My name is Shannon Layton, I am 38 years old. I was born and raised in Amarillo, Tx. For the majority of my life I was what anyone would consider “a good person.” I worked hard to work my way into a good position in the Credit Union, where I was employed for lmost 10 years. I used my postition and access to a Credit Union Bank account to steal money from my employer. I am in no way trying to minimize what i’ve done but to just get to the point, that’s what I did. For years, I justified this to myself with all sorts of reasons. Reasons that just quickly became excuses, when I allowed myself to tell the truth. After many years of being a deceitful thief, years of Gods conviction that I kept pushing deeper and deeper down until he should have given up on me. Finally, he got my attention. I was sure I was about to be “found out.” I was so tired of living the life of someone I hated being. I decided to end it. I planned my own death for months. I justified this to myself by thinking that what I had done was so horrible and at least this way the world and my family would understand how sorry I was. I decided on a date, August 24, 2009, the first day of school, the first day of another dreaded audit that I couldn’t bring myself to face. I sat down at my kitchen table that morning , after getting my kids off to school and kissing my husband goodbye, I began to take pills that I had saved up all summer. I looked over at my desk and saw “our daily bread.” I picked it up and turned to August 24th, the headline read “go tell your story.” After an internal arguement with myself that seemed to have lasted a long time. I heard a voice of authority, more in my heart than in my ears. I grabbed my keys and drove to the police station, I walked in and told them what I had done. That was just the beginning of what turned out to be god saving my life. I am 9 months into a 30 month federal prison sentence. In this time some horrible things have happened. My three amazing children have had a hard time adjusting to my absence, my husband of 19 years abandoned, divorced and replaced me, and in a few words, time is hard to do. But, the good things that have come from this, out weigh the bad. I am breathing in every second of this time, thanking god for putting me where i’m at. I have realized all things that make up a person, good, bad, and ugly. God continues to grow me more and more each day into someone I don’t recognize anymore. I pray that when this journey is over this season finished. I pray that I will have allowed God to do such great work on me that when he looks into my eyes all he see’s is his own reflection.