Testimony Tuesday : Chelsey T.
Today’s testimony comes from a truly beautiful human with a heart of gold that I met in my LuLaRoe days and became immediate lifelong friends with. Chelsey is one of the strongest, most persevering women I know and does everything in her power to make her families life the best.
When I first met Chelsey, I was instantly drawn to the glow that surrounds her. I know now that it is the deep love that she has for Jesus. But also her beauty is more than skin deep, it is deep inside of her, coursing through her veins. She is the type of person that you cant help but to admire and want to hug every single time you see her. I pray that I too can exude the radiance of Christ like she does.
(PS. I think you need to know this, Chelsey has A LOT of daughters and one adorable little boy and they are all following in their mommas footstep with their servants hearts and pure joy.)
So without further ado, here is Chelsey T’s Testimony!
I’ve struggled with self-esteem issues for as long as I can remember. I‘ve struggled through abuse, food addiction, eating disorders, and low self worth among other things. When I became a Christian thirteen years ago, I learned that I was “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14) and I learned “even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:7) I learned that I was forgiven and loved and cared for deeply by my Heavenly Father. I learned that He valued me. I knew all this in my head but didn’t believe it and allowed lies into my heart and my life. Lies that I was worthless and unlovable.
I’ve experienced small victories of Truth throughout the last several years. I went to a women’s weekend where a speaker spoke about identity and our identity in Christ. This was the first time I heard The Lord speak to me. I felt like someone came down and shook my arms and said “Don’t you see what I see?” “You are beautiful.” “Your worth is far above rubies. (Proverbs 31)”
I experienced victory in Celebrate Recovery and giving my testimony at Celebrate Recovery. I actually didn’t want to give my testimony at CR because I felt like I couldn’t share all the healing and success The Lord had brought me through because I hadn’t defeated what I felt like was my biggest stronghold which was my weight and food issues.
Another lie. How could I not give God the glory of what He has done in my life just because I was a work in progress? I gave that testimony and it WAS hard but God used it for another step in my healing and to help heal others. He is so amazing!
The YES in Jesus
Four years ago we moved to Alaska. It was one of the hardest years of my life. Change is hard. I had to dig deep in my relationship with God and myself. I cried out to Him..A…LOT!
My scale had hit an all time high that year. It was depressing, frustrating and discouraging.
However, countless times that year random strangers would come up to me and say “I just wanted you to know…I don’t know if you realize, and I hope you don’t think I’m crazy, but I’ve been staring at you and you are so beautiful. ” Yes!
A new friend who makes beautiful signs, and not knowing my story brought me a welcome basket and in it gifted me a sign that says “Your worth is far above rubies” Yes!
A friend who I hadn’t spoke to in years, who lived in Scotland at the time, sent me a postcard to Alaska. I was surprised. I turned the card over and it read “Chelsey, I just wanted to stop and send this today because God prompted me to tell you that you are beautiful.” Yes!
God was gifting me with reminders of Truth. He is so faithful.
One day that year , I was complaining to a friend via text AGAIN about my weight and how I look and feel. I then got up to go to the top of the stairs to call out to Lily and my sweet Loralei randomly pops her head out around the corner and says “Wow Mom. You are so beautiful.”
Ok, Lord! I hear you!
Healing comes in layers and every year I conquer more layers and encounter more struggles but The Lord is right beside me every single day reminding me of Truth. His Truth!
I am beautiful. I am worthy. My identity is in Him!
This is for you too.
AH! I am so thankful Chelsey was bold to share this testimony with us. I know that Every single woman I know has had these same reoccurring bad feelings of self worth and self confidence. We are not alone. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.
Friend, take a lesson from what God has been teaching Chelsey and find your identity in HIM. You are a daughter of King Jesus. You are worthy of Love. Worthy of respect. Worthy of everything God has laid before you. Never doubt how much the Creator of this Universe LOVES YOU.