Chelsea Crockett

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Falling Victim to Nyctophilia

Nyctophilia (n): An attraction to darkness or night; finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness. Do you ever experience Nyctophilia? Maybe it sounds something like this: You know what you’re…

Nyctophilia (n): An attraction to darkness or night; finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness.

Do you ever experience Nyctophilia? Maybe it sounds something like this: You know what you’re doing isn’t right, but it’s comfortable. So instead of changing your actions of lifestyle, you remain in this “darkness” that the world offers, instead of looking up to God for change or direction.

We’ve all done it from time to time. We stay with the things that are familiar and comfortable because we’re too scared to take the next step.

This is when we fall victim to Nyctophilia. Instead of taking a step forward, we remain where we’re at due to fear and the “what ifs.” This keeps us doing the things we’re comfortable with, the things that cause us to turn away or ignore God.

1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.”

God understands the appeal of the world and the easiness of it. It’s easy to do what everyone else is doing and to desire those things, as well. But our actions are the reflection of what we stand for and what we believe in. So, like the verse says, when we show love for the world more than we show love for our heavenly Father, God’s light cannot shine through within us.

Titus 2:11-12 says, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

 The grace of God extends with no limit. It covers our past sins, our present sins, and even the sins we haven’t committed yet. When we seek the darkness of the world and everything it has to offer, God gives us his perfect gift of grace. But just because God is merciful to us doesn’t mean we should use this as an excuse, continuing to seek the ways of the world and proceed happily in our bad habits.

It’s okay to desire comfort and ease, but the moment it keeps you from making a positive change or taking a step in the right direction, it becomes a problem. God wants us to be comfortable and relaxed, but in his way. His way is much more satisfying. It’s eternal, joyful, merciful, and so much more.

I urge you to step out of your Nyctophilia at least once this week. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but pick something you can work on in your life for the better. Maybe for you it’s gossiping, jealousy, anger, your desires, etc. Whatever it may be, try using that time spent on those actions, thoughts, or emotions, and spend it on your spiritual life.

Instead of being jealous or angry toward someone, simply start talking to God. Ask him for help and guidance on how you can change your darkness into light! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Date Night Q&A

Whether you have been dating your significant other for weeks, months or years, there is always more to learn about one another. Next time you are on a date with…

Whether you have been dating your significant other for weeks, months or years, there is always more to learn about one another. Next time you are on a date with your love, put down your phones and pull out this list. You may be surprised what you learn, and where the topics lead!

  1. What are 5 things you hope to be remembered for?
  2. What are 5 passions you have and why?
  3. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood verses your family dynamic now.
  4. What are 3 things that make you happy?
  5. What popular thought or notion do you think the world has most wrong?
  6. What is one thing I don’t know about you?
  7. What are two things I do well?
  8. How have you seen me change since we’ve been together?
  9. How have you changed in the time we’ve been together?
  10. What is one thing you want to do different from your parents?
  11. What is your favorite memory of us together?
  12. If you had to live in another country, where would you go?
  13. What is my most difficult challenge right now?
  14. What is your most difficult challenge right now?
  15. Excluding money or time, what is one thing that I wish I could have?
  16. If you could be an expert in anything, what would it be?
  17. Name 3 things on your bucket list.
  18. What are your favorite qualities in me?
  19. How would you spend 1 million dollars?
  20. What is the greatest strength and weakness of our relationship?
  21. What is your 5-year plan? 10-year plan?
  22. If you never had to work again, what would you do with your life?
  23. If you could choose one mentor – famous or not – who would it be?
  24. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  25. When you met me, what was your first impression? Was it correct?

I love lists like this because they take us out of our comfort zone. Asking questions like these can be beneficial at any stage of a relationship. In the beginning, when everything is new and exciting, we tend to hang on every piece of new information as we learn about one another. After a while, tossing in conversation topics like these keep things fresh and fun.

Ask away!

Chels

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Be a Ruth

“Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you stay, I will stay; your people shall be…

“Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you stay, I will stay; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16

When you think of Ruth from the Bible, I’m guessing that this verse comes to mind. Ruth’s story isn’t flashy or dramatic – but she is a Biblical superhero. She is brave, obedient, loyal, faithful, bold, courageous, loving, and kind. These are characteristics we should all strive to possess. These are life’s real superpowers.

