Chelsea Crockett

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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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Sticking to Your Roots

All throughout life, you’ll encounter people and situations that test you. You try sticking true to who you are, but it seems like the world is against you every time….

All throughout life, you’ll encounter people and situations that test you. You try sticking true to who you are, but it seems like the world is against you every time.

Being a follower of Christ comes with a set of beliefs and morals that can make it harder for you to stay true to yourself, especially in the world we live in today. It can be hard to stick to your roots, such as your morals, values, and whatever else you hold dear and true to your heart.

Matthew 26:41 says, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 

When it seems like the world is going against you, start with prayer. Pray for help, pray for patience, pray for guidance. Prayer allows God to work in situations and allows us to see those prayers unfold before our eyes. When we pray and God answers, it’s one of the coolest things to see our prayers work wonders.

This verse refers to a willing spirit, but a weak body. We might know the difference between right and wrong, but putting that into action is the hard part. We are willing to, but in the end, we are not always able to.

Ephesians 6:13 says, “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 firm.”

When we put on the full armor of God, nothing can stand in our way. This is how God equips us to face whatever battles we may have. Do this every morning so you can conquer what the day ahead holds.

Put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit. These will equip you to stand your ground and remember the foundation you’re built on. They’ll help you stand firm in your faith and be able to defend whatever comes your way.

Joshua 23:6 says, “Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.”

God knows that it can be hard to follow him, especially in the world we live in today. You have to make the effort to be strong, careful, and mindful. Know what the Bible says and, just as importantly, know how you can apply it to your life. It’s one thing to talk the talk, but as Christians, we have to be able to walk the walk, too!

Sticking to your roots can be as simple as changing your mindset. Do these things to be able to stand for what you believe in, not what anyone else wants you to! Be strong and careful to make note of this, and stick to your true identity in Christ!

– Chelsea

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The Power of Prayer Walks

If you are unfamiliar with the term “prayer walk,” then you’re about to learn how you can pray for your home, your school, and the people around you! Prayer walks…

If you are unfamiliar with the term “prayer walk,” then you’re about to learn how you can pray for your home, your school, and the people around you! Prayer walks involve praying for the places, and people in those places, where we desire to see God’s presence.

Prayer walking is one of the coolest things to do, especially when you see your prayers eventually fulfilled right in front of you.  God promises that when we ask for something in his name, he will deliver. So why not try to ask God for blessings over the places you go and the people in your life?

When it comes to prayer walks, think of what that place needs from the Lord. If you want to pray over your house, pray for your roommates, your family, or whoever else you live with. Pray for security and safety over your house and the people in it.

Ephesians 6:18 says, “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.”

No matter where you are, it’s always a good time to pray! There is no such thing as a bad prayer. Present any and every request to God and he will always hear you!

Start with a prayer walk in your home. Whether that be your apartment, your dorm room at college, or wherever else you call home. Once you’ve prayed over your house, take a prayer walk through your neighborhood! Then, do the same on your drive to work, praying for every house you pass and every community you drive through. You never know which places are in definite need of prayer!

You can even use verses from the Bible to guide you through your prayer walk to get some ideas of what to ask God for.

2 Samuel 7:28-29 says, “Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.” 

Ask God for blessings over your home. There is nothing too big or too small to request from God! Ask God to grant grace, security, health, etc. to your home and any other blessings you can think of!

Another verse I like to think of is Psalm 122:7. It says, “Peace be within your walls and security within your towers.” Let’s pray for peace and safety no matter where we’re at. Especially in our houses, apartments, dorms, or wherever we find ourselves spending most of our time, ask God for these things.

After doing a prayer walk, write down the things you prayed for. Then you can eventually look back and see how it has impacted your home! 🙂

Start today with as quick as a 5-minute prayer walk! See what and who needs prayer, and start there!

