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Thanksgiving Thoughts: Things to Be Grateful For

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34 Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the endless blessings in your life….

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.” – 1 Chronicles 16:34

Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the endless blessings in your life. From the bed you sleep in to the family and friends that surround you, there are so many things to be thankful for.

Around this holiday, I always like to reflect on what God has given me throughout my life. There is nothing too small or too big to thank God for, and there’s no greater time to present your praises to him than during this season of Thanksgiving!

2 Corinthians 9:11 says, “Give thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Every day on after this day of thankfulness, be conscious of how often you show your gratitude to God. 2 Corinthians says to give thanks always not just in seasons of thankfulness.

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.” – Psalm 107:8-9

God takes notice when we praise him for the things he’s given us. He satisfies and fills us with all good things. Like this verse says, we should always praise God for his unfailing love and the deeds he does for us! There is no limit on how often we can present our praises to him.

I saw a quote that changed my perspective on thankfulness. It said, “Imagine if you woke up with only the things you thanked God for the day before.” I thought about the reality of this and it changed how I talked to God before I went to sleep at night.

I began to thank God for even the smallest things in my life. I thank him for every meal, every friend, every opportunity… I thank him for the weather, the apartment I live in, the car I drive… Sometimes I even make a list when I’m feeling extra grateful that I can look back on when I need a pick-me-up.

It’s easy to compare your life to others and point out what they have that you don’t. When you start to do this, make a list like I mentioned above. And what better day to start doing this than on Thanksgiving? Once you see how long your list really is, it’ll automatically change your mindset about the things you have in your life.

So, take time today and reflect on all of these things. Spend some time with God and just talk to him! End your Thanksgiving with a time of gratefulness and thankfulness. It’s the best day to do so. 🙂

– Chelsea

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Trade Worry for Worship

I’ve said time and time again how worry and anxiety can take such a hold on your life. One second your filled with joy and peace and the next you…

I’ve said time and time again how worry and anxiety can take such a hold on your life. One second your filled with joy and peace and the next you feel a wave of worry rush over you.

Unfortunately, it’s something that really never goes away. The only way to stop it is to change your attitude and mindset toward it. I saw a quote on Pinterest that talked about trading worry for worship, and how big of a difference this small step can make in your life.

For example, if you can’t sleep at night because you’re anxious about tomorrow, change your thoughts to those of worship and praise. Thank God for the blessings in your life instead of questioning him for the things that are making you worrisome.

One of my favorite verses ever comes from the MSG version of the Bible. I think it’s so beautifully put and can be something we all forget so often in this world.

Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” 

When we keep company with the Lord, life gets a whole lot better. It may not necessarily get easier, but we learn how to deal with situations more freely and lightly like the verse says above.

If you let it, worry can fill every area of your mind. It can make you be anxious over things you’ve never even thought of or considered. I’ve dealt with this time and time again, and it can truly take you over if you let it. Although it doesn’t go away at the snap of a finger, there are ways to retrain your mind to think of praise and blessings instead of worries and worst-case scenarios.

Some of the biggest areas of my life where I find my thoughts wandering are school, relationships, the future, etc. Sound familiar?

When it comes to school, I try to revert my thoughts to praising God for my education and the friends I’ve met through it. When it comes to relationships, I trade my worry in for thankfulness for that person in my life. When it comes to the future, I thank God for the present and praise him for the people and situations I’ve been blessed with.

You will never truly silence worry until you replace it with something better. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Even the Bible says countless times to talk to God with thanksgiving. Praise him for all the goodness in your life. There is nothing too big or too small to lift up to him. Start today by changing your worry to worship!

– Chelsea

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Intentional Thankfulness

Thankfulness is a learned trait. It’s something that has to become a habit, by practicing it over and over again. Intentional thankfulness is an area I’ve been trying to grow…

Thankfulness is a learned trait.

It’s something that has to become a habit, by practicing it over and over again.

Intentional thankfulness is an area I’ve been trying to grow in. When you learn to be thankful for even the little things, your whole outlook completely changes.

On the days that don’t go as planned or the days that seem like the world is against you, it can be hard to find even the smallest things to be thankful for.

I have a challenge for you. On these days, when your mood is down and your ground is shaken, start with gratitude. Let’s take a look at what God has to say about it.

1 Thessalonians 5:18 says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

The Bible doesn’t say to give thanks in some circumstances, it commands us to give thanks in all circumstances. Even on our worst days, we should make an effort to see the good around us.

For some of us, this comes naturally. For others, it can take a conscious effort to look for the good in situations.

