I get to introduce an FFS Reader to you today! Rachel is a sweet soul who has an amazing story to tell. I hope that you will read her testimony and leave a comment below for her to read.
Let’s boast in the Lord together!!
For 18 years, I pursued a career in state government. I was promoted to the highest level that I could without being a political appointee and was over three huge programs. I was pretty impressed with myself and how far I had come. I had two children, I had seen my marriage fall apart, and was beginning a new marriage. I then had two more little kiddos and I was re-building my relationship with God. I hadn’t stopped going to church or believing in God, but I had been relying on myself and my own strength to live my life.
In late 2010, I found myself discontented with my job. My youngest was a year and a half and I never got to see him. God really started working on my heart and I was feeling like I was supposed to be looking for a new job. This scared me (and my husband!) because I brought in about 65% of our household income. Going to a new job would decrease that by quite a bit, because I would have to start over anywhere else. So we prayed and read scripture for several months while we tried to figure out what I was supposed to do.
During those months, we did a study on Crazy Love by Francis Chan. In the discussion one night, we both knew that me leaving the State was the right thing to do. Only it was crazy. I wasn’t supposed to get a new job; I was supposed to stop working all together to stay home with my two youngest.
My decision to stay home definitely seems crazy to the world. I gave up 65% of our household income. I gave up an 18 year career. I gave up my identity I had made for myself. We lived on the promises of hope and a future in Jeremiah 29:11 and that He will always provide if we seek His Kingdom in Matthew 6.
Then a funny thing happened. I found my identity in Christ. I learned to depend solely on God and not myself to provide, and He has provided every time we needed it. I thought I was giving up so much to follow God’s will for my life. Instead, I have been given much. I found peace that comes only from following His will and depending on Him. My children are being raised with our values and I have cherished time with them. I have a new passion/direction in my life – abolishing human trafficking. By giving up the income and the identity I had made for myself, I found greater blessings and greater identity through Him. In God, I boast!
Rachel is a small-town girl from California, MO. She lives with her husband and three of her four children. Her oldest child, Hayley, is living in Thailand for six months. She is a stay at home mom, crafter, worship leader, and women’s ministry leader at her church, and has recently discovered her passion for abolishing modern day slavery. She will be taking a trip to Thailand in November to research the trafficking and sexual exploitation of women and children.
Where is your identity found?