Chelsea Crockett

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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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5 Prayer Points to Start Your Day

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6 The best way to start your…

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:6

The best way to start your day is by talking to God. Before you even leave your house for the day, there are certain things you need to ask God for to equip you for what’s to come.

Although we can’t predict the future, we can ask God to prepare us for whatever life will throw at us that day. After all, God knows even the smallest details of our lives before they even happen!

  1. Pray for safety.

Starting my day with a prayer for safety gives me comfort and peace going into my day. I pray not only for the safety of myself but for the safety of my family and friends. It’s so comforting knowing that God sends his guardian angels down to protect us wherever we go!

  1. Pray for the strength to turn away from sin.

Life will throw many sinful things at you throughout your day. You may not even realize that you’ve stumbled into sin! Things like gossiping, negative thoughts, jealousy, etc. are easy to fall into without even knowing it. When we pray for resistance to temptation, God gives us a conscious mind to turn away from the things that are displeasing to him.

  1. Pray for others to see God through you.

One of our missions on this earth is to witness to other people. If we’re not radiating the love of Christ to the world around us, then we’re not doing our job as followers of Christ! Pray for opportunity between you and your friends, family, classmates, or whoever else God is using you to reach. We should be excited to talk to others about the things God is doing for us that he, too, can do for them!

  1. Pray for energy.

I think you can all agree with me on this one… Days can oftentimes be long and exhausting! We could all use some extra motivation and strength to get through our day. Ask God for energy and persistence for when you’re feeling that early morning wake up call. It doesn’t hurt to get a little extra help from the man upstairs!

  1. Pray for resilience.

What exactly is resilience? It’s the ability to recover readily from adversity. Not every day is filled with hardships and difficulties, but when that day comes that is filled with adversity, God can equip us to get through it all! God is with us through the hills and the valleys, whenever they may happen. When we pray for resilience, God will give us the mindset of perseverance, and the ability to approach these situations confidently and courageously. When we change to a mindset of resilience, we turn these difficulties into mountains we allow God to move!

If you often forget to pray to start your day, challenge yourself to spend 5 minutes in prayer before you even get out of bed in the morning! Set your alarm 5 minutes earlier and see how this small change can positively impact your day in so many ways. God loves the time we spend in communication with him, and it’ll make you feel so much closer to him. What’s a better way to start your day than that?

– Chelsea

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When You Struggle with How to Pray…

Whether we’re drawing near to God or find ourselves running from him, prayer can be hard. Even in the darkest parts of our lives, it can seem almost impossible to…

Whether we’re drawing near to God or find ourselves running from him, prayer can be hard. Even in the darkest parts of our lives, it can seem almost impossible to find the right words to say.

I know for me, I find it hardest to pray when I’m frustrated or mad at God. As selfish as it is, it’s hard to praise him during our own personal times of trials, even when we know deep down this is when we need God the most.

Recently, I dove into Scripture to discover what the Bible says about the times when we feel unable to pray. There is so much truth to be known during these difficult times that can help us know what to do when we face that obstacle.

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

I love this verse because it gives us direct instructions on what to do when we’re needing direction in our prayer life. Not knowing what to pray isn’t an excuse to God when considering the fact that he wants us to come to him with anything and everything. We could talk to him about something as simple as our agenda for the day and he would love that time spent with him!

Like the verse says, in every situation present your requests to God. If you’re at a place where the last thing you want to do is pray, start here. Depending on your situation, write down the good and bad things of what you’re going through. Maybe you’ve been waiting your whole life to get into the college of your dreams only to receive a rejection letter in the mail. When you approach the situation by pointing out the good that can come from it, your whole perspective will change.

This also gives you things to talk to God about. Pray for guidance, joy, peace, or whatever you need at that point in time. God will never turn you away, no matter how long you’ve been pushing him away. Isn’t that a beautiful truth?

God tells us in the Bible to talk to him about our struggles, even if that struggle is in our prayer life. We shouldn’t feel embarrassed or defeated when we’re going through a hard season with prayer. This just gives us one more thing to pray about! Ask God to help you find the words to say and to be honest and vulnerable. Find the joy in your struggles!

– Chelsea

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5 Ways to Prayer Journal

Prayer journaling is one of my favorite ways to talk to God. It allows me to spill out all of my thoughts on paper, praising him, confessing to him, whatever…

Prayer journaling is one of my favorite ways to talk to God. It allows me to spill out all of my thoughts on paper, praising him, confessing to him, whatever those thoughts may be.

