From Identity Crisis to Identity in Christ

My mom knows I love planners, so she bought me one for my birthday. Its front cover says, “Plan out your future and make your dreams reality.” Whenever I read these words my mind goes to these two verses:  

“The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” Psalms 37:23-24(NLT)

“Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you your heart’s desires.” Psalms 37:4 (NLT).

            For many years I didn’t know what it meant to find my identity in Christ or understand how he could lead my life. I thought “how does someone I can’t even see direct me?” I went about this time trying to figure it out on my own. I wasn’t sure who I was or who I was supposed to be, but I was determined to figure that out. My first 2 years of college I changed my major from education, to nursing, to broadcast journalism and then back to education. I picked nursing because I thought some people would see me in a more prestigious light.  But guess what? I hated it! I didn’t even want to give my classmates a fake physical. After realizing this was not for me I panicked. Too many people in my life kept speaking negatively to me about becoming a teacher. So what did I do next? I tried to find a new career path that would be a little more impressive. My husband and I lived in Gainesville FL at the time, so we would attend a lot of the UF games. There were many times I’d see this sports reporter named Tracy Wolfson. I thought, “I want to be just like Tracy! She’s so cool and her job looks awesome!” Next thing you knew I marched into my guidance counselor office to change my major to broadcast journalism. Now in no way am I saying you should never change your major or be inspired by others. What I did was make these choices all for the wrong reasons. I did it to hear things like: “that’s an excellent choice Chelsea,” “it’s so much better than going into teaching,” or “wow! That is really awesome!” All that mattered was finding ways to never have people question me. Continue reading

Comparing Squares

Comparing lives through social media has been an ongoing issue. One thing I can say is that I get it! I went through a time thinking I wasn’t good enough because I’d see that women’s “perfect life” in those squared photos.  At least that’s what I thought. We do this on social media apps like Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. People are admitting to comparing things like body image, parenting, homes and something one may have in common with another person, such as; baking, cooking, writing, or Continue reading

Do Your Thang Mama

Motherhood has always come with its challenges. People will always have opinions on what a mother should or should not do. Five people on the right will be suggesting one thing while five on the left suggest the complete opposite. Hey I’m all for being teachable, but if you see a mom that prefers to do her mommy thing differently than you, you can’t force her to do what you would do as a mom. Every woman is made to mother in a unique way because her child is also uniquely made and different from yours. Each mom has her own style. Being welcomed into motherhood isn’t meant to be like entering into a competition. Continue reading

The Years I Allowed Flaws, Fears And Rejections Defeat Me

When I look back I started remembering it all so clearly and some of it’s a little embarrassing to tell. Since I’m a grown woman now it does make it easier to share and honestly a good amount of time passing by always helps.

It all started in the 6th grade when I was going through the “awkward stage.” It was the first day of school. I recently got braces, never used a hair straightener and my favorite songs were probably from a Lizzie McGuire soundtrack. On the first day of school I’d say Continue reading

Chasing After The Root of Life

While scrolling through social media there’s a good chance you’ve seen the image of a pineapple with the quote that says: “Be a pineapple: Stand tall. Wear a crown and be sweet on the inside.” I mean, who doesn’t want to develop into that?  Did you know pineapples roots can extend past its leaves which can reach up to 5 feet long? It takes about six months just for the seed to sprout. During that time the baby plant can even be planted carefully into temporary growing containers.  We see it takes a pineapple time to mature into what it’s supposed to be from the inside out. Continue reading

From Writer To Writer

Have you ever asked yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing all because of the fact many others do the same thing you have a passion for? I’ve questioned myself on why I continue to write or blog for that very reason. Then I remember, there is only one me who says things in a way only I can say them. That goes for you too! What you have to say in your own way I bet will touch somebody even if you’re questioning that. I tell you that from experience. It’s the same case in anything else; whether you’re a teacher, nurse, artist, photographer, etc. Even if Continue reading

Enough Is Enough 

Have you ever gone through a season of just not feeling good enough? Like you didn’t measure up? I definitely can say I have and it wasn’t that long ago. I brought some questions to God like: Why am I comparing myself so much? Why do I let the dumbest things get to me? How do I get out of feeling this way? Coming out of that season Continue reading