Synopsis: Hannah, also spelled Anna, (11th century bc), mother of Samuel, the Jewish judge. ... Childless as one of the two wives of Elkanah, she prayed for a son, promising to dedicate him to God. Her prayers were answered, and she brought the child Samuel to Shiloh for religious training.
Reference Bible Verse :
1 Samuel 1:28
25-28 They first butchered the bull, then brought the child to Eli. Hannah said, “Excuse me, sir. Would you believe that I’m the very woman who was standing before you at this very spot, praying to God? I prayed for this child, and God gave me what I asked for. And now I have dedicated him to God. He’s dedicated to God for life.” Then and there, they worshiped God.
As , a Christian mother my ultimate desire is that my daughter Zoe grow up to happy, healthy, and whole, but that she will serve the Lord with all her heart. I have many dreams and desires for her, but this is my major request for her life. As mother , I desire to train her the way she should go in God and that she will serve him( Proverbs 22:6) She is very young and it will be quite some time before , I will see her full walk with Jesus Christ. However, I am excited about her future. Are you excited for you child/ children future ? I want you to look at another mother's dream -Hannah, a mother who went thru many challenges to become a mother but had an ultimate dream for her son Samuel was to serve the Lord!
A Mother’s Dream
The bible verses tell us that Hannah was barren and couldn’t have children at first. What we do know is that Hannah went through many difficulties before God blessed with a child-Samuel. God gave Hannah a son due to her praying unto the Lord( 1 Samuel 2). And with God blessing Hannah with a son she dedicated him back to God(I Samuel 1:28).
Moreover , many mothers have a dream for their child/ children, but many mothers may only express that dream to God in their private time ( prayer closet). That is why God hear’s a mother’s dream/prayer for her child/children. We have mothers have a quiet dream where we can express to God about our secret desires for our children. This is what happen to Hannah – a mother who has a mother’s dream to have child, but she dedicated her child back to God! Hannah’s dream is that her son- Samuel would serve the Lord( 1 Samuel 3).
A Mother’s Decision
It is critical that as Christian mothers that we decided early to give our child/children to the Lord. Deciding to give our children God is one of the major decisions of our motherhood. Hannah gave Samuel to God and in return Samuel serve the Lord. As a mother, it critical to make your mother’s dream and petitions to God. God desires for us to make our pretentions make know unto(Philippians 4:6 ). Hannah who is a biblical example of her petitions being made know unto God. He answers her dream and he will answer yours. A few questions to ponder as you think on your mother’s dream for your child/ children. What is your mother’s dream? What are your desires for child/children ? Could be for your children to serve the Lord. Make your mother’s dream know to God ! Go forward!
How Can Dedication Your Children to God
I had to decide when Zoe was three years old she was decided to God. A personal and spiritual choice. I did the following steps before she was publicly dedicated to God.
1. A Local Church
2. A Baby Dedication ceremony.
3. Private prayer to God .
Mother’s Prayer :
That my son/ daughter will serve you in spiritual and truth . That my son/daughter will go forward in God. I pray my child/children lives that you will get the glory out their lives. You will reveal your plan, purpose and progressive for the children. We pray a Mother ‘ dream for it to be your ultimate dream for the children . In Jesus ‘s Name. Amen.
Be Uniquely You,