Chelsea Crockett

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Trade Worry for Worship

I’ve said time and time again how worry and anxiety can take such a hold on your life. One second your filled with joy and peace and the next you…

I’ve said time and time again how worry and anxiety can take such a hold on your life. One second your filled with joy and peace and the next you feel a wave of worry rush over you.

Unfortunately, it’s something that really never goes away. The only way to stop it is to change your attitude and mindset toward it. I saw a quote on Pinterest that talked about trading worry for worship, and how big of a difference this small step can make in your life.

For example, if you can’t sleep at night because you’re anxious about tomorrow, change your thoughts to those of worship and praise. Thank God for the blessings in your life instead of questioning him for the things that are making you worrisome.

One of my favorite verses ever comes from the MSG version of the Bible. I think it’s so beautifully put and can be something we all forget so often in this world.

Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” 

When we keep company with the Lord, life gets a whole lot better. It may not necessarily get easier, but we learn how to deal with situations more freely and lightly like the verse says above.

If you let it, worry can fill every area of your mind. It can make you be anxious over things you’ve never even thought of or considered. I’ve dealt with this time and time again, and it can truly take you over if you let it. Although it doesn’t go away at the snap of a finger, there are ways to retrain your mind to think of praise and blessings instead of worries and worst-case scenarios.

Some of the biggest areas of my life where I find my thoughts wandering are school, relationships, the future, etc. Sound familiar?

When it comes to school, I try to revert my thoughts to praising God for my education and the friends I’ve met through it. When it comes to relationships, I trade my worry in for thankfulness for that person in my life. When it comes to the future, I thank God for the present and praise him for the people and situations I’ve been blessed with.

You will never truly silence worry until you replace it with something better. Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

Even the Bible says countless times to talk to God with thanksgiving. Praise him for all the goodness in your life. There is nothing too big or too small to lift up to him. Start today by changing your worry to worship!

– Chelsea

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Sometimes It’s Not About the Answer, It’s About the Journey

I saw this quote the other day and it really resonated with me. It said “Sometimes it isn’t about the answer to prayer, sometimes it is more about what you…

I saw this quote the other day and it really resonated with me. It said “Sometimes it isn’t about the answer to prayer, sometimes it is more about what you learn while you are waiting for the answer.” I couldn’t agree more. Sometimes, we focus so much on wanting an answer to our prayers that we miss what God is trying to teach us in the waiting.

Many times, he makes us wait years for answers. He makes us wait for healing that we have been about for years. He makes us wait to give us what our hearts desire, whether it be a spouse, a new job, a baby, a house, anything. He could answer our prayers that we have been praing for years in one tiny second. The longer they go unanswered, the more we question whether he even hears us. Maybe He is keeping you at the point you are at for a reason: to build your faith. God is not deaf to you prayers or blind to your needs. If he is making you wait, there is a good reason for it. So, what can we learn while we wait?

The first lesson is a lesson in humility. When I find myself being impatient, I remind myself that the Lord put me in this place. My life does not belong to myself, and God does not owe me anything. I am not the only person on the planet, and the earth does not revolve around me and my wants.

The second lesson is trust. You need to trust that God is 2 things: loving and powerful. The Lord is loving. He pours care and purpose into all He does. He is faithful to us now and will bring us blessings later. His timing is perfect. He owes us nothing, but has promised to give us all that we need. He is powerful. This means that nothing that is happening right now is a surprise to God. He is in charge and has everything under control. When we get anxious in our waiting, we must remember that.

In my life I have struggled with listening to God say “wait” and then going ahead and trying to find ways to accomplish my goals myself. This creates distance in our relationship with the Lord. He wants us to learn to put our demands to the side and wait. Some of the Bible’s greatest figures had to wait many many years for God’s promises to come to pass. Everything that happened in the waiting was used to prepare them for the blessings God had in store. We need to trust in His goodness today and His faithfulness tomorrow. Giving Him control brings our hearts closer to his.

