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The Journey


Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NIV

I know this may sound simplistic, but my mind often works slower than most. God has been revealing in vivid color how life is such an AMAZING JOURNEY. Just this week I've had the privilege of being surrounded by friends who are all in a different season along the path.

When I glance back over my life I could NEVER have drawn it out on a canvas. On my journey, I NEVER would have guessed who all I would meet, what choices I would make, the places I would live, or why God asks me to walk with Him.

My life has been rushed by a twisting, turning current that could have made me feel tossed aside. Yet today, I stand on a ridge where I can see my past as a winding river that has bumped along many shores and it continues to flow.

As I see and hear my kids tell about what they are doing and where they are going, I see their journey.

As I listen to my friends tell of the pain of sickness, I see their journey.

As I comfort those who are suffering, I see their journey.

As I rejoice with my coworkers over a job well done, I see their journey.

As I visit with neighbors and hear their stories, I see their journey.

Every mile has been a building block of the character I am today. Many will tell you, I AM a character.

Isn't it sweet to know that every experience has been essential to the construction of our lives?

Where are you on your journey?




Thank you so much for prayers and encouragement. I wasn't expecting anything but your comments were a breath of fresh air. Thank you.


My heart hurts with you, yet we know that God can connect you through prayer. So our team will be praying with you as you allow God to fight the battles that only He can win.

Father, we lift our friend to You and ask for Your calm reassurance to rush through her mind and spirit. Remind her that that baby is in heaven just waiting for her. Will You also give her unquenchable passion to pray for her lost son and grandson, knowing that You will pursue them?

Above all Lord, we ask for a renewed encouragement to replace the sense of loss. Help her to focus on all of the blessings as she waits on Your perfect timing, in Jesus' name, amen.

LuAnn, we are so glad that you found Encouragement Cafe because we all need encouragement from one another. You did not stumble upon us, but you were led here.

Please know that God understands your sorrows and He has compassion on you. He is our Father and He wants to hold us tight in His arms. He will never leave us or let us go.

Our Father is all powerful and He knows the desires of His children's hearts. Let's keep hope alive and pray that He will prick that family's heart so that you may be allowed to see your precious grandson.

We pray that our Father will continue to comfort you in the losses you have mentioned (your sister and grandson).

We pray that our Father will move in the lives of your son and his wife, freeing them from the bondage of addiction.

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ." 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NIV

Please come back each day for another cup of encouragement. We have daily devotions, weekly radio show, and a daily Bible study. You can join our Coffee Club also at http://www.encouragementcafe.com/coffee-club.

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." Romans 15:13 NIV

I stumbled across a list of devotionals to choose from on facebook and saw this one. I picked this one because my name is LuAnn too... even spelled the same way. The verse you have for today was the exact verse that God gave to me in 1983 when I was grieving over the loss of my sister. It set me free and gave me peace. Four years ago I lost a grandbaby at 2 1/2 months from my son and wife putting him in the bed with them. They had another baby boy who the state took away in March of this year because of their drug use. The state wouldn't let me keep him because my son came to my house and took him from me. The family who has him has the option of letting me take him to do things but they won't. So you could say, I've been "Looking at the things that are seen." Thank you for this reminder and encouragement. I really needed it because the sadness has been overwhelming lately.

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