Garrett Haley


Believe it or not, God used a journal to draw me to Him. You see, when I was 13, my mom encouraged me to start keeping a daily journal. Ok, whatever, I thought. So I did. Then, about a year later, someone challenged me to record a Bible verse in my journal every day. So I started doing that too. Then something funny happened. Instead of reading the Bible just to get it over with, I began to think about what the Bible actually said and think about how Bible verses applied to my life (so that I could write them down in my journal).

And you know what? That changed everything. I realized that the Gospel was serious stuff. I discovered that Jesus didn’t just want me to be a well-behaved Christian kid—He wanted my life. And so, when I was 14 years old, I committed my life to Christ and accepted Him as my Savior. I was baptized on New Year’s Day 2009.

Since then, as I’m sure you can relate, there have been many ups and downs. High school and college were good years for me spiritually, as I learned to overcome sin habits that once seemed inescapable. But after I graduated from Texas Tech I went through a period of doubts, some of which persist to this day. Nevertheless, God is faithful, and it’s comforting to remember that He knows what He’s doing. Even though I may be less dogmatic about some things I once believed, God has used this experience of doubts and questioning to make me a humbler, more considerate person.

My hope as you read Come Awake is that you will remember that no matter where you are, you are not alone. Be encouraged. Keep up the good fight. Hang in there.