Don’t give up just because you don’t see anything happening. “Wait on the Lord. Be courageous, and he will strengthen your heart. Wait on the Lord!” Psalm 27:14

Chels

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How to Pray for Those Who Have Hurt You

Why in the world would you want to pray for someone who has hurt you? When someone hurts me, that is definitely not my first reaction. We have all been…

Why in the world would you want to pray for someone who has hurt you? When someone hurts me, that is definitely not my first reaction. We have all been hurt, disrespected, shamed, disregarded, and taken advantage of. How does Jesus expect us to pray for the people who treat us this way?

We first need to realize that Jesus knows that it is difficult because He knows everything about us. You do not need to hide how you feel from Him. You can share everything with Him – your joys, concerns, disappointments, weaknesses, challenges, all of it. Think about all of the times you have hurt someone – both intentionally and unintentionally. Did you feel bad once you realized that you hurt them? Would it have comforted you to know that they were praying for you? Praying that Jesus forgives you and shows you the error of your ways? Pray that He grants you patience while he works in the heart of the other person. Pray that He gives you the grace to accept what has happened, and the perspective you need to move on. Pray that the other person is led to Him.

Praying for the person that hurt you allows you to see things through God’s eyes. You will be able to see them as a person who is much like you. You will also be able to see your own wrongdoing – whether it be not showing the other person grace, talking about them behind their back, or not forgiving them.

I am not saying any of this is easy. We can be so paralyzed by our feelings of hurt and frustration towards the other person that we cannot even think straight. In these situations, we should go to the Lord in prayer and ask for His comfort and thank him for his unconditional love. We should ask for His guidance through this incredibly tough time, and the strength to come out of it stronger.

We are all works in progress. The Lord does not expect us to easily forgive those who mistreat us – but He does expect us to forgive them in the end. The next time someone wrongs you, turn to Jesus first. He is there with comfort, healing, and understanding. All you have to do is ask for it. He knows a thing or two because He has seen a thing or two.

Chels

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Believe in What You Pray For

When you pray, do you believe that God will answer you? When you lift a problem, person or situation up to God, do you believe that He hears you? Do…

When you pray, do you believe that God will answer you? When you lift a problem, person or situation up to God, do you believe that He hears you? Do you believe that He can grant your request?

As Christians, we need to believe in what we pray for. The Bible tells us that we are not just to pray, but to pray believing. If God’s word specifically tells us to believe when we pray, then it goes without saying that sometimes we can pray and not believe. Not all prayers will bring results. God hears us when we believe that He has the power to answer us. And God will always answer us with one of three responses: yes, no, and wait.

James 1:6-7 says “But let him as in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord.” Every religion in the world asks its followers to pray. But, it is only the Bible that requires us to believe what we pray. It requires that we actually trust God. That is how we maintain our relationship with Him. Mark 11:24 says “Therefore, I say unto you, whatever you desire, when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you shall have them.”

Believing in your prayer takes the emphasis off the prayer itself and puts it all on God. The focus is all about God and His faithfulness. In the Bible we are taught to not only rely on prayer alone but to rely on Him. Your faith and belief must be in your heart before the prayer comes out of your mouth.

When crisis strikes, bad things happen, or we want something, our first instinct should be to lift it up in prayer. For some of us, our answers come quickly, and God either tells us yes, no, or wait. Other times, the answer is unclear, so we wait. And wait. And wait. And during this waiting, we begin to lose faith. Did God hear me? Has he forgotten about me?

He does hear you and will never forget or forsake you. He may be teaching you a lesson on patience or may even be reminding you that you must believe in what you are praying. Maybe He wants you to set your worldly desires aside and be humbled. In these situations, I remember Romans 8:28 which says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

Everything happens for a reason. It is our job to believe that God will deliver us from our situation and bring us out stronger on the other side.

