Chelsea Crockett

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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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What Love Looks Like

Where did you learn to love? Who taught you? Was it your parents? Your Sunday school teacher? A good friend? The Bible? If it is the last option, then you…

Where did you learn to love? Who taught you? Was it your parents? Your Sunday school teacher? A good friend? The Bible? If it is the last option, then you looked to the perfect place. It could be also be a combination of all the above. The Bible is God’s handbook for us – He gave it to us so that we would know how to live life. How great is it that we don’t have to wonder what to do, we can just know? If you want to learn how to love the people in your life well, here is God’s advice.

  1. Pray without ceasing. Colossians 1:9 says “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives…” Pray for the ones you love, and pray for the wisdom to know how to love them well!
  2. Listen without interrupting. Proverbs 18:2 Reads “Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.” Listen without trying to insert your own two cents.
  3. Give without sparing. Proverbs 21:26 tells us “All day long he craves for more,but the righteous give without sparing.” Don’t hold on to things and be selfish with your time and money, give what you have and feel fulfilled.
  4. Speak without accusing. James 1:19 says “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…”
  5. Answer without arguing. Proverbs 17:1 tells us “Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.” This verse paints a very vivid picture of why we should pick our battles and watch our words.
  6. Share without pretending. Ephesians 4:15 reminds us “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” Don’t lie to the ones you love to spare their feelings, be loving in sharing the truth.
  7. Promise without forgetting. Proverbs 13:12 says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Don’t make promises that you can’t keep. This builds false trust and will bite you in the long run.
  8. Trust without wavering. 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 reads “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
  9. Enjoy without complaint. Philippians 2:14 tells us “Do everything without grumbling or arguing…” This one is a tough one!
  10. Forgive without punishing. Colossians 3:13 reminds us “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Nobody is perfect, and we all slip up, so having compassion and understanding is key to showing love in the trying times.

Love each other well.

Chels

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To Pray is to Let Go

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,…

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

To summarize, to pray is to let go and let God take over. I know this is easy to say and way harder to put into actual practice. There are times in our lives when the bills are piling up, our email inboxes are overflowing, we are injured and cant exercise or play the sport we love, our faith feels as though it is getting further and further from us, you wonder if you are secure at your job, and so many more situations that can arise. Feelings of doubt, worry, anxiety, and stress bubble up. Life’s trials are immeasurable, but so is God’s goodness.

One of the best mental health exercises I have adapted in times like I mentioned above is to think to myself “Do these emotions serve any positive purpose in my life?” The answer is no more often than not. It is in those moments that I have to consciously decide to let go of them and breathe. You come to a point in life where you have done everything you can do, and the rest is out of your control. You have to completely surrender to the Lord. Losing sleep and getting sick with worry is not worth it – especially when Philippians 4:6-7 tells us that, when we give everything to God, he will strengthen and sustain you. The Bible is full of God’s promises to us – He gives us direction and advice on how to handle what life throws at us.

Remember in these times that the Lord is working behind the scenes in your life. We just need to pray to Him and make our requests known. Stressed? Pray. Worried? Pray. Focus on the Lord instead of your problems, and suddenly your woes seem much smaller. I pray that this message is both a friendly reminder and an encouragement for you all at the same time!

Chels

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Where God Guides, He Provides

Have you ever been thrown into a situation where you don’t think there’s a way out? Maybe you feel like God presented you with an opportunity, but you don’t even…

Have you ever been thrown into a situation where you don’t think there’s a way out? Maybe you feel like God presented you with an opportunity, but you don’t even know what to do with it.

Throughout the years, God will fill your life with both good and bad situations and experiences. You may have thoughts of confusion, doubt, and maybe even fear, but God will never bring you to something that he won’t carry you through.

There are several passages in the Bible where it talks about how God equips us with the things we need. He doesn’t abandon us to figure it out on our own while we feel scared, anxious, and isolated. He wants us to know that despite our worry and doubt, he provides every single time. Look at what the Bible has to say about it!

Matthew 6:31-34 says, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 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. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

When have you felt most deserted by God? Was it through a terrible break up in high school? Or maybe when you didn’t get into your dream college you’ve been planning on attending for years?

We’re going to come to several roadblocks and setbacks all throughout our lives. Or at least that’s what we think they are. God doesn’t lead us into failure, for he always has a purpose in where and what he guides us into.

If God takes you through an awful break up, think of it as a new opportunity. Maybe God knows you need some time to yourself to figure out who you are before you give part of yourself to someone else. He will provide you with guidance and clarity during these times, all you have to do is be willing to listen!

Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”  

If we truly believe the word of God, then we should never doubt the promises within it. This verse is not just a statement, but a promise. God will meet all your needs, not just in the good times of your life. God will never take us into a situation that he expects us to handle on our own.

Isn’t that cool to think about? Our heavenly father never abandons us or leaves us to deal with things alone. Where God guides, he always provides. Rest in this promise and remember to put your trust in Christ, today and every day.

– Chelsea

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Sticking to Your Roots

All throughout life, you’ll encounter people and situations that test you. You try sticking true to who you are, but it seems like the world is against you every time….

All throughout life, you’ll encounter people and situations that test you. You try sticking true to who you are, but it seems like the world is against you every time.

Being a follower of Christ comes with a set of beliefs and morals that can make it harder for you to stay true to yourself, especially in the world we live in today. It can be hard to stick to your roots, such as your morals, values, and whatever else you hold dear and true to your heart.

Matthew 26:41 says, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 

When it seems like the world is going against you, start with prayer. Pray for help, pray for patience, pray for guidance. Prayer allows God to work in situations and allows us to see those prayers unfold before our eyes. When we pray and God answers, it’s one of the coolest things to see our prayers work wonders.

This verse refers to a willing spirit, but a weak body. We might know the difference between right and wrong, but putting that into action is the hard part. We are willing to, but in the end, we are not always able to.

Ephesians 6:13 says, “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand firm.”

When we put on the full armor of God, nothing can stand in our way. This is how God equips us to face whatever battles we may have. Do this every morning so you can conquer what the day ahead holds.

Put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit. These will equip you to stand your ground and remember the foundation you’re built on. They’ll help you stand firm in your faith and be able to defend whatever comes your way.

Joshua 23:6 says, “Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.”

God knows that it can be hard to follow him, especially in the world we live in today. You have to make the effort to be strong, careful, and mindful. Know what the Bible says and, just as importantly, know how you can apply it to your life. It’s one thing to talk the talk, but as Christians, we have to be able to walk the walk, too!

Sticking to your roots can be as simple as changing your mindset. Do these things to be able to stand for what you believe in, not what anyone else wants you to! Be strong and careful to make note of this, and stick to your true identity in Christ!

– Chelsea

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The Power of Prayer Walks

If you are unfamiliar with the term “prayer walk,” then you’re about to learn how you can pray for your home, your school, and the people around you! Prayer walks…

If you are unfamiliar with the term “prayer walk,” then you’re about to learn how you can pray for your home, your school, and the people around you! Prayer walks involve praying for the places, and people in those places, where we desire to see God’s presence.

Prayer walking is one of the coolest things to do, especially when you see your prayers eventually fulfilled right in front of you.  God promises that when we ask for something in his name, he will deliver. So why not try to ask God for blessings over the places you go and the people in your life?

When it comes to prayer walks, think of what that place needs from the Lord. If you want to pray over your house, pray for your roommates, your family, or whoever else you live with. Pray for security and safety over your house and the people in it.

Ephesians 6:18 says, “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.”

No matter where you are, it’s always a good time to pray! There is no such thing as a bad prayer. Present any and every request to God and he will always hear you!

Start with a prayer walk in your home. Whether that be your apartment, your dorm room at college, or wherever else you call home. Once you’ve prayed over your house, take a prayer walk through your neighborhood! Then, do the same on your drive to work, praying for every house you pass and every community you drive through. You never know which places are in definite need of prayer!

You can even use verses from the Bible to guide you through your prayer walk to get some ideas of what to ask God for.

2 Samuel 7:28-29 says, “Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.” 

Ask God for blessings over your home. There is nothing too big or too small to request from God! Ask God to grant grace, security, health, etc. to your home and any other blessings you can think of!

Another verse I like to think of is Psalm 122:7. It says, “Peace be within your walls and security within your towers.” Let’s pray for peace and safety no matter where we’re at. Especially in our houses, apartments, dorms, or wherever we find ourselves spending most of our time, ask God for these things.

After doing a prayer walk, write down the things you prayed for. Then you can eventually look back and see how it has impacted your home! 🙂

Start today with as quick as a 5-minute prayer walk! See what and who needs prayer, and start there!

– Chelsea

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Faith in Your Choices

“And whatever you ask for in prayer, you will receive if you have faith.” –Matthew 21:22 When it comes to making decisions, it can be one of the hardest things…

And whatever you ask for in prayer, you will receive if you have faith.” –Matthew 21:22

When it comes to making decisions, it can be one of the hardest things to go through. We falter in our confidence and go back and forth between our choices. We oftentimes forget that we have a Father who loves us and ultimately wants the best for us, who is waiting for us to run to Him for guidance and security.

