Chelsea Crockett


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Our Lord Calms the Storm

God has a funny way of doing things. He has us walk through some of the hardest parts of our lives, only to become stronger and more dependent on him….

God has a funny way of doing things. He has us walk through some of the hardest parts of our lives, only to become stronger and more dependent on him.

I used to never understand why God would take us through these storms that leave us feeling defeated or discouraged, but God has a reason for everything. Have you ever heard of the phrase “you grow through what you go through?”

You grow through the challenges and hardships that shape the way you think, act, and even interact with others. I stand by the fact that God places us in and carries us through these situations that are uncomfortable and oftentimes even defeating.

John 16:33 says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

As we go through trials, it’s easy for them to consume us. We forget who has the situation in full control, guiding us through every step. In the verse above, it intentionally tells us that God has already overcome the world. Although we’ll have troubles and go through trials, God gives us peace. He gives us security, comfort, rest, and so much more.

If you think about the story of Jesus calming the storm, he asked Peter to put his faith in him and come out on the water. It wasn’t until he did so that the water was calm and still. Peter climbed out of the boat, took Jesus’s hand, and walked gracefully alongside him. The other people in the boat couldn’t believe their eyes. They even ridiculed Peter for the strength of his trust and faith in the Lord.

If you put yourself in Peter’s position, would you believe Jesus could really calm the storm?

I like to apply stories from the Bible to stories in my life today. When the waters are raging and the clouds are rolling in, do you put your full faith and trust in God or do you run the opposite direction? God blesses those that persevere through trials, just read the verse below. Things may not go as planned, but it’s how we react to those speed bumps that determine the strength of our faith.

James 1:12 says, “Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

God not only blesses us when we depend on him through trials, he equipsus for them. He gives us the strength, perseverance, and guidance, we just have to be willing to listen to him and surrender control for Him to calm the storm.

Let our heavenly Father calm your storms, all it takes is a little faith. Once you put all your trust in the Lord, he gives you what you ask of him, whether that be peace, guidance, or for his will to be revealed to you. Be like Peter and step out of the boat, holding God’s hand every step of the way.

– Chelsea

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And if Not, He is Still Good

How often is our trust in God conditional? How often do we think “God, I’ll know you love me if you do (fill in the blank)” or “God, if you…

How often is our trust in God conditional? How often do we think “God, I’ll know you love me if you do (fill in the blank)” or “God, if you don’t get me out of this, I’ll know you don’t love me.” How often do we push God away when pain comes into our lives? My pastor always said that when life gets rough, you can’t go out and buy a 10 year walk with God. You must cultivate the relationship and your faith so that when things get tough, you have your faith to fall back on and you know you can trust in God.

“And if not, He is still good.” This is based off Daniel 3:16-18 which says “…We do not need to defend ourselves…The God we serve is able to deliver us…but even if he does not…we will not serve your gods or worship your idols.” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were about to be thrown in a fiery furnace to burn to death. If it were me in that situation, you better believe I would be in a state of meltdown and panic. I would be begging for God to get me out of there. “God, if you love me, you will rescue me.”

I love this passage of scripture because it shows where our faith and hearts should be. At my church, we say “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.” He is perfect, so all that He does is perfect, regardless of our opinions of the situation. I am guilty of believing that my way is the best way. I know what I think is best, but ultimately, God knows best. If God would have left Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the furnace and let them die, He would still be holy, right, and good.

Similarly, if my prayers for success in my career, protection for my family, and my other requests to God are not answered, God is still good. How can I say that? God has given us all we need in Jesus and the salvation that we have through Him. He is perfect and all He does is perfect. Thank goodness God gives us abundantly more than we need. I am incredibly thankful for my wonderful friends and family, and everything else that He has given me. He finds joy in giving us things that glorify Him and make our hearts happy at the same time. But if He took that all away, or never blessed me again (I pray that is not the case), He is still good, and I should still praise Him!

God doesn’t promise to save us from the flames, but He has promised to be with us as we walk through the fire. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego knew they served a God who was greater than the king who was sentencing them to death. We serve a God who can save. When the day of testing comes, we can bravely go into the fire and know that whether we get through it or not, we serve a God like no other. If not, He is still good.

XOXO, Chels

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Don’t Dig Up What You Planted in Faith

“Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.” – Elisabeth Elliott I came across this quote the other day, and I found it very fitting for the season…

“Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith.” – Elisabeth Elliott

I came across this quote the other day, and I found it very fitting for the season of life my family is in. We are in a time of major transition. My parents and brother moved to Colorado, I moved to Georgia, and my sister stayed in our hometown to continue going to college. With so much change swirling around in our world, it can be hard not to second guess things.

Before making these big decisions, my family and I lifted them up in prayer. We prayed that God would give us wisdom and clarity about our decisions and would lead us in the right direction. Our actions were planted in faith, faith that God had our futures in His hands and knew where He wanted us. When things started moving along and falling into place, we could see God’s hand in all of it.

But what happens when you start to doubt your decisions? What happens when you are unsure that you made the right choice? Panic and fear seep into your head and heart. That is where Elisabeth Elliott’s wisdom comes in – Don’t dig up in doubt what you planted in faith. Translation? Don’t remove your trust in God’s plan when things start to go wrong. Don’t let your doubt cause you to take back the actions you carried out when you had full faith in them. The devil plants seeds of uncertainty in our hearts. Those seeds can sprout into weeds and quickly suffocate our hopes and optimism.

Our plans and hopes are very fragile in their beginning stages. They can easily be swayed and doubted. Criticism from ourselves and others can make us think of all the reasons we shouldn’t carry them out. We have to give our hopes and dreams and plans a chance to grow and become strong. They are like seeds. These seeds can turn into plants that represent our vision of what will come of our hopes and dreams and plans. Our ideal outcome. Once we have planted a seed, we have to cultivate it. When we let doubt dictate our actions, we are pretty much digging up our ideas out of the ground before they have a chance to grow. You have planted those seeds because you have faith in them – don’t dig them up before they can show you their potential!

XOXO, Chels

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