Chelsea Crockett

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Put on the Full Armor of God

“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything,…

“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6:10-18

When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing you think about?

Do you wake up wondering what you’re going to wear? Or what you’re about to eat for breakfast?  Although I consider these two questions every morning, I try to think a little deeper into my agenda for the day.

The Bible is full of many lessons and different ways to actually apply scripture to your life.

Each part of Ephesians 6:10-18 gives us steps to perfectly equip ourselves for the day ahead.

Belt of Truth

Honesty is the best policy and it will benefit you in the long run. Practice honesty in the simplest of ways, by being truthful when you’re with your friends, with your family, in class, etc.

Breastplate of Righteousness

For the longest time, I had always heard the term “righteousness” but never truly knew its meaning. Righteousness means “the quality of being morally right or justifiable” or as the Bible uses it, “following religious or moral laws.” Put on the breastplate of righteousness to be able to defend against temptation and sin throughout your day.

Gospel of Peace

Keep the Gospel with you anywhere and everywhere you go. Keep God’s word in your mind so you can have the Spirit of peace over you no matter what the day brings your way!

Shield of Faith

Your faith is one of the strongest things you have and can protect you from fear, anxiety, doubt, and so many other things. Remember to clothe yourself with the shield of faith to have a constant reminder that God is fighting your battles.

Helmet of Salvation

Knowing that we have salvation through Christ’s sacrifices for us should be our “helmet,” the thing that we can fall back on and have faith in. With the helmet of salvation, we can face the day ahead.

Sword of the Spirit

Although you can’t physically see God, you can see him fighting your day-by-day battles. Be a witness to the amazing things that the Holy Spirit is doing in your life, whether it be restoring health to a loved one or taking away the anxiety your heart constantly feels.

Wake up every day and clothe yourself with the armor of the one who beats every battle, takes away every fear, and reassures us of the life he so greatly prepared for us.

 Chelsea

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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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Beginner Bible Study Hacks

Are you a new Christian or just new to studying the Bible? Studying God’s word is essential to get connected to Him and learn more about Him. There is no…

Are you a new Christian or just new to studying the Bible? Studying God’s word is essential to get connected to Him and learn more about Him. There is no better way to strengthen your faith than to spend daily time with God. When I started to make daily Bible studies a priority, I had no idea where to start. Here are a few things that helped me get in the habit of studying God’s word, and a few ways to make the most of that time.

  1. Have supplies handy: Pens and a highlighters are essential Bible study accessories. I always have them handy when I start reading. Don’t be afraid to write in your Bible! Make notes in the margins and highlight verses that are meaningful to you. I usually have a notebook alongside my Bible as well to break down the text even further. Especially if I have questions that I want to ask someone I trust later on.
  2. Use a system that works for you: I have a routine that I use most days when I am doing my Bible study. It is the SOAK method. Let me break it down for ya. Write out a Scripture verse or Bible passage, then write out your Observation of that verse or passage (what stood out to you, what the story is about, etc.), then write down an Application (how you can take this verse or passage and apply it to your life), and Kneel in prayer. Writing out your prayers is also a great way to practice talking to God and helps us keep focused on prayer. When reading, you might find that it might be hard to apply a certain passage to your life if don’t dig deeper within the text. I recommend getting a study Bible, because it typically has notes for each verse. I love it.
  3. Get creative: Studying the Bible is more than just taking notes. It is about experiencing God in His word. One great way to do this is by Bible journaling. I have talked about this before in previous blogs, but Bible journaling is where you draw or use typography in the margins to highlight verses that stand out to you. Doing this might allow you to see things within the text that you might not have by simply reading it. If you’re not a very creative person, I would recommend watching some YouTube videos on how to Bible journal with color coding. I’ve seen many others benefit from doing this because it makes certain sections “pop” when trying to focus on different parts of the passage.
  4. Utilize technology: I love the YouVersion Bible app. I set up daily reminders to read my Bible, and I also love all the study plans they offer. There is something for everyone in any stage or phase of life. Plus, their studies super quick and easy to do, which is great for times where life gets a lil chaotic. I recently discovered that the app also has a mode where you can play scripture audibly. So now I can listen to the Word while I’m doing my makeup, in the shower, you name it. Also, if it’s hard for you to sit and read and you like listening to conversations, podcasts are perfect. I listen to podcasts in the background while I workout or drive. They’re entertaining, and there’s always sermons available on iTunes and Spotify.
  5. Keep post-its or index cards ready: If I am trying to memorize scripture, I will write it down on a post-it and put it on my mirror. I’ll also write down that same verse over and over until it’s sealed in my brain. I want it to be made known it my mind so it written on my heart. I also like to take sermon notes on post-its and keep them in my Bible. Sometimes I will go back and read that section again to refresh my memory.