Sitting down and aimlessly writing out prayers can be hard at times, especially when you’re stuck and don’t know what to pray about. I wanted to give you five different ways to prayer journal so you can feel motivated to start your own!

  1. Count your blessings.

Journaling about all the good things in your life is one of the most refreshing and uplifting things you could do. Spending a moment in complete gratitude is the perfect way to start your day on the right foot! Write down even the smallest of things such as the big breakfast you had or the fact that your car started this morning. Nothing good should go unnoticed with God!

  1. Make a list of all your worries, anxieties, fears, etc.

No one is a better person to vent to than God! He knows the depths of our hearts’ struggles and truly understands the things we go through. Never be ashamed of your struggles or think that God doesn’t listen when you present even the bad parts of your life to him. He will always be our loving Father that is there to carry us when we need it most.

  1. Pick a person in your life once a day, and write out a prayer for them.

This could be someone in your class, at your work, in your church, etc. that needs prayer over their life. Maybe you’re wanting God to open an opportunity to witness to them and talk to them about having a relationship with the Lord. Write that in your journal! Or maybe a friend has asked you to pray for them for a specific reason. Write about it! Everyone can always use a little more prayer!

  1. Free write a prayer about anything and everything.

To me, free writing is therapeutic. If a thought comes, I write it down. This is the perfect time to fully let God move through me. This type of prayer journaling allows God to speak to you and to let those hidden whispers become evident in your writing. Try it out and see what God is trying to tell you!

  1. Record answered prayers.

Have you ever experienced something, such as a weight lifted off your shoulders or a healing of a family member, that you knew was an answered prayer? These moments are incredible and will always make you feel so close to God. I never want to forget when God answers a prayer and how I felt in that moment. When this happens in your life, journal about it so you too can look back on it and be in awe of God’s glory!

My favorite thing about prayer journaling is being able to go back and look at what we once were in prayer over. It shows us the journey that God takes us on and the prayers that he so graciously answers. It also gives us the chance to look back and see which prayers have gone unanswered so we can continue praying for those in the future!

I challenge you to prayer journal one time this week, and see how it changes your heart and your perspective!

– Chelsea

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Led by Emotions?

There are so many people that forget to “think before they speak” and let emotions take over. We would all be lying if we said this didn’t happen to us…

There are so many people that forget to “think before they speak” and let emotions take over. We would all be lying if we said this didn’t happen to us time and time again. We’re only human, and temper can take over, causing us to say things we never wish we would’ve said and do things we never wish we would’ve done.

Think of the last time you forgot to bite your tongue or think before you spoke. Once we cool down, a sense of regret seeps in and makes us feel embarrassed for the way we acted. It’s one of the worst feelings, and can result in the feelings of anxiety and shame.

Proverbs 29:11 says, “Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end.” And again, in Proverbs 15:18 there’s a verse that says, “A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, but the one who is patient calms a quarrel.

What does this say about emotions? Solomon brings it up twice in the same chapter, and even a couple more times throughout. When we let ourselves be led by emotions, we stir up conflict and cause bigger problems than we can handle.

So, what should we be led by? Our heart? Our head? Our gut feeling?

Psalm 143:10 says, “Teach me to do Your will, For You are my God; Let Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.” When we’re led by the Holy Spirit, we get to experience God’s will for us. He knows when we wake up, when we go to class, and when we go to sleep at night. Why would we trust ourselves over him when he knows our past, our present, and our future?

Galatians 5:16 says, “So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.

This verse in Galatians is yet another reason why we should be led by the Holy Spirit. When we follow the Spirit, we desire less of the world more and more every day. We discover that God always has our best interest, and leads us in the way we should think, talk, act, and live entirely.

In our daily lives, the world will encourage us to be quick to gossip, quick to argue, quick to jump to conclusions, quick to react to anything and everything… All of these things are driven solely by emotion. Spend some time in prayer, and let the Spirit lead you in your responses, actions, thoughts, and so much more!

Next time you feel anger stirring up or anxiety creeping in, remember who leads you and gives a sense of peace in every circumstance.

