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What “I’ll Pray for You” Should Really Mean

Prayer. It’s one of the most powerful and meaningful things you could do for someone. When we ask God to help someone in our lives, he hears our prayer and…

Prayer. It’s one of the most powerful and meaningful things you could do for someone. When we ask God to help someone in our lives, he hears our prayer and acts on it.

It’s so easy to tell someone those four simple words: “I’ll pray for you.” But the actions you take after making that comforting statement is what really matters most.

Have you ever told someone you’d pray for them, and almost immediately forgot to do so? This phrase isn’t just a phrase to make someone feel better, it’s an action that should be taken seriously no matter what the case!

Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit and on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

Like the verse above says, we need to be persistent in prayer. Praying for someone means to be consistently praying for their needs, not saying a quick prayer and never asking God for that request again. It’s an ongoing action that should be repeated until God answers that prayer!

Something that helps me remember who and what I need to pray for is keeping a prayer journal. I know I’ve talked about it numerous times, but keeping a prayer journal has so many benefits! Keep a list of who you need to pray for to jog your memory when you need it. You can even write out prayers throughout your journal to refer back to! If your journal isn’t around (and you can be forgetful at times, like me), you can even jot things down in the notes app on your phone when someone asks you for prayer!

I know when it’s the other way around and I ask someone to pray for me, I rely on them to do so. Just as we would expect from our friends, family, etc., we should keep our word and pray faithfully over them!

When we look at Mark 11:24, we should approach prayer even more confidently. It says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

This should motivate us to pray for others even more persistently. The power of prayer is so incredible, and God really does listen when we come to him.

Like the verse above says, whatever we ask for in prayer, we can believe that we have received it. And the people we pray over have received it as well… his grace, mercy, love, protection and so much more! Isn’t it amazing we get to be a part of something so great?

– Chelsea

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Bible Verses to Make Your Personal Prayers

When I’m going through a rough patch in my life, it seems that God always shows me the right verses at the right times. Sometimes verses relate to my situation…

When I’m going through a rough patch in my life, it seems that God always shows me the right verses at the right times. Sometimes verses relate to my situation so strongly that I wonder if God made that verse just for me in that moment. It’s so comforting to know that God can speak to us through the Bible when we need him most!

Certain verses can be made into your own personal prayers. I wrote some below that I like to repeat over and over in my head when I need them! You can make them your own personal prayers, too!

In times of sadness: 

Let Nehemiah 8:10 be your prayer. It says, “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

This verse is the perfect reminder that our joy doesn’t come from the world, it comes from the Lord! We let so many things throughout life make us feel sad, defeated, lonely, etc., when we’re seeking the wrong things for joy in the first place. Look to the Lord for true, lasting joy!

In times of fear:

Let Psalm 32:7-8 be your prayer. It says, “You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance.”

During fearful times, we always need to remember that God is our hiding place. We can go to him for security and peace and he will always provide those things for us. It’s a beautiful comfort that only He can give us.

In times of guilt:

Let Isaiah 30:15 be your prayer: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.

Guilt can drive your life if you let it. It can eat you alive and consume your thoughts until you don’t know what to do anymore. Remember Isaiah 30:15 in these times of guilt. Know that through repentance, you will always find rest and peace!

In times of anger:

Let Matthew 5:44 be your prayer: “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

This is an important lesson we can all learn from. Pray for those who persecute you, not gossip about them or build up hatred toward them. That type of attitude does nothing positive for the situation you’re in. Try praying for them and see how your attitude changes for the better!

In times of distress:

Let Psalm 4:1 be your prayer. It says, “Answer me when I call to you, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

God promises to answer our prayers, whether it’s the way we expected him to or not. He hears our prayers and knows what is best for our lives! Trust that he will give you the relief you need, even if doesn’t seem like he is at the time.

Make these verses your personal prayers when you encounter these situations. Write them down, repeat them in your head, set them as a reminder on your phone… Whatever you need to do to remember that God is with you every step of the way!

– Chelsea

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9 Things to Do Before 9 AM

The morning hours are some of the most beneficial hours of the day. Our minds are refreshed, awakened, and recharged after a good night’s sleep! I always like to take…

The morning hours are some of the most beneficial hours of the day. Our minds are refreshed, awakened, and recharged after a good night’s sleep!

I always like to take advantage of these morning hours. I remember hearing a list of 10 things you should do in the morning before leaving your house, so I thought I’d compile my own list of 9 things to do before 9 AM!

