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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Friday, May 30, 2008

Dealing With Disappointment

How do you deal with disappointment? Do you stuff it inside and just try and forget about it? Or do you take your disappointment out on someone else? Perhaps you are able to deal with it and move on. Have you ever had a time when you just can't seem to get past it though? That is what I have been experiencing lately. Disappointment because I am not able to do something that I really, really desired to do, but also dealing with loneliness. The combination is not a good thing. Sometimes when we get discouraged in one area, it is easy to have it rub off on other areas in our lives. Suddenly nothing seems to look too positive in our life.

I am reminded this morning of Romans 5:5 " And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us." I pray Lord that even when I am disappointed by life's circumstances, I will be reminded of the hope that I have in you. I know that you will never disappoint me or leave me. Thank you for loving me Lord.


MrsProverbs31 said...

Satan is cunning and sharp. Sometimes we forget who we really are or what power God has gifted us with and we forget to focus our attention on Christ. I'm so glad God reminded you of that passage. That's what is so good about the Holy Spirit. He's gentle and loving. God bless!

Jamie - RoseCottage said...

It is so wonderful when God points us right to what he wants to tell us in his Word, isn't it?

Blessings to you!

gallerhea said...

I love your blog! It is so real, and always pertinent! I just read your blog entitled, "Dealing With Disappointment." I'm right there with you Sister!

I have found through experience that increased stress, exhaustion, and disappointment can mix together and form the toxic brew of despair.

This last year, I have had a lot of disappointments. I have dealt with disappointment in myself, and my endless inadequacies. I have also dealt with the disappointment of confiding in someone, and having it explode back in my face.

Through all of this, God has been faithful, to bring me through the disappointments, and back into His loving arms. He has NEVER left me, but sometimes I have wandered away from him.

Back when I was in high school...(walking to and from school, 5 miles, uphill both ways...LOL!!)...God gave me the gift of a poem that I have cherished over the years. Even as I wrote it, I did not even comprehend the depth of its meaning for me, until many years later.

That is the beauty of the written word. Even years after it is written, it can still have a fresh impact...(look at how fresh the Bible is after thousands of years!!!)

Here is the poem:

The Way Home
By Rhea (Stogsdill) Chladek

Entering into the long, dark tunnel,
the light at the end is long out of sight.
All that is left is darkness and sorrow;
All that is left is bitterness and strife.

Walking along in the long, dark tunnel,
I adjust to the darkness, never getting out my lamp.
Others are around; I can hear their voices.
Others are wandering without a map.

Stumbling and falling in the long, dark tunnel,
Fear and desperation begin to take hold.
I search for my lamp, but I must have dropped it;
I search, but find nothing, and begin to grow cold.

A gentle voice calls in the long, dark tunnel,
Beckoning me to take hold of His hand.
He says, "I won't leave you; I'll never forsake you."
He says, "I will guide you through this evil land."

Finding new hope in the long, dark tunnel,
I watch out for people who are lost and alone.
I tell them there's someone who is there to lead them;
I tell of the Savior, who knows the way home.