Chelsea Crockett

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Keeping Christ at the Center of Your Home

Being a newly married woman, I now have a home that’s solely my own. It is a new foundation for my husband and I that will eventually hold a family,…

Being a newly married woman, I now have a home that’s solely my own. It is a new foundation for my husband and I that will eventually hold a family, host our friends, experience so many “firsts,” and so much more!

Although we plan to move throughout our life together, each house will be our home, where we get to experience life and make it our own! I’ve always understood the importance of keeping Christ at the center of our home, but I didn’t realize how intentional you have to be when you’re actually the head of the household.

There are several verses throughout the Bible that stress the importance of building a home centered around Christ.

Matthew 7:25 says, “The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

Regardless of arguments, disappointments, or negativity that you experience inside your home, if Christ is your foundation, it will not be shaken. As perfect as you want your life to be, there will always be these three things that I mentioned above, but what makes the world of a difference is who your #1 priority is when life gets hard.

Proverbs 24:3-4 says, “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.

Think about how you can grow wisdom, understanding, and knowledge inside your home. I know for me and Nick, we like to set aside time to be completely in the word with no distractions. Reading the Bible gives us the knowledge of how we should live our lives as Christ followers and it continues to amaze us every day.

Through listening to sermons, talking to God, reading devotionals, etc., we get the opportunity to gain this godly wisdom and understanding that God offers to us. It makes such a huge difference when our mindsets, actions, and words are Christ-like and mirrored after the Lord.

I remember listening to a podcast a few months ago that talked about what people often put at the center of their home. For some people, it may be money and finances. For others, it may be the pursuit of happiness regardless of what that may mean for them. And for some, the sole center of their home may be their careers.

Regardless of what the world around you is doing, I encourage you to make a list of ways you can keep Christ at the center of your home. If you need a starting point, begin by going to church every Sunday. Pray before each meal and as a family before you go to bed. These small changes welcome God into your home and allow him to lead each and every one of you throughout your life. His presence is powerful, comforting, and will fill your home with love, grace, and so much more!

– 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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What Is a Gentle and Quiet Spirit?

“Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” – 1 Peter 3:4…

Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” – 1 Peter 3:4

In today’s terms, a gentle and quiet spirit isn’t a compliment. Society likes to associate the words “gentle” and “quiet” as weak, insecure, and powerless, as If this wasn’t further from the truth!

God brings up the idea of this “gentle and quiet spirit” a few times throughout the Bible. In Titus 3:2, this spirit means “to slander no one, to be peaceable and considerate, and always to be gentle toward everyone.”

Let’s talk about the first part of this verse. Slandering means to insult, lie about, or speak negatively about another person. God makes a strong effort to address this kind of gossiping in the Bible. 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.”

When we make a conscious effort to tear down others, how are we benefitting from it? In the big picture of things, it only spreads negativity and hatefulness around to others. A gentle and quiet spirit would remove themselves from these situations, continuing to encourage and build others up no matter how much they’ve hurt you!

The second part of this verse, “to be peaceable and considerate,” means to take into account the feelings of others, not just your own. Be the peacemaker in your family, your friend group, your sports team, etc. When we’re peaceable, patient, and mindful, God uses this to display his light and love through us.

Now let’s talk about the word “gentle.” Gentle means to be kind, slow to anger, and compassionate. It doesn’t mean to be weak or timid, but to have that of a gentle mindset toward others.

It’s easy to feed off of anger and hostility, and that’s why God calls us to do the opposite. He wants us to think before we speak and to bite our tongues even when our minds are elsewhere.

In James 1:19-20, it says, “My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.”

As sinful human beings, this doesn’t come natural or easy to us. Our first thought is to argue, to prove ourselves right, or to make the other person feel less. Temptation and pride creeps in, making us want to do all of these things when the opportunity presents itself.

In these situations, pray. Ask God for the strength and ability to turn away from the temptation to sin. Ask him to make you more like him: gentle, quiet, peaceful, and calm.

I challenge you for the next week to be conscious. Practice this gentle and quiet spirit that God wants each of us to have. When we do this, we become more like him each and every day!

– Chelsea

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3 Things to Prioritize as A Follower of Christ

Being a follower of Christ is not always easy. There are times when we have to put certain things above others, even when our own desires are completely the opposite….

