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Thanksgiving Thoughts: Things to Be Grateful For

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Chelsea

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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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Trade Worry for Worship

I’ve said time and time again how worry and anxiety can take such a hold on your life. One second your filled with joy and peace and the next you…

I’ve said time and time again how worry and anxiety can take such a hold on your life. One second your filled with joy and peace and the next you feel a wave of worry rush over you.

Unfortunately, it’s something that really never goes away. The only way to stop it is to change your attitude and mindset toward it. I saw a quote on Pinterest that talked about trading worry for worship, and how big of a difference this small step can make in your life.

For example, if you can’t sleep at night because you’re anxious about tomorrow, change your thoughts to those of worship and praise. Thank God for the blessings in your life instead of questioning him for the things that are making you worrisome.

One of my favorite verses ever comes from the MSG version of the Bible. I think it’s so beautifully put and can be something we all forget so often in this world.

Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” 

When we keep company with the Lord, life gets a whole lot better. It may not necessarily get easier, but we learn how to deal with situations more freely and lightly like the verse says above.

If you let it, worry can fill every area of your mind. It can make you be anxious over things you’ve never even thought of or considered. I’ve dealt with this time and time again, and it can truly take you over if you let it. Although it doesn’t go away at the snap of a finger, there are ways to retrain your mind to think of praise and blessings instead of worries and worst-case scenarios.

Some of the biggest areas of my life where I find my thoughts wandering are school, relationships, the future, etc. Sound familiar?

When it comes to school, I try to revert my thoughts to praising God for my education and the friends I’ve met through it. When it comes to relationships, I trade my worry in for thankfulness for that person in my life. When it comes to the future, I thank God for the present and praise him for the people and situations I’ve been blessed with.

You will never truly silence worry until you replace it with something better. 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.”

Even the Bible says countless times to talk to God with thanksgiving. Praise him for all the goodness in your life. There is nothing too big or too small to lift up to him. Start today by changing your worry to worship!

– Chelsea

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Intentional Thankfulness

Thankfulness is a learned trait. It’s something that has to become a habit, by practicing it over and over again. Intentional thankfulness is an area I’ve been trying to grow…

Thankfulness is a learned trait.

It’s something that has to become a habit, by practicing it over and over again.

Intentional thankfulness is an area I’ve been trying to grow in. When you learn to be thankful for even the little things, your whole outlook completely changes.

On the days that don’t go as planned or the days that seem like the world is against you, it can be hard to find even the smallest things to be thankful for.

I have a challenge for you. On these days, when your mood is down and your ground is shaken, start with gratitude. Let’s take a look at what God has to say about it.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

The Bible doesn’t say to give thanks in some circumstances, it commands us to give thanks in all circumstances. Even on our worst days, we should make an effort to see the good around us.

For some of us, this comes naturally. For others, it can take a conscious effort to look for the good in situations.

The Bible also talks about generosity and how it too can lead to thankfulness.

2 Corinthians 9:11 says, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

When we humble ourselves and give to others, we become more thankful for what we have. Whether that be physical giving like food, gifts, etc. or giving time through volunteering or simply helping out a friend, our day-by-day attitude changes!

When we swallow our pride and humble ourselves, God does something in our hearts. He reveals even the smallest of blessings to us, things you never would’ve seen before you allowed him to work in your life.

It’s worth a try, right?

For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.” 1 Timothy 4:4-5 gives us the truth about God’s creations. Everything is good and nothing is to be rejected.

Sometimes God sends us blessings in disguise. When your boyfriend breaks up with you or you fail a test, remember that there are hidden things you can be thankful for, you just have to change your thinking!

Everything always comes full circle, whether it be the in next week or 5 years down the road. Maybe you’ll meet the real love of your life soon after your boyfriend breaks up with you. Or maybe that failed test led you to pick a major you’re more passionate about.

Whatever it may be, thank God. Thank him for the setbacks, the disappointments, the unexpected twists and turns. You never know what he has planned for you.

And if it were me, I would take his plan over mine, every single time.

– Chelsea

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An Attitude of Gratitude This Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving isn’t just a time for stuffing ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie (although that is a plus!).  It’s a time to reflect and be grateful for all of the…

Chelsea Crockett - GratitudeThanksgiving isn’t just a time for stuffing ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie (although that is a plus!).  It’s a time to reflect and be grateful for all of the blessings in our lives.  However, the older I get, the more I realize that gratitude isn’t something we should only think about at this time of year.  It’s something that we should think about daily!

