Chelsea Crockett

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5 Ways to Love like God Does

Love is difficult to understand. We feel it, we see it, and we even dream about it. Love doesn’t always have to be the kind we see in movies. Love…

Love is difficult to understand. We feel it, we see it, and we even dream about it.

Love doesn’t always have to be the kind we see in movies. Love can be as simple as extending it to your friends and the people around you. Loving others well is something I think we can all get a little better at!

Worldly love is no match against godly love. The Bible talks about this perfect love that God gives to us, and tells us how we too can show this kind of love to other people. The world could always use a little more love, don’t you think?

  1. Love without fear.

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” – 1 John 4:18

If we let fear be a boundary, then we’ll never be able to give ourselves fully to others. Love can oftentimes come with pain, sadness, and regret, but if we focus on the “what ifs” then fear will always consume us.

  1. Love selflessly.

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” – John 15:13

Selflessness is a learned trait. Our natural instinct is to put ourselves first, but it takes a conscious effort to care for the needs of others before our own. When we love without the thought of getting something in return, people take notice. It’s a quality that people forget about, but it multiplies beyond measure.

  1. Love your enemies.

’But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you…’” – Luke 6:27

Real strength comes from loving those who are hard to love. It’s easy to show love and kindness to your friends or family, but when’s the last time you extended it to someone that has done wrong to you in the past?

  1. Love through forgiveness.

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers all wrongs.” – Proverbs 10:12

Forgiveness is a hard concept. How do we forgive someone who maybe doesn’t deserve it? It’s hard to show forgiveness and mercy in times that we least want to, but we have to remember who God is and what he’s done for us. His grace and mercy covers all our sins when we especially don’t deserve it, so we should have the same mindset toward others!

  1. Love sincerely.

“Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.” – Romans 12:9-10

It’s important to be real, open, honest, and genuine toward others. This builds trust between two people and makes a relationship that much stronger. Learn to love others with a genuine heart, and people will feel the love of God through you!

Make a conscious effort of loving people just as the way God loves us. Once again, the world could always use a little more love!

– Chelsea

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Finding Faith in the Brokenness

Are you facing heartbreak? Having a broken heart is one of the hardest life obstacles to overcome. During these times when we feel the lowest is when God can show…

Are you facing heartbreak? Having a broken heart is one of the hardest life obstacles to overcome. During these times when we feel the lowest is when God can show Himself to us the most. His word gives us the encouragement we need to press on.

Moving past the disappointment and burden of a broken heart is a big task. It can hinder us from being who God has called us to be. What if your brokenness could be wiped away? God knows what you are feeling and going through because He has seen it before. This isn’t his first rodeo! He even made time to write down His advice for you so that when you are feeling down or He feels far away and out of reach, you can always find reassurance. If you are experiencing brokenness, these verses are for you.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. When you pass through the rivers, they will not flow over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned. The fire will not destroy you.” Isaiah 43:2

“The Lord is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope.” Psalm 34:18

“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:2-3

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.” Matthew 5:5

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our sins; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

“Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will give you strength, and for sure I will help you. Yes, I will hold you up with My right hand that is right and good.” Isaiah 41:10

“God is our safe place and our strength. He is always our help when we are in trouble. So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken and the mountains fall into the center of the sea, and even if its waters go wild with storm and the mountains shake with its actions.” Psalms 46:1-3

“He is the one who heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

In each of these verses, the Lord promises to be our strength and our comforter. We just have to let Him!

Chels

 

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God’s Relationship Red Flags

When it comes to relationships, God knows how to do them perfectly. He lays out different tips and advice in the Bible that assure us godly, happy relationships. When we…

When it comes to relationships, God knows how to do them perfectly. He lays out different tips and advice in the Bible that assure us godly, happy relationships.

When we look deeper into the Bible, it tells us what we should and what we shouldn’t be looking for in a relationship. There are several so-called “red flags” that we can take from certain verses in the Bible. They can help us know if we’re in the relationship God wants us to be in!

