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How to Get Rid of Toxic People

Toxic people are often hard to get away from.  Whether its due to relationships, being in the same friend group, or simply dating the wrong person, having toxic people in…

Toxic people are often hard to get away from.  Whether its due to relationships, being in the same friend group, or simply dating the wrong person, having toxic people in your life can be both draining and exhausting.  Most of us leave these people in our lives because we simply don’t know how to get away from them.  Here’s how you can separate yourself from these people in a kind and mature way!

  • Distance yourself.  Although this doesn’t always work for every situation, it does work for some.  Slowly backing away from the situation really can work.  It’s a good way to get some air and realize what you really want, whether it be in a relationship or with a close friend.
  • Pray for strength.  Prayer is powerful and I’m a strong believer that God provides when you ask him for something.  Sometimes we just need the strength to cut ties with someone and know that it really is for the best.
  • Surround yourself with people who build you up.  Surrounding yourself with good people while trying to distance yourself from the opposite is one of the best distractions.  It shows you the people you deserve to have in your life!  Know your worth!
  • Be bold and determined.  I know it’s easier said than done, but having the courage to know what you deserve in your life is something we should all believe about ourselves.  Changing your mindset to having the boldness to get rid of toxic people in your life is one of the most freeing feelings ever!

I hope you have enough courage to break away from the people bringing you down in your life! 🙂

Love, Chels

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5 Ways to Know If Something Is from God

Everything comes from God and everything can be credited back to the creator of the universe.  The sky, the ocean, our family, our house… these are just a few examples…

Everything comes from God and everything can be credited back to the creator of the universe.  The sky, the ocean, our family, our house… these are just a few examples of the many things God has so graciously given us.  But other things, the not so good and the not so desired, can be hard to know if they’re actually from God.  Here are 5 ways to know if something is from God!

  • Simply ask. Pray. There is so much more power in prayer than we realize. Ask God to reveal to your heart whatever it is you’re struggling with.  You will hear God’s tiny whispers that can reveal so much more than you thought prayer could!
  • Look into scripture. Without even realizing it, some of the answers you’re searching for can be written directly into scripture.  Even simply googling “What does the Bible say about _____” can give you answers that are guaranteed to be from God since they’re written in His word!
  • Ask someone more knowledgeable about the topic. If you have a spiritual leader in your life, ask them for their own opinion.  Sometimes all we need is someone else’s input to see what we’re missing.
  • Be patient. Patience is key!  I can’t stress this enough.  Maybe God doesn’t want you to know right away what he’s doing in your life.  Be still!
  • Trust that God has your best interest. Sometimes we don’t always want what God has placed in our life, but I assure you it’s something God knows we need.

I hope this helps you in times of confusion and frustration.  Remember that every good and perfect gift comes from God!

Love, Chelsea

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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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3 R’s Bible Devotional

I always love finding new ways to read and study my Bible.  Starting my day off with a devotional and a little Jesus time is my favorite thing to do…

I always love finding new ways to read and study my Bible.  Starting my day off with a devotional and a little Jesus time is my favorite thing to do in the morning!  I found a new three-part devotional that focuses on a different psalm every day and allows you to create a small prayer out of each one.  The three R’s stand for rejoice, repent, and request.  Start by picking a psalm and reading it a few times through!Chelsea Crockett - Psalm Devotion

  • Rejoice.  First comes first, you’re going to pick out the parts of the psalm that revolve around gratefulness and rejoicing.  Write down all of the different blessings that we can be grateful for and what we can lift up to God in thankfulness!
  • Repent.  Throughout each psalm, there are usually lines that talk about sin and things that we, as sinners, fall short of.  Write down all of the things we need to repent for whether it be gossip, judgement, etc.
  • Request.  Take what you wrote down for the last two R’s and turn them into requests to God.  What do you want Him to help you with?  How do you want to learn from these things?  This will turn into a mini prayer!

