Chelsea Crockett

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In Christ Alone…

In Christ alone… These three simple words hold more weight than I realize. These words are the power behind my strength, trust, faith, and so much more. There’s a song…

In Christ alone… These three simple words hold more weight than I realize. These words are the power behind my strength, trust, faith, and so much more.

There’s a song entitled “In Christ Alone” and it’s one of my all-time favorite worship songs to this day. It holds so much truth within it and is the perfect reminder of who God is for all of us. Here are a couple verses of the song:

In Christ alone my hope is found,

He is my light, my strength, my song

This Cornerstone, this solid ground

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.”

Sometimes when I’m feeling scared, lonely, anxious, or discouraged, I repeat this verse in my head. The last verse, “Firm through the fiercest drought and storm,” is the sweetest reminder of how steadfast the Lord really is.

When we build our foundation on the Lord, it is firm, strong, and unchanging. He is our solid ground that gives us the foundation we need to make it through both the trails and triumphs that life brings us. When our foundation is weak and wavering, our thoughts, emotions, and actions follow suit.

Think of a house. If you build it on weak soil, it may last for a short amount of time. But after a while, the house will fall due to its dependency on what it’s build on. A strong foundation predicts firmness for the future no matter how strong the winds become. The same goes for our foundation. If we do not build ourselves on the Lord, our house will tumble!

In Christ alone, he willingly takes our fears, worries, sins, and anxieties and wipes them clean. He is the sole source of joy, peace, comfort, and so much more.

Ask yourself what other worldly things you seek to fill certain voids in your life. It’s easy to seek other things apart from the Lord when we’re surrounded by attractive, immediate satisfactory alternatives.

Pinpoint what those areas of your life are for you. Is it your relationship? Is it a busy schedule? Is it your social life? Take those areas of your life and ask God to help you navigate what to do next. You may realize that in school alone… your family alone… your friends alone… that is where you’re finding validation, satisfaction, and other things you should be seeking from God.

This week, journal about what the words “In Christ alone” mean to you. Do you find your worth in Christ alone? Do your worries and anxieties about the future disappear solely because of Christ? Then, journal what areas of your life you could give more willingly to the Lord. We’re all reluctant to give up control, but when we do, the outcome is always better.

In Christ and in Christ alone, what are you going to give God control of? Make a conscious effort to release the control you have on a situation so God can finish the job he started!

– Chelsea

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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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Our Lord Calms the Storm

God has a funny way of doing things. He has us walk through some of the hardest parts of our lives, only to become stronger and more dependent on him….

God has a funny way of doing things. He has us walk through some of the hardest parts of our lives, only to become stronger and more dependent on him.

I used to never understand why God would take us through these storms that leave us feeling defeated or discouraged, but God has a reason for everything. Have you ever heard of the phrase “you grow through what you go through?”

You grow through the challenges and hardships that shape the way you think, act, and even interact with others. I stand by the fact that God places us in and carries us through these situations that are uncomfortable and oftentimes even defeating.

John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

As we go through trials, it’s easy for them to consume us. We forget who has the situation in full control, guiding us through every step. In the verse above, it intentionally tells us that God has already overcome the world. Although we’ll have troubles and go through trials, God gives us peace. He gives us security, comfort, rest, and so much more.

If you think about the story of Jesus calming the storm, he asked Peter to put his faith in him and come out on the water. It wasn’t until he did so that the water was calm and still. Peter climbed out of the boat, took Jesus’s hand, and walked gracefully alongside him. The other people in the boat couldn’t believe their eyes. They even ridiculed Peter for the strength of his trust and faith in the Lord.

If you put yourself in Peter’s position, would you believe Jesus could really calm the storm?

I like to apply stories from the Bible to stories in my life today. When the waters are raging and the clouds are rolling in, do you put your full faith and trust in God or do you run the opposite direction? God blesses those that persevere through trials, just read the verse below. Things may not go as planned, but it’s how we react to those speed bumps that determine the strength of our faith.

