Chelsea Crockett

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Setting Boundaries in Marriage

What does it mean to have healthy boundaries in our marriages? And why is it important for us to set boundaries in the first place? Boundaries are like the fence…

What does it mean to have healthy boundaries in our marriages? And why is it important for us to set boundaries in the first place?

Boundaries are like the fence around your house. They provide a safe “fence” around your marriage, and they are unique to each relationship. They are meant to protect you, just like a fence. Your marriage should always be protected – Satan would love nothing more than to see your relationship fail. Boundaries allow you to be on the same page in life’s many situations, alleviating worries and unnecessary future arguments. So, how do we set boundaries?

  1. Pray that the Lord will give you both the courage to say what you truly feel and ask for guidance as you build this fence of protection around your relationship. Praying before discussing boundaries will help you both understand each other’s intentions and receive what they are saying in a loving way instead of feeling attacked or put down.
  2. Talk it out. This process is bound to bring up some awkward or touchy subjects. If a subject is being brought up, then it is important to you or your spouse and should be heard out rather than made into an opportunity to argue. Things to discuss are everything from boundaries with your kids, to family gatherings, to in-laws, to where you will spend which holidays and more. Obviously you cannot prevent every future issue that may arise, but there are some that you can see coming. You might have to talk it out for a while in order to come to an agreement on these, but make sure by the end of the discussion you are both on the same page. Tweak them until you are both comfortable with the end results.
  3. Follow through. Put these boundaries into action. You did the hard work, now let them work for you. It is both of your responsibilities to uphold these. There may, and probably will, be people in your life that will not be happy with some of the boundaries you have set, but just remember why you are setting them. You are doing this to protect your marriage – the most important relationship you have besides the one you have with the Lord.

Now go build that fence!

Chels

 

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I’m a Rough Draft, and So Are You

“We’re all rough drafts of the people we’re becoming” Bob Goff I love this quote from Bob Goff. We are all works in progress, no matter what age or stage…

“We’re all rough drafts of the people we’re becoming” Bob Goff

I love this quote from Bob Goff. We are all works in progress, no matter what age or stage we are at in life. It’s God’s grace that keeps us in the “revision” process, even when we are content in our unfinished state.

Do you remember having to write rough drafts in grade school? Your teacher would probably give you a fill in the blank sort of prompt and you would have to write your introduction, paragraphs, and conclusion into boxes. After that, you would turn those pieces into a full draft, and keep revising until it was worthy to turn in. That’s how life goes. We start living one way, then see a need for revision and change, and the cycle continues. Sometimes it is others telling us that we need to make some changes to the draft. Other times, we see the need ourselves. We are all in a state of constant revisions, and thank goodness for that.

Think of it this way. If you left your paper in its original draft state, the way you first put pen to paper, warts and all, and turned it in, you would probably be pretty unhappy with the feedback from your teacher. If we give up on improving ourselves, we are selling our future selves short. The person you’re becoming is counting on you to not be content with the “same old same old”. To quote Hannah Montana, “nobody’s perfect”, which means no one is a final draft ready to turn in to the teacher. Some of us are “rougher” than others. But, like the Bible says in Proverbs 27:17, As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” We can use the people in our circle and those we look up to for inspiration and guidance as we go through our personal revision process.

Genesis 1:27 tells us that we are all made in the image of God. In this case, I interpret this verse as saying that we are all works in progress and masterpieces all at the same time. We are still good, but we are growing, changing, and improving. I am so thankful for God’s patience and grace as we navigate life, stumbling, falling, and failing at times. He loves us through it all.

Chels

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Girl, Read Your Bible

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of the book “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. It is a super popular motivational book that came out in 2018. I’d like…

There’s a good chance you’ve heard of the book “Girl, Wash Your Face” by Rachel Hollis. It is a super popular motivational book that came out in 2018. I’d like to offer a different set of advice, and that is “girl, read your Bible.”

In a world and society where girls can easily rattle off their favorite music group, coffee order, place to shop, and favorite travel destinations, be the girl that recall a memorized scripture to encourage someone right when they need it. We are tired, stressed, and looking for a release from the tension of life. Be ready to show your faith on a dime. Instead of using cliché phrases or quotes when giving advice, give biblical guidance. The problem with inspirational books and quotes and Instagram posts are that they take God out of the picture and lead us to self-empowerment. Our confidence should be based in Christ.