The Bible also talks about generosity and how it too can lead to thankfulness.

2 Corinthians 9:11 says, “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”

When we humble ourselves and give to others, we become more thankful for what we have. Whether that be physical giving like food, gifts, etc. or giving time through volunteering or simply helping out a friend, our day-by-day attitude changes!

When we swallow our pride and humble ourselves, God does something in our hearts. He reveals even the smallest of blessings to us, things you never would’ve seen before you allowed him to work in your life.

It’s worth a try, right?

For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.” 1 Timothy 4:4-5 gives us the truth about God’s creations. Everything is good and nothing is to be rejected.

Sometimes God sends us blessings in disguise. When your boyfriend breaks up with you or you fail a test, remember that there are hidden things you can be thankful for, you just have to change your thinking!

Everything always comes full circle, whether it be the in next week or 5 years down the road. Maybe you’ll meet the real love of your life soon after your boyfriend breaks up with you. Or maybe that failed test led you to pick a major you’re more passionate about.

Whatever it may be, thank God. Thank him for the setbacks, the disappointments, the unexpected twists and turns. You never know what he has planned for you.

And if it were me, I would take his plan over mine, every single time.

– Chelsea

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Thanksgiving Love Letters

During this time of year, I always take a moment to think about the things I’m thankful for. I try to practice this often throughout the year, but the month…

During this time of year, I always take a moment to think about the things I’m thankful for. I try to practice this often throughout the year, but the month of Thanksgiving really gets me thinking about all the things, especially people, God has put in my life!

When you think about Thanksgiving, what do you think of?  Do you think of all the food you get to eat?  Or maybe the Macy’s Day Parade you get to watch with your family?  More importantly, we should use this holiday to genuinely reflect on all that we’re thankful for.  And this year, why don’t we actually act on it? I have decided to challenge myself this month. I want to spend some time writing thank you notes to the people in my life that I’m grateful for. I want to challenge you to do the same thing!

It may be your parents, your grandparents, your teacher, your Pastor, or a special friend that you would like to thank! Join me this month and take a little extra time to write a note that tells someone just how much they mean to you.  You may think it’s cheesy, but it’ll mean more to them than you know!

I think this little Thanksgiving project will bless you just as much as it blesses the receiver of your letter! I certainly hope to bless those that I’m thankful for!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Love, 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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Benefits of Having an Attitude of Gratitude

Being thankful is a year-round job, not just a thing we do around Thanksgiving. Actually, it has been scientifically proven that being thankful has health benefits! Gratitude is something that…

Being thankful is a year-round job, not just a thing we do around Thanksgiving. Actually, it has been scientifically proven that being thankful has health benefits! Gratitude is something that we all can show every day. Showing others that we are grateful for them makes us happier, improves our relationships, productivity, health, and even our sleep! Here are 10 ways that having an attitude of gratitude can benefit you.

  1. Sleep: My favorite! By writing down a few grateful thoughts before bed, your stress levels are reduced and your relaxation response is triggered.
  2. Emotions: Being grateful reduces toxic emotions like rage, regret, and frustration. It reduces feelings of envy and makes our experiences happier and also helps us recover from stress!
  3. Relationships: Showing others you are grateful for them helps boost your friendships. Showing others kindness by doing things like holding the door and saying thank you makes you feel good inside as well as shows others you care. People want to be around people like that!
  4. Self-esteem: We perform better and act better when we are confident and happy. Gratitude reduces our feeling of jealousy because instead of feeling jealous or resentful about what other people have, we are grateful for what we have and are able to appreciate other people’s accomplishments.

Having an attitude of gratitude can really change your outlook on life and brighten it! An easy way to get in the habit of being thankful is to keep a gratitude journal. Simply write down 3 things you are grateful for as soon as you wake up and before you go to bed. It can be things as simple as the sunshine, or even a great score on a test. Train your mind to default to positivity. It will change your life.

 

XOXO, Chels

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Balancing Emotions

Emotions are a crazy thing. One moment you’re happy, the next moment you’re sad; one second you’re loving life, the next you’re angry at the world. What is going on?!…

Emotions are a crazy thing. One moment you’re happy, the next moment you’re sad; one second you’re loving life, the next you’re angry at the world. What is going on?! Learning how to balance emotions is tricky, but it can be done. Once you’ve learned how to control the way you feel, life will be a much happier place!Chelsea Crockett- worry

  1. When I am feeling stressed, upset, or unappreciated I always turn to my Bible. It reassures me that I am loved, taken care of, and that God will take care of anything that is worrying me.
  2. Make a list of everything you are thankful for. Every time you are sad or angry, read the list. You will realize how much you should be grateful for.
  3. Surround yourself with people that lift you up! If you notice a friend that is always negative or putting you down, it’s time to drop them. If they aren’t doing anything to benefit your life, it’s time to move on.
  4. Go for a run! Running releases endorphins, which, in the simple sense, makes your brain happy.
  5. Take time for yourself. I understand that school, work, sports, family, and friends can be a lot to handle at once, but it’s important to take time to breathe. Set aside 30 minutes to 1 hour a day to watch your favorite show, do a DIY project, or just hangout!

