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CAROL’S CORNER (Written for http://www.greeleygazette.com)

WOMEN:  WE HAVE THE POWER OF INFLUENCE

By: Carol Clemans

As we have just celebrated Mother’s Day, I’m reminded of the gift that God gave to women.  In the Garden of Eden, God gave Adam authority and he gave Eve influence. When the devil tempted Eve to eat the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil, Eve turned to Adam who was with her and offered him the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. Instead of Adam taking responsibility and refusing to disobey God, he allowed Eve to influence him for evil. The question is: “Who had the most power?”

The answer is, “Eve!”  Eve used her power of influence to convince Adam to sin against God!

There’s a truth here that needs to be addressed.  Adam abdicated his God-given authority and caved in to Eve’s temptation.  God created Adam after His image and likeness and even with all the beautiful and bountiful creation that God put at Adam’s disposal, Adam, without hesitation, surrendered to Eve’s power of influence. This is the cause for all the evil, sickness and death that is in the world today.

The gift of influence is still with women today.  As wives, mothers, sisters and friends we have the power of influence.  I take this as a serious challenge before God.  I refuse to follow in the footsteps of Eve.  I refuse to listen to the temptation of evil. I want my every word and action to be acceptable to God.  I want to use my power of influence to be a strong force in the lives of people that I touch beginning in my home.

As Mothers, we are teachers.  I bought a decorative pillow that says; “To teach is to touch a life forever.”  We are the teachers of our children. Will we use our power of influence for evil or for good? Our choice of influence will decide our destiny in eternity!

Carol Clemans is a certified pastoral counselor and seminar teacher.  She provides nationwide phone & web cam counseling – http://www.carolclemans.org

© Carol Clemans – May 2010

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Carol’s Corner (Written for http://www.greeleygazette.com)

RESPECT: THE MISSING INGREDIENT

By:  Carol Clemans

carol@carolclemans.org

Respect is missing from our society today.  Respect is absent for the life of the unwanted child in the womb. The innocent baby is conceived in the inner chambers of its mother’s womb that should be the safest place in the world. Then someone decides it’s unwanted and allows that baby to be ripped in pieces while alive in the womb – this equals no respect for life. Legal abortion has murdered millions of babies every year. This has sent a loud message to society: “If we do not respect the unborn, why should we respect the living?”

My parents taught me to respect my elders. Respect was displayed in the home between my parents and toward us children.  We learned respect by example. But since America has made it legal to kill helpless unborn babies over the past 30 plus years, that disrespect for life has invaded all areas of our lives. Parents don’t respect each other. The children follow that example of disrespect and it flows out into the streets, the classrooms of our schools and into every area of American society.

The generation that has been raised in this environment of disrespect for life will be the selfish rulers of America’s tomorrow. That’s a scary thought. Disrespect for life equals disrespect for God. Disrespect for God equals a nation that is in total disarray. We cannot be called a ‘God fearing nation’ any longer. Yes, we have people in the nation who do love and fear God, but we have allowed our voices to be muffled.  We need to speak out loud and clear.  We need to speak through our actions and votes that we still respect life.

We are having a National Day of Prayer this month, but we who believe in God need to be praying daily for our nation and its leaders.  We must ask God for mercy and wisdom in the process of helping to restore RESPECT in America.

Note: Carol Clemans is a certified pastoral counselor and seminar teacher. She provides nationwide phone & web cam counseling – http://www.carolclemans.org

© Carol Clemans – May 2010

Carol’s Corner (Written for http://www.greeleygazette.com)

BUY THE TRUTH AND SELL IT NOT!

By Carol Clemans

It’s amazing to me how many top government officials stand before America and declare statements that are supposed to be based on truth and then we consistently find out their words are half truths or absolute lies.  It should not surprise us that many of our youth today do not have a clue what truth is or how to define it. This problem comes right into our homes today.