Being a follower of Christ is not always easy. There are times when we have to put certain things above others, even when our own desires are completely the opposite.

Part of giving your life to Jesus is knowing that sacrifices will have to be made. You may not always want to sacrifice your time, sleep, independence, pride, etc., but God makes it clear in the Bible that following him will mean just that at times.

In Colossians 3:1-3 says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”

God asks us to prioritize certain things throughout the Bible. He commands us to leave our old ways behind and follow the path he created for us! Here are a few things to prioritize throughout your everyday walk with Christ.

Quiet, devoted time with God.

You may think that you spend enough time with God but do you really? I used to pray when I woke up and before I went to bed and think I gave God all the time I owed to him, but I was so wrong. He wants us to give up certain things, such as sleep, a Netflix episode, an extra half hour hanging with friends… to be able to devote to him.

I never understood the importance of this uninterrupted time in the Word until I really made it a priority. I realized not only did this time help me grow in my relationship with Christ, but it allowed me to learn more about who God is and what he expects of me as his disciple.

Sharing your faith.

1 Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…”

Although it may be awkward or uncomfortable, God commands us to share our faith and make disciples. It doesn’t always have to mean sharing your testimony or intentionally bringing up God in a conversation. It could be as simple as witnessing through your words and actions, and extending the love of Christ to those around you. Always be prepared to give the reason for your faith!

Godly desires over worldly desires.

This is something the Bible addresses time and time again throughout it. Taking up our cross and following Christ means that we are a new creation in Him. We no longer should satisfy the desires of our flesh, but satisfy the desires of the Lord. The more time we spend in the Word and in communication with God, the easier this becomes.

I challenge you to prioritize these three things this week. For only seven days, make a conscious effort to wake up early to spend time with God, start up a conversation with your friend about your faith, or say no to something that you know is sinful behavior. See how much you can grow in your relationship with God in just this short amount of time. Just one week can be the start of making these priorities a habit! I promise you, you won’t regret it. 🙂

Love, Chels

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Thy Will Be Done

“To pray ‘thy will be done’ I must be willing, if the answer requires it, that my will be undone.” – Elisabeth Elliot How many times have we recited the…

“To pray ‘thy will be done’ I must be willing, if the answer requires it, that my will be undone.” – Elisabeth Elliot

How many times have we recited the Lord’s Prayer and said the line, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” without even thinking about the gravity of those words?

Often, we use prayer to ask for things from God. Many times, when we need help, especially in desperate situations, God is the only one we can turn to. In the Lord’s Prayer, Jesus is saying that prayer is less about asking God to give us our way and more about seeing God’s will done here on earth. Our worldly priorities and the priorities of heaven are in constant conflict. This means that prayer is about aligning our expectations to God’s purpose rather than asking God to conform to OUR expectations.

Jesus prayed “thy will be done” and was the only person – ever – to completely fulfill God’s will. Jesus did this for us. We can try to do God’s will, but not to earn His favor but to spread His goodness to the world. We listen to God’s word and obey his will because it is our joy, not because we think it will make God happy. This is what we were created for.

So what does it mean to pray “thy will be done”? One thing it represents is asking God to come into our cities, government, culture, and homes and defeat every kind of evil. He calls us to desire to see our world looking how God intended it. God’s will is for abundant joy and lasting peace. His will is to eradicate sin, evil, and death and wipe our slate clean through Jesus’s resurrection.

We are assets in this by surrendering to him and aligning our priorities with His. Using our prayers to ask for these things will accomplish His will and, in turn, answer many of our own prayers. And if not, He is still good.

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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Sharing Your Faith 101

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have….

But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” – 1 Peter 3:15

Sharing your faith can be both awkward and uncomfortable, while also being amazing and life-changing at the same time. I know sharing the gospel can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. When you truly understand the work you’re doing for the Lord, you’ll realize that God is changing hearts and moving mountains in the lives of those around you!

The above verse from 1 Peter talks about the preparation of sharing your faith. It’s so important to know what you would say if the opportunity presents itself.

A few years ago, I remember being caught by surprise when someone asked me my story and why I believe what I believe. After doing my best attempt to tell my story, I realized I could’ve told it much better if I would’ve known exactly what I wanted to say.