– Chelsea

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Prayers for your Friends

Prayer is a powerful thing. Having a solid prayer life is essential in strengthening your faith, and it can get you through the toughest of times. I must confess, when…

Prayer is a powerful thing. Having a solid prayer life is essential in strengthening your faith, and it can get you through the toughest of times. I must confess, when life gets hard I have no problem praying for what I want and need, but when my friends are going through tough times I’m not as diligent as I should be. The best thing you can do for your friends is pray for them. Here are 4 prayers for your friends and mine.

Jeremiah 17:7-8:Ask that the Lord would bless your friend as she trusts in the Lord. Pray that she would be like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots strong and deep by the stream, and has no need to fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. Pray that God would make your friend strong, fruitful, and flourishing for His glory.

Numbers 6:24-26: Pray that the Lord bless your friend and keep her; that He would make his face to shine upon her and be gracious to her; that the Lord would lift up His countenance upon her and give her peace.

Proverbs 3:3-8: Pray that she would trust in the Lord with all her heart, and not lean on her own understanding. Ask that in all her ways she would acknowledge God, and God will make her paths straight. Ask the Lord to help your friend not to be wise in her own eyes, but to fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.

Psalm 138:7-8: Ask that when your friend walks in the midst of trouble, God would preserve her life. Claim His promise to stretch out His hand against the wrath of your friend’s enemies, to deliver her with His right hand. Remind God of His commitment to fulfill His purpose for your friend, and of His steadfast and endless love for her.

I hope my friends pray these prayers over me from time to time as well. What an encouragement to know that someone cares about you enough to lift you up in prayer!

Chels

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God’s To-Do List

The Bible is filled with endless “do’s” and “don’ts” that instruct us on God’s perfect way to live our lives. It’s like he provides the perfect “to-do list” to ensure…

The Bible is filled with endless “do’s” and “don’ts” that instruct us on God’s perfect way to live our lives. It’s like he provides the perfect “to-do list” to ensure us joy, hope, and trust in him.

There are several “do’s” that God wants us to live by. Meditate on them and put them into practice, every day and for the days to come!

  • Pray continually.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

When we pray continually, God reveals things to us that he never would’ve without our constant communication with him. Prayer is so, so important and it should never get taken advantage of. It’s so easy to pray that we often forget about how truly amazing it actually is. Sit down, talk to God, and lean on him, not forgetting the power and awesomeness of prayer! 

  • Trust in the Lord.

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

Trust is always hard no matter who it may be given to, or lack thereof. There is so much comfort found in the fact that God assures us on trust so many times throughout the Bible. Proverbs 3:5-6 is the perfect example of this! When we lean on God and not ourselves, honestly and truthfully, God shows us his perfect way.   

  • Be thankful for even the small things.

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

When we practice thankfulness, we develop a whole new mindset. Instead of praising God for only the big things that occur in our lives, try thanking him for even the smallest of blessings. It may be the short line at the grocery store or the good grade you got on a quiz. Whatever it may be, thank him continually and in ever circumstance!

  • Dive into scripture.

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” – Romans 15:4

The Word of God should never be taken advantage of. When we have God’s actual word right in front of us, we should meditate on it and discover all it has to offer.

  • Steer clear of gossip.

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” – Ephesians 4:29

God commands us not once, but several times in the Bible to stay away from bad conversation. Gossip not only spreads rumors, but it attracts drama and unwanted attention. Be mindful of the conversations you’re having with others. Be sure to only involve yourself with conversations that build people up, not tear them down!

There are tons of other things you could add to this list, but these are some of the more obvious “to-do’s” that God gives us in his word. Stay alert and conscious of putting these into effect!

– Chelsea

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Mountain Moving Prayers

God is known to move mountains. He can and will continue to do so in your life and the lives of those around you, you just have to seek him…

God is known to move mountains. He can and will continue to do so in your life and the lives of those around you, you just have to seek him out and ask!

You may be thinking, “What exactly is a ‘mountain moving prayer?’”

Mark 11:23-24 says, “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

Mountain moving prayers are those of which that seem impossible, but can be made possible by God. They’re the prayers that’ll work wonders and truly make a difference when you believe in God’s power and his ability to do so.

Pray for the world.

The world could always use a little more prayer. If you don’t know where to start, see what the news has to say about the devastating events that are happening all across the globe. There is always somewhere that needs someone to pray for them, whether that be a country going through a natural disaster or a place that has yet to be introduced to Christ. Whatever the case may be, never stop praying for the people around the world and the places that need our prayers the most!

Pray for the future.

