Chelsea Crockett

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Must-Have Items for Pursuing the Lord

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

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

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

A Bible.

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

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

A prayer journal.

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

A daily devotional.

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

Topic-specific books. 

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

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

– Chelsea

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When Was the Last Time You Opened Your Bible?

Think about the last time you really sat down and read your Bible. Was it last week? Last month? Last year? I always notice when it’s been a minute since…

Think about the last time you really sat down and read your Bible. Was it last week? Last month? Last year?

I always notice when it’s been a minute since I’ve had a good read and quiet time with the Lord. I feel further from God and less connected to him, which is never a good feeling.

The Bible is a source of comfort, joy, safety, hope, grace, and so much more. It’s the one thing that we can physically hold in our hands that automatically makes us feel that much more connected to our heavenly father.

2 Timothy 3:16 says, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness.”

Not only does the Bible strengthen your relationship with the Lord, it is also full of knowledge on how to live your life according to God’s plan and purpose. It is full of instruction, teachings, wisdom, and so much more. It has all of the puzzle pieces to your life hidden within it: how you should speak, think, act, love, forgive… It paints the perfect picture of what our lives should look like.

I love how this verse from 2 Timothy describes Scripture as God-breathed. How cool is it to think that what we get to read in the Bible are actually the words of God! Knowing this is what draws me in more and more to discover who God is and who I am in the eyes of God.

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

Being able to take the time to really study and meditate on God’s word is a beautiful thing that we getto do, not haveto do. If you see it as a chore, you may be missing the whole point.

The words written in the Bible are written by GOD himself! Every word was written for a distinct purpose, with specific meaning and knowledge behind it. It was written for each and every one of us to learn and grow from it.

If you’re someone that needs structure in order to avoid procrastination, take Sunday evening to plan your quiet times with the Lord. Even plan what you’ll read each day so you don’t waste time aimlessly searching for something to read. A simple way to do this is by downloading the Bible app, which has premade plans for whatever needs or wants you may have, such as how to deal with anxiety, gaining peace for the future, how to approach conflict, etc.

So, ask yourself: When was the last time you opened your Bible? Not out of guilt or obligation, but taking the time to sit down and spend uninterrupted, quiet time with the Lord will make your relationship with him so much deeper.

– Chelsea

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9 Things to Do Before 9 AM

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

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

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

  1. First things first, get out of bed!

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

  1. Refrain from checking social media.

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

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

  1. Do a quiet time/devotional.

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

  1. Exercise!

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

  1. Thank God for your blessings.

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

  1. Pray over your day.

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

7. Eat a big breakfast!

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

  1. Get yourself ready for the day.

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

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

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

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

– Chelsea

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Let Go and Give God Control

Inevitably, there is a Bible verse that can fit any situation you’re in. You can “go fishing” and find a verse that fills your current need. “Fishing” for a verse…

Inevitably, there is a Bible verse that can fit any situation you’re in. You can “go fishing” and find a verse that fills your current need. “Fishing” for a verse is a great example of “letting God” when you really aren’t at all. You are going to the right place, the Bible, but you are looking for what YOU think you need, not what He knows you need. This is letting go but not actually letting God. Why is it so hard to hand things over to Him?

Many of us are control freaks and cringe at the thought of taking our hands off a situation when we are so used to having control, or at least thinking we have control. This is where we need to focus on actually reading the Bible instead of pulling verses out of context. Yes, it takes much more time to read the full passage of scripture instead of the single verse. But, in order to understand the whole lesson or message instead of the verse that fits our situation, we need to take the time to read the whole thing. When we limit Him to one verse, we are only trusting him as much as one verse or one sentence of His word. That is not enough.

Next time you are doing a devotional and they give you one verse to read, go further and read the whole chapter or passage. It will deepen your understanding. There are so many more lessons to be learned beyond one verse. The same goes when you search for an inspiring verse. If you only read the verse you found, you miss the whole message. His guidance goes beyond one sentence. Trust Him more than that. Trust cannot go back and forth, it has to be steady. You must fully trust, because if you don’t trust all the way, you are still holding onto control and fostering doubt. Handing things over to God and surrendering your worries to Him is so difficult, but He didn’t make us to be in control of everything in our lives. It starts by having open ears and an open heart so we can hear everything, not just the things we want to hear. Listen to Him all the time, not just when you are wanting an answer from Him.

Let go and actually let God.

Chels

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SOAP Quiet Time

Spending alone time with God is one of my favorite parts of my day. It’s my time to sit and give my undivided attention to him. If you have trouble…

Spending alone time with God is one of my favorite parts of my day. It’s my time to sit and give my undivided attention to him.

If you have trouble figuring out where to start during your quiet times, you can follow this easy template that breaks up the passages into four different parts: scripture, observation, application, and prayer.

Scripture:

First, start by figuring out what chapter of the Bible you want to begin with. Ephesians or Philippians is a great place to start since they’re smaller chapters and are easier to get through! Write out the verses in your journal and meditate on them. Read over them several times if you have to. We are more likely to remember things when we write them down, so do this as many times as you need/want to!

Observation:

Review the chapter or passages that you read over, and write down everything that you observe or realize. When we write things out and put things onto paper, it’s easier to explore our thoughts and remember them, too. We want to get as deep as we can with the verses we mediate on, so observe everything you can, even if you didn’t notice it the first time through!

Application:

One of the most important parts of your life walking alongside God is how you take what you learn and apply it to your life. When you read a passage from the Bible, you should always be thinking about how you can incorporate that into your daily life.

For example, let’s look at Joshua 1:8-9: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

What can you take away from this to apply to your life? Meditate on his word, be strong and courageous, do not be afraid… Write down every possible thing you can do to improve your life.

