They really are supposed to go hand-in-hand, aren’t they?
After all Hope was born, not only in the darkness of night, but amidst the darkness of a torn and hopeless world.
In humbleness, He was born in a manger bringing light and hope to the world. And hope to us today.#Hopewasborn not only in the darkness of night,but amidst the darkness of a torn and hopeless world. #hope @LeighEllen7 Click To Tweet
It’s a hope I want to share at Christmastime with my children. I want to make sure they know hope at the core of who they are. Praying they have the ability to keep it front and center as they walk through this life merely one moment away from a situation bearing the potential of hopelessness.
As parents, hope is a precious gift we all desire to plant within the hearts of our children.
But how? How do we plant the seeds and fully share hope with our children during the Christmas season? How do we make hope shine brighter than the rushing and the to-do lists?
Hope isn’t an isolated lesson. It isn’t something we abandon at other times of the year because it is something shared in the everyday moments. The planting, watering, and cultivating takes place every single day.
But during Christmas, we have the opportunity to wrap all our everyday lessons and our heartfelt moments together into a beautiful gift of hope. It is when we place a bow on top of that beautifully wrapped present.
And, from one Mama to another …
It doesn’t have to be another addition to your to-do list!
It’s simply about the intentional conversations we have with our children during the activities we are probably already doing! And it’s about the way we live our lives as their observant little eyes take note.
If you’re a Mom (or even a Grandma) who desires to see her children (or grandchildren) walking through life with abundant hope, follow me over to Raising an Arrow where I will share with you 7 Ways to Plant Hope in the Hearts of Our Children During the Holidays.
Friends, I believe these 7 ways are just a start to an endless list of ways we can work to plant hope in the hearts of our children. Leigh and I would love for you to continue this list over at her site, Raising an Arrow, because we know that together we are so much better than alone! Together, us Mamas are capable of some great big mighty things for the Kingdom of God!
As part of the Hope-Filled Christmas, I can’t wait to share with you one of my favorite Hope Lifters! Kathe Wunnenberg is the author of several hope-giving books. Her story is a testimony to the hope we have in Christ and in her most recent book, Hopelifter, she gives us creative ways to spread hope when life hurts. Here she will share her heart as she encourages us to hold onto our joy when the holidays hurt.
I regularly link up with these encouraging sites.