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

We may never know what the future holds, but it’s comforting to know that God does. When we pray for security over our future, God works wonders and reassures us that our paths are already laid out ahead of us! We just have to trust in him and find comfort in his word. God will take care of the rest!

Pray for guidance.

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” – John 16:13

Praying for guidance allows for God to speak to us, and opens doors we never thought would be opened. It gives me a peace of mind knowing that I can hear God if I simply listen for him! When we ask God for guidance, he will surely give it to us, whether it be in the form of small whispers or a wise best friend!

Pray for discovery.

When we pray for discovery, God takes this opportunity to reveal things to us, whether we want him to or not. Maybe he’ll reveal certain convictions that you’ve pushed to the back of your mind time and time again. Or maybe he’ll have you discover things about him and his word that you never have before!

Pray for influence.

Lastly, pray for the influence you have on people. We are quick to underestimate ourselves, but people take notice when they can see the love of Christ shining through us! God uses our bodies as vessels to help him do his work here on earth. Never underestimate the influence you have! Pray for boldness and confidence in this area, and God will use you more than you know!

These are only some of the many things that you can, and should, pray for! Don’t be afraid to talk to God, and let him move mountains in your life and the lives around you! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Myth-Busters: The Truth About God & the Bible

People love to jump to conclusions about God and the Bible. They make assumptions about who God is and the meaning behind different scriptures and verses. But the truth is,…

People love to jump to conclusions about God and the Bible. They make assumptions about who God is and the meaning behind different scriptures and verses.

But the truth is, there is so much more joy, knowledge, and certainty behind Christianity that so many people don’t know about. I’m here to break some of the well-known “myths” that often revolve around God, his love for us, and what the Bible really means.

MYTH: The Bible was written thousands of years ago so it doesn’t apply today.

TRUTH: Although the Bible is a historic book written years and years ago, we, as Christians, still use it as a compass and tool today and for the days to come. God didn’t intend for the Bible to be forgotten about or not taken as seriously in the present day. If we believe that God is all-knowing, of the past, present, and future, then we should also believe that he knew the Bible would still be used today and for all the days to come. Lean on its word and believe the truth that’s inside!

MYTH: Being a Christian means you lose the freedom to do what you want to do, when you want to do it.


TRUTH:
People often think that God gives us rules to live by to take away our “fun” or our freedom. This is the furthest from the truth. God gives us a set of rules to live by because he knows what’s best for us. When we do life God’s way, we discover his truth and the joy that comes along with it. Try it for yourself!

MYTH: Prayer doesn’t really make a difference.

TRUTH: Prayer is powerful! It truly does make a difference. Without prayer, we have no way to sit and have a conversation with God.

1 John 5:14-15 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.”

We know that prayer makes a difference because it says so numerous times throughout the Bible. We can have the confidence in knowing that God really does hear us and desires the best for us. If you believe in scripture, then it is so clear that God uses prayer as a gateway to hear our requests and praises, and point us in the direction he wants us to go.

MYTH: It’s hard to believe in a God you can’t see. 

TRUTH: 1 Peter 1:8 says, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy.” Sometimes it can be hard when we can’t directly hear God’s voice or see that he’s right beside us, but I promise you he always is! He is constant, present, and knows our innermost being. He’s our heavenly father that gave so much for us so we could live our days freely in his everlasting presence! Try leaning on him and you’ll start to feel the warmth and love of Christ all around you.

Don’t always jump to conclusions or assume what you hear about God and the Bible is true. Dive into his word and discover the truth for yourself! 🙂

– Chelsea

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Why Do We Pray?

Prayer is one of the best things in the world. It calms me, secures me, and strengthens me when I need it. It’s something so intimate that connects us to…

Prayer is one of the best things in the world. It calms me, secures me, and strengthens me when I need it. It’s something so intimate that connects us to God and lets us feel his presence all around us.

I’ve often heard people question the “why” behind prayer. Why do we pray if we can’t hear God back? Why do we pray if God already knows the will he has for us? There are so many reasons to pray, you just have to discover them!

We pray for others.

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

God has no limits on who and how he can work in the lives of others. When we pray for our friends, our family, or even the people that aren’t easy to pray for, he moves among them. We may not see the results of our prayers right away, or even at all, but we can be confident in knowing that God hears us no matter what.

We pray for our requests.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” – 1 John 5:14-15

Whenever I need or want something, I go immediately to God. Although I know he may or may not answer my prayer, he always hears them. If God doesn’t answer, I know that his will for my life is different from what I had planned, and that’s okay! This verse gives us confidence in knowing that he hears our every request and knows the wants and needs of our hearts.

