Lysa TerKeurst Writes Powerful Letters to Her Younger Self — Hopes to Inspire Next Generation of Women

Lysa TerKeurst

Proverbs 31 Ministries founder Lysa TerKeurst is writing letters to her younger self recently in a series of Instagram posts about love, dating, success, identity, and self-worth.

The New York Times best-selling author has taken to Instagram with a series she’s appropriately called “Lysa Letters,” all of which have been addressed to her 20-25-year-old self so far.

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“Consider this: The decisions you make today are pointing you in the direction your life will go tomorrow,” she writes in one to her 22-year-old self. “Make sure this direction isn’t a justification in disguise.”

 

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❤️Because I care. #lysasletters

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Each of the Lysa Letters have been themed, with the intent to mentor the next generation, and help them to not make the same mistakes she has.

“I’m writing these letters because I feel such a tender responsibility to speak life and truth into the generations coming behind me,” the 49-year-old wrote.

Lysa TerKeurst sure has been through the ringer over the last couple of years.

After learning of her husband Art’s affair and substance abuse, Lysa publicly announced the couple’s plans to divorce in late 2017. Just three months later, she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

One of the most influential women in the church world was battling some of life’s hardest tests. But if there’s one thing she’s proven to everyone, it’s that God is SO much bigger than any trial we are put up against here on Earth.

Lysa speaks to this in the letter to her 21-year-old-self as she honed in on the theme of love — one that has been at the forefront of her pain and joy over the last several years. It’s also the topic she says is “hands down one of the most important.”

“Look at love as something to be prepared enough to give. Don’t look at love as something you’ll get to right all your wrongs and fill up all your insecurities,” the letter reads.

 

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I’m writing these letters because I feel such a tender responsibility to speak life and truth into the generations coming behind me. And this topic of love is hands down one of the most important. I’ve learned more about love the past three years than ever before. And though it’s been a devastating season, it’s also been a time of great revelation and redemption. I would choose to marry Art all over again. After all, who he really is emerged most evident when he chose to come back home. Yes, we’ve been through the lowest of times. But 26 years ago, I saw a man who is humble enough to let God course correct him. And ultimately, one who chooses to do the right thing even when all the odds are stacked against him. #lysasletters

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In the caption, Lysa candidly opened up about her relationship with Art. The couple renewed their wedding vows in December, one year after announcing their plans to divorce.

“And this topic of love is hands down one of the most important,” she captioned the photo. “I’ve learned more about love the past three years than ever before. And though it’s been a devastating season, it’s also been a time of great revelation and redemption.”

“I would choose to marry Art all over again,” she continued. “After all, who he really is emerged most evident when he chose to come back home. Yes, we’ve been through the lowest of times. But 26 years ago, I saw a man who is humble enough to let God course correct him. And ultimately, one who chooses to do the right thing even when all the odds are stacked against him.”

Lysa has been an open book when it comes to her struggles over the last several years. So much in fact, that she wrote a New York Times best-selling book, It’s Not Supposed to be This Way, about the trials that have painfully shaped her life.

The beauty about trials is that God never leaves us there. He is the author of beauty and redemption, and his works of restoration are so unbelievably clear in Lysa’s journey.

We know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him and have been called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

It’s clear that Lysa has been called to lead and steward women for the Kingdom.

Her other Lysa Letters touch on finding success (20-year-old me), dating (22-year-old me), identity in who Christ created us to be (23-year-old me), wisdom (24-year-old me), and most recently, beauty and self-worth (25-year-old me).

 

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Hello beautiful. #lysasletters

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A steadfast woman of faith, Lysa is using the experience and the wisdom God has instilled in her to lead the next generation to faith, love, success, and TRUTH. Something that several other influential women are missing in their leading of young women.


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