Chelsea Crockett

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Getting What We Don’t Deserve

Have you ever taken a second to look back at the story of Jesus and really think about what that meant for our lives? Like really… I mean really… thought about…

Have you ever taken a second to look back at the story of Jesus and really think about what that meant for our lives? Like really… I mean really… thought about the impact of what Jesus did on the cross so many centuries ago?

That action on the cross meant so many things for us: forgiveness, grace, eternity, mercy, love, and so much more. In just one action, we got what we could never deserve: God’s endless grace for the things we’ve done and the sins we still have yet to commit.

Growing up in church, I heard the story of Jesus over and over again. Although I never forgot how amazing that story is, I started to forget to really process and meditate on that sacrifice God made. It’s not “just another story.” It’s a true story of God’s grace, love, and mercy. Three things that we receive but could never deserve!

I encourage you to sit down and re-read the story of Jesus’s life again, or read it for the first time if you haven’t. It’s good to remind yourself of what Jesus lost in order for us to gain eternal life and endless grace.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

This verse always brings me back down to earth. Nothing that we do will change God’s opinion of us. Like I mentioned above, his grace is endless. No matter how many times we sin or turn away from God, he loves us just the same.

Have you ever experienced grace like that? I try to wrap my head around it, but it’s hard to fathom how wide God’s love truly is.

I always put it into perspective from the situations I’ve experienced in my own life. When I find it hard to forgive someone, I think of how easily God forgives me. I can’t hold a grudge or decide not to extend forgiveness when our heavenly Father gives us his grace constantly.

 Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 God’s perfect gift is free. We did nothing to earn or deserve it, but he willingly and graciously gives us the gift of eternal life and so much more. This verse gives me a sense of peace and freedom because his grace is always constant, never fading and never changing.

I encourage you to remind yourself frequently of the story of Jesus and what that means for you and your life. Maybe sit down today and read it through. It’s a story of endless love, redeeming grace, and selfless sacrifice. Jesus is the same today as he is tomorrow, and the tomorrows after that. Remind yourself of the gift we don’t deserve, yet get to receive every single day!

– Chelsea

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An Unsettled Mind is an Unsettled Spirit

Our minds are a chaotic space for thoughts of all kinds. One day our thoughts can be thankful, joyful, excited for what’s to come, while other days our heads are…

Our minds are a chaotic space for thoughts of all kinds. One day our thoughts can be thankful, joyful, excited for what’s to come, while other days our heads are filled with thoughts of negativity, fear, what ifs, and so much more.

In a recent sermon I heard, the preacher said this simple phrase that stuck with me: An unsettled mind is an unsettled spirit.

Our minds like to play tricks on us, leading us to think our thoughts don’t really matter. We think if they’re kept to ourselves, then how much damage could they really be doing?

God talks about how our thoughts have a strong impact on our emotions and even our actions.

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Like the title says, an unsettled mind is an unsettled spirit. Our thoughts are the starting point of our actions, perspectives, emotions, and more. Everything you do flows from the heart, and that can either benefit you or hinder you and the relationships you have.

When I used to play sports in high school, my coach would always tell me how important our mindsets were during practices, games, etc. A majority of how we played was mental, and we began to learn the power of positive thinking. When we take control of our thoughts, it settles our spirit and enables us to do more than we ever could’ve imagined.

This type of mentality can be applied to many areas of your life. If you’re upset about a certain situation or outcome, consider how your thoughts are affecting you. Are they making the situation worse? Are they leading you down a path of sadness, anger, insecurity?

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

 I absolutely love this verse from Philippians. It reminds me of what a godly mindset should be. When my mind starts to go down a path I don’t want it to, I think of this verse. Are my thoughts excellent or praiseworthy? The power of your thoughts can change your entire demeanor. Remember the verse above in these times of negativity or insecurity. Give it to God!

Remember to settle your mind and go to God for guidance and peace. When we seek the Lord, he gives us what we ask of him. Take control of your mind, for everything you do flows from it!