In a world and society where girls spend hours learning how to do their hair and makeup and style clothes to look more trendy, be the girl that seeks beauty that is not skin deep but in your spirit. That is true beauty.

In a world and society where anxiety and depression are becoming more and more common, be the girl who recognizes that the only hope and joy in the world is found in Him and not in the world. You can use your wisdom found in God’s Word to point these girls towards the One who offers true happiness.

In a world and society full of girls, be a woman. Be a woman after God’s own heart and a woman who seeks first the Kingdom of God, not what is trendy. When life is tough, draw near to Him and His word. Lean on Jesus and go to scripture before go to anyone or anything else. His word should be our first response, not our last resort.  When we do this, He provides the peace, confidence, and rest that we need. Rest your soul in Jesus. Only then will you find true peace.

Girl, go read your Bible.

Chels

 

 

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How to Make and Keep Friends as You Get Older

Friendships are some of the trickiest relationships to start, cultivate, and maintain. Romantic relationships have the reputation to be the hardest to keep up with, but it can be even…

Friendships are some of the trickiest relationships to start, cultivate, and maintain. Romantic relationships have the reputation to be the hardest to keep up with, but it can be even more difficult to find new friends while keeping in touch with old ones. Don’t let the fear of the hard work keep you isolated, because friendship is so important for our happiness and even our health!

Even though we are constantly connected to so many people on social media, studies have found that our generation is actually becoming lonelier. We have fewer friends than our parents’ generation, and the relationships we have on social media are not satisfying our need for friendship. A lot of us feel like we don’t know how to make new friends or feel left out or forgotten by our old ones. Here are some tips on how to cultivate new friendships and strengthen existing ones.

Finding the new:

One great way to make new friends is to have a friend introduce you to their group. Ask if you can join the next time you hear they are going out with their posse. You may strike up a new connection or two! Also, whenever meeting new friends, always be your genuine self and try not to put on some sort of front. You will find that you have things in common with people that you never would have imagined! Another great way to find new friends is to go and pursue your hobbies and meet people that way. If you like cooking, take a cooking class and be open to making new friends there. Love hiking or running? Go do a group run or hike. When you are doing things you love, you are bound to find people who share the same interests. After you make contact with a new friend, follow up with them and invite them to coffee or send a follow up text saying it was great to meet them. If the friendship doesn’t work out, and if they turn down an invite to hang, don’t take it personally.

Maintaining the old:

These are the friends who have known you since your days of bad hairdos and braces. These are the friends who, even though you don’t see or talk to them much anymore, you still want them in your life. When maintaining an old friendship, the first tip I have is to go easy on them. Maybe they forgot your last birthday or missed your bachelorette party. Instead of assuming they just don’t want to be part of your life anymore, remember how busy your life is and how overwhelmed you can be. They are probably in the same boat! You both have tons of adult responsibilities, so cut them some slack. Another tip is to be virtually present, even when you can’t physically be, and this is as easy as liking their Instagram post or commenting on a picture of theirs on Facebook. It is a great way to simply remind them that you are here and still keep up with what they do. If they like to talk on the phone, maybe give them a call and catch up every once in a while. If they prefer text, shoot them one every so often just checking in with them.

Friendship is work, but the payoff is priceless.

Chels

 

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He Left the Ninety-Nine to Find You

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

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

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

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

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

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

Chels

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Never Let Your Wants Make You Forget Your Blessings

Contentment is a huge issue in our culture. We constantly want more, different, newer, better things than we already have. We let our wants distract us from the blessings right…

Contentment is a huge issue in our culture. We constantly want more, different, newer, better things than we already have. We let our wants distract us from the blessings right in front of us.

We’ve seen it happen to people from friends and family to popular celebrities. They get so caught up in seeking more and more material possessions and popularity and they lose the best things that they already have. As a Christian, it is important to never let the things you want distract you and blind you from the blessings you have been graciously given.

Paul tells us in Philippians 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” God has not promised to give us everything we want, but he has promised to give us what we need. How lucky are we that we have been given LIFE? Don’t let what you strive for take away that life from you. When we are continuously seeking more and more, our freedom is taken from us. We are trapped in a cycle of working for more and more, and somewhere along the way we let happiness and fulfillment walk out the door.

