Chelsea Crockett

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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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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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People, Possessions, & Professions

I recently came across a sign outside a church that asked this question: “What are you worshipping? A person, a possession, or a profession?” It really stuck with me and…

I recently came across a sign outside a church that asked this question: “What are you worshipping? A person, a possession, or a profession?” It really stuck with me and weighed on my heart for quite some time.

Many times throughout life, you will find yourself placing things above God, no matter how good, holy, or obedient you try to be. It’s part of human nature to go through phases of prioritizing things over others, whether it’s intentional or not.

So, consider these three categories: people, possessions, and professions. What do you struggle with placing below God and surrendering to him?

Maybe you’re in a relationship and your boyfriend is of utmost importance at this point in your life. He became your life and what you look forward to each and every day. Instead of going to God for validation, guidance, or joy, you look to him to fulfill all your needs. This is an example of prioritizing a person over God.

Maybe it’s your phone, your computer, your Netflix account, etc. that takes you away from God. I know there are times when my phone can act as a distraction while I’m spending time in the Word and pulls my mind and attention elsewhere. This is an example of prioritizing possessions over God.

Or maybe it’s your bank account that gets you out of bed in the morning. You’re so focused on having a successful career that money is the driving factor in your life. You never truly feel satisfaction because you’re always waiting for that next paycheck. This is an example of making your job your #1 priority.

When I think of those chasing after a career, money, success, etc., I think of Matthew 6:24. It says, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.

Desiring a successful career is one thing, but to become obsessed with your job is another. When we put our hope and trust in the Lord, good things will come our way! He knows our past, present, and future and will guide us into what’s best for our lives.

People, possessions, and professions are good things to focus on throughout your life. It’s good to prioritize the important things that you care deeply about whether that be your boyfriend or your career, but it becomes a problem when we lose sight of God in the process.

Write down the top 10 things you consider your greatest priorities. Then consider how each one plays a role in your life. Does it take you away from God or push you closer to him? Do you often seek it out for satisfaction and fulfillment? These are good questions to ask yourself to know if you’re living for the right or wrong things.

God wants your love, attention, and dependence. Don’t ignore him by giving yourself to temporary, worldly things. Talk to him and let him guide your focus onto what’s important: God’s joy, love, peace, and eternal satisfaction!

– Chelsea

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Keeping Christ at the Center of Your Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Chelsea

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5 Biblical Ways to Show Love

One thing marriage has taught me is that there are many ways to show love – some easier than others. Showing love isnt always a physical action, many times it…

One thing marriage has taught me is that there are many ways to show love – some easier than others. Showing love isnt always a physical action, many times it is emotional and verbal. As a wife, I want to strive to “out-love” my husband every day. He does the same for me. The Bible is a great resource when it comes to advice on the best ways to show love to those we are closest to.

  1. Trust without doubting. “Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.” 1 Corinthians 13:7. Simply put, trusting your significant other – and showing them you do – is a clear expression of your love. They will know they have your full support and confidence in them. There is nothing better than feeling 100% trusted and supported in the decisions you are making.
  2. Let it go. “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Ephesians 4:31-32. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3:13-14. Forgiving and letting go is a beautiful way to show love to anyone, not just a significant other. Looking past the ways they’ve wronged you or hurt you is a clear act of love.
  3. Practice patience. “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” 1 Corinthians 13:4. This is a big learning curve for any relationship. One of you may be a morning person and one a night owl, one may be always late and the other always on time, and many other little differences that can drive the other crazy. Being patient and learning to be flexible is a way to show love and that you are willing to adjust.
  4. Give selflessly. “Some people are always greedy for more, but the godly love to give!” Proverbs 21:26. One thing I try and give selflessly is my time. I feel like being sacrificial with this precious commodity shows tremendous love.
  5. Keep the complaining to yourself. “Do everything without grumbling or arguing,” Philippians 2:14. I have noticed that complaining just exasperates a situation. If you have a complaint, approach it in a loving way. Your man will be grateful for your gentle reminder rather than starting an argument.

Are there any lessons on love that God has been teaching you recently?

