Chelsea Crockett

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“Before You Were Born, I Set You Apart”

“Before you were born, I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5 Have you ever wanted something or wanted to do something so badly, and then when you finally did it you…

“Before you were born, I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5

Have you ever wanted something or wanted to do something so badly, and then when you finally did it you realized that it is possible you weren’t destined for that at all? For example, you may think you should be the one in front of the camera, when in reality, you should be the one working the camera. Maybe you feel the pressure to be in front of the camera because that is what others have told you, but after experiencing it yourself, realize that it is not the right fit for you.

This is because God has given each of us specific abilities, experiences, passions and talents. We are unique and there is no one out there just like you. We have been designed by the creator of the universe – and designed to do different things.

Do you look at people on Instagram and wish you were like them? Wish you looked like them, had a house like them, had a job like them, or wore the clothes they did?  Jealousy is a vicious monster. God made each of us different – and with different purposes. He set you apart from everyone else before you were even born. That is why we have to trust God’s plan for us and fight jealousy of others. He will see His purpose for your life come to pass in His own time. We must use the gifts and talents we have been given and see our differences as assets. I once saw a quote that said “We live in the past, dream of the future, and often miss today, this moment, the here and now.”

How true. We dwell on the things we don’t have instead of reveling in what we DO have. Are you using the assets God blessed you with? Have you been taking full advantage of the talents He has given you? He has set you apart. He has appointed you. Let that encourage and uplift you! The One who created the moon, the stars, the mountains and valleys, He created YOU!

Chels

 

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Be a Ruth

“Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you stay, I will stay; your people shall be…

“Do not press me to leave you or to turn back from following you! Where you go, I will go; where you stay, I will stay; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” Ruth 1:16

When you think of Ruth from the Bible, I’m guessing that this verse comes to mind. Ruth’s story isn’t flashy or dramatic – but she is a Biblical superhero. She is brave, obedient, loyal, faithful, bold, courageous, loving, and kind. These are characteristics we should all strive to possess. These are life’s real superpowers.

Ruth was obedient when God guided her on a path she wasn’t expecting – a path that took her far from her family from home. She followed her mother in law, Naomi, even when the easier decision would have been to stay put. She decided to remain loyal to Naomi even though her husband, the link that connected the them, had passed away. God rewarded her obedience with a bigger blessing than she could have ever imagined – by introducing Boaz into her life. Through their love, they added to the family tree that eventually led to King David and even Jesus. Ruth scavenges for food in Boaz’s fields to feed Naomi, which is what introduced them and began their love story.

“I’ve been told about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband — how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.” {Ruth 2:11-12}

Her story isn’t just a story of love – love for Naomi and eventually Boaz – it is a story about God. The book of Ruth demonstrates the kind of faithfulness and love that God wishes for us. It also shows us the difference between what happens when we as both individuals and as a group faithfully follow God.

Love selflessly and you will be shown the same in return. Be a Ruth. Be loyal in your relationships, go the extra mile, and don’t give up when things get tough. Someday you will see why it was worth the work.

Chels

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Not Today, Satan

“Whenever I say Your Name, let the devil know not today.” This is a line from one of my recent favorite songs by the band “Hillsong”. If you spend any…

“Whenever I say Your Name, let the devil know not today.”

This is a line from one of my recent favorite songs by the band “Hillsong”. If you spend any time browsing social media, then you’ve probably seen memes featuring the phrase “not today Satan”, and although it is a saying that we easily throw around, it has some real depth.

The devil speaks lies, doubt and fear into our lives in many forms. He uses our weaknesses and weak spots to weasel his way in to our minds. His voice tells us that we are not good enough, not lovable, not important, and makes us feel as though we have to be in control all the time and think selfishly. This voice steals us of our composure and levelheaded-ness and tempts us into making bad or destructive decisions.

We have to fight back and tell Satan “not today.” So, how do we do this? First, you must avoid his line of fire. Do your best to avoid situations that leave your weak spots vulnerable. When you begin to see these coming, pivot out of their way. If it is a person that, whenever you are with them, you always seem to find yourself in less-than-optimal situations, stay away from them. If the daily news headlines send you into a spiral, take a break from reading them for a while. If social media wears you down and takes you to a negative place, put it away for a bit.

Another way to put Satan in his place is to walk closely with the Lord and tell him “no” to his face. Philippians teaches us “Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” Stay positive and let negativity roll off your back. The devil has no place in the light. Telling Satan “no” is as easy as it sounds. Tell him that he will not have any role in your life, and to get lost. Just like Jesus said in the book of Matthew, say “Get behind me, Satan!”