  1. First things first, get out of bed!

Snoozing your alarm time and time again is a bad routine to start, especially when it’s the first thing you do to begin your day! Practice getting out of bed after the first alarm or even after one snooze. After you make it a routine, you’ll find it easier to get out of bed in the morning!

  1. Refrain from checking social media.

As much as we try to deny it, one of the first things most of us do is pick up our phones in the morning. Before we even leave our beds, we’re scrolling through Instagram, Twitter, and whatever else we just haaaave to check to “stay up-to-date.”

This is such a bad habit to start! A lot of the time, social media can make us feel lonely or sad which affects our mood for the rest of the day. Allow yourself time to wake up and do more important things before checking your phone!

  1. Do a quiet time/devotional.

Setting aside time solely devoted to God will allow you to spend uninterrupted, intentional time with him. The more we do these quiet times alone with God, the closer we feel to him. I always feel so much more joyful and at peace after doing these in the morning!

  1. Exercise!

If you like to exercise, what better time to do so than in the morning? It helps wake you up and give you that burst of energy you need for the day. If you don’t love the idea of early morning work outs, try out a stretching or yoga routine instead!

  1. Thank God for your blessings.

When your attitude is gratitude, nothing can ruin your mood! I always like to list all of the things I’m thankful for before even leaving my house in the morning. It instantly puts a smile on my face and starts my day off on the right foot!

  1. Pray over your day.

Whatever your plans for the day are, it’s so important to pray over them. Ask God for safety, patience, peace, or whatever else you’ll need to get you through your day!

7. Eat a big breakfast!

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you the energy to take on anything you face throughout your day. Once you make this a routine, you’ll see a huge difference!

  1. Get yourself ready for the day.

I like to keep a checklist that reminds me of everything I need or need to do before I head out the door. I hate the feeling of when I forget something at home when I could’ve easily reminded myself of it before I left!

  1. Pick a Bible verse to meditate on throughout your day.

You don’t have to do this every morning, but pick a verse to meditate on once a week or so. Scripture memory is so important, and this is a simple way to try and memorize a verse while you’re at work, school, etc. Set a reminder on your phone or just read over it in your spare time!

What else do you do when you wake up in the morning? I find it so beneficial to stick to these 9 things to start my day! 🙂

– Chelsea

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My Experience with Shine Wedding Invitations

In the mind of a bride planning her wedding day, a million and one things are whirling around in your head. Where do I get married; when do I get…

In the mind of a bride planning her wedding day, a million and one things are whirling around in your head. Where do I get married; when do I get married; how do I break down the guest list? Planning my wedding was definitely stressful to say the least, but I couldn’t have done it without the help of my wedding planner and vendors. Each of them played a very important role in making my dreams a reality, but I would love to talk about how Shine Wedding Invitations made the ordering my wedding programs a breeze.

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First things first – when I was looking for my wedding accessories, I really wanted something that was clean and simple, nothing that was overly trendy, and I wanted to be able to look back on my stationery and have it look truly timeless. Bouncing from shop to shop, online and off, I just couldn’t find what I was looking for. One day I came across an ad for this beautiful company that exemplified all the things I was looking for in my wedding programs. After browsing through their easily navigable website, which breaks down exactly what you’re looking for, I choose their Ophelia wedding invitation design. I was immediately drawn to it for the calligraphy printed on the front, as it was just so organic in a sophisticated way.

With all the planning that still needed to be done, I placed my order right away! The process was very simple and all I had to do was choose my quantities, colors, and printing style. Once I entered in my bridal party, ceremonial information, and any other notes I wanted to be included in the order, all I had to do was check out. I got an email shortly after thanking me and letting me know that my designer would be in touch within 2 business days – so now all I had to do was patiently wait for the proofs!

Shine works very quickly and I actually received an email with my proofs before the 2 business days were even up! My designer, Sarah, sent me various options of the wedding programs to choose from, since I wanted both our first and last names to be included on the intro page. She was very responsive and informative to my requests and if I wanted to talk over the phone, she gave me a call. Everything was just so easy that it allowed me to dedicate other time to other projects in preparation for one of the most exciting days of my life. When I was ready to submit my final approval and start the printing process, all I needed to do was go over the very thorough PDF checklist and hit “approve,” and in no time my order began production.

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Due to time restraints, I had my stationery expedited with Shine’s 2 business days UPS mailing service, which arrived right on time for my wedding day! I can’t even say how thankful I am for the quick and easy process at Shine Wedding Invitations – I couldn’t have done it without them! If you want to check them out for yourselves, please visit their wedding invitation website, as you can’t go wrong!

