Chelsea Crockett

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Signs He May Not Be the One

If you’re like me, you look for signs from time to time. Maybe you’re looking for a sign to take that one job you’ve been debating over. Or maybe you’re…

If you’re like me, you look for signs from time to time. Maybe you’re looking for a sign to take that one job you’ve been debating over. Or maybe you’re waiting for a sign to accept that college offer you’ve been waiting to commit to.

There are signs all over, and depending on your situation, people look for different signs for different things. Going through life, I’ve had so many of my friends be in relationships they shouldn’t have been in at all. They’d always tell me they’re waiting for that one sign to really show them they should break things off.

These signs are important and are usually from God himself. The Bible has advice and guidance on what you should be looking for in your future husband, you just have to look for it.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Is your boyfriend or girlfriend not only supporting your relationship with the Lord, but pushing you closer to him, as well? Your significant other’s main priority should be keeping you accountable and encouraging you to pursue the Lord.

If you notice your boyfriend or girlfriend tearing down your faith, pulling you away from God, teasing your relationship with the Lord, etc., run the other way! We become like the people we surround ourselves with, especially those we spend a large amount of time with.

1 John 3:18 says, “Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

Do your significant other’s words line up with their actions? Are they constantly making promises they can’t keep? Loving solely with words leads to unfulfilled promises, but loving with truthful actions leads to genuine, long-lasting love.

As they say, actions always speak louder than words. If you’re constantly being disappointed by commitments not being met, then maybe this is the sign you’ve been looking for.

Proverbs 31:10-11 says, “A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies. Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.

Do you feel full support and confidence from your current partner? Do you feel like they have your back no matter what? The Bible says a husband should have full confidence in his wife, lacking nothing of value. Your significant other should be your #1 fan, rooting for your accomplishments and picking you back up when you fail.

Lastly, if you’re looking for signs to breakup, odds are you probably shouldn’t be in that relationship anyways. Trust your gut instinct, and ask God for the strength and guidance for his will to be done. When it comes to wrong relationships, the grass really is always greener on the other side. Know what you deserve and find the person God intended for you to be with!

– Chelsea

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How to Minimize the Madness

This world can wear you down. Between classes, jobs, practices, homework, etc. life can get pretty hectic. Think of what your day-to-day schedule looks like. I know for me, free…

This world can wear you down. Between classes, jobs, practices, homework, etc. life can get pretty hectic. Think of what your day-to-day schedule looks like. I know for me, free time is limited and there’s barely time for myself at the end of the day.

God talks about the important of rest in the Bible several times. Minimizing the madness around you isn’t just a suggestion, it’s a necessity. The busyness of life can get in the way of more important things, especially your relationship with God if you let it.

If you feel like you’re moving at a million miles an hour, I encourage you to go straight to the Lord. He is our source of peace, security, comfort, and so much more than we could ever imagine. Look at the passage from Matthew below.

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

This passage always gives me an overwhelming sense of peace. God desires to minimize the madness for us and surrender our control to him. He says to come to him, it’s as simple as that. The madness and busyness of life can make you feel heavy and defeated, but the warmth and presence of God does just the opposite.

Sometimes it takes swallowing your pride and realizing you can’t do it all. A lot of shutting down the busyness in life requires intention and a conscious effort to change your mindset. Resting is something not a lot of us like to do or make the time for, but it is so important.

When was the last time you really gave yourself time to relax and focus on what’s important? When was the last time you neglected your other responsibilities to prioritize your relationship with God? When was the last time you said no to a social event, a night out, etc. to allow yourself time to rest?

I try to ask myself these questions often. I force myself to think realistically about how I actually spend my time, not how I think I spend my time. I can be quick to think I balance my day quite easily, but I sometimes have to take a step back and reevaluate my schedule. I encourage you to do the same to see which areas you could spend more time in and the areas you could devote less time to.

