Chelsea Crockett

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Prayer Road Map

Have you ever gotten stuck in a “prayer rut”? Do you feel like you don’t have the words to say when you pray, and your prayers fell empty? Many of…

Have you ever gotten stuck in a “prayer rut”? Do you feel like you don’t have the words to say when you pray, and your prayers fell empty? Many of us have felt like that at some point in our walk with Christ. We could all use a few tips on how to have more effective prayer lives, and God will show you if you just ask. He doesn’t need fancy words or long monologues, He just asks that we come to him with our hearts ready. He is always listening.

Luke 11 tells a story of one of Jesus’ disciples who came and asked for Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus gave them an example and gave us guidelines for what we should be both asking and thanking Him for. Even the disciples had trouble knowing how to pray sometimes! “Jesus said, ‘This is how you should pray: ‘Father, may your name be kept holy. May your kingdom come soon. Give us each day the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation.’” (Luke 11:2-4).

So, let’s break that down into a prayer road map to follow:

  1. May your name be kept holy: We should give the Lord the honor and glory that He deserves. We should begin our prayers by praising him!
  2. May His kingdom come: Asking the Lord to return soon reveals the eagerness in our hearts to be with Him in heaven someday.
  3. Give us the food we need each day: We ask him for the things we need to get through each day because we know that He is our provider.
  4. And forgive our sins: By admitting we fall short and need God’s grace, we humble ourselves and show we know that we need him.
  5. Forgive those who sin against us: We should be merciful towards those who do us wrong.
  6. Do not lead us into temptation: Pray that he will keep you strong and guard your heart from giving into temptation.

Our prayers should be like a continual conversation between you and the Lord – because talking to Him every once in a while is not enough! There is nothing too big or too small for Him to handle. Sometimes the answers to our prayers will be a yes, sometimes a no, and sometimes a “maybe.” But, you will always get an answer. He hears and he cares. Never stop talking to your Father in Heaven.

Chels

 

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How to Start Reading the Bible

Sometimes I find myself staring at my Bible, knowing I want to study God’s word and be challenged by it, but not sure where to start. A few years ago,…

Sometimes I find myself staring at my Bible, knowing I want to study God’s word and be challenged by it, but not sure where to start. A few years ago, I figured I would start at the beginning and read Genesis. After a short time I lost interest with that approach. Typically I will find a good study and use that to guide my reading, but sometimes you just want to pick up the Bible and let it speak to you. The problem is, where do you start?

The Bible is so big that it can be overwhelming. Some Bible reading plans lose me because they assign so many chapters a day that it looks like too daunting of a task. Why isn’t reading the Bible easy all the time? Shouldn’t it be?

No. Reading the Bible does not require you to feel comfortable and know where to start. Yes, there are times when God guides you to the passage that you need to hear at a time in your life, but some/most of the time, reading the Bible is all about being open to hearing God’s truth. We can’t expect our Bibles to fall open to the right passage. But, we can start small. Dip your toes in, and then you will be able to full-on swan dive into the deep end. Do some research on the people in the Bible. See if there are stories that have lessons that you are interested in pursuing.

I did this and learned a ton about Esther and her obedience and diligence to God’s call for her life. She became a huge inspiration to me. Another story that I pursued was the story of the wandering Israelites. It reminded me of how much we need God. While dipping your toes into the Word, you may just fall deeply in love with it. If this is what you are searching for, then keep reading! Here are a few tips on how to start reading the Bible so it doesn’t collect dust on your shelf and instead becomes the source of your wisdom.

  1. Start with a short book of the Bible. Some of the best books are the shorter ones. Those small doses can pack in a lot of wisdom.
  2. Seek understanding each time you read. The Gospel is so full of beautiful life lessons that we need to really pay attention in order to comprehend them all. Try and gain a deeper understanding of God’s love and grace when you read. Whether you read one verse, one chapter, or a whole book, find the wisdom in it. It is truly life-changing.
  3. Don’t compare your walk with others. Your walk with Christ is completely different than your friend’s! Don’t let the comparison trap distract you from what God is trying to teach YOU. Give yourself the time and patience to figure out what reading the Bible looks like for you, because it may look completely different from what others are doing.

There are also tons of online resources that help you learn to study God’s word. I know that my love for the Bible has grown tremendously ever since I began spending time in it. I learn something new each time I go to read.

Remember, it is okay to feel overwhelmed with studying the Bible. All you have to do is dip your toes in. Eventually, you will be able to dive in and uncover God’s truths and promises for your life! They’re waiting for you.

Chels

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It Isn’t About You

Do you ever just sit back and reflect on how short our lives really are? They are literally a blip on the radar, a speck on a timeline. We are…

Do you ever just sit back and reflect on how short our lives really are? They are literally a blip on the radar, a speck on a timeline. We are such a small piece of the puzzle. So, if we are just a piece, how can we think that the whole thing is about us?

Remembering that we get to live our lives for Jesus is important. We don’t HAVE to live our lives for Him, we GET to. Keeping God the center of our lives is crucial. I know it can be tough, there are so many things to do in a day and so little time to do them. How can we remember to make sure Jesus is at the center of everything we do? Some days it is harder than others. I can get caught up in my own life and forget that it isn’t about me. We all have days when we have a hard time “fitting God in” with our busy schedules. Just remember, we are not the main piece of the puzzle. We should not be trying to fit God into our life’s puzzle, we should be trying to fit ourselves into His master work of art.

The short time that we are allowed on this planet should be lived intentionally. Your piece of the puzzle is crucial to the finished product. The things you do and say, the way you present yourself and go through life, those things make a big difference. YOU make a difference. Don’t think that the things that happen in your life don’t matter to God, because they do. Big and small. The same detail that he put into creating the smallest fish in the sea to the largest mountain on the planet is the care he put into creating you. He has given you an invitation to enjoy His goodness. Let others see Jesus’s good works through you. Trust that God can take care of everything in our lives way better than we can handle them ourselves. We just hand over control to Him.

