Chelsea Crockett

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How to Start Reading the Bible

Sometimes I find myself staring at my Bible, knowing I want to study God’s word and be challenged by it, but not sure where to start. A few years ago,…

Sometimes I find myself staring at my Bible, knowing I want to study God’s word and be challenged by it, but not sure where to start. A few years ago, I figured I would start at the beginning and read Genesis. After a short time I lost interest with that approach. Typically I will find a good study and use that to guide my reading, but sometimes you just want to pick up the Bible and let it speak to you. The problem is, where do you start?

The Bible is so big that it can be overwhelming. Some Bible reading plans lose me because they assign so many chapters a day that it looks like too daunting of a task. Why isn’t reading the Bible easy all the time? Shouldn’t it be?

No. Reading the Bible does not require you to feel comfortable and know where to start. Yes, there are times when God guides you to the passage that you need to hear at a time in your life, but some/most of the time, reading the Bible is all about being open to hearing God’s truth. We can’t expect our Bibles to fall open to the right passage. But, we can start small. Dip your toes in, and then you will be able to full-on swan dive into the deep end. Do some research on the people in the Bible. See if there are stories that have lessons that you are interested in pursuing.

I did this and learned a ton about Esther and her obedience and diligence to God’s call for her life. She became a huge inspiration to me. Another story that I pursued was the story of the wandering Israelites. It reminded me of how much we need God. While dipping your toes into the Word, you may just fall deeply in love with it. If this is what you are searching for, then keep reading! Here are a few tips on how to start reading the Bible so it doesn’t collect dust on your shelf and instead becomes the source of your wisdom.

  1. Start with a short book of the Bible. Some of the best books are the shorter ones. Those small doses can pack in a lot of wisdom.
  2. Seek understanding each time you read. The Gospel is so full of beautiful life lessons that we need to really pay attention in order to comprehend them all. Try and gain a deeper understanding of God’s love and grace when you read. Whether you read one verse, one chapter, or a whole book, find the wisdom in it. It is truly life-changing.
  3. Don’t compare your walk with others. Your walk with Christ is completely different than your friend’s! Don’t let the comparison trap distract you from what God is trying to teach YOU. Give yourself the time and patience to figure out what reading the Bible looks like for you, because it may look completely different from what others are doing.

There are also tons of online resources that help you learn to study God’s word. I know that my love for the Bible has grown tremendously ever since I began spending time in it. I learn something new each time I go to read.

Remember, it is okay to feel overwhelmed with studying the Bible. All you have to do is dip your toes in. Eventually, you will be able to dive in and uncover God’s truths and promises for your life! They’re waiting for you.

Chels

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You Can’t Give Anything if You Have Nothing Left to Give

I constantly feel like my time and attention are being pulled a million different ways. I have school work to finish, business work that needs to get done, laundry that…

I constantly feel like my time and attention are being pulled a million different ways. I have school work to finish, business work that needs to get done, laundry that needs to be cleaned, finals that I need to study for, friends that I need to keep in touch with, a room to clean, groceries to buy, bills to pay, and then I go to sleep and wake up to do it all over again. I get buried in my “to-do’s” and forget about taking care of myself.

One of my friends recently reminded me that “you can’t pour from an empty cup”. She could see that I was letting my “business” get in the way of my self-care. If you keep living life with the pedal to the metal, trying to squeeze every drop out of each day, you will drain your “cup” and have nothing left to give. If you have nothing left to give, then you can’t do things with excellence. You aren’t doing anyone, or yourself, any good if your cup is drained.

As women, we tend to have difficulty taking time for ourselves and putting ourselves first every so often. We give ourselves to the people we love whole heartedly. Typically, the times when I show myself the most care are when I am sick and forced to do so. Physically and mentally draining yourself just sets you back from your goals. It is a constant cycle of “emptying” and not enough replenishing. When we are stressed out, self-care is one of the first things we put on the back burner.