There are many different sources we can run to when we’re seeking direction. There’s our parents or families, who can give us their best advice based on their past and what they know is best for us. There’s our friends, who know us so well and can help us to the best of their ability.

But sometimes we have choices to make that can’t be decided even with the help from our closest friends and family. These choices can wear us down, and even after we make our decision, we still question if we made the right choice. It can drive us crazy if we let it, but in the end, God always has our back.

Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Whether you think you’ve made the right decision or not, God will and always has been with you. He commands us to be strong and courageous, whether this be in our times of trial or in times of triumph. He needs our faith to be unwavering, confident in his guidance and where his path is taking us. Not just in our times of security, but in our times of confusion, doubt, and weakness.

Romans 4:20 says, “He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.”

In this verse, the apostle Paul is talking about a man named Abraham, who was at that time experiencing a trial beyond compare being the old age that he was. He didn’t question what God was doing or become filled with frustration and confusion. Instead, this presented Abraham with an opportunity to strengthen his faith in God and experience the true fulfilling of God’s promises!

We all can learn a little bit from the story of Abraham. His faith is not to go unnoticed, and we should strive to have the confidence in the Lord like he had!

When we come to a crossroad, don’t forget about the God we serve. Why stress about making decisions when the Lord already knows what the future holds? I urge you to practice two things when it comes to decision making: prayer and faith.

Pray about even the smallest of decisions you’re struggling to make! There is nothing too small to present to God. Pray for faith, pray for guidance, and pray for confidence. These three things will give you a new outlook on difficult choices that you come across. Depend on him, and watch your life become a whole lot better!

– Chelsea

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“If the Stars Were Made to Worship So Will I”

When we think about the creation of the universe, we so often forget how absolutely mind-blowing it actually is. It’s easy to forget that God created the heavens and the…

When we think about the creation of the universe, we so often forget how absolutely mind-blowing it actually is. It’s easy to forget that God created the heavens and the earth in 7 days, and that the universe was formed immediately when God spoke life into it.

When we think about the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, they are all individually here because God wanted them to be. The trees in your front yard and the clouds above you are, again, created perfectly by our heavenly father. Crazy, right?

The lyrics of one of my favorite worship songs by Hillsong United talks about the beauty of God’s creation. In the song, it says,

“If the stars were made to worship so will I

If the mountains bow in reverence so will I

If the oceans roar Your greatness so will I

For if everything exists to lift You high so will I

If the wind goes where You send it so will I

If the rocks cry out in silence so will I

If the sum of all our praises still falls shy

Then we’ll sing again a hundred billion times.”

Everything that God has created was made to display his beauty and power. The stars, the mountains, the oceans, the wind… they are all formed with distinct differences and purposes. This includes us. God created us like he created the stars in the sky. Each uniquely different, even among the other 7 billion people on this planet.

If God would take the time to make each star in the sky unique and perfect, why would he not do the same for you? Even the smallest details were perfectly hand crafted by our heavenly father himself. Pretty crazy when you think about it!

“For if everything exists to lift you high so will I.” We need to remember who we’re here to serve on this earth. It isn’t the cute boy in your class or the friend you’re trying to impress. We exist because of HIM and we live to obey and serve HIM!

Job 12:7-10 says, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”

I love this verse and its message. We get to walk alongside God’s creations every single day! Whether that be walking with your best friend to class or taking your dog for a walk. We get to experience the joys and wonders of the world every day during every second!

If God created the stars to worship, we too should rejoice and praise him. If God created the mountains to bow, we too should take up our cross and follow him. If God created the wind to go where he sends it, then we too should go where he commands us!

There are so many lessons we can learn by simply looking at the world around us. Never forget the amazing, mind blowing power that God has and how he used that power to create YOU! Rest in this, and praise him for his incredible creations. 🙂

– Chelsea

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Stay Humble

“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6 In a world where people are constantly flaunting their looks, possessions, and position on social media, it can…

“God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6

In a world where people are constantly flaunting their looks, possessions, and position on social media, it can be hard to have the urge to stay humble. Life seems like a game of “who has what” and “whose is better.” No one ever wins or feels fulfilled in this situation.

James 4:6-10 can give us some insight on why we need to be humble. This passage from James was written during a serious time. Christians were living lives that were out of control – committing murder and adultry and living according to greed and jealousy and lust. They were truly living “worldly” lives. James tells them “You sinners, cleanse your hands. You double-minded purify your hearts. Be miserable and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to grieving, and your joy to gloom.” (James 4:8-9)

Ouch! We may not be living the lives that the Christians were living back then, but even the best of us stumble sometimes. If we want to be close to the Lord, we have to prevent sin from entering our lives and grow strong spiritually. Luckily, James gave the sinners of the past three things to do to turn their lives around and mend their relationship with God.

