Rachel Symone Gilliam, a digital marketing entrepreneur, shares how God has been faithful and has provided again and again for her during tremendous seasons of life. Rachel is a bone marrow transplant survivor, and she shares how God remained steadfast to her through that time. Rachel’s husband, Joe, whom “everybody loved” and who supported Rachel through her illness, was diagnosed with a malignant spinal tumor not long after they had married. Joe went to be with Jesus in September of 2018.
You all will adore Rachel, her faith, and her positivity and resolve to acknowledge God in the small things. Rachel is truly a joy to talk with, and her story beams with God’s goodness amidst trial.
Rachel is a digital marketing entrepreneur running primarily on coffee and avocado toast. She lives life in Dallas, TX and shares her story of life, love and loss. Having survived a bone marrow transplant in 2014 and losing her husband to spinal cancer in 2018, she's not immune to suffering and depending on God to carry us through all seasons of life.
When she's not curating Instagram feeds or strategizing email content, you can find her on the couch with a full-bodied glass of wine catching up on all things Bravo TV, entranced by a thriller novel, grabbing a cocktail with her girl gang, or mindlessly wandering the aisles in Whole Foods. You can keep up with her over on Instagram and her blog where she shares non-toxic brands that she's obsessed with, wellness and whole living tips, and tips for digital marketers and entrepreneurs.
Note- Worthy Quotes
It’s hard that when you’re raised in faith and you hear your whole life, “All things are possible through God, God is our ultimate Healer, our Savior,” and then you’re in the situations where you’re just like in the pit and needing saving, and the one thing you’re praying for isn’t happening. I’ve had to really look for God in the small things, versus the big, miraculous healing.
We were so covered.
It’s those small things, even in day to day life that we have to seek out, because otherwise we just miss it. We miss what God’s really about. He’s in the small, day to day details.
The people God has placed in my path has been insane. The people that have blessed me and the people that I have blessed in my path.
I’ve learned just how human I am, and how narrow-minded I am. I don’t see the big picture.
Going through everything that I have, I’ve seen just how human I am and how little I know, and how big God is. I’m sure there’s a better word, but He’s just big. He sees everything, He knows everything and even on my best day, nothing I can do, think, or even try to come up with compares to what He has for us.
I know that His plans for me are good. So all I have to do is sit back and trust Him and allow Him to carry me through this wave of grief.
I’ve really come to see how short-sighted we are, and how long eternity really is, and how short this life is here on earth.
Seventy plus years is a long, fruitful life, but it doesn’t even compare to what’s next for us.
I am in desperate need of a Savior, everyday.
Just the fact that God sees me enough and loves me enough, just to swoop down into my brokenness and love me as I am.
I’m a very broken person who needs a lot of Jesus every single day to even be remotely friendly enough to be around.
It’s sweet that He is so big and so vast, yet comes into our brokenness and makes us whole.
I like to look like I have it all together, but I simply don’t. And the fact that God knows that and loves me through it is pretty sweet.
When we are scrolling through Instagram.. people are still people. They are not on a pedestal. We all need Jesus.
We just need Him; every step of the way- even in the small decisions that we are making… We need to seek after Him in the small things and to know that these people who you see on Instagram or Facebook who have everything together- we all need Him, we are all human. Our brokenness might look different from person to person, but it’s still there. And it still requires one person to make it whole- and that’s Jesus.
Going through autopilot: or I’ll be so in my head about something, and then I’m like, “why am I not praying about this?!” You know, I’ll be sitting in my car, complaining to myself, I have someone who wants to listen. I might as well just offer it up and surrender these thoughts and these emotions to Him and just let Him do what He does best.
I try really hard to see people the way that God sees them, and to not be so judgmental.
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God has lavished His unaltered grace in her life again and again by:
My marriage with Joe.
Joe, literally, you cannot be a better person in any way. There’s always this saying in our friends and our family, that “everybody loves Joe.”
He was a one-in-a-billion person. I consider myself so blessed that God considered me worthy enough to be Him wife.
God has been so gracious and so patient with me as I’m riding the wave of grief- because every day looks different.
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