A Letter To My 18-Year-Old Self – From Judy


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Today’s post is from my friend, Judy.   She blogs over at The Grocery Run.  She always has a wise word to say with such an encouraging and kind spirit.  Definitely check out her work over on her blog and enjoy today’s post!

Dearest Judy,

My girl. You are so sweet! You love to help others and your heart for Christ is huge but you’re incredibly naïve. You think you’re made of ancient stuff, but you’re not. There aren’t many people who are willing to wake you up, so sit up straight and listen. Take notes if you have to, but don’t miss what I’m going to say. Good advice doesn’t come your way very often.

Dream Big – Guess what? You got what you wanted! The husband (he’s hot!), the kids (they’re amazing!), and even a little black dog that wasn’t in your plans. All of this comes really easy (your hair turns brown after kiddo #3. I know, right?) , but what you don’t expect is the lost feeling that comes with it all. You never discovered who you are, nor did you take the time to check out God’s green earth. Now is the time. There are careers that you’ve never heard of and more are being imagined every day (Look into becoming a Volcanologist. You’ll thank me later). Try to find out as much as you can before you’re lugging around strollers, diaper bags, and little people with small attention spans and even tinier bladders.

Don’t Stress – God loves you. He cares about your life. Right now, you’re working so hard on getting things worked out the way that you want them to, you don’t realize how flexible God’s plan might be. In truth, God’s plan is more like Him moving through you, wherever you are in life, not necessarily the vision of life that you have in your head. He will give you wisdom on things, but don’t be so stressed when things don’t look the way you pictured. That family that you’re longing for is really a desire for stability. Create that, with God, in yourself. This will save you a ton of pain and from being so willing to compromise on what you treasure, just so that you can feel comfortable again.

Don’t Pass Up The Good Stuff – As a single person, you have the ability to go where you want, do what you want, follow God wherever you think He’s leading you. This time in your life is unbelievable because you don’t have to answer to anyone. In your hurry to get your family, you pass up on some wonderful opportunities that will never come again. Don’t do this! Pay attention to the good stuff right in front of you. Enjoy them with your whole heart. Be willing to wait for your next phase. You’re not going to miss out on anything. Also, no one told you how smart you are and you won’t hear it for a couple of years yet. I’m telling you now, “You are so intelligent!” At 32, you love science! History amazes you. You even understand math. I know. Don’t cry. Just believe me and stretch your mind as much as you can. You will be so glad you did.

Don’t Stop Living – I hate to say this but you don’t sing very much anymore. You don’t sing in public at all. You’re really self conscious and you refuse to do things because you are afraid of what others might think. At 18, you could care less about that. I love this about you. You do some pretty stupid things, but you love the feeling that LIFE gives you. Keep clinging to that. Don’t stop living your life because someone else doesn’t know how to live theirs. Keep flying! Don’t let others bring you to the ground.

I love you. It all works out in the end. I could tell you what’s going to happen in the next two years, but you might not learn those beautiful lessons that you know now. Just keep trusting God. Hold His hand and give Him your heart. He is the only man that you need, no matter who walks in or out of your life. Have fun and, please, keep singing. There are people that love hearing your voice. I miss it more than anyone.

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