Ruth was obedient when God guided her on a path she wasn’t expecting – a path that took her far from her family from home. She followed her mother in law, Naomi, even when the easier decision would have been to stay put. She decided to remain loyal to Naomi even though her husband, the link that connected the them, had passed away. God rewarded her obedience with a bigger blessing than she could have ever imagined – by introducing Boaz into her life. Through their love, they added to the family tree that eventually led to King David and even Jesus. Ruth scavenges for food in Boaz’s fields to feed Naomi, which is what introduced them and began their love story.

“I’ve been told about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband — how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” {Ruth 2:11-12}

Her story isn’t just a story of love – love for Naomi and eventually Boaz – it is a story about God. The book of Ruth demonstrates the kind of faithfulness and love that God wishes for us. It also shows us the difference between what happens when we as both individuals and as a group faithfully follow God.

Love selflessly and you will be shown the same in return. Be a Ruth. Be loyal in your relationships, go the extra mile, and don’t give up when things get tough. Someday you will see why it was worth the work.

Chels

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Search Me, O God

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts.” – Psalm 139:23 God knows every part of us. He knows our thoughts, our hearts,…

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts.” – Psalm 139:23

God knows every part of us. He knows our thoughts, our hearts, and our whole being. He knows our motives and the “why” behind our every action.

The underlying theme to this is that God created us, he knows us, and he searches us. We may not always want God to know every part of our hearts (I know I sometimes don’t), but it’s a beautiful thing when the God that created us truly knows us, even the things we’re not proud of.

When God searches us, he reveals to us the parts of our mind that we don’t always want dug up. But when we confront the things that God wants shown to us, we get the opportunity to become more like him.

When we pray, we should be asking God to show us our convictions and reveal to us the areas in our lives that could use a little work. For you, it may be patience, jealousy, alcohol, etc., simply anything that doesn’t reflect that of a follower of Christ. Your struggles may seem smaller or bigger than others, but in God’s eyes, they’re all the same.

Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

When we ask God to search our hearts, he already knows what’s in them. He knit us together the day we were created, making no mistakes or accidents.

Think of yourself as a house. There are several different rooms filled with several different things. Some rooms you don’t mind showing to people because they’re clean, put-together, and presentable. But then there are the rooms that you don’t want people to see, even God. You keep the door locked so no one can see what’s behind it.

We all have the rooms that we’re not proud of. Whether those rooms are filled with your past, your thoughts, your shameful actions, etc., it’s the rooms you don’t want anyone else to see regardless.

But once we open these rooms to God, we allow ourselves to be vulnerable and fully transparent with him. It’s an intimate thing when we put everything out on the table and share with God even the things we don’t want to.

Although God already knows our deepest thoughts, it’s completely different when we invite him in and willingly share the things we’ve been hiding from him.

I encourage you to ask God to search your locked rooms. Ask him to help you with the things you struggle with and to forgive you for the things you’ve been hiding. No matter how bad you think these things are, God will always forgive you and love you just the same.

Pray for God to search you and reveal these things to you! He uses our weaknesses to work in our lives and turn them into strengths! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Why Do We Pray?

Prayer is one of the best things in the world. It calms me, secures me, and strengthens me when I need it. It’s something so intimate that connects us to…

Prayer is one of the best things in the world. It calms me, secures me, and strengthens me when I need it. It’s something so intimate that connects us to God and lets us feel his presence all around us.

I’ve often heard people question the “why” behind prayer. Why do we pray if we can’t hear God back? Why do we pray if God already knows the will he has for us? There are so many reasons to pray, you just have to discover them!

We pray for others.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” – Ephesians 6:18

God has no limits on who and how he can work in the lives of others. When we pray for our friends, our family, or even the people that aren’t easy to pray for, he moves among them. We may not see the results of our prayers right away, or even at all, but we can be confident in knowing that God hears us no matter what.

