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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A Tail Wagging Greeting

A Heartwarming Devotional for Dog Lovers

Devotions for Dog Lovers. Excerpt from the book, "Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family and Furry Friends. 130 Uplifting Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers!
Read this heartwarming excerpt from the book—Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends. 130 Uplifting Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers!

Married, a mother of two children, I finally felt we were ready for a family pet. My husband conceded (well, I didn’t ask him. Oops!). And so, we brought home a cuddly Labrador retriever puppy! Goldy was our sunshine during rainy days, and the stable, strong force that made us all feel continually protected and loved. I stand in awe of all the wonderful things she taught me.

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To The Moon and Back!

God loves you to the moon and back!

 

Word of God Speak . . .

And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Ephesians 3:18-19
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A New Year Goal, Inspired by my Dog!

My goal in life is to be as good a person as my dog already thinks I am.

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As I write, my precious pooch is by my side. His presence always brightens my day! Being it’s New Year’s Eve, I thought it would be fitting to write about my goals for the coming year. There’s just one problem, I’m not sure what they are. My dog snuggled closer . . .

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