3 Powerful Keys to Enjoying Life’s 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 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. 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 along life’s broken road. Sometimes I wish I was more like my dogs. It seems so easy for them to enjoy life! No matter where we are, what we’re doing, rain or shine, they’re tail wagging happy or at the very least they’re calm and content.

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

Having observed my dogs year after year, day in and day out, I think the secret to their joyful attitude is their complete trust in me. They know without a shadow of a doubt that I love them and that I always look out for them.

Their example encourages me to worry less and to trust God’s plan. After all God went through on the cross, suffering an excruciating death to demonstrate his undying love for me, how can I not trust his plan?

God says in Jeremiah 29:11–

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Be Still and Know [Dog Mom Reflections]

Whenever I lounge on the sofa, my dogs instantly jump up next to me. It doesn’t take long for them to settle down and snuggle peacefully on my lap. My presence calms and comforts them, because they know how much I love them. I’m faithful to care for their every need.

Dear friend, God loves you and is caring for you, even if you aren’t always aware. Be still today (snuggle up with God) and trust him with everything that concerns you. God is with you and will help you. No need to fret or worry.

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Pause and Pray . . .

Dear God, help me to be still in your presence and trust that you will take care of me today. Amen

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Running After God [Short Encouraging Words]

My dogs run after many things! But I’ve never seen them chase anything that doesn’t hold the promise of a yummy reward! Throughout your life, you’ve probably pursued many things as well. No doubt, most of these also had attached to them the promise of a delicious reward. Today, I’d like to encourage you to pursue (run after with all your heart!) Jesus Christ. The reward of pursuing him is unlike anything else!

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When You Need an Angel [Prayer for Protection from Psalm 91]

Wouldn’t it be nice to have angels watching over us? Well, that’s not wishful thinking. According to Psalm 91, it’s Truth. If you’re facing a giant today and need protection, read on.

Psalm 91 is a beautiful psalm of trust in God’s loving care and protection. It’s incredibly comforting to read and pray, and realize that God has a whole host of heavenly messengers ready to do his bidding— to guard those who take shelter in him, who trust him with all their heart. May God watch over you and protect you, and infuse you with his peace today as you meditate on this awesome Psalm and commit to trusting in him!

Let’s pray Psalm 91 from the Voice translation. Pray it in the first person, for example in verse 1 we’d pray:

I will take refuge in the shelter of the Most High and will be safe in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Eternal…”

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May God Lift You UP! [Encouraging Bible Verse]

MAY GOD LIFT YOU UP TODAY!

Trust God’s plan and get ready to soar on wings of eagles!

But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31
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