Here’s my letter to all you sweet girls:
Dear 17 Year Old (or whatever age you are),
You are so young and fresh, full of energy and dreams. But on your way to your dreams, there’s alot of doing to be done. The enemy of your soul wants so much for you to waste these precious years. Here’s what I regret doing at your age:
- wasting time.
- not developing more personal discipline.
- watching romance movies/reading romance novels.
I spent too much time surfing the internet, reading and watching things that weren’t worth much, and dreaming instead of doing. Don’t get me wrong, I did some things I am so grateful for (which I’ll tell you about soon) when I was 17, but I also wasted some precious time. I would really encourage you to evaluate VERY carefully how you spend your time. Ask someone older and wiser for advice, and realize that the decisions you make now will affect you and others for years to come.
The habits you develop now are forming the woman you’re becoming.
Here are some things I am so glad I did at 17:
- spending time getting to know Jesus better- every minute in His Word and prayer was WELL SPENT! This is the MOST important thing I am so grateful for.
- getting a job and saving money.
- working on my relationship with my parents, including having late night chats, asking their counsel on decisions, and learning to honor them as an adult.
- helping young mothers and learning from them.
- honing new skills like landscaping, bookkeeping, writing, and natural remedies.
- helping my mother around the house and learning from her.
- seeking friendships that would help me grow.
Sweet girl, God has given you unique talents that can be a blessing to others RIGHT NOW! He looks at you and smiles, because He has an amazing plan for your life! He wants to be your best Friend. He can help you with the perplexing decisions and questions you may be facing. He will give you wisdom about that job, or friendship, or opportunity.
One more thing that is really near to my heart is your relationship with your parents. They can invest so much into your life, and they will bring perspective and wisdom to topics like guys, education, and work. Don’t be scared to ask them to pray for you! Ask them for advice, and make it a priority to spend time with them. If your parents aren’t believers, seek out an older woman or a couple that can be mentors to you.
You, my dear, are beautiful, and created in the image of God for good works which He has before ordained that you should walk in them! If you have been born again into His Kingdom, then you are His precious daughter. If you don’t know Him yet, He is waiting and hoping to start a relationship with you. I’d love to tell you more about this if you have questions!Sweet girl, the single most important thing you can do right now is to KNOW HIM.
A close relationship with Christ will be the foundation for all that is to come in your life.
Start each day spending time with Him, and He will become your very best friend. Talk to Him all day long and just delight in the joy of being His.
He will show you how to invest your time, how to spend your days. Your life will be blessed and full.
I am cheering for you, sister!
with much love,