Plus, from traveling a bit, I know many of us have been trained to pack as if we are going to a hotel- not someone's house. When I head to a hotel, I do not pack soap, shampoo, lotion, conditioner, shower cap, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc. And, let’s face it these things can be a hassle to travel with - thanks to TSA rules!
Recently, my sister and stepdad came to visit Jon and I in Richmond. I made two personalized Welcome Baskets! See below! :D
Tips to Curating a Warm and Memorable Welcome Baskets
1) Decide on your basket’s purpose!
Finally, take a photo and share your Welcome Basket with your LWC sisters! I really want to see your basket!! And, have a fabulous time with your guests!
Your sister friend,
P.S. I am available for ideas - I LOVE curating Welcome Baskets!! - LifewithChelsi@Gmail.com.
I remember this photo. I thought I was closer to having it all - the house, husband, career, beautiful wedding ring, public image, etc. I really did!! And, it was not the first time I was being promised the world by a guy I was seeing. I also remember how fragile and insecure I was during this season of life. I was in a period of unhealthy, destructive relationships. I remember people thinking my life was near perfect. Whew!
I can still remember the pain I was silently in. I get teary-eyed thinking of the depths of the pain I allowed myself to be in and to stay in pain.
I was young, naive, and desperate for love. I was shrinking myself to be loved and told by I was too much and would not fit in their dream image of a submissive wife. I was silently and secretly hurting as I stayed and was cheated on again and again and then bought nice gifts and dinners to make up for it. I was achieving some of the greatest dreams of my life yet was to be loved me and treated like a Queen all the time and not just after they had cheated on me. In the beginning I did not know that was what the gifts were for… But even when I did, I accepted them. And, with each gift I lost more of who I was.
I remember being asked about my dreams and promised I would have it all - the dream car for a wedding gift and my student loans paid off with the stroke of check when they received their trust funds. Oh, the joy of 'seeing' a celebrity's child. I remember being promised safety and security only to be taken advantage of....
Looking back, I was fragile, insecure, and depressed. I wanted to be love so much that I opened myself up to being used, emotionally abused, and safety and health jeopardized. I said I would never be that girl - I would never be used or have my heart broken again. I thought I was in control and trust people and who they said they were.
Welp, I was wrong!
I know what it feels like to have marriage and what seems like the perfect wedding rings dangled in front of you and then taken back for something minute.
I know how it feels to continuously ask if something was wrong me due to their inability to commit.
I know how it feels to be told all the things I needed to change/fix - weight, acne, hair, personality, dreams, etc.
I KNOW. And, I know the depths of the pain and what it means to work through it.
So, when you see my smile, my joy, and me cherishing my marriage and husband, KNOW it is because I know what it feels like to be treated like a cheap trophy 🏆 that is brought out to cover someone else’s pain.
When you see my smile, know I want my sis out there who understands how I felt to know that it is not healthy and they are better single than to settle in pain. When you see my smile, it is not to brag of a perfect marriage because that does NOT exist - I definitely do not have it!! I do have a partner who loves me and supports me and spoils me. Yet even those three descriptions have evolved in our three years together. We are on a journey together, a healthy journey of loving, disagreeing, wondering what our partner is thinking about, surprising each other, and sometimes just being intentional about not being irritated with each other. When you see my smile, it is because I have seen unhealthy, destructive marriages and for so long feared I would be in that type of marriage… Maybe that is why I stayed in destructive relationships! ... Whew - I did not know I was worth more! My pain caused me to always anticipate pain and thinking of a way to get through it. And, more often than I should have accepted.
Today, I am writing to my sister who may not even know her pain is hurting her. You may be like me and have grown up as a survivor and somewhere along the way become accustomed to pain.
Sis, do not settle! I cannot tell you if the guy who has hurt you and broken his promises to more times than you can count is going to be the guy you marry. I just cannot. What I can tell you is that you deserve someone who wants to treat you like the Queen you are. That will be different for each of us - so do not dare compare the glory of one person’s relationship to the real story of your relationship. The guy you are dating may not be the guy you will marry or maybe this just is not the time for a relationship (timing is everything - my marriage is that example as Jon and I met 7 years before we started dating).
