Chelsea Crockett

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Bible Verses to Make Your Personal Prayers

When I’m going through a rough patch in my life, it seems that God always shows me the right verses at the right times. Sometimes verses relate to my situation…

When I’m going through a rough patch in my life, it seems that God always shows me the right verses at the right times. Sometimes verses relate to my situation so strongly that I wonder if God made that verse just for me in that moment. It’s so comforting to know that God can speak to us through the Bible when we need him most!

Certain verses can be made into your own personal prayers. I wrote some below that I like to repeat over and over in my head when I need them! You can make them your own personal prayers, too!

In times of sadness: 

Let Nehemiah 8:10 be your prayer. It says, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

This verse is the perfect reminder that our joy doesn’t come from the world, it comes from the Lord! We let so many things throughout life make us feel sad, defeated, lonely, etc., when we’re seeking the wrong things for joy in the first place. Look to the Lord for true, lasting joy!

In times of fear:

Let Psalm 32:7-8 be your prayer. It says, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

During fearful times, we always need to remember that God is our hiding place. We can go to him for security and peace and he will always provide those things for us. It’s a beautiful comfort that only He can give us.

In times of guilt:

Let Isaiah 30:15 be your prayer: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.

Guilt can drive your life if you let it. It can eat you alive and consume your thoughts until you don’t know what to do anymore. Remember Isaiah 30:15 in these times of guilt. Know that through repentance, you will always find rest and peace!

In times of anger:

Let Matthew 5:44 be your prayer: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

This is an important lesson we can all learn from. Pray for those who persecute you, not gossip about them or build up hatred toward them. That type of attitude does nothing positive for the situation you’re in. Try praying for them and see how your attitude changes for the better!

In times of distress:

Let Psalm 4:1 be your prayer. It says, “Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

God promises to answer our prayers, whether it’s the way we expected him to or not. He hears our prayers and knows what is best for our lives! Trust that he will give you the relief you need, even if doesn’t seem like he is at the time.

Make these verses your personal prayers when you encounter these situations. Write them down, repeat them in your head, set them as a reminder on your phone… Whatever you need to do to remember that God is with you every step of the way!

– Chelsea

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9 Things to Do Before 9 AM

The morning hours are some of the most beneficial hours of the day. Our minds are refreshed, awakened, and recharged after a good night’s sleep! I always like to take…

The morning hours are some of the most beneficial hours of the day. Our minds are refreshed, awakened, and recharged after a good night’s sleep!

I always like to take advantage of these morning hours. I remember hearing a list of 10 things you should do in the morning before leaving your house, so I thought I’d compile my own list of 9 things to do before 9 AM!

  1. First things first, get out of bed!

Snoozing your alarm time and time again is a bad routine to start, especially when it’s the first thing you do to begin your day! Practice getting out of bed after the first alarm or even after one snooze. After you make it a routine, you’ll find it easier to get out of bed in the morning!

  1. Refrain from checking social media.

As much as we try to deny it, one of the first things most of us do is pick up our phones in the morning. Before we even leave our beds, we’re scrolling through Instagram, Twitter, and whatever else we just haaaave to check to “stay up-to-date.”

This is such a bad habit to start! A lot of the time, social media can make us feel lonely or sad which affects our mood for the rest of the day. Allow yourself time to wake up and do more important things before checking your phone!

  1. Do a quiet time/devotional.

Setting aside time solely devoted to God will allow you to spend uninterrupted, intentional time with him. The more we do these quiet times alone with God, the closer we feel to him. I always feel so much more joyful and at peace after doing these in the morning!

  1. Exercise!

If you like to exercise, what better time to do so than in the morning? It helps wake you up and give you that burst of energy you need for the day. If you don’t love the idea of early morning work outs, try out a stretching or yoga routine instead!

  1. Thank God for your blessings.

When your attitude is gratitude, nothing can ruin your mood! I always like to list all of the things I’m thankful for before even leaving my house in the morning. It instantly puts a smile on my face and starts my day off on the right foot!

  1. Pray over your day.

Whatever your plans for the day are, it’s so important to pray over them. Ask God for safety, patience, peace, or whatever else you’ll need to get you through your day!