Sit down with God this week and ask him for help, guidance, and rest. You won’t experience that peace you receive from minimizing the madness until you do so. Make it a priority instead of putting it on the backburner. You’ll not only find quiet in the madness but get closer to God in the process!

– Chelsea

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How to Love Your Husband Before You Have One

Growing up, I was always told to pray for the things I wanted from God. I often found myself praying for relationships or my “prince charming” moment time and time…

Growing up, I was always told to pray for the things I wanted from God. I often found myself praying for relationships or my “prince charming” moment time and time again.

At the time, this was probably more surface-leveled than I realized. It wasn’t until I got a little bit older to realize that there’s actually so much power in praying for your future husband or wife!

You may be thinking “how do I pray for someone I’ve never met?” And I get it, it might sound silly at first. But praying for the person you will one day be married to and building a family with is so important and powerful!

I encourage you to begin a prayer journal if you never have before. Write down the things you desire for your future husband. Do you want him to be the leader of your household? Keep things positive? Is patient? Kind? Understanding? Your list can start to get long! Then, form them into a prayer.

Devote at least one time a week to pray for your future husband. This one time a week can be so meaningful and powerful.

Mark 11:24 says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

The Bible promises us that if we pray intently for something, we’ll receive it, but we must believe in what we are praying for. God requires us to surrender our doubts and hesitations and depend on faith. When your faith is strong, God delivers and fulfills the promises of the Bible.

One of the coolest parts about praying for your future husband is the ability to go back and look at what you’ve prayed for. You can one day show your husband those prayers that you so intentionally prayed for. It creates such an amazing bond between you and the man you’ve been praying for for so long.

Another thing you get to do is prepare yourself for marriage one day. The choices we make now set us down the path toward our futures, and the Bible tells us how to live in order to be the person he wants us to be.

In Proverbs 31:26,30, it says, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue… Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.”

When we are God-fearing, wise, and kind, we become more like Christ. When we are obedient to the Word of God, we are being shaped into the woman God intended for us to be. We prepare ourselves for the future starting now, by obedience!

Praying for your husband and preparing yourself for God’s plan are two things you can start doing now. God gives us the ability to love our husbands before even knowing them, which is an amazing and powerful thing, so take advantage of it!

– Chelsea

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5 New Year’s Resolutions to Bring You Closer to God

Ahhhh yes, it’s that time of year for all of us to make our wonderful New Year’s resolutions! Whether you write them down or not, I think we all come…

Ahhhh yes, it’s that time of year for all of us to make our wonderful New Year’s resolutions! Whether you write them down or not, I think we all come up with a few changes we want to make in the new year.

This year, I wanted to encourage you to make a few resolutions that benefit your relationship with the Lord. They don’t have to be complicated or dramatic, but altering just a few small things in your daily routine can make the world of a difference.

  1. Daily quiet times.

Spending just a few moments with God in the morning starts your day in the best way possible. There are so many apps and different plans you can download to keep yourself accountable and guide you through each day. These ten or so minutes are so easy to make time for, and they create a firm foundation for your faith.

  1. Begin and end your day with prayer.

Before you get out of bed in the morning and before you lay your head down at night, pray, pray, pray. Prayer is so powerful, and starting and ending your day with talking to God is the best thing you can do. It’s something so simple that can be so beneficial!

  1. Find a home church that aids in your spiritual growth.

Finding a church that you can really plug into is so important. When you choose one church instead of bouncing around from service to service each week, you can build fellowship and involve yourself deeply into the church community.

Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

Deciding on a church to fully commit and devote your time to gives you the sense of belonging and fellowship that God desires for us!

  1. Keep the good people around you, and distance yourself from those that hinder you.

Sometimes it’s okay to put yourself first if those around you are providing a barrier between you and the Lord. Friendship is an amazing thing, but these relationships are not always beneficial. Our friendships should be encouraging, kind, forgiving, and most importantly, supportive of your faith and relationship with God. If the people around you are hindering your faith, I urge you to take a step back and evaluate whether or not that relationship is worth it.