– Chelsea

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Faith in Your Choices

“And whatever you ask for in prayer, you will receive if you have faith.” –Matthew 21:22 When it comes to making decisions, it can be one of the hardest things…

And whatever you ask for in prayer, you will receive if you have faith.” –Matthew 21:22

When it comes to making decisions, it can be one of the hardest things to go through. We falter in our confidence and go back and forth between our choices. We oftentimes forget that we have a Father who loves us and ultimately wants the best for us, who is waiting for us to run to Him for guidance and security.

There are many different sources we can run to when we’re seeking direction. There’s our parents or families, who can give us their best advice based on their past and what they know is best for us. There’s our friends, who know us so well and can help us to the best of their ability.

But sometimes we have choices to make that can’t be decided even with the help from our closest friends and family. These choices can wear us down, and even after we make our decision, we still question if we made the right choice. It can drive us crazy if we let it, but in the end, God always has our back.

Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Whether you think you’ve made the right decision or not, God will and always has been with you. He commands us to be strong and courageous, whether this be in our times of trial or in times of triumph. He needs our faith to be unwavering, confident in his guidance and where his path is taking us. Not just in our times of security, but in our times of confusion, doubt, and weakness.

Romans 4:20 says, “He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.”

In this verse, the apostle Paul is talking about a man named Abraham, who was at that time experiencing a trial beyond compare being the old age that he was. He didn’t question what God was doing or become filled with frustration and confusion. Instead, this presented Abraham with an opportunity to strengthen his faith in God and experience the true fulfilling of God’s promises!

We all can learn a little bit from the story of Abraham. His faith is not to go unnoticed, and we should strive to have the confidence in the Lord like he had!

When we come to a crossroad, don’t forget about the God we serve. Why stress about making decisions when the Lord already knows what the future holds? I urge you to practice two things when it comes to decision making: prayer and faith.

Pray about even the smallest of decisions you’re struggling to make! There is nothing too small to present to God. Pray for faith, pray for guidance, and pray for confidence. These three things will give you a new outlook on difficult choices that you come across. Depend on him, and watch your life become a whole lot better!

– Chelsea

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“If the Stars Were Made to Worship So Will I”

When we think about the creation of the universe, we so often forget how absolutely mind-blowing it actually is. It’s easy to forget that God created the heavens and the…

When we think about the creation of the universe, we so often forget how absolutely mind-blowing it actually is. It’s easy to forget that God created the heavens and the earth in 7 days, and that the universe was formed immediately when God spoke life into it.

When we think about the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, they are all individually here because God wanted them to be. The trees in your front yard and the clouds above you are, again, created perfectly by our heavenly father. Crazy, right?

The lyrics of one of my favorite worship songs by Hillsong United talks about the beauty of God’s creation. In the song, it says,

“If the stars were made to worship so will I

If the mountains bow in reverence so will I

If the oceans roar Your greatness so will I

For if everything exists to lift You high so will I

If the wind goes where You send it so will I

If the rocks cry out in silence so will I

If the sum of all our praises still falls shy

Then we’ll sing again a hundred billion times.”

Everything that God has created was made to display his beauty and power. The stars, the mountains, the oceans, the wind… they are all formed with distinct differences and purposes. This includes us. God created us like he created the stars in the sky. Each uniquely different, even among the other 7 billion people on this planet.

If God would take the time to make each star in the sky unique and perfect, why would he not do the same for you? Even the smallest details were perfectly hand crafted by our heavenly father himself. Pretty crazy when you think about it!

“For if everything exists to lift you high so will I.” We need to remember who we’re here to serve on this earth. It isn’t the cute boy in your class or the friend you’re trying to impress. We exist because of HIM and we live to obey and serve HIM!

Job 12:7-10 says, “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.”

I love this verse and its message. We get to walk alongside God’s creations every single day! Whether that be walking with your best friend to class or taking your dog for a walk. We get to experience the joys and wonders of the world every day during every second!

If God created the stars to worship, we too should rejoice and praise him. If God created the mountains to bow, we too should take up our cross and follow him. If God created the wind to go where he sends it, then we too should go where he commands us!

