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Saturday, May 08, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful moms and grandmoms out there. I pray that God’s peace and joy will fill your hearts and minds today. As you celebrate this special day, I would like you to take a few moments to reflect on what it really means to be a mom. In doing so, let me bring a unique mom from the Bible to your attention. Her name is Hannah. Remember her? She was the lady who was tormented by her husband’s other wife because she was barren (1 Samuel 1: 6).

Hannah was embarrassed, frustrated and broken-hearted, but she cried out to God to give her a son and He heard her prayer. However, Hannah didn’t just ask God for a child. She promised that if God answered her prayer, she would give the child back to God (v 11). Doesn’t make sense, does it? Why ask God for something only to give it back to Him? Why ask God for a job only to give it back to Him? Why ask God for a car? A house? A husband or a wife? Do you get the picture? Hannah realized that whatever God chose to "give" her didn’t really belong to her. It was still His. That child, that job, that house, that husband or wife doesn’t really belong to us. We are to give them back to God so His perfect will can be done in them.

Mothers, are you giving your children to God? You don’t have to take them to the church and leave them there as Hannah did, but you are to give them to God even while they are still in the womb. And from the moment they are born, begin to pray and dedicate that precious life to God so that he/she can be used by Him. If you do, God will give you more than you ever asked for. Hannah asked for one son, God gave her three sons and two daughters (2 : 21). He is able to do "exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think" (Ephesians 3:20).
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