– Chelsea

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How to Minimize the Madness

This world can wear you down. Between classes, jobs, practices, homework, etc. life can get pretty hectic. Think of what your day-to-day schedule looks like. I know for me, free…

This world can wear you down. Between classes, jobs, practices, homework, etc. life can get pretty hectic. Think of what your day-to-day schedule looks like. I know for me, free time is limited and there’s barely time for myself at the end of the day.

God talks about the important of rest in the Bible several times. Minimizing the madness around you isn’t just a suggestion, it’s a necessity. The busyness of life can get in the way of more important things, especially your relationship with God if you let it.

If you feel like you’re moving at a million miles an hour, I encourage you to go straight to the Lord. He is our source of peace, security, comfort, and so much more than we could ever imagine. Look at the passage from Matthew below.

Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give your rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

This passage always gives me an overwhelming sense of peace. God desires to minimize the madness for us and surrender our control to him. He says to come to him, it’s as simple as that. The madness and busyness of life can make you feel heavy and defeated, but the warmth and presence of God does just the opposite.

Sometimes it takes swallowing your pride and realizing you can’t do it all. A lot of shutting down the busyness in life requires intention and a conscious effort to change your mindset. Resting is something not a lot of us like to do or make the time for, but it is so important.

When was the last time you really gave yourself time to relax and focus on what’s important? When was the last time you neglected your other responsibilities to prioritize your relationship with God? When was the last time you said no to a social event, a night out, etc. to allow yourself time to rest?

I try to ask myself these questions often. I force myself to think realistically about how I actually spend my time, not how I think I spend my time. I can be quick to think I balance my day quite easily, but I sometimes have to take a step back and reevaluate my schedule. I encourage you to do the same to see which areas you could spend more time in and the areas you could devote less time to.

Sit down with God this week and ask him for help, guidance, and rest. You won’t experience that peace you receive from minimizing the madness until you do so. Make it a priority instead of putting it on the backburner. You’ll not only find quiet in the madness but get closer to God in the process!

– Chelsea

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How to Love Your Husband Before You Have One

Growing up, I was always told to pray for the things I wanted from God. I often found myself praying for relationships or my “prince charming” moment time and time…

Growing up, I was always told to pray for the things I wanted from God. I often found myself praying for relationships or my “prince charming” moment time and time again.

At the time, this was probably more surface-leveled than I realized. It wasn’t until I got a little bit older to realize that there’s actually so much power in praying for your future husband or wife!

You may be thinking “how do I pray for someone I’ve never met?” And I get it, it might sound silly at first. But praying for the person you will one day be married to and building a family with is so important and powerful!

I encourage you to begin a prayer journal if you never have before. Write down the things you desire for your future husband. Do you want him to be the leader of your household? Keep things positive? Is patient? Kind? Understanding? Your list can start to get long! Then, form them into a prayer.

Devote at least one time a week to pray for your future husband. This one time a week can be so meaningful and powerful.

Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

The Bible promises us that if we pray intently for something, we’ll receive it, but we must believe in what we are praying for. God requires us to surrender our doubts and hesitations and depend on faith. When your faith is strong, God delivers and fulfills the promises of the Bible.

One of the coolest parts about praying for your future husband is the ability to go back and look at what you’ve prayed for. You can one day show your husband those prayers that you so intentionally prayed for. It creates such an amazing bond between you and the man you’ve been praying for for so long.

Another thing you get to do is prepare yourself for marriage one day. The choices we make now set us down the path toward our futures, and the Bible tells us how to live in order to be the person he wants us to be.

In Proverbs 31:26,30, it says, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue… Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

When we are God-fearing, wise, and kind, we become more like Christ. When we are obedient to the Word of God, we are being shaped into the woman God intended for us to be. We prepare ourselves for the future starting now, by obedience!

Praying for your husband and preparing yourself for God’s plan are two things you can start doing now. God gives us the ability to love our husbands before even knowing them, which is an amazing and powerful thing, so take advantage of it!

– Chelsea

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GROW Bible Reading Plan

Reading your Bible can be much easier when you have a plan to follow. It allows you to not only stay on track, but have a guide to follow step…

Reading your Bible can be much easier when you have a plan to follow. It allows you to not only stay on track, but have a guide to follow step by step!