We pray for our requests.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” – 1 John 5:14-15

Whenever I need or want something, I go immediately to God. Although I know he may or may not answer my prayer, he always hears them. If God doesn’t answer, I know that his will for my life is different from what I had planned, and that’s okay! This verse gives us confidence in knowing that he hears our every request and knows the wants and needs of our hearts.

We pray for humility.

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’” – James 4:6

Humility is something everyone struggles with. It’s hard to be humble in every season of life, especially when everything seems to be going our way. When we practice humility, we become more and more like Jesus. He was completely humble, putting others before himself in any and every situation. Pray for help from God in this area and practice it daily!

We pray for peace.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15

This world could definitely use a little more peace. Whether that be peace with yourself or peace toward others, we are called to peace. Even in Jesus’s darkest days, he had peace in his heart in knowing God’s ultimate plan for his life. We need to have this same trust in God and have faith in his plans for us!

So, next time you’re finding it hard to pray, remember these things. Remember that God uses prayer to equip us with the things we need in life. We use prayer to help ourselves, to help others, and to simply talk to God and present our requests to him. Prayer is so powerful, so use it to feel the presence of God all around you!

– Chelsea

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Thanksgiving Thoughts: Things to Be Grateful For

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34 Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the endless blessings in your life….

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the endless blessings in your life. From the bed you sleep in to the family and friends that surround you, there are so many things to be thankful for.

Around this holiday, I always like to reflect on what God has given me throughout my life. There is nothing too small or too big to thank God for, and there’s no greater time to present your praises to him than during this season of Thanksgiving!

2 Corinthians 9:11 says, “Give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Every day on after this day of thankfulness, be conscious of how often you show your gratitude to God. 2 Corinthians says to give thanks always not just in seasons of thankfulness.

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” – Psalm 107:8-9

God takes notice when we praise him for the things he’s given us. He satisfies and fills us with all good things. Like this verse says, we should always praise God for his unfailing love and the deeds he does for us! There is no limit on how often we can present our praises to him.

I saw a quote that changed my perspective on thankfulness. It said, “Imagine if you woke up with only the things you thanked God for the day before.” I thought about the reality of this and it changed how I talked to God before I went to sleep at night.

I began to thank God for even the smallest things in my life. I thank him for every meal, every friend, every opportunity… I thank him for the weather, the apartment I live in, the car I drive… Sometimes I even make a list when I’m feeling extra grateful that I can look back on when I need a pick-me-up.

It’s easy to compare your life to others and point out what they have that you don’t. When you start to do this, make a list like I mentioned above. And what better day to start doing this than on Thanksgiving? Once you see how long your list really is, it’ll automatically change your mindset about the things you have in your life.

So, take time today and reflect on all of these things. Spend some time with God and just talk to him! End your Thanksgiving with a time of gratefulness and thankfulness. It’s the best day to do so. 🙂

– Chelsea

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Called to Be Different

Growing up, I always thought being different was a bad thing. At one point or another, we all have wanted to “fit in” and receive the approval from others whether…

Growing up, I always thought being different was a bad thing. At one point or another, we all have wanted to “fit in” and receive the approval from others whether we want to admit it or not.

The Bible brings up this topic many times throughout it. God asks us to follow him and leave the ways of the world behind, just as he had to. He not only wants us to be different, but calls us to be different. Take a look at Romans 12:2 for example.

It says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

When we conform to the ways of the world, we lose the ways of God. By standing out and being different, people start to notice and see the change in us! When we put the ways of the world behind us, God transforms us and works wonders in our lives.

There’s a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that I think puts it so perfectly: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

This goes for all things in life. If no one makes their own path and leads by example, we would all just be followers, living a life of repetition and boredom.

I’ve always wanted my YouTube channel to leave my own trail and display the love of Christ through my videos. Although it’s not the normal thing you see on YouTube, I knew God was calling me for something bigger and to use my platform for others to see Him through me.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9

When we consider the truth of the fact that God chose us, everything changes. God chose us to be his light in the darkness, not to hide in the shadows and take on the ways of the darkness.

