Chelsea Crockett

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Timeless Travel Tips

I travel a lot, and I foresee a lot of travel in my future, especially with Nick at my side. We have our honeymoon coming up, so I felt inspired…

I travel a lot, and I foresee a lot of travel in my future, especially with Nick at my side. We have our honeymoon coming up, so I felt inspired to share some of my travel tips with you.  Plus are coming up on spring and summer, and those are the times when most people travel. If you travel a lot or plan to in the future, there are a few useful packing tips that you NEED to know to make the process much simpler. These have really come in handy for me this past year because I have been on the road and in the air a lot!

  1. Use packing squares. These are zippered pouches that come in a variety of sizes and help you stay organized as you pack and unpack. I found mine on Amazon! I pack my pajamas and other comfy clothes in one square, my nice clothes in another, my toiletries in another, and keep going until I am all packed. They neatly stack in my suitcase, and when I am unpacking, I just take the squares and put them directly in the drawers where I am staying. It saves so much time because I don’t have to unpack and then re-pack at the end of my trip.
  2. Download all the apps. I download every single app that I think will be helpful beforehand, such as the hotel chain app and the airline app. That way I can check in to any flights ahead of time and get flight updates, and also check into my hotel.
  3. Take photos of important documents. I take photos of my ID, passport, boarding passes, and any other important documents just in case they get lost or stolen. I also send pictures of these documents to someone who is not traveling with me, in case they need to get me a new copy if they get lost or stolen while I am gone.
  4. Bring a padlock. If you are traveling internationally to another country, bring a small padlock with you to lock up your purse or backpack. Pickpockets are ruthless! Before you know it and without you noticing, your wallet and other important documents can be stolen in the blink of an eye. Lock your purse even when you are wearing it. You wouldn’t believe how sneaky people can be.
  5. Make things easy on yourself by using simple travel hacks. Store your phone charger and headphones in a glasses case to keep them from tangling and fraying. Store your bobby pins in an old tic tac container. Take an empty pill container and store your jewelry in the compartments. Clip a binder clip over the end of your razor to protect the blade and the things you pack from getting ruined by the blade.

Happy travels!

Chels

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How to Keep Your Friends Close When You Live Far

It takes work to manage and maintain friendships – even more so when it is long distance. I moved far from home, and this move has seen many of my…

It takes work to manage and maintain friendships – even more so when it is long distance. I moved far from home, and this move has seen many of my friendships either grow stronger or slowly fade. When you don’t live close, its not going to feel the same as when you were within a few minutes’ drive of each other, but it doesn’t have to feel like a million miles away either. Here are some of the ways I have been working to maintain my friendships from afar.

Use the tech you have available. Use Facebook messenger, Instagram or Twitter DM’s, texting, Facetime, whatever works to keep you connected. There is no shame in shooting someone a quick Facebook chat to catch up with them. You’ve got the tools, so use them! Also, understand how your friends prefer to communicate and meet them half way. If they prefer a text instead of a call, or the opposite, try and keep that in mind when you go to catch up.

I’ve also had to work on my FOMO (fear of missing out). When I see friends getting together back home I cant help but feel a little sad that I am not with them. But, that is part of life. I will be there for some things, and not for others, so letting FOMO get to me has zero positive outcomes. That leads into another point, and that is initiating hanging out when you are back home. It is hard to see everyone you want to see when you come home, but one great way to get started is to put the ball in their court and shoot some dates to your group to see if anyone is available.

A really simple and easy way to stay in touch is doing little things that fit each friendship, like shooting them a text with a throwback picture or tagging them in something you think they would like on Instagram. This lets them know that you are still there and still care about them. Then, there are times when you have to know when to let go. Not all friendships will stand the test of time, and that is okay! It doesn’t mean anything bad had to happen between you, you just drifted apart. You can still appreciate the happy memories made together.

What has helped you maintain any long distance friendships you have?

