Disappointments in Life: Don’t Give Up!

By Deborah Lovett:

 

I always say disappointments are really God’s re-appointments. Today I have to remind myself of that. If you are contemplating suicide, please read on. I am finding God in the midst of disappointments and hope you can too.

Disappointments can lead to depression if wrong thinking is not nipped in the bud. I believe that depression can be an impression left from fear: the fear is that God really isn’t who He said He is. Or perhaps the fear is God didn’t say what I thought He said, or won’t do what He said. Thinking God didn’t come through for me is unbelief wrapped in fear.

Today we must make a plan, rather than analyzing, blaming and feeling sorry for ourselves. Start trusting and thanking. Turn our thinking upside down, because we know if we continue in our old thought patterns it will lead to a dead end. And you may miss out on some amazing re-appointments that God has already penciled into His calendar!

Consider these verses:

  • God does not show favoritism.  Romans 2:11 (All people do suffer at one time or another.)
  • With the Lord a day is like a thousand years. 2 Peter 3:8 (He has plenty of time to work in your life.)
  • “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (He is working on your behalf.)
  • “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14  (Rest and leave the results to God.)
  • …take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Ephesians 6:16 (Choose faith.)
  • The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy;  I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10  (God always comes out on top~so we are more than conquerors.)
  • So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor. 4:18  (This disappointment is building important character in us that we need.)
  • Love never fails. 1 Cor. 13:8 (Bottom line: God loves you.)

Do you get the idea? God has a plan for you, he knows your future and he loves you!

Remember: if it feels as if He has failed you, God’s love may be protecting you from something or someone (or some place) that will not form you into His character, or that will hurt you not help you. He has promised in His Word to protect and provide.

Believe in faith that God really does have your back, no matter what it looks like with human eyes. (And if God hasn’t revealed that yet, wait patiently, He will, He is faithful.)

As you believe, God will illuminate your path until you reach your destination, which will surpass the disappointment every time. Keep turning those calendar pages, day by day, week by week, until you are no longer contemplating suicide in the midst of the disappointments. Don’t give in, don’t let up, and don’t quit.

Love always,

Deborah

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