Chels

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“God, I Can’t but You Can”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Chelsea

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What “I’ll Pray for You” Should Really Mean

Prayer. It’s one of the most powerful and meaningful things you could do for someone. When we ask God to help someone in our lives, he hears our prayer and…

Prayer. It’s one of the most powerful and meaningful things you could do for someone. When we ask God to help someone in our lives, he hears our prayer and acts on it.

It’s so easy to tell someone those four simple words: “I’ll pray for you.” But the actions you take after making that comforting statement is what really matters most.

Have you ever told someone you’d pray for them, and almost immediately forgot to do so? This phrase isn’t just a phrase to make someone feel better, it’s an action that should be taken seriously no matter what the case!

Ephesians 6:18 says, “And pray in the Spirit and 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.

Like the verse above says, we need to be persistent in prayer. Praying for someone means to be consistently praying for their needs, not saying a quick prayer and never asking God for that request again. It’s an ongoing action that should be repeated until God answers that prayer!

Something that helps me remember who and what I need to pray for is keeping a prayer journal. I know I’ve talked about it numerous times, but keeping a prayer journal has so many benefits! Keep a list of who you need to pray for to jog your memory when you need it. You can even write out prayers throughout your journal to refer back to! If your journal isn’t around (and you can be forgetful at times, like me), you can even jot things down in the notes app on your phone when someone asks you for prayer!

I know when it’s the other way around and I ask someone to pray for me, I rely on them to do so. Just as we would expect from our friends, family, etc., we should keep our word and pray faithfully over them!

When we look at Mark 11:24, we should approach prayer even more confidently. It says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

This should motivate us to pray for others even more persistently. The power of prayer is so incredible, and God really does listen when we come to him.

Like the verse above says, whatever we ask for in prayer, we can believe that we have received it. And the people we pray over have received it as well… his grace, mercy, love, protection and so much more! Isn’t it amazing we get to be a part of something so great?

– Chelsea

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To the Girl Struggling in Her Singleness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Chelsea

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5 Things God Wants His Daughters to Know

There are so many times throughout my life that I’ve looked up to God and thought, “God, what do you want me to do/know/say?” I always go searching for His…

There are so many times throughout my life that I’ve looked up to God and thought, “God, what do you want me to do/know/say?” I always go searching for His perfect answers and advice, but oftentimes find myself frustrated, and left wondering what to do.

God sees our frustration and confusion. He wishes just as much as we do that he could sit right next to us and tell us exactly what to do. From reading countless Bible passages and through various devotionals and Bible plans, I’ve came up with a short list of a few things God would want us to know as if He were sitting right next to us, guiding us every step of the way.

  1. Good things come to those who wait.

Patience, patience, patience… God puts so much value on patience and finding peace in the waiting. He knows our eagerness and desire to predict the future, but His plan is always so much better than we could ever imagine!

  1. He loves us unconditionally, despite our flaws.

Ladies let’s face it, we can be so unbelievably hard on ourselves. We can go on and on about our flaws and imperfections… or at least that’s what we think they are. In Psalm 139:13-14, the Bible reminds us of what God thinks of us. The verses say, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

This passage can serve as a mini prayer for you. Repeat it over and over in your head until you truly believe what the verses say!

  1. He is here for us, always.

Whenever we feel desperate and alone, God wants so badly for us to turn to Him. God reminds us of this so many times throughout the Bible: “Fear not, for I am with you.” We never have to feel like we’re alone because God is alongside us every step of the way!

  1. His plan for us is perfect.

I oftentimes find myself wanting to have control over my future, and it can be so hard to let go of that control. Whenever something occurs in life that makes me think “why, God?” I always remember that God’s timing and reasoning is far beyond my knowledge.

  1. Sometimes, letting go is the only thing we can do.

God watches us go through life and hold onto the things that hinder us, whether that be a relationship, a friend, etc. He is so badly wanting to tell us that it’s okay to let go! Sometimes those people or relationships are the things keeping us from getting closer to Him, and hindering us from carrying out His perfect plan!

Remember these things next time you look into the mirror or get out of bed in the morning. Our heavenly father loves us, cares for us, guides us, and so much more, whether we realize it or not!

