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Scripture: Deut. 28:1–2 - And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: And all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.
Opening Song: Called to Serve (PCS #174)
In the bible we read the story of a woman named Hannah. Hannah had wanted a baby for a long time. One day while she was in the temple she prayed, “O Lord, if you will give me a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life.” The Lord answered Hannah’s prayer and she had a baby boy. She named the baby Samuel.
When the little boy was old enough to help in the temple, Hannah and Elkanah, his father, took him to the temple to live with Eli, the priest. They took him there to fulfill Hannah's promise to have her son serve the Lord.
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One night after Samuel had gone to bed, Samuel heard someone calling his name, “Samuel.” Samuel thought it must be Eli calling to him. He went into Eli's room and answered, “Here am I”. But Eli said he had not called and sent him back to bed.
Samuel went back to bed, but after he laid down her heard a voice again calling his name...“Samuel,” and once more Samuel answered, “Here am I”. The boy ran to Eli, who answered, “I called not, my son,” and sent him back as before.
The third time this happened, Eli realized that the Lord had been calling Samuel. He told the boy to go back to bed and, if the voice called again, to say, “Speak, Lord; for thy servant heareth”.
When the Lord called, “Samuel, Samuel” again, the boy answered as Eli had told him. Then the Lord talked to Samuel and Samuel listened to His words. As Samuel grew up, he learned well the duties and responsibilities of being called by the Lord. Because Samuel listened and obeyed, the Lord was with Samuel as he grew, and all the people knew he was a prophet.
Many times the Lord calls us and asks us to serve him. Sometimes it is through a mission call and sometimes it is through accepting a calling at church and doing our best. Sometimes the work we do for the Lord is easy and other times we may find it difficult. But if we always hear and answer when the Lord calls we will be blessed.
Bear your testimony about the blessing that come from bending your will to the Lords and serving in the capacities in which you are called. Share a specific time when you received a calling from the Lord and answered that call - share the insights and blessings you received as a result..
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Practice Song: If you are teaching your family the FEBRUARY Song of the Month, go over the words and music with your family.
Activity: Choose from the following activities as they best suit your family.
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