I read an article about the importance of preparing your testimony and the benefits of writing it out on paper. So that day, I sat down, grabbed my journal, and wrote out my testimony word-for-word. I was able to collect my thoughts and think of what I would want someone to know about my story if I were presented with that opportunity again. Now I can tell my testimony and include all the bits and pieces I wanted to originally! Always, always, always, be prepared!

I’ve realized that the more I talk about Christ to others, the less awkward and uncomfortable it becomes. It can be exciting, life-changing, and so much more!

Sharing our faith isn’t just something we can do but something we should do. Jesus commands us to as his children in Matthew 28:19-20. It 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.”

We are called to make disciples and spread the good news. Whether that’s in the form of sharing your testimony, praying with someone, or simply living your life like Jesus would, you’re still witnessing and being a light to those around you.

Set a goal for yourself this week. It could be as simple as sharing a few Bible verses with a friend who’s going through a hard time and needs to hear them! Or you could be even bolder and share your testimony with someone close to you. Whatever your goal may be, know that you’re carrying out God’s mission and doing the amazing work of the Lord!

Be bold. Be brave. And be courageous. Don’t let the devil trick you into keeping the good news to yourself. The story of Jesus is too incredible to not be shared!

– Chelsea

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“God, I Can’t but You Can”

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13 There have been so many times throughout my life where I’ve ignored the verse above. Thoughts of…

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” – Philippians 4:13

There have been so many times throughout my life where I’ve ignored the verse above. Thoughts of doubt and frustration have too often stopped me from carrying out God’s plan for my life.

It’s easy to forget how powerful we really are as a member of God’s kingdom. Maybe you’ve passed up a great opportunity in the past, or let anxiety stop you from doing something God wanted you to do. We’ve all been there, but it’s time we start replacing thoughts of doubt and confusion with six simple words: “God, I can’t but you can.”

These six words can make a world of difference, not only in your work, school, or home life but in your relationship with God, too. When we let our walls down and finally admit that we can’t do this alone, God is right there, ready to take over.

When we wave our white flag and get rid of our prideful mindsets, God will start to work in ways we never even knew were possible. It’s a humbling process that we have to experience in order to give ourselves fully to God.

1 Peter 5:6-7 always gives me the reality check I need when I think I don’t need God’s help. It says, “Humble yourselves, then, under God’s mighty hand, so that he will lift you up in his own good time. Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you.

When I have thoughts of pride and independence, I immediately feel embarrassed and guilty and think of this passage from 1 Peter. God’s love is so incomprehensible that we take advantage of it. We compare it to worldly love that so easily withers and fades.

You may feel a weight on your shoulders to perform a certain way or succeed in all that you do. Maybe you start a new job next week and are rehearsing exactly what you’ll say and do down to the hour, minute, second… This is when you surrender to God and humbly acknowledge that you can’t do this alone.

We are God’s precious children, and he wants us to ask for his help. Once we accept the fact that we simply can’t do this life on our own, we allow him to work in ways we never even thought were possible!

I urge you to surrender to God every morning before you even get out of bed. Write down a prayer in your phone, journal, notes, etc., to pray when you want God to know he’s in control.  Let Him in the driver’s seat because through Him, anything is possible!

Sometimes you just have to pray and say “God, I can’t but you can.” These six simple words can move mountains and allow God take over the reins on your life. This phrase is the perfect start to full devotion to God and a faith that cannot be shaken!

– Chelsea

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Defeating the Pressure to Prove

There is no feeling worse than having a constant weight on your shoulders or a voice in the back of your head that just won’t go away. Feeling consistent pressure…

There is no feeling worse than having a constant weight on your shoulders or a voice in the back of your head that just won’t go away. Feeling consistent pressure can affect you mentally and even physically if it gets bad enough.

Unfortunately, this feeling of pressure will come and go throughout your entire life, but how you approach it is what will make a world of a difference!

Feeling this pressure to prove ourselves is normal. Whether it be in school, work, our relationships, etc., it’s a normal feeling to want to prove we’re smart, pretty, talented, or whatever it may be.

No matter what your motive is behind it, I have good news for you. The Bible talks about all of these different feelings: pride, insecurity, the desire to be enough… And we can look at these passages in the Bible to conquer this pressure to prove!