  1. Adapt an attitude of gratitude.

If there’s one thing I live by, it’s to choose gratitude every single time. In almost every situation you’ll encounter throughout the year, you can choose to be negative or choose to approach obstacles with positivity. This takes a conscious effort and is not always easy, but will strengthen your relationship with God. Continue sending your praises up to him even in the darkest of times.

I encourage you to stick to these five resolutions and see how it benefits you. If you struggle with consistency, try it for at least a week or month before giving up! Ask God for encouragement, trust, and guidance to help bloom your relationship into something greater than it’s ever been before.

– Chelsea

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Must-Have Items for Pursuing the Lord

You can develop a relationship with the Lord starting any time, any day. Building a relationship with God is one of the most amazing things that he desires for each…

You can develop a relationship with the Lord starting any time, any day. Building a relationship with God is one of the most amazing things that he desires for each and every one of us.

As I began diving deeper and deeper into my walk with God, I would try different books, journals, devotionals, etc. that would help me do so. Through all the different things I collected, I found that some items aided in my relationship with God tremendously and wanted to share them with you!

A Bible.

First and foremost, you’ll need a Bible that suits your style. For me, I like journaling Bibles where I can write little notes and comments next to certain verses. It helps me remember what I’ve read and allows me to meditate on it. There are also study Bibles that provide further information on certain topics, stories, verses, etc. that can help clarify what it means!

With all of the different types of Bibles, you can find one that is easiest for you to read and understand. There are lots of styles of Bibles out there, so pick the version and type that will work best for you!

A prayer journal.

Prayer journals give you a place to write down anything you may be feeling and refer back to it in the future. I prayer journal on all occasions, when I’m feeling thankful, sad, frustrated, lost… Writing out my feelings is not only therapeutic, but helps me collect my thoughts and calm me down. My favorite thing to do is to go back and read what I’ve written in the past and see what God has done in my life!

A daily devotional.

Having a set daily devotional will encourage you to stay on track as well as give you a dose of God’s word every single day! I realized it gave me a sense of accountability to make sure I spent even as little as five minutes with God. Figure out what time of the day works best for your schedule and stick with it! I suggest first thing in the morning to start your day off on the right foot. Set your alarm for 10-20 minutes earlier than you normally would, and see how that small amount of time can impact your day and attitude!

Topic-specific books. 

As you grow in your relationship with the Lord, you may begin having questions and curiosities about certain parts of the Bible. It’s completely normal to start wondering beyond the surface level. There are many books that will help you dive deeper into whatever topic you may be curious about! Jump in and discover all there is to know about God and his Word.

I encourage you to buy these items and get on track for an amazing relationship with God. We are fortunate enough to have so many resources to grow closer to him, so take advantage of them and start today! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Habits to Build in Your Morning Routine

The morning is my favorite part of the day! I always get so much accomplished when I wake up early and actually use the time I have when I wake…

The morning is my favorite part of the day! I always get so much accomplished when I wake up early and actually use the time I have when I wake up.

There is a great amount of potential in the mornings. We’re well rested, ready to take on the day, and have the opportunity to start the day off on the right foot.

There are several habits I like to incorporate into my morning routine that prepare me for the day and grow my relationship with the Lord. I encourage you to do the same!

Before you even get out of bed, say a prayer to God.

Ask him to bless your day and prepare you for whatever comes your way. I like to do this before I do anything else so he can guide each end every step that I plan to take throughout my day. When you get in the habit of doing this, your first thought when you wake up will be to talk to God!

Ask God for his grace.

Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Isn’t it amazing to know that God’s grace and mercy is new every day? We will sin time and time again, but God extends his forgiveness no matter how big our mistakes are. In your morning prayer, ask God for his grace for when you’re tempted into sin. We are certain to be tempted and fall short throughout the day, more often than we realize.

Spend some time in the Word.

Do you know just how powerful the Word of God is? Spending as little as five minutes reading the Bible will equip you for the day and fill your life with joy, guidance, and so much more.

