The other day I spoke to a therapist and she recommended our family put together a hope box, a memory box, or even a prayer box. She said this could be something where we write down our memories of a person we have lost, or we could write down our prayers or hopes about our future.
I thought it was such a great idea. Sometimes when life gets you down, or you are unable to explain some of the most heartbreaking things in your life, hope seems to be the very thing we lose in those moments.
The fact is there are some things that are difficult for even adults to understand, let alone children.
I think for me it’s difficult guiding and leading my children through this life with a vision for the future while also enjoying the only moment they are guaranteed, and that is right now. It’s a lesson we all need to learn.
One of my favorite chapters in the Bible is Hebrews chapter 12. It talks about how Jesus was able to endure the cross because of the JOY and the hope of the eternal.
Sometimes our vision and hope for the future needs to be more about the eternal than it is for what we can accumulate in the natural.
For me I have forgotten to pray out of my hopes for my children, my husband, our family, and everyone that I come in contact with.
I forget to pray for my enemies even out of the hopes I have for their spiritual growth instead of the hurt I carry in my heart towards them.
Life is overwhelming at times and I think having a hope box, or even just remembering to pray out of the hopes in our heart is truly worth doing because it’s encouraging not only to us, but also to everyone around us.