• Posted on November 3, 2013 at 4:25 PM

heirloom chest

                                                                         HOPE CHEST

Did you ever have a “hope chest”?

A hope chest is a special trunk a young woman used to store items

for future endeavors. Many were heirlooms passed down to her.

I can imagine a young lady looking at her treasures

and dreaming about her life…

little girl                           


What a great concept of preparation and hope for what is to come!



Even though hope chests may have been replaced today by bridal showers, could there still be a need for a different kind of hope chest?

bridal shower

           Not something physical but instead within one’s heart? Have you ever thought about what you are filled with?

Discouragement?                             Expectancy?

Envy?                                               Contentment?

Fear?                                                Hope?

What if inside each person, a heart was being filled with anticipation of good things to come?

It could be a personalized hope chest…nice chest

Have you ever considered making a hope chest for yourself? Maybe you are wondering how?

For me, I try to remember that my God is God.

I find scriptures in the Bible that speak hope to me

and I store them inside of me for future use. Here’s one of my favorites…

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,

plans for good and not evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

What does this verse say to you?   

I see a few gems:

                                                                           12359997-pirate-treasure-chest-isolated-on-white -God knows what is happening

                                                       -His sovereign plans will prevail

                                                       -They are specific for you

                                                       -He declares (not might)

                                                       -His plans are for good

                                                       -He wants to give you a future (good one)

                                                                                                                                     -He wants to give you hope

So wherever you find yourself today, check the status of your hope chest.

Maybe you find yourself in need of hope about a family member, or a job,

or your health. Maybe you are lonely or fighting an addiction.

If your hope chest has been stolen or is in need of replenishing, do what you need to have it filled again. God knows your fears and dreams. God is aware of what is happening in the life of each person reading this blog.  God wants to give you hope in your situation today!                                                                        

Imagine yourself enjoying your life more because you know you have hope. It will emanate to those around you.

                        My wish for you is to have a hope chest filled with beautiful treasures for you and your future.   

nice chest                                                                            “Every good and perfect gift is from God.” James 1:17

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