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You Are Who You Surround Yourself With

Do you ever hang out with someone and eventually find yourself talking and acting like they do? It could be in the simplest ways like catching onto their unique phrases…

Do you ever hang out with someone and eventually find yourself talking and acting like they do?

It could be in the simplest ways like catching onto their unique phrases or picking up on certain mannerisms.  Regardless, in the littlest ways we start to become the people we surround ourselves with.

In high school, when I would hang out with girls that gossiped and indulged themselves in drama, I started to do the same. I’d catch myself participating in conversations I had no business participating in.

Throughout my life, I’d have friends that constantly brought me down and continuously brought negativity to every situation. I noticed that bad moods are contagious, and moodiness can have a domino effect.

God encourages his followers to pick their “teammates” wisely. Choose the people who are going to make you enjoy life and spur you on to be a better follower of Christ.

This verse puts it perfectly.

Proverbs 13:20 says, “Whoever walks with the wise becomes wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm.”

I know I’m not the only one who has experienced this firsthand. When we surround ourselves with those who are wise and have a good head on their shoulders, we are influenced for the better. When we surround ourselves with those who’re foolish, we are more likely to stumble and fall off our path.

Booker T. Washington said it best: “Associate yourself with people of good quality, for it is better to be alone than in bad company.”

God didn’t create us to be alone. He wants us to have fellowship with other believers more than anything! When you find people that click with you and encourage you to be a better person, that’s when you know you’ve found good people to surround yourself with.

You should have a good balance of people around you who are a positive influence on you and people who you can be a positive influence on them. As much as we want to be around people who make us a better person, we should also be that person for others who need a good influence!

Lastly, take a look at Hebrews 10:24. It says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds…”

Everyone in your group of friends should be responsible for spurring one another on. God tells us to do it, and encourages us to be the change we want to see in others. Motivate each other toward love and doing good things for others. It takes one person to make a difference, and the rest will soon follow!

Choose your team carefully. Surround yourself with people that reflect who you want to be and how you want to feel. Surround yourself with people who have contagious positivity and encouragement.

Surround yourself with people that make you fall in love with God even more. These are the people that are going to help YOU become a better person in all areas of your life.

– Chels

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Proof that You are Worth it

Everyone deserves to feel like they are worth their weight in gold. They deserve to feel valued, treasured, and adored. The only person who can make you feel that way,…

Everyone deserves to feel like they are worth their weight in gold. They deserve to feel valued, treasured, and adored. The only person who can make you feel that way, whatever place you are at in your life or wherever you are, is Jesus. We go through so much every day. The world is a harsh, scary, sad place sometimes and it can be hard to endure some days. But you know what? God is always rooting for us. He is always in the stands, ready to whip out his pom poms and cheer us on to victory. If you ever feel like you aren’t worth His love or that you are not enough, I encourage you to read these next verses. They will help give you a glimpse at how God feels b72e634fe183d2010db7309d1e7b4b37about you.

  1. “But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places of Christ Jesus,” Ephesians 2:4, 6
  2. “Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;” Philippians 1:6
  • We are works in progress, but He isn’t done working in us yet! He has a unique purpose for each and every one of us.
  1. “The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs–heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Romans 8:16-17
  • Hear that? We are heirs of Christ! Also, God says our suffering for him will only bring us honor in heaven.
  1. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.” Psalm 138:8
  • Like I said, he has a purpose for you!
  1. ”I, I am he who blots out your transgressions for my own sake, and I will not remember your sins.”
    Isaiah 43:25
  • You know that sin you are so ashamed of? He wiped it away. Gone. See ya.

We are so loved! So valued! So treasured by Jesus! He says you are worthy, and if Jesus says it you KNOW it is true.  You are so worth it!

XOXO, Chels

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Words with Weight

Ever heard the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?” Although some words oftentimes have no intention of harm, they can come off…

Ever heard the saying “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me?”

Although some words oftentimes have no intention of harm, they can come off rude, demeaning, or offensive, which can tear you down and affect you more than you thought they could.

Just because the words of others don’t define us as a people doesn’t mean they can’t strike a nerve every once in a while.

As someone that grew up on YouTube, I’ve learned that people can say awful things, whether those nasty words spawn from jealousy, hate, or just plain boredom.  I’ve learned to take rejection, criticism, judgement and everything that comes along with it.

Being a teenage girl in today’s society, this is something God could use us to be a light in. I wanted to dive into scripture and build a conviction for how my every day conversations with others should be.

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

When we’re with our friends, our conversations can be full of gossip and drama. Or we can steer our conversations away from “unwholesome talk” and encourage and build each other up. If our conversations aren’t beneficial to those who listen, then we need to rethink what we’re talking about.

