PSalm 150:6

"Rachel's Story must be told. Rachel's Songs must be heard!"



Just make it all about Jesus. Nothing else matters!

abide in him

"If you abide in Me and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be granted you." John 15:7


If you believe, you will receive.

rachel's story

Rachel was born on May 26, 1981 and was quickly diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis. She weighed only 5 lbs 1 ounce and was hospitalized for 16 days due to some intestinal blockage. Throughout her life she required medical treatments  every day of her life and frequent hospitalizations.  She patiently endured it and lived a happy life, blessing many people. She never complained about her medical limitations or let it slow her down. 

Rachel was a very gifted musician with a beautiful voice.  She wrote many beautiful songs with wonderful lyrics.  She had a strong faith and believed that God was going to heal her and glorify Himself, or He was going to raise her from the dead. Her father prayed for her to rise from the dead, as she requested, but the Lord chose to keep her with Him.  She inspired her family and friends with her continual worship and abiding in God's Word during her last several months. After battling this disease for 37 years she died on April 28, 2019. 

At her funeral the congregation sang three worship songs joyfully, as she would have wanted, and many attendees said that it was the best funeral service they had ever experienced, and was very uplifting. One friend said, "Rachel's story must be told; her songs must be heard."  This website was designed to carry on her legacy of faith, worship, and commitment to abiding in the Word.

"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord" Psalm 150: 6.

rachel's life

Rachel was born premature weighing only 5 lbs and 14 ounces. She was so small that she had to be dressed in doll clothes. But she was always strong in spirit and was a fighter. She was saved at age 6 and baptized by her father at age 8, leading her peers many of whom decided to get baptized after she did. She lived a normal and happy life in spite of her medical problems and developed a strong faith in the Lord. These picture were shown at the beginning of her funeral service. 


Rachel's funeral service

Rachel spent the last several months of her life listening to worship music and meditating on Scriptures all day long, and at night when she could not sleep due to oxygen deprivation and excessive carbon dioxide in her blood stream.  Every night she wanted her parents to read Scriptures with her and to worship the Lord. We sang 5-10 songs each evening and harmonized; she sang with joy and conviction. Then we had communion together. She taught us how to worship and to abide in Him. At her funeral we sang three congregational worship songs together and worshiped the Lord. One pastor said, "I have been to a lot of funerals but this was the best funeral service I have ever attended. It was very uplifting!"

Since purple was Rachel's favorite color everyone at the funeral word purple. Her email address was purplady3122 which referred to Proverbs 31:22 which says, "She makes covering for herself; Her clothing is fine linen and purple."


rachel's cousins

Rachel grew up babysitting her younger cousins, Alana and Risa, when she was a teenager. They later became close friends and traveled together and had a lot of fun.

Her pet: Buddy

Rachel lost her previous dog while she lived in Chicago. Buddie was a rescue dog she selected from the dog kennel in Ft. Smith. She loved sitting on the living room floor and throwing his ball for him each morning when she got up.

rachel's last cruise

Rachel loved going on cruises and introduced her family to them. In this picture she got out of her wheelchair and laid aside her oxygen tank long enough to take this picture.

Rachel & James

This picture was taken in Fort Worth, Texas when James was attending Southwestern Theological Seminary.

her life

Rachel was born prematurely on May 26, 1981 and weighed only 5 lbs and 1 ounce and she was so small that she was dressed in doll clothing. She was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis on her birth date and she required surgery and was hospitalized 16 days before she was able to go home with her parents and brother. The life expectancy at that time for children with Cystic Fibrosis was 19 years of age and her parents had to provide her respiratory therapy every day of her life until she was old enough to do it herself with new techniques.

She spent her first Christmas in the hospital and IVs, respiratory therapy, needles, and medical equipment became a way of life for her. She was always a very strong child who enjoyed life and endured pain and suffering with grace, which is what her name "Rachel" means (A ewe lamb which personifies patience and gentleness in suffering). She lived a normal life in spite of her physical handicap and she received Christ as her savior at age 6 and then was baptized by her father at age 9.

Rachel loved to sing and she began writing songs and lyrics that were incredibly good, and her brother used his musical skills to provide musical accompaniment and to record her songs for her. As an adult she developed a close walk with the Lord and enjoyed a a good life. In 2016 her lung functioning dropped precipitously from 72% functioning to 42% and she moved back home with her parents to help with her daily medical needs. Over the next three years she continued with her song writing and had a strong faith and believed that God was going to heal her of her CF. She wrote that "God is good all the time" and she enjoyed wearing a t-shirt that said, "And if not, He is still good." She believed with all her heart that God was going to heal her and she told her father to be prepared to raise her from the dead if she died.

