Chelsea Crockett

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Led by Emotions?

There are so many people that forget to “think before they speak” and let emotions take over. We would all be lying if we said this didn’t happen to us…

There are so many people that forget to “think before they speak” and let emotions take over. We would all be lying if we said this didn’t happen to us time and time again. We’re only human, and temper can take over, causing us to say things we never wish we would’ve said and do things we never wish we would’ve done.

Think of the last time you forgot to bite your tongue or think before you spoke. Once we cool down, a sense of regret seeps in and makes us feel embarrassed for the way we acted. It’s one of the worst feelings, and can result in the feelings of anxiety and shame.

Proverbs 29:11 says, “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.” And again, in Proverbs 15:18 there’s a verse that says, “A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

What does this say about emotions? Solomon brings it up twice in the same chapter, and even a couple more times throughout. When we let ourselves be led by emotions, we stir up conflict and cause bigger problems than we can handle.

So, what should we be led by? Our heart? Our head? Our gut feeling?

Psalm 143:10 says, “Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” When we’re led by the Holy Spirit, we get to experience God’s will for us. He knows when we wake up, when we go to class, and when we go to sleep at night. Why would we trust ourselves over him when he knows our past, our present, and our future?

Galatians 5:16 says, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

This verse in Galatians is yet another reason why we should be led by the Holy Spirit. When we follow the Spirit, we desire less of the world more and more every day. We discover that God always has our best interest, and leads us in the way we should think, talk, act, and live entirely.

In our daily lives, the world will encourage us to be quick to gossip, quick to argue, quick to jump to conclusions, quick to react to anything and everything… All of these things are driven solely by emotion. Spend some time in prayer, and let the Spirit lead you in your responses, actions, thoughts, and so much more!

Next time you feel anger stirring up or anxiety creeping in, remember who leads you and gives a sense of peace in every circumstance.

– Chelsea

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Getting Your Relationship Back on Track

Relationships aren’t always rainbows and sunshine. Sometimes it rains, and sometimes it pours. Regardless of where you’re at in your relationship, whether you’ve encountered trials and tough situations, whether you’ve…

Relationships aren’t always rainbows and sunshine. Sometimes it rains, and sometimes it pours. Regardless of where you’re at in your relationship, whether you’ve encountered trials and tough situations, whether you’ve been dating for a month or for a year… There are times when you could use some tips to get back to the place you’ve always been and where you’re meant to be!

Never go to bed angry.

Ephesians 4:26 says, “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.”

I love this verse because it encourages us to solve the problem before we even lay down our heads at night. When we go to bed angry, we wake up angry, and that’s no way to have a fresh start to the day. Let yourself cool off, and then calmly solve the situation at hand before silence takes over. It makes such a big difference when you can go to sleep at night knowing that everything is going to be okay!

Practice patience.

Ephesians 4:2 says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

Patience is the glue that holds everything together. We always want our boyfriend or girlfriend to be patient with us, so why wouldn’t we extend the same desired patience to them? Whether it’s biting our tongues in the moment or waiting patiently for growth in our relationships, it’s always a good idea to practice the act of genuine patience.

Give 100% no matter the situation.

Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

Although this verse was written in a different context, I believe it applies perfectly to relationships, as well. A lot of relationships go south because people forget to try and impress, love, and care for their significant other just like they did when the relationship first began. This is when problems can start to occur!

Fall humble to forgiveness.

Ephesians 4:31-21 says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

A forgiving and humble heart can be one of the hardest things to possess. It’s easy to forgive from the head, but not as easy to forgive from the heart. It’s natural for us to verbally forgive one another yet hold a silent grudge in our heads. This kind of mentality gets us nowhere in our relationships. If we want to continue to grow in love and trustworthiness with our significant others, letting go of any grudges and breaking down those barriers is a must.

Any time is a good time to get your relationship back on track. Why be stuck in a rut when you can change your relationship for the better with just a few simple actions? Start today, and love each other like He first loved us!

– Chelsea

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Show Me That in Scripture Please

The Bible has many questions and myths surrounding it that leave people confused, frustrated, and wondering more. We live in a generation where people want to “see it to believe…

The Bible has many questions and myths surrounding it that leave people confused, frustrated, and wondering more. We live in a generation where people want to “see it to believe it,” and sometimes with God, we can’t always do that.

