Forgiveness is a Gift #ProjectForgive

Forgiveness is not an easy action for many of us.  As much as we want to let things go, at times all you can hear are those hurtful words, memories or actions.

Some of us have gone through tremendous loss.  Loss of family members, loss of employment, home, possessions, relationships, health and sadly hope.  I know because I have gone through each of these in the recent years.

How does one cope during these difficult times? Some of us may go through certain stages of anger, resentment and blame. We carry these feelings around in our lives, during our day, day in and day out.  Some blame God, themselves or others for these losses.

When we lost our first child at birth after carrying her for 9 months I remember waking up feeling as if it were a bad dream.  I could hear the mothers next to me giving birth and the cries of their newborn babies soon after. I looked down and no longer saw my belly and our sweet baby moving inside of me.  My heart sank in grief.

Sure I thought that maybe it was because I worked up until the end of my pregnancy as a Nurse or maybe it was the hit and run accident we just had a few months before that caused the cord accident.  There was an instant that I blamed myself for the loss of Alexandra, our sweet precious girl.

There was no reason to blame anyone.  Blaming and anger will not bring back our precious child. We have a choice to make, do we want to blame and carry these feelings of unforgiveness around with us or can we just let them go?

When I have moments when these feelings appear, I visually place them in a hot air balloon and watch them disappear into the clouded sky! I have faith in God so strongly that I know that He is taking care of our Alexandra and that one day we will see her again.

God sent His Son to die for our sins and He continues to forgive us; who am I not to forgive others or even myself? You are welcome to read A Letter to My Daughter which I wrote a few months ago.

Forgiveness is a Gift, Forgiveness will Heal your pain.  Watch the video at Project Forgive and if your heart leads you, please donate to this great project.

“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” Mark Twain

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Lisa Ladrido (87 Posts)

Lisa is an R.N. Mom Blogger and the author of Mom Blogger Buzz. She writes about Social Media, Personal Development, Blogging Tips, Travel, Family, Health and Wellness. She and her husband live in the Seattle area. They have 5 sons, 4 grandchildren and 7 furry four legged children!

10 comments for “Forgiveness is a Gift #ProjectForgive

  1. April 20, 2012 at 8:29 AM

    Wow, Lisa! What a touching testimony about the power of forgiveness. How difficult that must have been to lose your child after carrying her for nine months. I was so sorry to hear that.

    You have a gift for writing that really impacts the reader. May God bless your writing ministry!

    • April 20, 2012 at 9:47 AM

      Thank you Penny! I really appreciate your words. We must go on in Faith. As long as I can remember I have wanted to write. Thank you for your blessing!
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  2. April 20, 2012 at 9:43 AM

    I commented on your letter- I never knew this about you. You are a women filled with strength , hope and love for others. I know that sharing your story will give strength to others. You are a wonderful friend Lisa and I am blessed to have found you an call you my friend :)
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  3. Gerry
    April 20, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Forgiveness is indeed a gift and helps us to relieve stress and live better lives overall. What a sad, beautiful story you’ve told here, Lisa. And I admire the strength you have.

  4. April 23, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Oh gosh–this was beautiful and true. And completely made me cry. How are you so classy and cool at the same time??
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  5. April 24, 2012 at 6:48 AM

    Wow, what a moving piece. Forgiveness is such a tremendous gift for us all in a variety of circumstances. The peace that comes from giving ourselves permission to forgive is huge. Thank you for sharing such a personal post with all of us and for sharing the message of forgiveness. Big hugs, xo

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