My hope chest started out as just a small wooden trunk that my grandfather built for me but it has now grown to fill an under-the-bed tub, as well as the majority of the rest of the space under my bed (and who knows what else by the time I’m finished). I haven’t always enjoyed collecting things for my hope chest but now it’s one of my favorite things to do. I’m thankful God gave me a heart change. It helps keep me focused on what is important for the future and makes me feel as though I’m doing something to prepare for my future home and family. You know what I mean?
One of my favorite things to collect are the “graniteware” or “speckled” dishes. I like this set the very best. My mom found them for me one day and surprised me with them. They’re red speckled on the outside and cobalt blue on the inside. I also really like these old square spice jars that I found at a local flea market … and this handmade baby quilt. When my family had a surprise graduation party for me last year, my mother told anyone who asked what they should get me, that I liked collecting dishes and such for my hope chest. If any one else has told people that, then you probably know they find it rather strange nowadays.
Some other things that I enjoy adding to my hope chest besides the dishes and such that you would normally think of, are favorite articles of baby clothes that my youngest sister has now outgrown and clothes that most of my sisters (or brother) and I have worn as babies. I know it will be really special for my own children to wear them someday, if the Lord wills. Some of the other things that mean the most to me are things my mother has given me from my grandma’s kitchen (she died when I was five), like her favorite glass mixing bowls. And gifts from my best friend. Like the flour sack towels she gave me, or the potholders and apron that she made. I know they’re going to be very special to me for a long time. I think this article may end up sounding like a jumbled mix of ideas, but I don’t really have any good or “original” advice to give on collecting for your hope chest, because I still have SO much to learn, but here’s the thought I’d like to leave with you, from the one who has the best advice on … well, on everything! “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
Have fun collecting things and using your hope chest to store your dreams and preparations for your future home, that’s great! But remember to store your real treasures for the future with Him, because Heavenly treasures are the most important ones to collect. So… don’t keep your heart in your hope chest, just your dishes.