In Libby's own words . . .
My name is Libby and I love to write. Literally I love it. When I have a pencil between my fingers I feel like everything will be okay.
A few months back I wrote a letter to myself stating the things I regretted. Some of these things were not being loving to my siblings, not having serving Jesus at the top of my priorities. Sure He was my God and my King, but I didn’t approach Him as one to be served on earth by serving others. I wrote that letter, tucked it into one of my books to be found later. I was feeling sad. I had so many regrets. I went to bed crying that night. I prayed. And I don’t know why it hadn’t occurred to me before, but as I prayed that night, I realized that it wasn’t too late yet. I still had most all my life before me to change those things. So I took that letter out of it’s book, tore it up, and decided to fix all those regrets.
I’m not perfect. Boy, do I have long way to go, but that woke me up.
So I propose a challenge. Girls it’s the beginning of a new year. This is when we make resolutions, but instead of eating healthier, or getting twice as much exercise (see 1 Timothy 4:8, but also 1 Cor. 6:19), let’s make a resolution this year to grow in our spiritual relationships. Let’s grow closer to God. Let’s serve Him this year. Lets serve Him through our families.
Last year my New Year resolution was to serve more. But I had wrong motives. I wanted friends from church, and what’s a better way to get people to think good of you than to start serving in church. WHEREVER YOU CAN. That’s what I did. I realized this later in the year and asked God to forgive my wrong motives. I have continued serving in church. Because it’s fun, but mainly because I feel that’s still where God wants me to be. This year’s resolution is to find excitement in serving at home. Because that’s what God would want us to do, and I personally want to grow.
Girls, I know everyone is different, so my writing assignment is called Four Letters in Four Weeks. I want you to write four letters. What you do with them is up to you, but I want you to write them. You can file them. You can bury them, you can burn them, or you can give them to your parents. You don’t have to do any of that, but you should really write them.
The first letter is to the future. Between the 2nd and 9th of April, write about things you hope for. Your dreams, your hopes, your regrets, and the things you want to grow on and fix. Write to next year, or write for you to read in ten years. Then go ahead and comment under this post with your name and the date that you wrote it, e.g. “Libby, April 4, 2017.”
The second letter is to the past. Between the 9th and the 16th of April write to yourself. Tell what you have changed. Write from your heart. Forgive yourself. Forgive others. Write it out. Tell yourself how you wouldn’t believe what you are going through now. Do it. Then go ahead and comment under this post with your name and the date that you wrote it, e.g. “Libby, April 12, 2017.”
The third letter is to your parents, starting April 16th- 23rd. Do you have a grudge? Do you feel hurt? Do you wish they would change the way they train you? Tell them. Do it with respect. Accept that God has put you where you belong, and they are there because that is where they need to be. Do you feel you never thank them enough? Do it now. Thank them for everything. Tell them you love them. Express what you feel. Again, you don’t have to give the letters to them, but you should live by them. Then go ahead and comment under this post with your name and the date that you wrote it, e.g. “Libby, April 19, 2017.”
And the fourth letter is to God, April 23rd - 30th. Pray. On paper. Tell Him everything. Your crush. Everything you think is wrong with you. Your anger. The bully at school. Ask Him to fill you with the Holy Spirit and for Him to speak to you. Then go and read the Bible. Write out what you think about what you had read. Keep reading. Keep searching, Keep praying. Dedicate at least an hour to this letter. Thank God for everything you have overlooked, and for how far He has grown you. Ask Him to help you face whatever He has planned for you. Then go ahead and comment under this post with your name and the date that you wrote it, e.g. “Libby, April 26, 2017.”
Because this is not a contest, and the letters are private, we are going to do a name drawing for the winners. All you have to do it write the letter of that week. Then comment under this post with your name and the date that you wrote the letter. The contest starts April 2nd and ends the 30th, giving us 4 weeks total. To qualify for this you have to write all 4 letters, each in the correct week.
The prizes are two of my personal favorite books. The first one is called "The Pursuit of God" by A. W. Tozer. If you know anyone who has gone to Bible college I'm sure they can vouch for him. This book was given to me by a very good friend and I honestly have to say it has changed the way I approach our God. It wipes clean the distorted picture I had of Him and has helped me to start seeing Him for who He really is. I cannot recommend this book enough. If your name does not get drawn I highly recommend looking into getting it on Amazon. It is not to expensive, and worth every cent. This book is a good read for every adult and teen! It can be pretty dense for younger readers, so that's why there is a second prize! (NOTE: These two books are given away as one prize. If your name gets drawn you will receive BOTH books.)
The second book is called "Before You Meet Prince Charming." By Sarah Mally. This book is also really good! It's a look on guarding your heart. Why you should do it, When, and How. A must read for every girl! It's clean and good for girls ages 8 to infinity. (I don't want to leave the 100-year-old's out. XD)
Thank you girls for reading and I hope you'll join us on this mission clean our slates and reignite the Fire that's in our souls.