– Chelsea

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15 Acts of Kindness for Your Significant Other

Life gets busy. I’m sure you know the feeling! Nick and I are both so busy, and even though we try to be intentional about making time for each other,…

Life gets busy. I’m sure you know the feeling! Nick and I are both so busy, and even though we try to be intentional about making time for each other, life can get in the way. That is where little acts of kindness come in. These are great ways to express love and thoughtfulness to your significant other. Here are a few ways to keep the romance and love bright and alive!

  1. Pray for him and let him know you are! I love when Nick asks how he can pray for me, or when he tells me he has been praying for me. I feel so encouraged and uplifted.
  2. Buy his favorite treat and leave it on the front seat of his car so the next time he gets in he will have a nice surprise. You can also leave a cute note with it.
  3. Rent a movie he has been wanting to see, even if it isn’t your first choice.
  4. Take his car to get washed or clean it out and wash it yourself. While you’re at it, fill up his gas tank!
  5. Plan a surprise date night. It could be something as simple as a picnic dinner in the park, or something as elaborate as getting concert tickets or reservations at a fancy restaurant you’ve both been wanting to try.
  6. Send him a love note via email. It will give him a reason to smile at work or school!
  7. Do his least favorite chore for him so he doesn’t have to do it.
  8. Celebrate his half birthday. Get balloons, his favorite dessert, and maybe a small little gift.
  9. Figure out what his love language is, and then do small things to make him feel loved.
  10. Surprise him and bring him lunch at work.
  11. Make his favorite dinner and dessert.
  12. List all of the things you are grateful for that he does and everything you love about him.
  13. Surprise him with tickets to see his favorite team play.
  14. Make a playlist of songs that make you think of him and cue it up in his car so it plays the next time he gets in to drive.
  15. Find a cute photo of you both and have it printed. Write on the back of it and give it to him so he can take it to work and hang up to brighten his day.

What are some little acts of kindness you do for your significant other? I am always looking for new and fresh ideas!

Chels

 

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Getting Your Relationship Back on Track

Relationships aren’t always rainbows and sunshine. Sometimes it rains, and sometimes it pours. Regardless of where you’re at in your relationship, whether you’ve encountered trials and tough situations, whether you’ve…

Relationships aren’t always rainbows and sunshine. Sometimes it rains, and sometimes it pours. Regardless of where you’re at in your relationship, whether you’ve encountered trials and tough situations, whether you’ve been dating for a month or for a year… There are times when you could use some tips to get back to the place you’ve always been and where you’re meant to be!

Never go to bed angry.

Ephesians 4:26 says, “In your anger do not sin: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry.”

I love this verse because it encourages us to solve the problem before we even lay down our heads at night. When we go to bed angry, we wake up angry, and that’s no way to have a fresh start to the day. Let yourself cool off, and then calmly solve the situation at hand before silence takes over. It makes such a big difference when you can go to sleep at night knowing that everything is going to be okay!

Practice patience.

Ephesians 4:2 says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”

Patience is the glue that holds everything together. We always want our boyfriend or girlfriend to be patient with us, so why wouldn’t we extend the same desired patience to them? Whether it’s biting our tongues in the moment or waiting patiently for growth in our relationships, it’s always a good idea to practice the act of genuine patience.

Give 100% no matter the situation.

Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.

Although this verse was written in a different context, I believe it applies perfectly to relationships, as well. A lot of relationships go south because people forget to try and impress, love, and care for their significant other just like they did when the relationship first began. This is when problems can start to occur!

Fall humble to forgiveness.

Ephesians 4:31-21 says, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

A forgiving and humble heart can be one of the hardest things to possess. It’s easy to forgive from the head, but not as easy to forgive from the heart. It’s natural for us to verbally forgive one another yet hold a silent grudge in our heads. This kind of mentality gets us nowhere in our relationships. If we want to continue to grow in love and trustworthiness with our significant others, letting go of any grudges and breaking down those barriers is a must.

Any time is a good time to get your relationship back on track. Why be stuck in a rut when you can change your relationship for the better with just a few simple actions? Start today, and love each other like He first loved us!