I know it is hard to give yourself “me” time when you have so many other things that you could be spending your time on. But, remember, you are useless to yourself and others if you are not taking care of yourself. So, try and “treat yo-self” every once and a while. Take a few minutes out of your day to go on a walk. Watch an episode of The Office on Netflix. Go buy yourself a ridiculously overpriced coffee. Put on your favorite outfit. Or, put on your pajamas! Go to sleep early and get at least 8 hours of rest. Remember, you can’t pour from an empty cup. Take care of yourself, because you are worth it!

Chels

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“I Will Not Be Shaken”

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My…

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.” – Psalm 62: 5-7

Psalm 62:5-7 gives me endless comfort and strength throughout the hardest days of my life.

It’s a passage from the Bible that gives me a sense of power, pride, and security in God, our rock and our refuge!

There are so many different characters from stories and parables in the Bible that show an amazing display of strength and refusing to let the devil shake them.

If we think of the story from the Bible of when Jesus calmed the storm, we see a beautiful display of faith by Peter, one of his disciples. As Jesus calmed the wind and the waves, he walked on water and called Peter out to do the same.

Peter walked toward Jesus but began to sink due to his fear of the storm around him.  When his faith was shaken, he sank, but when he listened to Jesus and put his trust in him, he was able to walk on water alongside the Son of God!

This is a perfect metaphor as to how we should live our lives, as well. When our faith falters, we sink and drown in our own worries and fears. But when we put our trust in God, we can walk on water right alongside him.

Let’s take a look at another example of a fearless leader and devoted Christ follower.

David, Ephrathite’s youngest son from Bethlehem, faced a 9-foot giant named Goliath and was face-to-face with his sword and spear. David carried just a sling and a stone and faced the giant with full confidence that the Lord would deliver.

After killing Goliath and winning the victory for his people, his faith in the Lord was proven steadfast and unwavering. David declared, “I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty.” He had God on his side and was able to face his battle knowing God would fight it for him!

What do these two stories have in common?

Faith.

These two people would not be shaken due to their unwavering faith in God.

When I go through a hard time in my life, I oftentimes lean too much on my own control and not enough on God’s control. God is our mighty rock, and we shouldn’t forget that he’s always there to pick us back up when we fall!

When we need a friend to lean on and go to for help, make that person your heavenly father. When your faith grows stronger, your fears grow weaker.

So… stop holding back! Put your trust in God and watch him fight your battles for you. At the end of the day, let the world know that you will not be shaken because you have God on your side! 🙂

– Chelsea

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5 Sunday Habits

Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week. It’s a day solely devoted to Jesus and relaxation, can you get any better than that? I find myself doing…

Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week. It’s a day solely devoted to Jesus and relaxation, can you get any better than that?

I find myself doing the same routine every Sunday. This usually consists of church, catching up on homework and studying, and watching TV for hours on end.

I saw an article online that talked about 5 ways to transform your Sunday to be productive for Christ, instead of using it for binge-watching Netflix and napping the afternoon away! Take away some of these tips and see how your day is transformed! 🙂

  1. Spend time in prayer.

God wants our Sundays to be dedicated to him. In the Bible, the Sabbath was a sacred day devoted to Him and Him alone.

So, spend time talking to him! Oftentimes, we can get so caught up in the busyness of our week that we forget to slow down and just talk to God. Tell him your concerns, the things you’re thankful for, and your requests.

Use this day to get in good, undistracted prayer time with God!

  1. Set up your weekly devotional schedule.

My biggest excuse for not getting enough quiet time in with God is that I don’t have enough time in my day or that I’ll do it later. Having a set weekly schedule helped me remember and devote a certain time solely to God to spend with him.

It’s amazing what a set schedule can do for you! Once you have a plan, stick to it and see how it impacts your week.

  1. Go to church!

Sunday is the day to wake up and go worship the Lord with other believers! I always feel that if I begin my week with church it puts me on the right track to have a good week with God. I feel refreshed, joyful, and ready to take on whatever the week may bring!

  1. Rest!

Exodus 20:8-10 says, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work…”

God instructs us in the Bible to use Sunday as a day of rest. He commands us to take a day from work and our busy ways of life and relax in his presence. I almost think of it as God’s way of rewarding us for all the hard work we’ve put in during the week!