Although the Bible is considered a religious book and a moral compass, it is also historical and a primary source of things that actually happened at some point in time. Sometimes I read through the Bible and forget that those stories aren’t just stories. They’re real life events that once took place… How cool is that?!

If you’d put yourself in the “see it to believe it category,” then I have good news for you! There is written proof of the things God promises us. The things you hear in church aren’t just myths or hypothetical events. We can rest in the comfort of knowing that the Bible solidifies the promises God gives to us!

Promise #1: God is with us through hard times.

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.”

When we go through a rough patch in life, it’s easy to feel like God is nowhere to be found. The verse above is only one of the many verses that states God’s constant presence. Even when we feel like we’re alone and helpless, God will always be by our side, whether we believe it or not at the time.

Promise #2: God will provide for all our needs.

Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

When we’re in prayer over the things we need, God will show up and provide in accordance to his will. Of course, God won’t always give us a brand-new car or a free trip across the world, but he will provide his numerous blessings he gives us each and every day. You just have to trust him and be in communication with him!

Promise #3: Jesus is coming back.

Revelation 22:12-13 says, “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

This promise is one that is constantly doubted, not only by non-believers but by Christians, as well. It’s a promise that’s so hard for us to wrap our heads around, considering the surreal event that will actually take place in the future. If you’re doubtful, read Revelation 22. There is so much excitement to be had in the waiting!

There are so many more promises throughout the Bible. Some will even blow your mind at how powerful and mighty God really is! His promises are true, and we can rest in the fact of that today and every day.

– Chelsea

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Behind You & Before You

As the Bible says numerous times, God is with us always. In everything we do, we can count on the fact that he is right by our side. It’s easy…

As the Bible says numerous times, God is with us always. In everything we do, we can count on the fact that he is right by our side.

It’s easy for us to remember that God is in the present when we’re in communication with him. Praying, talking to him, reading his word… We can always feel his presence throughout the day.

But I think it’s easy for us to forget that God has always been behind us and will always be before us. He knows what we’ve done in our past and knows what we’re inevitably going to do in our future.

The Bible explicitly states that God is behind us. He takes care of our past mistakes, situations, problems, and so much more. There’s a verse in Isaiah that confirms just that.

Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” God has already taken care of the things we’ve done that we so often stress about. When we dwell on the past, we allow ourselves to be stuck in the past. What’s the point of holding on to something when you’re trying to move forward?

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” When you ask God to come into your heart, you are immediately transformed. The old you has gone, and the new you is here. God doesn’t remember the sins you’ve committed once he extends his love and forgiveness to you. With God sending his son down to earth to cover a multitude of sins, we don’t have to worry any longer.

Although God has always been behind us, he also goes before us. He knows what we’re doing right now, tonight, tomorrow, and even multiple years from now. He’s written out a perfect plan for each one of our lives, and he’s waiting each day for us to live those plans out.

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.’” Find confidence in this verse like I always have. If you think you’ve encountered a setback, remember that God is going to turn it into something so much better.

 Philippians 1:6 says, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Like this verse says, we can be confident in our future and what God has in store for us. We don’t have to fret over not having it all together all the time. Even if we do, at least we can rest in the fact that God always has our lives together even when we feel like we don’t!

Remember, God has already forgotten the past and is planning for our future! What a wonderful peace that can give us!

– Chelsea

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Practice the Pause

“When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.” I saw this short quote when I was scrolling through Instagram the…

When in doubt, pause.

When angry, pause.

When tired, pause.

When stressed, pause.

And when you pause, pray.”

I saw this short quote when I was scrolling through Instagram the other day. I almost scrolled passed it, but then the caption stuck out at me: “practice the pause.”

Practicing the pause is something I often forget to do. I react too quick, I jump to conclusions, I panic before knowledge of the whole situation… Any of these sound familiar?

Practicing the pause makes a world of a difference. It allows us to take the time to stay calm, relax, and talk to God. When we do this, we truly live out Psalm 46:10 which is “Be still and know that I am God.

