What kind of HEART mourns and weeps because it longs for what it cannot produce?
What kind of HEART tolerates the taunting and ridicule of another woman who has children?
What kind of HEART desires nothing more on this earth than to bear a child, hold that child, love that child, and then out of thankfulness and gratitude, gives that child back to God, knowing she will never raise that child into adulthood?
ONLY THE HEART OF A MOTHER!
Hannah longed for nothing more than a child. She had the love of her husband, yet her “mother’s heart” broke inside her. She pleaded with God to give her the desire of her heart.
Year after year she waited, year after year she pleaded with God, year after year she carried a heart with a missing piece.
The bible tells us that Hannah was in such deep anguish that she cried bitterly as she lifted her prayers for a child up to God.
And then it happened! After all those years, the anguish, the crying, the bitterness, and the loneliness, God gave Hannah a son.
“The Lord remembered her plea, and in due time she gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I asked the Lord for him.”
I Samuel 1:19-20
Hannah’s heart is filled to overflowing! Her heart has more joy than she thinks she can contain. She holds her baby boy, cuddling him and whispering sweet sounds into his ear. She kissed his soft cheek, and pats his little back. She sings sweet songs to him as she rocks him gently back and fourth. She nurses him and cares for his every need. And then Hannah does what only a ‘Mother’s Heart’ could do, she puts her son’s needs above her own, and knowing it was the right thing for her son, she gives him back to God.
“When the child was weaned, Hannah took him to the Tabernacle in Shiloh. – I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and He has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.”
I Samuel 1:24,27-28
Did you catch that last phrase?
Hannah gave God her son FOR HIS WHOLE LIFE!
There was no “take backs!” There was no second guessing or changing her mind! Hannah gave her son to God with her whole HEART! Hannah allowed God to mold her heart into a self-sacrificing, unconditional, giving, “with no thought of herself” HEART!
We see Hannah’s pureness of heart as she cries out in Praise to God, after she has given Him her son.
“My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong.” I Samuel 2:1
Hannah is a perfect picture of giving your heart completely to God, allowing Him to heal it, bless it, and create in it A HEART LIKE HIS!
If you were raised by a mother who had a heart like God and put you first, than you are blessed. Ask God to create that same heart in you!
If you did not have a mother who demonstrated a heart like God’s to you, then ask God to allow you to break that legacy, and give you a heart like His!
“Create in me a clean heart Oh God, and renew a right spirit within me.”
When a Mother’s heart is filled with God’s love and power, there is a strength that enables her to rise above her human limitations and do whatever it takes to meet the needs of her children!
THE LOVE OF GOD IS REFLECTED IN THE SELFLESS NATURE OF A MOTHER’S HEART.
Have a blessed week friends!
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