Dear Darling.


Once it has passed, today will never be available for another visit. Things will change; you will grow; others will move. You have to make the most of these moments, because God never granted us a guarantee for tomorrow. Life might endure, but it won’t be the same; it won’t be like the today of which you are able to hold. So don’t miss this moment; it’s special. It has value and purpose and life inside. Don’t belittle the beauty of these things before your eyes. The room. The people. The atmosphere… They are a gift from God.

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Go deep with others; don’t forget to love them with this life. Forget yourself. Share yourself. Give yourself.  Because this really is the only way you’ll be able to love — to love like Jesus did. You do just have to love the ones you hold. And you’ve got to let them know it. Don’t be afraid to tell them who they are and just what they mean to your little soul; let them know they are woven in the fabric of your heart. Even in the short days that have made up your life, you’ve lost too many opportunities to openly admit your love. From now on, don’t forget to say, “I love you,” when it’s the truth.

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Love. Love. Love.

And grow.

Grow roots. Grow limbs. Grow in grace. And truth.

And fearlessness.

Fear will hold you tight; it already has! If you continue to give it power, fear will stop you from walking in wisdom — and you’ll live to regret so many missed opportunities to speak life and extend love to those beside you. You’ll lose so much over fear; don’t let it rob you of really living anymore. Be brave. Stand brave. Live brave. Because you have no reason to fear; God is waiting in the future — waiting to walk beside you into his great big plans.

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No matter what, you’ve got to hold Him close. Nothing else will satisfy the longings of your soul like He can. He’ll bear all your mistakes. He’ll take all your regrets. He’ll walk with you into every tomorrow. So don’t be afraid to be in love with Him — even if it seems really weird to everyone else. Return, return, return to His Word every evening. It is the ground upon which you stand. It is your guide, your standard and your song; don’t forget that. So listen close. Walk closer. And breathe the air of freedom in Christ Jesus, who has conquered all the bumps in the road you haven’t yet faced.

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Learn the lesson before you and take it on with perserverance. There’s something God wants to teach you — something you’ve got to know inside today. Learn to love more deeply and to stand unafraid — to stand brave. Dear — dear, darling, Christianna, know that these days and this chapter you’re living are producing endurance in you, so don’t curse this process.

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“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15&16

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1

{and this song just captures it all}

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