Family Matters - Part 1

Moms Make A Difference

Moms, do you ever feel like a failure?

And though he loved Hannah, he would give her only one choice portion because the Lord had given her no children.  1 Samuel 1:5 NLT

So Peninnah would taunt Hannah and make fun of her because the Lord had kept her from having children.  Year after year it was the same—Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle. Each time, Hannah would be reduced to tears and would not even eat.  1 Samuel 1:6-7 NLT

    *Resist comparing yourself to others

“Why are you crying, Hannah?” Elkanah would ask. “Why aren’t you eating? Why be downhearted just because you have no children? You have me—isn’t that better than having ten sons?” 1 Samuel 1:8 NLT

    *Don't give up on your dreams

Once after a sacrificial meal at Shiloh, Hannah got up and went to pray.  Hannah was in deep anguish, crying bitterly as she prayed to the Lord. And she made this vow: “O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut.”  1 Samuel 1:9-11 NLT

    *Ask for help

“In that case,” Eli said, “go in peace! May the God of Israel grant the request you have asked of him.” “Oh, thank you, sir!” she exclaimed. Then she went back and began to eat again, and she was no longer sad. 1 Samuel 1:17-18 NLT

    *Accept the encouragement of others

When the child was weaned, Hannah took him to the Tabernacle in Shiloh. After sacrificing the bull, they brought the boy to Eli. “Sir, do you remember me?” Hannah asked. “I am the very woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. 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.” And they worshiped the Lord there.  1 Samuel 1:24-28 NLT

    *Prepare your children for the future
    *Continue to provide what they need
    *Remember your goals

Moms, you make a difference.

Dads, be supportive.

Kids, say thank you.