Chelsea Crockett

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God’s To-Do List

The Bible is filled with endless “do’s” and “don’ts” that instruct us on God’s perfect way to live our lives. It’s like he provides the perfect “to-do list” to ensure…

The Bible is filled with endless “do’s” and “don’ts” that instruct us on God’s perfect way to live our lives. It’s like he provides the perfect “to-do list” to ensure us joy, hope, and trust in him.

There are several “do’s” that God wants us to live by. Meditate on them and put them into practice, every day and for the days to come!

  • Pray continually.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

When we pray continually, God reveals things to us that he never would’ve without our constant communication with him. Prayer is so, so important and it should never get taken advantage of. It’s so easy to pray that we often forget about how truly amazing it actually is. Sit down, talk to God, and lean on him, not forgetting the power and awesomeness of prayer! 

  • Trust in the Lord.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust is always hard no matter who it may be given to, or lack thereof. There is so much comfort found in the fact that God assures us on trust so many times throughout the Bible. Proverbs 3:5-6 is the perfect example of this! When we lean on God and not ourselves, honestly and truthfully, God shows us his perfect way.   

  • Be thankful for even the small things.

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

When we practice thankfulness, we develop a whole new mindset. Instead of praising God for only the big things that occur in our lives, try thanking him for even the smallest of blessings. It may be the short line at the grocery store or the good grade you got on a quiz. Whatever it may be, thank him continually and in ever circumstance!

  • Dive into scripture.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” – Romans 15:4

The Word of God should never be taken advantage of. When we have God’s actual word right in front of us, we should meditate on it and discover all it has to offer.

  • Steer clear of gossip.

“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.” – Ephesians 4:29

God commands us not once, but several times in the Bible to stay away from bad conversation. Gossip not only spreads rumors, but it attracts drama and unwanted attention. Be mindful of the conversations you’re having with others. Be sure to only involve yourself with conversations that build people up, not tear them down!

There are tons of other things you could add to this list, but these are some of the more obvious “to-do’s” that God gives us in his word. Stay alert and conscious of putting these into effect!

– Chelsea

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Mountain Moving Prayers

God is known to move mountains. He can and will continue to do so in your life and the lives of those around you, you just have to seek him…

God is known to move mountains. He can and will continue to do so in your life and the lives of those around you, you just have to seek him out and ask!

You may be thinking, “What exactly is a ‘mountain moving prayer?’”

Mark 11:23-24 says, “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Mountain moving prayers are those of which that seem impossible, but can be made possible by God. They’re the prayers that’ll work wonders and truly make a difference when you believe in God’s power and his ability to do so.

Pray for the world.

The world could always use a little more prayer. If you don’t know where to start, see what the news has to say about the devastating events that are happening all across the globe. There is always somewhere that needs someone to pray for them, whether that be a country going through a natural disaster or a place that has yet to be introduced to Christ. Whatever the case may be, never stop praying for the people around the world and the places that need our prayers the most!

Pray for the future.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13

We may never know what the future holds, but it’s comforting to know that God does. When we pray for security over our future, God works wonders and reassures us that our paths are already laid out ahead of us! We just have to trust in him and find comfort in his word. God will take care of the rest!

Pray for guidance.

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” – John 16:13

Praying for guidance allows for God to speak to us, and opens doors we never thought would be opened. It gives me a peace of mind knowing that I can hear God if I simply listen for him! When we ask God for guidance, he will surely give it to us, whether it be in the form of small whispers or a wise best friend!

Pray for discovery.

When we pray for discovery, God takes this opportunity to reveal things to us, whether we want him to or not. Maybe he’ll reveal certain convictions that you’ve pushed to the back of your mind time and time again. Or maybe he’ll have you discover things about him and his word that you never have before!

Pray for influence.

Lastly, pray for the influence you have on people. We are quick to underestimate ourselves, but people take notice when they can see the love of Christ shining through us! God uses our bodies as vessels to help him do his work here on earth. Never underestimate the influence you have! Pray for boldness and confidence in this area, and God will use you more than you know!