We pray for humility.

But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: ‘God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.’” – James 4:6

Humility is something everyone struggles with. It’s hard to be humble in every season of life, especially when everything seems to be going our way. When we practice humility, we become more and more like Jesus. He was completely humble, putting others before himself in any and every situation. Pray for help from God in this area and practice it daily!

We pray for peace.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” – Colossians 3:15

This world could definitely use a little more peace. Whether that be peace with yourself or peace toward others, we are called to peace. Even in Jesus’s darkest days, he had peace in his heart in knowing God’s ultimate plan for his life. We need to have this same trust in God and have faith in his plans for us!

So, next time you’re finding it hard to pray, remember these things. Remember that God uses prayer to equip us with the things we need in life. We use prayer to help ourselves, to help others, and to simply talk to God and present our requests to him. Prayer is so powerful, so use it to feel the presence of God all around you!

– Chelsea

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5 Hints That God is Redirecting You

When we come across open or closed doors, we never know what God is doing in our life. We debate if we should take the opportunity at hand, or simply…

When we come across open or closed doors, we never know what God is doing in our life. We debate if we should take the opportunity at hand, or simply walk away from it.

How do we know what’s best for us? How do we know when God is giving us hints to change our direction and lead us to something much, much better?

There are many ways to hear God’s voice and discover what he wants for our life, we just have to know what those ways are. When we’re aware of how we can listen and receive guidance from God, life becomes a while lot easier! We just have to lean on him and trust what we know is truly from God!

  1. Your gut feeling.

Everyone always says to “listen to your gut feeling.” Sometimes this is God’s way of telling you when something’s right or wrong. More often than not, we have this gut feeling but choose to ignore it because of doubt or confusion. Trust your instinct!

  1. Wisdom from friends and family.

We all have those people in our life that we go to when we need advice or support. Whether it be your mom, your cousin, or your best friend, having those people to back you up or to tell you when something’s not right is comforting and reassuring. God can speak through people, so go to those who are full of godly wisdom and consider the advice they give you!

  1. Open opportunities.

Sometimes God gives us an open door directly when and where we’re looking for it. Don’t let this go unnoticed! If something is perfectly in your path, there is a good chance God placed it there. Don’t ignore the obvious!

  1. Answered prayers.

This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.” – 1 John 5:14-15

When you ask God for something, he hears you. If you ask for guidance and he gives it to you, don’t question it! God doesn’t want us to be filled with confusion and doubt. He wants so badly for us to have faith in where he sends us, whether you we’re expecting that path or not!

  1. Reoccurring thoughts.

Do you ever try to push a thought out of your head, but it keeps coming back, over and over again? Sometimes these thoughts hold a higher significance than we think. God likes to speak to us in whispers which can come in the form of our thoughts. Once again, listen to your instinct and know what feels right!

Know that when God is redirecting your life, it’s part of his overall plan of the great things he has in store for you. Don’t question what he’s doing. Instead, thank him for the guidance and joy he brings you along the way!

– Chelsea

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Sticking to Your Roots

All throughout life, you’ll encounter people and situations that test you. You try sticking true to who you are, but it seems like the world is against you every time….

All throughout life, you’ll encounter people and situations that test you. You try sticking true to who you are, but it seems like the world is against you every time.

Being a follower of Christ comes with a set of beliefs and morals that can make it harder for you to stay true to yourself, especially in the world we live in today. It can be hard to stick to your roots, such as your morals, values, and whatever else you hold dear and true to your heart.

Matthew 26:41 says, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 

When it seems like the world is going against you, start with prayer. Pray for help, pray for patience, pray for guidance. Prayer allows God to work in situations and allows us to see those prayers unfold before our eyes. When we pray and God answers, it’s one of the coolest things to see our prayers work wonders.

This verse refers to a willing spirit, but a weak body. We might know the difference between right and wrong, but putting that into action is the hard part. We are willing to, but in the end, we are not always able to.

Ephesians 6:13 says, “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 firm.”

When we put on the full armor of God, nothing can stand in our way. This is how God equips us to face whatever battles we may have. Do this every morning so you can conquer what the day ahead holds.

Put on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the spirit. These will equip you to stand your ground and remember the foundation you’re built on. They’ll help you stand firm in your faith and be able to defend whatever comes your way.

