Chelsea Crockett

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Practice the Pause

“When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.” I saw this short quote when I was scrolling through Instagram the…

When in doubt, pause.

When angry, pause.

When tired, pause.

When stressed, pause.

And when you pause, pray.”

I saw this short quote when I was scrolling through Instagram the other day. I almost scrolled passed it, but then the caption stuck out at me: “practice the pause.”

Practicing the pause is something I often forget to do. I react too quick, I jump to conclusions, I panic before knowledge of the whole situation… Any of these sound familiar?

Practicing the pause makes a world of a difference. It allows us to take the time to stay calm, relax, and talk to God. When we do this, we truly live out Psalm 46:10 which is “Be still and know that I am God.

When in doubt, pause. When we begin to lose faith, immediately get into communication with God. Pray for reassurance, pray for peace, pray for security… and all of these things will come to you. God never wants us to doubt his power over our lives. He has a perfect plan that is always for our good, whether we believe it at the time or not.

When angry, pause. This one is probably the most important. When we’re angry, it’s easy for us to quickly react without thinking. Take a deep breath, stop, and give yourself a chance to calm down. We should never react or make spur of the moment decisions when we’re mad. We should be clear-headed, calm, and controlled when we deal with tough situations or people.

When tired, pause. Let’s face it, we all get a little tired sometimes and could use a couple pauses throughout our day. Take a break from what you’re doing and spend a few minutes with God when you’re feeling overwhelmed, worn out, or beaten down. These few minutes with him can make the world of a difference.

When stressed, pause. If you let stress and anxiety take over your thoughts, it can fully consume you. When I become stressed or worried, I pause and immediately start counting my blessings. You can even write them down in a journal or in the notes section of your phone. This always helps change my mind from thoughts of worry to thoughts of praise.

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.”

In the midst of life’s pauses, remember this verse. God promises that if you come to him, you will find rest no matter the circumstances you’re in. What an amazing feeling of comfort he can provide us with through a simple passage!

Rest in God today and take advantage of your pauses. They will change the way you deal with doubt, anger, stress, and so much more!

– Chelsea

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On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

Every single day, dismal headlines flash across our screens. Hard stories, political wars, battles with words, threats, disaster, evil, and suffering seem to be all anyone can talk about these…

Every single day, dismal headlines flash across our screens. Hard stories, political wars, battles with words, threats, disaster, evil, and suffering seem to be all anyone can talk about these days. There is so much to feel anxious and overwhelmed about – for us, for our children, for our nation, and for the future.

You know what helps me quiet the noise? God’s truth. He is not up in heaven, pacing the floor, worrying about what is happening down here on earth. He is not fretting that His plans that have not worked and coming up with a backup. His plans ALWAYS happen the way He planned for them to. I like to think of Psalm 18:31 which, in summary, says “there is not a more secure foundation to build my life upon than you.”

There are a lot of opinions out there, a lot of voices sharing what they think to be true. Thank goodness we have a direct line of communication to the One voice that matters. Matthew 7:24 says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” This is where I am reminded of the hymn “The solid rock”, a song most of us grew up singing in church. The words of the song are timeless and relevant to every single generation who sings them. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.”

When you are feeling the pressure to shift your beliefs based on popular opinion, give in and accept defeat, or budge on what you know to be right and true, remember this: Jesus is the rock that will not move or budge. His truth is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He made the ultimate sacrifice so we could live free lives. That is true, real love and grace.

Rest in that today.

Chels

 

 

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Can’t Sleep? Read the Word

Before I go to sleep at night, I go through my nightly routine. This includes preparing myself for tomorrow, setting my alarm, etc., and always ending my day in prayer….

Before I go to sleep at night, I go through my nightly routine. This includes preparing myself for tomorrow, setting my alarm, etc., and always ending my day in prayer. Some nights, I fall asleep as soon as my head hits my pillow. Others, I toss and turn and let my thoughts take over.

Whatever your reasoning is for lack of sleep at night, whether it be anxiety, fear, or sadness, there is always a place in the Bible that you can turn to. I know when I read the Bible and discover the truth that God has in store for me, I get filled with a sense of peace.