Why not make the best of every good thing that we have been given? Why try and be someone else when God has made you to be exactly who he meant for you to be? You are an original, not a copy. There is no one like you in this world.

It is so exhausting to try and keep up with fashion trends, beauty trends, technology trends, social media trends, fancy cars, fancy houses, and all of the things our world seems to idolize and set above everything else. Instead of striving for the next thing and the next, why not focus on having gratitude for what we have already worked for and call “ours”? I can remember being so worried about keeping up with all of the fashion and beauty trends that I would never want to wear the same thing twice and was constantly wishing I had outfits of the girls on Instagram. What I soon realized was that they are probably thinking the same thing of someone else. They probably wish they had someone else’s clothes or hair or car.

Once I started practicing an attitude of gratitude and contentment, life became so much simpler. I started appreciating the things I already had. Many people around the world have so much less and are happy and joyful. I saw this when I went to Haiti. They are grateful to just be alive!

What if we all lived like that?

Chels

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Blessed is She

“ Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her.” –  Luke 1:45 Think about all of the women in the Bible who had…

Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her.” –  Luke 1:45

Think about all of the women in the Bible who had incredible things happen in their lives, like Mary Jesus’s mother, and Sarah, who had a baby in her nineties. What would have happened if they would not have believed in the power of the Lord?

Mary was just a girl living a simple life, engaged to a guy named Joseph. Then, all of a sudden, she is told that she will be the mother of the Savior of the world. An angel shares with her that she has been chosen by the Lord to complete this enormous task. This promise is not anything any human could ever bestow upon another human, it is completely Heaven-driven. In spite of her fear and confusion, Mary believes the promise she has been given by her God. As a result, she is one of the most blessed women among those in the Bible.

Luke 1:45 applies to each and every woman everywhere. It simply tells us that when God speaks and gives us a promise, we believe and are blessed. Sounds simple, but believing can be the most difficult part of this equation. It goes against our human nature to throw reason out the window and believe things will happen when the world tells us they won’t. But, as the verse tells us, if we believe, we will be blessed among women. We can hold onto that promise when we struggle to believe we are who God says we are, and struggle to believe the promises he has placed in our hearts.

Do you ever struggle to understand His promises? Like, how can He make this happen when it seems impossible? We want to believe they will happen, but we can’t understand how they actually will. But, what if we dropped our questions and just believed? What if we believed he could do anything, and do it through US? Women are incredible creatures. Even when we are a crazy mess, he can use us. God brought the Savior into the world through a woman. Just like Mary, he can create beautiful things through all of us.

God speaks amazing promises into our lives, and if we are bold enough to believe Him, we will be blessed.

Chels

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Gracefully Navigating Change

Change is a natural part of life and can be both a good thing and a hard thing at the same time. Change leads to growth and progress, but on…

Change is a natural part of life and can be both a good thing and a hard thing at the same time. Change leads to growth and progress, but on the way there we can face some things that pull us out of our comfort zone. Right now, in my life, I am navigating lots of change, from being a newlywed to a new dog mom and beyond. There are ways to gracefully handle change and manage our expectations, and I am learning as I go, so ill share what I have found.

First, arm yourself with knowledge. Before we got married, Nick and I did premarital counseling and read books on marriage and relationships. This helped us understand each other better and laid a foundation for us to build up from. We can take what we have learned and combine it with what we are finding works in our own relationship. Preparing helped us have a clearer understanding of what was about to happen and ease into this major life change.

Next, manage your expectations and be realistic. Expecting to be great at something right away is unrealistic and can brew discontentment. Expectations can help us set goals, but it is unfair to place your own expectations on a person or thing and expect them to be exactly what you pictured. Even once you make realistic expectations, there will be days where you feel disappointed or unsure how to handle things, but those are learning and growing moments.

Another point to remember is that change is part of life. Resisting or denying change, or regretting change, does nothing but hold us back from enjoying the season of life we are in. Allow the change to happen, accept it, and adapt to it. Embrace the circumstances God has given you and figure out how you can make the best of them.

Change, especially major life changes, are disorienting. They derail all of the routines you had in place and toss life into a tizzy. Planning for change helps us gracefully accept and adapt to it instead of feeling like life has lost all sense of normalcy. There will also be times that you look back on a change that you thought was the worst possible thing, but it became a great learning moment and had some positive outcomes. I am someone who loves a good routine, so getting back into the swing of things after getting married, moving, school, and a new dog has been like a whirlwind. But, I am learning to navigate it, accept it, and make it work. Life is good, and change can be too!

