Chelsea Crockett

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His Will. His Way. My Faith.

I was reading online and saw these exact six words: His will. His way. My faith. My mind kept coming back to this phrase again, and again, and again. It’s…

I was reading online and saw these exact six words: His will. His way. My faith. My mind kept coming back to this phrase again, and again, and again.

It’s easy to forget whose hands our plans are in. We look everywhere for answers, but fail to look to the one who already has our plans figured out.

God knows what the future holds. His will and his way are already decided. It’s the strength of our faith that is one of the most important parts of the equation. Without trust and hope in God’s will, then how can we allow God to work through our lives?

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.’”

Verses like the one above make me want to trust God more and more with the plans he has for me. His plans are always to prosper us and it says so right in Jeremiah 29:11. These types of verses make my anxiety go down, and my faith and trust in the future go up.

Would it be easier to trust God’s will for your life if he gave you hints along the way? Or if you could sit down and have an actual conversation with God, what would you want to know about the days to come? I always think about these types of questions or scenarios when it comes to the future.

The thing is, God already gives us hints throughout the Bible and within our day-to-day lives. Do you listen for his still, small voice? You can actually hear God’s voice if you listen for it! There are too many times when God tries to give us hints on where to go next, but we’re too busy or worrisome to hear him.

I know it can be hard to have faith not knowing where God’s taking you yet, but God will help you through it! I encourage you to journal all your feelings down in a prayer journal, whether they’re feelings of excitement, discomfort, or even frustration. Although God already knows what’s on your heart, he’ll give you peace and guidance if you just talk to him!

So, remember these six words: His will. His way. My faith. Repeat this phrase in your head when you’re having those repeated feelings of anxiety or fear.

As the Bible tells us, there is power in the name of Jesus! Call out to him instead of letting pride keep you from surrendering control. It’s always going to be his will and his way. Give him your faith and watch his perfect plan unfold!

– Chelsea

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Turning the Page & Trusting the Next Chapter

Trusting the next chapter is one of the most difficult parts of life. Not knowing what to expect can be mentally draining and can keep you up at night if…

Trusting the next chapter is one of the most difficult parts of life. Not knowing what to expect can be mentally draining and can keep you up at night if you let it.

Taking that leap of faith to turn the page and begin a new season of life can be terrifying, uncertain, and an overwhelming mix of other emotions. It takes courage to leave a place of comfort and certainty and turn to a page of unpredictability.

One of the best parts about being a child of the one who planned the path ahead of you is that you can trust him with your future. You no longer have to play the guessing game of whether or not you’re in the right place. If you’re there now, God had it in his will for your life, even if you don’t quite understand the “why” behind it yet.

Not knowing what the future holds yet having to trust in it anyways is one of the most difficult things. How can we trust something that is so uncertain and unpredictable? I catch myself asking this same question at times.

Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

The world will tell you to question, stress, and worry about the future and make you think that everything is under your own control. This is further from the truth! When we submit to the Lord, he reveals our plans to us piece by piece which is such an amazing thing. It allows us to take this stress and worry and turn it into excitement for what’s to come.

Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Along with trust, depending on the Lord will also fill you with a comforting sense of peace. This peace will make you carry yourself with a sense of security and confidence. Once this confidence sets in, leaving one season of life and venturing on into another becomes so much easier.

When I finally realized that surrendering the next chapter of my life meant losing my own control, I asked God to help me do so. Depending on the type of person you are, it can be extremely hard to give up this sense of control. But by asking God to aid you in this, you’ll realize the ease that comes along with surrendering to God.

I encourage you to turn the page on something in your life this week, no matter how big or how small it is. Maybe you need to let go of a relationship, or even something as small as the guilt you’ve been carrying for months. Start this week by turning the page on something God’s been telling you to leave in the past!

Giving him the control means losing it yourself. As I always say, let go and let God!

– Chelsea

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Taking Your Thoughts Captive

Our minds are a scary place. We can either have full control of our thoughts or let them wander… and wander… and wander. Some people consider their minds a place…

Our minds are a scary place. We can either have full control of our thoughts or let them wander… and wander… and wander.

Some people consider their minds a place where they can think whatever they want, negative or positive, nice or mean, etc. It can be harder to have control over our thoughts than over our words and actions. Since no one can hear them, we think we have free reign to say whatever we want about anyone we want.

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

God gives us clear instructions on what to focus our thoughts on. It’s easy to focus on gossip, the negatives, and other things that wouldn’t be considered noble, pure, or right. Our minds are trained to automatically think like the world around us.

I know it’s easy for me to think thoughts of comparison. Sound familiar for yourself? Without even knowing that I’m doing it, I’m wondering if I’m good enough instead of feeding myself thoughts of praise, joy, and confidence.

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.”

Your heart is the source of your words, thoughts, and actions. Like the verse above says, everything you do flows from it. Guarding your heart is a phrase I’ve heard for years but never really knew what it meant. When we protect ourselves from temptation, negativity, false hope, comparison, etc., our minds are more at ease than the latter.

Guarding your heart starts with your thoughts. Make a conscious effort to protect yourself from the thoughts of the world instead of giving in and letting your mind wander. That’s when you end up hurting yourself!

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.”

Self-discipline is the key to taking your thoughts captive. You have to have a tight rein on your mind or it can go to the worst places before you even realize it. God gave us this powerful spirit of self-discipline for a reason. Use it to stray away from temptation, even the temptation that begins in your head!

Because practicing this takes such a conscious effort, I encourage you to try it the rest of today. When your head starts judging those around you, immediately switch to admiring those around you. If you head starts filling with thoughts of “I’m not good enough,” switch to thoughts of praise for the person you are.

These are just a couple examples of taking your thoughts captive. Don’t let them have a hold on you any longer! If there’s one thing we have full control over, it’s what goes on in our heads. Take advantage of that and think thoughts of joy, hope, praise, and love, not only for yourself, but for those around you!

– Chelsea

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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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