This month we are celebrating my birthday with several letters to our younger selves through five generations of women. I’m also sharing a few of my favorite things as giveaways. Don’t forget to enter!
Introducing Kristi is like a songbird introducing morning – she makes me smile. I first met her at Compel Training, learning alongside me the fine print of being a writer. We became fast friends. She does for me what she longs to do for all who God sends her way, encourage us to dig deeper with Jesus. I love her style and her smile. Kristi shares from an Generation X perspective.
Dear Younger Me,
Hello there, beautiful one. My, you’re a lovely masterpiece today. God’s work in you is good, and I praise Him. This I know full well. Oh, how I wish you knew that, too. That truth, once you realize it, will save you much heartache and frustration in your years to come.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Eph. 2:10 NLT
Allow me to step back into your life with a reminder: You are loved. Do you know what that means? It’s means you’re okay just the way you are. God accepts you as you. It means He loves you even at your worst. And trust me, the worst has already occurred.
Younger self, you don’t realize this yet because you’re a “works” and “man’s approval” kind of girl, but at the very worst, bottom of the barrel, dirtiest of dirties, it’s-only-up-from-here “you”, God is present with love. You might be filthy with all the dirt and grime of the world, but you are accepted and loved by God.
When you realize you’re approved of and loved, you’ll no longer search for “who” you are because you’ll know “whose” you are. You’ll know how to love “you”. There will come a confidence that was once elusive. It will be concrete, steadfast. Nothing will move you from the love of God.
When the Holy Spirit counsels you in this and it dances to life years after becoming a Christian, you will be forever changed for the good. His acceptance and counsel in loving yourself will solidify you and set you on solid ground. It will prepare you for truly loving others. Girl, I’m celebrating even as I write this. His work is good.
And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.’ The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” Mark 12:30-31 NLT
Oh yes, you’ll try to do it alone. Your pride will screech and scream silently in your mind, demanding it’s own way, assuring you that you can do much without the help of others, even God. Sometimes it’ll have you so wound that you’ll refuse to pray because you’re overwhelmed with frustration, sulking in tears of independence. I want to hug that girl and kick pride to the curb. It’s doing you no justice. Be willing to be weak, Younger Self. That’s where you’ll truly be strong. That’s where you’ll find Jesus.
When you release pride, knowing you don’t have to “know” it all, “do” it all, and “be” it all, you’ll find the freedom you’re searching so diligently for. It’s already ordained by God Almighty. You’ll find trust in the Lord, not in your own understanding. You’ll find a lighter burden, and easy yoke. You’ll find…peace.
Younger Self, like a toddler, you will place one foot in front of the other, acknowledging Him in different situations, until it becomes increasingly familiar. Each step will be a step in faith, a launch into the waters of trust. Can I assure you of one thing this day? Will you walk away with this one thing?
Trust in the Lord is always trustworthy. Walk in it. Run with it.
Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding. In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 AMP
Your Older Self
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