Who loves you baby? It is Tuesday evening, and I am on a plane back to Los Angeles. I did what I always hope others don’t do: took off my shoes and made myself comfortable. After all, I just ran from Concourse H to Concourse D and back to Concourse E, this proceeding a long journey from the Avis Rental Car Return and checking in a 70-pound bag. On a high note – at this point in time, I am in a great place personally. So, nowadays I manage to get dressed up, and put on some heels 80% of the time. But I gotta tell you – cute doesn’t work so well in the airport. Especially when you have to switch airlines to get home. Whew! So “excuse me” neighbors while I stretch my toes. I have been traveling for about three weeks, and it was an unforgettable trip! I was able to spend time with my mother for her Birthday and Mothers Day. I was able to partake in the weekend’s festivities for my dear friend who obtained Doctor of Management Degree. I watched the CAVS lose and cried myself to sleep. I drove to my daughters’ college, and received red roses from her upon arrival (BIG smile), and saw her BRAND NEW fabulous apartment (LHM). I had breakfast with someone who thinks I am beautiful with no make-up on, and an extra 15. In between all of that, I worked. I wrote. I spoke. I blogged. I prayed. I encouraged. I volunteered. I visited. Plus, I tried to respond to every comment and request out there in the Social Networking World. I love the interaction and I really want to make a difference in this world as an Ambassador for Christ. Yet one thing I try to make a top priority is – I DO get my sleep. Early to bed, and early to rise. So while I sat here on this plane, I thought I would catch a good five hours of zzzzz’s. But, for some reason, my body just won’t do it. It is like I am “wired”. My body is still running and buzzing around, yet my mind is saying, “Girl use this time wisely and relax”. It is not happening tonight. Could it be that I am trying to do too much? People always ask me, “How do you do all that you do?” My response always is, “When I am awake I am usually working or doing something on behalf of Kelly Chapman Ministries. I haven’t been on a beach in years. That is how I do it”. My question today is: who loves you baby? Do you love you? If you really love you, take care of yourself! Maybe you let that last ten pounds blossom into the last 30. It is so easy once you allow yourself to feel defeated to just put the weight back on. I know from experience. If you love you, at a minimum take a walk (10,000 steps) every day, and eat whole foods. Hint, if you fast or detox for a little while, it will eliminate your cravings and you can easily jumpstart a weight loss program. I am finishing one Thursday, and then I plan to start Robert Ferguson’s Diet Free Life program. I will let you know how it goes. Maybe you are working 80+ hours a week like me. Can you commit to making one day a week your slow day? Yes – this is for me also! God declared that the seventh day was a day of rest. Pick your day and be good to you. Maybe your nails are looking scrappy and your hair is “all over your head” because you are chasing those kids all day long. Take 10 dollars and go get a manicure. Seriously, or at a minimum drop your babies off at a friends house so you can relax and give yourself a mani-pedi. Who cares if it will last for one hour, just DO IT! Realize you are not Superwoman! Sometimes, you have to say no. Sometimes, you have to find balance between being there for everyone else, and being there for yourself. It truly is better to give than to receive. Yet, find a balance between giving to everyone else, and giving to yourself. And don’t feel guilty about it. I am about to make some changes immediately. In fact, when I finish writing this I am going to pray, and ask the Lord for guidance on what to continue to do and what to modify. It may mean that I read all of my messages, but I no longer respond individually to everyone everyday. It may mean that I cut back on a few trips. It may mean that I delegate more. I don’t know. But I am about to pray and ask the Lord to order my steps. The great thing about God is, when I needed help purging, He helped guide me through the process (see a previous blog for context). And now I feel so much lighter! So I have no doubt that He will help me find balance. I love myself, and I need to let myself know this via ACTIONS and not words. Maybe I will even have more time to eat right, pray more and love. So, with that I want to say if I don’t always remember a name or face out there in cyberspace, if I miss a birthday, if I don’t take every phone call, if I can’t always make it out to support something, or to volunteer my time, one thing is for sure – it is not for lack of desire. It is because I want to live a long healthy life until Jesus returns or calls me home. And I can’t do that when my body is “wired” from overextension. I hope that everyone will show me a little grace as I figure out how to find a “Kelly” day. One even without laundry, dry cleaners, paying bills, mopping, or packing for the following week. This feat will be interesting for sure! I pray that if this message rings true for you, that sometime soon you earnestly commit or re-commit to yourself, under the Lord’s direction. You deserve it! Looking forward to camping this summer and hitting a beach somewhere. The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way (Psa. 37:23) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matt 11:28) Click here for more High Notes from Kelly Chapman
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