This post is part of the Five Minute Friday blog link-up. Where I join up with a community of writers and bloggers of all ages and stages who gather around a single-word prompt to free-write, unscripted, unedited, for five minutes. This week’s word prompt is {{Blame}}

Oh boy, Kayte, this is a tough one that stings. I’m sure I’ll be over five minutes and long-winded as usual, but here goes.

The weight of Blame. It’s a burden we all carry at some point, a constant reminder of past mistakes and failures. That burden was more than just heavy; it was suffocating. Before I found Jesus, my life was a series of stumbles and falls; okay, I fell in the mud a lot. Every time I tried to do life on my own, I failed, leaving a trail of self-blame in its wake.

This cycle of failure and self-recrimination became suffocating. I felt trapped, constantly replaying past mistakes, unable to see a path forward. But then, through God’s grace, I saw my need to repent. I confessed my sins, opened my heart to His forgiveness, and began following Him.

Here’s the thing— repentance doesn’t magically erase the past. There were still consequences for my actions, and even the sting of past hurts. But something profound happened. The suffocating weight of Blame was not just lifted; it was transformed into a lesson, a reminder of God’s grace.

The Bible tells us in Romans 8:1, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” God, in His infinite love, forgave me. He didn’t hold my past against me. He saw the potential for good within me, a potential I couldn’t see through the haze of self-blame.

Learning to truly accept that forgiveness was a process. There were moments when the voice of self-doubt whispered accusations. But with each challenge, I didn’t just turn to God’s word; I clung to it. Verses like Psalm 103:12 (“as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us”) became my anchors and my lifelines.

The road ahead isn’t always smooth; God doesn’t see my failures as defining moments but as stepping stones on the path to redemption. He calls me to learn from them rather than to be consumed by them. 

He sees the person He created me to be, flaws and all.

This doesn’t mean ignoring my mistakes. Growth comes from reflection but with a focus on God’s unwavering love, which empowers me to move forward.

I’m linking up this month with these AMAZING Blog Hop/Link-Up party hostesses!

 Senior Salon Pit Stop   Inspire Me Monday  @ Create With Joy   Friendship Friday  @ Create With Joy   #TellHisStory @ Andrew’s InstaEncouragements Let’s Have Coffee   #AnythingGoesLinky    Grace & Truth   @ Maree Dee’s Hearth & Soul   Sweet Tea & Friends    #PoCoLo   Happiness Is Homemade    Tell It To Me Tuesday   Sunday Sunshine Blog Hop  Crazy Little Love Birds  Will Blog For Comments     The Happy Now Blog Link-Up      Dare To Share Saturdays   Gr.ner.ic @ G’Ma’s Photos  Traffic Jam Reboot  Weekly Highlights @ My Full Heart   Funtastic Friday  #Alittleabouteverything @ Iveth’s

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  1. I think the connection you made between blame and condemnation is really important. Praise God, there is NO condemnation for those who have accepted Jesus! So we don’t need to live in a place of self-condemnation and blame either. Visiting from FMF#16

  2. Hi, Paula. Sometimes it’s the forgiving ourselves that is difficult. Is this what you were meaning by clinging to God’s word?
    Thank you for sharing at Gma’sPhoto | ge•ner•ic Linkup Party . Looking forward to seeing you next Friday!
    Take care and best wishes.

  3. Sometimes it is hard to forgive ourselves. Thanks for linking with #pocolo

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