My name is Stevi Sears Skidmore. I am celebrating my 10th anniversary with my husband, Chris, and I have a toddler (age 2) at home. I met Michelle through an informational meeting with Safe Families, actually the first time she had mentioned GLR in a meeting. I had wanted to help parents because I have walked down the road many of the moms who will be going through this program walk. One of the pastors at our church had recommended getting involved in Safe Families and in hearing about Grace Like Rain, I knew that this is where I wanted to invest in.
My story is an example of God’s grace. I wrote out several emails and quite honestly have not been able to put all that I went through into words to tell an accurate story. It sounded like I overcame insurmountable odds or like I easily breezed through some of the worst times. None of that is true. The one thing that I can pinpoint as being the reason I am here today is the support system I built around me, and I love how this is an important component to the Grace Like Rain program. See, if I was relying on me, I would never have been able to make it. My friends, pastors and counselors were major components to restoring my physical, spiritual and emotional life.
I am hoping that by working with GLR I can help others to see what happens when God steps in, offers His grace and love and transforms lives. I have seen what He has done in my own and am praying daily for the many families that will be blessed and restored through Grace Like Rain. I am working to compile a list of potential partners in ministry and reference lists for clients. I am also a part of the program team. I am learning a lot about my community at this time. I have been so blessed to see how quickly this area has come forward to help and support GLR. I can look at all that has been happening in our world and still have confidence that there are so many wonderful people who care about others. I think that the verse that I am currently meditating on is this one.
Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out. Is there anyone around who can explain God? Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do? Anyone who has done him such a huge favor that God has to ask his advice? Everything comes from him; Everything happens through him; Everything ends up in him. Always glory! Always praise! Yes. Yes. Yes.