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I am a full-time working mom from North Alabama. I love my family, my friends, and my God!

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Testimony Tuesday - Haley

I am so excited to be sharing my friend Haley's testimony with you today. I have known Haley for years but we didn't really become friends until the last few years when we began working together every day! It's funny how much we have in common to-- even the same maiden name! No wonder everyone always gets us mixed up-- for real they really do all the time! Haley is super crafty and always has the cutest stuff and is mommy to the cutest little boy ever. I am so thankful for Haley's friendship and can't wait to share her story with you....

I want to say up front this is something different for me to be typing up. I have always considered myself more of a reserved person and one that will open up once I know you but before that I tend to stay on the quiet side. Growing up I was always at church whenever the doors opened which included Sunday morning, evening and Wednesday evening. I was raised being taught the importance of church and surrounding myself around other Christians. Sure there were times when I only went because my parents made me but I still went out of obedience to them. I feel that this really laid the foundation for my life. I was baptized at the age of 13 along with my sister and brother. My sister was the one that stepped forward and wanted to be baptized so of course I went along with my family and that’s when I realized this was something I needed to do as well but I was so shy and needed someone to be there with me. Being a twin I have always had someone do everything with me so doing this together was so special. I was young and I continued to learn and to grow while continuing regularly in church. 

Once I graduated high school and junior college I began to really feel closer to God. Not that I didn’t in those other times but I think as I got older I realized how much more I needed to be talking with God and studying more. I began to pray that God would put a special guy in my life one that would help me and one that was a “good guy” to speak. It took me awhile to realize but he actually was working the whole time on me while I was attending Calhoun and playing softball. It was there that I met my soon to be husband and boy if you told me that then I would have laughed until I cried and I think he would have too. Anyways long story short he never gave up on me and I really feel this was one of those slap you in the face moments when God says “Hey I put him in your life now go for it”. I feel that as Matt and I began dating my spiritual life began to grow more. It wasn’t long after we had been dating we became serious and I realized this would be the guy I was going to marry. No things were not always perfect and I want to make that very clear. We aren’t perfect no one is but isn’t that part of the life. We learn to strive for perfection and when we fail we have comfort knowing we can be forgiven. 

Fast forward to our marriage. We both grew up at different churches so once we got married we had to pick which church was going to be our home. We made the decision we felt was best and this was so vital to our lives. We chose the church I grew up at but it was different now that we were married because I felt I became so much more involved and we began attending bible studies together and began to associate with the other church couples. I feel this really helped us especially just starting out. Our first year of marriage was great but it was eye opening to see our differences in the simple day to day things like how we load the dishwasher and where we put the toothpaste. We learned to compromise and what truly is important in our lives. Around our first anniversary we found out we were expecting and it was such an exciting time in our lives but it was also very scary. We would be first time parents and sure we have lots of cousins and we even had a nephew but it’s different knowing you are the two individuals that have sole responsibility over this living human! We prayed a lot and I began praying on my drive to work every morning. I drive 50 plus minutes to and from work every day so I have a lot of time to reflect on things and I decided to make this a priority and time to talk with God every morning to get my day started. The mornings that I do I feel so refreshed and so much better by the time I get to work. After having a child I spend so much more time in prayer. Praying daily for his health and for his life but I also praying for my marriage and that Matt and I are the parents we should be and teach him by our example.

In February Matt was approached by another church with the opportunity to come in and to work with this group and especially the younger crowd. I must admit this was one of the biggest decision we were going to have to make in a relatively short time frame. We spent much time in prayer and trusting God to give us guidance. There were lots of tears especially on my behalf because we had grown so close to our other church family and we were making a huge change for our family. After almost 5 months in, I can honestly say trusting God with this experience has been so worthwhile. We have grown to know so many new Christians that have become like family to us. We were worried or more like I was worried about the transition and how I would handle a new church and a small child especially since Matt was taking a much more involved role than ever before. I was and am still overwhelmed at the support I receive and those that love to help with Levi. This has shown me to trust God with the opportunities he gives to me and to be willing to step out of my comfort zone because you never know the impact you can have on others.

This is my story. I am human and I struggle with life and my roles at a wife and mother and a sister in Christ but I know that we all struggle and that is one of the reasons we have each other is to lean on and to get through this temporary life and to get to the true reward in the end.

Thank you for sharing your testimony with us Haley! I know lives will be touched! 

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