Thursday, August 16, 2012

What I Know Now

Welcome and thank you for meeting me here today. I’m joining Bonnie at Faith Barista for Faith Jam Thursdays, where she offers a faith writing prompt.

Today’s prompt: to write a letter to yourself at an earlier time in your life (any time you’d like to address) and share what you know now about the faith journey…“What I Know Now.”

My letter is to myself in my high school and college years.

Dear Laura,

If I could share one thing with you, it would be this…

Your personal relationship with Jesus is the most important relationship you will ever have.

Right now, you know about Him, but you don’t know Him personally.

I know you don’t know what this means and you’re wondering how it’s possible to have a one-on-one relationship with someone who isn’t with you in person.

Let me tell you…He is with you. Every minute of every day. And He’s waiting for you to want to get to know Him. He won’t force you; He’ll wait patiently for you.

There is nothing you can do to make Him stop loving you. Nothing.
And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39 NLT
He knows your actions, what you’re thinking, and how you feel. He is full of love, mercy, and grace, and you can tell Him anything without condemnation. When you confess your sins to Him, you are forgiven and He chooses to never remember it again. It’s a promise, and God never breaks His promises.
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” Jeremiah 31:34 NIV
Talk with Him and study His Word. As you spend time getting to know Him, you will be given greater understanding of God’s character and His Ways. Your faith will grow and you will desire to trust Him, even when you don’t understand.
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don't try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God's voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he's the one who will keep you on track. Proverbs 3:5-6 The Message
Your trust and faith in the Lord will get you through anything that comes your way.

When your emotions get the better of you…spend time with Jesus before you do anything else. Cry out to Him and receive His comfort. Don’t let your actions come from hurt or angry feelings. It only makes things worse. (Believe me, I know.) Instead, ask God for guidance and wisdom, knowing that He will provide both.

When you feel you can’t trust others, even a loved one…you can always trust Him. Verbalize it—“Lord, I don’t trust this person, but I trust You.” Then keep your eyes on Him and let Him handle it.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Isaiah 26:3 NLT
When life is spinning out of control…God is constant. He doesn’t change. You can build your life on the solid foundation of Christ.
Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock. Isaiah 26:4 NLT
Life will happen, and so often it’s not the way we want or hope for. But when your faith is built on solid ground, God is there to soften the blows of life. Sometimes He will stop the storm, and other times He’ll allow you to go through it, but He will always walk beside you and guide you every step of the way.
The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8 NLT
God has a plan for your life. A wonderful, glorious plan.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT
He knows you.

He loves you.

And He’s waiting patiently to be a part of your life. Get to know Him.

In Christ’s Love,
Laura

How about you? Based on what you know now, what would you tell a younger you? 

In Christ,
Laura



10 comments:

  1. Isn't it amazing how God chooses us? He knew you and loved you even before you knew Him. What a beautiful letter to your younger self.

    Blessings and love,
    Debbie

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  2. I would tell myself not to let others side-track me in my faith in God. Fear of man led me to run away from God's call to ministry when I was a much younger Christian. Twice I had the opportunity for full-time ministry and twice I blew it because of my fear of man.

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  3. I didn't have anyone in my life to tell me about Jesus, until after my twenties. I am thankful He saved me and redeemed me!

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  4. Thanks for sharing this! I like the verses you chose, and that every piece of advice is based upon His Word.

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  5. Good post. The most important thing in our lives is Jesus and pressing into that relationship with Him. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  6. Such a good post. This would be such a good letter to give someone you know that is younger than you.

    This writing prompt is such a wonderful idea.

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  7. Oh the letters I would write to my younger self! I love your letter it's really all that matters, isn't it? :)

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  8. I love this. I would have loved someone to tell me these things repeatedly as a new believer! Great post Laura!

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  9. This is a great idea and I think your letter is very insightful. I could have used a letter like this one when I was in my 20s...like you said, in my youth I also knew about Him, and even believe in Him, but didn't KNOW him. Thanks again! Have a blessed day.

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  10. Hi Laura, I just loved reading your letter. "verbalize it".. this is very hard for me, even now -- because it's easier to just hide it away. I loved all the verses -- the gems God's given you throughout the years -- and now you can look back and write this letter to your younger self. And share it here with us.

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Thank you for sharing your thoughts!