God Will Heal the Broken Places

letters to me

We all experience things in our youth that shape us and change us. Some change us for the better, and some leave deep wounds on our soul. There is value in revisiting our past to examine those trying times. Liz Jones explores hurts she experienced at sixteen. It affected her, but she didn’t let it scar her. God heals brokenness. This is a letter to her sixteen-year-old self.

Dear Liz,

Someone sees you. Someone knows you. Someone is here for you. You feel alone like you are moving about in a shell—going to school, doing homework, playing sports. I know that deep down, you feel like no one really knows you.

Someone does.

You have experienced a shift this year. You are self-conscious. You feel sad a lot and you feel alone. I know it is very confusing so you just assume it is all your fault. Whatever is wrong, you blame yourself. But that is a lie. Your grieving and sadness are part of your sensitivity to the world around you and it is okay.

There is someone who knows you and sees every single part of you and cherishes you! Girl, you are SO LOVED! There is someone who longs for you, someone who sees you as a beautiful young woman. God knows you, dear heart. He created you and there is nothing in you that is a mistake.

You will make mistakes. You will sin. You will choose poorly. But you are not a mistake.

I know your emotions feel out of control. I know you are constantly wondering if you are loved and how can you get them to love you more. Stop. You are already loved to the maximum, to the extreme, to the utmost because Jesus died on the cross for your sins.

God heals brokenness

I want you to look at your Mom and Dad. They are not perfect people. They make mistakes and are broken, too. Don’t base your worth on them. They love you—you know that. But they have some things that God is working on in them as well. Sometimes you won’t understand, but just know that they are on a journey just like you. I know you are worried about them. You see their struggles. But remember, it’s not up to you to fix anything. God has got this, Liz. Breathe in and out and let God hold you and take control.

Lean in close because I have something really important to tell you: there will be a day when all of you will be healed and whole. You will all come to a place of knowing Jesus, accepting Jesus, and living for Him. It will take time, so hold on tight. God is all around you, working and moving. In His perfect time, you will see. He will heal all the broken places and your family will be whole. Not perfect, but in Christ, REDEEMED.

God has amazing plans for you, Liz. You will continue to grow and become a mighty woman of God. You will always be a fighter and an overcomer; God made you that way. You will help others do the same in ministry, in friendships, in your job. God has given you a gift—the ability to see strengths in others and God will use you to build others up. This will be a big part of your purpose.

So, don’t give up. Don’t give in. You are loved. You are known and you have a purpose. Stick close to God and keep your eyes on Jesus. Everything is going to be okay.

Liz JonesLiz Jones is a 37-year-old mom of two boys who have the energy of about five boys. They keep her in stitches and on her knees. She has been married for 13 years to her amazing better half, who is her polar opposite and her rock. Some of her other loves are coffee, time with girlfriends, painting her nails, movies, SILENCE, being outside and cheering her husband and sons on in sports. Liz works full-time outside of the home as a Vocational Evaluator where she helps people with disabilities find their vocational purpose. She blogs about that struggle/journey/tension/blessing at www.christianworkingmama.blogspot.com. She also serves as Women’s Ministry leader at a small church plant where she loves to see women grow in their faith.

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  1. Liz is my twin sister. So proud of her and grateful for what Jesus is doing in her and through her. Check out her blog if you haven’t! – Rob Steinbach, Lead Pastor Seaside Church

  2. Such great encouragement, Liz!

    • Thank you Megan!! It is such a cool concept – to write a letter to yourself. Actually found that it was so healing! It makes me want to look back at other parts of my life where there may be some lingering hurts and do the same thing. Thank you Kelly for this opportunity!

  3. Thank you, Liz, for your beautiful and encouraging words. They speak a truth many of
    us needed years ago and still benefit from today. Blessings!

    • Tammy- those teenage years are just so difficult and confusing. As I mentioned before – writing this letter truly felt like I was ministering to the younger version of myself. God bless!

  4. Liz I absolutely love your heart, faith, and care for others. You sincerely are a jewel. Thank you for serving a hurting world with your words. And sweet friend your choice of occupation is a ministry and calling that seems a natural fit for you. It’s awesome that you serve a community of women and that your desire is to bring them the comfort of Jesus. May God Bless You!!!!

    • Lisa! What a sweet comment! Thank you for encouraging me and my occupation and validating the work that I do as a ministry and calling. For that truly is what it is. I love what I do and I also love that I get to encourage other women and moms. Thank you for inviting me into our amazing community! This was my first project/contribution to another blogger within our community and it was so awesome.

  5. What a beautiful letter of forgiveness. Thank you for sharing your heart. 🙂

  6. What a precious gift! To read and savor the words of hope to your younger self concerning the love of Jesus is sweet indeed. I loved seeing the work of healing that the Father has done in you over the years reflected in this thoughtful letter.

    • That’s a great way to look at it Wendy – to see the healing work of God over the years in my life. Sometimes it’s hard to see that and I think Kelly for the opportunity to do this. Wendy – you are such an encouragement!

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