Chelsea Crockett

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Biblical Tips on How To Avoid Social Media Drama

Social media drama: Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, we have all been involved in it one way or another, whether we were the one who started it or…

Social media drama: Whether it be Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, we have all been involved in it one way or another, whether we were the one who started it or an innocent bystander. Whatever the case, it is never a pleasant experience. As a Christian I try to hold myself to a code of higher “social media ethics” and take the higher road, but petty arguments, rude comments, and subtweets sometimes test my patience. To avoid the hurt, annoyance, and all around nastiness of social media drama, here are 5 ways to avoid it that are inspired by the Bible.

  1. Never comment when you are angry: Proverbs 15:1 says: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh answer stirs up anger.” Your quick-tempered comment might sound great today, but tomorrow you will probably regret it.
  2. Tame your jealousy monster: So your best friend and her boyfriend are totally cute and post completely adorable selfies all over their timeline and you are 100% single. So what? Be happy that they are happy! Social media brings out the jealousy in all of us, but just remember that although they take cute pictures and make cute statuses, things aren’t always flowers and rainbows for them.
  3. WWJP?: This stands for “what would Jesus post?” and this is pretty self-explanatory. It goes for comments as well as posts. Knowing what is appropriate to post and what isn’t will save you lots of drama in the long run!
  4. Forgive and forget: As Elsa would say, “Let it go!” Let your social media grudge go. Jesus calls us to forgive. Yeah, it is hard, but you will be so much better for it in the end!01250cc2d6220796a463b5c7b03a476e

Social media can be great, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes it can be more of a hassle than anything! As the Bible says in Philippians 4:8, we are to focus on the things that are right and noble and pure and admirable. This goes for Facebook! Let your page reflect you as a Christ follower and let it be a platform for God to use you as an example for others!

XOXO, Chels

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No Beauty Shines Brighter Than That of a Good Heart

We have all heard the saying that “It’s not what’s on the outside, but what’s on the inside that counts.” And although we hear that a lot, we don’t always…

We have all heard the saying that “It’s not what’s on the outside, but what’s on the inside that counts.” And although we hear that a lot, we don’t always believe it. Especially in this day and age, where looks are everything. I want to tell you something: no beauty shines brighter than that of a good heart.

Having a good heart isn’t a quality that everyone possesses. To me, having a good heart means you care about and for others, you are gracious, you are kind, and you have pure intentions. When someone has a good heart, you can tell almost immediately when you meet them. Their personality shows it! People with kind hearts are refreshing to be around. They make you want to be around them and they make you want to be like them. Also, when your heart and personality is beautiful, it automatically makes you look more beautiful! Your smile will tell others the beauty of your heart. Try and show others the beauty that is in your heart. Show them the love that Jesus has shown you. It’s a game changer!

XOXO, Chels

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Super Sweet Valentine’s Day Nails

If you have a Valentine’s Day date planned with your honey, then you most likely have a cute outfit all planned out. You know what every cute Valentine’s Day outfit…

If you have a Valentine’s Day date planned with your honey, then you most likely have a cute outfit all planned out. You know what every cute Valentine’s Day outfit needs? Super cute nails. Keep reading to see a few of my favorite Valentine’s Day nail styles!nails 2

  1. Easy ombre: This look is so fun and unique! It combines all of the Valentine’s colors in one style: red, hot pink, and light pink.
  2. Gorgeous geometric: This style is for my girly gals! It combines soft, romantic pink with sassy glitter for a “reversed french tip” look. I think this one is the most “me.”
  3. Sweet and subtle: If you go for the more understated look, just paint a simple coat of glitter polish over your nails! It will give you a nice subtle sparkle, and is a totally simple way to add a little extra to your V-Day ensemble.

Have a fun Valentine’s Day, my pretties!

XOXO, Chels

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Valentine’s Oreo Truffles

The way to a boy’s heart is through food. Okay, the way to MY heart is through food, who am I kidding. If you are looking for a totally adorable…

The way to a boy’s heart is through food. Okay, the way to MY heart is through food, who am I kidding. If you are looking for a totally adorable yet delicious homemade Valentine’s Day gift for the people you love, make them these sweet Oreo heart truffles!

