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Faith in Your Choices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Chelsea

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5 Verses Every Woman Should Know

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Chelsea

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Pray and Then Prepare

Prayer is easy. Anyone can sit down, talk to God, and present all their requests to him. I know for me, it’s like he’s my friend that I get to…

Prayer is easy. Anyone can sit down, talk to God, and present all their requests to him. I know for me, it’s like he’s my friend that I get to talk to whenever I want, every single day.

Prayer is not the hard part. Praying with faith and then preparing for God’s answer is the part that we could all use a little bit of work on. (I know I could at least!)

There are several passages in the Bible that talk about how we should respond to prayer. I’ve taken notes on these verses and it’s filled my heart with contentment and peace!

1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

When we have confidence that God will deliver what we ask for, preparing for it is so much easier. It’s easy to spend your days with uncertainty and “what ifs,” but when you grasp the true confidence God wants for you, everything else falls into place.

When you ask your mom to do something, don’t you assume that she’s going to follow through with it? Why don’t you act the same way toward God? The Bible says over and over again that God is faithful and will always follow through with his promises.

Take a look at Mark 11:24. It says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” There’s not much we can do besides prepare our hearts and minds for whatever God is going to do in our lives. As long as we have a faith-filled mindset, God will move in the midst of it.

There’s something beautiful in knowing that God always fulfills his promises. When he says he tends to the requests of those who have confidence in him, he always has and he always will.

One of my favorite things to do is keep a prayer journal so I can reflect back on what I asked God for and see how faithful he has been both now and in the past.

Whatever you ask God for, you need to prepare for accordingly. If you ask for God to reveal something to you, expect him to do just that! Don’t be surprised when God answers your prayers, even when it’s different from what you were wanting or expecting.

Prepare for adaptability. Know that how God responds to your prayers is what’s best for you and your life. His answer may be confusing and leave you questioning what he is doing, but never lose sight of who God is and never underestimate his power.

How will you start preparing today? Take the first step by writing down the things you need to pray for. Then wait with patience and confidence, and get ready for the great things God is going to do in your life!

– Chelsea

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Conquering Comparison

I never noticed I struggled with comparison. Growing up, I didn’t give it much thought as to who was “prettier,” “smarter,” “more popular,” etc. Everyone was friends with everyone and…

I never noticed I struggled with comparison. Growing up, I didn’t give it much thought as to who was “prettier,” “smarter,” “more popular,” etc. Everyone was friends with everyone and that was that.

Growing up and experiencing the pressures of junior high and high school, comparison started to creep in. Being a teenage girl, we all experience the pressures of society whether that be from friends, TV shows, movies, or anything else that makes you feel like you’re not living up to societal standards.

The society we live in gives unrealistic expectations that make us feel less than, devalued, and insecure at times, and I know we’ve all felt the pressure of these expectations before.

Whenever I’m faced with something, whether it be comparison, pressure, etc., my first thought is to look and see what the Bible has to say about it. And when the topic of comparison comes up, God has some wise words we should all take note of!

Galatians 6:4-5 says, “Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load.” 

Whenever I struggle with comparison, I think back to this verse in Galatians. Let’s break this verse down piece by piece.

“Each one should test their own actions.” Take a look at yourself. How are your actions? Are they aligned with how you want them to be? You and God should be the only two allowed to judge what you do, not under the scrutiny of others!

“Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else.” God wants us to have the pride and confidence that he sees in us. We are God’s masterpieces and he wants us to see the beauty in us!

“For each one should carry their own load.” God doesn’t expect us to carry the loads of those around us. He doesn’t want us feeling the weight of others’ expectations or standards. We answer to someone much higher than anyone on this earth, not the friends or people around us!

Another verse in Galatians says this: “Am I saying this now to win the approval of people or God? Am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be Christ’s servant.” – Galatians 1:10

God didn’t create us to please others. If he did, we would spend our entire lives worrying about what other people think and do.

Once we remember that our purpose is to please God and only God, comparison seems like only a distant worry.

How can you start building your confidence today? Know your worth and recognize who the Lord of your life is!

Be confident, be bold, and be proud of the masterpiece God created you to be. 

– Chelsea

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Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fear

One of the worst things in the world is feeling like your faith is being overpowered by fear. It’s a feeling you never want to experience. You start feeling hopeless,…

One of the worst things in the world is feeling like your faith is being overpowered by fear.

