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Surprise. Even shock. These can be part of the experience when knowledge is suddenly discovered.

But revelations are also the source of wider and deeper understanding, resulting in personal challenge that leads to change.

Watch for new insights that result from taking these next few moments to listen for what God might have you know.

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Listen

Therefore, since we are justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand; and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God.

Romans 5:1–2

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Think

In a world where one has to prove one’s worth, the reality of God destroys all our expectations. God replaces scarcity with abundance. God relieves competition with sufficiency. God replaces success with humility.

To take the Lenten journey is to walk away from life as we know it and walk towards life as God dreams it. No longer are we bound by our limitations. No longer are we torn down by our pride and arrogance. We drink from a fountain gushing with water. We bask in the gifts of faith, peace, grace, and hope. We boast not in who we are, but in the revelation of who God is.

In the eyes of the world, to stand in places of weakness, humility, and vulnerability is to face annihilation. In the eyes of our God, to stand in those places is to feast on the power and glory of God.

Carol Harston

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Pray

God who is beyond my expectations, shower me with grace this day so that I may find the boldness that is birthed from humility. May I share your grace with all those I encounter as I carry within me the power of your hope. Amen.

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Go

Go now, willing to be set free
By words that bring new life,
By grace that brings new light.

Prepare yourself for knowledge that brings peace
Which knows no limits.

God is giving you reasons to be hopeful
And a new song to sing.

Carol Harston

Carol Harston has served as minister to youth at Highland Baptist Church in Louisville, Kentucky, since 2007. Born and raised at Highland, Carol has found the joy of caring for youth in the same community that shaped her as a young person. Outside of youth ministry, Carol has her hands full as a mom to James (3 years old) and Collier (11 months old) and wife to Drew (orthopedic surgery resident and faithful youth volunteer).

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