XOXO, Chels

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Prayers for Your Relationship

When you are in a relationship, whether it be a dating or marriage relationship, you want what is best for the other person. You want to see them happy, see…

When you are in a relationship, whether it be a dating or marriage relationship, you want what is best for the other person. You want to see them happy, see them thrive, and see them live their best life. In my experience, the best way to see these things come to be is by praying for them. Christ’s love and power can intervene and that is the best thing that could happen for your significant other. Here are some of the prayers I continually pray for my boyfriend.

  1. Pray that he will love God with all his heart (Mark 12:30). We should love God first and others second. When he loves God first, he loves me as Christ loves the church.
  2. Pray that he will find joy in his work or job (Ecc 2:24). When he is fulfilled in his work and feels needed and important, he can feel peace and joy in everyday life.
  3. Pray that he will be safe from temptation (Matt 6:13). We all face temptation. Pray that he stands strong in the face of it.
  4. Pray for his health (3 John 1:2).
  5. Pray you are the partner he needs you to be (Proverbs 31:10). Pray that you are able to help him through the good and the bad, and that you have his back. If he needs a cheerleader, pray that you will be more affirming. If he needs a confidant, pray that you have ears to listen and wisdom to give.
  6. Pray that he will grow in his faith (Ephesians 3:6-19). This goes along with number 1. When he understands his faith and understands how to love as Christ loves, your relationship with strengthen. You will also be able to see God’s hand in his life and be able to see the blessings he has been given because of his faithfulness.
  7. Pray that, as a couple, you will be quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:19-20). Words can be damaging. In an argument, it can be tempting to try and get the last word in. But, we should watch what we say in the heat of the moment because those words can wedge themselves into our minds and eat away at us.
  8. Pray for his genuine happiness (Ecc. 3:12-13). When he is happy, you are happy.
  9. Pray that, as a couple, you will be content (Heb. 13:5-6). Wanting more and more is a vicious cycle. Try to be content with what you have and be happy with the blessings that have been given to you.
  10. Pray that we will both love God with all our hearts.

 

Praying for your boyfriend/husband/significant other shows them that you genuinely care about them and want to see them thrive. You can also ask them “How can I pray for you this week?” and help share their burdens. Prayer is powerful, y’all!

XOXO, Chels

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5 Sunday Habits

Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week. It’s a day solely devoted to Jesus and relaxation, can you get any better than that? I find myself doing…

Sunday is one of my favorite days of the week. It’s a day solely devoted to Jesus and relaxation, can you get any better than that?

I find myself doing the same routine every Sunday. This usually consists of church, catching up on homework and studying, and watching TV for hours on end.

I saw an article online that talked about 5 ways to transform your Sunday to be productive for Christ, instead of using it for binge-watching Netflix and napping the afternoon away! Take away some of these tips and see how your day is transformed! 🙂

  1. Spend time in prayer.

God wants our Sundays to be dedicated to him. In the Bible, the Sabbath was a sacred day devoted to Him and Him alone.

So, spend time talking to him! Oftentimes, we can get so caught up in the busyness of our week that we forget to slow down and just talk to God. Tell him your concerns, the things you’re thankful for, and your requests.

Use this day to get in good, undistracted prayer time with God!

  1. Set up your weekly devotional schedule.

My biggest excuse for not getting enough quiet time in with God is that I don’t have enough time in my day or that I’ll do it later. Having a set weekly schedule helped me remember and devote a certain time solely to God to spend with him.

It’s amazing what a set schedule can do for you! Once you have a plan, stick to it and see how it impacts your week.

  1. Go to church!

Sunday is the day to wake up and go worship the Lord with other believers! I always feel that if I begin my week with church it puts me on the right track to have a good week with God. I feel refreshed, joyful, and ready to take on whatever the week may bring!

  1. Rest!

Exodus 20:8-10 says, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work…”

God instructs us in the Bible to use Sunday as a day of rest. He commands us to take a day from work and our busy ways of life and relax in his presence. I almost think of it as God’s way of rewarding us for all the hard work we’ve put in during the week!

  1. Spend time in good fellowship.

Whether this be a quick brunch with friends after church or even spending some time with your parents on Sunday nights, make it a habit!

