Chelsea Crockett

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Words with Weight

Ever heard the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?” Although some words oftentimes have no intention of harm, they can come off…

Ever heard the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?”

Although some words oftentimes have no intention of harm, they can come off rude, demeaning, or offensive, which can tear you down and affect you more than you thought they could.

Just because the words of others don’t define us as a people doesn’t mean they can’t strike a nerve every once in a while.

As someone that grew up on YouTube, I’ve learned that people can say awful things, whether those nasty words spawn from jealousy, hate, or just plain boredom.  I’ve learned to take rejection, criticism, judgement and everything that comes along with it.

Being a teenage girl in today’s society, this is something God could use us to be a light in. I wanted to dive into scripture and build a conviction for how my every day conversations with others should be.

“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

When we’re with our friends, our conversations can be full of gossip and drama. Or we can steer our conversations away from “unwholesome talk” and encourage and build each other up. If our conversations aren’t beneficial to those who listen, then we need to rethink what we’re talking about.

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” – Colossians 4:6

When our conversations are full of grace, we grow in patience and dignity. Whether someone comes to us with drama, anxiety, depression, etc. we’ll know how to extend support and love to them.

“May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.” – Psalm 119:171-173

When we replace our negative conversations with those of praise and grace, you will see the entire attitude of your friends, family, or whoever you’re with change.

Anyone can talk the talk, but it takes a genuine follower of the Bible to walk the walk..

So, next time you’re tempted into ungodly words and conversations, keep your eyes fixed on the one who extends endless amounts of grace, love, and wisdom.

Chelsea

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Put on the Full Armor of God

“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything,…

“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6:10-18

When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing you think about?

Do you wake up wondering what you’re going to wear? Or what you’re about to eat for breakfast?  Although I consider these two questions every morning, I try to think a little deeper into my agenda for the day.

The Bible is full of many lessons and different ways to actually apply scripture to your life.

Each part of Ephesians 6:10-18 gives us steps to perfectly equip ourselves for the day ahead.

Belt of Truth

Honesty is the best policy and it will benefit you in the long run. Practice honesty in the simplest of ways, by being truthful when you’re with your friends, with your family, in class, etc.

Breastplate of Righteousness

For the longest time, I had always heard the term “righteousness” but never truly knew its meaning. Righteousness means “the quality of being morally right or justifiable” or as the Bible uses it, “following religious or moral laws.” Put on the breastplate of righteousness to be able to defend against temptation and sin throughout your day.

Gospel of Peace

Keep the Gospel with you anywhere and everywhere you go. Keep God’s word in your mind so you can have the Spirit of peace over you no matter what the day brings your way!

Shield of Faith

Your faith is one of the strongest things you have and can protect you from fear, anxiety, doubt, and so many other things. Remember to clothe yourself with the shield of faith to have a constant reminder that God is fighting your battles.

Helmet of Salvation

Knowing that we have salvation through Christ’s sacrifices for us should be our “helmet,” the thing that we can fall back on and have faith in. With the helmet of salvation, we can face the day ahead.

Sword of the Spirit

Although you can’t physically see God, you can see him fighting your day-by-day battles. Be a witness to the amazing things that the Holy Spirit is doing in your life, whether it be restoring health to a loved one or taking away the anxiety your heart constantly feels.

Wake up every day and clothe yourself with the armor of the one who beats every battle, takes away every fear, and reassures us of the life he so greatly prepared for us.

 Chelsea

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Are You Hot or Cold?

If you were to rate your relationship with God on a scale from 1-10, with 1 being cold and 10 being hot, where would you land? Now, I’m not saying…

If you were to rate your relationship with God on a scale from 1-10, with 1 being cold and 10 being hot, where would you land?

Now, I’m not saying you should rate your faith in God on a scale, but I do want you to consider one thing: are you lukewarm for God?

You might be thinking: What? Lukewarm? What does that even mean?

