Chelsea Crockett

JESUS | BEAUTY | LIFESTYLE | FASHION

Overlooked by the World, Handpicked by God

The world loves to tell us a handful of lies regarding our self-worth, purpose, and so much more. It encourages us to compare ourselves to others, whispering lies of “you’re…

The world loves to tell us a handful of lies regarding our self-worth, purpose, and so much more. It encourages us to compare ourselves to others, whispering lies of “you’re not good enough” or “if only you were taller, smarter, prettier…”

Have you ever felt overlooked by the world around you? I know we all have before and that none of us are alone in this. It’s a feeling that sticks with you, leaving you feeling discouraged, sad, and longing for more.

The Bible talks about this feeling of worthlessness. Even the people back then felt this way at times. Luckily, the Bible also tells us what God thinks about us, which is so much better than what the world tells us.

Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…

How cool is it to know that God handpicked each and every one of us! Before we were even created, God knew we would one day be his children. He knows what we would look like, act like, think like… He knew what our personalities would be, who our friends would be, the highs and lows we would go through… It’s amazing to think how well God knows each and every one of us.

The world likes to tell us we’re not the prettiest, smartest, most athletic, etc., but God tells us we are perfect in his eyes, in every area of our lives. It’s time to start seeking God for the joy and confidence you need, not the world around you!

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

I love how this verse says we were “bought at a price.” It makes me feel warm inside and at peace every time I read it. To know that the creator of the universe bought ME at a price is so comforting.

I know throughout school, sports, your career, or even within the people you hang out with, it’s easy to feel like you’re being overlooked from time to time. It makes you feel devalued and like you’re not enough. Trust me, I’ve been there!

When you feel this way, look to God. You can even write down your feelings, journaling prayers you can say to God when you need his truthful reminders of who YOU are in HIS eyes.

God loves you, desires you, cares for you, and so much more. Listening to the world will never give you the satisfaction you need like our heavenly father gives. I hope you always feel the warmth and love of Christ because he handpicked YOU!

– Chelsea

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

We all desire good friends. Positive people to do life with, lean on, and walk alongside throughout this life is something God has always intended for us. Even God had…

We all desire good friends. Positive people to do life with, lean on, and walk alongside throughout this life is something God has always intended for us. Even God had his disciples that cared, prayed, and looked out for one another.

Good friends are hard to find. Growing up, I found it hard to realize if someone’s intentions were what I was looking for in a friend or not. I recently saw a post on Pinterest that had an acronym for the word “friends,” listing seven different attributes you should be looking for in true, godly friendships!

Forgiving

We all make mistakes from time to time, no matter how perfect we try to be. The Bible calls us to be forgiving toward one another, no matter how many times we mess up.

Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”Forgiveness is important in every relationship and is crucial to making a friendship work. We all fall short and disappoint each other at times, but the key to moving forward is true, genuine forgiveness.

Respectful

Being a good friend means being respectful of each other’s’ time, space, privacy, etc. Everyone needs alone time to recharge, some moreso than others. If your friends are making you feel bad or guilty for not spending enough time with them, not sharing enough information about your life with them, etc., then maybe you need to talk to them about what you need from them as a friend!

Involved

A good friend is involved in your life and wants to be there for you, even through the hard times. Are your friends curious about your life and what’s next for you? Or do they let you deal with things on your own, without making sure you’re okay with whatever it may be? You want friends to be involved in your life, and vice versa!

Encouraging

1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

I think as human beings, we draw toward the people who are encouraging, kindhearted, and supportive. The friends you have in your life should be encouraging you to reach your fullest potential and pushing you to be the most genuine version of yourself.

Nurturing

Whether we admit it or not, we all like to be cared for. A nurturing friend makes sure we’re okay after a rough day, after a breakup, after a failed test… We all need to be checked on every once in a while. Notice the people that ask if you’re okay when you feel a little off. We should be doing the same when we notice this about our friends, too.

Dedicated

Being a dedicated friend means sticking with each other through an argument, a bad day, a rough season of life… Would your current friends be by your side through anything and everything? Dedication is needed in any relationship, but having committed friends through the best and worst times of your life is so important! 

Supportive

 Lastly, having supportive friends to encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and be yourself is one of the best feelings in the world. Every relationship needs support and encouragement to push you to do what you think is best for yourself!

These are only a few of the many attributes a good friend should have. God designed friendship to be each one of these things I mentioned above. I hope your friends are genuine companions to do life with and lift you up, just as God intended them to be!

