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  1. 13 Bible Verses to Overcome Disappointment
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Isn't this every mothers' dream? Peace and quiet and time for reflection? The rest of my family is enjoying a planned weekend away. I, too, had weekend plans, cancelled against my wishes at the last minute. My heart is so heavy, burdened with the loss of encouragement and refreshment and friendship the weekend promised. About ten minutes ago, words I read in a Skype chat almost three weeks ago jolted me awake. My eyes flung open, and I jumped out of bed.

I can't , I argued.

13 Bible Verses to Overcome Disappointment

There are too many disappointments in my life right now little did I know what was on the horizon! It's just too close to home. I hadn't thought about the conversation another second until it woke me up in the middle of the night. The selfish, immature part of me wants to lay them all out before you, as if your kindness and pity would make them go away. Our disappointments are different, yours and mine, but we both have them. Yours are as real and crushing and painful to you as mine are to me, and they linger, needling our hearts, despite our best intentions to leave them behind.

For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. When I say you have to believe, I mean you have to believe that God has got this thing in His hands.

He is looking out for you. He is working out a plan that is bigger than you, and you are going to be better for it in the end. Sometimes, it takes a painful disappointment to teach us a skill or strengthen our faith or to put us in the right place at the right time.

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We don't know His ways or His thoughts. We just have to believe in His promise. Things have not gone the way you wanted. Your hopes and expectations have been defeated. You need to spend some quiet time being sad, mourning the way you thought things would be. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Do whatever it is that releases the sadness, the disappointment, the defeat. And then, eventually, you have to stop grieving and move on. Disappointment is not meant to define you, my friend. It is not meant to hold you hostage or weigh you down into the mire of depression.

Don't give it that power. You had to know this was coming, right? Spend some time talking to your Heavenly Father. Tell Him your heartache. Tell Him about the plans you had and ask Him to show you why He's taken them away. And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Talk to Him like you'd talk to your best friend. Your prayer doesn't have to be pretty or sound like one at your church. It just has to be honest and come from your heart. Give your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall. You, my friend, are the godly. You are chasing after God, trying to do the right thing, seeking a better understanding of Him. He's talking about you.

Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you. Sometimes they happen right away, but usually they happen later when we least expect them. You'll know when your prayer has been answered.

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord. This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it. In beginning this post in the middle of the night, I came to understand that it wouldn't have happened if my plans had worked out. I wouldn't have been sleeping fitfully. I wouldn't have jumped out of bed to write these words. It was God's plan for me to write these words. It has been an incredibly soothing and cathartic process.

It is also His plan for you to be reading them right now. I am thankful that He chose me. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 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 weak and 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. God believes in you. You may not feel equipped to handle this on your own, but He'll give you what you need to get through it. Sometimes, we only triumph over our struggles as we leave this broken world. A conversation I had with my pastor illustrates this point:.

He might heal her body now, or He might heal her soul in heaven, but you can trust Him to heal her. The simplicity and immensity of that statement left me with many tears but complete peace. We can trust Him to defeat our disappointment, no matter what it is. If you need help with a system for memorizing verses, check out this post on our family's memorization habit.

I just stopped and prayed for you after reading this. These verses are wonderful. I know when I went through my struggle with my mom being ill, the verse about the mustard seed, came to my mind a lot. As well as the one about listening and obeying your parents as my mom and I had very different views on how much I should care for her in her illness, I saw her refusing my help as hurtful but God showed me it was her way of expressing love for me. I too struggled with healing my mom as she declined.

Right up to the end she was stoic and proud. I was not reading scripture or praying much at the time and ultimately her death left me full of fear and doubt instead of feeling comfort that she is now at peace with the Lord. All i want is someone to be with and learn more of God and do His work. Wow I think we think a like keep it going im in a church were i feel like I need more i feel like I have reached as far as I am going to go at this church.

The mistake we make most often is that we expect a human Pastor to give us the relationship we desperately desire in God. The Pastor can only direct us as sheep, and cause a hunger for God. They should train us in the basics of the relationship, but rarely in all my years of serving the Lord have I ever seen it. It is my reaching out to God in my personal time with Him that causes the growth and the hunger for more. My disappointments are me and my child dad breaking up and all I plans being cancelled but I been still holding on and trying my best to believe that we will get back together.

Your encouraging words and the things that my pastor and church members have said and prayed is helping me hold on. I never talked this much to God or prayed as much as I have until I lost that person. I have read through your encouraging words at least three or four times because it helps me get through the day so thank you so much. Wow, I am going through the same thing with my ex husband. I made the mistake of making a choice to divorce him and now I regret it. So I made that decision to release him. Now God is in the process of changing me and hopefully my husband.

