Notes From Me To Me

Dear Me at Sixteen

In honor of Women’s Month, each writer will be writing our EmpowerMoments full of encouragement and lessons to our younger selves in a series titled Notes From Me To Me. Sit back and enjoy our reflections, and also think about what you would say to your younger self.

You’re growing up to be a beautiful young lady.  I want you to know three very important things.  I wish I would’ve known this when I was your age, but life teaches us lessons. Before you learn those lessons, please do this for me.

  1. Trust God with all your heart
  2. Never choose to be 2nd
  3. Use your beautiful mind, and lead stop always being a follower

Proverbs 3:5 NLT: Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding

It’s easy for me to say this because at sixteen you think you have it all figured out, but you don’t.  When you trust God, He leads you to a place of peace. Trust Him more now, and when you’re older, it comes naturally.  God makes our path straight.  Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.  (Proverbs 3:6 NLT)  We’ve traveled some crooked roads, but when I lean and trust in Him He makes it all right.

You made me all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.  Thank you for making me so WONDERFULLY complex! Your workmanship is marvelous-how well I know it.  You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.  You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.  (Psalms 139: 13-16 NLT)

It’s not okay to share a man. It’s not okay to be his side piece.  It’s not okay to think you don’t deserve better.  It’s not okay to make excuses to why you’re #2.  God made you so fearfully and wonderfully, not afraid and mediocre.  You belong to a king, so act like Royalty.

Why do you care so much what other people think of you? Why do you not stand up for yourself, always following the crowd?  Never do things to appeal to people. Watch Out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.  (Matthew6:1 NLT) It leads you down a path of unhappiness. Because you care more about their happiness than your own, this characteristic is one GOD gave you that seem to be a balancing act.  You love so hard and care so much you give until you can’t anymore.  That is ok, but remember, there is only one you.  Take care of her.

Dear Daddy,

You are so worthy.  Thank You for giving me a heart to trust You, giving me the mind to know my worth, and the strength to believe in myself.  I love You.  In Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

Ladies, I EMPOWER you to look back at the past and learn from it.  You are your biggest fan! Cheer for yourself. 🙂


Ms. Hassanah White is a dedicated member of Faith Walkers Church in Birmingham, Alabama where their motto is to “Walk it out by Faith.” She also serves as a member of the Praise Dance Ministry. Hassanah is a true professional in the realm of marketing and customer service. She’s a proud mother of a very energetic little boy named Jaden. Hassanah believes laughter and prayer are the best medicines for any situation. Her favorite scripture is Hebrews 11:6: “And without Faith it is impossible to please GOD, because anyone who comes to Him must BELIEVE that He exists and that He REWARDS those who earnestly seek Him.”