Chelsea Crockett

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5 Ways You Can Hear God’s Voice

God’s voice is hard to hear. It’s not a clear, loud voice that tells you exactly what you need to hear exactly when you need to hear it. It can…

God’s voice is hard to hear. It’s not a clear, loud voice that tells you exactly what you need to hear exactly when you need to hear it. It can be both frustrating and disappointing when you expect to hear from God and can’t seem to find him in the midst of your circumstances.

I realized I get let down when I put high expectations on God to give me answers as soon as I ask for them. I forget that God is always in perfect timing and it’s not my place to tell him when and when not to act in my life.

After diving deeper into God’s word, I realized there are so many ways you can hear God’s voice. Instead of sitting around waiting for God to speak to you, look closely at what the Bible says about hearing God’s voice, even if you’re not really hearing it at all.

God’s Word

Have you ever read a verse that described your exact situation or circumstance at the exact time you needed to hear it? These are some of the sweetest moments because we can see, on paper, God speaking to us through his word.  If you think it’s coincidental when you read something spot-on, it’s usually God’s doing. 🙂

His Still Small Voice

I’ve always heard of people hearing God’s still small voice but I never really knew how to listen for it. Have you ever taken the time to simply sit and dwell in the presence of God? Maybe you need to pray for open ears and an open heart to hear him speaking to you. Sometimes we have random thoughts and think, “what did that mean?” or “why would I even think that in the first place?” This is God speaking to you! Don’t overlook it.

Friends and Family

The good thing about having relationships with godly, wise people is that they can give you direction and guidance when you can’t seem to find it yourself. God uses people here on earth to be his messenger even when they don’t know he’s using them. Go to these people for wisdom and advice when you’re lacking guidance. 

His Creation

Have you ever looked around and been amazed by God’s creations all around you? Sometimes God sends us subtle messages in the sky, in the trees, through the birds. Sometimes something will remind you that everything’s going to be okay, even if that’s as simple as a sunny day or a bird flying above you.

Peace

Philippians 4:7 says, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

In those moments when you’re stressed, anxious, or afraid, pray to God for his overwhelming peace. In the chaos of it all, God will give you a peace that calms you and fills you with comfort and security. It’s a peace that surrounds you so strongly that you can know whole-heartedly it’s from the Lord.

At the end of the day, don’t feel discouraged when you can’t hear God’s voice when you’ve been praying for it for so long. He could already be speaking to you, you just have to look for it in the not-so-obvious places!

– Chelsea

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Never Try, Never Know

Regret is an awful thing. It sits on our minds day after day wondering about all the “what ifs” and outcomes that we could’ve had. More often than not, there…

Regret is an awful thing. It sits on our minds day after day wondering about all the “what ifs” and outcomes that we could’ve had. More often than not, there are things we wish we could’ve done and things we know we should’ve done. It can be a painful cycle, and God addresses it in the Bible.

Have you never said “no” to an opportunity and immediately regretted it later that day? Your mind knows when you’ve missed out on a chance or did something you maybe shouldn’t have done.

I always think about what would’ve happened if I never would have started my YouTube channel or if I never would’ve moved to Atlanta. These thoughts make me say “yes” to more opportunities and push me to try new things I wouldn’t have in the first place. Everything we’ve done in the past is a puzzle piece to who we are today.

God wants us to get out of our comfort zones. No one ever said following Him is easy, and He planted a bold and courageous heart in all of us for a reason. Look at Deuteronomy 31:6 for example: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Think of who your “them” might be. Are they your friends? Your family? Are they the people you’re trying constantly to impress?

Although this verse was written for a completely different situation, we can still apply it to whatever situations we ourselves are going through. We need a bold and courageous heart along with the confidence of knowing God will never leave us in order to leave comfort behind and try something out of the ordinary.

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

We could either listen to Jesus who gives us peace, or we could listen to the world, in fear of rejection and judgement. Some things you have to do for yourself, despite the thoughts and opinions of others. I mean hey, if you never try, you truly will never know!

