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Daily Affirmations for the New Year

With the new year comes new pressures, new stresses, new opportunities, new uncertainties, and new relationships. These things can cause us to question ourselves and feel unstable within certain aspects…

With the new year comes new pressures, new stresses, new opportunities, new uncertainties, and new relationships. These things can cause us to question ourselves and feel unstable within certain aspects of our lives. I find that at the beginning of the year, I can feel the most overwhelmed. We want to make this year better than the last. That is why we need all the affirmation and support we can get when the new year comes around. Feeling confident in our choices and decisions, and we need to feel like we are going in the right direction. We can’t always count on our friends and family to affirm us in the ways we need, so that is why God’s word is a great place to find affirmation. It is filled with advice and wisdom to lift our spirits and give us the confidence we need to press on. Here are some words of encouragement from the Bible to affirm yourself daily during this new year.

  1. Luke 18:27 – “Jesus replied, ‘What is impossible with man is possible with God.’” This verse could make us step back and say a big “whaaaaat?” All things are possible? Seriously? God can make all things happen if we just lean on Him? Our Christian life is to be a continuous proof that God works impossibilities. Our lives are to be a series of impossibilities made possible and actual by God’s almighty power. That is what we need. We have an almighty God that we worship. The transformation of a heart coming from dark to light (unsaved to saved) is a miracle. God is working miracles every day.
  2. John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Take a second and think about this verse. I’ve grown up hearing it, reading it many times, but it will never get old because it is what I live for. It’s the purpose of which you and I can come to the cross daily and ask for forgiveness and move forward because we have a loving Father. He loves us yesterday, and he will love us tomorrow. What a love.
  3. Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Notice that the verse does not say “I can do some things, or most things”.  When we give up on trying to solve our own problems and issues, and we take these things and lay them at the foot of the cross. Placing our complete faith and trust in God and His ability to take care of these problems and issues, we are renewed and we no longer have to carry the entire burden ourselves.
  4. Romans 8:28 – “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.” When I read this, I get so encouraged knowing that in no matter the circumstance… He is faithful. I can trust that He has an intricate plan for me no matter the highs and lows.
  5. Hebrews 13:5 – “I Never will I leave you;never will I forsake you.” So often I need to be reminded of this. He is a personal God, and He wants to know and love us through whatever hurt or confusion may come.

Spending daily time with God and diving into His word is vital to grow and sustain your faith. Think of it like working out. When your faith needs to do some heavy lifting, you will be ready because you have been “exercising” in God’s word daily.

XOXO, Chels

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You Can’t Change People, But God Can

Odds are, you have someone in your life who really needs to change. They have an anger problem, a sin problem, an addiction problem, an attitude problem, or maybe even…

Odds are, you have someone in your life who really needs to change. They have an anger problem, a sin problem, an addiction problem, an attitude problem, or maybe even a denial problem. And you don’t know how to help them overcome their struggle or the sin that has held them down for so long. Fed up, tired, and hopeless because you have tried and tried, but somehow nothing has changed. You come to grips with the fact that they may never change, and that they may always be the way they are. I mean, what are you supposed to do in a situation like that?

Lucky for us, the Bible gives us wisdom on how to actually help a person change. So, how can you help a person change?

Pray repeatedly. Somehow we get this unbiblical idea in our heads that we can change people and by the force of our sheer will, we can make a person turn from their ungodliness to godliness. Scripture says differently. James 1:19-10 says “Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.” The hard truth is that we cannot cause a person to change, no matter how hard we try. Only God can soften their heart and open their ears. The best thing we can do for a person is pray for them, and not in a “God please change this person because they are driving me crazy” kind of way, but in a “God please change this person for their good and your glory” kind of way. Pray for them constantly. Pray that God would bless them, give them joy, and give them victory over their sin. Also, instead of criticizing the person you want to change, pray for them. For every one time you criticize, pray ten times!