I would define lukewarm as being a 5 on the scale. Sure, you believe in God, but your life doesn’t fully reflect the way a godly life should look. Maybe you go to church on Sundays and open your Bible every once in a while, but are your thoughts and actions reflecting that of a follower of Christ?

When I first started following God, I could’ve considered myself a “lukewarm” Christian. I could talk the talk but I not always walked the walk. I would pray occasionally and request the things I wanted from God, but my life didn’t reflect that of a Christian’s at all.

I read a quote that completely changed my heart and my perspective.

“Following Christ isn’t something that can be done halfheartedly or on the side. It is not a label we can display when it is useful. It must be central to everything we do and are.”

When we go to class, we shouldn’t only talk to God when we need a good grade on a test or want an A on a paper. He should be at the center of our day. Someone we thank for the little things.

In our group of friends, we shouldn’t only pray for our friends when they’re going through a break up or needing to nail a good interview for a job. We should stray away from gossip, temptation to fall into sin, and other things that don’t reflect that of a godly person.

In high school, I would be filled with fear or anxiety about both big and little things in my life. One way I became “hot” for God was by leaning on him and giving him control instead of worrying about how I could be in control of my life.

I’ve learned that there are times when we may not feel like spending time with God, or it just seems like He is not present at all. With my doubts and questions, it seems as if He is so far away. Recently, this has been my battle. If I’m honest, it hurts and I hate that I “feel” this way. But I push through. The best thing to know through this time is that God isn’t surprised by this. He wants me to want Him, and I want Him so much. So I pray for a heart that wants Him earnestly.

When Paul was talking about being “lukewarm” he meant this with the way we live our lives, the way we talk, who we choose to hang with, etc. So, if you’re questioning God, or if you feel as if you have a hard time walking in your faith right now, don’t lose heart. The God above who knows you inside and out, knows your struggle. He wants you to talk to Him, and He may be trying to walk you through the desert for a period of time to teach you something. Lean in. Step in faith. This turned into a tangent, but I believe someone needed to hear it.

He’s a jealous God, and he wants us to fall in love with him and everything that comes along with the journey.

“Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord. When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful.” – Romans 12:11-12

Chelsea

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With Prayer Comes Dependence

True dependence, like the kind of 100% certainty, doesn’t come easy. Growing up, I depended on my parents. I depended on them for food, education, a car, a place to…

True dependence, like the kind of 100% certainty, doesn’t come easy.

Growing up, I depended on my parents. I depended on them for food, education, a car, a place to come home to… I even caught myself depending on them for my joy, peace, and happiness at times.

Growing up, I depended on my friends.  I depended on them for fun, social status, and having them as a listening ear.  All of which let me down from time and time.

Growing up, I depended on myself.  I depended on myself for control, for my future, for peace. I thought I could handle the world by myself, without help from God or others.

But God says, “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered” (Proverbs 28:26).

This verse was an eye opener. When I thought about what God referred to as “wisdom,” I wanted to discover more of how I could depend on God’s truth instead of what I figured out was simply my truth.

At this age, we depend on so many different things for happiness, peace, contentment, etc.  But through prayer, I’ve found out what the true meaning of dependence is.  I wanted to share with you three different ways, along with verses, to reveal to you the true way to find dependence on God.

Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Sometimes we feel like God isn’t on our side, and this is the biggest lie the devil could put in our heads.  God is always fighting for us, always rooting for us, and always wanting the best for us.

I urge you to pray for stillness. While God is fighting the battle, pray for peace and a conscious mind that God is working even though you can’t see the outcome yet.  All we have to do is surrender to him!

Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.”

The deeper we dive into scripture, the more God’s character is revealed to us.

The stronger the relationship we have with God, the more we truly know and love him. We can strengthen this relationship by talking to God as if he’s our friend, because He is. If we can depend on our best friends, can’t we then depend on the creator of the universe?

