To my much younger self
Had I known then what I know now…
I would have:
Eaten lean, green and clean
Kept running 3 miles per day (kinda slow jogging in reality…)
Maintained a 3 times per week stretching & strength training routine
Guarded my innocence
Stayed involved with Young Life
Read the Bible every day
Welcomed the Campus Crusade for Christ into my dorm room
instead of shutting the door on them
and telling them my story was between God and me
(how clueless was I???)
Given Bibles for Christmas and Easter as gifts from my heart
Honored my husband as head of our household
Raised my sons with mutually agreed upon, shared values with my husband
Spoken words of L I F E over my family
Spoken words of B L E S S I N G over my family
Prayed words of life and blessing over my family
Praised God for being good…all the time
Read the Bible to my babies every day
Read the Bible to my toddlers every day (same boys)
Read the Bible to my young sons every day (same boys)
Read the Bible to my teenage sons every day (same boys)
Guarded the boys innocence diligently
from violent video games
from TV shows that differed from my values
from pornographic websites, magazines, etc.
Taught the boys our values versus assuming they would “catch” them.
Reinforced our values daily based on a Biblical foundation.
I see a theme…
I grew up in a home where we were in church whenever the doors opened…YET…
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. ~ Jeremiah 29:11
To guide me, to guard me, to give me hope and a future, to grow me, to groom me into what His Son came for – to live the life I should have lived and die the death I should have died so I have ETERNAL LIFE with Jesus Christ.
To change me from my own ignorant, know it-all-self
into a woman who’s covered by God’s graceful presence
and no longer full of it (myself!)
but full of His grace, I pray.
Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? ~ Job 37:15
No, I do not, yet I know He does! And whether I know or don’t know does not change who God is.
And that is good. And God is good all the time.
Even when I am ignorant, He is in control.
Or in denial, He is in control. Or scared silly, He is in control.
Or clueless about how He controls stuff, God is still in control.
Or … whatever the situation may be, God is in control.
I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
I have set my heart on your laws. ~
Psalm 119:30 NIV
I like that word…
How would a letter to your younger self read?