Sis, make loving yourself the greatest priority of your life. You deserve to be loved in a healthy and loving manner. This is not a blog on the perfect relationship or partner, yet this is to remind you that you have value! and worth despite who you decide to date/marry.
Your identity and worth is not based on who you date or marry. Yet, your identity and worth can be tainted by your partner.
Let your healthy relationship be yours and an inspiration for others. If you haven't found your life partner yet, it is okay. There is soooo much life to live as a single person - travel, take up a new hobby, get another degree, volunteer in 100 different organizations - DO YOU! And, do not hate on those who happen to have a healthy, relationship.
You are worthy. You are valuable. You deserve to be in a healthy relationship.
Your sister friend,
This is the question that has been on my mind for the last two months.
When the question first popped into my mind, I brushed it off. Let me be honest with you, for the most part, my life seemed to be on sure footing. I was healing from my accident, my family was in a good place, my close friends were healthy and doing incredible things, Chats with Chelsi recordings were scheduled…
I felt that I was living my best life!
As the days passed by, I saw shakeups in certain areas of my life and those close to me and could sense more shakeups were to come. Even though I sensed things shaking up, I did not want to believe what I was sensing and seeing happen around me.
I am not sure about you, yet I had dreamed up, planned out, and believed God for an Instagram, Christian reality show life and those things were NOT manifesting when and how I had imagined. I have friends on the verge of divorce, I have one friend who has had major surgery twice in five months and partly because the first surgery was not comprehensive enough, I have friends experiencing drastic life changes because of someone else's action – these have all been moments of loss or hurt that touched the depths of my soul and challenged the identity of my success.
So I continued to questioned Chelsi’s definition of success. Why was I feeling defeated? Why was I feeling that I had not lived up to the ideal image I had of myself? Why did I feel like certain situations were my fault? I was left with these and many other questions.
Let me take you back three decades…
I was born to a brave 16 year old teenage mom who chose life for me when given the opportunity to end her pregnancy. My young father spent the first few years of my childhood incarcerated yet returned to society to be his best. There are many stories of triumph, confusion, and defeat in between, yet I remember being in my pre-teen years and wanting a life like The Cosby Show or 7th Heaven. At that time I thought success was defined by a big house in a safe neighborhood, a faithful and funny husband, incredible friends that were a part of the best social clubs, seemingly unlimited finances to provide the best of everything for my children, an exceptional, ceiling breaking career, etc. Little did I know that those ideals would have an effect on my definition of success two decades later.
Fast forward to two weeks ago…
Other shakeups were happening in my life and the lives of those I care deeply about so I took time to write down what success looked like in my mind. It was hard because I had to be honest with myself about what I wanted and in some instances had secretly been wanting that no one knew about and I had not accounted for in my goal setting. Some of what I defined as success was unattainable because of me - I wanted things that I was not preparing for. I wanted things that I was not making sacrifices for. I wanted things that I was not studying and reading for.
As I took a blank sheet of white paper and wrote down what success looked for me in my finances, career, health, family, entrepreneur life, wardrobe, ministry, travel plans, etc., the light bulb went off for me -- my success was rooted in misguided expectations of what I thought success looked like. Ouch!
Yes, my white sheet of paper was filled with some great things - some benefited me solely, others were a benefit to those around me BUT some of those great things were still misguided and unrealistic.
The past few months, since my accident, have been preparing me for this moment. Life has subtly taught me and boldly brought to my attention this truth- my success will be different than your success or the person sitting next to me at church or my husband’s or my sibling’s or what I dreamed up as a pre-teen living in the urban core of Jacksonville. My success has to be personal, unique, truthful, and flexible.
I DEFINE MY SUCCESS. And, how I define my success affects how I view life.
In my defining of my success, I have to be truthful with where I am, where I want to be, when I want to be there, and how I plan on getting there. Ambition can be the death of happiness and success.
