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He’s Closer Than We Know

Too many people see God as a distant voice or someone they hear about in church every Sunday. They think of Him as someone to go to in times of…

Too many people see God as a distant voice or someone they hear about in church every Sunday. They think of Him as someone to go to in times of need or pain.

There are so many different verses in the Bible that give us more and more hints as to who God really is. From these, we know He is loving, patient, merciful, forgiving, all-knowing, and so many other things.

One of the main things the Bible describes Him as is our father. Matthew 23:9 says, “…for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.” He cares for us endlessly and is the perfect example of how a father should be.

The Bible also describes Him as our friend:

John 15:13-15 says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends…”

Although these are the words of Jesus, God is the same. We can draw close to him and become a true friend of God!

So, how can we make God our best friend?

Talk to him.

When you have exciting news, sudden problems, or an urgent need, talk to him.

You don’t get closer to someone by just interacting with them when it’s convenient for you or solely when you feel like it. Every good relationship requires a conscious effort to communicate and make time for each other.

When we stand at the gates of heaven, we want God to know us. Not just recognize us, but really know who we are and every little detail about our lives.

Think of it this way: Consider one of your best friends. Do you talk to them every day? Or only when you need something? Do you make an effort to learn more about their life and spend time with them? Or just use them to be a listening ear?

This is a perfect example of how we should be with God! If we truly think of him as our provider, creator, and father, then we should want to be close to him!

He’s not this big scary far-away voice. He’s here and he wants to be there for you.

Psalm 145:18 says, “The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.”

If we seek him, he will draw near.  People try to make a relationship with God so complicated, but it’s as simple as drawing near and building a relationship with Him!

All it takes as an intentional first step to do so. Wherever you are reading this, take 5 minutes to talk to God. It’s an easy start but it’s the beginning of an even closer walk with God than you could imagine!

Draw near to Him and watch an amazing relationship come from it.

– Chelsea

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5 Sunday Habits

Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week. It’s a day solely devoted to Jesus and relaxation, can you get any better than that? I find myself doing…

Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week. It’s a day solely devoted to Jesus and relaxation, can you get any better than that?

I find myself doing the same routine every Sunday. This usually consists of church, catching up on homework and studying, and watching TV for hours on end.

I saw an article online that talked about 5 ways to transform your Sunday to be productive for Christ, instead of using it for binge-watching Netflix and napping the afternoon away! Take away some of these tips and see how your day is transformed! 🙂

  1. Spend time in prayer.

God wants our Sundays to be dedicated to him. In the Bible, the Sabbath was a sacred day devoted to Him and Him alone.

So, spend time talking to him! Oftentimes, we can get so caught up in the busyness of our week that we forget to slow down and just talk to God. Tell him your concerns, the things you’re thankful for, and your requests.

Use this day to get in good, undistracted prayer time with God!

  1. Set up your weekly devotional schedule.

My biggest excuse for not getting enough quiet time in with God is that I don’t have enough time in my day or that I’ll do it later. Having a set weekly schedule helped me remember and devote a certain time solely to God to spend with him.

It’s amazing what a set schedule can do for you! Once you have a plan, stick to it and see how it impacts your week.

  1. Go to church!

Sunday is the day to wake up and go worship the Lord with other believers! I always feel that if I begin my week with church it puts me on the right track to have a good week with God. I feel refreshed, joyful, and ready to take on whatever the week may bring!

  1. Rest!

Exodus 20:8-10 says, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work…”

God instructs us in the Bible to use Sunday as a day of rest. He commands us to take a day from work and our busy ways of life and relax in his presence. I almost think of it as God’s way of rewarding us for all the hard work we’ve put in during the week!

  1. Spend time in good fellowship.

Whether this be a quick brunch with friends after church or even spending some time with your parents on Sunday nights, make it a habit!

Being around people who encourage you in your walk with Christ is so important, and what’s a better day to do it than on Sunday?

