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Our Firsts

I was watching my little grandson, Nehemiah, learn to ride a tricycle for the first time this week.  He was so excited, laughing and squealing with his Poppa, who was watching over him to make sure he didn’t fall off and hurt himself.  It was pure joy to experience this ‘first’ with him.  And since Nehemiah is not yet three years old, he has a whole lifetime of exciting ‘firsts’ before him.  As I reflected on this, I started thinking of all the ‘spiritual firsts’ we can or have had with the Lord.

The first time we step out and pray out loud in front of others, the first time we take a leadership role in the church, the first time we sing in front of the congregation, the first time we speak or give a prophetic word, the first time we share our faith with a friend or family member, the first time we operate in any of the supernatural gifts, the first time we feel His tangible presence, the first time we weep in repentance, and the list goes on and on!  For me, some of those firsts were both exhilarating and terrifying!  But as I stepped out in faith leaning on my Heavenly Father who was watching over me, I was rewarded with an incredible sense of accomplishment, purpose, and victory. As I reflect on all these ‘firsts,’ my heart cannot help but swell with gratitude and thanksgiving towards our Lord, for all that we have walked together in.

In the natural, as we grow and age like Nehemiah, more of our first time experiences will likely be behind us rather than before us. But in the Kingdom realm, this is not the case because we are being continually “transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory” (2 Corinthians 2:18).  No matter how old we get to be we still have an eternity of ‘firsts’ before us! And these ‘firsts’ keep our spiritual lives fresh and filled with joyful wonder.

So let’s ask ourselves – Are we experiencing any ‘firsts’ right now in this season of our lives? If not, we need to change that. One way we can do this is by identifying what ‘firsts’ we still have both big and small, as dreams with God? Then we need to be intentional about moving towards those ‘firsts.’

My desire for us as women of God is that we will experience all the wonderful ‘firsts’ the Lord has for each one of us, as we continue to become all that He has destined us to be. Therefore, let’s pray and declare 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12 over each other today!

“To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus will be glorified in you, and you in Him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.”

Have an awesome day!

Anna

 

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  1. Bonnie Brooks says

    Thank you Anna. Yes, I agree with you. Firsts are often surprising and exciting and challenging all at the same time. With God, even little things become so encouraging for continued growth and life. Every day the Bible offers up a verse or two that I have suddenly seen. It calls for pondering and I am so thankful for journals which allow me to review what I have learned. I question myself and God. He always gives an answer. I’ve started including some of my prayers in the journal and it is so exciting to read what I wrote a month before or earlier. Answers can sometimes just happen and without reflection we miss an opportunity to praise Him with our thankfulness. Firsts are a wonderful blessing. May we always recognize them with joyful praise.

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