Today, let the devil know he has not place in your life. Not today, Satan!

Chels

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You’re Loved More Than You Know

 “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good…

 “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:6-8

To summarize, you are loved more than you will ever know. The fact that we are sinners and are so undeserving does not diminish His love towards us. It doesn’t depend on what we do, and we can never earn it. The statement “While we were still sinners, Christ died for us,” is one of the most powerful in the Bible for this reason. His love is unconditional. You will not find anything like it in this world.

His love does not depend on what we do, and while God does not always like or approve of all our actions, he loves us anyway. This will never change. When we do mess up, shame and fear want us to believe that we have lost God’s love. They want us to think that we are too dirty or shameful to come to Him. But this is not how God’s love really is. There is never a moment that He does not want you to be with Him.

When God convicts us of our sins, he does it through love, not shame. He wants to restore us, not punish us. Sin wants us to believe that we are no longer good enough to be with the Lord. God wants you to know that you are secure in His love and you never need to doubt it. His love is unconditional, and its not just for those who follow Him. His love is for everyone, and that is why it is our job to make sure everyone knows of the love their savior has for them.

There are things that we can think or do that cause our personal relationship with the Lord to be strained or distant, but rest assured, there is nothing you can do to make God stop loving you.

Chels

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Just Because You’re Young

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” –…

“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” – 1 Timothy 4:12

When you are a young person in the spotlight, there is a lot of pressure on your shoulders. I have done a lot in my young age, from starting a business to making big life moves to getting engaged. And, as a young blogger trying to be a positive influence on all those I meet, I think this verse is so important.

When you accomplish many things in your youth, people tend to doubt you or discredit you because you are young. But, this verse is an awesome encouragement – telling us that in His eyes and through Him, we can do amazing things.

Have you ever heard someone give the excuse “Oh, well, they ARE a millennial,” when a young person does something they don’t necessarily agree with? Today’s youth get a bad name. They’re seen as lazy, grumpy and self-centered, when this couldn’t be further from the truth. Some of the smartest and most aware individuals are people in my circle of friends.

In this verse, Paul is writing to Timothy and encouraging him as a young leader in the church. He says that although he is younger than the others, he should not let them look down on him because of it, and that he should set an example for others no matter his age. This same principal applies to us today. Although we are young, we cannot let this stop us from setting an example for others by living for Christ.

Why not let our youth be a strength instead of a stereotype? Help that elderly lady figure out how to use an app on her phone when you see her struggling. Help a mom open the door to a restaurant when she is trying to wrangle her children. Pick up after someone who leaves their trash out. Be someone who brightens someone’s day and reflects the joy of the Lord. Also, don’t let anyone discredit you or make you feel like what you say or feel is wrong because you are young or seem to have less life experience.

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young. Use the knowledge and wisdom that the Lord has blessed you with to show the older generation what millennials really look like.

We are the future, so let’s show ‘em what we got!

Chels

 

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What Love Looks Like

Where did you learn to love? Who taught you? Was it your parents? Your Sunday school teacher? A good friend? The Bible? If it is the last option, then you…

Where did you learn to love? Who taught you? Was it your parents? Your Sunday school teacher? A good friend? The Bible? If it is the last option, then you looked to the perfect place. It could be also be a combination of all the above. The Bible is God’s handbook for us – He gave it to us so that we would know how to live life. How great is it that we don’t have to wonder what to do, we can just know? If you want to learn how to love the people in your life well, here is God’s advice.

  1. Pray without ceasing. Colossians 1:9 says “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives…” Pray for the ones you love, and pray for the wisdom to know how to love them well!
  2. Listen without interrupting. Proverbs 18:2 Reads “Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.” Listen without trying to insert your own two cents.
  3. Give without sparing. Proverbs 21:26 tells us “All day long he craves for more,but the righteous give without sparing.” Don’t hold on to things and be selfish with your time and money, give what you have and feel fulfilled.
  4. Speak without accusing. James 1:19 says “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry…”
  5. Answer without arguing. Proverbs 17:1 tells us “Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.” This verse paints a very vivid picture of why we should pick our battles and watch our words.
  6. Share without pretending. Ephesians 4:15 reminds us “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” Don’t lie to the ones you love to spare their feelings, be loving in sharing the truth.
  7. Promise without forgetting. Proverbs 13:12 says “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” Don’t make promises that you can’t keep. This builds false trust and will bite you in the long run.
  8. Trust without wavering. 1 Corinthians 13:6-7 reads “Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”
  9. Enjoy without complaint. Philippians 2:14 tells us “Do everything without grumbling or arguing…” This one is a tough one!
  10. Forgive without punishing. Colossians 3:13 reminds us “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Nobody is perfect, and we all slip up, so having compassion and understanding is key to showing love in the trying times.