– Chelsea

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Goal-Setting: Is It Healthy?

Have you ever been asked the question: “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” I know I have, and the answer is never an easy one. I like to…

Have you ever been asked the question: “where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

I know I have, and the answer is never an easy one. I like to think I have my future planned out and secured, but the truth is, none of us really know what’s in store.

Even tomorrow, next week, next month is uncertain. But what I do know is that we can set goals to keep our minds and paths straight and fixed on the Lord, no matter what life throws our way.

Christian goal setting is different than setting normal goals for our lives. I know for me, I find it confusing to set goals when God is supposed to have full control of my life. What is the happy medium where I can plan and aspire for certain things, while still surrendering to God’s plan for my life?

Having goals isn’t a bad thing. Having dreams, hopes, and aspirations to drive you and make you look forward to the future is something God intended for us to do. God wants us to desire things for ourselves, no matter how big or small those things may be.

I know for me, I’m hesitant to set goals due to expectations. I don’t like having the risk of not achieving my goals hanging over my head. I’m scared to let myself, or others, down in the end.

But when it comes down to it, goals are healthy. They’re exciting and give us something to work toward. When setting goals, ask yourself: “Do my goals align with God’s will?” If the answer is yes, then you are on the right track!

I try to stay away from goals that revolve around making more money, being more successful, losing more weight, etc. I often find my goals revolving all around me, me, me.

While having goals for yourself such as being healthier or reducing procrastination is great, set some goals revolving around your relationship with God and how you are with others.

Make sure your goals don’t get in the way of spending time with God or putting him on the backburner. If you find yourself switching out time in the Word for going to the gym, maybe you need to rethink your planning.

There are a couple Bible verses that stand out to me when it comes to setting goals.

Psalm 33:11 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Ask the Lord where your head should be at. What does he want you to focus on for yourself? Maybe it’s finding a Bible study to get involved in. Or maybe it’s focusing on memorizing a couple of verses to meditate on and study every week. Ask God to reveal your desires to you and listen for his still, small voice!

Another verse I’ll leave you with is Proverbs 16:9. It says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

Having goals without God is like having a car without gas: pointless, frustrating, and no way to live up to our expectations. When we start planning without asking the Lord to direct us, we begin walking aimlessly and out of selfish desires.

I encourage you to have a talk with God this week. Ask him what he wants from you at this point in your life. Ask him to align your goals with his will for your present and future! God will guide you if you ask and help you fulfill the purpose and goals for your life!

– Chelsea

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Stress Relief 101

Stress, anxiety, worry… You name it. Everyone deals with it no matter how peaceful and content of a person you may be. Whether your worries are big or small, God…

Stress, anxiety, worry… You name it. Everyone deals with it no matter how peaceful and content of a person you may be. Whether your worries are big or small, God wants you to cast your cares on him.

In any and every situation, my first instinct is to always go to the Bible. It’s the place that gives me peace, security, and guidance.

Stress is a real issue. If you let it take over, it can lead you to a place that’s hard to get out of. I want to remind you of some verses that help calm me down when stress keeps me up at night.

John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

I think we so often forgot that the world likes to trick us. The world tells us we’re not okay while God tells us there are better days coming. It makes us question the “what ifs” while God gives us the hope of tomorrow.

God gives us his peace. His everlasting, perfect, calming peace. He surrounds us with love and dismisses our fears. When he says to trust him, we should surrender it all to him without doubts or second thoughts.

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 your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 I’ve said this a lot and I’ll always stand by it: the key to joy is praise. When we take control of our thoughts and push them toward gratefulness, praise, and gratitude, our anxiety becomes a distant memory. Focus on the good and your mind won’t have room for the bad.

If you’ve never kept a prayer journal, I encourage you to. Write a list of all the things you consider blessings in your life. It can be something as small as the nice weather outside or as big as the promotion you just got at work. If it’s a blessing from God, write it down!

This small, simple act can guide your mind away from stress and leave you with a sense of peace. When we realize all the good in our lives, Satan no longer has a hold on us!

Lastly, I wanted to share a verse with you that leaves my heart in a state of overwhelming peace every time I read it.

Isaiah 54:10 says, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

No matter how many times life tries to shake you, remember the verse above. Think of what your mountains are that cause you the most stress and anxiety. Pray that God moves those mountains and gives you his unfailing love and peace. He is always with you every step of the way!

– Chelsea

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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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