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Minimalism from a Biblical Point of View —

Biblical Minimalism© is "a complete, whole-person release of anything unlike Jesus, a letting go of everything that hinders us from following Him wholeheartedly and single-mindedly, and a relinquishing of all that brings us under bondage to this earthly, very temporary life." Cheryl E. Smith

Monday, June 18, 2018

Five Steps To Overcoming Regret


"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before."
Philippians 3:13
(KJV)

Today, I am sharing over at No Sidebar about the heavy burden of regret and some things I have learned about how to overcome it.

I hope you can click here to join me!


18 comments:

  1. Hi Cheryl, what an excellent read of five important steps to rid ourselves of regret. I didn’t see a way to comment where you shared so I jumped back over to Thank you for this timely message. I will be sharing with a couple of people that it could help.

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    1. Pam, You will never know how much I appreciate you taking the time to come back here and leave such a sweet, encouraging comment. Thank you ever so much for sharing the post with others. I hope with all my heart that it can be an encouragement and help. God bless you, my friend!

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  2. Dear Cheryl - I needed to read this excellent article of yours, especially tonight. How amazing when something is read just when it is needed the most.

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    1. Oh, I am so thankful to hear that, dear friend! I am so grateful it ministered to you. Sending love and hugs your way!

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  3. Good Morning Cheryl,
    Such a concise, healthy and helpful guide which you have shared with us and I am in total agreement that living with minimalism is so much more than getting rid of material goods. It is indeed shedding that emotional, spiritual and mental baggage of a lifetime. Thank you for sharing this good news with us and giving us tools to do so as well.
    Blessings and Hugs my friend,
    Jemma

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    1. Thank you ever so much for your sweet visit and kind words, Jemma! May the Lord bless you always, my friend.

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  4. Hi Cheryl, your points on letting regret go are awesome. Sometimes I think it is a physical letting go, like throwing a stone in a pond and letting it sink and stay there. Its time to let regret sink to the bottom, and fill the void with God and His word.
    Great post as always
    God bless
    Tracy

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    1. I think that is a great idea, Tracy. A physical demonstration of what is going on inside makes it all seem more real, doesn't it? I was thinking of the Scripture that says, "Casting all your are upon Him, for He careth for you," and in my mind I was imagining taking those things and "casting" them out into the deep like you said.
      Thank you for your encouraging, helpful words. I am so grateful for your support and kind words! Many blessings to you, my friend!

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  5. Absolutely a wonderful read Cheryl. Oh and so very true! I have also found that Satan will use that "regret" to try and keep us in bondage. We cannot change the past but we sure can make a difference for the future. Thank you for sharing. I am printing this out. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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    1. Oh, how true, how true your words! They surely can hold us in bondage and bring a cloud over today's joy. I am so thankful for you and your kind words and encouragement. You are a blessing to me! God bless you richly, in return, my friend.

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  6. What a wise post! So many of your thoughts are quotable, one I especially like: "Regret is a powerful anchor that will hold us firmly in the past and prevent us from enjoying the present." Oh, how I want to loose those anchors and live truly free. You offer Biblical solutions - forgiveness! Always a win. Blessings today.

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind, encouraging words, Sandra! I am so very thankful for your support. I surely understand your desire to live truly free. God is surely able and so faithful! May He bless you richly!

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  7. Dear Cheryl,
    Oh I am just so grateful that the Lord is giving you opportunity to share from the places where He has walked with You. How precious that even your article is a way of being healed from the regret--His redemption there! I love how He does that. May I allow Him to redeem and restore those years that locust ate in my life too. I never thought about that verse being about regret, but the locust devouring is such a good picture of what that regret will do. Thank you for sharing! Blessings, love, and hugs to you dear friend!

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    1. Thank you SO much, dear friend. I dearly love the verse you quoted and often remind God of it in prayer. Locusts come into our lives in many forms, but praise God, He can restore every, single thing they manage to take from us. I am so thankful for you and your support and encouragement. May the Lord richly bless you!

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  8. Well said, Cheryl. Regret has a way of eating us alive, if we allow it to. Your five steps are all good ones that will help us put regret in its proper place---behind us! Thanks.

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    1. Oh, you are so right, it surely does eat us alive, if we allow it to. Thank you ever so much for your sweet visit and kind words and encouragement. God bless you, sweet friend!

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  9. Such an excellent article you wrote Cheryl, truly inspired by the Lord! I wanted to leave a comment on that site, but saw that there was no way to do that. Your words are so true, there are things about the past that we cannot change, but how we view them, our perspective, will affect our future. So thankful for the blood of Jesus that can take the regrets of our lives and turn them into something useful for His kingdom. I'm sure King David's biggest regret in his life were the two sins that he committed - adultery and murder, yet the Lord used the lineage of Bathsheba in which to bring forth His son. I've always seen that with true repentance, the Lord can bring about an entirely new thing from the regrets, mistakes and failures of our past. How faithful a God we serve! Much love to you sweet friend, so exciting to see your writing being published in this way :)

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    1. Oh, thank you SO much for your sweet visit, kind words, and unfailing support, dear friend! I am just so blessed to have you in my life and to know that you are always there praying. I love the thoughts you shared here and on the other blog about Saul and David. So much truth in all you said. Sending much love back to you today and praying for you and safe travels and much enjoyment on your journey!

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