Impatience

Ephesians 4:2 says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

Patience is something that every relationship needs to have in order to work. Whether that be showing patience toward the other person or having patience for the future, every relationship needs a firm foundation of patience. Patience is the glue that holds things together. In tense situations or waiting moments, without patience, there would be nothing to keep you sane.

Selfishness

1 John 3:16-18 says, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters… Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

In every relationship, whether it be boyfriend and girlfriend, husband and wife, or friend to friend, we should be making a conscious effort to put others before ourselves. When someone is only looking out for themselves all the time, they aren’t ready to commit themselves to someone else in a relationship. Relationships require sacrifice, even if it means giving up your own needs and wants in order to put the other person first.

Fear/Worry

1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”

Having constant worry or anxiety in your relationship is one of the biggest red flags there could possibly be. This is God speaking to you and telling you that you maybe shouldn’t be dating the person that you are. The Bible says it itself: “There is no fear in love.” If you have a constant pit in your stomach or a reoccurring feeling of worry, take a step back and look at your relationship.

Jealousy

1 Corinthians 13:4-5 says, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”

As humans, jealousy is a feeling that we’ve all experienced from time to time. It becomes a red flag when it starts taking over your relationship. It’s a feeling no one likes to experience, and when you’re constantly getting jealous over even the little things, maybe that relationship isn’t the one for you.

If you’re seeing signs of these red flags within your relationship, maybe God is trying to tell you something. Sit and talk with him and ask him for guidance. He always wants the best for us, we just have to let him work in our lives!

– Chelsea

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You Say This, God Says That

Throughout life, we love to feed off of the thoughts and lies we tell ourselves in our head over and over again. “I can’t do it.” “I’m not worth it.”…

Throughout life, we love to feed off of the thoughts and lies we tell ourselves in our head over and over again. “I can’t do it.” “I’m not worth it.” “No one loves me.” Sound familiar?

We love telling ourselves lies that linger in our head and tear us down. These thoughts are thoughts of the world that society loves to tell us. It’s easy for a thought like this to repeat in our heads when we’re feeling down in the first place. God never wants us to feel the pain of feeling like we’re alone and not enough. There are so many things that we say that God proves false.

“I can’t do it.” –> “You can do all things through me.”

We all have our struggles and times when we think we can’t keep going. It’s human nature to want to give up on something when it becomes too hard, whatever it may be. God wants us to know that through him, anything is possible.

Matthew 19:26 says, “Jesus looked at them and said, ‘With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.’” There are so many things that have occurred in my life that I can attribute 100% to God. I know that so many of my circumstances are because they appeared through God and in God. So please, don’t give up just yet! God is working without you even realizing it.

“I’m all alone.” –> “I am always with you.”

The world does a good job at making us feel lonely and afraid. While friends and even family can leave you all alone, God never leaves your side.

Isaiah 41:10 says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Not only is he with us always, but he gives us the strength and power to get us through each and every day. Talk to him and lean on his guidance. You’ll realize you aren’t as alone as you think you are.

“No one loves me.” –> “I love you unconditionally.”

How much does God love us? An incomprehensible amount.

We, as humans, can’t even feel the amount of love that God has for us. He is the perfect, caring father that loves each and every one of us unconditionally.

Romans 8:38-39 says, “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

This verse reassures me of God’s love every time I feel like it starts to fade. God’s love never fades! Nothing can separate us from Him and how much he cares for us. He is the most loving a father could possibly be!

Next time one of these thoughts pops into your head, remember the truth of who God is. He is loving, caring, honest, trustworthy, and so many other things. Now it’s up to you to believe that!

– Chelsea

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“I Will Not Be Shaken”

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My…

“Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.” – Psalm 62: 5-7

Psalm 62:5-7 gives me endless comfort and strength throughout the hardest days of my life.

It’s a passage from the Bible that gives me a sense of power, pride, and security in God, our rock and our refuge!

There are so many different characters from stories and parables in the Bible that show an amazing display of strength and refusing to let the devil shake them.

