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When You Can't Forgive Yourself


I read the My Utmost for His Highest devotional by Oswald Chambers most every day.  As I've been challenged by dealing with forgiving others, I realized that I harbor a lot of unforgiveness regarding myself.  A lot of that stemmed from the fleshly identity I put on due to the actions or inactions of others.

My self-esteem took a beating as a child, and I never quite got over feeling not quite good enough.  …

A Plan to Fight Unforgiveness


I realize, that some folks will not need the suggestions I will be putting here, and are adept at forgiving.  They can simply forgive.  For whatever reason, they are blessed with the ability to forgive easily.  They can take a hurt to God, forgive the event, and that is that.

I am hoping I get to that place.

For me, it's taking something different to let go of some things.  Either the hurts were too strong, or are too old, or have grown to large for me to know how to simply say, "I forgive that" and let it go.

When Unforgiveness Holds You Prisoner


When I started writing on how God brought me to examine the role of forgiveness in my own life, I didn't realize I was starting what could easily be a book.  There is so much that I am exploring and God is showing me so much, connecting dots, loving me, guiding me through a fairly painful process.

I wasn't quite sure what to do with the long list of names I had written in my journal.  The names of all those who had hurt me in one way or another.  …

What Does It Mean to Forgive?

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I started writing yesterday about how my prayer to God for help turned into a series of days of self-examination.   I think it ties back to my fervent prayer for my identity in Christ.  It is hard to view myself the way Scripture says.  And one of the things that holds me back is that I know the things about myself that I hide from others.

Bitterness, resentment, and envy are always nipping at my heels.  And I'm now realizing they do because I have such a low estimation of my worth.  …

What God Did With My "Down" Time

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Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they?  Has no one condemned you?”  “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”  John 8: 10-11

Some kind of bug has meandered through my house, leaving me with less energy than usual.  It's a hard time of year, so succumbing to illness is not terribly surprising.  Kind of dismaying, but not surprising.

A Fervent Prayer to Remember Who I Am in Christ

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Lord God,

Thank You that through the sacrifice of Your Son, I have been equipped with every spiritual blessing. Thank You that, before the foundation of the world, I was chosen. I am seen as holy and blameless before You.  I was adopted through the kind intention of Your will.  I am redeemed and forgiven. I am the recipient of a glorious inheritance, and I am secured forever by the Holy Spirit.

I pray I receive a spirit of wisdom from You.  …

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