1. Hannah – Diligence in Prayer
So, during time Hannah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, “Because I asked the Lord form him.” 1 Samuel 1:20
Desperately wanted a child, struggled w/infertility for years
She cried out to the Lord in anguish for a child
Some of us have cried out for our children, we learn from Hannah that the Lord has not forgotten our prayers to Him on behalf of our children. Our diligence in prayer to the Lord will never go in vain.
2. Mary – Overcoming Fear with Faith
I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:38
When the Angel of the Lord appeared to her to tell her she would birth the Messiah, she was afraid.
She was a teenager, about to get married. What would be an inconvenience to Mary, would be salvation to the world.
Despite her fears, she accepted God’s call on her life.
The call of motherhood is frightening, no manual.
If we are called by God, we can overcome any fear with faith. He’s provided everything we need.
3. Elizabeth (Mary’s cousin) – Trust in the Wait
“The Lord has done this form me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people” Luke 1:25
In her old age, she birthed John the Baptist who would pave the way for Jesus.
Motherhood is full of surprises. Nothing is a surprise to God.
God knows what season you are in and what you are going through.
He orders your steps, even when being a mom is uncomfortable.
4. Jochebed – Bravery in Unimaginable Circumstances
But when she could no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the children in it a put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nil. Exodus 2:3
Motherhood is holding on and letting go.
When we let go, it is important that we trust the Lord with our children
Jochebed was a woman living in slavery, the King ordered that Israelite boys were to be killed.
In hope to save his life, she places him in the Nile river hoping someone would save his life and that’s what happened.
The King’s daughter found Moses and raised him as her own son. Jochebed saved her son’s life not knowing this was all in God’s plan. God used Moses to free the Israelite slaves and saved an entire generation of Israelites from slavery.
We can find peace in understanding that God loves our children more than we do. Sometimes in the letting go that we release our children into the destiny God has for their lives.
5. The Widow of Zarephath – Obedience When It Hurts
She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So, there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. 1 Kings 17:15-16
Just as this widow was preparing her last meal for her and her son, she is met by Elijah.
He asks for the last of her water and food. She tells him she does not have enough.
She has suffered a severe drought in the land and is now making plans to die.
Despair, fear, depressed, hopeless as a mom.
We can all relate to the feeling that we don’t have enough. Patience, time, money, energy, help, etc.…
Motherhood has a special way of draining all we must give and then ask for more.
Elijah tells her give him the food and the Lord will provide all her needs through this drought.
God is faithful to His word, she planted a seed of faith by giving that would open and opportunity for more meals to come.