James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

God not only blesses us when we depend on him through trials, he equipsus for them. He gives us the strength, perseverance, and guidance, we just have to be willing to listen to him and surrender control for Him to calm the storm.

Let our heavenly Father calm your storms, all it takes is a little faith. Once you put all your trust in the Lord, he gives you what you ask of him, whether that be peace, guidance, or for his will to be revealed to you. Be like Peter and step out of the boat, holding God’s hand every step of the way.

– Chelsea

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Getting What We Don’t Deserve

Have you ever taken a second to look back at the story of Jesus and really think about what that meant for our lives? Like really… I mean really… thought about…

Have you ever taken a second to look back at the story of Jesus and really think about what that meant for our lives? Like really… I mean really… thought about the impact of what Jesus did on the cross so many centuries ago?

That action on the cross meant so many things for us: forgiveness, grace, eternity, mercy, love, and so much more. In just one action, we got what we could never deserve: God’s endless grace for the things we’ve done and the sins we still have yet to commit.

Growing up in church, I heard the story of Jesus over and over again. Although I never forgot how amazing that story is, I started to forget to really process and meditate on that sacrifice God made. It’s not “just another story.” It’s a true story of God’s grace, love, and mercy. Three things that we receive but could never deserve!

I encourage you to sit down and re-read the story of Jesus’s life again, or read it for the first time if you haven’t. It’s good to remind yourself of what Jesus lost in order for us to gain eternal life and endless grace.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”

This verse always brings me back down to earth. Nothing that we do will change God’s opinion of us. Like I mentioned above, his grace is endless. No matter how many times we sin or turn away from God, he loves us just the same.

Have you ever experienced grace like that? I try to wrap my head around it, but it’s hard to fathom how wide God’s love truly is.

I always put it into perspective from the situations I’ve experienced in my own life. When I find it hard to forgive someone, I think of how easily God forgives me. I can’t hold a grudge or decide not to extend forgiveness when our heavenly Father gives us his grace constantly.

 Romans 6:23 says, “For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

 God’s perfect gift is free. We did nothing to earn or deserve it, but he willingly and graciously gives us the gift of eternal life and so much more. This verse gives me a sense of peace and freedom because his grace is always constant, never fading and never changing.

I encourage you to remind yourself frequently of the story of Jesus and what that means for you and your life. Maybe sit down today and read it through. It’s a story of endless love, redeeming grace, and selfless sacrifice. Jesus is the same today as he is tomorrow, and the tomorrows after that. Remind yourself of the gift we don’t deserve, yet get to receive every single day!

– Chelsea

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An Unsettled Mind is an Unsettled Spirit

Our minds are a chaotic space for thoughts of all kinds. One day our thoughts can be thankful, joyful, excited for what’s to come, while other days our heads are…

Our minds are a chaotic space for thoughts of all kinds. One day our thoughts can be thankful, joyful, excited for what’s to come, while other days our heads are filled with thoughts of negativity, fear, what ifs, and so much more.

In a recent sermon I heard, the preacher said this simple phrase that stuck with me: An unsettled mind is an unsettled spirit.

Our minds like to play tricks on us, leading us to think our thoughts don’t really matter. We think if they’re kept to ourselves, then how much damage could they really be doing?

God talks about how our thoughts have a strong impact on our emotions and even our actions.

Proverbs 4:23 says, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Like the title says, an unsettled mind is an unsettled spirit. Our thoughts are the starting point of our actions, perspectives, emotions, and more. Everything you do flows from the heart, and that can either benefit you or hinder you and the relationships you have.

When I used to play sports in high school, my coach would always tell me how important our mindsets were during practices, games, etc. A majority of how we played was mental, and we began to learn the power of positive thinking. When we take control of our thoughts, it settles our spirit and enables us to do more than we ever could’ve imagined.