When in doubt, pause. When we begin to lose faith, immediately get into communication with God. Pray for reassurance, pray for peace, pray for security… and all of these things will come to you. God never wants us to doubt his power over our lives. He has a perfect plan that is always for our good, whether we believe it at the time or not.

When angry, pause. This one is probably the most important. When we’re angry, it’s easy for us to quickly react without thinking. Take a deep breath, stop, and give yourself a chance to calm down. We should never react or make spur of the moment decisions when we’re mad. We should be clear-headed, calm, and controlled when we deal with tough situations or people.

When tired, pause. Let’s face it, we all get a little tired sometimes and could use a couple pauses throughout our day. Take a break from what you’re doing and spend a few minutes with God when you’re feeling overwhelmed, worn out, or beaten down. These few minutes with him can make the world of a difference.

When stressed, pause. If you let stress and anxiety take over your thoughts, it can fully consume you. When I become stressed or worried, I pause and immediately start counting my blessings. You can even write them down in a journal or in the notes section of your phone. This always helps change my mind from thoughts of worry to thoughts of praise.

Matthew 11:28-30 says “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

In the midst of life’s pauses, remember this verse. God promises that if you come to him, you will find rest no matter the circumstances you’re in. What an amazing feeling of comfort he can provide us with through a simple passage!

Rest in God today and take advantage of your pauses. They will change the way you deal with doubt, anger, stress, and so much more!

– Chelsea

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Can’t Sleep? Read the Word

Before I go to sleep at night, I go through my nightly routine. This includes preparing myself for tomorrow, setting my alarm, etc., and always ending my day in prayer….

Before I go to sleep at night, I go through my nightly routine. This includes preparing myself for tomorrow, setting my alarm, etc., and always ending my day in prayer. Some nights, I fall asleep as soon as my head hits my pillow. Others, I toss and turn and let my thoughts take over.

Whatever your reasoning is for lack of sleep at night, whether it be anxiety, fear, or sadness, there is always a place in the Bible that you can turn to. I know when I read the Bible and discover the truth that God has in store for me, I get filled with a sense of peace.

I have the Bible app on my phone so I can access it anytime, anywhere. This is the first place I go when I need to put my mind at ease. The app even has certain plans that point out verses related to anxiety, the future, or whatever else you’re worrying over.

I wanted to tell you the verses I turn to when I need to find peace at night. My all-time favorite go-to verse in these situations is Jeremiah 29:11. It 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 home and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.’”

I love this verse because, whatever I’m anxious about, I know it’s a part of God’s ultimate plan. His plans are always to prosper, never to harm. Whenever I meditate on that sole fact, I always become calm and at peace.

Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” When we replace our anxious, wandering thoughts with praises of thankfulness, our whole attitude changes. You start to notice the big picture of things, and that maybe what you’re worrying about isn’t so big after all.

John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  Repeat this verse in your head over and over again until you fall asleep. God gives you his perfect peace that the world can’t offer. Remember, his peace isn’t temporary. It’s always there to be let in to your life if you let it.

God doesn’t want you up at night worrying about the things he’s already taken care of. Take a deep breath, pull out your Bible, and let God be the last person you interact with for the day. Remember, be still and know that he is God!

– Chelsea

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Stronger Than Yesterday

“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not…

But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” – Isaiah 40:31

True strength is easy to lack. We try to act like we have it all together, but at the end of the day, we are weak, broken, and hurting. It’s easy to let these thoughts and feelings take over our minds and start to believe what they’re telling us.

It seems like strength is something our generation forgets to pursue. Some of us are okay with feeling down or weak and put no work into feeling the opposite. God wants us to know our value, and he wants us to know the strength we can possess through him, his word, and our constant communication with him.

Like the verse in Isaiah says: those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. When we put our hope, trust, and faith in God, he gives us the power to keep on going.

Have you ever gone through a situation that makes you want to stay in bed all day? Or maybe your weakness shows in silence, and you shut yourself out from the world. Regardless of the situations you encounter, you can face them with a sense of confidence, according to the Bible.

Isaiah 40:29 says, He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” I’ve always heard the word “weary,” but when God uses it to describe us, I became more interested in what it actually meant.