Chels

 

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It’s Not Easy, But it is Possible

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” – Luke 1:37 If you grew up in church, you have probably heard that verse so many times. Another way of rephrasing it…

“For with God nothing shall be impossible.” – Luke 1:37

If you grew up in church, you have probably heard that verse so many times. Another way of rephrasing it is “faith does not make things easy, but it DOES make them possible”.

When push comes to shove and rubber meets the road, do any of us really understand what it feels like to completely release control and believe in something explicitly? Do we take leaps of faith without worry? Do we release control easily? Leaning solely on our faith is scary. Releasing control is scary. Losing faith is a result of clinging to control.

We can find ourselves eager to doubt everything that we believe in, especially when things aren’t going the way we thought they would.

Life’s road is long and bumpy, but our happiness and confidence come from believing that everything is possible for God. Why exhaust ourselves with worry when we can leave it up to Him? It is not up to us to fix things, we just have to believe that He can and will in His own time.

This verse also seems to be misquoted many times, especially in sports or other competitive settings. If you haven’t trained, you will not be able to bench 225 pounds, even if you pray Luke 1:37 into your life. That’s not how it works. That promotion you have been working hard towards and praying about for what seems like forever? If it is in His will, He will make it happen. If it doesn’t, that means He has something else in store for you that you may have never considered but might love even more.

Having faith that He can do all things does not make life easy, it just means we have to have patience and trust that if it is in His will, he will make it possible. Life does not magically go the way we will it to, our faith has to do some heavy lifting to get us where we want to be. It’s not easy, but it’s possible.

Chels

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Find Joy in the Journey

I was recently asked “How are you staying so calm during this wedding planning process?” There are a few things that are helping me keep my cool. One is that…

I was recently asked “How are you staying so calm during this wedding planning process?” There are a few things that are helping me keep my cool. One is that I have a lot of help, and another is that I have resolved to find joy in the journey. I want to soak up this season of life and really make the most of it! So, how am I doing that?

  1. Avoiding comparison. I think it is so important to focus on what I want my wedding to look like and be like instead of comparing it to others. We’ve all seen those “Pinterest perfect” weddings, and it is so fun to dream! It can also be discouraging when you actually start to plan and find out how much everything really costs, and you have to be realistic. Your wedding is just that – YOURS! So, if you don’t get that picture perfect venue or dream cake like you’ve seen in the movies or on Instagram, that’s ok. Find joy in the things that you ARE able to have, like the people you love surrounding you.
  2. Celebrating every day’s successes. There are bound to be setbacks during the planning process, so keeping that in mind has been helpful. There have also been unexpected victories! I try and focus on the wonderful “celebrations” that happen each day, even if it is something as simple as choosing the color of the groomsmen’s socks. That is one less thing I have to do, and one more thing I can check off the list!
  3. Thinking positively. Our thoughts have a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves and how we feel our lives are going. Negative thoughts are like weeds that can take over and suffocate out all of the beauty of the moment. By thinking positively and spinning the negatives to seem more positive, my outlook on my wedding day has been one of joy instead of stress.
  4. Stop questioning. Once I make a decision, I lock it up and throw away the key. I am not doing myself any favors if I am questioning my decisions and keep circling back to the same things. Did I pick the right bridesmaid dress color? Will the guests like the food we chose? Will they have fun? The answers are YES, so no need to go back and fret about it.

Most of all, I remember that “The joy of the Lord is your strength”(Nehemiah 8:10). As this season of wedding planning comes to a close, I will continue to choose to find joy in the journey that God has put before me, and I pray that you will do the same in whatever season you find yourself in.

Chels

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On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

Every single day, dismal headlines flash across our screens. Hard stories, political wars, battles with words, threats, disaster, evil, and suffering seem to be all anyone can talk about these…

Every single day, dismal headlines flash across our screens. Hard stories, political wars, battles with words, threats, disaster, evil, and suffering seem to be all anyone can talk about these days. There is so much to feel anxious and overwhelmed about – for us, for our children, for our nation, and for the future.

