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My HelloMornings Habit: Meet Rachel

By November 6, 2013 March 30th, 2015 6 Comments

Meet HelloMornings.015

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?

Black coffee.

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!


RachelRachel 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:





  • Erin says:

    Thank you for writing this. I used to be so faithful at getting up early to do my devotions and maybe even a little exercise. But this year I started to get sick. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and POTS. It has been very emotional not to be the me I used to be. It is good to read your story and to learn to give myself grace and just walk with God in this body NOW and not dream about the past. Thank you for being faithful.

    • Hi Erin,

      This is a reply that I wrote to you a very long time ago, but I never could get it to publish. I had it saved in my email, so I figured I’d give it a try again. Better late than never, right? 🙂

      I’m sorry that you have fibromyalgia and POTS. I don’t have fibro, but POTS is one of my diagnoses. I have some friends with fibro, so I understand a little of the pain and fatigue involved with that.

      A chronic illness certainly does affect your whole life. I have changed so much since I first became very disabled in 2004. It is weird now to look back and remember life when I could…. It’s like it was a different lifetime! But good things have happened because of my chronic illness too. I have learned a lot. I have learned about patience, perseverance, and God’s sovereignty. I have a much more eternal perspective on life now. My children have learned to be compassionate and to have servant’s hearts as they help me.

      I will be praying for you, Erin. May the Lord strengthen you and enable you to be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.


  • Tami says:

    Thank you for helping spread awareness for Dysautonomia. My daughter was a long distance runner before being diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome which is a part of Dysautonomia which affects approx 1 out of 100 teens. It affects adults as well. She longer is very active other than some Physical Therapy in a pool. Please pray for those suffering from this condition and other underfunded and unknown illnesses. God Bless You all.

    • Hi Tami,

      Thank you for sharing about your daughter. I was diagnosed with POTS at the age of 15 and was a year-round competitive swimmer at the time. But then POTS really flared up and I could no longer keep up in swim practice. Over the years my diagnosis has changed some, but I definitely still have POTS.

      I still miss swimming, as I’m sure your daughter must miss running. I hope that the physical therapy will help her. It sounds like you are a good advocate and mom! That is such a blessing for your daughter!

      Joy and peace,


  • Elizabeth Bagnol says:

    Your sharing was a blessing, especially going with the Holy Spirit flow of time for each individual. Very encouraging! Thank you!

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