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God’s To-Do List

The Bible is filled with endless “do’s” and “don’ts” that instruct us on God’s perfect way to live our lives. It’s like he provides the perfect “to-do list” to ensure…

The Bible is filled with endless “do’s” and “don’ts” that instruct us on God’s perfect way to live our lives. It’s like he provides the perfect “to-do list” to ensure us joy, hope, and trust in him.

There are several “do’s” that God wants us to live by. Meditate on them and put them into practice, every day and for the days to come!

  • Pray continually.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

When we pray continually, God reveals things to us that he never would’ve without our constant communication with him. Prayer is so, so important and it should never get taken advantage of. It’s so easy to pray that we often forget about how truly amazing it actually is. Sit down, talk to God, and lean on him, not forgetting the power and awesomeness of prayer! 

  • Trust in the Lord.

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.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust is always hard no matter who it may be given to, or lack thereof. There is so much comfort found in the fact that God assures us on trust so many times throughout the Bible. Proverbs 3:5-6 is the perfect example of this! When we lean on God and not ourselves, honestly and truthfully, God shows us his perfect way.   

  • Be thankful for even the small things.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17

When we practice thankfulness, we develop a whole new mindset. Instead of praising God for only the big things that occur in our lives, try thanking him for even the smallest of blessings. It may be the short line at the grocery store or the good grade you got on a quiz. Whatever it may be, thank him continually and in ever circumstance!

  • Dive into scripture.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” – Romans 15:4

The Word of God should never be taken advantage of. When we have God’s actual word right in front of us, we should meditate on it and discover all it has to offer.

  • Steer clear of gossip.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” – Ephesians 4:29

God commands us not once, but several times in the Bible to stay away from bad conversation. Gossip not only spreads rumors, but it attracts drama and unwanted attention. Be mindful of the conversations you’re having with others. Be sure to only involve yourself with conversations that build people up, not tear them down!

There are tons of other things you could add to this list, but these are some of the more obvious “to-do’s” that God gives us in his word. Stay alert and conscious of putting these into effect!

– Chelsea

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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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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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Your Guide to Hosting Friendsgiving

What is the one thing that is almost as good as Thanksgiving with your family? Friendsgiving of course! As we get older, we start making traditions of our own, and…

What is the one thing that is almost as good as Thanksgiving with your family? Friendsgiving of course! As we get older, we start making traditions of our own, and one of my favorite new traditions is having a Thanksgiving with my friends, or “Friendsgiving.” Here are a few tips on how to host the best Friendsgiving ever.

  1. You make the main course, they do the rest: As the host of the party, you are in charge of the main parts of the meal such as the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie. But the rest of the meal should involve your friends! Have them bring their favorite side dish or appetizer.this-aint-your-mommas-thanksgiving-happy-friendsgiving-7d42b
  2. Go all out DIY: No need for fancy decorations or décor, make your own place mats out of brown craft paper and other cute decorations with tissue paper and jars.
  3. Mason jars galore: Speaking of jars, use them as cups! You can even tie little bows around the necks of the glasses to make them a little more festive.
  4. Set the mood: Having the right background music playing gets the party going. Some good tunes playing low enough for people to hear them but soft enough for people to be able to hear their conversations can really set a relaxed but joyful mood.
  5. Send home the leftovers: Buy some to-go boxes and after the night is over, send leftovers home with your guests! College students love leftovers!! Especially Thanksgiving leftovers.

Happy Friendsgiving!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Thanksgiving Inspired Milkshake: Candy Corn Edition

Candy corn. It’s EVERYWHERE! Luckily, I am a lover of the sweet stuff, so it doesn’t bother me one bit. In fact, I embrace it, and try to make everything…

Candy corn. It’s EVERYWHERE! Luckily, I am a lover of the sweet stuff, so it doesn’t bother me one bit. In fact, I embrace it, and try to make everything I can with it! Here is a candy corn inspired milk shake that is sure to rock your world.

Ingredients:

  • 1 quart vanilla ice cream
  •  1 quart orange sherbet
  •  Whipped cream or Cool White
  • Yellow Food Coloring
  • Black yellow & orange sprinklescandy-corn2-jpg

Let the vanilla ice cream soften for about 25 minutes outside of the freezer. After it is softened take 1/3 of the ice cream and put it into a bowl. Put the ice cream back in the freezer. Add yellow food coloring to the ice cream in the bowl until you have the color you want. Mix it well. Take your orange sherbet out of the freezer to allow it to start softening. Get out the glasses you will be serving your milk shakes in, whether it is mason jars or glass drinking glasses, and spoon yellow ice cream into the bottoms, filling the cups about 1/3 full. After smoothing out the top as evenly as you can, wipe down the inside of the cups with a paper towel to remove ice cream streaks. Place your cups in the freezer for about 5-10 minutes to let the layer harden a little. Take your vanilla ice cream out of the freezer again to allow it to start softening. Remove the cups from the freezer and carefully spoon in the orange sherbet, layering it on top of the yellow and filling the cups about 2/3 full. Again, smooth out the top. Wipe the excess on the inside of the cups with a paper towel. Place the cups back in the freezer for 5-10 minutes. Remove the cups from the freezer and add the last layer of vanilla ice cream, filling the cups with 1/2 inch left at the top of the cup. Smooth out the tops again. If you want you can top them off with some whipped cream and sprinkles! Keep them in the freezer until you serve them.

They’re sure to be a hit at every Thanksgiving party on the block!

