Chelsea Crockett

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Falling Victim to Nyctophilia

Nyctophilia (n): An attraction to darkness or night; finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness. Do you ever experience Nyctophilia? Maybe it sounds something like this: You know what you’re…

Nyctophilia (n): An attraction to darkness or night; finding relaxation or comfort in the darkness.

Do you ever experience Nyctophilia? Maybe it sounds something like this: You know what you’re doing isn’t right, but it’s comfortable. So instead of changing your actions of lifestyle, you remain in this “darkness” that the world offers, instead of looking up to God for change or direction.

We’ve all done it from time to time. We stay with the things that are familiar and comfortable because we’re too scared to take the next step.

This is when we fall victim to Nyctophilia. Instead of taking a step forward, we remain where we’re at due to fear and the “what ifs.” This keeps us doing the things we’re comfortable with, the things that cause us to turn away or ignore God.

1 John 2:15 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.”

God understands the appeal of the world and the easiness of it. It’s easy to do what everyone else is doing and to desire those things, as well. But our actions are the reflection of what we stand for and what we believe in. So, like the verse says, when we show love for the world more than we show love for our heavenly Father, God’s light cannot shine through within us.

Titus 2:11-12 says, “For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “no” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age.”

 The grace of God extends with no limit. It covers our past sins, our present sins, and even the sins we haven’t committed yet. When we seek the darkness of the world and everything it has to offer, God gives us his perfect gift of grace. But just because God is merciful to us doesn’t mean we should use this as an excuse, continuing to seek the ways of the world and proceed happily in our bad habits.

It’s okay to desire comfort and ease, but the moment it keeps you from making a positive change or taking a step in the right direction, it becomes a problem. God wants us to be comfortable and relaxed, but in his way. His way is much more satisfying. It’s eternal, joyful, merciful, and so much more.

I urge you to step out of your Nyctophilia at least once this week. It doesn’t have to be anything big, but pick something you can work on in your life for the better. Maybe for you it’s gossiping, jealousy, anger, your desires, etc. Whatever it may be, try using that time spent on those actions, thoughts, or emotions, and spend it on your spiritual life.

Instead of being jealous or angry toward someone, simply start talking to God. Ask him for help and guidance on how you can change your darkness into light! 🙂

– Chelsea

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5 Sunday Habits

Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week. It’s a day solely devoted to Jesus and relaxation, can you get any better than that? I find myself doing…

Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week. It’s a day solely devoted to Jesus and relaxation, can you get any better than that?

I find myself doing the same routine every Sunday. This usually consists of church, catching up on homework and studying, and watching TV for hours on end.

I saw an article online that talked about 5 ways to transform your Sunday to be productive for Christ, instead of using it for binge-watching Netflix and napping the afternoon away! Take away some of these tips and see how your day is transformed! 🙂

  1. Spend time in prayer.

God wants our Sundays to be dedicated to him. In the Bible, the Sabbath was a sacred day devoted to Him and Him alone.

So, spend time talking to him! Oftentimes, we can get so caught up in the busyness of our week that we forget to slow down and just talk to God. Tell him your concerns, the things you’re thankful for, and your requests.

Use this day to get in good, undistracted prayer time with God!

  1. Set up your weekly devotional schedule.

My biggest excuse for not getting enough quiet time in with God is that I don’t have enough time in my day or that I’ll do it later. Having a set weekly schedule helped me remember and devote a certain time solely to God to spend with him.

It’s amazing what a set schedule can do for you! Once you have a plan, stick to it and see how it impacts your week.

  1. Go to church!

Sunday is the day to wake up and go worship the Lord with other believers! I always feel that if I begin my week with church it puts me on the right track to have a good week with God. I feel refreshed, joyful, and ready to take on whatever the week may bring!

  1. Rest!

Exodus 20:8-10 says, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work…”

God instructs us in the Bible to use Sunday as a day of rest. He commands us to take a day from work and our busy ways of life and relax in his presence. I almost think of it as God’s way of rewarding us for all the hard work we’ve put in during the week!

  1. Spend time in good fellowship.

Whether this be a quick brunch with friends after church or even spending some time with your parents on Sunday nights, make it a habit!

Being around people who encourage you in your walk with Christ is so important, and what’s a better day to do it than on Sunday?

Get in the routine of practicing these five habits every week. You may notice a tremendous difference in your day and maybe even week! 🙂

– Chelsea

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5 Habits of A Godly Woman

Growing up, I’ve been fortunate enough to have multiple role models and godly women to look up to in my life. I’ve witnessed the way they speak to others, the…

Growing up, I’ve been fortunate enough to have multiple role models and godly women to look up to in my life.

I’ve witnessed the way they speak to others, the way they not only talk the talk but walk the walk, and the way they carry themselves daily. It’s something I’ve always taken notice of and want to apply to my own life.

I thought about the characteristics and qualities about these women that make them stand out among the rest. There are 5 habits in particular that are not only backed up by scripture but easy to apply to your own life!

  1. She puts God above all else.

Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.”