Once you are in a Bible study routine, it becomes something to look forward to every day. I love curling up with coffee, a warm blanket, and my Bible. Let me know what your Bible study hacks are!

XOXO, Chels

 

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And if Not, He is Still Good

How often is our trust in God conditional? How often do we think “God, I’ll know you love me if you do (fill in the blank)” or “God, if you…

How often is our trust in God conditional? How often do we think “God, I’ll know you love me if you do (fill in the blank)” or “God, if you don’t get me out of this, I’ll know you don’t love me.” How often do we push God away when pain comes into our lives? My pastor always said that when life gets rough, you can’t go out and buy a 10 year walk with God. You must cultivate the relationship and your faith so that when things get tough, you have your faith to fall back on and you know you can trust in God.

“And if not, He is still good.” This is based off Daniel 3:16-18 which says “…We do not need to defend ourselves…The God we serve is able to deliver us…but even if he does not…we will not serve your gods or worship your idols.” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were about to be thrown in a fiery furnace to burn to death. If it were me in that situation, you better believe I would be in a state of meltdown and panic. I would be begging for God to get me out of there. “God, if you love me, you will rescue me.”

I love this passage of scripture because it shows where our faith and hearts should be. At my church, we say “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.” He is perfect, so all that He does is perfect, regardless of our opinions of the situation. I am guilty of believing that my way is the best way. I know what I think is best, but ultimately, God knows best. If God would have left Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the furnace and let them die, He would still be holy, right, and good.

Similarly, if my prayers for success in my career, protection for my family, and my other requests to God are not answered, God is still good. How can I say that? God has given us all we need in Jesus and the salvation that we have through Him. He is perfect and all He does is perfect. Thank goodness God gives us abundantly more than we need. I am incredibly thankful for my wonderful friends and family, and everything else that He has given me. He finds joy in giving us things that glorify Him and make our hearts happy at the same time. But if He took that all away, or never blessed me again (I pray that is not the case), He is still good, and I should still praise Him!

God doesn’t promise to save us from the flames, but He has promised to be with us as we walk through the fire. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew they served a God who was greater than the king who was sentencing them to death. We serve a God who can save. When the day of testing comes, we can bravely go into the fire and know that whether we get through it or not, we serve a God like no other. If not, He is still good.

XOXO, Chels

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The Most Misused Bible Verses

I love spending time in God’s word. He shows me and teaches me things when I spend time with Him. Sometimes they are things I have been looking for. Sometimes…

I love spending time in God’s word. He shows me and teaches me things when I spend time with Him. Sometimes they are things I have been looking for. Sometimes they are things I didn’t know I needed to hear.

All 66 books of the Bible were inspired and authored by the God. The Bible is not a collection of quotes or one-liners, it is literally God speaking. That is why we need to approach it with respect. That is not how I have seen God’s word being used in recent years. I see lots of people using specific Bible verses as quotes for social media captions, tattoos, and other mainstream purposes. That is all well and good as long as you are using the verse in the right context. Except, most times, they are misused, misquoted, or misunderstood. We may turn to a specific verse to quote in certain life situations to justify an event or action. Or, we may hear others misquoting verses. They sound right in the moment, but the whole meaning of the verse is out of context. Here are the 4 most abused and misused verses in the Bible.

  1. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. This verse has nothing to do with scoring well in a sporting event, doing well on a test, or landing your dream job. This verse was written when the Apostle Paul was under house arrest awaiting trial. This trial could condemn him to death for preaching about Jesus’ resurrection. Instead of being distraught and dismayed by his situation, Paul uses this opportunity to teach others that he can endure any and everything this life throws at him because he has a strength that can only be found in Christ through the Holy Spirit, even in prison.
  2. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. This verse is usually given to people who are having a tough time, on a graduation card, or after reaching a big milestone. Taken out of context, this verse looks to be promising a life of popularity, riches, health, and the American Dream! In reality, this promise was given to a group of people, not just one individual. God promised the Hebrews exiled in Babylon that He had not given up on them and that even though times were tough, they still had a future and a hope. The promise is that He will see His plan through, and you as His child will get to be part of that plan.
  3. “Judge not, that you be not judged.” Matthew 7:1. I can remember in high school that a big bad word was “judging.” “She’s judging me!” “She has no right to judge me.” Those are phrases I heard often and they made this verse a popular one. Don’t judge me or you will be judged! Of course, that is not what this verse actually means. It means that we are living in a culture of tolerance. If you disagree with someone about their beliefs, lifestyle or opinions, we are labeled as intolerant. We may even quote Tupac and say “Only God can judge me!” No. This verse is to tell you that it is okay to tell our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ when we see them falling into traps and doing things they know better than to do. The Bible calls us to help others wage the war against sin. If we are going to correct someone, then we must be held to the same standard. If we judge rudely, then we will be judged the same. This verse is a warning against self-righteousness.
  4. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. Let’s face it, we have all seen this verse on bedroom walls, coffee mugs, notebook covers, phone cases, you name it. This is only part of the verse, though. The whole verse says “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” You really have to do the verse justice by quoting the whole thing. What an awesome comfort and reminder to know that we can be still and know that God is in control. As His people, we can know the truth that He will be exalted in the nations across the earth. There is nothing that can stop God from accomplishing His will.