In defining my success, I have to be realistic about where I am, where I want to be, and what it will take to get there. Timing, knowledge, and resources are necessary unless you and I plan on waiting for a miracle for everything we desire.
In defining my success, I have to accept that I must acknowledge and trust God – for me that is Jesus. Yes, I have recently felt moments of defeat and failure. I became engulfed with manifesting a perfect life when it will never happen. I have wanted things to happen my way – how and when I wanted. But that is a contradiction to my faith in Jesus.
Your success has to be grounded in someone, checked by someone, and evolving to please someone. I NOW KNOW with great confidence that my someone is Jesus.
My friend, I challenge you to question how you define YOUR success!! Is it based on a tv show, your favorite social media celebrity, your fear of being like the person you said you would never be like?
P.S. Chats with Chelsi released its first interview on Sunday, check it out here.
Three decades ago, my sixteen-year-old mom was pregnant with me. She was in high school and about two years away from graduation. She was presented with an option – choosing me and the uncertain road ahead or not. She chose me.
This decision forever changed her life. She was young, learning to be a mom, and what it meant to live on her own. She was also taking this journey as a single mom as my father was incarcerated during my primary years.
I do know that along the journey my mom had help and needed it. She welcomed it for my sake and hers. Sometimes help came from family and other times from complete strangers, but we were not alone.
To this day, I can vividly remember growing up on W 23rd Street in Jacksonville, Florida in a duplex in the urban core of the City. It was not the safest neighborhood nor the prettiest, yet it was my home for several years. I remember the good times and the not so good times, yet as I look back over my life and I am grateful for each person that helped my mom provide, nurture, and care for me.
The Mother-to-be Celebration idea was birthed over six year ago while I was living in Florida. I knew I wanted to help other moms who found themselves in similar situations to my mom – they needed help to raise and care for their baby. I realized that some expecting moms may not have as much family support as she did and may need more. Or, they may need some encouragement and wisdom to help them break generational curses of poverty, worry, low self-esteem, etc. Or, they may need an afternoon of being showered with love from family and friends to be reminded that they do have support on this journey, despite the uncertain road ahead.
At this point in my current journey, I do not know what it means to be pregnant or to be faced with a decision of life or to be faced with fears and worries because I am unsure of how I will care for my child, BUT I do what it means to be the little blessing that changes a young mom’s life forever. I do know what it means to have a litany of statistics tagged to you because of your zip code, mom’s martial status, father’s criminal history, and the color of your skin. I also know what it means to crush each of those statistics. And, because of my journey I want to help other women like my mom raise barrier-breaking children like my mom did.
This summer, Life with Chelsi, my newly formed women-focused organization, is hosting its inaugural event, the Mother-to-be Celebration. The Celebration will be hosted in Richmond, Virginia. It will be a baby shower filled with love, games, food, and gifts.
As you may now understand, this event is dear to my heart because I know my journey would have been different without the help of a community of people to be resources from my beginning to where I am now. This event is just the first of many that will serve women and their families who may need a little extra help, whether resources, wisdom, or just community.
Life is not meant to be lived alone or focused solely on ourselves!
Will you join us in making this event impactful for the women we will bless?
Here are 5 ways you can support us:
Thank you in advance for being a part of our inaugural event!
With lots of love,
Also, the Life with Chelsi Book Club is launching this year. Email me if you are interested in joining the Richmond chapter or starting one in your area.
Be sure you are following us on social media, too!!
Happy Day After Christmas!!! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends. I know some of you were struggling with the loss of someone or something that had significant importance to you. I have been praying for you and will continue praying for you.
Life with Chelsi (LWC) started earlier this year as a podcast. Then, it transitioned into this website with video devotionals. NOW.......
we are growing and becoming a non-profit organization that will host events and programs for women across the country. The BEST part about our expansion and growth is that is for Jesus and because of Him! Please keep us in prayer as we finalize the 501c3 paperwork. And, consider being a ministry partner!!
For the month of January, we will do a 31-day Proverbs Challenge called "Let's Get Wise." We will read one proverb a day, all with the purpose of starting 2018 with wisdom!! Will you join me? Stay tuned to Instagram and Facebook for details on this challenge.
