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 . . .

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A Beautiful Pet Blessing

Our pets depend on us for all their needs, and when they become ill, it can become all-consuming. Thankfully we can turn to God for help.

Just last week I was asking God to heal my precious doggie. The vet didn’t know what was wrong with him. I continued to pray and trust God. Yesterday, I saw signs of improvement— praise the Lord!

Sometimes the help comes right away, other times we wait. There are also times healing happens across rainbows bridge. Either way, prayer is one of the most powerful tools we have to help us get through tough times. It’s our life line to God. For pet owners, prayer is a huge comfort because we know that God cares for our pets and understands how important they are to us.

Join with me in praying for our beloved pets. . .

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What is Hope? [25 Uplifting Verses]

Hope is the confident expectation of good things from God!

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. — Romans 15:13
Everyone hurts. Everyone needs hope!

When life feels hard,

When your circumstances are messed up,

When you’ve lost your smile and daily motivation,

and nothing seems to be going your way,

what can keep your from giving up?

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7 Sweet Friendship Quotes Inspired by Dogs

7 Sweet Friendship Quote Inspired by Dogs
Who better to inspire us to be better friends, than “Man’s Best Friend?” Enjoy these 7 sweet quotes about friendship, inspired by dogs.

“Animals are such agreeable friends. They ask no questions, they pass no criticisms.” ― George Elliot

“The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.” – Anonymous

“A best friend is someone who loves you when you forget to love yourself.” — Anonymous

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Nothing Matters Without Genuine Love

Love is patient, love is kind ...
Love is patient, love is kind . . .

Each time my dogs run to greet me at the door, snuggle in my lap, listen patiently to my troubles, or lavish me with kisses (whether those kisses are deserved or not), I am reminded of the power of love. Love comforts, heals, restores, helps us feel valued, fills the heart with hope, and so much more!

Love is not only powerful, it is also essential! In fact, nothing we do, say, or achieve in life really matters without genuine love.

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