Chelsea Crockett

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In Christ Alone…

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

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

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

In Christ alone my hope is found,

He is my light, my strength, my song

This Cornerstone, this solid ground

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Chelsea

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Getting What We Don’t Deserve

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Chelsea

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

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

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

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

Forgiving

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

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

Respectful

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

Involved

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

Encouraging

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

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

Nurturing

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

Dedicated

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

Supportive

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

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

– Chelsea

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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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Turning Your Burdens into Blessings

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17 Life is full…

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17

Life is full of disappointments and situations you can’t control. Burdens can be seen as blessings or can be seen as just that: burdens.

I think life is all about perspective. We can look at things from a negative point-of-view and ask God, “why me?” Or we can look at things with a positive perspective and consider it to be an opportunity to help shape us into the people we’re meant to be.

The above verse from James is one of my favorite verses from that chapter. Every gift from God is good and perfect, even if it doesn’t seem like it at the time. God is unchanging, caring, certain, and will never push you beyond your breaking point.

Too often, I see people doubting and getting angry at the Lord, constantly asking “why me?” Think of what you can gain from the situation you’re going through, not what you can lose. I wanted to share with you how to adopt this mindset instead of focusing on the negatives.

I wanted to learn how to take a different perspective on burdens and figure out how I can view them as blessings instead. Life is too short to dwell on what we think are negatives, when they’re actually blessings from God!

Consider the burdens in your life. Is it a person, a past mistake, a future promise? Everyone has their own burdens, but I encourage you to thank God throughout your trials. When you show Satan that he has no grip on you, then nothing can get you down, regardless of what life throws at you.

Psalm 55:22 says, “Cast your burdens on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

I encourage you to give your burdens to God and ask him for guidance. Guidance on where to go next, what to say, what to do… When we cast our cares on the Lord, he always answers and points us in the right direction.

When I think of what I consider to be burdens in my life, I think of the MSG version of Matthew 11:28-30. It says:

Are you tired? Worn out? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

Whether you have to repeat this passage to yourself multiple times a day or write it in your prayer journal, do it! God wants you to surrender your burdens to him so he can take them and turn them into blessings.

God always has a purpose for everything in your life. Don’t question why a burden is placed on your life. Instead, thank him, praise him, and trust the path he is taking you down!

– Chelsea

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Compassion International

Compassion is an organization that has been a big part of my life over the last few years. If you’ve never heard of Compassion, they are a child sponsorship organization…

Compassion is an organization that has been a big part of my life over the last few years. If you’ve never heard of Compassion, they are a child sponsorship organization that is Christ-centered, church-based, and child-focused!

If you’ve been keeping up with my social media, then you know I recently went to Haiti to actually meet the child I’ve been sponsoring. It was such an amazing experience, and I wanted to tell you all about it so you can know more about the incredible benefits of sponsoring a child through Compassion!

Compassion took us on a trip that showed us the ins and outs of Haiti. This organization has changed families’ lives because of the program they’ve implemented in several countries around the world.

Chelsea Crockett - Haiti

I was able to visit my sponsored child because Compassion picked him up in his village 4 hours away in northern Haiti and brought him to have lunch with us. He didn’t know what a typical fork or spoon looked like and he had never seen people that didn’t look like him. His mother expressed the gratitude she had for my sponsorship as she has 3 others kids and works hard to feed and house them all. In the area where my sponsor child’s family lives, people live in very small shacks and share rooms. Most times their beds are made of material that are not very comfortable because they can’t afford a mattress to sleep on.

Chelsea Crockett - Haiti

My trip to Haiti opened my eyes to see what Compassion is doing not only in the lives of the children there, but in the lives of their families, as well.

The biggest part a sponsorship helps with is providing resources to the family so their kids can learn about Jesus. They also learn how to work with their hands so that they can make a living on their own someday!

Compassion’s Child Sponsorship Program is so much more than just a donation of money. It offers medical checkups, health training, food and supplements, educational assistance, and more. Depending on the age of the child you sponsor, you even get to write letters back and forth and establish a relationship with them!

Chelsea Crockett - Haiti

If you have even the slightest interest in sponsoring a child, check out Compassion’s website to learn more about how you can get involved! It’s only $38 a month, but what that child receives in exchange for your donation is worth so much more than that.

Be a part of the already 1.9 million children sponsored all around the world! You can take part in God’s mission and offer encouragement in Jesus’ name to your child that would otherwise never get the opportunity to hear about Christ. Be in prayer over Compassion and the children involved, that they may receive the help they need and invite Jesus into their hearts!

