Returning Back to My First Love

I’ve felt for a while that I had drifted away from the intimacy I once shared with the Lord. I’m still steadily involved with good and godly things, and I haven’t gone off the deep end. But I began to take inventory of how I had been spending my time and energy, and I wasn’t too surprised.

In this age of streaming everything, I admitted to myself and some trusted friends that I binge-watch a lot of Netflix. I often stay up super late, which of course doesn’t put me in a great position to get up early and spend any time with Him.

I thought back to twenty years ago when I first gave my life to Christ. It was my joy and delight to sacrifice anything and everything to dig into His Word or spend time in prayer and worship. I still do those things, but they just happen in my car, on the go, hurried and sporadic. I don’t intentionally sit down nearly as much as I used to or create space to sit and simply listen to what He is saying.

I knew this needed to change, and I’m in the beginning of this process of re-cultivating my first love with God.

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.
Revelation 2:4-5 (NIV)

Every sermon or song I’ve listened to lately has circled around this Scripture. We, as busy believers, have forgotten our first love. We don’t do it on purpose. We don’t do it because we think our ways are better. Forgetting our first love doesn’t happen overnight. It is a slow fade. It begins with one compromise, with giving in to one distraction. It happens when we give in to our flesh and when we don’t prioritize well.

 

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Worship Wednesday…In Every Way

“As the sun begins to rise
In that moment You are God
In the darkness of the night
Even then You are God
In the depths, in the heights
You remain, You are God
Give me breath, and give me life
And I will say You are God

It’s who You are
You never change
You never change
You never change
It’s who You are
In every way
In every way
In every way
It’s who You are
You never change
You never change
You never change
It’s who You are
In every way
In every way
In every way

You’ve shown me Your goodness
I have seen it with my eyes
In my greatest disappointment
You have never left my side
You are fighting every battle
In my weakness, You are strong
In every step, You are faithful
In every season, You are God

It’s who You are
You never change
You never change
You never change
It’s who You are
In every way
In every way
In every way
God, it’s who You are
You never change
You never change
You never change
It’s who You are
In every way
In every way
In every way

I know You do all things well
I know You do all things well
I know You do all things well
I know You do all things well
Yes, You do all things well

It’s who You are
You never change
You never change
You never change
It’s who You are
In every way
In every way
In every way
God, it’s who You are
You never change
You never change
You never change
God, it’s who You are
In every way
In every way
In every way

And I know (Yes, I know) You do all things well
I know (I know) You do all things well
I know (Yes,I know) You do all things well
I know (I know) You do all things well”

 

By Christy Nockels

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