Just like you, I’m called by many names. Author, speaker, freelance writer, and blogger to name a few. There’s “Mom!” and “This is my hot wife :).” I’m a wife and mama, daughter and sister, friend and website founder.
In 2009, I started blogging when the Lord whispered to my heart to publish the community Bible studies I was writing and completing with local groups of women. I had no idea how to run a website and social media influence was only beginning to emerge. But I loved writing and I discovered that the difficult faith lessons I was learning were meant to be shared.
As it turns out, my “sharing” has resonated with thousands of readers over the years; our community has grown from that handful of 15 women sitting in my family room to over 4 million downloads of my Bible reading plans.
After a decade of online ministry, my mission is still very simple- to help you cultivate a personal faith that outlasts life’s storms by providing helpful resources and the uplifting inspiration and motivation to use them.
While I recognize that practical how-to’s and helps are necessary when it comes to growing your faith, reading your Bible, or developing your prayer life, I don’t want you to miss the reason for those tools- a deep personal relationship with your Creator.
If this is your first time visiting, I’d love to connect with you! The best way to do that is to follow me on Instagram or subscribe here. Check out this month’s Bible reading plan or this free prayer ebook. If you have a few more minutes, you can continue reading my personal faith testimony below.
Rachel’s Personal Testimony
I grew up in a wonderful Christian home with fabulous Christian parents. Our family was faithful to church and I graduated from Christian school. I attended a Christian college and completed the circle by teaching in a Christian school. My future husband was a “preacher boy” and when we married, the plan was that he would take a youth pastor position wherever God led. Only after we married, he had serious doubts about his calling and stopped attending church all together.
After two years of marriage, a precious daughter was born to us via emergency c-section. She experienced oxygen deprivation and required resuscitation, but she lived. Three years after Taylor’s birth, I discovered that her father had been having an affair essentially four of the five years we were married. In spite of that great protective environment I’d always known, and being faithful to God’s house, sin had erupted my “perfect” life and my marriage to this man didn’t withstand. Bad choices were made by both parties and we divorced.
In spite of all the pain and loss of the “perfect” life, God brought a solid Christian man into my life and He has given us a wonderful story of grace and redemption. But in the midst of Matt and I falling in love, my dearest mom fell severely ill, diagnosed with a rare type of anemia. Two months later the diagnosis was changed to leukemia and she lived just six short months after that. Mom was the strongest, most faithful Christian I’ve ever personally known; she was my best friend.
During my divorce and my mom’s death, the discovery process for Taylor’s developmental delays became more intense. Doctors often blamed the delays on her lack of oxygen at birth. But in my heart, I knew there was more to her issues. Nine months after my mom’s death, the diagnosis for Taylor came through: MPSIIIB, a rare, genetic metabolic disorder which causes gradual neurological degeneration. The average life span is 10-15 years and there is no cure, or even a treatment.
Upon receiving Taylor’s diagnosis, my walk with the Lord became intense. I asked all the why’s and the how’s. I wanted God to spill out His plan for my entire life in one day.
But through His Word, God has taught me that faith is not only a one-time decision; it’s an everyday decision.
Trusting His plan for your everyday life is equally as important as trusting Him for your eternal life.
On January 2, 2019, our Taylor graduated to heaven. The heartache and sorrow of our loss, yet heaven’s gain, is difficult to describe in a few words. In November 2018, I began writing letters to Taylor because she could no longer communicate. You can read how I started to whisper in her ear about heaven and the letter I read at her funeral.
God has richly blessed Matt and me with a beautiful family and more blessings than we can count. Our incredible six children are growing steadily; they challenge me and bless me in every way. I am so very thankful for them. Each day we live by faith, that God would have His will in our lives.
Each day we claim God’s promises and make the choice to run towards His plan, no matter what it includes. We are still learning how to take one more step.
Rachel is the author of One More Step
She has faced experiences that crushed her dreams of the perfect life: a failing marriage, a daughter’s heartbreaking diagnosis, and more. In this book she transparently shares her pain and empathizes with yours, then points you to the path of God’s Word, where you’ll find hope to carry you forward.