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TracieBefore I received Christ as my Savior, my attitude was very selfish; my life revolved around me and my wants. Even though most of the time I got what I wanted this still did not give me the happiness I desired. I became very depressed and I would think about wanting to die; this is when I realized I needed to make a change….I needed Jesus!

I first heard about Jesus through my dad at a very young age. He accepted Christ when I was around two years old. I tried to be a good girl, but rebelled as a teen. It was hard because I was only seeing my dad every other weekend, as I lived with my mom and at that time she was not a Christian. I ran for a long time before coming to realize that I really needed to give my life to the Lord. Immediately, after getting back in church, I felt the Holy Spirit speak directly to me on a very special Sunday morning that I will never forget. I had an appreciation and love that I had never felt before. My pastor had an invitation at the end of the service and for the first time I was compelled to go up. As I knelt before him, my heart opened up and I accepted Jesus Christ as my Lord and personal savior; the feeling was indescribable and absolutely amazing.

My life changed right away with my focus on the Lord. I am motivated with a strength given by Him to accomplish His works. My new mission in life is not focused on myself but focused on serving the Lord and it was the best choice I have ever made.

I decided to follow my calling which, I learned, is this ministry; this decision did not come easy and I prayed for a long time asking for answers. The Lord was telling me to leave my job which, to me, seemed unthinkable. I was the accountant for my boss' four companies and was great at my job. I was at the top of the pay scale with job perks that I would never want to leave. My boss JR was a pleasure to work for; he was a wonderful man who treated everyone with love and respect. There were times when my job was tough but overall things were really great!

The day when God made it clear that it was time to tell JR I was leaving, was one of the hardest days of my life. I cried so hard that he could barely understand me. I felt very sad for a long time, but I wasn't scared of the sadness because I knew it was what God wanted. He gave me the strength to get through it. I am doing this ministry for Him and am 100% positive this is what He wants from me.

I am so thankful, not only for the way God works through me, but also for the incredible husband that He brought into my life. My husband, Dan, has been by my side through it all, and has become an amazing man of God. It has already been an incredible journey that God has led us on and I can't wait to see what else is in store both for us and Mommy's Haven.