Chelsea Crockett

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Behind You & Before You

As the Bible says numerous times, God is with us always. In everything we do, we can count on the fact that he is right by our side. It’s easy…

As the Bible says numerous times, God is with us always. In everything we do, we can count on the fact that he is right by our side.

It’s easy for us to remember that God is in the present when we’re in communication with him. Praying, talking to him, reading his word… We can always feel his presence throughout the day.

But I think it’s easy for us to forget that God has always been behind us and will always be before us. He knows what we’ve done in our past and knows what we’re inevitably going to do in our future.

The Bible explicitly states that God is behind us. He takes care of our past mistakes, situations, problems, and so much more. There’s a verse in Isaiah that confirms just that.

Isaiah 43:18-19 says, “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing!” God has already taken care of the things we’ve done that we so often stress about. When we dwell on the past, we allow ourselves to be stuck in the past. What’s the point of holding on to something when you’re trying to move forward?

2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” When you ask God to come into your heart, you are immediately transformed. The old you has gone, and the new you is here. God doesn’t remember the sins you’ve committed once he extends his love and forgiveness to you. With God sending his son down to earth to cover a multitude of sins, we don’t have to worry any longer.

Although God has always been behind us, he also goes before us. He knows what we’re doing right now, tonight, tomorrow, and even multiple years from now. He’s written out a perfect plan for each one of our lives, and he’s waiting each day for us to live those plans out.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” Find confidence in this verse like I always have. If you think you’ve encountered a setback, remember that God is going to turn it into something so much better.

 Philippians 1:6 says, “being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Like this verse says, we can be confident in our future and what God has in store for us. We don’t have to fret over not having it all together all the time. Even if we do, at least we can rest in the fact that God always has our lives together even when we feel like we don’t!

Remember, God has already forgotten the past and is planning for our future! What a wonderful peace that can give us!

– Chelsea

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Accept What Is & What Was

Acceptance is a funny concept. We hold on to the things we can’t change and worry about the things that are inevitable. We spend our lives regretting and wishing, discontent…

Acceptance is a funny concept. We hold on to the things we can’t change and worry about the things that are inevitable. We spend our lives regretting and wishing, discontent with what has been and is yet to come.

Contentment oftentimes comes hand in hand with acceptance. When we let go of the past, we feel a sense of relief and peace. When we accept what is to come, we lose the fear and anxiety of the unknown that we often hold over our head.

Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still and know that I am God.” God instructs us to take a deep breath, relax, and put our faith in him. When I remember who my heavenly father is and trust that he is who he says he is, a sense of peace fills my heart. That’s exactly what this verse is saying. Be still and know!

When things come up in our lives, whether desired or unwanted, we have two choices: to either accept with joy or move along with dread and hesitation. If we trust that what God is doing in our lives is always for good, then we should have no problem choosing joy over doubt.

Romans 8:28 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.” Simply reading this verse one time through should put your mind at ease.

God is working for us! The creator of the universe, who created you and me, is on our side and is working relentlessly for our good. It’s one of the most comforting realities of the Bible. We have been called to a life of faith and trust, this comes along with acceptance and obedience to the Lord.

There’s a quote by Joseph Goldstein that says: “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn how to surf.” Another humbling reality check! You can’t stop certain things from happening in your life, but you can decide on how you respond to them. If something is going to happen regardless, we may as well trust God and respond how he would: accepting, trusting, and faithful.

Take Jesus’s life for example. He knew the fate he would soon encounter on the cross, and he willingly accepted that fate, solely for us. If Jesus could accept a terrifying, painful fate with a generous and accepting heart, then we too should be able to take on any and every situation with the same attitude.

Next time a tricky situation arises or something reminds you of your dark past, remember who God is and what he says about us: God works for the good of those who love him. Never forget that God is endlessly working for you, each and every day!

Forget the past and get excited for the future. God will be with you every step of the way!

– Chelsea

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Stop Waiting for Tomorrow

“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” – Proverbs 27:1 Living for tomorrow is easily one of the most common lifestyles for…

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” – Proverbs 27:1

Living for tomorrow is easily one of the most common lifestyles for our generation. Everyone’s waiting for their perfect boyfriend, their perfect job, their perfect car… The list goes on and on.

We act like we know what’s going to happen when we wake up in the morning and that everything will go according to our perfect plan. This is where disappointment creeps in. We let ourselves down when we overestimate what we alone can do and plan for our life.

God wants us to depend on him and his plan because he knows far more than we do about our lives, including the present and the future. And if he, being all-knowing, instructs us to cast our cares far, far away, then we should happily live in the present, without second thought or hesitation.

