Chelsea Crockett

JESUS | BEAUTY | LIFESTYLE | FASHION

You Can Always Come Home

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of the prodigal son. I like to consider it one of the most relatable and moving stories that Jesus…

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of the prodigal son. I like to consider it one of the most relatable and moving stories that Jesus tells us throughout his lifetime.

If you are unfamiliar with the parable I’m talking about, I encourage you to read Luke 15:11-32. It tells the story of a son who leaves home, sins against God and his own father, and eventually comes back home to be joyfully welcomed back by his father. The prodigal son’s brother is angry at the fact that his father is so happy and quick to welcome his son back into their home, instantly forgiving him for the wrong, sinful things he did while he was away.

The last verse of this passage, Luke 15:32, says, “We have to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.

This verse really speaks to me. So many times, I see Christ followers turn away from God and are too embarrassed to run back to him. The devil puts thoughts and assumptions into their heads.

“I’m too far gone.”

“God could never love me after the things I’ve done.”

“My sin is too great.”

“I’ll be judged at church if I go back.”

These are all lies that Satan likes to fill your head with, and the sad part is, they’re easy to fall for. These thoughts are convincing, influential, but most importantly, far from the truth. God always welcomes us back into his arms, no matter the sins we’ve committed.

There are times in my own life that I’ve felt this same way. I’ve felt the need to hide my sin from God and push him further and further away. But at the end of the day, this not only creates distance between God and myself, but causes me to fall more and more into my own worldly desires.

The thing is: God is always waiting for us to run back to him, no matter how far away we go. His unconditional love is constant and never goes away or runs out.

Let me remind you of this verse:

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

How amazing is that? If you are in Christ, you are a new creation, regardless of the things you’ve done in your past. You can leave your old self behind and become an entirely new person with God along your side.

I encourage you to run back to God. If you’ve fallen away, that’s okay! God will always be there to welcome you home into his arms. Sometimes all it takes is swallowing your pride and surrendering your past to Him. Your life will never be the same!

– Chelsea

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People, Possessions, & Professions

I recently came across a sign outside a church that asked this question: “What are you worshipping? A person, a possession, or a profession?” It really stuck with me and…

I recently came across a sign outside a church that asked this question: “What are you worshipping? A person, a possession, or a profession?” It really stuck with me and weighed on my heart for quite some time.

Many times throughout life, you will find yourself placing things above God, no matter how good, holy, or obedient you try to be. It’s part of human nature to go through phases of prioritizing things over others, whether it’s intentional or not.

So, consider these three categories: people, possessions, and professions. What do you struggle with placing below God and surrendering to him?

Maybe you’re in a relationship and your boyfriend is of utmost importance at this point in your life. He became your life and what you look forward to each and every day. Instead of going to God for validation, guidance, or joy, you look to him to fulfill all your needs. This is an example of prioritizing a person over God.

Maybe it’s your phone, your computer, your Netflix account, etc. that takes you away from God. I know there are times when my phone can act as a distraction while I’m spending time in the Word and pulls my mind and attention elsewhere. This is an example of prioritizing possessions over God.

Or maybe it’s your bank account that gets you out of bed in the morning. You’re so focused on having a successful career that money is the driving factor in your life. You never truly feel satisfaction because you’re always waiting for that next paycheck. This is an example of making your job your #1 priority.

When I think of those chasing after a career, money, success, etc., I think of Matthew 6:24. It says, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Desiring a successful career is one thing, but to become obsessed with your job is another. When we put our hope and trust in the Lord, good things will come our way! He knows our past, present, and future and will guide us into what’s best for our lives.

People, possessions, and professions are good things to focus on throughout your life. It’s good to prioritize the important things that you care deeply about whether that be your boyfriend or your career, but it becomes a problem when we lose sight of God in the process.

Write down the top 10 things you consider your greatest priorities. Then consider how each one plays a role in your life. Does it take you away from God or push you closer to him? Do you often seek it out for satisfaction and fulfillment? These are good questions to ask yourself to know if you’re living for the right or wrong things.

