Love came down and rescued me.

on September 13, 2012 in I heart books. with 32 comments by

I texted my mom on Tuesday night.

Tomorrow’s post is going to make you sad. Consider yourself warned.”

Because I know. For people who loved me through the teen years, it is hard to hear how much I didn’t love me, especially my family.

It was fully intentional to end yesterday’s post with no hope. Sometimes writing honestly means walking away before the end of the story. Trust me, it was hard not to keep the post going to 1500 words just so I could say, “LOOK! I’M FREE! THE OLD IS GONE AND THE NEW HAS COME!”

But I needed to feel, and wanted you to feel, the pause in the story.

Because it was a pause. For years.

But now?

Here is the end of the story.

. . . . .

Love came down and rescued me.

Love came down and set me free.

I am Yours. I am forever Yours.

Mountains high or valleys low, I sing out, remind my soul, that I am Yours. I am forever Yours.

. . . . .

Sarah leads worship in our small group on Tuesday nights. After writing the most challenging blog post in the history of Annie Blogs in the afternoon, that night Sarah led us in Love Came Down. And as I sang, I saw through fresh eyes. I can’t explain it, I just know it is true.

The old has gone. The new has come. And there is so much freedom in that. God is good.

. . . . .

So I tell you all this to tell you this:

You may feel like you get 16 year old Annie way more than you get 32 year old Annie.

You may know a teenager who is so smothered  in lies that you think she will never see the light again.

You may be believing lies about yourself and not telling anyone. Sheesh, for that matter, you may be struggling to define what is a lie and what is the truth.

I GET IT.

I wrote a book about it.

I wrote a letter about it too.

My friend, there is freedom for you. Pursue it. Ask God for it. Look for it. Seek and you will find. The Bible promises it. And today, my heart is twisted in prayer for you. I just wanted you to know that.

Thank you for letting yesterday be yesterday. Thank you for being a part of this corner of the internet sky that allows for honesty even when it isn’t pretty.

. . . . .

Let’s take a deep breath and giveaway a book. I’ve got TWO copies of Graceful by Emily Freeman to giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment below and tell me a teen/college girl with whom you would share the book.

Comments close on Friday at noonski [that’s 12pm if you don’t speak Annieish].

32 comments

  1. Cindy
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 7:10 AM  |  reply

    Annie–Fiorst-I loved your letter. I am working up the courage to write my letter so thank you. I hope you know that you are beautiful inside and out. I would give this book along with your book to my two young teenage grand-daughters (13 and 14). Thank you for sharing your faith every day.

  2. posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 7:50 AM  |  reply

    Amen Amen Amen!!!! Love absolutely came down and rescused us!!!! What beauty!!!

    I would give the book to one of my best friends for her fourteen year old daughter. Oh, that age that age…. Yuck.

  3. posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 8:11 AM  |  reply

    Whatever it is you put into words yesterday….it resonated. I didn’t feel that way about myself until a little later in the game and am still learning about the great Love that rescues and redeems us.

    I would give the book away to a dear girl in my high school girls small group. She just got started on this Jesus journey and I am privileged to walk with her and see her struggle to believe in her new identity.

  4. Cait
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 8:42 AM  |  reply

    Love it. Nothing refreshes like undeserved, but freely given, grace.
    Which teen girl wouldn’t I share the book with?? Particularly on my heart is Sam. Her faith is new and the opposition and lies around her are like waves crashing everyday.

  5. posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 9:24 AM  |  reply

    Oh Annie- Can I just say how much I love you? Yesterday’s post and today’s post totally just touch me and speak to my heart.
    I was that girl. all thru HS & a good part of my early 20’s to the extent that I struggled with eating toward the end of it. Even when I knew better.
    There are days still I look into the mirror and can “hear” the lie. But PRAISE GOD I know the truth. That image that I sometimes see is not reality.
    The true reality is how much GOD loves me. No matter what size no matter what condition I’m in ….
    so WOW…thank you. I know I need to do an update blog post. 🙂
    Love ya girlie!!!

  6. Deanna
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 9:39 AM  |  reply

    My younger sister!

  7. posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 10:12 AM  |  reply

    I’d share it with my 19-year-old friend. She’s a freshman in college and is struggling with going from a Christian high school to a public university.

  8. posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 10:46 AM  |  reply

    my niece, McKinley, will be receiving your book for christmas. maybe before because i love her so and want her to have His word in her heart. she is 13 1/2 (you know that 1/2 is so important at that age). i would also give her emily freeman’s book, after reading it myself. mckinley has a boldness about her and i know she would share the words, God’s truth with her public school friends.

  9. posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM  |  reply

    your honesty has helped so many people see new truth. last night i went to a bible study going through the “so long, insecurity” book. and the leader said “is it okay to be insecure about leading a small group on insecurity?” and i said YES! because i believe what you say. i don’t know why i felt like saying that. i felt like it was relevant… at least, in my head it was.

    i’d totally share “graceful” with my sweet friend claire who is a junior in high school.

  10. merideth
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM  |  reply

    Love, love this song! Never heard it, but it’s so great. Thanks for sharing. Need to go find that on itunes. I need to go look for your friend’s book. It sounds really great. I’d probably share it with one of my nieces, but truthfully I don’t feel like it’d be well received by my sister’s family, so I dont’ know that I’d actually follow through with it. But, I’d definitely share it with future teen clients that I counsel.