If we all followed the ways of the world, we would all be the same, striving toward nothing but momentary satisfaction. When we go our own way, GOD’S way, we leave a trail that gives way for so many better things to follow.

Being different is GOOD! It allows for others to join you and make an even bigger pathway toward loving the Lord and living out his word. Next time you need some boldness and confidence, remember what Emerson says: “Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail!”

– Chelsea

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Not Today, Satan

“Whenever I say Your Name, let the devil know not today.” This is a line from one of my recent favorite songs by the band “Hillsong”. If you spend any…

“Whenever I say Your Name, let the devil know not today.”

This is a line from one of my recent favorite songs by the band “Hillsong”. If you spend any time browsing social media, then you’ve probably seen memes featuring the phrase “not today Satan”, and although it is a saying that we easily throw around, it has some real depth.

The devil speaks lies, doubt and fear into our lives in many forms. He uses our weaknesses and weak spots to weasel his way in to our minds. His voice tells us that we are not good enough, not lovable, not important, and makes us feel as though we have to be in control all the time and think selfishly. This voice steals us of our composure and levelheaded-ness and tempts us into making bad or destructive decisions.

We have to fight back and tell Satan “not today.” So, how do we do this? First, you must avoid his line of fire. Do your best to avoid situations that leave your weak spots vulnerable. When you begin to see these coming, pivot out of their way. If it is a person that, whenever you are with them, you always seem to find yourself in less-than-optimal situations, stay away from them. If the daily news headlines send you into a spiral, take a break from reading them for a while. If social media wears you down and takes you to a negative place, put it away for a bit.

Another way to put Satan in his place is to walk closely with the Lord and tell him “no” to his face. Philippians teaches us “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Stay positive and let negativity roll off your back. The devil has no place in the light. Telling Satan “no” is as easy as it sounds. Tell him that he will not have any role in your life, and to get lost. Just like Jesus said in the book of Matthew, say “Get behind me, Satan!”

Today, let the devil know he has not place in your life. Not today, Satan!

Chels

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Cultivate Kindness

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3 What does it mean to cultivate kindness? When I hear…

Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3

What does it mean to cultivate kindness? When I hear the word “cultivate” I tend to think of gardening. With a garden, you have to show it a lot of time and effort to see the payoff. Cultivating your garden means to prepare and care for it. Kindness takes the same work and care.

What does kindness mean to you? What does it look like? Is it giving of your time or resources freely? Is it looking out for the underdog? Is it little acts throughout each day that show others you care? For me, it is being selfless with my time and spending it with others and giving without the expectation of getting anything in return. Why is kindness in such short supply these days? It isn’t always easy to be kind, but it is always rewarding.

Here are a few ways that I have been trying to cultivate kindness in my daily life:

  1. Be aware of your influence: Be conscious of the effect you have on others. You know the snarky remark you made when you were out of patience with the store clerk? We’ve all been there – we’ve all ruined someone else’s day because we were having a bad one ourselves. Don’t take your aggravation or exhaustion out on innocent bystanders. If you do, follow it up with a sincere apology. Knowing your influence on others is a great way to keep kindness at the center.
  2. Be present in person: Offering your condolences and congratulations over Facebook doesn’t always take it far enough. A true act of kindness is taking the time to show up face to face.
  3. Let some things go: When someone cuts you off on the interstate because they are in even more of a hurry than you are, let it go instead of giving them a dirty look and possibly shouting at their car. I know it can be tempting to let road rage take over, but the feeling of knowing that you aren’t quite as wound up as the other driver must be is a small victory. Maybe the next time someone cuts THEM off they will remember your kind reaction and show someone else grace.
  4. Keep it to yourself: Being kind to others is not about showing off or “humble bragging” after you do something nice for someone else. It is about the internal pat on the back you get, not the external one. Kindness requires no affirmation or payback.

Just like exercising your muscles makes them stronger, flexing your kindness muscles does the same. You get better and better with practice.

Chels

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Are You Truly Content?

We all want one thing in life: to be truly content. True happiness isn’t something that comes along easy, but it’s something we can have through God and God alone….

We all want one thing in life: to be truly content. True happiness isn’t something that comes along easy, but it’s something we can have through God and God alone.