7. Eat a big breakfast!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you the energy to take on anything you face throughout your day. Once you make this a routine, you’ll see a huge difference!

  1. Get yourself ready for the day.

I like to keep a checklist that reminds me of everything I need or need to do before I head out the door. I hate the feeling of when I forget something at home when I could’ve easily reminded myself of it before I left!

  1. Pick a Bible verse to meditate on throughout your day.

You don’t have to do this every morning, but pick a verse to meditate on once a week or so. Scripture memory is so important, and this is a simple way to try and memorize a verse while you’re at work, school, etc. Set a reminder on your phone or just read over it in your spare time!

What else do you do when you wake up in the morning? I find it so beneficial to stick to these 9 things to start my day! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Never Let Your Wants Make You Forget Your Blessings

Contentment is a huge issue in our culture. We constantly want more, different, newer, better things than we already have. We let our wants distract us from the blessings right…

Contentment is a huge issue in our culture. We constantly want more, different, newer, better things than we already have. We let our wants distract us from the blessings right in front of us.

We’ve seen it happen to people from friends and family to popular celebrities. They get so caught up in seeking more and more material possessions and popularity and they lose the best things that they already have. As a Christian, it is important to never let the things you want distract you and blind you from the blessings you have been graciously given.

Paul tells us in Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” God has not promised to give us everything we want, but he has promised to give us what we need. How lucky are we that we have been given LIFE? Don’t let what you strive for take away that life from you. When we are continuously seeking more and more, our freedom is taken from us. We are trapped in a cycle of working for more and more, and somewhere along the way we let happiness and fulfillment walk out the door.

Why not make the best of every good thing that we have been given? Why try and be someone else when God has made you to be exactly who he meant for you to be? You are an original, not a copy. There is no one like you in this world.

It is so exhausting to try and keep up with fashion trends, beauty trends, technology trends, social media trends, fancy cars, fancy houses, and all of the things our world seems to idolize and set above everything else. Instead of striving for the next thing and the next, why not focus on having gratitude for what we have already worked for and call “ours”? I can remember being so worried about keeping up with all of the fashion and beauty trends that I would never want to wear the same thing twice and was constantly wishing I had outfits of the girls on Instagram. What I soon realized was that they are probably thinking the same thing of someone else. They probably wish they had someone else’s clothes or hair or car.

Once I started practicing an attitude of gratitude and contentment, life became so much simpler. I started appreciating the things I already had. Many people around the world have so much less and are happy and joyful. I saw this when I went to Haiti. They are grateful to just be alive!

What if we all lived like that?

Chels

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Blessed is She

“ Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her.” –  Luke 1:45 Think about all of the women in the Bible who had…

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her.” –  Luke 1:45

Think about all of the women in the Bible who had incredible things happen in their lives, like Mary Jesus’s mother, and Sarah, who had a baby in her nineties. What would have happened if they would not have believed in the power of the Lord?

Mary was just a girl living a simple life, engaged to a guy named Joseph. Then, all of a sudden, she is told that she will be the mother of the Savior of the world. An angel shares with her that she has been chosen by the Lord to complete this enormous task. This promise is not anything any human could ever bestow upon another human, it is completely Heaven-driven. In spite of her fear and confusion, Mary believes the promise she has been given by her God. As a result, she is one of the most blessed women among those in the Bible.

Luke 1:45 applies to each and every woman everywhere. It simply tells us that when God speaks and gives us a promise, we believe and are blessed. Sounds simple, but believing can be the most difficult part of this equation. It goes against our human nature to throw reason out the window and believe things will happen when the world tells us they won’t. But, as the verse tells us, if we believe, we will be blessed among women. We can hold onto that promise when we struggle to believe we are who God says we are, and struggle to believe the promises he has placed in our hearts.

Do you ever struggle to understand His promises? Like, how can He make this happen when it seems impossible? We want to believe they will happen, but we can’t understand how they actually will. But, what if we dropped our questions and just believed? What if we believed he could do anything, and do it through US? Women are incredible creatures. Even when we are a crazy mess, he can use us. God brought the Savior into the world through a woman. Just like Mary, he can create beautiful things through all of us.

God speaks amazing promises into our lives, and if we are bold enough to believe Him, we will be blessed.