You know what helps me quiet the noise? God’s truth. He is not up in heaven, pacing the floor, worrying about what is happening down here on earth. He is not fretting that His plans that have not worked and coming up with a backup. His plans ALWAYS happen the way He planned for them to. I like to think of Psalm 18:31 which, in summary, says “there is not a more secure foundation to build my life upon than you.”

There are a lot of opinions out there, a lot of voices sharing what they think to be true. Thank goodness we have a direct line of communication to the One voice that matters. Matthew 7:24 says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” This is where I am reminded of the hymn “The solid rock”, a song most of us grew up singing in church. The words of the song are timeless and relevant to every single generation who sings them. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.”

When you are feeling the pressure to shift your beliefs based on popular opinion, give in and accept defeat, or budge on what you know to be right and true, remember this: Jesus is the rock that will not move or budge. His truth is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He made the ultimate sacrifice so we could live free lives. That is true, real love and grace.

Rest in that today.

Chels

 

 

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Natural Remedies for Blemish-Free Skin

I know what it is like to have acne. I know what it is like to try and avoid going out or seeing people because my skin was is so…

I know what it is like to have acne. I know what it is like to try and avoid going out or seeing people because my skin was is so painful and angry. Acne is so common, and at times it can feel like you are fighting a hopeless battle against it. I’ve been there! I am finally feeling like I have a handle on my acne and can somewhat prevent my breakouts. Having clear and healthy skin isn’t just about what you put on your skin, it is also a reflection of what you feed your body. I have been incorporating affordable and easy remedies into my skincare and health routine and I want to share them with you.

  • Witch hazel. I use witch hazel as my toner after I wash my face at night. It has astringent properties, which means it minimizes pores and reduces excess oils on your face. Also, it prevents dirt and the bacteria that causes acne from clogging your pores – it is awesome!
  • Eat right to avoid inflammation, which causes acne. Eat foods that fight acne like probiotics, omega-3 fatty acids (like salmon), and antioxidants (like berries and dark greens). These foods enhance your complexion. Avoid foods like dairy, coconut oil, and whey protein. These foods aggravate or clog your skin.
  • Tea tree oil. This is a natural antiseptic, so it helps treat acne by getting rid of the bacteria and fungus on the surface, treating the acne while also preventing it. Tea tree oil also helps repair acne scars.
  • Exfoliate once a week. Exfoliating too much can damage your skin and actually irritate it. I use baking soda as my exfoliant. It is naturally salty, and salt has great healing properties. It is also just the right amount of grit that allows it to gently scrub off dead skin and clear pores.
  • This is so important in treating acne! Moist skin prevents the growth of pimples. Make sure to use a moisturizer that is made specifically to be used on the face.

Treating and preventing acne doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult! It might feel like you are fighting a losing battle but stay the course and keep trying. My dermatologist once told me that your skin has cycles, and they last 60-90 days. It takes that long for your routine changes to start working and helping, so don’t give up!

Chels

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Let Go and Give God Control

Inevitably, there is a Bible verse that can fit any situation you’re in. You can “go fishing” and find a verse that fills your current need. “Fishing” for a verse…

Inevitably, there is a Bible verse that can fit any situation you’re in. You can “go fishing” and find a verse that fills your current need. “Fishing” for a verse is a great example of “letting God” when you really aren’t at all. You are going to the right place, the Bible, but you are looking for what YOU think you need, not what He knows you need. This is letting go but not actually letting God. Why is it so hard to hand things over to Him?

Many of us are control freaks and cringe at the thought of taking our hands off a situation when we are so used to having control, or at least thinking we have control. This is where we need to focus on actually reading the Bible instead of pulling verses out of context. Yes, it takes much more time to read the full passage of scripture instead of the single verse. But, in order to understand the whole lesson or message instead of the verse that fits our situation, we need to take the time to read the whole thing. When we limit Him to one verse, we are only trusting him as much as one verse or one sentence of His word. That is not enough.

