When disappointments come calling…

Dear Daughter,

Today, I experienced a rather big disappointment. Something I had banked on, that I was so certain would happen, that I believed God told me would happen…well, didn’t.

At first, I contemplated asking God why. Not because I really wanted to know why. But because I felt like venting my frustration and who better at than the one who always knows what I’m thinking anyway?

However, before I could get those accusatory words out of my mouth, a voice quietly asked me, “In whom do you trust?”

That got my attention. In whom do I trust? The truth was, in that moment I really didn’t know for sure. I wanted desperately to say, “In God I trust!” But not today. Not at this very moment. I feel defeated. I feel let down. I feel he didn’t have my back like he promised to. So I kept quiet because I don’t like saying things I don’t truly believe.

Instead I said, “In most things, Father, I trust you explicitly. But not on this one thing. Please help me to trust you.”

He heard me. And he answered. He began to remind me of the many times in my life when I was at this exact point – doubting God’s commitment to me. Then, like a movie played out in slow motion, he showed me how in every single one of those situations, I had grown from a place of fear and distrust to becoming established, immovable, and confidently trusting in him.

He showed me that challenges and disappointments are never really the issue. They’re not the real reason people fail in life. The unwillingness to push through the pain of disappointment, to stick with the process until a renewed sense of confidence is birthed…that is why anyone would fail.

By the end of our conversation, I knew what I had to do. I knew I had to get up and get on. Because there is much glory waiting on the other side. And when I have that beautiful prize in my hands, you’ll be one of the first I’ll share it with.

Don’t ever give up, Daughter. More specifically, don’t ever give up on God. His commitment to you is unimaginable. The best way I can probably explain it to you is in two words: Jesus Christ.

God demonstrated the depth of his commitment to you by giving himself for you. There will never be anyone, not even me, that will love you as much as he does. So, cling to him. Always.

Love always,

Mum.

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When disappointments come calling…

Dear Daughter,

Today, I experienced a rather big disappointment. Something I had banked on, that I was so certain would happen, that I believed God told me would happen…well, didn’t.

At first, I contemplated asking God why. Not because I really wanted to know why. But because I felt like venting my frustration and who better at than the one who always knows what I’m thinking anyway?

However, before I could get those accusatory words out of my mouth, a voice quietly asked me, “In whom do you trust?”

That got my attention. In whom do I trust? The truth was, in that moment I really didn’t know for sure. I wanted desperately to say, “In God I trust!” But not today. Not at this very moment. I feel defeated. I feel let down. I feel he didn’t have my back like he promised to. So I kept quiet because I don’t like saying things I don’t truly believe.

Instead I said, “In most things, Father, I trust you explicitly. But not on this one thing. Please help me to trust you.”

He heard me. And he answered. He began to remind me of the many times in my life when I was at this exact point – doubting God’s commitment to me. Then, like a movie played out in slow motion, he showed me how in every single one of those situations, I had grown from a place of fear and distrust to becoming established, immovable, and confidently trusting in him.

He showed me that challenges and disappointments are never really the issue. They’re not the real reason people fail in life. The unwillingness to push through the pain of disappointment, to stick with the process until a renewed sense of confidence is birthed…that is why anyone would fail.

By the end of our conversation, I knew what I had to do. I knew I had to get up and get on. Because there is much glory waiting on the other side. And when I have that beautiful prize in my hands, you’ll be one of the first I’ll share it with.

Don’t ever give up, Daughter. More specifically, don’t ever give up on God. His commitment to you is unimaginable. The best way I can probably explain it to you is in two words: Jesus Christ.

God demonstrated the depth of his commitment to you by giving himself for you. There will never be anyone, not even me, that will love you as much as he does. So, cling to him. Always.

Love always,

Mum.

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