“New Beginnings” by Melissa Hanley

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Have you ever been scared or apprehensive of a huge life change?  I have to admit, I was very scared of our huge life change 4 years ago.  Our family made the decision to move to another community and start over.  My husband decided to go and work our family business with his parents and we uprooted and faithfully followed in the direction that God was leading us even though it was very scary and uncomfortable.  Once we arrived it took several months before we started to make new friends and start building relationships with others.  It was a very lonely place for all of us.  I desperately wanted to feel like “me” again, to be happy, to have friends and to serve others utilizing my gifts.

Within about 6 months of being there, we started attending a church and met some friends (some that you readers may know as Hannah Reid 🙂 ).  We began to work together to start a Mom2Mom ministry to all women in the community.  It launched in October of 2011 and has grown to reach over 400 moms in our community to date!  Feeling a part of something is an obvious need amongst most women, especially Moms!  I am now getting to utilize my gifts in bringing in various speakers to encourage us all in this season of motherhood.  I enjoy numerous conversations over meals, playdates or exercising as I listen to women’s hearts.  God keeps opening doors for my husband and I to build relationships through our community group we host in our home, various school committee’s we’re a part of, golf league, YMCA membership and more.  I say all of this to encourage you to be brave when you feel scared, to have faith and believe that His plan is always better than your plan.  My life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 which says “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”.  I live by this verse each day knowing that this journey He is taking me on is an incredible gift!

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Melissa Hanley is a mother of 3 and wife to Patrick.  The Hanley’s currently live in Batesville, IN where they attend Community Church of Batesville and lead a community small group (Journey).  Melissa is a professional photographer and loves getting to build relationships with her clients while capturing special moments.  She is also Director of Mom2Mom Batesville.  This is a great passion of hers as she loves pouring her life into the lives of other mothers in Batesville.  She feels captivated by the opportunities that God gives her each day to show His love to those around her!

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