Archive | September 18, 2013

Woman of Faith – Hannah

My awesome sister in Christ Julie wrote this to complete my series of ” Woman of Faith” I am so blessed this evening. Please read her stunning writing about Woman of Faith – Hannah

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My wonderful Blog Friend Karina is doing a series on Women of Faith. As we have communicated back and forth, it was decided I would do a post about Hannah.  


Have you ever wanted something so deeply that your soul was troubled? Many years ago my husband and I wanted a second child, but it did not happen. I frequently turned to Samuel 1 to pray, and for peace and comfort, knowing God would answer my prayer in His way, in His time. 

The full text of the Scripture is 1 Samuel 1:1-19, but I have only reprinted verses 2 and 10-19 below. 

He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.

10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your…

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Woman of Faith (The Canaanite Woman)


This is the third post of “Woman of Faith” The last posts is based on the book of Esther and Sarah. This evening I chose unknown woman figure from Canaanite. I hope the readers do not get bored to read the post of “Woman of Faith”

“Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me” (Matthew 15:25)

My dear reader, we don’t know the name of this Canaanite woman. She is not famous as Esther, Sarah, or another woman figure in the Bible. But when I read her short story I really impressed and in awe to her. Why? Let’s we take a look.

She comes to Jesus for healing her daughter. When she came to Jesus she faces three obstacles: Silence, saints, and insult. When she first begged Jesus’ mercy, Jesus doesn’t answer her word.”But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.” (Verse 23) But this fact does not discourage this woman. Have we ever praying and it seems God doesn’t answer our prayer? By this time, many people quit going to church because someone in the church says something that offends them. In verse 23, the disciples are representative and founders of the first church. They not just offend this woman, even ordered her to go away! Once again, though she got unpleasant treat this could not deter her.

Finally, Jesus calls her a dog. It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.”  (Verse 26) This is a depiction that we are really not worthy to receive His mercy. Maybe we are shocked with Jesus’ answer. But this Canaanite woman is not! She knew she did not deserve to receive Jesus’ favor. She said: “Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” (Verse 27)

After this testing, Jesus proclaims, “Great is thy faith” The greatest thing that can be said about us is not that we are worthy or not to receive His mercy, but that we have a great faith! This woman shows an absolute trust in, and reverence for, Jesus. She came to Jesus, she worshipped Him, and she trusted Him: “Lord, help me” with her great and unwavering faith she was able to pass all obstacles to kneel at the feet of Jesus and begs His mercy.

My dear lovely friends, I will end this post with questions. How big is our faith, now? Whether we have faith as the Canaanite woman? Whether we’re having so many obstacles that can weaken our faith? Together, let’s us ponder this story and remember what God said to us: Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20) Amen.


Photo art work by Ar Vhee

Note: Thank you so much for Ar Vhee who willing to fulfill my request to design photo illustration for my post “Woman of Faith”