After you have your list, pray what you wrote down.  Rejoice in the good things, repent your sins, and send up your requests to God.  Try it out! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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4 Ways You Can Pray For Your Family

One of the most caring and thoughtful things you can do for your family is to pray for them. Whether you actually tell them you are or whether you keep…

One of the most caring and thoughtful things you can do for your family is to pray for them. Whether you actually tell them you are or whether you keep it to yourself, praying for your family shows them that you deeply love them and that you care for them. It can bless you as well when you see your prayers for them being answered and when you see how God blesses their life because of your faithfulness! Your prayers can also help bring your family together and strengthen it. Here are 4 ways that you can pray for your family.

  1. For a pure heart and mind: “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from
    it.” – Proverbs 4:23. Pray that your family’s hearts and minds are guarded from the negative influences and sin in the world.
  2. For others to see God’s love through your family: “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16. Pray that your family’s example would point others toward God.FullSizeRender (83)
  3. For courage in the face of hardship: “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.” – Deuteronomy 31:6. Pray that your family will endure with courage through hard times. Be strong and courageous!
  4. For love: “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.” – 1 Peter 4:8. Pray that each member of the family has a genuine love for others.

Hopefully these verses help give you an idea of how to pray for your family! God has so many blessings in store for you and your family in the future!

XOXO, Chels

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5 Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions for 2017

New Year’s resolutions are a good way to create a few positive habits in your life.  Most of the time, our New Year’s resolutions revolve around working out more, eating…

New Year’s resolutions are a good way to create a few positive habits in your life.  Most of the time, our New Year’s resolutions revolve around working out more, eating healthier, spending more time with family, etc.  But why not shift our focus to improve ourselves a little more spiritually, as well as physically?  Here are 5 spiritual resolutions to add to your list! 🙂

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  • Go to church/find a church.  If you haven’t found a church that fits you perfectly, that’s okay!  Make an effort to try out different churches and services each Sunday morning.  And if you’ve been going to the same church for years, encourage yourself to get out of bed and make it there every week!
  • Read the Bible daily.  You don’t understand the benefits of reading the Bible every day until you start to do it.  It will teach you more wisdom and knowledge that you didn’t even know existed!
  • Pray, pray, pray!  Prayer is one of the most important things in your walk of faith.  To be able to talk to God at any time of any day is a blessing, so take advantage of it!
  • Practice patience.  You’ve always heard the saying “patience is a virtue,” and that’s one of the truest sayings there is!  Practicing to be patient despite the circumstances will teach you more than you think.
  • Heal past relationships.  Forgiveness is something that can be one of the hardest things to give.  But when you heal a broken relationship, you’ll realize a weight will be lifted off your shoulders!

I encourage you to try some of these out and even add some of your own!

Happy New Year! – Chelsea

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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 sometimes we can put…

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 sometimes 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 improve your prayer life.

  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 allows you to look back at your prayers and see how God worked through them!fullsizerender-59
  2. Doodle your prayers: Yes, doodle! Grab a sketch book or a piece of paper and doodle while you prayer. Draw your prayers or doodle as you pray. It can help calm you and help you surrender your worries to God. It will also be a fun way to incentivize yourself to pray.
  3. Pray through scripture: The Bible is full of prayers. You can take them and adopt them to your life and your prayers, 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! God loves hearing your prayers.

XOXO, Chels

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3 Verses to Pray for Patience

We’re in the generation of wanting things at the snap of our fingers, right when we ask for it.  We often find it hard to trust that God’s plan is…

We’re in the generation of wanting things at the snap of our fingers, right when we ask for it.  We often find it hard to trust that God’s plan is perfect and think that ours may be better in the long run.  It can sometimes get frustrating when we have to wait and be patient.  It may even start to feel like the wait is too much to bear.  Luckily, God gives us His word to help us turn to when we’re in need of patience!Chelsea Crockett - Patience Bible Verse

Proverbs 14:29 says, “Whoever is patient has great understanding, but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.”  In this verse, God is telling us to be slow to anger.  We often get so frustrated when God doesn’t answer our prayers right away, or even at all.  We need to pray for understanding and self-control.  If you can’t change the outcome, change the perspective!

Ephesians 4:2 says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.”  This verse is a perfect verse to reflect on when struggling with patience with other people.  Be humble and kind, having love for even those who hurt and persecute you!

2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”  This is one of my favorite verses about patience.  God is never slow or absent, He is simply fulfilling His will for you (and His plan is perfect!)!  He is patient with us as we should be with Him!