Chels

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How to Cut Ties Without Feeling Guilty

Whether you’ve been dating for one month or twelve, breakups are just rough all around. It is terrible being the one broken up with. It can be even more difficult…

Whether you’ve been dating for one month or twelve, breakups are just rough all around. It is terrible being the one broken up with. It can be even more difficult being the one to initiate the split. We’ve all been there, and we all know the terrible feeling, especially when you are parting ways with someone you wish nothing but the best for. How do we make the break without feeling guilty about it?

  1. Waiting makes it worse. There will always be a reason that “it isn’t the time” to break it off. But, the longer you wait, the harder it will be for the other person to move on. Don’t waste their time. There is never a good time to breakup with someone, so rip off the bandaid and get it over with. Hurting someone you deeply care about and respect is like a kick in the stomach. But, it had to happen sometime. Drawing it out makes it that much worse!
  2. Know their worth. If you really care about the person you are in a relationship with, wouldn’t you want them to be happy and not in a relationship that isn’t going anywhere? Give them the opportunity to find love with someone else and find happiness. They deserve that.
  3. Realize that they will recover from this. If you are putting off breaking up with someone because you know it will break their heart, don’t let that be your excuse anymore. You may think you are saving them from sadness, but you’re really just stalling. People are resilient, and hard times like these make a person stronger. They will come out of this tougher, just you wait and see!
  4. Think of the positives. Think of what an enormous weight will be lifted off of your shoulders! You are not a terrible person for not reciprocating the same feelings as someone else. You are a good person. You can’t control how you feel. You deserve to be happy, too! Let go of the guilt and move on. When you find the right person, you will know.

Breakups are one of the worst experiences for everyone involved, but who says we can’t make them a little easier?

Chels

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Prayers For Our Country

Watching the news is hard these days. There are so many people sharing so many different viewpoints and opinions, and most of the news seems negative and discouraging. I find…

Watching the news is hard these days. There are so many people sharing so many different viewpoints and opinions, and most of the news seems negative and discouraging. I find myself commenting or complaining about it instead of doing something about it. The best thing we can do for our nation and its leaders is lift them up in prayer. National Day of Prayer is May 2nd, and I would encourage you to use a few of these verses to inspire your prayers on that day.

II Chronicles 7:14 –  “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

Matthew 6:10 – “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Psalms 33:12 – “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance.”

Proverbs 14:34 – “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.”

Proverbs 9:10 – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Daniel 2:21 – “He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.”

Pray over these verses and our nation and its leaders as often as you can. If you live in another country, pray these for your nation and leaders as well. These are the people that make the most impact-full decisions for our country and these decisions affect more than just our citizens, they affect the world. Pray for God’s mercy, as we are sinners and do not deserve His love or protection. We can make a difference! Prayer is our most powerful weapon against the evils of this world. Let’s use it to our advantage.

Chels

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Values to Live By in Your Twenties

Your twenties are some of the most jam-packed years of your life. A lot of life’s major changes happen in these years, from graduating college to starting your first big…

Your twenties are some of the most jam-packed years of your life. A lot of life’s major changes happen in these years, from graduating college to starting your first big job to possibly getting married and starting a family and even moving away from home. Here are some of the values I try to live by while I try to navigate my twenties.

