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Now graduated from her role as a homeschooling mom of 8, Dawn Camp devotes her time and love of stories to writing her first novel. She enjoys movie nights, cups of Earl Grey, and cheering on the Braves. She and her husband navigate an ever-emptying nest in the Atlanta suburbs.

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  1. Thank you for sharing, Dawn! 🙂

    Psalm 103 is one of my favorite psalms. It is such an encouraging reminder of God’s tender mercies! 🙂 Thank God.

    I am being reminded again and again to not be too hard on myself. Earlier this morning, I was also reminded that God has the power to cause everything to work out for good – even my mistakes, mishaps, sins, and unwise decisions.

    Thank you for this reminder: “our darkest trials can become our greatest testimonies.” Amen, Amen, Amen.

    • Yes, Bomi, that Psalm gives us a visual reminder of the depth of His mercy! I once heard a preacher comment that if it had said the north from the south, it would be different: if you keep traveling north, eventually you will be traveling south. But you can travel east and never stop traveling east. He has removed our sins so far from us!

  2. OUCH!!! But thank you for this beautiful truth!!! Confessing my pride of not letting go of what I say I believe God is able to forgive in my life & in the lives of others who have hurt me. Beautiful Savior turning ashes into beauty!

  3. Thank you for this! Yes, we must repent and trust his forgiveness. But it is hard! Reminds me of Acuff’s book- Soundtracks. We need to go to His Word to quiet the noise of our negative self talk.

  4. Thsnk you for your wisdom and Glory to God. Your words come at a perfect time
    Glory to Him and the Lamb forever

  5. Thank you Dawn! I have a tendency to dwell on past transgressions. Your concept that doing this is a form of pride? That’s enough for me to want to quit doing it! Not to mention the fact that it’s painful and a bottomless pit. Thanks for the helpful insight!

  6. This article really hit home with me. I know I have confessed my sins and asked forgiveness. I haven’t ever thought God hasn’t forgiven me but I have a hard time forgiving myself. This article really made me stop and think about my life and how I can live it better and do more good for others as God wants me too. AMEN thank you.

    • Thank you for this, Linda! I agree that the inability to forgive ourselves can keep us from moving on and doing more good. We are broken, but never too damaged for Him to use!

  7. Dawn, thank you for this much needed spiritual truth.
    I was in this place years ago and have felt the weight of it literally fall off! It is an inside job and the freedom that followed made all the difference in my walk with Jesus and my relationship with others. And the joy of forgiving, accepting and loving myself the way God created me for His glory is something I will never forget! Oh the wonderful grace of our Father is so far reaching. Mark 12:30-31
    30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[f]31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[g] There is no commandment greater than these.”

  8. Dawn thanks you for what you shared. I know my sins are under the blood. So is all the people I have forgiven. But at times I see the sin of things they do coming to my mind at times. That I get annoyed and end up saying things to myself about them. Or to my Husband. That I know I shouldn’t. Especially when I forgiven them. It just when I see them and they do something that has annoyed me. That they have never change or I know will not change until they get saved. By the way they do and say things. I end up sinning as I say to myself or my Husband why do they keep doing that or saying that. They are never sorry. I gossiping about them to my Husband. I have to them think I shouldn’t have said that to my Husband about them. Or let what they got annoy me. That I go over and over it in my head so many times. I find myself going to God and saying sorry. Asking him to forgive me for doing this telling my Husband how they annoyed me. Or I go over it in my head. So many times. God has said Dawn you have forgiven them for all they have done to hurt you. They will not change until they get saved. So don’t let it get to you. Don’t talk about them. Pray for them. As you talking about them to your Husband is Gossip. That is wrong my eyes and sin. So I have to re say sorry to God for that. It is a learning process. That if anything bad about them comes into my mind.
    I have to Remember I have forgiven them. Not to talk about them. Pray for them and leave them in God hands. I know this also happened in my life with a saved person. I think to myself they should know better as they are Saved. They shouldn’t be doing what they are doing. God reshows me. Dawn no don’t Gossip about them either. Pray for them too. Leave all these people in my hands. I will deal with them in my perfect timing. That is so true. So I am slowly learning to do that. Love today’s reading. Love you all incourage. Praying for you all Love big hugs Dawn Ferguson-Little xx

    • Dawn, it’s incredibly hard to forgive someone and then let it go, but keep trying! (Isn’t it wonderful that God can do it?)

  9. Yes it is wonderful God can do it. We can forgive them too with God’s help. We just need to keep trying as you say Dawn. With God help we will get there. It will get that what we are forgiving the people about. Will no longer annoy us. But we have to keep praying and asking God to help us not to let theses people who have annoyed or hurt us. Get to us. That we talk about them or keep going over it in our heads about them. We will get there. As I know it does work. With one person. They done something wrong to hurt/annoy me. It took time for me not to let it get to me. Even though I had forgiven them. I prayed and left them in God’s hands asked him to help me not let it get to me. Help me truly forgive them. Especially when I see them. Now the thing they did to hurt/annoy me. Does not even come into my mind any more. Even though I will never forget what they done. I can talk to them. Pray for them as they are not saved. God told me they will not change until they get saved. For me just to pray and leave them in my hands. I did that. So that is Good. But it did take time. For me to be able to do that. Thank you Dawn for your reply to my comment. For today’s incourage reading. Love Dawn Ferguson-Little God Bless xx

  10. For me, it isn’t the belief that He can forgive, it’s the He wants to forgive my sins because he loves me. I know He can, but I doubt He wants to.

  11. Dawn,

    I, too, beat myself up over mistakes or mishaps. Do one stupid thing & I tell myself “stupid, dumb not smart.” All I really need to do is confess that sin, repent & ask God for forgiveness. It’s that simple. We don’t need to keep praying about it. The amazing thing is that God can & will use our trials to give us a testimony. We can tell others how God forgave us & helped us through the situation. God grew my faith & trust muscles after a lengthy trial with my aging dad’s psych issues. He doesn’t waste anything.

    Blessings 🙂