Embrace the Journey


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No matter how hard you plan and how long you prepare, you will face unforeseen challenges. The journey you imagine and dream of will most likely not be the path you will be actually be called to travel. Knowing this fact, I urge you to be willing to embrace the journey. Anticipating the need for flexibility in life can help you when the unexpected makes its appearance.

Is it possible to easily be happy with what life presents? Perhaps not. However, it is possible to trust God and embrace the journey He has for you. Trusting definitely takes practice. Accepting hardship and pain is not automatic. It is a learned behavior. God will not bring you to something in life that He will not equip you to handle with His help. So how can you reach the point of really accepting and embracing the journey?

Look back and see what other difficulties you have survived. Acknowledge that God has been faithful in the past and He will be faithful again. Approach your grief with the attitude of a fighter focused on the win. As you move forward through your pain, celebrate the little victories. Rejoice when you see progress. Take delight in your newfound strengths and abilities.

As you embrace the journey, your grief will seem less daunting and you will find yourself feeling more powerful as your confidence grows. Cling to the hope that there is a reason for the direction of your journey. There is still a plan for your life even though it may now look entirely different from what you expected. Continue to find ways to move forward as you learn to accept the changes of your new and different path.

One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 29:11. When I recently found a cross displaying this verse, I immediately knew it had to go on my cross wall at home. What a powerful, daily reminder that God has a plan and purpose for me and the only wise choice is to embrace the journey.

I encourage you to do the very same thing. Look for something that will remind you of your uniqueness and that your purpose in life is still very real and has meaning. May you seek and find the ability to sincerely embrace the journey as you move forward in your grief.

“I know the plans I have for you,” declared the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Until next time –



Grief Letters By Karen Bransgrove, Published by WestBow Press. You can order here.

Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869674

Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869667

E-Book | 114 pages | ISBN 9781490869650

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