I have the Bible app on my phone so I can access it anytime, anywhere. This is the first place I go when I need to put my mind at ease. The app even has certain plans that point out verses related to anxiety, the future, or whatever else you’re worrying over.

I wanted to tell you the verses I turn to when I need to find peace at night. My all-time favorite go-to verse in these situations is Jeremiah 29:11. It says, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you home and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.’”

I love this verse because, whatever I’m anxious about, I know it’s a part of God’s ultimate plan. His plans are always to prosper, never to harm. Whenever I meditate on that sole fact, I always become calm and at peace.

Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” When we replace our anxious, wandering thoughts with praises of thankfulness, our whole attitude changes. You start to notice the big picture of things, and that maybe what you’re worrying about isn’t so big after all.

John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  Repeat this verse in your head over and over again until you fall asleep. God gives you his perfect peace that the world can’t offer. Remember, his peace isn’t temporary. It’s always there to be let in to your life if you let it.

God doesn’t want you up at night worrying about the things he’s already taken care of. Take a deep breath, pull out your Bible, and let God be the last person you interact with for the day. Remember, be still and know that he is God!

– Chelsea

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Stronger Than Yesterday

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not…

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

True strength is easy to lack. We try to act like we have it all together, but at the end of the day, we are weak, broken, and hurting. It’s easy to let these thoughts and feelings take over our minds and start to believe what they’re telling us.

It seems like strength is something our generation forgets to pursue. Some of us are okay with feeling down or weak and put no work into feeling the opposite. God wants us to know our value, and he wants us to know the strength we can possess through him, his word, and our constant communication with him.

Like the verse in Isaiah says: those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. When we put our hope, trust, and faith in God, he gives us the power to keep on going.

Have you ever gone through a situation that makes you want to stay in bed all day? Or maybe your weakness shows in silence, and you shut yourself out from the world. Regardless of the situations you encounter, you can face them with a sense of confidence, according to the Bible.

Isaiah 40:29 says, He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” I’ve always heard the word “weary,” but when God uses it to describe us, I became more interested in what it actually meant.

The dictionary defines weary as “physically or mentally exhausted by hard work; fatigue; tired.” I could’ve guessed this would be the first definition, but the third meaning is what stuck out to me. Weary can also mean “impatient or dissatisfied with something.”

Think of the last time you’ve been impatient or dissatisfied, and remember the anger or sadness you felt. This is the same weakness God is talking about in the Bible. God uses these moments when we’re feeling sad and defeated and is waiting for us to come to him.

Psalm 72:26 says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Cling to God when times get rough. We will always, always fail ourselves when we depend on anything other than him. This is something I’ve learned the hard way, time and time again.

There are things we can do daily that’ll make us stronger than the day before. Talk to God and be vulnerable about your weakness. When we surrender to him, we allow him to take control and do what he does best, and that’s carrying out the plan for our lives.  

 We can find strength in our weaknesses and throughout the hard times in our lives. Wave the white flag at God, and he will carry you through them all!

– Chelsea

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Improving Your Relationship God’s Way

If you truly know God, then you should know his way of doing things is one hundred times better than our own. Especially when it comes to relationships, God knows…

If you truly know God, then you should know his way of doing things is one hundred times better than our own. Especially when it comes to relationships, God knows a thing or two about how we can not only find true, lasting love, but how we can improve our relationship as the years go by.

There are so many attributes that are talked about in the Bible in order to have or improve a healthy relationship. I wanted to focus on a few of the main things you can work on just like I do in my own relationship. You can’t argue with what the Bible has to say!

PATIENCE

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

You may think you’re a patient person, but recognize the next time you start tapping your foot or rolling your eyes. Patience comes solely from a place of love and a peaceful mind. Next time your boyfriend starts testing your patience, take a deep breath, and remember how patient God is with us and how undeserving we are of his mercy.

ENDURANCE

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” – Colossians 3:23

Disagreement, jealousy, bitterness, and so many other things can cause relationships to get hard at times. If you know you’re with the person God wants you to be with, that relationship will require work, even when things get rough. This isn’t an excuse to stay in a toxic relationship, but when you know your boyfriend or girlfriend is the one, you have to put in the effort to make it work no matter what.

