God's First

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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 1:21-28

Hannah and Elkanah's decision to give their precious son Samuel to God reminded me of what took place a little while after my husband was diagnosed with cancer.

I had recently walked with my dad through his battle with cancer (which took his life), and now my husband (Jeff) and I were receiving the same awful news from his doctor--cancer. At first, I was devastated. My first thought was that Jeff would end up dying just like my dad. But a few weeks into Jeff's chemotherapy, God helped me see that Jeff was His first, and as much as I loved my precious husband, God loved him even more. God had Jeff right in the middle of His hands.

It was a difficult prayer, but at that point I prayed and told God how much I loved Jeff and wanted to keep him--but I understood and accepted that Jeff was His first, and whatever the outcome of Jeff's cancer, I was fully trusting in Him. I can't explain it, but taking on this perspective and praying that prayer changed everything for me. Fear, worry and anxiety were replaced by a peace that I know only God can provide. Thank you, God, for helping me see that we are all Yours first.

What's your perspective when it comes to your children, your spouse, your parents, your siblings? Do you think of your loved ones (and yourself) as being God's first? Why is this important? Tami

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Thank you Tammy for sharing your personal insight. Meant a lot to me personally. 🙏🏻

Powerful! Your transparency helped bring it home for me.


I say thank you too, Tami!
It was beautiful how God helped you to see God's first!
I do pray that God's will be done, but this is a new but good concept that I would like to add to my prayers too concerning my spouse and siblings and myself!

It is important to focus on God's first in our prayers, "God helped me see that Jeff was His first, and as much as I loved my precious husband, God loved him even more. God had Jeff right in the middle of His hands." this is God's plan and it is biblical!!

This lesson was so right on that I shared it with my FB members!

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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