Chelsea Crockett

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

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

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

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

  1. Daily quiet times.

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

  1. Begin and end your day with prayer.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Adapt an attitude of gratitude.

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

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

– Chelsea

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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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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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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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His Will. His Way. My Faith.

I was reading online and saw these exact six words: His will. His way. My faith. My mind kept coming back to this phrase again, and again, and again. It’s…

I was reading online and saw these exact six words: His will. His way. My faith. My mind kept coming back to this phrase again, and again, and again.

It’s easy to forget whose hands our plans are in. We look everywhere for answers, but fail to look to the one who already has our plans figured out.

God knows what the future holds. His will and his way are already decided. It’s the strength of our faith that is one of the most important parts of the equation. Without trust and hope in God’s will, then how can we allow God to work through our lives?

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.’”

Verses like the one above make me want to trust God more and more with the plans he has for me. His plans are always to prosper us and it says so right in Jeremiah 29:11. These types of verses make my anxiety go down, and my faith and trust in the future go up.

Would it be easier to trust God’s will for your life if he gave you hints along the way? Or if you could sit down and have an actual conversation with God, what would you want to know about the days to come? I always think about these types of questions or scenarios when it comes to the future.

The thing is, God already gives us hints throughout the Bible and within our day-to-day lives. Do you listen for his still, small voice? You can actually hear God’s voice if you listen for it! There are too many times when God tries to give us hints on where to go next, but we’re too busy or worrisome to hear him.

I know it can be hard to have faith not knowing where God’s taking you yet, but God will help you through it! I encourage you to journal all your feelings down in a prayer journal, whether they’re feelings of excitement, discomfort, or even frustration. Although God already knows what’s on your heart, he’ll give you peace and guidance if you just talk to him!

So, remember these six words: His will. His way. My faith. Repeat this phrase in your head when you’re having those repeated feelings of anxiety or fear.

As the Bible tells us, there is power in the name of Jesus! Call out to him instead of letting pride keep you from surrendering control. It’s always going to be his will and his way. Give him your faith and watch his perfect plan unfold!

– Chelsea

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Turning the Page & Trusting the Next Chapter

Trusting the next chapter is one of the most difficult parts of life. Not knowing what to expect can be mentally draining and can keep you up at night if…

Trusting the next chapter is one of the most difficult parts of life. Not knowing what to expect can be mentally draining and can keep you up at night if you let it.

Taking that leap of faith to turn the page and begin a new season of life can be terrifying, uncertain, and an overwhelming mix of other emotions. It takes courage to leave a place of comfort and certainty and turn to a page of unpredictability.

One of the best parts about being a child of the one who planned the path ahead of you is that you can trust him with your future. You no longer have to play the guessing game of whether or not you’re in the right place. If you’re there now, God had it in his will for your life, even if you don’t quite understand the “why” behind it yet.

Not knowing what the future holds yet having to trust in it anyways is one of the most difficult things. How can we trust something that is so uncertain and unpredictable? I catch myself asking this same question at times.

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

The world will tell you to question, stress, and worry about the future and make you think that everything is under your own control. This is further from the truth! When we submit to the Lord, he reveals our plans to us piece by piece which is such an amazing thing. It allows us to take this stress and worry and turn it into excitement for what’s to come.

Romans 15:13 says, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”

Along with trust, depending on the Lord will also fill you with a comforting sense of peace. This peace will make you carry yourself with a sense of security and confidence. Once this confidence sets in, leaving one season of life and venturing on into another becomes so much easier.

When I finally realized that surrendering the next chapter of my life meant losing my own control, I asked God to help me do so. Depending on the type of person you are, it can be extremely hard to give up this sense of control. But by asking God to aid you in this, you’ll realize the ease that comes along with surrendering to God.

I encourage you to turn the page on something in your life this week, no matter how big or how small it is. Maybe you need to let go of a relationship, or even something as small as the guilt you’ve been carrying for months. Start this week by turning the page on something God’s been telling you to leave in the past!

Giving him the control means losing it yourself. As I always say, let go and let God!

– Chelsea

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Prayer Life: Where to Start?