SINCERITY 

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” – Romans 12:9

If your relationship isn’t sincere, truthful, and genuine, then you probably shouldn’t be in it in the first place. Sincerity and honesty is something God holds so highly, because it allows you to fully trust the other person. Love must be sincere, and if we practice that daily, good things will happen in our relationships.

SELFLESSNESS

 “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. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

If you want to know the best way to do relationships, read 1 Corinthians 13. The above passage lists so many characteristics of a healthy, godly relationship. Practicing selflessness could be as simple as cooking a nice meal for your boyfriend/girlfriend, getting them their favorite coffee, or even accepted defeat in an argument (which I know may not be the easiest thing!).

Practice these four qualities in your relationship and watch how things can change for the better. If we have the means to improve our relationship, why wouldn’t we? 🙂

– Chelsea

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Natural Remedies for Blemish-Free Skin

I know what it is like to have acne. I know what it is like to try and avoid going out or seeing people because my skin was is so…

I know what it is like to have acne. I know what it is like to try and avoid going out or seeing people because my skin was is so painful and angry. Acne is so common, and at times it can feel like you are fighting a hopeless battle against it. I’ve been there! I am finally feeling like I have a handle on my acne and can somewhat prevent my breakouts. Having clear and healthy skin isn’t just about what you put on your skin, it is also a reflection of what you feed your body. I have been incorporating affordable and easy remedies into my skincare and health routine and I want to share them with you.

  • Witch hazel. I use witch hazel as my toner after I wash my face at night. It has astringent properties, which means it minimizes pores and reduces excess oils on your face. Also, it prevents dirt and the bacteria that causes acne from clogging your pores – it is awesome!
  • Eat right to avoid inflammation, which causes acne. Eat foods that fight acne like probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids (like salmon), and antioxidants (like berries and dark greens). These foods enhance your complexion. Avoid foods like dairy, coconut oil, and whey protein. These foods aggravate or clog your skin.
  • Tea tree oil. This is a natural antiseptic, so it helps treat acne by getting rid of the bacteria and fungus on the surface, treating the acne while also preventing it. Tea tree oil also helps repair acne scars.
  • Exfoliate once a week. Exfoliating too much can damage your skin and actually irritate it. I use baking soda as my exfoliant. It is naturally salty, and salt has great healing properties. It is also just the right amount of grit that allows it to gently scrub off dead skin and clear pores.
  • This is so important in treating acne! Moist skin prevents the growth of pimples. Make sure to use a moisturizer that is made specifically to be used on the face.

Treating and preventing acne doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult! It might feel like you are fighting a losing battle but stay the course and keep trying. My dermatologist once told me that your skin has cycles, and they last 60-90 days. It takes that long for your routine changes to start working and helping, so don’t give up!

Chels

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Let Go and Give God Control

Inevitably, there is a Bible verse that can fit any situation you’re in. You can “go fishing” and find a verse that fills your current need. “Fishing” for a verse…

Inevitably, there is a Bible verse that can fit any situation you’re in. You can “go fishing” and find a verse that fills your current need. “Fishing” for a verse is a great example of “letting God” when you really aren’t at all. You are going to the right place, the Bible, but you are looking for what YOU think you need, not what He knows you need. This is letting go but not actually letting God. Why is it so hard to hand things over to Him?

Many of us are control freaks and cringe at the thought of taking our hands off a situation when we are so used to having control, or at least thinking we have control. This is where we need to focus on actually reading the Bible instead of pulling verses out of context. Yes, it takes much more time to read the full passage of scripture instead of the single verse. But, in order to understand the whole lesson or message instead of the verse that fits our situation, we need to take the time to read the whole thing. When we limit Him to one verse, we are only trusting him as much as one verse or one sentence of His word. That is not enough.