Next time you are doing a devotional and they give you one verse to read, go further and read the whole chapter or passage. It will deepen your understanding. There are so many more lessons to be learned beyond one verse. The same goes when you search for an inspiring verse. If you only read the verse you found, you miss the whole message. His guidance goes beyond one sentence. Trust Him more than that. Trust cannot go back and forth, it has to be steady. You must fully trust, because if you don’t trust all the way, you are still holding onto control and fostering doubt. Handing things over to God and surrendering your worries to Him is so difficult, but He didn’t make us to be in control of everything in our lives. It starts by having open ears and an open heart so we can hear everything, not just the things we want to hear. Listen to Him all the time, not just when you are wanting an answer from Him.

Let go and actually let God.

Chels

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Devote Your Work to the Lord

As we grow up, we spend more and more time in a certain place…can you guess what it is? If you guessed work, then you guessed right. Because we spend…

As we grow up, we spend more and more time in a certain place…can you guess what it is? If you guessed work, then you guessed right. Because we spend so much time at our places of employment, whether we work from home or out of the home, it is so important that we devote our work to the Lord. Our job is one of the ways that He provides for us. God grows our character and our faith as we rely on him for strength to do our job. Here are 3 prayers to lift up to the Lord about your work.

  1. Thank the God that you can do all things through Him who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).
  2. Ask God to help you be content in life and not desire money and possessions and not to want what others have and ask Him to give you the desire to work hard for what you earn. (1 Thessalonians 41:11-12) Ask that He would help you seek His kingdom first instead of pursuing fortune, worldly success, or the approval of others. (Matthew 6:33)
  3. Pray that you will be faithful and wise with your work responsibilities, whether they are big or small. Pray that God would help you be honest, even when it is hard to be. (Luke 16:10-13)
  4. Pray you would be faithful in all of the work responsibilities you have been given, whether big or small. Ask that God would help you stay true to yourself and your beliefs, even when under pressure to do the opposite. (Luke 16:10-13)
  5. Ask the Lord for the ability to obey and respect those who are in authority over you at work, and to do this because it is the right thing to do, not because you want to be a people-pleaser. Commit whatever you do to the Lord and work hard, because you will receive the inheritance of the Lord as your reward. Even in your job, you are serving Him, no matter what it is that you do. (Colossians 3:21-24).
  6. Remember to keep the Sabbath as a day of rest, because that is what God modeled for us. (Genesis 2:2)

Lastly, pray that God would use you where you work to help show people His love! God has provided you the job that you have for a purpose and for a reason!

XOXO, Chels

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Prayers for your Friends

Prayer is a powerful thing. Having a solid prayer life is essential in strengthening your faith, and it can get you through the toughest of times. I must confess, when…

Prayer is a powerful thing. Having a solid prayer life is essential in strengthening your faith, and it can get you through the toughest of times. I must confess, when life gets hard I have no problem praying for what I want and need, but when my friends are going through tough times I’m not as diligent as I should be. The best thing you can do for your friends is pray for them. Here are 4 prayers for your friends and mine.

Jeremiah 17:7-8:Ask that the Lord would bless your friend as she trusts in the Lord. Pray that she would be like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots strong and deep by the stream, and has no need to fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. Pray that God would make your friend strong, fruitful, and flourishing for His glory.

Numbers 6:24-26: Pray that the Lord bless your friend and keep her; that He would make his face to shine upon her and be gracious to her; that the Lord would lift up His countenance upon her and give her peace.

Proverbs 3:3-8: Pray that she would trust in the Lord with all her heart, and not lean on her own understanding. Ask that in all her ways she would acknowledge God, and God will make her paths straight. Ask the Lord to help your friend not to be wise in her own eyes, but to fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

Psalm 138:7-8: Ask that when your friend walks in the midst of trouble, God would preserve her life. Claim His promise to stretch out His hand against the wrath of your friend’s enemies, to deliver her with His right hand. Remind God of His commitment to fulfill His purpose for your friend, and of His steadfast and endless love for her.