There are so many lessons we can learn by simply looking at the world around us. Never forget the amazing, mind blowing power that God has and how he used that power to create YOU! Rest in this, and praise him for his incredible creations. 🙂

– Chelsea

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Turn Your Burdens into Breakthroughs

Burdens can weigh so heavily on our hearts. They stay there and can make us feel a variety of different feelings such as guilt, regret, sadness, and so much more….

Burdens can weigh so heavily on our hearts. They stay there and can make us feel a variety of different feelings such as guilt, regret, sadness, and so much more.

Jesus knows our hearts and the burdens we carry so heavily day in and day out. He understands our struggles and our downfalls and wants to take them and carry them himself. When we let our burdens overpower us, we easily forget who God his and what his word says.

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

This verse gives us one of God’s many promises. If we come to him, he will give us rest. God wants to take these burdens and turn them into breakthroughs by allowing us to run to him with open arms. We need to remember that God is our loving Father who wants to turn our weaknesses into triumphs.

If you need a little more convincing, take a look at 2 Corinthians 12:9. It says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Maybe you’re coming from a place of regret. This area of your life is a weakness that keeps resurfacing over and over again, causing pain, sadness, and even loneliness. You push others away because you don’t want to burden them with the burdens of your own. Sound even slightly familiar?

When we have these burdens, God uses his mighty power to turn them into victories. You may not see it now, but wait a week, a month, or maybe even a year down the road, and you’ll see how God has used your burdens to shape you into who you are today.

Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burdens on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”

We’re only human, which explains why we let our burdens take such a hold on our lives. Maybe your burdens keep you up at night, thinking you can never be good enough. Maybe they cause you to push people out of your life and keep a distance from those you love. No matter the extremity of it, burdens keep us from being who God designed for us to be.

It’s okay to feel the pain of them, but it’s not okay to let them run your life. Learn the truth of what God says! His word provides more comfort than any worldly source or temporary satisfaction.

You are loved and made perfect in his image. What may seem like a burden to you may be an opportunity for God to take that and turn it into something great. 🙂

– Chelsea

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Finding Faith in the Brokenness

Are you facing heartbreak? Having a broken heart is one of the hardest life obstacles to overcome. During these times when we feel the lowest is when God can show…

Are you facing heartbreak? Having a broken heart is one of the hardest life obstacles to overcome. During these times when we feel the lowest is when God can show Himself to us the most. His word gives us the encouragement we need to press on.

Moving past the disappointment and burden of a broken heart is a big task. It can hinder us from being who God has called us to be. What if your brokenness could be wiped away? God knows what you are feeling and going through because He has seen it before. This isn’t his first rodeo! He even made time to write down His advice for you so that when you are feeling down or He feels far away and out of reach, you can always find reassurance. If you are experiencing brokenness, these verses are for you.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you pass through the rivers, they will not flow over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned. The fire will not destroy you.” Isaiah 43:2

“The Lord is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope.” Psalm 34:18

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:2-3

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our sins; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

“Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will give you strength, and for sure I will help you. Yes, I will hold you up with My right hand that is right and good.” Isaiah 41:10

“God is our safe place and our strength. He is always our help when we are in trouble. So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken and the mountains fall into the center of the sea, and even if its waters go wild with storm and the mountains shake with its actions.” Psalms 46:1-3

“He is the one who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

In each of these verses, the Lord promises to be our strength and our comforter. We just have to let Him!

Chels

 

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Grace to Grow

As children of God, we are so blessed to be able to experience the grace of God every single day. I recently listened to a sermon that revealed to me…

As children of God, we are so blessed to be able to experience the grace of God every single day. I recently listened to a sermon that revealed to me a new perspective on God’s grace and how we, as Christians, can learn from grace and grow from it, too.

Throughout our lives, we’re constantly growing into the people we’re meant to be. During this process, there’s a lot of regret, forgiveness, realizations, and much, much more. One thing that God freely gives us is grace. Grace over our sins, grace over our weaknesses, grace over our future… The list goes on and on.