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  • 24 Oreos, finely crushed
  • 5 oz. softened cream cheese
  • 12-14 oz. white chocolate or vanilla almond bark
  • Heart shaped sprinkles (optional but highly recommended ;))

Line a cookie tray with baking paper. Crush the Oreos until they are fine crumbs and mix them in with the softened cream cheese. Do this with your hands or the back of a spoon. When it is all well combined transfer it to the baking paper and spread it in an even layer, about ½ inch thick. Put the cookie sheet in the freezer for 45 minutes or more and then use a heart shaped cookie cutter, then freeze them for about 25 minutes. Line another baking sheet with baking paper, then place the hearts from the freezer and dip them in the white chocolate using a fork. Tap off the extra chocolate, then lay them on the baking tray and sprinkle them with the sprinkles. Work in small batches so the hearts don’t thaw! Store these in the fridge until you give them away! That is, if you don’t eat them all yourself. 😉

XOXO, Chels

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Daily Affirmations for the New Year

With the new year comes new pressures, new stresses, new opportunities, new uncertainties, and new relationships. These things can cause us to question ourselves and feel unstable within certain aspects…

With the new year comes new pressures, new stresses, new opportunities, new uncertainties, and new relationships. These things can cause us to question ourselves and feel unstable within certain aspects of our lives. I find that at the beginning of the year, I can feel the most overwhelmed. We want to make this year better than the last. That is why we need all the affirmation and support we can get when the new year comes around. Feeling confident in our choices and decisions, and we need to feel like we are going in the right direction. We can’t always count on our friends and family to affirm us in the ways we need, so that is why God’s word is a great place to find affirmation. It is filled with advice and wisdom to lift our spirits and give us the confidence we need to press on. Here are some words of encouragement from the Bible to affirm yourself daily during this new year.

  1. Luke 18:27 – “Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’” This verse could make us step back and say a big “whaaaaat?” All things are possible? Seriously? God can make all things happen if we just lean on Him? Our Christian life is to be a continuous proof that God works impossibilities. Our lives are to be a series of impossibilities made possible and actual by God’s almighty power. That is what we need. We have an almighty God that we worship. The transformation of a heart coming from dark to light (unsaved to saved) is a miracle. God is working miracles every day.
  2. John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Take a second and think about this verse. I’ve grown up hearing it, reading it many times, but it will never get old because it is what I live for. It’s the purpose of which you and I can come to the cross daily and ask for forgiveness and move forward because we have a loving Father. He loves us yesterday, and he will love us tomorrow. What a love.
  3. Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Notice that the verse does not say “I can do some things, or most things”.  When we give up on trying to solve our own problems and issues, and we take these things and lay them at the foot of the cross. Placing our complete faith and trust in God and His ability to take care of these problems and issues, we are renewed and we no longer have to carry the entire burden ourselves.
  4. Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” When I read this, I get so encouraged knowing that in no matter the circumstance… He is faithful. I can trust that He has an intricate plan for me no matter the highs and lows.
  5. Hebrews 13:5 – “I Never will I leave you;never will I forsake you.” So often I need to be reminded of this. He is a personal God, and He wants to know and love us through whatever hurt or confusion may come.

Spending daily time with God and diving into His word is vital to grow and sustain your faith. Think of it like working out. When your faith needs to do some heavy lifting, you will be ready because you have been “exercising” in God’s word daily.

XOXO, Chels

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You Can’t Change People, But God Can

Odds are, you have someone in your life who really needs to change. They have an anger problem, a sin problem, an addiction problem, an attitude problem, or maybe even…

Odds are, you have someone in your life who really needs to change. They have an anger problem, a sin problem, an addiction problem, an attitude problem, or maybe even a denial problem. And you don’t know how to help them overcome their struggle or the sin that has held them down for so long. Fed up, tired, and hopeless because you have tried and tried, but somehow nothing has changed. You come to grips with the fact that they may never change, and that they may always be the way they are. I mean, what are you supposed to do in a situation like that?