I hope my friends pray these prayers over me from time to time as well. What an encouragement to know that someone cares about you enough to lift you up in prayer!

Chels

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One Week Media Detox

The start of the year is a great time to detox, whether it be a nutritional detox or otherwise. I have been trying to do some media detoxing by deleting…

The start of the year is a great time to detox, whether it be a nutritional detox or otherwise. I have been trying to do some media detoxing by deleting apps that tend to suck up my time, and then re-downloading them at the end of the day. It forces me to be more present and stay on task. Media detoxing looks different for everyone and comes in all shapes and sizes whether it is all media like TV and the internet or select media like social media. Here is an easy 7-day plan to follow if you want to try a media detox for yourself.

  1. Unsubscribe and unfollow. Give your social media a good purge. At the beginning of the year, I like to do a scroll through my list of accounts that I follow and unfollow people or accounts that bring me down or take me to an unhealthy place, unsubscribe from channels that I’m no longer interested in, and give myself a clean and healthy slate for the year. It is amazing how much our mental state and emotions are affected by the people we follow.
  2. Stay media-free until 10 AM. Like I said earlier, your definition of media may include TV and the internet and social media, or it may mean a combination of them. How many of us wake up and go directly to our phones to check social media? Instead of reaching for your phone, grab a book and do a morning devotional.
  3. Stay off media until 4 pm. This is going to be much harder than staying off until 10 AM. But, you can do it!
  4. Stay media-free until bed time. You may start feeling something like withdrawals during your media-free day. You will most likely find yourself reaching for your phone to scroll through Instagram every so often, but use that time you would normally browse to do something that is more fulfilling.
  5. Read or watch only three things. Whether it be one show on Netflix and opening your Facebook and Instagram apps once, the choice is yours.
  6. Only open one app all day. Choose wisely!
  7. Go media-free for 24 hours. After the week of cutting back you’ve had, this will feel like a breeze!

Starting your year with a refreshed mind and spirit is a very good way to start.

Chels

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Until God Opens a Door…

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and…

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” Ephesians 3:20

Life has a funny way of turning upside down just when we think things are leveling out. Hard times never come at a good time, and it is in those times that we need God’s word more than ever to guide us through and out of them.

He doesn’t always take the hard times away, sometimes He allows us to walk through them as He guides us to teach us a lesson. Isaiah 43:2 says “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

There is a line in The Sound of Music where Maria says, “Where the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.” At different points in my life when the path I was traveling was suddenly closed off and the door sealed shut in my face, her words gave me a glimpse of hope. The Lord is our healer and can do “exceedingly abundantly above all we think and ask” (Ephesians 3:20). These times of trial reveal God’s presence to us more and more.

Until the Lord opens your door, praise Him in the hallway. Praise Him in the waiting and in the quiet and allow Him to break through your gloom and darkness. The Bible is full of stories where people chose to praise the Lord during times of real suffering. Take Paul and Silas for example. They were beaten and tossed into jail, and yet they continued to sing praises to the Lord.

So, what can YOU do to give praise in your toughest time? Pray and praise. Pray to the Lord and communicate your feelings to him. And, praise. Listen to your favorite praise songs and allow the lyrics to wash over you. Sometimes the door takes longer to open than we hope, but it is up to us what we do during our time in the hallway.

How will you spend it?

Chels

 

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How to Start Studying the Bible

When it comes to studying the Bible, a lot of times, for me, the getting started is the hardest part. Actually, knowing where to start is really my problem. There…

When it comes to studying the Bible, a lot of times, for me, the getting started is the hardest part. Actually, knowing where to start is really my problem. There are so many Bible studies I want to do and so much I want to learn! I can even become anxious about opening my Bible because I don’t know where to begin, and the intimidation threatens to keep me from starting at all.

If you want to be able to dive into God’s word and take advantage of all the wisdom it has to offer, here are a few ways to get started.

