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Rachel's Letter To Her Younger Self

Rachel describes herself first and foremost as a lover of God, then a devoted wife and stay-at-home mom to five beautiful children aged 2 to 15. Her Instagram handle @returntoreal represents her commitment to clean eating and fitness, natural and organic beauty products and most importantly an authenticity in character, and she enjoys sharing her passion on social media and learning from like-minded individuals.
I first connected with her a few months ago and was immediately drawn to her humble and genuine spirit. After hearing her testimony of grace and redemption, I knew it was a story that had to be shared, and I am so grateful that she has opened her heart in this letter to her younger self. It is truly a powerful reminder that we serve a Sovereign God who can turn our worst mistakes into something beautiful in His time.

Dear 20 year old me,
Though you wear a smile, I know your heart is in pain.  You think you are too weak to endure what lies ahead, but your God keeps you strong.
Sweet girl, you knew he was not for you yet you dated him against your parents' wishes.  Now he has just been incarcerated for manslaughter and you are left three months pregnant.  I wish I could travel across time to give you a great big hug.  You may feel too unworthy to go to God, but remember Psalm 103:10-13, "He does not treat us as our sins deserve.. As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion.."

As you persevere you will grow in maturity.  And one day a virtuous man will approach your parents and request their permission to court you.  They will be impressed by his honorable character. He will treasure you above himself and he will adopt your precious little girl, protecting her as his very own child.  

As I write to you now I stay at home with my five children.  My sweet husband works hard so we can live comfortably.  How good he is to us.  I wish you could see how amazing he raises our 15-year old daughter - now a lovely young woman who loves the Lord.
The trials you have ahead will not be easy, but I encourage you to hope in Him who plans our future for welfare and not for evil. (Jeremiah 29:11).  In 16 years you will reflect upon your life and realize your affliction has blossomed into a beautiful love story. God's redemption over your life, and the life growing in your womb, will one day testify that surely goodness and mercy will follow us all the days of our life (Psalm 23:6).
Your Future Self
Psalm 28:7, "The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped."

All photos in this post are courtesy of Rachel.

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