Get in the routine of practicing these five habits every week. You may notice a tremendous difference in your day and maybe even week! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Elevated Faith Bracelets & Apparel

I am so, so excited to tell you about this amazing brand that I recently got the chance to become a part of.  Elevated Faith is a company that provides…

I am so, so excited to tell you about this amazing brand that I recently got the chance to become a part of.  Elevated Faith is a company that provides faith-based jewelry and apparel with the mission to inspireothers to elevate their faith in a world that’s trying to drag us down.  I recently became an ambassador for Elevated Faith, and wanted to tell you a little bit about them! 🙂

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Elevated Faith’s mission is not like the others.  Along with the mission I mentioned above, they want people to look at their products as a reminder to stay faithful, even in difficult times.  They also want their apparel to be a conversation starter, a gateway to explain what and who it represents.  They offer a wide variety of products, ranging from beaded and string bracelets to super cute t-shirts, hoodies, and hats!  They’re all sold at a reasonable price, too!  A part of every purchase goes to a different Christian organization that’s making a difference in the world, as well.  If you’re interested, you can join the Elevated Faith club that gives you certain perks and discounts.  All you have to do is recommend Elevated Faith to a few friends.  Go online at https://elevatedfaith.com/?aff=681 for more details!

So, if you want to check out their site, use my code “Chelsea20” for 20% off your order!

Happy shopping! – Chelsea

 

 

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What to Wear: Easter 2017

Easter is one of my favorite holidays.  I get to see all of my family, eat a delicious homemade meal, and celebrate Jesus’s resurrection!  Every year, I pick out a…

Easter is one of my favorite holidays.  I get to see all of my family, eat a delicious homemade meal, and celebrate Jesus’s resurrection!  Every year, I pick out a dress to wear to church and family get-togethers on Easter Sunday.Chelsea Crockett - Overalls  If you’re wondering what to wear, here’s a little guide on what’s “in” and what’s “out” this year!

Casual: If you’re going for a more casual look, then you have lots of options to choose from!  One look I’ve really been into lately is short overalls with a tee underneath.  Some overalls have a skirt instead of shorts which is a little dressier for the occasion!  Dress it up with jewelry and a casual pair of wedges or sandals.  You can also go with a casual patterned romper or a cute shirt and white pants.

Dressy:  If you’re planning on dressing up for Easter, which is what I normally do, sometimes less is more!  A simple pastel or white sundress can be dressed up with heels or wedges, accessories, and maybe a cute hat!  Focus on finding a dress that’s a pretty spring color such as light pink, white, or pastel purple!  You could even try out a fancy romper or a patterned two-piece set. 

What are you thinking about wearing for Easter Sunday?  Let me know below!  Maybe I’ll get some ideas for myself. 🙂

Happy Easter! – Chelsea

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5 Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

New Year’s resolutions are a good way to create a few positive habits in your life.  Most of the time, our New Year’s resolutions revolve around working out more, eating…

New Year’s resolutions are a good way to create a few positive habits in your life.  Most of the time, our New Year’s resolutions revolve around working out more, eating healthier, spending more time with family, etc.  But why not shift our focus to improve ourselves a little more spiritually, as well as physically?  Here are 5 spiritual resolutions to add to your list! 🙂

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  • Go to church/find a church.  If you haven’t found a church that fits you perfectly, that’s okay!  Make an effort to try out different churches and services each Sunday morning.  And if you’ve been going to the same church for years, encourage yourself to get out of bed and make it there every week!
  • Read the Bible daily.  You don’t understand the benefits of reading the Bible every day until you start to do it.  It will teach you more wisdom and knowledge that you didn’t even know existed!
  • Pray, pray, pray!  Prayer is one of the most important things in your walk of faith.  To be able to talk to God at any time of any day is a blessing, so take advantage of it!
  • Practice patience.  You’ve always heard the saying “patience is a virtue,” and that’s one of the truest sayings there is!  Practicing to be patient despite the circumstances will teach you more than you think.
  • Heal past relationships.  Forgiveness is something that can be one of the hardest things to give.  But when you heal a broken relationship, you’ll realize a weight will be lifted off your shoulders!

I encourage you to try some of these out and even add some of your own!

Happy New Year! – Chelsea

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5 Tips for When You’re Feeling Far from God

We all have bad days. Whether it’s something as little as a bad grade or something a lot bigger, you may start to feel far from God. Sometimes you lose…

We all have bad days. Whether it’s something as little as a bad grade or something a lot bigger, you may start to feel far from God. Sometimes you lose faith or don’t have the time to grow and build your relationship with Christ. It can be frustrating and confusing but we’ve all been there. I came up with a few tips to turn your bad days to good days :).