God wants your love, attention, and dependence. Don’t ignore him by giving yourself to temporary, worldly things. Talk to him and let him guide your focus onto what’s important: God’s joy, love, peace, and eternal satisfaction!

– Chelsea

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Avoiding Gossip in Today’s World

You walk into class and are immediately overwhelmed by the conversations and gossip going on around you. You try your hardest to not give in, but the conversations are just…

You walk into class and are immediately overwhelmed by the conversations and gossip going on around you. You try your hardest to not give in, but the conversations are just too tempting. You want to know what’s going on and what everyone’s talking about.

I get it, trust me. I’ve been there too many times. I hate being out of the loop so it’s first instinct to hop right in the conversation and get all the newest details about this or that.

Gossip is such a big part of today’s world. Twitter, Instagram, the news, Snapchat, etc. are filled with the latest drama that we can’t take our eyes off of. Although avoiding this is hard at times, God calls us to be Christ-like, to turn away from these words that tempt us and draw us in.

Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

God not only encourages us to stay away from gossip, but demands it. He tells us to lift others up, not tear them down. If your words aren’t beneficial to those listening, then what’s the point?

Avoiding harmful conversations takes a conscious effort. It’s easy to go with the flow and take part in gossiping with your friends, but it takes true strength to walk away and remove yourself from the situation.

Exodus 23:1 says, “Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a witness.

I always hear people say, “well if it’s true it’s not considered gossip,” and this couldn’t be further from the truth. The more we talk about a situation, the higher the possibility for it to spiral out of control and turn into something it’s not.

Ask yourself these two questions: “Am I going to benefit anyone by spreading what I heard?” “Will anyone gain anything from this conversation, or will it only hurt people in the end?”

It’s important to remember what the Bible says about gossiping. John 13: 24-35 says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Being a follower of Christ revolves around love. Loving your neighbor, loving your friend, loving your enemy… We have a higher calling than simply coexisting with others. We should always be placing love at the top of our priorities, no matter how hard it may be.  

This week, make a conscious effort to turn conversations away from gossip, negativity, and tearing others down. It may not be the “cool” thing to do, but it is so worth it in the end. Being the bigger person and pushing love forward in any and every situation is what God wants of all of us. Make a difference in the lives of those around you and live out the Bible each and every day!

– Chelsea

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Turning Your Burdens into Blessings

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17 Life is full…

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17

Life is full of disappointments and situations you can’t control. Burdens can be seen as blessings or can be seen as just that: burdens.

I think life is all about perspective. We can look at things from a negative point-of-view and ask God, “why me?” Or we can look at things with a positive perspective and consider it to be an opportunity to help shape us into the people we’re meant to be.

The above verse from James is one of my favorite verses from that chapter. Every gift from God is good and perfect, even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time. God is unchanging, caring, certain, and will never push you beyond your breaking point.

Too often, I see people doubting and getting angry at the Lord, constantly asking “why me?” Think of what you can gain from the situation you’re going through, not what you can lose. I wanted to share with you how to adopt this mindset instead of focusing on the negatives.

I wanted to learn how to take a different perspective on burdens and figure out how I can view them as blessings instead. Life is too short to dwell on what we think are negatives, when they’re actually blessings from God!

Consider the burdens in your life. Is it a person, a past mistake, a future promise? Everyone has their own burdens, but I encourage you to thank God throughout your trials. When you show Satan that he has no grip on you, then nothing can get you down, regardless of what life throws at you.

Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burdens on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

I encourage you to give your burdens to God and ask him for guidance. Guidance on where to go next, what to say, what to do… When we cast our cares on the Lord, he always answers and points us in the right direction.

When I think of what I consider to be burdens in my life, I think of the MSG version of Matthew 11:28-30. It says:

Are you tired? Worn out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Whether you have to repeat this passage to yourself multiple times a day or write it in your prayer journal, do it! God wants you to surrender your burdens to him so he can take them and turn them into blessings.

