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"Raising Arrows"

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· “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.” (Lincoln)
· “Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.” (Aristotle)
· “Youth fades; love droops; the leaves of friendship fall; A mother’s secret hope outlives them all.” (Oliver Wendell Holmes)
· “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.” (Washington)
Set up story - Elkanah had 2 wives - Hannah & Peninnah
YOUR KIDS ARE NOT YOURS. They’re not! Some of you are thinking, “YES!”
Psalm 127:3–5 ESV
Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Arrows are intended to be sharp and shot.

1 Samuel 1:
1 Samuel 1:9–11 ESV
After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.”

Pray For Your Children

Mom’s the greatest ministry you have to your children is prayer. Persistent prayer. Don’t give up. Even if they’re wayward. Even in their struggles. Pray them through.
1 Samuel 1:21–22 ESV
The man Elkanah and all his house went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice and to pay his vow. But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, so that he may appear in the presence of the Lord and dwell there forever.”
Esther 1:21–22 ESV
This advice pleased the king and the princes, and the king did as Memucan proposed. He sent letters to all the royal provinces, to every province in its own script and to every people in its own language, that every man be master in his own household and speak according to the language of his people.
Esther 1:
1 Samuel 1:2

Prepare Your Children

1 Samuel 1:24–28 ESV
And when she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine, and she brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh. And the child was young. Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed, and the Lord has granted me my petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord. As long as he lives, he is lent to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.
1 Samuel1:
The home is the laboratory. DAD’S it’s OUR #1 job…moms too.
They’re not yours.

Present Your Children

Your kids have been entrusted to you. They are God’s. Your job is to pray for them, prepare them, cultivate an environment - a home - a culture where they learn to listen to God and follow His leading in their life - NOT OURS. I may want my kids go to a certain school, pursue a certain career, but they will be living in disobedience.
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