Despite fear, healing came from saying ‘yes’.
Fear and anxiety were unwelcome guests in Haley’s life. As a child, anxiety had such a stronghold on her that at times, she couldn’t leave her home. She was paralyzed by fear, often to the point of physical sickness. As Haley got older, she developed an extreme fear of flying. It was debilitating and disappointing to watch friends and family experience adventures without her.
Haley’s anxiety became tiresome – too much to carry on her own. When the Restore retreat was promoted at Hosanna!, she knew she needed to attend. At the event, she felt the overwhelming presence of the Holy Spirit. Five separate times, Haley worked with prayer ministers to ask for God’s healing from fear.
Fast forward a few months, and Haley’s husband suggested her as a last minute leader for a Haiti missions trip. Could she agree, despite the fear? For two days, Haley prayed, and God led her to say yes. The following months were spent asking God to equip and use her where He saw fit.
Departure day arrived and Haley woke with confidence. Through check-in and security lines, she continued to feel God’s peace. Upon takeoff and subsequent turbulence, she couldn’t help but smile, even laugh, at the miracle occurring in her life. God’s providence delivered her out of the shadow of darkness. She was free.
Her trip to Haiti was transformative. God opened her eyes to the beauty of His creation. As she worked with orphaned children, Haley felt God drawing her to yet another yes. While Haley and her husband, Dylan, have been blessed with a son, a second pregnancy isn’t a likely option. In Haiti, God spoke to her mother’s heart. He opened Haley’s eyes to the power of adoption. The next chapter is still being written, but Haley is ready and waiting to say yes again.