9.01.2016

WHO I AM, FOR WHO YOU ARE

Commence my second annual blogtember challenge with Bailey Jean! I have been looking forward to this because it challenges me with my writing and staying on task. It makes me feel more accountable, which we all need from time to time right? Not to mention it provides the opportunity to meet many incredible, inspiring writers who share a lot of the same passions that I do. Here we go!


Thursday, Sept 1: Introduce yourself however you like!

As you can probably tell, my name is Hailey Mae. I love my middle name because it isn't really that common, it also originates from my grandma's middle name. I specifically remember my dad calling me "Hailey Mae" when I was a little girl which only adds more significant meaning and makes me love it that much more. :) 

I am very passionate about my relationship with Jesus Christ. It is a deeper relationship that I am continuing to grow stronger in and something that I want to continue to grow in. I firmly and confidently believe that God made me to have a heart for orphans, as my dad went home with the Lord when I was 9 years old due to a motorcycle accident on Father's Day. Now that I am 25 years old, I have found a new name and purpose for my life, caring for the fatherless. We are all given trials and tribulations, it is what we choose to do with those and how we can use them to strengthen our hearts for Jesus and serving with intention and purpose. 

Psalm 68:5 [A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy dwelling.]


My faith is a very large aspect of my life and what anchors my soul in hope. I am also involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program with the community outreach branch. I sponsor a child named Eveling in Nicaragua with Compassion International. I have a 7 month old puppy who was rescued in southeastern Kentucky and brought to Cincinnati, Ohio where I adopted him. (He is my baby and I am so lucky to have him in my life. <3) I work as a Physical Therapist Assistant in the skilled nursing setting which brings me so much joy, some challenges and always fulfillment. The best combination for growth, if you ask me.

Another part of my story that I feel God has placed specifically in my heart for a deeper purpose is living as a young, single adult in a world where I long to be married with a family, serving the Lord alongside my husband and facing the joys and challenges together as one under Christ. There will be more on that part of my testimony later, I am sure. 

One last tidbit about me, this blog of course! A Life Anchored in Hope. God placed a strong desire and a big dream in my heart to glorify Him through writing. I pretty much summed up the meaning behind the name of my blog in a very condensed version above. There are many bible verses that talk about having a heart of HOPE in God's promises. One of my favorites is:


Isaiah 40:31 [But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar on wings like eagles, they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.] 

If I had to choose one bible verse for my blog, it would be this one. It is a beautiful thing to have so much hope in something beyond anything we have ever imagined or experienced here on earth. To have a significant hope in something eternal brings comfort and makes the adversities of life have more meaning. My hope is in Him because I believe there are far more greater things than the greatest happiness or the deepest sorrow.

I look forward to reading some more introductions and can't wait to connect with many wonderful writers!

13 comments:

  1. What a beautiful and informative introduction! I so feel for your heart on living as a single woman in a Christian culture that says you need to get married and have children to finally "arrive." It's a big passion of mine to see the church not belittle singles and childless couples but to see them for their invaluable worth! My husband and I were married 7 years before having a baby and so it's something that (and I know it's slightly different than singleness but some of our best friends are single), we have a huge heart for!

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    1. So insightful, Stephanie thank you for sharing. It is so comforting to know someone that is married and now with a sweet little baby (who is absolutely adorable!) can relate with how the "single season" feels. I appreciate you and am looking forward to connecting through this always inspiring world of blogging. <3 Hailey

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  2. ok you are precious and your heart is one that is ALREADY so encouraging for mine... your heart to find purpose in the season that your life is in right now is nothing short of inspirational. so HELLO! :) so thankful to "meet" you through Bailey!

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    1. Amber you are so kind!! I love that we have already connected on such a deeper level through blogging and sharing the stories God so purposefully placed on our hearts. You have a beautiful family and your dog is absolutely precious. I am excited to get to know you even better. :)

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  3. Such a beautiful intro!! I can't wait to get to know you more this month. Also, your name is adorable - my youngest daughter is Sophie Kae and I love that spelling so much!

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    1. Your daughter's name is beautiful! I am excited to follow along with your posts as well :) It's amazing how connected the blogging community is, rooted in Christ. :)

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  4. I absolutely love this intro! I can tell you definitely put a lot of thought into it, and I love how you poured your heart into it. I feel like the bible verses you chose to share today really inspired me. Lately I've been feeling bleh (I really don't know the word for it ahah) but Isaiah 40:31 really lifted something in me... thank you for sharing it!

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    1. I'm so glad you found it encouraging Nessa! I hear ya on the whole "bleh" feeling, definitely have those days! Thankfully we have writing/blogging as an outlet :)

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  5. Oh I love that scripture in Isaiah. It's one of my favorites. I'm excited to get to know you more through your blog :)

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  6. Ohh, also, I love Mae! We are planning on naming our next daughter Rosalie Mae :) Mae is my mother-in-law's middle name, and my husband's paternal grandmother's middle name as well. I love it so much.

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    1. That's beautiful Britt! I love the meaning behind it too. :) Looking forward to following along with your posts as well!

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  7. This is absolutely beautiful. The world needs more people like you.

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    1. Michelle you are so sweet! Thanks so much for stopping by. :)

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