Lucky for us, the Bible gives us wisdom on how to actually help a person change. So, how can you help a person change?

Pray repeatedly. Somehow we get this unbiblical idea in our heads that we can change people and by the force of our sheer will, we can make a person turn from their ungodliness to godliness. Scripture says differently. James 1:19-10 says “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” The hard truth is that we cannot cause a person to change, no matter how hard we try. Only God can soften their heart and open their ears. The best thing we can do for a person is pray for them, and not in a “God please change this person because they are driving me crazy” kind of way, but in a “God please change this person for their good and your glory” kind of way. Pray for them constantly. Pray that God would bless them, give them joy, and give them victory over their sin. Also, instead of criticizing the person you want to change, pray for them. For every one time you criticize, pray ten times!

Encourage them often. This may sound counterproductive because if I encourage them, they will think everthing is okay, right? That isnt how it works. The authors of the Bible made this evident. Before they brought any criticism, they always began with encouragement. The way Paul responded to the Corinthians is a great example of this. The Corinthian church was going nuts. They were all engaging in sexual immorality, worshiping other Gods, making idols, and many other sinful things. But, Paul began his letter to the Corinthians by telling them how grateful he was for them. “I give thanks to my God always for you..” are his words exactly. Do you want to help a person change? Give thanks to God for them. Encourage them and point out areas where you see God at work in their life. Don’t fixate on their weaknesses and miss all the good things God is doing in them.

Correct them lovingly. There is a time for correction, but that correction should be when necessary. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 says “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” Sometimes our corrections can take the form of admonishment or rebuke. Sometimes they can take the form of helping someone in their weakness. But always correct with patience and love, not anger and frustration.

So, how do we help people truly change? Pray, encourage, correct, and repeat. Don’t try and make people change, persistently pray for them and let God do the changing.

XOXO, Chels

 

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Beginner Bible Study Hacks

Are you a new Christian or just new to studying the Bible? Studying God’s word is essential to get connected to Him and learn more about Him. There is no…

Are you a new Christian or just new to studying the Bible? Studying God’s word is essential to get connected to Him and learn more about Him. There is no better way to strengthen your faith than to spend daily time with God. When I started to make daily Bible studies a priority, I had no idea where to start. Here are a few things that helped me get in the habit of studying God’s word, and a few ways to make the most of that time.

  1. Have supplies handy: Pens and a highlighters are essential Bible study accessories. I always have them handy when I start reading. Don’t be afraid to write in your Bible! Make notes in the margins and highlight verses that are meaningful to you. I usually have a notebook alongside my Bible as well to break down the text even further. Especially if I have questions that I want to ask someone I trust later on.
  2. Use a system that works for you: I have a routine that I use most days when I am doing my Bible study. It is the SOAK method. Let me break it down for ya. Write out a Scripture verse or Bible passage, then write out your Observation of that verse or passage (what stood out to you, what the story is about, etc.), then write down an Application (how you can take this verse or passage and apply it to your life), and Kneel in prayer. Writing out your prayers is also a great way to practice talking to God and helps us keep focused on prayer. When reading, you might find that it might be hard to apply a certain passage to your life if don’t dig deeper within the text. I recommend getting a study Bible, because it typically has notes for each verse. I love it.
  3. Get creative: Studying the Bible is more than just taking notes. It is about experiencing God in His word. One great way to do this is by Bible journaling. I have talked about this before in previous blogs, but Bible journaling is where you draw or use typography in the margins to highlight verses that stand out to you. Doing this might allow you to see things within the text that you might not have by simply reading it. If you’re not a very creative person, I would recommend watching some YouTube videos on how to Bible journal with color coding. I’ve seen many others benefit from doing this because it makes certain sections “pop” when trying to focus on different parts of the passage.
  4. Utilize technology: I love the YouVersion Bible app. I set up daily reminders to read my Bible, and I also love all the study plans they offer. There is something for everyone in any stage or phase of life. Plus, their studies super quick and easy to do, which is great for times where life gets a lil chaotic. I recently discovered that the app also has a mode where you can play scripture audibly. So now I can listen to the Word while I’m doing my makeup, in the shower, you name it. Also, if it’s hard for you to sit and read and you like listening to conversations, podcasts are perfect. I listen to podcasts in the background while I workout or drive. They’re entertaining, and there’s always sermons available on iTunes and Spotify.
  5. Keep post-its or index cards ready: If I am trying to memorize scripture, I will write it down on a post-it and put it on my mirror. I’ll also write down that same verse over and over until it’s sealed in my brain. I want it to be made known it my mind so it written on my heart. I also like to take sermon notes on post-its and keep them in my Bible. Sometimes I will go back and read that section again to refresh my memory.