  1. Spend time in good fellowship.

Whether this be a quick brunch with friends after church or even spending some time with your parents on Sunday nights, make it a habit!

Being around people who encourage you in your walk with Christ is so important, and what’s a better day to do it than on Sunday?

Get in the routine of practicing these five habits every week. You may notice a tremendous difference in your day and maybe even week! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Do What’s Right, Not What’s Easy

What’s easy and what’s right can oftentimes go hand-in-hand. These situations are easy to approach knowing that the right thing to do is also going to be the easy thing…

What’s easy and what’s right can oftentimes go hand-in-hand. These situations are easy to approach knowing that the right thing to do is also going to be the easy thing to do.

The situations that take you doing the right thing when it isn’t always the easiest, now these are the situations where your boldness comes in.

God talks about this in the Bible, over and over again. As a Christian, we will face persecution for the things we say and do. What God wants for us will more times than not differ from what the world wants for us.

Eventually, there comes a choice. How will you know which choice is honoring God and which is for your own benefit? There are several verses that talk about how we can live and decide through godly wisdom.

Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”

When you’re stuck at a crossroad, you should ask yourself this question: What would Jesus want me to do? Think of the best possible way you could honor him.

Not just in what you do, but in what you say. In word and in deed, we should always think of how Jesus would respond to the situation. It can be hard to go out of your way to apologize to someone that doesn’t deserve it, but in the end, what’s right is showing mercy and grace to those who most definitely don’t deserve it!

Ephesians 5:15-20 says, “Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”

God makes it very clear to us in the Bible that our days are numbered. We never know how many more opportunities we have to display the light and love of God through our lives.

If making the most of every opportunity means showing kindness and love in every situation, then we should do just that. Just because it’s not the easiest thing to do, doesn’t mean it’s not the right thing to do.

I once saw a quote that puts it perfectly: “Keep a good attitude and do the right thing even when it’s hard. When you do that you are passing the test. And God promises you your marked moments are on their way.”

Think of life as a time filled with many tests. We should want God to be proud of our actions and who we are when the world isn’t looking.

So, do good, be good, and spread goodness. At the end of the day, people will remember the times you did the right thing instead of the easy thing, every single time.

Being a follower of God isn’t supposed to be easy, that’s why God calls us to a life so much greater than this. Listen to his word and his wisdom and apply it to your life. You’ll feel content, rewarded, and an all-around better person at the end of the day!

– Chelsea

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If It Doesn’t Open, It’s Not Your Door

Have you ever wanted something so badly that when it fails to happen you feel defeated and alone? Take situations in my life for example. In high school, I would…

Have you ever wanted something so badly that when it fails to happen you feel defeated and alone?

Take situations in my life for example. In high school, I would fall head over heels for a boy just to find out he has no interest in me. I would get excited about possible work opportunities to find out they’ve already contacted someone else for the job.

Life’s not always easy when an opened door that you wanted and hoped for ends up closing with little to no explanation. You thought life was working itself out only to find out that God doesn’t want you there at all.

There’s a concept that I heard a long time ago that never really made sense until now: If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door.

I would more often than not find myself getting so frustrated at God when things didn’t go my way. I would want something so badly only to watch it disappear right in front of me.

With that being said, how do you know which doors God opens for you?

Psalm 25:4-5,9 says, “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.”

First, comes prayer. Prayer is so much more powerful than you think! Although we may not see our prayers answered right before our eyes, God is always working on our behalf.

Pray for guidance and knowledge. Pray for God’s plan to be revealed to you amidst the confusion and uncertainty. God wants us to call out to him, not lean on our own control.

Luke 11:9 says, “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

If you want something so badly you can’t stand it, ask for it. All God wants from us is to simply look to him. How can something we want be given to us if we don’t even ask for it to begin with? If we seek something with all our heart, God will deliver. And if he doesn’t, then he didn’t for a reason.

I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. And if God closes a door in your life, realize that. Don’t try to force something that isn’t there.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with a quote that I think so many of us need to hear:

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.”