  1. Resist Satan: “Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7

Did you know that you have complete power to resist the devil? It’s true. God’s grace has given you this power if you are humble enough to accept it. The devil wont give up easily, but he cant win if you keep resisting him with the power and grace God has given you.

  1. Come near to the Lord: “Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.” James 4:8

Isn’t it amazing that we are allowed to get close to God? We have been granted access to being friends with the creator of the universe. We can be near him all the time – as long as we come to him humbly.

  1. Humble ourselves: “Humble yourself in the presence of the Lord, and he will exalt you.” James 4:10

This might be the best part. God will exalt those who come humbly to him. Some translations of the verse say that God will “lift you up.” When we come to him humbly, seeking nothing but his grace, we will be blessed.

Be humble. Be an example of humility to those around you. Your actions will speak loudly about the person you are and the Lord you serve.

Chels

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Is God Waiting on You?

Do you ever feel like you are waiting on God? Waiting on Him to answer your prayers or give you a sign as to what to do next? What if…

Do you ever feel like you are waiting on God? Waiting on Him to answer your prayers or give you a sign as to what to do next? What if He was actually waiting on YOU?

I once had a friend who was sure she was destined for a certain career. When I asked her if she had been looking into the job requirements or specific employers, she said that if it was God’s will for her to go into this occupation, then He would open those doors. It is good to pray and seek God’s will for these sorts of things, but you also have to get out there and put things in motion instead of waiting for them to happen on their own.

Us young people really want to know what God’s will is for our lives. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 tells us “this is the will of God, your sanctification”. Unlucky for us, this does not give us much to go off of. The will of God is a hot topic and always will be. We just have to accept that we will never fully understand the “whys” and “whats” of life and instead focus on what we can do to go along with His plan and cooperate as much as He has given us the ability to. A lot of our success and failure in life depends on us. God gives us the ability to do these things – the freedom to try and fail. God is not going to do for you what you can do for yourself.

As a follower of Christ, what does the Lord want you to be responsible for in your life that tells Him that you can handle what He has given you? Have you proven that you are worthy of the blessings that are in store for you? Matthew 13:12 says “To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”

Pray for wisdom, because God isn’t going to always give you the answer or show you the clear path. Be disciplined with what you have been given. Accept when you are wrong and admit it to God. Be eager to learn, and refuse to live a passionless, half-hearted life. Come to grips with your strengths and weaknesses as this will make you mentally healthy and aware.

We all have needs on our life. Are yours not being met? Don’t blame God. He is waiting on you! He wants to meet your needs – you just have to ask. Just like James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask God.”

Chels

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Turn Your Burdens into Breakthroughs

Burdens can weigh so heavily on our hearts. They stay there and can make us feel a variety of different feelings such as guilt, regret, sadness, and so much more….

Burdens can weigh so heavily on our hearts. They stay there and can make us feel a variety of different feelings such as guilt, regret, sadness, and so much more.

Jesus knows our hearts and the burdens we carry so heavily day in and day out. He understands our struggles and our downfalls and wants to take them and carry them himself. When we let our burdens overpower us, we easily forget who God his and what his word says.

Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

This verse gives us one of God’s many promises. If we come to him, he will give us rest. God wants to take these burdens and turn them into breakthroughs by allowing us to run to him with open arms. We need to remember that God is our loving Father who wants to turn our weaknesses into triumphs.

If you need a little more convincing, take a look at 2 Corinthians 12:9. It says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Maybe you’re coming from a place of regret. This area of your life is a weakness that keeps resurfacing over and over again, causing pain, sadness, and even loneliness. You push others away because you don’t want to burden them with the burdens of your own. Sound even slightly familiar?

When we have these burdens, God uses his mighty power to turn them into victories. You may not see it now, but wait a week, a month, or maybe even a year down the road, and you’ll see how God has used your burdens to shape you into who you are today.

Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burdens on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

We’re only human, which explains why we let our burdens take such a hold on our lives. Maybe your burdens keep you up at night, thinking you can never be good enough. Maybe they cause you to push people out of your life and keep a distance from those you love. No matter the extremity of it, burdens keep us from being who God designed for us to be.

It’s okay to feel the pain of them, but it’s not okay to let them run your life. Learn the truth of what God says! His word provides more comfort than any worldly source or temporary satisfaction.

You are loved and made perfect in his image. What may seem like a burden to you may be an opportunity for God to take that and turn it into something great. 🙂

– Chelsea

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