I urge you all to pray for patience.  It will change your perspective and give you peace in all situations.

Love, Chelsea

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5 Tips for When You’re Feeling Far from God

We all have bad days. Whether it’s something as little as a bad grade or something a lot bigger, you may start to feel far from God. Sometimes you lose…

We all have bad days. Whether it’s something as little as a bad grade or something a lot bigger, you may start to feel far from God. Sometimes you lose faith or don’t have the time to grow and build your relationship with Christ. It can be frustrating and confusing but we’ve all been there. I came up with a few tips to turn your bad days to good days :).

  • Set apart some alone time to spend with God. Chelsea Crockett - God QuoteIf we never spend time with our friends and family, we will slowly grow apart from them. It’s the same thing with God! Never having some quiet time to listen for what God is trying to tell you will result in farness from God and His plan.
  • Pray, pray, pray. Prayer is powerful! Speaking to God one-on-one will strengthen your relationship with Him.
  • Text a friend from church, a youth leader, etc. If you have a church family that you can rely on, use that to your advantage! If you can’t talk and pray with someone in your family, seek advice from a fellow Christian.
  • Go to church. What’s a better place to get closer to God than being surrounded by good fellowship and the Word?
  • Listen to Christian music. I know when I’m feeling down, I love to listen to my favorite Christian artists. Their songs send very powerful messages that I sometimes need to hear!

I hope these tips help you draw nearer to God and help you remember how much he loves you.

Love, Chelsea

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5 Habits for a Christian Relationship

A Christ-based relationship is the only option for me in the present and future, as I grow and mature. Having faith not only as a person but as a couple…

A Christ-based relationship is the only option for me in the present and future, as I grow and mature. Having faith not only as a person but as a couple as well is very important. There are certain things in a Christian relationship that should become and remain a habit to keep your relationship healthy in Christ!

  1. Pray together. I cannot stress this enough. Learning to open up your hearts and talk to God together is a huge step in your relationship. You’ll also discover some things your boyfriend may be struggling with, and you can pray for those things as well on your own time!Chelsea Crockett - Christian Relationship
  2. Read the Bible and devotionals together. Every night, pick a few scriptures to talk about and discuss. It’s nice to hear what someone else has to say about a certain passage or verse.
  3. Go to church. Going to church is crucial in your walk of faith. Knowing you have someone to encourage you and join you each Sunday is an awesome feeling.
  4. Volunteer or take mission trips. This will not only change the lives of others, but will give you and your boyfriend tons of great memories together.
  5. Surround yourselves with other Christian couples. Surrounding yourself with good people is key to staying true to yourself, whether you’re in a relationship or not!

Follow these steps and your relationship will not only grow together but in Christ too!

Love, Chelsea

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Start, Stay, and End with Jesus

“That is SO goals” ,“Omg GOALS!”, “They are total relationship goals.” How many times a day to we hear people say these phrases? To me, these words seem trivial. Is…

“That is SO goals” ,“Omg GOALS!”, “They are total relationship goals.” How many times a day to we hear people say these phrases? To me, these words seem trivial. Is your goal to really have a relationship like that person? They may wish they had a relationship like yours. Instead of setting minute goals such as the ones the world tells us are worth our time and effort, I say we focus on one daily goal: to start, stay, and end with Jesus.

  1. Start with Jesus: Morning time alone with God is crutial to maintaining a healthy relationship with Him. If it means setting your alarm 10 minutes earlier so you can read your Bible or a short devotional when you get up in the morning, then do it. You will feel so much better, more prepared, and encouraged going into the day after spending time with God!d8e146298932786e62eabfa869fc76f5
  2. Stay with Jesus: During the day, send up little prayers to God when He crosses your mind. Are you worried about something? Pray about it. Stressed? Pray about it. Also, throughout your day, make sure you are acting and presenting yourself to others in a way that glorifies God and brings attention to Him by setting a positive example for your peers.
  3. End with Jesus: If this means a prayer right before you go to bed or sitting around the table with family at the end of the day and praying as a family, make sure you close out the day by spending time with the One who gave the day to you in the first place. Confess your sins to him and ask forgiveness, then pray that He would work through you in the days to come.