  11. Beth
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 12:49 PM  |  reply

    I’d share it with my friend who is about to start leading a high school girls’ group. And I loved your letter, too. Honesty cleanses 🙂

  12. Susan
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 1:00 PM  |  reply

    Hey, Annie! I think you rock, no matter what age you are, sweet girl. Just had to say that! I would share the book with my precious Laura. She is an amazing young woman who loves the Lord, but I want to make certain she’s fully equipped to live life passionately for Him, so any tool I can get for her tool belt of life is appreciated.
    Love you,
    Susan

  13. Stephanie
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM  |  reply

    Oh Annie. I know those years. “Me” was never enough…for anyone, I thought (God included).

    I would LOVE to win this book.I work at a Christian College and have young women that are on my heart. I am prayerfully considering starting to invite a few into my home to just “be” – to share and love. My future ministry will very likely be in professional counseling, so I really think that this book may be an excellent help to me. 🙂

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  14. posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 1:10 PM  |  reply

    I’d share the books with my 2 nieces. Love them and they would appreciate the book, Graceful.

  15. posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 1:19 PM  |  reply

    Beautiful.

    I would share the book with my friend’s daughter, Lauren. She is struggling. Badly.

  16. Melinda
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 1:20 PM  |  reply

    I’m 25, but I want to read it!

  17. posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 1:29 PM  |  reply

    I’d like to share it in my Sunday school class that I teach to high school girls.

  18. Laura
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 1:51 PM  |  reply

    I’m thankful for your honesty and your friendship every. single. day. I can’t tell you enough how much that means.

    on another note, i like books and i’m in college. so theres that. 🙂

  19. kerri
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 1:53 PM  |  reply

    Annie the book would go to the most important teen in my life. My daughter Hanna who is 15. She and I would read it together so we can discuss anything she has questions about.

  20. kacie
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 1:53 PM  |  reply

    I would give it to one of the girls on the college softball team I coach. God is definitely working in her life, even if she hasn’t totally realized it yet. 🙂

  21. Kay
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM  |  reply

    Thanks for sharing your story, Annie. Truly inspiring. I am a college student myself, so I would love to read the book, and I know many girls in my dorm who would love the opportunity to read it as well 🙂

  22. ~VA~
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 3:22 PM  |  reply

    I am currently in college. I would share with one of my roommates, because she is an RA and could probably help share it with even more girls!

  23. Angelica
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 4:22 PM  |  reply

    I would first off read the book myself, then I would pass it round all my friends! We are all at the perfect age to be reading that book! If is exactly what you say you needed and you have shared somewhat of what you went through, I KNOW some people that need it!!

  24. Alana Byrnes
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 4:50 PM  |  reply

    You words are so refreshing. I’m in college, and would luhve to read it. I’ve also recently been placed in a position to mentor the most amazing 14 and 12 year old girls, and would love to pass it on to them. (cause i should probskies read that first)

  25. Madi
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 7:52 PM  |  reply

    If I were to write a letter to my teenage self, it would sound a whole lot like yours. “Love came down and rescued me….” That just tugs at my heart!! I would keep a copy of Graceful for my 2 girls (even though they are 2 and just about to be born…) and give a copy to any one of the girls at our young, start-up church. It’s ridiculous how many teen girls are there for the size of our church, and your blog has stirred something in me to get involved with them and introduce them to Annie Downs & Perfectly Unique.

  26. Tiffany Rockwell
    posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 8:34 PM  |  reply

    It’s funny, the other day, I was speaking with some girls I just met a few weeks ago. We all moved to Berry College for our freshman year about a month ago, and we were talking about image issues, and how they come back the second you start college as you’re trying to figure out the ropes. I sent your letter to them yesterday and said it was perfect.

    So, I would share it with them. Consistently sticking with this walk with Christ has been a struggle we recognize daily, and I think it would be good to have something to read, digest, discuss, and grow together ever.

  27. posted on Sep 13, 2012 at 8:40 PM  |  reply

    Thanks for being honest and sharing your heart. I would love to share the book with the middle school bible study group I’m leading. Even though it’s only been a few years since I was a teenager, the temptations and insecurities seem so much more and it’s heartbreaking!

  28. Taylor
    posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 12:49 AM  |  reply

    i would give it to my best friend Devyn who just turned seventeen and your first book saved her life and i think she would adore this one as well. Everything you said about sixteen year old Annie, well that is my friend Devyn. Everything down to the last word.

  29. Katy
    posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM  |  reply

    Thanks for this. I’d share it with my sister!

  30. Teri
    posted on Sep 14, 2012 at 10:43 AM  |  reply

    I would love to give this book to my 3 daughters! It is just what I’ve been hoping to find for my youngest, who turns twelve this year. I hope to give it to my oldest daughter, who is in her last year of college. And when she is finished with it, she could let her younger sister, who is in her first year of college. By then, the youngest would be ready for her turn!!

  31. posted on Sep 19, 2012 at 5:39 AM  |  reply

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  32. posted on Sep 22, 2012 at 6:00 PM  |  reply

    I’ve already bought Emily’s book, and this thing is way long over. I was just browsing and you know, stalking, and came across this post.

    And, sister? You speak directly to me. I read that first chapter of your book because you mentioned it in the video with Emily. To read that, about the tape, my heart just broke all over again. I did the same. I did the same exact freaking thing, though I can’t remember how old I was or what was going on. And your words at the end of this post? For me.

    Thank you for sharing your story with the world. You rock.

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