These are only some of the many things that you can, and should, pray for! Don’t be afraid to talk to God, and let him move mountains in your life and the lives around you! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Myth-Busters: The Truth About God & the Bible

People love to jump to conclusions about God and the Bible. They make assumptions about who God is and the meaning behind different scriptures and verses. But the truth is,…

People love to jump to conclusions about God and the Bible. They make assumptions about who God is and the meaning behind different scriptures and verses.

But the truth is, there is so much more joy, knowledge, and certainty behind Christianity that so many people don’t know about. I’m here to break some of the well-known “myths” that often revolve around God, his love for us, and what the Bible really means.

MYTH: The Bible was written thousands of years ago so it doesn’t apply today.

TRUTH: Although the Bible is a historic book written years and years ago, we, as Christians, still use it as a compass and tool today and for the days to come. God didn’t intend for the Bible to be forgotten about or not taken as seriously in the present day. If we believe that God is all-knowing, of the past, present, and future, then we should also believe that he knew the Bible would still be used today and for all the days to come. Lean on its word and believe the truth that’s inside!

MYTH: Being a Christian means you lose the freedom to do what you want to do, when you want to do it.


TRUTH:
People often think that God gives us rules to live by to take away our “fun” or our freedom. This is the furthest from the truth. God gives us a set of rules to live by because he knows what’s best for us. When we do life God’s way, we discover his truth and the joy that comes along with it. Try it for yourself!

MYTH: Prayer doesn’t really make a difference.

TRUTH: Prayer is powerful! It truly does make a difference. Without prayer, we have no way to sit and have a conversation with God.

1 John 5:14-15 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.”

We know that prayer makes a difference because it says so numerous times throughout the Bible. We can have the confidence in knowing that God really does hear us and desires the best for us. If you believe in scripture, then it is so clear that God uses prayer as a gateway to hear our requests and praises, and point us in the direction he wants us to go.

MYTH: It’s hard to believe in a God you can’t see. 

TRUTH: 1 Peter 1:8 says, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” Sometimes it can be hard when we can’t directly hear God’s voice or see that he’s right beside us, but I promise you he always is! He is constant, present, and knows our innermost being. He’s our heavenly father that gave so much for us so we could live our days freely in his everlasting presence! Try leaning on him and you’ll start to feel the warmth and love of Christ all around you.

Don’t always jump to conclusions or assume what you hear about God and the Bible is true. Dive into his word and discover the truth for yourself! 🙂

– Chelsea

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3 Ways to Incorporate Scripture into Your Daily Life

Sometimes we forget the importance and awesomeness of scripture. It’s Jesus’s words onto paper, that allow us to walk like him, talk like him, and live like him. How cool…

Sometimes we forget the importance and awesomeness of scripture. It’s Jesus’s words onto paper, that allow us to walk like him, talk like him, and live like him. How cool is that?

I know for me, scripture memorization has always been a challenge. It’s something that I didn’t realize would make a difference in my spiritual life until I made it a point to give it a try. With so many ways to incorporate it into your daily life, why not give it a try? It has far more benefits than you think!

Incorporate it into your daily quiet times.

If you like to do daily quiet times where you spend uninterrupted time with God, then what better time to learn scripture than when you’re already spending time with him? After you finish journaling, reading your Bible, etc., devote 10 minutes to scripture memorization. I like to write a few verses on separate notecards to keep in my Bible that I can easily access. Then once I’m finished, I try to refer back to them throughout my day or before I go to sleep at night!

Put scripture around places that you’ll often see it.

I love writing scripture on sticky notes and sticking them to various places that I know I’ll see throughout my day. For example, you could write Psalm 139:14 (“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”) on a sticky note and stick it on your mirror. This is a beautiful reminder that we could all use first thing when we wake up in the morning, and you’ll remember it when you read it every day!

Another place to put a sticky note is on your steering wheel. Psalm 121:7-8 is the perfect verse for this. It says, “The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Read over it every time you get in your car. It’s sort of like a mini prayer and you’ll memorize it in no time!

