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Verses to Help You Be Wise With Your Words

I think I speak for most people when I say that when we are feeling irritated or short on patience, we can be harsh with our words. Often times, the…

I think I speak for most people when I say that when we are feeling irritated or short on patience, we can be harsh with our words. Often times, the people we love most are on the receiving end of the harshness. Sometimes, the words come out when we feel hurt because “you hurt me so I am going to hurt you.” As my pastor always says, hurting people hurt people.

As we get older and wiser, we learn how to keep our emotions more in check, which (hopefully) leads to controlling the words that come out of our mouths. I am not always good at this. Sometimes harshness slips through the cracks of my control and it often gets taken out on the people closest to me. This sucks the fun and joy right out of life and is not biblical. We are supposed to have self-control and be kind, which includes watching the words that come out of our mouths. If only it were as simple as it sounds. Only Jesus can help us with this, as James 3:8 would say “no human being can tame the tongue.” We have to give our words to God and guard our tongue. Here are some verses I pray when I am feeling particularly irritable or out of patience.

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

Ephesians 4:29 –  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.

Romans 14:19 – Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Praying these verses really helps me become slower to respond or say harsh words impulsively. Building others up instead of tearing them down or being critical is what we should be striving for. When you are in a moment of annoyance, instead of venting your frustrations using damaging words, keep in mind what impact your words could have. You can edify and encourage someone with your approach instead of embarrassing or hurting them.

I am nowhere near perfect at this. I am not guaranteeing you that if you pray these verses a few times a week or even daily that you will never say a harsh word impulsively again. But, I can tell you that it helps. Would you rather be known as someone who reacts to conflict or annoyance with severity, or with grace and kindness? I know which I would rather be.

Chels

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Promises for the New Year

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

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

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

Let’s make 2018 count!

XOXO, Chels

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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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Life Lessons from John 15:12

In John 15:12 the Bible tells us to “Love each other as I have loved you.” It is easy to love your family and friends (most of the time at…

In John 15:12 the Bible tells us to “Love each other as I have loved you.” It is easy to love your family and friends (most of the time at least 😉 ) but it is not always easy to love those who have done you wrong. So, how do we love everyone, even those we dislike, like God loved us? And why should we?

Easy. Because God says so. I know that is the most “Bible” answer ever, but it is the truth. We should love others like God loves us, because it shows that we are different. When people see how differently you treat others and how you love others, they will be curious as to what it is that makes you different. Jesus is the difference! It is the fact that you know you should love people like God loves you. God loves you even though you have disappointed Him, even though you sin, even though you sometimes do or say things that are harmful or hurtful to others. This is how you should love others, in spite of their flaws and sins. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to be their BFF, it just means you need to treat them with respect and love, just as God treats you.

You will change people’s lives when you love them as God loves you. It is so different from how the world is used to being treated. Be different, and make a difference.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Isaiah 58:22

Isaiah 58:22 says “Where God guides, He provides.” This verse, to me, is comforting because of all of the changes that have happened in the last year. If you recently went…

Isaiah 58:22 says “Where God guides, He provides.” This verse, to me, is comforting because of all of the changes that have happened in the last year. If you recently went away to college, moved out, moved away, or started a new job then I think this verse is for you.

Where God guides, He provides. Wherever he takes your path, and wherever he sends you, He will provide. If it is halfway across the country or just a few minutes away, wherever you go He will not let you down. It can be scary moving out and moving away from the familiar, from your family and friends, and it can be nerve wracking being in a new place without these people. But, God will provide you new friends that feel like family, and he will provide you with the strength you need to feel like you belong and are successful. He wouldn’t guide you to a new place if He didn’t know you would flourish. He always wants what is best for you because He is your father! Whatever you need, He will provide it for you, all you have to do is pray to Him and ask for it. It might not come right away, but God always has a plan and His timing is perfect.

Be comforted in knowing that wherever you go, God will provide!

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Psalm 73:26

When all else fails, God doesn’t. That’s what Psalm 73:26 tells us. “My flesh may fail, but God is the strength of my heart; He is mine forever” It is…

When all else fails, God doesn’t. That’s what Psalm 73:26 tells us. “My flesh may fail, but God is the strength of my heart; He is mine forever”

It is inevitable. People will fail you. They will disappoint you. Your body will get sick and your mind will make you doubt yourself. This life is tough! But that’s why God gave us the Bible, so that we can read it and be encouraged. He reminds us that when all else fails, when we are discouraged and feel helpless, God won’t fail us. He is our strength. He is with us forever. How awesome is that? We will fail a lot in this life. What’s important is that we put our Faith and Trust in God because He will never fail.