Never let your hearts be troubled over something that you’re passionate about. Deep regret and the unknown of the “what ifs” is much worse than trying and failing. God wants our hearts to guide us, and if you’re feeling called to do something, then take the leap and do it!

God only gives us 365 days a year. What do you say we make them count?

– Chels

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He is Present in the Waiting

Are you currently in a season of waiting? Are you constantly asking God what’s next? Consider yourself in the majority. Almost everyone is waiting for something, whether it be their…

Are you currently in a season of waiting? Are you constantly asking God what’s next?

Consider yourself in the majority. Almost everyone is waiting for something, whether it be their soulmate, a job offer, summer break, etc. Waiting comes with frustration. It comes with wandering thoughts, confusion, and so much more. It’s a hard place to be in and it can have you directing your “whys” to God.

This place of confusion and frustration can leave you feeling alone and far from the Lord. Trust me, I’ve been in this place time and time again. It’s hard to know if God is working on our behalf while we wait for days, months, maybe even years in hopes that He is. If we dig deep into the Bible, we can see that it tells us continually to wait on Him.

The Bible doesn’t just mention this once or twice. It’s talked about in several chapters over many verses. Take a look at this passage in Psalm for example.

Psalm 27:13-14 says, “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Patience always comes first before victory. Wait for the Lord, he says. The Bible never lies, and if it’s telling us to take heart and wait on the one that always delivers, then we should find the patience and confidence to do so.

Oftentimes, we feel so alone. We feel like God has given up on us when things don’t go as planned. One of the most comforting things to know about the Lord is that he is always present in the waiting. Any time I’ve felt like I’m fighting a battle alone, it always seems to come full circle and point back to Him.

So many characters in the Bible felt this loneliness when they were waiting on God, too. Take Moses for example. He led the people of Israel for 40 years waiting on God’s promise to be fulfilled. 40 years! He was one of the most patient and trusting men of the Bible. At times, I’m sure Moses got frustrated, faced confusion, and suffered from loneliness, but he remained faithful and saw the result of God’s goodness in the end.

Lamentations 3:25-27 says, “The Lord is good to everyone who trusts in him, So it is best for us to wait in patience – to wait for him to save us – And it is best to learn this patient in our youth.

God knows waiting can be hard. Jesus had to wait for 30 years knowing his life would soon come to an end. If we trust that the Lord is there in the midst of our waiting, he will do more for our life than we could’ve ever imagined!

When you feel alone, talk to God. Tell Him your concerns and ask Him for a patient heart. Whether you hear Him or not, know He is always there in the waiting. Be still and listen for His voice. You may not be as alone as you think you are!

– Chelsea

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“Beloved.”

Think of who you are and what makes you, you. I’m guessing several different characteristics and adjectives popped into your head. Maybe you think of yourself as a straight-A student…

Think of who you are and what makes you, you. I’m guessing several different characteristics and adjectives popped into your head.

Maybe you think of yourself as a straight-A student or a varsity athlete. Maybe you think of yourself as the class clown or a perfectionist. There are so many little things that make us who we are.

For me, I always want to do the best in all that I do. My head gets consumed with the thoughts of “am I good enough?” “am I smart enough?” “am I athletic enough?”  We get so caught up in what we think about ourselves and forget about what the creator of the universe thinks about his children.

Recently, while I was flipping through my Bible, a certain word stuck out to me: beloved.

Beloved is a word defined as “greatly loved; dear to the heart.” What I like even more than its definition is its synonyms: cherished, precious, sweet, darling.

When we think of God calling us beloved or His beloved, He is also calling us cherished, precious, and much more. The beautiful thing about this is that in the Bible, the word “beloved” is almost always used when addressing His children.

1 John 3:1-2 says this: “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does no know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now…” Beloved is such an endearing term and I love the way this verse puts it.

Look at 1 John 4:7-8: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.” Then again, look at 3 John 1:2: “Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.”

This word shows up over and over again in the Bible. It gives me so much comfort knowing that I am called beloved by the God who made the planets and sent His one and only son to save the sins of His people.

