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 –

Karen

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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

Also available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Celebrate the victories

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After dealing with difficulties, sadness, and the numerous challenges of the grief journey, it is important to take time to reflect and see how far you have come. Perhaps your journey is fairly new and you feel it is impossible to see progress or discover anything good. Keep looking. No matter how far along you are in your grief, it helps to celebrate the victories as they happen.

Did you get up this morning? Then you may count that as a victory. There are some mornings that are just hard to face. I understand. Perhaps you were not able to get up today. Then there is tomorrow and you can strive to do better.

Set your sights on a goal and then work for it. Be prepared for setbacks and disappointments. Do not let the occasional difficulty derail you from your plans and your purpose. Use those hardships to shape and sharpen your determination instead.

One of my favorite Bible verses reminds me that God has a purpose for each of us. “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 (NIV)

While I do not always like the direction that His plans take me, I trust in the path God has set out for me. Embracing that and moving forward in my grief has been my way of coping with loss. Admittedly, I have not done this well and with grace every single day. Yet, not giving up on the hard days makes the next ones easier.

Begin a list of the little triumphs in your life. Then go celebrate those victories. There will be hard days here and there, but you will see that you still have much to be thankful for and to rejoice about. I have shared a few pictures here from my first book signing party. Grief Letters is certainly one of my victories on this long and arduous grief journey. May you soon see pictures of victory in your own life’s travels.

Until next time –

Karen

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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

Also available at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.