What is an aspect of your faith that you struggled with in your past? Was it doubt, people-pleasing, trust? If you could go back to your younger self who struggled with those things, what would you tell her? What have you learned since then? What has God taught you? What have others taught you? What has experience taught you?
For the next several weeks we are going to be talking about this on my blog. If you could write a note to your younger self, what would it say? English Lessons is largely a note to my younger self. In it I explore my main faith struggle at the age of 22 while living abroad in Oxford: doubt. In the process of writing the book, I unearthed so many truths God has shown me since those angsty Oxford days. This happens in the process of reflection. When we sit down and look at where we are compared to where we have been, we see God’s hand and faithfulness in a way it’s easy to miss if we aren’t paying attention.
Because the book is basically on long note to my younger self, I wanted to bring in other voices for this conversation. So for the next eight weeks, every Monday, I will be hosting some of my favorite writers from the internet here in this space. Each one will talk about what her faith struggles have been in the past, and she will talk about what they’ve taught her. Trust and people-pleasing and God’s love–we will talk about it all.
We’re calling the series Notes to Your Younger Self.
I’m curious, what would you write if you wrote a note to your younger self about faith, belief and God? I wonder if over the course of this series, you might feel encouraged to write a note to yourself as well, to unearth the truths we tend to miss when we’re not paying attention. If you do, I would love to know. I’ll be using these hashtags for the series: #NotestoYourYoungerSelf and #EnglishLessonsBooks. If you feel inspired to write to yourself, whether it’s on your blog or in a Facebook or Instagram post or even a simple note on Twitter, let me know by using those hashtags. I would love to read and share it.
I am so excited for you to glean wisdom from the writers who are about to be on this series. I am also so so excited for you to hear from someone who isn’t me. So come back on Monday morning. We’ll be waiting for you.