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.
“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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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.