When you sit down to pray, have you ever hesitated because you don’t know where to start? Whether you’re lost, ashamed, or simply don’t know what to say, God is…

When you sit down to pray, have you ever hesitated because you don’t know where to start? Whether you’re lost, ashamed, or simply don’t know what to say, God is longing for you to talk to him. And it’s okay if you don’t know where to begin!

I’ve been lost for words from time to time, as well. What do I say? What do I ask God for? What do I confess to him? It can be hard to find the right words to say.

It’s never too late to begin your prayer life. A consistent, open, vulnerable prayer life is so important to build a firm foundation for your relationship with God. He isn’t someone you have to put up a front with. Instead, you can be your truest self with the Lord, which I think is the sweetest thing!

Jeremiah 29:12 says, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

First, go to God. Go to a quiet place where you can spend devoted, uninterrupted time with the Lord. Somewhere where you can truly focus on what you want to say to or ask God. He longs for this time with you and it’s incredible that we get the opportunity to do so!

People can often have a misconception of prayer. They think you have to know exactly what to say and exactly when to say it, but this is so far from the truth! God wants a relationship where we can be open, honest, and transparent with him, where he is more of a friend than a distant, unfamiliar relative.

If you don’t know what to say, start with prayers from the Bible, from online, from your church… There are so many prewritten prayers that you can make your own and fit to your needs. It’s the perfect place to start!

Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

Your prayer life doesn’t have to be complicated. Pray when you’re upset, overjoyed, anxious… There are no limits to God! He can help you through any and every situation, even if you think your struggles are too big. They are never too big for God!

Sometimes we catch ourselves only talking to God when we need something from him. I encourage you to pray in times of joy and happiness, not just when you need to ask God for something. When we talk to God and solely send up praises to him, it builds a stronger relationship. You feel more connected and more willing to go to him in times of both joy and sadness.

It’s okay to not always know where to start. Just remember that God wants to talk to you always. Don’t be afraid to sit down and tell him what’s on your mind! He cherishes these honest, open moments with us more than we know. 🙂

– Chelsea

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Taking Your Thoughts Captive

Our minds are a scary place. We can either have full control of our thoughts or let them wander… and wander… and wander. Some people consider their minds a place…

Our minds are a scary place. We can either have full control of our thoughts or let them wander… and wander… and wander.

Some people consider their minds a place where they can think whatever they want, negative or positive, nice or mean, etc. It can be harder to have control over our thoughts than over our words and actions. Since no one can hear them, we think we have free reign to say whatever we want about anyone we want.

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.”

God gives us clear instructions on what to focus our thoughts on. It’s easy to focus on gossip, the negatives, and other things that wouldn’t be considered noble, pure, or right. Our minds are trained to automatically think like the world around us.

I know it’s easy for me to think thoughts of comparison. Sound familiar for yourself? Without even knowing that I’m doing it, I’m wondering if I’m good enough instead of feeding myself thoughts of praise, joy, and confidence.

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

Your heart is the source of your words, thoughts, and actions. Like the verse above says, everything you do flows from it. Guarding your heart is a phrase I’ve heard for years but never really knew what it meant. When we protect ourselves from temptation, negativity, false hope, comparison, etc., our minds are more at ease than the latter.

Guarding your heart starts with your thoughts. Make a conscious effort to protect yourself from the thoughts of the world instead of giving in and letting your mind wander. That’s when you end up hurting yourself!

2 Timothy 1:7 says, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love, and self-discipline.”

Self-discipline is the key to taking your thoughts captive. You have to have a tight rein on your mind or it can go to the worst places before you even realize it. God gave us this powerful spirit of self-discipline for a reason. Use it to stray away from temptation, even the temptation that begins in your head!

Because practicing this takes such a conscious effort, I encourage you to try it the rest of today. When your head starts judging those around you, immediately switch to admiring those around you. If you head starts filling with thoughts of “I’m not good enough,” switch to thoughts of praise for the person you are.