The GROW Bible reading plan is perfect for those who need a little guidance and structure through their quiet times. If you’re like me, it can be hard to stop your mind from wandering or getting distracted during your uninterrupted time with the Lord. The GROW Bible reading plan is a great starting point and can keep you on track while you meet with God!

G – Greet

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

When you first sit down, ask God to guide you through your quiet time with him. Invite him to work through you and speak to you. When you greet God before you do anything else, you open yourself to him! Ask him to speak to you through your quiet time and reveal what he is trying to tell you.

R – Read

You need to simply read through the verses or passage you’re focusing on at least three times through. If certain verses or sections really catch your attention, write them down in your journal! God can speak through you by directing your attention to specific words or verses. Read slowly, without trying to rush through it, and focus on comprehending the words in front of you.

Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”Just like this verse from Romans says, listen attentively so you can build a stronger relationship with the Lord! 

O – Observe

Now, time to focus on where your mind is taking you during your quiet time. What have you written down in your journal that had popped into your mind repeatedly? What do you think God is trying to tell you? Do the words or verses that stick out to you have a common theme? Observe everything that’s coming to mind. You can even observe the feelings that come to you while you do so. Don’t forget that God speaks in whispers!

W – Write

In your journal, write down the verses or passage you’re studying. Then, write down anything and everything that comes to mind. It’s good to practice this to look back on when you need guidance! Lastly, write out a prayer to help you apply what you’ve just read. Application is the most important thing to take away from your quiet times!

Breaking down scripture and actually applying it to your life is what God intended for us to do with the Bible. It’s amazing that we even get the opportunity to read the exact words of the Lord and we should be taking advantage of this! Try this GROW method and see what God opens your eyes to!

– Chelsea

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What REAL Friendship Looks Like

Friends are supposed to be the people you do life with and run this race alongside. They’re the people responsible for building you up and pointing you back to God…

Friends are supposed to be the people you do life with and run this race alongside. They’re the people responsible for building you up and pointing you back to God every single time.

If you’ve had friends like this your entire life, then you’re one of the few. Most of us have had friends that have torn us down, led into temptation, and more. I wanted to share with you what the Bible says about REAL friendship, because when you find it, you’ll want to hold on to it.

Proverbs 18:24 says, “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

Are your friends reliable? Are they there for you in times of trouble or to lend a hand when you need one? Reliability and trust are two of the most important things in a relationship. If there is no dependence, then friendship has nothing to be built on.

Any relationship, whether that be a romantic relationship, a friendship, a family relationship, etc., has to have trust. With trust, we are able to confide in one another and seek advice, guidance, or simply a listening ear. This is a test of true friendship, once you know you can trust them with your deepest fears, secrets, worries, and hopes.

Real friends also help you endure burdens. Ecclesiastes 4:10 says, “If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”We should make it a conscious effort to find the people that do just that: helpus. You’ll never notice the importance in this until you find the friends that genuinely have the desire to help you through trials, mistakes, and the harder seasons of life.

I know it may seem harsh to leave behind the “friends” that bring you down, but it’s okay to put yourself first when it comes to personal growth and happiness.

Lastly, real friends help you love and pursue the Lord.

Psalm 1:1,3 says, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers… that person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.”

We should run our lives with those running the same race as us. It is so much harder to pursue a Christ-like life when the people we surround ourselves with are doing the opposite. Surrounding yourself with good company is just like what the verse says: a tree that will not wither and bears good fruit!

I pray that you find real friendship throughout your life and that you build one another up, just as the Bible tells us to do. I encourage you to pray for these friends, and God will surely bring them into your life!

– Chelsea

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Ministry: What It Really Means

Ministry is a tricky word. To so many different people, it can mean so many different things. Some people automatically think of mission work, missionaries being sent across the globe…

Ministry is a tricky word. To so many different people, it can mean so many different things.

Some people automatically think of mission work, missionaries being sent across the globe to do the work of God. Although this is one form of ministry, we can partake in ministry right here in our own cities.

Ministry means so much more than mission work across the world. Ministry can be as simple as the way you talk, think, act, and treat those around you. Figuring out your own personal ministry and what that looks like for you is so important as a follower of Christ!

