I have been at war with myself the past few weeks. Everyday that small voice continued to prod me to do what I didn’t think I had in me to do because it meant change and I am not one for that. But sometimes when God calls you to do it it can be hard to do it, it’s easier said than done right? Again I have been at war with myself, with God, with this blog.
Several weeks ago I left a prayer request on a “Blogging Mastermind” facebook group I am a part of that I wanted prayer to allow God to take over what I did with my blog versus what I wanted for the blog. Ever since I made that statement I couldn’t get it out of my mind.
I was in a place with my blog where I felt discontent, that I was only blogging to get success (overnight). I blogged about what the readers wanted, or what I felt I needed. In the end I felt empty. Then I got a phone call from my Pastor’s wife Susan. She thanked me for my post on her husband, but she wanted to call and check on me as far as blogging and she recalled the prayer request I left on that Facebook group and she was calling me to see where I was at with that prayer request. She encouraged me and challenged me to think on “Rachel are you happy with fashion blogging, does it bring you joy and fulfillment?” My thoughts were, wow is she really asking me this? and I told her I was happy. Susan began encouraging me to perhaps tie in faith with my fashion posts or perhaps give it up all together. Now this was my call because I think deep down God was using Susan to remind me of why I blog. It’s not to get glory, not to get an income or free clothes or show off my buys it is about HIM and HIS glory.
I began to think on her call and how much it challenged me. It challenged me in a sense that I didn’t know what God wanted me to use the blog for. Inside a war was raging to continue to let this blog be worldly and what I thought would help promote “ME” but it should be about “HIM” and the fashion and other blogging perks are just a bonus cherry on top.
In church this past Sunday I was challenged again and affirmed by another Pastor to leave what is comfortable and branch out from the pit of what I know. WOW! I began to ask God what it was he wanted from me. “Just BE Rachel” was all I could hear. I cried in service because I had forgotten what RACHEL was. Yes, I know I am me, but I lost my identity in this blog, in this world and it’s worldy things that I forgot who I essentially was in Him, who I really am in real life apart from this blog.
I began to ask God what it meant to be Rachel and here were some things HE reminded me of. Rachel is a child of God. Rachel is a wife to Chantry her first boyfriend and kiss. Rachel is a mom to four adorable kids. Rachel is a daughter, a sister and friend. Rachel has had pain, hurt and joys. Rachel overcame a miscarriage. Rachel learned to love and forgive men (through a painful past) and met her husband. Rachel made a difference in some of the students she taught in the past. Rachel enjoys blogging and has met so many encouraging women through it. Rachel is making changes health wise, eating wise. Rachel is beautiful.
God calls me to BE. Just BE Rachel.
This blog is still going to remain filled with fashion and other inspirations but it will also include faith and more of it as God calls me to write what He lays on my heart. I thank you for being with me through my journey of blogging and for understanding my weaknesses. But for now I am just going to be me (with fashion posts on the side).
What are some things that are pressing on your life to change or renew? Is it blogging? Your marriage? Relationships? Passions? Tell me in the comments below. Or e-mail me at rachel(dot)garay@me(dot)com if you have any prayer needs as you think of you. I love you friend!
God Bless and I hope you will link up below. My full outfit posts from this photo shoot will be on the blog soon, so stay tuned. I will be co-hosting with Lizzie on Friday so come on by then to check out our outfits and link up.
Now for “Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me” link up
Rachel is a former full time preschool special education teacher turned full time stay-at- home mom of four children with a passion for substitute teaching and blogging at Garay Treasures on the side. Garay Treasures is a fashion and lifestyle blog with some added posts on faith and everyday treasures. Rachel loves drinking several cups of coffee a day (hot or iced), blogging, and reading and playing with her children. You can follow Rachel by bloglovin, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest.
Now on to the Featured 5 from last week:
Need some styling prints tips? Then this article from Debonita is for you. Doesn’t this paisley print dress look gorgeous?!? swoon!
I have been a big fan of warm lemon water in the mornings lately and it all started from Irene’s post of inspiration here.
I love finding new ways to style a scarf, so Liz was right on point with 5 tips to style a scarf (perfect for spring).
I think it is neat to style around a model or actress. See a copy here.
Rachel shares how she is styling from her former high school self. Which inspired me to think back to the style I went from in my early days to now and what I am still drawn too. For me I think it is denim. Find out what Rachels go to pieces are here.
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