Love, Chelsea

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Crossroad Confusion

If you’ve been in a situation where you don’t know which way to go or turn to next, then you can understand the confusion, anxiety, and frustration that can build…

If you’ve been in a situation where you don’t know which way to go or turn to next, then you can understand the confusion, anxiety, and frustration that can build up over time.

Maybe you can’t decide where to go to college and your decision deadline is getting closer and closer. Or maybe you can’t decide which job offer to accept because it means moving to a new city, far away from home.

There will be so many times throughout your life where you’ll come to a difficult crossroad. You can think on a decision for months, without coming to a confident conclusion of which path is best for you to take. It can be scary, especially when you feel like you’re alone and helpless.

Well, I have great news for you! Jesus, our Lord and Savior, can help us tremendously when we come to a crossroad! He wants us to come to him waving our white flags, surrendering to his plan for our life.

First off, have you asked God for guidance? Sometimes simply asking Him to speak to you and tell you the way to go is all you really have to do. Then listen for those still small voices in the back of your mind. You’ll know when they’re from God!

Isaiah 30:21 says, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”

Have you heard God’s voice before? Those small, quiet whispers in the back of your head mean more than you think. They are not always you second guessing yourself. Sometimes they really are God speaking to you! How cool is that?

The key to eliminating this crossroad confusion is confidence, both in yourself and in the fact of who God is. He will never lead you astray or guide you into something that isn’t for your benefit. You may be scared of a situation you’re in, but think of the good that can come out of it before you start to blame God.

Psalm 37:23-24 says, “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his right hand.”

God never says that every situation you encounter will be easy. In fact, he knows life can and will be hard at times. But “though he may stumble, he will not fall,” meaning YOU! Although you face mountains, God will move them for you. Nothing is too big for God!

Be confident that God has made your steps firm. Don’t second guess the creator of the plan for your life! Listen for his voice when you ask for it. Take the path that God presents to you. It can be scary, but trusting in God and putting your faith in Him will never lead you astray!

– Chelsea

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10 Things God Wants Us to Know While We’re Young

Our younger years are some of the most impactful years of our lives. We are constantly developing and changing into the people we’re meant to become! That being said, there…

Our younger years are some of the most impactful years of our lives. We are constantly developing and changing into the people we’re meant to become!

That being said, there are so many pieces of advice that I imagine God wanting us to know. I always ask God what he wants me to learn from the situations he puts me in. Throughout my younger years, I’ve learned some advice that I think God would want you all to know, as well!

  1. These are your biggest years for spiritual growth, take advantage of them.

One of my older friends told me this once, and it really stuck with me. These truly are the years that we’re constantly changing and developing into who God created us to be. Use them wisely, and take every opportunity to learn, experience, and grow!

  1. It’s okay to be single!

I cannot stress this enough! Society puts such a negative sigma around singleness that should’ve never been put there in the first place! Consider your singleness as a blessing, and spend your free time getting closer to God.

  1. Surround yourself with positive people.

When we’re young, this is so important. Like I mentioned above, these are some of the most impactful and influential years of our life! Who you surround yourself with is oftentimes a reflection of who you are becoming.

  1. Don’t forget who you are.

Growing up, it’s easy to lose sight of who you are and who you aspire to be. When you’re surrounded by so many different people, influence and temptation quickly creeps in, sometimes without you even realizing it. Focus on who YOU are and who YOU want to become!

  1. Go to God for guidance.

It’s so easy for us to go to the people around us for guidance and advice, but we should first be going to God. He knows our past, present, and future and wants so badly for us to turn to him.

  1. Look at the bigger picture.

There are too many times when we let even the smallest of problems get us down. We waste so many tears on the things that won’t even matter in a week! Look at the bigger picture of life!

  1. Take care of your body.

We need to take care of ourselves, not just physically but mentally and emotionally, too. God wants us to rest. He literally devoted an entire day to relaxing and spending time with Him! Let your brain take a rest and go to Him! Your brain needs to be refreshed every once in a while.

  1. Patience, patience, patience.

Growing up, I wish I would’ve known just how important patience really is. The Bible stresses the importance of patience over and over again, yet we still lose sight of it far too often. Continue to think before you speak or act, and let God move through you.