The dictionary defines weary as “physically or mentally exhausted by hard work; fatigue; tired.” I could’ve guessed this would be the first definition, but the third meaning is what stuck out to me. Weary can also mean “impatient or dissatisfied with something.”

Think of the last time you’ve been impatient or dissatisfied, and remember the anger or sadness you felt. This is the same weakness God is talking about in the Bible. God uses these moments when we’re feeling sad and defeated and is waiting for us to come to him.

Psalm 72:26 says, “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Cling to God when times get rough. We will always, always fail ourselves when we depend on anything other than him. This is something I’ve learned the hard way, time and time again.

There are things we can do daily that’ll make us stronger than the day before. Talk to God and be vulnerable about your weakness. When we surrender to him, we allow him to take control and do what he does best, and that’s carrying out the plan for our lives.  

 We can find strength in our weaknesses and throughout the hard times in our lives. Wave the white flag at God, and he will carry you through them all!

– Chelsea

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Improving Your Relationship God’s Way

If you truly know God, then you should know his way of doing things is one hundred times better than our own. Especially when it comes to relationships, God knows…

If you truly know God, then you should know his way of doing things is one hundred times better than our own. Especially when it comes to relationships, God knows a thing or two about how we can not only find true, lasting love, but how we can improve our relationship as the years go by.

There are so many attributes that are talked about in the Bible in order to have or improve a healthy relationship. I wanted to focus on a few of the main things you can work on just like I do in my own relationship. You can’t argue with what the Bible has to say!

PATIENCE

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” – Ephesians 4:2

You may think you’re a patient person, but recognize the next time you start tapping your foot or rolling your eyes. Patience comes solely from a place of love and a peaceful mind. Next time your boyfriend starts testing your patience, take a deep breath, and remember how patient God is with us and how undeserving we are of his mercy.

ENDURANCE

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” – Colossians 3:23

Disagreement, jealousy, bitterness, and so many other things can cause relationships to get hard at times. If you know you’re with the person God wants you to be with, that relationship will require work, even when things get rough. This isn’t an excuse to stay in a toxic relationship, but when you know your boyfriend or girlfriend is the one, you have to put in the effort to make it work no matter what.

SINCERITY 

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” – Romans 12:9

If your relationship isn’t sincere, truthful, and genuine, then you probably shouldn’t be in it in the first place. Sincerity and honesty is something God holds so highly, because it allows you to fully trust the other person. Love must be sincere, and if we practice that daily, good things will happen in our relationships.

SELFLESSNESS

 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

If you want to know the best way to do relationships, read 1 Corinthians 13. The above passage lists so many characteristics of a healthy, godly relationship. Practicing selflessness could be as simple as cooking a nice meal for your boyfriend/girlfriend, getting them their favorite coffee, or even accepted defeat in an argument (which I know may not be the easiest thing!).

Practice these four qualities in your relationship and watch how things can change for the better. If we have the means to improve our relationship, why wouldn’t we? 🙂

– Chelsea

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Basic Invite: Truly Custom™ Invitations

With my wedding date less than three months away, the tasks are slowly starting to pile on. Venue touring, dress shopping, honeymoon planning… The list goes on and on! One…

With my wedding date less than three months away, the tasks are slowly starting to pile on. Venue touring, dress shopping, honeymoon planning… The list goes on and on! One of the most important priorities on my list is the guest list, and with every guest list comes sending out plenty of wedding save the dates!

I wanted to tell you all about an amazing online site that allows you to create unique, instant invitations, creative save the dates, and other wedding must-haves. They offer both creative and classic templates you can create your design from, so there’s certain to be a design that suits your style!  Basic Invite offers templates for weddings, baby showers, graduation parties, and so much more!

Chelsea Crockett - Creative Save the Dates

For my wedding save the dates, I wanted to be able to personalize them to my own style and aesthetic, but also them be unique to the ones I’ve seen in the past. What makes Basic Invite different is that they offer a color palette with over 180 different colors to choose from. You really can customize every small detail to your liking! Another thing that sets Basic Invite apart is the fact that you can instantly preview your save the dates online so you can assure satisfaction when you receive them in person. The customization doesn’t stop there. They even have over 40 different colors of envelopes to choose from! They’re also so affordable, which is definitely a plus when planning a wedding!