Once you are in a Bible study routine, it becomes something to look forward to every day. I love curling up with coffee, a warm blanket, and my Bible. Let me know what your Bible study hacks are!

XOXO, Chels

 

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And if Not, He is Still Good

How often is our trust in God conditional? How often do we think “God, I’ll know you love me if you do (fill in the blank)” or “God, if you…

How often is our trust in God conditional? How often do we think “God, I’ll know you love me if you do (fill in the blank)” or “God, if you don’t get me out of this, I’ll know you don’t love me.” How often do we push God away when pain comes into our lives? My pastor always said that when life gets rough, you can’t go out and buy a 10 year walk with God. You must cultivate the relationship and your faith so that when things get tough, you have your faith to fall back on and you know you can trust in God.

“And if not, He is still good.” This is based off Daniel 3:16-18 which says “…We do not need to defend ourselves…The God we serve is able to deliver us…but even if he does not…we will not serve your gods or worship your idols.” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were about to be thrown in a fiery furnace to burn to death. If it were me in that situation, you better believe I would be in a state of meltdown and panic. I would be begging for God to get me out of there. “God, if you love me, you will rescue me.”

I love this passage of scripture because it shows where our faith and hearts should be. At my church, we say “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.” He is perfect, so all that He does is perfect, regardless of our opinions of the situation. I am guilty of believing that my way is the best way. I know what I think is best, but ultimately, God knows best. If God would have left Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the furnace and let them die, He would still be holy, right, and good.

Similarly, if my prayers for success in my career, protection for my family, and my other requests to God are not answered, God is still good. How can I say that? God has given us all we need in Jesus and the salvation that we have through Him. He is perfect and all He does is perfect. Thank goodness God gives us abundantly more than we need. I am incredibly thankful for my wonderful friends and family, and everything else that He has given me. He finds joy in giving us things that glorify Him and make our hearts happy at the same time. But if He took that all away, or never blessed me again (I pray that is not the case), He is still good, and I should still praise Him!

God doesn’t promise to save us from the flames, but He has promised to be with us as we walk through the fire. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew they served a God who was greater than the king who was sentencing them to death. We serve a God who can save. When the day of testing comes, we can bravely go into the fire and know that whether we get through it or not, we serve a God like no other. If not, He is still good.

XOXO, Chels

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Promises for the New Year

The new year is a blank slate. You have the chance to make different choices, new friends, life changes, and much more. This next year is full of new things….

The new year is a blank slate. You have the chance to make different choices, new friends, life changes, and much more. This next year is full of new things. 2018 is an open book! To help you navigate the new year, here are some promises that the Bible gives us that have stood the test of time.