  1. If you’re truly wanting to study the Bible in its entirety, don’t actually start at the beginning. Genesis is full of a lot of genealogy and it can be overwhelming and a little intimidating. You don’t have to ready the Bible start to finish, you can jump around! Choose a book like Matthew, Mark, Luke or John if you want to learn more about Jesus’s sacrifice and His time on this earth in a deeper way. That is a great place to start.
  2. Ask around. Ask your friends or family what they are studying or what topics they are loving at the moment. They may even bring up a topic you’ve never considered! I actually find Pinterest to be a good resource. Think of your life and what is going on at the moment. Think of your struggles, your trials, your victories, your worries, all of it. Let those things inspire your topics of study. Engaged? Search for a study on preparing for marriage. Newly single? Look for a study on heartbreak and hope. Lost a loved one? Find a study on healing. The Bible has wisdom on every situation that occurs in our lives, sometimes we just need help finding that wisdom. That is where guided Bible studies come in.
  3. Make it a habit. Once you’ve found a study you like (whether it be through a book, Bible app, or online) make a habit out of completing your study every day. Schedule it for the same time and place and, before you know it, studying your Bible daily will become second nature.

So, where will you start?

Chels

 

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20 Ways to Invest In Yourself in Your Twenties

Do you ever feel like you spend all your time investing in others and forget to take care of yourself? Investing in yourself is so important. Just like investing money…

Do you ever feel like you spend all your time investing in others and forget to take care of yourself? Investing in yourself is so important. Just like investing money in a savings account makes it grow, investing time and energy into yourself helps you grow. Here are a few ways to invest in yourself in your twenties, because it’s never too early to start!

  1. Wake up early and start your day on a productive note.
  2. Listen to podcasts. Never stop learning.
  3. Read books. Even if they are just for fun.
  4. Run, bike, swim, walk, do yoga, anything that gets your body moving and your mind stimulated!
  5. Find a mentor, someone in your field of study or even just a friend with more life experience under their belt. Having someone in your corner who has “been there” and “done that” is so beneficial.
  6. Journal every day, whether it be Bible journaling or journaling your thoughts.
  7. Eat clean and eat healthy. Make it a habit early in life!
  8. Surround yourself with things that make life more beautiful.
  9. Call the people you love and catch up with them. Learn from them!
  10. Don’t make excuses.
  11. Resist comparing yourself to others and celebrate your uniqueness.
  12. Practice self-love and compassion.
  13. Don’t forget to enjoy life and have fun.
  14. Set boundaries for yourself and keep them.
  15. Become the boss of your money, and make a budget, because that is investing in your future.
  16. Give yourself a break. It’s okay to watch an hour of Netflix every once in a while! Resist burnout!
  17. This goes with the last one, and it is knowing and respecting your own limits.
  18. Learn something new, like another language.
  19. Experiment with fashion and style, and find out what works for you.
  20. Learn how to fear less. Fear holds us back from our potential.

How will you invest in yourself today?

Chels

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“Before You Were Born, I Set You Apart”

“Before you were born, I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5 Have you ever wanted something or wanted to do something so badly, and then when you finally did it you…

“Before you were born, I set you apart.” Jeremiah 1:5

Have you ever wanted something or wanted to do something so badly, and then when you finally did it you realized that it is possible you weren’t destined for that at all? For example, you may think you should be the one in front of the camera, when in reality, you should be the one working the camera. Maybe you feel the pressure to be in front of the camera because that is what others have told you, but after experiencing it yourself, realize that it is not the right fit for you.

This is because God has given each of us specific abilities, experiences, passions and talents. We are unique and there is no one out there just like you. We have been designed by the creator of the universe – and designed to do different things.

Do you look at people on Instagram and wish you were like them? Wish you looked like them, had a house like them, had a job like them, or wore the clothes they did?  Jealousy is a vicious monster. God made each of us different – and with different purposes. He set you apart from everyone else before you were even born. That is why we have to trust God’s plan for us and fight jealousy of others. He will see His purpose for your life come to pass in His own time. We must use the gifts and talents we have been given and see our differences as assets. I once saw a quote that said “We live in the past, dream of the future, and often miss today, this moment, the here and now.”

