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Lessons on Hope from Zechariah

Zechariah and Elizabeth were a couple in the Bible who lived their lives in service to God. They were barren and could not have any children, and this was not…

Zechariah and Elizabeth were a couple in the Bible who lived their lives in service to God. They were barren and could not have any children, and this was not because they didn’t deserve to have children. They lived righteously. God made them barren so that He could display His work through them. God didn’t put them through this trail as a punishment. They were not rejected by Him, they were part of God’s perfect plan to be used for good. They had prayed for children for a long time. Then, one day the angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah and said the words he had been longing to hear – he was going to have a son! They spent years and years praying for a child, and by the time God answered their prayers, their hope began to run cold. They had a hard time believing the news when Gabriel appeared to them. Even serious spiritual leaders like Zechariah struggle with keeping their hope alive. Here are a few lessons we can learn as we stand firm in our hope.

  1. God has a good plan for your life. His plans are to bring us good and Himself glory. Romans 8:28 tells us “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
  2. God wants to show us His work. Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” He wants to show us His plans for us!
  3. If we ask, God will increase our faith. Even spiritual giants like Zechariah needed to call out to God when their faith is strained.
  4. God always answers our prayers. Sometimes the answer is yes, sometimes it is no, and sometimes it is “wait.” When God tells you to wait, don’t think of it as denial. Think of it as God preparing you for what is to come. With God, all things are possible.
  5. God’s timing is perfect. We want things now, but God has the big picture in mind. We can only see what is in front of us. His ways are much higher than our own. Isaiah 55:8-9 tells us this.

Do you have prayers that you feel have been unanswered by God? Have you lost hope for those things you prayed about? God told Zecharaih and Sarah to wait, and he eventually said yes. He may be telling you to wait. Whatever the case, never give up hope because God has a plan for your life, He wants to show you it, He will increase our faith if we ask, He always answers our prayers, and His timing is perfect.

XOXO, Chels

 

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Is Heaven Too Good to Be True?

We all grow up thinking about what happens to us after we die. A lot of people I grew up with believed in heaven, but started to question it the…

We all grow up thinking about what happens to us after we die. A lot of people I grew up with believed in heaven, but started to question it the older they got.

How good can it be? Will it be similar to our lives now? Will there actually be angels flying all around? There are so many misconceptions and doubts about what heaven is actually like.

Although we’ll never actually know the wonder of heaven until we get there, God gives us several hints throughout the Bible. I like to call these the “sneak peeks” into what eternal life will look like for us.

So, let’s answer this: Is the idea of Heaven too good to be true?

No More Suffering

Revelation 21:4 gives us one of the most comforting verses of the Bible. It says, “He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

Can you imagine waking up one day never having to feel pain or sadness again? I don’t know about you, but I don’t think there could be anything better.  This isn’t a myth, or something you read online, it’s a true promise that God gives to his people.

It Gives Us Hope

Revelation 22:5 says, “There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.”

This is the part we need to make note of.

God doesn’t say his people will reign in heaven for 10 years, 100 years, or 1,000 years. He says they will reign for ever and ever, and the Lord will give them light. He’s talking about US! How cool is it to know that God is preparing a place as amazing as this for US?

We are so undeserving but God still gives us the hope of the future and eternal life with HIM!

We Have God’s Promise

Revelation 22:6 says, “The angel said to me, ‘These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.’”

Like I mentioned before, the book of Revelation isn’t just a fictional story God wrote to entertain us, it’s a look into what we could have if we lay down our lives and follow him.

Now that you’ve read a little glimpse into heaven, you may be thinking: so how do I, a sinner undeserving of this amazing place, get there?

John 3:16 says, “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.”

By simply believing in Jesus and accepting him into your life, you can experience the wonder of heaven for yourself!

Thankfully, He is always faithful and so are his promises.

– Chelsea

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Life Lessons from Job 18:11

Job 18:11 says “Having hope will give you courage.” In this next season in my life, and a lot of your lives if you are starting college soon, we will…

Job 18:11 says “Having hope will give you courage.” In this next season in my life, and a lot of your lives if you are starting college soon, we

will need a lot of courage.

Courage to defend our Faith, courage to do life how we know we should, not how society says we should, and courage to step out in the adventure that is college. When Job says that having hope will give you courage, I think this means a few things. I think that first, this means having hope in Jesus and His promise to guide your life and bless you in ways you cannot imagine. And two, I think this means that you need to have hope in the tough times and in the times when it is hard to find hope. Hope will give you courage to move forward.

So, have hope, even in the hard times, because that will give you courage. The world needs more courageous women like you!

XOXO,Chels

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Get Your Hopes Up: Expect Good, Receive Good!

Life is full of ups and downs.  When life gives you bad days, we have the choice of reacting positively or negatively.  Ultimately, it’s hard to be in positive spirits…

Life is full of ups and downs.  When life gives you bad days, we have the choice of reacting positively or negatively.  Ultimately, it’s hard to be in positive spirits all the time, I’ve even struggled with this a lot recently!  God has revealed some things to me in the past couple months that may help you get your hopes back up as well!

First off, expect the best out of each day and be confident!  If you wake up expecting a great day, then you’ll seek out the positives instead of the negatives in each situation.  I know from experience that when I’m optimistic about the day ahead, the good usually outshines the bad!  Being confident also plays a part in expecting the good.  When you go into your day with a confident mindset, you won’t let anything get in your way!Chelsea Crockett - Hopes Up Quote

Getting your hopes up is often seen as a bad thing.  For some situations, it can be.  But other times, being positive and thinking optimistically can change your perception on your whole day or other situations!  In the past, I’ve let little things get me down.  Now and in the future, I hope to shape the way I think which will shape the way I act and feel! 

The quote on the right is one I live by.  Knowing that your best days are still in front of you will give you an overall positive outlook on life for now and the days yet to come!

Love, Chels 

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