Jeremiah 29:12 says, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

Whether you deny it or not, we all love a listening ear. We all want someone to sit and listen to us, uninterrupted with an eager heart.

This is one of the coolest things about God. He desires our requests and is excited to talk to us. The creator of the universe is excited to talk to US!

The more you talk to God, the greater your dependence on him will be.  He is always listening, and you will find yourself growing closer and closer to him through faithful prayer, and reading in His word.

So, what will you do? Will you sit down and give God a minute, 30 minutes, an hour of your day?

God is ready to listen to you, you just have to be ready to talk to him!

– Chelsea

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Loving Others When We Think We Can’t

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know…

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:7

Have you ever had that one person in your life that makes you think loving them is impossible?  If I were to guess, someone probably just popped into your mind.

When I think of loving others, I think of my family, my closest friends, etc. Who I don’t think about are the people that I find hardest to get along with, or the people I just don’t see eye-to-eye with at all

When the Bible talks about love, how many times have you heard God say, “do not love those who have done wrong to you” or “love only your closest friends and family?” … That’s right, you never have.

As followers of Christ, we are called to much more than loving only those who are easy to love.  We are called to love everyone, whether or not they’re our brothers and sisters in Christ, whether or not they’re slow or easy to anger, whether or not they’re forgiving or stubborn… Everyone.

This generation is full of fake love. We say “I love you” to almost anyone, even when how we feel toward them is the furthest away from love.

So, how then do we learn to naturally love others whole heartedly? There are multiple ways to do so, but here are three ways I put into practice daily.

Put others above yourself.

Romans 12:9-10 says, “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.”

Have you ever noticed that one person who is constantly putting themselves last and constantly building others up? Strive to be like them.

When we learn to put others first, our pride and stubbornness disappears. We learn to see things from their perspective and learn to love them gratefully and honestly, just like Jesus did.

Show outstanding love by serving others with no strings attached. 

1 John 3:16,18 says, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters… Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

Anyone can say they’re going to do this and say they’re going to do that, but it takes a true person to put that plan into action.

When we follow through with our actions and learn to serve others with a humble heart, our love for Christ shines through.  When we love others with no strings attached, we learn the humility that God felt, shaping us to be more like him.

Work toward peace instead of waiting around for it.

Peace with someone doesn’t always come easily. Ephesians 4:2-3 says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

As followers of Christ, we need to work toward peace.  Reach out to forgive others, even when it feels impossible.  Swallow your pride and show what it truly means to forgive others as God forgives us.

Now, put your plan into action. What are you going to do differently this week to love others well? I encourage you to work toward peace by loving those in your life who are hardest to love!

– Chelsea

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Direction Determines Destination

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.” Before moving to Georgia,…

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.”

Before moving to Georgia, I was constantly asking God to show me the path he wanted me to take. I found myself asking Him to show me clearly what He wanted me to do when I moved to this new place.

When we think about our future, our minds can wander. “Where will I end up?” “Which path should I choose?” “Do I really even know if this is what I want?”

I recently listened to a sermon on the topic of direction. The speaker said that “direction, not intention, determines destination.”  We can intend on doing a particular thing, but it means nothing without direction laid out in front of us.

God’s direction is the best direction to follow, but it can be hard to know what exactly that is.  It’s important for us to know which way to go in order to reach the destination God has for us, whether that be who we marry or which college we go to.

Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

To acknowledge God is to make him known in all areas of your life.

If you want to know the direction God wants you to take, you need to truly know him.

Acknowledge God in your day-to-day life. Acknowledge him in what you do while walking to class, on the weekends, driving in your car. Acknowledge his goodness and pay attention to his still, small voice.

Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the path where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls…” 

Our first step can always be to ask God for clarity. Although God already knows what we’re going through, talking and praying to him will reveal more things than you thought it ever could.

So first, “ask for the path where the good way is.” Ask God for help. He is more than willing to reveal his plan to you piece by piece, all you have to do is simply ask! Be still and listen for his direction. Understand that it is in His due time as well. Sometimes His plans may not be revealed to us right away, so be actively patient. Seek Him in that waiting period.