This type of mentality can be applied to many areas of your life. If you’re upset about a certain situation or outcome, consider how your thoughts are affecting you. Are they making the situation worse? Are they leading you down a path of sadness, anger, insecurity?

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

 I absolutely love this verse from Philippians. It reminds me of what a godly mindset should be. When my mind starts to go down a path I don’t want it to, I think of this verse. Are my thoughts excellent or praiseworthy? The power of your thoughts can change your entire demeanor. Remember the verse above in these times of negativity or insecurity. Give it to God!

Remember to settle your mind and go to God for guidance and peace. When we seek the Lord, he gives us what we ask of him. Take control of your mind, for everything you do flows from it!

– Chelsea

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GROW Bible Reading Plan

Reading your Bible can be much easier when you have a plan to follow. It allows you to not only stay on track, but have a guide to follow step…

Reading your Bible can be much easier when you have a plan to follow. It allows you to not only stay on track, but have a guide to follow step by step!

The GROW Bible reading plan is perfect for those who need a little guidance and structure through their quiet times. If you’re like me, it can be hard to stop your mind from wandering or getting distracted during your uninterrupted time with the Lord. The GROW Bible reading plan is a great starting point and can keep you on track while you meet with God!

G – Greet

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”

When you first sit down, ask God to guide you through your quiet time with him. Invite him to work through you and speak to you. When you greet God before you do anything else, you open yourself to him! Ask him to speak to you through your quiet time and reveal what he is trying to tell you.

R – Read

You need to simply read through the verses or passage you’re focusing on at least three times through. If certain verses or sections really catch your attention, write them down in your journal! God can speak through you by directing your attention to specific words or verses. Read slowly, without trying to rush through it, and focus on comprehending the words in front of you.

Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”Just like this verse from Romans says, listen attentively so you can build a stronger relationship with the Lord! 

O – Observe

Now, time to focus on where your mind is taking you during your quiet time. What have you written down in your journal that had popped into your mind repeatedly? What do you think God is trying to tell you? Do the words or verses that stick out to you have a common theme? Observe everything that’s coming to mind. You can even observe the feelings that come to you while you do so. Don’t forget that God speaks in whispers!

W – Write

In your journal, write down the verses or passage you’re studying. Then, write down anything and everything that comes to mind. It’s good to practice this to look back on when you need guidance! Lastly, write out a prayer to help you apply what you’ve just read. Application is the most important thing to take away from your quiet times!

Breaking down scripture and actually applying it to your life is what God intended for us to do with the Bible. It’s amazing that we even get the opportunity to read the exact words of the Lord and we should be taking advantage of this! Try this GROW method and see what God opens your eyes to!

– Chelsea

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What REAL Friendship Looks Like

Friends are supposed to be the people you do life with and run this race alongside. They’re the people responsible for building you up and pointing you back to God…

Friends are supposed to be the people you do life with and run this race alongside. They’re the people responsible for building you up and pointing you back to God every single time.

If you’ve had friends like this your entire life, then you’re one of the few. Most of us have had friends that have torn us down, led into temptation, and more. I wanted to share with you what the Bible says about REAL friendship, because when you find it, you’ll want to hold on to it.

Proverbs 18:24 says, “One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

Are your friends reliable? Are they there for you in times of trouble or to lend a hand when you need one? Reliability and trust are two of the most important things in a relationship. If there is no dependence, then friendship has nothing to be built on.

Any relationship, whether that be a romantic relationship, a friendship, a family relationship, etc., has to have trust. With trust, we are able to confide in one another and seek advice, guidance, or simply a listening ear. This is a test of true friendship, once you know you can trust them with your deepest fears, secrets, worries, and hopes.

Real friends also help you endure burdens. Ecclesiastes 4:10 says, “If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”We should make it a conscious effort to find the people that do just that: helpus. You’ll never notice the importance in this until you find the friends that genuinely have the desire to help you through trials, mistakes, and the harder seasons of life.

I know it may seem harsh to leave behind the “friends” that bring you down, but it’s okay to put yourself first when it comes to personal growth and happiness.