  1. Live life at my own pace. Not everyone finishes school in 4 years, not everyone gets a serious job right out of college, and we all take life at our own pace! I try not to compare my progress to where my friends are in life. We are all different and have different dreams and life circumstances. Life happens how it happens, and it is exactly how God planned it.
  2. Be purpose driven. Having a purpose or reason for life gives us clarity and assures us of who we are. Meandering through life without goals can leave us lost and wandering. Realizing our God-given purpose and following it gives life meaning and joy.
  3. Try to budget and save. Saving money and being smart with your budget may be the last thing on your mind in your twenties, but it should actually be one of the first things. Try to make smart money moves like not blowing your money on things that are temporary and instead making smart spending choices.
  4. Remember that I am only as good as the company I keep. Surround yourself with people who bring value to you and your life. It is so nice to have a circle of friends who are like minded and share the same values and beliefs. And, we were not made to do this thing called life all on our own. That’s why having a great group of friends in your inner circle is so important.
  5. Listen well. Learning to listen and listen well is so important as we grow up and communicate with more people and more important people. I have found that intently listening to people means so much more to them than interjecting my opinion. Actively listening is a great skill to master and will help us become successful individuals.
  6. Have a heart of gratitude. Because life is so full of changes during this time, having an attitude of gratitude is the best way to stay positive and optimistic. I have so much to be grateful for, even if it is something as basic as having food in my refrigerator. Take nothing for granted.
  7. Remember that my voice matters. It doesn’t matter if you are an influencer or a speaker by profession, you have a voice. Whoever you are, wherever you are, you have the power to speak up for what you believe in. I try and remember this when I encounter things that I feel I need to stand up for, especially when it has to do with people who may not have a voice or platform to speak for themselves.
  8. First impressions matter. I always try to remember that, when I’m meeting new people, I should put my best foot forward and also remember that you never know who is watching. Being a positive example is a full-time job.

Chels

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Timeless Travel Tips

I travel a lot, and I foresee a lot of travel in my future, especially with Nick at my side. We have our honeymoon coming up, so I felt inspired…

I travel a lot, and I foresee a lot of travel in my future, especially with Nick at my side. We have our honeymoon coming up, so I felt inspired to share some of my travel tips with you.  Plus are coming up on spring and summer, and those are the times when most people travel. If you travel a lot or plan to in the future, there are a few useful packing tips that you NEED to know to make the process much simpler. These have really come in handy for me this past year because I have been on the road and in the air a lot!

  1. Use packing squares. These are zippered pouches that come in a variety of sizes and help you stay organized as you pack and unpack. I found mine on Amazon! I pack my pajamas and other comfy clothes in one square, my nice clothes in another, my toiletries in another, and keep going until I am all packed. They neatly stack in my suitcase, and when I am unpacking, I just take the squares and put them directly in the drawers where I am staying. It saves so much time because I don’t have to unpack and then re-pack at the end of my trip.
  2. Download all the apps. I download every single app that I think will be helpful beforehand, such as the hotel chain app and the airline app. That way I can check in to any flights ahead of time and get flight updates, and also check into my hotel.
  3. Take photos of important documents. I take photos of my ID, passport, boarding passes, and any other important documents just in case they get lost or stolen. I also send pictures of these documents to someone who is not traveling with me, in case they need to get me a new copy if they get lost or stolen while I am gone.
  4. Bring a padlock. If you are traveling internationally to another country, bring a small padlock with you to lock up your purse or backpack. Pickpockets are ruthless! Before you know it and without you noticing, your wallet and other important documents can be stolen in the blink of an eye. Lock your purse even when you are wearing it. You wouldn’t believe how sneaky people can be.
  5. Make things easy on yourself by using simple travel hacks. Store your phone charger and headphones in a glasses case to keep them from tangling and fraying. Store your bobby pins in an old tic tac container. Take an empty pill container and store your jewelry in the compartments. Clip a binder clip over the end of your razor to protect the blade and the things you pack from getting ruined by the blade.

Happy travels!

Chels

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Find Joy in the Journey

I was recently asked “How are you staying so calm during this wedding planning process?” There are a few things that are helping me keep my cool. One is that…

I was recently asked “How are you staying so calm during this wedding planning process?” There are a few things that are helping me keep my cool. One is that I have a lot of help, and another is that I have resolved to find joy in the journey. I want to soak up this season of life and really make the most of it! So, how am I doing that?