Putting God before school, relationships, our own desires, and so much more is so important. Once we learn to put God as our highest priority, everything else falls into place.

  1. She makes time for herself.

Matthew 11:28 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Setting apart time for yourself and for God is something you need to do in order to grow closer to Him and find out who you are in Christ!

Set apart a half an hour a day or more to give your undivided attention to God. It’s important to discover your true identity in Christ and in Christ alone!

  1. She treats her body like a temple.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies.  

Ladies! We should learn to respect ourselves and our bodies. God created us so uniquely and perfectly, and we should use our bodies to honor Him! What an amazing way to glorify him and his creations.

  1. She’s content in her singleness.

1 Corinthians 7:32,35 says, “I would like you to be free from concern… I am saying this for your own good, not to restrict you, but that you may live in a right way in undivided devotion to the Lord.” 

Oftentimes, singleness is made out to be such a bad thing. But when we’re single and focusing solely on ourselves, we can work on self-growth and strengthening our relationship with God!

Consider it a gift. For most of us, there’s only so many years left of true singleness. Take advantage of them and be truly content in the waiting!

  1. She practices selflessness.

Philippians 2:4 says, “Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.”

When we learn to put the needs of others before our own desires, our attitude completely changes. We learn to extend a hand and help those we never thought we could’ve.

What other habits have you noticed in the lives of godly women? There are so many more qualities and characteristics that you can take note of to adapt to your own life!

Practice each of these habits daily and see what God does in your life!

– Chelsea

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5 Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

New Year’s resolutions are a good way to create a few positive habits in your life.  Most of the time, our New Year’s resolutions revolve around working out more, eating…

New Year’s resolutions are a good way to create a few positive habits in your life.  Most of the time, our New Year’s resolutions revolve around working out more, eating healthier, spending more time with family, etc.  But why not shift our focus to improve ourselves a little more spiritually, as well as physically?  Here are 5 spiritual resolutions to add to your list! 🙂

Chelsea Crockett - New Year's Resolutions

  • Go to church/find a church.  If you haven’t found a church that fits you perfectly, that’s okay!  Make an effort to try out different churches and services each Sunday morning.  And if you’ve been going to the same church for years, encourage yourself to get out of bed and make it there every week!
  • Read the Bible daily.  You don’t understand the benefits of reading the Bible every day until you start to do it.  It will teach you more wisdom and knowledge that you didn’t even know existed!
  • Pray, pray, pray!  Prayer is one of the most important things in your walk of faith.  To be able to talk to God at any time of any day is a blessing, so take advantage of it!
  • Practice patience.  You’ve always heard the saying “patience is a virtue,” and that’s one of the truest sayings there is!  Practicing to be patient despite the circumstances will teach you more than you think.
  • Heal past relationships.  Forgiveness is something that can be one of the hardest things to give.  But when you heal a broken relationship, you’ll realize a weight will be lifted off your shoulders!

I encourage you to try some of these out and even add some of your own!

Happy New Year! – Chelsea

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How to Create a Good Habit

Habits don’t always have to be bad. Some habits that we make such as working out every day or reading our bibles daily can help us grow physically and/or mentally….

Habits don’t always have to be bad. Some habits that we make such as working out every day or reading our bibles daily can help us grow physically and/or mentally. There’s ways to make something you do turn into a habit such as eating healthy or going to bed early. Here’s how!

Scientifically, habits are formed within 21 days. Chelsea Crockett - Good Habit ListThat means if you repeat something consistently for exactly 3 weeks, your mind will form the action into a habit.  That being said, you can also break a habit in 21 days such as biting your nails or eating certain junk food every day after school!  Here’s a step-by-step list of how you can achieve this:

  1. Make a list of which habits you want to make or which habits you want to break.
  2. Motivate yourself!  Write down the reasons for why you’re making that habit.  If your habit is to go to sleep earlier every night, write down why you want to do so!  This will remind you to stick to it.
  3. Make a countdown.  If you can make it to 21 days, then you’re on the right track!  After 3 weeks, you shouldn’t even have to think about it.  It should just come naturally!
  4. Come up with a reward to give yourself after 21 days.  You made it!  (You can even go off the picture to the right to make your own list!)

Think of something you want to turn into a good habit and do it.  With a little motivation, it’s easier than you think!

XOXO, Chelsea

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Bad Habits to Avoid

We all have our bad habits: gum chomping, nail biting, constantly fidgeting around, you name it!  There are hundreds and hundreds of bad habits that we perform each and every…

We all have our bad habits: gum chomping, nail biting, constantly fidgeting around, you name it!  There are hundreds and hundreds of bad habits that we perform each and every day; but did you know that some of these habits can actually be bad for your health?!  Keep on reading to see if you have a bad habit and how to stop it!

Food is one of my favorite things in the whole world.  I mean who doesn’t love a good snack?!  Unfortunately, many of us tend to snack when we are bored or when we aren’t even hungry!  Eventually, these snacks add up and can cause unexpected weight gain.  Also, if you are constantly snacking on junk food it can lead to diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.  Instead, try snacking on fruits or vegetables.  Make yourself perfectly portioned meals and limit yourself to one or two snacks a day!