Chels

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My Experience with Shine Wedding Invitations

In the mind of a bride planning her wedding day, a million and one things are whirling around in your head. Where do I get married; when do I get…

In the mind of a bride planning her wedding day, a million and one things are whirling around in your head. Where do I get married; when do I get married; how do I break down the guest list? Planning my wedding was definitely stressful to say the least, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of my wedding planner and vendors. Each of them played a very important role in making my dreams a reality, but I would love to talk about how Shine Wedding Invitations made the ordering my wedding programs a breeze.

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First things first – when I was looking for my wedding accessories, I really wanted something that was clean and simple, nothing that was overly trendy, and I wanted to be able to look back on my stationery and have it look truly timeless. Bouncing from shop to shop, online and off, I just couldn’t find what I was looking for. One day I came across an ad for this beautiful company that exemplified all the things I was looking for in my wedding programs. After browsing through their easily navigable website, which breaks down exactly what you’re looking for, I choose their Ophelia wedding invitation design. I was immediately drawn to it for the calligraphy printed on the front, as it was just so organic in a sophisticated way.

With all the planning that still needed to be done, I placed my order right away! The process was very simple and all I had to do was choose my quantities, colors, and printing style. Once I entered in my bridal party, ceremonial information, and any other notes I wanted to be included in the order, all I had to do was check out. I got an email shortly after thanking me and letting me know that my designer would be in touch within 2 business days – so now all I had to do was patiently wait for the proofs!

Shine works very quickly and I actually received an email with my proofs before the 2 business days were even up! My designer, Sarah, sent me various options of the wedding programs to choose from, since I wanted both our first and last names to be included on the intro page. She was very responsive and informative to my requests and if I wanted to talk over the phone, she gave me a call. Everything was just so easy that it allowed me to dedicate other time to other projects in preparation for one of the most exciting days of my life. When I was ready to submit my final approval and start the printing process, all I needed to do was go over the very thorough PDF checklist and hit “approve,” and in no time my order began production.

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Due to time restraints, I had my stationery expedited with Shine’s 2 business days UPS mailing service, which arrived right on time for my wedding day! I can’t even say how thankful I am for the quick and easy process at Shine Wedding Invitations – I couldn’t have done it without them! If you want to check them out for yourselves, please visit their wedding invitation website, as you can’t go wrong!

Love, Chelsea

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Crossroad Confusion

If you’ve been in a situation where you don’t know which way to go or turn to next, then you can understand the confusion, anxiety, and frustration that can build…

If you’ve been in a situation where you don’t know which way to go or turn to next, then you can understand the confusion, anxiety, and frustration that can build up over time.

Maybe you can’t decide where to go to college and your decision deadline is getting closer and closer. Or maybe you can’t decide which job offer to accept because it means moving to a new city, far away from home.

There will be so many times throughout your life where you’ll come to a difficult crossroad. You can think on a decision for months, without coming to a confident conclusion of which path is best for you to take. It can be scary, especially when you feel like you’re alone and helpless.

Well, I have great news for you! Jesus, our Lord and Savior, can help us tremendously when we come to a crossroad! He wants us to come to him waving our white flags, surrendering to his plan for our life.

First off, have you asked God for guidance? Sometimes simply asking Him to speak to you and tell you the way to go is all you really have to do. Then listen for those still small voices in the back of your mind. You’ll know when they’re from God!

Isaiah 30:21 says, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”

Have you heard God’s voice before? Those small, quiet whispers in the back of your head mean more than you think. They are not always you second guessing yourself. Sometimes they really are God speaking to you! How cool is that?

The key to eliminating this crossroad confusion is confidence, both in yourself and in the fact of who God is. He will never lead you astray or guide you into something that isn’t for your benefit. You may be scared of a situation you’re in, but think of the good that can come out of it before you start to blame God.

Psalm 37:23-24 says, “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his right hand.”

God never says that every situation you encounter will be easy. In fact, he knows life can and will be hard at times. But “though he may stumble, he will not fall,” meaning YOU! Although you face mountains, God will move them for you. Nothing is too big for God!