Being around people who encourage you in your walk with Christ is so important, and what’s a better day to do it than on Sunday?

Get in the routine of practicing these five habits every week. You may notice a tremendous difference in your day and maybe even week! 🙂

– Chelsea

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If It Doesn’t Open, It’s Not Your Door

Have you ever wanted something so badly that when it fails to happen you feel defeated and alone? Take situations in my life for example. In high school, I would…

Have you ever wanted something so badly that when it fails to happen you feel defeated and alone?

Take situations in my life for example. In high school, I would fall head over heels for a boy just to find out he has no interest in me. I would get excited about possible work opportunities to find out they’ve already contacted someone else for the job.

Life’s not always easy when an opened door that you wanted and hoped for ends up closing with little to no explanation. You thought life was working itself out only to find out that God doesn’t want you there at all.

There’s a concept that I heard a long time ago that never really made sense until now: If it doesn’t open, it’s not your door.

I would more often than not find myself getting so frustrated at God when things didn’t go my way. I would want something so badly only to watch it disappear right in front of me.

With that being said, how do you know which doors God opens for you?

Psalm 25:4-5,9 says, “Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.”

First, comes prayer. Prayer is so much more powerful than you think! Although we may not see our prayers answered right before our eyes, God is always working on our behalf.

Pray for guidance and knowledge. Pray for God’s plan to be revealed to you amidst the confusion and uncertainty. God wants us to call out to him, not lean on our own control.

Luke 11:9 says, “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

If you want something so badly you can’t stand it, ask for it. All God wants from us is to simply look to him. How can something we want be given to us if we don’t even ask for it to begin with? If we seek something with all our heart, God will deliver. And if he doesn’t, then he didn’t for a reason.

I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. And if God closes a door in your life, realize that. Don’t try to force something that isn’t there.

Lastly, I’ll leave you with a quote that I think so many of us need to hear:

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.”

I love the way this is phrased! You may think one door leads to so much happiness but behind it is actually the opposite. Trust God and trust his plan. You’ll be happy you did!

– Chelsea

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3 Quiet Time Plans to Follow

A crucial part of being a follower of Christ is spending time with him and yearning to know him more and more. When the day comes when we’re standing at…

A crucial part of being a follower of Christ is spending time with him and yearning to know him more and more.

When the day comes when we’re standing at the gates of heaven, we want God to know us and know of the time we’ve spent so deeply and so frequently with him.

There are many ways to get to know Him more, one of which is to have daily quiet times, diving deeper into God’s Word and dissecting what each part of the Bible means.

Over the years, I’ve discovered and put into practice several different plans and ways to do quiet times. There are three different ones in particular that I find extremely beneficial no matter how far along your relationship with God is!

5 x 5 x 5 Reading Plan

If you’re new at quiet times or reading the Bible, this is the perfect plan to get your feet wet.

This plan calls for 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, and 5 methods to dive deeper into the Word. Just start with a simple 5 minutes and see where that takes you! This is a good challenge and it can keep you accountable day-by-day!

As far as 5 ways to dive deeper, you can memorize, underline/highlight, reword, question, or pray about what you read for the day. I challenge you to do all 5 of these to get the most out of your quiet time!

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3 R’s Plan

This is one of my favorite plans. The three R’s stand for rejoice, repent, and request.

For “rejoice,” write down every part of the verses or chapter that gives you things to be thankful for.

For “repent,” write down anything that’s talked about in the chapter that God commands us not to do.  Think of which of these commands you struggle with, and write those down as well.

For “request,” write down anything you want to ask God for. Whether that be strength to stay out of the sin you repented or simply things you’ve been struggling with.

I always like to end with a prayer reviewing what I wrote down. This is the time to send your praises and requests to God!

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Journaling

This is a much looser version of a quiet time. Sometimes the less structure, the more you can let God speak to you!

Pick out a certain book or chapter of the Bible and read it once all the way through. Then go back and read it again verse by verse. Right down anything and everything that comes to mind. If you come across a verse that speaks to you, write it down.

