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Transformation Garden is a worldwide Christian ministry dedicated to encouraging and empowering women in their daily walk with Jesus. The devotional thoughts presented in Transformation Garden have their foundation in the Bible – the inspired word of God.

Transformation Garden - Nov. 9, 2009

 

"Elkanah and his wife Hannah returned to Ramah to his house.  But the child ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest.  The sons of Eli were base and worthless; they did not know or regard the Lord." 
I Samuel 2: 11, 12, Amplified Bible

EXPLORATION:

5 Lessons on Motherhood From the Life of Hannah

"What's Inside Conquers What's Outside" 
Part IV

"You no more need a day off from spiritual concentration in matters of your life than your heart needs a day off from beating.  As you cannot take a day off morally and remain moral, you cannot take a day off spiritually and remain spiritual." 
Oswald Chambers

How do I fill my "spiritual well" each day?

"Christian spirituality does not begin with us talking about our experience; it begins with listening to God call us, heal us, forgive us." 
Eugene Peterson

INSPIRATION:

"Love of Jesus, fill us, 
Joy of Jesus, surprise us, 
Peace of Jesus, flood us, 
Light of Jesus, transform us, 
Touch of Jesus, warm us, 
Strength of Jesus, encourage us." 
Angela Ashwin

I think we can all agree that our lives here on earth are one continual learning process.  Nobody I know arrived when they were born knowing everything that was essential or necessary to get along from day to day.  This fact makes it possible for every day to have some special new experience that will enlighten us.

Because your life experiences are different than mine, the lessons that are important for you to learn will most likely be different than the lessons which apply to my daily life.  This may be one of the reasons that when I'm doing radio interviews and the subject of the car accident Jim and I were in comes up, one question I can always count on is, "What lesson did you learn from this event?"  Quite frankly, the first time someone asked me this question I was taken off guard.  I hadn't focused on learning lessons, I was focused on immediate survival and recovery.

But after reflecting on the lessons that came out of this major event in my life, for myself, there's only one lesson that mattered more than any other and it is this - you can't wait until a crisis to fill your spiritual well, it needs to be filled all the time - long before a crisis hits and knocks you off your feet.

So often in my own life, I've waited until trouble upsets my life before I begin to take time to renew the spiritual elements and what a profound mistake this is.  When we regularly keep our "spiritual well" full, no matter what is going on around us, we will have heavenly resources to draw upon that will serve us well when trials come.

And this leads me directly to Lesson Number 4 which we can learn from the life of Hannah.

First of all, during all the disappointments in her life, Hannah never lost her grip on her Father in heaven.  Even when her prayers weren't answered, she continued to pray.  Even when it seemed that being faithful in her church attendance didn't make a difference, she went to Shiloh to worship.  And even when others told her God wasn't to be trusted for He wasn't answering her prayers, she continued to never let discouragement take her down.

It was from this filled-to-the-brim well that Hannah drew when the time came to send her promised son Samuel to Shiloh to serve God.

In I Samuel we are repeatedly told Eli's sons were worthless.  They did not follow God.  Furthermore, the entire spiritual condition in Israel was at an all time low.  I'm going to be completely honest with you.  If I had been in Hannah's shoes I might have thought something like this: "I know I promised God I would send Samuel to Shiloh to serve Him, but things are so bad there, I can do a lot better here at home.  I think I'll tell God my boy will be better off here in Ramah.  I don't want Eli's evil sons to have a bad influence on Samuel."

This isn't what Hannah did.  From her "filled well" she knew the training she had put into her son's life, the well she had been filling everyday in Samuel's life, would be the place where he, too, could go to draw from in times of temptation.  And this faithful mother said, "I know what's on the inside spiritually will conquer the attacks that come to him from the outside."

Not long ago, I had an email from one of God's garden daughters who told me about a friend's son who was 40-years-old and had wandered from God.  Of course this brought great sadness to his parents.  However, one day, he happened to be visiting them and saw one of our Transformation Garden bookmarks, "God's Promises for Times of Trouble."  He picked it up and began to read.  And then he said, "This is just what I need now."  Sometime in his life the well had been filled with heaven's water and now, when his mom least expected it, he was responding.

To all of us, Hannah's lesson today is to keep filling our own well and the wells of those we love, for in the times of life when trouble comes, there will be living water from which to draw aplenty!

"Every Hour of Every Day"

"I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord; 
No tender voice like Thine can peace afford. 
I need Thee every hour, stay Thou near by; 
Temptations lose their power when Thou art nigh. 
I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain; 
Come quickly and abide, or life is vain. 
I need Thee every hour, teach me Thy will, 
And Thy rich promises in me fulfill. 
I need Thee every hour, most Holy One; 
O make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son" 
Annie Sherwood Hawks 
(1835-1918)

AFFIRMATION:

"O Christ you are a bright flame before me, 
You are a guiding star above me, 
You are the light and love I see in other's eyes. 
Keep me O Christ in a love that is tender. 
Keep me O Christ in a love that is true. 
Keep me O Christ in a love that is strong 
Today, tomorrow and always." 
J. Philip Newell  

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