Joshua 23:6 says, “Be very strong; be careful to obey all that is written in the Book of the Law of Moses, without turning aside to the right or to the left.”

God knows that it can be hard to follow him, especially in the world we live in today. You have to make the effort to be strong, careful, and mindful. Know what the Bible says and, just as importantly, know how you can apply it to your life. It’s one thing to talk the talk, but as Christians, we have to be able to walk the walk, too!

Sticking to your roots can be as simple as changing your mindset. Do these things to be able to stand for what you believe in, not what anyone else wants you to! Be strong and careful to make note of this, and stick to your true identity in Christ!

– Chelsea

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The Power of Prayer Walks

If you are unfamiliar with the term “prayer walk,” then you’re about to learn how you can pray for your home, your school, and the people around you! Prayer walks…

If you are unfamiliar with the term “prayer walk,” then you’re about to learn how you can pray for your home, your school, and the people around you! Prayer walks involve praying for the places, and people in those places, where we desire to see God’s presence.

Prayer walking is one of the coolest things to do, especially when you see your prayers eventually fulfilled right in front of you.  God promises that when we ask for something in his name, he will deliver. So why not try to ask God for blessings over the places you go and the people in your life?

When it comes to prayer walks, think of what that place needs from the Lord. If you want to pray over your house, pray for your roommates, your family, or whoever else you live with. Pray for security and safety over your house and the people in it.

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

No matter where you are, it’s always a good time to pray! There is no such thing as a bad prayer. Present any and every request to God and he will always hear you!

Start with a prayer walk in your home. Whether that be your apartment, your dorm room at college, or wherever else you call home. Once you’ve prayed over your house, take a prayer walk through your neighborhood! Then, do the same on your drive to work, praying for every house you pass and every community you drive through. You never know which places are in definite need of prayer!

You can even use verses from the Bible to guide you through your prayer walk to get some ideas of what to ask God for.

2 Samuel 7:28-29 says, “Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.” 

Ask God for blessings over your home. There is nothing too big or too small to request from God! Ask God to grant grace, security, health, etc. to your home and any other blessings you can think of!

Another verse I like to think of is Psalm 122:7. It says, “Peace be within your walls and security within your towers.” Let’s pray for peace and safety no matter where we’re at. Especially in our houses, apartments, dorms, or wherever we find ourselves spending most of our time, ask God for these things.

After doing a prayer walk, write down the things you prayed for. Then you can eventually look back and see how it has impacted your home! 🙂

Start today with as quick as a 5-minute prayer walk! See what and who needs prayer, and start there!

– Chelsea

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SOAP Quiet Time

Spending alone time with God is one of my favorite parts of my day. It’s my time to sit and give my undivided attention to him. If you have trouble…

Spending alone time with God is one of my favorite parts of my day. It’s my time to sit and give my undivided attention to him.

If you have trouble figuring out where to start during your quiet times, you can follow this easy template that breaks up the passages into four different parts: scripture, observation, application, and prayer.

Scripture:

First, start by figuring out what chapter of the Bible you want to begin with. Ephesians or Philippians is a great place to start since they’re smaller chapters and are easier to get through! Write out the verses in your journal and meditate on them. Read over them several times if you have to. We are more likely to remember things when we write them down, so do this as many times as you need/want to!

Observation:

Review the chapter or passages that you read over, and write down everything that you observe or realize. When we write things out and put things onto paper, it’s easier to explore our thoughts and remember them, too. We want to get as deep as we can with the verses we mediate on, so observe everything you can, even if you didn’t notice it the first time through!

Application:

One of the most important parts of your life walking alongside God is how you take what you learn and apply it to your life. When you read a passage from the Bible, you should always be thinking about how you can incorporate that into your daily life.

For example, let’s look at Joshua 1:8-9: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

What can you take away from this to apply to your life? Meditate on his word, be strong and courageous, do not be afraid… Write down every possible thing you can do to improve your life.

Prayer:

Lastly, take what you wrote down and make it into a prayer. Ask God for help with applying these things to your life. Praise him for what he’s teaching you and for what he’s going to do within you. Just talk to him! Reflect with him, thank him, and ask him for the things you need.

These personal prayers are good to keep in a prayer journal to look back and reflect on. Whenever you may be going through something that one of these verses talks about, you could go back to your prayer pertaining to it and talk to God!

