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We face similar journeys as we travel from birth to death. Journeys with common landmarks along the way — school, work, family, vacations, retirement.

Even with an intended destination, our paths have twists and turns. We can’t see around the corner. We hope and dream about what the future holds. but, no matter how much planning we do, we won’t know for sure until we get there.

Yet, one thing we can know about the journey is that there will be obstacles in the road. Call it Murphy’s Law — if something can go wrong, it will. Or, recall Jesus’ warning to his disciples that “In this world you will have trouble.” (John 16:33 NIV)

Sounds fun, right?

Like it or not, the journey is full of challenges and opportunities to grow. Health issues. Relationships. Finances. Job stress.

“Wait a minute,” you’re saying. “I thought this blog was about encouragement. Why all the depressing news?”

Well, I need to establish a foundation. Life is hard and you aren’t alone in the journey. My goal, as a fellow traveler on the road of life, is to explore the path with you. And, yes, that includes talking about the hard stuff.

But, my biggest goal is to offer encouragement for your jouney. That will be the focus of this blog. Because, as Jesus said right after delivering the bad news, “Take heart.”

If only Mr. Murphy offered good news, too.

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