Be confident that God has made your steps firm. Don’t second guess the creator of the plan for your life! Listen for his voice when you ask for it. Take the path that God presents to you. It can be scary, but trusting in God and putting your faith in Him will never lead you astray!

– Chelsea

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4 Inspiring Mothers in the Bible

With today being Mother’s Day, I began to think about the inspiring mothers in the Bible. There are so many to choose from, and they are each made great for…

With today being Mother’s Day, I began to think about the inspiring mothers in the Bible. There are so many to choose from, and they are each made great for their own reasons. Mothers in the Bible can inspire us on how to be better women, better wives, better mothers, and just better people in general. Here are 5 mothers in the Bible who can inspire us today and every day.

  1. Moses’s mother. Can you imagine having the strength and trust to put your baby in a basket and send him down a river to save his life? When Moses was born, the Pharaoh had ordered all of the baby boys to be killed. So, to rescue him from certain death, his mother placed him in a basket and sent him down the Nile river. She had faith that the Lord would protect Moses and had great plans for him. What this mother taught me is that we can’t let fear keep us from acting, because we could be keeping ourselves from big blessings if we don’t step out in faith.
  2. Mary, Jesus’s mother. She might be the most famous mother in the Bible. She was about 14 years-old when she became a mom. When I was 14, I was nowhere near ready to take on the role of “mother”! We can imagine she was feeling some fear and anxiety over the pressure of becoming the mother of Jesus. Then, years later, she had to watch him be sacrificed on a cross for our sins. She stood near his cross and was strong enough to be there for him during his darkest hour. What sacrificial love.
  3. Leah, the mother who was her husband’s second choice. As I was reading through Genesis recently, I came across this story that I have heard many times growing up but it just now resonated with me. Jacob had two wives, who happened to be sisters. They were Leah and Rachel. He was tricked into marrying Leah when he really wanted to marry Rachel. Rachel could not have children, but Leah could. Leah had son after son, and her husband still preferred her sister over her. She continued to praise the Lord even in her anguish. She praised Him for her children. Can you imagine the agony of watching your husband love your sister more than you, even though you have given him many beautiful children and your heart? She praised the Lord even in her pain.
  4. Sarah, who had to wait and wait. Sarah waited almost her entire lifetime to have a baby. God had promised she and her husband, Abraham, a child, but she was very old and didn’t think it would happen. She was 90 years old! But, the Lord told Abraham “Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Genesis 18:14. What a great reminder that there is nothing too difficult for our God. If you are in a season of waiting for something, just remember Sarah. She waited, and waited, and trusted that the Lord would fulfill his promise to her.

I hope these mothers inspired you in some way, big or small. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mothers out there! Give your momma a hug and tell her how much you love and appreciate her today.

Chels

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10 Things God Wants Us to Know While We’re Young

Our younger years are some of the most impactful years of our lives. We are constantly developing and changing into the people we’re meant to become! That being said, there…

Our younger years are some of the most impactful years of our lives. We are constantly developing and changing into the people we’re meant to become!

That being said, there are so many pieces of advice that I imagine God wanting us to know. I always ask God what he wants me to learn from the situations he puts me in. Throughout my younger years, I’ve learned some advice that I think God would want you all to know, as well!

  1. These are your biggest years for spiritual growth, take advantage of them.

One of my older friends told me this once, and it really stuck with me. These truly are the years that we’re constantly changing and developing into who God created us to be. Use them wisely, and take every opportunity to learn, experience, and grow!

  1. It’s okay to be single!

I cannot stress this enough! Society puts such a negative sigma around singleness that should’ve never been put there in the first place! Consider your singleness as a blessing, and spend your free time getting closer to God.

  1. Surround yourself with positive people.

When we’re young, this is so important. Like I mentioned above, these are some of the most impactful and influential years of our life! Who you surround yourself with is oftentimes a reflection of who you are becoming.

  1. Don’t forget who you are.

Growing up, it’s easy to lose sight of who you are and who you aspire to be. When you’re surrounded by so many different people, influence and temptation quickly creeps in, sometimes without you even realizing it. Focus on who YOU are and who YOU want to become!

  1. Go to God for guidance.

It’s so easy for us to go to the people around us for guidance and advice, but we should first be going to God. He knows our past, present, and future and wants so badly for us to turn to him.

