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5 Hints That God is Redirecting You

When we come across open or closed doors, we never know what God is doing in our life. We debate if we should take the opportunity at hand, or simply…

When we come across open or closed doors, we never know what God is doing in our life. We debate if we should take the opportunity at hand, or simply walk away from it.

How do we know what’s best for us? How do we know when God is giving us hints to change our direction and lead us to something much, much better?

There are many ways to hear God’s voice and discover what he wants for our life, we just have to know what those ways are. When we’re aware of how we can listen and receive guidance from God, life becomes a while lot easier! We just have to lean on him and trust what we know is truly from God!

  1. Your gut feeling.

Everyone always says to “listen to your gut feeling.” Sometimes this is God’s way of telling you when something’s right or wrong. More often than not, we have this gut feeling but choose to ignore it because of doubt or confusion. Trust your instinct!

  1. Wisdom from friends and family.

We all have those people in our life that we go to when we need advice or support. Whether it be your mom, your cousin, or your best friend, having those people to back you up or to tell you when something’s not right is comforting and reassuring. God can speak through people, so go to those who are full of godly wisdom and consider the advice they give you!

  1. Open opportunities.

Sometimes God gives us an open door directly when and where we’re looking for it. Don’t let this go unnoticed! If something is perfectly in your path, there is a good chance God placed it there. Don’t ignore the obvious!

  1. Answered prayers.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” – 1 John 5:14-15

When you ask God for something, he hears you. If you ask for guidance and he gives it to you, don’t question it! God doesn’t want us to be filled with confusion and doubt. He wants so badly for us to have faith in where he sends us, whether you we’re expecting that path or not!

  1. Reoccurring thoughts.

Do you ever try to push a thought out of your head, but it keeps coming back, over and over again? Sometimes these thoughts hold a higher significance than we think. God likes to speak to us in whispers which can come in the form of our thoughts. Once again, listen to your instinct and know what feels right!

Know that when God is redirecting your life, it’s part of his overall plan of the great things he has in store for you. Don’t question what he’s doing. Instead, thank him for the guidance and joy he brings you along the way!

– Chelsea

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Is God Waiting on You?

Do you ever feel like you are waiting on God? Waiting on Him to answer your prayers or give you a sign as to what to do next? What if…

Do you ever feel like you are waiting on God? Waiting on Him to answer your prayers or give you a sign as to what to do next? What if He was actually waiting on YOU?

I once had a friend who was sure she was destined for a certain career. When I asked her if she had been looking into the job requirements or specific employers, she said that if it was God’s will for her to go into this occupation, then He would open those doors. It is good to pray and seek God’s will for these sorts of things, but you also have to get out there and put things in motion instead of waiting for them to happen on their own.

Us young people really want to know what God’s will is for our lives. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 tells us “this is the will of God, your sanctification”. Unlucky for us, this does not give us much to go off of. The will of God is a hot topic and always will be. We just have to accept that we will never fully understand the “whys” and “whats” of life and instead focus on what we can do to go along with His plan and cooperate as much as He has given us the ability to. A lot of our success and failure in life depends on us. God gives us the ability to do these things – the freedom to try and fail. God is not going to do for you what you can do for yourself.

As a follower of Christ, what does the Lord want you to be responsible for in your life that tells Him that you can handle what He has given you? Have you proven that you are worthy of the blessings that are in store for you? Matthew 13:12 says “To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.”

Pray for wisdom, because God isn’t going to always give you the answer or show you the clear path. Be disciplined with what you have been given. Accept when you are wrong and admit it to God. Be eager to learn, and refuse to live a passionless, half-hearted life. Come to grips with your strengths and weaknesses as this will make you mentally healthy and aware.

We all have needs on our life. Are yours not being met? Don’t blame God. He is waiting on you! He wants to meet your needs – you just have to ask. Just like James 4:2 says, “You do not have because you do not ask God.”

Chels

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Wise Words from Women in the Bible

The women in the Bible were some pretty wise ladies. Their words inspire us, guide us, and give us insight. I love studying the relationship of women in the Bible…

The women in the Bible were some pretty wise ladies. Their words inspire us, guide us, and give us insight. I love studying the relationship of women in the Bible who had deep, rich relationships with Christ. When we look at their words, we are reminded of what powerful faith looks like. One thing that links them all together is that even in the dark days, they find their joy in the Lord. Their faith was not perfect, but it was strong. These quotes are shining examples.

