Dear Alicia Joy’s Younger Self,
Always remember that God loves you. Even when you live in different places, even when your friends change, and even when you are dealing with grief, God still loves you.
Enjoy writing! Keep writing, keep creating, and keep believing in your dreams. God has a purpose for giving you the dream of writing. You will not know what that purpose is even after twenty-six years, but still keep writing because God still has a purpose.
Forgive yourself and others. We live in a broken world. We have brokenness within us and around us, do not be afraid to admit that brokenness exists. God will meet you in the midst of your brokenness. Open up your heart and let God heal the broken places.
You have always known that God values women, and you have learned much from the women in your life. However, you will not learn until college that God calls women to be pastors. Though you will go down a difficult journey to discover your true calling, know now that God does indeed call women to be pastors, and you are one of those women.
Love, Your Older Self
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. Jeremiah 29:11
I rejoice in knowing God’s knows my past, my present, and my future!