It’s a feeling you never want to experience. You start feeling hopeless, sad, and alone.

As for me, I consider myself a person that is very strong in their faith. I always try to lean on God for direction and strength, and he is faithful every time.

If you need a reminder on how to keep your faith bigger than your fear, keep these 3 verses in mind.

  • James 1:6 says, “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

When you ask your friend for a favor, do you automatically assume they’re not going to do it?  Most of the time, you trust that they’re going to answer your request.

Without thinking, we should do the same with God. If we ask him halfheartedly for something, why would he answer our requests? He wants us to be on fire for him. Not hoping he’s working in our lives, but knowing he’s doing amazing things.

We “must believe and not doubt.” This is where we have to take a leap of faith to strengthen the foundation we stand on.

  • Matthew 17:20 says, “You can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Think of the mountains in your life. Maybe it’s your boyfriend? A big test coming up? A dishonest friend? Whatever the situation may be, God will move in the midst of it.

If you ask God to move your mountains, watch the beauty of prayer unfold before your eyes. You’ll never truly experience the power of prayer until you pray with faith, through faith, and in faith.

  • Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”

Faith is a word with many meanings. For one, Hebrews puts it perfectly. Faith is confidence in what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. We don’t pray with wavering thoughts, we pray for certainty that God will heal our brokenness and fear.

There is one last verse in particular that speaks to me every time I read it. John 13:7 says, “Jesus replied, ‘You don’t understand now what I am doing. But someday you will.”

He knows we don’t always understand his plan. He knows we have mountains. He knows we can be people of little faith.

Jesus was fully man and fully God. He understands our struggles and disappointments. But more importantly, understands the one that’s in control.

We may not see it now, but one day God will reveal his plan to us in all its glory. We just have to be willing to put our full trust in Him.

Let your faith be bigger than your fear, every single day.

– Chelsea

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How to Beat Bad Feelings

Every once in a while, we all have those days where we can’t get out of a slump.  Whether we’re tired, grumpy, overwhelmed, etc., it’s sometimes hard to snap out…

Every once in a while, we all have those days where we can’t get out of a slump.  Whether we’re tired, grumpy, overwhelmed, etc., it’s sometimes hard to snap out of the mood we’re in, no matter how hard we try.  Here are a few different ways you can beat the bad feelings that are bringing you down!

  • Feeling tired? Although you most likely just want to stay in bed, get up and get moving!  I suggest chugging some water and fueling your body with a snack that’s healthy and will give your body a boost.  If you absolutely need a nap, only allow yourself to sleep for 20-30 minutes for a quick recharge!
  • Feeling insecure? Instead of thinking negatively, write down a list of characteristics that you love about yourself.  Change your focus from popularity or appearance and think more about your personality and the people you surround yourself with that love you more than you know!
  • Feeling stressed out? Between school, homework, and a social life, this is an easy mindset to slip into.  Take a deep breath and prepare yourself for the work you have to do. It helps me when I break down all I have to do into smaller pieces. This way, your work will present itself more manageable and less overwhelming.

I hope these tips help you snap back into a better mood ASAP! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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Life Lessons from Psalm 112:7

“She confidently trusts the Lord to take care of her.” This is what Psalm 112:7 proclaims. I love these kinds of verses, ones that give us advice on how to…

“She confidently trusts the Lord to take care of her.” This is what Psalm 112:7 proclaims. I love these kinds of verses, ones that give us advice on how to trust God and where putting your faith in God can take you.122

Lets break that verse down. It starts out by saying that she CONFIDENTLY trusts the Lord. She doesn’t just trust Him. She has confidence and is sure of herself. She is sure of the Lord’s care for her life and that He has her future in the palm of His hand. Nothing surprises God. He knows just what you need when you need it. So, lets finish breaking this verse down. She confidently trusts the Lord to what? To take care of her. Isn’t that what most girls seek? To feel safe and to have the feeling that she is taken care of? God has that covered.

Trust confidently in the Lord! He will never let you down.

