{Ministry Mom} Fading Firsts.

Written by: Mandy Lawrence-Hill

This week we celebrated the first birthday of our youngest child, Grayson, with our family and a few friends. This is the last first birthday that we will ever celebrate in our family- which brings with it a very interesting package of emotions over the closing of a chapter so full of incredible moments.

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There will be no more soft kicks in utero.
There will be no more obstetrical visits.
There will be no more first night home from the hospital.
There will be no more first baths.
There will be no more middle-of-the-night feedings.
There will be no more first tastes of pureed peas.
There will be no more first smiles.
There will be no more first laughs.
There will be no more first birthdays.

While the pages in our babies chapter of firsts slowly begin to draw to a close, we can praise God for the blessing in the many more firsts to come.

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19)

In celebration of all the firsts in my babies lives, I am reminded of the many firsts we experience as new believers.

The passion we felt in praising and serving God in every area of our lives.
Hunger for His truths.
Thirst for His presence.
That undeniable and immeasurable joy.
The excitement we had about going to church and fellowshipping with His people.

While the newness of our relationship with Christ will grow seasoned with time, let us not lose the passion that we received with our salvation. Instead, let us grow and mature in the same way that babies do. Let us dig deeper into the word, increasing in our knowledge of Him. Let us quench our thirst for His presence by intentionally seeking Him every day. Let us serve Him joyfully in new and exciting ways; ways that honour Him and radiate His goodness to those around us. And, let us grow and nurture relationships within the body of Christ so we may strengthen our witness to those looking in.

“…And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap a harvest, if we do not give up.” (Galations 6:9)

Jesus, thank You for new life. God, as a mama it’s sometimes hard to watch those firsts fade into time. But, God help us to not hold on so tightly that we miss the blessing of new growth and maturity. Likewise, as Your children please help us to embrace seasons of growth and a deepening of our faith. We want to know You more. In Jesus name, Amen.

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