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Shelly Wildman is a wife to her college sweetheart, a mom to three adult daughters, and a former writing professor who loves mentoring younger women. She is the author of First Ask Why: Raising Kids to Love God Through Intentional Discipleship. Find her on Instagram @shellywildman.

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  1. You’ve put your finger on my most pressing spiritual battle. Most of the time I sail along, confident that God’s way is “perfect,” and then He takes a path that was not on my itinerary and the ugly questioning starts again.
    Thank you for putting Hannah’s obedience and faithfulness on display with this post.
    This is a good time to be reminded that I can trust God’s motives even when I don’t know what’s next.

  2. Shelly what an important point you make and it speaks to my heart as if God we’re whispering to me right now!! That simply we shouldn’t worry about our future we just need to wait and trust in the Lord for him to reveal the next step in Gods path and what He has planned for our lives. Hannah and her faith is something I aspire to as my relationship with Christ grows… it must of been so hard giving up her baby Samuel I’m not sure I could do that. But Hannah shows complete trust in God and as crazy as it sounds (we should automatically trust God as we know from his love, creation and the miracles he has performed in my life I completely should trust Him. It is easy to try and fix things ourselves or control our future or do things we think might be what God wants for us but I need to stop that and pray over ever decision and really wait and trust in the Lord.

    • I know what you mean, Jas. I’m not sure I have the kind of faith Hannah had, but I’m grateful God takes my small seed of faith and blesses it in amazing ways. 🙂

  3. Shelly,

    No one knows what the future holds. The best we can do is take one day at a time & trust God with the rest. Most of us, especially women, want to know what’s next. We make plans & seek answers to what God has in store for us. It is hard to walk blindly on faith. God asks us to trust Him completely with our lives, money, everything. One thing we do know is that God has never failed us or forgotten us. Sure He may seem far away & feel like He’s not answering our prayers. He is working on our behalf ALL the time. He sends his gracious loving P.S. throughout the Bible. His ways are higher & different from ours for He sees the future. Job lost everything but trusted & God multiplied what he had to begin with. The Bible is full of His love notes to us. Thanks for pointing out a poignant PS for Hannah!

    Blessings 🙂

  4. Such a great reminder. I am familiar with Hannah’s story but I never thought of the perspective you shared. Now, I am even more inspired by her. My husband and I also remember our letter writing days. Especially when I lived in Sweden for a few months. Wouldn’t trade them for skype. Thanks Shelly!

  5. TRUST SURRENDER. ACCEPT GOD’S WILL I HAVE HAD A HARD TIME WITH THIS. MY DAUGHTERS DON’T SPEAK TO ME AS I HAVE NOT GONE ALONG WITH THEIR LIFE CHOICES . I MISS THEM ALOT!!!!!!! I PRAY FOR HEALING OF OUR HEARTS I PRAY BUT GOD SEEMS SILENT. WHOULD LOVE TO HEAR BACK. BLESSINGS MARIA