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We all do it… We get busy with our own lives

At WAY-FM, we are more than individuals just trying  to make it.  We are a community of believers who are seeking to live out our faith on a daily basis.  This video will challenge you to refocus on who the center of our lives should be. … Continue reading

Can WAY-FM Help Someone with Suicidal Thoughts?

Luke has a story that inspired a lot of people. And that story isn’t over yet.

He’s been struggling with suicidal thoughts, but praise God, he’s still alive and fighting. Luke says listening to the music we play on WAY-FM keeps his mind in the right place. So, even though he’s in the middle of this story, he chose to support this ministry because it makes that much of a difference.

So many of you responded by coming alongside Luke and giving during our Pledge Drive.

Wally had a really heartfelt response to Luke’s story. And yeah, he got a little choked up.

If you’d like to take Luke’s challenge, you can today. Thanks for listening, loving, and supporting Christian radio and the music we play! You really do make a huge impact!


(Photo by Alon)

One Woman Found Hope Even When Things Didn’t Make Sense


Trusting God through a tragedy, even when things don’t make sense, is what we hope we’ll do. But it’s a lot harder when we’re in the midst of tremendous pain. This woman’s story isn’t over, but it’s beautiful to see how God is using something so simple to heal and bring her back to Him.

“My husband of 7 years and I were expecting our daughter, Emillia, in August.

She was 16 days early and stillborn.

We don’t understand why this has happened to us. It’s something horrible that no one should ever have to go through. When I just want to cry my eyes out in the car I turn to your station and feel better.

I’m not as angry at God or blaming myself or regretting things like I have been the last eight weeks. I find comfort in the songs you play. They’re helping me get through.

Although we are nowhere near the end of this journey, having the music to encourage me makes it feel easier in a way.”

Thank you for providing encouragement and truth to people just like this woman. You are WAY-FM!


(Photo by peasap)

Kenia’s Story Will Show You How to Love Better

Kenia sent us her powerful story of God’s mercy, grace, and love shown through her church. Don’t ever underestimate the power of sticking by someone’s side through a hard time. Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Kenia! So glad that our amazing God is at work in your life!

Kenia and son“I was diagnosed with Lupus in 2001 when I was 11.

I was raised Catholic but never had a relationship with God. Growing up, I was always told what I can’t do. I can’t be in the sun, I can’t stop taking medicine, and the most painful of all, I can’t have kids.

Eventually, I lost all my hair. I went to the hospital for heart complication and I gave up. I became a rebel and started getting drunk before the legal age. I would party and not care.

In 2012 I hit rock bottom. I was killing myself. I had horrible demons that I couldn’t fight off without the love of Christ. I started going to New Harvest Church, which is now my current church, and I gave myself to Jesus Christ.

In April 2013, I found out I was pregnant. I prayed and prayed that God wouldn’t take my baby. I stopped going to church for the fear of being judge for have a baby out of wedlock. Months went by, my lupus flared up, and the hospital stays were more frequent. I decided to return to church and instead of judgement, I received care, respect, and so much LOVE! What a fool I was! I thought they wouldn’t understand, when all along, I was the one who misunderstood them.

November 15, 2013 my water broke a month early. Everyone around me was in a panic, but I was not. I trusted the Lord. At 3:44pm my blessing entered the world. The baby that I wasn’t suppose to have, God gave to me. I dedicated him to the Lord and take him to church every Sunday.

In August I was told my kidneys were failing and special measures needed to be taken. Then, a week later, my son was bitten in the face by a dog. My world was turning upside down. My son had facial surgery and my kidneys were shutting down more and more each day. I prayed and asked God to help me understand what was going on.

We had a power gathering at church and I trusted God. I accepted whatever his will was for me. 10 month later, my son’s face is PERFECT with minimal scarring and my kidneys are healed. No doctor couldn’t explain how my kidneys restored on their own with no treatment, but I could. My God never fails.

I just recently found Way FM and I listen to it at work, in the car, and at home. My son is only 1 year old, but he worships in church and in the car when he hears the music. I have been blessed. MY HEALER never gave up on me!”

What Happens When One Little Boy Asks for a Band Member’s Guitar?

Guitarist James Duke with DeShawn

My family has been going through a lot of things lately. My husband was diagnosed with a mental illness and things were really rough. It was to the point where I could not look at him. I wanted to just walk away, and wash my hands of him. It would have made my life easier. I would tell myself that JESUS has mercy on me.

I was listening to the station as I drove and heard about the Matt Redman concert. I was not sure I could go since it was on a night that I usually work. I asked for LWOP (leave without pay) so I could attend. I felt that my family needed this badly. We arrived at the church around 6:15 to a long line that I was not expecting. We got in line and my boys (DeShawn, 11, and BJ, 13) decided to act up.

It was looking like we would not make it into the concert. I felt like I took time from work – not getting paid – for nothing, but GOD is good. We were able to get into the concert and the boys were enjoying it.