“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” – Colossians 4:6

When our conversations are full of grace, we grow in patience and dignity. Whether someone comes to us with drama, anxiety, depression, etc. we’ll know how to extend support and love to them.

“May my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous.” – Psalm 119:171-173

When we replace our negative conversations with those of praise and grace, you will see the entire attitude of your friends, family, or whoever you’re with change.

Anyone can talk the talk, but it takes a genuine follower of the Bible to walk the walk..

So, next time you’re tempted into ungodly words and conversations, keep your eyes fixed on the one who extends endless amounts of grace, love, and wisdom.

Chelsea

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Loving Others When We Think We Can’t

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know…

“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” – 1 John 4:7

Have you ever had that one person in your life that makes you think loving them is impossible?  If I were to guess, someone probably just popped into your mind.

When I think of loving others, I think of my family, my closest friends, etc. Who I don’t think about are the people that I find hardest to get along with, or the people I just don’t see eye-to-eye with at all

When the Bible talks about love, how many times have you heard God say, “do not love those who have done wrong to you” or “love only your closest friends and family?” … That’s right, you never have.

As followers of Christ, we are called to much more than loving only those who are easy to love.  We are called to love everyone, whether or not they’re our brothers and sisters in Christ, whether or not they’re slow or easy to anger, whether or not they’re forgiving or stubborn… Everyone.

This generation is full of fake love. We say “I love you” to almost anyone, even when how we feel toward them is the furthest away from love.

So, how then do we learn to naturally love others whole heartedly? There are multiple ways to do so, but here are three ways I put into practice daily.

Put others above yourself.

Romans 12:9-10 says, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Have you ever noticed that one person who is constantly putting themselves last and constantly building others up? Strive to be like them.

When we learn to put others first, our pride and stubbornness disappears. We learn to see things from their perspective and learn to love them gratefully and honestly, just like Jesus did.

Show outstanding love by serving others with no strings attached. 

1 John 3:16,18 says, “This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters… Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.”

Anyone can say they’re going to do this and say they’re going to do that, but it takes a true person to put that plan into action.

When we follow through with our actions and learn to serve others with a humble heart, our love for Christ shines through.  When we love others with no strings attached, we learn the humility that God felt, shaping us to be more like him.

Work toward peace instead of waiting around for it.

Peace with someone doesn’t always come easily. Ephesians 4:2-3 says, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.”

As followers of Christ, we need to work toward peace.  Reach out to forgive others, even when it feels impossible.  Swallow your pride and show what it truly means to forgive others as God forgives us.

Now, put your plan into action. What are you going to do differently this week to love others well? I encourage you to work toward peace by loving those in your life who are hardest to love!

– 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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What God Says About Overcoming Fear

Fear is something that we all deal with. Sometimes it’s very real and other times it’s simply imagined.  Either way, fear can paralyze us and steal our joy. The enemy…

Fear is something that we all deal with. Sometimes it’s very real and other times it’s simply imagined.  Either way, fear can paralyze us and steal our joy. The enemy uses fear to overpower and destroy us, but we have a God that is much greater than that!

The fear of rejection… The fear of failure… The fear of commitment… The fear of change… The fear of not being accepted…  All of the above are real to all of us and we have to know that the Bible says we can conquer and overcome fear through Christ!

There are two verses that I love to read when I’m feeling scared of what’s to come.  Isaiah 41:10: “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.  “2 Timothy 1:7: “for god has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind. “

And then there is my favorite Bible verse about fear:

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

I challenge you to meditate on the above Scriptures. Speak them out loud and memorize his Word! And then we can trust and walk in faith. One way to do that is to continuously give thanks for our blessings and thank God for working out answers to our requests. This keeps our mind off of fear and focuses it on thanksgiving!

Love, Chelsea

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The 4 R’s Devotional Plan

Different bible studies and devotional plans are my favorite things to put into practice for my quiet times with God.  I love finding one that gives me the most refreshing…

Different bible studies and devotional plans are my favorite things to put into practice for my quiet times with God.  I love finding one that gives me the most refreshing quiet times where God directly speaks to me through it!  Here’s a 4 R’s devotional plan that I find extremely refreshing!

  • Read.  The first step is pretty self-explanatory.  Pick a passage or chapter of the Bible that you want to dive into, and read it a few times through.  Make sure you gain a full understanding of what you’re reading to get the most out of it!
  • Record.  This step requires picking out which verses speak to you or have greater importance than the others.  Write down the key verses or concepts of the passage.  Highlight your favorite verse and maybe even challenge yourself to memorize it!
  • Reflect.  This part is the easy step.  You can either spend time simply thinking about the passage and trying to gain a deeper understanding of what you wrote.  Or you can write down what you think each part of the passage means if writing things down is more your style! 🙂
  • Respond.  Now comes the application.  Take what you wrote down and think of how you can apply it to your life.  If the passage is about forgiveness, think of how you can be more forgiving in your daily life.  And again, write it down!

