To my teenage self:
So I would try to tell you to quit hunching over but everyone tells you that now and you’re not listening. But seriously, quit hunching. You will be grateful for your height eventually and even wish you were a little taller. The boys really do catch up even though from 5th grade to college is a long time to wait.
Don’t worry about all the teasing you get about wearing braces, but I do have to warn you, you get them back on when you’re 28. The good news is all that big hair goes out of style!
God carries you through those hard years that seem too much to bear. Even though you pray all the time that your mom will win the lottery, she never plays it and you never win it, but God uses it all to show you He is your provider and you’ll have a great work ethic thanks to your mom. You know how you watch your mom sit at the kitchen table every morning reading her Bible and praying for you? Well, just wait to see how all her prayers are answered. You will see His faithfulness over and over again.
Oh and that pesky little brother who doesn’t listen to you, well you get close, really close and He follows hard after God and you might want to tell him he marries a beautiful , godly women…wait don’t tell him, he still thinks girls have cooties.
I wish you would listen to me when I tell you not to worry about what others think and that you should have more confidence in your gifts.
That passion for writing and telling a story that’s from God you know. God gives you a story that you’ll need to steward well.
Your love of maps will serve you well too. You travel all over and meet interesting people & experience different cultures. Take it all in! God connects all the dots and uses those experiences!
Your heart for God will grow tender for high school and college girls and for reaching women. All that brokenness in your life, well, He uses it all.
I would really love to tell you that life gets easier and that you won’t suffer loss, but I can tell you that you will only get stronger, and that your relationship with God will be the one constant.
You will have times you feel like you were given more burdens than one should carry in a lifetime, and you will have times when you feel like you have been given more blessings than you deserve. Be grateful for it all!!
Pay particular attention to your college roommate’s cute younger brother. He grows up and he’s WAY cute. Oh and he’ll be the one! That list you make, yep, he is all that and more! He will love you more than you ever thought you could be loved! Oh and your son, such amazing joy!!
Don’t let others’ misconceptions define you, keep laughing, and give thanks! It’s a great life ahead!
The letter writing is a result of reading Grace for the Good Girl this summer and Emily Freeman’s blog Chatting at the Sky. If you have a small group of high school girls or a teenage girl in your life, you will want them to read Graceful. I’m not being paid to endorse her book, I just wish Emily would have written it when I was a teenager!