the phone call that’s going to change the course of your life. It could happen when you least expect it, next week on a business flight. It could happen when you’re at your wits end, hanging on by a thread; God can favor you with an unexpected miracle.

So don’t doubt what God has for you. If God says it’s so, it will be so. Keep believing. Keep dreaming. Keep waking up everyday expecting a miracle. It just might happen when you least expect it!

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God is Working!

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One time I was keeping up with this court case. I noticed that it turned out to be a long, drawn out, tedious thing. What seemed like an open and shut case took months, possibly a year to play out. They had to go through all the steps of questioning the witness. The had to re-examine the evidence, cross examine the defendant. Not to mention the jury had to agree on verdict.

At the end of the day, the innocent party just wanted justice. They just wanted a fair trial. To them, it might have seemed like it was never going to end. They probably lost hope at one point. Looking at the circumstances, looking at the odds, they were tempted to throw in the towel. But despite the way it looked, despite the long, drawn out process, the case eventually worked itself out.

And that may be how you feel today. You’ve fought your best fight. You’ve toiled. The odds may be against you. The evidence is not stacking up. But know that you have a God who is working on your case. It may be a tedious process. It’s not going to happen over night but in due season, in just the right time, God is going to reach a verdict concerning you.

If God had a desk, there would be a file with your name on it. Believe today that God is working on your case. The board may not be in your favor. Everything says that you’re losing; that justice won’t play out, but just remember, you’re on the winning side. It may not seem fair at the time, but God is working.

So keep believing. Hold your peace. God is not slack concerning His promise. If you’ll stay in faith, God will perform a miracle on your behalf. In hindsight, you’ll look back and see that it was the hand of God working to make your wrongs right!

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God Can Make it Happen!

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Many people lose heart over what didn’t come to pass in their lives. What seems to be a disappointment, setback, or mountain in your life, is just a small thing to God. He’s able to exceedingly and abundantly above all you can ask or think!

If you can do it on your own, then you’re dreaming too small. Dare to dream a little bigger. Expect something greater. Don’t doubt God what God can do. Whatever it is, God can make it happen.

You may have been disappointed in the past. Maybe a dream didn’t come into completion, and because of a failure, because of coming up short, you’ve convinced yourself to settle; to become mediocre.

Well let this encouragement take root, to keep believing. If your dream didn’t come to pass, dream a new dream. It’s not about settling in life, it’s about becoming all you can be. God doesn’t want you to just get by in life, He wants you to thrive! He wants to enlarge your territory.

Be willing to stretch yourself. Think the unthinkable, believe the unbelievable. Trust God to do what He said He’ll do. He’s more than able. If you can ask it, God can do it and much more!

So take heart today. Don’t get downtrodden. Don’t be dismayed about where you came up short. You may not be able to do it on your own, but God is more than able. And when you have God’s power working in you and through you, this gives you an upper hand.

All the signs may be against you. Everything says that you were meant to settle right where you are. But when you set your eyes on something greater, God will make miracles happen despite the signs. Even if the odds are in your favor, don’t look at the odds, look at your God. God can turn the odds in your favor. Just when you thought it would never happen, that’s when God can make it happen!

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That’s a Wrap!

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In film-making, whenever a director comes to the end of shooting a movie scene, or whenever a long day of shooting comes to an end, he lets the set know it by an outburst; “That’s a Wrap.”

That means all the hard work, all the endless takes, even all the mistakes that have been made has come to an end. This means that the director has what he wants. He is pleased with the result.

Yesterday you may have worked hard. You may have had to rehash some things over and over again before you got it right. But at the end of everyday, even if it seems like you didn’t get it all done, God is saying, “That’s a wrap.”

You see, God sees the big picture. He sees exactly where you need to be. He has it all planned out. And things may not be happening on your time table. Things may not be going according to your plans. It may seem like you didn’t get it right; but God, the director over your life so to speak, is sealing the day by saying “That’s a wrap.”

Today is a new day. What you failed at yesterday, you can give it another shot today. In the past, conditions may have been unfavorable, but God has divine favor. Because of his compassions, tender mercies, unending faithfulness, you’re able to go forth with a new day in a better way.

The old is past away. God sealed it. That’s a wrap. Quit holding on to the anxieties of yesterday. Quit holding on to the worries, doubts, fears and embrace a new peace. Embrace today’s joy and strength. Walk in a new faith.

When you laid to rest yesterday, that was a wrap. That means, just like on the movie set, you can wrap up the cords of yesterday. You can cut off the lights, the camera, the action, and you can go home. Because of God’s favor, today is a chance to do it better!

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You Just Keep Going and Going and Going

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Have you ever seen the Energizer Bunny Commercial? It has the bunny with the drum. It paints the picture that because he has the energizer battery, he just keeps going and going and going… In fact that’s the slogan, he just keeps going and going and going.

But I always wondered, if it’s a battery, surely at some point in time won’t the battery die? Sure it may be the greatest battery, according to the commercial, but even the Energizer battery will eventually have to die down.

And that may be the way you feel today, like your battery has died down. You’ve exhausted all your resources. You’ve given it all you’ve got. But you’ve grown weary. Tired. You feel like you just can’t go on.

Let this encouragement set in today, to know that you’ll come into a new energy. You’ll come into a second wind, a renewed strength. You may grow weary at times, but if you’ll continue in well doing, you’ll find a great blessing coming your way!

You see, even an Energizer Bunny will die down at some point in time. But because you have God’s grace, because you have His strength working for you, you’ll just keep going and going and going. You’ll find that you’re not only able to make it through the day, but you’re able to have a record breaking day.

With God’s strength working for you, you won’t just get by in life, you’ll thrive. You’ll go above and beyond. God will bring you into a flourishing finish.

What was supposed to stop you will no long have an effect. What was supposed to keep you back will be the thing to catapult you into your destiny. You’ll come into a renewed energy; a renewed strength. Your inner battery will get a recharge, so to speak.

So go along your day with a new boldness. Keep doing what’s good. Keep pushing the envelope. You’ll break forth into a new dimension in life. And you’ll find that you’ll just keep going and going and going!

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