Remembering to Forget

Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13, 14 NIV).

 As humans, we tend to remember what we need to forget and forget what we need to remember. God, on the other hand, forgets what He promises to forget and remembers what He promises to remember. God said, “Their sins and lawless acts I will remember no more” (Hebrews 10:17).

[tweetherder][/tweetherder]Paul tells us one of the secrets to his success as a Christian and in life. “But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13,14).

In the Bible, God tells us that He “forgets” our sins and remembers them no more.  But how does an omniscient, all-knowing God forget?  Let’s look at the antonym to get a better understanding.

There are many events in the Bible that begin with the words “God remembered”:  “God remembered Noah” (Genesis 8:1), “He (God) remembered Abraham” (Genesis 19:29), “God remembered Rachel” (Genesis 30:22), “God heard their groaning and remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob” (Exodus 2:24). In each incident, God’s remembering meant that He was about to do something – God was about to act.

Therefore, if God’s remembering means He is about to act, then God forgetting means that He is not going to act. “For I will forgive their wickedness,” He says, “and will remember their sins no more” (Jeremiah 31:34). He forgets our sins – He is not going to act upon them. Likewise, while we cannot physically forget the details of the wounds of our past, we can choose not to act on them. We can choose to forgive the person who has hurt us and not allow the memory of the offense to control our lives. In that sense, we can forgive and forget.

When Paul talks about forgetting he does not mean that he will or even can wipe an incident from his memory. “Forgetting did not mean obliterating the memory of his past, but was a conscious refusal to let it absorb his attention and impede his progress.”(Zondervan NIV Commentary: Volume 2: New Testament (Grand Rapids, Michigan: The Zondervan Corporation, 1994),  pg. 806.) Paul refused to allow anything from his past control his present.  He could tell about it, but without pain, malice, or a hint of revenge.

But it’s too hard, you might say. Friend, God will never tell us to do something that He will not give us the power to do. He has instructed us to forgive…so He will give us the power to do so. He has instructed us to leave the past behind … so He will give us the power to do so. Paul said, “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). “All things” means all things that God has called us to do.

Isaiah wrote, “When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing the soil? When he has leveled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin?  Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field?” (Isaiah 28:24).

I think for many of us, we have been plowing and re-plowing the ground far too long.  We’ve been telling and re-telling what was done and how it was done going over the same ground and stirring up the dirt into a giant dustbowl. But there comes a point when it is time to stop plowing up the ground and start planting seeds – until then, we will never see a harvest.

Today, ask God if there is someone you need to forgive, if there is something you need to “forget,” or if there is some ground you need to cease plowing. Then give the memory to God and ask Him to plant good seeds for an incredible harvest!

 Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, I’ve been plowing up the soil of past memories for far too long. Today, I’m going to put away the plow and start planting seeds. When You see me reaching for the plow and going back to rehash old grievances and hurts, I pray that the Holy Spirit will convict me quickly. Today, the past is the past and I’m not looking back.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 What do You Think? 

Are there hurts in your life that you keep stirred up?

Is there a “field” that you continue to plow?

What do you think God wants you to do with those past hurts?

Are you willing to “put the plow away?” If so,  leave a comment that says, “I’m putting my plow away!”

 Want More?

Forgiveness can be one of the hardest things we ever do.  At the same time, it can be one of the most freeing things we ever do.  The holiday season is a time that stirs up past hurts in families. This might be the perfect time for you to be powered up with the truth…before the families all converge. Want to learn more?  My book, Your Scars are Beautiful, Finding Peace and Purpose in the Hurts of Your Past takes you through the healing steps or forgiveness, both for forgiving others and forgiving yourself.

 

 



 

99 Responses to Remembering to Forget

  1. Lillie Moss December 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    I forgiven my Dad and my brother moslted[sexual abuse] me when I was a child. Lord,I’m putting my plow away. I will forgive but don’t forget. Thank you,Sharon!

