Hope in My Heart… By Leslie W
Keeping a hope chest never really appealed to me. Don’t get me wrong, I love the concept and enjoy learning about what others have stored away for future use, but don’t currently have one myself. What I do have is just as special—the hope of becoming that woman who will use her own set of pots in her cozy kitchen and set out her grandmother’s embroidered napkins at the table for her brood of children and adoring husband. In simpler terms, my hope is in my chest or heart. It wasn’t always there—there were times when the worries of the day shoved the hope aside or anxious thoughts of becoming an “old maid” stomped it out or the lack of “available” young men made my hope dissipate in despair. Today, with faith in God, my hope to someday be a wife and mother is as strong as ever, believing despite the odds, despite the past heartache, despite the chaos of the world, despite the examples of marriages crumbling and despite my own imperfections and failings.
Prepare Without Expectations For The Future … by Hannah Wyman
Being a daughter at home, learning and practicing homemaking skills, trusting God with your romance and possibly a future family… these are all good things. However we must not wait for all this to happen. We must live in the present.
Who we are (as far as the people we’ve become), what place we are in right now; this is our life.
Our life should not be one of filling our hope chests and only looking forward to what we hope the future will hold for us.
All we have is today. What are we doing with this day? How are our attitudes? How are we treating the people around us? I see a common attitude in a lot of girls that have been raised to be future wives/mothers, when it doesn’t happen as soon as they would’ve liked. They tend to be:
– Discontent with where they are right now.
– Impatient for the “happily ever after” to begin.
– Waiting, wasting time instead of living/serving right now.
The thing is – We don’t know what the future holds! I mean, hopefully we will receive what our hearts desire in this life, but what if we don’t? What if God has a different plan for our lives than we do?
So yes, I firmly believe we must be trained to run a home-we must be more than good at it AND we must be well prepared. BUT use those skills NOW!
Live as if today is a gift and the one and only day we have. Help others. Serve. Think of one thing that might bring a smile to a certain person’s face and make it happen. Get to know God by reading the Bible. Learn useful skills. There is so much to be done! Let’s live in a way where if we are alive ten years from now, we won’t look back on this season of life and think: “What was I thinking??? Why did I waste ALL that time?????
Marriage is a good thing. It might be in your future and it very well might not be. SO, what have we done with our lives thus far? How can we change for the better?
Where is our Focus?
God’s Word of advice to single men and women: “Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I am. But if they cannot control themselves, they should marry, for it is better to marry than to burn with passion.” 1 Cor.7:8-9
And about the future: “Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.” Proverbs 27:1 “A man’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand his own way?” Proverbs 20:24