About Stacey Layden and Why She's Adventurous

Who is this girl and what does she have to offer me?

Well, since you asked, my name is Stacey and there really isn’t much special about me.  I’m just a girl from a smallish town who God got a hold of.

I’ve always been a feeble follower of Christ and I’ve always wanted to be a wife and mother.  I had big ideas, big dreams, and soon-to-follow big disappointments. 

Like taking a sip of Coke when you think it’s going to be sweet iced tea, I was rudely woken up to the messiness of life.  But in the midst of all, I was given these gifts.  You know, kind of like when you unwrap a shoebox on Christmas morning only to find there is a diamond ring tucked away inside (that’s never happened to me, just to be clear, cough*hubby*cough. Maybe this year.).

Through lightning-like motherhood, a faulty misconception of love, and a marriage marked by infidelity, I was wrapped with the luxury of wisdom, discernment, grace that will knock you off your feet, and a rock-solid definition of love as only God has intended it to be.

So, there’s that.

Also, you might enjoy knowing that I have three littles who keep me insanely busy and senselessly happy.  They are simultaneously aging me and delighting me on a daily basis.

I also have a rock star filmmaker husband who lights up my world.  He immediately turns on my heated seat for me every time he starts the mom-mobile. Oh, and he brings me chocolate and Mt. Dew on long, hairy days.

You should also know that if you’re reading this, I love you and I have prayed for you.  Crazy, right?  I’m not a weirdo, I promise.  I just have a fiery passion for women who are seeking after the Lord.  Our heavenly Father has placed a calling on my life that I just cannot ignore.  He has called me to encourage and love on His daughters.  And that is exactly what I plan to spend the rest of my life doing! 

Why Adventurous Love?

The Merriam Webster dictionary defines adventure as an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks.  It also defines it as an exciting or remarkable experience.

Isn’t that just like love?  Marriage?  Family?

It is a risk to love.  What if you aren’t loved in return?  What if you pour your heart and soul into someone only to have them show you the scars that the world and sin have left on them?  What if selfishness, addiction, or Godlessness drives you toward the boundary of “not what I signed up for.”

What if your children fly from your nest and leave a wake of disappointment and heartbreak in their path?  Risky business.

Love is giving the other person longer than they deserve to correct a mistake.  Love is earnestly praying for those who have smiled to your face and tarnished your name behind your back.  Love is humbling yourself enough to admit your part in the destruction of a relationship.  Love doesn't advertise someone else's sins to make your own a little dimmer.  Love is refusing to let past betrayals control your mind and heart today.

So here’s why it’s worth it: because it is also a remarkable experience. 

It's exactly what God has been doing for us since the day he created us in his infinite imagination.  He loves us in spite of who we are, and he calls us to do the same.  Marriage and family are designed to be a picture to the world of how God loves us.  

Heavy stuff right there, but it gets me excited.  It is a pure honor to love my husband, a privilege to love my children.  I am so imperfect at it.  Some might say bad at it, but the idea that God gives me the opportunity to emulate Him to others who so desperately need Him (just like me), just leaves me punch drunk.  How awesome.

So, I’m glad you’re here!  If you choose to hang out and spend some time with me, just know that God is here as well.  Isn’t that great?  I hope you find both love and adventure here.

It is in Him that we live and move and have our very being,

Stacey Layden

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