    • Betty Stephens December 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

      I’m puttting my plow away. Thank you. I needed that!

    • Christal L. Williams December 19, 2012 at 8:50 pm #

      I AM PUTTING AWAY MY PLOW!! NO MORE GUILT AND SHAME OVER MY PAST WHEN I WAS VERY SEXUALLY PROMISCUOUS AND ALLOWED MEN TO HAVE THERE WAY WITH MY BODY BECAUSE I FELT A NEED FOR THAT COMFORT, LOVE, ACCEPTANCE AND VALIDATION FROM A MAN FEELING THAT IF THEY DIDN’T DO ANYTHING SEXUAL TO ME THEN THEY DIDN’T LIKE ME OR LOVE ME OR WASN’T INTERESTED IN ME! I NOW KNOW AND CAN SAY THAT I AM WORTH MORE THAN THAT! MY GOD IN HEAVEN JESUS CHRIST VALIDATES ME EVERYDAY HE ALLOWS ME TO BREATHE, WHEN HE DIED ON THE CROSS FOR ME SINS, THAT WAS ALL THE VALIDATION I NEED. IM LEARNING TO LOVE MYSELF AND HAVE CONFIDENCE IN GOD, AND THE WOMAN OF GOD HE CREATED ME TO BE. TO WALK IN THAT WITH A SPIRITUAL BOLDNESS AND CONFIDENCE THAT I KNOW ONLY COMES FROM MY FATHER. NO MORE WILL I ALLOW A MAN TO FEEL ON ME FOR PLEASURE AND ALLOW MY BODY TO BE A PLAYGROUND FOR MEN COME AND TAKE TURNS. MY FATHER IN HEAVEN LOVES ME, I LOVE ME, AND GOD HAS BLESSED ME WITH A MAN OF GOD WHO LOVES ME FOR ME AND NOT MY BODY. I THANK GOD FOR HIS BLESSINGS, FAVOR AND LOVE. HE SO AMAZING. NO PLOWING THINGS OF MY PAST, NOW I AM PLANTING A HARVEST FOR MY FUTURE IN JESUS NAME! AMEN!

  2. Tara December 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    I am putting my plow away in Jesus name Amen! Thank you God for your loving mercies.

    Tara

  3. Monica December 18, 2012 at 1:15 pm #

    “I’m putting my plow away!”in the name of Jesus. God will give me strength! Thanks Sharon for a beautiful devotion.
    In His Light,
    Monica

  4. Felicia December 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm #

    I’m putting my plow away! in Jesus name…Amen!

  5. lisa December 18, 2012 at 1:37 pm #

    I’m putting my plow down!!

  6. Jenn December 18, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    I am putting my plow away and pray that those in my life who I have wronged in the past will be guided to do the same! What a wonderful Christmas Blessing that would be!

  7. La-Kia December 18, 2012 at 1:41 pm #

    I am burning that plow!!! Forgiveness is the #1 problem I have and I refuse to let it control me anymore! Thank you so much for that message. I know we have heard it a hundred times, but today is the day I say no more and start planting seeds! In Jesus name!!

  8. Roslyn December 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    I’m putting my plow away! I’m forgiving my mother for the things she did and said that hurt me and for the things that she did not do and say that may have helped me. I’m forgiving all the family who chose to down me rather than lift me up when it was in their power to do so. I’m forgiving the man who hurt me and the woman who helped him. Most of all I am forgiving C. J. for his part in causing me pain and I am putting all of this in the Hands of the One who can handle it! I pray that The HOLY SPIRIT will convict me instantly when my mind wanders to the hurt! Today, I choose to forgive, forget, and to love unconditionally!

    Thank you for this space to lay this down!

  9. Jennifer December 18, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    I am coming out of an abusive marriage and am putting the plow away today! It has just moved to planting time. Thank you Sharon for this message – it is exactly what I needed.