  1. Be slow to anger.

Keeping your temper can be hard at times, especially when you’re still maturing and learning how to handle conflict. The Bible says to be slow to anger and to be patient, bearing with one another in love. Like I said, always think before you speak and never let yourself go to bed angry!

  1. Forget the past.

The only way to move forward is to stop looking behind you. God wants us to know how forgiving and merciful He is. We don’t have to hold on to the things that have already happened! We need to know our sins are wiped cleaned and thrown into the sea of forgetfulness.

Remember these things throughout your younger years. God’s way is always the best way!

– Chelsea

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5 Ways to Deal with the “End of School Year Stress”

The time students both long for and dread is finally here! Along with the excitement that comes with summer approaching, we also have to get through one thing first: finals….

The time students both long for and dread is finally here! Along with the excitement that comes with summer approaching, we also have to get through one thing first: finals.

Even just the mention of the word can bring both stress and anxiety to our minds. They’re the only thing between us and summer and are the sole reason behind the heightened “end of the school year stress.” We all could use a few good stress relievers, so I wanted to share with you five methods that have helped me and can help you, too!

INTERVAL STUDY BREAKS

Without study breaks to look forward to, my mind would go crazy. I always spread them out so I never study too much at once. I even try to make my breaks fun by watching my favorite TV show, grabbing coffee with a friend, exercising, etc.! Over-studying or burning yourself out is the worst thing you could do during finals season!

QUIET TIMES WITH GOD

There is nothing that relieves my stress more than talking to God and spending time with Him. Reading my Bible or doing a devotional always starts my day off on the right foot. When I do set aside uninterrupted time with Him first thing in the morning, I feel like my days are happier and calmer! He wants us to come to Him and lay down our worries at the foot of the cross.

PRAYER JOURNALING

Sometimes counting your blessings is the best way to relieve anxiety. I love sitting down and writing out a prayer that thanks God for all of the good things in my life. Then, when you’re feeling anxious, you have a prayer ready to go that reminds you of all that God has given you. It’s one of the simplest stress relievers, and it really does work. Thank him today for even the smallest of blessing!

EXERCISE

For me, exercising is a way to release endorphins and increase my mood no matter how stressful of a day I’m having. It gets my mind off of the things I’m worried about, even if it’s just for a small amount of time throughout my day. It’s a scientifically proven stress reliever, so try it out and see how it can help you!

CLEAN YOUR STUDY SPACE

Whenever I’m in a clean environment, I feel so much more motivated and at peace. If your bedroom at home is your study space, take a break to clean and organize your surroundings. Even if you don’t enjoy cleaning, you’ll feel more relaxed once your space is all put together!

If you’ve never used any of these tips, I encourage you to give them a try. You may find your new stress reliever just in time for finals! 🙂

– Chelsea

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To the Girl Struggling in Her Singleness

Finding contentment in your singleness… What does this phrase even mean? There is such a negative stigma around singleness. Society loves to convince us into things, one of which is…

Finding contentment in your singleness… What does this phrase even mean?

There is such a negative stigma around singleness. Society loves to convince us into things, one of which is thinking we’re wrong for wanting to be alone.

Now I get it, it’s fun to have crushes, go on dates, have someone to talk to, etc., but there’s also nothing wrong with the latter. In fact, we should be finding happiness in our single seasons! This phrase can oftentimes be cliché or overused, but I wanted to dive a little deeper into what it really means to be content in your singleness!

If you’re like me, you grew up dreaming of your prince charming. You painted the perfect picture of your future life, obsessing over the man that would eventually be your soulmate. Trust me, I get it, but when it starts to take away the joy of the present, it becomes a problem. We spend so much time thinking about when we’ll finally meet “the one” that we forget to find the joy in being single!

I have a friend that’s been in a total of 7 weddings, always as a bridesmaid. I asked her if she ever gets frustrated being surrounded by so many of her best friends finding their special someone, but showing up dateless, time and time again. She told me that although thoughts of jealousy and envy creep in occasionally, her trust in the Lord is so strong that she never allows these thoughts to take over. She knows that one day she’ll meet her perfect someone, and that God is simply using these single years for growth in other areas, such as getting closer to Him.

Your single years are some of the best years of your life! You get the opportunity to give your undivided attention to God, and spend uninterrupted time with Him daily! These years can be used for so much growth in your spiritual life, that you wouldn’t have had the chance to experience without otherwise. You get to experience the joys of independence alongside the creator of the universe!

God’s timing is perfect, He just needs you to trust in Him. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’”

Know that these single years are used to prosper you, and so much good will result from them! Find true contentment in your singleness and grow closer to God through them!

