“for this child I prayed…”
The part of the verse that CT3 and I used on Anne Margaret’s birth announcement was not randomly chosen and as it is really special to me I wanted to share why.
1 Samuel 1 is one of my favorite stories in scripture and on each of my four trips to Israel I have had the honor of visiting Shiloh, where this story took place so many years ago. At Shiloh, we always talk about 1 Samuel 1 where Hannah was so desperate to bear a child that she petitioned the Lord and He blessed her with Samuel, whom she returned to the Lord and ultimately Samuel impacted the nation of Israel.
On this last trip to Israel when CT3 and I went in December, it was at Shiloh, when our group had quiet time that he and I took time to pray for us and for the future of our family. We were not praying from a “we are desperate to get pregnant and have kids standpoint” but more so from a desperation for more of Him and less of us and ultimately that someday we would have a family and that in that time that CT3 and I would be godly parents and that our kids would love Jesus and serve Him all the days of their lives.
We spent time praying for our marriage, for each of us and for our unborn children…little did we know that I was already pregnant.
I just think it is so cool that at one of my favorite places, in the same place where Hannah so long ago was so desperate and prayed and prayed for a child whom once born she gaveback to the Lord, is the SAME place where my husband and I were so intentional in praying for the future of our family which was already in the making. The Lord knew.
I pray that like Hannah, we will submit our lives to Him, and give our children to the Lord that they may serve Him each day we are given.
Click here if you would like to read the blog post I wrote about the lesson that we heard while at Shiloh. It is one of my favorite about how “desperation brings deliverance.”