  10. Sylina December 18, 2012 at 1:55 pm #

    I’m putting away my plow. I have been struggling with forgiving my family for their treatment of me for many years, particularly my mother. I pray that God helps me to forgive and forget. Not forgiving someone only keeps you captive to your pain and I want so badly to be free of it.

  11. Su December 18, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Lord, I am putting my plough away and I will celebrate all You are and all You have done.

  12. Terri December 18, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    I am putting my plow away and I will not continue to plow the ground of hurt regarding my father.

  13. Barbara December 18, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

    I am putting my plow away…..divorce, abuse, pain. In Jesus name and His grace to get me through.

  14. Lindsey December 18, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    I’m putting my plow away. With the help of Jesus, I will no longer allow the events of my past to dictate who I am and how I treat others. Lord help me to do so.

  15. Marsha Pope December 18, 2012 at 2:18 pm #

    I’m putting my plow away!!!!!

  16. Grecia December 18, 2012 at 2:21 pm #

    I’m putting my plow away in Jesus name amen.

  17. Beth Courtright December 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Sharon thank you for that timely devotion. I too am going to put that plow away and keep it in the shed where it belongs never to be taken out again. In Jesus Name it is done. Also may you and yours have the Merriest of Christmases as you and yours celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Always remember that Jesus loves you and me too.

    In Him,
    Beth

  18. Sheri-Ann December 18, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Plow? What plow?! lol I am joyfully putting my plow away in Jesus’ name! Thank you, Father God, for taking the plow from my hand and giving me the power to release my grip. Thank you, Sharon for reminding me to let it go! Merry Christmas!!!

  19. Bcaprichos December 18, 2012 at 2:37 pm #

    I’m pitching the plow. Thank You, Jesus. With You I can do it. Thanks, Sharon!

  20. Lillian December 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    I am putting my plow away! I am asking God to plant seeds and move forward. This is just what I needed to move forward.

    Lillian

  21. Molly December 18, 2012 at 2:42 pm #

    I’m putting the plya away today and looking toward the future instead of the past. I know that God has given me the insight and strength to do this, and it is something he wants me to do in order to move forward.
    Molly

  22. Gayle Johnson December 18, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    I am putting my plow away–I have continued to think about old sins and have allowed them to tempt me–but right now, I am calling on the Blood of Jesus and the Name of Jesus and putting the past behind me. Lord Jesus please help me to stop being led my emotions and resist the enemy.

  23. Terry December 18, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    I am putting my plow away. In Jesus name, amen. Thanks You, Lord.

  24. Rose December 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    I’m putting the plow away!!!!!!! Thank you God for you loving merceys and for the strength you have given me!!!!!!

  25. Sabrina December 18, 2012 at 2:48 pm #

    “I’m putting my plow away!” I have forgiven my stepfather who molested me. Thank You Lord for saving me!

  26. J December 18, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    I’m trusting God today whole-heartedly! (Putting my plow away;)) Lord, I pray that you give me the strength to forgive those who have hurt me. I know that its not the “easy” thing to do but I know with your help God that it will be the easiest thing I’ve ever done. You are sooooo great God! In Jesus name, Amen. 🙂

  27. Elisabeth December 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm #

    ”I’m putting my plow away!” Please father help me i can’t do it on my own. I would love to tell my story without pain.I know i can do all things through christ who gave me strength.
    Thanx Sharon
    Queeny

  28. Traci December 18, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

    With God’s strength, I am putting my plow away!!! Please LORD give me the strength and wisdom to know when I am pulling the plow out again.

  29. Ruth L December 18, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    I am putting my plow away!

  30. Susan December 18, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    I am putting the plow away!!! This is an area where I really struggle, so LORD please give me the strength to really conqure this, and the wisdom to see when I am starting to do it again.

  31. Jen December 18, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    I am putting away the plow today & forever! I have been struggling with the hurt from my ex husband & his now fiancé. Please Lord give me the strength & the wisdom to let go of my past hurt & forgive them, no matter what comes up in the future! Thanks I really needed this it is a blessing to my life!!

