Breaking Free from the Past and Getting a Fresh Start – October 14 Devotions

I am overwhelmed with everyone’s kind comments from yesterday and the welcome back into the blogosphere! Thanks so much! 🙂  It’s nice to know that no matter what has happened in the past, or what obstacles may have been in our paths, we can overcome them and move forward with a fresh start, by the grace of God.





Today’s devotional thought:

“Lord, I praise You that Christ is not a weak person

outside me,

but a tremendous power inside me.

Through Him, I am competent to cope with life,

to do Your will,

to love with your love, to be more than a conqueror.

How I rejoice that I can grow, develop my gifts,

enlarge my capacities…

**I need not be forever shackled by my past,**

but with confidence and joy,

I can look forward to actually becoming

all that You have in mind for me to be.”

–Ruth Myers in “31 Days of Praise”


My reflections:

I am always in awe when a devotional thought is so fitting and relevant at this time in my life, regardless of when it was written. For instance, this “31 Days of Praise” devotional book came out way back in 1994! My parents had a copy of this book and read it together every day; my Mom gave my hubby and me a copy of it when we got married back in 2006.  Now that both of my parents are gone, the book with her written message in it is even more meaningful to me.

The idea of breaking free from the past in the line, “I need not be forever shackled by my past,”  is especially powerful and brings to mind the image of chains falling off. Freedom to move forward, unencumbered by the past, overcoming obstacles, and getting a fresh start!


So what are YOUR thoughts?

Can you relate to the thought in the image above and in the devotional for today? Have you ever envisioned yourself shaking off those shackles from the past, so you can move forward unencumbered with a fresh start?

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Fall’s Blazing Glory!

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  1. I have a hard time moving on. I hold on to grudges for life.

  2. It’s really hard for me to walk away from hurts, but I’m working on it. I used to forgive too fast, now I’m going deeper with forgiveness, so it’s taking a lot longer but it’s been better for my growth and my relationships!
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  3. For me yesterday is the past and my first thought in the morning after my prayer even before I get out of bed is to thank God for the new day which is the beginning of the rest of my Life.

    I find it difficult to hold on to grudges because it feels so heavy! Having said that, I do forgive but am more careful in the future when dealing with the people who hurt me. I’m human. 🙂
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  4. I love the imagery of shaking off your shackles. I need to do that because I am FAR too weighed down by the past. You’ve given me food for thought. Thanks!
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  5. I think it’s important to remind ourselves that life isn’t about being perfect… it’s about making mistakes and learning from them.

    I often remind my clients who are struggling with mastering a new skill to think about how we talk to children who are learning to walk. Do we criticize them because they didn’t make it across the room on their first try? NO! We smile and clap at their initial effort, no matter the result.

    This is how we learn. By trying and failing. The more gentle you can be with yourself over the missteps you make on the way to your success, the more gentle you can be with others.

  6. So many people get caught up in the past (often not even consciously) and keep creating the same future they are wanting to leave behind. Learning how to step back and objectively see our lives moment by moment and day by day, offers an opportunity to constantly be creating and recreating our lives. Leaving the past in the past is something very worth practicing, as it gives us the chance to start each day anew, from a place of wonder and awe.
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  7. Having dealt with my share of people in life, moving on is often hard, but very necessary. there are a few people I could do without. But I just have to stay on my path
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  8. A friend led me to a transformational program 20 years ago. One of the foundational tools we worked on was leaving the past in the past. Often the real problem is the added meaning we give to the past & let it run our lives. Sometimes referred to as a victims mentality, unaware by us. Once we recognize when the past is running the show, we can put it right back & create our present & future.

  9. SO glad it’s all working out better now and you. Starting with positivity is key to happiness and being happy with what you have is key to being at peace with oneself.
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  10. Tomorrow is always fresh and free of mistakes – that’s what I’m trying to think when there was a hard day…
    As to the shaking off the past… I am trying to hold only to good memories, and get over the bad… sometimes it works 😉

  11. I love the quote – don’t start your day with the broken pieces of yesterday is the best advice. Yes, breaking free of the past is really important if you want to move on.I agree, positivity is definitely the key to happiness.

  12. Thank you for your transparency. The bible tells us that in Christ all things are made new. In him, we are able to begin again. Be encouraged.
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  13. I agree. The past is in the past, we should learn from it, cherish but always leave it in the past. We can’t live our lives with fear from what happened before.

  14. Our neighbour quoted yesterday: Tomorrow is a mystery, yesterday is history. Live for today.

  15. I believe that we must learn from the past to shape our future but at the same time never forget the past as it makes you unique x

  16. Yup…the only thing we should really do with the past is learn from it….other than that it is just not a good thing to dwell on
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