Download a scripture memorization app. 

These apps are one of the best ways to memorize scripture. If you’re like me, then you always have your phone on you. So, what better way to do so?!

There are several different apps that allow you to select the verse you’re wanting to memorize and will encourage you to learn it throughout the day. Some apps will send you reminders to read over them every few hours or so. Others will even make you type out the verse to make sure you know it before moving on to the next one! Pretty cool, right?

I encourage you to really devote time to scripture memorization. So many good things come from it, you just have to dive in and discover them yourself!

– Chelsea

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Let Them See You in Me

God is, and always has been, calling us to something much bigger than ourselves. He calls us to a life following in Jesus’s footsteps. A life of joy, obedience, hope,…

God is, and always has been, calling us to something much bigger than ourselves. He calls us to a life following in Jesus’s footsteps. A life of joy, obedience, hope, grace, and so much more.

Whether we believe it or not, God uses our bodies as vessels for his kingdom. We have a purpose far greater than spending our days in a routine. Wake up, go to class or work, go to sleep, repeat… Sound familiar?

In a song by Colton Dixon entitled “Let Them See You,” he talks about the attitude we should have while living our lives as followers of Christ.

“Let them see you in me.

Let them hear you when I speak.

Let them feel you when I sing.

Let them see you in me.”

I often think about this song when reflecting on the way I live. If the people around me don’t see God in me, then what’s the point?

Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” This verse tells of a simple concept: that Jesus scarified himself so we could live freely in his presence.

When we think about obedience, we usually don’t like it. We want to do what we want to do, when we want to do it. But when we consider the ultimate sacrifice, obedience gets a little easier. And through these actions of obedience, we are able to display the love and grace of Christ through ourselves. Like I mentioned before, we as God’s vessels are alive to do just that!

Psalm 109:26-27 says, “Help me, Lord my God; save me according to your unfailing love. Let them know that it is your hand, that you Lord, have done it.”

This is the perfect prayer to pray before you go asleep at night and when you wake up in the morning. Pray for the actions of yourself to reflect those of a loving Father, a God that loves, provides, cares, protects, and forgives.

The world paints such a distorted view of who God really is. The world sees him as a dictator, someone who puts rules on us to keep us from “having fun” or doing what we want to do.

So, what better way to prove the world wrong than by living a life holy and pleasing to God and showing others that the best way to live is alongside someone who loves us unconditionally?

We are called to live a life that points others in His direction. Remember the chorus of Colton Dixon’s song: “Let them see you in me. Let them hear you when I speak. Let them feel you when I sing. Let them see you in me.” Meditate on these lyrics, memorize them, and let them be a testament to your life! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Falling Victim to Nyctophilia

Nyctophilia (n): An attraction to darkness or night; finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness. Do you ever experience Nyctophilia? Maybe it sounds something like this: You know what you’re…

Nyctophilia (n): An attraction to darkness or night; finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness.

Do you ever experience Nyctophilia? Maybe it sounds something like this: You know what you’re doing isn’t right, but it’s comfortable. So instead of changing your actions of lifestyle, you remain in this “darkness” that the world offers, instead of looking up to God for change or direction.

We’ve all done it from time to time. We stay with the things that are familiar and comfortable because we’re too scared to take the next step.

This is when we fall victim to Nyctophilia. Instead of taking a step forward, we remain where we’re at due to fear and the “what ifs.” This keeps us doing the things we’re comfortable with, the things that cause us to turn away or ignore God.

1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.”

God understands the appeal of the world and the easiness of it. It’s easy to do what everyone else is doing and to desire those things, as well. But our actions are the reflection of what we stand for and what we believe in. So, like the verse says, when we show love for the world more than we show love for our heavenly Father, God’s light cannot shine through within us.

