About the Authors


  In this space, we want to offer a brief introduction to the authors of this blog so that our story has some context surrounding it. We are the Hartsfields -- Ray & Hannah.  We were married on June 7th, 2008 and we have since brought two beautiful daughters into this world who light up our life daily.   Our marriage has been quite a journey, and we are so humbled by the chance to share a glimpse of it with you through this platform.

    Beyond the role of father and husband, I (Ray) am a music teacher, worship leader, and singer/songwriter. Creativity of every sort is one of my chief passions, and I have always wanted to explore writing further, although I never had a real message until now. This blog has been quite a challenge for me but I've enjoyed it immensely. My wife Hannah is a stay-at-home mom and works in children's ministry with our church. She's gifted at all things organizational, crafty and aesthetic.  She guides me in all of my creative efforts and her counsel is priceless to me. She has a servant's heart and a leader's intuition. We are both full-time college students as well.

   It's been a blessing to share our story for the world to see through this blog. This site, however, is just the beginning of our campaign.  Hannah and I have a calling in our hearts to go a step further by using whatever platforms at our disposal for the redemption and healing of marriages.  Beyond writing, we are also to beginning to delve into the platform of speaking and teaching.  If you are interested in having us speak at an upcoming event, we would be glad to discuss it with you! 


    Do you have an idea for an event, but you're not sure how to pull it off? Hannah and I have a great deal of experience in event planning as well. If you have an idea for an event in your area, we would be glad to explore the idea of helping with the planning process and speaking as well.
   

 I have experience teaching in church, youth group, college ministry, men's ministry, and small group environments. Professional references are available upon request. Email us at themeaningofrepentance@gmail.com to inquire about having us speak in your area, and once again, thank you for reading.

6 comments:

  1. so you don't practice what you preach? you didn't "stop" this extra marital affair in it's tracks? how hypocritical of you. There is no such thing as a "homewrecker". If a marriage is failing it will crumble. If one must seek other things outside of their marriage there is/was something wrong with the marriage from the onset. No outsider can destroy a happy healthy marriage.

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    1. I did stop my affair -- otherwise this website wouldn't exist. I wish I had never strayed at all, but your insistence that I am a hypocrite because I encourage people to do better than I did is absurd. If anything, I'm especially qualified to tell people "DON'T CHEAT!", because I've been down that road... and it only leads to misery. So yes, I'm going to use my experience to lead others towards a better future. I want to literally stop affairs from happening. If that makes me crazy or a hypocrite, I'll accept those labels.

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    2. Keep sharing Ray. It is helping !

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  2. If there is "something wrong with the marriage" the spouses have VOWED to turn to each other to fix it. One spouse possessing an internal spiritual weakness/personality disorder/addiction (whichever it may be) doesn't mean it is the fault of the marriage or the other spouse that they cheated. It is the cheaters duty to communicate their dissatisfaction and initiate rectifying the problem if they have so much as considered an affair. "Homewreckers" absolutely exist. If someone is married LEAVE THEM ALONE. But homewreckers do not. Instead they aim to 'win' a 'prize' that isn't theirs to feed some sort of sick need, to feel 'better' than someone else (ie the 'bad' spouse-because the affair partners often feel superior when in fact they are desperate bottom feeders looking for someone with a weakness to exploit.) They employ tactics known to work. Lots of attention, overdone affection, etc, that are used for the sole purpose of hooking someone they don't actually want to keep in the long run. Cheating is a game for too many, and as Ray said-it must stop. Once it begins, before it begins, whatever. He's exactly right.

    I thank Ray and Hannah for this blog, and wish them success in their marriage. It has to be difficult to deal with this tragedy so publicly. Please keep up the good work. I'm praying for you. No negative comments are needed here. This is to help people (like me, and it DOES help.) I commend them.

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    1. Thank you so much for your comment, support, and encouragement! It is comments like your's that make all of this worthwhile. We appreciate your prayers!

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