Hi, I’m Faith.

For the record, despite the amazing name my parents gave me, I don’t always live up to it. In fact, living brave is probably the hardest thing ever for me!

Thankfully, Jesus is all about redemption. He loves to show up through our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). He loves when we are broken before Him!

I grew up in a Christian home that was very full. I’m the oldest of nine kids. Thus, in my parents’ house there is never a dull moment. The noise level is high…and my mom calls it “loud love”. My parent’s tribe has since grown to twenty-three with three daughter-in-loves, Tim (my Dad keeps telling everyone that he is the favorite son-in-law…naturally!) and lots of nieces and nephews running around. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll likely find photos of my family there because they have been my biggest cheerleaders for a long time. 

However, the first-place human in my heart has changed over the last couple years… at 32 years old, on November 21st, 2020 I married the love of my life, Tim Hayes. He’s my favorite. We make our home in Arkansas where we do full-time prison ministry together. It’s an amazing story of how God has brought us together…and you can watch the wedding Live Stream and see our photos HERE. In December of 2021, we welcomed our first child into the world- little Noah and we are blessed to be parents!

We are missionaries to the incarcerated… whether theirs or someone in their family. I love the women I meet behind bars. I am literally happiest when I have a Bible in my hand and a group of incarcerated women in front of me. Their hunger for Jesus teaches me to love and serve Him more. Our brokenness connects us and I love sharing the Hope of the Cross with them.

When I’m not hanging out in prison, I’m at home, in the office or hiking with my husband. We particularly like Pinnacle mountain and Petit Jean State Park. 🙂 I can be found reading, writing, or having coffee with a friend. Coffee is one of “my things” and is a common bond with my husband too…as any of my friends or family will vouch for. I enjoy long walks outside and leading Bible studies for women. 

For years, one of my biggest goals in life was attempting to lead a not-so-dangerous life.

Until 2017. As 2017 was dawning, God gave me Joshua 1:9 and a theme for the year: Be Brave.

I had no idea it would signal the most dangerous roller coaster ride in the history of my life. Thus began the journey of learning to lean into His power when my own heart was trembling with fear. Courage isn’t my knee-jerk reaction. Living by faith and with bravery isn’t in me naturally. Since that day in January 2017, God has walked me through some painful, very hard things. Loss, heartache, changes, leaps of faith, depression, relationship struggles…and I’ve fallen in love with Jesus in the process. He has been so faithful, compassionate and patient with my fearful little self. There’s just nothing quite like learning about Jesus through the hardships of life. He has come to my rescue…my Prince Charming and the Hero of the story.

Living Brave and Courageous isn’t easy, but it is so worth it. Jesus has called me out into deep waters and promised to be with me always. Somehow, that turns a dangerous opportunity into a promising adventure! Living on the edge has never been so exciting!

This blog is similar to a log book of my continuing adventure with Jesus. It’s real and sometimes raw. It’s personal, and it chronicles both the defeats and victories of learning to trust my Captain. I pray you walk away encouraged and strengthened to meet the world with the courage of the Lion of Judah. Despite the discomforts of this earthly life, Jesus is always worth it. Always.

You can also connect with me on YouTube here: https://youtube.com/channel/UCVcx-LZFgHTRtmCJ4TCv3YA

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