Joshua 1:8 says, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”

When you meditate on the Bible, you learn how to walk the walk and talk the talk. You learn how to follow God’s plan and design for your life. It’s more than just reading stories and learning history. You’re reading the actual words of the Lord and those who walked alongside him!

Begin the day with gratitude.

It’s easy to wake up and grumble about work, school, or whatever occupies your day.  I know I’m guilty of this at times! But starting the day with thoughts of praise and gratefulness will leave your mind with little to no space for negativity.

1 Chronicles 16:34 says, “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.”Repeat this in your head throughout your morning and praise him for even the smallest of blessings!

Start each day with these four habits and see how they change your attitude toward the day ahead. Each day is a blessing! Use them wisely. 🙂

– Chelsea

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F.R.I.E.N.D.S.

We all desire good friends. Positive people to do life with, lean on, and walk alongside throughout this life is something God has always intended for us. Even God had…

We all desire good friends. Positive people to do life with, lean on, and walk alongside throughout this life is something God has always intended for us. Even God had his disciples that cared, prayed, and looked out for one another.

Good friends are hard to find. Growing up, I found it hard to realize if someone’s intentions were what I was looking for in a friend or not. I recently saw a post on Pinterest that had an acronym for the word “friends,” listing seven different attributes you should be looking for in true, godly friendships!

Forgiving

We all make mistakes from time to time, no matter how perfect we try to be. The Bible calls us to be forgiving toward one another, no matter how many times we mess up.

Ephesians 4:32 says, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”Forgiveness is important in every relationship and is crucial to making a friendship work. We all fall short and disappoint each other at times, but the key to moving forward is true, genuine forgiveness.

Respectful

Being a good friend means being respectful of each other’s’ time, space, privacy, etc. Everyone needs alone time to recharge, some moreso than others. If your friends are making you feel bad or guilty for not spending enough time with them, not sharing enough information about your life with them, etc., then maybe you need to talk to them about what you need from them as a friend!

Involved

A good friend is involved in your life and wants to be there for you, even through the hard times. Are your friends curious about your life and what’s next for you? Or do they let you deal with things on your own, without making sure you’re okay with whatever it may be? You want friends to be involved in your life, and vice versa!

Encouraging

1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”

I think as human beings, we draw toward the people who are encouraging, kindhearted, and supportive. The friends you have in your life should be encouraging you to reach your fullest potential and pushing you to be the most genuine version of yourself.

Nurturing

Whether we admit it or not, we all like to be cared for. A nurturing friend makes sure we’re okay after a rough day, after a breakup, after a failed test… We all need to be checked on every once in a while. Notice the people that ask if you’re okay when you feel a little off. We should be doing the same when we notice this about our friends, too.

Dedicated

Being a dedicated friend means sticking with each other through an argument, a bad day, a rough season of life… Would your current friends be by your side through anything and everything? Dedication is needed in any relationship, but having committed friends through the best and worst times of your life is so important! 

Supportive

 Lastly, having supportive friends to encourage you to step outside of your comfort zone and be yourself is one of the best feelings in the world. Every relationship needs support and encouragement to push you to do what you think is best for yourself!

These are only a few of the many attributes a good friend should have. God designed friendship to be each one of these things I mentioned above. I hope your friends are genuine companions to do life with and lift you up, just as God intended them to be!

– Chelsea

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Goal-Setting: Is It Healthy?

Have you ever been asked the question: “where do you see yourself in 5 years?” I know I have, and the answer is never an easy one. I like to…

Have you ever been asked the question: “where do you see yourself in 5 years?”

I know I have, and the answer is never an easy one. I like to think I have my future planned out and secured, but the truth is, none of us really know what’s in store.

Even tomorrow, next week, next month is uncertain. But what I do know is that we can set goals to keep our minds and paths straight and fixed on the Lord, no matter what life throws our way.