On the way back to the car, James Duke, Matt Redman’s guitarist, was exiting the church. He was carrying the guitar that he used in the concert. DeShawn asked him if he could have his guitar. We didn’t know he was going to do that and were kind of embarrassed. Yet, the response that came out of Mr. Duke’s mouth put me in shock. Mr. Duke said, “Yes,” no hesitation. He didn’t try to push him off and he even went and got a sharpie to sign it.

Mr. Duke’s actions helped me to remember, despite the craziness that is happening in our life right now, GOD is still working in our life. We will keep believing and asking God to guide our steps, for He guided ours that day. GOD is good and thank you, WAY-FM, for the concert.

-Deidre Johnson

I knew I was meant to be there

I just wanted to thank you for bringing Casting Crowns to Huntsville tonight. I honestly didn’t feel like going to the show, but my mother loves the band and I went anyway for her. By the end of the night I knew I was meant to be there. Over the past few months I’ve been slowly drifting away from church because of some situations in my life right now.

In November of 2011, I was diagnosed with Good Pasture syndrome which is a rare auto-immune disease that attacks the lungs and kidneys. In 2012, I was diagnosed with end-stage kidney failure and started dialysis. I was lost and didn’t know what I would do with my life at the age of 24.

I met and married who I thought was my soul mate. She knew about my illness and declared she loved me so much that she still wanted to be with me for the rest of her life. Two days before the Casting Crowns concert we signed our divorce papers. She couldn’t handle being with someone as sick as I am and with the limitations on life I have.

I knew I was meant to be there tonight because I could relate so well with not only many of the songs but also his testimony. I teared up hearing him talk about his recent battle with kidney cancer and then very soon after performing the song about marriage. I felt God more than ever tonight and it helped me come to terms with so much that’s been compromising my walk with Jesus lately. I feel like I can finally return to my home church and deal with being there with my soon to be ex-wife’s entire family.

– John Novalis

The WAY Bible

I just wanted to let you know that we received our copy of The Way Bible and we have studied out of it since that day! Our teenage sons have taken on more of an interest by asking lots of questions and truly thinking about the wisdom of the gospel! We are very excited and in fact, the whole family looks forward to studying every evening now. Lots of encouragement happening in our home at this time as none of us, even us as the parents, feel absolutely lost during bible study! Thank you so much for our copy of The Way! #soulstobesaved

God opened my eyes

I am 16 years old and have been in foster care since I was a baby. My life changed recently for the better. It was hard for me when I was younger due to my mother not being in my life and never meeting my father. Once I hit 13, things got worse. It was really bad this year. I lied to leave my aunt’s care. It didn’t work and then God opened my eyes the night I almost left. I saw how my life could have been without her in my life. Now I feel like I can help others more than I was able to in the past.

I started to think there wasn’t a point in following Jesus

When I was fourteen I began struggling with depression.

I tried everything from medication to psychiatrists to getting into some things I shouldn’t have. By the age of seventeen, it had gotten dark for me. I had stopped going to church and started to think that there wasn’t a point to following Jesus.

Then, one day, I got sick. Diabetic Ketoacidosis.

Through the nausea and sick and pain, I heard a voice, a voice calling me to cast off all that pain I had been holding and follow. After a couple recovery days at the hospital I started going to church again, I read my bible with a hunger for God’s grace. Only a week or so after, I discovered WAY-FM which has been such a blessing.

I am now 18 and God is really working in my life right now, and I couldn’t be happier. Thank you all at Way so much! God bless you Wally, Joy, Carlos, Brant, and all the rest of you!

I try to be the best mom, but I felt like I was failing

I am a mother of 3. I kept wondering why in the world God would bless me with three wonderful boys when I make so many mistakes. I try to be the best mom I can but I just felt like I was failing for financial reasons.

One day I got in the car and I heard “Greater” by Mercy Me and my 6 year old said, “Mamma, this song is just like you,” (he has heard all my rants). Then it hit me. Maybe God gave me 3 perfect boys to remind me how special I really am. If it was not for us listening to WAY-FM that day I would still feel like a failure to my children. Because of WAY-FM, I have a stronger relationship with my kids. Thank you

I would spend my drive to work crying

A few years ago my husband was diagnosed with PTSD – which stems from his service in the Marine Corps. It took 20 years after he got out of the Marines before the symptoms really started to appear. All of a sudden, our worlds were rocked. Watching him struggle with the trauma he witnessed so many years ago has been gut wrenching. I’ve had to stay strong for him and our children.

There were days I didn’t know if he would be alive when I would get home from work – I could see how taking the easy way out was very tempting to him. After all, his pain has been unbearable. I would spend my drive to work crying because I didn’t know what to do.

Listening to WAY-FM helped bring me peace and confidence that Jesus was with me with His arms wrapped tightly around me. Listening to the inspiring music reminded me to give it all to God and just let Him help. He has been my powerful therapist and healer. Those days driving to work and listening to WAY- FM have been my daily dose of therapy, spiritual guidance, and the chance to heal. My husband is doing better but will always struggle with the memories and trauma, but he has also come to rely on WAY-FM for inspiration. Thank you for what you do.