God’s word never ceases to bring new lessons. Lessons hidden in pages and lives of others from whom we can learn.

I’ve been teaching and learning about mothers in scripture this year. Each month, other moms come to my home and we study the “Messed Up Moms” of the Bible. One impacting me is Hannah.

In the pages of 1 Samuel 1-3, we see a woman whose security is completely in God and her relationship with Him. On the surface you see a woman who’s as messed up as you and I are. She’s gossiped about and tormented by her husband’s other wife. She’s disgraced and heartbroken, unable to bear children. She’s so depressed she can’t eat. Her pastor misjudges her character and thinks she’s drunk.

Can you relate? I can.

I’m honored to share more about Hannah – where she found her security with herself, others, and everything –  at the upcoming retreat, “Secure in His Love” on March 20-21, at the Blue Gate Garden Inn in Shipshewana, IN, sponsored by the women’s ministry of Brighton Chapel. I’d love for you to join us. Complete information can be found here.

Here are a three things I’ve learned about Hannah:

1. She was a mess. Childless, discouraged, tormented, depressed, object of rumors. When you are having a 0001-48808437bad day life, you’re in good company.

2. She brought all of her hurts and pains to God. In her messiness, she didn’t shy back from talking with God. Do you hold back from God? If so, why?

3. She praised. 1 Samuel 2 shares intimate praise – like her enemy being avenged. Wow, I don’t know about you, but that make me like her even more. Remembering our battles are not against people, but the enemy, it’s right to thank God when He takes care of you and the havoc the enemy is throwing your way. Do you need to do that today?

How can you bring all of your struggles to God right now, then praise Him for how He’ll answer?

There’s a lot more to learn from Hannah that we can apply to our lives in multiple ways to change our beliefs about ourselves, God, and others. Will you join us on March 20-21 for a weekend of depth, encouragement, and time with Him?

I’m excited to see you there!

If you’re unable to join us on March 20-21, but would like to bring lessons from Hannah’s story to your women’s group in a retreat, contact me at yoderbl@gmail.com. I’d love to share how to be grounded in His love and security that will impact your identity, relationships, and everything (yes, everything) in life.

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