In the book of First Samuel in the Bible, we learn about Hannah, Samuel's mother. Her prayers and faith are really the beginning of Samuel's story.
Hannah's story of faith is a great example of how God answers prayers. She prayed earnestly for a child, she vowed to give her child to the Lord, and she conceived and bore a son. After he was weaned, she gave Samuel to the priest Eli so that he could serve in the house of the Lord at Shiloh. Then she rejoiced . . . and was blessed by the Lord with other children.
I love this story and believe that Hannah's example of faith surely had a huge influence on Samuel and helped him to become a great leader and prophet of the Lord. It's also a beautiful example of placing our hope in the Lord.
Rebekah Jones shared an indepth devotional and Bible art journaling video on this story at the beginning of the year as part of her new Heaven is Calling Bible Art Journaling Challenge Series. (I highly recommend her website!)
Who has influenced you and helped you become the person you are today?