Sunday May 11, 2014 – Mothers have an important role in building a strong house for the family. They effect everyone around them, even when they are no longer here on earth. To be a strong mother, they need to rely on God for support during those difficult seasons because God is all that is needed to get through even the darkest of times.

What if your joy came from God, even during difficult seasons, what would your home be like? What would your home be like if you didn’t depend on anything else, for real, deep down, except Him. – Angie Terry

Mother’s Day 2014

Building A House, Part 03

1 Samuel 1:6-15, 17, 19-20, 18b, 24a, 25b-28 – And because the Lord had closed her womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year. 7 Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. 8 Elkanah her husband would say to her, “Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don’t you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don’t I mean more to you than ten sons?” 9 Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s temple. 10In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “O Lord Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.” 12 As she kept on praying to the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk 14 and said to her, “How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine.” 15“Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. 17 Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you’ve asked of him.” 19 Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her. 20 So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. 18b Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast. 24 After he was weaned… 25…they brought the boy to Eli, 26and she said to him, “As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the Lord. 27I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of him. 28So now I give him to the Lord. For his whole life he will be given over to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.

1 Samuel 2:1 – Then Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high.