What’s your title? I began thinking about this question after praying for someone and praying the truth, “She was yours first!” I prayed this short sentence over and over as God started revealing to me a timeline of my own life. I’d like to paint this picture for you. On January 28, 1995, I had a title. From the moment I entered the World I was Lori and Mark Stone’s Daughter. I was a Granddaughter, a Niece and a Cousin. In 1997, I became a Sister! On down the road I was a student, a gymnast, a cheerleader, a softball player, a girlfriend, a worship leader, a youth pastor and so on and so forth. As I was looking at my timeline, I began to think about more emotional things. For instance, in 2013 I was a High School Graduate AND sad, because of the loss of my grandfather. Over time I noticed how quickly my emotions could change! In 2015 I was a Wife and in love, yet in 2016 I was devastated over my Mom’s sickness and death. I started to think about these titles and the way that I was looking at them, and realized that I was looking at them all wrong!
God showed me that the titles of daughter, student, cheerleader, etc. were titles that were given to me by the World. Titles that associated me with who I was surrounded by or my actions. However, in the titles of in love, sad, and devastated, I noticed the ways that I was defining myself! You see, only I could read my feelings. The World might have seen the way I was feeling because of the body language I chose to live by, but I had the choice to portray each of my feelings in my own way. I heard a word spoken by Ginger Stache that said, “We should decide to follow the God of the Bible, not the God of our emotions!” In a world full of titles, cliques and emotions, we lose sight of who God calls us to be! Psalm 139 speaks that God knows every moment of our lives. When we sit down and rise up – He knows it! When we speak – he knows the words before we speak them! It states that no matter where we go he is ALWAYS there! As wonderful as all of that is MY favorite verse here is in verses thirteen and fourteen. It reads, “For you have formed me in my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.”
After reading that, I realized…. before 2:02PM on Saturday, January 28, 1995, I was already a daughter. I was already known. My story didn’t begin the moment I took my first breath. My story began long before my Mom took HER first breath. No matter how emotional we get, what people think about us, or what thoughts the enemy will put into our minds – We are still his first. I urge you to stand with me and speak over your life, because no matter what…. YOU WERE HIS FIRST!
“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139: 16