Write 31 Days.
Do you ever wish you could go back and tell your former self that everything's going to be okay? There are moments that you think back to that still sting, and you wish your future self could pull that former self aside and whisper to her, "This is going to work out, you'll see. God is with you."
Several years ago, THE NESTER began a writing challenge called Write 31 Days that involves – you guessed it – writing 31 days straight, specifically every day during the month of October. Nowadays, this is a much broader challenge, but back in 2013 the challenge was very specific – to write letters to your former self.
I always thought that this concept sounded like such a healing process. I can think back to many milestones in my story that forever changed the person I am. Many of those milestones were ones I wrestled with for months or years – some still today. I so wish I could go back and offer that younger version of myself truth and love. I wish I could direct her away from fearing others who are involved in those moments and to remind her of her value and identity in Christ.
I'll admit to you... as most healing things are, this is also a pretty terrifying challenge. I'm afraid of what I'll remember. I'm afraid of pulling up those old wounds. But I know of the good I've seen God do. He's caused gardens to grow where I thought only weeds and thorns would survive. My life is a testimony to this work He has done in me. My heart cries out to share of His goodness in the midst of such great darkness in my life, to accept His grace not just inwardly, but to declare it publicly, to make it known and to make Him known. To record this truth for the healing of my own heart – and, very likely, for the healing of yours as well.
I know this intro post is going up on October 3rd... yes, I've already been writing. I expect that some of these I won't be able to share publicly with you and I'm prayerfully asking for guidance in that. I'd appreciate your prayers in that as well! The next few days I'll be sharing letters I've already written.
This is the post where, at the end of 31 days, I’ll record all the letters so you can find them easily. The easiest way to get them all (deep breath) is to go to my sidebar and enter your email to subscribe to the blog. Then you won’t miss out on one single letter to 2000 Brittany, or 2006 Brittany, or 2014 Brittany, or even 2015 Brittany.
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