End with a prayer and let your heart take over. Sometimes I even like writing down the prayer and simply letting my mind be open to whatever God wants to tell me! This also gives me the chance to go back and read what I wrote down in the future.

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Which way are you going to try out? All of them are great places to start if you want to build a better relationship with God. Pick one and get started! 🙂

– Chelsea

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How to Pray for the USA

It is hard to live in the times that we do, where the news is always reporting critical stories and everything seems to be going down the drain, and not…

It is hard to live in the times that we do, where the news is always reporting critical stories and everything seems to be going down the drain, and not worry about the state of our country. I try not to get too wrapped up in it, but sometimes it can be overwhelming and discouraging to listen to what is happening in our cities and our country at large. If you are concerned about the beautiful country that we live in, pray for God’s Kingdom to come and His will be done. Here are a few verses to pray that will help you lift our nation up.

  1. Pray for God to heal our country and forgive the sins of our nation.
  • 2 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.”
  1. Pray for the government’s leaders and for Godly leaders to step up.
  • 1 Timothy 2:1-4 – “I urge, then, first, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.  This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” Pray for our leaders to know and serve the Lord. Pray that God would give them the wisdom and godly council they need in order to stand boldly and courageously in the face of opposition.
  1. Pray for the lost to be saved and the Gospel to be shared.
  • 2 Thessalonians 3:1 – “As for other matters, brothers and sisters, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.” God wants us to be on fire for Him. Pray for Christians everywhere to seek Jesus with all their hearts and get back on track with His plan for them. Also, pray that others would come to know the Savior through the example set by their peers.
  1. Pray for unity in the country.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:10- “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”

Your prayers make a difference. God loves when we talk to Him and share our hearts with Him. Join me in lifting our nation up in prayer so that we can be a prosperous, peaceful country. We are it’s future leaders, after all.

Chels

 

 

 

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With Prayer Comes Dependence

True dependence, like the kind of 100% certainty, doesn’t come easy. Growing up, I depended on my parents. I depended on them for food, education, a car, a place to…

True dependence, like the kind of 100% certainty, doesn’t come easy.

Growing up, I depended on my parents. I depended on them for food, education, a car, a place to come home to… I even caught myself depending on them for my joy, peace, and happiness at times.

Growing up, I depended on my friends.  I depended on them for fun, social status, and having them as a listening ear.  All of which let me down from time and time.

Growing up, I depended on myself.  I depended on myself for control, for my future, for peace. I thought I could handle the world by myself, without help from God or others.

But God says, “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered” (Proverbs 28:26).

This verse was an eye opener. When I thought about what God referred to as “wisdom,” I wanted to discover more of how I could depend on God’s truth instead of what I figured out was simply my truth.

At this age, we depend on so many different things for happiness, peace, contentment, etc.  But through prayer, I’ve found out what the true meaning of dependence is.  I wanted to share with you three different ways, along with verses, to reveal to you the true way to find dependence on God.

Exodus 14:14 says, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Sometimes we feel like God isn’t on our side, and this is the biggest lie the devil could put in our heads.  God is always fighting for us, always rooting for us, and always wanting the best for us.

I urge you to pray for stillness. While God is fighting the battle, pray for peace and a conscious mind that God is working even though you can’t see the outcome yet.  All we have to do is surrender to him!

Isaiah 41:13 says, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.”

The deeper we dive into scripture, the more God’s character is revealed to us.

The stronger the relationship we have with God, the more we truly know and love him. We can strengthen this relationship by talking to God as if he’s our friend, because He is. If we can depend on our best friends, can’t we then depend on the creator of the universe?

Jeremiah 29:12 says, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

Whether you deny it or not, we all love a listening ear. We all want someone to sit and listen to us, uninterrupted with an eager heart.

This is one of the coolest things about God. He desires our requests and is excited to talk to us. The creator of the universe is excited to talk to US!