These are just a couple examples of taking your thoughts captive. Don’t let them have a hold on you any longer! If there’s one thing we have full control over, it’s what goes on in our heads. Take advantage of that and think thoughts of joy, hope, praise, and love, not only for yourself, but for those around you!

– Chelsea

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Things You Should Start Praying for Now

I’ve said it more times than I can count, prayer is powerful. It can completely change your future’s path and make your plans align with God’s. When I was younger,…

I’ve said it more times than I can count, prayer is powerful. It can completely change your future’s path and make your plans align with God’s.

When I was younger, I made it a point to start praying for my future, for my husband, for my career… There are certain things that may seem so far away that you should actually start praying for now.

I wanted to share with you the importance of praying for certain things weeks, months, and even years in advance.

Pray for your future husband or wife.

Praying for your future spouse is something I had done since I was a little girl. It’s important to pray for their hearts, their struggles, their future… It may feel weird to pray for someone you’ve never met, but it’s such a cool thing you can and get to do!

Won’t that be cool to one day tell your husband you’ve been praying for him for years? And you can finally thank God for the man or woman you’ve been praying over for so long? It always gave me chills just thinking about it and now I’m able to have that special bond with Nick!

Pray for your future career.

Whether you’re in high school, college, or beyond, you can always continue to pray for your future career. I know it took me a long time to figure out exactly what I wanted to do and what impact I wanted to have on the world around me. Praying for where you’re going to end up in the future will help prepare you for it, without even knowing what that “it” may be.

Work is one of the main causes for stress in most people’s lives. It’s easy to forget that all this is temporary and get caught up in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. When we pray for the future career path God is leading us down, we can find peace in knowing that God knows us better than we know ourselves! He would never lead us down a road without having a purpose for it. Trust in that!

Pray for your purpose.

God has a purpose for us all here on this earth, but it’s up to you to figure out exactly what that may be! When we begin praying for God to lead us, guide us, and push us in the direction he wants us to go, we slowly discover his purpose for our lives.

Maybe for you it’s missions. God is calling you to drop everything where you are and go to a nation that has yet to be reached by the Word of God.

Or maybe it’s ministry in general. God has called you to be a voice for the church, leading others to the cross.

Or maybe it’s simply to be a voice in your school, home, community… The purpose God calls you to is never too small but perfectly designed for you!

I urge you to begin today and start praying for these three things. Find joy in the fact that we get the chance to do so! You never know where it could lead you. 🙂

– Chelsea

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Overlooked by the World, Handpicked by God

The world loves to tell us a handful of lies regarding our self-worth, purpose, and so much more. It encourages us to compare ourselves to others, whispering lies of “you’re…

The world loves to tell us a handful of lies regarding our self-worth, purpose, and so much more. It encourages us to compare ourselves to others, whispering lies of “you’re not good enough” or “if only you were taller, smarter, prettier…”

Have you ever felt overlooked by the world around you? I know we all have before and that none of us are alone in this. It’s a feeling that sticks with you, leaving you feeling discouraged, sad, and longing for more.

The Bible talks about this feeling of worthlessness. Even the people back then felt this way at times. Luckily, the Bible also tells us what God thinks about us, which is so much better than what the world tells us.

Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…

How cool is it to know that God handpicked each and every one of us! Before we were even created, God knew we would one day be his children. He knows what we would look like, act like, think like… He knew what our personalities would be, who our friends would be, the highs and lows we would go through… It’s amazing to think how well God knows each and every one of us.

The world likes to tell us we’re not the prettiest, smartest, most athletic, etc., but God tells us we are perfect in his eyes, in every area of our lives. It’s time to start seeking God for the joy and confidence you need, not the world around you!

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price.

I love how this verse says we were “bought at a price.” It makes me feel warm inside and at peace every time I read it. To know that the creator of the universe bought ME at a price is so comforting.

I know throughout school, sports, your career, or even within the people you hang out with, it’s easy to feel like you’re being overlooked from time to time. It makes you feel devalued and like you’re not enough. Trust me, I’ve been there!

When you feel this way, look to God. You can even write down your feelings, journaling prayers you can say to God when you need his truthful reminders of who YOU are in HIS eyes.