Ephesians 4:11-13 says, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…”

When I first read through this verse, there was a certain part that stuck out to me: “to equipthe saints… for building up the body of Christ.”When I think about the fact that God has actually equipped and prepared us to do the work of Christ, it builds my confidence and desire to do so.

Ministry can be awkward, uncomfortable, and can take some courage to push you out of your comfort zone. Not everyone is good at talking to others about their faith, and that’s okay! Before I felt very open and brave enough to discuss my faith with others, I made it a point to discover what ministry could mean for me in that stage of my life.

At that stage of my faith, I wanted to make an impact on those around me but didn’t know quite how. I realized that I didn’t have to be the wisest, oldest, most knowledgeable one in the room to still do the work God wants me to do.

Right now, your personal ministry may be to treat others with a kind heart, forgive those who have wronged you, invite a couple friends to church, or have a conversation with a family member that needs to hear about Jesus. If it’s pointing someone in the direction of the Lord, even in the slightest, then you’re on the right track.

Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

This verse is such a good reminder of our purpose. God commands us to make disciples and expand his kingdom. Whenever you feel discouraged or shy in your own personal ministry, remember Matthew 28.

Discover what’s best for you and fulfill your purpose. Everyone’s path is different, but discovering what that looks like for you is the first step! Pray for clarity, courage, and boldness and God will equip you to fulfill his mission!

– Chelsea

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5 New Year’s Resolutions to Bring You Closer to God

Ahhhh yes, it’s that time of year for all of us to make our wonderful New Year’s resolutions! Whether you write them down or not, I think we all come…

Ahhhh yes, it’s that time of year for all of us to make our wonderful New Year’s resolutions! Whether you write them down or not, I think we all come up with a few changes we want to make in the new year.

This year, I wanted to encourage you to make a few resolutions that benefit your relationship with the Lord. They don’t have to be complicated or dramatic, but altering just a few small things in your daily routine can make the world of a difference.

  1. Daily quiet times.

Spending just a few moments with God in the morning starts your day in the best way possible. There are so many apps and different plans you can download to keep yourself accountable and guide you through each day. These ten or so minutes are so easy to make time for, and they create a firm foundation for your faith.

  1. Begin and end your day with prayer.

Before you get out of bed in the morning and before you lay your head down at night, pray, pray, pray. Prayer is so powerful, and starting and ending your day with talking to God is the best thing you can do. It’s something so simple that can be so beneficial!

  1. Find a home church that aids in your spiritual growth.

Finding a church that you can really plug into is so important. When you choose one church instead of bouncing around from service to service each week, you can build fellowship and involve yourself deeply into the church community.

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.”

Deciding on a church to fully commit and devote your time to gives you the sense of belonging and fellowship that God desires for us!

  1. Keep the good people around you, and distance yourself from those that hinder you.

Sometimes it’s okay to put yourself first if those around you are providing a barrier between you and the Lord. Friendship is an amazing thing, but these relationships are not always beneficial. Our friendships should be encouraging, kind, forgiving, and most importantly, supportive of your faith and relationship with God. If the people around you are hindering your faith, I urge you to take a step back and evaluate whether or not that relationship is worth it.

  1. Adapt an attitude of gratitude.

If there’s one thing I live by, it’s to choose gratitude every single time. In almost every situation you’ll encounter throughout the year, you can choose to be negative or choose to approach obstacles with positivity. This takes a conscious effort and is not always easy, but will strengthen your relationship with God. Continue sending your praises up to him even in the darkest of times.

I encourage you to stick to these five resolutions and see how it benefits you. If you struggle with consistency, try it for at least a week or month before giving up! Ask God for encouragement, trust, and guidance to help bloom your relationship into something greater than it’s ever been before.

– Chelsea

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What It Means to Have a True “New Year’s” Mindset

New Year’s is the time for resolutions, starting fresh, and beginning a new chapter of our lives on the right foot. It’s a time for changing the things we want…

New Year’s is the time for resolutions, starting fresh, and beginning a new chapter of our lives on the right foot. It’s a time for changing the things we want to and keep doing the things that are good for us.