XOXO, Chels

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How to Feel More Comfortable in Your Own Skin

Sometimes our thoughts can get the best of us. We are our toughest critics. Sometimes we feel insecure about ourselves and put ourselves down instead of feeling comfortable in our…

Sometimes our thoughts can get the best of us. We are our toughest critics. Sometimes we feel insecure about ourselves and put ourselves down instead of feeling comfortable in our own skin and confident in who we are. It is easy to feel uncomfortable in our own skin when we look at others and think “wow, I would love to be them…” You are already perfect just the way you are! Here is how to overcome your negative thoughts and love yourself just the way you are.

  1. Don’t seek others’ approval: Don’t seek validation from other people and don’t base the way you feel about yourself on the way someone else feels about you! Don’t seek other people’s approval. No one knows you like you do! That means FullSizeRenderthat only you can determine your self- worth. When you stop worrying about what other people think about you, you will feel more confident and strong. Just be yourself and the right people will love you for it!
  2. Don’t listen to the media: When you are constantly surrounded by magazines, movies, TV shows, and social media that show us what the “perfect body” and “perfect person” looks like, it is easy to start comparing yourself to them and easy to point out your imperfections. Rather than comparing yourself to that, learn to appreciate your own body and personality and accomplishments! God made you the way He did for a reason. Believe it! Don’t let the media tell you that you need to look or act or feel a certain way. Just do you!
  3. Pick positive people: Surrounding yourself with people who are positive and don’t put you down is so important! They help you see your worth and potential. Positive people help you feel comfortable and confident in your own skin and can help you see just how amazing you are!

Everyone has insecurities, and they are not easy to overcome, but as long as you realize that you are amazing and beautiful and that you can do anything, because God made you and loves you just the way you are, you can start the journey of becoming comfortable in your own skin and confident in who you are.

XOXO, Chels

 

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How to Stop Taking Things Personally and Feel More Confident

The concept of “stop taking things personally” is a tough one for me to grasp. I wouldn’t consider myself a super sensitive person, but I can definitely take things to…

The concept of “stop taking things personally” is a tough one for me to grasp. I wouldn’t consider myself a super sensitive person, but I can definitely take things to heart, and can feel like I am to blame when something negative happens. If you are a sensitive person, then you are familiar with the feeling of “it’s all my fault.” Rather than feeling like the world is on your shoulders, you need to be able to feel free of anxiety and be confident! Here are 4 ways to help you stop taking things personally.

  1. Know that not everyone needs to like you: Yes, in an ideal world everyone would like everyone and get along, but that is not the world we live in. It can be exhausting to try and please everyone, and there is no need for it! It is impossible for everyone to like you, so don’t take it personally if someone doesn’t. Some people just flat out don’t like me. And I have realized that it is okay! I am confident in who I am, I have friends and family that think I am the bomb.com, and I have you guys! Bye, haters.617849f15df4b425d44a4db8d6f3bcf87a2dcca8f3a06e1253b772d2c7181cca
  2. Don’t jump to conclusions: If someone says something negative that you think is directed towards you, don’t immediately get defensive and hurt. Take a second and step back. Odds are, the comment or criticism wasn’t actually directed towards you, or if it was, it could be a reflection of their insecurities.
  3. Just do you: Don’t let other people try and tell you who you are. What other people say about us can really have an impact on us, and it can be hard not to let it get to you. Just because people say it doesn’t make it true! You know who you are. You know what you are all about and your value and worth. Some people just choose not to recognize it. Like I said earlier, a lot of times when people criticize others, it is because they are insecure.

So, instead of feeling like it is your fault that someone doesn’t like you or that something negative happens, realize that everything is not your fault and other people cannot control how you feel about yourself, only you can!

XOXO, Chels

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4 Ways to Boost Your Confidence

As teenagers, we often find ourselves having much lower self esteem than we should. We need to love ourselves and be confident in our own skin! That being said, it…

As teenagers, we often find ourselves having much lower self esteem than we should. We need to love ourselves and be confident in our own skin! That being said, it is much easier said than done. I thought I should write an article on how I’ve learned to not only look confident, but feel confident too.