One of the most important things to note is to make sure you’re asking for God’s will to be done, not your own will.  Sometimes we get too caught up in asking solely for what we want, instead of asking for God’s way over our own.

Second, “walk in it.” You can talk about choosing a certain direction for your life but it means nothing until you put that direction into action.

Take the path that God has for you. It is so, so much better than our own plans.

Once we find the right direction, we discover our destination. Put purpose behind your intention and you’ll be at God’s perfect destination in no time.

– Chelsea

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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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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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How God Shows Us He is in Control

As most of you know, this last year has been a year of change for me. I started back to college after taking a year break, and I am getting…

As most of you know, this last year has been a year of change for me. I started back to college after taking a year break, and I am getting ready move to Georgia. There has also been a ton going on in the midst of all of those changes, so needless to say it has been a nuts year. I saw a quote the other day that spoke right to my situation, and it said “The only way God can show us He’s in control is to put us in situations we can’t control.”

How true is that? In my life, it is painfully true. God doesn’t call us to a comfortable life of contentment, he calls us to do things that take us out of our comfort zone. If you are in a situation where you feel like your life is out of control and it isn’t going the way you planned, just remember that the only way God can show us He is in control is to put us in situations we can’t control. He will pull you out of the situation and will show you that he’s got the whole thing covered.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons From 1 Thessalonians 5:11

To me, one of the best things you can do for your friends and family to show them you love them and care for them is to build them up….

To me, one of the best things you can do for your friends and family to show them you love them and care for them is to build them up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “Encourage each other and build each other up.”

 

This is such an important thing to have in life – people who will build you up and encourage you. And it is an important personality trait for us to have ourselves. People like to be around people who are positive and make them feel good about themselves and supported. Life is so much better when you feel like you have a support system and people that believe in you and encourage you to be successful. Be that person for someone else. Be that person that builds others up and encourages them. People will be drawn to you and will want to be around you! It is so energizing to be around positive people.

I have been trying to share tons of encouragement over my social media to try and encourage and build YOU all up. I want to be that person for you, and I pray that you would be that person for someone else.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Life Lessons from Romans 9:25

“And I will call her who was unloved ‘my beloved.” Have you ever felt unloved? Unworthy? Undesired? Then Romans 9:25 is meant for you. Even when we feel rejected by…

“And I will call her who was unloved ‘my beloved.” Have you ever felt unloved? Unworthy? Undesired? Then Romans 9:25 is meant for you.

Even when we feel rejected by those around us, Jesus calls us His beloved. He adores us because we are His children. He created us in His image! In our darkest moments where we feel like there is no one who understands us, cares for us, values us or truly loves us, we can remember that Jesus calls us beloved. No one on this planet will ever love us the way He does. He gave up His life for us. That is the most selfless act of love anyone can do. Jesus will always love us, no matter how much we sin and disappoint Him.

You are beloved. You are loved. You are worthy. The Bible tells us so.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Colossians 3:2

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 drops a big reality bomb on us. Earthly things take up most of our time, whether it be…

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 drops a big reality bomb on us. Earthly things take up most of our

time, whether it be our jobs, our entertainment, our friends, or or fun. It can be hard to set our minds on Jesus and His calling for our lives when we are so distracted with what this world has to offer.
That is why God gave us verses like this one, to remind us of where our thoughts and goals should be focused. Setting our sights on what God has planned for our lives can be a big leap of faith. It isn’t always the easiest road. We are so tempted to pursue our earthly wants and desires, when what God has in store for us is even greater than what this earth can offer us. We just have to listen to Him and seek His wisdom. This takes patience! Our timing is not always God’s timing.

When we set our sights on what God has planned for us instead of what this world says we should seek, we will live lives full of fulfillment and joy.

XOXO, Chels

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