I think so many people get the wrong idea about how to approach the new year. The idea of changing so many things can make us a little crazy at times, leaving us feeling unaccomplished and disappointed in ourselves.

This year, I want to encourage you to approach the new year in a different way. Create a set of resolutions that are not only realistic, but will benefit you, your relationship with the Lord, and how you interact with others.

It’s so easy to create a list of “eat healthier, sleep more, get better grades…” to realize at the end of the year you’ve completely forgotten about it. Sound familiar? It’s great to strive for these things, but can be a bit vague and hard to stick to.

This year, I encourage you to develop a true New Year’s mindset. Sit down, grab a journal, and begin writing about where you envision yourself once the year comes to an end. You may discover you want to build a better relationship with the Lord. You may discover you need to be more patient, forgiving, kind, etc. Whatever it is, figure out what YOU want and where you see yourself in 12 months.

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

When I considered the year ahead, I kept Matthew 6:33 at the front of my mind. When I look at where I want to see myself at the end of the year, does it align with where God wants me to be?

Although we don’t always know the answer to that question, we can ask God for guidance, advice, and clarity. God will slowly reveal his will for your life and the path he wants you to follow. When we place his wants and needs for our lives above our own, it surrenders control to him, allowing his plan to unveil.

I heard a sermon recently talking about approaching the upcoming year with a “cover to cover” mindset. What he meant by this was beginning with the intention of finishing. When we discovering what God wants us to pursue, we should continue to do so through every month of the year. Talk to God and ask for his guidance, trust, and encouragement!

Last year, I sat down with God and asked him what he wanted from me, not what wanted from him. Surrender your control and desires this year so God can truly work through you for his purpose. His plan is always better than our own. It just takes us to let go and let God!

– Chelsea

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Prompts for Prayer Journaling

Prayer journaling is one of my favorite things to do no matter what mood I’m in. Am I feeling thankful? I prayer journal. Am I feeling upset or looking for…

Prayer journaling is one of my favorite things to do no matter what mood I’m in. Am I feeling thankful? I prayer journal. Am I feeling upset or looking for guidance? I prayer journal! There is more power in this simple act than you realize. It can reveal things to you that you never saw before!

Write a list of blessings, big or small, that you want to thank God for.

If you don’t know what to journal about, write about all the good things in your life! No matter how big or small, think of the things you’re grateful for. Pointing out the good in your life not only gives the praise to God but will boost your mood and gratitude!

Take a deep look at your heart. What has been weighing heavily on it recently?

It can be so therapeutic to write things down and get them off your chest. Sometimes writing things down makes them feel more real, which could be the first step in forgiving yourself and moving on. I know for me, simply writing out my guilt and shame for me and God’s eyes only gives me a sense of relief. You may be experiencing feelings of anxiety or sadness, and writing them down can help you understand yourself and what you’re going through.

In what areas of your life have you been seeking guidance in? Write them down and ask God to lead you.

If there’s one thing that God does perfectly, it’s leading us down the path he has planned for us. I like asking God for guidance in most situations in my life, to make sure I’m doing what he knows is best. If you listen to God’s still small voice, he can help you with what may seem like even the smallest of decisions.

Write a list of things you would like to see happen in the new year.

2020 is right around the corner and you know what that means… making those infamous resolutions lists we all try to stick to! This year, make your list in your prayer journal so you can be in prayer over them. Maybe you want to see a change happen in your relationship or a career shift you’ve been waiting for, write them down and pray over them!

Have you been feeling fearful or worrisome lately? Write down things your anxious about and ask God for peace. 

The Bible tells us not to be anxious over anything, but by prayer, give our requests to God. This is just what prayer journaling is. We can write down each fear or worry that fills our mind and give them to God. He wants us to lay them at the foot of the cross so we can be filled with joy and peace!

Try out these different prompts and start filling that journal! It’s extremely therapeutic and will bring you closer to God each day.

– Chelsea

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5 Hints that God is Changing Your Course

If there’s one thing I know about God, it’s that he always knows what’s best for us. If we’re headed down the wrong path, he always put us back on…

If there’s one thing I know about God, it’s that he always knows what’s best for us. If we’re headed down the wrong path, he always put us back on the right one.