  1. Galations 6:9- “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we wll reap a harvest if we do not give up.” This verse reminds me to keep perservering despite people doubting and knocking me down. Don’t get tired of doing good, even when you don’t see the benefits. Even when you don’t see them, they are there. Keep the faith.
  2. Isaiah 41:10 – “Fear not, for I am with you. Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” When you are going through life’s storms, remember that you are not alone.
  3. Jeremiah 29:11 – “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” God has a plan for your life, and it is to give you a bright future. Thank goodness our futures aren’t in our own hands. All of the pressure is off of our shoulders. Our lives are being shaped by the creater of the universe.
  4. James 1:2-4 – “Count it joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” The trials of life are God testing and strengthening you. The tests mold you into the person you are and without struggles, we wouldn’t know the things we know. Trials bring wisdom, and so does patience.
  5. Isaiah 40:31 – “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” When you feel like you are lacking the strength to go on, call on Jesus. He will give you the strength you need.
  6. Philippians 4:6-7 –“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Don’t let your worries get the best of you. Put your trust in God, leave your hopes and dreams in His hands. Give it to God in prayer. He knows everything, and He will give your heart peace.

Let’s make 2018 count!

XOXO, Chels

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Don’t Dig Up What You Planted in Faith

“Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.” – Elisabeth Elliott I came across this quote the other day, and I found it very fitting for the season…

“Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.” – Elisabeth Elliott

I came across this quote the other day, and I found it very fitting for the season of life my family is in. We are in a time of major transition. My parents and brother moved to Colorado, I moved to Georgia, and my sister stayed in our hometown to continue going to college. With so much change swirling around in our world, it can be hard not to second guess things.

Before making these big decisions, my family and I lifted them up in prayer. We prayed that God would give us wisdom and clarity about our decisions and would lead us in the right direction. Our actions were planted in faith, faith that God had our futures in His hands and knew where He wanted us. When things started moving along and falling into place, we could see God’s hand in all of it.

But what happens when you start to doubt your decisions? What happens when you are unsure that you made the right choice? Panic and fear seep into your head and heart. That is where Elisabeth Elliott’s wisdom comes in – Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith. Translation? Don’t remove your trust in God’s plan when things start to go wrong. Don’t let your doubt cause you to take back the actions you carried out when you had full faith in them. The devil plants seeds of uncertainty in our hearts. Those seeds can sprout into weeds and quickly suffocate our hopes and optimism.

Our plans and hopes are very fragile in their beginning stages. They can easily be swayed and doubted. Criticism from ourselves and others can make us think of all the reasons we shouldn’t carry them out. We have to give our hopes and dreams and plans a chance to grow and become strong. They are like seeds. These seeds can turn into plants that represent our vision of what will come of our hopes and dreams and plans. Our ideal outcome. Once we have planted a seed, we have to cultivate it. When we let doubt dictate our actions, we are pretty much digging up our ideas out of the ground before they have a chance to grow. You have planted those seeds because you have faith in them – don’t dig them up before they can show you their potential!

XOXO, Chels

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Sin is Expensive

Sin is expensive. Incredibly expensive. The price isn’t paid in cash, though. It is paid in mental, emotional, and spiritual pain. God didn’t create a random list of things we…

Sin is expensive. Incredibly expensive.

The price isn’t paid in cash, though. It is paid in mental, emotional, and spiritual pain. God didn’t create a random list of things we should and shouldn’t do to see if we could follow them. No, He laid out a set of essential guidelines for living in the Bible for us to follow. His anger towards lying, stealing, cheating coveting, murder, jealousy and pride is because all of these actions destroy relationships. Everything that the Bible labels as sin is something that God is trying to protect us from. His desire is love, peace, grace, and harmony with Him and all of creation. Sin is our defiant rejection of this in an effort to satisfy our own selfish desires.

Ravi Zacharias, a well-known evangelist, says “Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay, and cost you more than you want to pay.” Sin is the most expensive thing out there. For those of us who have professed Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, sin cost God his only son. For those who are not followers of Christ, sin costs a person their soul. Sin causes us to lose what we hold dear. Family, friends, jobs, home, all of these things can be lost due to sin. It separates us from God’s blessings and alienates us from those we love. Sin also causes us to be restless. Guilt from the things we have done can cause us to lose sleep and can rob us of our happiness.

