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Rachel

Rachel

Once a rebellious teen seeking fulfillment in relationships and partying. Now transformed by God’s love and forgiveness.

 

Who I was before Christ

Though my parents divorced when I was very young, I grew up in a very loving family. I wasn’t raised going to church, and frankly I didn’t feel like I was missing out because my friends always complained about how boring it was. When I was young I was fairly quiet and shy, always did well in school and followed the rules. I had watched one of my closest friends (Andi, a girl who was actually my nanny for years) come to know Jesus and change her life. Though I had many conversations with her about it and even visited her church (The Rock) multiple times, it didn’t have a life-changing impact on me at the time. When I started high school I began to rebel and plunged into a life of partying, experimenting with drugs, and seeking love and fulfillment in relationships. Before I knew it, I was doing drugs daily and putting myself in dangerous situations. Though I was slowly spiraling out of control, I was able to keep the appearance that everything was fine by lying to my family, continuing to do well in school and telling myself that this was “normal”.

 

What changed?

When I started college I began to realize how everything I had been seeking fulfillment in – guys, partying, success – was ultimately leaving me feeling empty. I began to feel depressed and sad all of the time, but didn’t really know why or what to do about it. I reconnected with my friend Andi, who was now engaged to a man she met at church. I saw how different their relationship and lives were because they were living for God. I wanted what they had but I didn’t know how to get it. I began attending church with them regularly, and slowly saw that what I was missing in my life was Christ. I saw clearly that God was real and good. I knew I wanted and needed Jesus in my life but making that change was scary for me, because I knew that I would likely need to end the relationship I was in at the time, and that most of my friends and family wouldn’t understand my choice. One night I finally saw that I needed to take a leap of faith and trust God with my life, and the next day I broke off my relationship, quit drinking and drugs, and gave my life to Christ.

 

Who I am now

God’s love and forgiveness have completely changed my life and heart. Through each day and season of life, I am continually challenged and grown. Though I am far from perfect I know that God loves me and because of Christ that will never change. I have been washed clean of my sin (past, present and future) and feel truly liberated. I have found true fulfillment and purpose that can be found nowhere else. I have been married to an amazing man for 5+ years and together we are seeking to glorify God with our lives. We have a son named Wesley who I now stay home with full-time and love it! My greatest desire is to be used by God to bring others to know Him.

 

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