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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And not only that, but we also boast in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.

Romans 5:3–5

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On the journey of life, we stumble through seasons in the muddy forest, the desert plains, and the lush meadow. Our destination is beyond our knowledge. The only decision we can make is the step we take next. We follow the Christ who encourages us, challenges us, and moves us through the land of endurance to the land of hope.

One step at a time, we walk. With our hand reached out, we hold onto the hand of the One who knows the destination. With each step, we trust that we are closer to the land of hope, where God will wipe away every tear from our eyes and death will be no more.

Carol Harston

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God who guides me, reveal to me the next step that you desire me to take this day. In trust, may I step out in boldness and humility so that I may continue on this mysterious and glorious journey of Lent. Amen.

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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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