Without grace, we’re stuck at a standstill. There’s no room to grow into the person God wants us to be, both in our spiritual lives and daily lives.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

What does it mean when God says his grace is sufficient? Sufficient means “adequate for its purpose; enough.” God’s grace is enough for us and he gives us this freely. We’re always going to have setbacks and downfalls throughout our lives, but the Bible instructs us to boast about our weaknesses because this is where God works most in our lives.

Ephesians 2:8 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God…”

Through what Jesus did for us on the cross, we’ve been saved, forgiven, renewed, and so much more. He gives us grace that covers all our sins, even the ones we think are too bad to be forgiven. It’s necessary to remember that we, ourselves, are not solely responsible for our both personal and spiritual growth. “It is not from ourselves, it is the gift of God!” We too often forget about this simple statement, and it’s one that holds so much importance!

I think we sometimes forget how amazing the grace of God is. When Jesus extends grace over our multitude of sins, we can live freely in him and grow into the person we were meant to be. This quote I once stumbled upon is a good reality check when it comes to God’s grace.

“Your worst days are never so bad that you are beyond the reach of God’s grace. And your best days are never so good that you are beyond the need of God’s grace.” – Jerry Bridges

We should never think we’re too far passed the help of God’s grace. We should also never think we’re too content to have the need for God’s grace. These two points are so important to remember because God’s grace is such a gift! We are never too far gone or too far satisfied to receive the grace of God!

How will you use God’s grace to grow today? How will you act in such a way that you can live freely and happily in your own walk with Christ? These are things to think about that will change your perspective on grace and how you react to it!

– Chelsea

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5 Verses Every Woman Should Know

One of the coolest things about the Bible is that there’s a verse or passage for almost any situation you could be going through. I know for me, I always…

One of the coolest things about the Bible is that there’s a verse or passage for almost any situation you could be going through. I know for me, I always stumble upon the right verse at the right time.

There are so many verses in the Bible that talk about the strength of a godly woman and how God fulfills his promises to those that are faithful. These five verses especially are good reminders of how much God loves us and how he wants us to view ourselves!

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.” – Proverbs 31:25

God reminds us who we are and how he sees us through his eyes. Especially in the book of Proverbs, the Bible talks about a godly woman who puts her faith and hope in Jesus Christ. In Proverbs 31:25, the Bible talks about a woman who is strong, bold, and confident in the Lord and her future. It’s one of my favorite verses to remind myself of daily.

“Blessed is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill His promises to her.” – Luke 1:45

When we talk to God, we shouldn’t be sitting around and wondering if he’s listening. When we trust fully in God and put our faith in him, he will fulfill his promises. A woman of great faith and trust is truly blessed by Christ.

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalms 139:14

When you’re feeling low or down on yourself, read this verse as many times as you have to. YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made. God created you in his image, and all of his creations are made without flaw, including you! It’s a verse that brings me peace knowing that the creator of the universe wonderfully created me, too.

“Charm is deceitful and beauty is in vain. But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” – Proverbs 31:30

To fear the Lord doesn’t mean to be scared of the Lord. It means to be aware of his authority over our lives, and to fear his judgement and power. When we submit to him and what he wants for our lives, the best is yet to come. God’s plan is so much better than ours, we just have to trust in him!

“God is within her, she will not fail.” – Psalm 46:5

This verse doesn’t say she might fail or she could possibly fail. It says she will not fail, which is something we can put our trust in and a promise that God reassures us with. Things fall apart so better things can fall together. So, if you think you’ve failed, see how God uses that to lead to something so much better.

Meditate on these verses and memorize them if you have to! Knowing God’s scripture and having them ready in your head to think back on is always helpful. Are you scared for an important opportunity coming up? Remember Psalm 46:5. Are you feeling low and down on yourself? Remember Psalms 139:14.

There is something in the Bible for every situation you could be going through! You just have to search for it. 🙂

– Chelsea

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“Satisfied.”

