1. The hardest part is to forgive yourself. Jesus forgives us the minute we show sincere repentance. Sometimes it takes years to do that. I don’t broadcast my past but maybe one day when my daughter or my niece’s need someone to talk to about the struggle they are facing I will be able to help them because I know both sides of that coin. And I know that everything I went through then was part of what made me who I am now and it led me back to where God wanted me so that I can start again to be the woman he wants me to be.

    “Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”

  2. This was wonderful advice, Jolene! This is why it is so important to train our children in the ways of the Lord so we can prevent them from going down the wrong path. Yes, the Lord can redeem them in spite of their mistakes but life is a lot easier if you do things His way right from the beginning.

  3. Thanks Jolene for taking the time to write and share such a powerful testimony and sound advice. The Lord is blessing you and you are not caught captive in the memories or temptations you once had. This advice is good for even other issues like just not having the joy of the Lord for whatever reason and for moving on from any previous sin in our youth.

    Thank you so much for the linkup today.

    1. Hi Judith,
      Yes, the verses I shared could have applied to other sins as well! I originally had that in the title but decided to keep this post just geared towards sexual sins. One day I’ll address the other sins that hold us captive! Thanks for linking up today.

  4. Perfect! Rahab is my favorite lady in the Bible. She had courage to walk out of her lifestyle. It takes a lot of courage to make that decision. Once decided, then God will take over and give you strength. I like what Amy says above about how we can use our indiscretions to counsel and encourage others, just as you do so well, Jolene. A lot of this advice overflows to helping heal from other actions we feel guilty about in our past. Blessings my sweet friend!

  5. I really enjoyed reading this post. I thought you did a wonderful job of handling a sticky topic with tact, respect, and delicacy. And I love the Redeemed song. Such a wonderful reminder of what God has done and continues doing in our lives!

  6. Jolene,
    I absolutely love your blog and your perspective on things! I enjoy catching up with you whenever time permits. I am blessed by your ministry! I have often shared your posts/pics on my fb page God is the Author of Marriage. Today I shared this posting as it is a real issue many face, including myself. I praise you for your honesty and realness! Keep it up! Many blessings to you!
    Elizabeth~ facebook.com/godistheauthorofmarriage

    1. Elizabeth,
      You totally blessed my heart! May God be glorified by the ministries that He has placed in our hands. Thanks for sharing this on FB!

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