Life is good, so let’s spend it happily!

            Chelsea  

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Too Blessed to Be Stressed

Stress can consume our lives. It can make us forget about the joy that lies throughout our day.  Even the biggest blessings can get overlooked, because stress consumes our thoughts,…

Stress can consume our lives. It can make us forget about the joy that lies throughout our day.  Even the biggest blessings can get overlooked, because stress consumes our thoughts, actions, and outlook on life.  The Bible says not to be stressed or anxious about anything, but to pray and give thanksgiving to God.  We are all too blessed to be stressed!Chelsea Crockett- bible verses for stress

Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t even realize something great happening in your life, because you were too busy stressing? Suppose it’s the night before your big test, but you were too busy fighting with your boyfriend or girlfriend to study.  When you walk into class the next day, you’re too worked up to even realize that the test was postponed.  You overlook the blessing of the test being cancelled and continue dwelling on the fight.  Small blessings can have a huge impact, even though they might seem minimal.  Every time something like this happens it’s God’s way of saying, “I’ve got your back.”

Challenge yourself to thank God more for the blessings he has put in your life rather than stress out about anything. There’s nothing on this earth that can override God’s blessings.  He is SO good!

XOXO,

Chelsea

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Adopt an Attitude of Gratitude

Hey insiders! I hope your day started off with many blessings!  I know our lives are filled with too many blessings to count.  Even when we are going through tough…

Hey insiders!
I hope your day started off with many blessings!  I know our lives are filled with too many blessings to count.  Even when we are going through tough times, I try to think of everything I’m thankful for.  After all, if you can see, hear, feel, eat, sleep, drink, and breathe, then you already have seven things to thank God for.  So many people are suffering from illnesses or abuse of
many kinds.  Therefore, I try to find the good in all situations! Chelsea Crockett - Thankfulness
Sometimes I complain and focus on the negatives.  But if I take a step back, I realize there are too many things to be thankful for and that complaining isn’t a way to thank God at all.  Literally, the list is endless.  To start off  write down 20 things you are thankful for.  Throughout each week, continue to list off every blessing you find throughout the days.
An attitude of gratitude is what creates joy and peace.  Fault finding, complaining, and grumbling are not very appealing.  Don’t you want to surround yourself with thankfulness, peace, and joy?  Well, the good news is you can!  Thanksgiving, praise, and gratitude are so powerful.  Give it a try!  Spend some time focusing on everything good in your life.  You might be
surprised at what you will find!
XOXO, Chelsea

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Hot Spots to Focus on In the New Year

Hello Insiders,             Welcome to 2014!  I can’t believe how quickly time goes by.  Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday you were a little kid?  When looking back on life,…

Hello Insiders,

            Welcome to 2014!  I can’t believe how quickly time goes by.  Doesn’t it feel like just yesterday you were a little kid?  When looking back on life, I’m sure you can find a lot of things to be thankful for.  I know I can!  As you get older, it’s important to focus yourself on more important things, rather than material goals.  Focus on being a better you and making others happy!
            Getting into the high school and college scene can be fun, but never forget about your family or spirituality.  This year, I challenge you to spend more time with your family and with God.  I know it can be hard to pay grandma a visit when you have a million things to do, but just think about the joy that it will bring to her!  Also, focus on becoming closer with God.  Buy a devotional, talk with others, or download some spiritual music on your iPod.  I promise, it’s not that hard!Chelsea Crockett- eating healthy

            You always hear of the classic line, “I’m going to lose weight this year.”  STOP.  Instead of saying “losing weight” say, “I’m going to be healthy this year.”  As long as you exercise and eat healthy, then who cares if you are stick thin!  Focus on being a healthier you, not a skinnier you. 

            Come up with a list of things to challenge yourself with this year.  They don’t have to be resolutions, just small things to work on.  With a few simple tweaks in your lifestyle, you’ll discover a happier you.

Love,

            Chelsea

 

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