– Chelsea

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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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Improving Your Relationship God’s Way

If you truly know God, then you should know his way of doing things is one hundred times better than our own. Especially when it comes to relationships, God knows…

If you truly know God, then you should know his way of doing things is one hundred times better than our own. Especially when it comes to relationships, God knows a thing or two about how we can not only find true, lasting love, but how we can improve our relationship as the years go by.

There are so many attributes that are talked about in the Bible in order to have or improve a healthy relationship. I wanted to focus on a few of the main things you can work on just like I do in my own relationship. You can’t argue with what the Bible has to say!

PATIENCE

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” – Ephesians 4:2

You may think you’re a patient person, but recognize the next time you start tapping your foot or rolling your eyes. Patience comes solely from a place of love and a peaceful mind. Next time your boyfriend starts testing your patience, take a deep breath, and remember how patient God is with us and how undeserving we are of his mercy.

ENDURANCE

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” – Colossians 3:23

Disagreement, jealousy, bitterness, and so many other things can cause relationships to get hard at times. If you know you’re with the person God wants you to be with, that relationship will require work, even when things get rough. This isn’t an excuse to stay in a toxic relationship, but when you know your boyfriend or girlfriend is the one, you have to put in the effort to make it work no matter what.

SINCERITY 

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.” – Romans 12:9

If your relationship isn’t sincere, truthful, and genuine, then you probably shouldn’t be in it in the first place. Sincerity and honesty is something God holds so highly, because it allows you to fully trust the other person. Love must be sincere, and if we practice that daily, good things will happen in our relationships.

SELFLESSNESS

 “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

If you want to know the best way to do relationships, read 1 Corinthians 13. The above passage lists so many characteristics of a healthy, godly relationship. Practicing selflessness could be as simple as cooking a nice meal for your boyfriend/girlfriend, getting them their favorite coffee, or even accepted defeat in an argument (which I know may not be the easiest thing!).

Practice these four qualities in your relationship and watch how things can change for the better. If we have the means to improve our relationship, why wouldn’t we? 🙂

– Chelsea

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Battling Comparison

Comparison is like a disease. It eats at us slowly until we’re left feeling sad, empty, and worthless. With our generation growing up posting our lives on social media, it’s…

Comparison is like a disease. It eats at us slowly until we’re left feeling sad, empty, and worthless.

With our generation growing up posting our lives on social media, it’s easy for comparison to creep in. We think things like, why can’t I be that pretty… that skinny… that social… that wealthy. It’s a dangerous game to play when we constantly wonder why we’re not enough.

But it doesn’t stop there… Sometimes we compare ourselves to others and then boast about the things we’re doing and the people we’re hanging out with. It makes us feel validated, like we’re wanting other people to see how much fun we’re having or how good we look in a photo.

When thoughts like these cross my mind, I think about a verse in Galatians that humbles me without fail, every single time I read it. Galatians 1:10 says, “Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

This verse brings up a very true and humbling point. Why are we concerned about the opinions of others when we’re supposed to be finding our identity in Christ? We spend so much time worrying about what others are saying or thinking, but God already told us all we need to know about ourselves. Psalm 139:13-14 says, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

If we truly believe this verse, then we fully believe that all of His works are wonderful, not just the ones we want to think are. When we look in the mirror in the morning, we should believe in the fact that we are works of God: wonderful, beautiful, and made in His image.

One thing I like to do is monitor how much time I spend on social media. If I’m feeling down or catch myself having negative thoughts of comparison, I put my phone down and pick up my Bible. Spending time with God and diving deep into the truth of what God thinks of us, instead of what the world thinks, puts my mind at complete peace.

One of my favorite passages to reflect on is 1 Peter 3:3-4. It says, “Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”

Outward beauty fades, but God delights in inward beauty. Focus on who you are, how you treat others, and how your attitude toward life is. When we create an atmosphere of love, optimism, acceptance, etc., we can focus less on our flaws (or what we think are flaws) and focus more on being a devoted follower of Christ.

Have joy in who God created you to be. Love yourself like He loves you!

– 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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