Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Rachel and I am a pastor’s wife and a stay-at-home mom. I have dysautonomia; it’s an invisible illness, and it makes life challenging. I am learning to take life one day at a time, to rely on Christ’s strength, and to rest in God’s grace. I am married to a wonderful man, Will, who faithfully cares for me every day. Being his wife, companion, and friend is such a gift! God has entrusted two precious children, William (7 years old) and Adelaide (3 years old), to our care. They brighten my days while simultaneously wearing me out! I wouldn’t trade them for anything.
How long have you been a part of HelloMornings?
Since January 2013
What time do you get up?
I wake up sometime between 8am and noon.
Are you showered and ready to go for the day, or eyes barely open, bed head hair, comfy cozy in your jammies?
I have bed head and am still in my jammies.
Do you use Facebook or Twitter?
I am part of a Facebook group. I usually answer the day’s question or share a prayer request with my group.
What items are a part of your routine?
Bible (ESV), Bible study book, pen, and prayer journal.
Do you have a favorite type of pen and/or journal you use?
I always use a black ballpoint Paper Mate pen. I’m very particular about my pens.
Do you listen to music?
My favorite artists are Keith and Kristyn Getty, Heather Payne, and the Annie Moses Band.
Is exercise a part of your HelloMornings routine?
No. A regular exercise routine makes me more tired and weak in the long run. Instead, if I have “extra” energy one day, I use that to play with my children, walk around more, fold laundry, do filing and paperwork, or bake. That’s all the exercise my body can handle.
What, if any, tools do you use for your planning time?
I keep our family’s schedule on a calendar, and I have a to-do list. If something is particularly urgent, then I put a star beside it and make it a priority. Each day I work on whatever tasks I am able to do that day. The things that don’t get completed on the to-do list just wait for the next day. It is a simple planning routine, but it works for me!
How do you do your routine with kids awake?
I am not physically able to care for the children on most mornings, so we have other care arranged for them. I am in a quiet room when I have my Bible study time.
Breakfast before, during or after HelloMornings?
I eat breakfast before I do my study time. I like to eat fresh fruit for breakfast.
Coffee, tea or juice?
Anything else you would add that is special or unique about your HelloMornings routine?
For me the HelloMornings challenge isn’t about getting up early. I don’t have the option or luxury of getting up and starting the day early in the morning. Instead, the challenge for me is to be faithful in spending time in God’s Word as soon as I can after waking up, even if that doesn’t happen until noon or 1:00pm. I have been blessed and encouraged by the women in my HelloMornings group. I’m so thankful to be a part of HelloMornings!
Rachel thank you so much for sharing what HelloMornings looks like for you. Thank you for the reminder that each and every one of us has our own unique routine and God is more pleased with the time itself than when or exactly what it looks like. If you have any questions for Rachel please leave her a comment below. Or if you would like to get to know Rachel more you can find her here: