While I’m still at a period of fervently seeking and waiting on the Lord regarding the next steps I’ll need to take (which explains why my blog site has been very quiet during the past two or three weeks), here’s something that is totally worth sharing. This was written by my dear sister, Jill, for Mother’s Day. Be blessed!
I remember when I was little Nanay (my mom) gave us birthday cards and these words were written, “The 4 of you are my only treasure”. Tatay (my dad) passed away when I was 8 because of a massive heart attack. Nanay never remarried, and dedicated her time in raising all 4 kids. She’s always told us that all she hoped and prayed for is that eventually we would find jobs that we will love doing, and have good families. For me and my sister, she has always told us that we need to find a husband who will pursue us, will want to spend time with us, and will be good to us and to our future children. Nanay’s prayers were definitely heard and and answered.
Yesterday in church, Mick Stockwell talked about Hannah and Samuel. Most of us probably knows about this story. But yesterday was the first time when God spoke to me through her story. Read the following verses and look at how they show that God is an all-knowing God, He knows every little detail in our lives.
“They rose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord; then they went back to their house at Ramah. And Elkanah knew Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said “I have asked for him from the Lord.” ~1 Samuel 1:19-20
“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.” ~1 Samuel 1:27-28
“Indeed the Lord visited Hannah, and she conceived and bore 3 sons and 2 daughters. And the young man Samuel grew in the presence of the Lord.” ~ 1 Samuel 2:21
“Samuel judged Israel all the days of his life.” ~ 1 Samuel 7:15
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” ~ Hebrews 11:1-3
“And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets – who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.” ~Hebrews 11:32-34
Yes, God heard and answered Hannah’s prayer. There have been many times in the past, especially this past month, when I did not trust God for His plan in my life. I heard God’s voice telling me, “This is not the time. Just trust in Me, and when the right time comes you will be ready.” When I heard Him saying these words, I would cry and they would hurt. I wanted MY plan, and I was impatient.
Thankfully, God has showered me with people who prayed for me and with me. Edwin and I have been diligently praying for our family, and our future children. God has given me peace, and patience. It is still a work in process. But I know I can rely on God’s truths to comfort and encourage me.
I hope we will all be encouraged of Hannah’s story. Remember that God is our Jehovah jireh, He is our provider and in His sovereignty, He knows what’s best for us.
*Written by Jill Duco-Miller