Next time you are doing a devotional and they give you one verse to read, go further and read the whole chapter or passage. It will deepen your understanding. There are so many more lessons to be learned beyond one verse. The same goes when you search for an inspiring verse. If you only read the verse you found, you miss the whole message. His guidance goes beyond one sentence. Trust Him more than that. Trust cannot go back and forth, it has to be steady. You must fully trust, because if you don’t trust all the way, you are still holding onto control and fostering doubt. Handing things over to God and surrendering your worries to Him is so difficult, but He didn’t make us to be in control of everything in our lives. It starts by having open ears and an open heart so we can hear everything, not just the things we want to hear. Listen to Him all the time, not just when you are wanting an answer from Him.

Let go and actually let God.

Chels

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Basic Invite: Truly Custom™ Invitations

With my wedding date less than three months away, the tasks are slowly starting to pile on. Venue touring, dress shopping, honeymoon planning… The list goes on and on! One…

With my wedding date less than three months away, the tasks are slowly starting to pile on. Venue touring, dress shopping, honeymoon planning… The list goes on and on! One of the most important priorities on my list is the guest list, and with every guest list comes sending out plenty of wedding save the dates!

I wanted to tell you all about an amazing online site that allows you to create unique, instant invitations, creative save the dates, and other wedding must-haves. They offer both creative and classic templates you can create your design from, so there’s certain to be a design that suits your style!  Basic Invite offers templates for weddings, baby showers, graduation parties, and so much more!

Chelsea Crockett - Creative Save the Dates

For my wedding save the dates, I wanted to be able to personalize them to my own style and aesthetic, but also them be unique to the ones I’ve seen in the past. What makes Basic Invite different is that they offer a color palette with over 180 different colors to choose from. You really can customize every small detail to your liking! Another thing that sets Basic Invite apart is the fact that you can instantly preview your save the dates online so you can assure satisfaction when you receive them in person. The customization doesn’t stop there. They even have over 40 different colors of envelopes to choose from! They’re also so affordable, which is definitely a plus when planning a wedding!

If you want to purchase your actual wedding invitations fromBasic Invite, they offer those, too! One of their features that make their invitations different from the rest is their seal and send line. These invitations include a tear-off RSVP postcard to make the process even easier! The extra special thing about their invites is that each guest’s addresses can be preprinted onto the envelopes you order, so no envelopes are even necessary! Just fold your invites and add on postage, and you’re good to go!

Chelsea Crockett - Photo Coasters Wedding Favors

One of the most unique features of their website are their photo coasters wedding favors like the one on the right. These are so cool and unlike anything I’ve seen on other wedding sites! There are over 40 different designs you can choose from, some with a pictured image (see right) or some with a simple colored design. If you’re looking for something to set your wedding favors apart from the rest, then look no further!

Check out their website if you want to discover all the different features of Basic Invite for yourself! 🙂

 

– Chelsea

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Accept What Is & What Was

Acceptance is a funny concept. We hold on to the things we can’t change and worry about the things that are inevitable. We spend our lives regretting and wishing, discontent…

Acceptance is a funny concept. We hold on to the things we can’t change and worry about the things that are inevitable. We spend our lives regretting and wishing, discontent with what has been and is yet to come.

Contentment oftentimes comes hand in hand with acceptance. When we let go of the past, we feel a sense of relief and peace. When we accept what is to come, we lose the fear and anxiety of the unknown that we often hold over our head.

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” God instructs us to take a deep breath, relax, and put our faith in him. When I remember who my heavenly father is and trust that he is who he says he is, a sense of peace fills my heart. That’s exactly what this verse is saying. Be still and know!

When things come up in our lives, whether desired or unwanted, we have two choices: to either accept with joy or move along with dread and hesitation. If we trust that what God is doing in our lives is always for good, then we should have no problem choosing joy over doubt.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Simply reading this verse one time through should put your mind at ease.

God is working for us! The creator of the universe, who created you and me, is on our side and is working relentlessly for our good. It’s one of the most comforting realities of the Bible. We have been called to a life of faith and trust, this comes along with acceptance and obedience to the Lord.

There’s a quote by Joseph Goldstein that says: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” Another humbling reality check! You can’t stop certain things from happening in your life, but you can decide on how you respond to them. If something is going to happen regardless, we may as well trust God and respond how he would: accepting, trusting, and faithful.

Take Jesus’s life for example. He knew the fate he would soon encounter on the cross, and he willingly accepted that fate, solely for us. If Jesus could accept a terrifying, painful fate with a generous and accepting heart, then we too should be able to take on any and every situation with the same attitude.

