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Biblical Truth's from Hannah

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Qualities of a Biblical Mother

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Biblical Truth's from Hannah

1 Samuel 1:11 KJV 1900
11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no rasor come upon his head.
Hannah’s story is recorded in 1 Samuel.
Hannah was one of two wives married to Elkanah.
The Bible tells us that Hannah was barren, unable to have children.
1 Samuel 1:5–6 KJV 1900
5 But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the Lord had shut up her womb. 6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.
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On the other hand, Elkanah’s other wife, Penninah had given birth to children already.
Scripture says that Penninah provoked Hannah.
1 Samuel 1:6 KJV 1900
6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb.
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As a result, Hannah had to deal with the heartbreak of barrenness and the difficulty of Penninah’s provocation. This put her in a very difficult spot. Yet we know that her husband loved her dearly. The Bible tells us he would give Hannah a double portion of what he gave to Penninah because he loved her.
1 Samuel 1:8 KJV 1900
8 Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons?
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On one occasion, Hannah went to the temple and prayed fervently to God. She prayed for God to give her a son, promising that if the Lord would be so gracious to her she would dedicate that child back to Him. Hannah prayed this so fervently that the priest in the temple looking on assumed she was drunk. She told Eli, the priest, her story. He blessed her and sent her on her way.
1 Samuel 1:17–18 KJV 1900
17 Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him. 18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
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Later on, she did conceive and give birth to a baby boy, just as she had petitioned of the Lord! Hannah names her son Samuel. She then raises him for a short time and brings him back to the temple so that he can be used for the service of the Lord! What a great testimony of God’s faithfulness!
1 Samuel 1:20 KJV 1900
20 Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord.
What are some of the qualities in Hannah that we can apply to mothers today?

I She Prayed.

1 Samuel 1:10 KJV 1900
10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.
Often times when bad things happen our natural tendency is to go to others before going to God.
Often times when bad things happen our natural tendency is to go to others before going to God. From a Biblical perspective, this makes no sense. Hannah could have gone to counsel with the priest or complained and vented to Elkanah, but she didn’t. tells us, “In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.”
From a Biblical perspective, this makes no sense. Hannah could have gone to counsel with the priest or complained and vented to Elkanah, but she didn’t.
Hannah knew that her problem was bigger than people.
And it is God who has power and might. It is God who can change out circumstances. She went to God because He had the ability to change her situation. And she prayed to Him because prayer changes things.
To put this into perspective, even Jesus Himself, would go off to pray on His own.
And if Jesus, God’s only begotten Son who described Himself as one with the Father, needed prayer, then we most certainly need to go to God in prayer as well.1
Psalm 18:6 KJV 1900
6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried unto my God: He heard my voice out of his temple, And my cry came before him, even into his ears.
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II She Waited

1 Samuel 1:11 KJV 1900
11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no rasor come upon his head.
Hannah desperately desired to have a son.
Hannah desperately desired to have a son.
So much so that she was willing to make a vow with God.
She prayed to God telling Him that if He grants her this desire of her heart she will dedicate the child back to Him.
I don’t know for sure, but I’m not certain that Hannah would have so willingly dedicated her child to the Lord had she not needed to depend on Him fully for the child in the first place.
And so it may be with us. Perhaps there is something you deeply desire or long for God to entrust you with. Are you willing to dedicate it back to Him? Hannah was, and so God blessed her in this way.
Maybe you fear that you will lose the blessing God has entrusted to you. God calls us to trust Him with the gifts He passes on to us. We must trust Him with our loved ones, our spouses, and our children just as Hannah herself had to do with Samuel.
What is it that you really want from God.
If that is given will you let him control it and be in charge.
After her time in the temple, Hannah has a short conversation with Eli, he blesses her, and she leaves.
The Bible says that early the next morning she woke up and worshiped before the Lord ().
This is a great example for all Christians.
It is at the point that Hannah praises God that her story begins to change. She goes from being distraught and full of anguish to overjoyed as she conceives a child. It is at this point that everything changes for her. She has what she asked of the Lord.
Often times we ask something from God and we have the tendency to get caught up in our wants or even things we think we need. Hannah prayed and waited… and worshiped.
Are you willing to worship God regardless of whether or not you receive the desires of your heart?
We ought to. Worship while you wait. Give Him praise before you receive the prize. Trust Him and worship Him!
And this is one of many examples in the Bible where we see God grant the desires of the heart. It is important to note that Hannah was asking for something that was in line with God’s will. So when we ask for things that are in line with His will we know that we can receive answers to prayer as well.
If this challenges you or is an area of struggle, ask God to help you desire Him first. To want Him more than any other thing on this earth.
And then worship Him while you wait.
Psalm 27:14 KJV 1900
14 Wait on the Lord: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord.
This brings to mind where God promises to give us the desires of our hearts. I believe that the meaning in that verse is two-fold. God gives us what the desires of our hearts are to be and then He is able to give us what the desires of our hearts are just as He did for Hannah.
Psalm 37:7 KJV 1900
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, Because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