Check out their website here to learn more about sponsoring a child: https://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/?referer=589416.

– Chelsea

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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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Crossroad Confusion

If you’ve been in a situation where you don’t know which way to go or turn to next, then you can understand the confusion, anxiety, and frustration that can build…

If you’ve been in a situation where you don’t know which way to go or turn to next, then you can understand the confusion, anxiety, and frustration that can build up over time.

Maybe you can’t decide where to go to college and your decision deadline is getting closer and closer. Or maybe you can’t decide which job offer to accept because it means moving to a new city, far away from home.

There will be so many times throughout your life where you’ll come to a difficult crossroad. You can think on a decision for months, without coming to a confident conclusion of which path is best for you to take. It can be scary, especially when you feel like you’re alone and helpless.

Well, I have great news for you! Jesus, our Lord and Savior, can help us tremendously when we come to a crossroad! He wants us to come to him waving our white flags, surrendering to his plan for our life.

First off, have you asked God for guidance? Sometimes simply asking Him to speak to you and tell you the way to go is all you really have to do. Then listen for those still small voices in the back of your mind. You’ll know when they’re from God!

Isaiah 30:21 says, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”

Have you heard God’s voice before? Those small, quiet whispers in the back of your head mean more than you think. They are not always you second guessing yourself. Sometimes they really are God speaking to you! How cool is that?

The key to eliminating this crossroad confusion is confidence, both in yourself and in the fact of who God is. He will never lead you astray or guide you into something that isn’t for your benefit. You may be scared of a situation you’re in, but think of the good that can come out of it before you start to blame God.

Psalm 37:23-24 says, “The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his right hand.”

God never says that every situation you encounter will be easy. In fact, he knows life can and will be hard at times. But “though he may stumble, he will not fall,” meaning YOU! Although you face mountains, God will move them for you. Nothing is too big for God!

Be confident that God has made your steps firm. Don’t second guess the creator of the plan for your life! Listen for his voice when you ask for it. Take the path that God presents to you. It can be scary, but trusting in God and putting your faith in Him will never lead you astray!

– Chelsea

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Show Me That in Scripture Please

The Bible has many questions and myths surrounding it that leave people confused, frustrated, and wondering more. We live in a generation where people want to “see it to believe…

The Bible has many questions and myths surrounding it that leave people confused, frustrated, and wondering more. We live in a generation where people want to “see it to believe it,” and sometimes with God, we can’t always do that.

Although the Bible is considered a religious book and a moral compass, it is also historical and a primary source of things that actually happened at some point in time. Sometimes I read through the Bible and forget that those stories aren’t just stories. They’re real life events that once took place… How cool is that?!

If you’d put yourself in the “see it to believe it category,” then I have good news for you! There is written proof of the things God promises us. The things you hear in church aren’t just myths or hypothetical events. We can rest in the comfort of knowing that the Bible solidifies the promises God gives to us!

Promise #1: God is with us through hard times.

Isaiah 43:2 says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”

When we go through a rough patch in life, it’s easy to feel like God is nowhere to be found. The verse above is only one of the many verses that states God’s constant presence. Even when we feel like we’re alone and helpless, God will always be by our side, whether we believe it or not at the time.

Promise #2: God will provide for all our needs.

Philippians 4:19 says, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

When we’re in prayer over the things we need, God will show up and provide in accordance to his will. Of course, God won’t always give us a brand-new car or a free trip across the world, but he will provide his numerous blessings he gives us each and every day. You just have to trust him and be in communication with him!

Promise #3: Jesus is coming back.

Revelation 22:12-13 says, “Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”

This promise is one that is constantly doubted, not only by non-believers but by Christians, as well. It’s a promise that’s so hard for us to wrap our heads around, considering the surreal event that will actually take place in the future. If you’re doubtful, read Revelation 22. There is so much excitement to be had in the waiting!

There are so many more promises throughout the Bible. Some will even blow your mind at how powerful and mighty God really is! His promises are true, and we can rest in the fact of that today and every day.

– Chelsea

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Practice the Pause

“When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.” I saw this short quote when I was scrolling through Instagram the…

When in doubt, pause.

When angry, pause.

When tired, pause.

When stressed, pause.

And when you pause, pray.”

I saw this short quote when I was scrolling through Instagram the other day. I almost scrolled passed it, but then the caption stuck out at me: “practice the pause.”

