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HOPE … we all want it… we all need it.

How about:

  • When you lose your job;
  • When you are struggling with your difficult kids;
  • When you’re depressed and wondering why – and nothing seems to help;
  • When you are lonely, and it feels like you mean nothing to anyone around you;
  • When you get a bad health report from the doctor.

Don’t quit now!   It is often hope for a better moment, a better hour, a better day that makes us take one small step forward.   Hope is what keeps us moving in the right direction.


Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee, USA


Hope: aspiration, desire, wish, anticipation, belief for a refreshing moment, a better day.  Do we always have a better day?  No, but I find without “hope” in my life, all is lost.  Things don’t always turn out the way I “hope” or want them to, but without hope, my outlook on my life gets much worse.


My pastor, Pastor Howard McMinn (of Beaches Chapel, in Neptune Beach, Florida), shared some thoughts on hope these past few weeks:


“HOPE” is “Happy confident expectation of good.”  I like that!  Heck, who doesn’t like that?  Hope is a positive and necessary good in our lives when the world would rather keep us down.


cheering hiking woman enjoy the beautiful view at mountain peak


Emily Dickenson wrote:


“Hope is the thing with feathers – that perches in the soul –

And sings the tune without the words – and never stops at all.”




Sometimes all feels lost and dark.  But I find it helps when I try to pick myself up and start anew – one small step at a time, or begin again …  or hope in something better.   Hope is believing that a brighter and better tomorrow is just around the corner. 




God’s Word reaffirms our hope:


“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;” (Lamentations 3:25 – NIV)


Our blessing is coming:


“Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.”  Jeremiah 17:7 (KJV)


Butterfly on a violet flower


We have those days when we feel like we can’t do another thing for ourselves, let alone our families or friends.  Some days feel like all of our energy is spent on just existing.  But be encouraged:


“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promises is faithful.”  (Hebrews 10:23 NKJV)


HOPE can be ignited like a 4th of July firework.  It builds with great anticipation, and when we see it take off – we experience joy as it bursts forth into a jubilant display!  Hope ignited – ignites my soul… makes me come alive.  HOPE makes me feel like I want to live another day – it is invigorating!

beautiful fireworks show


Here’s hoping you all have an awesome week!




Clare is a 57-year-old fun loving Italian-American self-proclaimed “Jersey Girl” who believes, “Life ain’t easy street. Life is one of those crazy little city streets, complete with potholes that could swallow your car.” With one foot planted in fun and the other planted firmly in her Christian faith, Clare enjoys making people laugh while helping them navigate life’s “crazy little city streets”. Clare has raised two girls (now grown young adults) with her husband, Michial, Clare is ready to take on the challenges of making new friends through her blog, Life Ain’t Easy Street. With an aim to entertain while addressing topics important to women, Clare’s focus on the positive power of good stories, good friends, inspiring women, and strong faith will have you looking forward to reading the next post. Clare is a freelance writer who lives a real life in Jacksonville Beach, Florida.

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  • SO many verses on hope – we need to hang on to God 😀

    • Clare says:

      There are really so, so many wonderful verses on “hope” – I only captured a few here but the Good Lord must have known that we would need them!  🙂  🙂  Thanks!

  • Daria says:

    Thanks for sharing Clare… Yes, I totally agree we all need hope.  Thanks for breaking down what hope means in it’s entirety. Hope has so many different variables and we can all benefit from having faith in hope.


  • Yes, there is always, always hope. But hoping can be hard when there is a long seeing of believing without seeing. Thanks for these reminders that God is with us as we hope.

    • Clare says:

      I hate those “long periods” of waiting or that “slump” too, Lindsey.   God is with us as we hope and we all need to be reminded of it – I sure do!  🙂  🙂

  • Leanne says:

    Such a great post!



  • Gina B says:

    When my daughter was little, before her autism diagnosis, I was so lost. It was painful watching a child hurt themselves because they are in so much internal pain. After the diagnosis, I should have been happy for answers but I was more miserable than before. Hope was born years later after learning that there WERE treatments, just not any that “experts” discussed. Prayer and commitment to God, as well as a later surrender of my children back to God, brought hope and He erased my despair. Now she is thriving and those said, painful days are a memory. Jesus wants us to put ALL our hope in Him, no matter how much the experts tell you not to.

    • Clare says:

      Thank you for sharing your difficult journey with your daughter, Gina, and so delighted that you found hope!  I am so glad your daughter is thriving and you do have “hope”!

  • Sheryl says:

    So important to have hope. Sometimes you can feel like all hope is lost, but it is there…

    • Clare says:

      I know – I have often felt despair and that there is NO hope…. but there is hope! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  • One reminder that I need is that hope isn’t a feeling.God made promises to us. We have solid hope in him, despite our circumstances.

    • Clare says:

      Right right, Jennifer, and we need to claim those promises and those scriptures on hope!  Thanks for that insight – that helps, too!

  • I love this! Thank you for the lovely reminder. 🙂  I needed it.

  • katerina m says:

    What a beautiful post and reminder! It definitely brightened up my day 🙂

  • Mary Hill says:

    Hope is the essence of faith. When we have hope, we can hold on through the darkness. We know morning is coming. Thanks for sharing.

    • Clare says:

      I like that comment for sure “we know morning is coming” because we all have had that darkness where we aren’t sure if it is coming!  Thanks for your thoughts and appreciate your comments!  🙂

  • Diana Villa says:

    I love positive posts as yours! Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    • Clare says:

      Thanks Diana and so delighted you liked the positive nature of it!  That’s what I was hoping for!  Be blessed!  🙂  🙂


  • Angie says:

    This post is perfect for my “year of hope”. I’m trying to focus on clinging to hope. I loved the definition you gave!

  • Keishawna says:

    Wow! I’m believing God for something right now and the scriptures you listed on hope are right on time. It’s nothing like having God’s word to stand on. Thanks for sharing and giving me HOPE!!

    • Clare says:

      It is the best thing to have God’s word to stand on…. I need these reminders moment by moment, day by day!  Glad you were blessed, Keishawna!  🙂

  • I have a blog that I started my foundation on my blog on, hope compassion and sharing stories of inspiration. I have a lifestyle health blog that I blog about mine and my daughters medical journey. I really like the scriptures here.

    • Clare says:

      Great Amanda!  Thanks for sharing – would love your blog website so we can all check it out!  Thanks for stopping by!  Appreciate it!

  • Thank you for sharing about hope in so many ways. The fireworks version of hope is something  I’d like to have, but I am trying to keep my hopes safe in God’s hand. We’ll see if He ignites them. Thanks.

    • Clare says:

      So sweet Katy – I need the firework’s version of hope, too, but most of the time I find it’s just step by step… one moment at a time!  Love your thoughts!  Thanks!

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