Knowing a verse in it’s intended context helps it mean so much more.

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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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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7 Psalms to Help Calm Anxiety

Life is getting increasingly crazy for this Crockett. I went back to school this year and will be moving to Atlanta soon, which are both huge life changes. Sometimes I…

Life is getting increasingly crazy for this Crockett. I went back to school this year and will be moving to Atlanta soon, which are both huge life changes. Sometimes I can feel overwhelmed when I think of everything coming up, but then I remember who is in control. Going to God with my worries helps calm my heart and my mind. Here are 7 psalms to help calm your anxious heart.

  1. Psalm 121: “I lift my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.”
  2. Psalm 116: “The Lord preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me. Return, O my soul, to rest; for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.”
  3. Psalm 103: “For as high as the heaves are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
  4. Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid.”
  5. Psalm 34: “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”
  6. Psalm 40: “As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!”
  7. Psalm 62: “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.”

XOXO, Chels

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Faith To-Do List

As Christians, we have an everyday “faith to-do list.” This list includes things that we should strive to encompass on a daily basis, and these are things that are laid…

As Christians, we have an everyday “faith to-do list.” This list includes things that we should strive to encompass on a daily basis, and these

are things that are laid out in the Bible. The Bible is an awesome source for a life “to-do” list. I have this list printed out and display it in my room to help encourage me to keep my walk with Christ strong.

  1. Wait patiently – Psalm 27:14
  2. Have faith – 2 Corinthians 5:7
  3. Pray – Philippians 4:6
  4. Think of others – Philippians 2:4
  5. Trust in the Lord – Proverbs 3:5
  6. Read God’s word – Psalm 119:12
  7. Give Thanks – Psalm 136

Jesus gave us the best possible guidebook for life. He lays it all out for us. Life can be tough. Thank goodness we aren’t going through it alone!

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from John 15:12

In John 15:12 the Bible tells us to “Love each other as I have loved you.” It is easy to love your family and friends (most of the time at…

In John 15:12 the Bible tells us to “Love each other as I have loved you.” It is easy to love your family and friends (most of the time at least 😉 ) but it is not always easy to love those who have done you wrong. So, how do we love everyone, even those we dislike, like God loved us? And why should we?

Easy. Because God says so. I know that is the most “Bible” answer ever, but it is the truth. We should love others like God loves us, because it shows that we are different. When people see how differently you treat others and how you love others, they will be curious as to what it is that makes you different. Jesus is the difference! It is the fact that you know you should love people like God loves you. God loves you even though you have disappointed Him, even though you sin, even though you sometimes do or say things that are harmful or hurtful to others. This is how you should love others, in spite of their flaws and sins. Now, this doesn’t mean you have to be their BFF, it just means you need to treat them with respect and love, just as God treats you.

You will change people’s lives when you love them as God loves you. It is so different from how the world is used to being treated. Be different, and make a difference.

XOXO, Chels

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Why Do We Pray?

Why do we pray? God knows everything anyway. He is almighty, soverign, and in control of all things. What could we possibly add to His wisdom with our prayers? That,…

Why do we pray? God knows everything anyway. He is almighty, soverign, and in control of all things. What could we possibly add to His wisdom with our prayers? That, my friends, is a great question. Why do we pray? Here are some great reasons.

  1. We pray because we are God’s children, and He loves to hear from us!
  2. We pray because it deepens our trust in God. (Philippians 4:6-7)
  3. We pray because it causes us to depend on God. (Isaiah 40:26)
  4. We pray because it gives us the chance to express ourselves completely to the Lord. (Psalms 62:8)
  5. We pray because our prayers move the heart of God. (James 4:2)
  6. We pray because it is an amazing way that we get to be involved with what God is already doing in our world. (1 Thessalonians 5:25)

Mother Teresa said “God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” Prayer is so important, and having a healthy prayer life is crucial to your walk with Jesus!

XOXO, Chels

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Elevated Faith Bracelets & Apparel

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

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

Chelsea Crockett - Elevated Faith Bracelets

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

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

Happy shopping! – Chelsea

 

 

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How to Find Your Passion in Life

We all get stuck sometimes. Stuck where we feel like our life is not going the way we thought it would, or it is not really going anywhere at all….