I love the way this is phrased! You may think one door leads to so much happiness but behind it is actually the opposite. Trust God and trust his plan. You’ll be happy you did!

– Chelsea

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3 Questions to Ask God Every Day

Our relationship with God should be like our everyday relationships with our friends and family here on earth. We should treat him like the loving father he is, there to…

Our relationship with God should be like our everyday relationships with our friends and family here on earth. We should treat him like the loving father he is, there to listen and there to attend to whatever needs we may have.

1 John 5:14 says, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.”

God hears us whether we hear his answer or not. I encourage you to start your day by asking him these three simple questions!

  1. How can I follow your will today?

What’s on your agenda for the day may not be the same as God’s agenda. Instead of starting your day by praying for this or that, simply surrender your day to God and let Him control your plans.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” 

When our day begins by submitting ourselves to the Lord, God will reveal his perfect plans to us throughout each day. Trust him, and amazing things will come your way.  

  1. How can I be a witness to others today?

Witnessing to others is one of the most important things to do as a Christian. If we don’t show anyone the love of Christ by the way we talk, act, and think, how will they get to see and hear about how God can impact their life?

1 Peter 3:15 says, “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.”

Not only do we have to witness to others, but we have to be ready to explain why we are the way we are and why we do the things we do. If we can’t back up our actions, what’s the point at the end of the day?

It could be as simple as lending a hand to someone that needs one or showing kindness to someone who doesn’t necessarily deserve it. Be the light that Jesus was and is for so many people. Be a walking example of what it looks like to live for Christ.

  1. How can I be the person you want me to be today?

Like I’ve mentioned time and time again, God has a plan for each and every day of your life. Ask him how you can be who he so perfectly created you to be!

Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

 I love how he words that: “the good things he planned for us long ago.” That gives us the reassurance we need to know that we really can be the person God has always created us to be.

Tomorrow morning and the mornings after, ask yourself these three questions. Watch both your day and your relationship with God get better and better as you do so!

– Chelsea

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Give it to God and Go to Bed

“When I go to bed, I sleep in peace, because, Lord, you keep me safe. Psalm 4:8” Do your worries keep you up at night? Going to bed worried is…

“When I go to bed, I sleep in peace, because, Lord, you keep me safe. Psalm 4:8”

Do your worries keep you up at night? Going to bed worried is one of the worst feelings. Letting go of things is hard and putting your anxious thoughts aside can feel impossible. Worrying about the future, about finances, friendships, things that you did wrong and things that you could do better, all of these things threaten to rob us of sleep.

A great piece of advice that I was given is to “Give it to God and go to bed.” Every morning God gives you a new day, He allows the sun to shine, and He holds the world in His hands. God does everything for a purpose, and if He can run the world and knows all the hairs on your head, so He can definitely handle anything going on in your life. I struggle with anxious thoughts. My mind can get away from me and start to run wild. I just have to remind myself that He has never failed me before. God won’t fail you if you seek Him first.

Even if you aren’t going through a tough time, every day life brings enough “storms” of its own. Worry affects every part of your life and is not healthy. Worry drains you of energy, happiness, and even drains your time. What is keeping you up at night is what is important to you. But, a lot of times, those are things beyond your control.

As Christians we can have faith that God wants the best for us, His children. We might not know what His plan is or what it looks like exactly, but He says that someday it will be clear to us and it will bring us good, not do us harm. It is hard to trust in what we cannot see, but that is what we have to do. Don’t let your worry consume you or back you into a corner, and most of all, don’t let it steal your precious zzz’s.

Let’s face it, we all need to be told to give it to God and go to bed.

