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Transformation Garden - Nov. 6, 2009

  • 2009 Nov 06


"Hannah prayed." 
I Samuel 2: 1, Amplified Bible


5 Lessons on Motherhood From the Life of Hannah

"A Mom's Most Effective Weapon"  

Part 1

"There is no power like that of prevailing prayer - like Hannah intoxicated with sorrow…such prayer prevails.  It turns ordinary mortals into (women) of power. It brings power.  It brings fire. It brings rain. It brings life. It brings God." 
Samuel Chadwick

Have I taken up the "weapon" of prayer and prevailed with my heavenly Father regarding a great need in my own life or that of my children?

"Depend on prayer; 
Prayer is powerful." 
John Charles Ryle


"Prayer moves the hand that moves the world." 
Author Unknown

William Ross Wallace was born in Lexington, Kentucky in 1819.  The son of a Presbyterian pastor, William's father died when he was only an infant. Raised by a wonderful mother he grew up to become a lawyer in New York City.  But his most noted endeavors relate to his literary pursuits including his well-known poem entitled, "The Hand That Rocks the Cradle is the Hand That Rules the World."

As we have delved into the family life and spiritual life of Hannah over the past few weeks, it has certainly become apparent this deeply devout woman's life had a profound effect on everyone she came in contact with.

But it is the lessons we can learn from Hannah, regarding motherhood - on sharing a nurturing love - which apply directly to your life and mine, today.  Whether we are blessed with many children or are unable to have a child, each of us as women, have planted within our hearts, a nourishing spirit which can foster the development and growth of everyone in our lives, especially the little ones whom we touch. 

This is why we're going to spend some time examining 5 Lessons on Motherhood we can take away from the life of Hannah.

As I've reviewed the life of this wonderful woman, there's one particular lesson which stands out more than any other and it is this: A mother's (or any woman for that matter) greatest weapon throughout her life, is prevailing prayer.

When we hear the word "arsenal" used, I don't know about you, but what comes to my mind are stockpiles of missiles, guns and ammunition.  Interestingly enough, there's more to this word than a simple referral to weaponry.  The word "arsenal" also refers to "storage" like the word, "storehouse."  All of a sudden I'm taken to the words of Jesus who promises that we don't have to store things up on this earth, for His blessings come upon us by simply asking.

Possibly, you're wondering why I've chosen to use the word "weapon" to describe the power we have when we, as women, ask for our Father's help.  The reason I chose to use the word "weapon" is that it reflects, in modern day living, the ultimate instrument of choice, the offensive armament that supersedes any other. And this is exactly what prayer is all about. It is often the best and only weapon we have.

While William Ross Wallace penned, "For the hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world," I'd like to add to these beautiful words which are the ones that begin our "Inspiration" today, "Prayer moves the hand that moves the world."

I urge you to take a moment and close your eyes.  Picture your hand pushing a cradle so very gently back and forth, the cradle of a child you hold dear to your heart.  But then, look again, for on top of your hand is another one. A larger hand and from this loving hand flows heaven's strength and power for it is a hand that upholds worlds and yet, it's a hand that carries your name and mine, engraved upon its palm.  It is a hand that with the tenderness of a mother protects and shields.  It is a hand of power, which quiets the storms of life and lifts the weight of earthly burdens.

No wonder Hannah went to her knees and fell on her face.  No wonder we find repeatedly that, "Hannah prayed." Why wouldn't any woman go to the power source, to the arsenal, to heaven's storehouse before taking on the challenges of daily life.

As your hand "rocks a cradle" or "lifts a burden," never forget, our Father's hand holds you and empowers you everyday of your life. And His power is there any time, all we have to do is ask for it.

"Blessings on the hand of women! 
Angels guard its strength and grace, 
In the palace, cottage, hovel, 
Oh, no matter where the place; 
Would that never storms assailed it, 
Rainbows ever gently curled; 
For the hand that rocks the cradle 
Is the hand that rules the world.

Woman, how divine your mission 
Here upon our natal sod! 
Keep, oh, keep the young heart open 
Always to the breath of God! 
All true trophies of the ages 
Are from mother-love impearled; 
For the hand that rocks the cradle 
Is the hand that rules the world." 
William Ross Wallace


"O God, we place our children in your hands. 
We ask 
not that you will shield them from difficulty, 
but that you will give them the strength to face it; 
not that you will protect them from making mistakes, 
but that they may be able to learn from them; 
not that their lives will be easy, 
but that they will deal with its challenges courageously. 
Be with them when they are vulnerable, 
protect them from lasting harm, 
and keep them always in your love." 
Angela Ashwin

Your friend, 
Dorothy Valcàrcel, Author 
When A Woman Meets Jesus

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