Practicing the pause is something I often forget to do. I react too quick, I jump to conclusions, I panic before knowledge of the whole situation… Any of these sound familiar?

Practicing the pause makes a world of a difference. It allows us to take the time to stay calm, relax, and talk to God. When we do this, we truly live out Psalm 46:10 which is “Be still and know that I am God.

When in doubt, pause. When we begin to lose faith, immediately get into communication with God. Pray for reassurance, pray for peace, pray for security… and all of these things will come to you. God never wants us to doubt his power over our lives. He has a perfect plan that is always for our good, whether we believe it at the time or not.

When angry, pause. This one is probably the most important. When we’re angry, it’s easy for us to quickly react without thinking. Take a deep breath, stop, and give yourself a chance to calm down. We should never react or make spur of the moment decisions when we’re mad. We should be clear-headed, calm, and controlled when we deal with tough situations or people.

When tired, pause. Let’s face it, we all get a little tired sometimes and could use a couple pauses throughout our day. Take a break from what you’re doing and spend a few minutes with God when you’re feeling overwhelmed, worn out, or beaten down. These few minutes with him can make the world of a difference.

When stressed, pause. If you let stress and anxiety take over your thoughts, it can fully consume you. When I become stressed or worried, I pause and immediately start counting my blessings. You can even write them down in a journal or in the notes section of your phone. This always helps change my mind from thoughts of worry to thoughts of praise.

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

In the midst of life’s pauses, remember this verse. God promises that if you come to him, you will find rest no matter the circumstances you’re in. What an amazing feeling of comfort he can provide us with through a simple passage!

Rest in God today and take advantage of your pauses. They will change the way you deal with doubt, anger, stress, and so much more!

– Chelsea

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Accept What Is & What Was

Acceptance is a funny concept. We hold on to the things we can’t change and worry about the things that are inevitable. We spend our lives regretting and wishing, discontent…

Acceptance is a funny concept. We hold on to the things we can’t change and worry about the things that are inevitable. We spend our lives regretting and wishing, discontent with what has been and is yet to come.

Contentment oftentimes comes hand in hand with acceptance. When we let go of the past, we feel a sense of relief and peace. When we accept what is to come, we lose the fear and anxiety of the unknown that we often hold over our head.

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” God instructs us to take a deep breath, relax, and put our faith in him. When I remember who my heavenly father is and trust that he is who he says he is, a sense of peace fills my heart. That’s exactly what this verse is saying. Be still and know!

When things come up in our lives, whether desired or unwanted, we have two choices: to either accept with joy or move along with dread and hesitation. If we trust that what God is doing in our lives is always for good, then we should have no problem choosing joy over doubt.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Simply reading this verse one time through should put your mind at ease.

God is working for us! The creator of the universe, who created you and me, is on our side and is working relentlessly for our good. It’s one of the most comforting realities of the Bible. We have been called to a life of faith and trust, this comes along with acceptance and obedience to the Lord.

There’s a quote by Joseph Goldstein that says: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” Another humbling reality check! You can’t stop certain things from happening in your life, but you can decide on how you respond to them. If something is going to happen regardless, we may as well trust God and respond how he would: accepting, trusting, and faithful.

Take Jesus’s life for example. He knew the fate he would soon encounter on the cross, and he willingly accepted that fate, solely for us. If Jesus could accept a terrifying, painful fate with a generous and accepting heart, then we too should be able to take on any and every situation with the same attitude.

Next time a tricky situation arises or something reminds you of your dark past, remember who God is and what he says about us: God works for the good of those who love him. Never forget that God is endlessly working for you, each and every day!

Forget the past and get excited for the future. God will be with you every step of the way!

– Chelsea

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Turning the Other Cheek

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If…

“But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn to them the other also.” – Luke 6:27-29

Turning the other cheek was always a hard concept for me to grasp. It seems easy to do until you’re face-to-face with a situation that leaves you frustrated, angry, and short-tempered.

We can look at the way Jesus lived for example. The way he walked, the way he talked, and the way he went about his everyday life is the perfect testament to loving your enemies. As Jesus was fully human, he knows the pain and struggles of showing grace to those who don’t always deserve it.

Jesus was the perfect display of selflessness. He laid down his life for others, even for those who betrayed and mocked him. When Judas betrayed him, and turned him over to the those who would soon crucify him on the cross, he went willingly, without resistance or anger.