  • Set apart some alone time to spend with God. Chelsea Crockett - God QuoteIf we never spend time with our friends and family, we will slowly grow apart from them. It’s the same thing with God! Never having some quiet time to listen for what God is trying to tell you will result in farness from God and His plan.
  • Pray, pray, pray. Prayer is powerful! Speaking to God one-on-one will strengthen your relationship with Him.
  • Text a friend from church, a youth leader, etc. If you have a church family that you can rely on, use that to your advantage! If you can’t talk and pray with someone in your family, seek advice from a fellow Christian.
  • Go to church. What’s a better place to get closer to God than being surrounded by good fellowship and the Word?
  • Listen to Christian music. I know when I’m feeling down, I love to listen to my favorite Christian artists. Their songs send very powerful messages that I sometimes need to hear!

I hope these tips help you draw nearer to God and help you remember how much he loves you.

Love, Chelsea

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5 Habits for a Christian Relationship

A Christ-based relationship is the only option for me in the present and future, as I grow and mature. Having faith not only as a person but as a couple…

A Christ-based relationship is the only option for me in the present and future, as I grow and mature. Having faith not only as a person but as a couple as well is very important. There are certain things in a Christian relationship that should become and remain a habit to keep your relationship healthy in Christ!

  1. Pray together. I cannot stress this enough. Learning to open up your hearts and talk to God together is a huge step in your relationship. You’ll also discover some things your boyfriend may be struggling with, and you can pray for those things as well on your own time!Chelsea Crockett - Christian Relationship
  2. Read the Bible and devotionals together. Every night, pick a few scriptures to talk about and discuss. It’s nice to hear what someone else has to say about a certain passage or verse.
  3. Go to church. Going to church is crucial in your walk of faith. Knowing you have someone to encourage you and join you each Sunday is an awesome feeling.
  4. Volunteer or take mission trips. This will not only change the lives of others, but will give you and your boyfriend tons of great memories together.
  5. Surround yourselves with other Christian couples. Surrounding yourself with good people is key to staying true to yourself, whether you’re in a relationship or not!

Follow these steps and your relationship will not only grow together but in Christ too!

Love, Chelsea

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The Importance of Church

            Hey insiders!  As you guys know, I am a very strong Christian and have an amazing relationship with God.  Being involved in my church and youth group has impacted…

            Hey insiders!  As you guys know, I am a very strong Christian and have an amazing relationship with God.  Being involved in my church and youth group has impacted my life in such a positive way that I wanted to share the importance of it with you all.

            Going to church regularly is a great habit and it’s never too late to start.  Whether you’re 10 or 80 years old, joining a church and getting to know Jesus will completely change your life.  Going every Sunday builds your relationship with God and expands your faith in the Lord.Chelsea Crockett - Bible

         Now if you’re in your teenage years, joining your church’s youth group is an awesome way to meet new friends and develop an even stronger bond with God.  The people in church are perfect to surround yourself with because they influence you in the best Christian-like ways.  Some youth groups are lucky enough to go on mission trips and spread the Word of God even farther.  Some missions provide help to certain communities.  Others simply go and tell people what Jesus did for us and what he continues to do for us every day.

            If you don’t have a “home” church, or one you go to every Sunday, try to visit some surrounding churches and see which service is best for you.  It’s okay to try different locations to see which one fits you.  I have been blessed to find such a great church and youth group to grow with God in and I hope you all will, too!

 “Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise Him according to his excellent greatness!” Psalm 150:2

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

 Love, Chelsea

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Easter Sunday 101

            Easter is just around the corner.  It’s one of my absolute favorite holidays!  Easter is celebrated because Jesus, the son of God, rose from the dead and heroically gave…

            Easter is just around the corner.  It’s one of my absolute favorite holidays!  Easter is celebrated because Jesus, the son of God, rose from the dead and heroically gave His life to die for our sins!  Not only are we celebrating a life-changing event, but also starting to see the beautiful switch to spring weather! Chelsea Crockett - Easter Dresses

            Since I was little, Easter Sunday has always been special in our house.  My sister, brother, and I put on our Easter outfits and are ready for church and other festivities!  Easter Sunday is a day that we dress up to go to church, lunches, dinners, etc.  Therefore, it is time to start looking for that special Easter dress!  Some of my favorite online spots to look at for this occasion are Windsor, Simply Dresses, and Lulu’s!

            Easter Sunday is a way to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring!  Time to think about the new trends for dresses.  Whether you are looking for lace, high/low, off the shoulders, or cut outs, the above mentioned sites are a great place to start!  And don’t forget about shoes to match.  Time to break out those long awaited peep toe pumps or glittery sandals!

                                                                  Happy Easter Everyone! -Chels

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