The more you talk to God, the greater your dependence on him will be.  He is always listening, and you will find yourself growing closer and closer to him through faithful prayer, and reading in His word.

So, what will you do? Will you sit down and give God a minute, 30 minutes, an hour of your day?

God is ready to listen to you, you just have to be ready to talk to him!

– Chelsea

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Direction Determines Destination

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.” Before moving to Georgia,…

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tip toe if you must, but take the step.”

Before moving to Georgia, I was constantly asking God to show me the path he wanted me to take. I found myself asking Him to show me clearly what He wanted me to do when I moved to this new place.

When we think about our future, our minds can wander. “Where will I end up?” “Which path should I choose?” “Do I really even know if this is what I want?”

I recently listened to a sermon on the topic of direction. The speaker said that “direction, not intention, determines destination.”  We can intend on doing a particular thing, but it means nothing without direction laid out in front of us.

God’s direction is the best direction to follow, but it can be hard to know what exactly that is.  It’s important for us to know which way to go in order to reach the destination God has for us, whether that be who we marry or which college we go to.

Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”

To acknowledge God is to make him known in all areas of your life.

If you want to know the direction God wants you to take, you need to truly know him.

Acknowledge God in your day-to-day life. Acknowledge him in what you do while walking to class, on the weekends, driving in your car. Acknowledge his goodness and pay attention to his still, small voice.

Jeremiah 6:16 says, “Thus says the Lord: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the path where the good way is and walk in it, and find rest for your souls…” 

Our first step can always be to ask God for clarity. Although God already knows what we’re going through, talking and praying to him will reveal more things than you thought it ever could.

So first, “ask for the path where the good way is.” Ask God for help. He is more than willing to reveal his plan to you piece by piece, all you have to do is simply ask! Be still and listen for his direction. Understand that it is in His due time as well. Sometimes His plans may not be revealed to us right away, so be actively patient. Seek Him in that waiting period.

One of the most important things to note is to make sure you’re asking for God’s will to be done, not your own will.  Sometimes we get too caught up in asking solely for what we want, instead of asking for God’s way over our own.

Second, “walk in it.” You can talk about choosing a certain direction for your life but it means nothing until you put that direction into action.

Take the path that God has for you. It is so, so much better than our own plans.

Once we find the right direction, we discover our destination. Put purpose behind your intention and you’ll be at God’s perfect destination in no time.

– Chelsea

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Prayer Trumps Panic, Every Time

Have you ever felt real, raw, knees weak, palms sweaty, mind-numbing panic? Me too. There are times in my career where I have been on top of the world. Life…

Have you ever felt real, raw, knees weak, palms sweaty, mind-numbing panic? Me too.

There are times in my career where I have been on top of the world. Life is good, business is good, my friendships and relationships are strong, and I feel like life couldn’t get any better. Then, inevitably, something knocks me down. Life is all about the hills and valleys. In those valleys, panic sets in. Do people still like me? Am I going to be successful? In those moments, the panic can be overwhelming. It can feel like an elephant is sitting on my chest and fear keeps me rooted in place. What if I make a wrong move? What if I do something and people don’t like it? What if I do something and I don’t like it?

With any change comes a certain degree of panic. Whenever I launch a new project, such as writing a book, that fear sets in. What if people don’t buy the book? What if no one reads what I have to say? That is where prayer comes in. Philippians 4:6 says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in ever situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” This means that you should put your panic away, trust in God, and ask him to calm your heart. Also, Psalms 56:3 says “When I am afriad, I put my trust in you.” These two verses had a common theme: trust.

Trust God with your worries and your panic. Give it to Him and let Him carry that burden for you. We do not have to put all of our confidence in ourselves. We can rest assured that Jesus is the Solid Rock in which we stand. He will never fail us. We can trust him completely, deeply, and with our whole hearts, even when we start to feel pannicked. You also don’t have to go through anxious times alone. I know when I was at my lowest, I just wanted someone to be with me, even if it was to simply sit with me and not talk. Often times, a few words of encouragement can calm our hearts and help soothe our fears.