XOXO, Chels

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Lessons on Hope from Zechariah

Zechariah and Elizabeth were a couple in the Bible who lived their lives in service to God. They were barren and could not have any children, and this was not…

Zechariah and Elizabeth were a couple in the Bible who lived their lives in service to God. They were barren and could not have any children, and this was not because they didn’t deserve to have children. They lived righteously. God made them barren so that He could display His work through them. God didn’t put them through this trail as a punishment. They were not rejected by Him, they were part of God’s perfect plan to be used for good. They had prayed for children for a long time. Then, one day the angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah and said the words he had been longing to hear – he was going to have a son! They spent years and years praying for a child, and by the time God answered their prayers, their hope began to run cold. They had a hard time believing the news when Gabriel appeared to them. Even serious spiritual leaders like Zechariah struggle with keeping their hope alive. Here are a few lessons we can learn as we stand firm in our hope.

  1. God has a good plan for your life. His plans are to bring us good and Himself glory. Romans 8:28 tells us “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
  2. God wants to show us His work. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” He wants to show us His plans for us!
  3. If we ask, God will increase our faith. Even spiritual giants like Zechariah needed to call out to God when their faith is strained.
  4. God always answers our prayers. Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes it is no, and sometimes it is “wait.” When God tells you to wait, don’t think of it as denial. Think of it as God preparing you for what is to come. With God, all things are possible.
  5. God’s timing is perfect. We want things now, but God has the big picture in mind. We can only see what is in front of us. His ways are much higher than our own. Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us this.

Do you have prayers that you feel have been unanswered by God? Have you lost hope for those things you prayed about? God told Zecharaih and Sarah to wait, and he eventually said yes. He may be telling you to wait. Whatever the case, never give up hope because God has a plan for your life, He wants to show you it, He will increase our faith if we ask, He always answers our prayers, and His timing is perfect.

XOXO, Chels

 

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Graduation Makeup 101

I’m graduating. It still sounds weird to me. I’ve been working towards this day for 12 years and it is finally here! I’ve got my cap and gown, and now…

I’m graduating. It still sounds weird to me. I’ve been working towards this day for 12 years and it is finally here! I’ve got my cap and gown, and now all I need is to choose my graduation day “look.” Because the red gown I have to wear isn’t the cutest, that means I have to step up my hair and makeup game. Here are my tips on graduation day makeup, so when you are walking across that stage and taking a million pictures afterwards you will look fab.

  1. Look like yourself: Don’t try something new with your makeup the day of graduation. Keep things natural and stick with your normal “look”, so that when you look back at pictures you don’t think “Man, I wish I wouldn’t have worn that much eyeshadow.” You will thank yourself later.3036288_fpx
  2. Use long-lasting products: May in most parts of the country means hot and sticky weather, so choose products that are meant to last through the heat. Use longwear foundation and a good primer and finishing spray.
  3. Blush it up: It is really important not to forget blush, even if it isn’t an “everyday” look for you. It will give your face a little color and brighten you up.
  4. Hydrate your lips: Keep a lip gloss or balm with you to keep your lips from cracking or flaking. Dry lips in photos = no bueno!

The key to grad day makeup is to make it look natural and like “you”, with a little more staying power than you usually use on an everyday basis because of humidity.

Congrats, grads!

XOXO, Chels

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Leave It, Then See It

God’s timing is perfect. It is never early, and never late. We may not always agree with it, but it is divinely appointed and we can’t argue with it. Patience…

God’s timing is perfect. It is never early, and never late. We may not always agree with it, but it is divinely appointed and we can’t argue with it. Patience is something I, and I think most people, struggle with. We want things now, and we want them just the way we like them. Stress tells us that we need everything right this second and we need it to happen now. Faith tells us something different. Faith reminds us that everything will happen when God says that it will happen.

I saw a quote the other day that said “Those who leave everything in God’s hands will eventually see God’s hands in everything.” So, to shorten that quote, I say “Leave it, then see it.”

I am good at giving things to God. I cast my cares on Him. I share the anxieties of my heart and the worries on my mind with Him. I am good at giving things to Him. But, that doesn’t mean I am good at leaving them there. I have a tendency to want to take things back and do them my own way. I have never regretted giving anything to God. I have regretted taking things back.

Isaiah 41:9-10 says I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, ‘You are my servant’; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

This verse describes us as the Lord’s servants. We have been chosen by Him. We have no need to be afraid or dismayed because He strengthens and helps us. He loves us and upholds us. Why wouldn’t we leave everything in His hands?

