As Christians, we often hear this verse when someone is expecting a baby or adopting a child. I don’t doubt that people are truly praying for these children, or that these children are in fact answers to those prayers; but, do we remember what else Hannah was praying?
“For this child I prayed, and the LORD has granted me my petition that I made to him. 28Therefore I have lent him to the LORD. As long as he lives, he is lent to the LORD.” 1 Samuel 1:27-28
Willing to give the child up to God for the sake of having a child to honor him. Children are not a blessing for us to hold tightly to and raise up in our own image and to our own standard; but, blessings for us to model the love of Christ to, tiny souls entrusted to us for a brief time to teach God’s law and love every moment we have.
Do we live this reality? Not nearly as dearly as we should. We are sinners all, and so not one of us has perfectly parented and there are moments, days, seasons of life that we get it even less right than others. None of this detracts from the truth that God laid out in Deuteronomy His expectations for parents or the truth that He will give us the strength to follow through if we will trust Him more and let go of our control, knowing His way is the only good way.
As with all of life, God has not left us confused what to teach these little souls. He very clearly laid out for parents what is the most important thing to teach our children, what we will teach our children if we truly believe they are blessings from God.
4“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9 ESV
This is the parenting God called Hannah to. We do not have signs on our doorposts or frontlets on our eyes, but, God has not changed. As Christian mothers, it is our duty and our joy to get to teach God’s Word to our very own little blessings. Take hold of this incredible blessing, not just the joy and the heartache that comes with having a child, but the blessing to get to pass God’s Word on to the next generation, to get do something so much more than just having a “mini-me” but to get to show God’s unfailing grace and love to a little soul.
I'm Rebecca, a Christian, wife, and mother of three. I lived wrong for a long time, got pretty well slapped with the reality of how sanctifying marriage and motherhood are, and now I am hoping to help others to hold on to Jesus in all the hard parts of life.