  1. Rebekah: “I will go.”

– “So they sent away Rebekah their sister and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant and his men.” (Genesis 24:58-59). Even in the midst of so much uncertainty, Rebekah stepped into the unknown and married a man she had never met. She trusted the Lord and obeyed His plan for her life. That is an important lesson for us – where He leads, we should follow.

  1. Sarah: “God has made me laugh..”

– “…everyone who hears will laugh over me.” (Genesis 21:6). Sarah laughed with joy because God gave her a bigger surprise than she could ever imagine. She was very old, yet God gave her a child – a child she had prayed for her whole life. Our God can do the impossible. He can make a barren woman pregnant. Sarah had doubts just like we do, but they don’t have to be the finale of our story. The Lord will bring joy and laughter to our lives and in our hearts. We just have to be patient and trust.

  1. Ruth: “Your people shall be my people..”

– “…and your God my God.” (Ruth 1:16). Ruth’s life was very difficult. When she said this quote, she had lost her husband and was living her life as a grieving widow and taking care of her mother in law. Through her grief, she strengthened her relationship with God. Her faith remained firm even in her toil. She committed herself to God’s people and His work. Just like Ruth, we must not turn back in our faith. We must move forward and continue seeking the Lord.

We can learn a lot from the wise women in the Bible. These three quotes are just a few examples of that. We can use their hardships, losses and victories as inspiration for how to live our lives.

Chels

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Walk in Godly Wisdom

With age comes wisdom. And with knowledge of God’s word comes godly wisdom. Although wisdom is a good quality to have, godly wisdom is even more important. Knowing what God’s…

With age comes wisdom. And with knowledge of God’s word comes godly wisdom.

Although wisdom is a good quality to have, godly wisdom is even more important. Knowing what God’s word says and how we can apply it to our lives is crucial as a follower of Christ.

Although we might be young, age isn’t the only thing that brings upon wisdom. We can dive into God’s word now and gain the knowledge and wisdom he wants so badly for us to have!

James 3:17 says, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Let’s break this verse down piece-by-piece.

PURE

Our wisdom should be shown through the way we live our lives. What does God mean when he talks about pure wisdom? He wants us to live selflessly and holy, striving toward purity from sin.

PEACE-LOVING

He also wants us to strive toward peace. Use your wisdom to know what’s worth investing your time in and what’s not. Be wise about gossip, drama, or any situation involving conflict. Be slow to speak and quick to encourage peace.

CONSIDERATE

Next, comes being considerate. Taking into account the feelings of others and showing sympathy in the right situations spurs from godly wisdom. We should strive toward caring for other people before caring for ourselves.

SUBMISSIVE

What exactly does submissive mean when it comes to wisdom? We should be submitting to God’s authority and obeying by the rules he lays out for us in his Word. We shouldn’t be picking and choosing which of God’s rules we want to follow! He lays out everything for a reason, hand-picking each thing to advise us with.

FULL OF MERCY

What exactly is mercy? It’s defined as an act of kindness, compassion, or favor shown toward an offender or an enemy.

If you thoroughly study the Word of God, then you know He wants us to be full of mercy and compassionate toward others. The true test of wisdom is knowing how to forgive others and treat them maturely as Jesus would.

IMPARTIAL AND SINCERE

Lastly, God wants us to be fair, just, and honest. You know someone is wise by the way they carry themselves and the way they treat others.

If we treat others with fairness and honesty, they’ll most likely treat us the same. Sincerity is so important, and the more we see how Jesus treated his people throughout the Bible, the more we can see how we should treat others, as well!

I have one more important thought to leave you with:

Proverbs 4:7 says, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”

Whatever you do, find wisdom. Engage in God’s Word and discover the true understanding of who He is and what He wants for your life.

– Chelsea

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Becoming a Proverbs 31 Woman

Proverbs is one of my favorite books of the Bible. If there was one book with enough instruction on how a godly woman should live, it would be this one….

Proverbs is one of my favorite books of the Bible.

If there was one book with enough instruction on how a godly woman should live, it would be this one.

In today’s society, it can be easy to get caught up in how the world wants us girls to act. We should try to focus on how God views us, instead of how the world views us.

This chapter of Proverbs portrays a woman who values God, strength, and generosity from beginning to end. I wanted to break it apart, verse by verse, and see how we can grow into the godly woman God created us to be!

  • She lacks nothing of value. 

I always read this verse and never knew what it was truly saying. God wants us to value the things he values. He values fellowship, forgiveness, love, and so many other things. We should strive to acquire patience, grace, and all of the characteristics he wants us to have.

  • She works vigorously with eager hands.

