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Letter to Myself on the Eve of a New Year

Posted on Jan 9, 2013 by in Faith | 4 comments

Dear Ashley,
You are by far the most arduous person for me to write.
Another year zips to a close and you stand on the cusp of 2013. In 2010, you discovered gratitude, in 2011, you discovered grace, and in 2012, you discovered a dream.  How now, will you live in light of all you’ve been shown?
Fearlessly.  This is my charge for you. I know better than to make resolutions. For Pete’s sake, you don’t even think that way; forget being able to carry it out.  Live. Fearlessly.  You’ve lived in insecurity, you’ve lived in fear, you’ve lived in shame.  But I declare to you these truths:

  • You cannot sin your way out of grace, so start living.  You will make mistakes, but at least you will have tried.
  • This life is all beauty and ugliness and complexity, but gratitude will always lead you to pleasant places.
  •  You cannot yet shuck off your skin of sin, so learn to live with yourself and your flaws.
  • You can fail to be perfect, but you cannot fail in being you.  Live it out.

And so, I give you this charge in the presence of these witnesses, your faithful readers. May they ever remind you of it when your faith falters.
Because He died for you.
Because He rose for you.
Because it is finished.
Live. Fearlessly.


  1. ashley,,, totally enjoy your letters,,,, i have one daughter and 2 sons , have a grand daughter your age with wee ones,,, continue to write, SELAH

    • Thank you Diana! I intend to continue writing and I am so enjoying these letters to my Abby. Thrilled to hear they touch you, too.

  2. Had to pin this one so I could remember these words. I feel like we are on the same path of learning fearlessness and taking hold of pure trust. Thank you for sharing!

    • Oh, thank you! That makes me feel like I have a friend in this journey.


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