Lastly, real friends help you love and pursue the Lord.

Psalm 1:1,3 says, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers… that person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither – whatever they do prospers.”

We should run our lives with those running the same race as us. It is so much harder to pursue a Christ-like life when the people we surround ourselves with are doing the opposite. Surrounding yourself with good company is just like what the verse says: a tree that will not wither and bears good fruit!

I pray that you find real friendship throughout your life and that you build one another up, just as the Bible tells us to do. I encourage you to pray for these friends, and God will surely bring them into your life!

– Chelsea

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Ministry: What It Really Means

Ministry is a tricky word. To so many different people, it can mean so many different things. Some people automatically think of mission work, missionaries being sent across the globe…

Ministry is a tricky word. To so many different people, it can mean so many different things.

Some people automatically think of mission work, missionaries being sent across the globe to do the work of God. Although this is one form of ministry, we can partake in ministry right here in our own cities.

Ministry means so much more than mission work across the world. Ministry can be as simple as the way you talk, think, act, and treat those around you. Figuring out your own personal ministry and what that looks like for you is so important as a follower of Christ!

Ephesians 4:11-13 says, “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ…”

When I first read through this verse, there was a certain part that stuck out to me: “to equipthe saints… for building up the body of Christ.”When I think about the fact that God has actually equipped and prepared us to do the work of Christ, it builds my confidence and desire to do so.

Ministry can be awkward, uncomfortable, and can take some courage to push you out of your comfort zone. Not everyone is good at talking to others about their faith, and that’s okay! Before I felt very open and brave enough to discuss my faith with others, I made it a point to discover what ministry could mean for me in that stage of my life.

At that stage of my faith, I wanted to make an impact on those around me but didn’t know quite how. I realized that I didn’t have to be the wisest, oldest, most knowledgeable one in the room to still do the work God wants me to do.

Right now, your personal ministry may be to treat others with a kind heart, forgive those who have wronged you, invite a couple friends to church, or have a conversation with a family member that needs to hear about Jesus. If it’s pointing someone in the direction of the Lord, even in the slightest, then you’re on the right track.

Matthew 28:19-20 says, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

This verse is such a good reminder of our purpose. God commands us to make disciples and expand his kingdom. Whenever you feel discouraged or shy in your own personal ministry, remember Matthew 28.

Discover what’s best for you and fulfill your purpose. Everyone’s path is different, but discovering what that looks like for you is the first step! Pray for clarity, courage, and boldness and God will equip you to fulfill his mission!

– Chelsea

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What It Means to Have a True “New Year’s” Mindset

New Year’s is the time for resolutions, starting fresh, and beginning a new chapter of our lives on the right foot. It’s a time for changing the things we want…

New Year’s is the time for resolutions, starting fresh, and beginning a new chapter of our lives on the right foot. It’s a time for changing the things we want to and keep doing the things that are good for us.

I think so many people get the wrong idea about how to approach the new year. The idea of changing so many things can make us a little crazy at times, leaving us feeling unaccomplished and disappointed in ourselves.

This year, I want to encourage you to approach the new year in a different way. Create a set of resolutions that are not only realistic, but will benefit you, your relationship with the Lord, and how you interact with others.

It’s so easy to create a list of “eat healthier, sleep more, get better grades…” to realize at the end of the year you’ve completely forgotten about it. Sound familiar? It’s great to strive for these things, but can be a bit vague and hard to stick to.

This year, I encourage you to develop a true New Year’s mindset. Sit down, grab a journal, and begin writing about where you envision yourself once the year comes to an end. You may discover you want to build a better relationship with the Lord. You may discover you need to be more patient, forgiving, kind, etc. Whatever it is, figure out what YOU want and where you see yourself in 12 months.

Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.”

When I considered the year ahead, I kept Matthew 6:33 at the front of my mind. When I look at where I want to see myself at the end of the year, does it align with where God wants me to be?