  1. Avoiding comparison. I think it is so important to focus on what I want my wedding to look like and be like instead of comparing it to others. We’ve all seen those “Pinterest perfect” weddings, and it is so fun to dream! It can also be discouraging when you actually start to plan and find out how much everything really costs, and you have to be realistic. Your wedding is just that – YOURS! So, if you don’t get that picture perfect venue or dream cake like you’ve seen in the movies or on Instagram, that’s ok. Find joy in the things that you ARE able to have, like the people you love surrounding you.
  2. Celebrating every day’s successes. There are bound to be setbacks during the planning process, so keeping that in mind has been helpful. There have also been unexpected victories! I try and focus on the wonderful “celebrations” that happen each day, even if it is something as simple as choosing the color of the groomsmen’s socks. That is one less thing I have to do, and one more thing I can check off the list!
  3. Thinking positively. Our thoughts have a huge impact on how we feel about ourselves and how we feel our lives are going. Negative thoughts are like weeds that can take over and suffocate out all of the beauty of the moment. By thinking positively and spinning the negatives to seem more positive, my outlook on my wedding day has been one of joy instead of stress.
  4. Stop questioning. Once I make a decision, I lock it up and throw away the key. I am not doing myself any favors if I am questioning my decisions and keep circling back to the same things. Did I pick the right bridesmaid dress color? Will the guests like the food we chose? Will they have fun? The answers are YES, so no need to go back and fret about it.

Most of all, I remember that “The joy of the Lord is your strength”(Nehemiah 8:10). As this season of wedding planning comes to a close, I will continue to choose to find joy in the journey that God has put before me, and I pray that you will do the same in whatever season you find yourself in.

Chels

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On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand

Every single day, dismal headlines flash across our screens. Hard stories, political wars, battles with words, threats, disaster, evil, and suffering seem to be all anyone can talk about these…

Every single day, dismal headlines flash across our screens. Hard stories, political wars, battles with words, threats, disaster, evil, and suffering seem to be all anyone can talk about these days. There is so much to feel anxious and overwhelmed about – for us, for our children, for our nation, and for the future.

You know what helps me quiet the noise? God’s truth. He is not up in heaven, pacing the floor, worrying about what is happening down here on earth. He is not fretting that His plans that have not worked and coming up with a backup. His plans ALWAYS happen the way He planned for them to. I like to think of Psalm 18:31 which, in summary, says “there is not a more secure foundation to build my life upon than you.”

There are a lot of opinions out there, a lot of voices sharing what they think to be true. Thank goodness we have a direct line of communication to the One voice that matters. Matthew 7:24 says, “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.” This is where I am reminded of the hymn “The solid rock”, a song most of us grew up singing in church. The words of the song are timeless and relevant to every single generation who sings them. “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand.”

When you are feeling the pressure to shift your beliefs based on popular opinion, give in and accept defeat, or budge on what you know to be right and true, remember this: Jesus is the rock that will not move or budge. His truth is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He made the ultimate sacrifice so we could live free lives. That is true, real love and grace.

Rest in that today.

Chels

 

 

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Let Go and Give God Control

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

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

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

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

Let go and actually let God.

Chels

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Devote Your Work to the Lord

As we grow up, we spend more and more time in a certain place…can you guess what it is? If you guessed work, then you guessed right. Because we spend…

As we grow up, we spend more and more time in a certain place…can you guess what it is? If you guessed work, then you guessed right. Because we spend so much time at our places of employment, whether we work from home or out of the home, it is so important that we devote our work to the Lord. Our job is one of the ways that He provides for us. God grows our character and our faith as we rely on him for strength to do our job. Here are 3 prayers to lift up to the Lord about your work.

  1. Thank the God that you can do all things through Him who strengthens you (Philippians 4:13).
  2. Ask God to help you be content in life and not desire money and possessions and not to want what others have and ask Him to give you the desire to work hard for what you earn. (1 Thessalonians 41:11-12) Ask that He would help you seek His kingdom first instead of pursuing fortune, worldly success, or the approval of others. (Matthew 6:33)
  3. Pray that you will be faithful and wise with your work responsibilities, whether they are big or small. Pray that God would help you be honest, even when it is hard to be. (Luke 16:10-13)
  4. Pray you would be faithful in all of the work responsibilities you have been given, whether big or small. Ask that God would help you stay true to yourself and your beliefs, even when under pressure to do the opposite. (Luke 16:10-13)
  5. Ask the Lord for the ability to obey and respect those who are in authority over you at work, and to do this because it is the right thing to do, not because you want to be a people-pleaser. Commit whatever you do to the Lord and work hard, because you will receive the inheritance of the Lord as your reward. Even in your job, you are serving Him, no matter what it is that you do. (Colossians 3:21-24).
  6. Remember to keep the Sabbath as a day of rest, because that is what God modeled for us. (Genesis 2:2)

Lastly, pray that God would use you where you work to help show people His love! God has provided you the job that you have for a purpose and for a reason!

XOXO, Chels

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