Monday, September 9, 2013

A Letter To My Childhood Self

It's Compassion Blog Month again!
Join Me for Blog MonthI am part of a network of bloggers called Compassion Bloggers. In September of last year, we joined forces and the first-ever Compassion Blog Month was born, with the purpose of getting more Compassion children sponsored by the end of the month.

Friends, a total of 3,159 children were sponsored as a result of that initiative! So utterly amazing!

Since the campaign was so successful, we're at it again this year!!!

Each week this month, I will be dedicating one blog post towards this initiative and praying that many children get connected to loving sponsors by the end of the month.

But, I am already one week late! {blush} 

So, this week... there will be not one, but hopefully two, blog posts here dedicated towards this initiative! But before I get to my blog post today, if you already know that you would like to sponsor a child with Compassion, please click here. If you are a Canadian resident, this link will lead you directly to Compassion Canada's website.

Without further ado, let the fun begin!!!

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The first blogging assignment is this... 
Write a blog post to your childhood self. What words of encouragement do you need to hear?

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To my childhood self...

Hey there! It's me... the grown-up version of you. It feels a little strange writing to you... it's kind of a little back-to-the-future-ish, don't you think? Well, bear with me... because I think you'll like what I have to say!

Hmmm... where should I start? How about that I remember how you were such a shy and introverted girl, even to the point of not talking for long periods of time at school, feeling trapped inside your shy shell. Fret not, child... for you are an ambassador of Christ. One day, you will be free of that shy shell and start to have confidence in yourself!


How about that I remember your struggle to grasp the reality that God is good and found it hard to believe that God can be a loving Heavenly Father. Know this, child... you are a child of God, a beloved daughter. You have been adopted into God's family, a co-heir with Christ. God delights in you. Trust me, one day you will fully grasp how wide and long and high and deep God's love is for you!

Because you see, God's grace... it's this utterly amazing and beautiful thing! 

In your teenage years, you will leave the life that you've known since birth. You will move half-way around the world to a foreign country called Canada. You will start a new life. It is where this grown-up version of you still live today!


It is in this new country, in its education system, where you will learn to slowly come out of your shy shell and start to have confidence in yourself.

In just three short years after moving to this foreign country, the man your soul loves will come after you and three years after that, you will marry him!

It is in this marriage, soon after your first child is born, that you finally fully grasp God's goodness and start to understand that He truly is, and always has been, a loving Heavenly Father and that you are, indeed, a beloved daughter of the King!

It is in this marriage, through the good and the bad, that you grasp God's relentless love for you... that He truly is always good and that you truly are always loved!

See? Didn't I say that you'd like what I have to say?


In recent years, this grown-up version of you has come to love the writings of Ann Voskamp. So, I'll end this letter with one of the quotes from her book, One Thousand Gifts:
The secret to joy is to keep seeking God where we doubt He is.
Beautiful, right? I hope you'll take that to heart and know that God is always good, that you are always, always, always loved!

Love,
This Grown-Up Version of You.

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Friends, there are countless children today...
Trapped in the world of extreme poverty, with no hope for a brighter tomorrow. They desperately need to know that they can be free of this oppression. They desperately need to know that God is good, that He is a loving Heavenly Father to them.

You can help speak those words to them! By being the hands and feet of Jesus to them today... 

Sponsor a child with Compassion...
A child is waiting to call YOU friend this very day. A child is waiting to hear YOU speak life to them. A child is waiting for YOU to help release them from poverty, in Jesus name.

Canadian resident? Please click here
All others, please click here.


Compassion is a command, an act of worship, a song of thanks to Him.
Do justice. Love mercy. Walk humbly with God!

1 comment:

  1. I am behind too.... sometimes having internet connection problems. Love your post.

    Hugs.

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