Chelsea Crockett

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How to Love Your Husband Before You Have One

Growing up, I was always told to pray for the things I wanted from God. I often found myself praying for relationships or my “prince charming” moment time and time…

Growing up, I was always told to pray for the things I wanted from God. I often found myself praying for relationships or my “prince charming” moment time and time again.

At the time, this was probably more surface-leveled than I realized. It wasn’t until I got a little bit older to realize that there’s actually so much power in praying for your future husband or wife!

You may be thinking “how do I pray for someone I’ve never met?” And I get it, it might sound silly at first. But praying for the person you will one day be married to and building a family with is so important and powerful!

I encourage you to begin a prayer journal if you never have before. Write down the things you desire for your future husband. Do you want him to be the leader of your household? Keep things positive? Is patient? Kind? Understanding? Your list can start to get long! Then, form them into a prayer.

Devote at least one time a week to pray for your future husband. This one time a week can be so meaningful and powerful.

Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

The Bible promises us that if we pray intently for something, we’ll receive it, but we must believe in what we are praying for. God requires us to surrender our doubts and hesitations and depend on faith. When your faith is strong, God delivers and fulfills the promises of the Bible.

One of the coolest parts about praying for your future husband is the ability to go back and look at what you’ve prayed for. You can one day show your husband those prayers that you so intentionally prayed for. It creates such an amazing bond between you and the man you’ve been praying for for so long.

Another thing you get to do is prepare yourself for marriage one day. The choices we make now set us down the path toward our futures, and the Bible tells us how to live in order to be the person he wants us to be.

In Proverbs 31:26,30, it says, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue… Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

When we are God-fearing, wise, and kind, we become more like Christ. When we are obedient to the Word of God, we are being shaped into the woman God intended for us to be. We prepare ourselves for the future starting now, by obedience!

Praying for your husband and preparing yourself for God’s plan are two things you can start doing now. God gives us the ability to love our husbands before even knowing them, which is an amazing and powerful thing, so take advantage of it!

– Chelsea

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When You Can’t See God’s Plan

I am a planner. I like to plan my days, and even months, out. I like to know that I have a solid agenda scheduled out. It helps me feel…

I am a planner. I like to plan my days, and even months, out. I like to know that I have a solid agenda scheduled out. It helps me feel like I have my life under control and, hopefully, prevents chaos. Nothing could possibly go wrong when you have your life planned out, right?

Wrong. The times when my plans didn’t turn out the way I had envisioned are the times when my faith is tested the most. These are also the times when I learn the most about myself – how I respond to crisis, how I react in uncomfortable situations, and how I recover. But why would God let this happen? Why would he disrupt your perfectly thought-out plans? Where is God in the midst of your situation?

The answer is simple to hear but difficult to understand: it is part of His plan. I recently went through a situation where I had planned months and months for something, and when the event finally happened, it was not what I thought it would be. I felt anxious, afraid, sad and confused. Why would God allow this? When I prayed about this and planned for it and searched for His will every step of the way? I am learning right along with you, friends.

James 1:2-3 was a verse quoted to me during my trial. It says “Consider it pure joy my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” I didn’t want to hear this at the time, but it was the truth. It is what I needed to hear. I am supposed to feel joy in the midst of my crippling anxiety? Yes. I am supposed to feel joy when I am paralyzed with fear? Yes. How? Think about the end result.

Focus on the end goal. Remember that nothing worth fighting for was ever easy to achieve. Those trials will make the end success even sweeter. Knowing you pushed past your weaknesses and overcame your doubts is euphoric. Being on the other side and seeing the lessons you learned and the new things you found out about yourself helps all of the pieces fall in place. Everything begins to make sense, and God’s purpose becomes clearer. When you are in the middle of the trial, facing it head on and feeling as though you will never see the light at the end of the tunnel, it can be hard to understand why God would make you go through what you are going through.

Don’t let your situation cloud your vision. Keep your eyes on God. Keep your mind on His purpose and trusting in His plan, even when you cannot see it. Scripture tells us that God’s plan is not meant to harm us but to give us hope for the future. God made us and He loves us. He wants to see us succeed. That doesn’t mean he is going to make it easy. Who knows, maybe you are going through this trial because God wants you to be able to relate to others going through the same thing. Maybe He wants to use you to minister to others.

How you choose to react in trying times is so important. Your choices can either bring glory to God and be a testimony of your faith, or they can harden people’s hearts and turn them away from Him. Find God in the hard times by choosing to trust Him and find your hope in Him, even when you cannot see the way. Turn your pain into praise. Your heart will be filled with peace. And, trust in His plan. It may not be easy, it may not be pretty, it may not be anything you envisioned it would be, but His plans are greater than anything we could come up with on our own.

XOXO, Chels

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Not Because of Anything I’ve Done

God’s Grace isn’t something that we asked for. It is not something that we constantly think about, or even thank Him for. There is a restaurant in my hometown that,…

God’s Grace isn’t something that we asked for. It is not something that we constantly think about, or even thank Him for. There is a restaurant in my hometown that, no matter how many eggs you order with breakfast, they will always give you one extra. It is just understood. God’s grace is like that extra egg. You didn’t ask for it, but He gave it to you anyway.

2 Timothy 1:9 says “For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was his plan from before the beginning of time—to show us his grace through Christ Jesus.” God’s plan for us, from the very beginning, has been to show us His grace. We have done nothing to deserve this. Before we even existed, all our sins were forgiven. What an incredible gift.

Having a pretty good understanding of grace can have many positive effects on our lives. First of all, it will put your pride in the back seat and kick self-righteousness to the curb. It will also be one of your biggest motivations to thank, praise, and glorify God. We have not been saved because of the good works we have done, the people we have helped, the many Sundays we have spent in church, or the money we have put in the offering plate. We have been saved because of God’s purpose and grace.

Why would God offer us His grace, even when we don’t deserve it? He decided to forgive us even when we did not exist yet. He did it because we are His children. No matter what we do, how we sin, or the ways we disappoint Him, “The faithful love of the Lord never ends. His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)”

That is what is so different about God’s love and earthly love. In our relationships, we are constantly doing things to make others love us. We are always saying things to make them feel love or affection towards us. Our works seem to gain us a positive reputation, and the more we do, the “better” we seem. That is not so with God. Thank goodness for that.

What a relief to know that we do not have to “perform” or “prove ourselves” to be loved by our Heavenly Father. He has loved us from the beginning, and will love us until the end.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Why Anxiety Happens

One of my friends shared this graphic the other day and I really loved its message. It says “Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure everything out. Turn…

One of my friends shared this graphic the other day and I really loved its message. It says “Anxiety happens when you think you have to figure everything out. Turn to God. He has a plan.”

How true. We want to be in control of everything in our life. We want to choose what happens and when it happens, and the pressure to have everything in life planned out and figured out can be crippling. Why put all of that pressure on yourself? Turn to God. Hand Him your life and say “take it, do what you can with it.” He has a plan for your life that is more blessed and more incredible than the plans you have for yourself!

Save yourself the anxiety and stress and turn to God. You don’t have to have everything figured out! Trust God’s plan and pray for His guidance.

XOXO, Chels

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