God always has a purpose for everything in your life. Don’t question why a burden is placed on your life. Instead, thank him, praise him, and trust the path he is taking you down!

– Chelsea

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Keeping Christ at the Center of Your Home

Being a newly married woman, I now have a home that’s solely my own. It is a new foundation for my husband and I that will eventually hold a family,…

Being a newly married woman, I now have a home that’s solely my own. It is a new foundation for my husband and I that will eventually hold a family, host our friends, experience so many “firsts,” and so much more!

Although we plan to move throughout our life together, each house will be our home, where we get to experience life and make it our own! I’ve always understood the importance of keeping Christ at the center of our home, but I didn’t realize how intentional you have to be when you’re actually the head of the household.

There are several verses throughout the Bible that stress the importance of building a home centered around Christ.

Matthew 7:25 says, “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

Regardless of arguments, disappointments, or negativity that you experience inside your home, if Christ is your foundation, it will not be shaken. As perfect as you want your life to be, there will always be these three things that I mentioned above, but what makes the world of a difference is who your #1 priority is when life gets hard.

Proverbs 24:3-4 says, “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

Think about how you can grow wisdom, understanding, and knowledge inside your home. I know for me and Nick, we like to set aside time to be completely in the word with no distractions. Reading the Bible gives us the knowledge of how we should live our lives as Christ followers and it continues to amaze us every day.

Through listening to sermons, talking to God, reading devotionals, etc., we get the opportunity to gain this godly wisdom and understanding that God offers to us. It makes such a huge difference when our mindsets, actions, and words are Christ-like and mirrored after the Lord.

I remember listening to a podcast a few months ago that talked about what people often put at the center of their home. For some people, it may be money and finances. For others, it may be the pursuit of happiness regardless of what that may mean for them. And for some, the sole center of their home may be their careers.

Regardless of what the world around you is doing, I encourage you to make a list of ways you can keep Christ at the center of your home. If you need a starting point, begin by going to church every Sunday. Pray before each meal and as a family before you go to bed. These small changes welcome God into your home and allow him to lead each and every one of you throughout your life. His presence is powerful, comforting, and will fill your home with love, grace, and so much more!

– Chelsea

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Seeking Stillness in the Busyness

Life demands a lot from us. It’s always go, go, go to the point where we forget to take a minute and ask ourselves, “is it worth it?” I’ve always…

Life demands a lot from us. It’s always go, go, go to the point where we forget to take a minute and ask ourselves, “is it worth it?”

I’ve always been one to have a lot on my plate. I enjoy working, having things to do, and keeping myself busy, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get overwhelmed from time to time.

A busy lifestyle is nothing to be ashamed of. But when it takes away from us seeking God and growing in our relationship with him, it can become a problem. I’m a true believer in the concept of stillness and how it pleases God when we take the time to rest and focus on him.

If you feel overwhelmed and disconnected from the Lord, look at what the Bible has to say about seeking stillness.

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.

Maybe your busyness is in the way you think. Your mind is tossing and turning over so many things at once that you forget about what the Bible says!

This verse is so simple, yet so powerful. When we’re still and hand our cares and worries off to the Lord, he takes our burdens and turns them into blessings. In a moment of stillness, talk to God and ask him to do just that.

Hillsong Worship has a song called “Still” and the chorus always speaks to me.

When the oceans rise and thunders roar

I will soar with You above the storm

Father, You are King over the flood

I will be still, know You are God.”

I love listening to this song because it always reminds me of who is in control, no matter how many times I try to be. When you’re in the middle of a storm, take time to be still and give it to God! Stillness is not just a mindset, but an action. If you don’t make an effort to do so, nothing will change, leaving your head and heart frantic, stressed, and overwhelmed.

At the beginning of each week, I like to set aside uninterrupted time with God. When I look at my schedule for each day, I pick an hour or so that God and I get to spend together, without feeling rushed or side-tracked.

Psalm 62:1 says, “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.