God commands us to live in the now and be content in our current circumstances, because we truly don’t know what tomorrow will bring like the verse above says.

James 4:13-15 says, “Now listen, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’”

This verse is one of the biggest reality checks in the Bible. Whenever I need humbling, this is the verse I go to. When we sit around waiting for things to come to us, we waste the precious time we could be using to put things into action. There are too many times we think “I’ll apply for that job tomorrow” or “I’ll reach out to that friend next week.” There’s nothing worse than planning for something that ends up never even coming close to happening.

There’s a quote by Oprah that puts it perfectly: “Living in the moment means letting go of the past and not waiting for the future. It means living your life consciously, aware that each moment you breathe is a gift.”

Every day is truly a gift… God’s gift. He wants us to make the most of each day, without fear of the future or waiting around for something to happen. Call your friend, apply for that job, talk to that boy in your class… Stop waiting!

Start today by living IN today. Stop waiting for things to come to you. Instead, take a leap of faith and trust the plan God has for your life. Even if you think something better is coming, stay strong on your foundation, trusting that the Lord your God will take care of tomorrow and the days that follow.

– Chelsea

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The Burden of FOMO

FOMO… It’s an ever-so-real phrase that our generation made up that means the “fear of missing out.” Every heard of it? It’s something that’s so real that we’ve all experienced…

FOMO… It’s an ever-so-real phrase that our generation made up that means the “fear of missing out.” Every heard of it?

It’s something that’s so real that we’ve all experienced from time and time again. Especially being young in a culture that is all about FOMO, we want to take every opportunity to travel, hang out with friends, go on dates, etc., which is not always a bad thing. FOMO becomes a problem when it starts taking away the joy of the present.

Let’s look at a situation for example. Your friends are all hanging out and, because you don’t want to miss out, you drop what you’re doing to go join them. Even though you may not have the time or money to do so, you’re so worried about missing out that you forget to stop and actually think about it.

Obviously, that’s a milder example, but I’m sure you’ve been there multiple times! You probably experience FOMO on a harsher scale, which can be both exhausting and draining. You may even overthink and overanalyze the situation so much that FOMO isn’t your only problem anymore.

I read a quote that describes it perfectly: “Do not fear missing out at the expense of missing now. There is magic all around and joy inside. Do not be mindlessly chasing all shiny new things and miss what matters most – the appreciation, gratitude, and generosity in this very moment.”

We get so caught up in what we may be missing out that we forget to enjoy the moment we’re in now. It’s a cycle that never ends and it takes away the joy of the present.

What does the Bible say about enjoying the present? In the MSG version of Ecclesiastes 5:18-20, it says, “We should make the most of what God gives, both the bounty and the capacity to enjoy it, accepting what’s given and delighting in the work. It’s God’s gift! God deals out joy in the present, the now…”  You can’t receive joy when your mind is so consumed with worry and thoughts of the “what ifs.”

God also commands us to rest. You don’t always need to be doing things that fill up your time 24/7. Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

When we live our life waiting for tomorrow or worrying about missing out, we don’t get to experience this rest that God wants for our lives. Our bodies need rest! We need to take a day off every once in a while, even if that means potentially missing out in the end.

Although it’s good to be busy and to make time for things that are important, it’s also good to take time for yourself and for God. FOMO can take you away from the present, but we only have so much of it!

– Chelsea

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He is Present in the Waiting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Chelsea

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College Starter Pack

For those of you that just graduated high school, you will all soon be going your separate ways and following your different paths.  Whether your friends are going to college…

For those of you that just graduated high school, you will all soon be going your separate ways and following your different paths.  Whether your friends are going to college close to home or moving into a school across the country, everyone could use a college starter pack to take along with them!  It’s a perfect gift idea for upcoming grad parties. That being said, here’s what you’ll need to put in it!

  • Gum.  Chelsea Crockett - Freshman Starter KitOkay, but really… You can never have too many packs of gum, especially as a college student!  Having gum at-hand to pop in during class or after the dining hall is essential!
  • A pic of you and them.  Get your favorite picture of you and them developed for them to put it up somewhere in their dorm room.  You can even frame it so they can use it as decoration!
  • Advil.  This is essential considering your mom won’t be there to take care of you when you get sick!  It helps to start you off with some medicine in case you get a head or stomach ache.
  • An adhesive phone pocket.  If you don’t know what these are, they’re a stick-on pocket you stick to the back of your phone.  This is perfect for holding your dorm access keys, college ID, money, etc.
  • Microwavable meals/snacks.  These are crucial!  Having food you can make right in your dorm are one of the most important must-haves of college.  Late night snacks will come in handy!

