recent writing from Hayley E. Morgan

the story behind the book

Every big milestone has a bit of a backstory. They (whoever theyΒ are anyway!) say not to compare someone’s end to your midway,…

25 valentines ideas!

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays where my mom went all out when we were kids. Since I have all boys…

things i <3 JANUARY

January is historically a low month for me. It’s dreary and dark and COLD. But, I’ve found that counting the wins and…

stop being crazy busy

Our church was packed to the very edges yesterday. I think churches probably experience New Years surges kind of like gyms. Churches…


Do you ever have a hard time seeing the forest through the trees? All the pieces of life are going fine, but you long to really FEEL the point of it all? Today, I feel my flesh longing for a "mountain top" spiritual experience, but I'm remembering that the holy dwells in the small and daily, also. The tree is just as sacred as the forest...and sometimes you don't need the big picture to live well today. πŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š
Still feeling so glowy and grateful for all your kind words, prayers, and well-wishes about the #wildandfreebook!! @jessaconnolly and I are massively excited! If you want to read the story behind the book, I wrote more about it on the Tiny Twig blog late last night. The link is in my profile. πŸ‘πŸ‘
Today has felt flat-out sweet. Friends from different seasons of life have reached out with a little cheer and encouragement. I feel abundantly and overwhelmingly grateful and excited. Life is soft and rosy tonight. πŸ“πŸ“
I'm terrible at remembering the little wins and the big victories, so I wanted to take a minute to celebrate and put a stake in the ground. 2015 is the year I get to write a book with my amazing friend @jessaconnolly for Zondervan! We'll write Wild and Free (working title) together and then each go on to write a separate (as yet untitled) book after that. Wild and Free is this anthem that has been ringing in my ears for way over a year now (we started the proposal in Oct 2013 and just now signed the contract!) and we can't wait to get the book out to you! We feel massively, crazy grateful to be able to do such fun work. @jenni_burke is the shiniest gem of an agent and I adore our editor @stephanie_s_smith! It's a joy to do hard work with friends, and I'm glad my first dip into publishing is in such good hands!! God has abundantly more for us than we could ask or imagine, and the great gift in that is Jesus. #wildandfreebook
"We must not cease to wonder at the great marvels of our God. It would be very difficult to draw a line between holy wonder and real worship; for when the soul is overwhelmed with the majesty of God's glory, though it may not express itself in song, or even utter its voice with bowed head in humble prayer, yet it silently adores. Let your soul lose itself in wonder, for wonder is in this way a very practical emotion. Holy wonder will lead you to grateful worship and heartfelt thanksgiving. You will be moved at the same time to glorious hope." -- CH Spurgeon
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