Posts Tagged ‘Disappointment’

Mountain Climbing

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When you think you can’t go on, keep going anyway. It’s when the night seems darkest, that the dawn is closest. You will make it through. Lean on His everlasting arms, and there’s nothing that can take you under. You will be ok. You will smile again. Don’t give up, look up!

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“..I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.” – Philippians 4:12b-13

Onward and upward,

Sarah

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A Love That Fixes Everything

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Whatever you’re struggling with right now, I pray peace over you. May you feel His presence in a new way today. He loves you dearly, never forget it.

Blessings,

Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

God’s Love Fills Gaps and Gives Hope
by Harvey L. Diamond

God is love. His love is perfect. Human love on the other hand is imperfect and leaves gaps. Orphans know that. For whatever reason, they have been abandoned by their parents. The bond of love between parent and child has been broken. Automatically there is a love gap. God sacrificed His Son to fill in every human gap. That’s a picture of His love. He leaves no prisoners to the bondage of abandonment. He is always there. ”I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you” (John 14:18). Where do you need a touch of God’s love?

RELEVANCE
When I was 7 my mother died. A bond of love had been broken. Something was missing for a long time, but I didn’t know what. At 19 the LORD demonstrated in a real way that He had been there in a way I never knew. Coming to the knowledge of His love brought a measure of peace. He revealed a way of access to His grace in a way I had never imagined. His faithfulness captured my heart, and in faith, I became a believer. It brought a new kind of hope I thought didn’t exist. I re-connected to life; His life!

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:1-5).

REFLECT AND RELATE
What gap exists in your heart? Let the LORD fill it with His love; a kind of love that brings peace and hope. Ask Him to demonstrate the reality of His love. Ask Him to reveal how He is there—now—with you.

REFERENCES
John 14:15-18

Victory is on the Way!

Sometimes the storm knocks you down. Sometimes the fight seems too hard.

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But, when the storm rages, work with the gusts, don’t quit! Even in the storm, there is beauty. Are you willing to see it? It might require a change in perspective. Instead of letting the storm knock you down, use it to gain strength. Endurance.

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The wind might beat at your back, and the rain might pelt your face. Use the wind to soar, and the rain to cleanse.

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Grow, prepare and be ready. So that when the sun breaks through the clouds and the rainbow spreads across the sky, you will be ready to fully embrace the glorious moment of long awaited victory.

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The best rainbows come after the worst storms. It’s coming. Can you feel it? Look UP!

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The truth is, when you forget (or refuse) to look up..you miss out on seeing The Helping Hand stretched out for you.

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Blessings,

Sarah

Choose Joy!

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Sometimes situations in life don’t seem to warrant a whole lot of joy. But in His word, it says, “Count it all joy when you are tried and tested, for the trying of your faith will bring patience to your soul.” To me, if He says to count it all joy, He’s letting us know that it’s a choice we make that brings joy and results in newfound patience. His Word also says, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.” So, if you need patience today: choose joy. If you need strength today: choose joy. If you need JOY today: choose it! In Him, we find all we need, and them some.

-Sarah

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Today’s devo prayer selection:

Joy: Just Open Yourself

Holy Spirit I open myself to You.

I allow JOY to move through me in this moment.

I align with all that You are and all that You have ever been.
I know that JOY is here when I just open myself to all that life has to offer.

When I just open myself to having fun with my friends and family, I feel JOY.

When I just open myself to working with passion, I am JOYOUS.

When I just open myself to service and acts of kindness, I experience JOY.

When I just open myself to being silly and playful, when I don’t take things to seriously and when I open myself to creativity, I know JOY is here.

God, I know that I do not have to go anywhere or acquire anything, I just open myself to Your Magnificence and Grace and JOY is here.

JOY is my natural state.

I confess that I sometimes get so overwhelmed with trying to do everything and please everybody and be perfect, that I block my JOY.

I know that in an instant I can experience JOY.

I just open myself to You God and thank You for moving through me in a mighty way.

Thank You for the JOY that is present right now, here in this moment because I choose YOU.

I let it be so and so it is.

Minister Matt Cartwright

Disappointment…It Lasts As Long As We Let It.

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Boy have I had a rough week! It seems like one wave of disappointment after another. Sometimes it’s hard not to give in and get downright crappy to those around you. And I have fallen into that, but I’m workin on it! And that’s what matters. We can’t hope to grow without trials. Here’s to growing, keeping perspective, and choosing joy!

-Sarah

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Today’s devo selection:

A Devotional on Discouragement
By:
Lysa TerKeurst

“He seldom reflects on the days of his life, because God keeps him occupied with gladness of heart.” Ecclesiastes 5:20 (NIV)

The other day a friend asked me if I ever get disappointed.