If we think of the story from the Bible of when Jesus calmed the storm, we see a beautiful display of faith by Peter, one of his disciples. As Jesus calmed the wind and the waves, he walked on water and called Peter out to do the same.

Peter walked toward Jesus but began to sink due to his fear of the storm around him.  When his faith was shaken, he sank, but when he listened to Jesus and put his trust in him, he was able to walk on water alongside the Son of God!

This is a perfect metaphor as to how we should live our lives, as well. When our faith falters, we sink and drown in our own worries and fears. But when we put our trust in God, we can walk on water right alongside him.

Let’s take a look at another example of a fearless leader and devoted Christ follower.

David, Ephrathite’s youngest son from Bethlehem, faced a 9-foot giant named Goliath and was face-to-face with his sword and spear. David carried just a sling and a stone and faced the giant with full confidence that the Lord would deliver.

After killing Goliath and winning the victory for his people, his faith in the Lord was proven steadfast and unwavering. David declared, “I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty.” He had God on his side and was able to face his battle knowing God would fight it for him!

What do these two stories have in common?

Faith.

These two people would not be shaken due to their unwavering faith in God.

When I go through a hard time in my life, I oftentimes lean too much on my own control and not enough on God’s control. God is our mighty rock, and we shouldn’t forget that he’s always there to pick us back up when we fall!

When we need a friend to lean on and go to for help, make that person your heavenly father. When your faith grows stronger, your fears grow weaker.

So… stop holding back! Put your trust in God and watch him fight your battles for you. At the end of the day, let the world know that you will not be shaken because you have God on your side! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Let Your Faith Be Bigger Than Your Fear

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Chelsea

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Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman

Proverbs is one of my favorite books of the Bible. If there was one book with enough instruction on how a godly woman should live, it would be this one….

Proverbs is one of my favorite books of the Bible.

If there was one book with enough instruction on how a godly woman should live, it would be this one.

In today’s society, it can be easy to get caught up in how the world wants us girls to act. We should try to focus on how God views us, instead of how the world views us.

This chapter of Proverbs portrays a woman who values God, strength, and generosity from beginning to end. I wanted to break it apart, verse by verse, and see how we can grow into the godly woman God created us to be!

  • She lacks nothing of value. 

I always read this verse and never knew what it was truly saying. God wants us to value the things he values. He values fellowship, forgiveness, love, and so many other things. We should strive to acquire patience, grace, and all of the characteristics he wants us to have.

  • She works vigorously with eager hands.

This verse reminds me to be as hardworking and diligent as I can, in all things I do. Whether it’s my schoolwork or videos for my YouTube channel, I try to put my all into it and give it 110%.

  • She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

Have you ever tried giving some of your time to those in need? This isn’t the only verse in the Bible that encourages us to do so. Jesus was always helping, always serving, and always dedicated to others. Try it out for yourself and see how both your heart and perspective change. 

  • She is clothed with strength and dignity.

As women, we should hold ourselves to high standards. We should remember that with God, being our provider, we will always have all that we need! We should walk through our lives with our heads up high, knowing we can face whatever comes our way.

  • She has no fear of the future.

With strength, comes confidence. As Jeremiah 29:11 says, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord.” We can be confident in knowing that the God of creation has already declared our plans for the future. 

  • She speaks with wisdom.

We should all strive to be quick to listen and slow to anger. We should speak through truth and use our wisdom to guide us. We should be that person in our friend group that can be the voice of reason and leads by example.

  • She fears the Lord.

This characteristic is above all others. A godly woman should fear the Lord and abide by him in any and every situation. Dive deep into the word and begin to feel his presence all around you.

How will you put this into practice? Will you work toward strength, wisdom, and fearing the Lord? Be the light in other people’s lives so they can see how a godly woman should live!