Once you start seeking this stillness that God refers to, you truly will find the rest you’re looking for. These quiet times with God should be at the top of your priorities!

Look at your schedule and set aside some time each day for God. For he will take your busyness and turn it into stillness! All you have to do is give him the control. 🙂

– Chelsea

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What Is a Gentle and Quiet Spirit?

“Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” – 1 Peter 3:4…

Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” – 1 Peter 3:4

In today’s terms, a gentle and quiet spirit isn’t a compliment. Society likes to associate the words “gentle” and “quiet” as weak, insecure, and powerless, as If this wasn’t further from the truth!

God brings up the idea of this “gentle and quiet spirit” a few times throughout the Bible. In Titus 3:2, this spirit means “to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”

Let’s talk about the first part of this verse. Slandering means to insult, lie about, or speak negatively about another person. God makes a strong effort to address this kind of gossiping in the Bible. Ephesians 4:29 says, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

When we make a conscious effort to tear down others, how are we benefitting from it? In the big picture of things, it only spreads negativity and hatefulness around to others. A gentle and quiet spirit would remove themselves from these situations, continuing to encourage and build others up no matter how much they’ve hurt you!

The second part of this verse, “to be peaceable and considerate,” means to take into account the feelings of others, not just your own. Be the peacemaker in your family, your friend group, your sports team, etc. When we’re peaceable, patient, and mindful, God uses this to display his light and love through us.

Now let’s talk about the word “gentle.” Gentle means to be kind, slow to anger, and compassionate. It doesn’t mean to be weak or timid, but to have that of a gentle mindset toward others.

It’s easy to feed off of anger and hostility, and that’s why God calls us to do the opposite. He wants us to think before we speak and to bite our tongues even when our minds are elsewhere.

In James 1:19-20, it says, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

As sinful human beings, this doesn’t come natural or easy to us. Our first thought is to argue, to prove ourselves right, or to make the other person feel less. Temptation and pride creeps in, making us want to do all of these things when the opportunity presents itself.

In these situations, pray. Ask God for the strength and ability to turn away from the temptation to sin. Ask him to make you more like him: gentle, quiet, peaceful, and calm.

I challenge you for the next week to be conscious. Practice this gentle and quiet spirit that God wants each of us to have. When we do this, we become more like him each and every day!

– Chelsea

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For the Girl Seeking Fellowship

Fellowship is so important in our walk with the Lord. It gives us a group of people to do life with and lean on when we need to. Being a…

Fellowship is so important in our walk with the Lord. It gives us a group of people to do life with and lean on when we need to. Being a young girl, it’s easy to lose yourself in the crowd. If you’re anything like me, you like to feel accepted, welcomed, and loved by the people around you. I mean, who doesn’t?

Everyone throughout their lives seeks fellowship, especially as a Christ follower. Having good, like-minded people to surround yourself with and encourage you to be the best version of yourself is something everyone desires.

For the girl seeking true, genuine fellowship, you’re probably wondering where to find it. God gives us little pieces of advice throughout the Bible to guide us in the direction of fellowship.

John 15:12-13 says, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

Look for the people that display God’s love through themselves. These people will stand out and display the light of God in both their words and actions. Take note of when you notice this in others! These are the people you want to stick around.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Are the current people in your life spurring you on? If you’re unfamiliar with this term, it means to encourage, urge, and guide someone toward God. Are your friends pushing you to be Christ-like and pursuing God in all areas of your life? Or are they tugging you the other way, encouraging you to be more like the world?

Now you may be thinking, where do I go from here?

I know for me, church has always been the place for me to find my people. Even at school, I joined the clubs and organizations that I knew had similar values and desires as me.

I encourage you to find your church home. I understand wanting to experience different churches and see which place God leads you to, but picking a place to call your home is even more important. This commitment gives you a place to build relationships and invest your time in which will eventually result in the fellowship you’re looking for.

Have you also spent time in prayer over your desire for true fellowship?  The Bible says in 1 John 5:14, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

Talk to God about the things you’re longing for, whether that be fellowship or something else. God wants to answer our requests and wants us to talk to him about our concerns. Have a conversation with God and ask him to guide you!