Next Spring, LWC will host its FIRST event in Richmond, Virginia, for single moms. I cannot wait to share additional details in the next few weeks. And, share why single moms have a special place in my heart. Stay tuned for the event announcement and ways you can support us no matter where you are. By the way, many, many thanks to all who reached out to be a part of the event planning team!
As of last Wednesday, I have confirmed my FIRST Board Member for the organization. She is pretty awesome and will be announced very soon!!
Is not this all amazing??
Well, there is more...
Next year, "Chats with Chelsi" will launch. Chats with Chelsi is my platform to interview amazing women of God who have weathered storms and seen the faithfulness of God in various areas of their lives. Some women are here in Richmond and will join me for a live interview from my prayer room and other women across the country they will join for a live interview virtually. No matter the location, I know the interviews will be a blessing to your life! If you want to nominate a woman to be interviewed, email me at LifewithChelsi@gmail.com with a few things about their faith journey.
Over the course of the last few months, I have begun a deep dive into commonly misused and misunderstood scriptures. And, there are quite a few! Starting next year there will be a new LWC video segment called "True Meaning." These live videos will teach you the true meaning of scriptures you often hear quoted and misused and misunderstood even more. I truly believe knowledge is power - including biblical knowledge.
Whew.... I am STOKED for all that is God doing through this ministry. I am grateful for the people He has connected me with and the people He is allowing me to reach and minister to on a daily basis. I cannot imagine what will come in 2018 with additional avenues to give and more women on board to carry forth LWC's mission.
To help you stay up-to-date on all this awesomeness, you can check out our new Events Calendar. It will provide all LWC events!
I have one final ask -- please keep me and members of the LWC organization in prayer. We have been reaching women and I pray more women are touched, educated, and equip to live out the Word of God.
Love y'all! Praying for y'all!
As always, join me for the weekly inspirational messages on Mondays at 7:30AM EST.
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Raise your hand if you have ever sat at your work desk and wondered, “Why am I here?”... Or, “God, why do I need to take this class?”... “Why did I ever date him?”… “Why am I still driving this beat up car?"… I raised both of my hands.
Growing up there seemed to be this invisible ceiling that I was trying to reach and break through. The pressure of the unsaid responsibility to break down the invisible ceiling led me down the road of trying super, super hard to be perfect. Not because I thought I had it together but because I thought I needed to have it together to reach and break the invisible ceiling. (I will go in more depth in another blog about perfectionism struggle.) I thought breaking through the invisible ceiling would mean that I had arrived. That I was worthy of everything I wanted.
You see, this invisible ceiling was one that meant I was accomplished or in today’s terminology, “slaying dragons.” (I hope that is current enough LOL!!)
For way too long, I allowed this invisible ceiling to control my life. I worked hard to prove my worth. I wanted the best jobs to prove my worth. I wanted to be involved with all the right organizations and groups to prove my worth. I wanted a perfect wedding and marriage to prove my worth. I wanted anything that would prove I was at least enough.
As I type this blog for you, I am reminded of a conversation I had with a dear friend who shared understanding of similar pressures. The conversation went to another level as we are both women, black, and attorneys. Whew. We have experienced being the only woman and/or minority in a room. We have experienced the conversations of what type of job we needed to be worth it. We had heard all the criteria about the man we should marry and how much money that man should make. We are also both Christians who knew that we had to break through the invisible ceiling to live a life of true freedom in Christ. And, we knew the struggle was real and one we would have to fight mentally everyday.
The pressure is real. This invisible ceiling is real. This lie of worth in what we do, who we date, what degree we have, is real.
This lie of a ceiling has pushed me WAY TOO OFTEN to a place of discontentment (watch last week’s devotional on Facebook for my message on Biblical contentment).
You see the invisible ceiling also moves. It moves based on how I am feeling, what I see on TV, what I see on social media, what Forbes says is the best way to become a millionaire before you’re thirty, how some entrepreneur is telling me I can make $50k a month, and even sometimes because of the voices of those who I trust.
