The Encouragement Aly
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Meet Alison

Whether we’re old friends or we’ve never met before, I’m so glad you’re here! I’d like to introduce myself a bit so we can get better connected.

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Bio

Alison is a wife, mother, author, speaker, and encourager. She has been in ministry for over fifteen years, and is passionate about seeing people truly connecting to the heart of God and His plan for their lives. She has walked through painful times and had her faith shaken to the core, but she has learned to lean into the promises of God to find strength and hope. Alison loves seeing others experience the freedom a life with Christ brings. She communicates practically with personal honesty, transparency, and a love for the Word of God.

She and her husband are the Campus Pastors of Dream City Church in Scottsdale, Arizona. They have 4 energetic, fun-loving boys between the ages of 5 and 11 years old.

My Story 

 I was ten years old when my world turned upside down. 

During spring break of my fourth grade year, my dad took me to Disney World.  It was just the two of us, and it was an amazing trip.  I had no way of knowing that when I hugged him goodbye to go back to my mom’s house, it would be the last time I ever saw him alive.  We had talked about summer plans while on that trip, and it was the first time in my life that I actually couldn’t wait to spend the summer with my dad.  I usually went hesitantly because I missed my mom so much during those few months.   But that summer that I had I excitedly anticipated, didn’t come as I had hoped. 

 About a month after the Disney trip, a policeman showed up at our home to inform my mom and I that my dad’s body had been found in his garage.  He had shot and killed himself.  My father’s suicide had devastating effects on my life for many years afterwards.  I wound up believing the lie that I hadn’t been enough to live for.  I went through seasons of doubt, fear, anger, poor choices, brokenness, and loneliness, and I found that God was big enough and loving enough to handle them all. 

 In my book, Living Freedom: Losing a Spiritual 10 lbs., I write more in depth about my journey from pain and bondage to that of freedom and hope.  What I’ve learned along the way is that God is still good and can still be trusted, even when life crumbles around you.  Whether it’s the big things that break our hearts or the seemingly smaller things that wear us down over time, we all face hard times and trying seasons. 

 Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.  Ephesians 3:20.

 I’ve seen this verse at work in my own life more times than I can count.  God redeemed my pain and restored my joy.  I’m no longer the fearful, broken girl that I was.  Instead I’m a passionate encourager, helping others connect to hope for themselves.

 I’m also married to an incredible guy who steadfastly keeps me grounded, and those four boys mentioned in my bio, keep me laughing and also on my toes constantly!

 
Alison Wallwork and her late mother

The why behind the “ Y”

Ever since I can remember, my mom spelled Aly with a “y.” I was named after my Grandma Alice, so Alison was spelled with an “i.” However, on every birthday card and every other note she ever wrote me, the “y” was there. She told me countless times throughout my life how she liked the “y” better. We all have our quirks, right?! My mom lost her battle with cancer four years ago, and I have to say, I miss hearing her call me Aly. So, in honor of her, the “y” remains.

 
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