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Letter to Myself at Age Sixteen

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Your idealism and optimism are wonderful things.

And it is beautiful how you trust God and love Him with all your heart. Stick with it....that is the path to joy and real fulfillment!

If you stretch your courage and step out of your comfort zone, you will find some wonderful adventures. Facing a little nervousness or awkwardness can have big payoffs!

Try talking to your father sometimes, even though he seems so quiet. He will feel he matters to you, and it will make his day. Also, you might notice what your dad does for you and say thank you about it .

Your mother is doing the best she can. Hug her a lot. No one has told you that she watched her darling husband go off to war in the Pacific and come back a deeply scarred person. Still she has loved him unswervingly. No, she is not perfect. Give her grace.

Your little sister is trying. Be patient with her. You had a two-and-a-half-year head start! Encourage her sometimes.

God is holding you in the palm of His hand. You are so precious in His sight. Don't worry about anything.

Take French as well as German. You won't need those two semesters of shorthand. Honest.

Label and date your photos, please!

Put a couple Wild Cherry Big Buddy gum packages in a vacuum-sealed time capsule marked 2013. Thanks.

Try to relax a little more. Things will work out.
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