– Chelsea

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5 Things God Wants His Daughters to Know

There are so many times throughout my life that I’ve looked up to God and thought, “God, what do you want me to do/know/say?” I always go searching for His…

There are so many times throughout my life that I’ve looked up to God and thought, “God, what do you want me to do/know/say?” I always go searching for His perfect answers and advice, but oftentimes find myself frustrated, and left wondering what to do.

God sees our frustration and confusion. He wishes just as much as we do that he could sit right next to us and tell us exactly what to do. From reading countless Bible passages and through various devotionals and Bible plans, I’ve came up with a short list of a few things God would want us to know as if He were sitting right next to us, guiding us every step of the way.

  1. Good things come to those who wait.

Patience, patience, patience… God puts so much value on patience and finding peace in the waiting. He knows our eagerness and desire to predict the future, but His plan is always so much better than we could ever imagine!

  1. He loves us unconditionally, despite our flaws.

Ladies let’s face it, we can be so unbelievably hard on ourselves. We can go on and on about our flaws and imperfections… or at least that’s what we think they are. In Psalm 139:13-14, the Bible reminds us of what God thinks of us. The verses say, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

This passage can serve as a mini prayer for you. Repeat it over and over in your head until you truly believe what the verses say!

  1. He is here for us, always.

Whenever we feel desperate and alone, God wants so badly for us to turn to Him. God reminds us of this so many times throughout the Bible: “Fear not, for I am with you.” We never have to feel like we’re alone because God is alongside us every step of the way!

  1. His plan for us is perfect.

I oftentimes find myself wanting to have control over my future, and it can be so hard to let go of that control. Whenever something occurs in life that makes me think “why, God?” I always remember that God’s timing and reasoning is far beyond my knowledge.

  1. Sometimes, letting go is the only thing we can do.

God watches us go through life and hold onto the things that hinder us, whether that be a relationship, a friend, etc. He is so badly wanting to tell us that it’s okay to let go! Sometimes those people or relationships are the things keeping us from getting closer to Him, and hindering us from carrying out His perfect plan!

Remember these things next time you look into the mirror or get out of bed in the morning. Our heavenly father loves us, cares for us, guides us, and so much more, whether we realize it or not!

– Chelsea

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3 Ways to Grow in the Waiting

What do you think of when you hear the word “patience?” For some, this word can make them grumble, reminding them that waiting around for something to happen is all…

What do you think of when you hear the word “patience?”

For some, this word can make them grumble, reminding them that waiting around for something to happen is all they really can do. For others, this word brings on happiness and contentment, knowing that the best is yet to come.

For me, it can mean both for different situations. I oftentimes grumbled at God, wondering why things weren’t happening according to my timeline. When would I meet my future husband? When would I figure out my major? When would that employer call me back about my recent job interview? The list goes on and on.

In the past few years, God has blessed me with the gift of finding growth in the waiting. Instead of making it a time of restlessness or expectancy of what’s to come, God showed me how I can be content in the waiting, and lean on Him through any and every situation.

One way to grow in the waiting is by resorting to immediate prayer. Make a mental note that whenever you have thoughts of impatience, start to pray. Ask God for patience, guidance, or whatever it is you need in that moment. It’s the perfect way to turn your thoughts from desire to peace and satisfaction. It also brings you closer to God by talking to Him more throughout your day.

Another way to patiently grow is by referring to trust instead of doubt. I know for me, it can be easy to doubt that God really does have something in store for me in the future. Although I know deep down that He always has a plan, I still continue to doubt, and doubt, and doubt.

These seasons of waiting can be the biggest blessings in disguise. They give you the chance to strengthen your faith and trust in God. If life always went our way, and we always got what we want when we wanted it, then there would be no need to depend on God’s guidance and perfect timing. Use these seasons of life to trust and rely on God, even when times get hard!

Lastly, you can grow your overall relationship with God through quiet times spent alone with Him. Prayer journaling, reading the Bible, and simply talking to Him are all great ways to get closer to God. Waiting can make us go crazy, so distracting ourselves with God’s word is a win-win! Journal about your situation, read through passages that revolve around patience, and be in constant prayer. God always delivers what’s best for us, and He will for you too!

I’ll leave you with a passage that gives me comfort in the waiting. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about 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.”

Do not be anxious, for God is putting His plan for your life into action without you even realizing it! As I always say, let go and let God!