1 Corinthians 3:16 says, “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”

God has already won the battle for us. We no longer need to constantly try and prove that we’re smart enough, confident enough, wealthy enough… Our Father says that we’re fearfully and wonderfully made, despite what we may consider flaws!

Like the verse says above, think about the fact that YOU are God’s temple. Once you fully grasp what this means, your insecurities will quickly wash away.

2 Corinthians 12:9 says, “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

God’s grace is sufficient for us… In other words, HIS grace is enough! We don’t have to prove ourselves to anyone, for Jesus already proved our worth when he died on the cross for us.

I love 2 Corinthians 12:9 because it says to boast about our weaknesses… What a funny and ironic thing for the Bible to tell us to do! Because God’s power is made perfect in weakness, then we should delight in our own weaknesses so he may rest in us!

The society we live in is all about this pressure to prove ourselves. We want hundreds of likes on Instagram, so many retweets on Twitter, the most views on YouTube… It can get exhausting.

Stop trying to prove your worth when you have a God that made you fearfully and wonderfully, even when you don’t always feel like it. Remember these verses and make them your daily prayer to conquer the feeling of pressure! God is right alongside you, helping you every step of the way!

– Chelsea

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Hidden Gems of the Bible

Let’s face it… The Bible is a huge book filled with so much knowledge and truth! Page after page, there are verses and passages that we oftentimes forget about, but…

Let’s face it… The Bible is a huge book filled with so much knowledge and truth! Page after page, there are verses and passages that we oftentimes forget about, but are just as equally important!

I consider these verses “hidden gems of the Bible.” Verses that aren’t repeated over and over again in church but are just as important to study and meditate on!

I first came up with the idea to write on this topic because I love discovering new verses that turn into my new favorite verses. Although John 3:16 and Philippians 4:13 are incredible verses, I wanted to highlight a few of my favorites that don’t always get the spotlight!

One of my favorites books of the Bible is James. Verse after verse, there is so much to be learned throughout it. It was hard to even pick out my favorite verses because each verse teaches you something completely different!

James 1:22-24 says, “Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.”

I love when the Bible uses these analogies so we can truly understand what the passage’s meaning is. When we read the Word but don’t obey it, then what’s the point? If you consider this analogy, why would we look in the mirror only to forget what we look like soon after? God is telling us an important message here. Don’t look passed it!

Another passage I stumbled upon again recently and fell in love with is Hebrews 10:24-25. It 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.”

To spur one another on means to motivate each other toward following Christ. We can do this through accountability, encouragement, simple acts of kindness, etc. Sometimes we spend too much time focusing on ourselves, that we forget to ask our friends how they’re doing. Maybe they need that motivation and encouragement but are too afraid to ask. Always remember Hebrews 10:24-25!

Lastly, 1 Peter 1:8 gives me such a peace and comfort that I can’t even describe! It says:

“Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy…”

I feel as though this is the basis of Christianity. This verse describes where our faith comes in and how we can follow God without seeing him face to face. It leaves me filled with joy knowing that one day I will be seeing Him face to face in heaven!

What verses do you consider your own found hidden gems of the Bible? I know I have so many more that I’ve come to know and love as my favorite verses! God is always teaching us lessons throughout the Bible, you just have to look for them!

– Chels

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He Left the Ninety-Nine to Find You

“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God. Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine” – Cory Asbury, “Reckless Love” Have you heard the parable of…

“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God. Oh, it chases me down, fights ‘til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine” – Cory Asbury, “Reckless Love”

Have you heard the parable of the lost sheep? It talks about how, if a shepherd has 100 sheep and one of them wanders off, he leaves the other 99 sheep and goes to find the lost one. “And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he will rejoice over it more than over the ninety-nine that didn’t wander away! In the same way, it is not my heavenly Father’s will that even one of these little ones should perish. (Matthew 18:12-14)”. Luke 15:7 goes on to say, “In the same way, there is more joy in heaven over one lost sinner who repents and returns to God than over ninety-nine others who are righteous and haven’t strayed away!”

