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Sunday, April 14, 2019

First Samuel Chapter 2

Wow again!
Hannah offers this prayer to the Lord, that is truly awe inspiring.  The passion, love, gratitude is palatable.  I encourage you to read it in different versions, to appreciate, though I read NIV, and it really spoke to me.   (1st Samuel 2:1-11)

How could I even hone in on a favorite part? I think v.6-9 are my favorite part:
The Lord brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up.  The Lord sends poverty and wealth;  he humbles and he exalts.  He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor.  For the foundations of the earth are the Lord's  on them he has set the world.  He will guard the feet of his faithful servants, but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.  It is not by strength that one prevails...
Then the chapter turns to Eli the head priest and his sons who are supposed to be in honorable service with him.  The chapter tells us that his sons are wicked and they treat the Lord's servants and their offerings with disregard, selfishness, greed to obtain raw meat for themselves from vile coercion, plus they "lay with," women from the front gate.

In contrast to Eli's biological sons, Samuel, the Lord's servant grows in stature and character to serve well.  His mother brings him a new robe to wear each year, and Samuel's mother and her husband and family grow.  Hannah has three more sons and two daughters.

When Eli hears of the evil behavior of his sons, he takes no action and climax builds........ Something big is going to happen.

(v.27-35) A man with prophet knowledge came and warned Eli that because of the behavior of him and his sons (Eli allowing the misbehavior with out actively treating it), that all of his descendants would die in the prime of their life and their sight and energy would be sapped.  Further more he was warned that his sons Hophni and Phinehas would die on the same day. 

So this chapter goes from glorious and heart-warming because of our faith, to scary and intimidating because of our faith.  A different kind of awe inspiring.

Dear Father in Heaven,
I thank you for the faithfulness, care and goodness that we see reflected in Hannah's prayer.  I know that is you.  I give my life to you.  I trust in You.  I want to serve you and bring glory and honor to You.  I trust You to fulfill all of my needs, and to lead me, guide, me, and to be my rock!

Oh Lord, I also know that you see all, and you are all wise, and you do have a temper.  Well, that is to say that no one can put anything over on You and You will address those that scorn you, or abuse you, or your people.  Lord I pray that by your wisdom, I will make wise decisions and where I am in a position to influence or address behavior issues even in others, I pray that I would do so according to YOUR WILL. 

Your will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven.  In Jesus's name I pray, AMEN

Hannah in First Samuel Chapter 1

Wow!  Isn't it exciting and wonderful when you read a story again, and see so much more than before?

Here are my recent observations and thoughts from this chapter:

1) Hannah's husband Elkanah, must have been a reasonably devout man of some leadership in his home.  He had two wives (Hannah being one) and he went annually as was expected, to make sacrificial offerings to the Almighty God that he believed in. (v. 1-4)

2) He was smitten by his wife, Hannah, though she thought it dreadful, disgraceful, and painful, that she had been unable to bear him a child. (v.5,6)

3) v.6-8  Why did Elkanah not know what troubled Hannah, (that she had not a baby from her womb, and someone provoked her because of it)?  Seriously, did Hannah keep it to herself because of cultural conditioning?  Why would the husband not know of such dysfunction in the tribe or family?  Why would he not stop it?  I am assuming that he did not know details.  Hannah dealt with her pain with out full disclosure to him?

4) She poured her heart out before the Lord, and promised that if He would remember her and grant her a son, that she would give the child back to Him for service to Him.  (v.9-11)

5) When the priest Eli observed her in prayer to the Lord, he presumed her to be drunk and confronted her on it.  She stated the simple truth, and he blessed her, "Go in peace and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him." (v.12-17)

6) She went away cheerfully.  She did conceive, and she did deliver and raise a baby boy, whom she named Samuel. (v. 18-20)

7) Next I find it interesting that Hannah's husband gave her complete autonomy to make the critical (of vital importance) decision about Samuel's future.  With her husband's support, Hannah was true to her promise to the Lord, and when he was "weaned," she took her son to the house of the Lord at Shiloh, along with various physical offerings, and she turned him over to the priesthood to finish raising and training him.  Wow, just wow. (v. 21-27)


Lord, when faced with hurts, disappointments, or family dysfunction, I pray your will be done.  Help us to make decisions that will honor you.  Help us to not be selfish or afraid, but to do what is RIGHT in YOUR eyes. You are above all, and your will is right.

Thank you for Jesus that we can come to You and rest in You.  In Jesus's name I pray, AMEN

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Easy Handmade Gift that Keeps on Giving...

Look at this super sweet gift that my daughter recently made for a special friend!  You can make one to, or set your kids or grandkids on to this project:

Use a topical index to locate and plan scripture that you wish to share.  Print it or write it on colored paper, per topic.

Cut the scripture into strips and fold them and insert them into a recycled jar.  Tie a ribbon around the jar and make a decorative index.  Attach it to the jar, and share love and wisdom of Christ, through the year with this gift that keeps on giving...

Thanks for letting me share.  Be blessed in the Sonshine.

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