  32. dede December 18, 2012 at 4:12 pm #

    Its a hard thing to do. But with god’s strength i can do all things. “i am putting my plow away.” thank you Jesus.

  33. Bethany December 18, 2012 at 4:19 pm #

    Thank you for that. I was praying before I opened the daily devotional email, “Please let this be exactly what I need to hear,” and it was. I’m putting my plow away. I’m going to let the dust settle. (Here, let me take this analogy one step further.) I’m going to fertilize the spent soil with what really can make life grow; I’m going to actually spend time in the word and prayer.

  34. Faith December 18, 2012 at 4:24 pm #

    “I’m putting my plow away!” and “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength” !

  35. Kelly December 18, 2012 at 4:28 pm #

    I am putting my plow away!

  36. Sherri December 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm #

    I’m putting my plow down in Jesus name. I’m choosing this day to move forward.

  37. Candy December 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm #

    I’m putting my plow away. The word says: “not by power, not by might, but by my Spirit says the Lord”; I pray that the Holy Spirit will continue to work on me and help me to not pick up my plow for past and or present hurts. In Jesus Name.

  38. val December 18, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    My plow is put away so high I cannot reach or see it!

  39. Sheryl December 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm #

    I have a friend who lies and belittles the accomplishment of my daughters most recently stating at her graduation that her Masters Degree is “useless and doesnt’t mean anything”, this was said in ear shot of my younger daughter. Lord, with your help I am putting away my plow….

  40. Kendra Thompson December 18, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    I’M PUTTING MY PLOW AWAY!!!!!

  41. M December 18, 2012 at 4:51 pm #

    I’ve harbored a lot of bitterness, anger, and pain in my heart from my past friendships and in my relationship with my boyfriend. Today, I’m putting my plow away! I’m not going to look back and dwell on the past anymore!!! My Jesus has set me free! I’m going to follow His lead and start planting those good seeds. Thank You, Jesus!!

  42. Nancy Beneteau December 18, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

    I put my plow away and with it came freedom from pain I’ve held for far too long. I spoke of this a few months back about a relationship I was in. My ex abused me emotinally, mentally and once even forced himself sexually. I buried this pain and lived most of my life thinking what he told me was true. After I came to know Christ 3 years ago, I thought I had given all the forgiveness needed towards him but the one I didn’t forgive was myself. I was angry with myself for not knowing better and not getting out. That forgiveness came a few months ago. The day it came to me I wrote two poems. One entitled “Frozen in Fear” is on my blog http://steppingstones.blogspot.ca and the other his here:

    She Wants to Leave

    Lost in a world
    abused and abandoned
    no where to go
    no value or worth
    or so she thought
    A life of solitude and scars
    just didn’t get her far
    She wants to leave
    but can’t seem to get through that door
    She’s worth so much more
    All she knows is to listen to all his demands
    or suffer the power of that monster’s hands
    caught in a bondage of abuse
    she feels she is of no other use
    She wants to leave
    but can’t seem to get through that door
    She is worth so much more
    Escape she must from his disgusting lust
    She cries herself to sleep
    quietly of course
    wouldn’t want to wake that creep
    and make it any worse
    Tonight is different that the rest
    She vows she will not rest
    until she’s free of him
    Who can she call on?
    She wants to leave but can’t seem to get through that door
    She’s worth so much more
    A light shines bright
    and diminishes the night
    She sees a hand reach out from the dark
    and grabs hold with all It’s might
    He’s here to save
    and asks her to be brave
    She wants to leave
    and through that door she goes
    no looking back will she do
    cause she knows He will bring her through.

    Once I truly let God into my heart, He told me I needed to forgive myself that I was still a captive to the happenings during this 8 year relationship. I faced it and it’s done with. I am free.
    I couldn’t do this on my own. God cleared my way and I praise Him daily for this. So much damage done is now step by step being turned into pure joy and admiration.

