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552nd -- Joy In The Journey


No matter the trials or hardships that come our way, we should begin each
new day with a renewed vigor knowing that God has great things in store for
our life. Never get so lackadaisical with your life that you fail to see
the beauty that surrounds you and the possibilities that each new day 
brings. The Lord declares in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that
I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to
give you an expected end.” The Lord wishes for us to advance in life 
accomplishing our goals and going forth to the heights of victory which He 
has set for us. Believe in yourself as God believes in you and renew your
mind realizing that you are here to accomplish that which is deepest in 
your heart. (Psalm 118:24) (Ephesians 1:4-12) (Psalm 18:32) (John 15:5)

I hope you are encouraged and challenged by today's message to reach for 
your goals in life and set your mind to be steadfast and determined giving
no attention to the discouragement that comes your way. When we stay 
steadfast, great things happen.


If you have ever been discouraged because of failure, please read on. For
often, achieving what you set out to do is not the important thing. Let me

Two brothers decided to dig a deep hole behind their house. As they were 
working, a couple of older boys stopped by to watch.

“What are you doing?” asked one of the visitors.

“We plan to dig a hole all the way through the earth!” one of the brothers
volunteered excitedly.

The older boys began to laugh, telling the younger ones that digging a hole
all the way through the earth was impossible. After a long silence, one of
the diggers picked up a jar full of spiders, worms and a wide assortment 
of insects. He removed the lid and showed the wonderful contents to the 
scoffing visitors. Then he said quietly and confidently, “Even if we don't
dig all the way through the earth, look what we found along the way!”

Their goal was far too ambitious, but it did cause them to dig. And that is
what a goal is for -- to cause us to move in the direction we have chosen;
in other words, to set us to digging!

But not every goal will be fully achieved. Not every job will end 
successfully. Not every relationship will endure. Not every hope will come
to pass. Not every love will last. Not every endeavor will be completed. 
Not every dream will be realized. But when you fall short of your aim, 
perhaps you can say, “Yes, but look at what I found along the way! Look at
the wonderful things which have come into my life because I tried to do 

It is in the digging that life is lived. And I believe it is joy in the 
journey, in the end, that truly matters.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great 
and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Isaiah 30:21 “And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is
the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn
to the left.”

Proverbs 8:12-17 “I wisdom dwell with prudence, and find out knowledge of
witty inventions. The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and 
arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate. Counsel is
mine, and sound wisdom: I am understanding; I have strength. By me kings 
reign, and princes decree justice. By me princes rule, and nobles, even 
all the judges of the earth. I love them that love me; and those that seek
me early shall find me.”

Psalm 138:6-8 “Though the LORD be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly:
but the proud He knoweth afar off. Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against the wrath
of mine enemies, and Thy right hand shall save me. The LORD will perfect 
that which concerneth me: Thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake 
not the works of Thine own hands.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.

Today's Selected Poem: YOU MUSTN'T QUIT
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem157.htm

Today’s Selected Testimony: I ALMOST DIED IN SIN
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony185.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
Gods Work Ministry


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