At this mid-point of Lent, it is good to hear Isaiah proclaim, “I am about to create new heavens and a new earth!” There is still hope!

I don’t know about you, but it is easy for me to get disheartened at this point in Lent. I cannot always see the transformation taking place. We might regret the decision to “give more” or “give up” something during these 40 days. There are patterns or habits within ourselves that we would rather not see.  And let’s face it, life happens! Sometimes I have the best of intentions when Lent began, and now it feels like I need to start over again.

Lent is not about succeeding or failing.  It is about allowing God to meet us where we are and to take us where we need to go. Hope is at the heart of Lent, because it draws us closer to Jesus, to the cross, and ultimately to new life!

Spend some time with God and talk about your hopes for the remainder of Lent.

 —Beth Knobbe is an author and ministry professional based in Chicago, IL. She blogs at .