Last’s week’s time at The Grove saw over a hundred beautiful, honest, soul-inspired comments and linkups. We all showed up with the One Word God has placed in our lives for 2014.
Something is happening here, ladies. We are finding this a place to be known, a place to be understood, a time to shout, “Yes! Me too!!”
Today we are getting real with Letters to Self. Sometimes the person knowing exactly what you need to hear is…you! Here’s what happened when I sat down to do mine…
I see you there standing in the high school conference auditorium. Your hands are lifted high in worship. The anticipation is beating in your heart. You know it’s coming. They are going to make the altar call for those who want to commit to serving the Lord full time. You’ve thought and prayed this through. You know in just a moment you’ll be walking down the aisle.
Perhaps while you’re at the front, I’ll slip in quietly and place this letter on your chair. Some words for you to hang on to through the years that follow this night.
I know what this means to you. Tonight is a mark of surrender in your soul, an altar of acceptance. You’re grabbing hold of God’s hand to say, “I’ll go where you lead.”
So I’ll not keep you from that stage tonight. Because it’s going to be powerfully life changing for you. But even in holy, anointed moments, lies can creep in. And I’d like to keep you from this lie.
It’s the lie that says there’s a hierarchy in the kingdom, that if you do and go and serve with a career label, you’ll be the best kind of Christian.
You need desperately to know that there’s no “God will love you, like you, be proud of you for this.” God is already, always and forever heart bursting crazy about you.
Take that truth and wrap it up in the center of your soul, because sometimes, dear, you’ll forget.
In the years ahead, you’ll get so wrapped up in the striving to please Him that you’ll forget the heart of it all.
He’ll whisper, “Come be with me, love,” and you’ll say, “Can’t you see I’m busy serving?”
And you’ll swirl with all the needs, needs, needs of this world.
But he’ll wait for you. He’ll wait for you to come weary and worn, crying, “Why is this so hard?”
He’ll hold you close until your soul is quiet enough to hear him say, “You’re trying to be the heroine, but the Hero’s already come.”
He’ll tell you, “If all this is truly for Me, then don’t let it pull you away from Me. Be with Me in every little to-do, every big pressing need, every hurting life, every hungry soul.
And then, then dear one, put it all aside. Yes, turn your back on it all, for times to be only with Me, truly with Me. I’ve made you for Me. Don’t lose hold of Me. Me in you and you in Me. The embrace of joy and life and rest.”
It’s then that you’ll find there’s no more striving to please Him. No more trying to be more. You’ll love and serve not because that’s what the best Christians do (and you have an image to uphold). You’ll love and serve because you are full to the brim and splashing over with Love, yes, Love Himself.
That’s what I would have you know tonight, my young high-schooler self. Now take this letter up off your chair. Nip that lie before it sprouts.
You are loved…You are enough…Always.
Whew, that took me to a tender spot! Now, it’s your turn. Share with us your Letters to Self, your images and art. For more ideas to get you going on your letter see here.
Here’s how to post your letters:
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- Use the blue linky tool below to enter your link.
- It will walk you through selecting which image you want to show up in the linky.
- Then your post will show up in The Grove’s linky.
- Then go visit other’s sites and share some comment love! It’s the rule. We applaud brave hearts!
P.S. Are there any other striving, would-be heroines out there?