Next time a tricky situation arises or something reminds you of your dark past, remember who God is and what he says about us: God works for the good of those who love him. Never forget that God is endlessly working for you, each and every day!

Forget the past and get excited for the future. God will be with you every step of the way!

– Chelsea

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Devote Your Work to the Lord

As we grow up, we spend more and more time in a certain place…can you guess what it is? If you guessed work, then you guessed right. Because we spend…

As we grow up, we spend more and more time in a certain place…can you guess what it is? If you guessed work, then you guessed right. Because we spend so much time at our places of employment, whether we work from home or out of the home, it is so important that we devote our work to the Lord. Our job is one of the ways that He provides for us. God grows our character and our faith as we rely on him for strength to do our job. Here are 3 prayers to lift up to the Lord about your work.

  1. Thank the God that you can do all things through Him who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).
  2. Ask God to help you be content in life and not desire money and possessions and not to want what others have and ask Him to give you the desire to work hard for what you earn. (1 Thessalonians 41:11-12) Ask that He would help you seek His kingdom first instead of pursuing fortune, worldly success, or the approval of others. (Matthew 6:33)
  3. Pray that you will be faithful and wise with your work responsibilities, whether they are big or small. Pray that God would help you be honest, even when it is hard to be. (Luke 16:10-13)
  4. Pray you would be faithful in all of the work responsibilities you have been given, whether big or small. Ask that God would help you stay true to yourself and your beliefs, even when under pressure to do the opposite. (Luke 16:10-13)
  5. Ask the Lord for the ability to obey and respect those who are in authority over you at work, and to do this because it is the right thing to do, not because you want to be a people-pleaser. Commit whatever you do to the Lord and work hard, because you will receive the inheritance of the Lord as your reward. Even in your job, you are serving Him, no matter what it is that you do. (Colossians 3:21-24).
  6. Remember to keep the Sabbath as a day of rest, because that is what God modeled for us. (Genesis 2:2)

Lastly, pray that God would use you where you work to help show people His love! God has provided you the job that you have for a purpose and for a reason!

XOXO, Chels

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Prayers for your Friends

Prayer is a powerful thing. Having a solid prayer life is essential in strengthening your faith, and it can get you through the toughest of times. I must confess, when…

Prayer is a powerful thing. Having a solid prayer life is essential in strengthening your faith, and it can get you through the toughest of times. I must confess, when life gets hard I have no problem praying for what I want and need, but when my friends are going through tough times I’m not as diligent as I should be. The best thing you can do for your friends is pray for them. Here are 4 prayers for your friends and mine.

Jeremiah 17:7-8:Ask that the Lord would bless your friend as she trusts in the Lord. Pray that she would be like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots strong and deep by the stream, and has no need to fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. Pray that God would make your friend strong, fruitful, and flourishing for His glory.

Numbers 6:24-26: Pray that the Lord bless your friend and keep her; that He would make his face to shine upon her and be gracious to her; that the Lord would lift up His countenance upon her and give her peace.

Proverbs 3:3-8: Pray that she would trust in the Lord with all her heart, and not lean on her own understanding. Ask that in all her ways she would acknowledge God, and God will make her paths straight. Ask the Lord to help your friend not to be wise in her own eyes, but to fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

Psalm 138:7-8: Ask that when your friend walks in the midst of trouble, God would preserve her life. Claim His promise to stretch out His hand against the wrath of your friend’s enemies, to deliver her with His right hand. Remind God of His commitment to fulfill His purpose for your friend, and of His steadfast and endless love for her.

I hope my friends pray these prayers over me from time to time as well. What an encouragement to know that someone cares about you enough to lift you up in prayer!

Chels

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Stop Waiting for Tomorrow

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” – Proverbs 27:1 Living for tomorrow is easily one of the most common lifestyles for…

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” – Proverbs 27:1

Living for tomorrow is easily one of the most common lifestyles for our generation. Everyone’s waiting for their perfect boyfriend, their perfect job, their perfect car… The list goes on and on.

