The Countdown has Begun! (+ a Giveaway)

sign - Choose Joy 2cHave you ever set a big goal?  One that could be life altering?  Well my family has dared to let our dream become a goal, and now it is becoming a reality!  A lot of hard work has been put into this goal and now we are just praying that it soars.

This Monday, my family is launching a new Etsy shop called 7 Hickory Lane.  Starting a new business is hard, and we have been working on this shop for the past four months.  Months that have been some of the hardest of our life.

You see, when we set this goal we had no idea that our life was going to be changing within a few weeks.  No idea that we were going to face something that could forever change our lives.  And we faced a hard choice, let the circumstances of life crush our goal, or work harder to make it happen.

Reaching for your goals isn’t always easy, and at times it can be downright scary.  You start out so hopeful and excited and then something happens in your life that you weren’t planning on.  You face a setback, or a trial and your left with a choice.  Am I going to continue working toward this goal or am I going to stop?

I cannot tell you which decision is the right one for you to make.  Only you and the Lord can decide that.  Sometimes the right decision is knowing when to walk away.  Other times it is to keep working toward that goal, even if you have to take smaller steps to get there.

If you decide that this goal is something you need to keep working toward, can I encourage you not to let the circumstances of your life force you to quit.  Don’t give up.  I know that life can be hard, that is something that we are experiencing right now, but please don’t give up.

God gave you that goal for a reason, and He knew what you would be facing.  He has a plan to work in your life and the lives of those around you through the circumstances you are facing.  And one day, you will have reached that goal.  At that point you may understand why things happened the way they did, or you may never know that this side of heaven.  It will be worth it though, so don’t give up.

Now I am excited to tell you that with the launching 0f 7 Hickory Lane we are hosting a GIVEAWAY!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

This giveaway prize is a handmade home decor sign created by 7 Hickory Lane.  It is valued at $35.

Giveaway Rules:

This giveaway is brought to you by Joy for Each Step and 7 Hickory Lane.  There is no purchase necessary.  This giveaway is open to legal residence of the United States. (18 years of age and older)  This Giveaway starts Saturday July 23, 2016 and will end Wednesday July 28, 2016 at 12:00 AM EST.  We value your privacy and will not share or sell your information. Your information will only be used to contact you if you win.  The winner will be randomly selected and will be announced Thursday July 28, 2016.  Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize.  If they do not respond within 48 hours a new winner will be chosen.  We have the right to display the winners name here on Joy for Each Step.  The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are not associated with this giveaway.  Void where prohibited by law.

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