WELCOME TO SAVED BY GRACE
My name is Rachelle Craig. I am married to an amazing man who loves God! We have been married a little over 10 years, and have been through more than most people go through in a lifetime. We live in Central Ohio, we have 5 grown children between us, and 9 grandchildren.
I was not raised in what you would call a “Christian home,” and didn’t come to Christ until I was in my 40’s. If you ask me today, I will tell you that is one of my biggest regrets in life, along with the fact that I did not raise my own children in a “Christian home.” I strongly encourage people today to turn to Jesus, and the younger, the better. One thing that warms my heart is seeing the youth at my church proudly proclaiming their love for the Lord.
I have never been one to be real transparent with my life, have always had a huge fear of public speaking or speaking to more than a few people at a time, especially when it comes to my past, or anything to do with me. I definitely never thought I would be doing a blog or sharing my story anywhere other than with close friends and family. A few months ago I joined an online Bible Study. It was during that time that I began feeling a little nudge. I wasn’t sure, but thought maybe God wanted my attention. I began praying, and asking God how I could use my own past for His purpose, to bring glory and joy to His name. I asked Him how I could be of service, and to lead me. I asked Him to please not let me miss out on anything He wanted me to do, to make me aware of His desires for me. A few weeks later my husband and I were approached by a youth leader at church, he asked if we would be willing to share our testimonies with the Sr. High youth. My husband is very outgoing, and can talk to anyone, and any amount of people, he instantly said “sure,” I did not want to say yes, I hesitated, and was shocked to hear the word yes come from my own mouth. Even the youth leader was shocked, he looked at me and said, “really?” So 2 weeks later through many butterflies, much praying, and frazzled nerves, we were in front of about 30 youth telling our stories. So, God had even more in store, once the word got out, (and we go to a church with an attendance of between 450 to 500 per week,) our own Sunday School teacher asked us to give our testimonies to our class. Of course I had to say yes! Again, a couple of weeks later, I found myself looking at 40 to 45 adults, telling my story. I remember being so nervous, I even emailed the author of the book that I was doing the Bible Study on and her words of wisdom were amazing. She reminded me to pray and ask God to place His words in my mouth, she reminded me that through Him, I can do anything, and to remember that if God brought me to it, He would bring me through it. And boy did He! We have had so many people in our church tell us they have heard of our stories, that they want to hear it too, our pastor is trying to have us tell it to the church, and he knows my fears of speaking. Actually, the thought doesn’ t really scare me at all anymore. If you would have asked me even 2 months ago to get on stage in front of the whole church and speak, well, we all know I would have said something like, “are you crazy?” So I know that God is taking my fear and using it for His glory! We will see what happens. So for these reasons, I have been inspired and encouraged by a few women that I have met through online Bible Studies to do this blog. It is my hearts desire to help other women know that they are not alone, that they can find Hope in Christ, and that no matter what they have done, NOTHING can stop Jesus from opening His arms to them. I want to share the goodness He has done in my life, the distance He has carried me, and that no matter how many times I mess up, He will never stop loving me, or turn away from me. I plan to share and hope to encourage others to share as well.