Christian living, Life Experiences

Dear Rachel… (an open letter to myself)

Hello, friends. Today’s post is a bit unusual. See, I was at a bit of an emotional low-point a bit ago and just needed to write, so I simply sat down and wrote what I was thinking. It got off on a bit of a rocky, depressing start, but writing really did help me to process and brought me to the feet of Jesus (so read all the way until the end 🙂 ). I hope this *slightly* over-the-top peek into my thought-life can encourage someone out there. 😀


I just need to write tonight. Sometimes I need to sort out my thoughts by writing, and I’m just starting. No idea what this will turn into, but here we go.

Stressed. Overwhelmed. Emotional. You’ve been lazy. You’ve been childish. You’ve been full of self-pity. While world powers are fighting on the other side of the globe, you’re stressed about what other people will think of you for changing jobs. While people are battling cancer, you can’t get up enough willpower within you to clean your room or do the things you’re supposed to do. While people are dying for Christ, you’re making idols out of stupid things, pitying yourself, and refusing the satisfaction God can give.

Ugh, maybe you’re being emotional. Maybe you’re just a girl scared of a little bit of conflict. Maybe you just don’t want to fight and keep going. Maybe you’re just lazy and want to give up on everything.

When the going gets tough, what are you doing? Shouldn’t you fight your battles with sin, laziness, and fear just as hard as you run those races for cross country? Shouldn’t you go to Christ first, even when you don’t feel like it?

Isn’t Christ greater than your emotions? Isn’t Christ greater than your worries and anxious thoughts? Isn’t Christ enough to get you through today, tomorrow, and another decade?

When you feel like giving up, Jesus can be your reason to keep going. He has a purpose for your life. When you can’t measure up to the things you want to do and can’t be the person you want to be, Jesus still has a plan for you. Jesus is enough for you.

When you swing between narcissistic self-righteousness and painful self-loathing, Jesus is there with you. Jesus will be faithful to complete His good work in you. When you get upset over silly things, Jesus gets it. He’s ready to walk beside you every. single. step. along the way. When you look in the mirror and hate what you see, when you lose control and binge on dessert, when you waste your entire afternoon, Jesus is there. He wants to make you more like Him. Yes, He hates your sin even more than you do. He’s ready to help you.

Praise God for His faithfulness.


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14 thoughts on “Dear Rachel… (an open letter to myself)”

  1. Rachel, what a “Joyful Creation” this is! Thank you very much for being open and vulnerable in such a manner to trust us, your readers, to read your heartfelt open letter. I’m both encouraged and exhorted.

    Keep writing, young lady, and I’ll keep reading! Keep looking to Christ, keep walking with Christ; keep believing in Christ; keep showing & pointing others to Christ and; keep praying to Christ. Our identity is in Christ Jesus for those that believe and not on things perishable.

    Be encouraged as you keep encouraging us in this our short and earthly pilgrimage belowhere.

    Regards,

    Thompson.

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  2. Thank you for deciding to post this Rachel! I have a plan to go back and reread it any time I feel like a failure.❤ I find the part where you said, “When you feel like giving up, Jesus can be your reason to keep going. He has a purpose for your life” especially encouraging! Thank you for posting this!

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  3. Wow. I can really relate to this. I love how, even though ugly emotions and faults are real enough, you pointed out that Jesus’ love is real, too. Thank you for deciding to post this, anyway.

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  4. This… This is so real. Thank you so much for sharing this, I can definitely relate. Especially the part, “When you swing between narcissistic self-righteousness and painful self-loathing, Jesus is there with you. Jesus will be faithful to complete His good work in you. When you get upset over silly things, Jesus gets it. He’s ready to walk beside you every. single. step. along the way.” 💖 Also, I’ve been listening to your podcast, thank you so much for doing it!! Many podcasts are twice as long as yours, but yours are just short enough to find time for, and just long enough to get a lot out of. I hope this ramble made sense, I just wanted to say, at least one person resonates with what you wrote and was encouraged by knowing she is not alone, and Jesus is enough. God bless you, my friend!!

    Hope 🤗🙏💖

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