Lauren recognized at that time that “falling in love with God will shape your future. He’s the One who can truly restore broken lives.”
Lauren grew up in Amarillo, TX, but she moved away to attend Oklahoma Christian University. In 2006, at the university, she met her future husband Seth Hawley. Seth, who was raised in Wichita, Kansas, soon decided that college was not for him. So he left the university to join the army. Seth and Lauren were married in 2008. Seth’s first deployment was to Afghanistan. Lauren was pregnant with their first child, Noah, when Seth said goodbye.
During that deployment Seth suffered a traumatic brain injury and consequently post-traumatic stress disorder. Lauren had dreamt of her husband’s return from Afghanistan, but Seth came back a very different man than the one who left.
They struggled through years of marital diffiulties fueled in part by Seth’s trauma and Lauren’s past abuse, and she found herself asking God, “Why?”
Their marriage was on the rocks when Lauren heard about the Healing Journey group at Woodmen. When she joined the group, Lauren was asked to write down what she hoped to get out of it and to this day she has kept that piece of paper. She wrote that she hoped her husband would change. But through years of self- discovery and the leading of the Holy Spirit, Lauren realized she had much changing, growing and healing to do as well.