– Chelsea

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Lessons to Learn from Women of the Bible

Did you know there are over 3,200 characters talked about in the Bible, and that only a select few of these named characters are actually women? Crazy, right? Despite the…

Did you know there are over 3,200 characters talked about in the Bible, and that only a select few of these named characters are actually women? Crazy, right?

Despite the fact that these women weren’t brought into the spotlight as much as others doesn’t defeat their purpose in the Bible. There are so many lessons and advice that we can take from these women that are just as important as the characters that we hear about time and time again!

MARY

Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, is an amazing woman who feared the Lord and followed his plan for her life whole-heartedly. When she discovered that she would soon become pregnant, while unmarried to Joseph, she was terrified. A pregnant, unmarried woman in that society could risk being put to death.

No matter the risk that came along with giving birth to Jesus, she put her faith and trust in God and did just what He asked of her.

We can all learn from Mary’s actions. She risked people shaming and shunning her, she risked what Joseph would think of her, she risked the uncertainties that would come with childbirth… But she did just what God asked no matter what the future held. We should have this same faith in the plan that God has for our own lives!

ANNA

Although not as well-known as Mary when we consider women of the Bible, Anna stands out to me. As a young woman, she lost her husband at an early age. Instead of blaming God for her misfortune, he became her number one companion, always talking to Him, praising Him, and worshipping Him.

In her older years, she actually had an encounter with Mary and Joseph, and baby Jesus. After seeing them at the temple, “she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.” She was faithful, loyal, and not afraid to tell of the gospel she was so excitedly waiting for.

EVE

 I think we all know the story of Adam and Eve. God told the two that they could eat from any tree in the entire Garden of Eden, except for the tree that God forbid them. After being tempted by the devil, Eve took a bite of an apple from the forbidden tree, bringing sin into the world.

We can all relate to Eve a little more than we think. We never plan on falling into temptation or deliberately going against what God says. But at the end of the day, the devil makes us all stumble, without us even realizing it at times. Be firm in your faith and on high alert for when temptation is around!

Although these are only a few lessons you can take away from the Bible, there are SO many more from so many other women! The Bible tells us these stories so we can learn from their actions, their mistakes, their trials, etc. We should always be continually learning from the past, especially when these lessons can strengthen our spiritual lives!

Dive into the Word and see what other lessons you can learn from those who were living right alongside Jesus!

– Chelsea

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5 Prayer Points to Start Your Day

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6 The best way to start your…

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6

The best way to start your day is by talking to God. Before you even leave your house for the day, there are certain things you need to ask God for to equip you for what’s to come.

Although we can’t predict the future, we can ask God to prepare us for whatever life will throw at us that day. After all, God knows even the smallest details of our lives before they even happen!

  1. Pray for safety.

Starting my day with a prayer for safety gives me comfort and peace going into my day. I pray not only for the safety of myself but for the safety of my family and friends. It’s so comforting knowing that God sends his guardian angels down to protect us wherever we go!

  1. Pray for the strength to turn away from sin.

Life will throw many sinful things at you throughout your day. You may not even realize that you’ve stumbled into sin! Things like gossiping, negative thoughts, jealousy, etc. are easy to fall into without even knowing it. When we pray for resistance to temptation, God gives us a conscious mind to turn away from the things that are displeasing to him.

  1. Pray for others to see God through you.

One of our missions on this earth is to witness to other people. If we’re not radiating the love of Christ to the world around us, then we’re not doing our job as followers of Christ! Pray for opportunity between you and your friends, family, classmates, or whoever else God is using you to reach. We should be excited to talk to others about the things God is doing for us that he, too, can do for them!

  1. Pray for energy.

I think you can all agree with me on this one… Days can oftentimes be long and exhausting! We could all use some extra motivation and strength to get through our day. Ask God for energy and persistence for when you’re feeling that early morning wake up call. It doesn’t hurt to get a little extra help from the man upstairs!

  1. Pray for resilience.

What exactly is resilience? It’s the ability to recover readily from adversity. Not every day is filled with hardships and difficulties, but when that day comes that is filled with adversity, God can equip us to get through it all! God is with us through the hills and the valleys, whenever they may happen. When we pray for resilience, God will give us the mindset of perseverance, and the ability to approach these situations confidently and courageously. When we change to a mindset of resilience, we turn these difficulties into mountains we allow God to move!