Christian goal setting is different than setting normal goals for our lives. I know for me, I find it confusing to set goals when God is supposed to have full control of my life. What is the happy medium where I can plan and aspire for certain things, while still surrendering to God’s plan for my life?

Having goals isn’t a bad thing. Having dreams, hopes, and aspirations to drive you and make you look forward to the future is something God intended for us to do. God wants us to desire things for ourselves, no matter how big or small those things may be.

I know for me, I’m hesitant to set goals due to expectations. I don’t like having the risk of not achieving my goals hanging over my head. I’m scared to let myself, or others, down in the end.

But when it comes down to it, goals are healthy. They’re exciting and give us something to work toward. When setting goals, ask yourself: “Do my goals align with God’s will?” If the answer is yes, then you are on the right track!

I try to stay away from goals that revolve around making more money, being more successful, losing more weight, etc. I often find my goals revolving all around me, me, me.

While having goals for yourself such as being healthier or reducing procrastination is great, set some goals revolving around your relationship with God and how you are with others.

Make sure your goals don’t get in the way of spending time with God or putting him on the backburner. If you find yourself switching out time in the Word for going to the gym, maybe you need to rethink your planning.

There are a couple Bible verses that stand out to me when it comes to setting goals.

Psalm 33:11 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.”

Ask the Lord where your head should be at. What does he want you to focus on for yourself? Maybe it’s finding a Bible study to get involved in. Or maybe it’s focusing on memorizing a couple of verses to meditate on and study every week. Ask God to reveal your desires to you and listen for his still, small voice!

Another verse I’ll leave you with is Proverbs 16:9. It says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.

Having goals without God is like having a car without gas: pointless, frustrating, and no way to live up to our expectations. When we start planning without asking the Lord to direct us, we begin walking aimlessly and out of selfish desires.

I encourage you to have a talk with God this week. Ask him what he wants from you at this point in your life. Ask him to align your goals with his will for your present and future! God will guide you if you ask and help you fulfill the purpose and goals for your life!

– Chelsea

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People, Possessions, & Professions

I recently came across a sign outside a church that asked this question: “What are you worshipping? A person, a possession, or a profession?” It really stuck with me and…

I recently came across a sign outside a church that asked this question: “What are you worshipping? A person, a possession, or a profession?” It really stuck with me and weighed on my heart for quite some time.

Many times throughout life, you will find yourself placing things above God, no matter how good, holy, or obedient you try to be. It’s part of human nature to go through phases of prioritizing things over others, whether it’s intentional or not.

So, consider these three categories: people, possessions, and professions. What do you struggle with placing below God and surrendering to him?

Maybe you’re in a relationship and your boyfriend is of utmost importance at this point in your life. He became your life and what you look forward to each and every day. Instead of going to God for validation, guidance, or joy, you look to him to fulfill all your needs. This is an example of prioritizing a person over God.

Maybe it’s your phone, your computer, your Netflix account, etc. that takes you away from God. I know there are times when my phone can act as a distraction while I’m spending time in the Word and pulls my mind and attention elsewhere. This is an example of prioritizing possessions over God.

Or maybe it’s your bank account that gets you out of bed in the morning. You’re so focused on having a successful career that money is the driving factor in your life. You never truly feel satisfaction because you’re always waiting for that next paycheck. This is an example of making your job your #1 priority.

When I think of those chasing after a career, money, success, etc., I think of Matthew 6:24. It says, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Desiring a successful career is one thing, but to become obsessed with your job is another. When we put our hope and trust in the Lord, good things will come our way! He knows our past, present, and future and will guide us into what’s best for our lives.

People, possessions, and professions are good things to focus on throughout your life. It’s good to prioritize the important things that you care deeply about whether that be your boyfriend or your career, but it becomes a problem when we lose sight of God in the process.

Write down the top 10 things you consider your greatest priorities. Then consider how each one plays a role in your life. Does it take you away from God or push you closer to him? Do you often seek it out for satisfaction and fulfillment? These are good questions to ask yourself to know if you’re living for the right or wrong things.

