Fall 2017: Kimberlee

Hello! My name is Kimberlee Craig I live and work in Springfield, Missouri, and I am super excited to be the contributing writer for the Introductory Issue Feature Say Yes: With All Your Soul! God has been after me to share my story here on The Grace Mask for a few years now so I look forward to stepping out in obedience. But for now, let me share a bit of my heart about Ephesians 5:26, our anchor verse!

Made Whole…

Shame, guilt, and inadequacy are a few things that had a strong grip on my life for many years — almost as long as I can remember, really. I never felt “good enough”, or worthy enough of love at any capacity. Those feelings started at a pretty young age, but the intensity of those feelings grew to overtake my whole world when I was raped at 17. I didn’t personally know Christ then, so I dealt with those feelings the only way I knew how: drugs and alcohol. I filled those broken pieces of me for years after the incident by heavily abusing substances which only led to more shame and guilt; I just kept adding fuel to the fire. But one day, God got a hold of me… Through a series of different events, God intervened and started the process of restoration. I wouldn’t change anything that has happened to me, no matter how terrible it felt at the time. God can use those bad things, those sin driven things, those broken pieces of me, to help reach other people, other people who have been through similar things.

His Word Evoking Beauty…

Without Christ, I honestly don’t think I would be alive today. I hated almost everything about myself and life before God came in and saved me. He saved me from myself, and over the years has changed the way I see everything. The way I see the world, people, His word, nature, sin, love, the church, and most of all — myself. My relationship with God has been a game changer, and I will never be the person I used to be. A relationship with God doesn’t mean just talking with Him, although that is a very important aspect of it. In the book of Jeremiah it says to truly know intimacy with God we must not simply seek Him, but to seek him with all of our hearts. This also includes reading His word and submerging ourselves into the promises, commands, and encouragement He speaks to us through it.

Bringing Out the BEST…

God has brought out the best in me, and everyday I pray that He will continue to make me more and more in His image so that I can be the BEST version of myself possible. I didn’t know how to “love” before Him… I was incapable of loving others and of receiving love, but He has taught me to love, to love fiercely and unapologetically. He makes me better than anything I could ever try to be. The Church, the body of Christ, also helps with this. I love the community that comes with being a part of the church. It is filled up with people from different backgrounds, different pasts, different hurts, different highs and lows, but as the Church, we put all those things aside, and join together to worship our Savior. Our King, our Healer, and Saving Grace. We grow corporately, and individually, but we are continually growing and are able to encourage those around us by joining our hands and hearts in prayer.

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