When God wants to change our course, he hints at us softly. I’ve learned a few different ways he does this, we just have to be looking for them.

  1. Your gut feeling.

This may be obvious, but your gut feeling can actually tell you a lot about a situation you’re in. Does it feel off? Do you constantly look for the negatives?

Take a relationship for example. If you find yourself consistently searching for red flags or “signs” to break up with that person, then maybe that’s a sign in itself. You can tell a lot about a situation from simply how you’re feeling. This may be one of the small, subtle ways that God is trying to hint at you that maybe you’re not where you’re supposed to be.

2. Rejection

 This is one of God’s more blatant ways of telling us no. Maybe it’s a job rejection, a date rejection, a college rejection letter… Whatever it may be, always remember that everything happens for a reason: HIS reason! 

  1. A constant thought.

A reoccurring thought can mean more than you think. Those thoughts can be God whispering to you time and time again. Isaiah 30:21 says, “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”Take these consistent thoughts and pray over them. God will tell you the way to walk in!

  1. Confirmation from others.

Not just confirmation from anyone, but good, godly counsel are the people you want to seek advice from. Maybe a close friend or family member you look up to is trying to give you sound guidance that is different than what you’re currently pursuing. Again, pray about it and ask God to reveal his plan to you piece by piece!

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” He may do this through good counsel! Be eager to listen to those you seek advice from.

  1. A change of interest.

 Sometimes, changing your course could mean a simple change of interest. I’ve had friends apply for schools and jobs and suddenly realize that that’s not where they want to be. Don’t ignore these feelings! They can be so clear and extremely meaningful. Why continue down a path you’re no longer interested in?

Pay attention to these quiet hints God is giving you! Pray over each and every one of them and change your course as God is calling you.

– Chelsea

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Must-Have Items for Pursuing the Lord

You can develop a relationship with the Lord starting any time, any day. Building a relationship with God is one of the most amazing things that he desires for each…

You can develop a relationship with the Lord starting any time, any day. Building a relationship with God is one of the most amazing things that he desires for each and every one of us.

As I began diving deeper and deeper into my walk with God, I would try different books, journals, devotionals, etc. that would help me do so. Through all the different things I collected, I found that some items aided in my relationship with God tremendously and wanted to share them with you!

A Bible.

First and foremost, you’ll need a Bible that suits your style. For me, I like journaling Bibles where I can write little notes and comments next to certain verses. It helps me remember what I’ve read and allows me to meditate on it. There are also study Bibles that provide further information on certain topics, stories, verses, etc. that can help clarify what it means!

With all of the different types of Bibles, you can find one that is easiest for you to read and understand. There are lots of styles of Bibles out there, so pick the version and type that will work best for you!

A prayer journal.

Prayer journals give you a place to write down anything you may be feeling and refer back to it in the future. I prayer journal on all occasions, when I’m feeling thankful, sad, frustrated, lost… Writing out my feelings is not only therapeutic, but helps me collect my thoughts and calm me down. My favorite thing to do is to go back and read what I’ve written in the past and see what God has done in my life!

A daily devotional.

Having a set daily devotional will encourage you to stay on track as well as give you a dose of God’s word every single day! I realized it gave me a sense of accountability to make sure I spent even as little as five minutes with God. Figure out what time of the day works best for your schedule and stick with it! I suggest first thing in the morning to start your day off on the right foot. Set your alarm for 10-20 minutes earlier than you normally would, and see how that small amount of time can impact your day and attitude!

Topic-specific books. 

As you grow in your relationship with the Lord, you may begin having questions and curiosities about certain parts of the Bible. It’s completely normal to start wondering beyond the surface level. There are many books that will help you dive deeper into whatever topic you may be curious about! Jump in and discover all there is to know about God and his Word.

