In God I Boast ~ Identity in Christ

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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!!

boast in God

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. Rachel

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.

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In God I Boast ~ Identity in Christ — 4 Comments

  1. 18 year career???? You hardly look 21 (!) now, so . . . 18 year career??? Seriously, it’s only what we do for Christ that lasts over eternity and having well mannered, beautiful Christian children is the most precious and valuable career there can be! Congratulations on your level-headed values and dedication to our Lord. You are a woman to be praised. blessings,

    • Ellie – thank you! I am the one in the middle though, not the one being held up by her brother! I am 42 and my eldest is 22! Thank you so much for your encouragement. God has really blessed me abundantly and my cup runneth over.

  2. Aye! That’s my mama! I’m so proud of you, mom! I wish words could express my gratitude toward you! Thanks for sharing this and encouraging other women including your oldest child. I love you! Oooh, look at God!

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