If you want to purchase your actual wedding invitations fromBasic Invite, they offer those, too! One of their features that make their invitations different from the rest is their seal and send line. These invitations include a tear-off RSVP postcard to make the process even easier! The extra special thing about their invites is that each guest’s addresses can be preprinted onto the envelopes you order, so no envelopes are even necessary! Just fold your invites and add on postage, and you’re good to go!

Chelsea Crockett - Photo Coasters Wedding Favors

One of the most unique features of their website are their photo coasters wedding favors like the one on the right. These are so cool and unlike anything I’ve seen on other wedding sites! There are over 40 different designs you can choose from, some with a pictured image (see right) or some with a simple colored design. If you’re looking for something to set your wedding favors apart from the rest, then look no further!

Check out their website if you want to discover all the different features of Basic Invite for yourself! 🙂

 

– Chelsea

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Accept What Is & What Was

Acceptance is a funny concept. We hold on to the things we can’t change and worry about the things that are inevitable. We spend our lives regretting and wishing, discontent…

Acceptance is a funny concept. We hold on to the things we can’t change and worry about the things that are inevitable. We spend our lives regretting and wishing, discontent with what has been and is yet to come.

Contentment oftentimes comes hand in hand with acceptance. When we let go of the past, we feel a sense of relief and peace. When we accept what is to come, we lose the fear and anxiety of the unknown that we often hold over our head.

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” God instructs us to take a deep breath, relax, and put our faith in him. When I remember who my heavenly father is and trust that he is who he says he is, a sense of peace fills my heart. That’s exactly what this verse is saying. Be still and know!

When things come up in our lives, whether desired or unwanted, we have two choices: to either accept with joy or move along with dread and hesitation. If we trust that what God is doing in our lives is always for good, then we should have no problem choosing joy over doubt.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Simply reading this verse one time through should put your mind at ease.

God is working for us! The creator of the universe, who created you and me, is on our side and is working relentlessly for our good. It’s one of the most comforting realities of the Bible. We have been called to a life of faith and trust, this comes along with acceptance and obedience to the Lord.

There’s a quote by Joseph Goldstein that says: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” Another humbling reality check! You can’t stop certain things from happening in your life, but you can decide on how you respond to them. If something is going to happen regardless, we may as well trust God and respond how he would: accepting, trusting, and faithful.

Take Jesus’s life for example. He knew the fate he would soon encounter on the cross, and he willingly accepted that fate, solely for us. If Jesus could accept a terrifying, painful fate with a generous and accepting heart, then we too should be able to take on any and every situation with the same attitude.

Next time a tricky situation arises or something reminds you of your dark past, remember who God is and what he says about us: God works for the good of those who love him. Never forget that God is endlessly working for you, each and every day!

Forget the past and get excited for the future. God will be with you every step of the way!

– Chelsea

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Stop Waiting for Tomorrow

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” – Proverbs 27:1 Living for tomorrow is easily one of the most common lifestyles for…

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” – Proverbs 27:1

Living for tomorrow is easily one of the most common lifestyles for our generation. Everyone’s waiting for their perfect boyfriend, their perfect job, their perfect car… The list goes on and on.

We act like we know what’s going to happen when we wake up in the morning and that everything will go according to our perfect plan. This is where disappointment creeps in. We let ourselves down when we overestimate what we alone can do and plan for our life.

God wants us to depend on him and his plan because he knows far more than we do about our lives, including the present and the future. And if he, being all-knowing, instructs us to cast our cares far, far away, then we should happily live in the present, without second thought or hesitation.

God commands us to live in the now and be content in our current circumstances, because we truly don’t know what tomorrow will bring like the verse above says.

James 4:13-15 says, “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’”

This verse is one of the biggest reality checks in the Bible. Whenever I need humbling, this is the verse I go to. When we sit around waiting for things to come to us, we waste the precious time we could be using to put things into action. There are too many times we think “I’ll apply for that job tomorrow” or “I’ll reach out to that friend next week.” There’s nothing worse than planning for something that ends up never even coming close to happening.

There’s a quote by Oprah that puts it perfectly: “Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.”

Every day is truly a gift… God’s gift. He wants us to make the most of each day, without fear of the future or waiting around for something to happen. Call your friend, apply for that job, talk to that boy in your class… Stop waiting!