We all get stuck sometimes. Stuck where we feel like our life is not going the way we thought it would, or it is not really going anywhere at all. Maybe you are in a job that you really don’t like. Or maybe what you are studying in school isn’t turning out to be as great as you thought it would be. In these times it is important to stop and reflect and remember what you are passionate about and what you love in life. This is not as easy as it sounds, but here are a few ways to help you get there.

  1. Be present: It is easy to put yourself on “autopilot” and just go through the motions of every day. One day we will realize that years have passed and we may feel like we have missed out on doing the things we love to do! Start paying attention and living in the present. Take time to notice what is going on and where you are in life.
  2. Pay attention to how you feel: To find your passions and discover what you love in life, you must let yourself feel things. How will you know what you are passionate about if you shut off feelings of joy and appreciation and excitement? Those emotions can be hard to let ourselves feel because we think that if we let them in, they will probably lead to disappointment. Not always the case.
  3. Learn to put yourself first sometimes: It is important to think about others, but it is also important to give yourself value as well. Finding your passion is about finding yourself, so learn to put yourself first when you need to.
  4. Take pride in your accomplishments and your abilities: Realize what you are good at it, and don’t minimize it. Be proud of it! Find out who you are and what you are good at by “dating yourself.” Ask yourself questions like you were on a date with yourself and were wanting to get to know you. This will help you realize your skills and talents. Brag on yourself a bit!
  5. Write it all down and reflect: Keep track of your thoughts from #4. Write down what you have learned about yourself and use that to help you find what you are passionate about and what you love in life.

And lastly, pray about it! God will reveal to you what you seek if you ask Him, and He will do it when He knows the time is right. Finding your passion can give you so much joy and fulfillment! When you are doing the things you love, life is good. When I realized that my passion was speaking to others about Christ and giving advice, it changed my life.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons from 1 Peter 3:4

1 Peter says “Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” Translation? True beauty begins…

1 Peter says “Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” Translation? True beauty begins on the inside.

Your beauty comes from the way you treat others. It comes from your words and actions. It comes from the gentleness of your spirit and thetu kindness of your heart. This beauty shines through and makes an impression on people! We all know someone who is absolutely gorgeous on the outside but has a less-than-pretty personality. Their heart tarnishes their good looks. Your inner beauty is what God values, and I guarantee you that the people around you value it as well. We need to remember to spend time making our hearts beautiful. Be an example for others on how to treat one another and how to show love. I try and read my bible and read books for advice on how to make my inner beauty shine. I think it is so important for us to always be striving to be better people and better Christians.

Remember, true beauty begins on the inside.

XOXO, Chels

 

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Life Lessons From Philippians 4:6

When crisis hits, what is your first reaction? Is it panic? Anger? Mine is worry. I worry about what is going to happen next and what the future holds. When…

When crisis hits, what is your first reaction? Is it panic? Anger? Mine is worry. I worry about what is going to happen next and what the future holds. When my worries start to get the best of me, I remember Philippians 4:6.

Philippians 4:6 says “Don’t worry about anything: Instead pray about everything.” What good can worrying do? It can only make you worry more. Instead of wasting time, energy and emotion worrying, pray about it! God promises to hear your prayers, plus letting it go and letting God handle it takes a huge weight off of your chest. It is amazing what amazing things God can do in your life when you just let go and pray.

I have started keeping a prayer journal and writing my daily prayers in it. It is a great way to look back and see how God worked in your life through your prayers! Remember, don’t worry about anything, instead pray about everything. Turn your worries into prayers!

XOXO, Chels

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Why I do A Daily Devotion

Every day I have a quiet time with God. It is my time with God to show Him that He is first in my life. If you follow me on…

Every day I have a quiet time with God. It is my time with God to show Him that He is first in my life. If you follow me on Snapchat or Instagram, you have probably seen me post photos of what I am studying or learning about. I love diving into God’s word and seeing what He will teach me. Here are 3 reasons I make my daily time with God a priority.

1.      God is my refuge: When life gets crazy, scary, overwhelming, or is just getting the best of you, we should run to God. I find safety and rest in Him. Knowing that I have that safe place with Him comes from studying His word. I do a daily time with God even when life is great, because I am preparing for the times when life is not-so-great.

2.      It is a way to worship Him: Time is precious, and we don’t have much of it. We are a go go go society, and we fill our days to the brim. Since time is limited, what we spend our time on shows what we value. When we give God part of our day and spend time with Him, we show Him that we value Him. We show Him he is worthy of our time.

3.      It is exercise: Soul exercise, that is. We exercise our bodies to keep us healthy and strong, so why not exercise our soul to do the same? Devotions force our attention off of ourselves and our selfish distractions and desires and put our pursuit onto God and His purpose and promises for us. When we stop working out, our bodies get out of shape, and when we stop spending time with God every day, our Faith does the same.

I encourage everyone to dive into God’s word and spend time with Him every day. It is amazing what a difference it can make in your life.

XOXO, Chels

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