Read 1 Samuel 1 – 4

For this child I prayed; and the LORD hath given me my petition which I asked of him: Therefore also I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the LORD. 1 Samuel 1:27-28 KJV

These are the words of Hannah as she dedicated her son, Samuel, to the Lord. Hannah provides a wonderful example of motherhood. She believed that there was nothing more important than being a mother; and so she committed herself to that end. Nothing distracted her from giving him her undivided attention. She believed nothing and no one could cause her to be a mother but God, and so she thrust herself upon Him seeking His blessing in her life. This was true even when others misunderstood her. She also believed no one but God could best raise her child, so she wholeheartedly dedicated him to the Lord that Samuel would know, love and serve the Lord all the days of his life. The loving example, dedication, and prayers of this mother accomplished their goal. Samuel did serve the Lord, led others to do the same, and became a godly leader among the people.

Lord, not only is Hannah a great example for mothers but for parents in general, including me. Hannah never gave up on accomplishing what she hoped as a mother. Help me maintain the same faithful determination, and be the same kind of example to my children and their children.