The invisible ceiling is just that powerful. BUT only because if you are like me, you have struggled with identity.
And, let’s press pause… Someone will think, “How can you struggle with identity if you know Jesus?” They may go as far as to say, “How can you preach Jesus and not know that He created you with purpose?” These are all valid questions! They really are! Yet, to the person with these questions, I remind you that only one PERFECT man walked this Earth and His name is Jesus. I remind you that we live in a fallen world and each of us will struggle with sin and it will look differently. I also want to remind you that before we came to Christ, we were broken individuals with no certainty in our identity.
Yes, I love Jesus with all I am and I have struggled with my identity and worth. I have wondered if I missed God when I accepted a certain position. I wondered if I missed God when I told a national news outlet that I could not come on and give commentary. I wondered if I missed God when I have spent more time on ministry related things than building my consulting business. I wondered if I missed God when I decide to take care of me and not be a part of every organization that invited me to their meetings.
I wondered if I was enough.
And, I wondered because I am not where I thought I should be at this time in my life. Raise your hand(s) if you feel this way.
You better believe that the Lord has been dealing with my heart. He has reminded me that He knew me before I formed in my mother’s womb (Jeremiah 1:5). He has reminded me that where I am is not my final destination (Philippians 1:6). He has reminded me that He has a plan and purpose for my life and no one can stop it (Romans 8:31). He has reminded me that wherever He has me I am to serve Him (Colossians 3:23).
Yet still I have struggled with breaking the invisible ceiling to finally be “worth it.”
I have also realized that I cannot blame the results of the invisible ceiling on anyone else. I am almost 30 and God has opened my eyes to truth. I cannot stay in a place of feeling like a victim. To be a victor, I have had to take control of my thoughts and actions.
THIS HAS NOT BEEN EASY!!
The invisible ceiling has been a part of my life for soooooo long that actually making it invisible has been HARD.
So, let me tell you how you can break free from the pressures of the invisible ceiling:
I know the pain of the invisible ceiling. I know the pain of being in a place of discontentment for long periods of times. I know the pain of looking back at situations and realizing that while they may have been jacked up, it was not as bad as I thought. I know the pain of running to a relationship for worth. I know the pain of not accepting my worth in Jesus. I know the pain.
But, I also know the freedom when the only definition of worth is who Jesus says you are. The worth He provides is the same if you married, divorced, or somewhere in between. The worth He provides is the same if you are a virgin or struggling with fornication. The worth He provides is the same whether you are the secretary or the managing partner. The worth He provides is the SAME no matter where you are in life or what you have done!!
My sister, wherever you are in life, live for Jesus. Why? Because you NOT are defined by your current station in life (job, relationship, car, degree, school, last name, designer bag, house size, etc), you are defined by Jesus.
Praying for you always!
This time last year, I was numb and struggling to be hopeful about my journey ahead. This time two years ago, I was excited, nervous, and unconsciously numb.
Let me take you back…
On November 25, 2015, my husband proposed to me. I said, “Yes!” He and I had met back in 2009 when he came to my university to speak. He and I had kept in “contact” over the years due to a mutual friend. Fast forward to May 2015 and he is graduating with our mutual friend from Liberty University. It was that weekend we reconnected and he shared how he felt about me. The next month (June) we started dating, and now we are in November. Caught up?
We allowed our engagement to soak in for a few days before I began wedding planning. We also had the conversation about the BIG move. And, it was decided that Chels was moving to Virginia. Let me tell you I had been in Jacksonville most of my life. I had lived in Belgium for 6 months and had just moved to Tallahassee two years prior. And, that was a BIG move. I know I was only two hours from home, but home was what I knew. Home was where my life was. It was where I went to school, university, law school, ran for local office, served as a campus missionary, gave my life to Christ, launched my first businesses, and so much more.
Soon after God opened a door for a job in Richmond. Which led me to move to Richmond in January 2016. Yep, you are counting correctly, two months after Jon proposed I was in Richmond. Whew.