What are you holding on – or trying to take back- from God? Is it career choices, financial struggles, health issues, relationship trials, etc.? Put your fears, doubts, questions and anxieties in the hands of the One who knows every hair on your head. He knows yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He can calm the seas with a single word. He gave sight to the blind. He made the lame to walk. What makes you think he can’t handle your worries?

I am still learning, and will be for a long time, how to trust the hands of the One who created the universe. He will give you peace and security. He will give you clarity. And, best of all, He will give you joy. Leaving everything in His hands means you can see His hands in everything.

XOXO, Chels

 

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When You Can’t See God’s Plan

I am a planner. I like to plan my days, and even months, out. I like to know that I have a solid agenda scheduled out. It helps me feel…

I am a planner. I like to plan my days, and even months, out. I like to know that I have a solid agenda scheduled out. It helps me feel like I have my life under control and, hopefully, prevents chaos. Nothing could possibly go wrong when you have your life planned out, right?

Wrong. The times when my plans didn’t turn out the way I had envisioned are the times when my faith is tested the most. These are also the times when I learn the most about myself – how I respond to crisis, how I react in uncomfortable situations, and how I recover. But why would God let this happen? Why would he disrupt your perfectly thought-out plans? Where is God in the midst of your situation?

The answer is simple to hear but difficult to understand: it is part of His plan. I recently went through a situation where I had planned months and months for something, and when the event finally happened, it was not what I thought it would be. I felt anxious, afraid, sad and confused. Why would God allow this? When I prayed about this and planned for it and searched for His will every step of the way? I am learning right along with you, friends.

James 1:2-3 was a verse quoted to me during my trial. It says “Consider it pure joy my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” I didn’t want to hear this at the time, but it was the truth. It is what I needed to hear. I am supposed to feel joy in the midst of my crippling anxiety? Yes. I am supposed to feel joy when I am paralyzed with fear? Yes. How? Think about the end result.

Focus on the end goal. Remember that nothing worth fighting for was ever easy to achieve. Those trials will make the end success even sweeter. Knowing you pushed past your weaknesses and overcame your doubts is euphoric. Being on the other side and seeing the lessons you learned and the new things you found out about yourself helps all of the pieces fall in place. Everything begins to make sense, and God’s purpose becomes clearer. When you are in the middle of the trial, facing it head on and feeling as though you will never see the light at the end of the tunnel, it can be hard to understand why God would make you go through what you are going through.

Don’t let your situation cloud your vision. Keep your eyes on God. Keep your mind on His purpose and trusting in His plan, even when you cannot see it. Scripture tells us that God’s plan is not meant to harm us but to give us hope for the future. God made us and He loves us. He wants to see us succeed. That doesn’t mean he is going to make it easy. Who knows, maybe you are going through this trial because God wants you to be able to relate to others going through the same thing. Maybe He wants to use you to minister to others.

How you choose to react in trying times is so important. Your choices can either bring glory to God and be a testimony of your faith, or they can harden people’s hearts and turn them away from Him. Find God in the hard times by choosing to trust Him and find your hope in Him, even when you cannot see the way. Turn your pain into praise. Your heart will be filled with peace. And, trust in His plan. It may not be easy, it may not be pretty, it may not be anything you envisioned it would be, but His plans are greater than anything we could come up with on our own.

XOXO, Chels

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5 Habits of A Godly Woman

Growing up, I’ve been fortunate enough to have multiple role models and godly women to look up to in my life. I’ve witnessed the way they speak to others, the…

Growing up, I’ve been fortunate enough to have multiple role models and godly women to look up to in my life.

I’ve witnessed the way they speak to others, the way they not only talk the talk but walk the walk, and the way they carry themselves daily. It’s something I’ve always taken notice of and want to apply to my own life.

I thought about the characteristics and qualities about these women that make them stand out among the rest. There are 5 habits in particular that are not only backed up by scripture but easy to apply to your own life!

  1. She puts God above all else.

Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.”

