Friday, January 20, 2012

Joyce Meyer on Handling Disappointments

Disappointment occurs when our plans are thwarted by something we had no control over. We can be disappointed by our own failures, unpleasant circumstances, people who let us down, or even with God when He doesn't do something we've been believing would happen. But not everyone is guaranteed to get everything they want all the time, so we need to learn how to deal properly with disappointment.

When we are disappointed, our emotions initially sink. We feel down, negative, discouraged, depressed, maybe even angry. The next time you are disappointed, pay attention to the activity of your emotions; instead of letting them take the lead, make the decision to manage them. There is nothing unusual or wrong about initial feelings of disappointment, but it is what we do from that point forward that makes all the difference in the world.

Trusting that God has a good plan for us is the key to preventing disappointment from turning into despair. Proverbs 16:9 says A man's mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps amd makes them sure.

It is impossible to be miffed at God when you really believe He has your best interest in mind and is directing your every step. After all, He is the only one who can help you and truly comfort you; therefore, it is much better to run to Him in your pain than away from Him.

Ask Yourself...

How do I react when I get disappointed?

Do I believe God has ordered my steps?

Am I acting on the Word of God or merely reacting emotionally to the situation?

excerpt from 'God's Word vs. Your Feeling',  A Joyce Meyer Ministries (JMM) Magazine (Enjoying Everyday Life) Sept / Oct. 2011 issue

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