I hope you love this plan as much as I do!

XO – Chels

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How to Forgive Like Jesus Would

Forgiving someone can be one of the hardest things in the world.  It’s something that we most of the time don’t want to do and would rather just forget about…

Forgiving someone can be one of the hardest things in the world.  It’s something that we most of the time don’t want to do and would rather just forget about the situation.  But once you master how to truly and purely forgive someone from the heart, your whole outlook will change!  Here are some tips to learn how you can forgive like Jesus would.

Chelsea Crockett - Forgiveness QuoteThere are two passages that pretty much sum up how and why we should forgive others.  The first passage, Ephesians 4:31-32, says this: “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Because God freely and generously forgives you, you should extend the same grace and forgiveness to others.  It can be extremely difficult, but getting rid of the bitterness and anger in your heart will do both you and them much more good than you realize!

The second verse, Isaiah 1:18, says: ““Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.””  If God can settle any matter, we should strive to do the same.  He forgives even our darkest mistakes.  If He can do this, we should extend the same forgiveness to anyone, despite how “in the wrong” they might be.

Clean your heart from any grudges or negativity and forgive others as Jesus forgives you!

XOXO – 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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Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid of Failure

Failure can be a terrifying thing. You may think you have everything figured out until life takes an unexpected turn. You may be confused and not understand why you can’t…

Failure can be a terrifying thing. You may think you have everything figured out until life takes an unexpected turn. You may be confused and not understand why you can’t succeed. There is much to know about failure including all of the wonderful blessings hidden throughout it. If you’re trying to get through a time of disappointment or failure, then this article is for you!Chelsea Crockett - Failure Quote

In 2 Corinthians 4:2, it says “We are persecuted, but God does not leave us. We are hurt sometimes, but we are not destroyed.” Even back in biblical times, God’s people felt pain, rejection, and of course, failure. Proverbs 24:16 says, “The righteous may fall seven times but still get up, but the wicked will stumble into trouble.” Like the picture above, God wants us to persevere, especially through times where we don’t believe we can.

I know you all have heard me talk about the verse Jeremiah 29:11 a numerous amount of times… But if you don’t know it, it 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.” I’ve always loved this verse because it constantly reminds me that I shouldn’t be afraid of failure or a little fork in the road. At the end of the day, God will provide a better plan than we could ever put together ourselves. Trust in God and know that we will be successful if we simply follow Him!

Love, Chels

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Looking at Love from a Christian Viewpoint

Love makes the world go round. There’s love within your family, within your friends, and maybe even love within someone special! It’s one of the biggest things in my life,…

Love makes the world go round. There’s love within your family, within your friends, and maybe even love within someone special! It’s one of the biggest things in my life, whether it’s how I treat someone or how I approach a situation. But… love is also one of the most controversial topics to exist!Chelsea Crockett - Corinthians 16

The Bible is the first place I look for advice, especially on this subject. Luckily, 1 Corinthians 13 has all I need to know. Here’s what verses 4-7 say: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

These verses rank up there with some of my favorite in the Bible. I think everyone can learn from them. Ask yourself, “Am I patient with those I love?” “Am I selfish with those I love?” I know I catch myself hundreds of times growing impatient with my parents or getting jealous of a friend, etc. That’s not how it should be! It’s hard to change, but with prayer it’s possible :).

The last verse of 1 Corinthians 13 says, “And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.” Like I said, it makes the world go round!

XOXO – Chelsea

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7 Verses for the Stressed Insider

Are you ever under so much stress that you feel like you just cannot take it? So you ever get anxious and get wrapped up in all of your worries?…

Are you ever under so much stress that you feel like you just cannot take it? So you ever get anxious and get wrapped up in all of your worries? The one thing I do when I am under a ton of stress and feel the weight of the world on my shoulders is pray and read my Bible. Here are 7 verses to read when you are stressed.

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.”

Romans 8:18 “The pain that you’ve been feeling, can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.” chelsea crockett praying

3. Psalm 62:8 “Trust in Him at all times, pour your hearts out to Him, for God is our refuge.”

4. Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself.”

5. Romans 8:28 “And we know all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”

6. Psalm 118:6 “The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?”

7. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope.”

Praying makes me feel so much better when I am stressed, and I know it can do the same for you!

XOXO, Chels

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