"Rest at Shiloh"

Written by Dot McGinnis

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Still, Eli did give Hannah a special key, that day, and a blessing; "Go in peace, and mayrepparttar God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him."

Philippians 4:6-7 says; "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Andrepparttar 135181 peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

The next thing Hannah did was she laid down.

Hannah had to make a sacrificial prayer ... "An Isaac Prayer".

All God was requiring of Hannah' was a surrendering up of her will. He'd been planning on blessing her all along. But Hannah had to first come torepparttar 135182 point, in her walk withrepparttar 135183 Lord, where she was willing to give uprepparttar 135184 child of her dreams, her Isaac; what she wanted most in life, before she even held him in her arms. Our God is not a cruel Father to watch Hannah suffer like she did. But, our Father is a jealous God and He must come first inrepparttar 135185 lives of His children. (Exodus 34:14)

Hannah was forced to give up her "precious Isaac." (The name "Isaac" in Hebrew means "laughter.") Hannah sacrificed her dream, that which brought joy to her heart. She gave up her will and found peace, that day, at Shiloh. She found rest for her weary soul. Sometimes, we're forced to dorepparttar 135186 same thing Hannah did, because we grasp hold of things too tightly and won't let go of them.

God has to be first in our lives and He will, sometimes, with hold blessings from us until we're ready to give Him first priority in our lives. Hannah and Abraham had something in common. They both had to sacrifice a dream; their heart's desire. Hannah had to sacrifice hers before she received it. Abraham had to sacrifice his after he already had it. (Genesis 22:1-19)

Hannah submitted, surrendered, and sacrificed her heart's desire; her most cherished dream. She vowed it would be God's will, and no other.

The next thing Hannah did was, she got up,and went on her way. She started walking. She trusted God; had faith in believing.

Hannah didrepparttar 135187 same thing that Abraham did. He hoped against hope. Romans 4:18 says, "Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became ..."

Hoping gave birth to believing, believing to knowing. Hannah's circumstances were stillrepparttar 135188 same, nothing had changed, except for Hannah. She was still barren in her womb, but no longer in her heart. For, now, she was filled with hope forrepparttar 135189 future. She still had no child. But, inward changes had been made. Ointment had been applied to Hannah's wounded spirit at Shiloh, that day, when she offered it up torepparttar 135190 Lord as a sacrifice. New hope had been birthed within her.

Hannah stood up! She was able to stand on her own. Sometimes, people are so broken and wounded that they need others to help them to their feet. Remember Peter, in Acts 3:1-11, when he healedrepparttar 135191 crippled beggar. Verse 7 says, after he took "... him byrepparttar 135192 right hand, he helped him up, and instantlyrepparttar 135193 man's feet and ankles became strong."

And in Acts 9:36-41, inrepparttar 135194 healing of Tabitha, Dorcas, verse 41, says he; "... took her byrepparttar 135195 hand and helped her to her feet ..." Maybe she wasn't strong enough to get up on her own. Hannah got up and went on her way!

Hannah left Shiloh, that day, with a new spirit. I imagine Peninnah's ridiculing never bothered her again. Yes, Hannah had been broken, but she was soon to be blessed... "... Elkanah lay with Hannah his wife, andrepparttar 135196 LORD remembered her. So inrepparttar 135197 course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel, saying, "Because I askedrepparttar 135198 LORD for him." 1:19-20

Hannah received her blessing fromrepparttar 135199 Lord. "I prayed for this child, andrepparttar 135200 LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him torepparttar 135201 LORD ..." 1:27-28.

God gave Hannah three times as much as she'd given him, which proves that you cannot out give God. "Andrepparttar 135202 LORD was gracious to Hannah; she conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters." 2:21

"Lord, make me like bread ... Blessed by you, broken by you, given to others."

© 2005 by Dot McGinnis



This writing may be used in its entirety, with or withoutrepparttar 135203 poem, with credits in tact, for non-profit ministering purposes.

My Dear Sweet Blessed Savior,

We have so much to learn from your precious daughter Hannah. She stood broken and bruised before you, and she offered up to you her most cherished dream as a sacrifice. Lord, may I always be able to rise again whenever I feel broken, bruised, and bleeding like Hannah. And, may I never let others steal my joy from me as Hannah first let Peninnah steal hers. I know, Father, that I always say Jesus is my Lord and my King. Never let those be simply words that I utter. Always, Father, help me to place You first uponrepparttar 135204 throne of my heart, above all others. Help me to walk away, like Hannah did, that day, no longer downcast, but renewed in spirit, at peace, at rest withrepparttar 135205 joy and hope she found, that day, at Shiloh; anticipating what is yet to come.

Dot is a poet and a published author from Pennsylvania who has served as assistant editor for the Christian newspaper Majesty. She is retired yet continues serving the Lord via the Heavenly Inspirations Ministries.

A Poor Man, With Rich Mans Dreams

Written by Rev.Anthony Smith

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The poor man is free from worry, over someone robbing his home, for his possessions are few and his wealth is in his dreams and in his heart, where no man can take. 1Sa 2:8 He raiseth uprepparttar poor out ofrepparttar 135163 dust, and lifteth uprepparttar 135164 beggar fromrepparttar 135165 dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inheritrepparttar 135166 throne of glory: forrepparttar 135167 pillars ofrepparttar 135168 earth arerepparttar 135169 LORD’S, and he hath setrepparttar 135170 world upon them. The poor mans dreams are set on Gods promise, “The meek shall inheritrepparttar 135171 Earth.” When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Pro 3:19-27 The LORD by wisdom hath foundedrepparttar 135172 earth; by understanding hath he establishedrepparttar 135173 heavens. By his knowledgerepparttar 135174 depths are broken up, andrepparttar 135175 clouds drop downrepparttar 135176 dew. My son, let not them depart from thine eyes: keep sound wisdom and discretion: So shall they be life unto thy soul, and grace to thy neck. Then shalt thou walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble. When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither ofrepparttar 135177 desolation ofrepparttar 135178 wicked, when it cometh. Forrepparttar 135179 LORD shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken. Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is inrepparttar 135180 power of thine hand to do it. The cries ofrepparttar 135181 poor man. Job 30:25 Did not I weep for him that was in trouble? was not my soul grieved forrepparttar 135182 poor? Your stature in this life has no effect on God and His love for you. Psa 40:17 But I am poor and needy; yetrepparttar 135183 Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God. “yetrepparttar 135184 Lord thinketh upon me:” isn’t this a true comfort to those who are poor, a dream ofrepparttar 135185 Lord God almighty, sitting on a throne, creator of all, master ofrepparttar 135186 universe, commander ofrepparttar 135187 greatest army, and still in all of Gods thoughts, and in all of Gods majesty, He still hasrepparttar 135188 time to think uponrepparttar 135189 poor man and his dreams. Wonderful isn’t it? Have we become a people, likerepparttar 135190 rich young ruler, people that have great possessions and still have nothing but troubled sleep, are we a people that despiserepparttar 135191 poor, because they remind us of ourselves earlier in life, or do we despiserepparttar 135192 poor because they are not as we are? Have we forgotten that, our possessions belong torepparttar 135193 Lord anyway, that those things that we posses are just loaned to us to help others,repparttar 135194 Bible states that, We work to give to others. A poor man dreams of, Pearly Gates and streets of Gold, He dreams of rivers of living water and quires of Angels singing, He dreams of a tree of life and skies of blue, He dreams of eternal sunshine and walks on clouds of white. He dreams of an eternal city where He will never grow old, where his labor is thru, no sickness, no tears and no final farewells to those he loves. This is what is meant by A Poor Man, with Rich Mans Dreams.


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