  1. Look at the bigger picture.

There are too many times when we let even the smallest of problems get us down. We waste so many tears on the things that won’t even matter in a week! Look at the bigger picture of life!

  1. Take care of your body.

We need to take care of ourselves, not just physically but mentally and emotionally, too. God wants us to rest. He literally devoted an entire day to relaxing and spending time with Him! Let your brain take a rest and go to Him! Your brain needs to be refreshed every once in a while.

  1. Patience, patience, patience.

Growing up, I wish I would’ve known just how important patience really is. The Bible stresses the importance of patience over and over again, yet we still lose sight of it far too often. Continue to think before you speak or act, and let God move through you.

  1. Be slow to anger.

Keeping your temper can be hard at times, especially when you’re still maturing and learning how to handle conflict. The Bible says to be slow to anger and to be patient, bearing with one another in love. Like I said, always think before you speak and never let yourself go to bed angry!

  1. Forget the past.

The only way to move forward is to stop looking behind you. God wants us to know how forgiving and merciful He is. We don’t have to hold on to the things that have already happened! We need to know our sins are wiped cleaned and thrown into the sea of forgetfulness.

Remember these things throughout your younger years. God’s way is always the best way!

– Chelsea

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5 Ways to Deal with the “End of School Year Stress”

The time students both long for and dread is finally here! Along with the excitement that comes with summer approaching, we also have to get through one thing first: finals….

The time students both long for and dread is finally here! Along with the excitement that comes with summer approaching, we also have to get through one thing first: finals.

Even just the mention of the word can bring both stress and anxiety to our minds. They’re the only thing between us and summer and are the sole reason behind the heightened “end of the school year stress.” We all could use a few good stress relievers, so I wanted to share with you five methods that have helped me and can help you, too!

INTERVAL STUDY BREAKS

Without study breaks to look forward to, my mind would go crazy. I always spread them out so I never study too much at once. I even try to make my breaks fun by watching my favorite TV show, grabbing coffee with a friend, exercising, etc.! Over-studying or burning yourself out is the worst thing you could do during finals season!

QUIET TIMES WITH GOD

There is nothing that relieves my stress more than talking to God and spending time with Him. Reading my Bible or doing a devotional always starts my day off on the right foot. When I do set aside uninterrupted time with Him first thing in the morning, I feel like my days are happier and calmer! He wants us to come to Him and lay down our worries at the foot of the cross.

PRAYER JOURNALING

Sometimes counting your blessings is the best way to relieve anxiety. I love sitting down and writing out a prayer that thanks God for all of the good things in my life. Then, when you’re feeling anxious, you have a prayer ready to go that reminds you of all that God has given you. It’s one of the simplest stress relievers, and it really does work. Thank him today for even the smallest of blessing!

EXERCISE

For me, exercising is a way to release endorphins and increase my mood no matter how stressful of a day I’m having. It gets my mind off of the things I’m worried about, even if it’s just for a small amount of time throughout my day. It’s a scientifically proven stress reliever, so try it out and see how it can help you!

CLEAN YOUR STUDY SPACE

Whenever I’m in a clean environment, I feel so much more motivated and at peace. If your bedroom at home is your study space, take a break to clean and organize your surroundings. Even if you don’t enjoy cleaning, you’ll feel more relaxed once your space is all put together!

If you’ve never used any of these tips, I encourage you to give them a try. You may find your new stress reliever just in time for finals! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Gracefully Navigating Change

Change is a natural part of life and can be both a good thing and a hard thing at the same time. Change leads to growth and progress, but on…

Change is a natural part of life and can be both a good thing and a hard thing at the same time. Change leads to growth and progress, but on the way there we can face some things that pull us out of our comfort zone. Right now, in my life, I am navigating lots of change, from being a newlywed to a new dog mom and beyond. There are ways to gracefully handle change and manage our expectations, and I am learning as I go, so ill share what I have found.

First, arm yourself with knowledge. Before we got married, Nick and I did premarital counseling and read books on marriage and relationships. This helped us understand each other better and laid a foundation for us to build up from. We can take what we have learned and combine it with what we are finding works in our own relationship. Preparing helped us have a clearer understanding of what was about to happen and ease into this major life change.

