Rachael Marie // Kingdom Love //
Kingdom Love has started sharing testimonies and miracles once a month! So, this being the first one, I am honored to share with you the testimony from one of the most powerful ladies I know. Even though our names are the same, I promise we are two different human beings. :) Ray is one of the boldest, bravest, and most encouraging ladies I have the privilege to know. At just seventeen, she knows and understands the character of God like no one else. I am beyond proud to share her story with you.
Life is not known as being easy. Life is filled with muddy potholes and desolate deserts. Life has plenty of rigorous tests and painful trials. However, the Father of lights, the Redeemer, knows exactly what He has called each and every one of us to! Never an accident, always His beloved. So this is a little of His redemption in my story.
My journey through life and especially the last two years of high school have consisted of many uphill battles. My world crumbled from under me on one physical, emotional, and spiritual attack one after another. However, through the excruciating pain of losing everything to the abundant restoration of everything taken, my Heavenly Father taught me to rejoice in the midst of my darkest hour. For,
It is in that moment when you fully surrender to God, you give Him permission to radically transform you and your world.
My high school career did not begin with the thought that I would not only have my life stripped from me, lose an entire year, and have then have a resurrection of joy and my identity in Christ but I guess the hope that we might make it through with everything in one piece. Just how bad these years were is summed up in my mother's answer to my joking question as to what my graduation present would be. She swiftly fired back with "That you're still alive!" Now while of course this was all in good fun, I was... and am no easy run of the mill daughter. I can only say thank you mom for always standing with me and never giving up. My amazing family has seen me at my worst and still choose to love me though it. I pray I am able to respond the way they honored me.
I am amazed at just how quickly we can grow the second we fully surrender to our Father and allow Him to move. In just one year you can become an entirely new person, a radically transformed Daughter of the King.
In the middle of my refining fire I had to make the choice to either focus on all that I had lost or begin to dream with my heavenly Daddy about his future for me.
I said yes to dreaming and because of that, God opened the door for my family and I to be flung into the roller coaster of outreach and ministry life. And the little slice of heaven He has blessed my family and I with is beyond words because we said yes to His call and trusted Him to lead us exactly where we need to be!
He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. Psalm 40:1
I learned just how much dedication a relationship can take through the arrival and constant working with our rescued mare Regal. The amount of unconditional love and sacrificial service for this horse is in the same boat as me, caused me to grow in responsibility and leadership. Many say that the horse is a reflection of the owner. So if horse is out of control usually the owner is also. But we very soon figured out just how true that was. Whenever Regal acted up my mom would atomically whirl around, stare me in the eyes and say, "Rachael what have you been hiding?" Of course I would stumble over the answer and then school for that day would become about that heart issue. Training ones self is no easy light-hearted job. It's messy and forces you to confront things you have been hiding from the light. However, I am so thankful for the constant reminders of where I am and where I need to be in my relationship with both my Heavenly Father as well as my earthly family.
Although the journey has placed me where I am today, I only long more intensely to go deeper and closer with the Father who is love and who carries life in His hands.
Giving HIM your all means you get to begin knowing HIS all.
"He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;
Many will see and fear
And will trust in the LORD.
How blessed is the man who has made the LORD his trust,
And has not turned to the proud, nor to those who lapse into falsehood.
Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done,
And Your thoughts toward us;
There is none to compare with You.
If I would declare and speak of them,
They would be too numerous to count." Psalms 40: 2-5
(All photos in this post were provided by Ray.)