Trust me, I know all about life getting busy. Remembering to live for Jesus every day is easy when you make it a part of your life. Because remember, it isn’t about you. Take your daily dose of humble and step out the door ready to show others what it looks like to live for someone else other than themselves. That, after all, is what our generation needs to see more of. More people ready to surrender themselves and live for others, not be so caught up in themselves that they miss the joy of living in Christ.

Chels

 

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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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Don’t Dig Up What You Planted in Faith

“Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.” – Elisabeth Elliott I came across this quote the other day, and I found it very fitting for the season…

“Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.” – Elisabeth Elliott

I came across this quote the other day, and I found it very fitting for the season of life my family is in. We are in a time of major transition. My parents and brother moved to Colorado, I moved to Georgia, and my sister stayed in our hometown to continue going to college. With so much change swirling around in our world, it can be hard not to second guess things.

Before making these big decisions, my family and I lifted them up in prayer. We prayed that God would give us wisdom and clarity about our decisions and would lead us in the right direction. Our actions were planted in faith, faith that God had our futures in His hands and knew where He wanted us. When things started moving along and falling into place, we could see God’s hand in all of it.

But what happens when you start to doubt your decisions? What happens when you are unsure that you made the right choice? Panic and fear seep into your head and heart. That is where Elisabeth Elliott’s wisdom comes in – Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith. Translation? Don’t remove your trust in God’s plan when things start to go wrong. Don’t let your doubt cause you to take back the actions you carried out when you had full faith in them. The devil plants seeds of uncertainty in our hearts. Those seeds can sprout into weeds and quickly suffocate our hopes and optimism.

Our plans and hopes are very fragile in their beginning stages. They can easily be swayed and doubted. Criticism from ourselves and others can make us think of all the reasons we shouldn’t carry them out. We have to give our hopes and dreams and plans a chance to grow and become strong. They are like seeds. These seeds can turn into plants that represent our vision of what will come of our hopes and dreams and plans. Our ideal outcome. Once we have planted a seed, we have to cultivate it. When we let doubt dictate our actions, we are pretty much digging up our ideas out of the ground before they have a chance to grow. You have planted those seeds because you have faith in them – don’t dig them up before they can show you their potential!

XOXO, Chels

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How God Shows Us He is in Control

As most of you know, this last year has been a year of change for me. I started back to college after taking a year break, and I am getting…

As most of you know, this last year has been a year of change for me. I started back to college after taking a year break, and I am getting ready move to Georgia. There has also been a ton going on in the midst of all of those changes, so needless to say it has been a nuts year. I saw a quote the other day that spoke right to my situation, and it said “The only way God can show us He’s in control is to put us in situations we can’t control.”

How true is that? In my life, it is painfully true. God doesn’t call us to a comfortable life of contentment, he calls us to do things that take us out of our comfort zone. If you are in a situation where you feel like your life is out of control and it isn’t going the way you planned, just remember that the only way God can show us He is in control is to put us in situations we can’t control. He will pull you out of the situation and will show you that he’s got the whole thing covered.

XOXO, Chels

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Bible Advice for Dating Couples

As a Christian, I strive to have God as the center of all my relationships, including my romantic ones. God’s word gives us great guidelines for growth and a great…

As a Christian, I strive to have God as the center of all my relationships, including my romantic ones. God’s word gives us great guidelines for growth and a great foundation for relationships and it outlines the core principals of godliniess, purity, and unconditional love. If you are a believer and are dating another believer, these 4 verses are great to study in order to strengthen your relationship.

  1. Respect each other: Proverbs 22:1 says “A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.” This means that respecting each other’s boundaries, personalities, and thoughts gives couples the ability to humble themselves individually. This gives the relationship the opportunity to mature and for each person to give respect by demonstrating integrity, moral character, and devotion to God.
  2. Encourage each other to grow spiritually: 2 Thessalonians 1:3 tells us to encourage our brothers and sisters to seek Christ and to grow spiritually. This shows maturity in relationships and strengthens them. A couple who prays together, goes to Bible study or church together, or fellowships with other believers is helping eachother flourish.
  3. Serve with each other: Hebrews 10: 24 says “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,” serving together in the community or in church is a great way to use your spiritual gifts to further God’s kingdom, AND to grow your relationship!
  4. Pray for each other and for others: Ephesians 6:18 encourages us to pray for each other and for others, because when we do, we will experience a greater closeness to God and each other.

The Bible encourages us to be in relationships where we are equally yoked, which means of the same faith. Being in a relationship with someone who holds the same beliefs as you really sets you up for success, and gives you a sense of confidence that you are both on the same page when it comes to issues of purity and what you believe.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Life Lessons from Colossians 3:2

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 drops a big reality bomb on us. Earthly things take up most of our time, whether it be…

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2 drops a big reality bomb on us. Earthly things take up most of our

time, whether it be our jobs, our entertainment, our friends, or or fun. It can be hard to set our minds on Jesus and His calling for our lives when we are so distracted with what this world has to offer.
That is why God gave us verses like this one, to remind us of where our thoughts and goals should be focused. Setting our sights on what God has planned for our lives can be a big leap of faith. It isn’t always the easiest road. We are so tempted to pursue our earthly wants and desires, when what God has in store for us is even greater than what this earth can offer us. We just have to listen to Him and seek His wisdom. This takes patience! Our timing is not always God’s timing.

When we set our sights on what God has planned for us instead of what this world says we should seek, we will live lives full of fulfillment and joy.

XOXO, Chels

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