  43. Emily December 18, 2012 at 5:33 pm #

    I am putting my plow away.

  44. Heather December 18, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

    I was never in my only sister’s wedding… but I am in her life. I’m putting that plow away. It’s not my harvest. To God belongs the harvest and I shall continue to sow those seeds!

  45. Cheryl December 18, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    I am putting my plow away. Not only for the ground from other’s hurts, but also for my own mistakes and shortcomings which I am so hard on myself. I need to forgive not only others, but forgive MYSELF. I put the plow away, and with God’s strength, He will keep me away from it. And live TODAY, not in the past.

  46. Jeanne December 18, 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Lord I’m putting away all my past mistakes and starting the Holiday with a clean heart. Help me to stay on course with your love and guidance with my marriage and help me to forget the past hurts and to focus on today. Help me keep the plow buired to learn to love again and not be filled with hate and trust issues.

  47. JENNY MILENA RIAÑO December 18, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    gracias porque nuevamente el Señor me muestra que no estoy sola y que estoy capacitada por el poder de él para perdonar y dejar que el sane cada herida causada por un pasado doloroso. porque” TODO LO PUEDO EN CRISTO QUE ME FORTALECE”.

  48. Athena December 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    Im putting my plow away

  49. Ify December 18, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    I’m putting the plow away. Father I ask that you forgive me for my stubbornness, I ask that you forgive me for holding onto something so petty when you have forgiven me over and over again. Lord I ask that you give me the ability to extend the blessings that you have given to me even when they have sometimes been undeserved. Let me finally forget. -Amen.

  50. Miss Larios December 18, 2012 at 6:43 pm #

    I am putting my plow away of family that has hurt me for desicions I’ve made, for friends that walk away and hurt me big time

  51. Phyllis Lipford December 18, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

    “I think for many of us, we have been plowing and re-plowing the ground far too long. We’ve been telling and re-telling what was done and how it was done going over the same ground and stirring up the dirt into a giant dustbowl. But there comes a point when it is time to stop plowing up the ground and start planting seeds – until then, we will never see a harvest.”

    Thank you … this was my first devotional from “Girlfriends In God” and so timely. I was just reflecting on a situation in my life this morning, how to resolve it. Honestly, putting my plow away is more easily said than done. When situations are unresolved and unanswered, I find myself replowing the ground at times when I’m not even mindful. Forgiveness is our most daunting spiritual battle that we must strive everyday to win. Thank you for the challenge. Planting seeds for harvest. God bless.

  52. JEB December 18, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    I’m putting my plow away LORD! I want to soooo bad and can’t do without your help. Please help me forgive the hurt and accept those as they are. Even though I would rather not spend holidays (or any other time) with them, I need Your help to treat them as I would want to be treated; with respect and kindness. Thank you for putting this message in front of me today. AMEN!

  53. Maria December 18, 2012 at 7:09 pm #

    wow this is inspiring I choose to put my plow away and forgive my husband of 25 years

  54. Nancy Beneteau December 18, 2012 at 7:12 pm #

    sorry in my above post with my poem I entered my blog incorrectly. It should be http://steppingstonesinfaith.blogspot.ca
    Sorry for the error

  55. L. December 18, 2012 at 7:29 pm #

    I’m putting my plow away and praying she will too. This lifelong relationship, in its very beginning stage, is so much more valuable than our own pride and baggage. Praising God for your listening to His direction. I really needed to read this today, convicting and uplifting. Thank you.