This verse reminds me to be as hardworking and diligent as I can, in all things I do. Whether it’s my schoolwork or videos for my YouTube channel, I try to put my all into it and give it 110%.

  • She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.

Have you ever tried giving some of your time to those in need? This isn’t the only verse in the Bible that encourages us to do so. Jesus was always helping, always serving, and always dedicated to others. Try it out for yourself and see how both your heart and perspective change. 

  • She is clothed with strength and dignity.

As women, we should hold ourselves to high standards. We should remember that with God, being our provider, we will always have all that we need! We should walk through our lives with our heads up high, knowing we can face whatever comes our way.

  • She has no fear of the future.

With strength, comes confidence. As Jeremiah 29:11 says, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord.” We can be confident in knowing that the God of creation has already declared our plans for the future. 

  • She speaks with wisdom.

We should all strive to be quick to listen and slow to anger. We should speak through truth and use our wisdom to guide us. We should be that person in our friend group that can be the voice of reason and leads by example.

  • She fears the Lord.

This characteristic is above all others. A godly woman should fear the Lord and abide by him in any and every situation. Dive deep into the word and begin to feel his presence all around you.

How will you put this into practice? Will you work toward strength, wisdom, and fearing the Lord? Be the light in other people’s lives so they can see how a godly woman should live!

– Chels

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The Most Misused Bible Verses

I love spending time in God’s word. He shows me and teaches me things when I spend time with Him. Sometimes they are things I have been looking for. Sometimes…

I love spending time in God’s word. He shows me and teaches me things when I spend time with Him. Sometimes they are things I have been looking for. Sometimes they are things I didn’t know I needed to hear.

All 66 books of the Bible were inspired and authored by the God. The Bible is not a collection of quotes or one-liners, it is literally God speaking. That is why we need to approach it with respect. That is not how I have seen God’s word being used in recent years. I see lots of people using specific Bible verses as quotes for social media captions, tattoos, and other mainstream purposes. That is all well and good as long as you are using the verse in the right context. Except, most times, they are misused, misquoted, or misunderstood. We may turn to a specific verse to quote in certain life situations to justify an event or action. Or, we may hear others misquoting verses. They sound right in the moment, but the whole meaning of the verse is out of context. Here are the 4 most abused and misused verses in the Bible.

  1. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13. This verse has nothing to do with scoring well in a sporting event, doing well on a test, or landing your dream job. This verse was written when the Apostle Paul was under house arrest awaiting trial. This trial could condemn him to death for preaching about Jesus’ resurrection. Instead of being distraught and dismayed by his situation, Paul uses this opportunity to teach others that he can endure any and everything this life throws at him because he has a strength that can only be found in Christ through the Holy Spirit, even in prison.
  2. “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord. Plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11. This verse is usually given to people who are having a tough time, on a graduation card, or after reaching a big milestone. Taken out of context, this verse looks to be promising a life of popularity, riches, health, and the American Dream! In reality, this promise was given to a group of people, not just one individual. God promised the Hebrews exiled in Babylon that He had not given up on them and that even though times were tough, they still had a future and a hope. The promise is that He will see His plan through, and you as His child will get to be part of that plan.
  3. “Judge not, that you be not judged.” Matthew 7:1. I can remember in high school that a big bad word was “judging.” “She’s judging me!” “She has no right to judge me.” Those are phrases I heard often and they made this verse a popular one. Don’t judge me or you will be judged! Of course, that is not what this verse actually means. It means that we are living in a culture of tolerance. If you disagree with someone about their beliefs, lifestyle or opinions, we are labeled as intolerant. We may even quote Tupac and say “Only God can judge me!” No. This verse is to tell you that it is okay to tell our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ when we see them falling into traps and doing things they know better than to do. The Bible calls us to help others wage the war against sin. If we are going to correct someone, then we must be held to the same standard. If we judge rudely, then we will be judged the same. This verse is a warning against self-righteousness.
  4. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. Let’s face it, we have all seen this verse on bedroom walls, coffee mugs, notebook covers, phone cases, you name it. This is only part of the verse, though. The whole verse says “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” You really have to do the verse justice by quoting the whole thing. What an awesome comfort and reminder to know that we can be still and know that God is in control. As His people, we can know the truth that He will be exalted in the nations across the earth. There is nothing that can stop God from accomplishing His will.

Knowing a verse in it’s intended context helps it mean so much more.