Putting God before school, relationships, our own desires, and so much more is so important. Once we learn to put God as our highest priority, everything else falls into place.

  1. She makes time for herself.

Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Setting apart time for yourself and for God is something you need to do in order to grow closer to Him and find out who you are in Christ!

Set apart a half an hour a day or more to give your undivided attention to God. It’s important to discover your true identity in Christ and in Christ alone!

  1. She treats her body like a temple.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.  

Ladies! We should learn to respect ourselves and our bodies. God created us so uniquely and perfectly, and we should use our bodies to honor Him! What an amazing way to glorify him and his creations.

  1. She’s content in her singleness.

1 Corinthians 7:32,35 says, “I would like you to be free from concern… I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.” 

Oftentimes, singleness is made out to be such a bad thing. But when we’re single and focusing solely on ourselves, we can work on self-growth and strengthening our relationship with God!

Consider it a gift. For most of us, there’s only so many years left of true singleness. Take advantage of them and be truly content in the waiting!

  1. She practices selflessness.

Philippians 2:4 says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

When we learn to put the needs of others before our own desires, our attitude completely changes. We learn to extend a hand and help those we never thought we could’ve.

What other habits have you noticed in the lives of godly women? There are so many more qualities and characteristics that you can take note of to adapt to your own life!

Practice each of these habits daily and see what God does in your life!

– Chelsea

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Agree to Disagree: What God Says About Conflict

At every stage in your life, you’ll always encounter people that love conflict. They love drama and it seems to follow them wherever they go. There’s also those people that…

At every stage in your life, you’ll always encounter people that love conflict. They love drama and it seems to follow them wherever they go.

There’s also those people that you simply disagree with. Whether it’s over the littlest things or not, you seem to always butt heads over anything and everything.

Whatever the case, what does God say about those little arguments? What is his take on conflict and drama, and how should we handle these situations?

Proverbs 15:18 says, “A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.” Along with Proverbs 16:32 that says, “Better a patient person than a warrior, one with self-control than one who takes a city.”

What do both of these verses have in common? Patience.

Be patient in the way you respond, be patient in the way you forgive, and be patient in the way you approach situations. Patience will teach you to be kind-hearted and slow to anger, which God commands us to be.     

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.”

You should never be quick to pick a fight. Know which battles are worth fighting and which ones are not.

God wants us to use our energy on positive things, like building each other up and lending a hand to those in need, whoever it may be. What he doesn’t want us doing is using our energy to tear each other down and start conflict where it’s not needed!

Another verse from Ephesians that gives me some of the best advice that I still stay true to today is Ephesians 4:26. It says: “Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.”

Although this verse is short and sweet, it gets straight to the point. My mom always told me you should never let yourself go to bed upset or angry with someone. It’s advice that has never let me down no matter what the situation is.

Resolve things as they happen. Don’t let them build up and allow a grudge to form. God wants us to be quick to forgive because he knows the consequences of letting anger build up inside of us.

Now is God saying we should never stand up for ourselves? Not at all.

He wants us to have the wisdom of knowing where and what we should involve ourselves in. Be the peace-maker, NOT the trouble-maker!

Look at it this way: How would Jesus respond in this situation? Would he be quick to argue or quick to bring about peace?

You can find SO much knowledge in God’s Word, so if you ever need guidance, this should be the first place you look!

Start approaching situations the way God would want you to. There’s so much to gain by looking at what God says and letting that light shine through on your life and the people around you!

– Chelsea

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Walk in Godly Wisdom

With age comes wisdom. And with knowledge of God’s word comes godly wisdom. Although wisdom is a good quality to have, godly wisdom is even more important. Knowing what God’s…

With age comes wisdom. And with knowledge of God’s word comes godly wisdom.

Although wisdom is a good quality to have, godly wisdom is even more important. Knowing what God’s word says and how we can apply it to our lives is crucial as a follower of Christ.

Although we might be young, age isn’t the only thing that brings upon wisdom. We can dive into God’s word now and gain the knowledge and wisdom he wants so badly for us to have!

