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Two weeks ago our family  experienced two unexpected deaths.  The first was one of my husband’s co-workers who died in a freak accident while on the job.  The second was a dear friend of mine at church who died suddenly.  Both sent shockwaves through us.

While we sat listening to the remembrances being offered for the co-worker, I began thinking, did he know how these people felt about him?

At the reception I told my husband, “How sad it is if a person has made such an impact in our lives and we wait to express them at their funeral.  We should being thanking them before they die.”

My friend was a wonderful woman of God. How did she impact my life?  Marynona impacted my life by showing me what it means to be a godly Bible Study leader.  I wanted to be just like her. 

She was available to share struggles, celebrate victories, and answer questions. She also prayed for me and my family. 

I have no regrets. I did tell her what she meant to me.  I feel blessed that I was able to give her a hug and “I love You” three days before she went home to be with her Heavenly Father.

God has created us to reach out to others to share God’s love with them.  What could show thankfulness to God better than thanking those He has placed in our lives to grow us, love us, and be Christ to us. 

 Are there people who come to your mind that have impacted your life in big and small ways?  Have you thanked them?

 

“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good

works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some,

but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.”

Hebrews 10:24-25  (ESV)

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Welcome to Encouragement for the Journey,

A friend of mine tells me often, “Life’s a journey. This or that situation — good or bad– is just another stop on that journey.”

A journey is what occurs on the way to the final destination, filled with twist and turns, and stops. Journeys bring opportunities to make memories, to learn new things, to relax, sometimes even to struggle, and of course journeys provide adventures (Some we feel we could do without).

Life is no exception. We continue on, striving to be just like Christ, until we reach our destination, our home, Heaven. It’s not easy at times. Forks in the road appear and we need to make decisions on which way we need to go. Dark roads of loneliness, fear, confusion seem to swallow us leaving us stranded. The mountains may bring challenges but when we reach the top the joy, exhilaration overrules any hardship that came our way. There are also times on the journey when we pull in for a rest stop, to take a break and meditate on the days events and celebrate the victories and joys God gave us.

God says in His word, “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in the world, to abstain from sinful desires, which war against your soul. Live such good lives among the pagans that though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day He visits us.” I Peter 2:11,12

Encouragement for the Journey, is to bring a sense of God’s love, through experiences, and lessons I have learned on my personal journey. I hope the words and verses will bring hope and light on the dark roads, encouragement on bad days, growth and at times, laughter on days you may just need a rest.

Come along on the journey with me. I would love your company.

God Bless,
Christine

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