Start today by living IN today. Stop waiting for things to come to you. Instead, take a leap of faith and trust the plan God has for your life. Even if you think something better is coming, stay strong on your foundation, trusting that the Lord your God will take care of tomorrow and the days that follow.

– Chelsea

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Battling Comparison

Comparison is like a disease. It eats at us slowly until we’re left feeling sad, empty, and worthless. With our generation growing up posting our lives on social media, it’s…

Comparison is like a disease. It eats at us slowly until we’re left feeling sad, empty, and worthless.

With our generation growing up posting our lives on social media, it’s easy for comparison to creep in. We think things like, why can’t I be that pretty… that skinny… that social… that wealthy. It’s a dangerous game to play when we constantly wonder why we’re not enough.

But it doesn’t stop there… Sometimes we compare ourselves to others and then boast about the things we’re doing and the people we’re hanging out with. It makes us feel validated, like we’re wanting other people to see how much fun we’re having or how good we look in a photo.

When thoughts like these cross my mind, I think about a verse in Galatians that humbles me without fail, every single time I read it. Galatians 1:10 says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

This verse brings up a very true and humbling point. Why are we concerned about the opinions of others when we’re supposed to be finding our identity in Christ? We spend so much time worrying about what others are saying or thinking, but God already told us all we need to know about ourselves. Psalm 139:13-14 says, “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.”

If we truly believe this verse, then we fully believe that all of His works are wonderful, not just the ones we want to think are. When we look in the mirror in the morning, we should believe in the fact that we are works of God: wonderful, beautiful, and made in His image.

One thing I like to do is monitor how much time I spend on social media. If I’m feeling down or catch myself having negative thoughts of comparison, I put my phone down and pick up my Bible. Spending time with God and diving deep into the truth of what God thinks of us, instead of what the world thinks, puts my mind at complete peace.

One of my favorite passages to reflect on is 1 Peter 3:3-4. It says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

Outward beauty fades, but God delights in inward beauty. Focus on who you are, how you treat others, and how your attitude toward life is. When we create an atmosphere of love, optimism, acceptance, etc., we can focus less on our flaws (or what we think are flaws) and focus more on being a devoted follower of Christ.

Have joy in who God created you to be. Love yourself like He loves you!

– Chelsea

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Turning the Other Cheek

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If…

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also.” – Luke 6:27-29

Turning the other cheek was always a hard concept for me to grasp. It seems easy to do until you’re face-to-face with a situation that leaves you frustrated, angry, and short-tempered.

We can look at the way Jesus lived for example. The way he walked, the way he talked, and the way he went about his everyday life is the perfect testament to loving your enemies. As Jesus was fully human, he knows the pain and struggles of showing grace to those who don’t always deserve it.

Jesus was the perfect display of selflessness. He laid down his life for others, even for those who betrayed and mocked him. When Judas betrayed him, and turned him over to the those who would soon crucify him on the cross, he went willingly, without resistance or anger.

We can learn something from these true stories in the Bible. When we see Jesus willingly accepting the harsh fate he would soon encounter, it should encourage us to have the same gentle, willing, and humble spirit that Jesus once had.

All that being said, turning the other cheek is not a phrase to be misinterpreted. Allowing people to mistreat you and walk all over you time and time again is not what the Bible is saying.

It comes simply from a place of love, grace, and mercy. As followers of Christ, people take notice of the way we treat others. When we’re extending love to those who’ve done wrong to us, they, and others, see the love of Christ being displayed through us. Isn’t it cool to know we’re being used by God for a much bigger purpose?

Luke 6:31 says, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

I’m sure this sounds familiar to all of us. The “Golden Rule” as most of us know it as, is a fantastic rule to live by. Loving your enemies and turning the other cheek shows a lot about your character and a lot about the God you serve. God uses us as vessels to be a reflection of him and to follow Jesus’s footsteps when it comes to extending love and selflessness.

Next time someone tests you, tempts you, or hurts you, show them forgiveness and the power of God’s love in the way you respond. The world could always use a little more love, so let it start with you!