You can easily become a slave to sin. We lose control of our lives and the things we value over our relationship with Christ become addictions. We lose our joy. The happiness in our heart, the joy in our souls, and the hope in our lives is dissolved. Sin also effects our health, whether it be from substance abuse or emotional sickness. Guilt and shame can slowly eat away at you. It can make you frozen with uncertainty and question everything. In my life, the times when I was the most depressed and down were the times when I was living the way I knew I shouldn’t. When you know better, it makes it that much worse. My sin cost me happiness. I could have been doing so much more, but my sin distracted me from my goals. When your eyes are open to your sin, you realize how much it cost you.

You and I cannot afford the high price of our sins. They are infinitely expensive because they are sins against God. Fortunately for us, God paid that infinite debt of sin by sending His son to die for us. We can show Him gratitude by asking for His forgiveness when we sin and disappoint Him. Like I said, we cannot afford sin. Asking for forgiveness and praying for protection from the temptation to sin cuts down on the side effects, but ultimately, we are indebted to God because he footed the bill for our indiscretions. By His wounds we are healed. We must never forget the price He paid.

XOXO, Chels

 

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The Most Misused Bible Verses

I love spending time in God’s word. He shows me and teaches me things when I spend time with Him. Sometimes they are things I have been looking for. Sometimes…

I love spending time in God’s word. He shows me and teaches me things when I spend time with Him. Sometimes they are things I have been looking for. Sometimes they are things I didn’t know I needed to hear.

All 66 books of the Bible were inspired and authored by the God. The Bible is not a collection of quotes or one-liners, it is literally God speaking. That is why we need to approach it with respect. That is not how I have seen God’s word being used in recent years. I see lots of people using specific Bible verses as quotes for social media captions, tattoos, and other mainstream purposes. That is all well and good as long as you are using the verse in the right context. Except, most times, they are misused, misquoted, or misunderstood. We may turn to a specific verse to quote in certain life situations to justify an event or action. Or, we may hear others misquoting verses. They sound right in the moment, but the whole meaning of the verse is out of context. Here are the 4 most abused and misused verses in the Bible.

  1. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. This verse has nothing to do with scoring well in a sporting event, doing well on a test, or landing your dream job. This verse was written when the Apostle Paul was under house arrest awaiting trial. This trial could condemn him to death for preaching about Jesus’ resurrection. Instead of being distraught and dismayed by his situation, Paul uses this opportunity to teach others that he can endure any and everything this life throws at him because he has a strength that can only be found in Christ through the Holy Spirit, even in prison.
  2. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. This verse is usually given to people who are having a tough time, on a graduation card, or after reaching a big milestone. Taken out of context, this verse looks to be promising a life of popularity, riches, health, and the American Dream! In reality, this promise was given to a group of people, not just one individual. God promised the Hebrews exiled in Babylon that He had not given up on them and that even though times were tough, they still had a future and a hope. The promise is that He will see His plan through, and you as His child will get to be part of that plan.
  3. “Judge not, that you be not judged.” Matthew 7:1. I can remember in high school that a big bad word was “judging.” “She’s judging me!” “She has no right to judge me.” Those are phrases I heard often and they made this verse a popular one. Don’t judge me or you will be judged! Of course, that is not what this verse actually means. It means that we are living in a culture of tolerance. If you disagree with someone about their beliefs, lifestyle or opinions, we are labeled as intolerant. We may even quote Tupac and say “Only God can judge me!” No. This verse is to tell you that it is okay to tell our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ when we see them falling into traps and doing things they know better than to do. The Bible calls us to help others wage the war against sin. If we are going to correct someone, then we must be held to the same standard. If we judge rudely, then we will be judged the same. This verse is a warning against self-righteousness.
  4. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. Let’s face it, we have all seen this verse on bedroom walls, coffee mugs, notebook covers, phone cases, you name it. This is only part of the verse, though. The whole verse says “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” You really have to do the verse justice by quoting the whole thing. What an awesome comfort and reminder to know that we can be still and know that God is in control. As His people, we can know the truth that He will be exalted in the nations across the earth. There is nothing that can stop God from accomplishing His will.

Knowing a verse in it’s intended context helps it mean so much more.

XOXO, Chels

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Grow Through What You Go Through

Life isn’t butterflies and rainbows. This is something we all know painfully well. Reality isn’t something we can run away or take a break from. Mistakes are made, we fall…

Life isn’t butterflies and rainbows. This is something we all know painfully well. Reality isn’t something we can run away or take a break from. Mistakes are made, we fall short of our expectations for ourselves, and no matter how hard we try, things still go wrong.

Bad things happen to good people. Bad things happen to everyone. In these situations, we look up at God and wonder how in the world He is working for the good in our lives. Failure is a reality, and it is impossible to resist. We can look at life’s trials in two ways. One involves letting the hurt and disappoint overtake us and make us into bitter people. Or, we can look at them as an opportunity to improve, learn, have a change of heart, and grow.

When I went away to college in California, I never imagined I would be back home a month later. The whole experience was an enormous learning experience. At the time, it did not feel like anything good would come of the situation. I was feeling so much self-doubt and regret. But, the whole thing taught me a lot about myself. The choices you make are a testament to the life you live. You can either let dire situations destroy you or mold you.

If we never made mistakes, we would stay stationary. Mistakes bring learning and learning shapes your character. Change and growth go hand-in-hand. If you aren’t growing, you aren’t going anywhere.

Life is all about hills and valleys. The valleys make the hills seem that much bigger and better. Bad circumstances are never easy to go through. I can safely say that nobody enjoys going through life’s storms. The important thing to remember is that you are going through them, meaning that you will come out on the other side. Our darkest storms and most painful mistakes can turn into our greatest victories. Think of your deepest regret that happened in your past. How did it change you and how have you learned? Think of the deepest valley you have faced. How did it shape you as a person?

God uses the good and the bad in our lives for the greater good. We need to let our struggles mold and shape us into becoming the woman God intended for us to be. If life was free of struggles, many of us would be shells of the people we are today. We also need to forgive ourselves for things that happened in our past. God is a forgiver, not a condemner.

“Suffering produces endurance, endurance produces character, and character produces hope. Romans 5:3-4.” If you are going through a rough patch right now and are struggling to find the courage to keep going, keep this in mind. Your faith and your character are being tested. Hope found in Christ is what will get us through all that life throws at us. You are capable of more than you know.

When the storm has passed, and the clouds have cleared, you may not recognize the woman you have become. And that, my friends, could be the greatest thing to ever happen to you.

Xoxo, Chels

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Prayer Trumps Panic, Every Time

Have you ever felt real, raw, knees weak, palms sweaty, mind-numbing panic? Me too. There are times in my career where I have been on top of the world. Life…

Have you ever felt real, raw, knees weak, palms sweaty, mind-numbing panic? Me too.

There are times in my career where I have been on top of the world. Life is good, business is good, my friendships and relationships are strong, and I feel like life couldn’t get any better. Then, inevitably, something knocks me down. Life is all about the hills and valleys. In those valleys, panic sets in. Do people still like me? Am I going to be successful? In those moments, the panic can be overwhelming. It can feel like an elephant is sitting on my chest and fear keeps me rooted in place. What if I make a wrong move? What if I do something and people don’t like it? What if I do something and I don’t like it?

With any change comes a certain degree of panic. Whenever I launch a new project, such as writing a book, that fear sets in. What if people don’t buy the book? What if no one reads what I have to say? That is where prayer comes in. Philippians 4:6 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in ever situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” This means that you should put your panic away, trust in God, and ask him to calm your heart. Also, Psalms 56:3 says “When I am afriad, I put my trust in you.” These two verses had a common theme: trust.

Trust God with your worries and your panic. Give it to Him and let Him carry that burden for you. We do not have to put all of our confidence in ourselves. We can rest assured that Jesus is the Solid Rock in which we stand. He will never fail us. We can trust him completely, deeply, and with our whole hearts, even when we start to feel pannicked. You also don’t have to go through anxious times alone. I know when I was at my lowest, I just wanted someone to be with me, even if it was to simply sit with me and not talk. Often times, a few words of encouragement can calm our hearts and help soothe our fears.