Each of us can take responsibility to correct the negative impact of lies by always standing for truth in our homes. Being truthful in family relationships is a must. Spouses must have integrity with each other. Children will learn how to be truthful by following their parents’ example. If you want honesty from your children, then be honest. When children have loving truthful parents, they want to emulate what they see.

Proverbs 23:23 NLT says, “Get the truth and don’t ever sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and discernment.”  Truth, wisdom, discipline and discernment will never fail you. We’ve allowed God to be kicked out of our schools forgetting that the first schools in America used Bibles as one of their textbooks. Another Proverb 24:26 NLT says, “It is an honor to receive an honest reply.”  Our society needs to return to truth.  Living in truth is living in freedom.

It’s wonderful when it can be said, “He/she is a person of integrity.” This should be our individual goal in life.  No matter what our skill, position, or responsibility, if we are people that stand for truth, we will stand out in our arena of influence. Always ‘buy the truth’ and never sell out for less. We must stand for truth in our home, in the community, on the job and vote for people of integrity and truth will make America a better nation!

Carol Clemans is a certified pastoral counselor and seminar speaker. She provides nationwide phone & web cam counseling – http://www.carolclemans.org

(c) Carol Clemans – May 2010

YOU ARE GOD’S SPECIAL TREASURE

Carol Clemans

Written for  www.ladiesministries.org – HOPE section.

In the aftermath of divorce, abuse or abandonment, many battle with feelings of low self-worth.  Negative words have the power of ‘death’ emotionally. The feelings of being unloved and unwanted combined with painful words is a destructive force that the devil uses to continue the emotional pain even after the event is over. Negative thoughts do not come from God.  It is a tool of the enemy of the soul to continue inflicting pain through negative thoughts regarding the past.

“Who will ever love me again?” “Why would God want to use me after this has happened in my life?” “I will always be alone!” “There’s no future for me!” These types of thoughts can continue to reverberate until depression tries to make a permanent residence in your mind and heart. The only way out of depression is to dissect the lies that Satan speaks.  What is God’s truth about your situation?  Yes, you may be a divorce or abuse survivor, but that does not define how God looks at you or what He thinks about you!

The first step in surviving painful life experiences is to be sure your own heart is right with the Lord.  Psm 139: 23 & 24 NLT – “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”  There is great peace in knowing your heart is clean before the Lord.

The next step is to learn God’s truth.  When you know the truth, the truth shall set you free.  I Peter 2: 9 NLT “—–for you are a chosen people.  You are a kingdom of priests, God’s holy nation, his very own possession (God’s special treasure). This is so you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.”

When you are a Holy Ghost filled believer, this scripture defines who you are!  It’s not based on what your personal heartaches have been or on what you do, where you live or who you are related to.  This is God’s truth about you because He purchased you with His own blood!  You are the temple of the Holy Ghost!

Bad things happen to good people because God gave mankind a choice to either live for Him and be righteous or serve the god of this world who is the devil and do selfish evil acts. That is why you have been sinned against. The evil choice of the other person to bring you harm is their fault, not yours.  You must forgive the pain of the past and allow God to be your avenger.  Then ‘renew’ your mind with God’s truth about who you are in Him.

Nothing can separate you from the love of God.  His love is unconditional. God knows everything about you. He knows your end from your beginning. Read all of Psalms 139.  He formed you in your mother’s womb.  He goes before you and follows you and places His hand of blessing upon your head.  Put Him first in everything you do and your feet will be established in the way He wants you to go.  You are His special treasure and He will give you the strength you need to survive and become victorious.

NOTE:  Carol Clemans is a certified pastoral counselor providing nationwide phone and web cam counseling (636) 448-0121. She teaches seminars for spiritual, emotional and relational growth for churches/conferences. For teaching CD’s, articles & info, go to: http://www.carolclemans.org or email: carol@carolclemans.org. Carol and her husband, Rev. Harold Clemans, attend Abundant Life Tabernacle where she provides a teaching/counseling ministry for Pastor Dieter Skowron in Johnstown, CO.

© Carol Clemans – March 2010

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