XOXO, Chels

Recipe via: http://www.karaspartyideas.com/2013/09/candy-corn-milkshakes-for-halloween.html

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Make the Most of Your Thanksgiving Break

It’s finally here…the day we get to spend with our family, stuff our faces with food, and most importantly thank God for all that He’s given us! Now that school…

It’s finally here…the day we get to spend with our family, stuff our faces with food, and most importantly thank God for all that He’s given us! Now that school is done for a few days, making the most of your Thanksgiving break is key!  What should you do with your time?  Check out a few of my favorite ways to spend Thanksgiving break!Chelsea Crockett- Black Friday

  • Grab a good book and find a new coffee shop. Order a holiday drink while you read!
  • Go Black Friday shopping! There’ no better time to get bang for your buck than on this day! Gather up some of your friends and hit up your favorite mall and boutique shops!
  • Meet up with old friends! If you’re in college this is the perfect time to catch up with your friends that went away!
  • Once Thanksgiving is over, start decorating the house for Christmas! You can never start Christmas too early!
  • If you live in a snowy region, go sledding!
  • Make your Christmas wish list!
  • Help your mom or grandma bake desserts for the Thanksgiving holiday!
  • See family that you haven’t seen in a while! If you’ve got cousins, grab a bite to eat with them!

I hope you all have the most perfect Thanksgiving break full of family, friends, food, and Jesus!

Love,

Chelsea

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What to Wear to Your Boyfriend’s Thanksgiving…

Do you have a boy toy? Whether you have been dating for 3 months or 3 years, going to his family get-togethers can be nerve wracking, am I right? You…

Do you have a boy toy? Whether you have been dating for 3 months or 3 years, going to his family get-togethers can be nerve wracking, am I right? You want to impress them and make them like you. Well my friends, today I am here to help you pick out the perfect “impress his parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins” outfit!boots

Some important things to consider are comfort, modesty, and the setting. When you are comfortable and confident in what you are wearing, it shows! This also goes with the modesty factor. You want to dress modestly to show what a mature, respectable, classy young lady their beloved son/grandson/nephew/cousin is dating! When I say the setting I mean this: is his family a more casual group or do they dress things up at get-togethers? You might want to ask him (or probably his mom) what kind of attire is the norm at their family holiday get-togethers.

Here are some outfit suggestions:

Casual: If they are more of a “jeans and t-shirt” kind of family, then wear a casual pair of dark skinnies, a cute sweater and scarf! Totally adorable, nice and cozy and casual!

Middle: If they are sort of an in-between casual and dressy kind of family, then I would go with black skinnies and a nice blouse and flats, or black skinnies and a sweater poncho and booties, or my personal favorite, black skinnies, tan booties, a nice cream colored blouse, and a faux fur vest!

Dressy: If they are a classy, dressy family then I would wear tights and a dress or skirt, a nice sweater or blazer over it, statement jewelry, and neutral makeup. The neutral makeup tip goes for all of the outfits, don’t go crazy with the eye shadow or lip color. Subtle is best when around your BF’s fam!

I hope these tips help ease a little bit of the “meeting the fam” nervousness! Don’t you worry, they are going to LOVE you.

XOXO, Chels

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An Attitude of Gratitude This Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving isn’t just a time for stuffing ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie (although that is a plus!).  It’s a time to reflect and be grateful for all of the…

Chelsea Crockett - GratitudeThanksgiving isn’t just a time for stuffing ourselves with turkey and pumpkin pie (although that is a plus!).  It’s a time to reflect and be grateful for all of the blessings in our lives.  However, the older I get, the more I realize that gratitude isn’t something we should only think about at this time of year.  It’s something that we should think about daily!

A person who has developed an “attitude of gratitude” is someone who thanks God for every blessing in their life.  It’s a lifestyle of thanksgiving.  So many times, we ask God for blessings….like a new car or a pet….then complain about this or that even after we get what we want. The saying “You always want what you can’t have” is an understatement nowadays!

So, will you join me in this “attitude of gratitude”?  I truly believe that every good thing comes to us from God!  We need to recognize that and try to find the good in all situations.  This lifestyle of thanksgiving shows maturity and evidence of a grateful heart.  Blessings are all around us.  Let’s start counting them!

“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.” Philippians 4:6.

 XOXO, 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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Turkey Cookies Recipe!

Thanksgiving is only a week away! It is time to start thinking of what yummy desserts you will be showing off to your family this Thanksgiving! Here is a kick…

Thanksgiving is only a week away! It is time to start thinking of what yummy desserts you will be showing off to your family this Thanksgiving! Here is a kick booty recipe for some super cute turkey inspired cookies I found on the Pillsbury website, which is where I found the adorable picture! I tweaked the recipe a little bit to make it my own, so check it out!

Ingredients:

-1 roll (16.5 ounce package) of ready to bake refrigerated sugar cookies.

-1 container (16 ounce) creamy chocolate frosting.

-Candy cornTurkeySugarCookies

-Mini M&Ms

– Orange decorative frosting

Lets Bake!

The first step is to bake the sugar cookies as directed on their package. Once you have baked the cookies and have allowed them to cool down completely (about 10 minutes or so), spoon chocolate frosting into a 1-quart Ziploc baggy. Seal the bag and cut off a tiny bit of the corner of the bag. On each cookie, squeeze frosting on the outer edge of half of the cookie. Arrange candy corn over the frosting for feathers. Use the orange frosting to attach the mini M&Ms to the cookies for the eyes. Pipe the orange frosting onto the cookies to look like a nose and feet.

These cookies are sure to get tons of “oohs” and “aaahhhs”. Everyone will love these tasty turkeys! Happy Thanksgiving!

XOXO, Chels

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