The trail map at the beginning of the trailhead describes the path for the journey ahead. The description explained the mile long course in each direction contained some steps. The key word “some” steps taunted us along the way. My friend and I eagerly began the hike because of the promise that “hope is just around the corner“.

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We set out along the tree – lined path, talking as friends do, and feeling quite confident that the mile long journey would be the perfect way to spend part of the afternoon. We arrived at a section of steps within the first tenth of the mile, but the challenge didn’t phase us. We began to climb to the top and a niggling feeling of this “may be harder than the description shared” grew. The knowing feeling spread in my mind that what goes up must come down and vice versa.

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The promise of hope of what is to come at the end of the trail kept us trudging forward. The wooded path displayed beauty and the layers of vivid green, one on top of the other, captured the eye and filled the soul. We conquered each set of steps (and there were many) and before we knew it we were at a small summit. The woods gave way to a view through the trees that delivered the promise that “hope is just around the corner“.

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You find hope in perseverance and the willingness to traverse many steps up and down. Hope is the clearing in the woods that opens up to more than you could imagine. You find hope along the path when you are not walking alone. You will find hope around the next corner.

My one word this year is hope. I still don’t understand the “why” behind this word God chose for me.  All I know is that each footstep forward is laced with hope. Every challenge along the way shows us there is hope in the messy.

My walk of many steps taught me about hope. The ups and downs turned into a lesson of hope. When God opened my heart to seeing the beauty along the path, I learned…

Sometimes you need to reach the end to find the beginning.

Endings and beginnings go hand in hand. When we embrace the closed door, God is on the other side of the open door. He is our hope.

Hope appears in the clearing that God prepares for us in our journeys.

The surprises we find on the path are God’s way of saying “keep your eyes focused”. You don’t want to miss the best part.

Walking the path of life with someone else, provides courage, perseverance and the ability to finish well.

Walking alone is difficult and warps your perspective, but inviting God’s presence into your life allows you to see clearly and finish well.

Keep your eyes and heart open to hope even if you cannot see it clearly.

We find hope just around the corner waiting to carry us forward so let God fill your hearts with love and grace as you embrace His hope.

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Today I pray these words from Psalm 25 for all of us.

Show me your ways, Lord,
teach me your paths.
5 Guide me in your truth and teach me,
for you are God my Savior,
and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:4-5

May we choose God as the guide and keeper of all hope and as we do may we find His hope in every footstep.

Blessings of grace along the way!

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