We often find ourselves seeking things that only provide temporary satisfaction. They satisfy us for a day, a month, a year, etc., and then we go on seeking the next thing to give us that joy or contentment that we quickly felt.

These things we use to try to fill the void in our lives will always run out. As Jesus was a human on this earth, he knows the temporary joy the world offers. He also knows the long-lasting, fulfilling joy that our heavenly father gives freely to us.

God wants us to feel the joy he has in store for us. It’s something that doesn’t even compare to any joy we’ve felt before. He is the true giver of every perfect gift, and he wants to give us the gift of true, lasting contentment. Take a look at what God’s word says about discovering real happiness!

For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:32-33

God may not give you a new car or hand you a million dollars, but he will give you the things no one else on this earth can. When we seek him and his righteousness, God provides us with so much more than worldly riches.

I was once told of a verse that talks about worldly contentment so perfectly. Jeremiah 2:13 says, “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water”

Jesus is the spring of living water that is endless, ever-flowing, pure, and holy. If we take a look at this verse, it’s saying that we, as sinners, replace Jesus’s perfect water and replace it with our own. Our cisterns are broken, unable to hold water, only satisfying our needs for a short amount of time.

So, I challenge you to this: think of three different cisterns in your life. Maybe it’s partying, boys, grades, whatever it may be. These are the things you find yourself seeking happiness in that only end up giving you joy in the moment. Then, focus on how you can take the effort you spend on these things and spend it on growing closer to God. Watch how your heart changes!

At the end of the day, happiness will always come and go. But with God, our hearts, minds, and spirits are always filled with his love and his joy. We waste so much time on temporary fulfillment when she should be looking for everlasting fulfillment from our heavenly father. That is where true, eternal contentment can be found

– Chelsea

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The Importance of Serving Others

Serving others is one of the biggest underlying themes of the Bible. Throughout the old and new testament, there are so many examples of people laying down their lives for…

Serving others is one of the biggest underlying themes of the Bible. Throughout the old and new testament, there are so many examples of people laying down their lives for others. In the new testament especially, we can read about all the different ways Jesus served his disciples, his followers, and so many others that he encountered.

The Bible is filled with SO many lessons that teach us how we should act and live. The lessons that teach us selflessness and love for others are the ones we should always take note of. The world could always use a little more love, so why don’t we show God’s love by extending a hand toward others!

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” – Galatians 5:13

God gives us free will to do what we want in life. He doesn’t force us one way or the other, instead he gives us the choice to act selflessly or selfishly… which is sometimes the easier option. When we serve others, it humbles us and reminds us of the bigger picture in life.

There’s a story in the Bible that tells of a time when Jesus humbled himself and served his disciples by washing their feet. John 13:5 says, “After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

Then Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

This story is so important because it shows how even Jesus Christ humbles himself and puts others’ needs before his own. If even Jesus, who is greater than all the earth, can practice selflessness in even the hardest of times, then we should do so, too.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.” – Romans 12:1

Have you ever thought of serving others as a form of worship? God notices when we take our own needs and wants and sacrifice them for others. It’s not always what we want to do, but it’s something that changes our mindsets and our hearts to reflect how Jesus wants us to think toward others… no strings attached, not hoping for something in return.

Consider all of this the next time someone asks you for a simple favor or something even bigger. Think the way God wants us to and extend a hand to the people you normally wouldn’t. A serving heart is a happy heart!

– Chelsea

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You’re Loved More Than You Know

 “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good…

 “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

To summarize, you are loved more than you will ever know. The fact that we are sinners and are so undeserving does not diminish His love towards us. It doesn’t depend on what we do, and we can never earn it. The statement “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” is one of the most powerful in the Bible for this reason. His love is unconditional. You will not find anything like it in this world.

His love does not depend on what we do, and while God does not always like or approve of all our actions, he loves us anyway. This will never change. When we do mess up, shame and fear want us to believe that we have lost God’s love. They want us to think that we are too dirty or shameful to come to Him. But this is not how God’s love really is. There is never a moment that He does not want you to be with Him.