I hope this makes your college transition a little easier! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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DIY High School Graduation Gift Ideas

It’s graduation season ladies and gentlemen, which means lots of graduation ceremonies, parties, and gifts!  If you have a lot of graduation parties to attend, the gifts can get pretty…

It’s graduation season ladies and gentlemen, which means lots of graduation ceremonies, parties, and gifts!  If you have a lot of graduation parties to attend, the gifts can get pretty expensive and start to add up.  Here are a few DIY gift ideas that are just as good as any other graduation gift but won’t break the bank!

  • DIY canvas.Chelsea Crockett - Canvas  I know this might seem pretty basic, but creating a canvas to match your friend’s dorm room is a fun, artsy gift!  You can add her favorite saying, verse, quote, etc. like the picture on the right.
  • High school scrapbook.  If you guys were close in high school, ask your friends to put together a page to add to a scrapbook for her!  You and your friends can even all go in on it together.  It’s thoughtful and memorable!
  • A bracelet/necklace/keychain with their school’s colors.  There are so many Etsy DIY accessories that you can customize to say certain things or be a certain color.  Customize it to have her name on it or her class year and her future school’s colors!
  • Freshman year survival kit.  Everyone could use one of these!  You basically put together a basket, or “kit,” filled with different essentials every freshman needs such as pencils, snacks, band-aids, etc.
  • College gear.  I know when I left for college, I wanted every shirt, sweatshirt, bumper sticker, etc. that my school had to offer!  Order something online or check out the college’s bookstore for a cute shirt or other souvenirs!

Which idea is your favorite?  Let me know in the comment section below!

XOXO – Chelsea

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Perfect LUSH Mother’s Day Gift!

Mother’s Day is the perfect day to show your mom how much she truly means to you.  Although we should thank her for all she does for us every day,…

Mother’s Day is the perfect day to show your mom how much she truly means to you.  Although we should thank her for all she does for us every day, Mother’s Day is a great excuse to go above and beyond and get her something special!  LUSH Cosmetics has the ideal Mother’s Day gift collection that you can choose from!

  • A Yellow or Pink “MOM” Bath Bomb ($7.95). Chelsea Crockett - LUSH Bath Bomb This is my favorite product from the Mother’s Day collection.  It’s the most appropriate for the occasion! 🙂 And your mom will love a fizzling bath bomb!
  • “Your Mother Should Know” Bubble Bar ($12.95).  Instead of a bath bomb, this bubble bar creates a bath full of grapefruit and rosewood scented bubbles!  And unlike a bath bomb, you can get a few uses out of it if you use it wisely. 
  • “Ups-A-Daisy” Bath Bomb ($7.95).  This bath bomb is in the shape of a flower and creates bright, technicolor swirls throughout your bath.  It has scents of orange and rosewood to give you a relaxing, spring aroma.
  • “Yummy Mummy” Shower Cream ($9.95-$29.95).  Depending on the size of the bottle, this shower cream can range anywhere between about $10 to $30.  It leaves your skin feeling smooth and smelling sweet!
  • “Happy Mother’s Day” Gift Basket ($87.95).  If you want to go above and beyond, you can purchase a full gift basket filled with a variety of different Mother’s Day products.  It may be pricey, but you definitely get your money’s worth!

What are you going to put in your mom’s basket this year?  Share with me below and I might do the same! 🙂

Love, Chelsea

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Show Your Love This Valentine’s Day!

Hey everyone!            Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  So, it’s time to start thinking about how to celebrate.  You can show your love for that special someone or for…

Hey everyone!
            Valentine’s Day is just around the corner!  So, it’s time to start thinking about how to celebrate.  You can show your love for that special someone or for your parents, grandparents, or friends.  One thing to think about is food!  When you think about it, most everything we do revolves around food.  Think about what your recipient would like most.  A box of candy, home baked cookies, Chinese take-out, a home cooked meal, or going to a favorite restaurant are among some of the ideas to choose from. 
            Next, you are going to need a special gift.  Gifts don’t always have to be bought.  Chelsea Crockett - CouponsGifts from the heart can often be simple.  You can write a letter to your loved one to tell them how much you really care and to thank them for bringing such joy to you.  Another fun idea is to make coupons for others.  You could write as many as you want.  Some examples would be:  A coupon for cooking dinner OR making the beds OR pizza and a movie night with your parents/grandparents.  Remember it’s the thought that goes into the gift that matters.
            I hope some of these ideas help to make your Valentine’s Day extra special this year.  Remember it’s not necessarily a time to spend money on others, but a time to speak from the heart about what matters most…..those you love!
 

                                                                 XOXO,
                                                                       Chelsea

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