If you often forget to pray to start your day, challenge yourself to spend 5 minutes in prayer before you even get out of bed in the morning! Set your alarm 5 minutes earlier and see how this small change can positively impact your day in so many ways. God loves the time we spend in communication with him, and it’ll make you feel so much closer to him. What’s a better way to start your day than that?

– Chelsea

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The Importance of Transparency

Transparency is the thing that makes us feel close to one another. It creates a sense of vulnerability and allows us to speak freely, without judgement or hesitation. Think of…

Transparency is the thing that makes us feel close to one another. It creates a sense of vulnerability and allows us to speak freely, without judgement or hesitation.

Think of the people you’re close to. Do you share with them the things that keep you up at night, make you jump for joy, or maybe give you aching anxiety? Do you allow them to be a listening ear when you can’t hold something in anymore?

When we allow transparency in the relationships in our lives, we feel closer and more connected. This holds true to our relationship with God, as well. When we hold back the things we’re scared of God knowing, we build a barrier between Him and us, that only gets bigger and bigger the more we close ourselves off from Him.

When I think of the word “transparent,” I remember one of my favorite passages in the Bible.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10 says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

There is so much truth in just these two simple verses. Paul writes about being boastful in his weaknesses because these are the areas where Christ moves and works in his life.

We should all have the same mindset as Paul. Our weaknesses are what make us human. They’re the things that God so desperately wants us to bring to him and lay at the foot of the cross. For when we are weak and allow God to see our deepest places, then we are strong!

There are way too many times when vulnerability is confused as weakness. The world has shaped openness to be something that makes us seem like we’re falling apart or don’t have it all together.

But the truth is, transparency is what brings us together. When we can rely on someone we trust to rant to, vent to, talk to, confess to, etc., it benefits us in so many ways! We open the door for others to know it’s okay to be vulnerable, whether that be in their spiritual life or their everyday life.

Next time you sit down and talk to God, lay everything out on the table. Tell him how you’ve been struggling. Confess to Him the sins you’ve kept bottling up inside. God already knows everything there is to know about us anyways!

There is always a light at the end of the tunnel that God is preparing for you. When you go through a tough situation, talk to God. Be vulnerable, be transparent, be willing.

Like Paul said, “I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” Start boasting about your weaknesses, and God will transform them into something amazing.

– Chelsea

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When You Struggle with How to Pray…

Whether we’re drawing near to God or find ourselves running from him, prayer can be hard. Even in the darkest parts of our lives, it can seem almost impossible to…

Whether we’re drawing near to God or find ourselves running from him, prayer can be hard. Even in the darkest parts of our lives, it can seem almost impossible to find the right words to say.

I know for me, I find it hardest to pray when I’m frustrated or mad at God. As selfish as it is, it’s hard to praise him during our own personal times of trials, even when we know deep down this is when we need God the most.

Recently, I dove into Scripture to discover what the Bible says about the times when we feel unable to pray. There is so much truth to be known during these difficult times that can help us know what to do when we face that obstacle.

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.

I love this verse because it gives us direct instructions on what to do when we’re needing direction in our prayer life. Not knowing what to pray isn’t an excuse to God when considering the fact that he wants us to come to him with anything and everything. We could talk to him about something as simple as our agenda for the day and he would love that time spent with him!

Like the verse says, in every situation present your requests to God. If you’re at a place where the last thing you want to do is pray, start here. Depending on your situation, write down the good and bad things of what you’re going through. Maybe you’ve been waiting your whole life to get into the college of your dreams only to receive a rejection letter in the mail. When you approach the situation by pointing out the good that can come from it, your whole perspective will change.

This also gives you things to talk to God about. Pray for guidance, joy, peace, or whatever you need at that point in time. God will never turn you away, no matter how long you’ve been pushing him away. Isn’t that a beautiful truth?

God tells us in the Bible to talk to him about our struggles, even if that struggle is in our prayer life. We shouldn’t feel embarrassed or defeated when we’re going through a hard season with prayer. This just gives us one more thing to pray about! Ask God to help you find the words to say and to be honest and vulnerable. Find the joy in your struggles!

– Chelsea

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5 Ways to Prayer Journal

Prayer journaling is one of my favorite ways to talk to God. It allows me to spill out all of my thoughts on paper, praising him, confessing to him, whatever…

Prayer journaling is one of my favorite ways to talk to God. It allows me to spill out all of my thoughts on paper, praising him, confessing to him, whatever those thoughts may be.

Sitting down and aimlessly writing out prayers can be hard at times, especially when you’re stuck and don’t know what to pray about. I wanted to give you five different ways to prayer journal so you can feel motivated to start your own!