Next, manage your expectations and be realistic. Expecting to be great at something right away is unrealistic and can brew discontentment. Expectations can help us set goals, but it is unfair to place your own expectations on a person or thing and expect them to be exactly what you pictured. Even once you make realistic expectations, there will be days where you feel disappointed or unsure how to handle things, but those are learning and growing moments.

Another point to remember is that change is part of life. Resisting or denying change, or regretting change, does nothing but hold us back from enjoying the season of life we are in. Allow the change to happen, accept it, and adapt to it. Embrace the circumstances God has given you and figure out how you can make the best of them.

Change, especially major life changes, are disorienting. They derail all of the routines you had in place and toss life into a tizzy. Planning for change helps us gracefully accept and adapt to it instead of feeling like life has lost all sense of normalcy. There will also be times that you look back on a change that you thought was the worst possible thing, but it became a great learning moment and had some positive outcomes. I am someone who loves a good routine, so getting back into the swing of things after getting married, moving, school, and a new dog has been like a whirlwind. But, I am learning to navigate it, accept it, and make it work. Life is good, and change can be too!

Chels

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To the Girl Struggling in Her Singleness

Finding contentment in your singleness… What does this phrase even mean? There is such a negative stigma around singleness. Society loves to convince us into things, one of which is…

Finding contentment in your singleness… What does this phrase even mean?

There is such a negative stigma around singleness. Society loves to convince us into things, one of which is thinking we’re wrong for wanting to be alone.

Now I get it, it’s fun to have crushes, go on dates, have someone to talk to, etc., but there’s also nothing wrong with the latter. In fact, we should be finding happiness in our single seasons! This phrase can oftentimes be cliché or overused, but I wanted to dive a little deeper into what it really means to be content in your singleness!

If you’re like me, you grew up dreaming of your prince charming. You painted the perfect picture of your future life, obsessing over the man that would eventually be your soulmate. Trust me, I get it, but when it starts to take away the joy of the present, it becomes a problem. We spend so much time thinking about when we’ll finally meet “the one” that we forget to find the joy in being single!

I have a friend that’s been in a total of 7 weddings, always as a bridesmaid. I asked her if she ever gets frustrated being surrounded by so many of her best friends finding their special someone, but showing up dateless, time and time again. She told me that although thoughts of jealousy and envy creep in occasionally, her trust in the Lord is so strong that she never allows these thoughts to take over. She knows that one day she’ll meet her perfect someone, and that God is simply using these single years for growth in other areas, such as getting closer to Him.

Your single years are some of the best years of your life! You get the opportunity to give your undivided attention to God, and spend uninterrupted time with Him daily! These years can be used for so much growth in your spiritual life, that you wouldn’t have had the chance to experience without otherwise. You get to experience the joys of independence alongside the creator of the universe!

God’s timing is perfect, He just needs you to trust in Him. 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.’”

Know that these single years are used to prosper you, and so much good will result from them! Find true contentment in your singleness and grow closer to God through them!

– Chelsea

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5 Things God Wants His Daughters to Know

There are so many times throughout my life that I’ve looked up to God and thought, “God, what do you want me to do/know/say?” I always go searching for His…

There are so many times throughout my life that I’ve looked up to God and thought, “God, what do you want me to do/know/say?” I always go searching for His perfect answers and advice, but oftentimes find myself frustrated, and left wondering what to do.

God sees our frustration and confusion. He wishes just as much as we do that he could sit right next to us and tell us exactly what to do. From reading countless Bible passages and through various devotionals and Bible plans, I’ve came up with a short list of a few things God would want us to know as if He were sitting right next to us, guiding us every step of the way.

  1. Good things come to those who wait.

Patience, patience, patience… God puts so much value on patience and finding peace in the waiting. He knows our eagerness and desire to predict the future, but His plan is always so much better than we could ever imagine!

  1. He loves us unconditionally, despite our flaws.

Ladies let’s face it, we can be so unbelievably hard on ourselves. We can go on and on about our flaws and imperfections… or at least that’s what we think they are. In Psalm 139:13-14, the Bible reminds us of what God thinks of us. The verses say, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

This passage can serve as a mini prayer for you. Repeat it over and over in your head until you truly believe what the verses say!

