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!
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.