God wants your love, attention, and dependence. Don’t ignore him by giving yourself to temporary, worldly things. Talk to him and let him guide your focus onto what’s important: God’s joy, love, peace, and eternal satisfaction!

– Chelsea

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Avoiding Gossip in Today’s World

You walk into class and are immediately overwhelmed by the conversations and gossip going on around you. You try your hardest to not give in, but the conversations are just…

You walk into class and are immediately overwhelmed by the conversations and gossip going on around you. You try your hardest to not give in, but the conversations are just too tempting. You want to know what’s going on and what everyone’s talking about.

I get it, trust me. I’ve been there too many times. I hate being out of the loop so it’s first instinct to hop right in the conversation and get all the newest details about this or that.

Gossip is such a big part of today’s world. Twitter, Instagram, the news, Snapchat, etc. are filled with the latest drama that we can’t take our eyes off of. Although avoiding this is hard at times, God calls us to be Christ-like, to turn away from these words that tempt us and draw us in.

Ephesians 4:29 says, “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.

God not only encourages us to stay away from gossip, but demands it. He tells us to lift others up, not tear them down. If your words aren’t beneficial to those listening, then what’s the point?

Avoiding harmful conversations takes a conscious effort. It’s easy to go with the flow and take part in gossiping with your friends, but it takes true strength to walk away and remove yourself from the situation.

Exodus 23:1 says, “Do not spread false reports. Do not help a guilty person by being a witness.

I always hear people say, “well if it’s true it’s not considered gossip,” and this couldn’t be further from the truth. The more we talk about a situation, the higher the possibility for it to spiral out of control and turn into something it’s not.

Ask yourself these two questions: “Am I going to benefit anyone by spreading what I heard?” “Will anyone gain anything from this conversation, or will it only hurt people in the end?”

It’s important to remember what the Bible says about gossiping. John 13: 24-35 says, “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Being a follower of Christ revolves around love. Loving your neighbor, loving your friend, loving your enemy… We have a higher calling than simply coexisting with others. We should always be placing love at the top of our priorities, no matter how hard it may be.  

This week, make a conscious effort to turn conversations away from gossip, negativity, and tearing others down. It may not be the “cool” thing to do, but it is so worth it in the end. Being the bigger person and pushing love forward in any and every situation is what God wants of all of us. Make a difference in the lives of those around you and live out the Bible each and every day!

– Chelsea

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Seeking Stillness in the Busyness

Life demands a lot from us. It’s always go, go, go to the point where we forget to take a minute and ask ourselves, “is it worth it?” I’ve always…

Life demands a lot from us. It’s always go, go, go to the point where we forget to take a minute and ask ourselves, “is it worth it?”

I’ve always been one to have a lot on my plate. I enjoy working, having things to do, and keeping myself busy, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t get overwhelmed from time to time.

A busy lifestyle is nothing to be ashamed of. But when it takes away from us seeking God and growing in our relationship with him, it can become a problem. I’m a true believer in the concept of stillness and how it pleases God when we take the time to rest and focus on him.

If you feel overwhelmed and disconnected from the Lord, look at what the Bible has to say about seeking stillness.

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.

Maybe your busyness is in the way you think. Your mind is tossing and turning over so many things at once that you forget about what the Bible says!

This verse is so simple, yet so powerful. When we’re still and hand our cares and worries off to the Lord, he takes our burdens and turns them into blessings. In a moment of stillness, talk to God and ask him to do just that.

Hillsong Worship has a song called “Still” and the chorus always speaks to me.

When the oceans rise and thunders roar

I will soar with You above the storm

Father, You are King over the flood

I will be still, know You are God.”

I love listening to this song because it always reminds me of who is in control, no matter how many times I try to be. When you’re in the middle of a storm, take time to be still and give it to God! Stillness is not just a mindset, but an action. If you don’t make an effort to do so, nothing will change, leaving your head and heart frantic, stressed, and overwhelmed.