Although we don’t always know the answer to that question, we can ask God for guidance, advice, and clarity. God will slowly reveal his will for your life and the path he wants you to follow. When we place his wants and needs for our lives above our own, it surrenders control to him, allowing his plan to unveil.

I heard a sermon recently talking about approaching the upcoming year with a “cover to cover” mindset. What he meant by this was beginning with the intention of finishing. When we discovering what God wants us to pursue, we should continue to do so through every month of the year. Talk to God and ask for his guidance, trust, and encouragement!

Last year, I sat down with God and asked him what he wanted from me, not what wanted from him. Surrender your control and desires this year so God can truly work through you for his purpose. His plan is always better than our own. It just takes us to let go and let God!

– Chelsea

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Prompts for Prayer Journaling

Prayer journaling is one of my favorite things to do no matter what mood I’m in. Am I feeling thankful? I prayer journal. Am I feeling upset or looking for…

Prayer journaling is one of my favorite things to do no matter what mood I’m in. Am I feeling thankful? I prayer journal. Am I feeling upset or looking for guidance? I prayer journal! There is more power in this simple act than you realize. It can reveal things to you that you never saw before!

Write a list of blessings, big or small, that you want to thank God for.

If you don’t know what to journal about, write about all the good things in your life! No matter how big or small, think of the things you’re grateful for. Pointing out the good in your life not only gives the praise to God but will boost your mood and gratitude!

Take a deep look at your heart. What has been weighing heavily on it recently?

It can be so therapeutic to write things down and get them off your chest. Sometimes writing things down makes them feel more real, which could be the first step in forgiving yourself and moving on. I know for me, simply writing out my guilt and shame for me and God’s eyes only gives me a sense of relief. You may be experiencing feelings of anxiety or sadness, and writing them down can help you understand yourself and what you’re going through.

In what areas of your life have you been seeking guidance in? Write them down and ask God to lead you.

If there’s one thing that God does perfectly, it’s leading us down the path he has planned for us. I like asking God for guidance in most situations in my life, to make sure I’m doing what he knows is best. If you listen to God’s still small voice, he can help you with what may seem like even the smallest of decisions.

Write a list of things you would like to see happen in the new year.

2020 is right around the corner and you know what that means… making those infamous resolutions lists we all try to stick to! This year, make your list in your prayer journal so you can be in prayer over them. Maybe you want to see a change happen in your relationship or a career shift you’ve been waiting for, write them down and pray over them!

Have you been feeling fearful or worrisome lately? Write down things your anxious about and ask God for peace. 

The Bible tells us not to be anxious over anything, but by prayer, give our requests to God. This is just what prayer journaling is. We can write down each fear or worry that fills our mind and give them to God. He wants us to lay them at the foot of the cross so we can be filled with joy and peace!

Try out these different prompts and start filling that journal! It’s extremely therapeutic and will bring you closer to God each day.

– Chelsea

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5 Hints that God is Changing Your Course

If there’s one thing I know about God, it’s that he always knows what’s best for us. If we’re headed down the wrong path, he always put us back on…

If there’s one thing I know about God, it’s that he always knows what’s best for us. If we’re headed down the wrong path, he always put us back on the right one.

When God wants to change our course, he hints at us softly. I’ve learned a few different ways he does this, we just have to be looking for them.

  1. Your gut feeling.

This may be obvious, but your gut feeling can actually tell you a lot about a situation you’re in. Does it feel off? Do you constantly look for the negatives?

Take a relationship for example. If you find yourself consistently searching for red flags or “signs” to break up with that person, then maybe that’s a sign in itself. You can tell a lot about a situation from simply how you’re feeling. This may be one of the small, subtle ways that God is trying to hint at you that maybe you’re not where you’re supposed to be.

2. Rejection

 This is one of God’s more blatant ways of telling us no. Maybe it’s a job rejection, a date rejection, a college rejection letter… Whatever it may be, always remember that everything happens for a reason: HIS reason! 