Titus 2:11-12 says, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

 The grace of God extends with no limit. It covers our past sins, our present sins, and even the sins we haven’t committed yet. When we seek the darkness of the world and everything it has to offer, God gives us his perfect gift of grace. But just because God is merciful to us doesn’t mean we should use this as an excuse, continuing to seek the ways of the world and proceed happily in our bad habits.

It’s okay to desire comfort and ease, but the moment it keeps you from making a positive change or taking a step in the right direction, it becomes a problem. God wants us to be comfortable and relaxed, but in his way. His way is much more satisfying. It’s eternal, joyful, merciful, and so much more.

I urge you to step out of your Nyctophilia at least once this week. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but pick something you can work on in your life for the better. Maybe for you it’s gossiping, jealousy, anger, your desires, etc. Whatever it may be, try using that time spent on those actions, thoughts, or emotions, and spend it on your spiritual life.

Instead of being jealous or angry toward someone, simply start talking to God. Ask him for help and guidance on how you can change your darkness into light! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Search Me, O God

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts.” – Psalm 139:23 God knows every part of us. He knows our thoughts, our hearts,…

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts.” – Psalm 139:23

God knows every part of us. He knows our thoughts, our hearts, and our whole being. He knows our motives and the “why” behind our every action.

The underlying theme to this is that God created us, he knows us, and he searches us. We may not always want God to know every part of our hearts (I know I sometimes don’t), but it’s a beautiful thing when the God that created us truly knows us, even the things we’re not proud of.

When God searches us, he reveals to us the parts of our mind that we don’t always want dug up. But when we confront the things that God wants shown to us, we get the opportunity to become more like him.

When we pray, we should be asking God to show us our convictions and reveal to us the areas in our lives that could use a little work. For you, it may be patience, jealousy, alcohol, etc., simply anything that doesn’t reflect that of a follower of Christ. Your struggles may seem smaller or bigger than others, but in God’s eyes, they’re all the same.

Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

When we ask God to search our hearts, he already knows what’s in them. He knit us together the day we were created, making no mistakes or accidents.

Think of yourself as a house. There are several different rooms filled with several different things. Some rooms you don’t mind showing to people because they’re clean, put-together, and presentable. But then there are the rooms that you don’t want people to see, even God. You keep the door locked so no one can see what’s behind it.

We all have the rooms that we’re not proud of. Whether those rooms are filled with your past, your thoughts, your shameful actions, etc., it’s the rooms you don’t want anyone else to see regardless.

But once we open these rooms to God, we allow ourselves to be vulnerable and fully transparent with him. It’s an intimate thing when we put everything out on the table and share with God even the things we don’t want to.

Although God already knows our deepest thoughts, it’s completely different when we invite him in and willingly share the things we’ve been hiding from him.

I encourage you to ask God to search your locked rooms. Ask him to help you with the things you struggle with and to forgive you for the things you’ve been hiding. No matter how bad you think these things are, God will always forgive you and love you just the same.

Pray for God to search you and reveal these things to you! He uses our weaknesses to work in our lives and turn them into strengths! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Why Do We Pray?

Prayer is one of the best things in the world. It calms me, secures me, and strengthens me when I need it. It’s something so intimate that connects us to…

Prayer is one of the best things in the world. It calms me, secures me, and strengthens me when I need it. It’s something so intimate that connects us to God and lets us feel his presence all around us.

I’ve often heard people question the “why” behind prayer. Why do we pray if we can’t hear God back? Why do we pray if God already knows the will he has for us? There are so many reasons to pray, you just have to discover them!

We pray for others.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” – Ephesians 6:18

God has no limits on who and how he can work in the lives of others. When we pray for our friends, our family, or even the people that aren’t easy to pray for, he moves among them. We may not see the results of our prayers right away, or even at all, but we can be confident in knowing that God hears us no matter what.

We pray for our requests.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” – 1 John 5:14-15

Whenever I need or want something, I go immediately to God. Although I know he may or may not answer my prayer, he always hears them. If God doesn’t answer, I know that his will for my life is different from what I had planned, and that’s okay! This verse gives us confidence in knowing that he hears our every request and knows the wants and needs of our hearts.