At the beginning of each week, I like to set aside uninterrupted time with God. When I look at my schedule for each day, I pick an hour or so that God and I get to spend together, without feeling rushed or side-tracked.

Psalm 62:1 says, “Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.

Once you start seeking this stillness that God refers to, you truly will find the rest you’re looking for. These quiet times with God should be at the top of your priorities!

Look at your schedule and set aside some time each day for God. For he will take your busyness and turn it into stillness! All you have to do is give him the control. 🙂

– Chelsea

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How to Start Eating Clean

Nick and I are always trying to eat healthier – who isn’t? I’ve been interested in trying clean eating, which allows you to eat lots of yummy foods that are…

Nick and I are always trying to eat healthier – who isn’t? I’ve been interested in trying clean eating, which allows you to eat lots of yummy foods that are both nutritious AND delicious, but also satisfying. This means cutting out foods that are processed, have lots of preservatives, etc. We also love eating out, so I started looking into clean eating tips that even non-health nuts like us could follow. Here is what I have found!

  1. The easiest way to start is with the things you already eat. Take recipes you love and make them clean! Nick and I love tacos. So, to make them clean, we can use grass-fed beef and other organic and high quality ingredients. If you are eating it with a side like rice, use wild rice or brown rice instead of white.
  2. Plan ahead. I find that I eat the worst when I am in a pinch. Most times, the most convenient things to make are the unhealthiest. Planning a weekly menu ahead helps avoid this! Meal prep is also a must. Many “clean” foods are ingredients and not ready-to-eat foods. So, preparing them ahead saves you time in the long run. Cut up that produce and have it ready to eat when you get in the snacking mood instead of just washing it and putting it straight in the fridge.
  3. It is not all or nothing. You decide how strict you want to be. It is overwhelming to think about eliminating all processed foods – and unrealistic to think that you can and should eliminate them completely from your life. I don’t think I could go forever without a Reese Peanut Butter Cup. Not possible. So, make clean eating work for your lifestyle. Do your best to eat natural and clean most of the time, but don’t think that Chinese food on a Tuesday night is out of the question. Make your goal to eat clean 75% of the time and you will be much more successful than if you try and go 100% cold turkey.
  4. Take it one thing at a time. Make your healthy changes slow. If you usually take chips for lunch as a snack, switch them for carrot sticks and humus. If you typically eat white rice, switch it to brown. Your body will thank you for the slow transition rather than a shock to the system.

If you are interested in starting the clean eating journey too, I hope these tips helped you! They definitely helped me feel more confident about committing to the lifestyle change.

Chels

 

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Setting Boundaries in Marriage

What does it mean to have healthy boundaries in our marriages? And why is it important for us to set boundaries in the first place? Boundaries are like the fence…

What does it mean to have healthy boundaries in our marriages? And why is it important for us to set boundaries in the first place?

Boundaries are like the fence around your house. They provide a safe “fence” around your marriage, and they are unique to each relationship. They are meant to protect you, just like a fence. Your marriage should always be protected – Satan would love nothing more than to see your relationship fail. Boundaries allow you to be on the same page in life’s many situations, alleviating worries and unnecessary future arguments. So, how do we set boundaries?

  1. Pray that the Lord will give you both the courage to say what you truly feel and ask for guidance as you build this fence of protection around your relationship. Praying before discussing boundaries will help you both understand each other’s intentions and receive what they are saying in a loving way instead of feeling attacked or put down.
  2. Talk it out. This process is bound to bring up some awkward or touchy subjects. If a subject is being brought up, then it is important to you or your spouse and should be heard out rather than made into an opportunity to argue. Things to discuss are everything from boundaries with your kids, to family gatherings, to in-laws, to where you will spend which holidays and more. Obviously you cannot prevent every future issue that may arise, but there are some that you can see coming. You might have to talk it out for a while in order to come to an agreement on these, but make sure by the end of the discussion you are both on the same page. Tweak them until you are both comfortable with the end results.
  3. Follow through. Put these boundaries into action. You did the hard work, now let them work for you. It is both of your responsibilities to uphold these. There may, and probably will, be people in your life that will not be happy with some of the boundaries you have set, but just remember why you are setting them. You are doing this to protect your marriage – the most important relationship you have besides the one you have with the Lord.

