A Letter to New Christian Women

This letter is to any girls who have given their lives to Christ.  Whether you were brought up in the faith and need to be revived, or you have just recently found the Bread of Life, this letter goes out to you.

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Dear New Sister in Christ,

You have just made the biggest decision of your life.  The choice to follow Jesus cannot be made by your parents, siblings, friends, teachers or your boyfriends.  Only YOU can make the choice to let Jesus wash the sins of your old life away and to be made new in His image.  The prayer you prayed to allow the Holy Spirit in your life is one that is so important and so special.  It relieves you of the mistakes you have made and the wrong you have done.  God is asking you to leave your baggage at the foot of the cross and to walk with him every step of the way in your new life.

For just a minute, I want to talk about the old you:

Even before you accepted Christ, God LOVED you.  He made you perfect the way you are.  God knew exactly how much humor, kindness, love, honestly, and beauty he was going to put in your soul ever before he created you.  Not only did he create you as a child of God, he put you on this Earth for a purpose.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. - Jeremiah 1:5

That birth mark you're self conscious of?  God did that.  Your hair that you think is too thin or too thick or too curly or too straight?  God did that.  Think you aren't pretty enough or smart enough or outgoing enough?  God thinks that you are beautiful just the way you are.  We may make mistakes in our lives, but God didn't when he made you.

You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you. -  Song of Solomon 4:7

Speaking of mistakes, we have all made them.  You may think you've made more than most, and that might be true.  You may have lied or partied or hurt people you love.  You may say to yourself "I've done things that no one could forgive me for."  Well guess what? God does.  The moment you prayed for Jesus to enter your life, the things you've been ashamed of in your past were completely and totally forgiven.  The old you remains in the past.  It should not control your future decisions and life.  Satan will try to bring these doubts and mistakes up to steal you away from God.  When you feel this, grab the Word, find a fellow Christian, and pray.

Anyone who is joined to Christ is a new being; the old is gone, the new has come. - 2 Corinthians 5:17

Now, to the new you:

That fire you feel right now, the fire in your soul, that is God living in you.  I want you to write down how you feel right now.  Try to be descriptive as possible.  Because, in the days to come, you might forget how you feel.  You may not get that promotion you think you deserve, the guy you like might never call back, you might even find out a family member is really sick.  So, you will need this moment to remind you how much God loves you and how you need to rely on him in the hardest of times.

The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. - Psalm 18:2

Each day you wake up is a gift from God.  Use it to bring Him glory.  For the ultimate sacrifice and gift that God has given us, He doesn't ask for much in return.  He put us on this earth to live life for His glory, do good works, and love God with all your heart and soul.  We make him proud every day by practicing the fruits of the spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. (Galatians 5:22)

And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. - Mark 12:30

So, now what?

 Now that you've become a Christians, what should you do?  Well, start by getting yourself a bible.  I personally use The Notetaking Bible that can be found on Amazon.  I absolutely love that I can write in the columns of the bible during bible study or church.  Prefer to take notes in a separate notebook?  This bible is SO beautiful, I love the colorful designs and quotes within it!  The Reflections Bible is a great choice!  Here's a peek at my bible to the right!

Next, find a church that you can get plugged into.  Join their bible studies, attend praise nights, or volunteer with their welcome team.  Anything you can do to surround yourself with other Christians will do you worlds of good!  Attend service each week.  This will help you keep that fire lit inside of you.

Other things you can do is exactly what you are doing right now!  Read Christian blogs and follow Christian podcasts!  These are great ways to incorporate your new-found faith into your every day routine.

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I am so proud of the decision you made to become a Christian.  God has big plans in store for your life!
 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. - Jeremiah 29:11

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