His Encouragement – Hannah

Hello friends! Welcome to His Encouragement, a weekly dose of biblical encouragement to help get you through your week! Make sure you check out what my friends have to say too. Let’s all encourage each other!

For those of you who work in the ministry, whether it be leading bible study, Sunday School teacher, Youth leader, whatever… have you ever had a time when you were preparing for your class/lesson and the Lord ended up speaking right to your heart? I find it happens more than I’d like to admit. God is great like that. I always ask Him what He would have me to show my kiddos at church on Wednesday nights, and He says “How about this? And oh yeah, it applies to you too!” I am so thankful we have an awesome God that knows exactly what we need, when we need it, and delivers the message in extraordinary ways.

As I prepared for my group this week, I began reading Hannah’s story. Our lesson concentrated on when Hannah was crying out to the Lord to give her a child. Later on the Lord blesses her with Samuel. Now, I don’t believe we’re supposed to make deals with the Lord like Hannah did. BUT I do believe that I can pour my entire soul out to the Lord and He will hear me.

And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the Lord, and wept sore.

1 Samuel 1:10

Hannah was visibly upset while she was praying, crying out to God. So much in fact that Eli thought that she was drunk. The whole lesson got me thinking. I’ve got so much going on right now in life, some good, but a lot difficult. And yes I’ve prayed about certain things, but have I really laid it all out? Have I poured my entire soul to the Lord, and come to the conclusion that He is the ONLY one who can help me get through all this? If we’re being honest, the answer is no. And maybe that’s what God wants me to realize. Maybe He’s waiting for me to acknowledge the fact that I can’t do it on my own. Maybe He’s waiting for me to understand that He will be with me every step of the way, will supply my needs, and will not fail me. Sure I know those things on the surface, but I have I thought about them deep down in my soul?

Friends, I encourage you to do this – pour your souls out to the Lord. When things look grim, realize sooner rather than later that God is the one who will get you through. Really spend time in prayer, talking to the Creator, and listen to what He has to say. I promise you it will help. And while it may not make your troubles go away, because Jesus never promised us an easy life, it will help to know that you have someone right there with you who is going to lift you up. 🙂

What’s been on your heart this week friends? I hope you’ll share in the comments, and please don’t forget to visit my friends and see what they’re sharing this week!

Trisha @ Joy of Reading

Nicole @ Christian Fiction Girl

Jacquelyn @ A Heavenly Home

Becca @ The Becca Files

Gina @ Stories by Gina

Rebecca @ Rev. Rebecca Writes

Andi @ Radiant Light

Leslie L. Mckee @ Edits & Reviews by Leslie

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