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The Blog-tember Challenge: Day 9 | A Letter to my 16 year old self

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Prompt: Write a letter to sixteen-year-old you. Any advice or funny stories?



This is an emotional one for me. I won't lie, a huge part of me didn't want to write it. When I was 16, I became a Christian the summer aftermy birthday (in February) and there were a lot of growing pains for me in trying to cover myself in the truth of scripture and of Jesus's love for me, and trying to turn from the things of the world. I wasn't raised in a Christian home, and so I can genuinely tell you the first time someone told me that God made me how I am. That's now one of the biggest turning points in my life. When I was 16 I was starting to really get close with some of the people who are still closest to me, something that is very close to my heart. I love having close friends who I've grown up with. They know my history and my mistakes and my triumphs and I love that. One of my favorite things about long time friendships is that you can clearly see God's faithfulness in their lives over time, as well as your own. That's essentially what writing this little letter did for me.. it reminded me of His faithfulness that I'll look back on the same way when another 8 years have passed. Praising Him for that today!

Side note about faith: I saw something on twitter this weekend that said, "if your faith involves hating someone, you're doing it wrong" and it has really stuck with me. Just thought I'd share that. If you're someone who wouldn't say you identify as a Christian (or you are!) and have been wronged by Christians in the past, I deeply apologize for those wounds you've received, and hope that seeing that little quote can encourage you. 



Dear Victoria,

Psalm 139:14- I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Josh and Stacy recently shared bible verse with you after youth on a Wednesday night. Right now you think you have the whole world figured out, driving around town in your silver slug bug.. but you aren't even close. God has and will be faithful and protect you from your foolishness, but turn and seek Him. Surround yourself with friends who love Him and listen to their stories and have fun with them. Consider your worth, simply as a creation of God, but also now as His child. You are special and unique and not alone.


I wish I could tell you about all that's to come.. about how the Lord's plans are not only going to heal your heart in so many ways, but that He is going to provide so much for you tangibly. He's going to literally pick you up out of trying situations and give you a safe place. But it's more fun if you just figure it out and let yourself be surprised by it. Over the next few years of high school, your best friends will become a family. Cherish every second of those carefree days. Leaving them for college will be heart, but you guys will make it. And college will bring even more sweet things. During the rest of your time in high school, soak up the awesome variety of people you're surrounded by. People who are different than you help you grow. As you get older, you'll spend more and more time with like minded people, which can be really encouraging.. but you'll also miss getting to love on people different than you.

 

Oh and PS. You took your first photo with your husband this year. 


Love, 

Victoria

Brave Love Blog

15 comments:

  1. Your first photo with your husband is so cute! It's so true that as we get older we find ourselves with more like minded people. In some ways it makes life so much easier to be supported and encouraged by those around you.

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  2. I love that photo!! The first photo with my husband (I was 17) is framed on my bedside table ;).

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  3. Oh, wow, this is so powerful to look back at a year that was so life-changing because of your newfound faith in God. What an amazing thing to look back and praise God for His faithfulness through all the years after that and all the years ahead of you. And what a sweet, sweet photo of you and your husband!

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  4. precious! I love your honesty. Also, so fun that you have the first picture there, what a fun memory to look back on. :)

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  5. I adore this post! Powerful and truthful and full of wisdom. Love the first photo of you and your sweetheart. What a wonderful, heart changing testimony you have!

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  6. You taking your first picture with your husband gave me goose bumps!

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  7. You taking your first photo with your husband gave me goose bumps!

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  8. Aww, this is a sweet letter to your younger self. I absolutely love.

    Lily Grace

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  9. I love reading these letters to ourselves before we knew Jesus! Very inspiring!!! God Bless!!!

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  10. Sweet! I wonder what it would be like if our 16-year-old selves could really read these letters. Would they believe us? =)
    Blessings,
    -Bess-

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  11. I loved your letter. Especially the first picture with your husband! Am I the only girl that as a teenager wondered "What is my future husband doing right now?" That's definitely what my 16 year old self would have wanted to know from future me!

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  12. P.S.: Thanks for sharing that twitter quote, it reminded me of the verse that says, {Jesus speaking} "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." -John 13:35

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  13. This is a really sweet letter. I wrote one too, but as I was looking through pictures at 16 I don't think I was quite as styling as you haha. I think the older we get the more we realize that no longer how long we have been Christians, we always feel like "baby" Christians learning so much. I'm so glad you had wonderful people around you to help you build the foundation you have :)

    Autumn @ Stay gold Autumn

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  14. How cool to remember so vividly how the Lord entered into your heart and life...I love that!

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  15. I love that picture of you and Ben! It's amazing that you can trace the two most crucial areas of your life to this one year!

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