  56. Vickie December 18, 2012 at 7:50 pm #

    Thank you for today’s devotion! I really needed to hear about forgiveness as you put it into words. I thought I had forgiven a person who devastated my life; broke my heart; but then when you talked about the plow I knew at that moment that I was still occasionally plowing that old field! I am done plowing as of this very minute! Thank you; this is a break through for me. You bless many! I have read many of your books and I am always blessed. Thank you, Vickie

  57. maryanne December 18, 2012 at 7:57 pm #

    I am putting the plow away.I have a tendancy to hang onto the handles of the plow if someone spoke hurtfull words. God says put it away , then its time I did

  58. regina nobles December 18, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    Father I,m putting my plow away, please help me to not hold on anymore any one more time to the pain of the hurts that dwelled in my heart as people so tried to shatter my ever days. I love you Lord and I know you will heal me through all my heart achesl I love you and please forgive me for all the past mistakes i have made, Today i am living for the future letting go of all the past heartaches. living for the Lord with Hope, Joy and the greatest of all Love. Amen.

  59. Faith December 18, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    I’m putting the plow away today! Thank you for the beautiful message in your article! I appreciate your uplifting words every time I read them! God bless you and your outreach!

    • Erika December 18, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

      I’m putting my plow away , amen!!!!

    • Erika December 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm #

      I’m putting my plow away, Amen!!!

  60. Maryann Ramos December 18, 2012 at 8:52 pm #

    I am putting my plow away and starting to plant seed.

  61. Rose December 18, 2012 at 9:05 pm #

    I am putting the plow away! No matter how hard it is I am going to trust that God will give me the strength to do so. Thank you so much for your message today. Something happened today and this message was exactly what I needed.

  62. Lizzie December 18, 2012 at 11:27 pm #

    I’ve been putting the plow away, but I keep bringing it back out. Thanks for the reminders through His Word. Pray, sisters, that I can stop this!

  63. Kay December 18, 2012 at 11:30 pm #

    I’m putting my plow away, TODAY!!!!!!! Amen

  64. Glenna December 19, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    I’m putting away the plow. This was a beautiful message of hope and understanding from God. I have held on to the hurt from my past. Now for God says to let go….I will.

  65. Kirsten December 19, 2012 at 12:06 am #

    I am putting my plow away! Thank you so much for this message. I subscribed to your daily devotionals “Girlfriends in God” and today’s message really spoke to my heart. Thank you.

  66. Beth December 19, 2012 at 12:34 am #

    I have tried for years to forgive a cousin who molested me regularly when I was a child. I think I have forgiven him, but I still remember it. How do I know if I’ve truly forgiven if I still hold on to such negative feelings toward him? To this day, I still can’t look him in the eye.

  67. Patricia December 19, 2012 at 12:46 am #

    My past, filled with regrets and hurts from my own hand, I have given up to my Lord. Only with His Holy Spirit within me will I be able to toss that heavy plough. Thankyou Lord. Thankyou Sharon for GIG.

  68. Gloria December 19, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    I am putting my plow away.
    Thank you for the reminder!

  69. L.J December 19, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    I have no regrets,guilt or shame..only hurt and pain but today that plow has disappeared and no turning back-in Jesus name!

  70. Denise December 19, 2012 at 4:37 am #

    I’m putting the plow away. I lost my sister a month ago & have found myself very overwhelmed & weary between arrangements, paperwork & now taking care of my 14 yr old nephew. I recently got divorced this year as well so when all this took place I thought how am I going to do this all as a single mother of an 18 yr old but many people kept telling me God will only give you what you can handle. Apparently I can handle a lot & my str ength is being tested because I also totaled my car last week. Even after all this I remain calm & strong but have been told by many I need to slow down & take one step ata time. Then this email blog shows up in my inbox. Proof to me things happen for a reason, whether itbe people coming or going in your life or any other sign for that matter such as a song or even a blog. Thank you

  71. cherie December 19, 2012 at 4:39 am #

    I’m putting my plow away. I will no longer dredge up all the hurts in my marriage relationship because they are in the past and it is keeping us from moving on into healing and a better future. Help me Lord. Thank you Sharon for sharing this now,when I needed it so much. Sometimes we just don’t realize, til we read it or hear it , just what is needed and you bring that at just the right time.

