A Journey with Jesus

I’m Rachel and this is the story of me and Jesus, of how He rescued me and changed my life. This is a story about freedom and joy and overcoming. I grew up in Nevada and Colorado with five siblings, and we were all homeschooled. My childhood was permeated with insecurity and a drive to please. My father struggled with alcoholism and gambling. He was in and out of my life during my early years. We went to church with my mom, and I always believed God was real. But my understanding of the Gospel growing up was this: Being a Christian is a get-out-of-hell-free card. We are baptized so we can go to heaven and be saved from our sins … and that’s pretty much it. I was so driven by fear and guilt,

You're Family Now

Family stories … we all have them. Sometimes they’re cringe-worthy, as in having your aunt reminisce about the time you pooped your pants and it was so bad she chose to throw away the training pants instead of washing them, and just maybe that story gets embellished to be more dramatic every time it’s told. Thankfully, the stories are more often about a funny or meaningful time, such as the vacation to the beach where fireworks were being set off just outside your rental cottage, or your adorable toddler-talk in saying “101 Dogmatians” instead of “101 Dalmatians,” or “Hold you, Mommy.” One of our favorite Cornett narratives took place at one of the first family dinners that our son-in-law at

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