On Sunday mornings, my routine is to wake up with gratitude for a new day, as I do each day. On Sunday mornings, I also like to take time to reflect on the prior week. 

Life isn’t easy. As I have said in previous posts, life is filled with love, lessons, and blessings – seen and unseen. 

There is one thing to which we can always cling…and that is HOPE.

Hope is not simply a platitude. Hope, by definition, is “to cherish a desire with anticipation: to want something to happen or be true.” (Webster’s-Miriam Dictionary)

Hope is an innate sense of knowing that things get better. Hope is knowing that in spite of it all, we can receive happiness, we can receive the job we are seeking, we can receive the companionship that we desire, the forgiveness of a loved one, healing from an unforseen tragedy, or a closer relationship with a loved one. That is hope.

Lastly, hope is exemplified in the Bible in Romans chapter five, versus one through five.

In this passage of scripture, the Holy Bible tells us “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the HOPE of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character: and character HOPE. And HOPE does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”

 Let our thought and reflections today rest in knowing that HOPE is something in which we can cling too. It’s not a platitude, or something that is simply said in passing, but it is a true gift.

Choose hope today.



  1. Ariane, thank you for this encouraging word of “hope”, for it will not make us ashamed.

    Blessings to you…

  2. Thank you, your words are beautiful. I lost my only daughter, MariLee, 12, suddenly, exactly two years ago. Struggle does not even begin to cover it. I’m just trying to survive. ✝️ God bless you

    • Lisa, your comment has touched my heart. I am praying for you. Your daughter will always be in your heart. As she was your angel on earth, she is now your angel in heaven. God bless you. -Ariane

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