First steps in the first week

Five-Minute-Friday-4It’s our first Five Minute Friday of the new year. This is when we connect together, write for 5 minutes on a given word prompt and share our words here.  No over thinking, editing or working too hard, but just free writing and connecting together.  Join us, if you’d like.  If you don’t have a blog, you can’t write in the comments below or pick a journal page and write for 5 minutes on the word prompt of the week.  It’s a good exercise that gets our mind and creative juice flowing!  Our word prompt today is: FIRST


We’re ending our first week of a new year.  A week of firsts.

  • The first movie of the new year.
  • First dinner out
  • first week of exercise
  • first steps into new habits.

It can also be the first week of our

  • first fight with our family,
  • first time being late to work,
  • first frustration
  • and first failing.

It’s not always roses and making positive change in our lives takes movement… and movement causes friction.

It’s like stepping into new fallen snow with a crisp layer on top.  As your foot pushes through the surface cracking takes places and things move.  Cracks in the surface go beyond your initial boot print and change spreads beyond that first step. 

There’s more impact spreading from that first step than what you might have intended in taking that first step but that’s okay… and it’s to be expected. 

When we make positive change in our lives or any kind of change…. Change doesn’t change just that one thing but has reaching effects to other areas of our life.

These first steps are important.  They set a pattern that requires discipline to continue in the direction we are heading.

Don’t be afraid of making some tweaking and adjustments along the way.  We won’t get it right every time and messing up will happen.  But that mistake doesn’t take us back to the beginning and cancel all the steps we’ve moved forward. Each step is progress and whatever progress we’ve made in this first week is a good start into a better direction.

We just need to keep moving forward, breaking new ground and reaching towards our goals.  We’ve got more weeks ahead to learn, grow and achieve.  It doesn’t all have to get perfected and completed in the first week.

This was just the first steps in the first week.

We’ll get this down and we’ll keep moving forward… even though we stumble, we’re not down for the count.

The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in Him; though they may stumble, they will not fall, for the Lord upholds them with His hand.” ~ Psalm 37:23-24


Jump into the conversation:

  • What goals did you achieve this week?
  • What are you celebrating?
  • In what areas are you going to try again?

9 thoughts on “First steps in the first week

  1. I’m trying to prioritize better this year. There are too many things calling for my attention. I have to pick the most important ones. That means there are some things I have to let go and NOT do. That’s the hard part for me!
    (Stopping by from 5MF)
    Have an awesome weekend!

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  2. THIS: “We just need to keep moving forward, breaking new ground and reaching towards our goals. We’ve got more weeks ahead to learn, grow and achieve. It doesn’t all have to get perfected and completed in the first week.” So true. Great post. I’m over in the #6 parking spot this week.

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  3. Oh, thank you for the reminder! I struggle to set boundaries for myself when I’m at home (my natural instinct is to curl up with a book and read vs. cleaning the house, writing and exercising). I’m finding solutions (read while I’m riding the exercise bike, plan out menus and do loads of laundry whilst I write).

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  4. Rachel, this is lovely. How often I have given up if my first steps weren’t the greatest, or the most perfect. You offer such hope in your words and point us to our true Hope. Love the scripture you tied in. Great post, my friend. Bless you this Friday!


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