How true. We dwell on the things we don’t have instead of reveling in what we DO have. Are you using the assets God blessed you with? Have you been taking full advantage of the talents He has given you? He has set you apart. He has appointed you. Let that encourage and uplift you! The One who created the moon, the stars, the mountains and valleys, He created YOU!

Chels

 

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To Everything There is a Season

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for exactly where you are – whether it is a time…

“To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

There is a time for exactly where you are – whether it is a time of healing, a time of questioning, a time of excitement, a time of confusion, a time of doubt, a time of laughing, a time of dancing, or even a time in between.

Maybe, if you’re like me, it is a time for planning and planting. This season is full of school and studying for my degree, full of wedding planning and also planning for my new life and new “normal.” If you are also in a busy season of life like the one I’m in, sometimes it can feel like you’re dropping the ball on some things in order to keep others up in the air. Maybe some of your friendships aren’t as strong as they used to be because you have to spend more time studying. Maybe you’ve had to put some hobbies on hold so that you can put your future first. In these times we must remember that “to everything there is a season.”

Accepting your season instead of feeling bad about it is one way to calm your heart and mind. There will be a time when school is over, weddings will be over, and life will start a brand new season. That may be the season where you pick things up where you left off, whether it be with friends or hobbies or anything else you’ve had to put on the back burner. During all seasons we should stay grateful, faithful, and supportive of one another. Learn from your seasons and be able to look back on them as teachable times. After all, every moment of your life is a time that has been handpicked by God. Maybe you are anxiously awaiting a season that has not yet started in your life. Maybe you feel stuck in a rut and are wishing for a change of scenery. Wherever you are and whatever you are feeling, be ready to trust in His timing. Embrace the season you are in and everything going on in your life right now, because in the blink of an eye, at can all change.

What season are you in? Evaluate, accept, and embrace the season. And remember, don’t get too comfortable, because every season is just that – a season.

Chels

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Date Night Q&A

Whether you have been dating your significant other for weeks, months or years, there is always more to learn about one another. Next time you are on a date with…

Whether you have been dating your significant other for weeks, months or years, there is always more to learn about one another. Next time you are on a date with your love, put down your phones and pull out this list. You may be surprised what you learn, and where the topics lead!

  1. What are 5 things you hope to be remembered for?
  2. What are 5 passions you have and why?
  3. Describe your family dynamic of your childhood verses your family dynamic now.
  4. What are 3 things that make you happy?
  5. What popular thought or notion do you think the world has most wrong?
  6. What is one thing I don’t know about you?
  7. What are two things I do well?
  8. How have you seen me change since we’ve been together?
  9. How have you changed in the time we’ve been together?
  10. What is one thing you want to do different from your parents?
  11. What is your favorite memory of us together?
  12. If you had to live in another country, where would you go?
  13. What is my most difficult challenge right now?
  14. What is your most difficult challenge right now?
  15. Excluding money or time, what is one thing that I wish I could have?
  16. If you could be an expert in anything, what would it be?
  17. Name 3 things on your bucket list.
  18. What are your favorite qualities in me?
  19. How would you spend 1 million dollars?
  20. What is the greatest strength and weakness of our relationship?
  21. What is your 5-year plan? 10-year plan?
  22. If you never had to work again, what would you do with your life?
  23. If you could choose one mentor – famous or not – who would it be?
  24. What is your biggest pet peeve?
  25. When you met me, what was your first impression? Was it correct?

I love lists like this because they take us out of our comfort zone. Asking questions like these can be beneficial at any stage of a relationship. In the beginning, when everything is new and exciting, we tend to hang on every piece of new information as we learn about one another. After a while, tossing in conversation topics like these keep things fresh and fun.

Ask away!

Chels

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