We pray for humility.

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’” – James 4:6

Humility is something everyone struggles with. It’s hard to be humble in every season of life, especially when everything seems to be going our way. When we practice humility, we become more and more like Jesus. He was completely humble, putting others before himself in any and every situation. Pray for help from God in this area and practice it daily!

We pray for peace.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15

This world could definitely use a little more peace. Whether that be peace with yourself or peace toward others, we are called to peace. Even in Jesus’s darkest days, he had peace in his heart in knowing God’s ultimate plan for his life. We need to have this same trust in God and have faith in his plans for us!

So, next time you’re finding it hard to pray, remember these things. Remember that God uses prayer to equip us with the things we need in life. We use prayer to help ourselves, to help others, and to simply talk to God and present our requests to him. Prayer is so powerful, so use it to feel the presence of God all around you!

– Chelsea

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Thanksgiving Thoughts: Things to Be Grateful For

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34 Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the endless blessings in your life….

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the endless blessings in your life. From the bed you sleep in to the family and friends that surround you, there are so many things to be thankful for.

Around this holiday, I always like to reflect on what God has given me throughout my life. There is nothing too small or too big to thank God for, and there’s no greater time to present your praises to him than during this season of Thanksgiving!

2 Corinthians 9:11 says, “Give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Every day on after this day of thankfulness, be conscious of how often you show your gratitude to God. 2 Corinthians says to give thanks always not just in seasons of thankfulness.

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” – Psalm 107:8-9

God takes notice when we praise him for the things he’s given us. He satisfies and fills us with all good things. Like this verse says, we should always praise God for his unfailing love and the deeds he does for us! There is no limit on how often we can present our praises to him.

I saw a quote that changed my perspective on thankfulness. It said, “Imagine if you woke up with only the things you thanked God for the day before.” I thought about the reality of this and it changed how I talked to God before I went to sleep at night.

I began to thank God for even the smallest things in my life. I thank him for every meal, every friend, every opportunity… I thank him for the weather, the apartment I live in, the car I drive… Sometimes I even make a list when I’m feeling extra grateful that I can look back on when I need a pick-me-up.

It’s easy to compare your life to others and point out what they have that you don’t. When you start to do this, make a list like I mentioned above. And what better day to start doing this than on Thanksgiving? Once you see how long your list really is, it’ll automatically change your mindset about the things you have in your life.

So, take time today and reflect on all of these things. Spend some time with God and just talk to him! End your Thanksgiving with a time of gratefulness and thankfulness. It’s the best day to do so. 🙂

– Chelsea

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Called to Be Different

Growing up, I always thought being different was a bad thing. At one point or another, we all have wanted to “fit in” and receive the approval from others whether…

Growing up, I always thought being different was a bad thing. At one point or another, we all have wanted to “fit in” and receive the approval from others whether we want to admit it or not.

The Bible brings up this topic many times throughout it. God asks us to follow him and leave the ways of the world behind, just as he had to. He not only wants us to be different, but calls us to be different. Take a look at Romans 12:2 for example.

It says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

When we conform to the ways of the world, we lose the ways of God. By standing out and being different, people start to notice and see the change in us! When we put the ways of the world behind us, God transforms us and works wonders in our lives.

There’s a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that I think puts it so perfectly: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

This goes for all things in life. If no one makes their own path and leads by example, we would all just be followers, living a life of repetition and boredom.

I’ve always wanted my YouTube channel to leave my own trail and display the love of Christ through my videos. Although it’s not the normal thing you see on YouTube, I knew God was calling me for something bigger and to use my platform for others to see Him through me.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9

When we consider the truth of the fact that God chose us, everything changes. God chose us to be his light in the darkness, not to hide in the shadows and take on the ways of the darkness.

If we all followed the ways of the world, we would all be the same, striving toward nothing but momentary satisfaction. When we go our own way, GOD’S way, we leave a trail that gives way for so many better things to follow.