Fellowship is one of the most amazing parts of being a Christ follower. You get to do life alongside people with similar values, mindsets, ways of life, etc. Find these people, and stick with them! 🙂

– Chels

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3 Things to Prioritize as A Follower of Christ

Being a follower of Christ is not always easy. There are times when we have to put certain things above others, even when our own desires are completely the opposite….

Being a follower of Christ is not always easy. There are times when we have to put certain things above others, even when our own desires are completely the opposite.

Part of giving your life to Jesus is knowing that sacrifices will have to be made. You may not always want to sacrifice your time, sleep, independence, pride, etc., but God makes it clear in the Bible that following him will mean just that at times.

In Colossians 3:1-3 says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”

God asks us to prioritize certain things throughout the Bible. He commands us to leave our old ways behind and follow the path he created for us! Here are a few things to prioritize throughout your everyday walk with Christ.

Quiet, devoted time with God.

You may think that you spend enough time with God but do you really? I used to pray when I woke up and before I went to bed and think I gave God all the time I owed to him, but I was so wrong. He wants us to give up certain things, such as sleep, a Netflix episode, an extra half hour hanging with friends… to be able to devote to him.

I never understood the importance of this uninterrupted time in the Word until I really made it a priority. I realized not only did this time help me grow in my relationship with Christ, but it allowed me to learn more about who God is and what he expects of me as his disciple.

Sharing your faith.

1 Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…”

Although it may be awkward or uncomfortable, God commands us to share our faith and make disciples. It doesn’t always have to mean sharing your testimony or intentionally bringing up God in a conversation. It could be as simple as witnessing through your words and actions, and extending the love of Christ to those around you. Always be prepared to give the reason for your faith!

Godly desires over worldly desires.

This is something the Bible addresses time and time again throughout it. Taking up our cross and following Christ means that we are a new creation in Him. We no longer should satisfy the desires of our flesh, but satisfy the desires of the Lord. The more time we spend in the Word and in communication with God, the easier this becomes.

I challenge you to prioritize these three things this week. For only seven days, make a conscious effort to wake up early to spend time with God, start up a conversation with your friend about your faith, or say no to something that you know is sinful behavior. See how much you can grow in your relationship with God in just this short amount of time. Just one week can be the start of making these priorities a habit! I promise you, you won’t regret it. 🙂

Love, Chels

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Single and Not Ready to Mingle?

Society loves to tell us that we’re single for a reason. “Oh, do you not like dating?” “Have you not found anyone you’re interested in?” “Did your last relationship go…

Society loves to tell us that we’re single for a reason. “Oh, do you not like dating?” “Have you not found anyone you’re interested in?” “Did your last relationship go badly?”

When I was younger, I was asked these questions every once in a while when I wasn’t in a relationship. It was like if I remained single people made it seem like something was wrong with me or that there had to be a reason behind it. Can you relate?

This stigma around singleness that society has created can oftentimes pressure us into something we’re not ready for or a relationship we should’ve never gotten involved in in the first place.

I remember the parts of singleness that you don’t get to experience when you’re married, dating, etc. You get to take advantage of the abundance of alone time with God that we so often forget we even have in the first place!

Your single days are your days to focus solely on yourself and on God. You have all the free time in the world to spend in the Word, doing daily devotionals, etc. It’s a chance to focus on bettering yourself and figuring out where God is leading you next in your life.

If you’re single and not ready to mingle, let me be the first to tell you: that’s OKAY! God wants us devoted to him, spending time with him, and making him our priority above all else.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…” If you’re in one of your seasons of singleness, do what YOU want to do and follow the path God wants you to. When you’re leaving your season of singleness, you’ll know when it’s right and that God is guiding you in that direction.

Maybe your season is over and you’re happily in a relationship. Maybe your season will end months, or even years from now, when you finally meet the right person. However long your season of singleness is, know that it’s okay no matter how long it lasts. Thankfully we have a God that fills our every need and desire. Even if loneliness tries to creep in, He is our comforter and the most incredible relationship we will ever have.