Love each other well.

Chels

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Is God Waiting on You?

Do you ever feel like you are waiting on God? Waiting on Him to answer your prayers or give you a sign as to what to do next? What if…

Do you ever feel like you are waiting on God? Waiting on Him to answer your prayers or give you a sign as to what to do next? What if He was actually waiting on YOU?

I once had a friend who was sure she was destined for a certain career. When I asked her if she had been looking into the job requirements or specific employers, she said that if it was God’s will for her to go into this occupation, then He would open those doors. It is good to pray and seek God’s will for these sorts of things, but you also have to get out there and put things in motion instead of waiting for them to happen on their own.

Us young people really want to know what God’s will is for our lives. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 tells us “this is the will of God, your sanctification”. Unlucky for us, this does not give us much to go off of. The will of God is a hot topic and always will be. We just have to accept that we will never fully understand the “whys” and “whats” of life and instead focus on what we can do to go along with His plan and cooperate as much as He has given us the ability to. A lot of our success and failure in life depends on us. God gives us the ability to do these things – the freedom to try and fail. God is not going to do for you what you can do for yourself.

As a follower of Christ, what does the Lord want you to be responsible for in your life that tells Him that you can handle what He has given you? Have you proven that you are worthy of the blessings that are in store for you? Matthew 13:12 says “To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”

Pray for wisdom, because God isn’t going to always give you the answer or show you the clear path. Be disciplined with what you have been given. Accept when you are wrong and admit it to God. Be eager to learn, and refuse to live a passionless, half-hearted life. Come to grips with your strengths and weaknesses as this will make you mentally healthy and aware.

We all have needs on our life. Are yours not being met? Don’t blame God. He is waiting on you! He wants to meet your needs – you just have to ask. Just like James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask God.”

Chels

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When You Go Through Deep Waters…

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” – Isaiah 43:2 Stress is ever-present. It is here to stay and will be part of our lives for…

“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.” – Isaiah 43:2

Stress is ever-present. It is here to stay and will be part of our lives for the long haul. That is why God gave us verses like Isaiah 43:2. He is our stress reliever- forever.

I find so much comfort in the fact that no matter what the world tosses at me, He is protecting me. Little old me! How crazy is it that the God who created the world is looking out for each and every one of us individually?

Many times we will stress about our careers our whether the person we are dating is “the one.” We try and take it upon ourselves to control the outcome. I am so guilty of this. That is why God gave us Jeremiah 29:11. It says, “I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, the are plans for good and not evil, to give you hope and a future.” We have to let go and let God do his thing. How? By growing in our faith and staying in His word.

In the lowest points of your life are when you are in the least control. That is when it is easiest to surrender to God and say “It’s all you. The full verse of Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.” We do not have to be afraid of failure because He will always be there to catch us.

With everything going on in the world, when evil is staring us in the face and knocking on our front door, it gives my heart peace knowing that the Lord still cares for us even in our brokenness. If God is for us, who can stand against us?

So, when you’re feeling like a mess of stress, know that you are eternally loved and that there is a master plan for your life. Know that with certainty.

Chels

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You Were Made to Move Mountains

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say this to the mountain ‘move from here to there,’ and it will…

“I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say this to the mountain ‘move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20

Do you remember the story in the Bible about the father who begged Jesus to heal his son? His son was suffering through sickness, and he had tried everything. The father had even gone to the disciples, but they could not heal him. He fell at Jesus’ feet and asked for His help. Jesus’s response is not what his disciples were expecting. “And Jesus answered, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him here to me. (Matthew 17:17)” I imagine this is similar to saying, “Do I have to do everything myself?”

The boy was brought to Jesus and was healed. Who was Jesus calling faithless and twisted? All of us. He was feeling exasperated with the sins of his people and their unbelief. Imagine what it must have been like for Jesus, who created each of these people and loves them, to know that not all of them believed or received Him. The people loved that he could do miracles and heal them, but as their Creator, the one who would ultimately pay the price for their sin, they rejected and even sometimes despised him. They were, indeed, faithless and twisted. It was hard for Him to bear.

