Tag: forgiveness

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Forgiveness Is More Than a One-Shot Deal

How many times do we need to forgive before there are no more layers of hurt and betrayal to peel back? I can’t give you a definitive answer. It seems trite to say as many times as you need to forgive, but it is true. I have been working on forgiving those with whom I have experienced the greatest hurts for years now, and I’m still not there. I still haven’t reached a place where there is nothing left to forgive… where I can say with complete truth that I hold nothing but love in my heart for them. If I told you that all I ever feel is love when I think of these people, I would be lying to you and to myself. I can tell you that there are times when I genuinely feel compassion, understanding, and love for them, but then when I least expect it… more […]

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Letting Go and Flying Free (podcast)

Forgiveness is the key to your healing and freedom from the hurts of the past. I invite you to listen as I share my blog post, Letting Go and Flying Free. My prayer is that you will find healing through forgiveness as I did.

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Hatred Will Never Bring Peace

We hate, and often, we don’t even question or understand why. Hatred is passed down from generation to generation. The facts that fueled the hatred are unquestionable. Yes, atrocities have been committed. Yes, people have misused power over other groups. Yes, lives have been lost, people have suffered, and hearts still cry out in pain because of loss and injustice. But, we will never achieve peace through hate. Peace will only be achieved through love. We must leave the past in the past and start anew with a conscious choice to join hands in love and brotherhood. Holding onto the past only perpetuates separation and division. We pass our hatreds and prejudices to our children, and these negative forces continue to motivate attack and conflict throughout the world. We cannot focus on the wrongs of the past in order to move forward as a global community. The only way forward is through forgiveness. We must forgive the past […]

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Say No to Gossip… But Forgive Yourself When You Fall Back into the Trap

Have you realized the destructive power and negative energy that is created by gossip? Have you recognized what gossiping does, not only to the target of gossip, but to the perpetrators? Have you vowed that you wouldn’t gossip anymore because you want to create positive energy in your life and live according to higher principles of love and integrity? Sounds fine in theory, doesn’t it. I made a conscious choice several years ago that I would not gossip or participate in gossip by listening to it. I had it all planned out. I would avoid situations in which gossip frequently became the main topic of conversation. If someone approached me with a burning desire to tell all about what so-and-so was doing or what was happening to so-and-so, I would either excuse myself or steer the conversation in a more positive direction. After having lived in a glass house during my husband’s […]

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Letting Go and Flying Free

How can they talk and laugh with him?           He cheated on me! How can he not be judged?           He was unfaithful to me! How can he carry on as if nothing happened?           He destroyed my life! Why do people not look at me? Why do they avoid me?           I am the one who hurts.           I am the victim here. Shouldn’t everyone feel sorry for me?   Is there someone who has hurt you, for whom you feel lingering resentment, hatred, even thoughts of revenge? Have you been hurt by someone in your past and you cannot let it go? Do you blame someone else for your problems? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, you are not alone. Far from it… […]

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