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  • Writer's pictureDanielle Derks Zapchenk

Are You Real or Faking it? with Danielle Zapchenk #99

Today I am sharing one of my messages for our Summer Sermon Series and there will be a few sprinkled over the course of the summer with a couple from the archives that as well. Thanks for switching gears a bit to allow us at The Parable Podcast a little space to enjoy playing games with our kids, sipping iced coffees and relaxing on our back porch. This message was a previous message I shared at our home church of West Ridge. I hope you enjoy this message today and it encourages you wherever you are.

Message Notes

In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the LORD, weeping bitterly. 1 Samuel 1:10

“LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life...” 1 Samuel 1:11

“Just because we’re Christians, doesn’t mean we’re healthy. In the same way that our bodies can fail us physically, our minds can do the same – it’s the reality of a broken world. Mental and emotional health issues still happen for those of us that call ourselves Christians." - Counselor Deborah Fileta

As she prayed silently before the Eternal One, the priest Eli watched her mouth: Hannah’s lips were moving, but since she was praying silently, he could not hear her words. So Eli thought she was drunk. 1 Samuel 1:12-13

“just a woman with a wounded spirit. I have been pouring out the pain in my soul before the Eternal One. 16 Please don’t consider your servant some worthless woman just because I have been speaking for so long out of worry and exasperation. 1 Samuel 1:15-16

What is that thorn for you?

“Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” 1 Samuel 1:17

"we can have confidence in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us." 1 John 5:14

“My heart rejoices in the LORD. My strength rises up in the LORD! My mouth mocks my enemies because I rejoice in your deliverance. 2 No one is holy like the LORD—no, no one except you! There is no rock like our God! 1 Samuel 2:1-2

Reflection Questions 1. Are you real or are you faking it?

2. Is there something you need to sacrifice this week?

3. Praise Him even in the tough times.

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