Dealing With Disappointments in Life

Dealing with disappointment is hard and often times you’ll hear the saying…. things happen for a reason?  Do you believe it?

If you are saying yes, how do you feel when it happens to your children?  As parents we want to encourage our children and shield them from any type of disappointment they may receive in their lives and it gets even harder when you find yourself as disappointed than they are.

Dealing with Disappointment

For the past few months, our family has been praying for our daughter to pass her tests.  Today we found out that she didn’t pass the test and God hasn’t answered our prayer and to be honest I’m mad.  In Matthew 7:7  it states “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

What I have to remember is that I’m not on God’s timeline.  Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Dealing with disappointment is hard on any level and it’s not an easy pill to swallow. Sometimes it takes a painful disappointment to teach us how to strengthen our faith and skills. For we don’t know God’s will, we just have to trust in his promise.

Dealing with disappointment is easier if you try to follow these 4 tips:

1.  Continue to Pray.  Remember that God is true to his word.

2.  Turn the negative into a positive.  This event can be a life changer or make a difference in yours or someone else’s lives.   You can also ask yourself  if you could have done something different?

3.  Be Patient.  We are on God’s time not our own.  He will answer our prayers when he is ready to and sometimes his answer may be no.

4.  Let it out.  It’s OK to be upset and angry and talking with someone can help.  Just be sure that the person you are talking with is positive.

What suggestions do you have when dealing with disappointment?

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Gina is an overwhelmed mother of 4 children which includes twins. She often looks for ways to make life a little easier. When she's not chauffeuring her kids to school, cleaning the house or taking her kids to their activities, she finds her sanity though this blog and through social media. Her journey would not succeed without remembering to put Faith first, Family second and Work third.
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Comments

  1. Disappointments in life happen to all of us. You’re right – it is not fun! But the Scriptures tell us in James to count it ALL JOY! Why? Because as Christians we are held in the Lord’s hand! I”ll take being in His hand and His Way and His TIME! In that light, disappointments fade! There is a reason why things don’t turn out the way we expect and sometimes only God knows why. But He knows best! Sit tight and watch Him work!

  2. I agree that this would be a tough pill to swallow, but sometimes “our” disappointments can be God’s appointments. It’s challenging to keep in mind that He knows what is best for us when things like this happen…..in our humanness, we want to fix things…..sometimes we have to sit back and trust that He will fix things and it will be so much better than we ever could have done!

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