The Journey

 In this life there are trials to bear
We cry sometimes scream, sensing no one there.
Have we come all this way to be let down?
Or is there a hope contradicting a frown?
Life has its joys and incredible journeys,
Outrageous odysseys and prayerful pleas;
Seeking and searching we drop to our knees.
Is there more to this life which we have perceived?
Can we look to the heavenlies not being deceived?
Long are the walks - we unclutter our mind,
Downloading hurts as we commence to unwind.
And now carefully, calmly we seek out the truth,
Being prompted by love which comforts and soothes.

As we navigate life’s journey of ups and downs, we need
desperately to remember to breathe, pray, and look up.
I wrote this five years ago while going through testing
times, and pray that this encourages you that you never
walk alone. Hebrews 13:5b-6, promises that [God] will
never leave or forsake us. “So we may boldly say: ‘The
LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do
to me?”’

As our children face inevitable journey issues, we teach
them to hold up a hand, and with each finger of their hand
beginning with the baby finger, to say:
“God – Will – Never – Leave – Me.” One word per
finger. When they are in difficulty, they can remind
themselves that God is with them, that they are never alone;
and neither are you.

I hope you share this hope-filled promise with the children
in your life.
Jacquie ♥

Feature Image by Jose Alba

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I am a writer and counselor, who embraces joy and holds tight to hope. I live with my husband Ken, of 44 years, and he is the love of my life. I enjoy inspirational and devotional writing, home decor, gardening, and being in community. My husband and I are missionaries to children in Washington State, and love the privilege of being with them.

24 thoughts on “The Journey

      1. Wow! Below freezing already! Glad the apples are safe. I bet they taste really good. It’s 57 here today. Yes, I arrived on Monday. I did a post about it today. Thanks for checking on me through this process.

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  1. Definitely. Trials become intensified as our thoughts hastily move to the what-ifs. So, taking our thoughts captive, and replacing unfruitful thinking with God’s promises is no easy task; but oh the benefits! I love that the title of your blog depicts this: “Of Progress and Purpose.” ♥

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    1. Yes, the benefits are worth it! Thank you ❤️. I think that’s why I chose it in a lot of ways. Being mindful of who we were created to be and what we are about, but allowing ourselves grace for our human nature. God bless, dear friend. I always love to read your thoughts.

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  2. God. Will. Never. Leave. Me.
    I will certainly be teaching these to my babies (and even grown ups) when the Lord sends them. I will say, let me see your right hand and do the countdown. Lovely reminder, Jacquie 🤗.

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  3. This is beautiful, Jacquie! I love the phrase: “Is there a hope contradicting a frown?” This will preach, girl! 🙂 Our hope is in God, and He does contradict our frowns. Thank you for writing this! And for sharing it with us.

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