When God convicts us of our sins, he does it through love, not shame. He wants to restore us, not punish us. Sin wants us to believe that we are no longer good enough to be with the Lord. God wants you to know that you are secure in His love and you never need to doubt it. His love is unconditional, and its not just for those who follow Him. His love is for everyone, and that is why it is our job to make sure everyone knows of the love their savior has for them.

There are things that we can think or do that cause our personal relationship with the Lord to be strained or distant, but rest assured, there is nothing you can do to make God stop loving you.

Chels

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Just Because You’re Young

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” –…

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

When you are a young person in the spotlight, there is a lot of pressure on your shoulders. I have done a lot in my young age, from starting a business to making big life moves to getting engaged. And, as a young blogger trying to be a positive influence on all those I meet, I think this verse is so important.

When you accomplish many things in your youth, people tend to doubt you or discredit you because you are young. But, this verse is an awesome encouragement – telling us that in His eyes and through Him, we can do amazing things.

Have you ever heard someone give the excuse “Oh, well, they ARE a millennial,” when a young person does something they don’t necessarily agree with? Today’s youth get a bad name. They’re seen as lazy, grumpy and self-centered, when this couldn’t be further from the truth. Some of the smartest and most aware individuals are people in my circle of friends.

In this verse, Paul is writing to Timothy and encouraging him as a young leader in the church. He says that although he is younger than the others, he should not let them look down on him because of it, and that he should set an example for others no matter his age. This same principal applies to us today. Although we are young, we cannot let this stop us from setting an example for others by living for Christ.

Why not let our youth be a strength instead of a stereotype? Help that elderly lady figure out how to use an app on her phone when you see her struggling. Help a mom open the door to a restaurant when she is trying to wrangle her children. Pick up after someone who leaves their trash out. Be someone who brightens someone’s day and reflects the joy of the Lord. Also, don’t let anyone discredit you or make you feel like what you say or feel is wrong because you are young or seem to have less life experience.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Use the knowledge and wisdom that the Lord has blessed you with to show the older generation what millennials really look like.

We are the future, so let’s show ‘em what we got!

Chels

 

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5 Hints That God is Redirecting You

When we come across open or closed doors, we never know what God is doing in our life. We debate if we should take the opportunity at hand, or simply…

When we come across open or closed doors, we never know what God is doing in our life. We debate if we should take the opportunity at hand, or simply walk away from it.

How do we know what’s best for us? How do we know when God is giving us hints to change our direction and lead us to something much, much better?

There are many ways to hear God’s voice and discover what he wants for our life, we just have to know what those ways are. When we’re aware of how we can listen and receive guidance from God, life becomes a while lot easier! We just have to lean on him and trust what we know is truly from God!

  1. Your gut feeling.

Everyone always says to “listen to your gut feeling.” Sometimes this is God’s way of telling you when something’s right or wrong. More often than not, we have this gut feeling but choose to ignore it because of doubt or confusion. Trust your instinct!

  1. Wisdom from friends and family.

We all have those people in our life that we go to when we need advice or support. Whether it be your mom, your cousin, or your best friend, having those people to back you up or to tell you when something’s not right is comforting and reassuring. God can speak through people, so go to those who are full of godly wisdom and consider the advice they give you!

  1. Open opportunities.

Sometimes God gives us an open door directly when and where we’re looking for it. Don’t let this go unnoticed! If something is perfectly in your path, there is a good chance God placed it there. Don’t ignore the obvious!

  1. Answered prayers.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” – 1 John 5:14-15

When you ask God for something, he hears you. If you ask for guidance and he gives it to you, don’t question it! God doesn’t want us to be filled with confusion and doubt. He wants so badly for us to have faith in where he sends us, whether you we’re expecting that path or not!

  1. Reoccurring thoughts.

Do you ever try to push a thought out of your head, but it keeps coming back, over and over again? Sometimes these thoughts hold a higher significance than we think. God likes to speak to us in whispers which can come in the form of our thoughts. Once again, listen to your instinct and know what feels right!

Know that when God is redirecting your life, it’s part of his overall plan of the great things he has in store for you. Don’t question what he’s doing. Instead, thank him for the guidance and joy he brings you along the way!