Let me tell you, the wait is worth it! When you’re ready to start praying for guidance when it comes to beginning a relationship, focus on where God is wanting to take you.

Remember, it’s okay to be single and not ready to mingle! Everyone’s path is different and God knows when the right time for every season is! Trust in Him and allow Him to guide your footsteps!

– Chelsea

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How to Start Eating Clean

Nick and I are always trying to eat healthier – who isn’t? I’ve been interested in trying clean eating, which allows you to eat lots of yummy foods that are…

Nick and I are always trying to eat healthier – who isn’t? I’ve been interested in trying clean eating, which allows you to eat lots of yummy foods that are both nutritious AND delicious, but also satisfying. This means cutting out foods that are processed, have lots of preservatives, etc. We also love eating out, so I started looking into clean eating tips that even non-health nuts like us could follow. Here is what I have found!

  1. The easiest way to start is with the things you already eat. Take recipes you love and make them clean! Nick and I love tacos. So, to make them clean, we can use grass-fed beef and other organic and high quality ingredients. If you are eating it with a side like rice, use wild rice or brown rice instead of white.
  2. Plan ahead. I find that I eat the worst when I am in a pinch. Most times, the most convenient things to make are the unhealthiest. Planning a weekly menu ahead helps avoid this! Meal prep is also a must. Many “clean” foods are ingredients and not ready-to-eat foods. So, preparing them ahead saves you time in the long run. Cut up that produce and have it ready to eat when you get in the snacking mood instead of just washing it and putting it straight in the fridge.
  3. It is not all or nothing. You decide how strict you want to be. It is overwhelming to think about eliminating all processed foods – and unrealistic to think that you can and should eliminate them completely from your life. I don’t think I could go forever without a Reese Peanut Butter Cup. Not possible. So, make clean eating work for your lifestyle. Do your best to eat natural and clean most of the time, but don’t think that Chinese food on a Tuesday night is out of the question. Make your goal to eat clean 75% of the time and you will be much more successful than if you try and go 100% cold turkey.
  4. Take it one thing at a time. Make your healthy changes slow. If you usually take chips for lunch as a snack, switch them for carrot sticks and humus. If you typically eat white rice, switch it to brown. Your body will thank you for the slow transition rather than a shock to the system.

If you are interested in starting the clean eating journey too, I hope these tips helped you! They definitely helped me feel more confident about committing to the lifestyle change.

Chels

 

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Setting Boundaries in Marriage

What does it mean to have healthy boundaries in our marriages? And why is it important for us to set boundaries in the first place? Boundaries are like the fence…

What does it mean to have healthy boundaries in our marriages? And why is it important for us to set boundaries in the first place?

Boundaries are like the fence around your house. They provide a safe “fence” around your marriage, and they are unique to each relationship. They are meant to protect you, just like a fence. Your marriage should always be protected – Satan would love nothing more than to see your relationship fail. Boundaries allow you to be on the same page in life’s many situations, alleviating worries and unnecessary future arguments. So, how do we set boundaries?

  1. Pray that the Lord will give you both the courage to say what you truly feel and ask for guidance as you build this fence of protection around your relationship. Praying before discussing boundaries will help you both understand each other’s intentions and receive what they are saying in a loving way instead of feeling attacked or put down.
  2. Talk it out. This process is bound to bring up some awkward or touchy subjects. If a subject is being brought up, then it is important to you or your spouse and should be heard out rather than made into an opportunity to argue. Things to discuss are everything from boundaries with your kids, to family gatherings, to in-laws, to where you will spend which holidays and more. Obviously you cannot prevent every future issue that may arise, but there are some that you can see coming. You might have to talk it out for a while in order to come to an agreement on these, but make sure by the end of the discussion you are both on the same page. Tweak them until you are both comfortable with the end results.
  3. Follow through. Put these boundaries into action. You did the hard work, now let them work for you. It is both of your responsibilities to uphold these. There may, and probably will, be people in your life that will not be happy with some of the boundaries you have set, but just remember why you are setting them. You are doing this to protect your marriage – the most important relationship you have besides the one you have with the Lord.

