The most important part of your journey is who you travel with. Are you receiving proper directions in getting to your desired destination? The more mature I become (notice I didn’t say older), I’m recognizing that this road we call Life Lane isn’t meant to just survive – it is meant to be enjoyed. The truth that Jesus came so we can have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows] (John 10:10) has given me a new determination to no longer settle for just barely getting by in my everyday life.
The more this truth penetrates my heart, the more I experience that abundant peace and joy that only God can provide. We don’t have to go through the motions of survival filled with stress and frustrated lives. No, God has so much more in store for His children. Exactly the reason why the most important part of our journey is who we decide to bring along.
Relating to Other Moms’ Journeys
I talk with so many Moms who are struggling. Not just financially, but real life hard stuff. Sadly, they believe they have to do it all by themselves. The weight of the world is lying on their shoulders and they trudge through life just getting by. They don’t believe that God has a good plan for them because they don’t know that He wants them to have life “to the full, till overflows” in their everyday lives.
I have struggled with “I can do it all syndrome” most of my life. In hopes of not disappointing anyone, I have said yes to things knowing they were not in my best interest. Looking back on those moments, I never embraced that God had a good plan for me. That was for everyone else – not me. It wasn’t until I embarked on a personal journey with Jesus that I could even glimpse a joy-filled existence, let alone an abundant one.
The key to living the full, abundant life Jesus has for us is understanding the part we have to play in the process. It requires determination and diligence and a never-give-up attitude when things aren’t going the way we want them to.
In our world today, the conveniences of modern technology have made it easy for us to get what we want, when we want it. And when a situation or route becomes difficult or challenging, we get frustrated and give up quickly. We haven’t learned how to be tenacious. When hard times and challenges come (and they will come), that’s when we develop perseverance and strength to press on and not give up as we make a determined decision to trust God and choose Him for our Favorite Travel Friend.
The truth is, if we will keep doing what we know in our hearts He is leading us to do – pressing against the pressure that’s coming against us – then He will be faithful to give us the grace to do our part.
God takes care of His people. He is stable in an unstable world. So let your light shine and don’t allow the devil to steal your joy. You can travel forward in His plan for your life if you’ll trust Him to help you take the steps He’s leading you to take, no matter how hard it seems or how you feel. Be determined to live by your faith and not by your feelings. Choose to believe that by God’s grace and with His help, you can do what you know in your heart you should do even when it’s hard.
This promise is true for all of us found in Phillipians 4:13, “I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me to fulfill His purpose. God has already equipped, enabled and empowered us to fulfill His plans and purposes for our lives. There is no challenge you will face that is too much for you and God to go through together. God is with you, and He will give you strength and the determination to never give up!
Whatever your challenge may be – getting out of debt, strengthening your marriage, pursuing a new job, getting in better physical health, etc. – God’s grace can empower you to do it when you ask Him to help you. Trust him to be with you, and start taking steps of faith, doing what you know you can do today.
Anytime you take a step for God, there is going to be opposition. This is why the determination to press on is so important.
What about you? Will you choose to press through when you are faced with an obstacle? Will you make a u-turn if needed to get back on track? Will you trust God even if everything around you says to panic? Will you take a step forward when all you feel like doing is giving up?
Remember: Greater is He who is in you (1 John 4:4). You have all you need, through Christ, to endure and outlast the opposition. As you press in and press on, don’t rely on your own strength…look to God and draw from His strength.
Whatever you do, just keep moving!
When you feel disheartened, keep moving.
When others doubt you, keep moving.
When pain from your past tries to paralyze you, keep moving.
Never give up!
We Don’t Escape Life; We Overcome It
Take a lesson from David, who was anointed 20 years before he became king (1 Samuel 16). He endured and overcame many obstacles while he was waiting, including a bear, a lion and a giant. Like David, don’t be afraid to face your obstacles. And if the road seems like a dead-end, go back to your Favorite Travel Friend, He always has an alternative route.
Remember the things God has brought you through before, reflecting on your past victories, knowing that He is with you now. As long as you lean on, trust in, and depend on God, you’re going to see a breakthrough and enjoy every day of your life in Him.