Now go build that fence!

Chels

 

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5 Biblical Ways to Show Love

One thing marriage has taught me is that there are many ways to show love – some easier than others. Showing love isnt always a physical action, many times it…

One thing marriage has taught me is that there are many ways to show love – some easier than others. Showing love isnt always a physical action, many times it is emotional and verbal. As a wife, I want to strive to “out-love” my husband every day. He does the same for me. The Bible is a great resource when it comes to advice on the best ways to show love to those we are closest to.

  1. Trust without doubting. “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:7. Simply put, trusting your significant other – and showing them you do – is a clear expression of your love. They will know they have your full support and confidence in them. There is nothing better than feeling 100% trusted and supported in the decisions you are making.
  2. Let it go. “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.” Ephesians 4:31-32. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:13-14. Forgiving and letting go is a beautiful way to show love to anyone, not just a significant other. Looking past the ways they’ve wronged you or hurt you is a clear act of love.
  3. Practice patience. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” 1 Corinthians 13:4. This is a big learning curve for any relationship. One of you may be a morning person and one a night owl, one may be always late and the other always on time, and many other little differences that can drive the other crazy. Being patient and learning to be flexible is a way to show love and that you are willing to adjust.
  4. Give selflessly. “Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!” Proverbs 21:26. One thing I try and give selflessly is my time. I feel like being sacrificial with this precious commodity shows tremendous love.
  5. Keep the complaining to yourself. “Do everything without grumbling or arguing,” Philippians 2:14. I have noticed that complaining just exasperates a situation. If you have a complaint, approach it in a loving way. Your man will be grateful for your gentle reminder rather than starting an argument.

Are there any lessons on love that God has been teaching you recently?

Chels

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I’m a Rough Draft, and So Are You

“We’re all rough drafts of the people we’re becoming” Bob Goff I love this quote from Bob Goff. We are all works in progress, no matter what age or stage…

“We’re all rough drafts of the people we’re becoming” Bob Goff

I love this quote from Bob Goff. We are all works in progress, no matter what age or stage we are at in life. It’s God’s grace that keeps us in the “revision” process, even when we are content in our unfinished state.

Do you remember having to write rough drafts in grade school? Your teacher would probably give you a fill in the blank sort of prompt and you would have to write your introduction, paragraphs, and conclusion into boxes. After that, you would turn those pieces into a full draft, and keep revising until it was worthy to turn in. That’s how life goes. We start living one way, then see a need for revision and change, and the cycle continues. Sometimes it is others telling us that we need to make some changes to the draft. Other times, we see the need ourselves. We are all in a state of constant revisions, and thank goodness for that.

Think of it this way. If you left your paper in its original draft state, the way you first put pen to paper, warts and all, and turned it in, you would probably be pretty unhappy with the feedback from your teacher. If we give up on improving ourselves, we are selling our future selves short. The person you’re becoming is counting on you to not be content with the “same old same old”. To quote Hannah Montana, “nobody’s perfect”, which means no one is a final draft ready to turn in to the teacher. Some of us are “rougher” than others. But, like the Bible says in Proverbs 27:17, As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” We can use the people in our circle and those we look up to for inspiration and guidance as we go through our personal revision process.

Genesis 1:27 tells us that we are all made in the image of God. In this case, I interpret this verse as saying that we are all works in progress and masterpieces all at the same time. We are still good, but we are growing, changing, and improving. I am so thankful for God’s patience and grace as we navigate life, stumbling, falling, and failing at times. He loves us through it all.

Chels

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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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