How to Let Go of Past Mistakes

My handsome dad, gone too soon.
My handsome dad, gone too soon

Did you ever make mistakes you regret? Do you have pain in your past?

One of my many past mistakes was not saying “yes” one Saturday more than thirty years ago. My dad called to ask if I wanted to go out to lunch. But I was busy: I had school assignments; I had plans with friends. I just didn’t have time for a last minute lunch that day.

A week later, my dad had a serious heart attack that put him in the hospital. He never came home. And while I did get to see him and talk to him and express my love, I didn’t have the opportunity for a friendly, casual lunch with him ever again. I still sometimes make the mistake of prioritizing my to-do list over my loved ones, but not as often as I used to. I’m learning.

A Bond at Risk by Lee Tobin McClain
Preorder now, releases 9/15

In Book Two of my new Sacred Bond Guardians series, the hero and heroine start out defined by their past mistakes. Travis Baudin is a former cop who blames himself for the murder of his wife and child. He’s pulled away from the world, afraid to take on responsibilities lest he cause someone harm again. Amber Beck had a loveless childhood that’s made her doubt her own ability to form relationships, so she’s overly guarded about connecting with others. They are two hurt people and the odds aren’t in their favor, especially when Amber’s ex boyfriend turns out to have a secret agenda and a violent plan to enact it.

But as Travis and Amber learn, God can help us overcome the past! Here are three verses that can help:

  • 2nd Corinthians 5:17: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has gone; the new has come!”
  • Philippians 3:13-14: “But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
  • Isaiah 43:18: “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”

Amber and Travis learn to put the past behind them and look with hope toward a future in which they're able to live and love freely, without dwelling on the past. As for me, I work every day on doing the same.

Preorder A Bond at Risk today–it releases Tuesday, September 15th. I hear from my early reviewers that it's quite a page-turner. I hope its message blesses you as well. 

And hey, you're invited to a party! September 24, 7-10 p.m. on Facebook. Just click to join–I'd love to see you there. We're celebrating the release of the Sacred Bond Guardians series, and a lot of my friends are giving away romantic suspense novels. You get the Sacred Bond Guardians Prequel Novella just for showing up!

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