– Chelsea

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Be a Full-Time Christian

Part-time Christianity: choosing to follow Christ at times that are convenient, but abandoning him when things get hard. Sound familiar? We’re all guilty of being part-time Christians from time to…

Part-time Christianity: choosing to follow Christ at times that are convenient, but abandoning him when things get hard.

Sound familiar? We’re all guilty of being part-time Christians from time to time. The world can tempt us, question us, and pull us away from God, causing us to fall short. But the hardest part is making a conscious effort to get back on track and remember who our heavenly Father is after all.

1 Kings 8:61 says, “Let your heart therefore be wholly devoted to the Lord our God, to walk in His statutes and to keep His commandments, as at this time.”

God asks us to be wholly devoted, committed, and surrendered to him. He asks us for a fully committed life, not only in times of need or in times of praise. If we only followed Christ during the good times in our life, then living a Christian life would be easy. But God doesn’t call us to an easy life, he calls us to a life of devotion which leads to true joy, God’s grace, and so much more.

I witness a lot of people being one person with their friends, another at church, another with their family, etc. Their morals, values, words, and actions all change depending on who they’re with or where they’re at. I know I’ve been guilty of this at times, whether I like to admit it or not.

This is one area where part-time Christianity oftentimes takes over. People think it’s okay to only follow Christ around others that are doing the same.

We all know people that are guilty of this, referring to even each of us at times. But it’s especially important to avoid switching up our actions and personalities around those who take notice. When people know you’re a follower of Christ, they expect our words and actions to match our beliefs. If we’re not practicing what we preach, then what’s the point of following Christ in the first place?

Other times it comes from a place of aggravation. We get so frustrated with God during the hard times in our lives that we abandon him when we need him most. Something goes wrong and we doubt God instead of thinking of it as a blessing in disguise. Sometimes we even shut him out instead of praying and talking to him.

These are all situations in which you could be tempted to become a part-time Christian. But I assure you, sticking it out with Christ is the best thing you could do. God would never give up on us, so why would be abandon a god that is so gracious, loving, and forgiving? Whether times get hard or the world is against you, do your best to remain unaffected, living the life God created you to live.

– Chelsea

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Forget Your Perfect Plan

Being only a few days into the new year, I’ve learned a few things from 2018 that I want to bring with me into 2019. One of which, that I…

Being only a few days into the new year, I’ve learned a few things from 2018 that I want to bring with me into 2019. One of which, that I could possibly consider the most important, is to forget my perfect plan and turn my focus somewhere else.

A lot of my life has consisted of planning. I’ve planned where I’d go to school, where I’d move to, who I’d end up with… or at least I thought I had the perfect plan. But at the end of the day, there were always changes, both big and small, that I had to factor into this so-called “perfect plan.”

My favorite verse, Jeremiah 29:11, always humbles me when it comes to the future and how I see it. “’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.’”

For HE knows the plans he has for us… This small part of the verse gives me comfort and humility, knowing that, despite what we want for our lives, God is ultimately in control.

It’s okay to have a direction in mind or a path you know you want to take, but we should approach planning with a different mindset, one that’s godly and surrendered to Him. Instead of saying: “I will do this,” ask God: “should I be doing this?” or “what do YOU want for my life?” It will completely change the way you approach the future, and will make planning less about you and more about what God knows is best for your life.

Jesus knew the plan and destiny for his life, and he never questioned or doubted God once. He knew the fate that lied ahead, and he surrendered himself willingly. We should take notes of the way Jesus lived and mirror our lives off of him. Approach the future with certainty and confidence in the way Jesus did.

I’ll leave you with this: Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

In this new year, remember Proverbs 3:6. If you’re struggling for control over what’s to come, remember to acknowledge God. Talk to him, trust him, and rely on him and his plan over your life. Let go and let God!

It’s as simple as that. When we surrender our lives to God and acknowledge the authority he has over our lives, he will direct us in the way we need to go. Put your trust in him and let him carry you into the amazing future he has prepared for you.

– Chelsea

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God’s To-Do List

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

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

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

  • Pray continually.

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

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

  • Trust in the Lord.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

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

  • Be thankful for even the small things.

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

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

  • Dive into scripture.

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

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

  • Steer clear of gossip.

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

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

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

– Chelsea

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