At the end of the day, God loves spending time with us whether you’re reading a devotional, listening to worship music, or making use of this quiet time template. I encourage you to start somewhere by trying this out for yourself!

– Chelsea

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For When You’re Feeling Low…

Whether you’re feeling lonely, anxious, depressed, or anything below average, you know that common feeling of a pit in your stomach and a head filled of wandering thoughts. These emotions…

Whether you’re feeling lonely, anxious, depressed, or anything below average, you know that common feeling of a pit in your stomach and a head filled of wandering thoughts. These emotions chip away at your happiness and make you start to believe the “what ifs” you’ve been telling yourself all along.

God never intended for us to feel sadness, anger, heartbreak, or any other negative emotion. But because we’re human, we feel all of these, sometimes separately and sometimes all at once. Although it may be rare to audibly hear the voice of God, we have the Bible which is the closest thing to it.

Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things.”

It’s easy to let your mind take control. What’s harder is replacing those thoughts with those of which that are truly lovely and praiseworthy. There is so much power in positivity and thanksgiving, so make a conscious effort to trade your bad thoughts for happy thoughts like the Bible says to!

Psalm 34:17-18 says, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Whether you have to read this every night or even make it your phone background, do it! Knowing that the Lord is close to us in our brokenness is something that’s so comforting and reassuring. He loves us in our sad times, in our dark times, and even in our rebellious times.

For the times you feel worthless, know that God thinks just the opposite. He sees you as his perfect child that he loves and cares for more than we can even comprehend. 2 Corinthians 6:18 says, “’And I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to Me,’ says the Lord Almighty.”

When God calls us his children, we need to fully understand what this means. God calls us his own, and he protects us, loves us, and extends his grace and mercy to us. What more could we possibly ask for?

Once again, we are human. It’s common to experience the feeling of sadness and loneliness more often than not.

Lean on HIM! Read deep into his word and feel the presence of God all around you. It’s okay to feel low and it’s okay to feel abandoned, but it’s not okay to let those thoughts take over.

Here’s a simple prayer you can pray to God when these feelings start to resurface. Say “Dear Lord, when feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and self-doubt creep into my heart, help me to see myself the way you do. Help me to recognize that I am your child, loved by you and perfect in your image.  Amen.”

Use this prayer when you need it and even when you don’t. It’s a perfect reminder of how God sees us through his eyes: his perfect, beautiful, wonderful creation.

– Chelsea

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Pray and Then Prepare

Prayer is easy. Anyone can sit down, talk to God, and present all their requests to him. I know for me, it’s like he’s my friend that I get to…

Prayer is easy. Anyone can sit down, talk to God, and present all their requests to him. I know for me, it’s like he’s my friend that I get to talk to whenever I want, every single day.

Prayer is not the hard part. Praying with faith and then preparing for God’s answer is the part that we could all use a little bit of work on. (I know I could at least!)

There are several passages in the Bible that talk about how we should respond to prayer. I’ve taken notes on these verses and it’s filled my heart with contentment and peace!

1 John 5:14 says, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.”

When we have confidence that God will deliver what we ask for, preparing for it is so much easier. It’s easy to spend your days with uncertainty and “what ifs,” but when you grasp the true confidence God wants for you, everything else falls into place.

When you ask your mom to do something, don’t you assume that she’s going to follow through with it? Why don’t you act the same way toward God? The Bible says over and over again that God is faithful and will always follow through with his promises.

Take a look at Mark 11:24. It says, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” There’s not much we can do besides prepare our hearts and minds for whatever God is going to do in our lives. As long as we have a faith-filled mindset, God will move in the midst of it.

There’s something beautiful in knowing that God always fulfills his promises. When he says he tends to the requests of those who have confidence in him, he always has and he always will.

One of my favorite things to do is keep a prayer journal so I can reflect back on what I asked God for and see how faithful he has been both now and in the past.

Whatever you ask God for, you need to prepare for accordingly. If you ask for God to reveal something to you, expect him to do just that! Don’t be surprised when God answers your prayers, even when it’s different from what you were wanting or expecting.

Prepare for adaptability. Know that how God responds to your prayers is what’s best for you and your life. His answer may be confusing and leave you questioning what he is doing, but never lose sight of who God is and never underestimate his power.

How will you start preparing today? Take the first step by writing down the things you need to pray for. Then wait with patience and confidence, and get ready for the great things God is going to do in your life!

– Chelsea

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