We can learn something from these true stories in the Bible. When we see Jesus willingly accepting the harsh fate he would soon encounter, it should encourage us to have the same gentle, willing, and humble spirit that Jesus once had.

All that being said, turning the other cheek is not a phrase to be misinterpreted. Allowing people to mistreat you and walk all over you time and time again is not what the Bible is saying.

It comes simply from a place of love, grace, and mercy. As followers of Christ, people take notice of the way we treat others. When we’re extending love to those who’ve done wrong to us, they, and others, see the love of Christ being displayed through us. Isn’t it cool to know we’re being used by God for a much bigger purpose?

Luke 6:31 says, “Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

I’m sure this sounds familiar to all of us. The “Golden Rule” as most of us know it as, is a fantastic rule to live by. Loving your enemies and turning the other cheek shows a lot about your character and a lot about the God you serve. God uses us as vessels to be a reflection of him and to follow Jesus’s footsteps when it comes to extending love and selflessness.

Next time someone tests you, tempts you, or hurts you, show them forgiveness and the power of God’s love in the way you respond. The world could always use a little more love, so let it start with you!

– Chelsea

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3 Ways to Incorporate Scripture into Your Daily Life

Sometimes we forget the importance and awesomeness of scripture. It’s Jesus’s words onto paper, that allow us to walk like him, talk like him, and live like him. How cool…

Sometimes we forget the importance and awesomeness of scripture. It’s Jesus’s words onto paper, that allow us to walk like him, talk like him, and live like him. How cool is that?

I know for me, scripture memorization has always been a challenge. It’s something that I didn’t realize would make a difference in my spiritual life until I made it a point to give it a try. With so many ways to incorporate it into your daily life, why not give it a try? It has far more benefits than you think!

Incorporate it into your daily quiet times.

If you like to do daily quiet times where you spend uninterrupted time with God, then what better time to learn scripture than when you’re already spending time with him? After you finish journaling, reading your Bible, etc., devote 10 minutes to scripture memorization. I like to write a few verses on separate notecards to keep in my Bible that I can easily access. Then once I’m finished, I try to refer back to them throughout my day or before I go to sleep at night!

Put scripture around places that you’ll often see it.

I love writing scripture on sticky notes and sticking them to various places that I know I’ll see throughout my day. For example, you could write Psalm 139:14 (“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”) on a sticky note and stick it on your mirror. This is a beautiful reminder that we could all use first thing when we wake up in the morning, and you’ll remember it when you read it every day!

Another place to put a sticky note is on your steering wheel. Psalm 121:7-8 is the perfect verse for this. It says, “The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Read over it every time you get in your car. It’s sort of like a mini prayer and you’ll memorize it in no time!

Download a scripture memorization app. 

These apps are one of the best ways to memorize scripture. If you’re like me, then you always have your phone on you. So, what better way to do so?!

There are several different apps that allow you to select the verse you’re wanting to memorize and will encourage you to learn it throughout the day. Some apps will send you reminders to read over them every few hours or so. Others will even make you type out the verse to make sure you know it before moving on to the next one! Pretty cool, right?

I encourage you to really devote time to scripture memorization. So many good things come from it, you just have to dive in and discover them yourself!

– Chelsea

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Let Them See You in Me

God is, and always has been, calling us to something much bigger than ourselves. He calls us to a life following in Jesus’s footsteps. A life of joy, obedience, hope,…

God is, and always has been, calling us to something much bigger than ourselves. He calls us to a life following in Jesus’s footsteps. A life of joy, obedience, hope, grace, and so much more.

Whether we believe it or not, God uses our bodies as vessels for his kingdom. We have a purpose far greater than spending our days in a routine. Wake up, go to class or work, go to sleep, repeat… Sound familiar?

In a song by Colton Dixon entitled “Let Them See You,” he talks about the attitude we should have while living our lives as followers of Christ.

“Let them see you in me.

Let them hear you when I speak.

Let them feel you when I sing.

Let them see you in me.”

I often think about this song when reflecting on the way I live. If the people around me don’t see God in me, then what’s the point?

Galatians 2:20 says, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” This verse tells of a simple concept: that Jesus scarified himself so we could live freely in his presence.

When we think about obedience, we usually don’t like it. We want to do what we want to do, when we want to do it. But when we consider the ultimate sacrifice, obedience gets a little easier. And through these actions of obedience, we are able to display the love and grace of Christ through ourselves. Like I mentioned before, we as God’s vessels are alive to do just that!

