After 35 years of knowing Jesus as my Lord and Savior, I realized there was one person in the Bible I had grossly overlooked. One woman that deserved all my respect and admiration. This woman is Hannah.

Hannah was a God-fearing woman who loved her husband, Elkanah with all her heart. But there was one painful issue she had to deal with year upon year. She was barren. In those days, a woman’s worth was found in bearing children. End of story.

To make matters worse, Elkanah had another wife who had NO problem getting pregnant. She would torture Hannah verbally and tell her she was worthless.

But Hannah kept right on believing and trusting that God could give her a son. And after many, many years of waiting, she prayed and told God that if He would give her a son, she would give him back to the Lord. He would serve in the temple.

Amazingly, Hannah conceived and had a little boy. She named him Samuel.

When he stopped nursing, probably around 3, Hannah took him to the temple to live with the priests. She fulfilled her promise and dedicated him back to the Lord.

OK, how was she able to take her only child and leave him? He would have been a precious toddler! And then it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Hannah wasn’t a SUPER HUMAN!

It must have absolutely killed her to walk away after waiting for all those years. Getting up with Samuel during the night, being there for his first word, first giggle, first smile. Hannah was probably the one who taught him to take his first steps.

Don’t you know she probably cried for an entire month before she took him and then heaved the whole journey to the temple. She knew she would probably only see him a few times a year, if that.

We won’t know until heaven, but I wonder if she asked God to let him stay until he was 18 or at least a teenager. I know I would have.

Without a doubt, Hannah knew her son ultimately belonged to God. He was the one who had blessed her with a son, and He had huge plans for this child. Hannah knew she could trust Him with her most precious procession. My respect for Hannah went through the roof!

26 days ago, I also made an awful journey. To Northwest Christian University, to be exact. Like Hannah, Jason and I were dropping off our first born son at college. Even though we all knew this was the best decision for Kaleb , it still ripped my heart to shreds.

Two words pretty much summed me up: HOT MESS!!!

I couldn’t sleep, I couldn’t eat, and I couldn’t talk to ANYONE without crying.

He had been with us since birth. For Pete’s sake, He WAS half of each of us!

I kept seeing “flashbacks” to his younger years.

(I know many of you Mommas are going through the exact same ” valley” right now. Hugs and Kisses GALORE.)

Where had the years gone? How was I going to do this?

O Hannah, I salute you. Thank you for the painful yet amazing example you have been to us all. I desperately want to trust God with all the kiddos He’s given us! One day at a time…just like Hannah.

“I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of Him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life, he will be given over to the LORD.” –1 Samuel 1:27-28

How about you? Is there an area in your life right now that is requiring you to “loosen your grip” and fully trust in the LORD?

Welcome, my friend. I’m so glad you’re here.


  • Lori
    September 19, 2016 7:38 am

    Oh my friend your writing makes me cry. Thank you for sharing your words, your heart, your insight!

  • Kari
    September 22, 2016 10:09 pm

    This is so exciting and encouraging Gretchen! So glad God has put you up to this! I have no doubt this will touch many lives as it has mine. Love you! 🙂

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