A person who has developed an “attitude of gratitude” is someone who thanks God for every blessing in their life.  It’s a lifestyle of thanksgiving.  So many times, we ask God for blessings….like a new car or a pet….then complain about this or that even after we get what we want. The saying “You always want what you can’t have” is an understatement nowadays!

So, will you join me in this “attitude of gratitude”?  I truly believe that every good thing comes to us from God!  We need to recognize that and try to find the good in all situations.  This lifestyle of thanksgiving shows maturity and evidence of a grateful heart.  Blessings are all around us.  Let’s start counting them!

“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” Philippians 4:6.

 XOXO, Chelsea

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Too Blessed to Be Stressed

Stress can consume our lives. It can make us forget about the joy that lies throughout our day.  Even the biggest blessings can get overlooked, because stress consumes our thoughts,…

Stress can consume our lives. It can make us forget about the joy that lies throughout our day.  Even the biggest blessings can get overlooked, because stress consumes our thoughts, actions, and outlook on life.  The Bible says not to be stressed or anxious about anything, but to pray and give thanksgiving to God.  We are all too blessed to be stressed!Chelsea Crockett- bible verses for stress

Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t even realize something great happening in your life, because you were too busy stressing? Suppose it’s the night before your big test, but you were too busy fighting with your boyfriend or girlfriend to study.  When you walk into class the next day, you’re too worked up to even realize that the test was postponed.  You overlook the blessing of the test being cancelled and continue dwelling on the fight.  Small blessings can have a huge impact, even though they might seem minimal.  Every time something like this happens it’s God’s way of saying, “I’ve got your back.”

Challenge yourself to thank God more for the blessings he has put in your life rather than stress out about anything. There’s nothing on this earth that can override God’s blessings.  He is SO good!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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It’s the Little Things in Life

We’re always told to focus on the big picture. Sometimes we even skip out on details just to get to the end of a story or finish a project faster. …

We’re always told to focus on the big picture. Sometimes we even skip out on details just to get to the end of a story or finish a project faster.  The sad thing about our world today is that we live in a fast paced environment.  We live in a world where the little things don’t matter.  A simple “thank you” is even hard to find.  Believe it or not, the little things DO make a huge difference.  We just have to notice them.Chelsea Crockett- the little things

What do I mean when I say “the little things in life”? It can be as simple as holding the door or helping someone carry their groceries.  It can also be a sunny day or getting a test postponed.  We are too busy consumed by our everyday lives that we forget to notice the good things around us.  Picture this:  You wake up stressed and in a bad mood.  On your way to school there was zero traffic, it’s a bright sunny day, and you got a front row parking spot.  Walking into school, someone holds the door for you, someone compliments your outfit, and you got an A on that test you were worried about.  So far so good, right?  It’s days like these where we must appreciate the little things in life.  Yeah you might be having a bad day or bad week, but overlooking small blessings will only make you unhappier.

Next time you’re out and about, don’t only focus on your goal or the big picture, but soak in the little things. You can even make someone’s day brighter with a simple gesture.

It’s the little things in life.

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude

Hey insiders! I hope your day started off with many blessings!  I know our lives are filled with too many blessings to count.  Even when we are going through tough…

Hey insiders!
I hope your day started off with many blessings!  I know our lives are filled with too many blessings to count.  Even when we are going through tough times, I try to think of everything I’m thankful for.  After all, if you can see, hear, feel, eat, sleep, drink, and breathe, then you already have seven things to thank God for.  So many people are suffering from illnesses or abuse of
many kinds.  Therefore, I try to find the good in all situations! Chelsea Crockett - Thankfulness
Sometimes I complain and focus on the negatives.  But if I take a step back, I realize there are too many things to be thankful for and that complaining isn’t a way to thank God at all.  Literally, the list is endless.  To start off  write down 20 things you are thankful for.  Throughout each week, continue to list off every blessing you find throughout the days.
An attitude of gratitude is what creates joy and peace.  Fault finding, complaining, and grumbling are not very appealing.  Don’t you want to surround yourself with thankfulness, peace, and joy?  Well, the good news is you can!  Thanksgiving, praise, and gratitude are so powerful.  Give it a try!  Spend some time focusing on everything good in your life.  You might be
surprised at what you will find!
XOXO, Chelsea

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