Encouragement for Today: A new thing. . .

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If you came over from Encouragement for Today, welcome. I’m so glad you are here!

Each week a beautiful group of women meet in my home to study The Unburdened Heart. Each week I’m blown away by what God does in their surrendered hearts.

These women don’t pretend to have all the answers. They just know that they are tired of feeling the way they feel, and tired of a person or a childhood or hurt keeping them stuck. And they are delighting in where forgiveness is taking them.

They want more. 

And that’s exactly what our God wants for each of us.

“Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” Isaiah 43:19a (ESV)

In today’s devo I shared how God drew me even deeper into the word forgive, and how that word began to saturate my life as my Heavenly Father led me up new paths.

Just yesterday I asked my friends as we sat around the table: What is the one thing you want from God on this forgiveness journey?

Their answers were varied, and private, but the one thing that resonated is that they wanted something new.

Healthy ways of thinking and feeling. 




All new things if you’ve struggled to forgive.

Forgiving is a harder path in our faith. Can we just admit that together? We surrender to the new direction in which He leads. We trust. We offer up the burden of  resentment, pain, unresolved and untended hurt so that we are free to explore what is next, instead of mired in what “was”.

Those harder paths may not always be easy, but we forgive because it leads us to freedom. Wholeness. A mended heart.

Maybe today, you sense God calling you to forgive. 

In today’s devo I shared a prayer. May I be so bold as to share it with you one more time? 

Dear Lord, I desire to forgive and live free. I don’t know exactly what that looks like, but I surrender to what you have for me. Show me day by day what forgiving looks like, and give me wisdom and strength to live it out. Thank You that I can forgive and discover what new paths you have for me, In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Unburdened HeartI am thrilled to offer a giveaway of The Unburdened Heart: Finding the Freedom of Forgiveness today to one of you.

I’ll choose a winner from the comments below, but I’m also privileged to listen, pray, and celebrate with you as you share where you are in your forgiveness journey.

The Mended HeartAnd may I share one more resource? My book, The Mended Heart: God’s Healing for Your Broken Places, is available for preorder. It will be released very soon.

The Mended Heart is a powerful look at how Christ came to mend, set free, and heal a hurting heart. It’s interactive. It’s designed to take you step by step to discover that place of joy and wholeness for yourself, and how it’s waiting for you.





  1. I have lots of reasons to be bitter…Injustice, mistreatment by someone in ministry who should certacertainly Ministry, a Leader who became a one man band, being misunderstood, talked about, lied about and more. The only way I’m getting through any of this is the way God is teaching me & leading me. I have learned to forgive in deeper ways than I ever thought possible…& there is more that could be done…To trust Him for timing & relief, for dream & vision accomplishment. It has taken a huge load off me! I praise my Savior for all He is doing in my life! I only recently came away from the “playground” of the mind –rehearsing hurts & scenarios from my past…I struggle with boundaries sometimes but it is all getting better as I follow His leading…

    • I have had the same feelings. Mine was abuse from my Aunt’s fiancee and I was just 8 yrs old.
      The thing is I put it out of my memory for a number of years ( I am 65) but every once in a while it
      comes roaring back with the force of a cannonball.but now that I turned it over to the Lord, when it does
      by giving it back to the Lord it gets a little easier.
      Robin, I will keep you in my prayers as a sister traveler with our eyes toward God.

  2. Brenda Maust says:

    This book will be used by God to heal many broken people. I would love to read it and share it with those I know who need it. God’s continued blessing on you and your ministry! He speaks through you!

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