– Chelsea

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When Silence Is Sinful

We’ve all heard of the silent treatment. We all know the sadness and guilt we feel when we’re on the receiving end of it. On the other end, we’ve also…

We’ve all heard of the silent treatment. We all know the sadness and guilt we feel when we’re on the receiving end of it. On the other end, we’ve also experienced the anger and pain that build up when we cut someone out of our life or decide to choose bitterness over forgiveness.

Silence can result in guilt, regret, sadness, and so much more. When we don’t confront a problem or simply ignore it, the result is almost always worse than what it would’ve been if we would’ve given up silence as a boundary in the first place.

Think about this situation for example. You and your roommates are in a fight, and instead of confronting the problem, you allow it to build up over time and continue to sweep it under the rug. This can either make the problem worse, or never solve anything in the long run… Neither are the outcome you would want!

God looks at these situations and wants us to extend love, forgiveness, and patience. When we approach conflict the way God does, the outcome will be better every single time.

Ephesians 4:31-32 says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

God sent his one and only son to pay the price for our sins. He forgives us instantly, without holding a grudge or keeping a track record. So, why wouldn’t we do the same for other people?

This reminds me of the story from the Bible of Peter asking Jesus about forgiveness.

Matthew 18:21-22 says, “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

 Jesus then preaches the parable of the unforgiving debtor. The story tells of a king discussing the debt of his servants. One in particular owed the king millions and millions of dollars, but had little to no money to repay him. The servant begged for the king to forgive him, and the king was filled with pity for him. He released the servant and forgave him of his debt.

But when the servant left, he came across a man that owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded him to pay him the money. When the king heard about this, he threw the servant in jail until he had paid his entire debt.

Matthew 18:35 says, “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”

God doesn’t just want us to swallow our pride and forgive others, he demands it. We can’t go through life holding grudges and using silence as a barrier. In the end, this solves nothing, leaving us angrier than we were before.

Take these lessons from the Bible and apply them to your life. Once we start taking Jesus’s advice on how to resolve conflict, life will go a whole smoother!

– Chelsea

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5 Ways to Love like God Does

Love is difficult to understand. We feel it, we see it, and we even dream about it. Love doesn’t always have to be the kind we see in movies. Love…

Love is difficult to understand. We feel it, we see it, and we even dream about it.

Love doesn’t always have to be the kind we see in movies. Love can be as simple as extending it to your friends and the people around you. Loving others well is something I think we can all get a little better at!

Worldly love is no match against godly love. The Bible talks about this perfect love that God gives to us, and tells us how we too can show this kind of love to other people. The world could always use a little more love, don’t you think?

  1. Love without fear.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” – 1 John 4:18

If we let fear be a boundary, then we’ll never be able to give ourselves fully to others. Love can oftentimes come with pain, sadness, and regret, but if we focus on the “what ifs” then fear will always consume us.

  1. Love selflessly.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13

Selflessness is a learned trait. Our natural instinct is to put ourselves first, but it takes a conscious effort to care for the needs of others before our own. When we love without the thought of getting something in return, people take notice. It’s a quality that people forget about, but it multiplies beyond measure.

  1. Love your enemies.

’But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you…’” – Luke 6:27

Real strength comes from loving those who are hard to love. It’s easy to show love and kindness to your friends or family, but when’s the last time you extended it to someone that has done wrong to you in the past?

  1. Love through forgiveness.

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs.” – Proverbs 10:12

Forgiveness is a hard concept. How do we forgive someone who maybe doesn’t deserve it? It’s hard to show forgiveness and mercy in times that we least want to, but we have to remember who God is and what he’s done for us. His grace and mercy covers all our sins when we especially don’t deserve it, so we should have the same mindset toward others!

  1. Love sincerely.

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” – Romans 12:9-10

It’s important to be real, open, honest, and genuine toward others. This builds trust between two people and makes a relationship that much stronger. Learn to love others with a genuine heart, and people will feel the love of God through you!

Make a conscious effort of loving people just as the way God loves us. Once again, the world could always use a little more love!

– Chelsea

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