Encourage them often. This may sound counterproductive because if I encourage them, they will think everthing is okay, right? That isnt how it works. The authors of the Bible made this evident. Before they brought any criticism, they always began with encouragement. The way Paul responded to the Corinthians is a great example of this. The Corinthian church was going nuts. They were all engaging in sexual immorality, worshiping other Gods, making idols, and many other sinful things. But, Paul began his letter to the Corinthians by telling them how grateful he was for them. “I give thanks to my God always for you..” are his words exactly. Do you want to help a person change? Give thanks to God for them. Encourage them and point out areas where you see God at work in their life. Don’t fixate on their weaknesses and miss all the good things God is doing in them.

Correct them lovingly. There is a time for correction, but that correction should be when necessary. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 says “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” Sometimes our corrections can take the form of admonishment or rebuke. Sometimes they can take the form of helping someone in their weakness. But always correct with patience and love, not anger and frustration.

So, how do we help people truly change? Pray, encourage, correct, and repeat. Don’t try and make people change, persistently pray for them and let God do the changing.

XOXO, Chels

 

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Life Lessons From 1 Thessalonians 5:11

To me, one of the best things you can do for your friends and family to show them you love them and care for them is to build them up….

To me, one of the best things you can do for your friends and family to show them you love them and care for them is to build them up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “Encourage each other and build each other up.”

This is such an important thing to have in life – people who will build you up and encourage you. And it is an important personality trait for us to have ourselves. People like to be around people who are positive and make them feel good about themselves and supported. Life is so much better when you feel like you have a support system and people that believe in you and encourage you to be successful. Be that person for someone else. Be that person that builds others up and encourages them. People will be drawn to you and will want to be around you! It is so energizing to be around positive people.

I have been trying to share tons of encouragement over my social media to try and encourage and build YOU all up. I want to be that person for you, and I pray that you would be that person for someone else.

XOXO, Chels

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Who God Says You Are

You are so many things. Have you ever had people try to tell you who you are? That can be frustrating, having people try to fit you into a mold….

You are so many things. Have you ever had people try to tell you who you are? That can be frustrating, having people try to fit you into a mold. God is the only one who really knows who we are, and according to Him, we are pretty darn great. Here is the proof. God says that you are:

  1. You are beautiful. Psalm 45:11
  2. You are unique. Psalm 139:13
  3. You are loved. Jeremiah 31:3
  4. You are special. Ephesians 2:10
  5. You are created with a purpose. Jeremiah 29:11
  6. You are cared for. Ephesians 3:17-19
  7. You are lovely. Daniel 12:3
  8. You are precious. 1 Corinthians 6:20
  9. You are strong. Psalm 18:35
  10. You are important. 1 Peter 2:9
  11. You are forgiven. Psalm 103:12
  12. You are a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17
  13. You are protected. Psalm 121:3
  14. You are empowered. Philippians 4:13
  15. You are chosen. John 15:16
  16. You are family. Ephesians 2:19
  17. You are His. Isaiah 43:1

You are who God says you are! The proof is in His word, the Bible. He gave us that book so that we can be encouraged and know exactly how much He loves us. Let that encourage you and empower you.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons From Micah 7:8

Micah 7:8 says “Though I fall, I will rise again.” This verse is a great reminder to keep going even when you fall, because you will rise up again. Life…

Micah 7:8 says “Though I fall, I will rise again.”

This verse is a great reminder to keep going even when you fall, because you will rise up again. Life is this
way. There are peaks, and there are valleys. What comes up must come down. We have great times in life that are followed by not-so-great times. The silver lining during those “down” times is that we know that they will eventually turn around. Even though there are days when we think “this day could not possibly get any worse” and then it does, we can find peace in the promise that though we fall, we will rise again.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Ephesians 3:20

Ephesians 3:20 says “God has more in store for you than you can even imagine.” Let me tell you, I have pretty big dreams, and the fact that God has…

Ephesians 3:20 says “God has more in store for you than you can even imagine.” Let me tell you, I have pretty big dreams, and the fact that God has more in store for me than that is mind blowing!