We act like we know what’s going to happen when we wake up in the morning and that everything will go according to our perfect plan. This is where disappointment creeps in. We let ourselves down when we overestimate what we alone can do and plan for our life.

God wants us to depend on him and his plan because he knows far more than we do about our lives, including the present and the future. And if he, being all-knowing, instructs us to cast our cares far, far away, then we should happily live in the present, without second thought or hesitation.

God commands us to live in the now and be content in our current circumstances, because we truly don’t know what tomorrow will bring like the verse above says.

James 4:13-15 says, “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’”

This verse is one of the biggest reality checks in the Bible. Whenever I need humbling, this is the verse I go to. When we sit around waiting for things to come to us, we waste the precious time we could be using to put things into action. There are too many times we think “I’ll apply for that job tomorrow” or “I’ll reach out to that friend next week.” There’s nothing worse than planning for something that ends up never even coming close to happening.

There’s a quote by Oprah that puts it perfectly: “Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.”

Every day is truly a gift… God’s gift. He wants us to make the most of each day, without fear of the future or waiting around for something to happen. Call your friend, apply for that job, talk to that boy in your class… Stop waiting!

Start today by living IN today. Stop waiting for things to come to you. Instead, take a leap of faith and trust the plan God has for your life. Even if you think something better is coming, stay strong on your foundation, trusting that the Lord your God will take care of tomorrow and the days that follow.

– Chelsea

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Battling Comparison

Comparison is like a disease. It eats at us slowly until we’re left feeling sad, empty, and worthless. With our generation growing up posting our lives on social media, it’s…

Comparison is like a disease. It eats at us slowly until we’re left feeling sad, empty, and worthless.

With our generation growing up posting our lives on social media, it’s easy for comparison to creep in. We think things like, why can’t I be that pretty… that skinny… that social… that wealthy. It’s a dangerous game to play when we constantly wonder why we’re not enough.

But it doesn’t stop there… Sometimes we compare ourselves to others and then boast about the things we’re doing and the people we’re hanging out with. It makes us feel validated, like we’re wanting other people to see how much fun we’re having or how good we look in a photo.

When thoughts like these cross my mind, I think about a verse in Galatians that humbles me without fail, every single time I read it. Galatians 1:10 says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

This verse brings up a very true and humbling point. Why are we concerned about the opinions of others when we’re supposed to be finding our identity in Christ? We spend so much time worrying about what others are saying or thinking, but God already told us all we need to know about ourselves. 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.”

If we truly believe this verse, then we fully believe that all of His works are wonderful, not just the ones we want to think are. When we look in the mirror in the morning, we should believe in the fact that we are works of God: wonderful, beautiful, and made in His image.

One thing I like to do is monitor how much time I spend on social media. If I’m feeling down or catch myself having negative thoughts of comparison, I put my phone down and pick up my Bible. Spending time with God and diving deep into the truth of what God thinks of us, instead of what the world thinks, puts my mind at complete peace.

One of my favorite passages to reflect on is 1 Peter 3:3-4. It says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

Outward beauty fades, but God delights in inward beauty. Focus on who you are, how you treat others, and how your attitude toward life is. When we create an atmosphere of love, optimism, acceptance, etc., we can focus less on our flaws (or what we think are flaws) and focus more on being a devoted follower of Christ.

Have joy in who God created you to be. Love yourself like He loves you!

– Chelsea

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One Week Media Detox

The start of the year is a great time to detox, whether it be a nutritional detox or otherwise. I have been trying to do some media detoxing by deleting…

The start of the year is a great time to detox, whether it be a nutritional detox or otherwise. I have been trying to do some media detoxing by deleting apps that tend to suck up my time, and then re-downloading them at the end of the day. It forces me to be more present and stay on task. Media detoxing looks different for everyone and comes in all shapes and sizes whether it is all media like TV and the internet or select media like social media. Here is an easy 7-day plan to follow if you want to try a media detox for yourself.

