Year after year this man went up from his town to worship and sacrifice to the LORD Almighty at Shiloh, where Hophni and Phinehas, the two sons of Eli, were priests of the LORD. Whenever the day came for Elkanah to sacrifice, he would give portions of the meat to his wife Peninnah and to all her sons and daughters. But to Hannah he gave a double portion because he loved her, and the LORD had closed her womb. And because the LORD had closed her womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat. Elkanah her husband would say to her, "Hannah, why are you weeping? Why don't you eat? Why are you downhearted? Don't I mean more to you than ten sons?"
Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on a chair by the doorpost of the LORD's temple. In bitterness of soul Hannah wept much and prayed to the LORD. And she made a vow, saying, "O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head."
As she kept on praying to the LORD, Eli observed her mouth. Hannah was praying in her heart, and her lips were moving but her voice was not heard. Eli thought she was drunk and said to her, "How long will you keep on getting drunk? Get rid of your wine."
"Not so, my lord," Hannah replied, "I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the LORD. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief."
Eli answered, "Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him."
She said, "May your servant find favor in your eyes." Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.
Early the next morning they arose and worshiped before the LORD and then went back to their home at Ramah. Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, and the LORD remembered her. So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, "Because I asked the LORD for him."
"Do what seems best to you," Elkanah her husband told her. "Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the LORD make good his word." So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.
After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh. When they had slaughtered the bull, they brought the boy to Eli, and she said to him, "As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD." And he worshiped the LORD there.
"There is no one holy like the LORD;
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
"Do not keep talking so proudly
or let your mouth speak such arrogance,
for the LORD is a God who knows,
and by him deeds are weighed.
"The bows of the warriors are broken,
but those who stumbled are armed with strength.
Those who were full hire themselves out for food,
but those who were hungry hunger no more.
She who was barren has borne seven children,
but she who has had many sons pines away.
"The LORD brings death and makes alive;
he brings down to the grave and raises up.
The LORD sends poverty and wealth;
he humbles and he exalts.
He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes
and has them inherit a throne of honor.
"For the foundations of the earth are the LORD's;
upon them he has set the world.
He will guard the feet of his saints,
but the wicked will be silenced in darkness.
"It is not by strength that one prevails;
those who oppose the LORD will be shattered.
He will thunder against them from heaven;
the LORD will judge the ends of the earth.
"He will give strength to his king
and exalt the horn of his anointed."
Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife, saying, "May the LORD give you children by this woman to take the place of the one she prayed for and gave to the LORD." Then they would go home. And the LORD was gracious to Hannah; she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters. Meanwhile, the boy Samuel grew up in the presence of the LORD. (1 Samuel 1:1-2:10 and 2:20-2)
What I was doing 10 years ago - Spring of 1998
1. Trying out for my high school's drill team (I made it).
2. "In love" with a guy named Sean (so stupid).
3. Shopping at Palais Royal.
4. Getting a fabulous new hair cut and for the first time ever loving my hair.
5. Spending lots of time at the mall.
Five things on my to-do list today
1. Clean the Harn's house
2. Take a bath
3. Meet AJ at La Playa Maya for Mexican Thursday
4. Be on-call for Rape Crisis
5. Finish my overdue project for my family systems therapy class
Five snacks I enjoy
1. apples and peanut butter
2. sour cream and cheddar baked lays
3. really good oranges or tangerines
4. almost any kind of ice cream
5. honey roasted peanuts. mmm.
Five things I would do if I were a billionaire
1. Pay off any and all of my parents' debt and my own
3. Support missionaries and churches/ministries in other countries
4. Give big to humane societies/SPCAs and open a dog sanctuary
5. Give to my local church and to missions within America
Five of my bad habits
1. Staying up too late.
2. Wasting time on the computer...
3. Not answering my phone
4. Waiting until the last minute to do school work
5. worrying/trying to control my life
Five places I have lived
1. Houston, Texas
2. San Maros, Texas
3. La Porte, Texas
4. Fort Worth, Texas
5. Clear Lake and Kingwood, Texas (technically both are Houston)
Five jobs I’ve had
1. Student Intern at NASA, in the Auditor's department
2. Customer Service representative at Dillard's department store (awful!)
3. Child care worker at various places
4. Personal assistant (my favorite)
5. House cleaner
Recently I was thinking about how I became a Christian and how it included a certain Bible verse. I was contemplating the extreme beauty and simplicity of that verse when it hit me dead on: are you living that verse? Ha! I was marveling at the beauty and thinking how wonderul and right and wise the Lord is and at the same time I am tied up in knots with worry and with trying to control things in my life. So, I had to ask myself: are you seeking FIRST His kingdom and His righteousness or your own plans and your own glory? Where is my heart in the things that I'm involved in? Is it seeking Him or am I seeking to just be finished with school? to have a Masters? to meet a guy? to have a best friend? to go back to Houston? to look good? to overcome the things that challenge me for the sake of my own enjoyment? Even now, am I writing this so that people who read it will think well of me? I am overjoyed that the Lord has freed me from so many things and brought me peace and salvation, but I have to remember that He did that not so that I could live for myself, but for Him and His purposes. Very convicting. In a good, but challenging way.
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. -Jesus, in Matthew 6:25-34