Young Hannah: My Equivalent

young hannahHannah

  • The childless woman.
  • The broken woman.
  • Society frowned upon her and others like her.
  • Others had a misconceived perception of her.

Read 1 Samuel 1:9-16

Though Hannah was married.  This blog post is going to take this a step further: This is where many fall- the singles and childless in our society. The single and childless are the ones our society misses out on. At times, they are the ignored, partially (or completely) broken that others don’t see, and have the opportunity to shine more for Jesus!

I am aware of the increasing difficulty to join others in their life events of all sorts. Whether it is a newborn baby, wedding, holidays, etc. God gave us emotions to use and not neglect. Hence, this blog post. I think it is an important topic to consider.

The single and childless are the uncelebrated groups in our society.

Instead of treasuring these, they can be treated as those their “status” is a curse- whether it is intentionally or not. They can be treated as those their experiences aren’t validate or valued in comparison to others- whether we mean to or not. Maybe, we have forgotten how it feels to be in that awkward season while everyone you know is married or a parent. Where it can literally feel like you are the one and only single or childless woman on the planet. We can’t forget that these need love and ministering to also. Their lives aren’t easier than ours. Their lives are just organized differently with their own battle.

Singles and those who are childless, can be the ignored.
Their feelings may not be taken into consideration.
They can easily be forgotten.

We celebrate those in relationships.
We celebrate the newly married.
We celebrate the long-time married.
We celebrate those who are going to be parents.
We celebrate parents, whether young or old.

An single and childless individual just may be doing life in a way that honors God! In our momentary struggles and how others respond to our “status” (intentional or not), it’s fairly easy to forget that we are honoring God, by holding to our convictions! We aren’t getting things wrong, or skipping a step. We aren’t missing our God-given purpose. Entering this place for the singles and childless, this is huge.

Scripture states:
“For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; that each one of you know how to control his own body in holiness and honor…” (1 Thessalonians 4:3-4)

This Scripture says a lot about how we live our lives. “For this is the will of God”. Sanctification. Let’s honor God in all we say and do.

I am not advocating not celebrating others or their families.
Just that we don’t neglect celebrating these who find themselves either single or childless.
We need to treasure them.
We need to treasure their obedience to God.
We need to treasure their life’s season.
We need to encourage them, as they seek to honor God.


Disciples of Nations

I am coming to a place of realizing that it’s about more than ‘fishin’ for people’. It’s more than witnessing. It’s more than words. It’s more than actions. It’s more than bringing people to Jesus Christ. It is more. It is so much more than all that. It all comes together! Jesus reminds us that it is so much more. It commands that it be so much more:

“Go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)

As an introvert, I may do that differently. My life is a testimony. I may not walk right up to random stranger, and say something an extrovert would say. The bigger picture I learned yesterday is that desire to see people come to Jesus has to be greater than the fear/anxieties I wrestle with. Today, that reminder is discipling, building community, and edifying the body of Christ has be so much bigger than those same fears and anxieties.

I found a Bible verse today that I am barely understanding. I would say I have never seen the verse before, but I probably have. I probably skipped over it. Not realizing its significance, because I am human and that stuff happens. It is only through these last few days of going to share my faith in action not so much words, that I am being given understanding and can appreciate it. In 2 Corinthians 2, we are called to spread Christ’s fragrance everywhere. From right where we are to wherever He takes us. Begin today. Trusting Him to take control, give us the right words, work in others’ hearts. He is all powerful! He can do all this, and so. much. more.

As I said, today’s reminder is this applies to discipleship, building up my community of fellow believers, and taking new risks to put myself in a place where I can build up the body of Christ (even joining new small groups, etc). As an introvert, those risks are serious. They are dangerous. As a Christian, we are called to “count the cost” of following Jesus. As I count the cost (feeling uncomfortable, anxiety, and fears), I know He is greater. Scripture says, we are to be courageous and strong. The only way we can do that is by reaching the end of ourselves, and reaching out to God- placing our trust in Him!

A really good teaching that is helping me is one called “Dangerous” by Chris Walton (from July 27th, 2014). Check it out. It may help you also. We all have new ways we need to be challenged in our walk with Christ. Challenged to share our faith with others, to learn about Jesus Christ ourselves to understand His sacrifice and He paid our price, and His undying love for us, to be more consumed with Him than our fears, and seeking to build up the body of Christ.

Last but certainly not least: “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing.”