Satisfied means to have your desires fully gratified and to be made content. Worldly satisfaction is temporary and can only provide so much contentment and happiness until you’re back to…

Satisfied means to have your desires fully gratified and to be made content.

Worldly satisfaction is temporary and can only provide so much contentment and happiness until you’re back to searching for what’s next. In this generation especially, there are so many different ways to be temporarily satisfied. We think we’re happy with what we have until that thing stops filling the void in our lives.

The satisfaction you get from Christ is an entirely different sort of satisfaction than you get from the world. It’s hard to fully grasp the idea of it until you experience it yourself.

There’s a song called “Testify” by the band Needtobreathe and it talks about being satisfied through Christ. The lyrics say “Come to the fountain and you can be satisfied. There is a peace, there is a love you can get lost inside. Come to the fountain and let me hear you testify.”

This is one of my favorite Christian songs because it talks about coming to Jesus and being satisfied in him and him alone. When you come to the fountain, there is a peace and love so beyond what this world can give you. When you discover this pure peace, you become a living testament of the love of Christ.

Proverbs 19:23 says, “The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied…” The Bible continually talks about satisfaction and it always leads back to this exact point. Loving the Lord leads to life, and living in Christ leads to genuine satisfaction.

John 4:13-14 describes godly satisfaction. It says, “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.’”

I’m sure you’ve experienced the exhausting cycle of searching for satisfaction in all areas apart from God. Maybe for you, your main area is boys. You feel loved and appreciated when someone is chasing after you, and the cycle continues when one boy leaves and the next comes around. Maybe for you, it’s partying. As soon as Monday comes around, you’re automatically wishing for the weekend and asking yourself, “what’s next?”

Because we’re human, we’re going to experience this from time to time. But because we have the peace and love of Christ, we can become fully and eternally satisfied in him and him alone. Next time you’re feeling empty, open up your Bible and talk to God. See how the satisfaction you get from devoting your life to him is so much different than the satisfaction you get from the world.

I encourage you to allow Christ to fill that void in your life that you’ve been trying to fill with so many other things for so long. Not only will you find a sense of relief, but discover the true feeling of falling in love with Christ.

– Chelsea

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The W.O.R.D

I was browsing Pinterest the other day when I came across an awesome new way to study the Bible from TheFelcitybee.com called the “W.O.R.D” method. I am always searching for…

I was browsing Pinterest the other day when I came across an awesome new way to study the Bible from TheFelcitybee.com called the “W.O.R.D” method. I am always searching for new and fresh ways to dive into the Word. So, why not use the “W.O.R.D”?

  1. W: Write. While doing your daily Bible reading or studying, write down your daily verse or main point in a journal. Reading over the passage once you write it down will help you commit it to memory. Proverbs 3:1-3 says “…But let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”
  2. O: Observe. Observe the keys to the passage you are reading and studying. This will help you understand what you are reading. One way to do this is to ask yourself the “five W’s” which are: Who (who is the author of the passage, who are they writing about, and who are they writing to), What (what type of story is this), When (when was the book written), Where (Where was the book written), and Why (why did the author write the book).
  3. R: Relevant. Ask yourself how this verse is relevant and applicable to your life today. How can you make this passage personal? How can you apply it to your daily life? Does this passage instruct, encourage, or correct? What changes in your life does this verse encourage you to make?
  4. D: Declare. Pray and declare the scripture over your life. In this last step, you pray the scripture that you have been studying over your life. Declare the changes you are going to make as a result of the verses you study. Pray that you are encouraged and learn as you strengthen your walk with the Lord.

As you go through the W.O.R.D method, keep your heart and your eyes open to what the Lord is trying to tell you. I am always a big fan of study methods like this one because they keep you focused and give you specific tasks. It is like a road map for studying the Bible!

Chels

 

 

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God’s Relationship Red Flags

When it comes to relationships, God knows how to do them perfectly. He lays out different tips and advice in the Bible that assure us godly, happy relationships. When we…

When it comes to relationships, God knows how to do them perfectly. He lays out different tips and advice in the Bible that assure us godly, happy relationships.

