Have you ever faced a hard life situation that left you thinking, “Why this? Why now? Why me?”
Sometimes our expectations look like one thing, but then our actual experience is quite another thing. The distance between those two becomes the fertile soil of disappointment where fear, disillusionments, and doubts about the goodness of God grow wild and fierce.
Disappointment is a feeling we all have, but few of us know how to process it, what to do about it, and most importantly how to find God’s goodness and wisdom in the midst of it.
It comes in varying degrees of pain. Sometimes we struggle over the small disappointments like a crazy haircut or a missed opportunity. Other times the disappointments are much more disillusioning and sometimes even devastating.
A friend that suddenly goes silent. A child that starts making decisions so opposite from the way you raised them. A job loss without any new possibilities on the horizon. A betrayal from someone who you thought was completely trustworthy. Financial debt that feels inescapable. A terrifying medical diagnosis. The sudden death of someone you love so much you don’t know how you’ll go on without them.
The list of disappointments big and small are endless. We’ve all experienced our fair share of things not turning out how we thought they would.
So what do we do about it?
How do we live the joyful and abundant Christian life when we are so afraid of the next unexpected hardship and heartbreak? And why would our loving God allow all of this hurt?
I’ve personally wrestled through these questions on a very deep level and asked the Lord to give me His perspective through one of the hardest seasons of my life. And I want to share those perspectives with you.
That’s why I wrote my new book, It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered.
It releases TODAY and if you purchase your copy today from Proverbs 31 Ministries, you’ll receive a download of one of my personal paintings!
I’d also love to have you join us tonight at 6:30pm EST for the live stream release day event! I’ll be giving a message and sitting down with my personal counselor to share practical ways to heal from our disappointments. Make sure to head over to my Facebook page to tune in.
If you are unable to watch the release day celebration at the scheduled time, don’t worry! You’ll be able to watch the replay tomorrow, right here on the blog.