Shopping is a girl’s best friend and worst-enemy.  Spending hours in the mall can run your wallet dry!  Most of the time, we end of buying clothing items that we don’t need or will only wear once.  Next time you go to the mall, bring a limited amount of cash; that way you won’t spend your life’s savings.  Also, before purchasing an item, try envisioning multiple places you could wear it.  If you can only think of a couple, then put it back on the shelf. Chelsea Crockett- shopping habit

A bad habit that I am guilty of is over-thinking and stressing about everything!  When life throws a million things at you it’s hard not to worry.  These stresses can start to take over your life and daily thoughts.  It’s horrible!  Instead, try to focus on the positive and make a list of everything you’re thankful for.  In no time, you’ll realize that most of the stuff you are worried about is small.

Everyone has a bad habit or two.  Once you learn how to get rid of them, life gets a little easier!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Healthy Beauty Habits Every Girl Should Develop

Are you choosing an apple over a cookie day after day? Or maybe you set your mind to getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night no matter what?…

Are you choosing an apple over a cookie day after day? Or maybe you set your mind to getting at least 8 hours of sleep every night no matter what? These are both beauty habits that are beneficial to your health, skin, hair, teeth, etc. Here are a few more that most likely aren’t in your daily routine but definitely should be!

  • Cleanse before you go to bed. This prevents buildup of dirt or other bacteria on your skin. It also helps your pores from getting clogged or breaking out!Chelsea Crockett - Cleaning Brushes
  • Clean your makeup tools and brushes. This helps clean off any of the bacteria that may be growing on them. Especially after you share your tools/brushes with someone else, washing them is not too bad of an idea.  Simply wash them gently with shampoo like the girl on the right.
  • Hopefully drinking lots of water is already in your daily routine (If not, it should be! Water solves everything from acne to teeth whitening!). If you ever put lemon in your water, you’re actually doing a lot more than you realize! Lemons have a bountiful amount of vitamins and nutrients. Your skin will thank you!
  • Focus on the good. You’ve heard this a million times: stop stressing! Stress can be the reason behind acne and breakouts. It’s 100x healthier to just sit back and relax.

What beauty habits do you practice daily? What’s your secret? Let me know below :)!

-Chelsea

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Put First Things First?

Will and Won’t Power. Prioritize, and do the most important things first.

Put Things First - Chelsea Crockett Putting first things first is something teens, as well as myself, find hard to do.   Prioritizing and managing your time is super difficult especially in the life of a busy teen.  Who wouldn’t want to hang out with friends and relax instead of clean your room or do homework?  Putting important things first definitely doesn’t mean having no time for yourself or for your friends.  You just have to figure out what things are urgent, and what things are important.

             As Sean Covey says, urgent things aren’t necessarily bad. The problem happens when we put off important things for urgent ones, such as a phone call from your friend instead of that 100 point essay due tomorrow.  There are many situations in which I think, “Well, this homework’s due Friday. I’ll just do it tomorrow.”  This obviously is not the best way to go.  Get it done so you have more free time the next night.  Believe me, it’s much less stressful.

            You might be the person that is loaded up on activities and has no clue what the start to putting first things first is and that’s okay.  Start by keeping a planner. Write in it each week so you know what you have going on and can manage your time easily.  Sean Covey talks about thinking mainly about your “big rocks” before you plan.  These big rocks are the most important things you need to get done for the week. Write those down and simply work them into your schedule.  It’s much easier to plan out your week then to scramble things together last minute.

            The other half of Habit 3 is learning how to deal with peer pressure and to overcome your fears.  This really applies to me because we all know school isn’t the easiest place to stick to your guns and be who you want to be. Ask yourself, “What do I want to put first?”  Is it your family, friends, God?  What stops you?  Is it the girls around you telling you to try this or do that?  Resisting peer pressure takes a large amount of courage, but in the end, it pays off in many different ways.  You always have the choice – to take the easy way and fall into peer pressure, or to resist the urge to belong and say no.  Respect yourself and your values. 

            Breaking out of your comfort zone takes a lot of courage, especially when you have the eyes of hundreds of teens watching your every move.  I know in my own comfort zone, I feel secure because I know this is the safe path I can take.  By staying in this zone, you’re passing up several opportunities.  A perfect way to put this is the saying, “You’ll never know if you don’t try!”  Show some faith in yourself and show others what you can do.  Start living your life so you can look back with no regrets!  I’ve always been in love with music and have always wanted to go somewhere with that.  Being the shy girl that I am, I kept to singing in the shower and playing instruments in my room.  Realizing that it’s a talent that God has given me, I don’t intend on wasting it. So, I’ve been practicing more, taking lessons, and playing more for my family and friends. 

            Take a step outside your comfort zone despite what others say about you.  Put what’s important to you first and start living the life you want.

 

                                                            Alli Stone, age 15

If you’re interest in Sean Covey’s book, click here.  You won’t regret it!

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