Yes I said my husband because I am believing God and His promises to me. I pray he wants me back as well. Forgetting the past is not easy. God has been so good to me. Thank you Lord for the change in me. The verse I am encourage from is Psalms I feel like the dissappointment to all i encounter. Pls keep me in ur prayers. Tara husband of 42yrs passed 1 day after my birthday at home from throat, lung and spinal cancer. He was hospice pt. He wanted to be close to me and others that he loved. We had very few family that lived where we live. But those that did live close were very helpful during his final days for him and me.

I still thank God for help. I am mother of 5 adult children. I never turned my back on them. Have been praying and asking God why this is happening. I feel like am a abomination to our God with them turning their backs on me. I hope you get this post. Janet I am praying for you. Someday God will reveal to us all why we had to endure these trials.

One thing I do know is that Jesus is our lifeline. Never let go of Him. I love Psalm Reading the psalms aloud is great medicine for our aching souls. It was no accident that I found this blog tonight while seeking encouragement for my own grief but I found relief in encouraging you. You are not alone. We are not alone. Whatever you need, give that to someone else. God has the most awesome way of causing that gift to fill us. My prayer for you is that you will feel the mighty arms of Jesus holding you close to Him. He loves us too much to let us go.

Much love and courage to you friend. Thank you Tara for listening to that wee small voice in the middle of the night. That wee voice led you to write us who feel let down and discouraged today. So I too have something to say to encourage Janet and myself. When my husband drowned, I felt like God had abandoned me. I had lost my job a few months before and then with the death of my husband, finances and an illness in the family forced me to consider moving.

I did not want to move! With the kind help of strangers, I found my way. As the bus pulled up and stopped at the stop before I needed to disembark, the bus driver spotted a lone traveler running to catch us. As we waited, I looked at my watch to see how late I would be for the party. Then I looked up and noticed the Alabaster Box Church just outside the bus window.

The name on the sign said Bethany-Newton. At that very moment, I knew God was with me. I did and with the move I was able to buy a car. I wished I could move back downtown. To be honest I had wished that several times over the years. But last year, my heart was really in the wish. The very next day, I got a phone call from the realtor who sold me my house, asking me if I wanted to list and move back downtown.

I did and the day before my open house, I went out back to clean up a mess I had noticed outside my gate. I opened the gate and there to my wondrous eyes was a beautiful sight. The spewed concrete and the long gangly weeds were gone. Someone unknown to me had replaced that mess with a carpet of green turf. At that moment I knew. God had a buyer already picked out for me. I would be moving! But I had to trust and wait on that knowledge. The people who put an offer on my house, wanted quick possession. I had to trust and say yes before I had found anything downtown.

Remembering the beautiful sight outside my gate…and trusting on the wee small voice of conviction I received with that sight, I accepted their offer. The very next day, the Realtor phoned with a brand new listing. It was perfect for me. But…the sellers were not accepting offers until the Wednesday after two scheduled weekend open houses. Two hundred people attended those open houses and multiple offers were made. My offer was the one they accepted. God is with you. I think God speaks to each of us differently and depends on us and those who love to share and act upon their faith in God with others.

God is eternal and mighty! I have been encouraged by your beautiful writing. Thank you so much for sharing those wise words. It burdens my heart to read your post. I did want to share to you to try to remember when others disappoint us, let us down or treat us cruelty it is not a reflection of our worth but a reflection of their lack of character and wisdom. I will be praying for you. I know your post was written in december, I hope things are better for you.

We cannot let disappointment hold us back…we must move forward…better things are ahead if you can see through the disappointment and on to the blessings in our lives. You conveyed all of this so well…I am thinking of you. I am very sad n disappointed. Can someone quote me some comforting verses fr the bible. I always try my best to help n be nice to others,but most of the time they either abuse my kindness or did not treat me well.

Hi Pauline, I am praying for you. I wonder if you are saved? If you realize how much God loves you? He loves you so much that He gave his son to die for you. You can do this by confessing your sin and inviting Jesus into your heart, acknowledging the great sacrifice of dying on the cross and rising from the grave, Just For YOU! Here are some verses that I pray will encourage you and help you to understand how marvelous you are! Here are some others for you to look up and study on your own…God Bless you darling Psalm I appreciate this so much.

Just pray an talk to God also read ure Bible as The Lord to guide u where to read an he will just listen. I was also a little upset with my husband. So I decided to look up bible verses that dealt with dissapointment. I quickly came upon your posts and related bible verses. I sincerely prayed about my dissapointment and asked God to take away my bitterness toward my children. As I was reading and praying, I got to the part about God answering prayers. It was my husband calling to tell me that he loved me.

