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Let Go of the Past – Look to the Future – January 26 Devotions

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Let go of the past. How many times have you heard that? I guess it depends on how bad our experiences in the past have been. It seems the worse they were, the harder it is to let go, and look to the future. Yet dragging our past into the future will only weigh us down and adversely affect us.

 

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Today’s Tuesday thoughts…

 

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A confident woman does not live in the past…

she lets go of it and looks to the future.

It may be that you have a decision

to make right now.

Maybe you did any number

of terrible things…

in the past.

But God’s question to you is,

what are you going to do today?

Will you live the rest of your life serving God

and following His plan for you?

If you are ready to make that commitment,

there is nothing in your past

that has enough power

to hold you back.

Prayer: Lord, help me to forget

what You have forgotten regarding my past.

I thank You that by Your grace

I can let the past go

 and concentrate on the future.

Show me Your plans

for the days ahead. Amen.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

 

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My reflections:

This is a tough one and really hits home for me right now. I still haven’t figured out WHY it’s so difficult to let go of the past, but it certainly seems to be. It’s like we’re conditioned to beat ourselves up to remain in a weakened, vulnerable state instead of forgiving ourselves, gaining strength, and moving forward. Definitely prefer the latter!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Are you able to easily let go of the past so you can enjoy a brighter future?

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           One of the collage wall quilts I’ve made.

 

 

29 Comments

  1. Leanne@crestingthehill

    I am getting better at letting go. For most of my life I’ve been a “churner” – going over and over things and how I could have done them better. Now I give it the attention it deserves at the time and then try my hardest to leave it behind and focus on the present – still a work in progress!

    26 . Jan . 2016
  2. Linda Hampton

    I often find myself ruminating about something that happened in my past.. I think that is natural. The trick for me to letting go of the past is to recognize when I am thinking past thought to take a deep breath and become present to my current surroundings

    26 . Jan . 2016
  3. Kebba Buckley Button

    K-Lee, this is a powerful subject. I think it takes both a quality decision and practice, to get better and better at letting go. And then something will come up and we’ll get to practice letting go again. Isaiah says, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old…I am doing a new thing.” Maybe if we remember that God is trying to bring the new into our lives every day, we will be more likely to let go of the old, to make room. Blessings to you!

    26 . Jan . 2016
  4. Elizabeth O.

    It’s difficult to let go, but it’s always for the better. If you keep holding on to the past, you will never be able to do better things in life. You’ll stay stagnant and idle.

    26 . Jan . 2016
  5. tara pittman

    One cant change the past. So letting go of hurt is good for one.

    26 . Jan . 2016
  6. Mardene Carr

    I look back at my past so I can learn from it. I do not dwell there, I just learn from it

    27 . Jan . 2016
  7. Amber

    I used to dwell on the past a lot. But I have learned that it is not worth it. I try to live in the here and now.

    27 . Jan . 2016
  8. Ana De- Jesus

    It is hard to let go of the past but I do so I can have a happier future!

    27 . Jan . 2016
  9. nicole escat

    Its so hard to let go the past but we need to moved forward and face the future

    27 . Jan . 2016
  10. michelle

    i do my best to let go of the past but i have a very good detailed memory so when something pops back in my head its hard not to relive moments i wish i could forget

    27 . Jan . 2016
  11. Eugenia

    It’s all in the past for me! As Dwayne Johnson said ” I like to use the hard times in the past to motivate me today.”

    27 . Jan . 2016
  12. Lexie Lane

    Yes, I am always to let go the negative past. Letting go is hard but sometimes holding on does more damage to us.

    27 . Jan . 2016
  13. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Letting go is hard sometimes, but most often it is always the best option!

    27 . Jan . 2016
  14. Alana

    It is hard for me to let go of the past. I went into counseling years ago over one particular issue, and found there are complicated reasons why sometimes we purposely cause ourselves pain. (Talking it over with someone did help – a lot)

    27 . Jan . 2016
  15. Maddie

    Makes me think of Hakuna Matata. Before the burst into song Timone tells Simba he should put his past behind him.

    27 . Jan . 2016
  16. Patrice M Foster

    I like your idea letting go of the past so important it’s a process for me. I think I let the negative triggers from my past cause me to feel inadequate. I have since stop this destructive habit.

    27 . Jan . 2016
  17. Michelle

    Love this post, when the past call I don’t live there anymore!

    27 . Jan . 2016
  18. GiGi Eats

    I ONLY look at my past as a source of information and education. I do not dwell, I simply think of past events and ask myself HOW I can learn from them!

    27 . Jan . 2016
  19. Erica Brooks

    So true. I agree, letting go is not easy but it’s necessary.

    27 . Jan . 2016
  20. Claudette

    This is my area of expertise – letting go. I am a master. LOL. Seriously, I am.

    27 . Jan . 2016
  21. MyTeenGuide

    I always let go of the past. I just look back at the past as lessons learned.

    27 . Jan . 2016
  22. Salma

    I definitely agree that even though it’s not easy, it’s really important otherwise it ca negatively affect your life!

    27 . Jan . 2016
  23. Nick #thisyearinmusic

    Looking back at the past is fine, but it shouldn’t control your present.

    But as Orwell wrote “Who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.”

    28 . Jan . 2016
  24. Amy

    it use to be super hard for me, but I have got better over time!

    28 . Jan . 2016
  25. Ana

    I can believe how sometimes we just get stuck on the past and aren’t capable of moving forward!

    28 . Jan . 2016
  26. Barbara

    Put the past behind, always trying to learn and move forward.

    I love your quilt! 🙂

    28 . Jan . 2016
  27. Susan Marot

    It can be hard to put the past behind us. My tactic is to distract myself by focusing on the future!

    29 . Jan . 2016
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  28. Shannon Peterson

    I have a hard time letting go, but I know its necessary!

    29 . Jan . 2016

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