God has bigger plans for you than you can even comprehend. Do you sometimes feel like your life isn’t going anywhere or you aren’t moving forward? Do you feel like giving up on your big dreams because things just aren’t panning out the way you thought they would? Don’t get caught up in the negative. God’s plans for your life may not be what YOUR plans are. They may be totally opposite of what you thought your life would look like! But let me tell you, God’s plans are always greater than ours. God has so many wonderful things planned for you! He put you on this earth for a purpose. I sometimes get the feeling that I have no purpose and am just floundering. It is easy to feel this way when we get to a low point in our life. It is important for us to remember, though, that we need to be patient and let God do his thing. Why? Read Ephesians 3:20.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Mark 5:41

Do you ever feel like you are being overlooked or that your voice is not being heard? Mark 5:41 says “Little girl, I say to you, arise!” Arise! Arise from…

Do you ever feel like you are being overlooked or that your voice is not being heard? Mark 5:41 says “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”

Arise! Arise from the troubles in your life. Arise from all of the struggles getting you down. Rise above what people say about you and arise above their expectations. I feel like this verse is encouraging
because it literally tells you to get up and go after it. Arise! God is with you when you do. Rise above depression, anxiety, and other struggles that the devil has put in place in your life to keep you down. Rise up and show others how you can get through anything in life with God on your side.

Keep the faith and keep on truckin’!

XOXO, Chels

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Why You (And I) Should Learn to Take a Compliment

Recently I have noticed something. Something that has really started to bother me. It is the fact that, as girls, we no longer know how to give and take compliments….

Recently I have noticed something. Something that has really started to bother me. It is the fact that, as girls, we no longer know how to give and take compliments. Why is this?

One of my philosophies is that we feel like we are being self-centered or “proud” when we take a compliment. When you are told a compliment, do you shrug it off? Why do we feel like we cannot believe the positive things other people tell us? Imagine if you accepted all of the compliments that are given to you instead of shrugging them off and trying to contradict them. How much would that change your self-confidence? Believing the positive things people tell us can be such a boost! We need to learn to see the good in ourselves that others see in us.fullsizerender-65

Now for my philosophy on why we sometimes have a hard time giving compliments. This, to me, goes hand in hand with the reason we don’t take compliments as well as we should. We don’t know how the other person will react to our praise, whether they will shrug it off or accept it. I think, as girls, sometimes we can let the jealousy bug bite us. We can think that by giving another girl a compliment, we are setting them above ourselves and making them look better than we do. WRONG. Giving someone else a compliment is the simplest, but most impactful thing you can do for them! Compliments are free to give, and they can make someone’s day SO much better!

Moral of the story? Give sincere compliments, and learn to take them in return. Accept people’s praise, because you are worth their affirmation! Don’t think that by accepting a compliment you are being self-righteous or prideful. Learn to confidently accept people’s admiration with a kind smile, and understand that you deserve it. We also need to know the importance of GIVING complements. They can honestly make someone’s day. How great is it knowing you can take someone’s mood and flip it around, just by telling them that you like their outfit? It is so easy to do, so why not humble yourself and give out a compliment or two?

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from Psalm 147:3

Where are my girls who are hurting? Broken-hearted? Feeling sad or alone? I hear you. And I know what it is like. I have a verse that I think will…

Where are my girls who are hurting? Broken-hearted? Feeling sad or alone? I hear you. And I know what it is like. I have a verse that I think will really speak to you, and that is Psalm 147:3, which says “He heals every shattered heart.”