  1. First comes first, stop comparing yourself to others. Nowadays, everyone cares so much about their image and how we are viewed by others. Magazines, TV shows, social media, etc. remind us of the “perfect image,” but is there such a thing? Put away your phone for the day, or any other distractions, and focus solely on yourself. Love who YOU are and don’t focus on your flaws.
  2. Take two pieces of paper and write down characteristics you like about yourself (on the outside and inside) on one sheet and what you don’t like about yourself on the other. Get rid of the negatives by either crumbling up the paper, ripping it, etc. and keep the positive sheet to look at when you need a little reminder of what you love about yourself. Chelsea Crockett - Self Confidence Quotes
  3. Take a weekend to focus solely on yourself. Go to sleep early, wake up early, drink some coffee, forget the makeup, put away your phone, get outside, etc. By Sunday night, you’ll be feeling extremely refreshed, and not to forget happy! You won’t understand until you try it for yourself.
  4. Write your favorite motivational quote on your mirror, set it as your screensaver, etc. so it’s the first thing you see when you wake up. One of my favorites is, “Self confidence is the best outfit, rock it and own it.”’

I hope this helps you boost your confidence to where it should be :)!

Love, Chelsea

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How To Be More Confident

I’ve got a question for you. Why is it so easy for us to point out all of the bad things about ourselves, but so hard to pick out things…

I’ve got a question for you. Why is it so easy for us to point out all of the bad things about ourselves, but so hard to pick out things that we love? I know that sometimes I get wrapped up in my downfalls, but when I do I remind myself of everything I have going for me! We are too blessed to be stressed, and too beautiful (inside AND out) to be brought down! Here are some ways to give your confidence a comeback.FullSizeRender (9)

  1. A ton! Not feeling confident? Trick your mind into thinking you are just by smiling! It’s a quicker picker upper.
  2. Sit up straight. Believe it or not, when you have great posture you gain confidence!
  3. Kick negativity to the curb! If you are surrounded with people that make you feel bad about yourself or bring you down, that can cause you to harbor negative thoughts as well.
  4. Pray about it. When I am feeling down I pray that God will give me confidence and help me shine for Him. Works every time!

As Christina Agulara would say, “You are beautiful, in every single way” and you ARE! Never forget it.

 

XOXO, Chels

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Self Esteem: The Secret to Being Confident

            Hey girls!             In the November issue of Teen Vogue, Demi Lovato talks about how she is stronger than ever and how she couldn’t be happier with the skin…

            Hey girls!

            In the November issue of Teen Vogue, Demi Lovato talks about how she is stronger than ever and how she couldn’t be happier with the skin she’s in.  This is a perfect example of someone we should look up to, especially in our teen years.  Being comfortable and confident in your own skin is one of the very secrets of finding the person you want to be!

            Self-esteem is hard to keep upChelsea Crockett - Confidence at the age we’re at, and going to school doesn’t help.  There’s always someone that has something negative to say about you whether they’re judging your clothes, personality, friends, etc.  Feeling right in your own skin is the first step to ignoring negativity from others.  Don’t be a people pleaser!  You can’t make everyone happy so don’t try so hard.  God made you in His image, so you should be overjoyed with the skin you’re in!

 

“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.  Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”  Psalm 139:13-14

 

                                                            Love, Chelsea

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Say “No” To Peer Pressure

            Hey insiders!             Peer pressure gets to all of us.  Whether you’re in middle school, high school, or even in your adult years, we’re all tempted in different ways…

            Hey insiders!

            Peer pressure gets to all of us.  Whether you’re in middle school, high school, or even in your adult years, we’re all tempted in different ways and forms.  It’s not fun or easy, but there are many ways to resist it.Chelsea Crockett - Peer Pressure

  • Stand your ground.  All of us have a set of rules and values for ourselves that we try to follow as much as possible.  If anyone tries to change those values, stand your ground.  Learn how to say no and follow your gut on what’s right.
  • Choose your friends wisely.  It’s easier to avoid peer pressure when you’re surrounded by good people that share the same values as you.  This way you won’t have to worry about them tempting you into doing something you’re not comfortable with.
  • Be confident.  Go into the situation with a mindset of “no one will change who I am or what I believe.”  Once you have a secure mindset, you’ll be a lot stronger and more confident in walking away. 
  • Think of the consequences.  Is the situation really worth the consequences?  Think very carefully about what you do before you do it.  Bad decisions can weigh on you and carry a big amount of guilt. 

             Although there are more ways to resist peer pressure, I find these four the most effective.  Remember, “To be popular isn’t always right and to be right isn’t always popular.”

                                                   XO – Chelsea

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