I am excited to get to introduce to you Miss Molly Rebscher. This beautiful blonde has the most friendliest personality and she always has a smile that draws you to her. I first noticed Molly when she started going to our church and a friend introduced us. It is so neat how God pulls us to different people and how we interact with these people. I am truly blessed to have all of the relationships with the people that I do. I especially love how God introduces us to new people to start new friendships that will grow and flourish each other. This Brave Story is a story of Gods faithfulness. Sometimes we may falter away from knowing His goodness, but I encourage you all today to keep your minds open and your hearts open to know that God is faithful in every aspect of your life. Try something new, open a new door and walk through it! Check out Miss Molly's Brave story!!!
Can you give us the history leading up the point of when you stepped out in faith?
Deep breath Molly, It’s okay, it’s time to be brave. It’s crazy how insignificant our stories seem, until we truly take a look at where we came from and where we are now. When I started writing I realized that I truly was scared to be vulnerable, and to so boldly discuss my faith. But I decided it was time to be brave, time to open my heart and mouth, and let God work through me to help someone else.
For a little background I was technically baptized as Russian Orthodox, but did not grow up in a church or in a religious area (Northern California to be exact). But, somehow I always believed there was a God. I was first touched by The Holy Spirit (I didn’t realize that is what it was at the time) in high school on a trip to build houses in Mexico. I believe that this trip ignited a fire in my heart. Freshman year of college I was blessed with an amazing Christian roommate who began to minister to me at the same time as I was dealing with my first devastating heartbreak. This is when I realized I needed God, desperately. I was so broken, confused and lost, but God was really just shaping my life. You would think after this realization that I would have straightened my life out and everything would be great, but that wasn’t the case. The next four years of college were filled with mistakes, partying, heartbreak, and transferring schools. The first two years of college at CU Boulder were filled with me partying and trying to figure out who I was. I remember one night sophomore year I had gone out with my roommates but had decided not to drink. I came back early and just felt so much pain and sadness that I sat on my floor listening to “Oceans” by Hillsong and just cried out to God.
Even though I was pretty torn up, He was faithful and gave me a way out. I transferred to Colorado State. God gave me a fresh start, in a new place with new influences and a new hope! It's pretty incredible how my life has changed since that night. When I transferred schools, He began to show me that there was a way out of the emptiness that partying was creating in my heart, and what a fulfilling life actually looked like. I began realizing that partying wasn't creating the kind of life I wanted, and slowly God began to show me what a life with Him was like instead. The next year was somewhat similar. I still partied occasionally but knew deep down that God was calling me deeper and I was just stuck in a place of resisting conviction. My faith, and my love for God truly skyrocketed once I found Northern Colorado Cowboy Church last October, and my life has not been the same thanks to Pastor Darin, Lynette and everyone else. I want to encourage whoever is reading this with what I've learned in my most recent, and most exciting adventure in stepping out into what God has called me to do. I have prayed over this, and asked God what message He wanted me to convey, and it’s a message of faithfulness. Over and over again He has shown me His love and faithfulness, despite my unfaithfulness, and I hope you begin to see it in your own life too.
How did God get "hold" of you? Gentle nudge or a shaking? Did you listen right away or put it off?
After graduating college I wanted to go on a wild adventure. I knew I wanted to settle down eventually, but I just felt a tug at my heart to do something so different than what people expected. I couldn’t just start some typical career and be satisfied. God first got ahold of me by constantly reminding me of my passion for horses, and love for all things wild and free. I realized I was tired of living in a big town and that my heart longed to be free. I had a friend working at a guest ranch in the mountains, and immediately became intrigued. I knew God wanted more for my life than the path I was “supposed” to take, and I decided to take a big risk and open my heart to His plan.
What was that first step or decision that you had to make?