Now go build that fence!

Chels

 

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Compassion International

Compassion is an organization that has been a big part of my life over the last few years. If you’ve never heard of Compassion, they are a child sponsorship organization…

Compassion is an organization that has been a big part of my life over the last few years. If you’ve never heard of Compassion, they are a child sponsorship organization that is Christ-centered, church-based, and child-focused!

If you’ve been keeping up with my social media, then you know I recently went to Haiti to actually meet the child I’ve been sponsoring. It was such an amazing experience, and I wanted to tell you all about it so you can know more about the incredible benefits of sponsoring a child through Compassion!

Compassion took us on a trip that showed us the ins and outs of Haiti. This organization has changed families’ lives because of the program they’ve implemented in several countries around the world.

Chelsea Crockett - Haiti

I was able to visit my sponsored child because Compassion picked him up in his village 4 hours away in northern Haiti and brought him to have lunch with us. He didn’t know what a typical fork or spoon looked like and he had never seen people that didn’t look like him. His mother expressed the gratitude she had for my sponsorship as she has 3 others kids and works hard to feed and house them all. In the area where my sponsor child’s family lives, people live in very small shacks and share rooms. Most times their beds are made of material that are not very comfortable because they can’t afford a mattress to sleep on.

Chelsea Crockett - Haiti

My trip to Haiti opened my eyes to see what Compassion is doing not only in the lives of the children there, but in the lives of their families, as well.

The biggest part a sponsorship helps with is providing resources to the family so their kids can learn about Jesus. They also learn how to work with their hands so that they can make a living on their own someday!

Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program is so much more than just a donation of money. It offers medical checkups, health training, food and supplements, educational assistance, and more. Depending on the age of the child you sponsor, you even get to write letters back and forth and establish a relationship with them!

Chelsea Crockett - Haiti

If you have even the slightest interest in sponsoring a child, check out Compassion’s website to learn more about how you can get involved! It’s only $38 a month, but what that child receives in exchange for your donation is worth so much more than that.

Be a part of the already 1.9 million children sponsored all around the world! You can take part in God’s mission and offer encouragement in Jesus’ name to your child that would otherwise never get the opportunity to hear about Christ. Be in prayer over Compassion and the children involved, that they may receive the help they need and invite Jesus into their hearts!

Check out their website here to learn more about sponsoring a child: https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/?referer=589416.

– Chelsea

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Advice for An Overflowing Relationship with God

We all want that overflowing, abounding, “on fire for the gospel” type of relationship with God. The type of mutual love that not only God has for us, but we…

We all want that overflowing, abounding, “on fire for the gospel” type of relationship with God. The type of mutual love that not only God has for us, but we have for him.

Like every relationship, it requires work. I like to treat my relationship with God as if he were one of my best friends. He’s the first person you want to run to, talk to, vent to… You have to make time for him and be open and honest with him in order for you to grow in your relationship!

There’s a ton of advice I’ve learned to follow to gain this overflowing relationship with the Lord. It’s been so beneficial for me, so I wanted to share it with you all, as well!

There’s a difference between simply reading the Bible and really studying the Bible. How often does your mind wander and you realize you weren’t even paying attention to what you were reading in the first place?

I know for me, this used to happen all the time. But then I began to journal about what I was reading, write down prayer points that came to me, etc. These small changes will help you fully understand what you’re reading and allow you to get closer to God! When we’re reading and meditating on his word, we learn more about God and who our identity is in him!

Vulnerability and transparency are two concepts I’ve really come to know throughout this past year. To be transparent is to be completely open and honest with God. He already knows even the smallest details of each one of our lives, but he wants us to fully surrender and let him see the darkest parts of our hearts. To be vulnerable is to know that the possibility of feeling ashamed, guilty, or embarrassed exists.