  1. He is here for us, always.

Whenever we feel desperate and alone, God wants so badly for us to turn to Him. God reminds us of this so many times throughout the Bible: “Fear not, for I am with you.” We never have to feel like we’re alone because God is alongside us every step of the way!

  1. His plan for us is perfect.

I oftentimes find myself wanting to have control over my future, and it can be so hard to let go of that control. Whenever something occurs in life that makes me think “why, God?” I always remember that God’s timing and reasoning is far beyond my knowledge.

  1. Sometimes, letting go is the only thing we can do.

God watches us go through life and hold onto the things that hinder us, whether that be a relationship, a friend, etc. He is so badly wanting to tell us that it’s okay to let go! Sometimes those people or relationships are the things keeping us from getting closer to Him, and hindering us from carrying out His perfect plan!

Remember these things next time you look into the mirror or get out of bed in the morning. Our heavenly father loves us, cares for us, guides us, and so much more, whether we realize it or not!

– Chelsea

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3 Ways to Grow in the Waiting

What do you think of when you hear the word “patience?” For some, this word can make them grumble, reminding them that waiting around for something to happen is all…

What do you think of when you hear the word “patience?”

For some, this word can make them grumble, reminding them that waiting around for something to happen is all they really can do. For others, this word brings on happiness and contentment, knowing that the best is yet to come.

For me, it can mean both for different situations. I oftentimes grumbled at God, wondering why things weren’t happening according to my timeline. When would I meet my future husband? When would I figure out my major? When would that employer call me back about my recent job interview? The list goes on and on.

In the past few years, God has blessed me with the gift of finding growth in the waiting. Instead of making it a time of restlessness or expectancy of what’s to come, God showed me how I can be content in the waiting, and lean on Him through any and every situation.

One way to grow in the waiting is by resorting to immediate prayer. Make a mental note that whenever you have thoughts of impatience, start to pray. Ask God for patience, guidance, or whatever it is you need in that moment. It’s the perfect way to turn your thoughts from desire to peace and satisfaction. It also brings you closer to God by talking to Him more throughout your day.

Another way to patiently grow is by referring to trust instead of doubt. I know for me, it can be easy to doubt that God really does have something in store for me in the future. Although I know deep down that He always has a plan, I still continue to doubt, and doubt, and doubt.

These seasons of waiting can be the biggest blessings in disguise. They give you the chance to strengthen your faith and trust in God. If life always went our way, and we always got what we want when we wanted it, then there would be no need to depend on God’s guidance and perfect timing. Use these seasons of life to trust and rely on God, even when times get hard!

Lastly, you can grow your overall relationship with God through quiet times spent alone with Him. Prayer journaling, reading the Bible, and simply talking to Him are all great ways to get closer to God. Waiting can make us go crazy, so distracting ourselves with God’s word is a win-win! Journal about your situation, read through passages that revolve around patience, and be in constant prayer. God always delivers what’s best for us, and He will for you too!

I’ll leave you with a passage that gives me comfort in the waiting. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “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 minds in Christ Jesus.”

Do not be anxious, for God is putting His plan for your life into action without you even realizing it! As I always say, let go and let God!

– Chelsea

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How to Cut Ties Without Feeling Guilty

Whether you’ve been dating for one month or twelve, breakups are just rough all around. It is terrible being the one broken up with. It can be even more difficult…

Whether you’ve been dating for one month or twelve, breakups are just rough all around. It is terrible being the one broken up with. It can be even more difficult being the one to initiate the split. We’ve all been there, and we all know the terrible feeling, especially when you are parting ways with someone you wish nothing but the best for. How do we make the break without feeling guilty about it?