III She Understood

Parents you can not always run interference for your children.
1 Samuel 1:6–7 KJV 1900
6 And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the Lord had shut up her womb. 7 And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the Lord, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat.

There are Mean People that get in the way (Life is not fair)

Sometimes when we are hurting others provoke us.
Sometimes when we are hurting others provoke us.
Notice Hannah did not complain of gossip to the town
Notices she did not quit and try another synagogue
Notice she did not react and post something on social media to make her look better
She did not go to anybody but when to the Lord in prayer.

1 Samuel 1:19 KJV 1900
19 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the Lord, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah: and Elkanah knew Hannah his wife; and the Lord remembered her.
After her time in the temple, Hannah has a short conversation with Eli, he blesses her, and she leaves.
if you want something for them commend them to God.
After her time in the temple, Hannah has a short conversation with Eli, he blesses her, and she leaves. The Bible says that early the next morning she woke up and worshiped before the Lord ().
The Bible says that early the next morning she woke up and worshiped before the Lord ().
This is a great example for all Christians.
Often times we ask something from God and we have the tendency to get caught up in our wants or even things we think we need. Hannah prayed and waited… and worshiped.
Are you willing to worship God regardless of whether or not you receive the desires of your heart?
We ought to. Worship while you wait. Give Him praise before you receive the prize. Trust Him and worship Him!
If this challenges you or is an area of struggle, ask God to help you desire Him first. To want Him more than any other thing on this earth.
And then worship Him while you wait.
Psalm 27:14 KJV 1900
14 Wait on the Lord: Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: Wait, I say, on the Lord.
Psalm 37:7 KJV 1900
7 Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: Fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, Because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
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V She Witnessed

1 Samuel 1:18 KJV 1900
18 And she said, Let thine handmaid find grace in thy sight. So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad.
It is at the point that Hannah praises God that her story begins to change. She goes from being distraught and full of anguish to overjoyed as she conceives a child.
It is at the point that Hannah praises God that her story begins to change. She goes from being distraught and full of anguish to overjoyed as she conceives a child. It is at this point that everything changes for her. She has what she asked of the Lord.
It is at this point that everything changes for her. She has what she asked of the Lord.
And this is one of many examples in the Bible where we see God grant the desires of the heart. It is important to note that Hannah was asking for something that was in line with God’s will.
So when we ask for things that are in line with His will we know that we can receive answers to prayer as well.
This brings to mind where God promises to give us the desires of our hearts. I believe that the meaning in that verse is two-fold.
Is your hearts desire in line with God’s will for your life.
1 Samuel 1:11 KJV 1900
11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no rasor come upon his head.
Psalm 37:4 KJV 1900
4 Delight thyself also in the Lord; And he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.

VI She Could not Imagine

1 Samuel 1:27–28 KJV 1900
27 For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: 28 Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there.
Samuel would go on to be the great profit of Israel.
Had Hannah had known the end result of her trials she would go through it would have been much easier.
But her trials built character and depth.
Isaiah 55:8–9 KJV 1900
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are my ways higher than your ways, And my thoughts than your thoughts.
2 Corinthians 12:10 KJV 1900
10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
So what makes Hannah so special
She Prayed
She waited for God to answer
She endured hardship
She was blessed
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