Dealing with Disappointment

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The past few weeks I’ve been working really hard to reach a work goal. I shared yesterday that I didn’t reach that goal. 

It’s hard to admit failure & even more to deal with the disappointment. In these moments it’s hard to think about our failures working together for good, but I know that is true because God’s word tells me so (Romans 8:28). 

So how do we deal with disappointment despite our circumstances?

 Too often we view our Savior as a BIG God. 

He likes to be involved in the BIG things in our life.

 Marriage, Jobs, Church. 

But what about the small details? 

He created us for companionship. He sent his son to be reunited with us. He allows the Holy Spirit to dwell in us. 

Don’t you think he wants to be part of the little things too?

Don’t get me wrong, friends! This is super convicting for me too.
It’s all too easy to think “I can do this on my own” or “God doesn’t care about this.” But what a trap from the Devil that is!

And that’s exactly the mindset I have fallen into with my work goals.
“Oh, I’ll be fine. I did it last year.”
God allows things to happen in our lives that are not fun, exciting, or lovely. He allows disappointment to draw us closer to him. To give HIM glory. To accomplish HIS purpose.


When we come to understand that our Lord is perfect & his plans are also, even the most trivial decisions we make seem like opportunities to glorify our Savior. When we seek HIS plan, details like sadness, pain, & disappointment can be offerings to a perfect God who wants to know you.

When we can’t understand the circumstances we are in, it takes everything we have to trust in HIS plan.

And maybe that’s the point.

O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?Have you never heard?Have you never understood?The Lord is the everlasting God,the Creator of all the earth.He never grows weak or weary.No one can measure the depths of his understanding.He gives power to the weakand strength to the powerless.Even youths will become weak and tired,and young men will fall in exhaustion.But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.They will soar high on wings like eagles.They will run and not grow weary.They will walk and not faint. 

Isaiah 40:27-31

Frankly my dear…have faith.

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  1. Hot Tea and the Empty Seat
    September 3, 2014 / 11:40 am

    So sorry that you have been dealing with disappointment lately. God has great, big plans for you & He knows exactly what He is doing even when it seems like we can't catch a break. That's so hard to do, to trust Him but oh, He is so good & faithful. His ways are higher than our ways 🙂 Praying for you, love!Katie

  2. Nina @ Flowers in my Hair
    September 3, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    So convicting. ON both counts. That he cares for the the little things and that we must rely on him for everything.

  3. Brettni @ Bringing Up Brumfields
    September 3, 2014 / 2:34 pm

    Redemption will come, Jenni! Praying that God will give you hope in the midst of disappointment.

  4. Rachel
    September 3, 2014 / 3:43 pm

    YES. I think so much of my disappointment comes from MY plans failing, not the Lord's plans. And that's the bottom line to unhappiness…me trying to dictate my future instead of trusting in His will. It's something that I'm working on, slowly but surely.

  5. Madison @ Wetherills Say I Do
    September 3, 2014 / 5:07 pm

    I love this! I love remembering that God is BIG but He cares for us and the little things as well. When we follow His plan things just go so much smoother!

  6. Martha Kate Stratton
    September 3, 2014 / 5:08 pm

    Love this friend! I definitely needed this reminder today. I definitely believe that God uses different situations in our lives to show us places that we need Him!

  7. theMessyMiddle
    September 3, 2014 / 11:43 pm

    Love this. I definitely needed this, I have been disappointed a lot lately when it comes to finding a job…moving to a new place thinking for sure I'd find a job. It's been tough…but I need to remember that He has it all figured out, even when I don't.