Last Updated on March 20, 2018

Editor’s Note:  I am SO HAPPY to announce that Lisa Williams, the former morning DJ from KLOVE is joining us as a regular contributer for MomLife Today!  I met Lisa a few months ago by e-mail and then in person in March!  We hit it off so well that an instant desire to work together was birthed!  We have some exciting plans for an expanded MomLife Today ministry opportunity and we look forward to letting you hear more from Lisa on a regular basis!  Join with us in welcoming Lisa by leaving her a comment if you appreciate her becoming a part of MomLife Today or if you’d like to let her know how she ministered to you when she was at KLOVE!  Blessings to you all, Tracey!

Maybe you’ve seen it on a bumper sticker or poster.  Maybe it was on a t-shirt.  Maybe a pastor has said it to you in the middle of a sermon.  Maybe your grandma cross-stitched it on a pillow for you.

Or maybe you’ve said it sarcastically to yourself or your sister on a particularly difficult day.

Enjoy the journey!

I’d heard it for years.  I believed it.  I had said it to people.

But I wasn’t living it.

Saying it, believing it, and living it – not always synonymous.

Several years ago, during a particularly bad season in my life, I cracked and unloaded my whole barrel of pain on a friend.  There was a lot I was holding inside, placating myself with “everything is fine”.  But honestly, it wasn’t.

At the end of my verbal vomiting session, this friend simply said, “I don’t think you’re enjoying the journey.”

Uh, yep.

That revelation began a process of self-examination, revealing that, indeed, I was not enjoying the journey.  Even though I had the t-shirt.

I believe God showed me a mental video of me on a wild horse, tearing through a forest as fast as I could.  Suddenly I stopped the horse, slowly got off, and looked around.  There was an amazing river running through the forest.  I’d never seen it.  There was deep-green grass, vibrant flowers, a meadow just past the river – but I hadn’t seen any beauty.  I was just barreling though life as fast as I could, running from…

Pain?  Boredom?  Irrelevance?

For me, it was mainly pain.  And I had to look it straight in the face and find a path to healing.

Maybe for you it’s just too full of a plate.  Maybe it’s that daily list that never gets any shorter:   Write your mom, find a new dentist, catch up on laundry, replace the carpet, start eating healthy (again), plant flowers, invite friends for dinner,  donate old clothes, buy new clothes for kids – oh it goes on and on and on and on.

Don’t let the list strangle your joy.

So yes, I know you’ve probably already heard it.  But almost every day, I have to remind myself again.  When I get irritated with my sons because they’re too whiney, too loud, too demanding, too whatever – and they are impeding me from getting my oh-so-important agenda done for the day –

I stop.  I smile.  I take a deep breath.  And on the inside I slowly say, “Lisa, enjoy the journey.”

Then my horse stops and I look into my boys’ giant brown eyes.  I see their precious little hand and their tender, sweet faces.  I look deeply into their open hearts longing for my attention more than anything.

It’s a choice.  An important, life altering choice…

Friend, enjoy the journey.

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  1. Oh that soo rings true for me at this stage in my life! My husband just started his own business, based from home. We have 3 sons, my oldest just graduated high school this past week & my middle son just became a freshman & I have a very rambunctious 4 yr old at home that has another full yr b4 he starts to school. Needless to say, my life is very full & sometimes very stressful! Thanks so much for the reminder to slow down & enjoy!

  2. Yay Melissa! I’m so thankful my words meant something to you today. Enjoy the journey, sister-friend.

  3. Lisa, so glad you’re blogging with MomLife Today! 🙂 I am truly enjoying my journey! I’m glad you are stopping to see the beauty. Love ya! Julie

  4. specialmom says:

    Thanks, Lisa! Too often before I’ve even opened my eyes in the morning, the day’s to-do list feels like an oppressive weight. Great reminder not to miss the joys in the midst of the tasks – or even to skip some of the tasks today! Looking forward to hearing more from you in the future.

  5. Lisa,
    God recently showed me through my dog, of all things that I wasn’t enjoying my journey. As I was entertained watching my dog chase her tail, I clearly felt the Lord speak to me and tell me that when i get so “busy with lists/agendas/every day life, etc. that I look very much like my dog chasing her tail. I am busy, for sure, but also getting nowhere fast except maybe to a state of exhaustion! Thanks for your reminder to me to stop chasing my tail and learn to infuse joy into every of my life and put my family at the top of my to-do list! <3 your blogs!

  6. Welcome to MomLife, Lisa! So excited that you are now a regular contributor! Your post was so encouraging to me today, thank you!

  7. Welcome! So glad you are here!

  8. thanks for all the comments. it’s really an honor to live, and in the process to learn lessons from God’s sweet heart – and then to have a chance to share those things with anyone is such an honor. so just knowing you read this today means so much! God is wonderful, and He is helping me enjoy His journey more and more and more all the time.

    okay, so it’s REALLY late and i should be sleeping, not writing! those little guys of ours will be up with the sun – but sometimes quiet time late at night is so fun!! no one is asking for the computer so they can play or !! 🙂 g’nite 🙂

  9. Lisa, so glad to read and see you here!! missed you for so long on Klove and often wondered how you guys were doing! I look forward to your posts! GOD bless!