Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Hannah "Favor"

Dr. Aikyna Finch

The Story of Hannah

“O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.” (1 Samuel 1:11)

Hannah has the Hebrew meaning of Gracious, Graciousness or Favor. Her story is found in 1 Samuel 1; 2:1, 21. She is known for her motherly sacrifice.

Hannah, was the mother of Samuel. Hannah cried for years for a son to give to her husband Elkanah. Although he had another wife by the name of Peninnah who had many children, Hannah wanted to bare a child for her husband as well. Hannah cried day and night to the Lord praying for a son. Hannah endured cruelness from her sister wife, Peninnah because she could not bare children, yet she never gave up praying. She promised God that if he gave her son, she would give it back to him. God blessed her with a son, Samuel and she did what she promised. She took him to the house of God and he grew up there, visiting him only once a year. Because she was true to her word God blessed her with five more children.

She did not stray from her dream even when people teased her for being barren. She decided that she was going to just pray without ceasing knowing that one day God would hear her prayers and bless her accordingly. I am sure that Hannah wanted to fight back at times, but she knew that her greater was coming. Sometimes silence is the best weapon. Sometimes we have to stand on our faith in order to see our dreams come true. Like Hannah sometimes we need to stand for what we believe in with silent visuals. But when you receive what you pray for, remember to do what you said you were going to do. Live in integrity no matter what you have to go through or how you feel because there's always a blessing in doing what you said you were going to do. Because Hannah did what she said she would do, she was blessed with more children and the son that she gave to God was blessed as well.

This story pertains to people whether they have children or not. We've all been on this journey before and the story of Hannah tells us that it may not happen instantly but when it does we need to keep our word to God and it will come back to us blessed. So stand for your dreams even when it seems impossible because a blessing is coming!

Bible Scripture references: 1 Samuel 1:1-2:11; 2:19-21

Dr. Aikyna D. Finch is an Author, Certified Coach, Educator, Podcaster, Speaker and Social Media Consultant. She is a Forbes Coaches Council Member. She coaches in the areas of Empowerment, Life and Social Media. She is the co-host of the Motivate Social Podcast. She is a speaker on the topics of Motivation, Education and Social Media. She also coaches and trains on social media for individuals and groups. Feel free to connect with her at http://aikynafinch.com/contact.

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