Being different is GOOD! It allows for others to join you and make an even bigger pathway toward loving the Lord and living out his word. Next time you need some boldness and confidence, remember what Emerson says: “Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail!”

– Chelsea

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Are You Truly Content?

We all want one thing in life: to be truly content. True happiness isn’t something that comes along easy, but it’s something we can have through God and God alone….

We all want one thing in life: to be truly content. True happiness isn’t something that comes along easy, but it’s something we can have through God and God alone.

We often find ourselves seeking things that only provide temporary satisfaction. They satisfy us for a day, a month, a year, etc., and then we go on seeking the next thing to give us that joy or contentment that we quickly felt.

These things we use to try to fill the void in our lives will always run out. As Jesus was a human on this earth, he knows the temporary joy the world offers. He also knows the long-lasting, fulfilling joy that our heavenly father gives freely to us.

God wants us to feel the joy he has in store for us. It’s something that doesn’t even compare to any joy we’ve felt before. He is the true giver of every perfect gift, and he wants to give us the gift of true, lasting contentment. Take a look at what God’s word says about discovering real happiness!

For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:32-33

God may not give you a new car or hand you a million dollars, but he will give you the things no one else on this earth can. When we seek him and his righteousness, God provides us with so much more than worldly riches.

I was once told of a verse that talks about worldly contentment so perfectly. Jeremiah 2:13 says, “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water”

Jesus is the spring of living water that is endless, ever-flowing, pure, and holy. If we take a look at this verse, it’s saying that we, as sinners, replace Jesus’s perfect water and replace it with our own. Our cisterns are broken, unable to hold water, only satisfying our needs for a short amount of time.

So, I challenge you to this: think of three different cisterns in your life. Maybe it’s partying, boys, grades, whatever it may be. These are the things you find yourself seeking happiness in that only end up giving you joy in the moment. Then, focus on how you can take the effort you spend on these things and spend it on growing closer to God. Watch how your heart changes!

At the end of the day, happiness will always come and go. But with God, our hearts, minds, and spirits are always filled with his love and his joy. We waste so much time on temporary fulfillment when she should be looking for everlasting fulfillment from our heavenly father. That is where true, eternal contentment can be found

– Chelsea

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The Importance of Serving Others

Serving others is one of the biggest underlying themes of the Bible. Throughout the old and new testament, there are so many examples of people laying down their lives for…

Serving others is one of the biggest underlying themes of the Bible. Throughout the old and new testament, there are so many examples of people laying down their lives for others. In the new testament especially, we can read about all the different ways Jesus served his disciples, his followers, and so many others that he encountered.

The Bible is filled with SO many lessons that teach us how we should act and live. The lessons that teach us selflessness and love for others are the ones we should always take note of. The world could always use a little more love, so why don’t we show God’s love by extending a hand toward others!

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.” – Galatians 5:13

God gives us free will to do what we want in life. He doesn’t force us one way or the other, instead he gives us the choice to act selflessly or selfishly… which is sometimes the easier option. When we serve others, it humbles us and reminds us of the bigger picture in life.

There’s a story in the Bible that tells of a time when Jesus humbled himself and served his disciples by washing their feet. John 13:5 says, “After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.”

Then Jesus said, “Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you. Very truly I tell you, no servant is greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

This story is so important because it shows how even Jesus Christ humbles himself and puts others’ needs before his own. If even Jesus, who is greater than all the earth, can practice selflessness in even the hardest of times, then we should do so, too.

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.” – Romans 12:1

Have you ever thought of serving others as a form of worship? God notices when we take our own needs and wants and sacrifice them for others. It’s not always what we want to do, but it’s something that changes our mindsets and our hearts to reflect how Jesus wants us to think toward others… no strings attached, not hoping for something in return.

Consider all of this the next time someone asks you for a simple favor or something even bigger. Think the way God wants us to and extend a hand to the people you normally wouldn’t. A serving heart is a happy heart!