It may not make you feel encouraged now, but just having the knowledge that your heart will not be in d393b5d339057f4bb13592aa6221d887pain forever, even though it may feel like it will, is comforting. God tells us in His word that He will heal our shattered hearts. In time, your heart will feel whole again. No pain is too great for God’s incredible healing. When you are heartbroken, it can feel like you are in a pit. Like you cannot get out and cannot see a light at the end of the tunnel. Don’t give up hope. Don’t lose faith. Your Heavenly Father will sew your heart back together and lift you out of your pit.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons From 1 Thessalonians 5:11

To me, one of the best things you can do for your friends and family to show them you love them and care for them is to build them up….

To me, one of the best things you can do for your friends and family to show them you love them and care for them is to build them up. 1 Thessalonians 5:11 says “Encourage each other and build each other up.”1-thesselonians

This is such an important thing to have in life – people who will build you up and encourage you. And it is an important personality trait for us to have ourselves. People like to be around people who are positive and make them feel good about themselves and supported. Life is so much better when you feel like you have a support system and people that believe in you and encourage you to be successful. Be that person for someone else. Be that person that builds others up and encourages them. People will be drawn to you and will want to be around you! It is so energizing to be around positive people.

I have been trying to share tons of encouragement over my social media to try and encourage and build YOU all up. I want to be that person for you, and I pray that you would be that person for someone else.

XOXO, Chels

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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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“Admire Someone Else’s Beauty Without Questioning Your Own”

  Have you ever looked at someone and immediately compared yourself to them? My guess is that almost everyone has done this, and done it many times. You look at…

 

Have you ever looked at someone and immediately compared yourself to them? My guess is that almost everyone has done this, and done it many times. You look at them and think “I wish I was as skinny as her” or “I wish I had clothes as nice as hers.” I saw a quote online the other day that really hit home with me on this subject. It said “Admire someone else’s beauty without questioning your own.”beauty

What does that quote say to me? It says that you should be able to look at someone and think “Wow. She is beautiful. She dresses so nice and has such a great personality!” without immediately thinking “Am I as pretty as her? Do people think that I have a great personality and dress nice?” As girls we can be so critical of ourselves. We feel pressure to look great, dress nice, and be “put-together” all the time. Everyone is beautiful, and they are beautiful in their own way. Us girls need to be supportive of each other and compliment and admire each other’s beauty without comparing it to our own. We are all so beautifully different!

I challenge you to admire other people’s beauty without doubting or questioning your own. Being confident in yourself is one of the best things you can be!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Be Truly Glad, There is Wonderful Joy Ahead

“Be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead.” 1 Peter 1:6. I will be honest with you all. I am scared to grow up. Scared to leave for college, scared…

“Be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead.” 1 Peter 1:6. I will be honest with you all. I am scared to grow up. Scared to leave for college, scared to move away from my parents, scared because the future is so uncertian. And I am sure you are all scared of many of the same things. But you know what? We should strive to be truly glad.

What do I mean? I mean we should be glad for our struggles, and glad for what life is giving us, because we are alive! We have been given the gift of life by our God, and He has allowed us to live this crazy life! The rest of the verse sasy that there is “wonderful joy ahead.” How cool is that? Even in the midst of our busy, hectic, bad newssometimes scary lives, God reminds us that there is joy ahead! Be glad for your struggles, because they are leading you to a life filled with joy! When I get worried about college and the future, I just think of the blessings that are ahead of me and how God has a plan. He has a plan to bring you and me wonderful joy! Be glad! Psalm 112:7 says “She does not fear bad news; she confidently trusts the Lord to take care of her.”

So, don’t fear bad news or the bad times, be confident that God has it under control and that he will take care of you, no matter where you are in life.

There is wonderful joy ahead!

XOXO, Chels

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Start, Stay, and End with Jesus

“That is SO goals” ,“Omg GOALS!”, “They are total relationship goals.” How many times a day to we hear people say these phrases? To me, these words seem trivial. Is…

“That is SO goals” ,“Omg GOALS!”, “They are total relationship goals.” How many times a day to we hear people say these phrases? To me, these words seem trivial. Is your goal to really have a relationship like that person? They may wish they had a relationship like yours. Instead of setting minute goals such as the ones the world tells us are worth our time and effort, I say we focus on one daily goal: to start, stay, and end with Jesus.