We need to stop thinking of ourselves as the star athlete or the class valedictorian. Although these things are great things to be, we need to remember who we are at the end of the day. We are solely God’s children and He calls us His own. He calls us His beloved, His darling, His precious, His cherished.

Next time doubts and insecurities pop into your head, remember who you are in God’s eyes. The boy you’ve been crushing on or the peers you’ve been trying to impress may never see your worth, but your father who holds you so dearly always has and always will.

Find comfort in this, find peace in this, and find joy in this. We are His beloved and that is something to be so proud about.

– Chelsea

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Walk in Godly Wisdom

With age comes wisdom. And with knowledge of God’s word comes godly wisdom. Although wisdom is a good quality to have, godly wisdom is even more important. Knowing what God’s…

With age comes wisdom. And with knowledge of God’s word comes godly wisdom.

Although wisdom is a good quality to have, godly wisdom is even more important. Knowing what God’s word says and how we can apply it to our lives is crucial as a follower of Christ.

Although we might be young, age isn’t the only thing that brings upon wisdom. We can dive into God’s word now and gain the knowledge and wisdom he wants so badly for us to have!

James 3:17 says, “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.

Let’s break this verse down piece-by-piece.

PURE

Our wisdom should be shown through the way we live our lives. What does God mean when he talks about pure wisdom? He wants us to live selflessly and holy, striving toward purity from sin.

PEACE-LOVING

He also wants us to strive toward peace. Use your wisdom to know what’s worth investing your time in and what’s not. Be wise about gossip, drama, or any situation involving conflict. Be slow to speak and quick to encourage peace.

CONSIDERATE

Next, comes being considerate. Taking into account the feelings of others and showing sympathy in the right situations spurs from godly wisdom. We should strive toward caring for other people before caring for ourselves.

SUBMISSIVE

What exactly does submissive mean when it comes to wisdom? We should be submitting to God’s authority and obeying by the rules he lays out for us in his Word. We shouldn’t be picking and choosing which of God’s rules we want to follow! He lays out everything for a reason, hand-picking each thing to advise us with.

FULL OF MERCY

What exactly is mercy? It’s defined as an act of kindness, compassion, or favor shown toward an offender or an enemy.

If you thoroughly study the Word of God, then you know He wants us to be full of mercy and compassionate toward others. The true test of wisdom is knowing how to forgive others and treat them maturely as Jesus would.

IMPARTIAL AND SINCERE

Lastly, God wants us to be fair, just, and honest. You know someone is wise by the way they carry themselves and the way they treat others.

If we treat others with fairness and honesty, they’ll most likely treat us the same. Sincerity is so important, and the more we see how Jesus treated his people throughout the Bible, the more we can see how we should treat others, as well!

I have one more important thought to leave you with:

Proverbs 4:7 says, “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”

Whatever you do, find wisdom. Engage in God’s Word and discover the true understanding of who He is and what He wants for your life.

– Chelsea

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Put on the Full Armor of God

“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything,…

“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” – Ephesians 6:10-18

When you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing you think about?

Do you wake up wondering what you’re going to wear? Or what you’re about to eat for breakfast?  Although I consider these two questions every morning, I try to think a little deeper into my agenda for the day.

The Bible is full of many lessons and different ways to actually apply scripture to your life.

Each part of Ephesians 6:10-18 gives us steps to perfectly equip ourselves for the day ahead.

Belt of Truth

Honesty is the best policy and it will benefit you in the long run. Practice honesty in the simplest of ways, by being truthful when you’re with your friends, with your family, in class, etc.

Breastplate of Righteousness

For the longest time, I had always heard the term “righteousness” but never truly knew its meaning. Righteousness means “the quality of being morally right or justifiable” or as the Bible uses it, “following religious or moral laws.” Put on the breastplate of righteousness to be able to defend against temptation and sin throughout your day.

Gospel of Peace

Keep the Gospel with you anywhere and everywhere you go. Keep God’s word in your mind so you can have the Spirit of peace over you no matter what the day brings your way!