XOXO, Chels

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My Past Was Made Clean By My King

Does the thought ever cross your mind that you have made so many mistakes and have sinned so much that you don’t feel like you deserve God’s love? We should…

Does the thought ever cross your mind that you have made so many mistakes and have sinned so much that you don’t feel like you deserve God’s love? We should never feel like that. It doesn’t matter what we say, what we do, what mistakes we make, God still loves us unconditionally.kid

My past was made clean by my King. Any mistake or sin that I made in the past has been washed away. If you ask God to forgive you, He does and doesn’t look back. It doesn’t matter how long or how often you have sinned, because we ALL sin and fall short of what God expects of us. But no matter how many times we fall down, He picks us back up and says that our past has been forgiven. We can move forward knowing that our sin and shame is behind us and we have a clean slate.

In our lives, we will all have times when we feel like we need a fresh start. God makes your past clean and gives you a renewed sence of purpose and a bright future. If you ever feel like you don’t deserve His love or forgiveness, just remember that He created you and loves you unconditionally. Your past can be made clean by your King.

XOXO, Chels

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“Perhaps You Were Born for Such a Time as This.”

Esther 4:14 says that “Perhaps you were born for such a time as this.” What does that verse mean to you? To me it means that God has put you…

Esther 4:14 says that “Perhaps you were born for such a time as this.” What does that verse mean to you? To me it means that God has put you on this earth at this time and has placed you where you are and with the people you are with for a reason.esthter

Maybe God has you where you are in life so that you can be an influence on the people that you work with and go to school with. Maybe He brought on a major life-change that you weren’t expecting or wanting because He wanted you to be somewhere else to influence someone else. Maybe He has you where you are so that you can be more involved in ministries or Bible studies to strengthen your Faith. He may be opening and closing doors in your life because He is leading you to bigger and better things. If we are patient and are open to His calling, we can realize the plans He has for us and for the people we will influence. This verse in Esther is talking about when a woman in the Bible named Esther was told that “you were born for such a time as this” and in your life, you can make a difference where God has placed you.

You may not see the opportunity now, but if you stay willing and open to His calling, you will find so much fulfillment in His plans!

Maybe you were born for such a time as this. This moment in time. This stage of life.

XOXO, Chels

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Sadie Robertson: Christian Teen Advice

For those of you who don’t know, Sadie Robertson is a young reality star on the TV show Duck Dynasty.  She is also a young motivational speaker and I think…

For those of you who don’t know, Sadie Robertson is a young reality star on the TV show Duck Dynasty.  She is also a young motivational speaker and I think we have a lot in common!  She spends her summers working at youth camps and going on mission trips. Chelsea Crockett - Sadie Robertson Quote She’s a girl with a message about being confident in yourself.  Everything I read about her makes me feel like we are on the same page so I wanted to highlight some of her thoughts!

Sadie makes no mistake by saying God is number one in her life and that her family comes next.  I try to live by that same philosophy.  Sadie recently wrote a book called “Live Originally”.  Her message is basically to live confidently in the person God made you to be.  Live for God and not for anyone else.  Stay true to who you are.  She also says for a relationship to work, you should pray together and stay pure until marriage.  Teenagers deal with enough peer pressure as it is, so remain true to yourself by being different and others will actually look up to you.

Sadie is a strong, confident girl with flaws and worries just like the rest of us!  She is willing to stand firm in her principles and so do I.  I hope you will join us.  Live for who God has called you to be and don’t conform to peer pressure!

XOXO, Chelsea

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Would Changing Your Words Make a Difference?

            As I’m getting older, I’m learning that the words we speak are very powerful. You can build someone up or tear someone down very quickly.  Some words are blessings…

            As I’m getting older, I’m learning that the words we speak are very powerful. You can build someone up or tear someone down very quickly.  Some words are blessings and make me feel proud while other words can bring on hurt and pain.  Two quotes that I recently read were: “Don’t speak unless you can improve the silence.” A Spanish Proverb and “If you wouldn’t write it and sign it, don’t say it.” By Earl Wilson (I think that goes for texting too!) 
            Both of these sayings are very powerful.  I think it goes back to my mom always saying, “If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all!”  I am spending a little timChelsea Crockett - words quotee reflecting on these thoughts which I think we can all learn a little from.  Everyone is searching for signs of encouragement.  I want to be the friend that encourages and builds others up.  Who doesn’t like a friend to rely on when you need a little encouragement?  Find a friend or even an acquaintance that could use some kind words and put some positivity in their lives!  You don’t realize how much of a difference it can make!  Last but not least, I’d like to share one other thought: “Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free–and worth a fortune.” By Sam Walton
                                                                               XOXO, Chelsea

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