Friday, June 3, 2011

A letter I received via snail mail from one of the most AMAZING friends a person could ask for! Seriously! Such beautiful support and encouragement!

Dear friend ~

People may see what you are doing as backward, unconventional, stupid, dumb, selfish, or a host of other things. But trust Jesus. Trust yourself. Trust your Spirit. Our God is good, and He is so much greater than our small-mindedness. He has an incredible destiny laid out for you.

I was reading about how the Lord told Samuel to find Jesse and his family in order to anoint the new king of Israel. Samuel was so confused when the Lord kept telling him, "Nope! Not that one... and not that guy either." Especially because all those older sons appeared, "fine, okay & good." And God told him, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." (1 Sam. 16:7). Papa sees your heart, and He likes what He sees! He chooses you. He loves you. He sets you apart, sometimes quite literally. Don't be afraid of it. Embrace the apartness, and even some of the loneliness that may come with it. Draw near to Jesus when that happens - He knows exactly what you need from Him in those times. So push the envelope!

Set good boundaries - knock down walls - build fences and gates - make your own rules - break the mold the lies have put you in - don't just step outside of the box - bust that thing wide open! Continue learning to love yourself and to take care of yourself. Why? BECAUSE YOU CAN. You can do anything inside Papa's love and strength. So do it :)

Love always!

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