  1. Start with Jesus: Morning time alone with God is crutial to maintaining a healthy relationship with Him. If it means setting your alarm 10 minutes earlier so you can read your Bible or a short devotional when you get up in the morning, then do it. You will feel so much better, more prepared, and encouraged going into the day after spending time with God!d8e146298932786e62eabfa869fc76f5
  2. Stay with Jesus: During the day, send up little prayers to God when He crosses your mind. Are you worried about something? Pray about it. Stressed? Pray about it. Also, throughout your day, make sure you are acting and presenting yourself to others in a way that glorifies God and brings attention to Him by setting a positive example for your peers.
  3. End with Jesus: If this means a prayer right before you go to bed or sitting around the table with family at the end of the day and praying as a family, make sure you close out the day by spending time with the One who gave the day to you in the first place. Confess your sins to him and ask forgiveness, then pray that He would work through you in the days to come.

Start, stay, and end with Jesus every day. Your life will never be the same!

XOXO,Chels

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Motivation Inspiration!

Motivation can be tough to obtain. High school, boys, a job, etc. (basically teenage life in general) can run you out of steam! The lack of motivation can kick in…

Motivation can be tough to obtain. High school, boys, a job, etc. (basically teenage life in general) can run you out of steam! The lack of motivation can kick in pretty quick. You might be striving for the perfect summer body or to feel better about yourself in general. I wanted to share with you something I recently found on Chelsea Crockett - Motivation Wall Pinterest. It’s a great way to get some energy and confidence back so you’re able to go for the goal: a motivation board!

If you’re a little confused on what I’m talking about, a perfect example is the one on the left or the one below! You can make yours any way you like. If you want more structure, create a board like the one on the left. You can make a schedule of what workouts and exercises you need to do at the gym or at home. If you’reChelsea Crockett - Motivation Board determined to lose any pounds, add in a countdown! You can decorate it with motivational quotes or pictures to give you a little inspiration when you need it!

Another way to decorate it is like the board below. If you want to take the looser, simpler route, just decorate it with several sayings that provide some encouragement. Put it in front of your mirror or on your dresser to give you a boost in the mornings before a long day of school (which I think we could all use!).

Let me know how your own board turns out :)!

Love, Chelsea

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Beauty Quotes Every Girl can Relate To

Do you ever see quotes about makeup, fashion, beauty etc. on Twitter or Tumblr that you can totally relate to? I see them all the time and it is so…

Do you ever see quotes about makeup, fashion, beauty etc. on Twitter or Tumblr that you can totally relate to? I see them all the time and it is so encouraging to know that other girls are having the same struggles as me! I have a select few beauty quotes that I can totally relate to, so I decided to list them for you guys! Odds are, a lot of us can relate to the same beauty blunders. 😉c5b3bc6056fa52423b392e8652b13894

  1. “Never ask a woman with winged eyeliner why she is late.” Gosh, so darn true. Winged liner takes a steady hand and a patience, am I right?
  2. “A woman is only helpless while her nail polish is drying.” This is definitely something I can relate to. I cannot normally function for at LEAST 20 minutes after I paint my nails! I wouldn’t want all that hard work to get smudged off!
  3. “Put on some red lipstick and live a little.” Red lipstick = instant confidence boost.
  4. “May the wings of your eyeliner always be even.” Again with the winged liner, but that is just because it is so relevant!!
  5. “I have an irrational fear of wasting a perfect smokey eye on an insignificant day.” Wearing somokey-eyed makeup is an investment. It takes a lot to get the fade from dark to light eye shadow just right, and then you have to be careful not to rub your eyes and smear it!

Can you relate to any of these? Comment below and let me know which one is SO “you”!

XOXO, Chels

 

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