  1. A constant thought.

A reoccurring thought can mean more than you think. Those thoughts can be God whispering to you time and time again. Isaiah 30:21 says, “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”Take these consistent thoughts and pray over them. God will tell you the way to walk in!

  1. Confirmation from others.

Not just confirmation from anyone, but good, godly counsel are the people you want to seek advice from. Maybe a close friend or family member you look up to is trying to give you sound guidance that is different than what you’re currently pursuing. Again, pray about it and ask God to reveal his plan to you piece by piece!

Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” He may do this through good counsel! Be eager to listen to those you seek advice from.

  1. A change of interest.

 Sometimes, changing your course could mean a simple change of interest. I’ve had friends apply for schools and jobs and suddenly realize that that’s not where they want to be. Don’t ignore these feelings! They can be so clear and extremely meaningful. Why continue down a path you’re no longer interested in?

Pay attention to these quiet hints God is giving you! Pray over each and every one of them and change your course as God is calling you.

– Chelsea

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As You Look at the Day Before You…

As you look at the day before you, what emotions consume you? Do you wake up with an immediate mindset of dread and negativity? Or are you filled with gratitude…

As you look at the day before you, what emotions consume you? Do you wake up with an immediate mindset of dread and negativity? Or are you filled with gratitude and excitement for what’s ahead?

It’s natural for us to wake up and grumble about our day full of work meetings or our school day filled with tests and presentations. It’s human nature to want to stay in bed and not face the responsibilities you have awaiting you.

I’ve learned that those first few thoughts I have in the morning are an indicator of how my mood will be throughout the day. I’ve read that if you train your thoughts away from negativity first thing in the morning, it prevents your head from entering a space you don’t want to be in.

So, as you look at the day before you, consider these few things.

Approach the day with gratitude.

Have one of your first thoughts in the morning be thoughts of praise. Thank God for the beautiful morning weather, the quick morning commute, the quiz that ended up being easier than you thought it would be… When you decide first thing to approach each situation, good or bad, with focusing on the good, you will be more joyful and excited for even the simplest of things.

Have an attitude of “get to” not “have to”.

When I was younger, one of my teachers told us to change our words from “have to” to “get to.” For example, we “get to” go to school to learn more, we “get to” go to practice even though today may be harder than others, we “get to” go to meetings all day for work… Phrases like this humbles us and makes us remember how blessed we are for even the simplest of things.

Counter negative thoughts with positive ones.

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”

I practice this daily and always tell others to do the same. As soon as your mind starts picking out the negatives, it can quickly spiral into a bad attitude. I know this from experience! But when you immediate counter the bad thoughts with positive ones, you gain an entire new perspective. Think about the things that are worthy of praise like the verse says above!

When you wake up tomorrow, how are you going to approach the day ahead? Are you going to try and make a conscious effort to do the things above? Or are you going to mumble and grumble through your day?

I encourage you the next few days to try these attitude and mindset changes. God wants us to be our most joyful and hopeful selves, which is hard to achieve when we’re full of negativity and dread. Take advantage of every day, we only have so many!

– Chelsea

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Psalms to Keep Close to Your Heart

Growing up, I always knew that the biggest book of the Bible was Psalms, but what I wasn’t aware of was the tremendous amounts of wisdom, knowledge, guidance, and peace…

Growing up, I always knew that the biggest book of the Bible was Psalms, but what I wasn’t aware of was the tremendous amounts of wisdom, knowledge, guidance, and peace that I would find within it.

Recently, I’ve really been focusing on the book of Psalms. Although some are more “well-known” than others, there are so many verses that have become some of my favorite passages in the Bible. I love to meditate on and memorize these verses to remember them in times when I’m feeling sad, frustrated, joyful, anxious, etc.

Here are some of the passages I encourage you to meditate on, as well!

For in times of fear:

“God is our refuge and strength,

an ever-present help in trouble.

Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea…

Be still and know that I am God.”– Psalm 46:1-2,10

I love how this passage describes God as ever-present. He is never fading and never failing, always with us even when we feel alone. When I’m feeling fearful or anxious, I repeat in my head “be still and know that I am God.” It gives me a feeling of peace and comfort knowing that all we have to do in these moments is simply be still!

For in times of guilt:

“Cast your cares on the Lord

and he will sustain you;

he will never let

the righteous be shaken.”– Psalm 55:22

God desires for us to leave our burdens and cares at the foot of the cross. When we carry them ourselves, we become worn down and eventually burnt out. They become too much to bear, leaving us helpless and heavy with shame. Pray for God’s grace and let him cast your burdens into the sea of forgetfulness.

For when you are seeking guidance:

 “The Lord makes firm the steps

of the one who delights in him;

though he may stumble, he will not fall,

for the Lord upholds him with his hand.” – Psalm 37:23-24

This passage gives me so much comfort knowing that even though I may stumble from time to time, with God, I’ll never have to fall. He has us in the palm of his hand, walking alongside us through every stage of life.

Instead of making decisions based off of what youwant, consider the passage above. When we delight in the Lord and run to him for guidance, he makes our steps firm, leading us down the path he has made for us. Putting our trust in God instead of what we think we want will lead to eternal satisfaction, instead of temporary happiness.

These few Psalms are just some of the many powerful verses you should lay on your heart. Keep them fresh in your mind so they are quick to remember in the times you need them. I encourage you to read through Psalms yourself and discover the wisdom and peace within it!

– Chelsea

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What It Means to Be Fully Understood by God

What exactly does it mean to be “fully understood?” It’s such a simple phrase yet carries a lot behind it. I’ve always heard that I’m fully understood by God, but…

What exactly does it mean to be “fully understood?” It’s such a simple phrase yet carries a lot behind it.

I’ve always heard that I’m fully understood by God, but only recently have I started to wonder what that really means. I know that God knowseverything about me, even the parts I’d rather him not see, but to know that he actually understandsevery part of me is a whole different story.

Sometimes we underestimate God’s ability to understand. We think thoughts like: “He doesn’t understand what I’m going through.” “He’ll never forgive me for this.” “I’m too ashamed to talk to God about this or that.” These are all Satan’s lies causing you to think this way!

Psalms 139:1-4 says, “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.”

When God searches us, he isn’t full of judgement, hatred, or hostility. Instead, he is full of understanding, empathy, and compassion. He knows our inmost being and the reasons we do the things we do. He knows even the smallest details of the way we think, talk, behave, and act.

I think we so often forget that Jesus, too, was once on this earth, experiencing the same temptations and hardships we face. Although he was sinless and perfect, he still felt the pressures of the world around him.

I try to remember this when I’m feeling embarrassed or ashamed for something I’ve done. God truly does understand how we feel in every situation, whether we believe it or not. He wants us to come and talk to him about whatever’s on our mind instead of doubting his ability to understand our situation.

Isaiah 43:1 says, “But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: ‘Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.’”

I think it’s easy to forget whose we are. We think and act independently as if God doesn’t have complete control and endless knowledge of every aspect of our lives. We make assumptions based off our own feelings instead of considering the fact that God already knows our past, present, and future.

Next time you’re feeling like there’s no one to run to, run to God. He understands each situation we face and knows that it’s not easy to live in the world we live in.

When you feel alone and misunderstood, remember that you have a God that fully knows you. God understands your every thought, word, and action. It just takes you to believe it. Put your faith and trust in the fact that God knows you so well, even better than you know yourself!

– Chelsea

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Getting Rid of Built-Up Guilt

Guilt is like a disease. It eats away at you piece by piece until it’s worn you down and you can’t bear it anymore. It’s one of those things you…

Guilt is like a disease. It eats away at you piece by piece until it’s worn you down and you can’t bear it anymore. It’s one of those things you can’t control no matter how hard you try and distract yourself from it.