When we look deeper into the Bible, it tells us what we should and what we shouldn’t be looking for in a relationship. There are several so-called “red flags” that we can take from certain verses in the Bible. They can help us know if we’re in the relationship God wants us to be in!

Impatience

Ephesians 4:2 says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

Patience is something that every relationship needs to have in order to work. Whether that be showing patience toward the other person or having patience for the future, every relationship needs a firm foundation of patience. Patience is the glue that holds things together. In tense situations or waiting moments, without patience, there would be nothing to keep you sane.

Selfishness

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.”

In every relationship, whether it be boyfriend and girlfriend, husband and wife, or friend to friend, we should be making a conscious effort to put others before ourselves. When someone is only looking out for themselves all the time, they aren’t ready to commit themselves to someone else in a relationship. Relationships require sacrifice, even if it means giving up your own needs and wants in order to put the other person first.

Fear/Worry

1 John 4:18 says, “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.”

Having constant worry or anxiety in your relationship is one of the biggest red flags there could possibly be. This is God speaking to you and telling you that you maybe shouldn’t be dating the person that you are. The Bible says it itself: “There is no fear in love.” If you have a constant pit in your stomach or a reoccurring feeling of worry, take a step back and look at your relationship.

Jealousy

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

As humans, jealousy is a feeling that we’ve all experienced from time to time. It becomes a red flag when it starts taking over your relationship. It’s a feeling no one likes to experience, and when you’re constantly getting jealous over even the little things, maybe that relationship isn’t the one for you.

If you’re seeing signs of these red flags within your relationship, maybe God is trying to tell you something. Sit and talk with him and ask him for guidance. He always wants the best for us, we just have to let him work in our lives!

– Chelsea

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SOAP Quiet Time

Spending alone time with God is one of my favorite parts of my day. It’s my time to sit and give my undivided attention to him. If you have trouble…

Spending alone time with God is one of my favorite parts of my day. It’s my time to sit and give my undivided attention to him.

If you have trouble figuring out where to start during your quiet times, you can follow this easy template that breaks up the passages into four different parts: scripture, observation, application, and prayer.

Scripture:

First, start by figuring out what chapter of the Bible you want to begin with. Ephesians or Philippians is a great place to start since they’re smaller chapters and are easier to get through! Write out the verses in your journal and meditate on them. Read over them several times if you have to. We are more likely to remember things when we write them down, so do this as many times as you need/want to!

Observation:

Review the chapter or passages that you read over, and write down everything that you observe or realize. When we write things out and put things onto paper, it’s easier to explore our thoughts and remember them, too. We want to get as deep as we can with the verses we mediate on, so observe everything you can, even if you didn’t notice it the first time through!

Application:

One of the most important parts of your life walking alongside God is how you take what you learn and apply it to your life. When you read a passage from the Bible, you should always be thinking about how you can incorporate that into your daily life.

For example, let’s look at Joshua 1:8-9: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

What can you take away from this to apply to your life? Meditate on his word, be strong and courageous, do not be afraid… Write down every possible thing you can do to improve your life.

Prayer:

Lastly, take what you wrote down and make it into a prayer. Ask God for help with applying these things to your life. Praise him for what he’s teaching you and for what he’s going to do within you. Just talk to him! Reflect with him, thank him, and ask him for the things you need.

These personal prayers are good to keep in a prayer journal to look back and reflect on. Whenever you may be going through something that one of these verses talks about, you could go back to your prayer pertaining to it and talk to God!

At the end of the day, God loves spending time with us whether you’re reading a devotional, listening to worship music, or making use of this quiet time template. I encourage you to start somewhere by trying this out for yourself!

– Chelsea

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For When You’re Feeling Low…

Whether you’re feeling lonely, anxious, depressed, or anything below average, you know that common feeling of a pit in your stomach and a head filled of wandering thoughts. These emotions…

Whether you’re feeling lonely, anxious, depressed, or anything below average, you know that common feeling of a pit in your stomach and a head filled of wandering thoughts. These emotions chip away at your happiness and make you start to believe the “what ifs” you’ve been telling yourself all along.