I feel much better now and this blog has helped me to remember that God is in charge and that dissapointments are simply challenges of faith. Thank you God for healing my heart. Thank you for taking the time to share your heart. I found your post after I found out I had not got the job that I was so confident I had got. After I received the news I froze and knew I had to pray and the disappointment would have engulfed me to nothingness. Thank you for your post. I printed it out and cannot stop reading it. Your post has not only encouraged me, the verses are comforting and reassuring.

Thank you for allowing him to use you to uplift us. God blessed you, dear! I had the same feelings about the same problem. I prayed on it this morning and then I found this site! He gave me peace and a calm spirit. I just wanted to say thanks for this post. Quiet with my husband and two little boys sleeping away. Gorgeous life long story telling memories. I am devistated and heart broken…disappointed.

Not exactly sure why I just shared this with strangers, while sitting in the dark in our bathroom. Thank you so much! All we can do is pray and find comfort in His Word. Thank you so much for sharing your heart. But either way, I need to find a way to be at peace with the situation content in all circumstances?? This blog post helped a lot, and I will be re-reading it and studying those verses as well.

Thanks for posting what the Holy Spirit placed in you heart. I was searching for some words to give my daughter who is struggling with disappointment right now. This is a great help and ministered to me so much. Soooo glad I came across your blog tonight! Thank you for sharing. I feel guilty for wanting to wallow for just a little longer. I have been praying for God to send me a saved man of God for the past 15 years now…I have had many guys approach me, but they were never the desire of my heart…When someone was not right for me..

The LORD would let me know. Those who hope in the LORD will not be put to shame…disappointed…. He desires that above all things that we prosper and be in health even as our souls prosper…. Thank you so much for taking the time to share in your typing. May God bless you. I was feeling a lot of disappointment today and I decided to look up what the bible says about dealing with disappointment.

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I came across this site. She was spouting out all her disappointments. She is upset that her brother wrote very little in her sympathy card she received for her loss of her husband. She was saddened about the limited people who stopped by. She was saddened that she rarely sees her two adult sons. She is upset that people decide to come to the funeral but they rarely saw them during the time my dad was alive. In the midst of this, I shared with her about the moment just a few weeks ago when her son came to see her in the hospital and they shared a special hug.

THis seemed to help. I want a different life for us now that my father has passed. Thank you so much. I am disappointed by the outcome of a relationship I believe was from God. I dated a man who was divorced and his friends have influenced him to doubt any new woman who comes into his life.

We had such a good relationship but now mistrust reigns and plans cancelled all because of bad influence from people who do not even know me.

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May God bless u for this piece of information. I am in a relationship with an addict. I am at my wits end. He was in an accident last week. He sat in his hospital bed crying, saying God had given him a second chance, I should too. So I decided to open my heart again, believing him, again. Wanting to believe him so badly. Here we are not even a week out of the hospital and he goes and gets a fix. Stitches, broken bones or not.. I had to kick him out.

I can not allow him to be one that wrecks my spirit. I love him, but I love my sanity and myself so much more. I did this for my own good. My level of disappointment has reached an all time high. I feel like my prayers are not helping. I know God has a plan for us all. Bless you for your inspirations.

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Know that in this very difficult time they are comforting my broken heart and my damaged soul. Had a job interview today the interviewer said that he would phone to let me know Wether I have been successful at interview. He has not bothered to contact me. I am disappointed and fed up. My son has been unemployed for 4 years he desperately wants a job, please pray for him. I too was doing a simple search on disappointment—so grateful the Lord guided me to your blog. I just came back from a major competition that would have given me thousands of dollars in college tuition.

I have a single mother and four siblings and we live on about 20, a year. College is my dream and I was depending on God to see me through. I loved it when you wrote about asking God why things happen. Thanks to you I finally built the courage to cry out to God and ask him why he let what happened happen, but also I was able to ask him for comfort. His word says he works everything together for the good of those who love him. Am blessed and encouraged,i can over come aswell my heart break. Ive just realised God cares about how i feel. My dearest ones in Christ, living stones we all are and searching for some balance to the weight of sadness and grief and disappointment that comes into every life.

God sees us and I pray for all of us and the ones yet to come that we know He is near. The word is in our heart and we are not to let the word depart from our mouth. We need to speak it and learn scriptures as these because people including us our selfish and we all get hurt. I feel your pain.