Start, stay, and end with Jesus every day. Your life will never be the same!

XOXO,Chels

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How to Pray 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 Im not as good about it! The best thing you can do for your friends is pray for them. Here are 4 prayers for your friends and mine.

  1. 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.il_340x270.678591084_c3z7
  2. 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.
  3. Proverbs 3:3-8: Pray that she would trust in the Lord with all his heart, and not lean on her own understanding. Ask that in all her ways she would acknowledge God, and God will make straight your friend’s paths. Entreat the Lord to help your friend not be wise in her own eyes, but to fear the Lord, and turn away from evil.
  4. 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!

XOXO, Chels

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The Power of Being Positive

          Winston Churchill once said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference.”   When you think about that…it is so true!   A negative attitude can be power draining.  …

          Winston Churchill once said, “Attitude is a little thing that makes a BIG difference.”   When you think about that…it is so true!   A negative attitude can be power draining.   A positive attitude, on the other hand, can help you enjoy a happy and fulfilling life.  It can put you in a good position with others.  No one wants to be around someone that is always complaining and fault finding.Chelsea Crockett - Power in Positivity

          All of us need to change our attitude at times and all that takes is changing the way we think!  When the going gets tough…just realizing that this too shall pass and just saying  “Oh well”….can really help us to keep things in perspective.  Try not to make a mountain out of a molehill.

          Most importantly, stay in touch with God.  He’s the One who sees the big picture and orchestrates everything around us.  Make your time with Him an important part of your daily schedule.  Do your best to communicate with Him through prayer, reading your Bible and worship.   Do your best to be a positive person.   The more positive you are….the more powerful you are!

XOXO-
Chelsea

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4 Ways to Pray for your Future Husband

Want to know the best possible thing you could do for your future husband? Pray for him. You may not meet him for many years, or you may already know…

Want to know the best possible thing you could do for your future husband? Pray for him. You may not meet him for many years, or you may already know him, but whatever the case, it is really important to keep him in your prayers. Wouldn’t you like to think that he is praying for you, too? Here are some ways that you can pray for your future husband to encourage and strengthen him, wherever he may be, because he is the future head of your house and the future father of your children. He needs some prayer, ladies!

  1. Pray for his relationship with God. Like I said, he is the future head of your house and father to your children, so you want a strong man of God in the position of husband.tumblr_m4c1guYyY81rvjm9wo1_500
  2. Pray for your husband to make wise choices. Pray that he is being smart with the decisions he makes right now in his teen years and that he is wise with where and who he spends his time with.
  3. Pray that he as the power to resist temptations, whatever they may be. At this time in our lives, there is a lot of temptations! Pray that he resists them now and throughout his young adulthood so that when he meets you he is wise and pure.
  4. Pray for him to pray for you! How would it be to have your future husband out there praying for you right this second? Praying for all of the things that you pray for him about? How encouraging!

It is SO important to pray for your future hubbies, ladies! Pray for him and see how God will bless your relationship when you finally meet.

XOXO, Chels

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Keep a Prayer Journal!

Keeping a prayer journal can do wonders for your walk with God. How? Let me tell you! Keeps your mind on task: I don’t know about you, but sometimes when…

Keeping a prayer journal can do wonders for your walk with God. How? Let me tell you!

Keeps your mind on task: I don’t know about you, but sometimes when I am praying my mind seems to wander off and get on another subject.  By writing your prayers down you are keeping your mind on task and it will keep you from daydreaming! Writing out prayers might take a little longer than thinking them, but at least the time is actually spent in prayer.

Allows you to keep track of your prayers: By keeping a journal, you can look back and see who you were praying for, what you were praying for, and how God has answered your prayers! I think it is so cool to look back on the prayers I said in the past and see how God has answered them.chelsea crockett prayer journal

Makes you closer to God: Communication is vital in any relationship, and it is even more important in your relationship to God. The more praying you do to him, the closer you will be. Lay all of your worries, burdens, and anything else that is heavy on your heart, on Him. God loves to listen to you!

Keeping a prayer journal will transform your walk with Christ! 

P.S. If you get a really cute prayer journal, it will make you want to write in it even more! Just a little tip 🙂

Love ya,

XOXO, Chels

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