Welcome! I am so happy you are here!
My name is Rachel and I live with my husband in our big yellow house where I spend time doing all things home related. I also work at our local church, drink coffee like it’s going out of style, and spend a lot of time cooking for my Low-FODMAP diet.
Being outside is our jam. You’ll catch us doing things like hiking, archery, kayaking, boating, traveling, and enjoying patio dates with friends.
Life threw us a curve ball when I was diagnosed with a degenerative autoimmune disease at the age of 30. You can read more about that story here, here and here. As a young, newly married couple we were forced to figure out a new normal for our family.
We have faced a tremendous amount of challenges, heartaches, disappointments and grief throughout our short life. I know what it’s like to lose a parent in adolescence, battle severe anxiety and depression, live with chronic pain, struggle with infertility, and wrestle with the aftermath of trauma. I currently suffer from 3 diagnosed chronic health conditions, none of which can be cured.
I know what it feels like when things don’t go the way you hoped or planned. I know how it feels to live in fear, worry and anxiety, unsure of what the future might bring. But when life feels chaotic and hope turns to despair, Jesus is still there.
There is something about suffering that wakes us up to the painful reality of life. At some point, we will all experience hurt and heartache. The pain of life cannot be avoided, fixed or ignored. But even in those dark and difficult times, we can still flourish. God makes it possible for us to be faithful and fruitful regardless of our circumstances. There is still hope even when life feels hopeless.
God deeply loves you. He is both sovereign over our suffering and He personally understands how we feel because He also suffered. Jesus understands what it’s like to be in pain, to be hungry, thirsty, weary, tempted, betrayed, tortured, and more. He is not cold or distant, but personal and near. Because of this, we can trust Him and experience His comforting presence in both the good and troubled times.
Life may not always look the way you expect but regardless of your situation, you can still be confident of this: God is good, He is in control and He can be trusted. He has a great purpose and plan for your life. No matter what you face, Jesus is with you, providing the power and strength you need to handle whatever comes your way. You are not forgotten or alone. God knows your situation, He sees your pain and He cares.
Keep holding onto Him. He is worth it!
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