Psalm 109:26-27 says, “Help me, Lord my God; save me according to your unfailing love. Let them know that it is your hand, that you Lord, have done it.”

This is the perfect prayer to pray before you go asleep at night and when you wake up in the morning. Pray for the actions of yourself to reflect those of a loving Father, a God that loves, provides, cares, protects, and forgives.

The world paints such a distorted view of who God really is. The world sees him as a dictator, someone who puts rules on us to keep us from “having fun” or doing what we want to do.

So, what better way to prove the world wrong than by living a life holy and pleasing to God and showing others that the best way to live is alongside someone who loves us unconditionally?

We are called to live a life that points others in His direction. Remember the chorus of Colton Dixon’s song: “Let them see you in me. Let them hear you when I speak. Let them feel you when I sing. Let them see you in me.” Meditate on these lyrics, memorize them, and let them be a testament to your life! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Called to Be Different

Growing up, I always thought being different was a bad thing. At one point or another, we all have wanted to “fit in” and receive the approval from others whether…

Growing up, I always thought being different was a bad thing. At one point or another, we all have wanted to “fit in” and receive the approval from others whether we want to admit it or not.

The Bible brings up this topic many times throughout it. God asks us to follow him and leave the ways of the world behind, just as he had to. He not only wants us to be different, but calls us to be different. Take a look at Romans 12:2 for example.

It says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will.”

When we conform to the ways of the world, we lose the ways of God. By standing out and being different, people start to notice and see the change in us! When we put the ways of the world behind us, God transforms us and works wonders in our lives.

There’s a quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson that I think puts it so perfectly: “Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

This goes for all things in life. If no one makes their own path and leads by example, we would all just be followers, living a life of repetition and boredom.

I’ve always wanted my YouTube channel to leave my own trail and display the love of Christ through my videos. Although it’s not the normal thing you see on YouTube, I knew God was calling me for something bigger and to use my platform for others to see Him through me.

But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9

When we consider the truth of the fact that God chose us, everything changes. God chose us to be his light in the darkness, not to hide in the shadows and take on the ways of the darkness.

If we all followed the ways of the world, we would all be the same, striving toward nothing but momentary satisfaction. When we go our own way, GOD’S way, we leave a trail that gives way for so many better things to follow.

Being different is GOOD! It allows for others to join you and make an even bigger pathway toward loving the Lord and living out his word. Next time you need some boldness and confidence, remember what Emerson says: “Go instead where there is no path and leave a trail!”

– Chelsea

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Are You Truly Content?

We all want one thing in life: to be truly content. True happiness isn’t something that comes along easy, but it’s something we can have through God and God alone….

We all want one thing in life: to be truly content. True happiness isn’t something that comes along easy, but it’s something we can have through God and God alone.

We often find ourselves seeking things that only provide temporary satisfaction. They satisfy us for a day, a month, a year, etc., and then we go on seeking the next thing to give us that joy or contentment that we quickly felt.

These things we use to try to fill the void in our lives will always run out. As Jesus was a human on this earth, he knows the temporary joy the world offers. He also knows the long-lasting, fulfilling joy that our heavenly father gives freely to us.

God wants us to feel the joy he has in store for us. It’s something that doesn’t even compare to any joy we’ve felt before. He is the true giver of every perfect gift, and he wants to give us the gift of true, lasting contentment. Take a look at what God’s word says about discovering real happiness!

For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” – Matthew 6:32-33

God may not give you a new car or hand you a million dollars, but he will give you the things no one else on this earth can. When we seek him and his righteousness, God provides us with so much more than worldly riches.

I was once told of a verse that talks about worldly contentment so perfectly. Jeremiah 2:13 says, “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water”

Jesus is the spring of living water that is endless, ever-flowing, pure, and holy. If we take a look at this verse, it’s saying that we, as sinners, replace Jesus’s perfect water and replace it with our own. Our cisterns are broken, unable to hold water, only satisfying our needs for a short amount of time.

So, I challenge you to this: think of three different cisterns in your life. Maybe it’s partying, boys, grades, whatever it may be. These are the things you find yourself seeking happiness in that only end up giving you joy in the moment. Then, focus on how you can take the effort you spend on these things and spend it on growing closer to God. Watch how your heart changes!

At the end of the day, happiness will always come and go. But with God, our hearts, minds, and spirits are always filled with his love and his joy. We waste so much time on temporary fulfillment when she should be looking for everlasting fulfillment from our heavenly father. That is where true, eternal contentment can be found

– Chelsea

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