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April 29, 2015

I always love it when I my oldest daughter comes home.  She brings back so many wonderful memories of being a new parent, of raising children, of God leading us to different places and ministries, and my own childhood.  Being a firstborn child isn’t easy for them, or for the parents.  There are challenges, but there are also wonderful traits.  Firstborns tend to be reliable, conscientious, structured, cautious, controlling, and achievers.  They also bask in their parents’ presence, which explains why they act like mini-adults.  My firstborn mirrors these traits and I am so grateful for her uniqueness and her personality.  Psalm 139 says, “you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful.”  God knew what He was doing when he created my firstborn.

The other side of being a firstborn is being the experiment, the new parenting ideas, and the trial and error.  I thank God that He has been there the whole time as we raised our girls, trying to teach them about God’s incredible love and forgiveness.  Hopefully helping them understand that we are all firstborns, striving for perfection and to please our parents, or our Heavenly Father.  I am not always perfect, I fail often, but I daily strive to please my God and Father.  I know that parents are suppose to teach and lead, but my firstborn has taught me so much about faith and leaning on God.  It is not easy being a firstborn, but God has a purpose and plan for you, and for me, and for all firstborns.

I believe that God’s intention is for all of us to be firstborns.  The Bible says, ‘you must be born again”.  Born again means being reborn into His purpose, being willing to step out in faith, living a new life for Him, and being diligent in following Him.  Another thought mentioned about firstborns is that they excel at winning the hearts of their parents.  She has won my heart, just like I strive to win my Heavenly Fathers heart.

Thank God for your firstborns, they will teach you a lot about faith.

I love you Brianna.

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