In 2018 her lung functioning dropped to 16% and then to 14% and she asked her parents to worship with her each evening so they read Scriptures and sang worship songs together each evening and then frequently had communion together. During her last several months she read the Bible and listened to worship songs day and night, as her lungs worsened and she became unable to sleep. She continued this practice until April 23, 2019 when she was struggling with her breathing while her parents were praying with her and she collapsed and was rushed to the hospital. She lived on a ventilator for five days and slept most of the time. When she was awake she was clear minded and able to communicate by gestures and writing. Her family continued to play worship songs for her as she lay in her hospital day. 

She died on Sunday evening, April 28, 2019 but continued to declare God's goodness and worshiped him to her last dying breath. Her father prayed for her to rise from the dead but the Lord chose to keep her with Him. Her mother stated that God probably asked Rachel if she wanted to return and she probably said, "No. I'm good."

At her funeral the congregation worshiped the Lord and sang "How Great Thou Art," "You Are My Hiding Place," and "I'd Rather Have Jesus." The congregation stood and worshiped the Lord together in memory of Rachel who would have wanted them to remember her in this way. Many people in attendance said that it was the best worship they had ever experienced and one pastor said, "I have been to a lot of funerals but this was the best funeral service, and the most uplifting funeral I have ever been to." Another pastor texted, "Beautiful!. Absolutely beautiful!"

A neighbor friend wrote, "Rachel's story must be told! Rachel's songs must be shared!"

This website was created to share Rachel's story and her music with the world, and to challenge believers to finish their earthly life strong, like Rachel, to be strong in their faith, dwell in God's Word, and to Worship him with their last dying breath.

"Let everything that has breath praise the Lord" Psalm 150: 6.

Rachel in the hospital after her surgery

Rachel weighed only 5 LBS and 1 ounce when born. She was dressed in doll clothes since baby clothes were too large for her. She was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis soon after her birth and required surgery due to an intestinal obstruction. She spent 16 days in the hospital before she could come home.

"For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well."


Rachel was welcomed home from the hospital by her proud brother who kissed her on her forehead. Her parents had to provide respiratory therapy for her each day due to her cystic fibrosis. The doctors predicted that she would only live to age 19 at that time. Her parents lived with the realization that she might not live into adulthood.

first christmas

Rachel spent a lot of time in hospitals being stuck with needles and having IVs inserted. This is a picture of her sitting in her hospital bed with her first presents. Even at 7 months of age she was a strong child and would be sitting bolt upright in her bed when her parents came to see her in the morning. This was her normal life and she accepted it graciously. 


Just make it all about Jesus. Nothing else matters.


Hope is like the sun. If you only believe it when you see it, you'll never make it through the night. 


Rachel was a happy child and she had a normal childhood in spite of her physical problems.  She grew accustomed to her medical treatments and her family talked with her and had devotions sometimes while she was being given therapy in the mornings and evenings.  During one treatment in the morning her father was talking with her about heaven and telling her that Jesus died for her so she could go to heaven. She began crying and said that she wanted to go to heaven with us.  She prayed to receive Jesus as her Savior at age 6 and was baptized by her father at age 8.


Worship: "Giving worth to something.

Webster's Dictionary: "To honor with extravagant love and extreme submission."

"Come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God,  And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand." Psalm 95:6

John 4:23-24

"An hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for such people the Father seeks to be His worshipers.

God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.

psalm 118:17

"I will not die, but I will live and proclaim what the LORD has done."

rachel's family

Rachel loved her family and her family loved her and miss her very much. But they have the great hope of seeing her again in our eternal home. 

 "To be absent from the body and present with the Lord is far greater" (Philippians 1:23).

"He will dwell among them and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain."  (Revelation 21:3-4)

Psalm 54:4

"Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me."

isaiah 12:2

"Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD himself, is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation."

john 10:10

"I came that you may have life, and have it abundantly."

psalm 91:16

"With long life I will satisfy her and show her my salvation."

2 corinthians 1:20

"For all of God's promises find their 'yes' of fulfillment in him. And as his 'yes' and our 'amen' ascend to God, we bring him glory!" (The Passion Translation)

psalm 130:5

"I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His Word I put my hope."

jeremiah 29:11

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. To give you a future and a hope."

proverbs 31:23

"She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future."


Faith sees the answer before it comes, so there's a gratitude before the manifestation.

joy & gratitude

Live from a place of joy and gratitude! 

exercising faith

Stop worrying. Exercise your faith. It's a muscle. Work it. Silent faith is inactive faith.


Be a warrior, not a worrier!