Don’t suffer panic alone. Let people know where you are. Reach out in prayer. Prayer trumps panic, every time.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Not Because of Anything I’ve Done

God’s Grace isn’t something that we asked for. It is not something that we constantly think about, or even thank Him for. There is a restaurant in my hometown that,…

God’s Grace isn’t something that we asked for. It is not something that we constantly think about, or even thank Him for. There is a restaurant in my hometown that, no matter how many eggs you order with breakfast, they will always give you one extra. It is just understood. God’s grace is like that extra egg. You didn’t ask for it, but He gave it to you anyway.

2 Timothy 1:9 says “For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” God’s plan for us, from the very beginning, has been to show us His grace. We have done nothing to deserve this. Before we even existed, all our sins were forgiven. What an incredible gift.

Having a pretty good understanding of grace can have many positive effects on our lives. First of all, it will put your pride in the back seat and kick self-righteousness to the curb. It will also be one of your biggest motivations to thank, praise, and glorify God. We have not been saved because of the good works we have done, the people we have helped, the many Sundays we have spent in church, or the money we have put in the offering plate. We have been saved because of God’s purpose and grace.

Why would God offer us His grace, even when we don’t deserve it? He decided to forgive us even when we did not exist yet. He did it because we are His children. No matter what we do, how we sin, or the ways we disappoint Him, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends. His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)”

That is what is so different about God’s love and earthly love. In our relationships, we are constantly doing things to make others love us. We are always saying things to make them feel love or affection towards us. Our works seem to gain us a positive reputation, and the more we do, the “better” we seem. That is not so with God. Thank goodness for that.

What a relief to know that we do not have to “perform” or “prove ourselves” to be loved by our Heavenly Father. He has loved us from the beginning, and will love us until the end.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Jealousy is Stealing Your Joy

No matter where I am in life, what I am doing or how I am doing it, there always seems to be someone doing it bigger and better. No matter…

No matter where I am in life, what I am doing or how I am doing it, there always seems to be someone doing it bigger and better. No matter how many positive things I have going for me, somehow the negative thoughts seep in.

I find myself needing to take “social media breaks” every once in a while to detox my mind and give myself fresh perspective. It seems like everywhere you look, there is someone skinnier, prettier, more popular, with a better house, better clothes, and a happier smile. Comparing your work, your life, and whatever else will only make you miserable. Why? Because when you compare yourself to others, you aren’t seeing all the stuff going on in the background. You are only seeing the positive surface-level information that they are allowing everyone to see. Comparing yourself to someone else’s “best” is unfair.

It’s not just on social media that we can start to allow jealousy to slowly seep into our hearts. Your coworker may be excelling and getting promoted faster than you are. The friends you grew up may be getting engaged or married. When I see people that started their YouTube channels around the same time I did gaining more followers or opportunities than me, it is hard not to let jealousy paralyze my thinking. If I’m not careful, comparing myself to them can strip me of my contentment with who I am and what I am good at. Jealousy steals joy.

It is painfully true. Jealousy gives you a sick feeling in your stomach and an satisfaction with all that God has given you and the gifts he has blessed you with. Dwelling on these things sets us back. I used to worry a lot about what I wore, never wanting people to see me in the same outfit twice. I saw all of my YouTube friends dressing fashionably, so I did too. All of the stress of constantly worrying what I was wearing and what people would think of it was stealing my happiness. Comparing ourselves to others removes focus from what we should be proud of within ourselves. I guarantee that someone has looked at you and thought “I wish I could be like her.”

My advice? Keep reminding yourself that comparing yourself to others only discourages you. It will push you to spend money on things you don’t want or need just to be like the people you envy. Take ownership of who you are. Be proud of your positive qualities and achievements. There is no one else on this planet who is just like you.

XOXO, Chels

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