When I was a young girl, I dreamed of having a hope chest. I wanted a box or a trunk to fill with things that I would use as a married woman and mother. This was my heart and the Lord knew it, though that is not what He had planned for me. My mother worked and when I was just thirteen years old, my parents split up and divorced. A hope chest would have to wait.
Now I am a mother of five and I am blessed to finally have a little girl! She is just sixteen months old, but I am already starting to set things aside for a hope chest for her. I don’t have a trunk yet, just a file box like each of her brothers have, filled with first baby teeth, birth records and cards from special people in our lives.
Some of the things that are already set aside for her are magazines that will build up and encourage her in her journey through womanhood – magazines like this one! Some are centered on the childbearing years and all are centered around the word of God.
There is a set of Sabbath oil lamps I made for her dedication, to be used by her when she is the woman of her own home. I have cloth handkerchiefs that I plan to embroider for her. If I don’t get to it while she is young, I hope that we can spend time doing this together! Building memories together is always more important than the item itself and I am sure there will be many of these projects for us as she gets older.
There is a length of gold silk that I have been saving since before I had children, a set of buttons for the bride and groom and baby clothes that have become heirlooms; I wore them, my daughter wore them and my hope is that my grandchildren will wear them. Many of these have been knit by my aunts. I have plans to add more clothing as she grows and a bolt of fine white linen that we can use to sew her wedding dress someday.
I shared the dream of creating a hope chest with my mother and she made a very good point: hope chests don’t have to be just for our daughters. They can be for our sons as well! Sure, their wives will want to choose their own dishes and decorative items for their homes, but we can be setting aside special books and toys that belonged to our sons, fabric for a suit or shirt, even baby items.
Our children may not have the same tastes and interest when they are grown that we plan for now, but they will be able to choose and cherish as they wish. We can give them things that we found important and these things can become part of a legacy.
I come from a long line of Godly women – my great grandmother passed away last year at almost 103 years old! She was a faithful woman and in her last years would ask me what I wanted of hers to have for my own. I asked for a bible. She was constantly in God’s Word and was one of my role models of what a Godly woman should be. That is my desire – to be a blessing that becomes part of who my children will be and who they will raise their children to be, a legacy of love. A hope chest gives me a dedicated place to set aside an inheritance for my children!
All blessings in Yeshua, our Messiah! Shalom,