God loves you, desires you, cares for you, and so much more. Listening to the world will never give you the satisfaction you need like our heavenly father gives. I hope you always feel the warmth and love of Christ because he handpicked YOU!

– Chelsea

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Stress Relief 101

Stress, anxiety, worry… You name it. Everyone deals with it no matter how peaceful and content of a person you may be. Whether your worries are big or small, God…

Stress, anxiety, worry… You name it. Everyone deals with it no matter how peaceful and content of a person you may be. Whether your worries are big or small, God wants you to cast your cares on him.

In any and every situation, my first instinct is to always go to the Bible. It’s the place that gives me peace, security, and guidance.

Stress is a real issue. If you let it take over, it can lead you to a place that’s hard to get out of. I want to remind you of some verses that help calm me down when stress keeps me up at night.

John 14:27 says, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

I think we so often forgot that the world likes to trick us. The world tells us we’re not okay while God tells us there are better days coming. It makes us question the “what ifs” while God gives us the hope of tomorrow.

God gives us his peace. His everlasting, perfect, calming peace. He surrounds us with love and dismisses our fears. When he says to trust him, we should surrender it all to him without doubts or second thoughts.

Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

 I’ve said this a lot and I’ll always stand by it: the key to joy is praise. When we take control of our thoughts and push them toward gratefulness, praise, and gratitude, our anxiety becomes a distant memory. Focus on the good and your mind won’t have room for the bad.

If you’ve never kept a prayer journal, I encourage you to. Write a list of all the things you consider blessings in your life. It can be something as small as the nice weather outside or as big as the promotion you just got at work. If it’s a blessing from God, write it down!

This small, simple act can guide your mind away from stress and leave you with a sense of peace. When we realize all the good in our lives, Satan no longer has a hold on us!

Lastly, I wanted to share a verse with you that leaves my heart in a state of overwhelming peace every time I read it.

Isaiah 54:10 says, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,’ says the Lord, who has compassion on you.”

No matter how many times life tries to shake you, remember the verse above. Think of what your mountains are that cause you the most stress and anxiety. Pray that God moves those mountains and gives you his unfailing love and peace. He is always with you every step of the way!

– Chelsea

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You Can Always Come Home

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of the prodigal son. I like to consider it one of the most relatable and moving stories that Jesus…

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is the story of the prodigal son. I like to consider it one of the most relatable and moving stories that Jesus tells us throughout his lifetime.

If you are unfamiliar with the parable I’m talking about, I encourage you to read Luke 15:11-32. It tells the story of a son who leaves home, sins against God and his own father, and eventually comes back home to be joyfully welcomed back by his father. The prodigal son’s brother is angry at the fact that his father is so happy and quick to welcome his son back into their home, instantly forgiving him for the wrong, sinful things he did while he was away.

The last verse of this passage, Luke 15:32, says, “We have to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.

This verse really speaks to me. So many times, I see Christ followers turn away from God and are too embarrassed to run back to him. The devil puts thoughts and assumptions into their heads.

“I’m too far gone.”

“God could never love me after the things I’ve done.”

“My sin is too great.”

“I’ll be judged at church if I go back.”

These are all lies that Satan likes to fill your head with, and the sad part is, they’re easy to fall for. These thoughts are convincing, influential, but most importantly, far from the truth. God always welcomes us back into his arms, no matter the sins we’ve committed.

There are times in my own life that I’ve felt this same way. I’ve felt the need to hide my sin from God and push him further and further away. But at the end of the day, this not only creates distance between God and myself, but causes me to fall more and more into my own worldly desires.

The thing is: God is always waiting for us to run back to him, no matter how far away we go. His unconditional love is constant and never goes away or runs out.

Let me remind you of this verse:

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

How amazing is that? If you are in Christ, you are a new creation, regardless of the things you’ve done in your past. You can leave your old self behind and become an entirely new person with God along your side.

I encourage you to run back to God. If you’ve fallen away, that’s okay! God will always be there to welcome you home into his arms. Sometimes all it takes is swallowing your pride and surrendering your past to Him. Your life will never be the same!

– Chelsea

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