Hope is the belief that it all matters. It is accepting all the mess, acknowledging that our hurt isn’t all for naught and that there is greater meaning in our day-to-day life. It is the deep belief that our future matters and there are better things yet to come. It is not a fleeting thought or feeling, swayed by circumstance or person, but rather it grows stronger in time and through trials. In a season where many have fear about the future, choosing hope must become an intentional act. Hope is the awareness that there is always more to the story and that every sunset brings an opportunity to marvel at a sunrise.
- The power of speaking hope into a hopeless situation
- Reframing our ideas about hope: common misconceptions. What hope is and what hope isn’t
- Four ways to cultivate hope into your daily routine
- How to talk to your kids about what hope really is
- Four practical ways to instill hope in your children
- It’s not what you think: Six things that prevent us from experiencing hope
- Share a story about the resilience of hope standing the test of time
- The poison of pessimism: How to recognize it and move away from it in your marriage
- Finding hope in the midst of loss (death of a child, illness, divorce)
- The unlikely places I found hope
- Recall the time during your pregnancy (or time waiting for an adoption) and how waiting is a unique gift
- Replacing instant gratification and right now with patience and longing
- Getting honest: When mothering feels like a hopeless endeavor – why we’ve all been there and that it’s OK
- Let’s be honest (and have a little fun), share your unspoken hope for yourself or for your kids (e.g. American Idol superstar)
- The role hope plays in recovery (postpartum, addiction)
- Hope cultivators: Four practical ways to revitalize hope in yourself and/or your family (e.g. a specific person, practice, tradition)
Submission Deadline: January 6, 2017
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Just so you know, all articles are received on speculation. We will respond to all submissions when they are received to confirm submission with the submission agreement. If your article is selected for publishing, we will email you in advance with the date we will be publishing and the permalink for your records.
And Since You Always Ask
Yes, you may send material that has been previously posted. Just make sure it meets our editorial needs first. Because, again, we take those pretty seriously.
What About General Content?
Yes, we certainly accept general articles about parenting, mothering and woman-related issues. In fact, we’re always up for a good tear-jerker or one of those stories that gets us laughing. We welcome those submissions through the same submissions process, but we should tell you up front that since we’re a theme-based