Sometimes it’s hard to be thankful — to find something to be grateful for. But we can find something. Even in the worst of circumstances, we can find something to be thankful for. #NovemberThankfulness #attitudeofgratitude #Thanksgiving @donnalhsmith @a3writers TWEETABLE Continue reading “November Thankfulness—Part II”
The Bible says, “Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” That could mean a season of time where one is sad or depressed. I’ve been there. But truly, joy does come eventually. More on that next week.
The challenge is to keep going, keep trying. “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 #DueSeason #amwriting #GodsTimingForYourLife #AprilShowersofBlessing Click to Tweet
When I compare this Fall with last Fall, there’s so much difference, it’s hard to explain. Last year, I had one disappointing circumstance after another. When I look back, there was only one or two really “good” things I could point to that brought me joy.
I was frustrated. When things don’t go the way we’d like them to, we feel unsatisfied. That was the story of my life last year.
Webster defines disappoint as “to fail to satisfy the hopes or expectations of, to leave unsatisfied.” Another meaning is “undo, frustrate, thwart.” They’re going to us from time to time. It’s how we handle them that matters. Click to Tweet #handledisappointment #forgivereleaseadvance
It says in the bible that hope doesn’t disappoint, but it’s our hope in Christ that doesn’t disappoint. Our hopes, dreams, expectations of others will disappoint. We live in a fallen world, and people are not perfect, so they will hurt and disappoint us.
I recently emailed a friend to see if she was going to go to a regional writers’ conference we were both at last year. (See Please, Get Your Facts Straight). She actually won something there, but it turned out a disappointment because promises weren’t kept, advice wasn’t given, and my friend’s book is still unpublished.
Neither of us is going back this year. I’ve dealt with my huge disappointment a year ago and yet the memory still stings a little, as when a scar is bumped while it’s healing.
- Forgive what happened, people, events, etc.
- Release the pain (this is vital)
- Advance (move forward, take a step)
In the next few weeks, I’ll concentrate on each of these three. Because we can’t move forward until we release the pain, disappointments, and hurts from the past. It’s a process, but we can move past the wounds into a freedom, joy, and abundance. Click to Tweet #handledisappointment #forgivereleaseadvance