I said “yes” and threw out a spiritually sound answer of how I process disappointment. It was an answer that would make most preachers proud.

And then the next day happened.

The day where a really big disappointment whacked me upside the head and sent my heart sinking. I’d been asked to speak at a really big event – one of the biggest of my life – and then things fell apart.

Invited- thrilled- excited- honored-included

turned into

Uninvited- bummed- sad- disillusioned- left out.

And while I still have solid spiritual perspectives to hold on to, my flesh just needs a minute to say, “Bummer!”

Sometimes things that come our way are a major bummer.

But right when I wanted say, “bummer” a few more times, I spotted a bowl that’s been sitting on my dining room table for weeks now. Brooke found some caterpillars a while back, put them in a bowl, and has been holding them hostage ever since. I mean she’s been lovingly admiring them underneath a layer of cellophane.

Wouldn’t you know that those caterpillars formed cocoons inside that unlikely environment. And then today, as I was muttering “bummer,” I glanced across that bowl and sucked the word back down my throat.

The cocoons were empty.

Expecting glorious butterflies, I had to chuckle when I got right over the bowl and closely examined the product of my little girl’s hopes for new life.

Moths.

I just had to chuckle. Yet another thing in my day that wasn’t quite right.

Or was it?

When Brooke spotted the moths, she was beyond thrilled. Grabbing my hand, she led me outside, ripped off the plastic barrier, and watched the beauty of tiny wings beating- beating- beating and finally fluttering into flight.

As I watched Brooke’s sheer delight with the rich evidence of life before her, she couldn’t have cared less if it was a moth or butterfly. A creature that once only knew the dirt of the earth had just been given the gift of flight. Reaching- soaring-up- up- and away.

And with that, this simple creature pulled the corners of my mouth up into a smile.

Disappointment only stings as long as I let it.

You Are Loved Today

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Good morning!
Valentine’s Day brings tremendous joy for some, but tremendous sadness for others. For those of you that feel sadness today, I want to encourage you.  I want you to know that no matter your relationship status or situation, the Lord is your ultimate Valentine. He doesn’t forget things that are important to you, He never forgets to show up, never forgets to give you gifts, and He always wants a second date. He never ever says He wants to “just be friends”. He is always there for you, would travel to the ends of the earth to find you should you wander, and His love for you is everlasting. What a catch! You are blessed with the ultimate love this Valentines day. So, go ahead, let that smile start to form, put a skip in your step! Enjoy this day to the fullest, knowing that you are the apple of His eye..the King of Kings wants YOU!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
– Sarah
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Today’s Devo:
God’s Box of Chocolates–A Valentine’s Day Devotional
by LauraLee Shaw
Everywhere I look near Valentine’s Day, there’s chocolate: boxes of chocolate in all the stores, chocolate on tv promising to be the only love you need, chocolate girl scout cookies–CHOCOLATE! I even saw chocolate Altoid breath mints in the grocery checkout aisle the other day! I think that’s what led me to remember the famous quote from Forrest Gump: “Life is like a box of chocolates…you never know what you’re gonna get.” (I even remembered it with his accent.)
In reality, that phrase can be true in many ways. We wake up every morning completely unsure of what the day may hold for us. We’ve made our plans. Sometimes they even happen the way we make them. But we never know for sure, do we?
The days that come with caramel in the middle are my favorite. The ones with the strawberry goo are just so so–but the ones with coconut–YUCK! I’d rather go back to bed. Then there’s the days where tragedy or difficult times come out of nowhere, and the chocolate sits in the pantry untouched…there’s no sweetness to be had in those moments, it seems.
God knows that life as it pertains to circumstances is uncertain for us. That’s why He comforts us and reminds us so many times that He is our constant companion, our steadfast friend, our consistently loving God and Savior. He doesn’t keep promises the way we do:
“When people make promises, they guarantee them by appeal to some authority above them so that if there is any question that they’ll make good on the promise, the authority will back them up. When God wanted to guarantee His promises, He gave His word, a rock-solid guarantee–God can’t break His word. And because His word cannot change, the promise is likewise unchangeable.” (Heb. 6:16-18, the Message)
You see, no matter what chocolate we are “in the middle of” right now, He is there–with the certainty of His promise today as well as His hope of heaven in the future. Listen to how the verse above continues to encourage us: (vs.19-20)
“We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up His permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.”
I love the visual picture of grabbing on to Him with both hands as He runs ahead of me to the Father. That makes me able to get up today and praise Him for whatever comes my way. This faith, this confidence, this hope is our unbreakable spiritual lifeline–HIS love for us no matter what, when, how or why. Let’s binge on His priceless box of chocolates today…the sweetest and most satisfying of them all.
“Taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.”
Psalm 34:8
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