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Rachel M

Assistant Camp Director

I heard a thought aptly expressed the other day: “God has put us where we are, brought us to the place of joy or contentment or suffering or sadness, for the express reason that we would seek Him.” This sums up my life. All the circumstances through which I have lived for the past 29 years have been crafted lovingly by a Father’s hand, designed to show me my frailty and weakness and sin and to point me to Him, that I might know Him. For this I am so thankful.

I am blessed with a full life. Vocationally, I am a freelance musician; I teach and perform classical and church music on both violin and piano. However, I thrive on a variety of activities and enjoy the added depth and excitement they bring to my life. My interest in shooting has led me to be a firearms instructor with Battle Road USA; I’m involved in legislative happenings in an attempt to make use of the liberty with

which I have been blessed as an American and Texan; and I’ve taught girls’ conferences and clubs.

Although I admittedly have a taste for adventure and learning new things, which has spurred me to go skydiving, participate in run ‘n’ guns, and jump spontaneously into crazy and exciting activities, my favorite memories are the simple times I spend with friends who love me in spite of my shortcomings. I treasure deep conversations. I process my thoughts best through writing and taking long walks alone down my beautiful country roads. Dark chocolate with sea salt also rocks my world.

I was told a few years back that my name in Hebrew means, literally, “favored one.” What a beautiful reminder of my standing before God. Yes. Undeserving, I have been favored with grace.

my testimony

I received the Lord Jesus Christ as my personal Savior at the age of 6, when the Lord opened my heart to understand the verse I found on one of the reading flashcards my mom set out for me each morning: “For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Over the next few years, I learned more about God from reading His Word and hearing it taught in my home, and I found Jesus a faithful friend. One verse that brought me great joy and assurance was the promise in I John 1:7 “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

When I turned 12, a dear young lady I greatly respected, several years older than I, gave me some material she had written that encouraged me simply to love the Lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. By God’s grace, that became my burning desire.

As I grew older, I experienced turmoil and trials in my family that caused me to ask why I was still trusting God, since it was so difficult to see His hand. I felt I had no assurance that things were going to get better. Yet God was faithful, and even when I was too weak to hold tightly to Him, He kept me. I realized that there simply was no other choice but to keep my eyes on Jesus. During these painful years, Scriptures such as Lamentations 3 gave me hope as I learned more of who God is.

Formidable circumstances have challenged me to study God’s Word diligently for answers to pressing issues. Preachers such as Paul Washer and my own pastors have inspired, convicted, and encouraged me. Authors such as Thomas Watson have blessed me. All of these have contributed to teaching me Biblical doctrine as my journey of growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ continues.
My testimony is that God is faithful. He is all-powerful, and He is all good. Though I would not have chosen the fabric of my story, I gladly wear it and thank God that He has turned it into the garment of praise. Truly, He has filled my heart with great joy.

– Rachel M

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