  72. Liz December 19, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    I’m putting away the plow!

  73. Terry December 19, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    I’m putting my plow away! This message could not have come at a better time
    Thank you so much

  74. Dorcia December 19, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    Thank you for this devotion. I am putting away my plow!!!

  75. Mabel December 19, 2012 at 5:24 am #

    Aleluhia, I am putting my plow away, I forgive many who have caused pain in the family. Amen.

  76. Sarah December 19, 2012 at 6:11 am #

    I’m putting my plow away! I no longer want to rehash past hurt and past regrets and I want to start planting for my new harvest! And my renewed walk with the Lord!

  77. Jackie December 19, 2012 at 7:00 am #

    I am putting my plow away. I’ve dug it into the same spot for so long I’ve wound up in the very hole it created. I’m putting my plow away, filling up the hole — and using the soil, with God’s help, to plant and nuture the seeds which will sprout forth a beauticult future! “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord. “Plan to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans for a future and a hope”! Jer. 29:11!

    I love you, God! You are with me and you think more of me than I do — and my former friend did. Thank you so much. Also, be with my former friend and heal him of narcissism! Amen!

  78. Anne December 19, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    I am putting my plow away.

  79. Annie December 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    I am definately putting away the plow!

  80. Nikki December 19, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    I put my plow away about 8 years ago, I have lived INBETWEEN my in-laws and Grand-in-laws for 12 years. I needed to remember to leave it away here recently. Thanks for sharing your heart!

  81. Londi December 19, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    I’m finally at the end of this trial and am putting my plow away!!! Thank you 🙂

  82. Nicole December 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    I am putting my plow away in Jesus name. All the hurts from others, all my past mistakes, I am done enriching that soil, time to plant new seeds in faith!!

  83. Betty December 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

    I’m putting my plow away. I am forgiving and will forget and pray for new seeds for a new harvest. Thank you.

  84. Lori December 19, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    I am putting my plow away!!!!

  85. Vicky December 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm #

    I’m putting my plow away in Jesus name. Thank you Sharon and God bless

  86. Nara December 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Today, I’m putting my plow away!! 🙂

  87. Kay December 21, 2012 at 6:30 am #

    Today, I am putting my plow away. It is time to forgive and forget. Thank you, Holy Spirit for leading me to this website. Thank you, Sharon for your insightful words.

    • Auth December 30, 2012 at 6:02 am #

      Oh how true I’m only a young whipper snpaepr (60) but I remember when we had to refer to a teacher as Miss. , Mrs. or Mr. and were EXPECTED to show respect to ALL persons in positions of authority. Our country has indeed come a very long way since those days but NOT for the better!!God bless,Cyndy

  88. Sibrina December 22, 2012 at 6:34 pm #

    I’m putting my Plow away!

  89. jessica ledesma December 24, 2012 at 9:09 am #

    My two sisters in Christ who are the fiery furnace with me a single mom of ten because my husband is incarcerated at this time.,would be Diana Jimenez and Sylvia Hicklin. I’ve has had major ups and downs but they are always there..thank u Jesus

  90. Maggie December 24, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Sharon,
    Thank-you again for such a powerful message. 🙂

  91. Maggie Elliott December 24, 2012 at 3:35 pm #

    Thnx again for a wonderful message!!

  92. Wendy McBeth December 24, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    My fiery furnace friend is Alice. We’ve been friends since 6th grade! As friends and moms of 4 kids each, we hold each other accountable as wives and moms, reminding each other of our worth in Christ and how to keep our priorities straight!

  93. K. Tomlinson February 5, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    I’m putting my plow away! I forgive my husband (soon to be ex-husband) for the cheating, lieing, verbal abuse and physical abuse. Please give me a clean heart and wash away all the resentment, anger and dislike I have toward him. Only God can turn a dead broken marriage back into the beautiful blessing. Have Faith and leave it in his hands

  94. Lyn February 1, 2017 at 8:45 am #

    I am putting my plow away in Jesus name.

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