Rest in the Lord and be truly happy.

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A highway will be there. It will be called The Holy Way. The unclean won’t travel on it, but it will be for those walking on that way. Even fools won’t get lost on it; no lion will be there, and no predator will go up on it. None of these will be there; only the redeemed will walk on it. The Lord’s ransomed ones will return and enter Zion with singing, with everlasting joy upon their heads. Happiness and joy will overwhelm them; grief and groaning will flee away.

Isaiah 35:8-10

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Sometimes life is frustrating. We have to make all types of decisions, and most of us stress about making good decisions about ALL areas of our lives: school, home, friends, and more.

Hope lies in our understanding that there is a Holy Way where the path will be easy to travel and hardships will be unknown. Let’s consider this idea of the Holy Way as a path that the Lord has given us. It's a path that you can walk through life each day. On this path God leads the way.

With God as our compass, we look to God, not the world, for hope. This helps us let go of some worry and walk through life knowing that we are making our best decisions.

Let us make decisions based upon God’s love and understanding. Let us walk in the way of the Lord, a path protected by God’s love, looking to the Holy Way that will not be filled with lions or other predators. Choose this path and rejoice in the Lord and all that is good.

Kristina Holland

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Dear Lord, as I travel through each day, I know I will have difficult times and the path will be long. Strengthen me to stay true, be joyful, remain steady, and to surround myself with others who are walking as our journey leads us on the Holy Way. Amen.

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Go into this day and, with the Lord’s help, choose joy.

Kristina Holland

Kristina Holland has a passion for working with youth and is blessed to be the Youth and Family Ministries Coordinator at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Brevard, NC. A lifelong resident of Brevard, Kristina finds joy in spending time with her twenty-something daughter, working as a college professor teaching English and Appalachian Culture, enjoying the natural world, and practicing mindfulness.

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