Hello sweet friend-
My name is Chelsi B! I am a pastor’s wife, former elected official, your homegirl that loves to dance on the 1s and 3s, attorney, novice chef, and Jesus-loving truth teller. More importantly, I am on a mission to lead women to love Christ.
For several years, I have felt a burden to reach young women by sharing my testimony and lessons learned. And, let me tell you, I have soooooo many lessons to share in hopes to spare you the pain, heartache, and disappointment I have experienced. Last year I moved to Virginia from Florida to marry my handsome husband, Jon, who is truly everything I prayed for and much more. (I will talk about him, our dating relationship, and what I have learned as a newlywed in upcoming blogs.) Jon has been an assistant pastor for over 10 years with a focus on teen ministry. It was heavy on our hearts to launch a young adult ministry at our church. And, we did! So heavy on our hearts that we left our honeymoon a few days early to come back to Richmond to build a new set and create an app. We were so high on love and Jesus that we could not imagine waiting another day to start laying the foundation for this new ministry.
Now, on Sunday mornings, I lead our women's small group and have been exponentially blessed by the sisterhood we have created. Yet, I knew God was calling for me to share more, pour into other ladies more, and just plain out be more open about my failures and successes. As a recovering politician, you can imagine sharing all your junk can be difficult. In politics, you are trained to only share the essentials. But God did not only call me to politics He has also called me to ministry. (What a pill to swallow).
So, earlier this year I decided I would take a big step of faith and go for it. I decided I would share with young women what I knew and learn even more about Jesus, life, and Christian womanhood. In January, "Life with Chelsi" was launched as a daily podcast. It was going well, yet in talking with my listeners I learned that many listened to all five daily devotionals at the end or beginning of their week. I thought about this and decided that a weekly video format would be my next best step. And, so birthed "Life with Chelsi" on YouTube.
Since July 3rd, every Monday I have released an inspirational video message for Christian millennial women. We talk about the issues that you and I have to tackle on a daily basis. Think love, apologetics, career, purpose, current issues, friendships, and women empowerment.
Life with Chelsi was launched to be a place for me and you to gather together, grow together, learn together, and ultimately fall deeper in love with Christ together. It is a community of women, for women who are on a journey to learning and accepting God’s love. It is a journey of hope, love, faith, mishaps, disappointment, pain, grace, and Christ.
I truly believe that through the teachings God is touching lives, providing directions, encouraging those who may be depressed, grieving, lost, frustrated, setting young women free from addictions and strongholds, and so much more. I cannot imagine what is to come - not because of me but because of my obedience to pursue purpose. In my heart of hearts, I want women to know how to embrace God, His love, and how He made them -- and that is not easy or natural for most of us. At least it has not been for me...
Will you join me on this journey? Will you even share your story with us?
Every Monday via Facebook LIVE, I will share a message. Please watch the video, leave a comment, and share with another girlfriend! Plus, I will be blogging here often - so check back.
I am praying for you and our journey...
This week's message provided a biblical response to racism that was on display this past weekend in Charlottesville, Virginia. Watch here.
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If you're in Richmond, Virginia, or near, join us at The Return RVA. We are a young adult ministry with services on Wednesdays and Sundays. On Wednesdays, my husband addresses controversial biblical issues from 7PM - 8PM. On Sundays, we have an hour-long service from 11AM - 12PM and then small groups from 12PM - 1PM. I would love to meet you and for you to join my small group!!
*originally published on AlwaysPraying.com (June 2015)
Whew. It has been a tough season. A season of being broken before the Lord. Did I say it has been tough??
The beauty of this season has been learning more about the faithful, wonderful, loving, kind, amazing, awesome, healing, providing God I serve. There have many moments where I felt like, "God, where are you?".... Have you ever felt like that? Have you ever felt like God has deserted you and left you for the wolves?
It is a scary feeling. You ask yourself a ton of questions all wondering whether you did something wrong or if you are crazy to believe in God. Listen, some may say you are crazy because you have faith to believe in God. And, maybe you are! Yet, you are crazy enough to know that there is NOTHING this present life can offer you to fulfill the void you have in your life. We all have tried to make people or things our god and be god in our own lives. I miserably failed. And, I understand now it is because the void/longing we all have in our heart can only be filled by God, our Creator, our Father.
Law school caused me to question everything I believed. And, I am SOO thankful. Like in school, as a student you find out how much you know and have retained by your test scores. What are your faith test scores saying about you? Do you only trust God when things are going your way??
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen. What are you believing God for?
Philippians 1:6 is a constant motivator for someone like me, that strives for perfection. Yes, I know, no one is perfect. I am not perfect. You are not perfect. My friends are not perfect. My family is not perfect. I know. I, also know that as God has shown me more about life in this season, the struggles are all preparation.
A while back, you could not have convinced me that I was in God's will. Why? I, also, had this notion that I missed God because I was suffering. WRONG! We miss God when we disobey Him. You may be in a tough season right now, but that does not mean you are outside the will of God. I know, I know- someone somewhere in some pulpit told you that you're only in the will of God if everything is going right. Next time you hear that, ask them for the scripture.
Yes, God has promised us amazing blessings. He also made it clear that we would endure suffering. Let's think for a minute. Jesus died on the cross for our sins, He suffered. Was it outside the will of God? I THINK NOT!!!! He was right dab smack in it. He was beaten. He was lied on. He was lied to. He was betrayed. All while in the perfect will of God.
In the wilderness of your Christian walk, you are being prepared. The bigger question is: Will you survive? Not just survive physically, but spiritually. Will you trust God when the tears are flowing down your eyes profusely? Will you trust Him when chaos seems to overtake every area of your life? Will you trust Him to be God in every area, every situation, every inch of your heart.
I know there is a part of you that does not want to suffer. I get that. I do. Yet, I also have learned avoiding pain and suffering only places me in a place of disobedience to God. Not only do I miss God but I also have to go through the process later.
My friend, He is with and for you. Though you cannot comprehend or explain it all, you have to have faith in the King of Kings. He loves you. He allowed His Son to suffer an excruciating and painful death to save your soul. Will you survive in faith? Will you allow Him to prepare you?
I am praying your strength. I know how it feels to be prepared for the great work of the Lord.
praying for you always,
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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.