– Chelsea

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5 Hints That God is Redirecting You

When we come across open or closed doors, we never know what God is doing in our life. We debate if we should take the opportunity at hand, or simply…

When we come across open or closed doors, we never know what God is doing in our life. We debate if we should take the opportunity at hand, or simply walk away from it.

How do we know what’s best for us? How do we know when God is giving us hints to change our direction and lead us to something much, much better?

There are many ways to hear God’s voice and discover what he wants for our life, we just have to know what those ways are. When we’re aware of how we can listen and receive guidance from God, life becomes a while lot easier! We just have to lean on him and trust what we know is truly from God!

  1. Your gut feeling.

Everyone always says to “listen to your gut feeling.” Sometimes this is God’s way of telling you when something’s right or wrong. More often than not, we have this gut feeling but choose to ignore it because of doubt or confusion. Trust your instinct!

  1. Wisdom from friends and family.

We all have those people in our life that we go to when we need advice or support. Whether it be your mom, your cousin, or your best friend, having those people to back you up or to tell you when something’s not right is comforting and reassuring. God can speak through people, so go to those who are full of godly wisdom and consider the advice they give you!

  1. Open opportunities.

Sometimes God gives us an open door directly when and where we’re looking for it. Don’t let this go unnoticed! If something is perfectly in your path, there is a good chance God placed it there. Don’t ignore the obvious!

  1. Answered prayers.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” – 1 John 5:14-15

When you ask God for something, he hears you. If you ask for guidance and he gives it to you, don’t question it! God doesn’t want us to be filled with confusion and doubt. He wants so badly for us to have faith in where he sends us, whether you we’re expecting that path or not!

  1. Reoccurring thoughts.

Do you ever try to push a thought out of your head, but it keeps coming back, over and over again? Sometimes these thoughts hold a higher significance than we think. God likes to speak to us in whispers which can come in the form of our thoughts. Once again, listen to your instinct and know what feels right!

Know that when God is redirecting your life, it’s part of his overall plan of the great things he has in store for you. Don’t question what he’s doing. Instead, thank him for the guidance and joy he brings you along the way!

– Chelsea

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When Silence Is Sinful

We’ve all heard of the silent treatment. We all know the sadness and guilt we feel when we’re on the receiving end of it. On the other end, we’ve also…

We’ve all heard of the silent treatment. We all know the sadness and guilt we feel when we’re on the receiving end of it. On the other end, we’ve also experienced the anger and pain that build up when we cut someone out of our life or decide to choose bitterness over forgiveness.

Silence can result in guilt, regret, sadness, and so much more. When we don’t confront a problem or simply ignore it, the result is almost always worse than what it would’ve been if we would’ve given up silence as a boundary in the first place.

Think about this situation for example. You and your roommates are in a fight, and instead of confronting the problem, you allow it to build up over time and continue to sweep it under the rug. This can either make the problem worse, or never solve anything in the long run… Neither are the outcome you would want!

God looks at these situations and wants us to extend love, forgiveness, and patience. When we approach conflict the way God does, the outcome will be better every single time.

Ephesians 4:31-32 says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

God sent his one and only son to pay the price for our sins. He forgives us instantly, without holding a grudge or keeping a track record. So, why wouldn’t we do the same for other people?

This reminds me of the story from the Bible of Peter asking Jesus about forgiveness.

Matthew 18:21-22 says, “Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

 Jesus then preaches the parable of the unforgiving debtor. The story tells of a king discussing the debt of his servants. One in particular owed the king millions and millions of dollars, but had little to no money to repay him. The servant begged for the king to forgive him, and the king was filled with pity for him. He released the servant and forgave him of his debt.

But when the servant left, he came across a man that owed him a few thousand dollars. He grabbed him by the throat and demanded him to pay him the money. When the king heard about this, he threw the servant in jail until he had paid his entire debt.

Matthew 18:35 says, “That’s what my heavenly Father will do to you if you refuse to forgive your brothers and sisters from your heart.”

God doesn’t just want us to swallow our pride and forgive others, he demands it. We can’t go through life holding grudges and using silence as a barrier. In the end, this solves nothing, leaving us angrier than we were before.