These two words will make your relationship with God so much more intimate. It’s okay to be vulnerable when it comes to him. In fact, he wants you to let your walls down and open up. Practice transparency and vulnerability in these next few days when you’re talking to God and see how it changes your relationship with him.

There are a couple different verses that are the key to this overflowing relationship with God that we all desire. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” And Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

The bottom line is: seek God first and everything else will follow. When we leave our old selves behind, we create our new selves with God.

When we make it a conscious effort to turn away from sin and seek faith, trust, grace, mercy, etc., we naturally fall more and more in love with the Lord.

I encourage you to let down your walls and allow God to see the real you, flaws and all. When we let go of our pride and selfishness, we fall into God’s love. He is always there waiting for you to take the first step!

– Chelsea

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Thy Will Be Done

“To pray ‘thy will be done’ I must be willing, if the answer requires it, that my will be undone.” – Elisabeth Elliot How many times have we recited the…

“To pray ‘thy will be done’ I must be willing, if the answer requires it, that my will be undone.” – Elisabeth Elliot

How many times have we recited the Lord’s Prayer and said the line, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” without even thinking about the gravity of those words?

Often, we use prayer to ask for things from God. Many times, when we need help, especially in desperate situations, God is the only one we can turn to. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus is saying that prayer is less about asking God to give us our way and more about seeing God’s will done here on earth. Our worldly priorities and the priorities of heaven are in constant conflict. This means that prayer is about aligning our expectations to God’s purpose rather than asking God to conform to OUR expectations.

Jesus prayed “thy will be done” and was the only person – ever – to completely fulfill God’s will. Jesus did this for us. We can try to do God’s will, but not to earn His favor but to spread His goodness to the world. We listen to God’s word and obey his will because it is our joy, not because we think it will make God happy. This is what we were created for.

So what does it mean to pray “thy will be done”? One thing it represents is asking God to come into our cities, government, culture, and homes and defeat every kind of evil. He calls us to desire to see our world looking how God intended it. God’s will is for abundant joy and lasting peace. His will is to eradicate sin, evil, and death and wipe our slate clean through Jesus’s resurrection.

We are assets in this by surrendering to him and aligning our priorities with His. Using our prayers to ask for these things will accomplish His will and, in turn, answer many of our own prayers. And if not, He is still good.

Chels

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5 Biblical Ways to Show Love

One thing marriage has taught me is that there are many ways to show love – some easier than others. Showing love isnt always a physical action, many times it…

One thing marriage has taught me is that there are many ways to show love – some easier than others. Showing love isnt always a physical action, many times it is emotional and verbal. As a wife, I want to strive to “out-love” my husband every day. He does the same for me. The Bible is a great resource when it comes to advice on the best ways to show love to those we are closest to.

  1. Trust without doubting. “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:7. Simply put, trusting your significant other – and showing them you do – is a clear expression of your love. They will know they have your full support and confidence in them. There is nothing better than feeling 100% trusted and supported in the decisions you are making.
  2. Let it go. “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.” Ephesians 4:31-32. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:13-14. Forgiving and letting go is a beautiful way to show love to anyone, not just a significant other. Looking past the ways they’ve wronged you or hurt you is a clear act of love.
  3. Practice patience. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” 1 Corinthians 13:4. This is a big learning curve for any relationship. One of you may be a morning person and one a night owl, one may be always late and the other always on time, and many other little differences that can drive the other crazy. Being patient and learning to be flexible is a way to show love and that you are willing to adjust.
  4. Give selflessly. “Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!” Proverbs 21:26. One thing I try and give selflessly is my time. I feel like being sacrificial with this precious commodity shows tremendous love.
  5. Keep the complaining to yourself. “Do everything without grumbling or arguing,” Philippians 2:14. I have noticed that complaining just exasperates a situation. If you have a complaint, approach it in a loving way. Your man will be grateful for your gentle reminder rather than starting an argument.

Are there any lessons on love that God has been teaching you recently?

Chels

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