James 3:17 says, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Let’s break this verse down piece-by-piece.

PURE

Our wisdom should be shown through the way we live our lives. What does God mean when he talks about pure wisdom? He wants us to live selflessly and holy, striving toward purity from sin.

PEACE-LOVING

He also wants us to strive toward peace. Use your wisdom to know what’s worth investing your time in and what’s not. Be wise about gossip, drama, or any situation involving conflict. Be slow to speak and quick to encourage peace.

CONSIDERATE

Next, comes being considerate. Taking into account the feelings of others and showing sympathy in the right situations spurs from godly wisdom. We should strive toward caring for other people before caring for ourselves.

SUBMISSIVE

What exactly does submissive mean when it comes to wisdom? We should be submitting to God’s authority and obeying by the rules he lays out for us in his Word. We shouldn’t be picking and choosing which of God’s rules we want to follow! He lays out everything for a reason, hand-picking each thing to advise us with.

FULL OF MERCY

What exactly is mercy? It’s defined as an act of kindness, compassion, or favor shown toward an offender or an enemy.

If you thoroughly study the Word of God, then you know He wants us to be full of mercy and compassionate toward others. The true test of wisdom is knowing how to forgive others and treat them maturely as Jesus would.

IMPARTIAL AND SINCERE

Lastly, God wants us to be fair, just, and honest. You know someone is wise by the way they carry themselves and the way they treat others.

If we treat others with fairness and honesty, they’ll most likely treat us the same. Sincerity is so important, and the more we see how Jesus treated his people throughout the Bible, the more we can see how we should treat others, as well!

I have one more important thought to leave you with:

Proverbs 4:7 says, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”

Whatever you do, find wisdom. Engage in God’s Word and discover the true understanding of who He is and what He wants for your life.

– Chelsea

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3 Quiet Time Plans to Follow

A crucial part of being a follower of Christ is spending time with him and yearning to know him more and more. When the day comes when we’re standing at…

A crucial part of being a follower of Christ is spending time with him and yearning to know him more and more.

When the day comes when we’re standing at the gates of heaven, we want God to know us and know of the time we’ve spent so deeply and so frequently with him.

There are many ways to get to know Him more, one of which is to have daily quiet times, diving deeper into God’s Word and dissecting what each part of the Bible means.

Over the years, I’ve discovered and put into practice several different plans and ways to do quiet times. There are three different ones in particular that I find extremely beneficial no matter how far along your relationship with God is!

5 x 5 x 5 Reading Plan

If you’re new at quiet times or reading the Bible, this is the perfect plan to get your feet wet.

This plan calls for 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, and 5 methods to dive deeper into the Word. Just start with a simple 5 minutes and see where that takes you! This is a good challenge and it can keep you accountable day-by-day!

As far as 5 ways to dive deeper, you can memorize, underline/highlight, reword, question, or pray about what you read for the day. I challenge you to do all 5 of these to get the most out of your quiet time!

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3 R’s Plan

This is one of my favorite plans. The three R’s stand for rejoice, repent, and request.

For “rejoice,” write down every part of the verses or chapter that gives you things to be thankful for.

For “repent,” write down anything that’s talked about in the chapter that God commands us not to do.  Think of which of these commands you struggle with, and write those down as well.

For “request,” write down anything you want to ask God for. Whether that be strength to stay out of the sin you repented or simply things you’ve been struggling with.

I always like to end with a prayer reviewing what I wrote down. This is the time to send your praises and requests to God!

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Journaling

This is a much looser version of a quiet time. Sometimes the less structure, the more you can let God speak to you!

Pick out a certain book or chapter of the Bible and read it once all the way through. Then go back and read it again verse by verse. Right down anything and everything that comes to mind. If you come across a verse that speaks to you, write it down.

End with a prayer and let your heart take over. Sometimes I even like writing down the prayer and simply letting my mind be open to whatever God wants to tell me! This also gives me the chance to go back and read what I wrote down in the future.

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Which way are you going to try out? All of them are great places to start if you want to build a better relationship with God. Pick one and get started! 🙂

– Chelsea

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