  1. Waiting makes it worse. There will always be a reason that “it isn’t the time” to break it off. But, the longer you wait, the harder it will be for the other person to move on. Don’t waste their time. There is never a good time to breakup with someone, so rip off the bandaid and get it over with. Hurting someone you deeply care about and respect is like a kick in the stomach. But, it had to happen sometime. Drawing it out makes it that much worse!
  2. Know their worth. If you really care about the person you are in a relationship with, wouldn’t you want them to be happy and not in a relationship that isn’t going anywhere? Give them the opportunity to find love with someone else and find happiness. They deserve that.
  3. Realize that they will recover from this. If you are putting off breaking up with someone because you know it will break their heart, don’t let that be your excuse anymore. You may think you are saving them from sadness, but you’re really just stalling. People are resilient, and hard times like these make a person stronger. They will come out of this tougher, just you wait and see!
  4. Think of the positives. Think of what an enormous weight will be lifted off of your shoulders! You are not a terrible person for not reciprocating the same feelings as someone else. You are a good person. You can’t control how you feel. You deserve to be happy, too! Let go of the guilt and move on. When you find the right person, you will know.

Breakups are one of the worst experiences for everyone involved, but who says we can’t make them a little easier?

Chels

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Prayers For Our Country

Watching the news is hard these days. There are so many people sharing so many different viewpoints and opinions, and most of the news seems negative and discouraging. I find…

Watching the news is hard these days. There are so many people sharing so many different viewpoints and opinions, and most of the news seems negative and discouraging. I find myself commenting or complaining about it instead of doing something about it. The best thing we can do for our nation and its leaders is lift them up in prayer. National Day of Prayer is May 2nd, and I would encourage you to use a few of these verses to inspire your prayers on that day.

II Chronicles 7:14 –  “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Matthew 6:10 – “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Psalms 33:12 – “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”

Proverbs 14:34 – “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.”

Proverbs 9:10 – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Daniel 2:21 – “He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.”

Pray over these verses and our nation and its leaders as often as you can. If you live in another country, pray these for your nation and leaders as well. These are the people that make the most impact-full decisions for our country and these decisions affect more than just our citizens, they affect the world. Pray for God’s mercy, as we are sinners and do not deserve His love or protection. We can make a difference! Prayer is our most powerful weapon against the evils of this world. Let’s use it to our advantage.

Chels

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Lessons to Learn from Women of the Bible

Did you know there are over 3,200 characters talked about in the Bible, and that only a select few of these named characters are actually women? Crazy, right? Despite the…

Did you know there are over 3,200 characters talked about in the Bible, and that only a select few of these named characters are actually women? Crazy, right?

Despite the fact that these women weren’t brought into the spotlight as much as others doesn’t defeat their purpose in the Bible. There are so many lessons and advice that we can take from these women that are just as important as the characters that we hear about time and time again!

MARY

Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, is an amazing woman who feared the Lord and followed his plan for her life whole-heartedly. When she discovered that she would soon become pregnant, while unmarried to Joseph, she was terrified. A pregnant, unmarried woman in that society could risk being put to death.

No matter the risk that came along with giving birth to Jesus, she put her faith and trust in God and did just what He asked of her.

We can all learn from Mary’s actions. She risked people shaming and shunning her, she risked what Joseph would think of her, she risked the uncertainties that would come with childbirth… But she did just what God asked no matter what the future held. We should have this same faith in the plan that God has for our own lives!

ANNA

Although not as well-known as Mary when we consider women of the Bible, Anna stands out to me. As a young woman, she lost her husband at an early age. Instead of blaming God for her misfortune, he became her number one companion, always talking to Him, praising Him, and worshipping Him.

In her older years, she actually had an encounter with Mary and Joseph, and baby Jesus. After seeing them at the temple, “she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.” She was faithful, loyal, and not afraid to tell of the gospel she was so excitedly waiting for.

EVE

 I think we all know the story of Adam and Eve. God told the two that they could eat from any tree in the entire Garden of Eden, except for the tree that God forbid them. After being tempted by the devil, Eve took a bite of an apple from the forbidden tree, bringing sin into the world.

We can all relate to Eve a little more than we think. We never plan on falling into temptation or deliberately going against what God says. But at the end of the day, the devil makes us all stumble, without us even realizing it at times. Be firm in your faith and on high alert for when temptation is around!

Although these are only a few lessons you can take away from the Bible, there are SO many more from so many other women! The Bible tells us these stories so we can learn from their actions, their mistakes, their trials, etc. We should always be continually learning from the past, especially when these lessons can strengthen our spiritual lives!

Dive into the Word and see what other lessons you can learn from those who were living right alongside Jesus!

– Chelsea

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