– Chels

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What God Says About Overcoming Fear

Fear is something that we all deal with. Sometimes it’s very real and other times it’s simply imagined.  Either way, fear can paralyze us and steal our joy. The enemy…

Fear is something that we all deal with. Sometimes it’s very real and other times it’s simply imagined.  Either way, fear can paralyze us and steal our joy. The enemy uses fear to overpower and destroy us, but we have a God that is much greater than that!

The fear of rejection… The fear of failure… The fear of commitment… The fear of change… The fear of not being accepted…  All of the above are real to all of us and we have to know that the Bible says we can conquer and overcome fear through Christ!

There are two verses that I love to read when I’m feeling scared of what’s to come.  Isaiah 41:10: “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  “2 Timothy 1:7: “for god has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. “

And then there is my favorite Bible verse about fear:

Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious for anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. “

I challenge you to meditate on the above Scriptures. Speak them out loud and memorize his Word! And then we can trust and walk in faith. One way to do that is to continuously give thanks for our blessings and thank God for working out answers to our requests. This keeps our mind off of fear and focuses it on thanksgiving!

Love, Chelsea

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Steps to Conquer Fear

What makes you feel fear? Is it fear of other people? Is it fear of the future? Is it worry? Is it situations in life? Life can toss circumstances at…

What makes you feel fear? Is it fear of other people? Is it fear of the future? Is it worry? Is it situations in life? Life can toss circumstances at us that can make us feel downright fearful. Lucky for us, God has given us the steps to conquer fear in His Word.

  1. Declare who God is: The Lord is my light and my salvation, so why should I be afraid? Psalm 27:1
  2. Project a positive future: When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Psalm 27:2
  3. Make up your mind: Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident. Psalm 27:3-4
  4. Abide:The one thing I ask of the Lord – the thing I seek most is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. Psalm 27:4
  5. Meditate on the Word: …delight in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. Psalm 27:4
  6. Spend time in Prayer: My heart has heard you say “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psa;, 27:8

When you look in the Bible for your answers to life’s toughest questions, you will be sure to find what you are looking for, and sometimes even more than that.

XOXO, Chels

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Life Lessons From Psalm 23:6

Psalm 23:6 says “Why would I fear the future? For I am being pursued only by your goodness and unfailing love.” That’s a good question. Why DO we fear the…

Psalm 23:6 says “Why would I fear the future? For I am being pursued only by your goodness and unfailing love.”

That’s a good question. Why DO we fear the future? Is it because of the uncertainty of it? Is because we cannot control it? I think yes and yes.
But this verse asks us why we fear the future, because we are only pursued by God’s goodness and unfailing love. Sometimes in our lives, we may feel like God’s goodness has passed over us, like He may have forgotten to send a little goodness our way. Are you still alive? Are you wearing clothes? Are you living under a roof? Then God is good. And even if none of those things are true, God is still good. You are pursued by God’s unfailing love, which means that no matter what you do in this life, no matter how many mistakes you make or how big your sins, He still loves you.

Now THAT is unfailing love.

XOXO, Chels

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Be Strong & Courageous When It Comes to Worry

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

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

Worry is something that everyone struggles with. Maybe you worry about taking a driver’s test, family fighting going on in your house, or whether or not you made the basketball team. There are some worries bigger than others and lots of anxiety that comes along with each and every one of them.Chelsea Crockett - Anxiety

I am definitely one for over thinking which includes millions of “what ifs.” Sometimes I let them get the best of me which leads to chickening out or pushing whatever I’m worrying about to the back of my mind. Oftentimes, I forget what God tells me about worry and listen to what the devil says. The devil continues to put the worrisome thought in my head and can result with me second guessing myself. Joshua 1:9 is the perfect verse for when I’m doing just that. The first question in the verse is pretty powerful. All throughout the Bible, we see God test several people with certain tasks or commands. We also see that God never pushes them past what they can bear, and delivers them in the end. We need to trust God when we go through hard times or something as little as a homework assignment. He continually reminds us of His presence in all situations, good and bad.

God’s unfailing love is something to invest your trust in, so pray about it! Once you do, you will find never ending peace and comfort when worry comes your way!

Love, Chels

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