Take these lessons from the Bible and apply them to your life. Once we start taking Jesus’s advice on how to resolve conflict, life will go a whole smoother!

– Chelsea

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5 Ways to Love like God Does

Love is difficult to understand. We feel it, we see it, and we even dream about it. Love doesn’t always have to be the kind we see in movies. Love…

Love is difficult to understand. We feel it, we see it, and we even dream about it.

Love doesn’t always have to be the kind we see in movies. Love can be as simple as extending it to your friends and the people around you. Loving others well is something I think we can all get a little better at!

Worldly love is no match against godly love. The Bible talks about this perfect love that God gives to us, and tells us how we too can show this kind of love to other people. The world could always use a little more love, don’t you think?

  1. Love without fear.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” – 1 John 4:18

If we let fear be a boundary, then we’ll never be able to give ourselves fully to others. Love can oftentimes come with pain, sadness, and regret, but if we focus on the “what ifs” then fear will always consume us.

  1. Love selflessly.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13

Selflessness is a learned trait. Our natural instinct is to put ourselves first, but it takes a conscious effort to care for the needs of others before our own. When we love without the thought of getting something in return, people take notice. It’s a quality that people forget about, but it multiplies beyond measure.

  1. Love your enemies.

’But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you…’” – Luke 6:27

Real strength comes from loving those who are hard to love. It’s easy to show love and kindness to your friends or family, but when’s the last time you extended it to someone that has done wrong to you in the past?

  1. Love through forgiveness.

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs.” – Proverbs 10:12

Forgiveness is a hard concept. How do we forgive someone who maybe doesn’t deserve it? It’s hard to show forgiveness and mercy in times that we least want to, but we have to remember who God is and what he’s done for us. His grace and mercy covers all our sins when we especially don’t deserve it, so we should have the same mindset toward others!

  1. Love sincerely.

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” – Romans 12:9-10

It’s important to be real, open, honest, and genuine toward others. This builds trust between two people and makes a relationship that much stronger. Learn to love others with a genuine heart, and people will feel the love of God through you!

Make a conscious effort of loving people just as the way God loves us. Once again, the world could always use a little more love!

– Chelsea

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Where God Guides, He Provides

Have you ever been thrown into a situation where you don’t think there’s a way out? Maybe you feel like God presented you with an opportunity, but you don’t even…

Have you ever been thrown into a situation where you don’t think there’s a way out? Maybe you feel like God presented you with an opportunity, but you don’t even know what to do with it.

Throughout the years, God will fill your life with both good and bad situations and experiences. You may have thoughts of confusion, doubt, and maybe even fear, but God will never bring you to something that he won’t carry you through.

There are several passages in the Bible where it talks about how God equips us with the things we need. He doesn’t abandon us to figure it out on our own while we feel scared, anxious, and isolated. He wants us to know that despite our worry and doubt, he provides every single time. Look at what the Bible has to say about it!

Matthew 6:31-34 says, “So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

When have you felt most deserted by God? Was it through a terrible break up in high school? Or maybe when you didn’t get into your dream college you’ve been planning on attending for years?

We’re going to come to several roadblocks and setbacks all throughout our lives. Or at least that’s what we think they are. God doesn’t lead us into failure, for he always has a purpose in where and what he guides us into.

If God takes you through an awful break up, think of it as a new opportunity. Maybe God knows you need some time to yourself to figure out who you are before you give part of yourself to someone else. He will provide you with guidance and clarity during these times, all you have to do is be willing to listen!

Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”  

If we truly believe the word of God, then we should never doubt the promises within it. This verse is not just a statement, but a promise. God will meet all your needs, not just in the good times of your life. God will never take us into a situation that he expects us to handle on our own.

Isn’t that cool to think about? Our heavenly father never abandons us or leaves us to deal with things alone. Where God guides, he always provides. Rest in this promise and remember to put your trust in Christ, today and every day.

– Chelsea

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