Were the disciples really faithless? They had tried to cast out the boy’s sickness, after all. The problem was that their faith did not bring glory to God or show His power. That is why Jesus did not applaud their efforts. He explained to them that they had little faith. It was not because of God chose not to answer their prayers, the result was solely on their shoulders. Is this why some of our own prayers go unanswered?

No, not every unanswered prayer is a result of having little faith. Also, if our faith is lacking right now, it is possible to grow in faith. We do not have to continue to fail, and “little faith” is not a permanent state of living. In fact, remember Matthew 17:20 says “I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say this to the mountain ‘move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Our lives can be transformed little by little. Is this verse hard for you to grasp? That nothing will be impossible for you? If you truly believed it, would that change the way you live?

We were made to move mountains. We were made to see impossible things happen through our faith. God uses our belief to tell others what He has done in our lives. When we have little faith, then we only show a little of His glory through us. We should not settle for this. We cannot be “lukewarm” Christians, we must be on fire for God.

Jesus knows that we can move mountains. Live like you know that nothing is impossible for Him.

Chels

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The W.O.R.D

I was browsing Pinterest the other day when I came across an awesome new way to study the Bible from TheFelcitybee.com called the “W.O.R.D” method. I am always searching for…

I was browsing Pinterest the other day when I came across an awesome new way to study the Bible from TheFelcitybee.com called the “W.O.R.D” method. I am always searching for new and fresh ways to dive into the Word. So, why not use the “W.O.R.D”?

  1. W: Write. While doing your daily Bible reading or studying, write down your daily verse or main point in a journal. Reading over the passage once you write it down will help you commit it to memory. Proverbs 3:1-3 says “…But let your heart keep my commands; for length of days and long life and peace they will add to you. Let not mercy and truth forsake you; Bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.”
  2. O: Observe. Observe the keys to the passage you are reading and studying. This will help you understand what you are reading. One way to do this is to ask yourself the “five W’s” which are: Who (who is the author of the passage, who are they writing about, and who are they writing to), What (what type of story is this), When (when was the book written), Where (Where was the book written), and Why (why did the author write the book).
  3. R: Relevant. Ask yourself how this verse is relevant and applicable to your life today. How can you make this passage personal? How can you apply it to your daily life? Does this passage instruct, encourage, or correct? What changes in your life does this verse encourage you to make?
  4. D: Declare. Pray and declare the scripture over your life. In this last step, you pray the scripture that you have been studying over your life. Declare the changes you are going to make as a result of the verses you study. Pray that you are encouraged and learn as you strengthen your walk with the Lord.

As you go through the W.O.R.D method, keep your heart and your eyes open to what the Lord is trying to tell you. I am always a big fan of study methods like this one because they keep you focused and give you specific tasks. It is like a road map for studying the Bible!

Chels

 

 

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“Wear Love”

“And regardless of what else you put on, wear love.” – Colossians 3:14 What does it mean to “wear love”? To me, it says that no matter what, you should…

“And regardless of what else you put on, wear love.” – Colossians 3:14

What does it mean to “wear love”? To me, it says that no matter what, you should show love. Love is what holds everyone and everything together and is one way to display life’s goodness. In a world where it feels like, at any moment, any and everything could be going wrong, God’s word tells us that love has the power to make all things good and new.

The deeper I seek the Lord and the more often I pray that He makes less of me and more of Himself, the more He opens my eyes to the brokenness and hurt in this world. People’s hearts are breaking all around us. Sometimes you can just see it on their faces without even knowing the person. That is why we should wear love everywhere we go. 1 John 4:7-12 is a great scripture to drive this point home. It says “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.  This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.”

To truly wear love means that we surrender our lives to the Lord because He is love. When we wear love people around us will be able to see His heart and His love displayed through us. Love is not just an emotion. It is a verb. It is an action. I want to love others and let my words reflect His goodness. If you have a friend who is going through a tough time, let them know that you love them. There is power in the words that we speak – and the more you see the hurt or brokenness in their hearts, the more we should tell them that we love them.

The world is hurting. Wear love, whether it be with your words, actions, or deeds. Love is the best accessory – it goes with everything!

 

Chels

 

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Stressed? Have some Scripture.