  1. Unsubscribe and unfollow. Give your social media a good purge. At the beginning of the year, I like to do a scroll through my list of accounts that I follow and unfollow people or accounts that bring me down or take me to an unhealthy place, unsubscribe from channels that I’m no longer interested in, and give myself a clean and healthy slate for the year. It is amazing how much our mental state and emotions are affected by the people we follow.
  2. Stay media-free until 10 AM. Like I said earlier, your definition of media may include TV and the internet and social media, or it may mean a combination of them. How many of us wake up and go directly to our phones to check social media? Instead of reaching for your phone, grab a book and do a morning devotional.
  3. Stay off media until 4 pm. This is going to be much harder than staying off until 10 AM. But, you can do it!
  4. Stay media-free until bed time. You may start feeling something like withdrawals during your media-free day. You will most likely find yourself reaching for your phone to scroll through Instagram every so often, but use that time you would normally browse to do something that is more fulfilling.
  5. Read or watch only three things. Whether it be one show on Netflix and opening your Facebook and Instagram apps once, the choice is yours.
  6. Only open one app all day. Choose wisely!
  7. Go media-free for 24 hours. After the week of cutting back you’ve had, this will feel like a breeze!

Starting your year with a refreshed mind and spirit is a very good way to start.

Chels

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Until God Opens a Door…

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and…

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20

Life has a funny way of turning upside down just when we think things are leveling out. Hard times never come at a good time, and it is in those times that we need God’s word more than ever to guide us through and out of them.

He doesn’t always take the hard times away, sometimes He allows us to walk through them as He guides us to teach us a lesson. Isaiah 43:2 says “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

There is a line in The Sound of Music where Maria says, “Where the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.” At different points in my life when the path I was traveling was suddenly closed off and the door sealed shut in my face, her words gave me a glimpse of hope. The Lord is our healer and can do “exceedingly abundantly above all we think and ask” (Ephesians 3:20). These times of trial reveal God’s presence to us more and more.

Until the Lord opens your door, praise Him in the hallway. Praise Him in the waiting and in the quiet and allow Him to break through your gloom and darkness. The Bible is full of stories where people chose to praise the Lord during times of real suffering. Take Paul and Silas for example. They were beaten and tossed into jail, and yet they continued to sing praises to the Lord.

So, what can YOU do to give praise in your toughest time? Pray and praise. Pray to the Lord and communicate your feelings to him. And, praise. Listen to your favorite praise songs and allow the lyrics to wash over you. Sometimes the door takes longer to open than we hope, but it is up to us what we do during our time in the hallway.

How will you spend it?

Chels

 

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Turning the Other Cheek

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If…

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also.” – Luke 6:27-29

Turning the other cheek was always a hard concept for me to grasp. It seems easy to do until you’re face-to-face with a situation that leaves you frustrated, angry, and short-tempered.

We can look at the way Jesus lived for example. The way he walked, the way he talked, and the way he went about his everyday life is the perfect testament to loving your enemies. As Jesus was fully human, he knows the pain and struggles of showing grace to those who don’t always deserve it.

Jesus was the perfect display of selflessness. He laid down his life for others, even for those who betrayed and mocked him. When Judas betrayed him, and turned him over to the those who would soon crucify him on the cross, he went willingly, without resistance or anger.

We can learn something from these true stories in the Bible. When we see Jesus willingly accepting the harsh fate he would soon encounter, it should encourage us to have the same gentle, willing, and humble spirit that Jesus once had.

All that being said, turning the other cheek is not a phrase to be misinterpreted. Allowing people to mistreat you and walk all over you time and time again is not what the Bible is saying.

It comes simply from a place of love, grace, and mercy. As followers of Christ, people take notice of the way we treat others. When we’re extending love to those who’ve done wrong to us, they, and others, see the love of Christ being displayed through us. Isn’t it cool to know we’re being used by God for a much bigger purpose?

Luke 6:31 says, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

I’m sure this sounds familiar to all of us. The “Golden Rule” as most of us know it as, is a fantastic rule to live by. Loving your enemies and turning the other cheek shows a lot about your character and a lot about the God you serve. God uses us as vessels to be a reflection of him and to follow Jesus’s footsteps when it comes to extending love and selflessness.

Next time someone tests you, tempts you, or hurts you, show them forgiveness and the power of God’s love in the way you respond. The world could always use a little more love, so let it start with you!

– Chelsea

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