I knew that I needed to apply to a few different guest ranch jobs, and then pray. I prayed that God would direct my path, and lead me to where He needed me. I prayed that regardless of what I wanted, He would allow me to get the job that He wanted me to have, even if this meant I didn’t get any of them. And then, I waited. Finally I had an interview with C Lazy U Ranch, and was offered the job at the end of it. My heart began to explode with excitement. But, as my date of departure arrived the fear set in.
What were your fears, if any?
I wasn’t nervous about the riding aspect, because I had been doing that my whole life. I was nervous because I realized I would be leaving a church I LOVE, Pastors I LOVE and friends I LOVE. But regardless of my fears, I knew that I had given God total control of the situation, and this is where He wanted me to go. I had a good friend of mine tell me, “Molly, God won’t bring you up there to fail." And how incredibly right he was….!
Looking back now, what have you learned? Was it worth it? How has your life changed?
When I first accepted the job, and even when I first arrived I didn’t know what His greater plan was. At first I was selfish and looked at how it would benefit me. But, oh God’s plan was greater than that. I began to pray for purpose and guidance, but it was difficult at first. I was lonely and missed my friends and church, not to mention physically exhausted. I was also dealing with a pretty fresh heartbreak, which made everything harder. But as time passed, God began to reveal His plan for me. He called me away from a place I loved, away from my comforts, He even allowed me to be lonely and hurt, but only to deepen my reliance and trust in Him. This time of being lonely and somewhat isolated reminds me of a verse from Hosea 2:14 which says, "Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the wilderness and speak tenderly to her." The Lord called me out, alone, and began to whisper to my heart about my purpose, and His incredible love and faithfulness.
He called me to be a light, and to live out the Gospel in a place where most people didn’t know Him. Up at the ranch I had one sweet Christian friend who I went to church with (shout out to Hannah), but she had to leave for a family emergency and I was disappointed to say the least. As my strength began to fade and I was feeling alone, I was blessed with the most amazing women’s bible study on James. Every single thing in James was relevant to the life I was currently living and James 1:2-4 had never been more applicable.
In the time that I was lonely and questioning God’s plan and faithfulness. He was developing a deeper level of strength and perseverance. James was kind of like a love letter that God had written and given to me in a time of need. I was starting to see Him as faithful. But yet, I was still lonely.
Then the most amazing thing happened. The ranch hired another wrangler, and we found out that in 3 short days she was moving into our house. I began to pray again. Pray that she would be a Christian and the sister I had been missing. And because of just how good God is, she was. We both cried the first night when we discovered that we had both been praying for the same thing. I was beginning to truly believe that God is faithful to His promises. There was no accident we were both here. We are now able to have such sweet fellowship together, reading the bible and jamming out to our favorite worship music. Praise God.
I’ve learned so much just from this leap of faith that I could probably write enough to put y’all to sleep. And God is still working up here! My story is still being written, and will be constantly added to. But bottom line, I’ve learned that God loves each and every one of us so dearly, and He is forever faithful. If our Heavenly Father calls you somewhere, even if it doesn’t make sense at first, trust that He is ALWAYS faithful and will provide for your every need. Isaiah 58:11 says; The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden like a spring whose waters never fail.
It is often in the difficult times where God is working in your heart to develop a greater sense of strength and a constant need for Him. One thing I do know for certain is that God always comes through, even when you’re about to give up hope. Earlier I touched on a few times in my life where I've experienced heart break, which has been sadly a reoccurring theme in my life. That could be a whole separate post, but He has renewed hope in my heart, and with His constant faithfulness I know He will some day send me the most amazing, God adoring man. I cannot wait for that day! I have also struggled with some periods of depression (only a few friends know about this, but I’m being brave!), but as i’ve grown to know The Lord more deeply I have gained a deeper sense of joy than ever before. A joy that is separate from my circumstances. Even on the longest, hardest days there is so much hope and joy in my heart and it’s all due to how faithful my God is. He has only begun to unveil His greater purpose for my life, but I can promise you this-His plan for each and every one of you is filled with love, laughter, joy and peace. You only need to trust Him, follow Him where He calls you, and have faith even when the water is rocky.