  1. Count your blessings.

Journaling about all the good things in your life is one of the most refreshing and uplifting things you could do. Spending a moment in complete gratitude is the perfect way to start your day on the right foot! Write down even the smallest of things such as the big breakfast you had or the fact that your car started this morning. Nothing good should go unnoticed with God!

  1. Make a list of all your worries, anxieties, fears, etc.

No one is a better person to vent to than God! He knows the depths of our hearts’ struggles and truly understands the things we go through. Never be ashamed of your struggles or think that God doesn’t listen when you present even the bad parts of your life to him. He will always be our loving Father that is there to carry us when we need it most.

  1. Pick a person in your life once a day, and write out a prayer for them.

This could be someone in your class, at your work, in your church, etc. that needs prayer over their life. Maybe you’re wanting God to open an opportunity to witness to them and talk to them about having a relationship with the Lord. Write that in your journal! Or maybe a friend has asked you to pray for them for a specific reason. Write about it! Everyone can always use a little more prayer!

  1. Free write a prayer about anything and everything.

To me, free writing is therapeutic. If a thought comes, I write it down. This is the perfect time to fully let God move through me. This type of prayer journaling allows God to speak to you and to let those hidden whispers become evident in your writing. Try it out and see what God is trying to tell you!

  1. Record answered prayers.

Have you ever experienced something, such as a weight lifted off your shoulders or a healing of a family member, that you knew was an answered prayer? These moments are incredible and will always make you feel so close to God. I never want to forget when God answers a prayer and how I felt in that moment. When this happens in your life, journal about it so you too can look back on it and be in awe of God’s glory!

My favorite thing about prayer journaling is being able to go back and look at what we once were in prayer over. It shows us the journey that God takes us on and the prayers that he so graciously answers. It also gives us the chance to look back and see which prayers have gone unanswered so we can continue praying for those in the future!

I challenge you to prayer journal one time this week, and see how it changes your heart and your perspective!

– Chelsea

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The Secret Sins You Don’t Even Know You’re Committing

Have you ever done an in-depth, undistracted reading of the Bible? I don’t mean reading it word-for-word, front-to-back, but what I do mean is spending time to fully comprehend what…

Have you ever done an in-depth, undistracted reading of the Bible? I don’t mean reading it word-for-word, front-to-back, but what I do mean is spending time to fully comprehend what messages the Bible has to tell you.

It’s easy to overlook certain passages in the Bible that tell us all the things we shouldn’t be doing. Who wants to read about the things they’re doing wrong?

When we consider the term “sin,” we often think of the 12 commandments or other obvious sins throughout the Bible. But what about the sins that aren’t always talked about in church or throughout our day-to-day Bible plans? These secret sins are just as important to avoid and be in prayer over!

WORRY/FEAR

Worrisome and anxious thoughts are easy to possess. And although these sometimes creep in out of our control, the Bible talks about it being a hidden sin.

1 Peter 5:6-8 says, “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”

When we worry, we allow Satan to have a foothold in our lives. It’s like we’re telling God we don’t trust what he’s doing. Now I’m sure he knows there’s times when we can’t control our worrying, but letting it drive our lives is when it becomes displeasing to God. Trust him, and let go and let God!

PRIDE

James 4:6 says, “But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’”

This is a sin that I see being committed time and time again, and I’m guilty of it, too. When we have certain accomplishments and successes, it’s hard not wanting to tell the world or post about them on social media. God wants us to have a humble heart, boasting of his greatness rather than our own.

JEALOUSY

 You may think that you’re not a jealous person, but jealousy exists outside of relationships! When was the last time you’ve thought “I wish I had her hair, her body, her outfit, etc.”?  God loves when we’re content in our own circumstances, not longing for the circumstances of others.

Proverbs 14:30 says, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.

It’s exhausting to constantly desire the things of others. Focus on loving who you are and the things you are blessed with. Thank God for everything he’s given you instead of wanting the things he’s given others!

HOLDING A GRUDGE

Holding grudges makes us bitter and stubborn. God wants us to extend forgiveness to everyone, no matter how bad they’ve hurt us or how wrong they’ve treated us. This doesn’t mean to let those people walk all over us, but more so forgiving them like God constantly and whole-heartedly forgives us!

Nobody’s perfect, but we can try our hardest to avoid these sins and be in prayer over them. Pick one that you want to focus on this week, and make a daily choice to practice it!

– Chelsea

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