If I could write a letter to the past me {#Tuesday@Ten}

I have written letters to the future me, but never to the past me.

Dear J.J.

First I will just let you know you will outgrow that nickname when your about sixteen. It will take a couple more decades for your family to catch on that you are serious about it.  With that name change will come a lot more change.

Second, know there are things you could have done differently looking back, but every wrong decision led you to the path that you are on today.  You will go through a lot of things that would destroy most people, but if you will look for God you will find Him in every situation.  It might make the journey quicker, as you learn different lessons, but just know God is going to use it all.fountain-pen-447576_1280

When the opportunity arises, don’t go back to previous relationships.  It’s not beneficial for you or the people who you really love.  That advise doesn’t apply to Tim S. you will marry him one day and then another day too.  Again another thing that will lead you to the path your on today.

Cherish your family.  I know that you think that leaving home is going to be all that, but one day you will look back and realize that your perception changes as you get older.  Store up all the memories you can from the stories your parents tell you because one day you will need to tell them those stories and tell your children to keep their memories alive.  Stay close with your family, make sure your children grow up close to their family too.

Make time for the people who are important to you.  Don’t get so wrapped up in life that you stop taking time for your friends.  And time for making new ones.  Friends are important.

Quit your job when you have the dream, you will know what the dream is.  Listen to your instinct.  You won’t regret it and things will work out.

Don’t be afraid to speak when you feel lead.  You have value to share that will add to other’s lives.  Don’t be afraid to challenge complacency, in yourself or others.  Be willing to give up control.  Other people may not do it the way that you want, but you will carry additional stress that is not yours to carry.  It also robs others of the opportunity to fulfill their own calling. Let go of the anger, your much happier without it.

Love God.  Love Tim.  Love your children.  Love your family. Love people.

With all love,
Your future self

10827942_911504698881269_1165998114180095331_oThis post is prompted by the Tuesday@Ten blog Link up where you have 6 full days to use the “prompt phrase” as a part of your writing.  Whether it be just writing a story behind the phrase or being as creative as you wish using photos, poems, art, or graphics – whichever creative way you choose.  You have 6 days to write and link up your blog at the bottom of the page so that others can link up with you.

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About Jackie S

I have been through a lot in life, but through Christ I am more than an overcomer. I am not perfect, I will never claim to be. Praise God I am forgiven though. I am rather opinionated. I see most things in black and white and believe honesty is always the best policy. This combination sometimes comes off harsh. The truth is I love people. I truly love helping others and try the believe the best about others. It is easy to find faults, but focusing on strengths is more my style, but I also shoot it straight. If it sounds harsh, know my heart is for something better for you
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3 Responses to If I could write a letter to the past me {#Tuesday@Ten}

  1. Barbara says:

    Loved reading your letter to your past self…such insight we all can learn from, for sure!! I look back and see things that could have been done differently; and wonder how my life would be if I had made different choices…but, here I am!!

    Thanks for sharing for Tuesday @ Ten!!

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    • Jackie S says:

      Thanks for stopping by, glad you found insight from it. The past has a purpose, so we can learn from it.

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    • Jackie S says:

      Thank you for reading Barbara. We never know how things might have turned out based on different choices. God has all things in perfect time. My now husband visited his grandparents frequently as a child. He is four years older than me. They were close neighbors, but we never crossed paths. He might not have fallen for a pesky little girl if he met me back then 🙂 so I try not to wonder to much on the how things could have turned out.

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