In times of transition and change, you can be sure that stress will show its ugly head. With it being back to school season, lots of changes are probably happening…

In times of transition and change, you can be sure that stress will show its ugly head. With it being back to school season, lots of changes are probably happening in your world. You may be moving away, changing schools, changing majors, changing roomates, changing jobs, or small changes may be adding up to one big ball of stress. When I feel like my world has gotten chaotic, I turn to the Bible to help me deal with it. Here are a few of my favorite stress-releiving scriptures.

  • James 1:2-4 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
  • John 14:27 – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
  • Romans 16:20 – The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
  • Colossians 3:15 – Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
  • Isaiah 40:31 – But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
  • Proverbs 12:25: Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.
  • Psalm 23:4:  Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
  • 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.
  • Psalm 94:19: When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.
  • 1 Corinthians 3:11 For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
  • Luke 21:19: Stand firm, and you will win life.
  • Psalm 118:5-6 When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; He brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?

Hopefully these scriptures breathe relief, confidence, strength, and hopefulness into your heart as much as they do mine!

Chels

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Laziness: It’s a Spiritual Problem

Laziness is no stranger to most of us. Even the most productive people have little ways that they let themselves be lazy. I sometimes give myself little excuses to be…

Laziness is no stranger to most of us. Even the most productive people have little ways that they let themselves be lazy. I sometimes give myself little excuses to be lazy or procrastinate and justify it as ok. But, as I am learning, laziness is actually a spiritual problem. We don’t consciously decide to set aside the things we are responsible for or not use the gifts God has given us. We don’t decide to be lazy out of nowhere. So, why IS being lazy a spiritual problem?

Laziness offends God. Yes, offends him. Diligence is a spiritual discipline, and when we refuse to honor our responsibilities and chose our own pleasures over honoring God, we cannot expect the other areas of our lives to flourish. This isn’t God punishing us, it is our own fault. If we direct our spiritual focus towards our goals, that will positively affect our time management which will affect our attitude and accomplishments. When you align your goals with God, laziness has no room.

Also, we were made to work. Not to be workaholics, but to do good work for the glory of God.  When God says that we need a day of rest, don’t mistake rest for laziness. Rest rejuvenates us and revives us. Laziness, and avoiding our responsibilities and goals, does not bring us anywhere closer to the Lord. God is always working on our behalf, so we should also be working on His.

Are you lacking motivation or feeling restless or useless? Don’t just wait around for those feelings to flee, do something about it. Start doing a daily Bible study focusing on your areas of weakness. Pray that the Lord will use this time to reveal in you the things that need improvement. He will lead you through it. Consciously chose to do things that motivate you to avoid laziness like volunteering or becoming a mentor. Don’t give up when things get hard, because it is inevitable that we will all face tough times. As we are diligent in our obedience to work towards our goals and be more disciplined, our lives become so much more fulfilling. Remember this – “…let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9). Your season is coming! Or, you may be in it right now. Don’t give up and let laziness rule your life! You’re stronger than that.

Chels

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Sometimes It’s Not About the Answer, It’s About the Journey

I saw this quote the other day and it really resonated with me. It said “Sometimes it isn’t about the answer to prayer, sometimes it is more about what you…

I saw this quote the other day and it really resonated with me. It said “Sometimes it isn’t about the answer to prayer, sometimes it is more about what you learn while you are waiting for the answer.” I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes, we focus so much on wanting an answer to our prayers that we miss what God is trying to teach us in the waiting.

Many times, he makes us wait years for answers. He makes us wait for healing that we have been about for years. He makes us wait to give us what our hearts desire, whether it be a spouse, a new job, a baby, a house, anything. He could answer our prayers that we have been praing for years in one tiny second. The longer they go unanswered, the more we question whether he even hears us. Maybe He is keeping you at the point you are at for a reason: to build your faith. God is not deaf to you prayers or blind to your needs. If he is making you wait, there is a good reason for it. So, what can we learn while we wait?

The first lesson is a lesson in humility. When I find myself being impatient, I remind myself that the Lord put me in this place. My life does not belong to myself, and God does not owe me anything. I am not the only person on the planet, and the earth does not revolve around me and my wants.

The second lesson is trust. You need to trust that God is 2 things: loving and powerful. The Lord is loving. He pours care and purpose into all He does. He is faithful to us now and will bring us blessings later. His timing is perfect. He owes us nothing, but has promised to give us all that we need. He is powerful. This means that nothing that is happening right now is a surprise to God. He is in charge and has everything under control. When we get anxious in our waiting, we must remember that.

