Writing more and consistently.
Beginning to narrow down my journals into chapter titles.
Logo creativity sessions.
Record next speaking engagement for circulation. you tube?
Organize a preliminary board of brains and hearts.
Put mini Bible studies already done together in a published format.
Blog consistency and word of mouth.
Create Establish Her facebook account.
Deadline for some of these things is by Nov 12.
Hannah was also barren in I Samuel 1. The Lord had actually closed her womb for the coming glory He would receive when she asked of Him her desire and He granted it to her. In contrast to Sarah, when Hannah was provoked by the aching pain of longing for a son she took her oppressed spirit to the Lord. She did not step into action; She stepped into fervent prayer. She cried out her desire, reminding God of her longing for a son. Eli thought was was drunk because of the wordless groaning he saw from this woman on her knees. She stood her ground and explained that there was no one else she could go to with her sad face and broken spirit than the Lord. Eli removed the foot from his mouth and realized the grand faith of this beautiful woman of God.
Eli said " Go in peace and may God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him." I Sam. 1:17 With a barren womb and the same provoking circumstances still, Hannah rejoiced, knowing she would have her request. Her face was no longer sad and she actually went and ATE! I love the Bible. It is hilarious. She had lost her appetite and once her posture of pain became one of prayerful petition and peace, she rose and ate joyfully. She knew who had heard her and what He was going to give her.
Sure enough, God remembered Hannah and gave her a son. Samuel means "Because I asked him of the Lord". Wow! Instead of making her own plan, sitting in her own pity, or allowing her pain to paralyze her... she got into the posture of true prayer! She presented her petition to the Living God who hears. She wept bitterly but then rejoiced endlessly.
Oh to have a Hannah heart more than a Sarah laugh. To run into His presence when the pain of a promised yet fulfilled aches deep within my heart. To groan out my heart to Him even if words cannot express the longing. To then get up off my knees, knowing He has heard my supplication and answered me even when circumstances have yet to shift. Wow! What faith. What posture. What a faithful God!
He is the God of Sarai, Hannah, Ruth, Esther, Rahab, Deborah, and Sarah Ott. He is faithful to His word, watching over His promise to fulfill it says Jer 1:12. He knows my heart, my need, my longing and my pain. Thank you Lord for remembering Hannah and revealing such truth in these two women.... Remember me.
I Peter 5:10 says that after we suffer for a little while, Christ will Himself, do four things. He will perfect, confirm, strengthen, and establish us. There is no amount of men, money, madness, materialism, or memories that can do these things but God and God alone. He begins the process of the Four with suffering. Suffering, brokenness, wounds, pain and whatever other word you deem similar, is the catalyst to the ushering in of His action. His action comes in four seasons according to this verse; perfecting; confirming; strengthening; establishing.
Oh that we were women who have entered into the fellowship of His sufferings as stated in Phil 3. Oh that we were women who live in and out of His applause alone.
Oh that we were women who saw our need and Him meeting it.
Oh that we were women who personified Christ to this world through the doxology of our lives.
Oh that we were women who He is perfecting, confirming, strengthening, and establishing.
I believe we are these women. We have a divine invitation to partner in Christ Likeness through the scars of suffering. We have the privilege to be perfected in identity by Christ alone. We have the promise to be confirmed in our callings and defined for our purposes in life. We have His strength to rely on for the fulfillment of every role, responsibility, and relationship we condone. We have the assurance that He will establish us in Him more and more as the years go by. What a hope!
It is an adventure to be a woman. Even more so a woman not only of God but found hidden in Him.
Lets begin a conversation together... I would love to know words you identify with "establish". What do you think it looks like for establishment to take place more in your life?