Day by Day, Resources, Uncertain times 2020

Things that bring hope – April 2021

I’ve not written for a while; life has been busy and full. However, I’m delighted that today we have a special guest post, written by Dancing Toes, my twelve year old daughter. She wrote it a few weeks ago, and it’s taken me a while to upload. However, I think it’s well worth the wait! I hope you enjoy it and are encouraged. For those of you who are new here, welcome! You might also like to take a peek at my story book The Kites Tale – A Story of Adoption Dancing Toes and her siblings were my inspiration.


Hope is very important especially in these times. I have put together a few things that bring me hope.

"but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint."
- ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭40:31‬ ‭

Books that bring hope

  • Treasures of the snow
  • Narnia
  • Green Ember
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The Bible

“Treasure of the snow” by Patricia st John. It is a lovely book. Annette thought she could never forgive Lucien for what he did to her little brother Dani. In the end she learnt that she had shut herself up and needed to open the door of her heart to God as He knocked. She was then able to forgive Lucien.

Narnia by C.S. Lewis. The four children go into a wardrobe from where their adventures start. There are 7 great books and 3 movies to enjoy. The books are definitely my favourite. My favourite book is “The Horse and his Boy”

Green Ember by S.D Smith. Picket and Heather saw their house being attacked and burnt by wolves, but did they give up hope for a Mended Wood? No of course not! Their uncle came and brought them to Cloud Mountain where they continued the fight. Join Picket, Heather, Emma and King Jupiter Smalls as they fight in battles and healing quarrels but never, ever give up.

“The Wizard of Oz” by Frank Baum. It’s a fun adventure for Scarecrow, Lion, Tin man and of course Dorothy and Toto her dog, when they go down the yellow brick road to find Oz. I love this book because of the friendship and loyalty the characters show to each other. I once played Dorothy in a Carnival float.

When we saw this hot air ballon it brought us hope. It remained us of The Wizard of Oz

A Greek Myth – Pandora’s box The Greeks told this story to explain how trouble came into the world. When the world was young, and men were new and perfect, Jupiter, King of the gods, became afraid. What if these humans tried to take over from him? He studied them carefully, and then came up with a plan. Jupiter asked Vulcan, god of craft and skill, to make a woman out of clay. The gods then gave her gifts of beauty, kindness and grace. Jupiter brought her to life and named her Pandora. He led her to earth, to a house where a man called Epimetheus lived. Epimetheus was a good but simple man and Jupiter gave him Pandora as his bride. He also gave them a box, with strict instructions not to open it. Pandora was happy with her husband but she kept thinking about the strange box. Why shouldn’t she open it? She grew more and more curious, just as Jupiter had intended. Eventually, she couldn’t stand it any longer. She took out the box and open the lid. Immediately a cloud of flying, stinging creatures filled the air. They were all the troubles of humanity – disease, hate, anger, old age and many more Pandora tried to shut the box but it was to late. But what was that in the bottom of the box? It was hope sparkling brightly.

Jesus is the light of the world.
"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."
- ‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:13‬

Recently I got some new Guinea pigs; they are called Atti, Toby and Tom. They are really funny specially Atti who has just learned how to climb the walls of his hutch. We really need things that make us laugh.

This is Atti the rock climber
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."
- ‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭
Flowers in the spring give lots of hope to everyone, it’s a sign which shows new life. Snowdrops are one of my favourite flowers and there is a beautiful poem about them.

The song of the Snowdrop Fairy by Cicely Mary Barker

Deep sleeps the winter 
Cold, wet,and gray;
Surely all the world is dead;
Spring is far away.
Wait! the world shall waken;
It is not dead,for lo,
The Fair Maids of February
Stands in the snow!
"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
- ‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:12‬ ‭

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