I encourage you to buy these items and get on track for an amazing relationship with God. We are fortunate enough to have so many resources to grow closer to him, so take advantage of them and start today! 🙂

– Chelsea

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As You Look at the Day Before You…

As you look at the day before you, what emotions consume you? Do you wake up with an immediate mindset of dread and negativity? Or are you filled with gratitude…

As you look at the day before you, what emotions consume you? Do you wake up with an immediate mindset of dread and negativity? Or are you filled with gratitude and excitement for what’s ahead?

It’s natural for us to wake up and grumble about our day full of work meetings or our school day filled with tests and presentations. It’s human nature to want to stay in bed and not face the responsibilities you have awaiting you.

I’ve learned that those first few thoughts I have in the morning are an indicator of how my mood will be throughout the day. I’ve read that if you train your thoughts away from negativity first thing in the morning, it prevents your head from entering a space you don’t want to be in.

So, as you look at the day before you, consider these few things.

Approach the day with gratitude.

Have one of your first thoughts in the morning be thoughts of praise. Thank God for the beautiful morning weather, the quick morning commute, the quiz that ended up being easier than you thought it would be… When you decide first thing to approach each situation, good or bad, with focusing on the good, you will be more joyful and excited for even the simplest of things.

Have an attitude of “get to” not “have to”.

When I was younger, one of my teachers told us to change our words from “have to” to “get to.” For example, we “get to” go to school to learn more, we “get to” go to practice even though today may be harder than others, we “get to” go to meetings all day for work… Phrases like this humbles us and makes us remember how blessed we are for even the simplest of things.

Counter negative thoughts with positive ones.

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

I practice this daily and always tell others to do the same. As soon as your mind starts picking out the negatives, it can quickly spiral into a bad attitude. I know this from experience! But when you immediate counter the bad thoughts with positive ones, you gain an entire new perspective. Think about the things that are worthy of praise like the verse says above!

When you wake up tomorrow, how are you going to approach the day ahead? Are you going to try and make a conscious effort to do the things above? Or are you going to mumble and grumble through your day?

I encourage you the next few days to try these attitude and mindset changes. God wants us to be our most joyful and hopeful selves, which is hard to achieve when we’re full of negativity and dread. Take advantage of every day, we only have so many!

– Chelsea

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Psalms to Keep Close to Your Heart

Growing up, I always knew that the biggest book of the Bible was Psalms, but what I wasn’t aware of was the tremendous amounts of wisdom, knowledge, guidance, and peace…

Growing up, I always knew that the biggest book of the Bible was Psalms, but what I wasn’t aware of was the tremendous amounts of wisdom, knowledge, guidance, and peace that I would find within it.

Recently, I’ve really been focusing on the book of Psalms. Although some are more “well-known” than others, there are so many verses that have become some of my favorite passages in the Bible. I love to meditate on and memorize these verses to remember them in times when I’m feeling sad, frustrated, joyful, anxious, etc.

Here are some of the passages I encourage you to meditate on, as well!

For in times of fear:

“God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea…

Be still and know that I am God.”– Psalm 46:1-2,10

I love how this passage describes God as ever-present. He is never fading and never failing, always with us even when we feel alone. When I’m feeling fearful or anxious, I repeat in my head “be still and know that I am God.” It gives me a feeling of peace and comfort knowing that all we have to do in these moments is simply be still!

For in times of guilt:

“Cast your cares on the Lord

and he will sustain you;

he will never let

the righteous be shaken.”– Psalm 55:22

God desires for us to leave our burdens and cares at the foot of the cross. When we carry them ourselves, we become worn down and eventually burnt out. They become too much to bear, leaving us helpless and heavy with shame. Pray for God’s grace and let him cast your burdens into the sea of forgetfulness.

For when you are seeking guidance:

 “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 hand.” – Psalm 37:23-24

This passage gives me so much comfort knowing that even though I may stumble from time to time, with God, I’ll never have to fall. He has us in the palm of his hand, walking alongside us through every stage of life.

Instead of making decisions based off of what youwant, consider the passage above. When we delight in the Lord and run to him for guidance, he makes our steps firm, leading us down the path he has made for us. Putting our trust in God instead of what we think we want will lead to eternal satisfaction, instead of temporary happiness.

These few Psalms are just some of the many powerful verses you should lay on your heart. Keep them fresh in your mind so they are quick to remember in the times you need them. I encourage you to read through Psalms yourself and discover the wisdom and peace within it!