Shield of Faith

Your faith is one of the strongest things you have and can protect you from fear, anxiety, doubt, and so many other things. Remember to clothe yourself with the shield of faith to have a constant reminder that God is fighting your battles.

Helmet of Salvation

Knowing that we have salvation through Christ’s sacrifices for us should be our “helmet,” the thing that we can fall back on and have faith in. With the helmet of salvation, we can face the day ahead.

Sword of the Spirit

Although you can’t physically see God, you can see him fighting your day-by-day battles. Be a witness to the amazing things that the Holy Spirit is doing in your life, whether it be restoring health to a loved one or taking away the anxiety your heart constantly feels.

Wake up every day and clothe yourself with the armor of the one who beats every battle, takes away every fear, and reassures us of the life he so greatly prepared for us.

 Chelsea

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3 Ways to Find Rest in God

Life can be stressful.  It can be full of setbacks and disappointments that are hard to overcome.  If you let these consume you, you can lose sight of God’s plan…

Life can be stressful.  It can be full of setbacks and disappointments that are hard to overcome.  If you let these consume you, you can lose sight of God’s plan for you and how much he loves and cares for you.  Here are three different ways you can find rest in God when life throws unexpected challenges at you!

  1. Find a quiet place to dive into the Word. One of the best ways to grow closer to God is by spending time with him and him alone.  When you give yourself time to read the truth about what God says, you can find rest in his promises!
  2. Pray continuously, not just when you feel like it. When I’m in constant communication with God, I automatically feel 10x closer to him.  When I’m simply thanking him for the things in my life, I feel at peace.  It puts into perspective how many blessings I have in my life whether I realize it or not!
  3. Play some good worship music. I don’t know about you, but music is one of the most calming things for me, especially worship music. I love listening to slow, calming music that puts me into a happy mood!  It might not work for you, but it’s worth a try!

I hope this advice helps you out next time you’re feeling down or far from God! 🙂

XOXO – Chels

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5 Ways to Pray for Peace

I think peace is something we all could use a little more of.  Whether you’re in a stressful season in your life, going through a tough break-up, or even just…

I think peace is something we all could use a little more of.  Whether you’re in a stressful season in your life, going through a tough break-up, or even just feeling anxious, praying for peace can make a world of a difference.  When I sit down to pray, it’s sometimes hard to find the right words to say.  If you have this problem at times too, here are 5 ways to pray for peace!

  1. Pray for trust.Chelsea Crockett - Peace  Trust is something I think we all struggle with at times.  Praying for trust will take away any anxiety or stress you may be having because you’ll start to truly believe that God has a plan for each of us.
  2. Pray for strength.  Having the strength to get through any situation will help you through all seasons of your life.  If you have the strength to get through one low of your life, you can get through them all! 
  3. Pray to hear God’s voice.  God’s voice is real and present, and you will hear it if you listen.  Pray to hear what God is trying to tell you and you may find the direction that you’ve been searching for.
  4. Pray one day at a time.  Taking things one day at a time really does make a huge difference.  Start the day with a prayer to give you strength and trust for the day ahead!
  5. Pray for patience.  Patience is a virtue, and if you can learn to be still and patient, you will gain more peace than you could’ve imagined.

I hope this helps bring back some peace into your life.  God is good and He’ll listen to your prayers!

Love, Chels

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Life Lessons from Psalm 23:4

Psalm 23:4 says “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” It is easy to get…

Psalm 23:4 says “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” It is easy to get caught up in fear.

It is much easier to give into the feelings of fear instead of standing our ground. Even though we walk through dark times, times of sadness and anxiety, we don’t have to fear because God is with us. When I am feeling particularly fearful, I stop and pray and ask God to calm my heart. I ask Him to remind me that He has everything under control, and that I don’t need to fear because He is right beside me. I cannot tell you how relieving it is to remember that God has got it all figured out, and I just need to let Him do His thing.

In times of fear or uncertianty, just remember who is behind fear and who is the author of peace!

XOXO, Chels

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