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In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 

1 Samuel 1:10 (NIV)

Hannah wept as she prayed for her heart’s desire to be a mom and to give birth to a son. Her fervent prayer was heart-felt, honest, tenacious, and bold—generated by a deep longing. In her anguish, she poured out her soul to the LORD (1 Samuel 1:15).

Prior to talking with the LORD all Hannah could do was to cry. She was hurting, unable to eat, consumed with the desire to bear a child (1Samuel 1:8, 18). But, after she spoke her concerns to God, her face was no longer downcast and she regained her appetite. Hannah began to live again.

Hannah’s outlook was altered prior to a change in her circumstances. She left the cry of her heart at the altar as she trusted the Lord. Hannah moved forward in the waiting.

Hannah’s example reminds me to pray for my heart’s desires but not be immobilized by them.  Even before the cry of my heart is realized, I must move forward, continue to live, and trust God in the waiting.

So in the course of time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord for him” (1 Samuel 1:20).

Lori Wildenberg

The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections, by Lori Wildenberg

Lori Wildenberg is passionate about helping families build connections that last a lifetime. A licensed family and parent educator and parent coach, Lori is the author of five books. The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connection is her most recent book. Lori and her husband Tom have four young-adult children. Their family is having a growth spurt that includes sons- and daughters-in-love, and a grandbaby! For more information go to www.loriwildenberg.com

 

 

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The Canaanite woman knew what she wanted.

She was a woman on a mission.

Her name isn’t given. It doesn’t need to be. She is every mother.

“Lord, son of David, have mercy on me!” She cried out in agony.

Like you and me, she physically experienced her child’s misery. “My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession.” Or “My child is suffering terribly from a broken relationship, an illness, an injury.”

She would not be dissuaded. The disciples urged the Lord to send her away. The men whined, “She keeps crying after us.”

That motley crew of twelve was not going to get in her way. She knew who and what she needed. This mom persisted in her passionate brokenhearted cries.

But Jesus was quiet.

Isn’t that the hardest part? We cry, beg, and chase after him.  And we are met with silence.

Even when Jesus said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel” she didn’t give up. Instead of withdrawing, she came closer kneeling before him determined not to leave his presence empty-handed.

“Lord, help me!”

“It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.” He continued to test her faith.

“Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.” Tenaciously she pressed on.

“Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” The Lord healed her daughter that very hour.

Having faith when life is messy is difficult. I want to trust like that Canaanite mother; to persistently petition on my kids’ behalf, to persevere with hope, and to have confidence that I will be heard even if I need to wait.

Because like the Canaanite woman, I know my help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth.

Lori Wildenberg, mom of four and national speaker, is passionate about helping families build connections that last a lifetime. As a licensed parent-family educator she is professionally equipped to encourage and empower moms and dads to be the parents their children need. She’s author of Messy Journey: How Grace and Truth Offer the Prodigal a Way Home and Messy Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections. She’s co-author of three additional books. Lori co-founded the 1st Corinthians 13 Parenting Ministry, a resource site for parents and those who work with families. She’s the lead mentor mom at Moms Together Facebook Community and a freelance writer for Christian parenting magazines. www.loriwildenberg.com.
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