Don’t let your failures define you, because the one that made you never makes mistakes. You are the way you are because He made you that way! You are perfect in His sight.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Psalm 139:5

In preparation for going back to college, I have been looking up encouraging Bible verses to prepare both my heart and my mind for the big life change. There are…

In preparation for going back to college, I have been looking up encouraging Bible verses to prepare both my heart and my mind for the big life change. There are a lot of things I am nervous about, from making friends to succeeding in my classes. One verse that has calmed my anxious heart is Psalm 139:5, which says “You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.”

To me, this verse says that there is no need to worry about the future. God has gone before you and prepared the way for you. He already knows your future and what it holds, so there is no reason for YOU to worry about it. He has looked into the future and has seen the trials you will have, and he is preparing you for them right now. He places his hand of blessing on your head, which is a comfort to know. He has blessed you greatly and will continue to do so! Not only does God go before you, but He also follows you wherever you go. You are not alone, He is with you! When you feel nervous or anxious, just remember that whatever you are going through is in God’s plan.

God has blessed you in so many ways! Have comfort in knowing that he has gone before you and prepared a way for you!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Life Lessons From Isaiah 66:9

Isaiah 66:9 says “I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord.” This verse really spoke to me. It told me that in this…

Isaiah 66:9 says “I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord.”

This verse really spoke to me. It told me that in this life, God will allow pain in our lives, but it won’t last forever, and after the pain is over you will have something brand new. You will have something better than what you had before. This means that in the end, when the pain is over, He will give you something new to look forward to or replace the thing that caused you pain with something even more fulfilling. Your pain won’t last forever. Even though there are moments of pain, there will be better days.

There will be something new to replace the pain. Stay strong through the hard times and look forward to the “something new”!

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons From Psalm 23:6

Psalm 23:6 says “Why would I fear the future? For I am being pursued only by your goodness and unfailing love.” That’s a good question. Why DO we fear the…

Psalm 23:6 says “Why would I fear the future? For I am being pursued only by your goodness and unfailing love.”

That’s a good question. Why DO we fear the future? Is it because of the uncertainty of it? Is because we cannot control it? I think yes and yes.
But this verse asks us why we fear the future, because we are only pursued by God’s goodness and unfailing love. Sometimes in our lives, we may feel like God’s goodness has passed over us, like He may have forgotten to send a little goodness our way. Are you still alive? Are you wearing clothes? Are you living under a roof? Then God is good. And even if none of those things are true, God is still good. You are pursued by God’s unfailing love, which means that no matter what you do in this life, no matter how many mistakes you make or how big your sins, He still loves you.

Now THAT is unfailing love.

XOXO, Chels

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8 Verses That Remind Us God is in Control

It is no secret that life can be rough. When our life seems out of control, that is a good time to remind ourselves that God is in control. Whatever…

It is no secret that life can be rough. When our life seems out of control, that is a good time to remind ourselves that God is in control. Whatever you face, amidst the struggles and anxious thoughts and worries of life, God is there strengthening us and helping us. Here are 8 verses that remind us that God is in control.

  1. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.” Psalm 56:3
  2. “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” Proverbs 12:25
  3. “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34
  4. “Tell everyone who is discouraged, Be strong and don’t be afraid! God is coming to your rescue…” Isaiah 35:4
  5. “The Lord is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1
  6. “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.” Psalm 55:22
  7. “Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6
  8. “Jesus told him, ‘Don’t be afraid; just believe.’” Mark 5:36

God is greater than your worries. He gives us the power to live boldly, fearlessly, and courageously in this life. When everything in life is telling us to be afraid, God’s truth reminds us that we are strong. Replace your fearful thoughts with His words of truth. He knows what concerns you, and He’s got you covered.

XOXO, Chels

 

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Life Lessons From 1 John 4:4

There are times in life where our troubles and problems feel too large to face. They feel like giants that are too big to conquer. Lucky for us, 1 John…

There are times in life where our troubles and problems feel too large to face. They feel like giants that are too big to conquer. Lucky for us, 1 John 4:4 says that “the Lord is greater than the giants you face.”1-johnNo problem is too big for God! It is easy to feel overwhelmed with everything happening in life and the “giants” we are facing. Your “giants” don’t have to be abnormally large people that tower over you like your typical biblical or fairy tale giant. They can be any large life event, problem, issue, or fear that is facing you in your life. A giant that I faced recently was moving away from home and going to college. The Lord was with me, and he was greater that that giant. He saw me through the situation and guided me back to where He wanted me to be. God is greater than your problems! He is bigger than your giants!

