Dealing With Disappointments

We have many examples in the Bible of people dealing with disappointments and trying circumstances. None more than Joseph with the coat of many colors. Disappointment is a fact of life. I’m talking about the disappointments that change who you are and how you view life. But what if our disappointments have a higher purpose than what we can imagine?

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I’ve talked with women who have been faced with many disappointing situations in their lives. Among them is Tori, my friend who lost her husband to cancer when they were both young and still raising kids. It took her a while to deal with the backlash of losing someone close. She went through a lot while dealing with disappointments but she found her way back. She has remarried and is now a grandma, and still raising kids.

Dealing With Disappointments Is Real.

It’s a thing we all have to face. Learning how to deal with disappointments requires patience and the willingness to open your heart to trust the One who sees you and knows not only your past, but your future too. It calls us to sit with the pain of it all, sorting through the feelings to find what needs to be held close and learning the lessons before moving on.

Dealing with disappointments takes a heart of being intentional and the ability to be quiet enough to listen to the still small voice of the Holy Spirit. It takes courage to do the next thing, and then the next. Here’s the thing too, it’s a process. Just when we have gotten through the hard stuff¬† of one disappointment another one will usually rear it’s ugly head. We will be given the opportunity over and over to master dealing with disappointments, like it or not.

In this world you will have trouble, Jesus told His disciples. It’s true. But He also said to be of good cheer because He has overcome all things. That’s the best reason of all to put your trust in Jesus. He did what we can never do and we can put our trust in Him to lead us through to the other side.

Especially when dealing with disappointments.

 

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