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The Path Less Traveled

You’ve got this Friend!

 “Whenever you find yourself doubting how far you can go; just remember how far you have come. Remember everything you have faced, all the battles you have won, and all the fears you have overcome.” -Unknown

You’ve got anything life can throw your way.

God has empowered you with the strength, determination, and endurance to battle what lays ahead.

Remember, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” Psalms 46:1 ESV.

Take one step at a time and lean on God for your strength as well as your refuge.

One day you will look back on today and give God the praise for helping you get through it.

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” James 1:12 ESV.

Hang in there and know, whatever you may be going through, it will not last forever.

You’ve got this Friend, you’ve got this! 💜

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Do Not Focus On The Steps Behind You

Life Changes, The New Journey Ahead

This week has been an emotional week as we said a temporary good bye of 2 (possibly 3) years to our sweet friend, who is like family to us.

I decided to use her time away to set some long overdue goals for myself to not necessarily rediscover myself and the person I left behind years ago, but to discover who I am today.

I have spent the past six months trying to figure out what would change look like to me and to figure out who I use to be, but instead of going back, I have discovered that isn’t the journey. The journey instead, is what is ahead of me.

I have come to realize my journey ahead is not about redeeming what I lost, but is more about using my past to mold me into who God wants me to be today.

So, it was with great sadness that I said good bye while I watched our sweet friend board that plane the other night, but it is with great hope that I look forward to who I will be when she returns to American soil and home again.

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Honoring Our Fallen on Memorial Day

I am remembering my dad today. If he had not been wounded on the battlefield in Vietnam, he would be here today.

He was an amazingly gentle and humble man who became a Marine by choice and he died a Marine by grace.

As I remember and honor my dad today I am keeping my mom in my thoughts and prayers as not a second of every day she doesn’t think of or miss him.

He touched many hearts and lives of those who were blessed to know him for he never met a stranger.

Time and death separates us now, but Heaven will reunite us one day.

Until then, God blessed me with many memories that keeps him close at heart.

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Dust Yourself Off and See Your Beauty

How quickly the days get ahead of us. How quickly we fall back into unhealthy routines?

How quickly we forget we were trying to change something in our life, but the “old” crept back in and life fell back into the “normal”, but wait, we were changing that “normal”.

This is what happens to me. Life is good when I stay on top of the new, but let life get busy and doctor appointments take back over our days and weeks and I quickly fall back into the old life, the life I am trying to change. The life that is comfortable because it is what I know, but the life that is unhealthy for me to continue to live.

I am trying so hard to live a life that is intentional and one that includes “me”, but I continually find it is hard to live.

I have spent my entire life thinking of others and how what I do affects them, that I left me behind. I struggle with believing what is right for me is important. I grew up believing that putting myself ahead of others was selfish.

Now all these years later, I have learned there has to be a balance to the philosophy of putting others first and it not be selfish to think of myself too, but what does this balance look like now in my life?

How do I know what is selfish and what is healthy?

Is this something you battle too?

My friend, I am here to tell you I do not have the answer for either one of us, but I can tell you the journey I am trying to seek and keep failing at miserably is this…

    I am trying to seek a journey to live my brave.
    I am trying to live a journey where fear does not run my life and my efforts.
    I am trying to figure “me” into the equation of what I am doing every day and where do I fit into it.
    I am trying to make decisions that not only make others happy, but makes me happy as well.
    I am trying to consider my health and well being into decisions I am making.
    I am trying to live an “honest” life for me.
    I am trying to remember I too am important in the decisions I make.

Does any of this sound like you? If it does, know you are not alone and know that no matter how many times we may fall, that our destination in the end will be beautiful and worth fighting for.

As I continue this journey the word God brings to me is perseverance. I included the definition of it because it is powerful to what God trying to remind me of.

per·se·ver·ance

noun / persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. – New Oxford Dictionary

God also reminds us through His own words that perseverance is an important trait because no matter how many times we may fall, the fact we get back up and try and try again, will enable us to reach our goal. His objective for us to allow us to mature and to finish our journey and in the end lack for nothing.

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may mature and complete, not lacking anything.” – James 1:4 NIV

How ironic as I write this, that as parents do we not want the same for our own children and families? We watch them struggle in areas we can not do anything about, but we watch and pray that they stand back up, dust themselves off and try again.

My friend, God wants the same for us. He is watching us set our goals for our own personal lives. He watches us do really well for a while and over time we slip back into our old ways, but He doesn’t give up on us. He watches us and prays over us and allows us to fall, but encourages us to stand back up, dust ourselves off, and try again.

So today my friend, is the day that I stand back up, dust myself off and try again. Have you fallen and need to stand back up and dust yourself off too?

Well, today is the day that we stand together and hand in hand we take our steps together to march forward toward our destinations.

We do not have to do it alone. Together we can stand firm and hold each other up while encouraging each other that we are worth all the efforts we put forth and even the falls we may make. We can even pledge to hold our hands out and pick each other back up.

My Friend, we are worth the effort.

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Mommin’ Isn’t Easy, Ladies V-Neck T-Shirt

Mommin’ Isn’t Easy

The life of a mom can be difficult some days. We designed this Ladies V-Neck T-Shirt to encourage you to know you can get through the day as well as to brighten your spirits with their bright and light hearted colors. We offer a free monogram for the right sleeve and if you wish to add yours, be sure to include it on the order form below. Price $30.00 (S/H Included).

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Mommin’ Isn’t Easy

The life of a mom can be difficult some days. We designed this Ladies V-Neck T-Shirt to encourage you to know you can get through the day as well as to brighten your spirits with their bright and light hearted colors. We offer a free monogram for the right sleeve and if you wish to add yours, be sure to include it on the order form below. Price $25.00 (SE Virginia Residents who do not require shipping.)

$25.00

Order Form

Please be sure to fill out the order form below so we can begin processing your order.

Shirt Information

Next Level

Model N1540 
Sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL

  • Side seam
  • Tear-away label
  • Front cover stitched 1×1 baby rib-knit set-in collar
  • Fabric laundered for reduced shrinkage
  • 30 singles
  • 4 oz.
  • 60% combed ring spun cotton/40% polyester lightweight jersey

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I am Enough Ladies V-Neck T-Shirt

I am Enough Ladies V-Neck T-Shirt

Walk with a sense of pride in knowing you are beautifully and wonderfully made when wearing this Ladies V-Neck T-Shirt. Price - $25.00 (SE Virginia Residents not requiring S/H)

$25.00

I am Enough Ladies V-Neck T-Shirt

Walk with a sense of pride in knowing you are beautifully and wonderfully made when wearing this Ladies V-Neck T-Shirt. Price - $30.00 (S/H Included)

$30.00

Order Form

Please provide us with the following information so we can begin processing your order.

Shirt Information

Next Level
Model N1540 

  • Side seam
  • Tear-away label
  • Front cover stitched 1×1 baby rib-knit set-in collar
  • Fabric laundered for reduced shrinkage
  • 30 singles
  • 4 oz.
  • 60% combed ring spun cotton/40% polyester lightweight jersey

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My New Journey Begins

There Is No Turning Back…
Waves or dry ground… The Journey Continues on.

I am embarking on a new journey. I have now subscribed to a paid version of my blog to all the ability to have my blog make money for my family.

In doing this I am also able to incorporate our side business as well. You will see more products featured as we reveal them on my blog as well. If you are interested in viewing our products, feel free to check out my tab, HL&E Designs at the top of the page.

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

It is my prayer, you will continue to be inspired and encouraged by my blog and will continue to follow me as well.

To the travels that await me ahead, I am coming for you without turning back.