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons From: Colossians 3:12

Colosians 3:12 tells us “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” You can wear the cutest clothes and be the best dressed gal in town, but if your…

Colosians 3:12 tells us “Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” You can wear the cutest clothes and be the best dressed gal in town, but if your personality isn’t clothed in the qualities that we talked about above, you aren’t stylish in the sight of God.

Wearing stylish and cute clothes makes us feel pretty and confident. Wearing a compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient personality should do the same. If you look great but have a bad attitude, people will not be as quick to be your friend. I know that I strive to clothe myself in the virtues colossiansmentioned in Colissians 3:12 because they make me feel beautiful. They make people want to be around me, and they make me a good friend and role model. They will do the same for you if you choose to wear them!

Instead of worrying so much about our outward appearance, we should start paying more attention to what is on the inside.

XOXO, Chels

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What Does It Mean to Walk By Faith?

2 Corinthians 5:7 says “Walk by faith, not by sight.” It is hard to believe in things we cannot see. We like to be able to be able to see…

2 Corinthians 5:7 says “Walk by faith, not by sight.” It is hard to believe in things we cannot see. We like to be able to be able to see and touch things in order to believe they are real, but as Christians we are told to have faith like a child and believe without having all of the answers. 2-cor

What does it mean to walk by faith and not by sight? It means to believe in God even though you cant see Him. It means to means to live your faith out, and be Jesus with skin on. Show people that you are different and show them the joy that you have because you are living for a purpose greater than yourself. I strive every day to walk by faith. That is why you may have noticed that a lot of my social media posts lately have been faith-focused. I want to shine for Him!

 

If you ever have questions about what it means to be a Christian and what it means to have faith, please comment on my videos or posts and ask! I love answering questions and sharing what my faith means to me.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons From Psalm 56:3

As a college freshmen, there are a lot of things to feel nervous or scared about. Moving away, meeting new people, being away from my family, living in a new…

As a college freshmen, there are a lot of things to feel nervous or scared about. Moving away, meeting new people, being psalmaway from my family, living in a new town, and all of the stresses of college are making me pretty anxious. When all of these things hit me and start to make me feel overwhelmed, the one thing that makes me feel calm is reading my Bible and diving into God’s word.

Psalms 56:3 says “When I am afraid, I will trust in You.” When you are afraid or scared for what the future may hold, we can trust in God and His plans. God’s plans for your life are bigger and better than you can imagine, and all we have to do is trust in Him and his timing. When you learn to turn to God and trust in Him when you feel uncertain or afraid, you will be amazed at the peace it brings to your life.

So, when you start to feel anxious or afraid, turn to God. Trust in His plans and look forward to the future!

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Philippians 4:11

Recently, one of my #1 prayers is for contentment. I pray that God would make me happy and content with what He has given me, because it is so easy…

Recently, one of my #1 prayers is for contentment. I pray that God would make me happy and content with what He has given me, because it is so easy to get caught up in the world of “want” and “need.”

Philippians 4:11 says “For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.” I feel like this should be our prayer every day, to be content in our life and out situation. We should be grateful for what God has given us, and not be jealous or want what others philipians 4-11have. Easier said than done, right? It is so easy to want what others have, whether it is an outfit, a boyfriend, a job, or even family. We get caught up in what we DON’T have and forget what we DO have. When you are shopping and see a super cute dress, think to yourself, do I really need this dress? I already have a closet full, and some people around the world only have a few pieces of clothing whereas my closet is bursting. When we become content with what we have, we become happier. We stop playing the comparison game, and we focus on the positive.

I challenge you to be content in your life. Once you learn contentment, you will be surprised at how much happiness it brings you!

XOXO, Chels

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The “SOAP” Bible Study Method

As a Christian, I know how important it is for me to spend time every day in God’s word, but sometimes it is hard to know where to start. I…

As a Christian, I know how important it is for me to spend time every day in God’s word, but sometimes it is hard to know where to start. I have done lots of Bible studies and read devotionals, but sometimes I just want to start reading the Bible on my own and see where it takes me. If you want to get more out of your Bible study time, try the SOAP method.

S- Scripture: Once you are done with your daily reading, write down one scripture from it that was meaningful to you.download

O- Observation: Think about what was interesting in the passage to you. What did you learn from it? Did God say anything to you through it?

A- Application: Think about how you can apply the scripture to your life and how it can change you.

P- Prayer: Go to God in prayer and ask for the scripture to guide you. Ask God to apply it in your life.

Having a guide on how to apply scripture to your life and how to make it more meaningful for you can drastically change the way you look at scripture. You look at it more as something that is wise and useful rather than something you just read over and sometimes memorize.

SOAP can change your life!

XOXO, Chels

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