Great Exchange

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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 1:1-20; Philippians 4:4-7

My plan this morning was to move on to Hannah and Elkanah's faithfulness in giving Samuel to the Lord. But as I read back through the opening verses of chapter 1, God drew my attention to and impressed on my heart Hannah's changed demeanor and attitude after she poured her heart out to God. Hannah authentically shared her feelings of distress, despair and sadness with God and what took place is what I like to refer to as "the great exchange." That's when we give our worries, troubles and concerns to God, and in exchange He gives us His peace. Paul's words from Philippians 4 came to mind as I considered what took place with Hannah.

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:6-7).

God is all about relationship, which means He wants to interact with us. He wants us to talk with Him and tell Him what is on our hearts. He wants to hear it ALL.

What does your typical interaction with God look like? Do you talk openly with Him about what's going on in your life--the good, the bad, your struggles, what you fear, what brings you joy, your dreams? If not, what's holding you back? What are you going to talk with God about today? Tami

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What does your typical interaction with God look like?
It doesn't look very good. I know that it needs improvement

Do you talk openly with Him about what's going on in your life--the good, the bad, your struggles, what you fear, what brings you joy, your dreams?
I had not thought about my prayers in this way.

If not, what's holding you back? What are you going to talk with God about today? Why? I have never given it any thought that I could and would like a more close and intimate prayer with the Lord. Thanks for bringing this thought to me,us Tami!
From this day forth, I plan to have a more relationship-kind of prayer to the Lord.

The contrast prayers of Hannah were a blessing!

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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