Finding Joy in the Journey

Finding Joy in the Journey

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This isn’t a new phrase to me but what is new is that I’m actually trying to follow it. I typically like the end of a thing. In other words, I like when a project is over and can look at the final result and enjoy it. I like reading the end of the book first and then go back to the beginning. I guess I’m weird that way. I like happy endings and if I see the ending isn’t good, I skip that book or movie. Maybe this is how I cope.

I seen so much too early in my life of negative and now that I’m much, much older I really want to have peace surround me. That said, we just can’t control the things we’re exposed to so rather than what I do which is hurry up and get past it…try to enjoy the process instead.

When I first started making greeting cards, I made a whole lot of mistakes and at the time I hadn’t learned how to fix them along the way. I’d end up throwing the card away and starting over flustered and frustrated. That is until I learned some tips and I decided to take my time and enjoy the making of the card. This sweet little lesson helped me to apply to other areas of my life.

It’s a work in progress, however the Bible teaches us to be thankful in everything, to have a grateful heart. When we’re not focused on the bad, we can easily see the good. I also don’t want to go through life dreading things. I can’t have happiness if I always think the glass is half empty. While the journey we are on may seem long and hard, there’s stops along the way that can bring us blessings and joy.

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Back in the day, I used to do a lot of my traveling on the Greyhound Bus. I didn’t like it all the time but it was less expensive than flying. It would make so many stops but there were places I wouldn’t have seen otherwise that were really nice to visit even if only for a few minutes. When hubby and I were traveling by car, we saw a lot of sceneries and even stopped to take pictures.

Whatever road you’re traveling on and I mean spiritually, enjoy what God is trying to teach you. Surrender to His control and to whatever it is He’s trying to show you. You never know what blessings lie in the journey, it might be hard but believe me God can show you the joys during the process too.

Kim McDougal

Kim is the founder and creator of Growing Up in Grace. By day, she's the Director of Interactive Communications for the Hispanic chamber located in Jax, FL. Kim also owns "Kim's Studio Art" where she creates and sells Wall Art Printables and "Kim's Handcrafted Cards" on eBay where she creates and sells handmade greeting cards.

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