Friday, June 12, 2009

Letter To Self

Lest all of you gracious people think I've got it completely figured out and am doing it EVERYday...just thought I would share part of a letter that I wrote myself at Women's Retreat with my church back in March and just now received in the mail.

Dear Self,
"Are you surrendering to Him?

Are you living like Jesus would be enough for you?
Are you moving past past hurts and anger into forgiveness?
Are you respecting your husband?
Are you continuing to leave behind the "if onlys" (and might I add, the "whys" and "what ifs") and everything else that holds you back from the Lord's best for you?
Are you letting God pursue you?
Are you letting tests, trials, and struggles strengthen you?
Where have your priorities been?
Are your activities and actions showing that?"
In His Grip,

As you can see it's taken me several months to get a clue on some things. And truly, if I'm being honest, some of these things are daily surrenders. So...I just may need to send this letter to myself over and over again on a 3 month schedule just as a good little nudge to keep on...and as encouragement that even when I flub up, it doesn't mean I give up.

"Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus. Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3:12-14

"Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart." Hebrews 12:1-3

"For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal." 2 Cor. 4:17-18


Amber said...

I love you.

Because you are real. And because you don't have it all figured out.

And because we're all in this together.

Doing our best to serve our Jesus.

Amanda P said...

Thanks. I love your letter.

Gretchen said...

This finds me speechless and nodding my head in affirmation, conviction, and encouragement. Thank you, Cathy.