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There is but wanting to really walk with the Lord and your spouse seems so far away. And you know what? He does want to be our all. If we let Him have first place truly He never lets us down and He takes those dissapointments and weaves them into beautiful things that we learn and grow from and that He Himself lifts us into heavenly realms. Knowing Him, leaning on Him takes us into the realm of the heavenly.

God bless all who come her and settle our hearts solid in you. One day, we will be with you forever. This was so powerful and what I needed to read as I have dealt with so much disappointment and even feeling mad at god thanks for being sensitive and stepping out and writing this. Thank you, your words and scriptures have been a blessing to me. I needed this so much, and you are right, I believe it was in his plan for me to find your blog and read it.

Great wisdom shared in this post. This has also ministered to me….. My husband lost his job on May He has since had disappointment after disappointment while job searching. We know the Lord will provide a job; however, the waiting is almost unbearable. Please pray for us. I love god and everything he has done for me.

I am going through a difficult period, filled with lots of disappoint, heartache, and uncertainty. I came to your words and I thank God for them. Only God can use something so hurtful for His purpose and use if to bring people like me comfort. I hope you get this message so you can see God still using you. Thank you so much for hearing Him when he told you to write this! I was looking for inspirational words when I found this. I have been so sad, lonely, and disappointed with things.

This was exactly what I needed to read! As I sit here trying to understand why college coaches string kids along only to quickly shatter their hopes, I am trying to come to terms that there is a much bigger plan for him. Thank you for reminding me that even though I may not understand the reason, God is always in control and for that I am forever grateful. Thank you for listening and writing these words.

I am going through a divorce which I am. I am on the process of looking for a job and I have felt so defeated and alone. I have applied for about 30 jobs and only 2 interviews and still no job. I know God has a plan and it will be in his time….. Thank you for this!

I too found it from a Google search for scripture readings on disappointment. You words were very healing. I try to stay positive, and remind myself that if not for these hard times, I might never have deepened my faith and truly entered into the relationship with Jesus I now have. Our Pastor recently did a sermon on how just like farmers, God grows good things in the valleys, not the mountain tops even though the mountain tops seem like much more fun places to be! Nevertheless, it is still hard — some days more than others.

I do believe your words were anointed by the Holy Spirit! I pray for the healing and peace of us all! I need to believe in his plan and his timing rather than my own. I needed this so badly. Right this very moment I needed it. It is coming across things like this at the right time that let me know God is here and he cares even about little foolish disappointed me. Thank you for writing.

I noticed you wrote this over a year ago and it still is bringing help to so many people. I needed to read this just now. I just found out my 21 year old niece is pregnant with her 3rd child in 3 years. It was much needed! We look for answers and find none that make sense. We pray for God to change our situation, but the waiting seems long. We begin to doubt his way is best. Left to fend for ourselves in a world of mess and worry. Even those who have journeyed closely with God through long years, heroes of the faith , have wrestled with the same doubts and feelings. The Bible is filled with stories of courageous men and women who encountered seemingly insurmountable obstacles, finding themselves in dark places, who felt all alone in the midst of it all.

We can learn from their stories — still relevant for today — powerful reminders that He cares. God had anointed him as king, yet he found himself hiding out in caves, fearing for his life, for days on end, as he was chased by a crazed King Saul. Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? The truth is, David had done nothing wrong for Saul to chase him and try to kill him. Sometimes we can be so hard on ourselves for struggling in tough situations.

Nor is he with us. Abraham and Sarah knew this more than anyone. First Samuel 16 tells us he went straight back to the pasture to tend the sheep. Samuel had anointed David as king in 1 Samuel In that white space is where David went back to the pasture. The space between the call of God and the fulfillment of the dream. Are you in a white space right now? White spaces are typically the hardest parts of life to endure: The white space of silence; the white space of singleness; the white space of sickness; the white space of finishing out a prison sentence; the white space of unfulfilled promises and unmet expectations.

After Jesus called Paul to be his apostle on the Damascus Road, Paul wandered in the desert for three years and suffered obscurity for another fourteen Galatians 1: Paul endured seventeen years in the background before he was appointed by the Church as a missionary Acts Why did God wait? During that delay, Joseph naturally assumed she had cheated on him I mean, what else could you assume? God chose to do it that way. Why did He wait so long to tell Joseph? Why is the only sound we hear at those times the echo of a door slammed in our faces?

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He works His salvation out in us by taking us through the valley of the cross, which often means feeling alone and abandoned. Moses had to endure the wilderness of isolation. Paul had to learn to suffer Acts 9: Another reason God often leads us through dark, silent valleys is that He wants to purify our hearts. Why do we want to be close to God?