Samuel was the prophet that God sent to annoint king David. Samuel was a very special person that God used. What you might not know about Samuel was that his mother Hannah struggled with getting pregnant with him. She was married to Elkanah who was marrried to two wives. This is against God’s will, in Genesis 2:24,” A man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife , and they will become one flesh.” Two can’t become one when there is three. Hannah was taunted by the other wife, Peninnah because she had children. Hannah wept and prayed for a child. “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.” 1 Samuel 1:20
This is proof that God hears and answers prayers. We all can be bitter about something in our life but God can use it for good and bring forth something far greater beyond our imagination. Don’t let bitterness take root and build. Take it to cross and lay it at the feet of Christ and feel the weight lifted off.
And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore. 1 Samuel 1:10
Hardship, persecution, calamities can happen in an instant. Sometimes they are a long trial that drain us emotionally, physically and mentally. Or, sometimes they come out of nowhere leaving us wondering what just happened. Whatever the case may be, they will happen at some point. Life changes constantly but God is the only constant that will never change. God’s power is made perfect in our weakness. He gives us grace when nothing else is there to help us, He is there.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” 2 Corinthians 12:9
Are you easily rocked by the storms of life? If your foundation is strong and you have wisdom and knowledge of God’s word, you will be steadfast in the storm. The anchor will hold even though you may be battered and torn. God never promised we would be plucked out of situations but He did promise we would never be alone. For example, Daniel was still thrown in the lion’s den but God shut the mouth of the lions. Shadrack, Meshech, and Abednego were still thrown in into the furnace but they were not alone and not a hair on their head was singed. If you are somewhere in your life that you never thought you would be, trust that you are not alone.
I will never leave you nor forsake you. Hebrews 13:5
Do you have a list when you go to the grocery store? Or, do you just go and have in mind what you need? Do you stick to your budget or go over and beyond? When you built your house or know of someone who built a house, did they use a blue print? Or, did they just figure they would know what to do? Why is it that so often we jump two feet first without a plan? We often bypass asking God for help and we make mistakes. Try to look before you jump. Rushed decisions usually are not the best.
I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Psalm 32:8
Do you believe God hears you? Do you truly believe in His word? Many people allow their brokenness to allow them to be bitter instead of seeing God’s hand in their life and the ultimate plan He has for those who believe. God pours out his grace and mercy on us when we ask for it. Clear your mind of thinking the way the world tells you to think and envelope yourself in the Word of God. Then you will truly see what great things God has in store for you.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
Why are Mondays so hard sometimes? The weekend seems almost non existent. If you are not careful you can make your weekend more busy than your week and miss out what rest is all about. Taking time to be with your family and take a break from your hectic schedule. It seems as if all families are pulled into a million different directions. Make an appoint to be with your family and savor your time together.
This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
This poem was read by Luci Swindoll at a conference in Atlanta. I am not sure who wrote it but I think you will want to print it and share it with others. It is something that we all can identify with and struggle with. This poem is about how we all struggle with being content with what God has given us. We always want something different. If we are not careful we will miss out on realizing the gift of life that lays out before us, our life, our blessings. Not always wanting something else.
It was spring, but it was summer I wanted,
Those warm days of the great outdoors.
Then it was summer and it was fall I wanted
The colorful leaves and the cool dry air.
It was fall and it was winter I wanted.
The beautiful snow and the holiday season.
And then it was winter and it was spring I wanted.
The warmth and blossoming of nature.
I was a child but it was adulthood I wanted, the freedom and the respect.
I was 20 but it was 30 I wanted. To be mature and sophisticated.
And I was middle aged but it was 20 I wanted, the youth and the free spirit.
I was retired but it was middle aged I wanted.
That presence of mind without limitations.
My life was over and I never got what I wanted.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Philippians 4:12