The excitement carried me for a while….
And, then reality set in. I was starting completely over. I knew my husband and that was it. It was a new city, state, climate, culture (more on that in another blog), church, job… my life was new. And, I cannot honestly say I was ready. In my mind, I thought I was superwoman.
My job turned out to be one of the biggest challenges in my life. My soul ached and questioned God almost everyday. I wondered, “Did we hear you correctly God?” Now, after about 18 months removed, I see God’s hand all in the mix. I can now see what He did in me, what He was preparing for me, and what He did in the people around me.
Around August I found myself doing consulting and legal contract work. Whew! Remember I was in this new place and my connects were in Florida. It was tough. And, remember I am in a new place, am a newlywed, learning what it means to be a pastor’s wife, trying to remain calm since I could not leave my house without my GPS. It was tough for me because I was super independent and it was affecting this new home we were building financially.
Life was not easy. Life was not a fairytale especially not the one I had subconsciously created in my head. Life was real. Life was challenging.
So, last Thanksgiving, I was numb and struggling to find out who this new Chels was supposed to be. What was it in Richmond that God wanted me to do? (I know be with my handsome husband). Why was He allowing ALL THESE CHALLENGES to come for me at ONCE? When was my break? Better yet, when was my breakthrough?
Fast forward to today.
Life is not perfect, but my life is blessed. My life is not blessed because I have everything I want or prayed for. My life is blessed because I have learned through much trial and persecution, that God has my back. He is for me. He is with me.
My life is blessed because I married a man who is the real deal. Honestly, I prayed for him yet did not know people like him existed and would CHOOSE someone with all my brokenness. What do I mean? Jon wholeheartedly loves God. He is not perfect yet he consistently strives to be more like Christ. I have never heard him say, “Well, God knows my heart.” Let that sink in. He does what is right even when it is hard and if he misses the mark, repents and apologizes to those affected. He shows me love even in my ugliest moments where my brokenness is exposed. You may think, “Isn’t that what marriage is supposed to be?” Umm… showing God’s love and not being mean are two different things. Jon has also been my biggest encourager. He supported me 200% to move forward with Life with Chelsi and has been my chief strategist on how to reach more women with my story and the mission God has given me to teach women His word and lead them to His love.
My life is blessed because I am finding more of who Chelsi Bennett is. NO, I do not have it all figured out yet thankfully I do not have to. I have seen how God used my pain and suffering for my good and His glory. Having to face one of the biggest challenges of my life when I first moved here was not easy – it affected me emotionally, physically, intellectually, and mentally. BUT GOD! He had a plan and that experience allowed me look in the mirror and see the inconsistencies in my Christian walk. That experience allowed me to see the harden walls in my own heart. Double ouch! I now know that when God takes me where He is taking me that I have a responsibility to genuinely help those around me and it not be that I help people publicly and tear their character and reputation a part behind closed doors.
My life is blessed because almost one year ago when symptoms were pointing to a brain tumor, the MRI came back clean. While some of my symptoms have went away, some have not. Not only do I still experience physical symptoms, my doctor still has no idea why I am in pain. But I am alive. And I know God has the final say and will get all the glory through this journey to healing.
My life is blessed because I am breathing right now. I am in my right mind. Honestly, there were moments when I did not know where my strength was and if I had a single ounce to stay the course. For a season, I found myself “enjoying” the house dark. Yep, you guessed it, I was slipping into depression. As always, Jon was there to love me, pray for me, and carry me through.
My life is blessed because I am settled into my new home. I love my church. I have an amazing job and super amazing boss. I can get around the city without my GPS. I have found a rhythm that gives me hope for all that God will do through me, for me, AND in me in Richmond. And, I have built some amazing friendships.
My life is blessed because even though my friend circle has changed a bit and is much smaller, those who have been in my corner did not stop caring for me doing this season. Many would call and text often. They would send encouraging messages or funny messages. Most importantly, they never stop praying and were just there sometimes.
