Welcome to week 3 in our current series of Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave! I’m thrilled to discuss our featured guest today, Hannah, the mother of Samuel. Front and center in my book, The Sensational Scent of Prayer, Hannah is near and dear to my heart. I spent several months studying Hannah and her drive to prayer. She endured oppression and verbal abuse for years. I wonder if she had prayed many times before her initial recorded prayer or if the first words that tumbled silently from her lips are these we read in I Samuel 1:10&11:
And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed unto the LORD, and wept sore.
And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the LORD all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.
While Eli, the priest, believed Hannah must have been drunk due to her nonverbal and obvious distress, Hannah delivers a statement that clues us in on the depth of her dilemma:
And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the LORD.
Back in August, I wrote about leaving your burdens at the feet of Jesus and the importance of giving every last shred of our emotions, thoughts, and will to the Lord. Hannah was quite the expert in this field and in just a few chapters, her story of blessing beautifully unfolds. From a whispering wisher to a wonderful warrior, Hannah’s commitment to trust God is truly one to admire.
You see, prayer closes wounds and opens wombs.
It promotes healing and prompts restoration.
Prayer shuts down hostility and opens up hospitality.
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I wish I could have witnessed the love story unfold between Hannah and Elkanah! Oh to know the secrets to this beautiful pair. Was she simply beautiful? Was it her sweet spirit? Was her voice charming or her hair glamorous? Those are some of the things we just don’t know, but here is a summary of Hannah’s profile:
- Name: Hannah
- Occupation: homemaker
- Family background: Wife of Elkanah, Mother to Samuel
- Daily life: pitiful weeper to prayer warrior
- Emotional baggage: weary, distraught, unfulfilled, victim of bullying
- Weaknesses: difficulty standing up for herself
- Beauty secrets: Pouring out her complaints before God, believing his promises
- Acts of bravery: Changed her attitude before the circumstances changed, gave back to God what he had given to her, and received the promise that his plans are always greater, especially since she prayed for one child, and wound up with a brood of 6!
I can’t wait to meet Hannah one day. I wonder if she might say “Be careful what you pray for!”
Bloggers, I’m thrilled to have your 100% Christian encouragement linkups this Whimsical Wednesday. If you have chosen to participate in the Women in the Bible series and link up your post about Hannah, then I plan to choose and highlight one of your posts here on the blog next week.
The post linked up from last week that I chose to feature is from Victoria at FearlessHeartMinistries.com. Though it is not focused on last week’s Bible character, her beautiful approach to loving someone through depression comes from a healing heart that has suffered. You’ll be encouraged as you read her post!
All posts from Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave series:
Original Post: Women in the bible: 5 of the most beautiful and brave
Introductory Post: Women in the Bible: Beautiful and Brave series
Week 2: Deborah Who Declared God’s Truth
Week 3: Hannah Who Poured Out Her Soul
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