My name is Rachel.
I learned about The Grace Mask from my cousin, Cori Presley.
While my childhood was not ideal, I choose to see it through God’s grace. My mother left our home when I was young and my dad remarried. I lost my Dad when I was 18 to a rare lung disease. He was a God-fearing man who raised me to know my heavenly Father, to love God’s Word, and to love The Church. My upbringing developed the vision I had for my family in the future. My parents were devoted to God first and dearly loved me and my siblings as a result.
I’m sure in kids’ church I raised my hand many times when asked who wanted to accept Jesus into their heart. I knew from a young age Jesus loved me and that He was pretty important in my life. It wasn’t until age 8 that I realized their was a personal side to my relationship with Jesus. At a summer church camp I accepted Jesus into my heart fully understanding my commitment and my desire to please Him for what He has done for me.
I still have to fight the side of me that thinks I have to please others. I have to continually remind myself I’m performing for an audience of one!
Knowing my Heavenly Father loves me a million times more than my earthly Dad ever could overwhelms my heart every time I think about it! I’m definitely grateful I serve a merciful God. I’ve definitely had plenty of spots and wrinkles but He is faithfully renewing me and remaking me into His image every single day.
My walk down this aisle of life has had it’s hard places. My husband and I, early in our marriage, found that our chances of having children was slim. Being a wife and mother was all I had ever dreamed of. I didn’t have goals in college, I didn’t see the point. I just wanted babies, who needs a degree for that? You can imagine my devastation, my sense of utter loss when we learned this news.
In the midst of this sorrow and still hanging onto the hope of a miracle we decided to fill our empty home with foster children. Our lives were forever changed! Since making that decision we have fostered thirteen children, adopted three of those children, and are getting ready to adopt our fourth. God’s plan WAS for me to have children! Children He knew that would need our love and they have in turn filled our home with all the joy that children bring!
I am just loving my savior everyday and following His Spirit’s call with the big and little things in my life. He’s called us all to love His people. And I believe that’s my calling – to be His hands and feet for these orphans.
My anchor verses:
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.
James 3:17 But the wisdom from above is first of all pure. It is also peace loving, gentle at all times, and willing to yield to others. It is full of mercy and good deeds. It shows no favoritism and is always sincere.
James 4:10 Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up in honor.
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