Don’t suffer panic alone. Let people know where you are. Reach out in prayer. Prayer trumps panic, every time.

XOXO, Chels

 

 

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Prayer Journaling 101

Prayer journaling is something that’s become a really big part of my spiritual life.  It’s something that brings me closer to God and has changed my perspective on prayer as…

Prayer journaling is something that’s become a really big part of my spiritual life.  It’s something that brings me closer to God and has changed my perspective on prayer as a whole.  There are so many things about prayer journaling that I want to tell you about so you can dive into prayer in a whole new way, too!

Chelsea Crockett - Prayer JournalFirst, you’ll need an empty journal with lots of blank pages that are ready to be filled!  I like to start by writing a list of different things I want to start praying for.  Whether it be a friend that’s going through something or a hard test that’s coming up, I write it all down.  Put on paper everything that’s on your mind and everything that needs prayer.

Now comes the best part.  Find a quiet spot where you can be alone with God, just you and him. You can either pick one of those things you put on your list to journal about or just spill out your heart to God, about anything and everything.  These are like your own little love notes to God.  There’s no wrong way to write your out your needs and wants to him.  My favorite part about writing my prayers down is being able to look back at them and see how God has answered my requests.  Watch how he is faithful and see how he answers your prayers when you need him to!

So, what do you think?  Are you going to try it out?  Now that I’ve started, I can’t stop! 🙂

Love, Chels

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4 Ways to Improve Your Prayer Life

Prayer is a powerful thing. Sometimes, it can be a tough thing to do. Our prayer lives reveal so much about our relationship with God, but there are times when…

Prayer is a powerful thing. Sometimes, it can be a tough thing to do. Our prayer lives reveal so much about our relationship with God, but there are times when we can put it on the back burner and it can get lost in the craziness of life. We get lazy, busy, or too distracted. Even if you are not much of a prayer, it is so important to maintain a strong prayer life. If yours is in need of a jumpstart, here are a few tips on how to make it happen.

  1. Write your prayers down: Use a journal to write your prayers down. Not only does this help you focus and allows you to vent and get your feelings out, it also lets you to look back at your prayers and see how God worked through them!
  2. Doodle your prayers: Yes, doodle! Grab a sketch book or a piece of paper and doodle while you pray. It can help calm your heart and help you surrender your worries to God. It will also be a fun way to incentivise yourself to pray.
  3. Pray through scripture: The Bible is full of prayers. You can take them and adapt them to your life, and you can use them as inspiration. The Bible is an awesome resource!
  4. Read about it: There are countless books written about prayer. You can also ask close friends or mentors about how they maintain a strong prayer life. Never be ashamed to ask others about their faith! They have most likely had the same struggles in their walk with God that you are having and can give you advice on how to overcome them.

Having a strong prayer life is essential. It is how we talk to God, and how he talks back!

XOXO, Chels

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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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Why Do We Pray?

Why do we pray? God knows everything anyway. He is almighty, soverign, and in control of all things. What could we possibly add to His wisdom with our prayers? That,…

Why do we pray? God knows everything anyway. He is almighty, soverign, and in control of all things. What could we possibly add to His wisdom with our prayers? That, my friends, is a great question. Why do we pray? Here are some great reasons.

  1. We pray because we are God’s children, and He loves to hear from us!
  2. We pray because it deepens our trust in God. (Philippians 4:6-7)
  3. We pray because it causes us to depend on God. (Isaiah 40:26)
  4. We pray because it gives us the chance to express ourselves completely to the Lord. (Psalms 62:8)
  5. We pray because our prayers move the heart of God. (James 4:2)
  6. We pray because it is an amazing way that we get to be involved with what God is already doing in our world. (1 Thessalonians 5:25)

Mother Teresa said “God shapes the world by prayer. The more praying there is in the world the better the world will be, the mightier the forces against evil.” Prayer is so important, and having a healthy prayer life is crucial to your walk with Jesus!

XOXO, Chels

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