No matter what happens in your life and to those you love around you, BELIEVE in Jesus and his love. Love Him back. You will never, ever lose the tender affections of your Heavenly Father.
Life will not always be easy. Life isn't easy for anyone, if they are honest. But, life's hard lessons are there for you to grow and to learn. Everything has a purpose that will work out for the good- look for the good.
Remember to love yourself and to put others first. Even though this world says it's all about me; remember it's not all about you. It's all about serving others in LOVE. It's about giving.
Don't let anger take hold. Your parents will divorce, on your twelfth birthday, but don't be ashamed. You will learn a lot of hard lessons through their divorce that will make you stronger. You will be a better mother, wife, sister and friend through it all.
Keep your head held high sweet one. God has a plan uniquely made just for you. He's given you special gifts and talents unique to only you. Use them wisely for others, and remember to love, LOVE, LOVE!
~ Your Older Self
This message of love is one that I want to not only impart to my younger self, but to the precious children we sponsor through Compassion, too. Knowing you are loved is vital to healing. Loving others is vital, too. All of our precious ones are from broken homes.
These children need to know how valuable and special they are to Jesus and to us. Living in poverty, it's easy to think your life is worthless. Oh, but it is NOT! Won't you consider saving a child from a life of physical and spiritual poverty? Let your light shine through to a child that desperately needs you to show Jesus' love.
Take a look through Compassion's website, you can search by country, gender, and even birthday. You can change the life of a child! You'll be able to write letters to the child you sponsor. You will receive letters from that very child. The letters shared will become forever keepsakes for the both of you.
If you have any questions at all about sponsorship, I'd be happy to help answer them!
This is the first writing assignment for Compassion International's Blog Month 2013 ~ What words of encouragement would you say to your younger self?
This precious six year old's name is Miguel. He lives in Ecuador with his grandparents. He helps by gathering firewood, caring for the animals and running errands. He is in kindergarten and loves to play group games and sing. He needs a sponsor. He's been waiting 374 days. UPDATE: Miguel has been sponsored!!
This sweet little girl is Mileidy. She lives with her mother in Peru. "At home, duties include making beds and helping in the kitchen. Her mother is sometimes employed as a seller in the market. There are 2 children in the family.
As part of Compassion's ministry, Mileidy participates in church activities. She is also in primary school where her performance is average. Volleyball and playing with dolls are her favorite activities.
Your love and support will help Mileidy to receive the assistance she needs to develop her potential. Please pray for her." ~ Compassion International's website
This adorable sweetie is Mave. He lives in Togo. He's been waiting 344 days for a sponsor. "In his home, Mave helps by helping in the kitchen and running errands. He lives with his father and his mother. His father is sometimes employed and his mother is sometimes employed. There are 2 children in the family.
Mave is not presently attending school. Soccer, art and listening to music are his favorite activities. He also attends church activities and Bible class regularly.
Please remember Mave in your prayers. Your love and support will help him to receive the assistance he needs to grow and develop." ~ from Compassion's Website