– Chelsea

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What It Means to Be Fully Understood by God

What exactly does it mean to be “fully understood?” It’s such a simple phrase yet carries a lot behind it. I’ve always heard that I’m fully understood by God, but…

What exactly does it mean to be “fully understood?” It’s such a simple phrase yet carries a lot behind it.

I’ve always heard that I’m fully understood by God, but only recently have I started to wonder what that really means. I know that God knowseverything about me, even the parts I’d rather him not see, but to know that he actually understandsevery part of me is a whole different story.

Sometimes we underestimate God’s ability to understand. We think thoughts like: “He doesn’t understand what I’m going through.” “He’ll never forgive me for this.” “I’m too ashamed to talk to God about this or that.” These are all Satan’s lies causing you to think this way!

Psalms 139:1-4 says, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.”

When God searches us, he isn’t full of judgement, hatred, or hostility. Instead, he is full of understanding, empathy, and compassion. He knows our inmost being and the reasons we do the things we do. He knows even the smallest details of the way we think, talk, behave, and act.

I think we so often forget that Jesus, too, was once on this earth, experiencing the same temptations and hardships we face. Although he was sinless and perfect, he still felt the pressures of the world around him.

I try to remember this when I’m feeling embarrassed or ashamed for something I’ve done. God truly does understand how we feel in every situation, whether we believe it or not. He wants us to come and talk to him about whatever’s on our mind instead of doubting his ability to understand our situation.

Isaiah 43:1 says, “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.’”

I think it’s easy to forget whose we are. We think and act independently as if God doesn’t have complete control and endless knowledge of every aspect of our lives. We make assumptions based off our own feelings instead of considering the fact that God already knows our past, present, and future.

Next time you’re feeling like there’s no one to run to, run to God. He understands each situation we face and knows that it’s not easy to live in the world we live in.

When you feel alone and misunderstood, remember that you have a God that fully knows you. God understands your every thought, word, and action. It just takes you to believe it. Put your faith and trust in the fact that God knows you so well, even better than you know yourself!

– Chelsea

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Habits to Build in Your Morning Routine

The morning is my favorite part of the day! I always get so much accomplished when I wake up early and actually use the time I have when I wake…

The morning is my favorite part of the day! I always get so much accomplished when I wake up early and actually use the time I have when I wake up.

There is a great amount of potential in the mornings. We’re well rested, ready to take on the day, and have the opportunity to start the day off on the right foot.

There are several habits I like to incorporate into my morning routine that prepare me for the day and grow my relationship with the Lord. I encourage you to do the same!

Before you even get out of bed, say a prayer to God.

Ask him to bless your day and prepare you for whatever comes your way. I like to do this before I do anything else so he can guide each end every step that I plan to take throughout my day. When you get in the habit of doing this, your first thought when you wake up will be to talk to God!

Ask God for his grace.

Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Isn’t it amazing to know that God’s grace and mercy is new every day? We will sin time and time again, but God extends his forgiveness no matter how big our mistakes are. In your morning prayer, ask God for his grace for when you’re tempted into sin. We are certain to be tempted and fall short throughout the day, more often than we realize.

Spend some time in the Word.

Do you know just how powerful the Word of God is? Spending as little as five minutes reading the Bible will equip you for the day and fill your life with joy, guidance, and so much more.

Joshua 1:8 says, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

When you meditate on the Bible, you learn how to walk the walk and talk the talk. You learn how to follow God’s plan and design for your life. It’s more than just reading stories and learning history. You’re reading the actual words of the Lord and those who walked alongside him!

Begin the day with gratitude.

It’s easy to wake up and grumble about work, school, or whatever occupies your day.  I know I’m guilty of this at times! But starting the day with thoughts of praise and gratefulness will leave your mind with little to no space for negativity.

1 Chronicles 16:34 says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”Repeat this in your head throughout your morning and praise him for even the smallest of blessings!

Start each day with these four habits and see how they change your attitude toward the day ahead. Each day is a blessing! Use them wisely. 🙂

– Chelsea

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