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1 Samuel 1:1-2:21

Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife saying, "May the LORD raise up for you descendants from this woman to replace the one that she dedicated to the LORD." Then they would go to their home. So the LORD graciously attended to Hannah, and she was able to conceive and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. The boy Samuel grew up at the LORD's sanctuary. (1 Samuel 2:20-21 NET.)

The above passage blows my mind and I recognize that these are the Words of Christ coming to pass before the Words of Christ were spoken to His disciples,

And anyone and everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands for My name's sake will receive many [even a hundred] times more and will inherit eternal life. (Matthew 19:29 AMP)

Hannah received a five hundred fold return. She gave one son to the Lord, and received three sons and two daughters. Her act of faith, and it was a great act of faith because she had no idea that she would be able to have other children, in bringing her son to the Temple when he was probably three years old, and leaving him there to be raised by a priests, who may have done a inadequate job raising his own, wrought her great blessings. Trusting God is scary and exciting; painful, giving up what our heart desires, and exhilarating as we reap a harvest of unimaginable bounty.

Grace and peace,

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

That verse in Proverbs today really hit me between the eyes. I've always been a very passive person in so many ways. Timid may be a better description. But in times when I drift from the shelter and wisdom of the Lord's Word I can become passive/aggressive. Holding back from overreacting in a day in the life situation. But without the Lord's power I am powerless. It's like pulling back the string of a bow and releasing the arrow at the strings most stretched point. The arrow will travel fast and furious. I recently lost my temper over something so trivial and can barely remember what the reason was. But my reaction was yelling, screaming, cursing and fist pounding (on the steering wheel of my car). Shortly after this incident, I realized it was a test from God reminding me of what we would be without His mercy, grace and love. Please pray for me that I will be mindful of this and not wander from God's Word and fellowship.

Thank you friends,

I enjoy the artwork in the blog each day, but the image of Hannah giving Samuel to the Lord really got to me. Hannah loved her only child, but her love for the Lord was even stronger.

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