Prayer:

Lastly, take what you wrote down and make it into a prayer. Ask God for help with applying these things to your life. Praise him for what he’s teaching you and for what he’s going to do within you. Just talk to him! Reflect with him, thank him, and ask him for the things you need.

These personal prayers are good to keep in a prayer journal to look back and reflect on. Whenever you may be going through something that one of these verses talks about, you could go back to your prayer pertaining to it and talk to God!

At the end of the day, God loves spending time with us whether you’re reading a devotional, listening to worship music, or making use of this quiet time template. I encourage you to start somewhere by trying this out for yourself!

– Chelsea

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The 4 R’s Devotional Plan

Different bible studies and devotional plans are my favorite things to put into practice for my quiet times with God.  I love finding one that gives me the most refreshing…

Different bible studies and devotional plans are my favorite things to put into practice for my quiet times with God.  I love finding one that gives me the most refreshing quiet times where God directly speaks to me through it!  Here’s a 4 R’s devotional plan that I find extremely refreshing!

  • Read.  The first step is pretty self-explanatory.  Pick a passage or chapter of the Bible that you want to dive into, and read it a few times through.  Make sure you gain a full understanding of what you’re reading to get the most out of it!
  • Record.  This step requires picking out which verses speak to you or have greater importance than the others.  Write down the key verses or concepts of the passage.  Highlight your favorite verse and maybe even challenge yourself to memorize it!
  • Reflect.  This part is the easy step.  You can either spend time simply thinking about the passage and trying to gain a deeper understanding of what you wrote.  Or you can write down what you think each part of the passage means if writing things down is more your style! 🙂
  • Respond.  Now comes the application.  Take what you wrote down and think of how you can apply it to your life.  If the passage is about forgiveness, think of how you can be more forgiving in your daily life.  And again, write it down!

I hope you love this plan as much as I do!

XO – Chels

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The Guide to Mastering Quiet Times

Quiet time: a peaceful time to spend with God and meditate on His Word.  Have you ever set aside a half hour or so to spend solely with God?  I…

Quiet time: a peaceful time to spend with God and meditate on His Word.  Have you ever set aside a half hour or so to spend solely with God?  I understand that you may be busy or simply don’t feel motivated to get up and do it, and that’s okay!  There are different ways to get you excited, stay encouraged and motivated, and find joy in quiet times!

  1. Make sure you have all you need before you sit down to do a quiet time!  Chelsea Crockett - Quiet TimesBe sure to have a Bible, journal, pen, and devotional or lesson to walk through.
  2. Set aside a specific time each day to devote solely to your quiet time.  I usually try to get in at least 30 minutes, but you can start small with 10 or 15, or even 5 minutes before you head to school or work!
  3. Find a spot to do your quiet time.  If you like the outdoors, find a place outside such as under your favorite tree or by a lake!  You can even try out places like Starbucks or other coffee shops that have a relaxing atmosphere.
  4. Pick a certain devotional.  This allows you to have a specific game plan when you sit down.  Print out questions from online that go with specific verses or even get a guided devotional app on your phone!
  5. Find an accountability partner.  If your friend is wanting to start doing quiet times, keep each other accountable.  Text each other at the end of the day to make sure you both did one for the day!

I encourage you to try and set aside time once a day or even once a week.  You’ll notice a huge difference in your life and yourself!

Love, Chelsea

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3 R’s Bible Devotional

I always love finding new ways to read and study my Bible.  Starting my day off with a devotional and a little Jesus time is my favorite thing to do…

I always love finding new ways to read and study my Bible.  Starting my day off with a devotional and a little Jesus time is my favorite thing to do in the morning!  I found a new three-part devotional that focuses on a different psalm every day and allows you to create a small prayer out of each one.  The three R’s stand for rejoice, repent, and request.  Start by picking a psalm and reading it a few times through!Chelsea Crockett - Psalm Devotion

  • Rejoice.  First comes first, you’re going to pick out the parts of the psalm that revolve around gratefulness and rejoicing.  Write down all of the different blessings that we can be grateful for and what we can lift up to God in thankfulness!
  • Repent.  Throughout each psalm, there are usually lines that talk about sin and things that we, as sinners, fall short of.  Write down all of the things we need to repent for whether it be gossip, judgement, etc.
  • Request.  Take what you wrote down for the last two R’s and turn them into requests to God.  What do you want Him to help you with?  How do you want to learn from these things?  This will turn into a mini prayer!

After you have your list, pray what you wrote down.  Rejoice in the good things, repent your sins, and send up your requests to God.  Try it out! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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Importance of Time Alone with God

As you might know, I just recently got back from church camp! The week I spent there was totally life changing and brought me so much closer to God. The…

As you might know, I just recently got back from church camp! The week I spent there was totally life changing and brought me so much closer to God. The biggest thing I learned at camp was how important time alone with God is. Time alone with God strengthens your relationship with the Lord and shows Him how much you love Him.

 One way to make sure you spend time alone with God every day is to set out a time each day just for devotions or reading your Bible. For you morning people, as soon as you wake up you can make it a point to reach for your Bible or devotional. For you night owls, after you do your nightly routine, climb into bed or find a quiet place to spend some time with God.  

Another way to make sure you spend time with Him is to get a devotional that applies to you and interests you. A good devotional for teens is “Email from God” by Claire Cloninger and Curt Cloninge. The daily devotions are set up like they are emails from God to you, so it is super teen friendly!

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Matthew 6:6 says “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”

 The reward God will give you for spending time with Him is not material things, but you will see a positive change in your relationships with your friends and family.

 This week, try spending at least 10 minutes alone with God. See how it will change your life!

XOXO, Chels

You can buy “Email from God” here:http://tiny.cc/Email_From_God.  Trust me, you won’t regret it.

 

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