Rachel Jenae

A Laney-bug

Everything will be ok,” she told me.  “I know it will, it’s just the day to day walking things out that doesn’t seem to be getting easier.”

As we sat at Chick-fil-A, watching her daughter climb on the playground, I tried to imagine her life.  So different from my own, but so incredibly powerful.  Here she was a 22-year old single mother, with an incredible 2 1/2 year old daughter, making it all look so easy.  There was a natural ease about their relationship that I noticed right away when I first met them.  A joy in their eyes that through whatever they’d walked through had not been tainted…or had been redeemed.

It was something different than I’d ever felt.  I’d grown up in the church, but never experienced anything like it.  It was God’s presence in a new way and it changed my life.” (A turning point in her story nine months ago)

Lezli has a beautiful story dripping in grace.  Grace that is restoring, redeeming and full of incredible love.  Love that none of us deserve, but was given so freely and continues to work in and through us. 

Today I asked her to share about being a mother.  A single mother of an adorable, well-behaved, spunky little Laney-bug and how she does it day in and day out. Meet Lezli & Laney!  (to see the full shoot go here)

At the very bottom is the winner announcement for last week’s contest! Thank you to all who entered!  

 

I never really thought that this is where I would be today. Being a single parent is not easy, especially if you don’t know your true source. For so long I thought I had things under control, that I was doing a great job of doing everything myself, until I heard the words “let go, just let me take this.” One thing I struggle with is giving God total control. I have been the one making decisions and taking charge without any direction for so long that at first I didn’t know how to just let go and let God in.

So I remind myself throughout the day and often, that God is here for me, He loves me and everything He does is for me and not against me. Here are some words of wisdom that I have tucked into my pocket since my journey has begun…

Matthew 6:33 says to “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”  I love this verse because it helps reassure me that as long as I keep pursuing God He is going to take care of me.

What you honor is what you walk towards. Honor God in all that you do.

Don’t wander through the wilderness that God has called you to war through.

It is in Christ you find out who you are and what you are living for.” Ephesians 1:11

We are the child not the Father.

We are born to manifest the glory of God.

Every decision you make draws you to the Lord, the direction is your choice.

Don’t worry about anything; instead pray about everything.” Philippians 4:6

Show your children what it looks like to be conquerors.

And I would have to say that this one is one of my favorites that I have kept close to my heart. “A woman who knows her beauty understands she has something incredibly valuable to give and something important to protect.”

I like to grab hold of things like this and write them down wherever I can. I read over a lot of scriptures and inspirational sayings whenever I feel as if the light in my walk is getting dim.  I love the refreshed feeling I get after reading over these, it really helps to brighten my walk with Jesus.  

-Lezli

 

Congratulations to Brooke for winning the photo contest last week!  Isn’t he adorable! Please email your address to hello@racheljenae.com .