Guilt is one of those things that means different things to different people. One person can make a massive mistake and carry no guilt, while others make the smallest mistake and carry guilt for years. Even after we’ve already been forgiven, we continue to carry this guilt with us.

If your guilt is due to you not seeking forgiveness or not admitting to something you’ve done, I encourage you to lay it all out on the table. This type of guilt is the worst and will be so much better once you seek forgiveness. God already knows every detail about our lives. It just takes our confession to begin the healing process, in which we forgive ourselves!

Aside from the type of guilt mentioned above, we often build up guilt after the fact. We’ve already been forgiven, we’re just waiting to forgive ourselves.

Isaiah 1:18 says, “’Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

These are the words of the Lord! He tells us that our sins are as white as snow even though they are as red as crimson. It’s hard for me to even wrap my head around that! I am so grateful for a God who is as forgiving as he is, and loves me endlessly despite my flaws and mistakes.

One of the most comforting verses that addresses guilt is Psalm 103:12. It says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” And in Hebrews 8:12, Jesus says, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

God casts our sins into the sea of forgetfulness, no longer holding them against us. If you dive into his Word, you can find so many verses that will provide comfort to you in times of built-up shame or guilt.

Next time you feel guilt slowly starting to creep up on you, lay your feelings at the foot of the cross. God desires so much for his children including being able to let go of the past. God already forgives you, so what are you holding on to?

Make a list in your prayer journal of things you want to lay at the foot of the cross. No matter how big or small, write it down. Create a prayer you can read when these feelings start to come up again. Write, pray, forgive, repeat until you no longer carry the guilt you once had!

– Chelsea

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How to Forgive When You Can’t Forget

Forgiveness is a hard concept. How do you forgive someone that has wronged you so many times, again… and again… and again? Do you let someone get by with hurting…

Forgiveness is a hard concept. How do you forgive someone that has wronged you so many times, again… and again… and again? Do you let someone get by with hurting you, no matter the situation?

Forgiveness is hard as it is, but it’s even harder when you can’t forget. It’s easy to forgive someone for something small and go about your day like it never happened, but when someone really hurts you, I mean really hurts you,it isn’t always that simple.

So, how do you forgive when you can’t forget?

The Bible talks about forgiveness many, many times and gives us advice on how to go about it. I wanted to share some powerful verses that will help you let go of anger, resentment, or whatever you may be holding in.

Luke 6:37 says, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.”

We all make mistakes in life, some more than others. But we can’t deny that we’ve all messed up and have sinned against God, others, and even ourselves at times. It’s easy to judge others instead of taking a step back and judging ourselves. Why do we give ourselves the power to hold grudges for what others have done to us, when we make mistakes as well?

This mindset of “forgiving and not forgetting” comes from a place of judgement, and we so often forget who the ultimate judge is. When we decide we want to hold a grudge, we are not only being hypocritical, but we’re forgetting that God forgives us every single day, hour, minute… and not only forgives, but tosses any memory of our sin away.

Hebrews 8:12 says, “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”

Every day, we should be striving to be more like Christ. If our heavenly father forgives even our darkest of sins, then we too can extend our forgiveness to those who have wronged us in the past, no matter how many times they have.

Now I know it’s not that simple. It can be hard to forget at the snap of your finger. But taking the steps toward forgiveness is better than not trying at all.

Have you tried putting yourself in their shoes? Remembering how it’s felt to seek forgiveness when you know you might not deserve it? We’ve all been there and, although it can be hard to adapt God’s mindset, it will benefit you greatly throughout your life.

So, start today by letting go of any grudges you may be holding. Maybe for you this means having a tough conversation with someone. Or maybe it means finally letting go of the past. It can be hard to be the bigger person, but it is always so worth it!

In Matthew 18:21-22, Peter asks Jesus, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus replied: “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

Take notes from what Jesus is telling Peter in this story. Forgive and forget not once, not twice, but an endless amount of times. Forgive others just as the Lord forgives you!

– Chelsea

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