How to Enjoy the Journey, Even When Life Hurts [The Key Lies in this Verse]

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”— Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11
Enjoy the Journey . . .

We’ve heard it said.

We’ve seen it written on cards or on social media.

We’ve had friends tell us, “Just relax, enjoy the journey.”

It’s an awesome encouragement, but, it’s not always easy to find joy in a painful moment, or along a broken road.

So, what’s the key to finding joy in life’s journey, especially when times are tough?

There’s so much wisdom out there to help us answer this question. But for me, the only wisdom I have found truly helpful comes from Jeremiah 29:11 . . .

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”

Jeremiah 29:11

This verse tells me three things:

1. God loves me,

2. God is good [He doesn’t want to hurt me], and

3. God has a plan! [which includes a hope and a future!]

When you feel hopeless and joyless, say this out loud—GOD LOVES ME. GOD IS GOOD. GOD HAS A PLAN.

Friend, God wants you to know that He loves you, that He’s good, and that you can trust His plan every moment of the day. You are not walking life’s journey alone.

“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” — Matthew 28:20

Jesus

When you cling to the promise that God loves you, that He is good, and has a plan, you can finally relax and ENJOY THE JOURNEY.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” — Jeremiah 29:11
Father God, thank you for loving me, and for being so good! Please help me to trust your plan, and to enjoy the journey You have set before me. Amen

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