My life is blessed because I now know superwomen with capes are for the movies. Superwomen who spend more time on their knees than on social media, watching TV, gossiping, complaining, etc is the ultimate #goal. I desire to know God more and more each day. I am called to lead women to Christ’s love yet that comes through truth of what it means to be a virtuous woman of God.
My life is blessed because I still get to preach the gospel. Since June 2017 I have been teaching and leading ladies at my church. Yep, through my suffering and darkest hours, I was still reminding others about the goodness and faithfulness of God. While my growth group may not have known all the details, they knew that life was challenging and I wanted them to know that life happens and YOU HAVE TO PUSH THROUGH because God is faithful.
My life is blessed because you just read my story. My hope is that you are encouraged in the midst of your current trial, persecution, issue to keep going. You may not have all the answers or any at all. You may not see how God could use your situation for His glory. You may not want to continue following God because of the pain and suffering. You may want control now. You may not want to see tomorrow. BUT, I promise you God has a plan!
Happy Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Praying for you,
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Last year, my doctor thought that I had a brain tumor. I cried and freaked out, as you can imagine. I was faced with how I was living my life for Christ and how afraid of death I was. This week’s devotion looks at Philippians 1:21. Is your life devoted to Christ? Are you afraid of death? Watch this week's devotional below:
Over the past year, I have struggled with my weight. I found myself in a downward spiral. Does this sound familiar? Are you looking for practical tips to help you overcome your weight struggle? Watch this week's video for the 5 E's to how I am overcoming my weight struggle.
What is on the inside of you? Does it match what you proclaim on the outside? It can be easy in this self-centered world to be two different people. Yet, my prayer is that your inside will shine brighter than who you try to convince people you are.
I have struggled with being consistent with my quiet time. It seems life happens and I end up saying a quick prayer while getting ready for the day. This week on Life with Chelsi, I share a few easy tips on how to spend quality time with Jesus.
Also, I encourage you to join me starting Sept.1st for my "1010 Challenge." It is a 10 Minutes for 10 Days Quiet Time Challenge.
Umm... I want to be honest with you...
I love Jesus... I am married to a pastor... I lead our young adult women's ministry... I came to know Jesus when I was pre-teen... And, sometimes I struggle with spending quality quiet time with Jesus.
Now, that I have been honest, will you too?
The crazy thing for me is that I LOVE quiet time! I love being in my prayer closet with my cozy blanket, my journal, my Bible, and either a cup of coffee/tea or a smoothie. I love being with Jesus. I absolutely love it!!! But, it does not mean that it always comes easy to me. Sometimes I am overwhelmed by the cares of life and other times I feel so distance because of a decision I have made or because I really wanted God to handle a situation in my life differently (and, do not read this as if you have never pouted with God). Honestly, way too often I will pray during my morning shower time and may even read and think on a scripture I come across from Instagram without being intentional about my quiet time. No matter what I say, there is no excuse for me not giving God my best everyday!
Over the past few years, I have noticed this isn't a challenge isolated to me but for so many other women in different seasons of life. And, maybe you?!
You may be a new Christian who wants to learn how to spend time with Jesus or you may be a lifelong church member who needs a reboot. Starting Friday, September 1st, I invite you to join me on a 10 Day quiet time challenge.
The purpose of the challenge is to help you begin creating a new habit of spending time with Jesus. I pray your heart is touched and you experience Jesus as the Most Intimate Lover of Your Soul. I pray you are set free from condemnation, fear, guilt, shame, and inadequacy. I pray that you will hunger for more of King Jesus and that you find yourself spending more than 10 minutes with Jesus! My prayer is that at the end of our 10 days you will have a scheduled time, place, and plan for your quiet time.
I BELIEVE IN YOU!! I AM HERE FOR YOU!!
Here's what you can expect during "10 Minutes for 10 Days":
Will you join me?
Each day, I will share the scriptures, questions, and video right here on my website.
Hello! I am Chelsi, Founder/CEO of Life with Chelsi. I am the friend you call for life advice, legal insights, political clarity, and the best places to eat. I am married to my favorite preacher. I love sharing my lessons learned to develop other women leaders.