Puzzle pieces.

I am not quite to a point where I can handle unexpected issues with a calm grace, but I think I am slowly getting there. I always know that in the end everything will be fine. My experiences over the last year tells me that one way or another things work out for the best even when we are unable to see the reasons behind the pain or frustration.

2 Corinthians 5:7
Our life is lived by faith. We do not live by what we see in front of us.

Slowly pieces fall into place and we gain confidence in our actions. Eventually we remember the things we love and run toward them. In time we find others that have similar perspectives and count ourselves lucky that we have found them. So far it has been a long year full of many life lessons and so much growth. My hope is the last bit of 2017 holds many adventures and wonderful memories. So far this has been a year I will never forget and it would be nice to end with a few more puzzle pieces in place.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

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Blessings in disguise.

When we know there is a special package coming in the mail it can be difficult to be patient, but at the same time the anticipation is what makes it so exciting! Currently I have a package that could be delivered any day, and my excitement is mounting. Today in my impatient checked my downstairs neighbor’s mailbox to make sure a pick up slip did not get put in the wrong place. This would not be the first time I have found my packages or mail on her porch, so I figured it was worth double checking.

I was so thankful that I did because I had bills were in her mailbox. They must have been there for a week or so because they were due a few days ago! It is not like me to pay my bills late, so I was a very frustrated. I left a note for my downstairs neighbor to keep an eye out for my mail mixed in with hers as well as a note for the mail carrier asking them to be extra conscious. Hopefully this will prevent future issues.

After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.
1 Kings 19:12

Once I got past the fluster of frustration and got my bills paid, I realized what a blessing it was to be expecting a package that triggered me to check the other mail box. It was a fleeting thought that kept nagging at me, so I decided it was worth putting on my coat and shoes to clear my conscience. Sometimes God works in mysteries ways and thankfully he refuses to give up, unfortunately we do not always listen. Maybe this is my gentle reminder that I need to pay better attention to His little messages to me.

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Steadfast & thankful week 1

Through most of 2017 it has been difficult to be thankful. So I decided that for the last 61 days of the year I was going to find something every day to be thankful about. I am sure that some days this will be a difficult task, but I am up for the challenge. Every day I will post what I am thankful for on my Instagram account with the hashtag #SteadfastAndThankful. Please feel free to join me in this quest, I would love to see what you are thankful for too!

Colossians 4:2
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.

My goal is every Sunday to have my blog post be a compilation of what I have been thankful for through week.


img_2645Day 1:
Today I am thankful for becoming a part of the Grace & Salt ink brand ambassador team. These beautiful inkDori traveler journals have been such a God sent this year. A definite bright spot in a sea of darkness.

img_2657Day 2:
Work today was a terrible. One of those days you are glad to never have to live through again. But I am thankful that we all pulled together as a group, got things done and did our best to stay positive through the frustration.

img_2663Day 3:
I spent my evening putting together these fun little packages. I am thankful I was inspired by Grace & Salt Ink’s “I Sent Love In An Envelope” and started to send out fun goodies to friends.

img_2666Day 4:
Today two of my friends got married. It was a beautiful wedding and I was thankful they allowed me to be apart of the setting up process. They are both so amazing, I know they will have a wonderful marriage.

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Today my cousin ran a half marathon close to me. Which meant my parents and I went out and watched. It was a lot of fun to spend time with family and I was very thankful for the wonderful memories we made.


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Grace & Salt ink.

Somewhere in 2014 I came across the talented Rebecca on Instagram. I instantly fell in love with her feed. She posted pictures of her beautiful quilts and other sewing projects. She was also one of the first people to introduce me to Bible journaling, a hobby I have finally taken up after admiring others for so long. Never would I have imagined the path the simple act of following her would be.

In the time since the fated day I followed her, Rebecca has had an adorable daughter and started her own business called Grace & Salt ink. She still makes beautiful things and occasionally posts pictures of sewing projects and Bible journaling, but for the most part Rebecca fills my feed with journals via her business. She makes beautiful leather travel journals that she calls an inkDori and are made for adventure.

img_9857img_2616Currently, I am the proud owner of two of two inkDoris. One I purchased early in my recovery process. It has bumps and bruises showing how well loved it is. I have carried it on all my hiking adventures and it is rarely far away from me. My second inkDori was a prize for winning the Grace & Salt ink’s pocket prayer journal photo contest. It was a huge honor to be recognized by her and I was excited to add to my collection.

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person”.
Colossians 4:6

Today, I am happy to announce that I am joining the Grace & Salt ink’s brand ambassador team

img_8425Throughout the past months having an inkDori has helped in so many ways. My pocket sized inkDori has turned into a safety blanket that is always by my side. I am so thankful for the strength and courage I have gained from journaling. Needless to say I am excited to join the Grace & Salt ink. team and help spread my love of the brand.

Do you want your own inkDori to document your adventures? Visit Grace & Salt ink’s website to see their amazing selection of inkDoris, notebooks and other journaling tools!


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This tear-stained road.

I still have no clue where this tear-stained road will take me, but where ever it leads will be worth it. I pray every day that the lessons I learn during this time will be able to help others. God never puts us in a situation without a purpose, and most of the time we will never truly understand the reason.

You have never been tempted to sin in any different way than other people. God is faithful. He will not allow you to be tempted more than you can take. But when you are tempted, He will make a way for you to keep from falling into sin.
1 Corinthians 10:13

The tears come slower now and it is amazing how much I have changed. The pain has started to disappear but sometimes I am afraid that the scar it has left behind will never fully be gone. Every day I hope will be able to overcome my fears of the future and be able to seize each opportunity that presents its self. This road may be long, but I will eventually reach a cross-road opening me up to a world of possibilities. I wonder what opportunities will be waiting for me there…

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

Two are better than one.

I know I have been writing a lot about friendship, but I have felt so lucky to have amazing people consistently in my life. It feels like it has been forever since I have had such strong, growing friendships. I hope this is a trend that continues.

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.

#ISentLoveInAnEnvelope

I have a small collection of packages to send out tomorrow. Just a few things heading off to new adventures. In this day of instant email and text messages it can be fun to send things in the mail. The worst part of the process is going to the post office and standing in line. I’m a little torn over what the best part is. Hearing how the receiver feels about what you sent is always great, but it is also a lot of fun collecting and packaging up the goodies to send.

Lately, I have made a point of adding the hashtag #ISentLoveInAnEnvelope to each package. I think it is nice for all the hands that the package will go through to know that whatever is inside is special. I can not take credit for this wonderful concept or hash tag. I picked it up from Grace & Salt ink. This initiative was started to help show your friends that they are valued, bring a smile to their face and to help encourage them. The sentiment is simply beautiful, it makes me want to send out packages all the time. Afterall, getting an unexpected (or expected) package from a friend always turns a bad day to wonderful.

1 Thess’ 5:1 (ESV)
“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

Tomorrow will be a little bit easier and I will become a stronger me everyday.


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