Tuesday, April 30, 2013

A Letter To 16 Year Old Me

Dear Becca,

     You're 16 now, but this year will come and go so very quickly.  Enjoy your youth, don't compare yourself to others and stop over critiquing your appearance.  I know you probably hear things like this all the time, but 30 years from now you will know I was right.  
     Don't ever neglect your time with the Lord. He is your best friend and will be the only one who will always be there for you. Always have time alone to pray and read His word everyday. Don't expect others to always be around or even understand.  In fact, expect to be disappointed with people and then celebrate when you are not.  Even your parents, who are so very wonderful, will not always be there and will not always be perfect.  Enjoy them.  Their time on earth and in your life the way you know it now, is limited.  Cherish your siblings.  Work on building those bonds and work on forgiving.  Be thankful and stop trying to move on to the next stage........college, career, marriage, children, etc.  Be content where you are right now and make the most of every opportunity.
     As far as friends, be the friend that you want to have.  Don't let friendships fade.  People will go in and out of your life, but you will know the ones who are life long friends. Don't judge by outward appearances or first impressions.  You will find that your closest friends will not be those that you would pick out of a crowd.  Don't drop the ball.  Keep in touch with them.  Pray for them, be there for them, love them.  And God will bring that special someone into your life at just the right time.  Don't worry, you will KNOW that he is your soul mate.  He will make you smile like no other.  He will be your best friend, but more than that, he will be your better half.  
     Make the most of the time you have right now.....travel, read, give and hug those around you a lot!  They won't be around forever.  Laugh and enjoy life.  Life is so much more than how you look, who you are hanging out with or how much money you have.  Those things fade so very quickly. 
     God is so very faithful. Life is hard sometimes and really sad, difficult things happen.  But God is writing the story, not us, and He will not disappoint.  I'll leave you with these verses:
"Faithful is He Who is calling you to Himself and utterly trustworthy, and He will also do it (fulfill His call by hallowing and keeping you.) 1 Thessalonians 5:24 Amplified Bible

 "Who can discern his lapses and errors? Clear me from hidden and unconscious faults. Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me! Then shall I be blameless, and I shall be innocent and clear of great transgression.  Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord my firm, impenetrable Rock and my Redeemer."  Psalms 19:12-14 (Amplified Bible)

(A friend asked me to write a letter to her daughter who was turning 16. So in honor of my birthday week, I wrote it to myself : )



  1. Dear Becca, I met you when you were 18 and one of the wonderful things about you that I came to understand about you was that you had an incredible discipleship foundation in place. Now clearly, initially I was impressed by your poise, sense of humor, grace,, etc. (and beauty of course), but something inside of me realized that great things were in store for you and I wanted in! Thanks for bringing me along on your ride!

    1. Thanks honey, for loving me inspite of my immature self at 18 : ) You are my biggest blessing, besides Jesus of course. Love you

  2. This is beautiful and I love the picture!

  3. This is truly beautiful and was really emotional for me. I began to think about what I would tell myself at 16 as well. I did not even know the Lord then. Oh, how I wish I had done SO many things differently in those early years. If only we knew, huh? But I am SO thankful for the Lord's Amazing mercy and grace in our lives. He is truly faithful!! SO important that we walk close with Him daily and know that we have His peace and are in His Will. :) Thank you for sharing this.

  4. Dear Becca,
    You have written a beautiful post. It is true, when we are 16 we do not realize how wonderful and short life is...
    I love the photo.. You were and are a beauty!!!
    PD. I would like to ask you about your religion... Are you catholic?

    1. Hi Belen, no I am not Catholic. I do have many friends that are Catholic, but we consider ourselves protestant. I was raised Evangelical Baptist (protestant) and my husband was raised Lutheran. We are currently involved in a very diverse Christian church with Baptist roots. We are just Christians who love children and are trying to walk according his Word and ways for our lives.

    2. Dear Becca,
      thank you very much for your answer. Here, in Spain, we are all Catholics and I tend to think that all Christians are Catholic.
      My husband and I are, like you, just Catholics that tries to live according his Word...and yes, we love children too
      Thank you for your Kindness.

  5. Hello Becca,
    I visit your blog often. It's a happy place. :) Love this letter you wrote and have printed it out to share with my teen daughters. Thank you for sharing!!
    Debbie, Mom of 6- 3 sons, 3 daughters ages 12- 25


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