Hello! My name is Rachel Maria. NOTHING about me or my life is ordinary. In fact, it wasn’t until after I turned 40 that I decided to embrace everything extraordinary about the life God gave me. And, I’m here to encourage others to do this exact same thing.
When I was a young girl, I would dream of marrying my prince charming, straight out of college…Having at least two or three kids… And, becoming a teacher. (Because everyone knows teachers make the best moms.)
So, you can imagine my surprise when I found myself in my mid-30s struggling with debilitating health issues, divorced, and with no children.
To add insult to injury by the time I turned 40, my second marriage was in turmoil. As I was suffering from failed infertility treatments, my health issues were literally multiplying and misdiagnosed. I had to step away from my hard-earned career as a school administrator. That was when depression hit, hard.
At this point, I began to question God in why I had worked so hard to earn a Master’s Degree in Leadership. Was everything happening a sign that I should quit even trying?
I was tempted to quit my marriage since nothing else in my life seemed to be going well. But, that’s when God showed up in an extraordinary way. I spent several months alone at my beach house, in the dead of winter. However, I experienced a transformation that I can only credit to God’s mercy and grace.
Today, I do my best in reminding others that when God’s word says “He is near the brokenhearted…” (Psalm 34_18) He truly, TRULY is!
The greatest lesson I learned during those months was that God made no mistakes in my life. The world is full of sinners, myself included. The devil is a liar and wants to STEAL everything good from us. I had to learn about spiritual warfare and how to use the holy spirit to provide me with confidence and courage to keep going.
It was then that I surrendered feeling sorry for myself and promised that I would trust in God’s plan. Whatever. However. Whenever.
Thankfully, my fragile marriage (which, in all fairness was only proceeded by eight months of dating) became stronger throughout this time. I took up blogging and discovered a gift in writing. My husband, Scott, has been an absolute blessing and rock during this journey of trial and error.
Over the next several years, I wrote about our home renovation and experience as foster parents. I wrote how the devil continued to lie and steal from me. We were so close to adopting a two-year-old girl that we fostered from the beginning. When that fell through and ended bitterly, I was tempted to give up on my faith
Within a few months, God sent us our (now-adopted) son, Chase Matthew.
I’m not going to sugarcoat that things ever got easy. The one and only infertility treatment that actually worked for my husband and me, ended up in a miscarriage. And, right around the same time Covid hit, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. Interestingly, Covid and Breast cancer led me to TikTok. I recognized a talent that God wanted me to use. CREATING SATIRICAL VIDEOS.
Growing up I always enjoyed making others laugh. Never, in my wildest dreams, did I think that would be THE THING that would set me apart. In spite of the massive censorship these social media platforms use to silence my Conservative approach, GOD continues to use my content on these platforms to reach others.
Here is my story summed up into one huge lesson: EVERY difficult event led me to something extraordinary.
My divorce led me to the love of my life, Scott. Losing my job due to health issues led me to sharing content on social media. Losing a foster baby lead me to adopt our son. Covid and Breast cancer led me to becoming a social media star. (Not by the world’s standards! But, for the kingdom of God. ; )
Even though I feel like I am starting all over again in trying to create content and make an impact in this world – I know there will be many battles ahead. Yet, I trust that God will turn EVERY ROADBLOCK into something good! Not to mention, these battles become the lessons I promise to share. I am so excited to be able to do this.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me better. I hope to meet, someday. In the meantime, I pray that my content blesses you and empowers you to be everything God wants you to be.
Rachel Maria xo