This helps explain why God would leave the ninety-nine to find you. The ninety-nine have one another to support each other and to love and care for each other. God wouldn’t leave any of His people, even for a moment, if he didn’t think they could handle it. He has the confidence that they have the knowledge and know what to do. They aren’t lost, and if they do begin to wander, they have a support system to keep them on track. The one who wanders completely from the group is alone and has no one. If you are the lost one, He will come after you. Maybe you have been at a point in your life, or maybe you are there right now, where you feel your faith is thin and you have wandered from the path Christ meant for you.

If you are the “one” and not with the “ninety-nine”, I hope you see that there is nowhere you can go where God will not go to reach you. Just like the song “Reckless love” says, there’s literally no mountain he wont climb and wall he won’t kick down to come after you! His love will reach you wherever you are. He wants to bring you back to the flock and reconnect you with your family of believers. If you are one of the “ninety-nine”, God never really leaves you when he goes after the lost, He is with you always.

If it weren’t for the love of the Lord, we would all be like wandering sheep lost in the wilderness of life. Thank goodness for the overwhelming, never ending, reckless love of God!

Chels

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Bible Verses to Make Your Personal Prayers

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

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

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

In times of sadness: 

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

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

In times of fear:

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

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

In times of guilt:

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

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

In times of anger:

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

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

In times of distress:

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

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

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

– Chelsea

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4 Inspiring Mothers in the Bible

With today being Mother’s Day, I began to think about the inspiring mothers in the Bible. There are so many to choose from, and they are each made great for…

With today being Mother’s Day, I began to think about the inspiring mothers in the Bible. There are so many to choose from, and they are each made great for their own reasons. Mothers in the Bible can inspire us on how to be better women, better wives, better mothers, and just better people in general. Here are 5 mothers in the Bible who can inspire us today and every day.

  1. Moses’s mother. Can you imagine having the strength and trust to put your baby in a basket and send him down a river to save his life? When Moses was born, the Pharaoh had ordered all of the baby boys to be killed. So, to rescue him from certain death, his mother placed him in a basket and sent him down the Nile river. She had faith that the Lord would protect Moses and had great plans for him. What this mother taught me is that we can’t let fear keep us from acting, because we could be keeping ourselves from big blessings if we don’t step out in faith.
  2. Mary, Jesus’s mother. She might be the most famous mother in the Bible. She was about 14 years-old when she became a mom. When I was 14, I was nowhere near ready to take on the role of “mother”! We can imagine she was feeling some fear and anxiety over the pressure of becoming the mother of Jesus. Then, years later, she had to watch him be sacrificed on a cross for our sins. She stood near his cross and was strong enough to be there for him during his darkest hour. What sacrificial love.
  3. Leah, the mother who was her husband’s second choice. As I was reading through Genesis recently, I came across this story that I have heard many times growing up but it just now resonated with me. Jacob had two wives, who happened to be sisters. They were Leah and Rachel. He was tricked into marrying Leah when he really wanted to marry Rachel. Rachel could not have children, but Leah could. Leah had son after son, and her husband still preferred her sister over her. She continued to praise the Lord even in her anguish. She praised Him for her children. Can you imagine the agony of watching your husband love your sister more than you, even though you have given him many beautiful children and your heart? She praised the Lord even in her pain.
  4. Sarah, who had to wait and wait. Sarah waited almost her entire lifetime to have a baby. God had promised she and her husband, Abraham, a child, but she was very old and didn’t think it would happen. She was 90 years old! But, the Lord told Abraham “Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” Genesis 18:14. What a great reminder that there is nothing too difficult for our God. If you are in a season of waiting for something, just remember Sarah. She waited, and waited, and trusted that the Lord would fulfill his promise to her.

I hope these mothers inspired you in some way, big or small. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mothers out there! Give your momma a hug and tell her how much you love and appreciate her today.

Chels

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. It’s okay to be single!

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

  1. Surround yourself with positive people.

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

  1. Don’t forget who you are.

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

  1. Go to God for guidance.

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

  1. Look at the bigger picture.

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

  1. Take care of your body.

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

  1. Patience, patience, patience.

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

  1. Be slow to anger.

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

  1. Forget the past.

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

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

– Chelsea

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

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

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

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

INTERVAL STUDY BREAKS

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

QUIET TIMES WITH GOD

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

PRAYER JOURNALING

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

EXERCISE

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

CLEAN YOUR STUDY SPACE

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

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

– Chelsea

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To the Girl Struggling in Her Singleness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Chelsea

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