In my life I have struggled with listening to God say “wait” and then going ahead and trying to find ways to accomplish my goals myself. This creates distance in our relationship with the Lord. He wants us to learn to put our demands to the side and wait. Some of the Bible’s greatest figures had to wait many many years for God’s promises to come to pass. Everything that happened in the waiting was used to prepare them for the blessings God had in store. We need to trust in His goodness today and His faithfulness tomorrow. Giving Him control brings our hearts closer to his.

Don’t give up just because you don’t see anything happening. “Wait on the Lord. Be courageous, and he will strengthen your heart. Wait on the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

Chels

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How to Pray for Those Who Have Hurt You

Why in the world would you want to pray for someone who has hurt you? When someone hurts me, that is definitely not my first reaction. We have all been…

Why in the world would you want to pray for someone who has hurt you? When someone hurts me, that is definitely not my first reaction. We have all been hurt, disrespected, shamed, disregarded, and taken advantage of. How does Jesus expect us to pray for the people who treat us this way?

We first need to realize that Jesus knows that it is difficult because He knows everything about us. You do not need to hide how you feel from Him. You can share everything with Him – your joys, concerns, disappointments, weaknesses, challenges, all of it. Think about all of the times you have hurt someone – both intentionally and unintentionally. Did you feel bad once you realized that you hurt them? Would it have comforted you to know that they were praying for you? Praying that Jesus forgives you and shows you the error of your ways? Pray that He grants you patience while he works in the heart of the other person. Pray that He gives you the grace to accept what has happened, and the perspective you need to move on. Pray that the other person is led to Him.

Praying for the person that hurt you allows you to see things through God’s eyes. You will be able to see them as a person who is much like you. You will also be able to see your own wrongdoing – whether it be not showing the other person grace, talking about them behind their back, or not forgiving them.

I am not saying any of this is easy. We can be so paralyzed by our feelings of hurt and frustration towards the other person that we cannot even think straight. In these situations, we should go to the Lord in prayer and ask for His comfort and thank him for his unconditional love. We should ask for His guidance through this incredibly tough time, and the strength to come out of it stronger.

We are all works in progress. The Lord does not expect us to easily forgive those who mistreat us – but He does expect us to forgive them in the end. The next time someone wrongs you, turn to Jesus first. He is there with comfort, healing, and understanding. All you have to do is ask for it. He knows a thing or two because He has seen a thing or two.

Chels

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He’s in the Waiting

“And so it was that he, having waited long and endured patiently, realized and obtained what God had promised.” Hebrews 6:15 Abraham and his wife Sarah waited a good long…

“And so it was that he, having waited long and endured patiently, realized and obtained what God had promised.” Hebrews 6:15

Abraham and his wife Sarah waited a good long time for their prayers for a child to be answered. I think we could all take a lesson in patience from those two.

Waiting for important emails, waiting for packages, waiting for the perfect job, perfect house, perfect partner, waiting for answers. The phrase “patiently waiting” seems like an impossible task. Life is full of waiting, so we might as well learn to wait well. Waiting allows us to look forward to the good things that are in store, and it is preparing you for what is to come. I think all of us could learn a few things about how to wait.

  1. Be practical: Use your waiting wisely! Keep your mind busy and it will make the time fly by. I know how it feels to feel paralyzed by nerves, worried and waiting to hear back about something life-changing. Don’t let your waiting make you distracted – let it motivate you to get things done! Keep your brain distracted and your hands busy. Volunteer in the community. Clean out your car and closet. Go to lunch with a friend you haven’t seen in a while.
  2. Be spiritual: Spiritually invest in both yourself and in others during this time. Trust that the Lord knows the perfect time table and you do not. Use these times of waiting to dive deeper into His word. Journal, pray, read, and use your time alone with Him to find meaning in the waiting. His timing is perfect.
  3. Be invested: Live in the moment. Enjoy the season of life that you are in. Are you at a job you don’t like and waiting to see if you were picked for the new job you applied for? Invest yourself in your current job. Do your very best and enjoy the little things that you will miss when you leave. Don’t miss the joys of life that are happening right in front of you, and don’t forget to enjoy today by worrying about tomorrow.
  4. Be advised: Find someone who has been in your shoes. They can help walk you through the waiting. Find ways to grow and be mentored and advised in whatever is to come. Having someone who has been there and who can relate can be such a relief. They can show you that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Enjoy every step and every stage of the waiting. God is using this time to equip you for what is to come and is writing your story. Find Him in the waiting.

Chels

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