barbed wire fence with a beautiful sky in the distance

Hope is the theme of this week’s Maui Shop Girl’s Photo Post Challenge. The fence represents current challenges and the sky in the distance represents an optimistic future. Hope is a very fitting word to start off a new year, this new year in particular. In preparing this post, I have to admit, I got a little stuck on this word. If I am hopeful about the future does that mean I am not content now? Does it mean I am relying on faith rather than being proactive? Am I setting myself up for disappointment if I hope for something that is just not in the cards? Am I a weirdo having these thoughts? Probably. But for now I am going to stop thinking about it and just enjoy the view.

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  1. I have to admit, I’ve always felt the same way about “hope”. Is relying on it wrong? Should I be more active? Maybe I use it way too much and should change it to “I want/wish” instead of “I hope”. But on the other hand I am also an over-thinker…:P
    Beautiful pic!
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  2. Romans 5:3-5 “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.”
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    • Thanks! Paul really sets expectations here. Life is not sunshine and rainbows all the time. Life is full of suffering but we get through the hard times with hope and hard work and we are sustained by love. Yes.

  3. I have to say I am feeling hopeful too. This new year I will be SAHM in a new town still, new home and a few friends and no family near.
    I try not to let it get to me so I concentrate gaining better skills creatively. I hope to open an online shop and get better at cooking.
    Have a great New year Ann!
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    • Thanks and yes a little sad for me too.
      For some reason it reminds me of the scenes of Kansas from the Wizard of Oz.

  4. Hi Ann,

    Just stopping by from Thursday’s Tid Bits link-up. I definitely plan to stop by again for a dose of creative inspiration. Thanks so much.

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