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The Three Powerful Prayers of Motherhood by Stephanie Rische

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I am far from having a PhD in motherhood; in fact, this is my first Mother’s Day with a child in my arms. But that’s long enough for me to know this: being a mom comes with all the feelings.

There’s something about being a mom that takes any given emotion and injects it with steroids. Sure, I experienced worry before I became a mom. But now if my baby so much as sneezes, I’m convinced that this is the twenty-first-century version of the bubonic plague. I used to feel pain, too, but that was nothing compared to the vicarious pain I felt on his first trip to the ER. I felt delight before, but nothing could have prepared me for the way my heart would swell the first time he smiled at me (even if was just gas).

baby-smiling-with-motherAs I read Scripture, it occurs to me that this phenomenon of maternal emotion is nothing new. In the story of Hannah, we see a woman who experienced the full gamut of mom-feelings—all within the span of two chapters. It’s comforting to know that I’m not alone in this swirl of emotion. But even more consoling is that God doesn’t just tolerate our spectrum of feelings; he affirms them.

Maybe you’ve bought into the idea that expects a little, well, decorum when we come to him. We figure that approaching him with our requests is like interviewing for a job or applying for a grant: we need to pull ourselves together first, and we certainly shouldn’t have any mascara running down our cheeks in the process. But Hannah’s story is proof that God welcomes us just as we are, with our full range of emotions.

woman-praying-with-bibleAnd believe it or not, there’s actually a gift that comes with strong emotion: it can drive us to our knees. All the emotion bubbling inside us can drive us to more fervent—and more frequent—prayers than we’d muster up otherwise.

This was certainly the case for Hannah. She prayed three mother-prayers for her child, and all these years later, they are the prayers all of us moms need.


Hannah’s journey to motherhood was a long and arduous one, having longed for a child for years. At the Tabernacle, she poured out her heart to the Lord, not holding back an ounce of her anguish. She prayed so fervently that the priest assumed she was drunk. “I am a woman who is deeply troubled,” she said. “I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief” (1 Samuel 1:15-16).

expectant-mother-hands-on-stomachGod heard the heartfelt “please” of this mom-to-be and answered the desire of her heart. We, too, can come to the Lord with our requests, both for ourselves and for our children, knowing that he hears and that he cares about the things closest to our hearts.

Thank you.

The Lord graciously answered Hannah’s prayers and gave her a son, Samuel, which means “heard by God.” Every time she said his name, it was a reminder of God’s faithfulness. “She named him Samuel, saying, ‘Because I asked the Lord for him’” (1 Samuel 1:20).

mother-and-daughter-walking-togetherJust as Hannah brought her full grief to the Lord, she also brought her full gratitude to the Lord. In 1 Samuel 2, we read her song of praise, which opens with these joyful words: “My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong” (1 Samuel 2:1). After God answers our prayers, it’s so easy to move on to the next problem, the next request. We get stuck in “please” mode and forget to say thank you. But Hannah’s example reminds us to bring both the sorrows and the joys of motherhood to the Lord.

They’re yours.

This is perhaps the most difficult prayer for a mother to utter. We’re wired to protect and nurture our children, which is a good, God-given instinct. However, we sometimes forget that these children aren’t really ours. God has entrusted them to us, but ultimately, they belong to him.

willow-tree-mother-and-sonAfter all those years of waiting, it would have been easy for Hannah to cling tightly to her son. He was her miracle-child, after all! But she never forgot that Samuel was first and foremost God’s child, and when he was just a few years old, she brought him to the Tabernacle so he could serve the Lord for the rest of his life. “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).

Whatever emotions you are experiencing this Mother’s Day, I invite you to bring them to our gracious God, who welcomes our tears and our joy—and everything in between. Let those feelings be transformed into prayers in his presence.

Please. Thank you. They’re yours.

Stephanie Rische is a senior editor and team leader at Tyndale House Publishers, as well as a freelance writer for publications such as Today’s Christian Woman, Christian Marriage Today, and Significant Living magazine. You can follow Stephanie’s blog at www.StephanieRische.com.

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Amazon-Only E-Book Deal Alert: Karen Kingsbury’s Let Me Hold You Longer

Let Me Hold You Longer


Amazon has chosen Let Me Hold You Longer to be their Kid’s Daily Deal! For today only, you can get Let Me Hold You Longer for your Kindle or Kindle app for just $1.99.

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With lighthearted illustrations and a sweet, reflective tone, best-selling author Karen Kingsbury encourages parents to savor not only their children’s “firsts”—like first steps and first words—but the “lasts” as well. With the tenderness of a mother speaking directly to her child, Karen reminds us not to miss last days of kindergarten and last at bats in Little League amidst the whirlwind of life. Adapted from a poem in Rejoice, mothers and grandmothers everywhere will identify with the tenderhearted reflections in Let Me Hold You Longer.

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E-Book Deal Alert: Let Me Hold You Longer

For a limited time, you can download Karen Kingsbury’s picture book Let Me Hold You Longer for $3.99! This offer ends on 5/7/13, so hurry!

What’s it about? Karen Kingsbury’s touching poem about watching her son grow up is paired with beautiful illustrations. The Barnes & Noble and iBookstore versions both include audio of Karen’s voice reading the story.

Who should read it?  Parents who are looking for a book to read for their kids, kids who like to look at pretty pictures, anyone who enjoys storytime

What should you read when you’re done with this? If you want another read-along book for your kids, try I Couldn’t Love You More by Matt Hammitt and Jason Ingram. If you’re looking for more stories about motherhood, try Melanie Shankle’s Sparkly Green Earrings.


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Divine by Karen Kingsbury – Free Ebook

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This is one you’re going to want to tell your friends about. We’re currently offering Divine by best-selling author Karen Kingsbury as a free ebook!

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Best-selling author Karen Kingsbury weaves another dramatic story of tragedy and redemption!

Mary Madison was a child of unspeakable horrors, a young woman society wanted to forget. Now a divine power has set Mary free to bring life-changing hope and love to battered and abused women living in the shadow of the nation’s capital.

Mary is educated and redeemed, a powerful voice in Washington, D.C.—both to the politically elite and to other women like her. But she also has a past that shamed polite society. Her experiences created in her paralyzing fear, faithlessness, addiction, and promiscuity. At the crossroads of her life, only one power set Mary free and gave her a lifetime of love and hope. A power that could only be divine.

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March Free Ebooks

*Note* We added some links, and revised others. Gray Matter for Nook is now free. (3.1.11)

There are a lot of critics of the digital world out there. Some people argue that the more we dive into sites like Facebook and Twitter the further we separate ourselves from reality. Smart phones and status updates can remove us from what’s happening in front of our faces. I tend to lean more towards the camp that believes the digital world brings us together more. Connecting with friends on Facebook makes it easier to plan hang outs and parties. The instant communication that cell phones and smart phones provide can turn a boring Friday night into something fun.

This past week I took the idea of using something in the digital world to spark something in my everyday life and applied it to ebooks. If I saw that a friend had an ebook reader I always let them know that Tyndale was offering several free titles that they could easily download on their device. For people that don’t own ereaders, I let them know that they could still download ebooks and read them right from their computers. This practice is always great to start discussions about the books, or about digital publishing in general.  Give it a try yourself. To help you out here’s a list of free ebooks that are being offered this month. Download these, and tell your friends!

Whisper on the Wind by Maureen Lang



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Gray Matter by David Levy


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Riven by Jerry Jenkins


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