God never intended for us to feel sadness, anger, heartbreak, or any other negative emotion. But because we’re human, we feel all of these, sometimes separately and sometimes all at once. Although it may be rare to audibly hear the voice of God, we have the Bible which is the closest thing to it.

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

It’s easy to let your mind take control. What’s harder is replacing those thoughts with those of which that are truly lovely and praiseworthy. There is so much power in positivity and thanksgiving, so make a conscious effort to trade your bad thoughts for happy thoughts like the Bible says to!

Psalm 34:17-18 says, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Whether you have to read this every night or even make it your phone background, do it! Knowing that the Lord is close to us in our brokenness is something that’s so comforting and reassuring. He loves us in our sad times, in our dark times, and even in our rebellious times.

For the times you feel worthless, know that God thinks just the opposite. He sees you as his perfect child that he loves and cares for more than we can even comprehend. 2 Corinthians 6:18 says, “’And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

When God calls us his children, we need to fully understand what this means. God calls us his own, and he protects us, loves us, and extends his grace and mercy to us. What more could we possibly ask for?

Once again, we are human. It’s common to experience the feeling of sadness and loneliness more often than not.

Lean on HIM! Read deep into his word and feel the presence of God all around you. It’s okay to feel low and it’s okay to feel abandoned, but it’s not okay to let those thoughts take over.

Here’s a simple prayer you can pray to God when these feelings start to resurface. Say “Dear Lord, when feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and self-doubt creep into my heart, help me to see myself the way you do. Help me to recognize that I am your child, loved by you and perfect in your image.  Amen.”

Use this prayer when you need it and even when you don’t. It’s a perfect reminder of how God sees us through his eyes: his perfect, beautiful, wonderful creation.

– Chelsea

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The Burden of FOMO

FOMO… It’s an ever-so-real phrase that our generation made up that means the “fear of missing out.” Every heard of it? It’s something that’s so real that we’ve all experienced…

FOMO… It’s an ever-so-real phrase that our generation made up that means the “fear of missing out.” Every heard of it?

It’s something that’s so real that we’ve all experienced from time and time again. Especially being young in a culture that is all about FOMO, we want to take every opportunity to travel, hang out with friends, go on dates, etc., which is not always a bad thing. FOMO becomes a problem when it starts taking away the joy of the present.

Let’s look at a situation for example. Your friends are all hanging out and, because you don’t want to miss out, you drop what you’re doing to go join them. Even though you may not have the time or money to do so, you’re so worried about missing out that you forget to stop and actually think about it.

Obviously, that’s a milder example, but I’m sure you’ve been there multiple times! You probably experience FOMO on a harsher scale, which can be both exhausting and draining. You may even overthink and overanalyze the situation so much that FOMO isn’t your only problem anymore.

I read a quote that describes it perfectly: “Do not fear missing out at the expense of missing now. There is magic all around and joy inside. Do not be mindlessly chasing all shiny new things and miss what matters most – the appreciation, gratitude, and generosity in this very moment.”

We get so caught up in what we may be missing out that we forget to enjoy the moment we’re in now. It’s a cycle that never ends and it takes away the joy of the present.

What does the Bible say about enjoying the present? In the MSG version of Ecclesiastes 5:18-20, it says, “We should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now…”  You can’t receive joy when your mind is so consumed with worry and thoughts of the “what ifs.”

God also commands us to rest. You don’t always need to be doing things that fill up your time 24/7. Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

When we live our life waiting for tomorrow or worrying about missing out, we don’t get to experience this rest that God wants for our lives. Our bodies need rest! We need to take a day off every once in a while, even if that means potentially missing out in the end.

Although it’s good to be busy and to make time for things that are important, it’s also good to take time for yourself and for God. FOMO can take you away from the present, but we only have so much of it!

– Chelsea

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